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Happy Valentine’s Day! and fav love moments

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Happy Valentine’s Day! In honor of today I decided to re-post some of my list of my fav books that have those I love you moments that made me grin like a fool or laugh out loud.

JD Robb’s In Death Series – when Eve tells Roarke she love him. She doesn’t say it often but when she does it is lovely. Doesn’t matter though I still want Roarke for my own. {Grin)

Raynetta Mannes’ All for Love – when Dare tells Angela he loves her. Dare is a hero that is just scrumptious and the story sweet and passionate.

Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series – Ranger telling Stephanie he has her listed under his entertainment budget. Heck it might not be the typical I love you declaration but dude it’s Ranger. Nough said.

Aliyah Burke, any one of her books. Heroine’s to root for and men to salivate over. Passion, love and mostly set around military men. I love me a man in uniform.

Red Garnier, any book of her books. Okay so I still have a few to get but those I read well let’s say alpha hero, spunky women and heat up the whazoo. And it’s Red. Be prepared to jump your loved one.

Julie Garwood’s The Secret when Iain casually told Judith he loved her. A hot Scottish man and a headstrong heroine.

Lauren Dane, any of her books. Still working my way through reading all of her books but from those I read be prepared to be swept away with the worlds, characters and everything. Be warned hot sexy men will make you lose all sense and want them.

Christine Feehan, any book of her books. I fell for the Carpathians, got captured by the ghost walkers, cheered for the drake sister, and then danced for all the other books. When each man said I love you to their heroine was a moment I’ll never forget. I love me some Feehan.

McKenna Jeffries’ Conquering Jazz when Reese told Jazz those glorious words. This isn’t pubbed yet but I am waiting to read the pubbed version. From the opening proposition to the end it was heat, passion, family and of course seduction. {Quiver} The Hamlin men make me hot for the rest of the series.

L.A. Banks’ Vampire Huntress series. Carlos loving Damali. Heck they knew they loved each other but things kept them apart time and time again. Yet when they got together they brought the house down. Now they are committed I love it. And I can’t even get started on the other characters. The entire series is so deep on so many levels.

Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Hunter Legends Series. Men not expecting the one who not only find her but it’s not as they expected. Love is never said easily for the hunters but when they do look out. Bring on the year of Acheron. I’m waiting for Ash’s book with greedy anticipation.

Brenda Jackson, any of her books and series. The Madaris Family Series was my first love affair with Brenda’s books which continues as she brings out another book. Then the rest of her books encompass me. All the men in Brenda’s books treat a woman like a lady and love them with a fierceness that is breathtaking. When they say I love you they mean it and you feel it.

Francis Ray’s the Grayson’s of New Mexico and Taggart/Falcon Series. The men are dynamic with so much passion, closeness and brings you in. I love you to them isn’t easy but when they give in look out and be prepared for a lifetime.

Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series. Jean-Claude declaration of love to his ma petite – Anita – was about the hottest thing.

Laurell K. Hamliton’s Merry Gentry series. The Darkness (shiver). Oh gosh I think I had a moment. Gimmie a sec to clear my head. {a moment of silence) Okay I’m good if I don’t say his name again. When you know who told Merry he loved her. Not saying his name does not help. I still have the moment. God I need a drink. I’m going to have to chance it. The Darkness (shudder) in all his glory of love. I luv me some.

Whew I have to stop after that one. There are so many more I could go on and on. There it is my list of fav moment’s of love. Now come and share what are you fav moments of love in books.

Memorable Line

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Have you had a moment when a line in a book just grabs you. Makes you laugh, cry or just go hmmmm. That right there is the gist of a wonderful memorable line.

A line that stays with you long after you have read it and still makes you feel the emotion it invoked. I love books that give me that feeling. Give me that line that I have to share. Not every book has it but those that do are reader gold. (For more on what in my opinion is Reader Gold go here). Those books are keepers.

In the book I was reading the other day I came across a line that was reader gold. In that one line the author portrayed what their whole book was about. Gave me what the character was all about. It was so awesome that it made me get that tingle I usually get when I find a reader gold. The book went on my keeper shelf.

To be able to portray all that in just a line is so great. It is something I strive for as an author. Writing a book that leaves a lasting impression. Make the reader remember long after they close that book. Making a story memorable… one line at a time.

Don’t End

Friday, October 15th, 2010

The other day I was reading a book that was really good. I mean really good. The characters were captivating, plot very interesting and the whole concept was so engaging. As I continued to read I didn’t want the story to end. Each page closer to the end I wanted to know what happened next but didn’t want it to stop. The ending was perfect to story. A book like that is so satisfying to read.

