Friday, October 20, 2017

Tasty Delights-- Tex Mex Risotto #FuckingAssholeGrain

Let's just start by saying Risotto is fucking bitch! Oh. My. Word.

Honestly. This rice has serious attitude problems.

Another HelloFresh box. This one was HARD! They come in levels of easy, medium, advanced and, yeah. They weren't lying. This was a difficult dish and took a damn bit longer than theirs usually do. Most are like 20-30 minutes max to make. This took me over an hour. Fucking A! But it was delicious.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

4 stars-- The Dispatcher by John Scalzi

Oh this was fun. The Dispatcher was a little different than my normal grab but I've been on an audio binge lately and it was in my cloud and I figured...why not. It's quick read but quite entertaining.

The Story:

The basic gist is that you can no longer be murdered. Well, not easily. If someone kills you? Your body kind of goes poof! and you wind up back at your home all in one piece--though naked-- and ready to have another go at things.

And the hero, Tony? He kills people.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

And There Were Pretty Books. Ones You Should Buy. Really.

So many pretties! I enjoy Hoyts. Dark historical romance. They're so good!
And some fab sales. LOVED the JT Geissinger ones.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Meme-age! Oh The Food Noms, Yall! Plus New Pretties!

I wanted to meme. And only had one weekly post to do it. So there's a whole lotta memeage happening in this post. You might have to scroll down a bit to get the one you're looking for. 😸

I CAN READ AGAIN!!!!! Yall! I'm damn near giddy. No, who am I kidding. I AM GIDDY!!! My eyes are cooperating for, really, the first time since July! And I read! And it was glorious! Ebooks and even print books. Hallelujah! It's still not perfect and by end of day things are going wonky but, yall, it's so much better. And I'm getting caught up on blog visits! I'm doing like 5 at a time and there are a couple hundred on my feed so some of yall, I'm sorry, I haven't gotten there yet. But I'm working on it! Woo! Aaaaaand...on with today's post. lol

Insta-Catching Up....again. lol

Because I love Instagram and sharing what we've been up to the last, erm, month. lol Yea, I've been bad at doing these posts lately. There's been things....

Friday, October 13, 2017

4 stars-- Captive Cowboy (Captured Hearts #2) by Lindsey Brookes

Can I have another, please? lol

 A growly reclusive hero. A sassy yet slightly broken heroine in need of help. A cute little pup rounding out their trio. Oh yes. I had a good time with this group as Brandon lands himself an unexpected house guest and she sets about changing his life.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

4 stars-- Lady Charlotte's First Love (The Sutherland Sisters #2) by Anna Bradley

Aaaaahhh, Anna Bradley. It wouldn't be one of her books if I didn't want to stab someone at least once!

Quick of it is that Charlotte's having a wild-widow-loose-in-London breakdown and her family is all ohmahgawd we have to do something so they bring in Julian who has his own holy-shit-I'm-all-fucked-up thing going on and task him with getting Charlotte to leave the city and retire to the country with her family where she'll hopefully not cause her ruin with her crazy antics. Of course last time they saw each other shit did not go down well. So, yes. This will go well. Especially after he finds her smoking and drinking in a whore house. Erms. Yall. Widow-gone-wild. I'm telling you.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Meme-age! New Pretties and....FALLish Reads!!! Woo!

I wanted to meme. And only had one weekly post to do it. So there's a whole lotta memeage happening in this post. You might have to scroll down a bit to get the one you're looking for. 😸

Well I've been slow this week. Household things took over. I'm sitting down to hopefully do some blog visits and do a little reading since it was slow on that front, too. Nothing bad. Just one of those weeks. Eyes are improving (yay), the herd is well, and a friend's wife is doing great after a cancer scare this week. So, yes, life is pretty good.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Tasty Delights-- Golden Grain Stuffed Peppers

Now. This is a recipe I typically wouldn't try. I like bell peppers but I really don't care for them in large chunks like you get with stuffed peppers. Even when I do the normal "stuffed peppers" recipes I do an undone version (so good-- find it here). 

But it came in my HelloFresh box and I'm trying to be grown and eat like a grown up. So. Okay. We made it how it called it. lol

And it was fairly good.

