Feature & Follow #7

8474595901_873f4993f4 Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly blog hop hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read. It’s a fun way to find other blogs and meet new bloggers.

You can follow Lit, etc via Twitter, Facebook, Networked Blogs, Bloglovin, or subscribe to the blog via email. Please let me know if you’re a new follower and I’ll follow back.

Q: We are about to see a lot of posts & tweets about reader conventions, RT, BEA, ALA and many more are starting soon. Which one would you love to attend? Where and why?

Oooh I wish I was attending BEA! I’m green with envy for those who are, but will live vicariously through their posts and updates. Bouchercon sounds like a great event-mystery writers are present and that means the possibility of meeting Chelsea Cain or Charles Finch. I also wish I could attend RT and RWA because I want to meet Elizabeth Hoyt and Sherry Thomas as well as Jessica Lemmon. Alas not going to those this year, but I am *hoping* to attend Rom Con (key word being: hoping). I’m in the midst of trying to figure out logistics because I’ll be in the Denver area in early June and trying to see how cost effective I can make a second trip in what would be a few weeks apart from my first visit.

ETA: I should note that I am attending the Southwest Book Fiesta being held in Albuquerque, Mother’s Day weekend. So far from the author list, I only recognize one author, but hey it’s a local event.

What about you? Any reader conventions you’d like to attend or attending?

Spotlight: The Tale of the Taconic Mountains

tac Title: The Tale of the Taconic Mountains
Author: Mike Romeling
Genre: Suspense / Occult

Everyone had an agenda and it just seemed like coincidence—and of little consequence—that they happened to end up in the small town of Cedar Falls nestled at the base of Bakers Mountain, deep in the ancient Taconic Mountain range. Completely involved, even obsessed, with their own pursuits, it was hardly surprising the visitors would be unaware of older agendas both within the dying town and up in the forests and ridges of the mountain looming above.

There was the discontented novelist fleeing his job and his family, hoping to regain his mojo with a young girlfriend and a new book; a mother in search of her long-estranged daughter, but finding first an unlikely romance with the proprietor who loved his failing bowling establishment like a child—at least when he wasn’t making plans to burn it down for the insurance; a soap opera queen who thought she was stopping by for a simple PR gig for the PETA folks when the town was plagued by thousands of bats in search of a new home. Instead found herself revisiting Gretchen Foley, the frightened disturbed child she had been before emerging as the famous Amber Steele.

There were the two Native American friends who came to climb the mountain in search of the fabled quartz Spirit Stones of their Mohican ancestors, the young man who wanted to retrace the steps of his grandfather who once lived along the river that flowed through town. But instead he would come to grief and need to be carried down the mountain by the mysterious and seemingly ageless Boudine sisters who had led secluded lives high on the mountain as long as anyone could remember. Few knew where these strange women had their cabin, but the dying Randle Marsh did, and it was said that he visited the sisters often; was he trying to live on endlessly as dark rumors suggested the sisters did? The rustic Wayne Funt knew where they lived too, but he would leave them strictly alone until he and his dog Duke played a major role in the mayhem that broke out during the raging Christmas snowstorm that buried the town and the mountain.

This collision of clashing agendas was presided over by a sheriff who did the best he could to navigate a safe landing for as many as he could who shared the wild ride on this memorable, often frightening year. And if the result could often be laced with humor and absurdity, it was always tempered—sometimes tragically—with what has always been true: sometimes, deep in the heart of the New England mountains, there are things going on, things both lighter than air and darker than starless night.

mikeAbout Mike
Mike is a freelance writer and singer-songwriter from upstate New York. His first novel “Tale of the Taconic Mountains” was released in 2012. He lives−and often rambles through−the very mountains where the novel is placed. But since writing it, he takes care to return home before scary darkness falls.

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Spotlight: The River of No Return

river Title: The River of No Return
Author: Bee Ridgway
Genre: Historical Fiction / Time Travel (Science Fiction)
Publication Date: April 23, 2013
Publisher: Dutton Adult

“You are now a member of the Guild. There is no return.” Two hundred years after he was about to die on a Napoleonic battlefield, Nick Falcott, soldier and aristocrat, wakes up in a hospital bed in modern London. The Guild, an entity that controls time travel, showers him with life’s advantages. But Nick yearns for home and for one brown-eyed girl, lost now down the centuries. Then the Guild asks him to break its own rule. It needs Nick to go back to 1815 to fight the Guild’s enemies and to find something called the Talisman.

