Friday, August 31, 2012

Labor Day Giveaway Hop w/ Romance at Random!



Who doesn't love FREE BOOKS?!

From 9/1 through 9/15 Romance at Random and some pretty great blogs are getting together for a Labor Day Giveaway Hop with lots of lovely Free Books!

Just fill out the Rafflecopter, leave a comment & you could be chosen to win:

A Free Romance book! (10 winners in all)



 A prize pack from author Elisabeth Barrett  (5 winners) 

(check out her new release, BLAZE OF WINTER


Grand Prize is a $25 eGC

Are you doing anything fun for Labor Day weekend?

Reading any delicious books?!



*All gifts will be provided by Romance at Random! Huge thanks to them for including us in their hop!*



18 & Over- the invite


18 & Over Book Blogger Follow is a weekly feature that begins on Fridays and runs through the weekend, hosted by Crystal from Reading Between the Wines. This is a Friday blog hop with the objective to find and visit other book blogs that share the same interest as you, namely books geared towards the 18 & over crowd, and make some new friends!

This weeks Question...

Big Bad Beast (Pride, #6)It's Labor Day Weekend here in the States; the end of those long summer days, relaxing at the beach and family barbecues! Which three fictional book characters would you invite to a barbecue?

1. First I'd invite Ric Van Holtz since the man's a god in the kitchen and serious as hell about his food. You'd be eating goood with him around. I've so got a weakness for a man that can cook. He's a fine piece of eye candy too and a total charmer.

North of Need (Hearts of the Anemoi, #1)2. With all that mouthwatering grub I'd want someone who would enjoy it just as much as me so Owen Winters would be a must. He's silly, sweet, gorgeous and has a terrible sweet tooth so I wouldn't feel guilty about indulging in a dessert or two :) You would't stop laughing with him around.

Innocent in Death (In Death, #24)3. And then Eve Dallas because, well, because she's just an amazing woman and I'd love to meet her. She'd be fun to watch at a party too since she doesn't do the whole socializing thing if she can help it. Plus there's no way Roarke would let her out of his sight so he'd come along and that is one delicious man.


Who would you have at your holiday BBQ?

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Haunted (Women of the Otherworld #5) by Kelley Armstrong

Eve Levine — half-demon, black witch and devoted mother — has been dead for three years. She has a great house, an interesting love life and can’t be killed again — which comes in handy when you’ve made as many enemies as Eve. Yes, the afterlife isn’t too bad — all she needs to do is find a way to communicate with her daughter, Savannah, and she’ll be happy.

But fate — or more exactly, the Fates — have other plans. Eve owes them a favor, and they’ve just called it in. An evil spirit called the Nix has escaped from hell. She feeds on chaos and death, and is very good at persuading people to kill for her. The Fates want Eve to hunt her down before she does any more damage, but the Nix is a dangerous enemy — previous hunters have been driven insane in the process. As if that’s not problem enough, the only way to stop her is with an angel’s sword. And Eve is no angel. . . .


Type: Urban Fantasy, Demons, Ghosts, 1st Person
Heat: 1 out of 5
Rating: 5 out of 5

Whew. Now that was an amazing read. Haunted was by far my favorite book in the Women of the Otherworld series. Helluva shock since I really wasn't all that taken with Eve in previous books. But man did she turn out to be a huge surprise and an incredible heroine. I really enjoyed all of the different aspects of the book from the characters and their personal journeys to Eve's hunting down the Nix, an ancient evil that's escaped hell, which was just fascinating. Haunted wasn't the steamiest of reads but damn if it wasn't completely satisfying.

Dirty Little Secrets- the defiler of books...



Dirty Little Secret is a weekly meme hosted by the ladies over at Under the Covers. Every Thursday we get to know other bloggers and readers more intimately by asking them a question hoping to reveal their dirty little secrets. We hope that you will all join us! Click on the button up top to link up your post or if you don't have a blog join in on the comments! We wanna here from you too!


This week's question: 



Book abuse!  What's the worst thing you've done to a book?

I'm a completely unrepentant dog-earer. I figure it's a sign of a well loved and enjoyed book :) So lots of my books have a page turned here or there. 

But that's usually the worst I do. I'm pretty careful with the covers and not breaking the spines. Any like that usually come from the used bookstore.


Jeremy. The defiler of books.
One book though did meet a terrible end. The poor thing fell on the floor and before I realized it one of the herd babies decided it needed a little something extra and hurled right on it. Yeah. He's a charmer. 

