September 01, 2014.

The valiant puppy had dMax 8-12-14ecided to defend me against the gurgling monsters he found in the house.

 

The toilet.

 

He’s taken it upon himself to attack the monsters and defeat them by emptying them of all water…twice. It was hard work, he had to crawl inside and get wet, but he managed to save the day.   Yay…  *sigh*

 

Oh, and he has now discovered the shower as well. He attacked the guards (shower curtain) until he could slip by them and crawled right inside the bathtub. I thought I was being smart to turn on the water to scare him out…yeah, not so much. Puppy LOVES water. Now, he wants in the shower all the time. After the third night of waking up at midnight and three a.m. to find puppy has attacked, chewed, and removed all the bottles from the shower (this is not a quiet affair), we’ve resorted to locking him out.

 

We purchased a small pool for him, and the puppy is in love! He jumps right in and sloshes around as he tries to figure out why he’s not able to walk on water. He also discovered that when it rains, there are water puddles that need stomping.

 

The good news is that I no longer qualify as a chew toy…well, not as frequently. I am no longer new, and therefore, boring. Don’t feel sad for me. Puppy does like the noise I make when he nips at me, he just doesn’t draw as much blood anymore. But things are getting better. We can now sit for more than five minutes at a time without having to evade or rescue him. And when he’s really sleepy, he’ll even let us pet him, we just have to be careful that we don’t wake the hellhound or shenanigans will ensure for the next few hours.

 

Now, if I could just get over this cold, all would be well!



August 19, 2014.

I’ve devoured this series for years, impatiently waiting for each book to be released. Something about the characters and the story keeps me coming back for more. And they have dragons. . .need I say more?

 

Title: Cast in Flame (Chronicles of Elantra)

Author: Michelle Sagara

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (purchased and via NetGalley)

Release date: July 2014

Pages: 496

ISBN-10: 0778317080

ISBN-13: 978-0778317081

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

 

DESCRIPTION:
Any day that starts with dragon arguments is going to be bad.

 

Kaylin returned from the West March in one piece. Now that piece is fraying. She’s not at home in the Imperial Palace—and she never intends to be. All she wants is normal garden-variety criminals and a place of her own. Of course, normal in her new life involves a dragon as a roommate, but she can handle that.

 

She can’t as easily handle the new residents to the city she polices, because one of them is Nightshade’s younger brother. On a night when she should be talking to landlords in perfectly normal buildings, she’s called to the fief—by Teela. A small family disagreement has become a large, complicated problem: Castle Nightshade’s latent magic is waking.

 

And it’s not the only thing.

 

 

REVIEW:
I find myself struggling to write this review. There’s just too much detail to capture to do it justice. In this book, Kaylin continues to work as a Hawk and take magic lessons at night…that is when she’s not getting into trouble. The barrani she recused from West March have been changed by its wild magic. As they attempt to assimilate to the new world, chaos follows in their wake. Their presence awakens a dormant magic that’s both deadly and dangerous. Kaylin and her friends race against time to solve the mystery, but the ancient evil won’t be stopped without a fight.

 

I loved learning more about this world, it’s unique and exciting, and while this book introduced some new elements, the normal freshness seemed missing. There wasn’t really a mystery or murder to solve until late in the book. And while dragons take flight and join the battle, parts of the story were overtaken by too much technical details and repetition. It destroyed the flow and dragged out what should’ve been great action scenes. Unfortunately, I had the same problem with the last book. A good fifty pages or more could’ve been cut without missing anything and created a much stronger book.

 

I adore all the characters, especially Kaylin and Severn, but I’m a romantic at heart and anxiously wait for them to take their relationship to the next level. And become disappointed all over again when nothing happens. Overall, I enjoyed the amazing storytelling and fascinating world. Despite the problems, I’m emotionally invested in these characters, so while I will read the next book, I don’t see myself pre-ordering them anymore.

 

 

Previous books in the series:

 



August 17, 2014.

 

If you are looking for some free reads, check out the below link from Bad Bird Reads (she just re-did her site and it looks beautiful): Kindle & Nook Freebies #93.

 

Did you find anything that you liked?

 

I passed on more than a few of them because they were just too short. I picked up Chameleon and Beyond Shame.