In 1815, Julia Percy mourns the death of her beloved grandfather, an earl who could play with time. On his deathbed he whispers in her ear: “Pretend!” Pretend what? When Nick returns home as if from the dead, older than he should be and battle scarred, Julia begins to suspect that her very life depends upon the secrets Grandfather never told her. Soon enough Julia and Nick are caught up in an adventure that stretches up and down the river of time. As their knowledge of the Guild and their feelings for each other grow, the fate of the future itself is hanging in the balance.

breeAbout Bee
I was raised in Massachusetts, then drifted around from here to there until I finally came to rest in Philadelphia. I teach American literature at Bryn Mawr College, and for fun I read, write, read, cook, read, walk all over my beautiful and dirty city, read . . . THE RIVER OF NO RETURN is my first novel, and the experience of writing it was so overwhelmingly fun that I’m roaring ahead on the sequel.

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Feature & Follow #6

8474595901_873f4993f4 Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly blog hop hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read. It’s a fun way to find other blogs and meet new bloggers.

You can follow Lit, etc via Twitter, Facebook, Networked Blogs, or subscribe to the blog via email. Please let me know if you’re a new follower and I’ll follow back.

Q: Have you ever read a book that you thought you would hate — ? Did you end up hating it? Did you end up loving it? Or would you never do that?

Tiffany Resiz’s The Siren was one book people kept recommending and I just wasn’t looking forward to reading it for a read-along I was participating in. The first four chapters kept making me grind my teeth because I couldn’t get into it that I had to go and look up reviews to see if it was worth continuing. I kept with it and halfway through the reading fell in love.

What about you? Any books you thought you’d love / hate?

Can’t Date Him, He’s Not Real

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This week’s topic is: Fictional crushes you’d crush on if you were a fictional character.

ahhhh! How cruel to narrow it down to 10 and trust me it was not easy. I know forgot a few and apologize to any fictional boyfriend I may have forgotten (it was not done on purpose and I still love you). The only thing that saddens me is that men in real life rarely mirror men in fiction. Who are are some of your favorite fictional men or women?

Robb Stark (GRR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series)

Oh what I can about our King of the North? Proud, valiant and very much a man coming into his own. I admit there are days I’m on Team Jon Snow, but mostly it’s Team Robb (yes Richard Madden might have something to do with it. LOL!). He’s the rightful to heir to Winterfell & the North. He’s very much his father’s son and his sense of honor and justice is reflected. My quotes are based on the show since I failed to properly bookmark any Robb quotes, but they still work.

“Tell Lord Tywin winter is coming for him. Twenty thousand northerners marching south to find out if he really does shit gold.”

Capt. Wentworth (Jane Austen’s Persuasion)

I prefer the Ciaràn Hinds version, but in reality THIS is the Wentworth I picture every time I read Persuasion. Can we all swoon over the love letter he writes to Anne? I mean hello! If I were Anne I’d happy go running into him arms and tearing off his clothes. I mean accepting his suit.

“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight and a half years ago. Dare not say that a man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant.”

Richard Sharpe (Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe series)

I don’t know. Some might accuse me of listing him here because it is Sean Bean (well it’s true), but I think when it comes to it Sharpe is a great fictional character. Bernard Cornwell does an amazing job writing Sharpe’s progress in the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars. We see Sharpe struggle trying to command his men and gain acceptance from Officers. He became a Commissioned Officer on the battlefield when most were bought. The series can be read as a stand alone. Again I failed to properly bookmark my fave quotes so off the TV series it is.

“Chosen Men, are you? Well, I didn’t choose you.”

Wellesley: What do you do when you’re short of cash, Sharpe?
Sharpe: Do without, sir.

Rochester (Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre)

When it comes to all the Rochesters I have to admit Timothy Dalton is the version I prefer. I think all versions get it wrong by making Rochester too handsome. I know it is the entertainment industry and hence you aren’t going to cast an ugly person in a role.

“Most true is it that ‘beauty is in the eye of the gazer.’ My master’s colourless, olive face, square, massive brow, broad and jetty eyebrows, deep eyes, strong features, firm, grim mouth, — all energy, decision, will, — were not beautiful, according to rule; but they were more than beautiful to me; they were full of an interest, an influence that quite mastered me, — that took my feelings from my own power and fettered them in his. I had not intended to love him; the reader knows I had wrought hard to extirpate from my soul the germs of love there detected; and now, at the first renewed view of him, they spontaneously arrived, green and strong! He made me love him without looking at me.”

