Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Edge of Never- Discussion #3

 
I know everyone is busy with the holidays...
but I have a few more questions for you before we move on to our
January read...
 
1. Did you predict what was going on with Andrew??
 
 
2. What was your MOST FAVORITE part in or thing about this book??
 
 
3. What was your LEAST favorite thing about this book or part in the story?
 
 
4. Would you recommend this book to others?
Please share why or why not.
 
 
Thanks so much for playing along!!
See you next month for another round of reading and chatting with the Chicks!!!
 
 
-Brooke
 
 


Friday, December 21, 2012

The Edge of Never...Discussion #2

I'm so excited to get to post a discussion question!!! 

The Edge of Never
by J. A. Redmerski



Discussion Question #2...

Hi, I'm Mia, and I want to ask what everyone thought of the point  of view alternating from Cam's to Andrew's throughout the story? Do you feel it enhanced or distracted from their journey? 

That's all! I can't wait to hear what you think. 


Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Edge of Never ... Discussion #1

I have been counting down the days until we start talking about this month's read... now it's December 15 and time to CHAT!
 
The Edge of Never
by J.A. Redmerski
 
 
 
If you haven't read it yet, I promise you it is worth your time..
an EXCELLENT read!!
 
 
only $2.99 for Kindle
 
 
Now, let's start the discussion!!
 
"What compels any of us to do the things we do when deep down a part of us just wants to break free from it all."
This is a quote from Camryn in the very beginning of the book. She is pondering what she is doing with her life and why. Wondering why people fall into routines of going through the same motions day to day, becoming comfortable in what they know.
 
She turns to her best friend and poses the question...
"Have you ever wondered what it would be like to backpack across the world?"
{to which her friend replied.. "You're starting to freak me out.."}
 
What are YOUR thoughts on this premise?
Have you ever wondered why we continue with the ho hum of life when there is so much OUT there.. so much change to be discovered right around the corner, if only we break the cycle of daily routine?
 
Have YOU personally done what Camryn did?
Decided one day... that's IT. I'm out of here... and found yourself on an adventure that was unscripted, unplanned, with no real destination in mind?
 
Do you think that people can truly "live" that way? With no ties to a certain place.. drifting along through life, taking it as it comes? Is that a path that can be continued on for more than a short period of time?
 
 
How does this lend to the direction the story will take?
Did it entice you to continue?
Once she hopped on that bus... I was SOLD... 100% interested in knowing where her adventure would lead.
 
 
 
 
 


Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Edge of Never!! Our December read!!!

Oh Happy Day!!!
 
Today is December 1...
and that means that I get to unveil to you
our book club selection for this month.
Hooray!
 
I am super excited to read this one!
It has GREAT reviews.
Can't wait to discuss and see what everybody has to say...
 
 
The book for December is called
The Edge of Never
by
J.A. Redmerski
 
 
This cover is absolutely GORGEOUS!!
 
 
{If you have a KINDLE, it is ONLY $2.99}
 
Hope you can join us in reading and discussing!
The more the merrier... feel free to post the link to our blog and share with your friends... :)
The first discussion question will be posted here on the blog around December 15.
 
Have a wonderful day!!
Brooke
 
 
 




Sunday, November 4, 2012

Nov Book: Hunting Season by Shelly Laurenston

Sorry everyone if you were looking forward to this book. Our hostess is 8 1/2 months pregnant and the Little One isn't making life easy. Plus we are all busy with the holiday, so we are canceling this month.

Hi friends!  Don't forget to pick up your copy of Hunting Season by Shelly Laurenston for November!  We will start discussion questions on Nov 15!

Here's the description of the book from Shelly Laurenston's website:

Neecy Lawrence, winged warrior for a Viking Goddess, doesn't know what to do with a nice guy. Most days she's barely polite, much less nice. But Raven leader and loyal Odin warrior, Will Yager, isn't just nice. He's gorgeous, hot, and determined to have Neecy in his bed and his life until Ragnarok comes.
It's just too bad Neecy is the most difficult woman Yager has ever known. Second in command to The Crows, a violent band of rowdy warrior women, Neecy's only concerns are keeping her "girls" safe and making up for a past she can't outrun. As far as she's concerned, Yager is nothing but a distraction she can't afford to deal with.
But Yager wants Neecy. In fact, he's wanted her for a long time. Not just for a night, but forever. And like any self-respecting Viking, Yager will risk everything to get the one woman who makes his warrior life more than worth it.


