Thursday, May 21, 2015

Day Shift (Midnight, Texas #2) by Charlaine Harris

There is no such thing as bad publicity, except in Midnight, Texas, where the residents like to keep to themselves. Even in a town full of secretive people, Olivia Charity is an enigma. She lives with the vampire Lemuel, but no one knows what she does; they only know that she’s beautiful and dangerous.

Psychic Manfred Bernardo finds out just how dangerous when he goes on a working weekend to Dallas and sees Olivia there with a couple who are both found dead the next day. To make matters worse, one of Manfred’s regular—and very wealthy—clients dies during a reading.

Manfred returns from Dallas embroiled in scandal and hounded by the press. He turns to Olivia for help; somehow he knows that the mysterious Olivia can get things back to normal. As normal as things get in Midnight…

Type: Mystery/Paranormal
Heat: N/A
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Oooos I'm loving me some Midnight, Texas and the crazy people who call it home. A little mystery, a huge wallop of paranormal-ness, curious new arrivals to the town and a squeal-able guest appearance from another series made for an entertaining time as Day Shift slowly uncovers the secrets of it's residents.

The quick of it...or, maybe not so quick of it since there was a LOT happening in Day Shift is that Manfred's client died during a reading and he's been accused by her son of stealing from her which has brought all kinds of attention to Midnight. Attention NONE of the residents are all that thrilled about since they all have secrets and people they're hiding from. On top of that a young boy has been left in the town's care who has some strange things happening to him and a corporation has restored the local hotel and moved in elderly residents--which brings about all kinds of questions and suspicions. There's just a lot happening in this little town that's got everyone feeling very nervous.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Hot Alphas Anthology by Lora Leigh, Laurelin McGee, Shiloh Walker, Kate Douglas

Type: Contemporary Romance w/ Light Suspense

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*noms* I love a sexy alpha so I was all in when I saw Hot Alphas. Plus the fact that Leigh, Walker and Douglas are favorites? <looks around dreamily> Yes, please! Some good loving, a nice variety of set ups and a tiny bit of suspense made for some good reads for the most part.

I totally expected this to be a complete knock out. But it didn't quite make it there. Douglas and Walker came through with stellar reads that were fun and sexy--though Walker's was a previous release, Leigh brought the only real alpha in the bunch and great characters but McGee. Well. The McGee contribution left me truly livid and wicked pissed. It also brought down the rating to a 3 star and a suggestion that if you want to read this one try to get it via the library. For the price and how insulting I felt the McGee read was I'd have a hard time suggesting otherwise...

Interview w/ Carolyn Crane-- margaritas, kitties & grabby hands!

When her long lost twin sister is won in a card game by a brutal drug cartel, Association head Zelda Pierce knows what she has to do: Take her place. Save her. She’ll use the opportunity to infiltrate the shadowy group--and try not to think about the reason she left the spying game eight years ago. She’s slept with dangerous criminals before; she can do it again.

Hugo Martinez is one of South America’s most lethal and wanted men, a legendary mercenary living on a windswept mountain. Even at the height of the war he wasn’t in the habit of taking women captive, but the cartel’s American whore has seen his face. And he and the orphan boy need a cook. He shouldn’t get attached to this woman, but her presence and passion are becoming addictive.

Zelda finds herself falling for her captor…but is he the killer she’s been hunting all these years?

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Mornin' Carolyn! Welcome to herding cats! I'm having a go at making sopaipillas and the Herd has been particularly devilish today so I decided to go theme and break out with the margaritas a bit early today. Figured we could drink and nosh while we chat Behind the Mask. How's everything going over in yall's world?
Hey, thank you so much for having me!!  I’m so happy to be at your lovely blog. *clinks glasses* Who doesn’t need a nice margarita while doing the hard work of herding cats? 
Amen to that! *takes a fortifying sip of frozen strawberry goodness while pointedly ignoring the herd* So. Behind the Mask sounds crazy intense. If you had 10 seconds to get someone good and curious what would you tell them?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Game Changer (Bomb Squad #3) by Melissa Cutler

Welcome to Destiny Falls, New York, home of Bomb Squad—an ice hockey team full of rugged military heroes. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has the team captain packing his bags for greener pastures, but saying good-bye to the woman who’d captured his heart is easier said than done…

After being wounded in combat, Brandon Theroux lives every day like it’s his last. He never could have imagined that the sleek mechanics of his prosthetic leg would open so many doors, including minor celebrity status as a fitness model and a well-earned reputation as a rakish playboy. The only door it hasn’t opened is the one to Harper Johnson’s bedroom.

