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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Baby Its You Blog Tour

Read an excerpt of Jane Grave's newest offering. I meant to review this book, but I could not access my netgalley copy.  However, I read many of Jane Graves's books and she never fails to entertain.  She has strong female characters and admirable and sexy male leads. I cannot wait to read this one. Will post review when I finish.  Probably, last week in July - after summer law school. Unless I get it read before then.

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With only the wedding dress on her back and her honeymoon luggage in the car, Kari Worthington is running away. Determined to put her controlling father, her rigidly structured life, and the uptight groom she left at the altar in her rearview mirror, she escapes to the Texas Hill country . . . and lands on a tall, dark, and gorgeous winery owner's doorstep. All she needs is a job and a place to live until she can get back on her feet. So why is she fantasizing about losing herself in his powerful arms?

For Marc Cordero, freedom is so close he can taste it. He's devoted his life to managing the family business and being a single dad. Now with his daughter away at college and his brother taking over the winery, Marc is ready to hop on his Harley for parts unknown-until a runaway bride bursts onto the scene. Free-spirited and tantalizingly sexy, Kari excites him like no other woman has before. But when irresistible passion turns into something more, will Marc give up his future to take a chance on love?

About Jane Graves:
New York Times bestselling author Jane Graves is a nine-time finalist for Romance Writers of America's RITA Award, the industry's highest honor, and is the recipient of two National Readers' Choice Awards, the Booksellers' Best Award, and the Golden Quill, among others.  Jane lives in the Dallas area with her husband and a very sweet kitty who kindly keeps her lap warm while she writes. You can write to her at  She'd love to hear from you!

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Sucky Customer Service at Capital One Auto Loans

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If you are considering auto loans, you might want to get another auto loan company other than capital one.  The customer service department are extremely rude.  If you ask for an address where to mail anything, they put you on hold and tell you that it is confidential information.  Therefore, it requires written authorization.

So, you ask for where to send the written authorization - they will proceed to grill on a number of YOUR confidential information to give you an address THAT IS NOT confidential information.

I just want to say that if you are an angry person, customer service is probably not something you should do. Perhaps, wrestling cows or watching dead people would be a good job for you.

So, Capital One, you will lose many customers unless you fix your broken customer service.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Scoundrel's Seduction Jennifer Haymore

My take:

Ms. Haymore did it again! I enjoy Ms. Haymore's story since she came out with her first book.  I have been buying her books since...and yes, I buy them even if I do not always get a chance to read them at once because of school.

This is a wonderful love story about second chances and true love.  When Sam and Elise got to know each other better, it is the beginning of a sweet and hot love story.  I do not begrudge them their circumstances.

I love that the story line is not the usual innocent, sweet, single girl looking for love.  This book has more grit and will appeal specially to mature audiences.  I am not sure if my taste in reading had change, but, I enjoyed this story where both have something in their past that is very much a part of themselves.

This book is one summer read a romance lover should not missed!

(Giveaway on the below)

The Scoundrel's Seduction by Jennifer Haymore (May 27, 2014; Forever Mass Market; $8.00)
Undercover agent Sam Hawkins has devoted his life to protecting king and country. So when he receives orders to assassinate a ruthless traitor, he doesn't question his mission. But Sam didn't know his deed had a witness--the beautiful and mysterious betrayer's wife. Now he has no choice but to take her as his prisoner-one he can neither trust . . . nor resist.

√Člise, Lady Dunthorpe, will do anything to escape her powerful captor--including seducing him senseless. She didn't know of her miserable husband's crimes, but she has secrets of her own, secrets that threaten everything she holds dear. With his piercing dark eyes and gentle touch, Sam inflames √Člise's deepest desires, but how could she ever trust a man who won't let her go? Caught between the crown he's sworn to serve and the woman he's come to love, Sam will risk his heart--and his very life--to keep her safe.

About Jennifer Haymore:
As a child, Jennifer Haymore traveled the South Pacific with her family on their homebuilt sailboat. The months spent on the sometimes quiet, sometimes raging seas sparked her love of adventure and grand romance. Since then, she's earned degrees in computer science and education and held various jobs ranging from bookselling to teaching inner-city children to acting, but she's never stopped writing.

You can find Jennifer in Southern California trying to talk her husband into yet another trip to England, helping her three children with homework while brainstorming a new five-minute dinner menu, or crouched in a corner of the local bookstore writing her next novel. 

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1. Your favorite book (so far)
2.  Have your reading taste have change?
3.  e-mail where I can reach you if you are the winner

I will choose a winner on June  8.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Lucky Harbor by Jill Shalvis & Giveaway

LUCKY HARBOR (May 20, 2014; Grand Central Publishing Trade Paperback; $15.00)
Spend the Summer in Lucky Harbor!
Read an EXCERPT here

Lucky in Love
Mallory Quinn has had enough of playing it safe. As the local good girl, she's expected to date Mr. Right. But for once, she'd like to take a risk on Mr. Wrong. And who could be more wrong than Ty Garrison? The mysterious new guy in town has made it clear that he's only passing through, which suits Mallory just fine. Besides, his lean, hard body and sexy smile will give her plenty to remember once he's gone . . .

