Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Music Tuesday #44

Hey Everyone!

In honor of Taylor Swift's release of RED last Monday, today's song is Taylor!!

And there's a music video to go with it!! :)

AND it's SUPER cute!!!

I just love it!! :)

In fact, the entire CD has a lot of great songs!! :)

Happy Tuesday!
Tomorrow is HALLOWEEN!!!

The Romance Bookie :)

Monday, October 29, 2012

Cover Reveal of "Awaken" by Meg Cabot!!

Hey Everyone!!
So the cover reveal of Meg Cabot's final book in the Abandon Trilogy was today!!

Here's what it looks like:

OMG!! I love this cover!! The different shades of purple!! My favorite color!! And finally a face for John!!!  We only got an arm on Underworld's cover!! FINALLY!! :)

Can NOT wait to read this one!! :)

<3 for Meg!!
Meg-A Readers! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Sunday, October 28, 2012


HEY everyone!

Happy Sunday!!

So this is actually a quick update!

I'm sorry there haven't been any reviews up this week.  I'm currently rereading a certain series, where the final movie in the series (;() will be released next month, and I want to do a cumulative review where I discuss all the books. 

Anyway, a quick update...

I've been a bit slow in my reading the last couple of weeks, but believe me I've got a good excuse!!

First off, my family are I are getting ready to move into our new house in the next couple of months.  It's not a far move, in fact it's only into our backyard into the new house lol, but none the less a move.  I have started reorganizing, getting rid of a bunch of stuff, thrown a LOT of papers away, and...if you know what moving is like, then you know where I'm coming from.
Anyway, yup moving.  It's going to be super awesome, because we've been waiting about 5 years to move into our new house, so I'm definitely looking forward to spending my first night in my new room!

We've got a new member in the family!!!

This is Buddy!  He's our new baby in the family!  We got him on Monday, and he's definitely acting like a typical baby.  Keeping my mom and I up at night, as we take turns with him.  As I'm writing this, it's only 7:30 on a Sunday Morning, and he's sleeping (yeah his goal I think is to get me awake, to the point where I can't fall asleep anymore, and then he decides "Okay, I'm going to sleep now.")

haha anyway, he's a total cutey!! Our other three big boys:

From left to right: Wolfy, BJ, and Bear
are definitely taking it day by day.  You can definitely tell the jealousy in the air!  Wolfy and BJ, the two older ones (both 5) are not too happy with it, but we're definitely giving them our attention daily!  And Bear, well, he's still pretty much a puppy himself (and technically he isn't ours, he's our family's friend, and Wolfy's baby), and loving someone new to play. 

So that's my update!  Again I apologize for the irregular reviews these past two weeks.  I usually try to have at least one review per week, especially during school days; but right now, busy..busy..busy!

So until I finish the series I'm rereading, I'll be continuing Music Tuesday, and once in a while interviews and possibly a Still on my Mind or two! :)

Happy Weekend!

The Romance Bookie :)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Reluctant Bachelorette Blog Tour (Oct. 24th, 2012)

Hey Everyone!
I am so excited, because today I am a stop on the official The Reluctant Bachelorette blog tour!

Unknowingly cast as the bachelorette for her town’s charity event, Taycee Emerson wants out. Especially when she discovers her old teenage crush, Luke Carney, is one of the bachelors and it's up to the viewers--not her--to decide which bachelors stay or go.

Coerced into participating, Taycee does what any self-preserving girl would do. She launches a subtle attack on Luke’s good name with the hope of getting him voted off the show. Unfortunately, Luke's an eye-for-an-eye kind of guy, and when he discovers what she's up to, it means revenge.

But when their pranks go south, will they screw up any chance they have at a future together, or will they be able to forgive and forget and prove that love really does conquer all?

My thoughts:

Overall, I thought this was a super cute contemporary read!  I loved the story, the characters, and the writing style.  Luke sounded absolutely dreamy!!! And Taycee was a character that I think a lot of readers can relate to!
Even though, I personally despise the TV show The Bachelor, I did like how Anderson did it in this book, especially since it went to a good cause.  A cause that is a real issue today in our society!  A couple of years ago I watched the documentary Food Inc.  which deals with a lot of issues, one being how farmers are being put down and controlled by huge corporations, and just don't have a chance to compete!

I recommend this one to chick lit lovers, contemporary romance lovers, and people who enjoy a nice, light, clean romance novel!

The Reluctant Bachelorette Blog Tour - October 1st to 28th

October 1st
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer - Tour Kick Off

October 2nd
Multiple Blogs - Book Blast - $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway
Rats & More, Gobs & Gobs of Books, The Secret Writer, Strange Daze Indeed, Doodle Bug Reviews, Live to Read, Simple Wyrding, The Young Folks, Ice Fairy's Treasure Chest, Lovely Reads, Confessions of a Frugal Mind, Stacy Juba, Julia Crane, Libby's Library, Literary Winner, Mallery's Deals, Celticlady's Review, My Little Review Corner, Country Mouse City Mouse, Romanceaholic, The Jolly Blogger, My Photopage, A Dream within a Dream, The Solitary Bookworm, Minding Spot and lots more....

