Well, my ears feel better, so no trip to the doctor this morning. Yay! But it's time to finish packing so we can leave on our trip up the the North. I should be gone a week and I don't know if I'll blog there or not.

Hope everyone had a great Christmas and has a Happy New Year.

The Sharing Knife: Beguilement by Lois McMaster Bujold

Young Fawn Bluefield has fled her family's farm hoping to find work in the city of Glassforge. Uncertain about her future and the troubles she carries, Fawn stops for a drink of water at a roadside inn, where she encounters a patrol of Lakewalkers, enigmatic soldier-sorcerers from the woodland culture to the north. Fawn knows the stories about the Lake-walkers: they are necromancers; they practice black sorcery; they have no permanent homes and own only the clothes they wear and the weapons—mysterious knives made of human bone—they carry. What she does not know is that the Lakewalkers, as a whole, are engaged in a perilous campaign against inhuman and immortal magical entities known as “malices,” creatures that suck the life out of all they encounter, and turn men and animals into their minions.

Dag is an older Lakewalker patroller who carries his past sorrows as heavily as his present responsibilities. When Fawn is kidnapped by the malice Dag's patrol is tracking, Dag races to rescue her. But in the ensuing struggle, it is not Dag but Fawn who kills the creature—at dire cost—and an uncanny accident befalls Dag's sharing knife, which unexpectedly binds their two fates together.

And so now the misenchanted knife must be returned to the Lakewalkers. Together, Fawn and Dag set out on the long road back to his camp. But on the journey this unlikely pair will encounter danger and delight, prejudice and partnership, and maybe even love. . . .

Title: The Sharing Knife: Beguilement
Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
Year published: 2006
Why I picked up this book: I'd heard good things online and I needed something to read during break at work.
Do I like the cover? Yeah, I like that it fits a scene in the book pretty well.
Is this part of a series? It's the first part of what I think is a duology.
What I enjoyed about the book: I really loved almost everything about the story. It's a wonderful fantasy romance. And yes, it's definitely a romance. I actually wasn't expecting it to have as much romance as it did. The fantasy elements are also really fascinating and I really hope that the two books aren't the only ones that will be in the series.
What I didn’t like about the book? It ended! Oh, I cannot wait until this summer and the sequel.
Is this a new-to-me author and would I read something by this author again? Actually, I think this might be the first book of hers I've read. I have some on my shelf, but I can't recall if I've ever read her in the past. Maybe a decade ago...
Wait, I'm almost positive I read Curse of Chalion. I'll definitely be reading more, too.
Am I keeping it or passing it on? I haven't decided yet. My copy is an ARC, so I might wait and buy the paperback whenever it comes out.

Happy Holidays!

And a Merry Christmas!

I'm not feeling real festive at the moment. Started to come down with a cold yesterday and went home from work shortly after getting there. Just got worse from there and I feel pretty rotten. Head and body aches, sore throat, running a know, all that good stuff.

But I did get a wonderful Christmas present from DH that I opened tonight. It's very pretty and sparkly.

Well, I hope everyone feels much better than I do!

Music as a Weapon concert

Music as a Weapon Tour 123x

Well, the concert was quite good. We heard Nonpoint, Flyleaf, Stonesour, and Disturbed. I enjoyed all of them a lot. Also took lots of pictures.

Instead of putting them all on my post here, I'm going to direct you over to my Flickr account that has them all. Much easier, I think. :-)

The pics I took of Nonpoint came out really blurry, so didn't include them.

Music as a Weapon Tour photos

Jumping up and down with joy!

So....bookstore called yesterday and told DH there was a book in for me.

Called today....and two more are there!

So while I'm at work, DH is going to head there and get me:

Surviving Demon Island by Jaci Burton
Hell's Belles by Jackie Kessler
The Rest Falls Away by Colleen Gleason.


Oh, and later on I will post pictures from last night's concert. And maybe a short video.

Wednesday wonders

Ahhh....good day today. Had a dentist appt in the morning. I love my dentist and the assistants there. They are so sweet and nice and wonderful and make my teeth squeaky clean. And since there was good news in not having any work done, I decided to treat myself to some books and kinda headed to Walmart in hopes that maybe they released some of next months books early. Hey, a girl can hope, right?

Anyways, no books, but I did end up buying some clothing. I really don't like to shop at Walmart, but I was having trouble finding some button-down shirts that weren't too long, yet still fit me in the chest. So I bought some shirts and some khakis there. And then headed off to work.

Good time there, too. Met a very nice woman named Jacquie Greenfield who has a western romance coming out this next year from Five Star. Yes, a western!! I'm definitely going to be keeping an eye out for more information about it.

And....Disturbed concert tomorrow night!!!!!!! Yay! And I hope to bring my camera, so there may be pictures.

And Nick did the sweetest thing ever tonight. Waiting on my keyboard was a cute card that said "Remember, I'm always right behind you." Awww....isn't he sweet? I think he's one reason I enjoy reading romance as I get my own wonderful hero and love to read about others being as happy.

But now I need to head off to bed as it's getting late and I work a morning shift tomorrow so I get off the evening for the concert. Night all!

Karin Slaughter

Okay, so I've been reading these books for the last two weeks and just loving them. Now I'm on Faithless, which follow Indelible, A Faint Cold Fear, Kiss Cut, and Blindsighted. I've really enjoyed each and every story.

Blindsighted introduces all the main characters. We've got Jeffrey Tolliver, the chief of police; Sara Linton, his ex-wife, pediatrician and part-time coroner; and Lena Adams, the first female officer Tolliver put on the force. There are more, like Sara's family, but these three are really in all the books. Well, mainly Jeffrey and Sara, but Lena also plays a fairly significant part in most of the books.

The rest of the books are really good and we learn lots of stuff about the characters and how events in that book and previous ones have changed them. These characters really do change as the series goes on. I can't wait to see what Faithless has in store. Indelible got into the back story of Sara and Jeffrey, which was fascinating, and the events in Blindsighted are still having a huge impact on Lena (and probably will, what happened to her isn't something one gets over). These are definitely not for the faint of heart, but I never felt like the violence was gratuitous, it just fit the story. Yes, horrifying things happen, but it done really well. Karin Slaughter has become a new favorite author. Love, love, love these books.

So this has been a seriously good glom. After Faithless, I'm not sure if I'll read Triptych right away or not. I know it's a standalone novel, so it's not a must-read right now, but if it's anywhere near as good as these books have been, I will want to read it eventually.

Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard

What would make the perfect man?

That's the deliciously racy topic that Jaine Bright and her three girlfriends are pondering one night at their favorite after-hours hot spot: Mr. Perfect. Would he be tall, dark, and handsome? Caring and warmhearted -- or will just muscular do? As their conversation hears up, they concoct a tongue-in-cheek checklist that becomes an overnight sensation, spreading like wildfire at work and sizzling along e-mail lines. But what began as a joke among friends turns deadly serious when one of the four women is murdered....Turning to her neighbor, an unpredictable police detective, for help, Jaine must unmask a killer to save her friends -- and herself. Now, knowing whom to trust and whom to love is a matter of survival -- as the dream of Mr. Perfect becomes a chilling nightmare.

Title: Mr. Perfect

Author: Linda Howard

Year published: 2001 (hardcover 2000)

Why I picked up this book: I'm not sure why. I was fooling around with my iPaq and clicked on the file.

Do I like the cover? Nah, it's fairly bland.

Is this part of a series? No.

What I enjoyed about the book: I loved Sam. Just loved him. He's alpha, but not a jerk and more than a match for Jaine, who is equally wonderful. The banter between them is just fabulous and one of my favorite parts of the book. I also loved the idea of the list and how it got out of control. I really felt for the characters and kept hoping that none of them would die.

What I didn’t like about the book? I did figure out who the bad guy was fairly early on. Other than that, I really enjoyed it.

Is this a new-to-me author and would I read something by this author again? Not a new-to-me author, but this is the first romantic suspense by her that I've read. Will definitely read more.

Am I keeping it or passing it on? I'm keeping it since it's an ebook.

Crazy kitty

Gambit 494
Originally uploaded by kelley899.
Note the puffed up tail. Gambit went nuts over something, or rather nothing, on the porch. He was hissing and his tail was just huge! But there's nothing out there, so no clue what was going on in his mind.

Just a quickie

Had a blast at the eHarlequin Open House tonight. Three hours of great chats with some awesome authors. Now it's time to head off to bed and read a book. Work tomorrow, but I do get Friday off. Yay!

Ah....Christmas pictures

Well, took the photo for our Christmas cards tonight. Decided to do photo cards from Target. We'll pick them up tomorrow and mail them out this week. Even got Gambit in the picture!

