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Oct
15

The Secret Lives of Booklights by Nima

The Secret Lives of Booklights by Nima Today Nima brings us a bit of weekday fun with her tale about the secret lives of booklights… I hope you enjoy!  Back in 1939, James Thurber exposed the secret life of Walter Mitty in a short story, printed as one of several in a collection of short works.  Danny Kaye brought Mr. Mitty to life on the big screen in a very different adaptation of the same name in 1947.  Broadway took Walter to the stage in 1960.  It appears that Ben Stiller is scheduled to do the same this Christmas with an A-list cast that includes Sean Penn and Kristin Wiig.  Oprah convinced us to read all...
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Oct
7

Review: Drawn Together by Lauren Dane

Review: Drawn Together by Lauren Dane Drawn Togther Author: Lauren Dane Reviewer: Nima Rating: A-, 4 Stars What I’m Talking About: Drawn Together takes us back to the roots of the Brown Family Novels.  This is the story of Raven Smith; that is not her full name and it is full of meaning—which I will not spoil for you.  It is, however, one of many things that makes Raven unique.  Raven is tied to the Brown family through Erin, her best friend (Laid Bare, #1) and Erin’s brother Brody (Coming Undone, #2).  Raven used to date Brody, but now works for him in his tattoo store as a talented artist. This far into the series,...
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Sep
25

Quickie Review: Strange Soul Mates by C.L. Gordon

Quickie Review: Strange Soul Mates by C.L. Gordon Strange Soul Mates Author: C.L. Gordon  Reviewer: Nima Rating: B+, 3.5 Stars What I’m Talking About: Strange Soul Mates has been out a year, but only recently came to my attention. The story begins with Steven, an unsympathetic character, who is getting drunker and angrier by the minute.  He suspects that his girlfriend Emily is cheating since she is frequently gone, doesn’t answer his texts or calls, and often comes home smelling of alcohol. While in this tenuous state of mind, Steven is approached by an odd man, George, claiming to have invented a machine which will allow him to keep tabs on Emily by linking them together in...
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Sep
16

Review: Against the Ropes by Sarah Castille

Review: Against the Ropes by Sarah Castille Against the Ropes Author: Sarah Castille Reviewer: Nima Rating: A-, 4 Stars What I’m Talking About: I admit, this is not the most well-written book out there—we’ll get to my issues in a minute, but I must also confess that I just really liked it.  Why?  Because it made me laugh aloud.  Because it was sexy.  Because it had a happy ending and the characters experienced significant growth.  Now, perhaps I was just tired and punchy, but I got into bed expecting to read a chapter, meet the characters and doze off.  At 12:30 AM I thought, “I should stop reading and go to sleep.”  At 1:00 AM I...
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Sep
9

Review: Perdition by Ann Aguirre

Review: Perdition by Ann Aguirre Perdition Author: Ann Aquirre  Reviewer: Nima Rating: A, 4.5 stars What I’m Talking About: Author Ann Aguirre has based Perdition, the first book in her new series, The Dred Chronicles, in same alternative universe as her Sirantha Jax Series, but set several decades into the future.  Instead of the expanse of space that was the world for a jumper like Jax, the whole of main character Dresdemona  “Dred” Devos’ story is narrowed and squeezed down into the confines of the penal colony ship that is Perdition.  Once upon a time Perdition was a vast mining vessel.  Part prison, part asylum, now it slowly rots away in a static orbit...
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Aug
15

Review: Just In Time by Addison Fox

Review: Just In Time by Addison Fox Just In Time Author: Addison Fox Reviewer: Nima Rating: A-, 4 Stars What I’m Talking About: Just in Time by Addison Fox is probably my personal favorite of the three books in the Alaskan Nights trilogy.  I was happy to return once again to Indigo, Alaska and the quirky, sturdy denizens who make it their home.  I felt like a local and scoffed along with the rest of the town at the hockey coach from California who couldn’t hack it for an entire winter—lightweight.  Finally we get to focus on the couple with the most history—sweethearts and best friends since kindergarten, Avery Marks and Roman Forsyth.  One of the...
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Aug
8

Review: The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker

Review: The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic Author: Emily Croy Barker   Reviewer: Nima Rating: B What I’m Talking About: The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic…I liked it, but I had some issues.  It isn’t often that I come across a debut author in hardback anymore.  I have to give props to Barker for coming up with a story that includes multiple worlds, fairies, demons, magicians, kings, princesses, knights, wizards, witches, dragons, and a doctoral candidate.  With the current drift toward paranormal, this kind of fantasy doesn’t show up often in new releases.  Despite its impressive length, coming in at 576 pages, it reads much more like an extended...
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Jul
22

Review: Making It Last by Ruthie Knox

Review: Making It Last by Ruthie Knox Making It Last Author: Ruthie Knox  Release Date: July 15, 2013 Publisher: Loveswept Camelot Series, Book #4 Genre: Contemporary Romance, Novella Format(s): e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book: A hotel bar. A sexy stranger. A night of passion. There’s a part of Amber Mazzara that wants those things, wants to have a moment—just one—when life isn’t a complicated tangle of house and husband and kids and careers. Then, after a long, exhausting “vacation” with her family, her husband surprises her with a gift: a few days on the beach . . . alone. Only she won’t be alone for long, because a handsome man just bought her a...
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Jul
18

Review: A Spy to Die For by Kris DeLake

Review: A Spy to Die For by Kris DeLake A Spy to Die For Author: Kris DeLake   Release Date: July 2, 2013 Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca Assassins Guild Series #2 ISBN: #978-1402262852 Genre: Sci-fi Romance Format(s): Paperback (320 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book: Jack Hunter is a double agent. Skye Jones is a pirate…or is that just a cover? One thing is for sure—neither of them are competent assassins. Thrown together on the Krell space station during an important Assassins Guild meeting, each is determined to get to the truth and prevent catastrophe. But when Jack and Skye are matched against two master killers, they find themselves caught in the crosshairs between their willingness to trust...
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Jun
18

Review: Flirting with Disaster by Ruthie Knox

Review: Flirting with Disaster by Ruthie Knox Flirting with Disaster Author: Ruthie Knox   Release Date: June 11, 2013 Publisher: Loveswept Camelot Series #3 ISBN: #978-0345546661 Genre: Contemporary Romance Format(s): Paperback (448 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book: Fresh out of a fiasco of a marriage, Katie Clark has retreated to her hometown to start over. The new Katie is sophisticated, cavalier, and hell-bent on kicking butt at her job in her brother’s security firm. But on her first assignment—digging up the truth about the stalker threatening a world-famous singer-songwriter—Katie must endure the silent treatment from a stern but sexy partner who doesn’t want her help . . . or her company. Sean Owens knows that...
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