Away for a while…

Hey readers 😉

Just moved back to Malaysia for the new semester and as I still don’t have access to the net regularly, I won’t be posting for a while. Please bear with me until I get my net sorted out and then look forward to more posts on upcoming books and more reviews 😉

The August list of new books might be a bit late this time but it’ll be worth the wait!

Till later, folks!

Published in: on July 24, 2011 at 3:12 PM  Leave a Comment  

Victoria Alexander’s New Book and Trailer!

I love book trailers and when I saw the delicious new trailer, actually more like a mini-movie, I couldn’t help getting excited for this new release! Check out cover, blurb and trailer below!

Summary:

For three years, Lady Veronica Smithson has been perfectly happy as a widow–and thoroughly independent. Still, the right gentleman could provide the benefits of marriage without the tedious restrictions. And in Sir Sebastian Hadley-Attwater, renowned explorer and rogue, Veronica is sure she has found him.

Sebastian will come into his inheritance in a matter of weeks–if his family deems him responsible enough. There’s no better way to prove his maturity than with a wife. But though Veronica will share his bed, she refuses to marry. However, Sebastian has a plan: An intimate sojourn at his new country house will surely change Veronica’s mind. For Sebastian never takes no for an answer. And he intends to persuade his Christmas mistress that they belong together–in this, and every season to come. . .

Click cover to pre-order from Amazon

DUE OUT SEPTEMBER 27, 2011 in HARDCOVER

Silk is For Seduction by Loretta Chase

Setting: Late Regency 1835

*The first book in the Dressmakers Trilogy*

Summary:

Brilliant and ambitious dressmaker Marcelline Noirot is London’s rising star. And who better to benefit from her talent than the worst-dressed lady in London; the Duke of Clevedon’s intended bride? Winning the future duchess’s patronage means prestige and fortune for Marcelline and her family. To get to the lady, though, Marcelline must win over Clevedon, whose standards are as high as his morals are…not.

The prize seems well worth the risk. This time, though, Marcelline’s met her match.  Clevedon can design a seduction as irresistible as her dresses; and what begins as a flicker of desire between two of the most passionately stubborn charmers in London soon ignites into a delicious inferno . . .and a blazing scandal.

And now both their futures hang by a thread of silk…

Click cover for excerpt and more info!

Review:

My second book from Loretta Chase, this one caught my attention because of the idea of three dressmakers running their own shop. Never read a heroine who was a dressmaker before! Pair that with a cold, arrogant duke who’s always had whatever he wanted and you have a great opposites attract story!

From the moment the book begins, it is pure magic-a beautiful, romantic, touching, witty, well-researched story that is as expertly crafted as one of Marcelline’s fine dresses! I loved everything about this book! 😀 The hero, the heroine, the secondary characters, the romance, the chemistry, the sexual tension, the plot, the historical accuracy-heck even the dresses were too delicious to be true! This has got to be one of the best romances this year-simply magnificent! 😀

Our hero Clevedon is your typical haughty and cold duke but from the moment he meets Marcelline, something magical happens. The tension and chemistry is absolutely sizzling and, no surprise here, he can’t wait to see her again. Marcelline has her own plans for seducing the duke and naturally doesn’t expect to fall in love.

I loved Marcelline! Such a great character-intelligent, independent and determined and yet with a softer side hiding underneath all that! Now this is a woman to admire! And Clevedon is perfect for her! I loved watching how Clevedon realized what an amazing woman Marcelline is and how lucky he is to be blessed with so much fortune.

The plot was so well-weaved and so well-written that at times I was quite in awe! Add in tidbits of historical facts, and you really do have the best example of a historical romance out there. I often felt in the hands of a master and was quite surprised, considering I did not love the first book I read from this author (Don’t Tempt Me). I really felt like I was there in the novel with Marcelline viewing all these gorgeous dresses and flirting with the duke 😉 Ms. Chase really hit it out of the park with this one!

