Sunday, February 27, 2011

Rogue Oracle by Alayna Williams

Rogue Oracle (Delphic Oracle, Book 2)From Goodreads:
Tara Sheridan is the best criminal profiler around—and the most unconventional. Trained as a forensic psychologist, Tara also specializes in Tarot card reading. But she doesn’t need her divination skills to realize that the new assignment from her friend and sometime lover, Agent Harry Li, is a dangerous proposition in every way. 
Former Cold War operatives, all linked to a top-secret operation tracking the disposal of nuclear weapons in Russia, are disappearing. There are no bodies, and no clues to their whereabouts. Harry suspects a conspiracy to sell arms to the highest bidder. The cards—and Tara’s increasingly ominous dreams—suggest something darker. Even as Tara sorts through her feelings for Harry and her fractured relationship with the mysterious order known as Delphi’s Daughters, a killer is growing more ruthless by the day. And a nightmare that began decades ago in Chernobyl will reach a terrifying endgame that not even Tara could have foreseen. . . .
Rogue Oracle is the second book in the Delphic Oracle series. Yep, I've started another series somewhere else besides the beginning. You do not need to read the first book to be totally absorbed into this story. This book can stand alone. It is also a fun UF that will keep you on the edge of your seat in a psychological and horror filled way. There is a bit of romance but it is more a part of the background giving the story momentum to move forward. It is not a PNR, so if you are looking for a little more romance you might be disappointed. Even so, I felt that Harry, her intended, was a great match for her and you will root for them from the start.

As a side note, I found that there was a bit of philosophy thrown in this book. You are dealing with oracles, tarot cards, psychic ability and often the idea of free will vs. preordained paths are skirted around. There is a small part in this book that discusses it and the view is more on things being fatalistic. Now for those of you snoozing, don't worry, it was only a very small part in the book and I tend to leap at philosophical discussions like this because I find them interesting. I was just happy that the author did in fact chose a side for the characters. Made them more real to me.

Dark OracleI give this book 4 stars. Although I would start with book 1, Dark Oracle, you don't need to if this book finds it's way into your hands. I also recommend it to people who enjoy UF.

I received this book from the publisher and no compensation for my review was given.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

On My Wishlist... 2nd Books in a Series Edition...

Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout
TBP in 2012

No blurb yet, but since I had the first one here in the series on this list. I had to add this one to my wishlist. Might add it again when the official blurb is out. I do love the cover and can't wait for this one too!

The first book:
Half-Blood (A Covenant Novel)
Endurance by Jay Lake

This cover just came out by the same artist, Dan Dos Santos. It will be the second one in the Series started by Green. So, if you loved the first cover then you'll like this one too. :)

Okay, I admit... these are books I haven't yet read the first, but loved the cover of the second. 
So what are your pretty cover, can't wait until there is even a blurb out wish books this week?

Oh and I didn't forget to tell, but have been busy... the ebooks winner of:
She had been contacted/confirmed the prize.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Etched in Bone by Adrian Phoenix

Etched in Bone (The Maker's Song)From Goodreads:
More beautiful and powerful than any creature the world has ever seen, Dante Baptiste has become the supreme target of the three worlds that spawned him. The mortal agents of the Shadow Branch have tried to control his mind through psychological torture. The vampire elders who guide nightkind society have plotted to use him in their bloodthirsty bid for power. And the Fallen have waited for millennia for Dante to claim his birthright as their Maker. But Dante belongs to no one—except the woman he loves. . . .
Determined to face the Fallen and the world on his own terms, Dante hopes to piece together his shattered past and claim his future, with FBI agent Heather Wallace at his side. But in Heather’s human family awaits an unexpected enemy. One who could rip Heather from Dante’s heart and fill the holes with bullets. One who could force Dante to choose his darkest destiny—as the Great Destroyer. . . .
This is book 4 of the Maker's Song series. As some have stated *coughMissiecough* think I'm insane for starting series in the middle. Especially this series *coughPam/Spazcough*. Sometimes, I admit... I am. :) Not all series can be started anywhere but many can so I often throw caution to the wind when I get the chance to read a series I've been wanting to get into for a bit. This series should be started from the beginning. There is just an overload of information that I have no doubt would flow much easier when totally acquainted with these characters and the world they inhabit. I will say this... even though I was lost at times the writing did have me captivated and I want to know more. Oh yes... Ms. Phoenix has me interested and captivated. I will be reading the first three books in this series and then come back to this book.

