Sunday, August 31, 2014

Review/Quote-astic (69): Big...weapons?!--In His Sights by Jo Davis


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

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Aaaannnnd this week's Quote-tastic is from Jo Davis and her latest Sugarland Blue series. It's out tomorrow and was so fun! I just loved this little exchange between them while out having dinner. It so had me snickering. There's a review for the book down below if yall wanna check it out :)

2014 Historical Romance Reading Challenge--September LINK UP!


We're 3/4ths of the way through! September's Link Up is below!

Yall hanging in there? Are you ahead of the game? Have a few to catch up on?
Who are you reading this month??

Challenge Recap!

2014 Erotic Romance Reading Challenge--September LINK UP!


Welcome to Fall!! It's time for our September Link up! 
Add all of your September reviews to the linky below!

Yall have any exciting reads planned for this month?

Quick Recap!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Monthly Herd: August Recap!

Whew yall I can't believe August is already over! It was quite the month and dang I hardly remembered the beginning of it until going through posts for this. lol

I turned a year older this month *flails*, went to the AAD signing and got to meet some of the awesome blogger ladies from my state and visit with some fab authors, started on a super secret event that I'll hopefully be able to tell yall about soon (eep it's killing me not sharing!) and will soon have an authors services page up. Probably next week on that. The blog went through some tweaks and nudges and should all be working again for those on IE.

Tasty Delights/Cookbook Review--Meatless All Day by Dina Cheney--ALT Sandwiches w/ Frisco

Meatless food

Move over bland, wimpy tofu and lackluster salads—Meatless All Day redefines meat-free meals as colorful and super-satisfying. Whether you’re a committed vegetarian or are trying to cut down on meat, the hearty, creative recipes in Meatless All Day will inspire you to cook in new ways. Here, you’ll discover Beet Wellington, Spaghetti with White Bean Balls, Quinoa-Polenta Cakes with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce and White Bean Puree, Roasted Root Vegetable and Goat Cheese Salad with Lemon-Tahini Vinaigrette, and Baklava Sticky Buns—fare that will make avowed carnivores jealous. One secret behind these dishes: high-impact ingredients (like miso, tomato paste, and mushrooms).

To ensure that readers' dishes come out perfectly, the book opens with key cooking techniques, such as Tips for Perfect Vegetables, The Art of Cooking Eggs, and Tips for a Golden Brown, Crispy Exterior. It then lists 45 "power ingredients" that lend vegetarian food a meaty flavor, meaty texture, or both. The heart of the book is 85 ultra-flavorful recipes, with meal suggestions and ideas for making non-vegan fare vegan.

Type: Cookbook--Vegetarian
Rating: 4 out of 5
Difficulty: easy to moderate

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So! For today's Tasty Delights...I'm actually reviewing a cookbook in addition to putting together a recipe. I thought it might be fun to work some into the blog now and again. So my first go at it is...Meatless All Day. Perfect since I'm a vegetarian and always looking for new vegetarian friendly dishes that are both easy, tasty and healthy. And Meatless All Day totally delivered! From a nicely detailed introduction with suggestions and cooking tips to gorgeous photos and mouth watering recipes Meatless All Day was a culinary win and will keep me busy in the kitchen for weeks trying everything out. The price I think is very reasonable as well coming in at around $14 on Amazon.

A little breakdown on parts of the cookbook then a tasty recipe that omg was SO good!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway w/ Jill Shalvis!

A quickie little excerpt and giveaway from Jill Shalvis! Check it out yall and let me know what you think. She's one of my faves :) ~Anna
Becca Thorpe has uprooted her life and escaped to the beach. Now's her chance to get away from city living, throw caution to the ocean winds, and live in the moment. Especially if the moment includes the deliciously sexy surfer she meets shortly after arriving in Lucky Harbor. Something about the dark intensity of Sam's eyes and the thrill she gets at his touch convinces her to stay awhile.

Boatbuilder and investment genius Sam Brody is a self-made man who knows how dangerous it can be to mix business and pleasure. But he can't resist offering Becca a job just to hear her laugh and have her near. Yet when her brother comes to town asking for help, will he tempt her back to her glamorous life in the city? Or do Sam and little Lucky Harbor have a chance to win Becca's heart?

