soulswallo: (Actor-KUrban-lensflare ahoy!)
Sunday, July 10th, 2011 08:55 pm
I feel like I've been a terrible journal writer lately. Which is funny because my last few posts have actually had some substance as opposed to be just rambling about books. As I'm so fond of doing. But I really do try to post every day and it seems like lately that's fallen by the wayside a bit.

One of the reasons I originally started posting on a regular basis (besides the fact that I have this unlimited capacity to write and write and write and write about things that no one wants to hear about) was so I had a record of these fun, sometimes interesting, often bizarre things that happen to me. I have a terrible memory. TERRIBLE. When I hang out with [ profile] malkovich03 she'll say stuff like "Do you remember that time we went to dinner and you ordered the pasta and then we both had wine and your was white and mine was red and these guys came over and one of them was an alien and he wanted to take you away to the mothership and show you the galaxy?" You'd think I'd remember an alien wanting to take me away to the mothership BUT I DON'T. Much less what I ate that time it happened. I swear, if my brain had any more holes in it I'd be a walking medical miracle. Imagine what I'd be like if I were all drug addled and drank like a fish. I know. I'm scared now too. I'm sorry to put that picture in your head. So very, very sorry.

Anyway. I feel like I've been doing a poor job keeping up with my lj lately. I don't exactly know if that's going to change in the near future but I'm not going to let myself stress out over it too badly. Because I've got plenty of other things to stress over. Right?

Okay. Books. I have some.
Book #273 - Midnight Howl (Poison Apple) by Claire Hutton - The 2nd of Hailey's books that I filched. This one with werewolves!
Book #274 - Space Junque (Apocalypto #1) by LK Rigel - I barely knew what I was reading through half of this book and I STILL ended up picking up the next in the series. That must say something.
Book #275 - Never a Bride by Amelia Grey - Another quick little historical romance. nothing mind bending or earth shattering about it but it was fun.
In My Mailbox (07/10/11) - I found out this weekend that Goodreads has a section for free ebooks they offer. I downloaded a metric ton right after posting this post. Meaning that next week's post is going to be HUGE!

I'm a little hungry. Should I eat? I must think.
soulswallo: (Lost-Sawyer- F!)
Friday, July 8th, 2011 09:51 pm
I was offline pretty much all day yesterday. It's a not-so-long, slightly-convoluted story and you're about to hear all about it. I'll follow up that story with the one about how I got unintentionally felt up in a bar and now have nightmares about chairs and people sitting on me. You can thank me later.

To start things off, we've been having intermittent internet problems at work. Randomly, our internet will die, come back and die again. We've had people out to look at it, we've replaced out router and modems but it hasn't really helped. On Thursday, we lost all internet access completely in the morning and it didn't come back before I left for the day. Talk about a long ass, boring as hell day. I had no Twitter, no Goodreads, no anything. It was AWFUL!

Anyway. I had mentioned to [ profile] malkovich03 last week that I wanted to try to get together for dinner one day soon. We didn't make any hard and fast plans, it was more a "ooh, that sounds fun". Lacey text messaged me Thursday morning asking if I wanted to try for that evening. Since I had nothing better to do (woe, I was internet-less!), I said yes. I might have sent a chastising text message to Lacey reminding her that if we had planned ahead I would have brought a change of clothes and not had to wear my work clothes. She might have said that she'd be wearing her work clothes, too. I might have responded that she has the naughty banker look working for her whereas I just come across as a disheveled office worker. There was laughter at that point.

Onward. After Lacey's long-ass closing crap she does at her bank (it involved bickering and noises of disgust between two of her coworkers) we finally made our way to find a place to eat. We ended up at a little wine bar, sat at the actual bar, drank some wine, ate some snacky things, Lace saw one of her friends. At some point, a drunk chick and her handsy manwhore came in and ended up standing next to me. He kept edging her backwards toward me until SHE WAS SITTING WITH ME ON MY CHAIR. Dude. Really. Then he was groping her and I had the unfortunate displeasure of getting roped into the group grope because SHE WAS SITTING WITH ME ON MY FUCKING CHAIR. Lacey looked at me at one point and said that I looked like I was involved in an unwanted threesome. *face palm*

I really should have said something but I was a little afraid to look over at them. I was sure he was going to suck her face inside out and I'd be standing next to a bloody faced corpse. For the record, that didn't happen.

Lacey, however, got to tell all about the guy standing behind her surrounded by three drunk women. He was telling them about his trip to Africa and how wildebeests OR WHATEVER THE FUCK THEY WERE ran in packs of 100 - 3 males and 97 females - and all the male wildebeests did was fuck all day. I CAN'T MAKE THIS SHIT UP! How much game does this guy have that he's telling these drunk chicks about fucking wildebeests - literally fucking - and they're hanging on every word? There was also talk about how he hadn't had a blowjob in 10 years and when he was married he only had sex on birthdays and anniversaries. *face.fucking.palm*

You know what? I still had a good time. Because I got to hang out with my BFF and drink wine. Sweet!

