Sunday, September 30, 2012

Miranda Kenneally Interview!!! :)

OMG guys!! I have been looking forward to this day for a couple of weeks now!!! This is going to be so awesome, because guess who I have for an interview today????

Miranda Kenneally!!!!

Okay, so I'm guessing you already saw the title, but come one??? Isn't it AWESOME????

I mean seriously, the author of TWO of my favorite reads from this year agreed to do an interview with ME!  The Romance Bookie!!

I am just stoked on life right now!!

Anyway let's get cracking!

The Romance Bookie: What was your inspiration for Catching Jordan and your newest release, Stealing Parker?

Miranda Kenneally: My inspiration for Catching Jordan was to tell girls to follow their dreams. For Stealing Parker, my inspiration was to show people that you should always do what you feel is right, no matter what other people think or if it will hurt your reputation.

TRB:  Did you put any of your own characteristics into Jordan and/or Parker? For instance, perhaps Jordan's Tom-boyish ways? Love for football?

MK: For Jordan, I definitely put my own self-motivation and drive into her. I am very much a go-getter and won't stop until I get what I want. For Parker, I used a lot of my own self-doubt and self-esteem issues and my own questions about life, friendship, sex and faith. Do you listen to music while writing? Do you have a specific song in mind when thinking of Jordan and/or Parker?

MK: I used to listen to Taylor Swift and other country music while writing, but lately I've started listening to the TV. I have to have some sort of sound when I write, or I don't feel good. The song that immediately comes to mind when I think of Catching Jordan is "You Belong With Me" by Taylor Swift. 
Response from TRB:  OMG I love Taylor!!! I've used her for Music Tuesday wayyy too many times!! And "You Belong with Me" is one of my absolute favorites!
I love the music video:

TRB: Where do you see Jordan in 10 years?

MK: I see Jordan as a physical trainer for a football team!
TRB:  Read any great books lately? What was/were it/they about?

MK: Most recently I loved SUCH A RUSH by Jennifer Echols. That's about a girl pilot. I blurbed WHAT HAPPENS NEXT by Colleen Clayton. It's a sad-funny-poignant story about what happens to a girl after she's sexually assaulted. I've also been reading Julia Quinn's Bridgerton family historical regency romance series. It's so funny! You can check out my Goodreads page for more book ideas. 

TRB:  Do you believe in "Happily Ever Afters" in both real life and fiction, or only in the fiction world?

MK: I definitely believe it HEAs in real life, but I think they take a lot of work. I don't think they just happen. Those are my favorite kinds of books - where characters have to work past some issue or prejudice to be with the person they love. 
TRB: Any upcoming projects in the works, besides Stealing Parker? Yes! My third book THINGS I CAN'T FORGET comes out March 1, 2013. You'll find characters from both Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker in it! Also, I edited the Dear Teen Me anthology and that is out October 31, 2012. Also - look for news about my next books in the Catching Jordan/Stealing Parker series soon!
TRB: How long have you been writing?

MK: Since I was eight years old. I wrote these really crappy stories about poodles that were circus performers.
TRB: What do you prefer: hard copies or ebooks?  And why?

MK: My wallet prefers hard copies, because then I have to go to the bookstore or have them delivered. I buy soooo many eBooks just because it's easy and I can. I can easily drop $50-100 per month on eBooks if I'm not careful. 

TRB: Any advice for aspiring writers?

MK: Work hard! Don't let people stop you from trying to work hard. Stay focused. Read lots of books. 

How awesome was that??!!

Anyway, if you haven't read either Catching Jordan or Stealing Parker, than you definitely should!! (For more information you can go HERE for "Catching Jordan" and HERE for "Stealing Parker")

They are truly great books and you I have honestly not read one bad review about either of them! 

Stealing Parker is officially out tomorrow on the first of October, so go and get your copy either over at Amazon or Barnes and Noble!!

Have a great rest of your weekend! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Interview with Leslie Phillips

Happy Saturday everyone!!!! :)

Today I would like to present an interview with Lesley Phillips, the author of the upcoming novel The Midas Tree!

I will be hosting Lesley in a couple of months as a guest host, which is something I'm very much looking forward to! :)

The Romance Bookie:  In 2-3 sentences tell us about "The Midas Tree".

Lesley Philips: The Midas Tree is a mystical realm where spiritual beings and animals live in harmony with each another and their environment. The hero, Joshua, finds a magical golden acorn that draws him into a world of adventure inside a tree. The book follows Joshua as he grows and learns about his life and destiny, and as he searches for a way back to his home in the garden of color and light.
Joshua and his adventure symbolize the spiritual enlightenment journey. The Midas Tree is planet earth and the creatures and spiritual beings that live there are teachers and guides. They teach Joshua how to meditate and use spiritual techniques help him on his mission to return home and also to overcome his ego.

