August 20, 2014

WWW Wednesdays #9

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next? 

Currently Reading: Kylie Scott‘s PLAY (Stage Dive Series #2)

Recently Finished: Lori Wilde‘s ALL OUT OF LOVE (review coming soon)

Reading Next: Kristen Ashley‘s THE GAMBLE

 

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August 20, 2014

Back to School Book Blogger Challenge Day 3: Most Memorable School Memory

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Day 3: Share your most memorable school memory.

6th grade.

Right here in Phoenix.

I encountered racism for the first time.

My sister and I are two years and two days apart, so at certain times during our earlier education, we would be at the same school. I was lined up outside our classroom before we went in and my sister came by to give me an umbrella.

And then some shithead white kid–I’ll never forget, his name was Damon (more like Demon)–snarled “What are you doing over here, n****.” This kid was in my class and was probably something of a bully (don’t remember), but she just ignored him, gave me the umbrella, and walked away.

I don’t remember where the teacher was, if she heard it, if he was ever disciplined, or the name of the school for that matter. I think I blanked it out. I don’t use the word “hate” that often, at least when it comes to people, but I can honestly say that I hated that kid. I wanted to beat him about the head with my umbrella until he was bloody and unconscious. I wanted bad things to happen to him. Needless to say, I was happy when I started middle school and never saw him again.

I wish I could say that that was the only time I encountered racism at a school I attended, but let’s look at the facts:

I grew up in Scottsdale, which is kinda like a watered-down version of Beverly Hills.

In our neighborhood, we were the only black family on the block. There was another black family that lived one street over, but ironically, we never talked to them. I honestly don’t remember if they had kids, so maybe that’s why.

My sister and I attended predominantly white schools, where there was only a handful of minorities. And by handful, I mean I can count on one hand how many black kids attended my schools.

So, yeah, it was bound to happen again. I live in a regressive state. It’s like we’re living in the Stone Ages here sometimes.

There were other memorable school memories—more happier ones. But that one stuck with me because it happened when I was younger, at a time when you would think that kids at that age/grade level have never heard of that word, let alone say it. It was just so disappointing and a turning point for me that made me realize, “Wow. Someone is really not going to like me because of the color of my skin. This totally sucks.” Innocence lost. How sad is that?

Peace, Love and Wet Panties,

Evolet

August 20, 2014

Review: Melissa Foster’s READ, WRITE, LOVE (Love in Bloom: The Remingtons Series, Book 5)

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Pub. Date: April 19, 2014 Publisher: Melissa Foster Sold By: Barnes & Noble Series: Love in Bloom (Snow Sisters, The Bradens, The Remingtons & Seaside Summers) BN ID: 2940149496228

Pub. Date:
April 19, 2014
Publisher:
Melissa Foster
Sold By:
Barnes & Noble
Series:
Love in Bloom (Snow Sisters, The Bradens, The Remingtons & Seaside Summers)
BN ID:
2940149496228

 

Bestselling author Kurt Remington lives to write. He spends twelve hours a day in front of his computer, rarely leaving the seclusion of his beach-front property, where he’s come to finish his latest thriller–that is, until free-spirited Leanna Bray nearly drowns in the ocean trying to save her dog. Kurt’s best-laid plans are shot to hell when he comes to their rescue. Kurt’s as irritated as he is intrigued by the sexy, hot mess of a woman who lives life on a whim, forgets everything, and doesn’t even know the definition of the word organized.

Leanna’s come to the Cape hoping to find a fulfilling career in the jam-making business, and until she figures out her own life, a man is not on the menu. But Leanna can’t get the six-two, deliciously muscled and tragically neat Kurt out of her mind. She tells herself she’s just stopping by to say thank you, but the steamy afternoon sparks a wild and sexy ride as Kurt and Leanna test the powers of Chemistry 101: Opposites Attract.

One of the many things I love about reading adult romance is the fact that I can get a behind-the-the scenes look at various careers or topics of which I’m unfamiliar. In Melissa Foster’s STROKE OF LOVE, readers get a glimpse into the creative process of artist, Sage Remington. In this book, readers get a chance to see the creative process of a best-selling author. If I was interested in the type of books Kurt Remington wrote, I can honestly say that I would have a fan girl moment if I ever met him in real life.

