zaterdag 25 april 2015

Recommendations from Karin for April 2015.

In order to bring some more variety to my blog, I have asked some of my bookish friends to tell about the books they have in the past month, and to give us a recommendation. Today’s post is made by Karin from Austria.


I have read 9 new books this month and numerous old and beloved ones. From the new ones I enjoyed most:

Louisiana Longshot by Jana Deleon

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It was a hell of a long shot.... CIA assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever - in Sinful, Louisiana. With a leak at the CIA and a price placed on her head by one of the world's largest arms dealers, Fortune has to go off-grid, but she never expected to be this far out of her element. Posing as a former beauty queen turned librarian in a small bayou town seems worse than death to Fortune, but she's determined to fly below the radar until her boss finds the leak and puts the arms dealer out of play. Unfortunately, she hasn't even unpacked a suitcase before her newly inherited dog digs up a human bone in her backyard. Thrust into the middle of a bayou murder mystery, Fortune teams up with a couple of seemingly sweet old ladies whose looks completely belie their hold on the little town. To top things off, the handsome local deputy is asking her too many questions. If she's not careful, this investigation might blow her cover and get her killed. Armed with her considerable skills and a group of elderly ladies the locals dub The Geritol Mafia, Fortune has no choice but to solve the murder before it's too late.

I really think this is one of the funniest books that I have read in a long time. The heroine is most likeable, there is a hint of a budding romance (really, a very tiny hint), but what makes this book so unique is the supporting characters – especially the ladies Ida Belle and Gertie. Everything is grossly exaggerated (or so I like to think having no direct experience with Southern Belles) but the whole book made me feel better after I had read it.
It is by the way the first in a series but I have not continued with the books so far.

As for almost the rest of my recommendations I want to once again toot the horn for Loretta Chase. I’m afraid I have done so before but I can’t resist. Just the other day I downloaded an anthology that was put together from two previous anthologies – but it was announced on Amazon and on Chase’s website that these are not new publishings.
I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this little gemstone – especially the first novella (short story) “Lord Lovedon’s Duel”.
Never before have I read a historical romance that featured a drunk bridesmaid who challenges a peer to a duel because he made her sister cry on her wedding day. Here and now I want to state that I don’t think it plausible for one minute that something like this could have happened – but still: even in this short story Chase succeeded in writing a believable romance, added her brilliant humour and in general made me feel good after I had finished the book.

The second story is very nice to read to, but I already knew it. The topic – a peer in dire need of money has to marry an heiress – is nothing new of course. The way it was treated here is nothing unique either but it was good to read.

And to finish this long post I would like to recommend one of my beloved older books. It’s

Finders Keepers by Linnea Sinclair

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Independent trader Trilby Elliot is making some not-quite-legal modifications to her starfreighter, when an unexpected visitor falls out of space. Literally. He's crashed onto the uninhabited planet of Avanar in a crippled 'Sko fighter-the last place you'd expect to find a Zafharin military officer because the 'Sko and the Zafharin have been at war as long as Trilby can remember.
Rhis Vanur is your typically arrogant Zafharin. But to Trilby's surprise, he doesn't look down on her or her slapdash ship. Still, Trilby's learned the hard way that even though she found Rhis, she can't keep him. She's just a low-budget jump jockey as far as men like him are concerned. She's not falling for his offer to help...until Port Rumor reports her best friend missing and Trilby learns that the 'Sko are hunting both her and Rhis. Now they're in it together for better, for worse-or till death blasts them to oblivion....

This is science fiction and yet not. It’s the story of “The Prince and the Pauper” in the far away future. It’s a story about THE BIG MISUNDERSTANDING – a trope I normally hate, and I mean: REALLY HATE.
And yet it’s one of the books I return to time and again. I don’t know – is it the heroine who has carved out her spot despite the circumstances she grew up, who is so likeable.
What about the hero (he wears a moustache; this is something I don’t appreciate normally but I forgive him for this sign of bad taste) who has hidden behind several layers of icy walls to hide that he has been hurt one time too many?
Is it once again the supporting characters whom I thought were not only supportive but also at times funny, logical or empathic?
I don’t really know – maybe it’s the sum of everything I have mentioned and so much more that this book has become one of my favourites?
Maybe you want to give it a try?

Until next time – after the LLC – where no doubt we will have lots of fun!

