Contest: A Hint of Wicked by Jennifer Haymore

a-hink-of-wicked Leave a comment for a chance to win one of five copies of A HINT OF WICKED by Jennifer Haymore. There are several ways to get an entry.

1 – Leave a comment on this post with the title of what book you are looking forward to this summer.

2 – Post about this comment on your blog, yahoo group, facebook, myspace, etc. and then leave the link in a comment on this post. (for every separate link you get one entry).

The contest will run through the 15th of June at midnight. Contest only open to U.S. residents (No P.O. Boxes)

There will also be more prizes based on how many comments. I’m not sure exactly what they will be, but will post them as they come to me!

Good Luck!!

About the book:

What happens when a lady desires not one man, but two?

Sophie, the Duchess of Calton, has finally moved on. After seven years mourning the loss of her husband, Garrett, at Waterloo, she has married his best friend and heir, Tristan. Sophie gives herself to him body and soul…until the day Garrett returns from the Continent, demanding his title, his lands – and his wife.

Now Sophie must choose between her first love and her new love, knowing that no matter what, her choice will destroy one of the men she adores. Will it be Garrett, her childhood sweetheart, whose loss nearly destroyed her once already? Or will it be Tristan, beloved friend turned lover, who supported her through the last, dark years and introduced her to a passion she had never known? As her two husbands battle for her heart, Sophie finds herself immersed in a dangerous game – where the stakes are not only love…but life and death.

Cheryl Brooks contest winner and a little announcement!

The winner of their very own copy of Outcast is…..

Beverly G!

Congratulations! Please email me at carrie@thebookgirl.net with your mailing address.

Remember the winner has 7 days to claim his/her prize or I will pick another name.

Starting next week on the 1st the book girl will be having several fantastic giveaways. Starting with A HINT OF WICKED by Jennifer Haymore. I have 5 copies of that book to give away, so make sure to check back often for all the different contests this summer.

Review: Frederica by Georgette Heyer

frederica1From the back of the book:

One of readers’ favorites, Frederica is full of surprises

When Frederica brings her younger siblings to London determined to secure a brilliant marriage for her beautiful sister, she seeks out their distant cousin the Marquis of Alverstoke. Lovely, competent, and refreshingly straightforward, Frederica makes such a strong impression that to his own amazement, the Marquis agrees to help launch them all into society.

Lord Alverstoke can’t resist wanting to help her

Normally wary of his family, which includes two overbearing sisters and innumerable favor-seekers, Lord Alverstoke does his best to keep his distance. But with his enterprising – and altogether entertaining – country cousins getting into one scrape after another right on his doorstep, before he knows it the Marquis finds himself dangerously embroiled…

This is my favorite Heyer book so far. I love everything about it. There isn’t much to say other than that the humor of Georgette Heyer’s writing draws the reader in and doesn’t let go. Nothing about the book that is contrived. The plot is simplistic and perfect. I can’t wait to read everything else written by Georgette Heyer.

To order your very own copy of Frederica:

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Review: Outcast by Cheryl Brooks

outcastFrom the back of the book:

Exhausted, discarded, and heartbroken, Lynx vows he’ll never give a woman pleasure again. Until he meets Bonnie, who needs him and loves him. And she’ll never give up until she brings his passion back to full power…

This is the 4th book in The Cat Star Chronicles by Cheryl Brooks. I loved this book as much as the first three. Cheryl’s writing hooks me from the very beginning and won’t let go. I read this book in one setting and dinner was an hour late because I couldn’t put it down. The emotional connection between Lynx and Bonnie takes a while to build, but is so sweet and romantic. I appreciated the way that Cheryl wrote Lynx as a broken man and gave him time to recover. There wasn’t some instant connection between the two characters. There was a build up to their relationship. This book has a little less sex than the previous 3, but we do get to visit some of the characters from other books. Jack and Cat, Leo and Tisana, and Trag all make an appearance. This is a must read for anyone who has read the previous three books, or for anyone who likes a heartfelt romantic tale (with some hot lovin’ thrown in).

the book girl gives Outcast 5/5!

To find this book:

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To find out more about the author: Cheryl Brooks

Author Interview with Cheryl Brooks (and a contest)

author-photo1-2the book girl is happy to have had the chance to interview author Cheryl Brooks. Ms. Brooks is the author of the Cat Star Chronicles books, including Outcast. I hope that you enjoy the interview and will check out Ms. Brooks books!

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  1. What inspires you to write?

I’ve been asked that many times, but I still can’t answer it with anything specific. I’ve always had an active imagination and had a tendency to fantasize even when I was a kid, the only difference is that now, I’m writing them down, they’re being edited and revised, and people are paying money to read them. The trigger for those fantasies could be anything: a line in a song, a snatch of conversation, a man who just happens to walk by, or a man who is simply very good at what he does, be it slaying dragons or making sandwiches.

