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107 comments posted.

Re: Alpha Wolf Need Not Apply (12:55pm May 6, 2016):

Personally, I'd like to read more non-warm-blooded shifters. How about a 6-foot dragonfly (larger than those during the Carboniferous and Permian periods)? Non-warm-blooded creatures tend to be viewed as aliens already so a shifter that is an insect or similar would have a different set of experiences.

Re: Somebody To Love (2:39pm April 24, 2012):

Sometimes "temporary" could end up being decades, mostly because I dislike change.

Re: Darkest Highlander (5:12pm February 7, 2012):

Magic is fun to read about, no matter the genre.

Re: Haunting Embrace (4:17am October 22, 2011):

Áedán sounds yummy!

As for time traveling heroine, I've often wondered if modern
people can truly blend in with people of the past. There
are so many chores and jobs we just don't do anymore, let
alone trying to survive without tampons and contact lenses.

Re: Chosen By Fate (1:21am October 10, 2011):

I, too, like books with a bit of this, a bit of that. It's
more fun that way.

I've never read a Grisham and don't plan to. Now, if he
were to write a sci-fi or nonfic, maybe I would (I don't
trust him to write a romance).

Re: Never Cry Wolf (6:14pm July 2, 2011):

Even after all those allergy shots, I STILL seem to be
allergic to something. Hm...

Re: Wild and Unruly (6:12pm July 2, 2011):

Sure, why not time travel? However that doesn't mean there
are people changing history all over the place. Also, I would
think it'd be easier to go forward than backward in time, but
I'll leave that to theoretical physicists and authors. :)

Re: Night Veil (8:42pm June 27, 2011):

I prefer Batman because he is human and does the best he can with what he has got, which admittedly is quite a lot!

Re: When Tony Met Adam (2:04pm June 12, 2011):

Is it more fun to work with all those people to create the film than by yourself to write a book?

Re: Mind Games (8:09pm May 25, 2011):

I restrict my "stalking" to online, mostly, unless the
author is doing an event near me. Then I go see him/her for
sure.

Still, if following an author's website, blog, Twitter, and
Facebook constitutes cyber-stalking, then I am guilty. I
rarely email them though so I'm cyber-stalking in the
background.

Re: Dragon Bound (12:52pm May 9, 2011):

I'm looking forward to reading more about Pia!

Re: My Favorite Countess (5:17pm April 28, 2011):

Doctor heroes are great! Of course, my estimation of doctors took a nosedive when a few of my friends started med school; though they are now very competent physicians (tops in their fields even), at the time I couldn't help but think "if these goofballs could become doctors..."

Re: Heartache Falls (7:45pm April 27, 2011):

Congrats on your new release! I, for one, am looking forward to Sarah Reese's story. Is Cameron Murphy really Lori's father and what about Zach Turner?

Although I tell people that I was raised by the two family dogs, I don't have any pets other than fish now as I am allergic.

Re: The Alchemy of Desire (6:33pm April 25, 2011):

There's a VERY fine line between "alpha" and "jerk" so I prefer beta heroes more - more finesse and less domineering.

Re: The Return Of Black Douglas (5:58pm April 1, 2011):

Wow, do you have a diagram of all that? I'm glad you can pull away from your research long enough to write the book! :) Thank you!

Re: A Lot Like Love (5:19pm March 24, 2011):

Congrats on your awesome news! And having Jed Hill on the cover can't hurt either.

I enjoy slow burn romances a bit more. The build-up is just more fun and exciting.

As for comestibles while reading, tea or soda are my preferred drinks. Chocolate would be good except I'd hate to get it on a book.

Re: Seducing The Governess (2:26pm March 8, 2011):

Thank goodness for the internet! That way, when a question arises from reading a book, I can just look it up. The most recent question I had (from a fantasy novel) was whether the 1971 Pontiac LeMans is cooler than its GTO counterpart (no,it isn't but the LeMans has more horsepower).

I've also looked up the history of side saddles before, too.

