Bookish Rant: Revisiting Re-Reads

Amongst all of us book lovin’ fiends around here, it’s no surprise that we all read every- and anything that looks and sounds promising. The first time you read a great book can be nearly indefinable in the emotion and excitement it engenders. But what about multiple readthroughs?

Lately, I’ve found myself reaching to the back of my bookshelves and rereading some beloved titles, from the early Kara Gillian books to the Chicagoland Vampires series and, most recently, the September BLI Book Club pick, The Iron Duke. In the middle of reading a new book recently, I even stopped suddenly, immediately grabbed up my well-loved copy of Beguiling the Beauty by Sherry Thomas, and proceeded to reread my favorite sections (read: more than 60% of the book) over the few hours that followed. A recent “Booking Through Thursday” topic got me thinking even more about rereads…namely, what’s the aim …

Adventures at WorldCon

Labor Day weekend, 2013. Two intrepid Book Lovers abandoned their posts at BLI, and headed to the Armpit of the U.S. for a festival occasionally know as “WorldCon.” Broiling temperatures so hot that iPads refused to function could not keep Book-Lovers from their Tribe.

These are their stories.

(Eds. Note – Be sure you read this introduction with the Law & Order IntroVoice.)

*****

Marlene: I went to a lot of terrific panels. The “Just a Minute” panel on Thursday night with Paul Cornell, Connie Willis, Mur Lafferty, Emma Newman and Gary Wolfe was side-splittingly funny. There were a lot of others, as well as a whole bunch of times I really could have used a clone. Possibly two or three clones. Somebody needs to get right on that.

Cass: Are you INSANE?! Don’t you know what happens when you clone yourself? One of you always has to die. (Spoilers …

Review: Heron’s Cove by Carla Neggers

Format read: ebook borrowed from the library
Series: Sharpe and Donovan, #2
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: July 31, 2012
Number of pages: 336 pages
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Formats available: ebook, hardcover, paperback, mass market paperback, audiobook
Purchasing Info: Author’s Website | Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Book Depository US | Book Depository (UK)

When your safety depends on living a lie…

After escaping certain death, deep-cover agent Colin Donovan is back home on the Maine coast with his new love, FBI art crimes expert Emma Sharpe. Then Tatiana Pavlova, a London-based jewelry designer, arrives in Heron’s Cove, asking for Emma’s help—a prized collection from a lost era of Russian opulence, decadence and rare beauty has resurfaced, and Tatiana warns Emma it’s about to be stolen again. And Colin realizes his nightmare isn’t over. It’s just begun.

And everyone you love is a target…

Emma …

The Book Lovers Go To WorldCon!

This last Labor Day weekend, two of your intrepid Book Lovers abandoned their posts here at BLI, and headed to the Scariest Place in the U.S. – commonly known as Texas – for WorldCon. No amount of terrifying Texan legislation or overpriced airfare would keep these two Book-Loving speculative fiction fans from joining in The Con of Cons.

These are their stories.

(Eds. Note – Be sure you read this introduction with the Law & Order Intro Voice.)

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Marlene: I have already blocked out my vacation for next year. We’re going to London! It had been too damn long since we’ve either taken a vacation or gone to Worldcon, and we’re not letting that happen again. This was too much fun and damn but we needed the break.

Last year at Dragon*Con we were both thinking we should have been at WorldCon instead. We were …

New Releases: September 16-22, 2013

Title: Covet
Author: Tracey Garvis Graves
Genre: women’s fiction
Release date: September 17, 2013 by Dutton Adult

Description:

What if the life you wanted, and the woman you fell in love with, belonged to someone else?

Chris and Claire Canton’s marriage is on life support. Downsized during the recession and out of work for a year, Chris copes by retreating to a dark place where no one can reach him, not even Claire. When he’s offered a position that will keep him away from home four nights a week, he dismisses Claire’s concern that time apart could be the one thing their fragile union can’t weather. Their suburban life may look idyllic on the outside, but Claire has never felt so disconnected from Chris, or so lonely.

