New Year, New Blog!

I’ve had a bit of radio silence – ever since the BS situation with that stalker: Kathleen Hale.

I lost the desire to review. I was more than just pissed by Kathleen Hale’s invasive actions – I felt powerless in relation to my reading. WTF is that about?? How can I spend googobs of money, time and energy on a fucking HOBBY that then allows for someone to stalk me(or anyone) over their fucking butthurt??!

I don’t know – I guess it’s the entitlement generation mixing with us people who had to grow the fuck up to function as adults?

After spending quite a bit of time just taking care of me, I decided to start reviewing again.

I decided to take my power back – the decision not to review wasn’t originally mine, it was a knee-jerk reaction when faced with assholery in the first degree.

I own my domain – no need for me to worry about censors – and had my site designed by Silvia at Darkest Sins. :-D

I’m feeling better and ready to review!

I hope you all enjoy my new site, I know I will!

MrsJoseph
bookslifewine.com
bookslifewine@outlook.com

Wine: Once Upon A Vine 2010 “Big Bad Red Blend”

once upon a vine red

A blend of several red varietals, The Big Bad Red blend appeases our inner dark side, satisfying that craving for the bold and daring. The wine leads with a bramble of berries, dark black plum and root beer flavors, framed by toasted spices. Fleshy and ripe, the palate delivers layers of black fruit with a savory and spicy character. Supple tannins hold flavors into a long, lasting finish. A perfect pairing for a dark and stormy night.

Made primarily from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Zinfandel, The Big Bad Red blend pulls together the best of each varietal for a wine of complexity and depth. We began with Merlot, which makes up one-third of the blend, giving a round, plump base of juicy dark berry fruit and sturdy oak profile. Our Cabernet Sauvignon, which comes from Napa, lends the backbone to the wine with ripe tannins and layers of cocoa, plum and blackberry. Syrah adds depth with a meaty roundness and soft, fleshy tannins while a touch of Zinfandel gives a juicy berry impact.

This “Big Bad Red” blend by Once Upon A Vine is another one of my “OMG! I Love that label” purchases. And again, I was not a fan.

I recently purchased a red wine aerator. I really have no real reason why I haven’t purchased one in the past – I would just let the wine breathe regularly. But I finally made the purchase and this Red Blend is the first wine I tried my new aerator with. I have to say, there was a marked difference between the “fresh” wine and the wine poured through the aerator. I think I’m going to get one for white wines, too!

Other than the wonderful use of my new aerator, I was not a fan of the Big Bad Red blend. It tasted…more sour than bitter and alcohol-y. :(

Obviously I need to stop buying wine on my own and make sure I talk to my wine seller.

Wine: Fetzer Riesling (white)

fetzer

At Fetzer, we’ve been committed to environmental responsibility for over a quarter century. Because we believe sustainable practices not only make for a healthier planet – they make for better wines.

Riesling comes in many styles, and its popular enough that some call it the new Chardonnay. We just call it good. Our personal style blends fruit from cooler areas of California to create a wine both rich and floral, pale yellow in color with aromas of pear and apricot. In the glass, you’ll taste peaches and apricots, a gracious invitation to sit a spell and enjoy with friends.

Our Riesling is delicate, yet full of fruit forward flavors and aromas. There are aromas of dried fruit, lemon, lavender, jasmine and rose petal. In the mouth, the crisp acidity balances this well structured wine with flavors of peaches, pineapple and pear that lead to a smooth rich, mellow finish.

Another week, another stab at picking a tasty white wine.

I grabbed this bottle of Fetzer Riesling simply due to it’s label: I love sustainable items made in the U.S. And it’s a Riesling – I love a good Riesling. :)

The Fetzer was good – not great but good. It has a very nice fruity/flowery smell and I could taste apples and peaches. The Fetzer Riesling was sweet with a slight tartness when it first hits your tongue.

