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-- Rhi


Kindle Me, Please (1)

Ugh. I dunno what's up with me today dear readers. I woke up feeling like I have a mega-hangover but I haven't had a drink in over a month. All I did was watch movies and snack on ice cream and popcorn last night with the hubs. I even put my book down at 1AM. Yet here I am with a horrid neck and headache, feeling quite nauseous and dehydrated. Talk about weird. Is there some flu that feels like a hangover going around? Bleh. I had all intentions of working on the four reviews I have going and reading some more of Semi-Sweet since I haven't worked on it in days but I just feel too shitty. Think I'm gonna pop some pain killers, drink some Tension Tamer and wrap up in a blankie once the tot goes down for her nap.

In the meantime I wanted to get this little item going because I've been meaning to do so for ages. I'm finding lately where I'll want to pre-order a book or get ahold of an older title on my Kindle but they aren't available. Fortunately Ami (my nickname for Amazon IRL lol) has an option on the main page for a book to request it in Kindle format. It seems that using this option has worked well to convince publishers to put it out in Kindle format. More than once now I've asked and it has happened. But it takes more than one person requesting to be effective so I was thinking that I'd occasionally put up links to a few I was interested in having on Kindle and ask my readers to click the button on the book's page and if they have one they want on Kindle too to leave a comment with the link and I will return the favor. Chances are a lot of us will be interested in the same ones no? ;)

So, without further discussion here are a few of my requests...

Thanks a bunch guys and don't forget to link to ones you'd like to see Kindled, I WILL go and request them for ya. -- Rhi


Review: Zombies vs. Unicorns (anthology)

Zombies vs. Unicorns by Holly Black & Justine Larbalestier
Young Adult, Zombies, Unicorns
Hardcover $16.99 (432 pages, Margaret K. McElderry)
Ebook $9.99
Audiobook $24.99

Justine Larbalestier says that zombies are our own walking deaths. Funny, grim, and terrifying, they cannot be escaped. Unicorns are sparkly and pastel and fart rainbows. Holly Black says that unicorns are healers, arbiters of justice, and, occasionally, majestic man-killers. Zombies drool and shed and probably carry diseases. Some of today’s finest writers have chosen their side, creating dazzling stories about both creatures. So read on, and decide for yourself: Are you Team Zombie or Team Unicorn? TEAM UNICORN: edited by Holly Black Featuring authors Kathleen Duey, Meg Cabot, Garth Nix, Margo Lanagan, Naomi Novik, and Diana Peterfreund TEAM ZOMBIE: edited by Justine Larbalestier Featuring authors Libba Bray, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, Carrie Ryan, and Scott Westerfeld
Author Site: www.blackholly.com & justinelarbalestier.com

Must read if you love Unicorns or Zombies or both! (5 stars)

I usually break down a little nibble of each story in an anthology like this but since I "read" the audiobook version I honestly would find it a little difficult. Instead let me highlight my favorites and comment on the audio version itself. ;)

[A Thousand Flowers by Margo Lanagan] is one of my favorites and even one of the editors comments on it as gross. This one takes the unicorn/virgin thing and implies beastiality. Which IS gross. BUT, hear me out please, this story was so well told and so chilling with different perspectives that it had a certain beauty to it. It was shocking, horrifying and sad. The most controversial entry but in a good way.

[Cold Hands by Cassandra Clare] I am probably the only person who still hasn't read Clare's books (but fondly remember her hilarious LotRs secret diaries) but I am especially anxious to find the time after this story. I love zombie stories with romance and this one was the most romantic of the anthology in my opinion.

[Purity Test by Naomi Novik] manages to be pretty darned funny and will probably resonate with girls in the targeted age group for this one. There's sarcasm and wit here that anyone can enjoy.

[Prom Night by Libba Bray] is actually my favorite of the entire anthology. Imagine all the adults have been infected and kicked out of a community. Now the teens and tweens run everything. It's what would have been prom night and they're finding a way to make it happen even though the future might be short. I'm a huge fan of stories where teenagers get put into a place where they prove that there's a reason they're called young adults. This one was amusing and for some reason made me proud of the young characters.

[The Children of the Revolution by Maureen Johnson] was, in my opinion, the most hysterically funny story of the bunch. Poking fun at celebrities with trendy religions, adopting tons of foreign children and special diets. This is one zombie tale not to be missed.

