Apr 272015
 

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Lucy Merryweather is finally without a keeper. She’s been doing as she was told for the last twenty-four years and now, though a series of convenient events, finds herself alone in England with nothing save a friend to guide her.

A friend and a list.

Several years before, Lucy’s Aunt had bequeathed a large sum of money and a journal to Lucy. A journal that included a list of regrets. Lucy doesn’t want her life to end with a list of regrets or of things she’s never done so she’s going to use this small amount of time to do all of the things on her aunt’s list… until she can come up with her own

Or, until someone realizes she’s without a keeper and comes to find her.

Hott Review:

It’s no secret that I adore Victoria Alexander’s books, but I absolutely have to say that “The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress” definitely ranks at the top of my favorites list!
What I liked: I adore Lucy! She’s so much fun. Her personality is light and she’s not an idiot. Lucy’s desire to fulfill her great aunt’s regrets until she figures out what she wants is admirable and heartbreaking. It really is sad that she’s spent so much time doing what is expected that she forgot how to have her own desires.
Cameron is perfect for her. It’s so much fun to watch him sputter and choke at Lucy’s antics as she makes her way through the list. I love to watch people become their parents when they least expect it.
I think one of my favorite things in this book is that many of the periphery characters are ones we’ve met in previous books. If you don’t remember them or haven’t met them it doesn’t impact the story but, if you have, it’s an added delight.
What I didn’t like: There is a part of Cameron’s relationship with his father that seems to have been left untied. It’s mentioned but, getting some finality to their relationship is missing.
I’m definitely going to miss Lucy!

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Author: Victoria Alexander
Source: Kensington Books via Netgalley (in exchange for an honest review)
Publisher & Date: April 28th 2015 by Zebra
Genre: Historical Romance
ISBN: 1420132288 (ISBN13: 9781420132281)
Pages: 352
Grade: A+
Ages: 18+
Steam: Steamy – there is one interlude that’s descriptively steamy, but the rest is PG
Setting: Winter 1888, London, England
This Counts for these Challenges: 2015 Let Me Count The Ways Reading Challenge, 2015 Just for Fun Reading Challenge, 2015 Women Challenge, 2015 Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge, 2015 Historical Romance Reading Challenge, 2015 NetGalley Reading Challenge, 2015 Full House Reading Challenge, Monthly Mix-up Mania, 2014 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge
Series: Millworth Manor #5

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Author Bio:

New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and is still shocked it worked out.

Since the publication of her first book in 1995, she has written thirty-one full length novels and six novellas. The Perfect Wife—originally published in 1996 and reissued in March 2008—hit #1 on the New York Times list. Sixteen of her books are bestsellers hitting the New York Times, USA Today and/or Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. With books translated into more than a dozen different languages she has readers around the world and has twice been nominated for Romance’s Writers of America prestigious RITA award. In 2009 she was given a Career Achievement Award from RT Bookclub and was named Historical Storyteller of the year in 2003. In 2008 she was the keynote speaker for the Romance Writers of American annual conference in San Francisco. Victoria credits much of her writing success to her experiences as a reporter.

Her years as a broadcast journalist were spent in two radically different areas of the country: Nebraska and West Virginia. In West Virginia, she covered both natural and manmade disasters. She was on the scene when a power plant construction accident in a small town left 52 men dead. She once spent the night on a mountain waiting to learn of the fate of coal miners trapped in a mine collapse. Victoria was producing a newscast when her husband (who worked at the same television station) and several other journalists were held hostage by a disturbed Vietnam veteran. In Nebraska, she reported on the farm crisis and watched people lose land that had been in their families for generations. She covered the story that was the basis of the movie BOYS DON’T CRY and once acted as the link between police and a gunman who had barricaded himself in his home. Her investigative work exposed the trucking of New York City garbage to a small town dump in rural Nebraska.

During her journalism career, Victoria covered every president from Ford to Clinton. She knows firsthand what it feels like to be surrounded by rising floodwaters and inside a burning building. She’s interviewed movie stars including Kevin Costner, ridden an elephant and flown in a governor’s helicopter. She’s covered a national political convention and Pope John Paul II’s historic visit to Denver as well as small town festivals celebrating everything from walnuts to Glen Miller. Her work was honored by numerous organizations including the Associated Press who called a feature about a firefighter’s school “story telling genius”. It was the encouragement she needed to turn from news to fiction. She’s never looked back.

