The Book Tart Episode 3.0

Oops! I vlogged again… I am rambly and say really, really a lot 😛 I chat about Wicked As They Come and Crystal Garden in 3.0 In 3.5 I review Charlaine Harris’ Deadlocked and Jenn Bennett’s Arcadia Bell books.

Review of Wicked As They Come

Release date: Mar. 27, 2012 |  Publisher: Pocket Books |  Genre: Romance, Fantasy
ISBN: 1451657889 | ISBN-13: 9781451657883 | Format: Mass Market Paperback
Have you ever heard of a Bludman? They’re rather like you and me—only more fabulous, immortal, and mostly indestructible. (They’re also very good kissers.) Delilah S. Dawson’s darkly tempting debut drops her unsuspecting heroine into a strange faraway land for a romantic adventure that’s part paranormal, part steampunk . . . and completely irresistible. When Tish Everett forces open the ruby locket she finds at an estate sale, she has no idea that a deliciously rakish Bludman has cast a spell just for her. She wakes up in a surreal world, where Criminy Stain, the dashing proprietor of a magical traveling circus, curiously awaits. At Criminy’s electric touch, Tish glimpses a tantalizing future, but she also foresees her ultimate doom. Before she can decide whether to risk her fate with the charming daredevil, the locket disappears, and with it, her only chance to return home. Tish and Criminy battle roaring sea monsters and thundering bludmares, vengeful ghosts and crooked Coppers in a treacherous race to recover the necklace from the evil Blud-hating Magistrate. But if they succeed, will Tish forsake her fanged suitor and return to her normal life, or will she take a chance on an unpredictable but dangerous destiny with the Bludman she’s coming to love?
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Ok- this is my first official review as The Book Tart… It’s of Wicked As They Come by Delilah S. Dawson. It’s the first book in a trilogy and it’s Amazing! Last weekend I curled up in my chair and read all day, well most of the day, life interrupted a bit. <g> But I did NOT want to leave my chair. I was engrossed, immersed in the adventures of Letitia and the world of Sang. Wicked As They Come is the first Steampunk book I’ve read and I absolutely LOVED it. You really, really need to read it! I’m going write this review like I’m telling my friends about the book. Cause I don’t know how else to do it! :p


The heroine, Tish, or Letitia, is a hospice nurse and goes to an estate sale for a patient who passed away. As she’s wandering around an item attracts her interest and she picks up an old locket. She receives a emergency call and dashes out accidently taking the locket with her. She feels a bit wicked but decides no one will miss it. At home she tries to clean it and when she pries the locket open red liquid splatters out and stains her hand. The locket reveals a portrait of a man she refers to as extra-naughty Mr. Darcy. Side note- I loved how Tish thought. She was snarky and relatable and very likable. I wanted to be her friend! Ok, so she goes to bed wearing the locket and wakes up to what she thinks is a very vivid dream, naked! And her naughty Mr. Darcy is staring at her. <eg> His name is Criminy (in her head she comments that it rhymes with Jiminy Cricket) He is a Bludman and he sent the locket out into the worlds to find his mate. *sigh* I adored Criminy, he talked a bit like Spike from Buffy- calling Letitia love.  And he’s what Tish and I would call a vampire, a Bludman, who drinks blood to survive. Once Leticia accepts that this isn’t a dream she’s actually in another world, one with very different rules, we are taken on an adventure with her.
The world of Sang has Bludmen and Pinkies (all the people who don’t live on blood). Most of the wildlife have become blood drinkers. She finds that out the hard way when a cute little bunny hops up and bites her on the ankle! The Pinkies protect themselves by covering up as much skin as possible; this is where the Victorian style clothing comes in! Buttoned up to the neck, down to the toes, corsets and bustles oh, my.  Criminy is the ringmaster of a traveling carnival and much to her amazement, he can perform real magic.


Leticia and Criminy are very attracted to each other *Yum!* But, this isn’t one of those stories where the character wakes up in another world and is all, “Yay! I’ll stay. My old life was so horrible”. She has a grandmother that she loves very much and has been taking care of. She’s torn between two worlds, one with a man she could love and another with and her grandmother that she loves. The story explores her struggles with the choices she is given and the strength she discovers.


