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Weekly Wrap Up: October 2 – October 8, 2017

Posted October 8, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

Here’s what you missed this week on Book Binge…

What We Reviewed

10/2: Tracy reviewed A Christmas Affair by Jodi Thomas | 4 out of 5
10/2: Holly reviewed A Night Like This (Smythe-Smith Quartet #2) by Julia Quinn | 3.75 out of 5
10/3: Tracy reviewed Drop Dead Gorgeous (Bite Nights #2) by Juliet Lyons | 4 out of 5
10/3: Holly reviewed Magic Waking (Legends Reborn #1) by Eva Chase
10/4: Tracy reviewed Chasing Christmas Eve (Heartbreaker Bay #4) by Jill Shalvis
10/4: Casee retro-reviewed Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood #8) by J.R. Ward | 4 out of 5
10/5: Tracy reviewed Archangel’s Viper (Guild Hunters #10) by Nalini Singh | 5 out of 5
10/5: Holly reviewed Soul’s Blade (Legends Reborn #2) by Eva Chase | DNF
10/6: Tracy reviewed Maybe this Christmas (Colorado Ice #3) by Jennifer Snow | 3.5 out of 5

What We Posted

10/2: Books to Binge On: October 2017
10/6: What Are You Reading? (398)
10/7: WTF Cover Saturday (231)
10/8: Sunday Spotlight: Storm Gathering by Rebecca Zanetti

Around the Blogosphere

Here are some noteworthy blog posts that we read around the blogosphere this week. Check it out:

Current Giveaways

Monthly Reads: September 2017

Book Binge Turns 10: October Giveaway

Sunday Spotlight: October 2017

Giveaway Winners

No winners to announce but keep an eye out because that might change.

That does it for this week’s weekly wrap up. How was your week in books? Hear any book news that you’d like to share? Get any new books you want to share? Review any books we should check out? Please share.

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The Challenge Has Been Issued….*Bet Me*

Posted March 23, 2011 by Holly in Miscellaneous | 14 Comments

Bet MeAs most of you know, I adore Jennifer Crusie’s novel, Bet Me. Although I’ve enjoyed many of her other novels, Bet Me is the best of the best. It would put it in the top 5 of my all time favorite contemporary romances. It’s amazing.

Over the weekend I met up with Lori, Tracy and Nikki for lunch and book shopping. We had an awesome time talking books, life and gossiping about all of you making plans for RT (we’ll be there!). Before I go on, I want to thank the girls for allowing me to invite myself to their lunch (the bitches wouldn’t invite me on their own..I had to invite myself). Love you girls.

Anyway, we went to Borders in Santa Clarita, which, sadly, is closing. They still had a really great selection of older (nothing released in the last month) romances @ 50% off. I ended up buying 4 books for $16, and one of them was The Iron Duke in trade (I misplaced my copy). It was a good day.

As we were wandering around the store, we came across a copy of Bet Me. Lori, bless her heart, confessed that she didn’t care for Crusie and refused to read Bet Me. Refused. Y’all, she wouldn’t even try it! Can you imagine?

Naturally Nikki, Tracy and I encouraged her to stop being so pigheaded and give it a try. She said she would, if she happened to get it for free, and Nikki said “DONE! I’ll send you my copy.”. Lori said, fine, if Nikki sent her the book she’d read it. And if she enjoyed it she’d write a review letting the world know Holly Was Right.

Which got me to thinking about when Casee had to admit to the world that I was right. A few years ago, Casee too was being pigheaded refused to read Bet Me. She said Cruise wasn’t for her and that was that. But then we shamed gently persuaded her to try it and guess what? She loved it. She gave it a 5 out of 5.

Course the downside is that if Lori hates the book I’ll never hear the end of it. But really, I think my track record speaks for itself. Lori will love it. It has Krispy Kremes, Brats and Elvis. What’s not to love?

What do you think? Will Lori love Bet Me? Let’s convince her to read it quickly so we can prove that I am right, not that there’s any doubt find out for sure.

Casee, do you care to weigh in?

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So Cal Blogger Recap – 6/19/2010

Posted June 24, 2010 by Holly in Miscellaneous | 12 Comments


As I mentioned before, this past Saturday, the So Cal Bloggers got together again. We drank, we ate, we made merry..especially in the parking garage where we exchanged books at the end of the afternoon.

