Thursday, July 31, 2008

MK Picks the Pockets of her Fellow Cast-Aways

One of the things I did when I wrote yesterday's blog was go through the heroes that everyone else picked and, well, figure out who I'd like to steal. Some of you might end up a hero or two short in your huts, if I had my way.

So, without further ado, here's my list of who I'd steal:

First a foremost, I'd be surprised if Shannon didn't hear the hissyfit I threw in DC when she picked Adam Hauptman from Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series. He was next on my list when Shannon picked him. I've noticed that I am strongly drawn to heroes who have a lot of responsibility, and Adam, like Lucas and Hawke in my hut is an alpha. Not only that, but he takes in a lot of refugees from other packs. He's a father, a leader and shows impressive patience in waiting for Mercy to finally come around to realize that she's his mate. I LOVES him.

And while Shannon is looking at the shiny things that I'm going to hand her in order to steal her men, I'm going to take Stan Wolchonock. I love Stan because he's NOT a good looking guy. Oh sure, he won't scare small children, but that's not what draws us to him. He's generally a sweet tempered guy, who has had a thing for Teri, his heroine, for a long time. He's honorable and decent and a hero (not just the hero of the book, but you know, and ACTUAL hero.) With apologies to Sam Starrett, he's my favorite Brockmann hero.

I actually gasped when Sam Kane picked Doyle, The Queen's Darkness. The minute she chose him, I was all, "Damn, I wish I'd thought of that!" I'm not a huge fan of LKH's Anita Blake series, but I still zoom out to buy the Merry series and almost all of that has to do with Doyle. I love him.

I discovered over this year that Sula and I are of the same mind about our heroes. She totally gets my obsession with Rhage and respects it. She might respect it a little less once I pick him out of her pocket. But hey, she understands the draw. What I love best about Rhage is that he is brought to his knees by his woman. He's a caregiver and has a generally sweet nature. Sure, he can be deadly, but I love how he loves his woman. Plus, he has the magical tatt, and he makes with the dirty talk. Both totally work for me.

Sula also has Keir of the Cat in her hut. I chose Warprize as one of my books to bring to the island, and it's pretty much solely because of Keir. His need for peace, his love of Lara, his leadership against great adversity. Plus, he looks good in leather.

Tracy picked Caine Allen from Sarah McCarty's Caine's Reckoning. I arrived very late to the Sarah McCarty party (hey, that rhymes!). So I have no complaints about Tracy picking him. I'd just like to borrow him for a night. He's so dominant and leaning just slightly towards rough that I love him. Plus, he's a cowboy. Can't underestimate that.

Sarai chose Gage Travis from Lisa Kleypas' Sugar Daddy. I've always adored Lisa's heroes. And Gage is one of my favorites, mostly because he is constantly surprising Liberty, his heroine, with his actions. Sure, he's the quintessential southern man, but he's also quite evolved. Plus, he's got a dominant personality, but truly respects women. What a guy!

My last pickpocket is probably the biggest. Due to this fantastic exercise, I read and truly fell in love with Anne Bishop's brilliant Black Jewel Trilogy. It's been ages since I've read a fantasy book so darkly textured with interesting characters, an epic battle of good and evil and more than that a captivating hero. Daemon Sadi remains my favorite hero of this year. What's not to love about him? He loves his woman utterly, and due to that love has to slightly subjugate his dominance due to her incredible power. While I don't begrudge Tracy Daemon in her hut, I am DAMN jealous of it!

So there you have it. There were many other awesome heroes on the island, but these were the ones who jumped out at him.

Who from everyone's picks would you have chosen?

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

MK's Desert Island Keepers & Heroes

Hey Everyone! I decided I'm doing my books and heroes all in one day. Sure it makes for a longer post, but then it enables me to get to...other stuff.

Also, thank you Lisabea for the piccy of Mr. Hotty McTattypants. I might have actually drooled on my keyboard when you featured him on your blog. He's just...wow.

As a reminder, here are my additions to the already excellent DIK Library:

The Windflower by Tom and Sharon Curtis. Why? It's my all time favorite romance, without a doubt. Reasons for that are listed here.

A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught. Why? It's a superb example of a medieval and also of old school deliciousness. The hero is alpha, the heroine is sassy and cast of secondaries is delightful. Plus it features an ending that makes me heave a big sigh every single time.

Sea Swept by Nora Roberts. Why? I could read this book over and over again. It features all of the things that Nora does best, write families, write alpha males, write guy speak, write hot sex that isn't explicit, and leave you panting for more.

Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan. Why? I've read this book probably 30 times, and each time I find something new that I love about it. But mostly, it's the simple love story, not just between the hero and the heroine, but between the heroine and her native people, and the people she comes to belong to. It's a spectacularly well written, well imagined book.

Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh. Book Two in the Psy/Changeling series is just as much fun, and Vaughn, the hero is all dark and broody and alpha. But his heroine, Faith, is even stronger. This book proves that Nalini was no one hit wonder!

Mary Balogh's Slightly Dangerous. Why? Because the hero, Wulfric Bedwyn is one of the most complicated, fascinating, deeply subdued men I've ever read. And watching him thaw into this wonderful, warm man is among the best times I've ever had reading a book. And it remains so every time.

And now, for the more important entires, my heroes:


Roarke (In Death series, JD Robb) - Much to Katie(babs)'s dismay, I picked before her, and I picked up the man who I think is the best hero in the pantheon of heroes. In Roarke, we find every woman's dream: a man with fallen angel looks, an Irish accent, gads of money, a caretaker, but someone who is alpha enough to kick anyone's ass. He is my favorite hero of all time.

Lucas Hunter (Slave to Sensation, Nalini Singh) - I chose Lucas because he is the hero who most stays with me, and whose book I go back to over and over again. He's dominant and domineering, alpha and tender, obsessed with his woman, and a man who wears a great mantle of power. What's not to love about that? Plus, he sports the tatt. And we all know how I love the tatts.

Maximillian Pesaro (Gardella Chronicles, Colleen Gleason) - I love me a reluctant hero, and Max is exactly that. He's a good man, who is cranky and difficult. He delights in needling the heroine, but he's reliable and trustworthy and a hero at his core -- even if he's pissed off about it.

Cameron Quinn (Sea Swept, Nora Roberts) - One of my favorite bad boys, I love me some Cameron Quinn. He's quick tempered and difficult. He speaks Italian, dates super models and races boats. And when push comes to shove, he gives it all up for loyalty to his family and finds that home, even through struggles, is where his heart is. I adore him.

Jacob Green (Vampire Queen's Servant series, Joey W. Hill) - Mmmkay, well. I'll be honest, I chose Jacob because he's damned handy. Sure, he's tremendous in bed and is willing to try most anything, which is key, but he also gives a killer pedicure and can whip up a meal or fruity drink. I'm nothing if not practical, handy and good in bed? I'm sold.

Captain Jack Seward (All Through The Night, Connie Brockway) - Ah, Captain Jack -- the original. I love him. He's dark and suspicious, he's bowled over by a thief who ties him to a chair in my all time favorite non-sex sex scene. I love this man. Or, maybe I just love Connie Brockway's writing. Either way, he stole my heart.

Hawke (Psy/Changeling series, Nalini Singh) - I don't think there is a hero in Romancelandia whose HEA I want more. Every time Nalini gives us a glimpse of Hawke, I'm mesmerized. He's powerful, and has a tragic past. He might be even more alpha than Lucas, and whooo-damn do I love him.

And there you have it, MK's books and boys. Enjoy!

I WANT TO BE A COWBOY BABY!







So it's my last day on DIK for a LONG while. Tomorrow I hand over the reins to Mary Kate who will carry on the torch until Colleen Gleason takes over on the 4th. But for now I thought I would share with you some of my favorite things in life COWBOYS.