TRB:  How did you come up with the concept behind "The Midas Tree"?

LP: It was a vision that came to me one night after I had been meditating. I had decided that I wanted to write and that I was ready to receive the information that I was meant to write about. So I meditated on clearing my blocks to writing. That night I could not sleep because ideas were pouring into me about The Midas Tree and by morning I had met many of the characters and had a draft outline for the book.

TRB: When and why did you first begin writing?

LP: I was trained as a scientist and worked as a business negotiator in the pharmaceutical industry. Most of my writing experience was scientific communications and business proposals. I left that industry sector in 2005. I had been heavily focused on personal growth and opening my spiritual abilities through meditation and so had come to believe that this work was no longer a fit for me.

After I left I started writing a novel about a psychic in the biotechnology industry. It was semi-autobiographical and was meant to be funny. It was also quite cathartic and healing for me to be able to pour my feelings and experiences out onto the page. That book is still unfinished, but it got me started.

Before that my creativity had been opening up through painting. I had created an intuitive card deck, called Portico Soul Essence Cards, and had written a book about my spiritual interpretations of the symbols in the paintings. Apart from that I do remember that I loved writing stories and poems when I was at school, but that was a long time ago.

TRB: What has been the most difficult part of writing?

Writing the book was not difficult at all. To write, I would take a moment to meditate and clear my mind. Then I would sit and watch the story play to me as though I was watching a movie screen. All I did was write the story down as it unfolded before me. I could stop at any place and resume when I wanted to. I never experienced writers block because the story was already there in non-physical reality. I just had to allow it to manifest into physical reality.
The most labor intensive part has been getting the book ready for publication and doing the marketing and promotions. That has been more work than writing the book itself. I am lucky in that I have the time and resources to focus on this so that the book has a good opportunity to reach the people it can entertain and help.

TRB:  What are you reading right now?

I am re-reading a book that I have owned for about 15 years, called Rune Power by Kenneth Meadows. It’s about ancient runic shamans, and the original purpose of runes, which was as a carrier to bring forces and potencies from the unmanifest world into physical existence. I was attracted to pick it up again, as the creatures in the “The Midas Tree” use a magical runic script on sign posts and to leave messages for each other.

Another book that I am always reading and re-reading is Chakras, Key to Spiritual Opening by Mary Ellen Flora. She has been my spiritual mentor for many years and this book is the ultimate self help book, and I use it as a guide book for my life.

TRB: Ebook or hardcopies? Which do you prefer and why?

LP: Hard copies, as I don’t yet own an E-reader. I’d like to get one and try it out though.

TRB:   Any advice for aspiring writers?

LP: Yes, get out of your intellect. I was so glad that I did not take any training in how to write a novel. If I had, I don’t believe I would have been able to do it. The reason is that there are so many rules about how it is supposed to be. All of those rules create limits to the creative flow. They set up an idea of perfection that you are supposed to strive for. But those ideas, which are based on past successes, don’t allow for something new to come through.

I used my intuition when I wrote this book. I did not concern myself with spelling, grammar, sentence construction or any of the rules of novel writing. I just entered the flow and wrote what came to me. Once the book was written I went back over those details and hired a copy editor to help polish it. Only then did I seek feedback.

Not much was changed from the original draft. The only part that was re-written was the first chapter. The original version began with a beautiful description of “the garden of color and light.” The final version starts with action and mystery, when the hero discovers a magical acorn that has a mesmerizing effect on him, and begins to pull him into another reality. I guess that is one rule that does hold true. It is important to hook the attention of the reader within the first few pages.

My decision to change the beginning was based partly on feedback from published authors, agents and publishers. However, it was also based on the fact that the ending of The Midas Tree is a new beginning, not unlike the actual beginning of the book, and so it was a mechanism to create the idea of a circle of life.

About Lesley:

Dr. Lesley Phillips is a speaker, author, workshop leader, spiritual and meditation teacher based in Vancouver BC, Canada. Her book, the Midas Tree will be published on 11th November 2012.

For more Information you can visit:
Twitter: @DrLesleyP

Thanks everyone!! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

In Need of Therapy by Tracie Banister

Over the past few months I have been getting A LOT of review requests!  Since July I've added probably about ten to fifteen books that I promised an author or publisher to read...and those are the ones I accepted! 

I believe back in July, or even the of June, I was contacted during the time I was on my 21st birthday Vegas trip.  I got a very nice email from an author asking me to read her latest novel called, In Need of Therapy

Now, before I continue, let me be honest here...(not that I'm not honest on here!! I swear I am!!), the title scared me just a little bit.  From it I actually sort of interpreted it was going to be one of non-fiction books about psychotherapy.  Not that there is anything wrong with Psychotherapy or psychology! It's just that normally I am not a huge fan of non-fiction books...why?  Well, I believe I have mentioned this before, but the reason I read is to escape; I like to get out of this world sometime and into someone made up world.

