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What the Cat Read is excited to be participating in Tracy A. Ward’s Release Week Celebration event hosted by Barclay Publicity. If you would like to see all of the blogs involved in the celebration, please click on the banner above. =^.^=
Here’s the set-up. Lucas Marshall, owner of The Marshall Theater, has just given Ashlyn an ultimatum—work with Noah, her big brother’s best friend and Ashlyn’s sworn enemy, to overcome her writer’s block that’s appeared at a very inopportune time (threatening her inheritance, career, and the fate of the theater itself). Noah, too, has a stake in the game. The town of Phair was founded around The Marshall. If it fails, so too will his bar. Equally important, Noah has just discovered another threat—a theater critic set on revenge against Ashlyn for a past transgression. But if there’s one thing you can count on Noah Blake to do, it’s protect what he considers his, no matter the cost. In this scene, from Noah’s point of view, he appears at Ashlyn’s door, attempting to convince her that Lucas’s plan to overcome her writer’s block and save the theater is valid.
About the Author:
After the birth of her children, Tracy had an epiphany: banking just wasn’t her thing. So she quit her corporate job, let her nanny go and became a not-so-desperate housewife by day, Sexy Women’s Fiction author by night. Her characters are every-day women, following their dreams, searching for that elusive happily ever after.
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What the Cat Read is thrilled to be participating in the blog tour for Lori Wilde’s newest novel in her Twilight, Texas series! If you are looking for a sweet romance to read this holiday season, I’ll Be Home for Christmas just may be the perfect book for you, murr!! My thanks to the wonderful folk at Avon Romance for letting me share this special excerpt with all of you today. =^.^=
Praise for Lori Wilde:
“Tempered with love, a caring community, a dash of suspense, and the romantic delight of a Twilight Christmas, this engaging story brims with strength and hope-definitely one to savor.”
— Library Journal on CHRISTMAS AT TWILIGHT
“Christmas at Twilight is a wonderful heartwarming story not to be missed. The characters are written with compassion as the love between the couple grows.”
— RT Book Reviews (4 Stars) on CHRISTMAS AT TWILIGHT
“Lori Wilde has created a rich and wonderful story about the charm of small town life combined with the power and passion of first love. Delicious!”
— Robyn Carr on A COWBOY CHRISTMAS
“A wonderful story… The ending will leave readers with the desire to make return visits to Jubilee, Texas.”
— RT Book Reviews, 4 stars, on LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT
“A pair of engaging protagonists, a wealth of wacky townsfolk, and a mystery with a dangerous twist add up to a charmingly sexy tale that will leave fans smiling.”
— Library Journal on LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT
“[T]heir personal development forms the heart and soul of the novel, a delicately revealing in-depth character study. Wilde’s clever combination of humor, sorrow and love brings a deeply appealing sense of realism.”
— Publishers Weekly on ALL OF ME
About the Author:
New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Lori Wilde has sold seventy-eight works of fiction to four major New York Publishing houses. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Christian University and a certificate in forensic nursing from Kaplan University. She is a member of the International Association of Forensic Nurses.
Her first NYT bestseller, the third book in her Twilight, Texas series, The First Love Cookie Club has been optioned for a television movie. The town of Granbury, Texas, upon which her fictional town of Twilight, Texas is loosely based, honors Lori with an annual Twilight, Texas weekend each Christmas. http://www.twilighttexas.com
A popular writing instructor, Lori is a two time RITA finalist and has four times been nominated for Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. She’s won the Colorado Award of Excellence, the Wisconsin Write Touch Award, The Golden Quill, the Lories, and The More than Magic. Her books have been translated into 27 languages and excerpted in Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Complete Woman, and Quick and Simple magazines. She lives in Texas with her husband, Bill, and her two New American Shepherds.
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Read-along Week #3 Thoughts on Chapters 18-25
First initial thought: Don’t care what I’ve learned about Margg, I still don’t like her. Valek is currently an ass in my mind based on his actions. Rand, damn it! Loving Ari and Janco, as well as Maren (want more of her). Interesting vision that Yelena had. Yeah, I can see what people enjoyed this novel. Looking forward to seeing how it all ends!