October 3rd
Murphy's Library - Review
Wordpaintings Unlimited - Review
Peace from Pieces - Interview
Reviewing Shelf - Review

October 4th
Getting Your Read - Review
A Book a Day - Review
Aobibliosphere - Excerpt

October 5th
WTF Are You Reading - Review
Author M.R. Buttars - Excerpt
YA Between the Lines - Interview
Froze8's Blog - Guest Post

October 6th
Older Mommy Still Yummy - Excerpt
PARAFANTASY - Review & Interview
Cuzinlogic - Guest Post
Author A.D. Duling - Excerpt

October 7th
Day by Day in Our World - Review & Guest Post
Books & Needlepoint - Review
SweepingMe - Guest Post

October 8th
The Lucky Ladybug - Review & Guest Post
That Artsy Girl - Review & Guest Post
Jenni Reviews - Guest Post
Books Are Magical - Guest Post

October 9th
Acting Balanced - Review & Interview
Lena Sledge - Guest Post
Karey White - Review & Interview
Four Sisters & a Book - Review

October 10th
Me & Reading - Guest Post & Review
Home Maid Simple - Review
Read This Instead - Review
These Words Tell a Story - Guest Post
The READioactive Book Blog - Review & Guest Post
Up All Night Reviews - Review

October 11th
Cupcake's Book Cupboard - Review
Ever & Ever Sight - Review
Bibliophile Please - Guest Post

October 12th
Book Readers - Excerpt
Walking on Bookshelves - Review & Excerpt
A Casual Reader's Corner - Review
Where Fantasy & Love Take Flight - Guest Post

October 13th
Imaginary Reads - Review & Guest Post
Kaisy Daisy's Corner - Review
Mommy Adventures with Ravina - Review
Lori's Reading Corner - Guest Post

October 14th
The Book Belles - Review
Lisa's World of Books - Review & Interview
My Devotional Thoughts - Review

October 15th
Rowell Reviews - Review
The Reading Nook - Review
Caroline Clemmons - Excerpt & Interview
Clean Romance Reviews - Interview

October 16th
Literary Time Out - Review
Book Munchies - Review
Books Down My Pillow - Review

October 17th
My Guilty Obsession - Review & Guest Post
Parsimonious Pash - Review
At Random - Review & Guest Post
Lyrics without the Chord Changes - Guest Post
Rachelle's Writing Spot - Review & Interview

October 18th
Bookworm Lisa - Review
MK McClintock - Interview
Clean Teen Fiction - Review
Every Free Chance - Review
What to Read - Review

October 19th
Bookhounds - Review
Books Beside My Bedside - Review
LivLovLifeReviews - Review

October 20th
Why Not? Because I Said So - Review & Guest Post
From the TBR Pile - Review
Promiscuous Diva - Excerpt

October 21st
Young Readers at Home - Review & Excerpt
Sweeping the USA - Excerpt

October 22nd
Krazy Book Lady - Guest Post
Crafty Zoo with Monkeys - Guest Post
Tifferz Book Review - Review

October 23rd
Martha's Bookshelf - Review & Guest Post
Books R Us - Guest Post
The Book Bug - Review & Interview

October 24th
Romance Bookie - Review
Wall to Wall Books - Review
A Purrfect Read - Promo Post

October 25th
whoopeeyoo! - Review
Going Crazy Wanna Go? - Guest Post
Laurie Here - Review

October 26th
Love. Without You - Guest Post
The Housework Can Wait - Review & Guest Post

October 27th
The Busy Bibliophile - Interview & Review
What's Beyond Forks - Interview & Review

October 28th
The Bookish Mama - Review
Monique Morgan - Guest Post & Excerpt
Jean Book Nerd - Guest Post

About the Author:
Rachael Anderson is the author of four contemporary romances: Divinely Designed, Luck of the Draw, Minor Adjustments, and The Reluctant Bachelorette. She's the mother of four, can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.


FB fan page:
Amazon author page:

Tour Giveaway - October 1st to 31st:

Grand Prize
    Print copy of The Reluctant Bachelorette (Ebook for International winner)
    $15 Amazon Gift Card
    Copy of the DVD Sneakers (US only)

Print copy of The Reluctant Bachelorette

3 Kindle Ebook Copy of The Reluctant Bachelorette

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Open to anyone who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent's permission. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.  If the grand prize winner is not in the US they will receive only the  Amazon Gift card & a Kindle copy of The Reluctant Bachelorette.  The Sneakers DVD would then be awarded to the winner of the print copy  who must live in the US.

The Romance Bookie :)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Music Tuesday #43/Flirt Squad #2 edition!

Hey Everyone!
This week's song is another song dedicated to Rachel Harris's new novel My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century!

If you want to be a part of the Flirt Squad, all you have to do is go HERE!, and by the way, if you do sign up to do, mention my name in the email to Rachel, and then let me know that you referred me!! :)

Anyway today's song is...

I grew up on this song! Seriously! I loved this one in middle school!  In fact, on my sixteenth birthday I was secretly hoping that my parents had gotten Hilary Duff to sing it to me for my bday! haha, unfortunately, as you can mention that never happened, however, I did get to see her live in concert the next month!  August 15th, 2007, awesome day!!

Anyway enjoy! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Interview with Lynn C. Ricci (The Dating Intervention)

Happy Weekend everyone!!

Today I've got something exciting to share, an interview with Lynn C. Ricci!!

The Romance Bookie:  In 3-4 sentences, would you please tell us a bit about your novel "The Dating Intervention"?
Lynn C. Ricci: Vanessa had it all: handsome husband, two beautiful children, a lovely home, and a successful career. She was living the dream life she and her friends fantasized about as girls over hot fudge sundaes...until her husband miss-dials a call and throws her plans for the perfect life off track. Her well-meaning friends decide a dating intervention is in order, soon discovering the dating pool they once knew has become a puddle.  It's a novel about enduring friendships, and second chances at love and life.

