Saturday, July 14, 2012

Friday Five, late as usual!

Good things happening all around :)

# 1- I sold my first novel.

Such an amazing achievement, the second of the two things on my bucket list. Downpour, the story of Markus and how he deals with his new boyfriend being beaten up for being gay and how they cope together and heal with a lot of laughter and some tears. I wrote this entire novel in less than a month after seeing a barista at Starbuck's giving a homeless man a cup of coffee. From there, I was possessed by these characters and a book was born. It should be out in November if I can get my edits done!

# 2- I saw this awesome "literary" tattoo today!

# 3- I'm trying my hand at knitting again... start praying now :D

# 4- I started reading "Vicious Deep" over a month and a half ago.

 It's a wonderful book, I just haven't had the time to read. I promise I will be finishing it soon! Can't wait to review it because it has been fun! Thank you again to Melissa Landers, the author of Alienated, for loaning it to me!

# 5- And the best of all:

The first thing on my bucket list was to have a baby :D I need a new bucket list now!
(This also explains where I've been. Morning (see ALL EFFING DAY sickness is rough!)
We've been trying for three years, but I've wanted to be a mom since I knew that was an option when I was about 10 and started babysitting neighborhood kids. My husband and I were told that we couldn't have our own without a lot of interventions. We went to a few specialists and doctors. We decided to stop trying this spring and I started focusing on my health. I went gluten free in January and was working with  my doctor to get healthier. Apparently, it worked!

We're so excited and cannot wait to meet our little pirate-ninja baby in January!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Sunday, May 13, 2012

#SixSentenceSunday WIP

This is from my current WIP, tentatively titled THORNS.
In this scene we have Henrik:
I don't know who this is, if anyone has a name, I'd love to find more pictures!
And his father, Asa:

“Congratulations.” He looks over my head and I’m tempted to look to see whom he is speaking. “Your father has just ensured your future in Germany's royalty.”

Once again, I am getting talked at rather than spoken to. Once again, I am being told what I will do, how I will do it, and when and where I will do it. Once again, I am angry, but doing nothing about it.

"Henrik, you will be meeting very important people today. You are to smile and act like the gentleman I raised you to be. If at anytime anyone asks something of you, you will smile and you will do it. Understood?"

"Of course, Father, what else would I do?"

Friday, May 11, 2012

Friday Five

1- It has been a hard week and I am glad it is over. I feel like someone has beaten me inside and out. I guess, technically, its kind of been that way.

2- Still awaiting word on my novel and my short story and the writing contest I entered. I need a sedative.

3- I wish I could bring my cat with me to work, she would keep me calm.

4- New obsession: 
Amish: Out of Order - Amish teens who leave The Order to stay with a family in Missouri and find their way away from the Amish community. SO INTRIGUING!

5- This makes me SO proud. God Bless Our President:

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Book Review: Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins

Not my favorite, sadly. I wish there would've been more and the ending, although fitting and brave, made me sad.
I appreciated Rachel going out on a limb and not giving everyone a happily ever after. That's important. I wished there had been more, though. It felt incomplete and rushed.
Of course I loved Archer and Cal, and even Elodie grew on me. I just felt like there was something missing.
I hope they'll make this trilogy into a movie, not movies, but one movie. It would be wonderful to see this on the big screen.
Overall, it was a good ending for Sophie and her gang.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

@Hoycie, @EliStar, @Sunshinegal3, and @ SuperstarNanna Wednesday: What Are You Reading?

Well, I've been trying. I'm in chapter 5. I keep getting distracted though. There is a lot of information within the first few chapters, so I find myself skimming, which is bad, because when I pick back up on something intriguing, then I have no idea what's just happened. I have reread chapter 4 a few times.
It is such an interesting premise though, I plan on staying with it... it just may take me a while.
I swear Hoycie, Eli, Sunshinegal, and Nanna... I will finish!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Friday Five!

Who's ready for the weekend?

This week seems like it is in slo-mo! Here's what's happening:

1- I started Divergent, but only got through four chapters before I took a book vacation. I'm gonna try again this weekend while Mr. Nerd is working.