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Finishing up October; Revving up for November

A few reminders!
There are a couple of days left with our October book, Spy Games: Trained in Seduction.
It's also not too late to enter the drawing for book #2 in this series, Spy Games: Lethal Limits.
Just comment on this post.

Also, it's time to get ready for our November read....
Ashley will be leading our November discussion about this very sexy Viking.
Yum!
Discussions don't start until November 15th, so you still have plenty of time to pick up the book and read it!


Hunting Season by Shelly Laurenston

Story Overview:
Stubborn, lethal, and from Jersey…what more could a Viking warrior want from his woman?
The Gathering, Book 1
Neecy Lawrence, winged warrior for a Viking goddess and second-in-command of the fierce Crows, doesn’t know what to do with a nice guy. As it is, making up for a past she’d sooner forget leaves her barely polite most days. But Raven leader and loyal Odin warrior, Will Yager, isn’t just nice. He’s gorgeous, hot, and a distraction she simply can’t afford.
Yager has wanted Neecy in his life—and in his bed—for a long time. Not just for a night, but forever. And, like any self-respecting Viking, he’ll stop at nothing to get what he wants. So what if she’s the most difficult, complex, never-gives-him-a-break woman he’s ever known? She’s more than worth the effort. In fact, she’s worth everything.
And if it turns out that twenty-four hours of non-stop, any-way-she-wants-it sex doesn’t work with Neecy? Then it looks like he’ll just have to get a little more creative…

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Trained for Seduction Discussion #8


Did the Paris reveal surprise you or did you see it coming? How did it affect your view of Chase and Jake’s friendship? What about what Chase did to break up his marriage with Diane?

Friday, October 26, 2012

Trained for Seduction Discussion #7


How did you react to Chase’s emotional betrayal of Kate after the mission? Could you understand his issues?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Trained for Seduction Discussion #6


What did you think about the split personalities for Chase and Kate? (Chase/boss; Kate/Emma) 

Kate is pretty kick-ass. Which do you prefer?
 Her kick-ass persona or her crazy-smart lab persona? 

Chase as the boss is very control oriented, but that definitely overflows into his boyfriend (Dom/sub) persona too? What about his need for control?

Which persona did you prefer for both characters?

Monday, October 22, 2012

Trained for Seduction Discussion #5

Chase has a kink for smart-talk. 
What did you think about those scenes where Kate talking about bomb-making, chemicals, or gun facts completely turns him on?

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Trained for Seduction Discussion #4


I was sold on Chase from the moment that I heard he sat by Emma’s side through all her surgeries from the plane crash. 

When did you fall in love with him?

This quote may help…I melt every single time I read it:
I’m telling you this as Chase. Me. Just don’t, Kate. Please, just hate me a little now, so it’s easier on you later, when I destroy you.”

Gah…this character kills me….I adore his vulnerability when it comes to Kate.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Trained for Seduction Discussion #3


Jake….I love him and his texting. What did you think about his texts to Chase during meetings? (SFB…so fucking boring)

BTW, Jake's book is out now too...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Trained for Seduction Discussion #2


I’ve seen some reviews where the reviewers couldn’t finish this book. To a certain extent you have to suspend believability a bit (hello, it’s about super-spies) to be able to enjoy it. Were you able to do this? Why or why not?

Monday, October 15, 2012

October Book Discussion: Talking Trained For Seduction with Mia Downing

Hello Chicks!!! It's October 15th which means it's time for our October book discussion. 

This month our book is an erotic romantic suspense....

I've been very lucky to get to know Mia via email since I read this book. She's incredibly sweet and agreed to do an interview for us this month, so I thought that would be a good way to start off the month's discussion. Keep reading too, because at the end, Mia has a discussion question to ask you all about the book this month. 

