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Monday, September 27, 2010

Made the Grade: Denali Heat Series, Book 1

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 398 KB | Release Date: August 2010 | Publisher: Samhain Publishing

"Arctic Shift" [Denali Heat Series, Book 1] by Lissa Matthews

My Book Summary : Ruby is a city girl and happy to be one, but she gets thrown into the Alaskan wilderness trying to find her sister. What she doesn't know is that her sister has taken up with a local who just happens to be a shifter. But the real reason that Ruby's sister has been MIA is because she knows that if she was after a while Ruby would come looking for her, and in doing so Ruby would meet her new man's brother, named Carson, who happens to feel like Ruby is his mate just like Ruby's sister is his brother's mate. Once the two meet the only thing that Carson has to prove now is his feelings for her, before Ruby decides that she's had enough of nature.

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars. It was better then I hoped but towards the end of the story it kinda dropped off it's good momentum. So, it made me wish it turned out better. Though I really did like Ruby and Carson as a couple. And I thought that the story of Carson's heritage was very unique and creative aspect that the author came up with.

So if you like hot romances --- CHECK IT OUT!

Book Teaser(s) :
"What did your mom mean by ease up?"
"It's not often new people are brought here and we've had two, first Melanie and now you. It always makes the family a little nervous and extra vigilant until we're sure the newcomers are not here to harm or expose us."
She could understand that and expected they weren't very trusting right up front. To let outsiders in meant a risk. It would be a burden on anyone, knowing they had a secret they could never share. ~ within Chapter 6
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Lissa, then please check out the book's website.

Feasted On: Wicked³ Series, Book 2

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 306 KB | Release Date: September 2010 | Publisher: Samhain Publishing

"Wicked Bad" [Wicked³ Series, Book 2] by R. G. Alexander

My Book Summary : Harrison has wanted to be normal for as long as she could remember, since being the most powerful witch holding onto the Abbot legacy can be too much to live up to sometimes. But when she attends her first Triune (a celebration/party where she is hopefully going to find the matches in her triad), she not only finds her sexy matches but also finds that one of the wishes to have nothing to do with her, after hearing the gossip about her. So, she walks away from them and makes plans to stay out of the Magian world for a while and be human.

Three months later, while working at a dinner she finds being human is harder then it looked, and even though she's happy she did it she finds herself missing her family, friends, and her magic. But going home means the possibility of running into her triad matches and she really doesn't want to take that chance. Yet, later that night it seems fate decides to step in, since she gets attacked by an unseen foe and saved by the ones she was trying to stay away from.

Now that they are in her life, will she be able to escape them again ... or will she even want to leave them?

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars, this book was cute and HOT all rolled up together! Jacob and Ric (the guys in Harrison's triad) are such complete opposites that you cannot help but fall for each of them. Plus the plot worked out well with the first book in this series, while leading up to the following book that I believe will be staring Harrison's younger brother Lorie and their cousin Conway with their mystery girl (hopefully it'll be as good as the first two).

My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 1

My Previous Review(s) for this Author : My Shifter Showmance | Regina in the Sun | Twilight Guardian

Book Teaser(s) :
"Something did happen to me. I've been attacked, nearly frozen into an ice sculpture by some random Magian psycho, not that anyone seems to care." She glared pointedly at Jacob. "Tricked into taking a morph home and finally kidnapped and taken to South America." And after this last episode, she was getting the distinct impression that her brother was in danger. Maybe from the same person who'd come after her. She needed to talk to Conway. "I need my phone. Please, it's important."
A muscle in Jacob's jaw twitched. "As your match, the issue of your well being is our priority. The person who attacked you will not do so again."
Ric made a noise, as if he had something to add, but a look from Jacob silenced him. ~ within Chapter 4
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by R. G., then please check out the book's website.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Review: Prom Nights from Hell by Stephenie Meyer, Kim Harrison, Meg Cabot, Lauren Myracle, & Michele Jaffe

Format: Paperback | Pages: 304 | Release Date: April 2007 | Publisher: HarperTeen

"The Exterminator's Daughter" [within Prom Nights from Hell] by Meg Cabot

Pages: 48

My Book Summary : Mary is the daughter of an "exterminator," someone who kills anything that is evil and goes "bump" in the night. However, she never expected to have one of those "things" going after her only friend and she won't let it get away with doing so. So, she plans on killing him before things get worse .... but then .... it get's worse. =0/

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars. It was cute. And I really enjoyed reading the story from the different perspectives of Mary & Adam. =0)

My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Avalon High | Ready or Not | Victoria and the Rogue

