Saturday, July 30, 2011

❤ sweet home alabama

I know, I know, I've been slacking lately with the hunk alerts, but I've something (and someone!) very very special today to make up for it! I got the pleasure of working with Tripp back in March when I interviewed him at Desert Island Keepers after seeing him in Cosmo. He was one of the Hottest Bachelors of 2010 -- how's a girl to resist? -- and believe it or not, he can now be found on CMT's newest dating show, Sweet Home Alabama.

A few days ago, he emailed me asking if he could be featured at the blog, so today, in his interview, we'll be hearing about his experience on reality television, his bachelorhood, and why he considers himself a true Southern gentleman -- one that belongs in sweet home Alabama.

Here's a quick bio and stats, before we begin:

Tripp Davis is an Ironman competitor and CPA from Jackson, Mississippi. After winning the title of Cosmopolitan magazine's Hottest Mississippi Bachelor of 2010, Tripp's friends gave him the nickname "Cosmo." This traditional Southern gentleman is looking for the love of his life and says he won't date a girl unless he can see himself marrying her down the road.
Town: Ridgeland, Mississippi
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 190
CPA ID: Ironman CPA
Stephanie: How did get discovered for Sweet Home Alabama? Tell us your call story.

Tripp: I was contacted through my gmail address that Cosmo set up for me when I was 2010's Bachelor of the year for Mississippi. I did a Skype interview and that Friday I was on a plane headed for Fairhope, AL.

S: Is it the first time you've been on a dating show? Would you do it again, if asked?

T: This was my first experience on a dating, or even reality show, for that matter. I would 100% do it again, no questions asked, without a doubt, one of the best decisions/choices I've ever made in my life!

S: What have your experiences on set been like?

T: We finished filming in June, so I've been back in reality for a while now. The hardest thing for me to get used to being on the show was trying not to look at the camera the whole time and just act natural; it was hard for me to get used to having my entire day documented, but after a while, I got used to the camera and life just played out naturally.

S: Why should Devin select you?

T: Devin should select me because I'm genuine and true, I would treat her not like an object or possession, but as the beautiful woman she is.

S: Tell us about Devin and what you like about her.

T: Devin is your typical Southern Belle, beautiful inside and out. Easy to talk to, a great sense of humor and a good head on her shoulders, she'll be successful in just about anything she decides to do.

The thing that attracted me to Devin first was her eyes, they are amazing and deep; they just draw you in and you want to see what lies behind them looking into her deeper. She has a great smile and pretty amazing body. There's really nothing you could complain about being with her.

S: Tell us about some of the other guys you've gotten to know.

T: I made a lifelong friend with just about every guy in the house, except for a few I could care less about getting to know. All the country guys are my boys and I see them as brothers, they are just typical guys, no big egos (well maybe a little of an ego with some) just guys I'm glad to call friends.

S: What are you most nervous about?

T: How I'll be perceived by the public, I don't want to come off as a douche bag or as a weak timid person.

S: What are you most excited about?

T: I'm most excited about the show doing well in hopes that we can get a reunion or another spinoff series (so all your readers need to watch every week). Also the Facebook friend request and twitter Followers don't hurt.

S: If not you, who do you think will win?

T: There are so many good guys on the show, that Devin would be happy with any of us. As long as a country guy wins, I'm happy with it. If it's me, I'm ecstatic.

S: What's the funniest thing that's happened on set?

T: There were a ton of hilarious things that happened. Sadly, I doubt most will make it on TV, which might be a good thing. We were always ripping on each other or doing something to keep us entertained. The chicken fight was funny, if you step back and look at it from an outsider's viewpoint. I mean, who fights over chicken?

S: Is participating in a reality television show what you thought it to be? What did you expect, and more importantly; what did you not expect?

T: It's everything and more. I expected a few more competitions, and did not expect to find any friends on the show because I came into it with a "me against nineteen other guys" mentality. However, I found myself finding an instant bond with most guys.

S: What's the hardest part about being on a dating show?

T: Not having my iPhone or any Internet. It was MISERABLE -- no Twitter or Facebook either!

S: What's the best part?

T: Not having to worry about what I was going to do that day.

S: You're one of the country boys on the show. Elaborate on how you'd consider yourself a "country boy".

T: I went to school in the heart of the delta farm land, my grandfather is a farmer, and I'd rather be in the wide open spaces than a big city any day. Also give me grits and greens and I'm good.

S: What are the city boys you've met like?

