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Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Posted in: book talk

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How many books did you buy in January?

Me? I bought a measly six books. Six. Books. For the whole damned month.

I can’t figure out if it’s because I’m trying to spend less, or if there simply aren’t good enough books out there.

Sheesh. Talk about depressing.

TBR pile, here I come.

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In my recent review of Slightly Married I alluded to my favorite novel in that six-book series-Slightly Dangerous, the last title of the sextet, is it.

It has excellently done humor, great characters, and excellent pacing, as well as clever plotting and much better writing than the other five titles put together. Plus, we finally see the Duke we all love to hate get his comeuppance 😀 what’s not to love?

Here’s the awful blurb:

All of London is abuzz over the imminent arrival of Wulfric Bedwyn, the reclusive, cold-as-ice Duke of Bewcastle, at the most glittering social event of the season. Some whisper of a tragic love affair. Others say he is so aloof and passionless that not even the greatest beauty could capture his attention. But on this dazzling afternoon, one woman did catch the Duke’s eye-and she was the only female in the room who wasn’t even trying. Christine Derrick is intrigued by the handsome Duke… all the more so when he invites her to become his mistress.

What red-blooded woman wouldn’t enjoy a tumble in the bedsheets with a consummate lover-with no strings and no questions asked. An infuriating lady with very definite views on men, morals and marriage, Christine confounds Wulfric at every turn. Yet even as the lone wolf of the Bedwyn clan vows to seduce her any way he can, something strange and wonderful is happening. Now for a man who thought he’d never lose his heart, nothing less than love will do…

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The other day, I was sent an ARC of a book coming out later this year, and the author asked me what I thought about a specific character in the story.

Apparently, this character had been getting a lot of hate from reviewers and such like.

Anyway, I read the book, and I must say, I totally loved the character. She was bold and brassy, she could be abrasive, and had a bit of a foul mouth, she was forthright, she loved sex and wasn’t afraid to say so, and she knew what she wanted and had no qualms about going after the object of her desires.

In short, my kind of heroine. The anti-Mary Sue.

However, I suspect that even whilst we’re collectively screaming blue-murder about vanilla Mary Sues polluting the Romance landscape, some of us secretly hate sexually assertive women. (more…)

I Really Hate…

Sunday, February 8, 2009
Posted in: Uncategorized

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Books where the heroine and hero don’t meet within the first 100 pages.

What the f*ck is up with that?

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This week’s dilemma is as follows:

You have a colleague at work who has an incredibly bad hygiene problem. Her breath smells, and she stinks of sweat, and she’s constantly the butt of the joke, amongst other work colleagues. Your friend seems to be oblivious of the fact thats she smells bad, but you’re constantly having to defend her from cruel colleagues who take delight in bitching about her behind her back.

What do you do? Do you tell your friend that she has a hygiene problem, or do you say nothing, hoping that she will get a clue at some point?

Warning, political post ahead, so those who have no interest in the political landscape, may want to look away now.

Is it mere coincidence that after a black Democrat gets into office, the Republican party votes a black man in as its leader?

I think not. I don’t believe in happy coincidences I’m afraid.

Although, to be fair, Michael Steel at least seems to understand that in order to move the party forward, they’ll have to reach out to the groups that the GOP have traditionally snubbed.

Not like that candidate who had to resign from a whites-only club, so that he could run in the first place. Oh the irony.

I guess the proof will be in the pudding, if the party ends up electing the anti-choice, anti-gays, gun-toting, moose-hunting, Sarah Palin, as their nominee to run for President the next time around. If this happens, then nothing will have changed.

I am surely hoping they do elect her though, because then Obama will definitely be a shoe-in for a second term.

It sure does seem that black is the new black, doesn’t it? *g*

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So, I was surfing round Blogland earlier, trying to catch up, when I came across this discussion over at the Smartbitches blog.