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In IT'S IN HIS KISS I had fun making up nicknames for the heroine and hero to call each other. He calls her Tough Girl -- well earned as she is more than a little independent -- cough, stubborn as hell, cough... And she calls him Sexy Grumpy Surfer, also well earned because in the beginning, he is exactly that. Sexy AND grumpy.  :) I went on to use other nicknames as well, including Sam calling Becca "Peeper" and not because she has big eyes but because she peeks out her windows in the mornings and watches him surf. Here's an excerpt to explain.  ~Jill Shalvis

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Bucket List (3)--Nail polish bookmarks, cross stitch, closets and musical events!


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!
Well...I'm working on it!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

How to Reprimand Your Rock Star by Mina Vaughn


Thea is a star basketball player at UConn on track to be Rookie of the Year. That is, if she can stay focused on the game. Lately that hasn’t been going so well, as her knee has been bothering her. But that’s not the only thing on her mind…

Ever since rock star Keaton Lowe surprised her in the girl’s locker room, Thea can’t stop thinking about him. On top of his status and enticing ways, he seems to know everything about her. But some of his actions cross the line, and Keaton needs to be punished. Will Thea keep her head in the game, or get distracted by her other favorite pastime—reprimanding her rock star?

Type: New Adult, Erotic
Heat: 3.5 out of 5--light BDSM
Rating: 3 out of 5

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Well that was cute! How to Reprimand Your Rock Star was a fun little jaunt as a young basket ball star runs into a sexy rock star and the two heat things up while getting to know each other and realizing they might just have a little kink between them. Ooo la la!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

SIGN UP: Fairy Tale Magic Blog Hop Sept 15-22nd!

Wanted to pass this along here as well! We're hosting another hop! This one is set for September 15th and is all about the Fairy Tale. If you want to keep up to date on hops we host check out our other site HERE

If you're able to share this with other bloggers/authors you think might be interested please do! It's greatly appreciated :) 


Love...All things Fairy Tale? We're celebrating them in all their forms...originals, adaptations, twists and retellings. Sweet or steamy or a little bit twisted! Hop through all the blogs for giveaways at each stop! And don't forget to enter the grand prize drawing too!

Signed, Sealed, Delivered (The Ladies Who Lunch #2) by Sandy James


When life gets tough and love is hard to find, four friends take their troubles to lunch. High school teacher Juliana Kelley tells the Ladies Who Lunch that her life needs an overhaul . . . and gets a whole lot more than she wished for.

Juliana has spent thirteen years in the same teaching job. She’s ready to dive into a new career with both feet . . . when a run-in with the hottest man she’s ever seen knocks her head over heels. But with her failed marriage to a fellow teacher fresh on her mind, Jules can’t afford to lose herself in a relationship—no matter how perfect it may seem.

Connor Wilson has hit rock bottom when he loses his career as a top-notch Realtor because of a large gambling debt. Now, in a small town he finds a fresh start—and a gorgeous redhead who sparks new life into him. Together they start a successful real estate company, but when pleasure sneaks into the business, they’ll have to decide what they can let go . . . and what they can’t live without.

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

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Oh yes. I'm smitten. I would LOVE to be part of the Ladies Who Lunch and their delectable men. Signed, Sealed, Delivered...delivered everything I adore about contemporary romance. Fabulous characters, steam, passion, friendship and a romance that while it might not have had the most...conventional of starts was touching, sweet and perfectly imperfect.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Review/Quote-tastic (68)- *shakes fist* --Show Me, Baby by Cherise Sinclair


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Oh I do love the Shadowlands. And this week's Quote-tastic is from the new novella from Cherise Sinclair. This is a set of novellas from different authors that are connected by a girl from current times that finds herself trapped in a story she read and only able to stay alive by telling the King different tales she remembers so he'll spare her life to hear more. And this time it's Jake and Rainie from the Shadowlands story. Kinda neat but other than the intro the "story teller" doesn't come into play again during the novella.

Anyways. This one was pretty hot and had some great scenes. I love these two moments. The first for his response and the second for hers.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sleep With the Lights On (Brown and de Luca #1) by Maggie Shayne

Thriller Romance Review

Rachel de Luca has found incredible success writing self-help books. But her own blindness and the fact that her troubled brother has gone missing have convinced her that positive thinking is nothing but bull. Her cynicism wavers when a cornea transplant restores her sight. The new eyes seem to give her new life, until they prove too good to be true and she starts seeing terrifying visions of brutal murders crimes she soon learns are all too real.