T: Most are just like me, except they weren't raised in Mississippi and don't have the same priorities. A few are tools, but they are getting weeded out slowly. I came into the show with a few/lot of stereotypes; most of them were shattered within a few days, but some are still going strong. But I try and give everyone a equal shot because I don't want anyone judging me on my past at all.

S: What do you like about being a bachelor?

On the show, it was just the whole experience. At home, it's being able to do what I want and not have date night, ha.

S: What do you not like?

T: On the show, it was wondering what is racing through Devin's mind: does she like me, think I'm funny, into me, annoyed, am I being myself, does she like that, does she want me to kiss her, what should I do? At home, I miss the stableness of a relationship; I like just having someone to come home to and not an empty bed.

S: What's a question you always want to be asked during interviews? How would you answer it?

T: Why are you single?

Because there are 4 types of girls in Jackson:
1. Girls who can't move on to you because they are still hung up on their exes.
2. Girls who don't want to stay in Mississippi.
3. Girls who are fake or plastics (as Mean Girls would call them), with no depth nothing inside -- just a pretty face that's it.
4. Girls who are too prude to give you a chance for the fear that you'll tarnish their image.

S: What's the most interesting comment -- whether on yourself, the show, your hobbies -- you've ever received?

T: I've gotten 10 marriage proposals so far, that's kinda flattering.

S: What do you plan on doing when the show's over?

T: I'm currently back in reality (well, real reality, no cameras) -- just waking up, going to my job, living my life, and spending it with my friends. Not much has changed.
You can learn more about Sweet Home Alabama by visiting the show's official website.

Stalk Find Tripp by following him on
Twitter, friending him on Facebook, liking him on Facebook, and showing his personal site some love!

Here's a picture from the show... Devin is one lucky girl!

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥: Only Mine by Susan Mallery

Only Mine (Fool's Gold #4)
Release Date: August 1st, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
Page Count: 379
Source: Complimentary copy provided by publicist, Little Bird Publicity, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you!!)

Her town’s lack of men may make headlines, but it isn’t news to Dakota Hendrix. The beautiful blonde has bigger problems to deal with, such as overseeing the romance reality competition filming in Fool’s Gold. Screening eligible bachelors is a difficult enough task, but Dakota hits an unexpected snag when a sexy stranger comes to town.

Finn Anderssen will do anything to keep his twin brothers—the perfect contestants—off the show. Despite Dakota’s better judgment, she finds herself drawn to the mysterious outsider. Like her, Finn knows about heartbreak and how a family can fall apart, so she doesn’t dare to hope for anything more than a fling. After all, even in the Land of Happy Endings, finding true love is never as easy as it looks on TV.
What Stephanie Thinks: I just love small-town romances. They're everything what you could imagine a romance story to be: sweet, real-life, and swoon-worthy, but without the bodice-ripping or (let's admit it, the embarrassingly) complex storyline.

In Only Mine, Dakota, who's never been very active in the dating game due to Fool's Gold's lack of bachelors, gets stuck managing an actual dating game: a little something called reality television. Sasha and Stephen are two of the most eligible contestants; they're tall, athletic, absolutely gorgeous—and they're twins. The audience should go crazy over them.

The only problem is their older brother, Finn, who's raised them singlehandedly since they were thirteen, as he's livid about the situation. Sasha and Stephen only have one semester left in college before they graduate, and they're leaving it all behind, for a stupid dating game. Finn needs to get them off the show, and he needs to do it now.

What he doesn't expect, is to meet Dakota, a girl unlike any other, a girl who always prefers to look on the brighter side of life. And soon, he finds himself falling in love, when he know he shouldn't.

The book is predictable, but the little moments in between are what make it so enjoyable. I really liked watching Dakota and Finn's relationship grow, from mild flirtation, to intimate friendship, to something more. Mallery's writing style isn't phenomenal or anything, but it is easy and clear. One flaw is its redundancy. All the details seem to be repeated multiple times, which I'm sure is meant to strengthen and emphasize the plot, but is actually slightly irritating. Other than that, the simple, but realistic love story she creates through two lovable, could-be-your-best-friend characters, is what makes Only Mine a fast-paced, emotional romance.

Stephanie Loves: "' ... sometimes when things are going really well, we find the one thing we're pretending we're not looking for.'"

