Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Up the Downside

Well, today had it's moments. Some downs and some up. The downs aren't worth mentioning, because the ups are so awesome. I walked down to the mail and found not one, but two packages of books that I had won in the month of August. What? Yes, that's right two books. The first one LORD AND LADY SPY was from the talented and self effacing Shana Galen.

Not only had she sent me LORD AND LADY SPY, but she also sent me A ROMANCE SAMPLER which is a collection of excerpts from a variety of romance writers only two of whom I have read. Oddly enough the two that I have read are Shana Galen and Vanessa Kelly. Why is that odd.? It's odd because they are the only two authors that I have reviewed on this blog. Shana also included book marks, and her darling Baby Galen had put a kitty sticker on the envelope. Isn't that sweet. I was over the moon, and as soon as I am done with this I am off to read LORD AND LADY SPY

How nice you say, and I say . . . wait that's not all. I also had a package from Angie Fox . I won her book THE ACCIDENTAL DEMON SLAYER when she was a guest on Vanessa Kelly's blog a few weeks ago.Yes, the same Vanessa Kelly who is the only other author that I have reviewed on this blog. We played a game that generated our biker witch name, and entered it to win a book by Angie Fox. It arrived with fun romance trading cards, and looks like are very interesting book. The biker witch name game is on Angie Fox's website and more information about her books as well. My biker witch name is Looney Libby Flat Foot, which seems to fit, though after today I might just have to add Lucky to it.

Check out Shana Galen's , Vanessa Kelly's and Angie Fox's websites. Have you been lucky lately? I'd love to hear about it.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Review of Vanessa Kelly's Mastering the Marquess

How did I find Vanessa Kelly's book? I'm trying to recall, but the only thing I can remember is that I read her blog when Angie Fox was guest blogging and I won a book from Angie Fox. Winning always gives me a warm fuzzy feeling, so I added Vanessa Kelly to my TBR list.Yes,I have a real TBR list in notes on my FB page.

Mastering the Marquess is such an enjoyable read, that I hope I can do it justice in a review. It is fast paced story, with complex characters caught up in the midst of family intrigue and strong passions. (Yes, there is intrigue and passion.) It is the story of Meredith and her younger sister Annabel who are thrown into the social whirl of London's season, unprepared for the complexity, and cattiness of the ton. Meredith already has trouble looking on the bright side of things and she suffers the most from the casual cruelty of the social elite. The hero is Lord Silverton who is attracted to Meredith despite their social standings. Vanessa Kelly does a masterful job of keeping the reader in doubt, as to the whether the couple will reach the expected happily ever after.(Will they?) Besides a likeable leading couple, there is a cast of lovely side characters who add their own quirks and make the tale even more enjoyable.

The most convincing recommendation that I can give is that I immediately bought the next book Sex and the Single Earl. Who was the last author that you bought their books back to back?