Sherlock News!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

So apparently this just happened according to Entertainment Weekly. Whatever this means for the one off special, I don't know. Could the special be a special Victorian themed episode? Again, I don't know, but whatever it is I will love it and hope you do too!

Photo from Entertainment Weekly, Jan. 22, 2015

Back to Business @ Black 'n Gold Girl's Book Spot!

Friday, January 16, 2015

It's hard to believe that the first month of 2015 is already more than halfway over. My dad definitely knows what he's talking about when he says the older you get, the quicker the time goes by. I hope everyone is getting off to a great new start this year. Are you still holding on to your resolutions? I admit, I didn't make one. Heck, I didn't even stay up to ring in the New Year. Wow. I'm more like the old man than I realized.... I did get a new tablet, so blogging will be a lot easier. As awesome as the Amazon Kindle Fires are, they aren't the best for typing up blog posts! Hopefully, my iPad leads to more fun posts and giveaways for you fantabulous readers. ;-) Here's one of my recent "bookish" Instagram photos that I took with my tablet.

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Anyway, there are some new things coming up within the next few days that I think will be of interest to my fellow bookworms. First off, there's going to be a blog tour starting in February for fans of Gothic romances that you will not want to miss. I've read the book that's featured and it is absolutely superb. I have it on good authority that there is going to be a giveaway with a bunch of sweet prizes to celebrate the book's debut too. 

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!




Cover Reveal + Giveaway: The Bartered Bride by Lena Goldfinch

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

At the end of the year it's always fun to look back on what you've accomplished as well as look ahead to fun new things to come! The new things I always look forward to in each new year are books! I'm so happy to be a part of the cover reveal for Lena Goldfinch's next novel, The Bartered Bride, which will surely be a must-read next year. While you're waiting for The Bartered Bride, you can read her new holiday themed short story, Sleigh Bells and Mistletoe.

Check out the beautiful cover below and don't forget to enter to win a lovely pair of earrings (I wish I had pierced ears!) and a copy of book one, The Unexpected Bride or one of three copies of Sleigh Bells and Mistletoe (e-book).

What books are you adding to your wishlists next year? I know my list is already a mile long. :-)

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The Story:
What's a wife to do when her Christmas plans fall apart?

 Join Becky and Isaac from The Unexpected Bride in a romantic short story complete with sleigh bells, mistletoe, and sweet holiday surprises.

It's Christmas Eve, and smoke isn't just rising from the chimney—it's pouring from the stove due to yet another batch of burnt biscuits. Becky wants everything to be perfect for her family, but a ruined meal spells disaster for all her high hopes. Will the night end in despair...or with a happy Christmas dream?

Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz ~ TLC Book Tour (My Review)

Monday, December 22, 2014


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The Story:
The game is once again afoot in this thrilling mystery from the bestselling author of The House of Silk, sanctioned by the Conan Doyle estate, which explores what really happened when Sherlock Holmes and his arch nemesis Professor Moriarty tumbled to their doom at the Reichenbach Falls.

Internationally bestselling author Anthony Horowitz’s nail-biting new novel plunges us back into the dark and complex world of detective Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty—dubbed the Napoleon of crime” by Holmes—in the aftermath of their fateful struggle at the Reichenbach Falls.

Days after the encounter at the Swiss waterfall, Pinkerton detective agent Frederick Chase arrives in Europe from New York. Moriarty’s death has left an immediate, poisonous vacuum in the criminal underworld, and there is no shortage of candidates to take his place—including one particularly fiendish criminal mastermind.

Hope Rising by Stacy Henrie ~ My Review + Giveaway!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Hope Rising(Of Love and War, Book 2)
by Stacy Henrie
Copyright 2014
Forever Romance
ISBN: 9781455598816
The Story: 
In France at the height of World War I, American nurse Evelyn Gray is no stranger to suffering. She's helped save the life of many a soldier, but when she learns her betrothed has been killed, her own heart may be broken beyond repair. Summoning all her strength, Evelyn is determined to carry on-not just for herself and her country, but for her unborn child.