2.  What’s coming out next?

Outcast is coming in June, with Fugitive in October and Hero next spring. I have signed for two more books after that, but I don’t know if they’ll be a continuation of The Cat Star Chronicles or if they’ll be something completely different.

3.  What have you been working on?

Until a couple of weeks ago, it was Fugitive. Now I’m trying to get back into writing Hero, but finding the time is difficult during promotional periods such as this. Hopefully, I’ll get back to it soon!

4.  What do you look for in a story?

A heroine who can use her own head, adventure, excitement, humor, steamy sex, and a really sweet hero.

5.  How many Cat Star Chronicles books do you have planned?

Right now, there are only six planned. However, my editor wants me to leave book six open-ended enough to write a seventh if ther’s enough of a demand for it.

6.  If you could be a character from one of your books – who would you be and why?

I’d be Tisana in Warrior. I like the idea of communicating with animals, and her other powers would be very useful, too. I’m also interested in herbal remedies, which was another of her specialties. Actually, all of my heroines have had talents that I admire. Jacinth in Slave was a tough space trader, Kyra in Rogue was a classical pianist, Bonnie in Outcast was a farmer (which I can relate to a times!) and Drusilla in Fugitive is a wildlife painter.

7.  What is your writing schedule like?

LOL! I have no set schedule, and I certainly don’t get out much! I cram the writing in between working full-time as a critical care nurse, taking care of my husband, sons, horses, cats, house, yeard, and barn – and I rarely watch TV.

8.  Who is your favorite romance writer?

Georgette Heyer. I love her voice and her humorous characters and the fact that even though they were usually very rich men, her heroes weren’t stuffy and arrogant.

9.  What advice would you give to someone would like to pursue writing as a career?

Have fun with the writing, but realize that publishing is a business, and a very competitive one. Know that you will be rejected many times before you sell a book. (At one point, I came to the conclusion that another author had to either die or stop writing before another could take their place!) Also realize that even if you do sell a book, you will not become a bestselling author overnight. If you have another job that pays well, don’t give it up because you will not earn enough money to retire anytime soon. Practice your writing, read lots of books, learn what is selling and how to sell it. The business end is the hardest part.

10.  Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

I have a website: cherylbrooksonline.com that I update as often as I can. I try to post something on my personal blog every day, but that’s getting harder and harder to do. I will caution readers that my blog (the address is listed below) is NOT for the faint of heart. The warning page is there for a reason, and for goodness sake don’t open it at work or with your ten-year-old looking over your shoulder!

11.  I love reading and looking at all the eye candy on your blog @ http://cherylbrookserotic.blogspot.com. What do you look for in a man (both physically and personality wise)?

I choose the eye candy for my blog the same way I pick horses at the racetrack. I took them all over and bet on the one that makes me go, “Oooo!” Personality is easier to describe. I like men who aren’t too impressed with themselves and don’t feel the need to talk my ear off to prove how smart or clever or important they are. I prefer the quieter type with a good sense of humor.

Thank you, Cheryl, for taking the time to answer my questions!

And than you for having me as a guest on The Book Girl!

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outcast-cover-2Leave a comment on this post to win your very own copy of Outcast by Cheryl Brooks! The winner will be announced on Saturday the 30th. Winner will have 7 days to claim prize. Make sure to check back to see if you won.

(US residents only!)

Review: The Nonesuch by Georgette Heyer

nonesuchFrom the back of the book:

An Impetuous Flight

Tiffany Wield’s bad behaviour is a serious trial to her chaperone. “On the shelf” at twenty-eight, Ancilla Trent strives to be a calming influence on her tempestuous charge, but then Tiffany runs off to London alone and Ancilla is faced with a devastating scandal.

A Gallant Rescue

Sir Waldo Hawkridge, confirmed bachelor and one of the wealthiest men in London, comes instantly to the aid of the intrepid Ancilla to stop Tiffany’s flight, and in the process discovers that it’s never too late for the first bloom of love.

Another great read from Georgette Heyer. I love Heyer’s voice and style of writing. Her characters a lovely and the situations they find themselves in are hilarious.

In The Nonesuch, Sir Waldo is considered the man to be. Men want to be just like him and women want to marry him. Miss Trent is a companion to a foolish girl who thinks that every man should fall in love with her and no one else. Sir Waldo and Miss Trent fit together perfectly and their relationship evolves at such an understated rate, that even they don’t know it’s happening at first.

The only thing that I have noticed about the books by Georgette Heyer is the lack of interaction between the two main characters. Throughout the book they meet on occasion, but don’t spend a lot of time together. In most modern romances they main couple tends to spend all of their time in each other’s pockets.

the book girl gives The Nonesuch 4/5!