Book Teaser :
"Lila," I snap. "Shut up. Ted's right. You don't even know the guy. Because if you did, you'd never call him gentle."
"But he is," Lila insists, the glitter in her eyes fading to a warm glow. "You don't even know---"
A second later--I'm not even sure how it happened--I have her by the shoulders, and I'm shaking her. She's six inches taller than me and outweighs me by a good forty pounds.
But that doesn't matter. ~ within Chapter 3


"The Corsage" [within Prom Nights from Hell] by Lauren Myracle

Pages: 38

My Book Summary : Frankie and her friends go to a psychic to see what is in store for them. While there, they find out that the psychic is a little--okay really--weird, but before they leave Frankie notices a corsage that she really likes, so she asks about it, then asks if she can have it. The thing though about the corsage is that it’s cursed, and the psychic said that the person who had it before her was able to make three wishes on it, and they all came true ... which makes Frankie want it even more. However, just because the wishes may come true ... still doesn’t mean that they will turn out to be what she wants to happen.

My Book Review : 1 out of 5 stars. In truth I skimmed this one since it really didn't grab my interest at first. However, what I did read of it does make it feel like a scary story .... and not my usual type of reading ... but those who like the "horror" themes might like this one more so then I did.

Book Teaser :
"Is that a skull?" I asked Will.
Will whistled. "Holy cannoli."
"Okey-doke," Yun Sun said, averting her eyes. "If there really is a skull, I don't want to know about it. Can we leave now?"
I took her head in my hands and pointed her in the right direction. "Look. It still has hair!" ~ within the first few pages


"Madison Avery and the Dim Reaper" [within Prom Nights from Hell] by Kim Harrison

Pages: 60

My Book Summary : Madison recently got sent to live with her father and went from being the high school cool girl to her new high school's zero girl. However, she really didn't realize how bad it was until she was at her new schools prom and found out she was there with a guy as a pity date. OUCH! So, when she plans on going home and finds the hot guy wanting to dance with her instead, she plans on making the other guy find out what he missed. But when she gets into this new guy's car, she finds that there might be more going on then what she originally thought.

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars. I really got into this story and now it makes me curious as to what happens within the series that this author has with this character!! Definitely gotta check this one out!

Book Teaser :
Josh was watching me when I glanced up. The guy with him was trying to get his attention, but Josh's eyes were on mine. Mocking me.
That did it. No way was I going to call my dad. And I wasn't getting into a car with Josh, either. I'd walk it. All five miles. In heels. And a long cotton dress. On a damp April night. With my boobs scrunched together. What was the worst that could happen? ~ within Chapter 1
Teaser #2


"Kiss and Tell" [within Prom Nights from Hell] by Michele Jaffe

Pages: 85

My Book Summary : Miranda lives in a boarding school where her only really friend is her roommate Kenzi. But during her days off (Wednesday & Saturday nights) she either is apart of her roller derby team or working at her jobs as a town car driver. However, ever since she was 10 years old, she has been "hiding in plain sight" trying to hide who she really is and her special powers. But when her latest pick-up assignment is a 14-year-old girl and the drop-off location is a bit shady, she can't just leave her there. So, Miranda makes plans to get the girl out of the situation she's in and protect her .... but how can she do that when she has no idea where to take her?

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars. This story was about a super-powered girl (kinda like Jamie in 'Being Jamie Baker') who is still coming into her own and trying to do what's right, all without getting caught. It was better then I expected!

Book Teaser :
Miranda agreed to let Sibby order her own at the drive-through, then regretted it when she heard the girl saying to the guy taking the order, "Do I get a discount if I let you kiss me?"
"Okay, seriously, were you raised on Crazycake? Why do you want to kiss all these guys you don't even know?" Miranda asked.
"There aren't many boys where I come from. And what does knowing them have to do with it? Kissing is great. I kissed four boys on the airplane. I'm hoping to make it twenty-five before the end of the day." ~ within Chapter 4


"Hell on Earth" [within Prom Nights from Hell] by Stephenie Meyer

Pages: 53

My Book Summary : It's prom night and it seems that everyone is having a lousy time. What they don't know is that there is a demon amongst them, named Sheba, and has plans to make everyone miserable before the night is through, so she'll be able to become a higher ranking demon. And little does she know that there is one person at the prom who doesn't know what he really is, and that he has the ability to completely throw off her game.