So after one read I had to toss one of my favorites and head off to B&N to buy a new copy while repeating "I love my cat. I love my cat. I swear. I love my cat" the whole way there. 

What the worst you've done?! Come on, fess up :)


What in Thunder?!

So. When I get a little bored I rearrange furniture. 

Entire rooms have moved to entirely different floors in the middle of the night. 

My bedroom moved to the dining room at 3am one time. 
Like I said. I was bored and wanted to see what it would look like. 
That little adventure lasted about 4 months. 

I'm feeling all itchy again and ready to try something new but man I hit the big 30 yesterday and damn if it didn't make me feel old

Way too old to be lugging beds and bookcases all over the blasted place.

So this time I'm taking it out on the blog!

Not quite sure what I'm going for but the next couple weeks I'll be messing around with things. Feel free to let me know what you think along the way. Love a color? Like this design or that? Let me know! Might get a little funky from time to time while I'm playing around. Best to just sit on back and enjoy the mess :) 

~Anna

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

August HOT read: Cross Your Heart

Hot Reads is a Monthly Meme hosted by Book Savvy Babe to share our hottest read of the month!  It can be any book you read this month that raised your temp or made you squirm. Hot cover, yummy characters or scene, etc. Join in and share your sexy reads and find some new ones!


Ack. I read so many hot steamy books this month it was hard to pick but I'm going with Cross Your Heart by Michele Bardsley as my "Hot Read". Never would have guessed that but damn Tez was good and so much fun when paired with the prim and proper Elizabeth. 

He's a gorgeous dirty talking alpha kitty shifter that growls and has some deliciously creative ways of getting around the 100 year marriage bond vamps have if there's, uh, penetration. Yeah, it's definitely a HOT read and one of my favorite books so far this year with a fun couple and a great storyline.
His grin was razor sharp. "You like it when I say fuck."  
"I most certainly do not. That would be...uncouth." 
"Well, then. Let's test out my theory." He took his torn shirt and used it to clean off my stomach. Then he flipped me over. "Hands and knees, princess."
Mmmm. It gets really good after that little bit but I'll let you find that out on your own :)

Your turn! What was your hottest read this month?

Monday, August 27, 2012

Early Review: A Season for Sin by Vicky Dreiling


The Earl of Bellingham is nothing is not a creature of habit: money, meals, and mistresses must be strictly managed if a man is to have a moment's peace. It's a system that works splendidly for him--until now. With his oldest and dearest friends succumbing, one by one, to wedded bliss, Bell is now restless and a trifle lonely. Enter the Sinful Scoundrels--Colin Brockhurst, Earl of Ravenshire, and Harry Norcliffe, Viscount Evermore--who drag him back into society and draw his rakish eye to the ton's new beautiful young widow. Bell isn't after a wife, but a challenge. And Laura Davenport should fit the bill quite nicely...



Type: Historical Romance
Length: novella, about 110 pages
Heat: 1 out of 5
Rating: 
3 out of 5 for format, 4 out of 5 for writing/characters
Release Date: September 4, 2012

***A little heads up before you jump into this one. On it's own it's not a complete story and does leave off on a bit of a cliffhanger right when things are coming together. It's more of an extended prologue or glimpse into the separate lives of Laura and Bell, their first encounter and what will be a new series releasing in 2013.***

 A Season for Sin was a great read and goodness what a gorgeous cover! I really enjoyed Dreiling's writing style which quickly pulls you into the story and has a very nice flow. I was quite taken with Bell and Laura as well. They're interesting characters that easily captured my heart and left me both curious and eager to read more about them.

Echoes at Dawn (KGI #5) by Maya Banks

Grace Peterson is desperate, in hiding, and on the run after escaping a shadowy group determined to exploit her extraordinary ability to heal others. Her only lifeline—an unerring telepathic ability she shares with her sister—has been severed, leaving her alone and vulnerable. And time is fast running out...

Enlisted to bring Grace home is Rio, relentless member of the KGI. He’s unprepared for his reaction to this wounded, damaged woman, and he’s fiercely determined to protect her from those who nearly destroyed her. In Rio, she finds a safe haven, and for the first time...hope. But the mission is far from over. The danger Grace has eluded is fast closing in. And now it’s pitching two lovers toward an unfamiliar horizon, with no place left to hide.