Okay. I have book stuff to talk about.
Book #269 - Between the Land and the Seas (Marina's Tales #1) by Derrolyn Anderson - A nicely written, YA book with MERMAIDS!
Book #270 - The Mistress' House by Leigh Michaels - A series of three interconnected novellas revolving around a house in London.
Book #271 - Now You See Me (Poison Apple) by Jane B. Mason & Sarah Hines-Stephens - I'll admit that this was Hailey's book. I totally nabbed it for a light read.
Book #272 - Born of Fire (The League #2) by Sherrilyn Kenyon - LOVED this one. I adore sexy sci-fi and Sherrilyn Kenyon so this is a no-brainer.

I'm off. I have to work tomorrow and I'm praying to all the old gods that my internet is working. PRAYING!
soulswallo: (Birthday cupcakes)
Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 02:11 pm
Today is my wee beastie's birthday. He's 12. TWELVE! I adore my kid to pieces but there are times when he totally gets a WTF? face from me. One with a superciliously raised eyebrow. Usually it has to do with when he wants food. Cole, who is nearly as tall as me and wears bigger shoes, always asks me to go downstairs with him to get something to eat. I don't have to get him the actual food, mind you, I just have to go downstairs with him. Why? Why? WHY?!?!

Despite that, I still love the little brat. I probably won't sell him back to the gypsies or anything. Unless, you know, they offered a really good price. And threw in free fortune telling for life. And, really, what are the odds of that?

Happy Birthday, Cole. I love you, darlin'. Even with all your weirdness and your endless video game playing and the way you always want to watch TV in my room when I'm trying to write.

The last few years we've made it a tradition to go to the movies on his birthday. He really wanted to see Transformers 3 last night so we caught the 7:30 show. For the record, I liked the movie. I thought it was a lot stronger than the 2nd movie. The only thing that really, really, reallyreallyreally bugged me was that the Victoria's Secret chick was wearing a white jacket through the entire climactic battle scene and she somehow came out of it looking spotlessly gorgeous. Really? Sam was covered in grime and soot and you managed to look perfectly put together? I can accept a lot of things - giant sentient robots who come to earth and open portals to other worlds, that only hot guys are in the military, that Sam got 2 hot chicks over the course of the series - but I can't accept that anyone could be fleeing though a ravaged city without being filthy by the end. Michael Bay, you have disappointed me.

I have some bookish stuff. For real.
Book #268 - Kiss of the Highlander (Highlander #4) by Karen Marie Moning - There was, like, 2 way time travel in this one. Kinda neat!
Teaser Tuesday (07/05/11) - Sexy assassins and time-traveling Highlanders. Can you tell which one I've already finished?
By the Numbers...the first half of 2011 - A breakdown of where I stand on the various reading challenges I signed up for. I had a fun time writing this one up. Lots of numbers. Lots and lots of numbers.

Okay. I'm done.
See ya'll later.
soulswallo: (Dr Horrible-Evil evil evil)
Sunday, July 3rd, 2011 09:10 pm
Someone left a comment on my book blog the other day that seriously left me scratching my head. The comment itself was left on my Book Blogger Hop post. The Book Blogger Hop is a blog hop to encourage people to visit other blogs that they might not have seen before. I'm totally down with that. I mean, I participate in it so I can meet new people, etc. But, before I follow a blog I make an effort to see if they read the same type of books that I read. I mean, why do I want to follow a blog that only reviews non-fiction books on obscure European monarchs when I have no interest in either non-fiction books or obscure European monarchs?

Does that sound like I'm being too picky?

So, someone left this comment:
Hello, I am you newest GFC friend. My answer to this weeks Book Blogger Hop question.
I prefer reading and reviewing Christian Fiction but I do read a varity of other books. I just can’t handle too scary or gory. Suspense and Mysteries I like. No explicit adult books either if I do find one I really want to read I just skip over the x-rated stuff.

I appreciate that she's trying to stretch her wings and everything but I seriously wonder if she even bothered to take a look at my blog. For one thing, I actively try to avoid any books about religion- Christian or otherwise. For the next, I love scary, gory, bloody books. In fact, the more decapitations the better. Third and final thing: I READ EROTICA OF ALL TYPES. I've probably read more dirty books this year than some people read in their entire lifetime. I will often scour Amazon for the dirtiest books I can find.

I've said all these things on my blog. More than once. In fact, on the post that comment was left on I talk about both Zombies and naughty steampunk books.

It's really not a big deal, I'm just confused. Why follow someone who clearly doesn't read the same things you read? I guess I could accept that they might be looking to try something new but why, then, do you leave a comment specifically mentioning all the things you do and don't read when those things are clearly opposite of the things the person you're leaving the comment for read on a regular basis? I don't get it.

