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From Grit To Glamour: Between The Wars
History / June 23, 2016

Who doesn’t love to peek into the lives of the rich, famous and influential? To spark your summer reading, this month we will take a look at protagonists (some real historical figures, some fictional) who strive for fame, fortune, and glory in the chaotic decades after the devastation of World War I. We begin with Hazel Gaynor’s THE GIRL FROM THE SAVOY. Dolly Lane dreams of dancing on the London stage, but World War I intervenes, bringing with it passionate love and devastating loss. Trying to piece her life back together after the war, she takes a job as a chambermaid at London’s luxe hotel, The Savoy, where she daily observes the rich, rebellious, and unconventional New Women of the Jazz age. Her life on the sidelines ends when she responds to a songwriter’s advertisement for a “muse.” Introduced to the world of the London theatre and into friendship with famous actress Loretta May and her brother Perry, Dolly finds herself poised between two worlds and two men—one ordinary and familiar, one full of dangerous glamour. Does she have the courage to seize the new—or will ties from the past pull her back? THE GIRL FROM SAVOY by Hazel Gaynor…

Lena North | Two big dogs, lack of privacy and a soggy tennis ball
Author Guest / June 23, 2016

There are two big, black dogs in my life. Oh, yeah, I have two teenage daughters and a husband as well – but somehow they never seem to take up nearly as much space as our dogs. My dogs don’t do lonely very well. Or to be honest, not at all. You know those last precious minutes just before the alarm goes off in the morning? That’s when one, or both of them, puts their snout under my sheets and snorts, repeatedly. I’m not a morning person, but just about any attention is amazing to them, so they simply laugh at my angry growls and keep at it until I get up. They’re the kind of dogs that won’t leave my side, and that’s wonderfully, breathtakingly heartwarming. Until I have to visit the bathroom, and they sit there in front of me, staring curiously. It’s also a really weird feeling to walk out of the shower to find both of them staring at my naked body. What’s even weirder is that I still get embarrassed by it, and cover up with a towel. Also, you know how it’s nicer to let your body lotion dry off before putting clothes on?…

Gail Ingis | I write, and I paint. Is it possible to do both? Really?
Author Guest / June 23, 2016

Comic book visuals that captured the hearts of America, mystified me. My pencil crossed the blank page pulling lines to create yesteryear’s super heroine, Wonder Woman. I don’t remember coloring the pictures. It would have had to be crayon, so I just used my pencil. I sketch on location. Like my long time architect friend, Stephanie Bower. She takes groups all over Seattle, Italy, Hong Kong, Asia, and more. She teaches sketching and makes perspective easy. A great tool for drawing is her new book, Urban Sketching Handbook, Understanding Perspective: She says in her book, How does perspective work? And where is that darn vanishing point? Understanding Perspective helps you bridge the theoretical world of Perspective concept with the real world of on site sketching. Stephanie shows you how in her book and online with her Crafty classes video. Where is writing in this creative world of mine? I didn’t get to choose between writing and painting until I decided to paint Bierstadt’s Domes of Yosemite. Captivated by how the painting came to life, although told as fiction, this true romance, Indigo Sky, is based on Bierstadt’s journey. Read the rest on Ingis About Gail Ingis Gail Ingis writes historical…

The Ultimate Summer Reading List for Paranormal Romance
ParaNormal Bites / June 23, 2016

Here in Toronto, the sun is finally out, and it looks like it’s here to stay. Many people have thrown on the shorts and sunglasses, and color splashes every article of clothing and makeup. I think it’s safe to say that summer is officially here. But even if it isn’t quite as warm where you live, that doesn’t mean you can’t get ready for the hottest summer releases! June is rife with hot, new titles just waiting to be devoured, so set a reminder for yourself to pick up these amazing books! The first book I want to talk about is THE CURSE OF TENTH GRAVE by Darynda Jones. Charley Davidson has had a wild ride so far in this series. While you’ll probably want to read this series in order, this book is sure to be calling your name when it hits the shelves. Not only is this series laugh-out-loud funny, but Reyes will have you falling under his spell in no time. I cannot wait to see what’s in store for these characters next! ALLEGIANCE OF HONOR by Nalini Singh is a book that almost marks an end to an era, so to speak. It closes up a…