Some days I feel exactly like this!

This weeks ‘shit-hot song’.

 

 

No Man’s Woman – Sinead O’Connor

I don’t wanna be no man’s woman
It don’t make me happy this mantrolling
Thing that you got for me so I become
No man’s woman

I don’t wanna be no man’s woman
I’ve other work I want to get done
I haven’t travelled this far to become
No man’s woman
No man’s woman

Cuz I’m tired of it
And I’m so scared of it
That I’ll never trust again
Cuz a man can fake you
Take your soul and make you
Miserable in so much pain

My friends think I’m alone but I’ve got secrets
I don’t tell everything about the love I get
I’ve got a lovin’ man but he’s a spirit

He never does me harm never treats me bad
He’d never take away all the love he has
And I’m forgiven oh a million times

I’m never tired of it
And I’m not scared of it
Cuz it doesn’t cause me pain
Like a man can fake you
Take your soul and make you
Never be yourself again

I never wanna be no man’s woman
I only wanna be my own woman
I haven’t travelled this far to become
No man’s woman (x3)

 

 

Question. What exactly is mantrolling?

Love this song. Slightly militant but somedays you just need that ‘take no shit’ attitude and this song never fails to put me in that frame of mind!

Moonlighting

I have a new job. Kind of.

One of my favourite blogs Parajunkee’s View (even though I tend to lurk there) wanted associate reviewers and on a whim I applied and guess what? Rachel picked me. I think she must have been high or drunk on a really good book that day but I’m not tempting fate by questioning her choice! LOL.

I wanted to get back into reviewing some books but I really don’t have the self-discipline to do it myself so I think having deadlines and ultimately a boss is the way to go for me. I get all the fun of reviewing with none of the hassle or time suck of running a blog! YAY!

Plus, I am hoping that reviewing the e-books for Parajunkee will take me out of this rut of samey-samey I seem to have gotten into with my reading. I used to read so many different genres and I feel that this can be a positive in reviewing as I sometimes don’t have the closed off expectations some readers have of romance and urban fantasy have because they are coming at it from only one way.

So my first review is up. Come over and say Hi. I have a boss to impress now you know.

 

 

Pricetag

Man alive.

Who is getting ready to be royally fleeced this week? There are too many great books coming out this week. Why have they all been scheduled to be released tomorrow?Couldn’t they eke them out over the month so it doesn’t feel so bad when I lay down a huge wadge of cash for all my new release books out tomorrow?

 

Highlights include…

 

My bank account is going to hate me tomorrow.

DABWAHA, time for the obsession to start.

Being Scottish we don’t have ‘March Madness’ but I was introduced to the concept by the crews at Smart Bitches and Dear Author who have a ‘March Madness’ tournament every year for romance books.

It’s called DABWAHA (Dear Author Bitchery Writing Award for Hellagood Authors.) 64 books, 1 winner. This is my third year of playing and I love it. I become so obsessed with it.

I hit Twitter with the trash talk, I obsessively check voting. I don’t really care about winning but that would be sweet, it’s just too much fun and it’s always interesting to see what wins. This year I have put all my eggs in the basket that is Meljean Brooks seminal steampunk romance ‘The Iron Duke’.

So far one round has been voted for and I am 6/8. It’s not too bad though because the matches I lost were low point values. The second round of voting it going much better and so far I am on track for 8/8. That makes a grand total of 14/16.

SUCK ON THAT BITCHES!

I want to be Adele when I grow up…

I wish I could sing like this. If I could sing like this I would never do anything else.

 

I defy anyone not to be touched by this in some way. If not, you have a cold stone for a heart.

Future Reads and a little fangirly gushing.

Just when I think Goodreads can’t get any better, I get a funky email through today which tells me all the new releases for authors on my shelves for the month of March. This is great. It means no more trawling through release pages etc. No more constant clicking to authors pages for release dates. No more missing release dates for auto-buy authors.

If I haven’t said it before, I’m saying it now, I LOVE GOODREADS.

So this week, I plan to re-read the J.L. Langley ‘With/Without’ series in preparation for the new release in this series.  It’s been such a long time since J.L. brought anything out. I can remember main details of the series but it’s such a great read, I feel the need to refresh the memory. I love re-reading books. ‘With Abandon’ is released on March 22nd and I can’t wait.

I also plan to read Julie James ‘A Lot Like Love.’ I have all of Julie’s books but I have never gotten round to starting one. (The infamous TBR pile that consumes more books than I can read…) I have see quite a few really good reviews for this book and I am looking forward to it.

I’m also planning to it up a few Harlequin Blazes. I have fallen behind on my Blaze reading so I need to catch up.

What’s everyone else planning on reading?

Cry Wolf – Keith Melton

One choice means heartbreak. The other, death.

Nightfall Wolf Clans, Book 1

Leah Kendrick is guilty of only one crime: loving her human mate, Tom, enough to give him the gift of The Bite. The Pack council is merciless, and the punishment swift. In an instant everything she’s ever known is ripped away, and they’re turned out into the long winter with nothing. No money, no car, and no protection from a variety of creatures who’d like nothing more than to take down a lone wolf.

Friendless and broke, they form a daring plan to take back what’s theirs and chase safety north. But the Pack has other ideas. And with time running out it’s about to call their bluff…

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After finishing this book the most predominant thought in my mind was, ‘Is that it?’ It felt like it was over before it was even begun. I knew it was a novella and it would be short but I have to think it was the deft storytelling that had me entranced so much so that I was at the end before I knew it.

Leah has been banished from her pack for turning Tom, her mate, without the pack’s permission. After this they have to run. They have no possessions (all pack members sign everything over to the pack) and no allies. That’s the jist of it. It does exactly what it says on the tin. But packed into the 100 or so pages was some pretty impressive world building. We got a sense of pack dynamics and Leah’s life before and with Tom as well as some pretty impressive action scenes.

I really enjoyed the fact that Leah and Tom were both college drop outs with minimum wage jobs. It was nice to have a little reality mixed in with my urban fantasy, so much of the time the protagonists are rich and have a cushy job that pays them loads but doesn’t require attendance or any actual real work. I loved that Leah swore. She wasn’t some prissy little miss and although we didn’t spend a huge amount of time with them, I got a real sense of their relationship and how much they meant to each other. I wonder if that’s a male ‘thing’. The ability to convey bonds of love and emotion with very few words. Charlie Huston does it really well also. Sometimes the beauty is in the restraint. The words not uttered.

That said, if you are looking for a nice little story that is all wrapped this isn’t for you. It left me with more questions than answers. Is there further meaning in Leah’s dream? Will the pack still chase them? Because they have their bond can they start their own pack? Are they alpha’s now? What of the shadowy ‘Order’?

As I said, this felt more like a prelude to a full length novel, than an actual stand alone story. Am I hoping there is more to come? Most definitely.

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