Excerpt: The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl by Gina Lamm


Thanks to Sourcebooks, here’s an excerpt from The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl by Gina Lamm. 



Her sword glittered as it swung in a wide arc, whistling as it cleaved the air. She smiled as the goblin bolted.

“Jamie, I need heals.”

Ignoring the call for help, she advanced on another goblin. The tide was turning now. Her allies had almost annihilated the threat.


With a wild cry, she loosed a spell on the disgusting creature. It staggered backward before recovering and charging on her in a berserk rage, eyes wild and fangs extended. Her next swing missed, and she took a critical hit.

“Jamie, for chrissakes, we’re dying here!”

Some quick spellwork took care of the goblin, and Jamie reluctantly turned her attention back to her allies. Whoops. Three of the guild’s portraits were glaring red, signaling their imminent deaths.

“Hang on, guys. I’m here.”

Targeting the leader, she cast her most powerful healing spell. The computer screen flashed: OUT OF MANA.


She fumbled in her bags for her mana-restoring potions. She’d just managed to find one, clicking to activate it when the screen went gray. YOU HAVE DIED. RESURRECT NOW?

The guild’s groans sounded through her headset as she slumped back in her seat.

“Jamie, where the hell were you?”

“Worst. Healer. Ever.”

“I wouldn’t use your heals for a paper cut, Jamie. That was pathetic. Haven’t you ever run this level?”

She shoved her long highlighted brown hair over her shoulder, glaring at the computer screen. “Of course I have. I can heal this run in my sleep. I just got a little carried away with the mobs. It won’t happen again.”

Kurt, the guild leader, let out an audible sigh over the chat channel. “Fine. One more run. Everyone ready?”

Jamie readied her character’s potions and spell rotation. Typical. They figured since she was the only girl in the guild, she should be the healer. She didn’t mind healing, especially in the more difficult dungeons, but she wanted to do her part to take down the bad guys too. It wasn’t fair. Men never took her seriously. That’s why she played these games. It was supposed to be a level field. But the game, like her life, was rarely ever exactly what she thought it should be.

The Lords of Discord guild cleared the dungeon run easily that time, with Jamie focusing on healing alone. She picked at the chipping mauve polish on her fingernails between fights, only needing to keep half an eye on the large computer screen.

“Great job, Lords.” Kurt’s voice held a ton of relief as he divvied up the loot.

After securing her share of the rewards, Jamie said her good-byes to her guild-mates, logged out, and switched to her other character, Killaz. A hulking Amazon melee class in a chain-mail dress with a huge two-handed sword, Killaz was how Jamie saw herself in her mind’s eye—kick-ass, tough, and more than a little bit intimidating. As she cut a swath through the forest full of giant spiders, she wished that she was anything like that in real life. If I was as tough as Killaz, then that jerk Logan wouldn’t have broken my heart and walked all over me like a dollar store welcome mat.

After an hour of grinding out daily quests, a vibration in the front pocket of her shorts made her jump. Her groan echoed through her junky living room when she saw the text: “Go help Pawpaw Milton with the antiques or I’ll sell your Comic-Con pass. Love, Leah.”

Jamie slogged up the stairs with a huge sigh, studiously ignoring the piano with half-written songs strewn across the bench. The last thing she wanted was to move dusty furniture and knickknacks in the triple-digit heat. But her best friend, Leah, had had enough of Jamie’s post-breakup isolation and had put her foot down where it hurt—right on the pop-culture fan’s trip to the Holy City.

As she drove downtown to the storage unit she was helping Pawpaw Milton clear out, she tried to believe that everything would go back to normal. Well, before-Logan normal. With Leah’s help and this part-time job, maybe she could get there. Maybe even start writing music again. And besides, she’d grown up a lot since the last time she’d worked at the antiques store. Her first summer job there had ended after only three days. The antiques were probably way less fragile now.



The resounding crack of glass echoed through the storage unit, making Jamie flinch. Pawpaw Milton had left her alone in the unit to go to an estate auction. The hundred-degree heat had her dripping with sweat—not the best condition for handling two-hundred-year-old crystal.

Jamie hoped that Pawpaw hadn’t noticed the pretty bowl tucked away in the corner. She carefully shoved the evidence of her klutziness into a large black garbage bag. What he doesn’t know won’t get me fired, she figured, though she couldn’t exactly shake the guilt.

Holding the end of her ponytail atop her head, she gulped from the giant bottle of water like a frantic desert survivor. This was hell.

