Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Books & Pups: My two loves

You have probably seen this, but in case you haven't I wanted to share my latest obsession.  It's no small secret that I love my puppy.  I have made posts on just him.  But now pups have found a way into my favorite hobby, books.  This book, Underwater Dogs, is just about the cutest thing I have ever seen.  Some great, laugh-out-loud, heart warming photos of dogs taken in an ingenious and creative way.  Here are some of my favorite photos:

Monday, December 17, 2012

Karen Marie Moning

The Immortal Highlander by Karen Marie Moning

From the Publisher...


With his long, black hair and dark, mesmerising eyes, Adam Black is Trouble with a capital T. Immortal, arrogant, and intensly sensual, he is free to roam across time and continents in pursuit of his insatiable desires. That is, until a curse strips him of his immortality and makes him invisible, a cruel fate for so irresistible a man. Now Adam's only hope for survival is in the hands of the one woman who can actually see him.

Enter law student Gabrielle O'Callaghan. For Gabrielle, cursed with the ability to see both worlds, Mortal and Faery, it is the beginning of a long, dangerous seduction. But as Adam's quest to regain his immortality plunges them into a world of timeless magic, the price of surrender could be their very lives. Unless they can thwart the cosnpiracy that threatens both Mortal and Faery realms...and give them a shot at a destiny few mortals ever know: glorious, wondrous, endless love...

From Me...

Thursday, December 6, 2012 flees his Haitian homeland and meanders around the United States for decades. He settles in a Wisconsin trailer park filled with elderly tenants. He meets Jake and hires him for odd household jobs. As their relationship progresses, Lucien invites the boy into the world of Voodoo. Jake LaRue lives in foster care with his abusive uncle. The Voodoo lessons give him a sense of power within an otherwise helpless situation. Despite his loner status, he instantly connects with Henry, his only friend in high school. Henry Novak has Asperger’s Syndrome. He fixates on historical events, most recently the 2010 Haitian earthquake. Like Jake, he becomes passionate about the dark side of Voodoo. They learn how to cast spells on those they hate and lust, leading up to dire consequences. Months after the Haitian earthquake, Henry convinces his family to volunteer for the island's reconstruction. Their mission turns into a nightmare when he mysteriously walks off of the campsite. Bad Juju is a balance of horror, romance, and literary fiction intended for adults and mature teens. The plot uses research involving the Voodoo religion.

Author Bio: Dina Rae is a new author that is here to stay. As a former teacher, she brings an academic element to her work. Her research on the Yezidi religion and love of art inspired her story telling for Halo of the Damned. Her second novel, The Last Degree, is a fictionalized account of the Freemason’s role in the New World Order. Dina's grandfather was the Most Worshipful of his lodge. The subject has always held a personal interest. Her latest novel, Bad Juju, is about an old Haitian bokor who mentors two teens in the dark arts. A unique blend of horror, romance, and literary fiction meant for adults and mature teens. Dina lives with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs outside of Chicago. She is an avid reader, tennis player, movie buff, and self-proclaimed expert on conspiracy theories. She has appeared in several literary blogs, newspapers, e-zines, and radio shows as a guest

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas on Wherever Island
Christmas on Wherever Island by Amber Polo


The sun sank lower and slipped into the sea in a splash of white afterglow. Marti turned away from the water and walked as fast as she could in the soft sand toward lights and people.
Raucous dancing bodies surrounded the thatched beach bar strung with flashing red and green Christmas lights, garlands, and glitzy tinsel. Next to a red and black metal Guinness is Good for You sign, she thought she saw the same Santa. Now she wasn’t sure. Everywhere she turned she saw green-eyed, black Santa Clauses. This Santa swayed to the rhythm of the steel drums  and sang about calypso jingle bells. Cliff pulled her through dancing bodies to the bar.
Santa smiled, stopped his song, and held out a square of dark cake.
Marti smelled molasses and ginger and rum...and something else. She wrinkled her nose.
“Ah, ma little lady in red, you come for your cake?”
She reached to take it, but with a shake of his head he pulled back his hand. “No, no. Make da wish first.”
She closed her eyes, and thought, Let me be happy.
“Ah, a good one. Miss.” Santa handed her the cake. “And here.” Into her other hand he placed a paper cup of dark red liquor. He winked. “Da wish will not come true without a bit of island nectar.”
She turned from his piercing green gaze and walked back toward the cottage.
Cliff found her looking out over the now-empty beach to the moonlit ocean.
She licked her fingers. “This is the best fruitcake ever.”
“Some call it wedding cake.”
“Oh. Well. It’s good. But I don’t know about the drink.” She sniffed. “Heavy on rum and licorice...and mango.”
“And magic. Santa Mon says your wish wouldn’t come true if you don’t drink.” He downed his in one swallow. “See. The red is from sorrel. From hibiscus. It’s safe.”
She sipped, then drank hers, licking the last sweet drop from the paper cup’s rim. She immediately stood to go in. Her head spun so dizzily she sat back down.
“You okay?”
“Yes.” She closed her eyes. Two moons twirled. Her body swayed. “Too much sun,” she explained as her knees bent and she collapsed into Cliff’s arms.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Next Always (Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy #1)

