Sunday, August 31, 2014

Review/Quote-astic: Big...weapons?!--In His Sights by Jo Davis

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Aaaannnnd this week's Quote-tastic is from Jo Davis and her latest Sugarland Blue series. It's out tomorrow and was so fun! I just loved this little exchange between them while out having dinner. It so had me snickering. There's a review for the book down below if yall wanna check it out :)

2014 Historical Romance Reading Challenge--September LINK UP!

We're 3/4ths of the way through! September's Link Up is below!

Yall hanging in there? Are you ahead of the game? Have a few to catch up on?
Who are you reading this month??

Challenge Recap!

2014 Erotic Romance Reading Challenge--September LINK UP!

Welcome to Fall!! It's time for our September Link up! 
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Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Monthly Herd: August Recap!

Whew yall I can't believe August is already over! It was quite the month and dang I hardly remembered the beginning of it until going through posts for this. lol

I turned a year older this month *flails*, went to the AAD signing and got to meet some of the awesome blogger ladies from my state and visit with some fab authors, started on a super secret event that I'll hopefully be able to tell yall about soon (eep it's killing me not sharing!) and will soon have an authors services page up. Probably next week on that. The blog went through some tweaks and nudges and should all be working again for those on IE.

Tasty Delights/Cookbook Review--Meatless All Day by Dina Cheney--ALT Sandwiches w/ Frisco

Meatless food

Move over bland, wimpy tofu and lackluster salads—Meatless All Day redefines meat-free meals as colorful and super-satisfying. Whether you’re a committed vegetarian or are trying to cut down on meat, the hearty, creative recipes in Meatless All Day will inspire you to cook in new ways. Here, you’ll discover Beet Wellington, Spaghetti with White Bean Balls, Quinoa-Polenta Cakes with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce and White Bean Puree, Roasted Root Vegetable and Goat Cheese Salad with Lemon-Tahini Vinaigrette, and Baklava Sticky Buns—fare that will make avowed carnivores jealous. One secret behind these dishes: high-impact ingredients (like miso, tomato paste, and mushrooms).

To ensure that readers' dishes come out perfectly, the book opens with key cooking techniques, such as Tips for Perfect Vegetables, The Art of Cooking Eggs, and Tips for a Golden Brown, Crispy Exterior. It then lists 45 "power ingredients" that lend vegetarian food a meaty flavor, meaty texture, or both. The heart of the book is 85 ultra-flavorful recipes, with meal suggestions and ideas for making non-vegan fare vegan.

Type: Cookbook--Vegetarian
Rating: 4 out of 5
Difficulty: easy to moderate

So! For today's Tasty Delights...I'm actually reviewing a cookbook in addition to putting together a recipe. I thought it might be fun to work some into the blog now and again. So my first go at it is...Meatless All Day. Perfect since I'm a vegetarian and always looking for new vegetarian friendly dishes that are both easy, tasty and healthy. And Meatless All Day totally delivered! From a nicely detailed introduction with suggestions and cooking tips to gorgeous photos and mouth watering recipes Meatless All Day was a culinary win and will keep me busy in the kitchen for weeks trying everything out. The price I think is very reasonable as well coming in at around $14 on Amazon.

A little breakdown on parts of the cookbook then a tasty recipe that omg was SO good!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway w/ Jill Shalvis!

A quickie little excerpt and giveaway from Jill Shalvis! Check it out yall and let me know what you think. She's one of my faves :) ~Anna
Becca Thorpe has uprooted her life and escaped to the beach. Now's her chance to get away from city living, throw caution to the ocean winds, and live in the moment. Especially if the moment includes the deliciously sexy surfer she meets shortly after arriving in Lucky Harbor. Something about the dark intensity of Sam's eyes and the thrill she gets at his touch convinces her to stay awhile.

Boatbuilder and investment genius Sam Brody is a self-made man who knows how dangerous it can be to mix business and pleasure. But he can't resist offering Becca a job just to hear her laugh and have her near. Yet when her brother comes to town asking for help, will he tempt her back to her glamorous life in the city? Or do Sam and little Lucky Harbor have a chance to win Becca's heart?