2- Submitted a short story to a publisher. *bites nailes*

3- Our car died, but my amazing husband and his friend got it working again AND fixed our air conditioning. I've gone without A/C for nearly three years. *Liz Lemon Self-Five*

4- Super excited that Bel Ami will be available today on iTunes and Amazon! Here's the trailer if you don't know about this movie. It's based on the Guy de Mausspant novel of the same name.

5- Random cuteness: How adorable is this?

Dog guards owners bike, then hitches a ride :D

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

It's Wednesday: DiverWhat are YOU reading?

So I started Divergent this weekend. 
Divergent by Veronica Roth
I'm only on chapter four because of too many things going at once and it is very slow... lots to digest as you read, lots of questions as you go. I'm looking forward to having some time to dive in and really get into the meat of it or I'm afraid my friends will start pelting me with tomatoes or something.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Friday Five

Yes, late.
I should just make it Saturday Six or something... Fridays are usually my crazy days at work and I suck at planning ahead.
Here goes!

1- Still no word on my manuscript full request. I know the agent has it, but now I just have to wait. Driving me crazy.

2- All our adoption stuff is currently on indefinite hold. It's just too expensive which makes me heartbroken. I want a baby but we just can't afford IVF or adoption at this point.

3- My amazing friends, Eli and Hoycie, sent me Get Well presents. Big Bang Theory and Divergent. I felt so incredibly loved. Sometimes I feel like I'm invisible and when I got these gifts from girls who've never even breathed the same air as me, it was just... wow.

4- We started house shopping again which wears me out. I kind of want to just give up, rent, and just deal with it for the duration until Mr.'s job stuff gets situated, but that wouldn't be responsible, huh?

5- I've started to beta read for three authors and loving their novels. All contemporary romances which is cool. I have some ridiculously talented friends!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

What are you reading, Wednesday?

So I caved to peer pressure... and I mean some serious peer pressure.
I kept saying I'd read. And I promised I would... eventually. Well I'm nearly done with Spellbound by Rachel Hawkins and got this in the mail today.
Divergent by Veronica Roth was sent to me by my dear friends Eli and Hoycie. <3

So I shall be finishing Spellbound tonight and then getting my Divergent on!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Please repost: Missing Arizona Girl.

Have you seen this girl?
Investigators are keeping the family of a 6-year-old girl who disappeared away from their Tucson home.

Please keep your eyes open for this little one. Isabel was last seen in a blue tank top and black shorts. She was not in her home when her parents went to wake her up on Saturday morning. Her bedroom window was open and she was gone. Please repost.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sevens today. Not Sixes. @Melissa_Landers, @NJ_Bookworm, @RheanaWrites, @MSmithBooks, @ameliajune, @_JessicaCline

I'm writing this early, hopefully planning ahead pays off and works. We'll see.

Two friends, Kat and Crystal tagged me in this WIP writing thingy. I figured I'd cave to peer pressure.

It's not like Fight Club... There are no rules. But we could still have a Tyler Durden!

There actually are some lines to stay within and they are:

  1. Go to page 7 or 77 in your current manuscript
  2. Go to line 7
  3. Copy down the next seven lines/sentences as they are–no cheating
  4. Tag 7 other authors

Here's mine from my new novel Downpour:

His black and blue marks are deep and dark across his ribs, marring the black words of his tattoo. Lacerations criss-cross along the flesh and I have to bite back my anger. 
It doesn’t look like I’ve injured him more, so I pull his shirt back into place and step away quickly so I don’t say anything as my temper flares. Grabbing some ice and placing it inside a bag and towel, I come back to the couch where he is leaning forward, his elbows on his knees.
I shall challenge Katie, Amelia, Chelle, Melissa, Rheana, JessC, and RevJen.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Friday Five

For once, on time!

1- Mr. Nerd has a job. Not the job he wanted, not quite as dangerous, but still it's a job. Now we need to wait for it to start in five months. Oy.

2- Things with my new novel are going swimmingly and thank you beyond thank you to the girls who helped me with edits!

3- Trader Joe's Tamales are gluten-free and SO yummy. FYI.

