This book was a delight all the way through. I actually just googled synonyms for Adored and Loved because I needed more words to adequately express my enchantment with this story. I was swept into Ellie’s world and connected with her. She felt very familiar to me and I recognized a kindred spirit. I absolutely positively LOVED this book.
So, Ellie, the heroine of the story, loses her job in the very first chapter. It’s a particularly funny scene that I’ve made two of my friends listen to me read. *snicker* I am enamored with Ellie’s voice. She’s snarky and silly and hopeful. After losing the job she didn’t really love, but it kept her in the city and out of her brother’s spare room, she decides to see this as an opportunity to focus on a dream she had set aside when she went to school and got a responsible degree. She wants to write! Ellie has enough money in her bank account for a month’s expenses. She finds a coffee shop that is perfect for a respectable soon-to-be famous author to work in and she eats a piece of pie. And so starts her 31 day journey towards her goal.
I am book collector. I love books. I am a bookaholic and if you’ve noticed my “Mr. Postman” book haul updates, I buy a few books every week. When I moved from Montana to Colorado 5 years ago, I rented a Budget moving truck… For my books 😛 I didn’t bring any furniture and just a few suitcases of clothing. Well, also, I needed a vehicle to drive to Colorado, I had 17 boxes of books at the time and they covered the floor of the truck, just one stack high. I don’t even want to imagine how many boxes I would fill now. lol I estimate that I have 4000+ print books. The bookshelf on the left is one I built this summer for my hallway and it’s not full… yet. It’s been a crazy summer and I haven’t had a chance to move the excess books from my loft to this new shelf.
Oh! Oh! This is the only shelf in my house that is in alphabetical order. I was so proud of myself for building this system on my own. It is a media shelf unit because it’s in my hallway and I needed the narrowest footprint I could find and I needed it to give me as much book room as possible. I went to the hardware store and bought rebar and connected another shorter shelving system on top. <g> So, it’s about 7 feet tall, 8 feet long and only 7 inches deep. Yes, it’s anchored to the wall! *shakes head* I’m not THAT silly :p It is a thing of beauty and I am thrilled that it can hold so many books and still has room for me to rearrange the parts of my collection that are running amuck.
My loft is scary! I shove bags up there. I have a cute little lamp and some throw pillows along the back under the window, but you can’t see them because of all my boxes and bags. I will get to it. I just don’t usually accomplish much when I try because I get distracted by all the books. Yes, I re-read my books. That’s why I keep them 🙂 I used to be a big library girl and a used bookstore trader when I was a teen. But it got to a point where I was buying the books I read from the library because I wanted to have them in my collection and I was mad at myself for trading away books that I wanted to re-read later. I still haven’t replaced all of my Linda Lael Miller The Black Rose Chronicles series *Boo!*
I love to read paranormal romance and am always on the lookout for new to me authors. I am excited today to introduce you to J.K. Hogan. I just finished reading her novel Fire on the Island and my review is HERE I loved the book and was so impressed by the details and characters. I can’t wait for the next one!
Me: Hi Sweetie! I finally have you right where I want you- On my virtual couch! Get cozy… Can I get you anything? Coffee, tea, mint julep? How much of a southern belle are you? Lol
J.K. I’m a southern girl alright, but I’ve been told I drink like a man—dark coffee, dark beer, dark liquor. It will be a few more months yet before I can have any though as my husband and I are expecting our first child.
Me: *squee!* Oh my goodness! Congratulations! ummmm… drink some milk 🙂
I love to read a good paranormal romance. One that will sweep me into it and take me on a magical adventure. Fire on the Island does exactly that and I loved the journey. This book is rich in detail and world building. It has a unique take on witches and demons and I was captured by this story.
Oh! side note- The cover of Fire on the Island is exquisite. I want that corset. 🙂
The heroine of this adventure is Isla. She lives on the island of Arran in Scotland *sigh* Scotland… Isla has a rather traumatic past and is very strong and a bit wary because of it. I admired her courage and sense of humor and want her for a friend… Isla has made her home on this island and owns a guiding business to help tourists explore the area. Her business partner, Callum, and her employees are her friends but the rest of the town is superstitious of a mark on her neck that they think brands her as a witch. She avoids the townspeople and focuses on her job.
My favorite book is not a romance but I love the main character because of a romance that never actually happens.
Sounds weird, right? Well, it is and it isn’t. You see my favorite character in fiction is a ruthless, cold-hearted killer named Takeshi Kovacs. He’s not a good guy, he’s not a nice guy, he’s not a romantic guy, and he’s not even a reliable or trustworthy guy.