Now the best kinds of cowboys are the gay ones especially if they are the pretty ones. Like the ones on the right b/c OH BOY I would love to read a story about them all hot and sweaty from work and ripped like no other....








*clears throat*

If one can not find a gay cowboy then one must settle for the other option and SEXY cowboy. As you can see on the left.







Otherwise it just ain't worth it.... Then again if one could find a sexy cowboy who just likes to be naughty or better yet hides a small or BIG secret from all the ladies but me then hell he's my kind of man. YOU see after posting all these hot menz one tends to lose their train of thought and well hell let's be honest I haven't had a Coherent train of thought since like Saturday when I started collecting all the pretty, pretty pictures..




So I will leave you with my last one. MY FARM BOY even though he isn't a cowboy he sure can bale my hey (sp?) anytime. YUM

OH HELL WHO AM I KIDDING WHO NEEDS TALKING JUST ENJOY THE REST OF THE PRODUCTION AND THANK YOU ALL FOR BEARING WITH ME THE LAST 3 DAYS I HOPE I MADE IT WORTH YOUR WHILE!!!!!


Oh PS if you do happen to be able to actually read what I am writng I would love some Cowboy books so bring on the suggestions: Be it gay, straight or just a cowboy riding around all day I don't care just send the suggestions my way! Thanks.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Bad Boyz or Dirty Boyz your choice

Thanks to Jen B we are kicking things off with our first Bad Boy! Oh wow!!!!

And let's all take a second to thank Carrie Lofty for the lovely picture here on the right. Because I grew up with this guy as a young alien. Then he went on 10 Things I hate about you. And now WHOA I just want him HOLY CRAP

Then there is this guy to the left who just looks like he's daring us to just say something, anything to him and if you do then know it will cost you.


And then I found these guys below and they just scream bad boy that need someone to come in and clean them off. (Thanks TRACY)


But then I thought we need at least one more right so here he is our grease monkey. (We love Lisabea for things like this!!)

So tomorrow is COWBOYS so send them my way at dikladies@yahoo.com or my personal email

Well thanks for joining us today hope you enjoyed it.

Monday, July 28, 2008

IT'S RAINING MENZ SERIOUSLY!!!

So the less talk the better I figured but I had to say. Sarai here taking over for Kristie while she is partying hard in San Fran. She left us all alone so I had to come up with something to make it worth while. And I think I hit it right on the head. So those ladies left behind enjoy. For those ladies in San Fran na na boo boo we gotz the menz and you gotz the books. I think we win!!




And if you think the guy on the right is hawt without clothes you should see him in a suit Holy CRAP!!




And yeah in case you ladies were curious, which I highly doubt you are, but just in case I am a total back girl and guy to the left totally had me without a hello!


I don't believe we have enough photos to make up for the fact that we are stuck here while the others are out meeting fabulous authors and I seriously hope they are promoting DIK!!! Wait where was I oh yes we need a least one more don't we? Yeah I thought we did too so my newest favorite pictures not to mention it is helping me change my mind about the back being the sexiest part of the menz here. In fact I think I am now a 6 pack kind of girl b/c of him.
Okay tomorrow is dirty menz so if you have a BAD BOY pic or a dirty boy you want me to post send it to dikladies@yahoo.com and I will post for you with your favorite tag! Alright ladies have a wonderful DIK filled day and I hope your week got kicked off to a great start!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Don't get short with me buddy!

Ok, so you can get a little short…if you’re talking about short stories. I know a lot of people aren’t fans of shorts or novellas or novelettes, whatever, but I am.

As I was looking at my bookshelves last night trying to figure out what book to read next I realized how many anthologies I have. Most of the time I buy anthologies for a particular story that falls in a series. However, I like having those other stories for time fillers (yeah, like I need more stuff to fill my time). Say I’ve finished a book, and it’s in the evening after the kids are in bed and I don’t really want to start another novel, I’ll pick up an anthology and read a short story before bed. Sometimes I like the stories sometimes not…it just depends. I have learned about new-to-me authors this way and I enjoy a “quickie” read now and then.

Anyway, I thought I’d do my post today on some of the short stories that I’ve enjoyed. I don’t know that I can really tell you why they’ve appealed to me (damn, I say that a lot! lol) there’s just something about each story that’s just struck me the right way.

Falling For Anthony by Meljean Brook (in the Hot Spell anthology)
Anthony is Colin Ames Beaumont’s best friend and has been in love with Colin’s sister, Emily, for years. Anthony goes off to war but dies at the hands of a Nosferatu. He becomes a Guardian and is mentored by Hugh. At the request of Michael, Hugh and Anthony return to England to help Colin & Emily. Not only is this a great love story between Anthony and Emily, but we see how Colin becomes a vampire in the first place.

The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole (in the Playing Easy to Get anthology)
Basically the story of Myst, a Valkyrie, who discovers she’s the bride of vampire Wroth. She in no way wants to be his bride so she kind of leaves him hanging, with a hard-on…for years. Ow. This a great little story. Not much of a romance but the story is very appealing and the sexin is hot. (shallow = Tracy)

Melting Frosty by Maggie Shayne (in the Enchanted Season anthology)
Holly has returned to her childhood home one last time to spend Christmas even though it’s by herself. Matt has come to look at the house that he’s purchased. Holly loves the holidays, Matt despises them. This is a great little tale of two people who find out they have more in common than they think. It’s a very fast romance but since it has a certain paranormal element it just worked for me.

Fever by Kimberly Dean (stand alone ebook)
This erotic novella is about Delia who goes home from work with a fever. She ends up being taken care of by a man…in so many different ways. He’s concerned about her well-being, but only one thing is gonna stop that fever. Ok, yes, sounds totally cheesy – and maybe it is to a point, but there’s just something about it. IDK

Winterborn by Sherrilyn Kenyon (in the Stroke of Midnight anthology)
A short in the Dark-Hunter series. Pandora is an Arcadian were-panther who is at Dragon Con looking for Acheron because she had been kidnapped by a pack of Katagaria and feels Ash is her only hope of getting back to her own pack. Dante is a Katagaria were-panther and is at Dragon Con, at Ash's invite, when he catches Pandora’s scent. He wants nothing to do with her, but can’t seem to stay away. A very short story but I liked Dante immensely and of course when he’s mentioned in a future book I know exactly who he is.

Well that’s it for me. Thanks for letting me spout for the past 3 days – it’s been fun!

(and can I just say that I love the man in the red towel? Love.him.)

Thursday, July 24, 2008

You're My Hero!

Happy Friday! It's me, Tracy once again, here talking about...
Heroes. God, do I love heroes! When you come across one you like or even love, sometimes it’s hard to put down in words what it is about them that draws you.

For me the draws are:
courage
humor
likability
intelligence
Sexy as hell doesn’t hurt either. What? I can be shallow!

So here are the heroes that are in my hut on the island and a few words of why I chose them.

Zsadist (Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J. R. Ward – Z’s book: Lover Awakened) Tortured. That stupid bitch of a Mistress really fucked him up with her blood slave crap. He just seems like he’s so very far from being redeemed but it’s not as far as he thinks. After falling in love with Bella Tracy he wants to make himself a better person. How can I describe it? I can't. I just love him! With every book he just becomes a better person and I like him more and more.

Daemon Sadi (Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop)
Unbearably beautiful. Daemon’s sexuality and strength make him the fantasy of every woman and a few men. He can be one mean son of a bitch but he is fiercely loyal and loves his woman. (me)

Dorian Christensen (Psy/Changeling series by Nalini Singh – Dorian’s book: Hostage to Pleasure)
I’ve had a thing for Dorian throughout the entire series. The fact that he can’t change into his leopard form just made me feel for him. His sister getting killed was another blow. Despite that he’s an incredible sniper, sentinel and loyal friend. He’s incredibly good looking as well, which is always a plus. After reading Hostage to Pleasure I’m practically in love with the man!

