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Monday, February 25, 2013

All the Way by Jennifer Probst

All The Way
March 4, 2013  

He wants her back…and she wants revenge.

Miranda Storme never expected to see Gavin Luciano again. Three years ago, he bolted. Now he’s back, and Miranda has the pleasure of a little professional payback: a scathing review of his restaurant! With three months to turn the fortunes of his family’s struggling Italian restaurant, a bad review is Gavin’s worst nightmare. He’s determined to spend the next eight weeks proving himself to her in the kitchen… and in the bedroom!

I am very happy to welcome Jennifer to my blog today, I am also very happy to have been able to ask her a few questions. So here are her answers:

SBB: So Jennifer, tell us curious readers, what gave you the idea for All the Way?

JP: If anyone has read my books, fans know my obsessive love for food. I have always been fascinated by the food critic and restaurant industry, so bringing these two worlds together was my main goal. I also loved the idea of a story about revenge and redemption. Picture a young relationship beginning to bloom, and my hero panics. Who doesn’t panic at the idea of falling in love, especially a headstrong, alpha male in his prime? I’m fascinated with the enemies to lovers story and a second chance at redemption – it’s full of fun ways to torture my hero and heroine and entertain my readers. So, I brought all of these themes together, threw in a good dose of humor, and completed All the Way.

SBB: Sounds delicious! While writing, if or when you have writers block what do you do?

JP: I believe in writer’s block, but I don’t believe it can stop you. We all struggle with good days and bad days. Things changed for me when I began thinking of writing as my business. If I don’t feel good, or am a bit cranky, do I call in from work? No. If I feel like lazing around and watching tv do I refuse to go to work? No. I’d lose my job. So, when the words aren’t flying with ease, I force them. Painfully. It’s not an easy job and not for the fainthearted, but if you sit in the chair for long enough and make words, you can always fix them later. I continuously quote the great authors – especially Nora Roberts who said this: “I can fix anything but a blank page.” Sheer brilliance.

SBB: I agree, sheer brilliance, that is wonderful advice!  How long have you been writing? Did you always know you wanted to write?

JP: I’ve been writing since I was young and wrote my first book at 12, completing it at 13. I knew forever I was meant to write romance. The problem was breaking into the market and eventually making a solid career out of my passion. I worked day jobs, got two degrees, studied various careers such as yoga instructor, travel agent, insurance, business, teaching, etc. But I always came back to the writing, and never stopped trying. I had many ups and downs but it’s all worth it.

SBB:  I can say honestly I am so glad you kept going back to writing!  Are some characters harder to write than others?

JP: Yes! Some spring from the creative well and others drive you nuts trying to figure them out! But that’s all part of the process for me. I actually discover my characters as I write the book, then when I’m finished I go back and round out the scenes because I know them bone deep by the ending.

SBB:  I love your characters, I don't know how many I wish I could meet!  Speaking of, if you could meet any person dead or alive...who would it be?

JP: Frank Sinatra. That being said, read All the Way and you will be treated to many reasons why I pick him.
SBB: What a tease, I am already anxious to read All the Way! *wink wink* What do you prefer coffee, tea, soda, water...

JP: COFFEE all the way!!!

SBB: Must be a writer thing, most sure love coffee!  If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you bring with you?

JP: Can we please have internet service on my island? Thank you. Kindle, a case of champagne, and a swiss army knife. I have to put in something practical, right?

SBB:  Sure, practical, and of course internet!  Great answer!  Thank you so so much for stopping by and letting us get to know you!  If you haven't read Jennifer's Millionaire Series, definitely check it out, and also grab a copy of All the Way! 

Jennifer's Bio

Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.

She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons, one 5 and one 7, keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.

She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of both sexy and erotic contemporary romance including The Marriage Bargain, The Marriage Trap, and The Marriage Mistake. She has been published with Gallery, Entangled, Decadent, The Wild Rose Press, and Red Sage Publishing. She has also written a children's book, Buffy and the Carrot, co-written with her niece, along with a short story about a shelter dog, "A Life Worth Living." Look for her upcoming releases, All the Way, coming March 2013, and The Marriage Merger in July 2013. All of her books are available at her website.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Books into Movies