It made me think about what happened after the end. I wanted to know more about the characters, their friends and the world they love in. They made me care to know what comes after the end. What happened to them as a couple? What about their friends, what is their story? Will their friends have a story to? Will their neighbor get their own happily ever after? So on and so on. The story did end satisfyingly with all the loose ends rapped up however I was so engaged with the book I wanted it to continue. This is why I love series that continue in the same world and/or with the same characters. Series where you get a chance to see characters from previous books and how they evolve.

Even now a week later I think about the book and wonder what happens next. I love books that create this feeling. Make me long to read more. It is a gift when you are so capture by a story. This is the feeling writers strive for. The feeling I strive for in my own books. From some of the emails I receive/d on my books I have achieved it. This book got it and I was glad I had a chance to read it. Even though it did end. (grin) I’m on the lookout for my next book I don’t want to end. So share some of the books you’ve read that you didn’t want to end. Give me details.

Reader Gold – Series/Serials

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

I’ve been reading a lot lately and I love series/serials so I have been rereading my favs. I’ve written on my own blog about my love of series and serials. What they are and how I feel about them. Almost monthly there are so many books coming that are part of a series/serial.

First here are my definitions of them both:

Series ~ Taige Crenshaw Definition:
Novels that has a related story theme but each one is complete in and of itself.

Serial ~ Taige Crenshaw Definition:
Novels that feature/follows the same main character/s yet are still a fresh story each time.

No matter which way you slice it I find whether it is a serial or series I enjoy writing stories like this. It gives me room to stretch my mind, push my characters to give me more and wallow in there adventure even more. Although I enjoy these stories I don’t usually start writing with the intention of it being a series/serial sometimes it just happens to evolve that way.

I write what I love to read and I’m one of those readers that wondered what is next for such and such main character. Or what happened to this sub – character that I liked in this or that novel. I go hunting to find more and when I find it I feel like I’ve struck READER’S GOLD. I jump up and down and shout in glee. LOL.

I’ve been known to search for years to get that book to complete a series/serial I was reading. Hey I’m a dedicated reader and I want the complete set of my series/serial.

For instance I remember many years ago I picked up an author that I hadn’t tried before. The novel was great and imagine my glee that I struck reader gold and it was a series. I went back and bought all of their novels except one which was sold out. I searched and searched for years for this one book and couldn’t find a copy. Not even a used one. I even contacted the author to find out if the story was going to be re-printed. To my dismay it wasn’t at that time. Amazon even had over 200 people waiting for a copy of this book when I checked. I stopped checking the numbers after I saw the amount of people. No one was selling. A few years after looking I finally struck reader gold in 2005 when the book was reprinted and I was able to finish my collection. I know me and over 199 other people very happy.

Can you imagine so many readers looking for an author. Searching for that Reader’s Gold. That is what I want my novels to be to my current and future readers ~ Reader’s Gold. No I don’t want you the reader to wait a long time for my books but I want you to be so drawn into the worlds that I create you can’t wait to see what happens next.

This is what Reader’s Gold is all about. As my thoughts of Reader’s Gold evolved I thought of all the author’s who have some wonderful series/serials that I feel are Reader’s Gold. They line my bookshelf’s (online and print) and I go looking for them when they are released.

I’m sure most of you have a little Reader’s Gold on your bookshelf so come on and share. Give me some new Reader’s Gold to find.

Another Form of Seduction

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

A conversation… well it was more of a debate between my big sis and I led to a very interesting discussion on seduction. We are both avid readers with similar taste. The debate came in when we discussed the merits of the different forms of seduction. We went through the slow and sensual, fast and heated, all the way to the have to have you now. Our opinions varied on each. We did both agree on one. At least we agreed once I explained to my big sis what I meant.

I mentioned to my sis about a book I read that had a scene that I thought was a different form of seduction. Once I gave her examples she sat for a while to think on what I said. I challenged her to think about what I said. Once she figured out what I meant the talk was on. It led to us discussing more of that sort of seduction.

The mind seduction.

In my opinion most seductions start in the mind first. It is those little things that engage you. Make you long for that person. For instance, matching wits with someone who you think of an adversary or just for fun. The mind gets involved first and then it is seduced by that person. Or in some instances being attracted to someone for their brain. Intellectuals are yummy. I love me some geeks. I’m a geek myself. The mind seductions in books are there if you look.

Ever since I came to the realization of mind seduction I’ve found them in books. It is heady to have your mind seduced. The mind is a complex part of your body. Engage it and you get another form of seduction.

