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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tantalizing Tuesday

It has been WAY too long since I've posted up some hot pics!



*sighs* I could really use some of that right now...
Have a FABULOUS Day!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Thunderstorms

Just a little random writing...


The sound of the rain on my window was hypnotic.  I lay there in bed as the dark clouds rolled in over the tops of the trees creating shadows that danced outside my window.  The wind was blowing hard enough to cause the branches to tap on the glass.  Mesmerized by the oncoming storm my heart slowed and my body began to relax.  There is something about a thunderstorm that has always let my mind clear and focus on the beauty of nature.  The surreal feeling of being absolutely powerless to change the world around me.  It calms me, knowing there are some things I can't change, things that are outside my grasp of responsibility.  Sometimes it seems as if the weight of the world is crashing down on top of me, leaving me breathless, just lookinjg for a way to survive.  Thunderstorms though, they remind me that even when the weather is turbulant, as life can sometimes be, that in the aftermath the sky does clear, the sun does once again shine and the world blooms brightest after the rain.


May the sun shine and the world bloom for you everyday!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

New Orleans with Adrian Phoenix!

I had the awesome pleasure of meeting Adrian Phoenix and some of the other Hellions from Dante's Club Hell Yahoo Group over the Halloween weekend in New Orleans!  I have to say that I love Adrian.  She is one of the sweetest people I have met and I cannot wait to see her career really take off!  On the trip we went to Cafe Du Monde, walked all over the French Quarter, checked out the WWII History Museum, went on a couple of fabulous tours and the best part was a reading by Adrian herself of the first couple of chapters of Etched In Bone (being released Feb 22, 2011)!  I am already looking forward to next year when we are hoping to go again! 

Here are a few pics from the trip!
 
Adrian Phoenix and myself *big cheesy grin*
 Yvonne and I... the wonderful lady who made my trip possible... I love ya!
 just moi :-)

 

 totally loved how the pic of this sign turned out!



Well that pretty much sums up the trip... wish you all could have been there!  Have a FABULOUS Day!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

So it's been a while...

Hi Everyone!  
I know its been like... well forever since my last post... a LOT of things have been going on in my life.  

Over the last 6 months I have switched jobs, gotten divorced, started dating, got knocked up and left to deal with the pregnancy on my own (what a douche bag! at least the sex was good... just wish it had lasted  LMAO) and now I am getting ready to move... phew *wiping brow* I think that is about it...

All that being said... I am in some major need of reading time!!!  I am currently reading Eternal Kiss of Darkness and LOVING Menchere's story!  Next, I am going to be catching up with the final Werecat book by Rachel Vincent... pretty sad that it's coming to an end though :-( There are a few others that I need to catch up on and I will post as I go.

Here is an ultrasound pic at 7 1/2 weeks

And here is the latest at 11 1/2 weeks...
I am now almost 13 weeks and cannot believe it is going by sooooo fast!  I am hoping for a girl... I have two boys and if I have one more I will need a room with my name on it in the mental patient ward!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Tantalizing Tuesday

Yay for Tuesday!!!

Here is some eye candy to help everyone through the rest of the week!


Now off to bed to dream some sweet dreams *winks*

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Kittens

We have new kittens in the house and I just had to show off how cute they are =)

 This is Mercy... and she is named after Mercy Thompson... she looks like she has grease on her ears, nose, paws and tail  :-)


And this is Fergie...

I just love little fuzz balls!

On My Wishlist...

"On My Wishlist" is a weekly meme hosted by Book Chick City to share the books that we haven't bought yet but are waiting to be bought and devoured. Below are a couple of the books that I am looking forward to reading!
  
Merit, Chicago’s newest vampire, is learning how to play well with others. Other supernaturals, that is. Shapeshifters from across the country are convening in the Windy City, and as a gesture of peace, Master Vampire Ethan Sullivan has offered their leader a very special bodyguard: Merit. Merit is supposed to protect the Alpha, Gabriel Keene—and to spy for the vamps while she’s at it. Oh, and luckily Ethan’s offering some steamy, one-on-one combat training sessions to help her prepare for the mission.

