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Hiding your book addiction…

Sunday, April 12, 2009
Posted in: Azteclady Speaks

(This visual post is in honor of the wunnerful orannia, she of the  equally wunnerful Walkabout blog)

So you have a book addiction and have run out of space in the normal book venues (aka, the visible bookcases) like this:

Living room

Living room

or this :

Bedroom

Bedroom

So you start improvising, looking for less obvious places. Like, say, this: (more…)

“Gobsmacked”, by L.B. Gregg

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Disregarding the title (because it takes a bit to warm to it, I confess) “Gobsmacked”, L.B. Gregg’s debut story, is 125 pages of awesome. Can I get away with saying that and nothing more?

No?

Rats.

Okay, then, let me write something a bit more review-like. First, the usual warnings: this is an adult story, so minors should steer clear of it and my review. Further, it is an m/m (or homosexual) erotic romance, which means that adults who have issues with homosexuality in general and/or graphic language should probably avoid this as well.

Here is the blurb from the publisher’s site: (more…)

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This week’s dilemma:

You and your sister are extremely close, and always have been. You’re happily married with four kids. Your sister unfortunately cannot have children, even though she has been trying for years, with no success. She’s tried everything, and nothing has worked. She doesn’t want to adopt, she’s adamant she wants a child of her own.

One day she asks if you’re willing to be a surrogate for her and her hubby.

What do you do? Do you agree, and run the risk that you wont be able to part with the baby when the time comes, or do you refuse with the knowledge that you may be your sister’s only hope?

What would you do?

I don’t know why this happens, but it seems I always discover (read: give in and get hooked) a couple of books *coughorfivecough* after almost everyone else online. Not really complaining here, mind, because that means I don’t have to wait months and months and months between books-at least not right after getting hooked.

It also means I get to share all my ‘new’ discoveries with you, oh my patient, long suffering readers. :grin:

A Hunger Like No Other, by Kresley Colea-hunger-like-no-other

A Hunger Like No Other is the first full length novel of the Immortals After Dark series of paranormal romances, but I hear that the universe and many of its characters are introduced in a novella, “The Warlord Wants Forever” (part of the Playing Easy to Get anthology).

For the record, for readers such as me? This thing that several authors/publishers have going on, with short stories in an anthology as introduction to a series? Doesn’t much work.

Scratch that. It simply doesn’t work-I rarely read anthologies, and almost never when these are published in trade size. /peeve

Enough of that; on to the review. (more…)

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Normally I’d mildly disagree with him, but unfortunately, he happened to pick up my copy of Lacey Alexander’s lates book, Bikini Diaries, which is certainly porny in parts. I mean, the heroine engages in sex with a stranger, she has a threesome, then does a bit of girl-on-girl, whilst the boys watch. It was kind of hard to refute.

I just told him to be grateful, seeing as he’s the beneficiary of my porn reading.

That shut him up for a while.

asshole

Ya see, this is where I have a problem with fanfiction.

Some fucktard sent out a press release, promoting her self-published fanfiction sequel to Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight:

This September 2009, a new controversial book hits stores. It is called Russet Noon and it is a tribute sequel to the Twilight Saga. Written by Gothic webmistress and author LadySybilla, Russet Noon is an unofficial continuation to the last book in the Twilight series, Breaking Dawn. Russet Noon is told from Jacob Black’s perspective and it explores the questions left unanswered at the end of the last installment in the Twilight Saga.

I agree with Lee Goldberg’s assessment, this bint is effing delusional.

This was Goldberg’s somewhat predictable reaction to the story: (more…)

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This is an internal debate that I have with myself whenever I read about children/teens committing violent acts against other children/teens.

Two boys aged ten and 11 are being questioned after two other youngsters were seriously injured in an attack. One boy was left with life-threatening head injuries and another was slashed with a knife.

The critically-injured boy, aged 11, was found semi-conscious at the bottom of a ravine while the nine-year-old with knife wounds was found wandering along a street “dazed” and covered in blood, witnesses said.

Two boys who were found near the scene in Edlington, South Yorkshire were taken into police custody.

Since the abduction and murder of James Bulger back in the early nineties, the number of young teens committing adult crimes seem to have risen sharply. Whereby once upon a time, we’d have been shocked to hear about violent acts commited by young children/teens, sadly, these days, it just seems to be par for the course. (more…)

Red-Headed Stepchild, by Jaye Wellsred-headed-stepchild

This paranormal urban fantasy is Ms Wells’ long-awaited debut novel, and the first in a trilogy following one Sabina Kane, a half-vampire/half-mage assassin. Like most urban fantasies, Red-Headed Stepchild is narrated by the protagonist. As has been said by several reviewers about other books, this technique makes it more of a hit or miss with readers; if you cannot stand the heroine-cum-narrator’s voice, odds are you are not going to enjoy the story, no matter how novel its take on a particular theme or mythos, or how well written it may be. (more…)

wtf-gorillaSo it’s Sunday evening, after midnight, and I’m turning lights off, checking windows and doors, the usual, when I hear a car (an SUV it turns out) stop rather abruptly across from my house. And then the fighting starts–and by that I don’t mean yelling only, no. There was yelling, screeching, screaming and shouting, to be sure, but there was some physical contact.

