What I've Been Reading This Week

Hey there, hi there, ho there,

It has been a crazy week. I know I said it before, but thank you all so much for your support at the beginning of the week with the death of that little boy. You all are amazing people and I'm so happy to have you "met" you all! :) The family is still pretty hysterical. We did find out from the coroner that it wasn't suffocation as previously believed but they haven't said what it actually was. Still waiting.

Thanksgiving was wonderful. We went to my in-laws for an early meal (they live about an hour and a half away) and then went to eat with my family (who were about an hour and a half away from the first place but only a 1/2 hour from my house). It was great being with the whole family for the day, but very tiring. That was the first time we'd tried to do 2 fams in 1 day for Thanksgiving and it's probably our last! lol I hope you all had a wonderful day!

I just went and saw Bolt with my kids. They loved it - so glad. It was ok but not fabulous for the parents, IMO. Could have been the pounding headache I have but I can't be sure. :)

Ok - so on to what I read.

First off was The Demon King and I by Candace Havens. It was ok - not great. Just an eh for me. If you didn't see my previous post and want to read my review go here.

Next up was The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn. Yes, I'm totally into the Bridgerton's and am reading them all. I probably will be reading a lot of them in the next few weeks since a local friend got them all from the library and is passing them on before they're due. Unfortunately she reads like friggin lightening so they're starting to back up on me! lol Anyway, loved Anthony's story. The man was just killing my heart there for a while but Kate brought him through! Loved the book.

Next I read a couple of short stories for review on The Book Binge. A Pirates Hellion by Jaden Sinclair and Elfing Around by J Morgan. The reviews should be up sometime soon. The first one - horrid. The second a cute Christmas tale.

Then I read Slippery When Wet by Kimberly Raye. I will be doing a review on this soon - keep your eyes peeled!

Get A Clue by Jill Shalvis. Jill Shalvis has been recommended to me and I just had to see what all the fuss was about. I have to say when I started the book I was wondering if I was gonna like it but after about 10 pages I was completely hooked. Cute story about a woman jilted at the altar and the funny/bizarre happenings when she goes on her honeymoon alone. Oh and it has a hunky cop too - you gotta love it.

Nikki had given me the Virgin River series by Robyn Carr with the instruction that I HAD to read them! They've sat there for a couple of weeks so I decided to dive it. I started with Virgin River and let me tell you it was great. I truly enjoyed delving into the different lives and loves of the people of this small moutain town. Great story telling and a pretty darn good romance - 2 things I don't like to pass by.

I honestly can say that as much as I loved Virgin River I had absolutely no intention of immediately starting Shelter Mountain which is book 2 in the Virgin River series. But, I made the mistake of reading the excerpt in the back of VR, which was chapter 1 of SM, and I was once again hooked. SM was just as good as book 1. I really like this series a lot. To save myself I did not read the excerpt for the next book when I finished SM even though I really wanted to. Book 3 is stting on my shelf I'll try to stay away for a few days!

Oh and I didn't blog hop all week and I'm almost going through withdrawal so hopefully I'll be catching up this week with everyone!
Happy Reading!

It's Like She's Twins

Cuz she's two places at once!

Ok, I'm not really but I do have some reviews over at The Book Binge that you all might like.

Diamond Wolf by Kat Haeske - an m/m were/vamp short story.

The Demon King and I by Candace Havens - Earth Girl meets Demon King.

And here's a lovely Thanksgiving poem for all of you:

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey be plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have never a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!

Among many other things I'm so thankful for the friends I've made here on Bloglandia. You guys are wonderful and I'm giving you all a huge virtual hug right now. Can you feel it? Good. Know that you are lurrrrved!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

Review: Scions: Revelation

Author: Patrice Michelle
Series: Book Three in the Scions Trilogy
Book 1: Scions: Resurrection
Book 2: Scions: Insurrection
You could read book 3 as a stand alone but it would definitely make more sense if you read book 1 & 2 first.
(This book to be released December 1)

They thought they understood the prophecy.
They were wrong.

Caine Grennard was a werewolf, living among humans and lacking purpose--until the night he met a woman with an exotic, irresistible scent. A woman who might be his deadliest enemy.

When her aunt is kidnapped, Emma Gray swears to do anything to get the older woman back. Even if it means trusting the mysterious--and sexy--stranger named Caine.

