Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Fall in Love Giveaway Hop!

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The Fall In Love Giveaway hop was organized by Reading Romances!
Hop around for the best free reads money can't buy!
Well, this is my first giveaway hop, so go gently with me!!

At this stop you can win a few of my romances!

First up, Hit and Stay!

"Jake Harrison has a bad habit of swooping to the rescue. Once burned, twice shy, the detective prefers to do the saving...and the leaving. But when he finds socialite Andrea Wadsworth collapsed in the street, he wonders if this time he won't be able to get away so easily, especially since his past is coming to find him.
Andrea Wadsworth thought she had everything she ever wanted—an ambitious and gorgeous fiance, stability and looks to kill. One suspicious phone call leads to her life's undoing and she finds herself on the run from all she once adored, the only person able to help her being a complete stranger. The smoldering Jake Harrison.
Together they unravel an unlikely political plot, but in this game of love and loss, with all the betrayal surrounding them, will they ever be able to trust again?"

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Next up: Body Combat!

"Charles Whitaker is taking his fall from grace hard. Once the top architect in San Diego, his business partner cooked the books and ran off with all his earnings. When the money left, so did his wife. To help Charles' re-focus his energy on the future, he's taken a Body Combat course. Only he
can't focus on anything but the beautiful instructor, Sammy Logan.

Sammy doesn't date clients. Even if she did, she's sure they'd run in the opposite direction as soon as they found out that she has no money and spends all her time protecting her mother from her drunken father. Still, the well-built man in the third row catches her eye and won't let her go without a fight. When her father crashes his car, Sammy has nowhere to turn and runs smack dab into Charles Whitaker.

Together they try to mend a 25-year family rift, caused by greed and stubbornness, by proving that love is more powerful than money.

But is it?"

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Lots of ways to win right here! Thank you for stopping by!

What you can win here: Romantic Suspense Hit and Stay AND Contemporary Romance Body Combat (Ebooks)
Number of winners: 4
Open to (INT, US or US/CAN): International
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

My Life Map, Kate Marshall - Book Review

My Life Map: A Journal to Help You Shape Your FutureMy Life Map: A Journal to Help You Shape Your Future by Kate Marshall
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Well, I didn't really like this book, but, you know, it's my own fault.

I'm a pantser. I don't make plans. Why? They always fall through. And the bigger and more detailed the plan, the worse it goes.

I had a big plan once. I was going to be one damn successful broadcast journalist. I was going to produce the hell out of news, in New York, no less.

And I almost made it; I really almost made it.

But here I am.

An accidental twin pregnancy, a layoff, a crumbled economy and a husband later, I find myself here in Gainesville, where they don't even HAVE a news market. (Seriously, we're market 169)

I'm home, taking care of my kids, and slowly, with no plan in place, I've begun to branch out again, taking on odd jobs that turned into regular jobs, writing, blogging, expanding my resume.

I just got into grad school. But I don't have a plan. It's just something to do that will hopefully pay off in the future. That's the only way life works for me.

And I want a plan, I really do. So I was excited to get this book. But with questions like, "where do you see your friendships in ten years?" I mean, I guess I was just a bit disappointed.

My answers got more and more vague.

Basically my life plan is: Keep my family, add some money and success.

That's it.

And I'm not going to project my death date, sorry.

One of the questions asked me to go through my pictures and make a collage with me in the center.

I skipped it.

Because in my currently plan--which is get as much shit done a day as humanly possible--I don't have time for an art project. I already know what is important to me, the question is what am I going to do with it?

And to get to those answers, I'm going to need a lot more probing questions than, "what have you given to service in the past five years?"

If I'm going to make a plan, I'm going to need to be ninjaed into it.

This book didn't do that.

There's a great discussion going on about planning right now at the Blogher Book Club.

**This review is part of the Blogher Bookclub review initiative, but the thoughts expressed are my own.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Break for Beauty, Elizabeth Hawksworth

Break for BeautyBreak for Beauty by Elizabeth Hawksworth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If given the choice between poetry and prose, I gravitate toward the latter every time. It's not that poetry isn't amazing in its own right; I'm just one of those people who needs the words to surround me, build a picture, not with emotion and feeling, but with text. I feel prose more than I do poetry.

That is not the case with Break for Beauty by Elizabeth Hawksworth.

I picked it up, expecting the whole thing to go over my head and leave me cold. Instead, an intense and emotional narrative enveloped me.

Perfectly chosen pieces flow into each other as easily as each artistically chosen word beats meaning and life onto the page.

Here you will find raw and base emotion dissected into intelligent ideas and original thought.

The tortured pen paves the way for reader breakthroughs with each phrase.

And the upswing of poetry is that it's perfect for people who can't commit themselves to reading for long stretches of time, like moms and business people.

If you've got a few spare moments, you've got time to Break for Beauty.

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Romance Thesaurus - Part II

Okay, so we've covered penis and boobs. Next up? Well, let's continue to explore those two terms. Did you know that the parts of the penis and boobs are used so often they need their own entries?


Honestly? You're best bet is to use nipples.

When you can't, peaks also works as a term. You've also got nubs, tips, and buds.

On second reference, you can even use skin. Example: "He ran his tongue over the sensitive skin."

I will side-eye crests, and I will laugh out loud at pebbles.

Now, more important than the word itself are the adjectives that come along with the words.

You can go with color: Plum, rosy, reddened, pale...

You can go with physical sensations: quivering, trembling, aching, tightened, protruding, throbbing, tingling...

Or describe them in their current state: wet, moist, shivering, hard, pert, puckered (God, I hate that one...but, I mean, it's true. They do pucker)...

Then there are the actions that another character will carry out upon these poor nips.

He or she can: capture them with his mouth, run his tongue over them, suckle them gentley, tease them with his teeth, apply the slightest pressure to them, give them feathery kisses, breathe softly onto them, nibble them, rake his teeth over them (gently, of course), suck them hard, wet, lav, or lick them, roll them between his forefinger and his thumb, run his calloused hands over them, thumb them, swirl his tongue (or thumb) around them (sometimes hitting the sensitive nub), or flick them (with his tongue, his finger, whatever. I've yet to see someone try to flick a nipple with a penis. Maybe you can try that?)

Okay, let's move on to our male section of this helpful guide!

If you want to refer to a guy's junk, and you've already covered the peen itself, what do you use?


You can just use balls or sac. Orbs and globes also work. (Usually these are paired with such adjectives as hairless, rosy, warm, hell, even perfect...obviously we've never seen balls. Either that, or we're reclaiming the word.)

And then there's the smell. How do you describe that in a sensual way, right?

I go with clean. That's simple and effective. Some authors go for earthy, spicy, dusky or like the ocean. Some go as far as salty musk. You know, whatever works.

Heroes or heroines can do several things with balls.

They can palm them, cup them, massage or knead them, lick or suck them, take them into their hot mouths, tease them with their feathery breath, etc.

Definitely do not pinch them or do anything down there with your teeth.

So, how about the peen tip?

Penis Head:

You've got tip, head, ridge, mushroom (which I don't like, at all), flared edge (flared tip also works).

The head can be: engorged, flared, hot, searing, glistening...then we get a little iffy.

A lot of people also use the words: seeping, weeping, moist...I hate all of these. I'll pass them through because they seem to be what's 'done,' but, in my opinion, anything that sounds like it should be checked by a doctor should be left out of your manuscript.

Just my two cents.

Anyway, stay tuned for the next addition. We have so much more eroticism to get through.

Anyway, you get the point. It's all in the action.