Monthly Archives: September 2007

Off-line for a bit…

Hey all — things are crazed right now (in a good way *g*), so I’ll be blogging even more sporadically than usual…we’re in the middle of buying a house, and I’m ALMOST done with View!!  On the happy side, I’m down to 219 lbs now, so apparently all of this running around has unexpected side bennies!!  LOL.  Anyway, I’ll pop back in when I can, or when things chill out a smidge…

TABT…The Leopard Prince, by Elizabeth Hoyt

 Wealthy Lady Georgina Maitland doesn’t want a husband, though she could use a good steward to run her estates.  One look at Harry Pye, and Georgina knows she’s not just dealing with a servant, but a man.  Harry has known many aristocrats-including one particular nobleman who is his sworn enemy.  But Harry has never met a beautiful lady so independent, and eager to be in his arms.  Still, it’s impossible to conduct a discreet liaison when poisoned sheet, murdered villagers, and an enraged magistrate have the county in an uproar.  Soon, it’s all Georgina can do to keep her head above water and Harry’s out of the noose…without missing another night of love.

I got this book free at the RWA conference in Dallas this year and decided to page through it to see if I’d be interested.  Holy crap!  I was hooked from page one and it didn’t let me go until the very end.  Where to start?  I guess with Georgie…she was awesome!  A truly fun heroine who liked to make herself seem silly, but was really sensible and level-headed.  Harry?  Simply to-die-for.  He was a man’s man, one who knew his place in life, but wasn’t particularly happy about it, and more than ready to remedy it.  While I was kinda meh about the killer, the real story was in watching Georgie and Harry’s relationship blossom.  I’ll definitely be picking up the first story in the series, The Raven Prince (and while the two seem loosely connected, I never got the feeling I was missing anything) and The Serpent Prince when it’s released.  Ms. Hoyt, you’re now on my auto-buy list!

Totally Off-Topic Monday Post

Good morning!  Because we had company this weekend (and prep for it last week), I’ve got nothing for you when it comes to Movie/Music stuff.  However, in a blatant grab at promotion *g*, I’m super-jazzed to say that Redemption (my latest Keira Ramsay book) is up for a book award at Night Owl Romance … if you’ve got the time, swing by and throw a vote my way (I’m in the second category), or shoot one to my fabulous chapter sisters/fellow Liquid Silver-ites, PC Cast, Gena Showalter, Bonnie Dee & Lucinda Thorne!

Thirteen Books in my TBR Pile

Given the rate I read, I figured this’d be a “regularly” occurring theme on the first Thursday of the month.  I’ll basically list them in the order I’m theoretically gonna read them in *g*.

  • Lure of the Wolf, Jennifer St. Giles
  • The Alibi Man, Tami Hoag
  • Rich Man’s Revenge, Tessa Radley
  • Missing, Jasmine Cresswell
  • Without a Sound, Carla Cassidy
  • Thin Air, Rachel Caine
  • Killer Dreams, Iris Johanson
  • Into the Storm, Suzanne Brockmann
  • Candy Apple Red, Nancy Bush
  • Almost Dead, Lisa Jackson
  • Bitten & Smitten, Michelle Rowan
  • Real Women Don’t Wear Size 2, Kelley St. John
  • Under the Wire, Cindy Gerard

What’s Going on With Me Wednesday

This is one of those really hard weeks for me.  On Monday it was the one-year anniversary of my father’s death, and even though I’ve come to grips with the idea I’ll never hear his sarcastic wit or words of love again, I know he’s floating around somewhere, cheering me on in everything I do.  And then yesterday, August and I were talking about how we knew exactly what we were doing when the first plane hit the towers.  And then the second… like a said, kind of a hard week.

August’s birthday is coming up, and his sister is coming in to hang with us, so that’ll be a blast and lift some of my doldrums, I’m sure.  I swear, I have the best hubby in the entire world.  Last year, he spent his birthday on a plane coming back from Oregon…

In writing news, I got crits back from Leigh on View to a Kill, and between her, Pat and Skully, I really think this bad boy is getting close!!  I spent the whole weekend working on weaving in some more sensuality, making my hero a bit more alpha and explaining some of the things that were totally obvious to me, since it’s my story *g*, but not so much to them.  I’m basically going to finish up these revisions, then let it sit for two weeks and do one more quick read through before I begin agent stalking.

Because I was more in tune with doing revisions, nothing new on Sea of Dreams, tho that’s on my hot sheet for the next three weeks.  Like I said above, we’ve got company coming in on Thursday and not leaving until Monday, so that pretty much shoots my really productive time in the proverbial foot, but maybe that’s not such a bad thing.

Other than that, I’ve been chilling (and reading…finished two books up over the weekend and another ¾ of the way through two more!) and really enjoying my downtime from doing “stuff”!!

  • Your “start” weight:  235
  • Your current weight: 220 lbs
  • Weight change since your last recorded weight :-2 lbs
  • Total weight change since 1 January:-15 lbs

TABT…Sight Unseen by Samantha Graves

Can an art thief earn an honest living?  Raven Callahan does, with the help of a rare psychic power that lets her read the emotions locked inside ancient objects.  But when her partner is kidnapped and Raven is forced to steal a priceless masterpiece to save him, ESP takes a backseat to quick wits, steely nerves, and the lethal skills she needs to survive.  Ex-cop Dax Maddox made just one mistake on the job, but it took a young rookie’s life and cost Dax his ability to see color.  Now stalking a killer brings Raven into his life-and floods his gray world with vivid and conflicting emotions:  anger and lust, suspicion and awe.  Are the criminals they seek one and the same?  If so, Dax and Raven’s growing need for each other could inspire a madman’s terrifying scheme for the ultimate revenge…

What a great debut novel!  Well, it’s not really a debut (Grave also writes futuristics as CJ Barry).  I loved, loved, loved Raven’s character.  She was a perfect flawed heroine, with real issues and a kick-ass attitude that I adored.  Dax was an awesome hero, with his own flawed past, and again, real issues that had to be worked out in order for their common goal to be solved.  If you like paranormal suspense with truly real and likeable characters, grab this one while you still can!

