New Releases, July 31st

Wow! There are so many great books coming out today ūüėÄ I have a few of them of pre-ordered and I might go search my local grocery store to see what books they got in. <g> If you live near an actual book store, treasure it! ;p I have to search my grocery store, Walmart and Target to see what I can find.¬†My closest book store is 2 hours away from me… *boo* Well, enough complaining! There is so much to be grateful for today. One of the things I’m thankful for is how many book releases there are. I love choices and today is a¬† veritable smorgasbord (does that make you think of the rat Templeton¬†from Charlotte’s Web? Yep, me too.) Click here to go to the list of 150+ books out today. I would love, love, love it if you would drop me a line if I’m missing a new book. Please Contact Me with new book release info… even ebooks, though the database still doesn’t include those, it’s coming soon-ish :p

Today is the final day for my Celebrate July contest, please click here to enter for your chance at a prize pack with 4 books plus fun swag ūüôā

Here are a few books that caught my eye…

Gunmetal Magic: A Novel in the World of Kate Daniels  by Ilona Andrews Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews


Beneath a Rising Moon  by Keri Arthur Beneath A Rising Moon by Keri Arthur


Moonglow (Darkest London)  by Kristen Callihan Moonglow by Kristen Callihan

Continue reading “New Releases, July 31st”

The Book Tart Episode 11- review of Fifty Shames of Earl Grey

I read Fifty Shames of Earl Grey by Andrew Shaffer last night and laughed my fool head off :p I was recently approved to request books from NetGalley to review new books *woot!* and this title was the first one I requested. I’ve been looking forward to this book since I read about it¬†¬†from Andrew’s hysterical tweets¬† in March. He was giving a twitter review while he read Fifty Shades of Grey and made a joke that he should write a fanfic of the novel. Dreams can come true ūüôā

This book is a celebration of the ridiculous! It¬†amused me and made me laugh out loud throughout the parody. I have not read the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, yet, but it seemed that Andrew took those novels, Twilight, popular romance fiction tropes and various pop culture¬†icons and shook them up… rather like taking a soda bottle and shaking it to watch the foam spray on everything. The writing is clever and witty and¬†educational! I had no fracking clue there were so many euphemisms for¬†reproductive organs *snort*¬† I whipped through this book and recommend it if you are in the mood to be entertained by the absurd. I would¬†read a¬†sequel if he writes Fifty Shames in Space. *snicker* I can’t help thinking of the Muppet’s and “Pigs in Space”

Visit Andrew Shaffer’s site at

Goodbye Maine…

I’ve been in the gorgeous state of Maine for the last 3 weeks and we are leaving tomorrow and heading back to Colorado. I was trying to think of a fun way to say goodbye and post some pictures and today I went to a cute bookstore in Yarmouth called Royal River Books to meet Steph,¬†a new friend and book blogger from She is so nice and snarky and smart and reads a ton! Check out her site ūüôā Oh! She gave me books! *sigh* I¬†<3 Steph!¬†That girl definitely knows her way to a bookaholics heart. <g> ¬†Anyway, while I was browsing the shelves I saw a children’s book called Goodnight Maine in the store. It’s a state specific take on Margaret Wise Brown’s classic Goodnight Moon. I amused myself tonight¬†by coming up with a¬†silly rhyme.¬†That doesn’t always rhyme… But I¬†had fun and get to show you¬†my pictures. And I did mention books :p

Here goes….

Goodbye Maine

Goodbye blue gray ocean

Continue reading “Goodbye Maine…”

New Releases, July 24th

Yay! It’s Tuesday. *dancing* I love Tuesdays! It’s my favorite day of the week because of all the new books and it’s one of the reasons I launched this website. So I could see all the new books and search them by date. Please click here to see the 100+ print titles out today ūüôā I still don’t have ebook only titles listed and I am beginning to despair of my database ever getting¬†everything I want¬†*sigh* if you happen to be a programmer and want to help? :p Oh! please do contact me if the New Fiction Release database is missing a book and I will try to correct that.

