Monday, August 31, 2009
The Award: Let’s Be Friends Award:
Rules: Deliver this award to 8 bloggers.
Weeeelll I don't think I know 8 bloggers so I'm going to give this award to:
Heather!!!! @ Gofita's Pages one of my very best blogger friends and a loyal commentor!! Please check out her blog, it's great!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
So as I was reading Austen, I was thinking what can I possibly say about Pride and Prejudice that hasn't already been said? Well I couldn't come up with too much. Obviously most of us participating in this challenge have read everything that Miss Austen has written and read reviews (mostly good ones) for her books! I was trying to think of something fun and as I sat staring at my copy of Pride and Prejudice, I realized that I was totally in LOVE with the cover!!!
I have the Wordsworth Classics Edition pictured below, isn't the cover gorgeous? The painting on the cover is a detail from A Stolen Kiss by Marcus Stone (1840-1921.) I love it because it's completely romantic, and I can totally picture this taking place at the gardens at Pemberley, can't you? I have to say though, that Mr. Darcy wouldn't have to steal kisses from me, I'd give them freely ;-)
Please remember to stop by Stephanie's blog and check out what everyone else is up to for the Everything Austen Challenge!!!
The Who <3's You Baby Award is given to those bloggers who you love who have awarded you in the past! Pass it on!
Friday, August 28, 2009
I've decided to award this to my top commentor and blogger friend...
Lori over @ Some of My Favorite Things!!
Thank you Lori for always stopping by to read and comment on what I have to say! You're AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
by Michelle Rowen
Ok, now that I've hopefully whetted your appetite. I'm going to say it! This. Is. My. Favorite. Vampire. Series. Yes your eyes haven't deceived you, I think I may even like this more than....dare I say it?..Twilight!!!!! Why, you may ask? it's probably because I laughed at Sarah and her sarcasm and Thierry and his dry attempts at humor constantly when reading this! Not to mention that Thierry is like, THE total man of my dreams!!!! I just love George too, who wouldn't want a totally hot friend who'd stick around even after you did your worst (ie: puncture neck with fangs!) Michelle has done such a great job with these characters, especially Sarah. I love anyone who can find humor in a tough situation and Sarah does exactly that. I also liked the twist at the end of Stakes and Stilettos...even though it made me very sad.
I'm not going to say anymore for fear that I'll give out some terrible (for you) spoilers! Just go out and read this series, you won't be disappointed. I can't wait to see what happens in the 5th and final book, Tall, Dark, and Fangsome that was just released earlier this week! Unfortunately my birthday isn't until September so I'll have to wait a few more weeks to get it since it's part of my b-day wishlist, however you can be sure I'll be reading it and reviewing in on here once my wish is granted!!
Click the titles below to read my reviews for the other books in the Immortality Bites series!
Book 1, Bitten and Smitten
Book 2, Fanged and Fabulous
Book 3, Lady and the Vamp
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Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
This is our kitty cat Penny, aka Pen-sters. She's Coco's BFF!!!!
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Even if the 2010 Ford Mustang isn't your favorite car, this is soooo much fun! I designed a ton of different custom 'Stangs so far! The coolest part is you can download your 'Stang and use it as a background on your computer! Below are just three of the Mustangs I customized today, they're a bit blurry but if you click on the pictures they come out great!!!!! Now I just have to win the lottery or something so I can build each of these "for real!!!!!"
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Here's mine! It seems to have a summer time/tough chick theme...and a cliffhanger ending :-P
Another summer day has come and gone away
Don't you be wastin' all of your money
I was gettin kinda tired of her endless chatter
If you ain't got no money take yo' broke a** home
Like the sound of silence calling
D*** baby all I need is a little bit
Everytime when I look in the mirror
The summer wind came blowin' in
You change your mind
Nothing ever lasts for long
Come a little closer baby
She was more like a beauty queen from a magazine
Step back gonna come at ya fast
I used to rule the world
Let me take you down
I just want you close
I don't know if I can yell any louder
Suppose I called you up tonight and told you that I loved you
I have climbed the highest mountains
This old man and me were at the bar and we...
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
by Cindy Woodsmall
So far this week I've read two Amish books and since these aren't my favorite types of books it's rare for me to read two in a season let alone a week! So that being said, if I FINISHED two in a week they had to have been good reads. The Hope of Refuge just may be my favorite story with Amish characters ever!!!!
