Monthly Archives: November 2011

Book- Goodnight iPad by Ann Droid

We have either listened to or read outloud the children’s book GOODNIGHT MOON.  Now comes a bedtime story for the electronic age.

You don’t even have to purchase it if you just want to know what it says.  Here is the story read aloud; so go get your jammies on and bring your blankie.

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Sexy Man Tuesday- Book- Hot Guys and Baby Animals

 

From Amazon:

Are you sick and tired of studly male models showing off their perfectly sculpted muscles? Have you had enough of cuddly baby animals flaunting their perfect newborn fuzzy cuteness? We didn’t think so. Shirtless guys and puppy dog eyes take over Porn for Women titles with this collection of Hot Guys and Baby Animals by Audrey Kuhner and Carolyn Newman.

In addition to benefiting the SPCA, Hot Guys and Baby Animals features 40 photos of gorgeous guys and their fuzzy friends, along with tongue-in-cheek captions detailing the likes and dislikes of each guy and baby animal. Let the “ohs” and “ahs” begin as male models play with puppies, snuggle kittens, nuzzle lambs, and even coo at a few chicks (baby chicks, that is). Perhaps the Sundance Channel says it best in its review of the California calendar that started it all: “Hot guys + baby animals = genius.”

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This book can be yours for $9.99 at Amazon.  (A portion of the proceeds goes to the SPCA)  What? Not convinced?  Here is a sample:

 

 

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Books I won’t be reviewing any time soon

I can only read so many books so at some point I have to draw the line.  I rely on people like Jimmy Fallon to tell me some of the books I should just pass up.  Here is a short list:

1.  Make Your Own Sex Toys: 50 quick and easy do it yourself projects by Matt Pagett

(So many of the ideas are just impractical, read the reviews on Amazon.) 

2. Latawnya The Naughty Horse Learns to Say “No” to Drugs by Silvia Scott Gibson , (I strongly encourage you to go to Amazon and read the reviews of this book.)

 

3. Dead Clients Don’t Pay: The Bodyguard’s Manual by Leroy Thompson

4. Remember Your Rubbers: Collectible Condom Containers by G.K. Elliot, George Goehring, Dennis O’Brien

5. How to live with a Huge Penis: Advice, Meditations and Wisdom for men who have too much (OMG- Oversized Male Genitalia) by Richard Jacob and Owen Thomas (another one with interesting reviews on Amazon)

 

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Video FYI- The History of English (language)

Take ten minutes and watch this very entertaining and informative video.  You may learn something and have a laugh or two, I did.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Today my hubby and I are far away from our family.  So in order to be able to still cook a big turkey I organized a group of people in the neighborhood who are also away from family.  We are having a pot-luck dinner with turkey and all the trimmings.  There will be 13-15 of us and we are most grateful for the company.

I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with family and friends.  Have a wonderful day.  Even if this is not your “Thanksgiving” day please know I am grateful that you come by to check out the blog.

 

 

 

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Review- Cool Shade by Theresa Weir

Title: Cool Shade

Genre:  Romantic Suspense

Author: Theresa Weir

Publisher: Harper Collins, 1998

Source: A Kindle Free Book

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon:  Maddie Smith has never been one to hang around any place too long. After losing her job as a late-night disc jockey, she has little reason to stay in Tucson. When she receives a message that her estranged sister has disappeared, she figures she might as well go to Nebraska and see what’s up with her unreliable sibling. There she learns that her sister is linked to the mysterious Eddie Berlin, a recluse and a very sexy guy. Maddie takes a personal interest in Eddie as she searches for clues about the disappearance of her sister.

Meanwhile, Eddie is shouldering problems of his own. The former manager of a pop star killed by a crazed fan, Eddie feels responsible for the singer’s death, and as a result, he hasn’t wandered off his own property in more than four years. Still, he is attracted to Maddie, experiencing feelings he thought he would never know again. A stolen tape of a recording made by the late rock star and other clues bind the couple together. It soon becomes clear that these two deserve each other, and when they finally feel comfortable with the fit, they find they are greater as a pair than they could ever have been as individuals.

The encounters between Maddie and Eddie are anything but typical. Both are insecure, yet somehow they manage to muddle through. Author Theresa Weir has created them to be very human, characters the readers feel connected to as they witness their lives unfold.

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Written in 1998 this is an overlooked gem.  It lulls you into a comfortable complacency then it grips and shocks with surprises.  Maddie and Eddie are flawed characters.  Can they really have any kind of relationship?  Will there problems be insurmountable?  These questions pop up throughout the reading.

The characterization here is so well done that you will feel like you know these people.  Perhaps she is that young woman who lives across the street and he is that young man who you haven’t seen in ages.  Evelyn the landlady is like the woman down the block who is never out of her housecoat.  We know all these characters and Weir is letting us into the part of their lives we always were curious about.

This book is FREE on Kindle and you don’t need a Kindle to read it.  Just sign up to read Kindle on your computer.

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Sexy Man Tuesday- People Mags Sexiest

And it is Bradley cooper!  Okay, Bradley is cute but not as cute as my choice which would have been Jason Momoa.  But I’ll let Bradley have his year of sexy fame.

But then again this guy is sexier….

It must be that wicked scar.

Who would you have chosen for “Sexiest Man Alive”???

