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That bitch, Sandy

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on November 4, 2012

Not sure if you guys heard of this bitch Sandy, but she single handedly ruined by week.

First I want to thank everyone for their concerns and warm wishes that were being emailed and tweeted to me. It meant so much to me!  All in all, we were extremely lucky. We have friends that had trees fall on their house or cars, fires in their yard from down wires, and someone who lost their house : (

We lost power on Monday, which we knew would happen with 70 MPH winds. At first it was fine because we still had gas on the stove and hot water. I kept going out to the car to charge my phone, only to find out there was no cell or 4G reception.

Tuesday we still had no power, and had to start going through all of the food that would be going bad in the fridge. We hard boiled all the eggs, ate cereal, and had cold cuts.

Guess what? On Wednesday we still had no power. Time to go through the freezer. We cooked what we could, but had to throw everything else out. Although we did get cell and spotty 4G service back. The storm had passed, so we went outside to asses the damage to our house. Luckily there was nothing seriously wrong, just leaves and debris everywhere.

Thursday, sigh, still no power. It hadn’t been that bad up until this point, except for the fact that it started getting really cold (down into the 40’s at night).

Friday there was still no power, and that was the final straw. We went and stayed with my parents who did have power. I was finally able to warm up, catch up on all the TV shows I’ve missed all week, charge my laptop, access the internet, and eat cooked food (no more fast food places that had power).

Come Saturday afternoon, POWER! Our neighbor let us know that we had power back and we raced home to find our house warm and bright : )

The only thing that is still an issue for us is finding gas. Hubs got gas the other night at 1am and had to wait an hour and 15 minutes to fill up. My car is low, so we’re down to one car which will definitely be a problem trying to get us to work tomorrow.

Things are still pretty bad, and I hope that everything will get back to normal soon.  Send all your happy thoughts to the people in New York and New Jersey that need it!

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Hiatus

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on October 28, 2012

I’ve definitely been on hiatus from blogging for the last three weeks. Things have been insanely crazy in my real life and I’ve barely had time to do anything. But I’m back! Within the next two weeks, here are the blogs that you’ll be seeing here:

  • Interview with Kristen Painter for Out For Blood
  • Interview with Lia Habel for Dearly, Beloved
  • Interview with Mari Freeman for About to Blow
  • New York Comic Con (NYCC) Overview
  • Anne Rice panel review from NYCC
  • The Walking Dead panel review from NYCC
  • Arrow panel review from NYCC
  • Beautiful Creatures panel review from NYCC
  • Meeting Christopher Lloyd from NYCC
  • Quick review of the following panels at NYCC: Comic Book Men, Haven, The Conjuring, The Bay, Carrie, Evil Dead

I will also be posting hundreds of pictures from NYCC on my pinterest boards. Stay tuned!

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Traveling to New Orleans!

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on August 2, 2012

On Tuesday I’ll be traveling to New Orleans for the Author After Dark (AAD) Convention!! Needless to say I am beyond excited.

Since I’ve never been to NOLA before, I’m staying a full week to experience AAD and get some sightseeing in.

I need recommendations on what to see and where to go! If you’ve ever been to NOLA, please let me know where you think I should go and what I should do; or shouldn’t go for that matter as well. I want to make the best of it!

Thanks for your help! : D

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Hump & Hunk Day #6

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on February 8, 2012

Happy Hump & Hunk Day! Enjoy this sexy beefcake.

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BBAW: My favorite blogs

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on September 14, 2011

Before becoming a blogger myself, there were many blogs that I visited to read book reviews.  Being an avid reader myself, I’ve always wanted to become a blogger.  A little while ago I thought, “Why haven’t I done this already?”  So I bit the bullet and started my own blog.  One of the best things I’ve ever done!

I’ve had a lot of help from my fellow bloggers along the way. I’ve bugged them with questions and learned from their great examples.  I could not thank them enough.

Book Bloggers Appreciation Week is to show love and appreciation for all the effort and hard work that goes into running a book blog.  Below is a list of my favorite blogs, that are run by phenomenal people.

(listed alphabetically)
A Life Bound By Books – alifeboundbybooks.blogspot.com
Bona Fide Reflections – bona-fide-reflections.com
The Book Nympho – thebooknympho.blogspot.com
The Book Vixen – thebookvixen.com
Books-n-Kisses – books-n-kisses.com
Chick Lit+ – chicklitplus.com
Dark Readers – dark-readers.com
Hanging with Bells – hangingwithbells.blogspot.com
Heroes and Heartbreakers – heroesandheartbreakers.com
Hippies, Beauty, and Books. Oh My! – hippiesbeautyandbooksohmy.com
Joan Swan – joanswan.blogspot.com
Just One Opinion – melissa-justoneopinion.blogspot.com
Literary Escapism – literaryescapism.com
Me, My Shelf, and I – memyshelfandi.com
Parajunkee’s View – parajunkee.com
Red Hot Books – redhotbooks.com
That’s What I’m Talking About… with Twimom227 – twimom227.com
That’s What She Read – thatswhatsheread.net
twimom101 Book Blog – twimom101bookblog.blogspot.com
Vampire Book Club – vampirebookclub.net
Wicked Little Pixie – wickedlilpixie.com

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Book Review: One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on September 8, 2011

5 of 5 stars
Night Huntress series book 6
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy

Having narrowly averted an (under)world war, Cat Crawfield wants nothing more than a little downtime with her vampire husband, Bones. Unfortunately, her gift from New Orleans’ voodoo queen just keeps on giving–leading to a personal favor that sends them into battle once again, this time against a villainous spirit.