Radical Rating: 8 hearts: An engaging read; highly recommended. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Thursday, July 28, 2011

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥: Season's Spankings by Evangeline Anderson

Release Date: November 1st, 2009
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Page Count: 54
Source: Complimentary PDF provided by publisher, via Romancing the Book, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review

Lucinda "Lucky" Starr only wants one present for Christmas — her boss. Unfortunately, the cool and collected Eric Payne refuses to act on their mutual feelings no matter how much she provokes him.

Then she discovers a mysterious perfume shop and buys a concoction guaranteed to release suppressed emotions. When she uses the essence on Eric, she finds herself spread out on his desk with her skirt up and her panties down.

But now that Lucky is finally on her boss's naughty list, she wonders if she can handle this season's spankings...
What Stephanie Thinks: Evangeline Anderson is at it again! I requested this novella from Ellora's Cave because Anderson is one of my favorite erotica authors. She incorporates somewhat "porn-like" material (not the actual erotic content, but little details like the names—Lucky Starr? Mr. Payne?) that almost makes her stories parodic, as well as hot BDSM. In the case of Season's Spankings, the BDSM is light, with just a few spanking scenes, as well as some dominance and submission—very, very hot.

And the sex scenes. God, the only way I can describe them is that they're
scorching! The plot isn't very realistic (back to the porn), but it still makes for a quick, indulgent read. I mean, how likely is it for your boss to have sex with you in his office? Not very, but hey, it's erotica. It happens.

There's a teeny bit of
paranormalcy in this book. Lucky discovers a perfume store that carries customized products that claim to "open the door to your soul"
another example of Anderson's comedic writing. Lucky's concoction transforms her into sexpot, the kind all the guys at the office are lusting over, and it just might be her ticket to Mr. Payne's attentions. But Mr. Payne's got other things on his mindsthings like how to find his way to Lucky's heartso in the end, we discover, that sometimes love (and lust) cannot be manipulated. Sometimes, love and lust happen on their own.

Stephanie Loves: ". . . [Lucky] was a girl on a mission. She planned to have Eric Payne one way or another by Christmas and have him out of her system by the new year. And if she had to get him mad to do it, so much the better. There were fewer strings attached to angry sex and Lucky definitely didn’t want any strings."

Radical Rating: 8 hearts: An engaging read; highly recommended. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥: My One and Only by Kristan Higgins

Release Date: March 29th, 2011
Publisher: HQN (Harlequin)
Page Count: 382
Source: Complimentary copy provided by Little Bird Publicity in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you!!!)

Just when she thought she had life and love figured out...

Divorce attorney Harper James can't catch a break. Bad enough that she runs into her ex-hubby, Nick, at her sister's destination wedding, but now, by a cruel twist of fate, she's being forced to make a cross-country road trip with him. And her almost-fiancé back at home is not likely to be sympathetic.
Harper can't help that Nick has come blazing back into her life in all of his frustratingly appealing, gorgeous architect glory. But in Nick's eyes, Harper's always been the one. If they can only get it right this time, forever might be waiting—just around the bend.
What Stephanie Thinks: To be as straightforward as possible, I loved this book. I don't think I've read a contemporary romance that's all of heartbreaking, tearjerking, humorous, and connecting in a very long time. Higgins's voice is relatable and realistic, and her characters are lovable. So lovable, I find myself getting attached to them on a personal level. Don't you just hate it when you crush on fictional characters?

There are a few different conflicts within the story, the main one being Harper's unquenched feelings towards her ex, Nick. Nick... oh Nick. Be still my beating heart. Nick is probably the ideal flawed hero, who's intense, gorgeous, smart, sexy, sex... uh. Where was I? Oh yeah. One look at him—the first time in twelve years—and Harper knows she's putty in his hands. Another issue branches off of this one—her relationship with her now-boyfriend, Dennis. Dennis may not be the brightest crayon in the box, but he's sweet—boyishly, adorably sweet—and yes, I've gone and fallen in love with him too. Sigh. What is it with me and Higgins's male protagonists? Anyway, Harper and Dennis have been together for three years now, and he still hasn't popped the question. Pushing her mid-thirties, Harper's clock is ticking. Dennis needs to propose, and he needs to propose now.

And eventually, he does. At the exact wrong moment, that is. The plot has so many clever twists that have me both wincing and laughing at the same time. There's a more desolate story in this novel too. It involves a sad but poignant understanding of Harper's mother, who left her when she was only thirteen, and that sometimes, absence does make the heart grow fonder. But that doesn't mean the absence is damaging.

