Around the Bookish World: News Week-in-Review

This week’s news post is a bit quiet but there aresome interesting developments concerning Agency pricing and Amazon may have found a way to sidestep Apple’s new rules on their apps.

First up, along with Anti-trust investigations about Agency pricing, a lawsuit has been filed that it was only a matter of time before one would be instigated. Law firm Hagens and Berman have filed a suit that major publishers such as Simon & Schuster, Penguin, Hachette, HarperCollins and Macmillan as well as Apple have conspired to boost up profits and to undermine Amazon as well breaking anti-trust laws. Whether this can be proven is another matter but I do think it is an interesting development.

This sorts of leads to the fact that Amazon has launched a HTML 5 Web App for their Kindle store which sides-step Apple’s …

Review: Deadly Obsession, by Katie Reus

Format Read: e-Book Galley provided by NetGalley courtesy of Carina Press
Length: 80,000 words
Release Date: August 15, 2011
Publisher: Carina Press
Formats Available: e-Book, Kindle
Purchasing Info: Author’s Website, Publisher, Goodreads, Kindle, Nook, All Romance eBooks.

Book Blurb:

The chilling words of a killer: This is just the beginning…

Ten years ago, Lilly Carmichael left town without an explanation, breaking Braden Donnelly’s heart. The death of her aunt has brought Lilly home—and face-to-face with memories she thought were long buried. Still getting over a traumatic incident from her work as an NSA agent, Lilly initially dismisses the face at her window as a figment of stress-induced paranoia.

Now the sheriff of Hudson Bay, Braden has spent the past year hunting a sadistic murderer. His investigation is turned upside down when new evidence indicates that Lilly is the killer’s next target. Determined …

Guest Post: Author Katie Reus Talks Villians + Giveaway!

We are delighted to welcome back Katie Reus to BLI today! I’ve long been a fan of Katie’s romantic suspense stories. She writes awesome appealing Alpha heroes for her well crafted, thrilling and action packed plots. Katie is here to celebrate the upcoming publication of her latest novel Deadly Obsession, which will be available on August 15, 2011, from Carina Press. Katie is going to talk about one of the central characters key to any good spine tingling romantic suspense story…..

Villains:

Thank you so much to Lea for having me as a guest here today at Book Lovers Inc.! In a few days I have a romantic suspense (DEADLY OBSESSION) releasing from Carina Press and the villain in the story is definitely a baddie. I write romantic suspense and paranormal romance so there’s always an element of darkness in my stories, but this guy takes the cake …

My Wishlist: the Absolutely-Must-Have-Now Edition


Hey Everyone!

I’m here today to share with you some books which literally make me itch and bounce with impatience. I want them. Now.

You know that kind of excitement which makes you jittery and snappy because you start acting like an impatient 5 year-old who doesn’t get his/her ice cream immediately.

So it’s a good thing I only have to survive a couple more weeks before I can get my paws on them.

So let me show you some of those new releases which have me in such a state

Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent (Book #1 in the Unbound series)

By blood, by word, by magic…

Most can’t touch the power. But Liv Warren is special – a paranormal tracker who follows the scent of blood.

Liv makes her own rules, and the most important one is trust no one.

But when her friend’s daughter …

Review: Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas

Format Read: HardcoverNumber of Pages: 186Release Date: 21 March 2010Publisher: Burlesque PressFormats Available: Harcover, EbookPurchasing Info: Author’s Website, Goodreads, Amazon

Book Blurb:

Emily Vargas has been taken captive. As part of his conditioning methods, her captor refuses to speak to her, knowing how much she craves human contact.

He’s far too beautiful to be a monster. Her attraction to him and his lack of violence has her walking a fine line on the edge of sanity.

Told in the first person from Emily’s perspective, Comfort Food explores what happens when all expectations of please and pain are turned upside down. As whips become comfort, and chicken soup becomes punishment.

My Thoughts:

Comfort Food was a powerful read, but it didn’t truly touch me in the ways I was expecting.

Emily is a captive of a …

Romance and Me: Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Sex in a Romance Novel?

