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WWW.TARTSWEET.COM

I’ve still seen some comments here – and I thought I’d closed them all but – weird changes with updates happened.

I’VE MOVED TO WWW.TARTSWEET.COM

I hope you’ll join me there! We’ve been rolling along for some time now!

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Hi friends! I hadn’t mentioned this here before because I’d hoped you’d followed me over to TartSweet which is my new home on the web. Same thing – different domain.

Anyway, Social Media for Social Good is back and it ends tomorrow and there are a TON of giveaways. See? All the giveaways. So many giveaways. And guess what? Odds are GREAT for winning. Comment pledges are over… but you know, that’s ok.

And – if you could find it in your heart to donate – even $1.00, that would be AMAZING. And you know what else? It’s a charitable contribution and thus tax deductible. Win! You can use your credit card, paypal, or a check. It even lets you donate anonymously! Http://www.mycharitywater.org/albtalbs

Thank you! I hope this catches some of you! <3 For those of you who have lost contact – I miss you!!!

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NEW SITE! NEW STUFF! #SMSG12

Hihi everyone! If you’ve been wondering where I’ve been (because you know there was all this … crap happening…) it’s here!

WWW.TARTSWEET.COM

There are giveaways, new posts, and something I REALLY want to highlight is my third annual charity drive: Social Media for Social Good is back, and it’s going for charity:water this year. (Sorry, I planned it and started it before Sandy happened.) Water Changes Everything. As usual, it’s a comment drive too, so if you can’t afford to donate or whatever, even leaving a comment helps, because people are donating based on the number of comments.

I’m also going to give an ADDITIONAL $25 if 50 readers of bloggers donate – even $1 counts! So please, spend my money! [I'm also in for $300 if 1,000 people comment...]

Also, all the subscription stuff is now sorted out, so I hope you’ll join me at the new site for numerous giveaways, content, and all that good stuff! <3

I really really hope to see you there! Thanks!

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NOTICE! (With Contest :D)

Please update your bookmarks and subscriptions – and tell your friends please!

http://www.tartsweet.com/

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I’VE MOVED

Please check out my very first ever post at the new digs HERE!

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Why? I finally bit the bullet and

I did it!!!

Yes, I’ve moved everything to http://www.tartsweet.com/ – it’s still a work in progress and I’ve got a HUGE learning curve, but you know. I wanted to get things done before SMSG 12 starts on the 22nd. :D I hope you’ll join me!

[Comments are disabled because I'm hoping you'll make them at the new digs. Also to keep me from trying to figure out how to transfer more. :X Thanks!]

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Hi friends! So I’ve been talking about this for a while. (Or, thinking about it. I think I first mentioned it in May?) I want to finally bite the bullet and make this a hosted site. Hopefully it’s not something I’ll come to regret.

Here are ones I’m thinking: (And yes I realize they’re totally different.)

So I could do http://www.Limecello.me

Or http://www.ALBTALBS.com

Or http://www.LimecelloReads.com

Or http://www.LittleTartSweet.com

Or http://www.TartSweet.com

I really like ALBTABLS and TartSweet, personally.

What do you think? Obviously I’ll remember my own site’s URL. (Or I should. If I don’t I’m SOL and that’s my own fault.) But what about you?! (Other than you know, you could subscribe, or bookmark, etc – but still.) I like the idea of making this more collaborative and getting input.

Thanks everyone! <3

Also – just thought of this – some bitch is going to go grab those domains and then I’m going to just stab myself in the eye. Ugh.

I want to get this all done before my SMSG 12 drive too – so really soon. (Might as well just rush it to get it done, right?)

Point is: which one do you like best? (Or do you have a great/fitting suggestion that isn’t yet taken? Obviously TartandSweet and Limecello are both already taken. Grrr.)

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Hi friends! Thank you so much for not abandoning me! And the same to Barbara Monajem, Vanessa Kelly, and Kaily Hart too.

As you know, I’ve had a lot going on. There’s this term – maximum benefit – that basically means all the resources are used up. I equate that to my life recently. And also that I’m maxed out (in a not good way) on other things. Like… doctors and hospitals. But I don’t really want to talk about that now. I want to point out the beautiful book covers/ads that are in the sidebar this month, and to assure you all that I’m trying. I hope to get things posted, and back to running some what regularly.

And as usual, there are still open spots – especially as I’m looking to 2013, so if you or anyone is interested, please let me know!

Thank you all!

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Hi friends,

So… a lot of things going on. More unfortunate than fortunate, sadly. I wanted to let you know the timing and updates to the blog and posts will just be… off. I’ll try to do the best I can, but, for example, this is the first time I’ve touched my computer in three days. Literally. (You know how sometimes people say that but they snuck in time or are exaggerating? Not so here.)