On the whole I was surprised that overall I loved this anthology. I'm not usually one to recommend one for the work within it specifically, usually more of a "get this to try this author 'cause it's a decent sample" kind of girl. Zombies vs. Unicorns is exceptional, worth reading over and over because each story is just plain likable. There were a couple of stories that I just didn't care for but I am sure others loved.

As an audiobook I liked this one a lot. The talent chosen for this were very well selected and suited all but one of the stories as far as I can comment. Honestly, I would recommend the audio version over the book version just for the sake of having the dialog read in accents and such. I'm a sucker for that sort of thing.

Overall I would recommend this to fans of either or both Zombies and Unicorns. I'm a big fan of both and honestly would never choose a side in this debate. Why can't I just have a zombie unicorn eh? Enjoy!

Other Reviews:

Notes: Review Copy Received via Amazon Vine.

Review: My Boyfriend Is a Monster 1: I Love Him to Pieces by Evonne Tsang

My Boyfriend Is a Monster 1: I Love Him to Pieces by Evonne Tsang (author) & Janina Görrissen (illustrator)
Young Adult, Graphic Novel, Zombies
Paperback $9.95 (124 pages, GRAPHIC UNIVERSE)
Can love survive the zombie apocalypse? Maybe Dicey's first chance at a real relationship was dead from the start. She's the star of her high school baseball team, and Jack's the star of the science program. Her idea of a study session includes sleeping in the sun, and his idea of a good game involves dungeons and dice. But opposites start attracting when they're assigned to be partners in a class project. Now an outbreak of a weird infection--it eats your brains and leaves you hungry for more--might not mean just the end of their first date. It might mean the end of everything. Will their relationship fall apart faster than zombies in the Florida sun, or can Dicey and Jack beat the odds and find a happy ending?
Author Site: unavailable

Romantic, Funny, Cool (4 stars)

In a twist on the usual teen-tale plots our heroine is the popular, athletic one while the hero is the smart, RPG-playing geek. Paired up for the traditional egg-baby project Dicey and Jack end up forming a friendship and one heck of a crush. If only their first real date wasn't interupted by the walking dead...

Such is the storyline behind the first installment of the My Boyfriend Is a Monster graphic novel series. Since it's a graphic novel I won't stab (no pun intended) at the story really, this isn't super lengthy tale to dissect and I don't want to spoil it all. Suffice it to say this is really cute and fun. If you're a fan of the mangas done for the Vampire Kisses series and you dig zombies you will like this one.

I'm not a huge fan of this particular artist's stylings but it actually really worked for the feel of the story so I was sold by the end of the book. There's plenty of humor and the zombie factor is a little scary but mostly this is romantic, funny and Dicey kicks butt. I'd recommend this for tweens and teens who like paranormal elements in fiction (ie. zombies, vampires, werewolves) and seeing the girl be strong enough to fight for herself not just stand there screaming for the hero to save her. I really liked this one and look forward to the next three installments which (from what little info I could find online) will each have different characters and themes but all relate to "monster" boyfriends.

Other Reviews:

Notes: Received ARC via NetGalley.


Free & Cheap Kindle Titles!

I don't have a lot of time guys, MIL and I have a mini spa-date this morning and I have to hurry and get ready but I wanted to note a couple of Kindle bargains you might want to snap up ASAP!

Wicked Lovely 99¢ (both the original & the bonus content one)
Gone $1.99
The Kingmaking 99¢ (I gave it a 5 star review)
& 13 Little Blue Envelopes is FREE!

Pretty good bargains... in fact I'm gonna have to go purchase Gone before the price goes up. TTFN! -- Rhi


Weekend Reading [03/25-03/27] :: Defeat. Cupcakes. Girl Power.

As if my bracket wasn't all shot to hell already... The Iron Duke has been defeated. Ugh! Not that it didn't at least lose to a decent competitor. If it had to lose to someone I'm glad it was Archangel's Kiss. I'm just honestly baffled how it was outvoted. How many of us named it our favorite book of the year? Like, everyone who read it. I was really hoping this would let us loudly proclaim that Steampunk Romances are the new big thing so more would be published but alas.

