Tag: Reader Questions

Reader Needs Help So, HELP!

Posted June 3, 2009 by Rowena in Reviews | 6 Comments

Here at Book Binge, we get a lot of readers asking us from time to time if we can help them find titles, books, authors or whatever else they need help with and sometimes we know the answers and sometimes, we don’t.

When we don’t know the answer, we take to our blog in hopes of finding someone who can help us, help our readers.

So last week, we got an email from one of our readers asking for help. Please read through the email and see if this reminds you of anything. If you know the answer, hollar back!

Hi. I lent a book to a friend 16 years ago — she lost it. I have tried finding this book again for the last 10 years to add it back to my collection, but I
have forgotten both the title and author’s name. But I remember the story fairly

I’m hoping since you bloggers have read so many books that you may be able to assist me.

The book had to be from the 1970’s because it had themes of Vietnam, and segregation/racism in the story.

Its the story of a young college man who returns home for his mother’s funeral. In the airport the sees the young men dressed in military uniforms from the Vietnam war, but he merely dismisses them as being part of a system that he rejects.

The son has issues with the father, because when he was a young boy he was in the bell tower of his father’s church (his father is a minister who married the boys
mother mostly because she could further his career — I believe the wife’s
father had also been a minister — or church elder) he had witnessed his father
having sex with a local socialite/married church member. The son blames the
father for driving his mother to an early death by continuing his relationship
with this socialite-church member through many years. Perhaps she even committed
suicide. The son believes his minister father is a hypocrite, and hates the
socialite lover.

The socialite/lover had married an older man, and become wealthy and a favored citizen and upon his death had inherited his factory. She has a daughter by her late husband who is 17 and graduating from high school as the story begins.

After the death of the minister’s wife, the socialite doesn’t want to marry the minister right away (as he would like) because she doesn’t want to raise suspicion as to the length of their relationship. The minister has guilt around his late wife’s death. Even though he considered the wife cold and their intimate life unsatisfying, he knew that she was aware of (and hurt by) his long term affair.

Somehow the son ends up going to the senior high school dance (or prom — I forget). Also in attendance is the socialite’s beautiful blond 17 year old daughter who is
graduating from high school. The son, at first just to irritate his dad and the
socialite mom, shows some interest in the girl during the dance.

The girl is taken with the son, but he makes some rather forward moves on her — and
is rude — which scares the girl and leads her to chastise the guy for his obvious disdain for any and all.

At first, the son thinks the daughter is too naive for him, but he is quickly seduced by her beauty and sweet nature. They fall in love. The son is careful with her sexually, and uses condoms, and is decent to her, but he can’t help his extreme anger towards his father, resentment of her mother, or his support (as a liberated young white man) of the black citizens as they face segregation in their town.

The son takes the young 17 year old to the “black” side of town one night to a speakeasy. The son and the youthful blacks of the town want to rebel against the white establishment. The son becomes involved in a planned plot to crash the
socialite’s ball/party and present a play showing the hypocrisy and racism of the town establishment, and uses the girl to gain entrance to the party.

The young blacks like the girl, and don’t want to see her hurt, so they ask the son if he knows what he’s doing, and how this stunt will effect the young girl, but he is so wrapped up in his own pain and need for revenge, he pushes everyone along.

They do the play, which infuriates (and embarrasses) the socialite mom. She bans her daughter from seeing the minister’s son again, and also tells the minister that their relationship must also be put on hold. The girl is devastated.

The son returns to college. He figures that the girl will convince her mother to let her attend his college, and he’ll see her again. He is full of himself. The girl thinks he’s simply dumped her and returned to more worldly and older college women! A huge misunderstanding occurs.

But rejection and what college to attend is the least of the girl’s problems. One night before everything fell apart while on a date with the son at the beach, they re-use the same condom. The girl becomes pregnant, which she discovers after he has left.

Having been banned from seeing the son (and his not attempting contact because of his foolish idea that he’ll just wait for her to show up for school), the girl becomes depressed and desperate. She thinks herself rejected. She can’t communicate with her mother. The only person who knows of her plight and offers some sympathy is the black family maid.

Finally, the girl goes to the minister for counseling and help. She doesn’t exactly tell him that his son has knocked her up, but he figures it out (who else would it be!). The girl is horribly frightened and alone. The girl commits suicide.

When the socialite mother finds out the connection between the pregnancy, the minister acting as adviser to her daughter (but now telling her of the situation), and his son’s involvement — she immediately cuts end their relationship. She says they can’t possibly go on and marry after what his son has done. The minister is heartbroken but it wakes him up to his faults and he is changed.