We are immersed in the world of Sang, filled with clockwork creations, sea monsters and bludbunnies! Letitia discovers in this new world, she has a gift too. She is a Glancer and when she touches someone’s hand she gets a glimpse of their past or future.
I was totally sucked into this world and captured by the characters. I was drawn to Letitia and Criminy and their journey. I was rooting for them and enjoyed watching their relationship deepen. The story also has an external conflict besides Letitia being pulled between two worlds. There is political unrest in the world of Sang… And that’s not something that can be resolved in one story- the racism and fear between the two peoples is extreme. I am excited to see where Ms. Dawson takes us. I want it now! *stomps foot* Aack! But I will be eagerly awaiting the tale. I am hooked on this world and the characters and want to continue the journey.


It’s a delightfully fun, creative, sexy and sweet book! I was laughing out loud throughout the story, and on the edge of my seat during some of the scenes. There’s adventure and intrigue and passion. The chemistry between the main characters burns the pages *sigh* I highly recommend this book! If you like well drawn characters, strong, unique world building, romance, fantasy, steam punk and intriguing machines… Go Buy it!

New Releases May 15th, 2012

It’s Tuesday again! I love Tuesdays <g> The Book Tart database lists almost 100 titles.

Click here to see the whole list

Once again, if you have a release that needs to be added to the lists please contact me 🙂

Here are a few that caught my eye…


Bad Girls Don't Die: As Dead as it GetsAs Dead As It Gets by Katie Alender


Southern Comfort  by Fern MichaelsSouthern Comfort by Fern Michaels


Stolen Prey  by John SandfordStolen Prey by John Sandford


The Bone House (Bright Empires)  by Stephen R. LawheadThe Bone House by Stephen Lawhead


The Columbus Affair  by Steve Berry The Columbus Affair by Steve Berry


The Skin Map (Bright Empires)  by Stephen R. LawheadThe Skin Map by Stephen Lawhead


Theodore Boone: The Accused (Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer)  by John Grisham Theodore Boone by John Grisham


Vampire Kisses 8: Cryptic CravingsVampire Kisses 8 by Ellen Schreiber




To all the Moms

Grr-argh (sung like the ending credits to a Buffy episode) I just spent the last 20 minutes looking for a book. Not any book, that would be easy, I have scads, heaps, mountains. Nope, I was looking for a particular hardback anthology with a story in it that came to mind when I decided to write a Mother’s Day post. I looked on my upstairs shelves… the fact that this particular book is a special size hardback with a pretty dustcover made it easy to see that it was NOT on the shelves. I went downstairs to search… I remember where it was in my bedroom while I was growing up. For some reason it was under the bed. Don’t ask me why, I really have no idea! It’s not like I was hiding it. I bought when I was a teenager shopping with my dad in 1995, at Sam’s Club! Ha! So I remember where I bought it and where I used to keep it, but unfortunately not where it is in the present.  I have books on multiples shelves, books in stacks and the worst part, books in boxes! Part of my goal for The Book Tart is to catalog my books… But I’d rather read them than count them and organize them, which is why it’s nowhere near completion! I want minions to do it for me. Or better yet, single(that’s important :p some of them aren’t available), Mr. Romance cover models, that would get hot and sweaty, scratch that! They might damage my books. So, just warm enough to take off their shirts and move my books around and build me bookshelves. *sigh* A girl can dream…. I decided to check the only part of my collection that is alphabetized to see if by any chance I had the book in paperback too. Wonder of wonders, I do! Yay! *confetti* “A Holiday of Love” anthology with stories from Judith McNaught, Jude Deveraux, Arnette Lamb and Jill Barnett. (all excellent! I adore holiday short stories.)


Front CoverThe story by Jude Deveraux is the one that popped into my mind when I wanted to write a blog for Mother’s Day. The title of this short story is Change Of Heart and it’s delightfully fun …. Yes, the heroine is a mom, she’s a nurse. I really loved the relationship between the mother, Randy and her son, Eli. The way Eli goes about matching up his single mom, who loves to read romances, with a proper man, who he thinks will take care of his mother when he goes away to school, is nothing short of creative genius!  The story is part of Deveraux’s  Montgomery-Taggert series. It’s 87 pages of short, sweet, sexy and laugh out loud fun. I fell in love with all the characters. Randy may be a bit of a daydreamer but she has a core of steal. And Frank Taggert is strong and stubborn and lonely. And Eli, even after 16 years, I remembered that kid. I want him to get his own story. I have read this book a few times over the years. And though I don’t know where my hardback is, I do own 2 copies of the book. If you enjoy funny, sexy contemporary romance, I highly recommend Jude Deveraux.

