Waiting For The Veronica Mars Movie? Try These Series!

Veronica Mars is one of my all-time favorite TV shows and when it was (unjustly) cancelled, the world weeped. Okay, a bit overdramatic, but I was seriously bummed. If you’re not familiar with the show, it’s about a high school/college girl named Veronica who has a penchant for sarcasm and solving crimes. Adding to the mix are awesome side characters, which include smouldering bad boy Logan, faithful sidekick Wallace (who was always my favorite) and Veronica’s dad, a sheriff-turned-detective who I always thought was one of the most laid-back parental units on TV at the time.

Talks of a movie have been circulating around for years and thanks to a Kickstarter project spearheaded by the show’s creator, fans finally got their wish. In less than 24 hours the $2M goal was met surpassed, ensuring a movie to be made sometime later this year. Talk about a SQUEE moment! With more than 40k backers and counting (including myself!), this trumped the news of a new Pope (sorry, Francis), making it the most talked-about topic around the interwebs yesterday.

That said, now comes the waiting game. Even though the WB has made all three seasons available online, that still leaves a lot of downtime before the movie’s release. So to pass the time — and keep excitement levels at a steady high — I’ve listed a few series that encompass similar traits to the show for those moments after you’ve exhausted all the episodes (which I realize may hard to do). I chose series because not only am I a sucker for ’em but also because that means there’s more to gobble up while you wait — and more characters to become emotionally invested in, mwahaha!

On the off chance you’re in the minority and are not a fan (don’t even tell me if that’s true) or have never seen the show (which, if that’s the case I demand you click on the link above, STAT!), you can still enjoy these books on their own for the following qualities.

If you like Veronica Mars for the…


Witty banter:

Kickass heroine:

Smouldering bad boy:

Now, excuse me while I shut the world out and have a VM marathon attempt to be productive for the rest of the day…

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’d Like To Start But Haven’t Yet

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme started by the lovely (and creative!) Jamie of The Broke and the Bookish. After following along since TTT’s inception and because list-making is a die-hard hobby of mine, I figured it was high time I made a Top Ten list of my very own! So I present to you:

Top Ten Series I’d Like To Start But Haven’t Yet

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  1. The Hathaways series by Lisa Kleypas — Confession: I don’t read historicals but I’ve been eager to fall in love with them like many of my friends have. I’ve been told Lisa Kleypas is the perfect intro to historical romance and after reading the premise of this series it seems like a great place to start.
  2. Delirium series by Lauren Oliver — After hearing the buzz about this series on Twitter, I bought book 1 when it was a $2.99 Kindle Daily Deal. Now I’ve just got to actually read it!
  3. Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward — A dark paranormal series that is sensual and brooding. As a fan of The Vampire Diaries and True Blood (the TV shows) I think I’d really enjoy these.
  4. Play by Play series by Jaci Burton — I admit, the only reason this series even made it to my radar was because of the HOT covers! Of course, after reading the blurbs and finding them interesting, now I’ve got even more of a reason to give ’em a shot.
  5. Marriage to a Billionaire series by Jennifer Probst — The Marriage Bargain was a hit from Day 1 and after hearing the success story of the author (and how it’s been optioned for film), it’s high time I see what all the hoopla is about.
  6. Adrenaline series by Vivian Arend — After reading Falling, Freestyle, I became hooked on Vivian Arend’s sexy action romances. I’m sure this new series will not disappoint!
  7. Animal Magnetism series by Jill Shalvis — I love Jill Shalvis’ voice and when combined with cute animals that are part of the story, I’m betting I can’t go wrong with this series.
  8. Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa — Another Kindle Daily Deal that I gave into. The fantasy YA genre has piqued my interest in the last few months and I really want to read these to get a taste of what fey life is all about.
  9. Psy-Changling series by Nalini Singh — After witnessing all the crazed reactions to the recent cover reveal of the upcoming book in this series (#12, Heart of Obsidian), I knew I had to give in to peer pressure and see for myself what everyone was getting all worked up about (starting from book 1, obviously).
  10. Because You Are Mine series by Beth Kery — After the Fifty Shades of Grey craze, the Because You Are Mine serial became a hit. So much, in fact, that it’s been combined and turned into a full-length print book. So while technically it’s no longer a series, I’m still counting it as one since it started off that way.