4- I have today off and I've managed to watch hours of E! and do laundry and the dishes. Well rounded day off, no?

5- Look how cute my dog is!
Anyhow, have a happy Easter and/or Pasach!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Friday Five - Firsts

1. First Clear Memory- I can distinctly remember being lost when I was about five. I wandered off at a bazaar in western Germany where my family was shopping. I ended up crying myself to sleep in a bundle of blankets and someone found me and took me back to my parents but I was so freaked out I wouldn't let go of a pink and grey elephant wool blanket. I still have that blanket. It's my dog, Bella's, blanky now.

2. First Time Meeting Your Spouse- We went to high school together. He hated me. I was perky and a cheerleader, the seminary president, and in three different choirs. He was in the band, a punk, angry at the world, and it didn't help that his little sister was my "little sister" at school. I was definitely every thing unholy in his world. We re-met our sophomore year of college when my friend wanted to date his friend but needed a wingman for his wingman. I promised if she kept making me daiquiris I would talk to his friend. His friend and I talked for seven hours that night, made out a little too, and we've been together eleven years now.

3. First Job- My very first job was as a pie girl at Marie Callendar's for a month and a half, then my mom made me quit because I dropped out of honor roll and she thought the hours were too long while I was in school. The next job was at a day care center with less hours but I was a lot more work. It was a lot of fun though and now I'm a teacher, so I guess it molded me :) I stayed at that job from 15 to 19, the longest I've ever had a job.

4. First Time in an Airplane- My parents moved us from Texas to Germany when I was three. So my first flight was 16 hours to Frankfurt. My parents were saints.

5. First Lie- I remember at six or seven, not exactly sure, but my brother was being awful to me and he kept punching me to get me away from him and his Gameboy, we'd been in the car on the Autobahn for hours on end and my parents were so done with us, but they wouldn't yell at him for being a jerk, just kept saying "Don't make me come back there!" kind of stuff. So when we stopped at a gas station he throttled me and I went to the bathroom and punched myself in the arm over and over until it purpled up really dark and angry and then ran to my dad and cried about my brother beating me up. Needless to say, he was taught to pick on people his own size and I felt ridiculously guitly, but I did get to play with the Gameboy for a few hours.

Monday, March 19, 2012

In Which I Squee Like a Little Girl on a Monday.

So you guys probably know by now that I'm really excited about Snow White and the Huntsman... today we got a new trailer and I am EVEN MORE EXCITED NOW!!!!!!
Take a look at this movie!
How awesome does this movie look?! I want it to be June now :D
What do you think? And what movies are you looking forward to this year?

Saturday, March 17, 2012

In Which I Respond to Senator McCain of Arizona

I sent my senator, John McCain, a letter asking him to help vote against the House Bill 2625 that would allow employers to deny their employees health care if they do not, for religious reasons, believe in birth control. He responded with a very long email, sent by some secretary, stating he wanted to aid the Catholic population who were being denied their religious freedom by the Obama administration and protecting the right of employers to have their own beliefs. I was SHOCKED.
Here's how I replied to my dear senator:

In response to your email regarding birth control regulations and employers. I am appalled at your reasons for voting against the needs and wants of those who voted for you. You are not representing your constituents. You are representing your own self-serving beliefs and your own desires. That is not what a public servant does. Health care is not a choice, it's a right and access to birth control should not be dictated by employers or senators. Your job is to represent Arizona, all of Arizona, not just the Catholic conservatives as you stated in your email. With all due respect, you are not representing me or the women of your state. Ask your constituents what they want rather than just doing what you want. Shame on you, Mr. McCain.

Please contact your senators and protect your right to health care ladies, it seems to be open season on our vaginas.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Friday Five

I decided since I was in such a bad mood I'd vent via five, then do a positive five to end on a good note.

The cons:
1- I'm not feeling well, inside and out.
2- Someone ate my lunch on Thursday and it made me feel like Red Ross. (If you get that, you get me.)
3- My husband has volunteered for a very scary job and has to do a lot of tests and it's been challenging.
4- I'm tired of hearing all the name-calling and angry words from people, especially women, or political leaders. It's ridiculous we're trying to stamp out bullying yet the grown ups around the world are incessantly doing it!
5- My puppy, Bella, has to have surgery on Thursday of this week. I'm pretty terrified. If you have extra good thoughts and heathen juju for her, we would appreciate it immensely.

