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29 09, 2015

Review: The Midnight Witch by Paula Brackston

By | September 29th, 2015|Categories: Authors|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

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midnight witch book coverReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

In high society, things are often not as they may appear on the surface. In Paula Brackston’s The Midnight Witch, Lady Lilith Montgomery is not only the daughter of a Duke, but also a very powerful witch that possesses the ability to conjure and speak to the dead. After the death of her beloved father, Lilith becomes the Head Witch of the Lazarus Coven, a mysterious and secret society that is skilled in the magical arts. Stepping into her father’s very influential shoes, Lilith is met with controversy and unseen adversaries as she works to prove her rightful role within the coven. Soon, Lilith must find a way to take on opposition from an intruder into the coven as well as a dark, shadowy group known as the Sentinels, while still maintaining her outward

25 09, 2015

Guest Post: Russell Scott, author of The Hard Times

By | September 25th, 2015|Categories: Authors, Guest Posts|Tags: |3 Comments

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russell scott headshotPlease welcome Russell Scott, author of The Hard Times!

Hey, hello, and howdy. I appreciate the chance to blog here on Luxury Reading, and have to say that the name represents the reality for most of us today. Reading and reading well is in fact one of the ultimate luxuries in the new millennium. With our busy schedules, increasing work loads, and the increasing prevalence of electronic entertainment options, it becomes harder and harder to sit down book in hand and give ourselves the luxury of spending time within our own minds.

I will admit that when I’m preparing for an interview (for our literary journal China Grove) and I’m reading the oeuvre of a writer like Ellen Gilchrist, Winston Groom, Pat Conroy, or Greg Iles where there are twenty or more books to read to get prepared, I can

25 08, 2015

Review: The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

By | August 25th, 2015|Categories: Authors|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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heart goes last book coverReviewed by Sarah Lelonek

When I was in high school, I was subject to the dreaded AP reading list. Unlike most high school students, I was able to choose what books I read from the list. That is how I ended up reading The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. I instantly fell in love with her writing style, and I have been attempting to keep up with her work ever since. When I was given the opportunity to read Atwood’s latest novel The Heart Goes Last, I was ecstatic. I had read the previous three novels centered on Positron, and I found the fourth installment to be as unsettling as the first three.

The Heart Goes Last is set in a near future where America is crippled by the fall of capitalism. People who were once comfortable in the

17 08, 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach by Pam Jenoff

By | August 17th, 2015|Categories: Authors, Giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , |18 Comments

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last summer at chelsea beach book coverPlease join Pam Jenoff, author of The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Enter to win a copy of the book PLUS a Chelsea Beach limited edition beach bag below – open to US and Canada residents

Why The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach Is My Homecoming

by Pam Jenoff

Though none of my work is autobiographical, I have come to believe after eight (!) novels that some books are just inherently more personal to write than others. For me, this has never been more true than writing The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach. Though I never set out to write it that way, and I didn’t know it until after the book was finished, but my new book is in many senses

15 04, 2015

Guest Post: Holly Robinson, author of Haven Lake

By | April 15th, 2015|Categories: Authors, Guest Posts|Tags: |9 Comments

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haven lake book coverPlease welcome Holly Robinson, author of Haven Lake!

The Magpie Writer Steals Again, by Holly Robinson

Writers are like magpies: we steal shiny objects wherever we go.

“Ooh!” we say as we catch a snippet of colorful dialogue in a restaurant. “I’m keeping that!”

The same is true for the silky threads of plot from a family story, or those gold buttons we find on family vacations that we can transform into fresh settings. I love looking back at my novels and seeing how I’ve woven the various bits and bobs I’ve been collecting into stories.

Sydney, one of the main characters in my newest novel, Haven Lake, is a child psychologist who grew up on a hippie commune started by her father, a Vietnam vet suffering from PTSD. She no longer has a close relationship with her mother, Hannah, who

12 03, 2015

Interview & Giveaway: Irene Even, author of A Life of the Twentieth Century

By | March 12th, 2015|Categories: Authors, Giveaways, Interviews|Tags: , |3 Comments

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irene even headshotPlease welcome Irene Even, author of A Life of the Twentieth Century, as she tours the blogosphere with iRead Book Tours!

