Friday, December 31, 2010

Welcoming 2011 with a Sons of Anarchy DVD giveaway

The time has come for end of the year reflections, lists, projections, resolutions, etc.  I’m going to keep mine short and sweet and throw in a giveaway, to boot! 
2010 was, without a doubt, the worst year of my life.  (For those that don’t know, my dad passed away on 1/3/10 which set the tone for my year.) I tried to write an end of the year post that ENDED on a happy note, at least, but every post I tried to write was just filled with sadness about this year so I scrapped that idea.  Instead of doing a 2010 wrap up, I’m just going to look forward to 2011!
I have high hopes for 2011, folks!  It is going to be better than 2010; I believe it and I’m speaking it into existence!  This past year, while being tinged with sadness , had some very good moments.  I met WONDERFUL people both online and in real life that helped to keep me sane and smiling when I didn’t think it was possible.  I got a job after having been unemployed for close to a year.  I started a blog.  I finished a sprint triathlon.  I did NaNoWriMo for the first time and won!  I bowed to Tweer pressure (Twitter Peer Pressure) and tried several new authors that I’d never read before and found some new obsessions.  I’m going to take all the best things of 2010 & use them to make 2011 effin fantastic!  A few of my 2011 plans:
1)      I’m going to spend a lot of time on Twitter.  And I don’t feel bad about it AT ALL.  That’s where my tweeps are!   And I love my tweeps! Twitter is also the reason I now read Karen Marie Moning,  Jeaniene Frost, Gini Koch, Carolyn Crane and Larissa Ione so it can’t be a bad thing, right?  I’m going to be doing more cheering for my Cowboys and Orangemen, squeeing, screaming, DM’ing, commiserating, laughing, discovering and learning this year on Twitter with my tweeps and I can’t wait! 
2)      I’m going to write more.  This is always on my list of resolutions but this is the first year that I really did something about it.  Thanks to Adrienne at DrensBSpot for giving me that final nudge I needed to finally do NaNoWriMo this year.  Now that I have, I realize I have stories in me that must come out!  This year, I’m going to finish the trilogy that was started with my NaNo novel.
3)      I’m doing another sprint triathlon.  It was something I never considered I’d be able to do and I’m still in awe that I did it.  I owe so much thanks to my sisters and the wonderful women of Tri It For Life because I most assuredly would not have been able to do it without them.  The wheels kinda fell off of my exercise wagon right after I finished the tri but 2011 will be full of training for the next one.
4)      I’m going to do more pimping here on Penny Pimpin’!  The only goal I had for my blog when I started it was to have a place to talk about some of my favorite things with some of my favorite people and I met that goal!  This year, my goal is to do it a little more often. Heh heh.  And I’m going to start doing reviews.  I think.  I don’t know if I have the heart to do reviews because I’m always afraid I’ll offend the author or the readers that loved a book if I don’t like it.  I’m going to give it a try, though.
And speaking of pimping…there has been one thing that I have pimped more than anything else all year…on this blog…on Twitter…on Facebook…at work….to total strangers……I think you know of what I speak.  It’s a little show….with this guy….and some motorcycles…..  :-) If you’ve spent any time with me this year in any way, then you know I’m talking about Sons of Anarchy!  Its an obsession, plain and simple.  I have pimped it…HARD…all year and it has also been one of my joys of the year; watching it, discussing it and pimping it!  And I plan to carry that into the new year.  In fact, I’m going to start the year off with some major pimpage; I’ve giving away season one of Sons of Anarchy on DVD! 

I mean, what kind of pimp would I be if I didn’t offer a little taste to get someone addicted?!?!  Oh…hang on…wait….I think that’s a PUSHER…not a PIMP….ahem.   Hmph.  Well, shoot…same difference; I PUSH Sons of Anarchy too!  Tee hee!  If you’d like to win the DVD, just leave a comment about something positive from 2010 that you plan to carry into 2011 & don't forget to include your email address so I can contact you if you win.  You don’t have to be a follower to enter but I’d appreciate it if you’d become a follower if you aren’t one already. The contest ends Sunday 1/2/11 at 11:59pm EST and the winner will be drawn using Random.org.  I purchased the DVD from Amazon.com and already have it in my possession and will be mailing it to the winner.
Well, that’s it.  Goodbye 2010.  Hello 2011!  Hope to have a great year with all of you wonderful folks out there! Thank you for stopping by!  Happy New Year to all who are celebrating!  Be safe and have fun!!  Talk to you next year! 

