Saturday, April 10, 2010

Sunday Rah #1 One Bloody Thing After Another

One Bloody Thing After Another

One Bloody Thing After Another

What can I say about this book? It grabbed me, shook me, and left me haunted.

I went into it with no real expectations, just vaguely attracted by the gorgeous cover art and a short description that was sort of telling, but which in no way lead me to believe I would love this book as much as I do. Unfortunately, I haven't read any of Comeau's other work, but I do plan to remedy that as soon as possible.

This is not a long book, but it is dense with life. As I said, It grabbed me from the start and pulled me in. I identified with each of the main characters. The writing drops you right into something happening, and from that first incident it does not let up, but it is not your usual thrill ride. It's the thrill ride next door. Or maybe it feels a bit more familiar than that, absurd and poetic as it seems. To me, it feels real.

Here's my problem... I don't want to spoil it. The title link at the top will take you to the Goodreads page, and a description. Go there if you will, if one person standing here and shouting, "JUST READ IT!" isn't enough. I'll understand. I'm just the cheerleader.

Thanks go to NetGalley for providing a digital galley.

The Sunday What?

What is the Sunday Rah?

I mentioned in a previous post that I really can’t seem to make myself write reviews for books because I don’t want to be a critic and because, well, I’m always torn over one thing or another... I fear that with an actual attempt at a review I would probably just ramble on for far too long, most likely arguing with myself.

I also mentioned that while I don’t necessarily feel comfortable reviewing, I sometimes feel the need to pull out the stringy old black pompoms and cheer for books that have moved me. Books that haunt me, stir me up, touch my nostalgia button, or even piss me off in an effective way all fit into this category, motivating me to step forth and shake my dusty cobwebs.

The Sunday Rah is my way of sharing those books with you without having to go through telling you that this is just my opinion, and is probably highly personal. It is also my way to throw out a bit of a plug as a thank you to the authors who have stirred my emotions.

Thursday, April 8, 2010


Saturday, March 27, 2010

Guilty Pleasures #1

I has them.

You know what I mean. It's those little obsessions, those things that make you catch yourself at enjoying them perhaps a hair too much. You do enjoy them, though... and maybe the guilty aspect makes them just a tad sweeter.

I have enjoyed True Blood from the get-go, but I didn't really sign up for a team until I saw this scene...

Yes, this one pushed me over the line to full on Team Eric captain status. Of course, there were other things that lead up to my downfall, but those were the stairs that lead to the tenth floor. This scene with the Queen and the Yahtzee... this scene is the ledge from which I jumped.

Eric is a baddie, no doubt, but sometimes he's just so subtly, so ridiculously funny that I can't resist him. He's haunted, interesting, a tad clumsy, and he highlights his hair... Mildly Spike-alicious and all kinds of yes!

I think it helps that I always watch True Blood alone. No one else around here cares for it, so I get to warp what I see to suit my own twisted sense of humor. Also adding to the guilty of it all is the fact that I'm talking strictly about the t.v. show here. Eric Northman as portrayed by Alexander Skarsgard. I enjoy Charlaine Harris' novels, but this little pleasure is all about what I can see moving on the screen, all by myself with my cackling little fumbling wannabe dark-side hanging out.

Yes, it's wrong... So?

Have you joined a team yet?

Monday, March 22, 2010

Team Eric... yup

Just a little preview for my next post, which is all about guilty pleasures...

Monday, March 8, 2010

Monday Babblings...

Tempted (front)
Mixed media on scrap wood.

I love book blogs. I really do. I follow them and enjoy them even when I don't agree with everything I'm reading. I like reviews and contests and author interviews... all of it. I even enjoy lusting after the giant stacks of stuff that bloggers get "in their mailboxes."

I thought very seriously about buckling down and changing this blog into a straight up book blog. Very seriously. I even tried to come up with a cat themed rating system for my reviews. I hemmed and hawed. I worked long shifts and neglected to blog about much at all. I fiddled with the template. I told myself that I was going to sit down today, dammit, and start writing reviews.

See, though, this is my brick wall. My brain does not want to write reviews. My brain wants to read books, yes, but it also realizes that what bugs the hell out of me might make someone else slap five blinging stars on a book. My brain does not want to be a critic... though it doesn't seem to mind being a cheerleader now and then.

I've decided to let my brain off the hook. It gets to read what it wants, and maybe sometimes rave about books it likes. If it really needs to point out something critical, it is allowed to do so on Shelfari or Goodreads... If it feels like it.

I'll still read book blogs, and enjoy them and link to them here. I still want to save Amanda Feral. I still want to throw up an occasional contest post, be it my own or a little plug for someone else's. I also want to talk about books... I think I just needed to give myself permission to be more casual about it.

Of course, I'll still be putting up my silly little paintings and projects as they occur. I started this blog to make a place for them. This is where they live.

And I'll still share videos that I love. I tried to talk myself out of that one, but I feel that people just don't get enough exposure to brilliant red heads playing piano. (This does make up about eighty percent of my youtube favorites, I've recently realized. How odd is it, catching yourself in a pattern like that?)

So... I have rambled long enough for one post, I think. Thank you for being there while I justify myself to... myself. And to anyone else who happens to be around.

