Friday, July 31, 2009

Friday Fill-Ins

Friday Fill-Ins

Graphic courtesy of Tonya! we go!

1. It's time for _relax____.

2. _Kitchen____; it's not a bad place for _"loving"____.

3. I must be _in a good mood____.

4. __Kissing___ is the best thing I have ever known.

5. My __life___ is simply _crazy____.

6. The last time I laughed really loudly was __two months ago___.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to __spending time with my boyfriend___, tomorrow my plans include __dinner and a movie___ and Sunday, I want to _chill____!

orginal post can be found at this link

Win a Gift Card Contest #1

Win a Gift Card Contest #1

You could win a $10 Amazon gift card!

Here's how:

The contest is based on points. The person with the most points win the gift card. Contest start August 1st to December 5th. Winner announced on December 15th.

Ways to amass points:

  1. Become a member of the Shelfari group I Love Reading Challenges - 2pt

  2. Join/Follow my blog Worth Reading It? - 4pts

  3. Participate in a challenge at I Love Reading Challenges - 1pt*

  4. Write a review in the Book Reviews post at I Love Reading Challenges - 3pts*

  5. Sign up in the contest post at I Love Reading Challenges - 1pt

  6. Sign up in the contest post at Worth Reading It? - 1pt

  7. Post this Contest and link it back to here on your blog - 2pts

  8. Link every book you Review on your blog back to this contest - 2pts*

* #3 one point per challenge but you have to read at least one book for that challenge to get the point

* #4 three points for each review posted, if you chose not to join I Love Reading Challenges you will get 2pts for each book you review on your own blog during the duration of the contest.

*#8 two points for each book review link back here

Yes if you sign up in both places you will get points for both #5 and #6

Yes if you post a review at I Love Reading Challenges and then post the review on your blog linking it back to here and get the points for both #4 and #8 each time

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

How many of us remember the magical world of Alice in Wonderland? The characters were memorable. I mean who could forget about the Mad Hatter or the Cheshire Cat. And Tweedledum and Tweedledee (not actually a part of Alice in Wonderland, they were in the sequel Through the Looking-Glass) have become a part of our culture. Think about how many times have you called a friend Tweedledum?

As we got older then we started noticing the oddities of the book. Many people have come to believe that the story in one psychedelic trip. And if you read the book in that context you can certain see why people would get that notion.

Now Alice in Wonderland is being made into another movie. Disney Films has gotten director Tim Burton to bring a new twist to the story. It stars the actor with a thousand faces aka Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. Appropriate, don't your think? I love Depp's versatility.

Here's the trailer for the film. I'm not sure if I'm going to see it as I tend to go to the movies to watch action films. But Depp is in it so it's a possibility.

click here to watch the trailer

Monday, July 27, 2009

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

While writing the draft for the novel Midnight Sun which is part of the Twilight series it was leaked on to the internet. Meyer states that she has a good idea who is behind the leak as she remember each person she handed off a copy to. She would rather not have her fans read the incomplete first half of the novel but has provide a link to the draft for fans who interest is now piqued.

You can find the link to the draft on her site by clicking here.

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

Every Thug Needs A Lady by Wahida Clark's

is a sequel to Wahida Clark's "Thugs And The Women Who Love Them". After taking us through the rugged, thug-filled lives of Jaz, Kyra and Angel, Clark now takes us into the unique and unbelievable life of their best friend Roz. She's sexy, beautiful, and a slave for the love of Trae, her irresistable thuggish beau. Will Roz and Trae's love survive? The answers lie inside the pages of "Every Thug Needs A Lady"!

Mailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Author E. Lynn Harris Dead

First reported in the Arkansas Times, E. Lynn Harris has died at the age of 54 on July 24, 2009. His novels include Basketball Jones, Just As I Am, If This World Were Mine, Any Way The Wind Blows. "They all tended to feature the glamorous and gritty lives of Black strivers, closeted and openly gay men. Harris, a former IBM executive became one of the country's most popular writers. His book signings were often standing room only events."