For everyone that comments, you will be added into a drawing for an e-book version of book #2 in this series...Spy Games: Lethal Limits


First of all, thank you for being here and joining us this month. You already know I am a HUGE fan of the book. I know that Mia Downing is a pseudonym. Is there a story behind where the name came from?
Thank you so much for having me, Christi and Chicks, and thank you so much for reading Spy Games: Trained for Seduction this month! I’m very flattered and I hope you enjoyed reading it. 
Actually, yes, there’s a story behind my name, but it’s fairly simple. My editor, Diana Carlile, named me. We had discussed pen names, and she said, “I know what will be perfect for you!” And I agreed because I had used my one pen name idea for editing. Since Diana ‘names’ all of my books, it makes sense she would name me, too. Trained For Seduction (TFS, it’s easier) went under the working name of Undercover Lovers. Lethal Limits (Jake’s book) was sent in as Jake, and all of my books go in as the hero’s name. Yes, I’m a brat, but I’m also realistic. I suck at titles, and she’s not going to like whatever I name it anyway. So we brainstorm, I hate everything and she cajoles me into believing it will be a great title and I’ll love it (and she’s always right, damn her. LOL) 

How long have you been writing in general? Writing erotica? Writing suspense?
In general… My first book was a sequel I wrote in 4th grade to Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH because I didn’t like the ending. I remember I got forty pages down in a spiral notebook. We moved right after so it’s probably gone, but it was fun! I won a bus trip to Boston to see the Alexander the Great exhibit at the art gallery with an essay written when I was in 7th grade. 
Writing erotica…I had done the contest scene with contemporary and historical romances and did well, but went into technical writing to make some money. I have many, many ghost written books, articles and blog posts floating out there. I think that helped me learn to be concise with word choices. I started editing erotic romance after burning out of technical writing. It just seemed smart to write a genre I loved to read and edit. 
I love being able to use a sex scene to build conflict or show character development. For example, Chase was so much fun in this book because I got to show how his conflict was affecting him. As Kate’s mission grew closer, his need for dominance and control filtered into the bedroom. On Kate’s side, it was interesting to show how she began to see these changes in him and how she realized she’d need to accept the boss side of him as well as the man if she wanted to remain in his life. It was her choice. She could have walked out, but she chose instead to go the extra step. 
Suspense…I don’t know if you can really say I write suspense, not like some of the big authors. I dabble in it, because I like books to be interesting and I think the missions in each book show character growth. Kate was stronger than she thought she’d be. In Jake’s book, Tia’s mission shows her how a life without limits can be lethal. And Charlotte’s mission just sets everything on edge. 

How did you get started writing? 
I started writing my first book, a historical, when I was in college. I did so much research I could grow cotton in my back yard if I wanted. The book went on to final in some contests after I learned a lot more. I did the writing contests when I started writing romance in 2000, and always got split results. Judges either cried or hated me. I grew a thicker skin and decided it was a good thing to draw either response. If everyone thought, “eh, that was good,” I wasn’t destined to write. 
I started writing again in 2000 when my son was born. I had been diagnosed with Lupus since 1997 and found I really needed a rest period to make it through the day. So when my son napped, I started writing. It was more noble than watching soaps (which is a huge guilty pleasure. I love Young and the Restless!) I wrote during nap times and after they went to bed. 
On January 1, 2012 I decided I was going to finish the book I had started (Exceeding Boundaries.) I have, since that day, written 3 full length novels, 2 longer novellas, 2 short novellas and I have a new one started (30K in.) A full-length book is about 80-100K words, just so you guys can get an idea of how much I’ve written. The total approximate word count is 474,000 words. And yes, I work part time in a few different jobs. My house has dust elephants and we all live out of laundry baskets, but they’re very proud of me. 


Where did the idea for this series come from?
My husband snores, so I would lay awake at night and my favorite sleep story was Kate, Chase, and Jake (they all had different names though, I have no clue what they were. LOL) It was sort of a Six Million Dollar Man scenario, with Kate and Jake being more like Steve Austin and Jaime Sommers (yes, I’m old.) Usually, Kate ended up with Jake, and Chase was just the boss and older, sort of the Oscar Goldman figure, but it didn’t work for me. One night Chase became younger, and I wondered why that couldn’t work? So basically, the story was written in my head before I went to the computer. It took a month to write it, and two more weeks to layer in an additional 40,000 words after I wrote Jake’s book. 

