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A Week of Interesting Reading

I re-read City of Bones by Cassandra Clare so I would recall everything when I received City of Ashes. I finished my first eBook, Marked by Elisabeth Naughton. I just started Dead Matter by Anton Strout and have five books in my TBR pile. It has been a good week.

Ms. Clare spins a great follow-up inCity of Ashes. Clary Fray is well into the world of the Shadowhunters and is still reeling from some unexpected surprises and near death experiences in book one. There is no time for her to catch her breath as Downworlder children begin popping up dead and drained of blood. With the help of her Shadowhunter brethren, best friend, and some unexpected allies they find the source of the murders and fight for their lives.
Ms. Clare has a knack for creating compelling characters that you love to love or love to hate. She keeps the story moving along at a swift pace with interesting and sometimes heartbreaking twists and turns. I devoured this book in less than a day and am ready for more. City of Glass here I come. I need more Clary, Jace, Luke, and the ShadowHunter world.

Ms. Naughton creates an interesting world of fantasy and reality in the paranormal romance Marked. An ancient prophecy tells of two women who will save a race or damn it. Theron is charged in finding the woman in the human world to pair with his fiancé back home. He didn't plan on this human rocking the foundation of his life and future.
The plot was unique, interesting, and full of complex characters and some seriously heart pounding physical scenes. I couldn't read fast enough for the action scenes, and I wanted to see how the fights and parlays would end. I adored the minimal God and Goddess intervention and loved a unique take on an old tale (I adored Persephone! Wow Ms. Naughton, Wow). The ending was refreshing, with a sense of more to come. I am intrigued and will be picking up the next book Entwined.

EBooks, love them! I can read anywhere, waiting in the car, break at work, and no book light needed for bed time. I am enamored and will be purchasing more downloads very soon.

For next week. I will be finishing up Anton Strout, delving into some Ilona Andrews, and Lynsay Sands. Til then, read on!

Decisions, Decisions

My decision mechanism is broken. I have been jumping from re-read to re-read of books I already have. I have a shopping cart full of books to purchase, but making a choice is where I am stuck. Where do I want to go? Which series do I want to continue right now?

It is seriously frustrating. I have specific authors I purchase day one and then others I fret over and ponder. I'm always recieving new suggestions which add to the dilemma.

Does anyone else have an excel file to keep track of authors you are reading, want to read, will get there damn it, and just curious about?
I do it makes my family laugh at me when they see it.

So many books to choose from, so little time.

What to do?!?

I am ordering tonight, period! I will have NEW book reviews up next week. Not re-reads. New, I swear it! ‘Til next week, read on, and read new. Let’s support those authors out there in what has recently been a very tumultuous publishing world.

Read On!


A week in books

A week has passed and I've snuck in the finale of Stephen King and Peter Straub's Black House, Carrie Vaughn's Discord's Apple, and my first eBook experience via my IPhone 4 The Day of the Dead by Karen Chance.

* Black House was a follow up to one of my favorite teenage reads The Talisman by Peter Straub and Stephen King. This was a really creepy tale of a serial killer invading this small town and preying on children, with a twist of course. The characters were amazing, I fell in love with a handful and was absolutely disgusted by the evil characters these authors made so real. The plot was solid, thrilling, creepy, a smidgen gross, and had some surprise twists and turns. The pacing was pretty good for the most part, but sometimes I got bogged down in description. The end was bittersweet as so many of King's tales tend to be. I recommend reading The Talisman prior to Black House for the details of the main characters past which they reference several times. Definitely a good read, and a nice revisit to a character that I knew so many years ago.

* Carrie Vaughn's Discord's Apple is brilliant. Combine Greek mythology, our modern era, a looming apocalypse and some amazing characters from myth and legend and you have the first couple chapters of this amazing book. Discord's Apple is full of intriguing characters that are complex, ever growing, and realistic. The plot was strong, executed with interesting problems and answers, and wrapped up nicely with a sense of awe. Ms. Vaughn has really struck a chord with this novel. She creates a world that is plausible, understandable, and eerily accurate. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone that has ever enjoyed a Greek myth, Arthurian legend, a comic book, or a tale of love and woe.

