Monday, September 30, 2013

Being Me (Inside Out #2) by Lisa Renee Jones

Finished another book this week!!

YAY!!!

From Goodreads:



The sexy second installment in the Inside Out erotic romance trilogy, following If I Were You—in the seductive tradition of Fifty Shades of Grey

Fascinated by the dark fantasies in the journals she’s discovered, and the two men who have now found a place in her life, Sara McMillan finds herself torn between her new life and her past. Now, more than ever, Sara identifies with the lost journal writer, Rebecca, and is certain that something sinister has happened.

In the arms of the sexy, tormented artist Chris Merit, Sara seeks answers about Rebecca and ends up discovering things about herself she never knew existed. Chris forces Sara to reconsider who she is and what she truly wants from life, but not before his dark desires threaten to tear them apart. Her boss, Mark Compton, offers her the shelter to understand just what those needs mean to her, and what they might have meant to Rebecca, but can she trust him to lead her to a final conclusion to Rebecca’s story?

My Thoughts:

Lisa Renee Jones has written a truly suspenseful, lusted after series that I have become addicted to!  Seriously, I have emailed her multiple times to get the next book in this series, as well as Rebecca's Lost Journals, which is a novella series connected to this one.  Lisa and her assistant have been extremely patient with me and always sent me the latest book in the series, which is just great!!

Anyway, Being Me, is a much anticipated book of 2013 for me.  I read the first book in the series, If I Were You last year in July, when this series was still an independently published book, and absolutely fell in love!

I know people are comparing it to Fifty Shades, but honestly, I think people should be comparing Fifty Shades to THIS series!

This series has it all!  The caring love I look for in a romance novel, the suspense, the true elements that come with a relationship as well, and the mystery solving thrillingness that comes with a great thriller/mystery!

I highly recommend this one!  Of course, read If I Were You first! :)

So I'm off to work now! Write to you all later! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Saturday, September 28, 2013

2013 Meg- A Readers Final Post!! (An Interview with MEG CABOT!!!)



Hey Everyone!!

So Diana and I are so excited and saddened that this day has finally come...saddened that our second annual Meg- A Readers is over, and excited because we both have something super awesome to share with all of you!

A few weeks ago, we asked for YOU the Meg Cabot fans, to ask Meg a question, and we promised we would pick our favorites and send them along to Meg!  Well Diana and I have kept our promise, and with a HUGE thanks to Meg and Meg's Assistant Ann, we made it happen!!

So without further ado, I'd like to welcome Meg!!!


1. I've noticed that you almost have done all book genres, from supernatural to royal to everyday like.  What other genres are you planning to write on, something that you have never done before?

Hi, thanks so much for having me here! I’m excited to “cyber-see” you all again! 

I've never written a book told completely from a guy's point of view (unless you count the short story “The Protectionist” that I wrote for the anthology to raise funds for Darfur, “What You Wish For,” which was written from the point-of-view of a twelve year old boy.  

I’ve definitely written scenes from the points of male characters in my adult fiction, as recently as Insatiable and Overbite, and as far back as my books written as Patricia Cabot.

I wouldn’t rule out writing a new from a male character’s point-of-view. You never know!

2. What's different about writing young adult fiction and adult fiction? Is there one that you enjoy more than the other?

I don’t really enjoy one more than the other, but for me the biggest challenge in writing for teens versus adults is that I’m not allowed use curse words in my teen/kids fiction (well, not very much), especially the F word, but in real life, I curse all the time! I realize this is not very classy, but it’s been scientifically proven to be a stress reliever! 

When I go to book signings and events, I have to sit in the car before hand and say the F word in the backseat for about ten minutes to get it out of my system to make sure I don’t say it in front of the kids. Then I’m ready to go inside and act like a good role model … but sometimes (for instance in Long Island last night when I dropped my camera) I let an F bomb fly anyway. Dang it! So not classy.


7. I love all your female protagonists but I also fell in love with all your male ones, especially Michael Moscovitz. Do you believe that there are real guys out there who resemble your male characters?

Absolutely! There's someone out there for everyone. Just be yourself, and someday a guy will come along who loves you just the way you are. But remember – YOU may have to reach out to HIM! Sometimes guys are shy.


