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Wordless Wednesday

after talking with a fellow blogger Ashley , I decided I am going to take part in Wordless Wednesday.  So here is my picture for my first ever Wordless Wednesday post… I think this is going to be a fun weekly post 🙂

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My 2013 Fall Reading List

Sooo. My first book list went ok… I didn’t finish it, my biggest issue was starting other books.  All in all I read 23 books this summer, and only half them came from my list. 🙂  This season I decided I am going to be ALL about finishing series that I have started but have not finished.  That is the goal this season.  I want to get caught up on unfinished book series.   Plus I have a bad habit of starting new series prior to finishing the old 🙂 It is time to finish what I started and finish all these series this Fall.  My list is huge, so I may not make it through all of them, but given it is Fall and that is the start of the best time to curl up with a book and a drink.  Game on 🙂


1. 50 shades Freed
Honestly I am not a fan of the first two books (I know that will shock about 50 Gazillion women out there) but honestly the books are eh to me, but as I am sick of hearing people lecture me about not finishing the series.  I plan on finishing it.  Plus I need to know before the movie comes out.  If I go see it.
2. Allegiant
Read my Review HERE

3. Bud’s Christmas Wish
Read my Review HERE

4. Reborn
Read my Review HERE

5. Succubus Dreams (Georgina Kincaid Series book 4)
Read my Review HERE

6. Succubus Heat (Georgina Kincaid Series book 4)
Read my Review HERE

7. Succubus Shadows (Georgina Kincaid Series book 5)
Read my Review HERE

8. Succubus Revealed (Georgina Kincaid Series book 6)
Read my Review HERE

9. The Lunatic Cafe 
Read  my Review HERE

10 Bloody Bones 
Read my Review  HERE

11. The Killing Dance
Read my Review HERE

12. Burnt Offerings
Read my Review HERE

13. Blue Moon
Read my Review HERE

14. Obsidian Butterly
Read my Review HERE

15. Narcissus In Chains
See number 9
16. Cerulean Sins
See number 9
17. Incubus Dreams
See number 9
18. Micah
See number 9
19. Danse Macabre
See number 9
20. The Harlequin
See number 9
21. Blood Noir
See number 9
22. Skin Trade
See number 9
23. Flirt
See number 9
24. Bullet
See number 9
25. Hit List
See number 9
26. kiss the Dead
See number 9
27. Reached
Read my Review HERE

28. City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4)
Read my Review HERE

29. City of Lost Souls (The MOrtal Instruments #5)
See number 28
30. City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6)
See number 28
31. Torment (Fallen #2)
I really loved the first book, but like always I got sidetracked and started to read something else.
32. Passion (Fallen #3)
See number 31
33. Rapture (Fallen #4)
See number 31
34. The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner #2)
The first book was interesting but due to me having to read a million books at once I have put the rest of the trilogy on the back burner. thanks to SDCC I have heard it gets better so we shall see.
35. The Deathe Cure (Maze Runner #3)
See number 34
36. Dead in the Family (Sookie stackhouse #10) Read
Read my review HERE

37. Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse #11)
Read my review HERE

38. Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse #12)
Read my review HERE

39. Dead Ever After
See number 36
40. House of Hades
Read my review HERE

Getting a last minute ticket to Maze Runner

First let me start off by saying, for whatever reason I just can’t get my life under control these days. Texas Travel girl is down and out, can’t get it back up and running, and I just can’t get caught up on here with my posts.

I of course blame my cubicle.

Anyway, I am about to go out of town a lot in September, so needless to say if I don’t get caught up soon… well I am going to be in a mess 😉

Anyway, while I was at SDCC, I stayed on twitter as much as possible, so when I saw the opportunity to get into the Nerd HQ Maze Runner panel I retweeted what they asked me to.

Within 30 minutes I found out I won.

Now when it comes to the movie, I didn’t really know much about who was cast in it, but I do know the book, and know that I love the book. In fact follow the author on twitter, because I enjoy his books & tweets for the #DashnerArmy.

So when I found out I won,  I was pretty excited.

However I was not nearly as excited as the young girls that actually bought the tickets.

It took me straight back to high school, when all my classmates were obsessed with Leo. Except these girls were obsessed with…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


Dylan O’Brien… Let me start of by saying I have NO CLUE who this kid is… but believe me the 150 plus girls in here did and thanks to that I felt old. Since I have turned 30 I have never felt old, until I went to this panel.

Sure he is cute… but I am 30… and I don’t even know if he is of legal age… so I am not going any further than that. I will let the teen girl in your life tell you about him.  I promise she knows who he is.

The panel was great, and I feel in love with the Nerd HQ atmosphere. The panel was pretty much Q&A and conversational. If I go back to SDCC next year, I know I will buy more Nerd HQ tickets. The atmosphere is refreshing from the chaotic wonderful mess that is SDCC plus the money goes to a great cause.  Win Win.


