Thursday, June 30, 2011

Book Review: Debutante's Dilemma

The Debutante's DilemmaThe Debutante's Dilemma by Elyse Mady

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


It could have been a five but I had a couple of issues with it.

1. The wording.

It's not just that the entire first chapter is in omniscient POV, but that the word choices were cumbersome throughout the book and work to slow down the read as a whole. Why say squab when you can say cushion, as Mark Twain would say?

Mark Twain: "I never write metropolis for seven cents when I can get the same price for city. I never write policeman when I can get the same money for cop."

2. The HEA.

Two men and one woman living happily ever after, though she can only be married to one. No jealousies there? Hmmm.... well it is a work of fiction! But that doesn't excuse the lapse of logic in her setup - if neither man is speaking to the other, why would she assume that both (wholly unaware of the other's concurrent invitation) wouldn't simply arrive at the same time, as invited? Why does she not entertain that possibility?

Lastly, keeping with the HEA, she has a moment of doubt wherein she discovers that lust doesn't equal sex, but then everyone ardently declares their love, including her. (?)

The author's strong point was the wording in the sex scenes, which were largely devoid of odd turns of phrase, and more to the point!

All in all, I'd read this author again - with the dictionary handy!



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Monday, June 27, 2011

Malik: Day 1


Well, well, well. Doesn't he look dark and broody?

*pulls up a chair*

Let's have ourselves a little interview, shall we?

Bratty: Hello, Malik. Say, those are some spiffy clothes you’re wearing, but they don’t quite come close to Horace’s red leather getup. In fact, why are they black anyway? Isn’t all leather in Hell black (to make it hotter)?
Malik:*sneers* Actually, I do favor red. But this seems more – dramatic.

Bratty: It seems you have a flair for fashion. Tell me, does it run the family?
Malik: Ha! Bite your tongue. It most certainly does not. How could anyone call those awful white robes my brother wears fashionable? *rolls eyes* As if!

Bratty: Okay, so about your brother – the Archangel – what’s up between you two? Why are you out to get him?
Malik: Him? That sniveling little piece of shit you are calling my brother? *leans forward* Because he needs to be taught a lesson, that’s why.

Bratty: What lesson? And how are you going to teach it to him?
Malik: He needs to be brought down off his high horse and realize he’s not the only one good enough to rule Heaven. And I plan to show him just that by taking over. Myself.

Bratty: Replacing him with you? How?
Malik: *twirls a poker* By edging my way into his consciousness until he nearly goes mad, then performing the ritual that swaps our consciousnesses. Then I get to rule Heaven – with better fashion sense of course – and he can be stuck in Hell with all the lousy henchmen.

Bratty: Lousy?
Malik: *sighs* It’s so hard to find good help these days.

Bratty: Like Doth? Didn’t you kick Doth out of Hell?
Malik: He’s a useless spineless waste of space. He can rot on Earth for all I care.

Bratty: And what about Horace? What happens to Horace when you’re done with him? Does he get to go back to being an angel?
Malik: *Laughs* do you really think he’ll want to after I’ve given him a taste of real power?

Bratty: Er….I don’t know. It seems as though he might be kinda sad to leave Heaven.
Malik: Oh make no mistake. He’ll leave it when he sees what he’s done to his precious Archangel. He’ll leave it voluntarily and never look back. And for all I care, he can follow his precious master downstairs and stay there to rot. As long as they don’t disturb my rule.

Bratty: But what if the plan doesn’t work? What if you’re kicked to the sidelines and the Archangel wins again? Punting you out of Heaven like a dirty football-shaped diaper?
Malik: *snorts* Please.

Bratty: But wasn’t there something you needed to make the ritual work? Some kind of blood you could only get from an angel like say, Justin?
Malik: *sniffs the air* Justin, did you say?
Bratty: Oops.
Malik: Yes, I do recall that one. *steeples his fingers* I think I may just have to set him up for a fall. *Leans back in chair* After all, it’s not as though I can go up and get him! *laughs*

Bratty: Er…of course.
Malik: And now if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to get my nails sharpened.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Book Reviews: Lost Gods

Lost GodsLost Gods by Kim Knox

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This book is a non-stop whirlwind of a chase scene followed by a sex scene followed by a chase scene.