TRB: How did you come up with the concept?

LCR: Well, I've had my share of bad blind dates and many other women I know have too!  I thought there was a story there with the challenges women have to balance all their responsibilities and yet have a romantic love life too!

TRB: Do you think you put a bit of yourself into your characters?

LCR: I do identify closely with my main character, Vanessa Parker, because in the book she is divorced, with two kids, trying to make the best decisions for her family and consequently puts her love life on hold.  I also see myself in some of the friends in the book too - it's kind of like you put a little of yourself in each one because that's how you breath life into them - but then they grow and take on their own quirks and characteristics.

TRB: How long have you been writing? And why did you start?

LCR: I always enjoyed writing.   Growing up I would write science fiction or ghost short stories. Although I didn't pursue that, life has a funny way of coming full circle. I found myself having a career in a financial communications role which required a lot of writing - press releases, scripts, communications plans, etc.  All that writing made me want to break free of press releases and return to being creative.

TRB: What was the last book you read and absolutely loved?

LCR: One book that really stayed with me for a long time, and still does, is The Kite Runner.  Not a book I would typically pick up, but I was totally engrossed from the first page and it made me think a lot of the parallels of family dynamics, social classes, and battling internal feelings no matter who you are or where you live in this world. 

TRB:  What has been the most difficult and the most fun about writing?

LCR: The challenge I have is finding big blocks of time to write.  I try to squeeze it in when I can which doesn't always work. 

TRB: What do you prefer: ebooks or hardcopies?  Why?

LCR: I still prefer paperbacks or hardcovers - just because I like the feel of turning a page, folding it down, and easily flipping around to go back and read something.  I must say, however, my kindle is growing on me!  As I write this, I am preparing to fly out tomorrow for vacation and have just downloaded a few books.

TRB:   Any advice for aspiring writers?

LCR: I would pass along what I read from Neil Gaiman which has served me well:  "The best advice I can give on [writing] is, once it's done, to put it away until you can read it with new eyes."

Love that advice!!
Can't wait to read The Dating Intervention!! :)

If you can't either, you can get your copy at Amazon (FREE for Kindle!)!

On a side note everyone: I'm not sure when I'll be posting my next review, I'm currently rereading something, in honor of a certain movie release coming up ;), my goal is to reread the entire series, and then doing a cumulative post!

The Romance Bookie :) 

Friday, October 19, 2012

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris

Through the Flirt Squad I moved My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris onto the top of my to-read list, and let me just say, I'm glad I did! :)

Goodreads Description:
My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century
On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother-to-be and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze.

Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore.

Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?
My thoughts:

My Super Sweet Sixteenth is a super cute modern/historical novel that will have you learning a bit about how the sixteenth century worked, as well some pretty awesome art history lessons!  My favorite scene was (SPOILER!!!!!): 
When Cat meets Michelangelo!!! That was awesome!!
I also loved the story of why she got her pear tattoo, because it added some great in-site to Cat's home life, and her relationship with her mother.  
I loved some of the quotes in the book, I found myself writing them down, both for The Flirt Squad, and also just for my own pure enjoyment!

"At certain times of the month, I've considered chocolate consumption an urgent matter."

"This chick is two French fries short of a Happy Meal." (CLASSIC!!)

"A mini-vacay from being the third wheel in my own pseudo-family? Yes, please. Sign me up for that kind of gypsy voodoo."

and last one:
"If looks could kill, I'd be a barbequed pineapple." (HAHAHA love that one!!)

There were quite a few more, but I want you all to enjoy them first hand when you read the book! :)

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a nice easy relaxing getaway from the real-world.  It's the perfect teen novel.  It has a nice history lesson included, about art and the lifestyles available back then.  And even though it had time travel, and some other unrealistic elements, Cat's personality and problems felt very realistic, and will have others be able to relate to her, from the beginning.  
Great story, and definitely can't wait for book two! I do have one warning:  Because this book is book 1, I will warn you to expect a twist at the end, that will leave you hanging a bit!!! :)

Happy Friday!

The Romance Bookie :)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Still on My Mind #19

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 decided to pick a book in honor of October's Bully Prevention Month.   I read Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, last year (Review HERE), and since then I just have not been able to get it out of my head.

It was one of the most beautiful, devastating novels I have ever read.

Goodreads Description:
 Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.
On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.
Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

This book should be a spoke's book for suicide and bullying!  Absolutely gorgeous story that will have you crying, in fact bawling your eyes out, and wishing more than anything you could have done something for Hannah.

The Romance Bookie :)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Music Tuesday #42/The Flirt Squad!

I am an Official Member of the Flirt Squad! 

Before I give you more information on exactly what the Flirt Squad is, I'd like to tie in my weekly Music Tuesday with today's post!

Every girl wants a Sweet Sixteen, right? Okay, not EVERY single girl, for instance Cat, in the book doesn't, but admit it...it would still be kind of cool!

For the next two weeks I'll be doing two songs that relate to the subject of Sweet Sixteen!

For this week's song, I've chosen one of my favorites, Sixteen Candles from The Crests! :)

Now to The Flirt Squad!

Well, Rachel Harris has just released her new novel My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century and she's hosting this super fun game where you can earn awesome prizes by achieving different levels!  Just go to the website HERE! for more information!