The Hope of Refuge by Cindy Woodsmall is the story of widowed, single mom, Cara Moore and her young daughter Lori and the constant danger they face from a stalker while living in poverty and fear in the slums of New York. When escaping the dangerous man for what she hopes is the last time, Cara makes a trip to Dry Lake, Pennsylvania, in the heart of Amish country where she stirs up secrets from the past and more turmoil than anyone can imagine, including kind Amish man, Ephriam Mast who is determined to help no matter what. The struggles faced by the close knit Amish community and Cara and her daughter make The Hope of Refuge my favorite Amish book ever!
Cindy Woodsmall did such a terrific job making the Amish characters authentic. There were so many details that I picked up on that anyone who hasn't read Amish fiction before could definitely learn a bit about their culture. For instance, she describes the aprons that the Amish women wear and why they are an important part of an Amish woman's wardrobe. They're not used for cooking but rather to modestly hide the female figure. Too me these are the kinds of details that make a book, along with a great plot and great characters and buggy loads of raw emotion! I did kind of know where the relationships between the main characters and even some of the secondary characters were headed but I thoroughly enjoyed every part of The Hope of Refuge and recommend it to anyone who loves to read about one of the most interesting cultures in our country!
Monday, August 17, 2009
by Kathleen Fuller
Thomas Nelson Publishers
Amish woman Moriah Miller married the man of her dreams, or so she thought. After a few short months of marriage, her husband Levi abandons her on the eve of their anniversary without knowing Moriah is carrying his child. Moriah is devastated but with the help of God, family and friends is determined to move on with her life. After receiving news of a tragic accident, Levi's twin brother, Gabe vows to take care of her and her child. Believing that Gabe is only fulfilling a promise he made to Levi, Moriah is reluctant to let Gabe into her life. Moriah must decide, with God's help, if she's willing to re open her heart.
Having read a lot of Amish fiction in the past few years I've become a little bored as it seems that they're all becoming a bit repetitive and...well...boring. I was a bit surprised when I read the cover blurb for A Man of His Word that it was going to be different from the traditional "happy, Amish marriage story." I was not disappointed. I finished this book in one sitting I just could not put it down! Ms. Fuller did such a good job with this one. The conflict in the story is one that I've never seen read in any Amish story...I don't want to give too much away but what Moriah had to deal with made me think of what a lot of "modern" women and men go through. I'm not so sure if it ever happens within the Amish community as I don't know much about their culture but it was believable. I was happy to see that the characters were "real", they felt anger, they showed restraint as well as abandon and were tempted just as we all are at times. The love story is terrific, with a romance between two of the secondary characters that was so good I wish it had it's own book! I definitely recommend A Man of His Word to all readers of Amish fiction and Christian romances and can't wait until Book 2 in the Hearts of Middlefield series, An Honest Love.
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Thursday, August 13, 2009
When I first had the chance to read Snow Melts in Spring, I'll admit I passed on it. Luckily I won a copy of the book and decided to read it before I passed it on to a friend. I was not disappointed, this was a great book that left me wondering what was going to happen next in the series.
Snow Melts In Spring is the story of Mattie Evans and Gil McGray, veterinarian and retired pro football player respectively and the last of the tallgrass prairies. It is classified as a romance but it isn't so much a love story as a story of the importance of family, friends, and faith.
Right from the start this book grabs you. There's so much tragedy that each character has to deal with it makes you want to cry. The secondary character, Dillon Marshall's story is so tragic but a good lesson about the effects of drunk driving and not letting tragedy keep a hold on your life. Deborah Vogt's first book is a great start to a writing career. I can't wait to see what book 2 will bring! This is a must read for Christian fiction and romance lovers!
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Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Cheryl St. John
Steeple Hill Books
Every once in a while I find an author whose books are new to me but have been around for a long time. Cheryl St. John is one of those authors, and I'm happy to say I really enjoy her books! I've only read two so far but I plan on picking up a few more of her books when I see them on Bookmooch.
The Preacher's Wife is Cheryl's first book for the Steeple Hill Love Inspired line (which you know I happen to love). It is the story of widow, Josie Randolph and widower preacher, Samuel Hart who agree to marry out of convenience. With their family, they head west to take over a new church and must learn to deal with adversity and adjusting to life as a new family in a new place.
I liked this story and think it was a good first book as a writer for Love Inspired. I have also read her book for Harlequin Historicals, His Secondhand Wife (terrific book!) and knew it wouldn't be a stretch for her to write Christian fiction. The Preacher's Wife has conflict, emotion, love and a faith message which makes for an all around good romance. It's not a must read but it's worth picking up!
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Sunday, August 9, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Melissa de la Cruz
As you know I really enjoy reading a good vampire novel, which usually happen to be geared towards young adults. Melissa de la Cruz's Blue Bloods series is quickly becoming one of my YA favorites. It's probably second to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series for me.
