Hot Target

June 11, 2008

Okay, Suzanne Brockman, on the off chance you find this, I LOVE YOU.

On the same library trip as Unsung Hero I got Hot Target. It’s actually 8th in the series, so I may have some buying to do to catch the stuff inbetween. Since Kelly gets hurt at some point. But anyway, Hot Target has a lot going on. We have Cosmo Richter Navy SEAL boy, on leave to take care of his mom, gets restless and takes a job with Good ol’ Tom’s new venture TroubleShooters. The assignment is babysitting maverick producer Jane Mercedes Chadwick who is receiving death threats about her new movie protraying a real life hero’s secret sexuality.

There’s a ton of “secondary” plots. I wouldn’t call them secondary they get as much or nearly as much page time as Jane and Cosmo’s plot. Jane’s brother, Robin and her assistant Patty have some issues. Robin and FBI agent, Jules Cassidy, who is gay, have some issues. Jules and his ex-boyfriend, Adam have some issues. And there’s Robin and Adam who also clash.

The reason I love Suzanne Brockman’s writing is she makes everything come to life. Without it being infodump or boring description. All the scenery and character description flows into the story. Cosmo’s pale blue eyes, and (Jane) Mercedes’s very revealing clothing. The change between FBI Jules and clubbing Jules.

Brockman is just freaking brilliant with it. And I need to read the books again to study them, not just for entertainment purposes. I look foward to reading more.  On my TBR pile is Gone Too Far and another one I can’t recall. I’m also listening to Freakonomics on CD and reading “A Complaint Free World

But for now I can’t stop gushing over Suzanne Brockman.

Bookcount: 19.

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Books I missed

June 6, 2008

These are the 5 books I read but failed to gather and write about:

Donna Alward- Hired by the Cowboy. A harelquin romance, which means No sex. But, it’s set in Canada, so that’s cool. Alex is single but pregnant, cowboy(!) Conner needs to get married to get his trust fun to save the family farm. Marriage will save everything. Or will it? Can they stick to their orginal agreement? This one is going on my shelf.

Cara Colter- The Prince and the Nanny. These Harelquin romance hit all the fantasies. He’s a prince of some obscure Irish island and he needs a nanny for his two young, motherless children. And she’s an outspoken nanny who gets some press for putting herself slightly in harms way but saving her charge. And then she finds son and father not bonding and forces them to together. How can they resist each other? Sweet, but I’m not the prince fantasy type of girl.

Amy Knupp- The Boy Next Door. Harelquin Super Romance and another of those bad boy, good girl neighbour things. and another of those she used to watch him at night (this time in his workshop, not his bedroom). And they are brought together by his nephew who is living with his ailing grandmother (the hero’s not the nephew), and she’s a social worker. Is she just dragging up the old fued between their families or is it the attraction come again 12 years later that’s so frustrating? Bad boy, love it!

Liz Fielding- The Secret Life of Lady Gabriella. She pretends to be a titled Lady with three kids for a magazine job, while being inspired by the house she’s sitting. So, when the owner returns unexpectedly she fears losing her inspriation she desperatly needs. He brugudingly says she can stay, since he’s likely to flit off again. Until they hit it off. It was sweet, but lacked conflict, imho. most of it centered around her drawing and dead husband.

Jessica Hart- Barefoot Bride. HQ romance again. She’s been look for stability. He likes to flit around the world as a biologist or something. So they broke up, a few times. But, now she’s out of work and dumped, so she goes to visit her friends on a tropical island, only to run into him again. Still gorgeous as ever, but now with a motherless child in tow. She can feel for this poor kid, being dragged around in instability. But, she agrees to nanny for him anyway. Of course, things don’t stay platonic. SO when her dream job is offered to her in London will she leave him again and take it? Or will she finally throw caution to the wind?

So those were the five I missed quite some time ago.

Here’s 3 recents I haven’t counted.

Jennifer Crusie- Anyone But You. I love Jenny Crusie. It doens’t matter what she writes. In this one Nina is recently divorced and wants a puppy. Instead she gets Fred- and overweight, slightly depressed basset hound. But he does bring about the cute decade younger ER doctor from downstairs around. He’s sexy as hell, doesn’t want kids, but he’s 10 years younger! Way too young for her of course.

J.D. RobbCeremony in Death. This is the fourth of the series. I started reading it after a letter from a suvivor of sexual abuse posted anon on the Smart Bitches website, talked about the Main Character, Eve Dallas‘s recovery efforts. This one was about evil, and black vs white magic. They seem to wrap up rather cleanly with the two main characters, Dallas and her husband, sexy Irish and very rich, Roarke, kicking the bad guys’ asses and walking away. I like the books, it’s been a very interesting read so far. I have to see if the library ahas the next one. This one had to come via Bookmooch. Since Zemanta likes to give me links, you can read the letter at this link, here. This one seeit? I ❤ Nora Robberts. She’s like my hero. Srsly.

