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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Guest Post w/ Megan Mulry--The Romance Readers Guide to Recognizing a Playboy!

Oh yall. I did have a good time man candy-ifying this one. Whew boy! Yall be sure to hop down and leave Megan some comment love! ~Anna
Miki Durand has always dodged the limelight. As the illegitimate daughter of a French movie star and a Russian billionaire, she craves a normal life—and it’s almost within reach. She’s up for a tenure-track position and has a perfect-on-paper boyfriend. What more could a woman want?

But when an unforeseen tragedy knocks her off cruise control, Miki finds herself leaving sunny LA for cosmopolitan St. Petersburg. With the fate of her father’s international business in her hands, she comes face-to-face with the ultimate temptation: corporate rival Jérôme Michel de Villiers. He’s everything she never thought she wanted, and their sizzling attraction soon sparks into an all-consuming flame.

Notoriously risk-averse, Miki knows it would be a gamble to fall for the sexy French playboy. But for the first time in her life, she’s ready to take a chance and let the chips fall where they may.

Amazon | Goodreads

Saturday, November 29, 2014

2014 Historical Romance Reading Challenge--December LINK UP!


Oh my word. It's our LAST challenge Link Up! Can you believe??

2014 Erotic Romance Reading Challenge--December LINK UP!


Sweet Mary! It's December! And our last Link Up!! Can you believe??

So, how have yall done? Are you on track? Have you passed your goals yet?
Gotta squeeze in a few extras this month?

Quick Recap!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Unwrapped (Silver Creek #3.5) by Maisey Yates


Kindergarten teacher Sarah Larsen has spent her whole life being the good girl. But now, she’s ready to do something bad. So wearing the shortest, tightest black dress she owns, she marches over to the nearest bar to fulfill her Christmas fantasy: a wild night with a total stranger.

Walker Callahan moved to Silver Creek to start fresh. He doesn’t want to bring his baggage into a relationship, so an evening of fun with the sexiest welcoming committee ever is just what he needs.

They were both in it for one night with no strings attached.. But when Sarah discovers that Walker is the father of her new student, things turn deliciously complicated. Can the cold winter nights thaw two frozen hearts?

Type: Contemporary Romance, Novella
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Amazon | All RomanceGoodreads

Well, now, there's a sexy little Christmas read! Unwrapped...well...Sarah definitely got her fill of being unwrapped that's for sure! By one verra sexy stranger no less. Mmhm. See. Sarah's had an extremely sheltered life and she's ready to break free of that and live a little. Starting with having a wicked wild one night stand with a stranger passing through town. And oh what a night it is! Until she realizes he's the daddy of her newest student! *blinks quickly* Whoops!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Authors for the Holidays Line Up! Plus...Happy Thanksgiving!


And so....Authors for the Holidays 2014!

I can't believe it's our 3rd year of the event or that on Jan 1st the blog turns 3!
Just doesn't seem like it could possibly have been that long. lol

This month is jam packed with authory goodness. The line up us below!
The ladies will be stopping by with cooking posts, interviews, stories, top 10 lists and all kinds of awesome. There's some killer giveaways too!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Choosing Evil by Kristina Rienzi! + giftcard giveaway


Morning guys! We've got a little spotlight for Choosing Evil today. Kristina is such a sweetie and this is her debut release. Yall check out a little about the book below and the giveaway down at the bottom. Kristina is giving away some fab things!

Tall, Dark and Royal (The Renegade Royals #2.5) by Vanessa Kelly


Magnificent and stubborn. Fourteen years apart had not changed Chloe Steele, or Dominic’s love for her. He’d been a street urchin, a boy raised at court, and finally a magistrate, yet he’d never belonged anywhere—except by her side. Now Chloe devoted herself to girls threatened by scandal—like she had been. But she was in danger, and Dominic was determined to help—and hopefully make up for lost time…

Even in childhood, Dominic had made Chloe feel safe. Now she also felt thrillingly flustered by the powerful man he’d become, and by the longing he inspired. Because Dominic meant not only to protect her, but to untangle the lies that had separated them. Yet for Chloe, surrendering to temptation may be easier than risking a future that could ruin them both…

Type: Historical Romance, Novella
Heat: 3 out of 5--limited
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Amazon | All Romance | Goodreads

Tall, Dark and Royal was one of those lovely little in-between reads when you just need an extra taste of a series while you wait for the next full length story. Fabulous characters, sweet romance, a tiny touch of danger...yups good times though one I think will be easier for those who have read the rest of the series.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Book Deals---New Releases, 99cent sales & Freebies!

