Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
It's Monday, what are you reading is a weekly event hosted by Shelia. For more information, click here.
I started the second book in the shifters series, Rogue by Rachel Vincent. I'm only maybe 100 pages in but so far, it's really good.
Cats don't always land on their feet
I know that better than most. Since rejoining the Pride, I've made big decisions and even bigger mistakes: the kind paid for with innocent lives. As the first and only female enforcer, I have plenty to prove to my father, the Pride and myself. And with murdered toms turning up in our territory, I'm working harder than ever, though I always find the energy for a little after-hours recreation with Marc, my partner both on and off duty.
But not all my mistakes are behind me. We're beginning to suspect that the dead are connected to a rash of missing human women and that they can all be laid at my feet—two or four, take your pick. And one horrible indiscretion may yet cost me more than I can bear.
I was listening to Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen the Audio CD but it started to skip so much, I decided to put it away and why not read it :). I want to say this my 1,000,000th or so time reading it, lol.
'It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.' Thus memorably begins Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, one of the world's most popular novels. Pride and Prejudice—Austen's own 'darling child'—tells the story of fiercely independent Elizabeth Bennet, one of five sisters who must marry rich, as she confounds the arrogant, wealthy Mr. Darcy. What ensues is one of the most delightful and engrossingly readable courtships known to literature, written by a precocious Austen when she was just twenty-one years old.
Humorous and profound, and filled with highly entertaining dialogue, this witty comedy of manners dips and turns through drawing-rooms and plots to reach an immensely satisfying finale. In the words of Eudora Welty, Pride and Prejudice is as 'irresistible and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be.'
Not all of us but some people are sick of hearing or reading about vampires. Meena Harper, the main character in Insatiable is one of those people. To make her life worse? She finds out the TV show she writes for, Insatiable is going along with everyone else and doing the vampire theme. Meena in the meantime meets the man of her dreams. But is it a man? Turns out, he's a vampire. Oh no! What will Meena do? Vampires really do exist. To make matters worse, another vampire is finding out what she can do and wants her to get to Lucien. Either way, her life will change forever.
This was a great book. It might actually have to go up there with the Queen of Babble series that is my all time favorite by Cabot.
I'm not sure if this will happen but I would really like this to be followed by a sequel. Even if it doesn't have one, it still has a good ending that you can close the book with your imagination of what happens.
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Jane Austen for the twenty-first century! Mayhem ensues when a struggling young writer is chosen to complete an unfinished manuscript by a certain famous novelist...
Critically acclaimed and award-winning -- but hardly bestselling -- author Georgina Jackson can't get past the first chapter of her second book. When she receives an urgent email from her agent, Georgina is certain it's bad news. Shockingly, she's offered a commission to complete a newly discovered manuscript by a major nineteenth-century author. Skeptical at first about her ability to complete the manuscript, Georgina is horrified to know that the author in question is Jane Austen.
Torn between pushing through or fleeing home to America, Georgina relies on the support of her banker-turned-science student roommate, Henry, and his quirky teenage sister, Maud -- a serious Janeite. With a sudden financial crisis looming, the only way Georgina can get by is to sign the hugely lucrative contract and finish the book. But first she has to admit she's never actually read Jane Austen!
The Grey sisters had only each other when their mother died years ago. Their father provided for them physically on Water's Edge, the ranch that had been in their family for three generations, each of them however, longed for their father's love.
Winona, the oldest, knew early on that she could never get it. An overweight dreamer and reader, she didn't exhibit the kinds of talents and strengths her father valued.
Vivi Anne, the youngest, had those things. And it was Vivi Anne who only ever saw a glimmer of their father's approval.
When Vivi Anne makes a fateful decision to follow her heart, rather than take the route of a dutiful daughter, events are set in motion that will test the love and loyalties of the Grey sisters.
With breathtaking pace and penetrating insight, Kristin Hannah's True Colors is a novel about sisters, vengeance, rivalry, betrayal-and ultimately, what it truly means to be a family.
First in a brand new series from the author of the rogue mage novels
Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps...Amidst a bordello full of real "ladies of the night," and a hot Cajun biker with a panther tattoo who stirs her carnal desire, Jane must stay focused and complete her mission...or else the next skin she'll need to save may be her own.
From the author of the breathtaking bestsellers Outlander andDragonfly in Amber, the extraordinary saga continues.
Their passionate encounter happened long ago by whatever measurement ClaireRandall took. Two decades before, she had traveled back in time and into thearms of a gallant eighteenth-century Scot named Jamie Fraser. Then shereturned to her own century to bear his child, believing him dead in the tragicbattle of Culloden. Yet his memory has never lessened its hold on her... andher body still cries out for him in her dreams.
