Loving the Fall…

September 23, 2008

Granted Vegas doesn’t get much of a fall… it’s been nice. It’s only been in the mid 90’s in the hottest parts of the days and it’s cool in the mornings ūüôā¬† I do wish we would get some color change, but I can’t always have what I want.

I am also super busy… which I love being. I’ve got a million things on my plate coming up, but all good things. Lots of events at work, school, Breast Cancer Walk, Wine & Hors D’oeuvre tasting, a comedy show, Baby shower and most importantly… A test for a NEW JOB!

I’ve also got a serious pile of TBR starting to call my name. Included in that pile is The Host by Stephenie Meyer, Shutter Island by Dennis LeHane, Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips¬† (which I will be reviewing on www.girlsonbooks.wordpress.com THIS Wednesday and is also our group read), and a couple I can’t think of the names now. (Sorry)

Well just thought I would update…. better get back to working lol

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Some Changes

September 14, 2008

In light of a comment and after some thought your favorite dolls, Moira, Jolie, Betty and I… Rowan have moved outta our first home at Romantic Bites and moved into Girls on Books at http://girlsonbooks.wordpress.com

We feel this is the best for us so we don’t get pigeon -holed in just the Romance genre. We all read all genres and like so many other things. I hope you will continue to follow our reviews and posts. Thanks for all your continuing support and see yall soon ūüôā

My 16th Apology!

August 6, 2008

(sorry couldn’t help but use¬†a song title as my title today!)

I feel like I have been slacking on posting here, and it’s true I have been slacking. I’ve been busy with various things that I seem to forget to post or just lack of inspiration at the moment. Personally I think its the latter and I am hoping that my vacation next week clears up any lack of inspiration.

So just a little update… I’ve been completely engrossed in reading Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer-¬† Book number 4 in the Twilight¬† series. Well…. all I will say at this point is that it is not my favorite and it lacks something for me. I loved the others… especially the first and third books. I’ve got about a 100 pages left. So with out further ramblings… I am going to go finish it and leave you with something that has me a little more inspired. The trailer to the first book- Twilight– coming to you December 12th!!! Love ya!

 

ps check out www.Romanticbites.wordpress.com for my book review and also check out our August give away!!!

Wicked Wednesday!

July 30, 2008

Well I just thought it would be fun! haha to have a Wicked¬† moment on my blog. I loved the book and have been obsessed with Wicked: The Musical¬† as well. I will FINALLY be seeing it while I am on vacation! So with that… I think I am going to put up a video for all of you to enjoy! Have a great Wednesday! Also please visit www.romanticbites.wordpress.com and read my review on Jennifer Armintrout’s book, Possession and comment to enter to win $40 to Barnes & Noble.

Are You There Vodka?

July 25, 2008

¬†Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea
By Chelsea Handler

When Chelsea Handler needs to get a few things off her chest, she appeals to a higher power — vodka. You would too if you found out that your boyfriend was having an affair with a Peekapoo or if you had to pretend to be honeymooning with your father in order to upgrade to first class. Welcome to Chelsea’s world — a place where absurdity reigns supreme and a quick wit is the best line of defense.

In this hilarious, deliciously skewed collection, Chelsea mines her past for stories about her family, relationships, and career that are at once singular and ridiculous. Whether she’s convincing her third-grade class that she has been tapped to play Goldie Hawn’s daughter in the sequel to Private Benjamin, deciding to be more egalitarian by dating a redhead, or looking out for a foulmouthed, rum-swilling little person who looks just like her…only smaller, Chelsea has a knack for getting herself into the most outrageous situations. Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea showcases the candor and irresistible turns of phrase that have made her one of the freshest voices in comedy today.

OMG! This woman is just the funniest I have ever encountered! My sister and I religiously watch her show Chelsea Lately on E! Entertainment. This collection of short stories had me laughing out loud! She tells her life stories with a great sense of humor and no humility. She tells it like it is and takes no prisoners. Where to me some women comedians are REALLY crass and just not that funny, Chelsea is funny, smart, foul mouthed and just truly hilarious. I hope if I ever come back as a promiscuous comedian, I come back as a Chelsea Handler! If you want a fun, light quick read… this is perfect for the beach or just for fun… Pick this book up, get some vodka and cranberry and Enjoy!!!!

If I was on the Romantic Bites… I would give this 5 Dirty- Ass Martinis.. but instead I will give Ms. Handler 5 roses for entertaining the hell outta me!!

Spirit

July 11, 2008

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 Spirit
Leona Lewis

UK singer and songwriter Leona Lewis, a 22-year-old London native and winner of the hit TV show the X Factor, a British talent show, has broken all-time sales records there with Spirit entering the album chart at Number One and becoming Britain’s fastest-selling debut ever. In addition, Spirit’s lead-off single “Bleeding Love” — co-written and produced by OneRepublic frontman Ryan “Alias” Tedder — was the U.K.’s best-selling single of 2007.

