Latest Paranormal & Contemporary Romance Book Releases – November 1st 2016

by Maryse on November 1, 2016 · 284 comments

in Latest Book Releases

Hey guess what?!! It’s my FAVORITE time of the year!! We’re finally heading into HAPPY HOLIDAY seasons, and just finished an awesome Halloween, and we kick off the new month with a HUGE new release day. 100+ again, but of course I highlighted a bunch to help you sort ‘em, plus…

Here’s my own mini-blurb jolt list: HALO (this is one of my BIG blurb-jolts of the day. The blurb gave me a jolt… she’s left pregnant when her husband goes into the military… but it’s the end of that blurb that had me mini-gasp!! I’m SO curious!!), I See You. (That one up there to the left. Molly McAdams is one of our queen’s of angst, and this one is touted as a love triangle the likes of Twilight. YAY!!) Breaking Cage (Famous football star and the reporter that he insists on not talking to), Unnatural Deeds (creepy psych-thriller that sounds right up my dark alley!! I think it’s about obsession, or stalker-ing, or… something? No matter, I’m seeing words from reviews like “creepy” and “shocking”. YES PLEASE!!!)

P.S. In case you missed it with all of the Halloween fun yesterday, don’t forget to check out yesterday’s ➔ Monday Earlybirds (LOTS of good ones came out a day early)!

P.P.S. What am I reading now? A Love Letter to Whiskey <— Okay yeah. All I’ve been seeing in my comments, recommendations, and newsfeed is that THIS one is like our old-school indie new adult romances, and it is ANGSTY AS… well, you know. ;) To the point of infuriation. So I one clicked it.

Jenn: My fav October read was actually a first for me from this author “A Love Letter to Whiskey” Kandi Steiner and I loved it so much I immediately bought and read another book from her called “Weightless” both forever faves and 5 star reads!

Nay: My favorite October read was also “A Love Letter to Whiskey” by Kandi Steiner. I think it’ll also end of being one of my top 5 for 2016. Major tummy-twisting angst! … The gut-wrenching feelings it gave me reminded me of what I felt when I read Thoughtless, and I haven’t had a book do that to me in a long time. So if you enjoyed the angst of Thoughtless, you might want to give it a try!

In fact, I’m reading it as we speak. And when I read this part… I KNEW I was in for it. YAY ME!!!!!

“Oh no.

I didn’t even have time to call dibs, I couldn’t even think the word, let alone say it, before it was too late. I watched it, in slow motion, as Whiskey fell for my best friend before I even had the chance to say a single word to him.”

GASP!!! MINE! ;)

P.S. Let me know if I’m missing any or if you loved any (from this list or elsewhere).

P.P.S. ➔ Follow me (and Pimmie AND Hobbit – my sweet puppies – yep, I have a new addition!) on Instagram? That would be SO cool!!! :D


For those going on a road trip soon, or maybe you’ve got some projects that require both hands this weekend but still allows you to “listen”… check out the free audible trial + 2 free audiobooks deal —>

  • AND! Here’s the fun-tool again! —> Find out which of YOUR Kindle books are available as audiobooks at a BARGAIN-PRICE! <— This thing is so cool (Amazon calls it “Matchmaker“)! It’s an Amazon feature, that scans your Kindle books and will list all of the ones you have that are also available as an audiobook at a discounted price (not normal audiobook prices). This way, you can switch back and forth, seamlessly between your ebooks and your audiobooks. VERY COOL!
  1. The Fix Up by Kendall Ryan
  2. I See You: A Novel by Molly McAdams
  3. Archangel’s Heart: Guild Hunter Series, Book 9 by Nalini Singh
  4. Jaguin’s Love: The Dragon Lords of Valdier, Book 8 by S.E. Smith
  5. Worth the Risk: St. James, Book 3 by Jamie Beck
  6. Hang Tough: Blacktop Cowboys Series, Book 8 by Lorelei James
  7. The Award by Danielle Steele
  8. Rendezvous with Yesterday: Gifted Ones Series, Book 2 by Dianne Duvall
  9. Den of Wolves: Blackthorn & Grim, Book 3 by Juliet Marillier
  10. Unquiet Land: Elemental Blessings, Book 4 by Sharon Shinn
  11. Billionaire on the Loose: Billionaires and Bridesmaids Series, Book 5 by Jessica Clare


BARGAINS & READER RECOMMENDATIONS  (NOTE: bargain priced when I added them, but prices can change on Amazon, so make sure to check before you finalize your order. Sales listed are for Amazon U.S., however some of the Amazon UK links also reflect the sale!):

My fav for October is a tie: Beautiful by Christina Lauren and Truly by Ruthie Knox. Beautiful is a new shiny release, the final book in a great, sexy CR series. Truly is a couple of years old but a great CR I really liked. Set in New York. Sequel coming out in 2017 Yaaay.
  • Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas <— BEST PENPAL FRIENDS UNTIL HE FINALLY SEES HER… and yep. I’m bringing this one back ’cause of a quote I read yesterday floating around on my newsfeed that made my jaw drop. OH. EM. GEE. HOW DARE HE!!!!
  • Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan <— ONE OF MY 5-STAR FAVORITES!! HE’S A RECLUSE THAT DOESN’T SPEAK. Oooooh you guys!!! This one’s been picked up by a big publisher and has just been re-released at a super-bargain price, and it’s one of my all-time 5-star favorites ever!!! P.S. ALL NEW BONUS SCENE (from his pov)! Here is my book review!!
  • Macabre Magic by L.H. Cosway <— TRICK OR TREAT FREEBIE!!! It’s not over for us! Look at this freebie that we can download by L.H. Cosway!!!! :D !!!!!!

bev: Maryse! Judith McNaught’s back list is going digital. All those yummy historical romances. You have to feature.

Jan: bev, good news about Judith McNaught’s backlist finally going digital. Some of the sweetest HRs ever.

bev: Jan, makes me want to do re-reads.

Lauren: Whitney, My Love is freakin INCREDIBLE!!!! Royce is an ancestor of the hero in Whitney, My Love, Clayton Westmoreland. Please read it if you haven’t already…..then there’s spinoff books from that one.

  • Wicked Little Words by Stevie J. Cole & BT Urruela <— CRAZY SOUNDING PSYCH-THRILLER JUST WENT LIVE YESTERDAY and JenC is already hooked! He’s an author looking for a female co-author… but the murder stories he writes… are real!! *gasp*
Jen C: Wicked Little Words is my Halloween read this year – been hanging out for that book for a while now! Only managed 3 chapters after the Halloween carnage yesterday lol. But so far I AM HOOKED. Can’t wait to see where this is going to go!!



  1. Archangel’s Heart (A Guild Hunter Novel) by Nalini Singh <— NALINI SINGH ALERT! What a gorgeous cover!!! “New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh takes us into a dangerous and exhilarating world where a deadly, beautiful archangel and his once-mortal consort are caught in a fury of twisted darkness…
  2. Illicit: A Novel of the Sazi (Luna Lake) by Cathy Clamp
  3. Fall into Magic: A Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Collection
  4. Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella by Gail Carriger
  5. Ted Online: Ted Stedman Novel 01 by D. R. Rosier
  6. Once You Go Demon by Sean Michael <— M/M ROMANCE
  7. Wicked Apprentice (Wicked Magic Book 1) by Madeline Iva
  8. Dispelled (A Null for Hire Novel Book 1) by Terri L. Austin
  9. Ruled (The Outlaws Series) by Elle Kennedy <— ELLE KENNEDY POST-APOCALYPTIC ALERT!! ”Despite his magnetic personality, Rylan can’t seem to seduce Reese, the deadly leader of their town of outlaws. Winning her over is a welcome challenge, but her indifference isn’t the only thing standing in his way. If he wants Reese, Rylan must also win over Sloan, her stoic protector…
  10. Once a Gypsy: The Irish Traveller Series – Book One by Danica Winters
  11. Haunted Redemption (The Cascade Book 1) by Rebecca Royce
  12. Assassin’s Awakening (Project Alpha) by N.J. Walters
  13. Unquiet Land (An Elemental Blessings Novel) by Sharon Shinn