Type: Romantic Suspense, Light Paranormal-telepathy, remote healing
Best read in order? Yes. Very connected to previous book in series, Whispers in the Dark
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

Damn do I love a man that knows what he wants and doesn't play games. Rio was just what I look for in a hero. He's a freaking badass smoking hot alpha male that's in control, sexy as hell and under that tough guy exterior a very sweet man with a past that haunts him. Not only was Rio an awesome hero but Grace was a killer heroine. I love a strong woman who beats the odds. Especially one that had to struggle like hell to survive and has earned her stripes. And Grace has earned every single one of hers.
"And don't you dare cry on me either," he warned. "A woman who's survived all you've survived doesn't cry. She holds her head up and dares the world around her to fuck with her."

Friday, August 24, 2012

Snow Angel by Jamie Carie

When Noah Wesley heard the faint sound outside the door of his remote Alaskan mountain cabin during a violent nighttime blizzard, it was no less than the voice of God that urged him to take a closer look, soon to discover his snow angel.

Unconscious and more than half frozen to death, her name, as Noah would later learn after boldly saving her life, was Elizabeth, a beautiful young woman, fragile yet fierce, and intent on discovering gold like so many others in that region during the late 1800s.

But why Elizabeth was so drawn to the gold, and why she would chase it even through a pounding storm that no man would dare face, was a secret to be shared with no one else, not even at the inviation of Noah's deep blue trusting eyes.


Type: Historical (late 1800s), Christian Romance
Heat: 1 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

A couple months back I was at the used bookstore and saw Snow Angel. The story of life during the gold rush in Alaska sounded kinda interesting so I decided to give it a try. I'm really glad I did. Snow Angel was a wonderful story with a unique setting that I found fascinating and characters that felt realistic, honest and really caught my heart.

18 & Over- fun facts :)


18 & Over Book Blogger Follow is a weekly feature that begins on Fridays and runs through the weekend, hosted by Crystal from Reading Between the Wines. This is a Friday blog hop with the objective to find and visit other book blogs that share the same interest as you, namely books geared towards the 18 & over crowd, and make some new friends!


QUESTION OF THE WEEK...

Please share with us five fun facts about yourself. :)

Oh Lord. Alright, lets see...

1. Bugs/lizzards/frogs/birds/worms/baby bunnies really freak. me. out. Squealing like a girl freak me out. My guy neighbors have come running multiple times over baby bunnies attacking or worms lunging at me. The bird that came in my room at 6am was a doozie. There was a screech filled phone call involved with that one. And I'm not one bit ashamed cus that shits scary as hell. 

2. LOTS of books get hidden when family visits. Mom borrowed a pretty tame one and I ended up getting the full name treatment in a phone call that it was "porn on paper" and every time they turn around they were having sex!!! Gasp! LOL. My grandmom tends to mumble under her breath about "burning those books" when she visits. She's not left unsupervised anymore. 
the penis biter

3. Um. I've slept in an elevator. 

4. I've been to the vet multiple times with a turtle suffering a bitten penis.

Key word searches to the blog because of the Preston and his penis post are freaking hysterical and make me feel really sheltered ;)  

5. I love funky art but politely declined when my favorite 'black sheep' aunt tried to give me a housewarming painting she calls "Five on a shelf". There was a very awkward moment when I found out who each belonged to. Gah! TMI. No durrrty art in this house! And that sucker was like 3 feet! Imagine going into kinkos to get that wrapped and shipped! I brought home a questionable "flower" instead.

  

Alright. Your turn! What are some fun facts about you?!

WOTO Mini Challenge #6

For those that don't know I'm doing a Women of the Otherworld reading challenge that's hosted by Moonlight Gleam's Bookshelf. Each month we read a book from Kelley Armstrong's series and do different little challenges like this one. If yall want to join in head over and sign up. There's still quite a few months to go and great prizes too!


For this mini-challenge you must...

Go to the last page you've read and create phrases with the last word of each line. You can use punctuations that follow the words you use. YOU MUST USE ALL THE WORDS AND THEY MUST BE IN ORDER. Don't worry if the phrases make no sense at all, I just thought it would be fun to see what we come up with!

Don't forget to include the page number, as well as the book cover and synopsis! 

Eve Levine — half-demon, black witch and devoted mother — has been dead for three years. She has a great house, an interesting love life and can’t be killed again — which comes in handy when you’ve made as many enemies as Eve. Yes, the afterlife isn’t too bad — all she needs to do is find a way to communicate with her daughter, Savannah, and she’ll be happy.

