A to Z of Authors

2011bookstoreadApril is the A to Z Challenge … for those who dare.

I don’t dare, LOL.

Instead, I’ll share an A to Z list of authors!

  • Ann Mayburn
  • Angela Brown
  • Ciara Knight
  • Diana Castle
  • Eve Berlin/Eden Bradley
  • Liz Fichera
  • Stacy Green
  • Heather Blackwood
  • Larissa Ione
  • Joely Sue Burkhart
  • Kelly Jamieson
  • Lindsay Buroker
  • Melanie Macek
  • Kait Nolan
  • Olga Bicos
  • Kate Poole
  • Susan Kaye Quinn *
  • Jodi Redford
  • Sloan Parker
  • Tracy Cooper-Posey
  • Ursula Sinclair *
  • Viola Rivard *
  • Angela Wallace
  • Xondra Day
  • Samantha Young *
  • Maria Zannini

* I haven’t actually read these authors…yet.

How many of these authors have you read?

Have you done an A to Z reading challenge?

Ten on Tuesday: the Book Edition

ToT-ButtonToday’s prompt is the last ten books read. :snicker: Like THAT is a hard one. They also asked for reviews…hmm, we’ll see what happens as I list them.

Fasten your seat belts, here we go.

  1. Somebody’s Angel by Kallypso Masters, I’m actually reading this one now. The continuation of Marc and Angelina’s story, too many dragons to slay in one book :) Ms. Masters has completely sucked me into this series/saga. Recommend the entire series. I understand she’s working on the next book, Nobody’s Dream, now. Write fast, dear author, write fast.
  2. Nobody’s Perfect by Kallypso Masters. Damian and Savi’s story, well deserved HEA.
  3. Nobody’s Hero by Kallypso Masters. Adam and Karla’s story, nice HEA.
  4. Nobody’s Angel by Kallypso Masters. The start of Marc and Angelina’s story, HFN.
  5. Masters at Arms by Kallypso Masters. The Prequel to the Rescue Me series, came with Nobody’s Angel, where we meet the main three men and how they ended up on an rooftop in Fallujah. BDSM, Wounded Warriors.
  6. Highlander’s Curse by Melissa Mayhue. Colin and Abby’s tale, HEA. I adore this Daughters of the Glen series. Recommend the entire series. (Highly recommend to readers of Karen Marie Moning.) Fae. Time-travel. Soul-mates.
  7. Ty Hard (Willow Springs Ranch #1) by Laura E Harner. Cass and Tyler’s story, HEA. This is the first book of a series and, while I enjoyed the story, I doubt I’ll continue the series. Recommend to readers of the genre. GLBTQ. Cowboys. Wounded Warriors.
  8. Unexpected Dad by Trina Solet. Tyler and Jake’s story, HEA. I enjoyed the tale but not the execution, which isn’t to say it was badly done. Recommend. GLBTQ. Friends to Lovers.
  9. Penance by Ann Mayburn. This is the second book about Wyatt and Michelle, wrapping up their story – I believe – HEA. When I read Still (the first book) last year I was definitely left with a HEA feeling at the end. Then came the teaser chapter for Penance and holy cow but I needed to get my hands on Penance. It delivered too, though the editing felt a bit rushed compared to Still. Michelle saves Wyatt in Still and Wyatt saves Michelle in Penance. Highly recommend. BDSM. FemDom. Wounded Warriors.
  10. Dreamlander by KM Weiland. Chris and Allara’s story, a hinted HEA. Chris crosses over to an alternate world in his dreams where it is Allara’s job to train and guide him. This is a hard one to sum up without spoilers. Recommend. Fantasy.

What was the last book you read?

Tuesday Book Talk

Open Thread for Readers:

  • Got a book you want to talk about?
  • Frustrated with a book or series?
  • In love with a new one?
  • Found a buried treasure?
  • An issue that keeps popping up in the books you are reading?
  • Just want to chat about stuff in general?
  • Post away…

Tuesday Book Talk

Let’s talk books!

Just Read

A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux

Why I picked it up: It came up in relation to something else but I can’t remember the details. The time-travel definitely sold me on it.