Meg Cabot– Every Boy’s Got One. This was a strange format. Written not in first or third person, but from the view point of personal journals, and emails between the two main main characters, the two secondary characters and their ensuing families. Jane Harris is a cartoonist of WonderCat based on her crazy cat at home. Her best friend is eloping to the Italian Riveria with her long time boyfriend, who brings his best friend also. Cal Langdon is a stuck up journalist (in Jane’s opinion) who has just written a book on Saudia Arabia oil. It’s pretty much hate at first site. And even more annoying when she’s all for the wedding and he’s against long term love. Very funny book. I love Meg Cabot. Definatly going to get some more of hers.

So that brings my total count to: 18. Seems too small, but move on we will. After I figure out which books are mine and which are the librarlys.

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This may in books

June 4, 2008

I got a few at the library and finished some of them.

Carly Phillips- Summer Lovin’. (I didn’t like the title since it really has nothing to do with the book). I read Under the Boardwalk which was the sister book to this one, last year. I’ve read two of her three Chandler series. I like her. This was a good book. Solid. It didn’t make me swoon and the lack of justice didn’t make me feel really good about the ending. But it was a good book. The characters learned and grew in a believable fashion.

Suzanne Brockman- Unsung Hero. Now, what good girl who has a naughty streak hasn’t dreamed about the bad boy? I’m jealous of this good girl ‘cuase the bad boy lived on her property and she got to spy on him. Anyway, this book made me swoon for the hero. I wanted to be Dr. Kelly Ashton and get the bad boy. Jeez. Not many books make me do that. Not many books make the characters come right to life before me. So I love Suzanne Brockman and I can’t wait to read the other book that’s laying around the bedroom, HOT TARGET. A+ there. This one may go on my must have list.
Finding Water by Julia Cameron. This is the third in the Artist’s Way series. I’m only 4 or so chapters in, but I’m going to consider it read, because it’s getting redundant. The points: WRITE(well produce art, in my case that’s writing for other people it’s not), every day, even if you don’t really feel like. Surround yourself with people who encourage your art.  That’s about it. I got more than that out of Micheal Neil’s HayHouse show, You Can Have What You Want episode, Romancing Your Creative Genius. I’d link to the exact show, but it requires log in to get that far, which is free, but anyway, it was the May 10th, 2007 show if you want. I recommend all his shows.

Cindi Myers- Good, Bad … Better. This was a Harlequin blaze that I bookmooched. I so wanted to read it after I saw it. It’s one of those good girl, bad boy type things. (see my pattern emerging here?). Bad boy runs a tatoo shop. Good girl is overprotected by her chief of police father, still lives at home, but gets a tattoo and wants to join a dance company far far away from home. Bad boy is really a good boy who was rejected from art school and is a frustrated artist and rides a bike. It was average. What I’d expect for a Harlequin.

What I got most from it was I was going at my own novel in entirely the wrong way. So, now I’m nearly done the first draft and ready to tackle the second already. This has been going on since November. Hooray for NaNoWriMo.

Well, not really I’ve just been crazy busy. Read some okay category romances, 5 at least. I decided that if I read at least 50% of a book I will consider it read for my book count. I rarely finish books outside romance so …

I’ve been working on a blue jean quilt, my purses and writing naughty things and things for Big Rock Candy Mountain.
Baby aghan
For my niece or nephew DUE on my birthday! oh yeah!
Socks almost done for my kidlet.

Book total: 12.
Garden is half planted, half covered. I’m hopefully getting more newspapers from work. But the guy who’s desk they are on has had them there for ages and claims he’s going to read them then pass them on. I have my doubts, but I can do other things with them later if he does actually give them to me while I work there. If not, well, he’s cute so I can forgive him.

TV Turn off Wrap up

April 30, 2008

Uh, I pretty much failed miserably. It turned into a blizzard here so going outside was pretty much non-optional most of the week. I’ll post pictures. BLIZZARD!

Monday: Day one: went very well. No computer during afterschool hours, no TV, no video games.

Day two: some computering. No TV (we rarely turn on the TV anyway during the day) and no video games.

Day three: lots of computer, 30 minutes of vidoe games or so. I tried to keep it to a minimum, but the lure of Scrabolous on facebook got me!

Thursday: there was no school and I had 2 kindergarten children, so there was much tv, and computer and a little wii.

Friday: i usually reward myself for the week by playing some vidoe games. And much fun was had by all.

Saturday: We had a soccer coaching clinic ALL Day and then went to my mom’s (the kid was already there). No tv, just a lot of some guy with an south american accent babbling about nothing much that would really help us as coaches. As a bonus, it was warm out.

Sunday: We had a soccer meeting, but I’m pretty sure we played video games. I try to stay off the computer on the weekends anyway, so it was okay.

All in all, well it made me more aware of when I was using the computer, but it didn’t really deter me. We try.

Other stuff:

I recommend: Habitizer for keeping track of those new habits.

Buy nothing: Is also going badly. My Mp3 died (and then I fixed it) so I bought a new one. I had to becuase I work alone, I’m constantly on the move around the office I clean so a stereo is out and after 2 days and no music I was GOING crazy!! So I bought another Creative product, the Zen stone. And then when I was playing with the new one I found a thing that said “fix disk” or something, so I did it to my Creative Zen Nano and it works again. *sigh* SO I didn’t need a new one after all. But the new one has 2 GB compared to 512 mb.

