Tag: Historical

Harper Collins Publishers Introduces the New Video E Book Original…

Posted September 13, 2007 by Holly in Discussions | 4 Comments


Lady Amelia’s Secret Lover is a historical romance novel with a decidedly modern bent: Lady Amelia Hathaway’s marriage has gotten stale over the past six years, so she decides to take a lover. She makes no secret of her intent – but what her husband doesn’t know is that Amelia’s real scheme is to win him back. Will the plan work well enough to earn Amelia the passion she deserves from her husband? Or will it backfire drastically, sending him into the arms of a flesh-and-blood lover of his own?

As you read this e-book, author Victoria Alexander will pop up onscreen at various points in the novel to talk candidly about the plot’s turning points and her vivid characters. This multimedia experience will draw you into the novel with words and insights directly from the famed romance author!

Lady Amelia’s Secret Lover also includes a preview excerpt of Victoria Alexander‘s forthcoming novel, Secrets of a Proper Lady.

How to use this e-book:
It’s as easy as one click!

Clicking on the sample link will begin an automatic download of the DNL Reader software process (you will have the option to cancel). Once the software is installed the e-book will begin downloading immediately! After the first chapter you will see a prompt that allows you to buy the entire book.

Please note: If your browser asks to install a plug-in or the ActiveX plug-in, please click yes.

Instructions for navigating the e-book will appear at the bottom of the screen when you open it.

Have you guys seen the new video ebook by Victoria Alexander that Harper Collins Publishers have released? It’s an eBook with extra video snippets of the author herself, guiding you through the story. Izzy, Holly and myself were fortunate enough to get a sneak peak at this exclusive feature that HCP (Avon) is coming out with and personally, I think the video snippets are a great addition to the story. They don’t really take away from the story but in my opinion enhance the reading experience.

In the beginning of the story, there’s a snippet of Victoria Alexander introducing herself and then giving you the synopsis of the story you’re about to read and then she starts the story off and you continue to read. Then in between chapters and big moments in the book, you’ll see VA pop up again to share her thoughts with you and it may sound corny and a bit much, but to me, I quite enjoyed it.

I’ll have my review up of the book Lady Amelia’s Secret Lover soon but I’ve got to say that so far, I’m really enjoying it. I haven’t yet read a book about what happens AFTER their happily ever after and this book has an interesting twist which I’m greatly enjoying. It’s a good story and the characters are charming, witty and very entertaining, I can’t wait to finish the book.

Right now they’re offering a free preview of this new technology. You can read the first chapter of Lady Amelia’s Secret Lover and see the first video clip of VA.

Go check it out!

Nobody’s Darling by Teresa Medeiros

Posted September 1, 2007 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 4 Comments

Dear Reader,

I never enjoyed being a wanted man until the day Miss Esmerelda Fine marched into the Tumbleweed Saloon and pointed her derringer straight at my heart. Who would have guessed some duke’s granddaughter—an awfully pretty one at that—would come gunning for the likes of me, a notorious bounty hunter with a taste for whiskey and a fondness for peach pie? Lucky for me, she was a mighty poor shot. Instead of killing me, she hired me to find her runaway brother. Little did she know she was about to make the acquaintance of a flea-bitten basset hound named Sadie, the infamous Darling Gang, and my shotgun-toting kinfolk. And little did I know she was about to lead me on a merry chase that would take us from a bungled bank robbery to the very first Wild West show to tour London, England.

I should have turned down her offer. I should have resisted her charms. But I didn’t.

Because there comes a time in every man’s life when he’s got nothing left to lose…but his heart.

Yours,
Billy Darling

Quickie Review: This one was a reread for me. I really enjoyed it and damit, I love Billy Darling. He did irk me when he said he didn’t love Esmeralda. He thought she deserved better so used that ol trick to send her back England. Stupid man. He does go to England to confess his love for her though.

Billy’s brothers are funny. Love how big and bad they are, but once Momma Darling steps in, they act like little boys. There is one scene where Billy asks Esmeralda to fake an orgasm so his brothers won’t try and have their way with her. I guess, if they knew Billy was pleasing Esmeralda, they’d leave her alone. Esmeralda does fake one and Billy is all hot and bothered by it. He asks her what she was thinking of. She says a cream puff. The way she describes it to him makes him even more hot and bothered.

I also liked the epilogue. Kind of different from ones I’m used to reading.

Grade: 4.5/5

Free Book Giveaway – Historical Romance

Posted August 13, 2007 by Holly in Giveaways, Reviews | 1 Comment

Who doesn’t love free books, right? This is a limited time offer, so send your email quick. Who knows, you may just end up loving it. 🙂

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We want to introduce readers to the awesome talent of author Kathryn
Fairfax, so for a limited time, we’re giving a free copy of her historical
romance (e-book version), THE LODESTONE, to anyone who sends an e-mail,
with Free Book in the subject line. Send your request to:
ckeel@tantalizingtales.com.