Merit must accept the assignment, even though she knows that she’ll probably regret it. And she’s not wrong. Someone is gunning for Gabriel Keene, and Merit soon finds herself in the line of fire. She’ll need all the help she can get to track down the would-be assassin, but everywhere she turns, there are rising tensions between supernaturals—not least between her and a certain green-eyed, centuries old master vampire. 
An immortal war has been brewing in the darkness…and now one woman has stumbled into the shadows.

Chicago private investigator Kira Graceling should have just kept on walking. But her sense of duty refused to let her ignore the moans of pain coming from inside a warehouse just before dawn. Suddenly she finds herself in a world she’s only imagined in her worst nightmares.

At the center is Mencheres, a breathtaking Master Vampire who thought he’d seen it all. Then Kira appears—this fearless, beautiful…human who braved death to rescue him. Though he burns for her, keeping Kira in his world means risking her life, yet sending her away is unthinkable.

But with danger closing in, Mencheres must choose between the woman he craves, or embracing the darkest magic to defeat an enemy bent on his eternal destruction. 
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On a side note... I think a lot of my shit is finally getting caught up with (real life *sighs*) and I should be getting back to posting up some reviews!!!

Some really great books that I have been reading are:
Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews
Dares and Dreams by B.K. Walker
and many more... just have to have time to actually get on the computer and type up the reviews... 
I am getting there though... promise =)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Tantalizing Tuesday

So... I have been really busy this last week and totally neglected pretty much anything to do with being online... yes shame on me... but did you really think I would skip my Tuesday posts???  
So NOT happening! Just doing it a wee bit early this week =)

A little something different this week...


Damn... Do you not just want to be one of these ladies??? 
*sighs* well I suppose that is what fantasies are for...

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Winner of KISS OF DEATH...


The winner of the signed copy of KISS OF DEATH by Rachel Caine is...

Serena!!!

Congrats and Enjoy!!!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tantalizing Tuesday

Yes... it is our favorite day of the week!!!

This week it is all about the hawtness that is
Thunder From Down Under!!!




Have a WONDERFUL week!!!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Book Bloggers Anonymous!


I just joined Book Bloggers Anonymous over on Goodreads hosted by Paper Cut Reviews!!!  

Totally excited and can't wait to get to know everyone better!

Coming up in June Paranormal Haven with be hosting an event...
Adrian Phoenix month!!! 

Adrian Phoenix Month

Check out Paper Cut Reviews to learn a little more about what's going on!!!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Hero or Hindrance???

Title:  THE TROUBLE WITH HEROES

Anthology Edited by:  Denise Little 

Description:
These 22 all-new tales pay tribute to the true heroes-the people who enable and put up with heroes. From what it's like to be Hercules' wife )complete with an appearance by Hercules in drag) to the trials of H.P. Lovecraft's housekeeper, from the perils of being King Kong's girlfriend to the downside of dating a shapeshifter, this anthology turns heroism on its head, revealing the behind-the-scenes drama, as opposed to glorious rescues. From the Pied Piper's power trip to David acting like a giant you-know-what after slaying Goliath, these stories show heroes in all their ignominy and shine a light on the unsung faithful standing in their shadows.

Review:
I have to start off by saying that I love the idea behind this anthology.  It's kind of like watching that reality TV show that you just can't turn off, except that it's about some of our most beloved heroes and the people  who have to deal with them. Ever wonder who does the laundry and who has to deal with the day to day issues that revolve around heroes?  Or have you ever thought, do they stink when they get done fighting evil or riding on their horse?  In this collection of 22 short stories we learn about all sorts of things that heroes get themselves into and what those around them have to deal with on a regular basis.