And there you have it — my first Top Ten Tuesday and a list of series I need to read ASAP. Now it’s your turn!

ROAMING QUESTION: What do you think of my list? What series would you like to dive into?

Roaming Around the Web (4)

Time for another R.A.W. roundup!

  • Planning for Love by Christi Barth is currently free on Amazon. A contemporary romance that is the first book in the Aisle Bound series, it’s a must-download! Look out for the next book in the series, A Fine Romance, which will be released March 13.
  • Kristie (aka Kindle Gal) from Kindles and Wine posted a Q&A where she answers questions from bloggers (including myself!) and gives readers a behind-the-scenes peek at her personal/blogging life.
  • I’m sure you’re familiar with those awesome old-school pulp fiction posters —  you know, the ones that were on the covers of hard-boiled stories from the ’50s. Well, now you can make your own with the Pulp-O-Mizer tool! Totally free and completely customizable, the Pulp-O-Mizer will make a pulp fiction cover for your blog, book or Facebook page. I’m planning on making one & maybe even ordering a notebook or coffee mug with my print on it.
  • I come across random web videos all the time, but this one in  particular was SO awesome that I just had to share it: Soldiers imitating a “Call Me Maybe” video originally performed by the Dolphin Cheerleaders. The way those guys get into it totally. Makes. My. Day. If there’s one video you watch it’s this one, trust me!
  • And lastly, an app recommendation from me to you: Songza, a music site that plays songs based on your mood/setting/etc. For instance, right now it is Friday morning and the “Concierge” suggests playlists for: Working (no lyrics), Brand New Music, Working (with lyrics), Easing into the Day, and Enjoying the Morning. Cool, right? Best part: it’s free & ad-free! (PS: it’s also available on your computer if you don’t want to download the phone app)

ROAMING QUESTION: Have you come across anything interesting (romance/book-related or not) in the World Wide Web? If so, please share! I’m especially keen to links that feature cute animals doing even cuter — and quirkier — things.

Guest Post: What’s in a Cover by Julie Ann Walker + Giveaway

What’s up, all you romantic suspense junkies out there? Julie Ann Walker here, tickled pink to be joining you today, and talking about those smokin’ hot covers we all love to drool over on the shelves of our local bookstore, or on the screens of our favorite e-Readers.

Now, it’s said you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover. But, hey, I can’t be the only one who’ll buy a novel based solely on the bad-ass hunk on the front, now can I? And publishers know this, they depend on it, in fact. So today, for you, I’m pulling back the curtain on my own covers. Letting you in on the secrets — and the thinking — that goes into making a book “shelf-ready.”

Here’s how it will work. In the first cover of each set, you’ll see where my publisher started. And what will follow will be a shortened version of the round-robin, quick-fire questions that resulted in the final product. So, without further ado, I give you some covers for Black Knights Inc

In Rides Trouble covers

Q: Does this cover look a bit dark and dreary to anyone else? We want readers to skid to a stop when they see this on the shelf.
A:  Hmm. Maybe we can punch up the color. Make the title pop!

Q: Does the placement of that knife look dangerous, or is it just me?
A: Hell yeah it looks dangerous! If he squats the wrong way, he’s liable to slice into his femoral artery or cut off something much more important! *snicker*

Q: This series plays up the motorcycles, right? So, why the heck can’t we see the danged bike?
A:  Let’s move the cycle up. More bike and less city!

Q: Does this guy look just a bit too polished? I mean, he is supposed to be masquerading as a motorcycle mechanic, after all.
A:  Let’s dirty up his T-shirt a bit. Make him a grittier!

Rev It Up covers

Q:  Do we really like this red background? I thought we decided to go for a color scheme that was a little more neon?
A:  Let’s do a blue background with hot pink lettering!