Story thoughts: Well hells, this book managed to piss me off. Damn it, Rand! I mean seriously, why? WHY? I knew that Snyder was going to do something with him because she was obviously leading him up to this, but still! Why not Margg? I was anticipating Margg actually. And no matter what I’ve learned about her, I still don’t like her. And I’m not exactly thrilled with Valek, either. His behavior in this section, while I understand some might call it justifiable, did not sit well with me at all. Regardless of Yelena’s past, she’s more than proven herself trustworthy, so I don’t understand why he couldn’t give her the benefit of the doubt instead of instantly jumping to the conclusion that she was a betrayer. Ari, Janco, and Maren are great! Love their fighting scenes together and I hope I see more of them in the series. Snyder is definitely doing a great job in building her characters. They are all complex and I love that I am able to become emotionally invested in them, even when that investment proves to be heartbreaking, or leads me to want to claw them across the face.
The vision that Yelena has is extremely interesting, though it brings up a few questions. Yup, I’ve got more questions. And I’ll be honest, I read ahead (actually finished the book) and I’m still a bit confused on what is going on, so those questions remain. I may need to talk with some of the other readers to ask them for clarification, or I can as Snyder herself or wait for when I read the other books to discover what is going on there. It isn’t so much that I don’t understand the vision, it’s that I don’t understand the wording used with it.
Not sure I would want to live in a country without coffee. I need my caffeine. Though I suppose if I grew up in a place where I was never exposed to the drink, I probably wouldn’t miss it. And I’m now curious to try Criollo. Is this like some sort of chocolate? I don’t want the down side to this substance, but I do want to try just a small bit. I find it interesting how some people think it is the most amazing thing in the world, but others not so much. Actually, thinking about that scene now that I’ve finished the book, I now know why Valek didn’t think much of the stuff. Right, yeah, that should have been pretty obvious. Sigh.
This really is an engaging read, and like I said, I’ve been enjoying it so much, I had to finish it. But just because I am done with it doesn’t mean you’ll be getting my thoughts on the ending. You’ll have to wait until next week for that post. I will say that I’m glad Rockstar Book Tours hosted this read-along event because I probably wouldn’t have gotten to this book nearly as quickly given my TBR pile. Can’t wait to start the second book in the series soon! And you can expect my final week’s worth of thoughts, along with my review, next week. =^.^=
Favorite Quote: There was only one moment that stood out for me in this section. I hope you enjoy it.
“When you warned me that you would test me from time to time, I thought you meant spiking my food. But it seems there is more than one way to poison a person’s heart, and it doesn’t even require a meal.”
“Everyone makes choices in life. Some bad, some good. It’s called living, and if you want to bow out, then go right ahead. But don’t do it halfway. Don’t linger in whiner’s limbo,” Valek said, his voice gruff. – Page 241
I must apologize for falling off the radar a bit with updating my progress with this book, What the Cat Read has been dealing with life issues and deadlines. But the good news is that I’m back and I’ll be posting two weeks worth of impressions today! So let’s get started, shall we? Murr!
Read-along Week #2 Thoughts on Chapters 9-17
First initial thoughts: Still not sure what my feelings are toward Valek. I want to like him, but then he does something to make me dislike him. Still hate Margg, love Dilana. I’m on the fence about Rand. Story is still drawing me in & I find it hard to put it down after reading the assigned chapters. Still have questions on world history. Looking forward to reading more soon.
Story thoughts: Snyder is doing a great job of keeping me interested and making me want to read ahead of the chapters assigned. The characters are well thought out and developed, though I don’t like the back and forth feelings I have toward Valek. I am finding it hard to understand why some readers are in love with him, mostly because there are some moments where he is a complete ass toward Yelena. I hate Margg, no question there. It is going to take a lot for me to like her, and to be honest, I just don’t see it happening. I don’t care what excuse she has, I don’t like her. And I’m starting to worry that my like for Rand is misplaced, which would suck because he genuinely seems like a nice guy. I would hate to think that there is something not on the up and up with him. Yelena is still awesome. She’s full of surprises and I love that.
As far as world building goes, I really wish Snyder would explain the history more. We get snatches of it every few chapters, but either I’m completely missing the timeline of everything, which is a strong possibility, or she hasn’t really delved that far into it. Either way, I have questions that I’d like to see answered at some point regarding how everything turned out the way it has history wise.