  1. Breaking Cage by A.J. Pryor <— FOOTBALL STAR & A REPORTER ALERT! She’s got to get his story for her assignment but he HATES the media… “When her new assignment tries to give her the brush off, Hannah won’t take no for an answer, going to extremes to get the attention of this superstar athlete.”
  2. Tell Me How This Ends by Victoria De La O <— UBER-ANGST LOVE TRIANGLE ALERT!!! Amy found us this one, saying: “Read the blurb. Go ahead…I’ll wait. *crosses arms and nods head* Does that say *oomph!* or what?? …Not to mention the cover for TMHTE is sweet and simple. ;)” GASP!!!!!! Two brothers falling for the same girl… “Lizzie hopes Ryan’s kindness can help heal her wounds from a toxic relationship. But when she meets Jude, their powerful attraction makes him difficult to resist. The problem is, Lizzie doesn’t realize Jude and Ryan are brothers, and they don’t know they’re falling for the same girl.”
  3. Wishing For Us (A Danvers Novel) by Sydney Landon
  4. Deadly Obsession (Deadly Series Book 2) by K.L Humphreys
  5. Fling: a novella by Jana Aston <— SHE’S GOT A HUGE CRUSH ON HER BOSS & HE ACCIDENTALLY FINDS OUT ALERT!Gabe Laurent is off limits. Totally off limits. Which is fine. I make do with my imagination. He’ll never know. Ever. Unless my work bestie passes me an eighties-style teen movie sex quiz  during a meeting and I fill it out. And it ends up in Gabe’s hands…” P.S. It can be read as a standalone.
  6. Still Waters: The Island\Below the Surface by Heather Graham & Karen Harper
  7. PAID FOR by Alexa Riley
  8. First Light by Bill Rancic
  9. Evelyn, After: A Novel by Victoria Helen Stone <— PSYCH-THRILLER/LOVE STORYish ;) & IT IS SO GOOD!!! I LOVED THIS ONE! Here’s my review.
  10. So Twisted (Bad Behavior) by Melissa Marino <— SHE’S THE NANNY TO A SINGLE FATHER ALERT!! But.. “When living under the same roof proves too tempting to resist, Callie and Aaron discover a mind-blowing passion unlike anything either has experienced. But with a curious child and a nosy family in the mix, their secret, no-strings fling soon turns into a twisted, tangled knot . . .
  11. Going Deep: An Alpha Ops Novel by Anne Calhoun
  12. Crazy Little Fling by Dorothy Callahan
  13. STROKED HARD by Meghan Quinn <— OLYMPIC DIVER ALERT!What is supposed to be a simple summer fling with a very hot man, has now morphed into a f*cked-up mess of feelings, attachment, and dare I say it…love. But I don’t do relationships. And Hollis Knightly does.
  14. Family Sins by Sharon Sala
  15. Three Christmas Wishes by Sheila Roberts
  16. Heartstrings: A Dirty Affliction Novel by Regina Frame <— BROKEN ROCK STAR ALERT!!!
  17. Cherry Bomb: Forbidden Bad Boys (Sunsetters Book 1) by Clara Leigh <— FAMOUS BAD-BOY ACTOR ALERT!!
  18. Shadows Of Hunters Ridge by Sarah Barrie
  19. In Bed With the Billionaire (Nine Circles) by Jackie Ashenden
  20. Because Beards by Alexis Alvarez, Kacey Shea, Scott Hildreth, Renee Rose, Leslie McAdam, Maria Monroe, Ace Gray, Martha Sweeney, Faith Andrews, Angelita Gill, J. Quist, Jeannine Colette, RC Martin, Hayley Faiman, Ruthie Hendrick, Jerica MacMillan, Evie Lauren, M. Andrews, Adrienne Perry, Tom Sweeney, Emmanuelle de Maupassant <— ANTHOLOGY ALERT (and for a cause!) “Lose yourself in this tantalizing collection of original short stories by your favorite romance authors in support of a great cause. Hipster CEO, bartender, best friend, baseball player—just to name a few—these men all have one thing in common: they’re bearded for your pleasure and deliver one hell of a happy ever after...”
  21. Not a Word by Stephanie Black
  22. Ten Thousand Hours by Ren Benton
  23. The Broken Road to Forever by Rhonda Dennis and LK Owen
  24. HALO by R.C. Stephens <— BLURB JOLT ALERT!!! HER HUSBAND ENLISTS AND LEAVES HER PREGNANT…At twenty five he left me pregnant and didn’t turn back. I knew he was suffering…. I also knew I couldn’t save him. He left me broken. I was scared and alone. Until I met Ryder St. John a wounded soldier… He was lost. I was lost. Together we made sense. I fell in love again. What Ryder forgot to mention was that he held a secret so explosive that it could shatter both our worlds…” <— eeeeeep!! It sounds so good!!
  25. Burning Obsession: 100 Shades of Sin by Calista Fox
  26. All The Ways You Saved Me (Love Unplugged) by Jamie Howard
  27. Necessary Evil (Sentinels of Babylon) by Jamie K. Schmidt <— VIGILANTE BIKER!!
  28. Looking Inside by Beth Kery <— BETH KERY ALERT! She sees him in his window… “Eleanor Briggs just can’t help herself. The sight of the man in the high-rise across the street is driving her wild. She longs to feel his touch up close and personal. To win him over, she’ll need to shake off her wallflower sensibilities and become the seductress she never imagined she could be. The only trouble will be finding the perfect way to meet him…
  29. Whiskey Eyes (Sparks in Texas Book 5) by Mari Carr
  30. Vines (The Killers Book 1) by Brynne Asher
  31. The Promise of Rayne by Nicole Deese
  32. Built for Love by Lori Foster
  33. Paparazzi (Evermore Series Book 3) by Andrea Smith
  34. Jed Had to Die by Tara Sivec <— TARA SIVEC ROMANCE COMEDY ALERT!!! She’s forced to return to her small home town… “Leo is still hot on her heels, but now he’s wearing a sheriff badge and dead set on solving a murder that may or may not involve Payton…along with half the town. In a place where the biggest crime happened the day someone kicked a few of his cows, people are pointing fingers, rumors are spreading like wildfire, and Payton swears she’s only making out with the sweet-talking, studly sheriff to distract him from the secrets she’s keeping.
  35. Fatal Frost (Defenders of Justice Book #1) by Nancy Mehl
  36. KON (Trassato Crime Family Book 2) by Lisa Cardiff
  37. Hollow by Karlee Winters
  38. Hang Tough (Blacktop Cowboys Novel) by Lorelei James <— LORELEI JAMES ALERT! REAL-DEAL COWBOY…While Tobin might be the hottest man Jade Evans has ever seen, his physical attributes won’t distract her from protecting her grandma from his sweet-talking ways. But the stubborn cowboy digs in his boot heels and refuses to leave. Stuck in close quarters together, Jade learns Tobin is the real deal—a hardworking, fiercely loyal man and she’s the one in danger of losing her heart...”
  39. What You Do to Me (The Haneys Book 1) by Barbara Longley
  40. Beautiful Crazy (Rock ‘n’ Ink Book 1) by Kasey Lane
  41. The Christmas Cabin by J.L. Jarvis
  42. At Last (The Brooklyn Brotherhood) by Addison Fox
  43. I See You: A Novel by Molly McAdams <— MOLLY MCADAMS LOVE TRIANGLE ALERT!!!New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Molly McAdams’ powerful new novel offers one of the most memorable love triangles in fiction since Twilight—perfect for fans of New Adult fiction like Jamie McGuire, Abbi Glines, and Tamarra Webber…”
  44. Claim (Splendor Book 3) by Janet Nissenson
  45. A Different Christmas by KM Lowe
  46. Chasing Brynn (A Tempting Novel Book 2) by Angela Corbett
  47. Explosive Forces: A K-9 Rescue Novel by D. D. Ayres
  48. The Award: A Novel by Danielle Steele <— DANIELLE STEELE ALERT!! GERMANY OCCUPIES FRANCE AND HER LIFE IS FOREVER CHANGED, but “…her missions will mark her for years, when she is falsely accused of collaboration at the end of the war. Orphaned and alone, she begins a new life in Paris, with the ghosts of the past always close at hand. Gaëlle’s life will take her from Paris to New York, from a career as a Dior model to marriage and motherhood, unbearable loss, and mature, lasting love...”
  49. Trillionaire Boys’ Club: The Connector by Aubrey Parker
  50. Sins of the Father: Rose Gardner Mystery Novella 9.5 by Denise Grover Swank
  51. Her Naughty Holiday (Men at Work) by Tiffany Reisz
  52. SO FOR REAL: A Sugar Baby Novella by Rebekah Weatherspoon
  53. Daughters of a Nation: A Black Suffragette Historical Romance Anthology by Kianna Alexander, Alyssa Cole, Lena Hart, Piper Huguley
  54. Lucas – A Preston Brothers Novel (Book 1): A More Than Series Spin-off by Jay McLean <— SHE’S HIS BEST FRIEND BUT…It took only sixteen clicks and eight seconds for Lucas to realize that his like for Laney had turned into love. Eight life-changing seconds. It’s also the exact length of time it took to lose her.
  55. His to Cherish: A Fireside Novel by Stacey Lynn
  56. Wishing For Us: A Danvers Novel by Sydney Landon
  57. Unnatural Deeds by Cyn Balog <— EEEEEP!! PSYCH-THRILLER ALERT & THAT BLURB SCARES ME!!!! And I wanna read this badly! I skimmed reviews VERY lightly, because the blurb is just vague enough to have me wondering, but I’ seeing words like “creepy” and thrill… and shocking. GASP!!! <— I’m ON IT! “Victoria Zell doesn’t fit in, not that she cares what anyone thinks. She and her homeschooled boyfriend, Andrew, are inseparable. All they need is each other. That is, until Zachary Zimmerman joins her homeroom. Within an hour of meeting, he convinces good-girl Vic to cut class. And she can’t get enough of that rush…
  58. Honor Bound (The Montana Hamiltons) by B.J. Daniels
  59. Master Bits & Mercenary Bites (Masters and Mercenaries) by Lexi Blake & Suzanne M. Johnson <— IT’S A COOKBOOK!!!!
  60. All I Want For Christmas (14 Christmas Novellas to Benefit Diabetes Research) by Debbie Macomber, Bella Andre, Melody Anne, Violet Duke, Marie Force, Brenda Novak, Laurelin Paige, Jane Porter, Melanie Shawn, RaeAnne Thayne
  61. Running Wild: An LCR Elite Novel by Christy Reece
  62. Coma Girl: Part 5 (Kindle Single) by Stephanie Bond
  63. Worth the Risk (St. James Book 3) by Jamie Beck
  64. Gabe (7 Brides for 7 Brothers Book 2) by Ruth Cardello <— A SERIES WRITTEN BY MULTIPLE AUTHORS!Meet the Brannigan brothers—seven sexy brothers who bring the heart and the heat! From bestselling authors Barbara Freethy, Ruth Cardello, Melody Anne, Christie Ridgway, Lynn Raye Harris, Roxanne St. Claire and JoAnn Ross comes a brand new contemporary romance family series: 7 Brides for 7 Brothers. You won’t want to miss a single one!”
  65. Burned by Her Devotion (Rogue Vows Book 2) by Melinda Leigh
  66. Trinity’s Trust (Sawyer Brothers Book 5) by C.A. Harms
  67. Entrap: River City Heroes 2 by Elle Rush
  68. Better Love (Wingmen Book 4) by Daisy Prescott <— SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE ALERT!!! And it can be read as a standalone! “No man is an island, but Dan Ashland comes close. He’s content with his quiet life on Whidbey, a world away from the rat race on the other side of the ferry.  Dan has three great loves in his life: solitude, pizza, and Roslyn Porter.”
  69. Impressions of You (The Impressions Series Book 1) by Christopher Harlan
  70. Midnight Obsession: A Midnight Riders Motorcycle Club Romance Part 4 by Olivia Thorne <— CONCLUSION TO THE SERIES!!!
  71. The Bandit (The Stolen Duet Book 1) by B.B. Reid
  72. Her Brother’s Keeper: The Sacred Brotherhood Book II by A.J. Downey
  73. A Sure Thing (The Donnigans Book 1) by Marie Harte <— MARINE GIVING SELF-DEFENSE COURSES!!Ava can take care of herself and likes quiet, bookish men-not muscular warriors who think women need to be coddled. But Landon is more than he seems, and when they come together, the results are explosive…
  74. Jester: No Prisoners MC Book 2 by Lilly Atlas
  75. How I Met Your Brother (Power of the Matchmaker) by Janette Rallison
  76. Christmas in the City II by Samantha Chase, Ashlee Taylor, Elizabeth Hayes, Shari J. Ryan, Misha Elliott, Janine Infante Bosco, Madison Street, CS Patra, Jennifer L. Allen, Stephanie Rose
  77. Heating Up the Holidays: A Steamy Contemporary Romance Christmas Collection
  78. Left at the Altar (A Match Made in Texas Book 1) by Margaret Brownley
  79. Kiss the Boys (Lost Girls Book 2) by Chris Myers & Diana Downey <— BROKEN BROTHERS & A RUNAWAY GIRL…When she runs away from her abusive foster home and notorious past, she crash-lands into Noah’s arms. She should feel safe with him, but she is attracted to guys more broken than she. And his brooding brothers Nathan and Jake wait patiently to catch her when she falls. Her relationship with each jeopardizes the precarious balance of their troubled family, and she will either mend their wounds or break their hearts.” It CAN be read as a standalone.
  80. Romancing the Wrong Twin (Dreamspun Desires Book 21) by Clare London <— M/M ROMANCE!!!
  81. Love in G Minor by Sean Michael <— M/M ROMANCE!!!
  82. The Scars of Spring by Francesca Cay <— M/M ROMANCE!!! “…Kaede looks at the world through an inner glass, a barrier that helps him cope with his mind’s numbness. A never-ending lethargy protects him but also isolates him from humanity. He has no memory of his childhood, nor of his broken relationship with his mother. One day, a sudden light makes its way through London’s cloudy sky: Kaede’s life as a college student intertwines with that of Rey, a young Australian biologist. Both have a secret in their past, both seem tied together by the thread of destiny…
  83. Dark & Dazzling (Sassy Boyz) by Elizabeth Varlet <— M/M ROMANCE!!!
  84. A Lantern in the Dark: An O’Brien Tale (The O’Brien Tales Book 2) by Stacey Reynolds
  85. Picture Perfect Wedding: a charming southern romance of second chances (Magnolia Brides Book 3) by Lynnette Austin
  86. Counter Point (Heath’s Point Suspense Book 1) by Marji Laine
  87. Love’s Broken Road by Julie Coulter Bellon
  88. Let’s Try This Again by Jordyn Woodtke <— LOVE TRIANGLE ALERT! Her ex boyfriend crushed her heart, and now she’s the assistant to an ex-boy band heartthrob relaunching his career… “Sweet, doting – and, oh my god! – former boy band heartthrob, Carter. Josie’s new life falls into place, with new friends and a job working as the personal assistant for Carter as he plans the re-launch of his career. When it seems like there might be something between Josie and her new boss, she can’t help but hold back in fear of crossing a line and, worse yet, getting her heart crushed.



