Monthly Archives: October 2012
Ready to win a hot romance novel?
Sure you are!
Help Romance at Random celebrate the November 15 release of Naughty & Nice, co-written by the fabulous Ruthie Knox, Molly O’Keefe and Stefanie Sloane, and you can be a winner! Visit the participating blogs, and you increase your chances.
R@R is giving away (must be 18 or older to participate):
- 15 Net Galley Preview copy winners of Naughty & Nice
- ABOUT LAST NIGHT paper giveaways (US only)
- Grand Prize of $15 Gift Certificate to eRetailer of choice!!
Now, get hopping and win! Good luck!
Sharing My Favorite Read Giveaway Hop was organized by Reading Romances!
You can win one digital copy of The Siren by Tiffany ReiszNumber of winners: 1Open to (INT, US or US/CAN): INTHow to enter: Complete the Rafflecopter below
- Five copes of Drain You, signed by author M. Beth Bloom
- A $50 credit at Wasteland, the favorite store of Quinn (Drain You‘s main character)
- Pages from Quinn’s notebook
- Ten Drain You bookmarks, handmade by Quinn
- Ten ’90s mixtapes, curated and created by Quinn
Drain You is the story of a California teen who comes across a community of vampires: Summer. The ’90s. The rich, sun-bleached neighborhoods of the Los Angeles canyons. Enter Quinlan Lacey, a cool, bored, sarcastic, sexy 17-year-old with a dull part-time video store job and a mild case of teen ennui. That is, until she meets the alluring, River Phoenix-esque James, and realizes the hills are alive with the undead. Inspired more by the early, dry L. A. short stories of Bret Easton Ellis than the current crop of serialized vampire fiction, the supernatural grunge romance, Drain You, narrates the headaches and heartbreaks Quinn undergoes in her quest to stay sane and cool and in love and alive.
I gave the book 4 out of 5 cupcakes (my review was originally published here), primarily because Quinn is so realistic and likable. I admit to finding parts of the book repetitive, but I could not stop reading it. And that is the sign of a book book, non?
About the author: Bloom’s first short story “Love And Other Catastrophes: A Mix Tape” was featured in Story Quarterly and selected by Dave Eggers for inclusion in The Best American Nonrequired Reading: 2003 (Houghton-Mifflin), which he curates annually. Bloom is the founder of underground dance label 100% Silk (profiled here in LA Weekly) AND the producer/lead singer of the band LA Vampires (written up in The Guardian as well as Pitchfork and Fader). Her next book will be published through HarperTeen.
M. Beth lives on the east side of L.A. where she indulges in raw fooding, magazine subscribing, thrift shopping, Sunday matinee’ing, and ladies book clubbing.
The Reluctant Bachelorette
by Rachael Anderson
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Genre: romance, chick lit
Thanks to I am a Reader, Not a Writer for the preview
4 / 5 cupcakes
Have you ever wondered just how much ‘reality’ is in reality television?
That is one of the subjects broached, albeit tamely, in this sweet love story.
Taycee (I admit … that name gives me the shivers, and I kept wanting to call her Tracey) has lived in her small hometown forever, refusing to leave even after her parents’ deaths. Most of her friends moved on, including Jessa, her best friend who became a television producer. The person she misses the most, though, is Luke Carney, a man she has secretly loved since childhood.
But Shelter Springs is struggling, and Jessa has a plan to revive the town: have an online dating contest, in which Taycee is the prize. Since Taycee’s love for Shelter Springs knows no bounds, she agrees … reluctantly. Well, guess who returns home, just in time to get himself on the show? That’s right, Luke.
Yes, we all know where this is headed. And, yes, there is a strong chance that you will get sugar shock and need insulin relief.
But despite the sweetness of this book, there is an underlying melancholy, and that’s what attracted me to it. Taycee is darling, but she also suffers. Her parents are dead, her brother moved to the big city, and she can’t seem to get her bearings, even if she has remained in one place her whole life. She hates seeing Shelter Springs lose itself, so she allows herself to be a bachelorette in a contest, even if the idea fills her with self-loathing.
Then there is the lack of reality in this show. Taycee comes to especially despise the staging of her dates, frustrated with the voting public’s failure to see the truth behind the facade. It makes you wonder how much of what is purported to be ‘reality’ on television is fake. (I think we all know the answer to this, though, don’t we?)
Then there is Luke. Oh, how she has loved him and pined for him. Yet she believes he sees her as nothing more than his best friend’s little sister. Can she help him see that she is a grown woman with the desires of one?
Much seems perfect in Shelter Springs, sort of a Stars Hollow, Gilmore Girls kind of schtick. Fortunately, though, Taycee revives the sugar coma. The fact that Rachael Anderson crafted a multidimensional character such as Taycee makes this an enjoyable and, yes, sweet book to read.
Simply complete the Rafflecopter below for your chance