Detective Mason Brown's own brother recently died, leaving behind a horrific secret. In atonement, Mason donated his brother's organs, though he's kept the fact quiet. Now he wants to help Rachel find her brother, but when he discovers the shocking connection between her visions and his own brother, he suddenly has to do everything in his power to save her from a predator who is somehow still hunting from beyond the grave.

Type: Thriller/Mystery
Heat: 1 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Oooo creeptastic! Sleep With the Lights On seriously made me want to do just that as Rachel searches for her missing brother and starts having visions of brutal murders along the way and maybe a couple tingly flashes of the detective that's in charge of the case.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Rock the Blog (3)--Jump breaks & emails


Rock the Blog is a "How To" for bloggers!

From graphics to html and all kinds of bloggery goodness!

Since I'm based on Blogger most posts will revolve around the Blogger platform though some ideas may apply to Wordpress as well.

Using Jump Breaks for posts & emails!

Alright! I was asked a bit back how I get only part of my blog posts to publish in my emails and 
on my blog page with a <read more> tag that you click and it takes you to the full post.

This is something I LOVE and that I'm really glad I started doing for a couple reasons I'll explain below and really appreciate when other bloggers have implemented them.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dark Spirit (Spirit Wild #2) by Kate Douglas


Romy Sarika has spent much of her life suffering at the hands of a sadistic cult leader. Twenty years earlier she watched him kill her mother, and now she awaits the same fate. But when the self-proclaimed prophet orders Romy killed, the wolf part of her rises up and for the first time she shifts. Managing to save herself, she leaves death and chaos in her wake.

Alone in the woods and badly injured, Romy is found by Jace Wolf and Gabe Cheval, two powerful and striking Chanku who help her heal and simultaneously unleash sensual desires in her that are as new and intense as her wolf-like abilities. But just as Romy’s opening herself to this new erotic world and the passionate connections she’s forming with both men, danger is closing in.

Bent on revenge and driven by bloodlust, cult members are pursuing the trio. Discovery could mean not just Romy’s death but destruction of the Chanku way of life. With their lives at stake and the Chanku race in jeopardy, the three must fight to save themselves and the future of their proud race.

Type: Paranormal Romance
Heat: 4 out of 5--though limited
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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I always enjoy Douglas and her Chanku--basically shifers in this world. They're interesting and steamy and have a little laughter mixed in now and again. Totally works. And this time it was all about Romy who is running for her life after escaping the cult she was born into and that's hunting her because she's shifted into a wolf for the first time.  And, well, because they're assholes. *nods*

Cat Thursday-- Sad Cone of Doom


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!
Because...it's just funny.
The sad cone of doom...

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Interview w/ TS Krupa--we're swooning just a little...


When Jill met Jay Greenfield she knew she had found her forever love. She was a kindergarten teacher, he was a high-powered attorney and their lives were perfect. But when a tragic accident takes Jay’s life, this young bride is left to pick up the pieces.

Jill finds herself a young widow facing multiple decisions she thought she had a lifetime to decide. With support from her childhood best friends, Lanie and Stella, Jill attempts to piece her life back together. With nightmares plaguing her dreams and the struggles of constant grief over Jay’s passing, Stella and Lanie keep near constant vigilance over her.

In the process of settling the estate, Jill learns that her husband was not quite the man she thought he was. She finds herself transported to the small beach town of Oak Island, North Carolina. But the fairy tale ending she envisioned no longer exists. She must face the reality that Jay is gone as she finds herself having a chance at love one more time.

Safe and Sound follows a yearlong journey of love, loss, friendship, and conquering the unexpected.


Morning TS! Welcome to herding cats! I can't wait to hear a little dish about Safe & SoundAlright, say you had 10 seconds to hook someone what would you tell them about Jill's journey?
On the surface it's a love story but when your done reading you will see it's so much more than just another love story. It's also a story about loss, friendship and hope.

The Reluctant Governess (Ladies Unlaced #3) by Maggie Robinson


A secretary for the renowned Evensong Agency, Eliza Lawrence may have a pretty face, but she’s much prouder of her mind and her morals. When she’s pressed into temporary governess duty as a favor to her boss, she doesn’t expect to bend one bit for the rakish Nicholas Raeburn. Not even when he opens the door to her half-dressed…

Despite his bad reputation, Nicholas is a man of honor. To Nick’s way of thinking, he doesn’t need any help raising his daughter, Domenica. If only he weren’t so drawn to the meddlesome woman’s sparkling wit and uncommon beauty…

But when an act of misplaced chivalry goes seriously awry, resulting in mayhem and almost murder, Eliza becomes the only woman he can depend upon. Nick will do anything to protect his family, but who will protect him from falling in love with his reluctant governess?

