Monday, March 31, 2014

The Monthly Herd: March Recap!


 So. It was a pretty busy month with new things cropping up on the herd!
I'm pretty excited about all of them :)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Quote-tastic (48)--Feeling up your...back? + giveaway!


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 :) 

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So this week's pick is The Wedding Favor. I loved this book. It was so fun and one of those enemies to lovers storylines. So much snarky awesomeness but also some incredibly touching and heartbreaking ones as well. And steamy! It really had a bit of it all. Anyways. This is from fairly early on in the book--they're having to play nice at a wedding they're both attending-- and the two are having a moment. They really love pushing each others buttons.

Annnnd as a bonus today! Cara's giving away 2 SIGNED print copies of The Wedding Favor! Woot! So, check out this week's quote and leave your own favorite quote to enter :)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Wild Wolf (Shifters Unbound #6) by Jennifer Ashley


Graham McNeil knows that his pack is unruly, but he’s not sure he can take the next step toward pack stability. After losing his first mate long ago, Graham has worked hard to keep his heart in check. Besides, even if he was inclined to choose a new mate, his girlfriend, Misty, is human—a fact that won’t sit well with Graham’s old-fashioned pack.

But Misty is going through a crisis of her own, one that brings danger and death to the pack. With the wolves doubly convinced that there needs to be a shake-up, Graham must now defend his leadership and save the woman he has grown to love—before Shiftertown is pulled into an all-out war.

Type: Paranormal Romance, Shifters--Wolves
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5
Releases April 1
Amazon | All Romance | Book Depository | BAM | Goodreads

*Stops to pet the pretty, pretty cover.* Gah. I love this series. Ashley is one of my favorites when it comes to sexy and intriguing paranormal romances. And Graham and Misty's story totally rocked my Shifter loving world. From the action and danger surrounding the Shifter community to the incredible bite-your-lip romance I was ALL in as these two fought to save the people they love most.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Tag: The Cat Herder (edition 1)

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. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Bite Me (Pride #9) by Shelly Laurenston

"A killer shifter romance that's non-stop fun, totally crazy and absolutely entertaining." ~herding cats & burning soup
Livy Kowalski has no time for idiots. When you shapeshift into a honey badger, getting through life’s irritants is a finely honed skill. Until she gets stuck housing her nutso cousin and dealing with her dad’s untimely and unexplained demise.

That’s where Vic Barinov comes in—or his house does. Vic can’t step outside without coming back to find Livy devouring his honey stash and getting the TV remote sticky. It gets his animal instincts all riled up. But he’ll have to woo her at high speed: all hell is breaking loose, and Livy is leading the charge…

Type: Paranormal Romance, Shifters
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4-4.5 out of 5

Amazon | All Romance | Book Depository | BAM | Goodreads

Ahhh Shelly Laurenston. The woman knows how to write a killer shifter romance that's non-stop fun, totally crazy and absolutely entertaining. I had such a good time Livy and Vic. They're a riot and just perfect together in that wonderfully weird way Laurenston has of mixing personalities and species. This time...a honey badger and a tiger bear. Heh. Gotta love it.

The 2014 A to Z Challenge!


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 with a side of Yum"


For yall new to the blog... each April a group of bloggers blog the Alphabet.

Interview w/ Meg Benjamin--food, man candy and a gigglesnort!


Sous chef Darcy Cunningham is less than entranced with small-town Konigsburg’s obsession with barbecue. But her future career as a chef de cuisine requires expanding her culinary horizons, so she talks the Barbecue King, a.k.a. Harris Temple, into taking her on as his apprentice.

However, learning Harris’s professional secrets wasn’t supposed to include falling for his spicy blend of smoky sexiness and laid-back charm.

Chico Burnside specializes in flying under Konigsburg’s small-town radar, but lately life has been going a little too smoothly, even for him. Hoping to shake things up a bit, he talks Harris into teaming up for Konigsburg’s first barbecue cook-off. But once shy scientist Andy Wells catches his eye, Chico’s got more on his mind than brisket. Like enticing her out of her shell to show her just how tenderly a big guy can love.