* Karen Chance's eBook The Day of the Dead was initially released in The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance and is available as a free download through Barnes and Noble. Day of the Dead is a short story that feeds the curiosity of those interested in Tomas' background. The additional characters were entertaining and I want to learn more about them as I couldn't get enough in this short story. The tale itself was suspenseful, the hook up surprising and sizzling (I think my phone steamed up a bit), and the end left the reader wanting more (Since this is a series, this makes sense). I totally recommend the download and all of Ms. Chance’s Cassandra Palmer series; full novels and short stories.

The eBook experience was interesting. I have been pondering an eBook device for a while and was seriously leaning toward the Nook when my phone started the downward spiral that usually triggers the death tolls to start ringing. I borrowed a friend’s IPhone 3GS to see how the different book programs came across via a phone. Low and behold I thought I might have a new toy for books, texts, and internet access. I got the phone and I’m impressed with the display, ease of use, and the several different book programs I have are clear, concise, and user friendly.
I will be venturing deeper into the realms of the eBook with a whole book purchase this week. Come on back next week and see what was on the reading list.


Recently Read

I've been reading a mish mash of books recently. I've pored over military history with Michael J Durant, devoured Stephen King's On Writing for the eight time, sped through a Patricia Cornwell novel I've read before and still enjoyed a second time, got lost in the world of the Olympians through book four by Rick Riordan, caught up with Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld via Waking the Witch, zipped through Carrie Vaughn's latest Kitty release, and just discovered Ms. Vaughn's new series that begins with Discord's Apple.

I savored each of these books for different reasons.

* Mr. Durant's tale of being a hostage and what he went through, overcame, and shared was full of emotional turmoil. In the Company of Heroes speaks of how strong the human spirit truly is and how amazing our military members are. The courage, character, and camaraderie was prevalent in this book and I loved every upheaval, low point, victory, and memory of Mr. Durant.

* On Writing is an amazing, straight forward, peak behind the curtain look at Mr. King and how he writes. I love this book. My favorite advice interpreted is "Read a lot, Write a lot, and just get out that first draft." Every time I read this book I am inspired, awed, and humbled.

*The re-read of All That Remains was thrilling, fun, thought provoking, and creepy. I love the characters she has in her novels, I am always emotionally drawn to them. She can suck me into her world of people and I miss them when I put the book down. Ms. Cornwell's characters are truly awesome.

*Rick Riordan made me feel like a kid again. I absolutely loved learning about ancient Greece as a child. I took it upon myself to devour everything I could about the Greek Pantheon and the many tales, legends, and myths that surround the era. Mr. Riordan brought to life, with vivid detail, a world where my favorite Gods and Goddesses still exist and I'm whole heartedly in love with it. I haven't read five, because it is the end and I'm hesitant to let go. There is hope though - I loved the Egyptian mythos as well.

*Kelley Armstrong is my hero. This woman has multiple strong, believable, emotionally true characters that have kept me reading for over a decade. Savannah was the center in her first story in Waking the Witch and what a WOW it was for me. Savannah is a great main character with flaws, strengths, and truly endearing quandaries. I love that Ms. Armstrong continues to surprise me with great plots, fast paced action, and loveable/detestable characters.

*Kitty Goes to War was a quick read for me. I adore Kitty as a character and the insight into her ever the optimist attitude, her personal doubts, and her strength of character to do what is best for her loved ones. This book posed great questions about Werewolves as soldiers and I adored seeing both ends of the spectrum, the secondary plot was rad too. Cormac's surprise was awesome and made me feel better about that character. Ms. Vaughn has a good grasp on pacing, plot, and characters. Another WIN! for the Kitty series.

*Discord's Apple has me interested and hooked currently. I am only on page 35 and ready to learn more about Ms. Vaughn's new world, new characters, and her take on the prizes of the past.

Stay Tuned as I pick up some new author's that are new to me, and attempt my first e-reader experience.


Strained Chords

Sex, drugs, and rock and roll. She wishes.
Cadence is the talented singer for a small time rock band. She enjoys the life of travel, music, and the friendship of her band members. While performing their latest gig Cadence is confronted by an ancient evil that forces her to use her unique abilities that have been slumbering for centuries. Can Cadence save herself and the man she secretly loves?

