Thursday, January 28, 2016

0 Review: A Decade of French Fashion

Title: A Decade of French Fashion, 1929-1938: From the Depression to the Brink of War
Author: Mary Carolyn Waldrep

Publisher: Dover Publications 
Published: August 19, 2015
ISBN: 9780486797830
Genre: Fashion
Source: NetGalley


In addition to a world-wide depression and the rise of Fascism throughout Europe, the years between 1929 and 1938 witnessed dramatic changes in women's fashion. With the turning of the decade, the free and easy fashions of the Roaring Twenties shifted to a softer, more conservative look, with an emphasis on curves rather than angles. Hemlines plummeted almost overnight and did not begin to rise until mid-decade.
These selections from full-color French catalogs produced for the American market from 1929 through 1938 document the changes in fashion from the time of the stock market crash to the dawn of World War II. More than 100 images of day and evening wear illustrate the movement from flapper fashions to a more austere look. Fashion designers, costume historians, costumers, and anyone who loves fashion will treasure this richly illustrated survey.

My Thoughts:

A Decade of French Fashion is a must-have for lovers of fashion and history. Each page details couture from 1929-1938. Fashion has changed dramatically over the years, especially during the 1920s and 1930s. 

This book is in the style of fashion plates that individuals would get in the mail to inform them of the latest styles. I'm not a fashion expert by any means, but I love looking at these pictures. I love how the styles go from conservative to more carefree. 

I've gone through this book several times admiring the different styles and the creativity and art that go into each one. This is a great coffee table book that will bring you enjoyment for years to come. I highly recommend this book for anyone in the fashion, film, and art industry. Or someone who just likes to look through fashion magazines. 

My Rating:

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

0 For fans of Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places and Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars, The Darkest Corners is a psychological thriller about the lies little girls tell, and the deadly truths those lies become.

NOW website includes a teaser video and new original article by author Kara Thomas, check it out!

THE DARKEST CORNERS (Delacorte Press For Young Readers/ On sale April 19, 2016 / Ages 14 and up)

« “Thomas carefully crafts the suspense, leaving present-tense narrator Tessa—and readers—to doubt even those she loves the most… An unsettling story of loss, lies, and violence lurking in the shadows of a small town.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

A tight, twisted thriller, full of deft reversals and disturbing revelations--deeply, compulsively satisfying!”
—Brenna Yovanoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Replacement

"As dark as Gillian Flynn and as compulsive as Serial...Kara Thomas's mystery debut is intricate, chilling, and deeply compelling. Unforgettable!”
—Laura Salters, author of Run Away

There are ghosts around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about it after what happened there that last summer. Memories of things so dark will burn themselves into your mind if you let them.
Callie never left. She moved to another house, so she doesn’t have to walk those same halls, but then Callie always was the stronger one. She can handle staring into the faces of her demons—and if she parties hard enough, maybe one day they’ll disappear for good.

Tessa and Callie have never talked about what they saw that night. After the trial, Callie drifted and Tessa moved, and childhood friends just have a way of losing touch. But ever since she left, Tessa has had questions. Things have never quite added up. And now she has to go back to Fayette—to Wyatt Stokes, sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, Callie’s dead cousin; and to the one other person who may be hiding the truth. Only the closer Tessa gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer—and this time, it won’t be so easy to run away.

KARA THOMAS lives on Long Island, where she writes full-time. To learn more about Kara and her books, visit her at and follow @karatwrites on Twitter.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

0 Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier #2016ClassicsChallenge

From Daphne du Maurier—the beloved author of the timeless classic Rebecca—comes this haunting novel of secrets and suspense

The coachman tried to warn young Mary Yellan away from the ruined, forbidding place on the rainswept Cornish coast. But Mary chose instead to honor her mother's dying request that she join her frightened Aunt Patience and foreboding Uncle Joss Merlyn at Jamaica Inn. From her first glimpse on that raw November eve, she could sense the inn's dark power.

Mary never imagined that she would become hopelessly ensnared in the vile, villainous schemes being hatched within its crumbling walls—or that she would fall in love with a handsome, enigmatic stranger. But what secrets is he hiding from her—and can she really trust him?

Jamaica Inn is a riveting, classic novel of romantic suspense only the brilliant mind of Daphne du Maurier could conceive.

WHEN I Discovered This Classic
I discovered and bought Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier last year while I was doing a bit of research on books by Daphne du Maurier.

