Monthly Archives: October 2007

New Reviews and general crapola…

So I’m still in the middle of the move (actually *really* in the move now…we close on the new house today!!!), but got some new reviews this weekend that totally floated my boat, so I thought I’d share!

First off is a 5 Angel review from Fallen Angels for Saints:

For readers that love a great fantasy, then The  Saints Of Midland is the perfect choice. Amanda doesn’t mind voicing her opinions and no matter what outlook she reaches for in life, she loves her brother and will do anything for his safety. I could sense that even though she is spirited, deep down she holds her fears inside not wishing others to see that she, at times, is just as fragile as she is strong. Josh oozes with sex appeal, and all the right ingredients, for a great hero. Both refreshing characters often show signs of being vulnerable making them real, in this magical tale as they sacrifice much. T. L. Schaefer creativity crafts a momentous fast-paced story that is fantastically detailed, and keeps the reader focused until the conclusion. This is one daring journey that the reader comes along for the unforgettable ride with passion, romance and magic all rolled into one.

The next was 4 Hearts from My Romance Story (and I’m totally jazzed because they GOT IT!!!)

If you’re an erotic fan who likes the lovers engaged in a kinky BDSM scene by the second chapter, Redemption won’t really satisfy. Ramsay doesn’t tack on a plot to her sex scenes. The book works quite the other way around, and so the love that develops between the characters is much more real and satisfying. And by the time Ramsay gets to a sex scene, it’s passionate and romantic. 

DAMN!  Talk about totally making my weekend!! Especially when I’m surrounded by boxes and boxes…waaay more than I originally thought we’d have.  Sigh.  But in happy news, we attended the moving sale the folks we bought the house from held, and bought an absolutely gorgeous antique sideboard we’re going to use as a bar until we buy the real deal.  Oh, and an awesome rocking chair I can actually get my hips through!  LOL!

Fantastic Interview Friday…Jill Monroe

To start with, thanks so much for everyone’s kind words on and off the blog about August’s family.  They still don’t have word if their neighborhood survived, but we’ve got our fingers and other body appendages crossed.

Now, for the fun stuff!  This is an older interview (from last year), but Jill has another new release coming out, TALL, DARK AND FILTHY RICH, so I thought now was the perfect time to bring her interview back to life!

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This month we’ve got one of the hottest new authors on the Blaze scene.  Her first book, Never Naughty Enough, was a Temptation, and now she’s launched into the even steamier stuff with a bang!  With no further ado, meet Jill Monroe!

 MftBS: What’s the coolest thing that’s happened to you as an author?

Oh gosh, so many.  I think my favorite thing is to talk to people who read my book and liked it.  For so many years I just wrote for myself that to know I brought a smile to someone’s face, or took their mind off that root canal it really makes me happy.

Making an appearance on Neilson’s Top 100 Romance Book Sales for a week (I made 89!) – that was a HUGE rush!

MftBS: If you were trying to describe your work to a new reader, what would you say?

Eclectic!  Honestly, I don’t think any of my books are remotely similar – unless you count the sexy.  And ducks.  Ducks are in every one of my books.  My first published book, Never Naughty Enough, is a short, humorous read.  My second is a suspenseful and much more angsty.  My next three contracted books are also all different from each other.  But still with ducks.

MftBS: Who are three of your favorite writers & why?

The first one is easy – I ADORE Gena Showalter.  Since she’s my critique partner I’m thrilled to be able to read her work first.

Karen Marie Moning is on my autobuy list – I’ve stayed up all night reading her sexy paranormals.  Judith McNaught is the author that got me through Graduate School.  I’d reward myself with a book of hers after a particularly grueling test.

MftBS: What is your oddest habit while writing?

I am addicted to Diet Cherry Coke from Sonic.  I don’t write unless I have one nearby.  I also really like to do laundry while writing.  Something about the sorting, folding, hanging up really makes me itch to get back in front of the computer.  I also think the monotony of the household chore lets my mind rest and my subconscious get to work!

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

Well, I’d love people to come drop by my blog.  I have a lot of fun doing that and try to post at least once a day during the week.  http://wwwjillmonroe.blogspot.com

What’s Going on With Me Wednesday

Tons of things going on this week, not the least of which is some serious nail-biting going on in our household over the SoCal fires.  All of August’s immediate and extended family lives in the San Diego and LA area.  While Mom, Dad, sisters, and their kids are fine and dandy, a whole passel of his aunts, uncles and cousins were evacuated from the Rancho Bernardo area, and have no idea (yet) if their homes are still standing.  Cross fingers and toes for me that all is well.

