Jaime Loves Stuff : February 2010


Almost there!!!

This is the widget that will connect over to paypal in which any funds that come in will go DIRECTLY to Freedom Concepts, the manufacturer of the bike. I will not see a penny, it goes right in to Emma's bike account. Once the full amount is raised, then the bike will be built and shipped to Emma. I love the Widget, it shows the progress. You can also remain anonymous. It's GREAT!




Below is the link to the site, just copy and paste to your browser so you can read more! If you want more information on Emma, you can also go to my profile page and see my other blog and it's all about Emma surviving the abuse!
http://freedomconcepts.chipin.com/emma

Thank you! We know times are tough for everybody, even if you can forward to link to your readers, family, friends, and such, that would help so much. Then whatever is left at that time on the balance towards the bike, my tax refund should cover it! Will make a great Spring time gift for Emma!




Review: The Spirit Lens by Carol Berg


From Goodreads.com:

In a kingdom on the verge of a grand renaissance, where natural science has supplanted failing sorcery, someone aims to revive a savage rivalry...
For Portier de Savin-Duplais, failed student of magic, sorcery's decline into ambiguity and cheap illusion is but a culmination of life's bitter disappointments. Reduced to tending the library at Sabria's last collegia magica, he fights off despair with scholarship. But when the king of Sabria charges him to investigate an attempted murder that has disturbing magical resonances, Portier believes his dreams of a greater destiny might at last be fulfilled.

As the king's new agente confide, Portier - much to his dismay - is partnered with the popinjay Ilario de Sylvae, the laughingstock of Sabria's court. Then the need to infiltrate a magical cabal leads Portier to Dante, a brooding, brilliant young sorcerer whose heretical ideas and penchant for violence threaten to expose the investigation before it's begun. But in an ever-shifting landscape of murders, betrayals, old secrets, and unholy sorcery, the three agentes will be forced to test the boundaries of magic, nature, and the divine...


A good, old fashioned fantasy book full of magic and mystery, every chapter of which I enjoyed and read non stop from page one and had a hard time putting down. The character building, world building and plot are wound together magically and beautifully, keeping the reader engaged from page one. One thing when I am reading a book with a lot of dialogue is I like to read the conversations out loud and see if it's "realistic" (well, as realistic as in the language and back and forth, rather than the topic itself), and "The Spirit Lens" has hit the mark. The characters and plot were amazing and definitely kept me engrossed and I escaped in to the world of Sabria.



Reviewed for Night Owl Reviews

disclaimer: I do not receive compensation for my reviews, books are provided at no cost in exchange for my HONEST and UNBIASED reviews. I am a hobby reader and reviewer.

Review: Doppelgangster by Laura Resnick

Doppelgangster (Esther Diamond, #2)


From Goodreads.com:
"In Laura Resnick's Doppelgangster, the New York actress is 'resting' between roles by working as a singing waitress at a Manhattan mob restaurant because wiseguys tip well. Then duplicated gangsters appear, bullets start flying, and it's up to Esther and her friend Max the Magician to fight Evil by stopping the gang war before it starts killing the wrong people. And if she has time, maybe Esther can actually keep a hot date with her hunky detective friend Lopez, who doesn't believe in magic. Yet. Unplug the phone and settle down for a fast and funny read."
--New York Times bestselling author Mary Jo Putney


An out of work actress, an eccentric mage, a cop and add some mafia hitmen who have had doppelganger's created of them and you have "Doppelgangster", a witty, suspenseful addition to the Urban Fantasy genre. Esther's latest show has ended and as she is waiting to find another job, she takes a position as a singing waitress at Bella Stella's, a mafia hang out. While on the job, she encounter's a mafioso's hit and sees his doppelganger and gets sucked into a paranormal mystery while trying to maintain a relationship with her detective boyfriend (?), Lopez, and working with a mafia hitman, Lucky, and the eclectic mage, Max. I loved "Doppelgangster" from beginning to end and had me giggling out loud. Only one complaint, the references to a previous book premiering Esther Diamond left me scrambling to find out the back story of Lopez, Esther, and Max. Yes, this is a stand alone BUT with the references here and there to what happened prior to "Doppelgangster", had me scratching my head. One of my pet peeves, especially when the other works listed by Laura Resnick doesn't include the previous book, "Disappearing Nightly", which I know if by a different publisher. I did buy it so I can catch up on the history. Other than that, I loved Esther's world!




Reviewed for Night Owl Reviews

disclaimer: I do not receive compensation for my reviews, books are provided at no cost in exchange for my HONEST and UNBIASED reviews. I am a hobby reader and reviewer.


Review: The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer

The Masqueraders


In an age of slippery politics, Robin and Prudence Tremaine, the children of the notorious and brilliant Viscount of Barham, find themselves on the wrong side of the Jacobite rebellion. The Viscount sends his offspring on the road to London, each masquerading as the opposite sex.

In her guise as a young gentleman, Prudence attracts a mentor in Sir Anthony Fanshawe, who soon uncovers her true identity and becomes an accomplice in their escape. Robin and Prudence rescue the lovely Letitia from an unwanted elopement, and Robin, disguised as a lady, becomes her confidante. The plot unwinds with a great deal of adventurous doings sword fights, narrow escapes, blackmail, and highwaymen until Robin must reveal his true identity and woo Letitia in earnest. But when she finds out the truth, will she accept an adventurer for a husband? Or will his masquerade be Robin's undoing?



"The Masqueraders" by Georgette Heyer is my first foray in to Heyer's romance writings (the second by her I have read to date) and I will say this is meant to be nibbled and each morsel to be savoured and delighted in. Each word, each scene, and each character will stay with you through the end. I definitely felt the need to take my time with this book, I think it has more to do with the fact that I haven't read a period book with the time frame's language in a while and it's easy to get carried away with the language. I loved each and ever bit of it. I can see why Heyer's popularity has maintained through the years, she is an amazing author and worthy of each and every reprint. "The Masqueraders" is witty, sparkling, laugh-out-loud funny and romantic.

If you haven't read this, I recommend it especially if you are an Austen fan or just love period books.

Disclaimer: I am a hobby reviewer and this book was provided to me by Sourcebooks at no cost to write an UNBIASED review.
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