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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

New Contest

This new contest is brought to you by a site just bursting wth awesomeness and the always fabulous Ivy.

The contest is open to everyone, you must provide a way for me to contact you. For as many entries as you like I want you to think of some cool questions I can ask authors. I am going to start doing some author interviews so let me know what questions you would want your favorite author to answer for you. I need questions with substance people, not just yes or no answers. Each question is worth 1 point, if at all possible put all questions in one post and number them please. I will use to pick the winner. Now for your choices, you may choose
Covet by JR Ward or On The Edge by Ilona Andrews.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Review of Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Falling in love was never so
easy . . .
or so deadly.

For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment.
But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.

My Thoughts

To start I will say that this is one of the best books I have read this year. It took me 1 day to read this book because I just couldn't put it down once I started it. The story flowed very well. I don't remember reading a story about fallen angels with this spin on it before. Well written, loveable characters that had me wishing the next book was already out. I give this book A SUPER STAR and I will say that I think Becca Fitzpatrick is definitely someone that we'll be watching in the future.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Review of One Scream Away by Kate Brady

Seven years ago Beth Denison was attacked by a killer named Chevy Bankes. Since then, she's created a new life for herself and her daughter, one far removed from the night that ended in an awful tragedy. But now Bankes is out of prison, and his chilling phone calls tell Beth he's coming for her.

Ex-FBI agent Neil Sheridan is driven to investigate a chain of murders eerily similar to a disturbing case from his past. When the killer's trail deadends at Beth's doorstep, Neil finds a beautiful woman with a secret she'll do anything to keep. Yet even as Beth surrendrs to Neil's protection- and then hs embrace_ she still refuses to tell him why Bankes hungers to hear her scream, and why she'll soon consider doing the unthinkable: fae Bankes alone.

Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
Publisher: Forever (July 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0446541524
ISBN-13: 978-0446541527

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Read 5 Fun Facts about this book

I rate this 5 Stars-

-Great flawed, unforgettable characters
- Lots of action
- A love story
- Happy ending
- Reading this story shows the work and effort put into it .
- Everything I look for in a romantic suspense story.
- Exciting from the 1st page to the last.

Review of A Hint Of Wicked

What happens when a lady desires not one man, but two?


Sophie, the Duchess of Calton, has finally moved on. After seven years mourning the loss of her husband, Garrett, at Waterloo, she has married his best friend and heir, Tristan. Sophie gives herself to him body and soul…until the day Garrett returns from the Continent, demanding his title, his lands-and his wife.


Now Sophie must choose between her first love and her new love, knowing that no matter what, her choice will destroy one of the men she adores. Will it be Garrett, her childhood sweetheart, whose loss nearly destroyed her once already? Or will it be Tristan, beloved friend turned lover, who supported her through the last, dark years and introduced her to a passion she had never known? As her two husbands battle for her heart, Sophie finds herself immersed in a dangerous game-where the stakes are not only love…but life and death.

Author's Website Here
Buy Links- Barnes and Noble , Amazon

My Thoughts:

- I loved this book. It has been so long since I read a historical romance and for the life of me I can't figure out why. If the rest of historical romance has been even half this good, I definitely have got some catching up to do.

- This was a great storyline and I am looking forward to reading the next installment of this story.

- Loveable characters who even though flawed make you feel for them.

- Wonderful descriptions that made me feel like I was there in the story with them, feeling what they feel.

- Overall this was a wonderful read, that I will be reading again.

- Jennifer Haymore is a wonderful addition to my To Be Read/Author To Watch List.

I rate this 5 Stars-

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

You and Your Reading Habits

Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack? I try not to snack while reading because I would hate to drop something on my book.

Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you? I don’t like the idea of writing in books. I have been really peeved to check out a few books from the library only to find that someone was offended by the language used so they used a marker to obliterate the words.

How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? I have been known to dog-ear my books, but I am trying to be really mature about it now and use book marks. I have even gone so far as to make some book thongs so I would be more inclined to use them.

Laying the book flat open? No, absolutely not! That is a pet peeve of mine( one I distinctly remember yelling at my husband about a few times in the last week or so)

Fiction, Non-fiction, or both? I prefer Fiction, but will read a Non-fiction if it grabs my attention.

Hard copy or audiobooks? Hard copy all the way.

