Archive for June, 2006


Blog Events

Yep, I got my act together.

See this?

So tomorrow, Michelle Rowen‘s interview will be posted, together with the review of Angel With Attitude.

The ones on the 1st and the 15th are interviews, everything else are guestblogs.

I’ll let you know if they are taking questions. The issue with taking questions is that the spam blocker’s wonky, and has been known to send legitimate comments to spam or place them under moderation. Since there’s a time difference, I won’t be here when most of the commenters post, and if it decides to have me moderate every single one…Well, you get the idea.

I’m always open to suggestions for authors, by the way, and I do have a fondness for first-timers. And can somebody suggest a non-Samhain Publishing author for October?

No, Angie, I don’t have anything against you guys, but both July and August (Sela is unconfirmed, in case she’s moving) are Samhain authors, and the author I’ve approached for September is also a Samhain author. That’s all. I think this is something else I can blame this on you because you have links to the Samhain authors in your links.

I’ll set up a new page for links to the interviews and guest blogs this weekend. I may also catalogue the reviews.


Stephanie Rowe: Date Me, Baby, One More Time

This is my June entry for the Meanie‘s June TBR Challenge, for books you bought/read because it was a recommend.

This book is a paranormal romantic comedy.

I loved Iris’s interaction with Satan. If this book had been about the two of them, I might actually keep this for days when I badly need a laugh.

Unfortunately, it’s about Justine and Derek. There’s nothing wrong with them, but neither did they stand out against a background filled with over-the-top characters.

I’d recommend this if you’re looking for a fluff read.


Angela Knight: The Forever Kiss

This is my first AK book–because I saw the pink cover for Master of the Moon and couldn't bring myself to pick any other AK book up. 

I picked it up expecting a hot read. It is, after all, a Red Sage book, not to mention that Angela Knight is known as a hot writer. And it had vampires, tortured vampires! 

But it just didn't work for me. Her voice, I think, is the issue. I couldn't get 'sucked in.'

So I was skimming as I reached the end. Even the sex was boring.
Disclaimer: This book is a signed copy I won from Kate Douglas. 


Snark Sells

Forget about sex.

If you’re a blogger, Snark sells.

There’s the original Smart Bitches, then there’s Jaynie R and Karen S. Occasionally, there are others who rise to the top of Snarkiness and stay there for awhile.

There is Miss Snark, whose wisdom we wannabes bow down before.

And now there’s Snarking The Snarky by SnarkYou.

I bet a skein of floss and twenty pennies that she’ll rise to the top of Snarkiness…oh wait, she’s already there! Fine, I’ll bet a skein of floss and twenty pennies that she’ll stay there!


Kassandra Sims: The Midnight Work

I enjoyed this book. 

I liked the mythology behind Ms Sims's vampires, I like that her vampires LIKE being vampires.

But as a romance, it didn't work for me.

Olivier doesn't quite fit with Sophie.

It didn't help that with such strong secondary characters, Norah and Luc, Olivier seems two-dimensional. You don't really know enough about him other than that he's a vampire who became one because of religious reasons.

Yes, I know he writes poetry–great poetry too–but if we were supposed to decipher his personality from his poetry, I can't do it. 

I assume Ms Sims has a sequel planned for The Midnight Work, and I'll probably get it, but I'd not suggest getting this book for the romance. 


SL Viehl: Bio Rescue

I’m not sure what the problem is, but it didn’t really work for me–it’s not the Sci-fi thing, since I’ve read Blade Dancer and loved it. I didn’t really ‘get’ Jadaira. It’s okay if I didn’t like her provided I understand her motivations. It’s just that for a soldier, she seems almost…childish and young.

Because of that, the relationship within her and the Guy didn’t quite work for me. Something was…off.

This definitely isn’t my favorite Viehl book.


“Wicked” Women On Top

Tina Donahue: Let The Games Begin

Great set-up, blah ending.Despite all the sex–I swear, the novella's at least 50% sex.

On top of that, I don't really think that Tiffany and Nick were meant to be together. 

Jen Nicholas: Not Another Fairytale

Great set-up. It's a hilarious little piece of fluff.

Never did find out what JT (the hero's initals) stood for though–possibly my fault, and not the author's. 

Jordan Summers: Private Investigations

This was the novella I got the antho for.

It was a good read until I found out why Cara was breaking into the file cabinet. 

Maybe it was a dealkiller for me because I'm not the sort of person who'd do something like that, but I just felt it was dumb.  

I don't recommend reading Wicked Women On Top.