Meljean darling, I am bummed for your double stomping at dabwaha. Somehow the voters must not have been aware of your uncomparably awesomesauce bribes. Perhaps Heart of Steel will fair better next year? ;)

Alright, enough of my sulking. I'm going to bow out of the whole dabwaha thing now as gracefully as I can. No point in even voting beyond this round. *lightbulb moment* Wait a minute... would it be terribly rotten of me to vote against Archangel's Kiss just for spite? Yes, yes it would. Damn you little angel on my shoulder. Okay, okay. I'll keep voting. But I'm backing Nalini now as I am sure Meljean would want us to do. If one Odd Shot can't win we can back the other right? *bitter moment over*

And on to my weekend reading... with the end of Patricia Briggs month so close I decided not to pick up another one of her titles. I'm gonna get The Vampire Voss finished. I have to hand it to Colleen Gleason. She manages to take a type of fiction I can barely stand—Regencies—and make it quite enjoyable. I do feel like Angelica is a little cookie-cutter. Maybe I just keep picking the wrong ones but it seems like every Regency I pick up with a paranormal bent to it has the heroine as this dark, gypsy-blooded girl. Is this a common trope anyone else notices?

I'm a little stalled on Semi-Sweet. It's hit a point where I've been starting to question where the story is going. Not that it's bad, it's actually a pretty charming book in a strange way. There's just something about the way it's told that can make the pacing quite choppy. That is one reason I'm not a big contemporary fiction fan, the adventures tend to be so miniscule they slog along from item to item without any special changes of pace. It probably doesn't help that just reading about cupcakes every few pages makes me hungry.

Maybe that's what I'll do this weekend... bake. My goal of fitting my pre-tot jeans will hate me but I'm an emotional eater of the highest caliber so... brownies, cupcakes, this mini donut recipe I've been eyeballing. This might be a disastrous weekend for getting back into my favorite jeans. Did I mention I was actually able to put them on and button them yesterday? Not quite comfortable yet but Curves is getting me there. :D

What are y'all reading this weekend? Anyone's DABWAHA bracket still chugging along nicely? Anyone have a favorite cupcake recipe to share? Have a great one and don't forget to go see Sucker Punch! The hubs works all weekend but I'm hoping we can sneak out Saturday evening to catch it. -- Rhi

NO! Save The Iron Duke! #dabawaha

Come on gals! We can't let Meljean go down this way. :(

Obviously somebody is spamming the vote there or something because this should be a lot closer of a race than it is. Only an hour to go! At my current count she's being beat by over 50 votes... which means if half of my followers went and voted The Iron Duke we could pull this one out for a win. So go vote for it already. See my previous post if needs be for a bunch more reasons why you should! Hurry! Besides... if it loses my bracket will seriously go all to hell. If I win prizes then I can share them with y'all. See... win/win. ;D -- Rhi


The Iron Duke FTW! (pleeeease go vote! purty puh-leaze!)

Y'all know how much I loved The Iron Duke and what an awesomesauce guestpost Meljean shared with us back in October. Now it's DABWAHA time and this means both bribes and insanity galore. I want to see this exceptionally good book take the glory! Meljean has some suh-weet bribeness on her blog and since she's facing off with her friend and another great author, Nalini Singh... oh yeah this is a tough one for most readers in this genre!

After the total stomp down of Here There Be Monsters, the novella that introduced us to The Iron Seas series I don't think Rhys could take another defeat. If you loved the duke as much as I did you'll go vote for him. *batting eyelashes* Besides... how can you not LOVE the adorable Dorkpower slogan she has going? Cutest logo ever.

Anyways... take your booty over to the DABWAHA site right now. This round ends at noon Central on the 25th so time is a wasting! This isn't just a vote for Meljean, it's a vote for Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance (okay in this case Steampunk) as the genre to top all genres! And when you're done head over to Meljean's blog to see how you can enter to win her bribes. Books, cupcakes and more!

I'm off to bed before I topple off my chair in exhaustion. Thanks for voting guys! -- Rhi

How about some Thursday randomness?

I've been a bit off my game all week. Conflicting schedules with the spouse, getting our broken dryer situation sorted out (yay for getting a new set of laundry appliances!), and dealing with critters and little people has made for chaos. At the end of the day I'm not in the mood to do ANYthing. Last night I had all intentions of attacking my "to be reviewed" pile with vigor and instead I watched Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (my uber guilty pleasure TV show) for half an hour and crawled into bed with Silver Borne. The good news is I finished Silver Borne. The bad news is... I got nothing else accomplished.