Phin Tucker (Welcome To Temptation by Jennifer Crusie)
A pool playing, sexy mayor of a small town. He’s great looking, wonderful and creative in bed (lamp scene for those who have read the book) and has a great sense of humor.

Wrath (Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J. R. Ward – Wrath’s book: Dark Lover)
How can you not love this man? Big brooding male, long dark hair, King. And dude, that scene with Wrath and Beth in her apartment – oh holy heaven!

Indiana Jones (do I really need to name a book? ok, Indiana Jones: The Ultimate Guide by DK publishing)
A seriously unlikely hero but he’s just so wonderful. Intelligent but has a great sense of humor too. *sigh*

Caine Allen (Caine’s Reckoning by Sarah McCarty)
Strong, protective, courageous. His loyalty and love for those of Hell’s Eight make him immensely attractive to me.

Now, who would I have picked if I’d had no competition??? Well, certainly all of the above but also:

Rhage of Black Dagger Brotherhood fame (Ok - let's face it, I'd take all the Brothers + JM, Blay & Qhuinn)
Acheron – Dark-Hunter extraordinaire
Lucas Hunter – Psy/Changeling series
Colin Ames-Beaumont – sexy vampire – Demon Moon
Bones – The Huntress series
Nate – My Fair Captain - dayum!
Sam Starrett – Troubleshooter series
Max Bhagat – Troubleshooter series
Clay – Women of the Otherworld series

I have to stop there or I would go on and on. It’s sad that there are so many different historical romance heroes that I love as well…did I name any? Uh, no. Lordy, I need a bigger hut.

Tomorrows post: No clue. Come and be surprised!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

My DIK Books

Hey! Tracy here. It's my turn to scramble your brains with my inanity! Aren't you feeling extra special today? I sure hope so!

All of my pick are romances. It's all about the romance with me. The touches, the kisses, the anticipation, the love.

So I'm gonna tell you about the DIK books I picked and why. I’ll be the first to admit that I am so not good at the whole short synopsis thing. Give me a full book review and I can eventually make something sound like it makes sense! That being said I’m going to give it the old college try. I’m gonna start each with a blurb so you'll get a general idea of what the book is about.

Heir to the Shadows by Anne Bishop:
Anne Bishop plunged into dark fantasy with her first book, Daughter of the Blood. She described a world where Blood Witches have always ruled, drawing males to their courts through seductive power. An ambitious High Priestess destroys more powerful females before maturity and has enslaved the strongest males, weakening magic and corrupting natural bonds between men and women. Sexual violence permeates Terreille. Jaenelle, born to be Queen, is vulnerable until adulthood. Though guarded by male Warlord Princes, Jaenelle is violated. Daemon, her destined Consort, rescues her but is convinced he attacked her and goes mad.
In Heir to the Shadows, Jaenelle's vampiric, adoptive father, Saetan, and her foster-family of demons shelter her. To restore her memory and emotional balance, they move to Kaeleer, where Jaenelle befriends the kindred--animals with magical and communicative powers--and gathers a circle of young Queens. She also heals Lucivar, Daemon's half-brother, who offers a brother's love and a warrior's fealty. As she recovers strength and memory, Jaenelle resolves to restore Daemon and cleanse Terreille.
The second installment in the Black Jewels Trilogy is so wonderful. The story has so much love in it. Between Saetan, Lucivar and of course Jaenelle’s love for Daemon it’s an absolute keeper for me.

Queen of the Darkness by Anne Bishop:
In the world where Darkness rules, an ancient prophecy comes true. Jaenelle Angelline is born Witch. She is the "dream made flesh" and the hope and light of the future. Jaenelle has matured and come into her own now. She made the Offering to the Darkness and is Queen of the Dark Court at Ebon Askavi in the Realm of Karleer and is the Heart of the land and her Kingdom. The First Circle of her Court consists of her adopted father, Prince Saetan as Steward of the Dark Court, Prince Lucivar Yaslana as First Escort and Warlord Prince of Ebon Rih, her beloved Daemon Sadi as Warlord Prince and Royal Consort, and all the Queens, Priestesses, Healers, Warlord Princes, Kindred, etc., who she befriended as a child, now also serve her in her highest court. She hopes that the Corrupt Blood will no longer slaughter and maim her people and defile the land. However, Jaenelle will need all her friends and their power to meet the evil that is coming. Dorothea, the High Priestess of Hayll, and Hekatah, the self-proclaimed Dark Priestess of Hell were created to be noble caretakers of the Realms. Both women have perverted their Craft and their purpose, infected those who serve them, and threaten to destroy the Realms to fulfill their insatiable greed for power. They plot to gain control over Witch Queen Jaenelle and rule all through her. Hekatah also plans to destroy her ally Dorothea and hold ultimate power. The Realms are in chaos and terrible war and destruction threaten. The corrupted Blood must be cleansed. To do this and save everyone and everything she cares for, Jaenelle must make a terrible and shocking decision.
I just loved the concluding story in the BJT. The war going on, the love affair between Jaenelle and Daemon, the taking of the throne (I know if you haven’t read it it’s confusing), the sacrifices others are willing to make for greater good. Just talking about it makes me want to go re-read it! Love. It.

Winterbourne by Susan Carroll:
In the harsh, turbulent Middle Ages, lovely Lady Melyssan remains as she always has been--sweet, timid, and content to be alone. But in a desperate move to resist the advances of the dreaded king, she claims to be married to his worst enemy, Lord Jaufre de Macy, the legendary Dark Knight.
Seeking temporary shelter in Jaufre's abandoned castle, Winterbourne, she is unprepared for the fierce, angry warrior who returns to confront her. He is a man as rough and unforgiving as the Welsh border lands he rules--and she is as gentle and innocent as a new day. But neither Jaufre's dark heart nor Melyssan's innocent one can resist the love that is their destiny--nor protect them from the danger drawing ever closer.
I know that people have extremely differing views on this book but I just love it. Melyssan has such a crush on Jaufre, even though she knows he’s dangerous. Jaufre has always had a thing for Melyssan even though she has a crippled foot. Now Jaufre isn’t always as nice as can be with Melyssan, sometimes even an ass, but despite that I just love their story.

Unleash the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon:
An orphan with no clan that will claim him, Wren Tigarian grew to adulthood under the close scrutiny and mistrust of those around him. A forbidden blend of two animals--snow leopard and white tiger--Wren has never listened to anyone when there was something he wanted. Now he wants Marguerite. Marguerite D'Aubert Goudeau is the daughter of a prominent U.S. Senator who hates the socialite life she's forced to live. Like her mother before her, she has strong Cajun roots that her father doesn't understand. Still, she has no choice but to try and conform to a world where she feels like an outsider. But the world of rich and powerful humans is never to meet the world of the Were-Hunters who exist side by side with them, unseen, unknown, undetected. To break this law is to call down a wrath of the highest order. In order to have Marguerite, Wren must fight not just the humans who will never accept his animal nature, but the Were-Hunters who want him dead for endangering their world. It's a race against time and magic without boundary that could cost Marguerite and Wren not just their lives, but their very souls.
Ok, ode to tortured heroes! Wren is so shy but he meets Marguerite and wants so much to please her and protect her as well. How can I not love this guy? He’s been so sheltered and the people he's been living with just didn’t care enough to see him for who he truly was. Marguerite is not used to attention from men and when she sees Wren she’s instantly attracted. Their love just grabbed me from the start and wouldn’t let go.

Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night by Kresley Cole:
Bowen MacRieve of the Lykae clan was nearly destroyed when he lost the one woman meant for him. The ruthless warrior grew even colder, never taking another to his bed--until a smoldering encounter with his enemy, Mariketa the Awaited, reawakens his darkest desires. When sinister forces unite against her, the Highlander finds himself using all his strength and skill to keep her alive. Temporarily stripped of her powers, Mari is forced to take refuge with her sworn adversary. It's rumored that no one can tempt Bowen's hardened heart, but soon passion burns between them. Though a future together is impossible, she fears he has no intention of letting her go. If they defeat the evil that surrounds them, can Mari deny Bowen when he demands her body and soul--or will she risk everything for her fierce protector?
What can I say? Bowen and Mariketa *sigh*. Love their verbal banter. Even though Bowen is so confused through everything he still has extremely strong feelings for Mariketa. There’s that whole Were thing again (Lykae in these books) with the protection and he’s such a gentleman at heart. At the end when he helps her with the mirror – love that!

Lord of the Fading Lands by C. L. Wilson:
Long ago, in the magical holocaust known as the Mage Wars, the immortal Fey and their allies fought to defeat the grasping evil of the Elden Mages and their dark-gifted supporters. During those wars, in a fit of grief-induced madness caused by the death of his mate, Fey shapeshifter Rain Tairen Soul nearly destroyed the world in a blaze of tairen fire. Now, a thousand years later, the fierce Fey king must fight to save his race from the brink of extinction and once again stop the evil rising in the homeland of his enemies, the Eld. The key to his success lies in the mortal city of Celieria, where the Mage Wars began, and with a young woman whose soul sings to him in ways no woman’s ever has, whose presence reawakens the primal fury of the tairen within his soul, and whose vast, untapped power can either save or destroy him and his people.
This story is so incredible! The whole romance between Rain Tairen Soul and Ellysetta Baristani is wonderful. They discover so many things together both good and evil and how they defeat those forces of evil is fab. I love the world that was built in this book and can’t wait to read more!

Well that’s a wrap. Tomorrow: Heroes!

My last day on DIK for awhile

So today is hero day on the blog and I would like to begin with the 6 heroes I picked. No reason why I picked them other than I LOVE them. But then I thought about 7 heroes I would have picked if I had been pressured, thought I would loose the good stuff or plotting so with out further a due here are the 7 I did pick:

1. Jake Riordan (Adrien English series by Josh Lanyon) Seriously I only picked him in hopes of trading with LB she hasn't followed through with my evil plan yet...
2. Gage Travis (Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas)
3. Vaughn D'Angelo (Visions of Heat, Nalini Singh)
4. Zarek of Moesia (Dance with the Devil, Sherrilyn Kenyon)
5. Jonas Wyatt (Breed Series, Lora Leigh)
6. Sterling "Harvard" Chase from Kiss of Crimson Lara Adrian
7. Cam Rohan (Mine Til Midnight by Lisa Kleypas )

Not a bad haul, not bad at all. Now for the 7 other heroes I must have (other girls may have stolen them but I still want them)

1. Rejar ( I had him but gave him up for Gage Travis) still think he’s hot. PS he's from Dara Joy's Rejar book
2. Drake the wyvern of the green dragons from Katie MacAlister's Aisling Grey series (of course the wyvern from the silver dragons would due nicely as well)
3. David McIntyre from Katie Reus’ novel City of Secrets (what he’s hawt and LOVES his Jade I think he would go for someone like me?)
4. Lucas Sloane From Heaven Sent Purgatory by Jet Mykles (what he’s great and one of my favorites.)
5. Gaelen vel Serranis from Lady of Light and Shadows by C. L. Wilson I just really like his sense of humor.
6. Okay this one might freak ya out but here we go: Ren from Gabriel’s Ghost by Linnea Sinclair I just really felt for him and well I have a soft spot for heroes with a disability.
7. Harry Dresden from Jim Butcher’s series. (He was played by a really hawt guy on TV so that’s who I am picturing.)
( I would also sneak Derek from Magic Bites and Burns in if I could)

There you go My new heroes plus the old ones. In other words I’m a greedy wench and want them all.


Poor Jensen we (and by we I mean me) are so GOING to miss your pretty *coughbodycough* face...

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

It's Day 2 and I can't get enough of Sarai... What?


(OBESSED)
*clears throat*
So I was thinking of a new twist on the whole bring 6 books to a desert island thing and I thought what if my house was on fire *knock on some serious wood* what books would I snatch from the keeper shelf? (I would more then likely die trying to gather my cats up before the fire got them so I probably wouldn’t have time to snatch some books but I’m willing to play along) So here are the 6 books I would take from the keeper shelf and why (this is including the 6 books listed yesterday already safe on the DIK island okay.)

Roxanne St. Claire’s Kill me twice: Why b/c this was my first Romance Suspense and I LOVE Ms. St. Claire’s writing A LOT. She has a way of sucking a reader in and not letting you go until the story is done. And even then it takes a few minutes for your heart to stop pounding. After reading this book I went out and bough her ENTIRE backlist and I have bought every bullet catcher since. So far my favorite of her back list French Twist OMG I heart that one. My favorite bullet catcher however, would be Alex from this book. WOW just really great writing.

Fire me Up by Katie MacAlister okay what isn’t there to like out of this series other then Aisling can be annoying and make some stupid decisions but at least she always admits it and I can actually see a real person doing the same thing due to *coughmycough* stubborn nature. I really enjoyed the demon dog Jim and the whole set up of this book. Speaking of which I really, really wanted Drake as a hero but the whole dragon thing I figured might be odd. Plus he would steal all of your jewelry (yikes and that would be very hard to explain)

Sunshine by Robin McKinley and for the record I am THOROUGHLY pissed that Ms. McKinley refuses to make a sequel of this book. WHAT WAS SHE THINKING? This book totally rocks. Seriously I can’t even describe it so here is the back blurb: There are places in the world where darkness rules. Where it’s unwise to walk. But there hadn’t been any trouble out at the lake for years and Sunshine just needed a spot where she could be alone with her thoughts. Vampires never entered her mind. Until they found her…. OMG this book RIGHT HERE is the reason I got into the whole vampire as lovers crap that I read. The whole paranormal thing YEAH blame it all on this book and Anita Blake (but we won’t go there) this is not a romance so please don’t read it thinking about it. It’s a paranormal horror fantasy book period. *sigh* Gawd I love this book.

Okay I had to go with a Christina Dodd book b/c she’s the first author that I read with romance. She had a book out candle in the window? Or wind? Either way it hooked me into romance. From there I bought and have bought everything the woman has put out MANY TIMES OVER. I swear I single handily paid for her house. Any way the book of hers that I re-read at least once a year is The Runaway Princess. Yes it is stupid but it hits on the fantasy I always had as a child. What if I was born and looked like a princess that had been missing. And what if the prince mistakenly thought I was her as well as his fiancé. What would I do? Well I know what I would do and that isn’t what Evangeline Scoffield did but hey whatever. It’s a cute little historical book that is a fantasy romance seriously when you read it keep an open mind. It’s cute

Alright on to the fantasy side that I was reading when I was 10 and honestly the whole reason I even read when I was that young. However, over the years I discovered a wonderful author named Lynn Flewelling who has a wonderful series going on then took a break to do MY FAVORITE 3 BOOKS IN FANTASY starting with The Bone Doll’s Twin. I giggle every time I see this book b/c I want to re-read it. This book has everything I love about fantasy presented in an unusual way. It has the chosen one whose identity is hidden who has a ghost that helps them form their opinions, it has a love story, a hidden queen, a war for the battle of good and evil and Magic. *drops to ground* OMG this is the best book ever!!!

