Top Ten Tuesday with Elena: Book Characters that Would Be Sitting at My Lunch Table…


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s theme: Top Ten Book Characters That Would Be Sitting At My Lunch Table 

This is a back to school theme, but since some of my characters are a bit too old to be attending school, my list includes those characters that I would like not only to have at my lunch table but also have lunch with, in general…

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Elena’s Picks: First Encounters…(part 1)

first encounters

First encounters, first impressions… Once I finish a book, I often find myself thinking about how far the two main characters have gone, since their first meeting. It’s very interesting to see how their story developed, since the first moment they laid eyes on each other. As good ol’ Jane Austen teaches us, first impressions are often wrong…and indeed in some novels the two characters get on the wrong foot at the beginning. Some first encounters are awkward, one of the characters embarrasses himself/herself , sometimes they start off by completely despising one another. In other first encounters sparks fly from the very start, desire and passion immediately overtake the soon to be couple…Here are some first encounters  I love, considering how the story between the characters developed throughout the novels and sequels…

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Illustrated Temptations #11


Hello beautiful people! I hope you are having a great day. Here’s my crafty work from last week. Spoiler alert so view at your own risk. 😉

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Lights! Cameras! Action! These Books Need to be Movies! (Part 1)

You all know by now that Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James and Sempre by JM Darhower are going to be made into movies. I’m very curious and excited to see the adaptations and most of all, I hope they’ll stay true to the books. Yes, because that’s what concerns us readers the most, isn’t it? That some of our favorite scenes will be kept, and that the actors will be able to masterfully portray those characters we fell in love with.

There are a lot of books I’d LOVE to see on the big screen–books that made me dream, cry, laugh and root for the characters from beginning to end.

Here are some of the books that I’m dying to see them turned into movies:

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Elena’s Picks: O…Those Love Scenes…(part 1)

Last week I shared some of my favorite kissing scenes in books and this time I wanted to share with you some of my favorite love scenes—scenes that make your blood pump fast in your veins…

To me a love scene doesn’t have to be detailed to be hot and sensual. I mostly focus on when it occurs in the story, what is the relationship between the two characters when they make love and of course, like in kissing scenes, I need to feel the chemistry between the characters in order for me to consider a love scene a well written one.

Here are some of my favorite love scenes in books. I warn you, have a fan handy because you’ll need it 😉

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Fifty Shades on Audio…

Entertainment weekly has an online article that includes an audio clip. The full version will be released tomorrow, along with the new print copy.

This is a reprint of that article by Stephan Lee.

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ goes audio — EXCLUSIVE CLIP

The erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James became a mass sensation on e-readers partly because fans could enjoy the naughty lit in public without anyone knowing what they were reading. Now, with the audio version, there’s an even more discreet way to enjoy the salacious “mommy porn” novel. Read by Becca Battoe, the audio version of the trilogy will be available tomorrow in time for the paperback release of the books. Listen to an exclusive nine-minute clip. You can listen to the clip at this link

Have a listen and leave me your thoughts in the comment section.

Tamie Xo