I have one contest running right now. Enter the Celebrate July contest for a chance to win 4 books plus some fun swag.


Here are some new books that got my attention…

Thirteen (Women of the Otherworld)  by Kelley ArmstrongThirteen by Kelley Armstrong


Best Served Cold  by Joe AbercrombieBest Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie


Something Strange and Deadly  by Susan Dennard Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

Continue reading “New Releases, July 24th”

Review of The Great Escape

The Queen of Tarts Review

Ok, here is the¬†synopsis of The Great Escape… It’s a book I’ve been waiting for over 10¬†years!

The Great Escape: A Novel  by Susan Elizabeth PhillipsThe Great Escape: A Novel

Release date: Jul. 10, 2012 |  Publisher: William Morrow |  Genre: Romance, Contemporary Romance
ISBN: 0062106066 | ISBN-13: 9780062106063 |
Format: Hardcover
‚ÄúNext to Tracy and Hepburn, nobody does romantic comedy better than Susan Elizabeth Phillips.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒMinneapolis Star Tribune Perennial New York Times bestseller Susan Elizabeth Phillips now provides her fans with The Great Escape from ordinary women‚Äôs romantic fiction. One of today‚Äôs most beloved writers, the incomparable Phillips follows up her utterly beguiling hit, Call Me Irresistible (‚ÄúPhillips at her very best. Romantic, funny, sexy, and poignant‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒKristin Hannah) with a sequel that‚Äôs equally impossible to resist. Returning in The Great Escape are some of Phillips‚Äôs most adored characters, including headstrong, impetuous ex-president‚Äôs daughter, Lucy Jorik, who‚Äôs just abandoned her fianc√Č, Ted ‚ÄúMr. Irresistible‚ÄĚ Beaudine, at the altar. Now she‚Äôs looking for adventure‚ÄĒand perhaps a little romance‚ÄĒembarking on a wild and hilariously unpredictable road trip that begins on the back of a rather menacing-looking stranger‚Äôs motorcycle. The winner of more Favorite Book of the Year Awards than any other romance author, including Nora Roberts, Susan Elizabeth Phillips offers her fans an Escape to remember, and they‚Äôll certainly want to come back for more!
Buy this hardcover from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository |
Like I said above, I have been waiting for this¬†book since I met the character of Lucy in The First Lady novel back in 2000! She’s¬†was a¬†15 year old teenager who was¬†trying to take care of her little sister. She’s strong and brave and feisty and doing everything in her power to keep her little family together. She and her sister get adopted by Nealy and Mat. Soooo, she’s a character I’ve been curious about for a long time! Susan Elizabeth Phillips has said that she originally thought that Ted (the son of the characters from Fancy Pants) and Lucy would be a match. But that didn’t work and last years’¬†novel¬†Call Me Irresistible,¬†starts with¬†Lucy fleeing her wedding to Ted Beaudine and¬†tells the story of how Ted and Meg (the daughter of the couple¬†from Glitter Baby)¬†fall in love. We did get little peaks at Lucy during Call Me Irresistible but not much. The Great Escape is, finally, telling Lucy’s story.

Continue reading “Review of The Great Escape”

The Book Tart episode 9- Review of Dana Marie Bell’s The Gray Court series

I am still in the beautiful state of Maine for another week and I don’t have a brand spankin’ new vlog to share… But it actually works out perfectly because I have this fun video where I¬†ramble¬†on over Dana Maria Bell’s The Gray Court novels and I hadn’t posted it yet. ūüôā I really enjoyed this series. The Gray Court novels are erotic paranormal romance and very yummy and sweet.
(((hugs))) The Book Tart

Hot Summer Nights Giveaway Hop + Interview + excerpt with Amy Lane!

the book nympho

What a fun hop idea! Thank you to Bona Fide Reflections and The Book Nympho¬†for putting this hop together. ūüôā

They ask… Is there a book or a series that gets you all hot and bothered? A hot couple or hero/heroine that makes you all melty? Are you left wanting more or completely satisfied after your read?

