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Book teasers: The One & Only, by Maria La Serra (and a giveaway!)

When I first read the summary of Maria La Serra's The One & Only, there were two aspects that instantly called out to me: The magazine setting, and the enemies-to-lovers plot. The first got my attention because of my journalism background; novels set in newspaper or magazine offices often catch my eye for that very… Continue reading Book teasers: The One & Only, by Maria La Serra (and a giveaway!)

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Book excerpt: The Night Docket, by Michele Lang (and a giveaway!)

Characters who can speak to the dead... I don't know why they appeal to me as much as they do. But there's something about them that draw me to a book, and make me at least want to read more of it, if not buy it altogether. Michele Lang's The Night Docket is no exception.… Continue reading Book excerpt: The Night Docket, by Michele Lang (and a giveaway!)

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Book excerpt: Beneath the Ferny Tree, by David Schembri

Short stories have a different sort of appeal to them than novels do, but you get just as much satisfaction from them. Besides, it takes a certain amount of skill and style to get a reader invested in a character or plot in such a limited number of words. Oddly enough, when I want to… Continue reading Book excerpt: Beneath the Ferny Tree, by David Schembri

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Book excerpt: The Dating Alternative, by Jennifer Woodhull

Usually, it's the plot that draws me into a book or book's summary. I'm not sure why that is; I've just always been a plot-driven reader. That's not the case with The Dating Alternative, by Jennifer Woodhull, however. With this book's summary, it's entirely Max's character that drew me in--and that continued when I read… Continue reading Book excerpt: The Dating Alternative, by Jennifer Woodhull