Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wednesday Reads and Sweaty Corn

Here’s what I read the past week:

July 20: “A Taste of Midnight” by Lara Adrian, book 9.5 in the Midnight Breed series, a paranormal romance novella at 80 pages. Blurb from Goodreads: A shimmering holiday gala lights up an ancient castle in the Scottish Highlands, but beautiful widowed Breedmate Danika MacConn feels alone in the crowd. Even among the friends and festivity of the Darkhaven celebration, she can’t forget her lost love, a fallen warrior of the Order. Her brief return to her mate’s homeland has become treacherous after rejecting the advances of a dangerous Edinburgh crime boss with a taste for blood sport. As Danika seeks to expose the vampire and his dark trade, she discovers an unexpected ally in his forbidding, enigmatic henchman, Brannoc, a man who exudes heat, danger, and dark menace--and seems somehow achingly familiar. Bran has his own reasons for wanting to keep Dani out of his employer’s business . . . and his own secrets he means to keep buried. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a woman who tempts the wildest part of his Breed nature--especially when that woman is Danika MacConn, the one woman capable of bringing him to his knees. This little novella was packed with suspense and was a quick read (which is good, I need some books under my belt!). I kind of wish I’d read this before book 10, but as it was bonus material, I’d already started #10  when I realized the novella was #9.5. Oh well…

July 25: “Don’t Tempt Me” by Lori Foster, a contemporary romance at 330 pages. Blurb from book: Jason Guthrie has no time for entanglements—between helping out his widowed brother and teenage nephew and getting his hometown back on its feet, his days are spoken for. But his nights are another story… And when his lovely new neighbor, Honor Brown, reluctantly accepts his help in remodeling her house, Jason finds himself wishing his handyman skills could knock down the defenses she keeps building around herself. Martial arts teacher Sullivan Dean knows real danger when he sees it—even when it takes the form of the gorgeous blonde helping her friend move in across the street. After putting his wayward past behind him to focus on teaching control to troubled kids, Sullivan has learned to avoid party girls like Lexie Perkins. But Sullivan can’t seem to keep his hands off the real woman behind that flirty charm—or keep his heart from landing at her feet… This book has two romances in one! I won a copy of this book (which is an uncorrected ARC) from Lori Foster at RAGT this year, so I thought it only fair I read it fairly soon. I enjoyed this story very much, but then I do like Lori Foster’s writing. If you’re a big contemporary romance reader, you’ll definitely love this one.

Apparently I have the corn to blame for the humidity around here. Did you know that stuff sweats? Explains a lot. It never got this humid in Santa Barbara, probably because not a lot of corn is being grown there. What I used to think was humid (when I lived there) wasn’t anything close to humid.

Happy Reading!


Monday, July 25, 2016

It Was Worth a Try

Well, apparently I suck at taking pictures. Anyway, here’s proof I was at the Ohio Expo.

Donna MacMeans and I shared a table.

Kind of on the blurry side, huh?
Yeah, pretty bad, huh? I would have taken pictures of all the readers who stopped by to take a look at my books, but there weren’t any (although one person did sign up for my newsletter). Not one person picked up a book and read the blurb, but then most of the people who walked past weren’t even romance readers. I know this because I asked.

Kind of a bummer.

But I had a good time anyway. And I surprised myself. I was able to actually talk to some people and not be nervous. Even during the panel.

I mean, who am I???

Of course, only 5 people attended the panel (way more than I expected, though), and there were 4 of us on the panel, so there wasn’t a lot to be nervous about.

Would I do another Ohio Expo? Probably not. Of the few people who came, they weren’t my audience. I’m glad I went though. It taught me something: I’m better at sticking with those events specifically aimed at romance readers (especially if I have to pay for a table).

Hmmm… Will I see more romance readers at Rust City Book Con (my next event, Aug 11-14 in Troy, MI, which has multiple genres)? I can only hope.