Ran around Christmas shopping today. Forgot to have lunch. Ooops. Did find stuff for a number of people on my list. And got some ideas for others. And still don't know what to get Nick. Grrr....

a mini shopping spree

I've been reading a bunch of ebooks at night the last few nights and it was seeming like my choices were definitely getting smaller. I read Repo Chick Blues by Tracy Sharp (excellent book, btw), Colters' Woman by Maya Banks (review below), Not Quite Dead by Sela Carsen, and Lord Night by Jessie Verino.

So, off to find more ebooks. I bought Yule Be Mine by Charlene Teglia from Cerridwen, Cloud Watcher by Lilith Saintcrow and The Wrong Christmas Carol by J.A. Ferguson from Imajinn Books, and Murder a la Mode by G.A. McKevett.

And woot! I learned from Tracy's website that the sequel to Repo Chick Blues will be out tomorrow! Man, I'm actually glad I waited to read the book since the wait would have been awful. I'll definitely be purchasing Finding Chloe tomorrow.

And another thing, I may not like Liquid Silver's pricing on ebooks (hence why I seldom think to head to their site and buy), but they do have some great covers.

Upcoming books that look interesting

The Huntress by Susan Carroll - a historical romance, July 31, 2007 (trade)
Dead and Dateless by Kimberly Raye - Jan 30, 2007
Wild Wild West by Charlene Teglia - Aug. 7, 2007 (trade)
Chosen Prey by Cheyenne McCray - March 6, 2007
Dangerous Games by Lora Leigh - Feb. 6, 2007
Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas - March 6, 2007 (hardback)
Real Men Do It Better anthology - Feb 6, 2007 (trade)
Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead - Mar 1, 2007 (trade)
Your Mouth Drives Me Crazy by HelenKay Dimon - July 2007(trade)
Sun, Sand, Sex by Linda Lael Miller, Jennifer Apodaca, and Shelly Laurenston - Jun 2007
The Perfect Stranger by Alison Kent - April 2007 (trade)
Smart and Sexy by Jill Shalvis - April 2007 (trade)
Intimate Danger by Amy Fetzer - Mar. 2007
The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn - July 2007
Desperate Duchesses by Eloisa James - June 2007
Warrior Angel by Margaret Weis and Lizz Weis - March 2007
Lucinda, Darkly: The Demon Princess Chronicles by Sunny - Aug. 7, 2007(trade)
Dragon Heat by Allyson James - July 3, 2007
Witch Fire by Anya Bast - Aug 7, 2007
Heart Dance by Robin D. Owens - July 3, 2007
Real Vampires Live Large by Gerry Bartlett - July 3, 2007 (trade)
Demon Moon by Meljean Brook - Jun 5, 2007
Goddess of Love by P.C. Cast - Jun 5, 2007 (trade)
Bled Dry: A Tale of Vegas Vampires by Erin McCarthy - May 2007 (trade)
Dead Sexy by Tate Hallaway - May 2007 (trade)
Karma Girl by Jennifer Estep - May 2007 (trade)
Prince of Swords by Linda Winstead Jones - may 2007
Wild Thing by Maggie Shayne, Marjorie M. Liu, Alyssa Day, and Meljean Brook - May 2007 (trade)
Prince of Fire by Linda Winstead Jones - April 2007
Atlantis Rising: The Warriors of Poseidon by Alyssa Day - March 2007
Demon's Delight by MaryJanice Davidson, Emma Holly, Vickie Taylor, and Catherine Spangler - March 2007 (trade)
Prince of Magic by Linda Winstead Jones - March 2007
Real Vampires Have Curves by Gerry Bartlett - March 2007 (trade)
Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh - March 2007
Chasing Stanley by Deirdre Martin - Feb 2007
Over The Moon (Berkley Sensation) by Angela Knight, MaryJanice Davidson, Virginia Kantra, and Sunny - Jan 2007
Touched by Darkness (Berkley Sensation) by Catherine Spangler - Jan 2007
Not That Innocent by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kresley Cole, and Gena Showalter - Feb. 2008 (trade)
Never Deceive a Duke by Liz Carlyle - July 31, 2007
Never Lie to a Lady by Liz Carlyle - June 19, 2007
Tough Enough by Michele Albert - March 27, 2007
Little Lady, Big Apple by Hester Browne - Feb 6, 2007 (hardcover)
Dark Thirst by Sara Reinke - July 2007 (3.99)
Hell's Belles by Jackie Kessler - Jan 2007 (trade)
Touch of Darkness: Darkness Chosen by Christina Dodd - Aug 7, 2007
Scent of Darkness: Darkness Chosen by Christina Dodd - July 3, 2007
Rises The Night: The Gardella Vampire Chronicles by Colleen Gleason - Jun 5, 2007
Night Lost: A Novel of the Darkyn by Lynn Viehl - May 2007
Night Echoes by Holly Lisle - April 2007
The Rest Falls Away: The Gardella Vampire Chronicles (Signet Eclipse) by Colleen Gleason - Jan 2, 2007
Unmasqued: An Erotic Novel of The Phantom of The Opera by Colette Gale - Aug 7, 2007 (trade)
Kiss of Crimson by Lara Adrian - May 29, 2007
Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian - May 2007
Romancing the West by Beth Ciotta - July 2007
The Chosen (Rogue Angel) by Alex Archer - Jan 9, 2007
Forbidden City (Rogue Angel) by Alex Archer - Mar 13, 2007
The Lost Scrolls by Alex Archer - May 8, 2007
Kitty Takes a Holiday by Carrie Vaughn - April 2007
Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs - Jan 30, 2007
For a Few Demons More by Kim Harrison - Mar 13, 2007 (hardcover)
White Night: A Novel of The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher April 3, 2007
Blood Drive by Jeanne C. Stein - Jun 26, 2007
Fortune's Fool by Mercedes Lackey - Mar 2007 (hardback)
Coyote Dreams by C.E. Murphy - May 2007 (trade)
Protector Of The Flight by Robin D. Owens - Feb 2007 (trade)

Okay, so the list is by no means complete, but I'd say I'm going to be thinking about all of these titles. I'm sure some will get passed by and more added.

Gambit on the floor

Gambit 467, originally uploaded by kelley899.

Here's a pic I just took sitting here on my computer. Gambit was meowing, so I grabbed a belt that was on the floor and started playing with him. And took a bunch of pictures.

Gambit pic!

Gambit 448, originally uploaded by kelley899.

Here's Gambit on our bed. He was sleeping, but woke up when I went in the room. And yes, those are my pajamas that he's on. And yes, the bed is not made. Oops.

And oh, I'm so glad I feel better. I've been feeling like crap that last few days and even stayed home from work Wed. and Thurs. to kick it. I think I have as I feel much better and my head doesn't feel nasty like it did. Just a bit of lingering tiredness. Did get a lot of reading in. Trying to write up those posts.

Colters' Woman by Maya Banks

So Ms. Banks offered to send this one to me, but I declined as I wasn't sure the subject matter was something I could handle well. The whole menage/brothers thing isn't really something I go for. But I've liked her stuff in the past, so I later bought it instead. And I'm rather glad I did. Finally got around to reading it last night.

Adam, Ethan and Ryan aren’t looking for women. They’re looking for a woman. One woman to share their lives and their beds. They don’t want a casual romp in the hay, they want the woman who will complete them—and they’re losing hope of finding her.

That is until Adam finds Holly lying in the snow just yards from their cabin. He knows she’s different the minute he holds her in his arms. But before Adam gets his hopes up, he knows he has to gauge his brothers’ reactions. Soon it’s evident that she’s the one.

There are a few problems, however—convincing her she belongs with them and keeping her safe from the man who wants her dead.

I'd bought Colters' Woman awhile ago, probably around when it first came out. Since I'm usually pretty bad about reading things right away, I didn't get to it until last night. And then I zipped through the whole thing. The story takes place in a short period of time, yet the romance did work for me. I'm not quite sure, but I'm gonna guess it's Banks' writing that does it. It just worked. Another thing I liked is that I didn't get much of the squicky incest thing since the three guys are brothers. It's a very hot story and moves along very quickly. Hmm...what didn't I like? Well, we don't get as in depth with the heroes since there are three of them, but I found myself not really caring and just going along with the story.

So, all in all, I liked the story and I will continue to read Maya Banks' stuff.

Blogger doesn't like me

I want tags. *pout* but blogger won't let me change to beta. Just now, it made it look like it was going to let me, then told me, oops, we won't let you. Grrr. I mean, I know beta probably isn't all that much better, but all the cool kids have it and I don't. I HATE being the last person to get to try new things. Hate it.

Understood by Maya Banks

When she breaks free from the bondage of her past, he’ll be waiting.

