Historical Romance Review: Eleventh Hour by Elin Gregory

elin gregoryTitle and Author Eleventh Hour by Elin Gregory

Published by: Manifold Press

Format: mobi

Genre: historical romance/spy/secret agent romance

Order at: Amazon

Reviewed by: Anya

What to Expect: Delightful slow-build spy romance with a cross-dressing MC Read More

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Authors in Audio: Karen Stivali and Santino Hassell talk books + holiday stuff

 

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Hello! And welcome back to Authors in Audio, a podcast special at Binge on Books which features authors Santino Hassell and Karen Stivali answering reader questions in audio! Today these two are talking first dirty books and things they’ve experienced that should be made into books plus holiday bonus rounds!
***Week 6 Caveat: the authors had a great deal of technical difficulty in recording this podcast and that accounts for the disjointed and uneven sound quality.***

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Quickie Historical Romance Review: My Scandalous Duke by Theresa Romain

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My Scandalous Duke by Theresa Romain

Published by: Amazon Digital Services

Format: .mobi ARC

Genre: Historical Romance

Reviewed by: Erin

Buy at: Amazon

What to Expect: This is a sweet friends-to-lovers book featuring honest-to-goodness adults, witty banter, and some really good groveling.

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Authors in Audio on 11/16: Santino Hassell and Karen Stivali talk NaNoWriMo

Hello! And welcome back to Authors in Audio, a podcast special at Binge on Books which features authors Santino Hassell and Karen Stivali answering reader questions in audio! You asked and they answered and through the end of the year, this new series of Authors in Audio will captivate you.

Today they’re focusing on NaNoWriMo and have a message for you about this special month before starting…

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Hi Everyone,
 
We wanted to include a note to go along with this podcast because it’s not a typical one.
 
As all of you know, Santino and I both have very busy schedules, but we do our best to make time to record these podcasts because we enjoy them and hope they’re helpful to our listeners. We’d intended to record this special NaNo edition of the podcast last Tuesday, before I left town for a conference, but we wound up listening to the election results instead and, despite our efforts, neither of us felt up to recording anything that night.
 
We recorded this while I was away and had some unfortunate technical difficulties, so the sound is off in a few places which makes it sound like I’m answering questions before Santino asked them. Since this is about NaNo we wanted to get the podcast to you in November because, in spite of the fact that both of us have been derailed from NaNo this year, for the past 5-6 years we’ve both found NaNo to be an incredibly positive experience.
 
Apologies for any parts that are hard to hear and for the fact that we’re not quite our normal peppy selves.
 
Thanks for tuning in to listen to our podcasts. I’m always grateful for the laughs we have while recording these. We hope you can laugh along with us.
 
All the best,
Karen and Santino


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Karen Stivali is a prolific writer, compulsive baker and chocoholic with a penchant for books, movies, and fictional British men. She’s also the multiple award-winning author of contemporary and erotic romances. She writes novels about love…like real life, only hotter.

Connect with Karen in all the places: 

Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Website

Pinterest  |  Goodreads

You can hear Karen and writing pal, Santino Hassell, in audio in earlier recordings of their podcast series, Authors in Audio!


Santino Hassell

Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author.

Santino writes queer romance that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.

Connect with Santino: 

Web | Facebook | Twitter

Patreon | Goodreads | Amazon

You can hear Santino and writing pal, Karen Stivali, in audio in earlier recordings of their podcast series, Authors in Audio!


 

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Romance Review: About a Girl by Lindsey Kelk

 About a Girl (Tess Brookes Book #1) By Lindsey Kelk

Published by: HarperCollins

Format: Nook

Genre: Romance/Fiction

Order at: Amazon | B&N

Reviewed by: Madison

What to Expect: An unexpected heroine makes an extraordinary leap of faith and ends up on her arse!


 

Plot: Tess Brookes has always been a Girl with a Plan. But when the Plan goes belly up, she’s forced to reconsider.

After accidentally answering her flatmate Vanessa’s phone, she decides that since being Tess isn’t going so well, she might try being Vanessa. With nothing left to lose, she accepts Vanessa’s photography assignment to Hawaii – she used to be an amateur snapper, how hard can it be? Right?

But Tess is soon in big trouble. And the gorgeous journalist on the shoot with her, who is making it very clear he’d like to get into her pants, is an egotistical monster. Far from home and in someone else’s shoes, Tess must decide whether to fight on through, or ‘fess up and run…

Review: First, I downloaded this book when I was in desperate need of some chick lit a few months ago and I forgot I had it. I read the prologue and I distracted myself with other novels I was reading. Why did I do this? Cause I’m a total idiot! Once I picked it back up I devoured it. I didn’t want to put it down. I read it everywhere I went. It was everything chick lit should be: somewhat predictable with a dose of humor and tastefully done romantic scenes. The characters at first felt familiar and Kelk did a great job at bringing them off of the page and making them three-dimensional. I rooted for Tess as she made mistakes and found herself. I wanted her to find love and actually felt torn between two love interests at one point. Some things I could definitely see coming since the beginning but Kelk kept it interesting and zany. I related to Tess a lot. I felt like she wasn’t a perfect heroine that was so beautiful your eyes fall out of your head. She had her issues that weren’t clichéd.

