2011 ends with an old favorite

Here in New Zealand it’s pushing 6pm, and we’re starting the countdown to wave goodbye to 2011, and usher in 2012.

All I can say is that I’m kinda glad to see the back of 2011. It’s been a rough year (and I know I’m not the only one who thinks so). Right now, I’m hoping that my daughter will feel well enough to want to eat something for dinner, and that we’ll see in the New Year not because she’s unable to sleep because the meds are wearing off, but because she wants to be awake to see in the New Year! It’s the little things….

As for 2012? I hope that my husband and son will be safe on the roads when they head back to Palmerston North tomorrow, and especially when they head back to us in Auckland on Tuesday. I hope that the people of Christchurch will have seen the last of these aftershocks, and be able to sleep without waking in fear to a shaking house.

And on an extremely personal note, I hope that I can find out what the heck is causing this latest weirdass allergy! Right now it could be anything I’ve eaten over Christmas, and the most likely culprits seem to be ham, chocolate (nooooo, please no!), almonds or (dammit!) really expensive French champagne. Major bummer. Fingers crossed it’s ham as I could live without that.

As for New Year’s resolutions? I have a treadmill in my obscenely large bedroom. Now that my gym membership has expired, I need to start using it. Plus, I need to better organize my computer time so I can get more writing done. (Ain’t that a familiar refrain for writers *wry grin*)

So before I forget:


I hope 2012 is a great year for each an every one of you.

As for reading, this month I’ve read some amazing books. Usually I alternate between new books and old favorites, but this month, every single book except the very last one on the list was a new book for me.

And the last book? That old favorite? It’s Tinker by Wen Spencer.

Less than awesome cover aside, this book is just… just… awesome! Publisher’s Weekly pretty much sums it up for for me with comments such as “off-beat, tongue in cheek fantasy” and “playful eroticism”.

Here’s the blurb:

We’re not in Pittsburgh anymore…

Inventor, girl genius Tinker lives in a near-future Pittsburgh which now exists mostly in the land of the elves. She runs her salvage business, pays her taxes, and tries to keep the local ambient level of magic down with gadgets of her own design. When a pack of wargs chase an Elven noble into her scrap yard, life as she knows it takes a serious detour.

Tinker finds herself taking on the Elven court, the NSA, the Elven Interdimensional Agency, technology smuggles and a college-minded xenobiologist as she tries to stay forcused on what’s really important — her first date. Armed with an intelligence the size of a planet, steel-toed boots, and a junkyard-dog attitude, Tinker is ready to kick butt to get her first kiss.

I love this book. It was first published in 2003, and I’ve read it load of times. For me, it’s the perfect mix of fantasy, romance, science-fiction-style tech, and action. And Tinker’s accidental husband, the Elven viceroy Windwolf, is just a package of perfect hotness. Sigh…. (Don’t get me started on Windwolf, or I’ll never stop!)

I think I must have just felt like ending the year with a known quantity–that book that I know has everything, and will not disappoint. Not that any of the books I’ve read this month have disappointed. Au contraire, they’ve all been stellar reads! But sometimes a girl just wants to cuddle up with something familiar that she can lose herself in for a few hours–especially if her guy isn’t around. And hey, a book is at least calorie-free, right?

You can read an excerpt from Tinker on Wen Spencer’s website.

Wishing you happy reading in 2012, everyone!

Here’s my list of reads for December:

  • Rapture by Renee Pace
  • Finders Keepers by Linnea Sinclair
  • Succubus Revealed by Richelle Mead
  • Blessed by Cynthia Leitich Smith
  • Take This Regret by Amy Lichtenhan
  • Passion by Lauren Kate
  • Angel Town by Lilith Saintcrow
  • The Dark And Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
  • Unmasking The Duke’s Mistress by Margaret McPhee
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  • Magic on the Line by Devon Monk
  • Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
  • Burn Bright by Marianne de Pierres
  • Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer
  • Cattitude by Edie Ramer
  • Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
  • Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton
  • A Dark And Brooding Gentleman by Margaret McPhee
  • Off Leash by Renee Pace
  • Tinker by Wen Spencer
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2 Responses to “2011 ends with an old favorite”

  1. Happy New Year, Maree!! May 2012 be a fantastic one for you and your family. And yes, I think most of us are glad to see the back of 2011.

    I’ve said it before – you are a reading machine.