by Nora Roberts, MacLeod Andrews (Narrator)

From The Publisher...

The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, changing hands, even rumored hauntings. Now it’s getting a major facelift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. Beckett is the architect of the family, and his social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there’s another project he’s got his eye on: the girl he’s been waiting to kiss since he was fifteen.

After losing her husband and returning to her hometown, Clare Brewster soon settles into her life as the mother of three young sons while running the town’s bookstore. Busy, with little time for romance, Clare is drawn across the street by Beckett’s transformation of the old inn, wanting to take a closer look . . . at the building and the man behind it.

With the grand opening inching closer, Beckett’s happy to give Clare a private tour - one room at a time. It’s no first date, but these stolen moments are the beginning of something new - and open the door to the extraordinary adventure of what comes next .

From Me...

Monday, November 26, 2012

More Karen Marie Moning

The Dark Highlander (Highlander #5)
The Dark Highlander (Highlander, #5)
by Karen Marie Moning

From the Publisher...

Journey to a world of ancient magic, breathtaking sensuality, thrilling time-travel.... Journey to the world of The Dark Highlander. Crisscrossing the continents and the centuries, here is a novel as gripping as it is sensual—an electrifying adventure that will leave you breathless....

I am Dageus MacKeltar, a man with one good conscience and thirteen bad ones, driven to sate my darkest desires…

From his penthouse lair high above Manhattan, Dageus looks out over a glittering city that calls to the darkness within him. A sixteenth-century Scot trapped between worlds, he is fighting a losing battle with the thirteen Druids who possess his soul, dooming him to an eternity of sexual pursuit. When Chloe Zanders, student of antiquities, is drawn into his world, she finds the insatiable alpha male an irresistible lure.Before long, she is caught up in an ancient prophecy that will sweep her back into time to medieval Scotland. Plunged into a world of timeless magic and dark seduction, she will soon face the challenge of a lifetime: fighting thirteen evil spirits for the heart of one irresistible man.

From Me...

Monday, November 19, 2012

Holiday Traditions

Please welcome Lisa Maliga, author of Out of the Blue, to my blog!  I have been asking people to tell me about their holiday traditions, since I am getting into the holiday spirit.  Check out her ideas and her book below!

"Favorite Holiday Traditions"
By Lisa Maliga

Thank you to Amy who is such a book-fan that she incorporates the word into her blog's name! I appreciate the question about holiday traditions and when I think of holidays, due to this being November, I naturally think of the two biggies that are just around that corner.
Thanksgiving is always a day of eating turkey, dressing and gravy, and watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. As a child, I loved being able to get up early and not have to go to school but to switch on the TV and watch my favorite parade. Years later, I was able to watch the Hollywood Christmas Parade, which was held the Sunday after Thanksgiving. My first Christmas in L.A. I was eager to stand on the Walk of Fame, can't remember whose stars I was hanging around, and seeing a big parade live and in person. It was a lot different than watching it on TV. In addition, the weather was mild and I only wore a lightweight jacket.  Along with my favorite main course of turkey, I always love to drink eggnog [non-alcoholic], and hopefully there's a lot of cinnamon on top along with a dollop of whipped cream.

