29 September 2009

Review: Joey W Hill - A Mermaid's Kiss

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Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Berkley Trade
(November 4, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0425223809
ISBN-13: 978-0425223802

Summary:
The angelic Jonah has been battling the Dark Ones for centuries. But his noble spirit has begun to tire with the weight of war—allowing a Dark One to strike a blow that severs his wings and knocks him into the sea.

Anna is a Daughter of Arianne—a direct descendant of the mermaid of legend. Anna’s longing for love compels her to risk her very life to protect and hide the fallen Jonah. And the longer Jonah delays his return to the heavens, the more Anna’s secret passions are tempted.

But as she falls more in love with him, Anna wonders if she’s destined to lose her heart and her dreams to save Jonah’s soul…


If there is one cover I noticed in my early days of blog hopping this year then it is the one of A Mermaid’s Kiss and it compelled me to look further then what met my eye. When I read the synopsis I could only wonder how an angel and a mermaid would get a happily ever after together. When I entered a contest at Cecile’s place and I won a copy of A Mermaid’s Kiss I was ecstatic. Now after closing the book all I can do is sit here and ride the last emotional waves of my first experience with a novel from Joey W Hill? At the beginning of The Mermaid’s Kiss I had to get a feel for the author’s voice, I didn’t instantly “get” what she was going for with Jonah and Anna. Jonah was “My Lord” and Anna was “Little One” and it confused me until I picked up on a subtle and oh so natural Dominant/submissive synergy going on between the two main protagonists. It is never defined, nor explicitly described by Hill but for me suddenly things fell in to place and I could surrender myself to the story as it is told.

Because with each chapter read I fell more and more for the characters and world this author created. A Mermaid’s Kiss is not a story you would want to read for the extensive thrilling action, nor for the rich abundance in world building, and I will honestly say that this kind of storytelling is an acquired taste. Still, the love story is of such an exquisite quality it just knocked me off my feet with its ending. What I received was two people thrown together where the circumstances lead them to go on a quest of the heart and soul. I cannot see it any different way. Jonah is the tormented, wary Prime Legion Commander of the Lady and when wounded in a battle with the Dark Ones he falls into the ocean to escape them. Anna finds him sinking to the depths of the ocean and rescues him and brings him to a cave so he can heal from the wing torn from his shoulder.

Familiar fairytale story up till now, right? Still, any resemblance of a Disney story ends right there because A Mermaid’s Kiss is far more dark since Anna is destined to die at the tender age of twenty-one. A curse bestowed upon her by Arianne, the original mermaid who loved her prince but never got him in the end. It is far more intricate as Jonah battles his inner demons. The journey Anna and Jonah undertake on land not only speaks of the erotic pull between them with the Joining Magic but also of faith, perception, wisdom, healing and the knowledge of their impossible love. These aspects give the romance such depth and it grows with each moment spent together, with each conversation and with each page I read. Every separate thread would lead to a conclusion that would make this an unforgettable read for me.

Because the story was so condensed in a character and emotion driven aspect I really connected with Jonah’s internal struggles. The questions why he still battled the Dark Ones after so many centuries? Why did he still wanted to fight for the Lady when it was a never ending cycle. What was the point in the end? All his emotions came across with a desperation that made him feel so real and made him so realistic in his actions. The quest revolved around the salvation of a powerful angel and this is where Anna comes in to play.

Opposite Jonah there is Anna. She is haunted by the knowledge she will die at a very young age. It makes her wise beyond her years but it does not prevent her from finding beauty in the oceanic world. An outsider from the mer-people but not without an unusual friendship with Mina, another outcast. She is gentle, kind, loving, inquisitive and has a backbone when she needs to stand up for her believes. Where Jonah is lost and feels desolate, Anna counters it with such a believe within him, such joy and living in to the moment. She emanates such faith that he will do what is righteous and all she wants is for him to soar the skies again in all his angelic power and splendor.

Two very strong characters in their own way and with the lyrical and poised prose it often just threw me in to the emotion of the moment. That is the true strength of this author; the ability to touch upon such a range of emotions. Another hallmark essence of this author is the provocative sensuality which at times gave my imagination a stretch in the erotically charged scenes. Though never overly explicate in the descriptions she can conjure a very vivid carnal picture in the mind’s eye. I loved Jonah and Anna together in human form, Hill made the passion between Jonah and Anna in mermaid form believable but I had a bit of trouble picturing Anna as a pixie riding herself on the hardened male flesh of Jonah. That moment gave my imagination a stretch and I was glad it only happened once.

With the larger part of the story focused on Anna and Jonah there were just a few supporting characters who were equally well drawn. Mina is Anna’s best friend and a result of a coupling between a Dark One and a mermaid. On various occasions Mina’s choices are very important to tell the story and there is a frail but undeniable connection between her and David. David is the human made angel, Lucifer is the Lord of the Underworld and along with the Lady they established a solid perception of Heaven and Hell. Combine it with the Dark Ones, the human world, the lore of how everything came to be and it all connected to give credibility to a religion where Hell is a place for redemption and atonement rather than a place for eternal damnation.

As the journey on land continues for Jonah and Anna they meet various people who each have something to say, which in the end has an underlying wisdom to it. The journey as a whole, the healing of Jonah’s wing, the conversations and experiences that they both have, the love they create, it all leads to a conclusion that struck a chord with me. Every aspect of this tale, from the dark and erotic fairytale vibe, the intricate characters to get to know, to the mesmerizing writing I can say Joey W Hill already did it for me. What lifted it to greater heights was the ending, those last 60-70 pages. Throughout the story my emotions were engaged on a steady level, keeping me involved in all aspects of the romance and internal struggles of the main couple. But I found out that was just to prepare me for such an emotion steeped ending it constricted my throat with the intensity of my feelings. All the individual storylines came together; whether or not Jonah could restore his faith within himself and what he was, Anna not wanting to die without hope, Mina whose friendship is as quirky as her persona, to a battle between the Angels and the Dark Ones that made them risk it all.

While the solution to Anna’s problem wasn’t inventive it disintegrated in the whirlwind of the emotions I felt. Every emotion felt by the characters translated in to the actions that transpired in that final battle. It spoke of everything I wanted to see victorious in a erotic paranormal romance; The good clashing with the bad, the love risking it all, the friendship aiding for a good outcome and where a higher purpose is served. I gained it all with the unique characters, world and storytelling of Joey W Hill.

A Mermaid’s Kiss; what started out with the love for a cover and the interest piqued with its synopsis turned out to be an enthralling and emotionally powerful read.

Quote Anna:

At last she understood, in a way she hadn’t before, why doing the Joining Magic by herself left her with such an empty ache in her heart. Bringing together their bodies brought together the elemental wish of every being, to be fully inside the heart and soul of someone else. It was divinity and mortality all at once, the searing regret and joy that could hold a soul suspended in time.



