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Welcome to the First Annual K-Book Party.

This is your first stop on the Blog-hop.

The K stands for Korea! It’s what is in our Seoul. (Ok, bad pun. But if you smiled it was worth it.)

Each of our attending authors has something in common. We love something about South Korea. For some of it is the music. For some it is the often gut wrenching TV dramas. For others it is the food. Or maybe it’s everything.

We’ve asked each participant to share what drew them into writing Kpop or Kdrama inspired fiction. Please visit their individual stops for special contests.


Roxbury Authors 

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Jennie is a panelist at Kcon.   Sign up for mailing list to enter our $110 gift card raffle!
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Free books when you join  my mailing list. Learn more by vising my webpage.

Our Special Guests at the Roxbury

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Mitta’s books are free. Get them on Smashwords
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Kdrama Bloggers and authors of K-Love (A Korean Drama Series Book 1)
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Sarah is raffling copies of her book! And some aweseome Kpop Swag! Visit her on facebook.

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Note on the Ratings.

I’ve based them on movies.

Roxbury Ratings are in some instances based on reading the entire book, and in the case of the R ratings, are based on information provided by the author. Readers are encouraged to check the samples provided by Amazon/retailers before buying.

PG – Mild. Suitable for most audiences.

R- Restricted. Contains material not suitable for younger readers. This includes explicit content.


Enter Jennie and Erica’s raffle here.

Raffle is now Closed. Winners have been notified.

$110 iTunes or Amazon gift card to get your favorite Kpop tunes.

Signed paperbacks of the Kpop Romance Series by Jennie Bennett

Readers choice of two ebooks by Erica Laurie

And don’t forget to join Jennie’s mailing list.  (Joining will give you access to the raffle AND bonus entries for the grand prize of the $110 gift card!) Click here to subscribe. Then click on the raffle.

 

 

Disclaimer: This raffle is brought to you by The Roxbury Dragons.  Our Kbooks party is not a part of Kcon, or associated with it.
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Book Review: K-Love (A Korean Drama Series, Book 1)

KloveChase has been set up. She finds herself on a blind date with a Korean hottie, and all because her mom obsessively loves Korean romance dramas. It turns out that Daniel Bak is actually really dreamy, but things take a turn for the worse when Chase happens upon stolen research on her university professor’s laptop. It throws her into the arms of wealthy corporate heir Hyun Tae, who also happens to be Daniel’s best friend.

Caught between both men, and hunted down by a vengeful CEO, Chase must rely on Hyun Tae’s protection. But when the drama settles, where will her heart land?

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My Review:

I loved this book. I loved Chase’s mother, Chase, Hyun Tae,  Daniel, and Jooh Suh.  Each character fit in nicely.

There were a few things to note: the authors are human. There are a few errors (omissions and typos.)  I mention this only so that readers that have trouble turning off their internal proof-reading app, they are aware, so that hopefully the little hiccups won’t distract too much from an otherwise fun story.

The other issue would be there’s Korean phrases written out so readers could attempt to pronounce it, but no translation was given. This does not distract too much from the story though. (But moving forward I would hope a glossary is added.)

Overall, this was an excellent book. If you like Korean dramas, you’ll enjoy this. If you like adventure and romance together, you’ll like this. However unlikely a romance is between an American college student, and a Korean chaebol (rich heir to a big company), or celebrity is, this is still fun. After all, aren’t books supposed to give us a break from daily life and allow us to dream?

Chase’s mother asks Korean student, Kim Hyun Tae if he’d go on a blind date with her daugher, Chase. He says no, but his best friend Daniel says yes. And so begins the simple love triangle present in many Kdramas.

Chase meets Hyun Tae first, and this should have been a hint to me that he was the actual male lead. (I couldn’t decide at first if it was Hyun Tae or Daniel, because of which one accepted the blind date.) He’s polite, she’s a klutz.

Daniel asks her out on the blind date via a text, while she’s in heading to her first class–gym. There she meets Daniel. (Kdrama watchers, you can probably guess how that goes.) Daniel recognizes her, but doesn’t introduce himself yet. This boy has a secret to keep, and he plans to keep it.

Of course, love never runs smooth. We have spies, and a company take down in the works, all while Chase, Hyun Tae, and Daniel have to navigate love.

Grab your copy, and let me know what you think. 🙂

You can visit Devon Atwood and Alice Cornwall at their blog.

Kbook Blog Party August 18-25th

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Save the date for our first annual Korean-drama book party!

This year we are timing it to celebrate #Kcon.

So, put in your favorite Kpop tunes, and come prepared to win some fabulous prizes, and find some books.

 

Disclaimer: Roxbury Dragons is not associated with Kcon. Some of the authors and books featured write for a mature audience. Reader discretion is advised.  Prizes are offered by individual authors, and delivery of said prizes are the sole responsibility of the author.

