Friday, September 29, 2017

On Fire: Erotic Romance Stories Anthology - Book Review

32445592On Fire by Rachel Kramer Bussel
My rating 3 of 5 stars
Published August 8th 2017 by Cleis Press 

In On Fire, today’s top erotic authors take us inside the passions of couples who go above and beyond in pursuit of sexual and romantic satisfaction, from kink to fantasies to outrageous, stimulating adventures. You’ll treasure the stocking fetish in “Sensitive to the Touch” and travel to “A Place as Beautiful as This.” You’ll go “Beyond the Blindfold,” find out what lurks in the “Art of Darkness,” delight in discovering “The Sweetest Thing,” and observe a feisty femdom couple in “Dreams Made Flesh.” These steamy stories by Kristina Wright, Delilah Devlin, Giselle Renarde, Kay Jaybee, Veronica Blisse, Jade A. Waters and others are perfect bedtime reads for your lover or for your own pleasure.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Best of: Banned Books Weeks 2011

*Originally Posted Tuesday, September 27, 2011.

Seeing how it's the middle of the week I presume that you've heard about it being banned book week, although last year I thought it was a whole month. Is there such a month? I remember sometime last year I was talking to someone about reading To Kill a Mockingbird since it was banned book month. Or was it week?
Oh well...we're here now.

...I'm not that familiar with banned books.
It's true, so I've been hopping down the banned book trail and have found some pretty interesting books, turns out I really haven't read that many banned books.
Less than 10 maybe?
Although I did notice that a lot are on my to-read shelf, and I'll admit seeing them on that list is tempting me to read them sooner. So yeah that list is definitely doing it's job... that is if it's job is to get more people interested in those books.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Song(s) of the Moment [9/20]

Songs of the Moment is a bi-monthly feature I started where I pick a song that represents the week, day or month; that fits with a moment I recently had. Or that's been on repeat.

Songs on repeat.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

LOVE PROFOUND by Kelly Elliott - Release Blitz

COWBOYS & ANGELS Book 2 By Kelly Elliott
Release Day - September 19, 2017

I write about love, but I’ve never experienced it. Sure, I’ve been with guys that I cared about. Even thought I found ‘the one’. He turned out to be the frog and not the prince.

A few Frank Sinatra songs and a wildly handsome cowboy who calls me Darlin’, will have me second guessing everything I ever thought I knew about love.

Does happily ever after really exist…or is it only something I write about in books?

Love Profound is book two in the Cowboys and Angels series.


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Monday, September 18, 2017

Best of: My thoughts on The Idea of a 'The Luxe' Movie

*Originally Posted: Tuesday, September 13, 2011.

**Quick 2017 thought: This is why I don't like premature movie announcement. What happened?!
We get our hopes up for a movie that never happens. If it doesn't have a trailer or release date I don't want to hear about it. I would have said cast but as we've learned with past piloted shows (Delirium, The Selection) things don't always fly.**

Today's thought-full thought is brought to you by THIS article and the Bright, Young and Luxe giveaway. (Read the article it'll connect.)
I read this article in July so a lot of you have probably heard about it by now, if not well now you know, The Luxe is coming to the big screen.

Yay!? Boo!? I hope I'm not the only one conflicted with this news.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Hustler by Meghan Quinn & Jessica Prince - Book Review

29455417Hustler by Meghan Quinn &
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Published: May 9th 2016

I make my living as a hustler, and I’m great at it.
I don’t have a single tell and I use that to my advantage to manipulate any situation.
I’ve always known what a person is about to do before they’ve even decided.

That is, until I met Penelope.
I can’t get a read on her, and what’s worse, she doesn’t want anything to do with me.
Which only makes me want her more.

Now I’m in for the hardest hustle of my life.
Somehow I have to convince her she belongs with me.
Good thing I’m always up for a challenge.

Do One Thing Every Day That Makes You Happy: A Journal by Robie Rogge - Book Review

Do One Thing Every Day That Makes You Happy: A JournalDo One Thing Every Day That Makes You Happy: A Journal by
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published August 8th 2017 by Clarkson Potter
Each day presents an opportunity to find delight, whether in your surroundings, your work, your relationships, your insights, or your actions. This journal will guide you to look inside and outside yourself to discover and appreciate what makes you happiest.

With prompts and exercises, the wise words of writers, musicians, philosophers, and leaders will help you reflect on what fills you with joy. You'll measure your happiness at the outset and along the way; after a year's worth of delight, your smile will be bigger than ever.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Song of the Moment [9/12]

Songs of the Moment is a bi-monthly feature I started where I pick a song that represents the week, day or month; that fits with a moment I recently had. Or that's been on repeat.

I have had this song stuck in my head for the last few nights and it's probably because I've just had this weird ominous feeling, like something is going to happen.