One childhood Christmas tradition that started when I was young and continued until I was in my late-teens was the Christmas Card Clothesline. My creative Mom loved decorating the house and, of course, the tree. But she came up with this special idea as a way to display all the Christmas cards we received. It was a special clothesline in that she'd gone to the fabric store, one of her favorite hangouts, and bought several yards of silver and gold cord. Then she strung them up in the corner nearest the Christmas tree. There were at least three or four rows, alternating colors of shiny silver and gold cords. Then came the tiny Christmas clothespins, which were red and green plastic, or wood with painted on pictures of holly, wreaths, stockings, snowmen, Christmas trees, mistletoe, skates, gifts, etc. I remember admiring my Mom's artwork, as she used little brushes because these clothespins were maybe an inch or two tall. So she hung the cards on the cords and some were held with one clothespin and others required two. The cards were all different, and even if they came from the local realtor or the newspaper delivery person, they reminded us of how nice it was to receive the gift of a Christmas greeting card.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Mortal Instruments News!

I read all of the Mortal Instruments books this past summer. Seriously, I picked the first one up, and within 50 pages I had ordered the rest of them.  At one point, my husband got mad at me because I spent a whoel month reading.  Inside, outside, couch, chair, floor bed...wherever I was, there was Cassandra Clare.  It got a little weird...

Anyway, I ran across this article today, it's an interview with Cassandra Clare, where she divulges secrets about the final Mortal Instruments book and the final Infernal Devices book.  Here are some highlights:

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Free Books...

My Digital Library

I thought I should share this amazing resource with you guys.  I know that being well read is an admirable goal, but it is also and expensive one.  My bank account learned this lesson the hard way.  Fortunately, a year ago, I discovered a resource that I want to share with all of you.  I think this might be regional, but hopefully now that you know about it, you can find one in your area!!!  I use, I applied online for a library card, and now I can download audiobooks all I want.  You also download digital books for your e-readers!  

Monday, November 12, 2012

Guest Post

Since the publication of The Duchess of the Shallows (, we've been asked a lot of questions. One of the most interesting is why two gay men would choose to create a heterosexual female hero. The truth is, we didn't create Duchess; she found us.            Duchess started out as nothing more than the flicker of an idea: a thief living in a fog-shrouded and rumor-haunted city. We settled on her name – and thus her gender - before almost anything else. She started with a couple disadvantages: she was poor, her family was dead, and our story began just as she was being kicked out of her home for the last eight years. And then we realized that fate had one more difficult card to deal our heroine: being female in a culture that favors males.

            One example of this social inequity is seen  in Duchess' interactions with Ivan Gallius, a low-born smuggler who agrees to pay off the debt of  the widowed Lady Agalia Eusbius, in return for her hand in marriage. In Rodaas, this means the lady must take this man as her lord and master, an arrangement with far too many parallels in human history. Duchess resented the unenviable position into which Agalia was forced, and we learned just how strong and determined she was not to follow suit. The more we delved into the story, the more it became clear that this inequity would not discourage Duchess but embolden her...and educate us. We didn't take the perspective of "Duchess is a woman and this what a woman would do." Instead, Duchess took it upon herself on more than one occasion to tell us. It was simply not in her to go gentle into that good night.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Guest Post

Ho Ho Humbug 
You  should go home once in a while, especially if you  has moved far away and established a life somewhere else.  Such a trip tells you who you were, how far you have come, and why the heck you left. My favorite holiday is HallowThanksMasNewSuperTinesDay. Bring on the brownies. 
Holiday traditions have inspired my writing because they are often a pain in any body part unfortunate enough to be exposed. The seven last words are “we have always done it this way.” That’s not really a problem until you get together with some other family and have to negotiate who gets to open presents first, or when do you overeat dinner, or which team do you scream about? 

I’m not saying that I didn’t enjoy the holidays when I was a kid, but since I’ve been grown, it’s just another excuse for drinking another class of wine and mainlining the fudge. One tradition is to decorate my mom’s place on Thanksgiving weekend. We have it down to 2.5 hours flat from attic to tree-lighting, and then we quickly find something on AMC to watch—ANYTHING but the Christmas Story—so we don’t to talk about stuff we don’t need to talk about.  This will be my first year without my daughter home during the holidays, as she has moved out to the wilds of Phoenix, and I’m interested to see how that works out. She and I did not have much in the way of holiday traditions, and now I will probably have even less. 

Friday, November 9, 2012

Karen Marie Moning Highlander Series

Kiss of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning
Kiss of the Highlander (Highlander, #4) 
From the Publisher...

A laird trapped between centuries...
Enchanted by a powerful spell, Highland laird Drustan MacKeltar slumbered for nearly five centuries hidden deep in a cave, until an unlikely savior awakened him. The enticing lass who dressed and spoke like no woman he’d ever known was from his distant future, where crumbled ruins were all that remained of his vanished world. Drustan knew he had to return to his own century if he was to save his people from a terrible fate. And he needed the bewitching woman by his side....

