Monday, October 20, 2014

Quote-tastic/Revew--Wait, what now? --Loving Him off the Field by Jeanette Murray

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I have been LOVING Murray's books lately. They're just so blasted fun! And steamy too. This was one of those scenes. I just busted the hell out. Totally gigglesnorted.

Happiness Challenge--Day 16-- purrty flowers, chocolate eggs & calling out Miss Lisa Salvary!

Whew. These are getting harder to do! Holy cow. And a couple I've accidentally almost repeated. Guess I'm real thankful for those things. lol

  1. Pretty flowers. Weird since nature freaks me out but I do love some pops of color. Sunflowers and Spiked Blazing Stars together in an arrangement. I don't know why but that combo has always been my favorite. And gerber daisies because they're sunny and cheerful. 
  2. Cadbury Eggs. I'm still not sure about these Halloween ones. But I love the regular ones.
  3. a steaming hot shower on a cold day. Gah. So good!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Interview w/ Jennifer Faye-- Princes, Santa, Needlepoints & Tudors!

A royal kiss under the mistletoe

Prince Alexandro Castanovo arrives in snowy New York intent on protecting his royal family from scandal. And when Reese Harding—down-to-earth and heart-stoppingly beautiful—finds room for him at her inn, it seems like the perfect twist of fate.

Not long ago Reese's world came crumbling down, shaking her foundations. But this enigmatic stranger intrigues her! She's learned to be wary of secrets…but when she discovers Alex's true identity, might there be enough magic in the air to make this regular American girl a princess by Christmas…?

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Morning Jennifer! Come in come in. It's so chilly out these days I thought some hot tea and cookies would hit the spot while we chat a little about your newest release! *passes the cookies* I can't wait to hear what these two are getting up to!
Hi. *scarfs up one cookie and then can’t resist taking another* How’d you know cookies and tea are my favorites? *adds a little sweetener and milk to the black tea and takes a long yummy sip* Delicious. *smiles* I’m so happy to be here and to be able to share my new release with you. Thanks so much for the invite. :-)
I'm so glad you could come by too! It's always lovely having ya stop by. *fluffs some pillows and gets comfy* Alright now. If you had 10 seconds to hook someone what would you tell them about A Princess by Christmas?
Take an ordinary girl and drop her in the middle of extraordinary circumstances add in a dashing prince, a sprig of mistletoe and a sun-drenched Mediterranean island and you’ve got a holiday romance that isn’t your typical holiday romance.

Happiness Challenge--Day 15-- letters, the 'hoe and calling out Bridget (Bea's Book Nook!)

  1. Finding the perfect "favorite" no matter what it is. Bag, tea, notebook. 
  2. the 'Hoe. I love my car. He's an older guy--a 99--and well, erm, loved. He's solid though. He can handle a ding or getting banged up and keeps on rolling with his solid metal self. 
  3. Man Candy--not even gonna lie. I'm thankful for a pretty pretty man. And the occasional Chick Candy too. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Happiness Challenge--Day 14--candle death, the herd & calling out... Sharonda (Brazen Babe Reviews)

  1. Good bedding. Pillows, blankets, throws, soft sheets. 
  2. Winter clothes. I love winter gear. Pulled out my pretty scarves today. I love looking at them.
  3. the herd. Even when they're horrible little beasties and break my pretty new things (my Prize Candle--those ones that have the rings in them--was brutally slain not even 30 minutes after arriving). Even with that. I love the herd and am thankful for each of their furry paws. They're sweet most of the time. And funny. And more or less get along even though there's a mighty herd of them. They definitely make life...lively :)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Tasty Delights--Cheesy Baked Pasta w/ Eggplant + review (The Skinnytaste)

Gina Homolka is America’s most trusted home cook when it comes to easy, flavorful recipes that are miraculously low-calorie and made from all-natural, easy-to-find ingredients. Her blog, Skinnytaste is the number one go-to site for slimmed down recipes that you’d swear are anything but. It only takes one look to see why people go crazy for Gina’s food: cheesy, creamy Fettuccini Alfredo with Chicken and Broccoli with only 420 calories per serving, breakfast dishes like Make-Ahead Western Omelet "Muffins" that truly fill you up until lunchtime, and sweets such as Double Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies that are low in sugar and butter-free but still totally indulgent.

The Skinnytaste Cookbook features 150 amazing recipes: 125 all-new dishes and 25 must-have favorites. As a busy mother of two, Gina started Skinnytaste when she wanted to lose a few pounds herself. She turned to Weight Watchers for help and liked the program but struggled to find enough tempting recipes to help her stay on track. Instead, she started “skinny-fying” her favorite meals so that she could eat happily while losing weight.

