Dec 31, 2009

Being responsible sucks

One of my favorite bands when I was a teenage was Loverboy. 

Yes I know that I am dating myself but who cares   

They are doing a free concert tonight at the local casino and I would love to go. 

But do I get too?  No

I have dogs that are terrified of fireworks.  So I am now stuck home on both NYE and July 4th.  I am not as upset about tonight as the 4th because I have always celebrated my birthday then.

Sometimes I HATE growing up.

Skin Game

This is a book that my husband of all people recommended to me.  And when a man recommends a romantic suspense, well then I sit up and take notice. I have to admit that Ms Gray has written more unusual paranormal romantic suspenses in that she attempted to base it in science.

It is all so real and believable.  As my husband put it "I didn't have to suspend belief even once!"  I have to agree.  I also loved the fact that there really were no 'good' guys, just ones that weren't quite as grimy.

I heartily recommend SKIN GAME to any reader that likes a make that a lot.. of grit with their romance.

Dec 27, 2009

Taste Sensation

Just sitting here watching or tryihg to watch a John Cusac film, War Inc, which isn't really keeping my attention.  Not one of his best ones but my husband loves his movies.

Prior to attempting to watch this movie, I brewed up a cup of tea.  This is a tea that was gifted to me by a swap partner.  It is Dr Teas Lychee & Cantaloupe White Tea.  I have never tried a tea from this company but that is about to change.  After steeping a teaspoon in water that has been allowed to cool for a couple minutes, I am blessed with a liquor that is very pale greenish yellow.  The aroma is lightly tinged with the scent of ripe cantelopes. 

The taste...well the taste is to die for.  I wasn't expecting a tea that so perfectly mimics the taste of slice of summer.  The mouthfeel is even one of drinking fresh cantalope juice.  Just incredible.  I very highly recommend this tea to anyone that loves melons!

Here is a link to the tea.

Dec 26, 2009


I don't know why but that title just seems as though I am spelling it incorrectly.  Just one of those things.

Ex-detective and semi ex-demon Conall Macmillan is back in town and needs a way to atone for the damage he did the last time he was around.  He pretty much has his demon side under control even though he is having issues with convincing the vampire sheriff who just wants him dead.  Conall might have found a way to atone when he stumbles upon the vampire Constance whose son has been kidnapped.  But cracking this case just might cost him what is left of his humanity.

SCORCHED by Sharon Ashwood is the second book in The Dark Forgotten series and does a great job of standing all on its own.  That to me is always a mark of a good book.   While not a paranormal comedy there is also laughter which makes this book just plain fun to read.  I would recommend to any reader who enjoys the lighter side of the paranormal.

Disclaimer:  While I was not paid for this review, I was sent the book at no charge and I won't be returning it.
Dec 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

I wanted to wish everyone a happy and safe Christmas!!


Holiday Survivor?

I hope that everyone has a great holiday with family and friends.

Now take a deep breath and relax. You won't enjoy it as much if you don't let go and let the good times and memories flow.

While it is a time of celebration, the holidays always seem to be a time of stress.  Whoever planned one of the biggest holidays during a time of year when our bodies are demanding that we slow down and reflect is an idiot and should be shot. 

I decided years ago that I wouldn't be stressed during this time of the year.  Of course it helps that I don't have kids and in my family we donate to charities rather then give each other gifts.  Also I don't celebrate Christmas, so to me it really is a day off designed to kick back and relax.

Now that's not to say that I don't have any traditions.  Since Christmas is one day out of the year that me and my DH are guaranteed to have off together, we go out and see a movie every year.  This year it looks as though it will be Avatar.  I usually cook us up a ham for dinner but  that isn't set in stone.  This year it will be  a pork tenderloin.  The main thing for us is the opportunity to have some time to spend together.

It is also a day when I talk to  family (both blood and chosen) and reconnect.  I am really bad about losing track of time and not talking to them for ages.  So I try to reaffirm those bonds at least on holidays. 

