Friday, December 3, 2010


So here we go into the absolutely crazy times known as the holidays. The time when I just want to crawl up into my heated warm bed and snuggle because its so damn stressful!

Why you say....well let me explain.

My husband and I both come from divorced families. This made Christmas WONDERFUL when I was a kid let me tell ya. Going to two sets of parents houses for christmas not to mention the grandparents too.

Now as an adult with a child...I get totally stressed. The schedule for December goes wild about mid November.

We have my husbands mothers step children (dont get confused yet)...their mother died when they were young and his mother was their mothers best friend. She married their father (a little eeeww factor there) and helped raise the girls along with another one of their mothers best friends. So the first "christmas" we have is with this woman and her really not sure why we partake in this but its for my little boys sake apparently. Who am I to say no right?

Next stop:
Work christmas parties. Now this year is especially busy because I accepted a new position. They were gracious enough to invite me to the lunch that they have so there is Two

Then there is the current division I work for...Three

Then there is the overall division that is responsible for the department....Four

There is the entity that employs us all....Five.

Next up is One of the surgeons I work for has a Candy Cane Making party that he throws for all of his friends and kids. This is a total blast and I wouldnt miss it for the world. Six

Ok...onto Christmas Eve:
This used to be held at various houses around the city but after having my son ...I decided it wasnt very Christmas-y to be running house to house for christmas eve and not even getting to visit with family. Basically you ate....then opened presents...hugs and kisses...out the door. Next house ....ate....opened presents....hugs and kisses...out the door. We celebrated like this for a few years. Then it just got to be too much.

So now my mother, and husbands father come to our house and celebrate xmas eve. Much better situation. Just feels more like christmas...visiting and celebrating with family.

Christmas day we go to husbands moms house and some very close family friends.

Usually the day after Christmas we go to my fathers house.

Then the weekend after or before christmas we got to my grandparents house.

Oy...the work.

I swear after its all over we have a house full of insanity...and I need a 12 step program for detox! Not to mention weight watchers program for the next 4 months.

Alas....someday we will not be so fortunate to have our wonderful families so I will take time to tell them this year how important they are!

So to all you and yours from my family to you....


Monday, November 1, 2010

OH OH OH OH! Here we go!

OK OK again...forever since I blogged but hey I was a busy girl!

Went to my first Romanticon..whoooweee let me tell you the Cavemen are all they are cracked up to be and then some. I even got to wear the Boots of one of them and well...I may or may not have licked a nipple or two. Ill never tell. we go.

Cherise Sinclair is a total GODDESS! Im sure I have said this before but I will continue to say it again and again and again. The woman has uber talent and seriously I want to stalk her. Im sure I scare her somedays.

Her latest novel The Starlight Rite delves into the world of Sci-Fi. DO NOT LET THIS DETER YOU! I hesitated for like all of 5 min. before reading this book and wanted to kick myself for doing so because OMG it was utterly fabulosity! The emotions that Sinclair writes just literally drag you into the novel and make you FEEL what the characters are feeling. Wonderful book. I dont know what else to say...except go by it RIGHT NOW!

Next up...Frances Stockton.
Ok where have I been because this woman writes a sex scene that sets pages on fire! Not to mention a great suspense.

Quarterback Blitz is a fantastic tale of a Cougar getting her man. And what a man he is. WOWOWOWOWO. The way he talks is so steamy its like being in a hot shower for hours. He is completely dominant but can also be a total sweetheart for the woman he is so in love with. Now to just convince her this is more than a one night stand. He also has to figure out who is behind the sabatoge of his newfound relationship and it will shock you when he finally does.

Great read! So glad I picked this one up. Im not a huge football fan but fell in love with the QB!

sooooooo till next time y'all...there are a couple good reads.

OH off to snag Cherise Sinclairs new one....MASTER OF THE ABYSS....dont miss this one! The men from the mountain are back and better than ever! Cant wait!

Saturday, July 3, 2010


I had to do it! I had to change my blog background for the fourth!!! I love it though dont you! Ill be posting some books that I fell in love with shortly too but first a HUGE MONGOUS GIGANTIC SHOUT OUT TO THE MEN AND WOMEN SERVING OUR COUNTRY TO KEEP OUR FREEDOM FREE!!!! YOU ALL ROCK!!!!!

Now onto the latest fabulous reads!

Fran Lee's Nothing But Sex completely blew my panties off!!!! This is the story of a woman who thinks she isnt worthy of a younger man because her dirtbag, cheating, gambling, lying ex husband has done a number on her self esteem. Well leave it to a thirty something HOTTIE to show her that she has plenty of sex appeal and he wants to help her flaunt it.