Then Claire discovers that Jamie survived. Torn between returning to him andstaying with their daughter in her own era, Claire must choose her destiny.And as time and space come full circle, she must find the courage to face thepassion and pain awaiting her...the deadly intrigues raging in a dividedScotland... and the daring voyage into the dark unknown that can reuniteorforever doomher timeless love.
"Triumphant ...her use of historical detail and a truly adult love story confirm Gabaldon as a superior writer."Publishers Weekly
Won from Deadline Dames
23 passionate stories of hard-hitting love...
Stirring romance featuring the heroes of the Navy SEALs, Delta Force, Air Force Pararescue, the Green Berets, the Army Rangers and other special forces: men and women who live and fight in extreme danger to preserve our freedoms, defenders and protectors of all we hold dear.
This collection includes the work of bestselling romance writers such as Shannon K. Butcher and Stephanie Tyler and Larissa Ione, writing as Sydney Croft. Sydney Croft’s special forces couple, Annika and Creed, work for the Agency for Covert Rare Operatives (ACRO), all of whose members have special powers, while Shannon K. Butcher’s hero is an ex-Navy SEAL. But these fighting men and women have a gentler, protective side; hard-edged weapons when on active duty, they can be caring lovers, of special forces teammates or the civilians they protect.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Thanks to the new TV show Pretty Little Liars on ABC family which I can't help but really like, I want to check out the book series.
Everyone has something to hide—especially high school juniors Spencer, Aria, Emily, and Hanna.
Spencer covets her sister's boyfriend. Aria's fantasizing about her English teacher. Emily's crushing on the new girl at school. Hanna uses some ugly tricks to stay beautiful.
But they've all kept an even bigger secret since their friend Alison vanished.
How do I know? Because I know everything about the bad girls they were, the naughty girls they are, and all the dirty secrets they've kept. And guess what? I'm telling.*************************************************************************************
I just finished the second book for the Outlander series but I do like graphic novels and I hear this one is from Jamie's point of view.
A luscious full-colour graphic novel — written by #1 New York Times bestseller Diana Gabaldon — that offers a completely new look at the original Outlander story!
The Exile retells the original Outlander novel from Jamie Fraser's point of view, revealing events never seen in the original story and giving readers a whole new insight into the Jamie-Claire relationship. Jamie's surreptitious arrival in Scotland at the beginning of the tale, his feelings about Claire, and much more — up to the point where Claire faces trial for witchcraft and must choose whether to return to her own century — are brought to life in brilliant four-colour art. A must-read — and a great holiday gift — for any Outlander fan!
Saw this one at Borders and almost bought it but decided to just add it to my ever growing list.
Vampires have lived among Mankind for countless millenia, hiding in the darkness, hunting, feeding and killing Mortals. They live lives of utter secrecy, scattered far apart, always aware that the surging tide of Humanity could crush them if they became truly aware of their presence. For Eleisha, a young vampire who has remained hidden since the 19th Century, things are about to change.
Eleisha Clevon has the face of a teen angel, but she is no angel. Unlike most vampires, she doesn't like to kill, but self-preservation comes first.
When an old friend destroys himself by walking into sunlight right in front of her, Eleisha is shocked. And what she finds afterward points to how very sick of his existence he had become — piling drained corpses in the basement and keeping records of other vampires' real names and addresses.
Because now, there are policemen on the case: two very special humans with some gifts of their own. They know who Eleisha is, and, even more dangerous, what she is.
Friday, June 25, 2010
The first book is Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler. Imagine going to bed and the next day walking up in a different time. Not just any time but Jane Austen time. That's exactly what happened to Courtney Stone. She finds herself in the body of Jane Mansfield. She has to learn how to live in the past and at the same time find a way back to her time. Along the way she learns about Jane's life including her family and a possible love interest.
For me, I really like this book. How many of us wished we could live in the time of Jane Austen? Find ourselves a Mr. Darcy? There is always that one book you fall in love with and could read a billion times and for me, that's Pride and Prejudice.
I could relate to Courtney because there have been times I go right for Pride and Prejudice. I just curl up and read some of my favorite scenes or read the whole book. What would I do if I woke up in the past? I would probably panic knowing I don't have the things I have in our time. There are some interesting scenes in the book about living in those times. Imagine only getting a bath every few days or your mother bugging you about finding a husband. Being the age of thirty I can only imagine being called a spinster by now.
If you haven't checked out the web series and enjoy the books, definitely check it out.
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Thursday, June 24, 2010
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
*Post a link along with your post back to this blog.* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.
After their meal, and probably a couple of drinks, if I knew Parker, the Pierce brothers had gone outside to catch a cab back to campus. Instead they'd caught the scent of an unknown stray.
