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Ana and Chris
Ana and Chris love books, baseball, travel and our families
Interests: Baseball, Comicbooks, romance novels, traveling
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The very first Charlotte Stein novel I read was Curveball, recommended by Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches/Trashy Books. Curveball completely charmed me with its self-conscious, completely incredulous heroine who is baffled, astounded and even a bit frightened by the unexpected advances of her brother’s best-friend and long-time crush when they... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Immersed in Books
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Meljean Brook and Nalini Singh were my gateway drugs into Romance. Back in early 2012, I started watching Felicia Day’s Vaginal Fantasy Book Club. One of the early bookclub selections was the Iron Duke, which I was lucky enough to get from my local library. I was sucked into the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Immersed in Books
Cara McKenna has earned her way into my list of auto-buy authors after consistently taking characters and situations that should turn me off and turning them into magnetic emotional stories worth the time to read. A surly bossy orderly and inexperienced nurse at Mental health-facility in a dying depressing town... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Immersed in Books
I spent time a lot time in the past few months thinking about Motorcycle Club Romances which I thought I was resisting for a long time, but as I thought about this post I realized that I have read way more MC romances than I thought and enjoyed more than... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Immersed in Books
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As teen and young adult I read a tons of mysteries and thrillers but since I started reading romance I have for the most part ignored Romantic Suspense. I picked up a couple via the library, but I didn’t have good experiences. Sometimes I didn’t buy into the premise of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at Immersed in Books
“Taken with You” is the 8th book in The Kowalskis series set Maine and New Hampshire. Hailey has been a recurring character in the series, the town librarian and best friend to Paige Kowalski. Nearly all her friends have married and started families or Hailey good-naturedly puts it: “Those damn... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Immersed in Books
One of my favorite podcasts is NPR's Pop-Culture Happy Hour. It covers music, comics, books, tv and movies. They end every show with the hosts take turns calling out something that made them happy that week. That is the only... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at A Coqui in Winterfell
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When Ruthie Knox announced that she would be following up the serialization of her upcoming novel “Truly” on Wattpad with a truly serialized novel I was intimidated by the commitment. I used to read dozens of serialized stories a month when I was reading comic books regularly instead of romance... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at Immersed in Books
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Ruthie Knox's Camelot Series was one of very first contemporary series I sampled and the first that really connected with me. I tried Ruthie's novella "How to Misbehave" on the recommendation of Sarah Wendell after I heard a DBSA podcast on contemporary romance, and I asked her on twitter for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2014 at Immersed in Books
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Once in a Lifetime (A Lucky Harbor Novel, Book 9) by Jill Shalvis, Publication Date: Feb 18, 2014 None of Shalvis recent Lucky Harbor novels have charmed me the way the original trilogy did, but I did enjoy visiting the Lucky Harbor once again with its bands of meddling senior... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at Immersed in Books
In the last day or so there has been some discussion on twitter and Dear Author about a upcoming Kristan Higgins' book that a blogger cited as part of Harlequin's strategy to address the overwhelming whiteness of their books. The cover features to white-looking protagonists, one who is described as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at Immersed in Books
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Maggie has been taking care of herself for a long time ever since her mother's cancer diagnosis when she was 12. And she has taken very good care of herself. She has built a wonderful life for herself. She has her own business, great friends, and a cozy home. What... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at Immersed in Books
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I started reading romance after reading a fun paranormal retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion, "Almost Persuaded" by Mary Balogh. At the time I didn't realize how significant Balogh is to modern historical romance. I ended up reading through several of her series enjoying the Bedwyn Saga most of all. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at Immersed in Books
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Iron & Velvet by Alexis Hall I chose to read Iron & Velvet because I loved Hall's debut Glitterland. Superficially Iron & Velvet have very little in common beyond both being romances set in England. Iron & Velvet is the first of new Paranormal romance series following Kate Kane (Batwoman... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2014 at Immersed in Books
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I have a complicated and conflicted relationship with KA's books. I find them incredibly easy to read, and hard to put down, but I am often challenged, bothered and conflicted by the characterizations, descriptions and story-lines. KA has a distinctive voice and it not for everyone and I was warned... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2014 at Immersed in Books
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Having best friends means that you sometimes find yourself signing up for things you would never do otherwise because you friend asked you to do it. I have asked plenty from my friends so going to Tastefully Simple make-ahead-freezer-workshop is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2014 at A Coqui in Winterfell
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Deeper NA or New Adult is the hot genre right now in romance. This is not a genre that really appeals to me. I read YA for a living, and the kids in NA, are still kids to me so it is often hard for me to immerse myself in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2014 at Immersed in Books
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This is Mary Ann Rivers first full length romance novel. I loved the two novellas she released last year (The Story Guy and Snowfall), so it is fair to say I was very excited to have a chance to read Live, and that I had very high expectations. She lived... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2014 at Immersed in Books
2015- Expansion Era Results Veterans Committee Adds Eight to Hall of Very Good The Hall of Very Good made room for 8 more players who plied their trade over the last 60 years. Third baseman Al Rosen and right fielder... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2014 at Fluit Notes
2014 Results Hall of Very Good Likes Long Careers of Gonzalez, Rogers, Franco and Finley This year, the Hall of Very Good honored players with a combined 81 years of Major League experience. 19-year left fielder Luis Gonzalez and 20-year... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2014 at Fluit Notes
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Audra is twitter acquaintance of mine, who I first started following after seeing her tweets on diversity in romances. I ended up missing her first novel, (Falling for the CEO) probably because it had CEO in the title and my eyes just skate over that word in romance novel titles... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2013 at Immersed in Books
I read a lot of Christmas-themed novellas this fall, but I didn't really get around to reviewing most of them but with Christmas just a couple of days away it is time I catch up. Holiday Kisses Anthology by Harlequin\Carina This Time Next Year\A Rare Gift\It's Not Christmas Without You\Mistletoe... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2013 at Immersed in Books
2014- “Golden Era” Results Hall of Very Good Adds Seven from First Five Decades of 20th Century The Hall of Very Good Veterans Committee has inducted seven players whose careers fell between 1900 and 1950. First baseman Harry Davis and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2013 at Fluit Notes
2013- 19th Century Committee Results Background About a year ago, I decided that my Hall of Very Good was too small in comparison to the top-tier Hall of Merit- based, numerically at least, on baseball’s Hall of Fame. I’d previously... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2013 at Fluit Notes
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In one of the November DBSA podcasts Jane Litte from Dear Author commented that she is probably one of the few people reading Erotica for the story. I chuckled in recognition because I often feel the same way. I sometimes wish there was "sweet erotica" where we know there are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2013 at Immersed in Books