My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars. Really not what I was expecting from this author but still really good! It would be great if she would write more books about this world, since I would really be interested seeing as to where it could go. =0)

Book Teaser :
"I couldn't say," Gabe admitted. "Have you seen her?"
Logan pursed his full lips for a minute, as if debating whether or not to say something. He ran a hand nervously across his springy black hair. "Well, I thought I did. I'm not exactly sure, though. . . .She's wearing a white dress, right?"
"Yeah---where is she?"
"I think I saw her in the lobby. Can't be positive. Her face was sort of hard to see....David Alvarado's face was all over it...."
"David Alvarado?" Gabe repeated in surprise. "Not Heath McKenzie?" ~ within the only Chapter

Friday, September 24, 2010

Guest Post :: 10 Ways the ‘Bic’ Pen Has Been Re-invented

10 Ways the ‘Bic’ Pen Has Been Re-invented

This guest post was contributed by the artsy and contemporary writing equipment supplier Pen Company

Bic pens are not just for writing anymore! Now these writing utensils can double as silverware with these handy plastic fork, knife and spoon caps, dubbed "Din-ink" by their creators, Andrea Cingoli, Paolo Emilio Bellisario, Cristian Cellini and Francesca Fontana. Bring them along to work with you and simply interchange the caps. Instant eating aid!


This unusual vase by Jim Termeer and Jess Giffin is designed so that the stem of the daisy interlocks with the larger part of the pen in a lengthy glass tube, while the back portion of the pen plugs up a smaller tube so that no water escapes. A very clever vase suitable for a desk or other small surface.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Teaser Tuesdays: Prom Nights from Hell


  • Today's Teaser Tuesdays by MizB - click here


  • "Madison Avery and the Dim Reaper" [within Prom Nights from Hell] by Kim Harrison

    Book Teaser:
    Holding one arm to myself, I backed away, trying to get out of Barnabas's and Lucy's influence so I could run through the walls. Hey, if Mr. Creepy thought I could do it, then maybe I could. ~ within Chapter 2

    Monday, September 20, 2010

    Downtown Waterfront Market's Market Impossible 2010

    This is the 3rd Market Impossible Challenge that Elizabeth City, NC's Downtown Waterfront Market has held on September 18, 2010. The restaurants that were competing against each other were Mac's Back Door Oyster Bar and Grill (from Edenton, NC) and Montero's Restaurant (from Elizabeth City, NC).


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    Thursday, September 16, 2010

    Feasted On: Being Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram

    Format: Paperback | Pages: 353 | Release Date: June 2010 | Publisher: Bluefields

    "Being Jamie Baker" by Kelly Oram ( I read this as a part of We Love YA! A young adult arc tour site)

    My Book Summary : A year and a half ago, Jamie was in an accident that changed her life forever, turning her into a superhuman. She has super-speed, super-hearing, and more!! But out of fear that this secret will get out she has made it a point in trying to avoid relationships with everyone, except her parents, and even though she is one of the hottest girls in school, this has made her an outcast. Or as she likes the title the Ice Queen.

    However, after receiving a dared kiss from Ryan, her high school's star quarterback, and her world changes yet again. Because as much as she would like to keep that distance between Ryan and herself, he seems to knock down all of her defenses as soon as she puts them up. But when he gets to close to the truth, will he spill her secret or change her world yet again?

    My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars! Jamie and Ryan keep you on your toes in this novel, that is more sci-fi comic then anything, from Jamie's battles with being herself to admitting to things that have happened in her past that she hadn't been able to deal with before Ryan came into her life. They make a VERY cute couple! I can definitely see this becoming a series to really get into, so if the author writes a sequel I will definitely be getting a copy!

    Author Book Trailer :

    Book Teaser(s) :
    "What?"
    "Let's do it again!"
    If my face was pale before, now it was white as a ghost, and Ryan laughed at my expression. "I don't mean the whole getting zapped part," he said. "Though I always wondered what it would feel like to get Tasered. FYI? It sucks. But you are seriously the best kisser in the entire world. So worth it. And did you see that? For a minute I was strong like you!"
    Ryan grunted as he got to his feet. After stretching all his stiff muscles, he stepped toward me with open arms.
    "Are you suicidal?" I screamed, putting a good twenty feet between us instantly. ~ within Chapter 15
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Kelly, then please check out the book's website.

    Wednesday, September 15, 2010

    Port Discover's Window of Wonder :: Black Swallowtail

    Hi all ... since June 2010 I've been working as the Operations Manager at Port Discover in Elizabeth City, NC. Recently my co-worker has started a display in one of our windows, now called the "Window of Wonder", and right now, we have some Black Swallowtail Caterpillars on display. We're hoping to watch their lifecycle so we'll get to see them turn from caterpillars into butterflies!