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Aurian: Thanks for the recommendation Karin! I have actually recently read Lord Lovedon’s duel, not a storyline you forget indeed. I know Freya likes Linnea Sinclair as well, but I still have not read a book by her. I will borrow one from Freya soon!
But Karin, you read a cozy mystery! And I am glad you enjoyed it, putting it on my wishlist 

© 2015 Reviews by Aurian

vrijdag 24 april 2015

J.D. Robb – Innocent in Death

Book 24 in the In Death series, published February 20, 2007.
Genre: futuristic romantic suspence
Cover: fits the series.
Re-read for the third time.

Innocent in Death

When history teacher Craig Foster is found dead in his classroom, his young wife is devastated, and his family, friends and colleagues all shocked. The two ten-year-old students who discovered his body may be traumatised for life.
Eve Dallas, of course, is more hardened to murder cases. And this is clearly a murder case – Foster’s thermos flask of hot chocolate tainted with deadly ricin. It’s Eve’s job to get a feel of all the potential suspects – and find out why someone would have done this to a man who seemed so inoffensive, so pleasant, so innocent.
But Magdelana Percell – now there’s someone Eve can picture as a murder victim. Possibly at Eve’s own hands. An old flame of her billionaire husband Roarke, she’s turned up in New York, and she’s anything but innocent. Unfortunately, Roarke seems blind to Magdelana’s manipulation, but not blind at all to her shapely figure and flirtatious ways. Eve’s so unnerved by the situation, that for once she’s finding it difficult to concentrate on her investigation. Still, she’ll have to put aside her personal heartbreak, for a while at least – because another man has just turned up dead …

Eve and Roarke are just home from a nice beach vacation, which they really deserved after witnessing Mavis give birth to her beautiful baby daughter. Eve is supposed to join him for dinner with some business relations that night. Something she really hates, but cannot always get out of. Having just caught a new case, where a young history teacher is murdered in his own classroom, she is late. No time to dress up, she has to hurry to the posh restaurant in her work clothes. Luckily, they are clean this time.
Then a stunningly beautiful woman in a red dress approaches Roarke, a woman from his past. Now that is nothing new to Eve, as Roarke certainly wasn’t a monk before they met. But this is different, as for just a tiny moment, Roarke looked at this woman the way he only ever looks at her. And when she finds out more about Magdelana, she is really frightened. Roarke is baffled by her jealousy, doesn’t understand it, and certainly will not give in to it. Magdelana is just an old friend, and he can meet her when he wants to. But he also notices this really hurts Eve, and he hates that. And for once, Summerset agrees with Eve, which pisses Roarke off even more.
Is this their first really big fight? Or a break between them?

It puts Eve of her stride with her work, she cannot seem to find the motive that killed Craig. But she does find another teacher, Reed Williams, with a questionable morality. He hits on other staff, teachers and parents for sex, so he is a prime suspect as Craig has warned him of repeatedly. Things get more difficult and twisted, when Oliver Straffo defends the man. It was his daughter who discovered the body, his wife who had an affair with Reed. And he wants to defend the man? Of course he doesn’t know about the affair (yet).
But then Williams gets killed in the school swimming pool, and Eve needs to find another suspect. She is looking very hard at the school principal, and would like to nail her for claiming rape when it certainly was not the case, but it still feels off. And when she finally finds out who the murderer has to be, no one wants to believe her. The truth is just to horrible. But she will have to find more evidence, and bit by bit she comes closer. But will she be in time to prevent the next murder to happen?

A great book again. Both on the private life of Eve and Roarke, as the case. I really cried along with Eve, how could Roarke not see what was happening? He knows Magdelana is a con artist, she knows how to net her mark, of course she wants him back now he is so mega rich. But when his eyes finally do open, he gets even with her, for putting his marriage at risk and causing Eve pain.
And then the case, two teachers murdered, but what is the motive? It is not in their private life, at least not with Craig. And when Eve suspects this person has killed before, it gets even more horrible. A family torn apart, and a father who has to choose: his wife, or his child.

9,5 stars.

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donderdag 23 april 2015

Interview with Julie Kenner for LLC 2015

Hi, we are Aurian and Freya, and today we have Julie Kenner visiting us here in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

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Of course you want to know, what is LLC 2015? It is short for Autoren Love Letter Convention 2015, which means a Romance Writers Convention, and it takes place in Berlin, Germany, on May 2 and 3, 2015. There are lots of German authors attending of course, but there are also some really nice (and famous!) authors from America, Canada, England and Australia.

