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What if her perfect life wasn't so perfect after all?

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"Brims with vivid imagery."�Jen Turano, bestselling author

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The marriage is fake, but the passion is real.

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A charity collection of 22, never-before-published, brand-new stories featuring and benefiting love and Happily Ever Afters across the gender and sexual identity spectrums.

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A husband-and-wife disguise�His only hope for survival.

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Who knew patrolling a National Park could be this hazardous?

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Brave heroes who rise up to take down a treacherous gang bent on robbery and destruction, to keep their homes, and the women they love safe�

Christina Harrison

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Favorite Recipe for a Valentine's Dessert - Heart Cupcakes
February 5, 2011

67 comments posted.

Re: Baer Truth (9:38pm October 5, 2011):

Sounds like a conflict that goes way beyond cowboy boots and 6 inch heels. Sounds like a lot of fun. Can't wait to get this one downloaded.

Re: Roommates (7:59pm October 5, 2011):

Heath is my favorite family name but I like earthy names, Stone, Steel, Brick and for tv shows I like a lot of new ones. Terra Nova, Revenge, Ringer, The Gifted Man, and Falling Skies are among my favorites.

Re: Ward Against Death (7:57pm August 27, 2011):

Service Dog Trainer who trains more than just my own dogs.

Re: The Landlord's Black-Eyed Daughter (8:11pm August 11, 2011):

Endings don't always have to be happy for me, just believable. I've been reading the Iris Johansen books about Eve Duncan for years and have never had a happy ending in them, but the next book just might have that ending I've waited for. Finding Bonnie will finally happen and I'll have that ending I've waited for. It probably won't be happy since Bonnie (her daughter) is dead, but an ending for them all none the less.

I do love the happy endings in a single book or a series that isn't meant to bring you back to look for that satisfaction of happily ever after in every book, but those Eve Duncan books are meant to rip your heart out and search for the next book to have that satisfaction.

Re: Spycatcher (7:57pm August 11, 2011):

Experiences in the life of an author always make the stories better. I wouldn't dare try to describe my favorite hangout spot in Paris since I've never been there, but I can imagine all kinds of plots about a fictional place and person. Your experiences must make the action seem more plausable. Can't wait to read this one.

Re: Under a Desert Sky (12:39pm June 20, 2011):

That's simple. There for each other through the good, the bad, and the ugly For Ever. When a crisis is there are you there for each other?

Re: Louisa And The Missing Heiress (4:14pm June 15, 2011):

Jessica Andersen writes the Nightkeeper novels about the 2012 end date. I can't help but look at the real history of the Mayans and the blood sacrifices and way of life then and wondering if I were of that time and culture what my life would have been like. Then the air conditioner kicks on and I'm glad to be here and now.

Re: The Lost Summer Of Louisa May Alcott (3:55pm June 15, 2011):

There's nothing like Little Women. I can't wait until my older niece comes in for the summer. I have a few great books lined up for her and a 10 (how did she ge that old?) year old version is at the top of the list. I'm debating on some other books, too complicated of a storyline, language, sex (eeks), those are all things I have to consider, but Little Women is already waiting for her.

Re: Hard Bitten (3:46pm June 15, 2011):

Most of the books I like at my local library I donated. We are now at the point of a free book exchange for the summer. Bring in paperback books and get the same amount for free. Waiting for some new ones to come in because it didn't start until the last day of school. In the meantime, there's always Kindle and a plethora of worlds in books to be downloaded. Looking forward to the new one coming out from Erica Spindler this month. Love her suspense. Then there's Joe from Iris Johansen, she always keeps me up all night. Summer reading is just as much fun as the winter with a heating blanket, hot chocolate, and book. You just see the sizzle more.

Re: Blood Of The Wicked (3:09am June 14, 2011):

Of course there are. These days we call them premonitions, but at one time or another we all say something off hand that includes details and it comes to pass. We also call them guardian angels when we escape a tragedy that could have been more serious. How often have you said someone must have been looking out for you? Have you ever chosen to get someone a shirt only to find they already own it or someone else got them the exact same thing? We just don't pay too much attention to it but it is there, buried in the back of our minds.

