Tuesday, 20 August 2013

COVER REVEAL for ‘Romancing Lady Stone’ by Delilah Marvelle

When I was growing up, there was one movie that, to me, screamed Romance. And Romance Novels.

Action, adventure, swoonworthy moments, a handsome roguish hero and a beautiful heroine (who was a Romance novelist, one of my desired careers!) I would regularly comb the TV listings (thank you PBS Pledge Drives!) and settle down to watch Romancing the Stone whenever I could.

Happily, in high school, I had a teacher who also loved the movie and we spent many class hours watching the movie, as well as its sequel, Jewel of the Nile. (Don't get me started on when she had us watching Midnight Express though!)

Turns out, I'm not the only one who loved Romancing the Stone.
A real life Romance Novelist does too!

Delilah Marvelle admitted today that it is one of her favourite romance movies of the 80's! If you don't already know who she is, let's meet her!

Delilah Marvelle is the winner of the Reviewer's Choice for Best Sensual Historical Romance of the Year and had Booklist name her historical romance 'Forever and a Day' one of the TOP 10 Romance of 2012. When she isn't writing, she's digging through research books. You can visit her at her website at www.DelilahMarvelle.com 

If you'd like to get to know Delilah better, you can find her on Facebook and Twitter too!

I have been a fan for quite some time, and the admiration only grows stronger.
Her newest novella, Romancing Lady Stone, is a nod to our beloved movie.

About the novel-la:
He believes in destiny. She just wants to survive it...
At forty, Lady Cecilia Evangeline Stone thinks she has everything a woman could ever want. A title, a fortune, and four children who make her proud. After a marriage of convenience that was anything but convenient, she has no desire to complicate her life by including a man in it again. When her eldest son announces his engagement to a Russian actress in Saint Petersburg, Cecilia sets out to do what any good mother would do: stop the wedding. Unfortunately, destiny has other plans.
Konstantin Alexie Levin never considered himself to be a villain. In fact, he considers himself to be a Russian gentleman. Having grown up in a refined and well-educated family that embraced criminal life to avoid debtor’s prison, the only thing preventing him from knowing happiness is the rest of the world. Everything changes, however, when Konstantin is given a chance to start life anew and travel to London to collect an unexpected reward for saving a man’s life. To his surprise, he is about to become a hero at midnight to a beautiful aristocrat who desperately needs his help. The problem is…he wants to do more than save Lady Stone. He wants to make the woman his, all his.

WARNING: This book is Rated Double S (Sweaty & Sinful) and contains strong language and sexual content which may cause respectable people to swoon.

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Friday, 2 August 2013

Book Review: The Silver Chain

The Silver Chain by Primula Bond

Format: eBook via Netgalley
Publisher: Gallery Books

From the Publisher: Bound by passion, she was powerless to resist.
One dark evening in London, photographer Serena Folkes is indulging her impulsive side with a night-time shoot. But someone is watching her – mysterious entrepreneur Gustav Levi. Serena doesn’t know it yet, but this handsome stranger will change her life forever…
Serena is fascinated by Gustav, the enigmatic owner of the Levi Gallery, and she soon feels an irresistible pull of attraction. The interest is mutual, and Gustav promises to launch Serena’s photographic career at his gallery, but only if Serena agrees to become his exclusive companion.
To mark their agreement, Gustav gives Serena a bracelet to wear at all times. Attached to it is a silver chain of which he is the keeper. With the chain Gustav controls Serena physically and symbolically – a sign that she is under his power.
As their passionate relationship intensifies, Gustav’s hold on the silver chain grows stronger. But will Gustav’s dark past tear them apart?
An erotic romance novel perfect for fans of 50 Shades of Grey and Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series. The Silver Chain is the first in the sexy, passionate and addictive Unbreakable Trilogy by Primula Bond.

I wanted to like the book, I really did.
Unfortunately no matter how hard I tried to push through, I just couldn't finish it.

It's another weak attempted BDSM tried to hop on the 50 Shades bandwagon. 50 Shades was laughable at best, and unfortunately The Silver Chain tries too hard to be a grittier version the same, just without the laughs.
There is not much more I can say, I couldn't like or relate to any of the characters or stilted situations.
If you liked 50 Shades, maybe you'll like this, but I can't even read it ironically.

The Silver Chain is available for digital purchase on amazon.com, and will available in print on September 17th.

Book Review: Finding Colin Firth

Finding Colin Firth by Mia March

Format: eBook via Netgalley
Publisher: Gallery Books

From the Publisher: From the author of The Meryl Streep Movie Club, “a heartwarming, spirit-lifting read just in time for beach season” (Kirkus Reviews), comes a new novel about three women, connected in secret and surprising ways, who are in for a life-changing summer when rumor has it that actor Colin Firth is coming to their Maine town to film a movie.

After losing her job and leaving the husband she dearly loves, twenty-nine-year-old journalist Gemma Hendricks is desperate to save her career by scoring an interview with Colin Firth. But a much more local story steals her heart—and just may save her rocky marriage too. Thirty-eight-year-old waitress Veronica Russo, shocked by the unannounced arrival of the daughter she gave up for adoption two decades ago, becomes an extra on the movie set, wondering if happy endings—and a real life Mr. Darcy—are even possible. Twenty-two-year-old student Bea Crane, alone and adrift, longs to connect with Veronica, her birth mother, but she’ll discover more than she ever imagined in this coastal Maine town. And just when they least expect it in a summer full of surprises, all three women may find what they’re looking for most of all…

This is the first book I have read by Mia March, and I'm pretty sure it won't be the last!
I liked the three main characters and if I couldn't relate to what they are going through, I could empathize.

Each is dealing with the life effects of an unexpected baby. Veronica as the woman who gave up her baby, Bea was that baby, and Gemma who discovers that she is pregnant but never really wanted to be.
Add in some charming (and not so charming) Boothbay Harbour locals and Hollywood types, a group of pregnant teens, old and new love interests, and you have a sweet and satisfying story that wraps up in a neat and pretty bow.

It is my understanding that Mia March's previous novel, The Meryl Streep Movie Club also features some of my favourite side characters, if it's anything as good as Finding Colin Firth, I will be checking it out! I like that the B&B where some of our characters were staying held a Colin Firth Movie Club in honour of the actor expected to shoot a film in their area, the companionship of the women was comforting and it inspired me to hold my own theme movie nights.

Another reviewer on Amazon stated that one of her complaints was that there were no recipes included, and I have to agree. We are often treated to descriptions of Veronica's magic healing pies, some of which sound delicious, I would have loved to have a taste! Next time I read this (which I will!) I will have to make sure to have pie in the house, it made me hungry!

Finding Colin Firth is available for purchase on amazon.com, and on amazon.ca as well as other book retailers.