Enter to win an eCopy below – open internationally

Interview with Irene

Why did you decide to write A Life of the Twentieth Century as a fictionalized autobiography i​n​stead of a memoir?

Irene: The reason I have chosen​ to write A Life of the ​Twentieth Century as a fictionalized autobiography instead of as a memoir is because the minute I started to write my book, I realized that I could not possibly write this book in the first person, since I have never been able to talk about my life experiences. And so it happened that when I ​wrote​ it in the third person​,​ the story of my life became just a story​.​

What or who inspired you to put down your experiences during World War II

27 02, 2015

Review: No Fortunate Son by Brad Taylor

By | February 27th, 2015|Categories: Authors|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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no fortunate son book coverReviewed by A.D. Cole

In the seventh book in the bestselling Pike Logan series, Pike and Jennifer suddenly find themselves fired from the Taskforce, a super-secret organization that Pike has dedicated years of his life to. Kurt Hale, the man in charge of Taskforce operations, has just found out that his niece has gone missing. He can’t legally use government resources to find her, so he recruits Pike and Jennifer – now free agents – to do an off-the-books search and rescue.

In the meantime, several military relatives of high-ranking U.S. officials, including the Vice President’s son, have been kidnapped by an unknown terrorist organization. All of the government’s resources are being used to find these men and women, but it’s Pike, during his search for Kylie Hale, who stumbles onto the trail of the bad guys.

No

13 02, 2015

Guest Post & Giveaway: Those Rosy Hours at Mazandaran

By | February 13th, 2015|Categories: Authors, Giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , |15 Comments

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rose hours at mazandaran book coverPlease join Marion Grace Woolley, author of Those Rosy Hours at Mazandaran, as she writes about researching costumes for her story! Woolley is touring the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours.

Enter to win a copy below – open internationally

by Marion Grace Woolley

When I set about writing Those Rosy Hours at Mazandaran, I really had to confront my prejudices. Well, not exactly prejudices, more those inbuilt stereotypes you unwittingly collect from the media and your parents’ bedtime stories.

I knew Iran to be a strongly Muslim country. Living in the West, the images you get bombarded with in the media tend to be of women heavily veiled in black, not an inch of skin showing except that between their eyes.

Somehow, I knew this wasn’t the correct image for my Mazandaran, the world which I wanted to write

7 01, 2015

Guest Post: Kim Wright, author of The Unexpected Waltz

By | January 7th, 2015|Categories: Authors, Guest Posts|Tags: |2 Comments

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unexpected waltz book coverPlease welcome Kim Wright, author of The Unexpected Waltz!

by Kim Wright

I tell people I stumbled into a ballroom by accident. It makes a good story… In fact, it makes such a good story that it’s the opening scene of my novel, The Unexpected Waltz. My heroine, Kelly Wilder, is rich, bored, beautiful and widowed and she finds her way into the world of dance almost by magic.

In real life, my own waltz wasn’t quite so unexpected. (Nor am I rich, beautiful or widowed, although I do get bored on occasion!) I signed up for an introductory ballroom lesson when I spotted the studio out of the corner of my eye one day as I was leaving a Trader Joe’s. The sign-up may have been impulsive, but I had always wanted to dance. As a child I’d been obsessed with the

5 12, 2014

Six Books That Changed My Life by Syrie James

By | December 5th, 2014|Categories: Authors, Giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , |43 Comments

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syrie james headshotPlease welcome Syrie James, author of Jane Austen’s First Love! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below!

by Syrie James

I’ve heard it said that we are all a product of our environment. I’ve also heard that we’re a product of our experiences, our thoughts, our decisions, our past. I would argue that all of the above are true, and that in turn we’re the product of yet another element that affects everything cited above: the books we read.

I love nothing better than to curl up with a good novel! I believe that we’re all influenced in one way or another by the books we read. Here are five books that have had a great and lasting impact on my life:

The Secret Garden

When I was seven years old, I moved with my family