But anyway, I AM SO Glad I gave In Need of Therapy a chance!! This book was NOTHING like I expected! It was just my kind of read...chick lit, funny, contemporary romance, did I mention hilarious?? was just...oh wait, maybe I should tell you what it's about first, right??

In Need of Therapy
Here's the Goodreads description:
Lending a sympathetic ear and dispensing sage words of advice is all part of the job for psychologist Pilar Alvarez, and she’s everything a good therapist should be: warm, compassionate, supportive. She listens, she cares, and she has all the answers, but how’s the woman everyone turns to in their hour of need supposed to cope when her own life starts to fall apart?

While working hard to make a success of her recently-opened practice in trendy South Beach, Pilar must also find time to cater to the demands of her boisterous Cuban family, which includes younger sister Izzy, an unemployed, navel-pierced wild child who can't stay out of trouble, and their mother, a beauty queen turned drama queen who’s equally obsessed with her fading looks and getting Pilar married before it’s “too late.” Although she’d like to oblige her mother and make a permanent love connection, Pilar’s romantic prospects look grim. Her cheating ex, who swears that he’s reformed, is stalking her. A hunky, but strictly off-limits, patient with bad-boy appeal and intimacy issues is making passes. And the sexy shrink in the suite across the hall has a gold band on his left ring finger.

When a series of personal and professional disasters lead Pilar into the arms of one of her unsuitable suitors, she's left shaken, confused, and full of self-doubt. With time running out, she must make sense of her feelings and learn to trust herself again so that she can save her business, her family, and most importantly, her heart.

Anyway, back to my thoughts:

As you may have obtained from my comments above, :), I loved this book! It was just what I needed to get me out of a week of poli-sci homework!  Loved it!
I highly recommend this one to any chick-lit lover! Super cute one, I promise! I loved the fact that Pilar was a therapist, just because of all the analyzing humor she did.  At one point she went on a date with this super obnoxious body-builder guy, who OMG I wanted to kick his face!  This guy was such a jackass!  He kept making absolutely rude comments to Pilar about her eating choices, and telling her how much fat she was eating, and how she should really think about losing fifteen pounds AND THEN AFTERWARDS getting a personal trainer! You know what I would have done? I would taken that WHITE ROLL, because this guy had a racist thing going on with white food!!, and eaten that damn thing! AND ENJOYED IT!! And then afterwards I would been like, "Okay, while I enjoyed this tasteless food that you have ordered for me...NOT, I've got to get going and get myself a BIG FAT JUICY hamburger with a nice order of fries!!" haha Just kidding, but seriously, that guy was a complete jerk! I just loved Pilar's reaction to him, and how she realized immediately that this guy was not for her!

Pilar's mother, WOW!, as a mother she would drive me insane! But definitely a super entertaining person! Her sister, Izzy, while a pain in the ass, I definitely didn't blame her sometimes on her wanting to rebel against her parents, however, she definitely was a spoiled little brat!  

And Oh God, how can I forget!! Ford!! OMG FORD!! What a hottie!! Dark hair, blue eyes! YES!! My type of guy right there!! I imagined a middle aged Zac Efron...:), McDreamy 2.0!

So if you're interested in reading In Need of Therapy, then you can either buy it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble for only $1.99!!


Definitely read it! :)

The Romance Bookie :) 

"Just One Day" by Gayle Forman Cover Reveal!!

Gayle Forman, the author of If I Stay and Where She Went, revealed the cover for her new book today!!

So here is the cover of her new novel Just One Day!!

What's it about??

Well according to Goodreads, it is about:
A breathtaking journey toward self-discovery and true love, from the author of If I Stay
When sheltered American good girl Allyson "LuLu" Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

Just One Day is the first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willem’s story—Just One Year—is coming soon!

It's out January 8th, 2013!! And I'm SOOO excited to read it!! :)

The Romance Bookie :) 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Music Tuesday #39

New Taylor Song!!!!! :)

Sorry to all you Taylor-Haters, but when Taylor brings out a new song, it needs to be shared! :)

So here is Taylor Swift's new song, Begin Again...

I hope you all enjoy! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Interview with Rolando Garcia author of "The Sun Zebra"

Today I've got an interview with another awesome author!!

Rolando Garcia is the author of the 2011 release The Sun Zebra.

The Romance Bookie: Describe the Sun Zebra in 2-3 sentences.

