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Check out the cover for Tessa Bailey's new novel!

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tessa Bailey, comes the next fun and sexy novel in her Broke and Beautiful trilogy!

“How did this tweed-wearing English professor turn out to be my dirtiest hero ever? Cause he really is.”--Tessa Bailey

When Honey Perribow traded in her cowboy boots for stilettos and left her small Kentucky town to attend Columbia University, she never expected to find a dirt-cheap apartment or two new best friends. No stranger to hard work, Honey’s sole focus is a medical degree...until she sees newly-minted Professor, Ben Dawson, and her concentration is hijacked. Honey is fascinated by her gorgeous, young English professor and vows to find a crack his tweed-wearing, glasses-clad exterior.

While at an off campus party, an accident lands Ben in a dark, locked closet with a sexy-sounding southern belle...and their chemistry is explosive. But when he discovers that the girl in his arms is the same beautiful student he can’t stop thinking about, he is …

Feature: The Vagabond Vicar by Charlotte Brentwood

THE VAGABOND VICAR By Charlotte Brentwood
William Brook is an idealistic young cleric, desperate to escape dreary England for a mission adventure in exotic lands. It's his worst nightmare come true when he is posted to a parish in a small backwater village, populated with small-minded people and husband-hunting mamas. He’s determined not to form any ties and to escape the country as an independent single man.
A free spirit, Cecilia Grant is perfectly content to remain in her family home in Amberley village - when she's not wandering the countryside at all hours painting. Marriage options are few, but that won't stop her mother from engineering a match with one of the ruling family's sons. Cecilia attempts to win the man, but what is it about the new vicar and his brooding ways that is so appealing? Could he be the only one who has ever really understood her, and can she discover what he is running away from?
As William struggles not to fall in love with the lady'…

Interview: Laura Chapman

1. Tell me about your novel The Marrying Type. Elliot Lynch, the heroine of The Marrying Type, is a second-generation wedding planner living and working Charleston, South Carolina. When she learns her family’s business is broke, she agrees to be featured on a reality TV show about wedding planners to balance their finances. With a camera crew in tow, she ends up having to work closely with her ex--the one who got away--and rediscovering some of the feelings she’s kept hidden for so many years. While saving her business and her heart, Elliot also deals with a competing wedding planner, an over-the-top bridesmaid who makes multiple weddings a challenge, and lingering issues with her family and business. I was inspired to write this story after reading Jane Austen’s Persuasion and watching hours and hours of wedding shows on TV.
2. Would you ever appear on a reality t.v. show? If so, which one? I’ve toyed with the idea of appearing on a show like The Bachelor (I’ve always figured a bachelor…

Audio Book: Classic Love Poems

For anyone who's in love - or hopes to be - what greater celebration could there be than to hear the world's greatest love poetry read lovingly by Richard Armitage? With 15 poems by William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and more, Classic Love Poems is a listening treat for Valentine's Day - or any day.

Included in this collection are:
• "How do I love thee?" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
• "Sonnet 116" by William Shakespeare
• "Annabel Lee" by Edgar Allan Poe
• "To Be One with Each Other" by George Eliot
• "Maud" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
• "To His Coy Mistress" by Andrew Marvell
• "Bright Star" by John Keats
• "Love's Philosophy" by Percy Bysshe Shelley
• 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
• "Meeting at Night" by Robert Browning
• "The Dream" by Edna St. Vincent Millay
• "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" by Christopher Marlowe
• "I carry your heart&quo…

Aoleon The Martian Girl - The Luminess of Mars

Title: Aoleon The Martian Girl - The Luminess of Mars
Author: Brent LeVasseur
Publisher: Aolean Press
Published: February 23, 2015
ASIN B00S70U8NEGenre: Science Fiction Source: Publisher

Goodreads Summary:
Aoléon and Gilbert receive a special mission from PAX, a wanted criminal and leader of the Martian resistance movement to investigate the Luminon of Mars, who he suspects is planning an invasion of Earth to steal its milk cows. Gilbert has an encounter with the Luminess (the mate of the Luminon) and discovers something strange about her during a procession, and the duo are chased by the Royal Paladin Guard.

At Aoléon’s home, Gilbert meets Aoléon’s family, her sister Una, mother Phobos and father Deimos as well as her overzealous pet Zoot. He is also introduced to Bizwat, a covert operator and Procyon Commando, who uses his Saturn Pizza delivery job as a cover.

Gilbert then gets to visit the Martian Space Academy (Aoléon’s school) where he encounters Aoléon’s nemesis, Charm Lepton and…

The mystery behind crop circles is solved!

Title: Aoleon: The Martian Girl Part One
Author: Brent LeVasseurPublisher: Aoleon Press Published: January 31, 2015 Ebook ASIN: B00QVB9Q7K Genre: Science Fiction Source: Publisher

Goodreads Summary: 
Crop circles magically appear in Farmer Johnson’s field. A mysterious light sweeps over the night sky and awakens Farmer Johnson and Gilbert, the boy next door.

Curious, Gilbert ventures out to discover the source of the light and stumbles into a beautiful Martian girl sitting in a crop circle. Farmer Johnson also investigates the strange light, and thinking that Gilbert and Aoléon are vandals, he chases them. But they sprint to Aoléon’s saucer and escape only to be pursued by the U.S. Air Force.

