November 25, 2009

Guest Post: Author Dianne Castell

Today I am pleased to welcome Dianne Castell, author of the newly published Hot and Irresistible to Psychotic State.  Welcome, Dianne!

Favorite...and not so favorite...Themes




I love books set in the South! Movies too. So to get to spend as much time there as possible, I decided to write a series set in the South - - Hot and Bothered (4/08) and Hot and Irresistible (11/09). 


Are there some book themes that are auto-buys for you? A topic that no matter who writes it or how crappy the cover, you think ah-ha, it’s one of those and I have to have it now! And you start reading it while you’re still in the store.


I’m a sucker for love and laughter, especially mixed with suspense. I’m okay with love and laughter on its own as long as it doesn’t drift into characters being stupid to get a laugh. Hate, hate, hate stupid characters. They’re supposed to be heroes and heroines for Pete’s sake! Stupid doesn’t work.


And suspense by itself doesn’t work for me. So often it drifts into the gruesome or morbid or dark and I hate all those things. But I love a good mystery. So, if you put the two together it’s an auto buy for me.


And I love, love, love cowboy themes and Southern themes. Not always an auto buy but sure makes me look twice. ‘Course if there’s humor involved then it’s an auto-buy and if there’s humor and suspense and in the South, well dang, girl!


And that brings us to what themes you won’t read no matter how many of your friends insist this is the best read ever! I cannot read horror no matter who writes it. Scares me to death, can’t sleep, double lock all the doors. After reading In Cold Blood I put heavy furniture in front of the back door for weeks! My husband and kids thought I was nuts...that’s because they didn’t read In Cold Blood!


And I can’t do vampires. I know, I know...there are lots of vamps out there that are humorous and have mystery but the neck biting thing just grosses me out no matter how gorgeous the neck-biter is.


So, chickies, the question is... What is your fave theme that you auto buy and what is the one theme that makes you squirm when you just think about it?


Thanks for playing!


About author Dianne Castell:

USA Today best selling author Dianne Castell writes for Kensington BRAVA. She also writes a monthly editor interview column for Romance Writers Report. Her books have won Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Awards, been on the cover of Romantic Times Magazine and included in Rhapsody Book Club, Doubleday Book Club and have made the Waldenbooks Bestseller list.

The second book in her "Savannah Sizzles" series for the BRAVA line, Hot and Irresistible, hits the shelves in November 2009.  Hot Summer Nights will be out in May 2010.

Dianne lives in Cincinnati with her two cats and will do just about anything to get out of housework.

You can visit her website at http://www.diannecastell.com/.




So, faithful readers . . . let's talk themes! 
I absolutely, positively will read anything that is considered a Jane Austen sequel, particularly a Pride and Prejudice sequel.  I truly think it's a borderline obsession or illness.  If I see it, I will read it (or attempt to). 

What won't I read?  I have been known to be game about trying almost any genre once and I don't know that this is considered a theme, per se, but I absolutely refuse to read anything written by Danielle Steel.  In my opinion, her stories are cookie cutter, fill in the blanks and therefore offer nothing new or exciting.  I dislike the message I feel many of her stories send out, about women and their lives being somehow incomplete without a partner in them.  I like strong characters, not weak and whining characters who cry about how miserable their lives are.  Speaking of which, I also really dislike books like The Rules, that instruct people how to find a partner in life by playing games and using deception.  It's insulting. 

Okay, I'm off my soapbox now!  Drop me a reply and let's answer Dianne's question about themes - - what must you positively, absolutely read and what will you not touch, no matter what?


Happy reading!

November 24, 2009

Review of Hot and Irresistible by Dianne Castell


Synopsis:   In a city of history, mystery, and more than a few ghosts, four best friends who have never fit in anywhere except with each other are about to get close - and closer still - to four sexy bachelors with some very alluring secrets...Bebe Fitzpatrick's hard upbringing taught her how to take care of herself, how to tell true friends from false, and how to be a good cop. She can also sweet-talk a man like she means it...until she stumbles into the arms of a damn sexy Yankee who's gunning for Savannah's favorite shady entrepreneur...As far as Donovan McCabe is concerned, the main obstacle to his investigation is the one thing he can't help wanting in his way. Bebe's smart, sassy, and utterly oblivious to her own appeal. Add the fact that a Boston cop trying to arrest one of Savannah's best-loved citizens is about as popular as the reincarnation of General Grant. What Donovan needs is a better game plan. What he's about to get is southern "hospitality" that'll make his toes curl...   (From Amazon)

Dianne Castell's Hot and Irresistible is a perfect choice if you're looking for a smart and sassy heroine, a sexy man from out of town, an old and charming southern town with more than a few secrets and sex. 

