I've been scarce this week and it's not made me a happy person! After being away from work for 3 days I had about 8 days worth of work to make up! wtf? lol Isn't that always how it is though? And I think that there was a bug going around RAW (according to the yahoo group loop) that kicked eveyone's ass, including mine. I've felt kind of out of it all week and I've been falling asleep at around 9pm every night. What am I, 80? Hopefully it has passed - it's 8:30pm now and I'm still perky so I'm crossing my fingers!! I'll be back to blog hopping tomorrow!!! :)
We also had parent/teacher goal setting conferences this week as well - oh joy. My little one is doing fine but my oldest is having problems. I think she's been having problems but this is the first teacher to really get down and dirty with how she presented the info and was completely honest. It wasn't pretty. I immediately scheduled my oldest for an assessment at a local tutoring place. Hopefully we'll be able to nip this in the bud and get her back on track. She's a smart kid but her focus issues and the fact she doesn't give a shit about school has really hurt her. We'll see and I'll report back. I know, you're all dying to know.
Today the girls, my sister (still visiting from KC, MO), my dad and I all went out to a monastery that's about an hour from my house. They were having their annual Festival and had vendors and food and jumpers and it was great fun. The highlight of the day though was meeting Fr. Maur Van Doorslaer who is the creator/designer behind a line of angels and saints that the monastery, Valyermo has sold for 40 years. (my mom's had his angels hanging on the walls of her house for years) I didn't know that Fr. Maur was going to be in attendance and he was just as nice as can be. He signed all 7 angels and saints that I bought and even told my little ones stories about when he started, etc. He signed ceramics from the time the festival opened until the moment it was done. It was amazing considering he's 83. He lives 5 mos. at Valyermo and the rest of the year in the monastery in Belgium. What I love about Fr. Maur's designs is that he includes everything/one he can think of. He has great occupational angels - military, babysitters, hairdressers - he even has a laundry angel!! If you'd like to see them you can see the catalog online here. He also has a book angel and a bookworm angel - both of which were sold out at the festival - waaaah! Anyway just wanted to share that tidbit.
So in the fog that I was living in this week I had a very hard time focusing myself. I read on Monday when I was home but after that had an extremely hard time wanting to read anything longer than 125 pages! lol Seriously...if it was longer it was just too overwhelming! I also have been very attached to my ereader so that didn't help either since I was just reading books I already had loaded.
It's been a few weeks since I'd read a Suzanne Brockmann and I have to admit I've been jonesin! lol I read All Through The Night and loved it. I really like Jules and Robin and enjoyed the story surrounding their wedding immensely.
Last week I had started reading Anya Bast's Seasons of Pleasure series and I continued it with book 4 Autumn Pleasures: The Union and book 5 Seasons of Change. Both were good and I have to say I enjoyed the series. (both book 4 & 5 were novellas)
I decided to read Delilah Devlin's My Immortal Knight series. I can't say I loved it but it was ok. I guess I have to say I liked them enough to keep reading it since I read 5 of the books: All Hallow's Heartbreaker, Love Bites, All Knight Long, Relentless and Uncovering Navarro. This is a vampire series (all novellas) and they were pretty much equating sex with love but if you can get past that a few of them are pretty hot. ;) The covers to these books - scary hilarious!!
Finished with My Lord and Spymaster by Joanna Bourne. I finally broke out of my novella mode and am back on track with actual novels!! I really enjoyed this book - the witty banter and the wonderful characters that Ms. Bournes writes will keep me going back for more of her work.
Sorry - no covers this week - see back to previous paragraphs about living in fog.
2 things...1)don't forget to visit the DIK blog this week where Lisabea will be hosting Ally Blue, Jet Mykles, James Buchanan and JL Langley for m/m week. 2) Mondays are chapter days at Amy's blog Romance Book Wyrm. Head on over and read a chapter of her book every Monday. Very cool.
I hope everyone had a great reading week!
