I wrote 0 words today. And I don’t care at this point. I spent almost 7 hours on the phone today before I threw my hands up in the air and screamed “I give up, you’re on your own!” At which point I dashed out to the mall and indulged myself in my equivalent to chocolate stress reliever – books. I’d intended to buy only #7 in Lynsay Sand’s Argeneau series, but discovered that #8 was out as well. And then I pounced on a copy of Michele Ann Young’s No Regrets when I saw it. And snatched up the last copy of Kelley Armstrong’s Exit Strategy. I couldn’t just walk by them, now could I? Especially when they’d been on my ‘To Be Bought’ list for a quite a while. Then when I got home and looked at my pile, I realized I’d unconsciously bought all Canadian authors. Bonus!

Not so good was realizing that they were charging the Canadian marked price instead of the American price a lot of places are now that the Canadian dollar is at par. Now I’m wondering if I should go back and argue with them. Or was it only Walmart that was offering books at the American sticker price? (it makes $3 a book difference after all – that adds up)

Anyway I spent all afternoon, and this evening reading – all right, let’s go with the chocolate analogy since it really describes how I read – devouring two of those books. The last two in Lynsay Sand’s Argeneau series. I love Lynsay’s sense of humour, and even more that her heroes — and occasionally her heroines — are Canadian. Most books are even set in Toronto, although Bastien’s and Vincent’s stories, and part of Lucern’s ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS Single White Vampire are set in the States. Personally I find her stories intriguing as she peppers little Canadianisms into her stories that make me chuckle because I’ve often had similar conversations with critique partners. And these two books didn’t disappoint me – they’ll join the rest on my keeper shelf.

Book #7 in the series The Accidental Vampire followed a character that had only been mentioned in the previous books of the series — Victor, Vincent’s father, is an ancient hunter of Rogue Immortals, as the vampires prefer to refer to themselves. He is sent to investigate what immortal placed a personal ad in a mortal newspaper seeking a male vampire companion, something completely against the immortals’ laws of not bringing human attention to their race. When he arrives, he discovers that the vampire in question has no idea of the laws of the immortal world, or even how immortality works. Elvi Black is surprised to discover her friends – in fact the whole town – have conspired to find her a mate that will live forever, just like her. Imagine Victor’s surprise to discover he’s that mate.

In Vampires are Forever, Inez Urso had met Thomas Argeneau a few months before and thought him to be a laid-back surfer-dude-wannabe. But after Thomas Argeneau, one of the youngest members of the Argeneau clan follows his cousin’s Bastien’s advice and bites Inez, he discovers he can’t read her mind – or wipe her memories so she won’t reveal to the rest of the mortal world he’s a vampire. And a sure sign that he’s found his lifemate – if he can convince her he’s not a soulless bloodsucking demon, that is. Amongst settings in London, Amsterdam and York as the characters search for Thomas’ missing aunt, Lynsay took a character that had been previously a rather shallow character and gave Thomas depth – a compassionate, sensitive hero. And made her heroine Inez a real spitfire who is confident in the boardroom, but not so confident in social situations.

I love books I can curl up in my easy chair with and lose myself in and the Argeneau series delivered – just what I needed to perk me up after a stressful, and futile, day.

So depending on how strong my willpower is, and how high or low my mood is, I may do no writing tomorrow either but immerse myself in another day’s reading.

Patriotic Stress Busters

4 thoughts on “Patriotic Stress Busters

  • February 5, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    I read Kelley’s Exit Strategy last fall and LOVED it. Powerful heroine, engaging story and excellent writing. I can’t wait for the sequel!

  • February 5, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    Okay – I seem to have posted twice. I’d better go delete one of em…

  • February 6, 2008 at 8:03 am

    I’ll have to pull out my Lynsay Sands book after that great review.
    Enjoy your chocolate!

  • February 6, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    I love Exit Strategy. I have No Regrets but haven’t had a chance to read it.

    Kelley’s books rock the house.

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