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Winners from all three contests



Via random.org I ended up with three winners for all the contests that have been taken place the last ten days at my place. I want to thank P.C. Cast for putting up a copy for grabs and also Annette McCleave!

The no.1 from every list was:



1.Bella

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1.Froggy

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And the one going home with the Beefcake is.....

1.A Buckeye Girl Reads

Timestamp: 2009-09-29 09:58:44 UTC

Congratulations to all the winners, I will be in touch with you this week to collect addy's from all of you!

I want to thank everyone for stopping by and making this such a hoot to do. The next Beefcake is Gideon from Anna Campbell's CAPTIVE SIN. So be sure to mark your calendars next week :)

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23 September 2009

Beefcake Preview Club Night: Raphael Mendoza




Hi everybody, welcome to an extra Beefcake night. Let me tell you how difficult it was to get this man to my club's table for a one on one. I first called a friend of a friend on his whereabouts, of course I got zilch. So nice to have military contacts but of course when I truly needed them I got nothing. But one said to go to a contact of his, perhaps J.O.H.N. (his codename *rolls eyes*) would know something. So there I went in a plane with an unknown destination for me to end up on some far off base. Me, ms. I-don't-sport-for-fun-and-rather-read, had to strut through mud, climb various hills, swim a freakin' cold lake to reach J.O.H.N.. It felt like I had just survived a triathlon and was in severe need of oxygen. Damn was I out of shape ladies!! So there this guy was...and so not what I expected to find. He was very lean, like 5ft 8" and his look cut through me like an x-ray. My heart was in my throat and all he kept doing was sizing me up. I felt so not up to his standards, but anyway, he nodded, I followed and we went into this tent. I got the shivers of the silence and all he wrote down on a piece of paper was a name, he showed it to me and then burned it. WTF!! After that all I got was a "Goodbye Ms.Roodakker."

I went through days of torture for one freakin' name, I was so hoping this was going to be worth it! After 4 days of my personal physical challenge I got back and hooked me up on the WWW. To look up one Cindy Gerard. Though under tight deadlines and her own special OPS she hooked me up with Raphael Mendoza and ladies, it was so worth it. To meet such a fine male specimen in real life I would walk another jungle to get to him. He had to keep it brief but he left his mark on me *grin* I will always have a weakness for a man with a tattoo!

General info: Feel the Heat

Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages

Publisher: Pocket Star
(September 29, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1439153604
ISBN-13: 978-1439153604

Buy a copy ~here~

(The fourth book in the Black Ops series)

A RACE FOR SURVIVAL...

Bold, blonde Defense Intelligence officer B. J. Chase isn't exactly thrilled when she's summoned from personal leave to investigate an alarming national security breach -- until the suspicious death of a government official blows her covert mission sky-high.

TURNS INTO A PULSE-POUNDING ADVENTURE...

Gorgeous Black Ops bad boy Raphael Mendoza always feared his family's dark history would haunt him. But he never expected it might hold the key to dismantling a rogue weapons system. Now with cool B. J. Chase posing as his hot babe fiancée, he returns to his uncle in Colombia to convince him he can be trusted with the family's dirtiest business secrets.

...AND IGNITES A PASSIONATE FIRE.

Carrying out a deception among ruthless killers brings Rafe and B.J. too close to ignore the smoldering heat between them. Now, they must work together as the closest of partners as the countdown to international catastrophe closes in....

Profile of Raphael Mendoza



Date of Birth: 5-2-1977

Age: 32

Length: 5’9”

Body build: muscular, fit, lean

Hair: black

Eyes: dark, dark brown

Personality: multi-faceted. Funny, tender, yet serious and sarcastic

Favorite weapon: Sig Sauer P226, AR-15 rifle

Favorite outfit: jeans and t’s

Turn on: blonds

boxers or briefs: boxers

* Personal motto: get it done



Raphael Mendoza 101:

Hi Raphael, once again, thanks for taking the time and answering all these question to satisfy our curiosity!

You’re very welcome.

Raphael, if it was your last day on earth, what would you do and who would you spent it with?

I’d make love with B.J. All day. All night.

Do you have a favorite romantic setting?

Anywhere with my woman.

Raphael, what are your pros and cons?

You expect me to answer that? Not gonna happen.

Who was the last person you got in to a fight with and what was the reason?

I don’t fight, unless it’s for my life. Otherwise, I negotiate :o)

What was the last movie you watched?

Some chick flick B.J. made me watch. Don’t remember the title but I remember what happened later :o)

Where did you sleep last night?

Where I want to sleep every night. In our bed.

What music do you like to listen to?

I’m a sucker for 80’s love songs

What is your favorite snack food?

B.J. turned me on to apple walnut caramel pie. I could snack on it (and her) all night.

Do you have any talents you would like to share?

I sing. Don’t laugh, but they don’t call me Choirboy for nothing.

What are your plans for tomorrow?

It’s a work day. Plans are classified

Wooing the ladies with an excerpt:

This close, it wasn’t that difficult. The face that met hers, mere inches away was not a face she would expect to meet in a dark alley on the wrong side of a mission that was rapidly heading south. Wholesome was the word that came to mind. Altar boy angelic – if one could overlook the assault rifle.

The tattoo she’d caught a glimpse of on his upper arm appeared to be of a cross of some sort that did not, however, put her in mind of altars or boys. Neither did the gold crucifix that hung from his neck and lay against a broad chest so smooth it could have been waxed.

His eyes were dark, almost black, like the hair that he wore cut military close. His skin was caramel toned, his face clean-shaven and flawless but for a small, triangular scar that rode at the left corner of a full, sensuous mouth. She was used to assessing and cataloguing adversaries on the fly. What she wasn’t used to was thinking of the enemy in terms of disarmingly handsome – or that she would be ultra sensitive to the fact that he was plastered so tightly against her she could feel the heat radiating off his body like a pulse.

He wasn’t a big man – maybe five nine, five ten – but the body pressed against hers was as lean and hard as the Jeep at her back. The steely grip on her arm was capable of inflicting pain – yet he only used it to control her.

Something about him made her think he’d spent some time in the States. He was clean, his bearing disciplined and practiced. He knew exactly what he was doing, where his men were and how to take control. Situational awareness. Like a soldier. Like a merc, she thought and knew that alive or not, she was still in deep trouble.

Or worse, he could be on Chavez’s payroll – possibly police, maybe even paramilitary. Chavez wouldn’t take kindly to Eduardo passing along secret government information and would sure as hell want to stop the transaction.

But she knew how Chavez worked. If these were his men, she’d be bleeding out in the gutter by now. No questions asked.

