Archive for November, 2011
Friday, November 11th, 2011 | Book Pimpage, Book Review Friday | No Comments
I must admit that I’ve done nothing but read for the last week and I’ve read these three “wonderful” books! It’s a series by Maureen Smith called the Wolf Pack. It’s about a pair of brother’s and their friends. Book 1 (Taming The Wolf) is about Marcus Wolf a civil rights attorney and Samara Layton who works for a community outreach center that needs an infusion of money to stay open. They both have mommy issues that have prevented them from falling in love. Book 2 (Recipe for Temptation) is about Michael Wolf a celebrity chef and Dr. Reese St. James an OBGYN. These two have trust issues. Reading both of these brothers’ love stories was so much fune. I laughed, I cried…AND I got hot under the…well, you know. Anyway…if you have not read Maureen Smith, run out or pull up your Kindle app quick and purchase these books. They are well worth it. Book 3 (Tempt Me at Midnight) is about Quentin and Lexi, Michael’s best friends who you meet in the previous books who also find their love story.
Ms. Smith has found a way to revolve her stories around this group of people’s lives and interweave several great sub-plots that move through all three books which I believe is awesome! I love reading about people and then catching up with them in later books. I’m pretty sure there are more books to come in the series about the other members of The Wolf Pack and I can’t wait to read them. I hope you pick one up and enjoy it too.
Peace, love and sex!
Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 | Ten Line Tuesday, Work In Progress | No Comments
It’s Ten Line Tuesday! Today’s 10 lines will come from a story that I started working on this summer. I’m thinking about self-pubbing a cozy-mystery series. This is ten lines from that story…
It’s called Snap Shot.
The people who were actually employed by the fair and didn’t rent booths to sell their own wares like she did, made about one-hundred and fifty dollars a day. Anyone who worked this carnival did it because they needed the money, not because they were looking for steady employment and certainly wouldn’t be driving a car like that.
On the ground to the right but behind the car, a woman’s purse lay on the ground. A prickle of recognition nipped at the recesses of her mind. She knew someone who had an exact replica of the same purse, just a different color. When she stopped and looked at the hair of the person in the vehicle a little bit closer, she knew who the purse must belong to. Even in the dark, from what she could tell, her shirt was white with crimson splotches in a straight line down the front.
Her head was bent forward with long curly tendrils almost hiding her face. With a gasp, Sonya braked. Her hands shook when she put the SUV in park and opened her door about ten feet away from the other car. It only took her a few seconds to move to the driver’s side door and see that the crimson splotches were not the latest in fashion design, but blood dripping from a wound in the right side of her neck.
Hope you enjoyed it!
Peace, love and sex!
Monday, November 7th, 2011 | Movie Monday | No Comments
I had a glorious 4-day weekend because of “teacher” conferences and due to the fact I have all my professional development hours…I was able to stay at home and enjoy my family…even coerced the hubby to take off on Friday. Although I did get a wee-bit sick on Saturday and Sunday, I still enjoyed those few days off.
Which means of course, I indulged in some movie watching! We are a movie watching famiy at the James house! Friday, we went to see Tower Heist.
If you want “total” escapism…this is the movie for you. If you want to “laugh”…this is the movie for you. If you want to see “good prosper over evil”…this is the movie for you!! Seriously! It was soooo funny. I haven’t checked yet to see how it did at the box office, but the entire family truly enjoyed this movie! Go Eddie and Ben!!
I also caught up on a DVD that we purchased a couple of weeks ago. The hubby and I watched Crazy, Stupid, Love on Sunday.
Great movie! The part I most wanted to see was when Steve Caroll fell out of the car after his wife told him that she’d slept with someone else. That part was soooo funny! This story is about soul mates, finding true love, AND loss. Very poignant and moving. Made me want to make sure I keep the “spark” in my relationship with the hubby so we never go through what the couple in this story went through. So, if you want a great falling in and out and back in again love story…this is it! Go rent it or go buy it! It’ll be worth the $.
Peace, love and sex!