But more is at stake than one woman's life: Emma's past holds the last key to unlocking a prophecy Caine's clan is depending on. The fate of both their clans rests on them trusting the impossible, electric connection between them, even in the heart of betrayal...

Ok, fair warning: there will be spoilers in this review. Not many, but some.
I’ll tell you right off, I liked this book. Yes, I’m a sucker for paranormals that feature were creatures but this was good whether you are a huge fan or not. The third book in the Scions trilogy brings us back into the story of the prophecy that started in book 1.

Caine meets Emma and is completely entranced by her. Emma feels the same way about Caine. Caine is a Lupreda, a werewolf. Emma, it turns out, is a Velius - a panther, but she’s never had any idea. These two are more or less enemies. Not a good match. The problem is, they can’t seem to stay away from each other.

When Emma’s aunt is kidnapped at first she thinks that it’s Caine that has done the kidnapping. She finds out otherwise…but just in time for someone to kidnap her as well. The story unfolds and we discover that Emma’s aunt really isn’t her aunt and had taken her when she was little to protect her from the warring parts of the Velius. She had remained hidden until she had stopped taking her “vitamin” which was actually a pill that helped hide her scent. Now that the Velius have taken Emma they expect many things from her, including procreating. Problem…Emma wants no one but Caine.

Many people get involved with the problem of the evil side of the Velius….the Sanguinas (the vampires), the Lupreda (the werewolves) and the good side of the Velius. They all work together, which they had not ever done before, to bring about a solid resolution to the problem and a fulfillment to the prophecy.

I thought that the book, with all of its twists and turns, had a great interweaving of both the suspense plot and the romance - this goes for all 3 books in the trilogy. Caine and Emma were wonderful together despite their cat/wolf issues and I very much enjoyed reading their story.

There were more than a few other secondary characters that were in the book that I would love to read about someday: Hawkeye, Roman, Laird, Mira, Talek. Even though the trilogy is finished maybe we’ll get to read their stories some day.

Score: 4 out of 5

What I've Been Reading This Week

Thank you all for your kind comments on my last post - I must say I love all of my blogging friends.  They're always there with a kind word and thought when it is needed.  You guys are the best! It's been a heck of a day but we've all gotten through it so far and can only go one day at a time.

Other than that the week was pretty good. The girls got their school pictures back which are adorable (and you know damn well that I'll post them eventually cuz I'm just that kind of mom! lol) and they got their report cards as well. My youngest is doing extremely well in 1st grade and the teacher says she's very motivated to learn - I love to hear that!! My oldest actually had a pretty good report card despite her current problems. The teacher said that she's a great participant in class and asks a lot of questions and that she's seen much improvement in the past month. That is so good to hear - obviously the tutoring is paying off! Yay!

So let's get to the books:

Electra Galaxy's Mr. Interstellar Fellar by Candace Samswas a pretty good book. It had it's issues but it was mostly good (Kind of like in The Princess Bride when Westley was mostly dead). If you want more info you can see my review a couple of posts back.

Then it was on to Scions: Revelation by Patrice Michelle. This is a Harlequin Nocturne that will be released on Dec. 1. My review is scheduled for tomorrow so hop on by and check it out.

Next up was The Duke and I by Julia Quinn. The Bridgerton series was recommended to me over a year ago and I just never got around to reading it - like so many others that I've been told to read. Let me just say I loved this book. I thought Daphne was just wonderful and Simon, oh how my heart ached for him as a man but also for his horridly emotionally abusive childhood. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

After that I read Undead and Unworthy by Mary Janice Davidson. Although the writing was great I have to say I didn't like this book as much as I've liked the others in this series. It just seemed to have a darker element in it that just didn't appeal to me, especially at the end. And the character Nick was just so incredibly annoying I wanted to crawl through the pages and kill him myself. Bastard! Anyway, liked the book, but not as much as the others.

Birthright by Mari Freeman was my next read. This was a great book. I was immediately pulled into the story of Keena and her birthright as a witch and Priestess of the Wild. I thought Mari's descriptions of WildLand as well as the different paranormal characters were fascinating. It was just a great fantasy as well as a wonderful romance - which at one point I cried about. It's not easy to make me cry in a story! lol Very good book - I recommend it. Oh, and Mari received the Gold Star Award from Just Erotic Romance Reviews for this book. Congrats Mari!!

