Monday, June 18, 2018

Why Can't We All Just Get Along?


When did it become acceptable for authors to publicly tear anther author’s vision apart? What happened to this wonderful genre of writers and readers that supported one another and built each other up?

Lately it seems all I see is controversy and criticism. Honestly, it seems like a bad episode of mean girls and it really need to stop.

Book Obsessed Chicks came into being in 2008 in order to praise my love for books, especially romance. Even though I was an avid reader, as a child and swallowed up any book in the horror genre, it wasn’t until 2008 that I discovered the romance genre with Paranormal Romance. In subsequent years, I have gone on to find my niche in Historical Romance and once that was discovered, that is where I like to be. I just adore the settings in Regency England, or in the Highlands of Scotland. The dress, the dialects, the titles of the heroes and heroines draws me in and makes my heart happy. 

Even though I am a lover of history and excelled at that in school, reading biographies of people like Queen Victoria or subjects ranging from the French Revolution to the American Civil War, I never pick up a historical romance to see if the details are historically accurate. What is paramount to me? A great story that is well written and entertaining; a story that stays with me long after I have put the book down or turned off my eReader. That is what truly matters to a reader of romance.
That being said, readers have noticed on social media that some authors feel the need to bring up inaccuracies in other authors’ writing and then tear the book apart as well as demean the author. This message, in particular, is geared to those authors. This needs to stop. When I read or hear about this going on, I do a little research to see if it actually happened, and then I delete the offender. Trust me, I have stopped reading many authors due to their rants and bullying practices on social media and I will continue to do so. For every “mean girl” author, there are two wonderful authors just waiting to be discovered on the fringes. I am just really curious as to the motivation behind these commentaries. Does it make them feel superior? Guess what? To the true romance lover, it’s a real turn-off. You don’t look superior, you look like an elitist and most romance readers will just say bye-bye.

One of the main points I always try to get across to my book club member is that there is room for everyone in the romance world, but there is no room for professional jealousy or the mean girl mentality. I will always promote what I love, but if I see injustice the likes I have recently seen, I will call it out as well.

Let’s stop the madness by letting these authors know that they will not deter the reader from enjoying a well written historical romance because they have ripped it apart with their opinions. We will however remember who ripped it apart and avoid that author.  Down with the mean girl mentality!

~KIMBERLY~

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

BLOGGING WITH KAT MARTIN & BEYOND CONTROL

OUT NOW!

Victoria Bradford and her four-year old daughter are on the run from Tory’s abusive ex-fiancĂ©.   Seventy miles north of Dallas, the Iron River Ranch is pretty much nowhere, exactly what Josh Cain wanted when he came back from Afghanistan.  Big skies, quiet nights, no trouble.
When Tory shows up with her adorable little girl, Josh realizes he is in for trouble of the most personal kind. But Josh has seen trouble before, and he doesn't scare easy. Not when “accidents” start happening around the ranch. Not when Tory’s best friend is abducted.  Not even when he realizes their troubles are only the tip of the iceberg.

BEYOND CONTROL REVIEWS


RTBOOK REVIEWS REVIEW
 “As the excitement in Iron Springs continues, two strangers with tragic pasts form an unbreakable bond. Beyond Control is the last installment in the Texas Trilogy. It’s delightfully fast-paced, riveting, and amazingly compelling. Martin has outdone herself with unpredictable twists and suspense that will leave readers panting for more. Definitely a must read for readers who enjoy mystery, thrills, and romance to spice up their life.”– RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars, Top Pick

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY REVIEW
BEYOND CONTROL by Kat Martin (Zebra MM/June 2018/978-1-4201-4319-5)
“[A] gripping tale…Martin has a consummate skill for developing the most loveable and the most despicable characters; readers will cheer when sadistic Damon meets his well-deserved end. Martin’s finely described Texas is a delight.” – Publishers Weekly  

BEYOND CONTROL by Kat Martin (Zebra MM/June 2018/978-1-4201-4319-5)
"Bestseller Martin brings her Texas Trilogy contemporary romantic suspense series (Beyond DangerBeyond Reason) to a hair-raising finish with the gripping tale of a single mother on the run and the Marine veteran who offers her a second chance at happily-ever-after. With her four-year-old daughter, Ivy, in tow, Victoria “Tory” Bradford is trying to stay one step ahead of her abusive ex-fiancĂ©, Damon Bridger. She bounces around the Southwest before landing at Iron River Ranch in Iron Springs, Tex. After returning stateside from tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, retired sniper Joshua Cain bought Iron River and planned for a more placid lifestyle. But when Tory shows up on his doorstep, desperate for a job that will allow her to support her daughter and stay off her rich ex’s radar, he’s plunged right back into danger. The dynamics of abusive relationships and obsession ring true throughout, as does the redemptive power of love. Martin has a consummate skill for developing the most lovable and the most despicable characters; readers will cheer when sadistic Damon meets his well-deserved end. Martin’s finely described Texas is a delight." – Publishers Weekly  
"Bestseller Martin brings her Texas Trilogy … to a hair-raising finish with the gripping tale of a single mother on the run and the Marine veteran who offers her a second chance at happily-ever-after. Martin has a consummate skill for developing the most loveable and the most despicable characters; readers will cheer when sadistic Damon meets his well-deserved end. Martin’s finely described Texas is a delight." – Publishers Weekly  