What I liked: I did enjoy the story. It was almost like two stories. The first half had the hero coming forward, which I thoroughly enjoyed. While the second half had the heroine going backward. The characters were well developed with hints of reincarnation. The heroine starts out a bit whiny, almost to the point of too stupid to live, until the reader realizes she’s been sucked into an additive relationship and has no self-confidence. Deveraux’s intensive research is clear and she blended it seamlessly into the tale.

What I disliked: The style didn’t agree with me, probably due to this being an older book with a different writing/editing style then I’ve become used to. It felt like omnipresent trying to be deep POV which didn’t work for me. In fact, there were a number of spots I’d have called the author on head-hopping had I been beta reading this.

Reading

Forever His: A Time-Travel Romance by Shelly Thacker

Why I picked it up: Time-travel plus it was (and still is) free. I believe it’s the first in the Stolen Brides Series, and yes, I’ll be checking the rest of the series out.

What I like: This has the deep POV the previous book did not. There’s great sexual tension between the hero and heroine. The reasons they can’t be together are compelling. The historical details are woven nicely.

What I dislike: Nothing so far.

Will Read

Dreamlander by K.M. Weiland

Why I picked this up: I’ve been following this author, writers’ guru, for years.

What I expect to like: The writing style, the depth of the characters, and the visceral descriptions.

What I expect to dislike: I can’t think of anything.

What are you reading and loving at the moment?

Tuesday Book Talk

Open Thread for Readers:

  • Got a book you want to talk about?
  • Frustrated with a book or series?
  • In love with a new one?
  • Found a buried treasure?
  • An issue that keeps popping up in the books you are reading?
  • Just want to chat about stuff in general?
  • Post away…

2014, Enter Stage Left

ROW80LogoYep, it’s that time again. Round One of ROW80, the writing challenge that knows you have a life, starts tomorrow. Thus today is goal day.

I have a lot of goals for 2014, most of which I won’t list here for various reasons. 2014 needs to be a year of accomplishments. I have big dreams :D

In trying to pin down my goals for this year I’ve taken notes from fellow ROWer Shan Jeniah which worked great for the big picture. However, since I try to maintain the wee beasties and That Man’s privacy, it isn’t a format for the ol’ blog. Then there’s ROWer Julie Glover who keeps things short and sweet. I was tempted to follow her lead. In the end, I decided to change things up by following Nicole of Book-Wyrm Knits.

Year Long Goals

  • I have once again registered on Goodreads to read 100 books. However, this may change as I plan to put writing before reading this year.
  • Lose 50 pounds. I slacked off the last part of 2013, ’nuff said.

Quarter Long (AKA ROW80) Goals

  • Draft and Edit the Steampunk story I attempted for NaNo 2013. Oh, and figure out a title.
        Rough goal of drafting 6 chapters per week in January.
        Rough goal of editing 6 chapters per week in February.
        With an aim to get out to Beta Readers in March.

    Here’s the blurb:

    Quiet computer geek, Brie, has spent her entire life living in her outgoing twin sister’s shadow. When a vortex dumps Brie on a world where men are property and she’s saddled with a “love slave” the Sovereign ordered her to choose, she learns just how similar she is to her twin after all. Brie teams up with Claude to free the men. Brie’s just worried she’ll lose her heart in the process.

    Claude has managed to avoid the final step of the Sovereign’s call the two decades he’s been eligible. On the eve of his fortieth birthday, the day that would have freed him for the rest of his life, he finds himself lined up and chosen. Claude can’t help but wonder if his support of men’s rights tipped the scales of chance against him. His new master, an other-worlder, isn’t what Claude expected but rather a kindred supporter of equality. Could she be who he’s dreamed of?

  • Read Who Are You in the Tarot? by Mary K. Greer and do the applicable exercises.

Monthly Goals

  • Read, at least, one paper book. With the ease of carrying my eReaders around my poor paper books have been neglected.
  • At least, one date night with That Man.

Weekly Goals:

  • Spend a minimum of 3 hours per week on writing.
  • Maintain 3 blog posts per week.
  • Visit and comment on at least 12 blogs per week, 3 of which HAVE to be ROW80 blogs.
  • Connect on Facebook and Twitter with, at least, one non-blog post or share per week.
  • Maintain books read on Goodreads.
  • Exercise 3 times per week.

