Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Do or Die ~ Marly Mathews

You can find Marly here and buy Do or Die here.

Do Or DieThe world has changed. Ten years ago, Earth nearly crumbled beneath the might of an intergalactic War. The Enemy fought with destructive psychokinetic powers. Only a band of extraordinary humans stood in their path. They were known as the Gemini Order. Now, Shylah McKay and her kind are being persecuted for the very talents that saved Earth from ruination. But Shylah’s a mover and a shaker, and with her lover, Grayson, by her side, she’ll go to the ends of the Earth and beyond, to fight for her people.

The relationship Shylah and Grayson share isn’t your average love affair.  You see, he’s a ghost.  And to make things just that much more interesting – not everyone can see him.  Shylah’s a very talented telepath and celebrated war hero.  And someone’s after her friends.

Do or Die is a very well-written story that goes above and beyond your average romance.  Packed full of action and sprinkled with tender love scenes, you see not only Shylah’s intense love for Grayson, but also her devotion to her friends and family as well as her duty to her planet. 

In a world that eerily parallels our own current times, interplanetary tensions and prejudices strain relations between Normals and the Gifted as well as those from off world.  Between the gunshots, secrets are revealed and trusts are broken.  Everyone involved is forced to re-evaluate what they have come to know as true.  And that can be a shocking revelation.

Do or Die was my first of Ms. Mathews novels.  I can safely say that I will be going back for more before long. 

~Your Almost Happy New Year Celebrating Crazy Lady

Friday, December 26, 2008

Harlequin Violet: Blind Date ~ Emma Darcy/Mihoko Hirose

Catherine knew her sister meant well, but a blind date with a famous, handsome tycoon was not exactly what she needed. Zack Freeman was equally annoyed when his best friend defied him to leave work behind for a moment and have a little fun. When they met, Catherine saw desire in Zack's eyes, and it was clear he found her irresistible. Both were surprised to find their blind date turn into one unforgettable night with consequences that would change both their lives!

Harlequin offering manga?  Yeah, it's true.  And to be honest, this one wasn't all that bad!  Harlequin Violet is spicier than the Harlequin Pink manga, so be forewarned.  Although there isn't any explicit content, there is suggestive drawing.  That said, the story behind this was more complex and less fluffy than the Harlequin Pink titles I've read.  It's a cute, quick read and well worth it.

~TCBL

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Princess Ai: Volume 1

by: Misaho Kujiradou, Courtney Love and D. J. Milky

Available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com, TokyoPop.com and comic shops everywhere, I'm sure.

Ai is an alien who found herself on the streets of Tokyo with her clothes and her memory in tatters. Thanks to the kindness of a handsome, young college librarian named Kent, Ai started to piece together her past while she found work as a singer to earn some money. When a strange, dragon-winged female assassin from Ai's homeland tried to kill her, Ai agreed to a recording contract with H.T.A. in the hope that the powerful corporation might protect her from her enemies while enabling her to unlock her memories.

I haven't had a chance to read much manga lately and for obvious reasons.  It takes me about 45 minutes to an hour to read one volume.  And when they're $10 a pop, well, I don't invest in very many.  So, I have to rely on PaperBackSwap to help feed my addiction.  So, I was rather excited when I saw this pop up as available on my wish list a couple weeks ago.

The artwork in this manga is just gorgeous.  Very dark and angelic.  The story is enjoyable but the volume was much too short!  Just as you're starting to get to the real story, it ends.  But alas, I find that all too often with manga because, like comics and other graphic-type novels, you only have so many pages... ::sigh::

Overall, I enjoy it and cannot wait for volume 2 to arrive!

~TCL

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Wicked Burn ~ Beth Kery

You can find Beth here and Wicked Burn is EVERYWHERE!  Go Beth!

You can also find Beth and her cronies (aka Me, several other amazing authors and some assorted crazies) here

*coughs*

On with the review…

Wicked Burn

He wanted all of her…

Vic Savian knows what he wants when he sees it. And what he wants is his sexy neighbor, Niall Chandler. So when he sees her in the hallway of their building being harassed by an aggressive suitor, Vic makes his move—and finds himself greatly rewarded…

And did she ever let him have it…

Sleeping with her gorgeous neighbor—when she didn’t even know his last name—was the craziest thing Niall’s ever done. Now, she can’t seem to get enough of Vic—or the uninhibited passion he stirs in her. Suddenly, with his help, she’s opening to sensual pleasures she’s never known before. But when Niall’s past comes back to haunt her, will she and Vic let themselves venture beyond the bedroom and explore the possibility of love that’s in their hearts?

I have been waiting on this novel for a long time.  Winning an autographed ARC just made my whole year.  And then, real life intrudes and I only JUST finish what has to be one of the best books I’ve read all year (but then, I also read Subtle Magic this year too, so it could very well be a toss-up). 

Niall Chandler is emotionally damaged.  She’s been forcing herself through the motions for the last three and a half years until… Until the über-sexy Vic Savian comes to her rescue one night outside her apartment.  Neighbors that had no idea about the other, they come together that night and spontaneously combust.  Vic is sexy, driven, and elusive.  Niall is beautiful, intelligent, and every man’s dream.  Can such an explosive relationship move beyond the physical and become something more?

As emotionally intense as it is sexually explosive, Wicked Burn is full of real feelings and true heartaches.  Finding the strength to overcome what has gone before is a challenge each and every one of us faces every day.  For those of us lucky enough to have a helping hand and a shoulder to lean on, it’s easier more often than not.  But when you don’t have the special person to help you along, you can easily let it get the better of you.  I think that that’s one of the biggest reasons why Wicked Burn is so powerful – while very few of us have gone through what Niall has, we have all suffered loss and the things that come with it.  Finding Vic could very well be Niall’s saving grace.  And Vic’s too. 

A very passionate and real novel about two people stumbling into each other and finding what they never realized they needed.     

Vampire Oracle: Harmony ~ M. G. Braden

You can find M. G. Braden here and her novel here.

Recently engaged, Kara Staten and Marc Brodeur are in love, and Kara has a brand new business. Life is good. When things start to unravel, they struggle for the harmony they once had.

Unbeknownst to Kara, Marc’s a vampire trying to live a normal life. When her skincare salon produces a special serum that results in several fatal love bites, she doesn’t know where to turn. Hoping to keep her safe, Marc runs away. As their lives spin into separate paths, they find that what could tear them apart is the one thing that will ultimately keep them together.

I am always on the lookout for a good vampire story, especially one that breaks out of the usual stereotypes.  And while the ending was a bit common (although rather unexpected on my part), the story on the whole was very good, and different as well.

