A much needed fall break (and a contest)

We’re headed to Catemaco this weekend, where we will spend a week at La Finca and explore the magic of the state of Veracruz. Did you know that it’s a town full of witches and warlocks? I intend to make use of this setting in the next Corine Solomon novel I write. More on that when I get back.

Anyhow, I need to unplug from the Internet and spend some time with my family. That means no cell phone, no laptop. I will not be checking email. When I return, I’ll be completely refreshed and excited to get started on my next project. Try not to miss me too much.

While the cat’s away, though, the mice will play. (You’re the mice. I don’t want you to get lonely, and I don’t want the tumbleweeds blowing through my blog.)

So I’m running a contest in absentia. My good friend Jeri Smith-Ready has a release this week. Yay for The Reawakened! That’s the final book in the Crow trilogy (and it totally rocks).

Those are all three books. You can win the whole set, just by commenting. In case you’re already a huge Jeri Smith-Ready fan, I’ll also offer a $30 Amazon gift certificate to sweeten the pot. That’s right – two winners. So chat it up amongst yourselves while I’m gone. I use a random number generator so the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. There’s no limit. One comment = one entry.

No spamming. No mindless one word posts. No random linkage. I want each comment to have some content, understood? I’ll wrap this up after I get back (the week of the 10th), winners announced then. Let’s have a clean match, and may the best poster(s) win!

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124 Responses to A much needed fall break (and a contest)

  1. Awesome contest! Have a nice vacation and good luck existing with no computer! I’d go crazy!! LOL

  2. ArkieRN says:

    Have a margarita for me and if you find any studly cabana boys be sure to take pictures. We’ll keep the electrons warm for you.

  3. Very cool. I already have a book of Jeri Smith-Ready’s on my To Read shelves, but hey, as we say in Great Big Sea fandom, “there’s always room for more”.

    Although in this case, that’ll be with the caveat of “as soon as I get more shelves”. ;)

  4. I’ve been intrigued by this series just because of the name of the first. I have a fondness for crows and ravens.

    Hope you have a great mini-vacation.

  5. Have a good vacay, Ann… you definitely earned it. Let us know how that island of orangutans is.

    (…and if they were witches, that’d be even better.)

  6. AmyC says:

    I just started The Reawakened last night.

    This trilogy does totally Rock!

  7. Have a wonderful, relaxing trip Anne – it’s always nice to get away for a while then come back fresh and ready to dive back in!! LOL!
    To be honest, this is the first time I’ve heard of Jeri’s series, but after checking out her web and reading the blurbs – boy! I can’t wait to get started! Where have I been?? Anyways, thanks for introducing me to the series and even if I don’t win the contest, I’ll be getting those books!

  8. Kristen says:

    A vacation without internet and cell phone sounds amazing! I hope you have a fantastic time!

  9. azteclady says:

    I am in awe of Ann’s willpower myself–there’s no way I would last a full 24hrs without blog hopping, let alone email and cell phone! :eek:

    On the other hand… Catemaco! Yay! :mrgreen:

  10. Jackie says:

    As I’m sitting here in the early stages of chilly weather in Michigan, I’m instantly jealous of Ann for being in warmer weather. :)

    Have a great vacation Ann. I can’t wait to hear all the gloating over the nice weather.

    As for the Smith-Ready books. I’ve read Wicked Game and I loved it. I’ve heard of this series, but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet.

  11. Jackie says:

    Azteclady – I’ve done 2 weeks with no internet connection and it sucked. When I did get to a computer, I was on there forever seeing what I missed! :)

  12. Have a great vacation! Veracruz sounds really fascinating!

  13. ArkieRN says:

    If I went two weeks without checking my email, it would take me a month to clean up my inbox when I got back. I’d like to sit on a beach, but I’d need to be able to have web access at least every other day or so.

  14. Cathy M says:

    Have a wonderful vacation Ann.

    Love Jeri’s storytelling. I’ve already read Wicked Game, as well as the first two books in the Crow series. Ordered the Reawakend yesterday, and can’t wait to read it.

