Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Demon At My Door

I just got my ARC copy of Michelle Valentine's "Demon At My Door". I am so excited and look forward to giving you a review soon, so stay posted! The book officially releases on Friday, February 15th!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Best Romance

I finished "Fall for Me" by Sydney Landon this morning and started thinking about Romance and since Valentine's Day is this week. I thought I would have a blog entry about it. The book was good, but nothing to write home about. In my opinion, the characters really didn't have the chemistry that Sydney's other 2 books in the series had. Romance really wasn't in the repertoire of this book.
This got me to thinking about the most romantic things that have ever happened to me. One day I came home to Hershey kisses lined up on the floor and they led me down a path to our bedroom. At the end of the path, my hubby said, "I have literally kissed the ground that you walk on!" That had to be the sweetest moment of my life.
Now for some, this might be cheesy or a turn off, but for me I love the things that don't necessarily cost much money, but take time or effort. My hubby has made me a memory jar, cooked meals for me, cleaned for me, helped me in ways to make my life easier, gone shopping with me, done some of my favorite things with me like scrapbooking, and those things have meant more to me than any flower or present ever could.
Now after being together for 13 years, obviously the romance has died in some ways. My hubby used to open the car door for me all the time, but that seemed to stop after a year or two of marriage. Also, the grand gestures used to be unexpected and on a more frequent basis and now they are saved for special occasions. This doesn't mean that the romance is dead, I just sometimes have to look a little harder for it. For example, my hubby made me an omelet on Saturday morning and he did it just because he knows how much I like them. It's the small things that count and matter to me!
What is the most romantic thing to ever happen to you? What is the most romantic thing to ever happen in a book you've read? Do you prefer a traditional Valentine present, or something more unique?

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Expiration dating, to enter or not to enter?

     I have a friend that recently gave me the Gilmore Girls on DVD to watch and she said that I would like the series. I am currently on the second season and I do really like the show. It got me to thinking today when the main character broke off their engagement, if that should put a kibosh to the relationship. I normally would think absolutely, but I am constantly reading books where the characters enter into an agreement to date or have sex for a short period of time and the plan is to go their separate ways. However, the romance book never ends up that way, the characters always fall in love and end up with one another in the end. What if this is not realistic? What if the two characters can't get married or something or someone is standing in their way to true happiness? Or maybe they know they don't belong together, but want to enjoy the moment. Do they still enter into the expiration dating agreement? Do you enter into a relationship with someone, even if you know it has no future? Does it depend on the circumstances? In most of the books I read, the man has a phobia of commitment and magically he can't live without the woman and his fears just magically disappear. I think if it is someone like this then, my personal opinion is as Arnold best phrased it, "Hasta la Vista, Baby!" However, maybe this is not how a person should think? I do sometimes think that romance books can give women the wrong idea, because there are some men that are never going to change and women are delusional for thinking that they can just because it happens a lot in a romance book.
     Before I was married, I would say that I was just going to date and have fun, but it was never just that; if I was being honest with myself. I don't know that I am the type to enter into a relationship that has no potential to go anywhere. I would always find myself thinking, what would we do if this got really serious? For example, I am a die hard Democrat and I dated a man in college that was at the Air Force Academy. He and his family were staunch Republicans. I loved and cared for him and was devastated when we ended things, but in the back of my mind I was constantly thinking how would we ever make it with such different beliefs.
     I have been thinking about the character, Lorelia, from the Gilmore Girls. I knew that she would not get married to the man she was engaged to even if they were a cute couple. I just don't think they belong together in the end. Who is to say that just because it doesn't end in marriage or them living happily ever after, that they shouldn't enjoy it while it lasts?
    What are your thoughts? Do you enter relationships like this or have you ever been in a relationship that had an expiration date? I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject.

I know I am right!

Both of my daughters came home from school today and their teachers reported that they had a rough day today. I have a theory about this. I am getting ready to start my period in the next 48 hours. My cycle is always irregular, but it is due and I am irritable so I know it is coming. I have mentioned to the pediatrician that my two girls seem to get into trouble and seem more irritable at school around the same time that my cycle is. The doctor looked at me like I was crazy and said that could just be a coincidence. In college, my friends and I all seemed to have our cycle at the same time and heard that that can happen when you are close with other females. My kids are entirely too young to start their cycle, but I think when they do it will be during this time. I know I am right about this, even if the pediatrician thinks it is just a coincidence. I guess I will just have to wait and see if I am right. If I am, I feel sorry for my husband!