We have been working on making a list of books that are going to be made or have been made into movies.  I am starting with YA books, this isn't a complete list, just the ones I could find any info on.
YA Books into Movies:
Paranormal Books:
Blood and Chocolate- January 26, 2007
Twilight- November 21, 2008
New Moon- November 20, 2009
Eclipse- June 30, 2010    
Breaking Dawn Part 1- November 18, 2011
Breaking Dawn Part 2- November 16, 2012
Beastly- March 4, 2011
Warm Bodies- February 1, 2013
Sci-Fi Books:
I am Number Four- February 18, 2011
Hunger Games- March 23, 2012
Fantasy Books:
The Princess Bride- September 25, 1987
Eragon- December 15, 2006
The Golden Compass- December 7, 2007
Inkheart- January 23, 2009
Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief- February 12, 2010
To Kill a Mockingbird- March 16, 1962
Lord of the Flies- March 16, 1990
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants- June 1, 2005
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2- June 6, 2008
Boy in the Striped Pajama’s- November 28, 2008
Perks of Being a Wallflower- October 12, 2012
YA Books into T.V.:
Gossip Girl- 2007
The Vampire Diaries- 2009
Pretty Little Liars- 2010
The Violet Eden Chapters- In Development
Have you seen any of the above?
Upcoming YA Books into Movies:
Beautiful Creatures- February 13, 2013
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones- August 23, 2013
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Sea of Monsters- August 16, 2013
Ender’s Game- November 1, 2013
Hunger Games: Catching Fire- November 22, 2013
The Book Thief- January 17, 2014
Divergent- March 21, 2014
The Diviners- December 31, 2015
Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters- Pre Production
In Development:
o   A Wrinkle in Time
o   The Scorpio Races
o   The Raven Boys
o   The Maze Runner
o   Wicked Lovely
o   Wake
o   Uglies
o   Maximum Ride
o   Forest of Hands and Teeth
o   Matched
o   Shiver
o   Incarceron
o   Before I Fall
o   If I Stay Firelight
o   13 Reasons Why
o   Delirium
o   House of Night
o   Chaos Walking
o   Fallen
o   The Giver
o   Forgotten
o   A Great and Terrible Beauty
o   The Graveyard Book
So that leads me to...The Ultimate Debate
Books vs. Movies
Whether you read the book because you loved the movie or saw the movie because you loved the book, everyone tends to prefer one form of storytelling over the other. So here's the BIG question:
When It Comes to Your Favorite Stories, Which is usually Better: The Book or the Movie?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Series Books Adult List 1

Adult Series Book List 1
Okay I am continuing my series lists with Adult Books.  I will start with non-paranormal, so that you can get your hands in and start reading.  I will definitely do a paranormal list, becuase I mainly read that!
Sports Series
Chinooks Hockey Team by Rachel Gibson
Simply IrresistibleSee Jane ScoreTroubleValentines[2]True Love and Other DisastersNothing But TroubleAny Man of Mine Bks. 1-6 (in order)
 Chicago Stars by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
It Had to Be You (Chicago Stars, #1)Heaven, Texas (Chicago Stars, #2)Nobody's Baby But Mine (Chigago Stars, #3)Dream a Little Dream (Chicago Stars, #4)This Heart of Mine (Chicago Stars, #5)Match Me If You Can (Chicago Stars, #6)Natural Born Charmer (Chicago Stars, #7)Bks 1-7 (in order)
Play by Play by Jaci Burton
The Perfect Play (Play by Play, #1)Changing The Game (Play By Play, #2)Taking a Shot (Play by Play, #3)Playing to Win (Play by Play, #4)Bks 1-4 (in order)
Thrown by a Curve (Play by Play, #5) Bk 5 TBR 05/05/13 One Sweet Ride (Play by Play, #6) Bk 6 TBR 06/04/13
Melting the Ice Bk. 7 TBR Feb 2014
Richmond Rogues by Kate Angell
Squeeze Play (Richmond Rogues, #1)Curveball (Richmond Rogues, #2)Strike Zone (Richmond Rogues, #3)Sliding Home (Richmond Rogues, #4)Sweet Spot (Richmond Rogues, #5)Bks 1-5 (in order)
Ho, Humbug, Ho (Richmond Rogues, #4.5) Nva. 4.5
Romance Series

