Dec 30, 2010

Pizza Here I Come



I am not quite sure why it is so tiring to pay bills but it sure is.  Perhaps it is because I can just see the money hemorrhaging away.  So it is only appropriate to ensure just a little more bleeding with Pizza Hut.

I sure hope that everyone has a great day and a safe New Year's Eve!
Dec 28, 2010

MIA




I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday! 

Ours was pretty quiet even though we had the kiddling with us.  I didn't get around to doing all the decorating that  I was originally planning.  I just decided that I would rather have the money to spend while he was here instead of spending it on decorations that will probably only be used this one time.

I have been really impressed with Logan.  I was expecting a self absorbed brat which is what his mother described.  Instead I found a quiet kid that tries to be helpful.  He fixed dinner last night (under my supervision) and he was so proud of himself.   I really think that a lot of the problem at his home is the fact that his mother has always spoiled him rotten and is now demanding respect when she doesn't even respect herself.

My hubby has decided that I am becoming a guy.  He introduced me to a game called DragonAge and I admit I am hooked.  What a great way to relax.  My only problem is that I let other things go like updating my blog and answering emails. 

Well anyways, I am not dead just in another realm 

Dec 20, 2010

Review: Desperate Choices

When psychic Theresa Crawford's former beau walks into her New Orleans New Age shop, she senses trouble. Big trouble. Max Lamoreaux hasn't come to discuss their relationship-the private investigator is on a case, and he needs Theresa's help.

Max's godson is missing. The police have declared Tommy a runaway, but Max's gut tells him otherwise. While he's highly skeptical of Theresa's abilities, her visions provide the only clue as to who's taken Tommy. The longer Max works with Theresa, the harder it is to resist his desire for the sexy woman.


But Theresa harbors her own dark secrets from her past. Secrets that broke them up before-and could drive them apart again, unless Theresa can learn to trust Max with everything... 


DESPERATE CHOICES by Kathy Ivan hits on all the right cylinders.  The characters of Max, and Theresa just hit all the right notes.  And Ms. Ivan has definitely done her research on pyschics.  And Remy, Max's brother and Theresa's best friend, is just mouthwatering.  I am really hoping that he gets his own book.


I very much enjoyed the book but I feel obliged to point out it is really light on suspense.  So if you are looking for a book that has you sitting on the edge of your seat, I would pass on this one.  However if you are looking for a book that has a really hot romance with multidimensional characters I would check it out.


I rate this book a 3.4.

  I did receive this book from NetGallery in exchange for the review.  No money exchanged hands and all opinions are my own.
Dec 18, 2010

One World One Heart 2011

 

I have been telling myself for the last couple years that I have to become involved in the One World One Heart blog crawl and the one in 2011 will be the last one.  So I am going to jump in.  For more info about it, click on the picture and be sure to spread the word
Dec 16, 2010

Book Review: The Spurned Viscountess

 

Cursed with the sight and rumors of witchcraft, Rosalind's only chance at an ordinary life is marriage to Lucien, Viscount Hastings. She doesn't expect love, only security and children of her own. Determined to go through with the wedding, she allows nothing she encounters at the gloomy Castle St. Clare to dissuade her. 

Recently returned from the Continent, Lucien has no time for the English mouse his family has arranged for him to marry-not when he's plotting to avenge the murder of his beloved Francesca. He has no intention of bedding Rosalind, not even to sire an heir. 

Though spurned by her bridegroom, Rosalind turns to him for protection when she is plagued by a series of mysterious accidents and haunted by terrifying visions. Forced to keep Rosalind close-and tempted into passionate kisses-Lucien soon finds himself in grave danger of falling in love with his own wife... 

I love the romantic suspense genre and there are sometimes when I find myself craving a historical romance.  And when I find one that blends both in such a delightful fashion as Ms. Munro's The Spurned Viscountess, it is a definite bonus. 

I really enjoyed Rosalind's character.  Physically tiny, she more then makes up for it in heart. And when she makes up her mind, there is no changing it.  Lucien comes across as harsh but he is protecting myself from more pain.   If I had gone thru the same things as he had, I would be harsh and standoffish too.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone that enjoys romantic suspense.  The  identity of the villain comes as a total surprise. 

I rate this book a 3.8/5.
Dec 15, 2010

Playing Santa


We don't usually do a lot for the holidays around here.  This year of course will be different with a teenage jock in place.  Should be interesting though.

One thing that I do tend to do is play Secret Santa with one of my online groups.  This one in particular is for MiniPin owners.  We have an Insane Elf that matches us up and we send goodies to either the dog or the owner.  We then have a chat where we all open up our gifts.  Lots of fun!

This year I am also participating in a Christmas Bead Swap.  This is the first time that I have done this one and I have all the beads picked out that I am sending out.  I just need to get them wrapped and on their way.  I am going to be busy this next Wednesday at the Post Office.

Do you join in on any of the Christmas/Yule fun with your online buddies?
Dec 13, 2010

Important Things

It's times like last night that really makes one consider what is important.  I was happily sitting in my recliner last night playing at my computer.  I had put a homemade steak pot pie in the oven to cook and Saje was working one of his rare mid-shifts and scheduled to be off at 8:30.  I was just relaxed, waiting for the beeper to tell me dinner was done and looking forward to spending some time with the husband before I went to bed.