Rolando Garcia: The Sun Zebra is what I call a “children’s book for grownups. It is a collection of short stories about the adventures in living of an unusual little girl named Nell, her mother Rhonda, and Nell’s father who is the narrator of the stories. The stories deal with how the world of adults and its hard realities intersects with the magical carefree world of children.

TRB: How did you come up with the concept behind The Sun Zebra?

RG: I saw a photograph of a real sun zebra. Then in my mind a little girl saw the animal and went to tell her family about it. The happenstances that ensued led to the first story of the book, and the other four stories followed soon afterwards

TRB:   I noticed on Goodreads, you call yourself an "eclectic" writer, why "eclectic"?

RG: I call myself eclectic because I am inspired to write in many different genres. I write horror, romance, science fiction, fantasy, family stories, naughty stories, poetry, non-fiction, etc. I like to think that I have many muses in my head trying to one up each other to see who ends up inspiring me to write my next story.

TRB: How long have you been a writer? And what do you think has drawn you into it so much as to write an entire book?

RG: In my youth I liked to write fiction but that desire got placed on the backburner as I followed a career in science. Also my native language is Spanish, but I ended up living in the English-speaking world so that required some adjustment time. Finally, about three years ago I started posting my stories on the document sharing site where I got more than 100,000 reads and hundreds of comments in two years. This enthusiastic reaction towards my work convinced me that it was worthwhile to be published. Right now the Sun Zebra has a rating of 4.7 on Amazon with 50 reviews, and people have written to me that the stories made them both laugh and cry. I think that getting these stories in my head down on paper (or pixels) was the right decision. I have something to say and people like to read about it.

TRB:  What do you prefer:  hard copies of books or e-books? And why?

RG: I prefer e-books because they don’t occupy space, they can be marked and unmarked easily, and they can be searched both for the marks one made and for book content. Also e-books cost (or should cost) less and they have a more agreeable time frame for authors to promote and sell.

TRB:  Any advice for writers who want to make it professionally?

RG: What works for one writer won’t work for the next. Everyone needs to find their own way. The vast majority of writers will not be overnight successes. They will need to spend time building an audience for their books, and this is a process that will take years. However, even then a majority of writers will not earn enough from their writing to allow them to quit their day job and devote themselves exclusively to writing. Dreams and hopes are important, but be realistic in your expectations; especially when it comes to family finances.

The Sun Zebra sounds cute! 

If you're interested in finding out more about it, check out GoodreadsAmazon, or check out Rolando's WebsiteTwitter, or Facebook!

Thanks everyone!
The Romance Bookie :)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally

I have been DYING to read Miranda Kenneally's newest book since Catching Jordan since reading, said, Catching Jordan back in January!  I absolutely LOVED CJ!  It was just one of the best contemporaries I've read in a long time!!

So when I pre-ordered Stealing Parker last week, and saw the next day it had already shipped, when it isn't supposed to be released until October 1st, I was stoked on life! And then that stokeness factor just went up even more when I received said-book-I've-Been-waiting-for-for-months I ripped open that Barnes and Noble package and devoured that book in about a day-and-a-half! If it would have been up to me, I would finished it in less than that time, but I have other things to do sometimes, unfortunately. 
Stealing Parker

Stealing Parker is Miranda's second book, and it's actually a companion to Catching Jordan.  What is a companion?
Well, it's not exactly a sequel, but it does include some of the main characters from Catching Jordan as background characters in this one.

Which was totally awesome! I love that when authors do that!  Kody Keplinger did it in her latest release A Midsummer's Nightmare (another 2012 favorite!), when Wesley and Bianca make a small appearance; and Miranda did it in Stealing Parker when Jordan and Sam make an appearance! 

Anyway, so now back to what Stealing Parker is about exactly...

Well, it's the story of Parker Shelton, a 17 (soon to be 18) year old teenager, dealing with the loss of friendship, her mother, and the change that has recently overcome in her life.  Her mother is trying to be in contact with Parker, but feeling the embarrassment from why her mother left still hasn't quite dyed down in Parker's head. 

Because of her mother, her two best-girl friends abandoned her, and spread terrible rumors about her, the people at her church have been whispering about her and her family, she's dropped out of her and her mom's favorite sport, Softball, because of her embarrassment,  and she's changed herself.

In fact, she's sort of gotten a reputation at school as being known to get around when it comes to kissing guys. 
She's questioning her faith, the people around her, and just feeling absolutely ready to graduate and move on from this place!

That's all before her best friend Drew asks her to do stats for the baseball team at school...and they have a new assistant coach, who just happens to be one of the hottest guys Parker has ever laid her eyes on.

In fact, when Parker starts flirting with him, he actually flirts back! 

What she may not realize is that, even though she believes everyone but her best friend Drew has abandoned her, there are still a few others who have been there for her!  Like, Will, aka Corndog, who until recently was her archrival when it came to her becoming Valedictorian...he's actually turned out to be a great guy!