You can find and support other ROWers HERE.

What are you looking forward to this first quarter of 2014?

That’s a Wrap

ROW80LogoFor Round 4 of 2013…well, this week it is. Since I’m taking Tuesday and Thursday off for the holiday this will be my wrap-up post.

Writing/Editing:

  • Morning Pages for a minimum of 250 words or half hour, whichever comes first, 6 days per week. ~ Nope.
  • Fiction, at least an hour each week. It can be brainstorming, plotting, writing, or editing. ~ Nope.
  • Not a goal but rather a note to self: maintain 3 blog posts per week. With the Meet the Cards series at an end this may be more of a challenge. ~ Done.

Summary: This one is harder to sum up. I had weeks of great success unfortunately consistency was not achieved.

Reading:

  • A minimum of 12 books to stay on track for 100 books this year. ~ 16 completed. Finished up More and How to Save a Life by Sloan Parker this week.
  • Update Goodreads at least every other week. ~ Done, including the widget in the sidebar.

Summary: This goal was blown out of the water. My Goodreads total is 98 as of scheduling this post and that doesn’t count the beta reads I’ve done this year. I hope to continue this next year.

Support/Social Media:

  • Visit and comment on at least 12 blogs per week, 3 of which HAVE to be ROW80 blogs. ~ 10 total/2 ROW80
  • One non-blog related post per week on Facebook and Twitter. ~ No, on both.
  • One share, re-tweet, whatnot per week on Facebook and Twitter. ~ Facebook, yes. Twitter, no.

Summary: This area continues to be a struggle. I haven’t been able to find that happy medium of being present on Social Media without it being a detriment to other areas.

Non-Writery Stuff:

  • Exercise three times per week. ~ Nope.
  • Allow myself an hour each week for me time. ~ Nope.
  • Not a goal but a note to self: maintain family day, one day each week. ~ Done.

Summary: Two of the three feel fairly well established. I must work on fitting exercise into my life and this must be a priority in 2014.

You can find and support other ROWers HERE

I definitely plan to be back in January for Round 1 of 2014. In the meantime, I hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday!

Just an Update

We’re busy doing the holiday and family thing. Amazingly, I’m done with the shopping. Gasp. Shock. Just need to pick up That Man’s gift Friday :)

Writing/Editing:

  • Morning Pages for a minimum of 250 words or half hour, whichever comes first, 6 days per week. ~ 286 words/1 day.
  • Fiction, at least an hour each week. It can be brainstorming, plotting, writing, or editing. ~ Not even a blip on my radar this week.
  • Not a goal but rather a note to self: maintain 3 blog posts per week. With the Meet the Cards series at an end this may be more of a challenge. ~ Done, though I still need to work on queuing up posts.

Reading:

  • A minimum of 12 books to stay on track for 100 books this year. ~ 14 completed. Finished up Club Shadowlands by Cherise Sinclair, Score by Gina Watson, and Gift of Desire by Samantha Kane and Kate Pearce this week, along with a beta read I hope to get back today/tomorrow.
  • Update Goodreads at least every other week. ~ Done, including the widget in the sidebar.

Support/Social Media:

  • Visit and comment on at least 12 blogs per week, 3 of which HAVE to be ROW80 blogs. ~ 16 total/5 ROW80
  • One non-blog related post per week on Facebook and Twitter. ~ Twitter, yes. Facebook, no.
  • One share, re-tweet, whatnot per week on Facebook and Twitter. ~ Twitter, yes. Facebook, no.

Non-Writery Stuff:

  • Exercise three times per week. ~ One day of yoga (AM & PM via Element: AM & PM Yoga for Beginners DVD) plus once with Beastie Girl.
  • Allow myself an hour each week for me time. ~ Done.
  • Not a goal but a note to self: maintain family day, one day each week. ~ Done.

You can find and support other ROWers HERE

Tuesday Book Talk

Let’s talk books!

Just Read

Anchor and Storm by Kate Poole

Why I picked it up: It was recommended on Goodreads and I liked the premise. (The cover is not conducive to the historical aspect of the story so don’t let that mislead you.)

