The Window Seat on a Rainy Day

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Marking the end.....

As with all things, I am sad to say that the Window Seat has been moving towards its end over the past few months.  Life has gotten busier, the books have become less of a draw, and I just don't have the time that I used to to keep the blog up and running.  This was a good time to end the blog since many of my favorites had either published in the last month or the one before and so I have read all that I was going to read! I wanted to stop before the crazy time of the holidays got too out of hand and I wasn't able to really give the Window Seat the farewell that I wanted to give it.  For me, the Window Seat was very important to me in helping me to keep busy and active and as an escape as I worked through my divorce.  I can never even express how awesome it was to work on the blog for the last four years, nor can I tell you how much fun I have had.  I enjoyed working with authors, readers, and publishers.  For now, the blog will still be here and the address will probably always be mine - to have it is worth the $10 a year! :)  So I may come back to this again someday...  but until then, thank you all so much and VERY happy reading to you! :)

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Upcoming January Releases

Upcoming January Releases
(For links to past monthly releases, see the Archives

Title:  The Rogue Not Taken
Author:  Sarah MacLean
Series:  Scandal & Scoundrel
Publisher:  Avon
Release Date:  December 29


The youngest of the infamous Talbot sisters scandalized society at the Liverpool Summer Soiree, striking her sister’s notoriously philandering husband and landing him backside-first in a goldfish pond. And we thought Sophie was the quiet one…

When she finds herself the target of very public aristocratic scorn, Sophie Talbot does what she must to escape the city and its judgment—she flees on the back of a carriage, vowing never to return to London…or to society. But the carriage isn’t saving her from ruin. It’s filled with it.


The Marquess of Eversley was espied descending a rose trellis—escaping an irate Earl and his once-future countess. No lady is safe from Eversley’s Engagement Ending Escapades!

Kingscote, the Marquess of Eversley, has never met a woman he couldn’t charm, a quality that results in a reputation far worse than the truth, a furious summons home, and a long, boring trip to the Scottish border. When King discovers stowaway Sophie, however, the trip becomes anything but boring.


He thinks she’s trying to trick him into marriage. She wouldn’t have him if he were the last man on earth. But carriages bring close quarters, dark secrets, and unbearable temptation, and suddenly opposites are altogether too attractive…

Friday, November 27, 2015

Kresley Cole - Sweet Ruin

When I first saw the cover of this book, I was SURE that the heroine was going to be Furie - and I was incredibly excited.  Instead, the blurb introduced two brand new characters.  Seriously Cole?  What gives?  The idea is that new characters gives her a chance to expand the world of the Immortals After Dark and give us more stories in the long run... Hmmmm, more characters were necessary for that?  She didn't have enough hanging in the wings?  My attitude was, well, if this was necessary, I can deal, but it better be really good.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from The Window Seat on a Rainy Day!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

J.R. Ward - Blood Kiss

I admit...I have not been happy with the direction that the Black Dagger Brotherhood series has been taking.  From the random characters (still don't know what the purpose of Sola and Assail is....) to the depressing The Shadows, I've missed the tone and enjoyment of the Brothers as they once were.  So for me, this book was a real test.  Was it Ward's writing that I no longer appreciated or was it just the plots.  I think that after reading Blood Kiss, I have my answer.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thea Harrison - Shadow's End

Paranormal Romance can be wonderful for a reader who appreciates extended storytelling and intense world building. The down side to an open ended series is that some of those small details can be lost if a reader isn’t paying close attention or doesn’t refresh their knowledge before diving into the newest story. I’ve been a fan of the Elder Races books from the beginning and thought I had a pretty good knowledge base of the characters, the events and set-ups before going into Shadow’s End. After just a few chapters I found that my recall of some of the older stories wasn’t as good as I remembered. So while I greatly enjoyed this book I was struggling with the larger storyline.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Upcoming December Releases

Upcoming December Releases
(For links to past monthly releases, see the Archives

Title:  Stars in Your Eyes
Author:  Lynn Kurland
Series: de Piaget
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: November 24

Imogen Maxwell is on a hunt for rare, antique items to use on a period movie set. The last thing she expects to discover in the peaceful Scottish countryside is a pristine medieval sword . . . or to suddenly find herself facing its very vintage owner in a far too authentic castle.

