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Chatting about my To Be Read list over at Sinfully for my monthly author column!

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Hello all! It's time for my monthly author column over at Sinfully Addicted to All Male Romance where I'm chatting about keeping organized and tackling my TBR list! How do you choose your next read? Drop by and share! Plus there's a chance to win an eBook from you TBR list!

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My New Kindle Fire HD

KindleFireHDI'll just come right out and say it, I'm an Amazon girl. I use Amazon A LOT. I get my books from there (and other places as well), and I get the majority of my research books from there. I shop for movies, music, and more. I have Amazon Prime. One-click is dangerous. Yes, there are a lot of things they can do better and a heck of a lot of things that are frustrating, but that's not what this post is about.

I got my first Kindle (the Kindle Keyboard, Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display) back in 2011. Shortly after, Amazon released the next generation of Kindle. This always happens to me so I wasn't surprised or upset. I'm always fashionably late to the party. Until recently I've been using the Kindle app on my Samsung tablet to read my eBooks, but with Prime, I have access to the lending library which isn't accessible from eReaders that aren't Kindle. I felt it was time to update.

Amazon are having a nifty little offer that allows you to get any Kindle eReader now and pay it over four monthly installments after an initial first payment. Pretty darn awesome. I didn't want to go crazy with one of the really expensive Kindles because I just don't need it. I already have a laptop and Samsung Galaxy tablet for other things. So I have my shiny new Kindle Fire HD with Wi-Fi and I've loaded it with my eBooks, and then Dreamspinner's having their awesome anniversary sale which means I then loaded it with MORE eBooks, and then a fabulous lady gifted me Joanna Chambers's Enlightenment series which I can't wait to get started on.

I've added a few key apps: Evernote, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, Pandora, Netflix are the ones I can remember off the top of my head. I'm slowly exploring the sending of eBooks to my Kindle and trying to work out the Cloud. Somehow I've ended up with eBooks under my Docs section? Anyway, I'm loving it. I just need to figure it all out.

Anyone have some helpful tips on the Kindle Fire HD? Any apps I simply MUST have? Best way to load non-Amazon .mobi books?


Things are kinda quiet... too quiet...

So after my ridiculous drive back with the folks from Kansas where we spent Christmas with my brother and his family, the folks and I thought our last food stop might have given us food poisoning, as we spent New Year's Eve pretty poorly. Nope. We all contracted this super evil stomach virus and I haven't eaten anything but toast as of three days ago when the idea of eating didn't make me want to pass out. I haven't had coffee in five days!!! Why world?!  Of course the idea of not having my precious java has been made a little easier by the fact that merely standing up reminds me that my body is just one big ball of pain right now, especially my stomach.

Oh sweet JesusI've been mostly bed ridden and slept more this last week than I probably did in the last six months. On the one hand, my little bouts of energy between naps and medication have allowed me to finish Julius's book and now I'm tackling the synopsis. Oh my God, when you hear authors moaning about these things there's a good reason. I just wrote a 96,000 word book and am dying to send it off but there's this little piece of evil where I have to squish 96,000 words into 4 to 5 pages.

Okay, so I'm working on Julius's synopsis and a few other exciting things. I've also written 3,000 words of Johnnie's book. There's heart ripping emotion and drama, and of course some humor thrown in because you know me, I like to soothe you and cuddle you and make you smile before I try and break you down. Tee hee. Chance is in top form and Johnnie's not far behind. I'm really pleased how the fellas are getting on, or uh, not getting on. Seriously, I'm dealing with some combustible material here. Chance and Johnnie living in the same house. I'm having too much fun for my own good with these two.

Acrobat Mary CalmesIn between writing, when the medication wears off and it's all Land of Ouch again, I've been catching up on my reading. Here's what I've read: Kim Fielding's A Great Miracle Happened There, Madison Parker's Sock It To Me Santa, Ana Bosch's Lucky, Hayley B. James's Undercover Sins, and Mary Calmes Acrobat. Thoroughly enjoyed all of them, though some of these authors I've read their other books and I'm already a fan of. Mary Calmes I already apologized to for not having gotten around to her books earlier. I'd already heard so many great things about her stories, yet you know how these never ended tbr lists go, but I was feeling particularly rough and I know her books are on a lot of folks comfort list too, and I certainly needed some cozy comfort, so I started Acrobat and it was just perfect. I absolutely adored it and she officially has a new fan. The story, the characters, the plot, all had me captivated from the beginning. May I also point out how absolutely gorgeous that cover is? I love it.

I plan on getting around to the rest of her books most swiftly. I've got three books I plan to finish this weekend: Frog by Mary Calmes, Hainted by Jordan L. Hawk, and Water Waltz by Hayley B. James. Oh Hayley, sweet Hayley. Do you know what time I went to bed last night after starting Undercover Sins? 6 a.m. I kid you not. You can ask poor Michael Rupured who received an email from me at that time to confirm the link to his post and inform him of my bout of temporary book insanity. But I couldn't put it down because OH MY GOD I had to know what was going to happen with Demetrius and Ty. You *waggles finger*, wait till I see you again.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!


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