Corporal Joel Campbell dreams of the day the war is over and he can return home and start a family. When a brutal battle injury puts that hope in jeopardy, Joel is lost to despair . . . until he meets Evelyn. Beautiful, compassionate, and in need of help, she makes an unconventional proposal that could save their lives-or ruin them irrevocably. Now, amidst the terror and turmoil of the Western Front, these two lost souls will have to put their faith in love to find the miracle they've been looking for.

To learn more about Stacy and her books visit:
@StacyHenrie 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stacy-Henrie-Author
http://www.stacyhenrie.com/


My Thoughts:
The Of Love and War series flew in under the radar so to speak. I haven't read much in the way of promotion from the publisher or about the author until recently, but these short little romances have trotted their way to the top of my book list for 2014 beating out some big names! With the first book, we met the Campbell sister, Livy, on the homefront during The Great War. Hope Rising follows Joel through battlefield and field hospital where he meets his best friend's girl, nurse Evelyn Gray. Each of their stories is poignant and heartbreaking as war time sagas usually are. However, where book one focused on life in the States for those fighting at home, book two offers a glimpse at the battles faced on and off the fields of combat.

The Paradise, Season Two (2014) on DVD and Blu-Ray

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Blu-Ray/DVD Overview:
Set amidst the Victorian splendor of Britain’s first department store, The Paradise is the enchanting rags-to-riches story of a young girl who falls in love with the intoxicating charms of the modern world. The second season begins a year after the dramatic events that saw Moray (Emun Elliot, Prometheus) declare his love for Denise (Joanna Vanderham, Dancing on the Edge) and lose The Paradise after breaking off his engagement to Katherine Glendenning (Elaine Cassidy, The Others). But the spurned Katherine has since married Tom Weston (Ben Daniels, Law & Order: UK) – a mysterious, brooding ex-military man with a troubled history. Although she seems to be starting her life anew, her passion for Moray threatens to draw her back into a love triangle, competing with Denise. Meanwhile, Moray and Denise, still at the forefront of fashion and innovation, are plotting to regain The Paradise from Katherine and her husband – whatever it takes.

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Photo Credit: Jules Heath, © BBC

My Thoughts:
As you may know, The Paradise was one of my favorite new costume dramas from BBC/Masterpiece Theatre in 2013 (Read my review of The Paradise, Season One). With that cliffhanger involving Moray and Denise at the first season's conclusion, I was a bit devastated. It wasn't a melancholy scene by any stretch, but this impatient girl wanted to know what happened next without waiting an entire year! Sadly season two, while being just as sumptuous and melodramatic as the the series premiere, did not keep my attention as it's predecessor. A few of the familiar faces from last season including Pauline (Ruby Bentall) and Lord Glendenning (Patrick Malahide) were very noticeably absent from the screen. Seeing as Pauline was sort of the comedic relief and such a sweet, fun character and Lord Glendenning was the voice of reason, their absence took away from the story. That said, this season is still worth watching and The Paradise series as a whole is a must-watch for costume drama fanatics.

Stone Cold Touch (Dark Elements, Book 2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout ~ My Review

Monday, December 1, 2014

Stone Cold Touch
By Jennifer L. Armentrout
Copyright 2014
Harlequin Teen
ISBN: 9780373211340
The Story:
Every touch has its price 

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who's pretty sure things can't get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla's powers begin to evolve, and she's offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She's finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay….


My Thoughts:
Going into this book I'll admit to being a little underwhelmed by the first book. I did however feel that I was firmly Team Zayne. Stone Cold Touch just cemented that feeling. As with many stories that revolve around love triangles there's usually a clear "winner" who the author steers you towards. I gotta say with this series, I still don't have a clue as to which guy Layla will choose. Personally, I loved that this book focused on the Layla /Zayne bit of the triangle, but of course, we're left hanging at its conclusion.