Phillip de Piaget has run out of patience with his recalcitrant Scottish betrothed and is determined that she will join him, once and for all, in front of the altar. Only the lass he captures fleeing his would-be keep seems more interested in running away from him than talking to him. In fact, she seems to have no idea who he is.

But taming his reluctant bride is the least of his worries; it seems someone else wants him at the chapel . . . in a stone box. As for Imogen, how can he let her go, when she holds the key to not only the castle, but his heart?

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Window Shopping - Secret Sisters

Madeline and Daphne called themselves secret sisters. They shared a bond even deeper than best friends until the events of one horrible night tore them apart. It’s been 18 years since they’ve seen each other and the secret they expected to take to the grave actually might send them there.

The night a man attempted to brutally attack 12 year-old Madeline at her grandmother’s hotel changed her life forever. Now, when Madeline’s grandmother dies mysteriously, she returns to the abandoned hotel and the island she never wanted to see again. It’s there that a dying man’s confession gives her warning: someone else knows what happened that night and the secret is no longer safe.

When Madeline and Daphne reunite their once inseparable bond returns like it was never lost, but there’s a dark cloud of fear looming over them. Knowing they can’t trust the local police, Madeline enlists the aid of Jack Raynor, her hotel chain’s security expert. And despite the tension between them, he’s the only one she trusts – and wants.

While Jack might not be a relationship expert, his time as a profiler with the FBI gave him a profound understanding of how disturbed minds work. And he knows they are facing a killer who will stop at nothing to hide the truth.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

G.A. Aiken - Feel the Burn

Since the first time I read a back cover blurb for a Dragon Kin book, I have been hooked.  So for me, this is a hard review to write....

Gaius is the Rebel King of the Iron dragons.  He and his twin sister co-rule the kingdom and there is a shaky alliance in place between the Irons and the two Mad Queens - Rhiannon and Annwyl.  When Gaius is captured by the evil cult that is plotting against the Mad Queens, Gaius assumes he will likely die.  But instead, he is saved at the last second by a Rider - one who is loosely allied with Annwyl.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Lynn Kurland - Stars in Your Eyes

Ever since I read my first Kurland, well over 20 years ago, I have been waiting to read THIS story.  That first Kurland was This Is All I Ask, and I can't help but compare the two stories.

Phillip de Piaget is the heir to one of the wealthiest and most powerful keeps in all of England.  As the son of the infamous sword master, Robin de Piaget, he knows that he is a pretty good catch on the medieval marriage mart.  So why is it that his fiancee seems to want nothing to do with him, his inheritance, or all the wealth and privilege that would come her way as his wife?

Monday, November 16, 2015

Thea Harrison - Pia Does Hollywood

I am a huge Elder Races fan... but I need to be honest... I am not a big Dragos and Pia fan.  I never really have been.  So for me, these novellas are either love them or hate them - depending on how much I am led to believe that Dragos and Pia are the be-all, end-all in the novella...

As the rest of the story arc continues in the main series, the Cuelebre family arc is slightly different.  It focuses more on what is happening in the Wyr demesne and it focuses on the politics. In the last installment, Dragos Goes to Washington, we saw that things are not all easy and peaceful in the world between the humans and the Elder Races.  There are politics afoot and the Elder Races need to walk a very thin line to maintain the peace.  Pia, in line with this, has decided to visit the Light Fae demesne and to continue to try to raise the good will between the Elder Races and the humans.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Defenseless Cover reveal

By Corinne Michaels

Defenseless by Corinne Michaels from Becca the Bibliophile on Vimeo.
Now Available for Pre-order!

