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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

August Wrap-Up

August was a busy month! And it’s still not over. Lots of good things happened though. First, I finished writing my latest historical romance….a Civil War piece set in Natchez, Mississippi, that I’ve been working on for a long time and started the first story in a historical western trilogy while I’m having the other one beta read.
I went to the RNC conference in Vegas this month too. Had a great time hanging out with Kayce Lassiter and Lexi Post among many other friends (and people who were soon to become friends). It was lovely. Learned a lot, too, which is always wonderful. Ate way too much and….oh wait, isn’t it supposed to be “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”? That being the case, I shouldn’t tell you anymore.

THEN….Kayce released her fabulous contemporary cowgirl fiction, Katie’s Rock. I’m so pleased for her. Here’s my review of her wonderful story.
“Ms. Lassiter has outdone herself in giving us Katie’s Rock. I truly enjoyed this story. With a cast of unforgettable characters, humor and heartbreak abound and the ending is uniquely satisfying. I admit to shedding a tear or two, but I laughed as well.
Katie is torn between the McAllister brothers – Jake and David. Both are knock your socks off gorgeous, both put Katie through her paces, but all is not paradise. Jake, too, is torn--between loving Katie and doing what’s best for his children.
Sometimes, the hardest decisions are the right ones.  Fortunately, Katie chooses wisely and ends up with the best brother. I look forward to more enjoyable contemporary cowgirl fiction from Ms. Lassiter.”
THEN….Lexi released her second novel, Passion’s Poison, a story based on Hawthorne’s Rappaccini’s Daughter. It, too, was fabulous and here’s my review of that….
            “Lexi Post has done it again. After the success of Masque, Post has released Passion’s Poison and found the perfect recipe for creating hot exciting stories. Did I say hot? I meant scorching.
            Lexi Post takes a story from classic literature—in this case, Hawthorne’s Rappaccini’s Daughter, a tale about a mad scientist who actually makes his daughter poisonous--adds a 20th century descendent of the original Beatrice Rappaccini, who’s name just happens to be Bea as well then adds one incredibly hot logger turned chainsaw artist. She adds heaping dollops of some incredible sex (and I do mean incredible!) and the following ingredients: a former boyfriend who’s still in love with Bea, six fathers who want to protect her, a mother who is still living the hippie lifestyle, a cop who wants her for his own and a series of threatening letters. Now, blend in the part that gives Passion’s Poison its unique flavor - Bea must have sex in a series of one night stands to release her poison so she doesn’t die, making her partners ill in the process.
            Stir until messy. Very messy and voila! Passion’s Poison is the perfect soufflĂ© of mystery, angst, and great sex, all wrapped up in a deeply satisfying Happily Ever After ribbon. Well done, Ms. Post!”
Of course, in between everything else, I’m reading, reading, reading!
Let’s see, what else? I’m in high research mode. A lot of people don’t like the research involved in writing historical romances, but what can I say? I love it! I’m always on the hunt for that little nugget of historical fact that puts me in the right frame of mind.

And that’s about all for August. Let’s see what September will bring!

As always, happy reading,


  1. Marie, thank you again for such a lovely review. You are a sweetheart. Can't wait for your next book to come out!

  2. Summer is just nonstop, isn't it? Great reviews on fabulous novels, too!