Friday, May 29, 2009

The Falcon and the Flower by Virginia Henley

Astride her white palfrey, surrounded by a nimbus of silver-blond hair, Jasmine was a vision to strike a man mute with desire. But the violet-eyed love child of King Richard's half brother had vowed that no man would ever rule her heart. Until she saw the face of the Devil himself in her crystal ball-- the dark, brooding knight who would kill to make her his own. She would risk a dissolute court and a maddened, lustful king to keep destiny at bay, anything to keep her from the hypnotic eyes and burning caresses of...

A wickedly handsome warrior who lived by blood and the sword, Falcon de Burgh wanted to wed no woman- until he laid eyes on the exquisite Jasmine, and he vowed to possess her, to teach her all the wonderous ways a man could love a woman, no matter what it might take to conquer her fiery, unyielding heart. Falcon knew only blind, reckless passion as he swore to tame, at the risk of his life...

Virginia Henley introduced me to the world of romance through The Falcon and the Flower. It has been 14 years since I first read it. Their were only two things that stayed with me through the years was the very beginning of the book, when Jasmine uses her crystal ball and sees Falcon for the first time and how Falcon describes Jasmine's derriere. I am guessing that the description stuck with me because I just couldn't see a heart shaped butt... I still can't. So I guess I figured out how to reread a book and make it feel like the very first time... wait a good 15 years in between reading.

Now on to my thoughts on this book. I really enjoyed rereading it, but I have to say Jasmine is one of those heroines that you want to rip out the book and smack. She was on the extreme side of bitchy. Raised by her Grandmother, Jasmine only knew art, music, herbs, magic, and she had a very low opinion of men. She knew nothing of being a wife, mother, or running a household of two hundred. Jasmine had been spoiled beyond belief to say the very least.

Falcon had earned the nickname The Prince of Darkness for his cunning and determination in battle. Once he set his sights on Jasmine nothing was going to sway his mind, not even Jasmine's father. Yes, Falcon knew exactly what kind of bride he was getting in Jasmine, he just didn't realize that she was not the sweet and innocent girl he thought her to be.

Jasmine would go against Falcon in everything, if he said the sky was blue she would argue it was green. She was not going to let this man bully her into anything. She vowed to never marry Falcon and hate him to her death. Jasmine would soon find out that there is a very fine line between love and hate.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Lover Avenged by JR Ward

Yay, I finally finished!! Not that I wanted the book to end, just the opposite. I think it took me forever to read LAv because I was savoring it, not wanting it to end and start the long wait for the next one!

Blurb: Caldwell, NY, has long been the battleground for the battleground for the vampires and their enemies, the Lessening Society. It’s also where Rehvenge has staked out his turf as a drug lord and notorious nightclub that caters to the rich and heavily armed. His shadowy reputation is exactly why he’s approached to kill Wrath, the Blind King, and leader of the Brotherhood. Rehvenge has always kept his distance from the Brotherhood, even though his sister is married to a member. Because he’s a sympath, his identity is a deadly secret- the revelation of which will result in his banishment to a colony for sociopaths. And as plots within and outside the Brotherhood take their toll against Rehvenge, he turns to the only source of light in a darkening world- Elhena, a vampire untouched by the corruption that has its hold on him- and the only thing standing between him and eternal destruction.

I actually started writing this review over a week ago and got side tracked. I really didn't feel like writing about LAv. I have been so wrapped up in the Black Dagger Brotherhood for the last couple of months that I really didn't want LAv to end. To me writing the little bit that I call "my review" is the end of the book. I know I can always go back and reread any of the books, but that just isn't the same. The not knowing what is coming is no longer there, experiencing the first kiss, and all the emotions that come with all the firsts are no longer there. So I have been dreading writing this. I don't want to wait a year before reading the next chapter in the Brotherhood's story. I want it now!!!!