She’s baaaaaaack! Lol Hey everyone! I’m back from West Virginia and I had soooo much fun! I’m not even sure where to begin everything. So I’ll try to start at the top and work my way down.
Thursday: Extremely long flight – or it seemed like it going from the Pacific time zone to the Eastern time zone. My friend Jen and I left at 11:30 am from LAX and didn’t get into Huntington, WV until 10:00pm. Wow.
So we had called to make sure the shuttle from the hotel would be there to meet us and of it wasn’t – bummer. So we called and they said it was full and had to leave so they sent us a cab – on them. Ok then. I can do that. Unfortunately since we got in so late we couldn’t see shit of the countryside – another bummer. Got to the hotel and it was very nice and found out that not only did we get free breakfast in the mornings but 2 free drink tickets per person for the restaurant bar for each night we were there! Woohoo – let’s party! lol We hung at the bar for a little bit then went to bed at about 12am
Friday: 5:00am: Fuckin freight train goes through town!!!!! OMG!!! Have you seen the movie My Cousin Vinny where Vinny and Mona Lisa keep trying to get some sleep and trains and loud noises keep waking them up? I felt like I was living that movie! Lmao!!! I tried to sleep again but then another came through at 6:30am so I gave up!
At breakfast we sat down and eventually a woman by herself came to asked if she could join us. Of course we said yes and introduced ourselves…she was none other than author Delilah Devlin! She was very sweet.
We went for a walk all over town. It’s not a small town but it’s definitely seen better days. About every other store front is empty and there are huge buildings that aren’t in use at all. I’m sure there was more of the town that we didn’t get to but I’m not sure where it was! Lol We walked over to Marshall University which was very nice and walked through the campus and went to the stadium. Marshall University is best known, unfortunately, for the tragic plane crash in 1970 that killed most of the football team and the coaches. The movie We Are Marshall tells the tale of the rebuilding of both the football team and the lives of those left behind.
12:00pm - RAW Registration – got a great Samhain publishing bag and lots of cool goodies.
2:00pm – Book sale! Woohoo!!! Unfortunately all of the new releases that we were told were going to be there weren’t so no Chosen Sin by Anya Bast, no Mercury’s War by Lora Leigh, no Magical Christmas Cat by Nalini Singh. BIG bummer! But I found plenty others! And I got out for under $100.00! lol
7:00pm – Slumber party begins! So much fun. Most everyone in their PJ’s eating talking, meeting new people and bustin a move – just a good time.
About 11:00pm – party in Jacquelyn Frank’s suite! Jacki was making butterscotch martini’s for everyone and raffling off ARC’s her new book, Ecstasy, that comes out in January 2009. Bianca D’Arc and Nalini Singh were also there. Great time just talking and laughing.
Saturday: (no the train didn't go through on Saturday!) Free morning so we had breakfast and walked around town some more. I think we probably walked about 5 miles! There was a chilifest going on right on the street by the hotel so there was lots of people, food and music. You’ll see the picture of the blue buss from Fifth Third Bank. Fifth Third? WTF is that? Can any of you who live near WV explain this to me? Lmao!
2:00-4:00pm Book Signing!!! This was one of the best times of the weekend for me. Just talking to all of the authors was fabulous. Everyone was so nice! A few thoughts:
Shelley Bradley/Shayla Black is hilarious! So down to earth. She grew up in the city that I currently live in so we gabbed a lot about that.
Nalini Singh – I love this woman! She is so incredibly sweet and down to earth and she’s got a great sense of humor!
Donna MacMeans – that woman just cracks me up. She’s always smiling and laughing!
Lucy Monroe – so sweet and nice and her hubby sat behind her the entire time and he was just as nice as she was.
J.R. Ward – so nice and talkative and took time with everyone there. I tried hard to babble but it was difficult!! Lol
(I’m such a friggin fan girl…some of my photos you can see I’m just a dork and grinning from ear to ear.)
Jacki Frank - Such a nice person and very down to earth!
