Saturday, April 19, 2014

A to Z--Q...

Herding Cats vs The A to Z Challenge!
This is my third year joining in on blogging the Alphabet in April!

2014 Theme: "Gasp, Sigh, Gigglesnort w/ a side of Yum"

Q: You tell me! (Gigglesnort)

So...what's your guess for today's A to Z topic??

Friday, April 18, 2014

Feel the Rush (Hard Feelings #2) by Kelsie Leverich

'A fun romantic romp with great characters and a fun storyline I just couldn't resist." ~herding cats & burning soup
Picking the wrong men is a talent Meagan Mitchell has perfected. She’s sweet, confident, beautiful—and single. With her thirtieth birthday sneaking up on her, she needs a new plan. No more Mr. Wrongs or Mr. Bads, it’s time to find Mr. Safe…

Army Captain, Reed Porter, lives for the thrill—he’s an Airborne Jumpmaster with a rush addiction. He’s sexy and playful, and he quickly tempts Meagan with his rich Southern drawl and sinful looks. But slowing down and settling down are not in his agenda, making him exactly the type of man Meagan wants to avoid…

As their undeniable attraction heats up, Meagan has to decide if she’s willing to risk everything on a chance at love with a reckless charmer. Is she brave enough to bet her future—and her heart—on Mr. Thrill? Or will Reed finally learn that the feeling of a safe landing is just as addicting as the rush of the fall?

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

Amazon | All Romance | Book Depository | BAM | Goodreads

I absolutely love getting lost in a book. Sitting down to read for just a few minutes and looking up and it's an hour later and I've been completely consumed. And Leverich did just that with Feel the Rush. It was a fun romantic romp with great characters and a fun storyline I just couldn't resist as Reed and Meagan dealt with an, erm, past encounter he kinda forgot about and the fact they were now neighbors, wildly attracted to each other and completely and utterly wrong for each other...according to them. Fate on the other hand...totally different opinion on that front.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Must Reads! Paranromal Romance (A to Z)

A bit back I was asked about doing some "favorites" lists. 

Books or authors I think should be on everyone's tbr pile.

So... Herding Cats & Burning Soup Must Reads! 

Some are single books. Some entire series.

The lists are fluid. I'll update and change them as I read new books. 
So check back now and again.

(Lists will be docked in the drop down menu right up....there ^ )

Today's List...Paranormals.
(a lot of these were ones I read pre-herding cats so there aren't links to reviews for most)
And some landed heavier on the UF side of things than the romance side so will be in that list instead of this one (ie--Laurell K Hamilton, Rachel Caine, Keri Arthur)

Guest Post--Who's Been Skrewd + giveaway

Morning ladies! We're featuring a fun little collection today. A bunch of authors writing their own versions of the same character...Ben Skrewd. lol Check out a little more about their collection below and enter to win an ipad mini too!  ~Anna

To purchase visit Red Door Reads and click on the different book covers! 

Red Door Reads is a fun and active group of multi-published authors, writing across the spectrum of Romance.  A group of us were gathered together last year, excited about the idea of doing a project together.  Novellas seemed a logical choice, but we were looking for something not related to a holiday, something that hadn’t been done before.  Something to do with a Red Door was an idea, but we also wanted something more universally relatable.  We were throwing around ideas when the always witty Susan Sey came up with the idea of a character named Ben Skrewd and the question: “Who’s Ben Skrewd?”

Well, we laughed.  And then we ran with it!  And we are now thrilled to present to you eleven novellas that cross the genres of Romance, each featuring a Red Door and a mysterious fellow named Ben Skrewd.

A to Z (& Cat Thursday)--Oh yeah. Cat's are assholes. *nods*

Herding Cats vs The A to Z Challenge!
This is my third year joining in on blogging the Alphabet in April!