Then about 8 I started getting chest pains on the right side that were also hitting in the back at the same location.  My pulse also went way up and I had shortness of breath.  I have to admit to being an internet junkie as the first time I did was to search out the symptoms of a heart attack in women.  Having concluded that it might very well be one, I then got up and got dressed in street clothes clothes, and let my roommate know that dinner was ready.  Dave immediately knew something was wrong and asked what was up.  I told him and he wanted to take me to the hospital.

Now this is where the important things come in.  I refused as Saje would be home soon and I wanted him to go with me.  I was also worried about letting the dogs out as they won't go out for Dave.  So I loaded up my purse, took care of the dogs and waited for Saje.

So I concluded that the important things were Saje and my furkids.  I have enough life insurance so that they would be taken care off.  Saje would be able to just purchase the house outright to provide a place for him and the kids.  And he would be able to write.

Everything did work out in the end.  They concluded that I had non-cardiac chest pains and sent me home with pain pills.

It just shouldn't take something this dramatic to be able to narrow down what really is important to a person.  So please everyone kiss your kids, pet your pets and let the special someones in your lives know that you love them.

Brightest Blessings!



Dec 11, 2010

Book Review: Manifest

Krystal Bentley is an outsider at her new high school, having just moved to a small Connecticut town. Lately she's been hearing the voice of a teenage boy in her head, and he has become her friend and confidant. The only problem is, he's dead...
 
Ricky Watson was killed a year ago in the alley behind Krystal's new school. The rumor mill is filled with stories of Ricky and his untimely death. Unfortunately, as a ghost, Ricky is unable to investigate his own murder, so Ricky needs Krystal to find the truth and she needs someone to listen. When Krystal befriends Sasha and Jake, both outcasts at her high school, the threesome soon discover that they have more in common than their outsider status. Each has a unique paranormal ability and an unusual birthmark in the shape of an "M." Jake announces that the M must stand for misfits, and so the three form an unusual clique. They soon realize that solving Ricky's murder can help them understand the mystery behind their powers and may reveal whether there are others like them.

 I tend to enjoy a lot of the young adult books.  They sure have a come a long way from when I was that age.  In fact when I was that age, there wasn't even a genre such as young adult.  Kids these days don't know how good they really have it.  At least as far as book selection goes.

MANIFEST however wasn't one of  ones that I enjoyed.  It was readable, in fact it did keep drawing me back into the story.  However I found the pacing to be rather slow in fact so slow that I can easily see a young reader getting bored and never finishing the story.  And the issues with her mother, well I have seen that exact same plot device in too many other stories. 

I did enjoy the ending though.  It made persevering all worthwhile.  And I will admit to being curious about Krystal's friend's stories though I am not sure if I will pick up the sequels.

I rate this book a 2.5
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I did receive this book from NetGallery in exchange for the review.  No money exchanged hands and all opinions are my own.

Dec 10, 2010

Warm up for Christmas

I just wanted to give everyone a heads up that I reviewed very nice paranormal romance over at Shaiha's Spicer Side.

Winter Wishes
Dec 9, 2010

Shaking things up

I have decided to change things about on my other blog.  You can read all about it here,

http://shaihasbooks.blogspot.com/2010/12/whats-new.html

Now if only I could find some way to have my blog posts announced on FB and twitter like I do with this blog.  Hootsuite might say that it will support 2 RSS feeds but it lies.  It keeps trying to get me to upgrade. 

Why is it...

that teenage jocks seem to have no respect for the opposite sex?

that the holidays are during the worst time of the year as far as traveling goes?

that we lump the holidays together just when the disposable income goes down due to the cost of the utilities going up?

that we work our retirement years the other way around?  Older worker are more dependable and well a lot of fun vacations require a younger body.

that the body's warranty gives out at 49?

that it is so hard to get the medical and pharmaceutical communities to pay as much attention to women's issues as they do to men's?  After all we are the ones that will go to the doctor.

that I can't seem to type this morning?
Dec 6, 2010

Review: His Christmas Pleasure

When her father threatens to marry Abigail Montross to a man twice her age (and with 13 children!), she elopes instead with the irresistibly handsome Baron de Vasconia.  She knows he's London's most notorious, seductive playboy, but he vows to protect her...so, guarding her heart at all costs, she allows herself to be tempted into his bed. 

Andres believes he's merely entering a marriage of convenience with the charming and wealthy Abigail.  But the days -- and nights -- they spend together soon reform this rogue. He'll do anything to gain her love -- until old heartbreaks resurface when each lover discovers the other's dark secrets. 

The holidays tend to be hectic so a good book that will take me away is a necessity.  A well written historical romance is one that it guaranteed to do so.   And HIS CHRISTMAS PLEASURE certainly falls within that category.

Ms. Maxwell does a great job with taking the reader back to an earlier time without bogging the reader down without all the unimportant little details.  I tend to not really care who is wearing what and silly little things like that.  What she does immerse her reader in is a wonderful tale of two people who thought that they were just marrying to help each other out of various situations and instead discover that they are two parts of a whole. 

The characters are multidimensional (even the shallow Freddie) with fears, hopes and dreams.  The situations that they find themselves in are all to believable.  The pacing of the story is such that you just have to read just one more page and then just one more.  The writing itself is delicious. 

I would say that if you are going to only read one Christmas story this year, then pick up HIS CHRISTMAS PLEASURE.  It will make you believe in the happy ever afters.

I rate this book a 4.4.

So this is why they call it Monday....

I swear is something could go wrong than it did today.  No I can't say that.  The morning was going along great.  In fact I was even impressed by my sales as I usually have horrible Mondays but I was chugging right along.  And then it happened..

