Check out this excerpt from #1 NY Times Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy’s first book in the Callaway family series…Excerpt is courtesy of Novel Publicity Tours.
Her father stared back at her, his eyes dark and unreadable. “Why are you here, Sara?”
“I wanted to be here for your birthday. It’s been a long time since we’ve shared more than an email. We should talk, catch up with each other.”
“Why on earth would you want to talk to me?”
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#1 NY Times Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy talks inspiration, romance, and research, plus tells us about how the Callaways’ lives resemble her own… Below is an interview with the author, courtesy of Novel Publicity Book Tours.
What do you love most about being an author?
Being able to tell stories! I’ve been a voracious reader since I was a child, and having a job that allows me to create my own worlds, characters and plots is a dream come true.
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A.I.: Artificial Intelligence. Even today, machines that mimic human thinking surround us. As the intellectual feats of computing machines grow more and more astounding, will there be a day when their apparent intelligence approaches, or even surpasses, that of human beings? And what if these machines then become conscious, self-aware?
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Thirteen authors confront the question of the Singularity: at and beyond that point of time when A.I. becomes more than simply a human construct. From first awareness to omniscience, these original short stories explore that territory where human intelligence comes face-to-face with what is either its greatest hope, or its greatest threat.
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Kat, a “slightly” psychic sixteen-year-old, begins having disturbingly persistent dreams. Dreams of a yellow scarf – with a seeming life of its own – which taunts her and haunts her every dream. Dreams about Della, a fellow classmate, who to this point has remained all but invisible to any and every one at school. Kat eventually comes to the realization that until she unravels the mystery surrounding that “dagblasted” creepy yellow scarf and this girl she hardly knows, she’ll not have another night’s rest. What Kat soon discovers is that she is the only person in Della’s life (including the girl’s mother and stepfather) who recognizes – or will admit – Della has simply vanished, gone “splitsville”! And Kat is helpless as her life becomes indelibly intertwined with Della’s – so much so, that she will carry the emotional scars for years to come.
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Good for ages 2-7 years old
3.5 out of 5 stars
This is one of those solidly middle-of-the-road purchases. If your toddler (or toddler+) really likes dinosaurs, then this is a workhouse A-Z listing of facts, pictures etc about, well, dinosaurs.
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3 out of 5 stars
Cut to the Chase:
This collection of regency-era romances isn’t really as strong as many of her other stories. While they’re both very readable, and each has its own moments, this is of the quickly read/quickly forgot variety. The Temporary Wife in particular feels like the more angsty-rewrite of her novel The Ideal Wife (which I found sweet and charming), and A Promise of Spring was too over-ridden by misunderstandings run amok. I felt that both had pacing issues, and while there were again, romantic moments in both, I don’t think either (separately or combined) justify the purchase price.
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My Creation Station (Guest Post by Jessica Ashley Dafoe)
Waking up Saturday mornings bright and early, while the sun is just rising to stream through the cracks of my bedroom blinds is my most favourite part of the day and week. Monday to Friday I slump to my feet, brush my teeth, eyes half closed, attempting to tick off the items that need to get done that day at the school where I teach. My energy level remains stagnant until at least 8 a.m. then I finally have myfirst sip of coffee and am able to liven up for my class of cuties. On Saturdays, my schedule is wide open to do nothing but WRITE and just the thought of having an entire day to myself, interruption free, to purely put pen to paper, or I suppose fingers to keyboard, is heavenly to me. It’s an indescribable energy that surges through me waking me as early as 6 in the morning; one that I can’t explain and one that disallows me to nod back off to sleep. I don’t even curse the early time and the fact that I’m awake. I jump up and let the energy plot my course.
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2.5 out of 5 stars
Cut to the Chase (contains spoilers):
In a word: disappointing. Though there was a lot of promise in both the premise and our main characters, and despite the fact that the writing is clear and quite strong in places, I was disappointed in this book. The starting premise behind our love story, that Melisande has always loved Jasper from afar… isn’t ever well-explained (she saw him being kind once, which could have been believable as a start, but doesn’t really sustain the idea of a years of secret love, watching from afar as he gets engaged, etc). Other interesting points — such as the fact that Melisande is not only not a virgin, but actually fairly experience, the fact that Jasper is obsessed with fighting the traitor — are all either afterthoughts or overwhelming to the main romance. The love between them never fully develops or feels genuine, which detracts greatly from its ability to satisfy as a romance novel, despite the good writing.
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MISTRESS OF LIES
Mistress of Fortune #2
Author: Holly West
Release Date: Sept, 29 2014
Isabel, Lady Wilde, mistress of King Charles II, has made a good living disguised as fortune teller Mistress Ruby, counseling London’s elite. But after the murder of one of her customers, business has taken a downturn, and Isabel is on the verge of accepting the king’s offer to move into the palace.
Isabel’s plans are interrupted when a beggar girl named Susanna shows up at her home, claiming to be her niece. Isabel always believed that her older brother, Adam, died alone during the plague. When Susanna reveals that Adam was actually murdered, Isabel is compelled to take up an impossible task: discover the truth about her brother’s death, twelve years after it happened.
Isabel’s investigation leads her through the gamut of London society, from bear-baiting matches and brothels to the realm of wealthy bankers. But as she uncovers her brother’s dark secrets, Isabel begins to wonder whether the past is better left buried, especially when uncovering the truth could lead to her own funeral.
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Not Recommended, Not Repeatable
It’s almost impossible to write a review without spoilers explaining my stance. So, fair warning: LOTS of spoilers ahead.
This is a book about a neglected child whose only friend is his pet. His parents leave him alone (never taking him with them on their vacations and adventures) with the servants, who are mean to him, and make him do all manner of chores (ones they should, themselves be taking care of).
So… Dillweed plots his revenge (via evil spirits/ghosts) and both of the evil servants are killed (one eats poison that the other was planning on serving to Dillweed, for example).
Afterwards, when his parents come back, he realizes he would be better off without them as well (they try to get rid of Dillweed’s pet) and it’s strongly implied that his parents, also, meet with a terrible end.
While I can see certain adults enjoying this book, it’s definitely not one I want to read to my kids…