Jake Turner committed the ultimate mistake of falling in love with his best friend’s wife. The distance he puts between them costs both him and Ellie Matthews dearly. Jake will never forgive himself for not seeing what a bastard his friend was. Now that Ellie is free from her nightmare, Jake waits, needing and wanting. He’ll be there when Ellie is ready to spread her wings.


Author: Maya Banks

Year published: Dec. 19, 2006

Why I picked up this book: Maya sent it.

Do I like the cover? Yes, I rather do.

Is this part of a series? I don’t think so.

What I enjoyed about the book: I really liked Jake and Ellie. I really wanted them to live happily ever after. And well, it's a rather nice hot book, too. It's quite a nice little sexy contemporary. And for being a novella, it didn't seem rushed or too short. And some may think the ending a bit too pat, I rather enjoyed it and thought it worked.

What I didn’t like about the book? There really wasn't much I didn't like. I breezed through the book last night and really enjoyed it. The only nitpicky thing I'd have would have been some of the language used during the sex scenes, but really, that's a very personal preference. It didn't stop me from enjoying the story at all.

Is this a new-to-me author and would I read something by this author again? Not a new to me author and I'll definitely read more of her books.

Am I keeping it or passing it on? Keeping it since it's an ebook.

Orphans of Chaos by John C. Wright

Synopsis stolen from this Wikipedia entry:
Five orphans who have spent their lives living in a strict secretive British boarding school begin to discover that they are different from the other children that they so rarely see. As the story progresses, these five discover that the patrons of the school and their own guardians are not the English lords that they have claimed to be. Instead these adults represent strange powers from far removed locales. Their curiosity is further peaked when they learn that they themselves possess unique paranormal abilities.

The story largely concerns the main characters investigations and discoveries about an otherworldly power struggle, and their place within it.

Title: Orphans of Chaos

Author: John C. Wright

Year published: 2005 (paperback Oct. 31, 2006)

Why I picked up this book: I liked the cover. Was an impulse buy at the bookstore.

Do I like the cover? Yes, it’s the reason I picked the book up.

Is this part of a series? Yes, it’s the first in a series.

What I enjoyed about the book: I liked all the mythology that’s woven in and the way that you really don’t quite know what’s going on. I purposely stayed away from any information on the book so that I wouldn’t get any spoilers. It’s a bizarre book, yet I really enjoyed it. It’s told in first-person from Amelia’s point of view, but because of how the story is, you’re never quite sure what’s real and what isn’t because things really aren’t as they seem. Or aren’t what they seem to not be. Overall I liked much of the book. Enough to try to read the sequel someday.

What I didn’t like about the book: Well, it does rather end on a cliff-hanger and it can get slow and overly wordy at times. I would imagine it might be more confusing to someone who wasn’t very up on their mythology, but I knew enough to get a lot of it, perhaps most of it.

Is this a new-to-me author and would I read something by this author again? This author is new to me and I was intrigued enough to read more.

Am I keeping it or passing it on? I’m going to keep it for now.

It's been a long time since he's been up here

And so here's a Gambit pic for your viewing pleasure. It was taken with my new camera. Not as good as the bigger Canon, but not bad for a compact camera.

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And yes, he's still rather wide around the middle.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Title: Ella Enchanted
Author: Gail Carson Levine
Year published: 1997
Why I picked up this book: It looked cute and short and just the perfect thing to read during lunch.
Do I like the cover? Eh, this version is nothing to write home about.
Is this part of a series? Er, don’t think so.
What I enjoyed about the book: Ella Enchanted is a really cute book. I love fairy tales, so this was a great book to read. It definitely kept my attention as I ate my lunch and read. I loved how Ella handled all the various crazy things that got thrown at her during the course of the book. And I enjoyed how the curse was finally broken in the end. It was very fitting.
What I didn’t like about the book? Can’t think of anything I didn’t like.
Is this a new-to-me author and would I read something by this author again? Levine is new to me, but I’ll look out for more of her work.
Am I keeping it or passing it on? Passing it on.

Princess at Sea by Dawn Cook

One day Tess was the crown princess of Costenopolie, and the next she discovered she was a beggar’s child, reared as a decoy to keep the real princess safe from assassins. But Tess’s flair for politics, self-defense, and shopping—and her recently discovered magical powers—thwarted the kingdom’s enemies and restored the real princess to the throne.

Now, she dons an ambassador’s robe to help Costenopolie put its best foot forward—and to keep the newly crowned queen from tripping over her own...

Assigned to chaperone Queen Contessa and her new husband on their honeymoon voyage, Tess spends more time playing referee between the temperamental pair. Before another battle royal can erupt, a storm forces the ship to drop anchor where another vessel is similarly stranded—and Tess finds her heart stranded between a roguish cardsharp and a disturbingly attractive army captain.

But Tess’s potential suitors are the least of her worries. The crew of the neighboring anchored ship reveal themselves to be pirates and abduct the royal couple for ransom—unaware that Tess’s magic is the real treasure in their midst...

Title: Princess at Sea
Author: Dawn Cook (who I’ve heard is also Kim Harrison)
Year published: 2006
Why I picked up this book: I liked The Decoy Princess and this is the sequel.
Do I like the cover? Sure.
Is this part of a series? Yup, it’s the second in the series.
What I enjoyed about the book: I liked learning more about Tess and her world. There are some great characters. There’s not quite as much political stuff in this book, but it’s still there and done well. I can’t wait to see what is going to happen to Tess next since some rather interesting things happen at the end of Princess at Sea.
What I didn’t like about the book? Nothing really. It’s a fun book and I’m glad I picked it up.
Is this a new-to-me author and would I read something by this author again? Not a new author and I’ll read more.
Am I keeping it or passing it on? It was a library book, so it’s going back.

With Nine You Get Vanyr by Teri Smith and Jean Marie Ward

How much would you give to live your fantasy? Think fast—your Wishstone is waiting.

At Atlanta’s Dragon-Con, nine fan girls make a wish on the mysterious ancient artifact known as the Wishstone and find themselves transported to the world that inspired their favorite TV series. Only the show couldn’t begin to prepare them for the real thing.

Domain is a world without change, frozen in a time of magic and superstition, where the immortal sons of the goddess Reyah fight a never-ending war—mostly with themselves. Reyah doesn’t seem to care. The way she sees it, her boys will be boys. They’ll settle down once they meet the right girls.

But Earth girls aren’t that easy. They’ve got serious issues with this gig. They like their computers, cell phones, double-ply toilet paper.

And they don’t believe in fate.

Welcome to Domain.

Title: With Nine You Get Vanyr
Author: Teri Smith and Jean Marie Ward
Year/Date published: Nov. 7, 2006
Why I picked up this book: It looked interesting.
Do I like the cover? Yeah, it’s not too bad.
Is this part of a series? I honestly don’t know.
What I enjoyed about the book: I liked the idea behind the story. It’s different and sounded like something that would be interesting. And most of the time it succeeds. It’s an interesting world.
What I didn’t like about the book? At times it seemed to get bogged down with way too much going on. Lots of characters and while they usually weren’t hard to keep track of, it would have been nice for there to be more focus on fewer characters than there was. I mean, there was more focus on two characters, but not much. And the reading was slow going. I’ve had this on my iPaq for awhile and reading a bit at night for what seemed like a long time. So not as fast-paced as it could be.
Is this a new-to-me author and would I read something by this author again? They are new-to-me authors.
Am I keeping it or passing it on? Since it’s an ebook, I’ll be keeping it.

Looks To Die For by Janice Kaplan

Title:  Looks To Die For
Author: Janice Kaplan
Year published: 2007
Why I picked up this book:  ARC came in at work and it looked interesting.  I’m a sucker for getting to read books early.
Do I like the cover?  Eh, it’s okay, but kinda silly.
Is this part of a series?  I don’t think it is, but who knows?
What I enjoyed about the book:  It’s a rather fun, quirky cozy mystery/chick lit.  Set in upper class L.A. society as the wife of a prominent plastic surgeon has to clear his name.  Lots of name dropping, but it worked for the story and didn’t bother me.  Nothing deep here, but as a fun mystery, it worked pretty well.  
What I didn’t like about the book?  Well, it IS a bit shallow, but that’s not really a problem.  So there really wasn’t much I didn’t like.  It’s just what it looks like, a cute, fun mystery.  No blood and guts here.
Is this a new-to-me author and would I read something by this author again?  New-to-me author and I don’t know if I’ll read anything more by this author.  Only if I find something else that sounds interesting.
Am I keeping it or passing it on? I’m passing it on.  I didn’t feel the need to keep it, so back on the shelf it will go.

Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter

Title: Blindsighted
Author: Karin Slaughter
Year published: 2002
Why I picked up this book: I’ve been meaning to read some of Karin Slaughter’s books for awhile now. So when I saw this one at work, I put it on my shelf. I’ve been reading it the past couple lunch breaks.
Do I like the cover? It’s not bad, but nothing special.
Is this part of a series? I believe it’s the first in a series starring Sara Linton and Jeffrey Tolliver.
What I enjoyed about the book: I really liked how well the suspense and action was handled. It’s not until the end that you know who the bad guy is. It’s a truly crazy book and I definitely enjoyed it. All of the characters are well done and I can’t wait to read about them in the next book.
What I didn’t like about the book: Nothing, really. It was a fun ride and I’ll definitely be reading more.
Is this a new-to-me author and would I read something by this author again? Karin Slaughter was new to me and I’ll definitely be reading more.
Am I keeping it or passing it on? I’m passing it on. I read it at work and as good as it is, I doubt I’d read it again anytime soon.


Not much going on today. Day off. Spending it with Nick. Ran some errands and did a bit of baking.

Still reading. Reading Orphans of Chaos by John Wright and it's a bizarre one. Halfway through the book and still don't quite know what's going on, yet I have decided not to read anything about the book to avoid spoilers. Also picked up No Rest For the Wicked by Kresley Cole, The Spider Stone by Alex Archer, Pleasure for Pleasure by Eloisa James (I'm a sucker for punishment), and Sleeping With the Fishes by MaryJanice Davidson. Also got Ratcatcher by James McGee.

Off to relax some more. Nick's making supper and it smells really good.

good new for Gail Dayton fans!

Just got Gail Dayton's newsletter and it looks like a small press is going to pub the third book! Yay! And we only have to wait until July 2007. Can't wait.

*happy snoopy dance*

Oh, going to see Casino Royale tonight. At least that's the plan. Seems to be a pesky weather system out there that's giving us sleet right now.

I'm here

Just busy. Today's my first day off since Thanksgiving. Had a doctor's appt earlier today and then ran errands. Bought some books, although they didn't have Eye of Heaven. They think maybe tomorrow. Oh I want to read it!

Also bought my camera and a Nintendo DS. Going to play some games this afternoon. It feels like we've been spending money left and right, but really, it's been extra cash that's come in, so that's good. I love my new jacket. :-)

Well, I'm off to enjoy the day. Don't let me forget to write up about Janice Kaplan's Looks To Die For, some Robin McKinley that I read, Princess at Sea by Dawn Cook.... Should finish up With Nine You Get Vanyr soon and also Taming the Forest King by Claudia Edwards. So I've been reading, just haven't been posting. Blech. I had a bunch of late shifts these past days, so that's why I haven't posted. Not too good about doing it in the morning most times.

Black Friday

Well, we went out and survived. Actually, I think we were in and out in around 20 minutes at Younkers. There weren't really any other people in the jacket section, so it went fast. Bought a really cute red and white Columbia jacket. I love their Interchange jackets since it really is like getting three jackets in one as the parts are always so nice and actually do work separately.

Finally decided to get the Fuji F30 camera and it goes out of stock at Newegg!!!!! Argh! *grumble grumble* So now I get to wait until it comes back in stock. Hopefully soon.

And I close tonight at work. So I work until 10:30. Yuck. Blech. I will survive. Ah well.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving has been nice. It's just the two of us, but we still had a nice meal. Made a large turkey breast and used a lemon-thyme recipe I found in my Cooking Light cookbook. Also had mashed potatoes, marshmallow sweet potatoes and stuffing, etc. So it was nice. And really not all that hard to do.

Oh, and I made a scrumptious pumpkin pie, if I do say so myself.

Looked at ads. We plan to go out tomorrow morning and look at Columbia jackets to replace the one I have. The zipper on the right pocket has broken and it's quite a few years old, so time for a new one. I like these jackets because of the 3-in-1 feature that lets me get a lot of mileage out of the thing. So Younkers has them on sale (and a few other places).

Also going to check out in person another camera. I had had my eye on a Canon one after checking out reviews online, but once I held it, I hated how the zoom was, so that was out of the question. So now to check out a Fujifilm F30. It's gotten good reviews lots of places, so I hope I like it. I hadn't thought about it before since it uses xD cards instead of SD, but the reviews are almost all very positive. Ah, yeah, it's the season yet I'm still buying myself something. :-Þ

Played a little bit with the Wii today, as well as Final Fantasy 12 on the PS2. And thought of things to give as gifts. I keep feeling crafty, so I hope to find time to make stuff.

Meme: In My Bag

So I saw this on McVane (and Rosario too) and decided to bite. So here's my bag with all the contents dumped out. Usually my iPaq is in there too, but I read on it last night so it's still on my nightstand.

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1. The black bag and silver case is my Sony mp3 player and headphone case. Usually I just have the black bag.
2. Bunch of Trident gum that got dumped to the bottom along with some wrappers and mints.
3. my cell
4. Sample of makeup from Estee Lauder (I think that's the place) that's their lightest shade but still too dark
5. Change and a bill. Usually that's all nice and neat in my wallet there, but I was in a hurry a few days ago and didn't put it in.
6. albuterol. Don't need it often, but I always try to carry it with me.
7. Lotion and hand sanitizer
8. Target receipts. I do there SO much. There are more in my wallet, too.
9. bandaids
10. tampons (just in case, you know)
11. chapstick. The black thing under the tampons is another chapstick, it's on a lanyard, you can see the string there.
12. My work badge on a Fighting Sioux lanyard
13. Work keys with chapstick on the key chain
14. little LED flashlight
15. silver pen that's also a laser pointer and pda stylus.
16. camphophenique that I keep for Nick
17. more lip gloss in orange tube
18. library card and gym card
19. various slips of paper and coupons, most that need to get tossed
20. gum I just bought today. Watermelon flavored. Yum.
21. and my green leather wallet. Very handy and usually all my receipts and money and change are in it. And yes, I'm being honest there.

So there you have the contents of my purse.

My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding edited by P.N. Elrod

My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding with stories by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, L.A. Banks, Rachel Caine, P.N. Elrod, Esther M. Friesner, Lori Handeland, and Susan Krinard.

I'm not really going to do a synopsis. Each story is different, but they all deal with weddings and the supernatural.

Spellbound by L.A. Banks deal with the Hatfield/McCoy rivalry thing with some magic added in. It's rather cute and funny, but sometimes a bit too campy for my taste.

Something Borrowed by Jim Butcher has Harry as best man for Billy and Georgia's wedding (the werewolves, remember?). Things come up and it's up the Harry to save the day. Fun story.

Dead Man's Chest by Rachel Caine is a contemporary that has romance cover model Ian marrying Cecilia Welles on a pirate ship captained by Capt. Lockhart. To say more would spoil some of the fun, but it's a nice Pirates of the Caribbean flavored story.

All Shook Up by P.N. Elrod has an Elvis impersonator with some magic. I skimmed a lot of the story since I really really don't like Elvis. Sorry.

The Wedding of Wylda Serene by Esther M. Friesner was entertaining. It has Wylda Serene getting married in a place where weird things have a habit of happening. Contained Greek mythology and other magical happenings. Fun story, if a bit hard to really explain without spoilers.

Charmed by the Moon by Lori Handeland is about Jessie McQuade and Will Cadotte's wedding. Fun story and makes me want to read the rest of the series that I haven't read.

Tacky by Charlaine Harris has a vampire marrying a werewolf and all the problems that entails. Fun story, though not sure how or if it is connected to her Sookie Stackhouse series.

A Hard Day's Night-Searcher is a Dark-Hunter story. This time it's Rafael Santiago getting together with Squire Celena. Nothing real spectacular here and the romance is a bit unbelievable.

"...Or Forever Hold Your Peace" by Susan Krinard. It says it's a Kit and Olivia Adventure, but that doesn't mean anything to me. If it is, I hope to read more of their books. I rather liked this one. It starts out with a man objecting to the wedding of Lady Emma and Lord Edward, but then running out of the church and dying on the steps. Other adventures ensue as the bride later disappears and Kit and Olivia go after her. I liked this one.

The whole anthology is a quick read and fun. Some of the stories are better than others, but on the whole, I enjoyed most of them.

Possessed by Stephanie Doyle

Possessed by Stephanie Doyle

Cassandra Allen's gift is so uncanny that even the skeptical police now consult her on murder investigations. But when she's called in to investigate a rash of serial murders, her mind is assaulted by a terrifying being from beyond… .

Cass believes the evil force attempting to possess her is involved in the killings. But how? Then she meets Malcolm McDonough, brother of the first victim. He's successful, attractive, unsettling… and he doesn't believe that Cass hears the dead. Yet even as Malcolm denies her claims, he is counting on Cass to lead them to the killer.