The people who have scheduled posts – those will appear, just don’t set your watch by it. However, reviews? I think those will have to go by the wayside for now. My apologies.

Okay?

Thanks for your patience, understanding, and support everyone! <3

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Liz’s Review

Hearts of Darkness by Kira Brady
Paranormal romance released by Kensington Publishing on August 7, 2012

In the first of a dazzling new romantic trilogy, one woman’s courageous search plunges her into a millennia-old supernatural war–and an irresistible passion. . .

Nurse Kayla Friday has dedicated her life to science and reason. But for her, Seattle is a place of eerie loss and fragmented, frightening memories. And now the only clue to her sister’s murder reveals a secret battle between two ancient mythologies. . .and puts Kayla in the sights of lethally-sexy werewolf mercenary Hart. He’ll do whatever it takes to obtain the key to the Gate of the Land of the Dead and free what’s left of his soul. But seducing the determined Kayla is putting them at the mercy of powerful desires neither can control. And as the clock ticks down to hellish catastrophe, the untested bond between Kayla and Hart may lead to the ultimate sacrifice.

As an avid sci-fi/paranormal fan, I knew when I began reading Hearts of Darkness that I was in for a wild ride.  Set in present-day Seattle, the story opens from first hero Hart’s POV and then heroine Kayla’s POV.  Werewolf Hart has only one thing on his mind and that’s finding the key to the Gate so he can get out from under his blood-debt to his boss.  The only thing on Kayla’s mind?  Identifying her murdered sister’s body.

Kayla Friday is a unique character in a book filled with incredibly unique characters.  On the surface, she is simply a human woman filled with grief and determined to find out who killed her sister and why.  Underneath that, we find that she is a strong-willed, compassionate woman who trusts too easily.  When she is first given a glimpse into the supernatural world all around her, she is struck with disbelief.  She powers through that disbelief, knowing that the secret to her sister Desi’s demise came at the hands of someone in this newly revealed world that is invisible to humans.  Hart tells her to run as far and as fast as possible, but true to her character, Kayla stays, desperate to know what happened to her sister.  She’s attacked, drugged, taken against her will, and betrayed, but still she finds the strength to keep going.

Hart is a werewolf.  There are several groups of shifters, including the new-to-me Thunderbirds (think human-sized black birds).  An outcast, Hart has a chip on his shoulder the size of California and is only doing what he has to do to free his soul.  Blood-bound to Norgard, a dragon shifter and all-around bad-guy, Hart must complete tasks in order to free his soul and escape.  Complex on a hundred different levels, Hart is a mercenary that thought he needed no one but himself.  A classic look-out-for-number-one sort of man, he finds himself surprised at Kayla’s ability to trust in him and just how much he likes her faith.  Hart was a sexy, likeable, frustrating character.  At times I wanted to both hug him and strangle him.

At war in this world are the Kevarti and the Drekar.  The Drekar have vowed to help humanity, the Kevarti just want to rule the world.  Shifters abound, both in the furry and feathered form, and in the dragon form as well.  In the world that Kira created, the humans are unbelievably obtuse to everything supernatural that is happening around them, explaining away things they don’t understand.  I really, really enjoyed the world because she turned everyday things into supernatural occurrences.  The need for gaslights?  It’s because the aether (which is a supernatural thing) causes the lights to go out.  Cars won’t start?  Ghosts.  It was clever and added a touch of realism to a completely unrealistic world, which is just exactly what a paranormal book needs to be plausible.

I love mythology.  As a teen I devoured books about ancient Greece and the gods and goddesses.  Hearts of Darkness treads heavily in the world of ancient beings, and in some ways it bogged the book down for me.  So many names and histories and words that needed explanations.  It felt at times that I should be taking notes so I would remember the players’ names and connections.  Ancient history lessons abound as Kayla is let into the world by slow degrees, learning about curses, other realms, possessions, ghosts and what happened to her sister, Desi.  And in a world where even the good guys do bad things, it was hard to know just whose side who was on.

I’ll be blunt:   the book is complicated.  But it’s also wonderfully written, engaging, and sexy.  This isn’t a book you can flip through casually, because it’s enchanting and complex and worth every minute that you’ll spend devouring it.  As a lover of all things paranormal, I felt right at home in Seattle with Kayla and Hart as they tried to reconcile their growing attraction and face an uncertain future where life hangs in the balance.  I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series.

Grade:  A-

You can read an excerpt here or buy a copy here.

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