And to add to the fun and for you to get an idea on what My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century is about, here is the book trailer:

Review coming soon! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

PS: If you decide to join the Flirt Squad, please mention my name in the email to Rachel Harris, and let me know, I make a great reference! :)

Monday, October 15, 2012

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare Review

***WARNING!! May contain Spoilers from previous books in series!!!***

So I finally read it!!! City of Lost Souls, that is! :)

I've been trying to hold this off, because I just couldn't stand having to wait months for Clockwork Princess, which I know is in the Infernal Devices series, but none the less, I know I will have Cassie Clare withdrawals for the next few months!!! While Meg Cabot is my contemporary drug, Cassie is my paranormal addiction!

However, to continue my Mortal Instrument addiction I now have to wait until March of 2014!!!!! Yes that is a FOUR not a three!! I am going to die!!!!

At least in between that time we have Clockwork Princess and the City of Bones movie!!!!!

Anyway time for my review:

Description from Goodreads:
City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)

What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

My thoughts:

WOW!!! Just wow!!

Let me just start by saying WHY I love Cassie Clare's books so much: Because no matter what is going on, everything is just amazing!  The characters, the story, this world that she invented, just everything!

To be honest, if I admit to myself, there was about 200 pages in this books where not much action was happening...but here is the thing, it didn't matter to me!  I think I've mentioned this before, but on the paperback edition of City of Bones (at least on my copy) there is a quote from Stephenie Meyer (Twilight), that couldn't describe better how I feel about this series, "The Mortal Instruments series is a world that I love to live in. Beautiful!"  There is just better way to say it!

What I love about this series too, is the fact that it can be for both girls AND boys I think. In fact Women and men too!  It's got something for everything. Love for the women, and action for the men!  Not saying I don't like some action myself, but with that action I'm definitely looking for some romance in between there.  

I already know when the movie comes out next August, a frenzy will ensue! It will be the Twi-Hards thing ALL OVER again, except this time...the Jace-Hards!  lol or Simon-Hards, or Alec-hards!  Who knows, I am not a name inventor, all I know I think this is going to be the next huge franchise.  Which in a way, I'm excited about, because it will allow me to get a shiny new bookmark to add to my collection ;), and allow this beautiful series to come to life; but also sad, because now, in a way, whenever this happens, a series sort of loses its specialness, so to speak.

I do want to share some of my favorite quotes from City of Lost Souls (this is something that I'm thinking of adding next year to all of my reviews) :

  • "Are you kidding? Because you have never done one single thing for me in the entire time since I became a vampire.  Instead you have done your level best to make my life miserable and then end it. So ____ if you want in vampire language___ it affords me great pleasure, my liege, to say to you now: Hell, no." -(page 124 bottom (first edition Hardcover)) Simon to Raphael
  • "Simon patted the seat beside him as if someone were sitting there.  "Let me introduce you to my good friend No."" -(pg. 140, bottom) Simon to Clary
  • ""You can kill yourself," Magnus said, somewhat unhelpfully. "As far as I know, inanimate objects can accidentally kill you. So if you were planning on teaching yourself the lambada on a greased platform over a pit full of knives, I wouldn't." 
 "There goes my Saturday."" -(pg. 303 middle) (Magnus and Simon)

I am 100% looking forward to and DYING to read City of Heavenly Fire!! In the mean time, I'll just be forcing myself not to cry over some of the parts that happened at the end of this book, because I'm hoping for happier endings, in what I've heard, but am not 100% sure about will be the final book in the series.  Clockwork Princess, which is the final book in the Infernal Devices Series is also supposed to be the last in that series. (which will be released next March!) 

Overall Rating:

Anyway I recommend this series to EVERYONE!!! If you love Paranormal, action, love triangles, love, friendship, fantasy worlds that are absolutely amazing, then READ THIS SERIES!!! I'm serious, I honestly, don't think you'll regret it! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Sunday, October 14, 2012

IMM #11

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!!

I know I say this every single month, but it's honestly the truth: I've had another amazing month in books!!

In Hard Copies:



Love these covers!! :)


I cashed in my RandomBuzzer Bucks for both of these!  Both are gorgeous Hardcovers!!

PLUS A HUGE THANK YOU TO The Blethering Bookwork!! AND to Sharon for sending me her book! Can't wait to read it!! :)

Swag (for future Giveaways!):
  • Signed bookmark from Sharon Lathan! 

  •  If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones Bookmarks! (I got a TON of these!!!)
  • AND SIGNED Tracie Banister In Need of Therapy bookmarks!!

Reading is the best therapy!
 A HUGE THANK YOU to all the fabulous authors who sent me these beautiful bookmarks! Sharon, Lisa, and Tracie!!! :)

Now to the Ebooks:

From authors for Review:

The Athena EffectThe Art of My Life (New Smyrna Beach Series #2)
A State of Jane
 For Blog Tour:

The Reluctant BacheloretteFor What It's Worth

For Free from Amazon:

 So I believe that is it from this month in books! Amazing month! And I can't wait to see what I get in the next month! :)

Recap of Reviews from this past month:

Interviews/Guest Posts This month:

Alright, I believe that's it! Jeez these posts take forever to make!!! But none the less, they are super fun, because I love sharing (okay, I will admit a little bragging too) my books with you! :)

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Friday, October 12, 2012

Meredith Schorr (A State of Jane) Guest Post

Hey Everyone!!
It's Friday!!!!