Re: Hunter's Fall (9:33pm June 12, 2011):

Next year I'm hitting the one that has the Mayan/Aztec theme simply because I love that stuff and it's going to be awesome. I think it's near Nashville, a place I love. Have fun this year and congrats on the new book.

Re: When Tony Met Adam (9:20pm June 12, 2011):

Read When Tony Met Adam and it was awesome. Love the way you write those stories and they are filled with fun twists. Can't wait for your movie to hit.

Re: Money Shot (11:38pm June 11, 2011):

I'm a flaw person. I want to see that I'm not reading about the Brady Bunch. I want my characters to have as much depth as possible, but they can't be perfect. Without the huge flaws that a partner must learn to live with it isn't very realistic.

Re: The Goodbye Quilt (10:48pm May 13, 2011):

I absolutely loved The Goodbye Quilt and felt many of the same things when my only child went off to college. Funny enough, I'm working on my own quilt right now with a purpose that will change my life as much as the quilt in the bood did. What did I get my mother? A quilted purse. She had looked for one over a year ago and couldn't find one so when Mother's day came around it seemed the perfect gift for her. She loved it. The colors were good for almost anything she wore and it was the size of a purse she normally buys herself.

Re: Already Home (2:50am May 12, 2011):

Professional Baking 3rd Edition by Wayne Gisslen is like my baking bible. I love the bread recipes annd cookies and everything else. Just don't make the mistake of thinking ounces are by volume, it's all weighed ingredients. Very little measuring without the scales. Darn, almost 3 a.m. and I want some bread. I should add that I bake but don't cook too often.

Re: The Hat (3:36pm May 10, 2011):

I have learned too many things to count but the best one is how to handle pain. I've been with her to over 25 out of at least 50 surgeries in her life and many were outpatient. I don't think they intended outpatient to mean what she has done. First stop on the way home was for food, usually something that would kill my stomach on my best days, then it was off to the stores between the hospitals and home. My mother used those days to shop like no other. I would tell her I can go and get those things, but no, she wasn't ready to go home and lay in a bed. Lately she has had more complicated surgeries and ended up staying in the hospital long periods of time, but the day after she gets out, it's a trip,200-300 miles with Dad for the pure enjoyment of fresh air and scenery.

I was in a lot of pain Saturday after doing things I shouldn't but my parents asked me if I wanted to go on a trip with them and it was Mother's Day so of course I went. I really needed to see my nieces, who were meeting us in a restraunt 200 miles away just for lunch. I shouldn't have gone because of the pain, but I was exhausted enough that I don't remember the trip there or back because I slept. The girls were shocked to see me there and it was a great time. I slept the whole way home too. In the end, I would have been in pain no matter what I did, but at least I got something from the effort. Something I learned from my mom. (She had the whole day in a ankle halo. Six circles with over 30 pins running through her leg, ankle, and foot bones.)

Re: Follow My Lead (11:19am May 6, 2011):

I love my heroes, be them male or female. When one can give security to the other it's sweet. It's along my role in my family. I'm the fixer. Ever since I got a license and started driving Mom to doctors between college classes, I've fixed the problems. My brother was a fireman, so maybe that was part of it. Of course he used to have the role of little sister's car broke down, come and get me and fix the car until he got sick and those roles were reversed and I was the only person in the family who wasn't afraid to bully him into doing what needed done (usually doctor's appointments). I'm barely above five feet tall and I had to bully the 6'-3" tall older brother I had always looked up to. Until then he was on his own and had been since moving out on his own at 17.

So I love the strong heroes.