I was a little scared after reading Lover Unbound and Lover Enshrined, I was disappointed with these two books for different reasons. Lover Enshrined was one big pity party for Phury and Cornelia. Lover Unbound gave V a true love then snatched her away only to give him a ghost of what she was to satisfy the bonded male. So yeah I was kind of scared of what would happen to the half sympath half vampire named Rehvenge. I am happy to say that Ward did right by Rehv! Ehlena was an awesome female and in my eyes the perfect match for Rehv.

I was impressed with Rehv. Unlike many of my fellow bloggers, I was not a huge fan of Rehv, I didn't dislike him I just wasn't a huge fan. Rehv is a drug lord, a pimp, club owner, and a real bad ass. From Bella we learned that he can be over bearing and controling, not something that every female wants in her male. But in LAv we see a whole new side to Rehv. He is very caring, extremely giving, and just wants to be loved. I fell in love with Rehv. He is exactly the kind of male that any female dreams of.

As usual Ward does not keep this story solely about Rehv and his love interest, no she keeps the story packed and gives us more on Wrath and Beth, has something brewing between John Matthew and Xhex, more on Tohr and his Angel, just more more and more. I am happy to be a Brotherhood groupie and will be anxiously awaiting not only the next Brotherhood book Lover Mine, but also her new series, The Covet, which is a spin off the Brotherhood and will be released later this year.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tears of Joy

Last week was a week of tears for me. My daughter had her first formal. Yes, this was her eighth grade dance... looks more like Prom to me. All I could think the entire time we were shopping for a dress, getting her mani-pedi done, and getting her hair done is OMGoodness, My baby is growing up!! I always hated hearing my mother say that, or even better "You will always be my baby, no matter how old you get" Now I completely get it, but I try not to say such things to my little girl. As soon as my husband drove off with her in the back seat the tears started flowing uncontrollably. So now she has experienced her first formal dance, and she said it was just OK. In August the tears will flow again when I drop her off for her first day of High School.

Added to all of this my other baby, the real baby of the family had to start growing up too. My son graduated from Kindergarten. I have gone through the whole Kindergarten graduation thing before, but some how knowing this is the last of my little ones it was a bit harder. The Kindergarten teachers did a wonderful job of putting together a cute little performance for the parents called E-I-E-I OOPs. My son was selected to play the part of Old MacDonald. All of the kids were excellent. They sang, danced and recited their lines. Afterward each class walked across the stage to receive their "diploma" individually. It was both heart breaking and exciting!

Summer Vaca is officially here!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. I had a great weekend. It marked the start of the kids summer vacation. The kids opted to spend half the weekend with my mother and stepfather. So Friday I picked them up from school with an added two teenage girls, and dropped them off at the movie theater with my parents. My poor parents had the blessing of all four grands, ages (boys) 4, 6,8,and (girl)13 my daughters two best friends. From what I heard they had a great time and enjoyed a movie that I see many of you went to see this weekend as well, Night At The Museum.

They all went back out to Mom's to get ready for their trip to the drive through zoo (or safari) in Pine Log, GA. I have absolutely no idea what the name of this place is, but the kids love it. You have the option of renting one of their vans or driving your own vehicle. We have always rented one of the vans... why risk my own vehicle!! Anyway the vans have only front and back windows to give you and your beloved children better access to feeding the animals. Watch your hands, your bag of food and most definitely watch out for those long purple tongues! My daughter had the privilege of feeding the giraffe who then decided this was a great time to drool all over my her. She brought home the T-shirt, unfortunately my mother was not fast enough with the camera to catch it all.

While my kids were having a blast with the animals my husband and I drove to Franklin, NC to go Treasure Hunting. There we found our way to the Sheffield Mines, not our first visit nor will it be our last, where we went ruby grubbin'. Whats ruby grubbin you ask... well you pay to play in mud all day. Ladies this is probably the best way to get really soft hands, but it is the worlds worse manicure! We found out about Sheffield Mine on an episode called "Vacations that Pay for Themselves" on The Travel Channel. OK you aren't just playing in mud, you are actually looking for rubies and sapphires in all the dirt and rock that you get in a bucket. My husband and I are pretty competitive, and his goal has been to beat my Squeaker that I found on our very first visit. Sheffield Mine has different categories or sizes for rubies found. You have your Squeaker which wieghs from 15 carats to 30 carats, the Honker (30 carats or larger), and the Super Honker (100 carats or larger).