The man is fucking gorgeous. With tats! Hel-lo!

And he’s a writer!

I don’t think I know any hawt-looking male authors. If you do, please share.

To be honest, I would probably have a fan girl moment if I ever met Lori Foster or Jaci Burton or Lorelei James or Carly Phillips or…well, you get the gist. It’d be a different type of fan girl moment, of course, since none of these women is 6 foot-something of  gorgeous male hawtness. NOTE TO SELF: Add Romantic Times Convention to Bucket List.

I loved reading about Kurt’s writing process. I have to admit that I could never dedicate as much time as he does to his writing. Even in my Other Life as a YA writer, the inspiration to write comes in short bursts. I work a FT job so those bursts come on my two 15 min breaks and 1 hr lunches. When I was on a self-imposed deadline, it would be breaks, lunches and a few more hours at home. I was actually quite jealous of Kurt’s long hours spent writing.

Jealous of the way the words seemed to easily flow from his fingers for 8-12 hours at a time. It never happens for me like that.

Jealous of the fact that he had a routine each day and stuck to that routine (well, until he met Leanna). The Other Life writer? Yeah, not so much. Although, I’ve discovered over time that I’m most creative at night. So, that’s something, right?

Jealous of the fact that he had a freakin’ cottage on the beach to escape to! Lucky bastard. For reals? I wish the little cape town where this book takes place really existed because I would fuckin’ move there in a heartbeat.

Jealous of the fact that he lived, breathed and thought about his writing 24/7 (well, until he met Leanna), even while on a date with a previous girlfriend. LOL. Now that’s dedication.

If you’re a best-selling author, then you live a pretty structured life. A structured life that can’t include too many distractions. Saving a dog, and in the process, its owner, was a distraction that Kurt didn’t want.

At least, not at first.

But as it turned out, Leanna, in all her quirky, free-spiritedness, was something he needed. As perfectly demonstrated by Kurt, writing is a solitary profession. I think writers like Kurt need people like Leanna to remind them that some distractions can be a good thing.

And that sex with a gorgeous, tattooed best-selling author is phenom.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Melissa’s series about the Remington family and I plan to read more.

READ, WRITE, LOVE Wet Panty Rating

Peace, Love and Wet Panties,

Evolet

 

 

 

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August 19, 2014

Currently Reading: Lori Wilde’s ALL OUT OF LOVE (Cupid, Texas Series, Book 2)

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August 19, 2014

Back to School Book Blogger Challenge Day 2: Dream Lesson Plan

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Day 2: If you were/are an English Teacher, share with us your dream lesson plan as far as reading assignments.

 

<rubbing my hands with glee> The other night, I saw a trailer for a new show  coming out this fall called HOW TO GET GET AWAY WITH MURDER. Actress Viola Davis is going to teach her her kids how to practice law, using real world experience. Which I think is awesome, because it can’t always be about book learning. If I were an English teacher, my dream lesson plan would be the below book.

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I think it would be totally awesome to teach this in a college setting.  The end result would be a partial story (maybe even a first draft) and  attending a Romantic Times Convention.

Evolet

August 18, 2014

Back to School Blogger Challenge: Day 1

Rachel at Parajunkee’s View has issued a 9-Day Challenge to bloggers, so I’m picking up the “pencil” and accepting it.

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So, for the next 9 days, I’ll be responding to the below questions/prompts

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Day 1: It’s time to stand up in front of the class and share with the rest of us a little bit about you.

Holla!