    Here's a picture that I took of one of the caterpillars that's in our display:

    Tuesday, September 14, 2010

    Teaser Tuesdays: Playboy Boss, Pregnancy of Passion


  • Today's Teaser Tuesdays by MizB - click here


  • "Playboy Boss, Pregnancy of Passion" [To Tame a Playboy duo, book 2] by Kate Hardy

    Book Teaser:
    'A proper six-pack,' she said, letting her fingers drift down over his abdomen. 'So this is what kick-boxing does for you, is it?' ~ within Chapter 8

    Monday, September 13, 2010

    Made the Grade: things i know about love by Kate le Vann

    Format: Paperback | Pages: 167 | Release Date: June 2010 | Publisher: Egmont

    "things i know about love" by Kate le Vann ( I read this as a part of We Love YA! A young adult arc tour site)

    My Book Summary : Livia has had a tough hand in life and in love. When she was in her early teens, she was diagnosed with leukemia, thus little time for the things that gave her a broader social life. Then during the times she did have a boyfriend, once things got worse with her disease they seem to go running for the hills.

    Now during the summer after she passed her sixth year, Livia plans to visit her older brother while he is at Princeton University. During her time, there she hopes to have a summer fling and find the truth about love or at least get a better understanding about what she knows about it. Once there she starts a private blog to document her summer and analyze what happened in her previous relationships to see if that can help her find out about her future.

    She finds that she likes America ... it's fun, and almost completely different then what she's used to. Plus, she takes an interest in her older brother's friend Adam, who just happens to be British too. Could this be whom she chooses as her summer fling?

    My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars, WOW just wow!!! The beginning of this story really didn't pull me in but I'm glad that I stuck with it since I fell in love with Livia, Adam and her brother. They were all great characters. And I'm soo happy that you get to read Adam's blog along with Livia's.

    Warning -- YOU WILL NEED TISSUES!

    Book Teaser(s) :
    I gasped theatrically, pretending to be horrified that he hadn't forgiven me. "You can trust me now!" I squeaked. "We're both adults. I'm nearly eighteen, remember? I can vote soon."
    "And that is truly frightening," Jeff said. "Er . . . remind me, who's the Home Secretary?"
    "Ha! Well! As it happens, I have already made plans to find out who the Home Secretary is. And the Foreign Secretary."
    "Oh, you're right," Jeff mocked, "the country is safe in your hands. It's good that you didn't waste all that time when you were stuck in hospital. And, how about naming the Star Trek movies, in order?"
    "One: The Motion Picture, Two: The Wrath of Khan, Three: The Search for Spock....Just because I know this doesn't mean I don't know important polit---"
    "Go on," he said, raising one eyebrow. ~ within blog entry dated July 25
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Kate, then please check out her website.

    The Monday Update [September 13, 2010]

    What did I read this past week? [The linked titles go to my reviews]
    Right now I'm up to book 161 on my 2010 100+ Reading Challenge!!

    What am I planning to read this week?

    Extra Goodies I've Posted Recently:

    Sunday, September 12, 2010

    Made the Grade: Dark Series, Book 20

    Format: Hardcover | Pages: 361 | Release Date: September 2009 | Publisher: Berkley

    "Dark Slayer" [Dark Series, Book 20] by Christine Feehan

    My Book Summary : For centuries Ivory has been on her own. Ever since she was a young girl and the prince's eldest son bought her from her now worst enemy (Xavier), then when he realized she wouldn’t go with him willingly he got her chopped and ripped up into pieces of herself and left too die. To top that off she found out that once her five brothers found what happened to her instead of coming to her defense they choose to side with Xavier against the Carpathian people. However, during the years when she was repairing herself, Ivory befriended a wolf pack which she now admits is her only family and she is leery of anyone else. Soon though Ivory’s world is about to change on the night she runs across her lifemate.

    Razvan is a Dragonseeker---one of the oldest of the Carpathian lineages---he is also a falsely accused criminal and is Ivory’s lifemate. Since the age of fourteen Razvan has been held hostage by Xavier (who is also Razvan’s grandfather), who has used him over the centuries taking bits of Razvan away from himself so Xavier could have more control, and so Razvan could protect the ones he love the only way he could. However, the reason everyone has branded Razvan a criminal is because his family (his sister and daughters) and the other Carpathian people weren’t aware of Xavier’s possession of him, controlling his body to do gruesome things from murdering to raping to inflicting pain to those he held most dear.

    When Ivory finds Razvan he is weak from just escaping Xavier and hopes to “meet the sun” so he’ll be out of Xavier’s clutches once and for all. However, Ivory can’t let Razvan die before her, so she takes him home and tends to him. Once Razvan is better, Ivory helps him get Xavier’s claim off him, but when the Carpathian people find them together will they be forgiving? And will Ivory and Razvan be able to get their revenge on the one person/thing that has destroyed both of their lives?