7:00pm Masquerade Ball – this was great fun. Food and drinks and wonderful homemade desserts: the cheesecake was to die for! Everyone had such great costumes and/or masks and it was fabulous. Unfortunately by this time I was pretty much on my last leg and didn’t take any photos. :(
Sunday: Wake up call at 4:00am and down in the lobby by 4:50am to catch the shuttle to the airport. Again the shuttle wasn’t available and they paid for a cab to get us to the airport. As we’re waiting in the lobby for the cab a pizza delivery guy shows up! At 5:00am! Is this normal back east? I know in my town they do NOT deliver after about 11:pm!!
So the taxi shows up and the guy pops the trunk and just sits there. Okaaaay. We put our stuff in the trunk and close it. Open the back doors and plumes of pot smoke come wafting out from the interior! I shit you not! He got us to the airport safely. It was a huge drag that we got to WV at night and couldn’t see any of the countryside and then left at the butt rack of dawn and didn’t see anything then either!
I’m so tired I think this post is a little dryer than I’ve intended. We only got a total of 16 hours of sleep because we were going and going. Overall it was such a fun weekend. Meeting new people, talking to the authors, relaxing and not having to worry about every day life made the weekend the best one I’ve had in a very long while.
Oh and I read this week too!
B.O.B.’s Fall by Veronica Chadwick and Lora Leigh – good
A Wish, A Kiss, A Dream Anthology by Shiloh Walker, Mary Wine & Lora Leigh
Tempt Me With Darkness by Shayla Black – I liked it a lot. Can’t wait for the rest of the series.
Seasons of Pleasure Series by Anya Bast: I read the first 3 – Winter, Spring and Summer. Pretty good – I liked them. Now I have to find book 4 since they’ve taken it off of Ellora’s Cave.
Death of A Pirate King by Josh Lanyon: omg, omg, omg OMG! This book freakin rocks!! This is by far my favorite book in the Adrien English Mysteries series. Josh knocked it out of the park on this one. So. Damn. Good. (In fact I’ll probably read it again this week)
You Don’t Know Jack by Erin McCarthy – a follow up book to the Pregnancy Test… pretty good.
AUTHOR: Shirley Damsgaard
SERIES: Yes this is the first book in the Ophelia and Abby Mysteries
REASON FOR READING:
This author will be attending RAW and in my insane quest to read at least 1 book by each author her number came up. J
SUMMARY: (from Goodreads)
Thirty-something Ophelia Jensen wants to live a quiet life as a small town librarian. She's created a comfortable existence with her kooky, colorful grandmother Abby, and if it were up to her, they could live out their days––along with Ophelia's dog Lady and cat Queenie––in peace and quiet. But, to Ophelia's dismay, she and Abby aren't a typical grandmother/granddaughter duo. She possesses psychic powers, and Abby is a kindly witch. And while Ophelia would do anything to dismiss her gift––harboring terrible guilt after her best friend was killed and she was unable to stop it––threatening events keep popping up, forcing her to tap into her powers of intuition. To make matters worse, a strange––yet devastatingly attractive––man is hanging around Ophelia's library, and no matter how many times she tells him she's sworn off men forever, he persists. Soon this handsome newcomer reveals he's following a lead on a local drug ring, and then a dead body shows up right in Abby's backyard. And much as Ophelia would like to put away her spells forever, she and Abby must use their special powers to keep themselves, and others, out of harm's way.
Ophelia is a librarian in a small town in Iowa. She’s pretty much shut herself off from everyone except her grandmother because of an event that happened 4 years prior and made her question her sanity.
Enter Rick Davis who comes to town saying he’s a chemical salesman but is asking a ton of questions of everyone, including Ophelia. Ophelia doesn’t trust Rick and although she thinks he’s incredibly handsome she pretty much knows from the start that Rick is not who or what he says he is. Despite that fact she finds herself semi-attracted to him in a strange way.
