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Happy 4th of July!

It’s a good day to think about what it really means to be an American… I mean, you know, if you are one. *G* For everybody else, Happy Friday anyway!

doggie4thTrying to do some Camp NaNoWriMo, so maybe you’ll hear more from me soon!

Bewitching Blog Book Tours Review: The Unwanted by Jeffrey Ricker

The Unwanted 300 DPIThe Unwanted
Jeffrey Ricker

Genre: Gay YA fantasy

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books

Date of Publication: March 18, 2014

ISBN: 978-1626390485

ASIN: 1626390487

Number of pages: 264

Word Count: 91,556

Cover Artist: Sheri

Bold Strokes Books | Indiebound | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Indigo

Book Description:

Jamie Thomas has enough trouble on his hands trying to get through junior year of high school without being pulverized by Billy Stratton, his bully and tormentor. But the mother he was always told was dead is actually alive—and she’s an Amazon!

Sixteen years after she left him on his father’s doorstep, she’s back and needs Jamie’s help. A curse has caused the ancient tribe of warrior women to give birth to nothing but boys, dooming them to extinction—until prophecy reveals that salvation lies with one of the offspring they abandoned.

Putting his life on the line, Jamie must find the courage to confront the wrath of an angry god to save a society that rejected him.

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Heather’s Review

You know, it seems like I preface all my reviews with confessions or admissions lately. Well, THE UNWANTED by Jeffrey Ricker is no exception. Before I tell you about my response to this page turner, I have to admit that it hit a lot of my annoyance/avoidance buttons were pushed by the blurb on this book — do you ever wonder how many books you’ve missed because you let the blurb turned you off? Or if you’re an author, how many readers you lost because your blurbs sucked? Yeah, me too.

Anyhoo, I admit, I’ve become a anti-YA reader. There are rare exceptions, of course, but unless certain people wrote it or recommend it to me, I stay far away. Then there are coming of age and bullying stories. I think they ARE important for the age groups they’re meant for, but I’m a grown up, and I don’t really need those lessons in my entertainment. BUT, this particular blurb had a difference — I was pulled in by the mention of a mash-up of all those things along with … CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY. I immediately jumped at the chance to review it. And boy, am I glad that I did.

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Top 5 Sundays!

Been so busy! Making my next novel grow, working on those future m/m’s I mentioned, and giving some consideration to doing another A. Sangrey Black BDSM kinkfest. Plus the freelance writing I have to do to keep in pizza and Subway… and with a roof over my head… and clothes, I guess. ;)

Top 5 Sundays 2014

This Week: FAVORITE FICTIONAL BFF’s!

But first, a little bit about this feature and the rules to join in…

Every Sunday I will post a TOP 5 list on the blog. It can be about anything and every week I’ll have a new theme {You can vote on next week’s theme on my RIGHT sidebar!} and I will ad the Mr.Linky bellow the post so you can do a list with the theme and add you link to it.
 
Rules:
  1. Write a post listing your TOP 5 choices within the theme I chose (or was chosen on a poll) for the week.
  2. Mention this Blog on the post and link back to it.
  3. Fell free to use the Feature’s image (there is a smaller size version of it bellow)
  4. After you’ve finished your post, add you link (of the post, not your blog’s main page) to the Mr.Linky at the end of that week’s post.
  5. If you don’t have a blog to post, just leave your list in the comments =)

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Being the massive Media Geek that I am, I immediately started going, “Wait… you mean books? TV? Movies? OMG ONLY FIVE?”

So I have just winged it, without regard for format. Also, these are off the top of my head, so they tend to be current.

Bo & Kenzi

Bo & Kenzi

1. Bo and Kenzi (TV – “Lost Girl” – SyFy): I just love these two. The snark, the badassiness. Honestly these girls are one of my favorite BFF pairs of all kind.

2. Sherlock and John (TV – “Sherlcok” – BBC): The way that John balances out Sherlock’s crazy, and how Sherlock pretty much brought John back from the living dead… among so many other things, including SO much Hoyay it makes me want to start writing fanfic… I can’t resist them.

