Cuddle Up Day 1/6/15 featuring @SylvainReynard @SC_Stephens_ @JMDarhower

Cuddle Up Day – January 6, 2015


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Which character would you love to cuddle up with?

When I first learned about Cuddle Up day, I thought of my husband and then immediately thought of some characters from my favorite books that I would love to cuddle up with. Sorry hubby.  I decided that Cuddle Up Day would make a fun post.


My top favorite character that I would love to cuddle up with has to be Professor Gabriel Emerson from the The Gabriel’s Inferno Trilogy by Sylvain Reynard.  And, here is my professor.

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He is total cuddle material. Don’t you agree? Ok, so he can take me to Italy and cuddle up with me in Florence and whisper to me in Italian. (A girl can dream right?)



Another character who makes my list of possible cuddle buddies has to be Kellan Kyle from The Thoughless Series by S.C. Stephens.  Kellan is a total sweetheart.

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I’m excited about Kellan because he gets his very own book.   Thoughful by S.C. Stephens will be out later this year. It is on my TBR list and should be on yours too.



My third cuddle candidate for today is Carmine DeMarco from Sempre & Sempre Redemption by J.M. Darhower.

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This bad boy with a heart of gold is worthy of cuddling.  This series is very special to me and is among my top favorite books read.

Come to think about it, Corrado Moretti proved to me in Made by J.M. Darhower that he is worthy of cuddling too.

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So, who would you like to cuddle up with today?

Be sure to add your favorite cuddle up to characters in the comments below.

Enjoy and Happy Cuddling!

Audio books – I love them!

Audio books, I love them!

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I love to sit back and enjoy a great book, but there are times when audio books come in handy.

I love audio books!  First of all, I can multitask.  Yes, I find myself doing things around my home while listening to an audio book.  I can cook, bake, garden, etc. while enjoying the words of my favorite authors. I feel total disconnected from the world around me once those headsets come on.

Secondly, some books are just amazing to listen to.  I admit I have read and reread Gabriel’s Inferno and Gabriel’s Rapture by Sylvain Reynard many times, but the audio versions are amazing.  There is something about listening to the intonation and the emotions of the characters as the book is being read to you.  The characters come alive.




Other books that I have read but loved even more after listening to the audio were Tangled by Emma Chase, Beautiful Bastard and Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.




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The two most recent books I listened to on audio were Sempre and Sempre Redemption by J.M. Darhower which I just finished last night.  These books top my list of favorites. Listening to the Italian words/the pronunciations, the language, and most importantly, the emotions was incredible.  If you are looking to start audio books, this is a series I highly recommend and will be reviewing real soon.


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For me, audio books make stories come alive.  Whether you are listening at home, in your car, while walking your dog or folding your clothes, the experience is truly wonderful.

What are your thoughts on audio books?

Feel free to comment.

Happy Reading and Happy Listening!


Reading With My Mother – A Mother’s Day Musing

Today’s post is a bit personal in nature.

My mother and I had never been close.  I always had a closer relationship with my father.  Ever since I can remember, I just always felt more comfortable speaking to my dad, even about embarrassing situations.  As I grew older and had more things in common with my mother, such as becoming a mother myself, our relationship improved.  Still, that connection that many of my friends shared with their mothers wasn’t there.

For years, I would speak to my mother every day.  It was part of my ritual while I prepared dinner.  We shared news, family gossip and talked about cooking.

I am happy to share this post because through reading, my mother and I now communicate more often and have a better relationship than ever before.   When I first read Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard, I told my mom about it.  I immediately read Gabriel’s Rapture and mentioned that book to her as well.  We Googled and ogled some David Gandy (my professor) pics.  My mom was quickly interested and amused.  And yes, she is now a David Gandy fan too.  The moment the books were available in Spanish, I ordered them for her.  Gabriel and Sylvain Reynard entered my 77 year old mother’s life.  It was an amazing thing really.  My mother could not put the books down.  Our communication increased.  She would call me to tell me all about the book and where she was at that moment.  We talked about Gabriel and Julia as if they were real people. We shared the moments in the books together.  I reread the books along with my mother so that I would be right there with her.  This was the first time my mother and I had such an open and friendly relationship.  When my mother finally finished Gabriel’s Rapture, she predicted what was to come in the next book, Gabriel’s Redemption.  We waited months for the final book to become available in Spanish and arrive from Spain.  She quickly devoured that book as well.




This series, this trilogy, brought my mother happiness.  Not only did we discuss the book, but we discussed literature, the Italian culture, travel and even religion.  I had never had so many interesting conversations with my mom like I did after reading these books.

Since reading this series, my mother started reading other books.  Now, we don’t just talk about the weather, family issues and work, we talk about books and authors. My relationship with my mother has totally improved.  Books written by my favorite authors made this possible.

My mother is now going to read Beautiful Bastard (Un Tipo Odioso) by Christina Lauren in Spanish.  I brought it back from Spain.  I can’t wait for the conversations that book will bring.  Oh my, I am sure they will be very interesting.

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I am thrilled to have established this new relationship with my mother.  It may have taken us a long time to get there, but I am the happiest I have ever been with my mother today.

Thank  you to those authors that have made this relationship possible.  Sylvain Reynard, Isabel Allende, Paolo Coelho and Christina Lauren.

For Mother’s Day this year, I am giving my mother books.  We need to keep our conversations about book boyfriends going.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there.

Happy Reading!

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Which Songs Remind You of Books or Characters?

Are there songs that make you think of certain books or characters when you hear them?


The first song I heard when I got in the car today was Sex On Fire by Kings of Leon.  I immediately thought of Christian Grey. Oh Mr. Grey,  I think it is time to reread The Fifty Shades of Grey Series by E.L. James.






Whenever I listen to Iris by The Goo Goo Dolls I have Remington Tate from Real, Mine and Remy by Katy Evans on my mind. It is such a perfect song for such a fantastic series.






My mother was recently humming Besame Mucho” and my thoughts immediately went to Professor Gabriel Emerson from my favorite trilogy: Gabriel’s Inferno, Gabriel’s Rapture and Gabriel’s Redemption by Sylvain Reynard







The song Say Something by Christina Aguilera and A Great Big World makes me think of how much I love Donovan Hart in A Gentleman’s Affair and A Gentleman’s Secret by A.J. LynnI can’t wait to read more of his fascinating male point of view.

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Pour Some Sugar on Me by Def Leppard takes me back to the sexy Cash Davenport in Down to You (The Bad Boys Series) by Michelle Leighton.

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There are other songs that also remind me of characters.  While the author may not have used songs in their book, certain songs fit the personalities of those loved characters.

One such character I love is Paul Jensen from Prodigal Son by Michelle Day.  Bad to The Bone by George Thorogood pretty much summarizes the cheeky Paul.

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Well, these are just some of my favorites.  

Which songs remind you of any of the characters in books you have read?

Share your songs in the comments.  Name the character, the book and the author.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!