  15. limecello says:

    Oooo vacation! I’m not sure how I’d fare if I couldn’t check email or anything for a week. If I did that now, I… don’t even want to imagine the thousands of emails I’d be buried in.
    Catemaco! :P Too bad I wouldn’t fit in your suitcase, Ann!
    I’ve never read one of Jeri’s books :X But I’ve heard excellent things.

  16. Christine says:

    Have a wonderful, well deserved vacation, Ann! Your trip sounds perfect.

    My friend Amy C loves this series and just today convinced me to add it to my Wish List.

  17. BoxingKing says:

    People actually survive without a phone? What have the ages come to??? Have fun on vacation! It would be totally awesome to win that set of books. Thanks!

  18. Ilona says:

    Have a great vacation Ann. And thank you for leavign us with such an awesome contest. Love the look of thebooks you have as prizes and having never read Jeri’s stuff before I hope I win them :D

  19. Whenever I go on vacation, I take my laptop with me. I don’t think I could survive either!

  20. Jane says:

    Have a great vacation. I’ve heard of Jeri, but have not read her books yet.

  21. Jeri says:

    Ann, you are the queen of awesome.

    Just to let everyone know, I mail autographed bookplates to anyone who wants one, anywhere, for any of my books, so obviously that would include the winner of the trilogy. My contact form is on my website.

    Oh, and also on my website, if y’all are looking for comment content, is an interactive personality quiz that lets you find out which Animal from the book you would be. It tells you which other Animals are your best match, so have your friends and significant other take it as well. I give a prize each month to go with the quiz. Go here: http://www.jerismithready.com/quiz/ for more details.

    Yay, Ann! Have a great vacation and try not to drown in e-mail when you get back.

  22. Hi Jeri! That’s so nice of you! I’m going to check out your website right now!

  23. Great contest Ann! I would love to be entered. Congratulations Jeri on the new upcoming release WooHoo!

    Ann may you have a wonderful & safe vacation.


  24. Jackie says:

    RachaelfromNJ – my husband is the same way. I honestly think if he could, my husband would have it surgically tied to him.

  25. Jackie says:

    Oohhh…Thanks Jeri for a fun quiz. I took it and found out that I’m a swan….

    You are a Swan!
    Tereus, Kalia in Eyes of Crow
    Powers: Foretelling future through dreams, dream-walking

    Swans are idealistic, open-minded, and passionate. Your good nature often leads people to think they can take advantage of you, but they should be careful—beneath that serenity lies a fighting spirit. Your love is fierce and unconditional, fueled by the certainty that it should last forever.

  26. Teresa W. says:

    I recently discovered this author but haven’t read any of The Crow series. Sounds right up my alley though, I did read Wicked Game and loved it! Hope you have a great vacation!

  27. Kimberly B. says:

    Ooh, vacation! Sounds like fun!
    I’m jealous of those of you who have yet to discover the Aspect of Crow series—it’s terrific! I can’t wait to read The Reawakened!

  28. Jeanette Jackson says:

    Wow, they sound really great. I have not read any of them. I would love to be entered to win either prize

  29. Ann M. says:

    Enjoy your break.

  30. Hilcia says:

    Have a great time at La Finca! Lucky lady. Since you got me hooked on Jeri Smith-Ready with Eyes of Crow, I’ve already finished Voice of Crow and I’m expecting to receive The Reawakened by tomorrow! YEY! Can’t wait to get my hands on it…

  31. kh says:

    sounds great have not read them, ejoy your break wish i was on a vacation

  32. Pamk says:

    Ann I hope your vacation rocks. But dayumn not interest would really suck.

  33. Pamk says:

    Great quiz.
    You are a Hawk! (your score: 21)
    Characters: Galen, Thera, Zilus in Eyes of Crow; Maxine in “The Wild’s Call”

    Powers: Communicate with the divine, discern powers in others, photographic memory

    Hawks are the messengers of the Spirits. Adept with language, you might be a writer or a teacher. Your ability to assess situations impartially means that people often seek your guidance before making decisions. A brilliant visionary, you sometimes forget the mundane details of life like eating, sleeping, or paying bills.

    Best matches: Owls, Foxes, Spiders

    Watch out for: Otters, Bears, Horses

  34. Lori T says:

    Great contest! I hope that you are having an wonderful and relaxing vacation and are enjoying your family time.