So no, this detail had not been sent by Chavez. So … CIA maybe? This guy had the look the skills and the ‘no one can touch me’ attitude. And if not CIA, then a close equivalent. Bad asse with license to kill, thrill and wreak havoc wherever he decided havoc needed to be wreaked.

Which brought her back to the immediate problem. If he was CIA then someone, somewhere had screwed up royally because no way should one government agency interfere with another’s sting. Either way, his guns were still just as big and just as bad and she was still in just as much trouble because in her experience Spooks didn’t care about rules or diplomacy.

“Let’s back away from the Jeep, okay, querida? Easy now,” he warned in a voice that was as sultry as the night and lightly laced with a Spanish accent. Even though he spoke softly, however, there was no mistaking the order or the threat as he pressed the nose of the AK against her rib cage and with a firm grip on her upper arm, guided her away from the Jeep and, thankfully, several inches away from him.

He peered over the open driver’s side door then smiled when he spotted the shotgun. “Cute gun,” he said, like he was complimenting her wardrobe – which was feeling mighty damn inadequate when his dark gaze raked her body up and down before he shouldered around her and plucked the shotgun off the floor.

With hardly a backward glance, he tossed the gun out of reach then leaned in close and started patting her down.

She gritted her teeth, resigned to suffer pain and humiliation and rough hands. He surprised her again when he tugged her Glock out her waistband then made quick and painless work of searching her.

“I do like a woman who knows her weapons.” He glanced from the pistol to her face, smiled again as he pulled the earpiece out of her ear and tossed it away. “You have any other surprises, mi chica bonita?”

Excerpt chapter one and two ~here~

Cindy, one quick question. What was the best thing about meeting Raphael and writing up his story?

Rafe was a constant surprise. I knew he’d be a hot Latin lover and a heroic warrior but I didn’t know he’d have such depth of character. He constantly surprised me with his tenderness.




I have one copy of FEEL THE HEAT up for grabs send to you via The Book Depository Store.

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Sam is here to make you ladies the cocktail of the day or anything else you want to grace your taste buds with. Unfortunately Aidan and Tristan had some business to attend to...they wouldn't enlighten me as to what, why and where.

Wild Black Betty:

1/5 oz Wild Turkey bourbon whiskey

1/5 oz Jack Daniels Tenessee whiskey

1/5 oz Southern Comfort peach liquer

1/5 oz grenadine syrup

1/5 oz Lime juice

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22 September 2009

ARC Review: Kimberly Killion - Highland Dragon


~click here to buy a copy~

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Zebra Books (Mass Market)
(October 6, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1420104411
ISBN-13: 978-1420104417

Summary:
A love born of fire…

A desire that defies all limits…
and a love that was meant to be…

Scotland 1502. Akira Neish has been raised as a peasant, her belly often empty and her family subject to the cruel whims of her clan's laird. To the clan’s children, the horned shaped birthmark she bears means she is a witch. But she is neither peasant nor witch—and now the man who knows the truth has returned to claim her for his own.

Calin MacLeod has kept Akira's secrets and to avenge his father, the sensual young laird must marry her. He is more than a match for the fiery nature of the woman he adores. Yet the passion they share—and truths that can no longer remain hidden— could rip all of Scotland apart....



Scotland, Highland 1484,

It was a night the young Calin MacLeod would not likely forget as he witnessed the murder of his father. It ignited vengeance in his heart as it spread through his veins and burned in his soul. That night, his bride also took her first breath in this world. Only hours ago her birth promised hope for an alliance between the Kinnon and McLeod clan but with a coldhearted brute of a man that hope washed away with the blood of those who lost their life’s that night.

It sounds like familiar plot doesn’t it? It certainly isn’t something that hasn’t been done oodles of times before but if there is one thing the highlanders understand then it was vengeance. And if there is one thing Kimberly Killion understands, it is the spirit of the Scottish highlanders. Highland Dragon is the kind of story where the heart speaks, yearns and seeks a reciprocator for all its desires, and this made it easy for me to lose myself in the story.

Some stories just wrap me in a cocoon, make me snuggle a bit deeper in the couch and some would mark it as a comfort read, Highland Dragon was such a read for me. There were two things that I noticed early on. One, how the cast of characters played on my emotions and two, how the clan politics and intrigue fueled the romance to a higher level. The premise of Calin and Akira’s actual story held it all; betrayal, murder and a secret love. In that premise two youngsters life’s altered forever and it would affect them still in the present. There is nothing I wanted more for Akira and Calin then for them to aim for their own happiness. And so I started in their present story in the times of Scotland, Highlands 1502.

Colin needs to marry Akira so an alliance is formed and a plan is set in motion to unite the Isles and to defeat an old enemy. Calin is all confidence but from the moment he meets Akira nothing goes as planned. Calin is all highlander brawn mixed with the responsibilities of a Laird and a strong sense of Clan loyalty. A good, honest, virile highlander who wants what is good for his clan and a woman beside him leading it. Akira is definitely a woman who knows what she wants, how she wants it and is smart enough to get it. I loved the mix of faith, fury, intelligence and empathy in Akira. She became the heart of the McLeod clan by just being herself and she conquered the heart of Calin in the same way. Their interaction encompassed an area of emotions, from poised and tender to fiery and passionate, to the pain of grief and loss. Their journey is steeped in emotions and I instantly picked up on them, thoroughly rooting me in the story and the exhilarating journey of the main protagonists. This is largely due to empathetic and well drawn characters but also the easy connecting writing style of Kimberly Killion.

There were many supporting characters who became so important in how I experienced this novel. Especially Aunt Wanda with her straight forward, no-nonsense attitude and a romantic beating heart. Four year old Andrew who added such an endearing and funny touch in his display of innocent highlander pride. Kendrick Neish, friend to Colin, and he has six younger sister to take care of is certainly a man who I wanted to know more about. Isobel, sister to Kendrick and Akira, with her quiet grace but with a core of inner strength brought a lovely blossoming secondary romance to the main story. There are more who in some way contributed to complete the picture with lively voices. Opposing the good there are also characters who are innate bad, Laird Baen Kinnon was the epitome of evil and Catriona is just plain selfish and had to get what she wanted, consequences be damned. Both gave Highland Dragon unexpected twists and turns which were intriguing for me to follow.

There was an interchange between the romance, the sensuality, intrigue and character development that ran like clockwork. There is nothing overtly complicated in Highland Dragon, the writing style smooth, working with all the elements present to drive towards a conclusion that had me sighing and in tears at the same time. I just had a remarkable good time reading Highland Dragon. There is desire, highland brogues in abundance, treachery, romance, friendship and loyalty to be found in an authentic highlander tale that is delivered with a passionate voice for the genre.