Kate is “crazy-smart” and an expert at bomb making. Do you share these traits with her? If not, how much research did you have to do about bomb-making and to come up with the phrases she uses to get Chase hot?
Actually DH is the bomb maker and gun slinger of the family though I have shot the shotgun a few times. (No, we did not research the gun shooting scene. LOL) I am quite smart in a creative, language, book way, and as a kid my dad hated that I was smarter than he was. So I learned to hide it, just as Kate learned to hide her smarts. 
The phrases for Chase’s smart fetish were actually fun to research. I spent many evenings going over different explosive chemicals, the Periodic Tables and theories in Physics. The idea for her weight triggered bomb was actually in a news article I had read, and I adapted the technology to work for my story.
I loved the idea that Chase, as gorgeous as he is, didn’t love her for her looks even when she was less attractive as Emma. Right from square one he was drawn to her brains, which says a lot about him, I think. It sort of reminded me of how excited Gomez Adams got when Morticia would speak French to him. Who doesn’t love a quirk like that? It made Chase different and fun, and it gave Kate a way to best him at times. As dominant as he is, it’s nice to know he has a weakness. 
I did have a friend comment on the plastic surgery Kate had to have because she was very angry they would do that to her. I honestly hadn’t thought of that aspect. So my response was, yes, she had a boob job, but most of the surgery was to hide her identity or to rebuild damaged parts of her body after her plane crash. I honestly don’t think Chase would have cared either way what she looked like. He was already in half smitten the moment he read her file and saw she had a 170 IQ and knew all those languages.

There is a really unusual relationship among the three main characters that I love. Did you know from the very start the way it would all play out and that Jake would have his own story later?
Actually, yes, I knew where Jake’s book, Lethal Limits was going for the most part (Jake’s one trait he feels is an asset but Chase hates is that Jake is impulsive. You’ll see in his book.) One of my goals for TFS was to see if I could write a ménage, and the only way I could envision myself entertaining one is if I loved the two men fiercely, as Kate loves Chase and Jake. I also have a hard time believing anyone being that close isn’t going to suffer some sort of repercussions from the arrangement despite how close the two guys are. I’m sure there are people that live that lifestyle and it works for them, but all relationships take work. Jake’s book is about repercussions. 
While I was writing TFS, the first vision I had for Jake’s book was him bound to a bed, gagged and being tortured in a sinfully decadent way by a black-haired beauty. Of course I had to know who she was, and why she needed to tie Jake up. He’s a man whore. Usually you don’t need to tie them up, right? So I was intrigued. 


Why did you give both Chase and Kate their split personalities? (Chase/boss; Kate/Emma) Were these characters this way from the beginnings of your imagination or was it something that came from a need to show their inner conflicts?
Living a double identity as a spy would mean you have many identities because you can’t say, “Hey, I’m a spy,” to the ones you love without consequences. Kate was easy to give dual personalities since she was forced to evolve from one persona—innocent, shy and soft as Emma, to become Kate—hard, kick-ass and worldly. It was interesting to see her grow as a character and become more confident in bed and out and how at times she warred with the more innocent side of her. 
Chase’s split personality evolved more in the second rewrite. When I signed the contract for TFS it was 63,000 words, which is just under the length requirement for getting a print book. I thought there was no way I could add to it, but after writing Jake’s book (Lethal Limits) I had a much better understanding of Chase and who he is because I got to craft him from a totally different point of view. I went back in and deepened his inner conflict and made him struggle a bit more with both sides of himself. 
I think how the characters see/interact with Chase is one of the aspects I loved about writing this series. All of the main characters have a relationship with Chase, and they all see him differently. Tia, Jake’s heroine, is terrified of him. Charlotte worships the ground he walks on until her book, when she begins to see him more as a man than an entity. Aaron, Charlotte’s hero, is at first a little intimidated by Chase but as he becomes comfortable with his more dominant skin he stands up to Chase. And of course, both Jake and Kate love him unconditionally, despite the fact that his dominance crosses many boundaries. 
I know there are more books coming…share what’s on the horizon for this series.
The next full-length novel, Lethal Limits, is out on Amazon now and the wide release date has been moved to 1/11/13. Lethal Limits is Jake Anderson’s story and his quest to find a woman of his own to love. 

His Blurb: Secret Agent Jake Anderson would rather have the measles than love his best friend's wife. So when she gives him a mission--to find his own woman to love--he knows just the woman to target. Exotic beauty Tia Richards--his new partner--is wild, twisted, and has no limits when it comes to adventure, in bed and out. She's perfect for him. Now he just has to get Tia and his heart to agree.
Sexy spy Tia Richards has a problem, and the solution is Jake. The last time they hooked up, he left her bound and begging, unfulfilled, so close to finally getting the fireworks she deserves. But Jake loves his former partner, and Tia refuses to be second best. Will she listen to the ache in her heart that whispers she has what it takes to be first in Jake's life, or will lethal limits separate them forever?
For fun, I wrote two novellas to go in between TFS and Lethal Limits. Birthday Games is out now on Amazon and is a snippet of Jake’s birthday ménage with Chase and Kate. The ménage, as you’ll discover in Lethal Limits, was sort of a wake-up call for Jake. There’s also information that leads into book three, sort of a behind the scenes, this is what the spies are doing. 

