Monday, February 28, 2011

Guess What?!

I'm gonna have my very first ever guest blogger! I'm so excited! I've already seen it and can't wait for you to check it out tomorrow. :) I really think you're gonna love it. I met the guest poster at SFWC and he's an amazing person and writer. Hopefully the other friends I made will take me up on doing a guest post as well. You interested in writing one? Email me and let me know.

On another note, just downloaded Adele's new album, 21. It's ridonculous. Serious.


Friday, February 25, 2011

Time to Tell You About My Trip!

 Now that life has somewhat settled down and gotten back into the easy groove of my normal routine (and now that I’ve somewhat caught up on the sleep I missed out on while in San Fran), I have the sense of mind to sit down and write a half-way decent post about my trip.

Since it’s also Freebee Friday!, I will include lots and lots of pictures. :)

The town of Occidental
How can you NOT fall in love?
After stopping at my beloved In-N-Out, The first part of my trip was spent in Occidental (a BEAUTIFUL small town in Northern California, nestled in the hills and a short trip from Bodega Bay) at my aunt and uncle’s house. That was probably the highlight of my trip, to be honest. The area of California they live in is breathtaking, their house is gorgeous--with a Japanese theme throughout, and everything was so laidback and peaceful. The town is quaint with only a 5 square mile area and a population of around 1,200. It sprang up from the railroad that passed through back in 1876 (and of course, I have to mention the Bohemian Grove. We did try to find it, but were unsuccessful. Although, food was a more important item on my list than the secret club was).

I ran in this everyday.
So beautiful.
Bodega Bay
While we were there, I went running on the old, hilly roads, realizing that I might die when I do my half marathon in April and my relay marathon in June. We took a trip to Bodega Bay (where they filmed Hitchcock’s The Birds), I scaled the bluffs with the only sensible shoes in the entire bunch (guess which ones they are), and we ate some pretty good fish and chips on the wharf. My aunt took me to winetasting at Lynmar and Iron Horse. I spent a lot of time with my grandma (who I hadn’t seen since I got married), my aunt and uncle, and my two little second cousins, who are in one word: Fantabulous!

The San Fran Bridge from
the back window of the car
After a couple of days in Occidental, it was time to head to San Fran, which in itself was an adventure. It had been raining the entire time we were there (which is awesome – I love the rain, especially in a place that is in the hills, and green, with copious amounts of trees), so all the back roads into the city were flooded. But we made it.

The front of our hotel from
across the street
I felt like a movie star staying at the Mark Hopkins. Everyone was dressed in double-breasted uniforms with white gloves. They pressed the elevator buttons for you and put the napkin on your lap for you at breakfast and lunch. It was AMAZING. The staff at The Mark went above and beyond at all times. After we dropped off our luggage, the skies had cleared for a little bit so we went for a stroll through Chinatown. I bought Hubby a kimono and myself a hand-painted silk robe. The Chinese New Year was that week, so Chinatown was a buzz of activity and people. We were going to go to the parade on Sunday, but our energy petered out and we stayed in the room instead.

High Tea
Thursday afternoon we took High Tea at Top of the Mark with yummy pasteries and iced coffee and then returned that evening for a swing band in full costume and professional swing dancers. It was so much fun. I even had an older gentleman (79, but didn't look a day over 65) teach me how to dance.

View from Top of the Mark

Friday, Saturday and half of Sunday was spent, from 7:30 AM to 11PM with classes and workshops. I was exhausted but pleasantly so, the whole time. Sunday was only a half day and ended at 1pm after Speed Dating with Agents (which was a fun experience—I’ll tell you about in another post), and I made some fast and valuable friends at the conference that I think I will keep for a long time (you know who you are).

Sunday, Madre and I explored the Wharf, Pier 39, the Ferry Building, street performers, and Ghirardelli Square. I bought Boudin Sourdough bread, a chocolate sundae, and amazing cheese by the Cowgirl Creamery called Red Hawk. It smells like the inside of a ripe diaper, but tastes amazing. Although Hubby tends to disagree with me since our whole house currently smells like Red Hawk. :)

The lobby at The Mark where
Liam Neeson and Samuel L. Jackson
were spotted

While at the Mark Hopkins, two movie stars were spotted in our hotel – Liam Neeson (Why couldn’t I have been there to tackle him????) and Samuel L. Jackson. Oh, the stories & memories this trip has given me!! Okay, this has been a far too long Freebee Friday! Post, so I must end it now.

