The thing I am so very excited about is the fact Janna and I are going to New Orleans in October. Twelve days we've got to explore this city and the reason we are going; GayRomLit. Oh yeah, we're going to celebrate our m/m reading love with many other readers and authors. There are many events but among it is a gala, that means me in a dress *eek* "The Boys who write Cock Tales want to invite everyone out for Cocktails." Oh yeah, me wants! We've also got; French Quarter Vampire & Ghost Walking Tours, do you think I might encounter Zarek there? Valerius or Talon will do as well LOL Also the Riverboat Book Signing Social is going to be a hoot. For a complete list of events; go here.
The moment we could register we did, paid up and then we had to go hotel/apartment hunting. This hasn't been the easiest thing to do. We had a few slick furnitured apartments but one just rented by the month and the other wouldn't reply us *cries* Since Janna and I preferred an apartment over hotel we went looking again. This is the apartment we now have our eyes for and are in contact with the owner. During the four day GayRomLit retreat ten gals, including Janna and me, have plans to crash together. This is going to be so much fun, I foresee very little sleep in those days *grin*
Another cyber change I made that gave me grey hairs is the switch to IE9, which was a mistake of gigantic proportions and I hate it, HATE it with the blazing of a thousand suns. I'm now searching for other options or else go back to IE8!
This month's I also got twitter followed by Denise Tompkins and due to IE9 I can't open twitter the website anymore @#$%^&#$%^ but via google I got to her website and I'm very intrigued by the succinct information about her Niteclif Evolution series/trilogy?
Time becomes irrelevant
to the immortal.
But to one human woman
every second counts
Book 1 of the Niteclif Evolutions
Jacket copy to be provided shortly.
Book 2 of the Niteclif Evolutions
Jacket copy to be provided shortly.
Book 3 of the Niteclif Evolutions
Last saturday I had an absolute blast with my fellow ladies in crime Pearl and Marissa. We had some girl time coming up and Pearl picked me up around one. That's where we found out via a message from her hubby that there was a BookDepo package...and oh yeah, it was a much wanted book; Lover Unleashed. As soon as we arrived at her place she ripped open the package and there was a blue, shiny cover of LUn. Can I say we giggled and whooped together. Because now that she got her copy, would I get mine? I called my brother and he reacted something like this; Are you insane! You actually want me to call you if a package is delivered?? He thought I missed out on some meds or something but the brother that he is he promised to call...and told me I should take my meds LOL
So Pearl and I got talking, looking forward to join Marissa later that PM. We had loads to talk about and of course I had to look at her shiny iPad that she won. before we knew it we sat on the couch at Marissa's, having a threeway conversation that is never boring *grin* We got to dinner, then to a girly movie and before I knew it it was time for me to go home. Those days always go by in the blink of an eye. On sunday and monday I read Lover Unleashed but it was somewhat underwhelming, see my review here.
So later that week my love for the iPad was burning a holy fire in my heart like you wouldn't believe it. Janna got my heart pumping for it, then she showed it again at a later date and i just knew I wanted one. When Pearl got out her's, well, all my eyes saw was a sparkly iPad. Now I have always had patience issues, which remains a big challenge for me to deal with but now in my current situation it's not like I can fork over iPad cash like that. Well, since the iPad 2 was released not long ago I noticed a lot of adds popping up where peeps wanted to get rid of their iPad 1. So I thought; YAY, perhaps I can get a carefully used iPad 1st generation. So I looked at a whole bunch of adds at a certain website, looked at various factors and found one that was in my price range. I contacted him and I can tell you in hindsight that was the biggest mistake I made.
The e-mail exchange was not something unusual. I had used this site often times in the past and it didn't raise any flags. So we exchanged payment details and when that was final I squeed in joy to Pearl. But then she carefully asked me a few questions, and that when I found out I could "check" someone's bank account number online, and for sure, the one I paid my money to was a known scammer. I think at first I was in shock, I got red cheeks and all. Then I got emotional, did I pay such carefully saved money not to see anything in return? I contacted the seller, he said I would get the track & trace code of the package tomorrow and I would enjoy my iPad no later then friday. Well, I never heard from him again, even though I e-mailed him 4/5 times after that where my track & trace code of the package was. I e-mailed some more saying I should get a refund if he wasn't going to give it to me. But alas, to no avail, I was cyber robbed and I did it with consent *cries*
Even though I was very emotional about it I'm now up in arms and going to press charges and work with mine and his bank to, hopfully, get my money back. I felt so stupid for falling for it and a tad bit ashamed. I've learned a valuable lesson but my trust is forever burned and I don't think I'll ever buy at such sites again. My iPad dream is further away then it was earlier that week but one day guys....*smiles*
PS: this is no april fool's day joke - unfortunately!
On a finer note, tomorrow I'm going to spend the day with Janna and I can't wait to see her again. Those days are full of talk, laughter, good food and go buy way too quick. It will be a fantastic way to start my April month!!
So any ups or downs at your end in March you would like to share?