Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wednesday Reads

I don’t know if I told any of you, but My Sunny Vampire is back in PRINT! Yay!! So, if you’ve been waiting to buy it that way, you need wait no longer. Okay, enough of my blatant promo, now onto what I read during the week:

cover to Innocence by Dean Koontz
Jul 17: “Innocence” by Dean Koontz, a horror/paranormal/supernatural novel. Blurb on cover: He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance—and nothing less than destiny—has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching. The blurb sounded interesting (and I LOVE the cover), but that “hour of reckoning” took quite awhile to be acknowledged. In fact, I’d read most of the book and wondered where it was going. Then when I reached the end, I wondered what it was all about. Not Koontz’s best work, but not his worst, either. I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads.

cover to Apocalypse Rising by Maria Zannini
July 20: “Apocalypse Rising” by Maria Zannini, a paranormal/fantasy romance. Blurb on Goodreads: The only place left to hide was in the past. Fire Elemental Leda and her plainfolk companion, Grey, are running from a demented time traveler, a man obsessed with creating a creature who can read thoughts. Convinced that Leda can produce this unnatural child, he has threatened to hunt her down to the ends of the earth--and he has kept his word. Their only escape is a one-way trip through the time portal. With death on their heels, salvation appears in the form of two strangers. Seemingly ordinary people, Tom and Cassandra assure Leda and Grey that they are here to help. They claim they are repaying a debt--Leda and Grey helped them once, 1200 years ago. The trip through the portal offers no escape, as Leda and Grey discover that evil transcends time. Can their presence in the past stop the eventual apocalypse that forms their future? Magic, witches, time travel, and a hunky hero--it's got a bit of everything. However, it had been 3 years since I read the first book of this series (man, time flies!), so it took me a bit to remember the characters (but that's all ME because my memory sucks). I suggest you read book 1 (Touch of Fire) first, though, before reading this one because you'll enjoy reading how Leda and Grey meet, since their story continues in this one. I hope one day to see a book 3 in this series. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.

Well…my hubby went and did it again. He booked us on another cruise (and at a super-duper rate). We’re already going on one in October (to the Bahamas to see Lee Ann Rimes sing in concert), now we’ll be on one in December (to three ports we’ve never been to). I’m looking forward to them. They’re so much fun. And we’re using our reward points to pay for them, which is what we have the Visa card for in the first place. Gotta know how to work the system, and my husband works it very well.

So…what’s your favorite kind of vacation?

Happy reading!



Monday, July 21, 2014

One Crazy Conversation

While at dinner last night, my husband was entitled to a dessert with his meal. I told him that if he didn’t want his whole dessert, he could get the strawberry cheesecake cookie and we’d split it. He looked at me as if I were nuts.

When it came time to get his dessert, I asked him what he picked.

HUBBY: Whatever you want.

ME: I told you what I want.

HUBBY: Then tell the waitress.

ME: Why can’t you?

HUBBY: Because then there’s no chance I’ll get it wrong. I read “Wives 101.”

ME: What is “Wives 101”?

HUBBY: The book written by hundreds of successful husbands.

ME: Don’t you consider yourself a successful husband?

HUBBY: Sure. I read the book.

And that’s what dinner conversation is like with my hubby (at times). That man sure knows how to crack me up!

Have a great Monday!



Friday, July 18, 2014

Happy Birthday to MEEEEE!

My very best friend (the one who lives in Columbus) got me an early birthday present on Tuesday. And it’s an AWESOME present, too! Get this—while at Dragon*Con, I will be getting my picture taken with this guy:

Picture of Karl Urban


Of course, ever since she told me, I’ve been wondering what I should wear for the event. Then someone sent a link for this shirt:

I bought one. Ain’t it the coolest? I think it will be PERFECT for Karl Urban AND Dragon*Con! So now I’m all set. Let’s hope I don’t faint on the guy!

You can laugh, but that could very well happen!

Since today is my birthday, I think I may just play hooky and read and watch some TV (I’m recording the series Extant and I have an episode to watch). And if it’s nice out (and it should be), maybe I’ll walk somewhere for breakfast. Tim Horton’s isn’t THAT far away (little less than 2 miles) and I have this coupon for a free donut (if I buy a coffee—yeah, like you have to twist my arm to do that!). Sometimes it’s more fun to walk to a destination than to just walk, you know? And if I’m walking close to 4 miles, I’ll need a break in there somewhere. Right? Hahahahahaha!!!

