Happy Halloween!

I hope you all have a great Halloween whether you're trick or treating, handing out candy or partying with the witches and the skeletons! Have a safe night and a great weekend. Don't eat too much candy! (yeah, right)

Here's the only treat I can give you from cyberspace: Eye Candy

I think the one guy is trying to scare the other guys' hand into moving. Oh how I wish it would work.

Review: The Englor Affair

TITLE: The Englor Affair (release date Nov. 11)
AUTHOR: J. L. Langley
SERIES: Yes this is book 2 in the Sci-Regency Series
Book 1: My Fair Captain

Reason for Reading:
After reading book 1 how could I not?

In hiding who he was, Payton found himself…and the man he would grow to love.

After his brother is kidnapped, Prince Payton Townsend masquerades as an Admiral’s assistant in order to track the culprits through the tangled mysteries of the planet Englor. He finds way more than he bargained for in the form of Marine Colonel Simon Hollister.

Simon is no ordinary soldier. He’s heir to Englor and his life is mapped out for him: throne, bride, and eventually an heir. He never expected a dalliance with Payton to blossom into love, or that the organization that taught him to lead would threaten that love—and their lives.

Danger and intrigue abound as they learn more about their shared enemy, and about each other. What they learn could help them rise above to an enduring love—or pull them apart.

This was a pretty darn good book. I enjoyed it very much. I love the futuristic mixed in with the historical. It definitely puts an interesting twist on the stories.

First we have Payton. I had issue with Payton’s age at first – he was only 19 – but he was very mature and after reading for a while I pretty much forgot how old he was - which was a good thing. He was born to royalty and highly educated so I think that made a huge difference. Also, the book is set in the future but life is lived in the Regency fashion – men had to be more mature – IMO. His age aside I liked Payton - a lot. He was thrust (yes, a good word for the book) into this role that he didn’t particularly want but he sucked it up and did the best he could. I highly admired that about him.

Then there's Si: Simon was also thrown into being King of Englor at the age of 27. Talk about a daunting task. But like Payton he was raised to his duties and did them to the best of his abilities. He proved that he was a man to reckon with but he had a good heart.

As much as I like this book there was something that I felt was missing in the first part of the book. Simon loved Payton and the feeling was mutual. Despite the love that was there (even though they hadn’t told each other of the love) I thought that this book lacked the awesome emotions that My Fair Captain instilled in me. I certainly felt more passion/emotion from Payton than Simon. Simon’s feelings were plainly stated in the book but yet I didn’t feel he was as invested as Payton was. Now their last 2 scenes in bed (or on the gym floor – whatever the case may be) together were awesome and wonderful and loving and wonderful. That’s what should have been there from the get go.

Oh, and apparently the ass to mouth issue I had with Trial by Fire by Jo Davis, I didn’t have with TEA. Why you ask? IDK – maybe because it’s two men and I just expect them to do things like that? Who’s to say? The atm had absolutely no effect on me whatsoever – go figure.

Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again?
No, not new to me and absolutely!

Are you keeping it or passing it on?
Keeping it!

Did you enjoy the book? Very much

Would you recommend this book to others? Yes

Score: 4.5 out of 5

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My Poor, Poor Hubby

My husband just emailed this picture to me. He said that this is the view off of his balcony (in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico). I think I might hate him. Don't worry, I'll like him again when he gets back!

What I've Been Reading This Week

Welcome to another version of This is Your Life Charlie Brown:

I've learned my lesson. No, really, I have. Never, ever post that things are quiet at your house because sure as shit life will take a turn for the worse. Since I posted how quiet it was on Wednesday, one thing after another has happened. It's actually kind of funny...in a distorted sort of way!

Anyway so I had the stomach flu for the first few days of the week. It wasn't fun but other than that life was good. Then on Friday I get a call from the school that my youngest isn't feeling well. She's never gone to the office sick (unlike my oldest who I'm pretty sure lives for harrassing the office staff at the school) with some odd symptoms so this worried me. I picked her up, took her to the doctor (and let me tell you that urgent care doctor was fine, fine, fine!!! Tall, mocha skin, nice voice - what a hottie) and sure enough she had a pretty bad bladder infection. Since this isn't her first one and she's only 6 they're gonna do some extra tests to make sure that it's not a congenital problem, etc. which of course we're not looking forward to but I'd rather know than not.

