Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It’s Time To Say Goodbye….

So Long.. Farewell

After almost 4 years of blogging, ‘meeting’ amazing writers, finding titles I would never have normally picked up and getting to chat with other readers/bloggers who love books as much as I do – I’ve decided it’s time to shut down Stitch Read Cook

Life over the last year has gotten really hectic – especially with work.  Along with a promotion I’ve picked up a great deal more work load.. which has lead to a lot less reading time in the evenings.  In the coming year things are going to get a lot more crazy busy…

I will finish up any tours/reviews that I owe over the next couple of weeks – as well I will continue to post some reviews on my GoodReads account.  I’ll miss my weekly feature “A Day in the Life of…” and “What’s Cooking?” and all the fantastic posts.

For those who wish to keep in touch you can follow me on Instagram @aislynnbt or on Twitter @aislynnt or you can reach me by email! 

The blog will remain active until the domain expires and after that the archive will remain on Blogger at knitpurlstitch.blogspot.com

I’m going to miss everyone!!

Happy Blogging.

Friday, October 3, 2014

What I Love About You by Rachel Gibson {Book Tour}

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Rachel Gibson lives in Idaho with her husband, three kids, two cats and a dog of mysterious origin.

She began her fiction career at age 16, when she ran her car into the side of a hill, retrieved the bumper, and drove to a parking lot, where she strategically scattered the car’s broken glass all about. She told her parents she’d been the victim of a hit and run and they believed her. She’s been making up stories ever since, although she gets paid better for them nowadays.

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New York Times bestselling author Rachel Gibson returns to Truly, Idaho, and to the fate of sexy SEAL Blake Junger

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Ex-high school cheerleader Natalie Cooper could once shake her pom-poms with the best of them. But she's paid for all that popularity—her husband's run off with what's left of their money and a twenty-year-old bimbo named Tiffany. Leaving Natalie to manage a photo store and having to see some pictures she, well, really shouldn't.

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Then she comes toe-to-manly chest with Blake Junger. Exiled to a remote cabin in Truly, Idaho, Blake wants nothing to do with anyone. Instead, he's determined to struggle with his demons and win—all on his own. But the last thing he needs is Natalie distracting him with her luscious curves and breaking down the barriers of his heart.

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Teaser:

Lilah stood by the couch, shoving her arms into her black wool coat. “I gotta go.”

“What? I thought you were staying the night?”

“I got stuff to do tomorrow. I can’t spend all night drinking with you.” Lilah glanced at Blake as if she didn’t know which piece of him to stare at first. Natalie knew the feeling. Having him in her house was like having G.I. Joe jump off the silver screen and land in her living room, minus nothing but his submachine gun and gritty sweat. He wore a body-hugging T-shirt and cargo pants and his hat shading his eyes and nose. “Hello, Blake.”

“How are you, Lilah?”

“Good.” She moved toward Natalie. “Call me if Michael tries anything. I know people.”

She didn’t know who Lilah was talking about. They knew the same people. “Okay.” She walked

her friend to the door and hugged her good-bye.

“Please,” Lilah whispered in her ear, “get laid by that man.”

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Light My Fire by Kristina Knight {Book Tour}

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Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police--no, she wasn't a troublemaker, she was a journalist. Her career took her all over the United States, writing about everything from a serial killer's capture to the National Finals Rodeo. Along the way she found her very own Knight in Shining Cowboy Boots and an abiding love for romance novels. Kristina writes contemporary romance with a smattering of sass, sex and (of course) drama, and she loves hearing from readers. And just like the characters from her favorite books, she's living her own happily ever after.

Find Kristina online at http://www.kristinaknightauthor.com or on her blog http://www.kristiknight.blogspot.com.

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Lily MacIntyre needs to shed her sitcom teen-queen image if she's going to carve out a real career in Hollywood. A tabloid-worthy fling with rocker Nate Lansford--her childhood friend and new cohost of a reality talent show--should do it. As long as she can accept that the notorious player will be moving on to the next eager conquest when the season wraps.

Long before Nate's hard-hearted image took hold, he and Lily were each other's protectors and allies. No one knows him the way she does--and he doesn't want his messed-up past to muddy up her potential. For once, the bad boy is trying to be good. Not easy when the good girl is getting wicked with him in the back of his limo and every white-hot kiss proves they can never be "just friends" again…

 

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Prologue

Nate Lansford watched the red carpet closely from the shadowed corner while he waited for his turn before the paparazzi and entertainment journalists. He hated this part of his job. Writing songs, entertaining arenas filled with people? That was the fun part. Standing on a red carpet while someone asked about his latest breakup or when he planned to settle down? Too invasive for his taste.