I enjoyed the character of Bebe - - everything from her no-nonsense Hush Puppies shoes to her three beloved cats (yes, serious animal lover here) to her fierce, take-no-prisoners attitude.  The attraction between her and new Boston cop Donovan is textbook, sure, but the sparks and electricity between these two literally jump off the page. 

But don't think this book is simply a sexy romance.  It is, but it's also a "whodunit" as well as a nicely nuanced 30 year old mystery with ghosts and plenty of secrets.  Are you interested yet? 

I initially chose this book due to the Savannah, Georgia locale.  Being from Georgia, I am always interested in books that take place in my home state.  Ms. Castell did the lovely old city justice, from her descriptions of the ivy-covered architecture to the social calls to the "ya'll"s and "you hear"s.  Savannah is every bit a character in this book as the handful of locals we are introduced to. 

While I found this book to be a bit of a slow starter, it got hot quickly and picked up pace from there.  Hot and Irresistible is the second book in a series but I found that you don't have to read the first one in order to appreciate this one.  Hot and Irresistible will leave you hot and bothered and pining for a Mason jar of sweet tea on a shady porch.  If you like your books brimming with mystery and whole lot of descriptive romance, give this book a try.  You won't be disappointed!

Hot and Irresisible can be purchased from major booksellers, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Author Dianne Castell's website is here

Many thanks to Dorothy Thompson and Pump Up Your Book Promotions for the opportunity to review this book. 

Review copy provided by the author.

Coming tomorrow - author Dianne Castell guest posts here at Psychotic State!



November 23, 2009

Guest Post: Author Victoria Simcox

Today I am pleased to welcome Victoria Simcox, author of the recently published The Magic Warble to Psychotic State!


10 Things You Things You Probably Don't Know About The Magic Warble


1) The character Hester Crumeful in my story was created after a girl in my second through fourth grade school years, who had a similar name and wore a different colored bow in her hair each day of the week.


2) The character Graham Kepler was created after a red haired, squinty eyed, freckled faced boy that I remember from my Kindergarten through second grade years when going to school in Scarborough Ontario Canada. He was about thirteen years old, and was a bully who especially harassed girls younger them him.


3) I have an old burgundy hatbox sitting on an upper shelf in my bedroom closet. It was one of my inspirations for writing The Magic Warble.


4) Bernovem has the same letters as the month November.


5) The main character Kristina who is twelve and a half is named after my daughter Kristina who was the same age at the time I was writing The Magic Warble.


6) Kristina in the book looks like my daughter Kristina, but their personalities are different and I don't consider them to be same person.


7) Raymond was named after one of my many pet rats. Unfortunately my Raymond has passed away of old age.


8) Originally the title of the book was going to be "The Magic Warball", but I ended up changing it to the "The Magic Warble", because I liked the sound of it better.


9) Amanda Swanson, the illustrator of The Magic Warble was twenty one years old when she illustrated the book. She produced the characters out of her imagination alone.


10) I'm two-thirds of the way finished the second book in this series and I'm pretty sure there will be three or more in the continuation of The Magic Warble.



Victoria, many thanks to you for stopping by my blog today and giving us a little insider information on The Magic Warble

About author Victoria Simcox:

Victoria, known as Vicki, was born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, to an Austrian immigrant mother, and a Dutch immigrant father. She has one older sister. When she was 7, Vicki moved with her family to British Columbia—then in her early twenties to Western Washington, where she now resides in Marysville WA. She has been married for almost 20 years and has 3 children. For the past 10 years, she has home schooled her children, and she also teaches elementary school art. Her other family members are, a Chihuahua, named Pipsy, 2 cats, named Frodo and Fritz, and 1 parakeet, named Pauly. She did have a pet rat named Raymond; when she started writing The Magic Warble, but sad to say, he has since passed away of old age. Vicki enjoys writing, reading, painting watercolors, good movies and just hanging out with friends and family. Her favorite author is C.S. Lewis, and one of her fondest memories is when she was 12. She would sit at the kitchen table, and read The Chronicles of Narnia to her mother while she cooked dinner. These magical stories were very dear to Vicki, and she remembers wishing, If only I could go to Narnia like Lucy and Susan. Vicki hopes that maybe she can touch someone with her story in a similar way. You can visit her website at www.themagicwarble.com.