Hey Everyone!

 

When talking/thinking about romance novels the topic of sex is bound to come up. Everyone has their own preference: whether they like it sweet and PG, or sensual and steamy, and some even don’t mind it being graphic, but everyone has their stand on the issue.As you well know Susi and I, we both want our romance novels to have some sweet smex, but recently I read a novel which made me wonder whether there is such a thing as too much sex…

You see this novel was marketed and shelved as a contemporary romance novel and I jumped in expecting a sexy romantic read, but instead got something else.Once again let me say not only I don’t mind reading sex scenes in my romance novels, to the contrary I enjoy and cherish them, but when I was reading this novel, I noticed that after a steamy scene there was no out-of-the-bedroom scene …

Review: Wild & Steamy by Meljean Brook, Jill Myles, Carolyn Crane

Format Read: ebook submitted by Author for ReviewLength: 123 PagesGenre: Urban Fantasy, Steampunk Romance, Paranormal RomanceSeries: The Iron Seas #0.4, The Disillusionists Trilogy #2.5Release Date: August 3, 2011Formats Available: eBook, Kindle, NookPurchasing Info: Meljean BrookJill MylesCarolyn Crane, Smashwords, GoodreadsKindleNook

Book Blurb:

The Blushing Bounder by Meljean Brook - An Iron Seas novella of 15,000 words: The search for a killer puts Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth’s life in danger and her assistant, Constable Newberry, in the line of fire. But Newberry faces a danger of another kind: to his heart, by the woman forced to marry him. What will it take for this prudish bounder to convince his wife to stay?

Vixen by Jill Myles - A shifter novella of 15,000 words: Miko’s denied her were-fox nature for far too long and turned her back on her vixen heritage. But when she meets two very sexy cat-shifters, she …

Review: Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind

Format Read: PaperbackNumber of Pages: 764Release Date: 1 January 1995Publisher: Orion BooksFormats Available: Paperback, Harcover, Audio Book, EbookPurchasing Info: Author’s Website, Goodreads, Amazon

 Book Blurb:

One man, Richard Cypher, holds the key to the fate of three nations, to the fate of humanity. But until he learns the Wizard’s First Rule his chances of succeeding in his task are slim. And his biggest problem is admitting magic exists at all…

A novel of incomparable scope and brimming with atmospheric detail: this is a world where heart hounds stalk the magical boundaries between countries, and worlds, for unwary human prey, blood-sucking flies hunt on behalf of their underworld masters, and where artists can draw more than just your likeness.

There is nowhere to hide, nowhere is safe. Here magic makes love twice as sweet, and betrayal …

New Releases: August 8th -August 14th

Always a Princess - Alice Gaines

Eve Stanhope masquerades as a foreign princess at ton parties, stealing jewels from the nobility she despises and returning to her London slum at the end of the night. She’s carefully plotting revenge on her former employer—a society cad who’s ruined her reputation. Now it’s her turn to ruin him. What she doesn’t expect is to encounter the criminally handsome Orchid Thief on one of her heists…Philip Rosemont, Viscount Wesley, is also in disguise. Bored and stifled by society, he steals jewels for fun and leaves orchids as his calling cards. He knows the woman he’s cornered at the ball is no aristocrat, much less the Princess of Valdastock. But something tells him she’s not exactly common, either. Now he must uncover her motives while he enjoys her illicit kisses. Can …

Explore This! Vail, Colorado

 Today, our travel inspiration comes from my reading of Nightshade by Andrea Cremer. In the book, Calla and her wolf pack are in the Vail, Colorado area, with a new pack about to be created further up into the mountains.

And that’s basically what I think of, too. Mountains, snow, skiing, and drinking hot cocoa by a fireplace. In fact, it’s hard to think of this region without the accompanying snow….but there are the warmer months, when the wilder, greener side emerges. I’m personally not much for skiing, but would be more than happy to taken in the stunning views along with that fireplace scene.



Let’s pretend this is me. I’ve tried skiing but usually do it from more 
of a sitting position

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