Charms & Curses- Dual Review of Two Amazing Books

In this review, we are going to highlight two novels in one post! Both of these novels center around a special object that brings the two individuals together. In book #1, Sweet Serendipity by Elena Gray, the object is an antique cake stand that is given to Gwen Palmer as a gift; the story behind it being that the groom went off to war and the bride waited for him to come back so they could get married.

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In book #2, Seduce Me by Robyn DeHart, the object is Pandora’s Box. Yes, that Pandora’s Box! Pandora__s_Box_by_kevincu

One character has the key in her possession, and one character is hired to find the box and bring it back to his employer.

Because these two books are similar, in that respect, I’ve decided to ask them to share a post. Enjoy!

Sweet Serendipity by Elena Gray

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RATING: A+

COVER DESIGN: Elaborate, but perfect! I found it hard to decide whether to drool over the delicious cupcakes or the gorgeous man.

WHAT I LIKED: I like the story and “charm” behind the cake stand, of course, but the romance between Gwen and Ethan was the real “charm” in this story. They were definitely made for each other. Elena’s writing is detailed, yet understated and sweet. When I read her description of the bakery and the goodies that were displayed, I was craving chocolate so much that I actually had to get some! Speaking of the bakery, “The Flaky Tart”, I love the name and wish it was a real place that I could visit and pig out at. Especially, if Gwen and Ethan were to team up; it’s also incredibly sexy to see a man who is proud of the fact that he is a dessert genius.

This book was also extremely hilarious and entertaining. I can totally relate to Gwen’s fumbling, “no-filter”, mouth!

I hope the author writes the stories of Stephanie and Maddie soon.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE: I never wanted it to end! I literally screamed NO when I reached the end!

ADDITIONAL NOTES: I will definitely be picking up Elena’s books in the future.

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Seduce Me by Robyn DeHart

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RATING: A

COVER DESIGN: A classic kind of sexy. There’s just enough skin showing to make it erotic, but also enough clothing to convey the time period.

WHAT I LIKED: The Indiana Jones feeling to the very beginning intrigued me from the first sentence. I usually don’t like Historical Romances, but I absolutely loved this one. It sort of had a paranormal/ Sci-Fi feel to it, which gave it an edge that most Historical Romances don’t possess. Usually, when I try to read Historical Romances, I also have the hardest time reading it, because of the “old-time” language. However, that was not the case with this book; I was unable to put it down without force.

I’m very jealous if the author for the professionalism of her writing. This is not a writer to be taken lightly. She would be in good company with Nora Roberts, James Patterson, and more on the New York Times Bestsellers List.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE: *crickets*

ADDITIONAL NOTES: Robyn asked her Facebookers what adjectives we’d use to describe her books… Here are mine: Exciting, Intriguing, and Emotional.

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~Genevieve~

Morgan Kearns Blog Hop- Day 3- Interview With the Author

Well, here we are at day 3 of the blog hop. I want to thank everyone for joining us in supporting Morgan Kearns and her books. No one has entered the contest from day 1 yet, but don’t worry, you still have time. Today, on this last day of the hop- Hoppy Easter by the way- we are going to join together for an interview with Morgan herself! You got to know her books and now you get to know her! Isn’t that exciting? Here we go:

Morgan being Morgan

Morgan being Morgan

Why don’t we start by telling the folks a little about you? I am a mom of four great kids; three boys and a little princess. My husband is the best! We’re going on 18 years. We live in Northern Arizona and have an English Bulldog, (the favoritest member of our family) Gus.

I love how your dog is the most favorite member of the family; I hope the rest of your family doesn’t take offense of that lol. When and why did you start writing? I started writing in 2007 because I had characters in my head who wouldn’t leave me alone.

And, now you have some of the best characters in the literary world! Who is your favorite author and why? I have many favorites, for different reasons. The way JR Ward can paint a scene is amazing! When I need to giggle I pick up Lynsay Sands, Janet Evanovich or Karen Hawkins.

I just befriended J.R Ward on Facebook and can’t wait to read one of her books. What do you hope to accomplish with your writing? I hope to share my stories with others, hoping they’ll love my characters as much as I do.