Yes, it takes place in space, but that isn't really the space that's emphasized here. Rather, the space between the eyeballs.

You see, the characters seem to have ...well...more than one person inside their head. Who is who at any given moment can be well, complicated, all throughout and even up to the very last page of the book!

'Cause you just never know....

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Doth and Justin:Day 1


Doth: Heh. Heh. Here we are.
Justin: Yeah? *shrugs and looks around* So now what?
Doth: *shrugs and gives Beavis and Butthead laugh* I don’t know. You’re always the one with the plan.
Justin: Me? What plan?
Doth: *rolls eyes* You know. The plan to save Brian or the plan to save the Archangel or whatever. You always have the damn plan. *Pauses and sticks out lower lip* You never like my plans.
Justin: That’s ‘cause they suck.
Doth: That’s what you think! If my plans suck so much, then tell me this, bonehead: Where’s Brian? Huh?
Justin: *sighs and looks around*
Doth: Did you forget about him?
Justin: No, I just-
Doth: You’re supposed to be saving little Brian. *dances in circle with arms flailing* Saving Angel Brian! Saving Angel Brian! Saving Angel Brian!
Justin: Shut up already!
Doth: Well, what happened? Did you forget about him?
Justin: No, I just got distracted, that’s all.
Doth: *batts eyelashes* By me?
Justin: *shoves Doth out of his face* You wish!

Author’s note: Actually, that is kinda what happened. Sort of.

Doth: Well, then where is he? Why aren’t we rescuing him? And what about the Archangel?
Justin: Yeah, what about the Archangel? You seemed pretty friendly with him the last time you saw him. After you did your healing thing you crawled up on the bed with him and made out! What do you have to say about that?
Doth: *shrugs* I get around.
Justin: So how do you know him?
Doth: Oh, you know. Before, when I was up above-
Justin: Before you got kicked out…
Doth: Yeah. Before I got kicked, out, we uh…well, we were kinda seeing each other.
Justin: Doth, he’s a little old for you. What is he? Six or seven thousand years old? He’s a lot bigger than you, too.
Doth: Yeah, he’s nice and big. But don’t worry. I can handle it. I still do.
Justin: *gives Doth fish-eyed look* What do you mean, still do?
Doth: He comes down here sometimes to see me.
Justin: What? When? I haven’t seen him.
Doth: I hide him from you.
Justin: Okay. That tears it. I’m going to go get Brian.
Doth: *pouts* Because you can’t have me all to yourself?
Justin: No, because you are the most annoying, aggravating-
Doth: Cute-
Justin: Moronic, duplicitous-
Doth: *nods* Uh, demon, remember?
Justin: Forget it. I’m going to go rescue Brian. He’s the one I love anyway.
Doth: Why?
Justin: Why do I love him?
Doth: Yeah. How come? What’s so special about him? I thought he was a snob that wouldn’t give you the time of day.
Justin: Yeah, but that was before the Archangel tied us up together. *eyes slide closed as he remembers the scene*
Doth: But that was way before me. You can’t go back there. It’s not allowed!
Justin: *opens eyes* Why not?
Doth: ‘Cause that story was never finished!
Justin: Neither was ours!

Author’s note: Technically true. Story 1 was Justin and Brian (shibari) and Archangel (with cherub). Story 2 was Justin and Brian with Doth as a sidekick. Story 3 was Justin and Doth as um….well, that’s never quite been sorted out.

Doth: So, are we just friends or what?
Justin: I don’t know. I think the author likes the other characters better than us.

Author’s note: Kinda. Well, the Archangel and his brother Malik are two cool characters that are battling it out, but there is no love story there! Can I help it though, if I like villains better? I have no trouble motivating them. No sir. It’s the H/H that give me headaches.

