Monday, December 31, 2012

Quote of the Day

“Holly's forgiven you?"
"Almost mostly. But she still gives me slack about it when she's sick. I take it as a husbandly badge," he said, puffing out his chest.
"Sick? You told me she was fully immortal."
"Yeah, but she still throws up some, because, well, the thing of it is... Ah, fuck, Rydstrom, I knocked her up."
"You're going to be a father? Gods help the world. I'm going to be an uncle?"
"I got Holly, like, on the first shot. Nix is calling me Bull's-eye and the WombRaider.”

— Kresley Cole, Kiss of a Demon King, Immortals After Dark series 

* Cadeon art by Anyae (deviantArt)

The Wenches' Top Ten Books of 2012

You have to end the year with a Top Ten list, right? Well, we decided to follow tradition and share with you our Top Ten Books of 2012. These are not a countdown, but just a list of our favorites. It was a great year for book addicts fans of literature! We are confident that 2013 will bring just as much delight to our book-loving hearts, and we cannot wait to continue with old friends, wrap up the series that brought us all together, and discover new addictions treasures.


But first...The Saucy Wenches' Top Ten Books of 2012:

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Quote of the Day

She put her arms around him…. “It will be all right, I promise.”

“How do you know?”

At the far end of the valley, at the edge of the fields, the door to the house had opened.

“Because that’s what heaven is,” said Amy. “It’s opening the door of a house in twilight and everyone you love is there.”

 — Justin Cronin, The Twelve

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Quote of the Day

“I was dead until you found me, though I breathed. I was sightless, though I could see. And then you came...and I was awakened.”

J.R. Ward, Lover Awakened

Friday, December 28, 2012

Quote of the Day

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.

So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”

Neil Gaiman

The One About the Lion King

And the winner of the Alpha Showdown 2012 is (drums, please)...

Curran Lennart!

The annual contest organized by the this year, by virtue of the 2,539 votes he received in the final round, awarded the male main character from Ilona Andrews's Kate Daniels series the title of 2012 Alpha Showdown Champion!

Some of us were really peeved about it, some danced little happy dances while nobody was watching, and some were intrigued by the mofo who beat their precious Bones. But I doubt if there was a single Wench or PNR/UF bookworm who remained indifferent to the whole thing.

For those who haven't read Kate Daniels, and for those who have but still can't understand why he won the Alpha Showdown, I'll try and play Mr. Lennart's lawyer in front of you. Because I love him. And because he pays well.

Warning: Mild spoilers ahead.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Quote of the Day

 "The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places. But there is still much that is fair. And though in all lands, love is now mingled with grief, it still grows, perhaps, the greater."

~ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book II, The Ring Goes South

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Quote of the Day

My Heartstrings Come Undone

Scenes that STILL make us Ugly Cry

by: Zee the Terrible and Barbara Bones

Some of the Wenches are criers. We're not ashamed. Sometimes the feelings that build throughout a story spill over and we just can't contain them. We become so attached to our characters that when their hearts break, ours do, too. Some of us are not criers, and that's okay, too. (Even if we secretly wonder if they have no heart. ;) ) We have assembled a baker's dozen of scenes or events that ripped our hearts out and left us crying ugly tears. You know, the kind where you can't catch your breath, and there are fluids pouring from your eyes and your nose, and you hope to whatever God you believe in that no one walks in to find you completely losing your shit over fictional characters. These are the parts of books that make us certain that our favorite authors are sadists who enjoy our pain, but at the same time ensure that we aren't able to function properly in real life for a few days because we cannot stop thinking about this thing that happened that completely wrecked us.

Click through to read about the books still make us ugly cry. WARNING: Since these scenes killed us, they WILL be spoilery.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Quote of the Day

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

Read the rest after the jump!

On the Eleventh Day of Sauciness

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Quote of the Day

"I’m coming, shithead!" I yelled.
Yes, I should have known better. For, of course, it was not Roger or Fran.
I threw open the door to find Declan Tyler standing there, looking half-insulted and half-amused.
"Got a pet name for me already?" he asked.
I could only stare at him blankly. "I thought you were someone else."
He looked puzzled. "You were expecting someone besides me?"

