January 15, 2015

Life as a Blogger #17: Bad Habits

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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!

Hehee, oh boy. This is going to get ugly. And after reading Jessi’s, I’ll be borrowing some of her habits and adding them to my own list. LOL

~ Pulling on my eyebrows. It’s this thing I do when I’m thinking: I run my fingernail through my brows and sometimes they catch underneath, so I end up pulling them out. I’ve been doing it for YEARS and they’ve thinned out quite a bit. LOL.

~ Chew on my tongue. Yeah, I know it’s weird. Another thinking thing. I can pull my tongue back so it catches between my teeth and chew on it like gum. LMAO. It’s kinda hard to explain unless you see me do it (The Hubs teases me if he catches me). No, it doesn’t hurt and no, I don’t do it for long periods of time. My older sister does it, too!

~ Avoiding talking to my BFF on the phone. I. Am. A. Horrible. Friend. Sometimes I’ll come home and the last thing I want to do is talk on the phone. Or I’m reading. Or I’m watching TV. I love her to death, but sometimes…I just don’t feel like talking on the phone. LOL.

~ Keeping in touch with my parents. And yes, they live in the same city. Don’t judge. I. Am. A. Horrible. Daughter. My sister talks to them more than I do and she lives in Israel!!

~ Going to bed late knowing I have to get up early for work. Damn books. I’m a night owl. The latest I’ve stayed up to read during the week was 2am!

~ Tossing stuff on the table–or hanging stuff on the chair–instead of putting it away.

~ Letting the dishes pile up in the sink–for a few days–because neither one of us has put away the clean ones in the dishwasher.

~ Letting my clothes pile up in the dirty clothes basket. Don’t judge. I don’t do laundry every weekend, though I should.

~ Taking forever to put clean clothes away. Because we both hate doing that. So we just pull clean clothes out of the basket and iron shit the day off. LOL.

I’m sure The Hubs thinks I have other bad habits, but these are the only ones I could think of off the top of my head. What about you?

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

January 15, 2015

31 Days to Better Blogging – Day 15: Idea Journal

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Are you ready for a Better Blog? Why not join others in a 31 day challenge of awesome? Do one task a day, or pick one a week. This is for you to increase your blog traffic, make your blog more user friendly, or just increase your awareness of your blog’s needs. Hosted by Rachel over at parajunkee.com.

 

Today’s task: To start an Idea Journal. Grab a notebook – that is all you need!

 

Truly, that’s all you really need. A notebook.

As a writer, I carry a little one with me in my purse. I should probably keep one next to my bed for when ideas come to me at home.

I sometimes use the Note app on my phone.

What about you? Where/how do you write down your ideas?

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

January 14, 2015

31 Days to Better Blogging – Day 14: Competitors

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Are you ready for a Better Blog? Why not join others in a 31 day challenge of awesome? Do one task a day, or pick one a week. This is for you to increase your blog traffic, make your blog more user friendly, or just increase your awareness of your blog’s needs. Hosted by Rachel over at parajunkee.com.

 

Today’s task: To narrow down a list of competitors. Take note of who you think of as “competition” and follow and pay attention to what they do.

 

Is it braggy of me to say that I don’t have any competitors? No? Good. Because I don’t.

I’m not competing against anyone.

I’m not a die-hard book reviewer.

I don’t put up ads.

I don’t offer contests or giveaways.

I don’t accept books to review from authors or publishers.

I don’t solicit for author interviews or guest blog posts.

I don’t participate in book tours (because I don’t have the followers to make it worthwhile).

That’s not what this site is all about.

I have to give mad props to Rachel for her Parajunkee site because she is DOIN’ IT! But man, it seems like a job.

I don’t ever want reading to become a job. Unless I get paid for it. And it would have to be MY ONLY job. Like, if someone asked me what I did for a living and I said something like, “Professional Beta Reader for Kensington, Harlequin Blaze and Loveswept.” BOOM! That would be THE SHIT job, wouldn’t it? I read romance books. All day. Everyday. What’s your motherfuckin’ superhero power? LMAO.

But I digress.

Reading is a pleasure for me. It helps relax me and keeps me occupied when I don’t feel like watching TV. I don’t want to have to worry about reading this book “by a certain date” because it’s going to be released soon. I don’t want to have to worry about people losing interest in my blog because I’m not posting something book-related every. Single. Day. Bloody hell, ‘scuse me while I dig in my purse for that razor….

This is all for fun, people.

This is me posting reviews about the books I myself buy.