WHY I Chose to Read It 
I first read Rebecca in high school and I loved the Gothic atmosphere of the book. Since then, I've read Rebecca numerous times and have also watched many of the book-to-movie adaptations. I bought this book last year in an attempt to read more books by Daphne du Marurier. This challenge gave me a great opportunity to read it.

WHAT Makes It A Classic
Jamaica Inn was first published in 1936. It's set in Cornwell during the 1820's and the inn, which in itself is a character in the novel, is a real place as is the moors that surround it. Daphne du Maurier once spent some time there and was inspired enough to write this novel. Mary Yellan, the main character, is sent to live with her Aunt Patience and Uncle Joss after her mother passes away. Once there she learns of the Inn's dubious reputation. Mostly because of what people know and won't talk about: wreckers. Wreckers sound like some horrible monster that wrecks havoc on unsuspecting victims, but in this instance it's worse. It's humans at their worst. Wreckers run ships aground and then steal its cargo and murder its crew and occupants. And Joss Merlyn is their leader. Mary stays because she's afraid to leave her aunt in the clutches of such a man, but all the while she makes plans to escape. Only things are not as easy as she hopes they would be.

WHAT I Thought of This Classic
In truth, this book was a lot darker than I thought it would be. After reading Rebecca, I knew Daphne du Maurier had a great capacity for weaving a story with mystery, suspense, and intrigue, and she didn't fail here. And as deplorable as the goings on at the Jamaica Inn were, I didn't want to put the book down until I knew what would happen to Mary. In short, I'm really impressed with the scope of Daphne du Maurier's imagination.

WILL It Stay A Classic
Absolutely! Not that the book needs it to gain attention, but Jamaica Inn has been made into several movies which will continue to spark interest in du Maurier's work. The latest adaptation was made in 2014 and is available for streaming on Acorn. And if that's not enough you can book your stay at the real Jamaica Inn. Which looks fantastic and makes me sad that I don't live in England.

WHO I’d Recommend It To
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves the classics, Gothic literature, or mysteries. Or pretty much anyone on the street. 

Now I have a question for you: Which Daphne du Maurier book should I read next? 

Monday, January 25, 2016

0 Spotlight: Debt by Rachel Dunning

99c Pre-Order Sale
Over 400 Pages
Standalone Novel
New-Adult Romance / Sports Romance


By Rachel Dunning

Expected Release Date:
March 2016

What’s it about?

The Debt Collector

I pay my debts, and I expect others to.
I was raised in the slums of London, I knew nothing of privilege. My father was murdered when I was seventeen. Morty figured my father's passing meant I would automatically take on dad's debts. I refused.
And I paid for that refusal.
So did my sister.
So now I fight. All I know how to do is fight. The best cash is in the states, so that's where I am now. A big fish called Vito came along offering me a "favor" when I arrived.
Another debt.
I paid for that one too.
I knew Kyla Hensley would be trouble when I met her. But I wanted her. I could see through the falsehood of her wannabe-slutty clothes and her sexy legs. So I chased her.
Besides, trouble is my middle name.

Kyla Hensley

I was brought up in privilege, but I lacked everything else. My father is a business tycoon who buys and sells and doesn't care who gets rolled over in the process.
I never knew my mother, and all I have of her is a photo with a note scrawled on the back in French saying "I'm sorry." The only Female Figure I had growing up is my dad's wife who is a bleach blond with seven boob jobs. We never bonded.
I drink. I party. I meet guys.
But I wasn't always like that.
I've had a string of lovers in the last few years, the worst and most recent of which was Vince Somerset. My best friend Vera was dating a guy called Rory Cansoom who is the opposite of Vince in so many ways, and yet so the same.
She and I hit the road for spring break, getting away from the two college psychos and just trying to have some fun.
But there's a funny thing about trouble, the more you run from it, the more it finds you.
Which is when I met the Debt Collector.
It was only supposed to be sex. He made that clear. I made that clear.
That's all it was supposed to be.
I never expected to fall in love. I never expected to fall so deeply, madly, uncomfortably in love with a man who is wrong, so wrong for me.
And unbelievably right.

Content Warning

Not intended for readers under the age of seventeen.