Jamie pulled her phone from her pocket: 2:00 p.m. Another three hours to go before she could escape to her cave and take a shower. Oh well. It would be worth it in two months when she got to Comic-Con. Hopefully.

She unknotted the bottom of her tank top and dried her face and hands with the tail of it. Even in her thinnest tank top and shortest shorts, she still felt overdressed for this weather.

After carting out and cataloging a number of fragile items without incident, all that remained was the large furniture on the opposite side of the unit. Well, other than the big sheet-covered monstrosity behind the table. What is that, anyway?

Reaching up, she stood on tiptoes to toss back the corner of the dust cover for a quick peek. But she tugged just a little too hard, and the white fabric billowed as it floated down on top of her, dust and cobwebs coating her sweat-slicked skin. Arms flailing, she fought free of the cover, stomping it in a fit of frustration when it lay on the concrete at her flip-flopped feet.

“What the hell is your problem?” Jamie yelled at the innocent-looking mound of fabric. It said nothing, just laid there looking smug.

She turned her back on it to see what it had been covering.

The piece was a tall bureau, made of a rich mahogany that almost glowed gold from deep within the wood. It sloped outward in the middle, wider at its drawer-filled base than the top. Mirrored doors covered the upper portion.

She touched the wood lovingly. It was beautiful, cool to her skin even in the sweltering heat. When she’d reached up as high as she could, she sighed and trailed her thumb down the center of the shiny mirror on one door.

Her thumb dipped into the center of the glass.

With a gasp, she pulled, trying to free her hand. It wouldn’t move. She was stuck.

She yanked backward with all her strength. The mirror pulled on her hand, drawing her farther into the glass. She braced against the bottom of the bureau, using her legs to give her leverage. She was in up to her wrist now.

“Help!” she yelled, frantically scrabbling against the mirror’s hold. “Somebody, please!”

Using all her weight, she jerked backward, nearly dislocating her shoulder in the process. The mirror refused to release its hold. She whacked the slanted middle with the flat of her free hand in frustration.

With one last effort, she braced her feet against the bottom drawer and pulled with all her might. Without loosing its grip on her, the furniture tilted dangerously, almost tipping before she hit the floor to right it again.

Well, this sucks, she thought, slumping against the bureau. Her right ear was traveling through the mirror now.

So much for Comic-Con. So much for her place in the Lords of Discord guild. So much for showing Logan she could be fine without him. She hadn’t really been doing a good job of that anyway, but dammit, she deserved better than being consumed by antique furniture!

Once she gave up fighting, the pull went much faster. Within moments, the glass had swallowed her entire head.


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About the book:


The Stakes Have Never Been Higher…

An avid gamer, Jamie Marten loves to escape into online adventure. But when she falls through an antique mirror into a lavish bedchamber—200 years in the past!—she realizes she may have escaped a little too far.

Micah Axelby, Earl of Dunnington, has just kicked one mistress out of his bed and isn’t looking to fill it with another—least of all this sassy, nearly naked woman who claims to be from the future. Yet something about her is undeniably enticing…

Jamie and Micah are worlds apart. He’s a peer of the realm. She can barely make rent. He’s horse-drawn. She’s Wi-Fi. But in the game of love, these two will risk everything to win.

Cover Reveal: Eyes of Ember by Rebecca Ethington and Giveaway!

Paperback, 380 pages
Expected publication: April 6th 2013 by Imdalind Press
Eyes of Ember is the second book in Ethington’s Imdalind Series.

Joclyn is in hiding, hunted by the man she still desperately loves. Ryland is gone, his mind erased, no memory of Joclyn remains. But, Joclyn’s heart desperately begs her to hold out hope. While, in reality the black eyed monster that possesses him, attempts to kill her over and over.

If it wasn’t for Ilyan, Joclyn would be dead by now.

Ilyan. The man who once stalked her, is now Joclyn’s protector, the only thing she has left. He protects Joclyn from the men who seek to end her life, and while she is haunted by dreams where Ryland begs her to break the bond between them.

Ilyan is there. Always there.

Ilyan trains and prepares her, teaching her everything she needs to know in the hope that one day she can avenge Ryland, if not protect herself from him.

And then there is her father.

The man who has never been there, is suddenly responsible for everything. And who he is has made Joclyn into something she never wanted to be.

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The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves- March 17th Edition

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimba of The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This is a weekly meme where we can share news of the week and highlight new books received.

Okay, I have to admit that I was fooled by the early warm temps from last week, and when I awoke yesterday to find an inch of snow all over the driveway, my car, and the lawn, I was bummed.  I am so over winter this year that it’s not even funny.  Poppy was delighted by the new snow, but since she’s just a puppy, I have decided that she knows NOTHING yet!