Q:  Anybody else think the city is too distracting? We don’t want anything taking attention away from the handsome hunk!
A:  Let’s push it back, and off to the side! Let the hunka-hunka-burnin’-love shine!

Q:  What’s with the dead tree branch in the upper right-hand corner? It makes this look like a dystopian novel.
A:  Gone!

Q:  I don’t know about those tattoos. Romance readers tend to equate tattoos with a paranormal series, and this is romantic suspense.
A:  Gone and gone! *sad face* <– (That was my sad face, by the way. I love me some kickass tattoos!)

Thrill Ride covers

Q:  Does that lettering in the title match the lettering in the other books in the series?
A:  Nope. It’s a bit different. Let’s change it for consistency’s sake.

Q:  Once again, is that big building in the background taking too much away from the delicious piece of manliness?
A:  Perhaps, let’s nix it. Manliness for the win!

Q:  This cover is vastly different than the previous covers. Don’t we want people to recognize “the brand?” Shouldn’t be try to keep the covers the same?
A:  Let’s see what we could do to make the cover better match the previous covers. Oh, yes! Just look at those abs! *MEOW!* <– (Again, that was MY meow.)

And there you have it, folks! How a book cover goes from point A to point B. Now, I want to hear from you. Did my publisher make the right decisions? Or would you have kept some of the original concepts?

Thanks to Spencer for having me on today. It’s been a blast!

Julie Ann Walker is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Black Knights Inc. romantic suspense series. She is prone to spouting movie quotes and song lyrics. She’ll never say no to sharing a glass of wine or going for a long walk. She prefers impromptu travel over the scheduled kind, and she takes her coffee with milk. You can find her on her bicycle along the lake shore in Chicago or blasting away at her keyboard, trying to wrangle her capricious imagination into submission. Look for the first three books in her fast-paced series: Hell On Wheels(August 2012) In Rides Trouble (September 2012) and Rev It Up (October 2012).  Thrill Ride debuts April 2nd, 2013. For more information, please visit www.julieannwalker.com or follow her on Facebook www.facebook.com/jawalkerauthor and/or Twitter @JAWalkerAuthor.


Thrill Ride giveawayThank you, Julie, for joining me here today.

But wait, there’s more! The wonderful Julie is offering one lucky reader a signed ARC copy of Thrill Ride (which releases on 4/2)! All you have to do is leave a comment telling us which of the Black Knight covers you prefer — the original or final copy. I’ll choose a winner on Monday, so be sure to check back to see if you’ve won!

Thrill Ride giveaway winner #UPDATE: Congrats, Danny! Please go to my contact page and send me your address to claim your signed ARC of Thrill Ride!

Peek to Pique: Falling for Fin by Jackie Ashenden

In honor of debut author Jackie Ashenden’s first release, today’s Peek to Pique spotlights Falling for Fin, a contemporary romance that features a broken heroine who decides to take back her life… with the help of her gorgeous, surfer-blond friend, Finn.


"Falling for Finn" by Jackie AshendenShe didn’t take her gaze from the floor. “I’m kind of scared about this.”

Something clenched hard inside him at the bald honesty of the statement. At the admission.

“That makes two of us.”

Slowly, she lifted her gaze. Met his. “I thought you weren’t scared of anything.”

“I’m scared of disappointing you. Of frightening you.”

She blinked, as if that wasn’t an answer she’d expected. “I guess if you go slow, it’ll be okay.”

Slow. He wasn’t sure if he could do that. Not after so many years of wanting. Wanting and not having. Yet that’s what she needed.

Finn thought for a minute. “Perhaps you need a safe word.”

“A safe word?” A surprised look on her face. “But isn’t that for bondage type of stuff?” And then, surprise giving way to fear. “I don’t want—”

“No, relax. Christ, I’m not thinking that. All I meant was you having a way of letting me know if anything’s getting too much for you.”

One dark brow rose. “Stop doing that isn’t enough for you?”

