Saturday, January 9, 2010

Fic Friday!

I'm a little late on this, but I thought that I would post it anyways. Since I did a short story from FP last week, I decided I'd do the opposite this week: a long story from FanFiction! The story that I'm about to post isn't complete, but it's worth the follow and definitely worth the time. I've been following for a while now and I get giddy every time I get the e-mail saying that there's a new chapter up.

Kissed The Girls And Made Them Cry

Synopsis: Bella is reunited with her childhood friend Alice under unlikely circumstances. When sparks fly between Bella and Alice's older brother, will she be able to resist? And what secrets is he hiding?

As you probably guessed, this is Twilight fandom - Edward and Bella to be exact. It is rated M for a naughty scene later on in the story, so you have been warned. Oh, and it's AH - so no mention of actual vampires, it's just humans. Sorry guys. However, as far as a well-written romance story goes ... this is a wonderful story. Hope you guys enjoy it!!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Screen to Paper: Being Human

I know I tell everyone that I don't watch much television, and that is very true. However, I will set my DVR and record a lot of shows and movies that are based on books. I have one exception to this rule, a show called Being Human.

I must admit that I was obsessed with the show. I watched every episode (albeit there wasn't that many) quite a few times. Then, poof! There was no more Being Human. After waiting for what seemed like years, I spotted this little gem a few weeks back.

Needless to say, Missy is a very happy girl. What could make Missy an even happier girl? If somehow, Missy could read more about her favorite ghost, vampire, and werewolf. Apparently, the book fairies heard me because now Being Human is going to have a three-novel tie-in published by BBC Books!

From Source:

The second season of Toby Whithouse's stellar Being Human premieres in the UK this Sunday, and if you're anything like me, you can't get enough of this show about three twenty-something housemates trying to live normal lives, despite the fact that one is a werewolf, one is a vampire, and the other is a ghost. If so, you're in luck because on February 4th three novels that tie in to Being Human are being released by BBC Books.

They're entitled Being Human: The Road, Being Human: Chasers, and Being Human: Bad Blood; and below are their synopses.

Being Human: The Road: Annie has learned quite a bit about her new friend Gemma: she’s from Bristol, she used to work in a pharmacy, and she’s never forgiven herself for the suicide of her teenage son. She also died ten years ago and doesn’t know why she’s come back through that door.

Perhaps it has something to do with the new road they’re building through the rundown part of town. The plans are sparking protests, and Annie knows those derelict houses hold a secret in Gemma’s past. Will stopping the demolition help Gemma be at peace again? Annie, George and Mitchell get involved in the road protest, but they’re more concerned by mysterious deaths at the hospital. Deaths that have also attracted the attention of the new Hospital Administrator…

Being Human: Chasers: George’s friend, Kaz, arrives at the flat with a staggering request: she and her partner Lucy want to have a child, and they’d like George to be the father. George is warming to the idea – he’s always wanted kids, and he can be as involved in the baby’s life as he wishes – but he is wary: what if his condition is genetic?

Mitchell and Annie don’t approve of the new plan, but Mitchell is wrestling with a difficult decision of his own. A patient at the hospital, Leo, is surprisingly good company for a pasty older bloke who believes the 1980s were a golden age. But he seems a little too interested in Mitchell’s family and history – and he has a surprising request of his own in store for his new friend…

Being Human: Bad Blood: One of Annie's oldest friends has come looking for her – and what's more amazing is that she's found her. Denise is the ultimate party girl, and she’s determined to bring Annie out of her shell. Mitchell is delighted, but George really thinks the last thing they need to do is to go out and meet new people.

Annie and Denise throw themselves into organising a Bingo night at the local sports hall – after all, it’s for charity, and what’s not to love about having a good time? But why is Denise back in town? Why have Bristol's vampires suddenly started hanging around wherever they go? And why does George get the feeling that Bingo night is going to go horribly, horribly wrong?

Thursday Wrap-Up!

First off, I'm back at work and it's draining me! It's not that my job is very physical, unless I have to lift couches or something, but it's a lot of tedious detailing, bending, stretching, etc etc. So, after I got home yesterday I pretty much passed out. When I finally did get up, I had to do what I do every Wednesday - trash. It's a compulsive thing I do. We keep lots of trash cans so I have to go around and exchange all of those, clean out the recycle bins, completely cycle out the cat litter in the pans, take up all the dog pads, mop the floor and put clean ones down (to do the very same the next day), go around the yard and pick up debris, throw out all outdated food, clean out the pantry - most of it is unnecessary, but I do like to keep the routine. I also officially threw out my cat's bed that recently passed and that added a little to my mental exhaustion. Instead of getting online, I read a little and then went back to bed after two loads of laundry were completed. Oh, the joys of being a housewife.