What can I say more than Highland Dragon is a read for stormy nights and candle lit rooms to take you away to another time, another place, and make you feel romance as is should be, the kind that conquers all!



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21 September 2009

Monthly Booktip Interview: Annette McCleave



Read my review of DRAWN INTO DARKNESS ~here~


Hi Annette,
Welcome to my realm and thank you for coming up here and talk a bit about your new novel; DRAWN INTO DARKNESS. I’d say, get comfy, grab a drink and talk the talk!
Drawn Into Darkness, the novel:
- Leontine: Do you still remember the day when you came up with the concept of Drawn Into Darkness? If so, tell us about it.
Annette: I didn’t so much as come up with the idea of the book, but find Lachlan. I saw him standing there in my mind, big and handsome, swinging a sword, and telling me he was dead. The rest came slowly. That he gathered souls, that he was serving a penance with Death. That he was in love with Rachel and how unlikely it was that he could ever be with her. I had to tell his story.
- Leontine: What do you like most about writing a paranormal romance story?
Annette: The world building. I spend a crazy amount of time immersing myself in the world of my characters, trying to see life (or in this case, death J) from their point of view. This is really the fun part.
- Leontine: And what challenges you in writing a paranormal romance story?
Annette: The biggest challenge is not writing myself into a corner, such as giving someone a power that will prove difficult to manage from a storyline perspective. I keep notes on my characters for just that reason.
- Leontine: Can you tell us a bit about your creative process in writing?
Annette: I work from an outline. It’s a very sketchy outline, but it has the basic progression of the story identified. I used to write blind, just putting down whatever I saw onto the page—but I found I was re-writing a LOT of pages at the end, pages that could have been avoided if I’d just have a guidepost to follow. So, now I outline.
I also write very early in the morning. My favorite hours are the pre-dawn ones when the house is dark and quiet and the new day is only a promise.
- Leontine: What do you absolutely need to start the day?
Annette: That’s easy. Coffee. I put on a big pot the moment I roll out of bed in the morning. The smell alone is enough to get the mental engines revving.
- Leontine: What do you do when the going gets rough?
Annette: Keep going. What’s that saying? When you’re going through hell, just keep going? That’s my philosophy.
- Leontine: What is the first and last sentence of your book?
Annette: The first sentence is: “Even in death, she was beautiful.” The last sentence is: “Go ahead, love. Drive me wild.”
- Leontine: Can you introduce us to a few main characters and tell a bit about them?
Annette: Well, there’s Lachlan MacGregor, a Soul Gatherer who was born in Scotland in the late 16th century. Now immortal and serving a term in purgatory, he masquerades amongst the living as a priest. It’s a disguise that proves very useful until he meets Rachel. Rachel Lewis is the artist single mom who lives in his apartment building and struggles to raise her teenage daughter under very trying circumstances—which, unfortunately for her, includes a very powerful demon from Lachlan’s past.
- Leontine: Do you have a favorite scene in Drawn Into Darkness?
Annette: I’d have to say that the first sex scene between Rachel and Lachlan is my favorite. It’s the moment when huge barriers suddenly drop away between the two and they truly get a glimpse at each other’s heart. Plus, it’s hot. J (edit Leontine: I so concur on that one *grin*)

- Leontine: Which book is on your nightstand at the moment?
Annette: Kris Kennedy’s The Conqueror. It’s a medieval romance and so far, it’s awesome.

- Leontine: What’s next for you?
Annette: I’m wrapping up revisions on book 2 in the Soul Gatherer series, Bound by Darkness, and developing a proposal for book 3.

Annette McCleave 101:
1. What was the highlight of your week?

Listening to my daughter play her flute. She didn’t play all summer and now she’s back at it. I love it.

2. Last movie you watched?

District 9. A very powerful movie that said a lot more about the human race than it did about aliens.

3. Your dream date would be…?

Daniel Craig as James Bond. Yum.

4. Current favorite food?

Popcorn. With lots of butter and salt. None of that healthy stuff.

5. Your favorite vacation spot?

My favorite trip was to Australia. Loved it and would go again in a heartbeat.

6. Boxers or briefs with your hottie next door?

Boxers.

7. If you could have one thing right now what would it be?

A maid. Keeping the house clean is not my thing at all. Oh, wait, let me amend that. A maid who can cook. I’m not much good with the stove either.

8. What's your favorite band?

I don’t really have a favorite band. This week I’ve listened to the Fray, the Eagles, Evanescence, and Terri Clark. J

9. Current favorite TV series?

Dexter.

10. Brawn or brains, what do you notice first?

Notice? Brawn, absolutely. The lasting impression is always made by the eyes, though. J

It was a terrific interview, Leontine--I really enjoyed the questions. Thanks for inviting me to stop by and allowing me to share the excitement of my debut release with your guests.


And this wasn't all: Annette has up for grabs a copy of DRAWN TINO DARKNESS

Annette: Prize time! I’m giving away a copy of Drawn into Darkness to one lucky commenter this week. Just tell me: if you had to give up all your ‘keeper’ books except one, which one would you hold on to and why?

Good luck!

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19 September 2009

Series & Cover Discovery

Yesterday I was happy to be directed to the new cover of Kresley Cole - Pleasure Of A Dark prince and it is making its way through blogosphere. Though like many of you it is a bit pink-ish my mind is in the gutter when it comes to the notion of the cover model's hand's being bound at his back. At Leslie we defintely thought it a possibility when a Valkyrie is involved *wink*

So I'll give my two cents in the cover discovery today. Sometimes a cover and series discovery go hand in hand and I just found myself one this week *lucky me* The first one is also a debuting author who I discovered this week via my RT magazine, just like Annette McCleave she instantly pigued my interest and I was off on an information hunt. I just love the bold colors and dark vibe coming off from the cover and of course the hunk in leather pants ain't doing wrong in this picture either :)



Seduced By Shadows, buy a copy ~HERE~

Excerpt

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Signet (October 6, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0451228286
ISBN-13: 978-0451228284

The war between good and evil has raged for millennia,but now evil is winning,and The Marked Souls are caught in the middle…

After an accident left her near death, Sera Littlejohn is struggling to piece her life together again. But when a violet-eyed stranger reveals a supernatural battle veiled in the shadows, Sera is tempted to the edge of madness by a dangerous desire.

