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My Love Affair with NYC is Over

Published 17/11/2014 by leannecrabtree

So after six trips to New York over the past eight years, I think my love affair with the city is over. I think everything has been done by us that could have, apart from an actual boat ride to the Statue of Liberty but we did get on a boat and go around the island so I think that’s close enough.

This year there were a lot of road works and things happening and it made everything seem so crowded and I didn’t like it. But me and my mum did two things we hadn’t done before; we went to the Central Park Zoo and we went to The Highline.

I’ve added a few pictures I took while there:

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One of Lord & Taylor’s Christmas Window displays

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Warlords.com Advertisement in Times Square

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A view of a painted building from the Highline Park

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A snow leopard in Central Park Zoo

I also didn’t get much reading or writing done although while waiting in Manchester Airport, I got a brainwave for how to overcome the bit I was stuck on in my new writing project–the P.I. Romance–and I’ll be writing it in soon and seeing if I can finish the current chapter.

As for the reading, I only managed one and a half books–the Morganville series–and I have to admit I’m not really in any hurry to finish it as it will be hard to leave Claire, Shane, Eve, Michael and the rest of the gang for good…but I must.

Ciao for now 🙂

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A Poll

Published 23/08/2013 by leannecrabtree

I don’t know why I keep thinking on this, but I do.

My mum breaks the spine on books when she reads them while I always support it, so it doesn’t break. My bookshelf full of books looks almost like they’ve never been read, apart from the ones that were previously owned when I bought them.

So I just thought I’d ask this to see if I’m a little crazy for how I treat my books or whether I’m not alone.

P.S. And it turned out the book I had to read for today ended up as a DNF. It started off good but then I got a little bored and I was 34% in.

A Break…

Published 21/08/2013 by leannecrabtree

…from a couple of things.

One:  ARC’s. I haven’t requested any new ones from NetGalley in an attempt to try and work my way through the list of books on my Kindle. The number is still in the 700’s and though I have cut down on buying new one’s it still happens every so often when I cant resist a book that’s price has reduced that’s on my wish-list. If you are on GoodReads you can view my list here. If not, then I’m sure you can imagine how long it is.

 

Two: Wolf Claimed. It’s kinda hit a bit of a brick-wall. I’m sure it’ll all come back to me soon but for the time being it’s on hold. Instead I’m concentrating on other stories and working my way through both my paperbacks and kindle stories (one of each at a time). Finger’s crossed I’ll have good news for you in the next blog post.

 

Ciao for now 🙂

Still having problems…

Published 22/07/2013 by leannecrabtree

WordPress still isn’t working properly and takes me about five attempts before it even begins to load and another ten minutes before it finishes and I’m able to even try and write a post. Stupid TalkTalk!!

That’s the only reason why I’m not posting things more often. I also received an email earlier about a book I’m reading Beneath the Surface saying they’re looking for bloggers, readers and reviewers to get in contact with reviews to try and get the book noticed so thought I’d post a blog.

I’m only 10% in at the moment but I’m liking it. Kyran is alpha male and Dale just likes winding him up which is resulting in a rather steamy elevator/lift scene…phew!

Ay Dear

Published 19/06/2013 by leannecrabtree

Well, I’m currently out of ideas for *Wolf Claimed*. I just seem to be repeating myself. If anyone has an helpful ideas on how Brent could claim Misha (I haven’t even thought of what cat she should be yet), then please let me know. If you’ve read the previous story Cat’s Wolf, then you know the background of the two, if not then don’t worry about it.

I’m thinking of having her nearing her needing, like Kaitlin in the first, only she’s now in a house full of wolves…

I’m going through a writer’s block/brain dead stage of things at the minute and though I keep writing in my notebooks, little bits for future chapters, it’s still not really going anywhere.

This may be one of those times to call on Natalie Herzer, my author friend for help. (BTW, you should totally check her books out on Amazon!!) http://n-herzer.blogspot.co.uk

In the mean time, I’m continuing to write the Hart of Dixie inspired piece, though it’s changed, into not being a love triangle and turning more into Fire Inside by Kristen Ashley which I’m reading at the minute as well as a few others (Full Blooded and Strange Angels (see Reading List tab above)). Though my characters wont be as old (not that 39/40 is old!) and I’m hoping to set it in a rural town/village in England. (With me being from Yorkshire, this may prove helpful because it’s hard basing something in America when you don’t live there :/)

Yeah, so “Road to…” as I’m currently calling it tells the story of Delaney, whose car breaks down in the middle of nowhere as she is trying to reach the little town/village where her sister is getting married the following day. She’s been walking in the hot sun for over an hour, with no cars passing by, when she hears the thrum of a motorbike coming her way. Quickly dropping her luggage, she runs into the middle of the road and flags the bike down. What’s a girl to do when the biker turns out to be one of the most attractive guys she’s ever seen?

Well, I haven’t quite decided that bit yet but I’m sure I’ll have fun thinking about it 😛

Reading something different

Published 03/06/2013 by leannecrabtree

Well after reading 6/7 New Adult books back to back, I need a change of genre so I’m going for Veronica Rossi’s “Under the Never Sky” series. They’re kind of upper aged young adult with dystopian and sci-fi themes. I have the first two books in paperback–feels like I haven’t read one in ages–and am currently about a third into the first and I’m just starting to get really into it (after the New Adult stuff I’m finding it a little difficult to adjust to the different style).

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If you’d like to see what I’m reading next or currently, just check the “Reading List” tab above and you’ll find a gigantic list including rating and date read. I’ll be sticking to paperback’s for a while as the pile keeps getting higher and higher and mainly books of the paranormal romance/urban fantasy genre’s but you’d have to check the list to find out what comes after that 🙂

I’ve decided…

Published 19/05/2013 by leannecrabtree

…to only review the books that I’ve received as ARC’s or gifted through the Goodread’s group – New Adult Book Club’s – Read it Review it program. This is just because I have over 700 books to read, most on my kindle and a handful of paperbacks and it would completely take over my blog.

So far I’ve received/been gifted the following titles, which all fall under the New Adult genre of books:

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So far I’ve read and reviewed two books, Soul Stripper and No Flowers Required, neither of which were New Adult. One was a paranormal/mystery/romance and the other was a contemporary romance erotica.
I’ll be reviewing the books mentioned above as soon as I read them and hopefully in the future I’ll receive more great books 🙂

Started Chapter 15

Published 16/04/2013 by leannecrabtree

Well I’ve started it, I’m about 15 lines in, and at this point in the story, it all starts to unravel. I don’t want to give much away so I’ll not go into detail but at the minute I’m trying to think of a way to bring down the bad guy and I’m struggling a bit. There will be about 20 chapters in all and I think that when I figure this one and the next one out that it will flow smoothly again.

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In the meantime while I’m trying to figure it out, I’m working on a few other things. I’m unsure if they’ll work out so I’ll not mention what they’re about.

I’m also reading a lot too–my kindle was the best present ever! Though I still have a good heap of paperbacks to get through too.

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More reading than writing…

Published 18/09/2012 by leannecrabtree

I have to confess I’ve been doing more reading than writing lately.

I just have a question to ask: Is it bad that i only download books for my kindle when they’re free?

It’s not entirely true–I had been after the two final books in the Victoria Gardella vampire series for ages but was unable to find them in print anywhere so the minute i got my hands on my Kindle at Christmas i downloaded them. And if i really get into a book and want to find out what happens in the next i will pay to download it because I’m not that tight (well, maybe a little) but the pleasure and enjoyment i get in reading the book is well worth the price paid.