November 19, 2014

Review: Linda Francis Lee’s SUDDENLY SEXY

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Pub. Date: August 31, 2004 Publisher: Random House Publishing Group Sold By: Random House Format: NOOK Book ISBN-13: 9780345480422 ISBN: 0345480422

Pub. Date:
August 31, 2004
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Sold By:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
ISBN-13:
9780345480422
ISBN:
0345480422

When a legendary bad boy returns to town, Kate must summon her inner temptress.

Kate Bloom’s ordered world is turned upside down when notorious bad boy and superstar athlete Jesse Chapman comes home. Seeing him again reminds Kate of all the reasons she harbored a Texas-sized crush on him back when they were kids. But she isn’t a little girl anymore . . . and she’s ready to show this hell-raising playboy just how sexy she can be.
After a reporter starts digging into his past, Jesse Chapman returns home looking for space. The last thing he needs is a distraction, but that’s just what he gets when he sees his little Katie. Suddenly the girl next door is hot and sexy–and more than even this legendary ladies’ man can handle.

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

When and where did you buy this ebook? $.99 ebook deal through my Nook on Nov 9th, 2014

Did you finish it? Yes

What surprises did it hold–if any?

~ This book was a re-release (first pubbed back in 2004) and I didn’t realize it until doing a search for her books on Bn.com. Based on the original cartoonish-looking covers, there’s a distinct chance that I’ve already read this trilogy. Although, none of it seemed familiar when I read it.

~ The hero is a popular PGA golfer. Golfing is a career that doesn’t come up often and while I think it’s a pretty boring sport, I have to give Linda props for the lingo.

What scenes will stay with you?

~ The pet psychic TV segment

~ The sex toy TV segment – HILARE

~ The occasional POV from Travis

~ The love scenes were pretty hot.

What characters will stay with you? Mostly Travis. He’s such an old soul for someone so young and the moments from his POV were both poignant and funny.

Have you read anything else by Linda Francis Lee? I’m pretty sure I’ve read this trilogy, but don’t remember anything about them. The other two in this trilogy look promising, so I’ll add them to my Wish List.

What will you do now with this ebook? Delete it – Not Lendable. Unfortunately. I would’ve loved to have lent this to my friend.

Is it available today? Yes

What’s the verdict?

 

 

 

 

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

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November 17, 2014

Review: Randy Ingermanson’s HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL USING THE SNOWFLAKE METHOD

BN ID: 2940149797288 Publisher: DitDat, Inc. Publication date: 7/17/2014 Sold by: Barnes & Noble Format: Paperback File size: 638 KB

ISBN-13: 9781500574055 Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing Publication date: 7/18/2014 Pages: 234

A Magical Key to Unlock Your Creative Wizard

Are you writing a novel, but having trouble getting your first draft written? You’ve heard of “outlining,” but that sounds too rigid for you. You’ve heard of “organic writing,” but that seems a bit squishy to you. 

Take a look at the wildly popular Snowflake Method—a battle-tested series of ten steps that jump-start your creativity and help you quickly map out your story. All around the world, novelists are using the Snowflake Method right now to ignite their imaginations and get their first drafts down on paper. 

In this book, you’ll follow the story of a fictitious novelist as she learns to tap into the amazing power of the Snowflake Method. Almost magically, she finds her story growing from a simple idea into a deep and powerful novel. And she finds her novel changing her—turning her into a stronger, more courageous person.

Zany, Over the Top, and Just Plain Fun

How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method is a “business parable”—a how-to guide written in story form. It’s zany. It’s over the top. It’s just plain fun. Most important, it’s effective, because it shows you, rather than telling you.

You’ll learn by example how to grow your story idea into a sizzling first draft. 

You’ll discover:
* How to define your “target audience” the right way, so you know exactly how your ideal readers think and feel. Forget what the experts tell you about “demographics.”
* How to create a dynamite selling tool that will instantly tell people whether they’ll love your story or hate it. And you want them to either love it or hate it.
* How to get inside the skin of every one of your characters—even your villain. Especially your villain.
* How to find a deep, emotively powerful theme for your story. Do you know the one best point in your novel to unveil your theme—when your reader is most eager to hear it?
* How to know when to backtrack, and why backtracking is essential to writing great fiction.
* How to fire-test each scene to guarantee it’ll be high-impact—before you write it.

