Sunday, January 25, 2015

Tasty Delights--Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies + Review (Homemade Decadence)

Joy Wilson believes that everything is better with pie. And caramel. And definitely ice cream. Her world is pretty sweet: she dabbles daily in butter and sugar as her blogging alter ego, Joy the Baker. Her new book, Joy the Baker Homemade Decadence, is packed with 125 of Joy’s favorite, supereasy, most over-the-top, totally delicious treats, such as Dark Chocolate, Pistachio, and Smoked Sea Salt Cookies; Butterscotch Cream Pie with Thyme-Marshmallow Meringue; Mint Chocolate Chip Cake; and Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream. After all, every day is an opportunity for sweets.

Type: Cookbook
Difficulty of Recipe: Easy
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Amazon | Goodreads
Homemade Decadence was an absolutely mouth-watering cookbook. From cover to cover it was beautifully done with gorgeous photos, luscious recipes and a comforting voice from the author as she talked about each of the dishes. It was just beautifully done set of recipes and will definitely be one I use again and again.

Um...yum?! SO many yummy looking recipes and easy to find ingredients. There were also some daring combinations for flavors that while not for me--I'm rather unadventurous when it comes to food--would delight those that like interesting combos of flavors, textures and scents. Ex-- Roasted Strawberry & Balsamic Grits or Apple Pie with a Cheddar-Bacon Crust.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Word from the Herd-- Are YOUR comments important to a blogger?

Happy weekend yall! 
So today I wanted to talk about commenting :D

I know. Scary word for some but so important for a bunch of reasons from morale boosts to community building and opportunities for bloggers.

And these reasons to comment apply to you if you're an author, reader or blogger.

(I'm not one that thinks authors have to avoid commenting on blogs but that's a post for another day)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Razed (Barnes Brothers #2) by Shiloh Walker (@BerkleyRomance)

Keelie doesn’t believe in the “perfect man.” But the men who are worth the trouble are usually taken—like her business partner Zach Barnes. After a string of bad luck and the lost chance with Zach, Keelie decides that maybe flying solo—and living with suppressed desires—is the key to happiness.

As a photographer, Zane Barnes has an eye for the human form, and his eyes can’t get enough of Keelie’s curves. Unfortunately, Keelie is like most women—always fawning over his little brother, Zach. Zane is about ready to give up, but then a few stolen moments at his brother’s wedding have him thinking maybe there’s a chance there after all. Now he just has to prove that the perfect man does exist…for her.

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5 (though very very limited)
Rating: 4 out of 5

Amazon | All Romance | Book Depository | BAM | Goodreads
Ooooo now...that was good time! Razed was such a fun romance and damn it had me smiling like a fool for most of it. 

I loved these two. Zane's had a thing for Keelie for years without her knowing. She always just thought he was joking when he made comments about dating her but oh he has had it bad and the two together definitely have some fireworks happening. I loved watching them start to figure out their relationship. Keelie who tries so hard to not form bonds and hold people at a distance and Zane who has his own issues but a huge support system with his brothers (who were a freaking riot!). There was a sweetness to these two that just grabbed my heart and had me smiling. They had some pretty funny moments too.

Cat Thursday--Human. You shall feed!

Welcome to the weekly meme hosted by The True Book Addict that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats!

Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of kitteh!

Cats are so nutty about food. I just love em.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Guest Post w/ Alyssa Alexander-- Oh...she's got a herd! And...has set butter...on fire?!

*waves* Morning yall!! We've got Alyssa Alexander joining us today. She's one of the new to me authors I'm totally stalking right now. I lurved! her newest release. She's got a fun post for yall today. Total herd babe cuteness and some :snort: worthy cooking disasters mixed in too. Give it a look-see and then be sure to leave Alyssa some comment love! ~Anna
When her husband is killed at Waterloo, Lilias Fairchild takes up his cavalry sword and boldly storms the front, earning herself the nickname Angel of Vengeance. But there is another angel on the battlefield who is just as single-minded, and just as ruthless…

Alistair Whitmore, the Marquess of Angelford, is a British spy. Code name: Angel. Still haunted by a first love felled by assassins, his mission draws him to Waterloo, where he is captivated by a beautiful and mysterious woman fighting amongst the men—a woman who becomes his most intoxicating memory of war.

