Archive for June, 2009

off topic: the first one’s free, little girl

So last week I’m cruising the blogroll and stop in at SBTB HQ where I find a link for a free e-book from Samhain Publishing. Cool.

As I hinted previously, I’ve got me some new addictions that keep straying me off course from my actual day job and current WIP (and yes, I’ve changed the project AGAIN – simmer down, it’s all good this time. Trust me). One of those is Kindle for iPhone. No, I’ve not joined the iPhone feeding frenzy but I do have an iPod Touch… next best thing.

So I’m still trying to decide if I even *like* Kindle on my iPod. Then I see the link for a free e-book and I think to myself, “Self – nuttin beats free.” So I linked and loaded Frank Tuttle’s Dead Man’s Rain.

DMROh. My. God. Seriously, go out and BUY this book! It’s fantastic. It’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed a maiden voyage with a new author quite so much as I did this. In fact, Jenny Crusie’s Fast Women was probably the last one. (ETA: Lani Diane Rich’s A Little Ray of Sunshine. Get it. You won’t be sorry.)

It’s a fantasy setting, but not of your typical LotR and its ilk. I’d say it’s more akin to a Steven Brust’s Vlad Taltos series. And let’s be clear – I haven’t read sci-fi/fantasy in many, many moons. I was even a little concerned when I realized that’s where Dead Man’s Rain was headed. 

Turns out, the world building is one of the things that tickled me most.

And not that it’s a radically new setting that I’ve never seen before. What truly caught me was the deft parceling out of bits and pieces as I needed them. Not long, drawn out, boring pages of why this world from the author’s head is so sooper kewl – stuff like that is what made me gradually stop shopping the SF/F aisle in the first place. Oh yeah – there’s plot and charcters and dialog, too. Seriously this thing has it all.

Anyhoo, I finished Dead Man’s Rain today at lunch and immediately fired up my Kindle app and loaded the two other Tuttle offerings – with cash money.

Go forth to Kindle, be a lemming with me! This cliff’s a helluva ride.

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off topic: addictions

I’m still out here. I know you’re all waiting with bated breath…

Found Facebook and Kindle App for iPod Touch – lost all my “freetime”. Will ramble at length on those topics later. But for now, in the spirit of my newfound addictions, my bff KM sent me this:

xkcd-addiction

off topic: My Lubbin Hubbin

Season 5

Season 5

The Closer season premiere was Monday, something I’ve very much been looking forward to. My hubbin stopped on his way home and picked up Hostess Cupcakes to celebrate (he would have gotten Brenda’s Ding-Dongs but the store was out).

See? Proof of his love por moi.

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The Pink Trench of Love

First things first: how about that seriously awesome pink trench?? I MUST have one!

Looks like the Gabriel/Daniels situation has been resolved by losing Daniels. Too bad. She had one of the best lines in Season 1:

(to Sanchez) You have to be *this tall* to ride my ride.

And speaking of Sanchez… they are really giving him room to grow recently and it’s fantastic. One of the things that draws me back to this show is how well developed ALL the characters are and how they never seem to run out of material for them. Especially Provenza and Flynn. Of course, Tao continues to be my personal fav.

So go out and get a box of Ding-Dongs and set the TiVo. Brenda’s Boys are back on the scene, y’all!

off topic: Alone Time Is The New Heroine

The hubbin has never hit me with the car… but our marriage is young yet.

Confessions of a Semi-Happy Wife