Marc does his best to pass as human and he had me fooled.  He was just your every day mild-mannered hotel exec taking it day by day… or was he?  Apparantly not!  And Kara, love that she not only had her own business but also that it was a salon.  Nice to see her putting her creative talents to use within the story as well. 

The only issue I had with the story in general was that it was too short.  Damn those word counts anyway!  And yeah, it goes both ways – the heavens only know I’ve run into entirely too many that should have been cut off several hundred pages sooner than they were… but I digress. 

Anyway, it wrapped up a bit too quickly for me. I’m a detail junkie (thanks sooooo much for THAT one Mr. King) and would have liked to know more.  But I was happy, I discovered what I needed to know and then moved on to the personal finish, which was very well done.  Marc and Kara got their HEA and it made for a nice finish to the story.  Overall, I loved it and would certainly reccommend it to anyone, vamp lover or otherwise.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Soiled Doves - Anne Seagraves

Anne Seagraves doesn't seem to have a webpage, however her books are available everywhere.  Mine was bought in Tombstone, AZ as a half birthday present, half gag gift.  Thanks, Red!

Soiled Doves: Prostitution in the Early West caught my eye in several stores during my trip to Tombstone, AZ this past October.  Having grown up in Las Vegas, NV, the topic wasn't unheard of by me, nor was it one of the things that was looked down on or disapproved of by me.  I mean, you do what you've go to do sometimes, right?  While in Tombstone, I learned two things that I probably should have known but surprised me anyway.  #1: Both Wyatt Earp's wife, Mattie, and his later wife, Josephine, were both prostitutes.  #2: Doc Holiday's girl, Kate (aka Big Nose Kate), was one as well.

Now, that probably shouldn't have surprised me, but it did.  After reading this glimpse back in time, I came to understand just how much these women were needed in the Old West.  Not only that, but they were often the first to supply money, time, or a place to rest for the ill, injured, and anyone affected by tragedy.

Life wasn't easy as a prostitute wasn't a citizen, ignored by the law and by society.  However, they were relied upon by many in the communities they lived and worked in.

I would have liked to had more in-depth stories on the women featured in this book, however, it was a good, educational read either way.  Well-written and very well researched.  I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in the women of the old west.

Friday, December 5, 2008

So, How Much of a Geek Am I, Really?

From those who think they know me, you might be told, ‘kinda’ or ‘pretty much’.  From those who REALLY know me?  Laughter.  All you’d get is laughter.

Why?  Because I am Über Geek.  And they know it.

Just to prove my point, let me say this: I recently joined the History Book of the Month Club.  Need I say more?  Well, okay, I can tell you what I just received in my first shipment.

Joan of Arc: Maid, Myth and Mystery – Timothy Wilson-Smith

Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography – David Michaelis

Romanovs: Ruling Russia 1613-1917 – Lindsey Hughes

The Mental Floss History of the World – Erik Sass and Steve Wiegand

So, now you know the extent of my Geekness.  Oh, that and I just received The Warning Label Book, but we’ll keep that just between us, k?

LOL

~TCBL

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

A Gift From Phaze Books!

A free download of hot Christmas shorts.  No, not those, I mean short stories.  Sheesh.  Get your mind out of the gutter.

Shameleslly copied and pasted out of their e-mail:

Phaze Christmas

As a way to thank our many readers, Phaze Books authors have contributed stories to a great free collection called "Up The Chmney He Rose..." This sexy holiday collection includes stories from Leigh Ellwood, Bridget Midway, Jae Knight, D. Musgrave, Michelle Houston, Jane Leopold Quinn, Jude Mason, Jamie Hill, Victoria Blisse and Lisabet Sarai!

Click this link to read the stories and enjoy! http://www.phaze.com/PhazeHolidayShorts.pdf

Happy holidays!

Phaze Books

www.Phaze.com

Exceptional Erotic Fiction

(and then go buy some books from them!)

~TCBL (wherein the ‘B’ stands for BOOKS this time)

Wait Till Your Vampire Gets Home ~ Michele Bardsley

You can find Michele here and her books EVERYWHERE!

To prove her journalistic chops, Libby Monroe ends up in Broken Heart, Oklahoma, chasing down bizarre rumors of strange goings-on—and finding vampires, lycanthropes, and zombies. She never expects to fall in lust with one of them, but vampire/single dad Ralph Genessa is too irresistible. Only the town is being torn in two by a war between the undead—and Libby may be the only thing that can hold Broken Heart together…

Once again, Michele Bardsley delivers a fun, fast-paced novel stuffed full of laughs and steamy love scenes.  I think that to date, Libby and Ralph’s story has been my favorite. I love the idea of a dragon added into the mix of paranormals in Broken Heart, OK.  But then, I’m rather partial to dragons in the first place. 

Each book gets better and better, the town rounding itself out more every chapter.  Well done Michele!  Can’t wait for the NEXT one! 

Monday, December 1, 2008

Today’s Quote

From Wait Till Your Vampire Gets Home by Michele Bardsley.

Now that I was paranormal, too, it was probably smarter to stay here than to live in the human world as a half dragon, half dork.” ~ Libby Monroe.

Kissing Casanova ~ Crystal B. Bright

You can find Crystal here and you can find Casanova here.

What started as a publicity stunt to jump start a professional wrestling company turns top wrestler, Casanova’s, life upside down. The owners hope a week-long expose article on their top wrestler will bring in new fans. Casanova is no fan of journalists, however, and he isn’t keen on the idea of opening up about his life, especially with the secrets he's trying to hide.

Unfortunately for him that’s all it takes to rivet Soledad Monroe’s interest in what was only a half hearted attempt at journalism. A rich, socialite-party girl, Soledad Monroe hates the fact that her parents have forced her to work as a journalist at one of their magazines almost as much as she resents her parents’ determination to steer her away from the altar, for Soledad, a seven-time divorcee, marries like it's a hobby. For a wrestler whose shtick is asking planted women in the audience to marry him, the world is waiting for him to propose and fill in spot number eight....

As crazy as this combination sounds, it works and works well!  Soledad is a spoiled brat doing just what she has to in order to keep from getting cut off.  Tyler is stuck in the horrors of his past and unable to trust.  Through a few mishaps and a lot of crossed wires, they eventually get to know one another and begin to trust all over again.

Very well written and spicy, without being overly graphic, Kissing Casanova was a nice change from your usual contemporary romance.  Full of laughs as well as tender moments.

Do You Twitter?

If you do, you MUST go check out DeadWords.  Author Jamieson Wolf has started a short story here and so far, it’s been amazing!

Check it out here: http://twitter.com/deadwords

Monday, November 24, 2008

Such a Pretty Fat ~ Jen Lancaster

You can find Jen Lancaster at Amazon.com, Borders, Barnes & Noble and all other great book stores!