  35. Lori T says:

    Hi Jeri~

    Yes, it is me….your friendly stalker. I know I have been disappointly absent lately…the crazy life getting the way.

    I have not read this set of books by Jeri, but I ABSOLUTELY LOVE Wicked Game. It was amazing and I cannot wait to read more and am eagerly anticipating the sequel.

  36. This was a fun quiz. Thanks Jeri :)

    You are a Wolf! (your score: 25)

    Characters: Marek, Alanka, Kerza in Eyes of Crow; Lance in “The Wild’s Call”

    Powers: Stealth, hunting ability, enhanced senses of smell and hearing, as well as strength and stamina

    “Family comes first” could be a Wolf’s motto. You form deep connections with close friends and family members, and they know you’d do anything to protect them. You’re loyal, devoted, and passionate. Your worst fear is being alone, but be careful not to drown your loved ones in too much emotion.

    Best matches: Swans, Otters, Crows

    Watch out for: Spiders, Owls, Foxes


  37. Jackie, LOL too funny! I try not to take my laptop with me but I always end up in an internet cafe wherever we are if I can’t be on it!

  38. Anna says:

    I loved Jeri’s Wicked Game. I have yet to read the the Crow series, but my friend AmyC tells me it’s great.

    Unplugging from the internet, that’s scary stuff. Hope you have fun. :grin:

  39. Pam P says:

    I have the first one to read now, would love to have the whole set.
    Hope you’re having a great time, Ann, waiting to hear if you met any warlocks.

  40. Paula says:

    I’d gladly give up my computer for a week if the alternative would be spending a week in Mexico. And no, didn’t know about the witchy town. I’m going to google it.

    Have a great vacation!

  41. Bonnie Dee says:

    I’ve meant to check out the Smith Ready books for a while now, due almost entirely to your rave reviews. Would love a chance at a free series!

  42. Cate says:

    Modern-day witches and warlocks? Too cool. Now I have to research Veracruz a bit. Hope it doesn’t cast you under its spell and keep you there! Enjoy! And I look forward to devouring this series!

  43. CrystalGB says:

    I have not read any of Jeri’s book but I have great things about them.

  44. azteclady says:

    I see that waaaaaaaaaaaaay up there, Christine posted about Amy C’s love affair with Jeri’s books.

    I mean, seriously, read this and tell me that’s not unconditional lurve!

  45. Lori T says:

    I took Jeri’s quiz too and I am a wolf…which is pretty accurate as I feel that family is most important.

  46. kh says:

    hi linda. sounds fun , hope to see u back lol

  47. Katee says:

    Have a good trip! Look forward to reading the next book!

  48. andres says:

    Attenuating circumstance on no laptop and phone:

    I have mine with me on the vacation, so I am waiting to see how long she can go before pushing me aside to check mail.

    So far: Sunny, wet, breakfast at the eco preserve and mud bath/temazcal steam bath (sweat lodge) tonight.

  49. Too bad you’re not bringing your laptop to write since you want to make this a setting for one of your books. I wonder if you’re taking notes in a notebook or if you will just remember everything.

  50. Christine says:

    Hi Andres! Vacation sounds divine so far!

    I swear the umbilical cord between my husband and his iPhone is barely 6 ft. Still, I might last about 3-4 days before I would ask to check xyz. So I say we take bets on how long Ann can go without asking Andres for ‘just a few minutes, just to quickly check xyz.’ LOL I say tomorrow morning. :wink:

  51. Katie says:

    I love, love, love this series! I am so sad that “The Reawakened” was the last book!

    Please don’t put me in for the books. Someone else should have the joy of them, but I would take a gift certificate.

  52. Katie says:

    By the way, have a wonderful vacation! I can’t wait to see how you use the location in a book!

  53. Everyone don’t forget to vote today!!


  54. Jackie says:

    I voted! I didn’t even have to wait either. We were able to walk right in and do our thing. Took about 30 minutes.

  55. Jackie says:

    Christine – I don’t think that would be a safe bet for me. :) If Ann doesn’t ask at least once, I would be shocked. At least, I don’t think I could completely give up checking my email for a week if there was one nearby that I could use.

