But when a young lady is to become a heroine, the perverseness of forty surrounding families cannot prevent her. Something must and will happen to throw a hero in her way.

Jane Austen

Friday, August 12, 2011

Friday 56

Rules:* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Post any sentence from that page (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog. (If you do not have your own blog) post it in the comments section of this blog.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Lynn Kurland's When I Fall In Love
He cursed again. Damnation, but this wasn’t what he’d wanted. He’d just managed to escape a keep full of wenches; he certainly hadn’t intended to find himself saddled with another one so soon. He had a roof to repair, then a future to contemplate, a future he was sure held such delights as sitting in his great chair before the fire, turning in fat, grumbling about the fare, and complaining about the rain that made his knees ache. He didn’t want the distraction of a woman who was so mesmerizing that he couldn’t looks away from her even when he knew he should.


Follow Friday {two}

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by ParaJunkee – helping bloggers get out there and meet new bloggers!
Be sure to hit up ParaJunkee’s blog to add your name to the linky if you’re joining in, and to get the button with code below. Simply Click It and you will go right to her blog! Instructions are below for follow Friday fun!

Q. How has your reading habits changed since you were a teen? or If you are still a teen what new genres are you in love with currently?

My reading habits have drastically changed since I was a teen! It took everything I had as a teen to just read a book for a class assignment. I very much detested reading. I actually only started reading like I do now about two years ago when I moved back in with my mom and dad right after my divorce. My mom forced books on me then and I’m thankful she did because I’d be lost without them today. It almost feels like I’ve been reading them since I was a teen.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme MizB of Should Be Reading
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Here are my answers...

What are you currently reading?
Amelia Grey's A Gentleman Never Tells
I actually won this book from Not Another Romance Blog. So far it has been an amazing read.

What did you recently finish reading?
Julianne MacLean's Claimed by the Highlander
This is book two in Julianne's The Highlander Trilogy. Book three, Seduced by the Highlander, comes out in October 2011 but I have yet to pre-order it. Trilogies are by far my favorite books.

What do you think you’ll read next?
Vicky Dreiling's How To Seduce a Scoudrel
Won this one off of Romancing Rakes 


Julianne MacLean's Seduced by the Highlander
Book three in the trilogy

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Teaser Tuesday Amelia Grey's A Gentleman Never Tells

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Here's this weeks teaser...

Amelia Grey's A Gentleman Never Tells

Gabrielle huffed in exasperation. “Why are you laughing? You are being most unkind when all I was trying to do was please you.”

He faced her again, trying his best to contain himself. “You do please me, Gabrielle.”

Friday, August 5, 2011

Blog Hopping

Book Blogger Hop

Here's a list of instructions...
1)Click on: You are next – Click here to enter
2)A new page will open
3)In the “Link Title/Blog Title” box, please enter the NAME OF YOUR BLOG and in parentheses after your blog name, please state the main genre that you review (i.e. Crazy-for-Books (contemp. fiction))
4)In the “Link” box, please put a direct link to your blog hop post
(i.e. http://crazy-for-books.com/2011/08/book-blogger-hop-85-88.html)
5)There is a note about the Back Link requirement. Please make sure you have linked back to this blog hop post in the post on your blog or your link will not be accepted! Did you read that important note I told you about at the top of the post?
6)Please enter your e-mail address in the box provided in case I need to contact you about your link submission.
7)The list is randomized, so your link will not appear in a specified order. If you are looking for your link, I suggest you do a Ctrl-F on your PC keyboard and type a few letters of your blog name so you can find it easily.
8)To enter your link click here

Follow Friday {one}

To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
  1. (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
  2. (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers - Hands & Home & www.memyshelfandi.com
  3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say "hi" in your comments and that they are now following you.
  5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "HI"
  6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers
  7. If you're new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!

Q. Talk about the book that most changed or influenced your life (was it a book that turned you from an average to avid reader, did it help you deal with a particularly difficult situation, does it bring you comfort every time you read it?).

The very first romance book I had ever read is the book that has changed my life the most and helped me through my divorce and becoming a single mom. It was Lynn Kurland's With Every Breath. I was in a not so fun and unhappy place and my mother, who had tried for years to get me to read, shoved this book into my hands and pretty much forced me to read it. And since then I have become what my friends call the "crazy book lady". It may sound a little weird but I don't know where I'd be with out my books. I'm not much of a writer but I'm even giving it a shot and writing my own book.

Be sure to check out the other participants on the Follow Friday by using the linky tool below! Want to join in on the fun? Click the Follow Friday image then and join us! The more the merrier!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Jennifer Crusie's Bet Me

I was looking for new authors to read the other day and a friend of mine suggested I read any book by Jennifer Crusie. I don’t normally go out of my realm of historical romance books but I trust the person who recommended her. I am so thankful I listened to her! Jennifer Crusie’s Bet Me is officially on my top 10 favorite books and considering all the books on my list are historical I believe that says something about her.

Min Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially with a man like Cal Morrisey, who asked her to dinner to win a bet. Cal Morrisey knows commitment is impossible, especially with a woman as cranky as Min Dobbs. When they say good-bye at the end of their evening, they cut their losses and agree never to see each other again.

But Fate has other plans, and it’s not long before Min and Cal are dealing with meddling friends, wedding cake, a jealous ex-boyfriend, Krispy Kremes, a determined psychologist, chaos theory, a frantic bride, Chicken Marsala, a mutant cat, snow globes, two Mothers-from-Hell, great shoes, and more risky propositions than either of them ever dreamed of including the biggest gamble of all–unconditional love

Now I’ve never written a book review, I have problems rambling on (which I’m working on) and all the books I try to write turn into short stories so this may well be the worst book review ever. But what I can say, without too much rambling, is that I love this book. It’s not nice to read a book about your average girl. Well I wouldn’t call Min Dobbs average but in a sense she is. She’s not perfect, she’s not skinny and she’s not stylish. She’s your average, run of the mill female, at least when it comes to her body she is. I’ve read so many books with the perfect heroine, well they do have some flaws, but none like Min. And as much as I love reading those books its hard to sometimes completely relate to the heroine. I could actually see myself as Min and understand completely why she is the way she is. As for the hero, Cal, there’s only one thing to say about him; he is my perfect man (and officially my new book boyfriend).

Like I said I’m not a good book reviewer. I really just wanted to share this with y’all.  I will get better, I promise :) Oh, and any advice on writting reviews would be more than welcome!