With 100 stunning photographs and detailed nutritional information for every recipe, The Skinnytaste Cookbook is an incredible resource of fulfilling, joy-inducing meals that every home cook will love.

Type: Cookbook
Difficulty: easy
Rating: 5 out of 5
Value: Excellent. Well worth the price.

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If you're going to buy a cookbook...make it this one! The SkinnyTaste is one of the best cookbooks I've seen and it's focus is on healthier lower-cal meals/dishes that don't skimp on the taste. I really loved everything about this one. From the authors voice--she's matter of fact but I liked her attitude towards eating healthier and her approach to tasty meals--to the recipes themselves and the photography. There's a nice opening with the author's experiences and why this is important to her which was nice plus one thing that stuck out...even if you mess up on a recipe sometimes the best dishes are discovered that way. Recipes were easy to understand and simple enough for most to jump right in and try and ingredients easy to find at the local grocery. 

Happiness Challenge--Day 13--Ketchup, tagging frenzies & calling out Renee (Addicted to Romance)

  1. Ketchup--Food would not be worth it without it. (and did I use this one already?!! I need to write down my whole list so far lol)
  2. being able to get into and explore all kinds of reads from totally innocent to flat out filthy smut and everything in between. 
  3. Everyone that tags me in stuff. I know I joke about it sometimes but I absolutely adore seeing what people tag me in. Man candy, food, cats being crazy, pierced peni, It really makes my day every time and I'm so thankful for everyone that takes a second out to send me something :D

Kitten Confessions w/ Elizabeth (Expressions of a Hopeful Romantic)

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

*waves* Hullo Elizabeth! I totally had the urge to do a hello ala this guy at like :35 seconds.

Bwahaha. I might be a little punch drunk on a Krispy Kreme creme filled donut. *looks around innocently* Maybe. *whispers* there's a couple more right over there if ya want one :D Anywhos, Welcome to herding cats! Reading to dish those readery secrets to everyone?!!
Thank you so much for having me! It is truly an honor to take the hot seat! I loved the welcome and enjoying the yummy donuts!

Happiness Challenge--Day 12--NCIS, the cardio ban and calling out Michelle (The True Book Addict)

  1. NCIS--I really don't think I need to explain that one, do I? :)
  2. Pierced cocks of the fictional variety. Maybe of the real variety as well. Just haven't played with one yet. We shall see... I have a Goodreads Listopia List for anyone curious :) 
  3. Being able to laugh at my quirks. I know I have a, erm, couple of them. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Interview w/ Grace Burrowes--nightgowns and tide and kilted heroes!

To escape a scandal, Lady Joan Flynn flees her family's estate in the Scottish Highlands. She needs a husband by Christmas, or the holidays will ring in nothing but ruin.

Practical, ambitious mill owner Dante Hartwell offers to marry Joan, because a wellborn wife is his best chance of gaining access to aristocratic investors.

As Christmas—and trouble—draw nearer, Dante and Joan's marriage of convenience blossoms into unexpected intimacy, for true love often hides beneath the most unassuming holiday wrapping...

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*waves* Good morning Grace! Welcome to herding cats! With the weather turning I thought we'd settle down with a spot of tea and scones while we chat your new release. I just adored Dante so ready for some scoop on that sexy man. Alright, say you have only 10 seconds what would you tell someone about Lady Joan and Dante's story to have them good and hooked?
You know how, even though you're not a kid anymore, you still watch "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "Rudolph?" Dante and Joan's story is like that--warm, touching, sweet, feel-good, gently humorous, holiday happily ever after. 

Happiness Challenge--Day 11--Coffee ice cream, crazy schemes & calling out Debbie (The Reading Frenzy)

  1. The herd pup. My girlie is going to be 15 this next year and is just a sweetie. She loves to smile and give hugs and for the most part is a good girl :) I've had her since she was 2 years old so most of my adult life which is just crazy!
  2. Coffee ice cream. Which is weird since I don't like coffee and shouldn't eat ice cream (hampers breathing most times lol)
  3. knowing who I am, what my beliefs are and not being scared to stand up for them.

Darling Beast (Maiden Lane #7) by Elizabeth Hoyt

Falsely accused of murder and mute from a near-fatal beating, Apollo Greaves, Viscount Kilbourne has escaped from Bedlam. With the Crown's soldiers at his heels, he finds refuge in the ruins of a pleasure garden, toiling as a simple gardener. But when a vivacious young woman moves in, he's quickly driven to distraction . . .