Amy Lane’s Little Goddess series immediately came to my mind. I love, love, love these books. I ordered the first book, Vulnerable, from Amazon in 2009 and had to order all the sequels available¬†at that time¬†Wounded and Bound. Since then Amy has released the fourth book, Rampant and some companion stories too. *sigh* I am so in love with Cory and company. So in love with them that I’ve bought this series multiple times, in print for me and a friend and in ebook too.

I asked Amy if she would be my second ever¬†¬†interview for The Book Tart and she graciously said yes! She Rocks! ūüôā She also gave me a yummy excerpt from Vulnerable. It’s the scene when Cory meets Adrian. *daydreaming*¬†OK I’m back! And as an extra bonus she also is letting me share a short story (click here)¬†set in The Little Goddess world too! I <3 Amy!

The prize for this hop is an ebook of Vulnerable.

(if you own it already, then another title from her books )

Entry form and the link to the other participating blogs is at the bottom of this post.

This contest  runs from July 18th, 12:01 am EST to July 22nd, 11:59 pm EST. The winner will be chosen using Rafflecopter and contacted via email and on The Book Tart and will have 48 hours to contact me regarding their choice of ebook from Amy.

Continue reading “Hot Summer Nights Giveaway Hop + Interview + excerpt with Amy Lane!”

Christmas in July with a short story from Amy Lane

Amy Lane gave me a short Little Goddess Christmas story that she has posted on her site (there are other free¬†stories too) ¬†for me to share here on The Book Tart. Cocklebur’s¬†Christmas is set¬†after Rampant, book 4 in the series, but really¬†it is a peak into Green’s past. It contain strong language (the swears lol) and an¬†m/m elements. I love seeing the relationship between Cory and Green and it makes me miss them more. Write faster Amy! Please click HERE to go to the Hot Summer Nights giveaway post with a fun excerpt from Vulnerable, an interview with Amy and a chance to win Vulnerable (one of my all time fav books!) or if you already own that,¬†pick another¬†book from her backlist. ūüôā

Continue reading “Christmas in July with a short story from Amy Lane”

New Releases, July 17th

¬†It’s my favorite day of the week again! Ther are nearly 100 new print titles today ūüôā Click HERE to see the entire list. You can scroll through it alphabetically by author last name or you can search by title, author or isbn. Please! Please¬†contact me¬†if there is a new book that my database is missing and I will do my best to fix the error. Also, my database still doesn’t list ebook only releases. I still want to know <g> that’s the whole point of the database, so I know! Feel free to send me info on digital releases and I would be happy to tweet the news and add it to the database as soon as I get that ability…. *sigh* I loathe waiting.

On to happier news. There are some great books coming out today. Here are a few that caught my attention,

Perfect Is Overrated  by Karen Bergreen Perfect Is Overrated by Karen Bergreen


The Unquiet  by Jeannine Garsee The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee


Crazy On You by Rachel Gibson Crazy On You by Rachel Gibson

Continue reading “New Releases, July 17th”

Maine Book hunt…

I’ve been in the beautiful state of Maine for a week already and I still have 13 days left. It’s absolutley gorgeous. We are staying right on the water. So it’s also muggy and buggy, the mosquitoes and horseflies are vicious! I had to adjust to being at sea level. I think I suffered from reverse altitude sickness… if that’s a thing? :p I live in the mountains of Colorado at about 7900′ above sea level. That’s my normal. I think there’s too much air near the water <g> I was so tired the first few days. I’m sure the humidity had nothing to do with it either. :p

We went out on a boat our second day here and saw a seal’s head (I’m sure the rest of him was under the water) and we watched some porpoises play around some lobster buoys for over 15 minutes. It was so fun!

Continue reading “Maine Book hunt…”