In the spirit of all kinds of random I thought I'd put up some items I've been lingering over sharing for a while but haven't gotten to. Get the brain moving here because the caffience in my coffee is not helping me this mornin'.

One of the first things I want to share is that Bitten By Books (which is fast becoming one of my favorite places to visit) is having an event for the release of Sunny's Mona Lisa Eclipsing. The release party, chat and giveaway will be on Monday, March 28th and runs from 12PM Central and into the evening. The giveaways being hosted are seriously awesome! If the graphic there isn't enough of a hint there's more so head on over and RSVP for the Mona Lisa Eclipsing Release Party.

While you're over there check out the many other discussions, chats and polls. I've been really impressed with the content and a little surprised to not be seeing any familiar faces from the blogosphere popping up.

In other authorly chatter, this post is a bit old but I've been waiting for a good time to post it. I really enjoyed Tate Hallaway's Almost to Die For as you can see in my review. But naturally not everyone did and that's totally to be expected, I'm the sort of reader who likes to read well written and thoughtful "negative" reviews.

What surprised me was that Hallaway received a very negative review of Almost to Die For and instead of getting nasty she acknowledged it with a classiness and honesty that very much impressed me as a blogger. I still feel that reviews are for readers and not authors but it's up to them to decide whether they want to read critical views of their work and how they choose to deal with it. My kudos again to Hallaway for her grace under a critical eye.

One of my favorite aspects of group blogging authors is frequently a topic chosen that each writer writes about on their post day. Word-Whores is a blog featuring a handful of urban fantasy authors I have yet to read in spite of having most of them on my radar. The one I have read and rave about to anyone who will listen is Allison Pang. Back in February the group was discussing writing sex scenes. All of the posts were great but Allison's in particular made some points about them that I had never considered quite like that.

"For a few brief pages, my characters don't have to focus on anything except each other..."

As a reader I often groan and sigh (in a bad way) about sex scenes. I enjoy a hot love scene as much as any reader of my favored genres but if it in any way feels gratuitious it bores me. Shhh, don't tell anyone but if I start reading a lusty scene and it feels more like a "sex break" than a moment of passion which will intensify/strengthen/etc. the non-lovemaking aspects of the relationship between the characters I tend to skim. If I wanted a "sex break" I'm pretty sure the hubs would happily oblige me. ;)

That's just it though! Not to get TMI here but emotional intimacy is as important as the physical part of sex in my opinion so if the book's sex is romantic-relationship based it's important for me to feel like the physical act brought the characters closer emotionally too. I'm pretty sure I'm in the minority there (and books specifically noted as erotica are another story, obviously) but I'd love to see what you thought of Allison's post and my own thoughts on sex scenes.

But enough about authors, let's talk about loot! Cool stuff you can make or buy or whatevs.

I don't make a habit of prowling Etsy very often. I find it a time suck and 90% of what I find is beyond my budget. Sometimes though it is quote a joy to window shop. The word Steampunk tends to get overused to the extreme but once in a while it serves up some lovely treasure. It's how I found Twisted Sister Arts. Their eye baubles are pretty neat, if a bit on the creepy side but what I really love is this necklace. The twisted metal wire, the bright peridot. You know what it immediately made me think of? The Iron Fey! It's perfect no? I don't wear jewelry much and the $250 price tag is beyond my means but it's so very strange and pretty. :)

One of the things that occasionally lures me to the above mentioned site is my neverending search for a Kindle cover that is both functional and attractive (but still within reason as far as price goes). Now that my man has one to find a cover for as well this quest has become daunting. I started to think I should just try making one. Though it's not what either of us was looking for I thought Mama Crafts' Padded Kindle Sleeve was an awesome way to reuse material from an old pair of jeans. I really dig the cleverness of this custom Kindle cover from Chica and Jo too! Know any other great instructions for making one yourself? Leave a comment!

On that note I am cutting this off before it becomes any more lengthy, random or strange. Have a fab afternoon! -- Rhi


Lover Unbound Winner!

Hey guys! Things were a little crazy here in Rhiland yesterday and I somehow spaced announcing the guestblogger giveaway. Mesa so sorry! So without further ado...

#8 Mariee who said: I like really dark heroes. Definitively alpha, and also really brooding and tormented.

Thank you again to everyone who commented and to Crystal for sharing such a sexy post with us!

