Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Monthly Herd: July Recap + link up!

Thank God July is over! For yall that have followed the blog you know life was hard this month with most of the herd being very sick. It was pretty devastating. I lost 3 to what we think was contaminated catnip. We're on the mend now thank goodness and the last sick herd babe had an incredible check up today and was pretty much given the all clear. Woot! I took a good amount of time away from the blog to try to get them healthy again and just to recover emotionally. I just wanted to say thank you so much to everyone that came by or sent emails with prayers and well wishes to the herd babes. I was pretty much a mess and even if I wasn't able to respond to everyone it was so greatly appreciated you have no idea.

We're going into August with a positive outlook and trying to let go of the sadness of July. I'm spending a lot of time with the herd and loving on them which has made things a lot easier :) Though at this point you can seriously hear their sighs when I come in a room because OMG mom you are hovering! lol This is Francie a little bit ago. She's feeling much better :)

I did manage to have a number of things happen on the blog even with me not being here. Thank goodness for having things pre-scheduled! So below is what did manage to get done this month. There's also a link up for those who do recaps if yall'd like to link yours in.   ~Anna

Cat Thursday-- Mornings...suck!

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!

Pretty much.
My mom actually got me the Grumpy Cat one on a magnet for Christmas.
It's on my fridge with all my bookish magnets :)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Bucket List (2)--Closets & Cross Stitch


The 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.

They won't all be big things.
Some will be fun, some serious, some easy or a little more complex. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bride Of A Scottish Warrior by Adrienne Basso



Newly knighted Sir Ewan Gilroy needs a dowry and a wife, in that order. Though the widowed Lady Grace plans to enter a convent, squandering so much lush beauty - and such a fortune - would surely be its own sin. Grace will not be easily wooed, despite her family's urging and Ewan's famed charm. She challenges him as no woman ever dared, proving his equal in spirit and in passions...

To atone for her past, Grace vows to never remarry - least of all a brash and reckless warrior. Yet whether defending her honor or stoking desires she hardly knew she possessed, Ewan is a man beyond compare. And as their fragile trust is threatened by treachery, Grace must decide whether to reach for the happiness within her grasp - and fight for the love of her bold Highlander...

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

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Well I am just adoring Basso and the amazing romances she creates. Bride of a Scottish Warrior is the second one I've read from her and, seriously, she has me smitten. She's a wonderful storyteller that really wraps you up in her world and transports you to another time--in this case the Scottish Highlands of the 1300s. It's just a fabulous experience.

The quick of it is that Grace and Ewan have met during his quest for a wife. Something Grace has vowed she'll never be again after the tragic death of her husband. But circumstances, family and life may just have different plans for her.

FREE, 99cent & New Release Deals!

Been a little spell since I did one of these and figured I was ready to get back to it. Some free and 99cent deals for the week plus a handful of new releases! Have you read any of them? Picking up any? Would love to hear about them!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Interview w/ Lauren Layne--wait, you wrote it...where?!!

Hey guys! We've got a new to me author Lauren Layne stopping by today. I just read Only With You and LOVED it. Review is up HERE if you'd like to stop by and check it out! Give our chat a looksee and leave Lauren a nice big welcome!  ~Anna
Cocktail waitress Sophie Dalton doesn't exactly have a life plan. She's perfectly happy being everyone's favorite party girl. But when a Las Vegas bachelorette party goes awry and an uptight businessman mistakes Sophie for a prostitute . . . well, Sophie wonders if it's time to reevaluate her priorities. Swearing off her thigh-high boots for good, Sophie slinks back home with damaged pride-and a jackpot of a hangover.

Yet what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay there. On a trip to Seattle to open a new office, Grayson Wyatt meets his latest employee-who turns out to be the same woman he recently called a hooker. Wealthy and gorgeous, Gray is a man used to getting what he wants. And it doesn't take long to figure out that smart, sassy, sexy Sophie is everything he's been looking for. As their late nights at the office turn into hot morning-afters, they realize their Vegas misunderstanding may lead to the real thing . . .

