Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The True Friendship Promise

None of that 'Sis'-sy Stuff
Are you tired ofthose
sissy 'friendship' poems
that always sound good,
but neveractually come close
to reality?
Well, here is aseries of promises that actually speak of
True Friendship.
You WON'Tsee
cutesy little smileyfaces
on this card-
Just the stone cold truth
of our great friendship.

1. When you aresad,
I will jump onthe person
who made you sad
like a spidermonkey
jacked up onMountain Dew!!!

2. When you are blue,
I will try to dislodge
whatever is choking you.

3. When you smile,
I will know you are
plotting something
that I must be involved in.

4. When you're scared,
we will high tail it out of here.

5. When you are worried,
I will tell you horrible stories about how much worse
it could be until you
quit whining, ya big baby!!!!

6. When you are confused,
I will use little words.

7. When you are sick,
Stay away from me
until you are well again.
I don't want whatever you have.

8. When you fall,
I'll pick you up
and dust you off--
After I laugh my butt off!!

9. This is my oath...
Ipledge it to the end.
'Why?' you may ask;
--because you are my FRIEND!

Friendship is like peeing your pants,
everyone can see it,
but only YOU
can feel the
true warmth.


A Highlander Never Surrenders by Paula Quinn

This is the sequel to Laird of the Mist. Graham Grant, the Commander of the MacGregor Clan, has vowed to live his life as a single man taking pleasure where and when he finds it... which is often and everywhere. There is not a woman around that would not drop to her knees for this man. Nothing is more important to him than his honor and the battlefield. Imagine his surprise when he loses his heart to one sword wielding female wearing pants! Claire is determined to save her sister and seek out revenge on the person who betrayed her brother. Nothing and no one will stand in her way.These two fight each other and their selves every step of the way. Graham cannot get Claire out of his head yet he won't stake claim to her, for doing so would betray one of his closest friends. The passion between them is ignitable.An added bonus, the author takes you back to Skye where you get to visit with the main characters from Laird of the Mist.Another great story by Puala Quinn. 5 Stars!!!”

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Laird of the Mist by Paula Quinn

I read Laird of the Mist for the ROR Fall reading challenge. It had been highly recommended by a friend from Shelfari/ROR. I now understand her excitement about this book.
Laird of the Mist has got to be the ultimate wounded hero novel. Callum MacGregor was captured by his enemy as a child and held in the dungeon with his young sister. They both survived this tortured life for nine years, bearing physical and emotional scars. Callum has vowed to avenge all of the MacGregor clan, claim his name, and seek revenge against all Campbells.
Kate Campbell has been taught to fear and hate the MacGregors, especially the one they call The Devil. To her surprise The Devil is the very man he comes to her rescue when she is attacked by another raiding clan.
The desire erupts between these two with a vengeance. Kate is determined to make Callum like her and look past her name. Callum is determined to hate Kate for her last name. She is simply a means to an end.
Laird of the Mist comes full of passion, perils, and deceit. This is a definite 5 star read!!!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Recipe Swap

Cream Cheese Pie
  • 8 oz. package of cream cheese
  • 1/3 c lemon juice
  • can of sweetened condensed milk
  • vanilla extract (can't remember the exact amount so I just use a cap full)
  • graham cracker pie crust (deep)
  • optional: your favorite pie filling, fresh fruit, whip cream
  1. combine all ingredients in large bowl. stir/blend
  2. pour into pie crust and cover
  3. refrigerate over night or unti set (not runny)
  4. top with your favorite fruit topping or pie filling

I used this recipe for a Fourth of July picnic and decorated it with blue berries, strawberries (cut in 1/4), and whip cream to make the flag. The recipe is one my Dad made every year at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I believe he got it from a Philidelphia Cream Cheese box.

Read Around the Genres

What a great challenge Cindy!

Click on Cindy to find out more about this challenge!!!
My book titles are on the way... need to figure out which ones I will be reading in addition to the Fall Reading Challenge.

Here’s the list

1. Pirate or Viking: A Pirate Of Her Own by Kinley Macgregor

2. Vampire: Realm of Shadows by Shannon Drake

3. Contemporary: Tall Tales and Wedding Veils by J. Graves

4. Chick Lit: Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner

5. Medieval: Ransom or Honor's Splendor by Julie Garwood

6. Time Travel: A Knight in Shinning Armor by Jude Deveraux

7. Romantic Suspense: Tribute by Nora Roberts

8. Inspirational: The Peacemaker by Lori Copeland

9. Historical: The Brat by Lynsay Sands

10. Paranormal: Mystic Rider by Patricia Rice

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Dream Thief by Shana Abe

Challenge: #12. a series book

Rating: 5 *

Description: Buried deep within the Carpathian Mountains lies the legendary dreaming diamond known as Draumr, the only gem with the power to enslave the drakon. Since childhood, Lady Amalia Langford, daughter of the clan's Alpha, has heard its haunting ballad but kept it secret, along with another rare Gift: Lia can hear the future. In it, she realizes that the diamond- along with the fate of the drakon- rests in the hands of Zane, a human... and her future lover. A master thief, Zane is the only man trusted by the drakon to bring them the stone. But Lia knows he straddles tow worlds and will become either her ally- or her overlord. Now, driven by the urgent song- and by her visions of Zane- Lia breaks every rule to join him. For to protect her tribe she must tie her destiny to that of the man capable of stealing her future... and destroying her heart.
Review: I read the first in this series, The Smoke Thief, during the summer challenge which is why I chose to read The Dream Thief for the series selection. I enjoyed TST, but was not sure that I enjoyed it enough to continue with this series. I am extremely happy that I continued with this series. The Dream Thief started off much better than the first, gripping me from the very beginning. Lia's turmoil starts at a very young age. She is experiencing things in her dreams, she can not see only hear and feel, that leave her mystified. Unable to tell her family she keeps her secrets and separates herself from them, leaving her lonely. She is much like Rue was as a child, not beautiful like her siblings, but awkward. She is unable to turn so she also feels like an outsider looking in. She runs to Zane at 12 years old to warn that she will protect her family at costs. Years later she has planned and placed herself in Zane's path, refusing to be sent home. The truths and lies between these two kept the tension up. There was enough intrigue to keep you turning the pages. I could not put this book down and am looking forward to reading the next... The Queen of Dragons.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Highland Warrior by Connie Mason

Fall Challenge '08: #15. title with two words

Rating 4.5

To end generations of feuding Ross MacKenna must wed Gillian McKay, a fiery lass wielding a sword. Treachery is afoot; Angus Sinclair has need of the feud and has several plans to ensure that the McKay and the MacKenna clans continue with their feud.
Connie Mason has never failed to write a gripping story full of action, passion and love. This was a great story! It’s been a while since I picked up a Connie Mason book, I forgot how HOT they can be, or how frequently they get HOT. I was not disappointed with Highland Warrior. Ross was of course a hunky Highlander who is possessive over what is his. He did not for one second believe that he could not “tame” his wild wife. Gillian was a strong woman who wanted to keep the feud going… the MacKenna did slay two of her brothers. This was definitely an amazing story of treachery, love, and swordplay. I am putting this one on my wish list.
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