Re: A Family Affair (10:59am May 6, 2011):

I have two families. The first is the parents I dearly love and the daughter who scares me to death at times and the second is the family that still lives with me. That would be two dogs and three ferrets. My first ferret is the man of the house, hence the name Little Man, even though he's huge so I call him my big boy. They keep me from driving an hour away every day to see my girl and letting her live a normal 26 year old's life with friends and a bf. I do reserve the right to call her at least once a day and internet friend her. We're still extremely close to the point of having to discuss gifts we buy each other and others or we end up buying duplicates of everything. We think alike to the point it's crazy. We can go into the same stores and find the same outfits for each other without even trying. Everyone thinks we're strange. Other solutions are to go shopping with my mom with us and show her what's in the carts and let her tell us what's duplicated. I always think of family as the first people who can hurt you the most because you love them the most, so never hold a grudge because tomorrow isn't promised.

Be good to your family, you never know what will happen and take them from you.

Re: Cowboy Fever (2:07am May 5, 2011):

That didn't go where it was supposed to go. This one is more like I love her books and have been waiting on this hot couple.

Re: Cowboy Fever (2:04am May 5, 2011):

I haven't read many from this time period. Sounds like something I need to check out.

Re: It Happened On Maple Street (6:50pm April 19, 2011):

I hate the way people feel they have to hide the abuse. They feel that keeping a family intact is work the bruises, fists, burns, kiscks and emotional trauma as well.

Re: The Beauty Chorus (3:36am April 18, 2011):

Do you feel like you may be over editing? I haven't read any of your books, nor written one myself, but it seems to me that there might actually be a point when something is no longer your work but that of a group. I'd also wonder if the characters are too perfect. Isn't there one thing about a mate (married, engaged, dating, or even divorced) that absolutely drives you insane to the point of distraction? It takes away from the relationship and someone just has to get over it if they want that person to be their mate (or maybe it's the reason for the ex-mate) but you need it in the book to make them have that extra dimension. Just curious about the writing process in general, NOT a reflection on a book I haven't read.

Re: Tangled Threads (3:27am April 18, 2011):

Godiva caramels with dark chocolate.

Re: Demons Are A Girl's Best Friend (2:22am April 13, 2011):

I haven't read anything witchy fun in a long time and this one sounds like the I need to break that oversight.

Re: Deadly Ties (5:37am April 11, 2011):

My torn loyalties this weekend would be between my dogs. The young dog I'm training to be a service dog and the old dog I didn't think would make it through Saturday night and Sunday until the vet opens tomorrow. Although Missy would never hurt my older chihuahua, she loves to stand over her and want her to play. Normally Sweet Pea would think nothing of nipping Missy to keep her in line but I remind her that she's one mouthfull for Missy. After two minutes they settle down to serious bone chewing and Missy gets some review of her favorite tricks. Last night I wouldn't let Missy come into my room and lounge on the bed because I didn't want Sweet Pea disturbed. That was my biggest decision on how to handle the one that needed me most. Thankfully tonight - this morning - I can let them be together again. I couldn't stand shutting one out while the other was deathly ill.

Re: Skykeepers (5:23am April 11, 2011):

Books aren't handy right now so names of the lesser used characters are hard to remember. The nightkeeper who is our psycho jailbird motorcycle bad boy would be Jason Momoa. He played Ronon Dex on Stargate Atlantis or if you like looking at him in beefcake mode, he was on Baywatch. But I like the Dex look much better. He's also very tall and from Hawaii. It's 5 a.m. and I haven't slept yet so you get strange descriptions from me at this hour.

Re: Collision Course (4:56am April 11, 2011):

My favorite movie was Stargate. SG-1 is still my fave series. I love the way they used the ancient names like Anubis as the god-like war lords. Even the search for Atlantis carried forth something amazing. The crystal skull had a purpose and so many other abnormalities were worked into the plot of the whole series. I even liked the team members for their own personalities.

Re: A Song For My Mother (4:36am April 11, 2011):

I wish my Mom still read like she used to. She got me hooked on them and I still remember growing up and seeing her with a book in front of her. One of us kids would want to talk to her and she'd hold up a finger, gotta wait until that paragraph, scene, or even chapter was over because she was so engrossed. It was only natural that I'd have to start reading when I was a teenager. She'd want me to do something and I'd hold up my finger. It actually became a joke between us. My poor brother, sister, and father paying the price.

