Monday, July 25, 2016

Mary Gramlich (The Reading Reviewer) with Jade Lee and AS RICH AS A ROGUE

RICH AS A ROGUE by Jade Lee

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Series: Rakes & Rogues, #3
Pubdate: August 2nd 2016

BLURP…Third in the saucy, vibrant Rakes & Rogues Regency romance series from USA Today bestselling author Jade Lee.

Mari Powel’s fiery Welsh temper is up. Peter Norwood, Lord Whitly, is back in town after six years romping around India making his fortune. Mari blames him for her social downfall and has spent all this time clawing her way back into the ton’s good graces. How dare he show up on his first day back and publicly embroil her in a bet involving long-awaited apologies, illicit kisses, and Lady Illston’s unruly parakeet? Mari is outraged, and is going to show him—and everyone else—what she’s made of. Little does she know, the unrepentant Lord Whitly has been dreaming of her all this time. Now he’ll do anything to win the wager—along with Mari’s heart.

USA Today bestselling author Jade Lee has been crafting love stories since she first picked up a set of paper dolls. Ballgowns and rakish lords caught her attention early (thank you Georgette Heyer), and her fascination with the Regency began. An author of more than 40 romance novels and winner of dozens of reader awards, she brings laughter into the sexy nights of England's elite. Quirky characters and sexy banter are her hallmarks. Find out more at her website www.JadeLeeAuthor.com, or check out her wild contemporary half at www.KathyLyons.com.

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Top 10 Fun Facts about As Rich as a Rogue

1.    As Rich as a Rogue was inspired by Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin.  Can you say, duh? Everyone who writes and reads regency romance loves Austin’s work. But I was listening to an audio copy of Pride and Prejudice when I had the strongest desire to write a story based on an absolutely rude incident at a party.  Just like in Austin’s book, the heroine overhears the hero being awful, but then I made it more confrontational. She chastises him face to face and both of their lives are forever changed. Each spirals in a different way from that one incident. So, in short, P&P was the basis for my book!

2.    This series has an animal character in every book. 50 Ways to Ruin a Rake features a turkey that gets mistaken for a dodo bird. I wanted the publisher to put pictures of little turkeys in between every scene, but they refused. L One Rogue at a Time features a pig who gets drunk and forces all sorts of mishaps in the mud. I just love bathing in the creek scenes. And then As Rich as a Roguefeatures a bet about a rude parakeet. Hero and Heroine are racing to see who can teach the parakeet an appropriate phrase first. So in my mind (and because I’m awful with titles) the books were the turkey book, the pig book, and the parakeet book.

3.  I am notoriously terrible at titles. In fact, my editor once called my title suggestion the worst she’d ever heard in 30 years of publishing. Guess what the original title of this book was.
(a) The Duke’s Cunning Plan; (b) That Nobody Chit from Hull; (c) Of Birds, Brides, and Men; or (d) Megan and Peter’s Book
Answer: C and D – Option A, The Duke’s Cunning Plan was the original title for 50 Ways to Ruin a Rake. (Damon Suede changed that to the Duke’s Cunning Linguist which made my editor blush). That Nobody Chit from Hull was dubbed the worst title ever and became One Rogue at a Time. Birds, Brides and Men was just a cute thing I made up and used in my brain interchangeably with Megan and Peter’s book.

4.       I’ve had lots of great covers in my career. After 50 books, some of them have been absolutely stunning, but As Rich as a Rogue is probably my favorite. Guess why.
(a) Red and gold were my high school class colors. So of course, this would be my favorite cover; (b) Doesn’t the hero look hot? Enough said; (c) Her facial expression. She looks wickedly mischievous and I love that; or (d) My name. Big, bold, and gold! Yes sir, I do have an ego!
 Answer: C – The colors are awesome, but that has nothing to do with my class colors. The hero looks hot, but without man chest, it’s just nice. And I do have an ego, so it’s great to have my name so large, but that’s not why I love the cover. It’s all about her face.

5.       One scene in As Rich as a Rogue was built directly from my Downton Abbey imagination. Guess which one.
(a) The love scene of course. I’ve built lots of love scenes in my imagination with the handsome male cast of Downton Abbey; (b) The scene where the Cook and Housekeeper share tea with the hero and give him important information on the villainous things his father is doing. I set the scene in Mrs. Hughes’ tiny office and imagined her and Mrs. Patmore trying to tell Matthew Crawley something sensitive; (c) In my mind, the ball was set in the Downton Abbey ballroom. Where else would it be?; or (d) We’re able to visit a few lower class pubs in Downton Abbey and in my book. My imagination grabbed the seediest pub and put it into my book.

