Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wednesday Reads

My reading has slowed down, but I’m still four books ahead in reaching my reading goal. And I have a cruise coming up really soon (more reading!!). Here’s what I read this week:

Aug 23: “The Bourbon Kings” by J.R. Ward, first book of the series, a contemporary soap opera (for want of a better genre) at 418 pages. Blurb from book: For generations, the Bradford family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world. Their sustained wealth as afforded them prestige and privilege—as well as a hard-won division of class on their sprawling estate, Easterly. Upstairs, a dynasty that by all appearances plays by the rules of good fortune and good taste. Downstairs, the staff who work tirelessly to maintain the impeccable Bradford fa├žade. And never the twain hall meet. For Lizzie King, Easterly’s head gardener, crossing that divide nearly ruined her life. Falling in love with Tulane, the prodigal son of the bourbon dynasty, was nothing that she intended or wanted—and their bitter breakup only served to prove her instinct were right. Now, after two years proof staying away, Tulane is finally coming home again, and he is bringing the past with him. No one will be left unmarked: not Tulane’s beautiful and ruthless wife; not his older brother, whose bitterness and bad blood know no bounds; and especially not the ironfisted Bradford patriarch, a man with few morals, fewer scruples, and many, many terrible secrets. As family tensions—professional and intimately private—ignite, Easterly and all its inhabitants are thrown into the rip of an irrevocable transformation, and only the cunning will survive. While reading this book, I discovered that NBC has decided to create a television series based on this book. I don’t know if I’ll watch it or not. You see… this book started out slow. Waaaaaay slow. Half-way through, though, it picked up speed and I became invested. Will I read the next one? Possibly. But I doubt I buy the hardback. I’ll probably wait until it’s in a cheaper paperback. This isn’t one of those series where I’ll anxiously anticipate the next installment. But if you enjoyed Dallas or Falcon Crest or Dynasty, you’ll probably enjoy this book.

I can’t believe September is almost here. Which means Dragon*Con is almost here! Whoo hoo! I don’t plan on getting my picture taken with a celebrity this year, but I sure plan on having fun. And this time my hubby will be attending. Hope he survives it (sometimes I wonder).

So… have you taken a vacation this year yet or are you waiting until the kids go back to school? The kids have started here already (so early in my opinion, back when I was a kid, we didn’t go back to school until after Labor Day). I’m looking forward to our vacation, but I bet there will still be kids on that cruise. Just not as many. J

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Monday, August 24, 2015

I'm a Rising Star!

I was notified by Kensington that I was a Rising Star for paranormal romances on iBooks. I had no idea what this meant until a friend on Facebook posted THIS.


 
Well, hell. Ghostly Liaison is listed FIRST! Color me shocked.

I know that Bookbub ad helped tremendously. That, and the fact it’s drawing lots of positive reviews. And boy, does that make me happy!

Maybe I do know how to write! J

On Saturday, the hubby and I went up to Chicago. Not for any particular reason. Just for fun. We used our freebie hotel, stayed at a place near the Midway Airport, which had free parking and a free shuttle to the airport, and thus the subway/train station. We walked all over and had dinner at Giordano’s. No, we didn’t get deep dish pizza (one of these days we’ll have to, I think), but their sandwiches are pretty awesome, too. At least mine was.

But man, I sure got a good workout. I wanted to stay at the Navy Pier until the fireworks show (at 10:15), but I just ran out of juice. Thankfully there was a FREE shuttle to the subway (I love these free things), so I didn’t have to walk anymore. Well, I had to walk, just not as far. J

My body is still trying to recover. We’ll see if I’m up to going to the fitness center in the morning.

Oh, and then on Sunday, we jaunted up to Wisconsin and bought a LOT of Kringles!!!! Are we crazy? Sure! But our freezer is full of some yummy Danish. And who knows when we’ll make it back up that way.

So… how was your weekend? Do anything fun?

Have a great Monday!!
 
Stacy

Friday, August 21, 2015

Minion Funny

For some reason Friday posts have gotten hard. Probably because I haven’t done anything all that interesting during the week.

Unless you consider writing interesting. Then I did a LOT of interesting stuff this week!

But I'm not willing to share what I'm writing yet. So here’s something I found that kind of describes me. And I thought it was funny.

 


Does it describe you, too?

Have a great weekend!

 
Stacy

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wednesday Reads (and reads and reads...)

