Sunday, January 09, 2011

My Latest MyShelf Reviews Have Posted

Ok.  Most of my latest reviews have been posted on MyShelf.com.  There are still a couple that haven't been posted yet.  They should post any day now.  Here are the latest:

Pleasures Of A Notorious Gentleman - Lorraine Heath

Hungry For You: An Argeneau Novel - Lynsay Sands

Highland Master - Amanda Scott

Sins Of A Highland Devil - Sue-Ellen Welfonder

Now, If I ever manage to learn how to manipulate the website, I'll post a list of my earlier reviews.  I hope you enjoy these reviews.

Friday, January 07, 2011

The New And The Old



Last night I finished reading Sin and Surrender by Julia Latham. I must say I did enjoy it very much.  This appears to be the sixth book in her League of the Blade series.  Wouldn't you know, I end up reading the latest in a series without having read the others first. I seem to be doing that a lot lately. However, since I took on the job of Review Editor/Book Reviewer, I've had the opportunity to read authors I'd never hear of before.  I've only got like 6 series now that I want to read.  I can feel my butt widening from just sitting and reading. LOL  I need a treadmill so I can walk while I read.

One of the things I'll be doing here is posting links to the reviews I write for MyShelf.com.  However, any books I read on my own I'll also review here.  Some will be new releases and some will be older.  Sometimes it's good to go back to the older books so you can appreciate the newer ones.

Every so often I go back and read old favorites.  My two oldest favorites are Kathleen Woodiwiss and Bertrice Small.  In fact, the very first romance novel I read was The Flame and The Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss.  That book grabbed me and I've been hooked on Historical Romances ever since.  Bertrice Small's Skye O'Malley saga was my first series.  I still cry when I get to the part where Skye dies an old matriarch with an incredible legacy.  It's like loosing an old friend.  I did the same when I found out that Kathleen had passed away.  I was so sad.

One of the newer series that I got hooked on was Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series.  I had never read her before.  Well, one book was all it took.  I was hooked big time!  I started going to the library and in no time at all I had made it through every book in that series plus all her others as well.  I had never read paranormals before.  I do now. 

I am a little pickier about the paranormals.  I've read a couple now for reviews that I didn't care for too much.  I don't mind the good vs evil plots.  That's a given.  What I don't like is when they get too gory.  That I can do without.  Christina Dodd's Chosen series is another one I like too.  I haven't gotten to any other of her books yet, but I will.

Well, that's about it for today.  I have a review to write and then off to the next book for review.  It should prove to be interesting.  Blood of the Rose by Kate Pearce.  It's the second book for her in The Tudor Vampire Chronicles with a release date of February 1, 2011. 

See ya tomorrow!

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Critics With Bad Attitudes

Why do most critics feel that they have to be mean and nasty just because they personally don't care for something?  This is a question I have asked myself for years.  I've listened to movie critics and read countless book reviews.  I learned a long time ago that 90 percent of the time if they don't like something, I will.  If they like something, I won't.  Yesterday I read a review on a book that I just loved.  I was in shock!  They wrote a very nasty review with a very cynical attitude.  They took a book that was a joy to read and a lot of fun and made it sound like it was a waste of paper.

I understand writing an opinion of a book.  Granted, it's just an opinion, a personal one.  What I don't understand is why some people feel that theirs is the only one that counts and, if they don't like something, they seem to feel that it's their mission to make sure nobody else will want to read it either.  From what I've heard, food critics are just as bad, if not worse.

I have been told a few times in the past that I'm too nice.  Maybe that's true at times.  However, I can say that there are times when I'm a real bitch.  But I guess all of us women can be that on occasion. There are certain rules that I've always tried to follow through life. 

1. Never judge others.  That's God's job. (Basically, "He who is without sin may throw the first stone.")
2. Never assume. It makes an ass out of u and me. It's the mother of all screw ups.
3. Give others the benefit of the doubt until they prove themselves unworthy by word or by action.

Now don't get me wrong.  I'm no saint.  Even I break my own rules sometimes by accident, mostly. I try not to, but it does happen.  You can give an opinion about something without being mean about it.  Just because you don't like something doesn't mean other will feel the same.  I have a positive attitude.  I look for the positive first and foremost.  If there is something I don't like, I can share my thoughts without being rude about it.  I really dislike rude and crude people.  It just isn't necessary to be that way.  Especially when it can affect the lives of other people in a negative way. 

Well, I guess I have vented enough for today.  I just had to say something after seeing that review last night.  People that write those kind of reviews really make me angry.  I hope that what I've written today has a positive effect on those who read it.

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Where do I start?

Like the title says, "Where do I start?" As I begin this new journey in my life I have to start by deciding what all I wish to do with this blog. Although it will primarily cover Historicals, I will also be covering some paranormal and some contemporary. I guess in other words, what happens to catch my fancy at the time. LOL I have ADD so I tend to bounce around at times.

I would like to also focus on new breakout authors. Find out how they got started, what motivated them, where they got the ideas for their first stories, things like that. After all, they are what keep things new and interesting in the market. Besides, us romance junkies need them too. LOL

Another thing I will be doing is posting links to all my reviews on MyShelf.com . I'll also be giving you peeks at who my all time favorites are, why historicals are so close to my heart, how I got started reading them, etc.

I also plan on having guest bloggers. Like I said, I'm new to all of this so it may take me a while to get up to speed on how to bring the guests in. I welcome any and all suggestions. If you see somewhere I've made a boo boo, please let me know.

So now you know what some of my ideas are.

I'd like to thank someone who has become a dear friend in a very short time. I was blessed with the opportunity of reviewing her first novel. Since then she has managed to encourage me to start branching out on my own and start writing. She is a wonderful sweet lady with a wonderful sense of humor. She did an awesome job on her first novel. I hope you will check out her book and her website. I am talking about VICKY DREILING. Author of HOW TO MARRY A DUKE. She will be the focus of my first author highlite. And, maybe, my first guest blogger. I have to figure out how all the blog stuff works first.

There you have it. I hope this is the beginning of a wonderful friendship. Happy New Year to all!

New Beginnings

Well, this is a new beginning for me. I hope that with time it will grow and be helpful to readers. Please be patient while I learn my way in this new endeavor. I will be posting book reviews and other things related to books and authors.

A New year, a new beginning. Isn't that what it's all about? Please join my journey and travel along with me.