Harper has too much self-respect to join the ranks of Brandon’s “carpe diem” conquests, but when she needs someone to keep the peace in the tavern she owns, Brandon offers his help—as long as she agrees to a very tempting trade. It isn’t long before the two realize that a deal struck between friends who can’t keep their hands off each other has the potential to be a whole lot hotter than either of them is prepared to handle…

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

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Game Changer. So, so, much more than I expected. And I was expecting an awesome sexy read to begin with so that's saying something. I really loved everything about this one as Brandon and Harper screw things up, patch them back together and figure out what the hell is really important in life.

So. Why this one rocked so much awesome...

  • I love the set up of this series. *noms* Military men who have overcome tremendous odds and injuries from war--they're all amputees of some sort or suffer PTSD--and formed a hockey team. So Military men. And a sports fix. And they're all sexy to boot. This one was a little light on the sports aspect since he was out of town for a large portion but there are some nice scenes.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Quote-tastic-- Eeps! We've been memejacked by Shelley Munro!

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.

Greetings from New Zealand. My name is Shelley Munro, and I’d like to tell you a story before I get to my quotes from my latest release Alien Encounter: Janaya.

Way back in 2003, I was an unpublished writer. I had loads of ambition and determination, which was why I was sitting down on a Saturday morning and trying to work on a new story about aliens crash-landing in a small country town. Scotty, our beloved fox terrier dog, wanted to go for a walk—as in right now, immediately, Shelley. Take me now!

“Scotty,” I said. “Please let me write a little bit more. Then we’ll go for an extra-long walk. I promise.”

I wrote a few paragraphs.

“Woof,” said Scotty. “Woof. Woof.”

Books. Books! *squeals with delight* ---New Releases (May 19) & Book Deals!

All kinds of goodies today! Just click on the category on the left side of the widget and it'll bring up new releases, sales and freebies to scroll through. Once you've clicked on a book to check it out you can hit the back button to return to the original page.

Everything links over to Amazon. If you do pick one up it helps the Herd! Yay! We earn a small commission (about 7%) for any purchase made through us. It doesn't cost you anything extra and helps keep the blog running (so thank you!). It's greatly appreciated!

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

Tasty Delights--Spaghetti with Cabbage & Breadcrumbs

Tasty Delights and Dazzling Disasters is all about playing in the kitchen and having some fun.

I'll share my delights and my disasters. Yall feel free to join in and create your own posts, share your favorite recipes, what have you. If you have a recipe suggestion just let me know!

I've been on a cooking spree lately and wanting to try dishes I've never made before. You know. Instead of making the same old...same old. So I whipped out my stack of recipes I've snagged from magazines and such over the years.

This one popped out at me and omg. It might not look like much but it's absolutely delicious!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Word from the Herd: Done. I am DONE!!! This book & Me?...OVER!

So this one was kind of a toss up between being a Word from the Herd or a Randomly Random but it landed here since I'm feeling more ranty than cheeky. One of my review books today had me feeling a bit...peeved. Actually a few books lately have. I've not had a good reading week and it got me wondering....

What makes you quit a book?

Not just things you'd rather not read but things that have you going...

'oh hell no! I quit this fucking bitch! Next!' type things.

Bites & Nibbles--Some Quickie Reviews--Yield to Me by Sarah Castille, Chasing Danger by Katie Reus, Scandalously Yours by Cara Elliott

Amateur MMA fighter, Marcy Foster is determined to win the state championship. But dark secrets and a broken trust mean there's one submission she just can’t master. Fortunately Club Excelsior has hired a coach who knows all the right moves.