But fate — or more exactly, the Fates — have other plans. Eve owes them a favor, and they’ve just called it in. An evil spirit called the Nix has escaped from hell. She feeds on chaos and death, and is very good at persuading people to kill for her. The Fates want Eve to hunt her down before she does any more damage, but the Nix is a dangerous enemy — previous hunters have been driven insane in the process. As if that’s not problem enough, the only way to stop her is with an angel’s sword. And Eve is no angel. . . .



I'm a touch behind still so reading on Haunted. Page 153. I think I did this right :)

Agnes but repeated...yes! Strength from overflowing. It rolled up Agnes' merciful body. Whispered aloud. "Attention! Vagrants! Family of...Is this? Was?... Blast!" Black knew. Returned Kingsbury skin. The they. Of they to.

Kinda worked, right? I'm liking it :) If any of yall want to play along with what you're reading leave a little comment with what ya came up with. It's kinda fun to see what you can do with it!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Sucker Bet (Vegas Vampires #4) by Erin McCarthy

Gwenna Carrick has a history-900 years of it. As the vampiress ex-wife of the notorious vampire Roberto Donatelli, she must keep a low profile. Not easy when you're bathed in the neon glow of Las Vegas--especially when there's a whole online group of vampire slayers bent on dealing you your last hand.

A wild night with a stranger was not in the cards for Gwenna. But that's what happened when she met the ruggedly handsome detective Nate Thomas. Their passion made her feel alive again. But when Donatelli catches wind of the tryst, he's determined to clean house, with Nate the first on his To-Off List. Gwenna knows she hit the jackpot with Nate and won't let anyone stand in the way. But both soon realize they have far more enemies than Donatelli--both on the strip and underground...


Type: Paranormal Romance, Vampires
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

Yes! Yes, yes, YES! Finally we find out about the vampire slayers yahoo group! Sucker Bet is the final installment of Erin McCarthy's Vegas Vampires series and I loved it. This is one of those vampire series that's just about having a good time. It's a touch campy, a little silly and absolutely delightful. It's everything you could want from a group of vamps living in Sin City and Sucker Bet was the perfect ending for such a fun series.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tasty Tuesday: Chocolate Fudge Tort

Yeah, so some recipes really just flat out lie and damn if this one didn't take some doing. No way the people who put the cookbook together actually tried to make the thing. Pan size, cooking time. You name it it had to be played with a little. But a couple pies in and it turned out to be a damn good dessert. 

Tasty Tuesday: Chocolate Fudge Tort!

Mmmmm! 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Cover Reveal: CONJURE by Lea Nolan + giveaway!

Be careful what you search for…


Emma Guthrie expects this summer to be like any other in the South Carolina Lowcountry--hot and steamy with plenty of beach time alongside her best friend and secret crush, Cooper Beaumont, and Emma’s ever-present twin brother, Jack. But then a mysterious eighteenth-century message in a bottle surfaces, revealing a hidden pirate bounty. Lured by the adventure, the trio discovers the treasure and unwittingly unleashes an ancient Gullah curse that attacks Jack with the wicked flesh-eating Creep and promises to steal Cooper’s soul on his approaching sixteenth birthday.


When a strange girl appears, bent on revenge; demon dogs become a threat; and Jack turns into a walking skeleton; Emma has no choice but to learn hoodoo magic to undo the hex, all before summer—and her friends--are lost forever.


Isn't that just a gorgeous cover?! There's something so magical and beautifully eerie about it that I love.  

Conjure is the first book in Lea Nolan's new Young Adult series The Hoodoo Apprentice that's due out October 16th, 2012. I can't wait for it's release. Sounds like a pretty wild adventure! :)  

Don't forget to fill out the rafflecopter below for a chance to win a copy of Conjure!


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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Dirty Little Secret- How do you keep em?


Dirty Little Secret is a weekly meme hosted by the ladies over at Under the Covers. Every Thursday we get to know other bloggers and readers more intimately by asking them a question hoping to reveal their dirty little secrets. We hope that you will all join us! Click on the button up top to link up your post or if you don't have a blog join in on the comments! We wanna here from you too!