"To whom the fat rolls…I'm tired of books where a self-loathing heroine is teased to the point where she starves herself skinny in hopes of a fabulous new life. And I hate the message that women can't possibly be happy until we all fit into our skinny jeans. I don't find these stories uplifting; they make me want to hug these women and take them out for fizzy champagne drinks and cheesecake and explain to them that until they figure out their insides, their outsides don't matter. Unfortunately, being overweight isn't simply a societal issue that can be fixed with a dose healthy of positive self-esteem. It’s a health matter, and here on the eve of my fortieth year, I've learned I have to make changes so I don't, you know, die. Because what good if finally being able to afford a pedicure if I lose a foot to adult onset diabetes?"

I had put this book on my wish list at PaperBackSwap solely on the merits of the title.   And I am so glad that I did!  You are dragged along behind Jen in her pursuit to lose weight and alienate everyone in the entire Chicagoland area.  However, she figures some things about herself and her family along the way.  Not to mention the plethora of laughs, wisecracks, and out and out insults that assault you along the way.  A great read if you’re looking for a good belly laugh; a must read if you are trying or have EVER tried to lose weight. 

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Trouble With Destiny ~ J. K. Coi

Visit JK Coi here and get The Trouble with Destiny here!

The Trouble With Destiny

Mild-mannered Sarah McInnes just wants to be left alone. She’s looking forward to finishing graduate school and then working a nice, normal nine-to-five job as an accountant. But when fate interferes with her carefully laid plans in the form of the mysterious and sexy Dorian, her life takes an unexpected detour.

Dorian is a take-no-prisoners kind of guy. For him, duty comes first. So when he intervenes one night to save Sarah from the murderous hands of a daemon and discovers she has the innate ability to fight them, he of course steps in and offers to train her. Daemons notwithstanding, the job would be much easier and their relationship less complicated if Dorian didn’t also happen to be the hottest thing this side of hell.

Now instead of spending her nights in the library Sarah spends them with Dorian, keeping the city safe from monsters and sending them back where they belong. Whether she wants to or not, Sarah has to face the facts: daemons exist, she possesses the power to kill them, and she may never make it to Calculus on time again.

That’s the Trouble with Destiny...

In true Buffy fashion, Sarah McInnes attacks her destiny with strength, skill and a quick wit.  This lighthearted, yet very sexy story captured me from the first sentence and had me laughing and sighing ever after.  Well-written and well-executed, J. K. Coi leaves you wondering at the end, hoping for just a hint at the future. 

Friday, November 14, 2008

Black Ambrosia ~ Elizabeth Engstrom

Sadly, the book is currently out of print, however Amazon.com may have a copy in their marketplace, as might PaperbackSwap or other used book stores. 

Front cover of Black Ambrosia

Young Angelina Watson packs a backpack and heads out on her own, knowing that there is something a little bit different about her. Through her extraordinary travels and the strange things teenage girls can talk themselves into, Angelina believes herself to be a vampire. She willingly taps into the darkness that exists within each of us, embraces it, forges a lover's bond with it, and becomes one with it.

She is pursued by Boyd, an idealistic young man who can't decide if he loves her or hates her, and his obsession for doing "right" makes him a mirror of that for which he seeks.

This was one of the most unique, original vampire novels I have ever read.  Despite her constant battle within herself, she is always fully aware of what is going on around her.  She leads Boyd on the chase of his life only to end where it once began.  Each chapter is told from Angelina’s point of view with ‘interviews’ at the end from those she meets in each chapter or from Boyd.  Refreshing style and a great story.

Very highly recommended if you can find a copy!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Always You ~ Belinda McBride

Find Belinda here and buy Always You here.

In the future, we don't choose our mates; Nature chooses for us. Nature doesn't make mistakes. And if you don't pay attention to Nature's Imperative, you suffer.

She could always get under his skin. He could always send her spinning into fury. Marilyn and Neil aren’t like oil and water, they’re like dynamite and a fuse! Not only do these co-workers hate each other, but Mari’s still in love with her ex-husband, and Neil? Well, Neil is gay.

Nature’s got some explaining to do.

The second novel in Belinda McBride’s Imperative series, Always You  again tackles the question of whether Nature really knows what she’s doing or not.  Neil’s struggles with his sexuality and Marilyn’s struggles with her self-image combine into an intense story of self-discovery and forgiveness. 

I love the whole idea of the Imperative.  Makes for some interesting stories, as she has shown us.  I also love the way she brings back the trio from Missing You for a sort of cameo appearance in this story.  Nice to know that group is still alive and well!  All in all, a very emotional, very steamy novel that is more than well-worth the read!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Call of the Wild ~ Sierra Dafoe

Find Sierra here and by the book here.

Call of the Wild by Sierra  Dafoe

Welcome to Wolf Creek Cove...

In an isolated area of northern Manitoba lives an unusual breed of wolf. They are the Shumani, the wolves who walk as men. But the longer they go without contact with humans, the more they regress into wild wolves.

Larak and his den-brother Kam watched helplessly as the Shumani dwelling in the hills above Wolf Creek were taken over by Hunt, a vicious black wolf who will do anything to retain control of the pack. Now, with the arrival of the only human they've seen since cubhood, Larak and Kam vow to end Hunt's domination.

Sarah Hartwell, domestic disaster and wolf aficonado, has left her fiance to spend eight months studying the wolves. Little does she know she will become a pawn in the battle for control of the Shumani -- a pawn Hunt is determined to remove from the game.

Can Larak and Kam convince her to give up a safe, secure life among her own kind for one of danger, passion, and the call of the wild?

I'll admit it, I think that the wolf-shifter/werewolf thing has been done to death.  I feel the same way about vampires, however I have an undead fetish that just won't rest... So, when I looked at Call of the Wild, I wondered what it could bring to persuade me to feel otherwise about the shifter genre in general.

Sierra Dafoe not only brings you to a beautiful, isolated area in far northern Canada, she also brings the action with her.  Fast-paced and engrossing, you're constantly wanting to know what's going to happen next, when Sarah's going to figure it all out and will she stay or will she go? 

Sarah has given up on men after leaving a bad relationship.  Larak and Kam are wary of the human in their lands.  However, when Kam is injured, Sarah takes the wolf -and his human-looking (and very naked) possible poacher - in to heal.  Only to discover the wolf is not just a wolf... and the (very naked) man is not just a man...

This was my first of Sierra's books and I was so happy when I got her newsletter in the e-mail this morning alerting me to a sequel.  And thank the gods, she really left us hanging at the end of this one!  I will definitely be looking into more of her work and soon.

Black Planet: Little Dragon ~ Belinda McBride

Find Belinda here and get the book HERE!