~Tigers and Devils, Sean Kennedy

On the Tenth Day of Sauciness

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Quote of the Day

"I have mismatched eyes," he whispered, lifting his fucked-up stare to the king.  "But I have honor.  I'll do whatever has to be done to make it right...provided," he said with sudden strength, "that no one makes me apologize.  That...I can't do that.  What Lash did was beyond wrong.  It was intentionally cruel and done to ruin John's life.  I. Am. Not. Sorry."

~J.R. Ward, Lover Enshrined

BDB - Qhuinn - Ahstrux Nohtrum by ~teufelchenonline on deviantART

On the Ninth Day of Sauciness

Friday, December 21, 2012

Quote of the Day

"You have made a place in my heart where I thought there was no room for 
anything else. You have made flowers grow where I cultivated dust and stones. 
Remember this, on this journey you insist on making. If you die, I will not 
survive you long."  -  al' Lan Mandragoran


*pic from tumblr (I looked everywhere for the artist because I love the art! No luck..)

On the Eighth Day of Sauciness

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Quote of the Day

I am 8 years old. 
"Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. 
"Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.' 
"Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus? 

" VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge. 

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished. 

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world. 

You may tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. 

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

~~The New York Sun, Sept. 21, 1897

On the Seventh Day of Sauciness

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Quote of The Day

"What if I tell you a story, instead?"
Highlanders loved stories, and Jamie was no exception.
"Oh, aye," he said, sounding much happier. "What sort of story is it?"
"A Christmas story," I said, settling myself along the curve of his body. "About a miser named Ebenezer Scrooge."
"An Englishman, I daresay?"
"Yes," I said. "Be quiet and listen."
I could see my own breath as I talked, white in the dim, cold air. The snow was falling heavily outside our shelter; when I paused in the story, I could hear the whisper of flakes against the hemlock branches, and the far-off whine of wind in the trees.

Diana Gabaldon

What the Wenches Are Reading

Amanda: I started Caught Running by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux. I'm not too far into it, but it's got me hooked.

Anne: I finished The Hobbit this week and breezed through Matchless by Gregory Maguire. It's a nice little spin on the Little Match Girl story. I am also about ten chapters into A Feast for Crows. Lots of Jamie, which I like. But, also lots of Cersei, which I don't. Not sure what book I'm going to move on to now. Maybe I'll go back to Ty & Zane.

Angela: Too busy cross stitching for Christmas to really read much. I've read around 10 pages only of The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Bring on Boxing Day (26th December) when things will calm down again and I can get into this book.

Barbara: I finished Dragonfly in Amber and raced through the first third of Voyager, the second and third books in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Now that I am in a place where my heart can once again reside inside my chest, I'm reading at a much slower pace.

Beta: You guys are probably not going to believe me, but since last week I've finished Dragonfly in Amber and almost finished Voyager, so by the time you read this I'll be done with that and started on Drums of Autumn, Diana Gabaldon's 4th book in the Outlander series. But since Christmas is just around the corner, I won't be reading that one as fast as the others. Dayumn, I love these books SO much!

Donna: I haven't had a chance to read anything but emails this week. I'm getting a little freaked out because I only have two days off work between now and Christmas.

Katherine: I am switching back and forth between Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood) and Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress) to see which series I am going to re-read first. BDB is winning.

Kathi: I'm about 75% of the way through Justin Cronin's The Twelve. I'd be done if I could resist rereading parts of Voyager every night, but that's hard to do while Barb and Beta are sharing their sobbing and suffering and rejoicing in such vivid detail as they read it for the first time. I'm looking forward to heading back into the Outlander world full time next week.

Merit: I'm reading Love is Mortal by Caroline Hanson. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series, way more than I thought I would. This is the 3rd and final book of the Valerie Dearborn story, and so far the best of the 3 (in my opinion).

Olga: Going through Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews very slowly. Taking my time with it, between interviewing for a new job and decorating for Christmas.

