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Dear readers,

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Did you drop by to request a review or tour stop? I am currently CLOSED for review requests for ALL review requests due to time contraints. I have promotional openings for February through July open though so please reach out. Just please drop me an email with a polite request and if I'm interested I will reply.

♥ -- Rhi


12.30.2012

The Great Heroine Round-up! Readers please comment!



Dear readers,

I'm still 'on vacation' which has definitely been rejuvenating in that I'm not feeling as exhausted and crabby. Having the holidays over—and getting to see The Hobbit—has made a huge difference. Now I'm working hard on meeting my 75 books read in 2012 goal for Goodreads, one to go! Then it'll be a busy week with taking all the decorations down, the boy back in school, and getting a jump on goals for the new year.

In the meantime, I was checking my email and had a note that brought a big smile to my face.

Years ago I grew quite disenchanted with the porny changes in a series I had been a big fan of. There's a difference between erotica and porn and the author really lost track of how to plot a story and in doing so made me not simply lose interest in the series but actively seek something with similar traits minus the orgies. (If you don't know which series I'm referring to yet don't worry, you're not missing anything).

Once I began finding some great heroines in similar stories I started a list on Amazon for other readers facing the same dilemna and through it a reader found me here and emailed me for some help. She's seeking witty heroines that lean into the fantasy to urban fantasy genre so in addition to some of my own suggestions I thought I'd do a quick call-out to you guys, because I know that together we have an extensive list of heroines we love. The reader is seeking non-romances but the stories can contain a romance.

If you have any suggestions and recommendations please leave them in the comments. I'm hoping to compile a list that will be available for future readers as well.

See you guys next week when I get back here with a cram session of reviews and plenty of fresh enthusiasm. (And there'll be a cool giveaway going on at my other blog so be sure and check there too). -- Rhi

12.22.2012

Leave of Absense: 12/23-01/07

 
That (look up) dear readers is the project we've been working on. Finished it about an hour ago. I am beyond exhaustion and into kinda feeling dead territory. lol
 
But in all seriousness... I realized over the past few days that I've been stretched way too thin. Juggling working on the dress-up closet, trying to figure out all of the gifts I needed to buy, the 2 dozen Christmas cards I had to write, school programs, birthdays, and everyday life stuff... Oh, and planning Christmas dinner for the first time.
 
So I've decided to take an official 2 week break from my blogs. That way I don't have a nagging pressure in the back of my head demanding I get reviews done or join into a meme or work on scheduling guests or answering the mass of emails or checking for comments and so on and on and on. I'll have a notice turned on should you happen to send an email that'll tell you I'm away but don't panic... I WILL BE READING!
 
I'm almost done with Indigo Awakening and have several books I need to start on.
 
I plan on getting out to see The Hobbit, have drinks with some friends, play with my baby girl with all of those kick-ass Monster High (and many more) costumes, play The Sims with my son (guess what he's getting for Christmas? lol), catch-up on Pretty Little Liars, spend some much needed time with the hubs, and get started on my goals for 2013.
 
So let me wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I'll see you in a couple of weeks. ♥ -- Rhi

12.19.2012

Review: How Beauty Met the Beast by Jax Garren

How Beauty Met the Beast (Tales of the Underlight #1) by Jax Garren
Urban Fantasy, Romance, Futuristic
Ebook $1.99 (104 pages, CARINA PRESS)
Audiobook $4.95

Book one in Tales of the Underlight
The Beast
Scarred. Damaged. Living with a terrible secret. Agent of the Underlight Wesley "Hauk" Haukon has nothing left but the fight for liberty against the oppressive Order of Ananke. He's starting to lose hope...and then he sees her.
The Beauty
Despite her night job as a burlesque dancer, grad student Jolie Benoit has always played the mostly good girl. That all changes following a scorching sexual encounter with a stranger whose face she doesn't see. After she's kidnapped by thugs and rescued by a man with a very familiar voice, Jolie becomes a pawn in a struggle she never knew existed.
Hauk knows he cannot have her, and resolves to protect his heart and his secrets. But as they work together and grow closer, he finds new reason to keep fighting. Dare he risk hope in a new life, one where Jolie can see past his ravaged face and where their friendship can grow into something more?
38,000 words
The trilogy continues in How Beauty Saved the Beast.

Author Site: www.jaxgarren.com

A 'beauty' and a 'beast', but not Beauty and the Beast (3 stars)

A Beauty who has a naughty side. A Beast who has a nice side. Some really nasty bad guys in a futuristic world where a burlesque dancer and a former soldier get thrust into an adventure to save a young girl. Welcome to the Underlight.

Readers of my blog know I'm a hound for any form of Beauty and the Beast influenced story but especially when it's got elements of urban fantasy. It's that area that I immediately began having trouble with this one. It's not quite futuristic or urban fantasy or paranormal romance. I'm still not sure what to peg it as. The novella opens with one of the steamiest sex scenes I have ever read but then the rest of the story feels cold. It definitely falls into the catagory of series problems I hate most... never open a series with a novella. Why? In this case it's going to be a trilogy so it's not quite a romance, there's no HEA, but the hints that it might come along eventually. That doesn't work for everyone.

I liked both Jolie and Hauk immensely but felt like not enough world building happens to leave readers with a strong understanding of how their world has become the way it is. That aside, Garren has a great voice that I will definitely give another chance to win me over. While I didn't ultimately like HOW BEAUTY MET THE BEAST I will probably give HOW BEAUTY SAVED THE BEAST a try because I liked Hauk and Jolie.

If you're looking for a Beauty and the Beast retelling this isn't one. The only element that hints at it is that Hauk is physically hideous and scarred and Jolie is gorgeous (and pretty enough on the inside to see Hauk's inner beauty). This probably won't work for readers who aren't into futuristic might-be-a-little-dystopian or urban fantasy-esque romances and for readers who want the HEA in a single book rather than over a trilogy.