Happy Friday, all, and I hope your weekend is vundabar!


Sensible shoes at Bodega Bay

The tasting bar was outside over a covered
awning with heaters. It was pouring rain outside.
A completely different experience and
vibe from the other vineyard we visited,
Lynmar, with it's manicured estate.

Vineyards at Iron Horse

Our wine tasting guide, Damien
and my aunt (There's an official title,
but I can't remember it. I think it
starts with an R or an S)

A display in the SEATAC devoted to
Twilight and Forks, WA. Thought this
was amusing and that I would
share. :) It even had
"Forks Sparkle Lotion"
View from the hotel room at night

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Ever notice that saying a certain word enough times makes it start to not make sense?

Take “follow” for example. At first glance, it’s a normal word, but as you start flipping through hundreds of “follow me” Twitter buttons for your blog, it becomes strange and foreign. You start to question the existential meaning of the word. Where did it come from? What does "to follow" truly mean?
I don’t really care; I just thought it was an interesting phenomenon.

I’m "fashionably" late to the whole Twitter craze. At SFWC, I had someone ask me if I was tweeting, since I was at the lunch table and on my phone. I explained that Twitter wasn’t on my radar at the moment and that I was texting. I got a very informative mini-lecture that Twitter is all-important and it should be on my radar. Roger that.

I never was one to stand up to peer pressure, and this is no different. So, I re-activated my Twitter account and now have a grand total of TWO tweets. :)

I don't promise I'll have anything overly interesting to say, but I have added a rather cute “Follow me” button on the top right of my blog. Feel free to click on it and become one of the first followers!

The End.


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Updates, Updates, Updates!


This is what I get for going on hiatus for a week to try to enrich myself! So much has happened this past week! I made it back home by the skin of my teeth, and only two hours after the time I was supposed to be. Not bad for flying standby on a holiday after the Chinese New Year celebration in San Fran.

Okay, so ARC Alerts!!! Three came in the mail while I was out (yay). Exit the Actress by Priya Parmar, Radio Shangri-La by Lisa Napoli, and The Land of the Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel (that one’s 757 pages! *gulp*).

Just Read…Death Cloud, the Young Sherlock Holmes by Andrew Lane (and I like the Amercian cover art so much better than the Brittish one I got), so I’ll have a Book Report on that one, soon, as well. Here it is!!
I’m still working on The Internet is a Playground by David Thorne, too. That one will be finished soon, as well.

Reading Challenge: helped me choose First Grave on the Right by Darnda Jones, so I’ll get started on that one sometime this week (hopefully) and finished it oober fast.

I’ll be typing until my fingers are bloody nubs in order to crank out posts about the conference and what I learned so that I can keep you lot entertained. They’ll be Adventures at Sbux and so much more!

Back to life and work. I now understand and appreciate the saying, “I need a vacation from my vacation.”



No sooner had I typed this, than today's mail came and with it TWO more ARCs! Emily and Einstein by Linda Francis Lee (it looks amazing) and The Sandalwood Tree by Elle Newmark. My "unread" list is growing in leaps and bounds. :)


Monday, February 21, 2011

The Joys of Flying Standby

Our flight is scheduled for 9:30AM.

It's 8:45 and I'm watching everyone else board the plane and I'm on standby.

It's the Chinese New Year celebration( the year of the rabbit, in case you wanted to know) in SanFran.

It's President's Day.

It looks like the stars may not be aligning in my favor today.

The gal at the ticket counter said there may be a chance I don't even get home today, which sucks beacause all I can think about is the hug I know is waiting for me at home from Hubby.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

"Napa Makes Auto Parts, Sonoma Makes Wine"

I think for this week, I might make this a food blog, showcasing all the wonderful and fattening foods I plan to eat while I’m on vacation. Of course I’ll still tell you what’s going on, but I need to share the pictures.

Wine is everywhere this part of California. Sonoma County (Occidental to be exact) is a beautiful part of Northern California. Everything is green. The roads are lined with vineyards (thousands in the area, I’m told), beech, oak and redwood trees, plants and flowers. The winding roads that take you through the area and neighboring small towns are amazing. If I could live anywhere other than where I do, I would choose this area of California (join me in convincing Hubby).

