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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.

 

 

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!

Change of address

Book Pron

It’s where all my book-related ramblings are going to be from now on.

It’s still under construction but come over and say Hello!

What a week

So last week kicked my ass.

Work is hectic at the moment. We have a new boss and while I am feeling energized and focused, I am annoyed at some of my colleagues and their less than professional attitude towards him. I always like to give everyone the benefit of the doubt when coming into an established team. Having been there myself I understand the stresses and pitfall of trying to integrate and facilitate a positive change in the process.Until he does something to prove to me he is TSTL he has my support. It’s how I am.

Retail is an ever-changing beast. It never stays still. Processes, tasks etc are always changing. Companies are always looking for the fastest, cheapest way to hoover money from their customers. So I always find it irritating when colleagues hold on like grim death to a certain job or function saying ‘We’ve always done it like this.’

What they really mean is, ‘I have always done it like this.’ There really is no place for inflated egos in retail and I am sick of trying to manage other peoples. ARGHHHHHH! Being obtuse and obstructive. Always seeing the negative first. Never bringing anything useful to a conversation. Maliciously gossiping about a man they don’t even know, just because he wants to change a few things. Things that will bring in more money and enable these people to keep their frickin jobs.

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On the plus side we had an AWESOME cherub event this weekend in the kids dept. Around 40 kids attended although 70% drifted off before or during the event. Some were shy and some were a little too old. We did gear the tasks for the younger end of the spectrum, not expecting the older kids to come. I thought it would be too unfashionable for them. My bad. However, we sold a ton of books, recruited more kids to our monthly bookclub and generated a lot of interest in next weeks event which is Roald Dahl day.

I had a blast. Cat and I (who are both massive Cherub fans) had such a laugh and chatted and gossipped with the kids about the books and what character they loved best and what their favourite book was and why. Some of them were lucky enough to attend the Cherub event at the Book Festival this year and we managed to persuade them to write a little piece for our monthly newsletter. Fantastic fun.

I have been watching ‘That 70’s Show’ to fall asleep to this past week. That show still makes me laugh so hard. DUMBASS!

On the book front, I have picked up a little more speed again. Read a heap of Blazes.

Amorous Liaisons by Sarah Mayberry. Set in the world of ballet this time (her last one was female boxing!) it’s the tale of Max and Maddy. It a ‘friends become lovers’ story which I love. The twist is that it’s Max who has the unrequited love and Maddy who is clueless. I loved this. How can I not, it’s Sarah Mayberry. Even though it’s a Blaze and it’s law that 40% of it must be sex, she always manages to get the emotional impact across. Her guys are always great and her heroines are not usually TSTL.  Bliss.

Lethal Exposure by Lori Wilde. After a shaky start with the other two installments of this series, Lori Wilde managed to finish with a bang. It was hot and sweet. Although I did figure out who the big bad was well before the end. There is such a thing as TOO much foreshadowing.

Ms Match by Jo Leigh. Sublime, sublime, sublime. Great concept, great hero, great heroine. Horrible family. Paul is pretty but shallow and Gwen is smart but plain. Sparks fly. Misunderstandings are had. Sweet love is made and they all lived happily ever after. *sigh*

At Her Pleasure by Cindi Myers. Ridiculous tat about uncovering a female pirate’s buried treasure (I SHIT YOU NOT) and canoodling in hammocks on a desert island. It wasn’t as fun as it sounds. Trust me.

Next up was a Silhouette special edition by Susan Crosby called..wait for it…’The Single Dad’s Virgin Wife.’ Awesome. Title aside I loved this book. I adore it when the kiddies conspire to get the adults together. (Not one for you Jen though, I know.) Noah was great as the dad who was struggling to connect with his kids after the death of his wife. It gets me right here. *thumping chest* I just can’t resist a man who loves his kids. It’s part of a series called ‘Wives For Hire.’ The first one was good too. (It had a cute kid in it too….stay away Jen!)

Following that was ‘Mad Dogs‘ by Robert Muchamore. Gang warfare and teenage romance. I loved it. I’m not saying too much more because I do intend to wax lyrical about this book and the rest of the series in the not too distant future.

And Finally this week ‘Hostage To Pleasure‘ by Nalini SIngh. It was everything all the reviews said it was. I finished it with a sigh of satisfaction. Dorien was a great hero and after having doubts about Ashaya while reading excerpts, I was glad to be disabused of my worries. One niggle. I think Amara was wasted. The conclusion of her storyline was somewhat anti-climactic. There was so much more scope for terror there. She was set up as this horrific spectre and failed to deliver on the final push. But other than that…loved it. Nalini says there is going to be a pregnancy in the next book, anyone taking wagers on who is going to have the first set of pups? Sascha and Lucas? Faith and Vaughn? Judd and Brenna? Clay and Tally? Dorien and Ashaya? maybe even Mercy and Riley?