Two years later, Lilias and Angelford lock eyes in a crowded ballroom and the memory returns in an exhilarating rush. The history they share, and hide from the world, is as impossible to ignore as the heat of their attraction. But it’s that very connection that spells doom for their scandalous affair. When someone from the shadows of their past proves a dire threat to their lives, passion might not be enough to save them.

Amazon | All Romance | Book Depository | BAM | Goodreads

There I was, thumb cramping as I scrolled through my Facebook news feed on my phone, when suddenly my jaw dropped. Someone created a blog just for me to follow! Why? Because I (1) have a herd and (2) burn soup. I also burn cookies. And chili. And fish. And a host of other things. Accordingly, I clicked ‘like’ on Facebook immediately, then came over here and read all sorts of fun things. Then Anna read my second book, IN BED WITH A SPY, liked and reviewed it (made me blush, even!) and now I get to visit here!

Therefore, in honor of herds and of soup, I thought I’d give you a rundown of my herd and my kitchen, in pictures and in words. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Farther I Fall by Lisa Nicholas (@BerkleyRomance)

Gwen Tennison got out of Afghanistan alive but scarred--and then got stuck on her sister's couch. When she's offered a job managing the U.S. tour for rock music's hottest, most troubled star, it seems like just the thing to snap her out of her post-injury funk. Her instructions are simple: start the shows on time, and keep him clean.

But Lucas Wheeler may be more than she can handle. Though he's drug-free, he still feels the need, and his gorgeous, capable new tour manager is a challenge he can't ignore. Fame and infamy have forced Lucas to protect his heart, but soon he finds himself craving Gwen's touch, and yearning to give her control. And Gwen might feel the same way.

But it's not just the mutual heat between them that is keeping Gwen on her toes. Someone is following Lucas from city to city. With more than just her job on the line Gwen must decide how much she's willing to risk to keep Lucas safe.

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 (eeking towards 3.5) out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5
Cover: 1 out of 5--pretty uninspiring. Glad I overlooked it b/c it was an excellent read

Amazon | All Romance | Goodreads
Oh but I was feeling some mad love for The Father I Fall! Nicholas totally knocked her debut book out of the park. I couldn't put this one down and was totally captivated by a sexy rocker and his tough as nails love interest who is former British Army and now tasked with keeping him in line as his tour manager. With some strange happenings and some creep-tastic letters showing up it was both hot and sexy and a little unnerving as these two figured out how to deal with both each other and the things happening around them.

Oh man. Where to start!? These two! I seriously loved them. They were so different than most heroes and heroines. Rocking some heavy duty issues and attitudes but managing to be so damn intriguing and likable at the same time.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Book Deals! New Releases, 99cents, $1.99 & Freebies!

To navigate the widget! On the left side are three categories

New Releases
99cent-1.99 deals
and Freebies. 

Just click that link then scroll through. 
There will be a couple of pages for each. You can click on the cover for book blurb then just hit the back button to get to the main list again.  

Let me know if you grab anything! It helps me for picking future 99cent and freebie deals!      ~Anna

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Quote-tastic--- We're being meme-jacked by PA DePaul and her men. *squeals*

Hey guys! We're getting meme-jacked today! PA DePaul is taking over for the day and bringing you some sexy guys who might just be...a little scary but is such a damn good way. Check em out and don't forget to enter the giveaway down at the bottom too! ~Anna

Join us every Monday and share a favorite quote that's grabbed ya for one reason or another. 

Everyone's welcome to join in. Authors, bloggers, readers. The more the merrier! Just grab the button and toss up your post :) 

No blog? No worries, just leave your favorites in the comment section.

Hey Everybody! Herding Cats & Burning Soup has graciously allowed me to take over Quote-tastic Monday! (I promise her arm will be out of the sling soon. I tried not to twist too hard, but I guess I don’t know my own strength. ) Let me introduce myself. My name is P.A. DePaul and the quote I’ve chosen today comes from my Romantic Suspense release, Exchange of Fire, SBG #1.

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