The Magic Warble is available at major booksellers, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble

November 20, 2009

Review of The Magic Warble by Victoria Simcox



Synopsis:  Dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals, and an evil queen all these and more can be found in The Magic Warble, an enchanting tale of adventure and friendship.



Twelve-year-old Kristina Kingsly feels like the most unpopular girl in her school. The kids all tease her, and she never seems to fit in. But when Kristina receives an unusual Christmas gift, she suddenly finds herself magically transported to the land of Bernovem, home of dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals and the evil Queen Sentiz.


In Bernovem, Kristina not only fits in, she's honored as ''the chosen one'', the only one who can release the land from Queen Sentiz's control. But it s not as simple as it seems. To save Bernovem, she must place the gift she was given, the famous ''Magic Warble,'' in its final resting place. And she must travel through the deep forest, climb a treacherous mountain, and risk capture by the queen s ''zelbocks'' before she reaches her destination. Guided by her new fairy friends, Clover and Looper and by Prince Werrien, a teenage boy, as well as an assortment of other characters, Kristina sets off on a perilous journey that not only tests her strength but her heart.   (From Amazon)


The Magic Warble is marketed for ages 9-12, or for young adults, but book lovers of any age can appreciate this tale of adventure and dreamy fantasy. 

Author Victoria Simcox creates a wonderful character in Kristina, a girl that other children (and even adults) can easily relate to.  I was happy to have a heroine that wasn't the most popular and acted age appropriate.  Don't worry that having a female lead character will put off any male readers - - my 13 year old son read this book and thoroughly enjoyed it.  As additional praise for Ms. Simcox, my son read this in a day and, not being a voracious reader like his mom, is very particular about what he reads. 

What attracted me most about this book, other than the lovely and vibrant cover, was the description of gnomes, fairies, talking animals and an evil witch.  The Magic Warble reminded me, at times, of both The Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter series of books but it most definitely stands strongly on its own. 

I found it an enjoyable read and one that would be absolutely appropriate as a family read due to no objectionable language or situations, and with undeniably good underlying messages about friendships and perseverance.  The fantasy and adventure elements are top notch and the best part of the book, in my opinion.  Reading the descriptions of Bernovem and its varied residents created vivid images in my mind, which were helped by the black and white illustrations throughout.

I was happy to spend a few magical days in Bernovem with Kristina and Raymond, and all the wonderful people, dwarves, gnomes, fairies and talking animals they encountered, particularly Werrien, Rumalock, Clover and Looper. 

I only hope, based on the ending, that Ms. Simcox possibly has a sequel up her sleeve.  

Recommended for adventure and fantasy lovers of all ages who want to celebrate their youth or reclaim it. 

The Magic Warble is available at major booksellers, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Author Victora Simcox' website is here

Many thanks to Dorothy Thompson and Pump Up Your Book Promotions for review copy of The Magic Warble.  

Apologies to all for the tardiness in getting this review up and posted.  Please be sure to stop by on November 23 for a guest post by Victoria Simcox where she shares with us 10 things you probably don't know about The Magic Warble!

November 19, 2009

Thriller & Suspense Challenge 2010


The lovely Book Chick of Book Chick City is hosting the Thriller & Suspense Challenge of 2010 and seeing as how I adore both thrillers and suspense books, I am game to try this.  It will be my first participating challenge!

Please join me, as well as others, on this Challenge.  It runs from January 1, 2010 until December 31, 2010.  The goal is to read 12 thrillers in 2010. 

For full information and guidelines, as well as what books constitute the thriller and/or suspense genre, please visit Book Chick City here

Hope to see you during the Challenge!