Black Planet: Little Dragon by Belinda  McBride

Following a devastating injury, Detective Rose "Little Dragon" Lee takes a courier job to make payments on her ship. The job was easy...safe...until her ship is captured by the dangerous, war-like Nephris.

Nephris Commander Arad Soheil immediately recognizes his captive as the one person his government would most like to capture and terminate. Arad immediately files a property claim on the dangerous female, making her part of his household. Rose means more to him than a warm body in his bed or a vessel for his children. She holds the key to his freedom and his sanity, to his very life.

Because Arad Soheil is not what he seems, and his time is running out.

First, I have to confess that I'm a dork, and while most of you reading this will already KNOW that it is true, I have to clarify this for those who don't really know me.  I read these books backwards.  Yeah, I know, not devastating news, but I think they would have flowed a bit better had I read them in order. LOL  Oh well...   

Belinda McBride has me green with envy - she has a real talent for creating alternate/futuristic worlds with races of aliens that not even Gene Roddenberry could have dreamed up.  I love the fact that her heroines are tiny, but powerful women, hell-bent on doing things their way and making it work.  And to add fuel to the fire - she writes gripping stories that make you hunger for more.  I highly recommend both the Black Planet series and the Imperative series, both from  Changeling Press.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Some Joe Fanfic to Chew On

Yeah, I know.  I’m a closet G. I. Joe-aholic.  Er, okay, that’s not exactly true either.  I’m pretty open about my obsession.

Anyway, a very kind lady on a Joe-related list mentioned two fanfics pairing my favorite of the Joe women, Lady Jaye, with one half of the Crimson Twins, Tomax.  When she mentioned it, I was totally appalled – I mean really!  Tomax?  Not that Xamot is any better but still!  ::shudders::  However… these two stories were so well written that I couldn’t help but be impressed.

So, go forth and read my young friends… LOL  Even if you’re as squicked out by this pairing as I was, you might just enjoy it.  I know I did, in a weird, voyeuristic sort of way…

The Tiger’s Cage ~ Lady Jaye encounters Tomax face to face for the first time while he's held prisoner during the events of "Pyramid of Darkness."

Dinner for Three ~ Whether Xamot likes it or not, Tomax takes Lady Jaye out for dinner. The one brother stays behind as an outlet for that which the other can not display in front of his guest.

And ya know what?  I think there’s another somewhere…

And now that I’ve looked, I was wrong… there were two more. LOL

The Jungle ~ The Joes try to stop a Cobra plot, and get more than they bargained for.

From Russia With Love ~ Lady Jaye goes the James Bond route. Updated with Epilogue-spoilers for Issue 43

The last is definitely my favorite, but they’re all worth reading, Joe fan or not.  Thanks Bonnie!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Michael Crichton,'Jurassic Park' writer, dies at 66

 

 

OBITUARIES

Michael Crichton,'Jurassic Park' writer, dies at 66

Keith Meyers/The New York Times

Michael Crichton directed movies and created the television series "ER" in addition to writing thriller novels.

 

By William Grimes

Published: November 6, 2008

 

Michael Crichton, whose technological thrillers like "The Andromeda Strain" and "Jurassic Park" had dominated best-seller lists for decades and had been translated into Hollywood mega-hits, died Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 66 and lived in Santa Monica, California.

A statement released by his family gave the cause as cancer.

A doctor by training - he also created the hit television series "ER" - Crichton used fiction to explore the moral and political problems posed by modern technology and scientific breakthroughs, which in his books defied human control or ended up as tools used for evil ends. In his fictional worlds, human greed, hubris and the urge to dominate were just as powerful as the most advanced computers.

Crichton's fast-paced narratives often involved the arcana of medical technology, computer science, chaos theory or genetic engineering. But by combining old-fashioned storytelling with up-to-date, gee-whiz science, the books made for a compelling formula that was adapted easily by Hollywood. His books sold in the tens of millions and almost routinely became movies, many of them blockbusters like "Jurassic Park" and the sequel, "The Lost World," as well as "Rising Sun."

Reviewers often complained that Crichton's characters were wooden, that his ear for dialogue was tin and that his science was suspect.

Environmentalists raged against his skeptical views on climate change, first expressed in the 2004 novel "State of Fear" and subsequently in various public forums. Even his severest critics, however, confessed to having been seduced by his plots and unable to resist turning the pages, rapidly.

"He had a ferocious, brilliant intellect and the ability to write entertaining narratives," said Lynn Nesbitt, his agent since "The Andromeda Strain." "I can't think of many writers who can match that."

John Michael Crichton was born in Chicago, the oldest of four children, and grew up in Roslyn, New York, on Long Island. His father was the editor of Advertising Age and later president of the American Association of Advertising Agencies.

At Harvard, after a professor had criticized his writing style, the younger Crichton changed his major from English to anthropology and graduated summa cum laude in 1964. He then spent a year teaching anthropology on a fellowship at Cambridge University. In 1966, he entered Harvard's medical school and began writing on the side to help pay tuition.

Under the pseudonym John Lange, he wrote eight thrillers. Under the name Jeffery Hudson, he wrote "A Case of Need" (1968), a medical detective novel that revolved around the moral issues posed by abortion. It won an Edgar Award for best novel.

In 1969, after having earned his medical degree, Crichton moved to La Jolla, California, and spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Already inclining toward a writing career, he tilted decisively with "The Andromeda Strain," a medical thriller about a group of scientists racing against time to stop the spread of a lethal organism from outer space code-named Andromeda.

With a breakneck, suspenseful plot that played out against a carefully researched scientific setting, the novel - he was now writing under his own name - became an enormous best-seller and a successful 1971 Hollywood film, a pattern that was to be repeated many times in the years to come. More than a dozen of Crichton's novels were made into movies, and he turned his hand to directing, screenwriting and producing for film and television along the way.

After having published the nonfiction book "Five Patients: The Hospital Explained" (1970), Crichton returned to the best-seller list with "The Terminal Man" (1972), an updated "Frankenstein" in which an accident victim goes on a killing spree after a tiny computer implant, intended to control his brain, malfunctions. Technology, for Crichton, never worked quite the way it was intended.

Having directed "Pursuit," an adaptation of one of his early novels, for television, Crichton turned to film, directing the low-budget "Westworld" (1973), for which he had written the screenplay, about a virtual-reality theme park that made it possible to enter ancient Rome or the old West.

Crichton followed up that quirky project with a series of departures. In the novel "The Great Train Robbery" (1975), he turned back the clock to Victorian England to tell the story of a genteel archcriminal (played by Sean Connery in the film) who relieves a speeding train of its cargo of gold bullion. That was followed by the novel "Eaters of the Dead" (1975), in which he plunged into the mist-shrouded world of the Vikings. "Jasper Johns" (1977), a straightforward biography of the painter, completed that set of projects.