Friday, November 4th, 2011 | Book Pimpage, Book Review Friday | No Comments
I LOVE this series by Cinda Williams Chima. I read the first (The Demon King) and second (The Exiled Queen) books in the series this past summer and absolutely couldn’t wait for the third and what I thought, the final book, to come out in August. I wanted it in “audio,” and was really upset that it didn’t come out simultaneously in print and audio. So, I waited until it came out last week to get it and “listen” to it. AWESOME!!!
It’s what’s considered a “high” fantasy series about a young girl named, Raisa, who is the princess heir to the Gray Wolf throne of the Fells and Han “Cuffs” Alister, a former streetlord of a gang called the Raggers.
This is the back cover blurb for The Demon King…
When 16-year-old Han Alister and his Clan friend Dancer encounter three underage wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea, he has no idea that this event will precipitate a cascade of disasters that will threaten everything he cares about.
Han takes an amulet from one of the wizards, Micah Bayar, to prevent him from using it against them. Only later does he learn that it has an evil history—it once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. And the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back
Han’s life is complicated enough. He’s the former streetlord of the Raggers—a street gang in the city of Fellsmarch. His street name, Cuffs, comes from the mysterious silver bracelets he’s worn all his life—cuffs that are impossible to take off.
Now Han’s working odd jobs, helping to support his family, and doing his best to leave his old life behind. Events conspire against him, however. When members of a rival gang start dying, Han naturally gets the blame.
Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana’Marianna has her own battles to fight. As heir to the Gray Wolf throne of the Fells, she’s just spent three years of relative freedom with her father’s family at Demonai Camp—riding, hunting, and working the famous Clan markets. Now court life in Fellsmarch pinches like a pair of too-small shoes.
Wars are raging to the south, and threaten to spread into the high country. After a long period of quiet, the power of the Wizard Council is once again growing. The people of the Fells are starving and close to rebellion. Now more than ever, there’s a need for a strong queen.
But Raisa’s mother Queen Marianna is weak and distracted by the handsome Gavan Bayar, High Wizard of the Fells. Raisa feels like a cage is closing around her—and an arranged marriage and eroded inheritance is the least of it.
Raisa wants to be more than an ornament in a glittering cage. She aspires to be like Hanalea—the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. With the help of her friend, the cadet Amon Byrne, she navigates the treacherous Gray Wolf Court, hoping she can unravel the conspiracy coalescing around her before it’s too late.
You can read more about Cinda Williams Chima and the series by visiting her website. The last book in the series will be called The Crimson Crown and I can’t wait for it to come out next year! It’s definitely on my TBB list!
Peace, Love, and Sex!
Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 | Thursday Thirteen | No Comments
How about some random trivia about November?
- November is National Tobacco Awareness Month.
- November 1st is celebrated in many Christian churches as All Saints Day.
- On November 5, 1935 The Parker Brothers introduced the game Monopoly to the world.
- On November 13, 1952 the first press-on fingernails were sold.
- John F. Kennedy was assassinated November 1963.
- National Children’s Book Week is celebrated every November.
- November is one of four months that have only 30 days in it.
- President Abraham Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address in November.
- World War I ended November 11, 1918 at 11PM.
- The NFL was formed on November 5, 1959.
- November is World Kindess Month.
- The birthstone for November is Topaz.
- Winter once began in November according to an ancient Roman calendar.
Want to know some more random facts about November, visit…. http://purpleslinky.com/trivia/random/november-trivia-weird-facts/
Peace, Love and Sex,
Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 | Ten Line Tuesday, Work In Progress, Writing | No Comments
Today’s ten lines come from a Xmas story I’m working on, Under The Mistletoe. It’s unedited and it’s the follow up story to Halloween Wish.
History repeated itself all over again, except this time…this time, he’d kissed her. He wanted to do it again. The instant his mouth swooped down, she sucked him in like a vacuum and his mind began to swirl. Her arms were up and around his neck, her fingers threading through his hair as she tangled and twisted her tongue with his. He’d been waiting for this moment to happen again for a very long time. Neal thought he remembered what Jorja tasted like, how it felt to kiss her, but the kiss he shared with her when he was twenty-years old, paled in comparison to this.
Her lips were soft and warm and she simmered with the flavor of hot chocolate. She sighed, or was it him.
Peace, love and sex!
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