So. We're trying something a little new today for the book listings. I'm trying to find something that works for yall and is a little easier for me to keep updated and such. 

So trying this widget. 
On the right side are the categories--New Releases, 99cent deals and Freebies. 
Just click that then scroll through. 
There may be a couple pages for each--I think only 9 books show per page. 

The thing I DO like about this is if you click on any of the covers it'll open up to show you the blurb and book info which I know some of yall like. Then just hit back and it'll take you back to the listing widget or click buy and it'll take you to Amazon.

Not sure if I'll do it this way long term but kinda wanted to try it out for this week :D So. Let me know what you think! And if you're so inclined please share the post! ~Anna

Review/Quote-tastic--Night Shift--alright little cat...


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.
Eeps! I'm late, I'm late! Sorry about that guys. The laptop needed to charge and I was just going to nap a little while it did then put up my post and, well, 8 hours later... lol Anywho. Today's Quote-tastic...

Ahhhh Night Shift! This is a fantastic anthology. If you're a novella...pretty much you hope to grow up to be one of the ones in this antho. These ladies rocked it so hard. It was fantastic! So two quotes today. I Just couldn't pick. First is from Nalini Singh's story. I just loved Bastien's voice. Kirby's pretty dang freaked out--and rightfully so--both of what was happening to her in the story and how quick they bonded and I loved how he spoke to her.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Bucket List-- Trans-Siberian Orchestra and....a blogger break


A Bucket List with a herding cats twist. lol

Each month I'm going to pick out...something to do or try and then give myself the entire month to make it happen. It's not going to be the typical "bucket list" kinda things but still in that spirit.

They won't all be big things.
Some will be fun, some serious, some easy or a little more complex. 
Things I've wanted to see or do, projects around the house, things on the blog, etc.

Everyone is welcome to join in if they'd like!
Create a blog post or add what you're doing in the comments!
Sooooo! For November's list I went to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra! Woots!
I've wanted to go for years and was hoping to find a few people to go with me this year and I did. I ended up going with one of my local author friends who is in my book club., We had another going with us but afternoon before she was told nope not just a little cold but contagious and shouldn't go play. Boo! But Beth and I headed out and had a great time.

Friday, November 21, 2014

SIGN UP-- New To You 2015 Reading Challenge!


This one is super flexible.
Basically...read something "new" to you in 2015 and review it.

Designed for Love by Kelsey Browning Excerpt Tour-- Day 6!

Hey guys! Today we're taking part in an excerpt tour for Kelsey Browning who is just an awesome lady. I've got excerpt 6 :D If you'd like to check out the rest of them the links are below. Also! Kelsey is hosting a Thankful for Romance Facebook Party from Friday, November 21 – Monday, November 24 and will be featuring a whole bunch of authors. If you'd like to join in on that just click HERE. Okay! On with the excerpt! Enjoy yall!
That’s how Mac McLaughlin sees her, anyway. And now that he’s enduring a temporary self-imposed exile in tiny Shelbyville, Texas, he’s seeing her way too often. Mac only wants to succeed as the contractor for the Lily Lake development in order to rebuild his reputation and return to Dallas, pronto. A sexy distraction like Ashton was not in the plans.

Ashton kissed her trust fund goodbye and left her life as a society princess to prove she could make it on her own. Developing Lily Lake is her big chance, but it’s hard to stay focused working side-by-side with bossy, rough-around-the-edges Mac. Especially when he pulls off his shirt.
When the discovery of an endangered species derails the project, Mac can’t afford to stick around for a stalled job. His and Ashton’s explosive chemistry aside, he’s outta there…unless she can convince him that they just might be able to build something together.


Amazon | Goodreads

This is excerpt 6 of the tour.
You can find the links for the previous excerpts at the bottom of the post.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Caribou's Gift (Kodiak Landing #3.5) by Eve Langlais



Damn it, a man had his pride and a caribou a certain majestic presence, all of which could wind up ruined if he abased himself to play a simple-minded reindeer in the town’s Christmas parade.

No way was he wearing damned tinsel in his antlers.

Like hell was he sporting a red nose and pulling a sleigh.

But he changes his mind when he meets the woman in charge of the event.

Single mom, Crystal, is doing her best to offer her daughter the best Christmas ever. It’s their first in Kodiak Point, and she’s not about to let some vain jerk ruin it for her little girl.

If playing dirty is what it takes…then bring on the Christmas games. As Crystal and Kyle butt heads—and lips—they discover more than goodwill this holiday season. They’re gifted with a second chance at love.

