Almost a Bride

almost-a-brideFROM THE WEBSITE…“In this spectacular new romance from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Jane Feather, fate deals one stubbornly single young woman and one deceptively heartless man a shocking hand in a high-stakes bet. But is love in the cards?

Jack Fortescu gambles to win, and this time his prize is not only his rival’s lavish mansion but everything in it–
including the man’s beautiful sister! But when it comes to games, Jack has met his match. . . .

Left homeless by her brother’s escapade, Arabella Lacey has two appalling choices: pack her bags–or agree to marry the lunatic who’s taken over her house. Why would such a handsome–and outrageously wealthy–man want such an unromantic arrangement? Arabella intends to find out, and have a little fun in the process at Jack’s expense . . . literally. As Jack discovers that his reluctant bride is no ordinary beauty, he feels a stir of admiration, among other emotions, that wasn’t part of the bargain. Now he’s the one with everything to lose. . . .”

FROM THE BOOK FAERY REVIEWS…As usual, most historical romances are fairly similar but I still can’t resist reading them. In Almost a Bride, Feather creates a story of a vengeful man (Jack Fortescu) who brings his enemy to suicide and then claims all of his property including his half-sister (Arabella Lacy). After some thought of fearing she’d lose her independence, Arabella agrees to marry Jack with the understanding that they were marrying for convenience and that neither expects the other for anything more but to keep their freedom of independence and to produce an heir. Over time you watch the passions spark in overdrive and the compassion the other has for the other while trying their hardest “not to care” about the others supposed “actions”. When Jack  finally learns to allow someone to step up to carry an act out to save his lost sister you can’t help but feel compassion for him and wonder for his wife’s selfless act of love.  The book was a page turner, often made me grin, made me want to jump up and “high five” or slap a character for their actions. The only thing I wanted to read more about that was lacking was the dispensing of Jack’s mistress.  I actually wanted some sort of “cat fight” between his wife and his old mistress and to know if Jack finally let her go financially.

Your Wicked Ways

your-wicked-waysFROM THE AUTHOR’S SITEHelene, the Countess Godwin, knows there is nothing more unbearably tedious than a virtuous woman. After all, she’s been one for ten long years while her scoundrel of a husband lives with strumpets and causes scandal after scandal. So she decides it’s time for a change–she styles her hair in the newest, daring mode, puts on a shockingly transparent gown, and goes to a ball like Cinderella, hoping to find a prince charming to sweep her off her feet… and into his bed.

But instead of a prince, she finds only her volatile, infuriatingly handsome… husband, Rees, the Earl Godwin. They’d eloped to Gretna Green in a fiery passion, but passion can sometimes burn too hot to last.

But now, Rees makes her a brazen offer, and Helene decides to become his wife again… but not in name only. No, this time she decides to be very, very wicked indeed.”

FROM THE BOOK FAERY REVIEWS…Eloisa James brings us another sultry read about an estranged married couple who’ve been apart the past 10 years who end up reuniting and creating a spark when brought back together to produce an heir and a musical score. Helene, the countess of Godwin changes from the prudish woman to a more daring and beautiful woman who entices many men after her change including her rake of a husband, Reese, the Earl of Godwin. In the past he’s refused to bed her for reproduction purposes and so she decides she just might get someone else to bed her instead for she longs for a child very much.  Once he discovers this he insists that he be the one since he can’t be cuckold and allow the estate to go to anyone but an heir or his brother.  So he finally agrees but she must come back to their house to help him with his music and all while his mistress of the past 3 years lives in her old room next to his. What a scandal…Will she do it? If you want a child and you’re married I suppose the man to father the child would be your husband and not just another man.

The only thing lacking for me was that I wanted a bit more “macho” action between the two men rivaling for her attentions.  It’s always a bit more fun when 2 men fight over a woman.

The Truth Lies in the Dark & Author Interview

a-truth-lies-in-the-darkFROM THE AUTHOR SITE…” What if you found out that everything you thought you knew was a lie? That the people you loved and trusted kept a life changing secret from you? These are a few of the questions Amanda Martineau must answer in The Truth Lies in the Dark. As a child Amanda survived a plane crash that killed her parents and left her with no memory of her life before the accident. Raised by her grandparents, she only knows what they have told her about her past and her family. But her reoccurring nightmares tell her something different. They leave her feeling like a stranger in her own mind. Then an unfinished letter written by her grandfather thrusts her deeper into confusion. A business trip with her husband Nick quickly turns into a personal journey to expose the secret of her past. As she searches for answers she only finds more questions. Who can she trust? Who is there to help her and who is there to make sure that the truth remains…in the dark?”

INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR…

BF: What was your inspiration to this book?

KC: I have always wanted to write a book and finally decided to try.  I started writing with a pen and a pad while I watched my kids play at the park.  I kept my writing hidden like a dirty secret.  I still find it hard to write when there are people around.  Once I had the characters and their backgrounds down on paper the entire story seemed to come alive in my head.  It was like I had already seen the movie and just had to put it on paper.  That was the hard part; finding time around the schedules of four children and a husband to concentrate on writing.  I finally set a time limit for myself to finish it or forget it.  I finished in two months.