Other Reviews:
Vampire Book Club
Under the Covers Book Blog
Smexy Books

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

12.18.2012

Review: A Hint of Frost by Hailey Edwards

A Hint of Frost (Araneae Nation #1) by Hailey Edwards
Fantasy, Romance
Ebook $4.99 (193 pages, SAMHAIN)
Paperback (pre-order) $15.00

Hope dangles by a silken thread.
Araneae Nation, Book 1
When the head of the Araneidae clan is found poisoned in her nest, her eldest daughter, Lourdes, becomes their clan’s new maven. If her clan is to survive, she has but one choice: she must marry before her nest is seized. All she needs is a warrior fierce enough to protect her city and safeguard her clansmen. Such a male is Rhys the Cold.
Born the youngest son of an impoverished maven, the only things Rhys has to his name are his sword and his mercenary reputation. His clan is starving, but their fondness for the flesh of fellow Araneaeans makes them unwelcome dinner guests. Torn between loyalty to his clan and fascination with his future bride, Rhys’s first taste of Lourdes threatens to melt the cold encasing his heart.
Amid the chaos of battle, Lourdes’s sister disappears and is feared captured. Lourdes and Rhys pursue their enemies into the southlands, where they discover an odd plague ravaging southern clans as it travels north, to Erania. Determined to survive, Lourdes will discover whether she’s worth her silk or if she’s spun the thread by which her clan will hang.
Warning: This book contains one mercenary hero with a biting fetish, one determined heroine who gets nibbled, and an answer to the age-old question, “What does dragon taste like?” Matricide and sibling rivalry are available upon request. The house special is revenge, best served cold.
Author Site: haileyedwards.net

Striking Romantic Fantasy (4 stars)

The Aranae Nation series is probably one of the stranger things I've tried to wrap my head around recently. Are they part dragon, part spider, part vampire? The people are definitely something 'other' and that is what made me instantly enrapt in A HINT OF FROST. Each clan seems to have different traits that set them apart from others. Some eat flesh, others spin silk, and so on. It's rare a fantasy setting can be so intricate, yet vague and keep me interested but Edwards did an amazing job.

As far as the plot goes, the blurb covers it pretty decently. A marriage of convinience between two very different people brings lots of surprises, twists, and naturally an eventual love connection. But the getting there is plagued with misconceptions, secrets, and duty.

There were a few flaws to the plot that had me raising an eyebrow and wondering how the characters could have really pulled certain things off. But aside from one that fantasy readers might instantly find problematic, I didn't find it so hard to 'just go with it'. It's an entertaining journey tale with a romantic union at the center, for a romance reader, there's really nothing to dislike in that regard. Rhys is quite alpha—something readers of my reviews know I don't generally like—but not brutish which made me really like him. Lourdes was a little tougher to like as I found her a tiny bit Mary-Sue-ish but she's not without things that make her fate something you'll care about either.

Though I didn't quite love it, A HINT OF FROST is a read I would recommend to fantasy readers who like romance and vice versa. It's just the start of a series which means more adventures in a world building set I personally found exciting, I definitely want to read more of it. be sure and check out A FEAST OF SOULS which released today!



Notes: Review copy received via author.

Check this book out if you liked:

12.16.2012

20% off Carina Press Fantasy Titles TODAY ONLY!

 
Happy Sunday dear readers! I'm nursing a bit of a hangover from last night's Christmas party. I rarely get them so it's a bit of a doozy. Perfect time to try and catch up on all of these emails though. Which is how I discovered that Harlequin's deal of the day is 20% off Carina Press Fantasy Titles (on their site). Since some of my favorite reads in this catagory are in the sale I figured I'd share it just in case.
 
  
 
Try Dark Vow by Shona Husk, Cat's Tale by Bettie Sharpe, or Badlands by Seleste deLaney or check out any of the other fantasy titles featured in the sale. I can honestly say that I have several more of these that I haven't yet had time to read because they put out so many great niche titles! -- Rhi

12.15.2012

Review: Born to Be Wild by Patricia Rosemoor

Born to Be Wild by Patricia Rosemoor
Romantic Suspense
Ebook $2.99 (192 pages, DEAD SEXY / ENTANGLED)
It's been twelve long years since Western rancher Micah Wild gave up all hope of being with his forbidden high school love—and the child they created together. When she tells him that their daughter has been kidnapped, they must reunite to convince their stubborn families to set aside a generations-long feud and help save their little girl. As old emotions are churned up—and love is rediscovered—Micah doesn't know how he's survived without Isabel Falcon in his life. After so many years and painful betrayals, can he win her heart again, rescue their child, and find a way for them to finally become the loving family they should have been all along?
Author Site: patriciarosemoor.com

Great writing, small plot problems... (3 stars)

Twelve years ago Micah Wild didn't fight for the woman he loved and the baby they were having together. The third generation in a feud between two families nothing could bring them back together. But when their daughter is kidnapped, he and Isabel Falcon will have to force a truce between their kin to root out the kidnapper. Years may have gone by since Micah's betrayal but a rekindling of the passion between them is inevitable. Can Isabel trust him to fight for her this time? Will they find their young daughter before the kidnapper harms her?

I'm not much of a romantic suspense reader, but I was in the mood to break it up when I saw BORN TO BE WILD. The family feud element is as old as time and always manages to be entertaining so I was really pleased with how well Rosemoor built that up and gave perspectives from both sides that made it feel real and interesting. I was glad to see Isabel and Micah trying to get their families to put what was important ahead of the feud too.

What ultimately made me not quite like BORN TO BE WILD was a mix of two things I loathe. I can't comment on the one without giving a slight spoiler warning so SPOILER-ish ALERT... Isabel and Micah rekindle the sexual side of their relationship way too soon. The last thing I would be doing if my daughter was kidnapped and possibly being molested is have sex with my ex. The second is that as the plot draws to a close and you think it's over there's another twist and another and another and so on... and it feels really silly.

As a whole, the two things that bugged me made it hard to really like BORN TO BE WILD but I loved Rosemoor's way of telling the story and will definitely consider reading her when I'm in the mood for a romantic suspense break.



Other Reviews:
Jonetta on Goodreads

Notes: Review copy received via NetGalley.

12.14.2012

Weekend Reading [12/14-12/16] :: Catching Up and still BUSY as hell.


I'm absolutely wiped out dear readers. There's been some trouble in my private life that kind of set me spinning and somehow in the midst of it I reinjured my neck. I'm absolutely miserable. I'm having a hard time sleeping on top of it. Why couldn't all this arrise after the holiday stress was over?

I am, however, trying very hard to get some of those pending reviews completed. It's been a handful of books that are tough to review all at once so it's been frustrating. Now if only I wasn't 2 books behind on my reading goal for the year. :(

What an awful day though. Hearing about the horrific school shooting back East has my stomach in knots. It makes it hard to want to send your children out into the world. Ever. My heart goes out to those poor children who survived that, for the fear and horror it's brought them and to the families of those who were slain. Stuff like this makes me just want to live in books where the bad guys rarely win and when something bad happens you know it's not real.