Because all the victims have one thing in common--"her."

I grabbed this one Saturday night when we went to Walmart to see the Wii line. I'm really glad I did because it is a great story. Cass is a great heroine and I loved how her gift worked. It's a Bombshell, but there's also a good romance between Cass and Malcolm. The things that keep them apart are valid and I don't think Cass ever did anything TSTL. Which was a very welcome change. I kept waiting for her to, but she never did.

I did figure out who the bad guy was, but only because it was the only person it could be. Just not quite enough other characters mentioned. But since it's a short book, that's fine. It didn't really take anything away from the reading.

If you like a good psychic story, I recommend this one. Makes me want to find other books by Stephanie Doyle. I think I have some of the shelf around here somewhere. I'm really sad the Bombshell line is leaving because they're just now in the last six months or so to come out with some really good stories. Guess I'll continue to pick them up as they come in to work.

We have a Wii!!

And I didn't have to stand in line much for it. We had a bit of fun last night and drove around to look at the lines that were forming at Best Buy, SuperTarget, and Super-Walmart. Long lines. Walmart was selling them at midnight, but there were only going to be 20 there and the line was longer than that. And Best Buy had a line too.

But we got up at 7 and headed to SuperTarget at around 7:20 and grabbed one of the last tickets. They had 51 consoles and we got ticket 48. So we didn't have any trouble getting one, but I bet there were lots more at other places who didn't get one.

Nick plans to try out a local game store to get Zelda. We were going to get the Wii there, but we were too far down the waiting list to get one from their first shipment.

Wii Sports is fun, going to go bowl or something.

Wii wishes

I want a Wii. Will I get a Wii? Yes. Will I get one tomorrow? Who knows. People are already in line at SuperTarget, but I really don't feel like sitting in the cold all night. So tomorrow morning it is. So maybe I will, maybe I won't.

I wish...

I wish that I knew what to wish for for Christmas. Seriously, my list is like 7 things long and kinda pathetic. Okay, seriously pathetic.

Went to Best Buy tonight to look at cameras. I'd seen one online that I thought looked good and had good reviews, but once I picked it up in the store, I knew it wasn't for me. The zoom toggle thingy was just in too annoying a place. *pout* I really want a nice small camera.

Also saw game stuff there. We're buying the Wii on Sunday so I looked at games there. We already know we're getting the new Zelda. And I've decided to buy a Nintendo DS with my bonus money. So looked at games for that, too.

Had fun my day off. Watched some tv, played more Final Fantasy 12. All in all, good day. And Nick made supper. meatball sandwiches. Yum.

Eyes of Crow by Jeri Smith-Ready

Eyes of Crow by Jeri Smith-Ready is another book I just finished sometime last week.

For Rhia was bound to the Spirit of Crow, gifted with the foresight of Death's approach and doomed to the isolation of one feared and set apart.

There must always be one whose magic can ease the passage of the people of Asermos to the Other Side. But to be the guide her people require, to truly know the depth of her gift--her curse--Rhia must surrender herself to the wisdom of the Great Forest…and drink deeply of Death itself. And though two powerful men stand ready to aid her, even to love her, the Aspect of Crow demands unthinkable sacrifices from one who walks its path.

I liked Eyes of Crow, though it isn't a perfect book. It follows Rhia from a small child to her as a young adult and deals a lot with her coming to grips with having the aspect of Crow. Smith-Ready certainly put together an interesting world that seems to be set in a future where magic now is everywhere, but once was not. Could be an alternate world, could be our own, but far far in the future. Don't know. But doesn't really matter.

It's mostly a coming of age story for Rhia. We learn how she nearly died as a child, how she knew when people or animals would die, and her fear of her ability. So much of the story is her learning to embrace her aspect and learn to love herself. There's also a bit of romance with Marek, who she meets when she goes to another village to learn about Crow.

All in all, it's a nice story, if a bit slow going at times. There's just not a whole lot of action until the end of the story. No saving the world in this one, but it seems that that might come into play during future books as Rhia's people battle the Descendants (people who believe in one god and think her and her people are savages).

the weekend

yes indeed, today is the day for lots of posts. Guess I'm making up for lost time.

The in-laws came to visit this weekend. We had lots of fun in the two days that they were here. On Friday, we went shopping and had loads of fun. Same thing on Saturday, although we also hit the art museum here. I'd never been there, but it's a great place. We were going to go to the Czech museum to see the Andy Warhol exhibit, but we didn't have the time.

I bought a few sweaters, including this fabulously soft hoodie from the Gap Body store. OMG, it's so soft. I want to get another one. Maybe the red.

Won't get to see them until Christmas, so it was great to visit with them. I think I must have some of the best in-laws ever. They are just so incredibly nice and sweet.

And had today off too to recharge. So that's 4 days off in a row from work. Feels nice. Tomorrow I work a nice day shift, then another day off and then I work the rest of the week. But oh, next week is Thanksgiving week. Which means Black Friday is coming up. Hoo boy.

Oh, and I bought a few books from Samhain:

Strip Tease by Kate Davies
With Nine You Get Vanyr by Jean Marie Ward and Teri Smith
Not Quite Dead by Sela Carsen

And now I'm going to hope that the pain in my abdomen goes away. I'm already mad I couldn't go work out because it hurt. Grrr.

The Scent of Shadows by Vicki Pettersson

Well then. I'm finally writing up the review for this book. And yet I'm still not quite sure what I think of it. But what it does do well is uniqueness. There isn't a book quite like it out right now (okay, since it's a March 2007 release, there really isn't anything like it out), I don't think.

The Scent of Shadows by Vicki Pettersson (blog here)

Here's the back copy that I have on this ARC:

Welcome to Las Vegas Nevada...As you've never seen it before.

Supernatural fantasy has never been hotter, or more dangerous. For there's another world behind the bright lights and nonstop action of Sin where Light and Shadow wage an immortal war for supremacy. But the eternal battle has reached the tipping point, and only one person can change the future: Joanna Archer, heiress, photographer, and vigilante. And no one knows the darkness within better than she does.

So....on to what I think. Well, hmm...I'm not really quite sure about how I feel about Joanna, the main character. The story is first person like most urban fantasy seems to be. Joanna is a pretty strong character, though she's got the usual nasty past that's coming back to haunt her.

The paranormal aspects here are certainly unique. They deal with the Zodiac and the idea of being able to smell the opposition. Pettersson does a very good job of conveying that. There's some romance with an old boyfriend, but not enough to really call this a romance. It's definitely more urban fantasy than anything.

And even though I have such a tough time talking about the book, I did end up staying up late to finish the book. So it definitely held my attention. I'll be picking up the second one when it comes out.

So what's up with me?

Well, a lot, I suppose.

I've been having issues with depression for the last couple months and I finally admitted that it was becoming a real problem and went to the doctor. So I'm back on meds and I really hope that they help. And well, if they don't, I'll explore other options. I don't really like the person I am when I'm not myself. Er, that doesn't make a lot of sense, does it? I must have the most wonderful husband because he's just always there. A wonderful shoulder to lean on even when he's working overtime. Thanks, Nick.

So anyways, my blogging has obviously been affected. Some of it's the depression and some the working full-time, but I really miss everything. And I'm really determined to get it back. I have still been reading, still having opinions on what I'm reading and I'm sure you'll hear it.

And congrats to Kristie on her first day of work. Hope it's going well! Except, where'd her blog go? I just get a blank page. *pout*

And hey, I updated my sidebar. Bet you guys were getting seriously irked at not seeing it change.

Mr. Right Now by Monica Jackson

I've had this book awhile and always meant to get to it. So I did a little while back (okay, quite awhile back. So sue me).

What I don't get is how a paranormal romance involving a psycho ex-girlfriend gets this back blurb:

When three best girlfriends decide it’s time to get married, the first order of business is to find some decent husband material. But looking for Mr. Right is about to lead three nearly-thirty sistahs down a rocky road of matchmaking… Luby Uniquoncie Jones—a career girl on a fast track to success. She prepares for romance like she lands a new account…no nonsense and all business. But can commitment ever become her bottom line?

Danielle Sellers—lucky in looks, but unlucky in love, she has a weakness for sexy bad boys who set her on fire then leave her crying. Now she’s worried that a good man won’t be able to turn up her heat.

Catherine "Cat" Bronson—fine and fun-loving, already has the sweetest guy in the world, but she’s joining this "dating thing" anyway. If she goes too far, she may lose the good thing she’s got.

Soon Luby, Danielle, and Cat have entered dating hell, complete with disastrous set-ups, crazy attractions, and a wild ride on Cupid’s rollercoaster. There may be thrills, and there are sure to be spills, but the biggest surprise will be the truly fine one-in-a-million man who comes along with a heart open to true love…

I think this may be one of the most misleading blurb I've ever read. It's a good thing I actually knew what the book was about before I read the back.