I’m happy to finally be here again and am glad it will last a week. I’ll fill you in on the journey here.

3:45 – woke up, drank coffee, ate yogurt, took taxi to airport
6:50 – Plane to Seattle
9:00 – Plane to Santa Rosa

12:30 – Arrive at airport and picked up by Auntie (sidebar: Santa Rosa airport is the smallest I’ve ever been in)
1:00 – Stop by In-n-Out Burger, inhale a cheeseburger with grilled onion and fries; get offered a paper hat by a waitress to ease my sorrow of not having an In-n-Out in my home town
1:30 – Stop by Lynmar Estate Winery to do some wine tasting (first time!!). Lynmar was a beautifully manicured/maintained winery with sophistication and class. Awesome (Ate some more food, too, btw). Check it out if you’re in the area.
2:30 – Stop by Iron Horse Vinyard to do more wine tasting. BEAUTIFUL location. Damon told me all I could ever want to know about wine – hil-ar-ious guy. Definitely stop by for some great wine.
3:30 – back to airport to pick up our luggage (it was put on a later flight). Flight delayed to 4:40
3:30 – Stopped at restaurant in the airport to kill an hour. Ate a BLT
4:40 – Went to pick up luggage. Luggage not there. Mom and I freak out. Talked to guy at front desk. Looked for our luggage. “Huh, I have no idea where they are. Here, fill out these missing luggage forms.” This is not a good sign. Right about now, I’m replaying the scene from Meet the Fockers where Ben Stiller’s luggage is lost. Then the guy says, “Let me check in back, just in case.” He comes back with our luggage. Apparently, they came in on our first flight, but they neglected to inform us of that, so we wasted an hour of our day. But at least I have my luggage!
5:30 – More eating of crackers, cheese, and olives
7:00 – Dinner is served. Salad, asparagus, and crab. Fresh, wonderful, Dungeness crab. Followed by amazing cookies from Trader Joe’s.
8:00 – Passed out from food overload (happily, might I add)

FUN THING TO DO: My Uncle has a radio show and asked me if I wanted to join him. Talk about F-U-N!! If you’re looking for something fun to listen to, check it out. Reggae music from 7 – 9 pacific time!! KOWS Community Radio ( I’m not promising I’ll be a good DJ, but I’ll be a DJ - with limited talking.

I hope to give more details later, but right now I’m tired and all I want to do is go to bed. Especially with the knowledge that I’m going to have to run at least five miles tomorrow morning before I start my day in order to burn a quarter of the calories I ate today.



SEATAC Airport


Monday, February 14, 2011

Randomness: Brought to You by a Venti Pike and 7:30 in the Morning

**Okay, so I've taken a couple of deep breaths, and I am going to try and re-create the awesomeness that was my earlier post, before it was deleted by Blogger. Picture this post, only ten times cooler.**

Sitting in Starbucks at 7:30 in the morning is nothing but pure awesomeness. My laptop that enjoys placing my cursor in random spots of my text while I'm typing, however, is not.

I like to pretend to listen to my iPod and eavesdrop on the conversations around me. It's very entertaining the things people say around you when they think you're not listening. I'm not counting the two Russians who keep looking at me and speaking in a language I don't understand (little-known fact: we have a Russian mafia in town).

Some poor girl is interviewing for a job, but I don't think she's going to get it. A) don't come to an interview in a brown beanie, even if it is for Sbux. B) don't insert into your interview, "I should probably tell you about x, y, & z bad things that happened to me last time I worked at Sbux. I just wanted to let you know so it didn't effect your decision on hiring me." It never turns out well. Ten bucks says they've already marked the "un-hirable" box on the interview sheet.

I have my laptop out and my iPod in and some guy comes up to me and asks, "Are you here to meet a D.J.?" Sorry, buddy, but with me typing on my laptop and listening to my iPod, I'm probably here to type on my laptop and listen to my iPod, not meet a D.J. Of course, I only smiled and said, "No, sorry."

I was a little bummed that the barista didn't leave room for cream in my coffee like I asked, I'm not gonna lie.

