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TTT: Top Ten Books I Read In 2012 (and my b’day!)

First, let me tell you something: TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY!

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

Today’s topic is:

Top Ten Books I Read In 2012


This will be hard. In no particular order, my very diverse list:

1. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

3. Easy by Tammara Webber

4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

5. Divergent by Veronica Roth

6. Seducing Cinderella by Gina L. Maxwell

7. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

8. Tempest by Julie Cross

9. Anew by Chelsea Fine

10. Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

And many others. Let’s not forget about my CP’s manuscripts too!


What were the best books you read in 2012?


Cover Love: Tainted

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Even death can’t stop true love…

After over four hundred years as a Guardian, Durk Langdon rebuked it all. Walked away from everything when his mate, Jessica, was brutally murdered. Yet he has no recollection of anything since that gruesome day.

Nothing alleviates his longing for Jessica or his disdain for the Guardians until a former brother-in-arms joins him and his cause. Visions of his lost love start appearing in the most unlikely places, until Durk learns she survived.

But when he sets out to find her, demonic obstacles he never could have imagined tear them apart.

If only he had trusted her…

**A portion of all proceeds donated to cancer research & treatment**


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#ROW80 Check-in 12/16

Hey friends! Welcome to my weekly ROW80 update!

Here are my goals for the past week and how it went:

  • Writing: just keep writing. Honestly, I don’t remember this week all that well. I remember critiquing a lot, then running around with interviews I needed to answer, guest posts I needed to write … I also got edits back from the novella that comes out in Feb and worked on that. Plus, everyone knows what happened on Friday and I just couldn’t get myself to focus on anything else that day.
  • Reading: finish book #76 of the year, and finish critiquing CP’s manuscript. I read book #76, finished the CP’s manuscript, critiqued 65 pages of another CP’s ms, and 3000 words of another CP’s scenes.
  • Social media:  try to be present, but not too much. Same old, same old. The twitter Siren call is too alluring ;)
  • Exercising: at least 4x. Five times.

When I saw the news about the Newtown shooting, I was at the gym. The TV close to me flashed the words: shooting at elementary school in Connecticut. You guys. I had a heart attack. Not really, but I’m sure it was close. Until I was able to hold my cell phone still and search for the news on the web and find out it wasn’t my daughter school, I was freaking out. Still, Newtown is only 30 minutes from here. And it was schocking. Completely shocking. I didn’t relax until my daughter got home. And I cried tons. I just couldn’t stop, thinking about my daughter and about all the parents that would have to go to bed that night (if they were able to sleep) without their children. I went to bed crying. And my daughter slept between her daddy and me that night. It was a terrible night—she moves too much, and kicks and steal the comforter—but I wouldn’t change that for the world. Right now, my eyes are teary, remembering about that awful day.

Then, on Saturday, the day was a bit better. My daughter had ballet class in the morning, a birthday party at noon, then we went to NYC to watch American Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker!  And I got to see Paloma Herrera dancing! It was gorgeous!



Sadly, this is my last update of the round (though it’s only a few days earlier than the official last one), because on Monday I’ll spend the day out of town, and my brother is arriving on Tuesday, which means I’ll be round and about with him until he leaves, after New Year ;)

But I’ll be back for the next round for sure!

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Cover Love: Dream On

You guys know my friend Renita Pizzitola, right? If you don’t, shame on you!

She’s got a new book coming out next year and today is the cover reveal. Look how hot it is!

Title: Dream On
Author: Renita Pizzitola
Genre: Paranormal/Romance
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Release Date: May 2013

Her quest begins when she closes her eyes.

Emory Bennett owns a lucrative dreamwalking business. Trained in weaponry and Muay Thai, she spends her nights entering the dream realm resolving her clients’ nightmares, whatever they might be: bad guys, scary beasts, or the classic forgot-to-wear-my-pants nightmare. Her jobs get complicated when a gorgeous man keeps appearing requesting her help.

Grayson, a fellow dreamwalker, is stuck in the dream realm while a stranger inhabits his body. He needs Emory’s assistance in the waking realm, which he can’t visit if he can’t get back into his body.

Once Emory is convinced Grayson’s not a figment of her imagination, they concoct a plan to lure the body snatcher out. But as Emory begins to fall for Grayson, the line blurs between him and the stranger who inhabits his body. She must keep it together to get close enough to discover his secrets, or divide her very soul if she can’t bring the man she loves back.


Author Bio:
Renita Pizzitola writes Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy. An avid reader herself, she has always enjoyed stories with witty humor, romance, and fascinating characters. Renita lives in Texas with her husband and two children. When not writing, she enjoys reading everything she can get her hands on, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and playing referee to her two typically adorable children.

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