Centuries ago, Heinrich Kramer was a witch hunter. Now, every All Hallows Eve, he takes physical form to torture innocent women before burning them alive. This year, however, a determined Cat and Bones must risk all to send him back to the other side of eternity–forever. But how do you kill a killer who’s already long dead?

Let me preface this review by stating that Bones is one of my favorite leading romantic males in all of literature. I’ve been reading these books since the second book came out, and it made me fall in love with UF and PNR. So all you ladies back off… Bones is mine!

I really enjoyed this book. It had a captivating bad guy, was emotional, and fully action packed. The final scene in the corn field was a constant page turner and I couldn’t put the book down. Full of amazing suspense and constant great fighting scenes.

In this story, you can really see how Cat and Bones relationship is growing and maturing. Cat is still selfish and does what she wants, but in this story she thinks about how Bones would react before she acted on her own. (And poor Spade thinking they really broke up!)  Cat and Bones stood as a united front throughout this entire story. The playful way that these characters interact always brings a smile to my face. When Bones coats Cat with his aura and pours his love and concern over her kept giving me goosebumps. Love, love, loved it!

My favorite thing about this series is how Frost keeps her characters true to themselves and their beliefs. Cat is still a feminist, hot-head and continues to take in every poor thing that needs help (enter Tyler!). Bones is still demanding and protective, and as sexy as hell  : P   It really makes the series more enjoyable that the characters are consistent throughout the series; some authors change their characters personalities to fit the story.  No compromising for Frost. Keep it up, girl!

Interaction between Tyler and Ian was classic. Tyler is a medium that is introduced to help with a ghost that is killing women every Halloween. I’m assuming another reason why Tyler was introduced is to help Don cross over when he’s finshed with his business with Madigan (arrogant bastard). I can’t wait until Madigan gets what is coming to him.

I’m not sure if ghosts can, but I hope Fabian finally gets some nookie! God knows Elizabeth hasn’t had any in the last few centuries.

Speaking of nookie… do I even need to say how amazing it would be to have sex while flying? Jeanine Frost gave us a new “Chapter 32.” I’ll admit I read it twice : )

A definite recommend for any urban fantasy or paranormal fan.

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Book Review: Carpe Corpus by Rachel Caine

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on September 6, 2011

5 of 5 stars
Series: The Morganville Vampires book 6
Genre(s): Young Adult, Urban Fantasy

In the small college town of Morganville, vampires and humans lived in (relative) peace-until all the rules got rewritten when the evil vampire Bishop arrived, looking for the lost book of vampire secrets. He’s kept a death grip on the town ever since. Now an underground resistance is brewing, and in order to contain it, Bishop must go to even greater lengths. He vows to obliterate the town and all its inhabitants-the living and the undead. Claire Danvers and her friends are the only ones who stand in his way. But even if they defeat Bishop, will the vampires ever be content to go back to the old rules, after having such a taste of power?

This was by far my favorite Morganville Vampire book. This series started out as filler for me,than Rachel Caine really stepped it up and now I’m addicted!

And Claire is finally 17! Yeah! This could be the moment that I’ve been waiting for since the series started. The scene between Claire and Shane was truly heartfelt. It could possibly be one of my favorite of a young woman losing her virginity. I love when YA books are realistic and don’t glorify sex as this life changing, magical moment. The scene was so sweet, and funny, and awkward that I think everyone could relate to. Absolutely loved it! (I’ll admit I read it twice : )

I like how the vampire disease is really starting to take a toll on Morganville. This is something that I’ve never read about before in any other series. Caine plays with your emotions really well: at times you hate the vampires, and at times you want to help save the vampires. Especially Mernin. He is such a complex character that you can’t help but fall in love with him. Sometimes he’s an insane psychopath, and other times he’s like an innocent child.  I love Caine’s character development of all her characters… like Shane’s father. I love that he is now a vampire. Making a vampire hunter into a vampire? Classic.

Ada, however? I’m not sure what to think about her. I thought the whole concept was a little iffy, and just kind of fell flat.

My favorite character in this series? Eve. She could be one of my favorite literary characters. I totally want to hang out with her. She is hilarious, and real, and so true to herself throughout the entire series that just makes me love her (yeah, total girl crush).

A definite recommend! But read the other books first, or you will not understand what the hell is going on.

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Book Review – Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Story, Adam Rex

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on August 23, 2011

3 of 5 stars
Genre(s): Young Adult, Humor, Fantasy

Both fans and foes of the ever-expanding genre of vampire novels will get sucked into this hysterical send-up of those angst-filled, vampire-meets-girl high school dramas. Doug “Meatball” Lee is no Edward, he’s just a 15-year-old dork trying to land a date with a real live girl, any girl. But when you’re a weight-challenged, newbie vampire, finding a Bella to call your very own presents some real challenges. The multi-talented author Adam Rex uses offbeat humor and outrageous scenarios to position this underdog for paranormal greatness.

This book started out extremely funny, and then tended to mellow out towards the middle and the end.  This book had a lot of potential, but came up short.  The ending was decent, and I still enjoyed the light, funny read.

Parts of this book was hilarious!  If you’ve ever read a vampire book, give this a try.  The story is a satire about vampire beliefs and stereotypes.  This book literally made me laugh out loud numerous times.  Doug is a 15 year old overweight boy that is turned into a vampire.

This book follows Doug and explains what it would be like for a 15 year old vampire to be in high school.  Horror of changing in the locker room for an overweight teen, having a crush on a girl (who happens to be a foreign exchange student), and all other cliches.

My favorite scene is when his best friend is trying out myths that can hurt a vampire (so he knows what to avoid).  He throws a silver cross at Greg to catch, but it does nothing. His response?  “Maybe you should toss me a Star of David since I’m Jewish.”

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