Stiltsville by Susanna Daniels – Book Thoughts

Stiltsville by Susanna Daniels Published by Harper, an imprint of Harper Collins

“Stiltsville” is, primarily the story of a marriage, of a family. The Ellerbys, Frances and Dennis, deal with family, temptation, parenting, and financial issues. What makes “Stiltsville” stand out from every other character-driven novel about marriages is its setting. The title refers to the stilt houses in the Bay of Biscune in Miami, where the Ellerbys have a share in a house.

So, to be completely honest, I have not finished “Stiltsville” yet. This has must been a bad couple of weeks for reading. However, since this is a book I have from TLC for a tour, and since my Chicago Author Month starts

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Announcing: Booklicity

Today I would like to announce to you all a project I have been working on for a very long time:

What is Booklicity, you ask? Simple! It is targeted blog publicity for books and authors.

What does that mean? It means that I know that all book blogs and all book bloggers are different. A book that works for one blogger may not work for another. Likewise, one blogger’s audience may be a better fit for a book or an author than another blogger’s audience, even if that second blogger’s audience is larger. My job, as someone who has been part of the book blogging community since February of 2008, will be to help authors find a

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The Tricking of Freya by Christina Sunley – Book Review

The Tricking of Freya by Christine Sunley Published by Picador, an imprint of Macmillan

Over one hundred years ago, Freya’s grandfather left Iceland, because of the disruption caused by volcanic ash, and moved to Canada, his family eventually settling with other Icelandic families in Gimli. Now, it is Freya’s turn to move away from her past. After the deaths of her aunt and mother, she has not been able to bring herself to return to Gimli and the only family she has left. Instead she lives a lonely, uprooted life in New York City. Until her grandmother’s 100th birthday, when Freya finds herself back in Gimli, if not exactly by choice. This will turn out to

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The Princeling by Cynthia Harrod Eagles – Book Review

The Princeling by Cynthia Harrod Eagles Published by Sourcebooks

Third in the Morland Dynasty series, I have previously reviewed the first two books. This review contains no major spoilers for the previous two books.

Set against the backdrop of Elizabeth I’s reign, this could alternately be titled: The one in which I lose interest in the Morland Dynasty series.

Don’t get me wrong, “The Princeling” is no mid-series slump (and, frankly, it is not even mid-series, there are at least 30 of the Morland Dynasty books). Harrod Eagles still does a fabulous job walking the line of getting across what is happening in England at the time these particular Morlands are living and not making it

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Debutante Ball Challenge 2011!

The Debutante Ball is a group blog for debut authors, all women. The blog is currently in its fifth year and has a track record of debuting some really great authors. I am a big fan (in fact, I’ve already begged my way onto all of the review copy lists for the 2011 books), so I am hosting this challenge in order to introduce the Debutante Ball and the fantastic Debs to more people.

Basically, the idea here is to read books by the 2011 Debs. A list of all books by all members of The Debutante Ball can be found below. I would love for you to read all five (actually, 6, but I’ll get

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