On our first visit four years ago I found a Squeaker weighing 19 carats. We left it with the people at the mine to have cut down and cleaned up so that I can eventually put it in a setting. You loose at least half the size of the ruby in the cutting process, which means my 19 carat ruby is now 8.1 carats worth over $200. On that trip we only spent about $100 with the price of cutting my ruby down, so I would say that the trip definitely paid for itself. Well, like I said my husband and I can be pretty competitive while on this yearly trip. We have gone so far as to weigh our entire hull to see who has found the most in weight or who has the biggest piece. The entire crew at the mine are very friendly, and they really do want you to find that super honker. We didn't find the super honker, but my husband did find the Honker that beat out my largest ruby found. His honker weighed in at 39.5 carats. Of course when you find a ruby that feels heavy you take it inside and ask Dave, Warren, or James (I think) to weigh it for you. James came across the intercom with "Nananana, Ron just found a ruby weighing 39.5 carats, blah blah blah, but add to this he has finally beat his wife Heather" so of course I was sitting next to the biggest gloater in all of history who had the nerve to tell me he was disappointed. I asked him why, thinking that maybe it had to do with my having no luck at all this day, but no he said I still haven't found a squeaker. Can you believe it? I wanted to punch him in the nose, especially when he pulls out another Honker weighing 35.5 carats!! I did eventually get my second squeaker, weighing 19.5 carats. It was a great day! We couldn't leave it alone though.

We ended up driving back out there yesterday, taking both kids and my parents with us. My mother found the first squeaker of the day, weighed 24.5 carats. This was a little irritating! We had just sat down, she had no idea what she was really looking for and it was the first pour out of her first bucket! I mean come on can we say beginners luck!!!! I went through 2 entire buckets with out finding a darn thing! Long story short... my husband found 2 more squeakers and finally I found one. And guess what, I had found the biggest one out of all four squeakers!! So of course I had to rub it in my husbands face. Everyone had a great time and between my husband, daughter and myself we brought home over 100 carats in raw rubies.

If you have never done anything like this before, I highly recommend going out and giving it a try. My husband says it is Zen for him, me I just like finding the ruby.

Monday, May 18, 2009

A Hint of Wicked

As some of you may know I started reviewing for a group not too long ago. Life got in the way shortly after joining this group so I have not been too active with them, but I am trying to rectify this. I recently got an email from the group stating that we will be hosting Jennifer Haymore June 6. This is the first time I had heard of Ms. Haymore, but I am happy to have been informed. Her upcoming release "A Hint of Wicked" sounds like it is going to be a pleasure to read. I am excited to share with you, even if I am late to the game and you have already found her, this author and "A Hint of Wicked". Read the blurb, then mark your calendars for June 1.

What happens when a lady desires not one man, but two?


Sophie, the Duchess of Calton, has finally moved on. After seven years mourning the loss of her husband, Garrett, at Waterloo, she has married his best friend and heir, Tristan. Sophie gives herself to him body and soul…until the day Garrett returns from the Continent, demanding his title, his lands-and his wife.


Now Sophie must choose between her first love and her new love, knowing that no matter what, her choice will destroy one of the men she adores. Will it be Garrett, her childhood sweetheart, whose loss nearly destroyed her once already? Or will it be Tristan, beloved friend turned lover, who supported her through the last, dark years and introduced her to a passion she had never known? As her two husbands battle for her heart, Sophie finds herself immersed in a dangerous game-where the stakes are not only love…but life and death.

Ms. Haymore is participating in a blog tour to promote "A Hint Of Wicked", starting May 19 and running through June 6. It looks like there are going to be several very generous giveaways going on. As soon as I find all of the dates I will let you know. For now the only one I am absolutely sure of is You Gotta Read on June 6.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Up Coming Must Sees!!

