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11.30.2011

Something I've been meaning to share for a while...

Back in October author Tara Maya sent out one of her newsletters which I always enjoy even though I've been buying her books but have yet to read them. She said to feel free to share her story and it moved me so much at the time I had to put it on hold. Today seemed like a good day for sharing it. I hope you will read it and be as touched as I was, that it will inspire you. But please also make sure you read past the jump because Tara is giving away copies of her new book and I want you to know how to get one! -- Rhi


Being Different, Being Bullied...
I was watching a classic teen movie with my friends one day -- this was when I was in highschool myself -- and enjoying the romantic antics. Then one little scene in the movie ruined it for me. A nameless side-character, wearing a huge, awkward backbrace, struggled to get a drink of water, but couldn't suceed even that simple task because the brace got in the way.
Apparently, this was supposed to be hilarious.


The scene was just a sight gag and over quickly, but I sank in my seat, unable to enjoy the rest of the movie. Actually, I didn't sink, so much as sit straight up, because I too wore a huge awkward backbrace. I had been diagnosed with scoliosis my freshman year in high school. I can still remember my disbelief when my doctor told me I would have to wear a backbrace throughout my four years of highschool. I couldn't think of a worse time stand out as different...and not in a good way. Highschool was supposed to be all about meeting boys, having fun with my friends, oh, and maybe some studying. I had been ectastic when I made the Cheerleading Dance Squad. Nothing caught the boys' eyes like wearing that signature short skirt around campus every Friday!


I cried all the way home from the doctor's appointment. Now everything was ruined. My highschool years were offcially doomed to suck.


Not so, my mom insisted. There was no reason I couldn't be on the dance squad. I didn't have to wear the brace during practice or performances, and it actually didn't interfere all that much with my movements during the rest of the day. She told me, "Don't give up on your dreams just because of a few bumps in the road."


She was right that the brace didn't stop me (physically) from dancing. But I was right that people's perceptions of me changed because I had a disability. So it became a contest between whose reality would win: Mine, where I was capable of doing anything, including dancing... or theirs, where I was nothing but a freak in a brace, whose incompetance was good only for a sight gag.


Then things got worse.


The leader of the Cheerleaders took it upon herself to make my life so miserable I would quit. Before she knew I wore a backbrace, she thought I was "terrific" and she was "so happy to have me." But after she found out I had to wear a brace, she decided I was not cool enough to be on her team. She tried everything to make me give up.


My response?


No. Effing. Way.


...Suceeding Anyway
I kept dancing. Did the pain of being rejected go away? No. It was there, and sometimes, to be honest, I felt it all come crashing back down on me again.


That's how I felt when my book kept coming back from agents and publishers, rejected. Even when they loved the book and praised my writing, they turned it down because it was too unique. Was it epic fantasy? Young adult? Paranormal romance? It had vivid and rich world-building and a vast scope of characters and battles, like epic fantasy. But the main character, Dindi, was young, and suffered a lot of problems, like being bullied, that made the story appeal to young adults. And beneath it all was a romance, for as Dindi grows into her power, she finds her enemy is the man whom she had once -- and still -- loves. So how do you place a series like that?


Once again I was told, "We have no room for you on our team."


My response?


I will find a way.


Being Different, Being Dismissed...
I did sell two other books (under a different pen name) to a traditional publisher, but I couldn't find a home for Dindi and Kavio, for my fantasy series.
Then ebooks came along and changed everything.


I created my own publishing house, Misque Press. I felt awkward and freakish being "self-published." That wasn't how books were "supposed" to be published. It was a huge disability in the book world. Most reviewers wouldn't accept indenpendently published ("indie") books and many readers were distainful of them. When I told my family I had published a book, they were excited... until they found out how I had published it.


So it became a contest between whose reality would win: Mine, where it didn't matter how a book was published, only how good that book was... or the naysayers, who said a book should be condemned without a trial.


I didn't expect to sell millions right out the gate, and that's a good thing. Because the first month, I only sold 12 books.


Yeah. Twelve.


