Monthly Archives: May 2011

Teaser Tuesday: Kiss of Snow

Teaser Tuesdays are a book meme hosted by Should be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This Tuesday I’m reading the newly released Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh.  It’s the 10th book in her Psy/Changeling series.  Here’s my teaser:

She didn’t know what made her say it.  “No.  But I have no plans to die a virgin.”

Okay, so it’s three sentences.  Forgive me!  Also, here’s the full blurb:

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s exhilarating world of shapeshifters and psychics is “paranormal romance at its best” (Publishers Weekly). Now comes the story of an alpha wolf named Hawke used to getting exactly what he wants–and of the only woman who dares tangle with him.

Since the moment of her defection from the PsyNet and into the SnowDancer wolf pack, Sienna Lauren has had one weakness. Hawke. Alpha and dangerous, he compels her to madness.

Hawke is used to walking alone, having lost the woman who would’ve been his mate long ago. But Sienna fascinates the primal heart of him, even as he tells himself she is far too young to handle the wild fury of the wolf.

Then Sienna changes the rules and suddenly, there is no more distance, only the most intimate of battles between two people who were never meant to meet. Yet as they strip away each other’s secrets in a storm of raw emotion, they must also ready themselves for a far more vicious fight…

A deadly enemy is out to destroy SnowDancer, striking at everything they hold dear, but it is Sienna’s darkest secret that may yet savage the pack that is her home…and the alpha who is its heartbeat…

What are you reading?

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Talking About Sex Education

Dear Reader,

This last weekend my little brother* hijacked a day.  It was unplanned and on par with his visits, we had a lot of fun shopping and BSing.  In a lot of ways we’ve both grown up over the last year, but in different ways.  I don’t talk about family or name names, so the juicy bits aren’t up for discussion, but I’m always an open book.  Sometimes I share too much – so sue me!

After high school and the following years my life was very restrained.  I’d attended a Christian college and had a lot of my creativity and zest squeezed out of my life thanks to the weight of guilt I was told I should feel.  Sex, dating, even being attracted to a person were all grounds to feel guilty about.  Heck, if you hugged or kissed for too long you could get $250 fine.  The measures the school went to control people were extreme, but at the time I didn’t notice it because prior to attending college my parents discussed the matter of sex with me a grand total of  once.  And then it was to shove a picture book at me that was intended for medical students.

Fast forward to yesterday, I don’t know how or why, but the topic of sex was broached.  I think I almost gave my little brother a heart attack.  A reoccurring phrase he uttered was, “I wouldn’t think you would know about that.”

My point today, dear reader, is that somewhere along the way we’ve forgotten to educate our children about sex, leaving it to mainstream media to explain what is sexy or appealing.  We allow our religious institutions to make us feel guilty about being aroused, much less the act of sex alone.  There are some things that a child shouldn’t be taught, but parents who cannot discuss even the basics hurt their children more than they protect them.

For me, I spent several years uncomfortable with the idea of discussing sex – and then it happened in a college classroom with 54 boys and 6 girls and 1 teacher.  Of course I was the only girl not sitting with the other girls because I was friends with all of the class clowns.  It was one of the most uncomfortable experiences of my life – and it didn’t need to be.  As a freshman in college I learned more about sex than I had from my parents, or my rural school that refused to teach sex ed.

Learning about sex not only equips kids and then young adults to make better, wiser choices, it also helps them to be safe.  If you don’t talk sex, chances are you aren’t talking STD’s, rape, abusive situations, or any other list of things.

I wish I had that open path of communication to my parents about difficult subjects, but I never did.  I grew up finding the answers to my own questions and sometimes I had to learn the hard way.  If I ever have kids, I don’t care how uncomfortable the conversation gets, I want to talk to them.

*Just a note, because this is probably going to sound confusing to some, my ‘little brother’ is not a blood relative, but we’ve been like siblings to each other for most of our lives.  As far as I am concerned, he IS my family and I am his.  We just have different parents.