And the Pros:
5- I've been reading like mad- lots of fun, brain candy. And I finished Larissa Ione's Demonica series and found out she has a new series that I can start on. Reviews soon.
4- I am lucky because I have a roof over my head and a job that pays the bills. No matter how hard it gets in my head, I know I can at least feed my family and take care of my pets.
3- My iPhone has me completely smitten and addicted. It's sad really.
2- I'm incredibly proud of my husband even if I'm scared for him. He's my hero.
1- My novel is officially finished at 43,000 words written in three weeks. Time for editing by my betas then submitting to publishers.

How was your week?

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Book Reviews: Demonica Books 1 through 4

I have very much enjoyed these stories. I just started the fifth story, but I thought I would write quick reviews for the first four and the mini-book. Thank you to Rheana, Jen, and Eli for helping me read all of these and your recommendations. I needed brain candy to distract me and these are fantastic for that.

Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione
A wonderful story which I read second. I made a mistake when I borrowed it from a friend. She lent me a book so I read it. I had no idea I had asked for the wrong book. So although I read it second, it was a great book. In Pleasure Unbound, you meet Eidolon, said Eye-duh-lawn, a demon doctor running an underground hospital for paranormal creatures such as himself. We also meet Tayla, a slayer, who's job is to put paranormals like Eidolon into the grave. It's a very fun Romeo and Juliet or Buffy and Spike kind of story. You meet Eidolon's brothers who are just as crazy, grumpy, volatile, and adorable as he is. I just love a big, burly, macho guy who turns into a puddle of goo because of his woman or a cute animal. Eidolon has all of that and more. Tayla is a wonderful sparring partner and I really enjoyed how tough she was and how she handled the brothers.
Desire Unchained by Larissa Ione
Desire Unchained was the book I accidentally read first because I got the names mixed up when I asked to borrow the books. So while I was reading it, my comments are all similar to "What the hell is going on?" But, think about it this way... there were a lot of plot points and world building pieces that have a lot of structure built around Eidolon and so when you read the second book staring his brother Shade, you can see why I was so confused. Shade is a wonderful character. He's gruff and angry, he's been tortured his entire life and when his sister is killed, he just can't cope with the emotional turmoil. He wants to kill or be killed and in walks Runa, a lethal werewolf and ex-girlfriend. Shade wakes up in a dungeon chained up next to his ex, whom the last time she was around, she was a sweet human he had just torn up emotionally. Now he sits beside her, a werewolf, not only is she pissed at him, but they're both very concerned because they're inprisoned by the person who wants them dead and who killed Shade's sister. This was an emotional story, but also very hot. Runa was a great leading lady. She's fierce and gives as good as she gets. I love that in a heroine.
Passion Unleashed by Larissa Ione
Oh, Wraith. Have I mentioned how much I love big ol' bad boys with hearts of gold? Wraith is that guy. He's big and mean and lethal. His life has been horrid, tortured from the moment he was conceived and kept in horrible conditions in such a miserable way. My heart broke hearing him explain his life before his brothers found him. Throughout the story, while Wraith is trying to help/hinder an apocalypse, we learn a little more about Wraith while he is with Serena a blessed human who is charmed with protection because she was chosen by God to protect part of Heaven. Unfortunately for Serena, Wraith needs her dead. I'm sure you can see where we're going. Serena needs to be safe, Wraith needs her dead, angels want to protect her, angels want to kill her,  demons want her dead, demons want her alive, all the while Wraith wants to hate her, but she's practically perfect and gives him a ration of shit that he doesn't want, but loves it. It's a really fun story and the ending is traumatic and shocking, but also awesome. I really liked this one a lot.
Eternity Embraced by Larissa Ione
This is a mini-story surrounding two Guardians or slayers. Andrea and Kaden. Kaden wakes up after a raid on a vampire nest and finds himself in a cell turned into a vampire. Bummer for him since his job is to kill demonspawn like himself now. He tries to figure out a way to help himself when his lover and fellow slayer comes to kill him. They promised each other they'd put the other out of their misery if this situation ever came about... unfortunately, he doesn't want to die, he kind of likes vampy-ness and Andrea doesn't want to kill him because she really loves him even though she promised him that it was just sex between them. Insert awesome, naughty, dirty story here. :)
Ecstasy Unveiled by Larissa Ione
Mmm... Lore. So Wraith is my number one demon, the others all have their greatness. Lore is in the top five :) He's grumpy and grouchy, he acts like everyone owes him a favor and most of all, he wants to keep his sister safe. Yeah, twin sister Sin. Fun name. So Lore feels like he needs a favor and owes favors left and right. This makes him a very complex character. Someone's paid him to kill the Demon brothers' human bestie, Kynan, but Kynan seems to have a guardian angel named Idess following him around and making Lore's hit much more complicated than it should. See where this is going? These are fun stories, but they are kind of predictable. Idess is badass and hot, fiesty and lethal, and pretty funny even though she has quite a chip on her shoulder and a very sturdy chastity belt in place. Lore is a sex demon who desperately needs to save his sister by killing a human who just doesn't seem to want to die. Lots of fun inside!
All of these books are in the vein of Black Dagger Brotherhood and the like. Paranormal elements, romance, erotica, mystery, and thriller elements weave in and out of fun, dark, fast paced stories.  I really enjoyed these stories and they kept my mind busy. I think the best part, beyond the hot lemons and fun action scenes, is that there is a great deal of world building involved and an incredible amount of research and planning that Larissa put into these stories. She's built a demon world, but she's also laced in so many religious tidbits and historical facts that it's almost believable that there are humans running around that are actually demons. If they look and love like the Demon brothers, bring it on :)
I'll review number six, Sin's book, Sin Undone, as soon as I finish. I'm looking forward to learning about the sister no one ever though could exist. She's full of piss and vinegar and that's always nice to see!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Friday Five