But I didn't become a writer because I expected to get rich at it. Everybody in the world had promised me that would never, could never, happen. I didn't care. I write because I love it. I love my characters, I love my world, I love to share them. So... I just kept writing. And then the sales started building... and building.... and BUILDING.... Fans started writing in. Furious emails demanded to know when the next book would come out because the last one ended on a cliffhanger!


I will find a way.


If the overwhelming response to The Unfinished Song is any indication, I guess I did.


...Suceeding Anyway
Just like coal that gets turned into a diamond, pain can sometimes be turned into a source of strength. It all depends on what you do with it. I took the pain I remembered from highschool and turned it into a fantasy story about a girl who is told she can't dance because of who and what she is. And every time I faced another rejection, I remembered what my heroine said to herself: "Just keep dancing."
I bet there is something you've always dreamed about, something you want to do, some plan you have for yourself. And the more worthy a plan it is, the more true a dream it is, the more likely it is that you've already encountered people who have told you why it's impossible. They've told you it can't work, that it costs too much money, that it's too risky. Or maybe they've made you doubt yourself. As if this dream only works for someone else, but never for you.


Well, I just want to tell you, don't believe them.


They may tell you, "No." They may bully you. They may intimidate you. They may discourage you. They may hurt you. They may reject you.


Just. Keep. Dancing.

11.28.2011

It's Monday, Get Your TV On!

Unnngh...

I'm still recovering from the insanity of my holiday weekend. I think I may still be drunk from the party I went to Saturday night. I hope y'all had a really good one and didn't overspend like I did. It was a great weekend as far as Sunday night's shows went though. The big bummer is that this is going to be the last TV Monday post until January when the shows pick up again. Mostly because there are only a couple of shows that will be continuing through December. But don't worry, not only will shows we've been missing be back, I'm adding a couple of previously unfeatured shows to the list so stay tuned!

So go ahead and check out this week's schedule, watch the previews, and discuss last week's episodes. You know you need someone to dish to and I do too!

Please be aware that if you're behind there may be unmarked SPOILERS in the comments.


Wednesday:
Sunday:


(all synopsises courtesy of TVguide.com or the show's site)

11.27.2011

Review: Demon Bait by Moira Rogers

Demon Bait (Children of the Undying #1) by Moira Rogers
Futuristic, Post-Apocalyptic, Romance, Demons
Ebook $3.50 (novella, SAMHAIN)
His mark could bind her forever—or finally set her free.
Children of the Undying, Book 1
Fifty years after a demon apocalypse devastated the world, summoners still bear the bulk of the blame. Marci lives in secret, hiding the gifts that could cost her a secure spot in one of humanity’s underground cities, and access to their virtual world. After all, her chances of avoiding the genetic-testing lotto are better than her chances of surviving topside.
The bastard son of a terrifying incubus, lust heats Gabe’s blood and sex fuels his magic. Innate charm and charisma help him navigate the cultural gap between the outcast town he calls home and the human settlements he infiltrates for trade. His latest mission nets him an unexpected asset—a summoner strong enough to soothe his darkest needs.
Trust a half demon, especially one who uses a lockdown to trap them together? Not in this lifetime. Yet Marci can’t resist Gabe’s offer to see her safely to a selective outcast settlement where she can live without fear. The journey alone is as dangerous as the way Gabe makes her heart race, but it could be her one hope of a real life.
If only she could be sure Gabe’s telling her the whole truth…
Warning: Contains a virtual world where humans flee to escape the demon-infested earth, a dangerously seductive half demon with sex magic to burn and a network-hacking summoner brave enough to make herself vulnerable to him.

Author Site: moirarogers.com



I need Hammer Down to be out now! (4 stars)

I generally prefer to give a short rundown of my perception of the plot when I write my reviews but the blurb for this one does a great job of it. Once again the duo that writes as Moira Rogers have built an interesting and exciting world to send their characters out into. Post-Apocalyptic tales are hot right now and the Children of the Undying is one I've been looking forward to for a while.