My name is Evolet Yvaine and you can see a pic of me in the right sidebar. Just so you know, Evolet Yvaine is not my real name, but a pseudo. In my Other Life, I’m an indie YA author and never the twain shall meet. I’m an aspiring adult contemporary romance writer (particularly interracial), a divorced kidless woman, and a Hotlanta transplant currently residing in the dry heat of Arizona. This blog was established as a book review site in Jan 2011 as Beefcake and Babes. I review mostly adult contemporary romance with some paranormal romance thrown in for good measure. I changed the name a couple of years ago when I decided I was going to actually start writing adult romance. Now, not only will I be reviewing the books I read, but this site will also showcase my writing (when I start, that is.) I’m dipping my toe in the short story pool first before going balls-to-the-wall-full-on novel. My favorite authors include, but are not limited to:

Lori Foster

Melissa Foster (don’t know if they’re related, but they’ve both been blessed by the Cover Goddess)

Lorelei James

Jill Shalvis

Carly Phillips

Olivia Cunning

Shelly Laurenston

Jaci Burton

Alison Kent

Donna Kauffman

J.R. Ward

to name a few.

I’ve been reading adult romance since I was in high school, cutting my teeth on the Loveswept line, and I’ve never looked back. I tried reading YA and thought it was boring. Before I knew it, I was going to the library every weekend, reading 2-3 books a week. Before I got a job, I was reading at least 2 books a day. I barely graduated from high school, I was reading so much. LOL. Guess I preferred reading to studying.

I grew up listening to Motown, so if you stop by my place you’re more than likely to hear a dash of The Supremes, a pinch of Smokey and The Miracles, and a sprinkling of Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson;–they really don’t make music like that anymore and I really miss that; my car radio is only tuned to one station: Mix 97.3, the Oldies station. LOL. I love going to the movies and will see RomCom to Disney (minus thrillers and horror, although I’m okay with those ALIENS and RESIDENT EVIL movies), but I have a serious love jones for Jason Statham.. I also love watching TV and on any given day, you can find me watching GAME OF THRONES, ARROW, TRUE BLOOD, SUPERNATURAL, THE NEW GIRL, THE MINDY PROJECT, BONES, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, MAD MEN, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, ELEMENTARY, SHERLOCK, ONCE UPON A TIME, SLEEPY HOLLOW, HAVEN, MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., and the most current THE MUSKETEERS.  It’s hard keeping it all straight. Thank God for DVR. And to think, it’s going to get worse when the new season starts. Guess it’s good fortune that a couple of these shows are in their final season, eh?

So, that’s me in a nutshell. If you want to Follow me, I ask that you please review my Follow Policy. Yes, I actually have a Follow Policy.  I also have a Review Policy, if you’d care to take a look-see. Know that if you do decide to follow me, you’ll receive the following:

A Little NOOKie Review: Book reviews 3x a week (Mon, Wed, Fri).

Memes I participate in: Teaser Tuesday, WWW Wednesdays, Booking Through Thursday, and, when I can remember, Parajunkee’s Follow Friday.

Random Sex Thought Thursday: Just like it says. And they really are random.

Wet Panty Writing Process (Sundays): Little things I’m discovering along the way when it comes to writing a new genre.

Wet Panty Society (Monthly): A different hawtie featured every month, with a weekly droolworthy pic and some trivia. You can read the deets HERE.

Peace, love, and wet panties,

Evolet

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August 18, 2014

Review: Jennifer Chance’s FAKE IT (Rule Breakers series, Book 2)

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Pub. Date:  July 1, 2014 Publisher:  Random House Publishing Group Sold By:  Random House Format:  NOOK Book, 224pp  Series:  Rule Breakers ISBN-13:  9780553392289 ISBN:  055339228X

Pub. Date:
July 1, 2014
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Sold By:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book, 224pp
Series:
Rule Breakers
ISBN-13:
9780553392289
ISBN:
055339228X

 

New grad Anna Richardson works hard—so hard that she’s given up having a romantic life. Anna has even convinced her friends that she’s dating an amazing guy—who they’ve simply never met. But now Anna has a wedding to attend and needs to produce the hottie she’s been lying about for the past six months. Enter Jake Flynn, her infuriating, motorcycle-riding, jaw-droppingly gorgeous neighbor, who’s more than willing to fake it for a weekend. In fact, Jake won’t be satisfied until things get real.

Though Jake is only playing the role of adoring boyfriend, he’s starting to feel the heat, and judging by Anna’s sweet blush, so is she. Letting chemistry this intense go to waste would be a real shame. Soon, though, the thin line between fantasy and reality fades. Jake may not be what every buttoned-up fast-tracker wants, but he’s sure as hell what Anna needs. And if she takes a ride with him, their adventure never has to end.