Today I've got a special Guest Post by Meredith Schorr, the author of A State of Jane!! :)

In both of my novels, my main character is a single woman whose mother is very much involved in my heroine’s quest to be not-so-single.  This involvement is not sought out by or welcomed by my main character, but despite all efforts to keep things on a need-to-know basis, both mothers inevitably know everything. 
In my first book, Just Friends with Benefits, thirty-two-year-old Stephanie Cohen, despite being attractive, intelligent and a lot of fun, can’t seem to keep a relationship together for more than 3.5 months.  Her mother, Susan, wants nothing more than for Stephanie to settle down and give her another grandchild.  (Stephanie’s older brother already provided her with one.) No matter what other topic of conversation arises, the NFL standings, another family member’s birthday, a promotion, Susan always manages to ask her favorite question, “Been on any dates lately?”  She sometimes takes it one step further by asking dirty details like whether the guy was good in bed.
In my second and newly released novel, A State of Jane, twenty-six year old Jane broke up with her high school sweetheart Bob after a nine year relationship, and after a year off from dating to avoid the dreaded rebound relationship, dives head first into the NYC dating waters.  Her mother, a no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is kind of woman, constantly questions Jane’s decision to break up with Bob.  He comes from a good family, he treated her well etc, especially after Bob’s so-called “rebound” relationship gets serious.  Jane is confident she did the right thing by breaking up with Bob, insisting he wasn’t “the one”, but when her own attempt to find a new boyfriend becomes an uphill battle, the insinuations from her mother make her almost second-guess her decision. 
Creating the “mom” characters in my novels was pretty easy, relative to some of the other secondary characters, mostly because my own mother is constantly on my back about when I am going to settle down and give her grandchildren.  Not like she doesn’t already have 5 or anything!  I am currently happy in a relationship with my boyfriend Jason, but since it is long distance, it comes with its own complications. Nevertheless, my mother manages to ask me how things are “progressing” each and every time we speak.  Before my current boyfriend, I had a long string of “relationships” that didn’t stick, much like Stephanie.  I also dated many men who seemed completely smitten with me only to disappear without warning, much like Jane.  While I was in this serial-dating mode, I got an earful from my mother and I thought I would provide you with some examples:
Shortly after one of my “boyfriends du jour” (“Red Sox Guy”) flaked on me, my mother and I were on the phone and in the course of our conversation, she said, "So, the market has been pretty bad lately.”  I responded, "hmm" as I was only half listening.  She continued, "Maybe he was upset."  I asked, "Maybe who was upset?" and she responded, "Red Sox Guy. He's a financial guy, right?" I said, "Yes, he's a financial guy, but why should I care if he is upset? He flaked on me.  I'm over it." Anyway, to avoid writing paragraphs of dialog, I will simply tell you that my mom thought perhaps Red Sox Guy was so upset about the status of the market that he couldn't handle dating me anymore. I told her that was completely ridiculous and asked why the hell we were still discussing the guy since I no longer cared why he lost interest and neither should she.
Many years ago, I had a first date with a guy I met on Jdate. He was Jewish (obviously) and he came from the same home town as me, although we did not go to the same schools. We met at the W hotel in midtown Manhattan for a drink on a Saturday evening.  He spent most of the date talking on his cell phone. He said it was a work call which I found odd since it was a Saturday night.  Basically, he was totally rude and I thought about walking out but, quite frankly, I was drinking a very tasty glass of wine and wanted to finish it.  He obviously wasn't into me (or visa-versa) but any decent guy (or at least any guy that I would want to be with) would be gracious to a girl regardless of his future intentions toward her. I had dinner with my family the next night and decided to share the events of the night before with my mom and sister. Although my sister agreed that the guy was a dick, after hearing the story, my mom asked, "So, do you think you'll hear from him again?" I said, "WHAT? Why would I want to hear from again? Were you even listening to me? He talked on his phone the entire time!" My mom just didn't get it. Actually, I don't think she was listening to me. All she heard was "Jewish guy from Rockland County" and imagined Passover Seders with Jewish in-laws. The rest of the story fell on deaf ears.

One last example: I went on several dates with another Jewish guy from Rockland County. I had been feeling pretty sick and had a chronic sore throat for about six months prior. I finally saw a doctor and was told that I had a lump on my tonsils that needed to be biopsied. There was a 1 in 10 chance that I had cancer. I didn't tell "K" (the Jewish guy from Rockland County) the details and only that I needed to get my tonsils out. Obviously, I would not be available to hang out for a couple of weeks. "K" disappeared and, while I was not torn up about it, my mother was. For months later, she would ask, "Do you ever see that "K's" profile on Match? Didn't that "K" live in this neighborhood?" That "K" did not like me enough to wait for me to recover from surgery and find out that, "Hooray, I don't have cancer!" Who the hell cares where he lives? As she will admit without reservation, my mom cared simply because the guy was Jewish and his parents lived only about a mile from her.

There are countless more examples of my mother’s preoccupation (almost to the point of obsession) with my dating life, although she has calmed down considerably, at least for her.  It is worth noting that Jason is not Jewish and his parents live nowhere near “Rockland County” but my mother loves him.  If he wasn’t such a great guy, I would fear that she only loved him because after a year he still hasn’t flaked on me nor have I changed my mind about him. I assure you, however, that she won’t stop badgering me until I get married.  And after I get married, she will badger me until I have children.  Sometimes I want to stick a sock in her mouth to get her to shut up but as infuriating as it is, she is somewhat of a muse to my creative endeavors so I can’t really complain!  Well, I can complain but perhaps I shouldn’t.  

Author Bio: Meredith Schorr is the author of two novels, Just Friends with Benefits and A State of Jane.  When she is not busy writing novels, Meredith spends her days as a trademark paralegal at a law firm in New York City.  Meredith is a loyal New York Yankees fan and an avid runner.  She also loves to read and is always on the lookout for her new favorite author. 