Quick Friday Five:

1- I'm laying in bed starving because Celiac Disease is stealing my love of food.

2- I'm readng Demonica #4 by Larissa Ione and it's wonderful brain candy.

3- I'm really stressed because my husband took a very dangerous job today. I'm proud but worried. Our anniversary is Tuesday and I hope we can enjoy ourselves before he has to leave.

4- It's 120am on Saturday and I am wide awake, sorry for the cheat. Friday was a busy day.

5- Life is quite tiring right now, but I'm nearly finished with my new novel. Hopefully, tomorrow it'll be done!


Friday, February 17, 2012

Friday Five and a Vlog.

I've been hiding out a lot lately, but I was told I should keep this up, whether I'm happy or sad, I should keep up my blog, so here goes Friday Five this second week of February.

1- It's been a hard few weeks. A lot of upheaval and stress. Work and home life are both very stressful right now, but I'm reading the Demonica series by Larissa Ione which is keeping me fairly sane. Pretty much the only thing right now.

2- The other thing keeping me sane is beta-reading. My two beta clients who've been keeping me busy. Nicole and Michelle, who keep sending me work. Also, my friend Season has sent me her manuscript to beta which I'll be starting this weekend. It's good to work.

3- My husband is leaving soon for basic training, he'll be gone a few days next week for pre-leave meetings, then he'll get his official leave date. Being alone for six months is very scary.

4- Sometimes, it hurts to know you aren't good enough for people you love. I've been struggling with it a lot lately... not being able to keep every one happy as well as myself. I try very hard to do everything and end up with nothing. I'm trying to focus on myself right now, so that's a lot of why I'm not as visible and not posting or reviewing as much. I am going to force myself to write this weekend and write up book reviews for the books I've read over the last two weeks.