BLOGGING WITH KAT MARTIN
 A Little Time At The Beach

Everyone loves the beach.  Though I live in Montana, I’m fortune to spend my winters at the beach in sunny California.  My writing space looks out on a boat channel that leads to the harbor so I watch the tide go up and down several times a day.
A bicycle-ride away, a sandy beach slopes down to the water where a frothy tide rolls in and out, the perfect place to talk a stroll at the end of a long day or just dig your toes into the warm gritty sand.
For me, there is no better way to spend an afternoon than lying in the sun on a bright-colored beach towel, straw hat shading your face while you read a delicious, page-turning novel.  The rhythmic curl and tug of the waves is the perfect backdrop, lulling me into the story, shutting out the day-to-day troubles of the world, if only for a little while.
As a writer, lying half-asleep in the sun, listening to the soft rush of the wind and the cry of seagulls, is a great way to get story ideas. 
Too often I get stuck when writing a novel (I refuse to call it writer’s block, which is way too scary).  The beach, I’ve discovered, is a great antidote.
 While I was writing the third book in my Texas Trilogy, BEYOND CONTROL, Josh Cain and Victoria Bradford’s story, I found myself unable to figure out how the heroine was going to escape the perilous situation I had put her in.  After several sleepless nights, I took a drive along the beach just a few blocks from my house. 
As I looked at the clear blue ocean stretching endlessly in front of me, my whole body relaxed--a little slice of heaven.  An hour away from the computer, watching the waves crash up on the shore, my creative juices started flowing.  Ideas flashed in my head, some good, some not-so-good, as the next part of Josh and Tory’s story opened up in my mind. 
Hurrying home, I madly began pounding on the keyboard, desperate to get my thoughts down on the page.  The story started moving forward again, and I was even able to get a good night’s sleep! 
So the next time you’re feeling jammed up about something, whether you’re a writer or not, whether you live at the beach or in the desert, the mountains or the city, find a place that lets you breathe, refreshes you and lets you face the world again. 
Have a great summer and happy reading.  Till next time, Kat




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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Release Day Bliss! THE HELLION by CHRISTI CALDWELL



Joann's Review:

Adair Thorne is not a man to be messed with. When his club The Hell and Sin is totally destroyed by fire he looks to his enemy the Killorans as responsible for the deed. When the two families meet, Broderick Killoran is able to convince Adair and his brothers they are not guilty, and have not broken the truce that the families have enforced. 

Cleopatra Killoran attends the meeting and proves to be an outspoken hellion. She is defiant and no one can make her do anything. Part of the Killoran truce is for there rivals to give one of his sisters a season to find a rich Lord. 

Cleo steps forward to save her sisters from this marriage. It is while she is under Ryker Black home being guarded by Adair the two cross sword and then become tolerable friends.

As you find yourself reading this story, you pick up the crumbs of hidden information about each character which only Ms Caldwell can leave you hungry to grasp.

She excels as a master in her art form. This is an excellent read.



~JOANN ~


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Book Obsessed Chicks Spotlight on Author CHRISTI CALDWELL



Before I go into my spotlight on Christi Caldwell, I would like to congratulate this amazingly talented author of so many of my favorite books, on her RITA Nomination for Historical Romance: Long, with THE SCOUNDREL'S HONOR (SINFUL BRIDES)


Christi Caldwell is not only an indomitable author of Historical Romance, she is a wife, mother of three amazing human beings and a remarkable friend. I began to read Christi's books back in 2015 with SEDUCED BY A LADY'S HEART and promptly went on to read every single book on her back list. It has been an love affair with Christi Caldwell's books ever since and through the magic of the Internet, Christi and I met and have become great friends.

Christi Caldwell's writes from the heart and she expertly crafts one memorable tale after another. Her dedication to her fans is just another facet to her warm and inviting personality. If you have never read a book by Christi Caldwell, you should, because you will be all the better for it and have found your next go to historical romance author.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

#BOC Spotlight on Author BARB HAN



Happy Tuesday lovelies and welcome to the Book Obsessed Chicks Spotlight on the wonderful and talented author, Barb Han. For those of you who aren't familiar with Barb, she is the bestselling author of Harlequin Intrigue, Romantic Suspense, among other sub-genres of romance. Barb Han lives in Texas with her multi-talented family. She is a very good friend of the Book Obsessed Chicks and a true friend to me. I love her to pieces and want the whole world to know about Barb and her writing. 

