Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Btw...



since I moderate comments but will also be out-of-town for ALA, don't worry if you want to enter the Linger contest but don't see your comment, don't hear form me, etc, right away. I'll be back on the 30th and get it all caught up :)
-Bella

Is it really work when you love your job?




the Library of Congress Reading Room
The annual ALA (American Library Association) conference is being held in our nation's capitol, and since I work as a public library assistant, I will be going. It's in Washington D.C. and this year will be my first time attending :D
I'm excited for so many reasons, but a major one is that I have always wanted to visit the numerous libraries, archives and museums there. What library-lover doesn't think about setting foot in the Library of Congress




And I've been dying to explore the Smithsonian since the 4th grade, ever since I saw Dinosaur Hall on a show.
http://photo2.si.edu/dino/dino.gif
There's also the monuments, and the Holocaust Museum, as well as seeing the Constitution, though I don't know if I'll actually have time to do all these things since it's a working trip, and the conference itself will be pretty exciting. I won't have Internet access though, so I may not post till I get back, which will be probably June 30th or so. Can't wait to see all the ALA exhibits and go to events - it's something I've been looking forward to for a long time!

Monday, June 21, 2010

summer overwhelmed...

Ugh, so I just started my first semester of grad school June 7th and already I'm tired. Maybe I shouldn't have started with a summer session *grrr*

All my time is being sucked away into that black hole otherwise known as boring ass textbook reading. Okay that's it; just wanted to gripe lol
Be back laterz....

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Blog Tour: Masked by Moonlight by Nancy Gideon Interview & Review

Published: May 25 2010 Pocket Books
Details: Mass Market Paperback, 375 pages  
isbn:  1439149631   
isbn13: 9781439149638
ALL SHE WANTS IS REVENGE.
New Orleans homicide detective Charlotte Caissie is dedicated to bringing down the crime boss responsible for her father’s murder. Using Jimmy Legere’s mysterious and irresistible right-hand man is a dangerous gamble, and not only due to his reputation as more monster than man. Because her feelings for Max Savoie are . . . complicated....
(summary via goodreads.com)

Review: 
If you like sexy shapeshifters and hawt werewolves, then look no further! Masked by Moonlight is the book 1 in a new paranormal trilogy by Nancy Gideon, featuring Charlotte Caissie and Max Savoie. Though Detective Charlotte Caissie is a tough woman on the NOPD force, her defensive exterior is no match for the mysteriously sexy Max.  Both of the characters have some serious wounds from their pasts, and they struggle with trusting each other and intimacy. But it's their challenges that also force them to come together, so it's worth it! Read on to hear from Nancy :D

Q&A with Nancy Gideon

1.     What was your inspiration for MASKED BY MOONLIGHT?

A:    The book (and the MOONLIGHT series) was built off a proposal for a werewolf story I was shopping around back in the early ‘90s.  When my Silhouette Romantic Suspense editor asked if I’d like to submit for their paranormal line, I remembered those chapters and decided to revisit them.  Well, somethings are set aside for a reason.  After several rounds of rewrites of both chapters and outline, my editor advised that they LOVED the prologue…but the rest had to go.  They wanted an entirely new book built on that prologue: new plot, new characters, new everything.  All I had to go on was a grisly murder by ‘otherworldly’ means in New Orleans. From that, I envisioned my heroine, Charlotte Caissie, a tough detective investigating the scene, going to question the UNusual suspect, Max Savoie, the mysterious right hand enforcer of a local crime boss.  Charlotte and Max have an unexplained history together.  I started writing.  In less than five days, I had  over seven chapters and couldn’t stop.  Let me preface this with the fact that I’m OCD and never work on a project without an extensive outline.  MASKED BY MOONLIGHT unfolded like I was watching a movie at the keyboard.  I never made a single note, never had an inkling of where it was going.  The characters told the story.  And before I heard back from that editor on the new proposal I sent her, I was finishing up the THIRD book of what was now a series!  Max and Cee Cee had a grander plan for their story than I’d imagined, a larger, darker book that was the threshold of a huge complex world that I couldn’t bare to trim or change for Silhouette.  But Pocket Books saw potential there and now I’ve just turned in the fourth of six contracted books. 
   