Ferris Archer takes Sera under his wing now that she is talyan, possessed by a repentant demon with hellish powers. Archer and his league of warriors have long risked their demon-shattered souls to stop darker spirits from wreaking havoc. But they’ve never fought beside a female talya before, and never in all his centuries has Archer found a woman who captivates him like Sera.
With the balance shifting between good and evil, passion and possession, Sera and Archer must defy the darkness‹and dare to embrace a love that will mark them forever…

Thanks to Donna {Fantasy Dreamer} I did a quiz to find out by what demon I was possessed by and it was an interesting one:

An ENIGMA class demon has possessed you.
Secretly, you always knew good and evil were more than abstract concepts. Too bad you're proving it with your blood, tears and tattered, demon-mottled soul. Worse, now that your half-closed eyes have been blown wide open, you can't help but notice there are more mysteries lying in wait. Good and evil were easy compared to the intricacies of the human heart. You and Sera Littlejohn from SEDUCED BY SHADOWS, Book 1 of the Marked Souls, would take fiendish delight in torturing the narrow-minded alpha males around you. Hey, there should be some perks for eternal damnation.

Read more about the Marked Souls in SEDUCED BY SHADOWS at JessaSlade.com

The second cover discovery is one I made via Twitter (such a seductive source of information *wink*) I clicked on a link and hello, goodmorning and goodnight, come to mama...Nathan Kemp will always do it for me but I also love the tribal emblem surrounding the title. This cover is very pleasing for the eyes :D And though this is not a series I am really looking forward to reading this :D


Eternal Hunter, buy a copy ~HERE~

Excerpt

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Brava (December 29, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0758234287
ISBN-13: 978-0758234285


Cynthia Eden delves into the dark realms of the Others, where desires and dangerous games await the unsuspecting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Assistant DA Erin Jerome has a secret. Make that two. One: She's not entirely human-she's Other, desperately trying to keep her supernatural strength under wraps. Two: she's got a killer stalking her-an Other rogue set on "gifting" her bloody corpses, not to mention nights lying awake in terror. Small wonder she's been having bad luck with men.

But the bounty hunter on her new case isn't worried about any of that. Jude Donovan is a shapeshifter himself, and the new DA's midnight hair and addictive scent tell him all he thinks he needs to know: She's gorgeous, she's definitely not human, and she's bringing out the animal in him in a really good way. He might have to track a psychotic Other stalker through half of Louisiaian. But he might also get the chance to watch Erin's wild side come out and play.

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18 September 2009

Review: Annette McCleave - Drawn into Darkness

~click on cover to buy a copy~

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Signet (September 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0451227808
ISBN-13: 978-0451227805

Summary:
For centuries Lachlan MacGregor has battled demon thieves for the souls of the dead, carrying out his pledge to deliver them into Heaven or Hell. But his greatest challenge as a Soul Gatherer is now among the living.

Struggling to connect with her troubled teenage daughter Emily, artist Rachel Lewis turns to her enigmatic yet strangely compelling neighbor Lachlan for advice. As Lachlan soon discovers, the young girl has fallen victim to a seductive demon—a specter from the past using the unsuspecting women to fulfill an ancient prophesy and settle a hellish score with Lachlan himself.

In the race to save Emily and avert a disastrous power shift among the deities, Rachel and Lachlan forge an uncommon bond. But how can Lachlan tell the mortal woman he’s falling in love with that the next soul he’s been enlisted to gather—and deliver beyond—is her daughter’s?


Sometimes a debut book immediately pushes my hot buttons and the need arises to instantly read it, whatever is on the to-be-read-pile, that book precedes every other book. This is the urge I had the minute I read the premise of DRAWN INTO DARKNESS and saw the page wide ad in the RT magazine of last month. That very same day I pre-ordered a copy and looked forward to its arrival.

I’ve read DRAWN INTO DARKNESS in twenty four hours and wish I could do it all over again. It feels like I have lived contemporary issues in a paranormal setting with Rachel and Emily having a classic mother-teenage daughter relationship. Rachel is a single mother trying to manage it all, being a provider, a mother, a talented artist and underneath all those responsibilities hides a passionate woman. Now Emily is a Goth teenager who wants to spread her wings, who thinks she has the coolest boyfriend ever and feels restricted by her mother’s decisions. Mother and daughter collide at many discussions and it seems things just cannot get any worse between them. This is where the paranormal entered their world in the form of Lachlan Macgregor.

Lachlan is a Soul Gatherer doing his peneance for the Goddess of Death and battles the demons of Satan to collect the souls of those who have just demised from the world of the living. He has been ordered to protect Emily and from a distance has done so for the past few months. But with a freak bus accident he is suddenly in direct contact with both mother and daughter and ends up entangled in their lives. Add Lachlan’s lifelong nemesis as the boyfriend of Emily and the situation has become an explosive one.

What amazed me so is that the concept of Drawn Into Darkness is so natural and easy to follow and to understand. Yet, it is executed with such a moving writing signature that it was hook, line and sinker for me from the very first page. Instead of initiating an elaborate epic battle in the first book of the Soul Gatherer series Annette McCleave keeps the motivation very personal, intimate and close to the heart of the characters. She draws me in to the lives and hearts of three people; Lachlan, Rachel and Emily. Each so very understandable in their hopes, doubts and fears that they came alive for me via the voice Annette McCleave has as an author.

Lachlan MacGregor was once a proud Laird with flaws, a man of his time until he unknowingly met with a lure demon and lost it all. As a Soul Gatherer he has honed his skills to perfection, his goal is to defeat Satan’s demons so he can release the soul in to the care of an Angel. He is a warrior and one who instantly stirred my emotions. He is so sympathetic but now without his flaws. He feels so much but has no future that will allow those feelings to be. He longs for a redemption that might never come. He is vigorous strength wedded to emotional vulnerability and in all his male complexity he is so very understandable. Lachlan is the kind of hero who takes difficulties in stride and he aimed for my heart and got it!

Rachel is the epitome of a single mother and all I wanted for her is the time so she could get back in touch with her daughter. Her emotions are sharply drawn as the desperation at times bleeds from the pages. Her struggles to keep her daughter safe touched me on various levels, although she is not without her own set of mistakes they are so very understandable. Rachel as a mother, an artist and of course also as a passionate woman blended in to a resilient person whom I so very much enjoyed in this story.

And then we have Emily. How I so recognized the youthfulness and teenage rebellion in Emily. Haven’t we all been there? The stubborn attitude of wanting to do things your own way. Of falling for the “not-so-right-for-you” boy, of setting your own boundaries and sneaking out when actually being grounded. She is no longer the little girl of her mother nor is she a full grown woman. Her thoughts and actions emanate this without her becoming petulant. She has a mind of her own and not afraid to state her opinion. Her thoughts are also at times gloomy and at other times funny and quirky that it made me grin and smile. She has an effect on the story I can greatly appreciate and I hope I didn’t see the last of her.