I have to say… I absolutely LOVED binge reading! Here’s what I read this week (and it’s a longer list than last week!):

Aug 12: “The Golden Lily” by Richelle Mead, second book in the Bloodlines series, a young adult paranormal/urban fantasy at 417 pages. Blurb from book: Sydney would love to go to college, but instead she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California—tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist. But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age-old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi—the fiercest vampires, the one who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that—special, magical, powerful—that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else—someone forbidden to her. When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she’s supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she’s been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her. Should she trust the Alchemist—or her heart? Still enjoying the series. Adrian cracks me up.

Aug 13: “The Indigo Spell” by Richelle Mead, third book in the Bloodlines series, a young adult paranormal/urban fantasy at 401 pages. Blurb from book: In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she struggles to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she finally tracks down the elusive, enigmatic Marcus Finch—a former Alchemist who the organization denies exists, and who lives in shadows, on the run. With Marcus’s help, Sydney realizes that the group she’s been loyal to her whole life has been hiding the truth from her. Is it possible that her golden lily tattoo might have more power over her than she thinks? As she struggles to come to terms with what that might mean, Sydney is compelled to use her growing magical powers to track down an evil magic user who is targeting power young witches. Using magic goes against everything she always thought she believed, but she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her special blood—or else she might be next. Forging her own way is harder than Sydney ever dreamed. Maybe by turning off her brain—and following her heart—she’ll be able to finally figure out where she belongs. Just when you think everything is going their way… What an ending. And THIS is why I didn’t read these when they first came out. I must know what’s going to happen next…and I can! Still don’t like those cliff hangers, though.

Aug 14: “The Fiery Heart” by Richelle Mead, fourth book in the Bloodlines series, a young adult paranormal/urban fantasy at 420 pages Blurb from book: In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her… But the struggle isn’t over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there’s still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure—and re-education—looms larger than ever. This book has Adrian's point of view--YAY! And another stupid cliff hanger--BOO! But I am loving this series. I'm sooooo hooked. However, I'm sooooo glad I decided to wait until all the books were out and treat this series as one humongous book. I don't have to wait to find out what's going to happen next. I can’t believe there are two more books, though. How much more can happen???

Aug 16: “Silver Shadows” by Richelle Mead, fifth book in the Bloodlines series, a young adult paranormal/urban fantasy at 380 pages. Blurb from book: In the Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her guy, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists. Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney an Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive. For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him…Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour. I’m sure you’re not reading the blurbs, but I put them there anyway. And by the fifth book, I don’t want to spoil anything, either (in case you’re interested in reading this – and why wouldn’t you? This is a great series). However, this book WAS a bit slower than the others (at least in the beginning). I just wanted it to move on already! I wanted to kick Adrian’s ass!! Once he got his sh*t together, it started moving along quickly. All setting up for the big finale. No big cliffhanger in this one (at least not one making me scream Arrrgh!). Can’t wait to see how it all ends!

Aug 17: “The Ruby Circle” by Richelle Mead, sixth (and final) book in the Bloodlines series, a young adult paranormal/urban fantasy at 348 pages. Blurb from book: Their forbidden romance exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion. When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, she and Adrian become enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world and alter their lives forever. Ahhh… this was such a good series. If I weren’t planning on binge reading, I would have seriously had trouble putting these books down. Glad I didn’t have that conflict! But now I’m sad it’s all over.

It really is kind of a let down once you finish reading a series. I miss those characters! They’re like friends. Ah, but now it’s time to get back to writing. Let’s see how fast I can get this novella written!

So… Have you ever read a book (or a series of books) where the characters felt real? Like they were your friends? Were you sad when it ended? Don’t you just love those kinds of books, though? I do!

Happy Reading!
Stacy

Monday, August 17, 2015

Binging

There are times I love a good binge. Not with eating. That would be bad. Oh, I could totally do it (I have done it), but certainly wouldn’t feel well after. Good thing there are better (and healthier) ways to binge.

When I finished the revisions of Blind Temptation, I rewarded myself with watching the Twilight movies all in one day. That was fun. But it was my reward after revisions, not a first draft. So I wanted my reward for finishing the first draft of Ghostly Interlude to be a little more…extravagant. And what’s more extravagant than reading all six books of the Bloodlines series (by Richelle Mead)? This reward would definitely take more than one day.

But could I read the series in a week? Seems like I can! I should finish it up today. One week after I started. Best binge EVER! I haven’t felt this obsessed over characters in a long time. Of course, that probably has a lot to do with the books, too!

Downside with binge reading? Remembering to do OTHER stuff. You know, like write the Friday post to my blog. Oops! J

So… what was the last thing you binged on? Was it good or was it bad? So glad mine was good. Actually, it was awesome!

Have a great day!
Stacy