Of course if I ever make it again I'm so doing the unstuffed option because, yeah, I ate it but SO much bell pepper in one chunk. lol

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

4 stars-- Bad Reputation (Bad Boys of Sports #1) by Nicole Edwards

Bad Reputation was totally fun!  Sexy with a side of sweet and a whole lotta lickable hockey player. My catnip, yall. My catnip.

Basically Chase has a thing for his best friend. But he's kept his naughty paws off her for 9 years and she's got him completely friend zoned but that's okay, really, because they're besties and do everything together. And then...Vegas happens.


Yeah. Vegas happened real hard (heh) and nekkid antics...they did happen.

So...Many...Pretties! Yall. Seriously! It's Enough To Make You Whimper #NeedThemNow

I had a fabulous time with Bad Reputation and Lady Charlotte's First Love. You should get them both! lol

Monday, October 2, 2017

Meme-age! I...Have A Plan. *kinda* And New Reads! Woo!

I wanted to meme. And only had one weekly post to do it. So there's a whole lotta memeage happening in this post. You might have to scroll down a bit to get the one you're looking for. 😸

A fairly light bookish week. Still trying to get back into the swing of blogging and taking it easy so I don't overdo my eyes. Weather has gotten chilly and all fallish which I love. And gets me motivated to work around the house so I'm all out and about and fiddling on the home front. But there were some books. Oh yes, there were.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Monthly Herd-- September-- Good Night this Month!

It's Fall!!! I love the fall. I'm ready for temps to drop, trees to go all red and yellow and golden. Hot chocolate and fires in the fireplace. Heaven! If only NC would get totally on board and stop with these 85+ days. lol

So what's been going on:

Friday, September 29, 2017

3.5 stars-- The Corner of Forever and Always (Everland, Georgia #2) by Lia Riley

Oh my gosh, yall. This cover. It's so flipping cute! It gave me a case of instant *grabby hands* lol

And The Corner of Forever and Always was a totally cute read, too!

The gist is that both Tuesday and Beau are now in the business of saving things. He's trying to save the town and she's trying to save the town's historic amusement park. And they might just have to work together to make sure both happen even if they drive each other rather nutty. *nods*

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Ohmahgawd...all the pretty pet-ables! Seriously! Plus...Zsadist! And Window Cats!

There are a lot of books. A whole lotta books. 
Plus my favorite book ever-- Lover Awakened-- is on sale for 1.99 and you should buy it. lol

4 stars-- Sleep Like a Baby (Aurora Teagarden #10) by Charlaine Harris

Yall. This is one of my favorite series from back in the day. And getting more of them 10+ years later.. yeeee! Gimme! Things are never calm for Aurora and Robin. A new baby, a missing babysitter, a stalker from the past? Oh, my! Not to mention family drama and some local crazies? Whew boy! Lot to handle when you're a new mama like our Roe. And it was such a good time!

I could not put Sleep Like a Baby down!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

4 stars-- Chasing Christmas Eve (Heartbreaker Bay #4) by Jill Shalvis #QuoteTastic

Jill Shalvis! She is the best for finding fun quotes. And pretty covers. And hot heroes with sassy heroines. Pretty much she's just full of awesome. So I have two quotes for today!

First up. The heroine has come out to California and she's got a to do list for her trip. And the hero has maybe found it. lol

Monday, September 25, 2017

{Meme-age} ALL The PRETTIES!! Plus cat beds.

I wanted to meme. So there's a whole lotta memeage happening in this post. You might have to scroll down a bit to get the one you're looking for. 😸

The big herd excitement here was that the window beds they love...went on sale! They're usually $37 but right now on sale for $17.49. The herd *might* have gotten four more of them. Bwahaha. If you'd been wanting to try them out they're amazing and my girls argue over who gets to nap in them. lol

Amazon: HERE

Other than that. My new glasses did not fix the issue I'm having as hoped. I was damn near a cry over that, yall. I don't know if my vision changed too much in that 2 weeks from order to arrival and that's why or something else. But it's frustrating and keeping things slow here still. They are improving but the magic fix didn't happen. I did make it around to about half the blogs I normally visit this week which was amazing! And finished the print book I'd been reading. Which was also amazing. I hadn't finished a print book since early August. So, anywho. That's the update on that. Plugging along :) And doing some house projects.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Blog Ahead (October) Sign Up!

