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review 2017-09-18 21:05
Post Captain by Patrick O'Brian
Post Captain (Aubrey/Maturin Book 2) - Patrick O'Brian

This is a lot of fun, literary historical fiction with a dose of action. I read the first book a few years back and enjoyed it, though I struggled with the morass of seafaring terms. Either this book reduces them or I’d just gotten used to not understanding every word. This book broadens the world of the series, giving the heroes some time onshore to get into trouble and romantic entanglements (these sections are surprisingly reminiscent of Jane Austen, who was writing around the time these novels are set, which lends credibility to the text). There is perhaps less action here than in the first book, but the stakes are higher and more of the secondary characters are fleshed out. Aubrey and Maturin are both still complex, believable, flawed characters with a complicated friendship. The writing is good, there are moments of humor, and the setting is brought so thoroughly to life that a reader might be fooled into believing O’Brian was writing about his own time period. I think I must have liked this book better than the first, because I’m ready to read the third book sooner rather than later.

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text 2017-09-17 21:04
Non-book post...

I'm going to be spending the next few hours telling folks not to panic when our glitchy printing system tells them they somehow both have money for printing and also no money for printing. I'm up to 6 people so far, let's see how long it takes to hit double digits. Siiigh. I was hoping this issue would be fixed by today.

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photo 2017-09-17 21:01

The Bookworm (Date unknown) by Carl Spitzweg (1808-1885) [x]

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text 2017-09-11 18:12
Guest Post: Second Chances: A Romance Writers of America Collection


Lizzie Shane

I think what makes second chance romances so special is the idea that when you love deeply, that love never really leaves your heart.  And who doesn’t want a chance to put right what once went wrong?  (A la Quantum Leap). There’s always that hope that it’s never too late to find romantic redemption. It’s very compelling.


Sharon Sobel

In life and in love, our destinies can hinge on a single word, a misunderstanding, an event, an error in judgement, and we continue down a different path wondering: “What if?”  The possibility of change often remains close to us, a hope of redemption.  In romantic love, the opportunity to return to the fork in the road and follow a different path is a renewal of hope, of passion, and in the belief that happiness is possible where we no longer expected to find it.


Renee Luke

Second chance romance stories are special because it allows a flame to be rebuilt, reuniting characters who had been in love before. It answers the ‘what ifs’ of the relationship. Because the characters have already known each other, it helps move the story forward more quickly, getting right to the core of their hearts.



3-Time RITA-Nominated and Golden Heart-winning contemporary romance author Lizzie Shane was born and raised in Alaska and still lives in the frozen north when she isn’t indulging her travel addiction. After college, she worked in the entertainment industry for about fifteen seconds before deciding she’d rather write about love in the wilds of Hollywood than live it. Now she uses the long winter nights in Alaska to create more happily-ever-afters. Lizzie also writes paranormal romance under the name Vivi Andrews. For more about Lizzie & her books, visit www.lizzieshane.com.


A member of Romance Writers of America for over twenty years, Sharon Sobel is the author of eight historical and two contemporary romance novels, as well as a series of Regency Christmas novellas. She has served as the Secretary of RWA and Chapter Liaison, and has twice been president of the Beau Monde chapter. After earning a PhD in English Language and Literature from Brandeis University, she started her career as a professor of English, and currently works at a Connecticut college, where she co-chaired the Connecticut Writers’ Conference for five years. An eighteenth century New England farmhouse, where Sharon and her husband raised their three children, has provided inspiration for either the period or the setting for all of her books.


Renee Luke has been writing poems and stories since she first learned to write. After getting a box of Harlequins delivered by mistake, her love of romance novels blossomed from an obsession of reading into the desire to write her own stories of the heart. She writes keeping-it-real erotic romances featuring funky (sub) urban characters that get-their-groove-on and give up their hearts. She strives to write stories that both stimulate physically and satisfy emotionally. A believer in happily-ever-afters, she’s definitely found her own, living in Northern California with her children and her own real life her USMC husband.



Do you believe in second chances?


Romance Writers of America brings together seventeen of today’s hottest authors in an anthology of never-before-published tales that reveal true love always deserves a happy ending.


Follow New York Times best-selling authors J. Kenner and Christina Lauren back to reader-favorite worlds.


New York Times bestseller Alyssa Day sprinkles djinn magic in her humorous paranormal romance, while Rachel Hauck brings the enchantment of the holidays in her New Year’s Eve contemporary love story.


And Liliana Hart delivers thrills and adventure in her characters’ search for the impossible. 


With characters who find love through tough situations, in an elegant 1800s ballroom, with an old friend who shows up when least expected, at a tender age when cliques and homework get in the way of relationships, or after a random encounter in an unlikely setting, Second Chances delivers romance to strike every reader’s fancy.


Plus tales from:
Marilyn Brant
Kerri Carpenter
CiCi Coughlin
Cassandra Dean
Tina Ferraro
Renee Luke
Ariella Moon
Brandi Willis Schreiber
Lizzie Shane
Sharon Sobel
Damon Suede
Tara Wyatt




Avon – Amazon – Barnes and Noble   iBooks –  Kobo    



Source: angelsguiltypleasures.com/2017/09/guest-post-second-chances-a-romance-writers-of-america-collection
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