Friday, November 25, 2011

Tangled Tides Launch Web Party!


Today is the release day for Karen Amanda Hooper's debut YA novel, Tangled Tides! Karen's blog was one of the first I followed when I started blogging, so I'm BEYOND excited to have witnessed her journey and to celebrate her release day with her!! Congratulations!


Yara Jones doesn’t believe in sea monsters—until she becomes one. 
When a hurricane hits her island home and she wakes up with fins, Yara finds herself tangled up in an underwater world of mysterious merfolk and secretive selkies. Both sides believe Yara can save them by fulfilling a broken promise and opening the sealed gateway to their realm, but they are battling over how it should be done. The selkies want to take her life. The merfolk want something far more precious. 
Treygan, the stormy-eyed merman who turned Yara mer, will stop at nothing and sacrifice everything to protect his people—until he falls for Yara. The tides turn as Yara fights to save herself, hundreds of sea creatures, and the merman who has her heart. She could lose her soul in the process—or she might open the gateway to a love that’s deeper than the oceans. 

I got my copy in the mail last week (pre-order, baby!) and I've already started reading it. I can tell I'm in for quite the ride! I can't wait to swim farther into this underwater world she's created! And speaking of...


Karen's story contains battling merfolk, selkies, sirens and gorgons. She says she loves all of them, but she wants everyone else to choose a side, so...

I CHOOSE SIRENS! These creatures are singers AND they control the weather. You can't get much more awesome than that!

(Click image to visit the artist's blog)


Karen's Website - She's giving stuff away, so go check it out!! Also, be sure to follow her on Twitter!! Join in the celebration today! @Karen_Hooper 
Rhemalda Bookstore
Barnes & Noble

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope that everyone has a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend! Safe travels, safe eating, safe outdoor sports (we'll probably play yard golf... no football for this family!), safe Black Friday shopping sprees!

I'm still editing my travel photos, but this one has lovely fall colors, so I had to share. If you ever go to Sonoma, I highly recommend the public tour at The Benziger Winery. They're biodynamic--super interesting to learn about!


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Who's Ready for The Hunger Games Movies?

Well, I've got to say I'm super impressed with the trailer to The Hunger Games. I'm a little surprised they've released such a large trailer already when we have SO LONG TO WAIT, but it's nice to get a taste.

Anyone else tear up just a TINY bit and shiver with goosebumps when Katniss yells, "I VOLUNTEER! I VOLUNTEER AS TRIBUTE!"?

Holy Moses, my nerves are settled about many things now. I think they've worked very hard to do the books justice. Sure, there will be differences--there always are--but in my opinion, this looks fantastic.

And I may or may not have watched it a few extra times just to hear the music again. Already love it.

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Vacation is OVER

Already? Really? My week in California didn't seem to fly by while I was experiencing it, but now that I'm back, sitting here in my scrubs, putting off going into work as long as possible, I can't believe the fun is over.

I'm seriously going to be late if I type much more, but I will share a couple photos before I jet. I took HUNDREDS and I haven't even looked at them all yet, so I'll be sure to share more later.

This is a panoramic of Fallen Leaf Lake in Tahoe. We hiked through SNOW to get to it! 

How are YOU doing?! I've missed you, and have LOTS of blog catching up to do!! How's NaNo going??

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Ringer, Revenge... and other new shows

Ringer, Sarah Michelle Gellar's newest project, didn't do a whole lot for me at first. It was sort of interesting, but my DVR recorded three or four more episodes before I even watched the second one. I just wasn't excited about it. Then one lazy night, I watched ALL of them, chomping at the bit for more. It's REALLY good. If you need a reason to watch, how about this guy:

Remember him? Sweet, young Officer Lowe, so concerned about all the frozen dead bodies floating in the ocean after the Titanic sunk. I was totally Team Leo back when this movie came out (I was 14, please), but this guy stuck out to me, even then. Maybe it was the prominent nose, the accent, I don't know. But I liked him. And besides the twisted twisted twisted storyline of Ringer, he's a reason to keep watching. 

And yes, that's Nestor Carbonell back there. The creepy, pretty guy from Lost that doesn't actually wear eyeliner even though it looks like it. You know who else has a recurring role on Ringer?? LOGAN ECHOLLS from Veronica Mars! Well, Jason Dohring, anyway.

If they don't go the teacher/student romantic relationship with his storyline, I'd be surprised, because they're certainly setting it up for that. Hopefully they'll surprise us and do something else. Either way, glad he found work!

Revenge!! By far my favorite new show this year. The first episode was good, a total surprise because I really didn't know what to expect. I was a big fan of Everwood, so when I saw Emily VanCamp had her own show, I knew I had to tune in. Best surprise on the show, KYLE VALENTI from Roswell! Nick Wechsler plays Jack, the OTHER love interest.

I'm Team Jack all the way. This is a TWISTY amazing show, and if you haven't seen it, try to catch up online if you can. It's WORTH IT. 

Once Upon a Time started a little hokey for me. I was super disappointed with the first episode, mostly because it wasn't what I expected from the previews. I gave it another chance, and I'm telling you, episode two HOOKED me deep. As soon as Emma cut down that apple tree (which is NOT a Honeycrisp tree... HC apples aren't red like that, HELLO) with a chainsaw and told that evil witch, "YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I'M CAPABLE OF!" WOOOHOO! And! Sark will be on the next episode!! (Well, David Anders. He'll always be Sark from Alias to me)

Grimm was a surprise as well. Another twist with the fairy tale involvement, but it's, as Sophie Jordan tweeted to me, CREEPY GOOD. I'm interested to see where this show goes.

The Secret Circle had a strong enough start for me to keep watching, but there's still something missing. I'll keep watching, but I'm not entirely sure why.

Soon to go is Hart of Dixie... those accents are atrocious and I'm attached to zero of the characters. I guess I keep waiting for something to actually HAPPEN. If it doesn't soon, I'm deleting from the list.

I've also been watching Tim Allen's new show Last Man Standing. It's no Home Improvement, but I've always been a fan of his humor.

Person of Interest is a tricky fish. I love Jim Caviezel (especially after meeting him--STILL SQUEEING about that), but if they don't attach me to these characters soon, I'll lose interest.

New Girl is pretty funny, I must admit. But it's not for everyone.

Gave up on:
Up All Night after 3 episodes. Don't get me wrong, it's funny! But it's no Samantha Who (SHAME on ABC for canceling that!).
Charlie's Angels after 10 minutes of the first episode.
2 Broke Girls is funny, but I never got hooked enough to look forward to the next episode.
Nikita was great last season, but I couldn't get into it this year.
Terra Nova after the first episode. I actually really liked it (despite the digital effects), but it's one of those that I wasn't anxious to sit down and watch, and it started to clog up my DVR. I think it will be a Netflixer for me later.

Still watching:
The Vampire Diaries How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Whipped Damon. Ripper Stefan. Brainwashed Tyler. Cheater Jeremy. Human Matt. That's five ways right there. ;) Seriously though, I'm sucked into TVD like never before this season. I'm a little sad the whole ghost thing seems to be a done deal--they could have stretched that at least a couple more episodes--but what they did with it was super cool for me anyway. And I was totally Team Anna/Jeremy so getting a bit of that back was fabulous.
Parks and Recreation
Modern Family
Glee, although there's something about it now. I'm not in LOVE like I used to be. And that makes me sad.
The Big Bang Theory

Mr. Sunshine

Looking forward to:

My GOSH there are a lot of shows. Thank God for DVR!!

What about you? Any new shows hook you this year? Any you gave up on?