This is a fun twist, with subjects ranging from internet dating in Kristine Grayson's Geeks Bearing Gifts, to make-overs in Laura Resnick's The Quin Quart, to housekeeping in Adrian Nikolas Phoenix's The Horror in the Living Room.  As with all anthologies there are some that are not as memorable as others, but I felt that overall it was a fun read with a little something in it for everyone.  Some of the stories were lighter and more humorous with some being more serious and of course we had some action and suspense.  I felt that each of the author's personalities and writing styles stood out wonderfully and made the reading experience very enjoyable.  Denise Little has done an excellent job as the editor of THE TROUBLE WITH HEROES as well as many other fantastic works.  I will definitely be looking into some of the authors that I read for the first time, which is one of the things that I love most about anthologies, after getting a little taste of their writing styles.

Includes Stories by the
Following Authors:
Kristine Grayson
Adrian Nikolas Phoenix
Mike Moscoe
Jean Rabe
Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Terry Hayman
Annie Reed
David H. Hendrickson
Phaedra M. Weldon
Pauline J. Alama
Robert T. Jeschonek
Laura Resnick
John Alvin Pitts
Dayle A. Dermatis
Dory Crowe
J. Steven York
Peter Orullian
Janna Silverstein
Ken Scholes
Steven Mohan, Jr.
Allan Rousselle
Kristine Kathryn Rusch

On My Wishlist...

"On My Wishlist" is a weekly meme hosted by Book Chick City to share the books that we haven't bought yet but are waiting to be bought and devoured. Below are a couple of the books that I am looking forward to reading!
 
Description

WELCOME TO PRECIOUS, TEXAS...where fistfights serve as dinner theater and fire ants rain from the sky. The locals are usually very friendly, if a bit eccentric. No pictures please, or you may find yourself a guest of the county morgue.
Photojournalist Shala Winters already had her hands full bringing tourism to this backward, podunk little town, but her job just got tougher. Pictures can say a thousand words, and one of Shala’s is screaming bloody murder. Now she has to entrust a macho, infuriating lawman with her life—but she’ll never trust him with her heart.
Trusted or not, Sky Gomez isn’t about to let a killer get his hands on Shala’s Nikon—or any of her more comely assets, for that matter. Her mouth might move faster than a Piney Woods roadrunner, but all he can think about is how good it must taste…and how she’ll never escape true love.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tantalizing Tuesday

So it's Tuesday again *grins*  Time for something a little sexy!


Have a wonderful week!!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Countdown Begins...

Title:  Three Days to Dead
Author:  Kelly Meding

Publisher:  Bantam Dell

3 1/2 stars


Description:

She’s young, deadly, and hunted—with only three days to solve her own murder… 

When Evangeline Stone wakes up naked and bruised on a cold slab at the morgue – in a stranger’s body, with no memory of who she is and how she got there – her troubles are only just beginning.  Before that night, she and the other two members of her Triad were star bounty hunters — mercilessly cleansing the city of the murderous creatures living in the shadows, from vampires to shape-shifters to trolls. Then something terrible happened that not only cost all three of them their lives, but also convinced the city’s other Hunters that Evy was a traitor . . . and she can’t even remember what it was. 

Now she’s a fugitive, piecing together her memory, trying to deal some serious justice – and discovering that she has only three days to solve her own murder before the reincarnation spell wears off. Because in three days, Evy will die again – but this time, there’s no second chance…

Review:

Evangeline Stone is a dreg hunter working for a secret government agency fighting against the things that go bump in the night.  Or at least she was, until she woke up in the morgue in someone else's body.  Now Evy has to find out why and how she died in order to find the real reasons behind the events, but the last thing she remembers happened well before the events that caused her to take what should have been her last breath. 

Wyatt Truman is the handler, or supervisor, of the Triad that Evy is a part of.  Their team has been together for years until death finds a way of bringing everything crashing down around them.  As Wyatt helps Evy recover her memory to be able to hunt down her killers, she also learns that there may be more between them than she initially thought.  Not to mention the deal he made to bring her back and his reasons for doing so.  Unfortunately they still have to fight to keep an alliance between vampires and goblins from happening to insure the survival of the human race.  One catch, can they do it all in three days? 

