It’s Release Day!

I’m very pleased — and outrageously excited — to announce that as of today, I am officially a published author for Pandamoon Publishing! Today is release day for my debut novel, Love’s Misadventure, the first in the Mason Siblings series!

This is a dream come true! I’m so very lucky to have such tremendous support from my friends, family, and my amazing Panda family with Pandamoon. You all are wonderful!

I’ve already got some great reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. I’m flattered! Thank you all so much!

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Cover Reveal for Love’s Misadventure!

Good afternoon, everyone!  Today is a very special day for me! The book cover for my debut historical romance novel from Pandamoon Publishing has officially been released to the public!

Love’s Misadventure is the first book in the Mason Siblings series, and is due to be released on March 15, 2016. Only a few days from now!

Here’s the cover:

 

Love's Misadventure Final Front Cover 300 dpi front cover only

A blurb about Love’s Misadventure:

Miss Annabel Bradley refuses to accept life as a spinster. Her many years of pouring greedily over gothic novels has put her head in the clouds; dreaming and hoping for the love she reads about. She has always held a tendre for her best friend, Lane Mason, seventh Earl of Devon, but she does not want to jeopardize their friendship by telling him about those indecent dreams of hers. Anna, therefore, makes a life-changing decision; she is going to accept the proposal of the next suitor to ask!

Lane Mason is an average aristocrat; absorbed in life in general, and content with his status in society. Amid a frequently occurring moment of self-loathing, Lane shockingly discovers his feelings for Anna. Now armed with the awareness of his love for Anna, Lane decides to perpetrate a devilishly clever scheme. He will pay actors to abduct the two of them in order to give Anna an adventure like the ones she reads in her treasured books.

Lane’s plans go awry, however, when they are kidnapped in truth.

 

Thank you all so much for reading! I’m so excited that I get to share this with you! Happy Thursday!

Book Review – Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt

Dearest Rogue (Maiden Lane, #8)Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Phoebe and James are an absolutely wonderful couple. Phoebe’s personality is light, open, and entirely refreshing, while James is solicitous and surprisingly eloquent with descriptions. The two together make for a great read. Their conversations are entertaining, and the spark between them is enjoyable. There isn’t a single thing about Phoebe and James that I could critique, besides maybe the age difference, but that’s a non-issue in my mind.

I quite liked seeing the other Maiden Lane characters again. I’d been anticipating Phoebe and Trevillion’s books, and I’m thrilled that they ended up together.

I wasn’t particularly fond of either Eve Dinwoody or Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery, as they came off more like anti-heroes, not future main characters of their own romance novels. But, as this review isn’t for their books, I didn’t take my opinion of them into account while giving my rating here.

Overall, this was a spectacular read for me!

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Book Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame Smith and Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, #1)Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The novelty wore off pretty quickly with this one. I’m a big fan of Jane Austen, and while the addition of zombies seemed humorous, it fell short of exciting. Honestly, I’d hoped that there would be more casualties. Maybe Lydia, Kitty, Wickham, or Mrs. Bennett would be eaten or turned.

I’d seen it written in another review, and I have to agree, that the “ninjification” of the characters is utterly ridiculous. While I do believe that after 50 years of this odd plague, the Regency-era folks should possess some sort of fighting skill, to send your children abroad to train under ninja masters is overly strange. At one point Elizabeth claims to have withstood standing on her head for six days in one particular training exercise; I have to admit, I laughed aloud at how preposterous that was.

Elizabeth, herself, seemed far too changed from her original character. In P&P&Z she felt intolerant and wrathful, ready to murder Mr. Darcy for not wanting to dance with her. Ultimately, she read more like a petulant teenager, than the mature and loveable twenty-something that would use her cutting words to make her point in the original P&P.

I truly believe that in this rare circumstance the P&P&Z movie will prove more interesting than the book.

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News and Exciting Update!

Good morning, everyone! It’s been a while since I made an official blog post, and for that I’m sorry. Life has been quite busy in the Champagne household! We spent nearly three months dealing with colds/flus/viruses, but as of this weekend we seem to be officially over it all *knocks on wood*.

Also in my personal life, we’ve officially begun renovations on our carport and front steps to our house. The carport is turning into a garage and our stairs will no longer be curving. It’s a very thrilling change for us!

My writing is coming along nicely. Slow, but steady (it wins the race, doesn’t it?). I’m now nearing the half-way mark of my current work in progress, To Woo A Troublesome Spy, which is very satisfying.

In other writing news, I have an exciting update! My first novel (which was originally self-published, but removed from online retailers when I was picked up by Pandamoon Publishing) is coming out very soon! The official press release hasn’t gone out, but you’ll be seeing Love’s Misadventure in mid-March! Huzzah! I’m so very excited!

I’ll post again once I have the official press release.

Thank you all so much for reading! Happy Sunday!

Book Review – Looking Into The Sun by Todd Tavolazzi

Looking into the Sun: A Novel of the Syrian ConflictLooking into the Sun: A Novel of the Syrian Conflict by Todd Tavolazzi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Once I picked up LOOKING INTO THE SUN, I didn’t want to put it down. The story is both engaging and frightening, highlighting the atrocities of war in Syria, how it effects those living there, and those that report on it.

As a mom to young children, some parts were difficult to read, and others made me cry, but hard or not, they were essential to the story Todd Tavolazzi tells.