We’re neck deep in boxes here, which is great, because it means the move is that much closer.  We close on Monday, and it seems like it’s taken forever to get here, but zipped by at the same time, if you know what I mean.  In happy news, we’ve already rented out our current house to an incoming student pilot, so we’re only carrying two mortgages for two weeks.  Whew!  That was a massive relief.  I found out, while packing up the office, that I have WAY too many books.  Seriously.  I gave away three big grocery bags to my elderly next door neighbor, have three more sitting in my truck to give to a reader at the base commissary, and at least three more sitting in the room I’ll probably take to one of our senior care facilities.  Never mind that there are two huge boxes and three grocery bags full that I’m keeping, tho most of those are research books and the paperbacks I couldn’t quite let go of (think Vonnegut, King and the keeper list I posted a while back on my Thursday 13).

Because of this, I haven’t done squat when it comes to writing.  I’m still trying to write my heroine out of the corner I’ve painted her into, but I think I have the solution.  Now there’s something wrong with her backstory that’s stalling me.  I’ll figure it out, probably while I’m unpacking and have nothing to write on *g*!!

That’s pretty much it for this week.  Obviously next week I’ll be checking in sporadically, as I get this house completely packed, and start moving into the new one, but I’ll post when I can!!

TABT…The Kept Woman, by Susan Donovan

WHEN A GOOD-GIRL DIVORCEE…Playing by the rules has left Samantha Monroe with an AWOL ex-husband, maxed out credit cards, and the task of raising three children on a hairstylist’s salary. It’s time for a new game plan. When Sam learns that politician Jack Tolliver needs someone to play the part of his fiancée for six months in return for a generous paycheck, she’s ready to sign up on the spot.

MEETS A BAD-BOY POLITICIAN…Jack needs Sam and her kids to help tone down his image from womanizing cad to dependable dad. But he was expecting Sam to be a frumpy single mom, not a wickedly smart, sexy redhead. Keeping nosey newshounds from discovering that his engagement is a charade is going to be a tough job, but one mind-blowing kiss from Sam and suddenly Jack is ready to put in all the overtime necessary…

LOVE WINS IN A LANDSLIDE…Now, with scheming opponents itching to bring Jack down, Sam’s ex returning to stir up trouble, one stubborn pre-schooler, two squabbling teenagers, a crazy dog, and some out-of-this-world sex, Jack and Sam are discovering that playing make-believe can be complicated-but not nearly as much as falling in love…

What a fun book!  This is my first Donovan book, and won’t be my last.  One thing I adore about picking up books at the RWA Convention is that I can pick up new-to-me authors.  Sure, sometimes I get iffy stuff, but so far, so good!  Okay, back to the book *g*.

While the plot was wildly improbable, Sam and Jack’s chemistry was totally believable. I really liked watching Jack’s realization that he didn’t have to boink anything in panties to be truly happy, and Sam’s that she deserved her shot at happiness.  I even liked the evil villainess…she was just too delicious for words.  If you want a truly amusing read, pick this one up!

M/M Monday…the head-banging songs that make me smile

So I have a semi-freakish and varied musical catalogue…think everything from Korn to Norah Jones to BB King.  And I’m going through all of my CDs as I prepare to move, so it’s been quite an eye-opener since I forgot I even had some of this stuff.

But what I really wanted to talk about today are the total head-banging songs that get me revved up.  What really made me think of this was when I was driving home from Oklahoma City on Saturday and Bodies by Drowning Poolcame on.  I freakin’ LOVE that song.  Part of my affection for it may be a post 9/11 video circulated around the armed forces (you can pretty much guess at the content), but even now, I don’t associate it so much with that, but rather a driving, compelling beat.  Hell, even my hubby likes it, and he abhors my musical taste.

Another one for me is Stupify by Disturbed.  My speakers get maxed out on that one every time it hits the airwaves or comes through on my iPod.  Same thing with Ten Thousand Fists.  Hearing any of these just makes my day.

AFI also makes my list, because Kill Caustic is what I use to start my day at the office (hey, no-one else is around *g*)

So what about you?

October Welcome to Halloween Contest

Well, I totally screwed the pooch on this one!  I meant to post this last Friday, and completely spaced with everything going on.  Sooo…enter NOW, since the contest only runs through Saturday.  I promise to be better next month *g*. 

