Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Bitten By Books events this week

Hey guys. As you know I review for Bitten By Books. I love the gals and guy from this unique and close knit group of reviewers. Today is a newer author in the spotlight with his new release Secret Cravings. Kris Allen admits that he rubs shoulders with one of my fave authors, Shayla Black, and loves many of the same authors that I do. Check out the event today and get into the draw for some Amazon bucks. I bought the book and can't wait to dig in..... did I tell you it was a menage....with shifters..... nuf said I know.... In any case I think it is worth the price to grab this book and I hope you will too.

What is going on?????

OK first off. I didn't fall off the planet, didn't run away with a sexy shifter/vampire and have tonnes of fanged beybey's and I didn't forget my password and get locked out of my own blog..... actually the last one might have been a problem for a bit. What has happened is life. Since my last blog I have gone on my first and best vacation since I was 12 years old that didn't involve hockey, camping or visiting family in the bush. I got to go to the Romantic Times Convention in Columbus Ohio, met some amazing people, made a pile of new friends, partied with several of my favorite authors (check out ) It was the best event I had ever gone to and one of the most memorable times in my life recently. Since then it has been a whirlwind of chaos, excitement, and changes.

One of the major events was my son getting to compete in the STate Wars Inline HOckeyChampionships in Chicago. We had never been there before and it was quite the bonding drive with some very interesting sites along the way (well if you include a man driving down the highway with a strap-on attatched to his face interesting). He competed as part of an 8 skater team representing Ontario.... so very cool. It was amazing to get up on the big ferris wheel at Navy Pier and check out the buildings etc. We have had non stop hockey since then, he helped at hockey school out of town which meant I spent the days at the beach reading and relaxing and just enjoying myself. Why did I have the time to do this??? Because I quit my job. I couldn't handle the stress and my problems with my shoulder and now my hip joints was too much so with much consideration I jumped...... and until the news I got minutes ago I have been swimming without a life jacket since. See, they don't like when you quit..... even if you paid in to unemployment for decades and have a reason..... and today... yep months later.... it was OK'd for sick leave. Any way.... I know I went at it wrong and I should have done it that way first but seylavie it is done. So now on to hockey season, football season and even recently wrestling for my sons' highschool teams. It is a constant battle to get them all to where they have to be but hopefully it will help them in what they want to do in the future. Hockey even took me to Pittsburgh recently..... where I sat front row, wanting to slap some certain player in the mug just cause he bugs me so much.... LOL I did come home with another great dinner conversation with VA and Petey since they came and picked me up for dinner out away from the boys and a massive cold that lasted for weeks.
Oh yeah and I almost forgot.... we have a new puppy.... he is now 7 months old and is a pain in the butt. HIs name is SAbre... after the best team in the NHL but hubby calls him Dink. He gets into anything and everything, loves to eat tape, and still is not house trained. We love him but he sure knows how to use those eyes to get him out of trouble.

Last week I had another excitement.... I entered on their facebook page and got a personal invite by The Trews to their Christmas party in Toronto.... it was fricken awesome. Best concert in forever that I have been to. We were right at the front hugging the speakers and since it was an XMradio and Trews private party there were only about 150 people there making it an intimate affair.

Now we are in another kind of excitement around here...... no not Christmas but a massive snow dumping that has left hundreds stranded in their cars and vehicles, hundreds more in accidents and the county being declared a State of Emergency. Even my son had his car stuck off the side of the road for 2 days until some farmers managed to pull it out for him. Where it was just outside of the towns limits there were about a dozen or more cars and two transports. Pretty scary stuff. So now on day three with no schools and the roads just starting to be opened for use out of town it is still a mess here. I guess we will have a white Christmas this year after all.

So many other things have gone on, my one son played really well in school rugby and was voted to the all star team before heading to OFFSSA, my youngest just joined Cadets (something he has wanted to do forever) and he also played Joseph in the live nativity. As for me I am still working on plunking out my reviews for Bitten By Books and hope you drop by and check them out. I just submitted my 400th review a week or two back for the site and although a bit slowed down this week have had over 200 this year alone and am quite proud of that accomplishment...... only problem is that my personal reads are getting neglected. So now that I am back... hope that you will drop me a line and help me catch up with you.... am looking for another way to do my blog, formats etc so any ideas feel free to leave them in the comments.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Were in the world have I been????

