Monday, July 26, 2010

Here I Is!

Howdy all! Today is a very very VERY special edition of The Leo's Den Blog! I am currently blogging from Borders in Glendale, awaiting the arrival of the MOST esteemed Maggie Stiefvater!




Along with todays edition, there will be a video post in the Adventures at Book Signings section! It will have a written narration as well as a FUN video for you to take a peep at!




I am here to get my nook signed, and to deliver a very special cupcake to Maggie herself! Catch me live on Twitter ( @desertlioness ) I will be there the whole signing!
(Said special cupcake)



Hope to see you all (either on here or AT the signing!)




~The Desert Lioness

Thursday, July 22, 2010

I'm Baaaack~

Evil will always triumph over good because good is dumb.
~Dark Helmet, Space Balls

Howdy all! Sorry it took so long for The Lioness to return to you, been here and there, and going back to there again today XD. The Lioness finally got a hold of her internet (after it being out on all the school computers!) and so now, this one may blog to her hearts desire!

If you haven't noticed, it is Third Person Thursday! whoo! The lioness knows this is a little late on the uptake, but there is still time!
Also you may notice that everything is slanted today...this is because blogger is having issues. So, now that we are on the same page it is off to the
Random Word of the Day!


Chilblain:
1. A blain, sore, or inflammatory swelling of the feet or hands,
produced by exposure to cold, and attended by itching, pain,
and sometimes ulceration.


Today's Leo Horoscope:
Your incredible passion and
creativity are taking center stage, Leo. It's also quite possible that
there's a great restlessness within you egging you on to take things to
the next level. Combine your powers of dedication with your flair for
the dramatic to accomplish whatever it is your heart desires. You have

the power within you to shine especially bright on a day like today.

STUFF!

Currently Reading: ...

Writing Status: ...

Wow...this one doesn't have much to put on the blog today. Please forgive the Lioness of this. She is not in her right mind! Plus blogger is having some major issues...hopefully the lioness will have some fun stuff to put up next time.

Remember the contest! Once the Leo's Den reaches 100 followers there WILL be one! Keep this in mind!

~The Desert Lioness




Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Vacation's Where I Wanna Be!

"I don't drink these days. I am allergic to alcohol and narcotics. I break out in handcuffs."

Well everybody, got some news to tell ya all, I'm going on a mini vacation! I leave this afternoon as soon as class is over and where I'm going is the land of no internet, so you won't be seeing any postings until at least sunday night (even then its a maybe)

Well this is a fine Wednesday, granted I'm tired as heck. According to my friend, I was sleeping on my back in the reclining chair with my arms and legs wrapped around a very nice sized pillow. I couldn't remember for the life of me where the heck I GOT that pillow to begin with! Now I know that our dearest Sandy from http://supersandysblog.blogspot.com is the culprit! And now, on to the Random Word of the Day!

Existential
1. Having existence.
2. of or pertaining to, or having the character of,
existentialism.
3. (Logic) specifying actual existence, rather than only
possibility; as, the existential operator.

Today's Leo Horoscope:
The fantasy world that you've built
for yourself is a pleasure to behold, Leo. People frolic in your world
and have a grand time. Your presence delights people with pleasure.
Today, however, this world may be threatened by harsh realities coming
in the form of electronic information. This force is powerful and apt
to be quite erratic and spontaneous. Be prepared to stand your ground.

And now, to everyone's favorite; Stuff!

Currently Reading: Raised By Wolves By Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Writing Status:
...

Well folks, I know its not much, but this is all I have for the time being. I shall see you all DEFINATELY on monday if I don't get to a computer on sunday night. Have a great weekend I know I will!

~The Desert Lioness

PS: The contest will still go once I hit 100 followers! I have already been collecting swag for it! So join up!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

ARC Review of Virals Today!