Everyone's got secrets of their own.  And just because Parker's was the first to be made public, that doesn't mean no one else has any that might be just as humiliating as what her mom least in the thoughts of church going Christians that go to Parker's church...

Parker realizes these things, as she tries to find herself again...along the way learning life lessons, finding out who her true friends are, and maybe...just possibly even finding someone who truly cares for her, and may even love her.

Find out in this page-turning teen contemporary novel that will have you routing for Parker from page one on!

My thoughts:
If you hadn't already noticed by what I said above...well, obviously, I LOVED THIS BOOK!! Miranda Kenneally has officially made onto my favorite authors list along with Meg Cabot, Simone Elkeles, Sarah Dessen, and Kody Keplinger!  Her books just allow me to remember even further why I love reading so much!  I love these cute, contemporaries, that have such a realistic story behind them, that have me page turning and page turning, and just not wanting the book to end!

I absolutely 100% recommend this book to anyone!! Okay, so realistically, not everyone loves teen romances, so I guess I definitely recommend it to high school girls going through a tough time in school!  I also recommend it to YA lovers! And Contemporary lovers!  PICK THIS BOOK UP when you get a chance!!! :)

I hope everyone is having a great weekend! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

PS: Before I go, I do have one more exciting news to share!! The day before the Official release of Stealing Parker, which is September 30th (the release is October 1st!!) I will posting an interview I did with Miranda Kenneally a couple of weeks ago!!! So come back and read that when you get a chance!! :)

Friday, September 21, 2012

True Love Way by Nancy Strofano

For my latest book I read True Love Way by Nancy Strofano.  It's the story of Marlo Spencer, a 29, almost 30, year old woman who gets an email from her high school sweetheart, Josh,  who broke her heart 12 years ago, and wants to see her so they can discuss the Pact. 

The Pact? 
What is it, you may be asking?

Well, it's this thing that Marlo and Josh agreed where they decided they both weren't married by the time they were thirty and still single, that they would marry each other.

Let's just say, a lot has changed in 12 years.  Marlo no longer lives in Napa, for one.  Second, she owns her own dance studio now.  And has a cute little apartment all to herself in Malibu. 

But that doesn't stop Marlo from wanting to see Josh, the man she hasn't stopped thinking about since that day 12 years ago, when he took off to Paris without a goodbye.

Along with her best friend Nik (short for Phoenix), they head out on the road and drive the seven hours, passing through Solvang, to Napa.

Once there, thing don't go quite the way Marlo imagined.  She doesn't get her happily ever after with Josh...instead old and new secrets are revealed, one involving her other best friend, who also happens to be Nik's sister, Savannah.

It's going to be a tough week, with true feelings revealed, and even some possible life altering decisions come up that need to be made.

What will Marlo do??

All I will say is that Marlo definitely may be a shoe-in for her happily-ever-after...
True Love Way

My Thoughts:

Overall, the story was cute!  I thought it was a good easy reader, a nice chick-lit to keep going in the week. 
I did have a few problems with the characters though...

For instance, Marlo...I think she took the secret-that-is-revealed-that-I-can't-say-what-it-is-because-it-will-spoil-everything WAYYYY too well!  I would have FREAKED! And to be honest, I don't think I would have wanted anything to do with the people it involved!  It was unacceptable!  At the very least my friendship with those people would never be the same as it had been before.

Second, Marlo's love for Retro (she loves oldies TV shows, movies, music, etc) was cute, however, being a thirty year old woman living on cloud nine for your entire life?? Hmm...a little annoying once in a while. 

Another thing, all Marlo ever ate in this book was junk food!! And yet, she has this perfect dancing figure?? I'm not so sure about that...

On to the next character...

Josh...OH MY GOODNESS!!! Man, I wanted to punch that guy throughout the book!  What is that guys problem! 12 years gone, and just expects Marlo to be waiting for him??  While he went off and made mistakes! Yeah, I don't think so!  What he did to Marlo...unacceptable!!!

Nik, really liked him! I felt sorry for him throughout the entire novel, because all that ever happened was that he got dragged into everything!  Poor guy, but definitely sounded absolutely gorgeous!! With his dark hair, and navy blue eyes...hmmm...lovely ;)...

And Savannah...okay, girl, this chick....ugh...I can't say it, because it would just ruin the story behind this book!!

But anyway, overall, the drama, as you may have been able to tell from my ranting above, is immense!  Drama here, Drama there!  It never stops.  I will say, this is a very unrealistic chick-lit book.  I mean, I loved some of the cheesiness, but some of it got to be a bit much for me once in a while.  I found myself rolling my eyes numerous times.  I will say it was a fun easy read, that I may pick up again one day just to take my mind off of read life.  It's definitely a book to take to your own cloud nine place! :)

So if you like cheesy romantic comedies, with a cute story that will have you laughing, cringing from the drama, but at the same time rooting for the characters, then I definitely recommend picking up this one!