I keep getting envious looks from fellow patrons at the killer spot I snagged (table, padded bench and TWO outlets) because I got here so early that the parking lot was still empty. But it nets out to 0 with the chilly draft swirling around my legs.

Enough randomness!

I leave for San Fran tomorrow morning, bright and early at 6:30. Yes, that's in the AM. I think I have everything ready--two suitcases, a giant carry-on purse with everything from my laptop to the kitchen sink, and a book.

My mom and I are spending the first half of the trip with family and the second half at the conference, and I think I'm ready. My book is finished (almost, just doing a couple more scenes) with three edits. I have my pitch. I have my first pages in case anyone asks. And I'm finishing up my query and synopsis. No I just have to psych myself up. Which is kind of weird.

Ask anyone who knows me and they'll tell you I'm a happy, positive, laid back, social person. I love being around people and don't mind being the center of attention sometimes. I like always being on the go and being around a group of people. But something about going to this conference terrifies me. As in--can't breathe and hope nobody talks to me terrified.

Which is dumb on countless levels.

I'm going there to network and meet people. I'm going there to TALK to agents and pitch my book--hopefully come home with many requests to see more. So why am I so scared?

If I were laying on a couch talking to a therapist charging me hundreds of dollars an our, they would probably say it went back to my childhood. High school to be precise. I wasn't popular. *insert sympathetic noises, here*. I wasn't popular. I didn't really fit in anywhere, and I kind of clung to that.

Which is weird.

Because I'm going to SFWC to meet people, network, and *gasp* TALK to people--namely agents who can sell my book. In order to do that, I'm going to have to draw attention to myself.

Ask anyone who knows me and they'll tell you I'm a funny, social, laid back, outgoing person. I like being around people, big groups, and trying new things. I like being spontaneous and trying new things. Sometimes, I even like being the center of attention. My biggest fear is, WHAT IF THEY DON'T LIKE ME????

Silliness, I know. I guess my excitement at this amazing opportunity is temporarily masked by morbid fear. I'll let you know if it passes. Anyway, I am completely psyched at the opportunity to learn and meat people. I will try and keep daily posts going during SFWC for those of you who care, and it'd better be all of you. :)

I just need to project positiveness out into the universe and it will return it back to me (extra points to those of you awesome people who can name the TV show and character who says that).

Roger, roger. Over and out.


Things that make me mad...

My laptop that will place my cursor in random places in my text when I'm typing.

People that don't accelerate to the speed limit when merging onto the freeway.

Ordering a Caramel Brulee Latte and being told they don't have the syrup anymore.


Sunday, February 13, 2011

ARC Alert!!!

Revenge of the Radioactive Lady
by Elizabeth Stuckey-French

Can't wait to get started!


Friday, February 11, 2011

Freebee Friday!!!

I'm a sucker for Chuck Norris jokes. I'll spend hours searching Flair and the internet for them. So, in honor of Freebee Friday, I have composed but a few of my favorites. You might think them lame, but you have to admit that they also rock. What's your fav?


Chuck Norris can Moonwalk forwards

Chuck Norris simply walks into Mordor

Chuck Norris can slam a revolving door

When the boogieman goes to bed at night, he checks under the bed for Chuck Norris

There is no theory of Evolution. Just the list of creatures Chuck Norris allows to live

The quickest way to a man’s heart is with Chuck Norris’ fist

There is no such thing as global warming. Chuck Norris got cold and turned the sun up

Chuck Norris doesn’t read books. He stares them down until they give him the info he wants

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Brainstorming Session

I would like to point out that I have a whole newfound respect for David Thorne and what he does.

Secondly I would like to point out that if you HAVE NOT read the Hunger Games A) do so NOW and B) this contains slight spoilers from book two, Catching Fire. You have been warned.

We have an unofficial book club at work. It’s mostly just me and two other girls, but occasionally 1 of our 2 male co-workers joins us (this is the only time, actually). This is a conversation we had while I waited impatiently for him to finish the book so we could discuss it.

Happy reading. :-)

From: Justin
Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 8:51 AM
To: RaeLynn
Subject: There is no more...

District 12!


From: RaeLynn
Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 8:58 AM
To: Justin
Subject: RE: There is no more...

I know!!!! Can you believe that???