Re: Haunting Desire (4:57pm April 6, 2011):

I haven't read any books like these and I'm thinking I need to go get books 1&2 to go with #3 which I bought yesterday.

Re: Angel's Verdict (3:59am April 5, 2011):

I have no choice but to believe in angels. My daughter's house caught on fire back on December 10th. I was scared, but I knew the date was just a reminder that my brother was still looking out for her 12 years after he died. It was his birthday. He used to be a fireman from the time he was old enough to be a junior fireman. With smoke pouring out of her house she grabbed her animals and went outside to call the fire dept. They were there within three minutes to put out the remnants while her boyfriend and another friend stayed inside the whole time keeping the flames down. In the end all was safe and there was very little damage. For Christmas I bought her and her boyfriend each a fire extinguisher. It was a great gift that may someday save her life, but I'm sure that her non-working fire alarm wasn't helpful even though the batteries were fully charged. It was his way of saying hello to the niece he had doted on in life and reminding her that he still loved her and was there for her. I'm sure there's a million stories like that, but we can't all be wrong. Try believing in what you write about. Who knows, it may be more inspiring than a fairy tale.

Re: Rock Hard (3:32am April 5, 2011):

I'm going to buy the first book. You sound a lot like me. I've been from South Carolina to Canada and Detroit just to see concerts. It's amazing to just be young and free and slip in through the back stage and have a little fun for the evening. I lost my first real love through a band and can relate to this kind of writing. He's married with two kids now and I'd never contact him to even say hello. Some things need to stay in the past. Buying the first and hoping to win the second.

Re: A Lot Like Love (7:37am March 25, 2011):

I love to curl up in a heated bed and enjoy a good book. Good books are bookes that have surprises and a sense of wondering what is coming around the next corner. I love a twist to the plot and yes, a slow burn is fun if both parties are feeling that burn.

Re: Laird of Darkness (7:21am March 25, 2011):

Just might be a fix for my boredom of reading the same thing time and again. I tend to see some books as cookie cutter writing that bores me.

Re: Dead on Delivery (1:18pm March 16, 2011):

Do you use a character chart when you're developing your characters or do they tend to shock you with some of the stuff they do that isn't in an outline or chart anywhere?

Re: Emily And Einstein (10:13am March 16, 2011):


Re: It Happened One Bite (10:23am March 15, 2011):

Sounds like a great series to have started at the beginning. How do you make two people work together to write a single story? What if you each have a completely different idea of what the next scene should be? Good luck with the books!!!

Re: So Close The Hand Of Death (10:00am March 15, 2011):

Until tragedy hits you don't know what you would do. When do you quit fighting for those you love? When would you quit searching bulletin boards for a sign of them? When would you quit walking the area you last saw them? That would be when you die and give up on tomorrow if you were searching for your child. A child would probably forget faster and accept a new reality, but a mother's bond, love, would have her ripping the world apart in search of her child.

Re: Angel's Rest (9:38am March 13, 2011):

I only had one girl and she moved out as soon as she finished school. She even took her ferrets with her. At least she left me my dog. Her graduating was like me graduating. No more school fund raisers, school events like football games and rushing her to one function after another. Playing the mom role felt diminished. I had to get my own ferrets and to beat all my mom finally left the nest too. She moved to a retirement community. I had a nice little flower garden the first couple of years, remodeled some of the house, and started projects. My favorite one is my current one. I'm making a quilt and getting the pieces autographed to auction and finish training my service dog. I've been working on it since October and have only a few pieces put together. Mostly I'm still stuffing envelopes and sending them around the world for autographs. I've made lots of quilts in my life, but this one is the one that will change my life the most. Then there's reading. I bought a Kindle so I could enjoy all those free books on the web and find real bargains with the older books no longer in print. It actually paid for itself in the cost of books. A second virginity I can understand. Sounds like I need to add your new series to my Kindle.

