Monday, February 24, 2014

Review: Cinderella Heiresses by Judy Teel

Author Judy Teel gives readers an unstoppable series with her Cinderella Heiresses trilogy. At the end of the delicious Seducing an Heiress, Teel provides her readers with chapter one of the following book, Instructing an Heiress. It was this excerpt that had me immediately rushing out to procure book two. Coincidentally, that same thing is what had me downloading the final book, Deceiving anHeiress, as soon as I was left bereft at the end of the chapter one excerpt.

In each story, Teel paints believable stories where it is easy for the
reader to suspend her disbelief. I was held with rapt attention when I was reading about Dakota Jamison and Trey Peters, CK Krazner and her ultimatum: find a husband in a month or loose her company, or Piper Roseland and Alex Jensen. And each hero has enough masculinity and passion to tame, tempt, and torture each heiress.
Each story and heiress has a depth that intrigued and engaged me. Teel does a remarkable job of creating such dynamic characters who have grown in a multitude of ways by the end of each story; it was a journey I thoroughly enjoyed. Each couple must work to uncover some sort of crisis greater than schooling an heiress. Dakota needs to find a way to keep her business afloat without dipping into her trust while desperately trying to find a way to stave off her controlling father. CK is racing against the clock to uncover a loophole in her great-grandfather’s will before time runs out and she looses everything. And Piper has the most challenging circumstances, as well as the greatest growth, as she must discover who is vandalizing her car, hurting her friends, threatening her life, and why, while at the same time navigating unchartered waters of feelings, something she never allowed herself to do before.

In her book description for the series, Teel tells her readers that her “short contemporary romances are fun, quick reads. They're not meant to have any deeper meaning (or do they?). They're meant to help you relax, have some you time and leave you with a happy feeling. Call me crazy, but I happen to think you deserve those things.” Teel could not have summarized this series any better. If you are looking for those things: fun, quick reads, books to help you relax, and books that will leave you with a happy feeling at the end, then I urge you to pick up one or all of these books today!

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Winners Announced!!

The winner of We Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor is…

Congratulations, Monica! I hope you enjoy Gloria's story!

The winner of The Subsequent Proposal by Joana Starnes is…
Suzan Lauder!!

Congratulations, Suzan!! I hope you find Joana's story as entertaining as Ceri. 

I have to say that after reading Ceri's review, I did read The Subsequent Proposal and found it enjoyable. :)

Thank you to everyone who commented and entered the giveaway! 

Looking for another giveaway? Leatherbound Reviews is hosting a blog tour for Love at First Slight by J. Marie Croft. Click HERE for the schedule! 
Stop by as several of the blog posts have giveaways! Open internationally! 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Another Place in Time by Mary Lydon Simonsen

I have the great pleasure of having my friend and author Mary Simonsen on the blog today. She brings with her an amusing interview with Mr. Darcy in regards to her latest release, Another Place in Time.

Hi, Jakki. It’s good to be back at Leatherbound Reviews. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit with Mr. Darcy in connection with the release of Another Place in Time. Here is the blurb from the back jacket:

In the time-travel romance, Another Place in Time, Fitzwilliam Darcy learns of the existence of Elizabeth Bennet from Hannah and Jacob Caswell, time travelers from the twenty-first century. When Darcy’s offer of marriage is rejected at Hunsford Parsonage, the Caswells advise Darcy to visit the future and seek the assistance of an expert on Jane Austen and the Regency Era.

When Darcy arrives in Baltimore in 2012, he finds Christine O’Malley serving on a panel at a Jane Austen conference. Although his arrival is a crowd pleaser, Chris is upset that an “actor” impersonating Mr. Darcy has stolen the show. After a rocky start, Chris agrees to go with Darcy to the past to help him sort out the mess with Elizabeth.

While plans are being made for Darcy to capture the heart and hand of Elizabeth Bennet, Chris, who has experienced her own heartache, finds she is falling for Darcy’s cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam. With her sensibilities firmly rooted in the future, will Chris be able to find happiness with a man who occupies another place in time?

And now, let’s meet Mr. Darcy.

Mary: “Mr. Darcy, after having read about you since I was a teenager, I am thrilled to meet you.”

Mr. Darcy: “Thank you for having me on your blog. I believe that is the standard response for these venues.”

Mary: “You sound as if you have been listening to National Public Radio—‘thanks for having me on.’”

Darcy: “Ah, yes, NPR! I love Science Friday with Ira Flatow.”