I will give this book 4 stars. Even though it isn't a stand alone in my opinion, I feel that the writing, characters and the world do deserve big acknowledgement. Oh, and I do warn you... the ending is a cliffhanger.

I received this book from the publisher and no compensation for my review was given.

Books in the series:
  1. A Rush of Wings
  2. In the Blood
  3. Beneath the Skin
  4. Etched in Bone

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Healing the Highlander by Melissa Mayhue

Healing the HighlanderFrom Goodreads:

ANDREW MACALISTER longs for a cure to free him from the excruciating pain caused by an old wound, but when he rescues a drowning woman, he has no idea how much his life is about to change. All Drew knows is that this mysterious woman is hiding secrets—and that he’s never felt such a consuming desire before. Yet he cannot deny her request for help, even if it means bringing the detested English army to his Highland clan’s home. 
LEAH NOBLE MCQUARRIE still harbors a deep hatred of the Fae who tortured her eleven years ago, forcing her to escape back in time to the thirteenth century. A descendant of the Fae, Leah denies her heritage and her magical healing abilities. But the English army is holding her beloved adoptive grandfather captive, so Leah must seek help from the Fae—and the captivating man whose touch she craves.
Then Drew discovers Leah’s secrets, and he’s torn between old loyalties and trusting a woman who has the power to give him the future he’s sought—but could destroy his clan forever. . . .
This is actually the 7th book in the Daughters of the Glen series. I had not read the other 6, and although I had heard of Melissa Mayhue (great first name, btw) I had not read a book of hers. It was not necessary to have read the others in this series to enjoy this book. You could jump right in because it is a book that stands alone. You do get a hint that there were back stories to the other ladies of one of the keeps, but it still did not distract from the enjoyment of this story.

I'd have to say honestly that I didn't quite care for Leah at the beginning. I thought her to be a bit spoiled and selfish. Even though it was stated that she went through something horrific in her past to explain her hesitation, but I didn't connect to that until the story progressed. Then, I did find myself liking her especially at the end when she found her courage and finally stood up to people who where trying to control her destiny. In some ways I also felt the same about Andrew. I did like him from the start, but at other times his excuses for lying really ticked me off. However, when he realized what a jerk he had been, it was quite easy to forgive the rogue. Mainly considering he really wasn't a rouge at all.

I give this book 4 stars. It was a delightful PNR. If you just want something light with a good HEA, then I'd say this book is for you. It is predictable, but sometimes that is the charm of a light romance. I'm curious about Ellie (one of the sister's in law from the future) and I think I might seek out her book to read it. She talks to animals, so I'm curious (...although I'm not sure I'd want to know what my dogs want to tell me. I understand too much as it is!). :D

I was given this book from the publisher and no compensation was given for my review.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper

How to Flirt with a Naked WerewolfFrom Goodreads:
Northern Exposure 
Even in Grundy, Alaska, it’s unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem. Her surly neighbor Cooper Graham—who has been openly critical of Mo’s ability to adapt to life in Alaska—has trouble of his own. Werewolf trouble. 
For Cooper, an Alpha in self-imposed exile from his dysfunctional pack, it’s love at first sniff when it comes to Mo. But Cooper has an even more pressing concern on his mind. Several people around Grundy have been the victims of wolf attacks, and since Cooper has no memory of what he gets up to while in werewolf form, he’s worried that he might be the violent canine in question. 
If a wolf cries wolf, it makes sense to listen, yet Mo is convinced that Cooper is not the culprit. Except if he’s not responsible, then who is? And when a werewolf falls head over haunches in love with you, what are you supposed to do anyway? The rules of dating just got a whole lot more complicated. . . .
 Let me just say it, if there was a Grundy Alaska and naked werewolves like Cooper around... I'm moving! However, I don't have Mo's magic touch in cooking to get a whole town to take me in. *sigh* I loved this PNR and laughed quite frequently while reading it. Mo is a great character and I loved her sense of humor. Loved the way she quipped with the other characters in this book. No matter the situation, she was able to find some sort of humor within it. Oh, if I had her mouth... well, I'd be in worse trouble that I usually get in, but I'd enjoy it more. ;) She also had great names for, *ahem* well things that she found interesting. I loved her "name" for a certain body part of Cooper. I laughed every time I read it. I won't divulge what that name was specifically *evil laugh* but I need to say even though I laughed it was a compliment... ;D

Cooper and Mo's relationship was anything but easy as it usually is in a good PNR. In fact they bickered and tried to out-snark each other in the beginning. For example, he had come to see her after shifting back into human form (so no clothes *waggles eyebrows*), they argue, but Mo has the last word... and I loved it:
...I could see that he was about to make one of his patented oh-so-clever parting remarks, so I beat him to the punch.
"You're still naked!" I called smiling nastily. "It's cold outside. Expect shrinkage."
 Ah yes... the sound of lovebirds. ;) There were of course moments that made you love Cooper and not just laugh or roll your eyes... like his concern for everyone be it were or human.