Here’s a picture of them sitting pretty for me:

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews to share new additions to our library. Click here to learn more about it.

New Arrivals at the Café:

Possession by Elana Johnson

Surrender by Elana Johnson

The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr

The Originals by Cat Patrick

Wicked as She Wants by Delilah S. Dawson

Quintessence by David Walton

Dweller on the Threshold by Rinda Elliott

Pandemonium by Warren Fahy

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson (2.99 for the Kindle version – I could not resist)

A great big thanks to the publishers for their continued support!

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Pre-Order Promo for Thrill Ride by Julie Ann Walker and Giveaway!

Sourcebooks is sponsoring a fun promotion for the release of Julie Ann Walker’s next book, Thrill Ride!  Check out the email I just received for all the deets on how to score an exclusive Black Knights Inc. bandana:

A Gift for You, for Pre-Ordering THRILL RIDE by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Julie Ann Walker

For US and Canadian Black Knights Inc. Lovers!

We have a special offer going on for the release of THRILL RIDE by Julie Ann Walker—in stores in a little over two weeks! If you pre-order the book, we will send you an exclusive Black Knights Inc. Bandana—perfect to wear under your own motorcycle helmet! You have until March 31 or until quantities run out. Here’s how to get your bandana:

1. Pre-order the book (print or eBook) through any retailer (Barnes & Noble, Amazon, your local independent bookseller/Indiebound, Books-A-Million, Hastings, etc.)

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He’s Gone Rogue
Ex-Navy SEAL Rock Babineaux’s job is to get information, and he’s one of the best in the business. Until something goes horribly wrong and he’s being hunted by his own government. Even his best friends at the covert special-ops organization Black Knights Inc. aren’t sure they can trust him. He thinks he can outrun them all, but his former partner—a curvy bombshell who knows just how to drive him wild—refuses to cut him loose.
She Won’t Back Down
Vanessa Cordova hasn’t been the team’s communication specialist
very long, but she knows how to read people—no way is Rock guilty of murder. And she’ll go to hell and back to help him prove it. Sure, the sexy Cajun has his secrets, but there’s no one in the world she’d rather have by her side in a tight spot. Which is good, because they’re about to get very tight…

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About the book:

Black Knights Inc.–Behind the facade of their tricked-out motorcycle shop is an elite special ops team assigned the jobs too hot for anyone else to handle.
Hold On Tight…
Ex-Marine Nate "Ghost" Weller is an expert at keeping his cool–and his distance–which makes him one hell of a sniper. It’s also how he keeps his feelings for Ali Morgan in check. Sweet, sexy Ali has always revved his engine, but she’s his best friend’s baby sister…and totally off limits.
Rough Road Ahead
Ali’s never seen anything sexier than Nate Weller straddling his custom Harley–or the flash of danger in his eyes when she tells him she’s in trouble. First something happened to her brother, and now she’s become the target of a nasty international organization. With Nate, her life is in the most capable hands possible–but her heart is another story altogether.

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Win Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black!


Thanks to Bloomsbury USA, I have a copy of Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black to give to one of you! Just fill out the widget below for your chance to score a copy of the book.  US addresses only, please.

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Dancing with someone is an act of trust. Elegant and intimate; you’re close enough to kiss, close enough to feel your partner’s heartbeat. But for Vanessa, dance is deadly – and she must be very careful who she trusts . . .
Vanessa Adler attends an elite ballet school – the same one her older sister, Margaret, attended before she disappeared. Vanessa feels she can never live up to her sister’s shining reputation. But Vanessa, with her glorious red hair and fair skin, has a kind of power when she dances – she loses herself in the music, breathes different air, and the world around her turns to flames . . .
Soon she attracts the attention of three men: gorgeous Zep, mysterious Justin, and the great, enigmatic choreographer Josef Zhalkovsky. When Josef asks Vanessa to dance the lead in the Firebird, she has little idea of the danger that lies ahead – and the burning forces about to be unleashed…

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Review: Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black


Title: Dance of Shadows


Yelena Black

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

Vanessa Adler isn’t so sure she really belongs at the School of American Ballet. But dance runs in her family. It’s been a part of her life for as long as she can remember. Her grandmother and mother were prima ballerinas, and her older sister Margaret was, too. That is, until Margaret mysteriously disappeared from school three years ago. Vanessa is heir to the family’s gift and the only person who can fulfill her sister’s destiny. She has no choice.