After directing his adaptation of the Robin Cook novel "Coma," with Genevieve Bujold in the starring role, Crichton returned to familiar territory in the novel "Congo" (1980), about a team of hunters on a jungle expedition in search of a rare variety of diamond capable of being transformed into a power source more efficient than nuclear energy.

A remarkably facile writer, with a restless imagination, Crichton continued to juggle roles as a novelist, screenwriter and director. His marital schedule was also crowded; Crichton married five times.

He is survived by his wife, the former Sherri Alexander, and by a daughter, Taylor.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Northern Lights ~ Christie Cole

I can’t see that the author has a webpage yet, but you can buy her book here

Northern Lights

When Judith Caldwell leaves urban Washington, DC to accept a teaching position in Michigan’s remote Upper Peninsula, is she hoping to recapture an idealized memory of summer vacations spent in that beautiful wilderness, or is she defying her fiancé, Kent, who has put their wedding on hold?

The moment Judith sets foot in Michigan, a hotel fire destroys her possessions. Instead of teaching high school, she is assigned to an elementary school where she must learn to relate to young children. The Andersons, with whom she will be living, are no longer the happy family she remembers, and most disturbing of all… her old playmate Paul has matured into a ruggedly handsome and strangely secretive ladies’ man who seems determined to upset Judith’s equilibrium.

The attraction between Judith and Paul is immediate and powerful, but each comes to the relationship with hidden scars and insecurities. Both have lost fathers, and Paul’s hero, his older brother, has died in a freak mine accident. Commitment seems impossible because Judith is engaged to another, while Paul is hiding an indiscretion from his past so dark that no one speaks of it.

As the year unfolds, the couple confronts many challenges, including a near brush with death as history tries to repeat itself. In spite of the obstacles, Judith and Paul’s forbidden passion heats up the northern nights and leads to a surprising conclusion.

 I was hooked from the moment I started reading this debut novel of Christie Cole’s.  Not being a first person POV hater like a lot of people, I was eager to dive right in.  It didn’t take me long to discover that Christie Cole has a very unique manner of presenting first person.  First, the narrator almost seems to be looking back on the story as opposed to telling it as it’s happening.  I know that sounds odd, but if you read it, you’ll understand.  Also, several times throughout the story, you are treated to Paul’s point of view on what’s going on.  This is a nice change of pace.  You just start to think, “I wonder what Paul thinks about this?” and viola!  You find out.  However, she doesn’t overuse this option either.

The story is packed full of action, tension, growing, learning, and lots of goof-ups on EVERYONE’S part.  Very well-written and I’m certainly looking forward to more stories by this author.

~TCBL

Imperative: Missing You ~ Belinda McBride

Okay, as you all know, I’m all for supporting my favorite authors!  And well, Belinda’s not just a great author, she’s a great person as well.  So, when I saw she’d posted a book trailer for the first book in her Imperative series, I knew I had to share with you.

 

All I can say is that Mother Nature doesn’t play nice. LOL  The premise behind this series is so different from anything else I’ve ever read that I couldn’t help but buy Missing You.  I was immediately hooked.  I currently have Always You, book #2 in this series, sitting on my desktop just BEGGING to be read.

So, go forth and buy books!  You can find Belinda hereMissing You  and Always You are available through Changeling Press.

~The Crazy Book Whoring Promo Ho Lady

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Fool Moon ~ Jim Butcher

Book 2 in The Dresden Files

Available at all major book stores.

Picking up a few months after where Storm Front left off, Fool Moon puts poor Harry Dresden smack dab in the middle of hell right from the start. 

Karrin Murphy, head of Chicago’s Special Investigations force, is ticked at Harry for not giving her full disclosure in the events of the previous spring.  Feeling as if she can no longer trust him, she refrains from calling him in on any cases to consult.  Therefore, Harry suffers.

Until a brutally murdered corpse shows up and Murphy knows she needs Harry to stop this mysterious killer before he kills again.  Even more intense and action packed than the first in the series, Fool Moon doesn’t stop once it’s started.  Harry Dresden and anyone within a ten-foot radius is taken on the wildest ride of their lives.

Jim Butcher, while impressive with his first novel in the series, has grown by leaps and bounds in this, the second Dresden Files novel.  Outside sources keep telling me that they get better and better every novel, and I’m beginning to believe them.  So happy to know that I have book 3, Grave Peril, tucked into my desk here, just waiting on me…

~TCL

Monday, October 27, 2008

Better Than Chocolate ~ Lacey Savage

Okay, there.  I’ve said it.  If there IS anything ‘Better than Chocolate’ it was certainly this story!

And before I go any further, let me first say this: I am a total Lacey fangirl.  And sadly, poor Lacey knows it.  The first novel of hers that I read was Elves Gone Wild and let me tell you – it had me running for a Popsicle!

Now, the important stuff:

www.laceysavage.com

Buy here.

Silvana McCurdy is losing her mind. She hasn't had a good night's sleep in six weeks, all because of a dream lover who insists on playing out every one of her sexual fantasies -- even the kinky, bold, and disturbing ones. If only he was real... she could figure out a way to deal with him then.

But he is real. And when Silvana meets Rafael, she's shocked by the tumultuous effect he has on her. Just by touching her, he threatens to unleash the dragon that lies dormant inside her soul. And that's a risk she's not willing to take. So she runs away from the man who's slowly ruining her life and takes shelter inside Madame Periwinkle's Erotic Delights shop.

Yet the surprises don't stop there. Madam Periwinkle offers Silvana a solution in the shape of a perfectly crafted chocolate dildo. Too bad magical dildos don't come with instructions. Silvana has no idea whether she should she eat it, insert it, or dangle it in a circular pattern before her eyes like she's seen hypnotists do on TV. Still, she's willing to try anything, even if it means she has to risk exposing her deepest secrets... and her heart.

I will never cease to be amazed at how an author can not just give you a complete story in so few pages, but also draw you in, capture your imagination and give you such well-developed characters.  Lacey excels in this area.  You go in feeling like you know most of her characters. 

Better than Chocolate is no exception.  She takes the idea of a lonely shape-shifting dragon and runs from there.  After a confrontation with the man from her dreams – in real life on the subway -  Silvana rushes into the safety of an erotic toy store.  Little does she know, that chance encounter with Madam Periwinkle would change everything.

Steamy even by Lacey’s standards, Better than Chocolate is an exciting romp with fun, intriguing characters.  Love the idea of the dragon shifter (soooo bored with your usual sifters thank you and yeah, I know, I’ll be shot at dawn for that comment…) and the problems that she has make things so much more interesting.  And *cough* seriously, how can you pass up the idea of a chocolate dildo?