Re: A Lady's Wish (12:59pm March 10, 2011):

Interesting. I want to see how the whole world of books and e-books changes over the next three years. I have a Kindle and that means a lot of people have e-readers. I'm not one to try out new technology. I still forget my phone has a camera on it. I have a feeling paper producers will need to cut down a few less trees each year.

Re: Taste Me (12:44pm March 10, 2011):

It changes with my age. When I first started reading it was the world in which Janet Dailey created for her Coulter Saga. Then I found that I enjoyed the rebellion of the Native Americans in the historicals. With a kid, a full time job and full time college life as a single mom, I found time for reading was likely to be college texts. After graduating and finally finding time to read again it was paranormals and suspense from Sharon Sala, Suzanne Brockmann, most anything that was in the line of Silhouette Romance books. The older the kid got the more time I had for reading and found myself reading anything new at the library. With Kindle I find myself reading the hot, sensual romances of Shiloh Walker, Catherine Fox, Lauren Dane. My favorite other world builders are Jessica Andersen and Colleen Gleason (Joss Ware) because they only have built worlds based on the ruins. Colleen based her's on what happens after lost civilization and writes as if Disney's park is a fairy tale and the town of Redlo is what's left from a sign of Red Lobster. Jessica's world is now, but from the ruins of the Mayan civilizaion, lost but a few fighting to save us from the 2012 disaster.

Re: Staying At Daisy's (6:05am March 7, 2011):

Sounds like fun watching rugby players. Being American and not interested in sports for more than tight ends, I have no clue what a rugby player does. I would imagine it's quite fun to watch them though. There are many things I should do but find other things to do instead. Sounds like we have something in common.

Re: Scandal of the Year (6:43pm March 5, 2011):

Wow, could we soon see something like the iron horse? I have been on a motorcycle or two in my younger years and back in the '90's wanted nothing more than a scooter so I could save some gas money going to work. The only reason I didn't do it then was the speed of a scooter. At 40 mph it would have taken way too long. They aren't even legal on our interstates, so it wasn't going to happen then. Now I havne't the health for it. I'd like to see the change in one of your books for the scooter though. Back in the early days of the scooters they made them for women to sit a bit side saddle and not mess with those knee length skirts.

Thinking about the role of cars in my reading history, the only books I've ever read where the cars were first starting to be important were in Janet Dailey's Calder series. One of our leading men died from a heart attack brought about by cranking the motor. Other than that I can't recall a time where cars were important in the history of the book or series.

Keep doing some of those modernish romances. They can lead to something great. Great is something I've never read before.

Re: Animal Magnetism (6:10pm March 5, 2011):

Forget it Mom, I've got this one. Hey folks, Missy here, the not quite a service dog but working on it dog. I've been to plenty of grocery stores and Mom usually doesn't notice people unless they say something to her about me. I have to tell you I have a couple of favorite aisles and the cookie aisle is one of them. I've never had a cookie (except the one that Mom made, peanut butter, and it was good) but my favorite training food is there. Spray cheese. Yes you read that right. I learned the idea of heeling with spray cheese. Mom kept it in place and I learned to walk in the right place with it. My other favorite aisle is the cereal aisle. As long as it doesn't have sugar in it I'm a happy pup.

But the sexy men? Gotta go in the evenings and look at what's in the basket. Beer? Usually have a responsibility issue somewhere. Wine? Usually have a "taken" sign somewhere. Junk food? Usually have a kid somewhere. But healthy food? He deserves an intro to Mom and I'm good at making that happen *evil grin* !!!

Re: When The Sun Goes Down... (2:38am March 1, 2011):

I just looked that up and that explains it. The stores around here don't have many multi-cultural books. I find the reading to be 99% white in the stores. I don't know if Wal Marts and Targets in other parts of the country get different books or what, but that line needs to be featured more. It's time to quit pretending the rest of the world doesn't buy or read books. I would love to see them in the local stores or even featured on here more.

