A Note:


I once told myself: IF I am accepted into grad school, this blog would no longer be updated. As it turns out, in April, I received news of my acceptance for the Fall 2013 semester, where I will attain a Master's degree of Science in Nutrition.

Running a blog, as many of you may already know, is a demanding side job once the excitement wears off. And once I fell out of the blogging community's loop (have you SEEN how many blogs there are now? Wow!), it was like the kiss of death. Despite my best efforts, I couldn't get into a blogging routine once this happened due to the disconnect I felt from the community.

So I took a break. I struggled with the loss and with missing my blog. And then I realized I didn't have to run Book Faery to still be a book reviewer; I could read my books and post reviews online. I'm still a book review blogger, just not in the traditional sense.

I'll still be online. You can chat with me on Twitter, where I'll be posting links to my reviews and talking books. I'll also be posting links to nutrition articles. And if you'd like to connect with me where I guarantee I will post reviews, just add me as a friend on Goodreads.

So that's all, folks! It's been a fun and amazing journey, and I thank you all for listening to my thoughts about books. I hope we all can keep in touch elsewhere :)


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Guest Post with Marie-Claude Bourque + Giveaway!

Hey everyone!  I have the pleasure of having author Marie-Claude guest posting today.  Here's a little bit of background info for you all.  Hope you enjoy the post!

Marie-Claude Bourque is the American Title V winner and author of ANCIENT WHISPERS, a sensual gothic paranormal romance filled with sorcerers and Celtic priestesses in search for eternal love in modern time.  She worked as a climate research scientist, a scientific translator and a fitness expert until she turned to fiction writing. She draws her inspiration from the French legends of her childhood and a fascination for dark fantasy.

ANCIENT WHISPERS, a Dorchester –Love Spell release is available now wherever books are sold. Find more at www.mcbourque.com and don’t forget to enter the contest for her month-long virtual release party at www.mcbourque.com/launchparty

I am quite an eclectic reader and will try pretty much everything except stories about serial killers (sadly I had to stop reading The Lovely Bones even though it is very well written). I do have a huge TBR (To-Be-Read) pile that sits on an old trunk next to my bed and also in a bookshelf in my bedroom.

On the trunk, I have piled an assortment of old paperbacks that cover a wide range: old Signet regencies,  historical romances (Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, Lisa Kleypas, Julia London, Shannon Drake), fantasies (most of the Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms type with some Diana Pharaoh Francis and Avalon series books thrown in the mix), paranormal and urban fantasy that I mean to study (Cheyenne McCray, Faith Hunter, Marjorie Liu, Christine Feehan, C.L. Wilson, Lilith Saintcrow, Jeanine Frost), cozy mysteries such as Mary Dahem and Jill Churchill, homey contemporary such as also Maeve Binchy and Debbie Macomber, and naturally lots of Nora Roberts.

I didn’t read any Nora Roberts before I started writing romance and she is such a role model for all writers that I felt I had to try some of her books. I was hooked by her JD Robbs right away and read many titles. It took me a while to get into her Nora books but I am enjoying the Three Sister Island and the Key series and I do want to read the Bride Quartet. The covers are just too hard to pass.

In my small bookshelf sit the latest books I just couldn’t wait for at the library and had to buy (The Red Tree by Caìtlin R. Keirnan, Soulless by Gail Carriger, and Boneshaker by Cherie Priest, and the latest releases by Sherrilyn Kenyon).

And the bookshelf is where I have my prized collection of signed books mostly from friends writers and some from writers I admire and bought book from at writers conferences: paranormal romance and urban fantasy (Barbara Monajem, Gayle Ann Williams, Amy Rench, Leanna  Renee  Hieber, Nicole Peeler, Mark Henry, Ann Aguirre, Linnea Sinclair, Angie Fox, Jeanne C. Stein, Angela Knight, Sylvia Day, Kerri Arthur and Helen Scott Taylor), historical (Gerri Russell, Rose Lerner, Kris Kennedy, Margaret Mallory, Amanda Forester and Blythe Gifford), contemporary (Jane Porter, Christie Craig and Robin Kaye), and erotic romance (Kate Douglas, Monica Burns, Shelli Stevens, Lauren Dane and Eden Bradley)

I am also thrilled to have just purchased a signed copy of Storm Front by Jim Butcher. I love hard-boiled detective stories and when I heard about his stories of a private investigator who is also a wizard I knew I had to have it. So he signed the first in the Dresden file series for me at the RT Booklover convention and I read it in three days. I am hooked!