Available here...


Part of the 'Dark Tales Digest' Anthology

Strained Chords Released

My short story, Strained Chords, is available here...


In the anthology 'Dark Tales Digest'.

Happy Reading.

The short story is released

I learned a valuable lesson over the past year about having a short story accepted. I have learned that patience must follow and the shiny fades until you get those edits and then you get excited again. Then patience comes into play again, and again, and again.
Ultimately though it pays off when you see your story in an anthology.
'Strained Chords' is in the anthology 'Dark Tales Digest' over at Midnight Showcase.


You can't get to it right this minute, but as soon as you can I will let you know.

The shiny is back and I am loving it.

Back to writing. Always moving forward.

Oct 10, 2009

I had intended to sit down and write about how the silence of the house was a sweet reprieve from the hectic storm that is usually surrounding me. However, my husband woke up and now I am surrounded by three dogs clanking and snarfing down their breakfast and a barrage of external distractors.

I can't write with so many distractions and I thought the time when it was merely me and Heather eating a waffle and enjoying Saturday morning cartoons would be perfect.

I missed that train. I hope to catch it tomorrow

Anya Bast Contest

Grand Prize: $100 GC to Amazon.com
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Plus chances to win books (almost) every day for a month!

Go to http://www.anyabast.com/blog/ for details on how to enter.

The Fan Girl Cometh

Superman and me are headed to Seattle tomorrow to enjoy our very first Norwescon. We thought this would be a fun getaway for us plus we can go to all these awesome writing panels, meet amazing authors, and be the envy of all of our nerd friends by seeing Star Trek a month before they can.

We made this decision a while ago and we leave tomorrow for our excursion, but in the interim of deciding what panels to go to and when we would eat (This is actually a problem with some of the great panels they have).I have discovered that some of my favorite authors will be at this conference and I have gone from the excited person to crazy fan girl (Ok not crazy but a bit neurotic and OCD).

Here is the list of authors I intend to stalk see and have books signed and of course listen to on some amazing panels...

R.A Salvatore (Hello? Which freaking book do I bring to have him sign?!?)
Mark Henry (Dude, I can not wait to meet this man he cracks me up)
Richelle Mead (I think I will take the YA novel for my daughter to get signed)
Kat Richardson (Hmm, so bringing the first novel)
Barb and JC Hendee (Yay, I love them)
Tiffany Trent (Sweet!)
Yasmine Galenorn (I just picked up her series recently)

Ok this is just a short list because I am also a gamer nerd and there are some phenomenal artists, gaming writers and SciFi authors that are going to be there. Those listed above though, watch out for the short girl with long blonde hair she is on the hunt for that coveted fan girl moment.

Book Hunting

Friday I had a fabulous date with my little Angel. We headed to the book store for a single book and whatever she wanted. We started the evening off with a snack and hot cocoa for her and coffee for me at the coffee shop inside book Mecca. After the sugar overdose was complete we ventured into the store where she played with the train set in the children’s section for a good half hour. I convinced her I needed to get this book. Thankfully she complied peacefully and we headed toward fantasy.

I was in search of Ilona Andrews Magic Strikes. We searched the new release shelves and there is merely a hole where the book should be. The alphabetical shelves were where I found her previous releases and then succumbed and ask for some help. Well it didn't help. No one knows the location of this book. The hunt commences. I head downstairs; off to the left, back upstairs with a new employee and finally a third employee offers to look in the back. By the time the third employee returns with my beautiful copy of Magic Strikes another thirty minutes has passed and I have six other books in my hands.

Apparently they were prepping a large display with Ilona's latest novel on it and couldn't locate it because they were all in the back for this display. Hello? The release was Tuesday. I need me my book already. Anyhow, I hope the display sells a ton.

My Angel headed back to the kids section where I began reading and she played for another hour at the train. She was great and we made it out of the store with only five additional items (add that to the seven I already had). We ended up with seven fantasy novels, a 100 calorie cookbook, a children’s book, two journals and two magazines. I got out under a hundred bucks so score.

I love the smell, feel, atmosphere of a bookstore but I have no willpower. I was happy we went but now I remember why I purchase online. I have much more willpower when I don't have the lovely little volume in my hand and have touched it and bonded with the precious book. I believe it is a sickness, but it could be much worse. I think I can deal with being hooked on books.