Lots of work to do here in casa de Walker this weekend. We finally got the paint for the dress-up closet project and we're going to get on top of that tonight. Then tomorrow we have a Christmas party to go to. I'm actually kind of looking forward to it. I don't get out with adults enough. lol Yesterday was our son's holiday concert and man were they good for 7th graders. I was super proud. I'm hoping this means violin will be a lifelong passion for him. :)

Last night I finished A Galactic Holiday which was freaking awesome. If you love scifi romances DO NOT miss out on it! It's going to get a 5 star rating from me when I get the review written up. Now I'm still on the GraveTells Book Club reread of North of Need and I started Indigo Awakening by Jordan Dane. I'm about 10% in but really confused so far on the latter. It releases on Tuesday so hopefully I can get a jump on it between projects, parties, and finalizing Christmas cards. I loved one of Dane's books and didn't care for another so it'll be interesting to see what comes of it. OH! And if you're interested 10 copies of Indigo Awakening are being given away on Goodreads.

Well... I just realized I've got to get dinner started and figure out what's going on with my kids. Much to accomplish still today and only one me to do it. I hope you all have some fun, festive weekend plans and that you'll tell me all about them—and what book you're currently devouring—in the comments! ♥ -- Rhi

12.13.2012

Review: Pilgrim of the Sky by Natania Barron

Pilgrim of the Sky by Natania Barron
Fantasy, Mythology
Paperback $19.95 (324 pages, CANDLEMARK & GLEAM)
Ebook $4.99

Just when Maddie Angler thinks she's over the death of her longtime boyfriend, Alvin, she discovers that he's not only alive, but he may just be part god. And a killer. Now it's up to her to unite Eight Worlds she didn't even know existed in the first place, before chaos reigns.
Author Site: nataniabarron.com

A Genre-Defying Masterpiece (4 stars)

There's a reason PILGRIM OF THE SKY has such a vague and short blurb. If it said much more, the richness of its imaginative concept would be ruined. While I've seen it mentioned as a steampunk read it really is not. There's a steampunk element to part of it, but ultimately this is more a fantasy novel that truly bends and twists the genre.

This is not fantasy of the swords and sorcery formula, but rather, something more akin to Alice in Wonderland. Maddie never quite felt authentic to me as a reader, I always felt like she was a bit flat in personality and her veiled past and motives got very frustrating. As the plot thickens and then thins it works yet I still was left barely caring what her ultimate fate would be.

PILGRIM OF THE SKY has been the hardest book for me to review! The overall story is so fantastic and well imagined I would love to have seen it told in a less literary fashion. If I'm fully honest one of the reasons I couldn't give it five stars was because it was a little too intelligent for me, forcing me to pause at certain junctures to attempt wrapping my head around it all. If you're looking for a really brain bending read please look no further. Desirous of something entertaining and easy? Take a pass.



Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

12.10.2012

Guest Post: Author Jenna Bennett [FORTUNE'S HERO Blog Tour]

Dear readers,

I am so thrilled to have Jenna Bennett on the blog today. The tour for Tall, Dark, & Divine filled up in hours so I couldn't have her here then (and I had a total inner tantrum over it). Her new release, FORTUNE'S HERO, is crazy up my alley for obvious reasons, though I'm swamped and can't start it until next weekend. *sad face* So please join me in making Jenna feel super welcome and be sure and drop by her blog for her Entangled Under the Mistletoe Holiday Hop giveaway... book and cookies... it doesn't get much better this time of year. ;)

Now read on and enjoy! -- Rhi


A galactic smuggler must risk everything to get his crew out of prison, his ship out of impound, and everyone out of orbit...

It’s almost impossible to say the words “galactic smuggler” these days without bringing to mind the incomparable Han Solo, isn’t it?

(Yeah, Mal Reynolds was all right too, and maybe more familiar to some of you—the ones still in the cradle or not even born yet when the first Star Wars movie made its debut back in 1977. But for those of us of a certain age, Han Solo was it. It, I’m telling you. Nothing against Nathan Fillion, who’s quite dishy in his own right, but young Harrison Ford... yum.)

I was a little girl when Star Wars came out, and although I saw it, I was in no position to appreciate Han. At that time, I was just beginning to like boys—ergo, I liked Luke Skywalker. It took growing up to appreciate the charms of Han Solo.

Luke was cute, but Han was hot. You don’t appreciate sex appeal much in middle school. Or at least you shouldn’t.

As I got older, though? Oh, yeah. He definitely had it going on. Good looks—although not too good. A little rough around the edges. Able to, as the saying goes, charm the snakes out of the trees. And by no means a gentleman.

All good qualities.

And don’t even get me started on that whole “Han shot first” controversy.

On second thought, let’s talk about the controversy. Because I happen to think that’s exactly the kind of thing that separates the boys from the men.

(from the RhiReading Star Wars tree!)
Would Luke Skywalker shoot first?

Not bloody likely. Because he’s the hero. He’s the good guy. And good guys don’t shoot first.

But as one of the characters in Fortune’s Honor says to another, “There’s self-defense and self-defense, kid. There’s the kind of self-defense where someone comes at you with a gun, shooting, and you shoot back. And if you kill him, then you’re honorable, and if he kills you, then you’re dead. But there’s also the kind of self-defense where someone’s coming at you, and you know he’s got a weapon even if you can’t see it, and you know he’s just waiting for a chance to use it, and you’d better kill him first, before he has a chance to pull it out and kill you. Cause honor don’t do you no good when you’re dead.”

Sounds like something the incomparable Han would say, doesn’t it?

(In case you’re not familiar with the “Han shot first” controversy, it’s something that happened in the first movie, in the Mos Eisley Cantina, where Han Solo is discussing matters with Greedo the bounty hunter. In 1977, Han shot Greedo without Greedo ever firing a shot. For the 20 year anniversary edition in 1997, the scene was remastered and Greedo shoots first. A lot of us feel that it’s dishonest to the character and a transparent ploy to make him more morally acceptable. You may, of course, make up your own mind.) 

At any rate, that kind of attitude isn’t for everyone. The honorable hero doesn’t go around shooting first. He waits until someone shoots at him, and then he dispatches the threat with all speed and ease.

There’s a lot to be said for an honorable hero. Someone upstanding, principled and praiseworthy.