Blurb of A State of Jane:

Jane Frank is ready to fall in love.  It's been a year since her long term relationship ended and far too long since the last time she was kissed. With the LSAT coming up she needs to find a long term boyfriend (or husband) before acing law school and becoming a partner at her father's law firm.  There's just one problem: All the guys in New York City are flakes. They seemingly drop off the face of the earth with no warning and no explanation.  Should she join her best friend Marissa in singlehood, making cupcakes and watching True Blood? Or should she follow her co-worker Andrew's advice and turn the game back on those who've scorned her? As Jane attempts to juggle her own responsibilities and put up with the problems of everyone around her, she starts to realize that the dating life isn't as easy as she originally thought.

So if you're interested in checking out Meredith's A State of Jane and Just Friends with Benefits then you can check it out:

AmazonAmazon UK, and Barnes and Noble, and available on iTunes!!!

And you can also check out Meredith's blog !!! And you follow her on Twitter @meredithschorr, and Facebook!!!!


Happy Friday!!

The Romance Bookie :)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Still on My Mind #18

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.

I am posting my Still on my Mind a little early this week, because I'm super busy on Thursday's, especially in the morning.

So for this week's Still on my Mind I have decided to do a book I read quite a few years ago.  It was way before The Romance Bookie was even a though.

Back in 2007 I read a book called Jemima J.  It is by Jane Green, whose written quite a few others, and even though I've read a couple of her other works, none of them felt like Jemima J.

Description from Goodreads:

Jemima Jones is overweight. About one hundred pounds overweight. Treated like a maid by her thin and social-climbing roommates, and lorded over by the beautiful Geraldine (less talented but better paid) at the Kilburn Herald, Jemima finds that her only consolation is food. Add to this her passion for her charming, sexy, and unobtainable colleague Ben, and Jemima knows her life is in need of a serious change. When she meets Brad, an eligible California hunk, over the Internet, she has the perfect opportunity to reinvent herself–as JJ, the slim, beautiful, gym-obsessed glamour girl. But when her long-distance Romeo demands that they meet, she must conquer her food addiction to become the bone-thin model of her e-mails–no small feat.
With a fast-paced plot that never quits and a surprise ending no reader will see coming, Jemima J is the chronicle of one woman's quest to become the woman she's always wanted to be, learning along the way a host of lessons about attraction, addiction, the meaning of true love, and, ultimately, who she really is.

At the time of me reading it, it was one of my absolute favorites.  I actually did a VERY short review of this back in 2010, it was actually my second entry!
(if you're interested here is the link: http://romancebookie.blogspot.com/2010/12/jemima-j.html)

Because it's been so long, I have actually added it to my list of books that I read years ago and really want to reread, (it's one of the changed I'm making next year :)).

So that's it from me this week for Still On My Mind! I hope to be done with my current book soon, I'm just super busy, and under quite a bit of stress, so it's been a bit tough.  But hopefully by the beginning of next week it'll be done! :)

The Romance Bookie :)  

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Music Tuesday #41

Good Morning Everyone! Or I guess I should say Happy Tuesday, since not everyone's day is in the morning phases anymore! :)

Anyway today's song came out last week, and it's one of my favorite singers...no not Taylor Swift, this time (however, she did come out with a new song today!!), but instead another one of my favorites!!


Adele released her new song, which also happens to be the theme song for the new James Bond movie coming out next month!

So here it is:


Sounds pretty good right?! I think it sounds very James Bondy...! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Friday, October 5, 2012

Random Post #1 (Glee Character analysis)

Happy Friday everyone!!

So I realize not everyone watches Glee.  However, I'm one of those viewers that still watches it, however at times am not really sure why anymore, and then other times I just want to never end.

I will say this post is for all those people that have seen at least one of the episodes from this season!!
AND WARNING!!! This contains spoilers from last night's Break-up episode!!

Today I am writing my first...okay, not first, but I'm just going to count it as my first official, random post.

It's a character analysis of quite a few of the Glee characters.  Some more in depth, and some not.

So here goes:

Let's start with the famous...

Rachel (Portrayed by Lea Michele):  First off, I just want to say her dialogue has gotten SO much better!! I love how New York has finally given her the reality check she needed.  Now she can see that life doesn't always go your way, or that she's the only talented one in the world.

Finn (portrayed by Cory Monteith)=Finn, Finn, Finn, only he would be able to get a "some what honorable discharge" from the army without doing it on purpose.  In a way, his and Rachel's "ending" will be good for him, because it will finally him the chance to find himself, and not have to live in Rachel's shadow anymore.

Kurt (portrayed by Chris Colfer)=New York is definitely where he belongs! I get Blaine is upset that he is gone, but Kurt needs to start his own future outside of Blaine.  That doesn't mean giving up and ignoring B, but just getting the opportunity everyone deserves.

Blaine (portrayed by Darren Criss)=I'm just going to say it...WHY??? Why would he not only brake Kurt's heart, but pretty much everyone who watched that episode, including yours truly??? WHY??? I'm still breaking out in tears just thinking about it! What he did was lousy, but if Rob and KStew can work it out, so can he and Kurt, I believe!

Brittany (Heather Morris)= her little Brittany Spears' act in Britney 2.0, was a bit overdone for me.  First, she is NOT a pop princess with at least a hand full of platinum records and her last name is not Spears! She needs to get over herself! What she needs to do is concentrate on graduating high school, before she becomes a super SUPER senior!