Basically, the discussion was about whether the Public Lending Right (PLR) system, (currently in operation in Canada, UK, Australia, and many other countries) where authors are paid royalties each time their books are borrowed, would be feasible in the US.

Some of the comments were interesting, but as per the universal healthcare discussion, the naysayers seemed to be caught up in the complexities of setting up such a system, rather than the benefits.

This was one of the most annoying comments that I came across, and that’s saying a lot, because there were quite a few: (more…)

Hello, my name is azteclady, and I’m a Shiloh Walker fangirl (and no, I don’t need no stinkin’ program, thank you)

Fragile, by Shiloh Walker

Ms Walker’s latest print release, Fragile, is a mix of erotic romance and romantic suspense, and it succeeds beautifully in both subgenres. All too often erotic romances focus so much on the erotic part that the romance feels short-changed; not so with Fragile, at all. All the different elements are so well balanced that I have trouble trying to label this novel into any one subgenre.

Unless the label happens to be, “excellent” ‘cause then it’s easy.

Here is the back cover blurb: (more…)

Random Question No. 6897…

Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Posted in: Are they high?

Did anybody other than die-hard fans actually enjoy The Bruce Springsteen half-time show?

And that poor guy who just barely caught the guitar that he threw? Funniest damn thing since Todd Carty’s Dancing On Ice antics last week!

Poor Todd, jesus that was funny as hell.

Snow, Glorious Snow!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Posted in: random rambling

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So, the country came to a stop today just because of a little snow. Ok, maybe not so little, but still, how can a country like England not know how to deal with the white stuff? I wouldn’t mind, but we knew it was coming three days ago!

Anyhow, 1 in 5 people stayed off work today, costing employers over £1bn.

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Personally, I found it was the perfect time to visit the post office, and do my big food shop. I was able to park across two car parking spaces, because the supermarket was so quiet. I was paranoid about women who can’t drive in the snow hitting my car, whilst attempting to park, which is why I selfishly used two parking spaces.

Yeah, yeah, I’m probably being a tad sexist, but having watched women with no spatial awareness whatsoever, have crunches in supermarket car parks for a number of years now, I thought it was better to be safe than sorry.

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My final journey happened at 11pm tonight, when I drove over to my brother’s house to make sure everything was ok. They’re on hols at the mo, so I’m charged with looking after their property.

The snow was falling even heavier tonight, and I nearly got stuck up the hill, but I just about made it.

Anyhoo, I’m off to watch Lipstick Jungle now, after my big snow day.

G’night!

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I’d just like to extend a heart-felt final thanks to everybody who participated in the Sharon Cullars fund-raiser. From those who donated money, books, and time, to those who posted the information on their blogs, I was really blown away by the great response from all of you.

We managed to raise just over $5000 in just a month for Sharon, which is truly amazing.

You guys really do rock all kinds of wonderful.

A special shout-out to Crystal Hubbard, who not only donated generously, but went above and beyond by organising door to door sales of kettlecorn to raise even more money for Sharon. What made this even more incredible was that she herself had been battling cancer. Crystal Hubbard, here at KKB, we salute you.

Another special shout-out to Alison Kent, who not only donated some fab books for the auction, but was instrumental in helping with the set-up of the auction site. Thanks muchly Alison.

I’d like to also say thanks to a certain Paperback Writer who donated $200 to the cause, despite probably being bombarded with requests all the time.

And a personal thanks from me to Dorothy Koomson, who after seeing that I’d parted with her fantabulous books, wrote to me, requesting my address, so that she could send me signed copies of the books that I’d donated. Too wonderful for words.

Finally, I’d like to say a huge thanks to the ladies who put in so much work to make this happen, Roslyn Holcomb, and Emma Petersen, really put in the hours to try to help out a fellow author. You guys are simply wonderful.

There are obviously a lot more people to thank, and so a more comprehensive list can be found here.

Anyway, from ferrets, to Katrina, to diabetes, you Romanceland Babes really are the best at taking care of your own, and long may it continue.