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Happy Birthday to Georgette Heyer

Happy 109th Birthday to Georgette Heyer

Today is the day. Today would be Georgette Heyer’s 109th birthday. “Georgette Heyer’s Gems of August” so far has been a great event with lots if discussion and participation. I want to thank all those who have followed along and especially those that have helped me make it happen. However it is not over yet, we still have half the month left to fill with creative guest posts, thoughtful guest reviews and those great prize pack giveaways from Sourcebooks. Speaking of Sourcebooks-they too are celebrating the birthday of Georgette Heyer with a spectacular E-Book deal that is not to be missed. What a perfect time to stock up on Heyer works especially  the ones you’ve been reading about so far this month. So go ahead fill your Kindle, Nook…etc and read some Heyer to celebrate!

Sourcebooks is offering 46 of Heyer’s works plus the amazing Georgette Heyer’s Regency World  at only $1.99 an E-Book

(Sourcebooks E-Book offer available August 15- 21st only.)


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Georgette Heyer Gems of August Event

Welcome to August at Stiletto Storytime. This month I will be dedicating the majority of the posts on my blog to the work of author Georgette Heyer. Heyer is best known as the creator of the “Regency” genre of romance novels but to me she will always be the woman who provided me with “more” after I had devoured every Jane Austen novel in middle school and found to my horror that there would never be another….and so enter Georgette Heyer.

Through the years I have enjoyed many a Heyer novel and introduced her to many friends as well. And so this August as we celebrate what would have been Heyer’s 109th birthday on the 16th, Stiletto Storytime will be celebrating the work of an amazing author. Guest reviews of her many books, guest posts and an amazing Sourcebooks prize pack giveaway will all be included. So share your love of Georgette Heyer, tell us your favorite book, or even discover her for the first time…this month I want more than anything to encourage discussion and celebration of a wonderful writer who often in my opinion gets overlooked. And so without further ado…”Georgette Heyer Gems of August” begins…

     Sourcebooks Prize Pack Giveaway

 Stiletto Storytime will be giving away two Georgette Heyer prize packages at the end of August. US Addresses only please. All one needs to do to enter is to comment on any Georgette Heyer post in the month of August. Each “meaningful” comment will give you one entry into the prize pack drawing. Each prize pack will contain four Georgette Heyer works courtesy of the always generous Sourcebooks. For extra entries you can also do the each of the following once…

Be/Become a Follower of Stiletto Storytime (+1)

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Be/Become a Follower of Sourcebooks on Twitter (Leave Name) (+1)

Tweet about the Event or Giveaway (Leave link) (+1)

Add the Georgette Heyer Event Button to Your Blog for August (Leave Link) (+5)

Blog about the Georgette Heyer Event & Giveaway (Leave link) (+5)

*Want to share a review of a Heyer work or write a guest post for this event? Anyone wanting to contribute to this event may contact me at stilettostorytime@gmail.com. Space is limited but I would love to hear from you.*


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Review: The Liberation of Alice Love by Abby McDonald

Alice has always played it safe. She did everything she was supposed to do….she worked hard to establish a stable if somewhat mundane career, saved diligently for a flat of her own and always made the responsible decision whenever there was a major choice to be made. However nothing could prepare her for the ultimate betrayal when someone close to her decides to methodically steal her identity and essentially become her. What will Alice do now that she is not the only Alice Love? Money, friends and perhaps even boyfriends may be up for grabs when a close friend tries to make the ultimate heist.

The Liberation of Alice Love is a great chick lit adventure with a touch of British flavor added in for extra fun. Think Bridget Jones…a little less overweight…less accident prone…and a bit more sensible – That’s Alice Love. We all have been there or know someone like Alice. They always make the smart responsible decision, don’t take  a gamble with much and live a happy life if a bit repetitive and boring at times. But what if that life were rocked to the point where you no longer could be that person? What would happen if your own identity revealed a person someone totally different than you without  you?

High quality racy lingerie, fun exotic cooking classes, new gym membership or even a new dedicated volunteer opportunity…what if your life was being lived for you- better than you were living it? Romance, travel, adventure & mystery all combine as we follow one woman’s journey  to be liberated from herself all while trying to reclaim her own identity as the real thing.


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Blog Tour: Cold Rock River by Jackie Lee Miles


I am extremely excited to be hosting author Jackie Lee Miles and her wonderful book Cold Rock River on Stiletto Storytime today.  Some books give you that warm and fuzzy feeling throughout, never a worry or a bother  about what might happen to your beloved character friends as they find their way through the story and ultimately to their happily ever after. However the real stories are those that reflect the truth of life and life often is not warm and fuzzy. I am most intrigued by stories that show how we don’t always get what we want in life and tragedy so often befalls those that deserve it the least. Cold Rock River is a tale such as that. It’s a tale of life.