5- Today, I took the day off due to a very bad night last night. My night involved raw sewage leaking and men at Walmart screaming at me after I defended a homeless man they were berating. Not a good night.
I was planning on taking the afternoon off any way because it's Love of Reading week and the elementary school I had taught at asked me to come read. Yesterday night gave me an excuse to take an entire day off. My first personal day in two years.
I was trying to figure out what to read to the munchkins, some who are now in third grade I had when I taught Kindergarten! I found this incredible book about Jane Goodall, Me... Jane by Patrick McDonnell of Mutts fame. The kids loved it and we had a good talk about conservation which made me miss teaching so very much.
The best part of the day though, was reading my favorite book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst. I read it four times to four different classes. Many of them were kids I had taught in Primary and they remembered our jokes and our chants. It was perfection. It made me miss teaching and it made me long for parenthood, but it was bittersweet. I love children and I love working with them every day. I may never be able to have my own children, but being with those kids everyday is such a blessing and I am not teaching the little ones right now, but I know I'll go back in some capacity. I just hope it's sooner rather than later.
In honour of my day with the cute ones, I decided to read you all the best cure for a bad day. I hope if you are having a bad day, it helps.
Mom says, some days are just like that... even in Australia.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

What are you reading?

It's Wednesday! Tell me all about what you're reading!
As for me, I'm reading Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. 
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. 
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. 
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages—not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out. 
When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

I am about two-thirds of the way through and I absolutely love it. I am apparently on an angel kick. Laini has created an awesome world and I don't want to leave. I'm rationing out the chapters to make it last a little while longer. I can't wait for the next one!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Book Review: Camille by Tess Oliver

Camille by Tess Oliver

At a time when society conforms to the strictest rules and most proper etiquette, sixteen-year-old Camille Kennecott and her guardian, Dr. Bennett, live a most unconventional life. They hunt werewolves.When unwitting victim, Nathaniel Strider, wanders into one of their full moon pursuits, Camille and Dr. Bennett believe they have found a specimen for their study. Finding a scientific key to unlocking the mystery of lycanthropy would end their late night excursions. Yet beneath the irresistible exterior, Nathaniel is transforming into a flesh-tearing monster, and as each experiment fails, Camille loses another inch of her soul to him. In a month’s time, she must face the prospect of destroying the boy who has stolen her heart.

Camille is one of the best YA paranormal works of fictions I have read in a long time. I was originally drawn in by the title and the cover, but honestly, the story stands well on it's own and has a great hook!

Tess creates an wonderful fantasy world within a historical fiction. I loved the characters especially Camille. She was tough and beautiful, kind and cunning, and most of all! She didn't fall down and wallow. She stood and fought. I love that!

And then there's Nathaniel Strider.... wow. Swoony boy alert! Dear friends who love the hot rebellious boys. Strider is not only naughty and tough, but he's passionate, lovable, smart, and... Scottish. Yes. He has a brogue and it's hot. Hot I tell you. :D

“He looked down at my fingers wrapped around his coat then lifted his eyes to mine. 'My tiny huntress, do you know what you've done to me?” - Nathaniel Strider to Camille

The girls who know me, know I'm a discerning swoony boy currator. I don't just fall in love. I need some deep internal character, a life, a struggle, a hotness. Nathaniel Strider is just that character. He fights battles both internally and externally all the while falling in love and being himself. Lovely!

I loved the way Camille and Nathaniel mesh and bounce off of each other. Like magnets. They attract in one way and detract in another. It's so beautifully poetic watching them as they deal with such a strange situation with such grace. Camille is old hat by the time she finds Nathaniel and she leads him through the world of Werewolves. It's very exciting to see such a leading lady. She's very much the lead in this story as she should be with this title, but occasionally, our namesake books kind of wane within the realm of female power. I don't think that's the case with Camille. Although it is set in a time when women held little or no power, she's still a leading lady and very wonderfully written.

I am so excited for the sequel! I have already downloaded it and will let you know how Nathaniel, Camille, and Dr. Bennett carry on their adventures. I hear we may see more of Emily and more paranatural beings! *happy dance*

Heart of the Huntress by Tess Oliver

I recommend Camille to anyone with a sweet tooth for paranormal and shapeshifters. Also anyone looking for a YA that has a true lead in it's female main character. Camille stole my heart right along with Nathaniel!