Although there is, perhaps, even more to be said for a wily, devious, clever and scheming hero. If nothing else, he’s more likely to be alive to fight another day.

I have occasionally been known to write upstanding, principled and praiseworthy heroes, usually in conjunction with wily, devious, clever and scheming heroines. I’m much more partial to a good bad-boy, though.

Quinn Conlan, the main character in Fortune’s Hero, fits the bill. He’s plenty devious and clever. However, he’s also principled in his own way.

Like Han Solo and Firefly’s Mal Reynolds, he owns a freighter. It’s called the Good Fortune. Some of the freight he carries is hot, and has to get where it’s going under the radar. In other words, he’s a smuggler. And he’s not above bending and breaking every rule he has to, to get the job done.

What he’s not willing to break is his own moral code. It’s not a code that necessarily coincides with anyone else’s, let alone with the law, but he has one, and it’s important to him. He’ll lie, he’ll cheat, and he’ll steal—but he won’t compromise what he thinks is right, even if no one else agrees with him.

I’ve always been a sucker for a good anti-hero.

So what do you think? Is it okay for the hero to be less than heroic? Is it okay if he shoots first? At which point does he stop being the loveable bad-boy hero and start being the bad guy, do you think? (And if you feel so inclined, feel free to give me your opinion on the whole “Han shot first” controversy too, while you’re at it.)

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New York Times bestselling author Jennie Bentley/Jenna Bennett writes the Do It Yourself home renovation mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime and the Cutthroat Business mysteries for her own gratification. She also writes a variety of romance, from contemporary to futuristic and from paranormal to romantic suspense. Her latest release is Fortune’s Hero, first in the Soldiers of Fortune science fiction romantic suspense series from Entangled Publishing. For more information, please visit her website, www.jennabennett.com

12.08.2012

S.O.S. :: Seeking On Sunday Meme (#3)


Seeking On Sunday is a once-a-month meme hosted by RhiReading to bring together readers who are looking for book suggestions. It is open to any blogger on the 2nd Sunday of each month who wishes to post one of the following:

  • an 'If you like this book/series/author, I think you will enjoy this book/series/author because...' suggestion post
  •  
  • a post seeking commentors' book suggestions within a certain set of terms
  •  
  • a post seeking the name of a book the blogger can recall details about but can't remember the name of

This is for ALL bloggers, not just book bloggers! If you're seeking bread baking books or suggesting board books for babies or having a difficult time finding the name of the romance novel you read the blurb of while standing in line at the grocery store this meme is for you. Here is a great example of how you can do it.

 
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12.07.2012

Weekend Reading [12/07-12/09] :: Happy Hanukkah & whatcha reading?

 
Drat! The hubs was away on business all week so we carved out this afternoon to go see a movie together. Ever since we got home I've had the start of a headache coming on. Now I'm getting migraine symptoms. Grrrrr. So I'll try and make this short and sweet...
 
Saw BD:2 and owe thanks to everyone who behaved and didn't spoil the little twist there for me. Even knowing there was one I didn't see it coming. I was actually pretty pleased with it aside from a few cringey silly parts. It was nice to see the credits went full on for all 5 flicks' cast. Our son started laughing at us for going to see Twilight... as all 13-year-old boys have to (duh!) but I'm still glad we spent the astronomical amount of money a movie ticket costs anyway. ;) Anyone else who's not a Twihard still enjoy the films?
 
This weekend we've got our Christmas project for the tot to work on again and we're hoping to get our Star Wars tree decorated. Speaking of trees... you have got to check out one of my bestie's pics from the Festival of Tree that benefits Primary Children's Medical Center, the facility that cared for her little boy when he was born with a heart defect. I wish I could go see all those trees in person. Very cool!
 
This weekend is also time for another S.O.S. meme... I'd love to see anyone participate! Even if it's not until later in the week. I have a recommendation request already ready to go so be sure and drop in to answer, it's a broad one.
 
I'll be continuing my re-read of Laura Kaye's NORTH OF NEED and the first story from A GALACTIC HOLIDAY which seems pretty fitting to my weekend project. Scifi Romance plus Christmas = Geekgasm. I liked Stacy Gail's short from last winter's Steampunk Christmas anthology from Carina Press and so far this one is good.

Anywho, the nausea and light sensitivity is kicking into high gear. Time to go figure out dinner and take my meds so I can survive the rest of the evening without sticking my head in the oven. :P Have a good one... and as always... tell me what you're reading! -- Rhi

12.05.2012

Guest Post: Author Karen Erickson [JANE'S GIFT Blog Tour]



The holidays are a busy time. With the hustle and bustle of shopping, decorating, parties and family get-togethers, it can be exhausting. Did you also know it’s one of the busiest times for your local fire station? Unattended candles, old Christmas lights on trees, old lights strewn around your house…all of these things are major fire hazards.

My dad is a retired arson investigator so this was an extra busy time of year for him. Even before he was an arson investigator, he was a captain at a CAL Fire (California’s state run fire department) station—just like my hero Chris Nelson from my latest book JANE’S GIFT. My dad spent a lot of time away from home during the holidays, or he was on call. And forget about the summer. That guy would disappear for a month sometimes, out on a huge forest fire!

So let’s not forget to thank the people who are out there working their tails off during the holidays. From the firefighters to the police officers, from the mall cops to the poor bedraggled retail workers (ha, I’m talking from five years’ experience as a poor, bedraggled retail worker), from the doctors and nurses to the guy who’s out there plowing the snow from the highways so you can make it to grandma’s house, they all deserve a hearty thank you!

And they also deserve a very Merry Christmas—so do you. J

Jane’s Gift blurb:

A fire captain afraid of commitment. A widow afraid of fire. Can the holidays bring them together?

A devastating house fire cost Jane Clark nearly everything: her husband, her confidence, and her looks, with the physical scars marbling her body. Now, two years later, she's living and healing back in her childhood hometown of Lone Pine Lake. The upcoming holidays are the perfect opportunity to bring some Christmas cheer into her young children's lives, starting with a visit to the firehouse, where her brother's best friend has offered to help quell their residual fears.

Lone Pine's resident playboy, fire captain Christian Nelson is happy with his single-guy lifestyle. He's an everyday local hero, so he's never wanting for attention around the holidays. But when Jane Clark shows up, Chris is immediately drawn to the beautiful widow--even though kids and commitment have never been his style.