So, imagine that your man broke up with you and you have no real interest in dating. And really, who has time when you’re all work and no play? You have friends that want to set you up, but to get them off your back, you tell them you’re seeing someone.

But it’s a lie.

And now you’ve been invited to a friend’s wedding, of which your ex will be attending, and guess what? They want you to bring your new man! Yay! NOT!

Such is the sitch for Anna.

When she knows no one well enough to step in, she considers hiring an escort…until Jake enters the picture. He’s not Anna’s usual type–motorcycle-riding bad-ass that he is–but at this point, she’s desperate. Opposites definitely attract and what I liked about Jake was the way he got Anna to let loose and live a little. She’s a major workaholic, never making time to relax or take a vacation, and his easygoing and laid-back personality gave her insight into what was lacking in her life.

It pissed me off that her ex was trying to get back with her at the wedding after unceremoniously dumping her when he got a job in another state. He ended up moving back and thought he could get her back. What an ass!! I loved that Jake was able to stand up to him. And I was even more pissed at Anna’s so-called friends who had forced her into having a fake a boyfriend in the first place. If it were me, I would’ve been all “I love you, but BUTT THE FUCK OUT! Why do you fucking care about my love life and what business is it of yours?” I’m actually wishing Anna had said that instead of caving in to the pressure. But then this book wouldn’t even exist.

The whole opposites attract theme made for some great love scenes and made me want a Jake of my own. This is Book 2 in the Rule Breakers series and I’m looking forward to the next one.

FAKE IT Wet Panting Rating

1/2

Evolet

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August 18, 2014

Wet Panty Society – A Little Trivia About: Colin O’Donoghue

He became a Dad last year. His son, Evan James O’Donoghue,  was born August 1, 2013. Whew! He can now be added to the Sexy Daddy Society. If there was one, that is.

 

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August 14, 2014

Booking Through Thursday #59: Bookcases, Part 2

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Brought to you by Booking Through Thursday:

Copy the questions, paste them into your blog and answer them.

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I’ve always considered that my bookcases give a pretty fair representation of me as a person—they show my interests, what kind of things I like, that I have a curious mind, the kinds of things I study … all that. But with the increase of e-books, that litmus test of personality is going by the wayside. Unless someone takes my Kindle and browses through it, there isn’t an immediate, visible display of my interests … am I the only one who finds that kind of sad? Going forward, about the most we’ll be able to tell about someone is that they OWN an e-book reader … but no real idea of what they actually read. I’m going to miss that.

 

I actually don’t think it’s sad. People use bookcases for different things nowadays, so just because a bookcase isn’t filled with books, doesn’t mean you won’t get a fair representation of that person’s interests. I think having an eReader opens up an opportunity for discussion. At work, I typically read during my breaks and lunch. Yes, I should be writing, but that’s beside the point. The other day, my supervisor was eating lunch with some other people and we ended up combining tables. He asked me what I was reading and I said, “You don’t wanna know.” It’s a knee-jerk response. I’m not ashamed of the fact that I love to read adult romance, it’s the fact that when I guy asks what I’m reading and I say it’s adult romance, I usually get a smirky/snide comment along the lines of “Oh, you read porn, huh?”

Always.

It never fails.

I guess my supervisor happens to be more evolved enough he didn’t respond the way I thought he would, he was just curious. And it did lead to a conversation about a book he’d just read. Adult romance, like indie publishing, gets a bad rap. Guys think it’s all about sex, sex, sex, but it’s more than that. Yes, there’s sex, but readers can actually learn something. It may be fiction, but there’s always a little truth in fiction and research is always involved. Guys don’t realize that their sex lives may be better because their significant other reads romance. Don’t knock it til you read it, boys. Just sayin’.

So, yes, bookcases that hold actual books may go the way of the dinosaur, but it’s not going to be the end of the world.  I just think that having an eReader will make people more curious and have more interesting conversations.

Evolet

August 14, 2014

Currently Reading: Cat Johnson’s JARED (Red, Hot and Blue series)

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