I admit Michael Fassbender fills period clothing quite nicely and hence he gets an honorable mention.


As stated above I like Dalton’s Rochester better, but let’s ah admire this one for a bit. :fans self:

John Thornton (Elizabeth Gaskell’s North & South)

What kind of list would this be without Thornton? Having finished North & South (the book) a few months ago, I can honestly say I have a much better appreciation for him. The BBC production was great! Gut wrenching when we see him pleading for Margaret to “look back” at him as she leaves. :le sigh:

Calder Hart (Brenda Joyce’s Francesca Cahill series)
deadlyCalder was NEVER suppose to be the hero in her series, but somehow he stole the show and Francesca’s heart. He appears at the end of Deadly Love and his actions are mysterious. He’s the first to tell you he’s a bastard of the first order, but Francesca knows he’s not and she never stops supporting him. His defense mechanism is to lash out when he’s hurt. In the end, I’m saddened Joyce won’t be continuing the series because she left a lot of unanswered questions.

“Francesca wasn’t there.
Of course she wasn’t. There wasn’t going to be a wedding–and he wasn’t even truly surprised. She had come to her senses at last.”

Leo Marsden (Sherry Thomas’Not Quite a Husband)

I’m an angst whore. This book is filled with TONS of it. What I adored about this, was Leo always wanting to be close to Bryony. He was there to look out for her so if she needed anything, he’d be there. Synopsis: Their marriage lasted only slightly longer than the honeymoon—to no one’s surprise, not even Bryony Asquith’s. A man as talented, handsome, and sought after by society as Leo Marsden couldn’t possibly want to spend his entire life with a woman who rebelled against propriety by becoming a doctor. Why, then, three years after their annulment and half a world away, does he track her down at her clinic in the remotest corner of India?

“The Castle. He’d seen this expression far too many times during their marriage. The Castle was Bryony drawing up the gates and retreating deep into the inner keep. And he’d always hated it. Marriage meant that you shared your goddamn castle. You didn’t leave your poor knight of a husband circling the walls trying to find a way in.”

“Her Leo, so bright, so beautiful. And in the end, so catastrophically flawed.”

Gabriel Emmerson (Sylvian Reynard’s Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard)

I read this book and fell in love with Gabriel and all his dark emotions. Who doesn’t want a professor with custom tailored suits and a top specialist in his field?

“At first he didn’t recognize her. She was breathtakingly beautiful, her movements sure and graceful. Yet there was something about her face and figure that reminded him of the girl he’d fallen in love with long ago. They’d gone their separate ways, and he had always mourned her, his angel, his muse, his beloved Beatrice. Without her, his life had been lonely and small.
Now his blessedness appeared.”

“When I am an old man and I can remember nothing else, I will remember this moment. The first time my eyes beheld an angel in the flesh. “I will remember your body and your eyes, your beautiful face and breasts, your curves and this.” He traced his hand around her navel before dragging it lightly to the top of her lower curls. “I will remember your scent and your touch and how it felt to love you. But most of all, I will remember how it felt to gaze at true beauty, both inside and out. For you are fair, my beloved, in soul and in body, generous of spirit and generous of heart. And I will never see anything this side of heaven more beautiful than you.”

Archie Sheridan (Gretchen Lowell / Archie Sheridan series by Chelsea Cain)
Well having the inscription at the left written to me, DOES NOT HELP. LOL! What can I say about him? I first heard about the series when I read an article that FX had bought the rights to produce a show and it sounded intriguing. Female serial killer who tortures the lead detective on the task force set to capture her for ten days then leaves him horribly scarred. I love the emotions Cain gave us with Archie. How his world was turned upside down when Gretchen Lowell came into his life and how no matter what he does to move on he can’t. She’ll be with him forever regardless of what he does to rid himself of her.

“…He’d worked tirelessly on that case. His efforts had led to identifying the Beauty Killer’s signature…Henry thought it was because [she] was Archie’s first homicide. But it wasn’t that… It was her ring…A silver Irish Claddagh ring, worn on her right hand with the heart facing outward, away from the body, indicating that she was still looking for love…”—Sweetheart

Rhett Butler (Margret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind)
Ah Rhett. He was my first crush and for that he’ll be always be number one. I was young when I read the book, but even younger when I saw the film and maybe that’s why it’s my favorite film. When I read Rhett Butler’s People, I just fell all over for him all over again.

“Dear Scarlett! You aren’t helpless. Anyone as selfish and determined as you are is never helpless. God help the Yankees if they should get you.”

