Around the Bookish World: News Week-in-Review


According to Publishers weekly over 20 percent of readers, now own an ereading device and buying more books due to this. In a few years from now this figure will almost double and just adds credence that ebooks will be a popular format, compared to print books.

The Bad Sex Awards winner was announced, and Rowan Somerville has won the dreaded award for describing a nipple a ‘nose of the loveliest nocturnal animal, sniffing in the night.’ – From his book The Shape of Her. Somerville personally accepted the award, and stated – 

“There is nothing more English than bad sex, so on behalf of the entire nation I would like to thank you.”

Past winners include, Tom Wolfe and Norman Mailer. I do find it interesting and ironic the majority of winners have been men and …

Review: Heart of Stone by Denysé Bridger

Format Read: eBook received from the publisher through The Review DepotNumber of Pages:64Release Date: March 3rd, 2009Publisher: Solstice PublishingFormats Available: Ebook, PaperbackPurchasing Info: Author’s Website, Goodreads, Amazon

Book Blurb:

Randall Stone is the stuff of heroes, a mercenary given a discharge from the army he has served with his life. But the government is still interested in using the skills they’ve taught Major Rand Stone, and he continues to work with his hand-picked team. Into his shadowy world a light has come, and in her love, Stone discovers unhoped for joy, and, perhaps, unbearable sorrow?

My Thoughts:
I had high hopes with this novella because the summary and premise looked very similar to the books by Lisa Marie Rice and Shannon McKenna who write sexually intense romantic suspense. But after a few pages in with this novella, I …

Guest Post by Author Eve Langlais + Giveaway

Today, we are very happy to welcome author Eve Langlais on Book Lovers Inc.  Eve’s new book Crazy was released on November 22nd. Let’s give a warm welcome to Eve who will tell us all about how she likes her vampires! Stay tune and you might win a copy of Crazy!  Welcome Eve.

Unrepentant Blood Suckers

I’ve noticed a trend in paranormal romance that I’m not sure I enjoy; the tendency to make vampires lament their state of being. To fight their natural instinct to drink human blood because they think it’s morally wrong. Just look at Stefan from Vampire Diaries. Up until recently in the show, he refused to partake of human blood even though it made him weak and unable to protect his love interest properly. Damon, his brother, on the other hand relishes the taste and doesn’t make any bones about it. Personally, I like Damon’s …

Bookish Rants or Raves: I {Don’t} Feel Like It!

Hey everyone! Recently I have been thinking a lot about the act of reading. It looks like something so simple and innocuous, but I feel it is anything but.

As a reader I tend to give a lot of myself to any book or book series I am reading and if it doesn’t connect with me, it will be a uphill battle to get to finish it.

One of the most important aspects of reading is the mood. I can have a ton of amazing books in my TBR, but if I am not in the mood to read a certain genre, I will avoid it as much as I can.

Take YA for example. For the last few months I haven’t been able to feel almost any excitement about YA novels and have only been able to read a couple. I don’t …

Review: Elizabeth’s Wolf by Lora Leigh

Format Read: PaperbackNumber of Pages:304Release Date: 30 June 2005Publisher: Ellora’s CaveFormats Available: Paperback, EbookPurchasing Info: Author’s Website, Goodreads, Amazon

Book Blurb:

Dash thought himself alone, a soldier, a fighting machine and no more.

Elizabeth made him realise he was a man.

Danger surrounds the woman his soul marked as his mate, death and blood and treachery that go beyond even his worst nightmares. But he will protect her and what she claims as her own. He was created to kill, trained to do it efficiently, and only a man bound to her, heart and soul, will have the strength to save Elizabeth and her prized possession.

My Thoughts:

You don’t really read Breeds books for their riveting plots, but for me Elizabeth’s Wolf was just too far-fetched in how she brought the pair together.

Dash is a soldier, a …

Historical Fiction: What’s the continuing fascination with the past?


I’ve been on a historical fiction kick lately. I’ve been watching the Tudors on TV and collecting books that cover this time period. But, I delve into other times also. I’m a total Arthurian geek, I love reading about other cultures and their history, and when you throw things like famous artists/works of art into historial Venice or France, I’m hooked.

But why do readers keep going back to different time periods? What is so attractive to us about eras of oppression, disease, and no indoor plumbing?


Well, in reading Historical Fiction in the context of romance novels, it fulfills every little girls dreams of marrying her Prince/Duke/King. The rogue royalty that seems to never want to settle down into marriage but finally does with the most unlikely …

Review: Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

Format read: ebook
Number of Pages: 503 pages
Release Date: 25 August 2009
Formats available: paperback, hardback, ebook
Publisher: Razorbill Publishing
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author’s Website, Razorbill Publishing, Amazon, Book Depository US, Book Depository UK, Kindle Store

Blurb:

After the massacre at Vampire Academy, Rose Hathaway faces the most task of her life and she knows that she must do it alone. With Mason departed for the other world, Rose must hunt down and kill Dimitri Belikov, the man she most loves.

The fourth nail-biting episode of Richelle Mead’s popular vampire series dramatically shows the fatal power of a promise.

My Thoughts: I found Book #3 (Shadow Kiss) completely mindblowing and didn’t think the next book Blood Promise could make me feel as many emotions (angst, frustration, joy, heartache) just as vividly, but I was wrong. Blood Promise

We Love Your Comments Giveaway: Winner & new Start

This winner of our We Love Your Comments Giveaway for November is……

Mariya 

who commented on our post “The Good, the Bad and the Are-You-Kidding-Me?“:

OMG. I thought I was the only one. I could bitch about the cover for hours b/c there are millions of things I hate about it. I think the model is the #1 thing I hate most about the cover! And yes you are corrcet saying that it is too late.I mean it is book 5. If they wanted to change the model, couldv’e done it eariler. I love the other kate. She is kate for me. This new model is not kate. I didn’t get drawn into the series by the covers, I just thought they were okaiexz..but I think MAgic Slays has the worst cover.But again I can whine and moan about how they changed …

Review: Night’s Cold Kiss by Tracey O’Hara

Format Read: Print copy from the authorNumber of Pages: 332 PagesRelease Date: August 25th 2009 Publisher: EosFormats Available: Paperback, EbookPurchasing Info: Amazon (US), Author site, Book Depository, Goodreads

Book Blurb:

Watching her mother being savagely murdered left Antoinette Petrescu inflamed with hatred for the vampire race, but she now realizes that to exact her revenge, she needs the help of one of their kind. Little does she know that the bloodthirsty Christian Laroque cloaks his own secret agenda. Guaranteed to raise the pulse of readers who crave dark vampire fiction with strong romance plotlines.

My Thoughts:
When I held Night’s Cold Kiss in my hands for the first time I was immediately impressed. The book looks impressive and when I started to skim through it I discovered the Glossary at the end. I thought wow that really looks …

New Release: November 29 – December 5, 2010

Wicked Nights With a Lover (The Penwich School for Virtuous Girls #3) by Sophie Jordan

What should a proper lady do when she believes her days are numbered?Step One: Take a Lover . . .

After being told she will not survive beyond the year’s end, prim and lovely Marguerite Laurent intends to live what remains of her life to the very fullest. Though she may never know love, she will know passion—and she agrees to a whirlwind romance with a former admirer. But hours before embarking upon her grand adventure, Marguerite is abducted—by an unscrupulous rogue who boldly announces his intentions to bed and wed her before the week is out!

Step Two: Live With No Regrets . . .

Ash Courtland pulled himself up from the gutter to become a successful man of business, and now he wants …

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