I dont know what to say other than Fran just rocks man! I really think this is her best book since Out of Her Dreams, well its at least my second fave of hers. Knowing me though, that will change with her next release! Seriously dont let this one get away from you.

Next stop....Sandy Sullivans Wilder Series......WOWOWOWOWWOOWWOO!

Ok...I like my heroines to be strong, independent can stand on their own two feet kinda women. So when the hero comes along she doesnt just swoon as his boots. BOY OH BOY!!! Was this the story for me! The h/h in this book blew me away! I loved every stinking minute of it! Sassy comebacks, heartbreaking developments, and serious loving!!!! Ms. Sullivan had it all in this one. Now it is part of a series but no need to read the others first. Although, I know if you read this one youll want to read the others. FABULOUS work once again to Ms. Sullivan!!!

Ok thats it for now. Im off to take a lil nap...(planted about 100 flowers today) and then Im up to review again. Because my editor is going to hunt me down and tie me to the desk if I dont! just not into her like that ya know.

Sunday, June 20, 2010


I have recently discovered another author im lovin on. You wanna know how I discovered might be shameful to say, but HER COVERS R~O~C~K!! I had to post them for you to look at...hulloooooooo check the shoes on these women out!~ Girls after my very own heart!!!!

Saturday, June 5, 2010


Ok so wow it been like forever since I blogged...summer comes and I get so freaking busy being outdoors and all. Buuuut...I did manage to get some great reads in and Im gonna post them for ya....

First up....

Trista Ann Michaels is a goddess when it comes to Romantic Suspense. The woman can write a freaking HAWT story!!!! Slaves, left me fanning myself for at least an hour trying to cool off. Beyond the sex though is the storyline that just never quits. So much inner betrayal going on and turmoil between the hero and heroine and their families. I often wish I had the mind of this author to come up with utterly fabulous storylines like this!!! Slaves is not one but the story of two women that are both unwillingly in the sex slave trade. Lin goes to rescue her friend Keeran and Tony comes to save Lin. Tony and Lin's dynamic is like adding fuel to flame. Its so hot it just about combusted my laptop. Aiden is the man hot on the trail of Keeran She knows him very well and they both were left stunned by the passion they felt for each other when the met prior to all this. Somehow the men that love them have to find a way to rescue the two of them without being discovered as moles in the secret world. Serious intensity here! Highly recommend this read!!!


One of my all time fave authors EVER!!! Cherise Sinclair. Im a total fan girl and not ashamed to admit that she is lucky she lives so far away from the midwest because I seriously would stalk her and it would probably scare her. The woman writes some of the best BDSM/Romance EVER!!! Not to harsh, not to light, its really just right. Lean on Me is book for in the Masters of The Shadowlands series and is the story of Cullen, who if you know any of her work is the bartender at Shadowlands, and Andrea. Andrea has a history of people letting her down starting with her father who was drunk most of her childhood. She wants a Dom...but he cant be a pansy Dom. She wants a Dom that KNOWS what he is doing...or does she? When she finds Cullen is just that Dom, she might have signed up for a little more than she realized.

What I love also about Lean on Me is the fact that we get to see all of our other faves from The Shadowlands...which are all, by the way, fave reads of mine.

Number 3:

Drilled by Regina Carlysle-ok so I am not a big Cougar fan...but let me tell ya! Ms. Carlysle just hit my high note ...woooooweeee...this is one hot read! Drilled is the story of Lori and Jack. Lori is still recovering from a bitter divorce two years ago. After moving back out to her grandparents house she meets the owner of the oil drilling company that is drilling on her property. Boy does she ever meet him! Jackson is a hot, hands on, hard working man. He might be younger than her but he is done playing the field and Lori is just what this oil man is looking for. Can he convince her he is the staying kind, especially when Lori's ex husband shows up wanting a second chance? Ms Carlysle is not only one AWESOME writer, she is very much a wonderful lady! She always takes time to talk with her adoring fans and Im not the only one who says me. I have sooooo many of her books on my TBR pile that have now worked their way up to the top of my list. Awesome read!

So in a nutshell there are some books to start you out with. LOL!!!