As the competition ignites, so does the romance. Until a natural disaster threatens to derail Konigsburg’s dream team before the grills even get good and warmed up.

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Morning Meg! Welcome to herding cats! Since it's a bit chilly hear still I thought we'd settle down with some hot tea or a mug of Nutella hot chocolate and some fresh muffins. So com on back to the kitchen and we'll chat in there...

Alright, if you were running out of the grocery store had only 10 seconds to hook someone what would you tell them about Darcy, Harris and their story?
Well, first of all it’s Darcy, Harris, Andy and Chico—two couples, no waiting! And the thing that brings them all together is barbecue, which is almost a religion in Texas. The couples aren’t people you’d expect to end up with each other (Darcy’s a big-time sous chef and Harris has his own backwoods barbecue business; Chico is a bouncer with hidden talents and Andy’s a shy scientist), but the lure of cooking ‘cue is hard to resist. 

Cat Thursday--Balance, baby. Balance.

Welcome to the weekly meme hosted by The True Book Addict that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats!

Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of kitteh!

 

So. My herd. They lack the graceful chip. They fall off..everything. 
Unlike these kittehs...

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Tag: The Cat Herder

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.

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Guest Post w/ Jessie Donovan-- Making the Impossible Possible...


To avoid persecution, the Feiru will do anything to keep their elemental magic a secret from humans—even lock away their children for life. Few know about the experiments going on inside the prison system for magic users, but that is about to change…

Kiarra Melini overhears the dangerous secrets of her blood and decides that if Feiru elemental magic is to survive, she needs to die. But before she can finish the deed, a handsome black-clad man kidnaps her from prison and introduces her to an anti-prison activist group. As the prison retrieval squad hunts for her, Kiarra must overcome the demons of her past or risk losing not only her newfound freedom, but also the man who reawakens her desires and captures her heart.

Jaxton Ward finally rescues his older brother from prison, but instead of helping with his brother’s recovery, he’s ordered to train Kiarra—a stubborn elemental fire user who claims her magic is gone. But just as Kiarra starts trusting him with her secrets, the prison enforcers catch up with them. Now Jaxton must find a way to keep his family safe while also protecting the only woman able to ignite both his temper and his passion.

Amazon | All Romance | Kobo | Goodreads

Making the Impossible Possible

A sheltered abuse victim and a pushy, dominant male.
A strong-willed female soldier and a charming womanizer.
A female undercover agent and a man burned by lies.

At first glance, those couples seem like they’d never, in a million years, be perfect for each other. But if there’s one thing I like doing, it’s making the seemingly impossible work out in the end.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Interview w/ Katie Lane & Review--A Match Made in Texas

"A Match Made in Texas was just a fun quirky read that had me smiling, laughing and completely enjoying myself as I got lost in the wonderful world Lane brought to life." ~herding cats & burning soup
Living with four over-protective brothers is enough to make a good girl go bad. But the day Brianne Cates hits the road for a taste of freedom, she gets more trouble than she bargained for when she's arrested by a sexy sheriff in mirrored shades. Now doing a stint of community service, she's not going to let a cowboy cop like Dusty Hicks mess with her newfound independence-even if he awakens every wicked fantasy she's ever had.

In Bramble, Texas, Dusty is the law. That means no leniency for the gorgeous rebel whose highway antics almost got them both killed. The divorced lawman doesn't need another rich, pampered princess, even if Brianne has the lushest body and sweetest smile in the whole darn state. But even as Brianne proves that she lives to walk on the wild side, Dusty begins to wonder if maybe he has what it takes to tame her.

Amazon | Book Depository | BAM | Goodreads

Morning Katie! Welcome to herding cats & burning soup!
Good Mornin’!  Thanks for having me.  It’s always a pleasure to be at Herding Cats and Burning Soup.

Tuesday Jams--Fuel


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. 

If you want to join in check out her blog!

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

This week...Fuel.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Just a little bit of random: What would YOU like to see on herding cats?