What you might not like/doesn’t work for you: I don’t like books where I can predict the ending. I won’t spoil anything but I knew from the beginning who a certain character would end up being. Sometimes the connections between Tess and said character above felt forced and a little too romantic. But hey, when you pick up a romance book you have to let your guard down about these kinds of things and just go with it.

What you will love: Lindsey Kelk is amazing at building romantic relationships. Her timing was really great and I loved her dialogue. I actually caught myself smirking while reading this in public. I truly loved all of her characters and their quirks. Even the ones that aren’t so likable she does a great job at making them realistic.


screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-12-09-08-pmMadison is our newest reviewer here at Binge on Books! When not working on her own first novel, she loves reading YA & Fantasy and listening to podcasts.

You can get in touch with her on Twitter: @MPMarkerWrites

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Alisa Listens, Audio Review: A Forced Silence by Cate Ashwood

a-forced-silence-coverTitle and Author:  A Forced Silence by Cate Ashwood

Narrator:  Scott R. Smith

Published by:  Dreamspinner Press

Format:  audio

Genre:  romance

Order link:  Audible

Reviewed by:  Alisa

What to expect:  A quick and easy romance with the back drop of an interesting murder investigation. Read More

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Alisa Listens, Audio Review: Stygian by Santino Hassell

stygian-coverTitle and Author:  Stygian by Santino Hassell

Narrator:   Geoffrey Alan

Published by:  Dreamspinner Press

Format:  Audio

Genre:  paranormal, romance, horror

Order link: Audible

Reviewed by:  Alisa

What to expect:  A spooky Southern gothic that is perfect for a Halloween time read.
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Must Read: Excerpt from Heidi Cullinan’s Enjoy the Dance

It’s no secret that I love Heidi Cullinan! Carry the Ocean wowed me and Dance With Me was a revelation. Last week she released Enjoy the Dance, book 2 in her gorgeous Dance With Me series, and it’s Heidi at her very best! Sweet, introspective, sexy as hell, and character rich.

Here’s an excerpt to get you just as excited as I am for this book! And don’t say I didn’t warn you… Read More

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Authors Interviewing Authors: Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen

It’s time for a brand new…Authors Interviewing Authors! Today on Binge on Books we have Chaos Station co-authors, Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen, joining us with a fun Q&A – and the twist? They ask each other!   chaos-station-covers Read More

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Author Chat with Binge on Books: Sarah J. Maas, Part 2

author chat 2Hello and welcome to Author Chat, an intimate and light-hearted books inspired podcast with Judith from Binge on Books interviewing your favorite authors!

Who’s up today, you ask? That’s right! You guessed it! It’s Sarah J. Maas in Part 2 of our 2-part podcast!

Sarah stopped by Binge on Books to talk favorite books, her writing, upcoming projects, who she’d most love to write a book with, what’s going on with the next ACOTAR book (yes!) and so much more! It was so much in fact, Author Chat with Sarah J. Maas will be a 2-part series. Part 1 features Sarah talking her publishing journey and giving us some hilarious answers to a down and dirty lightning round Q&A. Take a listen to it here. Part 2 features more in depth reader questions and runs the gamut of what’s going on in her world (and yes, she talks Catwoman, ACOTAR, what historical novels you need to read, and so much more!).

So sit back, relax, and get ready for: Author Chat with Binge on Books featuring Sarah J. Maas, Part 2!


 


 

No time to listen but want to read what Sarah’s reading? Here are some highlights of things we discussed:

Top 3 Authors

Sharon Shinn

Melina Marchetta

Tamora Pierce

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Books She Loves:

Karen Marie Moning’s Fever Series

C.S. Pacat’s Captive Prince Series

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Books/Writers We Convinced Each Other to Buy:

Historical romance writer, Sarah MacLean – her Scotsmen are to die for!

Historical romance writer, Meredith Duran – Duke of Shadows is a must!

Romance writer, Sherry Thomas – Lady Sherlock Holmes series. No need to say more!

…AND SO MANY MORE! Listen in for all the great reads!

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sjm2Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thorns and Roses series, as well as a USA Today and international bestselling author. Sarah wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in thirty-five languages. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. Empire of Storms, the fifth Throne of Glass novel, will release on September 6th, 2016.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.

Get in touch with Sarah via Twitter or her website!

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Judith is the curator of Binge on Books as well as an upcoming contributor to USA Today and past Publicity Manager for Queer Romance Month. You can hear more of her in Author Chat  andWhat’s On My Kindle? as well as her reviews on the site.

Get in touch with her on Twitter or send her an email (she loves email!) at judith@bingeonbooks.com.

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