Tuesday, February 28, 2006

A goofy, but fun website...

A reader posted on another blog I participate on with this link and I thought it was so goofy and fun, I'd post it here. I have no idea what tooth brushes have to do with romance (except maybe that good oral hygiene promotes it - LOL), but it's a kick to visit the site.


Oh, and because what is sexier and more conducive to romance than ice skating cowboys, I think you ought to watch this video.

Let me know what you think of both or either...and then share one (or more) of your own favorite romance related websites.


Friday, February 24, 2006

Another interesting question...

My answer to Stacy's comment on my last blog post got me to thinking and wondering if other readers ever start glomming and then realize the author's stories aren't consistent enough to stay on our autobuy lists?  I've got one author that I'll buy everything she does paranormal, but her straight contemporary erotic romance does nothing for me.  Another author whom I glommed when I first read her but then discovered that in about half of her books the morality of the characters was so far from my own sense of honorable behavior that I didn't enjoy the books, so I stopped reading her entirely.  But those sorts of instances are really rare for me.  Usually, when I glom an author, I *love* everything she writes, even if she's like Jayne Ann Krentz and writes in multiple subgenres.
What about you?
Just to let you all know, but for more than a decade, my sisters and I have been taking my mom away for her birthday weekend.  It's a strictly girls retreat...a time to bond with each other and show our mom how much we love her.  Mom's birthday weekend starts tonight.  We're going to the beach.  We plan to take her for a zoom on her motorized scooter along the boardwalk, play a few rousing games of Scrabble and most likely solve the world's problems while we're at it.
I'll be back on Monday to let you know how it goes.  While I'm gone...I'd love it if you'd post your thoughts on whether or not you always stick with an author you've started to glom.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Are you a glommer?

I am.  And I *cannot* afford to be!  The problem is, when I read an author I love, I want to read her entire backlist and then some.  And I have way too much writing to do myself to give into this fixation.  So, could someone please explain to me how I ordered six books by the new for me author I discovered reading an anthology not two days ago???
And once that mystery of the universe is solved, maybe we can start working on global warming or something...

Thursday, February 16, 2006

My favorite theme of all time...

I love a Beauty & the Beast story, but one written by an author as talented as PC is bound to be extraordinary.  You know what book just went into my cart at B&N.com, no don't you?

(Berkeley, February 7, 2006)
GODDESS OF THE ROSE is a magical, sensuous retelling of Beauty and the Beast – with a modern slant. Our Beauty, Micki (named after the Mikado Rose), and all the women in her family have a special affinity for roses – their blood, diluted in water and applied during the night of a new moon, makes roses grow spectacularly. What the women don’t know is that they have this ability because they are descendants of a High Priestess of the Goddess Hecate. Hecate is Goddess of Night, Magick, the Crossroads of Man, and of Beasts. She is also the proctrectess of The Realm of the Rose – the place wherein all dreams and magick originate. This realm is guarded diligently by The Guardian, a creature on which the myth of the Minotaur was based. The Guardian swore himself into Hecate’s service for eternity, and in return the Goddess gifted him with the heart and soul of a man, even though he has the body of a beast. But all is not well in The Realm of the Rose. The Guardian made a terrible mistake, arousing the Goddess’s wrath to such an extent that she bespelled him and the realm, and Hecate swore that they would sleep eternally unless the Beast was awakened by a woman who carried the magickal blood of Hecate’s priestess, and was wise enough to see the truth, and compassionate enough to act upon it.

Micki does awaken the Guardian and he abducts her to The Realm of the Rose, thinking that she would automatically break the curse placed on the realm and set things to right, but modern woman Micki is a very unexpected kind of High Priestess, and there are forces at work within the realm, both of love and of hatred that might change the shape of dreams and magick for all of eternity unless Micki is brave enough to make the ultimate sacrifice…

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Something to celebrate...

And a question.
First...the something to celebrate.  But you may have seen on my News page on my website that READY got nominated for Best Contemporary Romance of 2005 in the CAPA Awards.  I'm really excited about this.  Reviewer awards mean a lot to me, especially when they are from sites that *I* like to read reviews on.  A nomination isn't an award, but it is a lovely, lovely thing.  So, I'm dancing around my office to celebrate.  Care to join me?
Second...a question...but do you ever notice awards like this?  I list them on my Booklist page, but I've always wondered if readers care even a tenth as much as authors do that an author is "award winning". :)
That's all for now...

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Another book...

Things have been hectic with family stuff lately and I haven't had much online time...so I'm sending another book recommendation, but hope to have a personal blog up in the next couple of days again. :)


JEWEL OF ATLANTIS by Gena Showalter

(HQN Books, February 1, 2006)


Enter a mythical world populated with vampires, dragons, demons and Nymphs…enter a world of dark seduction and powerful magic…enter Atlantis…..


All Atlantis seeks the Jewel of Dunamis, which legend claims can overcome any enemy. Grayson James, human agent for the ultra-secret Otherworld Bureau of Investigation, has orders to keep it from the wrong hands – or destroy it. What he doesn’t know is that Jewel is a woman, not a stone! But once he meets this precious gem, destroying her is the last thing on his mind…

Jewel, part goddess, part prophet, is a pawn in Atlantis’s constant power struggles. She needs Gray’s help to win freedom and uncover the secrets of her mysterious origins. Gray needs her wisdom to navigate monster-ridden Atlantis. But need blossoms into passionate love as they fight demons, dragons, vampires – and a prophecy that says the bond between them could destroy them both.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Another neat book by a really neat author...

(Luna, February 1, 2006)
With the world of Llandrana threatened by encroaching evil, the Sorcerers must do the unthinkable—Summon an outsider to stop the insidious Darkness slowly taking control of their land and poisoning the Sorcerers themselves.
Arriving in Lladrana, grad student Marian Harasta is stunned to find herself the center of a dispute among Sorcerers who want to augment their Power with her own. She must quickly learn her new magical Powers – and decide who she can trust in this strange land. She has prayed for a miracle to save her brother – could Lladrana offer that knowledge, and can she somehow return to Earth with it?

She knows she must offer the Sorcerers something in exchange, and ridding them of the Evil Sorcerer is what they want, but how will she fare in her first magical duel?
With unexpected help – and unexpected betrayal – Marian must determine where her true fate lies.