*waves* afternoon yall! Just wanted to check in and say hi :) How're yall doing?? It's been a crazy busy couple of weeks here with house stuff, herd babies, a couple bloggy events happening. I'm so ready for a nap. Or two. lol

With the new month almost here I thought I'd start planning my non-review posts for April! Lordy I can't believe it's almost April!

Anyways. I thought it might be fun to see if there were things as readers/bloggers and/or authors you might like to see on herding cats.

Quote-tastic-- Well hello there wee willy!


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

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Just grab the button and toss up your post :) 

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Heh. I love Katie Lane. She's quirky and just has some great small town cowboy romances that have me gigglesnorting all over the damn place. This had me cracking up... Oh! And Katie will be by tomorrow for an interview so be sure to stop by and check that out :)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Trust Me (Regency Risks #2) by Natasha Blackthorne

"Blackthorne wowed me once again with a sensual and erotic historical romance that gripped my heart and had me falling even more for Jon and Anne as they fought to keep their happily ever after..." ~herding cats & burning soup
Is she insane?

All of Mayfair is whispering the question.

Anne Lloyd, the new Countess of Ruel, thought she'd finally begun to heal from having witnessed the terrible death of her first husband. But, from her new husband's grandmother to his ex-mistresses, it is all that is on everyone's lips. What scares her more than the potential social ruin is that even she isn't sure they aren't right.

Jonathon Lloyd, the Earl of Ruel, has commanded men on the battlefield and women in the ballrooms and bedchambers with his dominant personality. It tears him apart that he can't command his wife's terrors to go away. To top it off, he has to battle his grandmother, for Anne's acceptance as the new Countess. There are times when it seems that the bloody battlefields of Europe were easier to navigate than the so-called civilized graces of Society.

There are those who will stop at nothing to tear apart the fragile bond between the newlyweds. Can Lady and Lord Ruel learn to trust each enough to keep their love, and her sanity, intact?

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

Amazon | Goodreads

Trust Me was one of those books that pulled me in so completely I just wasn't ready to see end. Blackthorne wowed me, once again, with a sensual and erotic historical romance that gripped my heart and had me falling even more for Jon and Anne as they fought to keep their happily ever after while faced with gossip and so many set to tear their young marriage apart.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Mini Reviews-- [Down and Dirty by Christine Bell] & [Baking Love by Lauren Boyd]


Down and Dirty (Dare Me #2) 
Cat Thomas has never been the kind of girl to stick. A self-professed infatuation junky, she latches on the newest, hottest guy on the block, then finds a reason—real or imagined—to dump him. When she accepts a dare to rekindle her high school flame and jump in bed with her brother’s best friend, Shane Decker, she knows she’s in trouble. She can’t resist the man, even after all these years apart, and that just won’t do.

Shane has come back to town for a couple reasons. The biggest one? He’s tired of living away from those he loves, including Cat. But now she’s spooked and will do anything to drive a wedge between them, including trying to fix him up with other women through an online dating service.

What does he have to do to make her see that settling down doesn’t mean settling, and he’s ready to spend a lifetime proving it?

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

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I love Bell's writing and storytelling. She's really got a gift and damn she'll make you squirm too. She can write a steamy and erotic love scene like you wouldn't believe and really get you caught up in the story. So, after book one in the series I was really damn excited about Down and Dirty. And it did have some down and dirty happening and one make-your-eyes-roll-back-in-your-head hero which is always a good time but it had some troubles too.

The quick of it is that Shane and Cat have a bit of a past and grew up together and all these years later they're getting a chance for a fling and, well, a bit more if Shane can get through to Cat.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Mercy (Buchanan #2) by Julie Garwood


When esteemed Justice Department attorney Theo Buchanan is struck ill at a New Orleans gala, Dr. Michelle Renard works fast to save his life. Soon, Theo finds himself in a race to save her when Michelle is targeted by a deadly crime ring. They call themselves the Sowing Club, a devious foursome driven by greed to accumulate millions in a secret bank account. Now they're dead set on silencing Michelle, who might know the secret behind the killing of one of their wives. Dodging a world-class hit man and a band of cunning criminals, Michelle and Theo walk a narrow path between passion and survival.

