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Book Talk and Signing with Nalini Singh

Sarah from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books interviews Nalini last night at the East Brunswick Barnes and Nobel's store.


They talked mostly about the Psy/Changling series. Some things she shared: We'll get pup/cubs in the next book.The next book will probably be a big family style books with all the characters we've met over the last 13 books.Amara won't be getting her own book, but we will see her growth as a background character.Nakita probably won't be getting a book, her story is too complex, but we'll see it unfold during this next arc. Then she did a book signing. I hate having my picture taken so I just like to take a picture of the author signing my book.

Take Your Poet to Work Day - Sara Teasdale

Tomorrow (7/15) is Take Your Poet to Work Day. I'm bring Sara Teasdale with me to work on Wednesday.



Book Review: How to get Dressed by Alison Freer

How to Get Dressed: A Costume Designer's Secrets for Making Your Clothes Look, Fit, and Feel Amazing by Alison Freer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I thought this book was very informative but not very practical for me or other everyday women. Things like finding a good tailor, most of the ones in my area are connected to dry cleaners or are way out of my price range.  However, the guide on what to get altered and what not to get altered is useful and I know I'll refer to the list in the future.

I probably will never use the vintage shopping guide, but the chapter that debunks the fashion rules was great. I always worry if I can pull off wearing black and blue or brown and black. How about mixing metals or patterns? Freer says they are dumb and gives tips to help pull the look off. A lot of times it's a personal choice and being honest about what works for your body type.

I wish there had been more about how to dress different body types. I felt as if this book was directed towar…

Book Review: As If!: The Oral History of Clueless as told by Amy Heckerling and the Cast and Crew by Jen Chaney

On July 19th, Clueless will turn 20. Over the weekend, I finished reading As If!: The Oral History of Clueless as told by Amy Heckerling and the Cast and Crew by Jen Chaney

Summary
Acclaimed pop culture journalist Jen Chaney shares an oral history of the cult classic film Clueless in the ultimate written resource about one of the most influential, revered, and enduring movies of the 1990s—in celebration of its twentieth anniversary. Will we ever get tired of watching Cher navigate Beverly Hills high school and discover true love in the movie Clueless? As if! Written by Amy Heckerling and starring Alicia Silverstone, Clueless is an enduring comedy classic that remains one of the most streamed movies on Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes even twenty years after its release. Inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma, Clueless is an everlasting pop culture staple.

In the first book of its kind, Jen Chaney has compiled an oral history of the making of this iconic film using recollections and insights collec…

Daily Themes: July 2, 2015

Tell this story
I hold his sword and wonder if he was a good man. 

"My lady?" I hear the voice, but all I can manage is a shake of my head. The last thing I want to do is address these men who stand before me. They failed and because they failed I have lost him. I know I can't stay quite much longer, I can already hear the rumblings of the impatient men.

"My lady?" the voice is closer now, barely a whisper. I know he would save me from all this if he could. He's the only person I trust. He holds my father's sword. I look up and he hands it to me.

I hold the sword and wonder if he was a good man. I know he was a good warrior, a good leader, but I don't know what kind of man he was outside of those roles. As the leader, he wasn't never a father in the ways I hear about and see in the village. Yet, he is my only example, my only role model for what is to come next in my life.

"Was he a good man?" my voice barely above a whisper.

"My lady?&…

Daily Themes: July 1, 2015

"How long have you been standing there?" 
"Longer than you'd like." 

Carrie and her friends had just finished an impromptu dance party when a snicker startled them. Carrie spun around to find her brother watching them. “How long have you been standing there?”

He held up his smartphone and with a sinister chuckle said, “Longer than you’d like.”

Carrie yelled “MOM!” as her brother ran laughing.

TBR Pile Challenge - Three books crossed off!

I have been feeling like I've been lagging behind, it was June and I had only read three books off my list.  I had read an ARC of another Alex Beecroft book and really enjoyed it so I went back and downloaded these three onto my Nook.  Then they sat there and sat there, and I kind of forgot about them until I put together my list for last year. I never got to them so I made sure they were on this year's list.  I feel like I caught up after reading these three in one month!

Alex Beecroft writes male/male romance set during the Age of Sail. Her books are set during the 1700s. They all involve sailors and life on these ships. At the time any sexual relations between men was punishable by death, most commonly hanging. These men all live in fear of being discovered and facing an end at the gallows.

(some spoilers)

Blessed Isle by Alex Beecroft
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This novella is told through the perspective of both Captain Harry Thompson and First Lieutenant Garrett Littleton.  …