Monday Morning Cuteness - Tuesday Edition

funny cat pictures - Lolcats: Srsly, guys?
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 Hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

My Fair Concubine Winner!

As selected by, the winner of an autorgraphed copy of My Fair Concubine by Jeannie Lin is...


I'll email you for your mailing address and get the book out to you soon. 

Happy Reading! 

Book Review: My Fair Concubine by Jeannie Lin & Autographed Copy Giveaway

Book Review: My Fair Concubine
By: Jeannie Lin
Harlequin Historicals June 2012
Genre: Historical Romance
4 Heart Review

My Fair Concubine Blurb:
The Nobleman Who Turned A Tea Girl Into A Princess... 

Yan Ling tries hard to be servile - it's what's expected of a girl of her class. Being intelligent and strong-minded, she finds it a constant battle. 

Proud Fei Long is unimpressed by her spirit - until he realizes she's the answer to his problems. He has to deliver the emperor a "princess." In two months can he train a tea girl to pass as a noblewoman? 

Yet it's hard to teach good etiquette when all Fei Ling wants to do is break it, by taking this tea girl for his own... 

This book is a historical set during the Chinese Tang Dynasty and that alone was enough to tempt me to read it. The fact that it was written by Jeannie Lin made me want to put it at the top of my TBR pile. Oh, and it didn't hurt that the cover is stunning! 

I absolutely ADORE that Harlequin has published historicals not just set in England or about the Ton. I mean there's a world full of history and I'm fascinated by Chinese history. I hope readers will support these books to show Harlequin that we want more unique settings in our historical romances!

I loved that this story takes place over a few months time. In category, very often the romance is fast and furious and with few additional characters. My Fair Concubine not only lets the characters develop, but the were a handful of very well developed and interesting side characters that added a richness to the story and I'm hoping that we will see a few of them in future books. 

In addition to the longer romantic timeline, I felt that Lin did an outstanding job of letting the feelings between the hero and heroine build internally before letting them show their feelings externally. In fact, the hero Fei Long stays so true to his sense of honor that once he finally reveals his feelings to himself and Yan Ling, the reader will be swept along in the emotion. 

As much as I appreciated that level of layered writing, I somehow was left wishing for a little more interaction between Yan Ling and Fei Long. a few more scenes of them spending time together, and not just quietly being in a room together, would have taken the story to the next level for me. That's not to say that I didn't appreciate how the tension built in those quiet moments.

If you are a fan of historical romances I highly recommend not only this book, but also Jeannie's previous Tang Dynasty books. I'd love to see more readers helping to support more diversity in settings and heroes and heroines. 

Enter to win an autographed copy of My Fair Concubine! 

Leave a comment below answering one of these questions: Have you ever read a unique setting in a historical romance? Do you want to see more diversity in characters? Have you read one of Jeannie's other books and what did you think about it? 

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I'll randomly pick a winner Friday May 25th. Make sure to include your address so I can contact you. Contest open to US and Canada only. 

Looking for the next 50 Shades of Grey?

Everyone, and really I mean everyone, has talked or heard about 50 Shades of Grey. Personally, I haven't read it and don't think I plan to. That's more so because it's not a genre I would typically pick up myself than for any other reason.

It seems that every other book that comes out is being called the next 50 Shades of Grey. I can't speak to that, but I can share some of those books so that if you did read and enjoy 50 Shades, you can try some other books out.

The latest entry in this is Eden Bradley's The Dark Garden. Check out the free excerpt below to try it out!

Monday Morning Cuteness!

funny dog pictures - I Has A Hotdog: I should get a sainthood, or something...
see more Lolcats and funny pictures, and check out our Socially Awkward Penguin lolz!

Monday Morning Cuteness

funny dog pictures - I Has A Hotdog: Sherbark Holmes
see more Lolcats and funny pictures, and check out our Socially Awkward Penguin lolz! This guy was just too cute to pass up posting today! Hope your week if off to a great start.

Brenda Novak's Charity Auction Is Live!

Brenda Novak's Annual Auction For The Cure of Diabetes is Live! 

There are amazing items up for grabs for readers, writers and everyone else! Books & arcs, meetings with authors, vacations, purses, conference fees, editor critiques - the list of things to bid on goes on and on! Not only can you win awesome stuff, but you're helping fund amazing research and the amount you pay might be tax deductible! (According to your state I believe.)

About the Auction From Brenda's Press Kit: 
Every year, for the month of May, New York Times and USA Today Best-selling Author Brenda Novak runs an online auction for diabetes research. The auction takes a full year to plan and pull off, but it’s a labor of love—an effort to help all the people who, like her youngest son, suffer from diabetes. Her very first auction ran in 2005. It started small but has grown every year by leaps and bounds. 

Yearly totals to date: 
2005 - $34,982 
2006 - $62,705 
2007 - $141,700 
2008 - $252,300 
2009 - $270, 611 
2010 - $303,000 
2011 - $303,300 

The Brenda Novak Online Auction for Diabetes Research is the biggest online event for diabetes research in the world. Each year, with the help of generous donors--which include some of the biggest and brightest stars in publishing, like Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts, Diana Gabaldon, Steve Berry and Janet Evanovich--Brenda offers up over 2000 fabulous items, creating a shopper’s paradise. As a cumulative total, she’s raised $1,368,598. But the auction is more than your everyday charity gala. It’s a blast to participate in--a real community. They do drawings and give away prizes. Shoppers quickly become donors and donors quickly become shoppers. It’s an outstanding fundraising model! 

Here’s to making a difference... 

Go Forth And Bid! I'll be featuring some items I think rock in the next few weeks so keep an eye out for things you can't live without!

~ Cheeky Girl Sabrina