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This Wedding is Doomed So Let Them Eat Cake!

Jeannie Lin writes historical romance and steampunk set in imperial China. On any given day, she's juggling twinsies, a computer job, and writing in between. She likes to bake for fun, which probably explains a lot about this post...  When I was planning my wedding, a friend brought up that everyone has something … [Read More...]

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"It's May, it's May, the lusty Month of May!"  Ok, whenever I think of May, this song from Camelot comes to mind.  Lancelot and Guieneviere, you can't ask for a more doomed couple.  I actually had to stop watching the movie because I'd sob like crazy whenever he sang, "If Ever I Should Leave You."  And, I even saw it … [Read More...]

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The Doris Day Vintage Film Club by Fiona Harper

Claire Bixby runs a travel agency geared toward romantic getaways.  As a child she shared her grandmother’s love of Doris Day movies and wanted others to experience the happily ever afters she enjoyed watching.  But aside from her Doris Day Vintage Film Club members, Claire was pretty much alone.  When Nic stumbles … [Read More...]

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joysann’s Pick of the Week – The Kraken King by Meljean Brook

It's so great to have joysann back giving her take on the books she's been reading and listening to.  She's a retired librarian from Ohio who really knows her books and especially loves listening to them on audio. . . . The Kraken King by Meljean Brook .Listened to by joysann . Zenobia has … [Read More...]

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Finally recovering from my bout of pneumonia.  I'm sure a large dose of warm weather and sunshine will do wonders.  Hoping that's in my near future.  Until then I've got a TBR pile that's out of control.  And now here's more books to tempt you. ,     Upside Down by Lia Riley (Forever Trade … [Read More...]

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Today is my son's birthday.  No, not Andrew, but his older brother.  It doesn't seem possible that he's 43 years old today.  How did that happen?  I feel like it was only yesterday that I was 43 and don't even get me started on the day he was born because, yes, I remember that day in vivid color.  Not much reading done … [Read More...]

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I'm sure there's a good reason why books all seem to be released on a Tuesday.  I don't know what it is yet, but I'm going to investigate and get back to you.  Meanwhile, enjoy checking out the new titles this week. .           . . The City Beneath by Melody … [Read More...]

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Table Wars

No big secret that the past weekend was all about the luncheon and I'll probably have to do several posts about it because so much happened.  If everything were put in a novel, it would be the size of War and Peace.  So, we'll just do fun little segments.  Today is about Table Wars. . Table Wars is the cute term … [Read More...]

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My weekend in DC was amazing.  I always enjoy connecting with the Washington Romance Writers.  Now is the big push for the luncheon.  Tomorrow we move all the boxes to the hotel and tomorrow night is the South Milwaukee Library event at 6:30 p.m. with Nancy Naigle and Kelsey Browning.  They have lots of free stuff to … [Read More...]

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Hope you had a chance to check out yesterday's hot topic blog.  One hundred comments, so people had a lot to say.  Go ahead and add your two cents worth.  It's over 60 degrees here, so I'm ready to open some windows while I open some new … [Read More...]

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Authors, Please Stop Complaining

First, let me make it clear that I am a huge supporter of authors and I am a reader. My issue is with the select few (considering the large pool of authors) that constantly whine, complain and, in my opinion, browbeat and belittle readers.  I'm sure it's not their intention, well, maybe it is to some. . My … [Read More...]

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I recently found out about a new book club in my neighborhood, so I'm going to check it out this morning.  I'm excited but nervous.  Excited to meet new readers, but nervous because they may pick books that I don't care for.  But, it's always good to try new things and meeting new readers can be just as exciting as … [Read More...]

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I can't believe it, but it actually looks like spring is on it's way.  I know this because it is 60 degrees one day and 36 degrees the next.  But the good news is that I won't be reading in a stuffy house much longer.  Soon I'll be able to open windows and doors and maybe even sit outside while I'm off on my book … [Read More...]

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Amanda and Heidi’s Reads

What's better than reading a good book?  Knowing your child is reading for fun too.  Here's mother and daughter readers Heidi and Amanda's reads this week. . Amazon Burning by Victoria Griffith Read by Amanda, 13 Emma Cohen has dreamed of becoming a journalist. While at NYU,  Emma  receives an … [Read More...]

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Yes, There’s Research in Historical Romance

While I enjoying reading all kinds of books, I have a special place in my heart for historicals.  I think maybe I lived during the Regency period in a former life (I was aristocracy, of course).  So, when three terrific authors contacted me, I thought it would be fun to hear about something that ties them all … [Read More...]

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My Read of the Week – The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook by Josie Brown

Here's the second book I picked from the list of recommendations from readers and I can tell you it was a gem.  Thanks to The Book Matchmaker, who loves to match books with readers. . The Housewife Assassin's Handbook by Josie Brown.  Donna Stone has found love and happiness with Carl.  A hardworking businessman, … [Read More...]