November 17, 2009

Review: The Secret of Joy by Melissa Senate



Synopsis:   As 28 year old New York paralegal Rebecca Strand's widowed father lays dying, he confesses a secret: he had an affair 26 years earlier when Rebecca was just a toddler. Now he wants Rebecca to deliver the secret stash of letters he wrote, but never mailed, to the daughter he fathered. Rebecca's lawyer boyfriend, Michael, is adamant that she forget the woman exists. He's sure the woman will be an opportunist who will demand half of Rebecca's father's million-dollar estate. But Rebecca, now without any family in the world, can't help but wonder about her one living relative. With her relationship with Michael in tatters, Rebecca drives from New York City to Maine to find Joy Jayhawk, who operates a Weekend Singles Tour service out of an orange mini-van that her regulars dub "The Love Bus." Enter a cast of lovable, colorful characters, from Joy's eccentric mother to the singles on The Love Bus, and a sexy carpenter for whom Rebecca finds herself unexpectedly falling in love...  (from Amazon)



As a reader, it's a rare and wonderful thing when a book just comes together perfectly - - the story works, you're invested in the characters and you simply don't want to put the book down.

The Secret of Joy did this for me.  It could have been Melissa Senate's writing style, which I found as pleasing and likable as could be.  It could have been the subject matter, which has a strong personal connection to me as well - - I also found out I had a sister as an adult.  The subject matter could have been as syrupy sweet as Log Cabin, or as depressing as watching the evening news but Ms. Senate handled it like a pro (and from her own personal experience).  She took the good, she took the bad and gave me, as a reader, a book that was emotionally charged, witty and heartwrenching. 

The Secret of Joy thoroughly excelled with its characters.  I loved Rebecca immediately, flaws and all.  Her relationships (with her father, with Michael, with Joy, and with Theo) weren't stereotypical, they emanated realism.  Reading the book, you understand why she's with Michael and why she's wavering on staying with Michael.  You understand how much she loves Michael's mother and how great it would be to have her as a mother-in-law.  You feel Rebecca's pain over the loss of her father and her confusion, shock and eventual strong desire for a bond upon learning she has a younger sister. 

The character of Joy, too, was extremely well fleshed out; so much that Joy's hesitation to form any kind of relationship with Rebecca is real and comes across as part of an actual character trait rather than simply advancing the story or creating conflict.  I understood Joy's hurt and resentment and her unwillingness to immediately embrace Rebecca into her life. 

The "supporting" characters I found a riot.  I loved the perfectly named Victor and Victoria, outspoken Maggie, soft and sensitive Ellie and bed-and-breakfast proprietor Marianne.  And Theo . . . who could forget Theo, who could quite possibly be coined a perfect man? 

And let's not leave out the town of Wiscasset, Maine, which was just as important and vital a character as anyone else short of Rebecca.  I could visualize this sweet little northern town in my mind while I read - - so much so that I could see autumn leaves falling and Maggie dashing through the town on her way to show a property, Ellie picking up some of those fabulous whoopie pies to cry into and Theo sitting on his steps, throwing a stick for Spock to catch.  Reading The Secret of Joy made me want to visit this vibrant-sounding little town, in hopes that I would see Joy's tiny little house with the Love Bus out front, Marianne's bed and breakfast and Rebecca's yellow house. 

I loved every minute that I spent in this book, with these characters.  I felt both satiated with joy/Joy and saddened when the book ended because I didn't wish for my time in Wiscasset to come to a close. 

In short, I cannot recommend this book enough.  To call it simply chick lit would be an understatement for this sleeper of a book.  This is the first book I've read by author Melissa Senate but it won't be the last.  She is most certainly on my "authors to read" short list. 


The Secret of Joy is available at all major booksellers TODAY, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Visit author Melissa Senate here

Many thanks to Sarah Reidy and Simon & Schuster for providing me with a review copy of this book.


Guest Post: Author Melissa Senate

Today I am pleased to welcome Melissa Senate, author of the newly released The Secret of Joy, to Psychotic State!

The Secret of Joy by Melissa Senate

What is the secret of joy?


For Rebecca Strand, the 28 year-old main character of my new novel The Secret of Joy, the secret begins with her father’s deathbed confession of a long-ago love affair, a baby that he turned his back on, and a stash of unsent letters he’s written every year on the child’s birthday. Shocked to discover she has a half-sister she never knew existed, Rebecca is now the keeper of the secret. What will she do with it? Her overbearing lawyer boyfriend thinks she should excise the secret—a sister!—from her mind, as her father did. “Just forget the women exists—lest she try to get her possibly trashy hands on your father’s fortune,” is his lawyerly advice.