As a fan of the book, I was very interested in hearing and possibly seeing the Grievers. For the record we didn’t see them because I am pretty sure they girls just wanted to hear about Dylan, but hey I was a teenage girl once, and I just went with the flow.

However, at the end of the panel  the cast left, then came back and showed us a very raw and uncut footage of the film.

and let me just say… it looks AMAZING, and that was the raw uncut footage.  I can’t imagine what editing will do.

I know what I will be doing on Valentine’s Day.

Also I do want to share, that while I was in the AC watching this panel, my parents & little brother snagged passes to see Escape, the world Premier film that stars Stallone and Schwarzenegger.

My family waiting to get into the theater
My family waiting to get into the theater

So not only did this panel make me feel old as hell, I missed a chance to be up close with two amazing action stars but that is the nature of the choosing at SDCC a choice will make you miss out on something else awesome.

Note: the panel pictures are not great, because for some odd reason I could not get the ISO to work on my camera properly… so just pretend they are some amazing award winning pictures that being said, don’t worry ladies… The pictures are very yummy from the the Joe Manganiello panel. 😉 Now him… yeah I felt very much young at heart… Stay Tuned.

Meeting the cast of the Vikings at SDCC 13

I have been back from San Diego Comic Con for almost a month now, and I am just now able to share my experiences with everyone.

In one word, Con was AWESOME.

I had so much fun, but by time Sunday rolled around I was exhausted.

About a week after con, I went through my photos and I quickly realized why I was so tired, I was nonstop, from the moment I stepped off the plane to the moment I got back on the plane.

I have lots of funny experiences I want to share with you, starting with my favorite.

Meeting the cast of Vikings.

Let me start off by saying, it is no secret if you know me personally that I firmly believe te Norwegians are my people and I really think somewhere along my ancestry, a Viking man got with a Roman woman and then BAM eventually I was made. (I have grey eyes and a Roman foot afterall!)


So when the history channel announced their new series Vikings, I knew one hour of my week would be committed to a relationship with this show.

What I didn’t expect is to love this brutal brutal show.

So long story short, when I got to con and realized Vikings had an entire set up outside the convention, I was beyond estatic.

I didn’t take part in the boat races (I couldn’t find a SINGLE person willing to team up with me! slackers) but I did learn that Friday morning, the cast was going to have a signing at 11am.

I didn’t have tickets for con on Friday, which meant I had time to explore, so Friday morning at 8:56 am I lined up. The line was split in 2, the first line for Ragnar, Siggy & Rollo, and the second for Floki, Lagertha & Athelstan. As I am deeply drawn to Ragnar (and more importantly my mother loves Ragnar, it was a no brainer which line I would get in!)


They handed out comic books to get signed, and as I agreed to give my mom the signed comic book (You better leave it your will to me mom!)I didn’t care as I was the one that was going to meet the cast. (she had con tickets, but would later admit she regretted not joining me)

Honestly I think con has gotten too big and at times it is annoying, but no matter how big it is, sitting and talking with other fans that share the same Fandom as you is energizing.

After waiting just over 2 hours it was time to meet the cast.


For my mother...
For my mother…

The cast allowed pictures, which is rare especially when they have such time frames to meet as many as possible.

Ok so let’s talk meeting the cast, the first round of meet and greets, I can’t even tell you what happened. As I was completely mesmerized by Travis Fimmel, he plays Ragnar… and yes his eyes are that BEAUTIFUL in person.


Jessalyn Gilsig was beautiful, and so sweet. (yes sometimes I forget that the stars are people too, and quite often they are nice)

Clive Standen was hot. I couldn’t really speak to him, even though he was super nice!

Ok so after I made it through this line, I knew I had about 30 minutes to make it through the other line. I had to get all 6 signatures for my mother.

Why you ask? My mother once sacrificed her wrist band for the Chuck signing and gave it to me so I could meet the cast, I had to do this for her!

While I was in line, I noticed the cast started coming out and meeting with the fans, not sitting behind the table, this was even after the announcer said no more photos, to help speed the line up.

Let’s just say the cast wasn’t having it. They still took pictures, asked people to tweet the pictures to them…. I have never seen anything like it.

See in front of the table with the fans!
See in front of the table with the fans!

So when it was my time to meet up with the other three cast members I was shocked at how much time was spent with them. This is the first time I felt like the cast was very excited to meet their fans, not just making an appearance because the studio said so.

Katheryn Winnick, asked someone to take a picture of all the girls in the line, so about 6 of us posed for a picture with her. I have no clue where that picture is, but I would LOVE a copy!

and let me just say Katheryn Winnick is STUNNING, her make up artist is amazing at making her look like a warrior, because in person she is stunning.

In the end not only did I get all 6 signatures for my mother, I realized that I am very excited for season 2 of Vikings, especially after meeting a cast that are not only amazing actors, but amazing people.