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Saturday, June 30, 2007

The Wives Tales get 4 Stars from RT

by Lara Santiago

RT Rating:
Category: EROTICA
Publisher: Siren
Published: March 2007
Type: Erotic Romance (Futuristic, Anthology)

These slightly connected tales are exceptionally good. The characters are well developed despite the short format, and the world-building is well done, without being overwhelmingly technical. The heroes are everything that heroes should be, and the heroines are strong without losing their femininity.

Summary: Hannah Brent is sent to a moon of Mars as a bride to pay off a gambling debt incurred by her husband. Bought by miner Brutal, she finds him to be anything but what his name suggests, and he finds her to be an asset in "The Miner's Wife." Sophie Brent is auctioned off as a wife to her former boss in "The Executive's Wife," but his father stands in their path to happiness.

And if being sold in a bride auction isn't bad enough, Grace will lose custody of her daughter if no one bids on her in "The Lawman's Wife." It's lawman Jon Brent to her rescue. (Siren, Mar., 415 pp., $17.99)

—Susan Mobley

Woo Hoo!!
I got my Romantic Times magazine in the mail today.
My favorite pages are...124, 125 and 126.
And page 125 has my The Blonde Bomb Tech cover. Yea!

Plus, my good friend, and fellow Siren author, Emma Wiles has a lovely full cover ad on page 131. :)
A fabulous issue if you ask me.


Tuesday, June 26, 2007

RT rating - The Blonde Bomb Tech 4 1/2 Stars

by Lara Santiago

RT Rating: ½

Category: EROTICA
Publisher: Siren
Published: March 2007
Type: Erotic Romance

This is an exceptional, action-filled story that takes off with a bang right from the start. A first-rate mystery; a tortured, yet strong heroine; and a hero who is not too perfect will leave readers unable to put this book down. Included are some nicely developed secondary characters and the ending is very well done and satisfying.

Summary: When bomb tech Sabrina literally runs into fireman Jake while escaping her first failure to defuse a bomb, she is knocked off her feet in more ways than one. Determined never to become emotionally involved with a man because of her experience with her ex-fiance, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to Jake.

After an apparent second failure at defusing a bomb, it appears that this bomber is after Sabrina. As the bomb threats become more dangerous, and her feelings for Jake become more personal, Sabrina makes some startling discoveries about herself and her past. (Siren, Mar., 324 pp., $15.99)

—Susan Mobley

Woo Hoo!
I'm so excited about this review.
Thanks, Susan!!

Monday, June 25, 2007

I've been tagged ~ there are worse things :)

Someone tagged me.
I'm actually flattered anyone would bother. :)
Since I can think of worse things than being tagged...I guess I'll play.

Here are the rules:

a. Each player lists 8 facts/habits about themselves.

b. The rules of the game are posted at the beginning before those facts/habits are listed.

c. At the end of the post, the player then tags 8 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

But, 8 things about me.

1.) I drink coffee every morning. Not a revelation to those who know me well, but it's true. And I prefer flavored brew with sugar-free flavored creamer and Splenda.

2.) The first romance book I ever read was Shanna by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. I was hooked on romance from that point forwarad.

3. When I was younger I wanted to grow up to be Perry Mason. And my second choice was Paul Drake. If Perry sent him out to find a particular John Smith in New York City, he could do it. :)

4.) I've read almost everything by Stephen King. (the exception: I've only read the first book in The Dark Tower series) And I think he's very funny. :)

5.) I'm not a morning person. What a shocker! Just ask my roommates at RT. :):)

6.) Having to take time to sleep every night makes me cranky. Once I saw an Archie comic once that was set in the future and they had sleep machines. You zapped yourself for a couple seconds and got a full night's sleep. Call me when it's been invented. :)

7.) I own a ton of books, but if I see one more that I want...I'll still buy it. It's my personal addiction. And again, I can think of worse.

8.) I feel like I'm a very lucky person. I have a great family. I have fabulous friends. I live a life that at one time I only dreamt about (when I allowed myself to fall asleep) .

I don't really want to tag anyone, so I'll tag several of the same people Babe tagged. Two for one special that way. I'm getting thrifty in my old age too. ;)

Kristen, Jax, Babe, Sela, Amanda, Gina, Samantha, and Shawn.



Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The Closer is back

I'll admit I watch a lot of television during the fall and spring seasons.

In the summertime...not so much.

However, I love the TNT drama, The Closer starring Kyra Sedgwick.

It's pretty much the only thing I watch during the summer months.
Which is good because I should be writing anyway. :)

The new season of The Closer started last night. Yea!
And yes...I watched as much of the marathon before hand as I could. :)
I enjoyed the premiere very much. I'm just so glad it's back.

Any other Closer fans out there?

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Happy Father's Day!

I hope all the Dad's out there have a Happy Father's Day!!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

4.5 Ribbons Review from Romance Junkies...

...for Little Red Rides the Wolf.
Woo Hoo!

Following is the awesome review from Romance Junkies for Little Red Rides the Wolf.