To read more of this article click here.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich

Number Challenge; Chick Porn Challenge; Book Around the States; Pick a Continent; A to Z Challenge
Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich 7cds
4 stars

Lulu witnesses a celebrity chef get his head cut off. The two guys are determine to get rid of her. Meanwhile someone is robbing homes that Rangman has security systems at. Ranger asks Stephanie to help him try to find out who behind it. The story centers around a BBQ sauce company. As usual there's a love triangle between Stephanie, Morelli, and Ranger. Lulu is getting shot at. And Stephanie continues to walk around with the bad luck cloud over her managing to ruin 2 of Rangers vehicles in this story.
Very funny and entertaining.

Hittin' the Bricks by Noire

A to Z Challenge, Book Around the States, Chick Porn Challenge
Hittin' the Bricks by Noire4 stars

Eva Patterson was turned out and turned on to drugs by her mother and her mothers boyfriend Jahden after they held her down and injected her with heroin. Why? So that Jahden could rape her without a fight. Soon her mother got jealous and made her daughter come up with her own money to buy smack. So, barely into her teens, Eva began doing whatever she had to do to get money. After getting kicked out of the house she went looking for a place to shoot up only to have a son inside the industrial size dryer. Leaving the baby in good hands she went to live with her aunt.
Her cousin Fiyah ends up going to jail on a mandatory gun charge for her. While locked up he becomes indebted to King Brody. Brody wants Eva. Knowing the rep that Brody has she wants nothing to do with him. Plus she's in love with her man Mello. Fiyah not wanting to die because he surely knows that if Brody doesn't get what he wants, Fiyah and Eva both are walking targets.
Brody works his own special evil on the family and anyone else he feels like it. When it's all said and done people are murdered, lives are changed forever and those who were able to survive the aftermath is left to deal with the guilt of their part in the tragedy.
If you like urban/street lit then you'll love this book. If you like a happy ending then you will not. I don't usually get emotional over a book or a movie but I really felt empathy for Eva. All I can say is this, no one knows how they will handle certain situations until they are faced with them but talk about a disappointment of a man we are shown in Fiyah.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Alice Hoffman tweets her disapproval

Author Alice Hoffman tweets her disapproval about a review of her novel “The Story Sisters". Apparently Boston Globe writer Roberta Silman gave away too much of the plot. She also gave the novel mixed review saying that it did not quite leave up to Hoffman previous works.

After Hoffman read the review she posted Silman's email and phone number via tweet encouraging her fans to tell Silman just what they thought about the review. Hoffman later apologized for things getting a bit out of hand.

Read about the story here.

Read Silman's review of The Story Sisters here.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Loyalty in Death by J. D. Robb

A to Z Challenge
Book Around the States
Loyalty in Death by J. D. Robb
3.5 stars
A radical group calling itself Cassandra is determined to bring down the government starting with New York. During the course of the investigation it is discover that this group is connected to a similar group from years past. In fact the leader of Cassandra is the daughter of the leader of the original group.
There’s love, deception, murder, bombings all while the lead detective deals with struggles in her life both from the present and her past. The story is based in the future.10 cds

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

A to Z Challenge
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
I must say that the book differs from the movie. Once you get into the story itself without the authors other crap is an okay read. But the movie is the real “Good Part” verison. The author extra notes and the prologue was unnecessary. In fact if I hadn’t ever watched the movie I would have shelved the book 3 pages into the prologue.

A Gangster’s Girl

A to Z Challenge
Book Around the States
A Gangster’s Girl

This story is a pampered young woman who is so accustomed to wearing the latest of everything that she finds herself escorting on the side of her day job. While out on her first “date” she meets Vegas. At first everything is fine, great in fact but Vegas is a drug dealer and as with all drug dealers the life will catch up with you. The fairy tale rapidly becomes a nightmare. This novel has lust, love, fast money, and death. It didn’t end the way I thought it would either. Definitively not a happily ever after.