I have several favorite actors and actresses, but my all time favorite actress is Sandra Bullock I don't think there has been a movie she's played in that I haven't seen and loved. Here is the trailer for her upcoming movie The Proposal. I do believe that I will be in the theater opening day!! This looks like it is going to be a riot!


Another preview I recently saw that I do believe must be shared is The Ugly Truth starring the Hottest man of all times Gerrard Butler and Grey's Anatomy Kathryne Heigl.

The Ugly Truth - Official Trailer

Release Date: April 03, 2009 (wide)
Genres: Comedy | Romance
Starring: Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler, Cheryl Hines, Nathan Corddry, Bree Turner
Directed By: Robert Luketic
Produced By: Deborah Jelin Newmyer, Kimberly di Bonaventura, Steven Reuther

A romantically challenged morning show producer (Heigl) is reluctantly embroile...

Unfortunately, I can't get the actual trailer on my post, but go by and check out the trailer!

Now I don't know about you guys but I will definitely be ditching my husband to take up seat in front of the big screen to see Gerrard in his finest!!!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Last 11 Books!

I was really good yesterday and stayed away from all the blogs in order to do some major housecleaning. Today, I have been checking out my favorite blogs. Ms. M posted about Mia's Men a couple of days ago and how she was contributing to this story being created by several bloggers following Cheryl Brooks Erotic Blogspot. Of course I went over and checked it out. Today I went back and read the recent installments. I have to say that I can't wait to read what these creative people are going to come up with and will probably break the promise I made to myself to stay off my computer and get some reading done. Any how I decided to check out some more of Ms. M's favorite blogs. I ran across Racy Romance Reviews. Jessica, and I do hope that I have the right name, recently posted about the last 11 books she purchased and why. She was also running a contest for anyone who posted about the last five books that they purchased and why. I think this is really neat idea, it not only gives insight into how we find the books we love by a little about ourselves for those that read between the lines. I am too late for the contest, but that matters not, I am still going to participate in this little activity, using her rules: last 5 romance novels you bought (no ARCs or freebies) and why you bought them, however I will attempt to post about the last 11 books I purchased.

In NO particular order, here is my list:

1. Take A Stranger No More by Beth Kery (Kindle)
Reason: I just received a Kindle for Mother's day, why this book... a good way to get my Beth Kery fix while waiting on my copy of Daring Time to arrive.

2. The Commander's Desire by Jennette Green (Kindle)
Reason: Wanted another book for my Kindle, why this book... I read about it here on Kat's blog.

3. Highlander Ever After by Jennifer Ashley (Kindle)
Reason: Night Owl Romance was running a virtual signing on May 11 for Jennifer Ashley, and I love my Highlanders.

4. Vexing The Viscount by Emily Bryan
Reason: Have heard really good things about this book.

5. Some Like It Wild by Teresa Medeiros
Reason: The hero is the brother of the heroine in Some Like it Wicked

6. Lover Avenged by JR Ward
Reason: Do I really need to explain?... I have joined the band wagon and am very addicted to the Brotherhood.

7. Raine by Elizabeth Amber
Reason: The second in the Lords of Satyr series.

8. Border Moonlight by Amanda Scott
Reason: The cover caught my eye.

9. Devil of the Highlands by Lynsay Sands
Reason: It is a Highlander book, and I needed a book that took place in Scotland for a challenge.

10. Into the Flame by Christina Dodd
Reason: I needed the fourth book in the Shape shifter series, so that eventually I can start reading it.

11. To Beguile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt
Reason: Yes it is the third book in Hoyts Four Soldiers series, but the cover is so pretty!!

Romance Meme

Romance Book Meme

-Name one romance book or author for each letter in "R-O-M-A-N-C-E".

-Each book must begin with a letter from "R-O-M-A-N-C-E"

-and they must be books YOU have read!