This is me sharing my writing and eventually turning this into a full-on MC/IR erotic romance author site….with the occasional book review.

So, no. I have no competitors.

It’s just me, myself and Irene, er Evie.

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

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January 14, 2015

Review: Kate Regnery’s BREAKING UP WITH BARRETT (The English Brothers, Book #1)

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 Pub. Date:     July 21, 2014 Publisher:     Katharine Gilliam Regnery Sold By:     Draft2Digital Format:     NOOK Book  Series: English Brothers File Size:     254 kB BN ID:     2940151684446


Pub. Date:
July 21, 2014
Publisher:
Katharine Gilliam Regnery
Sold By:
Draft2Digital
Format:
NOOK Book
Series: English Brothers
File Size:
254 kB
BN ID:
2940151684446

Breaking Up with Barrett is the first of six books about the Philadelphia-based, wildly-handsome English brothers who are all on the look-out for love.

(Except Alex. He’s a womanizing manwhore. And maybe Stratton, because he’s wicked hot, but super awkward around girls.)

Barrett English, aka “the Shark,” is the fair-haired, first-born of the English brothers, and the CEO of the oldest, most prestigious investment banking firm in Philadelphia. He rules the boardroom with an iron fist, refusing to take no for an answer and always getting his way.

Emily Edwards, a first-year doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania, grew up in the gatehouse on the outskirts of Barrett’s childhood estate. The daughter of his family’s gardener and housekeeper, she was always looking through the window of privilege, but forced to remember her place at the very periphery of the kingdom.

When business partners suggest that a fiancee might soften Barrett’s image over business dinners, he approaches Emily for the “job” of fiancee. And while love wasn’t necessarily on Barrett’s radar, he begins to realize that Emily always has been. But will his take-no-prisoners boardroom tactics work on the heart of the woman he loves?

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
When and where did you buy this ebook? As an email freebie on 12-20-14 on my Nook.
Did you finish it? Yes
What was your first thought when it ended? That behind every ruthless, successful man, there’s a woman who makes him more human. Barrett is an unfeeling, ruthless sonovabitch when it comes to business, but the more time he spends with Abby as his fake fiancee, he starts to soften. I also like this particular trope: wealthy-person-in-love-with-a-commoner. Abby’s parents have been the caretakers of Barrett’s family home for years. Her mother’s their housekeeper and her father is the groundskeeper. She’s lived on their property since she was a baby, so she knows her place and believes that Barrett is totally out of her league. Fortunately, Barrett doesn’t think like that. He’s been in love with her since she was born and he held her in his arms when she was a baby. That was a real “Aww” moment. And when the love scene finally happened–because it was pretty important–YOWZA!
Have you read anything else by Kate Regnery?  No, but I plan to.
What will you do now with this ebook? Archive it—Lendable
Is it available today? Yes
What’s the verdict?

 

 

 

Peace, lurve, and wet panties

Evolet

January 13, 2015

Teaser Tuesday #31

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

~ Grab your current read

~ Open to a random page

~ Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

~ BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

~ Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today’s teaser comes from my current read, Rosalind James’ JUST THIS ONCE:

Drew slammed the motel door shut behind the two of them, pulling her into his arms as he did, the key dropping unnoticed to the floor.

Ooooh, we’re gettin’ to the good bits now!

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

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January 13, 2015

31 Days to Better Blogging – Day 13: New To You Blogs

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Are you ready for a Better Blog? Why not join others in a 31 day challenge of awesome? Do one task a day, or pick one a week. This is for you to increase your blog traffic, make your blog more user friendly, or just increase your awareness of your blog’s needs. Hosted by Rachel over at parajunkee.com.

Today’s task: To find five new to you blogs and leave them a comment.

 

Funny Rachel should mention this topic today. As an aspiring author of multicultural/interracial romance, I wanted to find a similar community. I’m going to need all the help I can get, don’t you know. I have a Nana Malone book, GAME, SET, MATCH, sitting in my Library waiting to be read, so I contacted her to see if she knew of any blogs, communities, whatever. She was kind enough to name some authors in this sub category, so I will check them out tonight.

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

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January 12, 2015

Currently Reading: Rosalind James’ JUST THIS ONCE (Escape to New Zealand, Book #1)

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Taking a trip to another country. So far, so good.

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January 12, 2015

31 Days to Better Blogging – Day 12: Menu System

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Are you ready for a Better Blog? Why not join others in a 31 day challenge of awesome? Do one task a day, or pick one a week. This is for you to increase your blog traffic, make your blog more user friendly, or just increase your awareness of your blog’s needs. Hosted by Rachel over at parajunkee.com.