*clears throat* okay where was I? Oh yeah when I graduated from high school I put romance aside for more intellectual things. Like drinking and partying. Then one day I realized if I wanted to graduate from the university I was going to have to find fun in a more health way. So I started reading again. But no romance could keep my attention for very long. That is until The Abduction of Julia by Karen Hawkins. And then it all came back. The reason I love romance but especially why I loved historical romance. (FYI for those of you who don’t know I majored in history and psychology so I tend to analyze crap WAY too much) any who. This book is again the mistaken identity which is my favorite romance plot. Check out the back blurb: Julia Frant has secretly loved Alec MacLean the wild viscount from afar. So when he accidentally snatches her instead of her lovely scheming cousin for an elopement to Gretna Green Julia leaps at the chance to make her passionate dreams come true. Okay stop right there that might not be all fo it but based on that alone I was hooked. Seriously the girl does leap at the chance and presses the issue. Really a sweet book.

Okay if I could take one more it would be the Heaven Sent series by Jet Mykles b/c let’s face it I’m a total fan girl I just can’t help myself.

Well there you go 7 books I would take with me from my bookshelf if my house were on fire *knocks on wood*
Which ones would you take?

Monday, July 21, 2008

Kicking off the DIK


Alright ladies Let’s get ready to rumble….. (yes it's Jensen again I'm mildly obessed... okay really obessed but damn him he's so fine)

Seriously though I am kicking off the official DIK blog with a bang (per usual *g*). What does that mean? Well I’ll tell ya. It means I’m in charge for the next 3 days until Tracy wrestles the power out of my hands…

Alright I’m going to post the books I took to DIK today and tomorrow will be about the books that *coughwerestolenawayfrommecough* others beat me too or I just didn’t have room to bring.

Starting off the list of books I took is Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews and there is NO way I regret taking this book. The world that Ilona Andres (husband and wife team) have created rocked my world. I LOVED Kate and all the unique characters we are introduced to along the way. This is a urban fantasy, rough and gritty with no HEA in sight but I still dig every moment that I had with Kate.

The next book I took was The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly this has the ultimate HEA trust me. We meet the main characters when they are 15 struggling in England and are separated due to (stupid decisions) and plotting. 15 years later they are finally reunited with the best SIGH moment. I think the reason this book touched me so deeply is the simple fact that LIFE happens. We all plan for the best and yet road block after road block pops up (stuff the two characters have to deal with) sometimes we get that happily ever after and sometimes we don’t for these two characters though… they got it and it gave me hope. That no matter what something good is waiting for you down the road.

Okay, okay gag me with a spoon let’s move on. OH crap it’s another tear jerker. Dance with the Devil by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I DON’T CARE what any of you say THIS was the best book of the series (now granted I am only on book 6 I think but still..) This book really touched me. The crap that Zarek had to deal with in life, the mistreatment the horrible conditions, and the just the basic Shit that he went through and yet all he wanted out of life was someone to love him. Usually in books I fall so hard for the hero (not literally but close enough) that I never think the heroine lives up to it. HOWEVER, in this book the heroine met and exceeded my expectations. She was everything that Zarek needed in order to move on and realize that others love him. PERFECT just perfect. (PS the flashbacks killed me with how they treated the slaves. Ms. Kenyon did a fantastic job at making us realize it wasn’t all roses for everyone in that time period)

Next I went with Fatal Shadows by Josh Lanyon why? Because it was my first M/M and I fell in love with Adrien (I would have picked him for a hero but I knew it would kill LB so I went with Jake speaking of LB are we still deciding about a trade here????) Anywho was an excellent read and was my crack because of Mr. Lanyon I am addicted to Adrien, Mr. Lanyon’s writing and of course now M/M. Thank you.

I decided that I needed some old school on the island (well actually in my group of books) so I went with The Duke and I by Julia Quinn. Why did I pick this one? Because I love the stuttering duke I just can’t help it I’m a sucker for a duke or marquis or hell even a baron with a disability as such. I just can’t help it especially when they overcome it but still fear it. And I totally got why he didn’t want to tell the heroine about it. I mean his dad treated him like crap b/c of it why would she be any different. It was a HUGE secret he had kept from everyone. *sigh* I heart heroes like this.

Lucky me was able to snag the last one before anyone else. Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh. Those of you that have read it understand why I am SO happy to have it on my list. For those of you that haven’t you need to seriously pick this book up. The world building, rules and characters are all unique and WONDERFUL. I love the different aspects Ms. Singh has in her books. The feeling, touching and contact driven changelings against the no emotion, withdrawn, serious psy. It makes for wonderful conflict internal and external.

Okay well there you have my 6 books and why I chose them TOMORROW will be the books the others picked or ones long forgotten *evil grin*

Friday, July 18, 2008

About Me featuring Lee

And last but by no means least we have Lee! Lee lives in Seattle and enjoys reading, photography and especially travel to Europe. Her favorite kinds of books are chick lit, contemporary and historicals.

Favorite Reading Position
Sitting on my couch

Best love song
If You Could Read My Mind by Gordon Lightfoot

Favorite Heroine
Gosh, that's a tough one. Probably Elizabeth in Pride & Prejudice.

Author everyone loves but you donʼt
Lisa Kleypas; she is okay, but I don’t understand why she is so popular.

If you could be in one book/series/world which would you pick
The Pink Carnation books by Lauren Willig

How old is your inside voice
18 ;)

Favorite sex song
Huh?

If you could be a hero who would you be
Not sure.

What heroine is most like you
Can't even imagine.

What heroine would you like to be
I'll say Mariana in "Mariana" by Susanna Kearsley.

Boxers, Briefs, boxer briefs, kilt (I say we add commando)
Boxers

Favorite book set on a tropical island
The Windflower by Laura London (partially set on a tropical island)

What hero is most like your significant other
No significant other.

What hero would you like to be your significant other
Mr. Darcy -- even if he is a little haughty, he's got a fabulous home.

If you were stuck on a desert island what 3 things would you bring
1. Books to read
2. Food and water
3. Camera; might as well take photos

Favorite drink to bring to the DIK party
Pepsi

Thursday, July 17, 2008

About Me featuring Shannon C.

Our hot hut honey for Friday is Shannon!

Favorite Reading Position
I read in bed. :P

Favorite Heroine
A tie between Eve Dallas and Meljean Brook's Lilith from Demon Angel.

Author everyone loves but you don't
Charlaine Harris, Christine Feehan, and, er, I got off the crahck ghravy traihn two books ago.

If you could be in one book/series/world which would you pick
Charles de Lint's Newford.

How old is your inside voice
Depends on the day. It's either a twelve-year-old boy ("Boobs! Porn!") or a hard-bitten, cynical curmudgeon.

Favorite love song
Oh yay, bizarre musical tastes FTW! "Arrow" by Cheryl Wheeler or "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden" by Lynn Anderson.

If you could be a hero who would you be
Probably someone like Miles Vorkosigan, who is both brilliant and smart and full of self-confidence. He's not terribly attractive, but he still gets laid, too, and nobody has any complaints hehe.

What heroine is most like you
Oh, that's hard. Maybe Sarah Fielding from "Dreaming of You" by Lisa Kleypas. Only I'm more cynical and use more colorful language :P

What heroine would you like to be
Eve Dallas, without the tragic past but definitely with all the Roarke.

Boxers, Briefs, boxer briefs, kilt
Kilt. Oh yeah.

What hero is most like your significant other
Erm... I have no significant other.

What hero would you like to be your significant other
Hmm. Not sure about this one. I don't know if I could live with most of the men from my books for the long haul without wanting to smack them occasionally.

If you were stuck on a desert island what 3 things would you bring
A laptop, some source for caffeine, and lots of music.