If you are a blogger and would like to give guesting a try (with a small but sweet audience) I am looking for more bloggers to host (no giveaway required) and am open to lots of topic ideas from actual book discussions to discussions about blogging itself! Just drop an email my way and we can chat about it. :) -- Rhi


Review: Cinderella: Ninja Warrior by Maureen McGowan

Cinderella: Ninja Warrior (Twisted Tales) by Maureen McGowan
Young Adult, Middle Grade, Fairy Tale Retelling
Paperback $8.95 (320 pages, SILVER DOLPHIN PUBLISHERS)
In this fast-paced story full of adventure and romance, Cinderella is more than just a servant girl waiting for her prince—she's a tough, fearless girl who is capable of taking charge of a dangerous situation. Seeking to escape the clutches of her evil stepmother, Cinderella perfects her ninja skills and magic talents in secret, waiting for the day when she can break free and live happily ever after. In a special twist, readers have the opportunity to make key decisions for Cinderella and decide where she goes next—but no matter the choice; the result is a story unlike any fairy tale you've ever read!
Author Site: www.maureenmcgowan.com

Fun Fiction Combining the BEST of Girlhood Pleasures (4 stars)

The best part about Cinderella: Ninja Warrior is that it works much like the choose-your-own-adventure books I was ravenous for when I was a kid in the 80's. At different plot points the reader will have two options that will lead them along the path toward this classic character's inevitable coupling with her handsome prince. As a modern woman I whole-heartedly embrace this novel for allowing Cinderella to both kick some butt AND still get the guy. Yes, the story has only one ending but how Cinderella gets there is up to you, the reader.

I chose paths that lead her through events focused mostly on her ninja skills and magic. I do intend to reread it another way at another time but for the sake of not muddling my review I felt reading it just the one way was best. This is a fairy tale retelling so it still follows much of the same basics including the nasty stepmother, a godparent and the ball. Throw in lots of enchantments, black magic and a heroine who has been praticing ninja skills with her cat afterdark and this is sure to entertain Cinderella fans who always thought the girl should have done something more to free herself.

This isn't with it's flaws. The format doesn't allow for a lot of deep characterization. The "choice" sections are basically a couple of lines describing the "option" but once you get to the section it's a whole new scene so if say you wanted Cinderella to say she didn't want to go to the ball, but rather the magic contest that's it. You wouldn't get a scene featuring her actually saying so and her stepmother's reaction. Older readers might find the "ninja" skills parts a little silly sounding but I think these will appeal very well to the Middle Grade readers.

Overall this was so much fun to read. I've desperately missed choose-your-own-adventure books and this, while not without faults, was an enjoyable dip back into that style. I'd recommend Cinderella: Ninja Warrior to adult fans of mash-ups and fairy tale retellings who've been looking for a kid-friendly version they can share with their youngesters. This is a book I would definitely recommend for Middle Grade girls who are reluctant readers.

Other Reviews:

Notes: Received ARC via NetGalley.


Review: Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs

Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson #2) by Patricia BriggsUrban Fantasy, Shapeshifters, Vampires
Hardcover (352 pages, $26.95, ISBN# 0441020070)
MM Paperback (304 pages, $7.99, ISBN# 0441014739)
Ebook ($7.99)

Mechanic Mercy Thompson has friends in low places-and in dark ones. And now she owes one of them a favor. Since she can shapeshift at will, she agrees to act as some extra muscle when her vampire friend Stefan goes to deliver a message to another of his kind.
But this new vampire is hardly ordinary-and neither is the demon inside of him.

Author Site: www.patriciabriggs.com

Not quite as strong as Moon Called, but still worth five stars. (5 stars)

Blood Bound picks up not too long after the first in the series, Moon Called. Introduced to mechanic and sometimes-coyote, Mercedes Thompson in book one we get to dive right back into her world. A walker raised by werewolves, trained in mechanics by a fae and friend to vampires and ghosts, Mercy's world is far from ordinary. Blood Bound finds her vampire friend Stefan calling on her for return of a favor from Moon Called (book one). There's a new vampire in town and he's brought a demon with him. From here the story takes off at a stop-start pace involving both the local wolf pack and the vampire seethe, even getting some of the fae involved. But it is Mercy's ability to speak to ghosts that is in high demand and eventually she saves the day.