Web Find

In my infinite search to find all the knowledge I can about authors, writing, editing, agents, etcetera I stumbled upon an interesting little tidbit.

Filed By

A bit about the site, from the site...

FiledBy, Inc is a digital marketing company providing membership sites, web tools and community building solutions to content Creators - authors, writers, illustrators and photographers – and their fans. The Company, based in Nashville, TN, has launched its flagship site, filedbyauthor, the most comprehensive online marketing platform and directory of published author web pages on the Internet.

Filedbyauthor is now in Beta. Any author with a book published in the U.S. or Canada can join for free, claim their page, check for accuracy, provide corrections and enhance their pages.

FiledBy was co-founded by Peter Clifton and Mike Shatzkin. Both Peter and Mike share a passion for authors, artists and their work and have spent many years in the publishing and media businesses. The company was started to provide every author with the tools to market successfully on the web.

We look forward to working with you to build the best online author community!

Notice: Portions of filedbyauthor data is supplied by Global Books in print ® Copyright 2008 R.R. Bowker LLC. All rights reserved. All rights in images or other publications are reserved by the original copyright holder.

This is pretty cool. I had a lot of fun selecting my favorite authors and seeing who else is reading them.

Have a wonderful weekend! More reviews next week.
Road Trip of the Living Dead is the second in Mark's Amanda Feral, Celebrity Ghoul Series. This book was laugh out loud funny, fast paced, action packed and did I mention funny?

This is a dark book but with Mr. Henry's wit and sense of humor Road Trip of the Living Dead is an absolute blast. I adore the different characters and their undead lives, the interesting relationships between them and their amusing adventures.

Road Trip of the Living Dead is a definite page turner. The banter between Amanda, Wendy, Gil and a host of other unforgettable characters is phenomenal. The twists, turns and ridiculous detours help speed the book along to an unexpected ending.

Road Trip of the Living Dead is a definite buy. I will be waiting impatiently for the next in the series.

I said I would get to the books I have read recently, so here goes the first.

Made to Be Broken by Kelley Armstrong is the 2nd book with her character Nadia Strafford who is just plain old human. Plain really isn't an accurate description though. Nadia owns a nature lodge in the wilderness of Canada and is a sometimes assassin for a Mob family back in the states.

Nadia's latest employee, a young girl who is a teen mom, has disappeared and no one in the town seems to care. They figure the girl was trash just like the rest of her family and good riddance. Well Nadia has some history that compels her to look for this girl. The search reveals far more going on than initially imagined and an interesting glance into Nadia's past.

This series isn't set for another novel anytime soon and that disappoints me a bit. I really enjoyed this book. I liked learning more about Nadia's past and some of the secondary characters in the book; her mentor assassin Jack and the one time love interest and fellow assassin Quinn.

The pacing of this book was fast, the storyline was interesting and the characters just made it for me. I wanted to know what happened next and kept turning the page to find out. I couldn’t put it down. Ms. Armstrong is amazing with her characters in all of her series and this series is no exception. Made to Be Broken is a need to read. Check it out and enjoy the almost normal side of Kelley's writing.

Zombie Alert

I am a huge fan of all things Zombie. This week at the League of Reluctant Adults
League of Reluctant Adults they are holding a Zombierama.

Head over there and check out there guest authors, contests and zombie fun.
The author up today is S.G. Brown and an interview with the zombies from Breathers.

Breaking News

I have been attempting to get a short story published since the beginning of 2008. It is a lengthy process of submission, waiting, waiting, and more waiting. Sadly I have been rejected three times, but my first rejection was really awesome so I kept trying. This morning I opened my email to see if there was any news on my latest submission that has been out for 30 days and low and behold I receive this...

"Hi Rebecca! We loved your story Strained Chords and would like to offer you full acceptance and a contract; congratulations, and look for an e-mail from our publisher"

Hello! I almost passed out. I got accepted. Needless to say I am on cloud nine and thrilled.


Have a great weekend!