The minister goes to visit his son at college to tell him of the girl’s death. The cocky son is there still thinking that his young love will turn up. The father tells him of her death, and the two men reach a break through in their relationship with each other. Both of them have been selfish and hurt (and caused the death of) people that they loved to selfishly get what they wanted. The son forgives the minister/father. They’ll help each other recover.

The end.

Do any of you have any idea the title of this book, or the author? For some reason, I think the son’s name in the book is Chris (but I’m not sure).

Thanks for your help. I’ve been to countless bookstores over the years searching for this book. I won’t give up til I find it (but it’s turned out to be a “needle in a haystack” situation since I don’t remember a title or author).

Thanks in advance.

Anyone have any clues? Anyone have the answer? Any help is greatly appreciated.

Rowena, Casee and Holly.

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What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year?

Posted March 30, 2009 by Casee in Discussions | 25 Comments

We’re almost a quarter of the way through 2009 already. It seems like it was just last week that I decided not to make any New Years resolutions.

So yesterday I was looking at my pathetically short list of March reads (only eight so far). Then I looked back to what I’ve read so far and I have to say, I’ve read some damn good books this year. Which made me think…what’s the best book I’ve read so far?

Imagine my surprise when I realized that of the two books that could both be the best of 2009 as of today, they’re both paranormal. Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh and Blood Magic by Jennifer Lyon [side note: Look for my review next week]. I really thought I was over paranormal for the most part, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

I adore Nalini’s Psy/Changeling series, but I really didn’t expect to love Angels’ Blood. I knew it would be good b/c Nalini is a spectacular writer, but I did know if Angels and vampires together would really do it for me. I’m not surprised that it was good, but I was surprised at how much I absolutely effing loved it.

I picked up Blood Magic by Jennifer Lyon during some tipsy book shopping. Sometimes it seems like that’s when I find some of the best books. “Ooooh, this is a pretty cover, I need to get it”. Or something lame like that. I started Blood Magic right before I got sick, so it took me over a week to read it. Still, it was fantastic. We’ve discussed how hard it is to find new paranormal content. I mean, there are only so many vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, etc. that you can take. Blood Magic is about witches and witch hunters…a very interesting premise.

If I have to choose one or the other, I’d probably have to go with Angels’ Blood. But Blood Magic was right up there.

What’s your best read so far this year? Is it a new-to-you author? What was so great about it?

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What author will you not give up on?

Posted March 24, 2009 by Casee in Discussions | 36 Comments

As I was looking over my wishlist at Amazon.com, I saw that I still haven’t attempted to get Fire and Ice by Julie Garwood. I haven’t even considered buying it and haven’t even called the library to see if they have it. So I would say that Julie Garwood is an author that I have given up on.

So what author will I not give up on? Suzanne Brockmann. The last book I read of hers that I absolutely loved was Over the Edge. That’s the third book in her Team Sixteen series. And while I’ve enjoyed the books since then except Flashpoint, I haven’t loved any of them. Yet I won’t give up on her.

Another author I won’t give up on is Sherrilyn Kenyon. I haven’t read any of the Dream Hunter books after the first one, but I can’t bring myself to give up on this author that so completely wow’ed me. Which brings me to Christine Feehan…her Carpathian series is getting a little repetitive, but I will never give up on her just b/c she was the author that introduced me to paranormal.

Overall, I would say that I’m a pretty loyal reader. It takes the heroine turning into a ghost A LOT for me to give up on an author.

What author will you not give up on? What does it take for you to give up on an author?

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Help a reader out

Posted March 5, 2009 by Casee in Reviews | 1 Comment

We recently had a reader email us, trying to find the name of a book. Here’s the description:

I have been reading romance novels for a long time. When I started I mostly ready series romances. There is one book I ready I still remember and would like to get a copy but it was a while ago and cannot remember the name. I thought if I could identify the series I could find the book. It was a series like Harlequin somewhere between 1977-1987. It was a series that had double rings on the cover and the series of books was about couples after they are married.

This particular book was a artist marries a businessman. She has 3/4 brothers. Part of the book there is some conflict when the husband “buys” one of her paintings at one of a shows instead of accepting as a gift. In this should she shows 3 paintings of the holocaust.

Does this ring a bell for anyone? We can’t come up with anything so we were hoping one of our readers could help us out…

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Instant Attraction Month: Reader Questions

Posted January 27, 2009 by Casee in Promotions | 7 Comments

At the beginning of Instant Attraction Month, we asked you to send in your questions for Jill. Sometimes it’s hard for us to come up with fresh new interview questions, and I think that we have some great questions here. So thank you, readers, for playing with us!

Nancy B: I’d like to know where she gets her ideas from. She has unusual characters, wonderful but unusual.