2014 Theme: "Gasp, Sigh, Gigglesnort w/ a side of Yum"

O: Oh yeah. Cat's are assholes. *nods*

I love the herd babes. Really. Yall know I do. But some days...cats...are just assholes. *nods*

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Interview w/ Tawdra Kandle--wait...there are HOW many flamingos??

Nell Massler is a powerful witch from an ancient magical family. Before she was eighteen years old, she attempted murder—not once, but twice. Committed to a psych ward, she attempts to right her wrongs and almost loses her life.

While she’s lost in a coma, Caruthers Initiative Institute develops a vested interest in waking Nell—and offering her a chance at redemption.

Nell is given a fresh start in exchange for saving her fellow agent, Rafe Brooks. Keeping him alive and in hiding will require every ounce of her extraordinary abilities. Not falling head over heels for the sexy mind manipulator will take a miracle.

It's when they uncover a plot to destroy the world that Nell will be put to the test... will she choose Rafe and to do the right thing? Or will she succumb to the temptation of evil yet again?

Undeniable: Amazon | Goodreads
            Unquenchable: Amazon | Goodreads

Morning Tawdra! Welcome to herding cats! It's so nice to meet you. I'm totally lusting over your covers for this series and can't wait to hear some scoop on it!
Thank you! I'm so happy to be here, since I spend a good deal of my time herding cats. I love my covers, too.  Rafe is ooooh-la-la. . .

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A to Z--NCIS

Herding Cats vs The A to Z Challenge!
This is my third year joining in on blogging the Alphabet in April!

2014 Theme: "Gasp, Sigh, Gigglesnort w/ a side of Yum"

N: NCIS (Gasp & Sigh)

2012 (Naked Edge) | 2013 (New Potatoes) | 2014 Posts
Really now. Do I need to explain this one?
Leroy. Jethro. Gibbs.


Interview w/ Jess Michaels--now that's sexy...

Liam, the Earl of Windbury, had everything when he held his secret lover in his arms. Until a feud between their families left her dead, his body broken, and his sister married to his bitterest enemy.

Wracked with guilt, simmering with rage, he’s spent a year in seclusion, seeing no one except a few servants as he does his best to forget the past and patently refuses to think about any kind of future.

When courtesan Violet Milford enters Liam’s lair, she’s on a secret mission to gather information for Liam’s desperate sister, who fears for his sanity, even his life. What she finds is a man scarred inside and out, whose dark, controlling sensuality hides the kind, wounded man within.

Violet awakens a sexual desire more powerful than Liam has ever known, and her stories weave a spell that begins to work its way past his defenses. But when the truth inevitably comes out, it could well destroy the love that is saving them both.

Warning: This book features a sexually experienced woman who will use every trick in her book to save a man from himself.

Amazon | Goodreads

Morning Jess!I've got chocolate croissants and all sorts of pastries to snack on while we chat about Beauty and the Earl so come on in and get comfy. Congrats on it's release this morning by the way! It looks so flipping good!
Oh my god, the only croissants I can have are virtual ones, so I'll take them all. And thank you for having me, I'm excited to be here!

A to Z ( & Tuesday Jams)-- Miranda Lambert

Herding Cats vs The A to Z Challenge!

This is my third year joining in on blogging the Alphabet in April!

2014 Theme: "Gasp, Sigh, Gigglesnort w/ a side of Yum"

M: Miranda Lambert (Sigh & Gigglesnort)

Sooo. My friend Sharonda over at Salacious Reads does this Meme-- Tuesday Jams-- where you share a song or band or what-have-you that's been on your LOVE list lately. 

I'm a bit eclectic with my listens. Just like I am with pretty much everything else.

    This week....Miranda Lambert. I know. I keep saying I don't like country (or part country) and I keep posting them. *flails* so I'm a liar. I like some country-ish stuff. lol I'm hanging on to that -ish qualifier. ::snort:: Anyways. I just liked this first song. She's a fantastic actress I think. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Rock the Blog--Coming Soon!