All in all, a beautiful, well written, wonderful love story of two people fighting against the odds to be together! I was quite properly seduced by Marcelline and her dressmaking sisters and I guarantee you will be too! 😉

Sensuality Rating: Hot! (Love scenes are long and explicit)

Verdict: Simply perfect!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!

Costume Chronicles: An Online Webzine!

If you’re looking for a free magazine reminiscent of Jane Austen’s Regency World, which features interesting articles on different aspects of all kinds of costume dramas, look no further. Beautifully designed and charming, The Costume Chronicles is a bi-monthly magazine dedicated to costume drama and full of articles from anyone with an interest in the genre. Who knows? Maybe you’ll see your own article published in the future!

The cover for the Jan/Feb 2011 issue

Click picture to visit site!

Featured Read! Celeste Bradley’s latest offering…

As a huge Celeste Bradley fan, I was quite surprised that I missed the news about this new release which features two romances connected to each other, with one being Regency and the other being contemporary. The premise looks exciting and my goodness but isn’t that cover simply gorgeous? Might be picking this one up very soon… 😉

Click cover to read excerpt and more info!

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Summary:

ONE WOMAN’S INTIMATE SECRETS

Regency London’s most celebrated, the Blackbird, was a woman before her time—uninhibited, financially independent, and free to live by her own rules. Schooled in the sensual arts by the one man she loved the most, she recorded every wicked detail in her diaries…

ANOTHER WOMAN’S AWAKENING

When Boston museum curator Piper Chase-Pierpont unearths the Blackbird’s steamy memoirs, she’s aroused and challenged by what she finds. Could the courtesan’s diaries be used as a modern girl’s guide to finding love and empowerment?

 One curious curator—one very lucky man—are about to find out…

OUT NOW!

Avon Cocktail Party at RWA 2011!

Want an inside look at the recent RWA awards? Well, Avon, one of the biggest romance publishers out there, has given you an inside look at some of their biggest historical romance authors, including Sophie Jordan, Sarah MacLean, Julia Quinn, Gaelen Foley and Elizabeth Boyle!

The Ballroom Blog!

Daring ladies, dashing lords, and deliciously juicy gossip.

Heads up ladies and gentlemen! There’s a new blog in the online world! This one is especially for Regency romance fans and is run by some of the genre’s best-known authors! Join Katharine Ashe, Tessa Dare, Miranda Neville, Sarah MacLean, Gaelen Foley and Sabrina Darby as they host the most exciting events of the ‘Season!’ 😉

Click on link to go to site and view the very first post!

Sherlock Holmes 2 Trailer!

So excited for this one!

Win some major romance goodies!

From Avon, An Imprint of Harper Collins Publishers

Now THAT^ is alot of books!

Fancy winning some Avon romances?

Click picture to enter the contest!

5 winners will be picked from Avon’s facebook friends so make you sure you like Avon’s facebook page before you you enter 😉

This is the facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/avonromance?ref=ts

The crazy bookpile you see before you will be divided into 5 prize stashes so that means you’ll take away at least TWENTY free romances if you win! Now that is a real bargain! 😉

ENTER NOW! 😀

Watching Historical Movies online is now super easy!

Found this link to a brilliant Youtube channel where you can watch a wide range of historical films (including some obscure ones) all for free! When you get a chance, do comment on her channel to thank her for her hard work!

http://www.youtube.com/user/PeriodxDrama

Here’s the first part of her more recently uploaded period movie, the tragic historical  romance, Onegin (1999)

Some of the other movies you can find on this channel:

The Crimson Petal and the White (2011)

Cranford (2007)

Return to Cranford (2009)

Garrow’s Law (2009-2010)

Beau Brummell: This Charming Man (2006)

Dangerous Beauty (1998)

Wurthering Heights (2009)

The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982)

The Devil’s Whore (2008)

Restoration (1995)

A Harlot’s Progress (2006)

The Governess (1998)

Angel (2007)

The Countess (2009)

City of Vice (2008)

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