Last week started off with a bang. I got a cold and felt like I was going to die - and frankly at some points I really wanted to! lol However I made it through and got to the weekend - which was really the highlight of the week.
Lisabea came to California to visit with her hubby and I went down to Orange County to spend the weekend with her and Rosie and her hubby. We had so much fun! We talked and talked and talked and ate and drank and talked some more. I just adore those ladies. If that wasn't wonderful enough we planned a So Cal Blogger get together. This was 6 hours of uber fun, lemme tell ya. And not only was it the regular SCB's but we had a couple of new ones join us as well as more than a few authors! Yes, I know, we're so popular. lol Unfortunately the group was so big that I didn't get a chance to talk to everyone which was a bummer but everyone new that I met was really nice. Bloggers who were there: Lisabea, Wendy, Lori, Nikki, Rosie, Renee, Rowena, Holly, KC and Kristin. Then authors: Danielle Yockman, KB Alan, Tessa Dare, Vivienne Westlake, Rachel Jameson, Helen Kay Dimon, Eden Bradley and Sabrina Darby. We had lunch at The Yard House in Costa Mesa then headed down the street to New and Recycled Romance (which I adore and wish it wasn't so far away) and then did a book swap that lasted for about 2.5 hours! lol Hopefully everyone as as much fun as I did! Here we are in all our glory:
I'm continuing my love/hate relationship with Bloggers "new" editor. On one hand I absolutely love adding all of my pictures into the queue and having them there ready and waiting for me...and then having them pop into my post right where my cursor is, without having to drag them all over. On the other hand the editor does some funky things. I went to delete a word the other day and it deleted my entire sentence. Talk about frustrating. Of course I know part of this is operator error so hopefully I'll figure it out soon. :)
So on to what I read this week:
First up was Moon Craving by Lucy Monroe. This is book 2 in her Children of the Moon series. You can read my review
Next up was Surrender of a Siren by Tessa Dare. A wonderful book that I really enjoyed reading. I apparently was on the review bandwagon this past week so you can read my review here.
My Tracy's TBR Challenge Read for the week was Finding Hope by Katie Reus. I won this book at was so excited to read it but for some reason it got lost in the shuffle (sorry Katie). Anyway, it was the story of Hope who may or may not be the missing daughter of some wealthy Cubans. It's a story of tragedy, discovery, love and hope. 3.75 out of 5
Finding Utopia by KZ Snow (Utopia X book 4) was my next read. This is the final book in the series and it was a good one. My review is here.
My brain is gone! I even wrote this down and still forgot to post about it! I also read Noodle Shop Affair by CJ Michalski (yaoi manga). It was an interesting story about a mob guy falling in love with the noodle shop boy and trying to save him from other mob guys. Lots of blood in this one. Not bad - the noodle shop boy just looked like he was 12. Obviously he was older since he was running the shop by himself but he looked like he was in elementary school. 3 out of 5
Last but not least was The Postmistress by Sarah Blake. This was a book that was sent to me by the publisher, Amy Einhorn/Penguin Group, and I'll be reviewing it this week.