Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day, Everybody

I know. I should stick to prose. But Valentine's Day is the only time of year when this wanna-be poet can spew some verse. If you'll read it, I promise not to do it again for at least a year. It may be awful stuff, but the sentiment is 100% heartfelt. :)

Happy Valentine's Day

Hug a lot and have some fun
Show some love and hold someone
Love yourself--it's your day too
Be the one and only you

You are precious, like your love
Like the love from high above
Send it, spend it, let it soar
That's what your good heart is for

When there's love, we're all together
Building trust and hope forever
No fears, no walls, just humankind
One face, one voice, one heart and mind

Saturday, October 12, 2013

FREE to Loving Home...One Gorgeous Vampire

Looking for a fun and romantic read for free to get you in the mood for Halloween? REVENANT will be available as a free download at from Monday, Oct. 14 - Friday, Oct. 18.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Riveting REVENANT EVE by Sherwood Smith

Revenant Eve by Sherwood Smith
It has been a long time since I closed a book and pined for the story world I've just left. Like the first two books in Sherwood Smith's Dobrenica series, Revenant Eve is a wonderful adventure to lose yourself in. I feel as if I have struggled on foot across Europe on the eve of Napoleon's rise to power, in the company of four companions I will never forget.

They are humble, intelligent, honorable and vulnerable heroes whose common and individual struggles touch on the universal human experiences of finding oneself, validating oneself and coming to know oneself.

The plot is driven by Kim's urgent need to save her future by saving her ancestors in the past, and to find her way home again to her own time and place.

The triumphant high point of this novel left a lump in my throat and, for me, will remain one of the best moments in fantasy fiction.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Awesome BLOOD SPIRITS by Sherwood Smith

Blood Spirits by Sherwood Smith

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Enjoyed this thoroughly, even when I was tortured by the angsty uncertainty over Alec and Kim's romance.

The mystery of what happened to Ruli kept me guessing, and the intrigue was made of pure awesome, which I have come to believe is Sherwood Smith's trademark, as is her superb world building.

Something that really leaped out at me was how she uses detailed descriptions to create a tension that underscores the emotional conflict in moments of crisis. At times this narrowing of the reader's focus to detail gave the moment a surrealistic feeling.

Definitely a keeper!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Unforgettable CORONETS AND STEEL by Sherwood Smith

Coronets and Steel by Sherwood Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is absolutely unforgettable. My daughter and I have been reading Sherwood Smith's books together for a long time. This one makes a great read-aloud. We would never have been able to bear the ending without having the sequel Blood Spirits at-hand so we could keep reading.

Kim is someone I could identify with from the get-go. The cover image is perfect for her. She remains an individual throughout her adventure and stays true to her inner compass, even though she's very much a fish out of water, and even to the point of doing something heartbreaking because she believes it's the right thing to do. She isn't perfect; she's human and real.

And Alec, the elegant and sexy Statthalter of Dobrenica? I am IN LOVE. I found him irresistible. Irresistible also is Tony, who is a marvelous antihero with a heroism of his own. The rest of the characters you meet in this book will stay with you, too. They are truly endearing.

I also found the wit and intelligence in this book delightful, especially the cultural references that strike a Boomer chord with me. Above all, I enjoyed the mix of poignancy, humor, and genuine tenderness. I think this is why I love Sherwood Smith's books so much.

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day :)

This is OmNom, and many of you know who he is. He's here with a special message for this special day, but he is, himself, a message to us all, an inspiration, a reminder: Don't forget your inner child.

Many happy returns of the day :)

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The TRS Stay at Home Party 2013 begins tonight after midnight!

Enjoy five days and nights of romance, fun and giveaways!

Not going to the RT Booklovers Convention this year? Well, you can still have your week of romance, fun and giveaways!

Tonight (May 1) at 12:01am, The Romance Studio kicks off it's annual Stay At Home party. The fun won't stop until midnight on May 5. That's five days and nights of rrrrromance. Who can resist?

Drop by this multi-author event anytime, day or night, this week, over at the TRS Party site: and enjoy some mouth-watering romance. Revenant and Incubus are two of the many free books being given away at this event.

I'll see you there. :)