 

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Book review- DUNCAN by D.B. Reynolds

Title: Duncan

Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance

Author: D.B. Reynolds

Publisher: ImaJinn Books, November 2011

Source: purchase, Kindle, Amazon.com, available in paperback

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5, explicit

Description from Amazon:  Washington, D.C. … capital of an empire. Powerful. Exhilarating. Corrupt. And in the shadows … vampires far older than the nation itself.

A power unto himself, Duncan has served at Raphael’s side for a hundred and fifty years. But long laid plans have finally borne fruit, and the time has come for Duncan to leave Raphael and tackle the greatest challenge of his life. He will face treacherous vampires and murderous humans. He will rock the halls of human power if necessary. But Washington, D.C. will be his.

Emma Duquet cares nothing for vampire politics. She just wants to find her missing roommate and best friend, Lacey. But Lacey’s been playing with vampires of a particularly dangerous kind, and Emma will have to deal with the new vampire in town if she’s going to find her friend.

Battling powerful enemies who will stop at nothing to keep their secrets, Duncan and Emma will dig beneath the corruption and depravity that is Washington, D.C. and uncover the most heinous conspiracy of all…

**

Every novel in this series leaves me breathless and I have to admit this was my most anticipated book.  From the very beginning of the series we know that Duncan is not just any vampire but a trusted second only to Raphael.  In this book Duncan comes into his own.  He takes over as Lord and Master of the territory of Washington DC and the surrounding states.  We learn just how powerful he is and just how good he is; for although he is a dangerous, violent vampire he is a moral and upstanding man.

Emma, falls head over heels for him and not one of us can blame her.  He is handsome, hot and so sexy.  Emma turns out to be a most helpful accomplice in bringing the bad guys to justice.  That Duncan has found a mate and love after over a hundred years gives us a warm and satisfying feeling.

There are surprises and fast paced action, breath-holding suspense while justice is being served.  This is not your sparkly rendition of vampires.  Duncan’s second, Manuel, is ever present to protect his master and Louis is the geeky brains of the territory.

Reynolds takes us on a roller coaster of emotions and delivers reading satisfaction.  She can write rings around so many of today’s authors.  She develops her characters to the point where we live in their skin. She doesn’t leave us wondering about her vampires, she tells all about how they live, think and react.  We are given a facinating back story of how Duncan became a vampire.  She writes a love scene where we can feel the steam being generated.  Her action sequences are movie quality.

The only down side is waiting for the next book to be published (LUCAS in 2012)

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Deet’s Life- The Holstee Manifesto

Perhaps you have heard of the Holstee Manifesto.  It is a plan for living life to it’s fullest set down by the young entrepreneurs at Holstee. Com.  Since I’m in the throws of another birthday it serves as a reminder of what truly makes sense in life.  When one allows circumstances to overwhelm it is time to reinvent yourself.  But it is easier to just start out with the Holstee Manifesto on your wall in the bathroom to read each morning while you brush your teeth.

Here is a video of the Holstee Manifesto I hope it inspires you to a fuller life.

Holstee poster 18×24” available for $25 +s&h at:

http://shop.holstee.com/collections/designed-x-holstee/products/holstee-manifesto-poster

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Review- A Lady Awakened by Cecilia Grant

Title: A Lady Awakened

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Cecilia Grant

Publisher: Random House, 12/27/2011

Source: Free for review from Amazon Vine Program

Rating: 3.5

Sexy Rating: 5, explicit

Description from Back of the book blurb:  Newly widowed and desperate to protect her estate and beloved servants from her malevolent brother-in-law, Martha Russell conceives a daring plan. Or rather, a daring plan to conceive. After all, if she has an heir on the way, her future will be secured. Forsaking all she knows of propriety, Martha approaches her neighbor, a London exile with a wicked reputation, and offers a strictly business proposition: a month of illicit interludes . . . for a fee.

Theophilus Mirkwood ought to be insulted. Should be appalled. But how can he resist this siren in widow’s weeds, whose offer is simply too outrageously tempting to decline? Determined she’ll get her money’s worth, Theo endeavors to awaken this shamefully neglected beauty to the pleasures of the flesh—only to find her dead set against taking any enjoyment in the scandalous bargain. Surely she can’t resist him forever. But could a lady’s sweet surrender open their hearts to the most unexpected arrival of all . . . love?

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This book is available for Pre-order from Amazon.com.

I rated this book “better than most” and it was.  This first time author knows how to write characterization and dialog.  The premise is interesting and yes, it has been done before but it is a clever premise and as far as I know somewhat based in facts from the regency era. What didn’t measure up for me was the flow of the book. 

For more than the first half of the book the encounters between the hero and heroine are very much repetitive.  Although the sex is very graphic I found myself getting bored.  Yes, we know she is an uptight woman and yes, we know he is really an upstanding gentleman who only wants to pleasure her (and if he receives more pleasure because of it, so be it.)  But their encounters for most of the month of their agreement are perfunctory and do not foster romance either in their present or future.

The heroine, Martha, is really tough to like.  She seems a bit naïve and her idealism is just short of being fanatical.  Her sexual attitude is at once understandable and eventually tiresome.

The hero, Theo, is likable from the get-go.  Even though he agrees to this outlandish proposition, his heart is always in the right place.

The side characters and their circumstances are a more than welcome addition.  They are well drawn and give substance to the plot.  They also provide the canvas that Theo can paint his good intentions upon for Martha to come to admire him. 

The ending was tied up a bit too quickly and neatly. So, although I admire this new author and will read future books, I found this one not great but it was “better than most

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