Love Unexpected (Beacons of Hope, Book 1) by Jody Hedlund ~ My Review

Sunday, November 30, 2014

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Love Unexpected (Beacons of Hope, Book 1)
by Jody Hedlund
Copyright 2014
Bethany House Publishers
ISBN: 9780764212370
The Story:
1859
Presque Isle, Michigan 

What Is the Secret That Could Shipwreck Both of Their Lives? 

All Emma Chambers ever wanted was a home, but when her steamboat sinks just outside Presque Isle, she's left destitute and with no place to stay.

An unlikely solution arises when the lighthouse keeper arrives in town. He's just lost his wife and is having a difficult time caring for his child. So a traveling preacher gets the idea that the keeper and Emma might be the answer to each other's dilemma. After a hasty marriage, she finds herself heading to the lighthouse with this handsome but quiet stranger. Nothing in her aimless life, though, has prepared her for parenting a rambunctious toddler, as well as managing a household.

Emma soon suspects Patrick may be hiding something from her, and then she hears a disturbing rumor about the circumstances surrounding his late wife's death. It seems as if her wish for a home and family of her own could end up leading her once more into turbulent waters.

Read more about Unexpected Love on the Bethany House website.

Don't forget to visit Jody's website and say hello!


My Thoughts:
This book was just what I needed to jumpstart my book reading binge. I have a number of books I need to read and review by the end of the year, and if they are half as interesting to read as Love Unexpected, I'll fly through them all. Marriage of convenience stories will never get old. While this was a little more preachy than what I'm used to of late, the romance was fabulous. No skirting around the issue-- the sparks were there between Emma and Patrick right from the get go. Did I mention our hero is Irish? I was a goner after his first utterance of the word lass. Yes. Please. All romance heroes from here on out should be Irishmen with lighthouses. Authors, please take note and pen your stories accordingly.

Fashion: Bonobos Winter Style Challenge

Monday, November 24, 2014

With sites like Bonobos.com, men have no excuse for not looking their best. Fairly new to the game, founded in the late 2000s, Bonobos offers apparel from the likes of suits to casual shirts to shoes. The man in your life can look put together for work or for those Saturday visits with you to the bookstore.

In honor of their new Winter LookBook, Bonobos is hosting a Winter Style Challenge for fashion bloggers. They asked me to come up with my best look to complement an ensemble from their men's suit collection. I don't blog about fashion as much as I'd like to, but as a Pinterest addict who's constantly pinning something fashion related, I jumped at the chance and here's what I came up with.

Here's the men's ensemble from Bonobos:




Trading Secrets by Melody Carlson (YA/Teen Fiction)~ My Review

Saturday, November 22, 2014

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Trading Secrets
by Melody Carlson
Copyright 2014
Revell Books
ISBN: 9780800722272
The Story:
The truth may set you free--but it might also land you in some uncomfortably hot water.

Over the years, Micah Knight has exchanged many letters--and many secrets--with her longtime Amish pen pal, Zach. But Micah's kept quiet on the biggest secret of all--the fact that despite her name, she's a girl.

Now Micah finally has the chance to meet her pen pal face-to-face. She wants nothing more than to experience life on Zach's Amish farm, but she's more than a little anxious. Will he be angry at her for deceiving him all these years? And will she risk losing his friendship to find something more?

Read more about Trading Secrets on the Revell website.



My Review:
I don't normally pick up young adult books when I visit the Christian book section, but I'm considering making room on my shelves after having had such a great experience with the books I've read this year. Since Amish stories are my guilty pleasures, I thought I'd give Trading Secrets, teen fiction set in Ohio, a go. While not a must-read, it's still a cute story of faith and friendship.

Happy Holidays with Her Universe!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

TARDIS Knit Dress
Photo from Heruniverse.com
I don't know many people who aren't suckers for the Christmas season. As much as I HATE the cold, I love the thought of a white Christmas spent with family and friends. In fact, I think Christmas is the only time of year I wish for snow. Of course it never seems to happen, but I can continue to hope, right? Oh well.