Victoria is a former president of the Omaha Press Club and in 2009 was named an OPC Face on the Barroom Floor. A caricature portrait of her joined previous faces including presidents, sports figures and politicians in a tradition that began in 1971.

Victoria claims her love of romance and journalism is to due to the influence of her favorite comic book character: Lois Lane, a terrific reporter and a great heroine who pursued Superman with an unwavering determination. And why not? He was extremely well drawn.

Victoria grew up traveling the world as an Air Force brat. Today, she lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband and her dogs. Victoria had two bearded collies, Sam and Louie (named from characters in one of her books). Sam (on the left), the best dog in the world for 13 ½ years, passed away in September 2010. Louie took on the position of loyal companion and did a fine job even though he doesn’t understand that kitchen counter surfing is not allowed!

Now he’s been joined by Reggie, prince of the lilacs.

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Apr 252015
 

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It’s 1995. Things are going great for new Washington, DC intern Trent Norris. He’s out on his own, he’s found a fabulous woman to date, and if he doesn’t love his internship, he doesn’t hate it either. Life is nice.

But things can change in a moment in DC, and Trent finds himself the prime suspect in two murders and a slew of other crimes. Overnight he becomes the most wanted man in America.

Trent has to find a way — any way — out. He finds a way to hole up at The Watergate on a senator’s dime and enlists a comely call girl as his unwitting ally. But with the media eating him alive, he knows he doesn’t have long before they catch up with him. Can The Intern find his way out of this mess?

From tony clubs in Georgetown to Capitol Hill murders, The Intern has all the twists and turns of a classic DC thriller, with an added comic flair.

Hott Interview:

What was your inspiration for The Intern?I finally realized that I ought to write something that resembled what I most enjoyed reading. Before, I kind of felt compelled to write more “literary” fiction, and I could occasionally find lightning in a bottle, but I didn’t enjoy it like I did a good thriller. Shortly after that I moved to DC and worked there in a couple of jobs, longest as an intern. There wasn’t a bit of drama that went on, but there were great characters, and it felt as good as any place to set a thriller.

Why did you choose Georgetown as your setting?Well, it’s really set all over DC. In the early part of the book they visit Georgetown, but it doesn’t go any further than that. If I were to give it one location, it probably centers more than anywhere at the Watergate. That to me is the heart of the politics and glamor of Washington. I lived in Washington on two occasions, just long enough to have a sense of the city. I hope that comes through.

What you mean by comic flair?I hate stuffy thrillers. Breathless thrillers. Ones where the people are not real characters, just kind of cardboard cutouts. What I wanted to have was something that mixed some comedy with the twists and turns of a thriller. That’s a task: to write both the highly structured things you have to do for comedy, and then turn around and try to make it all suspenseful too. That’s what I tried to convey by calling it “comic flair.”

Wow! The Intern sounds like even more fun, now!

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PROLOGUE

“Are you going to kill me?”

He stared at the short, silver barrel of the gun, which I had pointed directly at his forehead. He struggled to free himself from the handcuffs and the bed, but he knew it wouldn’t happen. He probably thought about shouting, but then he looked at the gun again. In his mind, I was a bona fide maniac. I was a killer. He wasn’t going to scream.

I let him squirm for a moment, holding his gaze, making him think I was pondering the question.

I shook my head.

He breathed long and slow, easing down from panic into fear. He looked behind him at his left wrist, shackled by the tight-clamped cuffs, then looked at me again, trying for sympathy, and asked, “Then why am I here? What do you want?”

This was the opening I had been waiting for.

“That’s simple,” I said, setting the gun on the dresser and then leaning against it. I waited until he looked at me.

“I want to tell you my story.”

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Author: Dale Wiley
Source: Get More Great Reads at Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours
Publisher & Date: Smashwords March 1st 2015
Genre: Thriller
ISBN: 9781311987716
Pages: 224

Author Bio:

Dale Wiley is a Missouri attorney who has had a character named after him on CSI, owned a record label, been interviewed by Bob Edwards on NPR’s Morning Edition and made motorcycles for Merle Haggard and John Paul DeJoria. He has three awesome kids and spends his days working as a lawyer fighting the big banks.

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