But this secret stirs something in Rebecca. Her mother is gone. Her father is now gone. Her live-in boyfriend, is, well, trying to run her life. And her job as a paralegal at a divorce mediation firm, where her boyfriend is a partner, is all about endings. Rebecca needs a beginning. And that beginning is dependent on setting things right, on finding 26 year old Joy Jayhawk in a small coastal town in Maine. In delivering those letters.


So when Rebecca knocks on Joy Jayhawk’s door and doesn’t receive the warmest welcome from the separated mother of a little boy who wants nothing to do with Rebecca or the “guilt” letters of her late “father,” Rebecca doesn’t just turn around and go home. Because she’s about to discover the many facets to secret of joy and it isn’t about giving up. Thanks to some help from the Divorced Ladies Club of Wiscasset and one very hot carpenter named Theo, Rebecca does discover the secret of joy (and so do several other characters). I don’t think I’m giving away the ending there, since it’s the how and the what that are important.


When I tell people what gave me the idea to write The Secret of Joy, they’re surprised to discover how autobiographical the premise is. Several years ago, I received an email that said: I think you might be my half sister. And I was. Part of my own journey in discovering the secret of joy for myself involved figuring out how I felt about that email, about this half-sibling, about the biological father I haven’t seen or heard from since I was a little girl. Writing this novel helped me sort through it all. The story isn’t autobiographical; I just took that nugget of an idea, but the burning questions, the emotional issues, are very real. A good part of the secret of joy for me is being a novelist and explaining myself to myself through fictional characters. Throw in my seven-year-old’s son laughter, fudge, a good book, friends, and a thousand other little things that add up to joy, and the secret is usually in those little things adding up, up, up.



Lori, thank you so much for having me on your blog!

Melissa, many thanks to you for stopping by my blog today and for writing such a warm, wonderful and witty book!


About author Melissa Senate:

A summer baby born in a Catskills bungalow colony, Melissa lived in New York City as a kid, New Jersey as a teenager, Connecticut for college, Brooklyn for those first few post-college years, then the Upper East Side of Manhattan for 14 very interesting years until five years ago, when she moved to a small coastal town in Maine for a quality of life experiment (for her young son, not for her). Melissa admits that the quality of life in Maine is pretty great. 


Melissa worked as an editor for Harlequin Books for ten years, then moved to two young adult book packagers, working on everything from the New Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley ("We'll solve any crime by dinner time!") to Sweet Valley University (Elizabeth and Jessica were in junior high, high school and college simultaneously!).

When Melissa sold her first novel, SEE JANE DATE, in 2001, she took a huge leap of faith to write full time. SEE JANE DATE was made into an adorable TV movie (starring Charisma Carpenter and Holly Marie Combs) for ABC Family and is now on DVD, and it's also the subject of and answer to a question in the 20th Anniversary Edition of Trivial Pursuit. Next came: THE SOLOMON SISTERS WISE UP (about three sisters under one roof); WHOSE WEDDING IS IT ANYWAY?, which reunited Melissa  with the characters from SEE JANE DATE (it's Eloise's story); THE BREAKUP CLUB, Melissa's first novel to include a male main character (there are 4 main characters), and THEODORA TWIST, Melissa's debut novel for teens, which Teen magazine hailed "a hot (and fun) summer read."   Melissa's sixth novel, LOVE YOU TO DEATH, is her first whodunnit, complete with a break up scene in L.L. Bean. And her last novel from Harlequin's Red Dress Ink imprint, QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE MARRYING, about two very different twin sisters on a long and bumpy road trip from Maine to Las Vegas, was a finalist for RT Bookclub magazine's Reviewer's Choice award for best chick lit of 2008. 

You can also read essays Melissa has written in the anthologies IT'S A WONDERFUL LIE: 26 TRUTHS ABOUT LIFE IN YOUR TWENTIES and EVERYTHING I NEEDED TO KNOW ABOUT BEING A GIRL I LEARNED FROM JUDY BLUME, a tribute anthology to one of Melissa's favorite authors.   She also contributed a short story to the anthology AMERICAN GIRLS ABOUT TOWN, and a story to FLIRTING WITH PRIDE & PREJUDICE: Fresh Perspectives On the Original Chick-Lit Masterpiece.

