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♥ -- Rhi


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

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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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Notes: Review copy received via publisher.

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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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