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About the Author
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Corinne Michaels is the USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of The Salvation Series (Beloved, Beholden, Consolation and Conviction). She’s an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. Corinne is happily married to the man of her dreams and is a former Navy wife. After spending months away from her husband while he was deployed, reading and writing was her escape from the loneliness.
Both her maternal and paternal grandmothers were librarians, which only intensified her love of reading. After years of writing short stories, she couldn’t ignore the call to finish her debut novel, Beloved. Her alpha Navy SEALs are broken, beautiful, and will steal your heart.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Tina Folsom - Luther's Return

The thing I like about Folsom's work is that she isn't guided by a publisher's limitations to what she wants to do with the series.  This allows her to take a series that was starting to run out of people to write about and jump twenty years into the future to the next generation.

Luther was the bad guy in the early books of the series. He was once great friends with Samson and Amaury.  That was until they let his mate die in childbirth without turning her to a vampire to save her.  Unbeknownst to Luther, his mate refused the offer and that was what motivated his friends.  But in trying to protect Luther from this truth, Samson and Amaury turned Luther into an enemy.  After trying to kill Samson and Amaury's mates in retaliation, Luther was sent to prison for twenty years in order to pay for his sins.  Now, he is back and not quite sure if he wants peace with his frenemies or not.  But he has returned to San Francisco at a bad time for a former enemy because Samson's daughter Isabelle has been kidnapped and the newly released Luther is the prime suspect.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Release Day Tour - Untamed S.C. Stephens

UNTAMED by S.C. Stephens (November 3, 2015; Forever Trade Paperback; Thoughtful #5)
The spotlight doesn’t only shine. Sometimes, it burns.
Being the bad-boy bassist for the world’s hottest band has earned Griffin Hancock some perks: a big house, a fast car, and most importantly his incredible wife Anna. The one thing it hasn’t brought him is the spotlight. Anna tells him to be patient, that his talent will win out. But Griffin is through waiting for permission to shine.

Without warning, Griffin makes a shocking decision and takes the gamble of a lifetime. Suddenly he’s caught up in a new level of lights, cameras, and chaos—one that pushes his relationship with Anna to its limits. Anna has always found his unpredictable behavior sexy, but lately he’s seen an ache in her eyes, and it has his soul in knots. Just as the recognition Griffin seeks is finally within reach, the thing he loves most in life could be slipping through his fingers…


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Sherrilyn Kenyon - Born of Betrayal

From the moment that I read the preview chapters of this book at the back of Son of No One, I have been dying to read this book.  With Born of Defiance fitting in before this one, that wait has been difficult to endure! :)

As a young man, Fain Hauk looked to have a perfect life.  He was a member of an important family in a culture where your caste and family name were the most important defining factors of your life.  As a teen, he was pledged to marry the love of his life and it seemed that his life was going to be an easy switch from one point to another as he fulfilled a destiny that was secured the moment he was born.  But then, enemies and bitter rivals turn Fain's life around and force him to run from everyone who means anything to him.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Window Shopping - Mind Magic

FBI agent Lily Yu’s mind is a dangerous place to be in the latest Novel of the Lupi…

Thanks to the mindspeech lessons she’s receiving from the black dragon, Lily is temporarily benched from Unit Twelve—until her brain acclimates and the risk of total burnout passes. At least she has her new husband, lupi Rule Turner, to keep her occupied.

But when her mentor calls in a favor and sends Lily to a murder scene, she’s suddenly back on active status—despite the hallucinations she can’t keep at bay. With one touch, Lily knows the man was killed by magic, but her senses don’t warn her how far the conspiracy goes…

A shadowy force within the government wants to take Unit Twelve down, and they don’t mind killing to achieve their goal. With none of her usual resources, Lily is up against impossible odds–because with her mind in disarray, she can’t trust anything she sees.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Tina Folsom - Thomas's Choice (Audio)

Audio Corner - The last Friday of each month, a new audio book will be reviewed.