It's that time of year again! Blog Ahead is here! Almost. In October. lol

The GOAL? Up your number of completed blog posts by 30 in one month.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Tasty Delights-- Israeli Couscous w/ Roasted Veggies & Feta

HelloFresh strikes again with a whole lotta noms! A couple years ago I totally fell for Israeli (pearl) couscous. It's different from regular and is more pasta-like. It's so dang good. My favorite way is in a spinach lemon sauce. But I've been expanding my foodie horizons and this week's menu totally helped me with that!

Toss in some tomatoes, some chickpeas and feta? Yes! I'm totally starting to eat like a grown up. lol

** Want to try HelloFresh? Use my code for $40 off your first box!**

Friday, September 22, 2017

3 stars-- Blaze of Memory (Psy-Changeling #7) by Nalini Singh

Blaze of Mystery was a bit of a mixed read for me. There were parts of the storyline I really enjoyed but others dragged as Dev tried to resist his desires for Katya. A woman left broken on his doorstep and who posed a very real threat to the organization he runs in order to keep his people safe.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

There are books! So many books that need to be pet!!

Seriously all the books. So dang pet-able. I haven't read any of the new releases but they sure are pretty.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

4 stars-- Ride It Out (Desert Dogs #4) by Cara McKenna #QuoteTastic

Woo! Cara McKenna! Yall know I love her books. So dang sexy and just all together delicious.

Ride It Out is Miah's book. Finally! He's the romantic of the group and I'll admit his book took me by surprise. I was not expecting his heroine to have a kid. But it worked out great and made for some fantastic scenes. This one had me and my 35 year old grey hair having self laughing...

Monday, September 18, 2017

{Meme-age} New Arrivals & Fall Anticipation

I wanted to meme. And only had one weekly post to do it. So there's a whole lotta memeage happening today. You might have to scroll down a bit to get the one you're looking for. 😸

Yall! I read a book! An actual book! First one since mid August!
I'm still working on it but man it feels GOOD to actually do some reading in a real book. The eyes are improving. New glasses should be here this week so fingers crossed, yall. I've made some blog visits, too! I have a lot of catching up to do but slowly comment bombing yall. lol

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Tasty Delights-- Zucchini Boats!

Stuffed Zucchini Boats! It had been AGES since I made these! Then they came in one of my HelloFresh boxes recently and oh my tasty! I should have been making these more often! Before I'd stuffed mine with vegetarian hamburger crumbles and marinara sauce. Those were good. These were a spot more...grown up? 

They're veggie and quinoa stuffed. And I ate them all. #NoRegrets

Another super easy recipe and just kinda fun. For yall new to the blog. HelloFresh is a delivery service that sends a box of ingredients for three meals. It's a lot of fun and so tasty!

[Want to try HelloFresh? Use my code for $40 off your first box! Click HERE!]

Thursday, September 14, 2017

3.5 stars-- When the Scoundrel Sins (Capturing the Carlisles, #2) by Anna Harrington

Ever want to just yell -- motherfucker!!-- out a window? No? Just me? Hmmm Well, I certainly wanted to do just that for Annabelle and Quinn. Whew boy, yall! They had quite the situation.

The Gist: Annabelle is set to inherit an estate but there's a stipulation. She has to marry before her 25th birthday or the estate will pass on to someone else. See? Motherfucker! And Quinn just wants to escape to America but he's been summoned to help find Annabelle a proper suitor first. Yeah, the very Annabelle he accidentally ruined years earlier. And who tempts him something fierce. Again. Motherfucker!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Ohmy...bookgasm *pets the pretty*

So. Many. Awesome. Reads! The sales are fabulous. And some of the new Woo!
Let me know if you grab anything!

3 stars-- Going Dark (The Lost Platoon #1) by Monica McCarty

Yall. This is one of those reviews where you're gonna read the review and be like what the hell are you giving this book a 3 star for?


Going Dark and I did NOT get along. This book made me feel ranty damn near from the start and I have a near mile long list of issues I had with the book. Errors, characters, things that were just obnoxious.

And yet... it's still getting a 3 star. *boggles*

Monday, September 11, 2017

{Meme-age} I My Have Slipped & a bit of a Blogger Throwback

I wanted to meme. And only had one weekly post to do it. So there's a whole lotta memeage happening. You might have to scroll down a bit for the one you're looking for. 😸

Good morning! Hope everyone is doing well and staying safe in the storms. We're doing fine here since the projection changed but my family is in FL and dealing with it. Ergs! They're in a fairly safe area, thankfully. 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Insta--Catching Up

Yeah. It's been a whole month since I did an InstaWednesday post. Lordy but August was a rough one. I think I actually formatted only one post in all of August so I'm...behind. lol Good news is my eyes seem to be mending! And with yet another new prescription I should be able to see normally again. OMG you guys! I'm so excited! New glasses will be in on the 18th!

