Thursday, January 1, 2009

Resolution + my rockin' New Year's Eve with Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent!!!

First, my new resolution (see yesterday's post): The EGG timer!! It's running now, so I must be quick.

Rule 1: I get an hour in the morning to answer emails and do bloggy stuff etc, and then straight to work!

Rule 2
: Once I am at work, I am using KB's suggestion of setting it for hour intervals where I go totally dark from email and online, and I can attend to pressing things during breaks. Of course this goes out the window if I have hot client deadlines. Thanks, everybody for your great suggestions. Oh, and if you have a Mac, google egg timer widget and you can get one, too. The bell is very lovely and satisfying, too.

Great Moments From Last Night's reading:
Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas
Page: 54
Spoiler level: low

I am already so INTO this book. You know what I love in a book? Where I have lots to look forward to. I think that's part of the magic of these first 54 pages I read last night.

Looking forward to them getting to know each other!
The character array is super enticing: Sebastian is the debauched rake, Evangeline's the stubborn, determined, in-trouble, slightly naive girl, bent on a mission to escape her family. They're at odds, but I'm greatly looking forward to them understanding and really seeing each other. There was this lovely moment where he told Evangeline about losing his doting mother and sisters as a boy, and this chunk of understanding fell into place for her.

Looking forward to Sebastian going beyond his old boundaries
Can this book be any more well done? Sebastian and Evangeline are on this hurried, difficult carriage ride for two days to escape the family and elope (he wants her money, she wants freedom from her family, they're both up front about it.) Evangeline has been starved and maltreated by her family, and is really run down by the ride, and he's forced to go beyond himself and care for somebody else. People a lot of times rise to something greater when they're called to, and Kleypas paints this so beautifully!

Looking forward to the family finding out she eloped!
The family sounds so evil. It will be delicious when they discover what she's done. I hope Sebastian fights them.

Looking forward to you know what
They have only returned from the Blacksmith's. Like the newly betrothed couple, I was too tired for anything more last night.   

Confession: bell rang like 15 minutes ago! Uh oh. Quick: spellcheck.

Added later: Okay, on that too tired for anything comment, I meant I was too tired for more READING! 


Ana said...

oh, oh, oh CJ! Sebastian St Vincent is my number one hero of all time.

I just ADORE him and Devil in Winter.


To read it for the first time....

RfP said...

"Like the newly betrothed couple, I was too tired for anything more last night."

I'm not sure whether you're TMI'ing us more on their behalf or your own!

Katiebabs a.k.a KB said...

I didn't know they have a egg timer widget!! I may need to get on for myself.
Sebastian is okay but nothing like Derek!! Wait till the scene when Sebastian is lying in bed and...

naida said...

cool egg timer, great idea!
the book sounds good too.
Happy New Year :)

Carolyn Jean said...

Ana: That is the beauty of coming to romance late!!

RFP: OMG. It sounds like TMI! I put a note. That's totally not what I meant. I meant, too tired to read on. LOL.

KB: Oh, you're a Cravenator? I've heard about them.

naida: verra handy!

Renee said...

My favorite in the Wallflowers series! I love Evie, I love St Vincent!

Of course, Sebastian is second only to Derek Craven! I guess I'm a Cravenator too. :-P

KMont said...

Go, Carolyn Jean, go! I bet you'll get lots of writing done this way. Good luck!

Oh, and I really love Sebastian too. Good choice in reading material.

Kate R said...

yeah, I think I'm going to imitate you with the timer thing. Twitter steals my time.

Holly said...

I'm so with Ana on this - Seb is the best hero ever. I seriously heart him.

And don't listen to KB, Derek has nothing on the notoriously naughty St. Vincent.

I might need to re-read.

Carolyn Jean said...

Renee: I need to read this Derek Craven one.

Kmont & Kate: The timer does sort of work.

Holly: This hero is SO enjoyable!!!!!

Brie said...

I haven't read any of Kleypas' historicals or her contemporaries for that matter. Must get on that.

Marg said...

One of my favourite romance novels ever!

Ana said...

You girls should all remember that Sebastian is all mines forever and ever locked up in my cage doing all sort of *censored* stuff.

: D

Carolyn Jean said...

Hold the phone...Is Sebastian St. Vincent the one you chose out of all your men? Oooh, his name meant NOTHING to me before!!

writtenwyrdd said...

I hope it works for you! What works for me is 1) disconnet the internet ,2) don headphones to drown out distracting sounds and 3) have a huge mug of coffee handy.

Tracy said...

Books to buy list: reminder...add Devil in Winter. :)

Sounds really good CJ I can't wait to hear more of your thoughts on the book.

Good for you for getting the egg timer and sticking with it. :)

Happy New Year

Holly said...

Tracy, you haven't read DIW yet????

OMG! How are we even friends?

Ana said...

CJ, Yes that's him. The one that looks like Sawyer from Lost, the one that I chose over all my other one and only. *g*

okay I will stop now.

Tumperkin said...

I really must read this book. This is always the second most mentioned Kleypas (Dreaming of You is the first). Some of her books haven't done much for me but you can't ignore the amount of squeeing people do about this book.

Happy New Year BTW.

M. said...

Love St. Vincent. This was my favorite of all the Wallflower books, mostly because of him - but quiet Evie holds her own.

sula said...

ok, first i love the egg timer idea. i struggle with the time issue too. soooo hard.

secondly, i so envy you the first-time read of DIW. SUCH a good book. Really. I've checked it out of the library twice. And now I wanna go check it out again just thinking about it. Can't wait to read more about how it goes for you.

third...happy new year! *g*

raych said...

I love this egg-timer idea. Also the going dark for one-hour intervals. I check my facebook every eight seconds when I'm writing a paper, and it ends up taking thrice as long.

I have a PC, but I will find myself some sort of intarweb timer.

Sayuri said...

I just finished DIW not that long ago and LOVED Sebastian.....le sigh....

I think Evie was my favourite Wallflower too. Couldn't stand Lillian.

Ladytink_534 said...

Ooh! Looks like a lovely wintery type read but sounds really hot!

Anonymous said...

Carolyn, Lisa Kleypas is my all time favorite author!!! I loved Devil In Winter, but Matthew from Scandal In Spring is my favorite Wallflower hero :)

Oh and BTW, You won the contest on my blog! Congratulations!!!!

Serena said...

I am so glad that the egg timer is working out for you. I hope that it continues to work through the rest of the year.

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