Monthly Archives: September 2011

Review-Wicked Games by Jill Myles

Title: Wicked Games

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Author: Jill Myles

Publisher:

Source: Free from Kindle

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5, explicit

Description from Amazon.com:

Abby Lewis never pictured herself on the survival game show, Endurance Island. She’s just not the ‘survival’ type. But when her boss offers her a spot on the show and the opportunity of a lifetime, she packs her bags and heads to the tropics to be a contestant.

Once in the game, it’s clear that Abby’s in over her head. The game itself is full of competitive, aggressive people, and no one’s more aggressive than sexy, delicious – and arrogant – Dean Woodall. Sure he’s clever, strong, good at challenges, and has a body that makes her mouth water. He also hates Abby just as much as she hates him. That’s fine with Abby; she’ll just ignore the jerk.

But the rules of Endurance Island are working against them. Abby and Dean are teamed up – alone – on the beach. It’s either work together, or go home. Stuck with no one else’s company but their own, they learn they do make a good team after all.

And that with just a little bit of kindling, the flames of hate can quickly turn to flames of passion. This book features enemies, lovers, enemies who become lovers, and lots and lots of tropical heat…

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It is time to confess to being an absolute slavering idiot over Kindle free books.  I try to discriminate but more often than not I end up reading 20 pages and throwing the novel into a collection on my Kindle designated “DNF” (Did Not Finish).  That was not the case with this book.  I stayed up all night to finish it.

What drew me to the book in the first place was that I am also a “Survivor” TV junky.  At my house we have Survivor Night where my daughter and her family come over for dinner  to root-on or boo our favorites on the show.  So, I thought the premise would interest me on the Jill Myles book.

This is my first Myles book and she can write a good steamy story.  Even if I sometimes thought our hero a bit more mature than our heroine, I loved them both and was cheering them on through each elimination challenge.  And when they won the big reward well it was only 2am so I could read a little longer.

I recommend this book for anyone who likes the TV show.  It is not a very long book, only 260 pages, so it is a fast fluffy read.  Romance on an island complete with bug bites and hot sex.

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Bad Boys in Novels

What makes us love Bad Boys in Historical Romance novels or any Romance novel?  Well here is my totally biased take on the subject:

Confidence with a capital “C”

The thing is, bad boys are uber confident, they know what they want and tell it to their women truthfully. They are totally “take charge” and rarely, if ever, seek approval for their actions. That’s an attractive trait.

Brawn and Brains, yummy!

Bad Boys are never cowardly in any situation.  They never run from a confrontation. They have superior strength and intelligence.

Absolutely Hunky

Bad Boys in novels are always, always drool worthy.  Thank you authors!!  Unless they are the evil reincarnations of Voldemort, but then I’m not talking about them.

Thrill Seekers

There is never a dull moment with a Bad Boy.  There is always adventure and passion or the promise of passion.  They infuse us with the feeling of being adventurous even if our lives are rather 9 to 5.

Consummate Lovers, oh yeah!

Those Bad Boys know all the techniques for seduction and how to put them to good use.

Bad Boys can make us “Bad Girls” (yes they can)

Those of us who read romance novels, like the idea that we can fantasize about those bad boys and maybe fantasize about being a bad girl, then we can go back to being the “good” women we are day to day.  Those novels can also spice up that “good” woman to act in adventurous ways.  Take note men.

Here is a video that shows us some very bad boys from those Historical Romance novels.  If you missed some of these movies you should really give yourself a treat and check them out of the library:

Movies:
Persuasion
Mansfeild Park
Emma
Sense & Sensibility (1995 & 2008)
Northanger Abbey
Pride and Prejudice (1995 & 2005)
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982)
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Becoming Jane
The Inheritance

Music:
Let It Rock – Kevin Rudolf

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No Copyright infringement is intended or implied. For personal entertainment purposes only.

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Extra! Extra! 4 New Kindles announced today

Have you been holding out for a good e-reader at a price you can afford?  Then today may be your day.  Amazon announces 4 new Kindles starting at $79.  Below is the news from Amazon.  Check it out.

 

New Latest Generation Kindle–Fits In Your Pocket–Only $79

The new latest generation Kindle is for readers who want the lightest, most compact Kindle at an incredible price. The latest generation Kindle features a new design that is 30 percent lighter at just 5.98 ounces, 18 percent smaller, and turns pages 10 percent faster. Kindle is now small and light enough to fit easily in your pocket and carry with you everywhere, yet it still features the same 6-inch, most advanced electronic ink display that reads like real paper, even in bright sunlight.