Anyway. I have a bunch of books. Dark horror, naughty books and bloody books. Outstanding.
Book #265 - Thin Air (Weather Warden #6) by Rachel Caine - The more I read this series the more I like it. Fun, fast and featuring one of my favorite episodes of amnesia since Eric was found shirtless on the side of the road in the Sookie books.
Book #266 - The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker (Strangely Beautiful #1) by Leanna Renee Hieber - Kinda an awesome name for a book, huh? Well, I liked this one. It made me cry. Allegedly.
Book #267 - Magnetism (Savoy Valley #1) by Aliyah Burke, McKenna Jeffries, Taige Cranshaw - This one was a hot mess from beginning to end. Just... what? Huh? Yeah, I couldn't figure out half of what was happening.
In My Mailbox (07/03/11) - I got my TBR pile under 210. Yay!

Sorry this post was all about books. I refused to step outside today in the nasty 95F heat so I really don't have anything else to talk about.

soulswallo: (Stock-Look up and see the wonders)
Saturday, July 2nd, 2011 03:55 pm
I'm at work and I have a headache. I also have the air conditioning set to "ridiculously cold". Part of me thinks that I should turn it down a bit (or is that up? You know, if I want it less cold?) just to warm up my fingers but then I think about how hot my room will be when I get home and I figure I'd best enjoy it while it lasts.

So, ridiculously cold it is.

Speaking of work, since I rarely see people on Saturdays I tend to dress a little less professionally than I normally do. In my defense, Saturday and Friday are both our casual days so it's not a huge deal. Today I'm wearing a black and gray miniskirt with a purple and black shirt, purple striped socks and knee-high boots. I'm totally rocking this look!

Anyway. I have a bunch of bookish stuff to babble about.
Book #261 - The Secret Guide to Dating Monsters (Secret McQueen #0.5) by Sierra Dean - Warning: Panty-melting kiss ahead! Seriously, that kiss was phenomenal. Especially since I didn't see it coming.
Book #262 - A Taste of Magic (Magic #1) by Tracy Madison - Cute without being too cute. I liked it.
Book #263 - Giving Chase (Chase Brothers #1) by Lauren Dane - Oh, Lauren Dane writes some sexy men. Lovely. Absolutely lovely.
Book #264 - Lord Demon's Delight (Dunmore Demons #1) by Gia Dawn - I ended up liking this one a lot more than I thought I would. Mostly because of the family relationships and how they were portrayed.

I have another hour-ish of work. I want to get a good portion of my current book read before I head home to the furnace of my house. I can do it.
soulswallo: (Calvin-This is how I do my thing)
Thursday, June 30th, 2011 09:52 pm
Cole and Hailey were fighting earlier. I yelled. It didn't phase them. The one bright spot in all this is that this time they were fighting over a full box of crackers instead of an empty one. Sometimes I envision their inner selves as two junkyard dogs battling over roadkill scraps on top of a pile of rusty kitchen appliances.

It's a surprisingly accurate picture.

In news that doesn't involve me clawing the walls... no, wait. I don't have any news like that.

I've been doing some serious mental gymnastics over my epic werewolf masterpiece #1. The more I think about ti and look it over, the more little tweaks I can see I need to make. On one hand, I don't want to over think it and end up with a story that no one but me understands. On the other hand, I want to do the best I can for these characters and tell the story they deserve.

And in bookish news:
Book #259 - Crescendo (Hush, Hush #2) by Becca Fitzpatrick - This book was weird because I hated the way the main female character acted but I ended up really liking the book anyway.
Book #260 - Raziel (The Fallen #1) by Kristina Douglas - Another one where I didn't love the entire book and then all of a sudden I did. It's bizarre, man. Bizarre.
Book Blogger Hop, Follow Friday & Tagalong Friday - Things that make me keep reading and an epic ode to Resident Evil. Not really. I just make a teeny, tiny mention about how I might sorta, kinda like zombies and I think Alice is cool. Also, pictures of half naked men. Because I like those.

I am done!
soulswallo: (Heroes-Red umbrella in the rain)
Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 08:16 pm
I seem to be losing days here. I mean... what? Where did today go? And yesterday? Well, yesterday was weird what with the torrential rain and all so that explains that. But today? No clue.

Btw, the rain yesterday... wtf? Isn't it the end of June? Where is this weather coming from? Seriously, it was raining so hard on my way home from work that I couldn't see the lines on the road. Which is not as fun as you might imagine. You know, what with the terrifying other cars all around you. Yeah.

Anyway. Books.
Book #257 - The Admiral (Fantasies of New Europa #2) by Morgan Karpiel - And even more sexy steampunk! I am loving this series. It's ridiculously fun.
Book #258 - Killing Perfection by Heather L. Anderson - I had a tough time with the beginning of this one but it really picked up at the end. Enough so that I want to know if book 2 ties up all the threads that were left lying around.
Teaser Tuesday (06/28/11) - Angels and mermaids. I've read both of these books at this point but I can't get into my Blogger dashboard to write up the reviews. Sadness.

