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Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Monthly Herd-- November-- Ahhhhh!


Woo! I got back in my blogging groove this month. And it felt amazing. I blogged more in that last two weeks of November than I did from July through October. It was crazy and such a happy thing. Reading is going great, too! I have to be careful still not to do too much with my eyes and have had a few bad days where I pushed too hard but so much better than things had been. 

So...some other things...

4 stars-- Holiday Wishes (Heartbreaker Bay #4.5) by Jill Shalvis

Yall. It's a Jill Shalvis. You know I'm gonna love it. And Holiday Wishes? Totally holiday cuteness. 

So, yes. A wedding weekend getaway to a quaint little inn in the country. How fun! And awkward when the inn keeper? Turns out to e the lady you lost your virginity to years earlier and who may be pretending to have no clue who you are because, yeah, you fucked things up right good all those years ago. Mmhm. #ShesStillALittleUpset #MaybeAnOrgasmWillFixThings

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

3 stars-- Barking Up the Wrong Tree (Bluff Point #2) by Jenn McKinlay

These covers are just the cutest! I've enjoyed the first two books from McKinlay's series. They aren't prefect but oh my this group of friends. They're pretty damn hilarious.

This first quote I just enjoyed the banter and the clarification. lol

So. Many. New. Releases! #MustBuyThemAll


So many books this week by so many of my favoritest authors! Yall!
And holy cow the SALES!
Let me know which cover is your favorite or if you grab anything!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Meme-age: CHRISTMAS!!!!!! And Books I Want to Read This Winter (new pretties, too)

 
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 all! Whew what a week! I was pretty busy on the home front AND the blogging front. I've gotten the blogging bug again and have been scheduling posts like crazy. It's been amazing! I already have January nearly finished and posts done for Feb, April and July. It's crazy. And I'm loving it. It's so nice to be into blogging and reading again after months of hardly anything. Even got my NG up to 95%!

Other than that just eating, house projects, eating some more. It's been lovely. Sidney still isn't feeling 100% but she's much improved. So...good things.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Tasty Delights-- Gnocchi with Sun Dried Tomatoes


Yall! How pretty is this dish? I'm new to cooking with sun-dried tomatoes and have found I like them quite a bit. This one was good overall but I'll definitely make some changes and...try not to make such a blunder.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Interview w/ Sophia Rose-- A historical handful & what she accidentally baked!


Hey Guys! We've got Sophia joining us today! I think a lot of yall know Sophia as a blogger from over at Delighted Reader but she's an author, too! Which is why she's here today :) Yall give her a nice warm welcome!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

4 stars-- Duke of Desire (Maiden Lane #12) by Elizabeth Hoyt

Compelling, dark, passionate. Hoyt holds no punches with Duke of Desire and her edgy Maiden Lane series.

The Gist: Mistaken identity, kidnapping, winding up the center of a debauched orgy filled with evil men of the ton who prey on women and young boys. Yes, Iris has had better days.

As has her rescuer who she kinda maybe shoots accidentally on purpose. Woosh.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

OwlBeGosh! New Book Releases and CUTE Things!


Just a few books this week. I had a good time with Jessica Clare's first book in this series. So good! I'm actually reading Dirty Scoundrel now. He's a total fuck off but I think he'll wear me down. lol

Sunday, November 19, 2017

[memes] New Arrivals, Bookstores & Books I'm Thankful For!

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. 😸

Whew, yall. Thanksgiving week. That just does not seem possible! It's been a semi-busy week here. I've had insanely productive days followed by days of slug imitation. They kinda balance each other out. lol

I've been doing a ton of blogging which I didn't manage during Blog Ahead and it feels amazing! I already have half my planner doodled for 2018 (months and first 2 weeks plus tracking pages) and have 11 posts for Jan finished and 1 review for April done. Woo! Plus another 3 I'm in the middle of writing for Jan. Yall! It's making me giddy. lol

The herd is doing well, too, save for one who is feeling poorly. We're likely going to make a vet visit this week for Sidney since she didn't bounce back over the weekend. But other than that everyone's doing fine.

Friday, November 17, 2017

4 stars-- Sweet as Sin (Bad Habit #1) by J.T. Geissinger

Holy dirty mouthed hero! Noms! Yall, I loved this book! Sweet as Sin lit up all my reader girl buttons and has me hooked!

Gist: These two meet. Fireworks happen. Some drama. Some scorching sexy bits. And it's magical. Seriously. I was all ohmigawd!!! I need more!!!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

3.5 stars-- The Playboy Bachelor (The Bachelors of Arizona #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

The Playboy Bachelor was pretty dang fun, yall. It's so easy to fall into Van Dyken's writing and just enjoy some steamy silly fun. And, lordy these two were something.
The Gist: A terrible car accident years earlier turned best friends into, well, enemies when he abandoned her afterwards. Dick move, buddy. Dick move. And now, lordy. Now the two are being forced to spend an entire month together because of manipulative match making grandparents that gave em no choice. Yall.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

4 stars-- Twelfth Night with the Earl (The Sutherland Sisters #3) by Anna Bradley


A grumbly growly Christmas averse earl arriving at his estate--one he thought was empty--to find... a Christmas party in full swing! And an oh-so aggravating housekeeper--his childhood friend-- leading the festivities.