Sadly, the Fetzer was a little too sweet for me and hubby I paired it with a mild fish taco platter and the pairing worked ok. It didn’t quite have the flavor I wanted for sipping but I still enjoyed it. I did enjoy the Fetzer but not really enough to repurchase (except for the sustainability thing).

2014 Book Purchases: November

I always start the draft for these monthly book purchase updates at the beginning of the month. It gives me a chance to look back over the previous month and encourage myself to do better throughout the coming month.

13-Nov-2014: O.M.G! There was some kind of insane Random House Australia sale at Kobo this month! I got tons of books for less than $1.00!!! I hope I like them!

 
 

Broken OpenBook: Broken Open (The Hurley Boys #2)
Author: Lauren Dane
Cost: $6.79
Format: MMPB
Date Purchased: 25-Nov-2014 (release date) 15-Oct-2014 (Preorder date)
Notes: I read & loved book one: The Best Kind of Trouble
 
 
Night ShiftBook: Night Shift
Author: Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh, Lisa Shearin & Milla Vane
Cost: $5.51
Format: MMPB
Date Purchased: 25-Nov-2014 (release date) 31-Jul-2014 (Preorder date)
Notes: I have I mentioned that I’m a hard core, unrepentant Ilona Andrews fan?
 
 
The Other Half Of The SkyBook: The Other Half Of The Sky
Author: Various
Cost: $4.89
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 13-Nov-2014
Notes: I bought this to support at least one of the authors who were harmed by WinterFox/RequiresHate/Benjanun Sriduangkaew – The link to the report is having some technical issues – a .PDF of the report can be seen here: http://laurajmixon.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/A-Report-on-Damage-Done-by-One-Individual-Under-Several-Names.pdf
 
 
Operation ValentineBook: Operation Valentine
Author: Loretta Hill
Cost: $0.09
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 13-Nov-2014
Notes: RandomHouse Australia Sale!
 
 
Dr No CommitmentBook: Dr No commitment
Author: Virginia Taylor
Cost: $0.09
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 13-Nov-2014
Notes: RandomHouse Australia Sale!
 
 
Anybody But HimBook: Anybody But Him
Author: Claire Baxter
Cost: $0.09
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 13-Nov-2014
Notes: RandomHouse Australia Sale!
 
 
Just BreatheBook: Just Breathe
Author: Janette Paul
Cost: $0.09
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 13-Nov-2014
Notes: RandomHouse Australia Sale!
 
 
One Little White LieBook: One Little White Lie
Author: Loretta Hill
Cost: $0.09
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 13-Nov-2014
Notes: RandomHouse Australia Sale!
 
 
Love on LocationBook: Love on Location
Author: Claire Baxter
Cost: $0.09
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 13-Nov-2014
Notes: RandomHouse Australia Sale!
 
 
Losing PatientsBook: Losing Patients
Author: Virginia Taylor
Cost: $0.09
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 13-Nov-2014
Notes: RandomHouse Australia Sale!
 
 
a bush christmasBook: A Bush Christmas
Author: Margareta Osborn
Cost: $0.04
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 13-Nov-2014
Notes: RandomHouse Australia Sale!
 
 
Continental AffairBook: Continental Affair (Continental Affair #1-3)
Author: Ella Dominguez
Cost: $3.49
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 20-Nov-2014
Notes: I read book 1 (free) and decided I wanted to read the rest.
 
 

 
 
November 2014 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 12
Total Amount Spent: $21.35
Malazan Books Purchased: 0
(M) Amount Spent: $0
(O) Amount Spent: $21.35
Potential Sales Abandoned: 1
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $4.99
November Budget Available (not including Malazan purchases): -$1.35

Lost Sales 2014: Week of November 16-22

It’s been about 4 months since I last logged a Lost Sale! I realize that often I am willing to jump through quite a few hoops to get my preferred books but…I’m getting sick and tired of that. When will business people realize that if you cut off access to an entire segment of the population…people cannot buy your goods?

