Being Thankful

Good evening, my amazing blog readers! I’m so sorry that I’ve been absent of late. It occurred to me recently that I’d been in the middle of my current WIP (To Woo A Troublesome Spy) for over a year now (Ah! Yes. Since the beginning of last March) and I’ve decided to dedicate a good portion of my time to working on actually completing it. I’m making some progress, which his wonderful! It just means that I haven’t been blogging much. Sorry about that!

The purpose of this post is to just take a moment to say how touched, honoured, humbled, and completely and utterly grateful I am to have such an amazing support network in my life. Today I felt the need to discuss something that’s been troubling me, and right away I was surrounded by the love and encouragement of my husband, my mom, my kids, my seriously spectacular publisher, my RWA group, and my friends.

For hours I’ve been speechless and teary-eyed. You all have no idea just how much you mean to me. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. I feel like I’m the luckiest lady alive!

Thank you for reading and Happy Friday!

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Book Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the TrainThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

After all the hype over this novel I honestly thought it would be an amazing read. I am rather disappointed. I saw the ending coming a mile away, but I’d held out the hope that I would be surprised by something different happening.

The characters were all unlikeable. I find it very difficult to become emotionally invested in a book when I can’t relate to–or at least root for–the protagonist.

I’m giving this three stars because while I didn’t like the story or the characters, the writing was great. The language, the descriptions, scene-setting, and twisted inner thought processes of each character were very well executed.

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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!

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: 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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The Art of Sinning by Sabrina Jeffries – Book Review

The Art of Sinning (Sinful Suitors, #1)The Art of Sinning by Sabrina Jeffries
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Yet another stunning novel by Sabrina Jeffries. I started reading this yesterday and couldn’t put it down. Sleep? No way! Read, read, read!

Jeremy is a skilled painter and Yvette is his headstrong muse. Both have troubling and heart-wrenching pasts. Together they overcome obstacles and sizzle with passion. My eyes watered, my heart went pitter-pat, and I laughed out loud. Simply awesome.

I loved this novel – as I have with all of Jeffries’ work. I can’t wait for the second in the series!

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Sneak Peek of my Short Story

Good morning, blog readers! If you follow my Facebook page, you would have seen that I’ve put aside my work for the next novel in my series in favour of writing a short story. It’s to eventually go in an anthology with some of my fellow Pandas (authors) from Pandamoon Publishing.

The short story is a lusty Regency tale of a couple meeting at a masquerade.

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My hero is a thirty-three year old Canada-migrated Englishman named Benjamin Laverick, the Earl of Huntsford. My heroine is a twenty-six year old widow named Hannah Fitton, the Dowager Viscountess of Edenthorpe.

Also, if you follow me on Facebook, you will have already seen the sneak peek that I revealed yesterday. But since I’m sure that most of you haven’t visited my FB page, here is the sneak peek, just for you! :

{“What is your name?” Ben blurted, the words rumbling from deep within him.

The Beauty’s grin widened and her eyes gleamed with mischief as she shook one finger at him. “Ah-ah. You mustn’t break the rules of the masque.”

He matched her grin. “You follow the rules, do you, madam?”

She cast her gaze down briefly in mock modesty before returning – nay, burning – into his once more. “The rules of the masque, indeed, must always be followed, sir. However…” she hesitated and his heart faltered, “…the rules of society? Most assuredly not.”

Ben almost crowed.}

And there you have it, ladies and gentlemen! I hope you enjoyed it!

Thank you so much for reading! Happy Thursday!

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