And as far as being a boyfriend goes? Well, he’s not a relationship guy either.
You’re probably asking yourself why I’m even talking about him in terms of great fictional relationships, right?
Looking at the amount of books I buy a week and the number of books I’ve been able to read in the last few months, I have a problem. I admit it. I am a bookaholic. I have almost no control regarding my book collection. Well, today, my girl Dawn, from www.daydrmzz.blogspot.com , convinced me it was ok to save $8 and NOT buy 2 books I was looking at from Target and just order them from Amazon. lol So, by saving that amount it means I can buy another book too, right?
As always, please don’t forget my New Fiction Release Database. There is over 1800+ print and ebook fiction releases this month. Danger Will Robinson, Danger. I’m in trouble.
So, here are the books I added to my library this week. Click on the cover to get more info if you are curious.
I am beyond thrilled to have Delilah S. Dawson visiting The Book Tart today!!! *bouncing on the couch* I read her first novel in the Blud series, Wicked As They Come and it was my first official book review on my site back in May. I adore her world building and am ecstatic to introduce her to ya’ll if you’ve missed the first book and to celebrate her book birthday with today’s release of her Blud novella, The Mysterious Madam Morpho. It’s an entry point into her delicious steampunk world if you haven’t read Delilah before. And for those of us who have… It’s a welcome treat as we wait for the second full length Blud novel Wicked As She Wants out April 30th.
OH! Delilah’s site is promoting a contest for 3 lucky winner’s registration fees to Olde City, New Blood, the upcoming urban fantasy/paranormal romance mini-con in St. Augustine, FL next February. There’s only a few days left to enter, check it out, Click HERE to go see the contest.
Whoa Dude! (I’m trying to say that like KeanuReaves in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure :p can’t quite get it right) Woe is me? ummm, well there are a LOT of books this month. October has over 1700 books in the database right now with more being added every day! click HERE to see all of October’s. And yes *shakes head* I know it’s kind of overwhelming *sigh* that’s why I want the wish list… Which I still don’t have *head/desk* BUT one thing I have that does make it a little bit more manageable is the ADVANCED SEARCH option. You can select the the genres you are interested in and the formats. If you only want to see print releases for today’s date you can filter it to show only physical books. There are 390+ print books listed 🙂 Click HERE to see them. If you are interested in seeing all 158+ ebooks for October 2nd click HERE
I know the database is still missing some books so please, please CONTACT ME I would love to include the book you are waiting for. I want this list to be as complete as I can make it.
Today I have a wacky interview with Delilah S. Dawson. My review of her steampunk novel Wicked As They Come was my first official review here on The Book Tart. To celebrate having her visit I am giving away lots of book 🙂 Click HERE to see.
The Queen of Tarts
Here are the books for today that caught my attention…. I’m often drawn to pretty shiny covers :p like a moth!
Eve & Adam by Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant
I love to read science fiction fantasy and urban fantasy so when I read the synopsis for this series I was intrigued. I’m so thankful I followed up on my impulse. I LOVED the first book!!! My review is below. I am rather kicking myself for not signing up for the rest of the tour. :p But I enjoyed Clutch so much I have already bought the sequels. The author, J.A. Huss is running a great contest all month. The Rafflecopter is at the bottom of the post. Make sure you enter for a chance to win 1 of 2 $50 gift cards and 3 autographed copies of Clutch. She is also giving everyone who signs up for her newsletter this first story, Clutch, free! I know *shakes head* an abundance of riches. She rocks! Ok, here’s my review….
Queen of Tarts Review
of Clutch by J.A. Huss
Clutch is a fast paced, addicting, science fiction adventure that hooked me from the start. When I first read about the book and saw that the heroine was 19 years old I assumed it was a YA novel. Ummm… It’s NOT! Junco is a damaged, tough, messed up cookie and she has a mouth on her like a sailor. She swears all the time. :p There’s also violence and adult situations (not as much as I’d hoped for :p but the beginnings of a romance).
Junco’s tough, she takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’. I liked Junco, actually I adored Junco! This is a first person novel… That’s not my favorite perspective normally, but for this story I was immediately sucked into Junco’s head and her world and held on tight for the ride. This is an adventure story, a vengeance story and a mystery and even the sparks of a love story… Its a story with science, politics, war, lies, intrigue and destiny. The world building felt so organic and real. The pieces of her life are stacked up naturally and never felt like “So Bob,” kind of details. 🙂 Everything seemed to flow and because her world is not so unfamiliar from ours I was able to easily suspend disbelief and enjoy this tale of humans in a possible future, aliens with wings, gene splicing and cloning and a host of other fascinating details.