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Kick Ass Heros vs Pansy Love Plots in Marvel Movies

Tonight a friend and I took her kids to go see Thor.  I’ve heard so much about it I went into the theater with high expectations to be wowed by the special effects, blown away by the intricate weaving of the story, and nerdgasming over the comic lines that will be weaving into The Avengers.

The movie starts out pretty good.  A little confusing, but good.  You get a scope of who and what, and want to know the rest.  When the movie flips the switch into back story, well, let’s just say that it flipped the mockery switch as well.

Let me just pause and say, this is a good movie.  It’s entertaining, tells a good story, weaves in a lot of really cool old mythology, and is another stepping stone on the way to The Avengers.

That said, holy fudge tits, can someone please let the nerds out of the closet!  The dialogue for Thor and all of the deity figures ruined much of this movie for me.  They’re kick ass, there were obviously some character arcs we didn’t get to see, and those present agreed that the Asian needs more screen time.

However, the story would have been better off without the love story.  Yes, I said it, crucify me now!  The truth is that the hero was so strong and the focus of the movie on this epic battle for the worlds… that the story of Thor and his mortal honey got lost.  Yeah, I get that the writers put it there so that girlfriends and unsuspecting female viewers would have something to root for, because bare abs aren’t enough, but the love arc was so weak I was rolling my eyes in disgust.

There are a lot of things done well in Thor, but the love arc wasn’t one of them.  Sometimes it’s better to do it right than throw out a half assed attempt.

Now, I believe the role that Natalie P played comes back in The Avengers but I’m not nearly in the know enough about that series to be able to say anything else.

I wish it was just the Thor movie that Marvel has put out that suffers from a poor love arc.  Recently I saw Iron Man 1 & 2 and I hated the role of Pepper Potts.  Iron Man was one of those comics I never read as a kid, so my exposure to that line is based on the movie alone, and from what I saw Pepper Potts was a door mat who was used and when she finally displayed a spine – the hero acknowledges her and everything she’s done for him and ‘wakes up’ to the romance.

Puh-leaze woman!  Plots like this infuriate me.  Why?  Because they rarely happen or work out.  Where was Pepper’s character development?  What about the spoiled brat guy inside the suit makes him worth an intelligent, capable woman?

If you ask me, Pepper is probably a strong candidate for a Dom/Sub relationship, and not in the healthy way.  I was very disappointed when she stayed with the obnoxious guy at the end of the movie.  I hear there’s going to be a third installment, and that the man behind Iron Man will be in The Avengers, but I’m not excited about it.  The story would have been better had they given him a better female love interest, or ignored that arc totally.

These are just the humble opinions of yours truly.

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Friday Finds

I’m pilfering from Shelley Munro’s blog.  She does Teaser Tuesdays via the Should be Reading blog, which also does Friday Finds.  Confused yet?  The idea behind Friday Finds is to share the books you’ve discovered over the last week.

This week, thanks to my ultra awesome reviewer status I got to read Lilly Cain’s new science fiction romance, The Naked Truth.  I thought I was in love with these books before with the first installment of the series (Alien Revealed) but this new installment of The Confederacy Treaty series.  It drops in June, so there’s time to go get the first one and get caught up for the new book.  A little bird told me that she’s done with the third book.  It’s a bit naughty, so beware because this book has smexy male aliens who can be turned on with a touch, literally.  It’s like they have an ‘on’ switch!  It’s awesome.

Well, that’s my major Friday Find.  What are you reading?

PS – If you’ve never read Shelley, I highly suggest her.  I don’t read many m/m romances but she has two recent releases you should check out if you feel so inclined.  My favorite of hers is The Bottom Line.

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Why hello there!

Dear Reader,

We probably don’t know each other.  I’ve been a little shy about this whole writing naughty bits stuff but I’ve decided it’s time to put on my big girl panties and get over it.  So, I’m over it.  I’m here.  Let’s see where we go, shall we?

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