Last up were 2 short stories: The first was Tree of Buried Secrets by Cassie Exline. This was an odd story. It started when the author was 18 but then quickly went to when she was 70 or so. There was a secret that she had kept since she was 18 from her family and the story was the reminiscing about the secret as well as the secret itself. It wasn't a bad story at all, just oddly written IMO.

The second short was Diamond Wolf by Kat Haeske. This is an m/m story about a Lupine and a Vampire becoming mates. Pretty good. My review will be up on The Book Binge sometime this week I think.

That was all for this week folks. Happy Reading to you.

I'll post eventually

Hey there everyone,

I got some sad news yesterday and basically didn't feel like blogging my "What I've been reading".  

The church where I work has been helping a family who have been down on their luck and the family had a horrible accident.  Their 1 year old little boy was accidentally smothered while napping on Saturday.  I don't know all the details or how it happened but it's hit me pretty hard.  I know the mother of the family well but not the rest of the family.  There are 4 teenage girls as well and the whole family is obviously devastated by this loss.  

Please send up a prayer to whatever deity you worship that the family will find peace.

Sweet Potato Recipe

I started thinking about Thanksgiving and all the food that my family and I will enjoy next Thursday (next being the one next week, not the one after that ;). Anyway, that led me to think about my sweet potato recipe. Ok, I actually make it with yams because they just taste better, but I still, after 23 years, call it my sweet potato recipe...so sue me.

My mom always used to make a yam thing with marshmallows on top and as much as I love yams I just hated that dish. I know, no respect. lol. So I was at a friends house for Thanksgiving one year and it was a potluck and one of my friends brought the recipe I'm going to share with you. It was just so damned good that I got the recipe and made it for Christmas dinner for my family. Since then I've been told that I shouldn't show up for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner without it. The Love, don'tcha just feel it?

So I thought I'd share this incredibly high calorie, wonderful dish with my friends. If any of you make it I hope you like it as much as I do.

Potato mixture
5 lbs of sweet potatoes/yams – boiled, drained, cooled, peeled, and mashed. (After they cool the skin just slides right off) This definitely the most time consuming part of the process.
3 lg eggs
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup melted butter
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla
½ tsp. each of ground nutmeg and all spice

Heat oven to 350. Grease 9 x13 pan (butter)
Beat eggs in large bowl. Stir in potatoes til blended.
Add remaining ingredients. Mix well. Spread into pan.

1 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup flour
1 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup butter cut into small pieces

Mix sugar, flour and pecans in med. bowl. Work butter in w/hands Very, very gooey
Sprinkle evenly over potatoes
Bake for 60-70 minutes until topping is browned and bubbling.


Review: Electra Galaxy's Mr. Interstellar Feller

Author: Candace Sams

In the distant future, Captain Keir Trask is hunting dangerous weapon smugglers and has tracked them all the way to Earth. In order to bring these felons back to the planet of Lucent, he has quite reluctantly agreed to go undercover as a male beauty pageant contestant. The only problem is that the Earth Protectorate agent assigned to work with him is driving him insane.

Captain Sagan Carter has orders to make sure her high-and-mighty alien counterpart completes all the requirements of the Electra Galaxy’s Mr. Interstellar Feller pageant; otherwise he’s to be escorted to the nearest deportation area, never to return to Earth’s surface.

All Keir wants is to arrest the smugglers and go home. To make the arrest and grab the kudos for herself, Sagan forces Keir to keep his assorted appointments including bikini waxes, cucumber facials and filming promo spots for 'Pluto Pillow Mints...The mints that melt in your mouth and provide an orgasmic experience for your taste buds'.

Keir Trask (a shortened, Earth version of his Oceanun name) has been sent to Earth with his partner/second in command Datron (a shortened version of his Valkyrian name) to compete in the Mr. Interstellar Feller competition. This is not something that these Enforcers looked forward to doing and is considered far, far beneath them, but they have to be under cover in order to seek out smugglers. Oh, and Keir is a muscled-bound 7 foot tall man with long black hair and mint green skin. WHAT? That’s right, mint green skin. It was humorous at first, but after a while I forgot – until it was mentioned again of course. It didn’t detract from the story, which was great.