March 19, 2009

My other half, Superman, arrived home safely with the rest of his troop from overseas two weeks ago. Hence, the silence here. I am so happy to have him back home and he had to endure a lot of new things when he did get here. I bought our first home while he was serving as well as sold his car and shut off his cell phone. He came home to a new home, got him a new cell phone and a new car. He is in love with his car so I think it was worth a week of dealing with my glorious green crapmobile. Now he has the green mean machine, it's a 2007 Jeep Wrangler 4 door (Insert manly grunt here).

One of the many things that me and Superman share is a love for the written word. We both enjoy reading, writing and critiquing each other (He is not allowed to use red pen though, it wigs me out). With this in mind last weekend we attended our first Writers Conference together. It was a small conference held annually by our local community college. We heard from agents, editors, and authors. It was a wonderful experience and we are both motivated. I loved it and am re-inspired to turn back to Danika and her messy world.

I took some time off over the last couple weeks and have read several books as well.

Made to Be Broken by Kelley Armstrong

Road Trip of the Living Dead by Mark Henry

Unfallen Dead by Mark Del Franco

Deader Still by Anton Strout

White Witch, Black Curse by Kim Harrison

Men of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong

Mayhem in High Heels by Gemma Halliday

I am going to do a short review of each of these in the next few weeks but none of these books disappointed me and some just made me laugh out loud (which is abnormal for someone as serious as I am).

'Til next time... Happy Reading!

A Short Review

I finished At Grave's End by Jeaniene Frost.

This was my favorite book so far. I loved the drama, the character developement, the introduction of new characters and the action. Oh the action was amazing.

There was a hitch in the middle that irritated me a bit but I think that is from reading fantasy for so many years; I just knew what was going to happen. There was a tie in at the end that dealt with Cat's vampire vs. human nature that made me like the mid-hitch a bit better. For anyone to have some redemption after hundreds of years is a big warm and fuzzy for me. The second half of the book was wicked, and I could not put the book down for the last 150 pages. I had to know what was going to happen.

I was really excited about this book and where the series may be headed. If you have not picked up Jeaniene's Night Huntress Series go out and get it. They are all currently in paperback. The books in sequence are Halfway to the Grave, One Foot in the Grave and of course her latest release At Grave's End.

9 weeks overview

Right after Christmas I departed for my first oversea deployment to Germany. We stopped in Newfoundland and Scotland on the way. It was an amazing trip. A lot of beer was consumed. We worked 2 days on and 2 days off alternating crews so I got to see a lot of Germany. We definitely worked our butts off though.

I managed to make it through the deployment and have been returning to civilian life with kids, dogs and family. It has been a great year so far.

I commemorated my first deployment with new ink.

It is on my upper right hip and thigh. It itches like hell right now, but that means it is healing. I love it!

I have celebrated my Princess's fifteenth birthday and first high school dance since coming home. Wow I can't believe how beautiful she is and how smart.

Next week my Prince turns fourteen, and he wants purple skinny jeans. So be it. I am so blowing up a photo of that at his 30th birthday.

My little Angel has been wonderful, silly and keeps Mommy from getting too serious.

Superman returns home from his very looonnng deployment in eight days. Hallelujah! We finally got a return date. I can not wait, it sucks when part of you is missing.

There it is nine weeks of my life summed up into a somewhat short post.

Merry Christmas!

December 19: christmas zombie

Days before Christmas, people become blind and get tunnel vision, casuing them to only see what is in front of them, putting them into a trance like state while looking for the perfect gift. This effect usually happens two days before christmas.

Guy: Dude, what was up with that chick driving the Esclade, she almost hit you.

Guy 2: Fuck her, she was a christmas zombie.

Contests are fun

Mark Henry relaunched his website and is holding a fabulous contest/giveaway for the occasion.
If you haven't read Happy Hour of the Damned you need to either run out and purchase it, or win one at his contest. The book is a laugh out loud tale of socialite zombies and a plague that may take everyone down. Lots and lots of fun.

Here is the link to the contest and his newly launched website.


My Chaos

Superman, my fabulous sexy husband has been deployed for seven weeks and we have 21 more to go until he comes home safely. What is a devoted wife with a toddler, two teens and three dogs to do?
Why she is going to buy a house and move while he is gone.

