Wednesday, September 28, 2011


I'm not afraid of spider's anymore. Not like I was when I was a teenager, but if I saw this big guy...even I might back away slowly. Some spider's can get seriously big. I had a horrible fear of bugs when I was younger. I knew I had to try and get over my fear so I looked up how to do that and I read the only real way to get rid of a fear was to face it head on...face your fear. Which meant...I had to go find a bug and hold it, look at it..ect..

So, me being the big bad ass that I am, I went out and saw a Black widow spider on the outside of my apartment wall. *Yeah, don't try this at home kids*

I got a glass and a piece of paper and put the glass over the Black Widow and slowly, gently pushed the paper under the spider until I had her safely inside the glass. Then I walked home with her. I also read that if you put a spider in the freezer for just a minute they will slow down and won't be able to move for a few seconds. Just long enough for me to take a look at her and get over my fear.

So I put her, glass and all in the freezer for a minute and sure enough she wasn't moving. I took her out and got out my small microscope and looked at her under the microscope...and then she woke up. You've never seen me move so fast in my life. The thing was, I could have gotten miss spider back into the glass...if it hadn't been for her web. Yes, when she woke up she started spilling her web all over everything she walked across and it was sticky..I mean really sticky and I kept getting stuck in it. Once I touched the web and I saw her climbing on it...right towards me. I got her in the glass and took her back outside real fast. Buh Bye miss spider.

I later found out that a Black Widow spider most times requires a trip to the E.R. for Anti-Venom. I had no idea about that at the time. But I got over my fear of spiders and can now pick any spider I find in my apartment up in my hands and take them outside and put them in the bush outside my door.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Giveaway! Monica Burns Bookmarks and More...

Monica Burns Books Marks and More giveaway! Monica was nice enough to send me some goodies to give to all of you, so if you would like some free bookmarks and some surprises, just send me an email at and let me know you want the Monica Burns Bookmarks.

If you haven't read any of Monica Burns books. I really do recommend them highly.

You can read my review of Please Me, Here.

You can read my review of Assassin's Honor, Here.

You can read my review of Assassin's Heart, Here.

Inferno's Kiss is due out soon and you can be sure I'll be reading this one as soon as I can get my hands on it.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Giveaway! Heidi Betts Bookmarks

Today's Giveaway is for 2 Booksmarks from Heidi Betts new book Must Love Vampires.

Giveaway Today! Heidi Betts was nice enough to give me some bookmarks to give away to you. If you haven't read her books you really should, they are great reads. I highly recommend them and anything else by this author. You can also come and visit Heidi Betts at her blog here. She is crazy funny and has contests where she gives away books all the time.

Today I am giving away 2 bookmarks and maybe a couple of goodies from my own bookmark stash to 5 people!

All you have to do is send me an email with your name and address to and let me know you want the Heidi Betts bookmarks. I will give them away until my supply is gone.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

One Of My Biggest Pet Peeves

I love entering contests on blogs but there are some that I skip because of all you have to do in order to get an entry. Here's just a bit of the things I've found out there in blog-dom that people make you do in order to win a book/swag/ect...

Complete the form *or at least try to figure out how to complete it.
Follow Me
Leave a comment about this interview, the cover, the author, the authors town, the year the author was born..ok not really but you get my point.

And then there are the "Extra entries"
+1 Follow me on Twitter
+1 Like me on Facebook
+1 Like "So and So" on Facebook
+1 Be my friend on Goodreads
Like my review on Amazon or give me a thumbs up to show I done good.
+1 for social networking this giveaway and leave me a link
+1 Leave a comment
+1 Fan on GoodReads
+1 Follow the blog
+1 Follow on Twitter
+1 Friend on Facebook

BONUS QUESTION: Answer another question that can be found on the site, in the book, on twitter or somewhere out in the nethers...

And my #1 pet peeve is the blog owner not listing that the book we are commenting /entering for is an ebook. You see I don't buy ebooks, I don't usually read ebooks, I don't have an ebook reader, and I don't plan on buying one. I like traditional books. Yes, I am not a fan of ebooks at all. So when I find out that I have just won an ebook and the fact that the give away wasn't specific about it being an ebook up for a makes me a little irritated because I don't usually enter for ebooks. I'll leave them for those of you that like to read them, that have ereaders or like to spend countless hours in front of your computer reading *which I will not do*

As for the why? I've won a few ebooks and I will read a few by authors that I already like and have established that they can write. But I have also won a few or been given a couple to review that read like a 3rd grader wrote them. I will not be specific here sorry. I don't like to write negative reviews, it messes with my good mood. So I usually say thank you, shake my head and say nothing. I mean someone somewhere must have liked it for it to have been published, right? Who am I to say it's really not good, that I think they write ebooks only because they aren't good enough to write traditional books. I may think it, but I won't say it.

Giveaway! Win 2 Bookmarks from Joyce DiPastena

Bookmark Giveaway!

Giveaway Today! Joyce DiPastena was nice enough to give me some bookmarks from these two books to give away to you. If you haven't read these books you really should, they are great reads. I highly recommend them and anything else by this author.

Today I am giving away 2 bookmarks and maybe a couple of goodies from my own bookmark stash to 5 people!

All you have to do is send me an email with your name and address to and let me know you want the Joyce DiPastena bookmarks. I will give them away until my supply is gone.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Giveaway! Sherrilyn Kenyon's Special Collectors Edition Coffin Box Set (Audio Book)

Giveaway! Sherrilyn Kenyon's Special Collector's Edition Coffin Box Set (Audio Book)

Win Sherrilyn Kenyon's Special Collectors Edition Audio Book!

It’s time for another giveaway! Hurray! Today’s giveaway features my all-time favorite author Sherrilyn Kenyon here at Dark Thoughts and I'll be hooking up one lucky winner with a free copy of the audiobook! See below on how to enter.

This audio book includes:
This Special Collector’s Edition Box Set includes audio CDs for the first three books in the Dark-Hunter Series. The set also includes an AUTOGRAPHED keepsake suitable for framing!


He is solitude. He is darkness. He is the ruler of the night. Yet Kyrian of Thrace has just woken up handcuffed to his worst nightmare: An accountant. Worse, she's being hunted by one of the most lethal vampires out there. And if Amanda Devereaux goes down, then he does too. But it's not just their lives that are hanging in the balance. With the fate of the world in their hands, Kyrian and Amanda are all that stands between humanity and oblivion. Let's hope they win.


Talon was an ancient Celtic warrior who made a big mistake—he killed the son of a Celtic god Camulus. Camulus swore vengeance, claiming that no one Talon loved would be safe—they all would die horrible deaths in front of his eyes. When, after everyone else he loves has dies, Talon’s sister is murdered in front of his eyes, he barters his soul to Artemis for the chance to protect strangers from the vampires that stalk the night. Two thousand years later in modern-day New Orleans, he meets Sunshine—a woman who, against his will, makes him love again. Of course, it’s Mardi Gras, and New Orleans is filled with vampires, Dionysius in the middle of a complex plot, and Camulus as his confederate. Now Talon and Sunshine have to block the gods, and somehow figure out how to break the curse. Or Sunshine will be the next to die…


They say even the most damned man can be forgiven. Zarek, a man who endured a lifetime as a Roman slave, and 900 years as an exiled Dark-Hunter, never believed that until the night Astrid opened her door to him and made that feral beast want to be human again. Made him want to love and be loved. But how can an ex-slave whose soul is owned by a Greek goddess ever dream of touching, let alone holding, a fiery star?

Sherrilyn Kenyon is the brilliant author of this series. The 20th book in this series just came out not too long ago and I reviewed it here.

So it goes without saying that if you haven’t checked out the Dark Hunter series, you totally should.

To enter into the giveaway all you have to do is leave a comment here with your email, so I can get in touch with you if you win and you are entered for this giveaway! How easy is that! US residents only. I will pick the winner on September 25th!

Added note: the winner has 48 hours to respond, if they don’t within that time then the book goes to someone else, so make sure to check your email on the 25th of September!

Disclosure: This free audio book is being provided by Macmillan Audio.

Friday, September 16, 2011

How I get Freebies

I wrote a post a while back on how I get freebies and since then have gotten a few new friends here on my blog. So if you haven't read further back...*and you totally should because my blog is awesome* LOL here is my post that tells you how to get some of the free things that I get all the time. Have fun!

You can find the post here.

Review: Retribution By Sherrilyn Kenyon (Audio Book)

Book Review: Retribution Audio Book By Sherrilyn Kenyon
Title: Retribution
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Narrator: Holter Graham
Series: Dark-Hunter
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: August 2, 2011
7 CD Audio Book

I received a free copy of the audio format of the this title for review from Macmillan Audio.

Harm no human...

A hired gunslinger, William Jessup Brady lived his life with one foot in the grave. He believed that every life had a price. Until the day when he finally found a reason to live. In one single act of brutal betrayal, he lost everything, including his life. Brought back by a Greek goddess to be one of her Dark-Hunters, he gave his immortal soul for vengeance and swore he'd spend eternity protecting the humans he'd once considered prey.

Orphaned as a toddler, Abigail Yager was taken in by a family of vampires and raised on one belief - Dark-Hunters are the evil who prey on both their people and mankind, and they must all be destroyed. While protecting her adoptive race, she has spent her life eliminating the Dark-Hunters and training for the day when she meeting the man who killed her family: Jess Brady.

A gun in the hand is worth two in the holster....

Jess has been charged with finding and terminating the creature who's assassinating Dark-Hunters. The last thing he expects to find is a human face behind the killings, but when that face bears a striking resemblance to the one who murdered him centuries ago, he knows something evil is going on. He also knows he's not the one who killed her parents. But Abigail refuses to believe the truth and is determined to see him dead once and for all.

Brought together by an angry god and chased by ancient enemies out to kill them both, they must find a way to overcome their mutual hatred or watch as one of the darkest of powers rises and kills both the races they've sworn to protect.

My Review:
I reviewed a hard cover copy of this book and you can read my review here.
Now before I start I should tell you that this was my first audio book. I would like to thank Macmillan audio for sending me a free copy of this for review. It was an interesting experience not having to actually read but being read to. I can honestly say that while it was an interesting experience I like the feel of holding a book in my hands and reading. If I had a car and was driving it would probably be much more fun to listen to the audio book in that circumstance, but I don't so I was listening to the audio book while on the computer playing games. I like sitting down with a book in my hands and reading the story, having it read to me wasn't as good because while reading I can visualize what each of the characters sounds like when they speak in the book. While I'm sure Holter Graham is a great narrator his voice is not what I would have pictured for the character of Jess Brady. It was hard for me to get into this book just listening to it. While I loved the story I think I've come to the conclusion that audio books are just not for me.

Jess Brady is set to find the person who is hunting Dark Hunters and stop who ever it is, but he never expected to find Abigail was the one who he would need to stop. Jess Brady thought that Abigail had been dead for a very long time and now not only is she killing Dark Hunters she is connected to the Apollites.

Now they must find a way to work together and set their differences aside for a while if they want to stay alive. Jess Brady has endured so much heartache I found it endearing that he could care for someone again. But the fact that Ms. Kenyon wrote their attraction in such a way that even though Abigail hates him and thinks he murdered her parents they are overwhelmed by their attraction for each other and that makes their story a bit much for this reader to swallow.

There was a different feel to this book than many of the other books in this series and that's alright as long as Sherrilyn Kenyon gets back to integrating more of the characters in each of the books like she's done in past books. I would have been really disappointed with this book if we hadn't gotten a glimpse into some of the other characters at the end. I am a huge Sherrilyn Kenyon fan, her books have always been an auto-buy for me and for now will continue to stay that way. But I can only hope she gets back to the characters and Mythology storyline that we as readers have loved and started reading this series for, to begin with.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

America's Got Talent

Congrats to Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., Silhouettes, Team iLuminate, and PopLyfe. You all rocked. I do have to state the obvious though..I really was shocked when the winner was announced..I really think Silhouettes should have won. I am surprised at America's choice but it was America's choice.

I seriously doubt that either Silhouettes or iLuminate will have a hard time making it. They will be picked up and we will be seeing them again soo, of that I have no doubt.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Showing off My Babies

I have 4 male rats right now and here are a few pictures of a couple of them that were taken recently.

This is Jasper inside a soda box. They just loved playing inside the soda box. I have another just waiting for them when they tear up the old one.

This is Hades.

Hades again. He's a big boy and so loveable.

Hades laying in the cage waiting for a treat. lol

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Rat Busters NYC

If you have been reading my blog you already know that I signed a petition to have Rat Busters NYC removed from Animal Planet. I also sent Animal Planet an email and let them know about the petition and how a bunch of us were boycotting Animal Planet until this show is removed. Here is the email I received the other day in response to the email I sent them about the show. ...

Message body

Dear Viewer:

Thank you for contacting Animal Planet. We appreciate your correspondence and for taking the time to share your thoughts and concerns with us about Rat Busters.

In an effort to ensure the highest quality programming, comments such as these are taken very seriously. Each and every comment is forwarded on to our programming executives for review and consideration. Maintaining the integrity of all of our networks is our primary goal. It is these types of comments that contribute to creating change and improving our programming.

Again, thank you for contacting Animal Planet.


Viewer Relations
Animal Planet

A reply to this message will not be answered. If you have additional
questions or comments, please go to our webform at

I have a feeling that nothing will be done and the show will not be canceled but I did what I could to get it taken off the air.

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Dear Spammers

I have several email addresses because I use each one for something different. The first one I ever got, I still have. That was a long time ago and I get so damn much spam on that email address it's not even funny. My hubby and I used to use this one together because we didn't know way back when that we could both get a different one. Crazy...I know.

So each day i go to my email inbox and flush the spam...but have you ever really looked at what they are sending you? No? Well, I did and it scared me...the world is a scary place now a days. There are people that want me to have a penis enlargement, a home mortgage, lip implants, breast implants, facial reconstruction and then they also want me to sue for having the penis enlargement if something went wrong, sue the breast implant doctor for making them too big and then this Prince somewhere in the middle east tells me I've got an inheritance of 10 million dollars if only I would contact him and deposit this check into my account and send him a small portion of it.

Now thankfully I am not an idiot and I have never had a penis so there's no need for an enlargement and I've never had anything injected, implanted or otherwise transformed in my body so there's no need to sue anyone over it. And I am seriously not sending some idiot my name rank and serial number so he can take my identity and never send me the millions he said was coming to me.

But that's me, there are enough gullible people out there that are doing these things that keep these scammers in business and make it worth their time to keep sending out the spam. I wish there was a way to get rid of the spammers.

Friday, September 02, 2011

Happy Birthday, Mom

Peggy Kirkland
Born Sept 2nd, 1947
Died June 24th, 2011

My mom would have been 64 years old today. I grew up in Redondo Beach, California and when I was 17 my Mom brought my brother and I to West Virginia for a year back in 1987 and we stayed there for a year and then she came out here to Las Vegas followed by my brother Billy and then a few months later I followed. We have been here ever since and the one thing my mom really missed about California was the ocean.

So last year when my younger brother, Billy was getting married to his wife Lynnece, they brought my mom out to California and took her to the Redondo Beach Pier where we all used to go as kids with her and the family. She was so happy to see the ocean again. There's something about the ocean that just made her smile. So I am so glad she was able to visit and see the ocean before she died.