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Winner Post!

Thanks to random.org, we have a winner and it is..........

Theresa @ The Creative Well

Congrats, Theresa!  You've won a $10 Borders Gift Certificate for commenting on my November Obsessions Blog. 

An email has been sent to the winner. Thanks to all who commented!  See me again at the end of December for another chance to win!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Pimpin' My November Obsessions + Borders GC Giveaway

Happy December, folks!  It’s time for my monthly obsessions post.  Let’s see….what was I obsessed with in November?  Any guesses??  *Waggles eyebrows and tilts head towards the upper left hand corner of the blog*
1) National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo
I’M A WINNER!!  I took on the challenge of attempting to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November and I DID IT!  In order to do it, though,  I let some things slide.  I didn’t do any blog posts (sorry ‘bout that!), I cut down my TV viewing, I cut down on my Twitter time, I cut down on my gym time (between us, that was probably NOT actually related to NaNoWriMo….but…I’m just gonna go ahead and throw it in there anyway!) and I cut out my reading time, for the most part.  And you know what?  I was ok with it!  I immersed myself in my own world that I decided to create and I enjoyed my time there.  I’m so glad I did this challenge.  I now know that I can find the time to do some writing every day.  I won’t be trying to do 50,000 words in a month so I won’t HAVE to let everything else fall by the wayside, if I don’t want to.   I’m also very excited about the project I started.  It was originally just a quick idea I came up with to work on specifically for NaNo but now, I LOVE it!  It’s the first novel in a planned trilogy and I’m very excited to start editing it so I can keep the ball rolling with the story.   This is something else I owe  to Twitter.  Along with all my new buddies and new books that I’ve discovered as a result of Twitter, it can also be credited with my discovery of NaNoWriMo.  Several people I followed last year did it or talked about it which caused me to look into it and I vowed then that I’d do it this year.  And now, I’m a winner!  Thanks Twitter! 
For more info - http://www.nanowrimo.org/
2) Sons Of Anarchy

The Sons of Anarchy season three finale was this past Tuesday and my goodness it was a DOOZY!  Even though I decided to give up some of my tv time every day in order to write in November, it was never even a consideration to give up Sons of Anarchy.  I’m addicted and I’m not afraid to say it!  November was the time to be watching for Season three and I was right there; eyes pinned to the screen!  And I was NOT disappointed!  People…if you haven’t started watching this show yet….I BEG YOU TO DO SO!  Best show on TV; hands down!  I’m starting to feel like its my personal mission to get everyone I know addicted to this show!  So, if you feel like I’m being a little heavy handed with it….GET OVER IT! I’m on a MISSION; it’s what I gotta do!  Tee hee hee!
For more info - http://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/originals/soa/
3) Family
It was Thanksgiving and I had family in town; woot!  I live very close to my mom, my sisters and my niece but the rest of our family is much farther away and its always a treat to get to see any of them. This has been a tough year for our family and it was nice to be able to hang out with the fam for a happy occasion for a change.  Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday.  I did a big “Things I’m Thankful About” blogpost that included my fam that didn’t get posted..mainly because I did it only in my head.  Never fear, though; it’ll be a part of my year end wrap up blog.
And there you have it! I really was all about NaNo for November and I have no regrets!  What were you obsessed with during November?  Tell me...tell me; I'm always looking for a new one!  Share your obsessions in the comments and I'll enter you into a drawing to win a $10 gift certificate for Borders, which may just help you further your obsessions.  If you want to be entered into the giveaway, just let me know in your post and don't forget to include your e-mail address so I can contact you.  You don't have to be a follower to enter but I'd appreciate it if you would become a follower.  The contest ends Friday 12/10/10 at 11:59pm EST and is open to all how care to enter and can benefit from a Borders gift certificate.  I appreciate you stopping by!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

WE HAVE A WINNER!

Ummm...so obsessed am I with NaNoWriMo that I kinda sorta forgot that I needed to pick and post a winner!  OOPS!  sorry folks!  I took Dren's advice and used random.org to pick a winner this time...though I still think my low tech method was fine and dandy!  :-)  The winner of the $10 Borders gift certficate is:

A BUCKEYE GIRL READS

Congrats!  The winner has been sent an e-mail. Thanks to everyone for commenting!  And keep those obsessions coming!  And for all of you who indicated that you are ready to jump on the Sons of Anarchy bandwagon....IIII'MMMM WAIIITIINNGG!!! 