What I liked: Just about everything. Ms. Poole did a great job setting the stage. The concern of Edgar. The aghast of Angus. The love of Emily. There is realistic jealousy and compromise between the characters. Overall, this is a story of love, trust, and sacrifice, pulling at the heartstrings. It definitely found a place on my keeper “shelf.”

What I disliked: In fact, the only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars on Goodreads is because I wish the point of view had been deeper. And I laughed at inaccuracy of the “deflowering,” though it did mimic the classic historical romance style.

Reading

Doms of Dark Haven by Sierra Cartwright, Belinda McBride, and Cherise Sinclair

Why I picked it up: One of the authors I’ve read and one was recommended.

What I liked: Each story was a quick read. All were erotic. I enjoyed the voice of the author I’d read before and the author recommended to me. The third author didn’t push any buttons but I’m willing to give her another try, it may have been the venue or story length. I do enjoy the obvious reading breaks of an anthology and the opportunity to read someone new.

What I disliked: While the stories stood alone it was obvious they were part of a series and none of these shorts grabbed me enough to want to pick up the series.

Will Read

Pagan Fire by Teri Barnett

Why I picked this up: The title actually drew me in on this one. Then the back blurb hooked me.

What I expect to like: The Celtic mythology.

What I expect to dislike: I’m a little worried about the mixed reviews I’ve seen, after I picked it up :sigh:

What are you reading and loving at the moment?

Holiday Baking and an Update

Recipe is on the bag of Bob's Red Mill Muesli

Recipe is on the bag of Bob’s Red Mill Muesli

This holiday season has gotten away from me. I’m sure it is due to Thanksgiving being late this year and the fact we hit the road for the holiday. So I’m behind in all my usual Christmas preparations, like baking. I love baking Christmas treats. I usually start in November, making a few here and there, and freezing half so the wee beasties have a selection for Santa.

Yesterday was spent in a flurry of baking — Brownies (with mint chips), Magic Bars, Shortbread, and Muesli Cookies — I also made up Sugar Cookie dough for today’s baking and Pie Crust for Butter Tarts.

Yum.

ShortbreadShortbread

Cream 1/2 cup of butter with 1/3 cup of powdered sugar. Stir in the vanilla. Mix in the floor. Knead in the bowl long enough to incorporate all the flour and the dough is smooth.
If you have a shortbread pan: Lightly spray with non-stick spray, press the dough into the pan, and prick the entire surface with a fork.

If you don’t have a shortbread pan: Shape dough into a round about 1/4 thick, score wedges in the dough, and prick the entire surface with a fork. (A baking stone is better than a cookie sheet but either will work.)

Bake at 325 for 30 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes. Turn out onto a cutting board and cut along the scored lines.

What’s your favorite Holiday Cookie?

ROW80

Writing/Editing:

  • Morning Pages for a minimum of 250 words or half hour, whichever comes first, 6 days per week. ~ 714 words/2 days
  • Fiction, at least an hour each week. It can be brainstorming, plotting, writing, or editing. ~ 166 words/20 minutes
  • Not a goal but rather a note to self: maintain 3 blog posts per week. With the Meet the Cards series at an end this may be more of a challenge. ~ Well, I got 2 posts done. I’ve not done well at queuing up posts as I’d hoped for this round.

Reading:

  • A minimum of 12 books to stay on track for 100 books this year. ~ 11 completed/1 remaining. Finished up All Of You (Only You) by Rhian Cahill and Cinderella Liberty by Cat Johnson this week.
  • Update Goodreads at least every other week. ~ Done, and I updated the widget in the sidebar.

Support/Social Media:

  • Visit and comment on at least 12 blogs per week, 3 of which HAVE to be ROW80 blogs. ~ 14 total/3 ROW80
  • One non-blog related post per week on Facebook and Twitter. ~ Twitter, yes. Facebook, no.
  • One share, re-tweet, whatnot per week on Facebook and Twitter. ~ Twitter, yes. Facebook, no.

Non-Writery Stuff:

  • Exercise three times per week. ~ Nope.
  • Allow myself an hour each week for me time. ~ Done.
  • Not a goal but a note to self: maintain family day, one day each week. ~ Done.

You can find and support other ROWers HERE

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