Re: When The Sun Goes Down... (2:18am March 1, 2011):

I've never seen the Kimani at the stores (not bookstores) so am I just blind to them? What makes them Kimani? Looking for new stuff all the time.

Re: Beaglemania (1:37am March 1, 2011):

Well, anyone who knows me knows I love my animals. I have three ferrets that are my laughter. I can't play with them without laughing the whole time. I never they were such lovable little creatures until my kid came home with one. By the time she moved back out she had three. I missed them so much that I now have three. I have a chihuahua that's breaking my heart with her health problems that have no cure. Then there's Missy, my almost a service dog. She has her own facebook page and I'm making her a quilt that is signed by over 150 authors (still collecting more) signing the pieces. The quilt goes up for auction soon so I can finish her training across country. I already depend on her for so many things and knowing she's going to be fully trained...can't wait. It's actually hard to let her go off by herself.

Can't wait for another doggy book.

Re: Operation Forbidden (1:25pm February 26, 2011):

I love good military stories and you write great ones.

Re: His, Unexpectedly (12:39pm February 25, 2011):

Road trips are a family thing. Find a good concert and a city and a bunch of people who can drive and you have a roadtrip. There are so many good concert tours that never come close to me so I have to arrange for the trip. When my kid was in school she used look forward to the week after school because they'd be filled with shows. Ozzfest, Stevie Nicks, some 80's bands, nothing was off limits.

Biggest secret my sister would kill me for talking about. I was driving and she was in the passenger seat. I pointed out the tiniest green spider I'd ever seen and she flat out had a freak out. (She's a heavy person) She managed to turn around in the seat and crawl over the darned thing to sit in the back seat with other people who were cramped up with three in the back already. When she was almost there she yelled out "there's a cop behind you with his lights on." We had to be in a state that had corporal punishment.

Re: A Light at Winter's End (12:20pm February 25, 2011):

Julia is one of those no-brainer picks. You put the book in your buggy before you've even thought of it. There aren't that many that I come by so I sometimes do the little squeal that catches attention. Wish I could read it today, but I must wait until the weekend at the earliest. TGIF!!!

Re: Love Script (7:05am February 25, 2011):

The whole purpose of the book is going somewhere that the only rules are what the author makes. I just don't see books as interesting if everyone has to conform to rules about the imagination. I just listen to the rules in society, I don't want them in a book.

Re: Beneath The Night Tree (8:40am February 18, 2011):

I've been in love with love before but only the real thing once and I wasn't smart enough to know that. I once had a relationship that lasted ten years on and off. Every time he wanted to marry, I just couldn't do it. He'd leave and get married, invite me to the nuptials, then two years later he'd be divorced. He's on a fifth wife now, but I quit being the fall back girl after wife # 3 didn't work out and I ended up saying not this time. Even though he kept coming back to me, I didn't feel like I could ever be the happily ever after bride with him, even though he kept saying I was the reason for the divorces. I wouldn't sleep with a married man. I didn't have enough faith in his vows to enter them myself. Wife #5 and I didn't even give him my phone number after #3. I'm just not up to the games.

People are always telling me that I was being hit on by one guy or another, but I don't think I know how to recognize it anymore. Too easy to not see the interest and just not even play the game of love.

Re: Outcast Mine (8:13am February 18, 2011):

I find myself continually leaving my comfort zone. I do it because it's life and I have to live it. I usually do it with both feet. Once upon a time getting noticed really bothered me because I don't walk too well or move very well, so I started with an idea on how I would handle the next surgery. Service merely need to walk beside you in a store to get that smile from someone who may not have smiled all day, or questions you patiently answer, or a child who doesn't understand why you don't play with them at will. Invitations to girl scout meetings are accepted with the idea that you can teach them something, while also making a game for your dog that gets her trained to do something new. Big dogs are guy magnets and she shamelessly flirts with them. They are always asking how they can get their dog trained or how to get one so they can take them everywhere. My response is always the same, the first step is getting a disability that your doctor would fill out papers for. It doesn't matter what you train your dog to do they aren't service dogs without a partner that has a disability.