Traditional or self publishing and why? I self-publish because of the control I have over my product. The content, the cover, the marketing; it’s all on me. Stressful, yes. But oh, so worth it.

I feel the same way. Speaking of books, tell us about your most recent book and why we should love or hate your characters. My most recent book is LUCKY 13. Enrique Santiago is the Left Fielder for the Las Vegas Rockets. He is crazy sexy and uber sweet. In this book, though, the favorite character(s) award tends to go to 12yo Matt Xavier, 5yo Emma Pierce or Walgreens’ Clerk Marge. I’d love to know your opinion on the subject!

If your book had a soundtrack, what is the first 5 songs you would include?

Music is a huge source of inspiration for me. Some of the LUCKY 13 playlist are:

Come Over by Kenny Chesney

(Kissed You) Good Night by Gloriana

Distance by Christina Perri

Stay with Me (Brass Bed) by Josh Gracin

Over by Blake Shelton

That’s a great list! Did you know that Gloriana is from my area? You mentioned that music was a huge inspiration, so aside from writing or reading, what is your favorite pastime? As bad as it is for my checkbook, I like to shop!

Oh! You and I MUST get together and go on a shopping trip! That sounds like so much fun! I’m putting it on my to do list right now. Speaking of lists, what is the one thing you want to do, or the one place you want to go, that you would put at #1 on your bucket list? My husband and I really want to go to Africa. Someday…

I hope you get there one day… Finally, what else would you like readers to know? I want my readers to know how much I enjoy hearing from them. Getting an email or a Facebook message telling me how much they love—or HATE—a character is a total high for me. Please reach out and say hello!

To contact Morgan, please see the list below:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMorganKearns?fref=ts

Website: http://www.morgankearns.com

Thank you for joining us on the blog, Morgan! I hope we didn’t dissect you too much. *Insert evil laugh here*
Thank you to the readers for joining me in celebrating the wonderful and friendly, Morgan Kearns!
I highly recommend you pick up one of her many books and send her a quick message about how you liked them, or leave a review on one of the available websites. Feel free to comment below with your thoughts as well!
Links to books:

Fade to Black: http://www.amazon.com/Fade-Black-Deadlines-Diamonds-ebook/dp/B004E9U9CW/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1 and http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fade-to-black-morgan-kearns/1018909693?ean=2940013448735

In It To Win It: http://www.amazon.com/Win-Deadlines-Diamonds-ebook/dp/B004VS3H84/ref=la_B005MHDGBG_1_2_title_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1364413982&sr=1-2 and http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/in-it-to-win-it-morgan-kearns/1030917200?ean=2940013812369

Out of Left Field: http://www.amazon.com/Left-Field-Deadlines-Diamonds-ebook/dp/B007YW2KFA/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1 and http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/out-of-left-field-morgan-kearns/1110498268?ean=2940014465649

Lucky 13: http://www.amazon.com/Lucky-13-Deadlines-Diamonds-ebook/dp/B009V4C63U/ref=pd_sim_kstore_2 and http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lucky-13-morgan-kearns/1113581100?ean=9781479359929

~Genevieve~

Morgan Kearns Blog Hop- Day 2- Review of In It To Win It

Well, thank you for joining me for Day 2 of the Morgan Kearns Blog Hop! I’m so glad to see some familiar faces and, hopefully, a few new friends as well. Yesterday, we learned about Morgan’s books and her wonderful characters! Speaking of which, have you entered the giveaway yet? Well, if you haven’t you really should after reading this review of In It to Win It.

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RATING: A+

COVER DESIGN: This cover is sexy and athletic. It holds an air of mystery, yet perfectly reflects the story.

WHAT I LIKED: Grayson Pierce is mega-sexy! He’s outgoing and sweet, yet some what shy around Jane. As I read each page, I didn’t think things could get any better, but then he opened his mouth to sing and I think I was a puddle on the floor for a few minutes. I’m totally in love!