At Last
Amy Michaels loves her new life in Lucky Harbor. A waitress in the local diner, she's looking forward to her first weekend hike through the mountains. But when a wrong turn takes her off the trail, she finds herself up close and personal with forest ranger Matt Bowers. After a hot night under a starry sky, Amy can't deny their attraction but she won't make the mistake of getting involved with the local heartthrob. 

Forever and a Day
Grace never thought she'd be starting her life over from scratch. Losing everything has landed her in Lucky Harbor, working as a dog walker for overwhelmed ER doctor Josh Scott. But the day his nanny fails to show up, Grace goes from caring for Josh's lovable mutt to caring for his rambunctious son. Soon Grace is playing house with the sexy single dad . . . 

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About the author:
New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Skywatch Friday

Looking up is always good.  It gives me chance to stretch my neck.  It expands my chest so I feel good.  Looking up means I can take a deep breath as I appreciate the beauty of the skies.  I need serenity, creativity with words along with a dose of smarts.  I have three more exams to go.  I am actually in the midst of drafting my patent take home finals.   Wish me good luck!  Take a look at more beautiful skies here.

Farmer's Branch - on my way to the library one evening

Forth Worth sky at dusk - on the way to awards ceremony with my husband

Dallas, near Love Field  airport. My husband took this picture with his Samsung Camera on rainy day

Monday, May 5, 2014

Between The Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samanta Van Leer


I am sitting in the library.  I am actually in the middle of my 24-hour take home exam when I needed a rest room break.  On the way to my study carrell, I strolled through the floor to ceiling window to look at the beautiful sunny day outside.  You see, when you're in law school and it is exam week, going outside will just have to wait.

Then I saw this book, filed under B for some reason.  I am trying to figure out why Brookhaven Library filed a book under B when its author's last names starts with a P or a V.  The only thing that comes to mind is that the title starts with "B".  But, that is rather a peculiar way of shelving a book. It is rather like my canned good pantry with red bean, black-eyed pea, chick pea, white beans are all sitting under "L." It is because it is legumes and I thought it would make it easier to find the "beans."  However, the "B" filing because the title starts with a "B" is weirder. I have to say.

I made it to page 44 in less than 10 minutes.  Then I say to myself, what are you doing? Go back to your International Intellectual Property (IIP) finals or you are going to regret it.  So, I am going to put this book on my list to read that 10 days I have off between after my last finals and the beginning of my summer school and immigration internship.  Yes, 10 days.  It's also the same 10 days I need to shop for a new bathroom vanity, talk to our accountant about taxes, read some immigration hornbook, and maybe overhaul my 100-ft-x-60-ft backyard.  I was planning to plow the yard myself and then putting new dirt and grass on parts of it. Some parts of it by the sandpile and the trampoline, I was thinking something colorful or pretty bricks.

And then I think I am crazy because it is my 10 days of break before I go back to summer school and then Fall.

And yeah, I had a flower post that actually had people visiting and posting - well, I accidentally deleted it in my iPhone apps and now it is gone. However, the comments are still here. I'll have to post them again. Later.  After all, IIP exam awaits.

However, this book is very thrilling.  This is the description from
The #1 New York Times bestseller filled with romance, adventure, and humor, from Jodi Picoult and her teenage daughter.

What happens when happily ever after…isn’t?

Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book—one book in particular. Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. He really speaks to Delilah.

And then one day Oliver actually speaks to her. Turns out, Oliver is more than a one-dimensional storybook prince. He’s a restless teen who feels trapped by his literary existence and hates that his entire life is predetermined. He’s sure there’s more for him out there in the real world, and Delilah might just be his key to freedom.

Delilah and Oliver work together to attempt to get Oliver out of his book, a challenging task that forces them to examine their perceptions of fate, the world, and their places in it. And as their attraction to each other grows along the way, a romance blossoms that is anything but a fairy tale.

This book sounds totally awesome. I will be a grown up and wait until after  my 6 finals - where the only grades I am getting is my "final" performance.

Saturday, May 3, 2014


I love this pattern.  I do not love the price however.  But still, I love it anyway.  I bought something similar and much cheaper.  For some inexplicable reason, my silverware (but really, stainless steel) goes missing.  It is like a consumable product in my house.  I see a few of them in my sand pile.  I think that my 3 younger boys still succumb to the urge to dig with dinner ware.  I saw half a dozen serving spoons today in the sand pile.  I think they had fun.  I know my water bill will indicate that they have fun.  I guess that is what childhood is all about. Homework (not so much), trampolines, sand piles and mommy's dinnerware.

On another note, what a frustrating exercise it is to find out where my admin site is.  It turned out, I have a separate admin site for the website even if it is tied to my e-mail account.  Why didn't google say that in the first place and save me about 5 hours of pain over the last 4 months! Just finally figured it out today. Grrrr.