M/M Monday…The Fall line-up

We’re deep in football frenzy here in the Schaefer household, but date night is about to be reinstituted with The Devil Wears Prada on Wednesday, so I’ll review it next Monday.  Today I thought I’d talk about the Fall line-up, for both TV and movies.

TV:  To be brutally honest, I’m just not seeing much that’s gonna draw me in this year.   Since we haven’t watched anything regularly at all in at least a year (it used to be Two and a Half Men, but we fell out of practice), it’s not like I’m salivating for something that left me with a cliffhanger.

Moonlight looks like it could be interesting, but I’m kinda burned out on vamps unless they’re JR Ward’s.  Chuck could be cute, it just depends on whether it’s smart, or one of those laugh-track comedies.  Carpoolers might be interesting, but mainly because I really like Jerry O’Connell; I have ever since his too-short stint on Sliders.  I’m pretty “meh” about The Bionic Woman, simply because I grew up with the original, and can’t imagine anyone but Lindsay Wagner playing the lead role.

Movies: 

I’m dying to see The Bourne Ultimatum, but have to watch the first two before I do.  Even August wants to see this one, so I’m sure they’ll be on the review docket in the near future.

The Brave One-I’m DYING to see this.  It just looks kick-ass.  I adore Jodie Foster (except in Flightplan, it just didn’t float my boat), so this is definitely on my must-see list.

The Kingdom-another one that looks fab and non-stop.  Because of our military affiliation, and August’s extensive knowledge (and I mean truly scary-extensive) of world affairs and history make this one a no-brainer.

We Own the Night – Okay, who can ask for more?  Joaquim Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg and Robert Duvall?  Hellllooo.  Dude, I’ve been salivating over this one since I saw the trailer on the ‘net two months ago.

The Game Plan – I can tell this is going to be one of those guilty pleasure movies that I’ll watch when it comes out on video.  What can I say, I find The Rock highly amusing, and serious eye-candy to watch.

So what are YOU looking forward to seeing?

What’s Going on With Me Wednesday

In happy news, I got my iPod back!  Yeah!!!  I can’t recommend the $40 Apple service plan enough.  Hell, the overnight service to-and-from California covers that alone.  I sent my iPod in on Monday and had a new one back by Thursday.  DAMN!  I wish I’d done this, oh, say two months ago when the thing went tango-uniform initially.

And now, because I actually have toonage, I’ve been rockin’ on Sea of Dreams.  It’s scary how much I’d come to rely on music setting my mood when I’m writing.  Hell, as I’m finishing up Sea (wrote 7200 words since Friday), I’ve already started building the soundtrack for Breath of Heaven.  And in doing so, I’m already beginning to get inside Rhiannon’s head.

Sooo, since music is obviously my “thing” when it comes to writing, I thought I’d share my soundtrack for Sea…

  • Diary of Jane – Breaking Benjamin
  • Bring Me to Life – Evanescence
  • Cumbersome – Seven Mary Three
  • Trippin on a Hole in A Paper Heart – Stone Temple Pilots
  • Higher Ground – Red Hot Chili Peppers

There are always two songs that get played with *any* soundtrack for me, and they’re Interstate Love Song by Stone Temple Pilots and Selling the Drama by Live.  For some reason, those two songs resonate with me, no matter what I’m writing.

In weight loss news, apparently Labor Day weekend wasn’t a total bust for me, because I lost again (yeah for me!).  Here’s the rundown:

Your current weight : 222 lbs
Weight change since your last recorded weight :-2 lbs
Total weight change to date :-13 lbs

TABT…Lover Awakened, by JR Ward

 A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation.  Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike.  Anger is his only companion and terror his only passion-until he rescues a beautiful female from the evil Lessening Society.  Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses.  But even as their desire for each other begins to overtake them, Zsadist’s thirst for vengeance against Bella’s tormentor drives him to the brink of madness.  Now Bella must help her lover overcome the sounds of his tortured past and find a future with her…

The third in the Brotherhood saga, this is more of a continuation of Lover Eternal, but focuses on Zsadist and Bella.  You could read it without reading the first two, but I wouldn’t recommend it, since the intricacies of the Brotherhood and the Lessening Society are built upon significantly in this book.  Zsadist is the quintessential tortured hero, with issues not only about himself, but his twin Phury as well.  I truly enjoyed this book and tore through it in one sitting, but it is more of a transition book, giving us the next stage of the war between the Brotherhood and the Lessening Society.  That said, it’s an awesome read, but as noted above, more enjoyable if you understand the worldbuilding set down in the first two books.  Now I’m off to read the fourth, which is Butch and Marissa’s story…

Saturday gig…unprecedented, I know

Hey all — today I’m posting over at SEx (the Liquid Silver blog) on football, writing and date night.  Join me, and you’ll be put in the hopper for a free copy of one of my backlist titles!