Saturday, 30 January 2010

Happy Birthday To ME!!!

Today is my 28th birthday :)
I feel happy!
Not old and sad, but happy that I have another year (with its ups and downs) behind me, that I haven't lost any of my loved ones, that I'm healthy. My college progress is great. All in all, it was good to be 27 but I think that being 28 will have its benefits too :)



So come on, take a piece of cake and celebrate with me!!!


While you're at it, share your thoughts about why is good to be your age.

One lucky commenter today (and I'll put in the hat all the comments from Tuesday) will win one of my favourite books, aptly named KISS AN ANGEL :)



Great book, you are going to love it!!!

And second place winner will get a bunch of promo and other stuff from different authors (collected by me recently:))

The winners will be selected randomly on Monday morning (02/01) - you have until Sunday 11:59 p.m. to enter.

P.S. To be eligible you have to be from one of the countries to which The Book Depository delivers. If you already have this book, we'll figure out something else you could win.

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Early Dawn by Catherine Anderson


Catherine Anderson is one of my favourite authors. I love the way she describes her characters and their emotions while struggling with inner or outer problems.
I haven't read Early Dawn yet, but I did order it and plan to read it as soon as possible. I give you a book review of EARLY DAWN by Victoria Fraasa of COS Productions:



Doesn't this make you go and buy it immediately? Have a nice day!

P.S. Don't forget to stop by on Saturday 01/30 for a contest.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Don't you just love this song?

Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love



Another great book - The Book Butterfly has a great contest, check it out (ends 02/25)




P.S. Don't forget to stop by for my B-day contest on 01/30 :)

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Angels

Do you believe in them? I do, very strongly. I've already written about that at my blog, and as you can guess, they fascinate me. The thing that got me thinking about angels is that I haven't actually read a single book where angel is in a leading role. I did read A Rush of Wings (by Adrian Phoenix) where hero is some kind of angel, but I'm still not sure what kind :) and some others but don't think that those angels are alpha men, the ultimate heroes. We have vampires, demons, witches, shape shifters, but angels? I think not. So my question for you is: have you read any good book where angel is the real hero?







P.S. Your answers will go into the bag for my b-day contest at Saturday :)

Monday, 25 January 2010

I'm back...with party

I haven't blogged for a long time. I just couldn't find the time or the topic to blog about. I was working or learning the whole time, and I'm sure you wouldn't have been interested in my whining about how slow my learning progressed or how I couldn't do any work because somebody interrupted me the whole time :)

Anyway - the good news I PASSED TWO EXAMS I WAS LEARNING FOR!!! Yay!!!

That was relief - but I have 4 more to pass until the end of February. So the mayhem starts again :(

Since I'm neurotic (and that was established by the professor at my university - don't ask:)) I couldn't sleep during the night, and learning was out of the question, I did managed to read a few books - C. Dodd's Storm of Shadows and Saxon Lady by Margo Maguire, so not everything was so bad.
Also there is this thing coming soon, and I have to say I'm not looking forward to it - my 28th birthday!!!

To celebrate this horrible evenet, I'm throwing a cyber-party on Saturday with a contest. So check back on 01/30 to see what you could win :)
Have a great week!

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

To Warm You Up

It's very cold in my part of the world. If you are cold too, cuddle up with this video - it will make you warm, I guarantee :)


Friday, 8 January 2010

Contest Alert

This is directly from Gena Showalter's blog:



Contest time! If you'd like a change to win a signed advanced copy of Into the Dark, which has all kinds of Lords of the Underworld goodies -- interviews with the Lords, descriptions of them and their tattoos, a conversation with me and the amazing Kresley Cole, a roundtable discussion with the women of the underworld, Cronus's infamous scrolls, a sneak peek at Aeron's story, the Darkest Passion, and the missing 3 chapters from my first ever attempt to write about these men -- help spread the word about another book of mine, Heart of Darkness. Just blog about it, post a comment somewhere online, tell your friends, write up a review (good or bad), whatever, then come back here and let us know. It's that easy. You'll be entered in a random drawing!"