    My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars! This is a sweet novel about two people who have been given the worst out of life but they come together (and fall in love) in hope to concur one of the greatest enemy's to themselves as well as the Carpathian people. I loved the fact of Ivory and her wolf pack!! Even if it was against the rules of their society, it is the best thing I have read in a long time!! I so wish I could have a wolf pack of my own! *hehee* Plus, I think I like this book out of the series all the more because of the "girl-power" aspect of it, where the other two (yes I know I haven't read them all) dealt more with woman who were kind of dependent on their lifemates, Razvan and Ivory were more equals then anything!!

    So ... if you've read some of this series ... then I definitely recommend reading this one too! Especially since it includes a great secondary plots of people that you have read in the other books.

    My hope is that when Ivory and Razvan have kids at least one of the will be a life mate to the current prince's kids. *hehee*

    My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 8 | Book 12

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Burning Wild

    Author Book Trailer :

    Book Teaser(s) :
    "Are you ready for this? They have been attended to by others, Vikirnoff and Nicolas, Natalya sometimes, but they will be ravenous for us. Feeding is part of the ritual of sealing the pack together. They're like my children."
    Razvan knew she needed the distraction to feel in control again. Emotions were difficult for her. His heart fluttered in his chest and he found himself smiling at her. Happy. Just to be alive. Just to be with her on the crisp, cold evening, with the moon spilling light over her blue-black hair, framing her face so that she looked as angelic as she did sexy.
    "I am certain they will be happy to be out of the ground after all these weeks," he agreed. "Let us do this and bring our family back together." ~ within Chapter 12
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Christine, then please check out her website.

    Friday, September 10, 2010

    Disappointmentville: While She Was Sleeping... by Isabel Sharpe

    Format: Paperback | Pages: 452 | Release Date: April 2010 | Publisher: Harlequin Books

    "While She Was Sleeping..." by Isabel Sharpe

    My Book Summary : Alana was packed up and all ready to move from her place in Chicago down to Florida, to be closer to her grandparents who raised her, when she gets a call from her little sister (Melanie) to "just check in." While on the phone, she finds that her sister has "fallen in love" again and after only knowing the guy for about a month he is planning to move into Alana & Melanie's home in Milwaukee. However, after the phone call Alana feels she needs to check out this guy to be sure he's "safe" and not like the other men Melanie has dated in the past. Once she gets to their house she finds it empty and her old room cleared out, so she waits up for a bit but knowing how Melanie likes to party she decides to take a sleeping pill and head off to bed.

    While sleeping she has an amazing erotic dream, that she finds herself happy and relaxed when she wakes up in the morning. That is until she finds a naked man sleeping beside her in bed!!! Then her day gets worse when she finds out that he is actually her little sister's boyfriend!!!

    My Book Review : 2.5 out of 5 stars. The book description that I read sounded really intriguing ... and I'll admit I really did enjoy the book right up until a little after halfway through, mostly because once things started working out for Alana that's when she started to bulk and wouldn't move forward. *Blah* Which of course ruined it for me. Plus it didn't help that her sister was very flighty and kind of annoying .... this might be a better for someone who isn't expecting much to begin with.

    I know this wasn't the most delightful review so if you'd like to read better ones check them out at Amazon.com. *hahaa*

    Book Teaser(s) :
    Her eyes shot open. "You left your children? Four of them?"
    "Oh, they're not mine. I'm living with my brother's wife. I'm pretty sure the kids are his. Most of them anyway."
    She sputtered. "You...he...she..."
    "So when I met Melanie and she had this place available, I jumped at the chance to ditch them all. I needed the quiet."
    "I see." Her outrage was at full pitch. ~ within Chapter 4
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Isabel, then please check out her website.

    Book Trailer for Shifters Series, Book 6 [aka Alpha]

    Have you read any of the Shifters Series by Rachel Vincent yet? If not I really think you should get started ... especially when the final book for this series "Alpha" [Shifters Series, Book 6] comes out on September 28, 2010!

    Check out this cool new trailer for "Alpha":


    I think I might need to get a move on myself! =0)

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Stray

    Thursday, September 9, 2010

    Feasted On: Three Kisses trilogy, Book 1

    Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 458 KB | Release Date: June 2010 | Publisher: Berkley Sensation

    "Crush on You" [Three Kisses trilogy, Book 1] by Christie Ridgway

    My Book Summary : This book has three themes/stories that all intertwine together ...

    In the main story, we have Alessandra (Allie) and Penn. For the past five years Allie has been known as the Nun of Napa because of her heart braking those five years before and because since then she hasn't dated anyone and has no plans to. Penn came to Napa to get away from his life in L.A.; also, he is here to get to know his half-brothers whom just recently found out of his existence. Between the two of them sparks fly uncontrollably, but both of them don't expect anything to happen as they deal with issues of their pasts. However, when Penn agrees to help Allie rebuild her family's old cottage the attraction between them keeps building until it just might explode.