Of course all these wonderful reads have official reviews on them up at the wonderful site

Go check them out!!!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Rocky White, MD-Rest in Peace

I wanted to write this tonight in memory of a great man. John "Rocky" White, was a surgeon in Decatur Illinois. Fate took me in the direction of a town I would have never gone to otherwise. I met Rocky when I was a younger nurse. I took a position in 2001 as a traveller there. I remember the first day I met him. He just had a presence about him. I thought to myself, this man is larger than life here, and coming from Springfield where our hospitals were large trauma centers with doctors I loved, this is saying something about him. Rocky was a forward thinker-he brought Decatur out of the dark ages and into the 21st century with surgery. He was a God with the laproscope. I remember thinking early on...what is he doing here? He is so much bigger than this small town. He was so special to me in a matter of days. I did my stent at that hospital for a year and he and I became good friends. I realize now that Decatur needed him and he was right where he belonged.

When I told him my time was up there and it was time for me to head back to my hometown he was so unhappy with the news. I remember him asking me "what if I could arrange for you to stay here" and I thought to myself...well im a little burnt out on the whole hospital thing...I asked what he had in mind and to my shock he said, "I need a nurse for my office" I thought...psh...he's just yankin my chain. There were so many other nurses that he knew for so long who would have LOVED the chance to do this. He was just that kind of man. He was charismatic, charming, caring and had that boyish dare me to smile. You could read his emotions in his eyes. A couple days later he told me to contact the woman in his office who would be hiring me. I was stunned but JUMPED at this opportunity. I remember the night I quit the hospital and he joined me and some of the other nurses that I worked with in a celebration over drinks and food...god it was such a great time.

He and I....where to start...we had our differences, but I believed in him always. He was by far not perfect and definetly not the immortal I thought. What he was though was human. His generosity knew no bounds and he took care of those that took care of him. After spending a couple of years with him and watching him to continue to grow his practice I decided it was time for me to come back home to work. I had a newborn and he and I werent seeing eye to eye on some things. I have to say that leaving him was almost like leaving a husband for another man. I cried and fretted and was sick. I know I hurt him deep down for moving on, but I also know it was for the better. We kept in contact for a while but I know he felt somewhere that I was betraying him and I understood that and still do. There hasnt been a day go by that I dont appreciate all that he did for me, and all that he taught me. I assume there never will be.

On Monday January 18th at around 6pm I got a phone call from one of the girls that still works there saying he had been killed in a plane crash.

Tonight...I can no longer deny nor hope that it wasnt him.

Rocky flew his own plane. His beechwing was gorgeous and it was something that he was so proud of. He would fly Angel Flights- taking patients who couldnt afford to get to the specialists they needed to because they couldnt afford it. He would take his time and money and use his plane to do this. This wasnt just once in a while this was quite frequent. I remember having to rearrange his schedule for this at times. I always made him check in and when he didnt call me on time I would get nervous. I remember one time he flew into an airport and had to land because of weather. He had a patient with him, a young boy, and they were not at their destination. He rented a car, drove the patient and his mother to where they needed to go, and came back and waited out the storm then flew home.

Rocky was coming home from a vacation at his home in Boca Raton, Florida when his plane went down in Alabama. He was with a woman named Lisa Mattix. Lisa and Rocky went way way back. She was his scrub tech and then he hired her on as his nurse manager of his practice. She was easy going, laughed alot and was always smiling. She had a huge heart and her life as well as his ended far too abruptly.

Many will speculate the why's of them being together and all I have to say is this. Who cares why?

He leaves behind a wife, a son, a practice, and numerous people whose lives he saved when they had very little chance for survival. Im not bragging here, if you look him up you will see this.

So I write this tonight to say goodbye to you my friend, my boss, my teacher. I know your in a better place looking down on us. I would have rather you waited to be a guardian angel, but looking back I see that you always were. I will miss you for the rest of my days and will never forget you and be thankful I was one of the lucky few to be touched by your caring grace.

The purpose of life is a life of purpose. ~Robert Byrne

To which Rocky filled every day of his all too short life.

When I get where I'm going
on the far side of the sky.
The first thing that I'm gonna do
Is spread my wings and fly.

I'm gonna land beside a lion,
and run my fingers through his mane.
Or I might find out what it's like
To ride a drop of rain

Yeah when I get where I'm going,
there'll be only happy tears.
I will shed the sins and struggles,
I have carried all these years.
And I'll leave my heart wide open,
I will love and have no fear.
Yeah when I get where I'm going,
Don't cry for me down here.

I'm gonna walk with my grandaddy,
and he'll match me step for step,
and I'll tell him how I missed him,
every minute since he left.
Then I'll hug his neck.

So much pain and so much darkness,
in this world we stumble through.
All these questions, I can't answer,
so much work to do.

But when I get where I'm going,
and I see my Maker's face.
I'll stand forever in the light,
of His amazing grace.
Yeah when I get where I'm going,
Yeah when I get where I'm going,
there'll be only happy tears.