Finn stared at her, the reality of what they were about to do sinking slowly into him. The reality of what he needed. And what she needed from him.

“No,” he said. “No, it’s not.” 


*Swoon* Oh, Finn! Hooked? Head over to the Samhain site for more info as well as an extended excerpt!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day from me to you, lovlies! Since I gave up sugar for Lent I won’t be diving head-first into a box of chocolate, but I am spending the day with the beau. Hope your day is filled with love, happiness, and — of course — lots of romance novels!

Roaming through Romance with Debra Kayn + Giveaway

Hi, All! I’m so excited to be featuring bestselling romance author Debra Kayn on Roaming through Romance today. I’ve known Deb for a while now and am a huge fan of not only her stories, but also her chicker (chic+biker) boots and gorgeous, enviably long hair! And, because she’s so nice (thanks again, Deb!), she has offered to give one reader a free copy of one of her books! But you’ll have to read through to the end to find out which one… Muahaha! And here we go:

RtR: Your books always feature such alpha heroes. Where do you get inspiration for your guys?

Deb: Real life. Most of the people I’m around are farmers, mechanics, bikers, and real blue-collar guys. They’re more prone to talk tough and hide their emotions than spout pretty words and bring you flowers. But, if you look closer you’ll notice they have a soft spot. It’s the women who can find that spot and break down their shields that find out how special these guys are.

RtR: “Dear Deb, Spice up My Relationship” is a popular feature on your blog in which you dispense relationship advice to readers. Where did the idea come from?

Deb: For some reason, people talk to me. Doesn’t matter if I’m at the store or putting gas in my truck, people will stop and talk to me. Before I know it, I know their life story. I’ve always joked that I should charge for my services, and a couple years ago on my blog, I shared a story about being asked for advice. I admitted to how I would love to write a love advice column for some major newspaper. Well, people found my blog, read the post, and started sending me emails asking for advice.

After months went by, and the occasional emails were still arriving in my inbox, I decided to answer one on the blog. Now I get anywhere from 8-30 emails a week from readers seeking advice from me. I love helping, and I find it’s easier to give suggestions on ways to spice up a relationship than it is to “doctor” the problem.

RtR: Your answers are always so insightful! How do you come up with such spot-on advice?

Deb: Marriage and relationships are hard work. I literally grew up while being married. I had no pre-set idea on how I was supposed to act and ran on pure emotions. When I was happy, I let it show. When I was mad, I also let that show. Looking back, I was very vulnerable and had no idea that as you age, you become protective of that vulnerability. So I worked hard to fix everything. That continues even though I’ve been married forever. I can look at the marriages of my friends, and it seems so simple to “fix” what is bothering them. All they have to do is discuss how they are feeling…but, I understand that letting yourself be vulnerable after you’ve matured and experienced being hurt is probably the hardest thing for a person to do.

RtR: Speaking of relationships, you met your husband when you were only 19 years old, is that correct?

Deb: Yes. Which might explain why when we had our first disagreement and Wheels didn’t let me have my way, I told him I was going to have my older brothers beat him up. Gah…I was so immature. But, being 19 years old and in love was the best feeling in the world, even though I was goofy.

RtR: Hey, if you can’t be goofy around your man, then what’s the point? You’ve also mentioned that he’s older than you. Did you draw inspiration from your personal life when writing the couple in your latest release, Wildly?

Deb: Wheels is 12 years older than me. Okay, it’s really 11 years and some months. I like to round up on the age and give him a bad time about robbing the cradle. ;)

As for drawing inspiration from my life for Wildly… sorta. I grew up playing tennis since I was six years old. I had a few awesome coach/player relationships, but none of them crossed the line the way Shauna and Grayson’s story did, of course. I did add in my love of an older man, and that wonderful excitement of crushing on a man you can’t have.

RtR: You seem like a very disciplined writer, literally writing thousands of words every single day. That’s great for your fans (more books, happy readers!), but when/how do you find time to relax?