London's premier actress, Lily Stump, is down on her luck when she's forced to move into a scorched theatre with her maid and small son. But she and her tiny family aren't the only inhabitants—a silent, hulking beast of a man also calls the charred ruins home. Yet when she catches him reading her plays, Lily realizes there's more to this man than meets the eye.

Though scorching passion draws them together, Apollo knows that Lily is keeping secrets. When his past catches up with him, he's forced to make a choice: his love for Lily . . . or the explosive truth that will set him free.

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

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I'll admit. I get a little giddy picking up one of Hoyt's historicals. They're seductive and enchanting with just a touch of darkness that gives them incredible depth and layers. And, yeah, Darling Beast...I couldn't put it down! It held me in it's grasp from page one and completely consumed my time as a ruined Pleasure Garden brings together two unlikely souls--an escapee from Bedlam and a down on her luck actress--who are both hiding life altering secrets that come crashing down around them.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Quote-tastic/Review--are you wearing a...skirt?--Rules for a Proper Governess by Jennifer Ashley

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This week is all about Jennifer Ashley and her highlanders. *swoons* Alright so these two are fairly night and day. He's lost his wife a while back and pretty much stopped living at that point and Bertie--his new love interest--is very much a vivacious and lively one and he's desperate to get that feeling. To see what she sees. I loved the final little bit of their exchange. Just made me smile and was so her.

Happiness Challenge--Day 10--lists, awesome grocery stores and calling out...Tracy a book pixie :D

Hrm. I seem to be getting even more behind and I don't know how! lol I could swear I'm posting one a day. *flails* It might turn into a 34 day no fail happiness challenge. lol

  1. Lists--I love making lists. Any kind. I have like 30 lists going for one thing or another. I love crossing things off of them. It's such a power rush that absolute control of marking through one. Gaaaaaahhhh take that! you list item! Yeah. I know. I'm weird.
  2. The perfect office supply. You know when you finally find that favorite pen or notebook or post it note and have to buy like 20 of them because what if they discontinue it?!! You love this X, Y or Z. 
  3. Christmas decorations. I love them. As is evident by the walk in closet crammed full of them. Come on Dec 1! I am ready to pull everything out and make the house look like it barfed the Christmas Spirit!

SIGN UP--Fright Night Blog Hop (Oct 24th-31st)

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Join us for a little Halloween fun in the Fright Night blog hop! Stop by each blog to check out their favorite paranormal or spooky reads and enter their giveaways!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Happiness Challenge--Day 9--Donuts, quirky houses and calling our Leah!

1. Living somewhere where pretty much everything I need is in 5 miles of my house. Literally. 5 miles. Maybe not even that. lol
2. My house. It may not be clean all the time. ::snort:: Or the most elegant or fancy place around. But I love my house and all it's quirky bits. From a slightly slanted floor in the guest room to the wall decoupaged with year book pages from the 50s to the wall to wall bookcases and weird and random art--including a Chinese paper chicken "print"--to the dining room with pink paint cat paws running across it and the baseboard with dog nail marks from stretching babies. It's a lived in place that's been a good home for me and the herd the last 10 years and suits us rather well :D
3. a little time to be creative when the urge strikes. This week it's still my nails. I'm having fun with it. This is take two. I went a little fast in my designs and got bubbles in a couple of them. Lesson learned. Slow, Anna. Slow.

Sweeter Than Sin (Secrets & Shadows #2) by Shiloh Walker

It took years for Adam to stop drowning his regrets in alcohol, and running the local bar doesn’t make it any easier—especially not when everyone he knows gathers there to discuss the shocking allegations that have shattered his hometown. When another murder rocks sleepy Madison to its core, it becomes chillingly clear that even more vicious wounds are waiting to be exposed.

Nothing is sacred anymore, and no one is safe, least of all the mystery woman who shows up in town out of the blue, looking like every fantasy Adam’s ever had. She may have her own dangerous secrets, but she can’t ignore the urgent heat between them any more than he can. As a killer’s quest for vengeance explodes into violence, Adam is tempted to lose himself in the delicious promise of her body—until he realizes he’ll risk anything if she’ll give him her heart…in Sweeter than Sin by Shiloh Walker.

Type: Romantic Suspense
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Oh my. Yes. I am totally digging this series from Shiloh Walker. Sweeter Than Sin was one damn sexy romance with a side of suspense that totally messed with my head. Had me fighting mad over a small town and the incredible evil that runs deep into it's roots and hopeful over those that refuse to let it keep destroying lives.

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