Friday, December 28, 2012

December 28, 2012 - Book Review – Photographs of Claudia by KG MacGregor

Photographs of Claudia by KG MacGregor

ISBN-13: 9781594931680e
Genre: Romance

Book Description from Bella Books

“To win a spot in an elite workshop for studio photographers, Leonora Westcott must put together an extensive portfolio. Her efforts—and inspiration—get a boost when Claudia Galloway, a teacher intern in town for only a few months, volunteers to model.

For Claudia, the sensual poses offer one last chance to flaunt her independence before settling into the scripted life her wealthy fiancé has planned for them in California’s exclusive San Simeon community.

Leo has always seen her subjects as objects of shadow and light on the other side of her lens—until now. Every photograph of Claudia brings her feelings into sharper focus, feelings she fears Claudia will never share. As their series of sessions come to a close, Leo decides to risk her heart. But Claudia has declarations of her own.

Art transforms passion into love in this timeless tale by bestselling Lambda Literary and Golden Crown award-winner KG MacGregor.”
 

Review:
3.5 out of 5 stars

Initially when I started reading this book I had difficulty tracking which parts of the story where flashbacks versus present day.  After the first 3 or so chapters I got into the flow of the story and was better able to make the switch from present day to flashbacks.

In many ways, for me, this did not feel like the traditional romance in part because the story is flows between present day and flashbacks and because there was at least one interesting plot twist that I did not anticipate.  In fact I thought the story was being told from an entirely different perspective than it actually was.

I also enjoyed that the character development was built around Claudia modeling for Leo so she could apply for an exclusive workshop.

This turned out to be a fun read and I would recommend it for anyone looking for a good beach/vacation read.

 



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Monday, December 17, 2012

December 17, 2012 - Jaime


I'm starting to wonder how big this dog is going to get.  We have an appointment this evening for her next set of shots.  I believe she is officially 4 months old.




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Friday, December 14, 2012

December 14, 2012 – Book Review: Unclean Spirits by M.L.N. Hanover

Unclean Spirits (Book One of the Black Sun’s Daughter) by M.L.N. Hanover
Paranormal/Science Fiction

Description from Amazon.com

"Jayné Heller thinks of herself as a realist, until she discovers reality isn't quite what she thought it was. When her uncle Eric is murdered, Jayné travels to Denver to settle his estate, only to learn that it's all hers -- and vaster than she ever imagined. And along with properties across the world and an inexhaustible fortune, Eric left her a legacy of a different kind: his unfinished business with a cabal of wizards known as the Invisible College.

Led by the ruthless Randolph Coin, the Invisible College harnesses demon spirits for their own ends of power and domination. Jayné finds it difficult to believe magic and demons can even exist, let alone be responsible for the death of her uncle. But Coin sees Eric's heir as a threat to be eliminated by any means -- magical or mundane -- so Jayné had better start believing in something to save her own life.

Aided in her mission by a group of unlikely companions -- Aubrey, Eric's devastatingly attractive assistant; Ex, a former Jesuit with a lethal agenda; Midian, a two-hundred-year-old man who claims to be under a curse from Randolph Coin himself; and Chogyi Jake, a self-styled Buddhist with mystical abilities -- Jayné finds that her new reality is not only unexpected, but often unexplainable. And if she hopes to survive, she'll have to learn the new rules fast -- or break them completely...."

 
Review
3 out of 5 Stars

I’ve had this book on the shelf for a long time (years) and finally gotten around to reading it.  During the introduction we meet Eric Heller, Jayné’s uncle, who is trying to meet up with a less than savory guy in a sleazy bar.  Ultimately, Eric doesn’t survive the meeting but this is the reader’s first introduction into “riders”, evil spirits that have taken over or attached themselves to human beings.

Chapter One introduces us to Jayné, who really didn’t know much about her uncle other than he would occasionally swoop into her life and then swoop back out, but now Jayné has inherited Eric’s estate and his substantial assets.

Throughout the rest of the book we watch Jayné learn about riders, the supernatural, and how she plans to avenge Eric’s murder.  Ultimately we watch her mature and start to take responsibility for her actions and choices.