Genre: Non-fiction, teaching, reading & language, personal growth, writing

When and where did you buy this book? This is a paperback and I bought it online through BN.com on Oct 17th, 2014

Did you finish it? Yes

What surprises did it hold–if any? I’m a pantser by nature, but Alison Kent mentioned him in her book, THE COMPLETE IDIOT’S GUIDE TO WRITING EROTIC FICTION so I wanted to try it out. I figured since I’m writing in a new genre that’s unfamiliar to me, I ought to see what this plotting method was all about. This method is not for every author and Randy makes a point of saying that it in this book. He also made it a point to say that even though there are 10 steps, you don’t need to do all of them. It’s how he writes his books, it’s how he wrote this book, and this method–along with the software he created to go with it–have worked for other authors. I wanted to see if it would work for me.

What sections will stay with you?

Step 1 – One Sentence Summary

Step 2 – One-Paragraph Summary

Step 3 – Character Summary Sheet

Step 4 – Short One-Page Synopsis

Step 7 – Character Bible

Have you read anything else by Randy Ingermanson? No, I haven’t. But I subscribe to his newsletter.

What will you do now with this book? I’ll keep this on my shelf as a reference guide.

Is it available today? Yes

What’s the verdict? I read the other reviews where people have claimed that the way he went about explaining this method was a bit too simpleminded. I can see where they were coming from, but I actually liked it. For someone who’s never heard of this plotting method before, Randy really makes it easy for you to see how it works. In action. He wrote this book using the method. In the back, he breaks it down even further and shows you how he did it.

Personally, I found this method a little daunting. I’m still doing research on the series I plan to write. And I have a vague idea about what Book One is about, but this method is really detailed. It requires you to get into the nitty-gritty of the story before you even start writing and I’m not quite ready to do that yet. I’m going to look into another plotting method, but I do plan to do certain steps (see above). Overall, this book is great for someone who’s never plotted a story, but wants to learn.

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

 

 

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November 17, 2014

Wet Panty Society – A Little Trivia About: Henry Cavill

Henry was American author Stephenie Meyer’s first choice to play Edward Cullen in the movie series of TWILIGHT, but he was considered too old to play a 17-year old by the time the movie was produced. O.M.G. Can you imagine Henry as a sparkly vampire? Yeah, no, I can’t either (but you have great taste, Steph). But he would make a sexy as fuck vampire, though. I mean, seriously. Just look at that face.

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Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

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November 14, 2014

Currently Reading: Serenity Woods’ MR. INSATIABLE

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I stayed up until 1am last night finishing Linda’s book. Started this one today during my morning break. I’ll finish the other ones, I swear, but day-um. Tell me you wouldn’t have jumped on this one after seeing this cover. I mean…lawdy-lawd!

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Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

November 14, 2014

Follow Friday #72

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Question this week from Parajunkee and Allison Can Read.

How does this work? You follow a blog, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you! With that being said, please review my Follow Policy before making any rash decisions.

This week: Create a playlist or if you are lazy, just one song for a book.

Ok, here’s the thing: when I write, I don’t listen to music. In fact, I have to write in complete or near complete silence.

I’m honestly jealous of other writers who have playlists for their novels, but doing something “important” in silence was something that I carried over from childhood. My older sister and I weren’t allowed to listen to the radio or have the TV on while we did homework. My parents thought it was a distraction.

No background noise pretty much seeped into my life as I got older.

When I went back to school 3 years ago, I locked myself in my office to do my homework.

When I was in Writing Mode, I locked myself in my office.

When I was in Writing Mode outside of my office, I always made a point to find a quiet place to write.

The only time music was mentioned was in reference to a song playing on the radio in my character’s car.

