Silence is the Better Part of Valor

Posted June 19, 2007 by Holly in Discussions | 16 Comments

Generally, as a rule, I try to stay out of the Blogland drama. Authors Behaving Badly? Reviewers being mean and not paying homage to all author ass? Meh. Doesn’t interest me. But every once in awhile, something grabs my interest or sparks something inside of me and I can’t keep silent.

I’m ashamed to say, that happened recently. Yes, I should have walked away, but I just couldn’t seem to stop myself. The thing is..I stand by all the things I said. I stand by all the things I say all the time. Yes, I occasionally run off at the mouth (it’s a habit I have that I can’t seem to break) but I realize that once it’s written down, that’s the end of it. 20 years from now when I’m president, those words could come back to haunt me. I’m fine with that. I have very firm morals and convictions and no matter what, I stick by them.

But you know, some people (damn them, damn them all) don’t want to know about me (hard to believe, isn’t it?) and my personal issues and dramas. Now, I can understand that perfectly. I really don’t want to know about a lot of people’s personal lives. Some people? Yes. But others? Authors fall into that category for me. Well, for the most part. Sure, there are exceptions, but really, I just want to read your books, not be your best friend. Well, sometimes. Sometimes I want to be your best friend, too. But that’s a post for another day.

Do you want to know? Are you interested in the daily lives of your favorite authors, publishers, editors, etc?

For the most part, I can separate a book from it’s author. Let’s say I was snubbed by an author, but she writes good books. I’ll still read her books. Does that mean I like the author? But whatever’s clever.

That goes both ways, I think. Can I absolutely hate a book but lurrrve the author? Of course. It’s only natural.

But here’s what I want to know….Does an author ever cross the line so far you can’t imagine reading another one of her books? Because of her personal behavior, did she lose you as a reader? I never thought that would happen to me. I never thought I’d find out something personal about an author and have it ruin his/her books for me, but it has. Because of the personal life choices of a certain person, I won’t be able to read a book by her again.

I wonder what that says about.

Anyway, I want to know if I’m alone here, so how about a mini-survey?

1) Do you pay attention to online gossip and drama surrounding your favorite authors/publishers?
2) Does what the authors does/says in her personal life affect (or effect? I’m drawing a blank at the moment) how you feel about her books?
3) If you feel “snubbed” by an author, do you still buy his/her books?
4) Do you feel there are some things you truly do not need to know and wish your favorite authors would just keep quiet?

Inquiring minds want to know…

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Liz Carlyle is at The Good, The Bad and The Unread Today

Posted June 19, 2007 by Holly in News | 1 Comment

I think historical romance author Liz Carlyle is a fabulous. She’s written several novels I enjoyed and many I haven’t read yet (this historical slump is killing me…).

Go say hello and wish her well, will you? Sybil always does fun stuff when she has authors visiting and who knows, she may even have a contest…..wouldn’t that be fun?

Go See Liz Carlyle

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E Reader Envy

Posted June 19, 2007 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Discussions | 14 Comments

I just have one thing I gotta say:

E books sucks and every one just needs to stick with paperback or hardback so people who don’t have e readers don’t have to print out every single fricking chapter. Cause not only does it suck printing out every single chapter but then you have all these papers that end up getting tossed.

As you can tell, I’m the person who doesn’t have the e reader. I don’t like reading e books on the computer cause I like to sprawl on my bed or couch and read. Can’t do that on the computer.

So excuse me while I, the only person who doesn’t have an e reader and has e reader envy, check on the printer and throw Holly and all you other e reader owners a dirty look.

Of course if I even buy an e reader my tune will totally change. Until then, dirty looks!

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Quick….Rush Over to Sybil’s Blog…

Posted June 15, 2007 by Rowena in Promotions | 1 Comment

…because she’s got guest author Lora Leigh over there.

The great Syb has a fantastic author interview up with Lora Leigh and I know that there a bunch of Lora Leigh fans out there, who read this blog so make sure that you guys rush on over there and get your read on because Lora Leigh is answering questions until 3pm, Eastern time which doesn’t leave you guys much time! =)

I personally, haven’t read any Lora Leigh but man I read through the author interview and am really going to read more Lora Leigh books this summer, she seems really cool, very down to earth and just super nice. That’s enough to make me want to rush out and buy more of her books. So come on now, go on and get your read on over at Syb’s spot because….LORA LEIGH IS OVER THERE YA’LL!

So come on now, for those of you who have read and loved her Men of August series, the FBI series she’s got out, you’re in for a treat because Lora Leigh is chillin’ at The Good, The Bad and The Unread today and Syb’s got some good stuff up.

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Review: Crazy Love by Tara Janzen.