We had an internet outage in my area.  Usually not that big of an issue as I can always find other things to do.  But now that I am working from home I need the internet to be able to connect with the network, to get calls, well to do all sorts of things.  So I ended up rushing to go in and work at the office.

I guess that it wasn't that bad however half the stuff I needed was at home.  It was just one of days that you roll with the punches.  I am just glad that it over.
Dec 4, 2010

Book Review: Gambit

Captain Chae Beyon is a hustler, a mercenary pilot, a wounded woman who prefers her men to be easily thrown aside. 

Daned Traern is a first-caste Ladaian bound by tradition and DNA to protect his race. He's willing to align himself with the hot space captain if she'll transport him home in time to ensure the right candidate is crowned-and thus prevent a bloody war. 

Disguised as Chae's sex toy, Daned is erotically bound to her through living gold, alien tech designed to increase pleasure. When he frees himself, their passion only increases...but succumbing to temptation will bind them together-permanently. 

But there's more at stake than their needs. As Chae is dragged into a world of insane princes and sentient stones, hired killers hound them across the quadrant. 

And then, as only her lousy luck would have it, Chae must choose between the good of the galaxy and her own heart..

I am really starting to look forward to reading book by Carina Press.  They all tend to be top quality with very few problems with the editing.  GAMBIT is no exception.

I will admit that I didn't particularly care for Chae in the beginning of the book, or Daned either for that matter, but they very quickly grew on me.  I found myself cheering Chae along when things with right or holding my breath when her lousy luck made itself known.  Daned can be a real charmer when he lets himself be.  I also appreciated the fact that in GAMBIT, the choice to be tied to another person permanently is not made by an outside force or directive but instead is one that the parties involved have to weigh for themselves.

Of course choosing to be permanent does make for some really hot sex.  Ah a girl can only dream that it would work that way outside of fiction.  I really enjoyed the book and would love to see a sequel so that I can go back and visit with them both.  

I rate this book a 3.5 out of a 5.
Dec 2, 2010

Christmas Changes



Since we don't normally have kids here during the holiday, my husband and I just don't celebrate Christmas.  We have a tradition of going out to the movies that that is it.  Well this year everything is going to be slightly off-kilter as we will have my 13 year old stepson with us.  So I need to find a little tree.  He is going to Costa Rica next year with school so we got him some binoculars for his present. 

Another change this year is that we will is that we will be getting a christmas present for each other.  It is time to get a flat screen television for the house.  Hubby has been investigating which TV to get while I have been checking out flat screen TV stands.  I mean seriously if we are going to spend that much on a television I want a nice stand to put it on.

I am happy to say that there are some really nice ones out there especially the ones thru CSN Stores.  And I have to admit that I really love their search features.  It makes it so easy to find just what you are looking for.  So any suggestions on what to pick?  I do know that it want it to be wood and preferably a cherry tone.

Brightest Blessings!
Dec 1, 2010

Review: Spy Glass by Maria V. Snyder

An undercover mission leads to danger, adventure and an impossible choice.

After siphoning her own blood magic in the showdown at Hubal, Opal Cowan has lost her powers. She can no longer create glass magic. More, she's immune to the effects of magic. Opal is now an outsider looking in, spying through the glass on those with the powers she once had, powers that make a difference in the world. Until spying through the glass becomes her new power. Suddenly, the beautiful pieces she makes flash in the presence of magic. And then she discovers that someone has stolen some of her blood - and that finding it might let her regain her powers. Or know it could be they are lost forever. 


To me a mark of a great book is one where I totally lose time while I read it.  One where I am able to completely suspend disbelief and just enjoy.  Ms. Snyder's SPY GLASS is just such a book.  It is actually the third book in her Glass series but it stands very well on its own.  There are mentions of things that happen in the prior books but they are so well explained that I didn't feel as though I was missing out on anything.  That being said, I have already put her back list in my TBR file because I just plain enjoyed the book that much.  


I think that Ms. Snyder's true strength lies with her characters.  Opal was very easy to like even though there were times when I want to slap her across the back of her head.  All of her characters, even the secondary ones, are written very strongly.

If I had any issue with the book itself, it was the fact that there were several editing issues throughout the book.  Hopefully this issue is resolved in the print copy.

I rate this book a 4.3. 

There is just something wrong

When I end up being more exhausted on a day off then one where I work 10 hours.  Of course, I am just now finally sitting down at my computer today.  With a cup of excellent oolong, 2010 Dong Ding from American Tea Room, that was sent to me by a friend and fellow tea reviewer.  So the day is starting to look brighter even though the sun has gone down.

I finally got trained to work at home yesterday at work.  And let me tell you that packing up to bring everything home was an adventure.  I ended up with 4 large boxes.  I am not quite sure how I managed to fit it all in one small cubicle at work.  So this morning, I got up bright and early to set up the computer system.  It was a good thing that I did since I forgot a power cord at work.  So another thing on my list was to stop by work and pick that up.

Next, I got cleaned up and went to get my massage.  Yes time that I got to relax and kinda enjoy.  Last weeks snow caused my massage to get canceled and I was all knotted up.  Especially in my right calve.   Dorothy wasn't able to get it all worked out but it is much better.  Now if only I could do something about my right elbow.   I am still not able to work with wire and I have promised someone a pair of earrings.  Hopefully when I get a new doc in 2011 I can get something done about it.

