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( Jan. 10th, 2010 12:35 am)
I want to read more this year. I'm not sure how much I read last year, because I didn't keep track like I usually do. 2009 was a rough year for me, with many ups and downs. I'm hoping 2010 is better.

One book I want to read this year is The Road by Cormac McCarthy. My friend Sara read it and said it changed her. I know it has the potential to be devastating, but I like that quality in books. (I need to continue with my Suzanne Brockmann reading too)

Are there any other books I must read this year? Please leave suggestions in the comments.

I like lots of different genres from literary to urban fantasy. (even non-fiction)

Nick complained about the many boxes of books he had to carry when we moved into the new house. I will be buying book shelves this month so I can unpack my collection.
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I was lucky enough to win a couple of ARCs several months ago, Captivate by Carrie Jones and Battle of the Network Zombies by Mark Henry. I've finished both of them and I come bearing reviews of each.

Captivate reached my hot little hands first, so shall it be reviewed first. It is the next installment in Carrie Jone's pixie series. (if you haven't read the first book in the series, Need, please go do it now!) These aren't your Disney pixies, these are much edgier. Zara is back, as are her close friends. They are facing a new challenge and a new group of pixies drawn to the area, including a pixie King determined to make Zara his Queen. Zara must make an important choice that has the potential to change her future. I zipped through Captivate, eager to find out what would happen next. I think Carrie has written another winner and I can't wait till the next book comes out.

Battle of the Network Zombies is the third in Mark Henry's Amanda Feral series. It has vampires, zombies, and yetis OH MY! Amanda is back and in dire straits. Her company is going bankrupt and she is having man troubles. Then along comes reality television, the answer to her prayers. (as if she would pray) When a snag threatens to derail Amanda's reality television debut, she takes the bull by the horns and saves the day. Henry hit my raunchy funny bone and I think this might be my favorite Amanda tale. (I am partial to yetis) I especially liked the mystery aspects and trying to figure out who did what and why.

I recommend both of these books as money well spent. Go forth and buy! Captivate is available now and Battle of the Network Zombies will be available on February 23rd.

P.S. Look for the review of One the Edge by Ilona Andrews coming soon.
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Carrie Jones has beat the nasty flu and is back online with a new contest. (YaY for Carrie not being sick anymore!)

If you would like to win an ARC of CAPTIVATE, the sequel to her novel NEED, then please click HERE for more details.

Now I must hunt for a picture to submit! :)

I NEED CAPTIVATE so bad, I'm willing to give up all my Fall Out Boy CDS for an ARC.

hehehhehehhe
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( Sep. 21st, 2009 09:36 am)
Jonathan Ames has created a new series for HBO. I love Jonathan Ames and I can't wait to see his creation.

The Graveyard Book by Neil himself. It is what I'm currently reading. (taking a small break from the romance, I don't want to go into HEA overload)

Neil Gaiman is the most rock star writer and I've heard he is dating Amanda Palmer.

October, a time for caramel apples, cider, pumpkins, and things that go bump in the night. Fall is my favorite holiday.

fresh doughnuts

Neil Patrick Harris hosting the Emmy's

Felicia Day, she is so sweet and talented. The Guild is awesome!
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( Jun. 15th, 2009 09:07 pm)
My latest obsession is podcasts. (duh! As if anyone reading my journal didn't know that by now!) I've been trying to listen to a multitude of different ones and then report back which ones are good and which aren't worth the space used on the media player. This quest is failing because I can't get past my obsession with TBTL. (Too Beautiful To Live) If you haven't listened to it, go find it on iTunes and check it out. I will bet you will become as smitten as I have.

The Sushi Trial of '09 went well. I didn't gag and vomit all over the table. But I didn't try the raw stuff. I went for the tame tempura shrimp roll. It was a new taste. My take was that I didn't love sushi, but I didn't hate it either. I will eat sushi again and now I know a bit of what to expect. I've been told this means I like sushi. :)

I'm still reading A Spell of a Revolution by C.C. Finlay. It's a great book. I would be finished by now, but I've been slack in my reading. I'm going through a stress/anxiety thing right now and reading has been pushed to the side. So far, I've enjoyed it. I love the pacing, it draws you into the story. I can not recommend this series enough. If you love history and the paranormal, this series is a perfect marriage of them both.

There are new books in the Shay household. We visited Borders during the Hill play date. I couldn't leave without buying books. I've been looking for Caitlin Kittredge's book Night Life and when I saw it on the shelves I had to have it. I also bought Pure Blood and Street Magic. I wanted to buy Second Skin and her superhero book too, but then sanity crept in. I'll buy them later. ;)

I actually did pick up Second Skin, but then put it back so I could buy Mark Del Franco's latest addition to the Conner Grey series, Unfallen Dead. I love Del Franco's writing and I can't wait to crack it open. (he was also super nice to meet in person, as was Caitlin)

Speaking about books, I need to round up a ton of them and take them to the used book store. My shelves are running over. My TBR pile is growing, until I shrink the stack, I'm not allowed to purchase more. If I had the money to mail books I'd offer my cast off on Book Mooch. The tightening of the economy and my aversion to work have shrunk my coffers. (the aversion is a result of anxiety and pain)

Nasty Girls is still banging around in my head. I'm almost to the point of sitting down to write a brief outline, synopsis, and character sketches. My mind takes ideas and bangs them around a bit before settling down to start seriously working on them. I think it's a process I've developed to test whether or not I'll stick with a story. If I don't like the idea after several weeks of mulling, then I discard it and move on. If the idea still excites me after a few weeks, then the research begins. I might just spend the summer doing research and setting the ground work for my next project. (which might be an edgy chick lit piece without a demon)

P.S. There is some crazy noise that won't leave me alone. I can't figure out what the heck it is!
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( May. 6th, 2009 05:52 pm)
I went to writing group last night for the first time in a long time. We had refreshments in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. We also did Box'o'Doom stories. Mine sucked but it was original. Nick wrote a story too. The kids love going to writing group. I don't think I'm going to take them next time. I want some time away for me.

I'm still editing Everyday Angels. I had an idea the other day to edit all my half novels and polish them up. (I was sleep deprived at the time) My novels are all of various genres. I have a few mainstream, one horror, and two fantasy novels. I tend to write whatever story seduces me at the moment. I'm not strictly a one genre writer. (or reader)

Most of today was spent reading Hungry Woman in Paris. I loved it.
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