I give this humorous PNR book 5 stars. I so recommend this book and I know I'll be reading it again in the future. This book was just published on the 22! :) Go forth and read!

Oh, and since this is book boyfriend day... I will nominate Cooper as my book boyfriend today. He could be an ass, but he was a tormented and sweet ass. Oh, and apparently he did have a sweet... oh never mind. ;)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Thieves of Darkness by Richard Doetsch and Giveaway!

The Thieves of DarknessFrom Goodreads:
Michael St. Pierre thinks he has left his days as a master thief behind him. He's just started dating again following the death of his wife and has embarked on a new relationship with a beautiful, smart woman named KC. But then, he gets word that his best friend, Simon, is being held captive in a brutal and isolated middle eastern prison, sentenced to death. For the first time, Michael must break into a prison, this time to rescue his friend. Imagine his surprise when he finds KC in the neighboring cell. After a thrilling rescue, the three journey to Istanbul to complete the mission that led to their incarceration.  
Simon and KC are on the trail of a map that holds a secret as ancient as mankind, a secret that has roots in the foundations of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. In order to get their hands on the map and save Simon's life, Michael and KC must complete an amazing series of stunts and thefts, outwitting the authorities and a ruthless and equally skilled enemy. Old family secrets and loyalties come into play as they race through the secret underground tunnels of Istanbul, and eventually travel deep into the Himalayas to a mysterious land that might be the legendary Shangri-La itself.
 Let me just say it. This book is a roller coaster ride. It's a thriller mystery and it is written very well. As soon as one part of a mystery is solved, you find yourself a part of another. It is a never ending ride as well as a compelling read. The main characters are likable and even though they are thieves, they only do "moral" thieving. Just this topic alone can make for interesting discussion, but it was in here only so you can like the heroes and heroine, Michael and KC, in the story. I will say, however, I did not always like the relationship between those two. At times, their distrust and bickering got tiring, but it also makes sense as if they were to trust each other too quickly. I feel that could have been worse. This book also has a changing POV, and it works in this book. You get a feel for all the major players in this running mystery.

I can see some might compare it to another book *coughDavinciCodecough* because there is a priest and it deals a bit with religious myths, but it is a book that stands on on it's own. And on top of that, it is well researched. ;) In fact those parts in the book that deal with religious undertones are only there to give the mystery more presence and it does not preach in any way. It does not step on the toes of any religion mentioned in the book.

I give this book 4 1/2 stars. If you like thrillers, I do believe you will like this one. The hardback version of this book has been out since Aug, 2010 and now it is being produced in mass market format starting today!

The publisher gave me this book for review and no compensation was given.

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Monday, February 21, 2011

You Killed Wesley Payne by Sean Beaudoin

You Killed Wesley PayneFrom Goodreads:
 He's come to do a job. 
A job that involves a body. 
A body wrapped in duct tape found hanging from the goal posts at the end of the football field. 
You Killed Wesley Payne is a truly original and darkly hilarious update of classic pulp-noir, in which hard-boiled seventeen year-old Dalton Rev transfers to the mean hallways of Salt River High to take on the toughest case of his life. The question isn't whether Dalton's going to get paid. He always gets paid. Or whether he's gonna get the girl. He always (sometimes) gets the girl. The real question is whether Dalton Rev can outwit crooked cops and killer cliques in time to solve the mystery of "The Body" before it solves him. 
Sean Beaudoin (Going Nowhere Faster, Fade to Blue) evokes the distinctive voices of legendary crime/noir authors Dashiell Hammett and Jim Thompson with a little bit of Mean Girls and Heathers throwin in for good measure. This smart, slick, and alluring detective novel that will tease you, thrill you, and suck you in.
 This is a humor, mystery, YA, and a bit of film noir thrown in for good measure. I will admit that when I first started reading the book the language took me a minute to get used to hearing in my head. It is a mixture of the film noir type of heavy language with a bit of made up YA slang. However, once you get past the heavy language, the mystery unfolds. It is a fun mystery even though it involves the death of someone so young. You don't get too involved with Wesley Payne until the end so you can see him as Dalton sees him, more independent from emotion so it becomes about the case.