Santana (Naya Rivera)=  in a way, I thought her speech to Brittany, last night, made sense, because now they won't have to do the whole long distance thing and suffer.  However, on the other hand, when she mentioned the whole "Energized" cheating thing, and then afterwards gave her the break-up speech, it sounds to me as if she wants them to see other people, without either of them cheating, and then when they are both ready to get back together and go right back to where they left off.  Yeah I don't think so!  You either love someone and stay with them, or you let them go for good.  And plus, why would she sing "Mine" by Taylor Swift and then say that?? Who does something like that??

Artie (Kevin McHale)= Honestly, I haven't been able to stand him since about the second half of season 1.  I hate his dialogue, I think he's way overdone, with his whole confidence thing.  I mean, don't get me wrong, I think it's great that he believes himself, but he is MEAN!! He is so condescending to everyone!

Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz)= Since the first episode of this new season I don't like her anymore.  I think Mike made her a better person, and now that they've broken up she thinks she's all that, and the best thing that happened to McKinley High.  She's actually like Diva Mercedes (see Mercedes below).

Mercedes (Amber Riley)= (note: so Mercedes hasn't actually made an appearance in this new season so far) I used to love Mercedes.  However, every time she brought out her "Diva" moments, it took a piece of my like for her each time.  I sure hope she can redeem herself this season.

Quinn (Dianna Agron)= (note: Like Mercedes, Quinn has not made an appearance yet, either, in this new season)  Quinn, I've always been VERY iffy with her.  At the beginning of the last season, when the whole baby drama was going down with Shelby, I HATED her!! I wanted to smack her every time she came out! I get it, she was upset, but she made the decision to give her baby away, and it wasn't as if Shelby wouldn't allow her to not see her baby!  Now, if Shelby wouldn't have allowed it, I would have understood, but otherwise, Quinn made the decision, and she needs to live with that choice.
Luckily, I will say she redeemed herself near the end of last season, before the accident.  I liked it when her and Rachel finally worked out their differences.

Puck (Mark Salling)= With Puck, it should be pretty much expected that he'll do something bad...or he'll show his good heart.  I love those moments :), especially when he made a visit to McKinley High and said "Hi" to his brother.

Jake (Jacob Artist)= Puck's half brother!! This guy is going to win over Marley's heart! I'm telling you right now!! Watching him and Marley, is like watching "West Side Story" meets "High School Musical" love it!! I'm so glad he got rid of that Kitty chick!!

Marley (Melissa Benoist)= REALLY like her! I love her story! I love her voice! I think she's going to have some real potential on the show! Really excited to hear and see more of her, especially if it involves Jake!

Kitty (that mean cheerleader that no one likes)= cheerleader Quinn meets Santana's bitchy side!  This chick is awful! Horrible person! I sure hope they make something interesting out of her!

Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison)= he's had his moments in the show, especially in the the last couple of seasons, where I thought to myself, "And why are you a teacher?"  He has some great advice for his students, but in the end he is like all of those other music teachers who have their favorites and give all the solos to like three people tops! Welcome to my high school choir experience!

Sue (Jane Lynch)= even though her dialogue is so outrageous, I can't help forgive Sue for it, because Jane Lynch just seems like one of the coolest people in the world!!

Emma (Jayma Mayes)= Miss Pillsbury, aka Miss Ultimate Innocent.  I get her point on why she doesn't want to go with Will to DC to help him follow his dream.  I do hope they don't give up on their relationship!

Overall: I'm looking forward to what they'll be doing this season! I hope they cut down on the over unrealistic dialogue, especially the ones involving Brittany and Kitty.  It's a bit overdone for me at times.  I'm curious to see how Finn works everything out.  And of course, Rachel NYADA experience, and Kurt's Vogue.com gig!  I do hope to see more of Sarah Jessica Parker, I loved her voice!! I can't wait to see Anne Hathaway eventually, I heard there was rumor that she was going to be playing Kurt's Aunt, is that still happening?? I HOPE SO!!!

Anyway, that is the end of my Random Post #1! :)

It's dedicated to all of us Glee fans out there! :)

Oh and before I go I do want to end it with last night's finale song, because it was just absolutely devastating and gorgeous at the same time!

The Romance Bookie :)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky review

I've had The Perks of Being a Wallflower sitting on my bookshelf since late last year (when I received it for FREE!!), and since then I've told myself to pick it up and read it many times, but I just haven't had the chance...plus I knew it would be a tough to get through because of the tough topics it discusses.

Anyway, I finally did it!! So as some of you may know the movie was just released based on this novel, and from what I've heard it's a good one!  Stephen Chbosky, who also wrote the book, made the movie, so I think it's pretty much a guarantee that it will be true to his novel!  At least we can only hope!!

Anyway, now to the review...

Description from Goodreads:
The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Standing on the fringes of life... offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

This haunting novel about the dilemma of passivity vs. passion marks the stunning debut of a provocative new voice in contemporary fiction: The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

This is the story of what it's like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie's letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite.

Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting coming-of-age story, a powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.

My thoughts:

Now first I just want to say that when I first started this book what came to mind was that it felt like I was reading the diary of a ten year old girl's.  Chbosky uses very short sentences, in fact the writing style SORT of reminded of Judy Blume's, she also uses those short curt, sentences.

However, as I kept reading, I realized that it was just something that added to the realistic feel of this work of fiction.

Charlie is such a complicated characters.  He has soooo many things going through his head, involving family, friends, problems, music, literature, high school...it was endless!

He was also such a unique character!  Absolutely amazing to get into his head in a way, because you never really know what to expect...at least that's how I felt.

As I'm writing this review I'm listening to a song Charlie mentioned through the book...Asleep by The Smiths, it's quite beautiful.