    In the secondary story, we have Gil (Allie's cousin) and Clare (Allie's friend). They have been best friends since they were five years old, and they have always been there for each other. However, just about a year ago Gil realized his attraction for Clare was more then friendship but during that same time she agreed to marry someone else. Now with the wedding around the corner Gil is preparing himself for the loss of loosing Clare to another man and not being able to have as close of a connection between then once that happens. While Clare is dealing with a mother who keeps stepping on her wishes for the wedding, and finding herself getting jealous over this mystery girl who seems to be holding Gil's attention.

    The background story ties everything together .... Tanti Baci is the winery/vineyard that Allie (along with her two older sisters) is trying to save from being sold away from them. It's been in the family for generations but when their father died, they found that it is in dire straights, so something needs to be done to save it. Allie has hopes that if they can fix up the old cottage that's on the property and make it a wedding local then that will be the first step to getting the business to pick up. However, when you have no money, getting a contractor to come in and fix up the place for cheap keeps getting harder and harder.

    My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars ... sweet, romantic, heart-warming ... this book was all of those things and more! I loved all of the characters, they all had great stories who's descriptions weren't all told right away so the story keeps you guessing up until the end. This series/trilogy is supposed to be about Allie's sisters trying to save their family winery while falling in love with the neighbor guys who their family has had been in a feud with the guy's family for generations too. I'm curious as to how the stories with the other sisters will play out. =0)

    Book Teaser(s) :
    His smile was sad. "I don't know, Clare. You being another guy's wife might alter things between us."
    "It won't! You'll see!" She hated how he was expecting--and accepting--that their friendship would take a permanent hit with her wedding. "You're still my best friend, Gil," she announced, her voice fierce.
    He glanced at her. "Okay." ~ within Chapter 8
    Teaser #2
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Christie, then please check out her website.

    Tuesday, September 7, 2010

    Teaser Tuesdays: Crush On You


  • Today's Teaser Tuesdays by MizB - click here


  • "Crush On You" [The Three Kisses trilogy, Book 1] by Christie Ridgway

    Book Teaser:
    "Sorry." Alessandra looked down at her sloppiness. Had she bothered to brush her hair before rushing to the cottage? ~ within Chapter 12

    Monday, September 6, 2010

    Feasted On: Nightshade Series, Book 1

    Format: Paperback | Pages: 452 | Release Date: October 2010 | Publisher: Philomel Books

    "Nightshade" [Nightshade Series, Book 1] by Andrea Cremer ( I read this as a part of 1 ARC Tours)

    My Book Summary : Calla (Cal) has known her whole life that when she turned 18-years-old she would have a union with Ren (the young Alpha -- who's her age -- of a different pack) and be his mate. However, with just about a month left before their union, suddenly her world changes, all when she saves a teenage human boy in the woods. By saving him, she breaks many rules of her people, but afterwards she knocks him on his head to make him believe that it was all a dream, and thinks she'll never see him again. Too bad that plan doesn't work out when she goes to school on Monday to find him as the new boy in her classes, named Seamus (Shay).

    At first Cal doesn't know how she should act around him, but after a while she knows that he remembers their encounter in the woods, so talks to him a bit without letting anyone (especially those in her pack) know. While they hang out they learn more about each other and they grow closer together, also Cal tell Shay more about her people and the way things are run. However, later on while at a club with her pack she finds that her "masters" (the Keepers) want Shay for unknown reasons, but they inform her (and her pack) that they would like them to keep an eye out for Shay. In the mean time Shay decides to brake into his "uncle's" library and comes across an old text that counters the stories that Cal has grown up to know, and it also talks about a prophesy that both Cal and Shay are intrigued to find more about.

    Will Cal go forth with her union with Ren or will she take a chance with Shay instead? And what will they find in the book, could it change everything Cal has ever believed in?

    My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars!! The main characters are great and so complex. Nightshade keeps you guessing the whole book through! A little of the plot is predictable but it's still entertaining. Plus, I will admit that the books ends on a cliff hanger, where I'm not sure what will happen in the next book anymore. I'll definitely be keeping up with this series the whole ride through!!

    Author Book Trailer :

    Book Teaser(s) :
    "Thanks." His quiet murmur was strained. He cleared his throat. "It's a little hard to cope with the growing realization that I have no idea who I really am."
    I laughed quietly.
    Shay tensed. "Is that funny?"
    I twisted my fingers through his hair. "No. It's just that to me, it sounds a little interesting. I've always known exactly who I am and what I would be."
    He straightened and I released him from my arms though I remained crouched next to his chair.
    "Do you wish you were something other then what you are?"
    "No," I said quickly. "We are who we are. I have no desire to be something else. But right now I'm afraid of what it means for those who I care about." ~ within Chapter 16
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Andrea, then please check out her website. To find out more information about this series check out NightshadeBook.com.