Sexy, confident and commanding, fight consultant Jax demands control, both in and out of the ring. But once he has Marcy against the ropes, Jax knows he’s in too deep. He has the dominance to give her what she needs, but once he unleashes her hidden passions, there's no going back.

Under Jax's skilled hands, Marcy submits to her deepest desires. But when her personal and professional worlds collide, she is forced to face a brutal truth — yielding to her darkest needs may be the one thing that costs her the fight...and her heart..

Type: Contemporary, Novella     Heat: 3 out of 5      Rating: 2 out of 5
Yield to Me (Club Excelsior #1)
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SIGN UP-- Favorite Heroines Blog Hop (June 17-24)

June 17th-24th we're sharing our favorite kickass heroines! Come meet these awesome ladies and find out why they're the best of the best. Be sure to stop by each blog. There's a giveaway at every stop!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Scoundrel and the Debutante (The Cabot Sisters #3) by Julia London

The dust of the Cabot sisters' shocking plans to rescue their family from certain ruin may have settled, but Prudence Cabot is left standing in the rubble of scandal. Now regarded as an unsuitable bride, she's tainted among the ton. Yet this unwilling wallflower is ripe for her own adventure. And when an irresistibly sexy American stranger on a desperate mission enlists her help, she simply can't deny the temptation.

The fate of Roan Matheson's family depends on how quickly he can find his runaway sister and persuade her to return to her betrothed. Scouring the rustic English countryside with the sensually wicked Prudence at his side—and in his bed—he's out of his element. But once Roan has a taste of the sizzling passion that can lead to forever, he must choose between his heart's obligations and its forbidden desires.

Type: Historical
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

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An out-of-his-element American who's burly, grumbly. searching England--unsuccessfully-- for his runaway sister, and has oh so wide shoulders. Really. It's just the thing to make a sensible young woman lose her head, throw her travel plans out the window and follow said wide shouldered burly American unbeknownst to her family. See. She's on the way to visit a friend and while waiting for her chaperon at the trading post she spots this man who's a fish out of water, having trouble with his accent and getting where he needs to be and chickie just can't resist helping him get where he's going.  Oooos! Yeah. She's a bit naughty for sure.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Interview w/ Deeanne Gist--the Tiffany Girls, dyslexia and a TON of tomatoes

As preparations for the 1893 World’s Fair set Chicago and the nation on fire, Louis Tiffany—heir to the exclusive Fifth Avenue jewelry empire—seizes the opportunity to unveil his state-of-the-art, stained glass, mosaic chapel, the likes of which the world has never seen.

But when Louis’s dream is threatened by a glassworkers’ strike months before the Fair opens, he turns to an unforeseen source for help: the female students at the New York Art Institute. Eager for adventure, the young women pick up their skirts, move to boarding houses, take up steel cutters, and assume new identities as the “Tiffany Girls.”

Tiffany Girls is the heartwarming story of the impetuous Flossie Jayne, a beautiful, budding artist who is handpicked by Louis to help complete the Tiffany chapel. Though excited to live in a boarding house when most women stayed home, she quickly finds the world is less welcoming than anticipated. From a Casanova male, to an unconventional married couple, and a condescending singing master, she takes on a colorful cast of characters to transform the boarding house into a home while racing to complete the Tiffany chapel and make a name for herself in the art world.

As challenges mount, her ambitions become threatened from an unexpected quarter: her own heart. Who will claim victory? Her dreams or the captivating boarder next door?

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Good morning Deeanne! So excited to have you joining the Herd today to chat about Tiffany Girl. I set up tea and cookies on the patio so come on back. *pours a spot of tea* Alright, now,if you had 10 seconds to hook someone what would you tell them about Flossie and her journey?
Flossie was a New Woman in the 1890s—meaning she moved away from her family’s home and got a job before she was married. (That was totally taboo during her time). She’s an only child who was told her whole life that she was above average, and she gets a rude awakening when she strikes out into the real world and realizes that she’s not quite as “special” as she thought.
I just adored her. Can you tell us 3 interesting/unique/fun/etc behind-the-scenes facts about Tiffany Girl? Think Pop-Up Video style.

  • The Tiffany Girls had an exhibit at the Women’s Building at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair 

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