Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: Taydelaan by Rachel Clark

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB @ Should Be Reading. To participate, all you have to do is the following:

  • Grab your current/upcoming read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share 2-3 "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • Be careful not to include spoilers! (You do not want to ruin the book for others.)
Share the title & author so that others who enjoy your "teaser" may add the book to their TBL pile.
"It was real?" Kayla asked in a small voice. "You're aliens from Cistern and live twice as long and you both love me and...and..."
"Breathe, Kayla," David laughed softly. "I think a cistern is part of a toilet, but, yes we're aliens on this planet and we live longer than humans and we both love you."

page 48; Taydelaan by Rachel Clark
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Tackle It Tuesday {22}: Table for Four by Diana Hunter

Tackle It Tuesday is a meme I started here, that's a play off of a similar meme of the same name hosted by Janice and Susan at 5 Minutes for Mom.

Here at the Book Obsessed version of this meme, the idea is to "tackle" books that have been sitting on your shelves collecting dust waiting to be read. Or to "tackle" those we've started, but yet to finish because life has gotten in the way. Also to help encourage blogger interaction, which is always a plus.

Anyone can participate!! Just link your posts in the comments section!

Table for Four
Diana Hunter
Shelved since May 2009
David and Lissa Patterson have the perfect marriage, as long as one isn't talking about their sex life. David prefers to snuggle, enjoying the slow and sensuous approach to intimacy. Lissa longs for a dominant alpha male when it comes to sex. She wants to be tied, taken, and left breathless. The two settle on a compromise that leaves neither of them totally satisfied.

Until one night, when a dark, sexy stranger and his beautiful lady walk into their lives…
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Monday, May 30, 2011

Review: Inside Out by Lauren Dane

Inside Out
Lauren Dane {Facebook | Twitter}
Series: Brown Siblings #3
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Publication Date: November 2, 2010
Trade Paperback {p.306}
Genre: Erotica
Characters: Ella Tipton, Andrew Copeland
Challenge: 100+

Ella Tipton is a survivor. In the wake of an attack that nearly left her dead, she has spent each day putting her life back together. Once vibrant and outgoing, she's needed to reclaim the best parts of who she was while retaining the hard-won lessons. There hasn't been room for any romantic entanglements, even if she were ready. Still, it doesn't mean she has to stop sneaking looks at Mister Tall, Dark and Tattooed himself.

Security professional Andrew Copeland isn't quite sure when his jones for the lovely and decidely skittish Ella developed. He's known her for years, has watched her triumph over the pain she's been dealt. Cope is no stranger to women, but he knows the nervous flush he gets every time he talks to Ella is different from any attraction he's had in the past. Determined to get Ella to let him in, Cope does the one thing he can think of to get close: he offers her hands-on training in self-defense.

While Ella's sure Cope is just being nice, the prospect of being able to touch him and and gain the tools to push away the last vestiges of her fear is more than she can resist. Soon enough, Cope shows Ella his feelings are far more than friendly, and he reignites something deep inside her. It isn't long before desire and love turn them both inside out.

Andrew and Ella’s story was a bit disappointing. I guess I expected more excitement from Andrew since I’ve always enjoyed him in the previous novels. But when it came time to tell his story, he fell flat and came across as boring.

The two didn’t have any real conflict, which was okay, but they didn’t have any passion either. As a reader, I was more interested in the side-story of Erin and her three men than Cope and Ella.

Cope wasn’t the same fun-loving guy from the previous encounters with him. I understand he’s with Ella now, but he didn’t have to become totally tame. I was surprised to find that Cope is 36, for some reason I pictured him younger due to his behavior.

Ella has never been one of my favorite characters from the Brown series, so I wasn’t expecting much from her. She’s not who I would have imagined Cope with.
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Sunday, May 29, 2011

In My Mailbox {52}

In My Mailbox (IMM) is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren. Every week I'll post what books I've received either by mailbox/library/store.

I'll try to post an entry of IMM every Sunday that I receive books by mail of that week.

Books via Half Price Books
Going Cowboy Crazy by Katie Lane
Navarro's Promise by Lora Leigh
The Chase by Erin McCarthy
Vampire Mine by Kerrelyn Sparks

Books via Borders
Saddled and Spurred by Lorelei James

Books via Paperback Swap
Without Reservations by J.L. Langley

Books via Public Library
Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts
Quicksilver by Amanda Quick

Books via Publicist
Trace of Fever by Lori Foster

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Book Beginnings & Friday 56: Heart of the Highland Wolf

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice. Check out the rules and join in the fun.

Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
Turn to page 56.
Find the fifth sentence.
Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog. Post a link along with your post back to this blog.

Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted by A Few More Pages. Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence, or two, of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading.

Book Beginnings:
The ghostly fog made Julia feel as though she had slipped into the primordial past. She couldn't believe she'd made it to the Highlands of Scotland where a castle beckoned, filled with secrets, intrigue, and hunky Scots--with any luck.

Friday 56:
Julia's voice sounded a little too guilty, and she was afraid Maria would recognize that at once. Did she think Julia had some plan to snag Ian MacNeill for a mate? She hadn't even known he was a wolf.
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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Drive ~ What's Your Song? {11}

Drive by The Cars

Who's gonna tell you when,
It's too late,
Who's gonna tell you things,
Aren't so great.

You cant go on, thinkin',
Nothings' wrong, but bye,
Who's gonna drive you home,

Who's gonna pick you up,
When you fall?
Who's gonna hang it up,
When you call?

Who's gonna pay attention,
To your dreams?
And who's gonna plug their ears,
When you scream?