In any case, my life is pretty boring so I must say that my social updates are pretty bland. I guess that's why I like to keeping strictly to books? I did look over my blog and I'm thinking of changing a few things up and I hope that people will actually enjoy the changes once they're here. The wrap-up that I did on Monday ... well, let's just say that I think I've fallen in love with the wrap-up idea. It's a good way for me to keep up with a lot of the blogs that I follow. So, it's staying. I think I'm going to try to update with a wrap-up every other day except maybe the weekends when I go to visit my family out of town. Other things will manifest as they do. I must say I am quite pleased with the way this blog is starting to turn out. =)

Now, for the Wrap-Up!

- Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters Review @ La Femme Readers.

- Shadowed Summer Book Review @ Rhiannon Hart.

- My Invented Life Review @ Carrie's YA Bookshelf.

- Candor Review @ Everything To Do With Books.

- 200 Followers Contest @ Once Upon a Bookcase.

- Throwdown Thursday @ All Things Urban Fantasy. Today it's Cover Wars for Magic Strikes.

- Captivate Book Review @ Ramblings Of A Teenage Bookworm.

- If I Stay Book Review @ In Which A Girl Reads.

- Weekly Update @ The Tainted Poet.

- According To Jane Book Review @ All About.

- Not really book-related, but one of the reviewers I follow has a photography blog as well. You should check it out. Go to Vania's Life Captures.

- 300 Followers Giveaway @ The Book Scout.

- Check out the UK covers for Vampire Academy @ Wondrous Reads.

- Recent Book News @ Penultimate Page.

- Almost Perfect Book Review @ Books By Their Cover.

- Nothing Like You Book Review @ Edge of Seventeen.

- If interested, there's a Lord of the Rings Read-A-Long @ A Striped Armchair.

- Catching Fire Book Review @ B.A.M. Book Reviews.

- There's a fun little update worth checking out @ Vampire Wire.

- Rachel Vincent posted the UK cover of Stray at her blog.

- 150 Followers Contest @ The Bookette.

- Gena Showalter has a contest for Into The Dark. Being a HUGE fan of Lords of the Underworld ... I am extremely excited about this one coming out!!

- Flash Burnout Review @ La Femme Readers.

- Shrinking Violet Review @ Serenehours.

- A review of Of All The Stupid Things @ Tattooed Books.

- The Secret Year Book Review @ GreenBeanTeenQueen.

- Rock This! Thursday @ Just Your Typical Book Blog. Wendy Toliver.

- Hex Hall Cover Battle @ Wondrous Reads.

- The Secret Year Review @ Ticket to Anywhere.

- Book Cover Giveaway @ All About.

- Some Girls Are Review @ Frenetic Reader.

- Review of Dirty Little Secrets @ Pure Imagination.

- Another review of The Secret Year @ The Hiding Spot.

- The Secret Year Review @ YA Bliss.

- If you have any books you're willing to donate to help a library fundraiser, check out Hope's Bookshelf's Blog.

- Impossible Book Review and Challenge @ Mindful Musings.

- Upcoming Book Trailers @ Monster of Books.

- Beautiful Creatures Book Tour Dates posted @ Reverie Book Reviews. I'm super excited ... they're actually coming to NC!!

- Dark Faerie Tales posted a blog on Books to Watch. You should check it out.

- Movie Update from PC Cast on House of Night! Nothing I haven't heard already, but it may be a bit of good information for some of you.

- Vampire Academy Book Review @ Good Books & Good Wine. I still haven't read this series, and her review makes me want to read it even more!

- Review of Rampant @ Rhiannon Hart.

- Captivate Book Review @ So Many Books, So Little Time.

- This isn't necessarily blog-related, but I did SEE it on a blog (sorry, can't remember which!) and I sent the link to my younger cousin who worships the ground that Lauren Conrad walks on. While I don't particularly like her, I thought I'd post the link to read an except of her new LA Candy book, Sweet Little Lies. Just click here for it.

- Brightly Woven Review @ Tales of the Ravenous Reader.

- Push Review @ All About.

- Seeing Redd Book Review @ Books By Their Cover.

- New badges posted at Vampire Wire. These things ... I love! There's a lot of Supernatural things posted as well, which makes my heart skip a beat. =)

- Demon's Lexicon Review @ YABookNerd.