“I bare my soul and you are suspicious! No, Scarlett, this is a bona fide honorable declaration. I admit that it’s not in the best of taste, coming at this time, but I have a very good excuse for my lack of breeding. I’m going away tomorrow for a long time and I fear that if I wait till I return you’ll have married some one else with a little money. So I thought, why not me and my money? Really, Scarlett, I can’t go all my life waiting to catch you between husbands. ”

David Gandy

Okay he’s not fictional, but I needed an excuse to include him.

Postscript: March 2013

We had a fantastic March! I’m hoping April is just as awesome. I’m hoping you’ll join us for a few giveaways and I’m calling April a Tempting month. We also have some great interviews with two rocking authors and I hope you enjoy getting to know them better.

Here’s a recap of what you may have missed on Literary, etc during March.

News and Features
Film Friday: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Top Ten Tuesday:10 Books I Recommend
Film Friday: The Bridges of Madison County
Feature & Follow: My Guilty Reading Pleasure
Film Friday: Her Majesty Mrs. Brown
Discussion: Swag
Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Bought, But Still Haven’t Read
Feature & Follow: Favorite Reading Spot
Top Ten Tuesday:TBR List: Books To Read By June
Top Ten Tuesday: Books Other Have Read, But I Haven’t

Cover Reveals
Paige Edward’s Dare Me Forever
Jessica Scott’s The Long Way Home
Melissa R. Smith’s Touch of Silver with excerpt
Rachel Harris’ A Tale of Two Centuries with excerpt

Guest Post
Rachelle: Gillian Flynn Chicago Discussion of Gone Girl

Author & Book Spotlights
Leave of Absence
The Ashford Affair
The Photo Traveler

Author Interviews
Alan Cupp
Rebecca Reid

Books Reviewed
3/5: Toni Aleo’s Taking Shots
5/5: Amy Maurer Jones’ April Drools
4/5: Arthur Gonzalez’s The Photo Traveler
5/5: Aaron Cooley’s Shaken, Not Stirred
3/5: Jessa Russo’s Ever
5/5: Melissa R Smith’s Touch of Silver
4/5: Margot Berwin’s Scent of Darkness
5/5: Jessica Lemmon’s Tempting the Billionaire
3/5 : Ashlyn Macnamara’s A Most Scandalous Proposal

Favorite Book of the Month
Without a doubt it’s Tempting the Billionaire.

Fun with keyword searches
my book collection etc, castles fairytales, fan fiction bared to you the crossfire series from gideon cross pov, jack cigarette case

Books Acquired For Review


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Giveaways Won

epic1Another Little Piece and Night School via Epic Reads

gospelThe Liar’s Gospel via Little Brown Co.

henPin it To Win it winner from Henery Press

eliseSoap from author Elise Marion

Spotlight: Leave of Absence

9781592998838 cov.indd Title: Leave of Absence
Author: Tanya J. Peterson
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publication Date: April 01, 2013
Publisher: Inkwater Press

“Each substance of a grief has twenty shadows.” — William Shakespeare

Hollywood has stereotyped the schizophrenic. Prepare for your perceptions to be shattered. Penelope Baker grapples with schizophrenia. She has suffered losses, and her grief has deep and numerous shadows. Oliver Graham, utterly bereft, wrestles with guilt. He has suffered losses, and his grief has deep and numerous shadows. Leave of Absence unveils the complexity—and the humanity—underlying psychological struggles.

When Oliver Graham’s suicide attempt fails, he is admitted to Airhaven Behavioral Health Center. Unable to cope with the traumatic loss of his beloved wife and son, he finds a single thread of attachment to life in Penelope, a fellow patient wrestling with schizophrenia’s devastating impact on her once happy and successful life. They both struggle to discover a reason to live while Penelope’s fiance William strives to convince her that she is worth loving. As Oliver and Penelope try to achieve emotional stability, face others who have been part of their lives, and function in the “real world,” they discover that human connection may be reason enough to go on.

Written with extraordinary perception into the thought processes of those dealing with mental illness, Leave of Absence is perfect for readers seeking an empathic depiction of grief, loss, and schizophrenia. It has a place in the classrooms of counselor-educators, among support groups for those with mental illness and for their caregivers, and in the home of anyone who has ever experienced human suffering and healing.