Local police officer Daniel Rush used to have it all, but now he goes home to an empty house every night. He pulls Claire over during a …

Review: Saint’s Gate by Carla Neggers

Format read: ebook borrowed from the Library
Series: Sharpe and Donovan, #1
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: Aug. 23, 2011
Number of pages: 400 pages
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Formats available: ebook, hardcover, mass market paperback, audiobook
Purchasing Info: Author’s Website | Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Book Depository US | Book Depository (UK)

Two people, isolated by their pasts. An obsessive killer who will force them together. Welcome to Saint’s Gate.
Emma Sharpe is summoned to a Maine convent, partly for her FBI art crimes work, partly because of her past with the Order. At issue is a mysterious painting of Irish lore and Viking legends. But when the nun who contacted her is murdered, it seems legend is becoming deadly reality.

Colin Donovan is one of the FBI’s most valuable deep-cover agents. Back home in Maine after his latest mission, a contact …

Review: The Truth About Lord Stoneville by Sabrina Jeffries

Format read: mass market paperback
Series: Hellions of Hallstead Hall #1
Release Date: 19 January 2010
Publisher: Pocket Books
Length: 392 pages
Formats available: ebook, mass market paperback
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, Author’s Site

Book Description:

They’re the scandalous Sharpes, five hell-raising siblings tainted by a shocking family legacy. Now each faces a daunting ultimatum: marry by year’s end—or kiss their inheritance good-bye.

In the two decades since a tragic “accident” took the lives of his parents, Oliver Sharpe, the Marquess of Stoneville, has survived the scandal surrounding that fateful night by living as an unrepentant rakehell. And with his grandmother vowing to disinherit him if he doesn’t settle down and wed, he plans to fulfill the bargain in true Sharpe style—by bringing home a fake fiancée from a brothel! But his scheme is derailed when he rescues an American beauty in a dire predicament instead.

Maria Butterfield came to London to track down her groom-to-be, …

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15 Sep 2013

The Birthday Weekend Winner Post

Hey Everyone!

How was your weekend? Mine was super busy: it was my dad’s 60th birthday so on Friday I took a plane at 6am (meaning I had to get up at 3am to get in time to the airport) and spent the past 3 days with intense family events and nonstop celebrating! We ate so much I feel like if I don’t eat for at least 3 days I still will feel full. lol. 😉

Now I would need at least 2 days to get some rest but work will resume tomorrow with another long week *sighs* Well until then here is this week’s winner:

Congrats to

the lucky winner of an ebook copy of The Right Temptation by Diane Escalera is

Katja

 

Congratulations Katja, you have been sent an e-mail notifying you of your win by tonight. You have 72 hours to get back to us, or we’ll have to draw a new …

Sunday Cravings

Why hello everyone! Contrary to all expectations, I survived Friday the 13th!

Damn, guess that means I’ll have to pay off my massive WorldCon credit card debt after all.

As far as I’m concerned this coming week is a little light on drool-worthy titles, but I appear to be in the minority here at BLI headquarters. Let’s see what books are contributing to the structural de-stability of my fellow Book Lover’s homes….

*****

Alisha: The Burning Sky (The Elemental Trilogy #1) by Sherry Thomas.

Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she’s being told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the greatest mage tyrant the world has ever known. A suicide task for anyone let alone a sixteen-year-old girl with no training, facing a prophecy that foretells …

The International Giveaways Café (106)

Happy Saturday all and welcome back to the place where we love to share bookish giveaways open worldwide. The weather has taken a sharp turn in my part of the world this week, giving us a sign of things to come…like snow (boo!) and Christmas (yay!) What that means for the café is surely a higher volume of traffic for yummy lattes and, of course, loads of additions to the giveaways list, so remember to stop by each week for a quick visit! Have a fantastic rest of the weekend 🙂

And, please let us know if you’ve won anything recently; the Book Lovers would love to hear! As book lovers, we’re happy to spread the word…and the love 😉 Good luck to everyone!

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