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

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!
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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:


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!