Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A Gray Area?

I came across an interesting article today titled, Confessions of a Book Pirate.

I couldn't decide if I should post the link on my blog, not because it was a bad article, but because I always feel like putting out there is patting the wrong-doing pirate on the back and giving them a job well done feeling.

No thumbs up here Mr. Pirate, stealing is stealing, but I will applaud the work the author of the article did and post the link.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tuesday Temptations

So it occurs to me that it's Tue and its been quite a little while since I posted a temptation. Bad Serena! Clearly, I need to work on my blogging skills. :)

What to post though? There are sooo many things out there that tempt me, call to me, beg to be shown.

Okay, here goes, a little list of some of the things that tempt me...

*Long hours to spend wandering aimlessly though a bookstore and/or library.
*Music - classical, Rock & Roll, easy listening, Disco(yep, I said it. There are indeed a few disco songs that I adore.)
*Chocolate - need I say more here. ;)
*Paranormal books, movies, TV shows - the stranger the better!
*Eyes - filled with so much emotion and all different.
*Shoulders - sturdy and strong affording the loves of his life protection.
*Puppy love - literally. When my pups look at me full of love, I cave. Doggie treats all around and lots of baby talk. :0

That's just a few of the things that tempt this lady. What about ya'll, what tempts you?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Doing Things I've Only Ever Dreamed About...

*Star in a rock video.

*Marry Simon Le Bon ~after he left his wife, of course~

*Own the hottest club in New York ~LMAO~

*Being a huge name in music ~oh boy!~

So I noticed the other day while helping my darling diva with her literature homework that I was doing something I had only ever dreamed about. What did I do?

*I explained that books were made up of a series of chapters and scenes by showing her a example of my current WIP outline.

Wow, my own book helped her understand her homework. What a kick that gave me, it also had me thinking about the other things on my list I've done and the ways my lists have changed. Up at the top of this blog I listed a sample of my sixteen yr old list...then laughed my ass off, because what dreamers we are at sixteen.

*Have sex. Done

*Find my soul mate. Done.

*Have more sex. Done.

*Build a career. Done.

*Have a child. Done.

My twenties list looks pretty typical to many twenties folks. I'm happy to report I did all of those with only one failure? No, I don't like that word. I did all of those with only one misinterpreted turn in the road. The build a career brain went to business and my love went to art. See, somewhere along the line a sneakily little thing called the need to create tucked itself into my heart and soul. I wanted, no needed to write, paint, sculpt, make jewelry, write, write and write...

I just didn't know how to make it happen. I was raised knowing that as a girl, nothing was off-limits to me anymore. I could do anything I wanted, Dr., Lawyer, Scientist, Engineer... But what I wanted, was to be an artist. Sadly at the time I felt that I should do something, more. Suffice it to say, my teenage brain was way confused by this point ~see first list of further examples of silliness.

Anyway, moving on...

*Raise my child knowing it was okay to dream

*Write a book and get published.

*Write another

*Write another

*Be happy

So here is my Thirties list, still unfinished, but more along the lines of what I want, what I dream and what makes me happy. During my teens and twenties I thought a lot about what I "should do" over thought most likely and that over thinking is a dream killer for sure. So Yeah, I seem to be taking the long way around, but I'm getting there and now I'm a darn sight happier!
Funny what a little thing like a fourth grade lit homework can bring up in one...smiles, heartache, frustration and a blog. hehehe

How about you guys, are you making your dreams come true?

Monday, January 11, 2010

Another Review for The Challenge

"This is a perfect book to curl up with on a cold winter night. Its steamy eroticism will warm you right up... Shay's writing is polished. Her characters are three-dimensional and vivid; their dialogue is natural and colorful. She makes you care about Bastian and Marina and pits them against a villain who deserves a fall. Rich physical descriptions of the characters, the Minnesota countryside, and the shapeshifting process fully immerse you in the story. Her climatic fight sequence is excellent. Best of all, her sex scenes are scorching and full of emotion.

After reading this little gem, I'm looking forward to Shay's next book."

Woot!! Another awesome review for The Challenge! This one on Amazon. Thank you, L.M. Verna for everything, I'm so glad you liked it!

Friday, January 1, 2010

2009 Reading List

This is the perfect day to share my last years reading list. Not a bad total, but now I need to shoot for more this year. :)

Have a great day!