This month: Thomas's Choice by Tina Folsom

Wow, when Folsom gets back in the groove, she sure does it with a bang! :)

Thomas is the gay vampire in the Scanguards crew. A biker and tech genius, everyone seems to know how Thomas feels about his protege Eddie - except Eddie. And since everyone - including Eddie - thinks that he is straight, Thomas figures that any possible future between the two of them is impossible.  But when out on patrol, an unusual situation puts the two closer than they have ever been and Eddie starts to question things that have always been a little "off" in his life.  Though the two are very uncomfortable together for a time, it soon seems to fit like a glove.  Until Thomas's maker comes back into the picture and changes things for the both of them - and for the whole Scanguards crew.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Walk Through Fire Launch Tour

WALK THROUGH FIRE by Kristen Ashley (October 27, 2015; Forever Mass Market; Chaos Series #4)
The flame never dies . . .

Millie Cross knows what it's like to burn for someone. She was young and wild and he was fierce and even wilder-a Chaos biker who made her heart pound. They fell in love at first sight and life was good, until she learned she couldn't be the woman he needed and made it so he had no choice but to walk away. Twenty years later, Millie's chance run-in with her old flame sparks a desire she just can't ignore. And this time, she won't let him ride off . . .

Bad boy Logan "High" Judd has seen his share of troubles with the law. Yet it was a beautiful woman who broke him. After ending a loveless marriage, High is shocked when his true love walks back into his life. Millie is still gorgeous, but she's just a ghost of her former self. High's intrigued at the change, but her betrayal cut him deep-and he doesn't want to get burned again. As High sinks into meting out vengeance for Millie's betrayal, he'll break all over again when he realizes just how Millie walked through fire for her man . . .


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Something Like Love Blitz

SOMETHING LIKE LOVE by Sara Richardson (October 27, 2015; Forever Mass Market; Heart of the Rockies #2)

Ben Noble needs to do some damage control. Fast. His heart has always been in ranching, but there's no escaping the spotlight on his high-powered political family. Now the only thing that can restore his reputation is a getaway to the fresh air of Aspen, Colorado. Not to mention that the trip gives Ben a second chance to impress a certain gorgeous mountain guide. But Paige Harper is nothing like the shy girl he remembers . . . she's so much more.

Paige is serious about Ben, too: seriously annoyed that the playboy cowboy is using her mountain for his PR. Once upon a time, she fell for Ben's aw-shucks charm, but the fairy tale didn't end happily. Paige doesn't intend to let down her guard again. But keeping their relationship all business and no pleasure may be harder than she thinks-especially if the moonlight, the Rockies, and a certain irresistible rancher have anything to say about it . . .


Monday, October 26, 2015

The Fall Up Blog Tour

Maybe there’s only one direction to go when two people fall
in love at rock bottom—up.

Amazon US:
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I wanted to jump.
He made me fall.

As a celebrity, I lived in the public eye, but somewhere along the way, I’d lost myself in the spotlight. 

Until he found me.

Sam Rivers was a gorgeous, tattooed stranger who saved my life with nothing more than a simple conversation.

But we were both standing on that bridge for a reason the night we met. The secrets of our pasts brought us together—and then tore us apart.

Could we find a reason to hold on as life constantly pulled us down?

Or maybe there’s only one direction to go when two people fall in love at rock bottom—up.


Friday, October 23, 2015

G.A. Aiken - Dragon on Top

Some of the best Dragon Kin stories are the novellas.  They manage to blend just the right amount of action, comedy, and romance to make these dragons irresistible!