I did pick up the power cord from work and then stopped by Lowes to get a few things from my new office.  It is shaping up.  Not perfect yet but good enough to work in tomorrow.

Wow looking over this post it looks like I am just whining but I not really.  I am so looking forward to working from home and typing up a review for a book that I really loved.  I just hope that everyone else's hump day went better then mine.

Brightest Blessings!
Nov 27, 2010

Thankfulness


I sure hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, or at least my American blog buddies.  Only about half the people that we were expecting were actually able to show but it was a wonderful time for all.  And the best part according to my husband and roommate is that we ended up with lots of leftovers.  That could be a good thing.  To use up some said leftovers, I made up a recipe that I have never tried.  I made up a turkey pot pie and you know it was pretty good.  My previous experiences with pot pies have been Swanson and this was much better.

Along with the great food and company, this time of year always makes me think of the things that I am thankful for.  I usually like one a day on Facebook but I decided to list them here even though I am a bit late.  But really can you be late on being thankful? So here it goes.

  • My dear husband.  I know that he is there to support me thru thick and thin
  • My friends.  I tend to not make many but the one that I do I treasure.  It is thru one of them that I was able to find this wonderful house.
  • My house.  Last year at this time I was in a house that the wind blew thru.  This year looks to be much colder and I don't think that I would have survived with my fibro in the old place.  Not only that but for the first time in forever, I finally feel as though this is a home.
  • My animals for their pure unconditional love and companionship.  When I am down and hurting, I can't think of anyone better to have beside me.
  • My job.  To have any is good in this economy but I am lucky enough to have one that I actually enjoy.
  • The sense of community that I get from the blogging world.  As I mentioned, I tend to be rather shy in person so I really appreciate the friends that I have made online.
  • The fact that we are able to afford to have leftovers on thanksgiving.
  • My health.  I might have a chronic condition but it is not one that if life threatening.
  • My mother and my stepfather Don.  I am horrible at keeping in touch but I know that if I needed them they would be there.
 I know that there is so much more but those are the biggies.  Thank you for allowing me share them.



Nov 23, 2010

Giveaway: Fresh Water??

One thing that I quickly learned after buying my house is that you don't want to drink the water.  I mean seriously we even have to filter the animal's water as it comes out yellow.  We do use the PUR water pitchers and the faucet filters but I have to change the filters every 2 weeks.  That tends to get expensive so you can imagine how excited I was to see a contest at Momma Told Me about giveaway of Zuvo Filtration System.

For more info click here.

Book Review: Luck of the Wolf

Branded an outcast by the noble branch of his werewolf clan, Cort Renier had come to San Francisco seeking fortune - and revenge. What he found was a mysterious beauty who could not - or would not - reveal who she truly was. At first glance she seemed vulnerable and afraid, like so many girls caught in the debauchery of the city's whiskey-soaked gambling dens. But one look into her stunning turquoise eyes and he knew he'd found the winning hand. 

Aria di Reinardus had reasons of her own for concealing her identity, but Cort's kisses were more than enough to convince her to go along with his plans to transform her into a missing heiress and return her to her "family". But they were not the only ones with secrets to keep and vengeance in mind, and they were about to discover that some destinies couldn't be outrun... 

I just love to find new to me author especially when I enjoy their work.  I love reading paranormal and I love the canines yet I find that I am usually drawn to the vampires.  And the reason why is I have found that most of the authors of werewolves seem to forget that they will have those instincts.  Or if they do remember you can tell that they haven't done their research.  Imagine my delight to discover Ms. Krinard's work.  A lot of her werewolves want to forget that they have those instincts due to society but they are still there.  I really want to give her kudos for that.

Okay now that I have gotten one of my pet peeves out of the way time to discuss this book in particular.   This book didn't reach out and grab me by the throat at the beginning.  Instead it was a long slow slide into pleasure.  I did find the villein to be rather one dimensional though I did truly love the main characters along with Aria's tutor Babette.  I was also slightly disappointed in the ending as it seemed the wrap up was rather rushed.

This book is a mix of both the wonderful and the not so wonderful.  All in all, it does tip the scales to the wonderful side.  I really did enjoy the reading so I do recommend it to lovers of the paranormal.  Also there are some sex scenes but nothing too explicit.

I rate this book a 3.4.
Nov 22, 2010

Black Friday

Black Friday (1940 film)Image via WikipediaSo how about it?  Is anyone going to brave the crowds this Friday for those great deals?  Perhaps camping out to get items in short supply?  Or waiting until the click of midnight and hitting the online sales?

I have to admit that I am chicken.  I did the Black Friday sales once and I came home with so many bumps and bruises that I swore never again.  I have friends that swear by them but what funny is the fact that everyone that does is taller then 5'7".  I wonder if they are just intimidating enough that no one tries to run them over.  At my 5'1" I just don't look mean enough.
Nov 18, 2010

Book Review: Kiss Me Kill Me

bA long-ago act of kindness to a desperate woman changed Dr. Carrie Overton's life forever. Before disappearing into the night, the grateful stranger left her newborn son for Carrie to raise.  When the woman is later found murdered, the secret becomes Carrie's alone.

She has kept both it and her son, Sam, safe for sixteen years.  But now a friend of Sam's has gone missing. 

The police in quaint, quiet Shadow Falls, Vermont, believe he's a runaway - until he's found dead and another teen disappears, and talk turns to that long-ago murder.

I am impressed.  This story has so many layers of mysteries that it takes a bit to wind your way thru them all.  But don't feel as though it is time wasted as this is one very enjoyable book. 