Answer: B – In my imagination, the hero’s Cook and Housekeeper worked in Downton Abbey’s belowstairs. So that setting was lifted directly into my book (minus certain appliances). All the other options above didn’t quite translate to the Regency time period.

6.  All of the Rakes and Rogues books have a silly side to it. A part of the plot that is designed for humor and inevitably spirals out of control.  In 50 Ways to Ruin a Rake, every person in the book has a plan that goes horribly awry. A zillion competing agendas clash in hilarious ways! In One Rogue at a Time, the heroine believes something that no one else does. Her insistence becomes funnier and funnier until the world aligns with her. In As Rich as a Rogue, I played with all the things we do to maintain or fight appearances until it becomes incredibly silly. Great fun to read, but OMG it was hard to write. Finding that spot of funny without becoming too silly is a difficult target to hit. I think I managed it, but you’ll have to decide for yourself.

7.       True or False: I wrote this book without benefit of coffee.
TRUE!  I hate having to search for coffee when travelling. Sometimes I have to get up incredibly early during conferences (well early for me), and adding in time to find a cafĂ© for a soy latte is a real challenge. So I decided to go coffee free and see how I felt. Answer: TIRED! They say everyone has a drug of choice, and mine is caffeine. This book took a month longer than usual to write and I felt like I had to work twice as hard to be witty. All of that was magically solved the minute I went back on a morning cup of joe!

8.       My very first published regency romance, Rules for a Lady, featured a young street boy adopted by the heroine. He was a delightful source of a disagreement between hero and heroine. It works because the heroine has a very soft heart and picks up strays all over the place. In As Rich as a Rogue, I turned that around. The very practical-minded hero ends up adopting a street boy and trying to justify his tender heart. Plus, this street boy is a great deal more savvy than in my first book, so there’s a few more challenges there. Great fun!

9.       The first sexual encounter (more than a kiss) in As Rich as a Rogue had to be completely re-written several times. That’s extremely unusual for me. Normally love scenes are relatively easy for me. By the time the characters get sexual, I’ve built up the tension so high that the hero and heroine just implode together. But in this case, I couldn’t get the tone right. In the first go round, what started as a funny scene becomes hero dominant fast. That wasn’t right, so I lessened the funny and it just didn’t work with the lighter tone of the book. I tried fully funny and ended up with slapstick. OMG it was a mess. Finally, I just stopped and re-read the book from beginning again. I flowed deeper into the heroine’s mindset and managed a balance. My editor didn’t have one correction on the scene, so I think I finally got it right!

10.   Mari, the heroine of As Rich as a Rogue, appears in an earlier ebook novella titled Winning a Bride. In fact, that’s my favorite novella of all that I’ve ever written, but it has a significant error. It features a character named Megan when that name didn’t come into use until the twentieth century. Oops! So rather than perpetuate the error, I changed her name to Mari and wrote her story with that name.



An Excerpt

“I never imagined that I would have to fight so hard for the woman of my choice.”
“Because you are a wealthy lord?”
“Yes.”
She sighed and kicked idly at a stone. “If you wish to pursue this, you need only speak to my father. He will put me on bread and water and lock me in a dungeon until I accept your proposal.”
His eyes narrowed. “Your father would do that?”
“Probably,” she said with a laugh. Her expression was easy despite what she was suggesting.
“So your father is a harsh man,” he pressed. This was something he needed to know.
“What? Papa? Well, no more than the usual, I suppose. He’s considered merciless in business.”
“How merciless?” In his experience, a man’s business practices could be very ugly indeed. “I need particulars, Miss Powel.”
She faced him squarely. “Then you should talk to my father.”
He took a deep breath. “Very well,” he said. “I will.” It took her a moment to process those words and then another breath before she grabbed his arm in alarm. “Oh no. I misspoke. My father is the gentlest man in the world, and you should definitely not speak to him.”
Now they were getting somewhere. “Afraid of bread and water, are you?”
“Yes! Well, no, not literally. Good God, why are we speaking of my father? You are correct, he is the one who wants the title and would do a great deal to see me wed to you. But after the vows are exchanged, you would not be shackled to him. It would be me in your bed. Day in and day out with a wife who spends most of her time wanting to throttle you.”
He heard her words, but most of them were lost under the fantasy of her in his bed. Of her beneath him night after night and well into the morning, when he could wake her with sweet kisses and bold thrusts. “My lord?” she pressed when he had been silent too long.
He forcibly drew himself out of his reverie. “So what is it that you want in a man, if it isn’t a title or money?”
She glanced at him but quickly looked away. “Shall I name for you the countless well-heeled peers who would be a nightmare as a husband? There are exactly fifty-three.”
“Are those the eligible gentlemen?”
She shuddered. “Goodness, no. The unmarried or widower titles number thirty-seven. Beyond that, there are over a dozen in my acceptable column, and exactly none who wish to court me, a wayward Welsh cit.”
“Lord Rimbury is courting you.”
“Well-heeled, my lord.”
“I am courting you.”
“You are in my nightmare category.” He turned to her. “Why?”
“And here we are full circle. I have explained to you that we do not suit. We fight constantly. You make me want to do violence. Every single one of my good intentions fly to the boughs the moment you enter a room. You make me insane, my lord, and—” He did not allow her to say more. He knew her words were meant to dissuade him, but he heard what she didn’t say. He heard that she lost her careful plans when he was around. That she was mad for him. And if they were wed, she would be this creature who challenged him at every turn to speak better, to think more clearly, and to act in every way better than the lummox he had been. That he often still was.
So he kissed her.
He jerked her into his arms and put his mouth on hers. He wrapped her tight against his chest, knew the glorious feel of her breasts flush against his torso, and when her mouth opened on a gasp of surprise, he thrust his tongue inside.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Mary Gramlich (The Reading Reviewer) with A DUKE TO REMEMBER by Kelly Bowen



