Author: Regina

Flappers, Flasks and Foul Play ( A Jazz Age Mystery #1) by Ellen Mansoor Collier

Flappers, Flasks and Foul Play ( A Jazz Age Mystery #1) by Ellen Mansoor Collier

August 3, 2015 1 Comment Regina

  I discovered Ellen Mansoor Collier’s Jazz Age Mystery series while doing some Historical research of my own, and by God, I feel like I struck gold, babies! GOLD! We’ve all read the 1920s Historical Fiction set in New York, Chicago, Paris, New Orléans, but I never would have thought about experiencing the Jazz Age via Galveston, Texas until I read Flappers Flasks, and Foul Play. To be honest (I admit with my head hung […]

ARC REVIEW: Gonzo Girl by Cheryl Della Pietra

ARC REVIEW: Gonzo Girl by Cheryl Della Pietra

July 31, 2015 1 Comment Regina

I went into this book with some Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas baggage. I was beyond bored and unimpressed with the film when I was in high-school and had to hide my true feelings about it so I could be cool and fit in with my friends. Every time so-and-so made a reference to the film, I just nodded in agreement about how cool it was or whatever. Kind of like in college when […]

ARC REVIEW: This Broken Wondrous World by Jon Skovron

ARC REVIEW: This Broken Wondrous World by Jon Skovron

July 24, 2015 0 Comments Regina

I didn’t realize this was the second book in a series when I got it for review. Otherwise, I would have read Skovron’s Man Made Boy before diving into TBWW.   This book was like reading a graphic novel for me- something completely out of my comfort zone and my predictable preferences. The fact that I ended up enjoying this book (a lot, actually), makes me question how well I know myself. TBWW is rife […]

#ILLUMINAE by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff: NEW TEASER!

#ILLUMINAE by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff: NEW TEASER!

July 21, 2015 0 Comments Regina

  October is around the corner and Random House has given us another Illuminae teaser to share! Illuminae is already available for pre-order at the links below: AMAZON     BARNES&NOBLE     BOOK DEPOSITORY Make sure to check out the awesome Illuminae website after watching the teaser video, and check out the out-of-this-world ships that are featured in the story. And grab the Illuminae COUNT DOWN WIDGET for your blog! <center><iframe id=”illuminae” seamless=”seamless” title=”Illuminae” width=”225″ […]

Once Upon A Crime: A Brothers Grimm Mystery by P.J. Brackston

Once Upon A Crime: A Brothers Grimm Mystery by P.J. Brackston

July 15, 2015 0 Comments Regina

You can find my other reviews of Paula Brackston’s novels HERE. I was sent a copy of Once Upon A Crime from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, so I have not had the pleasure of reading the first book in this series. In fact, I didn’t even know this series existed until the publisher emailed me. I’m going to have to start stalking Paula Brackston so I can stay in the loop […]

Girl on the Golden Coin by Marci Jefferson

Girl on the Golden Coin by Marci Jefferson

July 8, 2015 2 Comments Regina

Are you a fan of Historical Fiction? Then join me and others in the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge! I read a ton of European Historical Fiction/Romance and general History but I have to admit, my reading experience with the Stuart era has been nil until the past year. What inspired me to delve into literature on King Charles I and II was a lovely blog I follow called The Seventeenth Century Lady. You can find […]

Dangerous Deceptions ( Palace of Spies #2) by Sarah Zettel

Dangerous Deceptions ( Palace of Spies #2) by Sarah Zettel

July 6, 2015 0 Comments Regina

You can check out my review of the first book in this series, Palace of Spies #1 HERE.   (I love this series. HARD.) I love Historical Fiction and Non-Fiction and read quite a bit of both, so I wouldn’t say I’m easily impressed. There’s just something so clever about Sarah Zettel’s characters/dialogue, and something so sneaky-educational about her writing. I’ve never learned so much about the time period and customs of King George I’s […]

Seared With Scars (Book 2 of The 2nd Freak House Series) by C.J. Archer

Seared With Scars (Book 2 of The 2nd Freak House Series) by C.J. Archer

June 30, 2015 0 Comments Regina

You can check out my reviews for the first Freak House Series HERE: and for C.J. Archer’s The Medium trilogy HERE: My review of The Memory Keeper, The 1st book in the 2nd Freak House series can be found HERE. C.J. Archer is my go-to-author for Historical Romance and luckily for me, she puts out books faster than I can keep up with. Especially concerning the Freak House series. The second book revolving around Charity […]

#ILLUMINAE by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff: Teaser & COUNTDOWN TIMER!