True Love Way by Nancy Strofano can be found on Barnes and Noble (online) and Amazon!

Thanks everyone and Happy Friday! :)
The Romance Bookie :)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Lip Service by MJ Rose Review


Okay so I'm just going to come out and say it...

Lip Service??  That sounds pretty gross right??

Well, what a surprise I was in for!! And let me just tell you I'm SOOOO glad it wasn't what I thought it meant!!

So anyway, Lip Service by MJ Rose was originally released in 1999, and while it has been compared to the NYT Bestselling series Fifty Shades of Grey EL James, let us all do the math...If Lip Service was originally released in 1999 and Fifty Shades in 2011, shouldn't we be comparing Fifty Shades to Lip Service, not the other way around???

Anyhow, to be honest I don't actually know why they have been compared, because other than similarity in genre...Erotica, they are both completely different novels!
Lip Service

Description from Goodreads:
Lip Service is the prequel to M.J. Rose's Bestselling Butterfield Institute Series which includes three novels - The Halo Effect, The Delilah Complex, The Venus Fix - and the short story collection In Session.

Lip Service probes the secret world of phone sex and one woman who becomes empowered by what she discovers there. Not since Erica Jong's Fear of Flying has a novel so masterfully examined the relationship between sexuality and identity.

On the surface, Julia Sterling's life seems blessed. Married to a renowned psychiatrist, living on Manhattan's tony Upper East Side, Julia deeply loves her stepson, and is forging a career as a journalist.

When a writing job at The Butterfield Institute - a sex therapy clinic - exposes her to the world of phone sex, Julia glimpses a world that stirs her erotic fantasies but threatens her
carefully constructed reality. As she explores her emotional and sexual
connections to the men she knows and several she will never meet, she confronts evil, perversity, and her own passions.

Tracing the currents of desire, illusion, and psychological manipulation,Lip Service is an astonishingly vivid glimpse into one woman's inner life. At the same time, this electrifying
thriller grips the reader as it builds toward a battering climax.

My thoughts:

There was a lot to this book that I found unique.  First off, OH MY GOD!!! I HATED Julia's husband!! What a JACK-ASS!!! This guy! I would have filed those divorce papers at year one not 14! If my husband were to continuously tell me that I have mental problems, and that I need help and just continues to shove medication down my throat, I would have waited for him to be asleep one night, and shoved that medication down HIS throat!! What a dick!

Second, I really enjoyed Julia.  I thought she was an interesting character, who I enjoyed getting into her head.  She had an interesting story to tell, and I thought her finally becoming her own person and standing up to her over-controlling husband was awesome!  

The idea behind this entire novel was really enthralling I thought.  It kept me on my toes from beginning until end, because I just wanted to know what Julia would do next.  I saw the whole book play out in my head like a movie.  It was a great experience!

I recommend this book to any woman looking first off for a sexy but NOT TOO sexy read.  I mean, don't get me wrong there were a couple of explicit parts regarding Julia's phone talk, but other than that I was honestly expecting Fifty Shades worse!  Also for anyone looking for a good captivating book that deals with some every day issues...such as marital problems, kid going off to college and dealing with being alone, and learning to become your person and controlling your own life!  

It's available where ever books are soldBarnes and Noble and Amazon!

Happy Reading! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Music Tuesday #38

Let's do an oldie today...okay 30 years ago not technically an oldie...but none the less a song I still absolutely love and listen to all the time!

I grew up on Cyndi Lauper, and when I had the opportunity to see her live in August of 2010, I jumped on it!  She was amazing, even though she sang all of her songs in Blues form, even her 80s ones, but none the less she sounded amazing live and still had her awesome 80s spunk!

So here goes one of my all time favorites...

All Through the Night


The Romance Bookie :)

Sunday, September 16, 2012

In My Mailbox #10!!

In My Mailbox was originally started by The Story Siren and it's where anyone can participate and let everyone know what they got in books, and other book related things, throughout a given time.  Anyone with a blog can join in, and you can post once a week, once a month, or whenever you choose to.

Remember everyone, this is a MONTHLY IMM, not weekly!!

So I got once again some totally awesome books!!

This was actually also a super great month in great deals on E-books!

I have this policy where I refuse to spend anything over $2.99 on an ebook, why?  Well, because most of the time if the book is over that than it's between $7.99 and $9.99, and once in a while even up to $12.99!  When that's the case, well, I look up how much the hard copy costs on Barnes And Noble online, and usually it's around $ instead of paying $7.99 or $9.99 for an ecopy that I will never enjoy looking at the cover, I buy the hard copy that gives me the opportunity to add the book also to my beautiful book shelves! :)

Anyway, to this months books!!!