"My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it." ~Abraham Lincoln

Howdy all! Forgive me for not posting yesterday, I had THE most singular worst headache ever. That and I just had nothing to talk about. SO I did a very bad thing and did not post. Now, TODAY, which is an absolutely Fantabulous Tuesday, I have a review of Virals, by Kathy Reichs. If you watch the TV show BONES, then you should know who this mastermind is! Alrighty, now that I got my excuse making out of the way, it is time for the magical Random Word of the Day!

Infinitude:
1. The quality or state of being infinite, or without limits;
infiniteness.
2. Infinite extent; unlimited space; immensity; infinity.
3. Boundless number; countless multitude.


Today's Leo Horoscope:
A party or meeting of some kind could occur nearby, Leo. You might decide to go. You could feel like you have one foot in this world and one in another. The floodgates of intense communication could open between you and a close friend or love partner. A tight spiritual bond exists between you, and you'll really feel the effects of it now. It will almost be like you can read each other's minds!

And now the Stuff you have all been waiting for!

Currently Reading: Raised by Wolves By: Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Writing Status: I should just give this up...

Alright! Now we are off to the awesome Reviews! Like I mentioned above, today's review is on Virals; Please enjoy!

Review: Virals by Kathy Reichs


Summary
Tory Brennan, niece of acclaimed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (of the Bones novels and hit TV show), is the leader of a ragtag band of teenage "sci-philes" who live on a secluded island off the coast of South Carolina. When the group rescues a dog caged for medical testing on a nearby island, they are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever.

As the friends discover their heightened senses and animal-quick reflexes, they must combine their scientific curiosity with their newfound physical gifts to solve a cold-case murder that has suddenly become very hot--if they can stay alive long enough to catch the killer's scent.

Fortunately, they are now more than friends; they're a pack. They are Virals.

Review

I can honestly say that at first I was a little iffy on this one. But it ended up that the story developed VERY well. It kept my interest for about 7 hours straight. I just HAD to finish it! Its full of great information, interesting characters, and a plot line that will keep you guessing up until the end!

Five Paws for Virals!

Well that's all for today folks! Please follow, have your friends follow, and enjoy the Leo's Den!

~The Desert Lioness

PS: Don't forget! Only 90 more followers until my 100 follower contest!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Reviews x3?!?! I must be nuts!

"If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun"
~Katherine Hepburn

Welcome to this week's Super Sunday!

Well all, technically the week ended and is beginning again today! I have a shocker, as you can tell from the title; I have not one, not two, but THREE Reviews today! Oh yes, two more Magnus Pack books by Shelly Laurentston, and then the absolutely fantabulously amazing The Crescent by Jordan Deen! So read on, and get to the reviews by suffering through the Random Word of the Day!

Skite:
1. Boastful talk
2. A person who boasts
Today's Leo Horoscope:
Unfortunately, this is not a day for fun and games, Leo. In fact, you might feel an annoying emotional weightiness, making you feel less energetic than usual. There's a sober tone that's asking you to take a hard-nosed look at reality and make some decisions regarding goals and plans. You could feel like the timer buzzer is about to go off. The minute the hand is ticking away and there are many more adventures in store.
And now, the inevitable Stuff!

Currently Reading: not sure yet

Writing Status: I should really blow this part off for a while. XD
Alrighty, I think you have all suffered enough. I shall now post my reviews, saving the best for last of course! It will go in THIS order: Go Fetch (Magnus Pack #2), Here Kitty Kitty (Magnus Pack #3), The Crescent. Any questions? Good! Lets get this shindig on!!!

Review #1
Go Fetch by: Shelly Laurenston

Summary:
Miki; Smart ass, Loud Mouth, Midget, Sharpshooter, and Psycho Scientist. She is on her way to everything she ever wanted. Or is she?
Meet Conall; snarky, evil teddy bear, Viking, and werewolf. Everything that Miki wants nothing to do with. But he wants everything to do with her.
Will Miki be able to resist his primal charm? Or will the Viking plunder his little maniac?

