Smutty Saturdays

Smutty Saturdays

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That’s right, that’s a picture of steamin honor of the written steam that fills the pages of romance novels.  🙂  heeheehee

This week’s smut is from one of my favorite books, the second book in the Wallflower’s Series: “It happened one Autumn,” by Lisa Kleypas.  By the way, this book and the entire series is great – strong and interesting heroines in the historical romance genre.  I loved it and strongly recommend it!

Her mouth wandered unsteadily over the masculine scrape of his cheek, the edge of his jaw, and back to the softness of his lips.  When the kiss ended, she turned her face to the side and gasped, “what do you want?”

“Don’t ask that.”  His lips moved to her ear, and his tongue stroked into the tiny hollow behind the fragile lobe.  “The answer…”  Hearing the way her breath hastened, he lingered at her ear, tracing the fine edge with his tongue, nibbling at the folds within.  “The answer is dangerous,” he finally managed to say.

Dangerous?!  Dangerous, you say?  Well, that just makes me more curious…  🙂

 

Happy Saturday, y’all.  And happy reading too!  🙂

Review: “The Perfect Hope”

Book Review: “The Perfect Hope,” By Nora Roberts

imageThe Perfect Hope,” is the final book in the Inn Boonsboro trilogy by Nora Roberts.  Earlier in this series, Hope Beaumont relocated from her life in Washington D.C. to the small town of Boonsboro.  In Washington D.C., she managed a swanky hotel and was on the arm of the hotel owner’s son, Jonathan.  But her “charmed” life comes crashing down around her, when Jonathan reveals that he’s engaged to someone else.

Pride broken and heart bruised, Hope moves to Boonsboro to become the innkeeper at the Montgomery family’s new inn.  She loves her new job and gets along with nearly everyone (including the inn’s resident ghost)…everyone except Ryder Montgomery.

Ryder may be swoon-worthy, but he hardly ever talks to Hope and never refers to her by name, instead calling her “the innkeeper.”  Behind her back, he sometimes calls her “the perfect Hope.”

In Ryder’s eyes, Hope is annoyingly perfect – smart, very hardworking, and incredibly beautiful.  The annoying perfection and assumption that she’s a snotty city girl, make this strong, silent type avoid Hope.

The inn’s ghost won’t let Ryder avoid Hope forever and plays sneaky matchmaker with the two.  She locks them in rooms together, locks Hope out of the inn, and wreaks havoc with the inn’s electrical wiring – pushing the two to admit the sizzling attraction that they’ve been avoiding since book one.  But is it just attraction…or something more?

I loved so much about this series – a playful and helpful ghost who is waiting for her lost love, vivid heroes and heroines, rambunctious kids, loyal dogs, great story lines, and fixing up old buildings.  This whole series rates a five out of five stars, even though it now has me dreaming about restoring an old house.  🙂

By the way, if you didn’t already know, Nora Roberts actually owns a bed & breakfast like the one in the series and is located in the real Boonsboro, Maryland.  I’m really tempted to go after reading the series.  Hmmm, it’s only a short drive from the greater DC area….road trip? 🙂

The Light in the World

Yay!!!  This blog has just been nominated for its first-ever blog award!  🙂  A great big,  special thanks to Rachel Carrera for the nomination as well as a congratulations to her on her own nomination.  🙂

Below is the write-up of the award:

“The LITWA was invented in 2012 by Barbara Matteo, a fellow blogger who publishes posts about women’s creativity, spirituality and issues affecting the female gender on the blog idealisticrebel. The blog award’s full title is in fact “Being a Light in the World Award.”

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Barbara created the LITWA to celebrate those wonderful people in our world who spread light, love, hope and peace in the name of humanity. Bloggers receiving this award are encouraged to continue promoting these virtues and work as a force of peace and light in the world, touching their readers’ hearts and making a difference in their lives, no matter how small. The award has as its background a scene of a beach taken at sunset with holidaymakers enjoying themselves. This picture was taken by Barbara herself. Just as the sun in the picture brings light and sustenance to the earth and is the reason why any living thing can exist on our planet in the first place, the LITWA is a gift to those bloggers who help shine the light into other people’s worlds, giving them sustenance, hope and happiness through the venerable dialogue of blogging.

