Monthly Archives: December 2011

Books to read over the holidays! In paperback…

(1) Dreaming of the Wolf by Terry Spear

Award-winning author Terry Spear has written a dozen paranormal romance novels, with over 60,000 copies sold. She received Publishers Weekly’s Best Book of the Year in 2008 for Heart of the Wolf. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry is a librarian by day. She lives in Crawford, Texas. For more information, please visit

(2) Libertine’s Kiss by Judith James

Seizing the opportunity to follow a dream, Judith James’ writing combines her love of history and adventure with her keen interest in the complexities of human nature, and the heart’s capacity to heal. Her latest what if was inspired by the Restoration poet Lord Rochester. Can a promise long forgotten and a friendship forged in the past help two lonely people find each other and themselves? Can a debauched court poet and notorious libertine convince a wary Puritan miss he is capable of love? These are the questions asked by LIBERTINES KISS, to be followed by THE KING`S COURTESAN in 2011.

Ms James is always pleased to hear from fellow readers and writers and invites you to visit her at

(3) The Sleeping Beauty by Mercedes Lackey

The Sleeping Beautyis the fifth book in the Five Hundred Kingdoms series.

Godmother Lily serves the Kingdom of Eltaria, which may be the most imperiled of all the Five Hundred Kingdoms. It has the misfortune of being small, rich, and surrounded with enemies. Governing it has been a constant juggling trick.

But now The Tradition has decided to land the blow of making the King a widower, and his daughter the Fairest In The Land. This can only mean bad things for the King, the Princess Rosa, and above all, the Kingdom itself.

(4) Waking up with the Duke by Lorraine Heath

Meet London’s Greatest Lovers! New York Times bestselling author Lorraine Heath’s delights and enchants, moves and mesmerizes historical romance readers with Waking Up With the Duke, the third installment in her unforgettable series in which the rakish sons of a scandalous Dowager Duchess, discover passion, pleasure, and true love. Perfect for Lisa Kleypas and Liz Carlyle fans, Waking Up With the Duke transports readers back to Victorian England, where a dangerous passion is born when a handsome rogue nobleman is approached with a most unusual request…

(5) Revealed by Kate Noble

Phillippa Benning is the unrivaled beauty of the Season. But when another lady challenges her for a marquis’s attentions, Phillippa entices him to a secret rendezvous-only to stumble upon The Blue Raven, England’s most famous spy, lurking at the site of her planned tryst.

The Blue Raven has uncovered an enemy plot directed at upcoming society functions, but he’s unable to infiltrate London society. Phillippa makes an offer: in exchange for entrée among the ton, he agrees to have his true identity revealed at the Benning Ball-guaranteeing her unrivaled notoriety. As the danger draws closer, the mysterious spy and Phillippa give in to mutual desire. But when the game turns deadly, betrayal waits around the corner, and Phillippa must decide once and for all-is it the myth that captured her heart, or the man?

(6) Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs

From Publishers Weekly:

Shape-shifter Mercy Thompson has a complex life, juggling two werewolf lovers and a job working for a fae mechanic; things get even more hectic when her boss and mentor is arrested for killing a citizen of the fae reservation. As the fae seem content to let him rot, Thompson takes it on herself to clear her friend’s name, beginning a lone-wolf investigation that may cost her life. Briggs’s third novel featuring Thompson (after Blood Bound) is another top-notch paranormal mystery; her well-balanced contemporary world, where humans live uneasily among werewolves and fae, is still a believably lived-in world; the ever-present threat of government legislation against nonhumans (though familiar to X-Men fans) adds weight to her paranormal elements, and thoughtfully researched mythology adds rich detail. Thompson is a sharp, strong heroine and her lycanthropic love triangle is honest and steamy. Briggs never shies from difficult material, and she moves effortlessly from werewolf pack psychology to human legal proceedings, making this a tense, nimble, crowd-pleasing page-turner.

Going to get my “read” on!



1997 was a busy year for me – I found old photos in a room I just cleaned out at the house and went through them last night.

It was the best of times…It was the worst of times.  You know the saying.  All character building I’m sure.  :-)

I graduated with a B.A. English Literature from Trent University.  I moved out of my first apartment in Peterborough, Ontario and went on a Contiki Tour through Europe before ending up at Cambridge University for their summer session of Medieval Courses.  I visited friends in Peterborough while I searched for a place to live in Toronto that would accept me as having a temp job through the Keith Bagg Agency as employment.  I often wondered what I was going to be able to eat each day until I got an apartment, a real job and I could pay for groceries at the local Loblaws.  The money I had saved working as a Telemarketer at Trent University was dwindling.

Here’s a pic of my first apartment in Toronto.  The landlord had 17 cats.  I slept on the floor until I managed to get a sofa bed delivered by a hotel going out of business.  Ugh.  My furniture that is wooden is the basic stuff from IKEA and up until recently I still had most of it out of nostalgia.

I decided to take a publishing course at Ryerson University and got an internship which paid $500 for 3 months of work.  However, I got the job.  I was able to travel and work directly with a Vice President of U.S. Sales and Marketing.  It was stressful but paid the bills.

Here’s a pic of my Dad and I celebrating Christmas that year.  He actually acknowledged that I could now drink alcohol with him.  A big step after being legal for 2 years beforehand LOL.  I miss him all year but when I lived in Toronto he looked forward to seeing me at Christmas so the holidays are especially hard.  I think of everyone else in this world that has someone to miss at this time and while he left my life too early I understand that the lessons I’ve learned since his passing are invaluable.  Thanks to both my Mom’s family and my Dad’s family for support.  Hopefully, at the Port Wallis United Church’s Blue Christmas service I’ll see people who struggle like me at this time each year and realize that we all have to let go of the pain of separation and see the joy our loved ones brought us instead.