Set in the same world as her marvelous Parasol Protectorate series, you know it will be a blast. Check out finishingschoolbooks.com for more info.
I ❤️Gail Carriger books! I hope you will too.
Gideon calls me his angel, but he’s the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own.
The vows we’d exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows. I felt him slipping from my grasp, my greatest fears becoming my reality, my love tested in ways I wasn’t sure I was strong enough to bear.
At the brightest time in our lives, the darkness of his past encroached and threatened everything we’d worked so hard for. We faced a terrible choice: the familiar safety of the lives we’d had before each other or the fight for a future that suddenly seemed an impossible and hopeless dream…
Sylvia Day has shared the back cover blurb for her next installment in The Crossfire Series, CAPTIVATED BY YOU. No release date has been set for this fourth novel featuring the tortured love story of Gideon Cross and Eva Tramell.
Gotta be honest, after reading this blurb I’m kinda nervous… I think we’re in for another emotional roller coaster – and I can’t wait!
Gear up for back to school…
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Here’s the description: When Lexie Marshall places an ad for a cycling companion, she hopes to find someone friendly and fun to cross the TransAmerica Trail with. Instead, she gets Tom Geiger—a lean, sexy loner whose bad attitude threatens to spoil the adventure she’s spent years planning.
Roped into the cycling equivalent of a blind date by his sister, Tom doesn’t want to ride with a chatty, go-by-the-map kind of woman, and he certainly doesn’t want to want her. Too bad the sight of Lexie with a bike between her thighs really turns his crank.
Even Tom’s stubborn determination to keep Lexie at a distance can’t stop a kiss from leading to endless nights of hotter-than-hot sex. But when the wild ride ends, where will they go next?
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Reflection: The Path Not Taken inspired by ‘The Execution of Noa P. Singleton’ by Elizabeth L. Silver
This post was inspired by the novel The Execution of Noa P. Singleton by Elizabeth L. Silver. Mere months before Noa’s execution, her victim’s mother changed her mind Noa’s sentence and vows to help stay the execution. Join From Left to Write on July 30 as we discuss The Execution of Noa P. Singleton. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.
Prior to law school my only interaction with the criminal justice system was an addiction to Law & Order reruns (Ah, Jack McCoy. Be still my heart). Criminal Law was a mandatory class and I found I had a natural affinity for it. I loved the case studies and appellate procedures, the rush of seeking justice. Yet whenever someone would ask if I wanted to practice criminal law, I always emphatically replied that I didn’t think I could handle the emotional toll it would take. Reading The Execution of Noa P. Singleton reminded me how right I was in that decision.
My interest in criminal law led me to an internship with a judge sitting on the felony docket for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (D.C.’s trial court). I admit to more than a little trepidation the first time I sat in front of the courtroom to observe my first trial – a felony murder case. Yes, even with my legal training (such as it was at the time), I was made nervous by the defendants, the Federal marshals, the handcuffs and holding cells. I knew the defendants were all presumed innocent (and indeed, some actually were) but that didn’t ease my initial discomfort. That discomfort was misplaced and lessened almost immediately.
The defendants were just people, men who needed to be reminded to straighten their ties, ladies whose hands shook beneath the defense table. The jurors weren’t all-knowing men and women sent from on high to share their wisdom. Most of them didn’t want to be there and almost none wanted to be hearing a criminal case (I especially connected with the part of the novel where Noa recollected her jury selection process). Unlike the images presented by Hollywood, the lawyers aren’t all slick and eloquent. Prosecutors make mistakes, defense attorneys don’t always catch them. Even judges are fallible – NOT the one I worked for, of course.
My third year of law school I left my unpaid internship for a paying job with a court appointed appellate lawyer. It was my job to comb through the trial transcripts looking for grounds for appeal of a criminal conviction. The impersonal words on the page didn’t tell the whole story, they almost never do. It wasn’t a question of whether or not the convicted person was innocent, it was whether or not the system worked properly. A guilty verdict based on faulty and/or unconstitutional proceedings is not justice served. It is a long held principle of criminal law that, “It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer.” (William Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England, 1765). Despite my interest, and modest skill set, I know I could never handle the guilt of being the reason that one innocent person suffered. Do I find employment law as interesting? Not quite. Am I as fascinated by domestic relations work? Hell no. I chose to help people who needed me, to the best of my abilities.
I couldn’t live with a Noa P. Singleton on my conscience, whether she be guilty or innocent. You’ll have to read the book to find out which applies to Noa. Follow this link to purchase The Execution of Noa P. Singleton by Elizabeth L. Silver.
I’m in love with these two polishes offered by Dior for Fall 2013! ‘Galaxie’ and ‘Destin’ will make a great mani/pedi combo. They’re even more stunning in person, the shimmer is lovely!
I skipped on the magnetic polish in the collection. While a beautiful shade, the nail effect feels a little behind the trend. Knowing me, I’ll cave eventually ;).
Yum, yum, yum … looks like someone is having fun! This sexy new cover sets the tone for the next exciting book by Cora Carmack – FINDING IT, featuring Kelsey Summers, Bliss’s best friend from LOSING IT. FINDING IT should be released October 1, 2013.
Most girls would kill to spend months traveling around Europe after college graduation with no responsibility, no parents, and no-limit credit cards. Kelsey Summers is no exception. She’s having the time of her life…or that’s what she keeps telling herself.
It’s a lonely business trying to find out who you are, especially when you’re afraid you won’t like what you discover. No amount of drinking or dancing can chase away Kelsey’s loneliness, but maybe Jackson Hunt can. After a few chance meetings, he convinces her to take a journey of adventure instead of alcohol. With each new city and experience, Kelsey’s mind becomes a little clearer and her heart a little less hers. Jackson helps her unravel her own dreams and desires. But the more she learns about herself, the more Kelsey realizes how little she knows about Jackson.
Don’t forget, Cora’s LOSING IT and FAKING IT in e-book form are currently selling for a reduced price at most major e-book retailers. Barnes & Noble has LOSING IT e-book for only $.99!
I’m thrilled to share the news that the electronic versions of the first two books by New York Times bestselling New Adult sensation Cora Carmack are currently marked WAY down! LOSING IT is $1.99 and FAKING IT is $2.99 at e-retailers everywhere!!!!
I was recently raving about these two books and I think this is a sign that anyone who hasn’t read any Cora Carmack should take advantage of this great deal and give these books a try! Here’s the skinny on what they’re about:
Bliss Edwards is about to graduate from college and still has hers. Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, she decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible– a one-night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half-a-brain would ever believe. And as if that weren’t embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theatre professor. She’d left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier.
Mackenzie “Max” Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they’re expecting to meet a nice wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade.
Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. So far though, he’s kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. But when Cade plays the role a little too well, they’re forced to keep the ruse going. And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel.
Reminder: There is also a FAKING IT book club discussion on Cora’s Facebook page on June 27 from 3-4 p.m. EDT where you can live chat with Cora about the book and ask her all your burning questions. Mark your calendars – you won’t want to miss out!