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May
18

Review: A Lifetime to Find Love

Review: A Lifetime to Find Love A Lifetime to Find Love Author: Ava Riley Release Date: April 6, 2011 Publisher: LazyDay Publishing ISBN: # 978-1612580234 Genre: contemporary romance Format(s): e-book I received a copy of this book from the author for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website: Tessa has no desire to spend another Friday night alone. Inviting her brother’s best friend, Cade, to hang out with her at a local club was nothing more than a night out with a friend. At least that’s what she thought. When unexpected advances are made, they are both forced to evaluate their life-long friendship and newly revealed feelings for each other. Can Tessa...
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May
18

Review: The Stepsister Scheme

Review: The Stepsister Scheme The Stepsister Scheme Author: Jim C. Hines Release Date: January 6, 2009 Publisher: DAW Princess Novels Book #1 ISBN: #978-0756405328 Genre: Fantasy Format(s): Paperback (352 pages), e-book We bought this book because…well, Gikany bought this book because she liked the cover while shopping in the bookstore and she told Una to read it while handing it to her. From the author’s website: “You know how all those old fairy tales take you through lots of scary adventures until you finally reach that inevitable line: “And they lived happily ever after….” Guess what? It’s not true.” Cinderella–whose real name is Danielle Whiteshore (nee Danielle de Glas)–does marry Prince Armand. And...
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May
17

Tuesday Teaser #1

Tuesday Teaser #1 As you were all so kind and indulged me yesterday, I have a special treat. Like Gikany says, “while the cat’s away, the mice will play” and since we are the West Coast Remix, we are bringing what we will call a Tuesday Teaser Snippet (Sunday Snippets on a Tuesday…YAY!!!). This is a preview of the book we are reviewing tomorrow. We hope you enjoy! The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines DAW January 2009 …“You should tell her, Talia.” “You should stay out of this.” Snow reached over to put a juice-stained hand on Talia’s arm. “’Knowledge ranks first among all weapons.’ King Phillipe the Second said that....
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May
16

Bittersweet Mother’s Day

Bittersweet Mother’s Day Twimom is on vacation and she has insanely left me holding the fort, so to speak. At first I must say I was really nervous and hoping there were plenty of books we’ve reviewed so I wouldn’t have much work. I’ve had a lot on my plate (like most of us working moms)…my little bio on the “about us” page is just a very small snippet of what I do. I have two jobs (thank you to the economy) and volunteer regularly. I have a very young son, a husband, and my parents who live just down the street. Check that, my parent. Twimom has graciously told me to...
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May
15

Sunday Snippets #58

Sunday Snippets #58 Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card  Tor Science Fiction  January 1985 The toons lined up in five columns.  A and E were ready to grab the side handholds and flip themselves out toward the sides.  B and D lined up to catch the two parallel ceiling holds and flip upward into null gravity.  C toon were ready to slap the sill of the doorway and flip downward.  Up, down, left, right; Ender stood at the front, between columns so he’d be out of the way, and reoriented them.  “Which way is the enemy’s gate?” Down, they all said, laughing.  And in that moment up became north, down became south,...
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May
13

Going on Vacation!

Going on Vacation! Hey Readers… I’ve got some great (for me) news… I’m going on vacation! And not just any vacation… My husband and I are leaving the kids home and traveling to Australia for 12 days – well 10 days in Australia and 2 days for travel. We will be visiting my cousin and fiance in Melbourne and touring with my hubs company in Sydney for the second half.  We are very excited! I’ve never been overseas or in a place that requires voltage adaptors! So, while I’m gone, I am leaving my blog in the capable hands of my dear friend and team member, Una.  I’ve left her with a...
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May
13

Review: Ender’s Game

Review: Ender’s Game Ender’s Game Author: Orson Scott Card  Release Date: January 1985 Publisher: Tor Science Fiction Book #1 Ender series ISBN: #978-0812550702 Genre: Science Fiction Format(s): Paperback, e-book, audiobook Gikany found it on her parents’ shelf when she was a teenager. She bought the ebook a few months ago…because it is nice to have handy on her iPhone. From the author’s website: Andrew “Ender” Wiggin thinks he is playing computer simulated war games; he is, in fact, engaged in something far more desperate. The result of genetic experimentation, Ender may be the military genius Earth desperately needs in a war against an alien enemy seeking to destroy all human life. The...
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May
11

Review: Here’s Blood In Your Eye

Review: Here’s Blood In Your Eye Here’s Blood In Your Eye Author: Kami Cummings  Release Date: April 2011 Publisher: Smashwords (self-published) Genre: Erotic Romance Format(s): ebook (short story) I received a copy of this book from the author for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website: Fame, fortune and females are the life for Russell Schmidt! However, reaching rock-star status through his self-published vampire novels isn’t enough. Trailing after a mysterious woman in red leads to heights of ecstasy he’s never known. But Russ soon finds the tables turned, and his next one-night stand may be to die for! What B is talking about: Russell Schmidt has accomplished the seemingly impossible in...
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May
10

What Makes a Story a 5-Star Book?

What Makes a Story a 5-Star Book? Earlier today, I sent my friends/blogging partners a copy of an upcoming review. At the end, I noted it would either be a 4.5- or 5-Star rating. Una replied back and asked me  What is making you, if you can tell me without spoiling the novel, shift between 5 and 4.5? That got me thinking about how I rate books and what makes a story so special that I give it 5 Stars.  First of all, if you haven’t checked out my rating scale, please do HERE.  I tie my star “number” values to “letter grades,” and a brief description of what the rating means to me. My scale is...
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May
8

Sunday Snippets #57

Sunday Snippets #57 Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel by Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris Harper Voyager Publishing  April 26, 2011 For a few moments, only the low rumbling of the Ministry’s generators filled the space.  Wellington read the Daily Mail headline several times and tried to remember to breathe. He felt the confession on the tip of his tongue, but he was too far invested into this forgotten case now. He would probably meet the same fate as Agent Braun, even if he withheld nothing from the Director about what he and Eliza had really been up to in their brief time together. As if in answer to Wellington’s...
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May
7

Contest Winner – Hard Bitten

Contest Winner – Hard Bitten I would like to thank everyone for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for the guest review of Hard Bitten by Chloe Neill.  I especially want to thank my friend Wendy for writing the review and NAL/Penguin Publishing for generously donated a copy (one winner) of Hard Bitten to giveaway. Every person that commented on the review was entered into the contest – one entry per person. The winner was selected using random.org. The Winner: Amy CONGRATULATIONS!! I’m sending the winner a message; please email me at twimom227 (at) gmail (dot) com with your mailing address so NAL/Penguin can send you the book! You have until Thursday May...
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May
5

Review: Awaken The Highland Warrior

Review: Awaken The Highland Warrior Awaken The Highland Warrior Author: Anita Clenney  Release Date: May 1, 2011 Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca Highland Warrior Series # 1 ISBN: #978-1402251238 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website: He’s had centuries to dream of her… Mis-adventurous historian Bree Kirkland discovers a one hundred fifty year old warrior buried in a crypt behind her house. But Faelan, the warrior, isn’t dead. When this chauvinistic Scottish Warrior awakes, he has no choice but accept the help of this modern-day woman who’s rescued him, but she’s more fearsome than the demon trying...
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