This week's question: 

"With so many great books out and about, are your bookcases super organized or are your books scattered all over the place? We'll show you ours, now show us yours"


I'm pretty organized with my books. Okay, no. I'm WAY organized with my books. I'm not even gonna lie I'm totally OCD when it comes to them. They're all over the place but there's a method to the madness even if no one else can tell :) These are my two favorite spots.


This is the living room bookcase and pup toy storage. It's my somewhat embarrassing TBR pile. These are all alphabetical. Not by specific author but more like all 'C' authors are together, etc. 

Then the guest room. Not the best pic of it since it's at night but this is where all of my read books end up. They're grouped by author but not alphabetical. Favorite authors get a better "spot" and are usually grouped with similar authors because they just look nice together :) 

The rest of the masses are over on this post from a couple weeks back on another meme if you want to check them out. 

So what about yall? Are you an organizer or are they all over the place?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tasty Delights--Homemade Butter


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

I'll share my delights or my disasters. Yall feel free to join in and create your own posts, share your favorite recipes, what have you. 

Mmmm. Butter.
Making your own is so darn easy and it's delicious!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Forever and a Day (Lucky Harbor #6) by Jill Shalvis


Grace never thought she’d be starting her life over from scratch. Losing everything has landed her in Lucky Harbor, working as a dog walker for overwhelmed ER doctor Josh Scott. But the day his nanny fails to show up, Grace goes from caring for Josh’s loveable mutt to caring for his rambunctious kids. Soon Grace is playing house with the sexy single dad…

With so many people depending on him, Josh has no time for anything outside of his clinic and family–until Grace arrives in town. Now this brainy blonde is turning his life inside out and giving a whole new meaning to the phrase “good bedside manner.” Josh and Grace don’t know if what they have can last. But in a town like Lucky Harbor, a lifetime of love starts with just one day…

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3/5
Rating: 5/5

Oh man, what a fantastic book. I loved every single glorious second of Forever and a Day and am completely and utterly smitten with this group of characters. From Josh, the overworked single dad nearly at his breaking point to the slightly demonic bug-eyed pug puppy, sweet, scattered Grace and everyone in between. I was glued to the pages from the very beginning and flew through this story. Shalvis has a hilarious sense of humor and such a talent for creating an amazing tale that feels real and honest. One that'll have you laughing, crying and without a doubt head over heels in love by the end of the journey.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Zack (Armed and Dangerous #1) by Cheyenne McCray

Ever since bad boy Zack Hunter left her ten years ago, breaking her heart, Sky MacKenna hasn't been able to find a man who sets her on fire the way he did. Then he comes striding back into her life--bigger, badder, and sexier than before....

Zack Hunter never thought his job as an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent would lead him back to his small hometown, and he never thought he'd set eyes on Sky again. Leaving her behind had been the stupidest thing he had ever done, but this time he isn't going to let her go. And as soon as Zack lays eyes on Sky, he makes it clear that he intends to make her his all over again.

When Sky becomes entangled in the case he's investigating, Zack can't help but take the threat personally. As the danger mounts, their passion burns even hotter.

Type: Erotica, Romantic Suspense
Heat: 3.5 out of 5
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

I grabbed this one up the other day when I was at the used bookstore. Something about the muted background and the bold title of Zack really caught my eye. I'm glad I picked it up too! Zack was an enjoyable read and even though some aspects of the book didn't quite work for me it was still a great escape with a steamy couple and excellent suspense that caught my interest.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Spotlight/Excerpt: The Book of Paul + giveaway


Spice up your summer reading with an intelligent and impressive dark thriller!


The Book of Paul is a new dark thriller by author Richard Long. The book has received great reviews and is currently on sale for 99 cents on Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes! Download your copy now!

Richard is doing a HUGE giveaway, including a $100 gift certificate to Amazon, signed copies of his book, a Tarot Reading, and more!

Giveaway!
Tweet, like, follow, share, blog and grab a copy of his book to enter.

The Book of Paul is the first of seven volumes in a sweeping mythological narrative tracing the mystical connections between Hermes Trismegistus in ancient Egypt, Sophia, the female counterpart of Christ, and the Celtic druids of Clan Kelly.


About The Book of Paul

“Never alive…and never dead…”

In the rubble-strewn wasteland of Alphabet City, a squalid tenement conceals a treasure “beyond all imagining”—an immaculately preserved, fifth century codex. The sole repository of ancient Hermetic lore, it contains the authentic alchemical rituals for transforming thought into substance, transmuting matter at will…and attaining eternal life.