Favorite drink to bring to the DIK party
slippery nipples.

You can visit Shannon here or at her blog Flight Into Fantasy.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

About Me featuring Kim

Kim's our DIK girl of the day. Kim has a serious book addiction and lives in Texas with her very patient and understanding husband of 25 years and two kids ages 21 and 18, two dogs, one cat, a bearded dragon and a parakeet. She has been a narcotic K9 handler for 15 years and is looking forward to retiring next month. She and her husband also own a laser tag and arcade center because their lives were just not crazy enough, with one job each.

Favorite Reading Position
In a lounge chair on a beach in Mexico....but that hardly ever happens so, in a recliner in the den with the dogs at my feet tripping me when I try to stand up.

Best love song
Always and Forever. It was played at our wedding.

Favorite Heroine
Eve Dallas from J.D. Robbs In Death series

Author everyone loves but you don't
Catherine Coulter

If you could be in one book/series/world which would you pick
In Death series. I sooooo want an auto-chef!

How old is your inside voice
Ha! I think it is a 99 year old man.

Favorite sex song
Lets Get It On by Marvin Gaye...a cliche..I know. shakes head

If you could be a hero who would you be
Ranger. That dude is just icy.

What heroine is most like you
Brenna from The Wedding by Julie Garwood because I am constantly losing things.

What heroine would you like to be
Stephanie Plum. Ranger and Morelli...'nuff said.

Boxers, Briefs, boxer briefs, kilt (I say we add commando)
Oh I do love a man in a kilt.

Favorite book set on a tropical island
I don't think I have ever read a book set on a tropical island. Hmmmm

What hero is most like your significant other
I asked my hubby this, he said "Superman". Huh. Is anyone really surprised???

What hero would you like to be your significant other
Roarke

If you were stuck on a desert island what 3 things would you bring
Books, sunblock, and a big floppy hat.

Favorite drink to bring to the DIK party
Brandy Alexanders made with Braums vanilla ice cream.


You can visit Kim here. She doesn't currently have a blog and considers herself a professional commenter.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

About Me featuring Tumperkin

Our DIK lady today is Tumperkin from the UK. She's a Mom, wife and lawyer by day; romance lover and aspiring author by night.

Favorite Reading Position
On side in bed (very bad for eyes!)

Best love song
If I can have a love song about a place rather than a person, 'England, my Lionheart' by Kate Bush

Favorite Heroine
I have loads! Today I'll go for Lily Doyle from One Night for Love by Mary Balogh

Author everyone loves but you don’t
Mary Jo Putney. I do LIKE her, but her books don't really get beyond liking for me.

How old is your inside voice
110

If you could be a hero who would you be
Hero? Rather than heroine? Prolly someone cool and unflappable who looks a bit effete like Gervase St Erth from The Quiet Gentleman or the Duke of Avon from Powder and Patch (both Georgette Heyer). I've got a bit of a thing at the moment for feminine looking men who're utterly lethal

What heroine is most like you
Probably Submit Channing-Downes from Judith Ivory's Black Silk (I really relate to the part where she's watching Graham Wessit yachting)

What heroine would you like to be
The Grand Sophy or Jessica Trent - one of those fabulously confident, managing ones who know exactly what they're doing all the time

Boxers, Briefs, boxer briefs, kilt (I say we add commando)
Kilt (predictable, moi?)

Favorite book set on a tropical island
An old category romance by Charlotte Lamb called - I think - Illusion

What hero would you like to be your significant other
Michael McNeill from Wild At Heart would make a nice husband. He's got no hang-ups about any crap and he'd do his fair share around the house.

If you were stuck on a desert island what 3 things would you bring
1. paper
2. pens
3. tea

Favorite drink to bring to the DIK party
Elderflower martini

You can visit Tumperkin here or on her blog Isn't it Romance?

Monday, July 14, 2008

About Me featuring Katie

Tuesday's Island Babe is Katie Reus. Katie practically grew up at the beach where she divided her time between swimming, sunbathing, and reading Carolyn Keene or Judy Blume. She was born and raised in the Sunshine State (aka Florida) and has lived there most of her life, except for a three year leave of absence when she moved to North Carolina for school. Somewhere in the midst of cursing the snow, rebelling against the restrictive footwear, and trying to graduate, Katie met her real-life Prince Charming. She'll read anything that sparks her interest, although she does tend to read romantic suspense more than anything else. And that's exactly what she writes. Katie writes about every day, strong women thrown into precarious situations, and the men who love them.

Favorite Reading Position
The Beach

Best love song
Underneath Your Clothes by Shakira

Favorite Heroine
Ahhh, this is too hard so I'm going to go w/ one of my newest faves! Hope Malory from Raintree Haunted. When she threatens to shoot Gideon if he touches her again (spontaneous orgasms and all that) I developed a girl crush. (AND, she gets to sleep with Gideon)

Author everyone loves but you don’t
Anne Stuart

If you could be in one book/series/world which would you pick
I would LOVE to be in Nathalie Gray’s Lycan series (Primal, Feral, Carnal, etc.)

How old is your inside voice
22

Favorite sex song
I know this is so cliché, but I’m going w/ a classic. Let’s Get It On by Marvin Gaye.

If you could be a hero who would you be
Gideon Raintree (all those special powers!!)

What heroine is most like you
I think this is considered chick lit, but Bettina Robinson from Everyone Worth Knowing (by Lauren Weisberger)

What heroine would you like to be
Jainie Bright for the obvious reasons

Boxers, Briefs, boxer briefs, kilt (I say we add commando)
heh, commando all the way!

Favorite book set on a tropical island
ask me again later ;)

What hero is most like your significant other
Matt Sanders from Pursuit (Elizabeth Jennings)

What hero would you like to be your significant other
If I HAD to pick…Matt Sanders or Sam Donovan

If you were stuck on a desert island what 3 things would you bring
water distiller, a flare gun, and my husband (mainly b/c he’s a no joke survivalist, but also, if I’m gonna be stuck, well…I don’t want to get bored)

Favorite drink to bring to the DIK party
Etra dirty vodka martini w/ extra blue cheese olives!


You can visit Katie here, on her website at Katie Reus.com or on her blog Katie Reus.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

About Me featuring Jessewave

Jessewave is an avid reader from Toronto. Her interests include, writing book reviews, dogs, writing, travel and sports (especially baseball).
Favorite Reading Position
Where else? In bed, under the covers

Best love song
I’ve been loving you too long to stop now by Otis Redding. (Which lovers wouldn’t love this wonderful love song?)

Favorite Heroine
Wonder Woman (you gotta love those bracelets and the fact that she always got her man)

Author everyone loves but you don't
J.R. Ward – I just don’t get the BDB books – too much angst by her fans! Why don’t the guys do the nasty already and put everyone out of their misery?

If you could be in one book/series/world which would you pick
Star Trek, The Next Generation – I’m a sci fi addict

How old is your inside voice
10 – I think this is the best age because you’re too young to have responsibilities

Favorite sex song
Let’s get it On by Marvin Gaye (I still think that this is the best song for getting the moves on)

If you could be a hero who would you be
The Dark Knight, Batman

What heroine is most like you
Mystique from X-Men

What heroine would you like to be
Storm from X-Men

Boxers, Briefs, boxer briefs, kilt
Commando, but if that’s not allowed then I love a man in a kilt, with nothing on underneath it of course

Favorite book set on a tropical island
Gilligan’s Island. (This was all I could come up with at such short notice – I know, pathetic)

What hero would you like to be your significant other
Gary Dourdan (Warrick Brown on CSI) and Wentworth Miller (Michael Scofield on Prison Break). So sue me. I couldn’t make up my mind. You ladies have heard about ménages haven’t you?