  56. Jaime W says:

    These books sound great, please sign me up! Hope you have a great vacation Ann :)

  57. azteclady says:

    I say Ann is both more stubborn strong willed, and crafty, than all that–I bet *if* she sneaks a look, it’ll be when he’s not around to poke fun at her for doing so.

    What? I *was* married myself, you know!

  58. KMont says:

    This series has been on my watch list for a couple of years now. One day I am going to get them…or win them here. *g* I’ve heard nothing but the good on them, so either way, I have high hopes for high entertainment from the series.

  59. Christine says:

    Jackie :: Maybe if you were in an exotic location like Ann doing luxurious things like Ann, you could forget the cell phone and internet for a week. But since Ann’s kids are with her. .. well, maybe she’ll welcome a few minutes to check email or her favorite blogs or world news sites or something.

    Azteclady :: You’re probably right. If she checks while Andres is unaware, we’ll never know, will we? :lol:

  60. Jackie says:

    Christine – computer time is the only time I get away from the wigglemonster, so I can see Ann checking it for some down time. I don’t even get to read without interruptions. :)

  61. Dina says:

    You deserve a nice rest.

    The Reawakened sounds fantastic also, nice contest, thanks.

  62. limecello says:

    Ooo – I need to take that quiz – will post results later :P it’s 1:11 am and I still need to shower and get my readings in for tomorrow/today. :X

  63. carolyn jean says:

    I’d love to read this series. I love crows. Crows have a bad image with many people, but I think they deserve better.

  64. andres says:

    I’m a Wolverine-Owl (tied at 25 points each), apparently?

    Just got back from a boat ride, have Andi stating that she wants to go swimming at high noon and Alek’s hiding out in the other room taking advantage of Sister-In-Absentia to play his gameboy unmolested. The outdoors, they are not our son’s thing. Unless they are air conditioned, shady and include an electrical outlet… which does not bode well for our plans to go camping in a couple of years.

    I suspect Ann has been at the computer, but I can’t prove it: since I was beat last night after our Temazcal bath, I went to bed pretty early… but she stayed up “watching a movie” on my laptop.

    Next time she does that I may have to set my camera on record just to make sure. Right now it’s just a suspicious feeling… kind of what you feel when you find a half full, green sippy cup in the cd compartment of the Volvo when you KNOW there should be nothing there.

    I’ll let Ann explain that one.

    We have been to the Monkey Island and seen fat monkeys fight for fruit but no sign of Lucas Arts’ pirates. The monkeys may not be healthy, but they sure as hell ain’t starving… think a couple of them weighed more than our son.

    Back in the room now, facing the Final Vacation Days Conundrum of having run out of things to be done, so will be asking for guidance from the Very Friendly Hotel Staff (who are all very eager to please and earn added tips in Low Season).

    More updates later, probably.

  65. Christine says:

    LOLOLOL!!! Andres, you crack me up! Thanks for the update. And yes… please try to catch Ann in the act the next time she “watches another movie” on your laptop tonight! :wink:

    So glad you guys are enjoying your getaway. :mrgreen:

  66. KMont says:

    Will there be pics posted of the grand vacation getaway? We could always use more ideas for vacation ourselves. ;) The hubbster and I have thought about flying down to Mexico for a week or two; we’ve only been to Cozumel on a couple of cruises.

    hope you all are having a great time!

  67. erin says:

    Ann–thanks again for the book–I am sooo tickled that I won. It’s on the top of my 2-b-read pile (i have some borrowed ones that must be read and returned). I promise to give you a full review! Hope that you’re having a great time on your vacation. You’ve earned it– BTW– today is a great day!!! For many reasons, the top being that our country just might, might, be in for some great and much needed changes. No politics–just hope :wink:

  68. ArkieRN says:

    Glad to hear the vacay is going well. Yeah, that “watch a movie” thing sounds suspicious doesn’t it?

  69. Gina says:

    Oh I hate the Final Vacation Days Conundrum! Terrible terrible! I hope the hotel staff give you some good ideas.