I’m not sure why this story came to mind first. There are other books with moms as the heroine. And my mom is nothing like the main character in Jude Deveraux’s story. She’s not a single mother. Or a nurse, she always told us if it wasn’t bleeding we were fine! But she is strong and determined like the character Randy… She and my dad have been together for almost 34 years. They have 5 children, I’m the eldest. We were on vacation once and a lady in our hotel looked at my mom and all of us kids and asked if we had the same father!  Mom said, We were all the mailman’s kids. Which is true, our dad is a mailman. I’m actually not certain if Mom said that, or just told us she wished she had. My mom is my hero! She raised us 5 kids and taught us to value our relationships with each other. My mother is one of my best friends. And my siblings are too. She made sure we spent time with each other while we were growing up, that activities didn’t pull us away from spending time as a family. To this day, we are more than family, we are close friends. My sisters and brother and I have a weekly conference call to catch up because we live all over the country. I have heard people say that they can’t stand their siblings or they fight with their mom. That’s not my case, I am very blessed and I am so very thankful to her. Continue reading “To all the Moms”

New Releases May 8th, 2012

Yay! It’s Tuesday. Which means it’s new release fiction day. The Book Tart database has over 140 mainstream new releases listed for today. My geeks are working on a way for me to add books that the database misses… But I can’t yet 🙁 If I’ve missed a book though, please email me and I will call it out on my fb and twitter and add it to the database when I have access. I am trying to make The Book Tart as complete as possible.

We are also working on the ability to add books you are interested in to a personal wish list… Cause I WANT that for me! lol

Oh! and if you are going to buy any of these books online, consider selecting one of the buy options on the book’s page. My links are affiliated and I get a tiny kickback- to buy more books 🙂

Click here to be taken to the release list for today 5/8.


Some books released today are….

Abandon Book 2: Underworld  by Meg Cabot Meg Cabot’s Underworld, Abandon Book 2


Broken Illusions: A Midnight Dragonfly Novel  by Ellie JamesBroken Illusions by Ellie James


City of Lost Souls (Mortal Instruments)  by Cassandra Clare City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare


Covenant Child  by Terri Blackstock Covenant Child by Terri Blackstock


Enchanted  by Alethea KontisEnchanted by Alethea Kontis


Hard Magic (The Grimnoir Chronicles)  by Larry Correia Hard Magic by Larry Correia


Home by Toni Morrison Home by Toni Morrison


My Not-So-Still Life  by Liz Gallagher my not-so-still Life by Liz Gallagher


Passion (Fallen)  by Lauren KatePassion by Lauren Kate


The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group  by Catherine JinksThe Abused Werewolf Rescue Group by Catherine Jinks


The Hunt  by Andrew FukudaThe Hunt by Andrew Fukuda

Until I Die (Revenants)  by Amy PlumUntil I Die by Amy Plum

Romantic Times Convention Contest

 I brought back some amazing stuff from the Romantic Times Book Convention and wanted to share. This prize includes the book bag all attendees were given at registration in Chicago and all the swag inside 🙂



A RT Booklover Convention book bag

The May RT Book Reviews magazine

Sabrina Jeffries’ historical romance To Wed a Wild Lord

Lynda Hilburn’s novel The Vampire Shrink

Various bookmarks and promo materials

The contest runs from Sunday, May 6th to Sunday, May 13th. You receive entries in the contest by commenting on this post and answering the following question- What book did you just finish? You can also receive entries by tweeting about the contest and liking The Book Tart on Facebook.

Good Luck! And may the odds be ever in your favor :p


(((hugs)) The Book Tart

Continue reading “Romantic Times Convention Contest”

My first contest winner!

Yay! I had over 30 entries in my Stacey Kade contest. Some of them were multiples from people who commented on the website, facebook and twitter and I used the very scientific method of writing everyone’s names, from all the different sites, down on scrap paper, they got more entries if they responded multiple ways :p and I put them in a bowl and closed my eyes and picked one. Drum roll please….. The winner is …. Danielle Pelot!!! I will be contacting you for your mailing addresses and send your prize right out 🙂

Thank you to everyone who commented and tweeted. Thank you to Stacey Kade for writing the Ghost and the Goth series and re-posting the contest to her fans. This was a lot of fun… But next time I’m using Rafflecopter :p


(((hugs))) Queen of Tarts


Stacey Kade New Release Giveaway!!! #TheBookTart

Yay! *happy dancing* Stacey’s has two, count em, TWO! releases May 1st. The trade paperback release of Queen of the Dead, book 2 in her Ghost and the Goth series. And the final book in the trilogy, Body & Soul, is out in hardback !!!