Doth: Did you hear that? She said we give her a headache.
Justin: You’d give a corpse a headache, Doth.
Doth: Oh yeah? *brightens* Hey, maybe we should go try. Come on, let’s go find some dead people!
Justin: What are you talking about?
Doth: *grabs Justin’s arm and swings like a monkey* Just come on! I want to go to the cemetery and give dead people headaches.
Justin: *pinches bridge of nose and sighs* See, your plans are always like this. That’s why they suck, Doth.
Doth: Do not.
Justin: Do too!
Doth: Do not, not, not! *sticks tongue out* Come on. Let’s go before they get any deader. Besides, you don’t look real busy. I think Brian can wait.
Justin: Oh, God. Why do I do this to myself?
Doth: *batts eyelashes again and swivels hips* ‘Cause you’d miss me if I was gone! I’m the only fun thing in your life.
Justin: Technically, I’m dead.
Doth: Well, is the headache working yet?



Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Month of July

Okay,

So for the month of July expect to see some changes here -as early as next week.

Two characters whose story has been on the back burner for a while - Justin and Doth - are going to take over this blog and ransack it until it's inside out and make it theirs.

We'll start with some photos that might be them....and also a re-vamp of the blog. Check it out next Thursday and I'll do a Q&A with the boys. It's sure to devolve into scary-ass merriment.

Until then, here's something to get the juices flowing:

A possible Doth?
BAD boy Doth in demonic phase!

Vulnerable Doth. Or is he?

If Hitler could see him now Doth.

Archangel or his brother, Malik?

Malik, I'm guessing.

Hard-livin Malik, to be sure.

Justin and the
Archangel?

A serious looking Justin.

Sweeter Justin.

Archangel.

Archangel in leather....

Brian? Or Doth? 

Horace.

Bratty

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Book Reviews: Sleeping with the Wolf

Sleeping With the Wolf (After the Crash, #1)Sleeping With the Wolf by Maddy Barone

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I liked the writing, but I'm still not an "I'm your mate" kind of girl.

My idea of a proper response when someone says to me, "I'm is your mate" is, "eat lead!"

That is all.

Oh, but P.S. Love the cover. It took me some time to notice there was a plane on there..... *scratches head* not sure why.....?




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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Help!

Please contact Douglas County Superior Court clerk Juanita Koch and tell her that Chris Owens was protecting his mom when he shot the abusive boyfriend who broke into their home - ignoring a restraining order. Email her and tell her we expect Judge Hotchkiss to give a lenient sentence!

jkoch@co.douglas.wa.us

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Book Reviews: Alien Revealed

Alien RevealedAlien Revealed by Lilly Cain

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I liked it but.... I wish the blurb on the site had warned me about the anal penetration and the bondage play. Really. I feel like a broken record here, but please, tell me, when you read this blurb do you envision anal penetration and bondage play?

Description

Inarrii agent Alinna Gaerrii was tasked with observing the Starforce base on Earth. Crash landing her observation pod was not part of her mission briefing. Neither was making m'ittar—mind contact—with Major David Brown, the human who found her amongst the wreckage.

David thinks she's a psychologist sent to evaluate his Special Forces team, and Alinna goes along with his misconception, seizing the opportunity to observe humans up close. But their contact has unexpected side effects, and Alinna soon invades David's dreams. Through their intimate mental connection she allows him to express his forbidden physical desires.

Alinna delights in the sensory exploration and grows excited by the prospect of a treaty with the humans and a potential life mate in David. But an attack from an unknown ship sends the base into chaos, and Alinna may be forced to reveal her lie, erasing all hope of a successful treaty, and driving David away forever...

37,000 words


Yeah, I didn't see it either.

Not that Ms. Cain did it badly - but I still rolled my eyes and wanted to toss the book across the room (which I didn't do, 'cause it woulda hurt my Sony eReader!).

All in all, I liked the relationship in this story better than Blue Galaxy, another Carina Press title I read yesterday. However, I would have been perfectly happy without the other er.....elements.

If I'd have known, I would not have purchased the book!





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Friday, June 3, 2011

Book Reviews: Blue Galaxy

Blue GalaxyBlue Galaxy by Diane Dooley

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


I'm probably going to be a very unpopular reader for saying that I didn't find the main character's relationship compelling or all that believable, after so many twists. It seems that I also have this "wall" that's hard to scale, 'cause after someone drops a bomb down my gullet, I'm sure the heck never gonna tell them I love them, even if they were carrying my child.

So, maybe, in the end it's His motivations I don't quite believe. Or maybe his backstory. I am left confused.

Which, admittedly, is my normal state.



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