112. Out Of The Darkness by Jamie Rush
111. A Perfect Darkness by Jamie Rush
110. Carrie's Answer by Violet Summers
109. Me and My Shadow by Katie MacAlister
108. Dawn Keepers by Jessica Andersen
107. Luke by Cheyenne McCray
106. Zack by Cheyenne McCray
105. In a Wolf's Embrace by Lora Leigh
104. Running Wild by Sarah McCarty
103. Frostbitten by Kelley Armstrong
102. Hot For The Holiday's Anthology
101. Murder by Hair Spray in Gardenia, New Atlantis by Savanna Kougar
100. Saving Midnight by Emma Holly
99. Breaking Midnight by Emma Holly
98. Kissing Midnight by Emma Holly
97. Red Lioness Tamed by Savanna Kougar
96. Born of Fire by Sherrilyn Kenyon
95. The Outlaw Demon Wails by Kim Harrison
94. Covet by J.R. Ward
93. Pleasure by Jacquelyn Frank
92. Midnight Cravings anthology
91. Instant Gratification by Jill Shalvis
90. Born of Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon
89. Wolf Tales III by Kate Douglas
88. Ashes of Midnight by Lara Adrian
87. Stolen Heat by Elisabeth Naughton
86. Night Shadow by Cherry Adair
85. Passion Untamed by Pamela Palmer
84. Heat Seeker by Lora Leigh
83. Rapture by Jacquelyn Frank
82. Dark Slayer by Christine Feehan
81. Ecstasy by Jacquelyn Frank
80. The Second Betrayal by Cheyenne McCray
79. Double Play by Jill Shalvis
78. Hero Under Cover by Suzanne Brockmann
77. Bengal's Heart by Lora Leigh
76. Night Secrets by Cherry Adair
75. Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich
74. Obsession Untamed by Pamela Palmer
73. Storm Watch by Jill Shalvis
72. Tasting Fear by Shannon McKenna
71. Hot Pursuit by Suzanne Brockmann
70. NightKeepers by Jessica Andersen
69. Night Fall by Cherry Adair
68. Real Men Last All Night by multiple authors
67. Amazon Ink by Lori Devoti
66. White Heat by Cherry Adair
65. Red Kiss by Deidre Knight
64. Desire Untamed by Pamela Palmer
63. Chosen Prey by Cheyenne McCray
62. Defender by Catherine Mann
61. Hot Ice by Cherry Adair
60. So Still The Night by Kim Lenox
59. Hidden Currents by Christine Feehan
58. Moving Target by Cheyenne McCray
57. Stolen Fury by Elisabeth Naughton
56. On Thin Ice by Cherry Adair
55. Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich
54. Skin Trade by Laurell K. Hamilton
53. Out of Sight by Cherry Adair
52. Lover Avenged by J.R. Ward
51. Burning Wild by Christine Feehan
50. My Immortal Protector by Jen Holling
49. Red Fire by Deidre Knight
48. The First Sin by Cheyenne McCray
47. Eve of Darkness by S.J. Day
46. Her Insatiable Dark Heroes by Savanna Kougar
45. Maverick by Lora Leigh
44. Intimate Strangers by Gem Sivad
43. Nauti Intentions by Lora Leigh
42. Aussie Rules by Jill Shalvis
41. Bait & Switch by Ann Lory
40. Electro Deluxe by Stacy Brown
39. In Too Deep by Cherry Adair
38. You Don't Know Jack by Erin McCarthy
37. Dream Warrior by Sherrilyn Kenyon
36. Instant Attraction by Jill Shalvis
35. Only Pleasure by Lora Leigh
34. Sinful Treats by Violet Summers
33. Sea Witch by Virginia Kantra
32. Dark of Night by Suzanne Brockmann
31. Hide and Seek by Cherry Adair
30. Veil of Midnight by Lara Adrian
29. Wed to The Texan by Sara Orwig
28. The Devil's Due by Jenna Black
27. The Devil You Know by Jenna Black
26. Coyote's Mate by Lora Leigh
25. Mysteria Lane by varied authors
24. Kiss and Tell by Cherry Adair
23. Owned by Nara Malone
22. Tame Me by Caroline Cross
21. Taken by Anya Bast
20. Forbidden Fruit by Eden Bradley
19. Warrior-The Time Hunters by Angela Knight
18. Hunting the Huntress by Ember Case
17. Fish Out of Water by MaryJanice Davidson
16. Demon's Delight by varied authors
15. Witch Heart by Anya Bast
14. Dangerous to Know by Leanne Shawler
13. Murder Game by Christine Feehan
12. Conception by Sarah McCarty
11. Dark Magic by Christine Feehan
10. Turbulent Sea by Christine Feehan
9. Night Falls Darkly by Kim Lenox
8. Beyond Seduction by Emma Holly
7. Beyond Innocence by Emma Holly
6. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
5. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
4. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
3. The Mercenary by Cherry Adair
2. Living with the Dead by Kelley Armstrong
1. Kiss of Fire by Deborah Cooke