My husband left for a business trip on Saturday morning (I had completely forgotten about it until he reminded me on Thursday - oops). A business meeting...in friggin Puerto Vallarta!!!! Yeah, life's rough! He'll be gone for a week or so, so that's a bummer. I did discover Skype out of the whole deal (since his phone doesn't work there) which is very, very cool. Just install it and add a microphone to your computer for about $10.00 and viola - talk on the computer for free! If any of you are skype-ers lemme know!

Then this morning my oldest, who has had a cold for 3 weeks now (which of course is not normal) started complaining about headaches. I just lightly touched her face and thought she was gonna jump out of her skin it was so painful. So it's back to the urgent care and sure enough - she's got a sinus infection (wasn't lucky enough to get the hot doctor twice in a row - oh well). Holy infection batman!!! Now I've got 2 kids on meds and no husband to beat up on! What's a body to do?

Ok - so now that I've told you everything that's going on in my life let's get on to what I read this week since that is the name of the post (keep in mind I was sick for 3 days so I read more than usual).

First up: a fabulous, wonderfully amazing book. King of Sword and Sky by C. L. Wilson. This is the 3rd book in a 4 book series. If you haven't read any of them I highly recommend that you do. These books are fascinating and I'm just bowled over every time I finish another book because the world that she has built is mesmerizing. I start reading Wilson's story and I want to put everything else on hold. (Luckily I was sick and could actually do that) This is definitely a 5 star read - actually more like 6 or 7 star!

Next up was Stray by Rachel Vincent. This is book 1 in the werecats series. I actually had Rogue (book 2) on my shelf and it's been there for a few months. I finally decided to dig in to Rogue foolishly thinking that it was book 1. Uh, no. When I found this out I was home and I had my wonderful computer nearby so I just downloaded Stray and went to town. - I love ebooks! Anyway...this was an interesting book. Not my typical read that's for sure. I prefer books that have the old HEA - even if it's a series. This has continuing characters and is told in 1st person POV - again, not my fav. But despite that I liked the book well enough. The second part of the book was much more appealing to me because there was more dialogue and many more exciting things going on. I love dialogue. It's hard to have dialogue when you've got a very introspective character and the book is 1 p pov let me tell you. I want to see what happens next so I'll keep you posted on how I like the series.

Someday Soon by Debbie Macomber was next. I read this to do a review on The Book Binge. I was still fuzzy from being sick when I wrote it and you can totally tell. Just sayin.

Mr Cavendish, I Presume by Julia Quinn. I was sooooo looking forward to this book. I, for some reason, thought that the book would be a recap of what happened in The Lost Duke of Wyndham and then move on from there. I was disappointed cuz that's not what happened. Don't get me wrong MCIP was a good book, but I just wish there had been more of Thomas and Amelia and what happened after. I did enjoy getting to know Amelia - I liked her a lot. I'd give the book 4 stars.

I read Lady Be Good by Susan Elizabeth Phillips after reading this post on The Book Binge where Rowena made Kenny (say it properly now...Kinny) Traveler the hero of the month. I just had to read more about Kenny! I loved this book. Kenny was a kick and a half and yes, I wanted to hate him but I just loved him. With stuff like this how could I not???...

" Now, this is where I draw the line! It's bad enough everybody in town's going to be thinkin' I'm sleeping with a depressed, lice-ridden, hemorrhoidal foreigner who likes to be tied up and might be pregnant, although - since she's just about cornered the market on condoms - I don't know how that could have happened. But I will not - you listen to me, Emma! - I absolutely will not have anybody thinkin' a woman of mine needs a vaginal moisturizer, do you hear me?"
I really liked Emma as well and for all their differences loved her and Kenny together. The secondary characters in this book were fab and rounded out the book quite nicely.

I ended my reading week with Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovich. I've only read a few of her books but I absolutely love them! I really should start at the beginning and work my way through....maybe someday. This was a fun book with lots of colorful characters and more than a few amusing, outlandish and bizarre things going on. It was a nice way to end the reading week.

Happy Reading!

Um, yeah. I got nothin'

Yep - slow week at my home, home on the range. Nothin' crazy goin' on, no reviews to post (that's just pure unadulteraded laziness right there) and not really anything to say. However, being the giver I am, I will give you men that have been found, stolen, lifted, etc. from wherever. No applause, please.