BF: How did you go about creating the characters and places? Are any of the characters or places you wrote about significant to you?

KC: By the time I finished writing, reading, editing, re editing The Truth Lies in the Dark I felt like  Amanda and Nick were friends of mine.  I was so wrapped up in the story that I was talking to a friend and started to tell her something that Amanda did.  I caught myself and thought, “You really are losing it.  She’s not a real person.” But all of my characters are completely fictional.  I would get myself into trouble if I tried to base them on people I knew.

For the places in Connecticut, I chose ones that I was familiar with.  I used an atlas and the Internet to research the places in California and Nevada.

BF: Who was your favorite character to write?

KC: My favorite character in this book was Amanda.  She was not only the main character, but she changed the most in the story.  She started out very emotionally dependent.  I had fun giving her some guts.

BF: What was the most challenging part of writing the book?

KC: That would also have to be Amanda.  It was difficult to show her dependence on her grandparents and husband and not make her too weak.

BF: How long did it take to finish this novel?

KC: Once I got serious, it only took two months.  But that doesn’t count the year plus that I had my pad tucked away with all of my notes and the first chapter.

BF: If your book was being discussed by a book club, or a few friends meeting over coffee, what about the book do you think would drive the most discussion? (a particular character, event, theme)?

KC: Oh definitely the surprise twist after Amanda finds out that Nick knew about her mysterious past and didn’t tell her.  I am not saying anymore, but I have gotten a lot of comments on that.

BF: If your book was made into a movie, what actors/actresses would you like playing the main roles?

KC: First of all it would make a great Lifetime movie.  I’m not sure who I pick for actors.  Probably someone unknown, since I picture Amanda as a normal woman, slightly scarred and all.  As for picking who would play Nick.  All I ask is that I get to be there when they pick him.  Tall, dark, handsome and hopelessly devoted to his wife…yum :)

BF: Do you write during set hours of the day or do you write when the mood hits?

KC: I write the best when there is no one home, so not as often as I like.  When there are no snow storms or sick days ( or as I call them, kid holidays!) I try to write everyday.

BF: What types of books do you most enjoy reading? Who are your favorite authors?

KC: I love all types.  I always have a book next to the couch that I read while watching TV with the family.  I have read most of Ernest Hemingway, Sidney Sheldon, Danielle Steele, Mary Higgins Clark, Sandra Brown, Nora Roberts, and just read the first book in her J.D. Robb  Death series.  I also have a over flowing shelf of books that cover every aspect of writing, thanks to my book lovin’ mother.  She is always picking up helpful books for me at library sales, book stores, etc. 

BF: Do you have any advice to those working on their first novels?

KC: Yes, be patient.  Publishing takes a lot more time than most realize, and rejections are a normal part of the process.  And be prepared to do a lot of your own promoting and marketing.  The book world is changing and even big publishers are expecting more author involvement.

BF: Are you currently working on another novel and if so could you give us a sneak peek?

KC: I have a second manuscript being considered by a New York publisher now.  It is about a real estate agent that buys an investment property to “Flip” and flips his whole life instead.  I will hopefully have more news on that soon.  I am also working on another mystery.

Thank you Farrah for interviewing me on The Book Faery and thanks to all that took the time out of their own busy lives to learn a little about me and my book.  Anyone that is interested in following my Book Blog Tour, or just want to see where I’ve been, you can go to my website http://sites.google.com/site/kristincallenderbooks.

The Truth Lies in the Dark by Kristin Callender is available at www.amazon.com/Truth-Lies-Dark-Kristin-Callender/dp/1604520140 and is currently the “Featured Book of the Month” at www.bluewaterpress.com.
– Kristin Callender

FROM THE BOOK FAERY REVIEWS…Thanks to Kristin for spending the time to allow me to interview her and for sending me a copy of her book.  I enjoyed getting to know her more apart from just being an author but as a mother and individual as well.  I always enjoy an author who likes to connect with her readers on a more personal level and that I feel we did with our previous interactions for this interview.  I’m just as thrilled as she was when she told me that her son designed the cover for the book.  It looks great and gave it a good image for your story.  As a mother I know that she was excited to share with others her son’s talent and the fact that he was involved in her process.  I personally enjoyed the suspense in the book and the feelings she created with the characters.  There was a moment that I was annoyed by the character Amanda’s dependency and constant “need” and the way that her husband Nick seemed to act too lovey.  However, after reading the whole story it made sense and answered the whys I had.  What man wouldn’t want to protect and love his wife as much as Nick did?  I have to admit I was a little shocked to read who actually caused all the pain for her once it was revealed.  Good book and one I’d recommend to someone looking for a quick read that will keep you engaged to the end.

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Now it’s time for a GIVEAWAY!! 1 randomly picked commenter will receive a copy of Kristin’s book!

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The Book Faery Reviews is hosting a Book Giveaway 3/24-3/26!!