PREORDERS (next few days & next week’s!!! :D )

  1. Dirty Mother (The Uncertain Saints MC Book 5) by Lani Lynn Vale – November 3rd 2016
  2. Living Without (Hawks MC: Caroline Springs Charter Book 4) by Lila Rose - November 7th 2016
  3. Last Ride (Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club) by Chantal Fernando – November 7th 2016
  4. Night School: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child - November 7th 2016
  5. Living Without (Hawks MC: Caroline Springs Charter Book 4) by Lila Rose - November 7th 2016
  6. Trust by Jana Aston - November 8th 2016
  7. Creed by M Robinson - November 8th 2016
  8. Dirty Wicked: A Wicked Lovers Novella by Shayla Black – November 8th 2016
  9. Top Shelf: An Aces Hockey Novel by Kelly Jamieson - November 8th 2016
  10. Made for You by Kelly Elliott  - November 8th 2016
  11. Love Between the Lines: An Adult Coloring Book for Book Lovers by Christina Collie – November 8th 2016
  12. Unapologetic by Pamela Ann - November 11th 2016
  13. Blow: A Virtuous Paradox Novel by Heidi McLaughlin - November 8th 2016
  14. Endurance : A Sin Series Novel (The Sin Trilogy Book 4) by Georgia Cates - November 11th 2016

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Ela November 1, 2016 at 12:16 PM

Click, clickity click click……click, click!

Maryse November 1, 2016 at 12:19 PM


TWO that I so want to one-click immediately once I’m done this list.

Nay November 1, 2016 at 12:38 PM

I got Halo! Now checking for more…

Maryse November 1, 2016 at 12:55 PM

And Nay!! Because of you and Jenn, I’m reading A Love Letter to Whiskey. :D !!!

Nay November 1, 2016 at 1:06 PM

Oooh, I hope you like it! I kept randomly breaking out in tears, and I NEVER cry when I read books!

I started lightly skimming reviews of I See You after I saw a review title that didn’t sound promising, and a few people said that the love triangle mention in the blurb was inaccurate. So I haven’t decided for sure if I’m going to read it or not. I thought I’d wait for some more reviews, but I don’t want anything spoiled!

Ela November 1, 2016 at 2:14 PM

Poor Jed….Why did he have to die especially until he was dead????

Amy November 1, 2016 at 2:39 PM

ACK!!! I have so much to catch up on!! Between job interviews (who interviews on the weekend?? *snort*) and then Halloween stuff all weekend, I have missed chatting with you guys. And reading. I’ve really missed that, too. :(

Punk 57…Maryse, he is such a meanie jerkface!! I could see why he was a mess and why he was disappointed with her (and I could see her side as well), but he was SO angry and mean and just UGH!! But oh man, was it fun. :D And no way is that book YA. *shakes head* Nuh-uh.

R. Renee November 1, 2016 at 2:41 PM

I’m really getting sick of books mis-marked YA. Or maybe I just don’t know what YA is supposed to be. I almost bought Paper Princess for my 17YO!! Isn’t YA supposed to be like Twilight?

bev November 1, 2016 at 2:47 PM

You could buy Dumplin’, Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda, Jellicoe Road for your 17 year old.

I thought she was an alcoholic, but whiskey is the hero.

bev November 1, 2016 at 2:48 PM

And the Anatomical Shape of a Heart, that was a good YA.

Amy November 1, 2016 at 2:48 PM

I hear ya, R. I don’t even know how they should classify books set in high school which read like NA or above. Punk 57 was pretty sexually explicit (although I’m not complaining :P ), and no way do I think it should fall into the YA category let alone be in a high school library. :?

R. Renee November 1, 2016 at 2:51 PM

I am actually bev! I don’t know if you saw my comment on GR but I read the Dumplin’ sample last night. I downloaded a Simon sample too. I’m not convinced it’s for me yet, but I think she’d like it. She loved The DUFF (movie). Is that similar? I want to order the paperback of Dumplin’ but it isn’t released until March! She gets grounded too much (loosing her phone) for an e-book! And then I may BR them with her.

R. Renee November 1, 2016 at 2:52 PM

They need a new genre.

Fabi November 1, 2016 at 2:57 PM

Maybe…we are forgetting what WE were like in high school?

Or…maybe that was just me. *snort*

Fabi November 1, 2016 at 2:58 PM

R I reeeaaallly want B to try Illuminae

Fabi November 1, 2016 at 2:59 PM

I promise it’s straight up YA. Can even be read by older middle school students.

bev November 1, 2016 at 3:00 PM

That would be fun R.

Some mainstream YA does have sex, but it’s not explicit. I like the way it was in the Heart one above. Her mom saw she was serious and as a nurse provided protection. That scene made me laugh. She was not a virgin and he was. She was not shamed for it.
It was a good book. Someone needs to read it.

Fabi November 1, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Speaking of, has anyone seen Lisa? I can’t go another weekend without reading Gemina.

R. Renee November 1, 2016 at 3:00 PM

I –>ME<– was a good girl. I look at my adorable 17 YO and think "dang my parents were lucky." They did not have to worry about me at all. Of course I lived in the middle of nowhere without a cell phone or internet or even cable. All these things contribute greatly to the downfall of today's youth. Paper Princess probably IS YA and we just don't want to admit it.

bev November 1, 2016 at 3:01 PM

I think some of the others are really NA. Just the setting is HS.

R. Renee November 1, 2016 at 3:02 PM

Well you know I’ll buy that one Fabi, just for the co-author <3

R. Renee November 1, 2016 at 3:03 PM

I don’t want to give her ANY book with sex in it period. I feel like I’m giving her permission.

Fabi November 1, 2016 at 3:05 PM

I was reading Historical Romance by middle school / early high school … So … Yeah … There’s that.

R. Renee November 1, 2016 at 3:06 PM

I did sneak VC Andrews and read hiding beneath my covers with my jaw hanging open.

Amy November 1, 2016 at 3:06 PM

Fabi, I was definitely not innocent in high school. :P But I was NOT doing what they were doing in Punk 57. Then again, maybe boys are just more…er…advanced nowadays? Gah…I feel old…

Maryse November 1, 2016 at 3:08 PM

I always worry, R. when mothers ask me for YA book recommendations… because every mom is different, every child is different, and so many of the YA I’ve read does allude to sex or full-on have it. Maybe not detailed, but there and steamy even in its subtlety.

I HATE giving YA recs to moms for their daughters.

For the mom herself? EASY!!! For her children… no. I can’t. It’s such a stress.

Maryse November 1, 2016 at 3:10 PM

LOL Amy… I was reading horror in high school (and middle school even) so yeah, I certainly was exposed to scenes (even sex stuff) that many moms would not approve us.

That said… it’s pretty nerve-wracking now when one is listed as YA, and may not be so… “YA”

Amy November 1, 2016 at 3:11 PM

*hee hee* Flowers in the Attic…I still remember the line which made me, as a 7th grader, scratch my head: “searing pains came and went” or something like that during the sex scene. I was all, “why is there pain??”

This was before the internet, and none of my friends or I had older sisters, so we knew NOTHING about sex. Or that it would hurt. *shudder*

R. Renee November 1, 2016 at 3:11 PM

I think if a book is going to be labeled YA, it should have some sort of system like uses. I wonder if they review books too??!! I’ll have to check. When she was younger I wouldn’t let her watch PG13 until I checked that site.

Maryse November 1, 2016 at 3:12 PM

Oh yeah!! I read VC Andrews too. YOUNG.

Amy November 1, 2016 at 3:14 PM

Maryse…did your mom know what you were reading in middle and high school? She seems pretty open minded…

My mom is crazy conservative, and she would have lost it if she had known what I was hiding in my backpack. Heck, she would lose it NOW if she knew what I am reading!!

Amy November 1, 2016 at 3:17 PM

Maybe books should have ratings like movies and even games?

Although there would probably be a backlash if that happened…

bev November 1, 2016 at 3:18 PM

I read VA Andrews and HR, like Fabi in high school.

R, is she home schooled?

R. Renee November 1, 2016 at 3:20 PM

Oh no. I’m not that patient.

I found some books on, but only the mainstream ones. Dumplin’ was there! Maybe Maryse if you get asked for someone’s child, direct them to that site so you can back out of the question!

Fabi November 1, 2016 at 3:22 PM

“Then again, maybe boys are just more…er…advanced nowadays? Gah…I feel old…”

I think it’s the opposite Amy. I think every generation from the 60′s on has gotten more conservative. Even every decade has been progressively more conservative even while becoming more informed.

The AIDS outbreak in the 80′s pretty much cinched the deal for conservatism in physical relationships which had previously been a little more relaxed.

Amy November 1, 2016 at 3:25 PM

Makes sense, Fabi.

I just know that the boyfriends I had did NOT do what our book boyfriends do in high school.

And not one knew about the magic button. :P

Nay November 1, 2016 at 3:27 PM

I read V.C. Andrews too! But my mom bought them for me (at my request). She was very open minded I guess!

I thought that the steamy YA of old was now supposed to fall under the NA classification?? I was shocked when I first saw Abbi Glines’ version of YA, but I think they’re mostly considered NA now.

R. Renee November 1, 2016 at 3:28 PM

I am cracking up watching everyone voting on GR today. One status update comes through the feed, “Sam voted for XYZ for best fiction,” then it’s immediately followed by “Sam wants to read XYZ.” Isn’t reading the book a prerequisite for voting for it?

Ela November 1, 2016 at 3:29 PM

I don’t know what they’re doing in Punk 57 but I may have been a tad slutish in HS??? Not that I had a group of guys or anything but steady long term BF’s (yes plural…like you know, a year here, 7 months there….) but still had em…..

R. Renee November 1, 2016 at 3:29 PM

NA is totally different. Fabi would have to explain it because I obviously can’t. She had to explain it to me why MY book wasn’t NA. After I listed it that way on my business cards of course. Oy vey.

Ela November 1, 2016 at 3:31 PM

Amy! Now you really make me sound like a slut! My magic button was very well taken care of *gasp*

Amy November 1, 2016 at 3:33 PM

Maryse…do you have Tell Me How This Ends by Gretchen de la O up there? I didn’t see it but I could have missed it.

Read the blurb. Go ahead…I’ll wait.