Despite her brother's warnings about his friend's playboy status and dangerous occupation, Jane can't help but fall for the gorgeous fire captain. The holidays are a time of new beginnings, but can two scarred people find the strength to let go of their pasts to live in the present, when a lifetime together might be the sweetest gift of all?

 

You can find JANE’S GIFT at Amazon | B&N | Kobo

You can keep up with the Jane’s Gift blog tour by visiting the official virtual book tour page.

Where you can find Karen: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Pinterest

 

12.04.2012

Review: Jane's Gift by Karen Erickson

Jane's Gift by Karen Erickson
Category Romance, Contemporary Romance, Holiday
Ebook $2.99 (171 pages, BLISS/ENTANGLED PUBLISHING)
A devastating house fire cost Jane Clark nearly everything: her husband, her confidence, and her looks, with the physical scars marbling her body. Now, two years later, she’s living and healing back in her childhood hometown of Lone Pine Lake. The upcoming holidays are the perfect opportunity to bring some Christmas cheer into her young children’s lives, starting with a visit to the firehouse, where her brother’s best friend has offered to help quell their residual fears.
Lone Pine’s resident playboy, fire captain Christian Nelson is happy with his single-guy lifestyle. He’s an everyday local hero, so he’s never wanting for attention around the holidays. But when Jane Clark shows up, Chris is immediately drawn to the beautiful widow—even though kids and commitment have never been his style.
Despite her brother’s warnings about his friend’s playboy status and dangerous occupation, Jane can’t help but fall for the gorgeous fire captain. The holidays are a time of new beginnings, but can two scarred people find the strength to let go of their pasts to live in the present, when a lifetime together might be the sweetest gift of all?

Author Site: karenwritesromance.com

Short, Sweet & Filled With Holiday Spirit (4 stars)

Two years ago, Jane Clark lost her husband and her home in a tragic house fire. Left with burn scars that remind her of how she almost lost her life too, she's still struggling to rebuild the life she lost. Returning to her hometown of Lone Pine Lake, Jane's focus is on making her three children feel safe and happy after so much trauma. There's nothing like the Christmas season to bring joy and smiles. But on a trip to the local firehouse where the idea is to strip away some of the lingering fear from the accident that took their father and scarred their mother, it's the handsome fire captain who charms the kids.

Christian Nelson has a reputation for serial dating that suits his lifestyle just fine. Lone Pine Lake has plenty of female attention for a sexy local hero but from that first encounter he's drawn to Jane. Everything about her goes against what usually interests him but maybe she's just what an emotionally scarred commitment-phobe needs. And maybe Christian is just what Jane and her kids need at the holidays... and beyond.

I'll admit that JANE'S GIFT is not something I would usually pick up. If it were set during some other time of the year it probably wouldn't have caught my attention. But as Christmas approaches I always find myself eager to dive into holiday themed romances. They just have a way of helping me get into the mood for celebrating in a way nothing else does. If you experience the same thing it's definitely one to pick up!

While it's about the equivalent of a made-for-TV movie by literary standards it's by no means bad. Christian is a little cookie-cutter and Jane is a little flat but their struggles are relatable and the fluffy storyline a sweet, quick read. The secondary characters help the story along and could easily get your wondering if Erickson might not write about them in future Bliss titles (hint, hint).

If you're looking for a light romantic read for a boost of holiday spirit I definitely recommend giving JANE'S GIFT a go.



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Sonya's Stuff

Notes: Review copy received via publisher.

Review: All the Broken Pieces by Cindi Madsen

All the Broken Pieces by Cindi Madsen
Young Adult, Mystery
Paperback $9.99 (304 pages, ENTANGLED TEEN)
What if your life wasn’t your own?
Liv comes out of a coma with no memory of her past and two distinct, warring voices inside her head. Nothing, not even her reflection, seems familiar. As she stumbles through her junior year, the voices get louder, insisting she please the popular group while simultaneously despising them. But when Liv starts hanging around with Spencer, whose own mysterious past also has him on the fringe, life feels complete for the first time in, well, as long as she can remember.
Liv knows the details of the car accident that put her in the coma, but as the voices invade her dreams, and her dreams start feeling like memories, she and Spencer seek out answers. Yet the deeper they dig, the less things make sense. Can Liv rebuild the pieces of her broken past, when it means questioning not just who she is, but what she is?

Author Site: cindimadsen.com

For every teen who has ever struggled to find where they belong... (4 stars)

When Liv awakes from a coma the circumstances of her car accident seem like a reasonable answer to her lack of memories. In a new town her family is making a fresh start after the tragic accident that nearly took her from her parents. But there's something off about it all. Torn between two different instincts as a pair of voices conflict within her head she questions her sanity, Liv tries to understand where its all coming from. Struggling to make new friends and find her place amongst her peers, Liv befriends the enigmatic Spencer, a boy with a past that he doesn't want to remember... the very opposite of her problem.

With Spencer's aid Liv is determined to unravel the questionable lucid dreams that feel like memories that are making it impossible to be normal. But every new development only makes the possiblities of what really happened in her accident more unbelievable. If Liv wants to find the truth it could mean destroying the only life she knows.

ALL THE BROKEN PIECES is one of those 'what-if' type of stories that is a little bit predictable just from seeing the cover. That aside, the journey from there is well executed and has enough showing instead of just telling to make it an enjoyable read. Liv begins as a bit of a blank canvas and through the book you can feel that everything really is a struggle for her. Somehow that makes her endearing and relatable. Spencer is mysterious and a little bit unreal but in the sort of way that really works for YA novels. He's a little broody in the way that Twilight fans seem to relish.

While ultimately lacking in the twist I was hoping for, ALL THE BROKEN PIECES was a good read that I would definitely recommend for YA readers in need of a weekend page-turner. Whether intentional or not I really felt like Madsen did a great job of taking a predictable plot and making it a great metaphor for one of the biggest frustrations of teenhood—figuring out who you are!




Notes: ARC received via publisher.

11.30.2012

W.R. [11/30-12/02] :: Holiday projects, saving $$$, & books of course!