Jill: Where do I get my ideas . . . Well, I’d like to say they come easily, but they really don’t. It’s a long, slow, tortuous process that’s almost worst than having a root canal but not quite. And then after agonizing over having NOTHING for what seems like forever, the idea’ll just show up in my brain, like “hi, been here all along waiting for ya …”

I Heart Book Gossip: What time do you write? Do you write with music?

Jill: I write from the moment I kick my people out the door for school and work until the moment they arrive back home again, taking time out for a daily hike in the woods with the dogs and the occasional plotting session on my couch with my eyes closed. Sometimes I don’t get enough done and have to go back at it at night but I hate to miss my shows so I try not to do that . . .

Anon: Are your characters based on people you know?

Jill: No. Never. Ever. Made up people are far more fun.

Willa: For anyone who has never read your books how would you describe them?

Jill: Fun and sexy. Maybe I’m not writing deep literature but I do think there’s something to be said for fun and sexy as a great escape.

Cassie: On your blog you chronicle events from your life living in the Sierras. Any chance your future books feature an appearance of Momma and Baby Bear, running into Luke Wilson while walking on a trail without a camera or that ‘special’ stump?

Jill: Oh most definitely. I just have to recover from the embarrassment of the Luke incident first. (Blushing all over again) As for the bears, be sure to stayed tuned. I have a special bear mention in my Christmas novella coming out in 10/09.

Seneca: What is the most common question you get asked? Not counting ‘where do you get your ideas’. That’s a given, I think. LOL

Jill: Definitely the most common question is always directed at my husband: “Do you help her research the sex scenes?” I’ve seen him answer in a variety of ways, and he’s always a good sport about it, but for some reason, it drives me crazy, lol! Please if we ever meet, don’t ask me that one.

Karin: Jill, do your daughters read your books? And, if they do, how old were they the first time they did?

Jill: I have always told my kids that my books are rated R, and so just like certain movies, certain books aren’t age appropriate. But now my oldest daughter is in college at UCLA and her friends read me. She’s still not ready, lol!

Allison(‘s) Reads: Jill, do you think the characters you come up with and/or the issues they face in your stories are affected by your family/people in your life? For example, the worries or hopes you have for them specifically translating into a story idea? If that makes any sense at all… whatsoever..

Jill: Sometimes, yes. I think it’s natural to have your work affected by what’s going on in your real life. But for the most part, I truly try to mostly make everything up. It’s far easier that way. And far more fun to write make-believe that real worries, real angsts. At least for me, because let’s face it, I like light-hearted. I like a happy ending.

ddurance: What genre would you like to write, but haven’t thus far?

Jill: A good old fashioned who-done-it mystery, complete with mapcap adventure and add in the sexy.

Joy: How much influence do you as the author have on the way your cover for your book looks?

Jill: Very little, lol. VERY little. (Read: none)

Susan: Jill, do you have a scene in your mind that you haven’t been able to fit into one of your stories yet? If so, can you give us a clue as to what it’s about?

Jill: I did, but then I just squeezed it into the story I’m writing now, which happens to be the third Wilder brother, so sorry. Can’t tell. But trust me, it’s . . .well, hawt. How’s that for a tease? 🙂

Gina: Can you tell us more about your next series, the one about the baseball player?

Jill: Double Play comes out in July of this year, and it’s the first of two sexy, alpha major league baseball players. Pace Martin n an ace pitcher on the Santa Barbara Heat, and he’s got it all. Or so he thinks. But this being me, and the book being a romance, of course it all falls down around his ears and he has to pick up the pieces one by one. Luckily, he has a little help from an unlikely source, and let’s just say he never expected love to play a part in the game or his life, but really, as it happens, it was the missing piece.

Blanche: Is there a story that you’re dying to write but haven’t had time to get it written yet…if so, can you tell us about that story?

Jill: I always feel this way about the book I’m writing now.

Nikol: Which of your own books is your favorite?

Jill: Oh boy. That’s like asking which kid is my favorite, but I have to say, it’s INSTANT ATTRACTION, and not just because it’s out RIGHT NOW SO PLEASE GO BUY IT. 🙂 It’s my favorite because it just came out of me like a song, and because it has a hot hero, a lot of fun and love and adventure, and it’s what I love to read, as well as write.

Theresa: It’s the start of a new year, did you make any writing resolutions this year? Care to share some of them?

Jill: No resolutions. I suck at keeping them.

Delene: Who’s your favorite Wilder brother?

Jill: I can’t do it. I can’t pick. How about this, when all three books are out, I’ll have a contest and you guys tell me which brother is your favorite? Deal?

Thanks again to everyone that sent in a question for Jill!

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