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Pimpin' Current Obsessions + another Giveaway!

Today, my friends, we talk about…OBSESSIONS!  I think I’m going to do a monthly post on obsessions.  If you’re anything like me, you will sometimes find yourself completely obsessed with something at any given time.  It could be a new series of books you were introduced to.  It could be the next movie in a series you’re addicted to that’s coming out soon.  It could be a new artist or a new song by your favorite artist that you’re listening to over and over again.  Or, it could be a television series that someone pimped to you that has become your new obsession (*throws a non judgmental side-eye over to Hanging With Bells*).  It could even be a food, a restaurant, a candy….any obsession is fair game to be discussed here.  And, if you’re anything like me, these obsessions sometimes stay forever and sometimes run their course and go away…as something new comes along to take its place.  That’s why I think a monthly feature would be good; to keep everyone up to date on what I’m currently obsessing over and to find out what everyone else is finding themselves obsessed with….to see if its something I need to check out!  Without further ado, here are my October Obsessions:
Sons of Anarchy

What – TV Show
Where - FX Channel
When – Tuesday Nights at
Why - I really don’t think anyone is surprised by this one!  This will probably be a constant obsession since I am obsessed with the show when its currently in season (as it is now) and when its not!  An added perk this month was Bells from Hanging with Bells becoming interested in the series this month, which has given me someone new to obsess with!  SCORE!  J  The why of it all, though, is the writing, the storytelling and the acting…and of course….HIM:

Charlie Hunnam aka Jackson "Jax" Teller


Terriers
What – TV Show
Where – FX channel
When – Wednesday night –
Why – This is a new show this season that has steadily grown on me.  Now that the show is close to being canceled because there aren’t enough viewers, OF COURSE I’m completely obsessed with it!  FX is fast becoming my Go-To Channel for obsessions!  Along with SOA and Terriers, you’ll also see me obsessed with Justified and Archer when those two shows return! As far as Terriers is concerned, though, I highly recommend giving it a try if you need a new show.  It’ll make you laugh…it’ll make you cry and….as an added bonus, its got Michael Raymond-James aka Rene from the first season of True Blood and Rockmond Dunbar of Soul Food and Prison Break; hubba hubba!
 Michael Raymond-James
Rockmond Dunbar


National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo


What – A challenge to write a 50,000 word novel between November 1st and November 30th.
Why – Earlier this year, I completed a triathlon, which is something I never thought I could do.  I’ve always thought I COULD write a book, I’ve just never given it a serious try.  I figured now was the time to make the attempt.  Even though NaNoWriMo doesn’t start until tomorrow, I’ve been obsessed with it for the last couple of weeks.  I will most likely be up at tonight, getting started and I’ll HOPEFULLY be a crazy writing fool during the month of November!  Wish me luck!
Need More Info? - http://www.nanowrimo.org/
Elemental Assassins Urban Fantasy Series
What – Book series by Jennifer Estep
Which – Spider’s Bite and Web of Lies
Why – I haven’t devoted much time to books this month, being so busy with my other obsessions BUT my sisters, Melinda and Erica, introduced me to the Jennifer Estep novels and I have been obsessed with the books both for the world building and the different take on urban fantasy…but also for all the good FOOD AND DRINKS described in detail within the books!  Be advised, if you haven’t read the books yet and plan to…read on a full stomach!  And, be sure to check out her website, where she lists some of her recipes!
Well, that’s it for my obsessions this month; what are you obsessed with?  Share your obsessions in the comments and I’ll enter you into a drawing to win a $10 gift certificate for Borders, which may help you further your obsessions!  If you want to be entered into the giveaway, just let me know in your post & don't forget to include your email address so I can contact you.  You don’t have to be a follower to enter but I’d appreciate it if you’d become a follower if you aren’t one already. The contest ends Friday 11/05/10 at 11:59pmEST and is open to all who care to enter and can benefit from a Borders gift certificate.  As always, thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

We Have a Winner!

After a very high tech drawing procedure involving ripped up pieces of paper and a neutral party (my sister) drawing a piece of paper out of a bag, I now have a winner of my very first Giveaway:

PAMELA!