Mary: (Mary smiles.) “When you arrived in Baltimore two years ago, what was your first impression of modern-day life in America?”

Darcy: “Astonishment! There was so much to take in and enjoy: skyscrapers, cell phones, automobiles, airplanes, subways, comfortable clothes, under garments, Coca-Cola, fudge.”

Mary: “I understand you are particularly fond of pizza.”

Darcy: “Pizza! “I love pizza! Tony from Tony’s Pizza in Fell’s Point was kind enough to give me his recipe for tomato sauce and making pizza dough. My cook has become a pizza proficient.”

Mary: “Have you been traveling back and forth from past to future?”

Darcy: “Yes. Georgiana and I have been to the future twice to shop and visit with friends.”

Mary: “Elizabeth didn’t come?”

Darcy: “My dear wife remains at Pemberley with our first born. She—”

Mary: “You and Elizabeth had a baby!”

Darcy: “Well, I did not have a baby! (Darcy laughs.) Our son, Thomas Fitzwilliam, is now eight months old and is starting to pull himself up on the furniture. Elizabeth would very much like to come to the future, but she will not leave Thomas nor will she bring him with her. She is quite the mother hen.”

Mary: “Speaking of family… How are things at Longbourn?”

Darcy: “You cannot fool me, Mary. You wish to know how I get on with my mother-in-law. I shall say, ‘well enough.’ When the Bennets visit, and they all do visit at the one time, I find that the estate takes up a good deal of my attention. Whilst riding around Pemberley, I am often in the company of Mr. Bennet.”

Mary: “When you return to London, what will you take with you?”

Darcy: “Bathroom tissue is a must. As I arrived in Baltimore on the eve of a ferocious snowstorm, I found myself in the grocery story fighting over toilet tissue with a rather stout woman. I explained that in a matter of days, she could have all the toilet tissue she wanted; whereas, I, as a time traveler, did not have that luxury. She told me to… Well, I shall leave that to your imagination. I also bought a camera and film. Much to my delight, I have been told there is no reason why a camera will not work in the nineteenth century. Speaking of the past, I must take my leave as I am scheduled to depart this evening for London.”

Mary: “Thank you for agreeing to speak with me today. When Thomas is a little older, perhaps Elizabeth will agree to travel to the future. I would love to meet her.”

Darcy: “I shall give Elizabeth your message. It has been a pleasure.”


To read an interview between Mary and Christine O’Malley, time-traveler, click here.

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Love at First Slight by J. Marie Croft Blog Tour

I hope you all had a happy Valentine's Day! What better way to start the week following Valentine's Day than with a blog tour with giveaways? Today begins J. Marie Croft's blog tour for her latest release, Love at First Slight. Feel free to stop by the blog below to read juicy excerpts, entertaining guest posts, thoughtful reviews, and enter a giveaway or two. :)

Blog Tour Schedule:
2/17 Review at Addicted to Jane Austen  
2/20 Excerpt & Giveaway at Everything Books and Authors  
2/22 Excerpt & Giveaway at My Love for Jane Austen 
2/23 Guest Post and Giveaway at The Delighted Reader 
2/24 Review at A Word's Worth 
2/26 Review at More Agreeably Engaged
2/27 Review at Warmisunqu's Austen
2/28 Review at Diary of an Eccentric

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Consequences by C.P. Odom Blog Tour

Leatherbound Reviews is pleased to announce another blog tour! C.P. Odom has released a new novel, Consequences

From the publisher:
Consequences is a cautionary tale about the evils of hasty judgment, revisiting Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and one of those pivotal moments when Elizabeth Bennet throws away Mr. Darcy’s offer of marriage so decisively. What transpires from that point is well known to Austen’s extensive readership, but what if even one element in the chain of events in her novel turns out differently? Does Austen’s happy ending eventually come to pass, or is the outcome more bleak?

And if, in order to secure financial security for her loved ones, Elizabeth does not reject Darcy, is she married to a proud, arrogant, disdainful man who, as she feared, forces her to deny her own relatives and thus condemns her to a lifetime of misery? Or does she find herself married to a man who cares
enough for her to reject the opposition of his family and chance his very standing in society in order to marry a woman he loves beyond measure?

Consequences, written by the author of A Most Civil Proposal, explores two alternate realities—both tragedy and triumph.

If this sounds like a book you would be interested in reviewing, or if you are interested in hosting a guest post or author interview for Consequences, then please fill out the form below.