 
I love buying gifts for the people I love... but gawd do I hate shopping. It's, of course, that time of the year again. I'm not actually all that big on Christmas. Considering the 'reason for the season' it makes no sense for me to celebrate it at all. With no offense intended to any of you my dear readers... I've been quite perturbed with the Christian community as a whole of late. It's not fair of me to judge an entire collective of folks based on their choice of religion but it seems like lately the ones in my family and many of the blogging groups I've come across have done a thorough job of offending me or being hipocritical. Coming from the Christian childhood I had the whole lot of it has just left a sour taste in my mouth which ruins the season for me a bit. I'd kind of love it if people forgot the reason for the season an just enjoyed some good old fashioned give and get, overeat and overspend. lol
 
This year, money's tighter than ever even though I've worked my butt off couponing, taking surveys, and such to save or earn extra money. But that doesn't mean it'll be a sucky holiday. We're just getting more creative. Which has meant I was a bit busy this week and fell down on the job blogging. One of our gifts this year is a dress-up closet for the tot. The old dresser I was using for holding craft stuff I rarely use is getting a major make-over which has been a bit of a big undertaking for the hubs and I... neither of us is all that handy. But with wood putty, fabric and spray adhesive, paint, new drawer pulls, and a few other things we're hoping it will be amazing because I scored a bunch of clearanced halloween costumes (mostly Monster High ones no less!) for $2 and under after Halloween. It is taking a lot of my spare time to work on it and my other gift giving.
 
I'm hoping to get caught up on reviews over the course of the next week. I'm not getting a lot of time to read by day and our evenings have been really chaotic with school stuff, party invites, and trying to catch up on the TV shows I've been missing. I have two guests coming up in the next ten days and think the next couple of weeks I'll be focusing a little bit on holiday themed fiction. I could really use the seasonal spirit boost. Anyone else love reading a paranormal or romance tale with some Christmas time flavor?

Right now I'm working on Jane's Gift which is very outside my usual taste in plot but has that sort of goopy romantic fluff that I know lots of readers loooove. ;) It's sweet and so far pretty enjoyable, I can easily put myself in Jane's shoes which helps me root for the HEA. The author has a couple of other holiday short stories I might have to check out that are currently only 99¢ on Amazon, Fairies & Wishes, Santa Baby, and A Very Sexy Christmas.

I hope y'all get some time to read this weekend, the hubs had to swap days with someone who needed it so we're not gonna be doing our tree like we'd hoped. *pout* But hopefully we'll find some time to at least start it... I'm sick of looking at it all naked. lol Drop in and tell me what you're reading eh?

And now I'm off to make dinner so I can then pack us up to go get the fabric I mentioned earlier... using my 50% off coupon before it expires. ;) -- Rhi

11.21.2012

Long Weekend W.R. [11/21-11/25] :: O'Kane ♥, Holiday Madness, & that pic I forgot to share from Halloween...

The Nerd & the Witch... who wants to write that PNR title?
& yes he's pretending to grab my boob... *facepalm*
Wow. Thanksgiving crept up on me.

It's kind of a bittersweet holiday for me. It makes me miss my grandparents, the ones who have passed and the ones who are still alive, just too far away for a get-together. I'm having an especially hard time with it for some reason this year. Maybe because I feel very alone in my RL in general? Why does everyone I love have to be so far from me and everyone too sickly and/or poor to be able to uphold these kind of rituals. I sometimes wonder if I'm borderline OCD because rituals to mark time help me stay focused and motivated.

This weekend our son turns 13, I will officially be the parent of a teenager! It's freaking scary. Not so much because it makes me feel old—which it most definitely is doing—but because I'm realizing how close we are to him becoming a man. I hope he will turn out to be a good one and learn from the generations of men he descends from's many mistakes. I hope in a few years this phase of not liking to acknowledge me as someone he loves outside of a goodnight hug will pass too. It's rough being a boy's mom sometimes. lol Where once he would get mad if I didn't hug and kiss him before he went into school, now he won't even let me call him by his special parental nickname in public without getting mad.

I'm ready for it to be Christmas! I'm sick of everyone—and no offense is intended by this so please no one spork me over saying it—bitching on Facebook about how the stores are open on Thanksgiving. Just be thankful (note the key word there) that your family members have jobs!!! My hubs is working tomorrow and you don't hear me bitchin'. Of course, part of that's because his job saves lives and we could use the extra $$ holiday pay to take care of our own gift giving but sheesh... there are so many things that are more worth the bitch fest! That said, I've never shopped Black Friday. It's rare anything we'd want to be gifting is going to be that great of sale item. I'm easy... buy me slippers, sweets, Sims expansions, TV seasons on DVD, or action figures/dolls/whatever I'm collecting and I'm happy. I don't need some giant TV or a laptop that only has 10% of the specs I need for gaming just cause they're on sale. :P

Are any of you planning to brave the crowds? Please be safe if you are! I've heard horror stories and worked enough BF's in my younger years to know it can get rage inducing and violent.

If, like me, you're planning to spend your weekend at home what are you gonna be up to? I'm fantasizing about leftovers and playing The Sims 3 if I can swing it. I'm working on A Hint of Frost: Araneae Nation which is a bit more fantasy than anything I've read in ages but is such a wicked neat concept as far as the 'people' go. I'm still not sure what exactly they are... dragons or a sort is kind of what I'm getting. It's strange and I already love the heroine but hate the hero. It might actually be the first Samhain title I've actually read now that I'm pondering on it... no wait... wasn't something I read by Moira Rogers from Samhain? Hmmm. I shall have to look into it.

While I'm on the subject of Moira Rogers/Kit Rocha... Zazzle has a 40% off deal on mugs today only! So you can grab the awesomesauce O'Kane coffee mug for under $10. I actually had a $10 promo code emailed to me so I got mine for only $5.95 (plus the shitty $5.99 for shipping) this morning. Can't wait for it to arrive so I can join the gallery. Now I've gotta watch for the T-shirt to have a promo. Wouldn't the Stone Green or Grey be freaking awesome? (OH! and if you're a MyPoints member you get 7pts per dollar spent on Zazzle when you go through their link... not a member? Leave a comment with your email addy and I'll invite you... I've earned a $50 giftcard for Amazon already this year and almost to another one).

Well, anywho... my kitchen looks like a dirty dish bomb went off and I could use a cup of tea. If you're celebrating this weekend have a lovely holiday and if not... stay out of trouble. :P I didn't want to get all saptastic and do one of those lists of things I'm thankful for but who knows what tomorrow might bring if my morning goes as planned. Just know that you wonderful people who read my posts and write books for me to read are one of the biggest blessings I'm thankful for every day of the year, not just the holidays. *hugs all around* ♥ -- Rhi

11.16.2012

W.R. [11/16-11/18] :: Goals, Catharsis, and Random Musings

Click me so you can see me!