What didn't work for me this time was the length. It really didn't give me, personally, enough answers to the world building things I was confused about. So while I was supposed to be focusing on Marci and Gabe I often ended up sidetracked trying to figure out how it all was supposed to work. Struggling through that I ended up not feeling the attachment or care for either character I'd hoped. It's happened before and is one reason I don't usually like novellas as series openers with an occasional exception such as Rogers' WILDER'S MATE. The sexual tension is a yummy contrast to the danger element though I didn't find it enough to win me over.

While I couldn't love DEMON BAIT as a whole the set-up for the series is very promising. Looking for another post-apocalyptic romance? You might want to wait until the next in the series is available and read them back to back so you don't suffer from question overload like I am! lol If you're already a fan of Rogers you should definitely pick this up. The formula of Alpha hero and strong but still a little vulnerable heroine Rogers does so well is sure to appeal!



Other Reviews:
Brenda Hyde
Under the Covers
The Book Pushers

Notes: ARC received via the author.

Check this book out if you liked:

11.25.2011

Weekend Reading [11/25-11/27] :: Turfection & the Dark Side

I did it. I managed to prepare most of Thankgiving dinner on my own with minimal trouble. Okay so for some reason my rolls got a little too dark on the bottom, I was making gravy and trying to get everything to the table at the same time! My turkey, however, was exceptional—if I do say so myself—and my candied sweet potatoes were fabulous. That carcass up there...? Yep, that's the remains of my perfect bird. Even the hubs ate some and he's not a turkey fan. Now we get to live off of mounds and mounds of leftover meat and potatoes, veggies and cranberry sauces for the rest of the weekend. I hope you all had a lovely holiday if you're here in the states, and that no matter where you are, you're getting to put your feet up and relax with a good book over the weekend.

I actually don't have much shopping to do. Our entire extended family on either side—and honestly, everyone I seem to know—has had a tough year, so gifts are minimal. It's one of those times to just be grateful we have a home and food, all the basics that we need plus enough extra to do something small for one another. What am I getting this year? The money I'm using to host the upcoming Giftcard Giveaway Hop giveaways for my blogs. The hubs wanted to nab one of the great laptop deals yesterday so I could blog from more than set places but who wants to owe more money to the credit card companies eh? I'd rather get to giveaway some giftcardness so I can share books with my readers!

So what are you guys reading this weekend? I'm working on Jessica Rules the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey finally. I can't believe so many people have already reviewed it on Goodreads. Granted I've had my ARC for a while now but I hate reviewing a book more than a week before it releases. Buzz is good but not if people can't remember by the time the book is available eh? Since I'm interviewing Beth in December I figured I should get the book read so I could ask good questions right? Hopefully I'll find some time to work a little more on A Clockwork Christmas too.
On that note I'm still exhausted from all the work yesterday and a turkey n' cranberry sandwich sure sounds good. *nomnomnom* Have a great weekend! -- Rhi

11.21.2011

Review: Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel

Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel
Young Adult, Futuristic, Zombies
Hardcover $16.99 (480 pages, DEL REY)
Ebook $9.99
Audiobook $40.00

A cyber-Victorian/steampunk romance – with zombies.
Almost two hundred years in the future, Nora Dearly lives in a world of bustled gowns, fake manners, watery tea, and uppity lords and ladies.
Thank God the zombies came to rescue her.
Dragged into the night by the living dead, Nora soon finds herself fighting for the father she thought long gone, the friend she was forced to leave behind – and the love of a handsome, noble young army captain.
Who just happens to be a walking corpse.

Author Site: liahabel.com




Dearly, Misrepresented (3 stars)

DEARLY, DEPARTED is a futuristic tale of our world remolded. In a splendidly imagined, but confusingly executed mash-up of Victorian societial norms with cyber-tech and a brief mention of steampowered machines Nora Dearly finds herself at the center of chaos. What was supposed to be an enjoyable Christmas break becomes a terrifying adventure to escape zombies only to find she has been rescued by other zombies.

Meanwhile, the father she thought was dead has been captured while trying to come to her rescue himself. He is wanted for his potential to create a vaccine for "the Laz", the sickness that makes zombies. Nora must learn to trust her living-dead rescuers and hope that the friends left behind in New London haven't been infected.