For dinner I’ll be going to Outback with the family. Later, hopefully we’ll sit around and play games. I like doing that.

Should be a great day. At least I’m going to make sure it is! J Because if I don’t do it, who else will?

So… What’s one of the best present you’ve ever gotten?



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

No Wednesday Reads

I have no books to report. Is the fact I’m reading slower a sign of the book or a sign that I’m busy? Hmmm…

I think it might be a little of both. I’m trying to get Blind Temptation finished, so reading is taking a back seat. However… I’ve been known to ignore that when I’m reading a book I can’t put down. Maybe it’s a good thing I’m NOT reading a book I can’t put down. I’d never get my project done!

And man, this project is kicking my butt. I’d like to think I’m past the hard parts since I’m past the half-way point (the beginning of my stories usually need more work than the end, mainly because I wasn’t sure about my characters and there’s lots to fix). And if that is the case, the rest should be smooth sailing. Then I got to the first sex scene. Why are they so much more fun to read than write? Man, that sucker needs WORK. Of course, most of my emotionally-laden scenes do.

Hmmm… Maybe I’m reading the wrong TYPE of book. J I need to read something to get me into the mood. Emotionally, you know. **snicker**

Anyone watch the Home Run Derby on Monday? I thought it was cool that Todd Frazier made it to the finals (even if he didn’t win). Did you know he used to be a Dayton Dragon? I love seeing our former players do so well!

We got our new bed delivered yesterday and since I’m writing this yesterday (what—did you actually think I got up and posted these at six am?), I have yet to discover how good it is (or isn’t). I’ll make sure to put something in the comments.

So… Is the weather cool where you’re at? It will be in the low seventies for the next several days. Nights down in the low fifties. Unheard of for this time of year. I’m kind of enjoying it!

Happy reading!


Monday, July 14, 2014

Getting Busy with Promotion (or at least TRYING)

I’m getting ready for my next convention, which is Dragon*Con. No, I’m not going to be on any panels (I did request to be a guest and was graciously turned down), but they do have an area where people place their promotional stuff.

I was going to put some postcards of My Sunny Vampire on this table, but now I have two books (yay!), which meant making a decision. Should I create a postcard for Bite Me, I’m Yours OR should I create a postcard that has both books on it? After careful deliberation (and some much welcome feedback), I went with a postcard featuring both books. I contacted Maria Zannini (of Book Cover Diva) for some help and she came up with something my brain never would have dreamed about! What do you think of this postcard?

Front of postcard showing My Sunny Vampire and Bite Me, I'm Yours
This is the front!

Back of postcard
This is the back!

I think it will be eye-catching and hopefully will generate some interest in my books. Not that a lot of Dragon*Con fans are romance readers, but hey, some are! Like me!

The Fussy Librarian Logo
Do any of you have problems finding stuff to read? Well, there are a couple of FREE ways you can find books to your liking. One is The Fussy Librarian. Just sign up for their daily newsletter, let them know the types of books you’re interested in, and each day you’ll receive a different list of books to your liking. I signed up because I planned on advertising and wanted to see what I would be getting for my six bucks. They only list books that have gotten good reviews, so if you request to advertise and your book doesn’t pass the test, you get your money back. Mine passed the test, and I was included in the July 6 newsletter, but alas, no sales. I’ll give it another try with my next book (or if My Sunny Vampire goes on sale). I have noticed some books that look interesting, but I really MUST stop buying! At least until I’ve dwindled down my stack of books to read.

Novel Engagement App Logo
Another other free way to find books is through the Novel Engagement app. Novel Engagement is a book discovery app, focused exclusively on romance novels, that helps readers discover new romance novels and connect with authors. You can download the following apps:

Eventually, their website will also feature this app (or whatever). I’m looking forward to that coming up so I can see what it looks like since I do not have a smart phone…yet.

But that may happen sooner than later. You see… My husband brought home an iPhone 4 so I can get used to using one. I only have myself to blame for this. I mentioned that I just MIGHT have to break down and get one, especially since they come in handy at conventions (using their apps to keep track of the panels) and I’d be able to communicate online easier (i.e. e-mail and Facebook) while away from my computer.

Hubby told me to get our daughter to help me load apps on the phone (which is only set up for wi-fi at the time, I will not upgrade my phone just yet). I called him a chicken, because he knows how much I just LOVE change! Hahaha! Yeah, that’s sarcasm there. He didn’t disagree.

So… How do you find books to read? Do you peruse bookstores (online or physical) or rely on word of mouth only?
Have a great Monday (if it's possible!)