So in celebration The Book Tart is having it’s first giveaway. We have an autographed book bag. No, *shakes head* silly not signed by me. Really signed by Stacey, the Maid of Tarts won a gift bag from Stacey at the RT Convention a few weeks ago and because we love Stacey we have her autograph on most of our personal collection- so she generously donated the book bag. (thanks Girl!) a $10 gift card (To help buy one of the new releases:) a cute feather hair extension and a lip gloss and bookmark, and the first book The Ghost and the Goth and some swag from The Book Tart too!


 We ADORE Stacey! We met her at the beginning of her career at a Romantic Times Convention in Houston, TX. I think…. In 2007. It’s been awhile! lol It has been so fun to watch more people discover the amazingness of Stacey and we can say honestly we knew her way back when :p Check out her website at and if you are near Vernon Hills, IL  go to her book release party tomorrow night. ( I wish I could go!)

Definitely read the series if you haven’t yet. Highly recommended. (We’ll review it when the review section of our site is operational. lol)

Oh! how do you win? Well, comment on this post. Comment on The Book Tart’s facebook page post and RT the tweet at the bottom of this page. You could be entered 3 times! I will draw a random entry on Saturday, May 5th. Good luck!

It’s a Website!

Soooo, Here goes- my first attempt at blogging. My virgin try. *snort* that word always makes me laugh. And yet, it is appropriate, cause this is my first blog, my first website. This website has been a dream for me. I’ve been calling The Book Tart my baby elephant, cause it has been in the works for a couple years, almost 2! It’s taken so long because it became a bigger beast than originally intended. Lol but my baby is finally here! So, Happy Birthday to me… Which makes me think of Eeyore, my favorite Winnie the Pooh character; he’s just so spectacularly gloomy! “No gaiety, no song and dance, no “Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush”. But don’t worry about me, Pooh. Go and enjoy yourself. I’ll stay here and be miserable, with no presents, no cake, no candles.” I will figure out how to give presents and host a giveaway my first month as a blogger. I have (embarrassingly) many duplicates of really great (mint condition) books that I accidently purchased 2 or more copies of- I want to share. And as a bonus for me, make more room on my over stuffed shelves. It’s a win-win!
Oh, I need to warn ya’ll up front, my mind is chaotic! It’s a mess, really. I have thought bunnies hopping though my head and sometimes they behave and stay on track, but other times they see something interesting that totally derails my train of thought and sends my off on a rabbit trail and sometimes I fall down a hole into Wonderland. Sooo, don’t be surprised if I start out talking about books and then chocolate and then cupcakes (yummm!) and other seemingly random things. It’s the damn bunnies! Now we can sing- “Bunnies aren’t just cute like everybody supposes. They got them hoppy legs and twitchy little noses. And what’s with all the carrots? What do they need such good eyesight for anyway? Bunnies. Bunnies. It must be bunnies! I adore Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Once More With Feeling is epic.
Ok- I’m back. I had to go to YouTube and find that song, I’ve Got A Theory. In future blogs when I write, Bunnies, It must be bunnies. You can have the song stuck in your head too. I’m generous like that, you can thank me later.

What was my point? Oh! Yes, welcome to The Book Tart. Make yourself at home please. Visit the My Collection page (it’s a work in progress) chat with me in the Forums, and definitely visit the New Release page and make yourself a “Maybe, Baby” wish list of books you are excited for. You can save the list or print it and take it with you to your local book store. If you have one  Please support independent bookstores. I live in the boonies and my book shopping is done at my grocery store, Walmart, Target and online. I miss bookstores…If you have a local book store, I’m so jealous! I love wandering around in a store and browsing the stacks. And, I got off track again! Silly Rabbits.
The Book Tart is a celebration of all things fiction. I have a large collection of books, mostly romance, and a few years ago, as I was pondering my many stacks and piles, I thought it would be nice to catalog them and organize them and stop buying so many duplicates! And then that idea morphed into “Why don’t I have a place where I can share my passion for fiction and organize my library and share what I read with other readers who could get ideas on what to try next and recommend books and authors to me that I have missed and I will get new books to read! I’d love new ideas for books to discover. And, while I’m dreaming big- why not have a database of new fiction releases? My favorite day of the week is Tuesdays, new release day. And I have become tired of searching the internet trying to find out what books are coming out when. I can’t be the only reader who would appreciate that kind of list, right? And, that, my friends, is what added so much time to the arrival of The Book Tart. I am absolutely not tech savvy at all and I needed a lot of help. I adore Badass Builders, my web geeks, for working with me and making, what was just a glimmer in my eye, into a reality.
I love to read! That’s really putting it mildly- I live to read. And I hope you come along on this journey with me as I try to organize my books and read books and share my opinions and dreams.
(((hugs))) The Book Tart