Wednesday, July 27, 2011

When a book leaves you in Tears...


I read this book in two hours. I don't think I have ever read that fast in my life. The hero was so tortured that in any other case I would have hated him. But Juliana Stone portrayed him with such strength and pain that I loved him from the start. No matter what he did wrong I always remembered the Hell he went through. I am not saying he could do no wrong - because he did. But this man left me at a loss for words. He was strength personified and deserved peace.

The heroine was strong yet empathetic. In recent cases the strong heroines I have read have been stubborn to a fault and I could not place myself in their shoes nor feel any emotion towards them. Yet this heroine's heartbreak and loss resonated through me. However, with every blow that would  stagger her, she would pick herself up and fight. She was true strength and grace in a kick ass body.

I honestly loved this book and I am in utter suspense for Wicked Road to Hell next year.  Declan and Ana's (I hope) story is going to be amazing. I can already tell.

I don't even know why I am posting this. I just turned off my Kindle and had to share what I had read. That doesn't happen often enough these days and I thank you Juliana Stone for sharing your work with us.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Destiny United by Leia Shaw


Hi Guys!

I normally don't post reviews of books. A book I may love others may loathe. If I were to bash a book - which I would never do - others may take that to heart and not read it. This is just my opinion - and to most it means nothing. However, I still liked this book enough to say something about it! 

I heartily recommend this series to fantasy and romance readers. Destiny United is the second book in the Shadows of Density Series and I believe is even better than the first. I would also recommend you read this series in order as the world building and character development only increases with time.

This is a romance story true, but the adventure and discovery of the world that is beyond our reach and the characters themselves is even more inherent. Erin begins as a weaker character, but that is the purpose. She relies heavily on drinking and prescriptions to get over her fears.  This was the one point of contention for me at the start, however as Erin develops as person and becomes stronger within her identity the reasons for these afflictions become clear.  Marcelo starts off on his “quest” is immediately sidetracked into helping Erin. I enjoyed looking into his mind to see how he starts to fall for Erin and how his darkness turns to light.

Even more enjoyable than the romance and the character development was the world building. In the first book some of the other “species” were mentioned and sometimes shown. In this one however we see more glimpses of them and even meet new ones. The battles that could come and the internal strife foreshadowed were nicely done.

I look forward into the next book Destiny Unchained in which we get to see more of the werewolves and vampire culture.

If you are looking for a fantasy read by a new author I highly recommend this.

Comments welcome.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday - #3



This is from a novel of mine called Chasing Hope. Enjoy!


Arianna's breath caught at the word love but she didn’t have the capacity to think about that right now. The need to make sure she could keep Aiden was unbearable. Where would she go when they released her? Could their son and her stay with Ethan; the man she'd lost for so long? What about that family she thought he might be keeping at home? These were all questions begging for answers but Arianna didn’t know if she could bear the outcome. 

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Have a great day reading!



Friday, July 22, 2011

Welcome Guest Blogger Jessica E. Subject!

Why I write Science Fiction Romance

I didn’t intend to write Science Fiction Romance four years ago, or even a novel for that matter. When I sat down to write, it was my intention to create a short superhero story for my daughter. Well, that short story became an 80K+ science fiction romance novel and I was addicted.

Science Fiction Romance gives my muse much more freedom in writing. I enjoy the romance part because, I myself want to read happily-ever-afters, no matter what struggles the characters have to go through to get there. The science fiction aspect comes from my active imagination, wondering what our future will be like and whether I’ll be alive on the day we make contact with beings from other planets. My love for sci-fi is also reflected in the books I read and movies I watch.

I’ve tried writing contemporary romance, but I always need to add some sort of sci-fi twist to keep my heart in the story, even if it’s just a sci-fi obsessed secondary character. So, that’s why I write in the genre and sub-genre I do.

What genres and sub-genres do you read/write and what keeps you going back for more?

Thank you Carrie for allowing me to visit your wonderful site! I appreciate all of your support.

Celestial Seduction Blurb:
At the end of his obligated commitment to the Space Service, Frey Berger decides to stay on Earth to further experience human emotions rather than return to Ginnun where his intended has already mated with another. Looking for real love and someone to accept him for what he is, Frey enlists in Madame Evangeline’s popular dating service. Although he does not understand the concept of a one-night stand, he hopes to find his perfect mate.