Overall, now that I’m halfway through the book, I am definitely planning on reading the others in the series. In fact, I’m tempted to do one book a month until I’m caught up. It’s a very intriguing start to a series and I’m loving the twists and turns it has been taking so far. Can’t wait to read more!
Favorite Quotes: There are a couple of great lines/moments in this section of reading that I felt I just had to share. Enjoy everyone! =^.^=
“You don’t think Brazell will come after me?”
“No. It’s too soon. I don’t expect Brazell to try to kill you before his factor is up and running. Once he gets what he wants, then it’s going to get interesting around here.”
“Oh good. I can barely stay awake now from all the boredom.” My voice dripped with sarcasm. Only Valek would consider an attempt on my life a fascinating diversion. – Page 96
“All right. One year. My Pledge to you.” She paused.
“Go on,” I said. “I know you want to end this meeting with some kind of threat. Maybe a dire warning? Feel free. I’m used to it. I wouldn’t know how to deal with a conversation that didn’t include one.”
“You put on such a brave front. But I know if I took another step toward you, you’d wet your pants.”
“With your blood.” I brandished my knife. But I couldn’t keep a straight face; the boast sounded ridiculous even to my own ears. I snickered. She laughed. The release of tension made me giddy, and soon I was laughing and crying. – Page 141
Why was I constantly considering each option, searching both sides of an argument for gaps in the logic? Like somersaulting on the trampoline, plenty of ups and downs but no forward motion. I longed for the days when a wrong decision wouldn’t cost me my life. – Page 168
What the Cat Read is thrilled to be participating in the Read-along event for Maria V. Snyder’s Poison Study, book #1 in the Study series, hosted by Rockstar Book Tours.
If this feline is to be completely honest, this is a series that has been on the TBR pile since shortly after it came out. The fact that it has taken this long for me to read makes for a bad feline book lover. There is really no excuse for why I never read it sooner, but I’m glad that I’m reading it now. And while I’m excited to be able to read this as part of a read-along, it’s rather sad that I needed something like this as the motivation to finally pick up the book, especially after having heard so many wonderful things about it over the years.
So before I delve into my thoughts on the first week’s worth of reading, which I’m just now sitting down to share before venturing into this week’s reading, let me share a bit of what the book is about with readers who may not be familiar with the story.
Date Released: October 1, 2005
Publisher: Luna (Harlequin)
Series: Study #1
Choose: A quick death . . . or slow poison.
About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.
And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.
As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear. . .
Read-along Week #1 Thoughts on Chapters 1-8
First initial thought: Why am I stopping after only reading the first 8 chapters? Seriously, why?
This book is good and I honestly didn’t want to stop reading. Snyder does a great job pulling you into events within the story right off the bat and hooking you into Yelena’s plight. When I was done with the assigned reading for the week, I really wanted to keep going. I even read Chapter 9 and started Chapter 10 but told myself to stop in order to build the anticipation for the next week’s worth of reading. It is really hard sometimes to start reading something and put it down when you’ve reached the part that you were supposed to read for the assigned dates.
Story thoughts: Great characters, wonderful start, but I do have questions.
I really don’t like Margg and I suspect that she’s a traitor working against the Commander. I’m 50/50 concerning my thoughts on Valek. On the one paw, I can see many aspects of him that I could like. But on the other paw, he’s currently pinging on my insensitive jerk radar, and while I know that he has to be the way he is because of his position to the Commander, it still irks me and I have to wonder just how he’s most readers’ favorite when he’s not really done much to endear him to me. Yelena is cool though, what little I’ve learned about her so far. I’m waiting for more of her history to come to light, but I get the sense that I’m going to need to wait until book #2 for some of those details. The jury is still out on the rest of the characters I’ve been introduced to at this point. Will need to read a bit more before I start to really figure out whom I can trust and whom I shouldn’t put much favor toward.
So far after only reading eight chapters though, we are off to a good start and I’m really looking forward to reading more. I do have a lot of questions though about things in the book, in particular regarding the history of the Ixia. Snyder’s given some backstory to events that have lead up to the current societal structure of Ixia, but I’m hoping she’ll go into more detail. If not in this book then in the rest of the series. I enjoy discovering the worlds that authors create in the books that I read, and the more details I can get regarding a city, country, world, the better.
The only question that I’m asking myself right now is, why in Bastet’s name did it take me so long to read this book? Sigh.