I'm curious about your book and what the men in it were like before arriving in prison. Were they both really bad guys? Was one of them gay before, or both, or is that something they'll leave behind when they're once again free? Will they both ever be free or are they both lifers? Sounds like a book worth reading for those answers.

Re: RiverTime (3:26am February 16, 2011):

I've escaped to books very often, but when I really don't even want to think of food, water, or anything beyond the second, it's time to hit a concert. I've gone a thousand miles to see a concert. The trip there and back was just another escape with my sister. Time out of the house to make memories that were funny or stressing, depending on the car, the show, the clothing malfunction, or who was at home waiting for us to come back.

Reading about an unscheduled escape with an unplanned (but he has to be hot) man can bring us an escape with them. I like that.

Re: Lucky Stiff (11:07am February 15, 2011):

I spend a lot of time reading and writing. You'll never see what I write because it truly is the voices in my head. Sometimes the start to tell me stories and then they go away while other times I invite your stories which tend to have an ending. I live in a small house in a small town with a small group of animals and sometimes the animals decide what's happening in my life, but even when they do it's a look they give me that I have somehow learned to understand. Who needs reality? There's plenty of ways to escape it.

Re: Love Me If You Dare (1:35am February 14, 2011):

Saturday I wasn't in the mood for Valentine's Day and wished it was over. I was with my dog for the day and it was nice out so we went to the dog park then Belly Scrubs for a bath followed by the vet for her annual shots. All three places I was interrupted by a call from a florist I used last year to send my nieces flowers. The first time I was miffed, second time angry, but the third time, after telling them the first two times to never call me again, I kind of lost it. I told them that the kids were under 10 and would get a package in the mail in just a few hours so leave me alone and if they call again I'd make sure they regretted it. Really, three calls in one day is almost stalking. Then I heard from the girls who loved their Justin Bieber hoodies, heart shaped sun glasses, candy, and a stuffed animal. Suddenly I remembered the fun of the holiday. Tomorrow, my kid gets her Hello Kitty surprise and I'll have forgotten about the money mongers who wouldn't leave me alone. Then I'll go see the parents to drop off something sugar free for them and share the love of the day. As for the night, who knows?

Re: True Colors (8:42pm February 13, 2011):

Isn't it funny how romance is the reason for soap operas? Of course there's the social issues and the heartbreaks and the deaths, but under all of it most of the bad guys are at their best when they have their soul mate by their sides. Just imagine all the times they've come back from the dead to be with their soul mate, only to find they're just a little late and he or she is married to someone else or pregnant with someone else's baby. It's classic no matter which show you watch.

Re: Society's Most Disreputable Gentleman (10:24am February 9, 2011):

If not for the bad boy I don't think I'd even read. I also don't want to see that bad boy's spirit crushed so you must leave a little bad in the boy before he becomes a wuss. Nothing wrong with changing diapers but don't change him too much.

Re: At Hidden Falls (6:22pm January 25, 2011):

It's nice to know that not all people have a perfect life when you're a teenager. Books allowed me to escape to through miserable surgeries on my back and a year away from school where I thought at times I'd go insane with boredom. I guess most kids in 8th grade read YA books but I read anything my mom bought for herself. By the end of the year I had corrupted her reading to the racier stuff. Between reading and the radio and General Hospital (they year Luke and Laura were on the run and married) I managed to stay sane.

Re: Stroke of Midnight (6:11pm January 25, 2011):

Poor Kindle is going to have a load on his shoulders Tuesday with all the new releases. I think I need to add a few of your's to the list.