Shau: I started the first book in the Kara Gillian Series, so we'll see how it goes.

Veronica: Still reading Channeling Morpheus by Jordan Castillo Price.

Zee: Haven't cracked open a single book this week. Just haven't had the time!!

On the Fifth Day of Sauciness

Monday, December 17, 2012

Quote of the Day

Elizabeth is my happiness, he thought again. “I could hate her for what she did to me.”
“Because of one unsuccessful beheading?” She tapped her claw to her chin. “Wow. I never thought you were such a pussy. I’m rethinking our friendship.” 

~Kresley Cole, Immortals After Dark series, Lothaire

On the Fourth Day of Sauciness

My true love gave to me:

Four Supporting Characters

Three Character Cities

Two Painful Endings


One Piece of Gandy Candy

David Gandy for August Man Magazine (Malaysia)

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Quote of the Day

“You are my courage, as I am your conscience,” he whispered. “You are my heart — and I your compassion. We are neither of us whole, alone. Do ye not know that, Sassenach?”

 — Diana Gabaldon, Drums of Autumn

On the Third Day of Sauciness

My true love gave to me:

Three Character Cities

Two Painful Endings


One Piece of Gandy Candy

July 2012 August Man Malaysia Magazine

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Quote of the Day

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas

On the Second Day of Sauciness

My true love gave to me:

Two Painful Endings


One Piece of Gandy Candy


Friday, December 14, 2012

Quote of the Day

Another foot forward, and he leaned into her personal space, putting his lips near her ear.
"In my bedroom, menage means two men simultaneously pounding a woman to orgasm and driving her so insane, she forgets her name and screams the roof down."

~~Shayla Black

On the First Day of Sauciness

My true love gave to me:

One piece of Gandy Candy

David gandy for Marks & Spencer

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Quote of the Day

“The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them—words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you’ve said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That’s the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear.”
   - Stephen King, The Body (Different Seasons)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Quote of the Day

A Brief Journey through my Five Favourite Books / Series

Picture from Book Riot. This is how my bedside table looks.
I've always been a reader for as long as I can remember. I can't pinpoint the moment when I thought to myself that reading was going to be a lifelong love affair. As soon as I learned to read, I wanted to devour books. Anything from fairy tales (Cinderella was a personal favourite) to Maurice Gee's Under the Mountain, I was hooked. (Although perhaps a tad scared when I first read Under the Mountain. And I'm still terrified of scary movies and books.) Thus began a journey that continues today. I still love the thrill of cracking open a brand new book, that smell of paper and the fact I'm about to embark on a new journey to places unknown. Each page I turn is a step into another dimension; a step towards the conclusion. Sometimes it's a race to reach the end, and at other times it's a slow meander, savouring each written word.

After the jump are five of my most treasured books/series that I've read to date. Let me take you through my reading history to highlight some of the books that left an impression on me. Note there might be the odd spoiler.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Quote of the Day

"Terrible was...He was a miracle in a world without miracles, and she couldn't believe her luck. And there was nothing, absolutely fucking nothing, that she wouldn't do to keep him in her life. Because without him it wouldn't be a life at all."


~~Stacia Kane

What the Wenches are Reading

Amanda: I haven't had much time to read, so I'm still re-reading Iced.

Anne: I had to put down Pride and Prejudice to get in my re-read of The Hobbit before the movie comes out this week. I also finished A Storm of Swords. That damn George R.R. Martin keeps breaking my heart. I'll be starting A Feast for Crows on my commute this week.

Angela: Still on Chasing Magic by Stacia Kane this week. There isn't much time for reading at present.

Barbara: Dragonfly in Amber, the second Outlander book by Diana Gabaldon. Wench Kathi and I have had identical taste in books, since we started reading together, so she has been badgering encouraging me to read these books for months. Knowing how long each book is, and that there are seven, I'd been putting them off, because I knew I would get sucked in and never find my way out again. But two weeks ago I succumbed to peer pressure, and exactly what I was afraid of has occurred. I have several holiday projects I should be working on, in addition to running this blog, keeping house (ha!) and paying attention to my husband and dog. But instead I am reading every possible moment I can. I can't put these books down, and I've already shed more than a few tears and done quite a bit of hand-wringing. And I'm only one-and-a-half books in. I am so screwed.