Especially when he had no plans to settle. There was only one woman who might make him consider it and she was fifty feet down the red carpet. His best friend’s little sister. His friend. Two Grand Canyon–sized reasons to keep up the playboy, bad-boy rocker image he’d perfected over the past ten years.

Lily MacIntyre posed, tilting her head down and smiling that crooked smile she’d never grown out of. He’d lost count of how many etiquette and poise instructors had tried to unhinge that smile from her, but Lily never changed. Tonight, her dirty-blonde hair was pulled up in a neat French twist, and while he knew the four-inch stiletto sandals had to be killing her pretty pink-painted toes, she didn’t show it. Her navy dress plunged just a little too low in the back, giving the photographers too much access to the cute dimple just above her curvy ass.

Nate crossed his arms over his chest, watching as she answered another question. She turned, giving him and the rest of North America a glimpse of one firm, tanned breast before sashaying down the carpet, completely at ease despite the fact that one slip would give the photogs a whole other image of her.

Damn, but he needed to get over this newfound infatuation with Lily. Marriage and kids destroyed relationships. He had to only look to his parents for confirmation of that. He wouldn’t risk the friendship he had with Lily—or her brother—for a few fun nights in the sack. Because felonious dress or not, Lily was a forever kind of girl.

It was so much simpler when she was still playing the part of Rayna, so much easier to pretend Lily was still seventeen. That she was only his best friend's younger sister. Nate couldn't put his finger on it, but somewhere between her show being cancelled and tonight everything changed. She wasn't just his best friend's baby sister. She had become the woman he couldn't stop thinking about. Lily meant more to him than she should.

So damned much more.

Glancing over at Lily now, he caught the hesitation as one more question was tossed across the velvet rope barrier between the paps and the stars. She looked back, her complexion turning pale. Another question was heaved across and the slight pallor grew. Nate clenched his fists.

He knew what they were asking, and Lily didn’t deserve it. They’d been looking for a reason to tear her down for months. Since the cancellation of The Rayna Show. The press liked nothing better than to build up a celebrity and then bring them back to mere human level.

The event manager motioned toward him, letting him know he had a few more minutes to wait.

Two more questions were peppered across the barrier. They had her rattled and knew it.

Before he could talk himself out of it, Nate pushed past the manager and started down the carpet.

“Come on, Lily, one more smile, show Trey how little you miss him,” one of the photographers coaxed.

So he was right. Trey Williams, Lily’s former costar, had been hinting that she broke his heart and that was why he wouldn’t re-sign for another year on the show. Teenage girls across the country were up in arms that their favorite show was cancelled, and instead of putting the blame on the person who thought he could do better than a weekly sitcom, they preferred to heap their anger on Lily. The victim of Hollywood lies.

Nate put his arm around her shoulders and whispered, “Keep smiling, you’re almost through.”

The photographers turned their attention to Nate. “What gives, Nate? Are you the reason Lily dropped Trey?”

He grinned and dropped his arm from Lily’s shoulders to her waist, squeezing gently. “From what I heard, there was nothing to drop. Trey wanted off the show, so he didn’t sign the contract. You can’t fault Lily for his actions.”

“So you’re playing publicist now?” The photographer, a balding man who had reported for a number of Hollywood magazines over the years, wouldn’t give up.

“Nah, I saw a pretty lady on the red carpet and couldn’t stay away.” He turned his attention to Lily and shot her a come-hither look. “How you doin’, Lil?”

Light My Fire: Copyright © 2014 by Kristina Knight used with permission of author/publisher

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Mistress of Lies by Holly West {Book Tour – Dream Cast}

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Holly West is a crime fiction writer based in Los Angeles. She’s the author of the Mistress of Fortune series, set in late 17th London and featuring amateur sleuth Isabel Wilde, a mistress to King Charles II who secretly makes her living as a fortuneteller.

The first in the series, Mistress of Fortune, was published by Harlequin’s Carina Press in February 2014 and its sequel, Mistress of Lies, is forthcoming in Fall 2014.

Find her online at hollywest.com.

London, 1679

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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Casting Mistress of Lies

By Holly West

I don’t know any author who doesn’t give some thought to who would play their lead characters in a movie. I know I do. I even have a Pinterest board devoted to the subject.

When I write my heroine, Isabel Wilde, I don’t have a firm picture of her in my mind, but I’ve always thought that she might look a lot like Kate Winslet. It’s the red hair she sometimes sports and her distinctive beauty. Isabel attracted the attention of a king and whoever plays her needs to be unique. I think Kate Winslet fits that bill.