Review
Shelly Laurenston really nails the psycho with her characters, as well as the sexy. You can just see each one doing their thing. Absolutely amazing, FRIGGIN hilarious, and oh so sexy. Gotta love the shifters, this whole business is one amazing piece of work.
Five Paws to Go Fetch




Review #2
Here Kitty Kitty By: Shelly Laurenston


Summary:

Nikolai Vorislav likes his single life just as it is. Simple, relaxing, and quiet. What he doesn't need is some foul-mouthed Texas hellcat living in his house, eating his food, flirting with his idiot brothers, and shooting holes in his home with his granddaddy's gun. But those long legs, dark eyes, and lethal tongue are making Nik insane and he fears he may be caught in the sexiest animal trap ever. Angelina Santiago doesn't know how she got from Texas to North Carolina in a night or how she ended up in some hillbilly tiger's house wearing only a sheet. What she does know is that she doesn't like good ol' boys with slow, sexy drawls who can't seem to stop rubbing up against her. Yet in order to protect her firends, Angie has to stay with a cat who seems hell-bent on finding all sorts of delicious ways to make her purr.

Review:

This chick is seriously a GENIOUS! This awesome end to the trilogy is just the ICING on the cake. Hilariously funny/sexy in all the right ways! She has all the right punch lines, and all the right men throwing punches. I just can't get over how great this series is, and how jealous I am that these shifters exist only in the world of the heroines.

As with the other two, I give this book 5 paws!





Review #3

The Crescent By: Jordan Deen

Summary:
Becoming a werewolf is not an option for seventeen-year-old Lacey Quinn, but death can be a strong motivator.
Lacey is so focused on her future that everyday life has passed her by. Counting down the days to her eighteenth birthday, Lacey is almost home free. But when she falls for the mysterious Alex Morris, she lands in the middle of an ancient war between two enemy wolf packs. Tempting dreams, tantalizing lies and a dangerous love triangle ensues leaving Lacey heartbroken and confused.
Lacey's fate rests in the hands of Alex and Brandon, but both are pulling her strings for their own agendas. Even as she slips further into the dark world of werewolves, Lacey struggles to find the truth and save the only family she's ever known.
Review:
Jordan Deen works magic in this modern world of werewolves! The main character's obvious struggle is so human, that you can connect on the same level. Love is tough, but only if you make it that way.
Lacey will find this out soon enough. Can't WAIT for the next one, there will DEFINATELY be a review of it up, and just so you all know
GO TEAM BRANDON!
Five Paws, bar none.
Well there you have it folks! I told you I'm nuts. ^^ Have a GREAT rest of the day, and look forward to my posting tomorrow!
~The Desert Lioness
PS: Don't forget! 100 Followers = Contest!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

ZOMG PRIZES!



"Its kind of fun to do the impossible."

~Walt Disney

Howdy all and welcome to Special Saturday! (temporary name XD) I know I'm a bit slow in posting today, but that's just because I'm a lazy git. Today I have some EXCITEMENT! I finally received The Crescent by Jordan Deen and 5 signed book marks! There will definately be a review coming up soon for that one! Thanks a bunch to Jordan, check out her stuff! http://jordandeen.com/


Now, off to the daily ritual!


The magical Word of the Day iiiis!

Yestreen
1. Yesterday evening.


Today's Leo Horoscope:
You may come across strong opposition today from someone who seems to want to cut straight through to your heart, leo. In reality this is a message reminding you to think about things in terms of the collective - the oneness of us all. Be aware of a greater perspective in which you see more than just your side of the issue. Talk to people you trust before making any major decisions.

Now, once again we are off to the realm of Stuff!

Currently Reading: The Crescent By: Jordan Deen

Writing Status: ...eheh...well...*quickly wipes dust off the notebook*...

ooooh! Today we have ourselves a Book Review!!!