New-Adult Romance
Sports Romance


About Rachel
Rachel Dunning hit the scene in August 2013 and is the author of the highly praised Naive Mistakes Series, Truthful Lies Trilogy, Johnny Series and the paranormal romance series, Mind Games.
A prolific writer, she sticks to stories where Alpha Males aren’t pricks and where women have guts.
She’s lived on two different continents, speaks three different languages, and met the love of her life on the internet. In other words, romance is in her blood.

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Friday, January 22, 2016

0 What makes for the best rogue? Her Wicked Proposal Book Blast

What makes for the best rogue?

A Rogue is a ​person, ​organization, or ​country that does not ​behave in the ​usual or ​acceptable way. In the Regency era, the terms rakehell or “rake” and “rogue” were used daily in conversation. A rake was a man who was charming, seductive, and a little too dangerous for a lady’s reputation. A rogue was something considerably worse than a rake. A Rogue was a rake with an added level of dangerous, not just for the ladies but for the men. What I mean is that a rogue would challenge other men to duels, get in bar brawls, and be in general more “edgy” as a man. If you called a man a rogue in the Regency he would be the Regency equivalent of an alpha male hero.
For me the best rogues have the following qualities:
1)      A good sense of humor
2)      That perfect ability to know when to steal a kiss from a woman at the right time
3)      A way with words, and yet also knowing when actions are better to woo a woman
4)      A loyal heart to his friends and his family and eventually the woman who would love him.
5)      An ability to survive through a rigorous and dangerous adventure

6)      A heart of gold buried beneath his charm and reckless manner

Once the ton’s darling, sudden blindness has left Cedric a reclusive shell of a man. Until he’s offered the chance to recapture a small part of his old life when the woman he’s secretly desired for years asks him to propose to her.

Who doesn’t love a naughty rogue? Third in the fan favorite historical romance, League of Rogues series, by Lauren Smith, you do not want to miss HER WICKED PROPOSAL!

He doesn’t need his eyes to uncover her true beauty.

Cedric, Viscount Sheridan, is cursed. Once the ton’s golden boy, the loss of his sight has left him a reclusive shell of man. His days of womanizing, horse racing and pistol shooting lost forever.
Offered the chance to recapture a small part of his old life, he can’t refuse—even if it means accepting the shocking proposal of the infamous ice maiden, Anne Chessley.
Still reeling from her father’s death, Anne’s deepest wish is to avoid the hordes of fortune hunters who will soon be beating down her door. Proposing marriage to Cedric is an act of desperation, his unexpected acceptance a strange and wonderful dream.

His only stipulation: she must respond passionately and wantonly in his bed. Her agreement barely crosses her lips before he begins a sensual assault on the icy walls bitter secrets have built around her heart.

Yet even as they catch a glimpse of true happiness, betrayal is poised to sweep them away on opposing tides of danger.

Warning:  Contains an outwardly aloof heroine with a secretly tender heart, a once-notorious rake who isn’t quite as rusty at seduction as he feared, and a band of rogues who join together to make sure happily-ever-afters do come true.

Available at:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Add Her Wicked Proposal  to your GOODREADS TBR pile!

About Lauren Smith:

Amazon Best-Selling Author Lauren Smith is an attorney by day, author by night, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She’s a native Oklahoman who lives with her three pets: a feisty chinchilla, sophisticated cat and dapper little schnauzer. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including being an Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award. 

Connect with Lauren: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

0 Review: The Forgotten Room

Title: The Forgotten Room: A Novel
Author: Karen White, Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig

Publisher: NAL
Published: January 19, 2016
ISBN: 9780451474629
Paperback, ARC, 384 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Publisher


New York Times bestselling authors Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig present a masterful collaboration—a rich, multigenerational novel of love and loss that spans half a century....

1945: When the critically wounded Captain Cooper Ravenal is brought to a private hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, young Dr. Kate Schuyler is drawn into a complex mystery that connects three generations of women in her family to a single extraordinary room in a Gilded Age mansion.

Who is the woman in Captain Ravenel's portrait miniature who looks so much like Kate? And why is she wearing the ruby pendant handed down to Kate by her mother? In their pursuit of answers, they find themselves drawn into the turbulent stories of Gilded Age Olive Van Alen, driven from riches to rags, who hired out as a servant in the very house her father designed, and Jazz Age Lucy Young, who came from Brooklyn to Manhattan in pursuit of the father she had never known. But are Kate and Cooper ready for the secrets that will be revealed in the Forgotten Room?