The LITWA has the following rules for nominees to follow:

1. Thank the person who gives you the award;
2. Spread this award around to the people who you know who are doing this work, so that the work continues and the light is spread;
3. Let your nominees know of their nomination;
4. Never give up on your fellow human beings.”

What a lovely idea and what a wonderful nomination.  🙂

Below are my nominations for the Light in the World Award (in no order, because you all rock)

1.   http://michellejoycebond.wordpress.com
2.   http://cupcakesandpopcorn.wordpress.com
3.   http://jodiellewellyn.wordpress.com
4.   http://theresolutionthebook.wordpress.com
5.   http://ksfinblog.wordpress.com
6.   http://lynettenoni.wordpress.com
7.   http://whatrainareads.wordpress.com

Congratulations to all and keep blogging! 🙂

Review “The Last Boyfriend”

Review “The Last Boyfriend,” by Nora Roberts

image“The Last Boyfriend” is the second book in the Inn Boonsboro Trilogy and follows the story of the next Montgomery brother – Owen – and his long-time friend, Avery.

Avery has loved Owen for as long as she can remember.  When she was a kid, she had a major crush on him and followed him around, going as far as to announce that they were engaged.  Ever a sweet boy, Owen gave little Avery a pink plastic ring out of a gum ball machine  (altogether now, “awwww”).  But that was just kids’ stuff.

They’ve been close friends for ages and a constant in each other’s lives since childhood.  But Avery and Owen begin to look at each other differently after the Inn’s resident (and somewhat meddlesome) ghost arranges a kiss between the two.  Can Avery and Owen explore this new attraction without ruining their friendship?

This was a sweet and entertaining book in the Inn Boonsboro trilogy, about the warmth of a friendship growing into a deeper love.  This book has everything a 2nd book in a trilogy should have – we get to revisit a bit with Clare and Beckett (who are happily planning a wedding and expansion of their family), watch a romance bloom between Avery and Owen, and smirk when Hope and Ryder eye each other from afar.

5 out of 5 stars for “The Last Boyfriend.”  🙂

After I put this book down, I immediately picked up the next one (“The Perfect Hope“).  Can’t wait to learn more about the Inn’s resident ghost and read Hope’s story… I do, after all, love it when the hero and heroine don’t like (or at least, pretend to not like) each other in the beginning.  🙂  Should be fun. 😉

Happy reading to all!

Smutty Saturdays

Happy Smutty Saturday – the day when we give in to reading the genre that I like to call, “cotton candy for my brain.”  🙂

(Side note: We had more snow this week, so the roaring fire picture stays one more week.)

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This week’s smut comes from Nora Roberts’ “The Next Always.”  <Sigh>  She really is amazing, and if you’ve never had a chance to read her work, you have TONS of books to pick from.  I actually started with her mystery romance books, which are scary and steamy.  Hmmm, maybe I’ll go back and re-read a few of those over the summer.

“Beckett, don’t make me ask you to come upstairs and check in the closets.” She laid her hands on his cheeks. “Just come upstairs.”
She stepped away, offered her hand. He took it, held firm. “I’ve wanted to be with you when I didn’t have the right to.”
“As long as you want to be with me now.”

Awww.  Cute smut.  Happy Saturday, y’all.  And happy reading too!  🙂

Nothing gets deleted on the internet – know this

Great article and something we should all remember.

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I’ve recently been reminded of that all-powerful law of the internet which is: nothing gets deleted.

Nothing.

Careful- things could blow up in your face It could blow up in your face

Even if you delete something you’ve written, someone somewhere has probably made a copy of it, or commented on it, or referenced it somewhere else. Trust me, it’s still out there.

And don’t even get me started about backup and cached copies. Information lives on.