Just to recap, here are my primary reasons for abandoning a sale:

[Author] Bullshit
Exclusive Contracts
Geographical Restrictions
Not Available in preferred store/format

 

 
Nice Dragons Finish Last20-Nov-2014
Book: Nice Dragons Finish Last (Heartstrikers #1)
Author: Rachel Aaron/Rachel Bach
How We Met: I saw a post somewhere on Goodreads that there was a new UF series released by Rachel Aaron. Since I’ve read her before and my friends all loved Fortune’s Pawn (Rachel Bach)…
Problem: Exclusive Contract [with Amazon]. This book is only available on Amazon Kindle (US/UK only). I do not own an Amazon Kindle. I checked Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords AND the author’s site. I even queried the author. Nothing.
Resolution: Will not purchase – cannot purchase.
Amount Saved: $1.99 Sale Price/$4.99 Regular Price

Wine: Chateau Ste Michelle 2012 Gewürztraminer (white)

Gewürztraminer 

This Gewürztraminer is such an enjoyable wine with beautiful, expressive fruit and clove spice. This is a lush style of Gewürztraminer with a lot of floral character, yet it still maintains the grape’s natural crisp acidity. A touch of Muscat offers citrus notes and a deeper spice note. Try this wine with Thai food or any cuisine with a little “bite” to it.”

 

 
Gosh. I think I’m just a Chateau Ste Michelle kind of girl. This Gewürztraminer was delicious and I quite enjoyed it.

I was surprised at the spiciness of the Gewürztraminer – it had the faint hint of sweetness of the Riesling but a serious bite of spiciness that wasn’t dry. I think this Gewürztraminer will go deliciously with a spicy poultry or fish dish.

I didn’t pair the Gewürztraminer with a food dish, hubby and I just sipped this while watching a bit of TV. I honestly think that I might have enjoyed this a little better with food – the spicy taste called for something to go with it.

2014 Book Purchases: October

I always start the draft for these monthly book purchase updates at the beginning of the month. It gives me a chance to look back over the previous month and encourage myself to do better throughout the coming month.

I’m surprised I busted my budget this month – especially since I’ve been more than a little infuriated regarding the situation with Kathleen Hale stalking and terrifying a reviewer over her butthurt feelings.

I have two pre-orders scheduled to be delivered in November 2014 – those I am not going to cancel. But I’m still pissed about stalker Hale and it’s put me off my books. I have a few reviews to post and a slew more that I haven’t finished. And I’m thinking of not finishing them – too many self-indulgent writers are bitching that bloggers had not right to “punish them” when the Blogger Blackout happened. Pfffft. I do what I want, this is not a job.

 
 
Twice TemptedBook: Twice Tempted (Night Prince #2)
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Cost: $7.19
Format: MMPB
Date Purchased: 01-Oct-2014
Notes: Currently reading book 1, now own 2/3
 
 
The Banished KingBook: The Banished King
Author: Carolyn Faulkner
Cost: $3.99
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 19-Oct-2014
Notes: Because apparently I’ll buy anything Carolyn Faulkner writes even though I often end up disappointed. I’m such a sucker.
 
 
Fifty Shames of Earl GreyBook: Fifty Shades of Earl Grey
Author: Andrew Shaffer
Cost: $11.07
Format: Trade Paperback
Date Purchased: 27-Oct-2014
Notes: Previously read sample and enjoyed – got an email for a signing that reminded me to grab a copy
 
 
Grace's DemonBook: Grace’s Demon (also published as Talus)
Author: Carolyn Faulkner
Cost: $3.22
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 30-Oct-2017
Notes: I’m such a sucker.
 
 
All Hallow's EveBook: All Hallow’s Eve
Author: Carolyn Faulkner
Cost: $1.99
Format: ebook
Date Purchased: 30-Oct-2014
Notes: I’m such a sucker.
 
 

 
 
 
October 2014 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 5
Total Amount Spent: $27.46
Malazan Books Purchased: 0
(M) Amount Spent: $0
(O) Amount Spent: $27.46
Potential Sales Abandoned: 0
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $0
October Budget Available (not including Malazan purchases): -$7.46