A woman changed forever in his arms...
Gwen Cassidy had come to Scotland to shake up her humdrum life and, just maybe, meet a man. How could she have known that a tumble down a Highland ravine would send her plunging into an underground cavern — to land atop the most devastatingly seductive man she’d ever seen? Or that once he’d kissed her, he wouldn’t let her go?

Bound to Drustan by a passion stronger than time, Gwen is swept back to sixteenth-century Scotland, where a treacherous enemy plots against them ... and where a warrior with the power to change history will defy time itself for the woman he loves...

From Me...

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Iced Giveaway!
This is the audiobook version of Iced by Karen Marie Moning.  This is the MP3 on CD version, and it can go onto any device including Ipod and Iphone.  Good Luck!!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Warning! Do Not Read!

Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress #1)

Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1)

Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father--the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership.

In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner--are there actually "good" vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn't have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her newfound status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side . . . and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat

Monday, November 5, 2012

Most Anticipated Books of November

 The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts

The Perfect Hope (Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy #3)#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts introduces you to the Montgomery brothers—Beckett, Ryder, and Owen—as they bring an intimate bed-and-breakfast to life in their hometown.

Ryder is the hardest Montgomery brother to figure out—with a tough-as-nails outside and possibly nothing too soft underneath. He’s surly and unsociable, but when he straps on a tool belt, no woman can resist his sexy swagger. Except apparently Hope Beaumont, the innkeeper of his own Inn BoonsBoro…

As the former manager of a D.C. hotel, Hope is used to excitement and glamour, but that doesn’t mean she can’t appreciate the joys of small-town living. She’s where she wants to be—except for in her love life. Her only interaction with the opposite sex has been sparring with the infuriating Ryder, who always seems to get under her skin. Still, no one can deny the electricity that crackles between them…a spark that ignited with a New Year’s Eve kiss.

While the Inn is running smoothly, thanks to Hope’s experience and unerring instincts, her big-city past is about to make an unwelcome—and embarrassing—appearance. Seeing Hope vulnerable stirs up Ryder’s emotions and makes him realize that while Hope may not be perfect, she just might be perfect for him.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

One of My Favorite Books Ever!!!

The Locket by Richard Paul Evans

From the Publisher...

After the death of his mother, Michael Keddington finds employment at the Arcadia nursing home where he befriends Esther, a reclusive but beautiful elderly woman who lives in mourning for her youth and lost love.

Michael faces his own challenges when he loses his greatest love, Faye. When Michael is falsely accused of abusing one of the Arcadia's residents, he learns important lessons about faith and forgiveness from Ester -- and her gift to him of a locket, once symbolic of one person's missed opportuninites, becomes another's second chance.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Karen Marie Moning Series Continues

The Highlander's Touch
From the Publisher...

A Warrior Of Immortal Powers

He was a mighty Scottish warrior who lived in a world bound by ancient laws and timeless magic. But no immortal powers could prepare the laird of Castle Brodie for the lovely accursed lass who stood before him. A terrible trick of fate had sent her 700 years back in time and into his private chamber to tempt him with her beauty—and seduce him with a desire he could never fulfill. For this woman he burned to possess was also
the woman he had foresworn to destroy.

A Woman Caught In The Mists Of Time

When Lisa felt the earth move under her feet, the fiercely independent 21st-century woman never dreamed she was falling...into another century. But the powerful, naked warrior who stood glaring down at her was only too real...and too dangerously arousing. Irresistibly handsome he might be, but Lisa had no intention of remaining in this savage land torn by treachery and war. How could she know that her seductive captor had other plans for her...plans that would save her from a tragic fate? Or that this man who had long ago forsaken love would defy time itself to claim her for his own....

Thursday, November 1, 2012

How Do You Read?

I was talking to a friend, discussing which books I read and which I don't, and it made me wonder...does everyone do it like this?

Here's my policy on reading a book.  I try not to discriminate against any books, but sometimes I can't help myself.  So there are certain factors that go into my decision about whether or not to read a book.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!!!

It's a bird. It's a plane... no, it's Slooperman!!!

In case you are new and don't understand, my dog's name is Sloopy.  He was named after a famous song used at The Ohio State University, Hang on Sloopy.  It's so famous that we played it at our wedding.  Anyway, for Halloween, I decided to let Sloopy be the superhero that he is.