If you were stuck on a desert island what 3 things would you bring
1. A solar powered e-book reader filled with M/M books
2. A big dog
3. A solar powered vibrator, the best on the market because those nights are long and lonely

Favorite drink to bring to the DIK party
Rum Runners – Here’s the recipe
1 oz. rum
½ oz. blackberry brandy
½ banana cream
Splash of pineapple
Splash of orange juice
Dash of grenadine
Float a bit of dark rum
Combine all ingredients in blender and pulse to a smooth consistency. Garnish with flag, orange slice and cherry


You can visit Wave here or on her blog Reviews by Jessewave

Its That Time again!

What time you ask?

No, no, no not naked menz time although.....that one is might fine looking naked man no?

*clears throat*

Where were we? Oh yes It's that time again! What time?

BIRTHDAY TIME at the DIK. So sit back grab your favorite drink and join in with the singing:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR WAVE, CIARA AND JEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *deep breath omg is that is wang? blushing clears throat*

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOOOOOOOO YOU AND YOU AND YOU!!!

See I told you people we needed an adult content warning on this blog and you were all NO take it off and now I'm going to get stoned by those goody twosteping people... Anyway let's get back to some party hardy shall we?




So I decided this time instead of the monkey and all the hawt menz we would do some funnies right? I mean after all birthdays are meant to be funny??? *hears crickets chirping* Fine Fine Fine if you guys are dirty and want dirty naked menz for your birthday who am I to deny!

So ladies sit back grab a drink and sunscreen and let the good times begin! Oh in case your wondering yes Bruce Lee is holding a butt that has happy birthday written on it. Now on to the party!

I brought 3 sexy menz for 3 sexy ladies oh hell why end with 3 with the mmromance group at yahoo I have access to all kinds of naughties....



Isn't he the sweetest thing in the world all innocent and oh sweetie come to bed and then we're all like ROAR okay, okay TMI? Alright alright the naughty ones for JenB and Wave.... Yes?
Alright for those of you offended by M/M divert your attention above those of you curious enough to look or just naughty *evil grin* look below for my birthday gift!!! (well shit I chickened out with the naugty one this will have to do!) Seriously, love you girls happy Birthday!!!!!!

Friday, July 11, 2008

About Me featuring Bridget

It's Bridget's turn!! Bridget is from Portland, Oregon, an aspiring writer and happily single!

Favorite Reading Position
Laying on my stomach in bed

Best love song
I have a lot of favorite love songs. The one I've been listening to a lot lately is "Come a Little Closer" by Dierks Bentley. Yes, it's country, which I'm not a big fan of, but the song is sexy and so is the video. :)

Author everyone loves but you don't
Christine Feehan. There's someone else, but I won't list her name b/c I don't want to get beaten up. :)

If you could be in one book/series/world which would you pick
This one goes back to my teen years, but I'd probably say the world of Valdemar created by Mercedes Lackey. Those books are what saved my sanity when I was a teen.

How old is your inside voice
It's a toss-up between a 12 year old boy and me. :)

If you could be a hero who would you be
Roarke cuz I'm sure sex w/ Eve is interesting. :) I'm weird, what can I say? And it doesn't hurt that he's super hot and uber-rich. :D

Favorite Sex Song
Let's Get It On by Marvin Gaye, anything by Enigma, and When the Levee Breaks by Led Zeppelin (which isn't a sex song, but what a great beat to strip to)

What heroine is most like you
I think it's Jessica Trent from LC's Lord of Scoundrels. She's too smart for her own good and isn't afraid to speak her mind. :)

What heroine would you like to be
Mercy Thompson. She's so strong and able to handle just about anything that life throws at her.

Boxers, Briefs, boxer briefs, kilt (I say we add commando)
I'm a sucker for kilts. Highland Games anyone? :)

Favorite book set on a tropical island
I dunno if I've ever read anything set on a tropical island other than Lord of the Flies & that was NOT a sexy book. Ick!

What hero is most like your significant other
I am completely & totally single, so this question is moot.

What hero would you like to be your significant other
Simon Hunt from Secrets of a Summer's Night by Lisa Kleypas. He was so sexy, rich and powerful, yet he loved Annabelle for who she was. If that's not sexy, I don't know what is. :)

If you were stuck on a desert island what 3 things would you bring
Sarai already stole Richard Armitage, so I'd have to say a never-ending supply of water, books and toilet paper. :)

Favorite drink to bring to the DIK party
Since I seem to be the only one of the group that doesn't drink alcohol, I'll say a virgin margarita. I can still act like I'm part of the party, but I'll be the only one who is sober. That can make life interesting, I'm sure. :)
You can visit Bridget here or on her blogs (yes, that's plural) Reading, Writing and Life...Oh My! or Good and Bad Books

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

About Me featuring Lesley

It's Hump Day! Woohoo! And our Island girl today is Lesley!

Lesley's a voracious reader and book addict from the UK. According to her if she goes too long without reading a book, she goes into withdrawal!

Favorite Reading Position
In bed - isn't everyone's? Did you want me to be more specific? LOL

Best love song
Blurry by Puddle of Mudd. Not your traditional love song I admit.

Favorite Heroine
Mercy Thompson

Author everyone loves but you don’t
It's not authors but styles. I can't get along with Jacquelyn Frank's writing. But I know lots of people love her books.

If you could be in one book/series/world which would you pick
I think I'd like to go to Joren. Which is featured in S. L. Viehl's Stardoc series. I find their whole culture fascinating.

How old is your inside voice
18 most of the time. Somedays younger, somedays older.

If you could be a hero who would you be
I'd aspire to be Jeremy Danvers from the Otherworld series. He seems to have an endless supply of patience which is something I value, having the tolerance of a distressed porcupine myself.

What heroine is most like you
Jaime Vegas (see this is why I like Jeremy). There's a scene in one of the books where she's on the phone to him and is basically incoherent because it's JEREMY - and that would be me. LOL

What heroine would you like to be
Kate Daniels or Mercy Thompson.

Boxers, Briefs, boxer briefs, kilt (I say we add commando)
boxer briefs, though kilt should always get a vote

Favorite book set on a tropical island
LOL I don't really read any books set on tropical islands. They're all moody urban settings, usually at night, with newspapers blowing across deserted streets. Come to think of it I don't think I've ever read a book set on any kind of island. I'd have to cheat and say Lost which is the closest I get to an island.

What hero is most like your significant other
Significant otherless, alas. :(

What hero would you like to be your significant other
Jeremy Danvers. Have I got a fixation or what?

If you were stuck on a desert island what 3 things would you bring
pens and paper (does that count as one choice?), toilet roll, first aid kit (assuming someone else has brought the radio that's gonna get us out of there, if we need to leave)

Favorite drink to bring to the DIK party
whiskey and ginger

You can visit Lesley here or at her blog LesleyW's Book Nook.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

About Me featuring Alice

Originally, Alice is from her Mother. Born on an island. Moved to California and has been there ever since. She's a SoCal girl, but she's not big on flipflops. ^_~

PS. Alice is blissedly single right now so she took out everything related to that. She's such a brat ;).

Favorite Reading Position
Doesn't matter. I get comfy and read.

Favorite Heroine
Yoko Nakajima from Twelve Kingdoms by Fuyumi Ono (why, yes, I did bring this book...er, books ^_~).

Author everyone loves but you don't
There are several and I don't want to die yet. In my defense, it's not a dislike them-their books just don't call to me.

If you could be in one book/series/world which would you pick
This world is wacked out enough, why do I want to enter another one? If I had to choose, in any one of Diana Wynne Jones' books. :D

How old is your inside voice
Which one? I have several >_<....*ahem* 10-genderless.