Lachlan, Rachel and Emily are the epicenter as the romance and plot blossoms to its full potential and ensnared me to keep on reading in to the wee hours of the night. The chemistry between Lachlan and Rachel is evident from the moment of introduction and the sexual tension crackles between them, ready to erupt full force into an entwining of mutual desires. What I noticed but didn’t miss is that McCleave kept those eruptions of desires on the few and far between. The attention was divided between their personal struggles, the growth of them as a couple and their combined worries for Emily. It, or better said, they interconnected together and delivered a tale that turned me in to a voracious reader of the written word.

As each of the main characters struck a chord with me there is also the supporting cast of good and evil as a paranormal story should have. What I think I so well done by the author is the fact she didn’t bombard me with an extensive cast of characters. She kept each character so very key to the plot and actual story telling that it enriched the story as a whole. There was Brian, another Soul Gatherer and Stephan Wahlberg, a Romany Mage. Both formed the sidekicks of Lachlan though I don’t think I have heard the last of them. The Goddess Of Death who plays her schemes and she’s the person each Soul Gatherer has to answer to. And then there is Drusus. While Satan is a very distant and abstract figure it is Drusus who gives voice to all that is evil in this world and does it so with an eerie charm that makes him so very dangerous.

The plot, while I think that perhaps for the experienced paranormal reader this doesn’t hold any innovating surprises, just worked for me. Heaven versus Hell, two archenemies battling opposite each other, with innocence and love to be protected from the big and the bad. The characters made me believe it all and the fact that Rachel needed time to come to terms with the Soul Gatherer’s world gave credibility to her feelings. I am very much enamored by the premise Annette McCleave has set up and can’t wait where she takes the overall story arch to because, rest assured, there is change lurking on the horizon and it isn’t all that good.

Drawn Into Darkness is one of those reads that sweep me off my feet and firmly plants me into another world. It is rich in atmospheric backdrop, emotions and characterization. It flows from the pages in to my mind’s eye where I see it all and as the emotions of the characters echo in my heart I am bound to flip the pages and head of to an exhilarating ending. It isn’t overly dark or gritty but a powerful blend of recognizable situations and feelings along with compelling characters who tell a tale of love and redemption, of new beginnings and second chances and of a battle yet to come.

The voice of Annette McCleave lured me to reading her debut novel from cover to cover in one day. In my case that doesn’t happen often and I can’t wait to find out what she has in store for me with the sequel BOUND BY DARKNESS.

Quote Rachel and Lachlan:
“Maybe you’re reading way too much into my visit. Maybe I’m just looking for sex.”
He froze.
Encouraged by his subtle edge of anticipation in his stillness, Rachel added, “No strings attached, down and dirty, wild crazy monkey sex.”
A short breath hissed from his lips.
“Single moms don’t get out much, you know,” she went on, gaining momentum with every increasingly excited heartbeat. Nothing she knew about Lachlan was real…except the attraction. Maybe she was crazy, but salvaging something out of this train wreck – even if it was only the sexual romp she’d been imagining ever since she bumped into him in the stairwell – had tremendous appeal. She was tired of going to bed alone and unsatisfied. “It’s been a while since I had a screaming orgasm without the help of my vibrator.”
She heard him swallow, hard.


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16 September 2009

BBAW Reading MEME

Pearl tweet-dared me to join in this MEME and since I can hardly refuse a dare I was all brawn and said: “You’re on girlfriend” *grin* It wasn’t until like ten minutes later that she said: “You have to answer each question in 5 words.” And that is when my brain kicked in; “What the hell do you mean five words??!! I can’t answer in five words, I am like…you know…the Queen of long answers. I do not do short and to the point, it isn’t in my DNA and just can’t do it!”

But with accepting this tweet-dare I know I have to do it, so with a large glass of juice I just cracked my neck in reflex, wiggled my fingers for flexibility and away I go…

'We encourage you to be creative with this! Please choose one or two questions to answer or try to answer all the questions in five words or less. Or choose a picture to answer a question! Brevity is the goal of today!'

1. Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack? Sometimes, varies from chocolate/apple.

2. Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you? Are you kidding me? Horrifying!

3. How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book flat open? I’m a bookmark kinda gal!

4. Fiction, Non-fiction, or both? Fiction wins hands down.

5. Hard copy or audiobooks? Me always hearts hard copy.

6. 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 finish the sex scenes :D

7. If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away? No, to lazy : )

8. What are you currently reading? Annette McCleave – Drawn Into Darkness

9. What is the last book you bought? Duology: Deep Kiss Of Winter

10. Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can you read more than one at a time? I tried but sticked to one.

11. Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read? The afternoon.

12. Do you prefer series books or stand alone books? I swing both ways : )

13. Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over? I love pimping C.L. Wilson.

14. How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author’s last name, etc.?) Chaos rules with leontine-system.

A chocolate binge,
An Einstein coupe of hair,
And one hour and forty-eight minutes later, finally finished this interview *YAY*

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Interview & Giveaway; Timeraiders series - P.C. Cast


When scouring the WWW I often stumble on to great info about new books. About six weeks ago I stumbled upon a cover from the TIME RAIDER series and from there on I went on a hunt for more info. What I found intrigued me immensely, strong women throughout history seem to be at the foundation of this series and I could not control myself and poke at the authors for some info. Despite very busy schedules and deadlines two of them had a bit of time and graciously answered my questions.

I find that Harlequin often has series that captivate my attention and the TIME RAIDERS are just the latest in my love for the Paranormal series.


The Book:---------------------The Place:----------------- The Inspiration:
The Seeker (Book #1) ----- Rome ----------------55 AD – Servillia –– mistress of Julius Caesar.
The Slayer (Book #2) ------Persia ---------------5th Century BC – Artemisia ruler of Halicarnassus (near today's Bodrum, Turkey).
The Avenger (Book #3) ----Great Britain --------61 AD – Queen Boudica, Iceni fought against Rome.
The Protector (Book #4)---China --------------- 680 AD – Empress Wu Jao, the only female to rule China in her own right.

What is the TIME RAIDER series about? Read it ~here~

Read about the previous entries in this series; The Seduction - The Seeker & The Slayer ~here~

The authors of The TIME RAIDERS series have various contests, check them out ~here~

PC Cast – The Person:

What was the highlight of your week?
Finding my daughter’s missing dog this morning.
Last movie you watched?
Grey Gardens
If you could have one thing right now what would it be?
A massage
What is your favorite store?
Columbia Liquor
What is your favorite vacation spot?
Grand Cayman Island

PC Cast – author of The Avenger

Q 1 Leontine: What was the first thing that intrigued you in participating in the Time Raider series?

A PC Cast: I loved the idea of being involved with a series written exclusively by women who have served in the military. And time travel has always intrigued me, so that was an added bonus.

Q 2 Leontine: What are the pros and cons of writing a series with multiple authors?