In the same vein, I have been hooked on anything by Robert B. Parker. You can find tons of his novels scattered everywhere around my house. I am known to have read each of his books at least three times and sometimes ten. Along with Sue Grafton (which I get at the library), they are my comfort read.

I would like to give to a lucky commenter a signed copy of ANCIENT WHISPERS, so tell me, is there any of those writers I mentioned that you like? That you tried and can’t pass? Let me know!

Want to win a copy of Ancient Whispers?  Well keep on reading!

Giveaway Guidelines:
  1. Open to everyone!  US, Canada, and International.
  2. Include your email.  If you are uncomfortable posting it publicly, contact me.  Please be sure, however, to still leave a comment with your entry.
  3. Answer Marie-Claude's question in order to be entered.
  4.  Giveaway ends 6/9   Be sure to check back after that and see if you've won! Winners will have 48 hours to respond to my email before a new winner is picked. 
  5. Tweeting about this giveaway will earn you one extra entry.  Please include the link in your comment.

Being a blog follower/subscriber is no longer required to be eligible for giveaways, however, it is extremely appreciated!


  1. I think that only know Sherrilyn Kenyon and Nora Roberts. And I like it. I dont't remember a book that I can’t pass.
    Thanks for the contest :)

  2. Alot of the authors mentioned I have enjoyed, but I think the one I like the most of all is Nora Roberts. I didn't read her books for years because I didn't want to get sucked into reading romances like my mom. But then, I got hooked on her romances with the paranormal twists -- Sign of Seven and The Circle trilogies being my favorite. I absolutely fell in love with her writing style and soon found myself buying more and more - including JD Robb.


  3. http://twitter.com/sRy_/status/15270111250

  4. I love Nora Roberts. Villa was the first book of hers I read and I was hooked.

    Lori Handeland is my favorite author!

    James Patterson's books are ones I just can't read. His writing just doesn't hold my attention.

    I love your TBR pile, it's bigger than mine :D


  5. Are you kidding? A lot of those authors I can't pass: Julia Quinn, Julia London, Christine Feehan, Lilith Saintcrow, S. Kenyon, Keri Arthur, Nora Robert (but more to JD Robb novels, I adore Darling Eve).
    I also enjoy serial killer novels and have everything by P. Cornwell and Tess Gerritsen. :)


  6. You listed a lot of great authors! Some of my favorites are Christine Feehan, C.L. Wilson, Eloisa James, and of course Nora Roberts!


  7. I love Jeaniene Frost :-)
    I've never been able to get into Nora Roberts books though...

    I retweeted http://twitter.com/Book_Faery/status/15266086291

    Thanks for the giveaway

  8. I have not tried many of the authors listed. I cannot wait to try Nicole Peeler, Mark Henry, and Ann Aguirre!

    Sherrilyn Kenyon is one of my favorites!

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  9. I have read all of nora roberts books, I really like them. I have also read debbie macomber's books.

  10. Of those mentioned I have read, Christine Feehan, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Sue Grafton, Shannon Drake and one book by Keri Arthur (Destiny Kills and I am so waiting for more from this series). I have several of the other authors,Marjorie Liu,C.L. Wilson,Cheyenne McCray,and Angela Knight in my TBR pile.
    Love Christine Feehan and Sherrilyn and there is NO passing them for sure!!


  11. I love Angela Knight, Kate Douglas, Monica Burns, Shelli Stevens, Lauren Dane and Eden Bradley...they are some of my fave authors.


  12. I thought I knew books and authors, but I guess not!
    To be honest, I only recognized four authors mentioned:
    Nora Roberts
    Lilith Saintcrow
    Jeanine Frost
    and the author of The Lovely Bones.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Ancient Whisperers sounds like my kind of book, and I'd love for a chance to win a copy!
    Love, Hannah
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  13. I like Nora Roberts, Marjorie M liu,Christine Feehan ,Sherrilyn Kenyon,Lisa Kleypas,and Diana Pharaoh Francis.



  14. I really like Gail Carigger, and bought her most recent book, Changeless, the day before it came out. (Naughty Borders people put it out early, and I couldn't pass it up.)

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  15. I do like Jeanine Frost, but I haven't read most of the authors you've listed. Quite a mix!