Today’s task: To inspect your menu system. Is there something on there that really doesn’t need to be? Is there something that is missing?

 

In looking at the list that Rachel provided in her post, I’m happy to note that I’m doing well in keeping it simple. When I start writing and publishing, I’ll add a page for the books. But until then. all the pages that need to be present are present and accounted for.

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

January 12, 2015

Review: Marie Harte’s HOW TO HANDLE A HEARTBREAKER (McCauley Brothers Series, Book #2)

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 Pub. Date:     August 5, 2014 Publisher:     Sourcebooks, Incorporated Sold By:     Barnes & Noble Format:     NOOK Book, 384pp  Series: McCauley Brothers Series File Size:     835 kB ISBN-13:     9781402287381 ISBN:     1402287380


Pub. Date:
August 5, 2014
Publisher:
Sourcebooks, Incorporated
Sold By:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book, 384pp
Series: McCauley Brothers Series
File Size:
835 kB
ISBN-13:
9781402287381
ISBN:
1402287380

INTRODUCING…THE McCAULEY BROTHERS
Welcome to the rough-and-tumble McCauley family, a tight-knit band of four bachelor brothers who work hard, drink beer, and relentlessly tease each other. When three independent women move in next door, all hell breaks loose.

HE CAN’T GET HER OUT OF HIS HEAD
It’s lust at first sight when Brody Singer first lays eyes on Abby Dunn. The dark-haired beauty looks a lot like a woman he once knew, who died years ago. At first, Brody fears his attraction is a holdover from that secret crush, but Abby’s definitely different. She’s a lot shyer, a lot sexier, and despite her attempts to dissuade his interest, absolutely mesmerizing.

SHE CAN’T GET HIM OUT OF HER BOOKS
Abby isn’t having it. She’s still trying to put her last disastrous relationship behind her and overcome the flaws her ex wouldn’t let her forget. But somehow Brody isn’t getting the hint. It doesn’t help that when writing her steamy novels, she keeps casting Brody as the hero.

Brody is more than happy to serve as her muse and eager to help make sure her “research” is authentic. But when their research turns into something real…will she choose her own happily ever after?

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

When and where did you buy this ebook? As a freebie deal on 1-2-15 on my Nook.

Did you finish it? Yes

What was your first thought when it ended? I’m looking forward to reading the other books in the series. Brody is being added to my Book Boyfriend’s list. Loved him and the way all the brothers interacted with one another. I loved Abby because not only is she a web designer, but she’s an erotic romance author. But her family doesn’t know. At least, not at first. She ends up having to defend what she does to her mother and catty-assed sister, who think it’s porn. Which is a damn shame because writers in this genre are always going to have to defend their work and constantly explain that there really is a difference between erotic and porn.

Have you read anything else by Marie Harte? No, but I will be.

What will you do now with this ebook? Delete it – Not Lendable. Had this book been lendable, I would’ve archived it and let me friend borrow it.

Is it available today? Yes

What’s the verdict?

 

 

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

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January 12, 2015

Wet Panty Society – A Little Trivia About: Jai Courtney

After being cast in SPARTACUS: WAR OF THE DAMNED, he and actor, Andy Whitfield (who played the title role in the first season) became inseparable and remained so until Whitfield’s death in 2011. Courtney remains close to Whitfield’s wife and children.

Do you see what I mean? Little boy, curly blonde hair? And day-um! That body!

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I also wanted to add a picture of him and Andy Whitfield so you could see what I was talking about when I was referring to the eye candy in this show. Andy embodied the role of Spartacus and The Hubs and I were so looking forward to Season 2 with him. Unfortunately, Andy’s cancer had come back and he was going through treatment. So, in the interim, a prequel was made, SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND, which we watched.

More eye candy, so it was good for me.

But again, unfortunately, Andy never recovered.

The Hubs and I were devastated. <tear>

Truly. <tears and sniffles>

For me, it was like when I’d heard that actor Brandon Lee (Bruce Lee’s son) had died.

So. Much. Potential.

Gone.

They eventually replaced Andy, but it wasn’t the same and The Hubs and I stopped watching.  This show was THE BEST gladiator show/movie I’ve seen. If you want to see bloody fights, sex, and FUCKING HAWT GORGEOUS EYE CANDY, download Season 1 of SPARTACUS: WAR OF THE DAMNED.

You will not be sorry.

P.S. If Andy had lived, he SO would’ve been inducted into the Wet Panty Society.

 

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Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

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