Now, when I read, I prefer silence, too, but I’ve been known to whip out my Nook when I’m eating by myself/in a doctor’s waiting office, etc. And I’m not thinking about music, then, either. Unless it’s mentioned in the book or is a big part of the story itself because the main character is a musician (like Olivia Cunning’s SINNERS ON TOUR series)

queenWith that being said, if I were to create a playlist, it would be for J.R. Ward’s BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD series and it would entail music from the QUEEN OF THE DAMNED soundtrack.

Seriously.

I mean, just look at the talent on this soundtrack!

I nearly had an eargasm when I saw this movie in the theater and heard the music (I would recognize Chester Bennington and Jonathan Davis’ voices anywhere!). And the Sweet Hole practically wept–and not in a sexual way–when I saw the artists listed on the soundtrack.

Every time this movie comes on TV, I watch it (and sniffle a little at the lost potential of Aaliyah).

Click on the link above and you can hear snippets of some songs. My favorites are:

Not Meant For Me – Wayne Static (R.I.P. dude)

Forsaken - David Draiman

System – Chester Bennington

Slept So Long – Jay Gordon

Body Crumbles – Dry Cell

What about you?

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

 

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November 13, 2014

Life as a Blogger #10: Unpopular Opinions

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It’s a weekly feature (on Thursday’s). Each week Jessi over at Novel Heartbeat will choose a subject and talk about that subject in her life. The topics will be non-bookish so that you can get to know her on a more personal level! She definitely encourages everyone to participate, too. She wants this to be meme style with a linky for you to add your posts to. She wants to know more about you guys as well!

Horror movie sequels are overrated.

Those stupid-ass NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET and HALLOWEEN movies are the biggest offenders.

Not to mention FINAL DESTINATION.

I was seriously expecting to see more of these movies with double digits behind their titles.

I personally don’t like horror movies…Ok, wait. Let me define what I mean by “horror”: movies that, on a scale of 1 to 10 for senseless gory-ness, are like a 20, LOL. Like the ones I mentioned above.

However, I’ve seen all the ALIENS movies, all the RESIDENT EVIL movies, and all the PREDATOR movies (even the crossovers). Some may consider those to be horror, but it’s horror I can handle.

If that makes sense.

But if people are getting whacked/sawed/sliced/diced/impaled/slowly tortured/WHATEVS, over and over, uh, yeah, I’m Audi 5000.

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

 

 

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November 13, 2014

Currently Reading: Linda Francis Lee’s SUDDENLY SEXY

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On the rarest of occasions, I read two books at once. This is an even more rare moment where I’m reading three books at once. Reading this one more than the other two, though, I have to admit.

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November 13, 2014

Booking Through Thursday #66: Most Helpful Book

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This week’s question:What’s the most helpful book you’ve ever read?

 

ISBN-13: 9781440650758 Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc. Publication date: 9/5/2006 Series: COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE Series Sold by: DK Format: eBook Pages: 336 File size: 2 MB

ISBN-13: 9781440650758
Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 9/5/2006
Series: COMPLETE IDIOT’S GUIDE Series
Sold by: DK
Format: eBook
Pages: 336
File size: 2 MB

Alison Kent’s THE COMPLETE IDIOT’S GUIDE TO WRITING EROTIC ROMANCE. You can read my review HERE. I’m not going to repeat any info, since the review says it all, but what I really found helpful was that I was seeing it in action. During my 15 min breaks, I would read my romance book du jour,  and then read this book during my 1 hr lunch breaks. It was like I was putting into action what I was learning in the book.

Peace, lure, and wet panties,

Evolet

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November 10, 2014

Life as a Blogger #9: Concerts

lifeasbloggerIt’s a weekly feature (on Thursday’s). Each week Jessi over at Novel Heartbeat will choose a subject and talk about that subject in her life. The topics will be non-bookish so that you can get to know her on a more personal level! She definitely encourages everyone to participate, too. She wants this to be meme style with a linky for you to add your posts to. She wants to know more about you guys as well!

The minute I saw Jessi’s detailed concert list of dates and places, I thought “Awww suki-suki now, she keeps her concert tickets!”

I was a collector, too: concert tickets, special events tickets, even movie tickets. Not so much anymore. But to get a detailed list like hers would require me to dig through too many boxes. So I’m just going to go off memory.