Re: Storm Of Reckoning (3:32pm February 19, 2011):

Evil Overlords can't kill *everyone* or there won't be anyone to lord over, evil or otherwise.

Do you have any episodes of cackling, bwahahahaha, aloud?

Love Paul Marron on the cover!

Re: Wild Man Creek (8:19pm January 29, 2011):

I received a Jack's Bar coaster today! Now I just need a beer...

Re: Pleasure Me (9:22pm January 14, 2011):

I'm really looking forward to this book! If for no other reason than for the beautiful cover. I'm also looking forward to your blog party.

Re: Wicked Seduction (7:23pm January 11, 2011):

Deadline psychosis seems like a reasonable conclusion to most
other deadline activities (English papers, taxes, FDA filings,
open heart surgery, etc.).

Re: Outrageously Yours (4:07pm December 1, 2010):

Hooray for nerds! On behalf of nerds everywhere, thank you, Allison, for writing a nerd hero *and* making him sexy!

Re: Falling Home (4:45pm November 12, 2010):

I have always been a nerd and proud of it! Not a geek though as I'm not that well-versed in anything to be considered as such.

I learned to be myself instead of trying to be popular when I was in fifth grade and I never looked back. Too bad I was too extroverted to be a true loner.

Re: The Devil She Knows (12:00pm November 7, 2010):

For the last couple of years, I've been spending Labor Day with my cousin and her family (two kids) at my favorite beach. We'd grill up some oysters, steaks and salmon while the kid splay in the sand. I hope the kids will remember their beach day out there when they grow up.

Re: Holiday Grind (7:58pm November 5, 2010):

Pie is the way to go, but I don't bake so it's store-bought for me. Still, they can be very tasty. I think I prefer berry pies, chocolate pies and custard pies. Pumpkin pies are okay for the holiday season.

Re: Marked By The Moon (5:30pm November 4, 2010):

I like Bram Stoker's "Dracula" but Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" is way scarier because the monster is so human.

Re: Simply Irresistible (7:42pm October 29, 2010):

I loved the Wilder brothers so I'm looking forward to reading about these sisters.

Re: A Darcy Christmas (4:06pm October 22, 2010):

Great excerpts! It's fun to read of babies interacting with adults in a more meaningful way. Thank you.

Re: Twilight Hunger (8:24pm October 21, 2010):

I've enjoyed a few of your Wings in the Night books. Thank you! I especially love Amber Lily (Edge, not as much).

Re: The Making of a Gentleman (3:17pm October 20, 2010):

Congrats on your new release!

It's fun to read about something/somewhere I'm familiar with, just to see someone else's take on it, but it's also fun to learn new things while I read.

Re: Highland Hellcat (6:42pm October 15, 2010):

I've got coffee and an espresso maker and lots of tea, herbal and otherwise. Sometimes I have soda, too.

Re: The Secret History Of The Pink Carnation (6:32pm October 12, 2010):

Cambridge (MA) was bad enough in the winter; I can't imagine winter in the other Cambridge (University).

Re: Sloane Hall (5:14pm October 11, 2010):

Quality of the writing trumps gender based POV every time. It's not like women writers live in convents and have no interactions with men; they have brothers, boyfriends, husbands, and/or sons so they are exposed to the male POV and voice.

Re: Seducing The Duchess (6:33pm October 6, 2010):

Congrats on your debut release!

Considering that I read mostly romances, YA and children's books, any book I hold will be somewhat embarrassing. :) I'm over it now though.

Re: The Spy Who Saved Christmas (7:59pm October 4, 2010):

Reading is my favorite hobby, whether books or online. I also love going to the beach and taking walks. I've gone through so many hobbies in the past that I'm thinking of cycling through them again. :)

Re: Sinful in Satin (6:55pm October 1, 2010):

Sometimes I remember my dreams and sometimes I'm someone else in my dreams. What I don't like is when the TV is left on some news channel and the news stories work their ways into my dreams. That's *really* annoying!