Julie Kenner is one of the American romance authors attending. We had a blast in the previous 3 years, and to add to the advance fun of the event, we have decided to do some interviews with the authors we will be meeting. Some of them are attending for the first time; others had a great time in a previous year and are coming again! So if you have the opportunity to visit Berlin for some sightseeing, why not attend the convention as well? Or let your family do the sightseeing, and you do the convention.

Our guest today is Julie Kenner, author of many books in different genres, from fun paranormal romance and urban fantasy to erotic (paranormal) romance. I have enjoyed her fun Aphrodite series lately, and her hot paranormal romance series written as J.K. Beck.

Aurian: Welcome to Utrecht, Julie. Would you like something hot to drink in this cold weather? Hot chocolate with whipped cream, tea or coffee? And of course some Dutch cookies.

Julie: Oooh!!! Hot chocolate with whipped cream sounds fab (maybe with a splash of Peppermint Schnapps?) ...and cookies for sure!
I’m really looking forward to meeting y’all in person!

(Aurian adds a splash or two of Peppermint Schnapps to Julies hot chocolate)

Freya: Can you tell our readers who might not yet know you or your books, a little about yourself? Something that is not in your official bio (which is at the bottom of this post).

Julie: Let’s see, I’ve climbed the Great Wall of China, have a fear of sharks but still love to SCUBA dive, got lost in Stockholm when I was 13, and my lowest grade in high school was in gymnastics.

LLC questions

Aurian: Could you tell us why you are attending a convention in Europe? Have you been in Berlin before? Were you surprised at being invited to a convention this far away?

Julie: I have never been to Berlin and I’m so excited to finally see it! (I’ve visited the Black Forest (age 11) and Munich (age 23). I’ve been invited for a few years, but this is the first time it really felt like it made sense to go since my erotic romances have a pretty strong German following! And the timing worked out family and deadline-wise!

Freya: Berlin is a beautiful city with a rich history. Are you planning to do some sightseeing before or after the convention, or touring the country? Or is this convention part of a larger booktour through Europe?

Julie: This is just the Berlin trip (my family and I are coming back to Europe in June). But I do plan to do as much sightseeing as possible in the city and environs. I absolutely love to travel, and to just wander around cities soaking in the atmosphere.

Aurian: If you could see only one monument/famous building/historical place in Berlin while you are there, what place would you absolutely have to see?

Julie: Probably the Berlin Wall and the Checkpoint Charlie museum. Folks tell me they’re not to be missed.

Freya: Have you been to Europe before? Perhaps even visited Holland? If not, would you like to?

Julie: I’ve been to Europe a number of times. When I was 11, my grandmother took me to Switzerland, and we used that as a base to visit the Black Forest, Austria, Italy, Liechtenstein, and France. Later, when I was 13 she took me to Scandinavia (Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo and Helsinki). When I was 23, I went with her again to see Switzerland again (Lausanne and Zermatt, primarily), and that same year I backpacked through Europe for seven weeks doing Zurich, a cruise down the Rhine, Florence, Salzburg, Paris, London, Ireland and Scotland. Later, my husband and I spent time in Ireland, Paris and the South of France. And I explored different areas of Paris and Versailles a year or so later when I took my mother, who’d never been to Europe. (I’ve also been to China, but you only asked about Europe, LOL!)
More recently, I went to Edinburgh for a bookfest, and then to London for fun. This June, my family and I are going to Amsterdam (yes! Holland!) for 4 days, then for a week each in Paris and London.
See? When I said I loved to travel, I wasn’t kidding!

(Freya: If you need tips for sightseeing in Holland, or a tourguide, just let us know!)

Book questions

Aurian: You write books under three different pennames, Julie Kenner, J. Kenner and J.K. Beck. I understand J. Kenner is for the more erotic ones. Do you want those different names yourself, or is it your publisher who asks that?

Julie: J.K. Beck has been retired, and those books have been republished digitally as J. Kenner books. That is the only name that the publisher asked for because at that time it made sense to have a “reboot” when I started writing paranormals that were waaaaay darker and waaaaaay sexier than my demon hunting soccer mom books.

I write as J. Kenner now for the same publisher, and so far all of the J. Kenner books have been erotic romance. My publisher was fine with me publishing as Julie Kenner, but about the time I sold Release Me, I had just gotten my rights back to the demon hunting soccer mom series and was getting them ready to indie publish. Those books have no on-screen sex, and I have a number of readers who are in middle school. I didn’t want to hide my identity, but I did want a line of demarcation, and so I told my publisher that I wanted to publish as J. In retrospect, it probably wasn’t something I needed to worry about, especially since the Julie/J thing has become very transparent!

