Announcement: Short Break From Aug 2016-Oct 2016

Hello fellow readers and fans!

The prince who was promised is arriving in the next week! For those that didn’t know…….I have a baby coming in Aug and he will be ‘the stallion who mounts the world’!

I plan on taking off a couple of months from blogging/reviewing to celebrate the birth of our new baby.

So from July to the middle of Oct 2016, I will be taking a break and my posts will be minimal as I don’t know how busy I will be with a new baby, I thought it best to limit my reviews for a couple of months.

Now obviously if time allows I will be posting reviews and other things but only as time permits. I have more availability to post things like special features and book blasts so please keep an eye out for those types of posts, but as for reviews, I am scaling back for a couple of months.

I will return the middle of Oct with new fall reviews and reading! I already have a couple of great books on the calendar to review for Oct…..I can’t wait to share with you!

I am still accepting/considering books for review so please feel free to email me your pitches at thelitbitch@me.com and I will continue to respond as time allows but know that my calendar will not be open until Oct. Thank you all! I will be sure to post a picture of ‘the prince who was promised’ on the blog and my social media when he arrives!

Review: Silent in the Sanctuary (Lady Julia Grey #2) by Deanna Raybourn

While I was waiting patiently for my induction to start (which basically took like 12 hours), I was able to finish reading the latest Lady Julia book! And what a perfect read to pass the time!

I’ve been a fan of Raybourn for quite some time, but the first Lady Julia book didn’t quite meet my expectations, however I liked her enough and love Raybourn’s ability to create romantic tension between characters that I thought I would give the second book a try.

Having been away in Italy with her brothers and their friends, Lady Julia has heard nothing from her sort of love interest Nicholas Brisbane. But she has had word from her father who demands that she and her brothers return from Italy and come home to his estate for Christmas.

Much to her surprise, the one man she had hoped to forget, is among her father’s houseguests…and he is not alone…..Brisbane is there with his finance!

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Cover Reveal: SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE by Kristy Woodson Harvey

SSOS CoverEarlier this year I had the chance to read a very lovely book by Woodson Harvey called, LIES AND OTHER ACTS OF LOVE.
She has a beautiful prose and story telling ability to say the least! Unfortunately her latest novel, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE will not be out until spring 2017……but between now and then we can enjoy some stunning cover art today!
In addition to this lovely eye candy, Woodson Harvey is also hosting a giveaway for $100 Amazon gift card and several book bundles on kristywoodsonharvey.com/blog to celebrate the cover reveal! So I highly recommend heading over to her blog to see get entered! If you haven’t heard about the book here is a little summary:

From the next “major voice in Southern fiction” (New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand) comes the first in an all-new series chronicling the journeys of three sisters and their mother—and a secret from their past that has the potential to tear them apart and reshape their very definition of what it means to be a family.

Caroline Murphy swore she’d never set foot back in the small Southern town of Peachtree Bluff; she was a New York girl born and bred and the worst day of her life was when, in the wake of her father’s death, her mother selfishly forced her to move—during her senior year of high school, no less—back to that hick-infested rat trap where she’d spent her childhood summers. But now that her marriage to a New York high society heir has fallen apart in a very public, very embarrassing fashion, a pregnant Caroline decides to escape the gossipmongers with her nine-year-old daughter and head home to her mother, Ansley.

Ansley has always put her three daughters first, especially when she found out that her late husband, despite what he had always promised, left her with next to nothing. Now the proud owner of a charming waterfront design business and finally standing on her own two feet, Ansley welcomes Caroline and her brood back with open arms.

But when her second daughter Sloane, whose military husband is overseas, and youngest daughter and successful actress Emerson join the fray, Ansley begins to feel like the piece of herself she had finally found might be slipping from her grasp. Even more discomfiting, when someone from her past reappears in Ansley’s life, the secret she’s harbored from her daughters their entire lives might finally be forced into the open.

Exploring the powerful bonds between sisters and mothers and daughters, this engaging novel is filled with Southern charm, emotional drama, and plenty of heart.

Review: Silent in the Grace (Lady Julia Grey #1) by Deanna Raybourn

Lady Julia’s husband has literally just dropped dead in the middle of her dinner party.

After being in failing health for most of their marriage, Lady Julia knows he isn’t long for this world but she is shocked when the impertinent Nicolas Brisbane suggests that it might have been foul play.

Brisbane is a private investigator who was hired by Lady Julia’s husband because he believed someone wanted him dead. Brisbane plans on continuing the investigation if Lady Julia would like….but she is reluctant to believe him and dismisses him after the funeral.

A year later, a chance discovery changes her mind and she reaches out to Brisbane for help in solving the crime. Reluctantly he agrees and they begin and unconventional investigation which takes then into a number of alternative lifestyles to try and flush out the murderer.

But somewhere in between their investigating and power struggling, a flicker of attraction sparks between the two and Lady Julie begins to wonder if there could be more to their relationship than just a dead body or two.

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Take Two Review: A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire #2) by George R. R. Martin

After watching the rapidly developing plot lines of season 6 of Game of Thrones on HBO, I felt the need to re-read the second book in the ASOIAF series.

It’s been two years since I re-read the first book and I got so much out of the second reading that I vowed to continue re-reading the series over the years.

The last time I read the second book was in 2012 so obviously it’s been a while and lots of details have been forgotten. With no real rush or agenda, I started reading the second book back in May and I just finished it in July…..yes it took me much longer to read this time but I chalk that up to being in my third trimester and having the attention span of a gnat at the moment.

I love this series so much. It’s so rich, textured, and character driven. I can’t say enough good things. You don’t have to be a fantasy reader to enjoy this series at all! It’s one of the best books and series I’ve ever read hands down but I will say it is something to savor and revisit frequently (as in re-reads) because you might miss important plot details!

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