3. The Being Human gang (TV – “Being Human” –  Original BBC Cast/SyFy): This trio is beyond cray-cray. The things they’ve been through together managed to be both heartwarming and horrific, and you know I can’t resist that. And it sounds like the start of a joke: “A semi-dry vampire, a werewolf, and a sort-of werewolf, and a ghost/witch/time traveler walk into a bar…” This show what happens to the joke — except that there’s rarely a punchline that rates a laugh.

4. Various mixes from the Buffy and Angel gangs (TV — “Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel” — Off the Air): Sometimes Buffy and Willow, sometimes Willow and Xander, sometimes Giles and Buffy, sometimes Angel and Buffy, sometimes Angel and Cordy (pre-weirdness), sometimes Angel and Wesley, etc. At one time or another, there were pairs that shored one another up at the end of the world, be it personal or literal.

5. Claire Fraser and James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser (Book Series) — As much as these two are the greatest lovers in romance history (imo), what makes them stick through thick and thin is their loyalty to one another and dedication to their friendship. Yes, they’ve lied to one another more than a few times, but it was always because they thought it was in the best interest of the other. And in the end, they almost always can’t keep the truth from their friend and lover. Their relationshp is built on the ultimate foundation of trust and knowing they can always depend on one another.

That was fun!

Well, back to work. Hope everybody is enjoying their weekend!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hope you’re so stuffed full of chocolate from your sweetie that you’re buzzing like a sugared-up 5-year-old!

Got this from Kim’s newsletter today, and it was FUN. I’ll tell you who I got if you come back — it’s after the cut. Can you believe I HAVEN’T READ UNDEAD POOL YET? It’s waiting on my Kindle, but I have reviews to do first. ARGH!

Anyhoo, take a whack at this:

Hollows Dating Quiz

Who’s your ideal mate in the Rachel Morgan-verse?

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Bewitching Blog Tours Review: Vampire Most Wanted by Lyndsay Sands

Don’t miss the next in this long-running series!

CoverVampire Most Wanted
Argeneau Vampire Series
Book 20
Lynsay Sands

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Avon

Date of Publication: 2/18/2014

ISBN: 9780062078179

Number of pages: 384

Avon Romance     Amazon    BN

Book Description:

Take a road trip with the undead . . . in this latest in the Argeneau Series by New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands

For Basha Argeneau, anything is better than facing her estranged family. Even hiding out in sweltering southern California. But when a sexy immortal in black shows up determined to bring her back to the clan, she’ll do anything to keep far, far away from the past she can’t outrun.

Marcus Notte isn’t here to play games—especially not with someone as crazy as the infamous blonde. Asked by Lucian Argeneau to bring her back for questioning, Marcus is determined to carry out Lucian’s request—no matter how the seductive little mind-reading vamp feels about it.

Basha doesn’t mind fighting fire with fire, especially with a hot immortal involved. But if he wants to take her away, he’ll have to catch her first . . .

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About the Author:

Lynsay Sands is the nationally bestselling author of the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter Author Photovampire series, as well as numerous historicals and anthologies. She’s been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to be able to make a career out of it. Her hope is that readers can get away from their everyday stress through her stories, and if there’s occasional uncontrollable fits of laughter, that’s just a big bonus. For more information, go to www.lynsaysands.net.

www.lynsaysands.net

https://twitter.com/LynsaySands

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lynsay-Sands/125138040836322

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17059.Lynsay_Sands

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Heather’s Review

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Top 5 Sundays: Movies I’m dying for in 2014!

Taking a break from working on my review of VAMPIRE MOST WANTED and work on my novel (and maybe a short story taking root? Dammit.) to do something to wash out the mind palate!

Top 5 Sundays 2014Keep in mind, I RARELY go to the movies anymore — it takes something really hardcore to drag me to an uncomfortable theater where I have to pay a hundred dollars for snacks and listen to idiot kids giggle on their cell phones through the entire movie… wow, I really am a grumpy old lady. LOL. I prefer watching movies at home, even if that means I have to wait awhile. But just to play the game, I’ll list movies that MAYBE would get me out to the theater.

1. Veronica Mars — I loved first two seasons of the show, and it would be really cool to see what’s happened to the characters.