With diverse characters carried over from the first book and a few new ones salted into this one there were no faces I missed. I look forward to more unique and enjoyable characters as the series continues. Her efforts to make Mercy a girl-next-door-who-just-happens-to-be-a-shapeshifter character who is a girl most readers can relate to are spot on. I won't compare her to other characters of books in this same genre because she tops them all in sheer likability.

As a native of the area Briggs' tale takes place in I was once again impressed with her knowledge of the region and pleased at how well she carried me back home through her accurate description of the simple things like the climate, local culture and real places within the area. The unique choice of location certainly adds to the story as cities like New York, New Orleans, Los Angeles and such, while all wonderful places, have been over-used in similar series. Using an area not widely known has given this series a refreshing change from the cliched and expected.

If you enjoy a good paranormal tale with vampires, shapeshifters, ghosts and the like that won't get lost in between pages of sex scenes this series is for you. While there's still a tantalizing love triangle element I appreciate that Mercy is a very real woman who doesn't sport a harem of Adonis-like fellows at her beck and call. Briggs never loses the story's plot in attempts to hook her heroine up with her heroes.

Notes: This book was purchased by me.
(Original Review Date: February 2007) I wrote this forever ago but never moved it onto the blog once I started blogging. I dug it up just for the month's PB theme. :)

Review: From the Ashes by Maree Anderson

From The Ashes by Maree Anderson
SciFi Romance, Erotica, Aliens
Ebook $6.49
Calista’s a freelance space courier recovering from a disastrous marriage during which her ex tried to sell her as a slave. Sure, she’s emotionally damaged, but you should see the state of her ex! She’s also an expert pilot who can illegally reprogram and augment all manner of tech. She's been ripping off the system and flying under the radar her entire life.... Until now.
Asher’s her “cargo”, the mouthwateringly gorgeous Phoenixae alien who accidentally hatched from the egg she was transporting, and bonded with her. He’s been bred as a sex slave and he can read her mind. Which wouldn’t be so bad if
1) she didn't abhor slavery and everything it represents,
2) she wasn't horny as hell, and
3) he wasn't doubly tempting because of his extra er, male parts!
Oh, and then there’s the small issue that if Asher is killed and his body burnt, he can be resurrected. He’s one hot commodity that illegals will kill to possess. Take one sex-deprived space courier who'll risk everything to save an alien from a life of slavery. Add one mouthwateringly hot alien sex-slave who knows her deepest desires, feels her pain, and lives to please her in every way. Mix with a ruthless ex-husband intent on vengeance. And stir in a sadistic Libertine noble who will do anything at all to get his hands on a Phoenixae. Thank the gods that from the ashes, an unexpected hero will emerge.... And he’s full of surprises!

Author Site: www.mareeanderson.com

Surprisingly Sweet, Satisfyingly Smutty (4 stars)

Calista hasn't had the greatest luck in love, her ex-husband sold her into slavery! But she's not one to take that lying down and once she's back on her feet she's back to working as a courier in her ship, Doppelganger. Having had a few too many bad surprises in her life she figures she can open the crate holding her latest cargo, find out what's secreted away inside and have time to pack it back up with no sign of tampering before she gets to her destination. What she finds is an egg, an egg that hatches into a baby boy who rapidly becomes a grown man with two sets of genitals and ability to be resurrected indefinitely from his own ashes. With no one else around he imprints on her and the pair find themselves driven into a world of sadistic Libertines, her cutthroat ex and all manner of crazy.

This is my first taste of Maree Anderson and hopefully not my last. She has a great way of creating a decent scifi 'verse without a lot of pages to do so. While the idea of alien males with special "man-parts" is far from original she manages to make Asher special in other ways that make him multifaceted enough that you can buy this is romance not pure smut. It's funny, adventurous and the kind of smutty that makes ya want to skip the talky parts. The romance was unexpectedly sweet and never felt forced.

I would recommend this as an excellent place to start dabbling for readers who are interested in alien scifi romances/erotica. I'd also tell my fellow Cheryl Brooks fans to give it a read, while this is certainly not of the same caliber it's a great quickie read to fill in the time between her releases.

Other Reviews:
Karia on Nocturne Romance Reads
Sonia on Story Treasury

Notes: Received ARC via NetGalley.

Hurry, Great Kindle Bargains & Freebies!

