Woohoo!

Dear Reader,

So tonight the amazing Suzan and I set up my new website.  I kind of planned on doing a slow roll out, but I’m not very good at slow.  So, as of tomorrow I shall be posting at http://www.SidneyBristol.com and no longer here on wordpress.com

Please, come join me over there, but excuse the wonkiness while I work out the kinks!

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Teaser Tuesday: Heartless by Gail Carriger

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 Heartless, by Gail Carriger, which I picked up in London because my ereader battery finally died! Here’s my teaser:

In classic werewolf fashion, Lord Maccon didn’t wait to see what it was but burst out the door, changing form at the same time to land in the road a raging wolf.

He’s brash, thought his wife, but terribly handsome about it.

Also, here’s the full blurb:

Lady Alexia Maccon, soulless, is at it again, only this time the trouble is not her fault. When a mad ghost threatens the queen, Alexia is on the case, following a trail that leads her deep into her husband’s past. Top that off with a sister who has joined the suffragette movement (shocking!), Madame Lefoux’s latest mechanical invention, and a plague of zombie porcupines and Alexia barely has time to remember she happens to be eight months pregnant.

Will Alexia manage to determine who is trying to kill Queen Victoria before it is too late? Is it the vampires again or is there a traitor lurking about in wolf’s clothing? And what, exactly, has taken up residence in Lord Akeldama’s second best closet?

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Jet Lag Sucks.

Dear Reader,

Jet lag really stinks.  I had this whole idea to have an awesome recap blog of my France trip ready for today, but I didn’t write it.  I tried, but it was hard to fit writing the blog in around the unshakable urge to stare vacantly at nothing.

I woke up around 3am on Sunday, unable to go back to sleep so I went grocery shopping at like 6am.  Yeah, me awake at 6am, it’s unreal!  Unfortunately that was the height of my productivity today.  It’s been downhill from there.  Here’s hoping Monday is better for me, and yours is better than mine.  I’ll get my act together and have something more interesting to say later this week.

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Friday Finds

Welcome to Friday Finds! The idea is to share the books you’ve discovered over the last week.

  • Heartless by Gail Carriger (paranormal)

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

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Paris Update!

Dear Reader,

So here’s a quick set of highlights about the Paris trip so far…

I spent an hour locked inside of an off hours train in the train yard, about a mile from the station.  I read a few chapters of my book and paced the train until a poor little maintenance man came by to let the stupid American out of the train.  He then escorted me to the correct train.  Stupid Americans!

This little chicka tried to con me by saying she found a man’s wedding ring on the ground and wanted to give it to me.  In exchange for accepting the ring she’d found I was supposed to pay her.

The police are out in force today, and I watched them snatch a pick pocket off his motorcycle right in front of my bus.  It was rather exciting.

Our usual waiter at the cafe closest to my hotel has claimed he is my boyfriend. I wouldn’t mind taking him home with me.

Mom’s doing okay on the cycling thing.  We did get some bad news though.  An American cyclist was hit and killed on the course.  We don’t know who it was yet.

I love hanging out at a cafe and reading for a stretch.  The shopping is fun.

While shopping, I had a Russian man approach me, speaking Russian.  I then admit that I’m only an American and he scolds me and tells me I look Russian, so I should be Russian. This isn’t the first time I’ve been told I was Russianish.

The end of the ride is close.  Tomorrow night – well, tonight when this posts – I want to go hang out around the finish line and cheer on the finishers.  For now though, I’m going to crash because tomorrow I plan on shopping and finishing off my open bus tour.

Toodles!

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Touring the Sights

Dear Readers,

I have blisters on top of blisters, and blisters on the bottoms of my toes.  And I’ve loved 95% of it!

As of today, for me, it’s going on Saturday evening.  I’ve been to Paris, seen the sights via a boat, and I’ve been to London, seeing the sights via an open top bus.  It’s been a fantastic trip!  I’m going to do a more detailed update later this week or when I get home.  The internet connection isn’t good enough to allow me to do more than a general update right now and upload a few pictures.

Tomorrow my mom pushes off to go to her cycling thing and I will embark on my own journey.  I’m hoping to do a Thursday Thirteen with pictures this week, but I’ll worry about that later!

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Friday Finds

Welcome to Friday Finds! The idea is to share the books you’ve discovered over the last week.

Man, oh man, I stocked up on books this last week in preparation for my France trip.  I can’t even share everything I’m reading because there are some unpublished books and some manuscripts I’m reading that I’m super excited.  So, are you ready for all of this?