But she never could have guessed how dangerous the school is. The infamous choreographer, Josef, isn’t just ruthless with his pupils, he guards a sinister secret, one in which the school’s dancers-prized for their beauty, grace, and discipline-become pawns in a world of dark, deadly demons.


I struggled with Dance of Shadows, and finally threw in the towel at 72%.  I hate not finishing books, especially books that I have been anticipating with great enthusiasm.  A paranormal romance with ballet dancers?  That sounded intriguing, and like something new, something that I haven’t read before.  It was with great dismay that I discovered how wrong I was.  This book reads like so many other YA PNR that it’s one big, yawn inducing cliché.  Boarding school setting? Check.  Distant, self-absorbed parent? Check.  Mysterious boys?  Check.  Dreaded insta-love at first sight. Uh, yup, there’s that overused trope, too.

Vanessa has enrolled at the School of American Ballet, determined to discover the fate of her missing sister.  Margaret has been missing for three years, and her family is desperate to find her.  Everyone assumes that she caved under the stressful demands of the elite dance school, but Vanessa is skeptical that she would just disappear without a word.  Once she’s at school, however, she begins to wonder.  The instructors are demanding, there is more competition than she expected, and she learns that numerous other girls have disappeared just like Margaret.  Still, Vanessa isn’t totally convinced that her sister had a breakdown and ran away.

As she settles into the daily routine at school, weird things start happening.  Her new friend disappears.  Vanessa zones out when she’s dancing, and sees shadows moving eerily around her.  There are those strange blood stains on the dance floor, and every time the school tries to put on a production of The Firebird, something happens to the ballerina cast in the lead.  When Vanessa is cast as the firebird, she starts to fear for her safety and sanity, too.

The pacing of Dance of Shadows is slow, slow, slow.  It didn’t hold my attention.   I felt like I’ve this story a hundred times already, which wouldn’t have been such a big deal if something  actually happened.  Vanessa is a tedious heroine who doesn’t speak her mind and just goes along with the crowd.  She’s a sheep who has fallen instantly in love with Zeppelin Black, big man on campus.  Without ever speaking a word to him, she has fallen under the spell of his long, lean good looks.  Ugh.  Really?  When he does start paying attention to her, he is so hot or cold that any girl with an ounce of self-respect or common sense would have realized that he’s a jerk and moved on to greener, friendly pastures.  But no, every time he snaps his fingers, Vanessa has to run to him and relish in every scrap of attention he flicks her way.  Because he’s gorgeous.  Dislike.

The secondary characters were all one-dimensional, cookie-cutter stereo-types, bland and without personality.  Not one of them memorable or even worth mentioning.  The same can be said about the older students and Zep’s  ex-girlfriend, who are Vanessa’s rivals.  Because there is no development for them, I didn’t care about them or understand any of their motivations.

Unfortunately, this story about ballerinas and the mysterious school they attend left me disinterested and hard-pressed to keep reading.  Dance of Shadows had a lot of potential, but for me, it fell short of expectations.

Grade:  DNF

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Excerpt: A Bride By Moonlight by Liz Carlyle



Please enjoy this excerpt  from A BRIDE BY MOONLIGHT by Liz Carlyle:

Napier cocked one hip on his windowsill and crossed his arms, studying her. “Elizabeth,” he said quietly, “why are you not leaving?”

Her satin cords, or whatever they were, having been tossed aside, Elizabeth threw up both hands and looked at him incredulously. “Because we’ve work to do?” she snapped. “Because the sooner we’ve done whatever it is you’ve dragged me off to do, the sooner we’ll be away from here?”

Away from here.

Away from her.

God, he prayed for both—but for far different reasons, he was beginning to think.

Suddenly her eyes widened. She cut a glance at the door, then hastened to it, the green velvet of her carriage dress slithering enticingly over her hips. Then, to his extreme discomfort, she bent over a little and set an ear to a flat spot in the carved wood, providing a delectable view.

It seemed an eternity before she straightened and shook her head. “My imagination,” she muttered. “I’m sorry, what were you saying?”

Napier sighed, and altered his strategy. “Make your point, but be quick about it,” he said. “In what way might you be of help?”

Again, the ingenuous expression. “Why, it’s hard to know,” she said, “when I’ve been told nothing of what brought you home to Burlingame. After all, I am just the hired help—no, the blackmailed help. Nonetheless, I will have time alone with all your maddening female relations—and ladies do gossip. Moreover, they will take no notice whatever of another lady asking a great many questions. Indeed, given our so-called betrothal, they will wonder if I do not.”

