Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Poetry Corner

Hi everyone!  I cannot believe it has been over a year since I have posted anything.  I have been so insanely busy with my life... college, stalker-exs (don't ask), new baby in the house (not mine!), and a new job too.  This summer has been filled with a second job and a huge renovation project.  It has been crazy!!

Since it has been so long since I have last posted, I thought I could shake things up from the (old) norm of what I used to post (reviews) and start something new.... Poetry Corner!  If anyone would like to submit a poem, short story, etc. (make sure it is your own!!!) then please feel free to do so in the contact section of the blog, not in the comments below.  Just send a message with your work and I will have it published on the blog.

Okay, so getting down to it, here is the first poem in K&K's Poetry Corner.  This was written by a very close friend of mine.



Point A, Point B

It doesn't matter how,
It doesn't matter why,
It doesn't matter where,
It's that you get there.

Some go left,
Some go right,
East, West, North, South
Different paths but going in the same direction.

We all start somewhere,
And off we go.
Some take detours,
Some take a path less traveled.

Our destination is our goal,
Our experiences part of the journey,
Our scars come from the bumps in the road.

Some travels take longer than others,
With scenic routes taken too long.
But, it doesn't matter.
It only matters that you get from Point A to Point B. 




Thank you to everyone who stuck through the long intro to read the first poem in Poetry Corner and I hope to see many of your own submissions soon!  If you wish to submit but remain anonymous, remember that that is always an option.







Thursday, February 23, 2012

Kresley Cole

If you didn't already know, Kresley Cole has her newest Immortals After Dark series book out.  Lothaire.

I bought the hardcover for $25, but I just saw on Amazon that you can get the paperback for $7.99 and the Kindle edition for $11.99

It was an amazing book!!




Monday, November 14, 2011

Young Adult Novel Discovery Competition

Young Adult Novel Discovery Competition


Get in Front of Top YA Editors and Agents with

ONLY the First 250 Words of Your YA Novel!
No query? No pitch? No problem!

Serendipity Literary Agency, in collaboration with Gotham Writers' Workshop, is hosting its Third Annual Young Adult Novel Discovery Competition for a chance to win a one-on-one consultation with one of New York's leading YA literary agents!


If you've written a novel for young adults or have an idea for one that you would like to write, we invite you to enter our contest. Simply submit only an enticing title along with the first 250 words from the opening of your original YA novel. http://bit.ly/YAContest



GREAT PRIZES

The Grand Prize Winner will have the opportunity to submit an entire manuscript to YA literary agent Regina Brooks and receive a free, 10-week writing course, courtesy of Gotham Writers' Workshop, plus a collection of gourmet teas from Possibiliteas.co.

The Top Five Entrants (including the Grand Prize winner) will receive a 15-minute, one-on-one pitch session with Regina Brooks, one of New York's premier literary agents for young adult books. They will also receive commentary on their submissions by editors at Scholastic, Disney, Harlequin Teen, Random House, Viking, Roaring Brook Press, Sourcebooks, and Kimani Tru and receive a one-year subscription to The Writer magazine.

The First 50 Entrants will receive a copy of Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks.
Enter to win at http://bit.ly/YAContest Hurry contest ends November 30, 2011





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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Review: Tall, Dark and Cowboy by Joanne Kennedy



















She's trading in her luxe lifestyle and heading for Wyoming...

In the wake of a nasty divorce and with her ex's vicious cronies hot on her heels, Lacey Bradford heads for Wyoming in search of an old friend.  But her high school pal Chase Caldwell has changed, hardened by bitterness and loss.  He's considerably less than thrilled to see the girl that broke his heart - especially when Lacey turns up on his door step asking for help.

As the two grapple with the ruins of their former friendship, a brand new, surprising attraction ignites.  Lacey is boldly beginning to create a new life for herself.  And, Chase has to admit, he's rather be part of that life than be left out in the cold alone... description taken from back cover.

I love these types of plots!  Guy likes girl.  Girl never knows.  Girl falls for guy down the road.  I especially like them when the guy is rough around the edges, like Chase is with his hardened heart.

I liked Lacey's character (as well as Chase's). They were well written and I enjoyed reading them and about their romance.  And, of course, I liked the drama!  Lacey had been a trophy wife and had never been able to go after the goals she had made when younger.  Chase's family had gotten cheated out of their farm by Lacey's husband (now ex-husband).  Lacey's ex's vicious minions are after her as well.  All of this made for good drama.

The romance was very cute, but I don't want to give too much away, so I'm just going to say that I very much enjoyed it.  The book was great, and it will be a good re-read that will be waiting on the shelf for me.













**I was sent a copy of the book in order to write a real and honest review. I was not paid to write this review. All opinions are my own.**

Review: The Highlander's Heart by Amander Forester

Lady Isabelle escapes her murderous English husband only to be abducted by a Highland warrior and held for ransom. Her determination to break free from captivity is exceeded only by the passion growing between her and the Highland Laird. David Campbell plans to hold Isabelle for ransom as an easy way to line his pockets and return her back where she belongs, but he is unprepared for a feisty English lass with a penchant for finding trouble. Caught between rival clans bent on claiming the throne of Scotland, Campbell must choose a side, and a bride. Standing on the brink of war, Isabelle may be his only hope to save his clan, and his heart. description taken from here.