Kelly Meding takes a new approach to Urban Fantasy in THREE DAYS TO DEAD... read the rest of my review at FreshFiction.com!

Where to find Kelly:

Saturday, May 15, 2010

On My Wishlist...



"On My Wishlist" is a weekly meme hosted by Book Chick City to share the books that we haven't bought yet but are waiting to be bought and devoured. Below are a couple of the books that I am looking forward to reading!

 




For the first time, author Diane Whiteside introduces you to a world of indescribable sensuality in which vampires roam the contemporary Western landscape-building their brotherhood, protecting their territory, and feeding off the frenzy of desire…

Once a medieval Spanish knight, Don Rafael Perez has been a vampire for seven centuries, clinging to his code of honor despite years of torture. He has risen to become the leader of the largest vampire territory in North America, spanning Texas and Oklahoma. But a cruel and seductively cunning rival is challenging his rule-fanning the flames of all-out war.

Adept at sending women into raptures of ecstasy while he feeds, Rafael has many willing lovers. But into his domain comes a woman he must deny himself: Grania O’Malley, a new veterinarian at the world-renowned Texas Hill Country Raptor Center. Rafael soon realizes he shares a bond with Grania he can’t explain and doesn’t trust. But neither can he stay away from her.

Grania, convinced that she can find a suitable husband through scientific research, has no explanation for why her body turns to molten fire at the mere sight of Rafael – or why her very existence tempts him into breaking every rule of both his body and his mind just when he needs to be stronger than ever…


At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends. . .until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.

Nick quickly learns that the human world is only a veil for a much larger and more dangerous one: a world where the captain of the football team is a werewolf and the girl he has a crush on goes out at night to stake the undead.

But before he can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students are turning into flesh eating zombies. And he’s next on the menu.

As if starting high school isn't hard enough. . .now Nick has to hide his new friends from his mom, his chainsaw from the principal, and keep the zombies and the demon Simi from eating his brains, all without getting grounded or suspended. How in the world is he supposed to do that?

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Blog Award!!!


Paranormal Fantasies got an award!

Thanks so much to Book of Secrets for passing this award to me. 

Here is how it works: If you are given this award you must first accept it by leaving a comment on the post you were nominated on. Then copy and paste the post and add it to your own blog. Make a list of the last 5 books you read and pass the award on to 5 other bloggers (no backsies!). Please also identify the blog from which you got the award and don't forget to tell them they have a blog award!

These are the last 5 books I've read:
I am passing this award to these amazing bloggers:

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Review of KISS OF DEATH by Rachel Caine with 100 Follower Giveaway!!!

Welcome to Morganville

Population: Dead.

Welcome to our little town of Morganville. It’s your normal, average, everyday collage town. Well that is if you see a town full of vampires as nice and normal. It’s part of everyday life for the folks here. Before I get head of myself let me introduce you to some of the more important people here.   
                                                      
Amelie: She the town owner and creator. She has some sweet moments but mostly she’s just really cold. I guess she kind of has to be in order to keep her “pets” safe. She’s ruthless too, she will stop at nothing to keep control of her town.

Oliver: He owns a coffee shop here. He’s a little on the hippy side but I thought he was a really cool boss, boy was I in for a shock.

Myrnin: He like a mad scientist. He is the one that keeps the town running per say. He’s very smart just very crazy as well. Secretly, I have  admit, he one of the more likeable blood suckers here.

Claire: She’s just a human, a small little human. She looks small but trust me when I say she a fighter and she lets nothing stop her. Who knew such a young child would end up being such a force to be had.

Shane: He is kind of famous here. Everyone knows his story, well ok I guess you don’t but hang around and you will hear it soon enough. He hates vampires and this town we live in but honestly he has the best reason out of anyone. He looks and acts tough but watch him and you will see he’s just a big sweety.

Eve: She ends up being Claire’s best friend which I didn’t see coming. She is like this big scary goth girl. Total freak, however from watching them I got to say she kicks ass, takes no shit and is really a sweet girl who just wants to live her own life.