An email will be sent to the winner shortly.  Thanks to all for playing and congrats to Pam!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

My Very First Giveaway - Burning Up by Nalini Singh, Meljean Brook, Angela Knight & Virginia Kantra

I've decided to do my first giveaway; WOO HOO!  What prompted it, you ask?  Was it the fact that I reached 25 followers?  No.  Was it the fact that this is my big monumental FOURTH post? No. Was it the fact that I have a habit of buying books that I've entered contests for....before the contest winners have been announced?  DING DING DING!  Sigh.  I'm really going to need to start keeping track of all the contests I enter one of these days.  Until then, though, I'll just let my absent mindedness benefit someone else!  The details of the giveaway are below but first, let's discuss anthologies.
What’s your feeling on book anthologies?  I CURRENTLY find them to be a great resource for finding new authors to try out.  There was a time, however, when I would buy an anthology just for the one story by the author I was familiar with and ONLY read the story by that author!  That was back when I was very focused on the authors I knew and loved and wasn’t particularly interested in other/new authors UNLESS I was in the bookstore and was won over by an intriguing cover and/or I got a recommendation from another reader whose opinion I valued.  Times have changed, though.  Now that I’m on Twitter,  I add books to my TBR pile fast and furiously, based on how many folks I see talking about them in a positive light.  I don’t want to be left behind; I wanna be caught up in the obsessions too!  I also make a habit of buying and anthologies and reading ALL of the stories contained within.  I can’t take the credit for discovering the benefits of anthologies, though; that goes to my sister Melinda.  Years ago, I bought the, “Out Of This World” anthology, because it had a J.D. Robb novella in it.  I ONLY read the J.D. Robb story and never even considered the others.  Melinda, however, read them all.  The other stories in the anthology were by Maggie Shayne, Susan Krinard and Laurell K. Hamilton.  Melinda was intrigued enough by the Laurell K. Hamilton story to decide to start reading the series that the short story was taken from, the Anita Blake series, which she later recommended to me.   I mentioned in an earlier post, it was the Melanie Rawn Dragon/Sunrunners books that opened my mind to fantasy books as a whole but it was the Laurell K. Hamilton Anita Blake series that introduced me to urban fantasy/paranormal romance books, in particular. My love for that series in has waned slightly with the last few books but there was a time when they were among my favorites of all time. Those books introduced me to sexy vampires and shapeshifters and I’ve been OBSESSED with them both since then.  After I started reading those books, I asked my sister how she came across them and she mentioned the short story from the anthology.  I know this sounds silly, but it really was like a lightbulb went off for me; “OH….you read the other stories TOO?  Hmph.  What a novel idea!”  Prior to then, I would only buy anthologies that had at least one story by an author that I knew and read already.  Now, I not only buy those but I’ll occasionally buy ones that don’t include any authors I read, just to see if I can discover a new obsession.  In addition to Laurell K. Hamilton, I also started reading Angela Knight, Patricia Briggs and Meljean Brook, among others, as a result of first encountering their stories in various anthologies.  So, thank you Melinda for, once again, opening my mind to something I hadn’t previously considered!
 Now, time for my very first giveaway; WOOT! I’m giving away an anthology, in hopes of maybe turning someone else on to an author they may never have tried; a kind of Pimpin’ It Forward, if you will.  Or, if you’re like I once was and only want to read a story by an author you know but didn’t feel like paying for a whole book to get one short story, now’s your chance to grab one, free of charge!  I recently entered a contest to win the Burning Up anthology which includes stories by Angela Knight, Nalini Singh, Virginia Kantra and Meljean Brook. 

Unfortunately, I FORGOT about that and bought the book before the contest ended.  I won the book in the contest and now I’ve got two copies.  I figured the one I bought  would make a great first giveaway for my blog.  Entering is easy; just make a comment below and let me know your opinion of anthologies and if you’ve ever discovered an author via an anthology. If you want to be entered into the giveaway, just let me know in your post & don't forget to include your email address so I can contact you.  You don’t have to be a follower to enter but I’d appreciate it if you’d become a follower if you aren’t one already. The contest ends Friday 10/29/10 at 11:59pmEST and is open to all who care to enter.  As always, thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Pimpin' Book Boyfriends