The Forgotten Room, set in alternating time periods, is a sumptuous feast of a novel brought to vivid life by three brilliant storytellers.

My Thoughts:

The Forgotten Room by Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig is an epic historical novel about the power of love. The three authors flawlessly tell the story of three women who capture your heart from the first page: Kate, Olive, and Lucy. Each character's story is beautifully written and captivating as their lives are intertwined by love and loss and mystery.

The Forgotten Room spans three generations of strong women, each with a secret that centers around a house on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Each story is as powerful as the next. This is one of my favorite books of 2016, so far. Yes, I know it's only January, but once I started reading, I didn't want to stop.

I was a little worried about a novel written by three different authors, but my fears were soon put to rest after I began reading the novel because their styles blended perfectly. I only hope White, Williams, and Willig decide to collaborate again in the future. Because this story was . . . wow!

My Rating:

Monday, January 18, 2016



Life is a journey in more ways than one. The path doesn’t always go according to plan. What if—through no fault of your own—you had to remake your life from scratch and change your goals, expectations, and focus? That’s exactly what happens to the hero and heroine (Ryan and Jenna) in REMAKING RYAN.

Here’s how they went about remaking their lives in ten steps:

Number One: To remake their lives, they must have their worlds knocked out from under them with no alternative plans for the future.
If you’re a rich and famous football player, this involves a painful career-ending injury.
If you’re the pregnant wife of a military pilot, this involves learning your husband is having multiple affairs and at least one of his girlfriends is also knocked up. And then the pilot is killed in action leaving you with an emotional stew of anger, humiliation, and righteous indignation. On top of all that, you lose your job and apartment.

Number two: Deny or delay the inevitable acceptance of the situation.
Ryan takes a job as a sports commentator, an extension of the sports’ world in which he exceled. But then he discovers that talking about football is like watching porn instead of having sex. It pales in comparison to the real event.
Jenna skulks away with her baby to regroup at her in-laws secluded beach house.

Number three: Seek professional help.
Ryan undergoes surgery.
Jenna seeks advice from a grief counselor.

Number four: Get reacquainted with someone who is both annoying enough and appealing enough to distract you from your problems.
Ryan is attracted to Jenna the moment she shows up in his hospital room, but she’s the most untrusting woman he’s ever met.
Jenna thinks all men are bottom-feeders in the sea of life, but her association with Ryan has her reconsidering that opinion.

Number five: Delay again.
Neither one of them are ready to admit their lives would improve with the inclusion of the other. For various reasons, they put their problems on hold and agree to take a road trip together, enforcing proximity, revealing good and bad character traits, and learning way more about one another then they ever wanted to know.

Number six: Start to have feelings for your annoying, yet appealing traveling companion.
Well, of course. All that proximity results in glimpses of body parts and reawakened desires. 

Number seven: Revisit the dreams and goals of your childhood.
Ryan wanted to be a fireman, a policeman, or Batman—for the cool means of transportation. He turned to football when he exhibited superior athletic talent.
Jenna wanted to be the next Picasso, but turned to art history when her lack of artistic ability became apparent.

Number eight: Discuss your options with an objective observer.
Ryan turns to Jenna.
Jenna turns to Ryan’s best friend.

Number nine: Fall in love.
Ryan could probably have any woman he wants, but he wants Jenna.
Jenna must make a giant leap of faith and trust the one man who is willing to risk
everything for her.

Number ten: Pursue your lifelong dreams and the love of your life.
Don’t settle for less.

Opposites united in their disenchantment with life are pushed
together in a cross-country drive where they discover that sometimes the long
way home is the only way to go
in Remaking Ryan by Jacie

Title: Remaking Ryan
Author: Jacie Floyd
Series: The Billionaire Brotherhood #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pub. Date: January 4, 2016
ISBN: 978-1523255368


In Book Three of the Billionaire Brotherhood, Ryan Eastham
appears to have it all—fame, fortune, and legendary good looks—but injury has ended his high-profile professional football career and he’s at loose ends. After years of living, breathing, and training for football, he’s searching for something meaningful to do with his future. He expects nothing but boredom from
the on-air sports announcer job he’s been offered, and his so-called love life is more tabloid fiction than fact.