Unfortunately a murder happens in town and as much as Ophelia tries to stay out of everything she, her library assistant Darci and Rick kind of get swept into it. Ophelia finds herself doing things she's never done before and making friends that she’s long denied herself in the process.
As much as this book was a mystery it was almost a self discovery for Ophelia. She found out that keeping people from you isn’t good for your soul. She made a few friends and accepted the fact that she has these psychic powers that she needs to learn to control. I liked Ophelia, as crochety as she was at first she really became a person I would love to have as a friend. (during the first scene in the book she was wearing a t-shirt that said: Tact is for people not witty enough to use sarcasm. I love that!)
I very much enjoyed the book and will eventually look into reading the other 4 books that are currently out in the series. Ms. Damsgaard 6th book in the series The Witch’s Grave is set to release December 28, 2008
She was new to me but I would definitely read her again...Because although Rick and Ophelia weren’t right for each other in the romance department I’m looking forward to seeing if there are any further love interests in the other books. I’m such a die hard romantic!
Are you keeping it or passing it on?
I’ll pass it on
Score: 3 out of 5
I almost fulfilled my goal of reading at least 1 book by every RAW author. I read all but 2 authors. I bought 1 ebook this weekend and the stinker wouldn't download for some reason (to Adobe Digital Editions - yuk). I sent an email to the book site and hopefully it will get cleared up...but who knows. The other author I attempted to read and couldn't get past the first 40 pages. Oh well! I gave it the old college try!
Witch Way to Murder by Shirley Damsgaard (RAW author). I read this one because she's a RAW author and I I needed to read it for the TBR Challenge and I liked it. Check the blog out on Wed. of this week for my TBR Challenge Review.
Promises Keep by Sarah McCarty was almost as good as the first in this series. I didn't like it quite as much as Promises Linger but was still a great read.
AUTHOR: Brenda Joyce
SERIES: Yes – this is book 3 in The Masters of Time series
Book 1: Dark Seduction
Book 2: Dark Rival
REASON FOR READING: I really liked the first two books!
SUMMARY: (From Goodreads)
Aidan, the Wolf of Awe, has abandoned the Brotherhood and forsaken his vows. Feared by all and trusted by none, he hunts alone, seeking vengeance against the evil that destroyed his son. He has not saved an Innocent in sixty-six years—until he hears Brianna Rose's scream of terror across centuries, and leaps to modern-day Manhattan to rescue her.…
Brie is a gifted empath who spends her time fighting evil from the safety of her laptop—and fantasizing about the medieval Highlander she met just once. Still, her life is pretty ordinary—until she awakens one night consumed with Aidan's pain and rage. When Aidan suddenly appears and takes her hostage, Brie cannot believe how dark and dangerous he has become. She knows she should be afraid, but instead, she will fight across time for his redemption…and his love.
Aidan was a Master of Time who was sworn to protect the innocent until his father, a Deamhan (demon), killed his 9 year old son. Now he’s spent 66 years trying to wreak vengeance on his father. He has turned from the good and is now supposedly evil.
Brianna has had a crush on Aidan since she had met him a year before. When their paths collide once again her crush turns to full blown love and as frightened as Brie is of Aidan at first she doesn’t believe that Aidan has turned to the dark side completely. She’s the only one who believes this but sets out to redeem Aidan and re-write history so that he’s not killed in December 1502.
I really liked this story. I thought there was great emotional and sexual tension between Aidan and Brianna. She was so bound and determined to redeem him and bring him back from evil no matter the danger to herself. Aidan for his part tried his darndest to stay away from Brianna but he just couldn’t do it.
As I read this book I really felt the emotions that the characters were having. When Aidan was trying to push Brianna away from him emotionally to try to stay evil and live for his hatred for his father I really felt his pain while he was doing it and I felt Brie’s pain from being rejected. For me it was a really well written book.
Now there were a few things about the book that I didn’t particularly care for:
They “cried out” a lot. I mean a lot! Instead of gasping they cried out and after a while it got a little old.