You can't go on, thinkin'
Nothings wrong, but bye,
(who's gonna drive you)
(who's gonna drive you)
Who's gonna drive you home, tonight?
(who's gonna drive you home)

(bye baby)
(bye baby)
(bye baby)
(bye baby)

Who's gonna hold you down,
When you shake?
Who's gonna come around,
When you break?

You can't go on, thinkin',
Nothin's wrong, but bye,
(who's gonna drive you)
(who's gonna drive you)
Who's gonna drive you home, tonight?
(who's gonna drive you home)

Oh, you know you can't go on, thinkin',
Nothin's wrong,
(who's gonna drive you)
(who's gonna drive you home)
Who's gonna drive you home, tonight?

(bye baby)
(bye baby)
(bye baby)

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Blogger Interview: Jennie of Life is Short. Read Fast.

Life is Short. Read Fast.

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Jennie from Life is Short. Read Fast. for this year's Armchair BEA. So she's going to be stopping by today to share her "booknerdness" with us all! Please join me in making her feel welcome by leaving greetings and comments :)

When you're not reading or blogging, what would we find you doing?
Chasing my 2-year old daughter around is probably the most likely thing you would find me doing. She is full of energy and constantly in motion, so we attempt to keep up but usually find ourselves sinking into the couch after she goes to bed without an ounce of energy left! I am a slight neat freak so you might see me organizing and putting things back into just the right place. I have a slight (as in huge) addiction to Excel spreadsheets. I am most often teased for my use of them in all aspects of my life - our budget, my hospital bag when I was pregnant, my dream house wish-list, our Maui trip coming this November. Basically if there is ever a need for me to put my thoughts down - it's in an Excel spreadsheet.

If you were stuck on a deserted island, which three (3) books would you take along with you?
3 books? SERIOUSLY????? How can I narrow it down...I might be having an anxiety attack just thinking about this. Probably HP and the Deathly Hallows, Anna and the French Kiss and The Children's War by J. N. Stroyar. The first two to actually re-read, and the last to remind myself that being stuck on a deserted island is still far less of a ordeal than the Holocaust was.

All time favorite author? Automatic buy?
Lurlene McDaniel - they are the most gut-wrenching books about life and death for young teens but they were amazing and made a deep impact on me in middle school. Automatic buy - WAY too many right now! :) I would have to say Sarah Dessen, David McCullough, Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins.

If you could date a hero from any novel, who would it be? Why?
If I pick John Adams would I be labeled creepy? Never-mind, I couldn't break up an amazing marriage like that of John and Abigail. I would have to go with either √Čtienne St. Claire from Anna and the French Kiss, Sam Roth from The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy or Adam Marsh from If I Stay. St. Claire because he is just ~sigh, dreamy~ and Sam because it is a hot mess and Adam because he is a bigger hot mess. Oh and both Sam and Adam because of that guitar! I am a sucker for the guitar!

What's a day in the life of Jennie like?
Very little sleep! Or it at least never seems like enough! Wake up between 5:30-6 (depending on if my husband works - he is a Firefighter/Paramedic so he works 24 hours shifts every third day) - get ready for the day, get Sammie up and head out. Drop her off at school (daycare), be at work by 7:30. Work, work, work until lunch time - aka READING HOUR! Work the last half of my day and leave at 4:30! Either head to school to pick Sammie up or head home. Then depending on if Brett is home - eat leftovers (see #7 below) or sit down for a home cooked meal. Play time until Sammie goes to bed at 7. Fall on couch - try to keep eyes open to blog, read, watch some TV or you know, talk to my husband about life (aka - try to figure out what in the world we actually talked about before Sam) and crash into bed around 10. Rinse. Repeat. (I swear - it sounds boring but it is really a blast!)

Do your closest girlfriends share your passion for reading?
My mom loves to read, so does my dad - they have a closet full of books to read that rivals my TBR shelf! I am always handing my mom books to read when I finish but she works full time and is in school working on her Bachelor's degree so her reading time is in between semesters. My BFF is a reader, but never can narrow down which books she might like so I have been her library as of late - works for me! I love hearing her reaction at a book she never thought she would like (Hunger Games!).

Does your husband ever let you do the grilling?
Ummmmm - NO! It's not so much that he doesn't let me as he fears for my safety. As in - I was cutting up an apple a few weeks ago for Sammie's afternoon snack - and ceremoniously tried to cut off my thumb and nail. It is much safer for him to handle the cooking/grilling.

Thank you so munch Jennie for taking the time to participate in this interview. Now that you all know a bit more about Jennie, please hop over to her blog and check it out!
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Waiting on Wednesday {49}: Copper Beach

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. It is showcases upcoming releases of books that I'm looking forward to. It is somewhat similar to one of my previous posts, Anxiously Awaiting. {Button courtesy of Bewitched Bookworms}

Copper Beach
Jayne Ann Krentz
January 10, 2012

A rare book. An ancient code. An all-new novel from the New York Times –bestselling master of passion and the paranormal.

Within the pages of very rare books, some centuries old, lie the secrets of the paranormal. Abby Radwell's unusual psychic talent has made her an expert in such volumes—and sometimes, taken her into dangerous territory. After a deadly incident in the private library of an obsessive collector, Abby receives a blackmail threat, and rumors swirl that an old alchemical text known as The Key has reappeared on the black market.

Convinced she needs an investigator who can also play bodyguard, she hires Sam Coppersmith, a specialist in paranormal crystals and amber—“hot rocks.” Passion flares immediately between them, but neither entirely trusts the other. When it comes to dealing with a killer with paranormal abilities, and a blackmailer who will stop at nothing to obtain an ancient alchemical code . . . no one is safe.
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