Konigsburg Series by Meg Benjamin
Venus in Blue Jeans (Konigsburg, #1)Wedding Bell Blues (Konigsburg, #2)Be My Baby (Konigsburg, #3)Long Time Gone (Konigsburg, #4) Brand New Me (Konigsburg, #5)Don't Forget Me (Konigsburg, #6)Fearless Love (Konigsburg, #7) Bks 1-7 (in order)
The Moorhouse Legacy by Jessica Bird
 Beauty and the Black Sheep (The Moorehouse Legacy, #1)His Comfort and Joy (The Moorehouse Legacy, #2)From the First (The Moorehouse Legacy, #3)A Man in a Million (The Moorehouse Legacy, #4) Bks. 1-4 (in order)

Bridal Series

Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts
Vision in White (Bride Quartet, #1)Bed of Roses (Bride Quartet, #2)Savor the Moment (Bride Quartet, #3)Happy Ever After (Bride Quartet, #4) 
Bks. 1-4(in order)
Holiday Brides by Ginny Baird
The Christmas Catch (Holiday Brides #1)The Holiday Bride (Holiday Brides #2)Mistletoe in Maine (Holiday Brides #3)Beach Blanket Santa (Holiday Brides #4) Bks. 1-4 (in order)
Secret Brides by Valerie Bowman
Secrets of a Wedding Night (Secret Brides, #1)Bk. 1 Secrets of a Runaway Bride (Secret Brides, #2)Bk.2 TBR 03/26/2013
Secrets of a Scandalous Marriage Bk. 3 TBR 10/01/13
A Secret Proposal (Secret Brides, #1.5) Nva.1.5

Hotter in Texas by Christie Craig
Don't Mess with Texas (Hotter In Texas, #1)Blame It On Texas (Hotter In Texas #2)Bks. 1&2(in order)    Christie Craig's Texas Hold Em Bk. 3 TBR 2013

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMutry
Lonesome Dove (Lonesome Dove, #1)Streets Of LaredoDead Man's WalkComanche Moon Bks. 1-4 (in order)

Crooked Creek Ranch by Molly O'Keefe
Can't Buy Me Love (Crooked Creek Ranch, #1)Can't Hurry Love (Crooked Creek Ranch, #2)Crazy Thing Called Love (Crooked Creek Ranch, #3) Bks. 1-3(in order)
 Naughty & Nice: Three Holiday Treats (Includes: Crooked Creek Ranch, #2.5)Nva. 2.5
 Marine Series by Susan Andersen
Head Over Heels (Marine #1)Getting Lucky (Marine #2)Hot & Bothered (Marine #3)Coming Undone (Marine #4) Bks. 1-4 (in order)
FBI/US Attorney by Julie James
  Bks. 1-3 (in order)
  Bk. 4 TBR 4/4/13
Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich
One For The Money (Stephanie Plum, #1)Two for the Dough (Stephanie Plum, #2)Three to Get Deadly (Stephanie Plum, #3)Four to Score (Stephanie Plum, #4)High Five (Stephanie Plum, #5)Hot Six (Stephanie Plum, #6)Seven Up (Stephanie Plum, #7)Hard Eight (Stephanie Plum, #8)To the Nines (Stephanie Plum, #9)Ten Big Ones (Stephanie Plum, #10)Eleven on Top (Stephanie Plum, #11)Twelve Sharp (Stephanie Plum, #12)Lean Mean Thirteen (Stephanie Plum, #13)Fearless Fourteen (Stephanie Plum, #14)Finger Lickin' Fifteen (Stephanie Plum, #15)Sizzling Sixteen (Stephanie Plum, #16)Smokin' Seventeen (Stephanie Plum, #17)Explosive Eighteen (Stephanie Plum, #18)Notorious Nineteen (Stephanie Plum, #19)
Bks. 1-19 (in order)
Visions of Sugar Plums (Stephanie Plum, #8.5) Nva. 8.5 Plum Lovin' (Stephanie Plum, #12.5) Nva. 12.5  Plum Lucky (Stephanie Plum, #13.5) Nva. 13.5 Plum Spooky (A Stephanie Plum Between the Numbers/Holiday Novel, #4) Nva. 14.5

Wild Riders by Jaci Burton
Riding Wild (Wild Riders, #1)Riding Temptation (Wild Riders, #2)Riding on Instinct (Wild Riders, #3)Nauti And Wild (Nauti, #6 / Wild Riders, #4)Riding the Night (Wild Riders, #5)Nautier and Wilder (Nauti, #7, Wild Riders, #6) Bks. 1-6 (in order)
Divorced, Desperate and Delicious (Divorced, #1)Divorced, Desperate And Dating (Divorced, #2)Divorced, Desperate and Deceived (Divorced #3) Bks. 1-3 (in order)