When a lusty, East Village tattoo artist has a torrid encounter with a battle-hardened loner, they are overwhelmed by the intensity of their feelings.  Rose and Martin soon discover they are unwitting pawns on opposing sides of a battle that has shaped the course of human history.  At the center of the conflict is Paul, the villainous overlord of an underground feudal society, who guards the book’s occult secrets in preparation for the fulfillment of an apocalyptic prophecy.

The action is relentless as Martin and Rose fight to escape Paul’s clutches and Martin’s destiny as the chosen recipient of Paul’s sinister legacy.  Science and magic, mythology and technology converge in a monumental battle where the stakes couldn’t be higher: control of the ultimate power in the universe—the Maelstrom.

Read the first few sample chapters here


The reviews are in!

The Book of Paul has been well received by reviewers who enjoy dark thrillers.

“Intelligent, self-aware, and often amusing, while hitting all the markers for sadistic, salacious, and scary. Written in short cinematic bursts from multiple viewpoints, The Book of Paul…weaves in and out of the realm of alchemy, mythology, and ancient arcana. No ordinary writer of horror…Richard Long is doubtless going to build a large and loyal fan base composed of people just like him: literate folks with a bizarre sense of humor who prefer salsa to sugar, red meat to broccoli, and a bucket of blood to a bath filled with rose petals. They will be waiting for the next installment.”
-- ForeWord Clarion Reviews «««««

"Totally absorbing! The Book of Paul is moving, profound, funny, terrifying and never lets you go. The prose is swift and sharp...at times, even poetic. Masterful storytelling. Hats off!!"
--Henry Bean, writer/director of THE BELIEVER

“Elegantly written and original, Richard Long's The Book of Paul…is so suspenseful and entertaining that I could not it put down, reading late into the night, wondering what the next chapter would bring. I strongly recommend it. The reader will not be disappointed.”
-- James H. Cone author of THE CROSS AND THE LYNCHING TREE

“I was greatly impressed. It is extremely hard, if not impossible, to put down.”
--Michael Rips, Author of PASQUALE’S NOSE 

"Twisted, outrageous, relentless -- you won't want to miss The Book of Paul."
--Greg Lichtenberg, author of PLAYING CATCH WITH MY MOTHER


About the author

Richard Long writes to exorcize the demons of his past and manifest the dreams of his future.

He started life in the school of hard knocks and worked to create his own rags to riches story of troubled kid turned successful advertising executive.

His debut novel, The Book of Paul, is a dark, thrilling, and psychologically rich supernatural horror/thriller that blends mythology, science and mystery into a page-turning addiction.

Richard is also writing a YA novel, The Dream Palace, primarily so that his children could read his books.

He lives in Manhattan with his wife, two amazing children and their wicked black cat, Merlin.

Connect with Richard on the following links:



An Excerpt from The Book of Paul
(after the jump)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Brody (Circle Eight #2) by Emma Lang + giveaway

A year after their family was brutally torn apart, the Graham siblings begin to put their lives back together at their ranch in East Texas. With their parents gone, their bonds will truly be tested…

Olivia Graham has worked hard to take care of her family at the Circle Eight Ranch. But their family circle was broken when their young brother Benjy disappeared. Liv can’t shake the feeling that he must be out there, somewhere.

Brody Armstrong, a handsome but rough-around-the-edges Texas Ranger, has been working on their case for months, and now he has a promising lead.

As Liv follows him across the rugged Texas landscape and into Mexico, she’ll begin to find the answers she needs—as Brody finds a passion he didn’t know he wanted…

Type: Historical (1836), Western Romance
Also writes as: Beth Williamson
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 5 out of 5

Emma Lang's Circle Eight series and the Graham family never fail to delight. I'm loving this tight-nit ranching family, their undying spirit, daily battles and the people they surround themselves with. Along with the oh-so-delicious Brody Armstrong, Olivia Graham sets out into the turbulent lands of Mexico in hopes of finding some trace of her baby brother who disappeared months earlier and hasn't been seen since. Lang doesn't hold back on the gritty horrors they encounter or the passions they unleash in each other and gives readers a truly captivating and unforgettable tale. 

Monday, August 6, 2012

Tasty Tuesday: Fried Yellow Squash Patties

Tasty Tuesday: Fried Yellow Squash Patties

Yum! A friend of mine posted this recipe to one of our groups and I just had to try it out. And OMG so good! Pretty easy too. Always a plus in my book. Thanks for the yummy summer treat Tonya!