In Hardcopies:

So this month actually I got all the books I bought at Thrift Stores!! :)

From Publisher:
A HUGE THANK YOU to Atria at Simon & Schuster!!  I'm super excited to own a finished copy of Beautiful Disaster and am very excited to read Lone Wolf!!

From Author for Review:


From Library:
Here they are all! :)

Oh AND I got my Hunger Games dvd a couple of weeks ago!!! :)

The Three Disc Deluxe Edition from Target!! Which looks gorgeous!


Thanks to my Blogging Sister over at Little Pocketbooks! who works/ed on two of my absolute favorite TV shows!! This is SUPER AWESOME!!!

  • A Jane By Design Crews Only Jacket!!
  • AND a Switched at Birth T-shirt! 

I am still super bummed that Jane by Design was cancelled, but am also very happy to have a little piece to remember it by! :)


Now to the Ebooks:

Bought/Free on Amazon:

Bridesmaid LottoThe Not So Secret Emails Of Coco Pinchard

The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1)Populazzi
  • The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han  (I believe only $2.99 on Amazon too! This book has been catching my attention for YEARS!! Can't wait to find out if it was worth it!)
  • Populazzi by Elise Allen  (Only $2.99 on Amazon! I've wanted to read this one since meeting Elise in February at Passion and Prose! Super excited to!!)
  Glimpse (Zellie Wells, #1)      Grace Doll 

From Netgalley:

Gorgeous Cover!!

Eve and Adam

Ebooks Won!:

What I Didn't Say

THANK YOU to Jennifer over at Some Like It Paranormal!!

And then last but not least, I also got this gorgeous necklace from Derrolyn Anderson!!

Sorry not a great picture, I know! But pretty necklace!!

And Thanks to Derrolyn I'm actually giving one away right now, with Derrolyn's latest book!
All you have to do is fill out this Rafflecopter here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And now to my reviews for this past month!:
  1. The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner 
  2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 
  3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney 
  4. When We Touch (Whiskey Creek 0.5) by Brenda Novak 
  5. Babe in Boyland by Jody Gehrman 
  6. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer 
  7. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi 
Alright everyone, that's it from me for IMM this month! Can't wait to see what comes in my mailbox next month! :)

The Romance Bookie :)


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi Review

So I've been waiting to get my hands on Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi for many months! I've heard SOOOO many great things about it, and I just knew I had to read it!

Description via Goodreads:
Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)
I don't really get why she is wearing that dress?? But the cover still looks pretty awesome!!

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war– and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

 My Thoughts:
Wow! This book was awesome!! I know exactly what everyone has been going on about now! There were so many times where I just didn't want to put it down, but knew I had to because other wise I would have been pretty much dead in the morning.  

I believe, I've mentioned this before, but I'm one of those people whose still not 100% sure about the Dystopian genre.  I know, I know, but here's my reason...when I read I want something fun and easy to escape the world from.  I have read quite a few of them too! The Hunger Games, Matched by Ally Condie, Delirium and Pandemonium  by Lauren Oliver, Across the Universe by Beth Revis (That counts right??),  The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld and probably a couple of others, but I just can't think of them right now...oh yeah, and Cinder by Marissa Meyer!! (I can't believe I forgot that one!! I LOVE THAT ONE!!!).  Anyway, some I REALLY enjoyed and some I didn't as much.  

After a while, they all sort of come out to be the same sort of novels...our future world, kids alone fending for themselves, the world as we know has ended, the humans have changed in some significant way, etc.

But Shatter Me, even though it had a few of these things, it somehow seemed very different and unique to me.  I loved the added love story, between her and Adam.  I loved Juliette's character, getting into her head, and still being able to read the things she was actually thinking, versus what she wanted to think.  Tahereh Mafi would cross out the words Juliette didn't want to admit that she thinking about.  It was interesting reading a book like that!

I also LOVED the ending!! Now before I give away any of it, all I'm going to say is this...It reminded me SOOO much of the Pixar movie The Incredibles! Possibly, because I just watched it last week...or possibly because Shatter Me is just that awesome!!

Anyway, I recommend this book to readers who first off like the Dystopian/futuristic genre, or even those who don't! I don't really that much, but I REALLY LIKED THIS ONE!!! And for readers who love a great page turner!  

I really hope they make a movie out of this one, it would be really awesome to see it come alive on the big screen! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Derrolyn Anderson's The Athena Effect GIVEAWAY!!

Derrolyn Anderson, the author of The Marina Tales, has a new book coming out!!