Sunday’s celebration turned out wonderful. Food was yummy and the company even better. I even have leftovers! Yay!

So… Has this heat gotten to you yet? It was too hot & humid on Friday for me to walk to the fitness center (although I managed to get my 10K steps in because I spent the day doing the laundry and cleaning the house). Not so sure I want to walk outside this morning, either. Boy, I knew winter would stop me, but summer? It’s amazing how much energy the heat will take from you. Ugh.

Have a great Monday and try to stay cool!


Friday, July 22, 2016

Ohio Expo, Finding Treasure, and a Music Video

Tomorrow I’ll be in Akron at the Ohio Readers and Writers Expo. I’ll even be on a panel!

Hopefully I’ll talk, too. At least they gave me some questions ahead of time, so I’m somewhat prepared.

As long as I don’t lose that piece of paper…

I’m driving up there with my author-friend, Donna MacMeans (she writes historical romances, some with a paranormal twist) and she’ll be on the panel with me, so it shouldn’t be all that bad. In fact, it should be fun. That’s right. Fun! It’s all in the attitude, right?

Now, to figure out what I’m gonna wear… Aaack!

On Sunday my friend is coming over to cook. Which means I have to clean the house before I leave here tonight. Yesterday I started with the front of the fireplace. Would you believe I found an unregistered $35 Visa gift card in that mess? My husband got it at work for Christmas. I must have put it on the raised hearth to register and then it promptly got buried (magazines pile up quickly, as do books). So glad I found it before the expiration date.

Yep, that puppy is now registered and ready to spend. I’m thinking it’ll come in handy when we go up to Wisconsin later this month to buy our Kringles. The freezer is pretty much ready for them, too! J Don’t know what Kringles are? Here’s a picture.

Mmmmm… Kringles. Can’t wait!

We get ours at the O&H Bakery in Racine. We’ll actually be staying in Chicago for that weekend, but the detour home isn’t all that inconvenient. Not for those yummy goodies!

I just love the Backstreet Boys, but never really watched any of their videos before (it’s not like MTV actually shows music videos anymore, right?). The “Larger Than Life” video played on the big screen before the Dragons game on Monday. Thought since the new Star Trek movie was releasing today (which I won’t be able to see for awhile L), this would be a fun video to share. Sure, it looks more like Star Wars than Star Trek, but it’s all science fiction, right? Enjoy!

So… Which boy band from the 90s did you enjoy listening to? Ah, come on. There had to be one!

Have a great weekend! If I take any pictures today, I’ll be sure to post them on Monday.


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wednesday Reads, TV Shows, and Pictures from my Birthday

I didn’t get to read as much as I thought I would on Monday. I was sitting in the waiting room for over an hour (Hubby’s PET scan), but the TV was on and it was showing episode after episode of Flip or Flop (on HGTV channel). Damn, that show is addicting. I couldn’t look away!

I must remember to NEVER turn that show on at home. I’d never get anything done.

Since I didn’t get to read much on Monday, I decided to finish reading the book on Tuesday (because I wanted a book to report! And plus, I was close to the end anyway).

Here’s what I read the past week:

July 19: “Darker Than Midnight” by Lara Adrian, the 10th book in the Midnight Breed series, a paranormal romance at 360 pages. Blurb from book: In the dark of night, a blood war escalates within the hidden world of the Breed. After maintaining a fragile peace with the humans who walk beside them unaware, a single act of retaliation has put the vampire nation at risk of discovery. It falls to the Order—a cadre of Breed warriors pledged to protect their own and humankind alike—to stop Dragos, the power-mad vampire, before his push for domination explodes into catastrophe. At the center of the Order’s quest is Sterling Chase, whose biggest battle is the one he wages against his own savage nature. But when his eyes meet those of Tavia Fairchild, Chase finds himself drawn to the woman—and convinced she is something much more than she seems. And while everything logical warns Tavia against getting close to Chase, she cannot deny that he stirs something ravenous within her. As the Order’s enemy mobilizes for the battle of the ages, Chase and Tavia are thrust into the heart of the violence. With time running out, they must find a way to defeat Dragos once and for all—or die trying. If I didn’t know better, I’d assume this is the last book in the series. Except I know better. This was a very enjoyable read for me. I love suspense. And paranormal. And romance. This has it all packed into a whopper of a book. Can’t wait to find out what happens next. J

Monday evening turned out to be super fun! The Dragons actually won, as did the Reds. I guess both teams really wanted me to have a fun birthday! Anyway… here are some pictures I took at the Dragons game.