Deb: I write full time, so it’s easy to find time to relax. I take the weekends for family time, and during the day, even though I write, I’m mom and wife first. I love schedules and routines though, and have turned writing every day into a habit. I get my daily word count in, and then I can play.

RtR: Speaking of “play”, what do you do on your downtime?

Deb: I love the outdoors. So, I fish, play tennis, putter in the flowerbeds, ride motorcycles, and love spending time down at the creek.

RtR: A woman after my own heart! I know you’re a reader too — What type of books do you like to read? And what was the last book you read?

Deb: I’m a contemporary romance reader. Occasionally, I also enjoy young adult books. To my surprise, I even like New Adult books lately. I was very reluctant to try them, and couldn’t figure out why there needed to be a “bridge” book between YA and Adult books. After reading my first book, I was hooked. The last book I read, Slammed by Coleen Hoover, made me cry… it was so good!

RtR: Wow, really? I’ve heard a lot about the New Adult genre but haven’t read anything from it yet. Guess I’ll have to give it a try!

What’s it like living, well, in the middle of nowhere? What’s your favorite part about living on a farm?

Deb: I love the remoteness of living in Oregon. I hate being stuck having to use dialup internet and having no cell service at home because we live so far out and have too many trees for coverage.

My favorite part of living here is the freedom of going outside and feeling like you’re part of the land. Everywhere I walk or turn, it’s ours, and no one else is driving by, walking through, and invading our lives. It’s like our little slice of privacy in a crowded world.

RtR: As someone who’s lived mostly in apartments, I crave the type of privacy of which you speak… Or at least a place where I can do my exercise DVDs without having to worry about disturbing the neighbors!

Your bio mentions the fact that you’re famous for teaching a 270 lb. hog named Harley (love the name, by the way!) how to jog with you every morning. I’m dying to know how, exactly, you did it. Also, what’s it like to have a hog for a running partner? Do you and Harley still have running dates?

Deb: Ah, Harley. He was probably the laziest pig we’ve owned. He laid down when he ate, and wanted food brought to him. One day, I told him he’d have to catch me if he wanted the food bucket. He walked five feet, fell down, and batted his big ol’ eyes at me. Pure lazy! So, I decided that I was going to teach him to move. I started running along the fence line with him. Five feet, then ten feet, and finally I had him going about thirty feet. He was slow, but he was learning.

Pretty soon, I was jogging outside the fence and he was keeping up. We’d make a few laps, and he’d get his food bucket filled. Then I started letting him out of the fence, and we’d jog a little bit farther. There was a lot of cajoling, and I had to keep food on me so he wouldn’t give up. When he finally reached 270 lbs, and it was time for the butcher, I put it off. I enjoyed Harley and he was a great exercise partner. Then one day, he escaped his fence. I was across the yard and tried to get him to come to me, but he refused. I ended up going and getting the food bucket. That huge hog took off like a bullet. It was like we hadn’t been best friends for months, and he was going 50 mph straight for me. I took off running with him breathing down my back. After we circled the farm, I turned to lead him back to the fence area at a sprint, and Harley passed me running. I was outran by a 270 lb hog!

Around here, we only keep hogs 5-6 months, and then they go in the freezer. I’ll always remember Harley though. Good pig.

RtR: Harley definitely sounds like a one-of-a-kind hog. Way more interesting than Babe ever was!

Between nicknaming your husband “Wheels” and penning a series about a biker gang, am I right in assuming you own a motorcycle? How would you describe the feeling of riding on a motorcycle to someone who’s never been on a bike before?

Deb: We’re a riding family. We all have motorcycles. The feeling of riding is like nothing else. For me, it’s the speed. Of course, everyone experiences being in a car, surrounded by metal, and feeling safe. But, to be on a bike, feeling the wind, the vibrations, the bumps in the road, and knowing you’re controlling the bike…yeah, it’s powerful.