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In IT'S IN HIS KISS I had fun making up nicknames for the heroine and hero to call each other. He calls her Tough Girl -- well earned as she is more than a little independent -- cough, stubborn as hell, cough... And she calls him Sexy Grumpy Surfer, also well earned because in the beginning, he is exactly that. Sexy AND grumpy.  :) I went on to use other nicknames as well, including Sam calling Becca "Peeper" and not because she has big eyes but because she peeks out her windows in the mornings and watches him surf. Here's an excerpt to explain.  ~Jill Shalvis

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Bucket List (3)--Nail polish bookmarks, cross stitch, closets and musical events!

A Bucket List with a herding cats twist. lol

Each month I'm going to pick out...something to do or try and then give myself the entire month to make it happen. It's not going to be the typical "bucket list" kinda things but still in that spirit.

They won't all be big things.
Some will be fun, some serious, some easy or a little more complex. 
Things I've wanted to see or do, projects around the house, things on the blog, etc.

Everyone is welcome to join in if they'd like!
Create a blog post or add what you're doing in the comments!

Well...I'm working on it!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

How to Reprimand Your Rock Star by Mina Vaughn

Thea is a star basketball player at UConn on track to be Rookie of the Year. That is, if she can stay focused on the game. Lately that hasn’t been going so well, as her knee has been bothering her. But that’s not the only thing on her mind…

Ever since rock star Keaton Lowe surprised her in the girl’s locker room, Thea can’t stop thinking about him. On top of his status and enticing ways, he seems to know everything about her. But some of his actions cross the line, and Keaton needs to be punished. Will Thea keep her head in the game, or get distracted by her other favorite pastime—reprimanding her rock star?

Type: New Adult, Erotic
Heat: 3.5 out of 5--light BDSM
Rating: 3 out of 5

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Well that was cute! How to Reprimand Your Rock Star was a fun little jaunt as a young basket ball star runs into a sexy rock star and the two heat things up while getting to know each other and realizing they might just have a little kink between them. Ooo la la!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

SIGN UP: Fairy Tale Magic Blog Hop Sept 15-22nd!

Wanted to pass this along here as well! We're hosting another hop! This one is set for September 15th and is all about the Fairy Tale. If you want to keep up to date on hops we host check out our other site HERE

If you're able to share this with other bloggers/authors you think might be interested please do! It's greatly appreciated :) 

Love...All things Fairy Tale? We're celebrating them in all their forms...originals, adaptations, twists and retellings. Sweet or steamy or a little bit twisted! Hop through all the blogs for giveaways at each stop! And don't forget to enter the grand prize drawing too!

Signed, Sealed, Delivered (The Ladies Who Lunch #2) by Sandy James

When life gets tough and love is hard to find, four friends take their troubles to lunch. High school teacher Juliana Kelley tells the Ladies Who Lunch that her life needs an overhaul . . . and gets a whole lot more than she wished for.

Juliana has spent thirteen years in the same teaching job. She’s ready to dive into a new career with both feet . . . when a run-in with the hottest man she’s ever seen knocks her head over heels. But with her failed marriage to a fellow teacher fresh on her mind, Jules can’t afford to lose herself in a relationship—no matter how perfect it may seem.

Connor Wilson has hit rock bottom when he loses his career as a top-notch Realtor because of a large gambling debt. Now, in a small town he finds a fresh start—and a gorgeous redhead who sparks new life into him. Together they start a successful real estate company, but when pleasure sneaks into the business, they’ll have to decide what they can let go . . . and what they can’t live without.

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Oh yes. I'm smitten. I would LOVE to be part of the Ladies Who Lunch and their delectable men. Signed, Sealed, Delivered...delivered everything I adore about contemporary romance. Fabulous characters, steam, passion, friendship and a romance that while it might not have had the most...conventional of starts was touching, sweet and perfectly imperfect.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Review/Quote-tastic (70)- *shakes fist* --Show Me, Baby by Cherise Sinclair

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Oh I do love the Shadowlands. And this week's Quote-tastic is from the new novella from Cherise Sinclair. This is a set of novellas from different authors that are connected by a girl from current times that finds herself trapped in a story she read and only able to stay alive by telling the King different tales she remembers so he'll spare her life to hear more. And this time it's Jake and Rainie from the Shadowlands story. Kinda neat but other than the intro the "story teller" doesn't come into play again during the novella.

Anyways. This one was pretty hot and had some great scenes. I love these two moments. The first for his response and the second for hers.

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