Carrie Cooper’s husband divorced her for someone who could provide him with children, leaving her with little self-confidence and no desire to let a man hurt her again. Her best friend convinces her to join a dating service, claiming Carrie needs to get laid, while not winding up with a broken heart since her date requires no commitment after the night is over.

Although several misunderstandings nearly derail them before the date has even begun, Carrie and Frey end up becoming closer than they ever believed possible. Still, Frey will need to convince Carrie that her perfect mate isn’t human at all, and that one night can lead to a forever love.

Now Available From:
§  Decadent Publishing (in multiple ebook formats)
§  And many other ebook publishers

Bio: Jessica Subject went from fearing the possibility of aliens to reading and writing about them. Combining her love of both science fiction and romance, she creates happily-ever-afters for the entire universe. She lives in Southwestern Ontario, Canada with her husband, two children and their seven year-old rabbit.

You can find Jessica Subject here:

Thursday, July 21, 2011

I am a winner!


So I won the Yasmine Galenorn Night Veil Contest with my post about the World Cup. I am IN LOVE with the box it came with. There are so many goodies in it!

A Beautiful Wolf Sculpture
A Queen of the Fairies Mouse Pad
A Starbucks Gift Card
Night Viel
A Diary
Dracula DVD
The Mothman Prophecies DVD
Dracula Sunglasses
Owl Earrings
CD: Faun - Totem (New for me but I am excited to try it)
CD: Gary Numan - Jagged (See above)

Oh and here is the box it came it!




I am mostly just saying what a wonderful author and woman Yasmine Galenorn is. So THANK YOU! Try out her books if you want some dark fantasy and romance.

Whoot!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Blogging at Paranormal Romantics



Hi All!

I will be blogging over at Paranormal Romantics today about being an aspiring author. Come check it out!

http://www.paranormalromantics.blogspot.com/?zx=1d80756f3c3c4a53

Paranormal Romantics

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Kids Day at Arts Fest - 2011


OH MY! 12 hours on my feet and bent over to help kids has officially killed me - but oh what a blast!

So the Pic you see is sideways - I cant fix it - but its balloons made up into a Carbon Nano Tube. At 7 in the morning it was just a white hula hoop. By Noon it was like this. The kids made triangle balloons  and together they formed Benzene rings. It was amazing!


Setting up at 7 am we had this little guy. He kept sitting on my shoes as I was setting up tents. We named him Carbon. I know I know. It was too early. Our coffee machine BROKE and we were doing chemistry. What else could we do?



These were actually the slow times. We had six tents with many MANY kids. If you look in the back of the second picture you can see the nanotube being formed.
At these two tents they learned about measurement and what nano and Carbon was.

There as also a tent for liquid nitrogen ice cream - VERY POPULAR, we also had Helium Balloons, a tent that showed density with salt water and golf balls and Kool Aide solutions, and a bookmark making site. At that tent we took black construction paper cut up into bookmark type things and dipped them into a solution to make an AWESOME Bookmark. (They don't show up well in pics or I would show you.) But the solution was just water and 1 drop of clear finger nail polish. You hang them to dry and in 20 min you have a beauty of a book mark.



 (My photos hate me) 
We also had a lava lamp tent. There kids made their own mini lava lamps to take home. We  had 1300  of these suckers and ran out too soon! But to make your own - Fill a coke bottle about 3/4 of the way with veggie oil. Then in a separate cup add 2 drops of food coloring to water. Then add about 5 drops of that colored solution to the oil. Then add half an alkaselzter tablet. Put the lid back on once it quits fizzing. Very Very Fun.

By the end of the day we were all exhausted but it was sooooo rewarding. The kids came with families, camps, the Special Stars Needs Center came and the children from there were so in tune with the colors and bubbles that they said they wanted to be scientists. 

I am going to take a bath now though because I am SORE!

Leave a comment if you want to know anything more about what you can do at home to let your kiddies in on what FUN science is!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I won!

Remember that blog post about Yasmine Galenorn's Contest? Well apparently my odd mind is a winner because I just won the Night Veil basket! Whoot!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Rebecca Royce - Release Day


Hi All!

One of my favorite authors is celebrating her release of Book 6 of the Westervelt Wolves - Angel's Wolf (at 7pm est today!) If you haven't read the series check out her website http://rebeccaroyce.com/ or her blog http://rebeccaroyce.blogspot.com/. I am really excited to read this tonight and I hope you all get a chance to visit the Westervelt Wolves.