  • Giveaway ends on: 3/26/09 at Noon ET, Winner to be randomly selected and posted by 3/27/09. Winners have 48 hours to contact me with mailing addresses once notified of winning.
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The Pagan Stone…Book 3 of Seven Trilogy

the-pagan-stoneFROM THE BOOK…“Shared nightmares, visions of blood and fire, and random violence plague the longtime friends and Quinn, Layla, and Cybil, the women bound to them by Fate. None of them can ignore the fact that, this year, the demon has grown strongr – feeding off the terror it creates. But now the three pieces of the bloodstone have been fused back together. If only they could figure out how to use it.

A gambling man like Gage has no trouble betting on his crew to fins a way. And though he and Cybil share the gift of seeing the future, that’s all they have in common. Were they to take their flirtation to the next level, it would be on their own terms, not because Fate decreed it. But Gage knows that a woman like Cybil – with her brains and strength and devastating beauty – can only bring him luck. Whether it’s good or bad has yet to be determined – and could mean the difference between absolute destruction or an end to the nightmare for Hawkins Hollow.”

FROM THE BOOK FAERY REVIEWS…I have to admit, I’ve always been a sucker for strong minded and very opinionated characters, especially when they are thrown together by fate.  Nora Roberts once again does a great job in creating these characters while at the same time she shows us their vulnerabilities that make you love them. This was actually the one book of her series that made me teary eyed towards the end and amazingly the tears of love was a key in the story as well.

Read the excerpt and check out the reviews from the 1st two books in the trilogy:

Overall I enjoyed the series about the fight of good vs. evil BUT I still have to admit that her Circle Trilogy was still the best for me.

Blood Harvest Giveaway

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Blood Harvest by Brant Randall (aka Bruce Cook)

About the Book…“What drives a small town in New England in the late 1920’s to lynch a man? Immigrant Nic DeCosta’s skill as a wine grower makes him a fortune as a moonshiner and puts him at odds with the ’shine sales of the MacKay clan, even though he’s wed to their wild youngest daughter. An uneasy truce holds until the day Nick’s teenage son is caught with one of the MacKay girls.

The MacKays beat the boy senseless and throw him off a bridge to drown.  Nick comes to his boy’s rescue, firing his shotgun into the persecutors, setting in motion a terrible train of events.

Three days later Nick’s body hangs over a smoldering fire, the noose still around his neck.  The state militia arrive to bring peace to the town and to arrest the guilty parties.  But then another body is found in the woods.”

Giveaway ends on: Monday, February 9th (“Read in the Bathtub” Day)
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Blood Harvest

blood-harvestFROM THE AUTHOR’S PRESS RELEASE…What drives a small town in New England in the late 1920’s to lynch a man? Immigrant Nic DeCosta’s skill as a wine grower makes him a fortune as a moonshiner and puts him at odds with the ‘shine sales of the MacKay clan, even though he’s wed to their wild youngest daughter. An uneasy truce holds until the day Nick’s teenage son is caught with one of the MacKay girls.  The MacKays beat the boy senseless and throw him off a bridge to drown.  Nick comes to his boy’s rescue, firing his shotgun into the persecutors, setting in motion a terrible train of events.  Three days later Nick’s body hangs over a smoldering fire, the noose still around his neck.  The state militia arrive to bring peace to the town and to arrest the guilty parties.  But then another body is found in the woods.  

FROM THE BOOK FAERY REVIEWS…Wow.  What a book!  Brant Randall aka Bruce Cook created a powerful book about a 1929 lynching and how it affected the people in the town.  From the very beginning until the end I felt like I was walking among the town as if I was one of them sitting in the diner, camping out in the woods, in the house, or in the courtroom.  The characters he gave birth to felt real and the emotions they felt you couldn’t help but feel.  I have to admit that I was surprised yet I was not surprised with the outcome of events with some of the characters in the book.  This is a book I highly recommend!

Check out the book trailer on YouTube by clicking on this link…

A Jolly Good Fellow

a-jolly-good-fellowFROM THE BACK OF STEPHEN V. MASSE’S BOOK…”Two weeks from before Christmas, Duncan Wagner gets into his car for another attempt at kidnapping the son of his most despised enemy, State Representative Win Booker. When he drives into the wealthy Boston suburb, he is surprised to find the boy hitchhiking. So begins Wagner’s quest for revenge as he finds himself face to face with a real boy, and without a clue about how to run a kidnapping. Wagner, a self-styled charity Santa Claus, comes to realize that eleven year old Gabriel Booker is truly a runaway, much more curious than scared. Gabriel has no idea who Duncan Wagner is – or could be. In an old apartment in downtown Boston, the odd pair makes an unforgettable team, providing each other with what they have been missing in life. Author Stephen V. Masse captures the friendship with a blend of suspense and humor, showing that love is a resource which can bring redemption to the most damaged souls.”

FROM THE BOOK FAERY REVIEWS…This was a great quick book that looks into the relationship between a runaway boy and a grown man filled with bitterness from his lost love and makes you think. Right from the beginning you can see the tenderness and a sort friendship that begins. As I read the book I could not help but wonder if all was justified somehow in the end. The kidnapping was wrong but then oddly it was what allowed two strangers to finally meet if only for the last time. One thing that I was reminded of when I read A Jolly Good Fellow was that trying to revenge definitely has a way of getting back eventually so what is the point in bringing that upon oneself?