So real info about Monica Jackson's Mr. Right Now. It's about Luby, who's almost given up on men. Luby spots Jake in her apartment hall and it's lust at first site. But he's white and she's not, so she figures she can set him up with Danielle as a better alternative than the usual men Danielle goes for. Well, Danielle is having none of that, but it gets Luby and Jake together. And that's where the paranormal stuff starts to happen. And where the back blurb is uber-misleading. Cat and Danielle are really just secondary characters. It's mostly about Jake and his powers and the power that Luby may have and Jake's psycho ex-girlfriend who now wants to kill Luby for supposedly stealing her man. Does any of that figure into the blurb? Nope.

Anyways, it's not a bad story, but overall, not one that's too terribly compelling. It's a bit choppy at times and sometimes the POV changes from chapter to chapter can be confusing and don't really seem to add much to the story. So it's an interesting idea, but the execution could use some work. So, not mad I spent the time reading it, but ultimately, it's just an average book and I wasn't quite sure whether I really thought the romance between Jake and Luby was really there and that they'd stay together after the end of the book.

The Valley of the Soul by Tamara Siler Jones

Tamara Siler Jones is definitely getting put on my must-buy list. Well, actually, she was there the first time I read her first book. And the second. And now the third. I bought this at the beginning of the month when it first came out, but didn't read it until last night because I knew it would be good. Something to be savored. And yes, I was right. Unfortunately, there isn't anything quite like her books and after reading it, you want to go out and devour more. And there just aren't more. Sad.

In the mage wars, Dubric Byerly risked his life–and sacrificed the woman he loved–to catch magic’s darkest killers. Those battles are long over–and the monsters Dubric hunts these days are nothing more than men. Until now. A recent string of grisly crimes has Dubric and his pages scouring the countryside for clues that hint at the worst: that history’s most murderous mage has come to Faldorrah.

As Dubric’s hunt leads from secrets locked behind sanatorium walls to a hidden cache of souls preserved in fluid, other lives are shaken: a young woman given a power she doesn’t want, a young man inheriting a legacy he can’t understand, and a father fighting for his memory of a daughter who may already be lost. In the hardscrabble village of Quarry Run, the dark ghosts of the past have come calling–and the battle for the future begins....

The Valley of the Soul starts out not too long after the events of the previous book. In that one, many people were deeply affected by those events and we see more about how they are dealing with it all. Otlee, Lars, Dien, Maeve, and many more all show up in this story too.

Dubric and his men are called in to investigate a series of sheep mutilations, but when they find a mage mark on some, Dubric realizes that they must quickly find out who is behind it, before it is people who are killed.

There are so many different storylines and threads that are interwoven into the story, yet all the people are so distinct that I never found myself confused. I loved learning more about the history of the world that Jones has built and it only fuels my desire to read more stories set in it. I don't want to really spoil the story by telling more about it, but if you like fantasy, this is a must-read. I just loved it. Loved it loved it loved it. It's dark, occasionally quite disturbing, but oh so compelling.

Concert goodness

Went to see Godsmack. Very good show. Am now very tired. Good night.

I need more time

in a day. Just isn't enough time. I've declared tonight as off limits to FFXII. Need to spend some time with the husband. I've been neglecting him. And the laundry. And I need to make chocolate chip cookies for work tomorrow.

There are a few books that I've been meaning to get as ebooks, but won't until I finish up Mel's book.

No Rest For the Wicked by Kresley Cole
The Spider Stone by Alex Archer
Strip Tease by Kate Davies

I also really want to read Linda Lael Miller's newest, but don't feel like paying trade price for it. I hope it comes in to the library or work.

DH got a new computer (okay, the guts are new) and spent last night getting it up and running. So now I get his old ram for my computer, but er....need to clean that area off so he can actually get to my case. it's a bit piled high. Perhaps I will clean it tonight and give you all before and after pictures. it's pretty bad. But I'll have 2 gigs of ram when it's all done. Nice.

Godsmack concert tomorrow. Yay! Swiping their first cd from my brother was how I really started listening to rock. So it'll be fun to see them live.

And argh, anyone else HATE political phone calls? Ooph. Thank goodness it'll all be done next Tuesday. And yes, I will be voting. No, I won't tell you how. :-Þ

My accent

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: North Central

"North Central" is what professional linguists call the Minnesota accent. If you saw "Fargo" you probably didn't think the characters sounded very out of the ordinary. Outsiders probably mistake you for a Canadian a lot.

The West
The Midland
The Inland North
The South
The Northeast
What American accent do you have?
Take More Quizzes

Yup, I'd say it's probably right on.


I seem to have gone away from my blog. Bad me. Blame it on FFXII. As in I played it most of the day Tuesday (though there was a nap in there since I'd stayed up waaaay too late the night before reading and finishing The Scent of Shadows by Vicki Pettersson. Still thinking about what I think of that book, too.). Then I have had to work a few more closing shifts than usual, so that time is sucked up.

I really don't like working a closing shift. Then I don't see Nick much because by the time I get home, he's getting ready to head off to bed. And I'm still not really that tired and ready. Ugh. But what can you do?

but FFXII is really cool. And Basch has this wonderful voice. I just love it.

I spy in my little hands

Cold As Ice by Anne Stuart
Eyes of Crow by Jeri Smith-Ready
Valley of the Soul by Tamara Siler Jones
Lost in Translation by Edward Willett (looked interesting)


an ARC of Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning
an ARC of The Scent of Shadows by Vicki Pettersson

And tomorrow I'm off to pick up my copy of Final Fantasy 12. And I have the day off to play it. What more could I want? Life is good.

A few books read

Well, I wasn't feeling well yesterday. Went home about 2 and a half hours before work was done because of stomach pains. So I took some stuff and sat on the couch and read. Started and finished reading Black Ice by Anne Stuart that way. Wow. I loved that book. Seriously good. And now I can't wait to read Cold As Ice. Can not wait. Also read most of Strange Candy by Laurell K. Hamilton. I actually liked most of it. Read very quickly and I think I only have maybe one or two stories to go in it.

Also got Body Movers by Stephanie Bond and Shadowed by Wings by Janine Cross from the library. They were having a booksale there, but the pickings were slim and I didn't see anything I liked.

Also went to Petsmart and bought a crinkle bag for Gambit. And a big pizza cutter from Bed, Bath and Beyond (you so wanted to know that, didn't you?) and then on to Lowe's. Oooh....I had fun there. I love looking at house stuff.

Left my iPaq at work, so I didn't get to read more of Mel's book last night. Sorry Mel.

A few books read

Well, I wasn't feeling well yesterday. Went home about 2 and a half hours before work was done because of stomach pains. So I took some stuff and sat on the couch and read. Started and finished reading Black Ice by Anne Stuart that way. Wow. I loved that book. Seriously good. And now I can't wait to read Cold As Ice. Can not wait. Also read most of Strange Candy by Laurell K. Hamilton. I actually liked most of it. Read very quickly and I think I only have maybe one or two stories to go in it.

Also got Body Movers by Stephanie Bond and Shadowed by Wings by Janine Cross from the library. They were having a booksale there, but the pickings were slim and I didn't see anything I liked.

Also went to Petsmart and bought a crinkle bag for Gambit. And a big pizza cutter from Bed, Bath and Beyond (you so wanted to know that, didn't you?) and then on to Lowe's. Oooh....I had fun there. I love looking at house stuff.

Left my iPaq at work, so I didn't get to read more of Mel's book last night. Sorry Mel.

Things you have to see to believe

Like this one:

The Crampinator

Sadly, my mind wants to really know if it works. Anyone willing to go buy one and report back?

In other news...there really is no other news.

I do get tomorrow off. That's nice. And next weekend is the Godsmack concert. Hmmm....oh, and Born in Death comes out soon! Me want.

And I kinda want the new Linda Lael Miller book, Deadly Gamble. It sounds kinda fun.

And now I think I need to go to work. Or at least make my lunch and then go to work. Yeah. That.


So here's a pic of the flowers. The vampire bear in the pic is one I won in a contest from Marjorie Jones (aka Starla Childs). Isn't he adorable? And aren't those roses pretty?

Reasons why I have the best husband

I was surprised with a dozen and a half roses today. :-) Nick came home with 18 pink and white roses. They're so pretty. And for no reason! *grin*

And the man did a load of laundry. What more could one want?

Will have to get a pic of the flowers posted later.

Sunday musings

Well, another day of work. Yesterday went by pretty fast as it seemed fairly busy at work. We'll see how today goes.

The snow got cancelled. Completely and utterly cancelled. Not a single flake, but it sure rained a lot yesterday.