This was one of my more anticipated reads of this year and unfortunately fell very far short of my expectations. Broken down into bare bones concepts I loved the ideas that provided the world building for DEARLY, DEPARTED. A Neo-Victorian society, a secret zombie branch of the military, a romance between a pretty young woman and a mannerly undead. All very interesting and so-very-IN right now. Alas, the novel has been touted as Steampunk which it really isn't. Including airships, adding a brief mention of a steampowered machine and Victorian manners does not Steampunk make. I have to admit that was my biggest dissapointment. My other was the romance that was supposed to happen. Firstly there was NO chemistry between the characters AT ALL. She spends most of the time being terrified of him and then randomly for no apparent reason starts getting all mushy toward him.

The characters on the whole are good. Most do not get enough screentime to really let the reader get attached and the constant switching of perspectives and each chapter being a new character's first person reflection doesn't help that. The plot is extremely slow through the middle and sometimes the descriptions of clothing are distracting when so little else gets the same treatment.

On the whole I just couldn't bring myself to like DEARLY, DEPARTED. It was alright but so bogged down in the little annoying issues such as poor pacing, switching character perspectives, and general randomness it didn't work for me. If you're looking for a great YA steampunk read this one just isn't it. The zombie element is decent but the romance with zombies was a little squicky considering how they are described as falling apart. I might have to pick up the sequel DEARLY, BELOVED eventually to see if it gets any better but it currently doesn't have a release date.



Other Reviews:
A Cupcake and a Latte
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalking Queen of the Undead
The Bookish Brunette
Book Faery

Notes: ARC received via Amazon Vine.

It's Monday, Get Your TV On!

Ahhh Monday. The day I sit down and plan out my TV time for the week. Because what reader, reviewer, and blogger in their right mind would dare do anything unrelated to books?

But that's where I argue that ALL of my TV choices that I feature here have some relation to books (or the book genres featured here). Even the ones you're probably questioning heavily like Revenge and Sons of Anarchy. Did you know that these are inspired by The Count of Monte Cristo and Hamlet? Oh yeah. Those are books. Nifty huh? Maybe YOU should be tuning in too. ;)

I'm going to try and make it quick here folks... I'm super sleepy today for some reason and we have a lot of ground to cover. So go ahead and check out this week's schedule, watch the previews, and discuss last week's episodes. You know you need someone to dish to and I do too!

Please be aware that if you're behind there may be unmarked SPOILERS in the comments.

Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Sunday:


(all synopsises courtesy of TVguide.com or the show's site)

11.20.2011

Review: Jane Jones: Worst. Vampire. Ever. by Caissie St. Onge

Jane Jones: Worst. Vampire. Ever. by Caissie St. Onge
Young Adult, Vampires
Paperback $8.99 (240 pages, EMBER)
Ebook $8.99

For Jane Jones, being a vampire is nothing like you read about in books. In fact, it kind of sucks. She's not beautiful, she's not rich, and she doesn't "sparkle." She's just an average, slightly nerdy girl from an ordinary suburban family (who happens to be vampires.) Jane's from the wrong side of the tracks (not to mention stuck in the world's longest awkward phase), so she doesn't fit in with the cool vampire kids at school or with the humans kids. To top it all off, she's battling an overprotective mom, a clique of high school mean girls (the kind who really do have fangs), and the most embarrassing allergy in the history of the undead, she's blood intolerant. So no one's more surprised than Jane when for the first time in her life, things start to heat up (as much as they can for a walking corpse, anyway) with not one, but two boys. Eli's a geeky, but cute real-live boy in her history class, and Timothy is a beautiful, brooding bloodsucker, who might just hold the key to a possible "cure" for vampirism. Facing an eternity of high school pressure, fumbling first dates, or a mere lifetime together with Timothy, what's a 90-something year-old teen vampire to do?
Fans of the Vladmir Tod Chronicles, You are So Undead to Me, and Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side will feast on this deliciously readable, smart, and fantastically funny debut.