   October Welcome to Halloween Contest

Congratulations to Hayley McChesney, our September winner!

October 2007 prizes!

PDF download of JB Skully’s Award Winning Max Starr Series, Book 1, Dead to the Max

Autographed copy of Dee S. Knight’s Your Desire

Autographed copy of Terri Schaefer’s The Brotherhood

Download of a Leigh Wyndfield story – winner’s choice!

Autographed copies of Lisa Renee Jones’s Hard and Fast and Alluring Tales

Here’s how the contest works!

When:  It runs the first of the month through the 20th of the month.  We’ll choose one winner on the 21st and make the notification.  The next contest will then begin on the 1st.

How:  To enter, simply go through each of our sites, find the answers to our monthly questions, then send an email with your answers to skullycontest@gmail.com  The winner will be chosen at random from amongst the entries with the correct answers.  We will contact you, ask for your snail mail address and you’ll get lots of presents!

Who:  Jasmine Haynes/ Jennifer Skully, Dee S. Knight, TL Schaefer/ Keira Ramsay, Leigh Wyndfield, and special guest author, Lisa Renee Jones.

Newsletter:  We’d love to keep you updated on our new releases so we will be adding you to our newsletter lists unless you specifically tell us not to in your email entry.

Restrictions:  You MUST be 18 years or older to enter and US residents only.

October 2007 questions!

Jasmine Haynes/ Jennifer Skully/JB Skully

http://www.skullybuzz.com/

Question:  What is the name of Jasmine’s July 2008 release (sequel to The Fortune Hunter)?

Leigh Wyndfield

http://www.leighwyndfield.com/

Question:  Who is the hero in Leigh’s up coming release Desert Heat?

Dee S. Knight

http://www.deesknight.com/

Question:  What is the name of the singer mentioned in If Only For a Night?

TL Schaefer/ Keira Ramsay

http://www.tlschaefer.com/

Question:  In Baptism by Fire, what clan of the Fae does Aidan belong to?

Lisa Renee Jones

http://www.theknightsofwhite.com/

Question:  Name the first three books in the Knights of White series which launches in November.

This month’s contest is dedicated to Leigh Wyndfield, who has two releases coming out – Desert Heat on October 30th and Two for the Money on October 31st!

Check out her website for more details!

Thirteen Things I’ve Found While Moving

  1. Old prescriptions…REALLY old prescriptions or things like LorTab and T3…I can’t even remember the illness that went with some of these!
  2. Totes full of books in the garage I’d forgotten about (luckily I’ve actually read them all!)
  3. A HUGE box of pictures that go waaay too far back…think at least thirty years.  Did I REALLY look like that in 1985?
  4. Wine glasses from vineyards in California I’d forgotten we’d even visited…then again it WAS almost 15 years ago
  5. Christmas wrapping shoved under the bed that has a layer of dust so thick it looked like I was opening a time capsule
  6. Old booze & mixer shoved in the cabinets under the bar…picture open margarita mixers…shudder
  7. The Star Trek (original series) VHS tapes I’d forgotten I even owned.  Hell, they’ve been moved from Yosemite to the Bay Area to the Azores and now to Oklahoma.  Sheesh.
  8. Way too many old magazines that I have no idea why I kept
  9. Sheets for a bed we had many moons ago that were shoved into the back of the linen cabinet
  10. A vegetarian cookbook.  Where in the hell did I get that?
  11. A big box of cassette tapes from God only knows when…think Poison, Fine Young Cannibals & The Outfield
  12. Cooking stuff (fish sauce, hoisin sauce, Karo syrup, that sort of thing) from under the sink that I’ll probably never use, and I’d be scared to even try because they’re soooo old
  13. The shower massager (hey, it actually IS one, like you see on TV *g*) August got me for Christmas a few years ago

What’s Going on With Me Wednesday

Like I said yesterday, I’m kinda scattered lately, moreso than usual (if you can believe that).  A lot of it is from the move.  Okay, most (if not all) of it is from the move.  I’m finding myself not being very productive because I’m excited, but I’m  also starting to come up with what I think are some pretty good ideas that I’m writing down on scratch pads and such.  I guess I’m just not feeling the love when it comes to actually sitting down and writing, tho the front seat of my truck looks like I’ve already plotted an entire book in one-sentence teasers *g*.   I think part of it is also seeing what the agent I sent View to has to say.  That always stalls me for a bit.  Kind of an anticipation/dread war going on in my head.

