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Jan. 21st, 2009

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TBR Challenge 2009: Review: Snowbound by Janice Kay Johnson

This year, I decided to participate in Avid Reader's TBR Challenge 2009. I decided I wanted to post the books I read over on LJ rather than on The Good, the Bad, and the Unread, because I thought that way if I ever came down to the wire and wrote something up at 11:59 on a Wednesday, it could still count.

Anyway, this year she did things a bit differently and assigned us different reading goals. This month, we were to read a category romance. Since one of my best discoveries last year was the romance of Janice Kay Johnson, and since I had one of her books in my TBR pile, I decided she'd be a perfect place to start.

So, without further ado:

Title: Snowbound
Author: Janice Kay Johnson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Super Romance
Publication Date: November 6, 2007
Summary: When a blizzard strands Fiona MacPherson and her students in Oregon's Cascade Mountains, their only hope of survival is to seek shelter at Thunder Mountain Lodge. Their host is John Fallon, a handsome, enigmatic war veteran haunted by secrets and scars that may never heal.

John Fallon never imagined he'd be playing host to this captivating teacher and her eight teenage charges. But when his solitude is shattered by their arrival, his world shifts on its axis. He needs Fiona—but does she need him? There's only one way to find out. The ex-soldier must find the courage to reach out to the remarkable woman who has transformed his life.…
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Final Grade: B

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Aren't you glad you read all that?

Dec. 3rd, 2008

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Testing something. I don't know if I'll actually use it.

Nov. 11th, 2008

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Dear Yuletide Author:

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Oct. 11th, 2008

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Local folks: BPALage

Hey, annamatic, and anyone else local.

Anyone want to do a spontaneous BPAL meet and sniff? I've got stuff I'd like to get rid of to good homes, including a shit ton of imps that no longer have labels on them that I can no longer identify. I figured I'd offer the stuff to anyone local first, since it's been a long time since we had a mutual enabling session, plus hey, less for me to pack up and ship to other people. Also, I'm home every day but Tuesday this week so the timing is perfect. Let me know if anyone's interested!

Oct. 9th, 2008

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You people are why we can't have nice things!

Halloween Meme
annamatic summons the undead
armies of shazza59 to steal your candy
ember_myst eats laurelian's spicy, spicy brains.
emilemur shows up with burning torches, pitchforks and dip
flashmasterh runs around screaming for hours until abruptly silenced by shantih, wielding a sharpened
sock
laurelian puts real eyeballs in your Wings Greatest Hits
locazuluna puts fake eyeballs in your Bank Manager's lunchbox
miss_sophia sacrifices flashmasterh's brains
moirarogers puts apples in your razorblades
quirkofonic gives you
a toothbrush
shantih haunts your pumpkin
shazza59 carves singeruvsongs's effigy in the medium of gerbils
singeruvsongssingeruvsongs creates an unholy monstrosity
from slutbamwallaslutbamwalla, locazulunalocazuluna
and shazza59shazza59
slutbamwalla
TPs your cutlery
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Oct. 6th, 2008

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Voice Post

VoicePost
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Snagged from tinyholidays:

Voice posts are fun, right? You get to hear funny accents if your friends are from far, far away. All we really want is to hear your voice, we don't care what you're saying. So here's a list of typical meme questions that would otherwise be boring, but when communicated aloud - well, it's entertaining. Answer these questions in your post, and encourage others with voice-posting abilities to do the same.

1) What's your name?
2) How old are you?
3) Where are you from? Are you living there right now?
4) Is it cold where you are?
5) What's the time?
6) What are you wearing?
7) What was the last thing you listened to?
8) What was the last thing you ate?
9) What was the last thing you watched on tv?
10) What's your favorite tv show? Why?
11) Quick! Find a book, or something with text on it! Flip to a random page and read some of it! GO!
12) What was the last movie you saw? How was it?
13) Do YOU think you have an accent? Talk about that.
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Shannon's September Reads

I meant to post this days ago, but kept getting distracted, and figured since I'm not blogging on my actual website anymore I might as well put up my reading list for the month over here. I'll link to the reviews I've written where possible, but in case you don't want to go clicking, I'll insert random thoughts about each of these in the list.

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Dec. 31st, 2007

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Blog stuff part 2

OK, well, the new site is still not really ready for human consumption, but it can be found here. I finally figured I should do something with this domain I've owned for a few years which has basically sat there.

I also figured out how to post to wordpress so it's delayed and will show up when I want it to. So there will be stuff other than some of my archived LJ entries on the site at midnight.

Dec. 30th, 2007

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Random update

I've finally decided that I really ought to put my book reviews on a wordpress blog, because I like a lot of the wordpress features that are on offer, so today I've been importing my LJ to wordpress. It's an exercise in complete tediousness, because I have to go through each entry and figure out whether it needs to be included or not.

Incidentally, I haven't done any reading at all this week. Which is horrible because the book I am reading was one I should have knocked out very quickly. However, I'm thinking that this book epitomizes a lot of the things that tend to bug me about the paranormal romance genre, so my review might just wait until I am fully switched over to Wordpress since it'll be fairly ranty.

Anyway, off to import more entries.

Dec. 24th, 2007

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Review: Thunder and Roses by Mary Jo Putney

Title: Thunder and Roses
Author: Mary Jo Putney
Genre: Historical romance
Grade: A-
Reason for Reading: You know, I'm not really sure why I originally got this book, except that the title is kind of cool. When I read the plot synopsis and the prologue, though, my interest was piqued.

Synopsis: Nicholas Davies, the latest earl of Aberdare, is the only one who can do anything to improve the lives of the villagers in Penreith, in Wales. Clare Morgan, a Methodist schoolteacher, knows this and seeks Nicholas's help. He strikes a devil's bargain with her--he'll aid the village if she lives with him for three months and let him claim a kiss every day, thus ruining her reputation. Furious at his audacity, Clare accepts his challenge, and gradually finds herself struggling with her growing fascination for Nicholas.

My Thoughts: A lot of Regency-set historical romances have similar plot premises. There's invariably a rogueish rake of a hero and a supposedly intelligent heroine who likes to help others and be a martyr. And there seems to be a trend in the books I've been reading where the rake has a group of friends who are all confirmed bachellors with ridiculous nicknames.

Fortunately for me, Mary Jo Putney's Fallen Angels series was one of the first with the whole rakes club thing, and a wonderful gift for storytelling and highly relatable characters makes it so that I believe in these people and can see them as something other than archetypes.

I really loved the main characters. Nicholas is a strong, forceful man, but he isn't an arrogant jerk and he is that rare breed of romance hero that has a sense of humor. He mistrusts people, because lots of bad things have happened, but I bought his emotional struggles and he wasn't really an idiot about them. Clare is also anb interesting character. I loved that she struggled with her faith, and didn't just give lip service to the whole "Oh, I really want him to kiss me, but it simply isn't right" hand-wringing that often happens in this sort of story. I really felt Clare's angst about whether or not she should let Nicholas seduce her was justified.

As for the secondary characters, well, it's obvious that Nicholas's friends are sequel-bait, but Putney did a good job of giving each of the three men his own distinct personality. I really want to see what she does with them in the rest of the series, especially with the intense, war-scarred Michael and the shrewd Lucien, who plays the dilitante well but has hidden depths.

My quibbles are fairly minor. The suspense subplot was kind of cheesy, and the villain practically wore a sign on his back reading "I am the villain! Ph34r me!" There were also a couple of moments near the end where, to bring off a climax, Clare went haring off into danger. But aside from that, I really did enjoy this book and would definitely recommend it.

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