Type: Historical Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5-- though not too much
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Not even gonna lie. The cover--which is gorgeous!--and the title--ack a governess!-- totally had me lusting over this one. I mean. How could I resist I ask you? I couldn't! I tell you. I just couldn't! Heh. And I'm glad I gave The Reluctant Governess a go. It was my first from Robinson and she totally has me wanting to read more.

The quick of it is that Nick needs a governess for his little girl Sunny. Or rather his auntie-in-law thinks he needs a governess for her. But Nick is the most unusual of employers. He's an artist and tends to paint and photograph women *gasp* a la natural! Scandalous! He's rather free with rules and scoffs at Society. Something the very prim and proper Eliza--who has been sent as a temporary emergency governess-has a thing or two to say about. Whew boy...does she!

Tuesday Jams--Halestorm


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.
So should be interesting :)

This week...Halestorm! Who I'd never heard of until author PA DePaul tagged me in I Get Off. Because I maybe have a thing for voyeurs. Maybe. Heh. Anyways. I think this chick is little bad ass. I'm loving them right now.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Free, 99cent & New Releases 8/19!


Mornin'! Thought I'd share some ebook deals. A handful of free and 99cent ones plus a couple new releases that just arrived. Have yall read any of these? Or know of the authors? Picking any up today?

Feel free to pass along the post to anyone you think might be interested!  ~Anna

Review/Quote-tastic (69)-- A pox! How the Scoundrel Seduces by Sabrina Jeffries


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Okay so the set up. These two--Tristan and Zoe--drive each other batty. They've rubbed each other wrong from pretty much the first second they met and lordy the two can get at each other. It's so dang fun to watch. Anyways. I thought these two were kinda funny...

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Virgin River (Virgin River #1) by Robyn Carr


Wanted: Midwife/nurse practitioner in Virgin River, population six hundred. Make a difference against the backdrop of towering California redwoods and crystal-clear rivers. Rent-free cabin included.

When the recently widowed Melinda Monroe sees this ad she quickly decides that the remote mountain town of Virgin River might be the perfect place to escape her heartache, and to re-energize the nursing career she loves. But her high hopes are dashed within an hour of arriving: the cabin is a dump, the roads are treacherous and the local doctor wants nothing to do with her. Realizing she's made a huge mistake, Mel decides to leave town the following morning. But a tiny baby, abandoned on a front porch, changes her plans...and a former marine cements them into place. Melinda Monroe may have come to Virgin River looking for escape, but instead she finds her home.

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 5 out of 5 *Pick of the Litter*

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So, I read Virgin River...ages ago and the review kinda got lost in my drafts folder but I wanted to post it now because this was just an amazing read. Carr blew me away with her writing and the story of Mel and Jack as she comes to the small town of Virgin River for a fresh start and finds so much more than she expected from both the town and a hunky former Marine that catches her eye.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Tasty Delights--Stuffed Crescent Rolls


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. 


Some times you just need something simple and indulgent. 
Which brought me to stuffed crescent rolls. How can a girl resist?!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Reaper's Property (Reapers MC #1) by Joanna Wylde


Marie doesn’t need a complication like Horse. The massive, tattooed, badass biker who shows up at her brother’s house one afternoon doesn’t agree. He wants Marie on his bike and in his bed. Now.

But Marie just left her abusive jerk of an ex-husband and she’s not looking for a new man. Especially one like Horse—she doesn’t know his real name or where he lives, she’s ninety percent certain he’s a criminal and that the “business” he talks with her brother isn’t website design. She needs him out of her life, which would be a snap if he’d just stop giving her mind-blowing orgasms.

Horse is part of the Reapers Motorcycle Club, and when he wants something, he takes it. What he wants is Marie, but she’s not interested in becoming “property of”.

Then her brother steals from the club. Marie can save him by giving Horse what he wants—at home, in public, on his bike… If she’s a very, very good girl, she’ll get lots more of those orgasms only he can offer, and he’ll let her brother live.