Author Site: caisbook.com

Should NOT be compared to Jay, Fantaskey, or Brewer! (2 stars)

Jane Jones is just your average teenaged vampire with over-protective parents and a blood-intolerance. For no apparent reason she's suddenly receiving the attentions of handsome vampire Timothy and awkward human Eli. All she really wants is to be human again, even if it means leaving her parents and younger brother behind. Meanwhile she has to juggle schoolwork and problematic peers.

I chose this book because of the comparison to one of my favorite authors and two others that I really enjoy. How could that go wrong? When your heroine and plot are as dull as dishwater and your vampire mythos is the only redeeming quality in your book... getting compared to other authors CAN be a bad thing. St. Onge's writing just isn't on par with Jay or Fantaskey and Jane doesn't have the distinct voice of Vladmir Tod. That said, if you haven't read any of these three authors and are looking for a clean-ish vampire book for a younger reader this one might be a hit!

Unfortunately, I just couldn't bring myself to like this one. The characters were all very flat making them feel distant and the only one I could even feel any attachment to was Jane's little brother. Conceptually the vampire myth here has some decent twists but somehow manages not to feel more like a high school story about a sickly nerdy girl and less about a teenaged vampire. The title pretty much says it all.


Other Reviews:
Alexia's Books and Such...
Abnormally Paranormal
Midnight Bloom Reads

Notes: ARC received through Amazon Vine.

Check this book out if you liked:

11.18.2011

Weekend Reading [11/18-11/20] :: Subzero Temps & Sexy Steampunk


Ugh. We knew this time of year was coming but before Thanksgiving it just isn't fair! It's currently snowing a powdery, dry snow with whipping winds straight down from the North. Having just finally finished watching Game of Thrones I can't help but go "winter is coming". :P It wouldn't be so bad. I like snow. What I don't like is that this is when our temperature drops into the below 0 territory and the windchills hit super negative numbers. At the moment it's -4. And I needed to go grocery shopping. Doh!

I suppose the big advantage to being stuck at home is that time to read seems more likely. But at the moment my kitchen pipes are frozen and water is leaking through the pipe of my wood stove. *facepalm* Which means the hubs and I get to play amateur home repair all weekend. I hope you all are enjoying a warmer weekend than I will be!

Over the weekend I have got to get some reading caught up. I somewhat stalled out with Dearly, Departed. It's in this sort of slow section and I'm soooo bored. I'm bummed it's even happening because it started off very promising. I'm also working on A Clockwork Christmas, the featured holiday book of the week. :) So far it's purty good. I finished Stacy Gail's story which had a few flaws but was overall really good. Now I'm on P.G. Forte's story but not liking it at all. Boo! hate when that happens. Then I've got to start cram sessioning a line of books I need to review and write interviews for. Yes, I actually have gone ahead with planning a bunch of December activities for myself and then gotten too sidetracked to read the books for them. Me bad. :(
Well dearies, the tot is screaming for lunch and I really should do something about the mess of laundry downstairs. May your weekend be filled with reading and fun. I know lots of ya are heading out to see BDP1 so drop in and let me know if it's decent please 'cause I'm too broke to go and our theater will be extra packed since it's so cold. TTFN! -- Rhi

11.14.2011

Review: Hot Guys and Baby Animals

Hot Guys and Baby Animals
Photography, Animals, Humor
Print $9.99 (80 pages, ANDREWS MCMEEL)
Ebook $7.99
Are you sick and tired of studly male models showing off their perfectly sculpted muscles? Have you had enough of cuddly baby animals flaunting their perfect newborn fuzzy cuteness? We didn't think so. Shirtless guys and puppy dog eyes take over Porn for Women titles with this collection of Hot Guys and Baby Animals by Audrey Kuhner and Carolyn Newman. In addition to benefiting the SPCA, Hot Guys and Baby Animals features 40 photos of gorgeous guys and their fuzzy friends, along with tongue-in-cheek captions detailing the likes and dislikes of each guy and baby animal. Let the "ohs" and "ahs" begin as male models play with puppies, snuggle kittens, nuzzle lambs, and even coo at a few chicks (baby chicks, that is). Perhaps the Sundance Channel says it best in its review of the California calendar that started it all: "Hot guys + baby animals = genius."
Publisher Site: andrewsmcmeel.com

Cute and cuddly and totally giftable... (4 stars)

Looking for a gift for that certain someone on your list that just needs a good dose of cute baby critters that isn't four? Look no further than this adorable book from the publisher who brought us Sorry I Pooped in Your Shoe.