Shadow's Fall will remind you of any number of people in a small town, one that get inundated with tourists  during certain time of the year.  Just like any small town, the locals all know each other and look out for each other.  What surprised me about these locals is that there was no finger pointing when a boy was found dead, not even at the tourists.  These are all people that I would be happy to call friends.  Well maybe not all...

Romantic suspense happens to be one of my favorite genres yet somehow I have never ran across Maggie Shayne.  This is an issue that has been corrected and I will definitely buy up all of her backlist also.   If you also enjoy this genre, then I highly recommend picking up this book.

I rate this book a 4.3.

WTF??

There are just some things that fit into that category and this is one of them.  I got home from work Monday night and my parking was blocked by huge pipes.  Not only that but there is a port-a-pottie in my front yard.  They are digging up the road to lay a new water main.  It just might be worth the inconvenience if it mean that I would get better way but noooo.  Our water main is down the alley.
Nov 16, 2010

Random Thoughts

DragonImage by wili_hybrid via FlickrWow.  I hadn't realized that it's been a week since I popped in.  Sorry about that.  I will have to do better the rest of the month.  Now sure just where the time went.

Hmmm.. I really did try to add a picture but the powers that be decided otherwise.  I wanted to show off our new door knocker.  We managed to find one that is a blue dragon and since my hubby loves dragons..  Well there you go,.


Finally have my studio set up downstairs.  Now I just have to kidnap my stereo back from my DH so that I can listen to my podcasts when I am down there.  I was down there finishing the organizing last night when the power went out.  I had to wind my way upstairs to find a flashlight.  Poor Boo was just sitting there on the loveseat shaking when I made it back down. 


I love windstorms and I wanted to go out in the one last night but the hubby refused to let me.  Said something along the line that he doesn't want my life insurance that badly.

Housewarming party went smoothly.  My first party.  One down and one to go.  We invited a house full of folks over for Thanksgiving.  Can you believe that it's next week.  Again where does the time go?  What kind of plans does everyone have for it?

I hope that everyone has a great day!




Brightest Blessings!


Nov 11, 2010

Review: ALLEGRA FAIRWEATHER: PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR



Allegra Fairweather here. Paranormal investigator. Got problems with specters? Shapeshifters? I'm the woman to call. Just don't call me a Ghostbuster. The last guy who did that ended up flat on his back with my boot at his throat.

With my 99.5% success rate, solving the mystery of a bleeding rose that has sprung up on the shores of Loch Furness should have been an easy gig. But already I've heard the shriek of the local banshee, discovered two bodies (and then lost two bodies), and had a near-death encounter with a three-hundred-year-old ghost. And perhaps most dangerous of all, the hot pub owner who hired me now wants to show me exactly what's under his kilt.

This is actually the first book that I have had the pleasure of reading from Carina Press and to say that I am pleased with the quality of their authors is an understatement.  Carina Press is an e-book division of Harlequin books and the care they taken with the books shines thru.

ALLEGRA FAIRWEATHER:  PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR is a book that will grab you from the very first page.  Allegra is a heroine that shows no fear even when she goes into dangerous situations.  Of course, it does help that she has a beyond hot guardian angel, Casper.  After meeting him, I am really bummed out that I also don't have one assigned to me.  Ms Nell does a fantastic of job characterizations on both her main and her secondary characters.  They all just jump off the pages to come join you in your living room.

As you can tell, I really enjoyed this book and am crossing my fingers that this is the start of a great series.  I rate this book a 4.2.

I received this book compliments of netGallery in exchange for a review.  No money changed hands and the opinions are entirely my own.
Nov 9, 2010

Randomness

I really couldn't decided whether to call this post roundup or randomness.  So believe it or not, I flipped a coin.  And well you can see what won.  So here are just some random thoughts.


I really wanted to thank Lori Anderson of Pretty Things.  She recently had a drawing on her website (and yes I told everyone here about it and guess what I won.  Lori has some designs in this book and let me tell you there are some gorgeous designs shown.  After paging thru it last night, I was itching to get downstairs and start creating.  Do you think that the guys would notice if I did that when I got home?

I couldn't resist.  I had to stick my toes back into the publishing sector.  I am working for Silver Publishing at a proofreader.  It's nice. I am still catching the errors but after an editor and the author have worked it over with a fine tooth comb.  They have some great books but just as warning, they are rather hot & sexy. 




I am so glad that I have tomorrow off.  Of course the husband has plans for running around tomorrow.  He just doesn't seem to understand that when I am working 10+ hour days that I need that day off to recharge.  Aw well.  I do want to pick up a table and it would be even bonus if we are able to get it delivered before the house party.


House Party.  Aw yes I am finally doing one.  I am not too sure that my friend Liz would let me get away with not having one.  Of course she has to do the planning and perhaps goat roping me to a chair so that I can run away and hide..  But that gemmie has been calling my name.  I swear it Liz.

Fall weather is so strange.  Last Wednesday was 70+ degrees,  I don't think that it got above 40 yesterday.  Is fall/winter over yet?

Well I sure that hope that everyone's week is going grand!

Brightest Blessings!
Nov 7, 2010

One of those days....

Lately I have seriously been pushing myself too hard.  I know that for me to function well, I need to have at least one day where I don't leave the house.  Where I am able to be curled up with a good book or my computer to give my muscles a chance to recover.   With moving our roommate in and all, I just haven't had the chance.  And then there was today.



