Friday, May 29, 2015

I'm Going to Cleveland

Hey there! If you find yourself in the Cleveland, Ohio area this Saturday, come stop by the Strongsville Holiday Inn between 11:30-12:30. I’ll be there selling books (along with all these other fine authors shown HERE)! Signing them, too! Well…unless you didn’t want me to sign yours, but why would you want that? You’d just buy the digital version then, right? It’s certainly a lot cheaper!

The Cleveland Rocks Romance Conference is hosting the book fair, which is free to the public (the conference isn’t, though). This is my second of three conferences within a month’s time (I’ll be going to the third one next weekend). I certainly hope I sell a few books. That would certainly make things nice.

By the way… I’ve picked the date of August 1st to raise the e-book price of Blind Temptation to $4.99. So you have until then to purchase it for $2.99.

Of course, you’ve all purchased it already. Right? J

Okay, I know not ALL of you have. That’s okay. I still like you! But if you know someone who would like my books, I’d be eternally grateful if you spread the word.

Yep, ETERNALLY grateful. That’s a long time!

Last night the hubby and I went to a Dayton Dragons game (they are the Single A team of the Cincinnati Reds, or baseball for those of you unfamiliar with MLB). Between innings, the Green Team entertains the crowd (they’re called the Green Team because they’re all wearing green uniform shirts and green is the team’s color). Twice during the game (before the first inning and the middle of the 8th) they go around the park and shoot off some T-shirts. One of these T-shirts came sailing our way last night. My hubby dove for it and so did another larger fellow. Hubby lost the fight for the shirt (I kind of thought they were both being a little ridiculous) and now he thinks he might have broken his finger. But does he go to the hospital to get it X-rayed? Of course not. Says all they’ll do is splint it. Duh! Isn’t that the whole point?

Sometimes I really wonder about that man.

Anyway…at least the Dragons won! They’re certainly playing a lot better than the Reds (I don’t even know what’s happening with them—they started out so well!).

I’m still keeping up with the Stanley Cup Finals, too. Can’t believe the East and West series have both gone to a Game 7. I’m rooting for the Hawks and Bolts, in case you were interested. I don’t want to see the Rangers in the final (and yes, it DOES have a lot to do with the fact the Penguins lost to them!).

So…You got any big plans this weekend? Hope the weather cooperates for you!

Have a great Friday (and Saturday and Sunday)! I’m certainly going to try. J


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wednesday Reads and DVR Woes

We have a love/hate relationship with DVRs. Two years ago our DVR died on us and we lost many hours of programming. It was an old DVR and didn’t hold many high def shows. So when it died, we took that opportunity and switched to a whole-house system so we could get a bigger and better DVR. Well, on May 7 (not two years later) that bigger and better DVR died on us. Arrgh! We lost way more than the last time because this DVR was over 80% full (close to 80 hours), and of course there’s no way to transfer what was recorded to a new DVR. So frustrating!

My daughter was able to baby the broken DVR for a bit (unplugged it to cool and then plug it back in). When she couldn’t get it to stay on for more than 15 minutes, she gave the go ahead to get it replaced (a good portion of the lost shows were hers). We finally got the replacement DVR on Friday only to find the display acting all wonky (most of the time we can’t even make out the time). Not feeling too confident with this machine, I now get to swap it for another, which means driving 20 miles to the store. What a pain.

If we ever move, I seriously wonder if I’d stick with cable. Can’t imagine the other services are any better, though. I guess no one business is perfect. I should just stop watching television, but I doubt that will ever happen. I like it too much. J

Anyway, this is what I read this week:

crouching tiger forbidden vampire by kerrelyn sparks
May 24: “Crouching Tiger Forbidden Vampire” by Kerrelyn Sparks, book 16 (and finale) in the Love at Stake series, a paranormal romance at 370 pages long. Blurb from book: Russell wakes from a coma to find he’s become a vampire. Now he has a thirst for revenge. Determined to hunt down the master vampire who turned him, he’s used to working alone…until he meets Jia. She is after the same vampire for murdering her parents and insists she can help Russell on this mission. Reluctantly, he agrees, and sets up some ground rules. Rule #1: Their partnership is strictly business. If he holds her a little too close…if she looks at him with those exotic eyes…well, that has to stop. Rule #2: He’s in charge. Jia isn’t used to taking orders and questions every move he makes. So he stops her the only way he knows how. Rule #3: Don’t fall in love. But the kiss that was supposed to quiet her awakens something else in him…something forbidden. Because Jia is engaged. To someone else. It was sooooo refreshing to read something I love. Something that fueled my own writing. So sad that this is the end of the series, though. I really love these books.