I'm sorry to report that I haven't read Heart of Darkness but it sounds like a very good book, and it was written by the masters of this genre. I have no doubt I will like it since I love all the other books written by Ms Showalter. Here's a little about it:


From the masters of paranormal romance, three brand-new tales of seduction…
The Darkest Angel by Gena Showalter
A Lords of the Underworld tale
An iron-willed demon assassin, the angel Lysander has never known lust—until he meets Bianka. Spawned from the bloodline of Lucifer, the beautiful but deadly Harpy is determined to lead the pure-hearted Lysander into temptation….
Love Me to Death by Maggie Shayne
Twenty-two years ago four teenage boys were convicted of a young girl's murder. Now, in the form of a beautiful woman, the "victim" is seeking vengeance. And only one man dares to dig into the past to uncover its secrets… and set her free.
Lady of the Nile by Susan Krinard
Lady Tameri believes herself to be the reincarnation of an ancient Egyptian princess, and Leo Erskine has set out to prove her wrong…never dreaming that the two of them are about to discover a prophecy that will bind them together forever.
I'll be checking this out, I reccomend you do the same :)
Have a great week!

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Surrogates - the movie

Plot Summary for Surrogates

People are living their lives remotely from the safety of their own homes via robotic surrogates -- sexy, physically perfect mechanical representations of themselves. It's an ideal world where crime, pain, fear and consequences don't exist. When the first murder in years jolts this utopia, FBI agent Greer discovers a vast conspiracy behind the surrogate phenomenon and must abandon his own surrogate, risking his life to unravel the mystery.





I saw this movie last night. The first thing that took me by surprise is that movie lasts only an hour and a half - really it's short compared to the others in this modern time. I liked the movie but didn't love it and in the end its length was enough to tell the story. I enjoy watching Sci-Fi, but this one felt like it was more about special effects then the story itself. But it did get me thinking - do I spend more time with my virtual friends then with the one I can meet every day? Don't get me wrong I think blogging, chatting and facebooking (is that a word?) is great thing. I wouldn't have an opportunity to meet and chat with all of you if all of this modern technology didn't exist and I'm happy I was privileged to know each and every one of you. But where is the balance? Is it when you start living your life in your bedroom dressed in your pj’s and 'talk' with only your cyber friends (for many of them you aren't even sure how they look like) - like these future people with surrogates do? When do you cross this fine line? Sure, we don't have our robots that we send to work every day instead of us, but we do have avatars, nicknames, etc. But what is the real difference, here? Many people choose to work from the house, it has become the trend. But how does this affect our social life? Have we become alienated from each other?

So I encourage you to walk among the real people, today. Just meet with your friends and have a real chat with a real coffee or tea steaming on the desk between you :)


HAVE A GREAT DAY!

Monday, 4 January 2010

HIS DARKEST HUNGER by Juliana Stone

This book sounds very interesting. It releases March 30th and now is your chance to win an ARC and read it before anyone else! Go to Ms Stone's web and find about all the details.
Blurb:
Jaxon Castille: jaguar shifter, warrior, assassin. He has long hungered for the chance to make his former lover, Libby Jamieson, pay for her deadly betrayal. After three long years he’s finally found her. The hunt is over…
But the Libby that he finds is not what he expected. She has no memory of their tumultuous affair; of her treachery; of anything beyond her own name. A shadowy and deadly clan has marked them both for death, and in an instant the game changes: the hunter has become the hunted.
On the run, with the ghosts of their past between them and a dark, desperate hunger quickly reclaiming their bodies and souls, Libby and Jaxon must discover the truth behind the dark forces working against them. Together, they must grab hold of a destiny that has the power to either heal them or destroy them.
But the truth is far more shattering than anyone could imagine…