Type: Romantic Suspense/Mystery
Rating: 4 out of 5

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So my first time reading Julie Garwood...was a hit. I really enjoyed Mercy. Loved the characters and got lost in their romance (even though it's not hot and heavy) and the mystery they fight to keep Michelle out of the clutches of a group of murderers. It was a quick read because I just couldn't put it down :)

Seriously Shifter Giveaway Hop!!

Seriously Shifter

We're celebrating all things...Shifter! From dragons to kitties and the always classic wolves. Bunnies and crocodiles and the rats too! We heart them all. There will be giveaways and Shiftery goodness at every stop so be sure to check them all out!

Spotlight: Happy Birthday Baby! by Tory Richards + giveaway

Morning ladies! Tory Richards is stopping by today for a little birthday chat and an oh so excellent excerpt from her upcoming release Happy Birthday Baby! Check it out then hop over to her website to enter a couple giveaways she's got going on!  ~Anna
What better way to spend your fiftieth birthday than with the hot male stripper you’ve been coveting for months! Proving you can have fun at any age, Happy Birthday Baby! from author Tory Richards is a celebration of life you won’t soon forget.


Release Day 3/24
Pre-Order: Liquid Silver | Amazon | All Romance | Book Depository | BAM | Goodreads

Everyone has a birthday, right? I mean, if you don’t, then you’re probably six-feet under. Personally I like growing older. Age has always just been a number to me. Unlike my sister, who’s only a year younger, who celebrated her 29th birthday for several years. She was in denial. How we celebrate our birthdays vary depending on  budget, culture, location, and many other things. Some people don’t acknowledge their birthdays at all, while others may only celebrate reaching certain milestones.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Nauti Intentions (Nauti #4) by Lora Leigh


Since he saw Janey Mackay taking a dip in her bikini, Major Alex Jansen has had to quell the fire she ignites in him. Even touching her would mean death at the hands of the Mackay men. Until now, the girl of his dreams-and fantasies-has lived in a vacuum of affection, shying away from the danger she thinks men represent. Alex sets out to prove her wrong, with his torturously slow caresses.

Everyone thinks Janey's safe now, with her abusers dead. But when someone starts leaving spine chilling notes, Alex won't rest until she's completely safe. And completely his-body and soul...

Type: Erotic Romance
Heat: 4 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

Amazon | All Romance | Book Depository | BAMGoodreads

So, I pretty much loved this book. Everything about it. From the older hero and the younger heroine--Alex is 37 and Janey 23--to the steamy goodness that heats up between them to the meddling family that surrounds them. Add in a bit of danger as Janey's life is threatened and I was all in.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Cat Thursday! It's Baby G's Birthday!! Come celebrate with us!

Welcome to the weekly meme hosted by The True Book Addict that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats!

Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of kitteh!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Need You Tonight (Loving on the Edge # ) by Roni Loren

"Need You Tonight was steamy, sexy, fun and just a gloriously naughty and entertaining read." ~herding cats & burning soup
From foster kid to trophy wife, Tessa McAllen is about to reinvent herself all over again—and defy every insult her cheating ex-husband ever used against her: Selfish? She’s championing a charity. Stupid? She’s getting her degree.

Boring in bed?

Kade Vandergriff can help her with that one. When they encounter each other at a singles event held at one of his restaurants, Tessa blurts out that kink is for girls who try too hard, and Kade instantly wants to show this sassy stranger how thrilling a night under his command can be…but when he learns her name, the game changes for both of them.

In high school, Tessa was the popular girl who stuttering, awkward Kade fell for. But she chose another. Now, as she eagerly learns lesson after lesson, he’s going to make sure she never forgets him again

Type: Erotic Romance
Heat: 4 out of 5
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Amazon | Book Depository | BAM | Goodreads

Oh yes. I enjoyed the hell out of my first Roni Loren read. Lordy. Need You Tonight was steamy, sexy, fun and just a gloriously naughty and entertaining read.