Pack Challenge (Magnus Pack #1)
By: Shelly Laurenston

Summary:

What's an Alpha Male to do when he meets the Alpha Female of his dream? Step one, hide all sharp objects. All Zach Sheridan ever wanted was to become Alpha Male of his Pack and be left alone. What he definitely didn't need in his life was some needy female demanding his attention. What he never saw coming was the vicious, sacrred female who not only demanded his attention but knew exactly how to get it. Sara Morrighan knew his was the best she could expect from her life. Good friends. A nice place to live. Anda a safe job. But when Zach rode into her small Texas town with his motorcycle club, Sara knew she wanted more. She knew she wanted him. But after one sexy encounter with her dream biker, everhthing is starting to change. Her body. Her strength. That new thing she's doing with the snarling. Even her best friends are starting to wonder what's going on with her. But this is only the beginning. Sara's about to find out her life was meant for so much more. And Zach's about to find true love with the one woman who makes him absolutely insane.



Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, and strong violence.

Review:

First thing out of my mouth; Wow. Great, fast paced story that hits in ALL the right places! Its funny, sexy, and above all else, entertaining. Everything you can wish to find in this genre. PLUS the really hot guys.

The characters have depth, and EXCELLENT senses of humore. The paranormalness of the shifters and everything are just flat out great. Five paws for this book!

Well that's all for now! Have an excellent day! And remember, Once I hit 100 followers I will be having a contest!
Chao!

~The Desert Lioness

Friday, July 9, 2010

What a Fantastic Feedback Friday!

"If it's not fun, you aren't doing it right."
~Bob Basso
Well everybody, the week is coming to a close starting with this loverly Feedback Friday! This means that YOU can comment me with things you either LIKE or DISLIKE about this blog, send me ideas of what you would like to see, and anything else that's on your mind!
There won't be any review today, I never got around to reading much yesterday. Currently I am working on a Harry Potter music video! Really its the first ever for me, but hopefull it will turn out alright.
Third Person Thursday was a decent success. My friends got their dad to join in the fun!
There are new tabs in the Leo's Den! Now you will be able to read about some Adventures in Book Signing Land, take a peek at some art that will be being put up soon, and a tab for any contests that will, and I repeat WILL be held.
There is a high chance that I will be having a contest once I reach 100 followers, so keep that in mind! So on that note, its time for the Random Word of the Day:
Gourmand
1. A lover of good food
2. A gluttonous eater.
Today's Leo Horoscope:
You are at a dramatic climax in your monthly emotional cycle, leo. It's possible that you will erupt like a volcano. Don't be ashamed of releasing these emotions. Your feminine and masculine natures are quite connected and they're working harmoniously in order to express themselves to the fullest. Open the gates of communication and let the stampede charge through.
Now once again, we are of to Stuff:
Currently Reading: Pack Challenge by Shelly Laurenston
Writing Status: nonexistant.
That is all I have for today. Remember to leave your feedback so I can make my site more enjoyable to you! Happy Feedback Friday all!
~The Desert Lioness

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Happy Third-Person Thursday!


"Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." ~Albert Einstein

The DesertLioness welcomes the pride to Third Person Thursday! Enjoy the insanity.

The Random Word of the Day is *drumroll*:

Scalage
1. An assessed percentage of the total price or measured amount of goods being shipped or stored, used to figure a deduction from the price or amount to reflect normal shrinkage or depletion of the goods.
2. The estimated amount of lumber in logs being scaled.

Todays Leo Horoscope:
Things might get a bit confusing for you today, Leo. Don't feel like you need to make sense of it all. In fact, this task may be impossible. Just be yourself. Let your creative nature shine through. Other people are quite malleable, and you should feel free to take the lead in just about any situation. Make sure, however, that you consider other people's needs.

Now, on to the other Stuff:

The DesertLioness is currently reading: Pack Challenge By: Shelly Laurenston

Writing Status: Is in Limbo

Review for The Wallflower by Dana Marie Bell:

Summary:

Is Emma ready for a bite?