  16. Sherrilyn Kenyon, Angela Knight, and Sylvia Day are favorites of mine. I mostly like Nora Roberts books with a paranormal twist. Great contest.

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  17. Hi everyone :)
    Sorry I am late visiting the blog. wil the kids ever go to bed! Thank you so much for inviting me.

  18. Hi SRy,
    I like Kenyon a whole lot. I think it's the first romance I read when I started to read romance again 3-4 years ago,

  19. Hi Missy,
    I still have to try the paranormal Nora Roberts wrote. I started one a while back and I like it. It was a library copy and now I can't remember the titles. I think it may be one of those series you mention.

  20. Dawn,
    no kidding you like Nora. She is doing so weel, everyone likes her books. Seems she has something for everyone. Problem with my pile is I don't know if I'll get through it!

  21. Ines, glad to see we have simiar taste. I really wanted to read Allison Brennan and she's so good her prologue gave my nightmares for days. It was about serial killers!

  22. Hi Kimberly, I am a big fan of the Drake sisters series. I think I read the whole thing except one :)

    Hi Angel,
    I just discovered Jeanine Frost. I had it in my pile for a while, opened the book once for fun and I was hooked on page one. She writes really well.

    Hi Robin,
    Mark is really funny, although an aquired taste. I just started Nicole Peeler and I know I will love her. Ann is just so good. I love her voice and the "Serenity" style of her series.

    Hi Debbie. I discovered Debbie Macomber books from her knitting books. I'm a big knitter and I never knew she wrote romance until I found out she was in my Romance Writer of America local chatper.

  23. Hi Ducky,
    I too love the unmistakable Kenyon and Feehan. I discovered Kerri Arthur really early on and always liked her book. I think some were published by small press and they are really good.

    Hi Anna,
    I see you like sexy :) So do I and those authors are also so nice!

    Hi Hannah,
    I'm glad I gave you some ideas about new books to try! I found a lot at my library. They usually have a romance section with books we don't need to check out. It's fun to discover new authors!

    Thanks for sharing Nastassia

    Hi Cade, I guess I have to get that one by Gail Carriger as well :) so many books to buy.... LOL

    Hi Book Sake,
    I guess when you write you end up making friends with a lot of other authors and you just want to try everyone's books! They all look so good :)

    Hi Martha,
    Like I told Missy, I need to find those paranormal Nora Roberst. I bet I'll love them!

  24. Julia Quinn,Eloisa James,Lisa Kleypas,Julia London,Christine Feehan,Marjorie Liu,Sherrilyn Kenyon,Angela Knight,Kerri Athor,Margaret Mallory,There on my list of Favorite authors.
    Christine Feehan & Sherriln Kenyon are on the very top of my Favorites


  25. It seems that I read about the same Authors as you do!
    I also jump around from Nora Roberts-Feehan -Marrion zimmer Bradley toRobert B Parker.

  26. Wow, what a list of authors! I have read some of those authors but haven't heard of a few of them.
    I actually read the Dragonlance series when I was in high school. Enjoyed those.


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  27. I have not heard of many of them, but am always looking for new authors. I do love Nora Roberts though!

    tiffanyniekro at gmail dot com

  28. Jim Butcher is a favourite of mine... I absolutely love The Dresden Files series of books and can never wait for the next book to come out :)

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  29. Of those meantioned I have read Sherrilyn Kenyon, Nora Roberts, Keri Arthur, Christine Feehan, Marjorie Liu, C.L.Wilson, Cheyenne McCray am yeah think that was about it lol.

    I credit Mercedes Lackey and Anne McCaffery with my early love of reading fantasy/paranormal books

  30. actually, most of those authors are ones that i read! i'm jealous of how neat your tbr piles are - mine can't stay that organized with my cats in the house!

    k_sunshine1977 at yahoo dot com

  31. I don't miss anything by Angela Knight, Kerri Arthur, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Cheyenne McCray, Christine Feehan, Majorie Liu, and Jeanine Frost.
    Also some that you didn't mention--
    Carrie Vaughn, Christina Dodd, Gena Showalter, Jocelynn Drake, J.R. Ward, Katie MacAlister, Kelly Armstrong, Kim Harrison, Lara Adrain, Lynsay Sands, Rachel Vincent, Yasmine Galenorn, alexandra Ivy, C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp, Brenda Joyce, Eileen Wilkes, Terry Spear, Jocquelyn Frank, Jenna Black, Kerrilyn Sparks, L.A. Banks, Nina Bangs, Patricia Briggs, Vicki Pettersson, Vicki Taylor, and Maggie Shayne.

