Book launches, Giveaways and Redesigns!

Hello Romantics!!!

I’ve been on a reading hiatus but, I’ve been keeping up with some of my author acquaintances who have some great things going on!

To start with, Ms. Sandra Bricker has released the second book in her modern fairy tale series called Rise and Shine.

This is the story of a woman named Shannon who has just woken up from being in a coma for almost 10 yrs! (Can you imagine it?)

When she went into her coma it was 2005 then wakes up, and the year is 2014! During that time, her husband dies from a rare form of cancer and her best friend has gotten married and had 3 kids. Not only that but, things like smart phones, tablets, and reality television have come into being.

Never fear though, because there is a handsome doctor, a loving aunt, and a wonderful best friend who are more than willing to help her get her bearings in this strange new world!

You, Dear Romantics, are in luck because this wonderful read became available today! (I just got my copy this week and I’m ending my hiatus just so I can read what happens next!)


Rise and Shine

Next, on our agenda is a giveaway from Ms. Mary Jane Hathaway a.k.a Virginia Carmichael!

As you know, back in February, I did an interview with Ms. Hathaway about her Austen Takes the South series.  Well, her third book, Persuasion, Captain Wentworth, and Cracklin Cornbread: A Passion Denied but Never Forgotten, is on pre-sale for a launch date in November! To celebrate she is doing a giveaway on her blog!

Make sure you click over and enter to win some great Austen inspired prizes. Then go to Amazon to Pre-sale a paper back version of her book!

Persuasion, Captain Wentworth and Cracklin’ Cornbread: A Passion Denied but Never Forgotten (Jane Austen Takes the South)

Lastly, I want to spotlight the wonderful Ms. Bonnie Blythe, who has just done a redesign on her book, How Sweet It Iswhich I reviewed back in January.

Make sure you head over and download this winner as well and laugh the weekend away!

How Sweet It Is

So there is your update my dear Romantics and I’ll see you next week!


Pride, Prejudice, and Cheese Grits (Austen Takes the South) by Mary Jane Hathaway

Hello Dear Romantics!

So yes I’ve been a bad blogger. I haven’t posted since the end of May!!!  How could I just leave you all to wonder about the next great read!  All I can do is apologize. I promise it wasn’t from lack of great reads just a lack of motivation to get my act together and read them.

So to make up for my lack of communication with you all I’m offering this next great read to one of you. (Details at the end of the review.)

What is this great and endearing find you may ask?

Pride, Prejudice, and Cheese Grits by Mary Jane Hathaway

I was scrolling along through Amazon looking for something to add to my kindle collection when this title caught my attention. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a big Austen fan and my all time favorite novel is Pride and Prejudice!!!!

So I think to myself, “Pride and Prejudice, set in the south during modern times…Sounds like a winner to me!”

And my faithful Romantics it was a true winner.

The part of Elizabeth Bennet was played by a spunky college history professor by the name of Shelby Roswell. Shelby is up for tenure at her small college and is trying to recover from a scalding book review by a well renowned Civil War Historian Ransom Fielding (Mr. Darcy).  To her dismay, Professor Fielding has taken a guest professorship at her college.

Ransom Fielding is just looking for a little bit of a sabbatical from his tenured position at Yale. All he is looking for is some peace to write and hopefully come to grips with the loss of his wife six years ago.  Never did he imagine falling love with the one person whose career he came close to destroying!

This book has several of the different themes and characters from the Pride and Prejudice book. There’s even a character that is a combination of Mr. Collins and Mr. Wickham?  If you are a Jane Austen fan you know which characters I’m talking about and you’re probably scratching your head and going WHAT????  I know I was a little confused at first but it works. Trust Me.

There is one expletive in the book and normally I don’t review books on here that contain bad language but the whole book was so entertaining and well written that I decided to bend my rule this one time.

So Romantics, to make up for my long absence, I am offering a free copy of this wonderful book to one of you!

Just leave a comment telling me your favorite Jane Austen character and Why, by Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 11:59pm est. and I will randomly pick a winner to be announced on Wednesday, July 31st, 2013.

or if you can’t wait to read this book make sure you go to:

Pride, Prejudice, and Cheese Grits by Mary Jane Hathaway

Pride, Prejudice, and Cheese Grits


4 out of 5 stars

Oh yes I’ve already re-read parts of the book about 6 times already and I just finished it last Saturday!

