Wednesday, August 21, 2019

What I Read When I'm Not Feeling Well #books #amreading



Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge hosted by Long and Short Reviews.

Today's topic: What I Read When I'm Not Feeling Well

There are always two authors that I turn to whenever I'm feeling down in the dumps or if I'm sick and in dire need of some cheering up. If I'm caught up with all of their books, then I'll go back and reread them. But, these two authors are guaranteed to make me smile and laugh which is a definite cure for whatever is ailing me at the time.

Janet Evanovich


Her Stephanie Plum books are hilarious. The cast of characters outrageously funny. Each book is guaranteed to make me laugh. Stephanie is a bounty hunter usually in need of money to pay her rent. In order to do that, she has to bring in the skips who've jumped bail for her cousin, Vinnie. There are a variety available from those committing petty theft to more violent crimes. With her on her quest is Lula, who adds a unique flavor to every book installment. I love Lula! She takes no nonsense from anyone. She's also a woman who knows what she wants and goes for it! Then there's Grandma Mazur, who is well known for wanting to see an open casket at the local funeral parlour and if there isn't one, she'll find a way to take a peek anyway. Another reason to keep reading these is to find out just who will Stephanie finally settle down with, Joe Morelli, the sexy cop who she has an on again, off again relationship with, or Ranger, the drop-dead gorgeous man of mystery who often sweeps in to save the day. It's also fun to see how many cars Stephanie accidentally destroys in each book.

One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, No. 1): A Stephanie Plum Novel by [Evanovich, Janet] Two for the Dough (Stephanie Plum, No. 2): A Stephanie Plum Novel by [Evanovich, Janet] Hardcore Twenty-Four: A Stephanie Plum Novel by [Evanovich, Janet] Look Alive Twenty-Five: A Stephanie Plum Novel by [Evanovich, Janet]


Julia Quinn


Oh, the Bridgertons! I fell in love with this family since I first picked up Colin's story. I had to go back and read from the beginning, although Colin remains my favorite. The entire Bridgerton clan has a book each. She also branches off to continue other stories for some of the characters populating the world she created in Regency England. These books are humorous and sweet and so emotional that I can go from laughing to crying within a page. The stories are compelling and addicting. I will read these again and again. They're guaranteed to make me smile and help make me believe that there is always love and hope in this world.

The Duke and I With 2nd Epilogue (Bridgertons Book 1) by [Quinn, Julia] An Offer From a Gentleman With 2nd Epilogue (Bridgertons) by [Quinn, Julia] The Viscount Who Loved Me With 2nd Epilogue (Bridgertons) by [Quinn, Julia] Romancing Mister Bridgerton With 2nd Epilogue (Bridgertons Book 4) by [Quinn, Julia]

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FIRE & ICE

Fire and Ice...they are two of the most powerful elements known to man.

From the tiniest sparks to a blazing inferno, fire is an intense energy that can consume anything in its path.

Ice is it's unrelenting and frigid counterpart that can startle your senses and make you shiver. When put together, you'll find a force that is stronger than anything you'll ever encounter.

If you love the paranormal and can't get enough of romance, then this set is exactly what you need in your library.



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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Not a Fan #Books #IDoNotLike


Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge hosted by Long and Short Reviews.

Today's topic: Books I Had to Read in School and Didn't Like

Trying a new-to-you author is always a gamble, isn't it? You might like the writing, the story, or some other elements to the book. Or you might not. Enjoying everything you read is never guaranteed. Even your favorite author might take a story in one direction that you just didn't care for in the end.

And that's okay. We're all unique individuals with different likes and dislikes. We all come from different backgrounds and bring our own personalities to the stories that we read. The writing will touch us in some way, whether good or bad. That's as it should be. That's what makes finding that wonderful-to-me gem of a book all the more precious.

Our schools have exposed us to a variety of tastes in reading. As a teenager, I wasn't all too thrilled with some of the books forced upon me. By the end of my school career, however, I was grateful for the experience. I did get to read some interesting books that I enjoyed and opened me up to new worlds.

Here's a list of some of those worlds that just weren't for me. WARNING! This will contain spoilers, so if you want to read any of these books and haven't done so, then maybe you should skip this post.

Still with me? Okay, let's move on...


