Monthly Archives: August 2007

TABT…Lover Eternal, by JR Ward

Within the brotherhood, Rhage is the vampire with the strongest appetites.  He’s the best fighter, the quickest to act on his impulses, and the most voracious lover-for inside him burns a ferocious curse cast by the Scribe Virgin.  Owned by this dark side, Rhage fears the times when his inner dragon is unleashed, making him a danger to everyone around him.  Mary Luce, a survivor of many hardships, is unwittingly thrown into the vampire world and reliant on Rhage’s protection.  With a life-threatening curse of her own, Mary is not looking for love.  She lost her faith in miracles years ago.  But when Rhage’s intense animal attraction turns into something more emotional, he knows that he must make Mary his alone.  And while their enemies close in, Mary fights desperately to gain life eternal with the one she loves… 

Yet another triumph for a second book!  When it comes to ongoing series books, sometimes the author runs the risk of making things so complicated you need a notebook to keep score.  Not so the case in Ward’s Brotherhood books.  While the worldbuilding in the first book helps you along in understanding Lover Eternal’s storyline, it’s not an absolute must, which is awesome.  Rhage and Mary’s story is both fast-paced and heartrending.  I’ll admit, this one pulled me in even more than the first one…both Rhage and Mary had such personal demons to battle that in the end, I was a blubbering mess.  The secondary storyline with Zhadist and Belle was great, and I’m totally looking forward to Lover Awakened, which is in my TBR pile.  If you want a great read that’ll make you bawl like a little girl, then grab this one NOW! 

M/M Monday…Guilty Pleasures…She’s All That (1999)

Okay, I admit it, I can be a bit of a freak for high school stories.  As I sit here typing this, I’m watching Mean Girls (review coming later) and I switched to this from Buffy, The Vampire Slayer (movie version…review also coming soon).  Soooo, back to the subject at hand.  This is one of those guilty pleasures that I adore.  The acting is okay, but the redemption of the hero, played by Freddy Prinze Jr, is great, as is the “emergence” of the heroine.  I especially liked the fact that the heroine Laney wasn’t just superficially made over, but rather she realized her strengths and weaknesses as she evolved.  This is one of those teen movies that makes an impression (at least for me) that lasts long after the last frame is reeled.

Stephen King on Harry Potter and reading…

I found this article yesterday courtesy of The Smart Bitches.  Check it out if you get a moment:  Stephen King:  JK Rowling’s Ministry of Magic.

King has always been one of my favorite commentators, first and foremost because he makes no apologies to the “bigheads” of the literary world, and it just makes me laugh.  While I enjoy a literary novel as much as the next gal, to be honest, the last few I’ve read have just depressed the shit out of me.  If I want to be depressed AND enthralled, I’ll pick up Hamlet or MacBeth, thank you very much.

Fantastic Interview Friday…Merline Lovelace

Well, since I ran out of locations (at least until I visit another fun/weird one *g*), I’m going to slip to something a bit different.  In my monthly newsletter (Musings from the Blonde Side), I interview folks whose stuff I’ve enjoyed tremendously.  This week, I’ll be replaying Merline Lovelace’s interview.  Merline is a fantastic friend, mentor and chapter sister!  And for those of you who haven’t signed up for my newsletter…you get not only this cool insight into an author’s work/thoughts, but also a chance to win a $10 Amazon or Fictionwise Gift Certificate every month!!

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Wow…this month I’m totally honored to have author extraordinaire Merline Lovelace visit with us.  Merline writes about pretty much everything, from her totally true-to-life depictions of modern-day military heroes to “oh my gosh” historicals.  I can guarantee that you’ll adore any book you pick up by Merline, and her newest trilogy, centered around PI Cleo North is no exception. As a retired Air Force Colonel, Merline obviously knows her stuff, and it comes through so vividly in her writing that it’s enthralling. Ladies and Gentlemen…Merline!  

MftBS: What’s the coolest thing that’s happened to you as an author? Well, let’s see.  This is sorta cool… When I was researching my military thriller LINE OF DUTY, the local base invited me along on an orientation flight aboard an AWACS.  Just after we took off there was an electrical fire aboard the aircraft.  The pilot declared an in-flight emergency, had to jettison fuel, and brought us down on a runway packed with crash vehicles.  I admit to being just a tad nervous, but took LOTS of notes.  Even managed to use most of them in the book! On a more positive note, the neatest thing about being a writer is the ability to travel to the most exotic spots in the States and around the world researching.  I’ve set stories in Malta, Copenhagen, Panama, Bermuda, Hawaii – just about every place we’ve visited. 

