Archive for November, 2006

30
Nov
06

Jordan Summers: Saber-Tooth

Kegar comes to Earth, and finds that his mate is a woman who thinks he’s a science experiment in the making.I honestly didn’t think it’d work.

But man, it does. Saber-tooth is a hot little novella, and if it was available in print, I’d tell you it make a great stocking stuffer for your best galpal. ;) Or since it’s the season to spread joy, why not drop it in your best friend’s inbox?

This is for Angie‘s TBR Challenge.

This rates 4 out of 5.

PS This was a contest win.

28
Nov
06

Flow-Charts Are WRONG!

I mean, really.

You have several arrows from each bubble thingie to different bubble thingies and you can have an arrow from the 1st bubble thingie directly to bubble thingie 4, and you can have an arrow that goes from the 1st bubble thingie, to the 2nd, to the 3rd and finally to the fourth.

It’s just wrong people. WRONG!

The person who came up with flow-charts was crazy and if she/he’s still alive, belongs in the mental hospital.

’nuff said.

PS I’ll post a review later. Otherwise I’ll forget and Angie will put me on the Wall of Shame.

27
Nov
06

Special post for Angie

Dear Angie,

I’m sorry I’ve taken so long to reply to this post.

I don’t have a fancy sidebar that allows me to post pics of my TBR pile, which changes too often for me to bother anyway.

I currently have an ARC of the lovely Richelle Mead’s Succubus Blues sitting right next to me. I would take a picture, except that cameras don’t get along with me and I don’t know where mine has decided to hide.

But hey, I have it waaaaaay early! ;)

Hugs, May

PS Hop over to Amazon or your book purveyor of choice to pre-order.

26
Nov
06

Alexis Morgan: Dark Protector

Dark Protector is the first book in Alexis Morgan’s Paladins of Darkness series.

Devlin Bane is a Paladin, a warrior who can be revived after dying again and again.

Laurel Young is his Handler, the doctor who revives him each time.

The execution was pretty good–the author’s experience is apparent, and she’s also known as Pat Pritchard. Interesting concept, one I wish she had delved more deeply into in this book.

A pity it doesn’t do enough to distinguish itself from the other paranormal romances in the market.
This rates 3 out of 5.

PS I swear having the word “Dark” in the title didn’t cause me to cut the book’s grade. I didn’t even realise it had a “Dark” in the title a la Feehan until I finished writing the review.

23
Nov
06

Thursday Thirteen: I wish I was Taller

1. I’m not even five feet tall, you see, so people sometimes think I’m like TWELVE! *wails*

2. It annoys me that when I’m at the bookshop, I sometimes have to ask the booksellers to get books for me because I’m short.

3. Same thing as at the library, except I go look for the ladder and climb instead, but the top shelf is still almost out of reach. One day I’ll topple off and have to sue the library.

4. I have to tailor every bottom I buy. Pants, skirts, jeans etc. They are always way too long. If I buy three-quarter pants or capris, they turn into ankle-length pants.

5. It has to be really short, or full-length. What? Skirts and pants. And really short skirts are bad because I’m a tomboy and will forget to cross my legs and embarass myself.

6. When I’m out shopping in a crowd, I can never spot the people I’m with. Unfortunately, because I’m short, they can’t spot me either.

7. Too long sleeves. Because my legs are short, my arms are too.

8. Too long shirts. I once bought a man’s dress shirt that I could have worn as a dress. Could have being the operative words. I didn’t actually try that.

9. People call me petite. Look, I’m short. Call me short. I don’t mind. I prefer it to petite. Petite rhymes with cute and I refuse to allow cute to be associated with my person.

10. Bitches who go “My, you’re tiny! Where does all that food go?” in a sneering tone of voice. I’ve a kick-ass metabolism. Insinuate that I’m a bulimic again and I will slap you silly and stuff your head into a toilet bowl.

11. My nieces/nephews are all going to be taller than me. That’s a whole generation who are going to think it funny to grab whatever it is I’m looking for and hold it above my head like I used to do them. Must work on my Meanness Quotient, or MQ.

12. All tables and chairs are at the wrong height for me. Makes life difficult in the kitchen especially. And I spent many miserable years sitting in front row in school.

13. People who think I’ve image issues about being short. No I don’t. I have practical issues, see 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11 and 12.

Michelle’s Winter/Fall TT

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

21
Nov
06

Jeanie London: Retrieval

Retrieval is a quiet novel. You will get more from the book if you take your time with the book, I think.

Nina remains in the passage because she didn’t use her ability to tell whether a soul is going to heaven or hell in life. The two men who loved her and protected her in life remain with her. There’s a scene in which an unspoken romance rule (given that this is not an erotic romance) is broken, which does a wonderful job of showing Nina’s past.

Same goes for Roman.

I hope that this will be the first book in a series.

This rates 3.5 out of 5.

17
Nov
06

Lauren Dane Talks To Us: Locations as Characters

Okay so I’m always up to talk. I’m a talker, I love to visit with people and learn about them and hear what they’re interested in. So I was flattered and excited when May asked me to do this guest blogging gig.

At the same time I thought, “What the hell do I know about writing?” I mean, I do it and I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to sell what I write, but I’m not an expert by any stretch of the imagination.

So instead of writing about Deep POV or something technical, I thought I’d write about something I love – cities as characters in books and why I think the choice of your setting can add wonderful layers to any story.

In April of 2003 I was in New Orleans to see Pearl Jam. It was there that the idea for Triad came to me. New Orleans is a magical city. Music in the air, magic, great food, wonderful people – it’s festive and colorful and jam packed with history and really great story fodder.

In my Witches Knot series, New Orleans is more than just the setting, it’s another character. When Em is walking through Pirate’s Alley in the rain in the beginning of A Touch of Fae, I always see it so vividly in my head, the colorful doors against the dark gray of the cobblestones at her feet. Not everyone has been there of course, but at the same time, it adds something, a layer of authenticity, a point of reference, a place a reader who’s been there or has seen it can add to her understanding and it creates a connection point.

To use another book and a fictional town, Temptation in Jenny Crusie’s wonderful, Welcome to Temptation is a great example. Temptation is drawn so wonderfully, with such a quirky hand, it’s as important as Phin or Sophie in its own way. We’ve got this place that could be any small town in just about any part of the country. Crusie gives us an understanding, small town life, small town mores, small town politics and she wields it well. Temptation and her phallic water tower and her grand city hall tells the readers something about not just the geography but the people who live there.

There are places that convey this because they’re part of our cultural reference book. Washington DC, Seattle, Boston, New Orleans, Prague, Paris – all stand out for me and when I read books placed in these cities, I automatically have a place to rest my story as I read. The setting in and of itself, creates a reference without even having to write it.

So there you go. My totally non-scholarly guest blog about my little fetish for cities as characters. I’d love to hear your favorite locations in books.

Lauren Dane

Current Releases: Tri Mates

To be released on November 21st:
Chase Brothers book 2: Taking Chase
Witches Knot book 4: Thrice United

And….because Lauren’s so fab and generous, she’s doing a giveaway! Comment in this post, and win a download of any one of her books, including Taking Chase and Thrice United! The lucky winner will have a difficult choice to make indeed.





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