The case unfolds slowly building up to a pinacle where not many things fall into place. Suddenly, you start learning more about Dalton and how he solves his cases. With those clues more parts fall into place and by the ends twists and turns you are left with one fun YA mystery. I won't tell you more than that because reading this book and finding those twists are part of the fun.

I give this book 3 1/2 stars. It isn't for everyone and I can see that some people might have trouble with the heavy language, but if you can get used to it, you can see the humor within and a glimpse at the author's humorous homage to film noir.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

666 Park Avenue by Gabriella Pierce

666 Park Avenue: A NovelFrom HarperCollins:
What if your mother-in-law turned out to be an evil, cold-blooded witch . . . literally?
Ever since fabulously wealthy Malcolm Doran walked into her life and swept her off her feet, fledgling architect Jane Boyle has been living a fairy tale. When he proposes with a stunning diamond to seal the deal, Jane can't believe her incredible luck and decides to leave her Paris-based job to make a new start with Malcolm in New York.
But when Malcolm introduces Jane to the esteemed Doran clan, one of Manhattan's most feared and revered families, Jane's fairy tale takes a darker turn. Soon everything she thought she knew about the world—and herself—is upended. Now Jane must struggle with newfound magical abilities and the threat of those who will stop at nothing to get them.
Honestly, I didn't quite know what to think when I received this book. I thought it was going to be some campy take on a contemporary paranormal romance. Not quite. Actually, there is Jane. Jane is a witch, but doesn't know it. Her family decided it would be safer and give her a chance at a normal childhood. Unfortunately, that didn't happen anyway. Her parents died in a car crash and left her in the care of her eccentric grandmother who saw danger in every crack and shadow that lurked. So after living a sheltered and bored life, Jane moved to Paris as soon as she was old enough. When Jane meets Malcolm, it seems as though her world opens up in new ways not thought possible. As she leaves the familiarity of France, she faces a new life in NY and life with the whole family under one roof. She finds that life with Gran was a lot less suffocating than life under the roof with the Dorans. 

That pretty much is the basic premise. After this I won't tell you as I would want it to be a surprise as it was to me. Jane grows emotionally and dangers reveal themselves slowly. With Jane you also wonder whom you can trust and how much everyone knows. You also get a glimpse as to how powerful Jane could prove to be as a witch. However there is the ending. It's not exactly a cliffhanger but it seems to abruptly stop before throwing you off the cliff. I was left scratching my head wondering where the rest of the chapter had gone. I do understand it was a way of leaving things for the next book. *sigh* So, I give this book a high 3 1/2 stars. It's a surprisingly compelling read. I recommend it for people who enjoy an adult contemporary type of paranormal read.

I received this book from LibraryThing early reviewers and the publisher. No compensation for my review was given.

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Graham Parke Guest Author Post

I almost met James Cameron today!

      Just to be clear, it wasn't that the Avatar 3D director and I just missed each other, it was just that it was almost him, but slightly, just slightly mind you, someone else. I hate when that happens. You get so close, then, nothing.

      But this incident started me thinking. This kind of thing has been happening to me a lot lately. And not only with celebrities. Just the other day, I almost ran into Garry, a friend of mine. From a distance, at an angle, it looked exactly like him. A dead-ringer. Could have fooled his own mother. It wasn't until I came closer, and he turned his head a few degrees to the left, that he revealed himself to be just a little bit someone else. The thing was, when I walked passed him, he gave me a long, thoughtful look. He looked me over, then shook his head and turned away. But I knew what it meant. I knew exactly what he was thinking. He had almost recognized me back!

      Now, almost-Garry almost recognizing me back made the whole situation much more complicated. My mind went haywire, trying to understand this, trying to figure out the underlying meaning. Was it possible for someone who was almost Garry but not quite, to recognize me but only slightly? Was it? And, if so, what was I to him exactly? Was I someone who looked like someone he knew? It was hard to say, but it was unlikely. All I knew for a fact was that I was someone who was known by someone he looked like, but who wasn't him. And, in fact, to be fair, he probably didn't even realize that he was almost Garry but not quite. 

      Are you still following me?