Re: When Wicked Craves (5:46pm September 30, 2010):

Although I live in a suburb, there are enough wildlife (suburbanlife?) around here for maybe a "when nature fights back" sort of horror story. The wild turkeys, deer, squirrels, vultures, and the scrub jays that hate the cat next door (for eating their babies *years* ago) can try to reclaim their neighborhood (except the turkeys are non-native).

Re: Until Emie (8:00pm September 28, 2010):

Not just good with his hands but smart, too, that's what gets me going.

Re: The Bride's Necklace (2:31am September 27, 2010):

the new covers for the Necklace series are very pretty although the old covers were good, too (I read the old ones).

I like the Raines Brothers covers as well and look forward to reading their stories.

Re: One Touch of Scandal (2:44pm September 26, 2010):

Chocolate! Any rewards must have chocolate, which, of course, must be kept from pets.

Loved the cover of "One Touch of Scandal"!

Re: Venom (6:23pm September 23, 2010):

"The Princess Bride" is the best. And I've liked the Disney movies ever since "The Little Mermaid" when they started putting Broadway show style songs in them.

Although I loved "The Hunger Games" and "Catching Fire", I've decided to put off reading "Mockingjay" for a while - read a few reviews which made me decide on that course of action. I won't spoil anything though.

Re: For the King's Favor (3:28pm September 22, 2010):

Is all that research fun? I know it's informative and I, for one, can spend hours looking things up online or in a library. Still, it's different when it's for work.

I enjoy reading real people or events in a novel; it adds realism and makes me appreciate the author's research.

Re: Secrets Volume 29 Indulge Your Fantasies (5:00pm September 21, 2010):

Scotland sounds so enticing, but sometimes I remember the Scotland of my college friends' youth. Their father was South Asian and so my friends did not look like their Scottish peers and, as a result, was picked on and bullied a lot in their youth. So, their Scotland is just like any other place. Too bad.

Re: Petals From The Sky (12:58pm September 21, 2010):

The book sounds great. Instead of enlightenment, Meng Ning can achieve enlightenment about love.

Re: Burning Up (12:12pm September 15, 2010):

I grew up reading mysteries and scifi, even when my fellow teens, my best friend and my cousins, were all reading romances. While in college, I read a lot of romances because those were the books left by former residents in the all-women dorm. However, I didn't read any romances again until last year, when I was perusing my local library's ebook selections and chose Jennifer Crusie's "Anyone But You". Then this summer, I was fed up with all the post-apocalyptic, dystopian YA books I was reading and my romance reading picked up. Now, I still read YA, scifi, and mysteries but lots of romances, too.

Re: Warrior (2:09am September 6, 2010):

"Oy" - I love it! Congrats on your new release! I've heard great things about "Warrior" and look forward to reading it.

Re: Royal Blood (3:45am September 5, 2010):

Writing what you know would be tough when it comes to Dracula. :)

Re: Atlantis Betrayed (7:00pm August 31, 2010):

Congrats on your new release and good luck with the move! When the stress gets too much, take a short brisk walk. Not only does a walk get your blood pumping, but you'll notice parts of your body that have been clenched or tweaked by stress so you can work them loose. Plus, all those endorphins can only help. If you have access to one, a soak in a hot tub will help, too. Once you get to Japan and have finished settling in, get a good massage to unkink all those tired muscles.

Re: Deadly Fear (5:06pm August 26, 2010):

Whatever the "monster", there has to be "human" traits (flaws, wants, needs, etc.) to make the character more realistic, even vampires. By "realistic", I mean that I, the reader, will understand the character more. Even a serial killer is reasonable and righteous in his own mind, not that I want to agree with him that much.

Now I'm definitely going to bump "Deadly Fear" up higher in my TBR pile!

Re: Amelia Island's Velvet Undertow (3:18am August 20, 2010):

I made my boyfriend look for "Sex and the Single Earl" for me; he even had to ask for help. He considered this as cruel and unusual punishment so I doubt he'll ever willingly read a romance novel; he wouldn't even let me read passages to him.

