Monthly Archives: February 2009

Thirteen books on my TBR shelf (February update)

I just finished reading my RITA books, but here’s the latest and greatest update to my reading pile.  What really sucks is that I was too sick to read over the last two days (waaaah!)


  1. Night Life, Caitlin Kittredge
  2. Gale Force, Rachel Caine
  3. The Darkest Pleasure, Gena Showalter
  4. Cry Wolf, Patricia Briggs
  5. Shades of Dark, Linnea Sinclair
  6. King of Sword and Sky, CL Wilson
  7. The Face of Death, Cody McFadyen
  8. At Grave’s End, Jeaniene Frost
  9. Aussie Rules, Jill Shalvis
  10. Eye of the Beholder, Shari Shattuck
  11. To Taste Temptation, Elizabeth Hoyt
  12. Bloodfever, Karen Marie Moning
  13. Demon Night, MelJean Brook

On not smoking, being sick, and playing with new ideas…

Not a whole lot of writing going on with me right now, tho I’ve hit almost two weeks being smoke free!  So while I may not have been doing a bunch of writing, we have been doing the home improvement thing.  Our master bedroom is now finished, with the exception of some truly wonderful pictures we’re going to be picking up one pay period at a time.  Next is landscaping, when it warms up a smidge.


Right now, tho, I’m struggling with the crud that’s been going around the clinic, so have been home for the last day and a half, which is a total anomaly for me.  Next week is our big base inspection, so I figured if I was gonna get sick, then yesterday and today were the best possible alternatives.


In happy news, I HAVE been toying with an idea I’d like to work on a bit over the next few weeks.  I’d love to have a few chapters written prior to my crit partners/soul sister’s arrival in late March.  Right now I’m noodling with the concept a bit more, then I’ll attack and see what happens.  So why the “new” idea, you may ask…  Well, because I decided to start something completely new and different, and at least get the partial, if nothing else, done prior to RWA Nationals in July.  It just seems like I’ve put so much energy into trying to sell View that I’m starting to despise it a little, and that’s no way to be.  I’m going to give myself some time and space, so I can love it again, and be its strongest advocate, if that makes any sense at all.


Sooo, I’ve begun work on a new romantic suspense book, and will also tinker with an idea for a novella for Liquid Silver or Samhain as I go. 


Anyway, as you can tell, I went with the “doing 120 things” option rather than “curling up into a fetal ball”, which is always a good thing!

Movie/Music Monday…Citizen Kane (1941)

Citizen Kane (1941)… So the hubster and I decided to watch this because of the buzz and its status as the #1 movie of all time on more than one list. For us, not so much. We made it through about an hour before throwing in the flag. Actually, hubby fell asleep again *g*, and our DVD player is possessed (it turns on and off by itself) and winked off right at an hour, and I couldn’t be bothered to get up and turn it back on. Which shows you exactly how enthusiastic I was *g*. As a whole, it just didn’t work for me, from the acting to the way it was laid out. Maybe I’ll try again at some point, but not in the near future. I’m just kind of bummed that the last three movies have been duds. I’m hoping for more with The Bourne Identity!

Ahhh, the joys of painting…

The hubster and I threw ourselves into painting this weekend as a way to NOT think about smokes, in addition to actually getting something done rather than stare at the boob tube.  The results?  I’m sore as hell, but the room looks about a thousand percent better.  Also, I only thought about smoking approxmiately 65 times over the whole weekend, which is down from the 100 or so of last Thursday alone 8) .

So obviously, no movie or music review today, and honestly, I may just check in here and there, rather than do my usual schpeal.

Hope everyone’s weekends were faboooo!

Lifestyle Changes…

The hubster quit smoking a few weeks ago, and I said I’d join him as soon as my current stash of cigarillos ran out.  Well, that happened on Wednesday night, so yesterday was my first full day of not smoking in over ten years.  With the exception of quitting for two years back in 1996-1998 and then deciding I could be a social smoker (yeah right), I’ve been smoking for the last twenty-two years.  To say it’s a bitch to quit is a minor understatement.


Yesterday during the day wasn’t so bad, because I was at work, and didn’t smoke there anyway.  But last night?  Oh man.  I was seriously jonesing…massive headache, twitchy nerves, the whole nine yards.  And yeah, some of that could surely by my hypochondriac side rising up, but it was still there, and still driving me nuts.


I was joking with my critique partners that I’ll either become totally spastic, getting 120 things done (this is how hubby has coped), or I’ll curl up in a fetal ball for a week.  So far it’s option #1, but I’m not counting anything out…

TABT…Nightkeepers by Jessica Andersen



As a Miami narcotics detective, Leah Daniels never knows how her day will turn out. But she certainly never expected to be strapped to a stone altar, the human sacrifice in an ancient Mayan ritual meant to coax up a demon from the underworld. Or that she’d be saved by a handsome warrior-priest king who claims to recognize her from his visions…  Jaguar Strike wishes he hadn’t made the mistake of reuniting his fellow warrior priests, or broken the law by saving their chosen human sacrifice. Now, he has no choice but to join forces with Leah and invoke dangerous magic in a death-defying race against the end of time.


I very much enjoyed this book, and the wealth of information on the 2012 end-time…Andersen obviously did her homework, and it shows.  That attention to detail, in addition to a cast of characters that are sexy and smart, makes this a fabulous book to curl up with on a cold winter’s night.  If you’re a fan of JR Ward, then you’ll definitely enjoy this new series!

Movie/Music Monday…Gran Torino

Gran Torino (2008 )  Hubby and I went to watch this in the theater (a treat for us).  As we left the theater, I couldn’t help but think the last two movies I’ve seen have been less than stellar (see last week’s review on There Will Be Blood) and were supposed to be all that and a bag of chips.  So why didn’t I love Gran Torino?  For starters, the outright bigotry, even though it was across the board, made me cringe.  Yeah, I laughed like everyone else in the theater at some of the cringe-worthy early zingers, but after about an hour, it got old.  As did Clint’s squinting and growling.  Maybe it was because Eastwood’s character, Walt Kowalski, is of an age of both my father and father-in-law, and both served in Korea.  My dad was as redneck and outspoken as he could possibly be, but he never uttered derogatory phrases like the ones casually thrown out in the movie.  Hubby said it was cheesy, hokey and overrated.  Guess you can’t be more succinct than that.