Saturday, February 03, 2007

Exiled by Kaitlin O'Connor


I finished Exiled by Kaitlyn O’Connor, available in print in Abandon this evening. It is futuristic romance on a primitive planet with no technology, but they do have have war birds. I Many years ago, when I was a child, I used to dream of a bird I could fly on like that. I still had images in my mind going into reading this book.

Description from NCP's website:

It was a hell of a way to end a vacation! One minute Danica was scuba diving, the next she found herself in a specimen tank on an outbound alien ship. When they correct their 'error' by dumping her on the alien world of Glaxo, she is immediately captured by Taj, Chieftain of the Glaxons, who swoops from the sky on his giant war bird and claims her as his slave.

Barbaric they may be, but the blue eyed, blond haired Indian-like tribe of Glaxons are a fair race, and Taj fairest of all. When he's good, he's very, very good, and when he's bad he gives her heart palpitations in an entirely wonderful way.

The Year's Best (actual) Headlines Of 2006

The Year's Best (actual) Headlines Of 2006

Crack Found on Governor's Daughter
[hmm!]

Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says
[No, really?]

Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
[Now that's taking things a bit far!]

Is There a Ring of Debris around Uranus?
[Do they ever read what they write?]

Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over
[What a guy!]

Miners Refuse to Work after Death
[No-good-for-nothing' lazy so-and-sos!]

Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant
[See if that works any better than a fair trial!]

War Dims Hope for Peace
[I can see where it might have that effect!]

If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile
[You think?!]

Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures
[Who would have thought!]

Enfield ( London ) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide
[They may be on to something!]

Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges
[You mean there's something stronger than duct tape?!]

Man Struck By Lightning: Faces Battery Charge
[He probably IS the battery charge]

New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group
[Weren't they fat enough?!]

Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft
[That's what he gets for eating those beans!]

Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
[Taste like chicken?]

Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half
[Chainsaw Massacre all over again!]

Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors
[Boy, are they tall!]

And the winner is....

Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead
Did I read that sign right?

Source: e-mail joke

Friday, February 02, 2007

HOW READING ROMANCE CAN SUPPORT A WORTHY CAUSE...


Did you know that 95% of abuse victims are women? Every year four million women are assaulted by their spouses or partners. Freya's Bower Publishing is hoping to do a small part to break the cycle of abuse.

On February 1, DREAMS & DESIRES: A COLLECTION OF ROMANCE AND EROTIC TALES will be available. This anthology features short stories in a variety of romance subgenres from 19 talented authors. The stories range from sweet to sizzling.

Not only did the authors contribute their stories to this anthology, but all the editing and cover art were also donated. All net proceeds - that's 100% of the profit - from the sales of the anthology will go directly to a battered women's shelter in Florida. There have been other anthologies published for charity in the past, but most of those have only donated a portion of their profits. With DREAMS & DESIRES, every penny of profit goes to help women and children in dire circumstances.

Please help make a difference by purchasing a copy of DREAMS & DESIRES. As an added bonus to contributing to such a worthy cause, you'll be rewarded with 19 great short stories by some of today's rising authors.

"The Forest for the Trees" by Jenna Bayley-Burke (sweet; contemporary)
"Song Without Words" by Faith Bicknell-Brown (sweet; contemporary)
"Love @ First Site" by Amanda Brice (sweet; chick lit)
"The Christmas Prize" by Sela Carsen (sweet; contemporary)
"Romance for One" by Rachelle Chase (spicy; chick lit)
"Confessions of a Bombshell Bandit" by Gemma Halliday (sweet; chick lit)
"The Velvet Mask" by Candace Havens (sweet; contemporary)
"Road of Misgivings" by Zinnia Hope (sweet; contemporary)
"To the Core" by Jackie Kessler (tangy; paranormal)
"Taking the Alleys" by Susan Lyons (sweet; contemporary)
"Brushstrokes" by Richelle Mead (spicy; historical paranormal)
"Red's Merry Mischief" by Debbie Mumford (tangy; fantasy)
"Baring It All For Mr. Right" by Rhonda Stapleton (sweet; chick lit)
"The Wedding Policy" by Bebe Thomas (sweet; historical)
"Blood and Feathers" by Emily Veinglory (sizzling; M/M paranormal)
"The Mirror" by Sasha White (sizzling; contemporary)
"The Reluctant Bridesmaid" by Lois Winston (sweet; chick lit)
"The Forge: Jezren Dark Sky" by Shaunna Wolf (tangy; sci-fi)
"Secret Valentines" by Kit Wylde (sweet; contemporary)

