I’ve been hitting the jackpot on books lately. This is another book I picked up on a whim and fell in love with the author’s writing style. Thankfully, Christie Dickason, author of The King’s Daughter, has more books for us to read.
The most surprising part of this novel for me was how involved I became in the story of the slave Tallie. Elizabeth initially rejects Tallie, especially since the slave is a gift from the queen, whom Elizabeth feels has rejected her own daughter. The story is wave upon wave of human emotion and psychology of court relationships. Christie Dickason has captured these relationships with a keen eye and dug deep underneath the surface to reveal motives and desires.
From the very first page, where Elizabeth is being examined as a prospective bride, much like one might examine a horse, to the end when she finally escapes the tyranny of King James, I was deeply engrossed in this tale.
Well written, crisply paced, this story is one to read and relish.
I’d love to pass this book along to one lucky reader. If you’d like my paperback copy, just leave a comment with your Twitter handle or some other way for me to contact you. If you sign up for my newsletter, you’ll be entered to win something every time I send out book related news.
Holy Hallelujah, Batman! It’s Free Comic Book Day on May 3rd!
Every year, on the first weekend in May, comic book stores celebrate the genre by giving customers free copies of favorite comic books.
How can you prepare to meet up with Wonder Woman and Spiderman?
1. Find a participating comic book shop near you. You can use the FCBD store locator.
2. Contact your local store to find out what their policies are and what they’re giving away.
3. Get there early. As with anything free, the earliest Super Power fans get the Super Comics.
4. Visit the Free Comic Book Day Facebook page. You knew there had to be one, right? They have daily giveaways leading up to the main event.
5. Have fun and take pictures. You can win more prizes when you post your pics with the hashtag #FCBD2014 or #FCBD. Check out the Photo Sharing Contest rules.
One final tip from me:
Practice all the Holy ____ phrases Robin says to Batman. Holy Ravioli, Batman! There’s an entire list of them on Wikipedia!
Lights! Camera! Action!
Family friendly movies and plays that are actually entertaining for the entire family can sometimes be hard to find. Not too sappy, not too sweet, humor intelligent enough for adults, yet simple enough for children. Authentic drama with no condescension.
- If you wish there were more of these types of movies out there, then how about writing one?
You can send your scripts to the 2013 Screen Craft Family Friendly Script Contest. Per their website, there is a dearth of family friendly entertainment. They’re sponsoring a contest running until February 28 with amazing prizes such as cash, consultation with top literary managers, and Celtx software for scriptwriting.
Entry fees are low; they’re only $29 until January 1 and $49 until February 28. Plus, you can donate 10% of your fee to Lights. Camera. Cure. to help fight childhood cancer. Find out more and enter by clicking on this script writing contest link.
- Don’t forget to tweet and share this opportunity with your writing friends!
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I’m having one last hurrah with Untellable before my next book, A Thousand Little Secrets releases next month, and you’re invited!
I hope you’ll join me on this YABound book blog tour, hosted by some super fantastic bloggers. Each site will feature a review of Untellable, or one of five specially chosen excerpts. Enjoy!
What Untellable is all about:
Aspen Dwyer, recently emancipated from foster care, is searching for a place to hide from a past with secrets too dark to share. Honey Creek, Ohio, presents itself as the best place to start a new life and stay undercover. There she meets Colton Moraine, a man with strong family ties and an even stronger sense of loyalty. His boisterous, loving family welcomes Aspen with warmth she hasn’t felt in years. She’s surprised at how quickly and deeply she falls for Colton. When a dangerous criminal comes to Honey Creek, intent on his revenge against her, Aspen must choose between two options. She can stay and risk her life and the rejection of the people she’s grown to love or she can run again, leaving behind any chance of a happy future.
What people are saying about Untellable:
- Deeply detailed characters fill this sweet and suspenseful story about an emotionally wounded girl who has to choose between life or love. ~~~Long and Short Reviews
- Untellable is a delightful mix of mystery, suspense, and love. Lilly creates characters that are warm, memorable, and a bit quirky. I highly recommend this book, and I look forward to Lilly’s next book. ~~~Brenda Maxfield
- This is the second book I’ve read by Suzanne Lilly, and I LOVED it! ~~~Ashley Maker
***Blog Tour Schedule***
PLUS, I’m doing A SECRET SWAG Giveaway
I want to let you readers know that since Untellable is all about secrets, I have some secret swag to give away! When you buy a copy of Untellable, just email me a copy of your confirmation or other evidence, (with personal shopping info deleted), and the address where you’d like me to mail your secret swag. My email addy is lillysuzanne at gmail dot com. When the tour is over, I’ll send everyone their secret gifts! Thanks for stopping by!
Remember your college days? If you’re looking for a new #Fridayreads novel, here’s a new adult book about college life and romance that sounds interesting.
Release Date: 05/28/13
Summary from Goodreads:
Noelle Buckman is looking forward to making a fresh start in college, one that doesn’t involve immature high school boys. The second she steps on campus for freshman orientation, she can sense the possibilities. Especially when she spots Andy, a resident advisor who’s not just hot but also thoughtful enough to open doors for a girl.
And Andy has his eye on Noelle. Even when her nerves take control and she thinks she comes off as a hillbilly with no direction, Andy can see what she’s really like and he’s more than a little interested. But orientation is less than two full days and there’s an entire summer between Noelle and Andy. Will her attempt to romance the R.A. be as short-lived as college orientation?
He’s stunned at first and doesn’t move. I start to pull away, thinking I’ve made a huge mistake, but then I feel Andy’s hand on my lower back, pulling me closer. His lips part, and he deepens the kiss.
Every inch of me is on fire. Andy’s an incredible kisser, but the position we’re in is awkward. I reach my hands up and bury my fingers in his hair, which prompts him to lift me onto his lap. Much better. Our bodies are pressed so close I can feel every inch of him. My lungs are screaming for air, but I’m not willing to give in to them. I’ve been dying to kiss Andy ever since he first smiled at me, and I’ll be damned if I’m backing away that quickly.
His hands move up my back to my hair, and he pulls my head back gently exposing my neck. His lips trail down my jaw and to the nape of my neck. I bite my lip to stifle a moan, but it manages to slip out anyway. Andy slowly eases off, opening his eyes to see my reaction. I debate pulling his lips back to mine, but for the moment I drape my arms around his shoulders and just stare into his baby blue eyes.
He can say that again. “Yeah.”
“I can honestly say that’s the first time I didn’t have to make the first move.”
“And it’s the first time I ever made the first move.”
He smiles. “Then I’m honored.” He leans forward and places a single kiss on my neck. His hips rise under me, and I know exactly where he’s hoping this is going to lead. My body is screaming for his touch, but I don’t want to be that girl. The one who goes off to college and sleeps with the first guy she meets. As much as I want Andy, I can’t do this right now.
About the Author
Ashelyn Drake is a New Adult and Young Adult romance author represented by Lauren Hammond of ADA Management. Look for her debut New Adult romance, Romancing the R.A., from S.B. Addison Books!
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