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?

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!)

Review: Savannah’s Ghost Tale by Kali Willows

Savannah's Ghost Tale (1 Night Stand, #45)Savannah’s Ghost Tale by Kali Willows

1 Night Stand // 38 pp. // Paranormal Romance // Decadent Publishing // Oct. 2011

GOODREADS SUMMARY: Savannah Teale has an obsession with the supernatural—to disprove it. An unorthodox Ghost Hunter with a dark secret, she doesn’t believe in life after death. Not anymore. Being romantically challenged since the traumatic death of her fiancé, she has no interest in dating, but her sister’s loving interference has led her to accept a date for a 1Night Stand.

Cameron Evans is one of Savannah’s most handsome, charismatic, and sexy bachelors. He’s an exceptionally gifted tour guide, and a psychic, but hasn’t learned how to turn off his gifts. Since his conversations with the dead are a turn-off for most women—to put it mildly—Cameron has turned to Madame Eve to find a woman who can accept him for himself and all he has to give.

They may be a great match—if a certain, lingering ghost would just step out of the picture. Continue reading

What a Witch!

When I was younger, there was one movie that came out which had my classmates and I buzzing. It was rated R, so technically we weren’t old enough to see it, but that didn’t stop my friends from either sneaking into the theater, seeing it with their older siblings, or watching the DVD when it came out — which is what I did… or tried to do. You see, it was a scary movie and even though I claimed to have liked scary movies (definitely do not like them now), nothing could have prepared me for 81 minutes of heart-stopping, pee-in-your-pants terror. So what’s the name of the movie that caused me a week’s worth of nightmares, you ask? “The Blair Witch Project”. Ooh, just thinking about it now gives me the chills. I literally watched the entire film through tiny slivered openings between my fingers, which were pressed so hard against my face that I had a headache afterward.

For the sake of preventing another nightmare, I’ll just jump right to the point: I recently reviewed a book for RT Book Reviews that featured a heroine who was on the hunt for a crazy witch/ghost who drove people to accidentally kill themselves. Creepy, right? But, luckily for me, the book is actually pretty humorous and the leading lady is a hoot, which made reading South of Salem enjoyable — scary witches and all. Now, some of you may be laughing and calling me pathetic for thinking “The Blair Witch Project” is scary, but as someone who has wandered the woods and camped out in the middle of nowhere, I know what it’s like to be surrounded by silence so deafening you can’t help but hear things that go bump in the night. Now, while you peruse of the review below, excuse me as I flush out creepy thoughts with bright, insipid cartoons… Spongebob, here I come!

Snacks For All Occasions

For me, the only thing better than curling up with a good book is curling up with a good book and a delicious snack to munch on while I read. Whether it’s cookies, hot tea, or even a bowl of yogurt, I find that eating (or drinking) while I read adds to the sensory experience. This becomes even more true when I come across scenes where the characters are eating or drinking something; if I’m not already snacking, this is when I quickly jump up to grab a bite — and usually end up imagining that I’m eating whatever the characters are eating.

While I usually end up eating whatever is available in the fridge/pantry, there are certain snacks I prefer and equate to certain books when I read them. That being said, if I had a picnic basket to accompany my fave books, it would look something like this:

First up on the menu, we’ve got a relaxing cup of hot tea. Preferably served while reading historicals — regency, medieval, etc. Think Lisa Kleypas and her Hathaways family series, or Julie Garwood’s Highland’s Lairds. With scenes filled with royal balls, crinoline dresses and elevated speech patterns, I can’t help but associate “tea time” with these posh bodice-rippers.

Then we’ve chocolate — more specifically, dark chocolate. I reserve the 60% proof cacao for paranormal romances. Just like the books, I find chocolate to be dark, sexy and (depending on what kind you get) a little wild… just like the characters in Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series. Ever tasted chocolate with a hint of sea salt? Sounds odd, but believe me, the subtleness of the salt really brings out the chocolate flavor!

For all things erotic, I have to have — you got it — something spicy! Don’t worry, I don’t go too far overboard, but something as simple as chips and spicy salsa really does the trick. I break out the party platter whenever I get my hands on any Blaze novel, or something along the lines of Lora Leigh and her naughty Nauti boys. Mm…

Last on the list in the basket is popcorn. Light, airy and guilt-free — just like contemporary romances! This usually consists of my go-to arsenal of authors — Rachel Gibson, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Carly Phillips, Jennifer Crusie. But, regardless of the author, my one determining factor is this: if the heroine is a spitfire or the hero is a smart-ass, and the story makes me laugh-out-loud, then we’ve got a winner.

So there you have it — my picnic basket of ideal reading snacks. Of course, now that I’ve spent the last 400+ words talking about food, I now have a killer case of the munchies… go figure. While I mosey over to my old mother Hubbard kitchen, I leave you with these Roaming Questions —

ROAMING QUESTION: Do you like to snack while reading? If so, what’s your favorite food to munch on or drink to sip? What would you put in your reading picnic basket?