There were other characters in the book who were Brianna’s friends that had traveled to the past in the previous books. One of which was dressed in high heeled boots, skinny jeans and a fur jacket. Ok, I understand that she’s from the future, but this is 1502 and you just didn’t do that and try to “blend”, at least not in my opinion. Luckily this was just a very small part of the book.
The timeline is a little fuzzy for me. When Brianna got to Scotland 1502 it was November 17. She was only there for 3-5 days from what I figure. In the story it has him getting killed a day or so after she leaves. Would it already be December? Not by my calculations. hmmm…
Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again?
She isn’t new to me. I’ve read the Masters of Time series as well as most of her DeWarren historical series which is great and I will continue to read her books.
Did you enjoy the book? Very much
Would you recommend this book to others? Yes
Anything else? Brenda Joyce is running a Master of Time contest until the 30th of September. You can win a Masters of Time promo kit which is pretty cool if you like the series. Find out more here.
What a week! Homework has started with a vengeance for my kids, which means for me as well! My first grader has more homework every night than my 5th grader. That’s just wrong!!!
My oldest is back in her “I feel the need to lie about everything” phase. Not that she ever stopped completely but it’s getting really bad. She chose this morning when I was making their lunches to come clean about everything. I’m very happy she came clean but still exhausted from all the lying in the first place. oy! Last night at about 6pm I got comfy on my bed to read while hubby was out with the kids and fell asleep…I didn't wake up until this morning! I had no idea I was that tired. My hubby said that he almost called the paramedics cuz he couldn’t wake me up but then said I finally told him to leave me alone so he figured I was ok. lol I remember nothing! :)
I have to apologize to some people. I'm really bad about getting online or checking my emails in the evenings and on the weekends and sometimes miss things. I'm so sorry if you've felt slighted in any way, but that's the time for my fam and I wouldn't give it up for the world! I still love you!
With all the homework I’m helping my little one with I didn’t have a whole lot of time to read which is fine. My book shelf is starting to groan from all the books I’ve bought and of course the ones that have been there forever and I haven’t gotten to.
So…those books that I did get to last week:
Walk on the Wild Side by Christine Warren. I liked this addition to her Others series but have to say I thought it was very different from her other books. It looks like her next print book will actually be the first book in the series that has only been available in ebook format until now. Kind of disappointing to not get a new story but oh well.
Next was RAW author Sylvia Day. I read Ask For It which is a historical. I enjoyed the book to a point. There was a lot of mistrust, which due to the story line was understandable I just thought it was taken a little too far. I think I’ll be reading more of her work in the future.
2 novellas I read were Miss January by Madison Hayes and Rock Me by Melody Lane. 2 cute books.
Noah by Jacquelyn Frank was last on the list. This is the last book in the Nightwalker series and I thought it was a good installment. There were a few things about the book I would have changed (like the heroine giggling when she soooo wasn’t the giggling type IMO) but overall I liked it.
Everyone please welcome Katiebabs from Ramblings on Romance to the blog.
*insert applause here*
I must admit that I have never been a big fan of Susan Johnson’s books. I found her historical romances to be closet bodice rippers with heroes that were a bit too much, too alpha, too stubborn and just plain cruel. When Susan jumped into writing contemporary romance, I gave her the benefit of the doubt and decided to read Hot Property, which is about a former CIA agent who happens to be a tortured soul, and the woman he longs to protect. I am a sucker for these types of stories. Unfortunately Hot Property was such a disappointment, especially when the jackass hero does something so horrible in my eyes; he tries to kill the heroine during sex. Can we say major trust issue and perhaps the need for some form of therapy? And I couldn’t stand how the TSTL heroine basically forgives him because she wants to get off by his intense and forceful sex that gives her the “Big O”. Some may find enjoyment in reading this book, but as for myself I am placing Hot Property as one my worst reads of 2008.