A PC Cast: Pros – there is a lot of creativity flying around and it’s great for brainstorming and feeding off each other. I’ve worked with Mary Janice Davidson, Gena Showalter, and Susan Grant on two anthologies Gena and I created the bible for, and learned then that it can be great fun playing in each other’s sandbox. Cons – authors are used to being in control of what they write and that sometimes translates into inflexibility, which doesn’t work well when you have to weave your story with other people’s versions of the same world/characters.

Q 4 Leontine: What is THE AVENGER about and who are the main protagonists?

A PC Cast: THE AVENGER is the third book in the Time Raiders series launch. Here’s the cover copy:

For Alexandra Patton, the Time Raiders project sends the reluctant psychic back to 60 AD Briton—a world where she can barely understand the accents, let alone its culture of brutality and superstition. Armed only with her “freakish” ability to talk to the dead, Alex must use all her gifts to entice Caradoc, a savagely sexy Druid warrior, into helping her succeed in her mission.

What they discover along the way is pure passion. Now, torn between duty and the man of her dreams, should Alex return home if given the chance? Or dare she risk everything to begin anew in this strange and mystical land?

Q 5 Leontine: The Time Raider series is at the foundation about exploring time periods and inspirational female characters throughout history. Which historical figure inspired your novel in this series?

A PC Cast: The main secondary character in THE AVENGER is the ancient warrior queen, Boudicca. I’d already researched her life while I was writing one of the first HOUSE OF NIGHT books (the YA series I co-author with my daughter, Kristin), so when I saw that she was one of my choices to revisit via time travel, I was excited and eager to head back to 60 AD and the Iceni tribe.

Q 6 Leontine: Can you give a small enticing excerpt from THE AVENGER?

It was spectacularly beautiful in Alex’s dream. The land around her was lush and so green it almost made her eyes ache. She’d never known there were so many variations of the color green! And the trees! Alex had never imagined trees they could be so big and thick and dense. Sure, her dream self had found a path through the incredible woods, but damn! It was like she’d conjured up a version of the Lord of the Rings movie set and plopped herself down in the middle of Rivendell. She recognized chestnuts and oaks and even something one of her professors would call a witches’ beech. They were all massive and had a look of untamed health – like a contractor would never even consider cutting them down to build a highway or, worse, a development of suburban double-income-all-basically-the-same houses.
Yeah, she’d definitely dreamed up her version of Rivendell. Now all she needed was to conjure Aragorn and she’d be all set. So while she waited for Aragorn to show up, Alex strolled through the lush woods.
Obviously, it was early morning – just barely dawn. The soft young daylight complimented the deep and varied green of the woods, making everything around Alex magical. She was following a small, winding path. On either side of the path the forest floor was spongy, carpeted with thick moss that looked so soft she started to have thoughts about pulling the tardy dream version of Aragorn off the path and having a roll in the moss with him. Or at least she’d do that when he finally showed up.
It was then that she heard the voice for the first time. At first it was just a faint sound coming from somewhere in front of her. Alex paused, listening hard and, sure enough, the sound came again. This time it was recognizable as a voice, a deep, strong, male voice.
Alex practically skipped down the path in glee. Back in the waking world she might be working on a raging hangover, but here in this gorgeous dreamland she was going to play Arwen to a handsome Aragorn. And in this world she was actually going to have sex. With someone besides herself.
“Come back…”
The words finally became understandable, and they jolted Alex to a halt.
“Come back?” she said aloud, more to herself than to a randy, but invisible Aragorn. “But I haven’t found you yet.” The voice still came from somewhere in front of her, so Alex kept walking.
“Come back to me…”
Again, the compelling voice pulled her forward.
“I haven’t gone anywhere!” Alex shouted, annoyed at her dream self. She got more annoyed as mist started to pour in from the woods, creeping over the moss and washing across the deer path like unsubstantial fingers.
Alex usually liked fog. It had a romantic, mystical sense to it that appealed to her. Plus, it wasn’t like she was scared of any boogie men it might be hiding. She was way too familiar with ghosts to be freaked by them.
But there was something weird about this mist. It moved oddly, swirling around her body with tendrils of gray licking against her skin. It was almost liquid in its touch.
“Come back to me! I need you!”
He sounded like he was standing right in front of her, but by this time the fog was so dense that she couldn’t see through it.
“Where are you?” she called.
“I’m waiting for you! Come back to me…”
“I’m trying to find you! Where the hell–” Alex bumbled off the path and fell, face first, into the mossy ground.

Nothing of this excerpt may be used without the written consent of the author, P.C. Cast!!

The Giveaway:


P.C. Cast has offered up for grabs a copy of her book: The Avenger. So leave a comment, a way for me to get in touch of you and tell me, which strong historical female figure do you still remember to this day?

Next month there will be an interview with the author of November's release: Merline Lovelace with THE PROTECTOR

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15 September 2009

BBAW Blogger Interview: Li from Me & My Books

When I saw the BBAW interview swap notification I just had to sign up. My curious nature loves to do interviews and when I received an e-mail from

interview partner Li I immediately had to check out her blog. I instantly took to her "voice" and frequent her blog weekly. We whipped up a few questions together and hope you have a blast with her interview, I know I had. You can visit her at her place; Me And My Books



1) Why did you start your blog?

Well, boredom if I’m totally honest :-)

I was a long-time lurker (and very occasional commentator) at various message boards, before discovering the world of blogs. I was bored one afternoon and decided to have a go at this blogging thing, and I’m still here almost three years later - it’s amazingly addictive.

2) What do you focus on?

“What I like to read” would be the short, but not very useful answer. I enjoy fantasy, mystery, romance, SF - not necessarily in that order - and so my blog focuses on those genres, though not exclusively.

My blog’s very much geared towards my personal tastes - I post about upcoming releases I can’t wait to read, books I’ve just bought, general book-related thoughts, links of interest, and the occasional review.

3) What do you enjoy most... and least about blogging?

What I enjoy most? Interacting with like-minded people. Comments :-) Discovering new books. Oh, and it is incredibly satisfying when someone reads a book you’ve recommended and they love it!

Least? I used to beat myself up when I fell into blogging slumps (or missed challenges). Now... I still feel vaguely guilty if I don’t post once a fortnight or so, but I’m trying to be less apologetic about it. It’s meant to be fun after all!

4) Do you have any features on your blog?

Erm. The only one I do with anything approaching regularity is my monthly releases post, when I blog about the books I’m looking forward to each month. Apart from being able to squee gleefully about new releases, it’s a handy reference for me when I buy books!

I also do “Around the Web” posts where I link to items that interest me, as and when I stumble across them - probably less frequently these days though.

5) Who was your first commenter?

Excellent question - I believe it was Rosario @ Rosario’s Reading Journal. *checks* Yep, here’s the post.

6) What is your favorite blogpost?

