Archive | November 2014

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)


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

Wine: Chateau Ste Michelle 2011 Indian Wells Red Blend

indian wells red blend

The Indian Wells Red Blend is an easy drinking red blend from warmer climate vineyards. The wine reflects the rich, round powerful style of Washington fruit, highlighting eight varietals. It is a true example of the art of blending. The wine offers jammy boysenberry flavors from the Syrah with a luscious backbone from the Merlot. This would be a great match with barbecue ribs.


Oh my! I loved this. LOVED. My husband wasn’t a big fan – it was too much of a Red wine to him – but I loved it. Hubby simply tolerated it…and considering that I loved it, toleration is perfectly fine as long as I don’t hear any complaints. 😀

The initial smell of the wine was…simply amazing. It smelled rich, exotic and complex – I couldn’t even begin to say what it could have smelled like. And the first taste…so nice and rich and bold.

I paired the Indian Wells Red blend with a simple meal: a nice medium rare steak, crisp green-beans and a salad (paleo, you know). Delicious.

I certainly plan on purchasing more of Chateau Ste Michelle’s Indian Wells Red Blend.