Sagan is an Earth Protectorate undercover enforcer whose job it is to keep an eye on Keir. Oceanuns are not normally permitted on Earth as there is no trade agreement between the two planets. So the only way that Keir is allowed on the planet is to pose as a contestant in the MIF contest. Sagan, acts as his manager during the contestant. During the time that Sagan and Keir are together they start falling in love with one another. Sagan is trying her best not to fall because Keir will have to return home as soon as the competition is over.

I have to say, this was an interesting book. It wasn’t at all what I expected. Even though the blurb stated that Keir was on Earth looking for a weapons smuggler and Sagan was trying to keep Keir in line, etc., I was convinced that this was going to be a bit of fluff that focused more on the Mr. Interstellar Feller pageant and the humor in that whole ordeal more than anything else. When I got into the book I realized that the book focused more on the mission of Keir and Sagan trying to find the weapons smuggler. Their cover was blown though and it became a mission of when to get the weapons smuggler rather than a whodunit.

As much as Keir and his fellow Oceanuns look down on Earthlings, Keir comes to realize that they’re not as stupid and backwards as they were led to believe. More like Earthlings are quite smart and he’s dully impressed. I liked how the author showed Keir learning to adjust his thinking about the planet.

I have to say there were a couple of parts I had a problem with in the book. First, Sagan hated people who lied to her. The 3 closest people in her life had lied to her. Of course Keir is trying to catch these smugglers but he has things to hide in regard to the mission and therefore lies to Sagan. When she discovers these lies she’s pissed. But it seemed that she just got over it within the next scene and thinks to herself that she respects him. Someone who’s that adamant about honest would not get over it that quickly. Would they?

Also, Sagan & Keir had already admitted that they had feelings for each other but Keir supposedly sleeps with the producer of the pageant. Then the next day Sagan sleeps with Keir. IDK, that just bugged the crap outta me. Why would she do that? No self-respect?

There were some pretty funny parts in the book that had me laughing out loud. There was also the part where Keir’s having sex with Sagan and the head of his penis starts rotating! OMG!!!! I was laughing so damned hard my hubby thought I was losing it. (KB, I thought of you and all those weird sex books you’ve been reading! lol)

Overall it was a pretty good read. There was about 40 pages right in the middle that were total WTF but it was good before and after. I won’t reveal what happens in the end but I will say that there was an HEA.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

What I've Been Reading This Week

Hey folks! Happy Sunday!

Things around these parts were quiet this week - I like it that way more often than not.

I did get to Rancho Cucamonga yesterday where there was a Southern California Get Together. Not everyone from So Cal was there but there were a few of us and it was great getting to finally meet some of these folks! We shopped at Borders for a while then went and had some lunch then had a book swap (17 more books to add to my collection). Fun! Unfortunately there were a ton of fires going on in So Cal yesterday and lots of freeway closures so Nikki and I had to take a long roundabout way of getting to the get together but we made it. Alice got to the GT but then due to a closure couldn't get home. She ended up going home with Rosie. Then Wendy and her Man got evacuated because there was a fire practically in their backyard. They met us all and then went home with Rosie as well. I was kind of jealous of the fun slumber party they were having! :) (btw - Wendy and her Man are home now and their apartment is safe! YAY!) Here we all are in all our glory:

Alice, Nikki, Rosie, Wendy, Me & Lori

Ok - On to the books I read this week. I read a lot this week. A lot of the stories were novellas or shorts (some uber short). And, I want to be a nice, kind person and post book covers for you...but I just don't have it in me tonight, sorry. Hopefully you'll survive!

Up first was Moon Madness by Mina Carter. A short novella about a werewolf woman running from her pack alpha and having lots of hot sex! lol You can read my review on The Book Binge.

Next up was Demon Bound by Meljean Brook. Holy demons Batman! Just an awesome, awesome read. You can read my thoughts a couple of posts back. Meljean is just an incredible story teller and I love reading her books.

Riding Temptation by Jaci Burton was next. The second book in the Wild Riders series. This was a great story about Diaz and Jesse and I loved it. Burton's such a fun author to read.