Are you a person who tends to read to the end of chapters, or are you able to put a book down at any point? I can stop at any point but prefer to read til the end of the chapter.

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away? I do but only if I can’t glean the meaning from the sentence its in.

What are you currently reading? Playing House by Fredrica Wagman and Wait until Twilight by Sang Pak.

What is the last book you bought? The Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can you read more than one at a time? With my weird attention span I can’t read just one book at a time. It all depends on the mood I am in.

Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read? Favorite place to read is curled up on the couch with a blanket, a pillow and a few books.

Do you prefer series books or stand alone books? I like both. I like series because it gives me a chance to get to know more of the characters I read about in the first book. I like stand alones because sometimes you just wanna get in and get out.

Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over? I highly recommend Sherrilyn Kenyon, Rachel Vincent, Lilith Saintcrow and too many others to name.

How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author’s last name, etc.?) This is probably really bad but most of my books are just on the shelf in no particular order. I do try to keep series books together and in order but for the most part hardbacks with hardbacks and paperbacks with paperbacks.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Being Comfortable In your Office

How did you pick what you wanted in your office? Right now my office consists of 2- 5 shelf - bookshelves and 1- 4 shelf- bookshelf, a small laptop desk ( and by small I mean micro) stuffed into my bedroom because its the only room big enough to hold all of my stuff.

So I was asked by Jason Zimelman at
CSN Stores if I'd like to review one of their office chairs.

Some criteria that I think is important when looking for a new office chair are:

1. Comfortable
2. Affordable
3. Small enough to fit in my limited space
4. Is chair adjustable?
5. Is it big enough to hold me?

After looking through the CSN website at all of the different chairs I have decided to go with the
Adjustable Steno Task Chair with Durable Seat .

One touch adjustment instantaneously raises or lowers the seat
5 star nylon base allows smooth movement
Tough, durable plastic protects seat back and bottom from tears
Available colored fabrics include black and grey
Weight capacity: 200 lbs

Back size: 15.5" W x 8.5" H
Seat size: 16.5" W x 15.5" D
Seat height: 16" - 21" H
Overall dimensions: 29" - 33.5" H x 22" W x 22" D

Its adjustable, lightweight and will go well with my black bookshelves. It also is in my price range as well as being small enough to fit in my limited space. I definitely think this is the chair for me. I'll let you know after I have received it and used it for a few days if it stands up to my expectations.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Family Movie Reviews

In 1960s Texas, timid teenager Walter (Haley Joel Osment) is forced to spend the summer with his rich and eccentric great-uncles (Michael Caine and Robert Duvall) on their farm. Over time, he learns about their mysterious and dangerous pasts. Emmanuelle Vaugier plays an Arabian sultan's daughter with whom Duvall's character fell in love years ago. Kyra Sedgwick and Nicky Katt co-star.

WOW! Even after years of watching this movie I still love it. I can't say that about many movies(more on that later) I wanted to get my kids into some really good family movies because they said that we never get any Netflix movies for them.

5 stars


1. Oustanding cast (everybody fit perfectly)

2. Wonderfully colorful stories that the uncles told.

3. My kids watched it and didn't talk during the movie ( those of you with kids realize how rare this really is)

4. Its a movie that we all would watch again and again.

William Bloom (Billy Crudup) tries to learn more about his dying father, Edward (Albert Finney), by piecing together the facts out of the various fantastic tales and legends of epic proportions he's been told over the years. Edward was a traveling salesman, and his journeys throughout the South are the seed of the tales. Directed by Tim Burton, the movie co-stars Ewan McGregor (as the young Edward), Helena Bonham-Carter and Steve Buscemi.

5 Stars


1. I loved the weird stories his dad told.

2. Awesome characters

3. Funny

4. Tim Burton ( need I say more)

Fourteen-year-old Ben Crandall (Ethan Hawke, in his film debut) and Wolfgang (River Phoenix) are misfit best friends -- and science whizzes -- who dream of space travel and manage to create an interplanetary spacecraft in their homemade laboratory. It isn't long before the two pals are zooming off to another galaxy, where they find that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Joe Dante directs.

4 stars


1. I gave it 4 stars because for some reason it didn't hold my attention as much as it did when I was younger.

2. The kids liked it a lot.

3. I enjoyed showing my kids a movie where the kids are portrayed as intelligent.

4. Overall, it was an enjoyable movie to watch.