Re: Whisper Kiss (3:15am August 20, 2010):

Although the ability to breath fire is pretty cool, I think longevity is even better. Of course, living a really long time is not that great unless one can also be mentally and physically vital as well. Living for a long time in a nursing home isn't what people have in mind.

Re: Hero (3:13pm August 18, 2010):

When I write a review, I try to be specific about what I don't like about a book (usually a character or two). However, every book has something that attracts my attention otherwise I wouldn't have picked it up so I go with that.

Re: The Star Necklace (7:58pm August 17, 2010):

Not total nudity but there was that family vacation in London when I was about 21 where we stayed at a B&B in which the windows have a view of the rooms across a tiny courtyard. I looked out of the window and realized that the room directly across the way was a communal bathroom and that a man was getting ready for his shower (he was naked but I didn't see much from the back).

I've never been to Austria before. I've been to Germany but only in January so I don't know if they're casual about nudity there as well (it was way too cold during my visit).

Re: Rule's Bride (5:29pm August 16, 2010):

I like book series because they offer the reader a glimpse into what comes after the HEA for some characters (when they show up in subsequent books). I particularly enjoyed your Necklace series so I'm looking forward to your new one.

Re: The Smuggler And The Society Bride (7:34pm August 4, 2010):

Congrats on your release!

What I like about romances is the HEA. Sometimes (okay, often), I just want to read a book that I *know* will end on an up note for the characters.

Re: The Goddess of Fried Okra (6:51pm August 3, 2010):

All the women in my family are strong women, one way or another. They had to be, given that they had to travel long distances, sometimes with children in tow.

Re: Monster in Miniature (3:19pm July 30, 2010):

As a person who was locked into a bookstore, and almost locked in another, it was not nearly as fun as you might think. The quiet was eerie; it's amazing how much noise people riffling through pages make.

I like the separate categories myself. Of course, I don't read exclusively in one genre so it all depends on my mood. In a library or bookstore, I do make my way through Mysteries and Sci-Fi before Fiction. The problem comes up when the book is more than one genre. Where would I find it? Under Sci-fi for the vampires? Under Romance? Under Fiction? Thank you, book catalog! Of course, this means that I don't browse as much as I'd like.

Re: The Ark (3:37pm July 28, 2010):

Wow, timing *is* everything!

Congrats on your timely release!

Re: Barely A Lady (3:35pm July 28, 2010):

Sometimes a villain can chew scenery like no one else. For me, the best character out of "101 Dalmatians" is Cruella De Vil. She gets to LIVE even if she gets her comeuppance in the end.

Re: The Millionaire Meets His Match (3:10pm July 26, 2010):

Not only is the wife a tax deduction, so are any and all the children. And somebody has to coordinate all the kids' schedules.

What a fun list!

Re: Knight Of Passion (3:03pm July 23, 2010):

Hope your ankle feels a lot better very soon.

Re: Love and Scandal (7:01pm July 22, 2010):

Sex is the same throughout the ages and cultures, that's for sure.

Re: The Tutor (7:02pm July 21, 2010):

Isn't the saying something like, "it's better to have loved and lost, than to never have loved at all"? It's better to have those seven sexy days and nights so that there will be warm memories at least.

"The Tuor" sounds delicious. Now, I'm going to have to dig the copy of "Kama Sutra" from storage...

Re: Moonshine (6:53pm July 21, 2010):

Friends and sidekicks really round out a character.

Re: Suck It, Wonder Woman! (5:52pm July 17, 2010):

I love Olivia Munn! Her cameo made me squee during "Iron Man 2"! And I'm not a boy either. :)

Re: Murder in the Abstract (5:26pm July 14, 2010):

Hi! A bad boy is fun as long as he is someone else's headache. I've always thought real life bad boys as not worth my time, but fictional ones sure are fun!

Re: To Conquer a Highlander (4:58pm July 12, 2010):

Congrats on your new release!