More info can be found at

Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday Five

1- I met John Green and Hank Green and Katherine Green and Hank's Sock yesterday!!!!!!!
They are so precious! Full recap this weekend!

2- My husband is awesome because I didn't think I would be able to go see John Green. I did not want to drive alone to Phoenix and he suggested that he take me. I nearly fell over. He makes me smile and we had a lot of fun driving up and back. He even stood in line with me to get books signed :)

3- I've lost 8 pounds since I started gluten free eating. I'm really happy my pants fit again and I feel SO much better! *happy dance*

4 - I'm editing the NaNo 2010 now... I'm on chapter five now. If you see me screwing around online, smack me!

5- To remind me why I'm doing this novel, here are my characters... they're my darlings and absolutely real in my head.
MMC Henrik
FMC Isolde
2nd MMC Emmanuel
2nd FMC Rivqah

I love them dearly. Don't let me cheat on them!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Vlog a la Julie :)

Here is my vloggy vlog with questions from Julie over at BookHookedBlog! Please beware of cursing, fighting cats, and me looking a hotmess. You get what you get :)

The questions:
1) Show us or tell us about the most valuable book in your collection - either for monetary or sentimental value.
2) What are your literary pet peeves?
3) What is your favorite non-book literary possession?
4) Show us/tell us about where you usually read.
5) Give up a literary confession - something you do that would drive other readers nuts.
6) What book/genre is your guilty pleasure?
7) Describe your biggest fangirl moment relating to books.
8) What book have you reread the most times?
9) How many books do you own?
10) Show us/tell us about how your books are organized.

Do one and post a link to me!

That's My Answer Tuesday!

I am looking for ways to perk up the blog when I'm A- procrastinating my editing and writing OR B- I just need some downtime from the editing and writing. :D

SO I found a cute blog, and she asks random questions and you answer them and leave her a linky to your answer. 

Here goes nothing :) Questions from Indigo for this Tuesday:

Do you feel the Oscar buzz?
Not really, I've seen a few, but not many of the movies nominated. I do want to see My Week With Marilyn if I could find someone to go with me! I love Michelle Williams and I know she does an amazing job with every role she gets and from the interviews, she really loved this role.

Modern Family or The Middle?
Modern Family!!! Cam and Mitchell are me and my husband for sure. I do love the other characters so much as well!

My daughter loves watching The Suite Life of Zach and Cody. Which, of course, makes me wonder how I’d spend my time if I lived in a hotel. I’d probably ride the elevators all day long. How would you spend your time?
I've never seen the show, but I vaguely know the premise... they're on a cruise ship now right? So if I lived in a hotel for free, ROOM SERVICE!!!! :) When I travel for work, I still get giddy when I can call up room service and they come bring me food and drinks and I can sit in bed to eat. I'm seriously a five-year-old deep inside!

Monday, What are you reading?

Reading is Cool! I don't need to tell you chicks that, and dudes if there are any out there :)

So what am I reading right now?

How gorgeous is that cover?

I just started Camille by Tess Oliver on Sunday, and it's wonderful! I was initially drawn in by the cover, so beautiful! And the title. The name Camille has always been one of my most favorite names of all time.

Camille is a girl in England, I'm guessing it's around the turn of the century but it's never said, but that's my guess. And Camille lives with Dr. Bennett and they hunt werewolves. Already intrigued, no? And one night while they're out a hunting, a boy gets bit while they're trying to save him from a werewolf. Enter Nathaniel Strider, a Scottish rogue with a penchant for thieving and charming. He's naughty and adorable and about to become a werewolf. Unless, a certain young lady and her doctor guardian can decipher her father's journals and save Nathaniel from becoming their next target!

Go get it! It's on Amazon right now for .99! :D

Friday Five!

Edit: I meant to post this last Friday and COMPLETELY forgot. SORRY! Better late than never right?

Five things on Friday!

1- We put a bid on a house!

2- I found my zip drive with my NaNo '10 on it!

3- I've gone 20 days gluten free!
Surprisingly, it's pretty darn tasty! The one thing I miss though...
If anyone has a recipe for gluten free cheesecake, lemme know!