 

I found some fabulous deals this week. *girly squeal* I’ve been stalking some of these series for a while, so when I saw them on sale, I jumped at the chance to pick them up. Look at all the beautiful covers! Have you read any of these books? Which one should I read first?

 

 

 



August 13, 2014.

Max 8-12-14Trouble? What trouble?

 

Someone else must have knocked over the shoe stand.

 

*blinks innocently*

 

I would never eat your shoes.

 

Honest…

 

And the toilet paper roll…that was all the cats. I saw them conspiring. They’re trying to blame it on me. I would never unroll the whole roll. Much too messy for my style.

 

The garbage can just fell over. I was only putting things back into it. I would never take anything out. Would this face lie? *sigh*

 



August 04, 2014.

 

If you are looking for some free reads, check out the below link from Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, and Romance: Kindle & Nook Freebies #91.

 

Did you find anything that you liked?

 

Only one really jumped out at me. I picked up Obsidian. I’ve wanted to read this series for a while, but never got around to it.

 

I found four good deals in the last week that I quickly grabbed. Have you tried any of these? What did you think?

 

 

 



July 30, 2014.

[Insert Clever Quip Here]

 
 
I’m over at fabulous fellow writer and blogger Melissa Limoges’s website today. She’s hosting my book Coveted, a never before seen excerpt, as well as a $10 Amazon.com gift card.

 

Feel free to say hello or just sign up for the giveaway!

 



July 27, 2014.

BloodSworn

To celebrate my new release, I’ve decided to offer a sale.

 

For this week only, BloodSworn is ON SALE at Amazon for $0.99!

 

Lion, werewolves, and hunky alpha males, oh my! If you enjoy adventure, magic and forbidden love, be sure to check out this dark paranormal romance.

 

Undeniable desire. Forbidden love. Inescapable destiny.

Falling in love might be the most dangerous thing they’ve ever done…

 

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CovetedNEW RELEASE!!

I’m excited to share with you my new release Coveted.

 

Discover what happens when a woman stumbles across a Scottish werewolf imprisoned in a thousand-year old dungeon.

 

Magic and mayhem, not to mention a lot of kick-ass action and some sexy hijinks of course. *wink*

 

 

Blurb: 

Pack alpha Aiden vows to do whatever necessary to protect his people. When he discovers a plot to harvest blood from his wolves to create the ultimate drug, he’s determined to stop them at any cost. And quickly finds himself taken captive. After months in prison, Aiden barely manages to hang onto his sanity. The last thing he expects is a shapely little human to come to his rescue and bring out all his protective instincts.

 

Shayla is being stalked because of her abilities as a seeker. When offered a job in Scotland, she leaps at the chance to escape. With danger pursuing her at every turn, she must decide if she could give up her magic in order to live a safe, ordinary life. Never in her wildest fantasies did she expect to find a feral-looking man imprisoned in a thousand-year-old dungeon…or be so wildly attracted to him. She didn’t need more trouble, but when fate presents the means to help him escape, she doesn’t hesitate.

 

Now they are both being hunted, and Aiden is determined to do everything in his power to protect Shayla…and seduce her into becoming his mate. As the danger intensifies, Aiden  begins to suspect that Shayla might be the key to saving not only his people but also the future of his race…if he could keep her alive long enough.

 

 

Excerpt:

A heart-wrenching howl split the air. The lonely sound held such despair that Shayla stopped short. She spun around searching for the source.

 

Her eyes latched on the castle. The poor animal must be trapped.

 

Thunder rumbled, and the earth trembled under her feet with its ferocity. “Damn it!”

 

She couldn’t leave the dog stranded.

 

A night in a haunted castle was every tourist’s fantasy. She could brave a night in an abandoned castle with the spooks and spiders. It would be the kind of adventure her grandfather had always encouraged her to embrace. So why did she tense with the compulsion to flee while she had the chance?

 

Ignoring the heebie-jeebies crawling along her skin, Shayla pushed toward the ruined walls, wincing as she plodded through the beautiful flowers like some heathen.

 

Another boom shook the ground, and the sky opened up, jolting her into a run. By the time she reached the outer wall, she was soaked.

 

The rain was surprisingly warm. She cocked her head, listening for any sign of the dog who’d howled so plaintively, but she couldn’t hear squat over the storm. “Here doggie.”