More yelling, more screaming, then the couple take it inside. Their windows seem to be closed, yet I can hear them from across the street.

And I’m sitting here wondering whether I should call the cops or not.

Of course, people argue and fight, and for all I know the physical contact wasn’t violent. But if you have checked the news lately you’ll see that these days, more than ever, one cannot take these things in stride. It would seem that almost every day for weeks people all over the US are killing their loved ones and then themselves, or randomly attacking strangers. (more…)

Thanks to Michelle R for reminding me about my review of this book, and Daisy Dexter-Dobbs great reaction to it.

Review originally posted May 1st, 2006.

As part of AngieW’s Ebook Buzz, I read Daisy Dexter Dobbs’s, Just Like A Dame. Daisy, if you don’t have one already, go and get a tub of icecream. You may just need it.

Anyway, without further ado, here’s the blurb: (more…)

Spring, finally!

Sunday, April 5, 2009
Posted in: Azteclady Speaks

In this central Florida suburb, spring has finally sprung, and with it a number of creatures are coming out to play.

For example, after the first significant rain of the year a couple of days ago, we found this little visitor in the back yard:

hello-amphibian

My dog wasn’t quite sure what to make of it: (more…)

Riding on Instinct, by Jaci Burton

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The third title in Ms Burton’s Wild Riders series, Riding on Instinct tells the story of Spencer King, who played an important secondary rôle in the events narrated in Riding Temptation, the previous novel (KKB review here).

To recap, the Wild Riders are a group of unconventional covert operators who, because of their rather unconventional backgrounds, are able to take on missions that more formal government outfits cannot. In this case, because an unidentified DEA agent is suspected of aiding drug smugglers, the Wild Riders are a logical choice for the assignment. And since this would be Shadoe Grayson’s first mission-and she has an eidetic memory-she’s a perfect foil.

It is important to note that all novels in the Wild Riders series are erotic romance published by Berkley’s Heat imprint, which means the adult content includes graphic sex and language. All minors, as well as adults who object to either, should avoid this novel (and probably the review as well). (more…)

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This week’s dilemma:

You and your best friend are both in your forties. You’ve grown up together, and you’ve also watched her two sons grow up. You even used to babysit for them, when their parents needed a break.

The eldest, (Let’s call him Ryan, shall we?) is now twenty-five years old, and lately, you’ve been looking at him differently. You also sense that he’s attracted to you.

One day he tells you that he finds you hot, and would like to date you.

You’re very flattered, but although you also find him attractive, you can’t help but think about his mother’s reaction.

What do you do? Do you honour the friendship and leave Ryan be, or do you date the young hot stud, and worry about the consequences later?

“Carolina Wolf”, by Sela Carsencarolina-wolf

Part of the Tickle My Fantasy anthology published earlier this year by Samhain Publishing in electronic format, “Carolina Wolf” is a paranormal romance with a lot of excellent humor, great dialogue and really really good writing. At shy of a hundred pages, this is a straightforward story with a bit of external conflict thrown in.

And because I just adore them, here is the warning from the publisher: This story contains hunky werewolves, librarian fetishes, Southern humor, smart-ass women and men who think that’s sexy, magic, medieval legends, disco music and flatulent Boxers. (The dogs, not the underwear.) [As if anyone who has ever had large breed dogs needed the clarification *sniff*] (more…)

Something has been nagging me for a while–and reading this article: Single, pregnant and panickedWhy so many smart women botch their birth control clinched it for me.

Particularly the story of that first smart woman getting drunk and having a one night stand with a married man? Well, gee, I’ll say it does. No wonder these things keep showing up in romance novels, right? One really should read the whole thing. Look at this:

Nearly half of survey respondents said they don’t seek out information on preventing pregnancy because they know enough already. Yet when the National Campaign tested the same group on their knowledge, women scored 6 out of 11 on average and men a dismal 4.7. Why no urgent need to be informed? Researchers found that women are often passive or ambivalent about getting pregnant, with more than one in four saying, “If it happens, it happens” or “It would be no big deal.”

Even if one add a large helping of salt (after all, this is msnbc not a medical journal or study), those are rather disturbing numbers.

They do say that life imitates art. Reading these stories, one must wonder if it’s not the other way around.