Sunday, January 07, 2007

Are We Readers Or Fans? I'm A FanReader. A Freader, Maybe

Kathleen Eagle's "Ride a Painted Pony" isn't only one of Library Journal's 5 best romances of 2006. It's also this week's feature at Romance: B(u)y the Book. Read the feature, and Kathleen's AuthorView, plus find out which Old Flames hero I think may end up on your Favorite Heroes list. He's in this week's, you guessed it, Old Flame.

Kathleen GuestBlogs at RBtheBlog Wed, Jan 10!

2 Contests Tomorrow to Celebrate Avon FanLit winners GuestBlogs!
FanLit Chapter Grand Prize Winner, Eve Ortega,
is here tomorrow, Monday, Jan 8
with a soaking wet Colin Firth, and a sahWEET prize of A Basket of Fair Trade chocolate courtesy of Eve (who I think you'll really like).
Plus, HarperCollins/Avon is giving 2 lucky Bellas each a download of the first FanLit published e-book, "These Wicked Games."
FanLit winner Sara Dennis GuestBlogs Friday, Jan. 10.
Viva BlogVegas!
I'll be blogging from Vegas Jan 15-19!

Graphic cred: S.M. Lein.
What do you like about Vegas?
What should Dave and I make sure to see/do while we're there?
What'd ya decide to read this weekend?


Michele said...

I can't comment on Vegas - don't think I'll EVER get there until I have gray hair - *pouts*

As for books read this weekend?
The second in the Darkwing series by Savannah Russe, called Past Redemption.

Can I put in a plug here to Stacy and say:
"Stacy, please make you sure you check your comments from me either on your blog or your MySpace. You are being paged by another author who's a Nathan Kamp convert!"

Thank you.
Now back to my regularly banal comments.

I also read "She's got the Look" by Leslie Kelly. First time ever reading her.
Cute mystery/romance. It was a tad predictable as I figured out a couple of the likely suspects.
I like the end where I found out which one it actually was, especially since the author tried to throw a last curve ball in.

So exciting about you going to Vegas. You always come back full of ideas and excitement. Not to mention a little sleep deprived.

As for what you and Dave should do? Do anything that makes memories between the both of you that you'll brush off and recount years from now, leaving you with fond smiles and dreamy looks in your eyes.

That's all for me.

Sounds like you have a wonderful guest blog coming up. :-)

Julie in Ohio said...

I've never been to Vegas but if I ever get there, the first thing I want to do is get married at the first tacky little chapel I see.
I don't know what it is but there is something about having Elvis officiate a wedding that says "Vegas" to me.

I didn't get *any* reading done this weekend. Yesterday was our anniversary and reading there. Today is just speeding on by. I don't know where the time goes...

Unknown said...

Pretty much the ONLY thing I liked about Vegas was the car museum. I got a serious case of vintage autolust while there. I'm not a gambler, and contrary to everything I'd ever been told the booze and food were EXPENSIVE, even in comparison to the prices here in San Francisco (and the lines, my god the lines).

The one thing I'd really like to do if I ever go back is see AVENUE Q (Tony Award winning X-rated SESEME STREET).

catslady said...

I've been to Vegas twice but unfortunately it's been more than 20 yrs. and I hear it's a completely different animal now so I'm looking forward to hearing what you have to say about it. But the shows are wonderful and we enjoy gambling so we had a marvelous time.

Just finished reading Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult and I recommend it.

ev said...

I have never been to Vegas, and probably will never get there unless I win a trip somewhere along the line.

I would love to see Barry Manilow there. I have seen him many, many, many times and think that would be awesome.

I am not a big gambler, but if it is anything like the casinos here, if you don't gamble you don't get the free drinks on the floor. Which makes the ones you pay for in bars even more expensive. And it's not like the bartenders can give you extra. Every shot is measured by computer and counted, so freebies have to be accounted for.

I have to go help my 22 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER clean her disaster area before it is eligible for FEMA assistance. Although I may be too late.

Have fun.

Playground Monitor said...

Go stand in front of the Bellagio Hotel and watch the fountains. Best free entertainment in Vegas! And go to Hoover Dam if you can. It's an engineering wonder of the world -- absolutely awe inspiring. As far as shows, I've heard that any of the Cirque shows are fantastic and there's even an X-rated one -- Zumanity at New York New York.

I've been in bed sick this weekend with a nasty stomach bug. I finished SON OF THE MORNING and read a Silhouette Desire last night, THE SECRETARY'S SECRET. I'm headed back to bed with an advance copy of one of the new Harlequin Everlasting books. It's a new line launching next month and a friend of mine is one of the launch authors. The book is FALL FROM GRACE by Kristi Gold.

Marilyn -- still a little green around the gills

Vivi Anna said...

I'm with Marilyn. Go see the X-Rate cirque show, then go up to your room, and f*&^ all night. And then get up in the morning, order up room service, have a shower together and f*&^ some more.

But hey, that's just me...

tetewa said...

I also have never been to Vegas but have a great time! I just started reading from my TBR pile "The Devil Wears Prada" I have the movie on dvd but wanted to read the book first. Usually like the books better than the movies because they go into more detail.