The new latest generation Kindle is only $79. Kindle is available starting today at www.amazon.com/kindle.

New Addition to the Kindle Family–“Kindle Touch”–Only $99

Kindle Touch is a new addition to the Kindle family with an easy-to-use touch screen that makes it easier than ever to turn pages, search, shop, and take notes – still with all the benefits of the most advanced electronic ink display. Kindle Touch is also lighter, smaller, eliminates battery anxiety with extra-long battery life and holds thousands of books.

New “X-Ray” Feature

Amazon invented X-Ray, a new feature that lets customers explore the “bones of the book.” With a single tap, readers can see all the passages across a book that mention ideas, fictional characters, historical figures, places or topics that interest them, as well as more detailed descriptions from Wikipedia and Shelfari, Amazon’s community-powered encyclopedia for book lovers. Amazon built X-Ray using its expertise in language processing and machine learning, access to significant storage and computing resources with Amazon S3 and EC2, and a deep library of book and character information. The vision is to have every important phrase in every book.

The new Kindle Touch is only $99. Kindle Touch is available to customers in the U.S. for pre-order starting today at www.amazon.com/kindletouch and ships November 21.

New Top of the Line Kindle e-reader–“Kindle Touch 3G” –Only $149

Kindle Touch 3G is a new addition to the Kindle family for readers who want the top of the line e-reader. Kindle Touch 3G offers the same new design and features of Kindle Touch – small and light, easy-to-use touch screen, storage for thousands of books, and extra-long battery life – with the unparalleled added convenience of free 3G. Kindle’s free 3G connection means you never have to hunt for or pay for a Wi-Fi hotspot – you simply download and read books anytime, anywhere in over 100 countries around the world. Amazon pays for the 3G connection so there’s no monthly fee or annual contract.

The new top of the line Kindle Touch 3G is only $149. Kindle Touch 3G is available to customers in the U.S. for pre-order starting today at www.amazon.com/kindletouch3G and ships November 21.

All Kindles have instant access to the Kindle Store with the largest selection of the most popular books people want to read. Millions of free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books are also available to read on Kindle devices, and Kindle customers can now borrow Kindle books from their public library. Kindle books are “Buy Once, Read Everywhere”on Kindle, Kindle Touch, Kindle Touch 3G, Kindle Fire, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, PCs, Mac, Android phones and tablets, BlackBerry, Windows phones, and web browsers with Kindle Cloud Reader.

All three new Kindle e-readers also come with special offers and sponsored screensavers that appear when you’re not reading. Customers enjoy special money-saving offers delivered wirelessly sponsored by AT&T, the Dove beauty brand and Amazon.com Rewards Visa Card by Chase. Kindle e-reader customers will also receive special offers in their own backyards from AmazonLocal, Amazon’s local deals marketplace with discounts on local services, products, and experiences. Customers can also choose to purchase a Kindle without special offers and sponsored screensavers.

New Class of Kindle–“Kindle Fire”–Only $199

All The Content–Over 18 Million Movies, TV Shows, Songs, Apps, Games, Books, and Magazines

Kindle Fire puts Amazon’s incredible selection of digital content at your fingertips:

  • Over 100,000 movies and TV shows from Amazon Instant Video, including thousands of new releases and popular TV shows, available to stream or download, purchase or rent – all just one tap away. Amazon Prime Members enjoy instant, unlimited, commercial-free streaming of over 11,000 movies and TV shows at no additional cost. Kindle Fire comes with one free month of Amazon Prime.
  • Over 17,000,000 songs from Amazon MP3, including new and bestselling albums from just $7.99 and individual songs from $0.69.
  • Over 1,000,000 Kindle books, including thousands of bestsellers, children’s books, comic books and cookbooks in rich color.
  • 100 exclusive graphic novels, including Watchmen, the bestselling – and considered by many to be the greatest – graphic novel of all time, which has never before been available in digital format, as well as Batman: Arkham City, Superman: Earth OneGreen Lantern: Secret Origin and 96 others from DC Entertainment.
  • Hundreds of magazines and newspapers – including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Wired, Elle, The New Yorker, Cosmopolitan and Martha Stewart Living – with full-color layouts, photographs, illustrations, built-in video, audio and other interactive features are available from the new Kindle Fire “Newsstand.” Kindle Fire customers will enjoy an exclusive free three-month trial to 17 Condé Nast magazines, including Vanity Fair, GQ and Glamour.
  • All the most popular Android apps and games, such as Angry Birds, Plants vs. Zombies, Cut the Rope and more. All apps are Amazon-tested on Kindle Fire to ensure quality and Amazon offers a new free paid app every day.