3. Do you get to pick out all of your book covers?  I know some authors say they don't have any input on it.

Usually the publisher chooses several ideas for a cover, and we vote (my editor, myself, my agent, and the art dept).  Almost always we completely agree. But sometimes (like with a guy) you might have to take the initiative (in a gentle, non-threatening way) if no one can come to an agreement.  

I wasn’t loving any of the ideas for the cover for The Bride Wore Size 12, so I found the photo of the cake topper online, photoshopped the gun to the bride’s leg, and sent the image to my publisher. They loved the idea, and that became the cover.  If you have a great idea, everyone will always be open to it, but it really does need to be great, and you need to be able to argue for WHY it’s great.



4.  If you were to be stranded on a desert island with one of your characters, who would it be and why?

Obviously John Hayden from Awaken because he’s a ship builder and ship captain, so he could build us a boat and sail us back to shore! 

5.  I just wanted to ask Meg whether she plans the plot of the whole series right at the beginning or is it the other way around?

I have some idea of where things are headed in each series before I write it. I definitely plot out each book in advance (in my head). I’m not a huge outliner, and don't believe you have to know all the details in order to write a great book, but I do believe you have to know where you're going and have some idea of how you're going to get there in order not to run into writer’s block. 

But even if you do, it’s still fixable. Just make a plan and figure it out!


6. Which age genre is easiest to write? YA, NA, Adult, Middle Grade, etc?

I don’t have any favorites.  I feel lucky that I get to write for all ages! Of course, when I write for adults, I get to include more swear words (and murder and steamy scenes). 

But I love writing for younger readers who are at a time in their lives when they're just discovering who they are and what they want to be, especially when their biggest problem might be a bully, or someone they do NOT want to kiss.


8.  Princess Mia once made a reference to Jess and Samantha from two of your other books, do you ever make any other less-noticeable tie-ins in other books?

Astute fans, while reading The Bride Wore Size 12 might notice something!

9.  Any upcoming projects that we should know about?

As I type this, I’ve just started my fall book tour. I hope you will all stop by to visit me if you can. You can find the complete schedule of all my stops at http://www.megcabot.com/meg-cabot-tour-information/ 

When I get back, there’s a good chance I'll be working on some new installments to some old favorites, which haven’t had new stories in a few years. I don’t want to give away anything away, however!  You’ll just have to stay tuned to megcabot.com (and my twitter and Facebook page) for updates.

Thanks for reading, and as always, be happy, be healthy, and be yourself!

Love,
Meg 




So I don't know about you, I'm serious curious as to see what that "new installment to some old favorites" could mean???????!!!! I remember Meg mentioning about possibly revisiting Sue in Mediators, I know she made a stop in Carmel, last year when she was here in California, right before she went to Passion and Prose where I met her.  But since that is plural...COULD IT BE??? That...oh goodness, I might just hyperventilate if it is...I'm almost afraid to say it out loud, just in case if it jinxes it...okay here goes...could we readers possibly being seeing more of Mia and Michael???????????????????????? OMG PLEASE LET IT HAPPEN!!!!!!!!!!!

Anyway thank you again Meg, you honestly rock!!  And thank you Ann! You were truly awesome once again this year!! And then of course a huge thank you to my super awesome co-host Diana, who was so extremely patient with me this year, while I was juggling way too much over the summer!  :)

Hope to have you all here next year when the third Meg-A Readers takes place!!

The Romance Bookie :)





Friday, September 27, 2013

Meg-A Readers Recap #13 (LAST ONE!!) (The Bride Wore Size 12 ARC Review!)

So it's here...the end...;(, another awesome year of Meg- A Readers!!

Tomorrow Diana and I will be writing the conclusion post for Meg- A Readers, which will include a SUPER special surprise!!!!

Anyway today, for the final recap of the 2013 Meg-A Readers, I've got my review for the fifth Heather Wells book, The Bride Wore Size 12, which Harper Collins was SO AWESOME to have sent me an ARC of!! THANK YOU Harper Collins!! You have no idea how much I almost cried, when I opened that envelope!! :)

Anyway...

From Goodreads:



Heather Wells is used to having her cake and eating it too, but this time her cake just might be cooked. Her wedding cake, that is.

With her upcoming nuptials to PI Cooper Cartwright only weeks away, Heather's already stressed. And when a pretty junior turns up dead, Heather's sure things can't get worse—until every student in the dorm where she works is a possible suspect, and Heather's long-lost mother shows up.