Leave of Absence Trailer

Where to Purchase Leave of Absence:
Amazon (Kindle) | Barnes & Noble (Nook) | Barnes & Noble (paperback)

About Tanya
I’m intrigued by the human experience, which is probably the reason I decided to earn degrees in education and in counseling. I enjoy working with people and helping them empower themselves to make their lives great, and I sincerely appreciate those who have helped me through my own challenges in this human experience (I’ve experienced counseling from both sides of the proverbial couch). I’ve worked at a school for homeless and runaway adolescents and in traditional schools as well. I also love to write, and I enjoy creating stories about the human experience.

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Spotlight: The Ashford Affair

ashford Title: The Ashford Affair
Author: Lauren Willig
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publication Date: April 09, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

As a lawyer in a large Manhattan firm, just shy of making partner, Clementine Evans has finally achieved almost everything she’s been working towards—but now she’s not sure it’s enough. Her long hours have led to a broken engagement and, suddenly single at thirty-four, she feels her messy life crumbling around her. But when the family gathers for her grandmother Addie’s ninety-ninth birthday, a relative lets slip hints about a long-buried family secret, leading Clemmie on a journey into the past that could change everything. . . .

What follows is a potent story that spans generations and continents, bringing an Out of Africa feel to a Downton Abbey cast of unforgettable characters. From the inner circles of WWI-era British society to the skyscrapers of Manhattan and the red-dirt hills of Kenya, the never-told secrets of a woman and a family unfurl.

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Lauren Willig is the New York Times bestselling author of eleven works of historical fiction. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages, awarded the RITA, Booksellers Best and Golden Leaf awards, and chosen for the American Library Association’s annual list of the best genre fiction. After graduating from Yale University, she embarked on a PhD in English History at Harvard before leaving academia to acquire a JD at Harvard Law while authoring her “Pink Carnation” series of Napoleonic-set novels. She lives in New York City, where she now writes full time

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Books I Recommend

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This week’s topic is: Books you recommend.

A problem I run into when people ask others for book recommendations is, there is never a question of what books does the person asking like. If you ask them, it saves you the time from trying to find something they might not be interested in reading or hating.

For Mystery / Thriller Fans
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A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch. I always recommend this to mystery fans especially those who are fans of a traditional detective novel. It does suffer from debut hiccups, but it introduces to gentleman detective Charles Lenox.

Heartsick by Chelsea Cain. If you’re looking for a serial killer series, this is your book, but instead of a traditional male killer Cain writes a twist: a beautiful female killer.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Looking for a mind fuck? This is your book.

For Contemporary Romance Readers
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Slammed by Colleen Hoover. I remember reading this one by accident because the book I really wanted to read wouldn’t load properly on my e-reader. Needless to say I’ve not looked back and read it in one sitting. Loved it!

Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard. I read this book last year and didn’t find it out had been Twilight fan fiction until 4 months later. I was disappointed, but you know I still enjoy it and recommend it. Everyone should meet the Professor!

Historical Romance
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Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas. This was Sherry’s debut novel and this pretty much proves why she’s an awesome writer. I became a fan right away.

The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt. Like Sherry, this was Elizabeth’s debut novel. It’s one of my favorites and Edward is a grumpy hero, but for good reason!

A Woman Scorned by Liz Carlyle. This is Liz’s second book, but one of her best. I think classic Liz (those published prior to Three Little Secrets) are her best overall.

For Children
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Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell. I ADORED this book as a child and if invited to a child’s birthday party, etc this is the gift I give.

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. Haha, I use to drive my parents crazy with constantly reading this. It’s still a favorite of mine as an adult.

Honorable Mentions:
Tangled Web by Mary Balogh. This one is my favorite of hers! It’s just full of heartbreak.

Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase. If you only read ONE historical romance novel, this is it.

Deadly Love by Brenda Joyce. The first book in her Francesca Cahill series, it introduces us to Francesca, crime-solver extraordinaire. It has everything-mystery and romance.

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett. If you only read ONE mystery novel, this is it. It’s one of my favorites and of course the film version with Bogart isn’t bad.

Feature & Follow #5

8474595901_873f4993f4 Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly blog hop hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read. It’s a fun way to find other blogs and meet new bloggers.

You can follow Lit, etc via Twitter, Facebook, Networked Blogs, or subscribe to the blog via email. Please let me know if you’re a new follower and I’ll follow back.

Q: What is your guilty pleasure as far as reading? Is it a genre, or is it a certain type of book?

I can’t say no to historical romances especially those set in Regency / Victorian times. I have to say, I LOVE long lost lovers reunited. There’s something about the angst of them being apart to the smoldering looks they give each other across the ballroom and the whole will they or won’t they that calls me.

What’s your guilty pleasure?