The Blue Bloods series is really cool because it gives a neat religious background to the vampire myth. The Blue Bloods are fallen angels who were cast out of Heaven but saw the errors of their ways and are for the most part "good" vampires. Revelations is the continuation of Book 1, Blue Bloods and Book 2, Masquerade. We pick up with the love triangle between Schuyler Van Alen, Oliver Hazard Perry, and Jack Force and their fight to discover the Silver Bloods and whoever else is out to bring about the demise of the Blue Bloods.
To read this story you will need to read Books 1 and 2 first or you will be really confused but once you have read them you will want to start this immediately as it is REALLY good!!! I'm a sucker for romance and adventure and there's certainly a lot of both, it's a bit of Twilight and Gossip Girl combined...complete with forbidden romance and the snotty girl (Mimi Force) that I just love to hate. Melissa did such a terrific job with this and I adored her reference to Star Wars and how she used it at the end of the book...soooo sweet! Just read this book and you'll see! And oh yeah, did I mention that this book has a cliffhanger ending??!! Luckily I don't have to wait long for Book 4 and you won't either, The Van Alen Legacy releases in October 2009.
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Thursday, August 6, 2009
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Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Mr. Darcy, Vampyre
I saw this book and knew I had to read it, unfortunately I didn't know about it until AFTER I submitted my list of things to read/watch/review for the Everything Austen Challenge. So I'm posting this as an "extra." Have no fear I will still complete the other 5 parts of the challenge in the weeks to come! Now that I got that out of the way lets talk Mr Darcy, Vampyre!
Reading some earlier reviews of this book I knew it wasn't going to have a ton of blood and gore and that sort of thing. As a matter of fact I didn't know that Darcy was a vampire until about 2/3 of the way through the book (I suspected that he was early on...the title, duh :-P) This is basically just what could have happened to Darcy and Elizabeth on their marriage trip. Along the way Lizzy begins to wonder if she ever really knew Darcy since he doesn't seem to want to be with her despite a few spicy kisses and passionate looks. Could everyone have been right including Lady Catherine, that it was a bad match (gasp)!!!! Read and find out!
I liked this book. When reading it, I felt like I was shivering in the Alps, floating along on the gondolas in Venice, and traversing the dark forests of the Mediterranean. As for the dialogue between the characters, it might not have been exactly proper to the 19th century but come on, it's Pride and Prejudice with vampires thrown in so you shouldn't expect to hear conversations between regal ladies embroidering pew cushions in the parlor! :-) It didn't take long to get through this book, it was interesting and I was anxious to find out how Elizabeth was going to react to Darcy's secret. The ending was a bit crazy but it was a good read, probably a B- overall. If you're not a fan of books that really twist the originals you might not want to read this but if you're pretty open minded, you might like it!
To learn more about this book and the author visit her website or blog!
Monday, August 3, 2009
If you want to see more trailers there are a few on Youtube that the girlies who went to the New Moon panel at Comic Con filmed on there cell phones. The quality isn't that bad if you don't mind the high pitched shrieks when Edward and Jacob pop up on the screen! I have to say I'm not criticizing...cause I probably woulda gave a little shout too :-) I just can't wait to see how they bring this book "to life!"
Saturday, August 1, 2009
My TBR stack is over 15 books high and counting, well yesterday I received Montana Rose by Mary Connealy in the mail and it didn't even make it to the top of the pile! Now before you go thinking "Gee whiz that book must be terrible," the complete opposite is true...it's terrific! I didn't even get a chance to set it down on top of the TBR stack, I just immediately started to read it! What a great inspirational western romance!
Montana Rose is the first book in the Montana Marriages series. Cassie Griffin, newly widowed is stuck between what she thinks is two rocks and a hard place when she is pressed to make a hasty match between two powerful ranchers or gentle hearted Red Dawson. Needless to say she chooses Red and learns that marriage to him is a lot different that what she is used to. What happens in between makes this book my favorite so far this year!
I knew I would enjoy this story simply because I've loved Ms. Connealy's other series, Lassoed in Texas and I was not disappointed in Cassie and Red's story. I have to say that some of Cassie's antics in the barnyard were hilarious and I thought she might just kill Red (not on purpose). At times I felt so sad for her, knowing what she went through both physically and emotionally that made her so reserved and well...not herself. I also really enjoyed the secondary character, Belle and can't wait to read The Husband Tree to see what happens to her and her daughters, Lindsay, Emma and Sarah. This book has a strong faith message and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys clean Christian fiction as well as humor and romance. DEFINITELY read this book, I loved it and I'm sure you will too!
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