2. Will you be attending any book or writing conferences this year?

A:    I’ll be signing books at the Romance Writers of America® conference at Disney in Orlando in July.  Taking a weeklong research trip to New Orleans in April used up the rest of my vacation time (but was sooooo worth it!).  Readers can keep up on where I’ll be both physically and virtually by checking my website at http://nancygideon.com/  or can sign up for my e-mail newsletter there.

3. Do you have a favorite paranormal creature?

A:    I was all about vampires from the time the campy soap opera Dark Shadows premiered until writing the eight book MIDNIGHT vampire romance series for Kensington and ImaJinn Books.  That kind of burned me out on the Type AB Negative hero.  I have a fondness for the more rough-and-tumble shape-shifters now.

4. What author would we find you reading when you’re not working?

A:    Dean Koontz is my absolute favorite.  I love the depth of his characters and the spice of the paranormal he puts into his books.  In romance I enjoy books by J. D. Robb and Kresley Cole.

5. What fictional book character are you crushing on?
A:    Werewolf Bowen MacRieve from Kresley Cole’s Immortals series.  The first thing I do when I get a book in the series is thumb through to see if he’s in it.  Sad, I know, but whatchu gonna do. Grrrrowl.

    My MOONLIGHT series is unique in that it features the same hero and heroine, Max and Charlotte in the first four books of the series and then they’ll continue as strong secondary characters in subsequent books.  Pocket has the books coming out back-to-back-to-back so readers won’t have to wait for more.  MASKED BY MOONLIGHT is available in June, CHASED BY MOONLIGHT in July and CAPTURED BY MOONLIGHT in August, with BOUND BY MOONLIGHT (tent. Title) waiting to be scheduled as soon after as possible.    
Laissez les bon temps rouler!

    For a taste of MASKED BY MOONLIGHT, check out my book trailer:
Thanks Nancy! 
~Bella

Friday, June 11, 2010

R U Ready Trubies?!!

this Sunday is the season 3 premiere of True Blood on HBO!

here's an interview from PBS Need to Know: Charlaine Harris & True Blood to whet your faNGs!


Watch the full episode. See more Need To Know.

Review: Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

   
    * Reading level: Young Adult
    * Paperback: 293 pages
    * Publisher: Razorbill (2009)
    * Language: English
    * ISBN-10: 1595142517
    * ISBN-13:     9781595142511 


Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called “the touch.” (Comes in handy when you’re traveling from town to town with your dad, hunting ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional zombie.)
Then her dad turns up dead—but still walking—and Dru knows she’s next. Even worse, she’s got two guys hungry for her affections, and they’re not about to let the fiercely independent Dru go it alone. Will Dru discover just how special she really is before coming face-to-fang with whatever—or whoever— is hunting her?(summary via goodreads.com)



Most all orphans and foster kids build emotional walls as a means of self-preservation, and Dru Anderson is no different in this regard. She is different, however, in that she has grown up always aware of the “Real World”. Knowledge of the “Real World” means that you are aware of the true freakish and evil things out there co-existing alongside humans; things like vampires and werewolves.

After a lifetime of living (and often hiding) on the road with a dad that is a “hunter” of all things evil, Dru can only really see life through the narrow lens of basic survival. And this only gets worse when she’s later forced to figure things out on her own. All her fears and trust issues escalate into an almost paranoid state that causes her to question every situation, and every person she meets. But unlike your average person, she really does have monsters to be afraid of, and they’re coming for her. 

I loved this book’s gut-wrenching moments of tension as Dru confronts one bad situation after another, all fraught with evil spirits, suckers, and determined zombies. Though I hadn’t read any of St. Crow’s previous works, I definitely look forward to checking them out.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

"Waiting On" Wednesday

 

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


My pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection this week is:


Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel
Publication Date: August 3rd 2010

Lenah Beaudonte is, in many ways, your average teen: the new girl at Wickham Boarding School, she struggles to fit in enough to survive and stand out enough to catch the eye of the golden-boy lacrosse captain. But Lenah also just happens to be a recovering five-hundred-year-old vampire queen. After centuries of terrorizing Europe, Lenah is able to realize the dream all vampires have -- to be human again. After performing a dangerous ritual to restore her humanity, Lenah entered a century-long hibernation, leaving behind the wicked coven she ruled over and the eternal love who has helped grant her deep-seated wish.