Here it is, if you haven't already heard it before...

Anyway, his interest in classic literature and music was fascinating, because he would relate it to his life, and really go in depth about his feelings at the moments of him writing that letter. 

Charlie was also a very strange person...there were SO many embarrassing "cringe" moments, where I had to cover my eyes for a moment, which is something I tend to do when I feel a character's embarrassment.
He's extremely sensitive!  But he puts everyone else's feelings before his own.  His friendship with Sam and Patrick was very special, because while not many people seemed to understand him, they both just accepted him for who he is.

I loved the Rocky Horror Picture Show parts because I always thought about all the fun times my friends and I went!

I recommend this one for the old young adult group.  It's got a few pretty mature moments that the younger audience just shouldn't have to deal with just yet.  It talks about Rocky Horror Picture Show, which if you've got a problem with it, then you may not like... It deals with homosexuality, depression, high school, growing up, dealing with break ups, friendships, and so many different emotions.

I will admit it isn't a book that I'll probably pick up again for a long time, only because it was so extremely dark.  However, I am interested to see how the movie is.  So I'll hopefully be able to do a movie review one of these days, probably won't be for a while, but hopefully soon! :)

Happy Thursday everyone! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Populazzi by Elise Allen

High school...

Mixed emotions most likely right??

If you haven't gone through it yet, than you most likely have no idea what I'm talking about...but if you have...you should know.

Personally, I hated it.  I thought it was a terrible time in my life.  Friends turned on friends, rumors were spread, people judged me when they didn't know me, because of what one person told them about me.  It just wasn't my thing.

The one thing I will say I got out of the whole social experience of high school is that I became a very independent person out of it.  I learned to fend for myself, I learned to enjoy being by myself, and learned about the loveliness that are books.

(For more on my High school experience, you can visit MY post HERE!)

Populazzi by Elise Allen takes the hierarchy of high school to the extreme...sometimes, I'm being honest here, I thought a little too much to the extreme.

Description from Goodreads:

Cara has never been one of those girls: confident, self-possessed, and always ready with the perfect thing to say. A girl at the very top of the popularity tower. One of the Populazzi.
Now, junior year could change everything. Cara’s moving to a new school, and her best friend urges her to seize the moment—with the help of the Ladder. Its rungs are relationships, and if Cara transforms into the perfect girlfriend for guys ever-higher on the tower, she’ll reach the ultimate goal: Supreme Populazzi.
The Ladder seems like a lighthearted social experiment, a straight climb up, but it quickly becomes gnarled and twisted. And when everything goes wrong, only the most audacious act Cara can think of has a chance of setting things even a little bit right.

My thoughts:

At one point or another most people think about being that one person everyone fears, loves, and obsesses over...I got over that pretty early on...probably by seventh grade.  I had some great friends (or so I thought), and just didn't care about being "Popular".  In fact, I sort of stopped believing in that word, so to say.  People make other people "Popular" because they put them on that pedi stool. I just refused to do that. I didn't see the point.  Everyone should be treated equal, and even today I still believe in "Treating others the way you want to be treated".

Cara just hasn't learned that lesson.  She becomes so obsessed with the Hierarchy of high school that along the way she loses herself, and become not just one but TWO completely different people from who she was.

Here's what I have to day about popularity and hierarchy:

Popularity+Hierarchy= CRAP!!!

There were quite a few times where I wanted to reach inside my Kindle, grab hold of Cara, shake her, and scream in her face to get over herself!  Her and Claudia's (Cara's best friend) obsession with popularity...OMG!!! Smack them both!

Ultimately, if it wasn't for Claudia's "Advice" none of this would have happened, and Cara would have been able to at least enjoy her high school experience more than she will after what happened.

Trista, the "Supreme Populazzi"...she's the one to be feared, but with Cara's blindness and eagerness to reaching the point of fame, it just wasn't noticed until it was too late.

This book holds a few great messages...lessons to be learned.  Be yourself first of all, don't change because you want to be friends with someone.  If they don't like you for who you are, than they aren't worth.  As cheesy as that sounds...it's TRUE!!!  Also the message on bullying...actually I think Elise Allen could have taken that one a little further.  Cara thought she deserved what happened at the end, and let herself be pushed over and forgave way to quickly, by ignoring it.  I wouldn't have.  I would have complained to the school, told my parents, and done something about it, not ignore and just sit there.

I read online that Bullying Awareness Week is coming up next month, and I do feel this is a pretty good book on that.  It reminded me a bit of the movie Mean Girls.

There were a couple of great quotes, that I thought were pretty funny:

"You want me to run my heart through a meat grinder and watch you dance flamenco on the pulp as it struggles to keep beating?"-hahahaha pretty hilarious!!

and then
"Dude, it's like you took her mouth cherry..."-hahaha wow!!!

Also a great sounding recipe I want to try:

Peanut-butter-cream-cheese rolled in Captain Crunch covered Green Apples sounds yummy!!!!

Overall rating:

I recommend this one to the age groups of 14 to 17, I believe once you have graduated from high school you sort of get over the whole hierarchy thing pretty quickly.  It's time to focus on your future, and finding yourself as your own person, not relying on others; I think this one a bit young for me.  This is a pretty girly book, so keep that in mind.    It definitely involved a lot of things high school is about.  If you like the movie Mean Girls then I think you might like this one.

You can actually get it right now for only $3.85 on the Kindle, or just $4.05 in HARDCOVER (which is SUPER cheap!!!), here's the link:

Have a great week everyone! :)

The Romance Bookie :)