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 Naphré 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?

Chocolate truffles - comida japonesa. Japanese...Image via Wikipedia
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

Maedeup, Korean knotting.Image via Wikipedia
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
Oct 5, 2010

Is it friday yet???

Just because it makes me smile.
It is already turning out to be one of those weeks that seem neverending.  I know that part of my stress factor is the fact that I am not doing so good in sales this month and if I don't kick it up big time my commission paycheck is going to be pretty sorry.  And that is something that just can't happen.  Especially now that we have the new house.  I love my house but there is that stress factor.  It would help if hubby brought home more money but he is retail and they are cutting hours.  I know that it will get better as we get closer to Christmas though.

Christmas is truly going to be a trip this year.  We don't do Christmas in this house as both my husband and myself tend to go more for giving each other experiences then we do gifts.  But this year we will have one of his sons coming up for a couple weeks.  We were going to get him an I-Pod Touch as a gift but apparently said son, Logan, instead wants to go to Costa Rico with his class this coming spring.  So instead he wants to put that money towards that.  But still we need to get him something.  What do you get for a 13 year old?  I don't have kids so I am always confuddled when it comes to that.  Any suggestions would be great.

I finally went into see my rheumatologist (I know that is spelled incorrectly but not even my spell check can figure it out) about the added pain and swelling and all that jazz.  He thinks that it is just my fibro reacting with the change in the seasons.  He might very well be right.  I hope that it improves but he did give me some pain pills for the bad days.  Not very many so I will have to ration them.  Oh and not overdo it when I am on them.  I have done that before and it isn't a lot of fun the next day.



I have been trying to figure out a costume for the Witch's Ball this year.  I have to admit that I usually don't bother and just wear ritual garb because I am always so busy there trying to make everything run smoothly.  It's funny.  Last year was my first year just to kick back and enjoy the Ball because I wasn't on the board of Terra or anything of the sort.  So what did I do?  Helped out.  So many people knew me as the Chair that they came to me with their issues.  This year I am back on the board.  I had a year break and just couldn't resist going back for more punishment.  Now what was I saying.  Oh yeah costumes.  I have narrowed it down to a couple.  Which one would you choose?









Well I have probably blathered on enough especially as they say to keep a blog post short and sweet.


Oh one last thing though.  That Sony Reader that I was raving about went back to the store today.  It kept locking up.  Now I know why they came out with a new model.  So I am going to break down and get it as I really enjoyed having my books right at hand.

Brightest Blessings All!


Oct 3, 2010

Review: Sony Pocket E-reader & Free Books

A Picture of a eBookImage via WikipediaI was one of the early lovers of e-books, back when you would use a PDA to read them.  The convenience just blew me away.  At that time, I was using a Sony Clie which was nice and compact and was back lit.  When that finally died after a few years Sony was no longer making them so I ended up going with a Palm.  All well and good and I kept upgrading.  Unfortunately, Palm and Windows decided not to play nice with each other so when I left XP behind, I could not longer sync my ebooks.  Just not kosher.  I gave up my beloved e-book even though I still had about 400 on my computer that I hadn't read yet.


Well now the rest of the world has jumped onto the bandwagon since Amazon came out with their Kindle.  I finally couldn't resist my desire to go back to my e-books.  I did a lot of research and the one downside that I kept coming across was that none of the e-readers were backlit.  Now that was a feature that I truly loved as reading myself to sleep without having to get up to turn the light out is a true luxury.  And I didn't particularly want one with a touchscreen because I don't care for all the fingerprints on my screen.  I finally settled on the Sony Pocket Reader 300.  The reason that I decided on the Sony is that the Adobe Digital Editions was designed with Sony in mind.  And well I get a lot of books from Net Gallery to review and they use that software for their DRM editions.  Also with a Sony one can check out e-books from the library.  How cool is that?


So far I have been very pleased.  It is slightly larger then I prefer but I have a funny feeling that most people won't find this an issue and in fact would probably prefer it.  I just remember my Clie fondly which was small and light enough that I would read in lines in the grocery store or DMV.   With Calibre, a really nifty piece of software, I am able to download and enjoy all formats with the exception of kindle books.  And I am loving all the free books that you can download from the various bookstores.  In fact, at the bottom of the post I have included some links for ones I found today.

I rate this a 4.2.

Free books from Borders

Barnes and Noble




Kindle (yeah I read these on my phone)



Have a great day and brightest blessings!




Oct 1, 2010

Review: Living Hell

All is well on the spaceship Plexus. Searching for a habitable planet, the few thousand residents are well taken care of by their ship.  The original passengers were carefully chosen as to make for a peaceful journey and that care shows in the next generation.  Every step of their day to day lives are planned and peaceful.   However once they go thru a radiation field, all bets are off.  Life just became a lot more interesting and not all in a good way.


I have to admit that I found this book rather slow going as far as a read.  This rather surprised me as I can usually whip through young adult books.  I think part of the problem is that I am really touchy about reading in first person.  It has to be with a deft touch and well I found it lacking in this story.  I do think that kids interested in science fiction might very well enjoy this book but it wasn't really my cup of tea.

I rate it a 3.