AND I won a book from Nalini Singh over on DIK. How cool is that. Plus Ann Aguirre took pity on my fangirl squeeing and sent me a copy of Wanderlust as well. LUCKIEST WEEK EVER!

National Nalini Day!

So to celebrate the release of Hostage To Pleasure (Book 5 in the Psy/Changeling series) I have declared today National Nalini day on this blog.

Nalini is running a competition to win $75 of book vouchers. I’m in! Do you know how many books I can buy with that! Sweet!

So all we have to do to be in with a chance to win is to answer the following questions. Easy-peesy!

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* Which fictional hero (from books, tv, movies…) would you most like to hold hostage?

It’s got to be Dean Winchester from Supernatural. I’m a total DeanGirl. I’m so in love with him. I’d happily tie him up and keep him hostage so I could just look at him all day long. Hopefully then he would get some of that Stockholm Syndrome and we could have a mighty fine time. What can I say, I just can’t get enough of those tortured, emotionally crippled, smart-ass guys!

* Which fictional hero would you most like to be held hostage by?

It’s got to be Butch from the BDB. So he and V can put on a little show for me……heh. Cause that’s my kinda torture. Watching but not getting to touch.

* Which fictional world would you most like to be held hostage in?

Ohhhh this is a tough one but it’s probably Robert Jordan’s ‘Wheel of Time’ simply because I would be a total kickass Aes Sadai of the Green Ajah, or an Aiel. ( Also, I would totally mac on Lan. Cause he is hot. He’s the silent but deadly type….rwoar!))

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So there you have it. Questions answered. Now I’m off to read some more of Hostage To Pleasure. (Although I think some of my answers might be changing after I finish. Dorian is one hot dude.)

Also check out the new excerpts for Branded By Fire (Book 6 in the Psy/Changeling Series) and Angel’s Blood, Nalini’s new Urban Fantasy series. Warning! The Branded By Fire excerpt has a HAWT rating of SUPERNOVA. On the basis of that one sneek peek I can guarantee you Riley is going on my Top Ten list of Heroes for next year!

All joking aside this a fantastic series, well worth your money and time. Nalini has never failed to deliver the goods. Fantastic story, intricate but solid world-building, swoon-worthy heroes and strong heroines.

Hear ye! Hear ye!

Stop the press! Special Announcement!

Ann Aguirre is a classy lady.

Therfore you must all go forward and buy her amazing work entitled Grimspace and the new installment Wanderlust!

If you don’t then you are just silly. With no taste. And your brain will never forgive you for denying it such a tasty treat as these books!

Subscription

So work has been mental this week. I have just been working, coming home, falling on my bed and reading for like two minutes then falling asleep. I live the high life, no? It hasn’t left time for blogging etc.

I changed the layout of the blog again. I took down my list cause it was making me feel all squinky. So I still won’t be buying anything new until the new year, but I can’t restrain myself to a simple list of books. I just can’t. It made me want to buy stuff even more.

Talking about buying stuff. I get my Harlequin Blaze subscription every month. And after a very lackluster selection of titles last month I was going to just cancel it. But then I looked at next months titles and well, I’m back on the band wagon. There’s a new Sarah Mayberry (WHO I ADORE! and it’s a best friends who fall in love one and she is the MASTER of those.) and a Jo Leigh (who I might love just as much as Sarah Mayberry) and a Stephanie Bond. Plus continuing episodes from Cindi Myers and Lori Wilde (and I am ocd about series and reading them in order and finishing them, even if they aren’t the best.) Finally they’ve thrown in a Crystal Green and I enjoyed the last Blaze she did and the short story she did in First Blood. SO I’m hopeful.

Then, I was at BlazeAuthors.com and saw the line up for November and I squealed a little. I know…I know, they’re only categories but I love them. I have a new Lori Borrill (who was the first Blaze author I read and LOVED and GLOMMED) to look forward to and another Stephanie Bond and a Dawn Atkins (who has never let me down). Plus the last in Kimberley Raye‘s ‘Love At First Bite Trilogy’ which stared with Dead Sexy and continued with Drop Dead Gorgeous. They’re cowboys and they’re vampires and they need sex to live. What more can you want? So I am stuck with my Blaze subscription for another two months! Wooooooo!

Plus the covers are so yummy, how can you not want them?