Monday's Muse

Monday, October 4

Sorry, but the image containing the Monday's Muse has been removed from this blog so as not to violate any copyright issues.  Thanks for your understanding!

Last week I read two great books, one of which was Backstage Pass by Olivia Cunning who was also a guest here last week.  Olivia's hero, Brian is in the band "Sinners" and is a lead guitarist who is inspired by his heroine in more ways than one.  Every time I pictured him in my mind, this is what I saw :)  So I thought it only fitting that he be our Muse this week.  However, our Muse is not a musician, but is in fact a professional tennis player.  His name, for those of you with inquiring (and Google minded) minds is Feliciano Lopez aka my version of Brian from Backstage Pass :)  He could write musical notes on my skin ANYDAY!

The other book I read last week, was Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis. I am a BIG fan of Jill's romances, but this series, the Lucky Harbor series, promises to be my favorite that she has ever written.  I had high hopes for this book after reading Slow Heat earlier this year (which I thought was just about perfect), but Maddie and Jax's story....WAS perfect.  When I post my review you'll find out why I loved it so much, and it is one of the very few books that I've given 5 stars to this year.  I can't say enough good things about it, that's how much I loved it.  It will definitely make my "tops" list at the end of the year.  I wish I had time to sit down and re-read it again.

In other Musings news:
  • Tuesday Mary Wine and her hero Connor Lindsey from Highland Hellcat will be my guests
  • Wednesday  Jennifer Haymore will be my guest to celebrate her newest historical romance, A Season of Seduction
  • On Thursday I will have the winners from the Courtney Milan, Christina Phillips & Olivia Cunning giveaways
  • If you are a relatively new Musings follower you may not know, but each October I add a special graphic to every post in honor of this month being Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  At the bottom of each post you will see "Share the Love...Click Here to Save a Life"  This will take you to a site where all you have to do to donate a mammogram to a woman in need is to click a button.  That's it! The Breast Cancer site has sponsors who donate funds based on the number of clicks they get.  It doesn't cost you a penny and it should only take you all of 10 seconds each day, but it could mean a lifetime of difference for someone.  So I urge you to click each time you read a post and hopefully we'll help save a life.
  • I updated the Newest Temptations that are being released this month, and can I just say WOW!  I knew there were a lot of great books coming out this fall, but I couldn't believe it when  at the end I realized that I had added over 125 to the list (that's basically just for October!).
  • Which leads me to this...I'm still looking for Seductive Reviewers so email me if you're interested. Don't be shy :)
  • I also updated the Tempting Trailer and this week it features a book that I seriously cannot wait to get my hands on!  It's Inside Out by Lauren Dane.
Lastly, while this isn't exactly Musings news it's something that I'm especially looking forward to so had to share with you all, author Lila DiPasqua is having a HUGE October blog party that begins today to countdown the release of the second book in her Fiery Tales series, The Princess In His Bed.  She's having a different guest author each day with daily giveaways. To see a complete list of all of the authors that she is having, you can click on the Contests tab at Seductive Musings, or you can just go to visit Lila's blog and join in the fun :)

Have a wonderful Monday!

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Danielle @ Romance Book Junkies October 4, 2010 at 9:00 AM  

He looks like a bad boy and I'm always a sucker for a man in leather.

Ivy October 4, 2010 at 10:28 AM  

Heart be still...when did tennis players start looking like that?
I didn't read Slow Heat, now I'm going to have to. I love Jill Shalvis but from your comments I've got a sneaking hunch these would belong on my "never get shed of" shelf.

Pam S (pams00),  October 4, 2010 at 7:37 PM  

What a great muse photo! Backstage sounded great - definitely will have to check it out.

I am so looking forward to Jill's newest series. I've really enjoyed the books I've read so far by her and the guest post you shared last week was great.

Booklover1335 October 4, 2010 at 8:09 PM  

Yes, there is something about a man in leather isn't there Danielle! Leather pants, leather kilt (yes I've seen one and it was HOT!), leather jacket...doesn't matter to me (although the kilt would be good)

Ivy, I know right! He played in the US Open, but by the time I found out about him he was no longer in it to win it :) And you have to read Slow Heat. It was at the tops of my favs for this year until I read Simply Irresistible. Not that it still isn't a fav, but I loved SI even more.

Pam S- Backstage was definitely an erotic romance and explored a lot of different things so be prepared :) What I loved about the book though was the characters. They were so different and you could see how she was setting up the series so that they will all be unique within the context of the band. It made me eager to read more of them. And Jill's new series, LOVE IT!

Fiction Vixen October 4, 2010 at 11:29 PM  

Oh my yes, he definitely works as Brian Sinclair. Nom!!

Olivia Cunning October 5, 2010 at 1:43 PM  

Hot damn, that's some muse! I definitely approve of your version of Brian Sinclair!

Booklover1335 October 5, 2010 at 2:48 PM  

LOL Olivia! I'm glad you approve :) I actually really loved all of the visual representations you had on the Sinner's site. I went back and looked at all of them again after reading the book to see if they looked anything like they did in my mind when reading Backstage Pass.

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