It's true - Brad can take some might fine photos

I don't know about you all but I'm exhausted! lol Hope you enjoyed the show!

What I've Been Reading This Week

Hey there, all! Not much going on in the life and times of Tracy this week. That's a good thing. No drama mamma! Just the way I like it!

So on to what I read:

First up was A Highlander Never Surrenders by Paula Quinn . As much as I've liked all of her books I think the last two she's done have been my fav (the other one being Laird of the Mist). This was great. I really liked Graham and Claire together and loved how the whole story panned out. Good read.

Next up was Loving Lies by Lora Leigh. This one was ok. Slade has loved Jessie forever but he is taken away from her by his secret job. She has suffered for 5 years and now he's back to claim her. Slade was an ok guy but there were a few things about him that bugged me...as well as a few that bugged me about Jessie. I actually ended up being more interested in one of the secondary characters but apparently his book hasn't been written yet. I'll just have to wait and see if it ever is! :)

His Son's Teacher by Kay Stockham was next. The review for this book is below a couple of posts. Sweet book.

Trial by Fire by Jo Davis was a good book. I liked the story and will be very interested to read about the rest of Station Five and their lives. Of course this was the book that had the heroine going down on the hero without washing first (see below post) so I'm hoping that doesn't happen in subsequent books. lol

Mercury's War by Lora Leigh. I know there are quite a few out there that don't like this series for whatever reason...I'm not one of them. I love the Breeds! :0) This book was more similar IMO to the ebooks in the Breed series - before they started in print. I wasn't thrilled with the series when it went to print just because I thought the writing lost something. I thought it came back slightly in Dawn's Awakening but with Mercury's War it came back full force. Those who enjoy the Breed's will really like MW.

Last on for the week was The Cat by Jean Johnson. I have such mixed feelings about this series but yet, I keep reading them. I think it's like I just need to know what happens but I'm not a huge fan of the writing. Ms. Johnson writes well she's just incredibly descriptive and sometimes it just gets to be too much for me. Describing is fine - describing for 2 to 3 pages...not ok for me. But, as I said, I just keep reading them. I guess I figure this was the 5th brother and there's only 3 more to go and then I can stop the insanity! lol Despite these mixed feelings though it was a good book - I'd still give it 3.5 stars.

Happy Reading!

Ew, Yuck and a double OMG!

Ok - so the book I was just reading was pretty good. Good story and I liked the characters. They weren't vanilla - especially in the bedroom. As the hero said...when it comes to sex, all bets are off.

Anyway there was one scene where the hero and the heroine were having anal sex in the hot tub. He used a minimal amount of lube and then dipped his wick. Why he just didn't lube up is beyond me, but whatever. (Actually Amy had a post about this).

Anywho, after they were done they got into the shower and the hero started soaping up the heroine from behind. At no time does the hero get into the stream of water from what I can tell and he certainly does no cleaning. Before he can get her aroused again and be in charge she takes over and then goes down on him. *sound of tires screeching* ok, hold up. They just had anal sex and he didn't clean himself off and she's going down for a blow job? OMGWTFBBQ!!!! That's just disgusting! And from what I can recall (I don't have the book in front of me) she just couldn't get enough of his taste!

Am I in the minority that thinks this is just all about wrong?? Tell me, please. Talk to me people.

Review: His Son's Teacher

TITLE: His Son’s Teacher
AUTHOR: Kay Stockham
SERIES: This the second book in the Tulane’s of Tennessee series
Book 1: Another Man’s Baby

Nick Tulane ordinarily won't admit weakness in himself or in those he loves. But when he learns his son is about to fail in school, the single father is desperate to find a tutor. And Jennifer Rose is perfect.

In fact, Jenn might be too perfect. Nick's starting to fall for the attractive teacher, and he can't let that happen. Because opening up to Jenn means sharing the secret that has always made him feel like an outsider in his own family. Still, with his son showing signs of following in his footsteps, Nick can't keep the truth hidden. But once she knows, will Jen accept him weakness and all?

The Tulane’s of TennesseeFamily ties mean everything.
She's tempting him to hit the books.

So Nick has found out that his son is about to fail in school. Nick doesn’t want anyone finding out that his son is having issues in school because of bullies. Nick was bullied in school and he just doesn’t want his son Matt to go through what he did. Instead of summer school he decides to hire a teacher for the summer who can tutor his son and get him up to grade level.