Heather has no time for a tearful mother and bride reunion. She has a wedding to pull off and a murder to solve. Instead of wedding bells, she might be hearing wedding bullets, but she's determined to bring the bad guys to justice if it's the last thing she does . . . and this time, it just might be.

My Thoughts:

Oh goodness Heather, how much I have missed you this past year!!! I've mentioned this before, but honestly don't mind repeating it when I say that Meg's Heather Wells series is probably one of my all time favorite series! Heather is probably the one character I can relate to the most out of every single book I've ever read!  No joke!

I even made a list of what Heather and I have in common:

1.  The one that I've always loved is that Heather and I struggle with our weight.  Yet at the same time we aren't afraid to admit we love food, and are still happy with ourselves, even if we are self conscious about it sometimes.

2.  We both love to sing, Heather was a professional popstar, I did choir for 6 years...close enough right?!

3.  We both love mysteries...Heather gets to live them, I like to read them :)

4.  We're both blonde and blued eyed...just saying...Heather and I could be sisters!

5.  We both think The Hobbit book and movie are boring...Heather hasn't read or seen it, but just thinks so, while I have experienced first hand how bored I got.

6.  We both like strong independent men...yet still like to baby them when needed.

7. She loved New York City, while I have ALWAYS wanted to go there...SO BADLY!!!!

So that is the list of things I've realized Heather and I have in common! I'm sure there are even more, but I think that's a pretty great list for now :).

Anyway, now to what I thought...I LOVED it!  I don't know for sure, but this may have been the last book in the Heather Wells series, it did have a great ending! And Meg decided to add an AWESOME surprise, when a character from one of her other series made an appearance near the end of Heather's series...(I'll give a clue...this main character really LOVES fashion!!)

I remember Meg scaring me a bit last year, when she mentioned that there was a possibility that Cooper and Heather may not get there happily ever after all, but let's be honest here...Meg would NEVER be that cruel!!  Seriously, this is Meg Cabot we are talking about!!

So yeah, I 100% recommend this series, and you still actually have one more day to enter for a chance to win the first FOUR books in the series, if you haven't started reading the series, and you live here in the US!

Enter here:

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So now to the recap!!

So we actually didn't any posts this week, however, Diana had this awesome idea where we asked our participants to share with us pictures with us of either them, them with Meg Cabot, or them with their Meg Cabot book collection!  We didn't get too many responses, but we got some awesome ones we want to share with you!!


We've got Ashna from Journal of a Bookworm in the top left, then me and Meg (from Passion and Prose last year), then in the top right corner, we have Diana from Little Miss Drama Queen (my awesome co-host for Meg-A Readers!), then we've James over at Book Chic in the bottom left corner, and then there is Karen over at Musings of the Lady Jessop next to that!  And then that sketch you see in the corner is my personal hand sketch of the wedding dress I designed for the Heather Wells wedding dress contest that Meg hosted a few months ago.


Besides Diana and I, of course, Karen, Ashna, and James were all participants from last year too!! So a HUGE thank you three!!

So again thank you so much to everyone who participated this year! Diana and I are both hoping to do Meg-A Readers again next year for a third consecutive year!

A HUGE thank you to Meg and Ann (Meg's assistant), and Harper Collins for all the amazing support!!!!

Don't forget to tune in tomorrow for our last final post in honor of Meg-A Readers!!

The Romance Bookie :)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Bride Wore Size 12 (#5 in Heather Wells) by Meg Cabot is OUT TODAY!!!!

OMG GUYS!!!

The day is finally here!!!

Meg Cabot's NEW HEATHER WELLS MYSTERIES NOVEL IS OUT TODAY!!!!!!

This is my ARC copy of The Bride Wore Size 12 :)


THE BRIDE WORE SIZE 12!!!! The Fifth book in the Heather Wells series!!!!!!!!

I am so darn excited, because if I HAD to absolutely choose Heather Wells, besides The Princess Diaries is hands down my favorite series by Meg Cabot!! Heather, is probably the one book character I can relate to the most out of all the books I've ever read!! She's totally awesome!! I totally wish I solved mysteries and was amazing at it like she is!!!

Anyway, GO OUT and get your copy or ORDER IT!!!

You can get your own copy either at Barnes and NobleAmazon, or wherever your nearest bookstore is!!!!!!


