I had a really good weekend! Linda Howard was at my RWA meeting, and she totally rocks! She’s outspoken and funny in her very charming Southern way. Oh the stories she told!
Her main talk was on the 12 steps to intimacy, and if you’ve never heard Linda talk on this before, I highly recommend it. You can google 12 steps on intimacy and find the actual list, but her way of presenting it is both informative and hilarious.
We had a signing at the meeting and I bought two books SURRENDER OF A SIREN by Tessa Dare (read her first on GODDESS OF THE HUNT and loved it.) And THE BELLY DANCER by Deanna Cameron. I’m excited about reading both these books. Full disclosure–I know both the authors, but still I really think they are both very talented!
Also this weekend, I finished MAGIC STRIKES by Ilona Andrews–I’m not sure what I think. I love the alpha in there, Curran. I like the heroine Kate, but the world building was almost overwhelming. There are so many creatures and so many rules, I had to struggle to keep up. However, it’s the third book in the series and I haven’t read the first two yet, so that’s probably my fault. I did finish the book and found much of it really enjoyable.
I’m reading GRAVE PERIL by Jim Butcher now and this one is a little slow for me.
How was your weekend? Let’s all catch up!
P.S. if you want to get my views on sex, hop on over to Murdershewrites.
September 14th, 2009 at 3:41 am · Link
My weekend was good. Finished a couple of books. Took a stroll on the boardwalk. Selected fabrics for my next quilt project.
I’m glad you had a good time at your local RWA.
Have a good Monday.
September 14th, 2009 at 6:20 am · Link
You are giving me the shakes with reading books out of order I’m reading the Must Love Hellhounds anthology with Charlaine Harris, Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews and Meljean Brook. It’s really good!
September 14th, 2009 at 9:07 am · Link
I agree with Mandi, reading books out of order makes me shudder. If I acidentally buy a book in a series and I haven’t read the first ones I will go buy the preceding books just so I can read them in order.
I think if you would have started in the beginning Magic Strikes would have been easier to follow, I have read all three and really like the series. If I remember correctly the world building is an ongoing thing with a little more coming with each book.
I just started Christine Feehan’s book Dark Slayer. She is one of my favorite authors, my husband had to take the book away from me and force me to bed last night.
September 14th, 2009 at 9:11 am · Link
Linda Howard was a luncheon speaker at RWA DC this year. Nobody could eat. We were laughing too hard! I’ll definitely Google, though I have the feeling my dratted Muse will take one look at the list and go, “Hrmmm….there’s 12 books there!”
I just finished the 4th Bullet Catcher book by Roxanne St. Claire. I haven’t read the first three but will go back and catch up. I have book 5 and 6 and looking forward to reading book 7, HUNT HER DOWN that’s just out, but I’m switching genres for a bit and reading S. L. Day’s EVE OF DESTRUCTION.
I’m reading slow these days. Too much of my own work in the way.
September 14th, 2009 at 9:46 am · Link
Had a great weekend! Football, local chapter meeting, football, painting and more football!! I think I’m in love! Have I mentioned I like football???
I got several books, one of which I barely started…because of football.
September 14th, 2009 at 10:06 am · Link
Spent most of Saturday at kiddo’s soccer game. They moved up a level, so the field is bigger and the goal keeper can touch the ball. It was a pretty good game.
Sunday was mundane stuff like laundry and cleaning (uber-cleaning) the house for relatives that are visiting this week.
Today involves mopping and ironing–along with reading and goofing off, ’cause there really won’t be time for me to write.
September 14th, 2009 at 10:09 am · Link
Dru, you make such pretty quilts (I’ve seen them on your blog-site)! You weekends sounds relaxing.
September 14th, 2009 at 10:11 am · Link
Mandi, I know! But I do it all the time. I like to read the latest release, then I got back and start from the beginning. It’s weird…but somehow I feel like I’m missing out or something if I don’t read the latest.
Hellhounds antho sounds good!
September 14th, 2009 at 10:13 am · Link
Val, I am positive you are right, which is why I’m going to order the first two books and start form the beginning. I really liked the characters, so I’m sure I just need to catch up on the world building.
Hmm, your husband took the book away from you? LOL! I’d like to see my husband try that! Of course, he has used OTHER methods to get my attention and it usually works.