Description from Publisher:

In 1963 rural Georgia, with the Vietnam War cranking up, pregnant seventeen-year-old Adie Jenkins discovers the diary of pregnant seventeen-year-old Tempe Jordan, a slave girl, begun as the Civil War was winding down. Adie is haunted by the memory of her dead sister; Tempe is overcome with grief over the sale of her three children sired by her master. Adie–married to Buck, her baby’s skirt-chasing father–is unprepared for marriage and motherhood. She spends her days with new baby Grace. Buck spends his with the conniving vamp Imelda Jane.

Adie welcomes the friendship of midwife Willa Mae Satterfield. Having grown close to her after Grace’s birth, she confides that her baby sister, Annie, survived choking on a jelly bean only to drown in Cold Rock River a few months later. Willa Mae says, “My two little chillins George and Calvin drowns in that river too.” What she won’t say is who and why.

Adie takes refuge in Tempe’s journal. It tells an amazing tale: When “the freedom” comes, Tempe sets out to find her children but never finds them, and she settles in Macon, Georgia, where she meets Tom Barber, a former slave from a Savannah plantation. They marry and have a daughter nicknamed Heart, and though she’s “a bit slow in the head,” they adore her. Tom is good to Tempe, and she remains by his side, ever faithful, until she discovers something she can’t live with–a truth so devastating she vows never to speak of it again.

Adie continues to pore over Tempe’s diary, which seems to raise more questions than it answers. After Tom is killed in a drunken brawl, Tempe takes Heart to north Georgia, settling on a small patch of land and taking up midwifery to support them both. Eventually she marries an elderly neighbor and gives birth to two more children, Georgia and Calvin. Adie is filled with questions. Could Willa Mae be Heart? Could the children in the diary have been hers? How–and why–did they drown? And is it possible that the man who owns the house in which she lives is Willa Mae’s grandson?”

As Cold Rock River comes to its surprising, shocking ending, questions of family, race, love, loss, and longing are loosed from the mysterious secrets that have been kept for too long–and the depth of the mysterious connection between two women united by place and separated by race and a hundred years is revealed.”

Cold Rock River is the story of two girls traveling the path to adulthood in tough times. One woman living in modern day, and another a slave during the years before and after the Civil War, this book follows them through tragedy, determination and sometimes blessedly salvation as well. It is a book rich in Southern charm but true to the harsh realities of life. As a reader I found Cold Rock River to be an enjoyable book that I did not want to end. As a writer I found it to be a brave book in that it always stays true to the story, even at the risk of plunging it’s readers into some of life’s most horrific events. As I have begun writing I have started to look at writing with a different eye and to greater appreciate the art of the written word. Jackie Lee Miles as a writer is not without her struggles and I am honored she has written about that today. So without further ado please welcome Jackie to Stiletto Storytime:

https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&ik=55156dd8b4&view=att&th=129a803b6f01c6a4&attid=0.2&disp=inline&zwWRITING STRUGGLES

Writing Struggles are something every author deals with. That really hits home with me when I finish one novel and have to start another.

I just finished two novels. The first one will be released January 2011 by Sourcebooks: ALL THAT’S TRUE. It follows Andrea St. James (Andi for short), during the first Desert Storm war, who discovers her father is having an affair with her best friend’s step-mother. Sourcebooks calls it “an authentic coming-of-age tale with a terrific takeaway.”

The second novel, HEART, has yet to be sold. It was inspired by an actual CBS news program where a man received his daughter’s heart. The tagline of the book is: After a fatal accident sixteen-year-old Lorelei Goodroe follows the lives of five people who receive her organs, including that of her father who receives her heart.

Okay, two books down, a new one to go. But what to write? After several days of contemplating, I get an idea when a character comes to me, a twelve-year-old girl who has a problem. (I tend to write in young voices—I can’t seem to help myself.) The protagonist’s voice is very strong. I hear her words in my head:

“When I was very little my mother told me stories about why my father wasn’t with us. First she said he was away in the war going on in Asia, Vietnam. Then she said he was healing from the wounds in his head that made him forget us. Later she said he was on assignment for the secret service.”

I used those lines for my opening of SUMMER RIDGE and wrote a tagline: Twelve-year-old Mary Alice Munford struggles with the knowledge that her mother plans to marry her father, a man who abandoned them before she was born.

On to the novel and that’s where the real struggle begins. What to write? What will this girl’s problems be? What will stand in her way? What can you say that will keep your reader riveted for three hundred pages? That’s a tall order, but that’s what books ask of us. And your reader expects some good answers.