A Rousing Debate

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

I’ve mentioned a few times at various places I enjoy a good natured rousing debate when it comes to books. Since me and my friends are avid readers we have these talks often. If we like a book we can go on for hours about it and each get something different from the story. Anyway back to this current debate. Since I went to RT last month. I came back with books from various authors I have not tried. I had a good natured debate about a book a mutual friend and I had both read. She didn’t like it and I loved it.

That led to a long debate of us both listing out points and countering why we liked or disliked the book. We got loud and emotionally about our point of view. I love a great debate on the merits of a book. Gets the blood pumping. Of course others around us joined in. And it lead to other discussion of various author’s work we liked, did not like, the reasons why or why not. It was a very reveling conversation.

Again I was given an example of the emotion of writing. As I said many time to various people. No matter if your book is not liked or liked. It has created an emotion. As an author this is what I want to do. Whether it is good or bad. I want you to feel it. The one thing I do not want is apathy. That is like a punch to any writer. Please NO APATHY. Give me any emotion and I will feel that I have done my job.

Now I am not saying if I get a bad review or email that a reader didn’t like my work I won’t wonder why at first. But when it comes down to it I will be content and happy. I created a reaction.

An Emotion.

I touched the reader in someway. From that little debate I had the other day. I realized that people will remember you if they have enough emotion whether good or bad. Again I came away with a few new authors to try just from that conversation alone. My TBR pile is growing by leaps and bounds. Hey just because someone didn’t like a book doesn’t mean what they saw as flaws I or another reader wouldn’t see as treasures.

Come on and share the books you have read and created strong emotion. Don’t be shy it can be good or bad.

Crenshaw Reading ~ Reading Frenzy

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

This morning woke up feeling even more awful been battling a cold. It has won at least temporarily. I’m in bed and when I watched the news and saw how cold it is I was glad I was in bed. Oh my aching body. So I’m home under the covers. Only if it was for something else than being sick {wicked grin}.

I’ve been sick this week but still reading. I’ve read through a pile of books. Here is a quick list. I’ve read books by Johanna Lindsey, Linda Lael Miller, Jude Deveraux, and Julie Garwood. Yeah in a historical, medieval and suspense frame of mind. Since I can’t focus to well to give a really detailed reason why I enjoy all the authors just let keep it simple. Plot, characters and passion. Those three words say it all.

Now I am off to get back under the covers.

Crenshaw Reading Thursday – Strangers in Death

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

strange180.jpgThis week I finished reading the In Death series in time for Strangers in Death which released on Feb 19, 2008. I’ve mentioned a few times that I love JD Robb’s In Death Series. Eve and Roarke are such a complex couple. She is baffled by his love and he loves to see her being baffled. They are strong personalities.

In this newest book the case touches close to home. It is about money, love and marriage.

Which is more important love or money?

This is the underlying question in this story. Eve goes up against a cunning killer who everyone believes is so innocent. Everyone that is except Eve who sees through the facade. In this In Death it was more of a mental battle of wills than a physical. Eve had to match wits with the killer and prove they committed the crime.

In a scene Roarke said it best when he mentioned this time she wasn’t exhausted but revved to bring the killer down. Which she did by putting pieces together despite others doubting Eve when she said who committed the crime. Eve ignored them all and proved her case. One of my fav scenes was when Roarke went into a rage because ‘his wife’ was tapped until payday. Oh it was so not to be missed.

Of course Peabody, Feeney, McNab, Morris, Baxter and Trueheart were there. Charles and Dimarto ooooo… can’t say anymore or giving away a spoiler. And I’m very interested in Cher Reo the ADA that has been a few of the books. I can’t wait to find out more about her.

All in all I enjoyed Strangers in Death. Can’t wait for the next installment of the series later this year.

Temptation Tuesday – Strangers in Death

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

A quick blog. I’ve got the new JD Robb book Strangers in Death. I’m reading it as we speak. I have to get back to reading. I have a bet with a friend to see who will finish reading it first. The prize for the wager is a Sony  E-Book reader. {rubbing hands together in anticiaption) I’m so going to enjoy winning.

Heck even if I didn’t have the bet as incentive I would still read this book fast. Refer to my love affair post. The prize for the wager just adds to the joy of it. {wicked grin} Watch out McKenna I want that reader bad. 

Back to reading.

Crenshaw Reading Thursday – Fav Love Moments

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

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Happy Valentine’s Day. In honor of today I decided to post a list of my fav books that have those I love you moments that made me grin like a fool or laugh out loud.