Another week flew by and I'm left with this really baffled look on my face because I don't know how Friday is here already. lol I've been busy working on Christmas shopping (yes really, I start very early), a huuuuge filing cabinet clearing out, and attempting to get health insurance stuff sorted out for next year. It's crazy how looking at old bank statements—I found some that were 10 years old—can remind you of funny things. Seeing where we went out for dinner or a payment going for my old message boards, even medical bills from the birth of the tot had a funny way of putting things in perspective during times that seem really confusing and scary politically speaking. It feels good to be running some of these things through the shredder... likes overdraft notices from years ago and old cell phone bills that tell a strange story of their own. It's all been very cathartic.

When I haven't been shredding papers and trying to decide which insurance plan is best for our family I've attempted to read. I'm sad to report that a book I had really wanted to love fell flat for me. But I'm finally on track as far as my Goodreads reading goal for the year is concerned. 75 books was my goal for this year. I did 85 last year and knew this year would be harder with the little one in a new stage and the elder kidlets being teenagers. Did you guys set reading goals this year? I find them both good and bad, good in that they keep me challenged so I don't slack off and bad in that I get discouraged when I'm not making huge progress ahead of where I should be.


 
Last night I started Born to Be Wild. I don't usually read romantic suspense but I thought the change of pace might be stimulating for my brain without straying too far. I really wanted to start Greta and the Goblin King because I've been anticipating it for a long time and finally saw the review copies on NetGalley but I do owe reviews to a few authors who've requested first. But expect me to get started on it around the end of the month. I'm honored that so many indie authors have been approaching me with their books but have had to turn down many due to time constraints. What are you guys reading this weekend?
It looks like a lot of y'all will be hitting the theater. I completely forgot today was T:BD2 until this morning. I'm strangely very neutral to Twilight. I read the books and have enjoyed the movies but it's not something I'm fangirly over. I think I might be the only one. lol Anyone else enjoy them but not frantic to be first in line at the box office?
 
On that note I am off to take a Sims 3 break. I've been in dire need of video game time after months of not playing one. I find that The Sims 3 has this weird stress reducing quality reading doesn't have for me. Probably because I can control everything. ;) Have a wonderful weekend and don't forget to leave a comment telling me what you're reading! -- Rhi
 
P.S. -- I will draw the giftcard winners on Sunday when I have time to sit down without the hubs and kids demanding my attention. That way I can make sure there weren't any spammer entries and get the GCs to the winners as soon as they email me back. Thanks for waiting everyone. :)

11.15.2012

Review: Tales of the Macabre by Edgar Allen Poe & Benjamin Lacombe

Tales of the Macabre by Edgar Allan Poe and Benjamin Lacombe
Classics, Illustrated Classics, Horror
Release Date: November 27th
Hardcover $29.95 (224 pages, ARCHAIA ENTERTAINMENT) A unique luxury edition of some of Edgar Allan Poe's famous short stories, Tales of the Macabre takes the reader into the heart of a dozen stories, including The Fall of The House of Usher, Berenice, and The Black Cat... all beautifully illustrated by Benjamin Lacombe. Includes Charles Baudelaire's essay on Poe's life and works.
Author Site: benjaminlacombe.com

Lovely giftable edition for the Poe fanatic (4 stars)

It's been years since I sat down and devoured Poe's Tell-Tale Heart for school related purposes but it made a mark on my teenaged psyche that set a tone for my favoring stories where madness and murder, melancholy and fright are embraced. When I saw this illustrated version of TALES OF THE MACABRE I was absolutely thrilled. Aside from Edward Gorey and Victoria Frances I can't imagine another illustrator I'd be more excited to see lending imagery to these classicly horrific tales.

I am by no means a Poe afficianado but I have a soft spot for illustrated classics and though at times I felt the pictures didn't suit the page they were placed on this is a tome that fans are sure to delight in. I was actually wishing I knew a teenager who was new to Poe that I could gift this to because I think I'd have treasured it during my teen years. Lacombe's large eyed and haunted looking character illustrations have a certain surreal and spooky quality that works so well. In particular I loved those for The Black Cat and Lenore.

The addition of essays regarding Poe's life and how his works came about was fascinating. Previously, I honestly knew very little about Poe and his rather tragic life only enriches the reader's experience of each somber story shared here. I would recommend this edition of Poe's macabre tales to Poe newbies and collectors alike.



Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

11.12.2012

Giveaway EXTENSION & my apologies!


Happy Monday dear readers!

How did you spend last week? I had a lot of unexpectedness drop on me and thank goodness I had S.O.S. already typed and scheduled or I would have dropped the ball on it.

With my birthday I had a surprise visit from my cousin which meant slight changes in my plans for the week. Then our weather went from 60° the day before to 20° with more than a foot of snow on the actual day of my birthday. :( Yucky!

In spite of the bad weather, icy roads, and extra company I went ahead as planned for throwing a post-birthday Dance Central 3 party. We had an absolute blast but I had to do a lot of baking and cooking and making bingo cards and stuff so before I knew it I hadn't had time for reading or email in 5 days! Which means I missed the cover reveal I was supposed to be in on for Friday, Weekend Reading, and I'm behind on my yearly reading goal again. I've been banging my head on my desk all morning as I go through them all.

Because I was so swamped I didn't get any last minute reminders or promotion in for S.O.S. and the giveaway so I hope y'all don't mind that I extended it for a few more days so you can get that extra 25 entries for posting a S.O.S. post on your blog. :)

And on that note... what do you think of DESTINY's cover? It's crazy weird but the model very much fit how I pictured Ethan.
 
Well now... I best be off to promote S.O.S. really fast like and try to make sense of all these emails. I'm still exhausted from all the excitement last week but hopefully I'll be back on reading track by the weekend. Have a great one! -- Rhi

11.10.2012

S.O.S. :: Seeking On Sunday Meme (#2)


Seeking On Sunday is a once-a-month meme hosted by RhiReading to bring together readers who are looking for book suggestions. It is open to any blogger on the 2nd Sunday of each month who wishes to post one of the following:


  • an 'If you like this book/series/author, I think you will enjoy this book/series/author because...' suggestion post

  •  
  • a post seeking commentors' book suggestions within a certain set of terms

  • a post seeking the name of a book the blogger can recall details about but can't remember the name of


This is for ALL bloggers, not just book bloggers! If you're seeking bread baking books or suggesting board books for babies or having a difficult time finding the name of the romance novel you read the blurb of while standing in line at the grocery store this meme is for you. Here is a great example of how you can do it.