Kate Winslet as Isabel Wilde

Many actors have portrayed King Charles II on film. From George Sanders in Forever Amber to Rupert Everett in Stage Beauty, I’ve never seen a performance that has truly captured him. Even Rufus Sewell in The Last King didn’t do it for me, and I find him fetching indeed. But there’s one actor who I think is perfect for the role: Federico Castelluccio. You might remember Federico from his role as Furio Giunta on The Sopranos, but to me, he makes the ideal Charles II.

Federico Castelluccio as King Charles II

For Charlotte, Isabel’s waiting woman, I was looking for someone fresh-faced and pretty and came up with Anna Kendrick. I’m not 100% impressed with her acting ability, but I can visualize her in the part, nonetheless.

Anna Kendrick as Charlotte

You probably know him as Jon Snow on The Game of Thrones, but to me, Kit Harrington personifies Isabel’s faithful friend and protector, Sam Turner. He brings the right blend of good looks, athleticism and seriousness to bring Sam to life.

Kit Harrington as Sam Turner

Susanna Barber is a key character in Mistress of Lies. She’s young—just 12—but she’s precocious, smart, and adventurous. After all, she braved the arduous ship journey from America to London, which in the 17th century was no pleasure cruise, even for the wealthy. I’ve chosen Elle Fanning to play her because I think she has the depth to make Susanna come alive on screen.

Elle Fanning as Susanna Barber

Have you read the Mistress of Fortune series? Did I get the casting right? Who would you choose to play these parts?

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The Night Visitor by Dianne Emley {Book Tour}

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Dianne Emley is a Los Angeles Times bestselling author and has received critical acclaim for her Detective Nan Vining Novels, Iris Thorne Mysteries, and The Night Visitor, a stand-alone paranormal mystery. She’s also published short fiction for anthologies including Literary Pasadena. Her books have been translated into six languages.

A Los Angeles native, she grew up in a modest, hilly neighborhood in Northeast Los Angeles called El Sereno. She went to public schools, read a lot, and nurtured a dream of one day being a writer, tapping out short stories on a Smith Corona portable typewriter. She went to college across town at UCLA where she majored in philosophy and French, spent her junior year abroad at the Université de Bordeaux, and filled dozens of spiral-bound notebooks with her scribblings.

She had no burning career ambitions other than to pay her bills, have a little cash left over at the end of the week, and to write, which she never dreamed she could do for a living. So she worked for bi-weekly paychecks and also brown-bagged her lunch to save money to chase around L.A. with her friends on the weekends. Along the way, she went back to UCLA at night and earned her MBA. She then got better jobs and chased around with her friends at better places. Her jobs included: polling place recruiter for the Registrar of Voters, complaint handler for the California Department of Consumer Affairs, egg and poultry industry marketer, clothing boutique buyer, software company sales manager, and technical writer. She held onto her dream of being a published author, writing stories in her spare time and collecting rejection letters.

When her crazy friends started settling down, Dianne did too—to seriously writing. She took a creative writing course at UCLA at night and started her first novel, Cold Call,rising at 4:30 am to write before going to work. Three years later, the book was finished.  It was sold at auction to Pocket Books/Simon and Schuster and published in 1993. She kept her day job while juggling her writing career, writing in the early morning before heading to her day job and devoting chunks of every weekend. After publishing eight more novels, she finally quit her day job and became a full-time writer. Best job ever. She lives in California with her husband and a few cats. When she’s not writing, she’s a pretty good cook and a terrible golfer.

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Gorgeous and successful, Rory Langtry seemed to have it all. Daughter of a movie star and sister of a supermodel, Rory was engaged to sexy artist, Junior Lara. But her bright future went dark one terrible, bloody night that left her sister dead and the accused murderer, Junior, in an extended coma.

Now, five years later, Rory appears to have put the past behind her. She has a wonderful new fianc√© and heads a successful cosmetics company… yet dark secrets threaten.  Across town, Junior lies close to death but before he departs he seeks to clear his name.

It starts with a feeling. It turns into a vision. Soon Rory has sensations that only Junior could experience—from the horrifying to the erotic. Then she learns details about the awful night that only Junior could know, newfound knowledge with potentially fatal consequences. When another act of violence rocks her family, Rory plunges deeper into the unsolved mystery, led by an inexplicable visitor to a dangerous time and place where all will be revealed at last. But until then, Junior will not let her go…

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