In honor of this AWESOME release, and probably my years most anticipated release...I decided to do a little art project on my day off on Saturday!  I am a huge scrapbooker, at least I used to be when I had the time and money back in high school.  Now I like to dilly dally in it once in a while, and I've been itching to do a new project!  So Saturday I made a new Meg Cabot page :

Yes that says "Stay Away from elevator shafts"!  If you've read the books, you would get the reference :)

Also, here's one I made a couple of years back...


SO GO AND GET IT!! If you haven't read the first book in the series, I would of course recommend reading that one first, because it is a series.  So if that's the case, I would honestly just recommend buying all of them at once, because YOU WILL get hooked!! And even if you happen to not, then they make an awesome gift!!!!  So if you do like them, then you should totally be that awesome friend that buys a second set for your best friend! Just saying!! :)

Anyway, yeah just wanted you all to know...The Bride Wore Size 12 is out TODAY!!!! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Sunday, September 22, 2013

IMM #24/Stacking the Shelves #4

Hey Everyone!!
So once again behind on, this time on my IMM post!

I got some awesome things over this past month!!

Including this:





A HUGE THANK YOU TO HARPER COLLINS for sending me this!!! I'm reading it right now!! :)

And then I got another amazing surprise!!!

So back in July of 2012 I participated in a video chat with Kody Keplinger, and I won a SIGNED finished copy of Kody's book A Midsummer's Nightmare!! Well, because of being extremely busy, and then the mishap of having the post office lose the first package, Kody sent me this awesome HUGE package!!!







and a bunch of other goodies, including this awesome blow horn thing that I know my family is going to truly enjoy for all our family soccer games we gather to watch during the World Cup next year!! :)

THANK YOU SO MUCH KODY!!! 

From Publishers:


Now to the recap of this past month, which lets just say looks extremely pathetic...

BTW don't forget to enter my current giveaways, which you can find on the left hand sidebar!!! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Friday, September 20, 2013

Meg-A Readers Recap #12

Hey Everyone!!

It's the second to last week of Meg-A Readers!  While, I've been busy reading The Bride Wore Size 12 for next week's finale post, I've also been extremely busy with life, and therefore don't really have anything planned for Meg-A Readers this week, unfortunately.  I know...I've been a failure lately...trust me I've been feeling like it too!

Anyway, Diana, my amazing cohost for Meg-A Readers, and the founder of Little Miss Drama Queen, has come up with a great way to end Meg-A Readers this year!  We're asking for your pictures with Meg Cabot!! So now, we understand not everyone has been given the opportunity to meet Meg, so if that's the case, no problem!  We want your pictures with you and your Meg Cabot collection then!! And if you don't want your picture on the internet, totally cool too!  Just send us a picture of your awesome Meg Cabot book collection!!!!

So here are the options once again...

Either send us a picture of:

-You and Meg
-You and your Meg Cabot book collection
-OR just of your Meg Cabot book collection!

Sounds like fun right!!

So where do you send these pictures...well, you can send them my email address:

romancebookie@yahoo.com

and I'll be forwarding them to Diana, who will set up this awesome post with all these awesome pictures!! :)

So now to the recap of this week...

A fellow Cabot reader, and a blogger friend, who I found out after the event, actually went to Passion and Prose last year, where I got the amazing opportunity to meet Meg Cabot at, wrote an awesome story of how she introduced a little girl to Meg Cabot this week.  You can read that story HERE!

So that's it from me this week, for the Meg-A Readers recap! I can't believe next week is already the last week!!! CRAZY!!! Time seriously flew by this year!

So anyway, hope everyone has a fabulous weekend, and get ready for that release on Tuesday!!!!!! The Bride Wore Size 12 officially hits shelves then!!!!!! :) (The 5th Heather Wells Mysteries Novel!!)

The Romance Bookie :)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Fifty Shames of Earl Grey by Fanny Merkin (Audiobook Review)

Hey Everyone,

So it's been a while.  Unfortunately everything is just completely insane in my life.  With a mixture of school and personal problems I've just honestly not had the mind power to read.  However, because I have a 45 minute commute to my school every Monday and Wednesday I was able to listen to another audiobook for the audiobook challenge I'm participating in this year!

That audiobook was Fifty Shames of Earl Grey by Fanny Merkin, read by Allyson Ryan.

