Friday, January 30, 2015

Author Candis Terry on Writing Intimate Moments--and it isn't smut

I am thrilled to have author Candis Terry stop by today at Love. Life. Read. Two of the biggest misconceptions of romance novels are they are all the same and filled cover-to-cover with smut. As Candis tells us, there is always more to the story...

Welcome Candis!

Thank you so much for having me here today!

To get things started, let me just say . . . No, I don’t write smut..
I’m often asked (mostly by people who don’t read romance) what it’s like to write sex scenes. Do I do my own “research?” Aren’t I embarrassed to have people read such . . . smut? Oddly enough, this last question is often asked by men. Really guys? You don’t like sex? Hmmm. So after I pull in my claws and bite my tongue to the point of looking vampirish, I respond calmly and hopefully intellectually. But there are no guarantees.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Review: Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out
By Susan Kuklin
ISBN: 9780763656119
Publication Date: February 11, 2014
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Reviewed from: a copy from my library

“I told my mom that I wanted to see me as a man in a heterosexual relationship. I wanted to be referred to as a he. I wanted to live my life as the man of the house, masculine. I know there are butch lesbians, and all that stuff, but I didn’t want to be that. I just wanted to be a normal man” Jessy, page 11.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Author Interview with Rhenna Morgan, author of Unexpected Eden + a Giveaway

I am THRILLED to have Rhenna Morgan, author of Unexpected Eden stopping by today at Love. Life. Read. to answer a few questions about it and the next book in the series. Be sure to stick around as there is a giveaway too!

About Unexpected Eden:

Most people believe Eden no longer exists. Lexi Merrill’s about to learn they’re wrong. A hard-working bartender with a self-sufficient backbone and a wary nature, she knows pickup lines like a second language. So, when Eryx Shantos barges into her world with too-smooth words and a body to back it up, she locks up her libido and vows to keep her distance.

Eryx has other ideas. As king of the Myren race, Eryx is duty-bound to enforce the laws preventing exposure of their existence to humans. Yet The Fates have led him through his dreams to Lexi, a temptation he doesn’t want to resist. The question is, is she Myren, or human - which makes her forbidden fruit?

When Eryx’s nemesis tags Lexi as his next target, Eryx insists on taking her home where he can keep her safe. Lexi had no idea “home” would mean the one-and-only land of creation…or that she’d trigger a prophecy that could doom her newfound race.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Make it Last by Megan Erickson Review and GIVEAWAY!!

Make It Last 
by Megan Erickson
ISBN: 9780062353535
Publication Date: January 6 2015
Publisher: William Morrow Impulse
Reviewed from: an eARC provided by the publisher--thank you William Morrow!

What is it About:

After graduating from Bowler University, the last place Cam Ruiz ever expected to find himself is his hometown. A bad job as a bouncer and
worry over his mom’s health make living in Paradise anything but. There’s only one thing that can make his return any harder—running into the only girl he’s ever loved.
Tate Ellison made a mistake when she was eighteen, one that cost her the best thing she’s ever had. She’s always hoped the regret of losing Cam would fade over time. Too bad it’s only grown. She took comfort in the fact she’d never have to face him again, so his presence in Paradise throws her for a loop.
The pull between them is instant and when the truth of what happened years ago tumbles out, they share a mind-blowing kiss...which leads to more. But the past has a way of repeating itself. When all the cards are on the table, Cam and Tate must decide what they are willing to do to make it last.

To Purchase the Book:

Thursday, January 15, 2015

TWO Cover Reveals for Molly McAdams Upcoming Release

I am so excited that Molly McAdams is releasing TWO books before the year is half way over!! If you are like me, you love her books for her characters and get lost in them so easily. 

Without further ado, here are the covers for Changing Everything and Trusting Liam

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: What I Wish I Read in 2014 but Did Not

Yesterday's Top Ten Tuesday prompt is 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To. I am sure we all have titles we wished we had read, but did not for whatever reason.

It always happens to me, I start the year off thinking I am going to stay up on each year's new releases, but somehow (and annoyingly), real life gets in the way of me doing this. This list is the books I Wish I Read in 2014, but Did Not.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Montana Actually by Fiona Lowe Tour -->Giveaway<--

Montana Actually
By Fiona Lowe
ISBN: 9780425276952
Publication Date: January 6, 2015
Publisher: Berkley
Reviewed from: an eARC provided by the publisher--Thank you!

About Montana Actually:

Josh Stanton is in the middle nowhere aka Montana. Having a plan to reduce his medical student loans, he takes a position as the ER doctor in Bear Paw, Montana. Upon arriving, it is dropped in his lap that he will also be running the clinic for the next three years, too. Having no desire to get to personally know his patients, this is hell for him.

Katrina McCade is back in Bear Paw. Returning home to lick her wounds (without telling anyone the real reason she came home), she has sworn off doctors. Even though she is a nurse, she has taken a couple part time jobs serving coffee and pulling beers, while she waits to arrange for her to do volunteer work in a under served country.

When they get together, will they find something in each other to make them stick, or is this destined to be a quick, no strings attached fling?

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Review: Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek

Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek
By Mara Van Wagenen
ISBN: 9780525426813
Publication Date: April 15, 2014
Publisher: Dutton
Reviewed from: a copy from my library

“Popularity is more than books. It’s not clothes, hair or even possessions. When we let go of these labels, we see how flimsy and relative they actually are. Real popularity is kindness and acceptance. It is about who you are, and how you treat others” page 254.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Bout of Books 12.0 Progress

Bout of Books
Yippee! Bout of Books has started. Are you participating in Bout of Books? If so, be sure to leave me a link so I can come over and cheer you on this week! 

My goals for the week include:

  1. Have fun!
  2. Visit others participating in the read-a-thon
  3. Finish as many books as I can--it may only be two, but I will hope for more
  4. Participate in a Twitter Chat if the times work with my schedule
  5. Participate in a Daily Challenge or two