OK, here's my list of romance books from the word "ROMANCE":

R~ "Rebellion" by Nora Roberts

O~ "One Kiss From You" by Christina Dodd

M~ "Midnight Bayou" by Nora Roberts

A~ "A Highlander Never Surrenders" by Paula Quinn

N~ "Nicholas" by Elizabeth Amber

C~ "Castles" by Julie Garwood

E~ "Enchanting the Lady" by Kathryne Kennedy

Compliments of Ms.M

Monday, May 11, 2009

Romance Reading Challenge 2009~~~UPDATE~~~FINISHED

I have finished this challenge!!!
to find the books I used for this challenge, click on RRC in my labels

Romance Reading Challenge is being hosted by Naida at the bookworm. Please check out her blog for more information and suggestions to this great challenge for 2009.
1. Now, "Romance" isn't limited to steamy Harlequin novels. There is a huge selection of books in this category such as contemporary romance, historical romance, romantic suspense and paranormal romance to name a few. As long as the story has romantic love between the two main characters your selection will fit this challenge. The novels do not need to have a happy ending either, there can also be unrequited love.
2. Choose at least 5 novels read them between Jan 1st though Dec 31st 2009. You can change your choices at any time. Crossovers between other challenges are fine.
3. Read them at your own pace in 2009 then come here and post the link to your review(s).
4. Link your "RRC" choices here with any of these graphics:

The Countdown Challenge (Updated) Only 12 left!!!

Thanks Randi , for leading me to another great Challenge!

The Countdown Challenge is being hosted by 3M over at 1morechapter.

1. The goal of this challenge is to read the number of books first published in a given year that corresponds to the last digit of each year in the 2000s — 9 books from 2009, 8 books from 2008, etc. The total number of books required, therefore, is 45.

2. This challenge lasts from 8/8/08 through 9/9/09. Yes, it is retroactive to August 8th!

3. Crossovers with other challenges are allowed and your lists may change at any time

4. Sign Up Here

Countdown challenge booklist:
Pink Titles are TBR

1. Lover Avenged by JR Ward
2. Slaves of Shebwai by Scarlett Vaughn
3. To Beguile the Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt
4. A Taste of Ecstasy by Zinnia Hope
5. Casino Star Shine by Sultry Summers
6. A Wild Ride to Paradise by Renee Michaels
7. Lucky Charms by Marie Rochelle
8. Daring Time by Beth Kery
9. Eden at Twilight by Colleen Love

1. Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyers
2. A Highlander Never Surrenders by Paula Quinn
3. Mystic Rider by Patricia Rice
4. The Lost Duke of Wyndham by Julia Quinn
5. The Bounty Hunter and the Heiress by Carol Finch
6. Wicked Burn by Beth Kery
7. To Taste Temptation by Elizabeth Hoyt
8. A Seduction At Christmas by Cathy Maxwell

1. The Brat by Lindsay Sands
2. Highland Warrior by Connie Mason
3. Laird of the Mist by Paula Quinn
4. Dead of Night (anthology) Nora Roberts and others
5. Desperate Duchesses by Eloisa James

6. The Leopard Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt
7. The Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

1. The Dream Thief by Shana Abe
2. The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt

3. Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas
4. The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell
5. Lover Eternal by JR Ward
6. Lover Awakened by JR Ward

1. The Smoke Thief by Shana Abe
2. It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas

3. Dark Lover by J.R Ward
4. The Peacemaker by Lori Copeland
5. It's In His Kiss by Julia Quinn

1. A Lady of His Own by Stephanie Laurens
2. Yours Until Dawn by Teresa Medeiros
3. When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn

1. A Man To Call My Own by Johanna Lindsey
2. Mesmerized by Candace Camp

3. Adventures of a Scottish Heiress by Cathy Maxwell

1. Realm of Shadows by Shannon Drake
2. Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

1. Lady Pirate by Lynsay Sands

Lover Enshrined by JR Ward

I have been slow in posting this review. I really just don't know what I would rate it. I enjoyed all of the sub plots, but like almost everyone else who has read and reviewed this book Phury and Cormia really got on my nerves. Phury was having one hell of a Pity party going and Cormia was just down right annoying. What's sad about it all is that I am in no mood to even start Lover Avenged at this point, even though I have been told that it is 10x better, so I am taking a break from the Brotherhood. I am going to read some of the other books from my spring challenge, there is no way that I will finish reading the remaining 8 books on the list, but I am going to do my best.
Phury, Zsadist's twin, thinks he is in love with Bella, is feeling sorry for himself because he has been shown no appreciation for spending his life trying to save Zsadist. He has just stepped up and offered himself to the Scribe Virgin to take Vishous's place as the Primemale even though he has sworn his life to celibacy. You would think from everything that you have read about Phury in all of the other books that you would really feel sorry for this vampire. He is all about everyone else's happiness, giving to a fault, blah blah blah. Phury really just peed in my Wheaties. He made choices and gave his word to people he loved or for people he loved, only to break it and create a bigger addiction for himself trying to avoid feeling the guilt that comes along with letting someone down. When in fact the only way he was letting anyone down was through his self destructive actions. While I understood the reasoning behind the Brotherhood turning their back on him, it did make the side of me that was pitying Phury a little angry. Hello, look at everything he has down for you ungrateful vampires, but then the more logical side of me woke up and said Hell Yeah!! Cormia just annoyed me. I don't even know what to say about her. There definitely didn't seem to be any romance what so ever between these two. I really wasn't feeling the relationship at all and found myself wishing for him to stay the Primemale so that he could mate with all the other Chosen, let her go into Sechlusion.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!!!!

I want to wish all the moms out there Happy Mother's Day! I hope your special day was as filled with love, laughter, peace, and relaxation! For all of the non-moms, I hope you have had a great weekend! And in honor of Mother's Day I am re-posting a poem I received from a friend of mine. Y'all enjoy!!

Before I was a Mom ,
I never tripped over toys
or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.
Before I was a Mom ,
I had never been puked on.
Pooped on.
Chewed on.
Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind and my thoughts.
I slept all night.
Before I was a Mom ,
I never held down a screaming child
so doctors could do tests.
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.
Before I was a Mom ,
I never held a sleeping baby
just because I didn't want to put her down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small
could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom .
Before I was a Mom ,
I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body..
I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby.
I didn't know that bond between a mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small
could make me feel so important and happy.
Before I was a Mom ,
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night
every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth,
the joy,
the love,
the heartache,
the wonderment
or the satisfaction of being a Mom .
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much, before I was a Mom

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Daring Time

Thank You Lea and Beth Kery!!!

We all know by now that both Beth Kery and Lea having been running Daring Time contests on both of their blogs. I have been patiently waiting for the release of this book since Cindy let me borrow her copy of Wicked Burn. I have been steadily logging in daily and visiting both of these ladies' blogs in an attempt to win a copy of this book, or with BK's blog one of the many other authors she has been featuring. Buying or winning it, didn't matter I was going to get this book, but visiting the blogs is always a fun way of passing time. I never in really thought that I would win, not with as many entries as were being received on a daily basis. So I was in no hurry today to run back over to Lea's blog to find out who won yesterday's contest., but when I got there guess what I found!!!

Yep you guessed it ... Heather D... was posted under the Congratulations !!! Now I know that several of you are still entering the daily contests and taking a hint from Lea I am sending everyone of you a little Good Luck Mojo!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

New Releases

I often hear how readers make sure to hit the bookstores on Tuesday because this is the day that new releases are put out on the shelves. Then you have the numerous blogs posted on the internet, most of which are sporting pictures of up coming releases.

I often wonder if my head is stuck in the clouds or buried in the sand. Other than stalking author websites I have absolutely no idea how to find books that are due out in the near future. Lets face it stalking an author website only works if you know which author to look for. So yeah I am really leaning heavily on the idea that my head is most definitely buried in the sand.

So where is that you get your information and long list of books that are coming out? Are you like me and stalk the authors? For the record I don't really stalk, I just browse their sites frequently in hopes of finding new books to watch out for.

Flickr Mosaic

I found this on Cecile's blog All I Want And More. I thought it was really cute and once I figured out how to use Flickr and the mosaic maker it was a lot of fun to create!