    My hubby and I always end up bailing during the final days of our vacations (most of our vacations are road trips) and finding some place on the map to drive to on the way home. I guess that is not really bailing since we don’t actually go home, but we give up on where we are at. Or if we flew and can’t leave then we start working on the computer which is DEFINITELY bailing. Don’t Bail! Keep having fun. :)

  70. azteclady says:

    I actually like the idea of having nothing *to do* for at least one day before the end of vacation. You know, to actually enjoy that “vacation = do nothing” thing that never happens…

    And I told ya Ann’s too crafty to be caught!

  71. Jackie says:

    Personally, I try and make sure I have “nothing” to do on every day of my vacation. I’m one of those people who has to have something planned for her vacation, but it can’t take the whole day. I still need my wind down time and that usually involves a really good book.

    Hopefully Ann will have pictures when she comes back. It’s been too long since I’ve been in Mexico….I NEED TO GET OUT OF THIS COUNTRY!! :) Okay, I’m better now.

  72. Jackie says:

    Does anyone else feel the need to go on vacation, to another country, at any time? I felt it the most after I got back from studying in Guadalajara for 5 months. I wanted to go back. :)

  73. Have a fantastic recharging break away and I have been eyeing up Jeri’s books for a while now so this contest sounded fantastic.

  74. Katie says:

    That movie watching sounds very suspect. :-D

    Hope you find some great things to do from the staff!

  75. azteclady says:

    Jackie, I know exactly what you mean–I want to go back to Europe. I was there four weeks TEN SUMMERS AGO, the pain!–studying German in Koblenz through a summer exchange program.

    I’ve forgotten most of the German (shame on me) but I remember cathedrals, museums, Roman ruins, Middle and Dark Agest keeps alongside the Rhin…

    *sigh* I have to go back! *checking the piggy bank* erm… someday! :wink:

  76. Jackie says:

    Oh I’m jealous….I would love to go to Europe, to see all those ruins and museums with all that artwork. I love languages, so when I do get to Europe, my plans are to hit as many countries as I can.

    As for my Spanish, yeah, it’s rusty as hell, but I think I could still use it if I had to.

  77. Wow lots of comments! Ann will have fun catching up on all her email and everything when she gets back! I hope you’re having a fabulous time Ann!!

  78. Did everyone go out and vote yesterday? How do you all feel about who our new president is?


  79. Sue A. says:

    Ann have a great time. I can’t imagine unplugging myself from the internet for that long. Only a power failure of major proportions could achieve that for me.

    Jeri Smith is an author I have yet to try. This series sounds good.

  80. ArkieRN says:

    The lean state of my poor piggy-bank tells me it will be a looong time before I get another vacation. Especially if I want to go out of the country. So I have to vicariously enjoy other people’s trips. Bring back pics, Ann!

  81. azteclady says:

    Random: has anyone stared so long at the amazon widget with the drop down, bouncy books, that s/he gets dizzy?


    What, it’s just me?

  82. ArkieRN says:

    Actually I didn’t even notice it. *whosh* Blew right by me.

  83. Lisa says:

    A fabulous contest! I definitely need new books to read now that all the election blather is over. Wheeee!

  84. I’d love to read this series

  85. limecello says:

    lol – Sue A, I agree. And even w/ the power outage I’d hope I had enough battery life to go on long enough to wait it out :P
    Azteclady – no… that sounds… hm. LOL but I bet I’d think the same thing if I *did* do it.

  86. Anyone reading anything really good? I’m reading 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover by Lina Wisdom. It’s really cute and different.

  87. oops that should read Linda Wisdom. Typo.

  88. ArkieRN says:

    RachaelfromNJ, is that book good? I keep seeing excerpts and author interviews everywhere. What snippets I’ve read make it sound really funny. Is it? I keep hoping to win it – book budget small.

  89. :grin: i really want to be entered!

  90. Brooke says:

    Ah that sounds like a fantastic vacation! I would love to get away for awhile. I hope you have a great time. :D

  91. Brooke says:

    Hi Linda!
    I’m actually happy the election is finally over. *sigh of relief* It seemed to last forever! I’m also pleased with the outcome. I think he will be a great leader. Also, the WORLD seems pleased with the decision. Go figure. :)


  92. Brooke says:

    lol Jackie, I’ve never been out of the country before! I’m jealous of anyone who has been able to take an exciting trip to new places. My best friend went to Africa and S.E. Asia for 6 months with nothing but a backpack and himself. He did bring me back an awesome sarong though. :D


  93. Katie says:

    I love the UK, but I will be a while before I get to go again. The US dollar’s weakness on the international markets is just killer and makes things too expensive.