With that said...what I've been up to this past month...

Friday, September 8, 2017

4 stars-- Disorderly Conduct (Academy #1) by Tessa Bailey

Goodness. Police recruits. A whole herd of charming, cocky police recruits heating up the streets of New York. Yes, please! lol Bailey's won me over with the Academy series. I actually started with book two then came back to Disorderly Conduct. And the crazy mess that's Charlie and Ever. And was fun.

The Gist: Horny lust filled eyes meet across a bar one night and BAM! naked bits are rejoicing! Ever and Charlie are two peas in a pod. They want to get all kinds of filthy together but skip the commitment and any attachments-- that's how they were raised after all. Until one day things change and Ever realizes she wants a happy ever after with someone and cuts commitment-phobe Charlie loose. Something he's not on board with. Not on board with at all. He just needs to find a way to prove to her dating other men? Terrible idea.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

3.5 stars-- Here Comes the Bride (Chapel of Love #3) by Hope Ramsay

Here Comes the Bride was a fun read as a jilted bride maybe kinda falls for her ex fiance's best man.

The Gist: 
Laurie's fiance is a wanker. And leaves her at the alter. Prick move, buddy. Prick move. The best man, Andrew? His goal is to make sure she's okay. That's all he cares about. Only problem? His boss-- Laurie's dad-- wants the split couple back together and tasks Andrews with that mission. Oy!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Ohmahgawd!!! ALL THE BOOKS! {and pirates!}

So. Many. Books! I skipped last week's post because oh my it was a week. So yall are getting those this week as well :)

I've read Disorderly Conduct, Here Comes the Bride, Hard Justice, When the Scoundrel Sins, Lady Eleanor's Seventh Suitor and Wild Ride Cowboy. All pretty darn good. Wild Ride Cowboy was my favorite then Hard Justice. Yall should check them out!

Monday, September 4, 2017

{Meme-age} Reading...a little, Bailed on Books, Sexy Novellas!

I wanted to meme. And only had one weekly post to do it. So there's a whole lotta memeage happening in this post. You might have to scroll down a bit to get the one you're looking for. 😸

Hey guys! I hope you're all doing wonderful. Things are still slow on the visiting and reading front here. My next eye appointment is Thursday and, yall, I've never been so eager to get in to see the doctor. lol Fingers crossed he has some plans for these eyes! This past week was busy even if not on the reading front. The #SupportTheTroopsAuction ended this past week and we raised a bit over $1100 for the USO. Yay!

And this weekend went to see Ed Sheeran play live in concert. It was...amazing. Since I'm not reading much and so reviews will be light in Sept I figured I'd start blogging some of these things so keep a look out for that later this week :)

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Monthly Herd-- August-- Dang Eyes and Reader Flails

Yall. August... was a long month. Whew
  • The SUPPORT THE TROOPS AUCTION ends TONIGHT! You have until 9pm 9/1 to bid. Please come out and help raise donations for the USO! If you can't bid please share the event! 💗 There are things for readers, authors and everyone else. 

4 stars-- Hard Justice (Alpha Security #3) by April Hunt

Guys! Don't forget the Support the Troops Auction is happening right now! It ends TOMORROW! Come check out the awesome signed books and swag and make a bid (or two!). This goes to benefit the USO! If you can't bid but can share the event on your social media that would be amazing! Thank you! ~anna


Oh how very lick-able! The cover, the story and Vince! Hard Justice was all kinds of romantic suspense goodness with a side of sexy alpha male.

The Gist: When women start disappearing in her home town Charlie is hell bent on finding them before they're lost to human trafficking. She knows the danger first hand and can't sit by and do nothing. If she has to work with her oh-so-irritating teammate Vince and infiltrate a sex club? So be it!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

4 stars-- Wild Ride Cowboy (Copper Ridge #9) by Maisey Yates #QuoteTastic

I've totally fallen in love with Yates' books the past couple years. She's a drop everything and read author for me. This one. Lordy. It got me.