Type: Paranormal, Novella
Heat: 3 out of 5--limited
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

AmazonGoodreads

It's pretty much a given with one of Langlais's books that it's gonna be a hoot. And *squeals* Caribou's Gift...totally a cutie of a read! Full of fun, quirkiness and Christmas spirit as the town gears up for it's Christmas parade--something they go all out for--and finds itself short one Rudolf *flails* And everyone starts eyeing Kyle the Caribou and his mighty fine rack for the job.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I was interviewed by NetGalley! Come check it out :D

Hey Guys! I just wanted to share with yall. NetGalley is doing a new thing where they spotlight different bloggers and I was asked to be one of their features! So they did a little interview with me :) How fun is that? It's up on their blog and I've for yall to come check it out and leave a comment! <3 It's HERE.



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

Book DEALS! New Releases, 99cent Sales & Freebies!

Woots! Lots of good stuff today. Holy cow the new releases!! Yall check em out and let me know what you grab. I'm still adding freebies to the list but wanted to post it so it would go out with today's subscription. So pop in later today for the full freebies list :) 

Two little notes--1) Don't forget to double check prices! The 99cent and free sales can change very quickly so make sure their price is still 99cents or free. And 2) Any time yall shop via herding cats links you're actually helping the blog. *yay* It doesn't cost you anything but Amazon gives us a couple cents for each purchase and that helps us keep going :) You can actually shop Amazon for anything and it'll help us. Just click this link before you shop and it'll include our blog back info so Amazon knows you came from here :) Blogging can get pricey so it's really appreciated <3

Monday, November 17, 2014

Guest Post w/ Stacy Gail--Book Boyfriend "Must Haves"


Miranda Brookhaven returned to Bitterthorn, Texas to fix the past. Years ago, her father used her teenage romance with Coe Rodas to steal the prototype for a groundbreaking new automotive invention. Now her father's dead, and thanks to the convoluted will he left behind, she's stuck in town until she rights the wrong that lost her the man she loved.

Coe learned early on that life never goes according to plan. His dreams of hitting it big vanished when Miranda all but invited her father to take the only thing of value he ever had. But now the once-pampered princess is holed up in a condemned trailer on the edge of town...and everything he thought he knew about her—and about what happened between them back then—seems completely wrong.

Miranda's determined to give back to Coe all that he lost. If she can do that, maybe she can move on from the past. But Coe seems to be more interested in their rekindled passion than claiming what she thinks he deserves. She's got sixty days to convince him to cough up evidence that he's the original inventor—after that, the only way to transfer the patent rights over to him would be to make him part of the family, and she's not sure her heart can take another hit.

Amazon | All Romance | Goodreads

Before I begin, I’d like to thank Anna for allowing me to hop onto her awesome blog so I could gab about my latest release, WHERE THERE’S A WILL. Thank you so much, Anna! :D

Confession—I’m crushing hard on one of my own creations. :P Coe Rodas, the hero in WHERE THERE’S A WILL, has been in my head for a couple of years now, which means he’s had a lot of time to get fully fleshed out. As I dived into his story and his personality emerged, I realized that (for me, at least) he was the perfect book boyfriend. Everything about him made me do the “awwwww” thing, and by the end of the book, I had that satisfied, happy-sigh feeling. *sigh* See? There it is.

Review/Quote-tastic--Bros before hos... What a Woman Gets by Judi Fennell


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.
Okay! So today's pick is Judi Fennell's What a Woman Gets. This series is so fun! It's 3 brothers who lost a poker game to their baby sister and as payment they have to work for her cleaning service for a month as maids. And she's set them each up at a different household. This is kinda a half quote but omg it made me snort so hard. Liam is chatting with his brother about his assignment. His thought process sometimes just cracked me up.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

I Need Your HELP!!! Yall are interviewing me! Ask me Anything!


Authors for the Holidays is almost here and I need YOUR help for one of the posts! Yup. Yall are getting to interview me again. Form is below so feel free to drop any questions you've got for me :D

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Have you heard about Lyrical High Notes? Kinda neat!


Just wanted to share something new with yall that's pretty neat from Kensington Publishing and Books-a-Million.

They've started a new thing called Lyrical High Notes which is basically an exclusive digital to print deal where certain titles will be put to trade print for a short time via Books-a-Million for $12.95

I love that. Very nice for readers who don't get into e-books.

Rogue Spy (Spymasters #5) by Joanna Bourne


Ten years ago he was a boy, given the name Thomas Paxton and sent by Revolutionary France to infiltrate the British Intelligence Service. Now his sense of honor brings him back to London, alone and unarmed, to confess. But instead of facing the gallows, he’s given one last impossible assignment to prove his loyalty.