 

Feeling foolish, she hunched over and made kissy sounds, searching the area for any traces of the missing hound. And not getting very far. She could barely see two feet in front of her in the downpour. Her foot slipped. Mud sucked at her shoes. She staggered to catch her balance as the ground beneath her feet shifted, and the earth began to slowly crumble.

 

“Shit.” Shayla threw herself sideways. But the ground had a mind of its own, slurping her down like a hungry beast, and she could’ve smacked herself for putting the image of being eaten alive into her brain. Her hands slid over the rain-slicked earth, mud squishing through her fingers as she scrambled for purchase.

 

By the time she was hip deep, there was no escape. She kicked her legs, frantic to reach something solid. There was only empty space below her.

 

Relief was instantaneous.

 

The fear of being buried alive lessened. That one second of inattention was all it took. The ground beneath her arms dissolved, sucking her under, and she fell into emptiness for what felt like an eternity.

 

She flailed like a ninny before her brother’s training took over. She crossed her arms over her chest, tucked her chin down, and bent her legs.

 

She landed with a jarring thud and rolled. She came to a stop flat on her back, her satchel crunched beneath her, while the pounding rain did its best to drown her. Clawing away from the downpour, she dragged herself out of the small river of mud and water.

 

Then she encountered stone.

 

Man-made blocks.

 

Fear of the unknown diminished.

 

She was in the basement of the castle. The random thought nearly sent her into a fit of giggles. As soon as her fingers touched the wall, Shayla climbed to her feet and leaned against it, relief weakening her knees.

 

Hell, she didn’t need a stalker to kill her, she could manage that all by herself. She pressed her face against the cool stone when her actual location hit her.

 

Castles didn’t have basements.

 

They had dungeons.

 

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You can find the rest of the story at Amazon.com. I hope you enjoy!!

 



July 25, 2014.

Last Friday, my dog ran away. I’m still pretty devastated, my hope that someone will call is dwindling.Regal Christmas

 

To make me feel better (or that’s what he says), my husband came home with this little critter the other night. Max 7-2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

A puppy! We’re calling him Max.

 

Battle lines have been drawn in my house: cats against the devil dog.

 

Max’s first order of business has been to chase any cat unlucky enough to be on the floor. So they quickly took to higher ground. The next time Max spotted one of those beasts, he snuck up on it, grabbed the tail and tried to run off with it. Cat was not happy. Cat also weighs 30 pounds. Needless to say dog did not win that round.

 

Dog has a fascination with bugs and toads. He managed to catch a dragon fly. Luckily, he dropped it and the bug had time to fly away. And like a boy of any species, he’s shown interest in a toad that had the misfortune to be on our porch this morning. I was able to call the dog away, so the toad managed a quick escape, but it was a close call.

 

So, while I’m still sad that my dog is gone, this little black-constantly-in-motion-hellion has helped. What do you think? Do they make them any cuter when they’re at that age?

 



July 15, 2014.

My husband and I hunted down a new dog bed for our furry critter. I can’t believe how much stores want for a large dog bed?! We finally found one, medium in size and price, and took our prize home thinking the dog would love it.

 

Yeah, not so much. He won’t even step on the thing. He wants his old dog bed. But someone else has taken it over.

 

Dog-Cat Bed

 

Cat is in love with the bed. He sleeps on it every day with the humans are away doing whatever they do all day. The other two cats have investigated it as well and deemed it suitable for their needs.

 

But not the dog.

 

The most expensive cat bed ever! :)  But hey, at least someone is using it, right? *sigh*

 



July 14, 2014.

 

If you are looking for some free reads, check out the below link from Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, and Romance: Kindle & Nook Freebies #88.

 

Did you find anything that you liked?

 

Nothing really jumped out at me. I have a couple of these books on my Kindle when they first went free, but nothing I’ve read yet. I picked up three more today…Anywhere But Here by Jason D. Morrow, Ageless Sea by M.R. Polish, and Magic of Thieves by C. Greenwood.

 

There is one cheap read that I’ve heard everyone raving about…and if the reviews are true…not to be missed. I bought it and can’t wait to read it. It’s called Tangled (The Tangled Book 1) by Emma Chase.