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Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare

In Romoe and Juliet, Shakespeare creates a violent world, in which two young people fall in love. It is not simply that their families disapprove; the Montagues and the Capulets are engaged in a blood feud. 
In this death-filled setting, the movement from love at first sight to the lovers' final union in death seems almost inevitable. And yet, this play set in an extraordinary world has become the quintessential story of young love. In part because of its exquisite language, it is easy to respond as if it were about all young lovers.

This book is FREE at the moment, in case you're interested.

Okay, don't throw things at me. There are a lot of Shakespeare's plays that I really do enjoy. And it's not so much that I didn't like the story. The characters are all well written and the story is sound. I just hate the ending. This isn't a romance, as some readers claim. It's a tragedy.

Spoilers! Again, I'm giving you a second chance to look away.

They die at the end. I mean, what?? I hate the ending. Dislike. Despise. Do. Not. Want.

I'm a Happily-Ever-After girl. I want to see characters go through hell and fire and pain (that sounds bad, but hear me out), so that when they get to the end of their story, all is well. They've journeyed through a trying experience they didn't think they would survive, only to make it to the end and become a better person/people for it.

When the characters die at the end, the main characters!, I'm just...ugh.... No.

I wish my teacher had given me a heads-up about this one. I might have skipped class that last day.

Sorry, Mr. McCormick.
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Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham


The first and most autobiographical of Maugham's masterpieces. It is the story of Philip Carey, an orphan eager for life, love and adventure. After a few months studying in Heidelberg, and a brief spell in Paris as a would-be artist, he settles in London to train as a doctor where he meets Mildred, the loud but irresistible waitress with whom he plunges into a tortured and masochistic affair.
Here's another one where the writing style was wonderful. It was an easy story to read. The descriptions were outstanding. Oh, but the characters. I was not a fan of the characters. The author did a wonderful job telling the story. I really didn't like Mildred. Really, really. And Philip annoyed me. 

Again, this is not a romance. I favor romances. Anyone who knows me knows this. Not that I read romances exclusively, but I like knowing what I'm in for when I read a book and this story was not what I was prepared for. It annoyed me. The author most likely wrote the characters with that intention, but I'm not a fan of this type of book. Just not for me. 

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FIRE & ICE

Fire and Ice...they are two of the most powerful elements known to man.

From the tiniest sparks to a blazing inferno, fire is an intense energy that can consume anything in its path.

Ice is it's unrelenting and frigid counterpart that can startle your senses and make you shiver. When put together, you'll find a force that is stronger than anything you'll ever encounter.

If you love the paranormal and can't get enough of romance, then this set is exactly what you need in your library.

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Life Beyond Writing #MFRWAuthor #writinglife



Blogging is an opportunity for authors to connect with readers. Despite being writers, blogging is an entirely different style of writing and often stumps us. To help our authors blog consistently, thoughtfully and with purpose, Marketing for Romance Writers is announcing the 2019 Blog Challenge. Each week, authors use our writing prompt to create a meaningful blog post. We'll be posting every Friday... join us as often as possible.

Week 32"For an author, does life exist outside of writing?"



Writing is a reflection of life. And life is why I write. When I was a teenager, I turned to writing to sort through the trauma of losing my mother at a young age. Although I didn't realize it at the time, all of the heroines in my stories during those years lost their mothers, too. Many of the stories that I wrote dealt with those characters trying to find their way through life after such a life-altering experience.

Even as an adult, I find that many of my stories reflect certain issues that I might be dealing with at that certain moment in my life. Sometimes I don't even realize I'm writing it. My subconscious often weaves those things in without my notice. I usually don't see it until later.

Also, there are some characters, settings and details that are inspired by real life. In The Witch's Thief, the hero, Basil Merriweather, breaks into a wealthy estate to use the vast amount of ornate mirrors inside to cast a spell. That setting was inspired by the beautifully decorated castles and manor houses that I toured while on visiting Germany one year.

A Whisper from the Grave, that is due to be published this fall, takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana. Again, I was inspired by the sights of St. Jackson's Square to describe my characters and that setting.

In Cupid's Arrow, a short story included in A Wink and a Smile, the main characters meet at a wedding. This particular story was inspired by one of my Waldenbooks co-worker's wedding. As I sat at the round table, observing the guests with my writer's mind, the story started and evolved. I might not have even created these characters or this story if I hadn't gone to this wedding.

