THE BRIDE – Julie Garwood

May 30, 2006 at 5:00 pm (Books I've Enjoyed)

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New reading is slow in coming for me lately, so for my book review Tuesday, I’m relying on another old favorite from Madame Garwood: THE BRIDE

FROM THE PUBLISHER
By edict of the king, the mighty Scottish laird Alec Kincaid must take an English bride. His choice was Jamie, youngest daughter of Baron Jamison…a feisty, violet-eyed beauty. Alec ached to touch her, to tame her, to possess her…forever. But Jamie vowed never to surrender to this highland barbarian.
He was everything her heart warned against—an arrogant scoundrel whose rough good looks spoke of savage pleasures. And thought Kincaid’s scorching kisses fired her blood, she brazenly resisted him…until one rapturous moment quelled their clash of wills, and something far more dangerous than desire threatened to conquer her senses…


The bride dares to wear black to her wedding. When the groom is an enormous Scottish laird, that says alot about her daring and character. Any of Julie’s medievals are worth noting, but this is among the top 3 of my yearly re-read list. Hmmm… I might even have to pull it off my shelf to enjoy it again shortly.

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Dreamwork Monday

May 29, 2006 at 4:30 pm (Cover Art That Kicks A$$)

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P.C. Cast always has the most amazing covers. So far, this is my favorite. It’s a pity that you don’t get the full affect here. It’s got great texture with all sorts of sparkling glitter that (yippee)doesn’t come off on your hands. Pick it up at a bookstore for the full wow experience.

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American Idol Results Are In

May 25, 2006 at 4:34 pm (Gab, Movie/Media Reviews)

Usually Thursdays are set aside for movie reviews, but with the closing of this American Idol season, I thought I’d chat a bit about my thoughts on the results.

1 – I still think Chris Daughtry got ripped off. Granted, he didn’t need the show — I believe he would have succeeded in the business without AI.

2- What the heck happened to Clay Aiken? I almost didn’t even recognize him. Was that black hair or is the color on my TV screwed up? I do have admit that the Clay Aiken wanna be’s reaction to Clay on stage was priceless, however.

3- The cheesy awards for best/worst reminded me of those dreaded yearbook surveys in highschool. Two hours. Really? It could have been cut to an hour by losing all that.

4- I wish Kelly Pickler hadn’t chopped off all her beautiful hair!

5- Elliot can saaaaaaaaaaang!

6 – I’m probably going to get kicked on the street for this, but I would like Katherine so much more if I didn’t feel like she was trying so hard to be sexy all the time. She comes across as so arrogant.

7 – Chicken Little – ok, don’t even remember his name, but have this to say : Still not a fan. Did he ever really have a chance?

8- OMG! Was that really Prince? It was, it was!!! Quality of show just skyrocketed.

9 – Did I mention I hope Taylor wins?

10 – More people voted for American Idol than the any president ever. Really? Priorities people!

AND THE WINNER IS………………..
TAYLOR HICKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At least the overwhelming voters got it right 🙂

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Dreamwork Monday

May 22, 2006 at 4:35 pm (Cover Art That Kicks A$$)

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Stunning future release by Sunny; Berkley up-and-coming rising star. Look at the amazingly smooth curves here! Beautiful without being smutty.

It wont be on sale until Feb 07, but based on the cover alone, I plan to pick it up. She does have a release due out this year, Mona Lisa Awakening, with equally beautiful artwork that I couldn’t find a picture of 😦

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Problem with Impatience

May 19, 2006 at 4:38 pm (Gab)

impatient.gifHere’s the problem with being an impatient person. You spends days, weeks, maybe even years anticipating something, but eventually, that something comes and A:) it’s a let down, or B:) you revel in it for two minutes before moving on to anticpate the NEXT thing.

Case in point: I’m patiently (cough cough) awaiting my editor’s decision on which of my proposals will be my second book. I’m patiently (choke) awaiting her opinion on the first book. Every day is agony. I’m going slightly psycho. But I know that, should I find out both of those today, I’ll take a day to feel light as air (or completely stress if her opinions are less than glorious) but then a new wave of anticpation begins and all of my focus will once again be centered on what’s not here yet. The cover! What will my cover look like??? Revisions. How much? How bad? Reviewers. Oh…that’s going to require my moving out of the house for the health of my children, I’m sure.

So how do you enjoy the present moment? Why am I not still overjoyed that I sold a book at all? It was my life’s dream. I should be the happiest, cheeriest person alive. But I’m moody and gloomy and… yes, impatient.