I get emails on a regular basis asking how I do this or that one the blog and figured it might be time to start making some blogger-y posts about it. So. Rock The Blog.

Don't Miss Today's Posts!! Monday 4/14

Something went wonky with the feed this morning and it doesn't look like email subscriptions went out. So hoping this will send them through. If not! Don't miss today's posts!

1) A to Z Challenge---Rafael Lazzini (man candy)
2) Lisa Renee Jones Cover Love giveaway
3) Quote-tastic--The size of your...gun

[Are you a blogger? Leave your link so I can visit you too! ~Anna]

A to Z: Rafael Lazzini (yeah. this one's not work safe)

Herding Cats vs The A to Z Challenge!
This is my third year joining in on blogging the Alphabet in April!

2014 Theme: "Gasp, Sigh, Gigglesnort w/ a side of Yum"

L: Rafael Lazzini

Thought I'd share another one of my favorite man candies. Brazilian model Rafael Lazzini. Yums!
In all forms.

Quote-tastic (50)-- the size of your...gun.

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 :) 

Don't have a blog? No worries, just leave your favorites in the comment section.

I read Marine for Hire earlier this year and really enjoyed it. The hero was doing an undercover gig as the heroine's nanny for her twin boys and there's a bit of, erm, sexual tension going on between them.

Cover Love Giveaway w/ Lisa Renee Jones

Quickie spotlight and giveaway this morning for Lisa Renee Jones and two new novellas she's got coming out in the Inside Out Series. Both are from Mark's POV :) I just love him. Anyways. Check em out. And enter below! ~Anna

My Hunger (Inside Out 3.2--Mark's POV)
While Chris and Sara have traveled to Paris to avoid the chaos of press and police after the tragic night we’d shared, I have stayed to face the reality of what has happened. But there is no peace to be found in facing the truth, and no truth to be found in the confessions that have been made and retracted. I am a Master, all about control, and yet right now, facing great tragedy, I feel as if I have none. With my club and my relationships of the past in the spotlight, I find sanctuary in the one place I’ve promised I will never be again, but cannot seem to resist. Her arms.

***Mark and Crystal's story begins in the novella Master Undone

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Winter Bride (Chance Sisters #2) by Anne Gracie

Damaris Chance’s unhappy past has turned her off the idea of marriage forever. But her guardian, Lady Beatrice Davenham, convinces her to make her coming out anyway—and have a season of carefree, uncomplicated fun.

When Damaris finds herself trapped in a compromising situation with the handsome rake Freddy Monkton-Coombes, she has no choice but to agree to wed him—as long as it’s in name only. Her new husband seems to accept her terms, but Freddy has a plan of his own: to seduce his reluctant winter bride. (Not sure where they got this from at all since it's not the case in the actual book--it's a case of fake mates not a forced marriage)

Will Damaris’s secrets destroy her chance at true happiness? Or can Freddy help her cast off the shackles of the past, and yield to delicious temptation?

Type: Historical Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5
Series: Best read in order though not a must

Amazon | Book Depository | BAM | Goodreads

Fake betrothals, passion, humor and a wonderfully charming hero and heroine made The Winter Bride a winner in my book. Add in an utterly unique series set up and I'm even more on board. I love when authors bring something fresh to the table and Gracie definitely brought an interesting set up as the Chance sisters--who aren't really sisters--are brought together to form a family and given a second chance to overcome their sordid pasts. And maybe love along the way.

A to Z: The Kinkery

Herding Cats vs The A to Z Challenge!
This is my third year joining in on blogging the Alphabet in April!

2014 Theme: "Gasp, Sigh, Gigglesnort w/ a side of Yum"

K: The Kinkery!

Yes...the Kinkery.
And you're invited!

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FTC Disclaimer: While most of the books I review are ones I have purchased some have been provided for free by either the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. I'll always give yall exactly what I think regardless of how the books ended up on my shelf.