For me, life feeds my writing.




Happy Writing!
~Tricia




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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Books I Need to Review #booklovers #bookreviews




Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge hosted by Long and Short Reviews.

Today's topic: Books I Loved But Never Wrote Reviews for

This topic is appropriately timed since I was just browsing a few of my favorite books that I've read over the years. I'm thinking about re-reading a few and while I'm at it, I might as well write reviews for them. As many readers know, good reviews are one of the best ways for authors to reach new readers.






Here are a few books that I have on my keeper shelf that I've never reviewed...

Whisper His Name


Breaking the code to her heart...

Independent and stubbornly unmarried, Abbie Vayle has always been a little too smart for her own good. But she may have gone too far when she starts her own rare-book business--and accidentally acquires an antique book in Paris with a mysterious code scribbled in the margins...

Someone wants the book back--and is willing to kill to get it. The only trouble is, Abbie no longer has the book. It's locked away in the customs house in Dover. Now it's a race against time as Abbie stays one step ahead of her pursuers. The last person she wants to confide in is her best friend, Hugh Templar, whom she knows only as a formidable scholar who shares her passion for Roman antiquities.

But as Hugh keeps turning up where she least expects him, a few things begin to dawn on her... Not only is Hugh surprisingly--in fact incredibly--handsome without his glasses on, but he's strangely "professional" in how he handles her mysterious enemies.

Hugh is clearly not what he seems. And soon Abbie realizes that neither is she...as she discovers what it means to love with all her heart and soul.

The Devil's Lady


Bid by King Edward to marry one of his knights, Aisley de Laci hopes to avoid the altar by choosing Baron Montmorency. 'Tis a union she is certain none will endorse, especially the baron, who is rumored to practice the dark arts from his isolated keep.

Renowned in battle, the Red Knight has secluded himself at Dunmorrow for reasons of his own. And he does not want a wife, no matter how wealthy and beautiful she might be. But even he cannot defy the king's order, and what comes to him, he takes--and holds.

Although Aisley refuses to believe the tales that make Montmorency more myth than mortal, she begins to wonder whether he does possess mysterious powers. How else to explain her own growing feelings for her husband, a man so shrouded in shadow she has never seen his face?

Was she under a spell or truly the Devil's Lady?


Dead Girls Are Easy


There's something about almost dying that makes a girl rethink her priorities. Take Nicki Styx--she was strictly goth and vintage, until a brush with the afterlife leaves her with the ability to see dead people.

Before you can say boo, Atlanta's ghosts are knocking at Nicki's door. Now her days consist of reluctantly cleaning u messes left by the dearly departed, leading ghouls to the Light...and one-on-one anatomy lessons with Dr. Joe Bascombe, the dreamy surgeon who saved her life. All this catering to the deceased is a real drag, especially for a girl who'd rather be playing hanky-panky with her hunky new boyfriend...who's beginning to think she's totally nuts.

But things get even more complicated when a friend foolishly sells her soul to the devil, and Nicki's new gift lands her in some deep voodoo.

As it turns out for Nicki Styx, death was just the beginning.



Kiss of Fire


One kiss can change the course of destiny...

When ace accountant Sara Keegan decides to settle down and run her quirky aunt's New Age bookstore, she's not looking for adventure. She doesn't believe in fate or the magic of tarot cards, but when she's saved from a vicious attack by a man who has the ability to turn into a fire-breathing dragon, she questions whether she's losing her mind - or about to lose her heart.

Self-reliant loner Quinn Tyrrell has long been distrustful of his fellow Pyr. When he feels the firestorm that signals his destined mate, he's determined to protect and possess Sara, regardless of the cost. Then Sara's true destiny is revealed and Quinn realizes he must risk everything - even Sara's love - to fulfill their entwined fates. 






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Happy Reading!
~Tricia



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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Extra Time for Fun in the Sun! #giveaway #prizes #booklovers


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Fire and Ice...they are two of the most powerful elements known to man.

From the tiniest of sparks to a blazing inferno, fire is an intense energy that can consume anything in its path.

Ice is it's unrelenting and frigid counterpart that can startle your senses and make you shiver.

When put together, you'll find a force that is stronger than anything you'll ever encounter.