This story focuses on the patriarch of the family (Bercelak)'s older sister Glheanna the Decimator.  Glheanna is the daughter of Ailean the Wicked (or the Whore to some) and Shalin the Innocent.  She is one of the older siblings, but with so many brothers and sisters, she still seems to stand out for her behavior.  A soldier through and through, she is embarrassed by the fact that she is attracted to Bram the Merciful - the scholar of the Dragon Kin world.  He is intelligent and kind and just so darn sexy!  But she couldn't ever admit her attraction... could she?  When Glheanna is dumped - in front of her troops - and then sent on a mission with Bram, it seems that fate is conspiring against her... or making her most unlikely dreams possible.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Tina Folsom - Cain's Identity

As I started this book, I really wasn't too engaged.  Cain seemed to be a strange addition to the Scanguards family and his story starts out right from left field after Thomas and Eddie's tale.  So I was hesitant from the get go.

Cain is the vampire that joined Scanguards rather abruptly in the midst of Zane's book.  He came to the crew as a man who had complete amnesia and no idea who he was or where he came from.  So when a vampire appears on his doorstep and tells him that he is really a king, it is a bit unbelievable.  And, that his brother Abel (Cain and Abel?  Samson and Delilah?  These are a bit much...) is about to take his place if he doesn't return, I almost didn't  read any more of this one.  But return Cain does and he meets his fiance, Faye, who is about to become his brother's wife.  Soon, the intrigues of the palace and the court start to overwhelm Cain who still can't remember anything from his former life.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Minotaur Virtual Book Tour

Hi! I’m J.A. Rock, and I’m touring the internet with my new release, MINOTAUR, a queer fantasy/horror reimagining of the legend of Theseus and the Minotaur. And there’s a giveaway involved! I’m giving one reader a chance to win Lost in a Jigsaw, the puzzle that nearly destroyed my sanity a few years ago (but provided hours of fun, I swear), as well as a $15 Riptide voucher.

Thanks so much to the host blogs for having me, and to everyone following the tour.


Thanks for being part of the tour! To celebrate this release, I’m giving one commenter Lost in a Jigsaw, the award winning maze puzzle—all the pieces fit together, so the only way to know if you've put it together correctly is to solve the maze. If this sounds too much like torture, rest assured that you also get a $15 Riptide voucher. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post with a way to contact you. On October 26th, I’ll draw a winner from all eligible comments. Contest is not limited to US entries. If you’d like, follow the whole tour—the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win!


Know this: I am not a warrior. I am a disease.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Upcoming November Releases

Upcoming November Releases
(For links to past monthly releases, see the Archives

Title: Born of Betrayal
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: The League
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: November 3

Years ago, family loyalty caused Fain Hauk to give up everything he loved: His military career. His planet. His fiancée. Even his name.

Now decades later, everything has changed. He’s built a new life out of the ashes of his old, and he’s vowed to never let anything threaten his loved ones again.

But when old enemies align themselves with new ones, he’s caught in the middle of a brutal war. And when fate throws his former fiancée back into his world and she has her own agenda that includes taking his head for what he did to her years ago, more than just his life is at stake. The fate of the Ichidian universe and that of his brothers-in-arms hangs in the balance. Winner take all.

It’s killed or be killed, and never has the battle been more fierce…

Or more fun.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Fall Up Excerpt Reveal

Chapter One
It was raining. Isn’t that the way all great love stories start? And also usually end? The midnight air was cool against my skin as I stared off that bridge. My blond wig was secured in place by a headband, and chunky sunglasses covered my whiskey-colored eyes. I didn’t look like myself any more than I felt it. Bruises from the night before painted my legs while fresh scabs covered my knees, but it was the hollowness in my chest that hurt the most.
Yep. Still me.
Which was exactly why I was standing on that bridge, wishing for the mental fortitude to hurl myself off.
A man’s voice interrupted my thoughts. “You finally gonna do it tonight?”
I instinctually smoothed my fake hair down and pressed the bridge of my glasses closer to my face, sealing out any possible glance he could catch. I stared ahead as I snapped