Jane Alexander is the type of woman that a lot of us can relate to. When she was in High School, she was referred to as “Plain Jane” and now she has made a life and a name for herself. Unfortunately, she also had the hugest crush on Grayson when they attended that High School together and now she’s been asked to get an exclusive on him and his baseball career. Every word of the story bring forth the mix of emotions that run through Jane when she sees Grayson again; pain, sadness, slight fear of a shattered heart that only started to heal, and, of course, that butterflies in the tummy feeling of attraction. If Jane was the baseball player, she’d probably feel like she was watching the ball soar over the stands and out of the ballpark every time she looked into his gorgeous eyes. Speaking of relating to her, I can relate to her situation as well. I’m sure most women can as well; everyone has a Grayson.

Also, the amazing chemistry between the two characters was enough to knock me on my feet, while I stood at the sink simultaneously washing the dishes.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE: The only thing that I can put here is that I’m jealous of Jane. While everyone has a Grayson, not everyone gets a shot with their Grayson.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: Snatch up this book here: http://www.amazon.com/In-Win-Deadlines-Diamonds-ebook/dp/B004VS3H84 and enjoy the ride and the journey with Grayson and Jane and the whole Las Vegas Rockets team!

Yesterday’s post: https://csicreativesceneinvestigation.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/boys-baseball-blog-hop-for-author-morgan-kearns/

Check out these other great blogs for more Morgan Kearns awesomeness! http://www.linkytools.com/wordpress_list.aspx?id=190650&type=basic

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~Genevieve~

Boys & Baseball- Blog Hop for Author Morgan Kearns

ATTENTION BASEBALL FANS! Do you like romance novels? Have you ever dreamed of falling in love with a professional baseball player? Then, this is the blog post for you! We’re going to spend the next three days celebrating the opening of a new baseball season with the fantabulous Deadlines and Diamonds series of Romance Novels by the amazingly talented author Morgan Kearns.

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I’ve had the privilege to read 3 of the Deadlines and Diamonds books, and I have to say that they are one of the best sports-oriented romance novels I have ever read! They’re romantic, funny, heart warming, sweet, and all around entertaining. When Morgan swings the bat, she always hits a home-run; or a grand-slam, as the case is with Lucky 13. 

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So, grab your bat and take a swing at these great novels!

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FADE TO BLACK

The day Kate Callahan steps through the doors of KHB as their newest reporter and meets photographer Rich Spencer her world is turned upside down. There is something about the way he caresses her with his eyes, speaks to her without saying a word, and lights her skin aflame with a simple touch that makes her rethink everything she’s ever known. She finds herself faced with an impossible choice, which becomes excruciating when fate steps in and makes the decision for her. Walking along a mountain of heartache and regret, Kate struggles to find a world where love does conquer all.

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IN IT TO WIN IT
Back in the day, Sportscaster ‘Plain Jane’ Alexander blended into the background, content to watch from the sidelines while Grayson Pierce soaked up the spotlight. Content until he broke her heart. Grayson loves baseball. It was his pastime in high school, his passion in college, and now … his career. He also has the reputation as a bad-boy known for his fast cars, loose women, and expensive liquor. All things that make him deplorable in Jane’s eyes, but when the promise of an exclusive interview brings a reluctant Jane to Grayson’s home, she realizes that not everything is as it appears.
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OUT OF LEFT FIELD
Xavier is a jerk with a capital A.S.S.
and he offers no apologies. If a woman is willing to give, he’ll gladly take, walking away without a backward glance. He’s not looking for commitment and the only diamond he’s interested in has three bases and a home plate. Dr. Frances Holden knows all about fixing broken bones and taming arrogant athletes. As the Team Doctor for the Las Vegas Rockets she deals with stubborn ballplayers every day. But nobody is more stubborn than Left Fielder Matthias Xavier, III. When a shoulder injury takes Xavier out of the game, it’s Frankie’s job to get him back on the diamond. His rehab turns out to be more than either of them bargained for, and when she promises to help him face his scarred past, neither of them are prepared for the fireworks that come Out of Left Field and threaten to scorch them both.
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LUCKY 13
Tragedy made it possible for Enrique Santiago to take over as Left Fielder for the Las Vegas Rockets. Talent keeps him there, giving him everything a guy could want. Except a woman to share it with. A painful past with one very prominent reminder molded Shayne Xavier into the woman she is. She isn’t bitter or jaded, though. She’s a realist. Men can’t be depended upon and only lead to broken promises and shattered hearts.
Unaware of the demons of her past, Ricky tries to offer strength as Shayne’s life spins out of control. Sometimes Happily-Ever-After is too good to be true.Will Shayne and Ricky be able to restore the luck of his Lucky 13?
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So, be sure to catch these great reads before they fly out of the ballpark and into the stands!
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Thank you for joining me for Morgan’s blog hop, but don’t forget that this is just the first post of the event. Come back tomorrow and the following day to learn more about these great books and the wonderful Morgan Kearns!
Until then, who would like to win a prize? I have a free e-copy of Lucky 13 (seen above) that will go to one lucky winner; pun intended. All you have to do is comment on this post with your email address! It’s that easy!
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Have a great opening weekend, Baseball fans!
Go Yankees!
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~Genevieve~

