Monthly Archives: February 2015

Snow days ahead for the south!

6 in. Snowman 

Paranormal Quote of the Week-Devotion to Vampires

There are such beings as vampires, some of us have evidence that they exist. Even had we not the proof of our own unhappy experience, the teachings and the records of the past give proof enough for sane peoples.

There’s just something about vampires that’s sexy. It’s the same reason why women go for the bad boy – you want them but you shouldn’t have them.


I’m not afraid of werewolves or vampires or haunted hotels, I’m afraid of what real human beings to do other real human beings.

Walter Jon Williams

The phenomenon of vampires has always appealed to me. Everyone kind of likes a vampire story because it almost could be true.

Bill Nighy

-Brainy Quote

Library Lust

The Captive Reader

credit: NY TImes (Italian Palazzo of Dan Blagg and Francesco Bianchini) credit: NY Times (Italian Palazzo of Dan Blagg and Francesco Bianchini)

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Review | (Rereading) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

My Characters and things they love <3

Often Clueless, Always Shoeless

This post features characters from my stories
No Spoilers

Memo: To All Characters

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’d like each of you to tell me one thing that you love. (For those of you from fantasy worlds, or otherwise unfamiliar with this holiday, please see the attached pamphlet.) Before you worrisome types stress out, this is not supposed to be the thing you love most. Just say one random thing that makes your heart go all a-flutter.

Those who participate will receive a choice of the following: 1.) a fancy cupcake, 2.) a foot massage, or 3.) a free pass on one of these little activities in the future. But of course I’m just kidding about #3. Some of you are so gullible…

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New Release: Max by C.J. Duggan **GIVEAWAY**

The Boyfriend Bookmark

Title: Max
Series: Summer #2.5
Author: C.J. Duggan
 Release Date: February 15, 2015


Max Henry thought he’d left the dusty flats of Ballan behind, but when the past slams into his present, suddenly there is no escaping – even if he wanted to.

Melanie Sheehan didn’t set out to be a liar, but her last lie landed her in big trouble. Now Mel must suffer a harsh consequence – she’s not allowed out of her father’s sight.
No friends, no parties, no life.
Since impeccably good behaviour is now all she’s about, her
dad, renowned Ballan local ‘Bluey’ Sheehan, is about to finally cut Mel some slack. The catch? While he heads out of town on business, she has to stay at the Onslow Hotel, and he’s entrusting Max Henry, the eldest son of Bluey’s best mate, to look out for her.
He just doesn’t know it yet.

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Vampire X- Vampire Thy Betrayed


“Whatever circles you hang don’t know many like me. Where I’m from, we can do many things very, very well in the dark of night. Like aiming well.” Allison cocked her knee up and swung backward knowing the exact place on this man to aim. His voice told her his height and where to position the heel of her boot. To her surprise, he was gone from the spot. Dang! She thought.

Allison is a very daring name for the princess of thieves. Suppose she might make a man flee. For she spells danger in every curve. I wonder if she understands whatWHO she has uncovered?”

Singsong and tough didn’t sound as if they mesh, but with this man, no one would mess with his rhyming schemes.

“How—“ she stopped herself. No! He wouldn’t get the best of her. A game he wants, a game he gets. “Jacoby Millson sounds like a sore prince who lost his kingdom and brings forth his arrogance and righteous attitude to even his enemies.”

“How right you might be,” he “tutted” like before with his tongue against his teeth.   “Why are you here?” he asked.

“I told you already.”

“But that would make you either a spy or a thief and I don’t know yet what to do with you.”

“Try neither. And you have yet to do anything I couldn’t thwart. It would behoove you to move out of my way.” Allison readied her small unregulated unallowable dagger set to push straight into the meat of his thigh the second he stepped closer.


“Dictionaries come in those boxes too? You can go look for one. I promise to wait here.” An undefined smile caught at the corner of her mouth. He could probably see it easy enough. If he weren’t behind her she have the advantage, but seeing in the dark is a tricky business when nothing is moving. At least for her.

“It would behoove you to find another place to scope out. I’m not a diamond dealer. I don’t know why you are here, but it isn’t safe.”

“Don’t pretend to act like you are being noble and allowing me to walk away clean.   Your games bore me. You spent the night in here waiting on me. I want to know why. What are you hiding, Mr. Millson?”

Not a sound returned for more than two minutes. In response, Allison moved like the turtle to his hare speed. The only distance she made, a row over, made her weary of where he might be now. Her back was still away from where his last spoken word came from, but this is a Vampire.

Two arms grabbed her from behind and held her dagger to her waist as a breath of fire hit her neck. The psychopathic vampire had the strength of a god. Who knows, maybe vampires were made from gods. Wriggling her arms away was futile. He had her trapped. Not one crappy gangster or burglar from her four years in the thief hunting business had the sense enough to find her in a dark room much less a well lighted one she couldn’t play dumb blonde in. Just as she thought she might try kicking backward again he whispered with his lips touching her ear, “Wouldn’t you like to know?”

Vampire X

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BOOK REVIEW: Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

Books are Delicious!

With the Insurgent movie opening next month, I figured it was time for me to buckle down and finish the Divergent series by Veronica Roth.



I read the first installment, Divergent last year and, I’ll be honest, I wasn’t impressed. While the plot was interesting, the writing fell flat. Dystopian Chicago was intriguing, but beyond some stiff SAT prep definitions of the factions there was almost no world building. Roth’s writing is all tell, no show. I blame the stiff narration and the limited description in part on the first person POV.

Tris does not have a compelling voice. A great first-person novel should have a distinct voice that engages the reader. Think of Catcher in the Rye or The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Tris’s voice is dull, robotic and emotionally detached.

Another advantage to a third-person POV would be a more thorough and unbiased depiction of the world. I…

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Giveaway: UtopYA Con Book Match Scavenger Hunt Game

The Paisley Reader

Happy Friday, everyone! Today, I am happy to bring you my section of the utopYA Con official bloggers’ scavenger hunt for our panelists’ books. Before I get to the rules, let me tell you about the utopYA2015’s earlybird ticket prices! They’re ending February 28th, and that’s next week! Standard admission is currently $90, and VIP is $115. On the 28th, those prices go up to $110 for standard admission and $135 for VIP. Thinking about getting your tickets? Pick them up here.

Now, let’s get to the book hunt! Here’s what you have to do to win:

  1. Read the synopsis below.
  2. Guess which book from my short list the synopsis belongs to.
  3. Type your answer in the Rafflecopter entry form.
  4. Enter every day throughout the month of February for a shot at the prize!

Each blogger will list one synopsis and five possible titles for you to choose from. It’ll…

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