When will it stop?

20 Nov

I have written here before about gun control.

Like other things I feel passionately about, violence involving guns is not something I have experienced first hand.

Today, however, it came ever closer.

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Christmas Angel, by Jo Beverley

19 Nov

Christmas Angel coverFor SLWendy’s TBR Challenge.

Okay, I admit it, this one is going to be a cheat.

Sort of.


Though I have at least three other Jo Beverley books in the TBR Mountain Range from Hell, I got this one just last week  because it was featured at Dear Author in one of the recent daily deals. Now, I’ve been hearing praise for Ms Beverley’s work for ages and decided to dive into this one, since it’s right there on my phone.

At that point, I wasn’t thinking about the TBR Challenge, but then Wendy reminded us that the review is due this week, and I panicked.


And this is the result.

Christmas Angel, by Jo Beverley

This is the third installment in The Company of Rogues series, though I found that it stands alone pretty well. There are some references to the previous stories, and a fairly brief explanation as to what the Company is/was for our male protagonist, but nothing overly intrusive.

Here’s the blurb (cribbed from Dear Author):
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Are you kidding me?

18 Nov

It so happens that I have the rarest of blood types. Only 1% of the population (it’s actually only one in 167 people) are AB negative.

This means that I am a universal donor for both plasma and platelets, and that I can donate both up to 13 times a year. Both plasma and platelets are used in the treatment of burns and cancer, and blood banks are always in need of donations.

So, tell me, Red Cross. How come I cannot find a place to donate, within reasonable driving distance, with phone operators who won’t tell me to “look it up online” when I’m asking for information?

Also, it would really be nice if your donation centers were open while donors are not at work.


Here endeth the (current) rant.


(I did find a place, but by the love of all that’s good and pretty, why the fuck do you have to make it that hard???)

Yet another long standing blog shuts down

4 Nov

Novel Thoughts headerI am very, very sad.

For those who don’t know, Romance Reader at Heart, which opened its virtual doors in 2001, has a massive database of reviews, an extensive database of authors and books, many, many, many book lists, timelines, a message board and more.

Something, however, was missing, and just over seven years ago, Romance Reader at Heart opened its blog, Novel Thoughts. The lovely Mad (aka Fatin) rand the blog, mostly by herself. I helped her out for a brief period of time, and latter on lillie did as well.

Yesterday, Mad and lillie announced that Novel Thoughts is shut down immediately.

I will not speculate to their reasons to do so, but it’s always sad to see such a long standing romance blog just…be done, gone. I for one, am going to miss it, because while in lately I haven’t commented much, that doesn’t mean I don’t visit often.

Here’s to you, ladies, with thanks for all the joy and best wishes for the present and future.


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