We have attempted to purchase our first home three times in the past and everytime we find a house and start the process Superman gets deployed. This time I had had it. Superman kicked over power of attorney before the most recent deployment, which has been a god send. I decided to get a lender and finance a house first. So I did. I spent the first 5 weeks of his deployment gathering an enormous amount of information on our finances and lives. Then low and behold I have an approval letter in my hot little hand. Sweet!

I start the house hunt on line and choose an area I like, sizes I like, make a list and contact my wonderful Real Estate Agent. We head out and look at these home I have decided may be a good prospect. Three were foreclosures taht were not treated well upon departure of the previous tenants. One I honestly looked in the windows and went "Oh hell no". So we moved on. After looking for hours I had narrowed the options down to two. Exact same house different locations with differing back yards.

I got on the computer with my husband and swapped photos, important info and went over the pros and cons of each house and we decided on the house on the cul-de-sac. So I took my three children to the house, had a second thorough look through it and promptly put in an offer. My offer was accepted last week after a counter and counter to the counter and more paperwork. The inspections are today and I should have keys in hand on my birthday!

I am so freaking excited about all of this. It is our very first home and actually has enough room for my six kids. I can not wait to be in this lovely 5 bedroom home with 2800 square feet of room.

It will be an interesting change considering we currently rent a 3 bedroom 1600 square foot home and are up each others butts constantly.

Here is my beautiful first home...Collapse )

Friday - Progress Report

'Strained Chords' is still out for submission with ABERRANT DREAMS magazine. It has been out 39 days so a little over five weeks. Their response time is 1 to 5 months, so I have a long time to wait most likely.

I would like to, in the next few weeks, complete my other short story and start the submission process. I also need to jump back into my novel and move on from my sticking point.

I haven't written anything this week. This is probably bad, but I have decided to work on my basics before jumping back into my two WIPs. I have been working on my grammar. I have gone back to the basics. It's frightening. I'm reading and working through a workbook and book titled GRAMMAR FOR DUMMIES. Hey! It’s helping. I am in study mode, re-learning basic sentence structure and grammar. It can't hurt to know all the rules, by heart.

An interesting draw back to this grammar study program is that it has affected how fast I read recreational books. I am reading much slower and looking at sentence structure, punctuation and show not tell in my rec books versus just digesting the book and story. It is weird.

I just want to get comfortable enough with grammar that I don't question myself, and I thought getting all the way to the basics would help me. It can’t hurt.

Even as I write this I am wondering where I have screwed up grammatically. I am working on it, and I know I am far from perfect. I just want to be comfortable with my writing, instead of questioning everything I put on paper.

Check back again next Friday to see if this grammar study program is actually working. May my sentences be strong and my questionable grammar abilities improve.

Vague Recollections and New Format

I have a pretty good grasp on the last five days. Prior to that I am a bit blurry between passing out at the oral surgeons and waking up last Wednesday morning. I have some very lucid memories and then some that are flat blank. It is not good when the blank occurs while you were at work. Oh well. I'm healing.

Down and Out

I had my wisdom teeth removed Thursday. Still recovering. Need more time.

My Inner Child's Been Fed and Coddled

I had the joy of going to a birthday party both on Saturday and on Sunday.
The Saturday party was for my Mother-in-Law and she had it at 'Pump It Up', which is a bounce house place. I use the term bounce house loosely. There were jousting pits, boxing arenas, basketball areas, two wicked obstacle courses and the best thing on the planet.

I give you mondo slide (Not the actual name). I want one!

I had a great two hours of bouncing, running, jumping, playing, laughing, falling and amazing care-free fun. It was exhausting and I didn't go to the gym later, because I had a heckuva work out.

My kids had a blast too!

On Sunday we hit the Roller Kingdom. Me + 4yr old = a lot of falling. We had a great time but didn't really skate much.

My inner child is very happy and satiaited. It is good to feed the inner child.

Mmmm Reading, Good.

I had been feeling irrationally twitchy. My book order was supposed to be at home on Friday, but did not appear until yesterday. All weekend without a book, nothing to read. I've exhausted the TBR pile and was hoping to hit the book store as well as the ol one, but it did not happen.
I would like to say though... IT WAS WORTH THE TWITCHY WAIT.

