Friday, May 6, 2011

Where have all the books gone?

Today I did probably one of my favorite things, I went to the bookstore! I love browsing books, wandering the isles just trying to find a book that screams "READ ME". If you drop me in a bookstore I can amuse myself for hours! If it's a Used Bookstore I may be gone for days! I think it's the smell of books that get me. Plus, it is so rewarding to go searching for a book then it is to just click buy on the computer. And the E-book craze has taken the world by storm!

Now don't get me wrong, I love Richard Henry (my Kindle) more than words but there is just something about holding a real book in my hands. Not to mention the some of the covers are absolutely beautiful that I just have to have them so I can look at them!

So, I was at my bookstore when I discovered that many authors were not stocked. And these are pretty big authors not to have stocked. I also noticed that the Romance section seems to be setting smaller. (Also, the switched the escalators on me so I looked like a idiot trying to go up the down escalator) Plus, I know that this just isn't a ransom day where everyone is buying all the romance novels by these authors and I'll tell you why.

I was at this same bookstore a couple of weeks ago with my friend Gypsy, who I recently discovered loved romance novels when I spied Sabrina Jefferies in her purse. So I told her all about reviewing for The Season and all my Twitter peeps and fellow bloggers who recommend some fabulous books and she wanted my input about some new authors to try. Now, I like to think I know my friends and so far haven't steered them wrong yet. Like Jess, she LOVES vampires and True Blood so I suggested JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series and I haven't seen her since because "she's busy reading" and I need to leave her alone with "The Brothers". Now my friend Karen is new to the whole romance world and has been begging me to tell her what to read. She wanted a contemporary so I gave her Victoria Dahl's Talk Me Down.

There are certain authors that are my go to recommendations. Victoria Dahl is one of them so when they were out of stock of her book 2 weeks ago and told me that they would restock soon I was surprised to find that they didn't have ANY of her books, historical or contemporaries. Gypsy now thinks that I have made Victoria Dahl up but I assured her she is real.

I have also been chasing the elusive Unveiled by Courtney Milan. The didn't have it at any of my stores when it came out so I put it on my Remember To Get List. They didn't have it at my Borders, but sadly it was closing down, so when I went to my big chain store today I looked for it. Again, NOTHING by Courtney Milan.

Another thing was that they only had the most recent book of most authors. I'm big on reading series and reading them in order. I had Pamela Clare's newest book Breaking Point in my hand but where was her back list. Breaking Point is book five in her romantic suspense series but there was no book 1-4. (also there where also none of her historicals) Now, yes you don't have to read a series in order but I like too, especially when I know characters from earlier books are going to pop up.

Now, I did finally cave and order Unveiled but it's just not the same. I like going to the store and wandering around until I find a book. It's like a treasure hunt! I know that everyone is jumping on the e-book crazy but I hope that these bookstores get their acts together and start shelving these amazingly talented authors. How else am I suppose to pimp their books if they're not there.

And PS... I'm a really good book pimp! Just sayin!

Have you noticed the lack of books in your bookstore? Has your Borders shut down? Or... what are your feeling about the e-book craze?

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Happy Birthday Henry!

Oh Henry Cavill today is your birthday and I have a feeling that there will be many pictures of you on twitter today. But for me... this is my favorite.

I know that Kati over at Romancing Rakes is celebrating Henry's Birthday with him in his Birthday Suit (I mean it's only proper, it IS his birthday)

Now, sadly, this handsome devil went and got himself engaged the other day. Apparently know one told him that I was single and availible, just waiting for him to propose to me. *sigh* I'm sure he will see reason soon because as long as there is no ring on his finger then there is still a chance. (please don't crush my dreams and tell me otherwise)

So on this Cinco De Mayo I wish you a very Happy Birthday Henry!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Monday, Monday

This has been a very busy weekend! First I was up at 4am on Friday to watch the Royal Wedding. Can I just say how beautiful Kate... err I believe she's Catherine now, looked in her dress! Very elegant and regal. And she looked so happy waving to crowd as she made her way to Westminster Abbey.

Her sister Pippa dress was amazing too, also a McQueen design. I was surprsed to see Pippa is white too.

Then there were the boys looking all hot and sexy in their uniforms! I say good call with the red Will!

Congrats to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge! A real life fairy tale romance!

I spent most of the day Saturday reading Never a Gentleman by Eileen Dreyer. Oh man, I'm still trying to wrap my head around it! I'll be writing my review for The Season and I will put it up here as well. Never have I read a book that hit me as hard as Never a Gentleman so stay tuned for my review.

In other news, last night all of our shows got interupted (well not mine but that was because I was watching Camelot) by the President to tell us that finally the bad guy was dead. Thanks to our fabulous military & SEALs, Osama bin Laden is dead. The President gave an amazing speech and I can't be more proud of our military! So I think it is only appropriate that we all go out and read some great romances involving those heroic Navy SEALs.

Don't forget, today is Monday so that means it's Man Candy Monday. On the Man Candy Monday blog tonight, I am guest blogging and have brought some hotties in tuxes because it is Oscar Man Candy! So don't foget to join us on Twitter 9pm EST. Tonight may be Oscar Man Candy but I have a feeling that there might be some hot military men getting some love tonight!

Did you get up early and watch the Royal Wedding? What did you think of her dress and all those crazy hats?