A DUKE TO REMEMBER by Kelly Bowen

Product Details
On Sale: July 26, 2016
Series: A Season for Scandal, #2
Publisher: Forever
Format: Mass Market Paperback

Blurp…Love takes the stage . . . Elise deVries is not what she seems. By night, the actress captivates London theatergoers with her chameleon-like ability to slip inside her characters. By day, she uses her mastery of disguise to work undercover for Chegarre & Associates, an elite agency known for its discreet handling of indelicate scandals. But when Elise is tasked with locating the missing Duke of Ashland, she finds herself center stage in a real-life drama.

Noah Ellery left the glamour of the London aristocracy to pursue a simpler life in the country. He's managed to avoid any complications or entanglements-that is, until he lays eyes on Elise and realizes there's more to this beautiful woman than meets the eye. But when Elise reveals her real identity-and her true feelings for him-the runaway duke must confront the past he left behind . . . to keep the woman he loves forever.

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But it was Kelly's infatuation with history and a weakness for a good love story that led her down the path of historical romance.  When she is not writing, she seizes every opportunity to explore ruins and battlefields.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Mary Gramlich (The Reading Reviewer) with Veronica Forand and TRUE DECEPTIONS (#SummerOfSuspense Sale Alert for True Deceptions!)


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TRUE DECEPTIONS is a story about Simon Dunn, a jaded MI6 operative who ends up with a not so skilled partner. Cassie Watson is a computer genius and is tall, blonde and everything Simon doesn't want in his life right. Her transformation from too stupid to live to kick-ass spy comes after some very intense events.

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—★★★★★—
Praise for the True Lies series!

“This book was full of adventure, mystery, action, fear, anger, pain, hope, loss, family reunions and so much more...I was a little sad when I finished it because I wanted the story to continue.” —5 Star Top Pick Review, Night Owl Reviews

“The plot is filled with globe-trotting intrigue, stolen art, secret identities, and dangerous villains, and Forand balances the suspenseful mystery with a passionate romance.” —Kirkus Reviews

"Gripping, fast-paced, and wickedly unique." —Jodi Linton, Author of "Pretty Reckless


True Deceptions
Copyright © 2015 by Veronica Forand
Excerpt

Sitting at the table again, Cassie glanced toward Simon. “You don't seem the type to cook.”

“I hate stereotypes, don't you?” He took in her earthy outfit. Her hippie persona was definitely not going to work when they went to meet his contacts. Which brought him to his next question. “What's your specialty?”

“Robotics.” She shrugged, as though every bombshell of a blonde majored in robotics.

“Any languages?”?

“I know about forty computer languages.”?

“Good. You can speak to all the computers we encounter. What about foreign languages?”?

“Spanish and French.”?

“Fluent?”?

“Mexican Spanish fluent, not so much in French. Since I don't know my role, I'm unsure what skills I'll need.”?

They must have chosen her for a purpose. She'd be the technical expertise, while he handled the practical logistics.

“You're supposed to be my lover. Are you comfortable with that?”?