Title: Little Red Rides the Wolf

Category: Paranormal
Reviewer: Chrissy Dionne
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Author: Lara Santiago
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Release Date: May 2007
ISBN Number: 1933563036A6

Author Homepage:
Author Email:
Format: EBOOK

Rating: 4.5 blue ribbons

A letter from her deceased mother is the catalyst which set Cheri Amaranth on the path to the planet Selenia. She wasn’t supposed to open the letter until her twenty-fifth birthday but raging curiosity won out and she read it just a tad bit early, contacted her grandpa, and now she’s on her way to pay him a visit and even brought along a much needed goodie bag. Cheri doesn’t believe in werewolves - she's in for a big surprise!
Caine Wolver has been eagerly anticipating Cheri’s arrival for a very long time. As children they’d been promised to each other, but that was before Cheri’s father died and her mother took her away. It’s time for them to begin their future together but first there are a few other issues needing to be addressed.
Hunter has an agenda of his own and he’s very interested in getting his hands on Cheri’s goodie bag. Hunter interrupts Caine and Cheri’s first meeting and leads her through the woods to grandpa’s house but Cheri doesn’t feel safe with Hunter. What is it about the huge wolf that touches her heart and why when she loses sight of the wolf does a gorgeous man named Caine appear? Cheri desperately needs to get her bag of goodies to her grandpa, but is she ready for the reality of a planet full of werewolves?
Lara Santiago captivated me with this adult twist on the childhood fairy tale ‘Little Red Riding Hood.’ This storyline is fast-paced, fun, and full of scenes that capture the imagination. Cheri’s bravado in such a foreign situation really brought this story to life and I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen in each new scene. I was fascinated by the obvious rivalry between Hunter and Caine and loved the ‘vibes’ of dislike that can practically be felt as I read. LITTLE RED RIDES THE WOLF is a delightful story that will have you viewing fairy tales in a whole new light.

Cheri’s off to visit her grandpa on the planet Selenia. She’s even brought along a goodie bag. Will she and the goodie bag make it through the woods to grandpa’s house in one piece or will she discover the joys of being devoured by a wolf along the way?

Thanks so much Chrissy.
I adore the snippet! :):)


Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Three words...Romance Novel TV

Hello romance novel fans,

Posted below is a fabulous link for lovers of romance novels.
It's romance authors on TV!
I'm already addicted. :)
Check it out!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Shopping with Boys

Shopping with boys is an entirely different experience than shopping with girls.
I'll have to look, but I think I may have blogged about this before.

If so, it still bears repeating. And I need to vent. :)

Did you know that you can find everything a boy needs in only one store at the mall?
Yes, it's true. I've lived it just yesterday.

I should be grateful that they actually walked out of the dressing rooms this time to let me see the clothing on them. I'm not always as lucky.

Last time security wouldn't let me in the men's dressing room to see for myself what the clothes looked like on them and they refused to come out. They told me what fit and what didn't. :)
This time my husband came with us. I brought him in as reinforcement because he can get past security.

For boys, there is no wasting time running around the mall for the perfect shoes to match the outfit they just tried on either.
No. Merely find the shoe department in the single store where you are shopping and they will pick something out.
Usually the first pair within visual range will do.
Do not whatever you do try to insist they look around at the entire selection. They won't.
At this point I just throw my hands up and give in because they are taller than me...and stubborn.

Here is how shoe shopping works for boys:
1.) Try one shoe on, refuse to stand in it and then argue that you don't really need to try the other one on.
2.) Threat from parent ensues.
3.) Eye rolling ensues from boy.
4.) Both shoes grudgingly go on.
5.) Beg them to stand up and walk around to ensure comfort factor.
6.) More eye rolling.
7.) Take approximately two and one half trudging steps, turn and presto. They're sold.
8.) Beg them to try on one more pair.
9.) No need to try on more than one pair, they insist. Arms cross in defiance.
10.) Heave sigh. Buy shoes.

This completes your shopping day.
One store, two boys, three outfits each, a credit card bill and of course a single pair of shoes for each shopper.

Someone hits a stop watch and bam, we're done in under half an hour.
That's right, folks.
It's all true. I lived it.

Hey Kristen, I need a girl shopping day. Soon!!
Pencil me in, won't you?

Girl shopping means...
More than one store. More than half an hour. More than one pair of shoes.
And I never once ever hear the distainful words, "Are we done yet?" :)

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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

June already?

I've somehow wandered into June.
I could have also titled this, 'Long Time, No Blog'.

I've been writing on a new wip and editing the one I just finished.
The lazy days of summer are here. Life is pretty good.

The kids are out of school for summer vacation and for some reason that puts a whole different spin on my day. The dynamic changes when others are in the house with me all day.

And it's not because they bother me. Quite the opposite. They hide in their rooms playing video games, watching television and surfing the internet fearful that I'll pop in and give them some evil chores to do.
Laundry, Dishes, Vacuuming, Dusting, Trash, Recycle...I try to vary the chores between the two of them. And I already knew the chores were evil. I mean that's why 'I' don't want to do them. :)

I have aggressive writing goals for the summer months.
If I can keep the kids busy with all my chores...
...the book possibilities are endless.

Now if I could get them to do the chores without having to nag them...
I know, I'm asking way too much.

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