The blurb: What do you get the spy who has everything for his thirty-fifth birthday? A ménage, of course. Secret Agent Jake Anderson can't believe his good fortune. He's always had the hots for his best friend's blonde bombshell wife, but Kate is also his partner and he knows better than to cross the line unless Chase gives the word. But all lines are erased for a night of sinful pleasure with his best friends, and even better, Jake gets to be in charge. Since Jake loves nothing more than missions that end in gun fights and car explosions, he's gearing up for one smokin' hot birthday party.
Novella Goodness: 
Because the Spy Games series is so much fun, and because there are so many elements to expand on but I didn’t have time, I came up with the idea to write several novellas to take place in and around the Spy Games series. They’re not necessities to read, but they give insight to events that happen in the core books.
Birthday Games: Spy Games 1.5
Birthday Games is a short, erotic story featuring Chase and Kate Sanders and of course, Jake Anderson, spies from the Spy Games series by Mia Downing. This sexy, hot read gives eager readers a glimpse of what happens between books 1 and 2. There is nothing revealed that you won't learn eventually, but sometimes having advanced knowledge is half of the fun! 
Mind Games: Spy Games 1.7
I have no clue why it’s 1.7, but it does happen the weekend after Birthday Games. This is an erotica adventure of a weekend of Chase’s delicious tortures and games he plays with Kate to blow off steam (and believe me, he has steam building!) If Chase were real he’d be very upset that Jake gets so much attention, so I gave him a novella of his own. 
Other Novellas in the works:
There will be a short novella between Lethal Limits and Endgame, too, which will include more Jake, and an intro for Charlotte and Aaron. Lastly, there will be a short novella at the very end of the series. It will be a male/male book because Jake’s brother, Paul, is gay and needs love. But this one is going to be a little different. It will take place on Jake’s family’s ranch and will be stand-alone, because I don’t want readers who aren’t fans of m/m to feel they’re missing something. The core of the adventure will be competed in Endgame, but the characters will appear in this last book.
Spy Games: Endgame Book 3
Lastly, Spy Games: Endgame is the last of the series and features Charlotte, Jake and Chase’s collateral damage from one of their first missions together, and Aaron, Jake’s actor brother. 
Blurb: Sexy assassin Charlotte Smith doesn't go by the code name Dragon Queen because she's sweet and cuddly. She's cold, hard, and mean and has been training for the past five years to take down the men who destroyed her soul and left her burning for revenge. But when she meets her next assignment at a wedding, her body protests there's much more to life than kicking asses and taking names. Actor Aaron James is witty, hot as hell, and he smells divine. But women with suicidal endgames don't indulge in casual sex, and they definitely don't fall in love.
Since meeting Charlotte at his brother's wedding, Aaron's life has been nothing but trouble. He's plagued by memories of the kiss he stole from her, and he senses underneath her aloof nature and frosty glare is a woman with passion and fire. When Charlotte is assigned as his bodyguard after a botched kidnapping attempt, he's psyched. What better way to get in her panties than have her pretend she's his girlfriend? Until Aaron realizes too late he wants more than her panties... he wants Charlotte's heart.

And you know me…I’m a fan. What do you have coming that isn’t part of this series?
I’m so flattered that you’re so into my writing! It really means so much to me, so THANK YOU!
My next story out is an m/m (male/male) under contract and in edits, and we’re fighting over titles, but I think Diana has me convinced that Just Ask would work nicely. It’s a gay for you set on an island resort in the Fiji Islands, and Jordan has just inherited half of said resort. His mission is two-fold: release his uncle’s ashes somewhere on the island, and meet his new business partner, Ryan. Ryan was devastated by the death of his business partner and best friend, and is now terrified Jordan will sell his half of the island to developers who will ruin the quaint charm of Bendura. His goal is to meet Jordan and persuade him not to sell, doing whatever it takes. He just doesn’t expect to be attracted, nor does he expect Jordan to reciprocate the feelings! 
Lastly, I’m working on an independent project that is for a GoodReads challenge. It’s very different than what I have written so far and I’m very excited about the possibilities of it becoming my next series.