Early on, Mary Alice states that her household is not a happy one:

There’s me, my mother, Granny Ruth and Aunt Josie, whose husband, my Uncle Earnest, fell under a combine when I was five so I never got to know him good. The day he died, I climbed on Aunt Josie’s lap and wouldn’t leave even when it was time to go to bed. Mama tried to pick me up.

“You been sitting there all day, sweet thing.”

“Leave me lone, Mama,” I said. “I’m helping Aunt Josie cry.”

I loved this protagonist immediately and started to write, regardless of the struggle.

I’m now two hundred pages into the manuscript. Mary Alice is at a fair with her father, who she still calls Hank, seeing as she can’t think of him as a real Daddy. He has picked up a gal from the local café, Wanda Lou, and the two of them are off having a very good time on their own. Mary Alice is busy pitching pennies and is not doing too well when a man comes up next to her and says, “What are you shootin’ for little miss?”

Mary Alice says he is acting like he really cares. She shows him the two little dogs she has won and points to the large one hanging down from the rafters with a big red bow around its neck.

“If I get one more, I can trade it for that big one,” she explains.

“That’ll be right nice,” he says and hands her another quarter. “Give her another try.”

She takes the three pennies the attendant hands her and tries again, but one by one the pennies bounce off the plates.  The man who gave her the quarter takes hold of her elbow and says, “They got a booth across the way. They use bowls instead of plates. It’s easy to win. Come on, I’ll show you.”

Mary Alice eagerly follows the man who says she can win.  He takes her behind all of the tents that are set up in back of the booths. Eventually, he spins around and says, “Sorry girlie, I can’t quite remember where that booth is.”

That’s when he grabs her. Mary Alice heart sinks. She realizes now it was not a good idea to follow him, but it’s too late. He already has his arm around her neck.

That’s as far as I’ve gotten. I’m still struggling and still writing. Always we authors hope it will be worth the effort. Stay tuned!

-Jackie Lee Miles

Thanks Jackie! And as a special treat Sourcebooks has allowed me to giveaway copies of Cold Rock River to two readers of Stiletto Storytime. To enter please leave a comment below telling what your favorite “Southern Lit” book is or if you’ve never read one…why are interested in Cold Rock River? Please also leave your email address so I can get in touch with the winner. US and Canada addresses only please. Winner will be chosen by random generator and you need not be a follower of Stiletto Storytime to win. However you can tweet about the giveaway for an extra entry -simply leave the link for verification. Giveaway ends midnight July 30, 2010. Good luck to all! This is a fantastic read not to be missed!


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Review: The Fire Lord’s Lover by Kathryne Kennedy


I don’t usually read a lot of fantasy except the classics and popular works of late. I also don’t usually read any romance which is why The Fire Lord’s Lover took me so much by surprise. It was exactly the type of book I usually would get a few chapters into and then abandon if I picked it up at all. Honestly I usually don’t even begin this type of book. It’s just not my regular niche but for some reason I started this one, one night right before bed and simply could not put it down. This book had me reading until late in the night and then waking wanting to return.

It’s a set up that immediately had me wary….a London taken over by fantastical magic, elven lords, an assassin bride and sex, sex and more sex (this book is for mature readers only)….not really my general cup of tea but somehow Kathryne Kennedy had me hooked. She does a wonderful job of taking a plot and spectacularly real characters that could seem rather fantastical and even stereotypical for the genre and yet she makes it all work. Kennedy is a great writer and that’s the key. Any story in the hands of a true storyteller can work for almost any reader if delivered in the right way. I have seen that again and again with other people but rarely with myself until The Fire Lord’s Lover.

The characters are definitely what drew me into the story initially. Dominic is such an interesting play on fantasy, strength and yet vulnerability that he immediate pulls you in while Cassandra is his perfect match that you find yourself rooting for at every turn. The plot is expertly crafted but I would have to say my only criticism is that the ending seemed abrupt and somewhat too “easy”. I would have liked more lead in and more of a scene. However readers must make that decision for themselves. I now find myself awaiting the next installment of The Elven Lord Series. So while I wait for the second book give the first a try and let me know if you were pulled in as well. There may be magic at play!

The Fire Lord’s Lover by Kathryne Kennedy

If his powers are discovered, his father will destroy him…

In a magical land ruled by ruthless Elven lords, the Fire Lord’s son Dominic Raikes plays a deadly game to conceal his growing might from his malevolent father-until his arranged bride awakens in him passions he thought he had buried forever…

Unless his fiancée kills him first…

Lady Cassandra has been raised in outward purity and innocence, while secretly being trained as an assassin. Her mission is to bring down the Elven Lord and his champion son. But when she gets to court she discovers that nothing is what it seems, least of all the man she married…

Then Dominic and Cassandra together uncover an unspeakable evil, one that threatens the destruction of the magical realm they would give their souls to save…”

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