Thanks to my father who goes from hobby to hobby every couple of years, I ended up collecting a multitude of things. I started (or rather, my father started me) with stamps when I was in first grade. I've got some kids meal toys of movies and characters that I like. I have a "collection" of interesting things that I've found at the beach. One of my past hobbies was sewing so I have bolts of fabric and a sewing machine somewhere in storage. Woodworking was another hobby so I have planks of exotic woods as well. Basically, I collect whatever catches my attention at the time. I figured that I'll always pick up that hobby again at some point. I also keep tropical fish and succulents.

Re: The 1st Wife (11:23pm July 9, 2010):

I enjoy brisk walks on the beach in whatever weather (and in CA, it's mostly foggy and cold this time of year).

When in doubt, take something that can be used as a weapon with you but only if you can really use it. Otherwise, it can be taken away and used against you. I take hand weights when I walk in my neighborhood for exercise; I could work on my arms and upper body while knowing that a 3-lb weight can hurt if thrown or used to deck an attacker (or trip him up if he runs after me).

Re: The Wild Irish Sea (4:59pm July 8, 2010):

Congrats on your release! I love seals, too. :) I like the cute little harbor seals more than those enormous elephant seals (I see them at the local beaches sometimes). But I digress. Your book is going on my list for my next visit to the bookstores, that's for sure.

I must admit that whenever I read a novel near the sea in Ireland or Britain, I shiver in sympathy because it must be so cold there.

Re: Money, Honey (2:53pm July 7, 2010):

Hi! I, too, have enjoyed reading a few historicals in which the hero is the virgin. Personally, without real medicines, the possibilities of contracting STDs would have prevented me from dabbling with a rake. Ew.

As for all books of one genre being the same, that would mean that all books of a series are just copies of one book. :)

Re: Crush On You (2:43pm July 6, 2010):

Although I like reading about friends-to-lovers in books, I don't apply that in life. In my twenties, I decided to stay friends with my best guy friend even though I had been crushing on him for years because I didn't want to lose his friendship. On the other hand, my cousin decided to go ahead and date her best guy friend when they were in college. They were in bliss for a few months and then when they broke up, they never spoke to each other again. I think that I value the good friendship that I have more than a possible relationship (a bird in the hand and all that). Of course, we are older now so maybe any relationship may actually have a chance; hard to say.

Re: Home is Where the Bark is (11:56pm July 4, 2010):

I've told friends in the past that I was raised by dogs! I had two dogs in my childhood that were very important to me and my siblings. The first one, who followed me home when I was about 6, saved me and my younger sister once and was also our babysitter in the afternoons when we played outside with the neighborhood children (he was fairly strict about us kids playing nicely together). The second one lived with us during my high school and college years and was considered by my parents as yet another child, albeit one that would listen to them and not ask for spending money.

I don't have any furry pets right now because, as it turned out, I'm allergic to dogs, cats, and horsehair. Oh well.

And yes, I'm more inclined to pick up a book that has a dog on the cover. :)

Re: A Cutthroat Business (8:12pm July 2, 2010):

Or if Death rides a horse named Binky? Thanks for the Terry Pratchett reference.

I never thought about real estate agents and sitting around an empty open house. That does open up possibilities for stories (although I like to think that all agents in my neighborhood are safe and not in any way discomforted).

Re: The Fire Lord's Lover (4:57pm June 30, 2010):

Wow. Now I'm half way to becoming a valet! :)

By the way, wasn't there a little ice age around that time, hence the need for so many layers?

Re: Rapture Untamed (6:38pm June 29, 2010):

I like series; it's like visiting old friends and finding out how they are doing after their HEA. Also, there's usually less explanations about the setup of that particular world (although this is more the case for paranormals) so more can be devoted to the plot or the relationships of the characters.

And there are some books that I wished were part of a series because I liked the characters so much.

Re: The Master & the Muses (3:49pm June 28, 2010):

Dependable, hot and have a great sense of humor. Okay, he may not do the right thing at the right time every single time, who does, but he does try to do so and tries to make up for it when he can.

Re: Dark Flame (2:13am June 28, 2010):

What a great place to intern at!
Have fun!