*crosses arms and nods head*

Does that say *oomph!* or what?? And I really, REALLY liked her Wilson Mooney books (but hate that they replaced the old green and blue covers in my library with the new ones) so no question…CLICK! Not to mention the cover for TMHTE is sweet and simple. ;)

Nay November 1, 2016 at 3:34 PM

I’m nowhere near the NA age, but since it became popular, I’ve been reading it like crazy, mainly because the books are just as steamy, if not more so, than the contemp. romances I used to read. I don’t always have to have steam, but it sure doesn’t hurt! lol

Amy November 1, 2016 at 3:37 PM

OMG Ela, I would never think that! Just because you had bf’s who knew how to take care of you doesn’t make you a slut…just a lucky girl. ;)

My bf’s (yes, Ela, plural like you) had no idea that I should actually get anything out of it. And neither did I. *sigh*

Amy November 1, 2016 at 3:37 PM

“Isn’t reading the book a prerequisite for voting for it?”

You would think. *snort*

Amy November 1, 2016 at 3:38 PM

Nay…I would be surprised if ANY of us are near the NA age. ;)

R. Renee November 1, 2016 at 3:39 PM

I am!! Give or take 20 years :D

Lauren November 1, 2016 at 3:41 PM

All of Chelsea Camaron’s Hellion MC books are $.99 each right now, down from $3.99.

Ela November 1, 2016 at 3:42 PM

Um….Ok Amy??? *wink* What is the NA age???? Like 75???? What about erotica age requirement?

Amy November 1, 2016 at 3:44 PM

Well, I like that we all *act* NA age (college age or shortly after, am I right?) even if we aren’t all spring chickens anymore. :D

Maryse November 1, 2016 at 3:49 PM

*gasp* AMY!!!!

Gretchen is one of my favorite people in the world.

Okay lemme look!! :D

Lauren November 1, 2016 at 3:50 PM

The problems with YA & NA books with sex scenes is that they aren’t realistic at ALL. A “slight pinch” of pain or a “twinge” & somehow the 16-18yr old boy is some superstud, sex god capable of lasting more than 30 seconds & always giving the girl an amazing orgasm. No. Just no. It fucking HURTS!!! It hurt the second time too. And a little bit the third time. I didn’t have an orgasm till I had been sexually active for about 2, maybe 3 years. Why? Cuz the guy had no idea how to get me there NOR the time it took to get me there. So, young teenage girls read these books & think their first time is going to be as magical & perfect as their fictional Herod & heroines. Sorry, but it doesn’t happen that way.

Maryse November 1, 2016 at 3:50 PM

Ahhh Amy… it’s Victoria De la O.

Wow. I’ve never heard that last name EVER, except with Gretchen…

TWO now.

R. Renee November 1, 2016 at 3:51 PM

I need a new book and I want to read something form one of the authors going to the CoHo signing. Does anyone know if any of these books are gut wrenching? The more painful the better. Angst and swoon are a bonus.

any Alessandra Torre besides Tight and Hollywood Dirt

any CoHo besides IEWU, Too Late, Slammed, Point of Retreat, Maybe Somedayand Ugly Love

any Amy Harmon? Not sure Bird and the Sword would be my thing.

Christina Lauren? Not very heartbreaking are they?

Brittainy Cherry and BB Easton and Christine Brae will also be there.

Amy November 1, 2016 at 3:56 PM

Wait, Maryse…WHAT?

Wow…I’m a bright one. I saw “De La O” and went a little crazy and didn’t even notice it wasn’t the same first name. DANGIT!

I’m still going to read it though. How could I not with that plot? ;)

Maryse November 1, 2016 at 3:57 PM

LOL! But AMY!!! WHAT. A. BLURB!!!!!!!!!! Sounds totally MARMY.

Amy November 1, 2016 at 4:01 PM

Lauren!! SO well said!!! *slides spiced cider martini over*

R…I really liked Infiniti + One by Amy Harmon, and The Law of Moses was really good as well.

Oh! And Black Lies by Alessandra Torre was a good one, too.

R. Renee November 1, 2016 at 4:02 PM

Thanks Amy! Will any of these make me sob like I’m dying by any chance?

Amy November 1, 2016 at 4:04 PM

I know, Maryse!!! It DOES sound like it could be a Marmy!!!! :D Two brothers with a super close bond falling for the same girl without any of them knowing it? EEP!!!

I’ll guinea pig it since I’m trying to find something to read right now. :D

Amy November 1, 2016 at 4:08 PM

R…let me think…ummmmm…nope!

And I’m not saying “nope” as in it didn’t make me cry but did make others cry…I mean “nope” as in I don’t remember them making anyone cry. Although The Law of Moses did have some heartbreak to it…just not the ugly-cry type.

Can someone else chime in and back that up???

R. Renee November 1, 2016 at 4:09 PM

What about Making Faces?

R. Renee November 1, 2016 at 4:10 PM

I’ve had Black Lies on my TBR for a while and I’m thinking of trying that if I can’t come up with a tear jerker.

Nay November 1, 2016 at 4:19 PM

Oh gosh! Y’all are going too fast!
1) I agree so much with: Amy (I never got ANYTHING out of anything with h.s. boys) and Lauren (that whole, huge paragraph is absolutely right!) and 2) R, let me check those authors to see if any have Marmy books that I know of.

Fabi November 1, 2016 at 4:19 PM

I have Making Faces on my tbr. To read … maybe never? lol

R I adore the Christina Lauren Bastard series. So, maybe that wouldn’t be for you. *snort*

R. Renee November 1, 2016 at 4:31 PM

Thanks Nay! Ha Fabi! Ashley tried to get me to read those too. She said they were “fun.” I don’t do fun!!!!

Fabi November 1, 2016 at 4:35 PM

Ha! You’re hilarious. You just have too much fun IRL to also want it in books. ;-)

But, yeah, I really don’t like recommending a book to someone unless I know their taste and think they’re going to like it. But, you’re easy. You’re going to love anything that emotionally destroys me. ;-)

Nay November 1, 2016 at 4:41 PM

Yeah, I don’t like books that say ‘fun’ or ‘sweet’. I may read one and end up loving it, but a sure way to steer me away from it is to put a word like one of those in the blurb.

Fabi November 1, 2016 at 4:42 PM

Speaking of … did anyone here read Low by Mary Elizabeth? It came out earlier this year. I just finished listening to Aaron Shedlock’s narration. Which was excellent. But now I’m shuffling around all mopey and sad. That was pretty brutal.

I’m almost done with The Man I Love too. This one broke my heart, pissed me off and took me on a epic ride. This is what I call a romance novel.

Maryse November 1, 2016 at 4:42 PM

Fabi I read it and loved it… ;)


Fabi November 1, 2016 at 4:43 PM

hahaha Maryse! You never fail to put a smile on my face.

Fabi November 1, 2016 at 4:45 PM

I told R earlier that after reading these two books in tandem I am taking a romance reading hiatus for the next two books.

R. Renee November 1, 2016 at 4:47 PM

That is probably true Fabi!! I don’t like comedies either! Rom-coms are ok…especially if Mr. Duhamel is in them :-P

R. Renee November 1, 2016 at 4:48 PM

You did good Fabi! And you lived to tell the tale!

R. Renee November 1, 2016 at 4:49 PM

Bud did you notice Suanne didn’t offer to pay your therapy? LOL guess she figured she already had you in her hooks (pardon the pun)!

Fabi November 1, 2016 at 4:54 PM

Those poor characters had to go through enough therapy that it overflowed over to me. Gah! She put them through the ringer.

Nay November 1, 2016 at 5:15 PM

R., I reviewed CoHo’s Hopeless as ‘heart-wrenching’; and I can’t remember if I read it or not, but there are quite a few ‘heart-wrenching/break down and cry’ reviews for ‘Confess’

I see that you read “The Air He Breathes” (It made some cry, but not me.)

And I’ll end by saying that Black Lies may not be a tear jerker, but it was a really great book from what I remember (and from looking at the great reviews).

R. Renee November 1, 2016 at 5:19 PM

The title Hopeless sounds promising!! My CoHo freak friend is pushing for November 9 but I don’t think that will do it. Wasn’t crazy about TAHB, but I lived Loving Mr. Daniels and really liked The Silent Waters. And Black Lies just looks good! thanks for this! I downloaded Hopeless and BL samples along with a few others and I’m going to see which one grabs me!

Jenn November 1, 2016 at 5:48 PM

Maryse-yay I hope you are loving A love letter to whiskey” I was emotionally exhausted after reading that.

R Renee-It’s not an author you mentioned but the last book that wrecked me was Harley and Rose by Carmen Jenner. Here I was smiling and grinning for the first 35-40% of this book followed by anxiety anticipating what was to come and then BAM I felt like I was suckered punch-I curled up in a ball and cried like a baby who wanted her momma-

Jenn November 1, 2016 at 5:50 PM

R.-yes Hopeless-that one killed me-I think that one was my fav coho book

R. Renee November 1, 2016 at 5:57 PM

LOL thanks Jenn!!! I’m leaning toward Hopeless. The reviews coming back on H&R are all across the board! I think like Ela, I’m getting curious…but maybe just for the sample!

bev November 1, 2016 at 5:58 PM

No. No ratings on books. No.
I’m not even fond on the ratings on movies in I think they are skewed. Like pg-13 for blood & gore killing, but R for breast.

I didn’t tell my mom but she in no way policed my music, books, or movies. But this was from high school on, not that she did before but my taste were not that varied.

Fabi November 1, 2016 at 6:05 PM

Same here Bev. I never specifically told my Mom, but she never policed my reading or watching or listening tastes.

bev November 1, 2016 at 6:21 PM

I have friends that were always like, if I listen to it my kids can. This made me uneasy. I don’t think toddlers and elementary children need to listen to music about killing or shaming women.

Jan November 1, 2016 at 6:22 PM

R. I liked Alessandra Torre’s Blindfolded Innocence. Not really angsty though, but great characters. She’s a sassy, clever NA intern who falls for the infamous office ladykiller. And Brad DeLuca is HOT!!

Hey, I know she won’t be one of the coho signing authors, but The Turning Point by Freya North tore my heart out of my chest. And y’all know I’m not into marmee books, but that one, just wow. You have to read to THE VERY LAST PAGE. That final ending was one of the most beautifully written I have ever read (as I sobbed and wiped away the tears).

R. Renee November 1, 2016 at 6:25 PM

Thanks Jan!! Any heart-ripper-outers, send em my way!

Jan November 1, 2016 at 6:27 PM

My mum never had any idea what I was reading, but I was pretty tame, mostly, so she wouldn’t have had to worry. Georgette Heyer was a big fav (and they just kissed on the last page LOL). I thought Sergeanne Golon’s Angelique books were pretty spicy, but all I remember is they seemed to kiss for hours, which always seemed a bit weird to me. I think they were probably full of euphemism which my naive 15 yr old self completely missed.

Jan November 1, 2016 at 6:39 PM

Awesome list again today, Maryse. I one-clicked Fling, even though I’m not normally a novella fan. But I enjoyed Wrong and Right, and now I see another one is out out in November – Trust. Sweet. The start of Wrong really is WRONG LOL but I guess that’s the point and it turned into quite a sweet story.