It's simple really. Attractive—and sometimes shirtless—men holding or posing with baby animals.

From puppies and kittens to ducklings and goats (okay, there's even one who has a snake) there're more cute critters in this tome than the petting zoo. Surely someone wouldn't mind petting some of the occupants of these pages? These aren't overly artsy though each has a definite portrait feel. The model and animal(s) have their names on the opposite page with a cute little 'fact' about each. My personal favorite is Billy Ray and Georgia's "Billy Ray used to be a competitive figure skater. Georgia is a kung fu master." featuring a burley tattooed guy and a kitten snuggling up to each other. Very 'awwww' inducing.

Precious and funny, Hot Guys and Baby Animals, also benefits the SPCA which any animal lover will appreciate. I think this would be a great gift for a gal (or guy) with a great sense of humor who also doesn't mind a bit of man candy with her daily dose of cute.



Notes: Review copy received via NetGalley. Cross-posted from my other blog.



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It's Monday, Get Your TV On!

It's Monday RhiReading fans! Time to chat about what's on the tube that falls into our favorite subjects... authors, paranormal, horror, fairytales, and sexy anti-heroes!

I've been trying to be good and catch up on reading but since I upgraded my cable service I had to spend a bit of the weekend catching up on Dexter and finally watching Game of Thrones which has me dying to read some high fantasy. Would you guys like to see these added to the TV Mondays listing?

Since we've been also trying to find time to play catch-up with The Vampire Diaries so we can make Thursday night an official TV night I just discovered that both it and The Secret Circle had their finales last week. Correct? So they'll not be on the list again until January.

Oh and if you haven't checked it out yet... pop on over to ABC Family's website to see the hilarious Pretty Little Liars/The Muppets mash-up! It takes me back to being a kindergartner playing with my rubber Miss Piggy and Kermie toys in my grandma's bathtub.

Check out this week's schedule, watch the previews, and discuss last week's episodes.

Please be aware that if you're behind there may be unmarked SPOILERS in the comments.

Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Sunday:


(all synopsises courtesy of TVguide.com or the show's site)

Review: A Vampire For Christmas anthology

A Vampire for Christmas (anthology) by Laurie London, Michele Hauf, Caridad Pineiro, and Alexis Morgan
Paranormal Romance, Anthology, Vampires, Holidays
Mass Market Paperback $7.99 (384 pages, HQN)
Ebook $6.99

It's the time of year for twinkling lights on trees and kisses under the mistletoe. Yet the passing of another year means nothing to the stunning immortals who lurk in the shadows of the new-fallen snow.
And they don't care if you've been naughty or nice.
Let four fanged lovers open your eyes to a passion you never dared to imagine. After all, there's no place like home for the holidays—and these dazzling vampires can't wait for an invitation.

Author Sites: laurielondonbooks.com, michelehauf.com, caridad.com, alexismorgan.com

The anthology curse strikes again! (3 stars)

It's no secret that most readers don't love anthologies. The short story format is easy to mess up and never quite manages to satisfy even series fans. For me personally I come to most anthologies with one of two purposes. Enjoying a short that ties into a series I already like or getting a feel for the writing style of an author I'm interested in and haven't tried before. A VAMPIRE FOR CHRISTMAS served a third purpose, I wanted something to get me into the holiday spirit.

