"You're in my blood, my skin, my bones. I go to bed wanting you, I wake up wanting you, I spend most of the damn day wanting you. But I'm not going to
"You're in my blood, my skin, my bones. I go to bed wanting you, I wake up wanting you, I spend most of the damn day wanting you. But I'm not going to beg."
He glazed at her for several moments more, then he sighed. "Aw hell. Yes, I am." (Sigh)
I had downloaded RaeAnne Thayne's "Dancing in the moonlight" last January (almost to the day I finally read it!) from the Harlequin eBook store. I was trying out the site for the first time and it was free. But for whatever reason, I never got around to reading it. And thus it sat, neglected.
Recently, (I'm digressing, but this will make sense in a second. Just bear with me.) I decided to give audiobooks another try (having tried a couple a few years back but just as quickly lost interest). I'm knitting my first afghan (1 strip down, 2 more to go!) and thought it would be a good time to retry audio (via my library). I'm currently on my third title ("The hero's guide to saving your kingdom" by Christopher Healy), but when I went to reopen the file, I accidentally clicked on "Dancing in the moonlight" instead. Almost from the first sentence I was hooked.
I am very much a character-orientated reader (and writer). A book has to have a decent plot and good writing (or it gets thrown across the room), but characterization is essential. If I don't care for your characters, I'm not going to bother reading your book.
I fell in love with Maggie and Jake - especially Maggie. She's trying so hard to readjust, but is stubbornly refusing any and all assistance (and emotional entanglements). But, while her character could have become stubborn to the point of annoying (or stupid), Thayne kept her human.
I was afraid (as I paused at chapter 13 to run errands), that there was going to be the ubiquitous last misunderstanding scene (which I generally dislike). There wasn't, to my relief, and the ending tied everything up nicely ((view spoiler)[since it's a romance, it was fairly obvious where the author was going with Viviana and Guillermo early on (hide spoiler)].)
"Dancing in the moonlight" is a solid, well-pacing story with good characters, light on the sex (though the kisses are hot!), and a quick, but nice read. While I hadn't realized (when I began reading), that the title was part of a series*, I will be checking out the other "Cowboys of Cold Creek" books - and this one has definite potential to become a personal reread.
*I'm one of those pesky people that NEED to read a series in order, even when it really doesn't need to be. I can't help myself. ;)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Fun, quick read with bite-sized chapters written in the style of Ripley's. The cover art and lettering is strongly reminiscent of the old pulp fictionFun, quick read with bite-sized chapters written in the style of Ripley's. The cover art and lettering is strongly reminiscent of the old pulp fiction, and just as fun as the inside.
While I am a somewhat ardent viewer of paranormal television (and reader of para non-fiction), I'm not necessarily a believer... but I like to keep an open mind. Just in case*. ;)
*Besides, it's a great place for writing ideas! ...more
I became a fan of Harry Potter between the release of book 3 and book 4. I remember picking up the first three books at my local bookstore, mainly becI became a fan of Harry Potter between the release of book 3 and book 4. I remember picking up the first three books at my local bookstore, mainly because they were on sale. I devoured all three that night, and started chomping on the bit for the rest of the series (despite being an "adult" ;) I became immersed (like so many others) in Rowlings world, so much so that I put off reading the last book until the release of the final movie. I wrote snippets of fan fiction based on her characters, acquired second copies of the books (I'm notorious for "misplacing" my own books), and inhaled the two related volumes (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages). I loved the world-building that these two latter books especially showed. For whatever reason, however, I did not read Tales of Beedle the Bard when it was released.
I have now remedied the matter.
It was a quick read (as the other two companion volumes were), but again it shows the depth and backstory of Rowling's world. The stories, as I'm sure Rowling intended, remind me strongly of the original Grimm fairy tales - dark, bloody, but with purpose. And the reappearance of a favourite character (sniff, sniff) of course doesn't hurt! ;)...more
When I initially read Steven Johnson's "Ghost map" a few years back, I was either young and impressionable or I skipped parts."Ghost Map" : Take Two
When I initially read Steven Johnson's "Ghost map" a few years back, I was either young and impressionable or I skipped parts.
I'm betting on the latter.
In looking for something while trying out my library's eAudio selections (their non-fiction is poor), I decided to reread "Ghost map." The first half (and some of the conclusion) was as interesting as I remembered (as interesting as you can get when talking about disease and death) and I would recommend it. As other reviewers have pointed out the author does have a slightly annoying habit of repeating himself - which during the first half I could forgive. The author also tends to meander between topics (before returning to the story of the outbreak) which personally I don't mind (and which I love when it's done well), but could be off-putting to others expecting a straight-forward account.