Also tempted by Breaking Cage. I love a good sports romance (are they called SRs?? LOL). A Sure Thing has possibilities too. I like good siblings series. Maybe it’s worth a look. Ah, there goes my day. *happy sigh*

Tasha J November 1, 2016 at 7:00 PM

R., you haven’t read Making Faces yet? It didn’t make me sob but was pretty heart wrenching, and beautiful. That’s one that’ll stay with me always. I think a good YA book series is Throne of Glass! Since I was just talking about it, it’s still on my mind and it’s just a darn good read. I also 2nd Jellicoe Road. And Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns by John Green. I forgot all about The Anatomical Shape of a Heart and that’s on my tbr, I need to bump it up there. Ok so, I See You…I’m kind of bummed some of the reviews aren’t too promising so far, I was thinking of reading this soon but was a little on the fence bc I love Molly McAdams but she broke me once so I’m scared. Plus, does anyone know if it’s a standalone?

bev November 1, 2016 at 7:02 PM

Jan, Heyer was in the first stack of books I checked out from the adult section of the library. Must of been 13/14 ithink. My mom asked the librarian to help me pick out books to start with. Geyer and Hodge were among the stash. Gateway to adult, especially historical, romance, lol.

bev November 1, 2016 at 7:04 PM

Tasha, if you read the Anatomical Shape of a Heart let me know what you think. I really liked how she described people and places. Not over done but I felt like I was there and could see.
JR, does have a sex scene, but fade to black right?

Tessa November 1, 2016 at 7:10 PM

BB Reid’s The Bandit came out today too.

R. Punk 57 is not YA, they just happen to be in high school. Also, have your daughter read DUFF as well. It was so good.

My mom knew. She helped me find them. So, reading romance at thirteen, reading OMG romance by 14. VC Andrews was at 13. My mom actually told me it was better to read it then. I agree. I don’t want to t read something that horrible happening to kids now. I could handle it then, since they were my age. .

Amy November 1, 2016 at 7:14 PM

Hopeless!! *snaps fingers* I can’t believe I didn’t realize it wasn’t on our little lost up there. But it’s definitely a must-read.

And dang if I didn’t just click The Turning Point after Jan’s comment…

R. Renee November 1, 2016 at 7:47 PM

No, Tasha not yet, but I’m considering it now!

Thanks Tessa for the Punk heads up. That is definitely not for me!

Jan November 1, 2016 at 8:03 PM

Hey Amy, I hope you love The Turning Point as much as I did. I went in completely blind, and it just blew me away. All those beautifully written details build up and converge so the characters become real, like people you actually know and really care about. Then, boom! goes the dynamite (not literally!) as they like to say in Dannika Dark’s Seven series. OMG I’ve got twisty tummy just remembering.

And if I compare it with the countless books I’ve read with so-so characters I’ve long ago forgotten……… nup…… there’s no comparison. Freya North can WRITE.

bev November 1, 2016 at 8:04 PM

Because we were talking about YA I do have to rec All the Boys I’ve loved Before and PS I Still Love You. On the sweet side but I loved the heroine so much and the sister relationships and dad/daughter relationship. Plus, the covers. They are so the books and Laura Jean.

bev November 1, 2016 at 8:08 PM

Oh Tasha, I’ll Meet You There. Check it out. Definitely one of my faves this year.

Maryse, I haven’t forgotten about are br, sometime this month. I’m holding us to it. Be afraid.
Amy….I’m watching you. Don’t you try and run off with her.

Lisa November 1, 2016 at 8:14 PM

Another gigantic list Maryse. Thank you!!!

Im missing so much chat on here while I madly ‘trying’ to write for NaNoWriMo.
6000 words down and Im totally getting sucked in to this world building, character creating thing.
I do keep thinking about what everyone here says though!
Im trying to write a story with all of you andcwhat you love/hate in mind…..except the death club marmy gang. Someone else *side whispers* Amy, will have to write that for you!!

Jan November 1, 2016 at 8:14 PM

Some clean YA recs suitable for teens? If they’re into fantasy, the Sabriel series by Garth Nix. Terrific.
Saving Francesca and Looking For Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta (author of Jellicoe Road) altho’ I think a side character in Alibrandi suicides, but it’s handled sensitively. The pop culture refs in these two books may be a bit dated now but they’re still terrific books for mature teens.

bev November 1, 2016 at 8:20 PM

McNaught’s CRs are digital too, whoot!

bev November 1, 2016 at 8:22 PM

Whoa, Lisa. So, what’s it about?

Linda November 1, 2016 at 8:27 PM

One of our all time favorite reads Archers Voice is on sale for .99!!! AND this edition has a bonus pov from Archer!!!! AND apparently there is a movie deal!!!! AND anyone who hasn’t read this amazing piece of work really should now!!!! AND that’s all.

Julie o November 1, 2016 at 9:34 PM

have you read the Innocence series by Alessandra Torre? One of my all time favorite series. You can’t go wrong with Brad DeLuca. He was also in Hollywood Dirt.

Julie o November 1, 2016 at 9:45 PM

Oh was also going to mention that I just finished Mr President. Very good. Of course I usually enjoy katy Evans books. Do want to warn you there is a cliffhanger that won’t be resolved until January. Didn’t know this going in or would have waited till the second book was out.
Have read 2 books back to back about president hopefuls and their
love life’s. American Queen was kind of a surprise to me.

R. Renee November 1, 2016 at 9:48 PM

Thanks Julie! Checking it out!

Lisa November 1, 2016 at 11:26 PM

Julie O. Thank you for the CH warning!!
Downloaded that but will shelve until complete. I break out in hives over CHs… could even be reaching anaphylaxis status…my allergy to CHs. SO thanks !

Jan November 2, 2016 at 12:42 AM

Yeah I’m reading Mr President and I was starting to suspect it’s going to be a cliffhanger. Thanks for confirming, Julie. I’m pretty annoyed there was no warning going in. Dear authors: I HATE THAT. I feel tricked and it puts me right off buying future books by that author. Basically, CHs are CR*P! For heck’s sake, just write your story and don’t publish till it’s done. Books split up into 2 or 3 separate books by CHs just seem like a shameless money grab by authors to me. It’s different if it’s a series with for e.g. short chapters being released part by part and you know ahead of time. Otherwise, just HECK TO THE NO. And guess what, on principle I’m not buying part 2 of Mr President when it comes out.
*dusts hands off and gets down off soapbox. Slides soapbox under the sofa for next time*

Lisa Aiello November 2, 2016 at 7:18 AM

Just finished Pull Me Close – I enjoyed it, but was not blown away. Although, I do flove me some Nico. Up next is A Love Letter to Whiskey…and from what I’m reading about it, it should give me my angsty fix!! After that, it’s either gonna be Marriage Games or the Fish Tales series!!

Lisa Aiello November 2, 2016 at 7:20 AM

Arggghhhh – and now I’ve one clicked Archer’s Voice. It was on my “gotta get this” list and I had to it was $.99. That’s like waiving cheap crack in front of an addict!!

Fabi November 2, 2016 at 8:02 AM

*high fives Jan* I did exactly that last year with a surprise CH book.

LOL Lisa A.

bev November 2, 2016 at 9:21 AM

Hey, is the email subscription still working for everyone?

Tessa November 2, 2016 at 10:07 AM

R. I loved The Innocence series, but definitely not a crying book. Some biggest. You’ve read Bright Side by Kim Holden, right? Stupid book.

Tessa November 2, 2016 at 10:08 AM

Lisa, I held off forever with Archer’s Voice. I ended up Loving it.

Amy November 2, 2016 at 10:25 AM

I did the same thing as Tessa with Archer’s Voice. HOLY MOLY did I love that book when I finally read it!!

R…I second Tessa’s Bright Side mention. Well, not that it’s stupid (*rubs Tessa’s shoulder*) but that it’s an ugly cry book.

Bev…I’m still getting emails, but there was a spell last week (or the week before) where I wasn’t getting them or just getting them sporadically. *shrugs*

Amy November 2, 2016 at 10:27 AM

Ladies!! Everything, Everything is on sale for 1.99, down from 9.99!!!

This was a recent bev rec that sounds sooooo good. :D

Tessa November 2, 2016 at 10:59 AM

I love you Bright Side.
I love you Gus.

*gets all teary eyed all over again*

R. Renee November 2, 2016 at 11:01 AM

Hahahaha Tessa! Yes, I read Bright Side. IN PUBLIC. It was so embarrassing. I read it lounging on a beach and the cries were LOUD and ugly. My husband was so embarrassed. He kept saying, “can you please just put it down?” Uh…no. He finally moved away from me.

bev, is there a full subscription where you don’t have to sign up for each post?

Tessa November 2, 2016 at 11:35 AM

Did you read Gus?

R. Renee November 2, 2016 at 11:37 AM

I didn’t, no. By the time I was done with BS, I was just done lol. I may go back to it one day.

Tessa November 2, 2016 at 11:39 AM

You should! It totally is a healing book. I mean, yeah, the beginning I couldn’t stop crying, but by the end I was smiling. Totally heals.

Jenn November 2, 2016 at 12:30 PM

I am curious has any one read “I See You” yet by Molly McAdams…I have a love hate relationship with this author because of TC; like Tasha I am a little scared too.

MichelleS November 2, 2016 at 6:06 PM

Love Letters to Whiskey is my next read! And so excited that Whitney, My Love is finally get released as a digital book. Been waiting forever to read it.

Currently in love with A Court of Mist & Fury. SQUEE!!!! On a roll here. Yippee

MichelleS November 2, 2016 at 6:12 PM

In high school I was reading all my mom’s friend’s romance novels (Danielle Steele, etc). I read VC Andrews in junior high. So I’m a terrible judge of what’s ok for a girl that age. It didn’t turn me into a promiscuous person or anything. It did, probably, influence my future taste in, um… steamy novels! Ha!!

Leslie M November 2, 2016 at 6:15 PM

I’m with you Jenn…once an author writes a death book, I’m reluctant to read anything else by them.

Leslie M November 2, 2016 at 6:25 PM

R, Your public crying over Bright Side is too funny! My husband would have sooooo ditched me.

It reminded me of when I binge watched TV series Glee and was crying so hard I freaked my son out. Great show for anyone who loves music and teenage angst. But sad because the star (Cory Monteith) died in real life.

Jenn November 2, 2016 at 6:50 PM

I agree Leslie-I’m okay with it when you kind of know going in or anticipate it happening but when it happened the way it did in TC well that was just so wrong-that book gutted me and I don’t think I’ll ever recover….lol

Jenn November 2, 2016 at 6:53 PM

MichelleS-I hope you love it like I did cant wait to hear your thought on it and can’t wait to read Maryse’s review.

bev November 2, 2016 at 7:13 PM

Grr. I tried to subscribe again and no emails. I’m going to try and stop it cause I will end up getting them tomorrow and out of order. It’s been doing this for like a month.

Nay November 2, 2016 at 7:40 PM

I’m with you Jenn–can’t wait to hear what ya’ll think of A Love Letter to Whiskey!

I listened to the audiobook of Bright Side and read Gus, and I was blown away by both of them, but I loved Gus even more!

Leslie M November 2, 2016 at 8:31 PM

Nay, have you read all of the Outlander Series? Just curious…i haven’t read any, just obsessed with the show which I think only up through book 2 so far.