A Hunting Love story, Halle Puma Series Book 1.

Emma Carter has been in love with Max Cannon since high school, but he barely knew she existed. Now she runs her own unique curio shop, and she’s finally come out her shell and into her own.

When Max returns to his small home town to take up his duties as the Halle Pride’s Alpha, he finds that shy little Emma has grown up. That small spark of something he’d always felt around the teenager has blossomed into something more—his mate!

Taking her “out for a bite” ensures that the luscious Emma will be permanently his.

But Max’s ex has plans of her own. Plans that don’t include Emma being around to interfere. To keep her Alpha, Emma must prove to the Pride that she has what it takes to be Max’s mate.

Review

Everybody loves a good shifter story; I know I do. Dana Marie Bell takes you to a little modern day down with a very old secret, then again, aren't there ALWAYS old secrets?

The story in itself is pretty short and kind of leaves you wanting more, almost cliffhangerish. You get a decent feel for the characters, although its nothing too in depth. Very very passable though. Its quick, sexy, and a bit too easy going, if you ask me. Lots of clique-ish problems for the main character and such, but all in all a very enthralling read!

Rating:


Drabbles:

Yesterday was decently uneventful for the DesertLioness. Read 2 books, finished both. This caused the Lioness to not finish her project for school, but oh well. There was an earthquake though, for all you who didn't feel it! The lioness felt it...was on the ground when it happened. All the dogs were going crazy.

Fun News: The lioness is participating in a mock book tour, so a special review post will be made just for it. The lioness must read it first...

That is all the Lioness wishes to say for today!

~The Desert Lioness

WARNING: Those who do not comment in the 3rd person shall be kept up ALL night by many chirping crickets. The DesertLioness has warned you!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

First Official Day!

"I'm not afraid to die. I just don't want to be there when it happens." ~Woody Allen

Welcome to Wednesday! The Random Word of the Day is...
panlogism
1. the doctrine that the universe is a realization or act of the Logos.
2. the Hegelian doctrine that logos or reason informs the absolute or absolute reality. — panlogist, n.panlogical, panlogistic, panlogistical, adj.

Today's Leo Horoscope
Stop being an enabler to someone you care deeply about, Leo. It could be that you're helping to continue dangerous addictive behavior simply because you want to avoid a nasty confrontation. Realize that this is doing neither party any good. The more you perpetuate the lie, the more it will continue to hurt all parties involved. Be open and honest with your concerns.

Now on to other Stuff
Currently Reading:
Halle Pumas: The Wallflower by: Dana Marie Bell

Writing Status:
Very slow...

Drabbles:
Well, we made it to day one, but there still isn't much going on. Hopefully soon I can have some good stuff to put up here pertaining to interesting things that just might catch your interest.

There isn't much going on with any artwork that I'm doing, not yet at least. Working on that little tidbit.

Tomorrow is Third Person Thursday! So don't forget; if you're going to post a comment it MUST be in third person, or my army of crickets will come after you.

Have a great day!

~The Desert Lioness






Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Welcome to the Den!


Hey there all! welcome to the Leo's den. Here you will find the random drabbles of a mostly bored teenager.

Here you will find insights to many different things in the media, art, and literary worlds. Book signings, other bloggers, contests(eventually), and many other things. Consider this entertainment of the zombie-minded.

So hey, if you feel like having a laugh, go ahead and follow this roller coaster of a blog. In like a lamb, out like a lion!

Some things I have decided about this little amusement thing of mine. Certain days will have certain themes, so to speak. Thursday, for example (this idea is compliments of my awesome friend), is Third person thursday. I will let you know when I come up with other ideas.

Now, like most of you, I LOVE the holidays, they give me an excuse to dress to my best. SO, sometimes (eventually) I may be having some costume contests, poetry contests, and the like.

I am very open to ideas as to what you think I should have on here, so please give me a holler and let me know!

~The Desert Lioness

Play a Game of Snake!