Gilbert has never been attacked by swarms of giant killer robots. Never met strange aliens from other worlds. Never skyboarded across a megalopolis hidden deep inside an extinct volcano. Never trekked across a vast Martian desert. And never been eaten alive by a gigantic slor (well, almost never, unless yo…

I Think I Love You

Title: I Think I Love You Author: Stephanie Bond Publisher: St. Martin's Press Published: January 5, 2004 ISBN13: 9780312998813Ebook Genre: Romance Source: Bought

Summary:  Sisters share everything in their closets, including skeletons.

Twenty years ago, the Metcalf sisters witnessed a murder and formed a pact of silence. Now their estranged and scattered because they fell in love with the same man--fiery Justine was engaged to handsome Dean Haviland; at the same time Dean was trying to bed mousy Regina, then jilted Justine at the alter to elope with their younger sister Mica.

Middle sister Regina Metcalf is a self help editor in Boston, always in search of a book that will help her sort out her own unfulfilled life. Ever the referee, she still feels responsible for not being able to keep her family together. Then her mother calls and asks her to come home to North Carolina - her parents are splitting and need help liquidating their antiques store. Regina agrees, even though she knows t…

Interview with Sharon Reamer and a giveaway

1. Tell me about your love for speculative fiction.

It's obsessive. I know, as a writer, I should read widely; I *should* be reading outside of the genre. But I don't want to. My desire to get lost in someone else's world and accompany their characters through their trials is what I live for when I'm not writing. I also learn a lot by reading speculative fiction - not only SF. Also fantasy. Swords and swordcraft, herbal magic. Horses! There are always a lot of horses it seems in fantasy. Castles! I live in a land (Germany) with a lot of castles but you can never have enough of them, really. But it's mainly being somewhere I can't possibly go. I'm currently rereading LotR for the...fifth time and there's a lot of stuff I never *saw* before. I'm up to the middle of The Two Towers and as anxious as I was the first time I read the trilogy.

2. You recently finished The Schattenreich series. How does it feel?

I have mixed feelings. I miss my characters. T…

I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either.

Title: The Escape (The Survivors' Club #3)
Author: Mary Balogh
Publisher: Dell
Published: July 1, 2014
Paperback, 394 pages
ISBN: 9780345536068
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Bought

Goodreads Summary:
After surviving the Napoleonic Wars, Sir Benedict Harper is struggling to move on, his body and spirit in need of a healing touch. Never does Ben imagine that hope will come in the form of a beautiful woman who has seen her own share of suffering. After the lingering death of her husband, Samantha McKay is at the mercy of her oppressive in-laws—until she plots an escape to distant Wales to claim a house she has inherited. Being a gentleman, Ben insists that he escort her on the fateful journey.

Ben wants Samantha as much as she wants him, but he is cautious. What can a wounded soul offer any woman? Samantha is ready to go where fate takes her, to leave behind polite society and even propriety in her desire for this handsome, honorable soldier. But dare she offer her bruised heart as well as…

Feature: My Rebellion Checklist by Susan Soares

Victoria Matherson's summer to-do list looked something like this:
1. Get organized for college 2. Complete summer job at Dad’s office 3. Spend a romantic summer with Adam During the first week of her summer vacation, Victoria’s super planned life suddenly swerves completely off track. Her boyfriend breaks up with her unexpectedly, she gets in a near-fatal car wreck, and her parents announce the end of their twenty-year. Victoria decides to live life messily, to take chances, and finally to rebel. Taking on the new name of “Tori,” she creates a checklist of rebellion: #3 Get an extreme haircut #6 Pierce something
which she’ll use to show everyone around her that all the changes to her perfectly organized life haven’t affected her in the least. Even though they have. With the help of her quirky and cute co-worker Zack, Tori will check off the crazy items on her list and learn what it means to give up control and be free. But just how far will she go?

Review: The Other Shakespeare

Title: The Other Shakespeare
Author: Lea Rachel
Publisher: The Writer's Design Press
Published: November 12, 2014
Paperback Arc, 197 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0-9908616-0-7
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: The Cadence Group

Goodreads Summary:
What if Shakespeare had been born a woman? What would have happened to her? And, what would she have accomplished?

Virginia Woolf first posed these questions in her acclaimed novel A Room of One’s Own…and now maverick author Lea Rachel steps up to tell the rest of the story.

The Other Shakespeare carries readers back to the sixteenth century to follow Judith Shakespeare, the older sister of William, as she tries to make a name for herself in a male-dominated society that consistently denies women their independence. Born with as much talent, creativity, and drive as her younger brother, she is stifled by the world around her and ultimately resorts to extreme measures to get accepted and have her talent recognized.

Judith’s story is rich with history, conflict,…

Review: The Spider and the Stone

Title: The Spider and the Stone Author:  Glen Craney Publisher: Brigid's Fine Press Publsihed: 2014 Ebook ISBN13: 9780981648408Genre: Historical Fiction Source: Author

Book Summary:  As the 14th century dawns,  the brutal Edward Longshanks of England schemes to steal Scotland.  But a frail dark-skinned boy named James Douglas defies three Plantagenet kings and champions the cause of his wavering friend, Robert the Bruce, to lead the armies to the bloody fields of Bannockburn.  A thrilling saga of star crossed love and heroic sacrifice during the Scottish War of Independence.
My Thoughts: Best Historical fiction I have read in years.  Glen Craney has brought to life a time that was fraught with danger.  His characters are vibrant and well rounded.  I was transported from my comfy chair to a time when comfort was hard to find.  Where men and women fought for an independence from England's rule.  Where hero's were made from common folk's and  the love of their country.
From the begi…