Here are the rules:

1. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
2. Using only the first page of results, pick an image.
3. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker.

Now, the questions:
First name?
Favorite food?
What high school did you go to?
Favorite color?
Celebrity crush?
Favorite drink?
Dream vacation?
Favorite dessert?
What do you want to be when you grow up?
What do you love most in life?
One word to describe you.
Your flickr name.

Here's my mosaic!~~~~~~OK IT Needs some Help! I don't know how to make it bigger and I don't know why my Scottish castle is missing!!!

Image hosted @

1. Damp heather, 2. The Tree Musketeers doing a splash!!, 3. Windsor Forest, 4. Just an Orchid, 5. VIN DISEL_075, 6. Coffee has two virtues: it is wet and warm., 7. my home is my castle, 8. coffee and chocolate mousse cake, 9. Hey Teachers leave the Kids alone, 10. Being Happy, 11. Life(生命), 12. Just Peachy!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Booty Call

Thank you Beth Kery!!!

As we all know Beth Kery has been running a month long contest. Each day she is featuring a different author and giving away some awesome books. All running up to the release of her book Daring Time.
Her special day has come... Daring Time is being released today!! In celebration of Daring Time hitting stores Beth Kery is having a release party at her yahoo group Total Exposure where she is giving all sorts of prizes away all day! I joined right away, and I got lucky!!! Beth is giving me a copy of Booty Call by Fiona Jayde Synopsis: Nicole Lang, erotic romance author, has a secret. Well, two secrets -- and she's keeping them both from her boss. Now that's she's blurted out exactly what genre she writes for when she quits her job to write full time, she's not about to tell the drop-dead-gorgeous Dan Gust that she'd rather work under him than with him.... Until the ring she bought as a good luck charm falls off and Dan bends down to pick it up. How can a girl resist those firm full lips when they're so close to hers?

Dan has worked with Nicole for years, smelling her perfume, hearing her voice, constantly schooling himself to act the cool professional. He never even considered that the calm and curvy blonde is interested in him, or that she spends her nights choreographing hot love scenes. Now that he knows, Dan issues a challenge Nicole can't refuse: if he can prove that mere mortals can have mind-blowing sex, Nicole’s next book will feature humans and not stamina enhanced werewolves or super-endowed aliens.

And with a bit of luck, Dan might convince Nicole that a booty call can lead to so much more...

Friday, May 1, 2009

Lover Unbound by JR Ward

Rating: 4.5 stars
published 2007
528 pages

I have been totally wrapped up in the Brotherhood for the last couple of weeks and had been anticipating V's story. With the very first book, Dark Lover, I took an instant liking to Zsadist, who quickly became my favorite brother, however as I continued to read I fell in Love with Vishous. I said in an earlier review that all of the brothers were faced with their own private hell, each experiencing some sort of personal torture that would classify them as a "Tortured Hero". Cindy W. warned me that V would tie with Z for the most tortured and I have to agree. The knowledge of who is mother is and how he came to be, why he was forced to endure the hatred of his father and experience the life that he did was unsettling. How could a mother sit back and watch her son go through this hell that had been his life? As you become privy to V's memories you see that she really hadn't just sat back and done nothing, she ached for him and did the little that she could to help him with out interferring. I found myself sympathizing with both mother and son on several occasions, even though I really wanted to hate the mother.

V's love for ?, yeah the question mark is on purpose. I went into this book knowing that there was an undercurrent of feelings for Butch, and was almost expecting something to happen between the two of them. Maybe it was wishful thinking I don't know, because I really can't see the brothers with anything but the opposite sex. I was elated that he became the bonded male and was able to experience what he witnessed and felt from Butch and Marrisa, but I am so not feeling what Jane's outcome is. Couldn't Ward have brought her back some other way. I will learn to live with and except this because I did get my HEA for this couple. My cold hearted bastard has a heart and it is warm (OK Hot), caring and giving.

I can't wait to read Lover Enshrined... I have a feeling that Phury the quiet and selfless one is really going to grow on me.
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