Sugar Shack by Paisley Scott was next. Cute little novella about a man and woman who hadn't seen each other in 10 years. She'd broken up with him because he wanted to stay put in Vermont and she wanted adventure. She's back in Vermont now and seeing the error of her ways. I thought our hero accepted her a little too quickly for what she'd put him through but overall it was a good story.

Next up were 3 short stories: Mischief in the Garage by Liza James (7 pages) this was a small continuation story of one she'd previously written. Sex on a riding lawn mower - I haven't tried that one yet. Cute story. (this is actually a free read from Wilder Rose Press)
Then there was Cowboy by Delilah Devlin. Great little erotic short (about 10 pages) of a woman and a cowboy stuck in a storm. This was my fav of the 3.
Then there was One Sinful Night by Jalena Burke (22 pages and I couldn't find a site for her to link to). I did not like this story at all. Sorry. Woman at a party kissing a guy - suddenly transported to a different house - wakes up and has had sex and been turned into a vampire. Vampire guy nowhere in sight. The woman was just TSTL let's put it that way.

Another novella: Passions by Jennifer Cole. Woman working at Caribbean resort and meets 2 men from a different universe who say she's their mate. Review will be up sometime soon on TBB.

Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase. Just a great, well written book. I loved the h/h and their banter throughout the book. Dain was a great ass but redeemable. Jessica was a little like a Mack truck in some parts of the book but I loved them when they were together. Loved this one.

A Delicious Taboo by Jennifer Cole. After reading Passions I was a little curious about her other work. I got this book and I basically misunderstood the premise. I thought there would be 2 different menage's involved. Actually it was a 4 man 1 woman group romp. Huh. 2 male bi couples each want the woman to be their 3rd. They basically try to see who she'll pick. Things get uh, heated.

Heaven by Jet Mykles. I've been meaning to read this forever and finally did it. It was an interesting m/m story about Johnnie Heaven and his obsession with a straight hotel manager. As much as I liked the story I thought there wasn't as many getting to know each other parts. It's probably the girl in me since the story was about men, but still. I'll definitely be reading the other books in the series.

And last but not least...Wild by Lori Foster. As Nikki and I were in the car for a few hours yesterday we of course were talking about books. She recommended this one that I hadn't read and lent it to me. I really liked the story - and having not read the previous books in the series it was fine as a stand alone.

Happy Reading!

Poetry and a Scoundrel


So it's poetry time again at my house. This month's poem was a little more difficult for her to learn for some reason. She just couldn't quite get it. So on Tuesday when we were all off for Veteran's Day I decided that she would learn it through interpretive dance. omg how fun was that? She was hilarious and then my oldest got into it and was being extremely creative and slapstick funny as well. I don't think we'd laughed that hard together in a while. Problem: Neither one of them would let me video tape!! I guess those moments will have to be stuck in my head instead of stuck on a CD.

Anyway, so this is my youngest doing it "properly" as she says:


A Scoundrel:

So I finally requested Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase from the library. I started reading it last night and I could not put it down.

Dain is just.....such an ass, yet...not.

And Jess is just...incredible so far. Feisty, intelligent - I love her!

OMG why did I wait so long? I'm only about 170 pages into it but it's just amazing! I can't possibly say enough good things about this book and I haven't even finished it! Alright, I'll keep you posted.

The Non-Review Review: Demon Bound

Among the Guardians, Alice Grey is known as the Black Widow—a woman trapped in a web spun by the demon Teqon. To save her soul, she agreed to deliver to Teqon the heart of the oldest and most powerful Guardian of all, or else be damned for eternity. After more than a hundred years, Teqon is calling in his debt.

Jake Hawkins is a novice Guardian whose gift of teleportation could be invaluable to Alice in determining her next move. But in aligning himself with her he never expected to fall in love. Now, their passionate flight to escape Alice’s damnable bargain is threatening both their souls. For they’re about to discover a hellish secret about the Guardians—something that will change their universe forever.

I'm not even sure what I can say about Demon Bound that hasn't already been said. I just want to tell everyone what a truly fabulous book this is.

I loved Jake. He was just incredible. I liked him when he was first introduced in the earlier books but I was a little surprised when I found out he was going to be the hero of Demon Bound. I mean I liked him a lot, but hero material? Well let me tell you - he can be in my hero hut any day! He was a warm, wonderful, honorable man who was just as sexy as hell. Hot. Damn.