I would also recommend the book as opposed to the audio. I hated the narration. The reader spoke too fast and at times was monotone. But what drove me nuts was that he (as an apparent non-British speaker) would start a quote with a British accent, but halfway through the accent would disappear. There were also sections where a quote would end and the author begin, but it wasn't clearly delineated during the reading.
In my opinion, skip the conclusion and the epilogue. The latter was especially painful. Johnson only mentions the importance of the map (which I was ignorant of, being only an occasional popular science reader) during his conclusion. It would have been more helpful (and interesting) as a said layman reader, for him to have brought out the importance of the map (and hence the title of his book) earlier, or (better yet) earmarked an entire chapter to it's legacy.
Instead, the reader has to wade through a muddled theory of how city life is better for us and the environment, despite terrorists (the twin tower deaths were no big deal, btw)* and a super flu. Though I live in a fairly large city, and it's convenient and useful (and while I will probably remain in a city for the remainder of my life, I'm not particularly attached to city life), I find his constant "city is everything" methodology annoying (and cities without green space, really?)
*While that's not what Johnson said or meant, the way he phrased that section made it seem as if he were belittling (not in the sense of making light of, but more brushing aside) the loss of human life. This is my opinion of his writing - you may see it differently....more
I liked Payton - she had the guts and the drive to go after what she wanted, especially in such a male-dominated field, but she had lots of soft edgesI liked Payton - she had the guts and the drive to go after what she wanted, especially in such a male-dominated field, but she had lots of soft edges. For someone that's not a fan of football (I read it because it was a RITA finalist), it was a cute, quick read....more
Not just your run of the mill returning ex-makeup story, but also one that tackles a serious issue (alcoholism). Cute, quick read with issues coming mNot just your run of the mill returning ex-makeup story, but also one that tackles a serious issue (alcoholism). Cute, quick read with issues coming mainly from one side in the relationship and a ending that I didn't particular like (HEA, but didn't seem final)....more
One of the better how-to-write books that I've come across, despite some (personal) annoyances (see below). Frey takes the fledgling writer from the bOne of the better how-to-write books that I've come across, despite some (personal) annoyances (see below). Frey takes the fledgling writer from the beginning of why to write a mystery (quite an interesting chapter) through the acutal process of writing (including character creation and development) right up to how to find an agent and work with an editor. I especially liked how he took you step-by-step through the writing process, with an actual example (personally, I learn better that way).
That being said...
His "hook" (how to write a damn good blah blah blah or to write a damn good blah blah blah) was repeated every few pages and after the first chapter, I was getting just a titch annoyed. I think I finally trained my eyes to skip over any reference to "damn" and "good" by the middle of the book, but still!
He also referenced his other non-fiction works at least once (if not more) each chapter. It usually went "In my book "[Title]", I showed you how to do this, but I'll repeat it here anyway." Just repeat it already! Don't tell me you've already wrote it somewhere else! If you have something worthwhile to say, I'll look up your other books. I don't need to be hit over the head (repeatidly) with them. It also drives me nuts when authors reference their entire backlist in the bibliography. I mean, really? You referenced everything you've ever wrote, even the ones that had nothing to do with the current subject at hand?! Grrr. As you can tell, this is a personal pet peeve of mine and it usually turns me off an author faster than onions (which I also hate! ;)
He also did quite a bit of name dropping, especially in the "Ideas to get you started" chapter. While I enjoy references (how else do you find the other good books?! ;) his was a slight too excessive. He would quote an example of another writer's character or hook or idea and then proceed to list all the books in the series. I don't need to know all the titles. I'm not simple. I think I can look them up all by myself (especially considering he also placed them all in the bibiliography!).
Anyway, brushing aside my "issues"...
Frey's book was packed with lots of good advice and I would recommended it (albeit with a caveat or two). Personally, his style is very Sam Spadeish (the anti-hero PI type of book, as well as his writing voice), and I only found little bits concerning other sub-categories of the mystery genre (such as cozies). Regardless, his method is something to keep in mind and I will be seeking out his other non-fiction books on writing....more
A good overview of the role Christian clergy (from various denominations) played from the beginning to the aftermath of the Great War. Includes extensA good overview of the role Christian clergy (from various denominations) played from the beginning to the aftermath of the Great War. Includes extensive notes, a good bibliography as well as a comprehensive list of the clergy (names, denomination and location(s) of service) who served with the CEF....more
I found the first dragged, but it picked up near the middle and I laughed out loud during the last third (poor Beans!) ;) I love Rosa and Felicity, anI found the first dragged, but it picked up near the middle and I laughed out loud during the last third (poor Beans!) ;) I love Rosa and Felicity, and Suzanne was a hilarious addition. Mindless but fun summer read, definitely!...more