    Sunday, September 5, 2010

    Made the Grade: Positively Pregnant Series, Book 1

    Format: Paperback | Pages: 238 | Release Date: June 2006 | Publisher: Silhouette Books

    "Having Her Boss's Baby" [Positively Pregnant Series, Book 1] by Susan Mallery

    My Book Summary : Coming into work, Dev doesn't expect to run into his Secretary's Assistant (who is also his late younger brother's girlfriend) or to find out that, she is pregnant! Trying to think of what he would have his brother do if he was still alive, Dev proposes that Noelle and him get married (as a marriage of convenience) for two years for her to get on her feet, have support while she's still in college, and then they'll go their separate ways. At first Noelle isn't sure way Dev has offered this since she knows she wouldn't keep Dev out of her child's life but she goes home to think it over. However, when she gets home to discuss the situation with her mom, she finds that she can't or if she did, she would add unneeded stress about additional bills for her family that she just doesn't want to include. Therefore, thinking she's taking the easy-way-out Noelle meets with Dev later that night and agrees to marry him.

    For a while, everything's great between them they find that they get along really well and they turn into friends (for the most part). However, not long after they give into their romantic feelings for each other, Noelle admits to Dev that she's in love with him, and that's when he tries to back away from their relationship. He feels like they shouldn't have feelings for each other, especially Noelle having feelings for him, so he tries his best to stop it from happening. But when unsuspected surprises come along in more ways then one ... will they be able to pull through together? Or will what they have all fall apart?

    My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars! I liked that this book was a mixture of Christian and Romantic book! It wasn't more of it one way or another but a very good mixture of both! The main characters are great and I love Noelle's friends in her knitting group! So .. if your looking for a quick romance read then this is one book you should check out!!

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Tempting | Accidentally Yours | Falling For Gracie | Chasing Perfect

    Book Teaser :
    Instead of the conservatively dressed woman he'd seen last night, today his wife of less than a week wore a tank top and shorts. Her feet were bare, her hair piled up on top of her head in a ponytail and she was chewing gum. She was, he acknowledged wryly, a teenage boy's dream. Which meant he had no excuse for what he was feeling---he was old enough to know better.
    Still, the information didn't seem to have any impact on the sudden rush of blood south or the desire to cross the room, pull her into his arms and kiss her senseless. He imagined her yielding and aroused, straining to get closer, reaching for him as they---
    He forced the erotic images out of his mind. This was a marriage of practicality, he reminded himself. Nothing more. ~ within Chapter 6
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Susan, then please check out her website.

    Saturday, September 4, 2010

    Made the Grade: The Infernal Devices Series, Book 1

    Format: Hardcover | Pages: 476 | Release Date: August 2010 | Publisher: Simon and Schuster

    "Clockwork Angel" [The Infernal Devices Series, Book 1] by Cassandra Clare

    My Book Summary : Tessa (Tess or Tessie) is on her way to London, from New York after her Aunt Harriet passed away, so she can live with her older brother. However, once she arrives her brother is no where to be seen, instead a bulging-eyed man and two unusually looking woman (sisters named Mrs. Dark and Mrs. Black) are there with a note from her brother saying to trust them and they'll bring her to him, and not long after Tessa finds that that is a mistake.

    She has been with them for over six months now, told if she doesn't follow through with what they tell her to do then her brother would die. While being held captive, she learns things about herself that she has never known .... like she's not really a human, she is a Downworlder ... and the sisters that are holding her captive are forcing her to use her power, powers that she never knew she had and sometimes if feels like it kills her. Then one day the sisters tell her that they believe she is ready to meet the Magister (the leader of the sisters) as Tessa is his, and now she'll do anything to escape.

    To Tessa's astonishment right after her hope to escape happens, a man (named Will) comes to her room to rescue her! Will is a Shadowhunter who has been keeping an eye on the sisters for a while now, that day he was secretly searching their "brothel" when he ran across Tessa, and now he tries to help her escape. Soon a fight brakes out in which Tessa gets injured and passes out.

    When she comes to Tessa finds herself in an unknown place with people she doesn't know around her (one whom just by the look of him scares the hell out of her). Soon she finds out that she is staying at the Institute (the Shadowhunter's main building/home). Now she decides that she will help them as long as they help her find her missing brother. But during her time there, she'll find herself liking the Institute and the "people" in it more so everyday .... what will she do once this is all over? And will it ever BE over? Can she go back to her life before she learned that she's different or will she be forever changed? To top that all off ... will the Magister ever give up his quest to have her for himself??