Lisa November 2, 2016 at 9:00 PM

Greeting from Nanowrimo!!
Day three and I have RSI from typing so fast….but this is fun!
I dont have time to scan back thru comments but Bev, Jan, Leslie…someone…keep track of the ‘hot’ books everyone is talking about (the HEA no cluffy ones) and let me know.
Back to the keyboard…..7200 words thus far!

bev November 2, 2016 at 9:14 PM

Wow, Leslie. You are on a roll.

I’m grumpy. I want to just read and I can’t. Them I look at how much you all read *pfft*.
How do you all do it? I don’t think I’m even going to read 150, I’m gonna try though. I only work 40. I’m a homebody. I should be hitting my goal.

Tessa November 2, 2016 at 10:11 PM

Two words. Speed reading. Honestly I read so fast that I forget the books if they are average. My niece reads slower but darn if she doesn’t remember every detail. You probably remember the story.

R. Renee November 2, 2016 at 10:15 PM

I’m a painfully slow reader. And if my mind wanders, I have to read it twice!

Fabi November 2, 2016 at 10:24 PM

Lisa, you go girl. You’re going to win NanoWriMo in 3 days instead of 30. :O

Cheryl November 2, 2016 at 11:14 PM

Trying to catch up on all the comments. Finished Pull Me Close. Liked it didn’t love it. Enjoyed the writing and different premise. Not surprised we’ll see a character again in book 2. Thought was significant when Nico was talking about what happened to him and Matt and how it was resolved.

No idea what I am reading next…? Halo or Breaking Cage or ?

bev November 2, 2016 at 11:36 PM

I’m not sure I’ll ever be a speed reader. I swear I already have book amnesia.

bev November 2, 2016 at 11:43 PM

Watching CMAs. I don’t care how old he is George Strait is so handsome.

R. Renee November 2, 2016 at 11:43 PM

Here, here bev.

Jen C November 3, 2016 at 12:19 AM

Smut by Karina Halle is on super bargain sale for only 99c!

Jan November 3, 2016 at 12:35 AM

Just read Jana Aston’s ‘Fling’. Cute sexy and fun office romance novella in the same series as Wrong and Right. Sorry marmee lovers – no angst :O

Trust is coming out next week – full length novel, same series. I enjoyed the novella so I have one-clicked Trust.

Melinda November 3, 2016 at 6:27 AM

Just finished “A Love Letter to Whisky” now in book hang over mode. I hate that. But I loved loved the book. Angst, angst and mor right until the end. Up until 2.30am this morning and then up for work at 6.30am. I feel exhausted. I just couldn’t read fast enough. Love when that happens.

R Black Lies is really good.

In high school Danielle Steel and Jackie Collins “Hollywood Wives”. I think I was only 17years. But Mum said any reading is good reading.

Lisa Aiello November 3, 2016 at 7:26 AM

I’m about 45% into A Love Letter To Whiskey. I had to force myself to stop reading, cuz I was having major angst issues. I really really really like this book!!! If only people would use their damn words and communicate – but that would wipe out about 80% of the books I love!!!

bev November 3, 2016 at 7:49 AM

It is ridiculous because I am barely reading. Yet, I’m reading 3 books right now. A little bit at a time, but reading them none the less. So, I am sharing the ridiculous. Here we go…
FLT X 3:

“When Patricia was six years old, she found a wounded bird.”–All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

“She wanted to blame her parents for naming her Jolene.” –Her Halloween Treat by Tiffany Reisz

“My hand shakes as I brace myself against the brick wall”–A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

And none of them very good first lines.

Fabi November 3, 2016 at 7:58 AM


“My opponent is some hick from across the river they put in shorts and called a contender.”
What Boys Are Made Of by S. Hunter Nisbet

This one isn’t romance. It’s dystopian, but unusually character driven for the genre. There is very little world building.

Nay November 3, 2016 at 8:02 AM

Lisa–you are SO right! I see people leave bad reviews for books where one, or both, of the MC’s don’t communicate, but if they did, there wouldn’t be a book!

Leslie–I’ve only read the first 2 Outlander books. I’m just not typically into historical romance, and every time I get in the mindset to start the next one, I think about all the new releases I’m going to miss out on when I’m reading that loooong book! Lurve the tv series though, especially Sam Heughan!

Leslie M November 3, 2016 at 8:02 AM

FLT – Royally Screwed, Emma Chase

One would think, that as accustomed as I am to being watched, that I wouldn’t be effected by the sensation of someone staring at me when I sleep.

Leslie M November 3, 2016 at 8:06 AM

Nay, I was going to ask you about spoilers re: Outlander books.


Fabi November 3, 2016 at 8:07 AM

effected? There’s a typo in the first line of the book? *shakes head sadly*

Leslie M November 3, 2016 at 8:15 AM

Fabi, what’s funny is my app wouldn’t let me copy & paste, so I used “voice to text” (too lazy to type). When I spoke the words, it typed “affected” but I changed it to “effected” because that’s what was printed in book.

Leslie M November 3, 2016 at 8:22 AM

The love triangle books (Tell me how this ends & I see you) both look interesting….going to wait for some feedback and maybe tackle those.

Thanks Jan, Fling sounds right up my non-Marmy alley! Hee hee

Also, Jed had to die sounds fun too!!

bev November 3, 2016 at 8:40 AM

I think that sometimes there needs to be more than just lack of communication. That can be fun and angsty for sure, but also frustrating. Especially when it keeps happening in the same book. Like yes she was just his sister. No, that was just her co – worker. Yes, she was in a car crash, you’d k ow if you left a message.

bev November 3, 2016 at 8:48 AM

Up there I meant Lisa is on a roll. Though I’m sure Leslie is rolling along too.

Affect vs. Effect. These are two I always get tangled up in, though one is a verb and one a noun.

Cheryl November 3, 2016 at 10:19 AM

I read A Love Letter to Whiskey. I didn’t love it, think I gave it 3 stars, although I can’t remember a lot about it. Wanted to strangle the h-young and stupid and yes they consistently had poor communication.

Tessa November 3, 2016 at 10:39 AM

Speaking of reading fast, it will take me a while to read this one. I’m not reading for the most part, but at night, reading helps me sleep. So, maybe 30 min to an hour a day.

‘I have sung the song if the dead before. ‘
Song of Kai by Karpov Kinrade

Tasha J November 3, 2016 at 1:51 PM

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris is on sale for 2.99!! I’ve had this on my library wait list since Maryse reviewed it…but I can’t remember her rating? I thought a lot of ppl read and loved it. But when I went to Amazon to one click, I didn’t read reviews so as not to spoil, but there were quite a few bad ones right off

R. Renee November 3, 2016 at 1:55 PM

Tasha, I loved it and I’m critical of everything. I docked a star for a couple “believe-ability” issues, but that’s just me over-analyzing. NO ONE else (that I read reviews for) even mentioned them. And if I remember correctly, almost everyone on here loved it too.

Tasha J November 3, 2016 at 2:00 PM

FLT- “The last train wasn’t coming.” The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett (26 % in Bev, you haven’t steered me wrong so far ;) )
Also…”I love Thursday nights.” Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Loving both of them so far, Dark Matter is in print form though so it usually takes me longer. Plus, my days haven’t slown down yet. *Sigh…*

Tasha J November 3, 2016 at 2:01 PM

Ok, thanks R! Definately one-clicking!

bev November 3, 2016 at 4:13 PM

Oh, Tasha. Please let me know how it goes for you. :)

Jan November 3, 2016 at 4:47 PM

Sometimes company meetings are dull.
Fling, Jana Aston.

OK, pretty boring first line. But that company meeting soon becomes far from dull!!

R. Renee November 3, 2016 at 4:51 PM

FLT Thanks to Fabi, just popped into my Kindle ;)

“I was twelve when my daddy put a suitcase by the door.” Wolfsong by TJ Klune.

Jan November 3, 2016 at 4:54 PM

I hope you love Wolfsong as much as we did, R. It’s wonderful. That first line brings it right back.

Fabi November 3, 2016 at 5:02 PM

I’m already thinking about a reread and it feels like I just read it yesterday. TJ Klune is already writing the next in the series. :-)

R. Renee November 3, 2016 at 5:05 PM

I’ve been jonesing to reread TMIL after watching you read it, but alas Ashley won’t let me. She’s right. Reading Suanne is not good for my writing ego when I’m stuck in a chapter LOL.

Maryse November 3, 2016 at 6:24 PM



Look: <— I WANT THIS. It doesn’t look sparkly (I don’t like too much sparkly anymore, not on my eyes anyway – except for highlight areas), and all these matte colors look nice and neutral but still fun. MINE MINE MINE!! I can’t wait.

R. Renee November 3, 2016 at 6:27 PM

OMG I’m not in the makeup crew but I’m totally in the Dirty Dancing crew!

Maryse November 3, 2016 at 6:44 PM

LOL R!!!!

I LOVED Dirty Dancing!!!!!

Maryse November 3, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Hrmmm… maybe THAT was the start of my love of “forbidden love” stories. ;)

R. Renee November 3, 2016 at 6:56 PM

Best movie ever made but no one will watch it with me because I know it word for word and when you have mad skilz like that you have to share them, right?

bev November 3, 2016 at 6:59 PM

Love love love Dirty Dancing.

Hey, how many of you watched Beyonce and the Dixie Chick performance last night? Incredible.
I thought Miranda Lambert brought it too. Seriously ladies look up those two performances.

R. Renee November 3, 2016 at 7:02 PM

I’m one of those weird Texans who can’t do country unless it’s from the George Strait, Keith Whitley era…

MichelleS November 3, 2016 at 7:04 PM

WOLFSONG! Loved it sooooo much. Can’t wait to hear what you think.

Leslie – have read all Outlander series. Amazing. Lord John is the best character I swear! There’s a reason he got spinoff books. Obsessed with the series.

FLT: “Maybe I’d always been broken and dark inside.” – A Court of Mist & Fury.

MichelleS November 3, 2016 at 7:07 PM

I’ve never been able to read more than one book at a time! How do you manage it?

I, too, loved Dirty Dancing so much. Had a crush on Patrick Swayze forEVER

R. Renee November 3, 2016 at 7:08 PM

Me too MichelleS!! Ever since North and South (the American one lol). My husband and I were fighting when he died and he had to give in because I couldn’t stop crying. He was my fave :’-(

bev November 3, 2016 at 7:09 PM

But you might like these performances, lol. I really like Chris Stapleton right now. He and Dwight Yoakum did a performance of Seven Spanish Angels.
Speaking of Keith Whitley the opening was all these old songs, a medley of, and when they did him they put the camera right on Lorrie Morgan. Intrusive and sad.

R. Renee November 3, 2016 at 7:12 PM

Oh God. That would have killed me. She was my idol as a child. I went from her to Keith and begged my mom to take me to see him. I was a little late :-/

I’ve seen Dwight a few times. He puts on a show!

R. Renee November 3, 2016 at 7:13 PM

Jeez. Between Keith and Patrick, my life sounds so tragic…

bev November 3, 2016 at 7:14 PM

MichelleS, not something I do often.
The Vice lyrics sound like an Amy book.

Tasha J November 3, 2016 at 7:32 PM

I watched cmt awards for a bit last night. I thought the Beyoncé performance would be awful and it was ridiculous she was performing for a country awards show, but I ended up really loving it! She was fun to watch and I’ve always loved the Dixie chicks. I missed Miranda, but also really liked Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks and Brooks and Dunn.