The quick of it is that Tessa and Kade knew each other years ago when they were struggling to survive their teen years. It's been ages since their young friendship was torn apart and now all these years later they're back in each others lives and things are getting down, dirty and flat out kinky as hell as they mend fences and get to know each other once again. ::shivers::

Interview w/ Roni Loren--what's her favorite naughty accessory?? + giveaway

Morning yall! We've got a new to me author here today and I'm so excited to have her join us! I read Need You Tonight earlier this month and just loved it! Roni totally has a new fan here. Anywho. Check out our chat, leave her some comment love and if you're interested check out the giveaway too!
From foster kid to trophy wife, Tessa McAllen is about to reinvent herself all over again—and defy every insult her cheating ex-husband ever used against her: Selfish? She’s championing a charity. Stupid? She’s getting her degree.

Boring in bed?

Kade Vandergriff can help her with that one. When they encounter each other at a singles event held at one of his restaurants, Tessa blurts out that kink is for girls who try too hard, and Kade instantly wants to show this sassy stranger how thrilling a night under his command can be…but when he learns her name, the game changes for both of them.

In high school, Tessa was the popular girl who stuttering, awkward Kade fell for. But she chose another. Now, as she eagerly learns lesson after lesson, he’s going to make sure she never forgets him again.

Amazon | Book Depository | BAM | Goodreads 

Morning Roni and welcome to herding cats & burning soup! 
Thanks! So glad to be here. : )
Need You Tonight was oh so deliciously naughty and fun. I can't wait to hear a little more about it! Alright, so, if you had to hook someone in just a few seconds what would you tell them that would have them panting after Kade and Tessa?
After finding her husband cheating, a former trophy wife goes on a mission to improve every aspect of herself. But when she runs into the boy who used to have a crush on her in high school and he’s grown up into a sexy dominant millionaire, she discovers she’s found the perfect person to check off that Get Better in Bed item on her checklist.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Tuesday Jams-- Willis


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. 

If you want to join in check out her blog!

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

This week...Willis. Her voice just...lord. Amazing.
I love her cover of the song too. Such a different feel. Whew.

What a Reckless Rogue Needs (Sinful Scoundrels #2) by Vicky Dreiling

Heartwarming, witty and utterly endearing it's one historical fans will love. ~ herding cats & burning soup
Colin Brockhurst, Earl of Ravenshire, has no desire to wed, this season or any other. So when his father demands he give up his wild ways and take a wife, Colin refuses. But his father raises the stakes and threatens to sell the ancestral home if Colin doesn't comply. Now Colin has no choice but to find a wife. Unfortunately, the only woman he wants is the one whose heart he broke years ago.

Regardless of the ton's whispers, Lady Angeline Brenham won't settle for anything less than true love. After rejecting more than her share of suitable suitors, spinsterhood looms before her—until the devilishly handsome Colin reappears in her life with a proposition. Angeline vows to keep her feet on the ground and her heart in check. That is, until one searing kiss melts her resolve and reignites a burning desire for more.

Type: Historical Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5 (though limited)
Rating: 4 out of 5
Releases March 25th
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What a Reckless Rogue Needs was one of those books that just made me smile. I loved it. Everything about Angeline and Colin just tugged at my heart as these two life long adversaries find themselves--and their futures--at the mercy of others and are tempted to rely on someone they'd never thought a friend.

Quote-tastic (46)-- the poor...maid.


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 this one earlier this year and really enjoyed it. It's an erotic historical and pretty spicy. There's a LOT of nekkid time in this one as the two secret away and explore for a spell. Not for everyone but the very end of this quote had me chuckling. Review for this one is HERE if you want to check it out.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Tasty Delights--Cauliflower Crust Pizza!


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. 


 Pizza...is my weakness. Not even gonna lie. I'd eat it every day if I could get away with it. *nods*
So I saw this "healthier" option on Pinterest and decided to give it a whirl. 

And I loved it!

Now, it doesn't replace pizza pizza but it was fun and tasty and so one I'll make again.

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