I loved watching Alice come out of her shell, or her web as it were. She was all tangled up in her bargain with Teqon and until Jake came along pretty much at her wits end. She finally realized that shunning people wasn't going to make things easier for herself no matter what happened with the final outcome of the bargain. She was intelligent as could be and truly had a great sense of humor.

I just love Meljean's writing. She has a way of grabbing your attention from the beginning of the book and not letting go. The on-going story of the Guardian's is truly heating up and I can hardly wait to hear what happens next!!

5 out of 5

Now Meljean, I know you said that Holly could have your babies and that I wasn't too old for you...and you weren't too picky...I'm hoping you still feel that way. I can finally get that red-headed baby I've always wanted!

What I've Been Reading This Week

Good but very busy week. Between shuttling the oldest to tutoring (which is going well), physical therapy appointments (rotator cuff issues) & school projects I've had very little time for anything, including reading.

Hubby and I were supposed to go away this weekend for our anniversary but his bosses (corporate) slammed him with a surprise inventory. Oh well, we'll get away another weekend soon. We did take some time last night and went out for dinner and movie. You should have seen hubby's face when I turned to him at the bar and asked him if my face has started to sag. OMG the look on his face. You could tell he was trying not to laugh at my question yet say the "right" thing at the same time. I finally spared him, started laughing and told him I wasn't serious. lol

So not much in the book department this week:

First off was Kiss of Fury by Deborah Cooke. This is the second book in her Dragonfire series. I found this book to be much more interesting and entertaining than the first. There was a lot going on, but it all meshed in the end. Unfortunately I read it in stops and starts and it took me forever. I may have felt differently about the book, if I'd read it in a couple of days but I still gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars. I'm looking forward to the next book.

Next up was a short story called Breathless by Ericka Scott. I've read a couple of Ms. Scott's m/f works before and enjoyed them. I have to say that I have great respect any author who gets published. This short however was not for me. It was an m/m story with were-swans (1 with vertigo) hot air balloons, male models and vindictive ex-wives...a lot going on in 36 pages. Let's just say I wouldn't recommend the story.

Then I read a novella by Patrice Michelle. This Nocturne Bite, Scions: Perception, is a story in her Scions series. I really enjoy Ms. Michelle's writing and this novella was no different. I'm looking forward to Scions: Revelation that comes out Dec. 1, 2008.

Last on the list was Magic In His Kiss by Shari Anton. I read this one for review The Book Binge. It was a sweet book and you can go here and read all about it.

And that's it! See, I told you life was getting in the way! I intended to read Meljean's Demon Bound this weekend but haven't gotten very far in it. But what I've read so far is wonderful. I'll keep you posted!

Happy Reading!

Please Tell Me I'm Wrong...Please?

Ok - I was just at Lori Foster's website. I hadn't been there in a while and wanted to see when the next SBC Fighter book was coming out. I was very happy to see that it's going to be released in February 2009. I've enjoyed this series so far. I like the people who just seem down to earth and "normal". Yes there's conflict, but it's nothing too dastardly.

So imagine my surprise when I read the excerpt and it seemed, now please tell me I'm wrong, that the latest book involves...time travel. Now I'm gonna say this in the nicest way possible...What.The.Fuck? We have Fighters. Not inter-galactic fighters. Regular ones that get in a ring and kick ass and oh, they fall in love somewhere along the way. That's the kind of contemporary I'm looking for when I read this series.

So...here's the blurb for the next book My Man, Michael

On the verge of a title shot match, fighter Michael “Mallet” Manchester is injured in a car accident. And just as quickly as his career was taking off, it’s over. Then Kaylie Raine appears, offering him a second chance at becoming whole. Even though Mallet thinks it’s the pain medication talking, he accepts her challenge. And on an extraordinary journey with Kaylie, he’ll get a chance to fight again—to save the woman who has saved him.

Does this say time travel to you? Yeah, me neither. Now...go here and read the excerpt and come back and tell me that I'm wrong. Really. I want someone to tell me that I'm wrong. Please?

Mawwage. Mawwage is what bwings us togethaw today.

Mawwage, that bwessed awwangement, that dweam within a dweam. - The Princess Bride

The honor of your presence is requested at the wedding of Hubby and Tracy.