From Goodreads:



Young, arrogant tycoon Earl Grey seduces the naïve coed Anna Steal with his overpowering good looks and staggering amounts of money, but will she be able to get past his fifty shames, including shopping at Walmart on Saturdays, bondage with handcuffs, and his love of BDSM (Bards, Dragons, Sorcery, and Magick)? Or will his dark secrets and constant smirking drive her over the edge?

My Thoughts:

I definitely laughed during this one!  It's a parody after all of Fifty Shades of Grey, which some of you may remember I read a while ago.  Now let's be honest here, nobody reads Fifty Shades of Grey for its writing, right?  If you say you did, huh!  Yeah...right...

Anyway, my favorite part of Fifty Shames of Earl Grey were the funny liners making fun of EL James's writing.  For instance there were lines like, "I gazed at his gazingly handsome grey eyes." Such a true interpretation of James's tendency to repeat words...repeatedly.

Overall, I thought it was entertaining to listen to once.  I laughed a number of times, but in the end, it is a one time listener.

My rating:

I'd recommend to those of you who were like and read Fifty Shades for the entertainment.  If you absolutely LOVE the books, and hate bashers of the books...then, well, don't read or listen to this one...

Thanks everyone!

The Romance Bookie :)

Friday, September 13, 2013

Meg-A Readers Recap #10/11 GIVEAWAY!!!


I'm sorry I haven't been around much lately.  A lot has happened in my life.  Like I said, I believe, in my "life is taking over" post, a lot of first this year.  Another one happened yesterday, a not so great one, but I guess it's part of growing up and learning to move on.

So anyway, here is 10 and 11th recap of Meg-A Readers, because I totally blanked once again last week on it.

Paige over at Comfort Books wrote a review on Abandon that everyone should check out!
And Cassandra over at Books, Books, and more Books wrote a fabulous post comparing the movie and book of The Princess Diaries.

Two really great editions to Meg-A Readers!

I also have another giveaway!

This was supposed to be up last week, but I blanked, and have unfortunately put the schedule behind further!  But here it is anyway!

I'm giving away a hardcover SIGNED set of Meg's Insatiable and Overbite.

US only!!!!
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Thanks everyone!
The Romance Bookie :)

Monday, September 2, 2013

Life is taking over...

Hey Everyone!

So I've been trying to find the time to write this post for a while now, but I've just been so extremely busy these past few months!

Anyway, now it's time for me to explain!


As some of you Romance Bookie readers may have noticed, I haven't been around as much as I used to be.  There are a few reasons for that, some a bit too personal for me to share here, and some just very basic explanations.  The most basic one I can honestly think of, that is 100% true is...I've been SOOOOOO BUSY!!

My summer was incredible!  It was truly a very memorable one.  I did a lot.  Spent a lot of time with friends and people who are very special in my life.  I got my drivers license at the beginning of the summer, so was able to experience some great things, like driving!  And I worked!

Now that summer is over, however, things don't look they will be changing anytime soon.  In fact, they look like they are only going to get crazier!  I started school last week again, and while I'm only taking two classes this semester, one on campus and one online, I will also be working two jobs, possibly three soon, if I find one, as well as finding time for my friends and other loved ones!  It's going to get crazy!

While, I'm obviously not giving up reading, things here on The Romance Bookie are going to be slowing down quite a bit.  I'm very sorry to have to be doing this.

However, one thing I would like to make clear is this:  I AM NOT QUITTING THE ROMANCE BOOKIE!!!!!

The Romance Bookie is and has been my baby for the past two and a half years! I've put A LOT of hard work into her, and I hope to continue doing so in the future.  Life is starting to take over, and so unfortunately, other things have taken precedent, over my obsession of reading.

What does this mean is in store for The Romance Bookie?

Well, for one, reviews will continue going up less frequently, like they have been over this past summer.  Second, I will not be accepting any more review requests, unless the VERY FEW exceptions come up!!.  And third, I will finally hopefully, be able to get the chance I've been missing out on this past couple of years, reading again what I 100% want to read!!! No more scheduling in certain books, no more dealing with set dates!

Reading needs to stop being a chore for me!  So I will be spending this semester finding that fun in reading once again!!

Meg-A Readers will be continuing of course, that is one thing I definitely look forward to every week!  And reviews will go up as I finish the books I read!

I hope everyone understands, I'm so very grateful for all you readers!  Thank you, and I hope everyone had a great weekend!


The Romance Bookie :)