We met in Century City (a crappy 3 hour drive for me…So Cal Bloggers may rock, but So Cal Traffic sucks big donkey balls) at noon at – where else – Borders. I had a short list of books I needed to pick up:

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashely
Undercover by Lauren Dane
Relentless by Lauren Dane

I somehow managed to misplace my original copies of the Dane books (did I loan them out? Did a thief sneak in and steal them? I just don’t know) so those were replacements. Unlike the rest of the known universe, I didn’t read the Ashley when it came out (I have issues with books that get too much buzz) but I received an ARC of her upcoming release, Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage, and thought it sounded intriguing (plus, she’ll be visiting the blog in July), so I decided to pick up the first book.

After Borders we had lunch at an awesome Brazilian restaurant, Ummba Grill. When I made the reservations they said we could have the “lounge” area to ourselves, which sounded grand to me. The last few times we’ve gotten together we sat at a large table and it wasn’t very conducive to talking with everyone. I loved the lounge setting here. It was a series of couches that formed a square – though there was quite a bit of space in between – so it was easy to get up and move around, which gave us a chance to talk to everyone. Though that part was awesome, I hated that we didn’t have tables to sit at to eat. I am not coordinated enough to not spill food all over myself. heh

Oddly enough, we didn’t do a lot of book gabbing. Oh sure, we did some, but a lot of talk centered around girl stuff (yes, that kind of girl stuff), robot and zombie sex (the consensus: Eww, they’re not even really real or even alive..Especially the zombies. What if it fell off inside you? we probably spent more time than we should have pondering that..and the conversation you’d have with the ER doc afterward), Lori’s son’s Bar Miztvah and kid/husband news. That’s not to say we didn’t talk books, because we totally did. We just didn’t talk only books.

After lunch we split up for dessert – some of us went for ice cream while others went for coffee (I’m a coffee girl myself). We then converged in the parking garage for the infamous Parking Lot Swap. We all pulled out our boxes/bags of books and descended en mass…I brought 3 full bags (1 was Costco size) and a full box. Lori had at least 3 boxes, Rowena had 2…you get the idea.

Unfortunately it was hot as Hades in that parking garage. We didn’t end up spending as much time as we normally do..though we still picked everything over good.

Here’s what I brought home:

Never Love a Lawman by Jo Goodman (replacement)
Blackthorne’s Bride by Shana Galen
Angel in My Bed by Melody Thomas
Do you take This Cop by Beth Andrews
Traitor’s Kiss and Lover’s Kiss by Mary Blayney
All That Matters by Stef Ann Holm
Turbulent Sea by Christine Feehan (replacement)
Chosen by Desire by Kate Perry
Lucy Gets Her Life Back by Stef Ann Holm
The Most Wicked of Sins by Kathryn Caskie
One Good Man by Alison Kent
A Woman’s Innocence by Gayle Callen
From London with Love by Jenna Petersen
Sex, Lies and Online Dating by Rachel Gibson (replacement)
The Secret Mistress Arrangement by Kimberly Lang

Books for Review
Seven Secrets of Seduction by Anne Mallory
Tempted by His Kiss by Tracy Anne Warren
When Marrying a Scoundrel by Kathryn Smith
Last Night’s Scandal by Loretta Chase

A total of 23. Eep! Of course, 7 of those don’t count because I bought them and/or was given them for review (hey, I can use whatever logic I want)


Everyone started trickling out pretty quick, considering the heat. In the end, just Lori, Renee and I were left. We stuck it out long enough for Rosie to come back from shopping, then braved the nasty LA traffic and headed home. It took me just over 3.5 hours. Did I mention So Cal Traffic sucks donkey balls?

The Group:

Lori, Nikki, , Rosie, Judith, Rowena, Pearl, Holly, Rachel Jameson, Tracy, Sabrina Darby, Wendy, Christa Paige, Zoe Archer, Danielle Yockman, Renee, Netta Ferguson

Anyway, it was a great visit. I was thrilled to see everyone again and meet Pearl. I’m bummed that so many couldn’t make it (Tessa Dare, HelenKay Dimon, Eden Bradley, KC and K-Kahn from Smokin’ Hot Books, Blanche, Cara Wallace, KB Alan, Vivenne Westlake – did I miss anyone?), though. Next time!