From: Justin
Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 9:00 AM
To: RaeLynn
Subject: RE: There is no more...

I was actually disappointed the games didn’t finish. I thought that would have been more exciting, having her have to kill Finnick or have Peeta die or something. But it was still a pretty cool ending…I definitely wasn’t expecting it.


From: RaeLynn
Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 9:02 AM
To: Justin
Subject: RE: There is no more...

Yeah, I was hoping they’d play it out more, like an alliance between the remaining Careers and them overthrowing the Capitol. And trust me, as book three goes on, you’ll start to wish more and more that Peeta died in the arena…Gale too (even though he wasn’t there).

I say to Katniss—“Screw Peeta and Gale!! Go for Finnick!”


From: Justin
Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 9:03 AM
To: RaeLynn
Subject: RE: There is no more...

Haha, oh geeze. It’s not a love triangle, it’s a love square!! Nooooooooooooooooo!! :)


From: RaeLynn
Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 9:05 AM
To: Justin
Subject: RE: There is no more...

Are you prejudice against rhombus’ (rhombi)? Maybe Katniss should hold a Hunger Games of her own for all of her eligible bachelors? That’s one thing I hate sometimes about books, here’s this poor pretty girl and she *groan* has soooo many boys chasing after her. She must be so put out by it all!


From: Justin
Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 9:10 AM
To: RaeLynn
Subject: RE: There is no more...

Haha, actually, I AM prejudice against rhombi! I’m a rhombist :)

Now that would be an awesome book! You should write it! Seriously, I would buy that. But yeah, poor Katniss, it’s hard being perfect. *lame*


From: RaeLynn
Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 9:18 AM
To: Justin
Subject: RE: There is no more...

HAHA. So true. You start a rhombist movement and I’ll write two books, How Costco is Like the Hunger Games and Katniss’ Arena.

There’s one redeeming line in book three and it comes from Peeta. Wanna know what it is? It won’t ruin anything, promise.


From: Justin
Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 9:25 AM
To: RaeLynn
Subject: RE: There is no more...

Haha, nice!! Get crackin’ on those!

Suuuuure, why not. As long as it doesn’t spoil anything :)


From: RaeLynn
Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 9:27 AM
To: Justin
Subject: RE: There is no more...

I don’t think it will….

He looks at her and says something like, “You’re not much to look at, are you?” It was so funny!


From: RaeLynn
Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 9:43 AM
To: Justin
Subject: RE: There is no more...

I almost forgot about Haymitch! We can’t leave him out of Katniss’ Arena!!


From: Justin
Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 9:47 AM
To: RaeLynn
Subject: RE: There is no more...

I agree. I say he dies first, than Gale, than Peeta and Finnick have to battle it out to the death. Whoever is alive, gets the pleasure of telling off Katniss and dumping her :)


From: RaeLynn
Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 9:51 AM
To: Justin
Subject: RE: There is no more...

OOOHH!!! I am totally going to do a spoof of that! That is too perfect! ROFL!! But I think that it should be Gale and Finnick…Peeta’s a pansy…


From: Justin
Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 9:55 AM
To: RaeLynn
Subject: RE: There is no more...

Hahaha, that’s true. He’s over there frosting cupcakes while Gale and Finnick are attacking each other with daggers and axes.


From: RaeLynn
Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 9:59 AM
To: Justin
Subject: RE: There is no more...

Here we go, even better.

Peeta, Gale, and Finnick kill Haymitch, and realize that Katniss is just using them all and playing with and breaking hearts is what she does best, not rallying rebel forces or being the Mockingjay.

The three of them decide to kill Katniss, but when it comes down to it, Peeta buckles and professes his love for her and that this was all a mistake. Gale kills Peeta for betrayal (a cover for his true drive—jealousy).

Then he and Finnick tag team Katniss and tell her what for. Then they go off and set the mutts on her.

And I’ll still add in the cupcakes and frosting.


From: Justin
Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 10:01 AM
To: RaeLynn - Boise
Subject: RE: There is no more...

Hahaha, sounds deliciously evil…I love it! Maybe Peeta gives Haymitch one of his cupcakes…a POISONED CUPCAKE! MWAHAHAHHA :)


From: RaeLynn
Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 10:01 AM
To: Justin - Boise
Subjet: RE: There is no more...