Lovely, lying, former French spy Camille Leyland is dragged from her safe rural obscurity by threats and blackmail. Dusting off her spy skills, she sets out to track down a ruthless French fanatic and rescue the innocent victim he’s holding—only to find an old colleague already on the case. Pax.

Old friendship turns to new love, and as Pax and Camille’s dark secrets loom up from the past, Pax is left with a choice—go rogue from the Service or lose Camille forever…

Type: Historical Romance
Heat: 2.5 out of 5-- very limited
Rating: 3 out of 5

Amazon | All Romance | Book Depository | BAM | Goodreads

So, Rogue Spy has landed me in a bit of a waffle. And I'm so not a waffler. Usually I'm either firmly in the "oh I loved it!" category or..."dude...back away slowly" category. This one...wafflin'. It's one of those books that was enjoyable but that I didn't really love. And at barely over 300 pages took me a whopping 5 days to read. Something I can read in a day and a half usually. There were parts I really liked but others that just dragged on for me. Nothing that I hated or really disliked though...so you can see my problem, right? Anywho. Here goes...

  • The set up was fantastic. Two spies that trained together as children running into each other a decade later when having issues with the same man. Someone that's blackmailing her over her real identity. And someone that he was sure was dead and needed to stay that way. I mean. How could you NOT love that?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Tag: The Cat Herder (edition 4)


I get tagged, tweeted, private messaged all the time with variations of... "omg this so reminded me of you!" or that book you're reading! which...okay...at this point...kinda makes me nervous. lol

And I thought it might be fun to start putting those random and wonderfully weird things people think just scream...me. This one won't always be, erm, family friendly. Heh.

✽●✽●✽●✽●✽●✽●✽●✽

Yeah. It's a very eclectic month. lol

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Kitten Confessions w/ Debbie (The Reading Frenzy)--kitchen disasters, naughty cupcakes & readery secrets!



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

Debbie!! Welcome to herding cats! I totally feel like doing that silly bouncing around hugging thing girls do. lol And I...might have whipped up some special treats for your visit today. *whips cover off the tray* Peckercakes! Or, um, cock-cakes? Peni-endowed cupcakes? Hrm. We'll just go with deliciously naughty cupcakes , yeah? lol

Monday, November 10, 2014

SIGN UP--Exchange of Fire Blog Tour (Jan 12-23rd)--Rom Suspense


Hey everyone! We've got a January Tour opening. Exchange of Fire is the first in the SBG series by PA DePaul. The tour will focus on more personal posts from PA ( Ex--attending the Writers Police Academy) and how they relate to the book/series which should be fun. Please check out the info below. Sign up is included as well. If you have any questions let me know!

GENRE--Romantic Suspense

Book Deals for 11/11!! New Releases, 99cents deals & Freebies!


Woots! It's another Release Day! So I've got some New Releases, some 99cent deals and of course a handful of Freebies too! Yall let me know what you're grabbing today. And if you're in the mood hit those share buttons. That means so much to a blogger :D Happy book browsing. Before you one-click em be sure to double check the prices. Sales can end pretty dang quick.  ~Anna



Review/Quote-tastic-- Not...like you-- Edge of Betrayal by Shannon K. Butcher


Join us every Monday and share a favorite quote that's grabbed ya for one reason or another. 

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 A new to me author for today's Quote-tastic pick! Woots! Shannon K Butcher (she's married to Jim). I've wanted to read her for ages and finally got the chance and total love. These two--Mira and Adam--are kind of at odds in Edge of Betrayal. He did her way dirty in a previous book and she's not forgiven him totally but he's fallen for her and it's pretty close to mutual. This little scene so fit Adam and his thoughts. He's an interesting hero for sure.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Night Pleasures (Dark Hunter #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon



Dear Reader,

Have you ever wanted to know what it's like to be immortal? To journey through the night stalking the evil that preys on humans? To have unlimited wealth, unlimited power? That is my existence, and it is dark and dangerous. I play hero to thousands, but am known to none. And I love every minute of it.

Or so I thought until one night when I woke up handcuffed to my worst nightmare: a conservative woman in a button-down shirt. Or in Amanda's case, buttoned all the way up to her chin. She's smart, sexy, witty, and wants nothing to do with the paranormal-in other words, me.

My attraction to Amanda Devereaux goes against everything I stand for. Not to mention the last time I fell in love it cost me not only my human life, but also my very soul. Yet every time I look at her, I find myself wanting to try again. Wanting to believe that love and loyalty do exist.