Which looks totally Awesome!!!!

It's called The Athena Effect!

What's it about?

Country girl Cal has been kept a secret her entire life, raised in isolation by two very troubled people. Despite her parent’s disturbing fits, Cal is perfectly content, living at one with nature and finding adventure inside the pages of her beloved books.  When an awful tragedy tears her away from her remote cabin in the woods, nothing she’s ever read has prepared her for a world that she knows very little about.

Girls and motorcycles are what bad-boy Cal’s life is all about. Brought up in a raucous party house by his biker brother, he’s free to do as he pleases, going through the motions on his final days of high school. Aimless, Cal stopped thinking about his future a long time ago.

Attacked by a gang of thugs while running an errand for his brother, Cal is in serious trouble until a fierce girl appears out of nowhere to intervene. She chases off three grown men, sparing Cal a brutal beating before disappearing into the night like a spirit. He can’t stop thinking about his mysterious rescuer, and when she turns out to be the weird new girl at school who goes out of her way to avoid him, he can’t contain his curiosity.
He’s never met anyone like her before, and the more he learns about the unusual girl who shares his nickname, the more he wants to know. Cal can’t help falling for Cal, but can he keep her from falling victim to a dangerous enemy from her parent’s tragic past?

Sounds great right?

Well...I'm giving two LUCKY readers the chance to find out just how great it is!

So here's how it's going to go...

I've got TWO e-copies of The Athena Effect to give away! ONE is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway, and ONE is for US only, but only because it comes with this awesome necklace:
which has to be shipped out, actually is getting shipped out by Derrolyn, herself, and because shipping is so ridiculously expensive, when it comes to international costs, we have decided it will be US ONLY! I'm sorry!!
But listen, International readers!! You still have a chance to win that other e-copy (of choice) for The Athena Effect!!!

What do you have to do, to win these awesome prize(s)??

Just fill out the Rafflecopter form!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway I hope you all enter, because this book looks really good!! :)

Happy Friday!
The Romance Bookie :)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Still on My Mind #17

Still on My Mind is a weekly meme, featured on Thursday, started by Haley over at Ya-Aholic, where you discuss a book you've either recently read, or read over the past few years, that's still on your mind.

For this week's Still on My Mind I've chosen Nightshade by Andrea Cremer! I know, I know, I only read it last week, but honestly, this book was awesome!!!

So what's it about?

Well, according to Goodreads:

Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything- including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

Like I said, this book=AWESOME! So much happens that I loved! The action, werewolves, love triangles, the descriptions, the writing! Just super good! 
I'm definitely looking forward to reading book 2 soon!

The Romance Bookie :) 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Music Tuesday #37

Has anyone heard Taylor Swift's new song??

Well, I listened to it yesterday, and let me just say I almost cried!  This song is so sad!

It's called Ronan, and it's about a little boy who died of cancer at the age of four.  She wrote it in honor of a real boy actually. 

All the proceed go to Taylor's Charity, so go onto iTunes and buy it! It's for a great cause!

The Romance Bookie :)

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

This past February I got the amazing opportunity to go to a super awesome event in Long Beach, CA.  It was called Passion and Prose.

At the event I was not only able to meet my all time favorite author, Meg Cabot, but also DOZENS of other fabulous authors!  It was truly a day to remember for me!

Among those amazing people I had the opportunity to meet Andrea Cremer, the author of the Nightshade Series.  She was super sweet, and signed my copy of Nightshade!

Andrea Cremer at the Breathless Panel speaking table
My signed copy of Nightshade

Well, I have FINALLY found the time to read Nightshade, after these past seven or eight months!

Before I give away too much about what happens, I'll give you the Goodreads description, so hopefully I can avoid giving away too much!
Nightshade (Nightshade, #1)

Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything- including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

My thoughts:
This book had so much awesomeness to it!! Like, seriously! There was action, romance, forbidden love, a love triangle, werewolves, drama, humor!  Jeez, what didn't it have?!  It kept me on my toes from beginning until end!  Along the way, I had a hard time putting it down numerous times!  The writing I thoughts was really great, excellent wording, sentences, etc.  There is just so much positivity about this book!

In a way, it reminded me of SO many of my favorites combined!  I felt a bit of Twilight and Mortal Instruments included!  There were no vampires though!!! Promise!! I know how a lot of people are getting sick of them (I'm not, when it comes to Twilight, but I definitely get it! For me it's sort of like that, but with the Dystopian genre).

I highly recommend this book to fans of paranormal, werewolf loving, love triangle, suspense seeking thrill seekers! Even if you're not a fan of paranormal usually, you may be surprised when you pick up Nightshade!
Overall Rating:

Hope every one had a great weekend!!

The Romance Bookie :)