Would love for readers to share some great Halloween pics or stories.  Happy Halloween!!!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Karen Marie Moning Series

To Tame a Highland Warrior by Karen Marie Moning

From the Publisher...

Only her love could gentle his savage soul—

He was born to a clan of warriors of supernatural strength, but Gavrael McIllioch abandoned his name and his Highland castle, determined to escape the dark fate of his ancestors. Hiding his identity from the relentless rival clan that hunted him, he called himself Grimm to protect the people he cared for, vowing never to acknowledge his love for ravishing Jillian St. Clair. Yet even from afar he watched over her, and when her father sent an urgent summons, "Come for Jillian," he raced to her side—into a competition to win her hand in marriage.

Why had he run from her so many years before? And why return now to see her offered as a prize in her father's manipulative game? Furious, Jillian vowed never to wed. But Grimm was the man she loved, the one who urged her to marry another. He tried to pretend indifference as she tempted him, but he could not deny the fierce desires that compelled him to abduct her from the altar. She was the only woman who could tame the beast that raged within him—even as deadly enemies plotted to destroy them both....

From Me...

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Safe Haven Trailer

Have you seen this yet?!  Released on Tuesday October 12 at 7:00pm, here is the first trailer for the movie for Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks:

An October with James Patterson

The Postcard Killers by James Patterson

From the Publisher...

~Paris is stunning in the summer~

NYPD detective Jacob Kanon is on a tour of Europe's most gorgeous cities. But the sights aren't what draw him--he sees each museum, each cathedral, and each cafe through the eyes of his daughter's killer.

~The killing is simply marvelous~

Kanon's daughter, Kimmy, and her boyfriend were murdered while on vacation in Rome. Since then, young couples in Paris, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, and Stockholm have been found dead. Little connects the murders, other than a postcard to the local newspaper that precedes each new victim.

~Wish you were here~

Now Kanon teams up with the Swedish reporter, Dessie Larsson, who has just received a postcard in Stockholm--and they think they know where the next victims will be. With relentless logic and unstoppable action, The Postcard Killers may be James Patterson's most vivid and compelling thriller yet.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Two weeks of Halloween any way you can possibly see it, hosted by The Book Addict’s Guide and  Alyssa @ Books Take You Places!

In this edition of A Fortnight of Fright, we’re talking about all of our favorite Halloween reads! Read below, as I have listed some of my favs for Halloween and some I want to read but haven't gotten to.

1. Bram Stoker's Dracula - This is a spooky read and a classic for good reason.  I loved reading this last year, and I think everyone should devote a Halloween to reading it.  Lsat year I read it while waiting for trick-or-treaters.  I was into the Halloween spirit!!!

2. The Shining - I have not read The Shining not because I don't think I should, but because I am scared to read it!  I mean, seriously, I watched the movie and it creeped me out so much, that I haven't had the guts to pick up the book. Should I?

3. Anything James Patterson - This October, I am catching up on my James Patterson reading.  Mr. Patterson is always writing about blood, gore, murder and creepy people.  In my opinion, it's the most Halloween inspired non-paranormal human activity imaginable.

4. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield - This book is just engrossing.  It's weird and eerie without being overtly scary.  The supernatural elements are intriguing.  It's about a writer who gets wrapped up in a dark, haunted ruin of a house, which guards family secrets that are not hers and that she must discover at her peril.

5. Salem's Lot by Stephen King - I haven't read this either, but I am told this is required horror reading.  After reading some reviews, it seems that this is true, but I'm not sure. Would love some input!
Okay, so there's my list.  I also have Frankenstein and The Tell Tale Heart on-deck.  What do you read or want to read this Halloween?  For more inspriation, click on the links above to see other lists!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Halloween fun!

For the first installment, the girls are discussing their favorite scary movies.  I thought I would weigh in on this one, since I am obsessed with scary movies. If you would like to see their picks, I have put links to their websites above. I'm going to go in chronological order, because it's hard enough to name a top 5.

1. Psycho (1960) - Psycho changed the way movies are made.  Not only did it change cinematography and musical scores, but it literally reinvented storytelling in movies.  Think about it, the main character, the only character the audience is attached to, is murdered in the first hour.  Yet, the movie doesn't suffer for it.  Plus, little known fact, though the shower scene is violent and gruesome, the Director (Hitchcock) doesn't show a single stabbing. Favorite Scene: 

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