Jennifer Rose is a 2nd grade teacher with no plans for the summer. She’s been divorced for about 8 months and in the 18 months that she’s been separated from her low-life (ok, he’s not a low-life, he’s a doctor, but he’s still an incredibly big asshole) husband she’s gained about 30 pounds.

Nick and Jenn get thrown together by Jenn’s friend Suzanne and they make a deal. Jenn will tutor Matt for the price of a gym membership (Nick owns the gym) and a personal trainer so that Jenn can lose the weight (and go on the trip to the Caribbean that she planned to go on with her hubby, but will now go on by herself). Nick agrees and decides to do the personal training himself.

Jenn if very attracted to Nick but since she feels that she’s a 5 and he’s a 15 that there’s no chance in hell that he would ever look twice at her. Regardless Nick and Jenn are very attracted to each other and can’t seem to stay away – even though they both think there’s no hope for a future….her because he’s too hot for her and him because she’s too much of a brainiac and she wouldn’t want someone who was a dropout. There’s a bit of miscommunication with the two when she says they’re not compatible…Nick automatically assumes it’s because he’s a high school dropout with only a Sophomore education. Nick doesn’t want anyone, including his son to know that he was a dropout. There’s another secret that Nick has but I won’t spill the beans.

I really liked this book. There were more than a few things going on but it flowed nicely. Nick has issues because of his past and is not on good terms with his family – especially his father because of it. Jenn has issues with her weight and self confidence because of her ex-husband but also from her sister and father. They both had to work through their issues but they did it mostly together, which I liked.

Also there was the whole problem of the boy, Matt, and why he wasn’t able to read better. When Jenn would ask him things he was quick with the answer, but when he had to look at the book/paper he had problems. Having to try to figure how to fix it was a difficult one but it was nicely done. The fixing however brought on a whole new set of problems…again, I won’t spill the beans.

Overall I thought it was fun read. I enjoyed the first book in this series – even though it was a little on the staid side – but I liked the secondary characters and wanted to read more about the family.

Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again?
No, I’d read the first book in the series. I will more than likely continue to read the series.

Are you keeping it or passing it on?
It’s an ebook so I’ll keep it – easy storage! J

Did you enjoy the book? Yes

Would you recommend this book to others? Yes

SCORE: 3.75 out of 5

Yeah, We Like to Partay!

A couple of things to mention for the day...

It's Linnea Sinclair's Birthday Today! Happy Birthday Linnea!

In celebration of her birthday Linnea's having a birthday bash at her Yahoo Group.

This is what she wrote as a comment a few days ago:

And please come to my birthday bash on my Yahoo Group this Wednesday--I'm going to be giving away FREE book T-shirts, coffee mugs, mouse pads, tote bags and SIGNED BOOKS all day in celebration of my (mumble-mumble) birthday, October 15th.

My Yahoo Group is here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LinneaSinclair/

If party guests just want to sub into the group for the party and then unsub after that's okay. I know a lot of people don't have time to keep up with a Yahoo Group and mine can get pretty wild at times. ;-) It IS a bar, after all.But do come to the party. Please! And bring all your friends! Hugs, ~Linnea

Sounds like fun!

And if that isn't enough of a party...

Mari Freeman's book Birthright releases today!! Woohoo for Mari!

She's giving away some goodies on the Kiss and Tell Girls Blog so get your heiney's over there and try to win some stuff!



"Yeah baby?"

"I don't like my pants."

"Why not? What's wrong with them?"

"Well, when I have a wedgie I can't pull it out."

Niiiiiiice. Kids - never a dull moment.

My Prerogative by Sasha White

Hey all - my review of My Prerogative by Sasha White is up on The Book Binge. Ok, it was up yesterday but I'm a total slacker! :) Here's a link for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy.

What I've Been Reading This Week

Another week is gone. Where do they all go I ask you? I have not a clue.

Things here are good. My oldest started her tutoring this week. She's going 6 hours a week - yes you read that right. No, you're not hallucinating...I said 6 hours a week. It was her first week so she's not complaining yet. She likes it and will hopefully continue. Cross fingers!

The youngest did great on her poetry reciting - at least I think she did since we didn't get anything back from the teacher. I'm assuming she did by what she said. Thanks for all your kind comments - she loved hearing them (yes, I read them all to her).