Like I said at the beginning, Mia has her own discussion question for the Chicks. Give her your thoughts, and you will be entered a random drawing for the e-book version of Book #2 in the series... Spy Games: Lethal Limits (Jake's book). (At this point in time, this book is only available in the Kindle format.)

Some of the reviews complained about insta-love on Chase's side. They wanted to see him fall, too. How did you feel about that aspect of the plot? What did you think of his decision to not allow her to love him, and could you understand his reasoning? 

Mia's answer: I didn't want it to be insta-love. Really. The first draft of the book had Chase falling just like Kate, but when I hit his discussion with his uncle, I realized he had to love her enough to come up with a different plan or the book would end with her dead and him alone. So once he fell for her, his conflict actually became deeper and more complex, I think. There's also a year's time that passes between when he meets her and when he becomes her boss. Though it's not shown on the page, he's had time to know more about her through following her training and also listening to Jake talk about her constantly. I would love to have heard some of those conversations! 

Give us YOUR THOUGHTS!!!


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

October Book- Spy Games: Trained for Seduction by Mia Downing

Hey Chicks!
Christi here with you to share what we're reading for October...

This is a book that I read a couple of months ago and LOVED. (You can see my non-spoiler review HERE.)

Links to Purchase:

Sexual Intensity: erotic


Story Overview:
Emma Walters didn't choose to be a spy, but when her crazy father was caught selling bombs to the wrong people, she was given a choice--become a spy or rot in jail. Her exciting new life as agent Kate Wells becomes more so when she discovers her new boss is the agent--undercover and investigating her father at the time--who took her to third base. Emma is already half in love with the dark and dangerous Chase Sanders. Kate wants nothing more than for him to finish what he started, but he's the devil incarnate. And one doesn't make deals or fall in love with the devil.

If someone had told Chase he'd fall in love with a certain virgin when he was on his last mission, he would have shot them dead, sniper style. She was nothing more than collateral damage, damn it. But watching the sexy new spy morph into a bombshell killing machine is too much to bear. So when the powers that be command him to train her in the art of seduction for her first--and possibly last--mission, he's scared witless. Making love to Kate means preparing her for sex with another man.

Somehow, Chase has to find a way to get Kate in--and out--of her mission without dying. And without falling in love.


I have some fun news too. 

I have TWO print copies of this book to give away

Leave a comment here and I will choose 2 random winners on Sunday, the 7th, and will mail the books out Monday the 8th so that you have time to read it by Oct. 15th, when our discussion starts. This giveaway is open to everyone, but just know that if you're out of the country, you may not receive the book before we start discussing it.

Also, if I can get my act together, I'm gonna be posting an interview with the author the day before our discussion starts....fun stuff!! I hope you enjoy the book. BE SURE TO COMMENT and SHARE THIS POST!!!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Final Discussion for Jenny Pox

Hello Lovelies,
So we are up to the final discussion for Jenny Pox, it sure has been fun hosting again :)
So my final question for you guys...what did you think of the horrific ending?
And last of all, do you think you will read the next book in the series called Tommy nightmare?
Kristy xx

Friday, September 21, 2012

Jenny Pox Discussion #2

Hello and TGIF!!! and a bonus for me as its school holidays here for 2 weeks YAY for sleep ins and reading in bed.
So ready for our next discussion.... Do you think Ashleigh was the Villan or did you feel sorry for her?
Cant wait to hear what you think.
Kristy xx

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Jenny Pox Discussion #1

Warning may include spoilers
 

So this month we are discussing Jenny Pox by J.L Bryan, if you have a kindle it's still free here over at Amazon!! I actually paid for my copy as I brought it late last year and just so happened to be a bonus that when I chose to review this book for the Chic Lits it was FREEEE so make sure you go on over and grab it.
I'm still not quite sure what I thought about the book, I'm trying to process the ending..... anyway moving on.
So the first question I want to ask is, which of the 3 powers would you want if you could choose?

Kristy xo

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

September 2012 Book -- Jennie Pox by JL Bryan

Get it NOW while it's FREE on Amazon!!! Our September hostess is Kristy and she's chosen Jennie Pox as our book of the month! Looks fantastic and it's FREE! What's wrong with ThAT?;)

Jenny Pox (The Paranormals, Book 1)

Synopsis from Amazon:


Eighteen-year-old Jenny Morton has a horrific secret: her touch spreads a deadly supernatural plague, the "Jenny pox." She lives by a single rule: Never touch anyone. A lifetime of avoiding any physical contact with others has made her isolated and painfully lonely in her small rural town.