Well, there you have it. I've done nothing over the last two days except watch the rain.
soulswallo: (Books-SK-Bad Moon Rising)
Monday, June 27th, 2011 09:29 pm
Wow. Where did the day go? I don't think I did a damn thing today except laundry. Wait. I did take the dogs for a walk. Or 5. I guess that answers my question. I washed clothes and walked the dogs repeatedly. Nice.

Last night I cracked open the Epic Werewolf Masterpiece #1 and did some editing. Going back and rereading the earlier passages that I fixed have left me loving this story even more. It's really hard when you're in the middle of writing something to know if it really makes sense or sounds good. I need to take a big step back and let things percolate for a bit so when I go back to it I can look at it with fresh eyes.

Most of the original changes I made were focused on character development. Namely, my main male character was too nice. Considering he's the second in command of a large pack of werewolves, too nice just didn't work. I needed him to be able to make hard decisions and be an asshole for the good of the pack. So I changed him. I also tweaked my main female character a bit to make her less aware of how much she doesn't fit in with the werewolves that have grown up in a normal pack. She's clueless about what constitutes normal behavior and I needed her to be unable to see that the way she acts is out of the norm.

As aggravating as this story is at times (OMG, I don't know what I'm doing on this editing front and it makes every change I make feel like the end of the world. Or just a category 5 twister.), I love it to pieces. I have this draft marked up all to hell and back on changes I want to make and sentences I need to tweak and I'm constantly terrified that I'll take something out that's crucial to the plot but I'm so terribly proud of this story.

I mean, I wrote a book.

Anyway. Since I'm already talking about books...
Book #255 - Highborn (Dark Redemption #1) by Yvonne Navarro - I loved this book. It was dark and wonderful and it hit the spot.
Book #256 - The Inventor (Fantasies of New Europa #1) by Morgan Karpiel - I wanted something in the sexy steampunk vein. This book is both sexy and steampunky. Win/win.
In My Mailbox - I've set a goal for myself to get down to 210 TBR books by the next IMM. 210 or lower. I can totally do this.

Since I have more sexy steampunk goodness waiting for me, I must away!
soulswallo: (SGA-Sheppard-Ummm)
Saturday, June 25th, 2011 03:44 pm
Tonight I'm going from work straight over to Hailey's dance recital. I don't know how to put this without sounding like a raging bitch so I'm just going to say it. I'm really not looking forward to this. I mean, I like watching Hailey's dances but she's only in 2 or 3 of them. And the entire show is THREE HOURS LONG. The evening performance starts at 7. So it'll be at least 10:30 before I get home. Like I said, I don't mind watching Hailey dance and, honestly, I'm sure I'll enjoy the entire first half of the show - they're doing Aladdin after all and I do love me some crazy-talking genie - but the second half is going to be hard. Because by the time we hit the second half I'm ready to go home.

So... yeah. Dance recital after work.

Now, I want everyone to hold onto their pants for a minute because I'm going to talk about books. Not the way I normally do- that'll come later- but about the really great run of books I've been reading lately.

See, I have this theory about books. Part of it has been begged, borrowed, and/or stolen from various places (most notably [ profile] oddmonster) but it works for me so I'm appropriating it for my use.

I believe that all books have an audience. I might not be that audience but that doesn't mean that there aren't plenty of people out there who fully enjoy a book that I don't. This is just one of the reasons that I always try to be gentle in my reviews when I don't like a book. I try to give reasons why I didn't like something or why it didn't work for me as opposed to just throwing up my hands in disgust. The other reason I try to be gentle has everything to do with how much of my heart and soul I put into my own novel. I can't say for certain but I'm pretty sure that most people who take the plunge and attempt to write a book and have it published have put a lot into its creation. That book is someone's baby. They nurtured it from the kernel of an idea up to the end result. That last part might be me projecting my own insecurities out into the universe. I don't know.

I'm not saying that you have to like every book, either. I'm not saying that you can only say good things about a book. Believe it or not, I don't always say good things about the books I read. I just do my best to explain why whatever I was reading didn't work for me.

I've kinda gotten off track here. Let me step back on. I've been reading a lot of books lately that have worked for me. A lot. Like, 9 out of 10 books I've read recently have migrated to my 2011 Favorites pile on Goodreads. Why? Timing. I pick up these books and they're exactly what I'm looking for at that moment. I wanted a book about fallen angels with an emphasis on the urban fantasy side (as opposed to a paranormal romance) so I started reading Highborn by Yvonne Navarro this morning. My God! This book is EXACTLY what I wanted. Yes, it is well written and incredibly engaging and I probably would have rated it highly anyway on those points alone but the fact that I was looking for exactly this type of book right now is propelling it into favorite status.