A much different perspective than we're used to.

Hubby got me a birthday button and I took a selfie to show it.
That's my daughter behind me.

Hubby even got my name added to the birthday board!

The only things that didn’t show up in all the pictures: the little flies. They were everywhere! Bugged the heck out of me. Honestly, I don’t remember having that kind of problem in our regular seats. Maybe those buggers like the height better?

Have you ever watched Roswell? My daughter brought over her copy of the complete series (on DVDs) for me to watch, since I’ve never seen it (I’ll blame my hubby for that). She likes it, so I assume I would, too. Only problem is: finding the time to watch it. I might be able to sneak in an episode (or 2) during my hubby’s walks (he’s not interested and I won’t torture him). Hmmm… I can see this taking a LONG time. Then again, he’s away on travel Aug 8-10.

Binge watching!

So… Have you ever watched Flip or Flop? Do you enjoy home renovation shows? I didn’t think I would, but man, I couldn’t stop watching it!

Happy Reading!


Monday, July 18, 2016

Happy Birthday to Me?

Yep. Today is my birthday. And as birthdays go, this one is rather quiet.

That birthday dinner we were supposed to have last night? Cancelled. The hospital called to remind Hubby of his PET scan and I happened to answer. Seems he was under strict orders not to exert himself the day before the scan, which is this morning. Yeah, that even meant driving to a restaurant and socializing with the family (I asked). Who knew that could cause unwanted results? Not me! Glad I asked, though.

To top it off, Hubby could only eat protein and veggies (no starches, sugars, or caffeine), so I basically had to cook for him.

Me. Cook. Without using pasta. Or rice. Or bread. Ugh!!!

My birthday dinner was turning into a nightmare.

I survived, though. Hamburgers aren’t my all time favorite meal, but they are pretty easy (especially on the George Foreman grill!). And I like broccoli, too.

I’ll still have a birthday celebration dinner, though. My friend is coming over next Sunday to grill/cook (her present to me): grilled shrimp, corn on the cob, potato salad, and CAKE. But I’m opening my presents today!! Well, at least those that are here, like the box I received from my parents (I’ve been looking at it for a few days now, itching to open it!).

It just doesn’t feel like a birthday unless you open a present. Right?? But the best present I can get will be a clean PET scan from my hubby. Keep fingers crossed for us!!

Since I’m trying my best to add more pictures to my blog (I might not have told you that, but I am), here are two pictures I took at Friday’s and Saturday’s Dragons game (I posted these on Facebook, but if you aren’t there, you’re not about to see them, huh?

The sky turned really pretty on Friday night.

I love our new scoreboard. Okay, it's not that new.
They put it up last year. Still love it, though.
As you can see, our seats are pretty awesome. Tonight we’re also going to a game, but we’ll be sitting in the upper section (we got those tickets due to a rain out). I’ve never been in the upper section, so I’m excited to experience it. And I’ll be sure to take at least one picture (the one I post to Facebook most likely).

Remember… my Goodreads Giveaway is coming to an end TONIGHT (11:59 pm PDT to be exact). If you know someone who might be interested in winning a copy of Bite Me, I’m Yours, please let them know.

So… Did you watch the British Open yesterday? Quite an ending with some great golf. Glad to see Henrik Stenson win. First major win for him at 40 years old. First major win for a male Swede. Pretty historic.

Have a great Monday!