There are some steamy scenes in this book but primarily it’s a historical
romance set in 1830s England. You can read an excerpt by going to
www.tantalizingtales.com. Here are just two of the terrific reviews it has
received:

“This compelling story is filled with depth, and rich detail of 1800s
England, bringing to life the society intrigues of that time. Using
realistic dialogue and mannerisms, all the characters are expertly brought
to life. I highly recommend this exciting and endearing story to those who
love historical romances.” Rating: 5 Cups
—Kelley, Coffee Time Romance

“The Lodestone is the best I’ve ever read, bar none. I couldn’t put it
down. The author drew me in with warm, compelling characters and kept me
turning pages with a fast-paced, richly layered plot. I love the way she
weaves history in by involving her feminist heroine in the social issues
of her day. Kathryn Fairfax can flat-out write!”
Peggy Webb, multi-published author.

Dreams of Destiny by May McGoldrick

Posted August 13, 2007 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 5 Comments

Wounded by scandal and the unsolved murder of his sister-in-law, David Pennington is outwardly insolent and arrogant. But nothing will stop him from escorting his childhood friend, Gwyneth Douglas, to Scotland-and saving the Scottish heiress from fortune hunters. But with their arrival in Scotland comes terrible danger. Now, if they ever hope to satisfy their fiery desire, they will need to thwart the evil that threatens to destroy both their lives…

This isn’t a bad book but I’ve been reading this for 3 weeks and I’m not even half way. So far now, I’m putting it down and maybe I’ll tackle it later.

I did skim though and damn. Ya see…. Gwyneth used to follow her cousin Emma around. She admired Emma. Everyone thought Emma was just wonderful. Really, Emma was all twisted inside. Part of the story deal with the problems Emma caused and who pushed her off a cliff. Emma was pregnant with another man’s baby and someone didn’t want her to reveal who the father was.

So I skimmed ahead to find out who the father of the baby was. Emma was disturbed. She was in love with this guy Walter and he loved her. But she married someone else and became Countess I think…. But she still loved Walter. Someone how, she finds out he’s her half brother. What does Emma do? She find hims and seduces him. Then she tells him they are related.

Ewwww.

And Walter is the father of the baby.

Ewwww.

I just realized, I cared more about finding out what happened with Emma than I did the main characters. hmmm.

Grade: DNF

How to Abduct a Highland Lord by Karen Hawkins

Posted July 27, 2007 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 3 Comments

It’s hardly the type of wedding Fiona MacLean dreamed of. No family, no guests, just a groom who’s been dragged — literally — to the altar. But if marriage to Black Jack Kincaid, the handsome wastrel she’d sworn never to see again, will avert a bloody war between their clans, so be it. Surely she can share his bed without losing her heart….

Known throughout Scotland and London as a wild rogue, Jack is accustomed to waking in dire situations, but…married? Long ago, he and Fiona reveled in a youthful passion. Now, the fiery, sensual lass is his once more. And though their marriage is in name only, Jack is determined to win her forever — body and soul….

The Plot:

Hoping to end the feud between their families, Fiona kidnaps Jack Kincaid and marries him while he is drunk. Will Fiona be able to tame his wild ways?

What I Liked:

Fiona’s family is cursed. They can control the weather. Actually, they can make it stormy and rain. Kind of like Storm from the X-Men however, it only turns to bad weather when they are upset/mad/annoyed. So if someone is annoyed, there might be a little wind. If someone is downright pissed, you get a full blown storm. When Fiona is upset, her stormy weather bears the faint smell of lilacs.

There is one scene where Jack’s former mistress confronts Fiona. Fiona tries to control her anger but to no avail. She doesn’t make it completely storm but jack remarks he thought he heard thunder and smelled lilacs. She ends up pouring a vase full of water on the mistress’s head. The next day, Jack learns there is a storm cloud over his former mistress’s residence.

I also like when Fiona gave Jack a dose of his own medicine. Jack was very upset with how Fiona married him. He made it clear he would not give up his freedom. He would continue to go out and have fun. Minus the mistresses. Well to teach him a lesson, Fiona decides to do the same thing which Jack doesn’t like.

What I Disliked:

The ending was just too fast. I was reading along expecting more and it was done.

I’m guessing the brother’s will have a book and the last book will be the one where they break the curse. (To break the curse Fiona and her brothers have to do a good deed.) The brothers wonder if Fiona marrying Jack to end the feud between their families is her good deed.

I thought this book was set in Scotland. It’s not. They get married in Scotland and then they move to England. Towards the end of the book, Jack decides to move back to Scotland. Bummer, I wanted a Scottish highland story.

Would I recommend it: If you have nothing else to read. It does look like a promising series so I plan on reading the others later. Maybe the rest of books will be better.

Grade: 3.5/5