The title of my post might insinuate that I have been away... well no not really..... well actually since my last post I have been to another hockey tournament with my family.... or rather the younger two and my hubs. The older ones stayed home to take care of the animals and eat everything that wasn't nailed down. Anyway.... to get back to where I haven't been.... well that is pretty much anywhere. I am the one, when all the other hockey parents are sitting there with their winter tans and their multiple stamps on their passports, who has to sit quietly and listen to them compare the various Mexican, Dominican, European destinations.... and believe me it gets pretty competitive..... except for me who hasn't been further than a couple of hours out of Canada in over 30 years, and no further than my home province of Ontario in Canada. Depressed much.... naw.... who wants to be able to take the time and money to do something fun like see another part of the world.?

So.... what has been going on that has held me away from this blog that rarely gets comments, but allows me to vent on my little corner of the world?? Most particularily my health, and work situations.... pretty much a twofer right now anyway. Finally got to see the doc this week. Knee needed xrays, and physio..... and the rest of the problems doc says is due to my weight, my sleep problems and stress..... so in other words.... get a life and you will be fine. The weight I have struggled with forever..... when I was a teen I had a slim build and a 27-28 waist.... I still weighed 150 pounds.... so now after having 5 c sections with the incisions cut the wrong way, I am a bit more than that.... but even when I bounce up and down... which I have before it might seem to go away but really goes somewhere else.... as for the stress.... work and the lack of a job that I can commit to 40 hours a week because of my knee ....have caused a major stress problem with my life. With the lack of a full time job there is no money and without the money it causes more stress but I can't stand to be on my feet that many hours in a week.... nice round robin curse I live in right>?> Anyway these are a few of the reasons I have been negligent on the blog.... that and my sleep is very erratic right now.... I can be typing away at 2 in the after noon and zonk out with my hands still on the keys for a few hours.... never done that before... so that is why tomorrow I will be setting up an appointment for a sleep disorder test. Yay me.... LOL

So what else is new??? Going to send in my funds to go to RT this year.... I made almost enough with my book thongs and hope that a few more sales might trickle in to make me some spending money and pay for the hotel. So anyone wanting some please let me know...... there is only one change in the cost. Due to paypal fees and higher shipping I will have to charge for the shipping cost for all the sales. Right now I will still conceed the paypal fees.....

Now for some fun..... as you know from previous posts I love Shiloh Walkers work. She is having a new contest for a nook.... in a separate posting I will be telling you all about the contest... be sure to tell her that I sent you... LOL not that it makes a difference but it would let me know that someone really is reading my posts. So expect that blog in the morning.... right now I am going to try and go to sleep... Night all... talk later

Saturday, January 23, 2010

No Prince Charming

What little girl has not dreamed of finding her Prince Charming...... ????? Well what would happen if both Prince Charming and his Cinderella found a chance at happiness over 300 years after they had first found ...... and lost each other. Taking a famous and frequently abused fairy tale and putting her imaginative spin on it, Shiloh Walker has once again found gold. Joining her first Grimm tale Candy Houses is the latest in the Samhain publishing novella series No Prince Charming which releases next Tues Jan 26 2010. This book was amazing.... sexy Grimms (guardian angels), demonic succubi and a love triangle that has the players finding lost love in a sex club. I won the chance to read this book a few days prior to publication and will be tweeting some cool blurbs from the book on Mon and Tues for Shiloh. Watch for the hockeyvampiress tweets to find out more but for now here is a little treat for my followers......

Another memory that didn't fade ? The Memory of the pain in her eyes the day she realized who he was. Her stepsister's fiance.

Watching her walk away had been the hardest thing he'd ever done in his life. To that point.

Since then, his life had been a study of hard lessons. Watching as another man touched this woman was just the latest lesson.

Living a long, empty life without her. Watching her tuwn away from him. Running after her only to find her too late. By the time he'd caught up with her she was forever out of his reach--unless he made a choice.

"The day will come when she will need you. The day will come when she will die without you. But it will not be easy. You will spend a great many years alone..... you may die saving her and even if you don;t, she may never forgive you. What do you for her? Or would you rather die?"

That was the choice he'd been given all those years ago by a strange white haired man who went by the name of Will.