jason by laurell k. hamilton
May 25: “Jason” by Laurell K. Hamilton, book 23 in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series, an urban fantasy at 255 pages long (although the print was practically double-spaced, so probably a lot shorter than that). Blurb from book: Jason Schuyler is one of Anita Blakes’s best friends and favorite werewolves, with benefits. J.J. is his ladylove, and old flame from childhood who dances at one of the top ballet companies in New York. She’s accomplished and beautiful, and she’s crazy about him, too. Neither of them wants to be monogamous, so what could go wrong? J.J. is enthusiastically bisexual, with an emphasis on the female side of things. She plans to keep sleeping with women, because Jason can’t meet that need, just like she can’t meet Jason’s need for rough sex and bondage. J.J. doesn’t understand why Jason isn’t content to go elsewhere for a need she can’t fulfill, so Jason asks Anita to help him explain. Anita is having her own relationship growing pains with her only female lover ever, Jade. Jason suggests that J.J. might be able to help Anita with her girl problem, while she helps him with his kinky explanations. With some encouragement from a few other lovers in Anita’s life, she reluctantly agrees, and J.J. makes plans to fly into town for an experience that none of them will ever forget. This story wasn’t really part of the series, but an off-shoot of mostly a discussion on sex (oh, and sex, too). So, no fighting monsters and stuff like that. I enjoyed reading it because I enjoy the characters, but it’s certainly not required reading to stay with the series. I did find it a nice recap of who is who in Anita’s world, though (since I tend to forget sometimes).

So…What service do you use to watch TV: cable, satellite, antenna, or other? Do you like it? Or do you dream of switching?

Have a good Wednesday and happy reading!


Friday, May 22, 2015

Too Much On My Mind

Got busy with the husband last night planning our September cruise to New England & Canada that I forgot to write something for the blog. Other stuff has been happening, too, and I'm starting to feel a little overwhelmed. I'll blame it on the convention. And the contest I promised to judge. And the upcoming conventions.

I'll be glad when June 8th comes around. I can take a breather!

This Sunday I'll be celebrating Mother's Day with the kiddos (since I was gone on the actual Mother's Day). Then Monday the husband and I will visit our friend in Columbus for a nice BBQ. This is the first Memorial Day weekend in years we haven't traveled to someplace new. Seems kind of strange. Maybe it's what I need. Some relaxing, do-nothing days.

Hope your weekend is good for you, however you spend it. And if you're driving, be safe!


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wednesday Reads and My Time at RT

I went to RT and came back with 28 books. All free. My friend came back with 104. She bought 16 of those. Just goes to show you what you can come away with. She worked at getting books. I didn’t. For a newbie, she did pretty darn good. She also wants to go to next year’s RT, which will be in Vegas. I don’t think I want to go. Too far and too expensive for me. The year after will be in Atlanta. Now, that’s more my thing. It’s only an 8 hour drive there! J

While at RT, I did get some more people to sign up for my newsletter. I probably would have gotten more if I had remembered to ask them. D’oh! And I sold two books during the giant book fair. Not much, but two more books than I sold last year, so that’s good. I also gave away 9 copies of Ghostly Liaison at the Kensington event. One to a woman who had already read the book (and loved it—did I mention that?). She just wanted an autographed copy. Awwww!!!

I have to say, I had a lot more fun at this RT than I had at previous ones and I owe it all to my friend. We had a blast (and laughed a lot – mostly because of Boris the spider). It really does make a difference when you go with someone you know (even if you don’t go to all the same events). I’m so glad she had a good time, too. I think she’s hooked, now!

Now…on to what I read this week:

May 19: “My Name is A’yen” by Rachel Leigh Smith, book 1 in A’yen’s Legacy series, a sci-fi romance at 302 pages long. Blurb from Goodreads: They've taken everything from him. Except his name. The Loks Mé have been slaves for so long, freedom is a distant myth A'yen Mesu no longer believes. A year in holding, because of his master's murder, has sucked the life from him. Archaeologist Farran Hart buys him to protect her on an expedition to the Rim, the last unexplored quadrant. Farran believes the Loks Mé once lived on the Rim and is determined to prove it. And win A'yen's trust. But she's a breeder's daughter and can't be trusted. Hidden rooms, information caches and messages from a long-dead king change A'yen's mind about her importance. When she's threatened he offers himself in exchange, and lands on the Breeder's Association's radar. The truth must be told. Even if it costs him his heart. It’s an interesting story, but a difficult read for me. I won’t be reading book 2.

As you can see, I didn’t read much and it took me a while with that one. I’m looking forward to reading the last Love at Stake book (up next!), but I also promised to judge a writing contest and received the entries on Monday. Thank goodness I can’t judge while I’m walking on the treadmill, so I will get my reading in. But my writing? Well… I’ll just space the entries out so I get my writing done, too. It feels like forever since I’ve written! I miss it.

So… If you start reading a book that is difficult for you, do you finish it or stop reading? I find I can’t NOT finish a book I’ve started. Wonder why that is? Any theories out there?

Have a good Wednesday and happy reading!


Friday, May 15, 2015

Picture from Kensington Event

Not much to report. I'm tired, though. And I did take a picture. Yeah, just one. But it's a goodie. Here you go...

This is from the Kensington event, where patrons received my book for free, provided they gave me a ticket (everyone who came in only got 2 tickets and there were a lot of books to choose from).

I can't believe I actually gave all my books away. And I wasn't last, either. Yay!!

Some even indicated they'd purchase my book on Saturday, since they already spent their two tickets on other books. Man, that sure made me feel good.

My buttons are a hit, too.

All in all it was a good day.

That's all I have. I'm ready to crash. Have a great Friday!