Maybe.

Type: Contemporary Romance--MC Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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I finally made it back to book one! lol I totally read Reapers MC out of order. Started with book two then hit up three and four before landing back at Reaper's Property to see how it all began. And whew what a beginning! See. Horse..yep that's the hero ::snort:: has a thing for this woman Marie. And Marie's brother is a total putz who is working for Horse's MC and opts to scam them a little. So Horse takes Marie as collateral. Yeah. *nods* She wants her bro to live...she's gonna have to make nice with Horse and basically do whatever he wants whenever he wants. And he wants inside her something fierce. Talk about some dramas!

Cat Thursday--wiggle wiggle wiggle pounce!

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!



Because the butt wiggle...is irresistibly cute!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Midnight Vengeance (Midnight #4) by Lisa Marie Rice


Morton “Jacko” Jackman isn’t afraid of anything. He’s a former Navy SEAL sniper, and he’s been in more firefights than most people have had hot meals. Lauren Dare scares the crap out of him.

Gorgeous, talented and refined, she’s the type of woman who could never be interested in a roughneck like him. So he’s loved her fiercely in secret, taken her art classes, and kept a watchful but comfortable distance. Until now.

Lauren had finally found a home in Portland, far from her real identity, far from the memories of her mother’s death, and outside the reaches of the drugged-out psycho who’s already tried to kill her twice. One tiny misstep—a single photograph—has shattered it all. She has no choice but to run again, but this time she’ll give herself a proper farewell: one night with Jacko.

Their highly charged emotional encounter changes everything. In Jacko’s arms there cannot be fear, there can only be pleasure. Anyone wishing her harm will have to pass through him, and Jacko is a hard man to kill.

Type: Romantic Suspense
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 1.5 out of 5

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Well. Midnight's Vengeance unfortunately did not work for me. It had a great set up--heroine on the run for her life and the man who is totally smitten with her stepping in to protect her-- and potential but the actual writing just didn't mesh well for me at all which was surprising since I've enjoyed others from Rice.

The quick of it is that Lauren has been living under a fake identity since her mother's death. A kinda sorta family member took exception to her inheriting everything and decided if she was dead he'd get the family empire. Not true but then crazy is crazy. And for 2 years she's been somewhat safe with her fake identity which has now been compromised. Before she can run though her friends set out to keep her safe. Who better since they run a super elite security firm.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Bound to Danger (Deadly Ops #2) by Katie Reus


At a benefit dinner, community activist Maria Cervantes overhears two men plotting a terrorist attack that could rock Miami to its core. But before she can alert authorities, she’s almost killed in a massive explosion—and wakes up in a hospital with no memory of what happened. As the sole survivor of the attack, she is now a person of interest to the NSA—and especially to Agent Cade O’Reilly. Because Maria is the one woman Cade has never been able to forget.

Years ago, they were closer than either was willing to admit—until Cade disappeared when Maria needed him most. Now he’s sticking by her, whether she likes it or not. Because the memories locked inside her mind could hold vital clues to the next attack. Because terrorists want her dead—and because he never wants to let her go again.

Type: Romantic Suspense
Heat: 3 out of 5--though limited
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Oh yeah. I am always up for a little romantic suspense. Throw in a second chance at love, military men and some sweet letters exchanged while he was deployed years earlier? And I'm in heaven! Bound by Danger was quite the ride as Maria's life is thrown into serious danger after overhearing a terrorist plot and becoming the only survivor of one of their bombings. The it's thrown into even more emotional turmoil when the man who comes in to keep her safe is none other than Cade. The man she loved years ago and who had vanished from her life without a word. Gah!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Kitten Confessions w/ Pat F!


Hey guys! So today we're kicking off something new! Kitten Confessions!

Basically blog followers get to come on and get put in the hot seat by mwah to spill all there readery secrets and just hang out.

If you're interested in having a "confession" shoot me a note!



*waves* Hey Pat! Welcome to the herd! I'm so excited to have you by for our first Kitten Confessions! So how's it going today?
Thanks for having me, I'm so honored to be your first ever Kitten Confession!  I'm doing pretty well, the sun actually peeked out for five minutes today after many days of rain.
Whew we have been getting hit with that rain here too! It's been crazy! So to kick things off...can you tell us 3 funny/neat/quirky things about yourself? Think Pop-Up Video style.

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