2. The Lego Movie — I’m sorry, but EVERYTHING ABOUT THAT MOVIE IS AWESOME! LOL. The commercials crack me up every time.

3. Winter’s Tale — Colin Farrell. Magickal realism. Romance. Angst. All I need. Don’t forget the tissues!

4. Muppets Most Wanted — AIN’T GOT NO ROOM FOR BORING! (I love you Animal.)

5. The Boxtrolls — I am a freak for stop-action animation, and it’s a nearly dead art form. The commercials make me so happy, I really have to go see this one.

I’m sure there are others I want to see (I only got to September on the list), but those are the one that really hooked my imagination.

What are you DYING to see in 2014?

 

A great writing article by J.C. Hutchins: This Crazy-Making Business

From Chuck Wendig’s terriblemind’s blog:

This Crazy-Making Business Called “Writing”

“J.C. Hutchins is one of those guys who I admire the hell out of for his eye-goggling work ethic and the talent he brings to bear. I also call him a friend. I also call him “Honey Snuggles Tickle-belly Nuthatch McGee,” but that’s between him and me and none of you can get in the way of what we have. Whatever. Point is, lately I’ve been making hay about authors who are going at it themselves, and you want a top-shelf high-octane example of an author doing it right every day, it’s Hutch. He’s got a new project out, a serial storytelling event: THE 33.

Trust me when I say: you wanna check it out. Here’s JC, then, to talk about This Thing We Do.

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R.I.P. , Lady Charlotte Fowler, 2006-2014

Beautiful and badass to the end.

Beautiful and badass to the end.

I’m afraid I can’t really say anything else about that tonight, except that she was a great cat.

Are you ready for some… BOOKS I’M DYING FOR IN 2014?

Top 5 Sundays 2014

No, I’m all over the Kitten Bowl, Puppy Bowl, and Stupid Bowl, of course. This is me and my dad’s day. W00t! We don’t have a horse in the race, but since we’re Giants fans (I have a secondary adoration for The Pack thanks to Clay Matthews), we’ll have to root for Peyton and the Broncos. Especially because it’s like a ne-ne-ne-ne-ne to the team that made him retire because he was “too old.”

Mostly, I’m in it for the snacks.

But let’s have some fun with a Top 5 Sunday first!

This is thanks to Larissa!

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Every Sunday I will post a TOP 5 list on the blog. It can be about anything and every week I’ll have a new theme {You can vote on next week’s theme on my RIGHT sidebar!} and I will add the Mr.Linky bellow the post so you can do a list with the theme and add you link to it.
 
Rules:
 
  1. Write a post listing your TOP 5 choices within the theme I chose (or was chosen on a poll) for the week.
  2. Mention this Blog on the post and link back to it.
  3. Fell free to use the Feature’s image (there is a smaller size version of it bellow)
  4. After you’ve finished your post, add you link (of the post, not your blog’s main page) to the Mr.Linky at the end of that week’s post.
  5. If you don’t have a blog to post, just leave your list in the comments =)

This week’s theme, as the title might have hinted, is BOOKS I’M DYING FOR IN 2014.

Okay, hmmm. I’ve been out of the game for a while, so I don’t know everything that’s coming out, but I can tell you two right off the top of my head:

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Coming back to old manuscripts…

Every writer has them: those drawers full of bits and pieces, half-written manuscripts, great (or maybe not so great) ideas… things that just never got finished.

Do you ever go back to them? Is it a good idea to do so? Has the spirit that made you start them died to the point that you could never bring it back again? Should you try to conjure up a new one?

Remember I talked last year (or maybe even the year before) about my PNR, THE VALKYRIE AND THE VAMPIRE (working title)? Well, it had been all but finished, and I’m wondering if maybe I should pull it out and give it a whack. It can propel a series, and I’d love to do that.

What do you think? Take up the old baby and see if she can grow, or keep moving on with the next?

On that note, all of this was brought up because this manuscript was inspired by one of my first and still most awesome publishers, Freya’s Bower (hence the Valkyrie). They published one of my first works, a pair of steamy vampire stories called SWORD OF REGRET. I can’t help but bring those stories out to those of you who might not have seen them or had a chance to read them before. Good old fashioned vampire smut at a great price! (And a quick, hot read for that moment you have to yourself.)

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