What would you do if you came back to your past but the past was a different time? The past you left was in the 1700s and you are now back in the time of the 1900s. How could you come back and remember those you loved when they have been gone for two hundred years? Well, Claire comes back with her daughter to remember her past with her husband, Jamie. As she remembers, we see her time with Jamie after the last book. We see the time of the Jacobite's. We'll also see Jamie and Claire and their ups and downs. But Claire will discover something that could change everything.
There definitely had to be research done for this book. I'm so bad with my history of Scotland and England lately that she could have made stuff up and I would have had no clue. But it does make me want to freshen up on my history. I guess it would be good to know about where my ancestors came from since they came from both.
Without giving away spoilers, I can't wait to see where the third book goes. Especially since Claire now knows the truth. She'll have to find a way to fix things so it will be interesting to see how she does it. I know we'll see Jamie, but I can't wait. Gotta love him :).
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Today's giveaway from All Things Urban Fantasy is for Chloe Neill's Twice Bitten. You can also read her guest blog about the Pros and Cons of the Open and Closed Worlds. To find out what I'm talking about, click here. You do have to be in the US and have until July 4th.
Today's giveaway is from Over the Edge Book Reviews. Are you a fan of Pamela Palmer or maybe want to discover more about her? Head on over for an interview and a chance to win a copy of the upcoming fourth book, Rapture Untamed. You have until June 27th to enter. Click here for more info.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Today's giveaway is from All Things Urban Fantasy. She interviewed one of my favorite author's Adrian Phoenix. Head on over for a great interview and a chance to win a signed copy of her new novel, Black Dust Mambo. You do have until the 4th of July and anyone internationally can enter. Click here to enter.
Monday, June 21, 2010
**So Jeaniene Frost posted on Frost Cemetery Forum a snippet of the cover for This Side of the Grave and how dare she tease us. I want to see the whole thing. Click here to see it.
**Are you an Emily Giffin fan?? Here is a video of stuff you didn't know about her.
**Cynthia Eden has a deadly excerpt on her blog for I'll Be Slaying You...click here.
**All Things Urban Fantasy is having a giveaway for Michelle Rowen's Demon Princess. You do have to live in the US and have until July 4th. Enter here.
This week, I'm reading Insatiable by Meg Cabot and Rogue by Rachel Vincent. I'm debating which Jane Austen I want to read. I've read each novel a billion times each I swear. Right now I'm listening to Pride and Prejudice at home and Emma in the car so that takes two away but I still have four classics to choose from.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
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A Wrinkle In Time: I've been in one of those moods lately to re-read books from my childhood or young adult years.
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: Being a Twilight fan, I'm looking forward to this one and the upcoming movie of course.
Causing Havoc: I've heard good things about this series.
Bought from Half Price
Into the Dark: This one was calling my name so I had to get it even though I believe one of the stories is in the middle of the series.
Good morning! Today's first giveaway is from Supernatural Underground. This one is from Tracey O'Hara the author of Night's Cold Kiss. She's giving away a signed copy with a tote bag, cap, and t-shirt. Click here to head on over. It is international :).
I was a fan of the first book and loved the TV series. Definitely curious to see Carrie's life before Mr. Big.
The Carrie Diaries opens up in Carrie's senior year of high school. She and her best friends -- Walt, Lali, Maggie, and the Mouse -- are inseparable, amid the sea of Jens, Jocks and Jets. And then Sebastian Kydd comes into the picture. Sebastian is a bad boy-older, intriguing, and unpredictable. Carrie falls into the relationship that she was always supposed to have in high school-until a friend's betrayal makes her question everything. With her high school days coming to a close, Carrie will realize it's finally time to go after everything she ever wanted.
Rabid fans of Sex and the City will love seeing Carrie Bradshaw evolve from a regular girl into a sharp, insightful writer. They'll learn about her family background -- how she found her writing voice, and the indelible impression her early friendships and relationships left on her. We'll see what brings Carrie to her beloved New York City, where the next Carrie Diaries book will take place.
I have become a big fan of Shiloh Walker. I'm really looking forward to this one.
As a teenager, Taige Branch was able to do things with her psychic gift that others couldn't understand - except for Cullen Morgan, the boy who stole her heart. He did his best to accept her abilities, until his mother was brutally murdered - and he couldn't forgive Taige for not preventing her death.
Now a widowed father, Cullen Morgan has never forgotten Taige. but what brings her back into his life is another tragic event. His beloved little girl has been kidnapped, and Taige is his only hope of finding her.
A LOVE THAT NEVER DIED
Working together against the clock, Cullen and Taige can't help but wonder whether - if the find his daughter in time - it isn't too late for the overpowering love that still burns between them...
Saturday, June 19, 2010
All Things Urban Fantasy had a guest blog with Jeri Smith-Ready and is also doing a giveaway for her latest book, Bring on the Night which is the third book in the WVMP series. You do have to live in the US and have until July 4th to enter. Click here for more information.