Mwahaha indeed!

We’re going to be so rich once this book hits the shelves!


From: Justin - Boise
Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 10:11 AM
To: RaeLynn
Subject: RE: There is no more...

Excellent! I can’t wait to sleep on a pile of money every night :) :) :)


From: RaeLynn
Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 10:27 AM
To: Justin Subject: RE: There is no more...
Subject: RE: There is no more...

And throw bills senselessly in the air so they flutter down around me! (while twirling)


From: Justin
Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 10:28 AM
To: RaeLynn
Subject: RE: There is no more...

Haha Sounds like heaven to me! :)



Monday, February 7, 2011

The Super Bowl

I’m not a huge NFL fan, college is more my taste, but I do participate in the American tradition of watching the Super Bowl (sort of). I watch it more for the commercials (but I’m glad the Packers won).

I’ve noticed over the past few years that a few companies dominate the commercial slots, which is a little disappointing. I enjoyed seeing several companies advertisements, now it seems to be dominated by Budweiser and Doritos. Oh well.

There were a lot of funny commercials yesterday, but two made me laugh pretty heartily. The Audi commercial (when I get rich I’m planning on owning one) and one of the Doritos commercials. I’ve linked them below.

What about you? Which was your fav?


Thursday, February 3, 2011

Exciting Discoveries

Did you know that's the show they based the movie Serenity on? I'm serious!

I only have two weeks until San Francisco!
I only have two weeks until San Francisco?


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

ARC Alert!!!

I'm putting my book selector on hold for my newest ARC, The Internet is a Playground by David Thorne. I'm crackin' up over here.


The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

by Andrew Davidson
Spoiler: Yes
Rating: PG-13
Coffee Beans: 5/5

It's amazing.

One of my favorite books is a nontraditional love story called The Gargoyle by Canadian author Andrew Davidson. Davidson has a remarkable talent of delivering a captivating and engaging story that recounts an unnamed main character and his short, but emotionally electric, relationship with a woman named Marianne Engel. To tell you the truth, I didn’t even realize the main character didn’t have a name until a friend asked me what it was. That’s how good the book is. I didn’t need to know his name. But for purposes of my review, I’m going to call him MC.

Here’s the set up: MC is handsome, sexy, a famous porn star/producer, rich, unfulfilled, selfish, arrogant, and an alcoholic/drug addict. A perfect combination for a fall from grace, after all, a man can only take so much. One night, on a drunken binge and a bottle of liquor between his legs, he gets into a horrific, fiery car crash, landing himself in the hospital burn unit with third degree burns covering his entire body, including that pesky and oh-so-important-to-a-porn-star spot between his legs. MC’s a man who’s entire sense of self worth and life is based on his sexuality, and with the emergence of the monster he’s become, he’s devastated.

During MC’s long stint in the hospital—complete with detailed scenes of bodily skin scrubbings—he’s visited by a dark-haired beauty with tattoos covering her body, who’s escaped from the psych ward in the hospital. Marianne explains that she releases stone gargoyles as they call out to her, and that she has dozens of hearts in her chest. Each creation she unearths is gifted with one. She tells him when her last heart is given away, she will finally get to go home.

Something about her intrigues MC and he uses that interest as a source of strength during his painful rehabilitation hours, looking forward to her visits. During his months of recuperation, Marianne paints vivid stories about the depth and strength of love, spanning eras and cultures, as well as their own love story that has lasted through hundreds of years and dozens of past lives. MC knows that she is crazy, but her moments of lucidity are what he falls in love with.

When he’s strong enough to leave the hospital, Marianne takes him to live with her, where she spins more tales of love and gives more of her hearts away to her stone creations. As the MC’s addiction to painkillers is revealed, Marianne does her best to wean him off the painkillers, but it is not an easy journey for him. In a feverish fit of sleep, MC goes to a place much like Dante’s Inferno, where he meets the characters of Marianne’s stories, all very real. Through this feverish journey, MC fights the demons of his addiction, his past, who he really is, and the very real possibility Marianne’s stories could their past. At the end of his journey, at the gates of hell, he must make a choice that will define the rest of his life; to go back or die.