Still reading the Belgariad, though I'm almost finished with the third book. I'd also forgotten to mention here that I read Simply Unforgettable by Mary Balogh. I think it was my first non-Regency title that I've read of hers. I liked it, though didn't love it.

I'm debating whether I should buy the trades for the Mallorean when I finish up with Belgariad. I was initially a bit skeptical as to whether they'd hold up, but as easy on my books as I am, I think it'll be fine. Also found the SFBC editions of Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series, so I plan to buy those. Certain series I just like to have together because they take up less space on the shelves.

And I think I'm going to buy myself a sewing machine. Something easy that I can learn (it's been awhile since HomeEc, you know). And must be able to handle denim so I can hem my jeans. So hrm. Will have to check out options sometime.

I've just been feeling really crafty lately. I keep wanting to do stuff. Make stuff.

And Gambit's back up on the desk. Know how hard it is to type when you have a cat head butting your fingers? Or trying to drink out of your water glass? And scratching his head on every pile of books so that they end up falling over? He has this thing about piles of books. Must knock them over. It's very annoying. And earlier he was trying to eat my bowl of Fruit Loops. So I spent the time eating it moving the bowl around so he wouldn't get it. You should have seen him balancing on the very edge of the desk as he extended a paw towards the bowl I had in my hand. Too cute. But annoying. :-) But too cute to really stay annoyed for long.

And I didn't mention this before and I've had the issue awhile, but does anyone else think the latest issue of RT was rather boring? It's the one with the Darkfever cover on the front.

I also didn't find as many books that I wanted as I'd thought. I can't remember them all, though Born in Death by JD Robb is one I'll be buying the day it comes out.

Well, it's 9 now and I work at 10. Off to finish getting ready.

It's Saturday.

Let's's 7:30 in the morning and I have to be at work at 9. And it's going to be a not so fun day, I just know it. :-) It's 44 degrees out right now and supposed to rain today. And the temp is supposed to drop. That 44 is supposed to be the high. Ooph.

In other news, I just started the Magician's Gambit part of the Belgariad trade that I'm rereading. And also read some of Passionate Thirst by Cameron Dean. Who still doesn't seem to have a website. Bad bad bad author.

Well, time to go blowdry my hair and make my lunch.

And oh shit. This from the weather service page for tonight:

Tonight: Periods of snow, mainly before 1am. Low around 29. Blustery, with a north wind between 13 and 22 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of around 2 inches.


A few things when I tell myself that I'm not going to blog for awhile, I get the urge. Figures.

Well, it's certainly possible my mini-breakdown Monday night was just PMS. Or at least exacerbated by it. *shrug* Not that I'm ignoring the whole thing. Weirdly, I seem to get more of those times when I have more than one day off of work in a row. I wonder if just being home alone that long now just doesn't work for me. I feel better when I'm around people. Don't have to necessarily interact with them, but just around. Strange.

On the reading front: Still reading a lot. I finished up Midnight Sonata by Dee Tenorio and really plan to write up a post about it. Errr...I finished it right before my mini-crying jag Monday night. It was a good book. Definitely character-driven and I really wanted to see those two get together in the end. Thanks, Dee, for sending it. Will post more on it later. So anyways, anyone looking for a good character-driven straight contemporary should pick it up. It's an enjoyable story. A bit angsty, but not overly so.

But after finishing that up and having my "poor me" interlude, I heading out of the bedroom and into the living room to grab some tylenol (cuz the crying was giving me a headache) and grabbed a comfort read. Which ended up being the Belgariad by David Eddings. I'd bought the two volume trade of it awhile back since it would take up less space on the shelf, but hadn't read it again til now. It's amazing how much I remember, but also still how much I enjoy the story. yes, it's simple, but I still love it. Not so much some of his later stuff which I really haven't read much of.

Also at work started I'm the Vampire, That's Why by Michele Bardsley and found it rather meh. Boring characters and a silly plot are making me not really want to pick it up again. It's just so....boring. And the explicit sex just doesn't fit the story. Then I also started Just One of Those Flings by Candice Hern. So far it's pretty good. And today started Never After by Lickiss. Also pretty good, but not as compelling as I'd like. I can see myself not picking it up again and not caring. But I do want to finish the Hern one.

On Netflix I've got the second disc of Samurai 7 out. And also Samurai Champloo, but don't remember which disc. Might also be the second one. Or the third.

Also dabbling in jewelry making and made a blue-green beaded necklace. I plan to take a beginners' class someday. There are a few local bead shops here that offer them.

And's that time of the month. ugh. And I have five straight days of work. There was today and then I work everday through the weekend.

Okay, Nick needs to finish updating my computer (which yes, one would think I could do myself, but it's some odd patching thingy that I'm not familiar with, but I'd rather have my computer updated. So Nick's doing it. Damn Microsoft).

So now I'm going to give the PC over to him. So sorry about the lack of linking and prettying up of this post.


Well, as you all know, I really haven't been updating things lately. I'm not quite sure what's up, other than I feel stressed out for no reason. I think I need to stand back and take a look at things. I keep wanting to post things here, but when I sit down, nothing comes to me. I've read a number of good books, and usually I'd feel compelled to come here and write about them, but lately I just haven't been able to make myself do it. I compose the posts in my head, but when it comes time to do it on the computer, I can't.

I keep thinking I need to do something. I'd almost say I'm depressed, but I hate the idea of being that way again after how hard to was during college (and before). But anyways, I feel kinda lost. So, I'm going to put the blog on hold for a bit. But I'm still around, just putting the blog on hiatus.

There's snow

There is SNOW in my local forecast. SNOW. Yes, that white stuff. And tomorrow's high temp? Supposedly 46. At 9 a.m. Then it's supposed to get colder.

In other news, I've finished up Magic Study by Maria Snyder. Such a good book. Not quite as good as the perfection that was Poison Study (okay, not perfect perfect, but pretty damn good), but MS is still a great book and a must-read if you liked Poison Study.

Also started Cattery Row by Clea Simon while I was at the hospital yesterday while Nick has a procedure done. Very nice hospital, too. I had a very comfy wing chair next to a window to curl up in.

And also started Charmed to Death by Shirley Damsgaard while getting my hair highlighted this morning. Never had my hair highlighted before, so it was fun. I love how it turned out, too.

Also went to the Clinique counter in search of a foundation lighter than what they'd given me last time. No such luck, but one type was out of stock that might work, so they'll call me when it comes in. Ugh. How come the more expensive cosmetic companies don't carry lighter shades? Went to Lancome and they didn't have anything light enough either. Sure, you can get a slightly too dark shade to blend, but it's still going to be darker than my neck and chest. Not a look I want. I knew I'm pale, but I didnt think THIS pale. I think the redness that shows through so much is what makes it seem like my skin is darker. Blech.

The things one takes for granted, otherwise known as an ode to a wonderful drug

No, not THAT kind of drug! Woke up last night about a half hour after I'd fallen asleep to serious congestion. Nose all stuffed up and feeling rotten. Ugh, I'm thinking. I just get over whatever got me earlier this week and now I'm coming down with a cold. Thankfully, that wasn't it. I'd forgotten to take my Zyrtec-D before bed. Got up, took one, and woke up this morning feeling absolutely wonderful. And I could breathe through my nose again. So yeah, apparently the allergy meds really DO work as well as they seem to.

But can I say that I'm seriously disappointed that Zyrtec is going OTC? That's going to make next year very expensive in the drug category since I won't be able to get it for so cheap from the pharmacy. Damn it, I hate when they go OTC. But I love my Zyrtec-D. *pout*

New Gambit pics

If you look over at the Flickr thingy on the right, you'll notice some new Gambit pics. :-)

Here's one of them:

Gambit 348

Doesn't he look spiffy in his pumpkin costume?

And Tuesday sucks as well

Another day home sick from work. Ugh. I have tomorrow off, so that helps. I already feel much better, but still more tired than usual even with all the sleep I've been getting. Blech. I just feel nasty.

I did finish reading Mystic and Rider by Sharon Shinn. Really good book. Also started reading The Singer's Crown by Elaine Isaak.

Nick realized about half an hour ago that the new Evanescence cd was out today, so he ran to Target to grab it. Listening to it now. So far it's good.

I hope I sleep well tonight. I'm sick of tossing and turning and generally feeling lousy.

Mondays suck

Especially when you wake up and feel like shit. So today was spent sleeping. And a little tv and a little reading. Don't have a cold, but I suspect it has to do with allergies and asthma. My body always wants to shut down when I have problems with asthma. I still kinda don't feel well, but hopefully I will be okay for work. Don't start until one tomorrow.

Watched Witch Hunter Robin that I'd had from Netflix. I liked it, although it's slow and you only glimpse parts of the characters' pasts. I already put the rest of the discs in my queue.