Review: Lies Jane Austen Told Me

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Synopsis as seen on GoodReads:

Ever since Emma read Pride and Prejudice, she’s been in love with Mr. Darcy and has regarded Jane Austen as the expert on all things romantic. So naturally when Emma falls for Blake Hampton and he invites her home to meet his parents, she is positive an engagement is in her future. After all, Blake is a single man in possession of a good fortune, and thus must be in want of a wife.

But when it turns out that what Blake actually wants is more of a hook-up than a honeymoon, Emma is hurt, betrayed, and furious. She throws herself deeper into her work as CMO of Kinetics, the fastest growing gym franchise in the nation. She loves her work, and she’s good at it, which is why she bristles when her boss brings in a consultant to help her spearhead the new facilities on the East Coast. Her frustration turns to shock when that consultant turns out to be Blake’s younger brother, Lucas.

Emma is determined not to fall for Lucas, but as she gets to know him, she realizes that Lucas is nothing like his brother. He is kind and attentive and spends his time and money caring for the less fortunate.

What she can’t understand is why Lucas continues to try to push her back into Blake’s arms when he so clearly has fallen as hard for her as she has fallen for him. It isn’t until Lucas reveals to Emma that he was adopted into the Hampton family that she begins to understand his loyalty to Blake as well as his devotion to the child April-she is Lucas’s biological niece.

Emma opens up to Lucas about the feelings of abandonment she has harbored ever since she was a child and her mother left the family. As she helps Lucas deal with his past demons, she is able to exorcise some of her own.

Realizing that her love life is as complicated as anything Jane Austen could have dreamed up, Emma must find a way to let Blake know that it’s time for him to let her go and to let Lucas know it’s time for him to love her back.


My Review:

I enjoyed this book. The story was entertaining. The ending was adorable.
I did find some of Emma’s inner dialogue a bit redundant. It made it harder to see her growth, which for me was the downside of the book.
Overall an entertaining read, that I would recommend.

This book is schedule for release November 7, 2017, from Shadow Mountain Publishing.  I received an ARC in exchange for a review.

Fantasy Boxset

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Pre-order on Amazon

Mystical Lands. Epic Adventure. Enchanting Characters.

FIRE & FANTASY will have your imagination soaring as you charge headfirst into this enchanting collection of 20+ brand new and existing fantasy reads packed with daring quests, bewitching legends, and dark magic!

Embark on sweeping adventures alongside fiery dragons, mystical mermaids, enchanted faeries, warring witches, demons, elves, and sword-wielding heroes as they face forces of evil and fight for the fate of their worlds!

With over a million words of original Urban Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, and Sword and Sorcery Fantasy from more than twenty bestselling and award winning authors, prepare to lose yourself in the high-stakes fates of lovers, heroes, and villains.

UNLEASH THE MAGIC IN FIRE & FANTASY and enter the worlds of the most creative fantasy authors when you PreOrder Today!

Including exclusive material from the following authors:
Award-Winning author CK Dawn
USA Today bestselling author Alicia Rades
Michelle Lynn and Michelle Bryan
Award-Winning authors Yelena Casale & Tina Moss
Kindle Scout Winner Cassandra Sky West
Kris Austen Radcliffe
Award- Winning author Jessica Cage
Sharon Rose Mayes
Award-Winning author Wendy Knight
D.N. Leo
Kassandra Lynn
Steve Turnbull
Award-Winning author Charlene A. Wilson
Eileen Enwright Hodgetts
Award-Winning author Meg Xuemei X
Jason Paul Rice
Joss Dey
Axelle Chandler
JC Kang
Samuel Stokes
Frost Kay
USA Today bestselling authors JA Culican & Felicia Starr


My Notes:

I’m only familiar with JC Kang’s works, so I made sure to grab a copy of this boxset for myself.  (For 99 cents you can’t beat the price, and I’ll be able to check out some other talent.)  His fantasy worlds are richly developed, and totally worth checking out.

You can visit his Amazon author page here.

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#Kcon Event

Are you excited for the Kcon Kpop and Hallyu extravaganza? (Click here for the schedule.) From what I’m hearing, it’s going to be spectacular. There’s discussion panels, games, concerts, and more!

Author Jennie Bennett is going to be at the fan-fiction panel, so we are going to celebrate all things #Hallyu with some some delightful reads.

And because this is a book website, I’m going to feature books!

Jennie is the author of four Kpop Romances.

 

She’s also one of the bloggers behind Dramas with a Side of Kimchi. (It’s up for an Assa!아싸! Award. You can learn more here: https://www.facebook.com/assaawards/)

I also have a selection of fairy tale fantasies.

 

 

And Mitta has a selection of sweet contemporary romances, that are free.