[Enchanted by Blood] Set in the world of Laurie London's Sweetbloods series this holiday season is sure to please fans. Trace and Charlotte are characters I don't recall from the previous novels but Jackson makes a cameo appearance. The romance works well because the characters have a past. The holiday flavor is medium and if you're new to London's writing this is a great example of her work. (4 stars)

[Monsters Don't Do Christmas] Set in Michele Hauf's Beautiful Creatures world this quickie features Daniel, a vampire, and Olivia, the next-Celine Dion. I'm not totally new to Hauf but this is the first vampire story of hers I've read. Hauf definitely has a flair for unusual pairings and this one is very unexpected. The holiday flavor was medium but the likelyhood of the situation felt pretty weak which distracted me as a reader. (3 stars)

[When Herald Angels Sing] In a world of its own, Caridad Piñeiro's contribution has a Dickensian redemption theme. A wayward vampire, demonic pirates, and an angelic heroine all fighting for the fate of the same soul in 1930's New Jersey? Yeah, it was just too eclectic of a mix for me. Too much showing, not enough doing (unless you count the love scenes). The holiday flavor was non-existent unless you count that it's Christmas Eve. It just didn't work for me at all. (1 star)

[All I Want For Christmas] In Alexis Morgan's story, modern day Seattle is the scene where an undercover vampire cop gets tangled up in the life of a kind-hearted diner owner. His investigation of missing teens keeps bringing Eagan back to Della's diner where the family she's made for herself makes for interesting interactions. The holiday flavor on this one is high and the romance quick but cute. This one had some cheesey moments but it worked with the Christmas theme making this my favorite of the collection. (4 stars)

Overall this is an enjoyable, if highly varied, collection of shorts and I think a decent sample of each author's style. While I didn't love it, I would recommend it to my fellow Paranormal Romance readers who are in the mood for Christmas themed vampire short stories.


Other Reviews:
All Things Urban Fantasy
Melindeeloo

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

Check this book out if you liked:

11.12.2011

Young Adult Print Bargain Book Round Up!

I'm a bit of a bargain geek when it comes to books (okay, and everything) so once in a while I spend a Saturday morning storming Amazon.com in search of sales on books from my wishlist. I've even found many of them in my local Hastings store for even less!

These are in no special order but look at the 'or Buy New' price to see how great these sales are. Most are 60% off or lower. These are printed books paperback and a few hardcovers but double check the Kindle prices as some are also on sale in that format too.

A quick note about bargain books though... sometimes (but not always) they will arrive with a black permanent marker swipe along the top or bottom edge of the pages. They don't bother me really since I'm getting a brand new book in perfect shape save for the mark which is only visible when looking at the edge. I find them less from Amazon but always on books I buy on 'clearance' locally.


11.11.2011

W.R. [11/11-11/13] :: Tying up loose (book) ends and upcoming fun!

Most years Veteran's Day passes without much fanfare for me. Not because I don't care but because I live in a military community, married into a family of veterans, and supported my husband while he served. Why should we only care on one day of the year? I recognize the sacrifices of vets every single day. When we have a little extra money for charities we usually donate to those that benefit those who have served in our armed forces because we know firsthand how much it costs physically and emotionally. Have seen the physical and emotional scars of battle in our friends and loved ones. Don't forget to be thankful to our veterans today, but try not to forget them—and their families who serve at home—every other day of the year.

This weekend I'm going to try and finish up the handful of books I've started but haven't managed to get 'round to finishing for whatever reason. The Mephisto Covenant: The Redemption of Ajax is first on that list. Everyone seems to either LOVE or HATE this book. So far I've leaned mostly toward hate. I even debated not finishing it. But since I requested it for review and was halfway through I decided to finish it. Reviewing it is going to be the hard part. If I can finish that one off I'll try to get more of Dearly, Departed read. I've enjoyed it a lot but hit a point where I was getting kinda bored. Then there was other reading that demanded my attention so I set it down. There's also Jane Jones: Worst. Vampire. Ever. which I kind of have been reading but not reading while I cook dinner. Somewhere I saw it compared to Stacey Jay's writing and well y'all know why I'd pick that up. So far it's not interesting me enough. *le sigh*

Since this month is all about Christmas and speculative fiction (scifi, steampunk, paranormal, horror) I've been gathering more titles for featuring and am excited to let y'all know I'm having author Rebecca Royce visit the blog at the end of the month! She'll be here to guestpost and we'll be featuring her upcoming One Night Stand series release from Decadent Publishing, I'll Be Mated For Christmas. If you have a favorite holiday tale in this vein leave me a comment—even if it's not new!—and let me know. I'm going to feature one a week through the end of the year.
On that note my dear readers I must don my cape and fly... it's time for lunch, the tot needs a nap, and I've got errands to run. TTFN and have a great weekend! -- Rhi

11.10.2011

Happy Haulidays 2012 ♦ ♥ ♦ Chronicle Books Giveaway!