Sue A. said...

What I remember most about Vegas is Bellagio. The free water show outside was amazing, but even more impressive was the Cirque du Soleil "O" show. I'm not a great fan of live theatre, but "O" was such a unique experience that I didn't regret the high ticket price and if I'm ever in Vegas again I want to see it again.

Sue A. said...

And oh, this weekend I've decided to catch up on reading my favorite blogs, which is why I'm here today. One down and many, many more to go.

amy kennedy said...

I have never been to Vegas--my sister goes constantly--swear. She loves it. She loves The Paris Hotel and since I am in love with anything french, even Vegas french, she always brings me back something from the hotel.

I finished Mistral's Kiss and am re-reading Unplugged by Lois Greiman--the third book in the series is coming out at the end of this month. They are a scream. A scream I tell you. And the love interest is smoldering. Gotta love smoldering.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Um, Vivs? That's not just you, Bella.

OMG, ames, what are you , a Lois Greiman stalker or something? Hey, she's gonna be here in a couple weeks to GuestBlog about the newest, "Un, um,, what is it...UNSCREWED! That's it, Lois Greiman's "Unscrewed." Well, she sorta is, but I'm talking about the title of her new book.

Sue a, I'm glad you dropped in again, Bella, and glad you like the place. We've actually got tix to see O. I was dying to see Wayne Newton, but he's not playing. Can you believe it? The one thing I really want to do in LV, and he's not playing. But I'm looking forward to O, and to room service if i can score any. Dave's got business stuff to do for a couple days, then the rest is just fun. Hopefully, we won't lose the college funds...

teresa, I read DWP when it came out. :) Back when I read other stuff besides romance. I keep wondering whether the movie's good.

I hope you feel better, play. Heard the Bellagio fountain were pretty. I love that you dig the categories. I just got a debut h'quin Val Day special from RBtheBookClub member, Abby Gaines.

ev, I can remember my place needing FEMA assistance when I was your daughter's age. Nice that you're so good to her.

Hey, catslady! I'm pathetic, and like old-fashioned slot machines. I don't even know if they make them anymore, let alone how uncool it would be to be seen playing them. But I've not frequently been accused of being cool, either.

Never say never, michele. I used to say i'd never read a romance novel. Who's the converted author? Get her over here to the Dark Side! I will try to follow your advice while we're in Vegas.

jules, I'm so dying to see an Elvis wedding.

Hey, kaylen, I'm totally intriqued about Avenue Q. I really wanted to see a trad LV show while we're there, but maybe this'd be better?

Rach said...

Never been to Vegas. And, with the munchkins as young as they are, I don't think it's in the foreseeable future. But, if I *were* to go, I'd take in the Bellagio show and definitely an Elvis chapel wedding. Julie's right, *that* one epitomizes Vegas to me somehow. ;o)

Have SO much fun, Michelle!!!! Vivi's idea seemed pretty good towards that end...:oP

As for reading, well, I just finished LORD OF SCOUNDRELS. OMG!!!!! SO SO good! =)

Playground Monitor said...

I just got a debut h'quin Val Day special from RBtheBookClub member, Abby Gaines.

I e-met Abby a while ago when I did a blog about the popularity of the NASCAR romances. She's doing one for Harlequin later this year and gave me a great quote. Didn't know me from Adam's housecat but her CP hooked me up with her. Romance writers are such a helpful bunch -- very supportive of each other.


Michelle Buonfiglio said...

btw, I read "School for Heiresses" anthology by Jeffries, Carlyle, London, and Bernard and really enjoyed the respite from reality. :)

Rachelle said...

Las Vegas: it’s not called “sin city” for nothing. Though I haven't been there myself (because it's too far from home and it'd probably cost me my house to go but from what I've known ,it's good to check V Bar, Peppermill, Aquaknox (has an excellent selection of the freshest fish you can find in the desert prepared just right), and Bellagio Hotel and Casino.. You can also enjoy breathtaking views from the trendy club's "ghost deck" hovering 55 floors above the pool at Ghostbar at Palms..

This week, I have Kathryn Mackels' Trackers and Fury by Bill Bright on my TBR list.. i think it's gonna be a loooong day!

Wolfy said...

I have never been to Las Vegas, but I hope to get there one day. I would love to take in the live shows, just the lights and all the activity you hear about.

In my TBR pile I have been reading Alison Kent's SG-5 series, Erin McCarthy reprint of A Date With The Other have been doing nothing exciting.

Adriana said...

I'm with catslady -- it's been a while, like since the new hotel on the strip was The Mirage! But I loved its waterfalls and highly recommend seeing the new ones, too, and Cirque is fabulous anywhere you can catch it! What I remember most is that the rooms at Mirage were designed to get you back out on the floors spending money -- nothing restful about the decor at all! Great meals at their restaurant, tho, hope that's still true! I also loved how the city stays awake all night; worth pulling at least one all-nighter just to be part of the scene. It'll be fun to see your blog posts from Vegas!

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