Tempted (back)

The song for today is Leonard Cohen's Famous Blue Raincoat. Performed by Tori Amos.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

February Wasn't Kind...

...but March has been a real bitch already.

I do miss blogging, though, so here's an unfinished painting!

Charlene 1
Mixed media on canvas.

And just because I can't seem to get enough of him these days...

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Oh lordy...

Well... that template I wasn't going to mess around with went a bit bonkers on me. Back to square one... or square ten thousand and one. Sigh. I need a simpler way of doing everything.

Well, simple with access to teh webz.

This layout is very simple, but I think I can work with it. I'll feel better when I get all of my goodies back on here. This one allows me to put an original painting in the header, which I like.

It's very white, though. Let me know if this is hard on the eyes.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

We Have a Winner!

Thanks to both participants!

The winner of Nicole Peeler's Tempest Rising is...

Steph The Bookworm!

Email me at with your info and I'll get your book in the mail ASAP. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Since I only had two entrants in this contest, I wanted to send a little something to The Book Junkie as well. If you would, email your info to the same address.

I hope to have more giveaways in the future, so check in now and again. I love giving books almost as much as I love receiving them.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Mixed media on canvas.

She's my goddess of predawn. Ever felt smudgy, yet glorious?

By the way, you can still enter here to win a copy of Tempest Rising. Winner posted January 30th.

Monday, January 25, 2010

It's My Little Blog Birthday...

Can't believe this blog has been around for two years now.

I originally started this blog after I discovered other naive and folk artists on the web. This brought back my love of creating art, and a desire to share what I do in my own little art bubble with others. Well, she is growing to encompass my love of reading and my desire to share this as well. And I'm loving it.

I've been threatening to share some recent paintings, but I've allowed my lack of a good camera be my excuse for not doing so regularly. I do, though, have a scanner... So no more excuses.

This is Violet. Mixed media on canvas.

I painted her late last year. I had originally intended to make her angry, but she just turned out... not. I worked on her live on Blonde Roots Productions' show on blogtv. (Thank you, beautiful Chandra!)

On the subject of blogtv, I would also like to thank the lovely and talented Karina at Smallflower Sings. On her anniversary show, I was fortunate enough to win a blogtv pro account playing lyrics trivia.

Chandra and Karina usually do weekend shows on blogtv. Please visit them. They're amazing.

In the last post I mentioned a wee surprise...

Somehow I ended up with two copies of Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler.

Weeeeeelllll... I love this book so much that I'd really like to pass my second copy on to someone who really wants to read it. Here's what we'll do... You leave a comment with your email, and I'll draw a random winner on Saturday, January 30th.


(I hope so because this book is really funny and there's warmth and sexy and Jane rocks.)

This is my small way of saying thank you for being there. I can't wait to see what the next year will bring.



Looking back through the blog for the first time in a while, I just realized that today is actually my two year anniversary! I can't believe I almost missed it.

And I can't think of a better time to breathe some new life into the old girl.

Check back later today for a little surprise.

Ack, now I can't wait to get home from work!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

A Trying Start

Welcome to a post in which I blather on and try to catch up with the world. Try is the operative word here.

In the past three months I have found a gorgeous new-to-me community here in the blog world. Yes, I’m talking about book bloggers. I’ve been amazed by how open and welcoming this community has been. I’ve become hooked, especially when it comes to the urban fantasy/paranormal romance/young adult genre blogs. As my tastes are pretty eclectic, I’m sure I’ll find blogs for other genres, but for right now I’m happy as a clam (Did I just write that? I mean, how happy are clams anyway?) reading all the new authors I’m discovering and reading blogs by people who love to read as much as I do.

Since last November I’ve entered lots of contests, and won several. (Must take a moment’s pause here to squeal –yes, squeal- with delight.) Belated thanks to the following bloggers for their generosity.

I won:

*Strange Angels and Night Shift by Lilith Saintcrow from Book Chick City
*The first six books in the Midnight Breed series by Lara Adrian from What Book Is That?
*Three Days to Dead by Kelly Meding from That’s Queen Bitch To You
*Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler from Cherry Mischievous
*Rose Red DVD from Book Reader Times

If you haven’t already, please swing by their pages and show them some love. I think you’re in for numerous treats.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Sorry About the Chaos...

I've been going through templates left and right and hurdy and gurdy. I know. Been searching for something perfect, and while there are some gorgeous things out there, I just haven't been finding things that look exactly how I want, while providing the features and... I'll admit it... the ease of use that I need. I've been letting this get in the way of getting much content on here.

Well, I found this one, and I like it a bunch. I think it will stay for a while.

*Sigh of relief.*

Now I need to go paint a book and read a canvas... or something like that. Thanks for being there and being patient.

Saturday, January 9, 2010


Work and cold weather are teaming up to do me in these days.

Excuses, excuses... I know.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

I drool...

And also lust over the idea of my very own e-reader. Do you? Well, we have a shot! Anya Bast and Lauren Dane are giving away a nook... and as though that isn't enough, they're also giving away free books!

Click here to enter Curl Up with a Book…and a Nook Contest:

I love it! Hurry, though. This ends January 5th.