I had plans for the second Sunday of every month.  I go to the Witch's Brew and then TERRA's board meeting.  This second Sunday, I had made additional plans to go check out another magickal group before the brew.  Well when I showed up no one was there.  So I just shrugged it off and figured that the time change had thrown everyone off.  So I spent that time shopping at Walmart since I had a gift card from there.  Then I went the Brew and no one was there.  I was really starting to annoyed about this time.  It wasn't until I was driving home that it occurred to me that it is the first Sunday of the month.  Le sigh.



Sometimes I really wonder about myself.
Nov 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

I am estimating that about half of my readers are looking at this post strangely and thinking that I have lost my marbles.  After all it isn't anywhere close to January 1st, well maybe kinda close but still...  The other half know exactly what I am talking about.  Last night was Samhain which is the end of the Pagan year.    And what a great way to blow out a year with a chance to both talk to your ancestors and to put a smile on kid's face when you give them a treat.

This upcoming year looks to be actually on track.  I did get accepted for one of the @home positions so I should be working out of a basement bedroom before Thanksgiving.  We (my DH & myself) are cleaning up our credit so that we can actually purchase our home.  Thank the Goddess for a good friend that is allowing us to do a rent to own until we can.  

I didn't accomplish all of my goals for last year, at least my personal ones.  I am right on track with my professional goals but slacking on the other side.  I am right on track with my goal for this blog though. I made a commitment to have at least 200 posts by December 31, 2010.  I also have an online shop thru Artfire.  I don't have anything in it yet but I do have it.

Things that I didn't accomplish due to illness and moving are getting pushed forward to complete this year.  I plan on setting up my shop on AF and improving my picture skill even if it takes me 1000 pics just to get a good one.  I also plan on taking some more classes this upcoming year so that I can improve my design skills.  There is actually an online jewelry course that I am interested in.  We shall see about that one though.

Oh a lighter note, did you buy enough candy for all the kids or way too much?  At my house we had way too much as we didn't get any kids.  So I am having to hide it from the hubby.
Oct 31, 2010

Review: Sins of the Flesh by Eve Silver

Torn between lust and loyalty…

The blood of the Underworld lord of evil runs through soul reaper Malthus Krayl’s veins.  Raised to fight for survival and to kill for victory, he can destroy anyone who poses a threat.  As he searches for the one responsible for his brother’s murder, he refuses to succumb to any distraction… until his sworn enemy crosses his path and tempts him beyond all reason.

Calliope Kane, a Daughter of Aset, has a personal hatred for soul reapers.  Their savage attack against her family still haunts her.  But only Malthus can help her find the traitors of her kind, and only she can help him hunt the source of betrayal amongst the reapers.  As they unite, the danger grows closer…and the passion between them ignites…

Wow!  This book has it all.  Great characters, page turning suspense and mind-blowing sex.  Oh and did I mention the great characters?    I have to admit that I have always been partial to Malthus 'Mal' Krayl.  It is pirate of the family, the adrenalin junkie, who have sworn off love.  Not off woman of course as he has a different partner every night but he refuses to risk his heart again.  Then he meets Calliope 'Callie' who at their first meeting feeds off of him, pins him to a wall and leaves him on fire.  Poor Mal never stood a chance.


Ms. Silver did an excellent job with SINS OF THE FLESH.  Each book does concentrate on a brother finding a mate and she does a great job with this.  However in SINS OF THE FLESH, she also incorporates an element of tension that will keep the reader on the edge of their seat.  The story arc also proceeds along nicely and I have to admit that the conclusion of the book was a real shocker.


I do recommend SINS OF THE FLESH to anyone with a fondness of piratical men, kick ass heroines  with a fondness for pointy weapons and the paranormal.  This book is sure to please.


I rate it a 3.75.
Oct 26, 2010

Colors and a Giveaway

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Are there certain colors that you always tend to head for when purchasing jewelry or clothing?  For myself it has always been black and silver. My costume for the Witch's Ball however was a rich brown with gold trimming.  And I couldn't believe all the compliments I received.  I have always avoided the warm colors because well dang it I like black and silver.  I think though that I will start to investigate some of the autumn colors.

So what colors do you tend to head for automatically?

And for the contest... head over to Love My Art Jewelry to check the giveaway they are holding for a gorgeous pair of earrings in just the colors I planning on getting more of.  Just click here.

Review: Sins of the Soul

Alastor Krayl's world shattered when he learned that his father was the Underworld god of chaos and evil. All that saved him from self-destruction were his newfound brothers and the bond they shared as soul reapers. So when one of his brothers is murdered, vengeance becomes Alastor's obsession. And the enigmatic Naphr√© Kurata, a witness—or is she the killer?—has the answers he seeks.

A reluctant Underworld enforcer, Naphré trusts no one, especially not a seductive soul reaper who makes her burn with lust. Torn between duty and desire, she fights to keep her secrets safe from Alastor, even as she longs to surrender.

Let me start off my review by saying that I did enjoy this book.  Ms. Silver does a wonderful job of characterization.   I totally fell in love with Naphre' and Alastor though I have to admit that I couldn't deal with him as he is a control freak.    But Naphre' is a total delight.  She takes the hand that is dealt to her and makes the best of it.

I did however feel that this book is lacking.  There is a story arc that is evident in the beginning of the book and well it goes nowhere.  Everything gets buried beneath Alastor and Naphre's  feelings for each other and their superb sex.  The ending was a disappointment because felt as though nothing was really accomplished other then the two getting together.  Now that might be fine for a stand alone romance but not for the second book of a trilogy.