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Mornin' Lauren! Welcome to herding cats! I'm *rubs hands together* ready for some juicy gossip about Only With You! It was such a fun read! I can't believe the hero mistook his heroine for an, erm, working girl! lol Okay....any fun/silly/naughty behind the scenes facts about Only With You? Think Pop-Up Video style.
Oh man, Pop-up video! That just took me back! Okay, let’s see …
(1)    The original title for Only With You was The Lady is a Tramp
(2)    In early versions, I had a fully-developed secondary romance. I later decided to give Will/Brynn their own book and had to cut an EXCELLENT sex scene from this one.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Quote-tastic (65)--wait, I'm...cake?!


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

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My pick this week isn't quite out yet but gah I just loved this scene and couldn't wait until August to share it. It's a fake mates kinda thing going on between two life long best friends when one gets in a spot of trouble. I just loved their interactions. It's book 3 in the series so a couple books to pick up while you wait :)

Only with You (The Best Mistake #1) by Lauren Layne


Cocktail waitress Sophie Dalton doesn't exactly have a life plan. She's perfectly happy being everyone's favorite party girl. But when a Las Vegas bachelorette party goes awry and an uptight businessman mistakes Sophie for a prostitute . . . well, Sophie wonders if it's time to reevaluate her priorities. Swearing off her thigh-high boots for good, Sophie slinks back home with damaged pride-and a jackpot of a hangover.

Yet what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay there. On a trip to Seattle to open a new office, Grayson Wyatt meets his latest employee-who turns out to be the same woman he recently called a hooker. Wealthy and gorgeous, Gray is a man used to getting what he wants. And it doesn't take long to figure out that smart, sassy, sexy Sophie is everything he's been looking for. As their late nights at the office turn into hot morning-afters, they realize their Vegas misunderstanding may lead to the real thing . . .

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 2.5 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Emotionally stunted stick in the mud meets spirited social butterfly who...might be a hooker. Okay, so, not a hooker but that's Gray's first thought when he laid eyes on Sophie during a Las Vegas trip. :snortal: Little did he know she was the one who would shake his world right down to it's foundation. And he might just do the same for her. Only With You was just what I needed this week.

Oh.My.Gosh. I loved these two. Gray and Sophie are so dang...broken! And wonderful. And infuriating. Heartbreaking. Funny. Make you shake your head and pinch the bridge of your nose but love them anyways...perfect.

Gray--and damn that's a sexy name--was handsome and socially awkward. He put his foot in his mouth on more than one occasion as Sophie so elegantly put it...was a gorgeous shithead in a beautiful suit.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Animal Attraction (Animal Magnetism #2) by Jill Shalvis


Sunshine, Idaho, is a quiet ranching town, a perfect place to give injured animals a refuge…or to find one yourself. Veterinarian Dell Connelly suspects there’s a reason his clinic’s uber-efficient receptionist has taken shelter here.

Jade Bennett couldn’t be happier to escape the big-city jungle to work with hurt animals, and have a forlorn stray kitten make its home under her desk…or enjoy the gorgeous views of her ruggedly sexy boss.

Jade is used to planning everything in her life, but Dell’s seductive, alluring ways have sparked an uncontrollable desire. And though Dell has never had time for love, Jade’s strength and sass is the kind of call no red-blooded male can resist…

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

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I lurves me some Jill Shalvis. The woman just writes some killer romances. I wasn't totally on board with book one of the Animal Magnetism series though for some reason but thankfully carried on and picked up Animal Attraction and hot damn this was totally the Shalvis I know and adore. I loved nearly everything about this one as Jade's secretive past is uncovered and she and Dell find a little happiness together and help each other move on and break down each others walls.

Social Blogger Meet & Greet Giveaway Hop! $75+ in Gift Cards and ebooks!



