WE’RE IN MUG-GLE LOVE!

Absolutely just love all of these mugs. If you haven’t seen them all, you MUST check them out.

A cauldron to mix your daily caffeine potion in!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a self-stirring mug!  😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOVE this heat changing mug!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where would we be without the Maurader’s Map?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start your day with some iconic advice!

TRENDING IN ROMANCE NOVELS…..

Maybe it’s just me….but I’m noticing something trending in the romance genre.

With Historical Romance, the dashing rake and innocent maiden ALWAYS works no matter how many times it’s been redone. Seriously, it’s always romantic and believable and different. There are so many authors writing it and yet it never gets old or stale. Probably why Harlequinn is still a force to be reckoned with.

With New Adult Romance, the bad boy and the good girl or the damaged characters with awful and haunting pasts being done over and over is driving me NUTS. I haven’t bought a NA Rom in FOREVER because of it. Seriously, every book is the same story just tweaked a bit. BORING!!!!

Why is this happening? Why am I feeling this way? Could it be because we’ve seen plenty of Historical Romances become classics yet never a New Adult Romance? Maybe because it’s such a new genre?

I don’t think so. I think it’s more the quality of writing and focus. First of all, in NA Rom, every book is almost guaranteed to have a sequel or God help me, different POV written as a follow up. Even when the original story was perfect as it was, many authors (especially self pubbed) feel they HAVE to write a follow up.  Sometimes this is a great recipe for success, but many times, it’s just feels forced. Sometimes, it’s okay to write a great story and leave it at that.

In Fantasy and Paranormal, a trilogy is a home run. It’s expected. When did we start expecting this from our trilogyromances though? What works in one genre doesn’t necessarily work in all genres. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE doesn’t have a sequel and it’s one of the top ten romance novels of ALL TIME. Interestingly, if you look up the Top Ten Romances of All Time on Google, you’ll get a few lists, but the top 50 on GoodReads is really interesting as it doesn’t include even ONE New Adult Romance. Not one.

With Historical Romances, I’ve noticed that while they have companion novels (you see the XXX Family in a whole series of works), they are still stand alones. They don’t beat the first story into the ground or even rehash it, but take some of the characters you were introduced to and just expand on their world with a whole NEW and original story. Although I will admit, if you put Fabio on your cover, I will NEVER read it.  Seriously.

Don’t get me wrong…there are some Historical series out there that I adore, it isn’t like it’s never done. THE OUTLANDER Novels by Diana Gabaldon are AH-MAZING!!

Maybe it’s just me….maybe I’m in a funk….I haven’t read Historical Romances since I was in my teens and twenties (no that’s not me in the picture), but I’m going back. I’ve already branched out into Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Dystopian, Horror and Mysteries (there are some fantastic and FUN comedic mysteries out there right now)…..but I’m literally feeling pulled back to Historical to get my romantic fix.

I can’t take another DEEP and EMOTIONALLY DISTURBING cast of characters and events to get my romance. I want light-hearted and fun again. Remember those romances where you wanted to BE the heroine??? I’ve never wanted to be a woman with so many issues I’m dysfunctional and come with TONS of baggage and fall in love with a man full of tattoos, mysteries, violence and ambivalence. While those first few were great reads, I still didn’t want to BE the heroine and never LOST myself in the book. Never.

I’d love to see some of these new self pubbed authors take a venture into Historical and see what they can come up with. Some of them have some great talent. I just think the NA Contemporary Romance is a bit misguided and the same story is being told over and over, with few exceptions. So….off I go to get a Historical fix on….but I’d love to know what you all feel! Please post on my FB page or Tweet me your thoughts on this subject (I may be WAY off base in my thinking)…..what are YOU reading now??

penny

RELEASE DAY & GIVEAWAY: LOVE AND LISTS by Tara Sivec

Happy Release Day, Tara Sivec! Just My Opinion is honored to be a part of the Release Day Event for Love and Lists – the first book in The Chocolate Lovers spin-off! Thank you so much Ms. Sivec and Madison Says for including us in your Release Day! Click on the banner above for the tour schedule and make sure to enter the giveaway below….

 

LOVE AND LISTS
(A CHOCOLATE LOVERS SPIN-OFF)

AUTHOR: TARA SIVEC

GENRE: NEW ADULT ROMANCE

EXPECTED RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 1, 2013

 

BOOK SUMMARY:

Love and Lists is the first book in the Chocolate Lovers spinoff Chocoholics: The foulmouthed offspring tell their stories.

Twenty five year old Gavin Ellis has always had the love and support of his family ever since he was a little boy and couldn’t stop talking about his penis. He’s also always had their unsolicited advice and uncanny knack of embarrassing him at all costs. Now that he’s an adult and trying to convince the love of his life to love him back, things haven’t changed very much from when he was younger.

When Gavin’s best friend Tyler suggests he make a todo list of items that will ensure he wins the girl, Gavin is one hundred percent on board: after a few six packs.

After puking in the shrubs, a bad experience with Viagra, a SexEd course gone wrong, and a slew of other mishaps courtesy of his family and friends, Gavin is pretty sure this list will be the death of him.

Sometimes, trying to make someone love you with a list isn’t always the best idea. Especially when “Show her your penis” is the first “todo” item…

 

EXCLUSIVE BOOK EXERPT:

My mom and Aunt Liz have been best friends for all my life and for a lot of years before that. They’ve been through everything together, and sometimes I think they share a brain. It’s hard to believe they aren’t sisters with the way they fight. They talk more shit to each other than a book with “your mother is so fat” jokes in it.

 

“I think I’m going to wear blue to the wedding. I saw this gorgeous dress on sale at Macy’s the other day. I think I have a coupon,” Mom tells Liz.

 

“Oh hell no! I already told you I was going to wear blue, you whore. You can’t wear the same color as me, that’s tacky,” Liz complains.

 

Oh my God, this is not happening right now.

 

“Fuck your mother. I’m wearing blue. I already found my dress,” Mom argues.

 

“I’m the mother of the bride. The mother of the fucking bride! That means it’s up to me!” Liz fires back.

 

 

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GIVEAWAY:

Up for grabs: 2 winners will receive ebook copies of Love & Lists. 2 winners will received signed paperback copies of Love & Lists.

And the grand prize winner will receive a signed paperback copy of Love & Lists along with an L&L tote bag filled with fun swag! (Open everywhere). This is separate from the 24hour promo giveaway, and will take place during the tour!

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AUTHOR BIO:

Tara Sivec is a wife, mom, chauffeur, cheerleading coach, soccer coach, babysitter, shortorder cook, genius and albino squirrel hunter. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two kids. In her spare time she likes read, write and cover things in chocolate. Most of her material comes from real life experiences with family and friends. Lucky for them, the names have been  changed to protect the innocent (aka, drunk).

Tara also writes under the pen name T.E. Sivec where she can be serious, suspenseful and not at all funny.

 

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Thank you to Madison Says and Tara Sivec for including Just My Opinion in your special RELEASE DAY event for the FIRST Chocolate Lovers spin-off; Love and Lists!

I highly recommend this series and this author; they are both sensational!

 

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