#ILLUMINAE by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff: Teaser & COUNTDOWN TIMER!

June 22, 2015 6 Comments Regina

ILLUMINAE by Amie Kaufman, Jay KristoffSeries: The Illuminae Files #1 on October 20, 2015Pages: 608 Add to your Goodreads shelf.Pre-Order: Amazon • B&N • iTunes • Kobo This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’ d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded. The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’ s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge […]

Wish You Were Italian (If Only… #2) by Kristin Rae + ARC Giveaway

Wish You Were Italian (If Only… #2) by Kristin Rae + ARC Giveaway

June 19, 2015 0 Comments Regina

It’s Summer time and when I’m sitting at my desk in the most air-conditioned city in the country,  I close my eyes and imagine that I’m lounging on the Spanish steps, my face raised towards the Sun, my skin turning as golden as freshly pressed olive oil while pistachio gelato drips off the waffle cone in my hand and down my toasty decolletage… *Snaps out of it* Okay. I’ll continue to my book review before […]

We’ll Always Have Paris: A Mother/Daughter Memoir by Jennifer Coburn

We’ll Always Have Paris: A Mother/Daughter Memoir by Jennifer Coburn

June 16, 2015 0 Comments Regina

If you’re like me, a Summer Vacation, or any kind of real vacation, is out of reach on a seasonal basis. Between paying for school, paying the bills, paying for my zoo, and just plain paying to live (the daily grind kind), I’m lucky if I have enough cash to go on a road trip from Houston to Austin. So, naturally, I spend all of the disposable income I just denied having on books that […]

The Silver Witch by Paula Brackston Review + Giveaway!!!

The Silver Witch by Paula Brackston Review + Giveaway!!!

May 21, 2015 2 Comments Regina

If you’ve ever had any interest in Welsh or Celtic mythology or ancient Welsh culture, you will be obsessed with this book. The Silver Witch was AWESOME. I was enthralled with how Paula Brackston wraps up her fantasy/supernatural narratives in solid, mesmerizing historical research. You can find some of the historical artifacts she writes about in this novel here. With spellbinding craft,  Ms. Brackston weaves the life of a contemporary widowed woman with the life of […]

Psychological Analysis: Victoria Scott + Salt and Stone Giveaway!

Psychological Analysis: Victoria Scott + Salt and Stone Giveaway!

May 8, 2015 1 Comment Regina

Haven’t read Salt and Stone by Victoria Scott yet? WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU?!  Now’s your chance! Join me and some other amazing blogs for a Galley Giveaway of Salt and Stone! Enter below to WIN a copy, and visit the other blogs linked up at the bottom of this post for more chances to WIN!   So here’s the deal. I’ve been working closely with Victoria Scott over the past six months, and I recently […]

Monarch Madness: A Royal Experiment by Janice Hadlow

Monarch Madness: A Royal Experiment by Janice Hadlow

April 20, 2015 0 Comments Regina

Such a wonderfully written and thoroughly explored family dynasty. This is one of my new favorite Royal Biographies. A Royal Experiment is as compelling and absorbing as a novel. Most of us who dabble in Historical reading and Historical films might have a faint idea about who King George III is. Or maybe he sounds familiar from school days spent in American History class learning about the American Revolution. Those who live outside of America […]

Monarch Madness: His Last Mistress by Andrea Zuvich Review + GIVEAWAY!

Monarch Madness: His Last Mistress by Andrea Zuvich Review + GIVEAWAY!

April 18, 2015 4 Comments Regina

I’m wrapping up my Monarch Madness posts this weekend! Today I’m reviewing and posting a GIVEAWAY of Andrea Zuvich’s intoxicating novel, His Last Mistress. You will fall madly in love with this book if you are a fan of The Seventeenth Century, political intrigue, court gossip, romance, and betrayal. His Last Mistress follows the passionate love affair between the Duke of Monmouth, an illegitimate son of King Charles II, and Henrietta Wentworth, a Lady of […]

Monarch Madness: The Midnight Witch by Paula Brackston + GIVEAWAY!