    My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars! This story, being based in 1878, was sooo interesting to read how much things were different for them "back-in-the-day" compared to how the Shadowhunters and the Downworlders were living during the The Mortal Instruments Series. Plus ... the added bonus of trying to see whom is the ancestor of whom. This novel is everything that I could have hoped for ... and love triangle between Tessa and two great guys (and best friends) Will and Jem (James), along with mystery and then major plot twists at the end. And, so far, except for Tessa, everyone really isn't who they seem. I can't wait to see what will happen in the nest book called the "Clockwork Princess" coming out in 2012!!

    Author Book Trailer :

    Book Teaser(s) :
    Gabriel shook his head. "You're a decent Shadowhunter, James," he said, "and a gentleman. You have your---disability, but no one blames you for that. But this---" He curled his lip, jabbing a finger in Will's direction. "This filth will only drag you down. Find someone else to be your parabatai. No one expects Will Herondale to live past nineteen, and no one will be sorry to see him go, either---"
    That was too much for Tessa. Without thinking about it she burst out indignantly, "What a thing to say!"
    Gabriel, interrupted midrant, looked as shocked as if one of the tapestries had suddenly started talking. "Pardon me?"
    "You heard me. Telling someone you wouldn't be sorry if they died! It's inexcusable!" She took hold of Will by the sleeve. "Come along, Will. This---this person---obviously isn't worth wasting your time on." ~ within Chapter 9
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Cassandra, then please check out her website. To find out more about this series go to theInfernalDevices.com

    Thursday, September 2, 2010

    From Book to the Movies: Beastly

    I read the book "Beastly" by Alex Flinn, last summer -- before I started writing reviews on my blog -- and at that time I gave it 3 out of 5 stars. Today I just found out that there is a new movie, based on the novel, coming in March 2011!! It looks good and I can't wait to check it out for myself!

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    To find out more about this movie then click here!!

    Guest Post :: The 12 Most Beautiful Pieces Medieval Art

    The 12 Most Beautiful Pieces Medieval Art

    This guest post was contributed by contemporary art supplier You Are Art

    Bayeux Tapestry
    A colourful and vivid telling of the Norman conquest of England on a 230 foot long embroidered cloth. There are many unique figures and Latin phrases that adorn it. The most vivid scene depicts the Battle of Hastings.


    Rucellai Madonna by Duccio
    An excellent example of chiaroscuro, this piece is three-dimensional, making the throne upon which Mary sits with infant Jesus seem solid. Jesus appears to have some weight. Mary appears to be a full bodied figure, and not flat like other period works depict the human form.

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    Wednesday, September 1, 2010

    Made the Grade: Traditional Greek Husbands Series, Book 2

    Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 251 KB | Release Date: August 2010 | Publisher: Harlequin Presents

    "The Greek's Pregnant Lover" [Traditional Greek Husbands Series, Book 2] by Lucy Monroe

    My Book Summary : Piper and Zepher (Zee) have been friends for two years now, ever since her first project with him after she moved from New York to Seattle because of her ex-husband's slanderous remarks, and for the past six months they've been lovers as well. Both have rough pasts that they are both still slowly getting over, Piper with her family moving around so much when she was younger and then dealing with her ex-husband's lies and infidelity, and Zee with his father's cruelty to his mother and his mother leaving him at an orphanage making him never being able to trust love and making feel like he could never love anyone. After a few weeks of being apart Piper and Zee meet up in Greece to talk/work on a new project that Zee's company is starting, and they both are excited to see each other again. However, to the surprise of Piper, once they meet up Zee informs her that they are going to take a few days’ vacation and tour Greece before they start in on the project. During those few days Piper comes to the realization that even though they both agreed that they would just be lovers, she has found that she has slowly fallen in love with Zee and now has no idea how to tell him, especially since she knows how opposed to love he is.

    Then the day before they start to work on the project Piper notices that her birth control patch is no where on her body, and thinks she might be pregnant .... what will they decide to do?

    My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars, it was a good book but not as good as the previous book I've read of hers. Plus, it was a little unbelievable how accepting the main characters were to their circumstances and how easily they handled them. *shrug*

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : The Billionaire's Pregnant Mistress

    Author Book Trailer :

    Book Teaser(s) :
    Long before their discussion of love at dinner the other night, he had known she was still waiting for her fairy-tale ending complete with love ever after and Prince Charming.
    He was a former street rat, no prince, and love was not, and never would be, on his agenda.
    "You're talking about love again, aren't you?"
    "Yes. Can you honestly say you would have considered a marriage proposal without it?"
    She bit her lip and looked away, shaking her head once in negation.
    "As I thought."
    "So, where does that leave us?"
    "I do not know." ~ within Chapter 6
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Lucy, then please check out her website.

    August 2010 Contest Winner!!



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