Come Meet & Greet your favorite bloggers and find a few new ones to love too! Enter the Grand Prize Giveaway then hop around and visit all of the Social Bloggers and learn some fun facts about them!

There will be individual giveaways at some of the blog so don't forget to stop by and say hi!





Okay so some fun quirky facts about...mwah!

  • I have an obsession with pierced cocks! Of the fictional variety...of course. If you know any let me know! I even started a Pierced Peckers listopia list on Goodreads! lol
  • I LOVE monster porn. It's just SO bad it's GOOD! lol  (my weird fuckery reviews are HERE)
  • I seriously have a thing for older men. Hello...Gibbs. *thud* and a side of *want*

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cat Thursday-- Sink Me, Baby!

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!

Live has been rough with the herd lately but thankfully on the mend and I thought some light hearted kitty pics would be good again.

 LOL the one on the right just kills me!
So something that would happen with this house. Heh

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Unbeautifully (Undeniable #2) by Madeline Sheehan


Warning: This is not a story about fate or destiny. This is a story about pain, sorrow, and suffering. This is an impulsive whirlwind romance between two lovers that are not meant to be together. Theirs is not a world with sunshine and roses. Instead, their love blossoms in a secret world full of crime, violence, and death. Their story is about what can be born from nightmares.

Danielle “Danny” West is the daughter of Deuce West, President of the Hell’s Horsemen Motorcycle Club. A sweet and beautiful girl, she loses her way, searching for things that are always out of her reach. Erik “Ripper” Jacobs is the Sergeant of Arms in the Hell’s Horsemen. Once a man who always had a smile on his face, his life takes a turn for the worst when a tragedy befalls him, leaving him scarred and broken. During a midsummer night, Danny and Ripper’s paths cross, forever changing their lives. Hastily, their lust turns to love until another tragedy forces them apart. On a journey that is marred with ugliness and chaos, Danny and Ripper must discover if their unforeseen connection can find the beauty in their world.

This is Danny and Ripper’s story.

Everything has beauty. Even the ugly. Especially the ugly.
Because without ugly, there would be no beauty.

Type: Dark Romance
Heat: eh..3? our of 5
Rating: 3 out of 5

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If you've been around a while you know I flipping LOVED book one of this series. Undeniable got an easy 5 stars from me and damn I was so excited more books were on the way. But. I'm really torn over Unbeautifully. There were parts I really liked and that so have me craving more but there were parts that really pissed me off and had me ready to just abandon the book. There was a lot of ugly in this one. Rape, murder, cheating and betrayals. This is a pretty messed up group of people and yet overall I really did still like them and the storyline. I just had some mad hate for the heroine Danny and didn't like her much at all.

Write On Review-a-Thon 7/26-7/27

The Write On review-a-thon is a monthly event created and hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen. It’s 2 days dedicated to getting reviews done, whether you have one review to write or 30+. This edition of the review-a-thon takes place July26th and July 27th. Let’s get those reviews done!




I participated in this last month and got SO many reviews done it was ridiculous. I was able to finish up 11 reviews in the two days it happened and then carried on a bit after and wrapped up another 9 in a handful of days. Not bad!

I'm a touch behind again. I'm not starting my reviews from scratch--yeah I'm cheating a bit lol--but finishing up reviews that are drafted. I have 17 currently between ones for review and just for fun that I'd like to get done soon. Most aren't "due" for a spell but would be nice to have them pre-scheduled and ready to go!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Interview w/ Cathryn Fox--man candy, lemonade with a kick & a couple of "aws"


Straight A student Kathryn Lane is all work and no play. She's determined to keep her scholarship, and that means no distractions...until she takes a summer internship at Stone Cliff Resort and meets bad boy Noah Ryan. She knows she should keep her distance—after all he’s not the kind of guy she can bring home to daddy—but his disarming smile and dangerous ways are entirely too tempting.