Posted June 13, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 12 Comments

Review: Crazy Love by Tara Janzen.Reviewer: Rowena
Crazy Love by Tara Janzen
Series: Steele Street, #5
Also in this series: Crazy Kisses
Published by Dell
Publication Date: June 27, 2006
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Pages: 368
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Government operative Dylan Hart has survived some of the riskiest missions known to man. But no nemesis could have prepared the Special Defense Forces commander for the newest member of his team. A street-smart heartbreaker in Day-Glo pink and black leather, Skeeter Bang has been recruited to aid and abet Dylan’s latest mission: steal a top-secret file and bury it before all hell breaks loose.

Teaming up with a man who may be the last bona fide defender of the free world is a risk Skeeter’s ready to take. Until a black-tie Washington soiree erupts in a bullet-flying free-for-all. Now Skeeter’s got danger on her trail and Dylan arousing every bad-boy fantasy she ever had. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time is about to plunge one man and woman right into the sizzling line of fire….

Okay, this is the second to the last book of the series and the second to the last book of my TBR Challenge that Ames and I started in the beginning of the year.


Finally, we have Dylan Hart’s story. The story that brings Dylan Hart and Skeeter Bang (LOVE HER NAME) together forever, woo hoo!

I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for some time now, I think since Superman’s book, I totally wanted to skip Creed’s book and then read Kid and Dylan’s book. I was super excited to finally be able to read it and though I thought the book was better than I expected (I heard a lot of people didn’t really care for the book and for Dylan’s character in this book), it’s not my favorite of the books.

And Kid is still my favorite.

But, I really didn’t mind this whole storyline, I mean, Dylan is taken captive and then escapes, he’s been pumped with drugs that could at any moment end his life but he lives and he makes some boneheaded decisions but none of that matters because in the end, he ends up with the woman of his dreams.

He ends up with Skeeter Bang.

And what a woman to end up with, Skeeter Bang is a kick ass heroine. I mean, she can really kick ass but I hated that TJ felt the need to make Skeeter Bang a better shot than Kid Chaos. I think she could have been kick ass without having to steal Kid’s thunder but hey, that might be just my love for Kid talking, who knows. I’m not a fan of goth, punk girls outfits, you know the whole fishnet stockings, and leather, leather and more leather pants/skirts and then the whole chain mail stuff, yeah not my thing but it seemed to totally work for Skeeter, I wanted to know how she would have looked in that Versace dress though. It would have been nice if I got to see that but I guess it was all about fishnet stockings and pink bras and lace shirts.

Oh well.

Dylan Hart didn’t turn out into the man I thought he was going to turn out to be. I wasn’t really disappointed, but his constant issues with loving Skeeter did get on my nerves a bit. I mean, he didn’t want her on the mission even though Christian Hawkins, SUPERMAN for crying out loud said that she was the best person for the job, yet still Dylan didn’t want to take her. Christian read off how many missions she’s been apart of, the experience she got and still Dylan was like, “Nope, fat chance, not on my watch” and all because he was secretly in love with her, it got to be a pain sometime.

When Skeeter turns out to be a blessing on the mission, after the whole mission was shot to hell, I kept waiting for Dylan to thank her for the great job she did, SAVING HIS ASS!

And even though he disappears after everything goes down and leaves for a couple of months, I didn’t really get mad when Skeeter let him off the hook really quick, it was probably because I just wanted them to hurry up and be together already, they only had sex once in the whole book and I just wanted them to hurry up and get it on.

Some things that bothered me in the book was all the…


It was like, hello? Get on with the story already and It irked me how many times Dylan’s heart broke just by looking at Skeeter, all of the “She was so beautiful, she broke his heart.” crap, there were a few of those in there and I’m like, for all the times your heart broke just by thinking, looking and smelling Skeeter, it was no wonder that accompanied with the drugs in your system didn’t kill you clean off this Earth, I wanted to shake him and be like, GET OVER IT!

But I still loved Dylan. LOL.

I did love the way the book ended, with the whole “Screw You” thing going on, I just thought it was cute. Just like this book, it was cute, it flowed well, the story didn’t really drag any where, there was a nice secondary story with Travis James and Gillian, though I’m disappointed because I kind of liked Jane whatever her last name was.

Why couldn’t Travis end up with her? So that’s it, we don’t find out what happens with the James kid, he just disappears, we don’t get to find out how Jane is doing in L.A. Why couldn’t Travis be with her? Goodness, I liked Jane.

Another thing, I liked Gillian the way she was, I’m not really digging the whole amnesia thing that I glimpsed in the first chapter of the book (which was included in the back of Dylan’s book) …why couldn’t Travis fall in love with the girl he met, the Gillian that I liked, what was wrong with her? Ugh, now she’s this billy bad ass killer girl and meh, I’m really not a fan of amnesia books so I’m not looking forward to reading this book, but I’m going to…Ugh.

Should you read this book? Yes, because Dylan is still hot as all get out and the story is fast paced and just not what I expected, but it was still good and enjoyable. So yeah, you should read it and you should enjoy it, I did.

Grade: 4 out of 5


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