Beta: I finally finished Outlander and started on book 2, Dragonfly in Amber, and considering how hooked I am there seems to be no turning back. These books are making me forget that Christmas is around the corner... me who everyone, who knows me, knows I how much I love Christmas and everything regarding the preparation! But now people are lucky if they'll get Christmas cards or me decorating and only thinking about Xmas for a whole month, and that is saying A. LOT. ;)

I blame our Wenches Kathi and Merit for that. And I'm totally loving them for the recommendation and sucking me into the amazing Outlander world, no matter how much of an emotional rollercoaster ride I've been going through so far.... but don't tell them I said that.

Donna: I'm reading The Princess Bride by William Goldman. I'm not sure why I've never read it before now, since I love the movie so much. I expect to fall in love with the story all over again.

Katherine: I am in the middle of my Iced reread and taking it very slowly this time Funny the things you miss the first time around!

Kathi: I read Diana Gabaldon’s short story A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows. Although it centers on what happened to Roger MacKenzie’s parents during World War II, you must be familiar with some occurrences at the end of An Echo in the Bone (the 7th Outlander book) to fully appreciate and understand the major twist at the end. It told a great little story about some side characters we hadn't met, and also provided a slightly different view of a character we're familiar with. And there is an absolutely shocking twist that induced poignant tears...and filled me with abject horror at what's in store for a couple of important characters in the next book!! Absolutely fabulous little addition to the Outlander world!! Between that and the Wenches who were quoting Jamie Fraser non-stop as they read Outlander books, it took great willpower to resist picking that series back up to continue my reread. But instead I started Justin Cronin’s The Twelve, because I really am quite excited to see where he’s taking that trilogy.

Merit: Same as Kathi, I read Diana Gabaldon’s short story A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows, and she said it all. This short story opens our eyes to a mystery from the past but raises new questions to reflect upon.

Veronica: I just started Channeling Morpheus. I read Payback yesterday, and am getting ready to start on Vertigo. They're a series of novellettes about, well, I'm not really sure yet! All I know is Michael is out for vengeance because his friend, Scary Mary, was killed by vampires. And I am flying through my "chores" today so I can learn more about another intriguing character introduced in the first novellette. 

Zee: Got distracted by Harry Potter! So haven't picked up anything all week, mostly because I have barely been home. But also because all I want to do is revisit HP! Just reread Little Women for an upcoming post. I forgot how much I loved that book. (Thank you, Barb, for suggesting I check whether it was a free Kindle book!)

Monday, December 10, 2012

Quote of the Day

“It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.”

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Merry Christmas, Alex Cross

A Review of Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson

Merry Christmas, Alex Cross Merry Christmas, Alex Cross, book number 19 in this series, covers an unusual set of cases that start on Christmas Eve and continue through to Christmas Day. It features all of the characters we've grown to love: Alex, his wife Bree, all of his kids, his BBF and partner Sampson, and the incomparable Nana Mama. There is one other familiar face as well, but I'll leave that for later. As with all of Patterson's books, there is a healthy dose of action, suspense and mystery. And as always, the cases are the sort that only Doctor/Detective Alex Cross can solve. But will Alex make it home in time for Christmas with his family and avoid the wrath of an angry Nana Mama?

Keep reading after the jump to find out what I thought of Alex Cross' latest installment! Warning: Minor spoilers to follow!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Quote of the Day

Anne of Green Gables

“But if you call me Anne, please call me Anne with an 'e'.”

L.M. Montgomery

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Quote of the Day  BDB Merchandise
Qhuinn stopped breathing, focusing everything on the male who had been his best friend and his never-been lover...and the ever-after that was never going to happen.  Even after all the things that had gone on between them, and all the fuckups on his end, which were legendary, Blay still had his back.

"I love you," Qhuinn blurted into the silence.

~J.R. Ward, Lover Reborn, location 2990