Aurian:I really enjoy your J.K. Becks books at the moment, so I hope they will find some new fans!

Freya: How does it feel that Carpe Demon has been optioned for television? Do you have any say in what happens with the story?

Julie: It’s very cool! Though I am not holding my breath. Hollywood can be fickle and a lot of things get optioned and never made. Carpe Demon was under option to 1492 Pictures for over ten years, and sadly the movie never made it to the screen. To be honest, though, I’m more excited about the possibility of a TV show, as I think it fits the material much better! And no, I don’t have much input (to be completely honest, I don’t have time to have much input! My writing schedule is full up and overflowing!)

Aurian: I have read and enjoyed Aphrodite’s Passion. The Protectors are great-great-great-grandchildren of the old Greek Gods, and are superheroes. How much fun did you have coming up with all the different super powers? I love that you gave Hale a flaw, an allergy that makes him loose control of his invisibility power.

Julie: Thanks! All of those books were so much fun to write! And yes, it really was a blast coming up with all the superpowers and weaving them into the characters’ backgrounds and the overall plot. (Of course, the most fun was Elmer, the ferret!)

Freya: For your book “Silent Confessions”, did you do a lot of research into Victorian erotica, just like your heroine? Or was it already a topic of interest for you?

Julie: I had read some, and had an interest in rare books, but nothing like my heroine in that story! So I did research into actual Victorian erotica when I planned and wrote the story. I wrote it back in 2002 (it was originally published in 2003) and that was before the Internet was as robust as it is. Most of the books I used were books that I found in Archer City, which is a town where author Larry McMurtry (Lonesome Dove) used to have several bookstores. I think they’ve since been closed, but the town used to be considered a “book town” because of all the used and rare bookstores!

Thanks for the interview Julie! We do look forward to meeting you in Berlin.
How about you reader, have you read any of Julie’s books? And which one is your favourite? Or do you have them still on your wishlist?

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Where to find Julie Kenner?
twitter: or @juliekenner

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J. Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and International bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.
Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal mommy lit.
Her foray into the latter, Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom by Julie Kenner, has been consistently in development in Hollywood since prior to publication. Most recently, it has been optioned by Warner Brothers Television for development as series on the CW Network with Alloy Entertainment producing.
JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for him.” A four time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy).
Her books have sold well over a million copies and are published in over twenty countries.
In her previous career as an attorney, JK worked as a clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced primarily civil, entertainment and First Amendment litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as in Austin, Texas. She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.

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© 2015 Reviews by Aurian

woensdag 22 april 2015

Patricia Briggs – Cry Wolf

The first book in the Alpha and Omega series, published July 29, 2008.
Genre: urban fantasy
Cover: strong, but it still looks like a fox to me instead of a wolf.

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Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack - and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she'd learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. Then Charles Cornick, the enforcer – and son – of the leader of the North American werewolves, came into her life.
Charles insists that not only is Anna his mate, but she’s also a rare van valued Omega wolf. And it is Anna’s inner strength and calming presence that will prove invaluable as she and Charles go on the hunt in search of a rogue werewolf – a creature bound in magic so dark that it could threaten all of the pack ...

After the events in Chicago (novella Alpha and Omega) Charles Cornick takes Anna home with him to Montana. There is nothing left for Anna in Chicago, but she has no clue what she will do in Montana. Sure, Charles claims she is his mate, or his wolf has claimed her, and that she is a rare Omega wolf, but Anna has no idea what that entails. And when she is frightened, like about sleeping with the still wounded Charles in his bed, she calls upon her wolf for help and strength.

But there is no time to rest and heal for Charles, a stray wolf is killing humans in the territory of the Marrok, and he has to be found and stopped, by any means, before more humans are killed. Bran is about to come out of the closet with the wolves, and he does not need bad publicity. In this modern day and age, it is getting harder to keep themselves hidden from the humans.

And so Charles and Anna set out into the frozen forest to find the killer. But first they will have to attend the funeral mass for a beloved werewolf Bran had to kill recently. And that was not easy, as the man was his friend. His children blame Bran for killing their father, but Charles and especially Samuel,(Bran’s other son) know how to change their opinion of what truly happened. Still, when Asil, another ancient wolf bothers Anna, just to get a rise out of Charles, her Omega qualities kick in, and she quiets Asil.