So, I’ve learned that I may actually be one of the laziest bloggers to ever live.  In my defense, I did have a triathlon that I was working towards that was taking up a lot of my free time (in case you missed it, I DID complete it on 9/26/10; WOOT!) and then, as a result of doing the bulk of my walk portion of the tri in the pouring rain, I got a nasty case of bronchitis that kept me out of work and laid out for several days in the week following the triathlon…but…yeahhhh…all of that happened a couple of weeks ago.  There’s really no excuse for me not to have posted anything so I’ll just cop to being lazy and leave it at that.  Moving on! 
Now that I’ve admitted to blogger laziness, I think its perfectly acceptable for me to steal today’s idea from someone else and then put YOU to work on MY blog (more about that later)!  HA!  Barnes and Noble has a question on their Facebook page today asking what book character you would most like to date.  I’m amazed at how many people have named JUST one character!  I’m finding it hard to narrow it down to just THREE!  I have many, many book loves going back many years and it’s just too hard to narrow it down to just one so I flat out refuse!  Its my blog; I can be ornery if I want to!  Here, in no particular order, are the top 3 book characters I’d like to date:
1)      Roarke – J.D. Robb’s In Death series – a devastatingly attractive multi-gazillionaire that owns nearly half the planet (AND some stuff OFF planet, too) who has all the qualities of a bad boy even while trying to be good, speaks with an Irish brogue, would do ANYTHING for the woman he loves (see bad boy trying to be good) and who is just as comfortable being charming and witty as he is with being cold, calculating and deadly, should the situation call for it  ; who WOULDN’T want to date that dude?  (Blogger’s note – If you are not familiar with the In Death series, never fear; there’s a pimpin’ post coming about it in the near future, since the newest book will be out in a few weeks)
Honorable mention in this series – Ian McNabb
2)      Rhage – J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series – I actually have a few book boyfriends from the BDB series, greedy, dirty minx that I am, but Rhage gets the mention because he was the one I loved first!  From his first mention in Dark Lover, I was intrigued by Hollywood.  I have a thing for big sexy blonde types (check), I like guys with a great sense of humor (check) and I like a man to have some fight in him, a beast within, as it were (CHECK!) so Rhage certainly fits the bill!  I was sold, though, when he went out to eat with Mary in Lover Eternal.  I like a man with a healthy appetite and Rhage put a HURTIN’ on some food in that book!  I LOVED it! 
Honorable mentions in this series – Vishous, John Matthew & Qhuinn
3)      Joe Morelli – Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series – There are only two men to love in this series and the heroine of the series loves them both and WHO COULD BLAME HER?  Morelli gets my vote, though, because he’s the more stable of the two.  He’s definitely a man you could see yourself marrying and living a comfortable life with.  He seems like a regular sexy guy who loves sports, loves his girl and puts up with her ridiculous antics, loves his family, takes his job seriously, isn’t afraid to have a good time and is willing to overlook an occasional transgression, whether it be criminal or relationship-wise.   What’s not to love?
Honorable mention in this series – Ranger (OF COURSE!) 
I decided to cut myself off at 3 for a couple of reasons; first, I really could go on and on with book crushes but I know you've probably got other things to do than read about all the book men I love but, mainly, I wanted to leave some men out there for YOU to talk about!  Remember me saying I was going to put you to work?  Now its your turn to do some pimpin of your own!  Who are YOUR favorite book boyfriends?  Which character or characters would you like to date and why?  Introduce us to them and tell us a little to get us interested, if you please! I know I'm always on the lookout for more men to add to my fantasy stable and I'm betting I'm not alone!
As always, thanks for stopping by and I promise to try to be less lazy in the future!  (Notice I didn’t say I promise NOT to be lazy…I’m just going to try to be LESS lazy.  Ahem.  No need to out and out LIE to you nice folks!)  Can’t wait to see who you mention!  Now...get to pimpin!      

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Pimpin' The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J.R. Ward

WARNING – Ahead, there may be gushing, fanaticism, run on sentences, tangents & fan girly squealing. You have been warned!

Back Cover of Dark Lover by J.R. Ward - Black Dagger Brotherhood (BDB) Novel #1

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There also exists a secret band of brothers like no other - six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Among them, none relishes killing their enemies more than Wrath, the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood...