If you love the paranormal and can't get enough of romance, then this set is exactly what you need in your library.

With mythical creatures, vampires, shapeshifters, and supernaturals of all kinds, you're sure to find something that will awaken your senses and set your soul on fire as you tremble with delight.





Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Favorite Quotes from Books #Booklovers


Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge hosted by Long and Short Reviews.



Today's topic: My Favorite Quotes from Books

Here are a few. You can read the rest that I have listed on Goodreads.


"What I lack in expertise I make up for in desperation and tenacity, because I only get paid when catch someone." ~Janet Evanovich, Turbo Twenty-Three

"If only there could be an invention that bottled up a memory, like scent. And it never faded, and it never got stale. And then, when one wanted it, the bottle could be uncorked, and it would be like living the moment all over again." ~Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca




"I will not let you go into the unknown alone." ~Bram Stoker, Dracula

"This is true love - you think this happens every day?" ~Westley from William Goldman's, The Princess Bride

"I have found for the first time what I can truly love - I have found you. You are my sympathy - my better self - my good angel - I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely; a fervant, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my centre and spring of life, wrap my existence about you - and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one." ~Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre



"Let us never underestimate the power of a well-written letter." ~Jane Austen, Persuasion

"Do not give way to useless alarm; though it is right to be prepared for the worst, there is no occasion to look on it as certain." ~Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

"I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone, I think and plan. Have you not seen this? Can you fail to have understood my wishes? I had not waited even these ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must have penetrated mine. I can hardly write. I am every instant hearing something which overpowers me. You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on others. Too good, too excellent creature! You do us justice, indeed. You do believe that there is true attachment and constancy among men. Believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating, in F.W.

I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look, will be enough to decide whether I enter your father's house this evening or never." ~Jane Austen, Persuasion


And because it's my blog and I can, here's one of my favorite quotes from my own books...

"I was not born a werewolf. I was not bitten, at least, not that I can remember. I am cursed. There, I've said it. You may now run to fetch the masses. You cannot allow such a creature to exist among women and children and innocent men. Stock up those silver bullets and do your worst." ~The Witch and the Wolf

Happy Reading!
~Tricia



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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Fictional Worlds I'd Love to Visit




Today's topic: Fictional Worlds I'd Love to Visit

Authors are magicians and hypnotists, in my opinion. They have the ability to create worlds with words. Worlds that readers can imagine, see, hear, touch, taste. We can find ourselves immersed in the world of the author's imagination. Sometimes, we'd like to go there for real!

Here are some of my favorite fictional worlds that I'd like to visit.

Hogwarts

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What Harry Potter fan doesn't want to visit the school where wizards and witches learn to use magical spells? However, I'd be worried about getting lost with all those staircases moving. My favorite class? Potions with Professor Snape.

Regency England

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The lives and loves of this close-knit family have fascinated me since the first time I read a sample chapter of Romancing Mister Bridgerton. I fell in love with Colin at the same moment as Penelope. And because I'm a true fan, I would like to experience the agony of the Smith-Smythe musicale, just for the pure sake of having the experience. 

The Fire Swamp

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I've been interested in the world where the Dread Pirate Roberts sails the seas since I was a kid. Did I ever tell you that I think the Fire Swamp would be a great place to live? The trees are quite lovely.

Bon Temps, Louisiana

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I've spent many years traveling to Bon Temps, Louisiana in my imagination with each book I've read. There are so many interesting characters in this little town. Of course, you need to stop by Merlotte's Bar to experience all the town has to offer. Just watch out for the vampires. Among other things!

Trenton, New Jersey

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Whenever I need a tremendous laugh, I visit Stephanie Plum in Trenton, New Jersey. There is no doubt that I will be laughing out loud and the antics of Stephanie, Lula and Grandma Mazur. Not to mention the many other zany characters in these books. I'd really enjoy having supper with Stephanie's mom and the rest of her family. Especially when she makes meatloaf. Afterward, there will be some exciting mystery that needs to be solved. Hopefully, Joe Morelli or Ranger will help out.


 Happy Reading!
~Tricia





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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Summer Reading, Summer Romance #Giveaway #Bloghop for #BookLovers




This summer is full of giveaways!

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On your way to entering the contest, 
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