Also started Mystic and Rider by Sharon Shinn. And last night I finished Warrior and Witch by Marie Brennan. Wow. I loved that book and really hope for more books by her. She's gone to the auto-buy list. It's a great followup to Doppelganger, which I also loved. I'm not real sure it's possible to talk about W&W without major spoilers from Doppelganger. But anyways, read them!

Also decided to buy some ebooks.

So I now have Assassin's Apprentice and Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb, The Singer's Crown by Elaine Isaak, Midnight Sun by Rene Lyons, Lord Night by Jessie Verino, and Colters' Woman by Maya Banks.

So what is everyone else reading and buying? My blog is getting lonely. Which is entirely my fault, but still....

One mystery, one latina chick lit, and something a little hot

So I've read a few books in the past couple days. And lookie, I'm posting about them! No pics, so sue me. I'm heading off to work real soon.

Killer Insight by Victoria Laurie was read Thursday night. And was sorta the cause of me staying up way too late that night. Thank goodness I had the day off the next day even though I couldn't sleep in (friend coming over early in the morning) I'd started it in the evening and in to bed, but just when it was lights out, I hit the end where everything wraps up. You do not want to end a mystery there! So after too many "just a few more pages", I finally just took my book and went into the living room to finish so Nick could get some sleep. I liked the book much more than I did the previous book. This time, Abby and Dutch are having problems, and because of Abby's psychic intuition, she believes he no longer wants her in his life and breaks up with him. Well, and Dutch did make a huge Valentine's Day blunder. Well, Abby then goes off to Colorado (I think that's the state) for a friend's wedding and finds more action than she planned on when bridesmaids go missing and her high school crush shows up. Definitely a fun book and apparently just what I needed that night since I finished it so quickly.

Well, after reading Killer Insight, I immediately picked up Becoming Latina in 10 Easy Steps by Lara Rios. I'd already started it earlier this week, but hadn't finished it. Bad idea starting to read it when it's already late at night. It's a fairly large book. I really enjoyed it and wish I'd read it earlier. I really need to get over my aversion of buying trade paperbacks new since I don't think they're going away. There's a good review over at Paperback Reader, so I won't really say much here other than that it's a fantastic book. Oh, and there's a small teensy mistake in the PBR review. It's Tia Lydia, not Sonya. Sonya's a bitch, Lydia's not.

Also read and finished an ebook. Finally got around to Celestial Passions: Sheala by Judy Mays. I think I've had this book since almost when it first came out, yet somehow forgot I had it. Oops. Anyways, it's another big book, coming in at about 212 pages in Adobe format. SF romance that takes places after CP: Brianna and has many of the same characters. I enjoyed the book and it's definitely an Ellora's Cave book, but things are done pretty well and not just tacked on for titillation's sake. I don't like Mays' werewolf books as much, but I'll definitely buy the next book in this series when it comes out. Whenever it will come out.

Speaking of heading off to work, that's in 50 minutes and I'm still in my pajamas. Better get going!

Books, books, and more books. Which is a problem.

Okay, so I'm too lazy to make these into actual book posts.

The Notorious Rake by Mary Balogh. Loved it. Thanks for the rec, Megan! This and Dancing With Clara are my first Baloghs read. I kinda read them at the same time. One at home, the other at work. I just loved how I knew I should hate Waite for the alpha that he is, yet somehow it worked. It really really worked and I got the impression that he really does fall in love with Mary by the end of the story. So good. Read it. I should take a picture of them on the shelf, they look so pretty. Well, except the ones that are on the FLOOR because Gambit knocked them over. He has a thing for knocking over piles of books.

Dancing With Clara was another good one, though not quite as good as TNR. I thought the ending fit well, though it's not precisely a HEA. Another book that I think I should dislike, yet I didn't. Now I don't know which one to read next. Either The Famous Heroine or The Wood Nymph, I think. But that might change.

Let's see....also started reading Becoming Latina in 10 Easy Steps by Lara Rios. So far it's fabulous. And read a bit of Spooning by Darri Stephens and Megan DeSales at work, but I wasn't impressed, so I don't think I'm going to get it. It was too...something. Almost stereotypical chicklit in a bad way.

Also forgot to mention that I read Taking the Cake by Kate Davies. It's a really cute contemporary and I really enjoyed reading it. It's an ebook from Samhain.

In other news....Nick and I will be "discussing" the book problem here at home on Saturday. *sigh* Okay, it really doesn't need quotes since we will actually be discussing it. No, he's not being unreasonable, we really don't have that much space here in the apartment for all the books I want. But still....*sigh* I'll live. I'll pout awhile, though.

Oh...but I did buy Witchling by Yasmine Galenorn today! I was so happy when I saw it. Imagine big intake of breath and an arm shooting out to grab the book and hug it to my breast. Yeah, I was happy. Am happy.


Yay! It's Friday! And I have tomorrow off!

I started reading The Notorious Rake by Mary Balogh last night. So far I like it. Definitely doesn't start out like a stereotypical Regency. I also started reading Dancing With Clara by same at work during my lunch break. That I'm also liking. And read a bit more of Sword of Shannara after the lights were out.

Tonight Nick and I get to go to a sneak preview of the new Red Robin that's opening here. I love the place and even had our wedding rehearsal dinner at the one in the Tri-Cities, WA. We get a complimentary meal as they test run staff before opening for real. It should be fun and I can't wait to eat one of those delicious burgers and have a great drink. I love their speckled lemonade.

Fall has definitely arrived here as the weather has been in the 60s and getting much colder at night.

Fall has come

Oh yes it has. A high of 64 today. We even had frost on the ground in the morning earlier this week.

I finished up Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh earlier this week. Excellent book. I don't think I can say anything anyone else hasn't said already, but I want to say that this is one fantastic book. Definitely a must-read for anyone who likes paranormal or SF romance.

Also read Raven's Shadow and Raven's Strike by Patricia Briggs. While reading them, I found myself amazed that she packed in so much in so little a book, yet I didn't feel things were rushed or dumped. She's definitely becoming one of my favorite authors and a must-buy. I do hope she writes more straight fantasy.

Also started reading Sword of Shannara on my iPaq. I must have read this in my early teens, and now I can't remember much. It's like reading the book for the first time, although knowing a few things about the world and how it fits in with Brooks' other books definitely makes some of the reading experience different when Allanon is talking in the beginning about the history of man.

I had been reading Dexta by C.J. Ryan on my iPaq, but the story just isn't holding my interest right now.

Work has been good. It's Banned Books week next week, so we've been getting ready for that.

Also a perk of working in a used bookstore, getting to see stuff before it heads to the shelf. Like the 26 Mary Balogh regencies that I got yesterday. I knew some of them were hard to find, so I grabbed them. They will look so pretty on my shelf. Going to start with The Notorious Rake per Megan's recommendation.

Also saw the first season of The 4400. Borrowed it from a girl at work and watched the whole thing (it's only like 4 hours long) on Tuesday, my day off. Going to get the second season from her and watch that too. It's really good.

I really need to blog more!!

Books bought (and a slight rant)

The other night I had worked a late shift, but I was too wound up afterwards to head to bed right away. So instead I dinked around online and decided to buy some books.

So I ended up with these all rather different books:

Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay (currently reading and oh it's good)
The Sword of Shannara trilogy by Terry Brooks
Dexta by CJ Ryan (who doesn't seem to have a website)

Bought them all from ContentLink, which seems to only have books from Random House. but it carries many of them in Mobipocket format.

"Many" being the keyword here. One of them I wanted to buy was only in Adobe or MS Reader format. Seeing as Adobe from pubs that DRM can sometimes be formatted strangely, I went with MS reader. Or at least I tried to. Site kept telling me I had to activate my Reader copy. Okay, I thought I already had, but what the heck, I'll go through with it again.

But nooooooooooo. According to Microsoft, I've exceeded my six activations. In their words:
If you format your computer's hard drive or you add new hardware to your computer, it may appear to be a different computer to the Activation process. Therefore, it may count twice against this Activation limit.

Let me tell you, basing activations on that is total crap. I'm sorry, but I do not leave my computer stagnant for any length of time. Things need to change. New stuff comes out, need new space or want the latest CPU. Or I just feel like reformatting. So I can't read my ebooks because you think I'm not supposed to change my computer setup??

Oh, you can request to get an activation added to your quota, but have they answered me since I emailed them two days ago? No. Did they ever answer me when I had this problem awhile back? No. Yes, you have to EMAIL them to get more. So I can't buy my book. I don't mind using MSReader, but not when it's DRMed. Then it makes it into a useless piece of crap software that I want to smash into little pieces. Except that it's software and that would mess up my computer.