    Thanks for the contest

  32. So how bad is it that I don't recognize the authors listed? Looks like I'm farther behind in my reading than I thought. Though I believe Nora Roberts writes her NY Cop crime novels as JB Robb, and I've read one of those.


  33. I absolutely love Faith Hunter. Her Jane Yellowrock series is the best!

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  34. Oh me oh my! I LOVE Jeaniene Frost and Sherrilyn Kenyon! And, Ancient Whispers sounds fantastic! Gothic settings are the best!

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  35. Nora Roberts, Chrstine Feehan, Jeaniene Frost, and Sherrilyn Kenyon are always welcomed in my home. There is only one author I cannot pass and thankfully she wasn't mentioned here. Thanks for the blog and the giveaway!

    Yesenia, Silly Little Game

  36. The only one I've read so far is Kate Douglas - but I will check some of the others out!

  37. Francis, Saintcrow, Frost, Arthur...and I'm reading Stein's The Becoming right now.


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  38. Read a lot of those authors. I personally can't pass up a chance to read anything by Christine Feehan.


  39. I'm not really familiar with most of the authors you mentioned. I think I only know Maeve Binchy and Nora Roberts. c: I do love historical and medical novels though. Two of my favorite authors from these genres are Edward Rutherfurd and Robin Cook. ^^

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  40. Hi Marie-Claude, good to see you here too! :-)

    Just like you, I have an exploding TBR shelf (it can't contain all my books anymore!)

    Nora Roberts was my introduction to romance! I still love to pamper myself witha few of her sweet novels, they are like hot chocolate, you curl up with them and they make you feel better (but with NR books you won't have a guilty conscience ;-) lol) I just discovered this week that her new series the Bride Quartet is out, don't know how I could miss that, I want to read them!!

    Soulless is also on my TBR shelf but since I heard it was amazing I also have Changeless in case I finish Soulless and want to read more immediately! ;-)

    I just read the first book of Leanna Renee Hieber and loved it! She weaves such athmospheric and enchanting tales! Can't wait to read more!

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  41. Definitely Nora Roberts!But i like her books when she writes as JD Robb.The death series are awesome and i hardly miss it ;p

    thanks for the giveaway

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  42. I am a HUGE FAN of Nora Roberts and her pen name J.D. Robb too. He doesnt love Dallas and Roarke.

    Im also a fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon

    Here is my tweet link : http://twitter.com/TwilightsDance/status/15729038654

  43. The Only Author From Your List I Have Actually Read Is Mark Henry. I Read His Happy Hour Of The Living Dead. I Love Heather Granham But Have Not Read Her Books As Shannon Drake. I Have Books By Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jeanine Frost, And Monica Burns That I Haven't Read Yet. There Are Books By Angie Fox, Helen Scott Taylor, And Nicole Peeler That I Am Interested In. I Am Not Sure What You Mean By Pass. Do You Mean I Can't Pass Up Or I Can't Get Past. I Like The Authors I Just Mentioned And I Do Have All Three Of Mark Henry's Amanda Feral Books But None Of Them Are Really Ones That I Would Say I Can't Pass Up Or Get Past. Now, I Could Never Pass Up A Julie Garwood Book. I Have Every Single Book Of Hers Except Sizzle And A Girl Named Summer. She Is Just An Awesome Writer. I Have Been Reading Her Books Since I Was 14 Years Old. There Has Only Been One Book I Have Never Been Able To Finish And That Was Stephen King's The Dead Zone. I Love His Books But That One I Just Couldnt' Get Into. I Tried To Read It Back When I Was A Teenager And I Don't Know I Just Couldn't Get Past Chapter 6.

    +1 I Tweeted About This Giveaway On Twitter (@skyla11377).


  44. We enjoy many of the same authors.

    Especially though are:
    "Boneshaker" by Cherie Priest. I absolutely loved it, and can't wait for book two.
    I'm also the only Jim Butcher fan like loved the Dresden File's TV series and the books. Was quite distraught when the show ended.

  45. I've read every JD Robb I could get my hands on! Her Eve Dallas character is riveting as are the supporting characters and the world where she has placed them.