RtR: Powerful is right! I’ve ridden before and while I love the initial adrenaline rush, I’m too much of a worry-wart to really enjoy back-seat motorcycle riding, LOL. Probably because it always feels like you’re going faster than you actually are — 45 mph feels like 90 mph!

What are you currently working on? What can readers expect to see from you this year?

Deb: Edits for Breathing His Air, a full-length biker book that’s darker and more smexy that has been called contemporary crack by editors. It’ll come out in April from Crimson Romance. I’m also working on a secret contracted book deal, and I can’t wait to share the news!

I’ve been busy, and all my books were accepted around the same time, so readers will have lots of new books this year.

This summer, Suite Cowboy will release.

April, I have two books releasing: Breathing His Air and Homemade Hijinks (a novella).

July, Seductively, the second book in the Playing For Hearts series releases.

October, Conveniently, the third book in the Playing For Hearts series releases.

And, there’s that surprise book I’m not allowed to talk about yet, and it’ll release in October. You won’t want to miss it!

RtR: Eep! Surprises make me antsy. Can’t wait to find out what it is!

Which book/series would you suggest for readers who’ve never tried your books before? Why?

Deb: The Chromes and Wheels Gang series if they like their alpha heroes on a motorcycle and full of attitude.

If cowboys get them excited, the Sisters of McDougal Ranch series.

Then if readers like super alphas, they can start with the Playing For Hearts series, because pro athletes have big egos and awesome bodies.

RtR: Mmm, athletes… Yeah they do!

How do you celebrate when a book is released or accepted?

Deb: I knew you’d ask this question! When I receive a contract, Wheels buys me a bottle of Baileys with caramel to celebrate. That’s my favorite drink. When I release a book, that’s my day. I don’t do anything but spend it online with my readers, answer questions, and visit blogs. My readers are the ones who I celebrate with, and they always make it extra special for me.

RtR: Well then, in that case, cheers! *clinks together glass of Baileys* Here’s to many more alpha heroes and the spitfire heroines who love them!

Thanks so much for joining me and letting us roam through your world of romance, Deb.

Deb: Thank you so much for having me here today, Spencer. As always, I love spending time with you, and make sure you give Bailey the pup (love the name!) a kiss from me.

Debra Kayn lives with her family in the beautiful coastal mountains of Oregon on a hobby farm. She enjoys riding motorcycles, gardening, playing tennis, and fishing. A huge animal lover, she always has a dog under her desk when she writes and chickens standing at the front door looking for a treat. She’s famous in her family for teaching a 270 lb. hog named Harley to jog with her every morning.
Her love of family ties and laughter makes her a natural to write heartwarming contemporary stories to the delight of her readers. Oh, let’s cut to the chase. She loves to write about real men and the women who love them.
When Debra was nineteen years old, a man kissed her without introducing himself. When they finally came up for air, the first words out of his mouth were… Will you have my babies? Considering Debra’s weakness for a sexy, badass man who is strong enough to survive her attitude, she said yes. A quick wedding at the House of Amour and four babies later, she’s living her own romance book.


But wait, there’s more! Because Debra is so awesome, she’s offering a digital copy (mobi or epub) of her latest release, Wildly, to one lucky reader! If you’d like to win a copy, all you have to do is leave a comment telling me what gives you the biggest adrenaline rush. I’ll choose one lucky winner on Monday, so remember to check back to see if you’ve won!


Congrats, Tammy! You’ve won a copy of Wildly! Please go to my contact page and send me your email address so I can send you your new book!

Touchdown-Worthy Football Heroes

Happy Superbowl Sunday! Even though my team didn’t make it to the finals, I’ll be huddled in front of the TV today watching the Ravens and 49ers duke it out for the championship title. What better way to celebrate one of the country’s biggest events than with cookie dough dip and books that feature hunky football heroes!

Whether you’re looking to soothe your ego because your team didn’t make it to the Superbowl, or you’re simply in the mood to read books that feature six-pack hotties in skin-tight athletic pants, I guarantee you’ll see football in a different light after getting your hands on these hot reads.

Roaming Around the Web (3)

Time for another R.A.W. roundup!