Romance  Rating:

3 out of 5 stars

There are only two big kissing scenes but they are quite lovely. The build-up to their relationship is the best part of this book though.

Tea With Emma by Diane Moody

Hello Romantics!

So this weeks book is part of a novella series called The Teacup Novellas.

Each book in the series is inspired by a particular china teacup.

One of my favorite literary concepts is a story within a story. To me it’s like getting two stories for the price of one! I guess it’s the bargain shopper in me.

In the prologue of this novella, Tea with Emma, you meet Lucy. She is a writer who has writers block and stuck on what to write about next. In her irritation with herself, she is interrupted by her very cute UPS delivery guy. In the package is a collection of teacups. The collection that belonged to her late Aunt Lucille.

As she takes out the different cups they start inspiring different stories or in writers speak, the cups start talking to her.

The story then turns over to an airplane scene where two girls, Maddie Cooper and Elaine “Lanie” Morgan, are flying home from London after taking a Jane Austen Tour. On the plane ride home they run into a very surly Englishman, Dr. Ian Grant.

Of course in literary tradition you can’t have a truly great story unless the two love interests happen to be in close proximity to each other. So after a comical scene at the Austin, TX. airport Dr. Grant, who is a visiting college professor, is staying in a house across the street from Maddie Cooper and her grandmother.

I don’t want to go too much further into the story because I want you to read it for yourself. However if there are any Jane Austen fans out there, I fully believe that you will enjoy this lovely short story.

Will Maddie and Ian get together? Will something come between Lanie and Maddie to break up their friendship? Why is Ian such a grouch? and why is this story called Tea with Emma when none of the main characters are named Emma?

I guess you’ll have to read the book yourself and find out.

Tea With Emma

Re-readability Rating:

3.5 out of 5

I’ve re-read it a few times. Being an Austen fan, I love that it mirrors the Emma story line.

Romance Rating:

3 out of 5

Not a lot of physical display until a few kisses at the end but, there is a lot of wit and charm that I like.

An Interview with Bonnie Blythe

Hello Romantics!

Today on the blog I am honored to be interviewing another one of my favorite independent authors. I discovered Ms. Bonnie Blythe through a short story I read last year called Melody’s Knight.

I fell in love with the story and was a little sad to see it end so soon. I believe I read it from beginning to end in one night.  Since I couldn’t put it down, I looked for other books from Ms. Blythe and systematically downloaded and read all of them over the last year. Yes, ladies and gentlemen I literally mean I have read every short story or novel this woman has released in the Kindle format.

I’d like to welcome to the blog Ms. Bonnie Blythe!

Hello Bonnie! First I just want to say thank you so much for joining us today.  For my readers who aren’t familiar with you and your work would you mind sharing a little about yourself and your writing style?

Thanks so much for having me, Shineka! Currently a Nashvillian, I’m originally from the West Coast and lived there my whole life. My family has been enjoying the transition to the genteel beauty of the Southeast. It’s not as slow as people say. We’re just as busy as ever! 🙂

As for my writing–like most writers I’m an avid reader and have been writing since I was young. I used to tuck romance novels in my school textbooks, so hey, I was committed. LOL I enjoy, and write, ‘pure romance’ where the main focus of the book is the unfolding relationship between the hero and heroine. Other genres that have only a smattering of romance just don’t hold my attention. I need all the mushy stuff. The other part of ‘pure romance’ is that the stories are clean and focus more on the emotional relationship than the physical.

Who or what would you say is your biggest influence in your writing?

Books. When I’m swept into a compelling story, I immediately want to figure out how to write like that. A few of my favorite authors are Francine Rivers, Camy Tang, Suzanne Collins, Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen, and Carla Capshaw.

I like how you have written in a few different genres i.e.:  Chick Lit., Regency. Opposites Attract. Which would you say is your favorite genre to write in and why?

I think Opposites Attract. It’s fun to imagine the ups and downs and general grumpiness of characters finally acknowledging their feelings for each other.