Michael: He owns the house that Claire, Shane, him and Eve all live in.  He seems really protective of the girls. It’s really weird though because it seems he locked himself in his house for a while. No one saw him except his friends till one day he just decides to come back out. Weird.

Now Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot more people in this town and a lot more to say about the ones I mentioned but stay here long enough and you will learn it all. Here, I'll tell you a little, but remember you didn’t hear it from me. Last thing I need is a bunch of pissed of vampires coming after me. 

See the town is full of vampire and these vampires pretty much rule. We humans have to get protection from a vampire in order to be safe here. If we don’t we are pretty much fair game. We also have these taxes, and no not like you're thinking. We pay in blood. Once a month we are suppose to give blood.  It’s not fun but it keeps me off the radar. There wasn’t a lot to watch for till Claire came to town. She was really young like 16 coming here to go to Collage. Figures the normal new girl would be super smart. She was doing fine till the town bitch, Monica, pushed her down the stairs. I guess that freaked her out cause she went looking for a new place to stay and ended up at Michael’s house. I don’t know who she pissed off but that’s when everything started. 

I’d go in to detail but there is just so much. Since it started it hasn’t stopped. It’s like every time you think things are starting to settle something else happens. Poor Claire has seen it all. From being taken, hostal take overs, working for that crazy man Myrnin, being under Ameila’s thumb, to dealing with Oliver and trying to live a normal life. Luckily, she has had her friends with her the whole way. She and Shane are really cute together. Almost makes you sad and giddy just watching the two. I can honestly say there is never a dull moment here. They have lost some loved ones in really horrable ways, but they have also gained some really great friends. Cured some vamps as well as dusting some others. If you hang around long enough you can hear about it all and see the new shit that they end up in. I’d watch out for Monica, she’s a bitch and whatever you do.. don’t piss off the vampires, at least not if you hope to live. I know you’re asking why we don’t just leave. Well we can’t. Go ahead and give it a try.  


 

Now onto KISS OF DEATH by Rachel Caine... the newest installment in the Morganville Vampires series!!!


Description:

Vampire Michael Glass just received the call he’s been waiting for all his life. His music has attracted the attention of a heavily connected music producer who wants him to cut a demo and play some dates- which means Michael will have to enter the human world.


But he won’t be alone. He’s been assigned an undead escort, which includes immortal enforcer Oliver, as well as Michael’s human friends: rebellious Eve, oft-misunderstood Claire, and courageous Shane. And with that mix of personalities, this is going to be a road trip from hell. 

But what waits for them proves more perilous than they thought. Caught between humans who hate them and a savage party of traveling vampires out to create a blood- soaked feast for themselves, Michael and his friends may not make it to the show on time…or ever.

Review:
I have to say that I think Morganville is one of the best series that I have ever read.  Talk about a road trip with the living dead.  It takes on a whole new meaning with this, the 8th book in the series!


A shit storm erupts and leaves the fighting not only to the humans but also to two sets of vampires. One wants freedom the other just wants blood. I’m not going to tell you what happens but Claire really steps up even further in this book and it keeps up with the story and has the nonstop action that I have come to expect for a Morganville book. 
In this book Michael is finally getting his big break and somehow gets permission to leave Morganville. He also gets permission to take his friends Claire, Shane and Eve with him. He is thrilled until he finds out Oliver is also going with him.  So much for a fun road trip. They are headed to Dallas, but Oliver wants to make a pit stop. Everything goes downhill from there.


Rachel Caine does amazing as usual in KISS OF DEATH. I have come to expect nothing less from her. Even though it’s a young adult read, it is one of the best series that I have read. She keeps you hopping with the nonstop action, throws you for loops and keeps you wanting more.  I am already looking forward to GHOST TOWN, to be released October 26, 2010! 



~ Review by Simmy ~ 


 I am giving away a brand new SIGNED copy of 
KISS OF DEATH!!!!

Rachel Caine is Awesome and I really enjoyed getting to meet her!!!


Isn't she just the cutest!!! 

 

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