The heroine Zoe Chandler has rented a cabin by the lake where she is busy at work writing a tell all book where she has exposed some shady dealings with some high-class art collectors. The Willerbys’, the subject of her book, would like nothing better to make this problem go away. Zoe is playing hard to get, so after trying to pay her off countless times, which she says “no dice” to, Papa Willerby will send some of his men to talk some sense into her.
The jackass hero, Nick Mirovic used to work for the CIA as an interpreter, but ever since one of the CIA agents he worked with found enjoyment in killing the men he interrogated, Nick decided to get out. And now since evil CIA baddie is up for CIA director, he is pulling out all the stops so nothing gets in his way of gaining the position, even if that means taking Nick out for good. Nick is on edge and always looking over his shoulder, because he thinks someone is going to come out of the woods and kill him. The poor guy needs a Zanex or some form of medication. He doesn’t trust anyone and that includes his new next-door neighbor, Zoe. Zoe decides Nick would be the best bodyguard even though he told he to get lost and is a bit broody. But that doesn’t stop her from asking for his protection against the two goons Willerby sent. Nick of course thinks this may be a set up by evil CIA baddie because Zoe’s story seems too convenient. He tricks himself into believing that Zoe is a mole even though he would like nothing more than having her horizontal on his bed. Zoe welcomes Nick’s touch because, well, she is alone in the woods with no other man around and I don’t think Grizzly Adams will cut it. So, what if Nick wants to handcuff her to his bed because of his trust issues. Suddenly these two are all over each other, having sex every which way, even as they go on the run because the evil CIA baddie has found them.
Hot Property should have been a hot and heavy thriller because of the amount of lust and sex both Nick and Zoe have for each other. It falls flat mainly because of my dislike for Nick who doesn’t trust Zoe has far as he can throw her. But he still doesn’t mind getting down her pants every chance he can get. Remember the scene where I mentioned Nick tries to kill Zoe during sex? When the so-called hero is in the middle of having sex with the heroine and begins to strangle her because he thinks she is about to kill him, well that makes me wonder if these two have any chance of a future with one another. I also have an issue with the way Zoe acted after being strangled and almost passed out from lack of air. I would have ran for the nearest exit or gave Nick a good kick in the balls, but no, Zoe forgives and forgets and let’s Nick finish what he had started. I simple couldn’t find any valid reason why Nick and Zoe were so attracted to each other because there was no trust between them. Because Nick constantly thought Zoe was a mole from his enemy who is out to kill him, any possible love that could grow between them was not believable in the least. Perhaps I am an old-fashioned type of girl, but I find myself wanting a more compassionate hero and one that will not try and kill his own true love while they are in the middle of making love because he is afraid she may stab him in the back.
Hot Property is a major pass. Overall grade is a D-
Item 1: The DIK Blog normally has the first week of every month reserved for Authors to come and play on the island. Well for September we've stirred things up and it's Author month at the DIK. We've got some great authors that will be visiting so check every day:
- We've had Ann Aguirre for the past 2 days and then again today.
- Nalini Singh (Thursday thru Saturday)
- J. L. Langley
- Katie Reus
- Josh Lanyon
- Linnea Sinclair
- Ally Blue
- Jet Mykles
- James Buchanan
- We'll also have guest bloggers Sayuri, Sarah & Holly
Anyway...so I went in to Borders again yesterday to get Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh (yes I've already read it but I have to complete my Psy/Changeling set!) and Noah by Jacquelyn Frank. Do they have them? NO! I look in the computer and what does it tell me? You guessed it, "on it's way, reserve at front desk"! How incredibly frustrating. So I've done something that I've never done and written a complaint letter to the manager of the store. It was not easy to do A) because I've never done it before and it just felt odd and B) it limited me to 1000 words which was 3 small paragrahs. Not much to tell you what the problem is. Oh well. I'm pretty sure nothing will be fixed but I did have to let them know I was disappointed and frustrated.
Item 3: Tomorrow (yes, that's Thursday the 4th) on THIS BLOG I will have The One, The Only Katiebabs from Ramblings on Romance reviewing a book. Woohoo - let's all do the happy dance!