Thursday, December 23, 2010

Season's Greetings

Wishing you good times, good cheer, and a happy new year.
Thursday, December 16, 2010

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren, and is a way for everyone to show their new books for the week, including those bought, swapped, won, or received for review. 

"Outrageously Yours"
Her Majesty's Secret Servants, Book 2
by Allison Chase

 contest win

The Taming of the Wolf"
by Lydia Dare

 contest win from Lady Scribes

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday

 "Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases you can't wait to read.
My Weekly Picks
"Mammoth Book of Scottish Romance"
Author: Various
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Running Press
Release Date: January 2011
This collection of 20-plus romance stories will traverse the rolling hills of Scotland, including both contemporary and historical settings, time travel, ghosts, and plenty of fantastic and paranormal elements.


"His Enemy's Daughter"
The Knight of Brittany Series
Author: Terri Brisbin
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Historical
Release Date: March 2011

Soren Fitzrobert, ‘the Beautiful Bastard’, had been left for dead on the field after the Battle of Hastings and survived by sheer force of will. . . and the need for vengeance against the man who destroyed all that he was. When the only one left bearing the name of his enemy is the man’s daughter, she becomes his target. 

Sybilla of Alston has lost all—her brother and father in the battles for control of Britain and now her eyesight as her father’s worst enemy captures her keep and her. Fighting to survive, she never dreamt that beneath the disfigured warrior was a man who could tempt her mind, her body and her soul. As the war comes to an end, the battle between them heats up as they each discover that they must rise from the ashes of their past and find the person they should become or risk losing their only chance at love.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Teaser Tuesday: Taming Her Irish Warrior

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read.

* Open to a random page.

* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.

* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

"Taming Her Irish Warrior"
by Michelle Willingham
Historical Romance

"When she entered their shared bedchamber, Katherine kept her back turned, without acknowledging Honora's greeting.  Her sister was furious, and rightfully so."

~page 109

Monday, December 13, 2010

Thank You, Vanity Fair!

The January 2011 issue of Vanity Fair arrived in my mailbox today.  

Best. Cover. Ever.

Friday, December 10, 2010

A Medieval Christmas

My DH and I took the dogs on an evening walk around the block so we could admire the neighbors’ Christmas lights.  It got me thinking about the characters in my WIP and how they might have celebrated the holiday in the Middle Ages.  

When you think of medieval Christmas, is your mind filled with images of royal banquets in halls bedecked with green, of minstrels singing festive songs, noble lords and ladies gorging themselves on roast goose.   Do you imagine a place of snow-topped hills and fresh bright mornings, of a time when the difference between rich and poor were momentarily overlooked?  Then you may not be far off the mark.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: Educating Aphrodite

 "Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases you can't wait to read.
My Weekly Pick
"Educating Aphrodite"
Author: Kimberly Killion
Genre: A Victorian ménage a quatre novella
Publisher: Ellora's Cave (e-book)
Release Date: January 5, 2011

Two years is too bloody long to be abstinent, especially when one is married to the insatiable Sebastian Falkner, Earl of Warwick.

Countess Alexandra Falkner is desperate to get her husband back in her bed, including performing in the risqué production of Educating Aphrodite. She knows Sebastian will choose the masked woman who performs in the finale with him and his best friend, sexy theatre manager and hypnotist, Vincent Delacroix, and she intends to be the temptress who catches his eye. 

Unfortunately, she lacks the confidence and experience she needs to have sex with two men in front of an audience. She solicits Delacroix’s skills as a hypnotist to empower her. What she gets is an education in seduction that leads her heart astray.

 Will she lose sight of her goal in Delacroix’s arms?  Or dare she risk everything to keep them both…?

Sunday, December 5, 2010

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren, and is a way for everyone to show their new books for the week, including those bought, swapped, won, or received for review. 

"Chosen for the Marriage Bed"
By Anne O'Brien
Historical Romance 

Friday, December 3, 2010

Friday Finds

Take a look at the books I discovered this week...
"Gladiator's Revenge"
E-Book by Amy Ruttan
Fantasy Romance

Taranis had one thing on his mind since the Romans enslaved him. Revenge. Until he laid eyes on the innocent beauty of Lavina, a daughter of his enemy. It was then that he knew how to wreak revenge against those who’d wronged him—by taking one of Rome’s daughters, over and over again.

Lavina is humiliated by the decadence, greed and violence of Rome. When she meets the gaze of the condemned gladiator across the Circus Maximus, he stirs a deep yearning in her heart, but it is not meant to be. She is destined to marry a man who’s soul is as black as night.

On a whim, Emperor Nero grants Taranis freedom with his choice of a wife. Taranis chooses Lavina, much to the horror of her parents. Only Lavina is not disgusted by this prospect and revels in Taranis’ touch. He finds himself caring for and falling in love with the little Roman.

Yet, a shadow falls on their happiness and soon Lavina will have to choose between her home and her heart.

"The Keepers"
by Heather Graham
Paranormal Romance

At the core of New Orleans lie the otherworldly vampires and shape-shifters that hide in plain sight among mankind. As one of the Keepers, an elite group possessing superior skill and strength, Fiona MacDonald's duty is to maintain peace in a place where one vampire's bite could ignite war. 

When Detective Jagger DeFarge, a vampire, is called in at the discovery of a body drained of blood, both the detective and Fiona must join uneasy forces. Jagger will stop at nothing to find the murderer—including working with the sensual and suspicious Fiona. 

As more die, it becomes clear that this isn't the work of an ordinary vampire. No one is safe. So when the killer's attention turns to Fiona, will Jagger risk destroying his own species to protect the woman he so

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Dashes vs Colons

When should you use a dash and how is it different from a colon?  

Dashes and Drama

The difference between a colon and a dash is pretty subtle: they can both serve to introduce a related element after the sentence, but a dash is a stronger and more informal mark than a colon. Think of a colon as part of the sentence that just ambles along. "Squiggly has two hobbies [and, now I'm going to tell you what they are, colon] cooking and bothering Aardvark."

A colon informs readers that something more is coming along. The words after a colon define or clarify what came before the colon. The two hobbies before the colon are defined after the colon as cooking and bothering Aardvark.

A dash also introduces extra material, but is quite a dramatic punctuation mark. A dashing young man is certainly not an ordinary young man, and if you're dashing off to the store, you're not just going to the store, you're going in a flurry.

A dash interrupts the flow of the sentence and tells the reader to get ready for some important or dramatic statement. If you added a dash to the "hobbies" sentence it would conceptually read something like this: "Squiggly has two hobbies [wait for it; wait for it; dash] cooking and bothering Aardvark." Wow!

Normally, you don't want to follow a dash with something boring or mundane, so given that there isn't really anything exciting about Squiggly's hobbies, a dash may not be the best choice here. 

~ taken from Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: Unveiled

 "Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases you can't wait to read.

My Weekly Pick

Author: Courtney Milan
Publisher: HQN Books
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: February 1, 2011

He was her bitterest enemy….

Ash Turner has waited a lifetime to seek revenge on the man who ruined his family, and at last the time for justice has arrived. At Parford Manor, he intends to take his place as the rightful heir to the dukedom, and settle an old score with the current duke once and for all. But when he arrives, he finds himself drawn to a tempting beauty who has the power to undo all his dreams of vengeance.

And her dearest love

Lady Margaret knows she should despise the man who’s stolen her fortune and her father’s legacy—the man she's been ordered to spy on in the guise of a nurse. Yet the more she learns about the new duke, the less she can resist his smoldering appeal. Soon Margaret and Ash find themselves torn between old loyalties—and the tantalizing promise of passion….