The only teensy fault in My One and Only is that Harper is a bit full of herself. She's beautiful, smart, successful—but something is a little off when she's the one telling me that.
 I understand complacency is her tragic flaw (thankfully she admits and resolves it in the end), but for the most part, I find her very annoying. To be honest, she is one of my least favorite characters. Well, she was one of my least favorite characters, until I heard her complete story. Which, by the way, is unravels slowly throughout the novel, revealing her past with her family, and with Nick, that has shaped her to be the woman she is today. By the end of the book, I was nearly bawling—for two reasons. One, because the book was over. Two, because Harper's story was over. I initially didn't like Harper, but after discovering her story—her entire story—I sympathized with her like she was a real friend, not a storybook character. And this is what makes Higgins's masterpiece of a novel perfect, perfect, and more perfect. With a fresh, sentimental voice, she creates a reality which I fantasize about—and that, as a writer, is her biggest, and most brilliant accomplishment.

Stephanie Loves: "I knew we were too young. I knew I wasn't ready. I wanted to wait. Years, preferably. But once we were engaged, Nick put on a full-court press to marry quickly, and I lost the battle on that one.
Eleven months after his marriage proposal, and six months after our wedding, we both lost the war."

Radical Rating:
 9 hearts: Loved it! This book has a spot on my favorites shelf. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

♥♥♥♥♥: The Bride Wore Scarlet by Liz Carlyle

Release Date: July 26th, 2011
Publisher: Avon (HarperCollins)
Page Count: 375
Source: ARC provided by Carolyn at Romance Novel News (thanks, doll!)

Passion and secrets simmer behind the elegant façade of Victorian London in another deliciously intriguing novel featuring the mysterious men of the St. James Society.

Anaïs de Rohan has faced danger in her past, but never anything so great as posing as the new bride to one of the St. James Society's most magnetic—and ruthless—leaders. But Lord Bessett's bold challenge to prove herself worthy of joining his secret all-male society is impossible to resist. So she daringly agrees to travel with the enigmatic nobleman on a dangerous mission to save one of their own—a little girl with a frightening gift.

Soon intrigue swirls about them, drawing them ever closer. And Anaïs quickly realizes that the intimacy of sharing Lord Bessett's bedroom is proving a temptation impossible to resist. As for Bessett himself—well, he might be a soldier sworn to the Society, but he certainly isn't anyone's saint...
What Stephanie Thinks: This regency novel with a paranormal twist brims with witty and sexy character banter I love. The romance isn't routine, and has me rooting for it to continue, while the characters are full of life and personality. For some odd reason, however, I couldn't get into it.

The storyline is frustratingly complicated and the prose is elaborate. Carlyle may be an advanced writer, but she doesn't have a way with words; it's really difficult to follow much of the plot. I found myself trudging through a lot of the excess text, and even snoozing at some points. The story itself sounded really great: Anaïs de Rohan uses her inherited gift and utilizes Lord Bessett's special gift to help a woman in dangerous peril, as well as her small daughter who possesses a power greater than one has ever known. But it is written in a way that I just don't find interesting

At least the sex scenes are hot. The relationship between Anaïs and Geoff Bessett, however, ends up exactly the way I imagined, so there isn't anything new to it. It's really sweet how Anaïs confides in him that she is waiting for her Mr. Right, and in the end, he turns out to be her Mr. Right, though. Romances as timeless as theirs make my heart sigh.

I really, really wanted to like this book. The characters are 
strong and the romance steaming. But the biggest problem is that I didn't—and I still don't—know what the main conflict of the novel was. And I'm not too enthusiastic about rereading to find out; it's not worth the trouble. I am able to make out a basic storyline (as one thing this story doesn't lack, is detail), but as a whole, the entire concept of the Fraternitas society—which is the secret coven Anaïs attempts to join—confuses me. Therefore, I don't recommend this book at all; books like these are ones that strengthen my disfavor towards historical romances.

The one thing I can't take my mind off is how The Bride Wore Scarlet (a scarlet dress isn't even mentioned in the book...?) aptly inspires every girl that sometimes, your prince won't arrive into your life promptly on his noble steed; sometimes, your prince was there for you all along.

Stephanie Loves: "She wanted to smack him with a cracking good blow across the cheek.
She wanted to drag him to her bed, and slide her hands beneath the well-tailored façade of civility he wore. Wanted to stroke and tempt and touch until his bare skin shivered beneath her fingers."

