Sunday, January 8, 2012

Recommended Reads 1/8/12

I've been devouring books by the dozens lately, and I've got a few I'd like to recommend. If you're into historical romance you HAVE to check out these. They aren't new releases, but books don't have to be new for people to have never heard of them.

To Desire a Devil by Elizabeth Hoyt

Reynaud St. Aubyn has spent the last seven years in hellish captivity. Now half mad with fever he bursts into his ancestral home and demands his due. Can this wild-looking man truly be the last earl's heir, thought murdered by Indians years ago?

Beatrice Corning, the niece of the present earl, is a proper English miss. But she has a secret: No real man has ever excited her more than the handsome youth in the portrait in her uncle's home. Suddenly, that very man is here, in the flesh-and luring her into his bed.

Only Beatrice can see past Reynaud's savagery to the noble man inside. For his part, Reynaud is drawn to this lovely lady, even as he is suspicious of her loyalty to her uncle. But can Beatrice's love tame a man who will stop at nothing to regain his title-even if it means sacrificing her innocence?

Dear Reader,

I'd been prowling the crumbling ruins of Castle Weyrcraig for so long that I could no longer remember if I was man or beast. Then one stormy night the superstitious Highlanders of Ballybliss decided to leave a helpless virgin bound to a stake in the castle courtyard to satisfy my insatiable appetites.

My demands might strike terror in the hearts of men, but this bold beauty dared to defy me. After she informed me that she didn't believe in dragons, I had no choice but to make her my prisoner—or risk being exposed to those I had sought to deceive with my dangerous masquerade.

Soon I found myself stealing into the moonlit tower just to watch her sleep. Little does she know that beneath this beast's gruff exterior beats the passionate heart of a man. Gwendolyn Wilder may not believe in dragons, but I intend to use all my sensual wiles to teach her to believe in something even more magical—true love.

Eternally yours, The Dragon of Weyrcraig

And I actually re-read this one in preparation for the next book in the series which is coming out on the 10th. Can't wait for Lothaire!

Murdered before he could wed Regin the Radiant, warlord Aidan the Fierce seeks his beloved through eternity, reborn again and again into new identities, yet with no memory of his past lives.

When Regin encounters Declan Chase, a brutal Celtic soldier, she recognizes her proud warlord reincarnated. But Declan takes her captive, intending retribution against all immortals—unaware that he belongs to their world.

Yet every reincarnation comes with a price, for Aidan is doomed to die when he remembers his past. To save herself from Declan’s torments, will Regin rekindle memories of the passion they once shared—even if it means once again losing the only man she could ever love?

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Years Resolutions

The classic New Years Resolution post. My goals list for 2012 is long, and doesn't just cover writing. I've decided to add some other stuff too, because while I love writing, and want to make it my career, it's not the only thing that's important to me. So here's my list:

WRITING: These are my writing goals for 2012. I'm determined to hit them, because usually I don't.
Finish Bad Animals – May 31st
·       Submit Bad Animals to agents and publishers
Finish Almost Human – August 31st
·       Submit Almost Human to agents and publisher
Finish short stories on Saturdays
·       Topless

·       Straight Laced

·       Untitled Ménage
Start plotting Sci-Fi story on Sundays
DANCE: I also have some goals in belly dance this year, because there are some things I didn't do this year that I'd like to get done.
Choreograph at least 3 solos

Practice Improv

Create a Yoga routine

Practice when I don’t have school
MISC: These are just good things to do, that I feel I don't do enough of. I know everyone feels like what they give or do won't help, because they're just one person, but if every person pitched in, we could accomplish a lot. So I encourage you to give back this year. Whether it be time or money. Everyone can spare a little.
Donate at least $5 every other month to ISF or Cause An Uproar, or Unicef.
Volunteer at least once at the animal shelter or make blessing bags for homeless.
And that's the end of my big goals list. Of course there are smaller things like trying to promote more, and what not, but they don't go on the big list, those things go on the lists I make daily.
If you're wondering what blessing bags are, this is where I got the idea:

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