Oh, difficult one because my memory’s like a sieve. I like the one I did recently on Georgette Heyer’s “Cotillion” (historical romance), but that’s because I love “Cotillion”. And while re-reading it, I managed to figure out a connection to Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan series (SF, and a must-read), which pleased me for some reason!

Reader:

1) What do you usually read?

Favourite authors/genre etcGenre-wise, well, it's probably easiest to say that you probably won't find me hanging out in the General Fiction section of a bookstore. Anywhere else is fair game. I tend to enjoy books that aren't straight romance, but have a strong romantic element - it's probably a hangover from when I used to glom historical romance.

2) Have your reading / buying habits changed since you've started blogging?

Oh yes. I just blogged on becoming a pickier reader funnily enough. I also find myself buying on impulse a lot less frequently - I'm always armed with online recs whenever I step into a bookstore!

And oh, the TBR pile - I remember the good old days when I only had a couple of books in my TBR pile. I don't dare count them now!

3) Who provides you with good recommendations?

I swear Renee @ Renee's Book Addiction is my reading twin, we have very similar tastes in books so if she loves a book, there's a very good chance I'll love it too. Angie @ Angieville has a trick for highlighting books I would never have picked up otherwise. And Ana and Thea's reviews @ The Book Smugglers are brilliant because they give you a proper feel for the book, without ever giving away too much!

4) Which authors are on your keeper shelf?

Authors that I adore and will recommend to anyone: Lois McMaster Bujold, Patricia Briggs, Elizabeth Peters, Sharon Shinn, Eva Ibbotson

5) Do you have a latest discovery you talk about at any given moment?

LOL. I would say Megan Whalen Turner's "Thief" books that appear to be making the rounds - but that's because they're totally worth it ;-)

6) What is your favorite moment to read?

Mmmm... when I know I'll be undisturbed. Probably at night.

Personal:

1. What was the highlight of your week?

Err reaching 5pm on Friday afternoon? It's been a long week.

2. Last movie you watched?

"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"

3. Your dream date would be…?

Arrghhh tough decision... okay, I've just read (and loved) Lisa Kleypas's "Blue-Eyed Devil" and I wouldn't say no to Jack Travis (and yes, I've just bought "Smooth-Talking Stranger").

4. What is your favorite season?

Spring - especially when the days get longer and you just know that long summer days are on the horizon.

5. Your favorite vacation spot?

Anywhere hot and sunny. I'm not fussy :-)

6. Boxers or briefs with your hottie next door?

Boxers!

7. Bad boy or knight in shining armor?

Ack - I think I would go for knight in shining armor. I mean, I prefer Morelli to Ranger (Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books) and am totally on Team Mychael (Lisa Shearin's Raine Benares books).

8. What's your favorite food?

Chocolate. With coffee.

9. Current favorite TV series?

Ummm it's not on yet - one more week! - but I am so excited about "Strictly Come Dancing". I know, I know, guilty pleasure.

10. What’s on your nightstand?

What SarahT @ Monkey Bear Reviews very cleverly termed the TBF pile the other day - the books that I haven't quite finished for some reason or other.


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14 September 2009

Mailbox Monday

Hi everybody,
I had the most awesome week regarding books. Our book announcer a.k.a our apartments ship's horn of a bell rang each day and it was music to my ears. My booklovin' instincts where in a perpetual state of bliss, I can tell you that : ) Unlike my hubby *eek* Since we are always last on the mailman's delivery route for packages hubby said to the mailman that next time he would drop by he would set up two chairs on the balcony so they could have either beer, soda of coffee. He sees him so often they actually know the addictions of each other’s wives, mine is books his wife's are shoes.

I had a confrontational mail experience which I will tell you all about in my upcoming blogpost about addictive behavior. But an MBag full of the good stuff arrived this week and the ROOB gang met up with each other last saturday :D Now these days are always short and 12 hours go by in the blink of an eye. We celebrated Pearl and my birthday with good food (we actually got sang to by the restaurants crew *headdesk* and it so calls for revenge) after that we went to see the movie The Hangover and after that we went to pearl's place again for some more talk and we actually saw an episode of True Blood...at 2 AM In all honesty, I don't think it is a series for me but then I read the first book; Dead Until Dark and I didn't get the pull on the series then either *sigh*

So it was about 3.30-ish AM when we all got really tired and headed home. I dragged my body to bed at 5-ish AM and the next morning I woke up and I just didn't get my groove on for the remainder of the day, a side effect I am always willing to bear cause the 12 hour fun is simply irresistible when your among friends and fellow booklovers like; Natascha, Marissa or Pearl :D

Anyway, here is a pic of my bookloot of last week:


I have the collectors box of Harry Poter paperback issues for the Harry Potter Challenge.
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007)

I also received me some more of the High Risk novels from JoAnn Ross:

High Risk
Some series I just want to re-read over and over and savor in rhapsody hardcover, Alyysa Day is one of them.
Warriors Of Poseidon series:
Though I still have to start me up in Lara Adrian I am very excited to have those in hardover too:
Midnight Breed
When I read Blodeuedd's review of Suzanne Collins I looked up some more info and knew I had to try this YA out:
Hunger Games
I also had the pleasure to win a contest at Megan Hart's blog and I am looking forward to her new series:
Order of Solace
Next to Harry Potter box set of book I also got Tessa Dare for my birthday :)
Tessa Dare - Goddess Of The Hunt.

Thanks to Kristie from Rambling On Romance and her passion for the Great Wester Drive I bought me two books:
I also got me a new addition in the Guardians series from Meljean Brook:
And last but not least, I saw an page wide add in my RT magazine last month and knew instantly I had to buy the debuting book from Annette McCleave:
I think that about sums up my Mailbox Monday. Of course everything found a place on my shelves and now I only have to find time to read it all *wink*

Hope you all had some great books delivered. Please feel free to share what you got and look forward to reading immediately.

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12 September 2009

Winners; Anne Marsh - The Hunt


There were 19 items in your list. Here they are in random order:

1. EmmaF
2. Erotic Horizon
3. SarahT
4. Trouthehaze
5. Pattepoilue
6. Wanda
7. Elaing8
8. Natascha
9. Cecile
10. Barbara
11. Pearl
12. Blodeuedd
13. VampFanGirl
14. Razlover's Book Blog
15. JennJ
16. Book Junkie
17. Patti
18. Booklover1335
19. Susi_Sunshine

Timestamp: 2009-09-12 05:54:45 UTC

Comgratulations to EmmaF, Erotic Horizon and SarahT for winning a copy of Anne Marsh's The Hunt. Enjoy them and I'll be in touch this weekend for addy's or if you read this first, you can send my your addy via the contact button :)

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to celebrate another Beefcake night, I had a fun time.

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