To find your own copy of The Nonesuch:

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Review: The Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer (New Author Challenge)

convenient-marriagefrom the back of the book:

Horatia Winwood is simply helping her family

When the Earl of Rule proposes marriage to her sister Lizzie, Horatia offers herself instead. Her sister is already in love with someone else, and Horatia is willing to sacrifice herself for her family’s happiness. Everyone knows she’s no beauty, but she’ll do her best to keep out of the Earl’s way and make him a good wife. And then the Earl’s archenemy, Sir Robert, sets out to ruin her reputation…

The Earl of Rule has found just the wife he wants

Unbeknownst to Horatia, the Earl is enchanted by her. There’s simply no way he’s going to let her get into trouble. Overcoming some misguided help from Horatia’s harebrained brother and a hired highwayman, the Earl routs his old enemy, and wins over his young wife, gifting her with a love that she never thought she could expect.

I am so happy to have found Georgette Heyer. Her books are very Austen-like. It took me a while to get into the rhythm of the story. Heyer uses a lot of the slang of regency England and it was kind of a game with myself  figure them out.In The Convenient Marriage the heroine is young, way to young to get married, but does so anyway to save her sister from a love-less marriage. The story is funny and the characters are easy to love. There were times when I wasn’t sure is the Earl of Rule was really meant for Horry, but by the end of the book everyone has their happily ever after.

I recommend this book for anyone who loves Jane Austen and everything regency!

the book girl give The Convenient Marriage 4/5!

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Guest Blog and A Contest: Judi Fennell

the book girl is happy to have Judi Fennell guest blogging with us today! In Over Her Head is a very fun read. At the bottom of the blog will be what you need to do win your own copy of In Over Her Head!!

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jf_photo-2Thanks so much for having me!

My debut novel, In Over Her Head, makes its splash on June 1 and I’m really excited, both because it’s my first book and because I can’t wait to hear what readers think.

Before my editor saw In Over Her Head, I entered it in an only contest, similar to American Idol. Gather.com and Pocket Books teamed up with Borders to host the First Chapters Romance Contest and this story made the Top 5 Finalists.

In Over Her Head is the story of Erica Peck, on terrified-of-the-ocean marina owner. When she finds herself at the bottom of the sea conversing with a Mer man named Reel, she thinks she’s died and gone to her own version of Hell. When the Oceanic Council demands she and Reel retrieve a lost cache of diamonds from the resident sea monster in return for their lives, she knows she’s died and gone to Hell.

When they escape the monster and end up on a deserted island, she amends her opinion – she’s died and gone to Heaven.

But when Reel sacrifices himself to allow her to return to her world, she realizes that, Heaven or Hell, with Reel, she’s In Over Her Head.

One of the highlights of the contest was seeing what readers thought of the story. Another highlight – an unexpected one – was the puns. They had a blast coming up with fish puns and I laughed myself silly. Here are a few of my favorites:

“You’ve “reeled” me in on this wonderful romance.”

“From the first line, I took the bait and enjoyed the ride.”

“A whale of a tale, a fintastic splash!”

“I’m hooked!”

“I jumped in with both feet, and now you’ve wet my appetite for more from your fabulous characters splashed with deep emotions and a premise flooded with humor.”

“You hooked me with the opening line and reeled me in oh so slowly with each scene.”

In Over Her Head is a very finny, oops, I mean funny, aquatic (that should have said romantic) tail, no, darn it,  I mean tale, of love in a most unlikely setting! Shunning the shallower end of the romance pool, Judi has cast her net into deeper waters and reeled in a tasty new dish. The fresh catch of the day is her hero, Reel Tritone, a merman!”

“Ms. Fennell baited her opening hook with an intrepid, sassy heroine.”

“I swallowed this delightful romance hook, line, and sinker, and can’t wait to land this fish tale and mount it on my bookshelf.”

“It looks like Erica has gotten herself in “reel” trouble.”

“It flows quite well!”

“I love this tale (tail?).”

“I love the current…I mean flow.”

If you come up with others after reading the story, please drop by my website www.JudiFennell.com and click on the Contact link to let me know. While you’re there, don’t forget to register to win one of the three romantic beach getaways to celebrate the release of each of the three stories in my Mer series. In Over Her Head releases June 2, Wild Blue Under is November 3, and Catch of a Lifetime is February 2.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Judi Fennell has had her nos in a book and her head in some celestial realm all her life, including those early years when her mom would exhort her to “get outside!” instead of watching Bewitched or I Dream of Jeannie on television. So she did – right into Dad’s hammock with her Nancy Drew books.

These days she’s more likely to have her nose in her laptop and her head (and the rest of her body) at her favorite bookstore, but she’s still reading, whether it be her latest manuscript or friends’ books.

A three-time finalist in online contests, Judi has enjoyed the reader feedback she’s received and wold love to hear what you think about her Mer series. Check out her website at www.JudiFennell.com for excerpts, reviews and fun pictures from reader and writer conferences, and the chance to “dive in” to her stories.

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InOverHerHeadCVR.inddTo win your very own copy of Judi’s book, In Over Her Head, leave a comment on this post and make sure to check back Saturday when I announce the winner!*

Contest open to US residents only. Must email me your address within 7 days of winning or I’ll pick someone else. Winners will not be notified by email so make sure to check the site to see if you’ve won!