Anna and Charles take Bran’s car out in the wilderness and from where they can’t drive any further, they will hike. Anna has zero experience with this, but she hopes her wolf’s strength will let her keep up with Charles. Charles is happy that Anna is with him, and that she is not a chatterbox. And how she can appreciate the beauty of it all.

But when they are kissing in a little valley that feels wrong, something attacks them. A new wolf, who doesn’t know how to fight as a wolf yet, and Charles runs him off. But while Anna is alone, a strange woman and her wolf/dog approach her. It is a witch, looking for Asil, and she quickly bewitches Anna and Charles to find out what she wants to know. This witch is pure evil, and she has done something strange to the mating bond between Asil and his late wife, somehow she has stolen it!

When the Witch enslaves both Asil and Bran, the wolves are in trouble, and it is up to Anna and Charles and their new friend, to save them all …

It has been a while since I read this book for the first time, so I had forgotten the story about Bran and his evil witch mother who turned him and Charles. I thought that what I read in the anthology last year, was completely new to me. I was wrong. So it was nice to catch up again.

The story is a strong one, and Charles and Anna grow closer together, and even find the mating bond between them. Not through making love as Charles thought though. I like Asil as a secondary character a lot, and I know there will be more stories where he will have a nice part, I look forward to reading those.

This is a good Urban Fantasy series, it has werewolves and vampires, Fae and witches, and this book has a particularly evil Witch, and I hate what she did to animals to gain power. To learn more about the history of Witches and Asil and Bran was very nice though.

If you like Urban Fantasy and if you like it a bit darker, you really need to read this series. But it is a lot different than the Mercy series, even though it has some of the same characters and the same worldbuilding.

9 stars.

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dinsdag 21 april 2015

Lynn Kurland – Another chance to dream

The first book in the De Piaget series, published December 1, 1998.
Genre: historical romance
Cover: nice

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With neither title nor land, Rhys could not win the hand of Gwennelyn of Segrave. But he would always have her heart. The two are kindred souls...Rhys, a knight with far too many notions of chivalry for his own good. And Gwen, a lover of minstrel tales, waiting to be swept away. But Gwen is betrothed to another man, and Rhys fears he will lose her forever. Until a surprise offer comes his way -- bringing Rhys and Gwen a second chance at love and Another Chance to Dream

As a young girl, Gwen falls in love with Rhys, who is the youngest Knight ever. And he falls for her as well, but he knows he cannot have her without land and a title of his own. Gwen’s father has betrothed her to a man she really doesn’t like, and Gwen will do whatever she can to avoid her fate.

With Rhys in France on business for mother, Gwen’s father dies and her fiancĂ©e demands an early marriage. When she manages to escape his horrible keep, she runs into Rhys who has just arrived back in England. But before they know it, Alain catches up with them, and not only does he bind Gwen to his horse, he demands that Rhys honors his agreement to serve his late father one more year, by serving him instead. And not 1, but 2 years, or else he will beat Gwen with his whip …

And so their torturous relationship starts. Gwen can’t escape anymore and will have to marry Alain, and Alain makes Rhys her main guard. Lucky for Rhys, he has some friends at the keep, and he keeps himself as busy in the lists as he can. He won’t dishonour Gwen by having an affair with her, but when his service is over, he will go to France again for his fortune. Perhaps he can raise enough money to buy her freedom from King John.

He would only be gone for a year or so, but it has been 3 years now, and Gwen has heard nothing from him in all that time. What she doesn’t know is that Rhys has written faithfully to her, but that Rollan, Alain’s brother who covets his brother’s title and possessions, including his wife, has intercepted all those letters they have written each other. So when Rhys thinks Gwen is awaiting him with open arms, Gwen is furious with him, and tries to refuse him entrance into the castle.

A lot of waiting for Gwen, and intrigue but overall it was a fun story. Even though Gwen was married to Alain, who is a pig and has a mistress or a few, he gave her three children, and she loves them. She will do nothing to jeopardize her son’s inheritance. So she will not have her marriage annulled and her children announced bastards just to be able to marry Rhys instead.

The fun part was with Rhys’ family, they sure a eccentric’s. His mother is a powerful abbess, his father is dead (or so he thinks), and his grandfather is a spy. And they have all been keeping important secrets from him. Like the fact that he is not a landless knight, he has enough properties and a title so he could have married Gwen back then.

Rollan keeps plotting and planning his evil deeds just for his own laughs.