Re: Hidden Wives (9:44pm June 26, 2010):

I'm looking forward to reading the rest of Tessa Dare's Stud Club trilogy. The series combine two interests: historical romance and racehorses. :)

I also have many YA books on hand so if I get tired of romances, then I can switch to something different.

Re: Tempting a Proper Lady (2:54pm June 23, 2010):

I really got into reading romances after one too many dystopic YA books. I want a happy, or at least satisfying, ending. You'd think I'd get that in YA books but no.

My usual reading material tend toward mysteries and fantasies (Terry Pratchett, Piers Anthony), but I'm more into specific writers than genres. In any case, there are romances in those books although they are not labeled as such (Alexander McCall Smith's Isabel Dalhousie and her relationship with a much younger Jamie and the ending of his "La's Orchestra Saves the World", for example).

Re: Smooth Talking Stranger (7:40pm June 21, 2010):

I called my father (who lives too far away to visit) and also wished him a happy Father's Day on facebook and had a Father's Day barbecue for my boyfriend's father (who lives much, much closer).

Re: Summer Sanctuary (7:34pm June 21, 2010):

I can't believe they'd ban "Of Mice and Men" but still foist "Waiting for Godot" and "Madame Bovary" on unsuspecting high school students!

Re: The Lies We Told (4:53pm June 18, 2010):

I like the background music. Overall, it's polished without being too overly done.

Re: Dragon Unmasked (5:31pm June 16, 2010):

There was that time when I was sucked into watching a lot of anime instead of reading...
However there are times when I'd look around me, at all the books I do have (and all the ebooks on my computer) and I still feel like there's nothing I really want to read. I don't know what to do about that either except just pick up a book (hopefully a thin one just in case I don't have much time) and open it up.

Re: Death Threads (5:05pm June 14, 2010):

Hobbies do bring people of different ages and backgrounds together. Sewing is a good one as it has been around for a long time. I'm looking forward to more of this series.

Re: Hidden Wives (4:45pm June 12, 2010):

Does anyone ever grow out of wanting cake? :)
Good luck with your book!

Re: Seducing the Knight (6:56pm June 11, 2010):

Great excerpt! Treasure hunts are fun as long as I don't have to go into a jungle or anywhere too miserable. :) The artifact I would like to discover would be Amelia Earhart's plane, if that is considered an artifact.

Re: Desire Me (3:16pm June 8, 2010):

Great excerpt! I love scavenger hunts although I don't recall participating in any after about age 12.

Re: Night Myst (4:14pm June 4, 2010):

Congrats on your new release and series!

I do have a few fav authors who write different series. It depends on the author and genre. For example, I'd read anything by Jayne Ann Krentz/Jayne Castle/Amanda Quick, but I only read the Harry Dresden series by Jim Butcher. Don't know why; it just is. However, I do give the other series at least a chance before giving it up; a couple of Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy books was more than enough, but I'll still read her Georgina Kincaid and Dark Swan novels (and I read a lot of YA books so that's not a reason).

Re: I Love This Bar (5:38pm June 3, 2010):

Great excerpt! If a cowboy fell on me, I'd go soak in the nearest hot tub and then call up my chiropractor. Do I sound Californian or what? :)

Re: The Making Of A Duchess (2:18am June 3, 2010):

When I was in college, a girl in my dorm mistook me for another girl. Since I was too embarrassed to correct her (after the third time) I let her call me "Irene" for the next five years. Does that count?

Re: Strange Neighbors (9:28pm June 1, 2010):

One good thing about working in a group is the social interaction. I really miss that when I'm working by myself. And to have a group of people who will root for you (instead of backstabbers) makes the group all the more precious.

Re: Ancient Whispers (3:36am May 31, 2010):

Congrats on your win and book!
As for going out of my comfort
zone, does getting laid off
count? Even if I was so
unhappy at that job that I
gained 35 pounds? Whether for
better or for worse, change is
uncomfortable. Still, after
the initial panic, I was glad
(and promptly started to lose
the extra weight).