 

You may also be interested in our other Asian romances by Liwen Ho, and  Ines Bautista-Yao.

 

And don’t forget to enter our giveaway!

New Release: On Waves of Wanderlust

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After Macy Grant breaks up with a man who won’t commit, she escapes heartbreak with a weekend on the seas. The last person she expects to meet and fall for is entrepreneur Jake Olsen. A believer in love at first sight, he seems perfect for her in every way … then her ex-boyfriend shows up on the cruise ship with a ring.

This 10,000-word short story is perfect for your lunch break, workout, or while you wait in line at the mall. Read it today to get into the spirit of summer any time of the year!

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Review

Liwen Ho is a master at short story romance. I love how she sets the stage for falling in love.

On Waves of Wanderlust is the fourth in the Seasons of Love series. You don’t have to read these in order to enjoy them either. They stand alone.

One of the things I really liked about this one was Jake. While he’s initially attracted to Macy, it’s not love at first sight. Although Jake decides very quickly that Macy is  the one, it merely begins a chain reaction of what he is willing to do to win, and keep her love forever.

Being a short story, the one flaw might be in the appearance of Macy’s estranged/ex-boyfriend. However, this is a short story that leaves you believing in the Happy Ever After. Don’t let that distract you from that.

Over all, this was a wonderfully story. And it does illustrate a rather romantic truth. It is possible to have a HEA with a second date proposal. It boils down to, are you willing to put in the work and effort required to make a lasting relationship? In the case of Jake and Macy, I think the answer is yes.

You can check out more Liwen Ho’s works here.

 

Book Review: The Secret of the India Orchid

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Expected Release date: August 1, 2017 by Shadow Mountain

Anthony Blake is in love with his best friend’s sister, Sophia Elliot. But his plans to court her are put on hold when he is forced to resume his role as an undercover spy for the Crown. A secret document listing the names of the entire network of British spies-including his own-has been stolen. To protect Sophia, Anthony cuts off all ties to her and exchanges his life as an honorable earl for the façade of a flirtatious playboy.

Heartbroken and confused, Sophia travels to India, hoping to find healing in one of the most exotic regions of the British Empire. But the exotic land isn’t as restful as she had hoped. Instead, she finds herself embroiled in a mystery of a missing sea captain, a possible murder, and a plot that could involve the prince of India. And when Anthony appears at the British Residency, asking questions and keeping his distance from her, she is stunned.

She still loves him, and, in her heart, she knows he loves her too. But how can she rebuild her relationship with him if he won’t confide in her? Does she dare offer her heart to him a second time, or will their love be lost under the India sun?


My Review

I enjoyed this book. Full of mystery, suspense, and gentle romance.

Sophia’s heart belongs to Anthony, yet he has to abruptly cut off ties, leaving Sophia alone to deal with the wagging tongues of the Ton.  Unable to forget him, she decides to travel to India.
Of course, Anthony is there, and Sophia finds herself in the midst of a dangerous investigation. I enjoyed putting the clues together along with her. I loved how Anthony still loved her, and I love the ending.

I received an ARC via netgalley for review

 

New Release: Celebrity Superhero

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When Anna Eom isn’t reading fantasy novels, she’s obsessing over her favorite K-pop group, SUPER. Each boy in the group has a different superpower, but Sungwook stands out from the crowd with his super-speed and super-strength, not to mention his super-hotness.

The day that SUPER’s latest music video drops, Anna’s mom does the worst thing imaginable and cuts the wi-fi to make her clean house instead. All because some old family friends are visiting them from Korea. Not only are the almost-strangers cutting her time short with her favorite K-pop group, but she knows she’s going to be thrown together with a boy she only remembers as a bully.

Caleb might be her age, but the last time she saw him ten years ago he stole her precious Disney princess necklace. What’s worse is Anna’s mom has threatened to clear her bookshelves if she doesn’t greet the old friends at the door with a fragile vase as a gift.

Anna complies, planning on getting back to her books as soon as she can, but when her parents open the door it’s not Caleb standing on the other side, but Sungwook from SUPER. Judging by the way he caught the vase she dropped with lighting speed, his super-powers might not be fiction.

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I had the pleasure of reading this before it was out. I’ve been wanting to share it for awhile now, but set the goal of announcing on it’s release day. This book was delightful. I read it the first time in one day. This book is a delightful romantic comedy, complete with hilarious mix-ups, and adventure.

Even if you don’t particularly like Kpop, you’ll connecting with Anna. What teenager hasn’t daydreamed of dating/marrying their favorite celebrity?

Imagine you discover the kid you don’t remember fondly, that your parents want you to marry, is that celebrity?

Imagine he seems to do some extraordinarily feats, just like in his videos?

And he’s keeping something a secret from you, and even admits as much?

What conclusions will bookish Anna come to?

Read this book for an enjoyable story.