“There is some truth to that,” he admitted.

“And then, of course, there’s Fanny.”

“Who, pray, is Fanny?”

“My maid,” she said impatiently. “Servants’ hall tittle-tattle is the purest form of gossip.”

“True, my man Jolley is invaluable in that regard.”

“Furthermore, Fanny and I are apt to be in parts of the house you will not,” she said. “While you’re closeted with your grandfather in some stuffy estate office, the ladies will likely take tea in the drawing room, or sew in the parlor, or read in the library. Are you looking, perhaps, for a weapon? Or purloined goods? Or what?”

He considered it for a moment, and wondered why he should not take her up on it. Elizabeth was a clever piece of work, and the fact that she made his cock throb every time she drew near was merely a testament to his stupidity.

“All right,” he said, setting one hand high on the bedpost. “I need every bit of gossip either you or Fanny come across, so long as you take no risk to get it. And I need paper.”


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Interview with Liz Carlyle, Author of A Bride By Moonlight and Giveaway!


Please welcome New York Times bestselling author Liz Carlyle to the virtual offices today!  I’m very excited to have Liz drop by, and I hope you enjoy our chat.  After the interview, enter for your chance to win a copy of A Bride By Moonlight.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Liz Carlyle] I always say I’m just a novelist stuck in the 19th century. Beyond that, I’m very dull.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about A Bride by Moonlight?

[Liz Carlyle] I’ve described the book as being a story of redemption, and particularly for my heroine Lisette, that is true. It is also about finding the love of your life. Finding that person who totally gets you, and loves you because—and in spite—of it. We are none of us perfect, and Lisette and Napier definitely fit that description.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Liz Carlyle] Both characters had been in my head for a while, particularly Napier, who was an antagonist in several of my earlier works. I never know how to explain how concepts come to me—they just do. I know that’s vague, and I apologize. I suppose books always begin, for me, with the question, “What if?” And then I’m off and running.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Lisette?

[Liz Carlyle] Determined. Fearless. Audacious.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Napier had a theme song, what would it be?

[Liz Carlyle] Nobody Does It Better by Carly Simon. He’s a perfectionist. In everything.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Lisette is never without.

[Liz Carlyle] Her mother’s gold locket. She had to fight hard for it, so she never takes it off.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Napier’s pockets?

[Liz Carlyle] A snuffbox. An overdue bill. An unused ticket to the opera.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Lisette’s greatest regret?

[Liz Carlyle] I can’t quite tell you her greatest regret since it forms a part of the novel. I can say, however, that she very much regrets not knowing her mother well. The fact that her mother died while she was young has left Lisette with a tremendous void in her life.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Liz Carlyle] Travel to historically significant places, although I travel much less than I once did. And sometimes music.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Liz Carlyle] Total quiet. Eight hours of sleep. A case of 365 club soda.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Liz Carlyle] The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly. It was awesome.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Liz Carlyle] Mistress of Mellyn by Victoria Holt. My BFF and I stole it from her mother’s TBR pile. We were eleven years old, and back in those days Victoria Holt was considered a trifle scandalous.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Liz Carlyle] I spend a lot of time with my extended family, and with my four cats.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Liz Carlyle] Via my website, www.lizcarlyle.com or on Facebook.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

[Liz Carlyle] Thank you. It was a pleasure.


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Passion and secrets simmer behind the elegant façade of Victorian London in another deliciously intriguing novel featuring the dangerous men of the mysterious St. James Society. Royden Napier, Baron Saint-Bryce, is tall, dark, and ruthless—and on the hunt for a dangerous beauty . . . On the eve of her escape to the Continent, bold, beautiful Lisette Colburne accepts a proposal she dare not refuse: masquerade as the future bride of the steely-eyed Royden Napier and help him solve his most dangerous case. Soon Lisette is in even greater danger—of losing her heart to the one man with the power to destroy her . . .

Estranged from his aristocratic family, the enigmatic Napier has forged a reputation as Scotland Yard’s most relentless police commissioner. He’s vowed to bring Lisette to justice—but with every forbidden kiss and every tantalizing touch, he finds himself becoming less convinced of her guilt . . . and more certain he must have her. But when danger touches Lisette, can he save her?

About the author

A lifelong Anglophile, Liz Carlyle cut her teeth reading gothic novels under the bedcovers by flashlight. She is the author of over twenty historical romances, including several New York Times bestsellers. Liz travels incessantly, ever in search of the perfect setting for her next book. Along with her genuine romance-hero husband and four very fine felines, she makes her home in North Carolina.