DREAMS & DESIRES is available as an eBook for $7.99 (ISBN: 1-934069-36- 1), a
paperback (ISBN: 1-934069-22- 1) for $19.95, and a hard cover (ISBN:
1-934069- 23-X) for $29.95. The paperback and hardcover are available from
Barnes & Noble online. The books and the eBook are also available through Freya's Bower at
www.freyasbower. com. The book is also being sold at Borders and
distributed by Ingrams. If your local bookstore doesn't have it, they'll be
able to order it for you. Just give them the title and the ISBN number.

Together, we CAN make a difference!

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Below by Kaitlyn O’Connor


I finished Below by Kaitlyn O’Connor, available in print in Abandon this evening. It is one of New Concept Publishing older futuristic romance. Check out the older cover for Below on the author's website.

Description from NCP's website: Three quarters of her crew are deep sea miners, geneoids, humans designed with aquatic traits that have created creatures of such beauty that Victoria can’t help but be drawn to them, particularly the merman, Raphael. When he claims her as his companion, he places her in an untenable position, but Victoria quickly discovers that the rules set down by the company that has betrayed them all are of no concern to her when it comes to Raphael, and that she is just as determined to have him as the company is to part them forever.

Review Sites

These sites offer reviews for romance and/or erotic romance (among other genres in some cases). Most of the websites listed offer a variety of marketing services besides reviews.

Affaire de Coeur
http://www.affairedecoeur.com/index.htm
This review magazine pays for articles on writing, and they also publish short stories.

A Romance Review
http://www.aromancereview.com/news/

All About Romance
http://www.likesbooks.com/reviews.html

The Best Reviews
http://thebestreviews.com/

BookBytes
http://marylaine.com/bookbyte/index.html

BookCrossing
http://www.bookcrossing.com/

Book Fetish
http://www.bookfetish.org/

Book Remarks
http://www.book-remarks.com/

BookReview.com
http://www.bookreview.com/

C2Ks Kwips & Kritiques
http://www.ck2skwipsandkritiques.com

Clean Sheets
http://www.cleansheets.com

Cocktail Reviews
http://cocktailreviews.wordpress.com/

Coffee Time Romance
http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/
Karen Find Out About Erotic Stories
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/karendevinkaren/
Karen Find Out About New Books
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/karenfindoutaboutnewbooks/
Coffee Time Newsletter
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Coffee_Time_Romance_Newsletter/
These are the newsletters and discussion groups of Coffee Time Romance, one of the review websites on the Internet for romance and erotic romance.

Cupid’s Library Reviews
http://www.cupidslibraryreviews.de/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cupidslibraryreviews/
A small website that reviews romance and erotic romance.

Ebooks-Review
http://www.ebook-reviews.net

eCataRomance
http://ecataromance.com/review.shtml
http://sensual.ecataromance.com/reviews?type=&id=378

Elizabeth’s Book Collections and More
http://www.angelfire.com/fl2/ebenway2/vamp.html
An author’s private page. She had great lists of books by subject. She also reviews romance.

Enchanted Ramblings
http://www.enchantedramblings.net/

Enchanted in Romance
http://www.enchantedinromance.com/

Erotic Escapades
http://www.erotic-escapades.com/

Erotic Romance Reviews for Women
http://www.errw.bravehost.com/home.html

Escape To Romance
http://www.escapetoromance.com/

Eternal Night Reviews
http://www.eternalnight.co.uk

Euro-Reviews
http://euroreviews.eu.funpic.de/

Fallen Angel Reviews
http://fallenangelreviews.com/Services.htm

Gotta Write Network
http://www.gottawritenetwork.com

The Habitual Reader
http://www.habitualreader.com/

The GRITS On-Line Reading Club
http://www.thegritsbookclub.com/
Mostly African-American fiction, including romance.

