Thursday, September 18, 2014

Randomly Random--Tell me SOMETHING...Anything! Yes you. Over there. I wanna hear from you too!

So. I didn't feel like putting up a review today. Or anything serious. I know! Bad blogger! I just wanted a fun silly post for the day. And I want yall to play along! Don't be shy! Your comments do matter! No matter if you visit every day or just lurk. I want to hear from all of you <3 So today...Tell Me Something Random! I don't care what it is. Leave a photo, or a meme, or some great news, or what you're making for dinner. If the herd babes have done something goofy. Or if you're struggling with something and just need to get it off your chest. Just say hello or tell me about a book or author you're loving. Share a story. Anything at all. I wanna here it. See it. And with's a bit of randomness from my files and a story if you will...

SIGN UP--Perilous Risk Release Tour (Oct 3-6th) & FB party invite

Hey guys! Alright so real quick. There's a FB party Oct 3rd.You're all invited. There will be lots of authors and prizes and fun. Go HERE to join! Come on out and play!

Annnnnd....Bloggers! We've got a new tour open for sign-ups!
Plus if you'd like to be notified of future tours I help with you can sign up HERE.

Perilous Risk by Natasha Blackthorne

Afternoon Delight by Anne Calhoun

Sarah McCall, food truck co-owner and recent Manhattan transplant, savors each moment of her new job—whether it’s refining the truck's menu, learning the city, or spending afternoons in bed with the hot paramedic who's fast becoming her favorite customer.

Tim Cannon spends his days sprinting from one emergency to the next. He eats like he works—at top speed—somewhere along the line he lost his ability to enjoy life's simple pleasures. Hooking up with Sarah is just another way to cope with the stress of his job, until their afternoon trysts coax Tim into enjoying everything he's avoided. Can Tim learn to balance his job saving lives with the everyday delights that make life worth living? If anyone can teach him, it’s Sarah.

Type: Erotica, Novella
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 3 out of 5
Cover: meh not sure what that has to do with the book

Amazon | All Romance | Goodreads

Well. I liked it. *nods* I did. Afternoon Delight was a quickie read with a hefty does of steam as paramedic Tim stumbles across a food truck and it's captivating cook one afternoon and the two immediately hit it off and start a...competition of sorts.

Cat Thursday-- Human. You shall PAY!

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!

Okay so I've had to bathe my fair share of cats since I do rescue. Plus herd babe Mo. Lord help me. When he was young (and I'm talking until like 5 months ago and he's near 6) he had to have baths like every day. That boy was such a hot mess and could get himself all nasty like you wouldn't believe. So. Yeah. We've done these. Often. lol

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Scandal And The Duchess (Highland Pleasures #6.5) by Jennifer Ashley

Scandal follows Rose Barclay, young widow of the Duke of Southdown, wherever she goes. It's never her fault - honor bright - but newspapers love to write about the young woman from Scotland, and the much older duke she married, who died on their honeymoon. The duke left her with a large widow's portion, now contested by his younger brother, who kicks Rose out of the estate's dower house and uses it to kennel his dogs.

Rose does *not* need to be found with a large, handsome Scot passed out at her feet, fueling gossips and giving her brother-in-law more ammunition. The Scot is Steven McBride - a decorated soldier who is notorious for heavy gambling and womanizing during his leave time. Steven is happy to open his eyes and find the beautiful woman standing over him, and happy to help spirit her away. But the journalists get wind and start a campaign to couple Rose with the scandalous Steven McBride.

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

Amazon | All Romance | Goodreads

Oh that was lovely! I adore Ashley's Shifters Unbound series but had yet to make it to her historicals so Scandal and the Duchess was my first taste of her Highlanders and oh my yum!
"Are you certain you wish to be hampered by a fiancee?"

Steven's look softened, as it had earlier in his bedroom, the hard man becoming a gentle one. "No man could be hampered by you, Rose."

Monday, September 15, 2014

Kitten Confessions w/ Lark (The Bookwyrm's Hoard)

Kitten Confessions! That's right. I'm putting blog followers on the hot seat and getting them to dish all their readery secrets! Bwaha...

Goooood morning Lark! *waves madly* Welcome to herding cats! Ready to dish all your readery secrets? lol
Thanks for having me over, Anna! Sure thing – ask away!
Bwaha oh that is a dangerous thing giving me free range. lol Alright to kick things off can you tell us 3 funny/neat/quirky things about yourself?
  • I love reading aloud in different accents, especially various British accents. (To other people, of course – I don’t read aloud to myself!)

Review/Quote-tastic (71)--wait, what's freezing?! Forever Starts Tonight by Roni Loren

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.
Eep! This week is one of my favorite authors...Roni Loren. Who just writes glorious erotic romances. This is from a novella out tomorrow that's kind of a catch up "what are they doing now" kinda thing on the "couple" from book two of the series. It's m/f/m with some m/m elements to it as well. And I loved it! Anyways. Review is below if yall wanna check it out and a couple quotes too. This first one just made me giggle. I loved his reasoning for heading back inside...

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fairy Tale Magic Blog Hop! $100 Amazon Gift Card

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 for the $100 Amazon gift card grand prize drawing too!

