Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A "Force" To Be Reckoned With

I really wasn't on the search for a new romance author to read, but when both Amazon and Goodreads featured Marie Force in recommendations for me I couldn't resist finding out why. It didn't hurt that the Kindle Edition of the first book recommended, Maid for Love, the first book in The McCarthy's of Gansett Island Series, was only 99 cents! It's hard to regret that purchase price even if I didn't care for the book. As it turns out I can't regret the cost of that first book or of her remaining eighteen. In one month I read all nineteen books, and have added her to the list of authors whose new releases I eagerly await. Truthfully, I haven't read much in the romance genre since the 90's. Besides the obvious—romance, I must have subconsciously wanted to read happily-ever-after books. Of course, her Fatal Series features lots of danger and death and injuries to our hero (Nick) and heroine (Samantha).  I'm hard-pressed to think of another contemporary fictional couple who are as perfectly suited as they are. This, of course, does not mean they always agree, just that they truly want what's best for the other...um, always.

The books are well written with intelligent dialogue, reasonably plausible story lines, estimable characters (like Jack Harrington from the Treading Water Series! *swoon*), steamy chemistry, and close-knit families & friendships. What more could you ask for?


Read 01/24/2012 book #1

Maid for Love (The McCarthys of Gansett Island, #1)Maid for Love by Marie Force
My rating: 4 of 5 stars






Read 01/25/2012 book #2

Fool for Love (The McCarthys of Gansett Island, #2)Fool for Love by Marie Force
My rating: 4 of 5 stars






Read 01/27/2012 book #3

Ready for Love (The McCarthys of Gansett Island, #3)Ready for Love by Marie Force
My rating: 4 of 5 stars







Read 01/28/2012 book #4

Falling for Love (The McCarthys of Gansett Island, #4)Falling for Love by Marie Force
My rating: 3 of 5 stars







Read 01/30/2012 book #5

Treading WaterTreading Water by Marie Force
My rating: 5 of 5 stars







Read 01/31/2012 book #6

Marking TimeMarking Time by Marie Force
My rating: 4 of 5 stars







Read 02/02/2012 book #7

Starting OverStarting Over by Marie Force
My rating: 5 of 5 stars







Read 02/04/2012 book #8

True NorthTrue North by Marie Force
My rating: 3 of 5 stars







Read 02/05/2012 book #9

Georgia On My MindGeorgia On My Mind by Marie Force
My rating: 3 of 5 stars







Read 02/07/2012 book #10

Love at First FlightLove at First Flight by Marie Force
My rating: 4 of 5 stars







Read 02/12/2012 book #11

The WreckThe Wreck by Marie Force
My rating: 4 of 5 stars






Read 02/14/2012 book #12

Fatal Affair (Fatal, #1)Fatal Affair by Marie Force
My rating: 5 of 5 stars







Read 02/17/2012 book #13

Fatal Justice (Fatal, #2)Fatal Justice by Marie Force
My rating: 4 of 5 stars







Read 02/19/2012 book #14

Fatal Consequences (Fatal, #3)Fatal Consequences by Marie Force
My rating: 5 of 5 stars







Read 02/19/2012 book #15

Fatal Destiny (Fatal, #3.5)Fatal Destiny by Marie Force
My rating: 5 of 5 stars







Read 02/20/2012 book #16

Fatal FlawFatal Flaw by Marie Force
My rating: 4 of 5 stars







Read 02/22/2012 book #17

Line of ScrimmageLine of Scrimmage by Marie Force
My rating: 4 of 5 stars








Read 02/23/2012 book #18

Everyone Loves a HeroEveryone Loves a Hero by Marie Force
My rating: 4 of 5 stars







Read 02/23/2012 book #19

The FallThe Fall by Marie Force
My rating: 3 of 5 stars







Update: 03/09/2012 book #20

Hoping for Love (The McCarthys of Gansett Island #5)Hoping for Love by Marie Force
My rating: 4 of 5 stars







Update: 06/08/2012 book #21

Season for Love (McCarthys of Gansett Island, Book 6)Season for Love by Marie Force
My rating: 3 of 5 stars







Update: 10/04/2012 book #22

Longing For Love (The McCarthys of Gansett Island, #7)Longing For Love by Marie Force
My rating: 4 of 5 stars







Update: 11/12/2012 book #23

Fatal Deception (Fatal, #5)Fatal Deception by Marie Force
My rating: 5 of 5 stars







Update: 12/13/2012 book #24

Coming Home (Treading Water, #4)Coming Home by Marie Force
My rating: 5 of 5 stars







Update: 02/20/2013 book #25

Waiting For Love (The McCarthys of Gansett Island, #8)Waiting For Love by Marie Force
My rating: 4 of 5 stars







Update: 06/19/2013 book #26

Fatal Mistake (Fatal, #6)Fatal Mistake by Marie Force
My rating: 5 of 5 stars







Update: 08/02/2013 book #27

Time For Love  (The McCarthys of Gansett Island, #9)Time For Love by Marie Force
My rating: 4 of 5 stars









Sunday, February 12, 2012

Music to My Ears

In the last three months I've gotten some amazing new music. Several of the songs were featured in movies or televisions shows. Some of the music supervisors in the movie & television industry really have talent for choosing GREAT music. The artist names are linked to their Wikipedia pages. Song links are to YouTube videos.

Sweet Sour* (the follow-up to one of my favorite albums, Baby Darling Doll Face Honey.)

El Camino* (I did not think it could be better than Brothers, but I'm rethinking that...it's awesome! Featuring Lonely Boy and Gold on the Ceiling.)

Ceremonials* (really pleased with the quality of the production and Florence's voice is magical!  Featuring Shake It Out and No Light, No Light. )


Scars & Stories* (I read they wrote 70 songs but got it down to the 12 that made it to the album. Amazing! Featuring the single Hearbeat.)

John Gregory
Ride of Your Life (a song I've wanted for quite awhile from the movie, What a Girl Wants.)

Family Tree (was blown away by this song first heard on the Crying Wolf episode {S2E11} of Vampire Diaries.)

We're In This Together (I first heard it on a trailer for The Avengers.)

Nothing Is Sound* 
The Beautiful Letdown * (featuring the single, Meant to Live {Rock Band 3}, which is one of my favorite songs of theirs.)


Taylor Swift (featuring The Civil Wars)
Safe & Sound (from the soundtrack for The Hunger Games - a hauntingly beautiful song!)

Vaccine* (featuring the single, Spinning Into Place, I first heard on the Bones episode The Twist in the Twister.)

* denotes entire album 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A Marvelous Morning

"I used to love night best but the older I get the more treasures and hope and joy I find in mornings."  ~ Terri Guillemets

Digital photograph by Virginia Travis taken with a BlackBerry 9670 on 2012/02/01. Some Rights Reserved (please see Creative Commons License in the sidebar.)