Archive | October, 2007


31 Oct

Who is having a contest? I’ve found two, but if y’all know of more feel free to let me know in comments and I’ll add it up in the post at the end of the day.

  • Jaci Burton is talking about Jill Monroe’s contest. Email the color of a pair of panties in Tall, Dark and Filthy Rich.
  • Kimberly at Dark Reviews is giving away Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith. Go to Dark Reviews and tell her what you plan to do tonight for Halloween and for an extra entry name your favorite paranormal book.

Tin Man

30 Oct

I’m looking forward to seeing the Tin Man on Sci-Fi Channel in a bad way. The previews remind me of the 10th Kingdom and girl, did I love that movie.

I want to see Apocalypse AD based on the book Babylon Babies by Maurice G. Dantec. Vin Diesel. Oh, Vin the things I could do to/with you!!!

So what are you looking forward to seeing?

Books releasing week of 10/29/07

29 Oct

Here we go with this weeks book releases.

  1. Forever After by Catherine Anderson
  2. A Stockingful of Joy by Jill Barnett, Mary Jo Putney, Susan King, Justine Dare
  3. Payback by Jasmine Cresswell
  4. Under the Mistletoe by Mary Balogh
  5. Temerature’s Rising by Sandra Brown
  6. Winter Fire by Jo Beverly
  7. A Cold Day in Hell by Stella Cameron
  8. The Queen’s Lady by Shannon Drake
  9. Family Tree by Barbara Delinski
  10. The Billionaire’s Captive Bride by Emma Darcy
  11. Forbidden Temptation by Gwynne Forster
  12. Capturing the Millionaire by Marie Ferrarella
  13. The Taste of Innocence by Stephanie Laurens
  14. Christmas Wishes by Debbie Macomber
  15. Becket’s Last Stand by Kasey Michaels
  16. Comfort and Joy by Fern Michaels, Cathy Lamb, Marie Bostwick, Deborah J. Wolf
  17. Regency Christmas Wishes by Edith Layton, Emma Jensen, Sandra Heath, Barbara Metzger, Carla Kelly
  18. A Week from Sunday by Dorothy Garlock
  19. The Sheik and the Christmas Bride by Susan Mallory
  20. Not the Marrying Kind by Hailey North
  21. Taken by Storm by Tami Hoag
  22. Dead of Night by J.D. Robb, Mary Blayney, Ruth Ryan Langan, Mary Kay McComas
  23. Patriot’s Dream by Barbara Michaels

10-20-30 Meme

28 Oct

Tia from Fantasy Debut tagged me to do this meme about where I was 10, 20 and 30 years ago. I’m not into tagging, so I welcome all who want to do this to go for it.

10 years ago I was running around town like a wild child. I had no kids and hangin’ pals out the ass. I went to work and then went out drinking or partying with friends. I was going to IU part-time and learning to cope with the end of a four year relationship.

20 years ago I was living with a poor self image. I constantly thought about how much I weighed and read nonstop. I lived at the library and walked to the corner drug store for candy with friends. My mom announced she was having a baby and that I’d no longer be the baby of the family.

30 years ago I was less than a month old. I pooped and peed myself a lot.

The Mane Event by Shelly Laurenston

26 Oct

Favorite Line: “She smiled when he snorted a laugh into her neck.” (p. 290)

The Mane Event is two stories packaged into one book. The first story, Christmas Pride, is about NYPD cop Desiree MacDermot and her childhood buddy, Mace Llewellyn.

Dez is investigating a murder and Mace is returning home after years spent in the NAVY. He has fantasized of Dez for years and has every intention of searching her out upon his return, only to walk into his sister’s home and find the woman of his dreams.

Dez can’t believe the attraction that flares between her and Mace. When she was a teenager, his sister warned her off before her family moved forcing all contact between the two to halt. She has no clue that he is a lion shifter and of the pleasure he can bring her if she allows him.

The second story, Shaw’s Tail, is about Brendon Shaw. He is introduced at the end of Christmas Pride as a cocky lion in a bad situation. This situation leads to his hospitalization. While there, he is cared for by Ronnie Lee Reed of the Smith wolf pack.

Ronnie Lee promised herself that she would change her lifestyle. She was tired of partying and casual sex. Then she met Brendon. He was the ultimate threat: sexy, caring and dominant. He could be the one…if she let him.

My Favorite Line, sums up the book: good fun. The book takes a look at sex and relationships and adds a comedic touch to them. It isn’t heavy or tense, just good dirty clean fun.

The dialog is entertaining and the storyline is told with a light touch. This story could have been told in a different manner to imply a heated, intense feeling, but I’m happy to say Ms. Laurenston took a different route.

Lately I feel as if the market has been saturated with heavy, dark paranormal stories. I love them. I also love this light paranormal take on a romance.

I will be looking for and reading more of Ms. Laurenston especially when I’m in need of a good book that makes me smile and relax, not tense and excited.

Aiden’s Charity by Lora Leigh

25 Oct

Favorite Lines: “The knot pulsed, engorged, pushing her into another series of rapid explosions as yet more of his release surged into the sealed chamber.” (p. 100)

Aiden has experienced life as a Breed experiment. He was controlled and forced to live his life while others took notes. One such lab tech, was Charity. The only aspect of his life that he was able to control was his sexuality. He had iron control until Charity showed up.