The entire book is really a long introduction to Jayné and a cast of characters many of whom I assume will continue through the series.  Although I enjoyed the book and the story was interesting I find that I am not drawn to either enough to continue reading the series, which is why I only gave this story 3 stars.



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December 14, 2012 – Math

I know if you have a bag of 100 mini peanut butter cups and eat 99 of them you have eaten 99% of them, but if you have a bag of 4 and eat 3 you’ve eaten 75%.  Which I sort of get but not really because you ate all but one – so why haven’t you eaten 99% of the peanut butter cups?  Actually don’t answer that – let’s just run with the confession that yes I ate all but one of the peanut butter cups, because I gave one to Sam.  Well unless L ate one, in which case I ate all but 2.  Oh and yes, they were very good.


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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

December 12, 2012 – Whatnot


I have no idea what happens to my days but I turn around and a bunch of days have gone by before I’ve posted an update.  So here goes…


Puppy
Did I happen to mention the unfortunate gingerbread man squeaky toy incident?  My parents have a dog who had a squeaky toy in the shape of a gingerbread man.  Several weeks ago Jaime discovered the gingerbread man and yes she LOVED that toy.  Heck she’d run right past the dog food on the floor to get to that toy.  One day the gingerbread man lost an arm.  I managed to retrieve the arm with my Dad’s help before Jaime swallowed it.

A few days later we’re back over the house and I lose sight of Jaime for a couple mins.  When I find her she has the gingerbread man but now there is no way he is going to be singing that song about running as fast as he can.  He’s missing both his legs.  Me, in a blissful state of denial I ask Mom and Dad if my brothers’ dog ripped off the legs.  They didn’t know and frankly I couldn’t find them and assumed that she couldn’t have amputated them in 2 mins time.

We know what happens when we assume… a few days later Jaime threw up one of the legs, of course denial is a beautiful thing and I still didn’t make the connection to with what she threw up and the gingerbread man.  That is until a few days later when she threw up and identical looking substance and I made the connection.
 

Other Stuff

Fat Pants
I finally gave in and bought a new pair of jeans.  I can no longer say my pants are too tight.  Now I have to say I’m wearing my fat pants.  They weren’t that tight but I hate that feeling where the damn pants are always telling you they are there.  *sigh* Plus I had to accept that although I will lose this extra weight it’s going to take more than a week or two.

Reading
I misplaced my interest in reading from September until just recently.  I finally seem to be back on track. It could be that I was just struggling with the books I was trying to read but I finished those and things have started to click mentally.  So yeah, reading is fundamental.

Working Out
Which obviously relates back to the fat pants, I haven’t made it to a spin class yet but I have managed to get my butt to the gym a few times.  I count that as a win and figure it gets me one step closer to going more frequently.

Consulting
Yes, I have officially started working for myself contracting out my crystal reports writing, and business analyst services.



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Friday, December 7, 2012

December 7, 2012 – Off

Did I mention that the puppy started puppy class a few weeks ago?  Well she did.  It’s Jaime and one other puppy Casey.  We’ve been working on Sit, Wait, Down, Drop It, and Leave it.  She does pretty well with Sit and Stay.  Down, Drop It, and Leave It… well those depends on her mood.

Yesterday Jaime discovered her legs and the ability to jump up on things, the chair, the couch, me, and in true superhero fashion that she can go from the couch to the coffee table in a single bound.  Alright I admit that I was startled the 1st time I saw her standing on the coffee table.  That and I wanted to laugh but when you get right down to it, its’ not “that” funny.  I’ve never had a dog stand on the coffee table before. 

Obviously this week the majority of what I say to Jaime is “Off!”  Oddly enough when I say “off” Jaime cocks her head to one side and looks at me like I’ve lost my mind.  Maybe I have, I’ve considered looking up “Off” in German.  Maybe I should just walk around with dog treats in my pockets so that every time I say off I can reward proper behavior.  Although, from experience that means I’ll have two dog noses stuck to my pockets.



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