4- During the last three weeks I've lost five pounds! :) Not eating bread and pasta and goldfish helps!

5- I started an incredible book I'm sharing with everyone: Angelfall by Susan Ee!
It's .99 on Amazon or you can go to her site and she'll tell you where to find it.! She self-pub'd this amazing literary adventure and I find her to be awe-inspiring! :D Tell her I sent you!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Book Review: AngelFall by Susan Ee @Susan_Ee

If you follow me on twitter or facebook or goodreads, sorry for the repeat fangirl, but I just gotta say...

HOLY CRAAAAAP! Let the fangirling begin!!!

No seriously, go get this book. .99 on Amazon. Let me spell that out for you- NINETY-NINE CENTS!

It is by far one of the best fantasy books I have EVER READ. I mean EVER. And I read A LOT! Angelfall is right up there with Hunger Games, LOTR, and Outlander. I'm not kidding. 

For my friends who like the adult reads, I'm not gonna lie, it's a YA book, but still! It has intrigue, a hot guy busting faces, a hard core heroine, and such amazing imagery! It is truly a stunning, slack-jaw, grip your book til it chokes kind of novel!

For my YA girls- It's a fantastical YA! This is a wildly fast paced tale about demons and fallen angels and Susan weaves these incredible scenes of vicious  human depravity within this gutted backdrop of our world post angel apocolypse. No, not kidding! The lead character, Penryn, is tough and very badass even though she thinks like any girl would, but she's in a ridiculously nonsensical situation.

Please go get this book. What's .99? I can guarantee you will be happy I sent you if you are a fantasy nerd. Or into badass YA characters. Or big on hot angels! 

AND it's such a quick read!!!! If I had been able to sit for longer than 30 mins at a time, I swear this would've been done in one sitting!

Oh, and Raffe? Yeah... the next Zsadist in my book ;) Nothing like a wounded rebel angel battling his inner demons while handing ACTUAL demons and some fallen angels their asses as far as I'm concerned!

I'm frothing to get the second book and it doesn't come out until the summer :( But at least I can fangirl about Susan Ee and tell you guys to go get it!  I am so proud of her for self-publishing such a fantastic novel and if she did submit it to publishers before and they balked at her, I bet they're eating crow now. This is so ridiculously well written and I just wanna be Susan's bestie and pick her brain all about angels and demons and having crazy awesome guts. I hope someday I'm as badass as Susan Ee. Talk about brave!
Okay, I'm gonna shut up now, you go buy her book! :)

Monday, January 2, 2012

2011 Breakdown and Hopes for 2012!

What I learned in 2011:
1- Just because someone says they're your friend, doesn't mean they will act like your friend when you need one.
2- Life can be very, very hard, but it can also be amazing.
3- A partner in life is more important than most anything else when you share your life.
4- A book like Hunger Games, The Bronze Horseman, or Lola and the Boy Next Door can be therapy and change you.
5- Setting goals is good, meeting goals is even better.

Hopes for 2012:
1- To read at least 25 books.
2- Finish my NaNo '10 "Thorns"
3- Go gluten-free and feel better.
4- Get another story published.
5- Survive the six months without my husband.

Best books I read in 2011:
1- Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
2- Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
3- Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
4- Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
5- The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simmons

What am I most looking forward to in 2012:
1- New Maggie Stiefvater books! MagicNovel and Requiem!
2- The last book of the Hex Hall trilogy!
3- Hunger Games, Bel Ami, Snow White and the Huntsman, Cosmopolis, Breaking Dawn Part Two, The Hobbit, On The Road, and The Bronze Horseman all becoming motion pictures!
4- My husband graduating boot camp and tech school so he can have steady work and feel good about himself while helping our family!
5- Traveling!

Things I'm most proud of myself for achieving in 2011:
1- Reading over my 50 book goal for the year.
2- Getting my story published.
3- Working hard at my marriage and staying healthy.
4- Maintaining my blogs and bunny drabbles.
5- Donating to charities and using my writing for good (rather than evil!).

What are you looking forward to this year? What did you love about 2011? Any good books on your radar?