MftBS: If you were trying to describe your work to a new reader, what would you say? I’d say I write books that feature men and women who understand the concept of Duty, Honor, Country – whether they’re wearing the short skirts of a Roman Centurion or a USAF flight suit. 

MftBS: Who are three of your favorite writers & why? Only three?  Goan!!!!   How to choose… I love Georgette Heyer for her fantastic character studies.  I first read her in 1967, during summer break from college.  My older sister was home with her kids while her husband was in VN.  I got her hooked on GH, too, and she and I drove to all the libraries in western Massachusetts hunting down books, which we’d read while curled up in a booth at the local pizza joint.  That summer was wonderful!!! I also love Mary Stewart.  I think My Brother Michael is one of the best romantic suspense novels of all time. Of course, I devour every Nora Roberts book as soon as it comes out.  That woman can create knuckle-biting tension with just a few well-chosen words and, oh, those steamy love scenes!!!!  

MftBS: What is your oddest habit while writing? Actually, my oddest habit comes after writing.  When I’m in the last phase of a book, research material, correspondence, and just about everything else gets stacked up to the rafters.  So after I pop a manuscript in the mail, I have this ritual office-cleaning.  I never dreamed I’d look forward to — or enjoy – cleaning so much! 

MftBS: Last but not least…what tidbit of BSP (Blatant Self Promotion) would you like to share with my devoted, die-hard fans? 

Only that I’m thrilled the Cleo trilogy is doing so well.  I had such from with her and Jack and very much enjoyed returning to my air force roots.  It’s great to know other folks are enjoying the series, too. 

Thirteen CDs I can’t live without (in no particular order)

Ten Thousand Fists, Disturbed

Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magik, Red Hot Chili Peppers

Purple, Stone Temple Pilots

Songs in A Minor, Alicia Keyes

Collective Soul, Collective Soul

Cajunization, Beausoleil

Invisible Touch, Genesis

Greatest Hits, Clint Black

Diva, Annie Lennox

Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Smashing Pumpkins

Decemberunderground, AFI

Ten, Pearl Jam

Karma and Effect, Seether

TABT…The Taste of Night by Vicki Pettersson

Equal parts Light and Shadow, Joanne Archer must fulfill a destiny she never wanted.  Once a photographer and heiress to a casino fortune, she is now dedicated to the cause of good…but susceptible to the seductions of evil.  A deadly virus is descending on Las Vegas—a terrifying plague unleashed by the powerful overlord of the Zodiac’s dark side:  Joanna’s father.  Chaos and panic grip Sin City as agents of the Light fall prey to the terrifying epidemic.  Death reigns supreme—and Joanna stands at dead center of an epic and terrible war long foretold, the last hope of a damned world.  But first she must somehow conquer the malevolence that grows all around her…and within.

What a fabulous follow-up book!  Pettersson is definitely not suffering from a sophomore slump here!  She’s continued with Joanna’s legacy in a nonstop fashion, keeping the pressure on until the anticipated (but completely surprising) conclusion.  The background of the kids at Master Comics is explained in more detail, and her relationships with both Ben and Hunter are further explored.  As a reader, I don’t know who I want her with more (the old Ranger versus Joe conundrum).  Ben is the man of her heart, but Hunter is not only someone who understands her new evolution, but revels in it.  I recommend that you read the first book in this series (The Scent of Shadows) to really immerse yourself in Pettersson’s world.

M/M Monday…What the hell’s up with my iPod?

So I went to plug in my iPod before I started edits this weekend and kersplat…nothing.  The bad boy is DEAD.  So I plug it in for the morning, and still get squat.  Then I surf the ‘net, looking for some way to reset the damned thing, do everything the Apple site tells me, and still get bupkus.  In the timeless words of Bulldog Briscoe (Frazier)…”This stinks, this is total BS!”

I want my toonage back, and seriously.  My plan is to do some no-shit writing throughout the month of August, and I need my songs, man!  So anyone out there have any ideas before I drag my happy ass down to Oklahoma City and foist it upon the Apple Store guys at the mall?

In other news, tonight I’m gonna figure out how to put pics and a progress meter up in the panels this week if it kills me!  Rinda gave me a crash course in how to do it, now I just need to muddle my way through *g*.  Sooo, you may be seeing a new “look”, if I can’t figure out how to pop it up on the current template.  Hopefully it won’t send out all my old posts as “new” tho…

Be back soon…promise!

Hey all — sorry for the absence, I’m working on some edits for Liquid Silver and trying to crank out the Black Lace proposal that was requested at Nationals.  I PROMISE you’ll see more of my ramblings next week, if not sooner!