Until, that is, Lenah draws her first natural breath in centuries at Wickham and rediscovers a human life that bears little resemblance to the one she had known. As if suddenly becoming a teenager weren’t stressful enough, each passing hour brings Lenah closer to the moment when her abandoned coven will open the crypt where she should be sleeping and find her gone.

Review: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

Dimitri gave Rose the ultimate choice. But she chose wrong…

After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s—and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and he's out there, somewhere.

She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and she knows in her heart that he is hunting her. And if Rose won't join him, he won't rest until he's silenced her...forever. 

(summary via goodreads.com) 



Spirit Bound started out a bit slow, and it took awhile to really pick up. The previous 4 books in the series had a lot more action. You also seem to spend a lot of time in Lissa's head, seeing things from her point of view via Rose and their bond and it was a bit strange but interesting. I hadn't realized how much information Rose was able to intercept from it until now. But it really does give you a chance to see how much Lissa has matured and grown into her royal role, and how she thinks. There's also a lot more of Adrian (who I love!) and you do get to find out Dimitri's fate. Most of the beginning is a lot of logistical info and following Rose as she tries to find a way to process her feelings and figure out if the legend she heard in book 4 about Spirit users and the Strigoi holds any truth.  I love the VA series but I have to say I was a bit frustrated that just when things really get good, it ended :( 

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

My 2010 Summer Romance Challenge Picks & Progress

 
hosted by Book Chick City
Timeline: 1st June - 30th Sept 2010
Rules: Read 8 (or double up to 16 Romance novels)

For more details and to sign up visit Book Chick City blog HERE.

Here are my picks so far; I'm only listing 8 for now since it's a spur of the moment decision and I'm starting summer school on Saturday *EEEK!*  Time is what really makes this a challenge, otherwise I might do nothing but read smutty books all summer, lol
  1. Masked by Moonlight by Nancy Gideon (Paranormal)
  2. Kiss Me if You Can by Carly Phillips (Contemporary)
  3. Sinful by Charlotte Featherstone (Historical)
  4. A Secret Affair by Mary Bologh (Historical)
  5. Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallery (Contemporary)
  6. The Demon in Me by Michelle Rowan (Paranormal)
  7. Dark Lover by J. R. Ward (Paranormal)
  8. Into the Dark by Gena Showalter (Paranormal)

A Summer Romance Challenge!


Book Chick City ( a frikkin' awesome blog btw) is hosting a Summer 2010 Romance Challenge and I've decided to join the party :)
Just visit her blog for more details and to sign up, and you can also grab the button there. You don't even need to be a blogger to participate, just a reader ready to devour some romance this summer starting June 1st and ending September 30th.  

And there tons of books and different sub-genres to choose from too...

Romance Sub-Genres:
  • Historical Romance
  • Paranormal Romance
  • Science Fiction Romance
  • Contemporary Romance
  • Romantic Suspense
  • Western Romance
  • Fantasy Romance
Click on the fiery heart to follow my progress throughout this HOT summer!

forever a romantic,
Bella

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Contest: Want an ARC of Linger by Maggie Stiefvater?!


Hey y'all :D
I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of Linger during the Texas Library Association conference I attended at the end of April. And since I'm almost done reading it, I want to pass it on and promote this great series by Maggie! After all, that's what advanced copies were meant for, right? I loved Shiver and purchased it last year, so I'll be buying book 2 as well. So now you can enter to win my ARC copy of Linger, book 2 in The Wolves of Mercy Falls series, by doing the following to enter:
  • Must be a public follower of this blog through Google Friend Connect or Facebook Networked Blogs (just click on the “Follow” button on the sidebar)
  • Must comment here on this post; leave your email/way to contact you if you win

  • Fill out the google docs contest form below:



 
(Shipping to U.S. addresses only) Contest starts now and ends June 30th, 2010 at 12 noon CST.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond with name & address or another winner will be chosen.