The only purebred vampire left on the planet, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But when one of his most trusted fighters is killed- orphaning a half-breed daughter unaware of her heritage or her fate - Wrath must usher the beautiful female into the world of the undead…

Racked by a restlessness in her body that wasn't there before, Beth Randall is helpless against the dangerously sexy man who comes to her at night with shadows in his eyes. His tales of brotherhood and blood frighten her. But his touch ignites a dawning hunger that threatens to consume them both…

And so began the series that kicked my lifelong pimpage of books to a whole new level! The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward is one of my favorite book series EVER! I became aware of the series from a mention at the back of another book that I was reading (which, unfortunately, I can’t even remember now! That book was BB or "Before BDB" and a lot of books read back then have since dropped out of the forefront of my mind!). I ordered the first book, Dark Lover, received it, settled in to read it, made it about 42 pages in before I calmly put the book down, walked over to my computer, ordered all of the other books in the series (at that time, there were three other books to order) and requested EXPEDITED delivery before I settled right back in to read some more! That same day, I started the pimping! I called my sisters, I texted my girlfriends, I told co-workers…..even folks that weren’t regular readers! I told fellow readers who don’t read romance or paranormal. The more into the series I got, the more my pimping grew. I told cousins, random folks on the internet, strangers that I met at OTHER author’s book signings, passerby’s in the bookstore, people in the waiting room at the doctor’s office, that nosy chick at the grocery store that asked about the book I was carrying in my purse….it didn’t matter! If someone looked like they COULD read, I told them about the BDB! I have always been one to share my opinions about a book, or a series of books or a TV show or a song, etc, if I really loved it, but the way I became with the BDB was even new to me! It was as if I couldn’t NOT tell people about the books!

And, please understand, my BDB adoration was not limited to pimpage of the books. Oh no….it goes MUCH further than that! I have named my car after one of the Brothers. I use variations of the Brothers names for all of my passwords at work. I have bought at least two of the books multiple times because I loan them out to other people to read…and then find that I can’t be without them and NEED to have them in my possession! I have called in to work to finish a book (I don’t work there anymore but it doesn’t have anything to do with that incident….I DON’T THINK….heh heh…). I've started to distrust anyone that smells like baby powder (if you haven't read the books, you won't understand that one yet but if you're read them...YOU KNOW!). I’m obsessed, plain and simple. And I have NO shame about it. NONE. The series ROCKS.

Enough about me and my feelings, though! Let me give you a bit about the books in a well thought out intelligent manner, just in case you aren’t acquainted with them yet. THE BOOKS ARE MADE OF AWESOMENESS! Oh…sorry….that slipped out. What I meant to say is that there are currently eight full length novels in the series plus an Insider’s Guide.



The newest book in the series, published in April of this year is Lover Mine:


Each book is considered paranormal romance and has a Happily Ever After (HEA) although some of have thought that the romance has been a little thin in a couple of the books. I have a slight preference for urban fantasy books over paranormal romance books so I’m most interested in the overall story being told about the struggle between good and evil in the books but the romance aspect is something to tune in for, as well. There are some eyeball sweatin type sex scenes, so…gird your loins. For real.  If you're reading out in public, some of the scenes will have obsessively checking to make sure no one is looking at the book over your shoulder...and they might have you looking at perfect strangers with a certain gleam in your eye!  Don't say I didn't give you a heads up!  The writing is sharp and includes a lot of American pop culture references but even if you don’t get them, I still think you’ll enjoy the stories as a whole. You don’t HAVE to read the books in order but I highly recommend it. You will laugh, you might cry, you’ll be shocked, you’ll be pleased and you’ll always want for more! Crave for more. NEED more. The series is like a drug. Seriously. I feel I should put that disclaimer out there; you WILL get addicted so just be ready.

So there you have it! For those of you that have read them, have you also had the inability to stop pimping the series? Have you given in to obsession as well? Comment and let us all know! And, if you haven’t read them yet and do, let me know because I’m ALWAYS up to discuss these books! ALWAYS!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Reading! True.  :-)

Sunday, September 5, 2010

2 Pimps in One; Sons of Anarchy & The Succubus Diaries

Hi! Welcome to my blog! The name pretty much says it all; I’m Penny and this is my spot to pimp out my faves. Let’s get started with the pimpin, shall we? I’ve decided to dedicate my first post to one of my favorite television shows which is also going to lead me to pimp out a new favorite book series, as well! First blogpost and we’re already experiencing the coveted Pimp within a Pimp! WOOT!