Re: Mercy Kill (2:52am January 9, 2011):

I don't like the perfect happily ever after. No matter what you write or read the moment it says happily ever after it's over. Why bother the rest of the book? My life continues to happen even while in the middle of a book. When I close the book on a happily ever after there's not much more to say about the characters. It's like the happy couple standing there, gazing into each other's eyes, knowing they're secure in their love, when the phone rings and chaos erupts all around them. It feels more real.

Re: Cowboys Never Cry (9:26pm December 30, 2010):

I don't want the people in books to be anything like the people in my real life. I don't have images of friends who look like characters I read about. If I did that then there would be no escape in the story and that's why I read. I want to avoid my own life. If I ever found a book that reminded me in any way of myself I'd never finish it. I read and watch tv with the purpose of suspension of disbelief so whatever happens feels true at the moment.

Re: Deadly Identity (8:59pm December 30, 2010):

When I was in college I took a class for scriptwriting. Had to do it to graduate. First week we were given time lines for each twenty pages. Of course I wrote a sci-fi based loosely on a record album that was based on something I hadn't read. Movies are strange, because you have ten pages to get the audience hooked and ten pages to wrap it up with a bow in the end. My problem came with the in between. No romance in it for me. At the time I was a freshly divorced mom of one. I had one problem with the 70-80 pages in between where you carried the film. Halfway through you needed to put a twister in there to keep things interesting but every scenario I came up with killed the hero. Yes my life was interfering with the idea of a hero at the time. The guy had to save the sister (no romance threat there) but every time I wrote I killed him. I spent a whole semester with the teacher asking what they did that week and my answer was "died" plain and simple.

Down to the wire we were and he said your mid-term grade rests on today's answer, what did they do? "They had a member of the Order of the Rose flash in with a bolt of lightning and freaked out the bad guys. There's only two bad guys left and now the hero can throw lightning swords at the bad guys." Why had I forgotten sci-fi had special fx? I spent 10 weeks killing myself over that and when it was do or die I found a way. The hero became a member of the Rose and rescued his sister in the final ten pages. That was too easy to end it.

I got an A in the class but it cost me sleep like you wouldn't believe.

Re: Demonkeepers (3:18pm December 30, 2010):

Me likes a little Rabbit hi-jinx, he such a funny little Rabbit and I can't wait until I've gotten to the last book to see his part. What will Rabbit be by then? Screwed up in the head and (hopefully) with a new partner. Jessica's Rabbit is a very fun character. Hehehe Couldn't resist putting Jessica's name next to Rabbit.

Re: Red Ink (11:15pm December 28, 2010):

That sounds like an amazing concept. Want to know how that turns out.

Re: Double Cross (2:06pm December 23, 2010):

It's so hard to take over the world when you're agoraphobic. It's hard to walk outside to the mailbox when you're afraid of walking outside your home. Christmas shopping by computer is easier than getting a gallon of milk to go with your cookies. Just think of all you would do with just a few hours of this problem being gone. You could visit people, walk in the park, go somewhere and meet a guy, see what's new on the shelves of the grocery store.

The whole idea is crazy, but it could make for a fun book. This new one looks like it's full of fun.

Re: Precious and Fragile Things (8:57pm December 18, 2010):

I often think books that have that happy romantic ending are full of crap. I hate to see the end when the writer has forced that man and woman hookup to lead to a permanent happily ever after. Statistics show we aren't making it as permanent pairs and yet we think that we have to read books that show us how perfect love is. On the last page there's this need to show us the woman pregnant or holding a baby with a soft smile on her face when she sees her man. Isn't it refreshing, every once in a while, to see them walk away from each other without heartbreak?

Re: Murder In Plain Sight (8:31pm December 18, 2010):

To me the appeal is like anything else I know little about. I love learning while reading for fun. Just because I like romance doesn't mean I don't want to come away from it with a bit of knowledge I didn't posess before. I've never been to Africa to see a tribe in the middle of nowhere, but I like watching them on National Geographic. Of course, I also wouldn't want to check out a church that handles snakes in person either. Just like a culture different than my own, I like seeing those differences. Change is what makes us unique.

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