Arriving today (November 17) from her new publisher, Simon & Schuster, is Melissa's new novel, THE SECRET OF JOY, about a New Yorker who discovers she has a half-sister she never knew existed in a small Maine town. Off she goes to find her. And next-next is THE MOSTS, Melissa's second young adult novel for Random House/Delacorte, which will be published in June 2010.

Melissa is busily writing the next-next-next novel for Simon & Schuster, which involves Italian food, the tiniest bit of magic and lots of romance. Feel free to email Melissa with questions or comments or just to say hello: melissasenate at yahoo.com (use the little @ symbol) - - she says she loves hearing from readers and writers!



November 10, 2009

Teaser Tuesdays: November 10, 2009



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly book meme, hosted by mizb17 at Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along. Just do the following:


* Grab your current read


* Open to a random page


* Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page


* Be careful not to include spoilers! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away; you don't want to ruin it for other readers)


*Share the title and author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser for today is . . . .




"Rebecca's stomach flip-flopped at the thought that she could possibly be chasing after a relationship with someone who wasn't her sister at all.  There was that slight chance - - and the slight was enough."

The Secret of Joy by Melissa Senate, p. 241.





Please leave me a comment with your teasers if you don't have a blog, or leave me your link if you've posted. Happy reading!



November 4, 2009

Review of "Willoughby's Return" by Jane Odiwe


Synopsis: A lost love returns, rekindling forgotten passions…



In Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, when Marianne Dashwood marries Colonel Brandon, she puts her heartbreak over dashing scoundrel John Willoughby in the past.


Three years later, Willoughby's return throws Marianne into a tizzy of painful memories and exquisite feelings of uncertainty. Willoughby is as charming, as roguish, and as much in love with her as ever. And the timing couldn't be worse—with Colonel Brandon away and Willoughby determined to win her back, will Marianne find the strength to save her marriage, or will the temptation of a previous love be too powerful to resist?

If you’ve been to my blog before you know that I adore Jane Austen and I have a serious obsession with Austen fan fic. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review this book not only due to my love of all things Jane Austen but also because I thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Odiwe’s previous effort, opportunity to review this book not only due to my love of all things Jane Austen but also because I thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Odiwe’s previous effort, Lydia Bennet’s Story.

Ms. Odiwe again took a secondary character from an Austen story - - this time Margaret Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility - - and shared with her readers a continuation of what happened after Austen’s novel ended. She also took what could have been an unfinished story - - Willoughby’s leaving and Marianne marrying Colonel Brandon - - and wove it intricately into the tale of a now of-age Margaret finding love.

Willoughby’s Return works so well because, as she did with Lydia Bennet’s Story, Ms. Odiwe stayed faithful to the characters Jane Austen originally created and by doing so, Willoughby’s Return reads virtually as a Sense and Sensibility sequel written by Austen herself. Marianne, while more mature due to Colonel Brandon’s love and the events that transpired in Sense and Sensibility, still has a romantic, and even flighty, streak. Colonel Brandon, while deeply enamored of his wife, is still serious about his responsibilities to his wards. Elinor is still mindful of appearances and decorum and Lucy Steele Ferrars and Anne Steele are still very much the busybodies they were. Even Mrs. Jennings still remains ever the fanciful matchmaker.

I could not wish for a more fluid, yet entertaining, story, nor a more satisfying ending. I raced through the book as I was anxious to find out what would happen, while at the same time dreading for the story to end because I was enjoying myself so much.  In my opinion, Ms. Odiwe surpassed herself with this effort and I enjoyed it even more so than I did Lydia Bennet’s Story.


If you are a fan of Jane Austen, of Regency romps and/or historical fiction, I cannot recommend Willoughby’s Return enough. A definite must-read!


Willoughby's Return is available now at major booksellers, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Jane Odiwe's website is here.  My interview with Jane Odiwe about Willoughby's Return is here.  My earlier review of Lydia Bennet's Story is here

Many thanks to Danielle at Sourcebooks for providing me with an advance copy of this book for review!