Today is release day for her latest Harlequin Intrigue, SUDDEN SETUP. I hope you will grab this book! 




Someone desperately wants her dead. A stranger is her only hope.

Alone and on the run for the past two years, Holden Crawford knows helping Ella Butler will only bring him trouble. But not rescuing one of Cattle Barge’s wealthiest daughters isn’t an option and now he’ll risk everything to protect her. Once her would-be killers are caught and Holden knows Ella is safe, will revealing his darkest secrets bring them closer…or force her out of his life forever?


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Monday, March 19, 2018

MAD, BAD & DANGEROUS TO MARRY (The Highland Brides Book 4) by Elizabeth Essex


The fourth highly anticipated novel in the Highland Brides series by 
award-winning author Elizabeth Essex

How would you know your one true love, if you didn’t even know your own self?

A man stripped of his past
Ewan Cameron, 5th Duke of Crieff has his future carefully laid out. Heir to a great estate, he’s been betrothed to Lady Greer Douglas since childhood. After years of correspondence, the date is set—they will meet, marry and be happy. But on the way to his wedding, a vicious attack steals everything he holds dear—his home, his future, his bride, and his very self.

A woman robbed of her future
Lady Greer Douglas has been faithfully writing to her betrothed, the Duke of Crieff for ten years. Finally, the day she has waited for is at hand—but fate has unkind plans. When her wedding day turns into a funeral, Greer must leave the past behind, and embark on a future without her bridegroom. 
While mourning her lost love, Greer is drawn to an injured stranger she encounters on the moor. Compassion leads to friendship, and friendship leads to love that reopens the doors to his shuttered memories. Convinced this man is the lost duke, she helps him embark on a journey to regain everything he has lost. But his would-be murderers lurk nearby, and every step into the past puts their lives in peril. Can they regain their future, without losing their reawakened love—or their lives?

A heart-rending tale of love, loss, and rediscovery.

In my world with a full time job and a house full of family, reading a book can sometimes be a luxury. Reading past your bedtime is very much a luxury but when a story is so good that you would sacrifice sleep, it's all worth the next day's exhaustion. MAD, BAD and DANGEROUS to MARRY by Elizabeth Essex is worth every lost minute of sleep. 

Ewan and Greer have been betrothed since they were children, but have never met in person. Over a decade of their engagement, the pair share a courtship through letters sent back and forth to one another. These letters give each an insight on their deepest feelings and thoughts like no other engaged couple of the time could possibly have. 

When the time finally comes for them to finally meet and be married, tragedy strikes leaving Greer heartbroken and bereft, but something is afoot in the land of Crieff , and Greer will not sit back and let life just pass her by. 

Without going too much into the story, this tale of  Lady Greer Douglas and Ewan Cameron, the Duke of Crieff is one of the best I have read this year. Elizabeth Essex has expertly woven a web which I will gladly be caught in. Even if this is your first Elizabeth Essex book, dive in. You will love MAD,BAD and DANGEROUS to MARRY and then go back to read more of Elizabeth Essex's remarkable novels.

~KIMBERLY~



Monday, March 5, 2018

Unmarried: An Amish Romance (The Troyers of Lancaster County Book 1) by Julie Frankland


Book Blurb:

Sarah Troyer is the oldest of six sisters and works in a bakery. She's soon forced to leave her cozy life to take action and help her fellow merchants after a new development outside of Mount Akron begins.
Zeke is the owner of the hardware store next to Sarah’s bakery and he’s been in love with Sarah for as long as he’s known her. He’s been too shy to ask her out. 
Thrown together in a mutual task of saving their shops, the two get to know each other and what they are capable of. Even with Sarah’s father admonishing her about the lure of the English world, Sarah still knows that God has put this obstacle in her path for a reason.
Though Sarah has some doubts that a man will want her as a wife, she still pursues the leadership role she feels God has destined for her. As Sarah blossoms, Zeke falls more in love with her and knows that he must state his intentions. He knows that not just any man will be good enough for Sarah. She needs a man who has the strong faith that he possesses to help her walk with God while doing his will. 
But will he be able to find the courage to make that first move?

Kimberly's Review

I have to say, that I really enjoyed this book. Hard-working Sarah practically runs the local bakery. When a new shopping center threatens the livelihoods of the local Amish and English communities, Sarah joins forces with a formerly Amish man, now a lawyer, Amos King and Amish hardware store owner, Zeke Lapp in trying to retain their way of life. Al the while Zeke and Sarah become closer and even though neither is looking to marry, their ethics, hopes and dreams are so in sync, they are a perfect pair.

Amos King is a wonderful protagonist, trying to get Zeke to admit his attraction to Sarah. Sarah may protest wanting t marry, as being the eldest of her siblings and being the one who takes care of everything, but when she opens up her heart to Zeke, there is no stopping them.

Unmarried is the first book in Julie Frankland's The Troyers of Lancaster County and it most definitely will not be my last.

~KIMBERLY~