The main reason I wanted to interview you for this post was because of your book Claire’s Not So Gothic Romance.  What inspired this particular story and especially the zany cast of characters?

Fans of Gothic or historical romance can be so entrenched in their books that they can appear a little ‘off’ to others around them–especially for those who long for the days of yore and find modern life intimidating. That there is what I call a setup for a comedy. LOL I based Claire’s Not-So-Gothic Romance loosely on Jane Eyre. It was fun to give an ironic twist to the dripping melodrama of the original.

Out of this cast who would you say is your favorite and why?

I think I’m torn between Sam and Chip (oops, Darkwan LOL). Sam because it’s fun to imagine a sweet guy who’s left behind all the bad stuff in life, and who sees the truth in another person. And Chip because he too yearns for meaning in his own way–that and Claire’s mother’s cooking 🙂

I have got to talk to you about my absolute favorite scene in the book. It actually happens very near the beginning. The scene where Claire is in the emergency room. She has been given medication and is a little loopy then she meets Sam and, because she thinks she is dying, surprises him with a passionate, desperate kiss. Where did the idea for that scene come from?

A fun thing about writing a repressed character is that when they cut loose, they really make a job of it! For a super shy girl who isn’t experienced in kissing boys, it seemed that she’d want to make sure she’d indulged her fantasy before departing for the Other Side. From that point on, she’d then have to prove to Sam she wasn’t like ‘all the other girls’. 🙂

Another reason why I love your stories is because there is always a biblical message woven into the story lines. What would you say was the main message you wanted your readers to gain from this particular story?

Stay true to who you are and your beliefs. Even though Claire felt more comfortable in Jane’s world, when forced to deal with reality, she held onto her beliefs–much like Jane did when she fled Thornfield Hall.

Now this question is purely from me as a fan: Is there a possible sequel to this book in the future?

I haven’t thought about that! I’m wondering who would be more fun to write about:Shelly or maybe even Cedric?? Hey, everyone deserves a little romance in their lives!

One of the things I like to ask visiting authors is a personality question. I’ve noticed that a lot of your stories have at least one character with an odd personality trait that you wouldn’t necessarily expect them to have.  What would you say is your quirky personality trait that no one would presume you to possess?

I carry on audible conversations with myself. It’s highly embarrassing because as I get older, I find myself doing it more and more in the presence of others. Doh! LOL

Bonnie it’s been great talking with you today. Before you leave is there any advice you would like to give to any aspiring writers out there?

With publishing so accessible these days it’s a great time to be a writer. I would encourage anyone in following that dream all the way to the end by learning the craft, making sure they have the best possible, polished story, and knowing there IS an audience for their work, regardless of what anyone–including agents and editors–have said. Jesus used stories to communicate truth, which is why stories resonate with us all. If a writer has a story that needs to be shared, then it should be shared!

Thanks again, Shineka, for allowing me to be a part of your blog. I look forward to following your posts. There are always new stories to discover! 


Claire is your quintessential quiet, shy, and slightly repressed 24 yr old girl. Who, according to her mother, must marry a doctor so that she will have a life of luxury and not have to work as hard as her mother did to raise her.

Sam is the tall, handsome young man who just moved in across the street with a mysterious past he’s running from back in Tennessee.

What twist of fate will bring these two together!?!

You’ll have to read the book to find out!

For one lucky Romantic, Bonnie is giving away a free kindle copy of her book:

Claire's Not So Gothic Romance

Claire’s Not So Gothic Romance

Just leave a comment on this post telling us what your favorite Gothic, Regency, or Historical Romance is and why? The winner will be randomly selected next week!

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Romance Rating


What are you waiting for? Click on the above link and buy a copy today!

Make sure you check out Bonnie’s Blog:

Bonnie Blythe’s Pure Romance Blog

her website:

Bonnie Blythe Website

and her Facebook Page

Bonnie’s Author Facebook Page


I forgot one more thing!!!!!

Bonnie is releasing a compilation of her latest novel series!

Cascade Bride series cover

Cascade Brides Complete Series

Click on the above link to download this wonderful series!

I assure you, you won’t be disappointed!