Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Winners of the Tuesday Review...and a Look Forward

Yeah, I got to work today, opened my email and realized: "Damn, I forgot to post a Tuesday Review." In my defense, last night I was busy with my Monday Night Creativity Hour(s) with my friend Pam, who works on art while I work on writing. Secondly, I'm also working with Terri on the new class that opened this week--very exciting. And thirdly, well, I didn't exactly have a book lined up that needed to be reviewed.

I have read Kristan Higgins' newest Somebody to Love, which I adored; and I'm reading Tessa Dare's A Week to be Wicked, which I adore even more. So if that counts as a Tuesday review, I think you should run out and buy them both to read, if you haven't already.

In the meantime, we need to catch up to the winners of previous Tuesday Review blogs!

The winner of UNDER A VAMPIRE MOON is DI R! Congratulations, Di!

And the winner of LYON'S LADY is SABRINA! Congratulations, Scapey!

Ladies, please email me with your mailing addresses so I can mail you the books...sometimes before the next decade. :)

What has everyone been reading lately? Does anyone have anything they highly recommend?


JulieJustJulie said...

"I Adore it!" is a perfectly good-enough-for-me review. Thanks for sharing.

And am reading ... the Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium. It has a few "Novel" ideas in it.
*wicked laugh*

Maureen said...

Well, I just finished the newest JD Robb. Intense per normal and impossible to put down.

Janga said...

I liked Somebody to Love a lot and think A Week to Be Wicked may be Tessa's best yet, which is saying a great deal since I've loved them all.

I reviewed Julia Quinn's May 29 release, A Night Like This at Just Janga today. I loved it. Daniel Smythe-Smith stole my heart completely. I also loved Overseas, a time travel I reviewed at The Romance Dish yesterday. More recent reads that were winners for me include Mary Balogh's The Proposal, Mary Jo Putney's No Longer a Gentleman, and Susan Mallery's Summer Nights.

TerriOsburn said...

I forgot we had a blog today! LOL! Sorry.

I haven't read a book in weeks, but I'm starting the latest by Meg Benjamin because I'm also starting my new WIP and I think I need some serious motivation. Or inspiration. Basically, I just need to get reading again.

I really want this Kristan Higgins book. Must remember to download that one on payday.

Congrats to the winners!!

MsHellion said...

Jules, how I miss your wicked Byzantine laugh! Can't wait to read your new law...er...book.

MsHellion said...

Mo, I'm not a Nora fan, but JD Robb has tempted me now and again--I think that's funny. :) Will have to look!

MsHellion said...

Janga, I totally agree--I think this one is Tessa's best yet (and there were one or two that was I like, "Definitely good, but not my favorite of her streak.") I think Tessa is really hitting her stride. For me, it's like watching an experiment in action--a talented new writer who really shows she's getting better with every book. (But I can see that in Eloisa's books too...and some of Lisa Kleypas.) But whereas Eloisa and Lisa can occasionally "slip" for me (a miss rather than a hit), Tessa hasn't really missed, I feel she's honestly improved each time and liked each one more than the last, but this one feels really magical for me.

MsHellion said...

Definitely download the new Higgins book! Just lovely!!! :)

quantum said...

I have read Kristan Higgins' newest Somebody to Love, which I adored; and I'm reading Tessa Dare's A Week to be Wicked, which I adore even more.

Succinct and to the point. Helli you might have been a good scientist with suitable guidance! LOL

MsHellion said...

Q, it IS succinct, but I wasn't able to prove my theories of why it was awesome! :) Perhaps that's how you can guide me--to be equally succinct and to the point in presenting the proof with the conclusions, eh?

Maureen said...

Hels, I don't really read Nora... Other than the Irish ones.


But I have liked and sometimes loved all the JD Robb books...

Scapegoat said...

Thank you! I can't wait to read it!

I haven't been reading very much in the past week or two and I'm actually disappointed in my current audio book - male narrator and for some reason that never works for me. The hero comes off as an ass and the heroine as insipid and childish. Male narrators trying to do historical romances are a big no for me.

JulieJustJulie said...

Hellion, you have a pretty wicked laugh yourself. And when you start to laugh I start to laugh ... then you laugh even harder which makes me laugh more wickedly. Its a wonder we talk at all.

Well back to serious thoughts... *wicked laugh* ... After reading that deffinition at least I know why I write the way I do. Darn genetics. I'm not writing to perfect my novel writing, I'm writing to perfect my novel Novel writing. Makes perfect sense in its novel way.

MsHellion said...

It doesn't surprise me you were comment 13, Jules.

Of course, you can have conversations of nothing but laughter. *wicked laugh*

For instance--

Me: *wicked laughter* (translation: I'm thinking of new and devious ways to change the names of all the stories you just told me so I can publish it in a scandalous tell-all and shock the world!)

Jules: *wicked laughter* (translation: she thinks everything I just told her was true. So gullible. I bet she'll try to publish it even thought I told her to never tell a soul. Yes, that's exactly what she'll try to do.)

Me: *more wicked laughter* (translation: Oh, the money I'll make...and the movie options. I'll be on OPRAH!)

Jules: *really wicked laughter* (translation: then she'll be on Oprah...and have one of those THOUSAND LITTLE PIECES moments when everyone realizes she made up a bunch of lies, but she won't know...but no one will believe her. It'll be real funny. I'll probably have to explain why that's funny. But still...I told her not to tell anyone. Duh.)

SEE. Conversations.

JulieJustJulie said...

"She thinks everything I just told her was true."
Which it was ... and is. Not that I often wish that it wasn't. So write away my Lil' Hellion. Did i ever tell you about the time when I was a kid and I was looking for candy in my grandmother's candy dishes which were scattered through out her dining room and she and this little woman were watching me, but i was to busy looking for candy to be polite and introduce myself so finally my grandmother no doubt disgusted at my rudeness said to me "That Womannnnn is a Princess." to which I responded "Yeah ... right."
The only problem was? She was. a princess that is. Only my grandmother would have a Real Princess sitting in her dining room ... sans tiara. HAD she had a tiara on then I Know that I would have been very polite and spoken to the woman with reverance because lets face it...
A Princess is SURE to know where The Really Good Candy is kept.

Di R said...

Yay! Thank you, Hellion.

I just finished Alexandra Sokoloff's Writing Love (Screenwriting Tricks for Authors, II) in preparation for our workshop this weekend with Alexandra Sokoloff.

I loved it! It tied together a lot of things I'd learned in other workshops and classes. And helped me figure out how to rearrange a couple of things to make my wip better.

I have a Kristan Higgins book I just downloaded, and I have Manda Collins book waiting for me. I'll pick one to dive into next.