"How can she ever need me again? She is dead. I have failed her." " Things are rarely as they seem. The woman you love is not dead."

Michael closed his eyes, banishing the memories. He couldn't think of the night he'd come face-to-face with Will. Couldn't think about how he had plunged a knife into his own chest either...........

See what I mean..... who wants more of this Prince.... more of his beloved Elle???? Tuesday is your chance to find out more about this pair, how they came to be together and how they survived for over 300 years without contact only to be brought back together to thwart an evil demon.....

Later S.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

What would you do....

Hey everyone.... Happy New Year!!!

Got to say that I am very very glad that 2009 is over. A new decade... hopefully a new break for my family in the financial, health and stability situation. Actually ever since my car accident in Nov of 08 my life has taken a tale spin and I can only hope that I can find a way to change that for the good in this fresh new year. My health probs though are prob not going to change... according to my doctor last time I talked to him I would have shoulder probs my whole life and now my knee is acting up.... OK has been acting up for the last 6 months... got to go in soon and see if there is anything they can do for it... tired of braces and pain....
Anyway.... lets talk about something fun today.... A blast from the past was handed to me today at work. A friend that I used to be a penpal with when I was 14 brought in an old letter that I wrote her back in had a very naughty recipe for Banana Bread... ingredients included 2 laughing eyes, one large banana, a fur lined bowl.... well I think you get the idea.... anyway the fact that she kept this letter was mind boggling since we never really hung out to much, she was my neighbours that I babysat fors kid sister, but wrote letters maybe once a month to each other.... On the other side was the letter itself and I killed myself laughing at it almost as much as the banana bread because I was telling her how I got sent a autographed picture of Peter Barton and she needed to come see it when she came down next time. Can anyone remember Peter Barton???? I also loved Shaun Cassidy.... he was my fave... got an autographed pic of him too..... sent him christmas ornament one year made of sugar...??? LOL

Speaking of sending things to people you idolize.... tonight I entered another contest to win an arc of Broken by Shiloh Walker. Shiloh is one of may absolutely fave authors. I have most of her books available in print and would love to get an arc of one of her books to add to my collection. I did manage to get an e arc of her last work Hunters Need but it isn't quite the same for a print collector like me.... I have offered to bring her a bottle of ice wine to the RT convention next April which is the week before my birthday. I still have hopes to attend and have half the money saved from the sales of my book thongs to pay for my registration. So if anyone else wants to order some and help me out I would love you forever. Anyway.... back to the arc of Broken... if anyone else wants to help me out by giving me an idea of how to get on Shiloh's good girls list let me know.... I am going to be doing a review here, possibly BBB or Beautiful Reads, amazon, facebook book review and wherever else I can get the word out.

So finishing tonight with my other love.... hockey.... we had a very sad young man go to bed with tears in his eyes after tonights loss to US in the gold medal game of the World Junior Hockey tournament. Every year the finals are on my youngest sons birthday and this is the only hockey that he ever really enjoys.... wants to watch and even dresses up for. He does not participate in sports like my other boys and when he can actually join in on the fun and excitement of the game we all love it is really great. When asked by anyone who his favorite team is he always says Canada. I must say though that except for the one sided officiating in the first half of the game, it was a very good game to watch. The US boys outskated ours and were very fast on the puck. We had some great chances and the Campell boy was amazing in net saving the game more than once in the last few minutes of the game.
In my own hockey watching.... my boys in blue and gold are still playing great.... they have their off nights but all in all they are playing fantastic. Congrats to my fave Ryan Miller for making the US Olympic team.... good for you.... your efforts will take them further in the game in Feb. My sons team has yet to win a game in regular play... they have struggled off and on all year, have tied some of the top teams but have failed to put a W on the page.... But on the other hand in tournament play they are 5-3-2 and 2 of the losses were only 1 goal games.... so heading to Buffalo in a couple weeks we are optimistic that they will do well there too. The only problem..... we are going to Buffalo when my beloved Sabres are on a west coast swing and they will not be any home games for me to attend with my son who loves the SAbres too....

Well going to sound off for the night.... thanks for visiting.... keep your fingers crossed for my win of a Shiloh Walker arc, for the boys to win in Buffalo and for the snow to stop falling.... LOL

Later..... Shell