~TCBL, suddenly craving a Hershey bar…  

Sunday, October 26, 2008

When the Past Came Back - Carol Braswell

Yeah, I know... shocking I found time to read something other than slash fanfic, huh?  LOL

http://www.carolbraswell.com/

Buy here.

A successful attorney, Danielle Ward, is kidnapped by her ex-fiancé, Dakota Davis and whisked away to a secluded island, somewhere in the Caribbean. She encounters a web of secret government agencies that are pursuing a high-powered drug cartel in South America. This headstrong woman is determined to find the underlying reason why her ex betrayed her then eighteen months later suddenly re-enters her life. In order to learn the truth, she must take on a very evil drug dealer and his army of assassins.

Enter the world of a suspenseful, action packed adventure with love thrown in as a motivating factor.

Now, being an admitted one-time romance novel avoider, I still tend to avoid contemporary romances.  Why?  I have no idea.  Probably because the things that hooked me on reading in the first place were horror and fantasy - escapism to the max.  Contemporary romance to me just seemed... pointless.  However, after such books like Beth Kery's Gateway to Heaven, I came to realize that there are some amazingly well-written and intriguing contemporary stories out there.

When the Past Came Back is one such story.  Packed full of action, surprises, twists and turns, you never know what is coming next.  And honestly?  You're not ever left waiting for long either.  Dani is conflicted and confused, she feels betrayed, and yet, despite her fears, she gives Cody a chance.  She does hold him at arm's length, but he at least has the opportunity to make things right again.  Cody, on the other hand, is calm, cool, and in charge.  He is the alpha male minus the alpha, if that's possible.  He takes charge, but never becomes domineering or overbearing.

Embarrassing fact about me: I HATE, LOATHE, and DESPISE alpha males.  I wanna smack the crap out of them most times.  I mean, hello!  While I'm not the kind of woman who has to be in control 24/7, I do not like being bossed and or ordered around.  So, why would I want to read about a man who is a control freak?  LOL  That's why I like Dakota Davis so much - he has that strong, alpha male potential, but he never crosses that line.

So, now that I've gabbed your eyeballs blurry, go buy this book.  It was well-written and kept you wanting to find out 'what next'!  I loved the surprises and even the 'I saw that coming' moments wound up surprising you just a bit. 

Okay... and next up is Lacey Savage's Madame Periwinkle's Erotic Delights: Better Than Chocolate.  How can you resist a story that involves a chocolate dildo?  I mean, come on!  And damn, me without my Popsicles... Lacey would be so disappointed...

~TCBL

Friday, October 24, 2008

SCORE!

In traveling to Toys 'R' Us to buy a birthday gift for a friend's child, my husband makes the mistake of suggesting we go into Borders for a drink and a lookie-loo.  He ought to know by now that me and lookie-loos do not go together well.

Especially not when said bookstore is having a buy two, get one free sale.

<insert evil laughter here>

Soo... this is my haul (and I want to preface this by saying HE STARTED IT - I'd have been happy with three paperbacks but he HAD to show me Drizzt!!):

The Pirate King (Transitions, Book II) - R. A. Salvatore

Luskan in flames!

The Arcane Brotherhood, a cabal of powerful wizards with a dangerous secret agenda, have infiltrated the Hosttower of the Arcane, seizing control of the port city of Luskan. No one has been able to stand against them, and their iron hand is beginning to squeeze the life blood from the city. Captain Deudermont doesn't like what he sees, and is determined to save Luskan from the Arcane Brotherhood -- and itself. But he may be not be able to do both.

The Stowaway (Story of Tymora, Volume I) - R. A. and Geno Salvatore

From the author of more than a dozen New York Times best sellers and his son, comes the first installment of a brand-new fantasy trilogy written just for young readers...

Barely a teen and already guarding a secret that could jeopardize his young life, Maimun is marked for death. With the help of a mysterious stranger, the boy escapes his village and flees out to sea, stowing away on the pirate hunting ship, Sea Sprite, where he comes across a most unlikely ally: the dark elf Drizzt Do'Urden. With a half-demon determined to destroy him, and a crew of sailors resentful of the trouble he's caused, Maimun must find the courage to prove his worth, both to his friends and to himself.

Nearly two decades ago, R.A. Salvatore introduced the world to Drizzt Do'Urden in a series that has since become a fantasy classic and a consistent presence on best seller lists. Now, for the first time, Salvatore partners with his son Geno to craft a brand-new story just for young readers, featuring a cameo of the most beloved fantasy character of all time.

For young readers seeking the next great fantasy saga or for long-time fans who can't miss any installment in the Drizzt saga, this book delivers all the action, intrigue, and magic you've come to expect from the Salvatore name.

Living With the Dead (Women of the Otherworld, Book 9) - Kelley Armstrong

When Robyn Peltier—a very human PR rep—is framed for murder, the two people most determined to clear her name are half-demon tabloid reporter Hope Adams, and necromancer homicide detective John Findlay.  And suddenly Robyn finds herself in the heart of a world she never knew existed—and which she is safer knowing nothing about....

 

And ya know what?  I got the most expensive book, The Pirate King ($27.95), for FREE because it was 40%, thus making it the lowest priced book.  LOL  So, I got THREE hardcovers ($17.95, $22.00, and $27.95) for $43.  Not too shabby, huh?  LOL

Now I've just gotta find some time to READ!!!

Hades Paradox

Today’s Harry Potter Fanfic Rec

LOL

Hades Paradox (NC 17)

Title: Hades Paradox
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco
Rating: NC-17
Summary: For reasons unknown to most, Draco Malfoy came to Hogwarts soon after the battle and for five years had never left its premises. Auror Harry Potter comes to Hogwarts to deal with his psychological daemons, but soon realises Professor Draco Malfoy has his own magical and physical daemons to deal with. However, much to Harry's surprise, Draco is coping well with help from the person Harry aspires to be.
Warnings: rimming, snowballing, threesome, med-light BDSM
Total word count: approx 32,500

Do ya’ll think it a bit sick and twisted that I’m enjoying these stories so much?  LOL

Monday, October 20, 2008

Jolene & Jolene Deux

Discovered the first half of this fanfic through a Harry Potter Recs group at Yahoo.  I immediately fell for the vivid writing and bizarre premise.  However, it so works in this story!

Title: Jolene
Author: romaine24
Word Count: 22257
Characters/Pairings: Harry/Draco
Rating: NC-17
Summary: Harry comes back from a mandatory holiday and finds that an Auror raid on his favourite establishment could expose his biggest secret. However, another has even more secrets than he does at stake. Warnings: mpreg, gender bender, minor character death.