    The best book I have read in the last few weeks is one of the prizes here: “The Reawakened.” I just loved this book!

  94. Oh, i just couldn’t stay away! I loved Wicked Game and Jeri’s writing rocks! So of course, I would love to get all three of her first books – or the giftcard (cause then I could just go buy them…LOL) So please enter me!

  95. Also have a grand ole time on your trip! I wish I could somewhere else outside of the state of NY! LOL

  96. Cortina says:

    It’s great that you can take a vacation and use it for your books as well. I can’t wait until I can take an out of country vacation. Have fun and try not to work too hard!

  97. KMont says:

    Jackie, yes, we feel the need for a vacation SO much, and we’re going on one next week! We like cruises, so we’re doing a Western Caribbean one this time. That is if hurricane Paloma allows it. I just hope all the people in its path will be safe and OK after it’s over.

    But even if we have to stay out to sea the entire time, I will be in heaven. Taking about ten books with me and hope to get them all read! On our balcony and by the pool. *g*

  98. Brooke says:

    That’s funny about taking all those books, and hoping to read them all by the pool. We’re going to Houston for 5 days for Thanksgiving. Every year I pack at least 5 books, a book a day, or in case I start one that doesn’t interest me. My boyfriend is always like, “Do we need an extra suitcase for your books?” :) It’s bad enough I have one on me at all times. Two if you count the audio books on my Ipod.

  99. Joy says:

    I’m a Wolf -which works for me :-)

    I’m considering getting an eReader in part because I alway end up with too many books in my suitcase. I take a little under a book a day and never read them all. But my TBR is so huge, it doesn’t make sense to buy books while on vacation.

  100. Tanya says:

    :grin: This contest is amazing..huge fan..
    would love to win that :)

  101. Ilona says:

    Jeri, I finally found the time to take the quiz and found out that I am an owl :D Thanks for the fun quiz and the insight into the characters from your books, makes me more determined than ever to read them :D

  102. Brooke says:

    I’ve thought about going the Kindle route, but then I saw the price! Yikes. I also just love books, and having them.

  103. azteclady says:

    The funny thing about the Kindle–more than any other ereader, IMneverHO–is not so much the cost of the thing itself as the potential for people with control issues to rack up the debt.

    Seriously–thousands of titles available at the touch of a button, and the ‘money’ issue is pretty surreal… like “oh look at the pretty numbers” *click* ==credit card debt==

  104. Maya M. says:

    I’m trying to make a point of exploring new-to-me authors at the moment, so I’ll pick up a copy of the first in this series in any case. Seeing as how you’ve not steered me wrong before *g*

  105. shartyrant says:

    You have GOT to post more about the place your going to. That sounds very interesting. Must know more.

    BTW, azteclady, you are so correct. The kindle or any e-reader for me would kill my budget (with a big smile on my face while the husband freaks). But what a way to go. So many books. Instantly! But the practical side keeps telling me to say no to the kindle and others of it’s nature. Must resist the evil…

  106. azteclady says:

    shartyrant, see? Exactly!

    It’s insidious evil.

    Shiny and pretty and easy!!!


  107. Steff says:

    Thanks for this amazing contest and thanks to Jeri for writing such amazing books!

    And just to jump in to the kindle debate … I can’t seem to get past not having the feel, smell, excitement of a new book. There’s just no pizazz with a kindle … everything is the same. I just can’t give up my honest to goodness books – even if they have taken over my house! :grin:

  108. shartyrant says:

    My husband is trying to tempt me with a kindle. He would like to have our house back from where my books have taken over I think. >:) Like you, I prefer the book format for the feel of the pages. Plus, I don’t have to worry about losing my whole collection like I would on an electronic format if something goes wrong with it. Plus, there is something satisfying about looking on the shelves and seeing all those books.