I received several books, but first up was The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong.

This was the first in her YA Darkest Powers series. I am a fan of the written word in any form and have lowered myself to reading my child's fast food bags when the event occurs. I have to say that I can not wait to pass this book on to my teens.

The teens have received books from Mom in the past but they are never interested in the same thing.
Princess - Uglies, Rachel Caine's vampire series, Vicki Pettersson's Zodiac series, and of course the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer.
Prince - Jennifer Estep's Karma Girl and Hot Mama(he has no idea these are purchased in the romance section and will never know)and Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely and a Cirque du Freak series about vampires.
I really love being able to share the written word with my kids and having discussions with them. I can thank JK Rowling for figuring that out.

Anyhow, back to The Summoning.
I received this book at 5pm yesterday and with all of the jobs being a Mom entails; dinner, dishes, laundry, bath time, clean up time, dogs, etc. I managed to finish by 10pm. Loved this book, did I mention that?

First off I love the characters. Kelley does such an amazing job of driving you toward love and hate for specific people and just screwing with you later over it. That was awesome. I have to say I was horrified and hurt at the end of the book, but Kelley soooo did this on purpose. I was begging for more as I read the last line as well.
The plot had things I expected that were well written and some surprises that were great. (Ok, one of these shouldn't have been a surprise I chalk it up to lack of chocolate and reading over the weekend).
I fell right into this book, and can not wait for the next.

If you are already a fan of Kelley Armstrong and are thinking twice about a YA, pick it up. If you have never heard of Kelley Armstrong and like urban fantasy, pick it up. If you have heard of Kelley, love her other books, pick it up. I recommend this book to everyone; young, young at heart, male and female.
You can find Kelley Armstrong's website at Kelley Armstrong

Jul. 15th, 2008

It is extremely hard to convey the camaraderie, friendship and family the military brings to a person. I have happily been in the military for the last 6 years and recently renewed for 6 more. In this time I have met some of the most amazing men and women in uniform, and their spouses that support them.

I am not sure what makes my military family so important, but I trust each of them with my life. The laughter, tough times, and excruciating times we have shared are hard to explain to someone who hasn’t done it. We will complain and bitch and moan some days, but all while doing exactly what we are supposed to. I am the most free in my heart when I am elbow deep in aircraft and laughing with my fellow maintenance troops. I wish it was my full time job, but not yet. I still have a civilian job that I go to 45 hours a week as well.

I get little updates from my AF buddies while at work, and some make me laugh, but today it was not the case. I got an email and I felt like I had been punched in the gut.

One of the amazing guys I work with out at the Air Guard collapsed at work and passed away. He was the friendliest guy in his shop (and it was his shop, he ran it really well), one of the funniest people I have ever met and had a great attitude and always a helping hand. He will be greatly missed as a friend and colleague. Engine shop will not be the same; maintenance will not be the same.

Mark, you are truly missed. Thank you for all you have done for your nation, your state, your family and your friends. May you rest in peace.

Jul. 14th, 2008

It is amazing how one little phone call can make it all better. Superman called on Friday and I have been in a much better place mentally since I heard his voice. Only eight or nine more days and he will be home for a month. I miss him.
This weekend was extremely busy. Between the Air National Guard, business and a going away part I am flat wiped out today. I am sore from my calfs to my shoulders from physical training this weekend and I am sooo NOT going to the gym this evening.
The week ahead is filled with the gym and hanging out with my Angel. The weekend is full of birthday parties, water slide parks and yard work.


Up for weekend reading...

The Iron Hunt by Marjorie M Liu

Hotter Than Hell Anthology

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

Moonshine by Rob Thurman

Altered Carbon by Richard K Morgan

Tribute by Nora Roberts

Books I am looking at to purchase this weekend...

Dead to Me by Anton Strout

Staked by J.F. Lewis

Unquiet Dreams by Mark Del Franco

Witchling by Yasmine Galenorn

The Hades Project by Justin Gustainis

Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning

I think it's a book weekend. I have quite a few commitments but I think I can squeeze in some reading time to enjoy some of my favorite authors. Browsing is a must this weekend - I need to go check out the book store and find some fun treasures for myself.



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