I don't have much time to write a post up because I told myself I wasn't allowed to sit down and read tonight until I worked on reviews for at least an hour. But these great bargains caught my eye and I had to share before they go poof!

Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange which I reviewed back in 2009 is only 99¢! The Hunger Games is only $5.00, as if you don't have it already eh? ;)The first Jane True book, Tempest Rising is only $2.99. Lookin' for something totally freeeeee? Get Aprilynne Pike's Wings with bonus material absolutely free. You can read my review of Wings on Amazon if you want to be sure it's worth cluttering your Kindle with.

Hope you're having a terrific Saturday evenin'! -- Rhi


Weekend Reading [03/18-03/20] :: Blogger's Block?

Ahhh the joy of living in a time when washing machines and dryers are standard in American homes. Woe to the home where these appliances go off to that big wash room in the sky. My week has consisted of washing clothes in the washer that was on its last leg and hanging them everywhere in my home I can to dry. We knew our washer needed replacing but the dryer decided not to be the first one to go. lol Sometimes you get stuck making do with what you've got even if it feels like you're stuck in the stone age. At least I'm not stuck washing them in my bathtub, right? Brightside!

I'm am so blocked for writing this week. I have a handful of reviews waiting for my attention and yet as soon as I sit down to write my brain goes _______ and my attention goes "review... review... ooh look snacks!". Any of you out there in the blogosphere who get that sometimes? How do you battle your distractions or find inspiration when you're lacking?

This weekend I'm finishing Bone Crossed. It hasn't been my favorite of the series but it's one of those transitional tales that gets the characters from one HUGE plot bomb back to a normalcy so they can move on to the next plot bomb. Hardest part of reading it though? It makes me homesick. Any of you readers love a series partly because it's set somewhere you've lived and loved? If it's set in the Pacific Northwest it'll always appeal to me on that factor alone. I don't have far to go on Bone Crossed so I'll likely finish it today.

I started my ARC of The Vampire Voss the other night and will likely work a little on a book called Semi-Sweet: A Novel of Love and Cupcakes. It's set in a small Irish town and revolves around the intertwined lives of people within it but primarily Hannah, a 30-something who just opened her own cupcake shop right after her boyfriend breaks up with her for another woman. I don't read much stuff like this but I was due for something off-genre. I do find that once in a while reading something outside my normal realm works as a sort of palate cleanser for my reading.

In other news... The Iron Duke is Full of WIN! Vote Now! I know, I know.... The Iron Duke versus Bayou Moon? Simply not fair but The Iron Duke has to prevail. Get your vote on quick before this round ends at midnight CST.

And lastly before I run off to check these clothes hanging off the banister and try to get a shower in... anyone out there have a suggestion for surgery scar prevention? BioOil? Mederma? I'm getting frustrated with the healing rate on these owies but don't want to spend tons of cash on something that really doesn't help. This is one time reviews really contradict each other and haven't helped me make an informed decision. Have a fab weekend and happy reading! -- Rhi


The Sharing o' the Green!

Happy Saint Patrick's Day, my dearest readers! My heritage largely consists of Irish folk who eventually made America their home. When I was a wee lass my paternal side of the family always made a big deal of it and while I certainly don't relish every tradition associated with it—I've never had corned beef that wasn't vile—I always look forward to wearing green. It's my favorite color and I am embarrassed to admit I own several St. Pat's themed tee shirts AND pairs of socks. Today I'm donnin' a tee with an image very similar to the one aboe and some green and white striped socks that have little black "shoes" on them. I am lame, I spend my day with animals and little people... this is as cool as I can get. :P

In honor of my favorite hue and the special occasion I spent many hours looking for books that I would read (or have) with green covers just to share with you. Won't you please go peruse them? Treat yourself to something other than Colin Farrell movies and Irish Cream cupcakes... :D

Many of these are pre-orders which means that an awesome handful of art departments are feeding my zen. Keep 'em coming artists me likey!

I hope everyone enjoys a bit of good luck or at least some green beer today. ;) Don't forget the hop that's starting, lots of giveaways to enter. I'd wish y'all luck but somehow that seems like a reeeeally bad idea... unless you're wishing someone good luck specifically who knows what kind of things might happen. Like your dryer might die when you are backed up with lots of laundry so you have to spend St. Pat's night looking at new ones instead of reading The Mammoth Book of Irish Romance like ya planned. Luck o' the Irish my ass. XOXO -- Rhi


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