In some ways this can work to your benefit. You have proof that you were on one side of an argument, or that you came up with an idea first (thanks to time stamps), but (and that should really be a large “BUT”) here’s where it can bite you in the butt –  the internet is not the place to take your petty arguments and your insecurities.

Especially if you are trying to establish a writer’s platform.

Witness the Lynn Shepard…

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Are writing conferences worth it?

Writing Conferences:

So, Writer’s Digest puts on two annual writer’s conferences – one for the East coast of the U.S. and the other for the West Coast of the U.S.  This year, the Writer’s Digest East Conference (which I am geographically closer to) is in NYC in August.

I’ve never gone to a Writer’s Conference, and unfortunately Writer’s Digest has yet to post their full schedule for the event.  As a result, I’m not sure how many events there will be or what the different sessions will really cover.  But according to the website, they’ll have sessions on Self-Publishing, Platform and Promotion, Getting Published, and Craft.  Those sessions sound interesting and useful, but I’m still not sure what the rest of the conference will hold.

And of course, these things aren’t free.  The early bird price is $299 and that doesn’t include a Pitch Slam (which sounds equally terrifying and exhilarating) – a chance to pitch your story to literary agents and editors.  Think speed dating, where an agent or editor is a potential match.  I probably wouldn’t get my money’s worth on a pitch slam, as I’m notoriously shy during first meetings (I like to blend into the background during work social events and can do an excellent impression of a deer in headlights if approached too quickly).  🙂

What do you think?  Has anyone been to a writer’s conference (or do you know someone who has)?  Are they worth it or utterly depressing/useless/soul crushing?

Review: “The Next Always”

Book Review: “The Next Always,” By Nora Roberts

image “The Next Always,” is the first book in the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy.  The series follows the stories of the Montgomery brothers as they renovate a historic building and turn it into a charming bed and breakfast.

Side note:  There really IS an Inn BoonsBoro in Boonsboro, Maryland, which Nora Roberts owns.  And, just like in the books, the rooms are themed –  with romantic literary couples.  Including an Elizabeth and Darcy room (of Pride & Prejudice)!  So cool!

But, I digress.  In “The Next Always,” we follow the story of Beckett Montgomery and Clare Brewster.  Clare moved back to her hometown of Boonsboro (with two young sons and pregnant with a third) a few years ago, after her husband was tragically killed in Iraq.  Over the past few years, she’s gotten used to life back in Booonsboro, opened a small bookstore (sigh, I always wanted to go that!), and is busy and happy raising her three sons.

Beckett, with his brothers and mother, is busy renovating a historic building in town.  But he always makes time to stop by the little bookshop down the street for an iced coffee or the latest paperback, and it’s not just because he likes the atmosphere.  He had a crush on Clare in high school, which came surging back to life when she moved back into town.  He’s been slow in pursuing Clare, but that changes when he takes her on a tour of the building he’s renovating.  But he’s not the only man in town with his eye on Clare…

I love these series-type books that Nora Roberts is so fond of writing.  In this type of series, we follow the story of one couple per book – and, we get to see the beginnings of romance between other characters or follow-up with happy couples we’ve already met.   Love it!  5 out of 5 stars for my favorite author!

Smutty Saturdays

Yep, it’s a Smutty Saturday, my favorite day of the week.  It’s when I get to sleep late and read in my fuzzy robe…<sigh> blissful!

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Also, I’m wondering (as the snow outside is nearly all gone), how much longer I can get away with the picture I took of a roaring fire for Smutty Saturdays?  I may need to come up with a different picture for Spring/Summer – a boiling kettle in honor of romance novel steam-iness perhaps?  🙂

Regardless, this week’s selection of smut comes from Courtney Milan’s “The Heiress Effect,” which is a fabulously entertaining book and I highly recommend it.

He licked his lips.  “I had every intention of being a gentleman.  Of sleeping on the floor, or…or something.”
“Is that what a gentleman would do?” Jane asked.
“Probably.”
“Then gentlemen are idiots.”

Heeheehee.  Happy reading, all. 😉