The Accidental Abduction by Darcie Wilde

After having his proposal rejected by a beautiful but flighty woman, Harry vows he is done with unpredictable and impetuous women for good. Until beautiful and fierce Leannah Wakefield barrels into his life, inadvertently kidnapping him while on a wild carriage ride and leaving him all too eager to get back in the saddle…

Leannah would sacrifice everything to protect her family. So upon hearing of her sister’s intended elopement, she races across London to stop the ill-advised ceremony before it can happen. However, when her mad journey picks her up an unlikely stowaway, one who ignites her desire beyond all reason, she’s the one who ends up hastily wedding a handsome and secretive stranger.

But as Leannah and Harry immediately encounter opposition, jealousy, and suspicion of their hurried nuptials, they begin to doubt that their unquenchable passion can truly lead to a happy marriage—especially when both the bride and groom have devastating secrets to hide…

Type: Historical Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Amazon | All Romance | Book Depository | BAM | Goodreads

Runaway carriages, accidental abductions, quickie marriages and all sorts of scheming! Oh yes. The Accidental Abduction was a very interesting introduction to Darcie Wilde and a delightful historical ride!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Blogger to Author (2)--making an interview/guest post shine

Blogger to Author is a bit of an advice column for authors with tips and suggestions about working with bloggers, blogging in general and making the most of the platform.

Am I the be all and end all of bloggers? ::snort:: Hell no. But after near 3 years of blogging I've noticed trends and methods I think can help or harm authors and their goals and wanted to put something together to hopefully create better author/blogger relations and help authors who may not be bloggers present themselves if ways that may show them off better. It's all based on interactions that have happened here on herding cats & burning soup over the years. From sending requests to guest posting and what works best on the blogger side of things with this or that. While it might not all apply to every author/blogger it will hopefully give a bit of a starting point for discussions. 
Annnnd we're back with our second Blogger to Author chat! This time it's all about guest posts and interviews. Posts that can totally charm the reader or wind up being a little bit flat. I read somewhere that the average blog visit lasts less than a minute with people deciding if they're going to stick around and read the post within 10 seconds. That's...a lot of pressure. And how you start out a post/reply to questions can have a lot to do with keeping people on that page to see what you have to say.
I'm going to focus on those being interviewed for this post but a lot of this applies to those interviewing as well. And while I think these are good universal rules there are also, of course, exceptions to the "rules".

Jumping in...Obviously you don't want things to be flat. Just like in interviews or guest posts if it's's gonna make eyes glaze over and not grab anyone's attention. You want to get people engaged, interacting and wanting to read more from you and the best way to do that is to snag their attention and make them comfortable. Where they finish the interview or guest post and instantly want to grab up the book or whatever it is because you've made such an impression on them.

Friday, September 12, 2014

No Limits (Ultimate #1) by Lori Foster

Cannon Colter is quintessential hero material: chiseled jawline, shredded body—the works. He's also the guy who rescued Yvette Sweeny from kidnappers, only to put an end to her romantic dreams. These days, she's older, smarter, determined to face whatever life throws her way. Even the prospect of sharing a house and business with Cannon.

Cannon knew Yvette wanted him three years ago. But she was young—and some things are worth waiting for. Thrown together by her grandfather's legacy, he realizes how deep Yvette's scars really go, and how much danger lurks in their quiet town. As pent-up desire explodes between them, protecting her becomes the only fight that matters. And he'll break all the rules to do it…

Type: Contemporary Romance--Light Suspense
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

Amazon | All Romance | Book Depository | BAM | Goodreads

Well dammit. If you want to render me an absolutely useless grown up...hand me one of Lori Fosters books. Was it over 400 pages? Hmm...yep. Did I read it in less than a day? *looks around innocently* Yeah...yeah...pretty much. No Limits totally had me in it's clutches as Cannon and Yvette are brought back home and thrown into each other's lives once again and brought face to face with the past, some crazy and a whole bunch of hinky happening around them.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Interview w/ Kimberly Kincaid--cookies, man candy, mayo & awwwws

Desperate to escape the spotlight of her failed marriage to a fellow celebrity-chef, Carly di Matisse left New York City for a tiny town in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The restaurant she's running these days may not be chic, but in Pine Mountain she can pretend to be the tough cookie everybody knows and loves. Until she finds herself spending too much time with a way-too-hot contractor whose rugged good looks melt her like butter...

Jackson Carter wasn't looking for love. But he's not the kind of man to walk away from a worksite—or from a fiery beauty whose passionate nature provides some irresistible on-the-job benefits...

It's the perfect temporary arrangement for two ravenous commitment-phobes, except that Jackson and Carly keep coming back for seconds... and thirds... and fourths...

***ON SALE*** Amazon | All Romance | Book Depository | BAM | Goodreads

Kiiiiimmmmmberly!!!! Welcome back to the herd! *squee* So nice to have you dropping by this mornin. I might have gotten a wee bit excited and made cookies. Lots of cookies *whispers those heath bar crunch ones are real good*
You're a girl after my own heart! I made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies this morning. They go over really well with my kids!
I don't know about that pumpkin but yums to the chocolate chips! lol Alright, I'm ready for some juicy gossip about Gimme Some Sugar! If you had 10 seconds to hook someone what would you tell them?

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