So on top of every book having an audience (somewhere, even if it's on a Himalayan mountaintop with a lonely goat herder) I think that timing is key. If you don't want to read a book about dangerous fallen angels you're probably not going to love this particular book as much as I am. Does that make sense? I feel like lately I've either been making some really good book decisions that match up perfectly with what I'm craving in a literary sense or I've been incredibly lucky lately. Because I've been reading a lot of great books. A.Lot.

I don't think I articulated this as well as I could have. I'll have to think on it and let it simmer for a bit.

Anyway. I read a book today. Don't act so surprised.
Book #254 - The Sacrifice (Forbidden #1) by Samantha Sommersby - This book shocked me with how good it was. I was seriously expecting a smutty quickie and I got a full-on story. Sweet!

I've really gone on enough here.
soulswallo: (FF-Inara-Kaylee-Lean)
Friday, June 24th, 2011 09:48 pm
I had to work today. I don't normally work on Fridays but the boss lady took the day off and I needed the money so I stepped up. It was sooooooo.slooooooow. Excruciatingly slow. The type of slow that people make up metaphors with. I rented my only vacant apartment in the morning and then spent 2+ hours without any human contact. Slow. Slow, slow, slow.

Yeah, I got a lot of reading done. That's always a good thing. And then I realize that I've read a ridiculous amount of books already this year and it's almost starting to embarrass me. Almost.

So. Books. Because I had a lot of time on my hands today.
Book #251 - Friendly Fire by Megan Hart - Sexy. Very, very sexy. I liked it.
Book #252 - Unlocked (Turner #1.5) by Courtney Milan - And this one made me cry. Lovely, sweet and sad. Not in that order.
Book #253 - The Seven Year Witch (That Old Black Magic #2) by Jodi Redford - Loved this one. Loved it. Fast paced, dark, gorgeous worldbuilding and characters that made me swoon. Oh, and it was hot, hot, hot.

I'm going to go spend time with the beastling. We're back to watching Firefly. Excellent.
soulswallo: (DW-Rose-Her smile could light up the wor)
Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 09:54 pm
My baby's home! Cole's been in Palm Desert since Sunday and I've kinda missed the little booger. We'll see how long that lasts. Probably right up to the 5th time he asks me to go downstairs to get him food. I don't get that, btw. Why does he need me to go with him when he gets his food? It's not like I'm getting it for him. I'm just standing there. Weird kid.

I feel like I should apologize for the massive amount of book reviews I'm about to dump on ya'll. So, yeah. Sorry about this...
Book #246 - That Voodoo You Do (That Old Black Magic #1) by Jodi Redford - Oh, I loved this one. Sexy, naughty fun with a territorial cat shifter and a clueless witch. Throw in some zombies and you've got one goooood story.
Book #247 - The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale by Christine Bell - A fun little steampunk romance about time pirates!
Book #248 - Hard Spell (Supernatural Crimes #1) by Justin Gustainis - Hard boiled urban fantasy with a side of blood and guts. Sweet.
Book #249 - Caressed by Moonlight (Rulers of Darkness #1) by Amanda J. Greene - A sexy paranormal/historical hybrid with vampires.
Book #250 - Blue Galaxy by Diane Dooley - The only one of the bunch that I didn't love. It was just okay as far as sexy sci-fi goes.
Book Blogger Hop, Follow Friday & Tagalong Friday (06/24/11) - Favorite fairy stories and some men without a lot of clothes. Hey, I like what I like and I'm not ashamed of it.

Yeah. I had a bunch of books there.

I'm done now.
soulswallo: (Books-SK-Bad Moon Rising)
Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 08:59 pm
On my way to work this morning, I saw the most idiotic thing I have seen in many, many moons. Some fucktard missed his (or her, although for the sake of this story I'm just going to refer to them as male) exit off the freeway, pulled onto the shoulder and proceeded to DRIVE IN REVERSE until they could make the exit. I have no idea how he didn't have some sort of catastrophic accident from the sheer stupidity. I mean, really? REALLY? Who does that?

People are stupid.

In news that does not involve me clawing someone's eyes out, it was hot today. I think we hit 99F. Yuck. Fortunately for me the office is air conditioned and my mom had the air running when I got home. So, yay. Which brings to mind the fact that I slept like crap last night because of the heat and I was so tired when I got home that I fell into a 3+ hour coma-like nap. I don't think I would have woken up at all except that my mom came upstairs and asked me if I wanted something for dinner.

The moral of that story is that I slept a lot this afternoon.

Okay. Onto the books.
Book #244 - Born of Night (The League #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon - OH.MI.GAWD! This book was fantastic! *dies* I can't believe it's taken me so long to start this series.
Book #245 - Demon's Fall by Karalynn Lee - The perfect blend of sweet angels, sexy demons and an apocalypse in the making.
Teaser Tuesday - Assassins, Angels, Angels and Bad Ass Investigators of Supernatural Crimes!