He watched her reaction. She nodded, swallowed hard, and then dropped her eyes to her potatoes. He'd take that as a no.


Synopsis...After his partner was murdered, Simon Dunn was finished with MI6. But the cold, violent world of British intelligence never lets anyone go free. Now Simon has been blackmailed into a new job...with a beautiful new partner who's going to get them both killed. 

Robotics expert Cassie Watson is a newbie field agent with as much sophistication as...well, a pacifist, vegan computer nerd. Now she's abruptly thrust into the cutthroat world of espionage with a partner who is as cold as he is brutally—and brutishly—handsome.
But when their mission is betrayed from the inside, Cassie will be forced to place her life in the hands of the one man who's anything but trustworthy...
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UNTRUE COLORS, True Lies #1
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TRUE PERIL, True Lies #3
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About Veronica Forand...A Golden Pen winner in romantic suspense and a triple finalist in the Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, Veronica Forand is an attorney and a novelist. 

She's lived in Boston, London, Paris, Geneva, and Washington, DC and currently resides near Philadelphia. An avid traveler, she loves to roam across continents with her husband and kids in pursuit of skiing, scuba diving, and finding the perfect piece of chocolate.

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Mary Gramlich (The Reading Reviewer) with THE CURSE OF TENTH GRAVE by Darynda Jones

THE CURSE OF TENTH GRAVE by Darynda Jones

PRODUCT DETAILS
Series: Charley Davidson Series (Book 10)
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (June 28, 2016)

BLURP… If one door closes and another one opens, your house is probably haunted.   ―Bumper Sticker

As a Part-time PI and fulltime grim reaper, Charley Davidson has asked a lot of questions throughout her life: Why can I see dead people? Who is the hot supernatural entity following me? How do I get gum out of my sister’s hair before she wakes up? But, “How do I trap not one malevolent god, but three?” was never among them. Until now. And since those gods are on earth to kill her daughter, she has little choice but to track them down, trap them, and cast them from this dimension.

There’s just one problem. One of the three stole her heart a very long time ago. Can the Razer, a god of absolute death and destruction, change his omniscient spots, or will his allegiances lie with his brothers?

Those are just a few of the questions Charley must answer, and quick. Add to that a homeless girl running for her life, an innocent man who’s been charged with murdering the daughter of a degenerate gambler, and a pendant made from god glass that has the entire supernatural world in an uproar, and Charley has her hands full. If she can manage to take care of the whole world-destroying-gods thing, we’re saved. If not, well…


AUTHOR BIO… New York Times and USA Today bestselling author DARYNDA JONES won a Golden Heart and a RITA for her manuscript First Grave on the Right. A born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Mary Gramlich (The Reading Reviewer) with Mary Ting and FROM TITANS (Descendant Prophecies Book #4)

Visit the world of Descendant Prophecies in FROM TITANS by Mary Ting…

About FROM TITANS

Everyone is searching for Mason. 

Zeus sent Hermes, and the Oracles have used their magic, with no success. A sparkle of hope arises when Eris, the goddess of Chaos, sends an invitation to her wedding engagement party. She’s holding Mason hostage, and Skylar and her friends only need permission to enter Eris’s world to rescue him. 

At the party, Eris gives them one condition: In exchange for Mason, they must travel to the Land of Reverse and bring back the bottle of gold water King Midas used to wash himself free of his gift. Further chaos follows when Eris not only sets up a hunt in the Labyrinth of Crete, but makes a bargain with the Titans she rescued. 

The Titans possess power more than anyone anticipated, and Cronus is hungry for revenge after his own children locked him up in Tartarus. No one is safe. Not even the humans.

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About FROM GODS (Descendant Prophecies Book 1)

***2013 InD'Tale RONE Award Finalist for YA**** 
Did you just see a flash of lightning across the sky on a clear sunny day? 
Don’t blame Mother Nature. 

Skylar Rome can’t wait to spend her last summer before college with her cousin, Kayla. Everything changes when they meet the Grand brothers. Skylar is sure she should stay away from Mason Grand, but their attraction is undeniable. Then Skylar’s life erupts into turmoil. She steps into a world where descendants of ancient gods have super powers, evil beings chase her, and questions arise about her own identity. She is running out of time and running for her life, while trying to unravel the mystery of what they want from her. 

Forced into a battle set into motion long before she was born, will Skylar find the answers she seeks, or will she die trying?

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About FROM DEITIES (Descendant Prophecies Book 2)

A mysterious stranger enters Skylar’s inner circle, destroying her precarious peace. She begins college amid new secrets, emerging powers, fresh dangers, and a potential stepfather. 