      Probably not. Probably your brain isn't defective to the point of reasoning this way. Good for you. You're better off for it. So, let's back-track a little. Let's just assume that the easiest explanation is the correct one. It usually is. And if it isn't, it should be. Really. Life is hard enough already.

      So, I almost recognized Garry, and almost-Garry almost recognized me (that look was unmistakable).  This must mean that there is another Graham-and-Gary combo out there. This almost-Gary actually knows an almost-Graham. And this idea has big implications. As you know, and understand inherently in the core of your being, the universe is nothing if not a little fractally-inclined. Recursion-mad. If there are two sets, there must be more. There are probably thousands. Thousands of Graham-and-Gary combos. And this, of course, is upsetting. Because the first question that comes to my mind is, what if some of them are better at being a Graham and Gary combo? In fact; what if most of them are better? What if my friend Gary and I are in fact the worst of the bunch?

      So, to summarize, I did ask almost-James Cameron for his autograph. Of course I did. I'm no fool. So, if you're interested in almost-autographs, check out my store on eBay. You won't be disappointed!


Graham Parke is responsible for a number of technical publications and has recently patented a self-folding map. He has been described as both a humanitarian and a pathological liar. Convincing evidence to support either allegation has yet to be produced.

No Hope for Gomez! is his fiction debut:
Boy meets girl. 
Boy stalks girl. 
Girl already has a stalker. 
Boy becomes her stalker-stalker.

Follow Graham's blog here

On My Wishlist...

Green by Jay Lake
Published Feb. 15, 2011
From Goodreads:

She was born in poverty, in a dusty village under the equatorial sun. She does not remember her mother, she does not remember her own name—her earliest clear memory is of the day her father sold her to the tall pale man. In the Court of the Pomegranate Tree, where she was taught the ways of a courtesan…and the skills of an assassin…she was named Emerald, the precious jewel of the Undying Duke’s collection of beauties. 
She calls herself Green.
The world she inhabits is one of political power and magic, where Gods meddle in the affairs of mortals. At the center of it is the immortal Duke’s city of Copper Downs, which controls all the trade on the Storm Sea. Green has made many enemies, and some secret friends, and she has become a very dangerous woman indeed.
Acclaimed author Jay Lake has created a remarkable character in Green, and evokes a remarkable world in this novel. Green and her struggle to survive and find her own past will live in the reader’s mind for a long time after closing the book.
The Lost by Caridad Piñeiro
TBP: Aug, 1, 2011
From Goodreads:

Adam Salvatore is no ordinary millionaire. The heir to an ancient race possessing a dark, powerful magic, he can shapeshift and create energy. His gifts make him a living weapon and have forced him to live in seclusion. But now an inhuman force hunts down Adam-just when he finds someone who makes him feel more human than he ever imagined possible . . .

Home from combat in Iraq, Bobbie Carerra wants only peace, yet soon joins Adam in a terrifying battle against paranormal enemies who hide in plain sight. She's drawn to his strength of mind and body; he's attracted to her courage and intoxicating energy. Their scorching passion can either transport them to the heights of ecstasy or-if Adam's powers rage out of control-destroy them. But when an invisible brotherhood tightens its nets and someone Adam trusts betrays him, only a heartrending decision can save them.
So, what is on your wishlist this week? Any great covers? I am loving the first, but it makes sense... it's by Dan Dos Santos!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Winners! Giveaways!

The winners for the 3 romance books from 
Once Upon a Twilight

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Dreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole Blog Tour

Dreams of a Dark Warrior (Immortals After Dark Series, Book 9)From Goodreads:
Murdered before he could wed Regin the Radiant, warlord Aidan the Fierce seeks his beloved through eternity, reborn again and again into new identities, yet with no memory of his past lives. 
When Regin encounters Declan Chase, a brutal Celtic soldier, she recognizes her proud warlord reincarnated. But Declan takes her captive, intending retribution against all immortals—unaware that he belongs to their world. 
Yet every reincarnation comes with a price, for Aidan is doomed to die when he remembers his past. To save herself from Declan’s torments, will Regin rekindle memories of the passion they once shared—even if it means once again losing the only man she could ever love?
As you can tell by my book boyfriend... Aiden the Fierce captured my interest. Declan the Magistar however, did not. Declan is Aiden reincarnated but he is very different from Aiden. In fact, I'd say I hated the guy. He was cruel, deceptive, pitiful, angry, and hateful. Yet Regin still felt a pull to him. Even she was surprised at how much she still felt for him after meeting this incarnation. Regin, while the captive of Declan and the Order bent on destroying all immortals in the Lore, becomes torn between wanting Declan to remember who she is to save everyone and not wanting him to remember which leads to his doom. However, within the facility Regin witnesses and experiences horrors even she couldn't have thought of and decides that Declan should be doomed or actually destroyed. Ah, but we all know this is a paranormal romance so how can these two come back together? Is it possible?