September 14th, 2009 at 10:15 am · Link
Silver, I heard Linda’s keynote speech was hilarious. She’s always funny.
I’m so behind on the MSWs gals books. I haven’t read Rocki yet. I want to, just haven’t done it yet. Sounds like I’m missing out!
I don’t know how you’re finding any time to read right now…or visit blogs!
September 14th, 2009 at 10:17 am · Link
Kira I thought of you this weekend when my husband was watching endless football (and NASCAR). I know how you love your football!
September 14th, 2009 at 10:20 am · Link
Margaret, uber-cleaning makes me shudder! But I hope you have a great time with your visiting relatives!
Just tell me you aren’t ironing sheets and curtains…
September 14th, 2009 at 10:42 am · Link
Dang…I knew I forgot to say something. I watched NASCAR too. Never miss a race. Got so excited about football starting…lol
I am SOO happy Kyle Bush didn’t make the chase. HA! I was almost giddy!
September 14th, 2009 at 10:55 am · Link
Kira, were you switching channels trying to watch both the game and NASCAR like my other half was?
I don’t follow NASCAR like I used to, but I still know most of the drivers, including Kyle. So you’re not a fan? I used to be a huge Jeff Gordon fan, but then I got over him
September 14th, 2009 at 11:08 am · Link
NOT a Kyle Bush fan…nooooo, a Harvick fan here. And yeah, we were switching back and forth.
September 14th, 2009 at 11:18 am · Link
Kira, Harvick is okay. He doesn’t set me off like Tony…
Of course you were switching channels!
September 14th, 2009 at 12:38 pm · Link
Hello witches! I spent my weekend finishing the last book in Nora Robert’s Seven Signs trilogy. OMG! If you haven’t read this series, you should. I don’t want to say too much, but HOLY COW! Loved it loved it loved it.
Jen’s views on sex . . . could be an interesting post.
September 14th, 2009 at 1:53 pm · Link
I like Tony too. Very cool guy. Funny fact…my hubby used to race midgets and every year here in Tulsa, they have the Chili Bowl Nationals, a HUGE event for midgets (race cars, for those who don’t know). Anywho, he has gotten to race against Tony several times. And once they ended up on top of each other, hanging upside down. lol
September 14th, 2009 at 4:02 pm · Link
Hey there Erika! I’ll have to go look to see if I read that trilogy by Nora. It sounds good!
My views on sex are pretty straightforward I should have made stuff up just to be interesting!
September 14th, 2009 at 4:03 pm · Link
Kira, that’s a great story! I must tell the wizard about that one. He likes Tony. How many people have had the chance to hang out–upside down–with Tony! I just hope everyone came out of that without injuries.
September 14th, 2009 at 4:22 pm · Link
Oh yeah, they were fine.
Another story from the Chili Bowl Nationals your hubby might like —
My hubby was standing in line to pay for his pit pass and Kasey Kahne was in front of him. (way before he made it big) It was about 30 bucks. Kasey didn’t have it on him and had to borrow it from friends to get into the track. lol Now look at him! I’m sure pit pass fees are nooo problem now. hehehe
September 14th, 2009 at 5:17 pm · Link
How exciting. I just finished Linda’s “Burn” last week and I just reread “Midnight Rainbow” this past weekend.
September 14th, 2009 at 9:30 pm · Link
Kira, I told my husband, he loved the stories! And he agreed Kasey probably doesn’t have any trouble paying his fees now
September 14th, 2009 at 9:31 pm · Link
Jane, was BURN good? I haven’t read it yet. I love her books!
September 14th, 2009 at 10:22 pm · Link
Sounds like you had an awesome weekend. =o) I did my usual weekend things – reading, football, writing.
Right now I’m in the middle of Stephen King’s first Dark Tower book, The Gunslinger. Definitely not what I usually read and not what I thought it would be like, but it’s interesting. Next up – if Daughter ever finishes it – is the first book in Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera fantasy series.
September 15th, 2009 at 11:22 am · Link
B.E. I haven’t read Stephen King since I read DUMA KEY about a year ago. That was definitely interesting. I don’t think I’ve hread his Dark Tower books.
Don’t get me started on another Jim Butcher series, LOL! Margaret already hooked me on the wizard series.