Randomly, I won a book through one of my favorite authors on Twitter (@moirarogersbree) this afternoon. It's not one of her books but a new release by one of her writing compatriots. It sounds so fun that I went out and picked up the first book in the series so I could soak it all in and get lost in a new author.

Which means that I'm now off to do some reading.
soulswallo: (Stock-Look up and see the wonders)
Monday, June 20th, 2011 09:01 pm
It was hot here today. I think the weather report said it was supposed to hit 90F but our thermometer put us at 95-ish. Hot. Yucky. I stayed inside for most of the day. And the one time I went out? I came back sticky. STICKY! Like the movie theater floor. Not enjoyable.

It's supposed to be hotter tomorrow but I'm choosing to just grin and bear it. Mostly because Cole's up in Palm Desert with his dad this week and it's over 100F there. I mean, at least I'm not dealing with that. Right? Right. FYI, my motherly advice to Cole before he left: "Wear lots of sunscreen. Even when you don't think you need it." I'm totally good at being a mom, yo! Also, he forgot to wear sunscreen one day while swimming and his poor sunburned shoulders are finally back to a normal color. <--total mommy-fail, guys. Total.

Okay. Books. I got 'em.
Book #242 - Destined for an Early Grave (Night Huntress #4) by Jeaniene Frost - Seriously, this series just keeps getting better. I absolutely adore Cat and Bones and want to read a million more stories where they're being all brutal and fight-y while loving the hell out of each other.
Book #243 - The Debutante's Dilemma by Elyse Mady - A fast, naughty read. Nothing mind-blowing but still fun.
A week of free ebooks from Carina Press - Umm... pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Free ebooks. From Carina Press.
In My Mailbox - I am so proud of myself for reading and reviewing every book I got last week. Plus some of my TBR books. I was rocking it. This week? Probably not so much. Although I'm doing well so far.

Okay. There you have it!
soulswallo: (FF-Big Damn Heroes)
Saturday, June 18th, 2011 09:49 pm
Today was a nonstop day of people coming into the office to inquire about apartments without actually committing to renting one. It was annoying simply because I think I repeated the same thing about 50 times and have nothing to show for it. Also? It totally cut into my reading time. Isn't that awful?

I don't know if I've actually mentioned this here or just on Twitter but my mom has decided that we're going to start a home cake pop business. We had an order of 30 Cat in the Hat hats that we got yesterday for delivery today. Those were hard. My mom and I spent a couple of hours last night trying to figure out how to make them look like hats and then how to decorate them to look like the Cat's. Diff.i.cult. Allow me to show you in pictures...
Someone ask me what those poo-like things are in the backgrou... on Twitpic These are the Cat in the Hat cake pops we&#039;re making. The... on Twitpic

The first pic is my darling boy with the uncoated cake columns in the background. They totally look like poop. Naturally, that means that I had millions of jokes about them. The second pic has the completed hats in the foreground and the half-dipped hats in the background. They turned out so so so so much better than I thought they would. I was impressed with the end product.

So, yeah. Cake pops.

Anyway. Books. I got 'em.
Book #240 - Embraced by Blood (Sweetblood #2) by Laurie London - Vampires! Lovely, lovely vampires! I really like the mythology of this series. It's fun and just different enough to feel fresh.
Book #241 - Kindling the Moon (Arcadia Bell #1) by Jenn Bennett - This was an incredibly fun book. It just worked for me.
Book Blogger Hop, Follow Friday & Tagalong Friday (06/17/11) - The TBR pile, favorite genres and one sexy man with a bunch of sexy tattoos.

Okay. I'm off to go watch a few eps of Firefly.
soulswallo: (TW-Gwen-Tough day)
Thursday, June 16th, 2011 12:52 pm
I made the mistake last night of picking up Enclave by Ann Aguirre thinking that I'd read a few chapters before going to bed. Holy smokes, I couldn't put it down. I read it over the course of a couple of hours because I literally couldn't drag myself away from it. It was just... whoa. Like, broken cities and zombie-like creatures WHOA! I loved it. LOVED IT!

If you all recall, I had a book signing on Tuesday. One which I went to on my own since my partner in crime is out of town. It was weirdly fun. I walked a good mile, mile and a half to a coffee shop in the grotesque heat. This left me with a blister on my foot and a sweaty shirt. However, I scored a Godiva chocolate rasperry drink out of it so it was totally worth it. I then headed to the bar/restaurant next to the bookstore for something to eat since it was still hot out and it was way too early to be hanging out like a creepy person waiting for the author to show up. I drank a ginormous cider and ate some fries. That was my dinner. I'm not saying this is what happened, but I might have been a little tipsy by the time I made my way to the bookstore. Don't worry, I had totally sobered up by the time I got my books signed.