In New Olympus, a hidden dwelling place for descendants of the gods, she finally gets answers. But can she trust them? Skylar and the Grand family must work together with these descendants to discover the key to their rescue from the evolving, evil vultures of Hades. 

As the threat increases, Skylar must learn to control her newfound powers and decide who to trust before it’s too late.

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About FROM ORIGINS (Descendant Prophecies Book 3)

Faced with an impossible choice, Skylar and the other descendants embark on a deadly quest to the underworld to confront Hades, who has been plotting to kill them all. 
  
They discover the ancient gods are not dead, as once believed, but are instead held captive in a secret location. In order to save the world from destruction at the hands of Hephaestus, the descendants must rescue their ancestors, the gods of Olympus. 
  
Skylar learns more about her bloodline and her powers, but there is a heavy price to pay. The darkest forces known to man are about to return to reclaim their stolen kingdom.


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Author Bio...International Bestselling, Award-Winning, Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Mary Gramlich (The Reading Reviewer) with FALLING by Jane Green

FALLING by Jane Green

Product Details
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Berkley (July 19, 2016)

The New York Times bestselling author of The Beach House, Jemima J, and Summer Secrets presents a novel about the pleasure and meaning of finding a home—and family—where you least expect them...

When Emma Montague left the strict confines of upper-crust British life for New York, she felt sure it would make her happy. Away from her parents and expectations, she felt liberated, throwing herself into Manhattan life replete with a high-paying job, a gorgeous apartment, and a string of successful boyfriends. But the cutthroat world of finance and relentless pursuit of more began to take its toll. This wasn’t the life she wanted either.

On the move again, Emma settles in the picturesque waterfront town of Westport, Connecticut, a world apart from both England and Manhattan. It is here that she begins to confront what it is she really wants from her life. With no job, and knowing only one person in town, she channels her passion for creating beautiful spaces into remaking the dilapidated cottage she rents from Dominic, a local handyman who lives next door with his six-year-old son.

Unlike any man Emma has ever known, Dominic is confident, grounded, and committed to being present for his son whose mother fled shortly after he was born. They become friends, and slowly much more, as Emma finds herself feeling at home in a way she never has before.

But just as they start to imagine a life together as a family, fate intervenes in the most shocking of ways. For the first time, Emma has to stay and fight for what she loves, for the truth she has discovered about herself, or risk losing it all.

In a novel of changing seasons, shifting lives, and selfless love, a story unfolds—of one woman’s far-reaching journey to discover who she is truly meant to be… 

Author Bio…A former journalist in the UK and a graduate of the International Culinary Center in New York, Jane Green has written seventeen novels (most recently Summer Secrets, Saving Grace, Tempting Fate, and Family Pictures), sixteen of them New York Times bestsellers. Her novels are published in over twenty-five languages, and she has more than ten million books in print worldwide.

Review…

Can love be a perfect tomorrow as it is today?

Emma left England to elevate her career in New York and be the person everyone expected, a successful banker.  However, now settled in a quiet Connecticut town Emma is what she looked to become a woman who may not have the training for it but is indeed an interior designer.  She starts slowly when the property she is renting from a very personable and energetic landlord, Dominic.  He is immediately engaging to her and while he was everything she never thought would interest her Emma finds this uncomplicated bartender and carpenter all her heart has ever longed for.  Growing up and working in New York was pretention and position but in this wonderful town with Dominic is becomes about what you are and not who you should be.  They start slow and build up to know one another as the major obstacle is Dominic’s six year old son Jesse who has suffered enough loss for one lifetime. 

Emma has a gift for turning the pages of any high priced decorating magazine in a budget conscious, affordable dream room.  She starts to build her business while making a name for herself as the person who knows her clients better than they do themselves.  She sets up her rental home as a show place to admire while spending most of her nights snuggled up next to Dominic and never truly letting herself believe that this could be the perfect man and an unbreakable relationship.  Even with both sets of parents bringing in opinions Dominic and Emma decide that sometimes things are as good as they appear to be.

There is the return of Jesse’s long lost mother, who may or may not want to be part of his life; parental discord on both sides of the pond; and the decision of do we keep moving forward together or stop this now before anyone gets hurt.  Yet, when you are truly bonded with your soul mate there is no undoing the attachment you are together for eternity which is something Emma and Dominic will soon discover.


A book that leaves you feeling blessed to have read, and broken at the same time is how a great master puts words to paper.  Jane Green has once again shown how change makes you stronger and propels you to accept what is and grow from within.