Stevie Wonder - This was my very first concert. My Dad used to be banking exec and he always got good tickets through the bank. My Mom took my sister and I. I don’t remember how old we were–young–but old enough to know who Stevie Wonder was.

Linkin Park – twice

30 Seconds to Mars – twice (the second time was with Linkin Park last month and I nearly flipped. Out. It was such a great show). The first time was when they were promoting their first album, they were playing in a dive bar and I actually got a chance to meet Jared and have him sign my CD jacket. And for the record, yes his eyes are really that round and blue in person. LOL

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Staind

Sevendust

New Edition

New Kids on the Block – twice (DON’T HATE! One of these concerts was during the week and we weren’t allowed to go to concerts on a school night. I had to promise my Mom that I would wake up the following morning without her having to tell me to. LOL) Ironically, I never saw BSB (my fav guy was Kevin Richardson) or N’SYNC (Justin. Obviously)

Color Me Badd – I so had it bad (no punt intended)  for the lead singer, Bryan Abrams.  That voice…damn. It still makes the Sweet Hole weep.

Paula Abdul – not on purpose. Color Me Badd opened up for her.

LFO – I had it bad for Devin Lima back then. He was fuckin’ sexy with that ripped bod of his. Now? Not so much.

Dishwalla – twice (J.R. Richards is so hawt and I hear he’s gone solo)

Gavin DeGraw – this was when he was promoting his first album. He sang a Marvin Gaye song and I was like “Whaaaaa? You sing it, boy!”

Lenny Kravitz – post dreads. Best damn show ever.

P!nk – she opened up for Lenny and sounded fabulous.=

Dogstar – this was the band that Keanu Reeves played in. Me and a friend went around back–after we thought the show was over, but turns out was only a short break–and got his autograph. I had just seen THE MATRIX the week before and I couldn’t even tell him how much I liked it. LOL He smiled and all I saw was Ted. LOL

Michael Damian – (yes, Danny Romalotti from Y&R) He did a song for the DREAM A LITTLE DREAM movie (with the two Coreys) and was doing a mall tour

Beyonce - she really does put on a great show

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Jamie Walters - he’s known for being on 90210, but he first played on this show called THE HEIGHTS and had a song on there that was pretty popular, “How Do You Talk to an Angel.” He was doing a mall tour.

Live – Found out the lead singer is doing an unplugged concert for his first album, THROWING COPPER and he’s coming to town in April 2015. So looking forward to going.

Creed

Scott Stapp – lead singer went solo and the album he put out was quite good

Tantric

Kriss Kross – at a street festival

Vanilla Ice – I saw his movie COOL AS ICE twice in the movie theater. LOL

Chuck Berry – I think it was at the state fair. He was totally awesome

Days of the New – used record store concert. The lead singer was talented, but was being a dick. You could tell he didn’t want to be there.

Sting

Billy Joel

Elton John

Phil Collins

Depeche Mode

Stabbing Westward

Sugar Ray

Tori Amos

Alanis Morrissette

98 Degrees

I love me some Motown, but I like alternative music, too. Groups like the ones Jessi mentioned seeing at her X-Fest: Shinedown, Crossfade, Five Finger Death Punch..these are all bands that I like and come to town in a festival. I would love to see these guys in concert, but here’s the thing about festivals here:

1) They occur mostly in the summer which means that…

2) It gets hawt as motherfuckin’ Hades here and no one drinks enough to keep themselves hydrated. They just drink. And then…

3) People get drunk and that’s when the stupid stuff happens

The last thing I need is to go into work and have my coworkers think my husband beat me the night before. LOL. I’ve seen the mosh pits, people. Bloody noses and bruises abound. LOL.

So what about you? What concerts have you been to?

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

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November 10, 2014

Wet Panty Society – A Little Trivia About: Henry Cavill

Henry’s dream role is to play Alexander the Great. I could so picture him doing that. He does really well in period pieces. He also likes rugby (I so would attend a game if he played), but no longer plays due to injuries. And he has a knack for languages. He’s fluent in French (the language of lurve? Fuck. Me.) and has conversational skills in Italian and German.

 

henry2Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet