17 December 2014

Kindleholic or not, cancel cable and grab yourself Fire TV

I'm a reader, truly I am. That's why when I moved out here to the sticks several years ago and my former satellite company couldn't find a clear signal, I ditched traditional viewing and set up streaming options. (Yes, this was seven plus years ago, before streaming to television became common and easy.)

I bought a cheapish hard drive and set it up with my "big" and I mean old-fashioned big tv (the ones they don't sell anymore). Then I was seduced a year or two later by a super sale on a 24 inch HDTV at Sam's Club (I know, in the grand scheme of things that's small - but to me, it's still big). Between my Roku box (yes, the original Roku) and my tiny hard drive, I was able to watch all that I wanted.

But then I stopped watching. Between the demands of my job (I practically lived there) and other things, television and movies were a luxury I lost track of. This was highly ironic as part of my job was working on behalf of a theatre company that featured - yes, you guessed it - television actors and writers.

I was clueless about who they were and what their shows were, so I became an expert listening real well to water cooler conversations about what was hot. I was always glad that there were meet & greets at the beginning of the rehearsal process as I never recognize anyone. Really. I. Don't. It's highly embarrassing. Although, in some ways it worked in my favor as everyone was "just folks" to me. I'd see their bios, but it took "meeting them" to really get me to IMDB and YouTube them, and I'd find the person I had been casually joking with had just received an Emmy, or had had a Tony nod. It probably was better I hadn't put those pieces together first or I would have been super intimidated - 'cause I truly am a simple country girl.

Now that I no longer am in that world - and have more time on my hands - I decided (after turning on the television for the first time in years and finding the Roku box had expired) to add to my Amazon Kindle family of devices and purchase an Amazon Fire TV.

03 December 2014

First Impressions: Amazon's Fire Phone - unlocked and on sale

It seems like Christmas came a bit early to my house with the post-Thanksgiving select sales by Amazon. What did I fall for? (Oh, excuse me...) What was I tempted by? The amazing deal on the Amazon Fire Phone, 32GB (Unlocked GSM) (and the Fire TV - more on that later). Yep, I've just added two new Amazon devices to my household, much like I used to do with Apple.

How about them apples? This devoted Mac girl hasn't used her iPad in ages - instead using the 8.7 Kindle HDX that was my splurge from last year. But I wan't about to plunk down beaucoup bucks to purchase the Fire Phone ($650 without contract or $0-$199 with contract from AT&T), but I paid attention to it. Sort of lusted for it with the camera specs and the size (think eReader on the go) - and it would be linked to all that I have already in Amazon's cloud. But I wasn't going to purchase a phone that locked me into a pricey contract - no way, now how. 

So what did Amazon do but put that darn Fire Phone on a special sale last week (through 3 December 2014). Yes, the Fire Phone, plus one year of Amazon Prime (value $99) is just $199. Since I have to renew my Prime membership at the end of December, I looked on the price of the Fire Phone as $100. A bit of a splurge, but not a huge one. So one of my concerns (the pricey part) was addressed.

23 November 2014

Thanksgiving Giveaway: Win Rick Rodgers' & Hearst's T-day cookbooks. Entry open through 11/25.

Thanksgiving Giveaway

Looking for inspiration for the holiday table?

Here's your chance to win not one, but two fabulous holiday cookbooks. Yes, if you enter now through 25 November at 1:00pm EST, you could receive a Kindle edition of Rick Rodgers' Thanksgiving 101 and Hearst's Let's Talk Turkey ... and all the trimmings. 

Black Friday Celebration at Harlequin.com! Save 40% storewide on all titles, 28 November!!!

If you love romance, you must love Harlequin. I know I do.

Yes, I admit to having a vintage Harlequin collection of books scoured from book sales, auctions lots, and used book stores as a teen. All given away . . . but my Harlequin library is growing digitally between all the new offerings and the reissues of favorite titles (including many that I gave away).

When Lisa Wray emailed information about a special Black Friday sale, I knew I'd be looking for more titles to add to my collection - and though you might want to as well. Here's the information on the different sale offerings.

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Reading!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving Week!


Yes, this is my favorite holiday. Why? It provides a chance to reflect on all the blessings that we are given throughout the preceding year or years and to take stock on where we are in life. 

08 September 2014

Guest Post, Book Excerpts, Giveaway: Claudia Connor, author of Worth the Fall, discusses a writer's mind

Today Fab Fantasy Fiction welcome author Claudia Connor who'll be discussing the mind of a writer. In addition, there's some information about WORTH THE FALL, her new book (releasing tomorrow, 9/9), some excepts, a giveaway, and other fun stuff.

The publisher has asked for reviews not to be posted until the release day, but I will let you all know this is a fabulous love story. Matt McKinney is a hero to swoon over and Abby, plus her four engaging children, steal your heart too. I pulled out my Kleenex box with this story and want to tell all of you to get your one-click fingers ready to add it to your library!

So, welcome Claudia and congratulations on WORTH THE FALL!

03 September 2014

Wicked Wednesday Cover Reveal: Holding Out for a Superhero!

If you love your romance with super SUPER alpha heroes - you'll want to add this collection - HOLDING OUT FOR A SUPERHERO - to your must-read list!


Superheroes do it better.

From USA Today Bestselling Authors, Nana Malone and V.J. Chambers, and Bestselling Authors June Gray and Joni Hahn, four scintillating full-length romance novels featuring sexy superheroes and the strong women that prove to be their weakness.

Protector by Nana Malone
Vigil by V.J. Chambers
The Origin by June Gray
Agent M4: Riordan by Joni Hahn

Release Date: September 15, 2014