Saturday, November 6, 1993
Chapel of the Roses
Pasadena, CA

Yep, it's true. 15 years ago today my hubby and I were married. It was a beautiful southern California day. (It was a good thing I had that long sleeved dress on for the November weather cuz it was about 75 degrees that day.)

We got married at a wedding chapel in Pasadena, where we lived at the time. My husband was raised Catholic and I was Presbyterian and since my mother was doing the ceremony (she's a Presbyterian minister) he didn't want to offend anyone by getting married in a Presbyterian church. So off to the chapel we went. It was a beautiful ceremony - not a dry eye in the house. Ok, maybe there was one or two

OMG look at my hubby. He was sooooooooooooooooooooo stinking young! Dear heavens what was I thinking marrying a younger man? Oh yeah, that's what I was thinking! *winkwink* (He was 24, I was 28) He cleaned up pretty well.

Yes, my headpiece was friggin huge! A friend of mine made it...trying to copy it from a picture in a bridal magazine. If I remember correctly it was supposed to be about a 75% less in size than it was but I felt bad about cutting it and hurting her feelings so I left it alone. Silly Tracy. (It was a good thing it was the early 90's and BIG was in.) ;) Every time I turned my head I think I whapped my hubby in the face.

The reception was hilarious (I'll spare you the pictures). Among other things the DJ got drunk and started playing songs like You Can't Hide Those Lying Eyes and Breaking Up Is Hard To Do. Only us, I swear! lol

Then it was off to Jamaica for our Honeymoon. We went to one of those all inclusive clubs where you pay one price and then you don't have to pay for anything else while you're there - not even a tip. It was fab. We met some great people who we're still friends with and have some wonderful memories of horseback riding, drunken lingerie-wearing karaoke, lounging by the pool and toga parties.

(And yes, I'm embarrassed to say, that is a polo shirt with shoulder pads that I'm wearing. What? They were in.)

It's been a great 15 years! Here's to another wonderful 15 or...40!

And wove, twue wove, wiww fowwow you fowevah--

Review: The Decadent Duke

I know you’ve all been waiting with bated breath for my review on The Decadent Duke by Virginia Henley. Well it’s finally here! Follow this link to The Book Binge and read away. Let me know what you think.

Happy Hump Day!

Review: Demon's Kiss

Title: Demon’s Kiss
Author: Eve Silver
SERIES: This is book 1 in the Compact of Sorcerer’s series

Ciarran (Pronounced Keer-an) is a High Sorcerer. He’s lived for 1000 years and his job is to keep humans safe and protect the barrier that separates the humans and the demons.

Twenty-one years ago Ciarran felt a breach in the barrier and went to investigate. He discovered a horrid scene: a car crash…but the human adults had been flayed open by a demon. He also discovered a small child. The Pact he lives by makes it impossible to heal the child, but he wraps her in his magic to take away her pain while she dies. The child then surprises Ciarran and starts pulling his power from him and heals herself. Whoa.

While Ciarran is distracted by what the child is doing, which he didn’t know was possible and he is weak from having his power drained, a demon attacks him and tries to throw him into the demon world. He manages to barely defeat the demon but he pays a huge price. His hand was put into the demon world and was infected with a demon seed. Never a good thing to happen.

It is now present time and Ciarran feels a problem in the continuum (the barrier). He is thrown together with Clea, the girl that stole his power those many years ago, and discovers that she is the conduit that can open the barrier and let the demon of all demons into this world. He can’t let that happen and there are many looking for her to do just that. He also can’t let any harm come to Clea as he has feelings for her even though whenever they are near each other she drains more and more of his powers and the demon seed that he has fought against all these years get closer and closer to getting out.

There are many things about this book that I liked and there were a few I didn’t like – I think it was equal in the end.

Let’s see…I liked Clea. She had been through some hard times in her life. First by losing her parents but then living with her Grandmother she had faced hunger, poverty and yet more death. She was taught, however, that you just deal. Hard times hit, life gets rough, but you deal with it. When demons start attacking her she doesn’t freak out. Ok, she freaks out a little cuz come on, they’re freakin demons!!! but she doesn’t let it effect her to the point where she can’t do anything for herself like so many heroines we see these days. She gets up, dusts herself off and tries to figure out how to fix the situation. I really, really liked that about her.