I'm not a big fan of standing in line, so I hung out reading while I waited. I ended up being the last person to meet her and I got to tell her how much I loved the covers of her books and just chat for a few minutes. It was very fun. The only downside to these events are the stupid questions people sometimes ask. I swear one girl went on and on about how she had just picked up Fallen and Torment (books 1 & 2) and she could hardly believe that Lauren Kate was going to be here for the release of book 3 and how it must have been her lucky day or something when she found out because, you know, she had just read those first 2 books on a whim. *facepalm* Dude. No. Just, no.

Anyway. I have some book stuff. Amazingly, they're reviews on teh two books I'm gushing about above.
Book #238 - Enclave (Razorland #1) by Ann Aguirre - This is just one of those utterly brilliant dystopian novels that drags you in and holds you down until you're breathing the same air the characters are. Gorgeous, gorgeous book.
Book #239 - Passion (Fallen #3) by Lauren Kate - The way this book was written it could have really fallen flat, but it worked. It ended up adding so much depth to the characters it's amazing.

I have one more review to write and then I get to dive into a new book or two.

Randomly, there were two accidents on the way to work this morning and it took me TWO HOURS to get here. It was awful. Terrible. No good. I told my boss lady that the only thing that would have made that commute worth it was if Disneyland was at the end of the trip. As much as I like my job, it's defintely not Disneyland.

So, there you have it!
soulswallo: (Psych-quote-the best nutshelling)
Tuesday, June 14th, 2011 01:52 pm
I am journaling from work today because I have nothing better to do. Except read. But I've already been doing that most of the day and I needed a break. Yes, my life is very hard. Yes, I'm well aware of it. Yes, I promise to never complain about being paid to read at work.

I was holding out hope that [ profile] malkovich03 would be back in town for tonight's book signing, but that's a negative. She's in Arizona, therefore I'm booking it alone tonight. Besides the fact that I'll miss her witty and sarcastic comments about everything and her inability to sit still for any legnth of time, I'm not bummed out. I mean, I am, but I'm not. Does that even make sense? No. But that's the way it is. I'll attempt to be sociable on my own. *cue dramatic music* I'm really inept when it comes to talking to people I don't know, btw. Really inept. It still amazes me that I work in a job that requires me to interact with people AND that I'm fairly good at it. You'd think I'd freeze up and start drooling and batting at invisible flying things but no. I can actually act pretty decently in a semi-professional setting. It's all the other settings that get me.

Anyway. I've got a few bookish things to post about:
Book #236 - The Naked Truth (The Confederacy Treaty #1) by Lilly Cain - Sexy sci-fi is so delicious. I really, really liked this one.
Book #237 - Fresh Blood by Jennifer Colgan - Sexy vampires and the women who feed them. With a hint of BDSM and a little blood play, this is one author that I keep enjoying every time I run across her books.
Teaser Tuesday (06/14/11) - Vampries and more vampires. I'm almost done with the 2nd book, too. I'm rocking it this week!

Oh, yay! I've killed another half hour with this post. Soon I'll head out to Menlo Park where I shall drink large quantities of coffee and read a book. Which is exactly what I did this morning, I'll have you know.

Okay. I'm done now.
soulswallo: (FF-Simon-River-Hiding)
Monday, June 13th, 2011 09:06 pm
The kids and I took the dogs to the dog park this morning. Bailey rolled around in every patch of mud and dirt she could find. She was adorably filthy by the time we left. Needless to say, both dogs got a bath today. Heck, I practically needed a bath by the time we were done bathing them.

In totally random news, [ profile] malkovich03 had to make an emergency trip out of state and I miss her. I have a book signing I'm going to tomorrow and we would have gone to dinner to catch up on life and various other things (things which mostly involve me inserting the words "cock" and "screaming orgasms" into the conversation while trying to keep my voice down so the patrons at the next table don't hear about sleep orgasms. No fooling. Hey, researching for writing sex scenes is a dirty job and I'm happy to do it!) before the signing but now I'm just going to go, get my book and find a coffee shop to read at until I can read at the bookstore.

Thus far, I've watched all of disc 1 of Firefly with Hailey. Episodes: Serenity parts 1 & 2, The Train Job and Bushwhacked. Hailey still isn't convinced that it's as good as The Walking Dead but I told her she had to give it a chance before making such a sweeping declaration.

And now onto the books...
Book #234 - Shameless (The House of Rohan #4) by Anne Stuart - I really, kinda, pretty much loved this book. Historical shenanigans, FTW!
Book #235 - Solid (Solid #1) by Shelley Workinger - A well-written, nicely fleshed-out young adult novel. It has a mad scientist in it. Well, a mad scientist conducts experiments in the prologue and then the kids he experimented on have to deal with the fallout, so he's not actually in it in it, but... oh, nevermind.
Felicity Heaton's great e-book summer savings - Felicity's offering her newest paranormal vampire romance for $0.99 through July 1st. As an aside, I've read quite a few of her books. And I've liked them all.