Cloud-Accelerated Web Browser – “Amazon Silk”

The Kindle Fire web browser Amazon Silk introduces a radical new paradigm – a “split browser” architecture that accelerates the power of the mobile device hardware by using the computing speed and power of the Amazon Web Services Cloud. The Silk browser software resides both on Kindle Fire and on the massive server fleet that comprises the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). With each page request, Silk dynamically determines a division of labor between the mobile hardware and Amazon EC2 (i.e. which browser sub-components run where) that takes into consideration factors like network conditions, page complexity, and cached content. The result is a faster web browsing experience, and it’s available exclusively on Kindle Fire. Additional technical details are available in the Amazon Silk press release, released today at www.amazon.com/pr. To see a video about Amazon Silk go to www.amazon.com/silk.

Simple and Easy-To-Use

Amazon designed the Kindle Fire user interface from the ground up to make it easier than ever to purchase, manage, and enjoy your digital content. Just like with Kindle e-readers, Kindle Fire comes automatically pre-registered to your Amazon.com account so you can immediately start enjoying your digital content purchased from Amazon or shop for new content. All of your digital content is instantly available to enjoy and manage with a simple, consistent experience across all content types.

Free Cloud Storage

Just like Kindle e-readers, Kindle Fire offers free storage for all your Amazon digital content in the Amazon Cloud. Amazon digital content is automatically backed up for free in the Amazon Cloud’s Worry-Free Archive where it’s available for re-downloading anytime.

Amazon Whispersync Now for Movies & TV Too

Just like Kindle e-readers, Kindle Fire uses Amazon’s popular Whispersync technology to automatically synchronize your Kindle library, last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across the widest range of devices and platforms. With the introduction of Kindle Fire, Amazon is expanding this technology to include video. Start streaming a movie on your Kindle Fire, and when you get home, you can resume streaming right where you left off on your TVavoid the frustration of needing to find your spot.

Easy to Hold in One Hand

Just like Kindle e-readers, Kindle Fire was designed to disappear so you can lose yourself in the content. Weighing in at just 14.6 ounces, Kindle Fire is small and light enough to hold in just one hand and carry everywhere you go. The lightweight, compact design makes Kindle Fire perfect for web browsing, playing games, reading and shopping on-the-go.

Brilliant Color Touchscreen

Content comes alive in rich color on a 7-inch full color LCD touchscreen that delivers 16 million colors in high resolution and 169 pixels per inch. Kindle Fire uses IPS (in-plane switching) technology – similar technology as used on the iPad, for an extra-wide viewing angle – perfect for sharing your screen with others. In addition, the Kindle Fire display is chemically strengthened to be 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic, which means it is incredibly durable and will stand up to accidental bumps and scrapes.

Fast, Powerful Dual-Core Processor

Kindle Fire features a state-of-the-art dual-core processor for fast, powerful performance. Stream music while browsing the web or read books while downloading videos.

Free Month of Amazon Prime

Right out of the box, Kindle Fire users will experience the benefits that millions of Amazon Prime members already enjoy unlimited, commercial-free, instant streaming of over 11,000 movies and TV shows with Prime Instant Video and the convenience of Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items from Amazon.com.

Only $199

The all-new Kindle Firewith all the content, Amazon’s revolutionary cloud-accelerated browser, free storage in the Amazon Cloud, Whispersync, 14.6 ounce design that’s easy to hold with one hand, brilliant color touchscreen, and a fast and powerful dual core processoris only $199. Customers in the U.S. can pre-order Kindle Fire starting today at www.amazon.com/kindlefire and it ships November 15.

For high resolution images and video of the all-new Kindle family, visit www.amazon.com/pr/kindle.

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Tongue-in-Cheek Reviews

Kindle NUCLEAR ENERGY book

The most expensive book on the Kindle list is NUCLEAR ENERGY by Landolt-Bornstein.  This book is on sale so you might want to hurry on over for the 20% savings.  It can be yours for $6,232.00.  No, that is not a typo, it is the most expensive book on Kindle.  But, I want you to go over to take a look at the reviews.  Amazon reviewers are some of the most talented writers on the planet.  Go on, take a look. 🙂

Amazon page for NUCLEAR ENERGY:

http://tinyurl.com/3hw6pv9

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Sexy Man Tuesday- Romance Novel Cover Models

What gets you to buy a paperback?  According to the publishing industry it is definitely the picture on the cover.  They should know since they do all kinds of studies of these things.  I always contend that it is the back cover blurb that sways me.  But if the cover isn’t attractive or maybe offensive then I may pass the book up, at least on my first discovery.  Here are a few of the sexy men who the publishing industry rely on to sell books.  I think I will agree that these guys could sell me anything.