I rate this book a 3.
Oct 24, 2010

Review: Second Chances



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Ten years ago, Rori Simon left town shy, unattractive and with zero self-esteem. Now she's back, older, stronger and finally loving herself—and it shows. Hot men are soon knocking at her door, including Jude Callahan, the bad boy who starred in her teenage daydreams...and her adult fantasies.
Jude can't believe the sexy, confident woman before him is actually Rori! She's gotten under his skin like no other woman has...and she brings out secret desires he can't resist. He wants to dominate Rori with every fiber of his being. Wants to own her and pleasure her. To cherish her as he makes her his.
Rori discovers she likes being controlled. She also knows Jude is not a one-woman man. Everything changes when she meets Zach Helm. Edgy, sensual Zach knows just what she needs, and before long, she's in love. Jude watches them together and wonders if he's lost his chance forever...
Previously published, newly revised by author.


I have always been a fan of Lauren Dane and I read this book when it first came out.  I enjoyed it then and with the new revisions, I enjoyed it even more the second time around.  Rori is a character that is very easy to relate too.  I would love to have her as a friend as she is very warm and loving.  Jude is just luscious but then I have always been drawn to the bad boy.  But Zach...now that is a man that I would love to meet and keep.  Actually all the characters are so well done that I could imagine having them all over for dinner one night.

Ms. Dane tends to write rather steamy romances and this one is no exception to the rule.  There is a lot of D/s in the novel but not so hardcore as to make most people uncomfortable.  What comes through clearly is the love between Rori and Zach.

I rate this book a 3.9. 

Contest: Making Elegant Jewelry for Special Occasions

Lori Anderson who is one of my favorite designers just happens to have a design in Making Elegant Jewelry for Special Occasions.  And she is holding a wonderful contest giving away a copy of this book.  For more into click here.

Whew

Sorry that I have been absent for the last few days.  Last night was TERRA's Annual Witch's Ball.  What is a Witch's Ball you ask?  It is both a party and a public ritual that we put on every year for Samhain.  You don't have to be pagan to attend but you do have to be open minded as the ritual is a big part of it.

I have worked at all but one of the Witch's Ball since they started ten years ago.  I love the event and even the work involved to get it off the ground but boy does it take time.  And boy I am tired the next day.  I went out and got groceries today.  By the time I was finished loading the groceries in the car, I realized just how tired I really am.

But boy was it worth it.  I just wish that my husband had taken pictures of me in my costume.
Oct 19, 2010

Crossing My Fingers

Well they finally posted it at work.  My dream job has always been to work from home.  I have never been that particular about the kind of work, just something that I am jump into the shower and then jump into it all without going outside.  Well now I have my chance.

My current job involves acting as a consultant trying to make sure that those services will be a good fit for their communication and entertainment needs. I really enjoy the work and I am good at it.  And I really enjoy the company and have worked for them for going on eight years.  To make it my perfect job...well there is that bit about not leaving the house.

They have offered the 'at home' positions before but I do have an opinionated Pom so it just wouldn't have been a good fit for at that time.  Well they offered them up again and while yes I still have the opinionated Pom, I also have a basement bedroom that I can use so that I will be away from the aforementioned Pom.  So I applied.  And I have my fingers crossed. 

The only downside that I can see is that bedroom was where I was planning on setting up my lampwork/enamel/fusing room.  Guess that I get to take over the garage now.

Cross your fingers that I will get accepted for me!
Oct 18, 2010

Moments of Peace

An image of the Door of Prophecies which is a ...Ever had one of those moments or days of peace? One where everything is right in your world. Yesterday was like that. I was sitting at my computer watching 'Mothman Prophecies' and realized that for a change I was feeling no stress, no urgency. I almost would have thought that I was asleep and dreaming except for my animals. But it was all so quiet and peaceful. It is times like this that make all the rest worthwhile. I haven't felt like this in a long time and really didn't realize just how much I missed these moments.

It was a good day.  Saje was at work so no noise coming from his direction.  Most of the animals were sleeping in the sunshine.  It was a day that my muse was bugging me but I knew that if I went down to my studio and played I would end up paying for it.  So I excused myself.  I made brownies because everything goes better with chocolate.  I made up hamburgers for dinner as it was a beautiful day.  I caught up on my blogs.  It was a good day.
Oct 17, 2010

Awards

I was shocked to find when I went thru my comments that I had won an award.  It was given to me by Willow at Confessions of a Country Witch.  She  has a great blog that I really enjoy reading.  Now of course there are requirements to this award and while I am not going to pass it on simply because most of the blogs that I follow don't accept awards, I did want to post the seven unknown things about me.



1.  When my now husband first came over to my apartment, he was shocked that the only tv I owned was a little 10" black and white.  And I had no cable as I didn't watch it.

2.  My favorite flower is a peach rose.

3.  I love to buy shoes but absolutely hate to wear them.

4.  I can't stand the taste of coffee but I have been told that I make a good cup.  Must be from all those years of waitressing.

5.  My favorite colors are black and teal.

6.  I get along much better with animals then I do with humans.  They tend to be better listeners.

7.  One of my totems is the black panther.

This was fun.  Though I have to admit that I really had to think about things to share that were too out there.

Brightest Blessings!
Oct 16, 2010

Giveaway: Have a sweet tooth?