I couldn’t wait for my children to be born. Then I couldn’t wait for them to walk. To talk. To start school. I’m going to have to work on this, because my kids have grown up so quickly, it’s a blur, and I don’t want that to happen to my publishing experience too. Maybe if I get a handle on it now, I’ll actually be “present” to enjoy the rest of my kids’ childhoods.

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TO PLEASURE A PRINCE – Sabrina Jeffries

May 16, 2006 at 5:02 pm (Books I've Enjoyed)

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To Pleasure a Prince reminds me of the regency-set Julie Garwoods from several years ago. The dark hero who’s so Alpha he bosses himself around. The heroine who is flawed but unafraid of the ogre-hero, who is tiny but leads him around by his nose.

Know what that means? Yep. I loved it. I loved Regina’s flaws, I loved the fact that I wanted to climb through the pages and slap the crap out of Marcus. I love all the wagers made in this book, because you just know at some point, the person referred to in each bet will find out and conflict will insue. I also love the fact that Ms. Jeffries didn’t try to make those moments the BIG BLACK MOMENT, the predictable, this will tear them apart scenes. She used them as little gray moments and saved far more personal conflicts for that BIG BLACK MOMENT, so that, while you could guess what was going to happen, you never really knew when or how Ms. Jeffries was going to pull it off.

Will I read Sabrina Jeffries again? Absolutely. TO PLEASURE A PRINCE was part of the Royal Brotherhood Series, and I’m looking forward to reading the others in that series when I’m in the mood for this time period again.

Did I like the cover? Oh yeah. It’s very very sensual.

Oh, and for those who were wondering – yes, Ms. Jeffries has every right to give workshops on great dialogue and unskippable love scenes. She’s done a brilliant job with both.

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A Perfect Night In

May 16, 2006 at 4:36 pm (Gab)

Last night was the perfect night. The husband was out of town (which I usually hate), the kids were in bed by 9:00, I turned on audio visions on DTV, turned down all the lights, leaving only the faint light above my fireplace on. I lit candles and made myself a pot of de-stress tea. Then, I buried myself in the recliner with a blanket and TO PLEASURE A PRINCE by Sabrina Jeffries. At one point, I almost wept from the perfection of those quiet, peaceful moments. Those moments are rare when you have 2 kids under the age of ten. But I had my perfect night last night, and I am hoping the euphoria of it lingers for a few days.

Anyway, if you’ve read my other book review thoughts, you might already know that my love of the regency-set historical novel is not what it was when I was a teen. That doesn’t mean I don’t respect it. Nor does it mean that I don’t have a LOT of them on my TBR shelf. Why have them on my shelf if I don’t love to read them? Because once I’m a fan, I’m almost always going to be a fan forever, which means I continue to buy my favorite authors, put them on the shelf, and pray that I’ll be in the mood to read them one day.

But Sabrina Jeffries wasn’t one of my favorite authors, one of those people I buy out of loyalty. Instead, she crept onto my TBR shelf because I have heard her workshops on dialogue and writing unskippable lovescenes and so I wanted to see if she really knew what she was talking about. I’d never read Ms. Jeffries before. I will definitely read her again 🙂 She has officially become one of my “loyal” reads, to be bought and put aside for when I’m in the mood for this time period.

Find out why she’s been added with this week’s book review – TO PLEASURE A PRINCE.

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Dreamwork Monday

May 15, 2006 at 4:37 pm (Cover Art That Kicks A$$)

knight.jpgIn keeping with last week’s Mercedes Lackey covers – One Good Knight; another Luna release with exquisite art work.

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CRASH

May 11, 2006 at 5:22 pm (Movie/Media Reviews)

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Starring: Everyone who ever made a movie

Matt Dillion is a racist cop. Sandra Bullock is a snobby white bitch. Don Cheadle is ignorant about the Latino culture…. there’s not a single race in this movie that isn’t hated by someone.

Crash is the kind of movie that makes you feel guilty, even if you’ve never had a racist thought in your head. Everything you do could possibly affect someone you cross in a huge way, perhaps to change their life forever. The actors hit on so many stereotypes, there’s bound to be at least one that you, yourself are guilty of. (Although there was, surprisingly, a lack of dumb blondes….)

While I wouldn’t say Crash was particularly entertaining or great in the sense of “blockbuster wow”, it is an important story that I believe everyone should watch at least once. It’s really frightening where you might actually recognize yourself within the many stories…

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Dreamwork Monday

May 11, 2006 at 4:39 pm (Cover Art That Kicks A$$)

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Amazing cover this Monday belongs to Mercedes Lackey, though it belongs to a book I read a long time ago. The cover is still stunning.

Fairy Godmother was the launch book for Luna, a fantasy romance line…the only hardcover title they’ve published as far as I know (with the exception of her follow up title, One Good Knight.)

What do you think?

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