OK … no wonder I love that song Bleeding Love because I love OneRepublic. I was so excited to get this cd just for that song. I will have to say… if you have not gotten it and REALLY like that song just buy the single. I’ve listened to this CD over and over, hoping it would grow on me like some usually do… and it hasn’t. I will say Leona has a beautiful voice, but on some of these songs she sounds WAY too much like Mariah Carey. (sorry I HATE Mariah) The music and the album just didnt do much for me. Sounded like everything else on R/B radio and just wasn’t up my expectations of Bleeding Love.¬†So I am sad to say… I’ve taken this album off the Ipod and just left Bleeding Love.

You would swear that I don’t like anything! HA… Well I like you all and in case you haven’t been by.. go to http://romanticbites.wordpress.com and read my reviews along with the three other fabulous dolls! and comment. Thats all you need to do to enter in July’s drawing of $40 to Barnes and Noble!

Have a GREAT weekend. love yas!

I have a new review on Romantic Bites- http://romanticbites.wordpress.com!! Please check it out… and comment, you could win $40 in Fabulous Barnes and Noble Money!!! If I was allowed I would try! Ha!

Have a Great Day!

Sleeping Doll

July 8, 2008

 The Sleeping Doll by Jeffery Deaver

“California Bureau of Investigation agent Kathyrn Dance, a kinesics expert and master interrogator, locks into a “dazzling mental contest” (The New York Times) with a modern-day Charles Manson in this heart pounding thriller.
Serving life in a maximum security for masterminding the slaughter of a wealthy Carmel family, the unrepentant Daniel Pell may also be linked to another killing, a cold case that will heay up quickly if Kathryn Dance can get the confession she seeks. But when Pell escapes, a harrowing manhunt takes off– and Kathryn will race to uncover the secrets of the past from the lone survivor of Pell’s bloodlust, a teenager now, the little girl who hid in her bed to save her own life: The Sleeping Doll.”

 First, I have to say is, I really hope Jeffrey Deaver continues writing about Kathryn Dance. I really fell in love with her in the Lincoln Rhyme Book The Cold Moon  where she was just introduced as a specialist. Now Kathryn has had her day in the sun and WOW what a book! I really like the characters that Jeffrey Deaver has they are so real and you always want to know more about them. Kathryn in Cold Moon  was like that for me. 

Well in this book she is on her home turf and has to deal with an escape from prison by a nasty sum- bitch, Daniel Pell. You learn about her family, her job and her past. She is interesting indeed and the lead agent on this nasty case. ¬†I love female characters that are smart, have great¬†families- although¬†flawed,¬†kick ass jobs and an awesome fashion sense. This girl loves her shoes and that makes her all the more enduring to me!There seems like there is a quasi crush love interest with¬†a married man, but who is to say he won’t get a divorce in a future book!! ¬†Anyways, just like any Jeffery Deaver book, you think its all¬†gonna tie up with pretty bow at the end. OH no.. it has to be Big knotted crazy tied bow, with all the twist and turns this author puts in all his writing. Which of course is the reason I come back for more with him and have read just about everything he has published! With that… I give this book…. 5 roses for a job well done!!!

The Constant Princess

July 1, 2008

 The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory

From Publishers Weekly
As youngest daughter to the Spanish monarchs and crusaders King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, Catalina, princess of Wales and of Spain, was promised to the English Prince Arthur when she was three. She leaves Spain at 15 to fulfill her destiny as queen of England, where she finds true love with Arthur (after some initial sourness) as they plot the future of their kingdom together. Arthur dies young, however, leaving Catalina a widow and ineligible for the throne. Before his death, he extracts a promise from his wife to marry his younger brother Henry in order to become queen anyway, have children and rule as they had planned, a situation that can only be if Catalina denies that Arthur was ever her lover. Gregory’s latest (after Earthly Joys) compellingly dramatizes how Catalina uses her faith, her cunning and her utter belief in destiny to reclaim her rightful title. By alternating tight third-person narration with Catalina’s unguarded thoughts and gripping dialogue, the author presents a thorough, sympathetic portrait of her heroine and her transformation into Queen Katherine. Gregory’s skill for creating suspense pulls the reader along despite the historical novel’s foregone conclusion.
Copyright ¬© Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.”

¬†First, I want to say I felt like I had to become the Steadfast Princess just to stay and finish this book. I truly loved The Other Boleyn Girl (and the movie) and The Queens Fool. I really respected and loved Katherine in The Other Boleyn Girl , that I was excited to get my my hands on this book. Well I don’t know what happened but I never could quite get into Constant Princess and devour this book like I usually do. Don’t get me wrong.. Katherine, Queen of England and Princess of Wales¬†or Catalina the Infanta of Spain (she went by so many names!) is a very strong, couragous, and ambitious woman and you ALMOST love her.

Katherine never quite draws me in, King Henry the VIII drove me insane with his spoiled ways, Lady Margaret her Grandmother in law is to me the wicked witch of England, and the rest of the characters were never quite developed enough for you to really care about them at all.

If you like history related and stories centered around The Tudors of England, you may like this and the others that were mentioned in the above review.

Sadly, though I can not rave about this one as I would the others, this one only gets one and half roses for the Roses of England. ūüė¶

Wicked Lovely

June 30, 2008

¬†Please see my post and review on the other site I contribute to…

http://romanticbites.wordpress.com

Thanks and hope everyone is having a Fabulous Weekend!!!