Radical Rating:
 5 hearts: Doesn't particularly light any of my fires; I feel indifferent about this book. ♥♥♥♥♥

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥: Pride & Prejudice: Hidden Lusts by Mitzi Szereto

Release Date: July 5th, 2011
Publisher: Cleis
Page Count: 265
Source: Complimentary copy provided by publisher, via Romancing the Book, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you both!!)

Imagine that Jane Austen had written the opening line of her satirical novel, Pride and Prejudice, this way: "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a good romp and a good wife—although not necessarily from the same person or from the opposite sex." In Pride & Prejudice: Hidden Lusts, the entire cast of characters from Austen's classic are caught with their breeches unbuttoned and their skirts raised high in this rewrite that goes all the way—and then some! Mr. Darcy has never been more devilish and the seemingly chaste Elizabeth never more turned on.

This time, Mr. Bingley and his sister both have designs on Mr. Darcy's manhood; Elizabeth's bff, Charlotte, discovers that her clergyman husband's pious nature extends to worship of a different sort; and, in this telling, Lady Catherine de Bourgh takes the disciplining of those in the parish very seriously. As for the handsome Mr. Wickham, he's wickeder than ever. And of course there's plenty of good old-fashioned bodice ripping that shows no pride or prejudice and reveals hot, hidden lusts in every scandalous page-turning chapter. This is the book Jane Austen would have written, if only she'd had the nerve.
What Stephanie Thinks: I'm amazed how parallel Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Szereto's sexy parody, Hidden Lusts, are. Though I do believe the original is a timeless classic, I can't say I really enjoyed it that much. I remember having to read it in tenth grade English; I made it about three-quarters through, before deciding just to SparkNotes the rest of it. This fiery rewrite however, I had no trouble reading. It may be I just really like sex (most likely), but the drama and mishaps of Hidden Lusts are absolutely entertaining, and best of all, kinky.

You always see hilarious porn parodies, and this book reminds me of one of them, only it's in the form of erotica, rather than porn. Each of the characters' traits are highly exaggerated, which makes for an even funnier storyline, and there of course, is brash, shameless, sex—lots and lots of it.

My favorite thing about this book is how each of the characters have their own concealed desires, but only the reader knows about them. Szereto's content is sizzling hot, but I often found the sex scenes redundant. For instance, Mr. Wickham and Elizabeth's encounters always are described with "a moving in his breeches", meaning, an uncontrollable boner (LOL, right?), but that happens every time. It's funny at first, but becomes repetitive after a while.

Speaking of Mr. Wickham, we all know from Pride and Prejudice, that he turns out to be the charming, but elusive and judgmental villain. In Hidden Lusts, boy, is he ever! His accusations are atrocious, but his actions, even worse. He screams Victorian naughtiness, and threatens to tear the Bennett family apart.

Mr. Bennett seems to have his perversions as well, but they don't involve his wife. It's difficult to call him a handsome man, but his ways are very, very kinky, and often comical too. Mrs. Bennett's character seems mostly untouched, though her neurotic personality is strongly caricatured. We also discover the reason behind her brazen frenzy. She however, is one of the only characters who isn't sexualized, so her story is a breath of fresh air.

Then we've got the Bennett sisters, who are burlesque within themselves. Lydia—oh, my precious Lydia. There isn't too much of her in Pride and Prejudice, except that she's the frivolous, foolish one. To call her a brazen whore would be uncouth, but spot-on. She elopes with Wickham in the original novel, as she does in this book, but the method of means isn't revealed until the very end; you'll be surprised! Mary is delightful as ever—sarcasm, sarcasm. Poor Mary, the only unpleasant and ugly one in her family. Her greed to become physically beautiful eventually take a toll on her in Hidden Lusts, which teaches a lesson to our superficialities. Jane is nothing short of submissive, but her character is, for the most part, left alone. She isn't kinky or rowdy like her sister, Elizabeth (whom I will get back to later), but we do learn that her lusts are carefully hidden—much so, that we wonder if they exist at all. Kitty plays a minor role in the novel. All she seems to do is chase after handsome militiamen along with Lydia, and her character isn't deeply examined either. But Elizabeth. How shocked I am with Elizabeth! She, soon after meeting Darcy, discovers the powers of self-pleasure, and realizes how much she loves it—a little too much. She is definitely a likable character though, and the chemistry between her and Darcy is scalding hot.