This is most definitely a book that will stick with you long after you’ve put it down. Well done, Todd Tavolazzi, on a truly amazing book!

I received an ARC from the publisher to give a review, but before I’d even finished reading it, I’d already pre-ordered my paperback copy. I’ll be proud to display this on my bookshelf!

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Book Review! -Under the Mistletoe

What Happens Under the MistletoeWhat Happens Under the Mistletoe by Sabrina Jeffries
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As a huge fan of Sabrina Jeffries and Karen Hawkins, picking up this book was an easy choice for me. I was not disappointed! The stories are short, sexy, and wonderfully enjoyable.

Candace Camp and Meredith Duran are authors that I’d never read before, but now that I have, I intend to pick up some of their works! This was most definitely a great book to curl up with.

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Just a Little Update

Good morning, everyone! It’s been far too long since I posted (again!), and for that I apologize. This is just a short-and-sweet blog with a bit of an update on what’s been going on with me.

In early December I received the substantive editing notes for my second novel, The Trouble With Love, and I’ve been working tirelessly on it ever since. Naturally, the holidays and the flu slowed me down a bit, but since the New Year I’ve been back at it.

In addition to editing and reading submissions as the Acquisitions Manager for Pandamoon Publishing, my days are consumed by my kids. As any parent knows, it’s a busy life — no matter how many children you have. One wonderful thing is that my mom and step-dad moved four blocks away from me, so they are able to watch my kids more frequently (Yes!). With luck, I should be able to blog more frequently. Huzzah!

As for the goings-on in my personal life, we’ve  been working at getting contractors out to give us quotes to change our carport into a garage. It’s going to be costly, but worth it in the long run, I believe. We’ve also lined up meetings with the bank to set up accounts for our twins, and a meeting with our boys’ Taekwondo academy to cancel their classes. We’ve decided that that particular academy isn’t right for the boys, so we’re switching them to the one up the street (which we’ve done a sit-in for, and it was amazing!).

Thank you all so much for reading! I fully intend to blog again really soon. Stay tuned! Happy New Year!

Broccoli-Cheese Soup

Good afternoon, everyone! I’m so sorry for my recent absence. It’s been extremely busy for us in the Champagne household. I’ve been helping family move, reading through submissions, dealing with teacher meetings, school concerts, shopping trips, colds, the list could go on.

Luckily, all of the colds and flus have forced me to practice making soup! I believe I’ve perfected the Broccoli-Cheese. This recipe requires a strong blender; I’ve got a Viamix.

These measurements all depend on how much soup you wish to make. I have a family of 6, so I often make two full batches, and we always have leftovers.

The ingredients:

– 1 head of broccoli
– 2 cups chunked cheese (I use marbled cheddar)
– 1 tsp powdered chicken bouillon base
– Sprinkle of seasoning salt and pepper (to taste)
– 2 cups milk
– 1 cup water
(The milk and water portions depend on how thick or watery you want your soup, in addition to what can fit in your blender)

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Directions:

  1. Chop broccoli and put in steamer.

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2. Chop cheese into chunks (whichever manageable size is recommended for your blender).

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3. Add cheese chunks and spices to blender.
4. Remove broccoli from steamer (once softened) and put it in blender.

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5. Add milk and water to blender.

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6. Blend at full power. With the Vitamix blender, leave it running for 7 minutes. The Vitamix blender heats the soup for you, so once the time is up, your soup will be hot enough to pour directly into bowls. If your blender doesn’t do this, then blend to your preferred consistency and heat in a pot on the stove.

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7. Serve. I like to grate some extra cheese and put it on top of the soup.

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This soup is a hit with our family. The kids like to put Saltine crackers in it (like they do tomato soup). If you have no Saltines, the goldfish crackers work well, also.

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you all have a lovely holiday season! Happy Tuesday!

 

Deek Rhew’s Big Cover Reveal!

Good morning, blog readers! Today, I have the pleasure of hosting one of my fellow Pandas, Deek Rhew, and revealing the cover for his upcoming short story “Birth of an American Gigolo.” But before we get to the reveal, here’s a little information about Deek and his story.

 
Birth of An American Gigolo
 
An old party girl turned domestic diva, infuriated by her husband’s cheating–and his holier-than-thou, tree-hugging, no-tits and no-hips girlfriend–inflicts her wrath by training a local boy in the fine art of seduction. She and her new boy toy turned love god, start a gigolo business as a distraction for the neglected and mistreated housewives of Alabaster Cove.
About Deek Rhew 
 
 
Deek lives in a rainy pocket in the Pacific Northwest with his stunning YA author bride, Erin Rhew, and their writing assistant, a fat tabby named Trinity. They enjoy lingering in the mornings, and often late into the night, caught up Erin’s fantastic fantasy worlds of noble princes and knights and entwined in Deek’s dark underworld of the FBI and drug lords. His first full-lengthed novel 122 Rules releases with Pandamoon Publishing in 2016. 
 
Deek and Erin enjoy spending time with friends, running, boxing, lifting weights, eating popcorn, drinking Coke Zero, and living life to the fullest.
 
You can find Deek online:
And Now…The Big Reveal
Anita Carroll at Race-Point designed this amazing cover!
 

Birth of an American Gigolo will be available on Amazon and other eRetailers early 2016! Be sure to add it to your Goodreads TBR list!

Thank you all so much for reading! Happy Tuesday!