Ciarran I kind of liked. He really was in a state of turmoil throughout the book, which he had been for the past 21 years since he was implanted (or whatever you want to call it) with the demon seed. He’d been fighting his demon side and pretty much winning the battle ‘til he got with Clea and then, as I’ve said, she drained his power, power that was keeping the demon seed at bay. I have to say I found him a little whiney. Not all the time but he was fighting his ds (demon seed) and trying to keep Clea safe and trying to figure out how to stop this uber-demon from coming through the barrier and all he could think about was boffing Clea…all the freakin time!!! On top of that it was: “I can’t be with her cuz I’m part demon.” He barely thinks about the fact that he shouldn’t be with her because he’ll have no powers left! It's just got old.

Ok then there was the attraction between the h/h, of course, but I think it got to be a little too much. I want him, I want her…over and over. Just have hot monkey sex already! I was so damned happy when they finally had did it! I love sexual tension but this wasn't tension so much as an annoying want. Kind of like a buzzing in my ear. And how many times can a woman look at a man and think how savagely beautiful he is? We get it. He’s beyond good looking. You’re in desperate times and you take the time to see how gorgeous he is. Arggggg! Stop it!

Also, and maybe someone can help me with this…how many times can a heroine wet/lick her lips before they just become too chapped to kiss? Cuz Clea was doing it about every 2 seconds it seemed. She wetted her lips…she licked her lips…she unconsciously stuck her small pink tongue out to wet her lips. My God! If I licked my lips that much they would be dry and cracked and there would be no way in hell any man would find that attractive!! Invest in some chapstick. Not that expensive. Really. (I’ve been seeing heroines licking their lips regularly in books lately and a time or two is fine. As much as this chick did it? Uh, no.)

Fine - so I focused more on the bad stuff than on the good but there were plenty of good moments too - but you'll just have to read the book and see what they were for yourself! lol

Alright so my final verdict on the book is 3 out of 5. This was my first book by this author. I liked the book and will read the next one but there were some things in the book that I could have done without.

What I've Been Reading This Week

Happy November!

I'm a day behind in getting this post out - forgive me, please. I have no excuse except that I was home alone and I couldn't pass up the quiet reading time!

The week was a good one - all around. My hubby got back from paradise - he had a great time even though he said that parts of his seminars were incredibly boring and it was all he could do not to fall asleep.

The girls had a great time on Halloween. Halloween is their favorite holiday and they just love everything about it. The decorations, the spooky movies, the dressing up. Unfortunately I sucks and when I was taking pictures I didn't realize that the camera was taking the pictures but it was in video mode. Arg. So some came out very blurry. My oldest would NOT let me re-take the pictures cuz she just didn't have time for that - whatever. Yes, that's Bat Girl there in the mask and my oldest was Bad Spirit (basically a cheerleading costume with a skull and crossbones on it - again, whatever)

My kids have already gone through all their candy - all 6 pieces that I let them keep. I know I'm a horrible mom! Ok - not really. I let them keep their 6 pieces then I have them put the candy on the porch and The Great Pumpkin comes and takes it and then leaves a gift in its place to say thank you. Then the Great Pumpkin takes the candy to all the kids who were too sick to go trick or treating.

I actually take the candy to my church where they use it in the lunches that they make for the adults and kids with AIDS. The candy goes to a good cause and I get it out of my house. My kids get some candy but they also get a gift - which is a win/win for everyone IMO.

I hope you all had a great week as well! Here's what I read this week and I'm pretty much holding you in suspense on a couple of them:

The Englor Affair by J. L. Langley. Review a couple of posts back - loved it!

Demon's Kiss by Eve Silver. This was my first foray into anything by this author. Check out my review tomorrow.

The Decadent Duke by Virginia Henley. You can read all about what I thought in my review on The Book Binge, um sometime soon. I'll post when it goes up.

Into the Fire by Suzanne Brockmann. The latest in the Troubleshooters series was a great book. I just love Brockmann's writing and I get so into her stories. This was mostly about Vinh Murphy and his best friend Hannah. Throw in a little Decker, Sophia, Danny Gillman and of course Izzy Zanella who is just a stand up kind of guy and you have the makings of a wonderful book. I can't wait for the next installment, Dark of Night, to come out at the end of January.

Happy Reading!