Nice simple ingredients. 
And a great way to use up a bunch of yellow squash if your garden has gone squash crazy. 

Second Chance Pass (Virgin River #5) by Robyn Carr

In the space of a few months Vanessa buried her husband, Matt, and gave birth to their son--breaking her heart while filling it with a whole new kind of love. But the one man she longs to share this love with now acts as if she doesn't exist.

Paul Haggerty lives by the marine motto: Semper Fi. Ever faithful to his best friend, he's done right by Matt's widow as best he can...considering he's been secretly in love with her for years. Now, just as he's about to make his move, another woman has staked her claim on him--a claim that will be tough to escape.


With courage, humility and not a little meddling from the good folks of Virgin River, Vanni and Paul might just get a second chance to have the love they both desire and deserve.


Type: Contemporary Romance, Small town
Heat: 2 out of 5
Rating: 2 out of 5

This was my first time reading a book that had a serious case of ADD. Hand to God there were no less than 12 different storylines. TWELVE

In less than 400 pages we got....
  • the story of the supposed "main couple" Paul and Vannie dealing with their grief after Matt's death and finding love with each other
  • Paul having all sorts of complications with another woman
  • her father, Walt, and the new neighbor starting something up
  • her brother Tom, who was getting ready to leave for West Point, and his girlfriend
  • Ricky coming back into town on leave
  • some heart stopping drama with Mel and Jack
  • Preacher and Paige having a baby 
  • Vanni's mother-in-law butting in and trying to set her up and bringing a love triangle into play 
  • her cousin Shelby who is trying to move on after her mother passed away
  • Paul's friend Joe and Vanni's friend Nikki getting together and having all sorts of drama
  • and even some encounters with the mysterious pot grower Shady Brady who honestly I think was my favorite part of the entire book even though it went nowhere
  • OH! and a huge fire happening in the area bring all the different Marines back into town for the 2nd time in the book

Saturday, August 4, 2012

July Random Read: The Stranger I Married by Sylvia Day

Random Reads is a meme where we pick a random book from our shelf to read within the month. I’m on Goodreads so I’m using that along with Random.org to pick the book I’m going to read.

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JULY'S Random Read: The Stranger I Married by Sylvia Day!


Woohoo! I got a book this month I actually really want to read! It's been on my shelf exactly 5 months and 1 day so not tooo bad. 

"They are London's most scandalous couple. Isabel, Lady Pelham, and Gerard Faulkner, Marquess of Grayson, are well matched in all things - their lusty appetites, constant paramours, wicked wits, provocative reputations, and their absolute refusal to ruin their marriage of convenience by falling in love. It is a most agreeable sham...until a shocking turn of events sends Gerard from her side.

Now, four years later, Gerard has come home to Isabel. But the boyish rogue who left has been replaced by a powerful, irresistible man who is determined to seduce his way into her affections. No, this is not at all the man she had married. But he is the man who might finally steal her heart..."



Happy Reading! 

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Friday, August 3, 2012

At Last (Lucky Harbor #5) by Jill Shalvis

Amy Michaels loves her new life in Lucky Harbor. A waitress in the local diner, she's looking forward to her first weekend hike through the mountains. But when a wrong turn takes her off the trail, she finds herself up close and personal with forest ranger Matt Bowers. And even though she's tempted to kiss that sexy smile right off his face, she won't make the mistake of getting involved with the town heartthrob.

A former cop whose life went south, Matt doesn't let anyone get too close. But something about the feisty beauty caught his eye the moment he first saw her in the diner. After a hot night under a starry sky, Matt can't deny their attraction-or the fact that for the first time in a long time, he feels the stirrings of something more. Now it's up to Matt to help Amy see that, no matter what is in their past, together they can build a future in Lucky Harbor.