And remember, if you’re planning to visit So Cal, let us know. We’re always looking for excuses to get together.

I was Tweeting while we were visiting (and I think others were, too). If you’re interested, we tagged it #SoCalBloggers. Renee, Tracy, Lori and Wendy have already blogged about it, too. Go check them out if you want more details!

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Sound Off – Where Are You From?

Posted June 22, 2010 by Holly in Discussions | 59 Comments

I seem to be especially nosy curious this week. Today’s question comes to you courtesy of Pearl, from Pearl’s World of Romance. For those of you who don’t know, Pearl is from the Netherlands, but she’s currently visiting the States. This past Saturday, the So Cal Book Bloggers got together and had lunch with Pearl (look for a full post to come about that later this week). It was wonderful meeting her and getting to hear about reading adventures..I especially enjoyed hearing what kind of books are available to her there.

Meeting Pearl got me to wondering, where are our readers from? I know we get visits from all over the world, but I’d like to know where, exactly, y’all are from.

So, Sound Off..tell me where you’re from and, if you’re a lurker, introduce yourself.

Hi, I’m Holly and I currently live in the desert of Southern California.

Now it’s your turn….

*image credit winxfm

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Do You Live in Southern California? Let’s Hang Out!

Posted June 14, 2010 by Holly in Miscellaneous | 11 Comments

A couple of years ago a few of us So Cal Bloggers decided, since we lived close enough, we should meet.  It started with Rosie, Wendy and me. And then at the very last minute I got a migraine and couldn’t make it. So it was just Rosie and Wendy.

The next time we planned a meeting more of us showed up:


Then we added:

Lisabea as an honorary member when she came to visit from somewhere that is decidedly NOT So.Cal.

We usually meet at a book store, then have lunch together. Then comes the much lauded Parking Lot Swap. All of us bring books we’re willing to part with – extra copies, books we loved we want to share, books we hated we want to get rid of, etc – and at the end of the day we pop our trunks open in the parking lot/garage where ever we happen to be, and swap books. Right there in the parking lot. This is the best time of our get together if you ask me. You don’t really know someone until you’ve seen how they act when there’s a book they want – especially if someone else happens to want it too. heh

Two times ago when we got together, Nath was visiting from Canada. During that visit I was tweeting about being there and HelenKay Dimon said she lived in So Cal. I suggested she come hang out with us, she said she would love to and that started off a huge explosion for our next meeting.

We met and had lunch at the Yard House, then went book shopping, then did the Parking Lot Swap. Only this time it wasn’t just bloggers and readers, it was authors, too (who, incidentally, are still Readers, but you know what I mean). Lisabea was back visiting (she was the reason for our meeting in the first place) and it was a much larger group this time:

Tessa Dare
Danielle Yockman
HelenKay Dimon
KC (Smokin Hot Books)
Kristin (Smokin Hot Books)
Rachel Jameson
KB Alan
Vivienne Westlake
Eden Bradley
Sabrina Darby
Nikki (@nikireads)
Lisabea/LB Gregg

Such a fabulous group! I had such a blast with them (well, other than getting a flat tire at the end of the night..but still).

On Saturday (June 19), we’re getting together again.  I don’t think everyone from our meet can make it, but most of us will be there. If you live in Southern California and are up for a day of fun, laughter and GIRL TIME, you should think about joining. We’re meeting in the LA area, but there are people coming from all over So. Cal, so if you want to carpool we can probably work something out.

Don’t be scared! I promise we don’t bite..much.  If you’re interested, email me at holly @ thebookbinge . com (no spaces) and I’ll give you the details. Even if you can’t make it this time, let me know you’d like to come and we’ll include you for the next meet.

Also, if you’re from somewhere other than So Cal and you think you’re going to be in town, let us know. We’ll plan a special get together just for you. (no really, ask Nath and Lisabea!)

ETA: I’m such a goose, I forgot to tell you the reason for our visit this time. Pearl from Pearl’s World of Romance is visiting! Since she isn’t from around here, who knows when you’ll get the opportunity to meet her next. Now’s your chance…. 😀

If you want to read more about our adventures, you can do so here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

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