JD Robb’s In Death Series – when Eve tells Roarke she love him. She doesn’t say it often but when she does it is lovely. Doesn’t matter though I still want Roarke for my own. {Grin)

Raynetta Mannes’ All for Love – when Dare tells Angela he loves her. Dare is a hero that is just scrumptious and the story sweet and passionate.

Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series – Ranger telling Stephanie he has her listed under his entertainment budget. Heck it might not be the typical I love you declaration but dude it’s Ranger. Nough said.

Aliyah Burke, any one of her books. Heroine’s to root for and men to salivate over. Passion, love and mostly set around military men. I love me a man in uniform.

Red Garnier, any book of her books. Okay so I still have a few to get but those I read well let’s say alpha hero, spunky women and heat up the whazoo. And it’s Red. Be prepared to jump your loved one.

Julie Garwood’s The Secret when Iain casually told Judith he loved her. A hot Scottish man and a headstrong heroine.

Layne Blacque, any book from back list. Love, drama, family and sex. All I can say where can I find me some.

Lauren Dane, any of her books. Still working my way through reading all of her books but from those I read be prepared to be swept away with the worlds, characters and everything. Be warned hot sexy men will make you lose all sense and want them.

Christine Feehan, any book of her books. I fell for the Carpathians, got captured by the ghost walkers, cheered for the drake sister, and then danced for all the other books. When each man said I love you to their heroine was a moment I’ll never forget. I love me some Feehan.

McKenna Jeffries’ Conquering Jazz when Reese told Jazz those glorious words. This isn’t pubbed yet but I am waiting to read the pubbed version. From the opening proposition to the end it was heat, passion, family and of course seduction. {Quiver} The Hamlin men make me hot for the rest of the series.

L.A. Banks’ Vampire Huntress series. Carlos loving Damali. Heck they knew they loved each other but things kept them apart time and time again. Yet when they got together they brought the house down. Now they are committed I love it. And I can’t even get started on the other characters. The entire series is so deep on so many levels.

Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Hunter Legends Series. Men not expecting the one who not only find her but it’s not as they expected. Love is never said easily for the hunters but when they do look out. Bring on the year of Acheron. I’m waiting for Ash’s book with greedy anticipation.

Brenda Jackson, any of her books and series. The Madaris Family Series was my first love affair with Brenda’s books which continues as she brings out another book. Then the rest of her books encompass me. All the men in Brenda’s books treat a woman like a lady and love them with a fierceness that is breathtaking. When they say I love you they mean it and you feel it.

Francis Ray’s the Grayson’s of New Mexico and Taggart/Falcon Series. The men are dynamic with so much passion, closeness and brings you in. I love you to them isn’t easy but when they give in look out and be prepared for a lifetime.

Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series. Jean-Claude declaration of love to his ma petite – Anita – was about the hottest thing.

Laurell K. Hamliton’s Merry Gentry series. The Darkness (shiver). Oh gosh I think I had a moment. Gimmie a sec to clear my head. {a moment of silence) Okay I’m good if I don’t say his name again. When you know who told Merry he loved her. Not saying his name does not help. I still have the moment. God I need a drink. I’m going to have to chance it. The Darkness (shudder) in all his glory of love. I luv me some.

Whew I have to stop after that one. There are so many more I could go on and on but now it’s time for a little of my own fav moments from my own books. Yeah I know shameless of me but what can I say.

Taige Crenshaw books fav love moments.

Onyx Moon Rising when Sanjay told Tashana he loved her. Her reaction is what did it for me. {grin}

God Style Temptation when Nigel seduced Aurora time after time before saying I love you. {evil grin}

Lay me Down when Micah told Syn he loved her. Syn’s response that he better mean it and if he ever left her he should hide so she couldn’t ever find him. Then Micah’s rebuttal that if she ever left him he would hunt her down to the ends of the earth then lay her down and take her so she could never leave her again. Oh yeah that’s what I am talking about.

Rarities Incorporated series books. When Aleneic, Dimitri and Magni each told their respective heroine Laila, Yadira and, Dilana they loved her. Aleneic told Laila then went off to do the ultimate sacrifice but Laila wasn’t about to put up with that. Dimitri thought he had Yadira figured out but was he in for a shock. The most pleasant one of course. Magni maybe from a race known as seducers but it was Dilana who knocked his socks off.

Seducing a God when Markus told Paula he loves her. Hey even the God of Matrimony didn’t know what hit him when a determined woman set out to seduce him senseless.

Carnal Awakening when Mikhail and Shay are swept away by a special gift that has a mind of its own.

So there it is my list of fav moment’s of love. Now come and share what are you fav moments of love in books.