  109. Brooke says:

    Oh yes, it would be horrible to lose everything. Ugh. You’d have to save it it multiple places just in case. I think I’ll just keep buying bookcases. At least they look pretty when they are filled up. haha

  110. Steff says:

    I agree. There is something comforting about being surrounded by books!

  111. I got my hands on a Kindle a couple of weeks ago and it was nice. I’m not a huge e-reader either, but the Kindle wasn’t bad. The print was like a book and clicking to the next page almost seemed like turning a page. I like the whole instance book thing though. My husband really wants to get one, but he doesn’t like the price either.

    I heard they were coming out with a newer model that’s suppose to be even snazzier than the first one. I’m waiting for that one.

  112. shartyrant says:

    That is the one I am waiting for. Told my husband let everyone else test it out. I read e-books on my laptop (which admittedly isn’t comfortable), but if they offer print versions, I go with it. I will be same with a Kindle. My mother-in-law has one and everyone’s hinting I should get one. I suggested a new bookcase instead as I am running out of room on my others. Then the sugggestions for a kindle gets stronger. *sigh* I just like looking at the books on the shelves. I like seeing all the series or groups of books by authors. Plus, it is easier to look and see if I have this book or need to get it than turning on a kindle. I’ll get one, but I will still get my books.
    I have had nightmares of losing just the few e-books I have on my computer that I bought recently and they are not even my favorites! Is there a back up feature on the kindle or other e-readers that I don’t know about?

  113. Arkie: I’m only 100 pages in but I am enjoying it so far! It’s cute and I love anything with witches.

  114. Everyone ready or getting ready for Thanksgiving? Any special plans this year?


  115. Hi Brooke. I am happy with the outcome as well and happy it’s over. It felt great to vote though for the first time :)


  116. ArkieRN says:

    I have impulse control issues with book buying. I can stay out of bookstores and try not to go to Amazon too often. But if I had a Kindle I think I’d be in debt up to my eyeballs.

  117. Brooke says:

    For Thanksgiving I’ll be doing the same thing I’ve done the past 4 years, and that’s going to Houston to visit my boyfriends parents. We do Christmas with my family.

    Honestly, for the trip I mostly look forward to flying, and having uninterrupted reading time lol.


  118. I’m currently reading One Silent Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon….loving it!

  119. ArkieRN says:

    I just finished Salvation by JD Robb. Very, very good. I highly recommend it.

  120. shartyrant says:

    I just got One Silent Night so that is good to hear. Strange to have a “villian” as a hero so this should be interesting.

  121. ArkieRN says:

    Shartyrant, I know. I’m kinda hesitant to buy the book because I’ve hated Stryker so much. I don’t really want him to have a HEA.

  122. erin says:

    ArkieRN–loved Salavation too!! But J.D. Robb is on my must read list anyway–hey, does anyone else prefer J.D. Robb over Nora Roberts? you’d think you’d like both b/c same person—I think that I’m going to wait for One Silent Night to get to the used bookstore–while I like Kenyon–her books are starting to sound the same…

  123. shartyrant says:

    ArkieRN: I am halfway through it. It is actually a very quick read. One of Kenyon’s strengths is that her stories usually go real fast for me. I might not like every story or character, but the writing is very smooth and I fly through her books. I read Archeron in just 3 hours (with interruptions).

    I like how she is doing with Styrker. He is still a “villian”, but you get to understand his motivations better. Just like most awesome villians, once you understand where he is coming from or how he views himself, it makes sense. He isn’t evil for evil sake. For him, he IS a hero…to his people. For humans, he is the opposite as this story shows that he actually has a reason. I am not saying he is a good guy or that I like him. But the story does show him from a different viewpoint (his own) and why he makes the choices he does. I liked that as I am not just into villians who do evil just to take over the world or show they are “evil” (like it is a popularity contest or something). I like for there to be motivations that while I don’t agree with, I can at least understand why he went that path.

    Erin, I agree that her books are getting more similiar on themes and plots, but so far, this one has been different at least on the hero aspect. I like how things are getting shaken up a bit on expectations though I could do without certain scenes dealing with Ash.

  124. Ann Aguirre says:

    Thanks for the GREAT response! But now we must stick a fork in this contest, for it is DONE. Winners announced anon.