First up is Andre Claude-

Now here is Nathan Kamp

How about Julian Fantechi-

(Hmm…yes…bigger is better, right?)

Last for today is the old stand by, Fabio

(neither can we)

Lets do a little poll, nothing serious, which one of these guys is your fave?

My blogger friend, Julie, likes Paul Marron and I can’t blame her.  Here is a pic of him on the cover of a JR Ward Book:

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Kindle books available from the library

 

Are you a Kindle owner in the USA?  Amazon has expanded their beta-test from the Seattle area libraries to 11,000 U.S. libraries.  Now you will be able to borrow Kindle books from your local library.  This will most likely be expanded to include international libraries but they are not talking about it at the moment.  (Sorry! to my Canadian and Australian friends)  To learn more go to your local library’s website.  You can also go to Amazon’s page for information:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?docId=1000718231

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Banned Book Week Starts on Saturday 24th

Did you choose a banned book to read? As I mentioned in my previous post about this event, I have read a few in the past. Since I’m right now a bit overwhelmed with a pile of books to read I will honor the week by watching the DVD of the Masterpiece Theater presentation of Moll Flanders. It is based on the book by Daniel Defoe which was a banned book at one time.

(Is this considered cheating?)

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Review- Silk And Shadows: Book 1 of the Silk Trilogy

Title: Silk and Shadows: Book 1 of the Silk Trilogy

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Mary Jo Putney

Publisher:

Source: purchase, Kindle

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5, explicit

Description from Amazon.com:

He called himself Peregrine, the wanderer, and he came to London for revenge…

Like the falcon he named himself for, Peregrine is wild and free, an exotic prince who fascinates 1839 London with his wealth, mystery, and dangerous allure. He emerged from his mysterious Asiatic past to exact retribution for an appalling crime. Nothing and no one can stop him—except perhaps Lady Sara St. James, whose fragile beauty conceals a gentle heart, genuine goodness, and a soul of steel.

Unable to resist his seductive charm, Lady Sara turns away from her ordered life to embrace a man she loves, but cannot fully trust. In Sara, Peregrine sees a chance for a life beyond revenge. But can he keep her without revealing his devastating secrets? Or protect her from the enemy he has vowed to destroy?

The Silk Trilogy:
#1 Silk and Shadows
#2 Silk and Secrets
#3 Veils of Silk

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Oh Wow! I loved this novel!  It was originally written in 2000 and just rereleased on Kindle.  This is my first Mary Jo Putney novel and I will definitely read more.

The villain in this story is so evil.  I can’t remember a villain this evil in another Historical Romance.  But not to be outdone is the hero, Peregrine, who is out for revenge and becomes obsessed with his quarry.  His obsession leads him to all manner of dastardly (did I just write dastardly?) deeds in the name of vengeance.

The heroine, Sara, falls under the spell of Peregrine for he has a magnetic personality and soon she has a broken engagement and is marrying the exotic newcomer.

Putney has developed these vastly different personalities into characters that jump off the page.  The secondary characters are ripe for sequels and I wouldn’t be surprised to see some of them in later books in the trilogy.  This is a dark historical romance.  There are truly malevolent people and even the good guys have flaws; some definitely more wicked than others.

The romance is not tender and sweet, it is quick and passionate and we are left to wonder if it is just another of the hero’s ploys.

A really good read.  Now available from Amazon Kindle for $3.99.

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Deet’s Life- NYT Bestsellers the week you were born

 

Here is a fun site.  You enter your birthday into the box and then click, up comes the New York Times bestsellers for the week you were born. (pay no attention to the “25% off”, unless you are interested, it doesn’t affect your results.)

http://biblioz.com/best_sellers.php

Yes, I did it.  No, I’m not going to tell you. Good grief, you already have enough hints as to my age.  Why ever are you so curious? lol

(That is a FAKE NYT Bestseller list from the book by Steve Healy, HOW I BECAME A FAMOUS NOVELIST.  I hope you are able to read the very funny titles.)

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I’m having trouble posting blogs to this site

I hope this is just one of those snafu things and it will clear up but I’m having a lot of trouble navigating my blog in order to post. I don’t even know how I got in to do this quick post. Let me just say that I have blogs posted through Friday of this week and two on for next week. Hopefully by Monday I will have my blog back in top working order. Meanwhile if you want or need to contact me you can reach me at deetda2@yahoo.com, don’t be shy, I love to hear from you.

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