Review of “Things Liars Say” by Sara Ney

I picked up this little book… jeepers, how did I find it? Okay, this is another one of those books I sometimes find that are so good I can’t remember when I found it, or how… It just has always been, you know what I mean?

I do remember that I read it because of the blurb… The premise for it just sounded so cute and fun and potentially funny that I had to give it a go.

Greyson is a sorority girl desperately planning for the year’s biggest charity event. Her sisters simply won’t stop hounding her about her unattached status, so she decides to get them off her back by making up a boyfriend, Calvin Thompson. But when the fake relationship takes to Twitter, the unthinkable happens… turns out the fake boyfriend is a real guy, a rugby player from a neighboring Ivy League school… and he’s not happy about being dated behind his back. 😉 Oh, and he thinks “Grey” is a guy!

What follows is a story told mostly through text messages and emails. I loved the easy way that these characters came together. When you meet Calvin, he’s so rough in many ways, and yet the friendship that develops with the lovely Grey is so organic and genuine and beautiful, it just warms your heart. I love this kind of story, where two people come together and find something special. The dialogue was pretty racy at times, but Grey gives as good as she gets and the fact that she has a bit of a “dirty mind” ups the ante in this quick read. I also liked that Calvin wasn’t your typical full-of-himself Alpha. He seems genuinely surprised by grey’s growing interest in him and shows himself to be a bit inept at being seen as anything but a bit of an oaf. I guess you could say there’s a Beauty and the Beast kind of vibe to this, and it worked.

I’ve read this story at least five times now, and I most certainly will again. Five glorious stars!


Review of “Painted Faces” by L.H. Cosway

Painted Faces

Thanks to my certain fascination with a tall, dark and handsome Irishman who happens to be my writing muse (wink, wink), I found this book primarily because it said “Dublin”. Well, that and I read the Irish Rugby series which was co-written by the author of this book, L.H. Cosway. Finding it was one thing, but when I read the blurb… well, despite my rather conservative upbringing, I’ve always had a rather fascinated affection for drag queens, so I knew I had to read it.

Boy am I glad I did!

This is one of those books that you read and actually forget when you discovered it exactly because it becomes so ingrained in your mind and in your heart that you literally cannot remember when you didn’t know it.

Freda is a Dublin native… A sassy twenty-five-year-old part-time cupcake baker/ thrift store clerk who’s been single for three years. She rooms with her long-time chum Nora and seems relatively content with her every-day-is-the-same life… Until the new neighbor moves in.

When Freda meets “Viv” (real name Nicholas), she is captivated by his devastating good looks and charisma. He also speaks his mind like her, even if his thoughts regarding her tend to run in a dirty sexy fun sort of direction. Freda, for her part, can’t believe this man is so interested in her and tries not to show her pleasure in being appreciated, though her low self-esteem can’t imagine why.

Things get more interesting when Nicholas invites her to see him perform in his cabaret act, Freda doesn’t know what to expect. Of course, readers are expecting a drag queen and we are not disappointed in the least.

I think what I liked the most about this story is the unexpected appeal of such an unconventional love story. It never feels odd that the sexy male lead in this story is a drag queen. The author manages to create a strong male character who is flawed, yet never weak, and for whom dressing in drag to perform is a means of being stronger and more complete. The affection that the two leads feel for each other, the passion and care, is so real it hurts your heart… but in a good way. Even more than the romance, in so ways, it is the friendship between Freda and Nicholas, the very real camaraderie that sparks from the moment they first meet, that makes you want to revisit this story over and over. And you do get to revisit it… the author wrote a follow-up book, Killer Queen, which essentially tells this same story, but from Nicholas’ viewpoint. And it was just as grand as this one, believe me!

Overall, I give this book five supernova stars! It was well worth reading and I will treasure returning to its pages frequently in the future.


Writing Update… And a Teaser!!!

Wow! It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, but in my own defense I have been busy. Not that fake can’t-be-bothered-so-I’m-trying-to-sound-important kind of busy, but really busy. Writing articles for working has taken up a bit of time, and the balance has been made up working on KGM Book #2.

I’ve entered the last segment of the book’s first draft and I’ve had a couple of stall outs… had to actually dump a whole chapter of writing because it just wasn’t working… But overall it is coming together well and I should be able to keep my launch date to sometime in May.

And now… for the moment you’ve all been waiting for… well, maybe not, but it’s still pretty cool so pay attention… here is my first attempt at a book teaser…

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Pretty cool, huh? I’ll be working on some more over the next few weeks, in addition to everything else I’m doing. What do you think? Let me know!

Oh, and another update… I have a Pinterest page now. It’s full mostly of writing inspiration pictures for existing stories, plus an idea bin of miscellaneous pics that I save for future books and stories, or just because. if you’re on Pinterest, or just curious to see you inspired characters in the Kate Gardener Mysteries, or what the locations looked liked in BLOODLINE, come on by and check it out. You can also follow me over there and see updates when I post new pics on the boards. I have board set up for QUICKSILVER, the follow-up book to BLOODLINE, so you can get a little sneak peek of what might be coming up in that one.

Okay, I’m off to maybe throw together some more teasers… then enjoy some much needed sleep (my brain is all squishy, hence now substantive writing tonight). Later all, and much love! 🙂