Well, you know by now that I'm not going to answer the question of how for you. However, I admit I was shocked that Declan could recapture my heart let alone Regin's. Regin finds that things that were missing in Aiden were not missing in Declan. I even ended up liking Declan better than Aiden! In fact this whole story, in the end, became a sort of beauty and the beast tale.  Probably one of my favorite tales of all time. So, I give this book 5 stars! I have not read books in this series before this one and it isn't necessary to enjoy this book. However, I will remedy this as I need to read the other 10 books before this one. Ms. Kresley Cole has a new fan in me! Seriously, if you haven't read one of her books, do pick up this one.

I was given this book by the publisher and no compensation for my review was given.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Follower Love Winners! More Books to Win!

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My Book Boyfriend

Dreams of a Dark Warrior (Immortals After Dark Series, Book 9)This week my book boyfriend is a berserker named Aiden the Fierce. You are introduced to him at the beginning of the book. He is an alpha male, leader of very loyal berserker warriors, and totally in love with Reginleit, a Valkyrie. Even though he is too possessive and protective at times, he respects Regin. Not only her beauty, but who she is within. He loves her honesty, her fierceness and trusts her implicitly. Even though he is protective, he only awaits until Regin is fully immortal before he will allow her onto the field to fight along side him. He refuses to risk her life in any way.

So... a viking warrior. Blonde. Rugged. Hm... so who could I pick? Well, duh... one viking we all know as Eric the vampire in the True Blood Series would work as Aiden as well! So, therefore, I pick Alexander Skarsgard as Aiden.

I know how many have fought over him as Eric, so this week, I've decided to just lay down a tarp instead of handing out bibs. I might have to do it from now on. I swear I had no bibs after the first hour when I posted the first one of these! *tsk tsk* Don't you know they are all mine? ;)

So, would you go on a Viking rampage with him?

Oh and don't forget... there is still time to be a part of Book Boyfriend week!

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Jennifer DeLucy Author Blog Post and Giveaway!

Hello, readers! I'm pleased as punch to guest post today on Books and Things. I thought about what to write, and it seemed appropriate to hit on the idea of dealing with romance and love as a modern girl, since you know what Monday is. I do wonder... how do you feel about the controversial V holiday? Do you think it's commercial and ridiculous? Is it infuriating to you, or do you look forward to the tradition?

I write paranormal romance, so I tend to be a passionate, idealistic person when it comes to love. I can understand both sides of the Valentines Day argument. In fact, this year I fall into the single women's club for the first time in a while. Perhaps I have a right to feel a bit jaded, but, I still get all shmoopy over Jane Austen novels and You've Got Mail and songs like Say Yes by Snow Patrol.

Can modern women survive with a romantic soul? Can we sigh over the passionate strains of love without losing ourselves? I think so, but it's a hard balance. I was raised in a very traditional female setting where women obsessed over how they looked and planned their lives according to what kind of man they'd attract. It wasn't even so much about falling in love as it was about the supposed validation of being wanted. It's an easy trap to fall into, believing that romance equals the end of your individuality.

As I get older, I notice the evolution of female friends and the way we seem to come into our own after thirty. Hopefully, if you didn't have one already, you develop a backbone when it comes to love, when it comes to your expectations from a partner and your sense of inner strength. It's so important, you know, understanding your own dreams and holding onto them so that when love comes along and sweeps you off your feet, you can fly instead of falling down.

My novels tell the story of strong women from different experiences and backgrounds. One is bold and impetuous and the other is timid and struggling, but they both have to find their way solo before embracing love fully. There may be people there to help, but in the end, happiness and purpose is up to them... it's an individual journey.

So, romantics out there, I hope you have your strength and your soul mate. You deserve both. And for those who observe it, I'm sending you virtual Valentine chocolate!


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Thanks Jennifer for coming to the blog today!

I just reviewed these books (my reviews) and what I love about the romance part of the books (besides the yummy men) is that the women are very strong in their own way. And although I'm not a big V Day person, I'm still gonna sneak some of that virtual chocolate anyway. ;) 
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