Even more disturbing, I find myself wondering if there's any way a woman like Amanda can love a man whose battle scars run deep, and whose heart was damaged by a betrayal so savage that he's not sure it will ever beat again.
~Kyrian of Thrace

Type: Paranormal Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Amazon | All Romance | Book Depository | BAM | Goodreads

Ahhhh. How I wish I could be Amanda and wake up handcuffed to my very own Dark Hunter. *girly sigh* If you haven't read this series you so need to. Night Pleasures was indeed a pleasure! lol I love the combination of Greek mythology mixed with a twist on vampires, steamy romance and the sultry locale of present day New Orleans. It's a fun world to get lost in for a few hours and one of my favorite series. It's actually one of the first I read when I was first getting into reading as an adult.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

SIGN UP--Choosing Evil Book Tour (Nov 25th)


Bloggers! We've got a tour we're helping with end of November. For any of yall interested please check it out and join in. If you've got questions just let me know. Thanks!

GENRE--Paranormal Suspense, Romance

SIGN UP--Christmas Wonder Blog Hop (Dec 1-31st)


It's our last hop of the year! I can't believe! Big thanks to everyone who joined in on the hops this year :) Hope yall had a blast!

Now for the Christmas Wonder hop!

Friday, November 7, 2014

You're Invited!! Christmas Recipe Exchange, The Bookish Ball, Authors for the Holidays! PlsRT

LOL So Saturday has apparently turned into a sign up/reminder day. 
Whew but there's a lot of stuff coming up!

Last day to join in on the Christmas Recipe Exchange is Nov 10th!
Like a Christmas card exchange but you'll send someone a recipe instead :)
SIGN UP HERE.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Randomly Random--Want to actually SEE those fan pages you LIKED on Facebook?


Being able to actually SEE the Fan Pages you LIKE on Facebook is an endless battle in the reader-y world. So often the pages you like...just don't show up in your feed.

But there are a couple things you can do to make sure you see what's going on with your favorite fan pages. Or at least a way to up your odds of seeing them.

My favorite is to create an Interest List.
And it's actually pretty darn easy.
And you'll be seriously surprised how much you've been missing.

The Mistress Experiment (Mistress #1) by Elizabeth Otto


“A gentleman would get to know you patiently, intimately, before demanding anything of your body. Tonight,I’m not going to be a gentleman.”

For wealthy British surgeon Isaac Kimball, being the good guy comes naturally. Caring for Chicago’s poorest fills his days and keeps his other side—the dark one that craves sensuality and control—at bay. When Isaac is prevented from saving a charity he loves, an acquaintance offers him a proposition: transform a woman from the streets into a sophisticated mistress who can pass in London high society, in exchange for the charity’s salvation. A ridiculous suggestion until he realizes he knows the perfect woman—one with an understated sexuality and sharp wit that continually tempt his control.

Mila DePardo counts the days until she can get off the streets and put her criminal past behind her. When Dr. Kimball offers her a ticket out of hell and into the glitter of London society, lying about her identity is easy. Until the chemistry between them starts to crack her no-sex rule, and the pleasure of Isaac’s touch changes everything she thought she wanted.

When the truth starts to unravel and Isaac’s own secrets come to play, Mila’s will and belief in herself is put to the test. She might win the mistress experiment, but can she survive him?

Type: Lite-Erotic Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

Amazon | All Romance | Goodreads

So I turned the last page of The Mistress Experiment... promptly mumbled a couple bad things in Otto's direction for making me cry at 230 in the morning and followed that with a may I have another, please!? Oh I had such a good time with this one!

The quick of it is that Isaac--who is a yummeh doctor-- has to return home to England for a family Gala and is in need of a "Mistress" in order to win a bet with his cousin. If he can fool everyone that a girl from the streets is a high class Mistress he'll score a huge donation to a charity he loves that's at risk. Yes. *slow nods* Men are stupid. But, Mila at least knows going in what's going on and she's in need of an escape from the struggles in her life and a deep personal need to keep that same charity running makes it impossible for her to turn down his offer. It of course doesn't hurt she's rather smitten with the man. She just needs to learn to be a proper Mistress to fool everyone at the Gala.

I loved Mila! It always makes me giddy when I find a heroine I adore and this lady...I adored. She's had a hard life. I mean. HARD. Nothing's been handed to her. She's made mistakes and paid for them dearly but she's trying to pull herself together and do what she thinks is right. There's a fighter in her that you can't help but admire.