He chooses Marianne and their love, but when he finally comes to, it’s to the realization that she has given away all of her hearts to more gargoyles. All but one, and that one she says, is for MC. At last, Marianne can go home. And at last, MC has found the love that he lost, so long ago.

Once I started it, I couldn’t put it down. It’s an incredibly visual and sensational story of pain, growth, love and acceptance. The ending wasn’t warm and fuzzy, but it was satisfying and fulfilling. After I finished, sitting on my couch, I thought to myself, it couldn’t have ended in a more perfect way. In fact, to try and imagine any ending other than the Davidson gave it, is impossible. It fits the voice and the characters in a way that I haven’t seen from a book in a long time. Even though The Gargoyle is an international bestseller, in my opinion, it is still grossly unknown. I do my part trying to change that by suggesting it to everyone I know and screaming about it from the rooftops. I even have an extra copy to lend out. So do your part, read this book and suggest it to others.


Reading Challenge List - Prepare to be Amazed...

164 books are sitting on my bookshelves screaming over the top of each other with their gripping summaries and creative covers. Some are old, some are new. Some are borrowed. Some, I want to read a lot more than others. So, to keep things fair and unprejudiced, I will have the next book I read selected by Here’s how my self-imposed contest will work:

  • I will pick a book.
  • I will read the book (you can read it with me, if you want. Hey! We can do our own little book club!).
  • I will post about the book.
  • I will pick another book and start this all over again.
  • Maybe even I’ll try and come up with some way cool contest and sweet prizes for fun.
  • We can even have our own little book club (But we have to promise to be enjoying a big cup of coffee when we discuss the book).
'Cuz I’m cool like that.


  1. Before the Storm by Diane Chamberlain
  2. The Book Theif by Markus Zusak
  3. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  4. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  5. Dead Funny by Tom Holt
  6. Falling Sideways by Tom Holt
  7. White Picket Fences by Susan Meissner
  8. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  9. Tuck by Stephen Lawhead
  10. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
  11. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  12. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
  13. Storm Front by Jim Butcher
  14. The Horse Boy: A Fathers Quest to Heal His Son by Rupert Isaacson
  15. The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  16. Belong to Me by Marisa De Los Santos
  17. The Paradise War Book One in the Song of Albion Trilogy
  18. The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy
  19. Tempted House of Night Book 6 by P. C. Cast & Kristin Cast (YA)
  20. Zombies vs. Unicorns by Black vs. Larbalestier (YA)
  21. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine Lengle (YA)
  22. Mondays New Beginning by Janice Hildreth
  23. Sundays Promise by Janice Hildreth
  24. The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
  25. Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning
  26. BloodFever by Karen Marie Morning
  27. Faefever by Karen Marie Morning
  28. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  29. One For the Money by Janet Evanovich
  30. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
  31. The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove (YA)
  32. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  33. Fireproof by Eric Wilson
  34. The Sea of Monsters by Rick Roirdan (YA)
  35. The Titans Curse by Rick Roirdan (YA)
  36. The Shadow of the Moon by M. M. Kaye
  37. The Far Pavilions by M. M. Kaye
  38. The Lost Cyclist by David V. Herlihy
  39. Jesus Freaks by D. C. Talk
  40. Jesus Freaks Revolutionaries by D. C. Talk
  41. Enders Game by Orson Scott Card (YA)
  42. Self-editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne & Dave King
  43. Writing Fiction for Dummies by Randy Ingermanson & Peter Economy
  44. Stephen King on Writing a Memoir of the Craft
  45. The First Five Pages: A Writers Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile by Noah Lukeman
  46. No Plot? No Problem! A Low-stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days by Vhris Baty
  47. The Writers Little Helper by James V. Smith, Jr.
  48. Revision & Self-editing by James Scott Bell
  49. *ARC - Death Cloud Young Sherlock Holmes the Legend Begins by Andrew Lane (YA)
  50. *ARC - The Girl Who Became a Beatle by Greg Taylor (YA)
  51. *ARC - Three Seconds by Roslund Hellstrom
  52. *ARC - When the Thrill is Gone a Leonid McGill Mystery by Walter Mosley
  53. *ARC - Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult
  54. *ARC - First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
  55. *ARC - The Athena Project by Brad Thor
  56. Shakespeares Champion by Charliane Harris
  57. Shakespeares Landlord by Charlaine Harris
  58. Shakespeares Christmas by Charlaine Harris
  59. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  60. Gone Tomorrow A Reacher Novel by Lee Child
  61. Alvor by Laura Bingham (YA)
  62. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
  63. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  64. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende (YA)
  65. The Memory Keepers Daughter by Kim Edwards
  66. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
  67. Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
  68. The Good, the Bad, and the Undead by Kim Harrison
  69. Every Which Way but Dead by Kim Harrison
  70. Harms Way by Stephen White
  71. Private Practice by Stephen White
  72. Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson (YA)
  73. Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
  74. Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur
  75. Kissing Sin by Keri Arthur
  76. Whats a Ghoul to Do?
  77. Ghost of a Chance by Yasmine Galenorn
  78. Don of the Dead by Casey Daniels
  79. Grave Surprise by Charlaine Harris
  80. An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris
  81. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  82. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  1. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  2. Emma by Jane Austen
  3. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  4. First King of Shannara by Terry Brooks
  5. Rumours of Rain by Andre Brink
  6. The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf
  7. The Gospel of Judas by Simon Mawer
  8. A Sky so Close by Betool Khedairi
  9. On the Night Plain by J. Robert Lennon
  10. The Rapture of Canaan by Sheri Reynolds
  11. Chalktown by Melinda Haynes
  12. Between, Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson
  13. The Foxs Walk by Annabel Davis-Goff
  14. Forever by Pete Hamill
  15. The Whole Truth by David Baldacci
  16. Simple Genius by David Baldacci
  17. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  18. The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
  19. Driftwood Summer by Patti Callahan Henry
  20. Dead Aim by Iris Johansen
  21. The Camel Club by David Baldacci
  22. The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber
  23. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  24. Torment by Lauren Kate (YA)
  25. Cavedweller by Dorothy Allison
  26. The Blind Side by Michael Lewis
  27. Dark Visions by L. J. Smith (YA)
  28. Fencing the Sky by James Galvin
  29. River, Cross My Heart by Breena Clarke
  30. The Fallen by T. Jefferson Parker
  31. The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice
  32. Testimoney by Anita Shreve
  33. Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji
  34. A Long Way Gone Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
  35. Genesis of Shannara by Terry Brooks
  36. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  37. The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks
  38. Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
  39. The Hard Way by Lee Child
  40. Nevermore by Kelly Creagh (YA)
  41. Cold Pursuit by T. Jefferson Parker
  42. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
  43. Girls in Trucks by Katie Crouch
  44. Coal Black Horse by Robert Olmstead
  45. The Hearts of Horses by Molly Gloss
  46. Say Youre One of Them by Uwem Akpan
  47. Half a Heart by Rosellen Brown
  48. First Family by David Baldacci
  49. T is for Trespass by Sue Grafton
  50. Shadow Prey by John Sandford
  51. Bones by Jonathan Kellerman
  52. The Mercedes Coffin by Faye Kellerman
  53. True Detectives by Jonathan Kellerman
  54. The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly
  55. Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich
  56. Back Spin by Harlan Coben
  57. Cross Country by James Patterson
  58. Lethal Legacy by Linda Fairstein
  59. Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs
  60. Light Before Day by Christopher Rice
  61. The Confessor by Daniel Silva
  62. The Book of Fate by Brad Meltzer
  63. The Dark Tide by Andrew Gross
  64. Divine Justice by David Baldacci
  65. Power Play by Joseph Finder
  66. Die in Plain Sight by Elizabeth Lowell
  67. In for the Kill by John Lutz
  68. Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell
  69. Damage COntrol by J. A. Jance
  70. Now & Then by Robert B. Parker
  71. Stranger in Paradise by Robert B. Parker
  72. The Bodies Left Behind by Jeffery Deaver
  73. Where Memories Lie by Deborah Crombie
  74. The Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen
  75. Slow Kill by Michael McGarrity
  76. Dont Look Twice by Andrew Gross
  77. The Jury Master by Robert Dugoni
  78. Across the Universe by Beth Revis (YA)
  79. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher (YA)
  80. Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo
  81. Apologize, Apologize! by Elizabeth Kelly
  82. The Imperfectionist by Tom Rachman