Charity couldn’t stand the idea of Aiden being destroyed, so she stoked him to an erection then turned him over to the scientists to study. Aiden never forgave her, so six years later when she is fleeing the compound she is surprised when he saves her.

The two learn that they are mates and the key to the future of all Breeds. The physical and chemical changes that are taking place within Charity will reveal the secret to birthing the next generation.

If you don’t like to read elaborate, long or multiple sex scenes you will hate this book. If you’ve read Lora Leigh you know what to expect. It’s the same idea as most of her books. The story really isn’t in an elaborate plot. It is in watching a couple form a relationship. Taking two people and making them care for each other despite all odds.

It is traditional romance meets erotica. I say this because a romance is supposed to be about the relationship between two people. Yet this book is erotic, at the expense of the plot line of the bad guys trying to get the good guys. Much of the story revolves around the couple having sex. From chapter one until chapter fifteen when the couple first has sex, it’s all about the need to have sex. Yes there is other stuff, but for the most part it is about the sex.

I don’t mind. I’ve read two other books in the series, Meghan’s Mark and Tanner’s Scheme, so I knew what to expect when I picked the book up and it works in its own way.

I don’t see that it matters what order you read the books in, which is something Ms. Leigh did purposely. Check out her website for more information about the Breed series.

Queen of Orcs: Royal Destiny by Morgan Howell

24 Oct

Favorite Lines: “You gave me joy, and I’ve repaid you with sorrow.” (p.394)

Dar has become the Queen of the Orcs and survived the poison that threatened her life. But the bones have survived also; the evil that threatened her in books one and two is still alive. Not only is she faced with a great mystical evil, she must prove herself to the matriarchs of the Orc people while staving off an invasion by the humans.

This book felt different than the first two. The first book showcased the evil within humanity. Book two showed that the Orcs may not be exactly what Dar thought. Book three exposes the horror of magic. (An image of the crypt keeper kept popping up in my mind.)

I hated the human Queen. She was stereotypical, wishy-washy and ignorant. I realize that there would be no story if she were smart, but damn it she is TSTL. I also didn’t get sucked into this book as quickly as the previous two.

I don’t know if it’s the treachery shown by the female Orcs that I was turned off by or knowing that Dar would have to decide between two possible love interests. I was slightly surprised by all the tough decisions that Dar was forced to make. She has not only her future to decide but that of all Orcs.

The way the book climaxed was great. I didn’t like the way evil left however. It seemed pretty…Blah. Like ho-hum, that’s it?

I hope that after you’ve read the book you’ll stop in so that we can talk in the comments, as I don’t like to give spoilers. Overall, I enjoyed this conclusion to the Queen of the Orcs trilogy.

One Step Away by Dawn Munroe

23 Oct

Favorite Lines: “Before she could spin completely around, she was hit in the back with something heavy, knocking her to the ground.” (p. 62)

One Step Away by Dawn Munroe is the second book that Sandy Cummins of Reader’s Eden and Writers Exchange ebook Publishing graciously sent me. It is 159 pages and sells for $4.95. The copyright year is listed as 2003.

The ebook is about Kelly Carter, a woman being stalked. It starts off innocently enough with a single rose placed upon the window shield of her car. Before long it escalates.

Jake Warren is a detective trying to protect Kelly from the unknown perpetrator. All eyes and hands point towards a few suspects, but in the end is either man truly the stalker intent on loving Kelly to death?

Okay, what did I like? I enjoyed the moments of terror and the concept behind the story. I also liked the moments with the stalker. Reading from his point of view was the best part of the book.

What did I dislike? Characters flipped and suddenly lost that part of them that made them, well…them. For example, there is an officer who is known for forcing himself upon women. He digs and makes jibes about a rape victim, before suddenly showing that he’s a nice guy capable of compassion. No, he’s not.

The story was predictable and I didn’t particularly care for the non-indented paragraphs. (They irritated the crap out of me.) I just wasn’t overly impressed and won’t be reading this book again.

New Releases Oct. 23

22 Oct
  1. A Lick of Frost by Laurell K. Hamilton
  2. The Christmas Pearl by Dorthea Frank
  3. The Dangers of Deceiving a Viscount by Julia London
  4. The Last Noel by Heather Graham
  5. The Marriage Game by Fern Michaels

Books releasing this week. You know the drill leave book releases in the comments area.

A home for books

19 Oct

Over the course of the week, I asked questions about what to do with books I didn’t want to keep. I received excellent suggestions: giving them to Goodwill, used bookstores, nursing homes, libraries and hospitals. The winner, in my eyes, is a foundation that Rene Lyons, author of the Templar series, suggested and started in honor of her deceased brother.

It’s the Anthony Ferrisi Foundation. Here is the information that I took from the webpage dedicated to the foundation.

The Anthony Ferrisi Foundation is a non-profit organization that accepts book donations for drug rehabilitation facilities and hospitals all over the country. Our goal is to provide the beauty and enjoyment of the written word to those who need it most.

Anyone can donate. Publishers, authors, readers….please help us rebuild lives one book at a time by donating your new or used books. All genres are needed, from biographies to romance.

Contact Ms. Lyons for further information at