Link: http://romaine24.livejournal.com/26551.html

Then, to my surprise, a friend sent me the link to the follow up to Jolene, Jolene Deux, One Year Later. 

Title: Jolene Deux (One Year Later)

Author: romaine24
Pairing: harry/draco
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: approx 5k
Summary: Draco makes special plans after being told by his Healer that he's fully recovered from being pregnant and having given birth to his and Harry's daughter, Violet. I hope you enjoy this little glimpse into Harry's and Draco's future life together after Draco and Jolene were integrated. The story begins immediately after where Jolene ended.

Link: http://romaine24.livejournal.com/73155.html#cutid1

If you read it and you like it, be sure to let the author know! 

~Your Favorite Book Whore (and fanfic whore but we're not goin' there)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

For My Darling Harry ~ Harry Potter Fanfic

GREAT story at The Hex Files (http://www.thehexfiles.net/index.php)

For My Darling Harry... (PG-13) by oldenuf2nobetter | Reviews - 19 | Words: 7964 | Completed: Yes

(link: http://www.thehexfiles.net/viewstory.php?sid=11568)

Sometimes, following your heart can lead to gifts you'd not expected.

Chapters:
1
Published:
2008.08.01

Category:
One-Shot (Adult)
Updated:
2008.08.02

Warnings:
Angst, Hurt/Comfort
Genres:
Hurt/Comfort, Romance

Monday, October 13, 2008

Quote of the Day

Each time we re-read a book we get more out of it because we put more into it; a different person is reading it, and therefore it is a different book.
-- Muriel Clark

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Go Forth and Blog with Mark Henry!

Author of Happy Hour of the Damned and all-around fun guy!

Rachel at Bitten by Books is hosting him as a guest blogger today so head on over and check out his nifty Halloween decorations – totally a man after my own heart! 

So, why are you waiting?  Go, read, win prizes, have fun!  He’s HERE!

~TCBL

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

New Book Alert - The Immortals: The Calling

Immortals by Jennifer Ashley: Book Cover

Lookie what arrived in my mailbox yesterday!

Seven centuries after his brother Tain disappears during battle, immortal warrior Adrian thinks he may have finally found him. The same demon that captured Tain has recently murdered a witch in Seattle. Adrian arrives in time to save the witch's sister, Amber Silverthorne, but once again the demon disappears without a trace. The only clue is in Amber's sister's notebook. Adrian must now work closely with Amber if he not only wants to find Tain but also keep dark magic from taking over the world. Deftly mixing dangerous adventure, dark magic, and a surfeit of scorching chemistry between her hero and heroine, Ashley creates an addictively readable romance, the first in a marvelously original new paranormal series that is bound to cast its own bewitching spell over readers.

I've had several people recommend this series to me and I was excited to see it arrive in my mailbox.  Will be letting you know what I think of it for sure!

~TCBL

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Road to Olympia

http://amandacarrell.com/fusion/php-files/news.php

Buy here.

Two wounded hearts, one ancient mystery, and a love that’s more powerful than tragedy.

After the tragic murders of her entire family, Olympia Abbott vows to continue their generations-long search for The Statue of Zeus. There are only two problems standing in her way—she’s run out of money, and she’s lost the willpower to deny her feelings for her long-term research partner, Lucas Cole.

Lucas Cole is no stranger to vows. When his best friend, Troy Abbott, was brutally murdered, he had to swear to keep his hands off Troy’s sister. There’s only one problem with that—he can’t seem to fight his feelings for her any longer. He’s wanted her for too long, has loved her even longer.

With the discovery of the Statue of Zeus drawing near, they’re both running out of time. Who will make the first move, and what will it cost?

I can’t even begin to tell you how intrigued I was to find a book set not just in Greece, but at an archeological site!  Dr. Rafferty, my college geography teacher, was an anthropologist by trade and really instilled a love for archeology and anthropology in me.  That said, this story was entirely too short!  I want to know more!  What happened really to Olympia’s family?  What comes next?  I’m a greedy reader, I can’t help it.

However, The Way to Olympia is a fast-paced and highly enjoyable story.  Lucas is conflicted: he loves Olympia but he promised her brother, on his deathbed, that he wouldn’t touch her.  Olympia has her own ideas, having been in love with Lucas for as long as she could remember.  It seems that their hunt for the elusive Statue of Zeus is nearly as impossible as their coming together and becoming a couple. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Done for Today

Okay, so I think that’s about enough for today.  LOL  I even caught up my 100,000 Book Challenge Blog as well.  Yay me!

Still to come:

Turquoise Dreams – Betty Hanawa

New Moon – Stephenie Meyer (and I think I misspelled that LOL)

Vampaholic – Harper Allen

Cherokee Christmas – Sheri WhiteFeather

Letting Go – Viviane Brentanos

All Soul’s Night – Jennifer Armintrout (and a story about my FIL)

Neptune’s Lair – Dorothy McFalls

and most likely The Way to Olympia – Amanda Carrell – because it’s only 48 pages and shouldn’t take me long to read.

Other stuff I’m reading:

Finishing Tempt Me With Darkness by Shayla Black.  Eager to get into my ARC of Wicked Burn by Beth Kery, and I just got Crate and Peril by J. D. Warren (follow up to Bedlam, Bath & Beyond) in the mail today.

Night!

~TCBL

A Note on Joe Abercrombie

While perusing his website (www.joeabercrombie.com), I came across a contact link for this man that has so inspired my husband to plow through three books in record time.  So, being the author stalker that I am, I sent him an e-mail.

It read:

My husband has enjoyed The First Law books so much that, once he finished Before They Are Hanged, he went on a desperate search for Last Argument of Kings, only to discover it wasn't out here in the states yet.  So, being the good wife (and book whore) that I am, I ordered it from Amazon.com.uk just so he didn't have to wait.  He finished it last night and now he's sad.    Me?  I'm only just starting Before They Are Hanged, so I've got some time yet. 

Thanks - It's been too long since I've read such a great fantasy series.

How freaking surprised to you think I was to receive a reply from him just ten days later?

His read:

I’m glad I’ve made your husband sad.

Hopefully I can make you sad too, and him even sadder in the future.

Is that wrong of me?

Best,

Joe Abercrombie

Is it any surprise that I love this man?

~TCBL

The Blade Itself

www.joeabercrombie.com

Available at ALL your favorite bookstores…

Blurb:

Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Caught in one feud too many, he's on the verge of becoming a dead barbarian - leaving nothing behind him but bad songs, dead friends, and a lot of happy enemies.