College dropout, Noah Ryan takes one look at Kathryn and instantly knows her type—ambitious, driven and determined, just like he used to be, before the accident that derailed his life and left him an emotional wreck. He vows to avoid her, but when a co-worker backs him into a bet he can’t refuse, everything he’s been running from is challenged and he’s forced to confront his demons.

Soon, Kathryn and Noah are lost to everything except each other. As their lives become entwined, their passion is reckless, their heat all-consuming but when hurtful truths spill out, can Noah prove himself worthy of the one girl who can heal his wounded heart, or will the fire they ignited turn to ash when it all comes crashing down?

Amazon | All Romance | Goodreads

Hey Cathryn!! Welcome to herding cats! It's crazy hot here this week so thought we'd break out the Ice Tea and Lemonade for our chat. *whispers* The lemonade might have an adult kicker to it ;)
Adult Kicker lemonade works for me!
::snort:: I think I might be with you on that. lol Alright, so say you have 10 seconds to get someone all good and curious. What would you tell them about Crashing Down?
Full of Angst, pain, love, sex, loss and growth.  I’ve written over fifty books and this is my all time favorite.   

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Review/Quote-tastic (64)--um, hotdogs?! ...Various States of Undress: Carolina by Laura Simcox


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

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Morning! Alright this week I picked Various States of Undress: Carolina. It's a series about a set of sisters whose daddy is the President. Anywho. This one was Carolina and her Secret Service bodyguard Jake. I just loved them. They were so sweet together with their forbidden romance happening. They're trapped at her family's mountain cabin all alone during a snow storm so things get a little more, erm, intimate than they'd expected. This little bit totally had me gigglesnorting...

Tasty Delights--Spinach Artichoke Dip


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. 



I've had a serious hankering for spinach artichoke dip lately and just not been able to find a good one at the store so figured I'd whip out my recipe box and get to making my own.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Problems in Paradise (Texas Nights #3) by Kelsey Browning


Eden Durant hasn't always been Eden Durant. She's made a fresh start in Shelbyville, Texas, far from her mother's notoriety. Running the Paradise Garden Café is as much excitement as Eden wants—or it was, until she meets Beck Childress. Although he's the one man who could expose her past, she's willing to open up enough to see if he might be her future.

Chief Deputy Childress is determined to get to know the real Eden, when he isn't busy cleaning up after the sheriff and running in the election to replace him. When several men fall sick after eating in Eden's café, he investigates even as her mysterious past raises both his suspicions and his protective instincts.

As their relationship heats up, so do the pressures of Beck's campaign. When Eden's secrets are revealed, jeopardizing his dream of becoming sheriff, he'll need to choose: serve and protect the town he loves or the woman who makes it home.

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

Amazon | All Romance | Goodreads

Oh how could I have not read Browning sooner! I loved Problems in Paradise. It was such a fun read. Sweet, sassy and rocking some sexy too. My favorite combo of readery goodness as the town's health food fanatic and it's junk food loving Chief Deputy--who have been sniffing around each other--are finally brought together by a case of food poisoning that's plaguing Eden's restaurant. And, well, fireworks abound. It was... excellent!

Interview w/ VK Sykes-- kitchen disasters, sexy athletes and...handcuffs?!


Noah Cade, pitcher for the Philadelphia Patriots, has big problems. He’s recovering from a serious injury and he’s just been saddled with his sick aunt’s crazy dogs. Then there’s his dad, a wealthy oilman who wants Noah to retire from baseball and step into his shoes as CEO of the family corporation. All Noah wants is to pitch again and help his team win the World Series, but his family keeps dragging him in the opposite direction.

Teddy Quinn moved to the city to start a dog walking business for rich people, hoping the income will pay for law school and help her fight the oil corporations drilling the county where she grew up. When Noah Cade hires her as a full-time dog sitter for his high-energy pets, it seems like the answer to Teddy’s financial woes. But the boundaries get blurred when she starts falling for her boss, who uses all his formidable charm to lure her into his bed.

When Teddy discovers Noah’s father owns Baron Energy, she’s devastated. How can she work for—or love—a man whose family stands for everything she hates?