First some funnies. Alex is the hero. And he's brought his heroine to family dinner. She's 10 years younger than him and only 21. Violet is his 16 year old-- angry at the world and snarky-- niece. OMG yall. She had me rolling. I am going to LOVE her book one day. *crosses fingers she gets a book*

Monday, August 28, 2017

Support The Troops Auction Is Here! Come Bid!!

You guys! It's here! The Support the Troops Auction is here!
This is our third time hosting the benefit auction. All donations go to the USO where I've volunteered the last five years.

I'm including images of each auction package so you can see larger pics. They're a spot small on the actual auction site.

{Memes} My Pretties-- Erotic Romances You Need to Read-- Cover Cuteness!

I wanted to meme. And only had one weekly post to do it. So there's a whole lotta memeage happening in this post. You might have to scroll down a bit to get the one you're looking for. 😸

Okay. So life update real quick. Yall saw my eye post this week. Still struggling with computer time. And the time I do spend is on author stuff or the auction which starts later today. Once that's live I'll hopefully finally get to do some blog visits. Reading is like next to none right now, too. Ahhhh, yall! lol Other than that. Life is life and not horrid. I'm going to eat a lot of birthday cookie cake today. I got it on sale for 1.99 (down from 13) with my coupons. lol Makes turning 35 tomorrow not quite as bad :)

Thursday, August 24, 2017

My eyes! MY EYES!! Where I've Been + Upcoming News!

Hey guys! Now that I have a bit of an answer I thought I'd update yall on a few things.

The last few weeks I've been scarce around the blogisphere. I've had posts going live (yay blog ahead!) and replied to comments but blog visits and social media have been hit or miss. For a couple reasons. But the main one was my eyes. They've been giving me one hell of a time lately. Which resulted in this lovely picture over on the right. lol

3.5 stars-- The Escape Diaries (Life and Love on the Lam #1) by Juliet Rosetti

Soooooo. Blogger Shame. Yes. The Escape Diaries landed on my review pile in, erm, 2013? And I'm just finishing it. LOL Oops!

The Escape Diaries is a madcap romp as Mazie--convicted of murdering her husband-- escapes prison during a tornado and leads the FBI and a slew of bad guys on a week long chase--picking up a motley crew of helpers (and a fan club) set on proving her innocence.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

NEW BOOKS! And oh my SALES! And... lobster claws?!

Hey guys! I'm still traveling today. I'll be back this afternoon and once the herd is settled again I'll get back to blogging. I'm hoping all of these prices and dates still work but if not...well hold on until I get back. lol Oh and Quote-tastic. Skipping that this week. Sorry!

There were So. Many. Pretties! Alas, I've not read any of the new releases yet. But a few are definitely on my need to check out list. What about yall? 

Monday, August 21, 2017

{Memes} New Reads-- Teachers/Students Romances-- & the Hunt!

I wanted to meme. And only had one weekly post to do it. So there's a whole lotta memeage happening in this post. You might have to scroll down a bit to get the one you're looking for. 😸

As you read I'm in South Carolina! Oooo! Yes, mom and Oma decided to drive up and I decided to drive down so we could watch the eclipse together. We're supposed to get almost 2 minutes of complete dark. But the more exciting bit is getting to see them. It's been a year and 2 months since I saw them last. Jake the dog came, too! (he even has eclipse glasses). Internet is limited so I'l be offline mostly other than wee hours when they're asleep most likely. But come by, visit, check out posts. I'll be by to visit everyone as soon as I get home :) Happy Monday, yall! ~anna

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Bujo Ideas-- Ways To Use A Planner!

Something I hear ALL the time is...

"I've always wanted to do a planner like that. I just don't do enough for one."
And I'm all... erms. 
Do you breathe? You need a planner!
(because really everyone needs a pretty planner)

Seriously. This is not your mama's planning. lol

I thought I'd share some of the things I use my planner.

Friday, August 18, 2017

3.5 stars-- Cocked & Loaded by Desiree Holt

*I read this one ages ago and it's been sitting in my drafts folder for like 2, 3 years. lol Figured it was time to post it. 

Erotica with a side of danger and suspense. Woohoo! Two of my favorite things to get my heart racing. <winks> Cocked & Loaded was my first from Holt and it was a pretty good time full of sexy suspense and a second chance romance. I do love those.

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