Thursday, November 18, 2010

Two Announcements

ANNOUNCEMENT NUMERO UNO

Fiction Vixen & Smexy Books are doing a Karen Marie Moning Fever Series Read-along.  Today they're discussing Darkfever.  So head on over and take part in the lively discussion.





Announcement Numero Dos
(courtesy of The Discriminating Fangirl)

If you've been eyeing Zoe Archer's Blades of the Rose series and have a Kindle or Kindle app, Amazon is now offering all four (yes, I said four) books for the bargain price of $9.99.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Authors After Dark 2011

After debating with myself all day, I finally made the decision to attend Authors After Dark 2011.  Here are some basic deets:


The conference is taking place in Philadelphia, PA.  Registration for the event is $130.  The AAD rate for the Doubletree Hotel is currently $135 per night.  For more information about participating authors, special events and panels please click on the banner.  Just as a heads up, all the blogger spots have been filled but, you can still register as an author, reader, industry, publisher, editor or vendor.

Next mission....find a roomie.

*Updated link*

Monday, November 8, 2010

Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch by B. J. Daniels

cardwell ranch

Title:
  Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch
Author:  B. J. Daniels
Genre:  Romantic Suspense
Publisher:  Harlequin
Publication Date:  February 2006
Series/Standalone:  Standalone
Cover Artist:  Unknown
Who/What/Why/Where:  Downloaded a free copy for my Nook app from Barnes & Noble.




Cover Blurb:
After Hudson Savage betrayed her, Dana Cardwell hoped never to lay eyes on the seductive cowboy again.  Until a bunch of old bones showed up on her family ranch.  Suddenly her former lover was back in her life in a big way – to investigate a decades-old crime.

Five years ago, Hud left town with a heart-load of regrets.  But now, as acting interim marshal, he had a job to do.  And this time he wasn't walking away.  Because now Dana's life was on the line – as the unsuspecting target of a killer who still walked the canyon.  Hud would do whatever it took to keep Dana close.  Even if it meant risking his own heart for a second chance for both of them...

Review:
Now that I have a Kindle 3 and more reading apps on my phone than I know what to do with, I like to peruse the freebie e-book sections of Barnes & Noble, Borders, Amazon and the like to see if there’s anything that catches my eye.  It’s one of the ways I work around my self-imposed book ban.  *waggles eyebrows*  What’s that?  My TBR pile is still going to get bigger that way?  I can’t resist free 99!  It’s a disease!  *Ahem*  Enough about my impulse buying problems and on to the review.

I’ve been on a cowboy bender lately and remembered I had this e-book downloaded to my Nook app.  I fired up my Droid X and was immediately pulled into Ms. Daniels’ story about an old unsolved murder and reunited ex-lovers.  Right off the bat I really liked the protagonists.  They were both believable and you could feel each of their plights as they tried to put the pieces of their lives as well as the crime back together.  I also enjoyed, or in some cases, despised the supporting characters.  Another thing I really enjoyed was the setting.  I loved reading the description of the Montana landscape (checked out some pictures of the locations and it’s now on my Top 10 Places to Visit list).  The story had me guessing at every turn.  Even when I thought I’d figured it out I ended up being completely off.

I only had two issues with the book.  There were some typos that distracted me a little while I was reading and the ending.  It wasn’t so much the ending to the main plot I had a problem with.  It was more of a subplot issue.  The mystery plays itself out and you get the full story and all the answers as to who did it and why.  The resolution to the subplot felt like it happened in the blink of an eye.  It was just like, ‘Oh, look, problem solved’ and them BAM the story ended.  I almost felt like the ending was cut too soon.  I scared the hell out of my boyfriend because I jumped off the couch and was like, ‘THAT’S IT?!?’  LOL!  You had to have been there.  His face was priceless.  But, I digress.  Overall, I enjoyed reading this story and I would definitely give more of Ms. Daniels’ books a try.

Favorite Lines:
Her emotions boiled up like one of the Yellowstone geysers just down the road.  First shock and right on its heels came fury.

But none unnerved him like the look in Dana Cardwell’s whiskey-brown glare.

When she pulled back, the kiss was as natural as sunrise.  Soft, salty, sweet and tentative.  And for a moment nothing mattered.

Rating:
3/5 stars

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Review and a Side Note

Hello party people! Hope everyone is having an awesome Tuesday. I got the opportunity to read and review Merrie Destefano's Afterlife for Bite Club.  Click on the book cover to check out what I had to say about it.


In other news, I wanted to encourage all of you in the U.S. to head to the polls today and get your civic duty on.  Doesn't matter which way you vote so long as you do.  The way I say see it, even if you dislike all of the candidates, if you vote you'll at least reserve your right to bitch about them later.

 
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