  • My post on Meet Cutes was featured on the RT Blog! Give it a glance and feel free to share your favorite romance novel “meet cute.”
  • Shannon Stacey’s All He Ever Dreamed (Kowalski Family #6) was released this week and she stopped by the Harlequin blog to tell readers how to fall in love with a Kowalski. Because really, who wouldn’t want a man who looked like this?
  • Attention authors: do you have a book that’s polished & ready to be published? RT mag has a list of publishers currently seeking unsolicited manuscripts. Just make sure to give your story one more pass through Spell Check before sending off your submission!
  • GIF-filled Tumblr sites have been popping up in the blogosphere in what seems like every other day. Most of the time they get swept under the rug with the rest of ’em, but the Life in Publishing blog is one that I truly find hee-larious! If you’re a reader, writer, or publishing professional, I guarantee one (if not all) of these posts will speak to you. Why, just the other day I found myself LOLing at this one because it’s SO me.
  • Speaking of Tumblr, they have partnered with Chronicle Books to host a “Great Tumblr Book Search” contest. If you have a Tumblr blog that you think is perfect for publishing, submit your entry for a chance to share your creation with the rest of the world.
  • You already know I’m a sucker for cute animals doing squee-worthy things. Well, this one takes the cake: Scotland has released a series of photos featuring — wait for it — ponies in sweaters (Yes. Ponies! In sweaters!) in hopes of boosting tourism. According to Mashable, “The ponies, Fivla (red sweater) and Cinnamon (brown sweater), were photographed as part of VistScotland‘s “Year of Natural Scotland” campaign, which aims to celebrate the country’s natural beauty through landscape, art and wildlife.”Fivla & Cinnamon are achingly adorable in their knit sweaters. Amirite??

ROAMING QUESTION: Have you come across anything interesting (romance/book-related or not) in the World Wide Web? If so, please share! I’m especially keen to links that feature cute animals doing even cuter — and quirkier — things.



Nail Polish and Plot Combos

Confession time! One of my personal pleasures is painting my nails. I know, I know — pretty girly, right? To be honest, I’m not really a girly-girl, but it’s definitely one of my (feminine) thrills. When I’m feeling restless or looking for a change, I paint my nails. It sounds silly, but painting my nails gives me a sense of control and has the ability to dictate or imitate my current mood (bright nail polish = cheery demeanor, dark polish = moody and emo). In that sense, I believe nail polish is similar to books since both have a tendency to reflect someone’s personal life or transform her disposition.

That said, I thought it’d be fun to pair up books with polish colors that I think suit the story. Why match polish with clothes when you can match them to plots instead?

Sweet Kiss of Summer – OPI “Pink Flamenco”
A bold, friendly color to accompany the feel-good tones of this contemporary romance

Sweet Kiss of Summer + Pink Flamenco

Western Ties – OPI “Jade is the New Black”
Greenish hue to reflect the story’s countryside backdrop

Western Ties + Jade is the New Black

Hell on Wheels – OPI “Moonraker”
Metallic gray to match the motorcycle chrome & bad-boy angst

Hell on Wheels + Moonraker

Falling, Freestyle – OPI “Happy Anniversary!”
Frosty polish to go with the snowy, winter wonderland backdrop

Falling Freestyle + Happy Anniversary!

Mistress’s Master – OPI “Black Onyx”
Super black lacquer reminiscent of leather whips and no-nonsense Doms

Mistress's Master + Black Onyx

One Night with his Virgin Mistress – OPI “Privacy Please”
A soft, innocent sheer pink fit for a virgin

Virgin Mistress + Privacy Please

Fifty Shades of Grey – OPI “Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine!”
A dark, sensual gray for… Well, this one is pretty self explanatory

Fifty Shades + Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine!

South of Salem – OPI “Casino Royale”
A deep plum to accompany all the paranormal brouhaha

South of Salem + Casino Royale


ROAMING QUESTION: What would be your polish+plot picks? (alliteration ahoy!)