It's really more than a drunken Christmasly disinclined earl can handle once his flask runs dry. lol

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

4 stars-- Once Upon a Maiden Lane (Maiden Lane #12.5) by Elizabeth Hoyt

I needed a little romance this morning.

And Henry? Oh, Henry was ready to step up give me a little shiver.

Basically, Henry's spent his whole life knowing he'd marry a family friend--their parents arranged it. But, suddenly, he's found himself engaged to someone else. Someone who's feeling a little insecure about how little time they've had to learn one another.

Books You Should Buy!


Hoyt, Bradley, Cornwall, Ashley.
Yall, it's a veritable historical smorgasbord!

Monday, November 13, 2017

SIGN UP-- Planner Blog Hop!

Soooo Lauren from Shooting Stars and I are doing a thing! We're both planner junkies and want to share our love for all things planning with a fun blog hop!

This is a real low key blog hop. Basically you host your own giveaway of something planner related-- a planner, washi, stickers, pretty pencils, etc-- and link up to the linky starting December 1st.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

[meme-age] BabyG's Reading Wishlist plus Books We Got This Week

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. 😸

It's been a busy week here. Not anything major just lots of 'round the house and blog maintenance and things to check off the list, ya know? Did some reading and went geocaching for the first time. I'm doing pretty good on the review pile despite the last few months eye troubles. As soon as they come in I've been getting them read and reviewed. NG is up to 93%. Woo! Feeling good about it.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Ed Sheeran!! Yall! OMG!

Eeee! Another "shoulda-been-posted-2-months-ago" post. Yall! LOL

But! I'm still gonna squee in your general direction because...

I GOT TO SEE ED SHEERAN!!!


Friday, November 10, 2017

4 stars-- To Marry a Texas Outlaw (Men of Legend #3) by Linda Broday

Broday has me hooked. I'm enjoying this family. Their honor, their strength, even their stubbornness. These men are something else. That's for sure.
The Gist: Luke's an outlaw trying to go straight but before he can accept being part of his newfound family he's got it in his head he needs to right all his past wrongs and, well, clear his name for a murder he didn't commit. And in the process of driving his family crazy with "I can do it myself" stubbornness he picks up a woman who's lost her memory, a kid, a dog and a kitten. And a whole herd of trouble hounding his heels.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

4 stars-- The Danger of Desire (Sinful Suitors #3) by Sabrina Jeffries

#BloggerShame, yall. Blogger Shame. I read The Danger of Desire way back before it released last year and then... I forgot to review it. :facepalm: By the time I realized, yeah, I couldn't remember details so had to re-read. And, oh, I had just as much fun this time!

The Gist: Family is difficult. And meddlesome. And sometimes that lands you watching over a chit you don't even know and who's courting scandal with apparent relish! I mean, honestly, men's clothing, late night prowling, gambling in the hells?! What's a rakish Marquess to do with a woman like that?! Drive her mad and make her his, of course!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

4 stars-- Falling for Tender Heart (Tender Heart Texas #1) by Katie Lane

Oh Katie Lane! Yall! I love me some Katie Lane. She does a fun giveaway post on her FB page every week and I won a little bit back. She sent a "surprise" romance book and Falling for Tender Heart is what arrived. And I loved it!

This was totally a book where a minor character stole the show.

One by the name of Dirk. A cocksure and cheeky little shit. He was... amazing. I totally snuck off to Goodreads to make sure he'd get a book after meeting him. lol

So this is him...

New Book Releases And HEDGEHOGS!!! #SoCute


The Shalvis book was cute! And I've got the Tara Sue Me, Miles, Langlais and Lane all on my list. One day. One day.

Monday, November 6, 2017

[meme-age] New Pretties & My Thoughts On Blogging

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. 😸

It's been a pretty good week! I felt good, got a lot done, made some delicious food and got in a little reading. 

PLUS! I visited blogs! I made it around to like 40 of yall. It was awesome! And got some blog posts formatted. Half of my emails dealt with. I still have a lot of catching up to do but knocked out a lot of it this week. Yay!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

SIGN UP-- Christmas Recipe Exchange!


This is one of my favorite events we host. 
It's basically our version of a Christmas Card exchange.

Friday, November 3, 2017

4 stars-- Until Harry by L.A. Casey

Well dammit! This one made me cry. I wasn't expecting that. I really wasn't. Honestly Until Harry was a total pet-the-pretty-cover-impulse-buy type deal and other than that there were no expectations going into it. lol

But, yall, it was a nice surprise.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

InstaWednesday-- Disgruntled Herd Baby Mice, Peeved BabyG and some Bujo


Because I love Instagram and sharing what we've been up to the last couple weeks...

Yall. The herd baby mice. They were so cute!