                                                      

  • Through the Wall by Keri Ford (contemporary)
  • Management Skills by January Rowe (BDSM)
  • IOU Sex by Calista Fox (contemporary)
  • Dark Magic by Rebecca York (fantasy)
  • Invitation to Ecstasy by Nina Pierce (BDSM)
  • Naughty Nature by Allie Standifer (BDSM)
  • Tangled Truth by Delphine Dryden (BDSM)
  • ImonFire by Sommer Marsden (contemporary)
  • FireWolf by Anh Leod (paranormal)
  • Naughty Godmother by Chloe Cole (paranormal)
  • Mayan Afterglow by A.S. Fenichel (paranormal)
  • My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland (fantasy)

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

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Thursday Thirteen: 13 Days in Paris

Hopefully by now I’ve checked in, but anyways, I wanted to share thirteen days of traveling France with you.  Or at least what I’m planning on doing.  Things could always change!

Day 1 – This is a travel day.  *sigh*  We drive from my parents house to Houston and take a direct flight to Paris.

Day 2 – Arriving in the morning, settling our things and doing a few cycling maintenance things.  In the evening we’re going to Paris Disney to hopefully take a hot air balloon ride and go to the Wild West show.

Day 3 – Hitting Paris!  Check in with our boat tour, which has 8 stops along the river through Paris.  Stops include the sights or areas of: Jardins des Plantes, Notre-Dame, Hotel DeVille, Saint Germain, Louvre Museum, Orsay Museum, Champs Elysees, and the Eiffel Tower.  In the evening we’re meeting up with a bunch of other cyclists for a photo-op at the tower.

Day 4 – Taking the Bullet to London, where we’ll hit up Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the TARDIS and the Globe Theater.  Overnight in London!

Day 5 – Take the Bullet back to Paris.  Head to Normandy Beach, check out Mont-Saint Michel and have a lovely picnic.

Day 6 – Bike inspection and bag drop day for my mom, which means I’ll be finding a cool cafe to hang out and do the pen monkey thing from.

Day 7 – Finding a new cafe to check out in the morning and afternoon.  At 6pm the cyclists head out in groups of 500.  Yes, I said 500.

Day 8 – The idea was to take the train out to a place along the route the cyclists will take and wave at them as they go by, but it might not be affordable.  So, if I don’t do that I might go hit up some of the chateaus and cathedrals.

Day 9 – Doing the Catacombs, Basilica de Sacre Coeur and the Paris Opera House!

Day 10 – Going back to spend the day at the art museums, the Louvre and Orsay.  I’m kind of hoping to find some sweet street artists selling paintings.

Day 11 – The cyclists have to finish by noon, so I’ll be hanging out at the finish line or a cafe, watching people go by.  In the evening there is a dinner with the other Texas cyclists.

Day 12 – A day of Versailles!  Since my mom will need to spend the day walking to shake out the kinks in her leg, covering the gardens, palace and the queen’s villa.

Day 13 – Time to head home.  Sad face.

So there you go.  Hopefully we get to do half this stuff.  Either way, it’s going to be awesome getting to go to France.

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Teaser Tuesday: Turn it Up by Inez Kelley

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 Turn It Up, by the amazing and awesome Inez Kelley. Here’s my teaser:

“There, Charlie, that’s my secret.”

Her tongue touched her lip, tasting him as her mind spun in kaleidoscope swirls.

Also, here’s the full blurb:

Dr. Bastian Talbot and self-proclaimed sex goddess Charlie Pierce heat up the air waves with their flirty banter as radio hosts Dr. Hot and the Honeypot. Off the air, they’re best friends…but Bastian wants to be so much more. He wants Charlie—in bed, and forever.Problem is, Charlie doesn’t do commitment. Sure, she’s had X-rated fantasies of Bastian, but he was always just a friend—until he impulsively proposes and unleashes the lust they’ve been denying for years. Charlie’s willing to explore where their wild chemistry leads, but she won’t marry him. And he won’t have sex with her until she accepts his proposal, despite her seductive schemes.What are Dr. Hot and the Honeypot to do? Ask their listeners for advice on how to tame a sex kitten and turn a perfect gentleman into a shameless lover. The Race to Wed or Bed is on…who will turn up on top?

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Tiny Announcement

Dear Reader,

I’m sitting on something that’s big.  Really big.  But I can’t talk about it, so we’ll go with a tiny announcement I can share.

When I get back from Paris I’m going to enlist a little help to spruce up my website.  You know, make it look decent and less slapped together.  When that happens, I’ll do some giveaways, ask some really cool people to come by and blog a bit and give away cool shit I get while in Paris.  Neat, huh?

So, stay tuned.  But not like 24/7, I’m in France!  Well, when this goes up I’ll be headed to the airport to go to France, but you get the idea!

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