This is the 2nd book in Amanda Forester's Highlanders series.  The first is called The Highlander's Sword, and the 3rd book in the series called True Highland Spirit will be coming out in March of 2012.



Lady Isabelle was wed to a mean older man, and now she is trying to get an annulment.  She starts her journey here, running from her husband, only to find out that she can't hide out at her uncle's because he is now dead, and then be captured by a highland brute.  Of course, we all know that heroins (as well as us, the readers) always fall for the brute, especially if they have a Scottish accent. 

I thought the book was great.  My attention was held the entire time, and I had some trouble putting the book down (which is not good for my sleeping habits!).  The mix between romance and drama/action was awesome and I think it is pretty safe to safe that I loved this book.  It doesn't hurt that the cover is pretty too though, does it?    ; )













**I was sent a copy of the book in order to write a real and honest review. I was not paid to write this review. All opinions are my own.**

Review: Embrace the Highland Warrior by Anita Clenney


















They were driven apart by a timeless secret...

Cody MacBain let the woman of his destiny slip away.  A member of an ancient clan of Scottish warriors, he grew up beside Shay Logan as her secret protector, but his heart compelled him to be more.  Until Shay's true identity was revealed, and the fated pair's chance was gone...

But danger will drive them back into each other's arms...

Shay fell for the boy next door, suspecting nothing of the ancient secret he guarded.  After what appeared to be a stinging betrayal, she's tried to banish memories of her first love.  However, the machinations of the sinister demon that left her for dead will force her to confront her past head on.

Now she must learn to embrace her warrior nature, and the warrior who has always watched over her, in order to turn back a tide of unspeakable evil...     description taken from back blurb.




~ ~Here is another little blurb of the book, this one taken from Anita Clenney's website to even further entice you:



When the powerful demon that left Shay for dead discovers her empty grave, he comes seeking retribution, believing she possesses an ancient book he has sought for centuries. Knowing she can’t fight the demon alone, Shay returns to her clan and the Scottish Warrior who betrayed her…the only man she’s ever loved, where she discovers that betrayal isn’t always what it seems. Sometimes it’s far worse.





This was a great book!  The characters were well developed and are very likable.  There was a lot of great detail throughout the book, as well as filled with bunches of excitement and romance.  I had a hard time putting this book down to do anything else during my day (I never wanted the book to end!).

I really liked that along with men being warriors in the book, there are women warriors as well.  It was a refreshing change.  I cannot wait for the next book in the series!

The first book in the series is called Awaken the Highland Warrior, and you can click here to read my review.


The 3rd book in the series is Unleash The Highland Warrior  (coming Spring 2012)

Here is a blurb of it from the author's website:


A talisman belonging to Tavis Connor’s brother is the only weapon powerful enough to kill the demon hell-bent on stealing the clan’s Book of Battles so he can destroy the world. But the talisman has been locked in a time vault with Tavis’s brother and won’t open for 150 years. In desperation, the Scottish warrior breaks the clan’s sacred rules and uses another time vault to travel forward so he can protect the book and rescue his brother, or if he’s dead, finish his quest. But when Tavis finally wakes in modern-day New York, he discovers he’s the one in need of help. Anna MacKinley has been searching for her clan’s Book of Battles which has been missing for 150 years, but instead she finds a warrior with no memories who claims he’s come to save the world.




I deem this book recommendable!













**I was sent a copy of the book in order to write a real and honest review. I was not paid to write this review. All opinions are my own.**

Review: Tempted by Elisabeth Naughton

DEMETRIUS - He's the hulking, brooding warrior even his fellow Guardians avoid.  Too dark.  Too damaged.  And given his heritage, he knows it's best to keep everyone at arm's length.

Isadora is missing.  The words pound through his head like a frantic drumbeat.  For her own protection, Demetruis did all he could to avoid the fragile princess, his soul mate.  And now she's gone - kidnapped.  To get her back, he'll have to go to the black place in his soul he's always shunned.

As daemons ravage the human realm and his loyalty ti the Guardians is put to the ultimate test, Demetrius realizes that Isadora is stronger than anyone thought.  And finally letting her into his heart may be the only way to save them both.  taken from the back cover.




I really liked TEMPTED.  The characters were like able and well developed.  The romance was very cute, and the plot had action and some shockers that kept me reading.  It was a really good story line if I do say so myself.  Demetrius likes Isadora, his soul mate, but he needs to keep her at arm's length so he is mean to her to keep her away.  Isadora thinks he hates her, but when he starts to show his sweet side she starts to fall for the big guy.  This is one of those plots that I love, that I will always love, the kind that I will always have a soft side for.  Anywho, I really liked the book, that's what I'm trying to say here.


TEMPTED is the 3rd book in the series called Eternal Guardians.  The 1st is Marked and the 2nd is Entwined.  You can check out those books some more at Naughton's website- http://www.elisabethnaughton.com/











**I was sent a copy of the book in order to write a real and honest review. I was not paid to write this review. All opinions are my own.**