Plano, Texas Series by Jane Graves
Hot Wheels and High HeelsTall Tales and Wedding VeilsBlack Ties and LullabiesHeartstrings and Diamond Rings
Bks. 1-4 (in order)

Recipe for Love by Louisa Edwards
Can't Stand The Heat (Recipe for Love #1)On the Steamy Side (Recipe for Love, #2)Just One Taste (Recipe for Love #3) Bks. 1-3 (in order)
Rising Star Chef by Lousia Edwards
Too Hot To Touch (Rising Star Chef, #1)Some Like It Hot (Rising Star Chef, #2)Hot Under Pressure (Rising Star Chef, #3) Bks. 1-3 (in order)
Romance Series
Writer Friends by Rachel Gibson
Sex, Lies and Online DatingI'm in No Mood for LoveTangled Up in YouNot Another Bad DateBks. 1-4 (in order)
Lovett Texas by Rachel Gibson
Daisy's Back in TowncrazyonyouRescue MeBks. 1-3 (in order)
Truly, Idaho and Gospel, Idaho by Rachel Gibson
Truly Madly Yours  True Confessions

Highlanders/Historical Fiction
English Tudor Series by Mary Wine
My Fair HighlanderThe Highlanders PrizeBks. 1-3 (in order)
McJames Series by Mary Wine
Bks. 1-3 (in order)
Highlander Series by Mary Wine
The Highlander's Prize (Highlander, #4)The Trouble with Highlanders (Highlander, #5) 
 Bks. 1-5 (in order)

Crossfire Trilogy by Sylvia Day
Bared to YouReflected in You Bks. 1&2 (in order)
 Entwined with You Bk. 3 TBR 6/4/13
Marriage to a Billionaire by Jennifer Probst
The Marriage Bargain (Marriage to a Billionaire, #1)The Marriage Trap (Marriage to a Billionaire, #2)The Marriage Mistake (Marriage to a Billionare, #3) 
Bks. 1-3 (in order)
The Marriage Merger Bk. 4 TBR July 2013

Fifty Shades Trilogy by EL James
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2)Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades, #3) 
Bks. 1-3 (in order)

Bluebonnet Series by Jessica Clare
The Girl's Guide to (Man) Hunting (Bluebonnet, #1) The Care and Feeding of an Alpha Male (Bluebonnet, #2)   Bks. 1 & 2 (in order)
 The Billionaire of Bluebonnet (Bluebonnet, #1.5) Nva. 1.5

The Bailey's Boys by Lucy Morgan
Beautiful Mess (Bailey's Boys, #1) Bk. 1

Misc Series
Sisterhood Diaries by Suasan Andersen
Cutting Loose (Sisterhood Diaries, #1)Bending the Rules (Sisterhood Diaries, #2)Playing Dirty (Sisterhood Diaries, #3) 
Bks. 1-3 (in order)
Razorbay by Susan Andersen
That Thing Called Love (Razor Bay #1) Bk. 1
Dream Trilogy by Nora Roberts
  Daring to Dream: The Dream Trilogy #1Holding the Dream: The Dream Trilogy #2Finding the Dream: The Dream Trilogy #3 
Bks. 1-3 (in order)
Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy by Nora Roberts
The Next Always (Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy #1)The Last Boyfriend (Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, #2)The Perfect Hope (Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, #3) 
Bks. 1-3 (in order)

I have tried to get every novella and book for each series I have listed.  I also got quite a bit of my information off Goodreads and Amazon.  Therefore publication dates may be changed.  I also may have missed many series of Adult books that are out there, this is mainly a list of Adult series that I have read.  After I finish with my Adult series list(s) I have read, I may make a list of books that I haven't read, but would like to.

  *~* (To read in order follow numbers of books and novellas example Nva 0.5 then Bk 1 then Nva. 1.5 etc. If there is no number after a book, then it is a companion book can be read whenever.)*~*

*Nva. stands for Novella which is a short story within the universe of the books 
*TBR stands for to be released
*Companion books are books that take place in the universe, but don't have to be a story.

***I have also split them into categories, this is mostly my way to help tell what a book is about, this does not mean that the books are categorized this way in the publishing world.***