I won't tell you about the rest of the smaller characters (who all have fervid, carnal intents), but I will say how fun it is to wander in the minds of seemingly proper tea-and-crumpets men and women, set to the tune of Jane Austen's romantic tale. Szereto creates a parody that's full of sex of all kinds (including taboo topics like homosexuality, adultery, and BDSM), but is classy at the same time. Her sophisticated and humorous touch to retelling a well-known story is both absorbing and clear. I still find it impressive how well her rewrite lines up with the original novel, and look forward to her future endeavors.

Stephanie Loves: "His touches set fire to her flesh, stealing away all sense of propriety as she abandoned herself to his care, heedless to the repercussions.

Radical Rating: 8 hearts: An engaging read; highly recommended. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Friday, July 22, 2011

❤author: Jamie Lynn Braziel Interview and Giveaway!

❤ I'm thrilled to welcome author, Jamie Lynn Braziel at ¡Miraculous! today. Jamie, will you please share a short bio with us?

Number cruncher by day, author by night. I live in north Texas and work in the accounting department of a bank. When not working, I like to spend time with family and friends, reading, and writing stories, of course.

❤ Tell us about Declaring Spinsterhood and what inspired you to write it.

My novel was inspired by a Thanksgiving afternoon of good-natured teasing by my family concerning my single status. I decided to use that inspiration and write my novel during NaNoWriMo, and I met that goal. Then after looking at all the options I decided to publish the book myself. Out of the blue, I was contacted by AmazonEncore. They wanted to acquire the rights to the novel, and they made an offer I couldn't refuse. It's been a great experience working with them. The novel itself is about a 30-year-old woman who has such disastrous experiences with dating that she decides to give up and be an old maid; however, her family, especially her mother, isn't about to let that happen.

❤ How did you arrive at writing chick-lit? Is there any other genre you'd like to tackle in the future?

I wanted to write a tongue-in-cheek kind of novel, and chick-lit lends itself very well to that style of writing. Knowing me, I'll probably try to tackle most genres, and already have, except perhaps science fiction. Not really my cup of tea.

❤ How much of your actual life gets written into your fictional stories?

My life certainly influences my writing in some ways, but not much of my life is included in my writing.

❤ What are your biggest motivations for writing?

My biggest motivation for writing is to entertain myself and others.

I'll bet you'll never get bored of it, then! Writing needs to be fun first. Can you honestly say being an author is your ideal job? Do you ever sometimes wish you hadn't begun a writing career?

Actually, I think being a librarian or acquisitions editor would be the ideal job. I'm an avid reader and would love to spend most of the day doing just that. I'll admit there are times when it's hard such as when someone doesn't like your book for whatever reason. However, everything else makes it worthwhile.

Well put! How would you describe your writing style/tone?

Tongue-in-cheek comedy, certainly not all serious.

❤ Give aspiring writers a piece of advice you wish you had known before getting published.

You don't have to be signed by a big publishing company in order to succeed as an author.

I definitely agree. Who are some authors you idolize?

I love Daphne du Maurier and Barbara Michaels. Their writing never fails to give me chills.

❤ What's a question you always want to be asked during interviews? How would you answer it?

I love it when people ask how I feel about e-books. I absolutely love this trend. I was a somewhat early Kindle adopter, and it never leaves my sight. I believe this trend will truly revolutionize publishing.

❤ What's the most interesting comment you have ever received about Declaring Spinsterhood?

I love that people have such extreme reactions to Emma's mother. She certainly elicits the most colorful comments.

❤ She is quite a character! What's next for you, Jamie? 

I've already started preliminary work on the next novel, which may be more serious in tone. It will deal with the fairytale of love and marriage that all women are told their entire lives. 

❤ Where can you be found on the web?

I have a website, but the best place to find me on the web is Facebook and Twitter. Readers can also send me an email at as well.

❤ Thank you for being here today, Jamie! It was a pleasure getting to know you and your books better :) Everyone, be sure to check out my review of Declaring Spinsterhood too.

Thanks to Little Bird Publicity, I have one print copy of Declaring Spinsterhood up for grabs. To enter, all you have to do is tell me:
Have you ever been so frustrated by the pressure to commit, you've thought about declaring spinsterhood? In two words, hell no. Guys may be a pain in the ass sometimes, but I love 'em too much to give them up. 

Be sure to leave your email address with your comment so I know who to contact you when you win. No email; no entry! This giveaway is open to US readers only, and will end on August 6th, 2011 at midnight (your time).

As a reminder, following my blog is NOT required, but it is much appreciated!

Good luck!!!