Yesterday I realized I'm a fucking idiot a really good mom when I took the kids out Halloween costume shopping for 3 hours. Who knew there was a shortage of Batgirl costumes in my city? I sure didn't! Needless to say they came home happy and I came home and drank. What? Like you don't do that?

Ok - on to what I read this week:

I finished the other 3 stories in The Magical Christmas Cat. I liked them all. Erin McCarthy's story, Christmas Bree, was a continuation of the story of the 3 witch sisters that she started in the An Enchanted Season anthology. It's part of the Ohio's Most Haunted Town series which includes the book Heiress For Heir that I read recently - but loosely. The Linda Winstead Jones story, Sweet Dreams, was interesting and a little out there but I liked it too. Then there was the Lora Leigh Breed story. I liked that one too. I liked Noble (Noble was also my favorite great-uncle and my youngest inherited Noble as a middle name!). Haley was a little annoying at first but she grew on me. I guess technically this story comes after Mercury's War since they mentioned Mercury and his mate in the book. Just fyi for those Breed fans out there. I have to say that out of all 4 stories (these 3 and the one I read last week) Nalini Singh's Stroke of Enticement was my fav.

The next 3 books were novella's. First was Killer Curves by Regina Carlysle. A cute little story about a race car driver and the woman he's loved for years but was off limits since she was his friends wife.

The next was I Spy Something Bloody by Josh Lanyon. I won this when Josh was on the DIK blog and it was fantastic. According to JL you either love it or hate it. I was definitely in the love category. Mark and Stephen had fallen in love and talked about the future but Mark got called back to his job as a spy for just one more job. It ends up being two years later when Mark returns and Stephen's moved on. Great story. Read it.

The next was The Darkest Fire by Gena Showalter. This is actually a prequel to the Lords of the Underworld books. Geryon is the Guardian of Hell and Kadence is the goddess of Oppression. What a pair. But it's a cute little story and a good beginning to the LOTU series.

Linnea Sinclair has been an author that I've been meaning to read but I just hadn't done it yet. Sci-fi's not really my bag but I thought I'd give it a whirl after she guested on the DIK. I got Games of Command from the library and it was a great book. I loved the characters and I loved Linnea's writing even more. I think the next one I read of hers will be Gabriel's Ghost since that's been highly recommended.

My Prerogative by Sasha White was next. You'd all love to know what I thought of the book, wouldn't you? Well, you'll have to check out The Book Binge...um, sometime, (I'll try to let you know when) and read my review. :)

Last but not least was The Chosen Sin by Anya Bast. This book was kind of hard for me to read. Right off the bat it reminded me of another of her series, The Embraced, and I just couldn't stop thinking of the similarities. In The Chosen Sin they have the Chosen who are vampires and feed off of blood and then they have succubare that get the "dark kiss" but don't quite make it to Chosen status and have to feed on sex. In the Embrace series there are Vampir who feed off of blood and demi-vampir who don't quite make it to Vampir status feed off of sex. Just too similar - I hate it when that happens. The story was ok but not as good as I expected. The sex in Anya's books is always very steamy so there was no problem there. :) She does have great character and that's always a plus too.

Happy Reading!

Spreading the Lurve

Christine over Happily Ever After... awarded me an I love Your Blog award. Wasn't that nice? She's such a sweetie and I just love her blog as well. As I said to Christine...where else can I go to get my "Do the Math" type posts? Only at the HEA! :)

Edit - apparently I was awarded at Anna's Blog as well - thanks Anna!!

So I'm going to pay the kindness forward. Here are the rules:

The rules for this award are that you need to:
1) Add the logo of the award to your blog
2) Add a link to the person who awarded it to you
3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs
4) Add links to those blogs on your blog
5) Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs!

I don't know that the blogs I'm awarding haven't already been gifted, but you'll know I love your blog. Actually I love all the blogs I go to, otherwise I wouldn't go there...but I'll just name a few:

In alpha order:

Kiss and Tell Girls – 4 authors who post fun, interesting and outrageous stuff…fun with a capital F.

Nose In A Book – Hello! If you’ve ever been to this blog you’ll know that it’s full of fun and man candy. What more could you ask for? Besides – who doesn’t love ManLoveMonday’s???