Historical Romance Reviews
http://www.historical-romance.cjb.net

Huntress Reviews
http://www.huntressreviews.com/
This website reviews a wide variety of books. They also have a long list of author links.

In The Library Reviews
http://www.inthelibraryreview.com/

Joyfully Reviewed
http://www.joyfullyreviewed.com/
This is a new website for romance and erotic romance. At this time they do not have cover spot advertising. They are going to begin to spotlight authors in the near future.

Just Erotic Romance Views (JERR)
http://www.justeroticromancereviews.com/
JERR Readers
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/JERReaders/

Lighthouse Literary
http://www.lighthouseliteraryreviews.com/

Literary Nymphs
http://www.literarynymphs.com/

Love Romances and More
http://www.loveromances.com

My Book Cravings
http://www.mybookcravings.com

MyShelf
http://www.myshelf.com

Mystic Books
http://www.mystiquebooks.com

Mystic Castle
http://www.themysticcastle.com/
Historical romance.

Nights and Weekends.com
http://www.nightsandweekends.com/

Novelspot Book Reviews & More
http://beta.novelspot.com/blog/

Nubian Sistas Book Club
http://www.nubiansistas.org/index.html

Once Upon A Romance Reviews
http://www.onceuponaromance.net/

ParaNormal Romance Reviews
http://paranormalromance.writerspace.com/Reviews.htm

People Who Love Good Books
http://peoplewholuvgoodbook.tripod.com/
This reading group has a discussion group and reviews books. Their interests include fiction and non-fiction mostly African-American literature.

The Pink Possee
http://www.thepinkposse.net

Raven Reviews
http://members.fortunecity.com/arwen_e/

R.A.W. SISTAZ Book Club
http://www.rawsistaz.com/
For African-American authors, primarily. Noted some romance on their website.

Reader to Reader
http://www.newandusedbooks.com/index.cfm

REAL Reviewers
http://www.realreviewers.org/
Review African-American literature, including romance.

Realms of Love
http://www.realmsoflove.com/
Registered users can add a link to the "web links" database. They also have a "submit news" option.

Rites of Romance
http://www.ror-reviews.com

Road to Romance
http://www.roadtoromance.ca/authorsinfo.htm

Romance at Heart
http://romanceatheart.com/

Romance Designs
http://romancedesigns.com/
All genres. They don’t accept titles until they are print as well as eBook.

Romance in Color
http://www.romanceincolor.com/
Multi-cultural romance.

Romance Divas
http://www.romancedivas.com/

Romance Junkies
http://www.romancejunkies.com/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RomanceJunkiesReaders/

The Romance Readers Connection
http://www.theromancereadersconnection.com

Romance Reviews Today
http://www.romrevtoday.com/

Romantic Times
http://www.romantictimes.com/

RRT Announce
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RRTannounce/
RRT has a discussion group for announcements related to books they have reviewed.

The Romance Studio
http://theromancestudio.com/

The Romance Zone
http://www.theromancezone.com/

Round Table Reviews
http://www.roundtablereviews.com/

Scribes World Reviews
http://www.scribesworld.com/reviews/index.html

Sensual Reads
http://www.sensualreads.net

Sensual Romance
http://sensualromance.writerspace.com/
http://sr.thebestreviews.com/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sensualromance/

Sequential Tart
http://www.sequentialtart.com

Sim~Gen Reviews
http://www.simegen.com/reviews/fictionreviews.html

The Sistah Circle Book Club
http://www.sistahcircle.com/
Offers reviews, including romance, primarily African-American literature.