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

Happy. Sigh. Jill Shalvis did it again. The woman just keeps knocking them out of the park and I am so damn thankful. I just love this series and At Last was an excellent addition. The "chocoholics" are back and this time their mission happens to be "good girl" lessons for one Amy Michaels who is doing her best to avoid sexy Forest Ranger Matt Bowers. The characters, the romance, wonderful friendships and the added mystery surrounding a young runaway all come together for a very satisfying read. 
“She found herself smiling. "Was the big, bad forest ranger scared?" 
"I stared a fire," he said instead of answering, and the typical guy avoidance of admitting fear made her smile in the dark. "But even after I had a roaring fire, I still felt watched." 
"What did you do?" 
His hand was still gliding up and down her back, absently soothing, not-so-absently arousing her further. "I got up and searched the perimeter," he said. "Often. I finally fell asleep holding my gun, and at first light was startled awake by a curious teenage bear." 
"Oh my God," she said on a horrified laugh. "What happened?" 
Amusement came into his voice. "I shot the shit out of a tree and scared the hell out of us both. I fell backward off the log I'd fallen asleep on, and the bear did the same. Then we both scrambled to our feet, and he went running off to his mama. If my mama had been anywhere within two thousand miles, I'd have gone running off to her just the same as the bear." 

18 & Over- The review pile!



18 & Over Book Blogger Follow is a weekly feature that begins on Fridays and runs through the weekend, hosted by Crystal from Reading Between the Wines. This is a Friday blog hop with the objective to find and visit other book blogs that share the same interest as you, namely books geared towards the 18 & over crowd, and make some new friends!

This week...

Please share three books that are in your review pile (and unread) right now.


Ack. The review pile is a little...um...scary?! here too at the moment. But I'm pretty excited about reading most of them so can't complain. 

These three are the ones I'm tackling next. 



LOVED the first books in Tes Hilaire and Jessica Scott's series so was really damn thrilled when the follow up books showed up here. Maggie's book kicks off her new series so that should be interesting too.



Deliver Me from Temptation: A Novel of the Paladin Warriors Until There Was You (Coming Home, #2) Mark of the Witch


What about yall? What's next up on the review pile?

Biting Cold Blog Tour w/ Chloe Neill + giveaway!














Woohoo! You've made it to today's stop on the Biting Cold Scavenger Hunt!!

We're so excited Biting Cold is almost here and thrilled to be part of the hunt. Hope you're all having a great time too!

There's lots of goodies up for grabs here at herding cats & burning soup so make sure you're all entered to win the books and swag here before heading out for the rest of the hunt! 


"Turned into a vampire against her will, twenty-eight-year-old Merit found her way into the dark circle of Chicago’s vampire underground, where she learned there was more to supernaturals than met the eye—and more supernaturals than the public ever imagined. And not all the secrets she learned were for sharing—among humans or inhumans.

Now Merit is on the hunt, charging across the stark American Midwest, tailing a rogue supernatural intent on stealing an ancient artifact that could unleash catastrophic evil on the world. But Merit is also the prey. An enemy of Chicagoland is hunting her, and he’ll stop at nothing to get the book for himself. No mercy allowed. No rules apply. No lives spared. The race is on."



::shiver:: sounds SOO good!! 

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Dirty Little Secret- the Sexy Olympics!



Dirty Little Secret is a weekly meme hosted by the ladies over at Under the Covers. Every Thursday we get to know other bloggers and readers more intimately by asking them a question hoping to reveal their dirty little secrets. We hope that you will all join us! Click on the button up top to link up your post or if you don't have a blog join in on the comments! We wanna here from you too!




This weeks Question:

All your favorite characters and celebs have been entered into the SEXY OLYMPICS! Who would win your Gold, Silver and Bronze and why?

{Pick only characters from books you've read THIS year.}


Bronze

Josh Scott from Forever and a Day by Jill Shalvis

I've so got a thing for heroes that are single dads. They get me every time. And Josh is one seriously sexy dad. I wanted to wrap myself around him the entire damn book and not let go. He gives every single bit of himself to the people he loves and to saving lives. Gotta love a man like that. 

Silver
Master Marcus from Cherise Sinclair's Make Me, Sir
::shiver::

Gold

Roarke from JD Robb's In Death series. 
Mmmhmmm. Any hero that still has me smitten and completely unrepentant about it after 30+ books gets a Gold medal! Doesn't hurt that he's tall, dark and Irish. Likes to play fast and loose with the law, loves his wife something fierce and can be scary as hell when he needs to be. Plus he has a pet cat. Yeah. Love. Him. 

Forever and a Day (Lucky Harbor, #6)Make Me, Sir (Masters of the Shadowlands, #5) New York to Dallas (In Death, #33)



{I'll be around to visit everyone later today. Have to run to work for a bit and do some kitty herding now.}

Which of your favorite characters have made the cut so far this year?!

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