Rain of the Roof – I rarely, rarely comment on Sarah’s blog but I love going there and reading her posts. She always has great reviews and interviews.

Romance Book Wyrm – One of my favorite places to go. Amy is fun and gives great reviews – as all my blog friends do. She posts 1 chapter of her book Spirit’s Unveiled every Monday – check it out.

Sula's Space –Sula’s in school and working hard so doesn’t get to post too often but when she does it’s always worth the read! I check it daily, just to make sure I don’t miss any of her Sula goodness.

The Ginger Kid’s Den of Iniquity – Where else can you go to have a great discussion about “Hair Down There”, tying off condoms and links to books called Fuck a Duck? Only at Jen’s blog!

The Thrillionth Page – I love her sense of humor and I can always go and find interesting posts.

Ain't She Sweet?

So they're starting the kids early in the communication department. This week began poetry memorization in 1st grade. My youngest had to learn the poem she received on Monday so that she could say it in front of the class today - apparently this will be a weekly occurrence. She will be graded on memorization, enunciation, projection, eye contact with the class and whatever the word would be for not fidgeting! lol

I ended up filming her because she insisted that she wasn't looking up at the ceiling while she was talking. This was the only way I could make a believer out of her! Silly Chick! This was the final vid I took this morning and she did it perfectly.

Here she is in all her glory. She insisted on wearing a dress today so that she could curtsy after she was done. Thank God for cameras with video so we can keep this for the rest of our lives! :)


Book Meme

Holly at The Book Binge tagged me!

So here are the rules:

Grab the nearest book. Open the book to page 56. Find the fifth sentence. Post the text of the next two to five sentences in your journal/blog along with these instructions.

Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the closest. Tag five other people to do the same.

This is from a book that I lent a friend and she just returned it to me so it's here on my desk at work. (What? Like you never get online at work! pffft!)
"Oh, that's odd, because she told me to meet her here at
three," Sam lied, making a show of glancing over his shoulder at the clock on the wall. "It's just that now, isn't it?"
He shrugged, his jacket lapels parting to reveal one of the expensively tailored shirts he alwyas wore. This one was pink. The word "popinjay" popped into Sam's head. Old-fashioned and pretentious.
Any guesses about what it is? Ok - I'm tagging the following people but they are under no obligation to play.

(And you guessed it - the hottie is just for your viewing pleasure - and he was just reading the paper so it's um, yeah, all related!)

Contests! Woo-freakin-hoo!!!

Ok here are 2 contests I want to tell you about. I'm sure there are a zillion more out there - find them on your own! :)

First - my friend Amy at Romance Book Wyrm is having an October Book Giveaway. You have until October 29th at 11:59pm (I'm guessing that's EST since she lives in the east) to enter.

What is the prize you ask? Let me tell you...one bag-o-books and one pile-o-books! Some are even unread, brand new books! Books she bought she knows she'll never read. But all the books are in brand new shape! And the third prize is a Simi BBQ Mitt!! AND the Lords of Avalon Sword of Darkness comic book!
Be sure and visit Amy's blog for all the details and don't forget to leave a comment to be entered!

Secondly - Shiloh Walker is having Blog All About It Contest

The Missing by Shiloh Walker Coming November 2008

A sinfully sexy novel of romantic suspense about a woman whose psychic gift drives away the man she loves—and years later draws him back to her…

As a teenager, Taige Branch was able to do things with her psychic gift that others couldn’t understand—except for Cullen Morgan, the boy her stole her heart. He did his best to accept her abilities, until his mother was brutally murdered—and he couldn’t forgive Taige for not preventing her death.

Now a widowed father, Cullen Morgan has never forgotten Taige. But what brings her back into his life is another tragic event. His beloved little girl has been kidnapped, and Taige is his only hope of finding her.

Working together against the clock, Cullen and Taige can’t help but wonder whether—if they find his daughter in time—it isn’t too late for the overpowering love that still burns between them…

The weird sense of deja vu exploded into something else entirely. Something that shook her to the core. His eyes narrowed and he reached up, caught her chin in his, staring at her.

She was pale and Cullen thought she looked every bit as shaken as he felt. “The dreams,” he muttered. He caught her face in his hands and forced her to look at him, staring into her pale gray eyes. The ugly, dark bruise around her left eye made her iris seem that much paler and as he watched, the pupil flared, enlarging until just a sliver of gray of visible.