I hope that everyone has a blessed and safe day.
Dec 23, 2009

Divine Misdemeanors

Wow!!  I have been a lover of Merry Gentry from the very beginning.  Not as hard core as the Anita Blake books, this series is unabashedly sensual.  This book doesn't fail to deliver in that department but now we are getting back to mystery.

Merry, when she isn't being a princess, is a private investigator and now the police need her help.  Someone is killing the fey and dressing up the murder scenes to look like illustrations from children's books.  The scenes are enough to give anyone the creeps.  And Merry is starting to have some flak from some of her men for giving up the throne.  Needless to say, she has her hands full.

I very much enjoyed Divine Misdemeanors which is the eighth in this series.  It has a different flavor from the previous books but I feel that it just adds to the taste.  If you are a follow of this series, then don't hesitate to pick up this addition.  And if you aren't, then why not?

Disclaimer:  This book was lent to me by a friend.  All opinions are my own and in no way reflect on the author or publisher
Dec 22, 2009

Legends of the Seeker

How come I am always the last to know?  I always been a lover of fantasy, be it books, movies or figurines.  But I don't go to prime time television for my fantasy fix.  In this case, that was a mistake. 

Legends of the Fall is darned good series that is just plain fun to watch.  Both the male and the female leads are eye candy so no one needs feel left out.  I have to admit that the older wizard Zeb is the character that I tune in to watch.  You never know what is going to come out of his mouth.  Besides, how can one not love a character that is just wearing a chicken when you are first introduced.

So if you are looking for some feel good fantasy of the video type, be sure to check out this series!
Dec 21, 2009

Yule Blessings

I hope that everyone has a blessed Yule and a Happy New Year!

Waking Nightmare

Romantic Suspense have to be one of my favorite genres to read.   And when I find a new to me author that hooks me so deeply into a story, well let's just say that it is a good day.

There is a serial rapist on the loose and he preys on a woman's deepest fears to make the experience last a lifetime.  After three rapes, the Savannah PD still doesn't have a suspect so profiler Abbie Phillips is brought in.  And boy do the sparks fly between her and the lead detective Ryne Robel who didn't care for outside talent being brought in.

WAKING NIGHTMARE is the third book in the "The Mindhunters" series and one that impressed the heck out of me.  I am normally really anal about reading books in a series in order as I hate missing the little nuances in the story arc.  However Ms Brant did such a good job with WAKING NIGHTMARE that I didn't feel as though I was missing a thing.  Tightly paced and fraught with suspense, this is one book that I highly recommend.  Now I just have to get Ms. Brant's backlist.


Disclaimer:  While I was not paid for this review, I was sent the book at no charge and I won't be returning it.
Dec 19, 2009

Shadow Queen by Anne Bishop

It's no secret to anyone that knows me that I am usually found with a book in hand (or in ear if I am listening to audible version) and I used to actually run a book review site.  Well I am no longer running that site but I still have my vry definite opinions on the books I read so I decided to get them out here and hopefully they will help someone out when they are looking for that perfect book.

I just got done listening to The Shadow Queen by Anne Bishop and it is first class all the way.  I haven't cared for Ms. Bishop's other series  but any time she puts her pen to the Dark Jewel worldscape is pure magic!

After Janelle cleansed the Blood, there were very few Queens left in Shalador.  So the Warlord Princes have decided to ask for a Queen from the Shadow Realm.  Cassidy isn't quite what they expected but is exactly what they need.

I highly recommend this book to any lovers of the Dark Jewels!  Not only does it bring forth new characters that are very interesting but we get to see more of Jaenelle, Daemon and Saetan.

Oh just to cover myself, I should let folks know that I did purchase this book thru Audible and I wasn't paid for this review.

Dec 6, 2009


I have declared a today to be a day just to relax. This week was just too busy with me putting in 50 hours and I am looking to do the same next week. DH had to go to work today at 2:30 and he had a strange look on his face as I haven't even gotten dressed today. I had to laugh at him as I had taken a shower before he even woke up and put on fresh pajama bottoms and all. He doesn't think anything of relaxing all day in a pair of sweats so what is the difference?

So have you ever declared a day just for relaxing? How did your family react?