Review of Game Murder, She Wrote 2

Wildtangent recently released the game Murder, She Wrote 2… It’s based on the popular TV show Murder, She Wrote starring Angela Lansbury and I was extremely excited to see it released. I enjoyed the first one very very much…

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Screen shot from the game.

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Jessica Fletcher

However, this game disappointed. I liked the prospect of the game and was glad to see all of the usual characters, but sadly other areas were lacking enough to make it unsuccessful.

Whomever they got to portray Jessica Fletcher’s voice, did not do a good job. It was a sad attempt at copying her voice and ended up sounding like a cross between The Queen of England and a ditzy cheerleader. The graphics of the game (seen to the left) were shotty and glassy. They had no reality at all; especially when it came to the faces of the characters. Granted, they made the characters look like they should (except the sheriff, who just looked sick).

I did like the plot of the game and, like I said, I was excited to see a second game based on the show I love so much. However, considering I could not FINISH the game, there isn’t much more I can say that I liked about it.

After only ten minutes of play, I got an error message on the screen and could not get rid of it or get out of the game without forcing my computer to close down the program. Due to this fact, the game received an average rating of a C+ from me.

If this glitch can be worked out by the creators, or- fingers crossed- this message was only an occurrence for me on my laptop (keep in mind I downloaded this as a “try for free” game from the Wildtangent app on my computer), this game could be quite enjoyable for those of you who like investigative games or fans of the TV show from the years 1984-1996.

RATINGS BREAKDOWN:

– Graphics: B

– Audio: B

-Enjoyability: C

– Entertainment: C

– Accuracy to Topic: B+

– Difficulty: 3 out of 5 (moderate)

~Genevieve~

Review of Cold Case Morphs

Cold Case Morphs by Barbara Silkstone was suspenseful, intriguing, and more! I definitely preferred it over the 1st one and can definitely see the author’s improvements. This is going to be a short review, because there will be no dislikes and it was so good that I have little to say specifically.

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RATING: A

WHAT I LIKED: I liked the paranormal aspect that the author brought to this right from the beginning. The best line in the whole book was “This card reads Cold Case Investigators. Ghost ARE cold. This one is a cold little bitch.” lol, I loved it so much I kept laughing even as I went to the next page. Also, the age gap between the main character and her love interest was so yummy! It is one of my guilty pleasures when it comes to books and I was so excited to see it.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE: Nothing; enough said.

~Genevieve~

Review of the movie Ghost

Ghost, starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore, was romantic and entertaining.

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RATING: A-

YEAR IT WAS MADE: 1990

LENGTH: 2 HRS. 6 MINS.

In the very beginning of this movie, I was a little worried that this was going to end up being a scary movie, because of the song that was played during the credits. But, as I continued to watch, I realized I was wrong. The movie started slow, but eventually it picked up and I was hooked. Of course, with Patrick Swayze’s gorgeous self on the screen, it was hard not to be hooked; especially in those moments when his beautiful chest was on display.

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Being a big believer in ghosts and the after life myself, I was looking out for realism and such. I found this movie to be pretty realistic and believeable when it came to the after life, ghosts, spirits, angels, and demons. I liked that Sam saw his own death, because that’s likely what happens when we die. Also, I liked the way they showed up the innards of things that Sam’s ghost passed through or that passed through him; it made the experience more in his point of view. The only two things about this movie that I thought were unnecessary, were 1: The little “flash” that Sam had right after he had died; it was strange and felt like it was just something they missed during the editing process lol, and 2: The “static” that seemed to resonate from him when he touched objects or people. That was strange. I’m assuming it was supposed to represent that sensation we get when we connect with spirits, but to me it just sounded like a glitch in the audio.

