Summer stuff, more writings for H&H, and general busy-ness

It's not Labor Day (yet), but I'm officially calling summer over. I blinked in May, and it flew right by me.

Now it's all muggy and rainy in D.C., traffic feels more crowded than usual, back-to-school shit everywhere... Bummer.

But the good news is, I've been trying to relax as much as possible, and I was able to write up some stuff for H&H!

How the Scoundrel Seduces by Sabrina Jeffries (Book #3 in The Duke's Men series) 

I am BEYOND thrilled to have reviewed/first-looked this book. I LOVED Sabrina Jeffries' Royal Brotherhood series (and the third book in that series is also on my keeper shelf (in paperback) and reading this book made me go back to buy books #1 & #2 of this series - and they were fantastic!) I'll be waiting for book #4 in early 2015.

No one does witty banter and magnetic chemistry like Jeffries - NO ONE.

Why Lords Lose their Hearts by Manda Collins (Book #3 in the Wicked Widows Series)

In other news, I have an upcoming post for Sheepsquatch - yes, you read that right. Also, I'm about five books behind schedule for the GoodReads - which is worlds better than where I was at this point in the year for last year's GoodReads challenge (Har!) - so I actually consider that to be a "good" thing. The three movies that have been burning up my PS3 all summer: Blue Jasmine, The Grand Budapest Hotel*, and Austenland. And I finally saw Orange is the New Black on Netflix. I think it's my new hate watch (instead of Girls).

Heh. And we've all seen that Fifty Shades trailer by now, right?

*Note: If you haven't seen The Grand Budapest Hotel by now, stop what you're doing and watch it immediately.


Braggy Brag Brag... Brag!

Sweet Filthy Boy (by Christina Lauren) is out today...

And someone's Heroes & Heartbreakers quote, from when she did a First Look for Beautiful Player, was put on the cover page...


Can't WAIT to read this one!


Once Upon a Wager (by Julie LeMense)

Once Upon a Wager (by Julie LeMense - local D.C. romance author - w00t w00t!) was released yesterday.

From the very start, Julie LeMense’s debut romance novel, Once Upon a Wager, pulls no punches. This wager involves a botched carriage race, compound fractures, and instant death. Fools get what they deserve in this fast-paced Regency romance... Check out my First Look review at Heroes & Heartbreakers.


Monumental Monday!

I'm busy with reading, writing, working, etc.

The Washington Monument in D.C. is back open after the renovations from the August 2011 earthquake!

I've noticed architecture on romance covers before (esp. D.C., SF, Italy, Paris, or Sydney) and the Washington Monument always reminds me of this Harlequin Desire that I have waiting in my TBR list!

"What happens in the elevator, stays in the elevator, right?"  (Not if you're Jay-Z...  Too soon?)

Trapped between floors with his spitfire employee, media mogul Liam Crowe can't control the chemistry. First, Francesca Orr is calling her new boss names in the boardroom; next, she's kissing him! Now Liam has some choice names for Francesca: fiancée, maybe even wife. Because the only way to keep control of the scandal-plagued news network he's just acquired is if he settles down, and Francesca is perfect fake-fiancée material. But when she goes along with the plan, things get real—really fast—because there's nothing fake about Francesca….

Check out the excerpt from Amazon:
Figlio di un allevatore di maiali.
Liam Crowe didn't speak Italian. The new owner of the American News Service network could barely order Italian food, and he was pretty sure his Executive Vice President of Community Outreach knew it.
Francesca Orr had muttered the words under her breath during today's emergency board meeting. He'd written down what she'd said—or at least a close enough approximation-in his notebook so he could look it up later. The words had fallen from her dark red lips in such a seductive way. Italian was a powerful language. You could order cheese and it would sound like a sincere declaration of love. Especially when spoken by the dark, exotic beauty who'd sat across the table from him.
And yet, he had the distinct impression that he wasn't going to like what she'd said to him.
HINT: The opening line in Italian literally translates to "Son of a pig farmer"... 

But "Maiala" itself is sooo offensive - so of course, after reading the first line in Target, I threw the book in my cart right away, with the legit hope that Harlequin Desire got the swearing-in-Italian translations right!  
And that was a year ago. This will be the first book off my TBR list.


[Longest Romance Title of All Time! - or TSAOTSOTB] - by Victoria Alexander

Just out this past Tuesday (4/29/2014) - The Scandalous Adventures of The Sister of The Bride, 
by Victoria Alexander.

(Check out that scrunched title!)

Check out my First Look Review at Heroes and Heartbreakers


Remember that one time...

... I was all, "Oh man, 2013 was crazy - May through August totally flew by me! LOL."

But in my defense - honestly, for serious this time - the start to 2014 was no fucking joke...

We're talking ice-storms and four months of snow in D.C., major work BS (some bad, but mostly ended-up really well or "okay"), wedding planning (trying to carve out time for said planning - ugh), and a tricky new smart-phone, and Game of Thrones Season 4 just started, and I need to start boxing again, and blah blah blah... 

I can still shoot for the Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge (at a super wimpy 25 books - and I have to remind myself to update said Goodreads).  And maybe I can post once a week...

*sigh* It does feel good to be writing something again.


Auld Lang Syne

Good lord, my reading challenges just flew out the window.
2013 started off great for reading romances... really it did!

The TBR Challenge 2013 at the Super Librarian's (but I'm signing up for the 2014 challenge),
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge (maybe I can do 50 books in 2014?),
Trying to post twice a week (ok, that will be trickier...)

Everything seemed great and then...

I blame all of May through August. Some of the best months for summer reading, and I just blew it.

On top of my other Herculean 2014 goals, I'll really need to do better about carving out more reading time.  And I need to be more stringent with my DNF intuitions; if the book isn't going well - just stop.  No more wasting time by avoiding a crummy book.  If it's not meant to be, just let the book go.

Ciao ciao 2013!  

Here's to an HEA romance-filled 2014!