I’ve got my monthly RWA chapter meeting this weekend, and I’m really looking forward to reconnecting with everyone since I haven’t seen them for a few months.  My friends Rinda and Rachel are giving the presentation, which is sure to be interesting.

Other than that, the packing starts in earnest on Sunday.  I’ve been piddling around a little bit, stowing stuff in boxes here and there, but then I kinda petered out.  I think I started too soon, and realized we actually needed half of the crap I’d been planning on packing.  Anyway, the “office” definitely get’s taken care of on Sunday (if not before), because there’s about a zillion old books in there that I’ll never read again.  I’m going to donate them to the area convalescent homes…heck, I really want someone to enjoy them and pass them on!  I also had quite a bit of fun cleaning out my drawers in my bathroom.  Who knew I had Lortabs left from when I got my tubes tied years ago?  Same with Mobic and some other weird stuff I can’t even remember.  The pharmacist on base is gonna have a field day with what I turn in for destruction!

Well, that’s it, at least for now.  Hope everyone’s having a great week, and I’ll try to pop in at least once more this week.

TABT…Visions of Heat, by Nalini Singh

I really, really hope to get better about blogging in general, but right now the book review and my Wednesday posts are all I can seem to scramble out of my little brain with the move and the respective “stuff” that comes with it.  Without further ado…here’s this week’s book review! 

Used to cold silence, Faith NightStar is suddenly being tormented by dark visions of blood and murder.  A bad sign for anyone, but worse for Faith, and F-Psy with the highly sought after ability to predict the future.  Then the visions show her something even more dangerous-aching need…exquisite pleasure.  But so powerful is her sight so fragile her state of mind, that the very emotions she years to embrace could be the end of her.  Changeling Vaughn D’Angelo can take the form of either man or jaguar, but it is his animal side that is overwhelmingly drawn to Faith.  The jaguar’s instinct is to claim this woman it finds so utterly fascinating, and the man has no argument.  But while Vaughn craves sensation and hungers to pleasure Faith in every way desire is a danger that could snap the last threads of her sanity.  And there are Psy who need Faith’s sight for their own purposes.  They must keep her silenced-and keep her from Vaughn.

Sigh.  Yet another author on my auto-buy list.  I was tres disappointed that they didn’t have Caressed by Ice in Wal Mart when I went in for sundries earlier this week, so I guess it’s time to hit Amazon.  Anyway, Singh continues her Psy/Changeling series shortly after the end of Slave to Sensation.  (Recommend you read this one first, so you can get the worldbuilding from the get-go.)  Faith is a beautifully drawn character, one who’s drawn to the Changelings, but not-so-ready to betray the Psy.  Because of that, you’re drawn into her turmoil immediately.  Vaughn was less of a mystery, but still drool-worthy in his alphaness *g*.  Definitely pick up this series if you want a decadent treat!

TABT…If You Deceive, by Kresley Cole

 Ethan MacCarrick was a heartbreakingly handsome rake until a powerful nobleman ordered him brutally beaten and his face scarred for a crime he didn’t commit  Ethan’s reprisal-bankrupting the nobleman and forcing his exile-does little to appease his wrath.  Ten years later, a haughty, mysterious beauty enchants Ethan-the daughter of his enemy.  At last, Ethan will have the revenge he’s craved; he’ll promise her marriage, seduce her, then cast her aside.  When Madelaine van Rowen’s family was suddenly plunged into destitution and dishonor, she steeled herself against further heartache.  She never weakened, never trusted, until a towering, scarred Highlander relentlessly pursues her, breaking down her defenses.  The passion between them burns hotter than Ethan’s fury, and soon he finds he can’t let her go.  But when Madelaine discovers the truth about him, can Ethan convince her to accept all he now offers-when he once destroyed everything she had?

Great, great, great addition (and I’m thinking, conclusion?) to the MacCarrick brothers saga.  Both Ethan and Maddy were strong, flawed and *really* human characters.  Watching Ethan begin to rethink his revenge as he fell deeper under Maddy’s spell…and she under his…would have been fun if it wasn’t so heartrending.  This story does overlap with the other two, but you can read it as a stand-alone.  Personally, I’d highly recommend picking up the entire series (If You Desire and If You Dare), because the characters are so vividly drawn, as is the worldbuilding…you won’t be disappointed!