Due to the shattering betrayal of her late husband, Jenna McCall is wary of men and their meaningless promises. Isolating herself from friends and family while she reexamines her goals and dreams, her baby daughter is her sole focus. Ryan’s unscheduled intrusion into her life leaves her irritated, edgy, and a little intrigued.

Family commitments throw this pair together as reluctant companions on a cross-country drive from Massachusetts to Missouri. Despite a wrong turn, stolen car, and fussy baby, they find unexpected pleasure in one another’s company. Amid wedding chaos and intense family drama in St. Louis,
they each proceed with plans to start new careers in different parts of the country, but their attraction continues to build. When it’s time to say good-bye, Ryan challenges Jenna to remake their lives and plan a future together instead.

Find out more at: Goodreads | Amazon

Excerpt from REMAKING RYAN

“Zoey? Baby?” Ryan mumbled, snagging Jenna’s wrist and pulling her forward. Caught off-guard, she found herself breast to chest with an implacable male form for the first time in eleven months, two weeks, and three days. Not that she was counting. Before she could spring away, his other hand burrowed into the hair at the nape of her neck and turned her face toward his. It happened so swiftly that she didn’t—couldn’t—react fast enough to evade the maneuver. Unwelcome goose bumps quickstepped down her spine. Her first thought was that he smelled male, woodsy, and slightly medicinal—like the great outdoors infused with a hint of anesthesia. But then, along with the shock of having her chest pressed against his, came the panicky sense of suffocation.

His breath mingled with hers. Sweat beaded her forehead. For a second, she couldn’t breathe. Her eyes crossed at the nearness of his mouth, just inches away. Before his lips touched hers, she pinched his nose between her fingers
and twisted. Hard.


Jerking back, he somehow clipped her mouth with his chin. Jenna’s incisor sliced into her lip. She yelped and tried to escape his grip, but his fingers remained firmly clasped around her wrist. His
arm muscles bunched with all the expected strength of a professional athlete. If he chose to, he could sail her across the room like a Frisbee. Luckily, he didn’t. 
Squinting at her, confusion clouded the depths of his silvery gray eyes until the puzzlement cleared. He nodded in recognition.

“Jenna.” The word held a whisper of accusation, low and pulsing. He rubbed his chin. “That was uncalled for.”

“No kidding.” She wiped her mouth with the back of her hand. “Dang, I think I’m bleeding.”

“Here,” he said, lifting a corner of the sheet to dab her lip.

“No, thanks.” She held up her hand to block the gesture, plucked tissues from the box on the bedside table, and passed him one. “You don’t have any infectious diseases, do you? STDs?

“Clean as a rookie at his first training camp.”

“Good, ‘cause you’re bleeding, too. I hope we haven’t mixed and mingled bodily fluids. Blot your chin,” she instructed, but sat on the edge of the bed and did it for him. “Didn’t anyone teach you to look before you kiss?”

“Must’ve missed that lesson when my dad was teaching me the exact opposite.” Covering his mouth with his free hand, he yawned so wide his jaw cracked. “Why are you here? Someone send you on a little guilt trip?”

About Jacie Floyd

Like most writers, I’ve always been an avid reader. I always knew I wanted to write, too, but I kept that tidbit to myself for a very long
time. What does a reader who secretly wants to write do? She works in a
library. My very first job, and maybe my favorite, was in my hometown public library. I loved everything about the grand old building and was fascinated by the people who came and went every day. But mostly, I loved the books. Seeing them, handling them, checking them in and out, shelving them, and, of course, reading them. To have access to books that contained so much knowledge, history, and tradition was a pleasure that never grew old.

In my spare time through the next few years, I continued reading and began learning how to write. I accumulated stacks of completed manuscripts and an increasing determination to get them published. Happily, my sixth full-length novel has just been released. I would describe my books as fresh, flirty, and fun contemporaries about strong women and men who deal with relatable situations in familiar settings. They’re also emotionally rewarding with a liberal helping of humor, because, really, what point is there to life without laughter?

After living my childhood and adult life in a variety of Midwestern cities, I was always an island girl at heart, yearning for white sands, perpetual sunshine, and crystal blue waters. This past year I turned
that dream into reality by abandoning my snow shovel along with my day job and moving to Florida to write full-time. The view from my lanai is great, the wildlife is interesting, and my handsome and heroic husband handles all of my IT issues and regularly prods me to interact with actual living, breathing people, not just the ones I invent and put on the page.

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