If you could be a hero who would you be
I am a hero *slaps hands on waist and puffs out chest making the superhero pose*. ^_~ Actually, I don't want to be a man. I like having boobs.

What heroine is most like you
What if I'm more like those tortured emotionally closed off heroes? -_-;
A mix between Sienna, Sascha and Tally from the Psy/Changeling series by Nalini Singh, and not the good aspects (messed up aren't I). In many ways, my life is like Yoko from Twelve Kingdoms (but I'm really not as nice as any of them).

What heroine would you like to be
Mikan from Gakuen Alice by Higuchi Tachibana
Mercy or Indigo from the Psy/Changeling world by Nalini Singh.
Elisa Maza from Gargoyles.
Or Julilee. She's so sweet and uplifting despite all the crap that's been handed to her (that goes for almost all of them...we do see a theme). Although, from what I've been hearing about recent events, she's gotten really gloomy...

What hero would you like to be your significant other
Ummm...Gambit? *bats eyelashes* I could be with Goliath from Gargoyles. :) Momo/Takeshi Gouda from Kimi wa Peto. Okay, okay, no cartoon characters.

If you were stuck on a desert island what 3 things would you bring:
I've answered this question before. Where did I do this? So odd. Water (preferably fresh running water), food, and toilet paper.

Favorite drink to bring to the DIK party
Water anyone? Kidding. Sparkling apple juice! I'm such a baby. =D

You can visit Alice here or on her blog for peaceful days and dreamy nights.

About Me featuring Naida

Naida is a mom and a bookworm. She crochets, enjoys science fiction, horror and yes, romance books. She loves chocolate.

Favorite Reading Position
Lying in bed with a cup of tea closeby and lots of fluffy pillows

Favorite Heroine
Scarlett O'Hara from 'Gone With the Wind

If you could be a hero who would you be
I'd want to be Edward Cullen from Stephenie Meyer's 'Twilight' series. He is beautiful.

Favorite love song
I have quiet a few, but I really love Bon Jovi's 'Never Say Goodbye

Author everyone loves but you don't
Don't really have one.

If you could be in one book/series/world which would you pick
That's a hard question! I'd have to say I'd like to be in Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice. Mr.Darcy is hot and everything is so proper in Jane Austens' stories, plus the setting is usually a beautiful countryside.

Favorite sex song
I guess I really like Chris Isaak's 'Wicked Game'

How old is your inside voice
A 13 year old nosey, but shy girl.

What heroine is most like you
I want to say Elizabeth from P&P because she's strong willed and has a mind of her own.

What heroine would you like to be
I'd love to be Scarlett O'Hara from 'Gone With the Wind'. She kicks butt in that book and you just love to hate her. Plus she gets to wear all those beautiful clothes and even makes a dress out of her curtains...lol

Boxers, Briefs, boxer briefs, kilt
Kilt!

What hero is most like your significant other
I don't know, my hunny isnt a Vampire or a Duke or a Scotsman...etc...etc....

What hero would you like to be your significant other
I wouldn't mind Mr. Darcy at all...tall, dark, handsome and rich to boot.

If you were stuck on a desert island what 3 things would you bring
Chocolate, a good book and a sunscreen/bug repellant blend.
Favorite drink to bring to the DIK party
Mai Tai!

You can visit Naida here or on her blog The Bookworm.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Final Evangeline Giveaway

Well, my time on the island has come to an end. I just want to thank all you ladies for making me so welcome. I have so enjoyed my time with you--you're some really cool chicks with great taste in books. : )

So it's time to announce another book winner. The prize this time is either an autographed print book (Either Pleasure Planet, Take Two, or Pleasure Palace) or else any e-book you want as a download. And the winner is (drumroll please)... Mary M.! Congratulations!!

Just e-mail me at vangiekitty@aol.com and let me know what book you want. And also ladies, I am still waiting for the two previous winners, Ciara and Ana to contact me for their books as well.

Evangeline

About Me featuring Carolyn Jean

CJ is our DIK lady for Monday.

Carolyn Jean lives in a big old apartment in the middle of Minneapolis with her dashing husband and two frolicky kittens. She makes a living writing the kind of ads you probably love to hate, and she's also an aspiring novelist who is excitingly close to being able to drop that pesky "aspiring" part. Hobbies include running, reading and just basically living the life of a bookish hermit.

Favorite Reading Position
In bed. Back, side, back, side.

Best love song
Do You First Then Do Myself by Corey Glover

Favorite Heroine
Phedre from Kushiel’s Dart.

Author everyone loves but you don’t
Dan Brown. What is up with the Da Vinci Code? I hated it. Can I also say the cheese everybody loves but I don’t is fresh mozzerella? It has no taste. It is the Emporer’s New Clothes of cheeses.

If you could be in one book/series/world which would you pick
I sort of like the Kushiel’s Dart world.

How old is your inside voice
32

Favorite sex song
Lotus Flower by Blackalicious

If you could be a hero who would you be
Michael the angel.
What heroine is most like you
Milagro from Happy Hour at Casa Dracula

What heroine would you like to be
Charlotte from Worth Any Price by Lisa Kleypas (hello: Nick Gentry!)

Boxers, Briefs, boxer briefs, kilt (I say we add commando)
Commando!

Favorite book set on a tropical island
South Pacific. Is that a book?

What hero is most like your significant other
Morelli

What hero would you like to be your significant other
Luckily, Morelli

If you were stuck on a desert island what 3 things would you bring
ereader with a THOUSAND books, desalinization kit, chapstick.

Favorite drink to bring to the DIK party
A never-ending champagne fountain. Maybe I would bring that to the island, too.

You can visit Carolyn Jean here or on her blog The Thrillionth Page.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

About Me featuring Sarah

Sarah is from down unda with a movie addiction and is a book geek with a thing for book shelves. She likes sitting in her warm bed at night, listening to the rain on the roof and reading a book. Paradise! She is into gardening in pots, the bugs are too big in the actual garden and only in the summer. Sarah likes music muchly and going to art gallery's and photographs exhibitions. Long walks on the beach and kittens...heh.

Favorite Reading Position
In my very nice bed with firm pillows and non furry sheets, like linen kinda ones. Cotton?

Favorite Heroine
At the moment, it is Lilith from Demon Angel. She is so kick ass!

If you could be a hero who would you be
Hero? But I am a chick!

Favorite love song
Portishead Glory box, Beth Gibbons has an incredible voice.

Author everyone loves but you don't
I think I might get stoned, so will pass on this one!

If you could be in one book/series/world which would you pick
Heaven Sent, I could be like a back up singer??

Favorite sex song
Lovers spit by Broken Social Scene, weird title I know! But cool smexin song.

How old is your inside voice
About 22. This would explain the current state and colour of my hair. Sometimes I should not listen to that inner voice!

What heroine is most like you
Not sure, am just me I think!

What heroine would you like to be
Stephanie Plum, only because I long for the 80's and all that awesome big hair. Looong I tells you!

Boxers, Briefs, boxer briefs, kilt
I really like those undies that have a tight bit around the leg. Like longish short things. I am an ass chick and I always think they frame things sewww nicely!

What hero is most like your significant other
Dr Who with a Nate beard and less loud, in fact very quiet! I am the noisy one!

What hero would you like to be your significant other
Nah, none, he is a book geek and goes with me to buy books and he builds me shelves.
*le sigh*

If you were stuck on a desert island what 3 things would you bring
Insect repellent, sunscreen (I am pretty pasty) and I am with lb. Tampax. Books, might have to borrow...or put into Tardis Handbag!

Favorite drink to bring to the DIK party
Feijoa Vodka, Chi and a slice of lemon and some ice - or vanilla vodka with lemonade and lemon and ice.



You can visit Sarah here or at her blog Rain of the Roof.
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