Sizzling Romances
http://www.sizzlingromances.com/

Sizzling Romance Reviews
http://sizzlingromances.tripod.com/reviews

SFFP Romance
http://sffpromance.iwarp.com/

Speculative Romance
http://www.specromonline.com/

Timeless Tales Book Reviews
http://www.timeless-tales.net/

Two Lips
http://www.twolipsreviews.com

Vampire Book Club
http://www.vampirebookclub.com/
A forum group that offers book reviews as well. They aren’t limited to romance, their focus is on vampires.

WaxRomantic
http://www.waxromantic.com/

Wicked Book Reviews
http://www.wickedbookreviews.com

Word Museum
http://www.wordmuseum.com/

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

A New Fave

Valley of Silence by Nora Roberts. This is the third story in The Circle Trilogy. It's the love story between Cian (vampire) and Moira (queen/witch-in-training).

I finished the last book in Nora Robert's Circle Trilogy last night. Wow. I enjoyed all three books, and I think Larkin (Dance of the Gods) was my favorite hero, but Valley of Silence is going to end up on my all time faves list. The book kept me "emoting" the whole time. I really enjoyed it. Anyone else read the series?

Speaking of Nora Roberts...

I watched Angel Falls on Liftime on Monday night. I hadn't read that book before, so I didn't know what to expect. I'm looking forward to next week's Montana Sky more.

Well, that is about all I have to say.

I had to switch over to the new system here on Blogger. It took me more time to do than that write this post!

Happy Valentine's Day



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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Aspen Mountain Press

Aspen Mountain Press
http://www.aspenmountainpress.com/

Aspen Mountain Press is an e-book publisher with a variety of genres including romance, erotica, along with science fiction and mystery.

More information about submissions.

America's Cheapest Family - Now Cheaper

The other night I watched "Flat Broke: Begging & Borrowing in America" on 20/20. Anyone watch the show? I did, seeing as how debt collection is the day job.

20/20 highlighted several instances of aggressive, law-breaking, mean and jerk debt collectors -- which really irritated me because most debt collectors are decent folks. 20/20 also found a few assertive, law-abiding, polite debt collectors to counter the picture they painted. But, the overall picture was skewed. At least, that was my opinion after watching it.

My irritation increased over the week because reporters on another 20/20 feature on Hunger in America have recently spent the better part of a year interviewing/following poor children in New Jersey. Someone asked the reporters something like....

If they were following the lives of hungry children for almost a year, why didn't they feed them?

The answer was basically that the reporters didn't want to change to story. It wouldn't be reality if they fed the starving children.

That was just too Broadcast News for me. I couldn't identify with Holly Hunter not running off with William Hurt over a few fake tears.

It irritated me that the ethic is held so dear in the industry that day after day they followed with their cameras, waiting for the sound of rumbling stomachs.

That isn't okay!

In fact, I'd go so far as to say if I was in debt and I didn't know where my next meal was coming from, that I'd prefer to deal with an annoying debt collector trying to make money from me (that I owed) than people who'd watch my child starve trying to make money (by selling advertising time to major corporations).

Actually, the show was interesting. Getting riled up is good for us, isn't it? I don't think the reporters even considered why I'd get riled up! But, all is good because their shows reminded me to think about reality for people that are my neighbors. Reminds me to think about what I can do to fight hunger in America.

And, their debt show will help the cheapest family in American make some extra money this year. That family's book is #97 on Amazon.com for sales right now.

This family was interviewed on the show, and their book is now being sold at a great reduction, which is making me think... should I buy it?

I can't though, because I just made another order and one way I save money is to shop regularly, and not on a spur of the moment. At least as much as possible. And, I just ordered 3 books from Amazon.com and won't order more until I finish those.



America's Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money: Your Guide to Living Better, Spending Less, and Cashing in on Your Dreams (Paperback)

by Steve Economides, Annette Economides

List Price: $12.95
Price: $7.77
You Save: $5.18 (40%)


Oh, and by the way, having watched their interview on the television show, they say they don't shop with credit cards, so their advice might be not to take advantage of this deal on on Amazon.com.

tags: money, debt, personal finance, credit