 
Grab the button to share in your post &
feel free to share it in your sidebar too.




I'm almost embarrassed to post this particular S.O.S. because it might give the wrong impression... lol

This month I'm seeking...

11.05.2012

6 Hours Left: EPIC Double Time Giveaway!

I've been wanting to read this series since before the first book came out but as usual I'm behind the curve. If it weren't for Crystal I wouldn't even have noticed this giveaway. Anywho, I don't usually share them but this is a pretty great one I thought many of my readers would want to check out.

 
And of course if you don't win you can always grab your copies (& pre-order) on Amazon:
 
 

Review: Down for the Count by Christine Bell

Down for the Count (Dare Me #1) by Christine Bell
Contemporary Romance, Category Romance
Ebook $2.99 (128 pages, ENTANGLED/BRAZEN)
Truth or dare…
When Lacey Garrity finds her groom in flagrante delicto in the reception hall closet with her bridesmaid, she's saved by her best friend’s older brother—childhood tormentor, crush, and boxing bad boy Galen Thomas. Galen’s solution is both exciting and dangerous. What better way to forget the mess of her life than go on her honeymoon with a hot guy who can’t promise anything beyond today?
…or TKO?
Galen had been counting on Lacey's wedding to put her out of reach—and out of his mind—once and for all, but their steamy Puerto Rican escape is testing all his boundaries. Now that Lacey’s embracing her inner bad girl, Galen is tempted to throw in the towel and claim her for himself. But with the biggest fight of his career on the line and an important business merger threatening to derail Lacey’s resolve, their romance might be down for the count before it even begins.

Author Site: christine-bell.com

 Come for the steamy, stay for the giggles... (5 stars)

What would you do if you caught your new husband getting it on with one of your bridesmaids in a broom closet during the reception? Lacey Garrity needs the answer to that from the first pages of DOWN FOR THE COUNT. Fortunately, her best friend, Cat, takes the reigns on that one, taking up handling the scene while having her older brother Galen rush Lacey out of there. As her childhood crush Galen was always off-limits but when he convinces her to take off on her honeymoon without the wayward groom the pair find themselves fighting a mutual attraction that's reached a boiling point.

But Galen's boxing career and Lacey's overbearing family could make any chance at their relationship being more than a rebound complicated. Will the magic of their week in Puerto Rico solidify something special that's been years in the making or prove to be just a fling before returning to reality?

Oh, Christine Bell, how do I love thee? Dear readers, if you haven't tried her books yet I think I have to say start here! As much as I have adored the three other titles I've read by Bell, this one really takes the cake in terms of being an overall package. I honestly wasn't expecting much from the best-friend's-older-brother/childhood-crush trope but managed to be greatly surprised. Bell worked it in such a way it didn't feel as creepy as I tend to expect and Galen isn't quite the bad boy I was expecting. Sure, he's a boxer and sexually confident, but not as deviant as one might expect. In contrast, Lacey is shockingly naive and will definitely annoy readers who blanch at a heroine who constantly questions herself. That's what works very well to build the romance and sensual tensions through the story though, I loved that Galen sort of takes her under his wing with big romantic (and sexual) gestures that bring Lacey out of her shell.

Peppered with what I've come to know as Bell's signature LOL-inducing humor, DOWN FOR THE COUNT, manages to take a category romance trope and turn it into some really devourable reading. The story isn't anything particularly original and I admit that the climatic scene between Lacey and Galen was so cheesy I was looking for some tortilla chips to gobble it up with, but really that's what makes it just plain fun.

If you love a hero who worships the heroine in the bedroom (or the pool!), watching a heroine stop holding back and reaching for what she wants, and giggle-inducing moments that are unforgettable you can't got wrong with DOWN FOR THE COUNT. If you've enjoyed any of the other titles in the Brazen line this one is a MUST-read in my humble opinion. Loved it!



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11.02.2012

Weekend Reading [11/02-11/04] :: Tracing Moonlight, how do you like your swag?, & birthday plans...

 
At some point last week my husband got the mail which is usually something I do. He came in and handed me 'some creepy junkmail thingy'...
 
Taking the stack of mail I resisted the urge to slap him and tore into my goodies from Bree & Donna. The hubs still thinks I'm being stalked by some weirdo who sends junkmail but I was doing a happy dance. As I snapped these pics to show y'all I thought... 'gee, I wonder who else out there has a swag collection?'. Which then lead to another idea involving finding someone who wants to do some swag trades but I'll leave that for another time.

But I would love to know... what's your favorite kind of swag? My favorites are bookmarks and trading cards. Bookmarks for obvious reasons, trading cards because they hardcore play to my inner geek. You'd have to laugh but years ago I made digital trading cards for my RPG group friends of their characters. *snicker* Not nearly as nice as the ones authors are sending out but it was really fun and my friends loved them. :)

This weekend I'm a bit bogged down with RL. I haven't had an actual birthday party in decades. I just never have much of a social circle and usually spend mine with family. So this year I suggested we go out dancing with some friends but with the economy crappy and people having stuff going on next weekend we got a better idea. Dance Central 3 on the Kinect, I'm whipping up some goodies from cookbooks I got on NetGalley, and an adult hot cocoa bar. I'm hoping people show up or I'm gonna fill up on cookies and schnapps laced hot chocolate then dance til I pass out all alone.

When I'm not busy party planning, juggling the kids, making baked crab rangoon, and helping the hubs with falconry biz I'll be working on A Trace of Moonlight. I'm still butt-hurt about being ignored for the blog tour but the book has been really enjoyable so far. I heart Allison for putting Abby onto the page and just about everything she's put into the world of the series. If you haven't started it yet it should say something that it's one of only five series I preorder as soon as they can be preordered.

Anywho, if I get a moment I might jump back into Pilgrim of the Sky which is F-ing amazing. The weird thing is I'm working on it slowly because it has such a strangely wonderful concept. It just blew my mind so much from the get-go I knew I couldn't rush it or I'd be confused. Very cool and fresh. I can't wait to see what other readers think of it. :)

And on that note I am off to dabble in a glass of red wine and maybe some La Roux (I am so obsessed with In For The Kill (Skream's Let's Get Ravey Remix) it's not funny lol) for a few then book and bed. I hope y'all have a great weekend and as always drop in and tell me what you have planned and what you're reading! ♥ -- Rhi


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