Then she meets the one boy she can touch. Jenny feels herself falling for Seth...but if she's going to be with him, Jenny must learn to use the deadly pox inside her to confront his ruthless and manipulative girlfriend Ashleigh, who secretly wields the most dangerous power of all...

Book discussions start around the 15th but are subject to the hostess' schedule!!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Beautiful Disaster- Discussion #5

 
 
FAMILY...
 
The author shows us glimpses of what both Travis and Abby's
life was like growing up.
 
If we compare their upbringings and family life experiences, do you feel that there are more similarities or differences?
 
 
How does the way they were raised affect their approach to relationships? {or lack thereof}
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Beautiful Disaster- Discussion #4



Time for MORE Beautiful Disaster Chit Chat!

I found a QUIZ on Goodreads...
Who Said It?

Check it out HERE

Just for FUN... what is YOUR score??

Do you have a favorite QUOTE from the book?
Please share... and tell us WHY!

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Here are a few of mine...


“Let me guess, it's the love of your life?" I said quoting Travis' statement about his motorcycle.
"No, it's a car. The love of my life will be a woman with my last name.”

“He was afraid of nothing. Until he'd met me.”
-Abby

“I'm gonna fuck up. I'm gonna fuck up a lot, Pidge, but you have to forgive me.”
-Travis

and of course...

“I know we're fucked up, alright? I'm impulsive, and hot tempered, and you get under my skin like no one else. You act like you hate me one minute, and then need me the next. I never get anything right, and I don't deserve you...but I fucking love you, Abby. I love you more than I loved anyone or anything ever. When you're around, I don't need booze, or money, or the fighting, or the one-night stands...”

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Pidgeon. Beautiful Disaster- Discussion #3



Pidgeon.


The nick name that Travis calls Abby.
From the first time they meet...

Excerpt from the book:
“Abs? What are you, a workout video?" he sneered.
"Pigeon?" I said with the same amount of disdain. "An annoying bird that craps all over the sidewalk?"
You like Pigeon," he said defensively. "It's a dove, an attractive girl, a winning card in poker, take your pick. You're my Pigeon.”

Did you like it? Hate it? Indifferent?

Did you wonder WHY he called her Pidgeon
rather than anything else?

OR...
did you GET where the author was coming from and her reasoning for Pidgeon?

{ I didn't actually put it together until I read an interview where Jamie McGuire explained it.}



Excerpt from Interview with Jamie...

Lily:
"When he calls her Pidge, was that something he got from Lady and the Tramp, and did you realize the little analogy there?"
Jamie:
"Yes! Finally someone caught it! Travis is the school Tramp…he calls Abby, the only woman he considers a “lady”, Pigeon. I am awestruck at the number of people that don’t get it."






Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Beautiful Disaster - #2


CHAPTER 1- RED FLAG





Click THIS LINK
to visit
author JAMIE MCGUIRE'S WEBSITE

Click on BOOKS
Click on the BOOK COVER for Beautiful Disaster
You should see her Playlist
ok.. now CRANK UP SONG #1
C'mon C'mon by the Von Bondies

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This is the song that she envisioned
Travis walking in to the first scene..
the
 FIGHT SCENE
where they first see each other…

What do you think about this choice of song?
Can you visualize it??!!
I have chills. J
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Excerpt from their first meeting...

Travis turned, and for a moment I thought he had dodged another blow, but he made a complete circle, crashing his elbow straight into the center of Marek's nose. Blood sprayed my face, and splattered down the front of my cardigan. Marek fell to the concrete floor with a thud, and for a brief moment the room was completely silent...

Abby in her pink cardigan covered with blood spatter…
What did you think??
Were you hooked?
Disgusted?
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AND THEN...

...A pair of heavy black boots stepped in front of me, diverting my attention to the floor. My eyes traveled upward; jeans spattered with blood, a set of finely chiseled abs, a bare, tattoed chest drenched in sweat, and finally a pair of warm, brown eyes. I was shoved from behind, and Travis caught me by the arm before I fell forward.
“Hey! Back up off her!” Travis frowned, shoving anyone who came near me. His stern expression melted into a smile at the sight of my shirt, and then he dabbed my face with a towel. “Sorry about that, Pidgeon.”


How did YOU respond to the opening scenes??