Archive | April, 2007

I have an idea!

17 Apr

Damn, I’m pretty smart. Well, I feel like I am right about now. This is better than my choose your own romance book idea. Remember those murder mystery dinners? (You have dinner while solving a muder case.) What about dinner and a romance novel? There are two ways off the top of my head that these can be hosted. Continue reading

Wild, Wicked, & Wanton

16 Apr

Favorite Lines: “We have to enjoy one weekend of blistering hot sex. No strings, of course. It’s not like you have to locate and meet the guy of your dreams or anything. You just have to fuck someone.” (13)

Those lines summarize Wild, Wicked, & Wanton. Jaci Burton has penned three highly erotic stories which include a little something of all women’s secret fantasies. Three women have taken charge of their sexuality and chosen to pursue weekends of hot, no bars sex.

They don’t go looking for love, although they aren’t completely shut off from the idea of it. Of all the characters, I liked Callie the best. She is a widow who meets an up-and-coming lawyer. Her lawyer friend becomes her lover and the two enjoy many hours of observing humanity and creating a better future.

Abby participates in a threesome and has to decide if she wants both men or if one is better than two. I like the way the scene is set for the intercourse. There’s no pressure and the emotional baggage that one would assume she felt is well written. I like that Abby was undecided about her feelings towards her participation of the threesome.

Blair airs her dirty laundry, too. She lets the secret behind her love ’em and leave ’em attitude out. She’s been engaged several times, only to bail before the weddings. She is a free spirit that is guided by a deep fear. She has also had a crush on a local cop who feels the same way about her. If you like cops this is the story for you.

Overall, if you’re not in the mood for an erotic book you should already know not to pick up Burton’s book. This book is a sizzler. It is sex scene, after sex scene. The male characters were all likable and lick-able. (Is that a word?) The women were strong; they had to be to follow through with the dares. I like the sexual variety that Burton gives and paired with the variety of women it worked well.

Have you Read…

14 Apr

the Rogue series? It’s written by Alex Archer. I think I saw it a few months ago on the Write Snark’s blog, but I’m not sure. It sounds pretty good and I’m in need of more reading material. I tried to find a web page on Alex Archer but came up short. If anyone has read the book or knows other books written by this author please let me know.

I have a long wish list at Amazon. *sigh* Most of the list won’t be released until summer so I’m going to try and expand my reading list. What are you reading? E-book or paper? Genre?

What a start (filled with whining)

13 Apr

I just got a speeding ticket. What a crappy start to a new day. I was turning on to my street after taking the oldest to school, when the stupid blue and red lights turned on behind me. The kid comes to the car and tells me that I was doing 48 in a 30. Now, I had seen him and of course my eyes dropped to the odometer. It said 40 so I slowed to 35, thinking that was the speed limit. I didn’t argue with the guy, I took my ticket and went home. I called the court to find out how much it’d be and they say they can’t tell me for another week, but after I ask for a price range they say $109-136.

It took two cops to pull me over. That is one thing I hate about living here. There is so little for the cops to do that one cop is never enough. When I drive through town, I get passed in the school zones every day. Do you think there is ever a cop near? I’m just a little bit irritated. I’m trying to rationalize it. You were speeding, regardless of how much. But damn that cop. There are certain times of the year when they set out to trap you and today is one of those days. Now, I’m freaking about how I’m going to pay for it. I really don’t want to go back into a factory and it makes me want to cry.

After all the years in college to get out of the factory, I’m finding myself being sucked back in. Starting a business was a major goal is a major goal. To achieve it I need money. The only jobs around here are in factories. It is a sickening circle that sucks the soul out of a person, namely me. I’ve now got the added expense of a ticket and possibly higher insurance to pay for and it’s looking more and more like I’ll have to return to the factory scene. Well, enough whining for today. I’m going to go cry and feel sorry for myself for a little bit before trying to start the day again.

13 Women who made a difference

12 Apr

13 Women who made a difference

1.Conchita Cintron was born in 1922 and was a Peruvian bullfighter. She was the first woman to professionally compete as a bullfighter. Her most famous moment came in 1949 when she entered a ring in Spain via horseback, did a perfect dismount and threw her sword into the ground refusing to kill the bull. She was arrested but released quickly due to audience support. That was her last time in the bull ring. Continue reading

Give a Helping Hand

11 Apr

I don’t know how many of you have heard of Kiva. I was channel surfing last night and stumbled across a show on PBS about giving back to the community. I only caught two not for profit agencies that are making a difference. I want to share about the first one today, Kiva.

Kiva gives loans to people in third world countries. The loans aren’t from the bank; they are from regular people like you and me. For as little as $25, you can help a person begin a business or expand a business. The people normally would need to borrow at a high interest rate making it impossible for them to succeed. Here’s a condensed version of how it works. A person applies for a loan. They are investigated to ensure that they have a need and are asked about collateral. After passing inspection, they are entered into a database along with their story and plans for the money. People read through the applications and select who they want to give money to and when the requested amount of money is acquired the loan officers take the money to the applicant.

Right now the loans are repaid at 100%. Most of the loan amounts requested are modest. Some of the people requesting $100-$250. The documentary showcased a man requesting a large amount to expand his furniture making business; he requested $1150. This all takes place from the comfort of your home. It’s online. You read applications, select one, donate a certain amount of dollars, read updates/journals, get repaid and decide whether to withdraw the money or reinvest in a different business.

Another thing that makes this so cool, is that Paypal allows Kiva to use its payment processing for free. Giving a helping hand has never been easier.

Kitty Takes a Holiday

10 Apr

Favorite Line: “Oh,God, I’m a hack. An ugly talentless hack, and nobody ever liked me, not once, not ever.” (83)

Kitty is back. After loosing a fight in Denver in book one and being publicly outed in book two, she has returned for round three. Kitty Takes a Holiday picks right up where Kitty Goes to Washington ends. She’s on hiatus attempting to write a book. Someone doesn’t want her to stay in the small town she’s stopped at and he/she is using blood magic to frighten Kitty away.

Ben and Cormac are still around and Kitty kind of/sort of hooks up with one of them. No, I’m not telling which one. She’s dealing with being the poster child for werewolves and has fixated on a rival talk show host. (The talk show host rivalry is the best part of the book.)

I like Kitty, but this book didn’t move me in any fashion. I like that she’s human or realistic. I know I have days when I think like her, the hysterical, self-doubting moments. Despite my connection to her occasional emotional bouts, I feel blah. No trace of adrenaline leaving my body because I was wrapped up in the story. No lingering sadness or happiness. The setting was pretty nice though and I was a little pissy that a character I liked turned traitor. All in all, I won’t be reading this again.