MichelleS November 3, 2016 at 7:41 PM

An “Amy book”…snort! You know how often I think “this might be a total Bev book”??? Ha!!!

Grey November 3, 2016 at 7:55 PM

“Time of death-1829.” FLT, written by me…. LOL, hi all, checking in from NaNoWriMo. Love to all… hope you’re all doing well!

Fabi November 3, 2016 at 7:58 PM

Yeah Grey. I was wondering if you were doing it again this year.

R. Renee November 3, 2016 at 8:01 PM

Go Grey!! We’re rooting for you guys!

bev November 3, 2016 at 8:26 PM

Oh, do you? That’s sweet. I like the thought of a bev book.

Lisa November 3, 2016 at 8:33 PM

Following Greys lead:
First Line Friday…
‘I speed along the dusty road past endless swaying crops’
…im working on it.

Amy November 3, 2016 at 8:33 PM

Hey ladies, I have a few great dea–

*record scratches*


*squeals and stamps feet*

I could even make that yellow color work. I WANT IT!!

R. Renee November 3, 2016 at 8:37 PM

LOL Amy. We need a makeover movie night with Nobody Puts Baby in a Martini martinis. You can create that, right? Obviously with watermelon.

Lisa November 3, 2016 at 8:37 PM

Ok. I need a book club book recommendation, as Im hosting it next week, so its my turn to pick the book.
It cant be epically long as we only have 4 weeks until Xmas book club and there’s some slow readers in our group.

Any suggestions??

Fabi November 3, 2016 at 8:37 PM

You ladies are rocking you’re own first lines!

R. Renee November 3, 2016 at 8:37 PM

That’s awesome Lisa! It could go southern romance or Children of the Corn. Either way, I’m game!

R. Renee November 3, 2016 at 8:38 PM

Lisa… Hausfrau.

R. Renee November 3, 2016 at 8:38 PM

That book screams book club. So much you can talk about.

Amy November 3, 2016 at 8:45 PM

*deep breath*

Okay, as I started to say…I have a few great deals for y’all:

Checked by Jennifer Jamelli is FREE (Maryse loved this one!)
Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines is 1.99
Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick is 2.99 (normally 11.99)
Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale is 2.00 (warning…CH :? )
Smut by Karina Halle is .99
Behind Closed Doors by BA Paris is 2.99 (that’s a GREAT one!)
Whitney My Love by Judith McNaught is 2.99 (a MichelleS rec)

Amy November 3, 2016 at 8:48 PM
Cheryl November 3, 2016 at 8:51 PM

LOVE the Dirty Dancing makeup and loved the movie!!

FLT: “The rumors swirl around like the sweet, sharp scent of an oncoming storm, a constant reminder of the danger I’m in.” Breaking Cage by A.J. Pryor.

R. Renee November 3, 2016 at 8:51 PM

Ooooh Cachaca. We’re old friends…

Cheryl November 3, 2016 at 8:56 PM

Speaking of makeup crew -Just ordered this skin care product a friend was raving about. I almost fell over when I saw the price, but then I found out I could eliminate some of the products I’m using now- couple steps in skin care line, moisturizer, makeup primer. So I’m justifying the cost that way, plus my hubby saw me ordering it and that’s what I said to him too. :>

Amy November 3, 2016 at 8:57 PM

Lisa…I second the Hausfrau rec!! Unless any of them have objections to books with infidelity because someone might get offended and say something bad about it and then I would have to…get mad.

I’m in a reading funk guys. A bad one. I just DNF’d another book. That’s FOUR in less than three weeks, and even worse is that this makes the third book IN A ROW that I DNF’d. *sigh* It has to be a “me” issue. Even so…

“I started crying at Crisenti’s yesterday, over by the frozen foods.” ~ The Stuff That Never Happened by Maddie Dawson

bev November 3, 2016 at 9:02 PM

Lisa, does it need to be a certain genre?

One that came to mind is Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil. Australian author.

bev November 3, 2016 at 9:03 PM

Amy, is there any thing I can say that you don’t expect me to say?

Fabi November 3, 2016 at 9:09 PM

Oh gahd Amy. I hate those reading funks. Sending good jujus your way.

Amy November 3, 2016 at 9:11 PM

Bev…trust me, now is NOT the time for me to read one of your favorites. Or anyone’s favorite for that matter. I would feel awful if I tried a favorite and ended up DNFing it just because I’m in a pissa$$ mood. :(

Amy November 3, 2016 at 9:12 PM

Thanks Fabi…I love that y’all totally understand the awfulness of a book funk. ;)

bev November 3, 2016 at 9:13 PM

Hmm. Read a book we hate.

Antonella November 3, 2016 at 9:17 PM

Ok, it’s been a little while since I read people’s comments….but when did everyone get pictures?? They’re pretty funny!

R. Renee November 3, 2016 at 9:21 PM

Hey! Just kidding Antonella :) Actually, I think the resemblance of bev’s is uncanny.

bev November 3, 2016 at 9:22 PM

A little while ago the avatars started to randomly change. Only certain ones depending on what device a person was using.
It was a little freaky. And confusing, hadn’t realized how much I associate the pic with the person.

bev November 3, 2016 at 9:24 PM

Whoa. Wait. What?

Actually, this is often the expression I make in reaction to some of the comments. ;)

R. Renee November 3, 2016 at 9:25 PM

LMAO. It’s the best expression! I feel like mine is a smirk, like “yeah, I’m onto you…”

Tessa November 3, 2016 at 9:36 PM

Bev, Bev, Did you know Anne Bishop is going to be writing a spin off to the others series when done?

Fabi November 3, 2016 at 9:37 PM

Mine’s easy. It’s what my heart looks like after I read one of Amy’s books…or lately, one of R’s

Fabi November 3, 2016 at 9:38 PM

You know Antonella, I have a cousin with your name. :-)

bev November 3, 2016 at 9:45 PM

No, I did not. Yay! I enjoyed most of the spin offs of her black jewels series. Do you know who??

Tessa November 3, 2016 at 9:48 PM

Oh, and since the gauntlet has been thrown. My first line.

A Vlees has come
In your sight
It will eat your
Flesh tonight

Children’s rhymes are so creepy, right?

bev November 3, 2016 at 9:48 PM

R, it’s a really good picture.

Tessa November 3, 2016 at 9:50 PM

She has it in a different city, but it looks interesting.

Tessa November 3, 2016 at 9:52 PM
bev November 3, 2016 at 9:52 PM

If it was one book then A Vlees came out of a cornfield to eat the heroine’s flesh. Her time of death -1829.

bev November 3, 2016 at 9:53 PM

It’s a death book.

R. Renee November 3, 2016 at 9:54 PM

Thanks bev. It was my first real attempt at a selfie. It was maybe the 50th try! I HATE taking pictures.

bev November 3, 2016 at 10:08 PM

Tessa, that does look fun.

Nay November 3, 2016 at 10:12 PM


“I don’t like morgues.”
Requiem for the Dead by Kelly Meding

R. Renee November 3, 2016 at 10:12 PM

Uh oh. The new Phantom of the Opera (that I freaking loved last year in San Antonio) just went on sale for Austin. Have I had enough wine to drop $300 and face the repercussions in the morning? Hmmm…

Lisa November 3, 2016 at 10:40 PM

Tessa, Grey and I are writing a death book?? When did that happen! !
I like your photo R. Very pretty with a hint of a Mona Lisa smile going on. You’re the only one (besides our pixie leader Maryse) whose game enough to put a mug shot up there. All my selfies make me look like Ive escaped from either a prison or an asylum.

R. Renee November 3, 2016 at 10:43 PM

LOL Lisa! Mona Lisa I love it! I have that pic all over the place for my book. It just took some getting used to because I’ve always been anonymous online. Hard to do when you’re writing! I imagine we’ll be seeing your pretty mug soon!

Amy November 3, 2016 at 11:39 PM

To all of you ladies who are writing, whether it is for NaNo or on a regular basis…



Amy November 3, 2016 at 11:43 PM

Um, my mug is not going up any time soon. Nuh-uh. By this point I figure all y’all have a preconceived notion of what I look like, and if you see the REAL me you will totally pull a Spongebob “who put you on the planet” face. Collectively and simultaneously. :P

R. Renee November 3, 2016 at 11:47 PM

LOL Amy! BS! <3

But I get it. If I were't writing, I'd still have my awesome Buffy cartoon as my image!

Amy November 3, 2016 at 11:50 PM

Yeah, but this way we get your pretty Mona Lisa smirk. ;)

R. Renee November 3, 2016 at 11:55 PM

It’s sad how well that pic represents me.


Antonella November 4, 2016 at 2:58 AM

So how do u change your avatar for a pic? Not that I post a lot but always good to know.

Fabi – Your cousin must be a great girl :) In Australia it’s not a very common name, I’m sure in Italy it would go down a treat.

Lisa November 4, 2016 at 3:32 AM

Im an Australian too Antonella…and so is Jan!

Maryse had the avatar address somewhere. You go to a page and upload your own image. Was it Gravatar??

Antonella November 4, 2016 at 4:25 AM

Cool, thanks Lisa I will look it up.
I knew there were some other fellow Aussies on here. I’m in Sydney, where abouts are you?

Leslie M November 4, 2016 at 5:52 AM

So, what does everyone think about this? Bev should write a comedy cause she is hilarious!

Amy, I have been DNF-ing left & right and I’m VERY crabby about it. I feel you sistah! The more I read, the pickier I become. I want them all to be like Thoughtless and it just ain’t happening!!! Grrrrr

MichelleS, can I friend you on Goodreads and torture you with Outlander questions? I need some spoilers.

R, you and your “mug” are ADORBS!!

Dirty Dancing….aaaahhh…great movie!!! *sings “I had the time of my life” with nostalgia loudly while dancing around my house*

Lisa November 4, 2016 at 6:09 AM

Adelaide Antonella. My brother is in Sydney so I get over there once or twice a year.
It is gravatar btw. I had a go at changing my avatar. Think it worked. You might have to sign up but its fairly simple.

bev November 4, 2016 at 7:29 AM

Lisa, I’m really not. It would be a very bad book.

Lisa, that’s a lovely picture.

I do not take lovely pictures, so that is never going to happen. Plus, pictures around the Internet just make me feel vulnerable.

Amy, I am picturing you as Elvira from looney tunes, squeezing Manny.

I already know what Jean looks like.

bev November 4, 2016 at 7:33 AM

Elmyra squeezing Manny.

And now I start my day singing the Oakridge Boys.

Nay November 4, 2016 at 7:52 AM

Leslie–I’ve been DNFing too! And I also want them all to be like Thoughtless!! After A Love Letter to Whiskey, I just can’t find anything to keep my interest.

I was looking at your GR shelves to see if I could suggest anything, and I noticed that you don’t have A Love Letter to Whiskey marked. Are you not interested in reading it? Because the angst of that book gave me the gut-wrenching feeling closest to what I felt with Thoughless. I was also going to suggest Bad Romeo because that was another one that I got that type of angst from, but I see you already read it. I’m sending you a couple of recommendations on GR of other books that might work. Do you ever read PNR?