Taige tried to jerk away and he wouldn’t let her. “You had the dreams, too, didn’t you?” he demanded.

Her voice shook as she reached up with one hand to jerk on his wrist, trying to break his hold. “Let go of me.”

Slowly, he shook his head. “You have,” he whispered, dismay spreading through him.
Dismay–and something else. She’d always held herself apart from him in those dreams. But through those dreams, he’d gotten to know her, gotten to know the woman she had become. She was pulling away from him not because she was angry at him, or because she didn’t want anything to do with him.

She pulled back because she still loved him.
Want more? Click here (releasing 11/4/08)

So how do you win this one? That’s easy.

You just blog about it. All you have to do is take the excerpt above and the cover graphic, post them to your blog, and then send me an email @ contest4shiloh(at)gmail.com with the words BLOG ALL ABOUT IT in the subject line. In the email, make sure you include a link to your blog post.

Prize will be:
ARC of FRAGILE, my 2/09 release (this will not be mailed until January)
Gift Certificate for $40 to the bookstore of your choice (as long as I can purchase the GC certificate online, you can pick whatever bookstore you want)
Two books from my available backlist
Goody bag.
This contest runs through Nov. 11th)

What I've Been Reading This Week

So I should really call this post each week "What the Fuck's Been Going on in my Life This Week" but that just seems a little strange so I think I'll stick with what I've got! lol

Things were pretty darn quiet around the house this week as my sister decided to take the kids overnight on Wednesday and they were having so much fun that they stayed until today (Sunday). They were on Fall break this week so I'm glad they got to spend some time with my her. It's amazing how much slower time moves when the kids are gone.

Earlier this week I did take my oldest in to have an assesment done on her reading, writing and math. She needs help in all subjects but her worst was reading/vocabulary/reading comprehension. When I say worst I mean - omgwtfbbq bad. I can't even begin to tell you how shell shocked I was. When I was being given the results of the assesment I felt like someone had picked me up, thrown me against a brick wall and had the shit knocked out of me. Besides the intensive tutoring she will be getting, the school will be getting an ear load from me. The people who did the assessment think that her math and writing do need work but also feel that once they get the reading issues taken care of and up to grade level her writing and math will improve. We'll still need to do some tutoring in those subjects later on, but it won't have to be as intensive.

So my reading this week has been minimal since I had so much on my mind, but I read some great stuff.

First up was Ill Wind by Rachel Caine. You can check out my review below...so very good. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.

Next was The Black Dagger Brotherhood An Insiders Guide by J. R. Ward. Wow - incredible. This was such a great book to read. Ward put a novella with Z and Bella, interviews with the brothers, deleted scenes, writing tips and an excerpt from Lover Avenged among other things in this book. It is so worth the read if you are a crack addict like I am. I actually, and I know those who know me will be shocked, want to read Butch's book again after read the compendium. I know, effin scary. That was my least favorite book of the lot. But after reading Ward's thoughts on the book I might just look at it a different way. Then again, I might not...but you never know. And I loved V before, but after reading this book I love him even more. I heart Vishous.

Next was a book I read to do a book review on The Book Binge. I don't know when the review will be posted so you'll just have to keep your eyes peeled to see my thoughts. The book was If Wishing Made It So by Lucy Finn.

The Rogue Hunter by Lynsay Sands was my next choice - the latest in the Argeneau vampire series. And let me tell you I have sooooo many great books to read right now it's getting harder and harder to choose the next one! Anyway I chose TRH and it was good. It definitely wasn't my fav of the series but I liked it. Neither the hero nor heroine was an Argeneau but that was ok. I liked the story but I think I would have liked it more if it showed more of the hero doing his Rogue hunting job rather than just telling about it later. I liked how it ended too. I'm not giving spoilers though. If you are a fan of the series you'll just have to find out for yourself. :0)

The Magical Christmas Cat Anthology. I've been wanting to read this since I heard it was coming out. Great authors involved...Nalini Singh, Lora Leigh, Erin McCarthy & Linda Winstead Jones. This week I only read the Nalini Singh novella Stroke of Enticement. I loved Zach and Annie and their story. They were just perfect for each other. I just love the way Nalini Singh writes! I swear she could publish her friggin grocery list and would be enthralled! lol

Well that's all I had time for this week. I'm still working on the rest of the stories in the Magical Christmas Cat and will report on them next week.