Sons of Anarchy is the most bad azz show on television right now. Period. That's what I think.  This is how FX Networks describes it:


FX's original series, Sons of Anarchy, is an adrenalized drama with darkly comedic undertones that explores a notorious outlaw motorcycle club's (MC) desire to protect its livelihood while ensuring that their simple, sheltered town of Charming, California remains exactly that, Charming. The MC must confront threats from drug dealers, corporate developers, and overzealous law officers. Behind the MC's familial lifestyle and legally thriving automotive shop is a ruthless and illegally thriving arms business. The seduction of money, power, and blood.


Jackson 'Jax' Teller (Charlie Hunnam) is the MC's vice-president, whose loyalty to the club is tested by his growing apprehension for its lawlessness; Gemma Teller Morrow (Katey Sagal) is Jax's force-of-nature mother; and Clarence 'Clay' Morrow (Ron Perlman) is Jax's stepfather and MC president. The triangle of Mother, Son, and Stepfather will ultimately reveal the dark secrets in this family's past and the lengths they will go to protect their sins.


The description is accurate but it only scratches the surface of all that the show offers. There’s something for everyone (as long as they are of age, that is; the show has a TV-MA rating and is heavy on the adult stuff!). Its got drama, intrigue, humor, mystery, bikes, hot guys, loose women, gang bangers, white supremacists, a porn studio (no, for real, it does!), bombs, prostitutes, revival meetings, shootings, maimings, tattoos, carnivals, babies, babies mamas, doctors, drugs, sex and rock n roll! And, there's a great love story, as well. WHAT MORE COULD YOU ASK??!? If you like classic tales, you should know that the show’s creator, Kurt Sutter, freely admits that the show is loosely based on Hamlet. Don’t let the bikers and the strong language and the TV-MA rating scare you away. Even if you don’t think it's your kind of entertainment, I’d still say give it a try. I didn’t get hooked in by the advertising or the word of mouth; I actually started watching because a friend of mine had a small role on the show in a couple of episodes and I wanted to see him. Once I tuned in one time, I was HOOKED and kicking myself for not having started watching earlier. The writing is sharp, the actors are fantastic and the story is compelling. It is just great entertainment and I highly recommend it.

 
There…that sounded all official-like and well thought out and all that good stuff, right? Great, because when I first conceived this post, ALL I planned on saying is “You should watch this show because THIS GUY is on it”:

Yeah….probably wouldn’t have been a very informative but it would have been accurate! THAT GUY is Charlie Hunnam aka Jackson “Jax Teller”. Seriously, I could write a BOOK about my love for the character Jax Teller. I won’t…but I could. What I will say is that he is a strong alpha male character who would do anything for his family and the woman he loves (and I’m not going to tell you who she is because it’s slightly spoilery, if you’ve never watched). And when I say “anything”…. I DO MEAN ANYTHING. He is the character that sold me on the show and a mutual love for him is what leads me to the subject of our pimp within a pimp; The Succubus Diaries series by Jill Myles.

Jackie was an ordinary museum docent until a mysterious vampire and a fallen angel made her into a succubus. Now a sexy immortal, she’s caught between an age-old war between angels, demons, and the immortals exiled to earth. When everyone else is choosing sides, which will she pick? The good guy or the bad boy? Maybe she wants both…

Firstly, HELLLOOOO Mr. Cover Man; How YOU doin?? Gentlemen Prefer Succubi is the first of The Succubus Diaries books. Succubi Like it Hot is the second book and its also available now. The third book, due out in December is My Fair Succubi. I’ve read the first two books and loved them! They are steamy and witty, have several laugh out loud moments and are a different spin on vampires and angels. The Succubus Diaries were on the list (yes, there’s a pimpin list already!) to eventually get their own pimp BUT they moved up to the first blog spot because Jill Myles recently posted pictures of who she envisions as her characters on her Facebook page and she thinks of one of her characters as....you guessed it....Charlie Hunnam aka Jax Teller! WOOT! As I told her on her page, if I didn’t already think she was fantastic....THAT DID IT!! I usually like to make up my own mind about what characters should look like BUT in this case, I think I’m going to re-read the books and imagine Noah as Charlie…just because!

And there you have it; my first blogpost! Hope you enjoyed it! Sons of Anarchy season 3 premieres in the US on Fx this Tuesday, September 7th and the first two Succubus Diaries are out and available for purchase. Please let me know if you have or plan to watch or read either; I’d love to discuss with you! Thanks for stopping by and come back!


Penny