Tasha J November 4, 2016 at 8:28 AM

Amy, did you read Penny in London by Fisher Amelie yet? Maybe you need a little switch up? It’s quick, will suck you in in the first few chapters. Lighthearted with some angst, some humor. Hot male lead, a bit of steam…give it a try if you haven’t yet! :)

Maryse November 4, 2016 at 10:55 AM

I too, am in awe of all of the writers here!!!

Maryse November 4, 2016 at 11:00 AM

I love all of your personal avatars (faces, cute snuggly things, crazy hilarious ones and all). Amy is TOTALLY a manatee, bev is TOTALLY a fun little monkey, Leslie OF COURSE is Twilight, Ela the dominatrix – we have too much fun here :D !!!!!!

I think I saw someone asking how to change it, so here are the instructions again:

In case any of you missed the “how to change your avatar” instructions, here they are again:


how to control your Avatar (for example – mine is always the same and it’s actually my face) this is where and how I did it:

if you go to (which means globally recognized avatar), you can set one of your own (your pet, your face, something that pertains to you).

As long as you use the same email address that you used to comment on here, the same gravatar that you’ve chosen, will always show up (on, AND other sites using the gravatar system)

:D !!!

Maryse November 4, 2016 at 11:11 AM

Hi Antonella!! Welcome and I’m so glad you’re posting. I just included the instructions in the comments here, and also on today’s newest post. I hope that helps!! *hug*

Maryse November 4, 2016 at 11:16 AM

LOL Fabi. An exploding heart. ;)

Maryse November 4, 2016 at 11:44 AM

LOL bev. YES! The buddy read. :D

*hides behind Amy*

Leslie M November 4, 2016 at 1:52 PM

Thanks for recs Nay!! I do love the whole love triangle thing, and can deal with certain types of angst…but when a book is overly sad or depressing, I have a hard time with it. I adored Bad Romeo BTW…anyone who hasn’t read that one (and Broken Juliet) needs to ad it to their list. Not sure why I shyed away from A Love Letter to Whiskey. I’ve gotta check that one out.

Despite being the world’s biggest Twilight fan, I don’t enjoy PNR. (go figure?!)

I’m actually super weird. Some of my faves are also in genres I dislike:

Dystopian – Hunger Games

Dark/Psych Thriller – Consequences Series

BDSM/Dark – Original Sinners

Major angst/ugly cry (aka Marmy) – Breathing Series

Suspense – Kathleen Turner Series

Tessa November 4, 2016 at 2:15 PM

Lol She recommended the best angsty book to you. Bad Things by RK Lilley. That trilogy defies words.Also Ela’s reading it right now.

Cheryl November 4, 2016 at 2:23 PM

Leslie- I’ve read all of the Outlander books. So, hit me up for any spoiler questions. :)

MichelleS November 4, 2016 at 2:44 PM

Leslie – GASP! you want spoilers???? _____ gets raped. _____ gets raped too. _______ dies. _______ marries ______ (GASP!! EEK!! CRAZY). ____ offers to marry ______ because _______ is nowhere to be found!!! OMG!

MichelleS November 4, 2016 at 2:48 PM

Let’s see what else? There’s a horrible fire. Wait, more than one. And a long-@$$ boring wedding that lasts like an entire book. Get through it. Lord John saves the day. There’s some crazy pig. Ooh. And a tunnel. That’s important too. And someone has a bad heart (sob) and DAMMIT – someone nearly gets hanged!!! And then you-know-who gets what he deserves finally but you don’t even feel that good about it by then. And why oh why oh why did he have to get left with the native Americans? huh? sob some more. And then Lord John saves the day again. And then there’s that whole other person who I can’t talk about but he has such a right to be upset – and I wish things would work out for him already. And then Lord John saves the day again. And that’s pretty much it.

Tessa November 4, 2016 at 3:34 PM

What book is that supposed to be?

Leslie M November 4, 2016 at 3:34 PM



I don’t even know who the F Lord John is??! I’m only up to end of second season of show which I believe is end of second book.

Tessa November 4, 2016 at 3:35 PM

Oh Outlander?

Leslie M November 4, 2016 at 3:35 PM

Tessa, Outlander series.

Cheryl November 4, 2016 at 3:39 PM

Just have to say what the Frak( (Ronald D. Moore reference) with poor Roger!!! And don’t forget leaves…returns…money needed… treasure…voodoo priestess/traveler…seasickness…American revolution…scottish thieves…son Can’t wait for the next book!!!

Leslie M November 4, 2016 at 3:48 PM

Ok, everybody is squeeing and saying I need to read Tristan & Danika series. I’m adding it to the never-ending, constantly-expanding TBR!! :)

Actually, I’m going to vow to read a TON of “oldies” after the holidays and tackle all these great series in 2017 that I have never gotten to.

Maybe we can try to do some buddy reads? That usually motivates everyone. We can make lists of some of our “oldies” on our TBRs and whatever matches anyone else’s, can be a BR. Ok, that’s my 2017 goal!! I’m gonna hound everyone to BR a bunch of stuff with me. ;)

Tessa November 4, 2016 at 3:49 PM

Well, Ela is reading it now, so it’d be a buddy read if you start today. :P

Tessa November 4, 2016 at 3:51 PM

Actually, all the browsing and research to find who liked it, I think it’s going to be my night time re-read.

Maryse November 4, 2016 at 3:56 PM

Amy how did you like Punk 57? I just saw your comments, and trying to gauge whether it’s for me. It seems like it ’cause he sounds like such a jerk…

Maryse November 4, 2016 at 4:00 PM

LOL MichelleS I LOVE this SPOILER method. Tee hee!!!!!!!!!!! This s pretty good. Backtracking to find out what book we’re talking about. :P

Fabi November 4, 2016 at 4:22 PM

MichelleS that was awesome! lol

Amy November 4, 2016 at 6:25 PM

Tasha…I haven’t read it, but I sure as heck clicked it just now! That sounds like such a fun read. And believe it or not, I actually DO like a sweet read sometimes. ;)

OMG LESLIE!!! READ TRISTAN AND DANIKA’S TRILOGY!!!!!!! That is a Marmy trilogy if ever there was one!!! I’m not kidding. My tummy and chest just clenched thinking about it, and I want to sob happy tears all over again. I don’t think I have EVER sobbed happy tears over another book like I did with T&D.

Amy November 4, 2016 at 6:31 PM

Maryse…Punk 57 was GREAT!! I’d say 4 to 4.5 stars for me…definitely leaning more towards 4.5. It is dual POV, and you know how usually that dampens the tension because we know what’s going on in his head so it makes it not so bad (for us) when we are in *her* head? Wellllll, he is so freaking angry for his own reasons and ends up being MEAN to her, and his POV doesn’t really lessen things all that much. And they totally have this attraction-hate thing going on and MAN does it get explosive passion wise. You would love it! :D

Nay November 4, 2016 at 6:34 PM

Yay! Tristan and Danika! That series killed with angst. I read that back when I was wanting to read anything rock star after Thoughtless and I was SO glad I did!! That’s definitely the one you need to read first, Leslie!

Nay November 4, 2016 at 6:37 PM

Please! Someone fine me an angsty book that everyone is telling me to READ IT!!!

Oooh, it sounds like I need to read Punk 57???

Amy November 4, 2016 at 6:40 PM

Nay…I would have to peek at your GR list and see what you’ve read before I start throwing out recs. ‘Cause I have a bunch of ‘em. ;) Hey! You should check out Maryse’s I’ll-never-forgive-you-for-recommending-it list. Or something like that. *snort*

*shields Maryse from bev’s wrath* Psst, Maryse…you DO know if you don’t BR with her that she is totally going to blame me now, right??

Amy November 4, 2016 at 6:45 PM
Nay November 4, 2016 at 6:46 PM

Amy–I didn’t know about *that* list! And I have indeed read a lot of the angsty books that came out around the time of Thoughtless and Arsen because I’m obsessed with them!

When I was looking at recs for Leslie, I realized I had over 120 books on my GR ‘angst’ shelf and I’ve only read about half of them! I started going through and thinking, ‘I need to read that, and that, and that!’

Tessa November 4, 2016 at 6:48 PM

Nay, you need to read Punk 57.

And Leslie, see that! ” I want to sob happy tears all over again.” Exactly. It just clutches you in the chest and the happy becomes too much when it finally hits. It was that good. The most hard earned happy ever.

Nay November 4, 2016 at 6:50 PM

Wow! Omg I can’t believe I’ve never see this list! Thank you, Amy!

I was going to ask if any of y’all loved Accidentally On Purpose and how angsty it really is. I’ve thought about reading it about 20 times, but I’ve never taken the plunge.

Nay November 4, 2016 at 6:56 PM

And what’s really awesome is that before you sob those happy tears, your guts get chewed up and spit back out over and over again! Such a delicious feeling for angst lovers!

R. Renee November 4, 2016 at 6:57 PM

The BEST feeling. Ahhhhhh….

Amy November 4, 2016 at 7:10 PM

Holy moly Nay!!! I loved Accidentally on Purpose!! :D

And yes, Tristan and Danika’s story will beat the ever lovin’ sh!t out of your heart before you can get to the sobbing happy tears. *sigh* I wish I had book mind bleach…

Tessa November 4, 2016 at 7:10 PM

Accidently on Purpose. That was super awesome too. I still have yet to read book two. Next month.

bev November 4, 2016 at 7:17 PM

Omg. Hiding behind Amy & asking for a rec is NOT staying away from Amy.
She doesn’t even have to stop the van, you’re running after it.

Nay November 4, 2016 at 8:12 PM

All right! There are FIVE books in the AOP series! I’ll definitely be trying that either next or right after Punk 57!

Leslie–I’m game for br’s in 2017! I’d love to try to put a dent in this TBR. Right now, I’m trying to streamline my GR TBR shelf–3,000 books is waaaay too many to have on there. (And it’s actually more than that since I had a bunch of my ‘to be read’ books put onto my ‘read’ shelf. How, I have no idea. I just got on GR one day and a ton of my books were on my ‘read’ shelf that weren’t supposed to be there.)

Amy November 4, 2016 at 8:38 PM

Woo-hoo Nay!!!!! :D

bev November 4, 2016 at 9:25 PM

MichelleS, that was amazing.

Cheryl November 5, 2016 at 9:17 AM

”I want to sob happy tears all over again.”—> Tessa and Nay- what book are you talking about?

Leslie M November 5, 2016 at 11:20 AM

Cheryl, they are talking about Tristan & Danika series by R.K. Lilley. The entire group is hounding me to read it. ;)

Leslie M November 5, 2016 at 11:22 AM

Kidding of course (sort of) about the hounding.

I love how we all get overly excited about our fave reads and want everyone else to love them too!!

Cheryl November 5, 2016 at 4:50 PM

Oh, that was a great series Leslie. Rips your heart out. Angst with a capital A!! I agree you should read it!!

Nay November 5, 2016 at 5:46 PM

See? Told you! lol

Lisa November 6, 2016 at 4:41 AM

Its not ‘hounding’ Leslie….its very gentle peer group pressure….followed by a full assault of being pelted by peanuts!!
And you SHOULD read Tristan and Danika. Even lily-livered old me managed that heart-mincer.

Leslie M November 6, 2016 at 7:30 AM

Ha ha Lisa! *dusts off peanut shells* If you are “lily livered” and got through it, it’s ok for me!! :)

I promise to give it a try.

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