Okay. I'm done.
soulswallo: (FF-Big Damn Heroes)
Sunday, June 12th, 2011 09:00 pm
This morning on the way to Target, we (my mom, sis, Hailey and myself) came across a car that had crashed the wrong way into some bushes. The way the car was situated you couldn't see it from the road, we only saw it because we were at the cross street and had an unobstructed view through the bushes. Anyway. My mom called 911 to report it and the dispatcher asked her if she could see the license plate. My mom, being my mom, made me pull over so she could get out of the car and walk through the field to give it to her. As she's walking up to the car she's telling the dispatcher that she really hoped their wasn't a dead body in it. There wasn't, for the record.

So. After she tells us this I'm all, "Well, if there had been a dead body that's one thing you can mark off your bucket list."

Dead silence in the car.

Me, "What? Seeing a dead body isn't on your list of things you want to experience before you die?"

Everyone else, "NO!"

Me, "Huh. I guess that's just me then."

Sometimes I wonder how I ended up so awesome with such a mundane family.

On an entirely unrelated note, Hailey and I started watching Firefly today. This is all because one of the authors I follow on Twitter has just fallen into the wonders of space cowboys and she's been talking about it. Oh, Nathan Fillion. You are so wonderful as my beloved Captain Malcolm Reynolds.

In bookish news:
Book #233 - Dark Desires After Dusk (Immortals After Dark #6) by Kresley Cole - I likened this series to a light-hearted version of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunters. So.Damn.Much.Fun.
In My Mailbox - Those advance copies of books killed me this week. And I was doing so well on getting my TBR pile down.

Tomorrow I'm going to try to take the dogs to the dog park and wash my car. I might even try my hand at making some cake balls. (Haha. Cake balls. Yes, I'm 12.) The ones my sister made today were DELICIOUS. They were chocolate cake with chocolate coating. It was like biting into a decadent chocolate truffle. Yum, yum, yum.

I am done.
soulswallo: (DW-Rose-All boxed up with nowhere to go)
Saturday, June 11th, 2011 08:00 pm
I'm so tired all of a sudden that I can't think. Uggh. I did the all-day work thing and then jaunted over to Amb and Phil's house to celebrate my mom's birthday (early because the family seems to be scattering to the four corners after this week). I'm just... exhausted now.

I'm tired enough that getting my book recap ready for the day seems like too much work. We'll see how I feel when I get to the end of this post.

Randomly, I let Cole sign up for the free Netflix trial with the idea being that he can stream the movies and TV shows through his Xbox 360. Umm, I barely see the kid now that he doesn't have to come into my room to watch TV. It's nice because I don't have my TV blaring when I'm trying to read but... huh. We'll see how long this lasts. I told him that if he watches things on it, I'm willing to pay for it but he also has to be fairly responsible with it. Meaning, no marathon 24/7 watching.

Which is totally something I'd do, justsoyouknow.

Okay. I think I can do a book recap. Pretty sure.
Book #231 - Firestorm (Weather Warden #5) by Rachel Caine - I LOVED this ending. Loved it. Just... awesome! I'm totally going to read book 6 as soon as I clear out the review requests due by the end of the month.
Book #232 - The Trouble With Spells (Of Witches and Warlocks #1) by Lacey Weatherford - I liked the book but I felt like the beginning was written for a younger reading set. There were a lot of simple sentences and repetition. This didn't detract from the book too much but it was something I noticed.
Book Blogger Hop, Follow Friday & Tagalong Friday - Favorite Authors, Male Prostitutes & shirtless cowboys. All the things I need to make my weekends nice.

I'm going to take the dogs out one last time, brush my teeth and then curl up into a ball on the bed and watch some terrible sci-fi movies. Wish me luck.
soulswallo: (Stock-bubble)
Thursday, June 9th, 2011 01:25 pm
I haven't seen my boss lady in a week. Since she's sick sick sick I'm glad she's not here infecting me with her cooties but at the same time, there's only so much I can do on my own. It's cool, though. I mean, the day's nearly over. Another hour to go and then I head home.

Randomly, I was planning on doing the journal thing last night I when I looked up at the clock it was 10:30 or something ridiculous like that. So I didn't. Because, you know, I'm lazy and it was late. Ish. Late-ish.

Yeah. So. Books.
Book #228 - Two Weddings (and One Near Funeral) (Southern Arcana #3.5) by Moira Rogers - I just love this series to pieces!
Book #229 - Lonestar Sanctuary (Lonestar #1) by Colleen Coble - Not my cup of tea. Really. I drank no tea while reading this book.
Book #230 - Kisri (...and the Beast #2) by Moira Rogers - This is one series that gives you the most fabulous happily-ever-afters.

There you have it. I'm totally ready to go home now. Totally.