Nobleman, dashing officer, and paragon of selfishness, Captain Jezal dan Luthar has nothing more dangerous in mind than fleecing his friends at cards and dreaming of glory in the fencing circle. But war is brewing, and on the battlefields of the frozen North they fight by altogether bloodier rules.

Inquisitor Glokta, cripple turned torturer, would like nothing better than to see Jezal come home in a box. But then Glokta hates everyone: cutting treason out of the Union one confession at a time leaves little room for friendship. His latest trail of corpses may lead him right to the rotten heart of government, if he can stay alive long enough to follow it.

Enter the wizard, Bayaz. A bald old man with a terrible temper and a pathetic assistant, he could be the First of the Magi, he could be a spectacular fraud, but whatever he is, he's about to make the lives of Logen, Jezal, and Glotka a whole lot more difficult.

Murderous conspiracies rise to the surface, old scores are ready to be settled, and the line between hero and villain is sharp enough to draw blood. Unpredictable, compelling, wickedly funny, and packed with unforgettable characters, The Blade Itself is noir fantasy with a real cutting edge.

My husband stumbled upon this series and when he started raving about it, I just had to find out what was so exciting about it!  See, he’s not much of a reader (although he was so excited when I came home with Brisinger for him yesterday), so if he raves about a book, I know I have to read it.

Let me start by saying that, so far, Logen is by far my favorite character in this series.  He’s charming in a rough sort of way, funny, and very thoughtful.  Just what everyone wants in their barbarian, right?

This first installment in The First Law trilogy kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.  I had such a hard time putting it down!  The characters are wide and varied in personality and background and yet, every one has their bit of appeal, good, bad or otherwise.  A central theme of humor runs through this classic fantasy tale, lightening up the seriousness just a bit.  I can’t wait to get into book 2, Before They Are Hanged, which is by my chair at home, waiting.

~TCBL

Bizenghast Volume 1

TokoyoPop manga, available pert near everywhere.

Dinah, a teen who lost her parents in a car accident, lives with her aunt in a decrepit house in a run-down mill town in Bizenghast, MA. Dinah, who was also in the car, suffers from fits that keep her on the brink of madness and allow her to see ghosts. Her only friend is Vincent, a dreamy blond boy, and together they sneak out of the oppressiveness of the house for adventures. On one such excursion they come upon Bizenghast's biggest secret–an abandoned church and graveyard that no one can prove is really there. The teens disturb the inhabitants, and the consequence for Dinah is either to help the otherworldly creatures to release lost souls or to become one herself. Dinah is an interesting character with a quirky sense of style that will appeal to followers of the burgeoning gothic Lolita look. The story has a dreamlike quality, and the hint of possible romance with Vincent adds to the suspense. This first volume is chillingly spooky and fans will look forward to the next installment.

The artwork is superb and I am hooked on the story already.  I can’t wait to see how it progresses.  Have volume 2 on my wish list at PBS and am #5 of 5 so far… LOL  The characters draw you in and the story really holds you.

The Long Road Home

www.carolwebb.net

longroadhome

Buy it here.

Travel across the country with her old lover, John McDonnell--and his girlfriend? Impossible. But Clarisse Madison is desperate. Terrified of flying and unable to drive long stretches because of a knee surgery, she sees no other way to get from New York to San Diego and her sister ’s wedding.

Three years ago, a plane crash disfigured her leg and destroyed her career as a model. Self-esteem crushed and fearful of rejection, Clarisse severed her relationship with John. Now, forced to travel across the country with him and his girlfriend, Vivian, she is determined to hide her disfigurement. Driving through state after state and mile after mile, though, she begins to fall in love all over again. But can anything come of it? Can she overcome her pride for the sake of love?

Again, another contemporary novel that I went into wondering why.  LOL  That’s what I get for telling them to ‘give me whatever’s next…” I suppose.  But I really did enjoy this story, even if I wanted to bitch slap Vivian and kick John in the ass!  I mean really, John!  I get that you were hurt, been there, done that, but get over yourself already!  LOL  (Sorry Ms. Webb, I couldn’t help myself there).

But seriously…

The Long Road Home is an emotional roller coaster of a story. The intense passion that immediately flares between John and Clarisse upon reuniting is snuffed by anger, fear, and regret, only to be relit again and again by genuine emotion and humor. A story of self-discovery and forgiveness, Ms. Webb weaves an intriguing tale of what you only think are two stereo-typical people. Vivian is a character that you will love to hate, but has her place and really forces the story along its path home.

So there self… take that and start reading more contemp! LOL

~TCBL (not to be confused with CBTL LOL)

Gateway to Heaven

www.bethkery.com

But it here or here if you’re lucky like me and have a Kindle.

Gateway To Heaven

Blurb: Life is rough when you’re gorgeous, rich, talented and so sexy that the media won’t leave you alone.

It’s certainly the truth in Christian Lasher’s case. He returns to the neighborhood of his childhood to escape the spotlight, hungering for a change in his creative endeavors. In the midst of his soul searching he meets Megan and is captured by the tantalizing hint of her hidden fires. Megan knows nothing about his wild, rebellious youth or his career as a rock star—and Christian would prefer to keep it that way.

There was much, much more to her than the role of a fragile victim.

Megan Shreve is a sculptor with creative depths and passions that tragedy had forced into the shadows. When she looks into Christian’s eyes she sees herself for the first time as an exciting, sexy woman. She longs to discover more of herself in Christian’s arms and in his bed.

Two passionate souls destined for one another—unless the stifling roles imposed by tragedy and fame rip them apart.

Having just recently read Beth’s steamy novel Subtle Magic, I found Gateway to Heaven to be a very pleasant surprise.  Moving from an erotic romance to a sweeter, contemporary wasn’t quite what I expected.

And I went in with a chip on my shoulder – contemporary stories of any kind aren’t generally my thing.  Somebody smack me now for ever ounce doubting.

Beth is an extremely versatile and amazing writer.  She has a way of creating tension – both emotional and sexual –that will leave you panting.  Especially when it comes between Christian and Megan – they don’t even need to get naked to take your breath away!  Take a chance and go click on the links above and buy this book!  The story, with it’s cast of crazy and intense characters, will sweep you off into another world from the first page.

I’m a TripleXer and I approve this message.

Morning and Welcome… Again

LOL

What can I say, I’m a freaking blog addict.  I mean, really.  I have my personal blog, Ali’s blog, Shana’s blog, my LJ blog, my Live Space cookbook, two MySpace pages and Facebook… do I really need this too?  Probably not, but um, well, here we go. LOL

I started this because I’m not sure how many people actually read my book reviews on my blog so I thought I’d separate them out and see.  Who knows, maybe this might just be a good thing?

Oh, and I currently have about 15 book reviews that I need to blog about, so beware…

~The Crazy Book Lady