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 www.moldi.org, 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 (http://peccable.com/duchess/), 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.

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            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
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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!

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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)

by
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.







 
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