Monarch Madness: The Midnight Witch by Paula Brackston + GIVEAWAY!

March 27, 2015 5 Comments Regina

  Okay, so this book doesn’t technically involve a monarch BUT it does involve a Duke and Duchess, so I’ve decided to include this review and the giveaway hosted by St.Martin’s Press. I had not had the pleasure of reading one of Paula Brackston’s books until The Midnight Witch, and I cannot believe it took me this long to get around to it. I can’t imagine a more magical combination for a Historical Fiction lover […]

Monarch Madness: The Queen’s Dwarf by Ella March Chase + GIVEAWAY!!!

Monarch Madness: The Queen’s Dwarf by Ella March Chase + GIVEAWAY!!!

March 19, 2015 3 Comments Regina

  The Queen’s Dwarf was a completely engrossing historical tale of turmoil and  intrigue from the perspective of the cherubic, 18 inch tall Jeffrey Hudson- a spy planted in the Queen’s Menagerie of freaks. Jeffrey Hudson, The Queen’s Dwarf, and Queen Henrietta Maria   I have not read much historical biography or fiction from the reign of King Charles I, and this book was such a great introduction to the time period. The Stuart era […]

Bad Girls Don’t Die (Bad Girls Don’t Die #1) by Katie Alender

Bad Girls Don’t Die (Bad Girls Don’t Die #1) by Katie Alender

March 12, 2015 1 Comment Regina

A fresh and funny take on the classic possessed-doll-poltergeist story. I love Katie Alender. Her writing is clever and carries that kind of quick-wit charm you see on the big screen or current television shows aimed at teens. I really enjoy Katie’s writing and her simple yet effective characterization. I first fell in love with Katie’s writing in her book, Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer. You can check out my review of that one, here. Alexis […]

Monarch Madness: First Annual BLOG HOP Hosted by MEReadALOT

Monarch Madness: First Annual BLOG HOP Hosted by MEReadALOT

March 5, 2015 4 Comments Regina

I love reading historical fiction or anything with a Royal-twang to it, so this year I thought I would start the first annual MONARCH MADNESS Blog Hop. Open to AUTHORS and REVIEWERS. <!– start InLinkz script –></p><br /> <p><script type=”text/javascript”><br /> document.write(‘<scr’ + ‘ipt type=”text/javascript” src=”//www.inlinkz.com/cs.php?id=499654&’ + new Date().getTime() + ‘”><\/script>’);<br /> </script></p><br /> <p><!– end InLinkz script –><br /><br /> UPDATE: Because March flew by on me, I am extending Monarch Madness until Monday, […]

Cover Reveal + GIVEAWAY: The Revolution of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #2) by Amy Engel

Cover Reveal + GIVEAWAY: The Revolution of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #2) by Amy Engel

March 4, 2015 6 Comments Regina

Ch-Ch-Ch-CHECK. IT. OOOOUUUT! The cover for The Revolution of Ivy- the highly anticipated follow up to The Book of Ivy- is finally here!  Isn’t it AMAZING?! Keep scrolling to read the book summary and to ENTER TO WIN The Book of Ivy!   **Spoilers if you haven’t read book one**   The Revolution of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #2) by Amy Engel  Release Date: 11/03/15 Entangled Teen   Summary from Goodreads: Ivy Westfall is beyond the fence and she is alone. Abandoned […]

Blog Tour: When My Heart Was Wicked Review+Giveaway!!!

Blog Tour: When My Heart Was Wicked Review+Giveaway!!!

March 3, 2015 0 Comments Regina

  Check out the other stops on this Rockin’ Blog Tour: Week Two: 3/2/2015- Two Chicks on Books– Guest Post 3/3/2015-MEREADALOT-Review 3/4/2015- paranormal book club (PBC)– Interview 3/5/2015- Bittersweet Enchantment-Review 3/6/2015- Magical Urban Fantasy Reads – Guest Post   Lyrical, dark, and beautifully twisted- I couldn’t put this book down. It was a refreshing piece of word-art among a market crowded with by-the-book wordsmiths. I can’t wait to read more of Tricia Stirling’s work. What a dark and magical treat this book was. […]