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One big downside in this movie was that, while the actors seemed to have chemistry between them, they seemed a little incompatible somehow. I can’t explain it, but it just felt that way to me.

Now, I’m assuming that you’ve been reading this review and have been wondering: “What about the iconic pottery scene?” Well, I suppose I have to mention it, although I don’t really see why it became so popular to recreate in movies and TV shows. It was sensual, as was expected, but it wasn’t really a major part of the story or anything. Maybe it’s just me, but all I could think was “how messy!”

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Lastly, fair warning about the ending… Have a box of tissues handy.

RATINGS BREAKDOWN:

SPECIAL EFFECTS: B+

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STORY: A

SOUNDTRACK: A+

BELIEVABILITY: B+

ENJOYABILITY: A

CHARACTERS: B+

QUALITY: I WATCHED IT ON NETFLIX AND THERE WERE A FEW ISSUES SO I HAVE TO GIVE IT A B+

~Genevieve~

Daily Rant- Rude People

Okay, one of the things I hate the most is people who are incredibly rude and today I had an experience that I will not soon forget. While lunching at Friendly’s restaurant, the waitress proceeded to seat a group of college students in the booth next to us. At first, there were only two of them with a baby and they were quiet, but then their buddies showed up. They were loud, rude to the waitress, messy, and eavesdropped on my conversation with my aunt. I can not stand anyone being rude like that, especially when there are other people around you trying to enjoy a nice lunch. All I wanted to do was catch up with my Aunt and eat a nice meal, but because of those people I ended up looking at my cell phone, waiting for it to be time to leave. And, they had no qualms about what they were talking about in a public place either. They talked about sex, disease and more disgusting subjects that had no place in a restaurant.

Why do people feel they have to be rude like that? Can anyone explain it to me? I just don’t understand acting like a child when you are obviously supposed to be adults. I didn’t even act like that when I WAS a child for pity’s sake!

 

~Genevieve~

Review of Friendly’s Build a Burger

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I went to lunch today with my Aunt Alberta and we both ordered a Build Your Own Burger. I had a burger on Ciabatta bread, with mushrooms, grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, ranch dressing, and buffalo sauce with cheddar cheese. She had a turkey burger with grilled onions and ranch dressing. The experience of ordering from the build your own menu was efficient and easy and I thoroughly enjoyed having choices. It was a lot easier than ordering a burger and saying “don’t include this” or “don’t include that”.

The only downside to our experience was the fact that we were seated next to very rude people (see following Daily Rant post), but that’s in no way the fault of the restaurant. Our waitress was extremely friendly and upbeat.

The location of the restaurant we went to was in New Hartford, N.Y. They really lived up to their name and I was extremely satisfied when I walked out the door. Considering it is the only Friendly’s left in our area, I feel they are doing a very good job with keeping up with the additional business.

RATINGS:

  • SERVICE: A+
  • CLEANLINESS: A
  • TASTE: A
  • ATMOSPHERE: B+
  • OVERALL EXPERIENCE: A

~Genevieve~

A New Blog Worth Checking Out

Fellow author K.A Robinson has created a blog of her own! It’s brand spanking new, so there isn’t much to say about it, but you really should check it out. authorkarobinson.blogspot.com

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A note about the author:

A little about myself? My name is Kelly, but I publish under K.A. Robinson. I am happily married to my high school sweetheart, and we have a two year old son together. (My nickname for him is Bug, he answers to it better than his real name!) I am 22 years old. I live in a small town in West Virginia that I KNOW you have never heard of, but I love it here. I work at a Kubota Tractor Dealership as Parts and Warranties Manager (Yes, somehow I still manage to work full time.) I have a severe addiction to tattoos, both my own (only two so far) and others, as well as an addiction to Cocoa Pebbles and Starbucks.

Since publishing Torn in January, my life has changed drastically, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I LOVE talking with every single one of you.

That’s all I can think of, so again, welcome to my blog!

~Genevieve~