But there is also a little girl, granddaughter to the local daughter, who is a very interesting character, even though she is only 10 years old.

I have read some of Lynn Kurland’s books over the years, but this is the first in the series, and how it all started. I do have dozens more of her books on my shelves, and hope to read some more books soon. She has a light writing style, easy to read, and with enough humor thrown in.

8 stars.

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maandag 20 april 2015

New additions to my addiction

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My fifth new additions post for 2015. It is not much, and I sure hope bookprices will be dropping soon so I can buy some books I need to have!

From Bookdepository:
Kevin Hearne - Shattered
Duffy Brown – Demise in Denim

Bought at Boekenfestijn:
Lynsay Sands – Immortal ever after
Heather Killough-Walden – Death’s Angel
Holly Black – White Cat
Maggie Furey – Exodus of the Xandim

Second hand books:
Jude Deveraux – The Awakening
Suzanne Brockmann – Flashpoint
Susan Kearney – The Challenge
Susan Kearney – The Dare

For review:
Gini Koch – Alien Separation

© 2015 Reviews by Aurian

zondag 19 april 2015

Looking back at LoveLetter Convention 2014.

It is a lot of fun to attend a convention. You get to meet some of your favourite authors, talk with them and have them sign your books. You will meet lots of likeminded people there, and there are some free books as well.

My best friend Freya and I have been attending the LoveLetter Convention in Berlin for 3 years now, and are looking forward to attending again this year. We are looking forward to meeting the friends we made in previous years again. That is one of the best parts of the convention, meeting new people from all over Europe, making a connection through your mutual love of books and reading, and maintaining a friendship thanks to the internet.

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The list of authors attending was never so long! Nalini Singh, Lara Adrian and Larissa Ione were coming back again! As was Maya Banks, who was attending for the third year in a row. New authors to meet were Sylvia Day, Kelly Hunter, Lisa Jackson, Nancy Bush, Michelle Willingham, Nancy Warren, Ann Major, Jane Porter, Annie West, JL Langley, Abbi Glines and Samantha Young.

Aurian: I had already read a Sylvia Day book, and was trying to read an old Lisa Jackson book. I also knew Annie West already, thanks to Facebook and an unexpected contest where I won one of her books. It was great to meet her.
And of course, who has not read an Ann Major book in her life? I remember reading those “bouquet reeks” from Harlequin in my youth, and she was still writing them! This was the year with lots of category romance authors, and it was more fun than we expected.

Freya: I tried an Abbi Glines and Samantha Young book, but they weren’t my kind of reads unfortunately, as I am not a big fan of YA. I did enjoy Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush, who write romantic suspense, though. And it was great meeting Annie West, she became an autobuy author for me.

Peggy: I, personally, liked Samantha Young and Abbi Glines their books so I was very much looking forward to meeting them. One of the highlights of this convention was meeting Annie West who is such a lovely person and whose books I also read for the convention. Another highlight was meeting Nalini Singh and Larissa Ione again!
This year the convention took place in another building and I loved the new location, especially the garden. Where you could relax and read a book or just talk about books with other people.

Karin: Last year I especially enjoyed meeting my friends in person again – of course! I discovered Michelle Willingham and Jane Porter, found out that gay romances are just not my cup of tea, remembered that I had read Ann Major way back when I was still young and had lovely conversations with Annie West (we both love “Mr Impossible” by Loretta Chase and share a love for Georgette Heyer’s romances). And with Larissa Ione I had some discussions about dogs – she and her husband were fun to talk to!
So each and every visit I paid to the LLC was worth it and I know I will have that much fun and perhaps even more this year.

Aurian: After meeting with Nancy Warren, I read the book she gave me, and I fell in love with her writing style. Both Freya and I have read more Annie West books, and they are both firmly on my autobuy list.

And of course we had made sure that Karin and Peggy were staying in the same hotel with us this year. We had some lovely times talking about books, over dinner and during the convention and later in the evening.

One night we had dinner with some French ladies as well, making it a very nice European event. I “met” Fabiola Chenet thanks to Lisa Marie Rice, who was doing interviews with European bloggers at the time, and we became Facebook friends. And as she was attending for the first time with some of her friends, we had made an appointment to meet after the convention. Fabiola Chenet is a published author now, and when her book is translated into English or Dutch, I am determined to read it.

How about you dear reader? Have you been to a convention? How do you prepare for it?

© 2015 Reviews by Aurian