Happy Reading!

Give Me An S...

Fun meme game:

Christine at The Happily Ever… assigned me a letter. Here’s what I’m to do:

1. Comment on this blog and ask for a letter if you want to play.
2. I will give you one.
3. Think of 5 fictional characters whose name begins with that letter, and post their names and your comments on that character on your blog.

Christine assigned me the letter 'S.' (which is kind of cool since that's what my last name starts with)

1. Sam Starrett, one of the heroes from the Troubleshooters series by Suzanne Brockmann. Sam is a tough, sexy cowboy. A hard ass but yet a wonderful husband and father. He’s a Lt. in Seal Team 16 and will always have your back. Gone Too Far is technically his and Alyssa’s book but I really liked him in Over The Edge the best.

2. Savitri Murray, heroine of Demon Moon by Meljean Brook. Savitri is intelligent, beautiful and just an all around incredible character.

3. Shade brother of Eidelon in Larissa Ione’s Pleasure Unbound. Shade’s book, Desire Unchained, will be out in March of 2009. Shade is just one giant hottie IMO. He’s a Seminus Demon which is a rare breed of Incubus. He has some series commitment issues but I think he’s gonna get called on them in his book and I can hardly wait!

4. Sterling Chase, from Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed Series. Once a Breed official he is now a warrior himself. I’m not sure how I feel about Sterling aka “Harvard”. He has issues, issues, issues but hopefully he can overcome them in time. Kiss of Crimson was the book that first introduced Sterling.

5. Storm from the X-Men. She controls and generates weather. How cool is that? She has some serious claustrophobia but is an excellent lockpicker so she can get herself out of most claustrophobic situations.

Anyone want to play?

Review: Ill Wind

TITLE: Ill Wind
AUTHOR: Rachel Caine
SERIES: Yes this is Book One in the Weather Wardens series
#2 Heat Stroke
#3 Chill Factor
#4 Windfall
#5 Firestorm
#6 Thin Air
#7 Gale Force

Reason for Reading
I read a review on The Book Smugglers of Gale Force and was very impressed with how much they liked the entire series. Although I had thought of reading the series before, that review pretty much pushed me to finally do it.

Summary: (from Goodreads)
Joanne Baldwin is a Weather Warden. Usually, all it takes is a wave of her hand to tame the most violent weather. But now, she's trying to outrun another kind of storm: accusations of corruption and murder. So, she's resorting to the very human tactic of running for her life...

Her only hope is Lewis, the most powerful warden known. Unfortunately, he's stolen not one but three bottles of Djinn-making him the most wanted man on earth. Still, she's racing hard to find him-before the bad weather closes in fast...

The summary pretty much sums it up. Joanne is in some serious trouble and she’s running to find Lewis. She’s got a hell of a storm, as well as the “enforcers” of the Weather Wardens after her ass. She’s got something she’s hiding but we don’t figure out exactly what that is until later in the book (I won’t spill the beans and ruin it for you). Joanne is a strong-willed, vibrant character who just makes you like her. She’s determined to find Lewis, positive that he’s the only one that can save her.

Along her travels Joanne picks up David who’s hitchhiking. David is a tad odd at first but you find out later that he’s hiding something as well. When Joanne finds out his secret she spills hers to him - positive that he’s the only one she can trust besides Lewis. David is amazing. He’s such a calm soul but yet you find out he has amazing power – it’s an incredible paradox. I was drawn to David like a magnet because of this and just wanted to read more about him.

David and Joanne come together under some strange circumstances but their relationship is just wonderful. You find yourself pulling for the two of them to stay together no matter what. Despite the trials - and there are some pretty huge ones – you want them to work out any differences they may have and just…make it work.

Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again?
I had read a novella of hers that was just great – cute little story…Dead Man’s Chest in the My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding anthology and loved it. As I said before I had thought of reading her other work before but just didn’t. I will definitely keep reading the Weather Warden books ‘cuz they’ve got me hooked.

Are you keeping it or passing it on?
Well I borrowed it from the library and they don’t like it much when I keep stuff so I’ll pass it back to them so the next person can enjoy it.

Did you enjoy the book? Yes

Would you recommend this book to others? Yes, definitely

Score: 4 out of 5