- ATUF posted an interview opporunity, as well as upcoming interview schedule, on her blog.

- The Secret Year Review @ Hope's Bookshelf.

- Guest Post by Elizabeth Eulberg @ GreenBeanTeenQueen.

- Review of Elizabeth's Book, The Lonely Hearts Club @ GreenBeanTeenQueen.

- Keeping up with Gena Showalter.

- (WORD For Teens) Nicole's Blogger Profile @ Mrs. Magoo's Reads.

- About Griffen's Heart Review @ Everything To Do With Books.

- Interview with Courtney Summers (Some Girls Are author) @ The Hiding Spot.

- The Silent Governess Book Review @ Becky's Book Reviews.

- Interview with Jennifer Hubbard (author of The Secret Year) @ Reading Rocks.

- The Iron King Review @ WORD For Teens. *Caution: there are spoilers!*

- List of Urban Fantasy Giveaways @ All Things Urban Fantasy.

- Juciliciousss Reviews has an interview with Julie Kagawa, the author of The Iron King.

- Lord of Misrule (Morganville Vampires #5) Review @ Mindful Musings. I need to catch up with this series ... I'm only on #3!

- When I Was Joe Review @ So Many Books, So Little Time.

I know I might be missing a few, but give me some time! I'm trying out different ways to actually keep this update working well!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Monday's Blog Wrap-Up

Something new I've decided to do is this Blog Wrap-Up. It's a way for me to keep up with some of the blogs that I follow, as well as making it a directory for anyone that follows the blog for reviews of books and contests. I figured since I wouldn't be able to do a review every day with work and all, I could at least do something to make this blog a little more useful. So, here's my idea. Any other suggestions are welcomed. =)

- Review and giveaway for The Lonely Hearts Club at YABOOKNERD. Click here to read her review and enter.

- The Lonely Hearts Club is making its rounds on the YA blogspot circuit. There is another promotion for the book and contest at Want My YA. Click here for that contest.

- Becky over at Becky's Book Reviews has a review up for Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have. Click here to read her review.

- Looking for new Mystery novels? Amber has a review up for Murder At The Lake at Just Your Typical Book Blog.

- Yet another contest for The Lonely Hearts Club at WORD for Teens. Click here.

- Abigail at All Things Urban Fantasy has a great interview with Karen Chance up. Plus, there's a giveaway you may be interested in. Click here.

- Read about Perfect You at Mrs. V's Reviews.

- Read a review of The Medusa Project - The Hostage at Wondrous Reads.

- It's Book Trailer Monday at Ticket to Anywhere! The trailers she posted are for the book Some Girls Are, by Courtney Summers. Check out the trailers here.

- Read a review for Magic Under Glass at Frenetic Reader by clicking here.

- Interview with Eileen Cook, author of Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood, at Pure Imagination.

- Wanna know what's coming out this week in the wonderful work of YA Releases? Just visit YA Bliss to find out!

- Read a review of Beautiful Americans over at Zoe's Book Reviews. Just click here.

- Don't think you've been given enough chances to win a copy of The Lonely Hearts Club? Then by all means, click here because Park-Avenue Princess is also giving away copies!

- There's a wonderful review of Before I Fall over at The Neverending Shelf. Click here if you're interested in reading it.

- Emilee @ Penultimate Page has a great review of Brightly Woven up for reading. Click here.

- Get on over to Reverie Book Reviews for a wonderful review of The River.

I'm sure there is a ton more than I am forgetting, but these are the most recent that I have read about. I'll probably do the Wrap-Up about twice a week or so. If there's any reviews or contests I didn't post here that you think should be up, leave a comment or e-mail me at .

Coming tonight: My review for Jessica's Guide to Dating on The Dark Side!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Bad Day; Sorry Guys!

I know I promised a review tonight, but I'm afraid it will have to wait until tomorrow night. Why? I'm simply too physically and emotionally drained to do one tonight. Early this morning, my husband's cat passed away. While it seems silly to some, I'm mourning because he was a huge part of our family and our hearts. I adopted him for my husband (then boyfriend) when he lost his cat to feline AIDS. He didn't die of old age and his last hours were not his best. As his primary caretaker, I stayed up for him for a while before snuggling him comfortably in his bed and letting nature take its course. Through lack of sleep, crying, burial, and other family things ... my body has been drained to its limit. I apologize to anyone that may read this blog. I feel horrible, but it's killing me to stay up long enough to finish this small little post. I hope everyone has a wonderful night and I promise the review will be up later tomorrow.
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