After 7pm est you should be able to find it at: http://www.liquidsilverbooks.com/

Have a great day!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday - My First!


Welcome ladies and gents! As the title suggests this is my first Six Sentence Sunday. Below is a snippet from my as of this moment untitled paranormal short for Decadent's 1 Night Stand Series:



“Let’s go then, the check is already booked to the room so we can take our time tonight.”

She smiled timidly again and grabbed her wrap and black, beaded bag. He fluidly rose from his seat and offered his had in assistance from her chair.

“Where would you like to walk to?”

“Our room?”


Her face was still stunning with the shade of beet red it had become at her surprising, yet not unwelcome announcement.




Be sure to stop by the numerous other authors who are participating! www.sixsunday.com


Thanks for stopping by and see you next Sunday!




Friday, July 8, 2011

Rough Draft Done!


Whoot! I am done with my rough draft! Rebecca Royce was right - typing THE END on something you have written yourself is an experience.

I spent some time today editing and reading through my work. As I did so I realized that I actually LIKED what I was writing. I was fearful that I would hate it so much that no one would want to read it. I have sent it to a friend and she said she would read it for me. It is soooo nice to have someone who is helpful. I had no idea what I would do without her. Well on second though I do - I would be the avid reader I am and nothing more.

I do hope that others will like it as much as I do but that is still in the air!

But even if it is horrible - I still know I wrote it and I took that chance!

Whew!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Say What?

So I just entered a contest for a Release Basket from another author. I do love goodies. The Author had asked us to answer a question:

If you were going to have a party, what kind of party would it be and which of my characters would you invite, up to four of them? Why them?


My response was:

I would invite Smokey, Iris, Chase, and Menolly. Yes I know - what a group! Of course it would be a World Cup party. Because in my mind these four have a secret love of all things soccer and must watch the World Cup. Through the fight against evil the four of these souls are now able to bring their love of soccer in the light and watch the game in peace. Smokey and Iris pair off nicely as she can mother him like no other. Smokey can get riled up as much as he wants - as long as he knows he cannot disrespect Iris. So when the wrong team scores a point and he wants to catch the next thing he sees on fire - Iris is there to help and calm him. Even though she too is angry. 
Menolly and Chase though they may have once been frenemies they now can have their own form of sports friendship. Chase just better make sure he chooses the right team - Menolly tends to bite! 

And yes I know I am crazy but this is the first thing that came to mind. They all seem to need some time off!



And I have officially gone off the deep end. If you have read Yasmine Galenorn you would understand that this in no way goes with her world. Hence why it came into mine.


Try her Sisters of the Moon or Indigo Court series if you like your romance a bit darker!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Arts Fest

Perennials, Michele Randall, State College, PA 2006
So every year in State College there is an Arts Fest downtown. During this week artists take over the city and sell amazing and sometimes not so amazing work. I usually head down the third day and buy earrings or  something small. Our apartment just cannot handle so much!

On the Wednesday of each Arts Fest Week children take over and it is called Kids Day. During this time about 1500 children and their parents come to different booths for activities on  Penn State Campus and Downtown. Usually I avoid this day because it seems to stressful to me because I  do not have any of those youngsters at home

Well this year I am doing something slightly different! I am the co-director for the SEECoS program this year and am running six - yes SIX - booths on Kids Day. I am in charge of six booths with 4 Graduate Student helpers, 3 Undergraduate Helpers at each booth, and 3 High School students at each booth. In turn each of those guys and girls will teach 6 different basic Chemistry facts and activities to the kindergarten - 1st graders.

I have been working for the past two months on this while working on my thesis, teaching 3 classes and having a husband and two cats. Needless to say I haven't been writing. This upcoming Wednesday - a week from today - Kids Day will be over and I will finally have more time to write.

So if I seem a bit stressed on Twitter as of late you understand!

http://www.arts-festival.com/children.php

Welcome!

Hi Everyone!

After a couple of years of being an avid reader and aspiring author I have decided now was the time to start blogging!

I hope to post as often as I can with updates on my writing, my thesis in Chemistry and just day to day things. I hope to gain followers over time or just anyone who has any idea how to aide me!

Thank you so much for stopping by!