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Mornin' Vanessa!! It's so nice to see you again. Since it's so broiling hot out here in NC I thought
some Sweet Ice Tea and Lemonade would be nice for while we chat so come on in and we'll get to chatting :)
Thanks so much for hosting me, Anna.  And I’ll definitely have some of that sweet tea!
Alright I am ready for some bookish gossip!...if you wanted to hook someone between innings on Payoff Pitch what would you tell them to get them panting for more?!
Sexy billionaire ballplayer meets sweet but feisty dog walker from the country.  Lots of laughs, angst, bad dogs, and some very hot sex with a hunky athlete!  PAYOFF PITCH is book 5 in our USA Today bestselling series of sports romances, and it’s one of our favourites. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

DNF: Better Homes and Hauntings by Molly Harper


When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate—he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in nineteenth-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo.”

But Nina shows no signs of being scared away, even as she experiences some unnerving apparitions herself. And as the two of them work closely together to restore the mansion’s faded glory, Deacon realizes that he’s found someone who doesn’t seem to like his fortune more than himself—while Nina may have finally found the one man she can trust with her bruised and battered heart.

But something on the island doesn’t believe in true love…and if Nina and Deacon can’t figure out how to put these angry spirits to rest, their own love doesn’t stand a ghost of a chance.

Type: Contemporary Romance/Light para
Heat: None by the time I quit
Rating: DNF

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And can't believe I'm saying this but I ended up calling it quits on Better Homes and Hauntings. I usually love Harper and her quirky characters/storylines but just couldn't get into this one at all.

Summer Reads Giveaway Hop! Over $100 in Amazon Gift Cards plus LOTS of books! July 17-23rd


Summer's in full swing! Come in out of the heat and check out our favorite Summer Reads! Each blog will feature their favorites and a giveaway so visit them all! Plus there's a Grand Prize giveaway happening too!


  


So. I really really don't like the summer heat but I LOVE steamy reads so figured I'd give away winner's pick of one of the books above. How flipping HOT are those covers? Oh. My. God.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Matter of Sin (The Ladies' Book of Pleasures #1) by Jess Michaels



The widowed Lady Isabel Avenbury has one remaining younger sister to shepherd into an advantageous marriage, and then she will be free. Free to take a lover to fill her lonely nights—the only option left for a woman on the delicate edge of a certain age.

Except when she chaperones her sister to a country house party, she is taken aback by her sudden, undeniable attraction to the host. And deliciously scandalized when she finds a copy of the notorious, much-gossiped-about Ladies Book of Pleasures in his library.

When Seth Rowland, Marquis Lyndham, notices his book is missing, his interest is piqued as to which of the potential young brides at his party has absconded with it—and he’s shocked to discover it’s Isabel. Though older than the women he’d planned to court, the powerful beauty exudes a sensuality he cannot ignore.

The book inspires them to begin a desperate, passionate affair. But their time together is running out and they must choose. Follow society’s rules, or take a chance at love.

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

Amazon | All Romance | Goodreads

Prim & proper meets naughty! There's just something so fun about that. A Matter of Sin was a delightfully charming story of a woman searching for excitement and finding something she never thought she'd have again...love and romance. Aws.

The quick of it is that Seth's mother--who is determined to see him married and carry on the family line--has invited all of the elegible young ladies from Society to a country party in hopes one of them will snag her son's eye. But it's not those oh-so-young girls but *gasp* one of the chaperones that snags his attention...no matter how inappropriate their match may be. Add in a scandalous little book about exploring a woman's pleasures that's making rounds among the ton and oh, yes, it's going to make for an interesting party indeed!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Quote-tastic (63)-- We've Been Meme-Jacked by Lisa Renee Jones!


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.

Hey guys! We're having a meme-jack today! Lisa Renee Jones is stopping by with a quote from the oh so sexy Mark. I love this guy. Check it out and leave her some comment love :)

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