Ten Books I Loved During The First Year I Started My Blog

This week's topic choice goes well with my "Farewell Tour" for this blog since at some point I was planning to go through and look back at books I've read during my time blogging.
I still plan to do that seeing as how this is only from my first year.

Since I had a slow start to the blog (and a slow everything else) I've divided the list of 5 favorites I reviewed and 5 favorite that I just read.

Monday, September 11, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

In my last post, last month, I said I hadn't posted since June because I had only read 4 books in those two months.
Well August came to an end and as I said in my "come back" post this time last year; "Something wonderful happened last night; I finished a novel." Actually it wasn't last night but last week and better! I finished 3 books! So in the first week of September I read more than I did in two months.
Good timing too because I'm a book or two away from falling behind in my Goodreads Challenge.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Songs of the Moment 9/5/07

Songs of the Moment is a bi-monthly feature I started where I pick a song that represents the week, day or month; that fits with a moment I recently had. Or that's been on repeat.

These songs represent a moment in my life... 10 years ago. So not at all recently like that intro says. A full explanation can be found in an earlier repost from this morning: Letter To Me. I didn't give any explanation on that post but hoped it's pretty self-explanatory; it's a letter to myself 10 years ago today. Which was also my first day of senior year in high school. It was not a very good year. (Links to the full story can be found at the bottom on the previous link, since I'd rather not get too far into this story.)

Best of: Senior Year: Letter to Me

September 5, 2007

The only real friends you've had in high school just ditched you.
You don't really know why, it just happened.

Sound familiar?

Sorry to say it's not the first time that it's happened. And by this point you're wondering if it is something you do. Or don't do.

Can't really understand why supposedly good friends just forget you. Like you never existed.
Sadly this time you'll end up really screwed up, not being able to truly trust anyone.

So you're starting your senior year as the "lonely loser."
You know you can't be, too many people know you now. No one cares but they still notice. They might care but it's not a group you can naturally fit into.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Best of: Senior Year: Afterwards

This week marks 10 years since all this happened. Or began.

Part: 4 How Sad.
Part 3: It's All One Big Mood Swing
Part 2: Why Bother?
Part 1: Senior Year 2007 
This is the story of the first couple of months of my senior year in high school.
While definitely not a fascinating story, it's something that I would remember every September for years afterwards. Thankfully eight years later now it's all behind me and the only real reminder is that I am who I am today partially because of those few months.
My two main reasons for sharing this is because 1) It happened and 2) I've been wanting to share more of myself here.
This is going to be part journal entries from the time and part me now explaining everything (or at least trying to).

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Summer Reading Challenge End Post/ Challenge Up for Grabs

So ends my final Summer Reading Challenge. And I failed it.
As I said the first time I participated in this challenge, back in 2012 when it was still on it's original blog:
...I'm slightly blah, when it comes to reading lately, well what better way to get out of that funk or dive deeper into it (I do get antsy when it comes to timed challenges) than with a summer reading challenge!

Some things never change. And then some things do, like the future of this challenge. Again.

As I've shared in the introduction every year, I first participated in this challenge on another blog Kate's Book Club, but as far as I could tell Kate either changed blogs or just stopped because I couldn't find her, or the challenge, afterwards. I enjoyed the challenge so much that three years after I first participated I decided to bring it back (hopefully Kate wouldn't mind) on this blog.
But, flash forward another three years, I've decided that it's time to say goodbye to the blog; and along with it this challenge.
I'm currently trying to find it a new home so if anyone is interested in taking it over let me know.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Deal or Duel: An Alexander Hamilton Card Game - Review

In the face of the political instability and financial turmoil of the American Revolution, only one individual always came out on top: Alexander Hamilton. Pit your survival instincts and spending savvy against all the founding fathers (and mothers) in this historic action card game whose simple objective is as old as Ameritocracy itself: get all the money or die trying.

Inside You'll Find:
-54 Historical Face Cards
-120 Action Cards
-40 Hamilton Cards
-$3,500 Colonial Cash
-Face Card Roster Scroll
-Playing Mat

2-6 players
Ages 10 +

The Handy Men by Jamie K. Schmidt - Book Review - Repost*

34741847The Handy Men by Jamie K. Schmidt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published May 1st 2017 by Entangled Publishing LLC

Jack and Dean love each other, but they’re missing the woman to complete their triangle. When newly divorced Paige Richards buys a Bed and Breakfast on Hamlet Island and employs them to help her fix the inn up, Jack and Dean are sure they’ve found the one they’ve been looking for. Despite the playful, sexy clues they drop, luscious Paige is reticent about getting involved, even when they set the stage so she can stumble on them in action. They can tell by her responses she wants to join them, but rumors travel fast on the small island, and tales of a threesome could get back to the conservative, family vacation crowd who won’t patronize those with an alternative lifestyle. And the last thing they want for Paige is the B&B’s rooms…and her bank account…to remain empty. But Jack and Dean will stop at nothing to prove to Paige that she can have it all…with them.