My first laptop had a 3 GB hard drive, so this is like amazingly weird for me. It took me an afternoon and nearly all the music on the computer to fill it. And half the podcasts.

There’s more stuff coming up so stay tuned. I have not been reading that much, I’ve been crafting. ANd the snow we had last week has almost all melted (it may snow yet today tho it’s raining and cold as we speak) so my garden has no progress.

TV Turn off Week

April 18, 2008

All right, my goal for TV turn off week is to turn off the video games during the day, TV during the day and the BIG ONE the computer during the day – except to listen to music. This is the main way we listen to music here, so that has to be in. As well, as checking my email once a day at the very least and on the weekend there will be much email checking as I still have to check/moderate/beat my Freecycle group on the weekends.


April 16, 2008

Right my last post was supposed to be about books, but I forgot and meandered into weekend kitchen renovations. So books …

For What it’s Worth by Sandra Brown.
Another one of thise high school reads. This one had less angst then the usual category romance. I dunno why, still it was kinda cute. It wasted sometime.

Ways to be Wicked by Julie Anne Long.
Sylvie is the darling of the Paris Ballet. Tom is the darling of London’s night scene, running a “theatre” of bawdy dancing girls. Of course, they are both gorgeous and attracted to each other and deny that through most of the book. Oh yeah and Sylvie ends up in London after finding a letter from a woman looking for her long-lost sister and might she be Sylvie. Of course, the man who raised Sylvie hid these letters and she gets pissed and runs off to find her sister and her sister has gone to Paris to find her. This is a trilogy of course, which Sussanah being the first of the books. Sylvie is the second and while I enjoyed her story, I’m not compelled to go search out the other two. I dunno why, I keep falling into the middle of trilogy’s and not being thrilled with the other books, but loving the middle one.

Count is 9?
Working on Mists of Avalon, and some other ones that I can’t recall. Urban Tantra, Pratical Intution and In Defense of Food still grace my bedside when I’m bothered.

I love the love

April 16, 2008

Oh another boring book update. I haven’t been crafty at all the last few days. We’ve been doing countertops in our kitchen. Which is like hell. Everything is displaced to the rest of the house. Can’t cook, can’t wash dishes. Can’t make coffee (not for me) or popcorn (partly for me But the countertop looks AWESOME.

So this is the kitchen before we did anything. It’s the original stuff, which is from 1982. I should get some pictures of the HIDEOUS green wall board/paper. And also of our Harvest Gold bathrooms, which the previous owners choose to pain PINK. pink+yellow=OUchy on my eyes.

Isn’t it clean. believe me my partner worked hard to get it to look this way. It doesn’t when I’m in charge, but it’s not disgusting either. So anyway …

After pictures

Well, this was before the sink was cut out. The sink is back in.

There it is. The rest of the countertop is on except for a triangle shelf in the corner and a few minor edge pieces, and the top of the backsplash.
So that’s what I’ve been doing. I’m going to go change the pictures in my previous posts with links to my google images instead of using wordpress space, becuase it’s limited and I’m too lazy to resize my pictures. sad eh?

Another Regency Romance

April 11, 2008

I love me some regency romance. I dunno why.

The Duke’s Indiscretion by Adele Ashwork. I’d give it an B. The secondary plot seemed forced.

Charlotte is a Lady by day and belle of the English opera by night. And Colin, Duke of something, has been in love with her for 3 years. But he only knows her by her stage name Lottie English. Charlotte has been in love with him as well, from afar. So when he shows up in her house and her brother sells her beloved piano to him, she goes and proposes marriage to Colin. After confessing her true indenity.

The secondary plot was a plot to hurt Lottie in the theatre and she also had some priceless work of music. It was an alright book, but nothing special.

I’m also putting Choosing Simplicity on my finished list. I’ve read most of it and it’s due back so I give up. I’m terrible at finishing books. What i learned from this book: simplicity is what you make of it.

I also started the Omnivore’s Delimina by Michael Pollen, but it was far too depressing a view so I quit that one.

Book count: 7.

Still working on that damned aghan. But I found a better way to dig up my garden, or not dig up. I can’t find the link it was somewhere on mother Earth News. You lay newspaper down. It kills the grass and weeds and composts naturually. So I’m working on that unfortunatly it’s past recycle pick up day, so I only have one newspaper out so far, but I’ll keep things updated on how it works out for me.

This was taken a few days ago before I finished all 54 hexagons. It’s partially togheter now. I’ll post pictures later. I’m very behind on everything.

This is for my brother and his gf, who are due incidently on my birthday. I’m gonna be an auntie or an uncle!

This is my outside project. There’s a 10 foot space between the house and path that was once grass, but now it’s so weedy I decided to dig it up for vegetable gardening purposes. There are two lilac trees we transplanted that will have to be removed. But they’ll go on Freecycle. If I don’t go crazy from the stupid and shut it down.

Freeycle members thank your moderators today, they do untold amounts of work and deal with a lot of crazy and stupid.