It's that time of the year again! Chronicle Books is giving away a haul of books to a blogger, one of their commenters AND a charity of the winner's choice in their 2nd annual Happy Haul-idays giveaway. Very generous and a great way to get some holiday gift giving ideas. But before I get into my own list I wanted to take a moment to mention the charity I would want to donate books to, my local library.

The Great Falls Public Library is tiny compared to the ones I was used to living in big cities like Spokane, Washington. When I first moved here a couple of weeks before I turned 14, my family was homeless. Bouncing from floor to sofa to floor of church friends every couple of weeks and living out of a suitcase for four months, there were few joys in my life. We didn't have money for a home let alone books so getting a library card sustained my need for escape in fiction, learning new things, and helped me with homework even when my parents couldn't meet my other needs. Which is why I would love to be able to give back to them in this special way... maybe there's another teenager here that is getting the same needs met that will benefit from it and so on and so on. It'd be a gift that benefits my community for generations to come.

There are many charities that are deserving of this but I simply cannot think of a charity that has benefited me personally as greatly during a very tough time for my family. Giving back to them would mean a lot to me.


Now as to which books I'd like to haul in... well, my list last year was fun but some aren't available anymore and I found some new ones now that my baby is a toddler.

Embroidered Effects: Projects and Patterns to Inspire Your Stitching $24.95
I love Sublime Stitching and have paid more than I want to admit to for an autographed kit that was out-of-print that Jenny Hart also did. Always a great gift for someone who loves stitchery!

Okay, so I'd want to keep this for myself but my younger brother has had a very bad year and I think he would get a kick out of this. Maybe living villainously would  benefit him in the new year? :)

What Sisters Do Best/What Brothers Do Best $15.99
Speaking of siblings... this duo would be perfect for my eldest to read to our youngest. He had to wait a long time to be a big brother and I've never seen one more devoted and loving to his little sis.


I have a small collecting of themed craft books and have been wanting this one since it came out earlier this year. I like giving these to dads as baby shower or father's day gifts so they'll have some fun projects to do with their kids.

11.08.2011

My Birthday. Your Present! [Giveaway EXTENDED to November 22nd!]

I spent a fun afternoon yesterday chatting with the team behind this anthology from Canadian authors, many of whom were writing YA for the first time! It was such an enjoyable chat and I'm looking forward to the time I can sink my teeth into the great tales within. Superheroes, unicorns, werewolves, virtual reality, pirates, wizards, and MORE! Yep, this sounds like some good stuff. If you missed the chat you can still check it out on Bitten By Books.

Since it's my birthday today and I'm feeling really glum about the whole thing I thought why not do a flash giveaway! But what should I give my readers a chance to win? Well duh! Why not give the gift that will keep on giving... errr, well there're an awful lot of stories here so maybe it won't give forever but... it's the thought that counts right? The best presents are books anyway, no? ;)


Anywho, if you want to win a Kindle copy of Tesseracts Fifteen: A Case of Quite Curious Tales drop by the EDGE Publishing website, find the slideshow in the sidebar featuring the authors I had the pleasure of meeting yesterday and leave a comment here between now and Midnight MST on November 22nd telling me the name of one of them, plus an email address to contact you at, and you'll be entered to win. I will use trusty old random.org to pick the winner and announce it Wednesday morning as soon as the caffiene hits my veins.

Cheers! -- Rhi

 


Notes: This post is part of, but not sponsored by, the 16 Days of Tesseracts Virtual Festival going on to celebrate the book. Want to know more? Visit the EDGE Facebook page!

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