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Then you will want to check out this giveaway on Momma Told Me.  She is giving a GC to Cacao Bakery and wow some of their products are enough make my mouth water.  What really caught my attention were the Red Velvet Truffles.  Dang..now to go make some brownies.



For more info click here.

Coming up for air

Wooden kitchen table and chairsImage via WikipediaSorry for having disappeared for so long.  I just was working really long hours to try to get my sales back up.  There is just so many things that I need for the new house.  I have been doing a lot of window shopping online and I am just blown away by all the offerings.  I have been browsing different sofa and end table combos, new dishes, a new desk and many many other items.

Of course part of the my problem on what to choose is the fact that what I really love just won't stand up to the animals.  And of course they come first.  But I really do need to get on the ball as I am going to have my very first housewarming party.  And I don't even have to freak out about planning it as a dear friend has agreed to handle that part.  But first I have to get a couch, a dining room table, some end tables.. well you get the picture.

Oh I got some exciting news in my email the other day.  I was approached by CSN Stores to do some online reviews for them.  It's strange how things work out as I have been browsing their stores.  They have over 200 stores with everything from furniture to pet supplies.  Check them out!  So be looking forward to those reviews.

Review: Fallen by Erin McCarthy

New Orleans, 1840s. Sent to watch over the decadent city, the angel Gabriel loses himself in the liquid pleasure of absinthe. So when his mistress, Anne, is murdered—and all evidence points to him—a foggy Gabriel cannot be sure he didn’t do it. His penance: to be forever denied love. Then in modern-day New Orleans he meets forensic scientist Sara Michaels... 


I had never heard of Erin McCarthy when I picked this book up so I really wasn't sure what I was getting into but I loved the cover so I figured that I would give it a try.  I have to admit that I was blown away.  Ms. McCarthy's characters are so real and  her descriptions place you right in the scene.  I discovered after I finished FALLEN that it is actually the second book in a series however this book is so well written that I didn't feel as though I missed a thing by not reading that first book.  Of course though, now I have pick up the first one.   It does touch on the Christian mythos but not really enough to detract from the story.  I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys paranormal romance.

I rate this book a 4.
Oct 13, 2010

Final Wishes

No I am fine and I am not going anywhere.  But what happens when one of us that are active on Facebook or Twitter suddenly dies?  Who has access to let your online friends know?

There is an new Online company called Otrib that allows you to determine who your online heir will be, sends them your passwords, sends out an online death notice and even creates a tribute page with a guest book.

Not something that we really want to think about in advance but it will sure help out those that we live behind.  I know that I signed up for it to make things easier for my husband as letting my online friends know about my demise would be the last thing on his mind.  And it was free and easy to do.

(Disclaimer:  I am a BzzAgent and was made aware of this product thru one of their campaigns.)
Oct 12, 2010

Giveaway: Earrings

Love My Art Jewelry is having another great giveaway!  Check out these earrings.




To enter click here!

New Endeavors

Anyone that knows me could tell you that I have three main hobbies; reading, playing on my computer and designing jewelry.  I have been combining them a swell as I could all on this one blog.  And I thought that I was doing pretty good.  However other factors have come into play.



The big one is the fact that one of the places that I review for has decided that book blogs only count is that is all that they are.   Which seems to be to be a shame as here y'all get a chance to know me.  But the powers that be have spoken.  What makes this situation a catch 22 is the fact that new blogs also don't qualify but accord to their new policies, I will have to start a new blog...le sigh...



So anyways, you all are welcome to come over, visit and even follow me if you like book reviews.


Hope to see everyone there!
Oct 10, 2010

10-10-10

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Doesn't the date just remind you of a discount calling plan?  Or maybe it is just me.  The strange places that the mind will go.  It's just such a cool date and I can't believe that I forgot about it until now when I was curling up in my recliner and starting to go thru my blogs.


This has been a good weekend.  I was going to go in and work overtime yesterday and decided against it.  I am glad that I did as I actually feel recharged.   That's a feeling that I almost forgot occurs.

We are almost all situated in our new home.  I have my studio almost finished.  Now I am just waiting to purchase a couch for the living room so that I can have my loveseat back.  I do some of my work at the table but I love to curl up in the loveseat, listen to a podcast or book and do my knotting.  Yeah I am one of those strange ones that love knotting pearls and gemstones.  I also enjoy doing kumihino though it really is a hassle to finish the necklaces. 


Speaking of jewelry, I am so excited.  I got in on the Artfire special so I now have a shop.  Of course I still have to set it up but I have taken the first step.  Heck I even took the second step and purchased a domain name that will point right to my shop.  Next step is to look for one of those wonderful peeps that work wonders with graphics so that I can get a banners and buttons.


So did anyone do anything special this weekend?


Brightest Blessings!
Oct 6, 2010

Local Events: Meet John "Doc" Willoughby

I love to cook and I was sent this opportunity thru email.  I don't know how many of you are local but I thought that I would share it.  I am pretty sure that you could hit the website to check when he will be in your area also.




Meet Doc Willoughby!
You know Doc as the Executive Editor for both Cook's Illustrated and Cook's Country magazines. Doc was an original cast member of America's Test Kitchen, and has recently rejoined the team after a nine-year stint at Gourmet.
Join Doc when he visits your area. Doc will be talking about The America's Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook. He will inspire you with simple, reliable ideas for cooking healthier at home.

DATE: October 20, 2010
TIME: 7:00 pm
PLACE: Third Place Books
17171 Bothell Way, Lake Forest Park, WA
PHONE: 206.366.3333
Free to the Public