Re: Dead in the Family (2:56am May 30, 2010):

Since I've read the first two
of the Darkest Powers trilogy,
I'm looking forward to The
Reckoning" as well. I've
given up on the Vampire
Academy books after the first
two; actually, I've given up
on many teen vampire series
(Blue Bloods, Vampire Diaries,
House of the Night) - too much
angst. I am looking forward
to "The Necromancer" of the
Secrets of the Immortal
Nicholas Flamel series and
"Mockingjay", the final book
of the Hunger Games trilogy.

Re: Blown Away (2:47am May 30, 2010):

I try to wait until two books of
a trilogy are out. That way I
won't have to wait that long for
the last book.

Re: His At Night (2:48am May 26, 2010):

Hi! I looked into the
differences between the Anglos
and the Saxons after reading
some historicals. I was
fairly ignorant about that
part of British history
before.

Re: On Folly Beach (2:52pm May 18, 2010):

Having a large extended family must be really fun for a writer what with all the different potential characters and situations. :)

The problem I have with old photographs is that many times no one bothered writing on the back who the people in the photo were and when it was taken. It would make sorting old family photos easier, especially if the only person who would know is recently deceased.

Re: Web Of Lies (2:04am May 18, 2010):

Hi! I don't stick to any one genre; I switch around. I would read a couple of books in one genre and then switch to another for the next couple of books. That way, it's always fresh to me.

Re: Haunting Warrior (4:22pm May 12, 2010):

Hm, perhaps during Viking Age and tell those Vikings about Hawaii so they could leave all those cold places and the iffy food (lutefisk and hákarl? ew).

Re: Silent Truth (11:21pm May 11, 2010):

Given that so many people are in financial despair, many starting anew isn't such a bad thing.

Still, although I sympathize with Abbie, I would think that Abbie's mother rather she be safe.

Re: A Thread So Thin (9:16pm May 10, 2010):

I read way more YA books than adult books, but I do review them for my friends who have children. I switch off because after a couple of downer YA books ("Tender Morsels" by Margo Lanagan, "Split" by Swati Avasthi), I seriously need to read something with a HEA ending!

Re: Sex Drive (5:47pm May 10, 2010):

Congrats on being in Cosmo no matter how they cut your writing. What pulls me in generally is the characters. If they are "real", then I want to find out about what happens to them in the story, and I'm more inclined to read the rest of the book, even if the writing is taxing (yes, I've read books like that before - thank goodness for speed-reading). Of course, the plot has to be somewhat believable, at least in the context of the world of the book. Also, humor and wit can go a long way in contributing to my enjoyment of a book.

Re: Rumor Has It (4:59am May 7, 2010):

What a great idea to base a
story on - an ad!

Re: His Border Bride (5:58pm May 3, 2010):

I'm with the other commenters; my favorite hero tends to be the one I'm currently reading about, although I'd prefer the man with a sense of humor. I'm not really into bad boys/rakes too much unless the heroine really tie him up in knots. :)

Re: Think Twice (2:22am May 3, 2010):

I just finished "Tender
Morsels" by Margo Lanagan.
The ending upsets me because
the main character, Liga,
doesn't get a happy ending.
This book has implied incest,
gang-rape and sodomy and it's
a YA book!

Re: The Firefighter's Secret Baby (7:39pm April 17, 2010):

Congrats on your new release! The first chapter is great and definitely has hooked me into the story. Thank you!

Re: Big Bad Wolf (10:59pm April 10, 2010):

In a series, I try to read the first book before the others although I'm not that much of a stickler for reading the entire series in sequence. Sometimes reading a later book would help me decide whether to read the precious ones. For example, I read the first three books in Maggie Shayne's Wings in the Night series and then jumped to "Edge of Twilight" which caught me up rather well so I don't think I will read the books in between them.

Re: A Certain Wolfish Charm (3:14pm March 31, 2010):

I like the idea of a strong woman civilizing (because there's no real "taming") a strong man's inner wolf, or outer one as the case may be. Having the protagonists work for their HEA makes the ending so much sweeter.

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