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Birthday Week Winners Part 2

September 17, 2013 Misc Info 2

More winners from my posts last week – Congratulations and expect to see emails from me later today!!

 

Giveaway #3 – Books by JC Daniels and Kit Rocha:

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Giveaway # 5 – Books by Vivian Arend, Jill Shalvis, Lauren Dane and Maya Banks:

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I can’t thank everyone enough for participating and expect to see the rest of the winners announced soon.  🙂

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Birthday Week Giveaway #7 – My Not So Secret Addictions – Amazon/Barnes & Noble Gift Card

September 14, 2013 Contest, Misc Info 10

I was struggling to come up with what to write about today when it struck me that everyone has things they are addicted to.  I mean people instantly go to addictions that are bad for you along the lines of drugs or alcohol but there are addictions that can soothe the soul and those are what I am talking about today.  So without further ado let’s see some of the things I am addicted to (mom/co-workers/friends need not reply cause you know these are some of my biggies):

 

1.  This is a DUH one but I’m addicted to reading.  I don’t care what the genre is I am game to at least attempt to read it.  This is why I named the site Book-A-Holic Anon as I think we need to have a support group for those of us who will happily pass time with our noses buried in books.  I mean what a better way to escape your troubles than reading about someone else’s or laughing as a man gives his ex a list that implies he wants to see her naked with little way to escape (If you haven’t read Shannon Stacey’s Kowalski series this is the time).  Books also allow us to see alternate cultures and universes which for most people is the only way they will get out of their little corner of the world.  My mom introduced me to sci-fi/fantasy when I was a kid and I still pick up books from Robert Heinlein and Issac Asimov to find myself transported to their dreams for an amazing future or dark one depending on the book.

2.  I have a minor addiction to shoes.  I say minor because I don’t have a dedicated closet to shoes and I am able to let them go when I buy new ones.  I admit that this addiction is getting rather expensive because I can’t just buy the cheap shoes from places like Payless but I now have to buy brands like Dansko, Born, Birkenstock and Naot due to damage from a mistreated ankle injury.  I go on binges where I pick up new pairs but I’m glad to know I’m not the only shoe addict out there as I watch discussions on my timeline.

3.  I also have a slight addiction to purses but again I only have about a dozen so for an addict I’ve kept my collection small.  I tend to prefer the classic styles in leather so I can use them for years to come rather than the fabric ones that might not make it that long without very visible damage.  Limecello recently linked me to a site where I had to break down and buy a Hayden-Harnett but in my defense it was a normally $400 purse that I picked up for just over $100.  😉

4.  I’m a bit of a food snob when it comes to brisket, steak, chili and Mexican food.  I was raised primarily in Texas so the brisket, chili and Mexican food come from that upbringing.  The steak snobbery comes from being born in Iowa (right across river from Omaha) and spending a lot of time in an area of the country where beef is revered.  While I am now starting to enjoy more seafood my love for red meat will probably never dwindle and you better believe that nothing in my eyes beats a good steak unless it is one of my other listed snob foods.  Now that I live in the Midwest again I’m constantly struggling to find Mexican food that hasn’t been “Midwesternized” for palettes that don’t like the spice level.

5.  I love to cook/bake so tend to watch every cooking show known to man that I can.  While I don’t cook a lot due to a weird work schedule I adore doing so and find it relaxing yet rewarding when others like what I make.  I know my office can attest to enjoying it when I get an urge to bake and bring all the goodies in.  This also leads to loving to buy kitchen gadgets so places like Sur la Table are on my must take a wide path away from in order to have a little bit of money left in my pocket.

So there are 5 of my addictions (yes I left Diet Dew off the list as I just wanted to share a few of them)…

My question for you today that will win a single commenter a $25 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble:

What is one of your addictions?  I believe all of us have them and not all of them are bad things….  So share one of yours for a chance to win.

Comments must be received by September 18, 2013 at 11:59 pm US Central to be included.  This is a US only contest.

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Birthday Week Giveaway #6 – Pandora Radio & the Gift of Earworms

September 13, 2013 Contest, Misc Info 5

Those of you who follow me on Twitter know that starting around 1 am US Central time I get in to the office and start sharing tracks from my Pandora 80s station.  This has now become some followers notice that they should probably be heading to bed but also has resulted in some people getting songs in their head later in the morning when they scroll back through their feed.

I also have a running joke with Jodie Griffin where we bomb each other at random moments with….

*snicker* She’s going to get even with me one day I just know it.

But to the good stuff…  The giveaway this time is a gift subscription to Pandora One so one lucky commenter so you can start gifting people with earworms of your very own.  Unfortunately this contest is only open for people in the US, Australia and New Zealand because that’s the only places with Pandora at this time.  All you have to do in the comments below is tell me what song has been a recent earworm for you?  Not that I need any additional ones in my head but hey we can all have fun!  This contest will close for entries on September 17, 2013 at 11:59 pm US Central.

 

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Birthday Week Contest #5 – My Plans For The Next Year – Win Books By Vivian Arend, Lauren Dane, Maya Banks and Jill Shalvis

September 12, 2013 Contest, Misc Info 13

I have to admit that I don’t always look forward to birthdays but I do enjoy thinking about what I’ve accomplished in my lifetime and what I might want to do my next year on the planet.  This past year I was lucky enough to meet some wonderful people as I slowly get more involved in the blogging world and online.  I’ve also started back to school which is something I’ve been getting pressure to do by family and my work.  So while last year was interesting I think this upcoming year will prove to be more challenging to me from a personal and professional standpoint.

Over the next year I plan on:

1. Getting serious about losing weight and getting healthier which means I have to control my inherent desire for anything sweet and carb heavy plus…  go to the dreaded gym!

2. Continuing my education and taking classes even if a huge part of me hates them.  They are a necessary evil so I must be a big girl and suck it up.

3. Expand the reach of the blog to include more standard features and guests.  I am also bringing on a Mystery/Suspense reviewer and will always be willing to host others who just want to share their love of books with the community at large.  Keep an eye on things as I hope to have even more content and fun stuff over the next year.

4. Travel to the RT Convention in New Orleans.  This should be an awesome time and now that I’ve been to one I know more of what to expect and can hopefully get more out of it.  I’m also thinking about going to either AAD or the RomCon in Denver but haven’t figured out which one would be a better one to branch out to this year.

5. Read, read, read.  My hope is I can get caught up a bit with my backlist and continue to find new authors that expand my base of go to reads.

Ok so my list is small but they are huge items to accomplish and I’m trying to not take on more than I could possibly accomplish and share next year with everyone.  Wish me luck!

Thank you to everyone who has participated in this week’s giveaways and over the past year on the blog.  I really appreciate it and feel free to either look me up on Twitter to say “Hi” or drop me a line through the links on the site.  I hope to continue to share with you my love of books and other musings over the next year.

I also have to thank the lovely Vivian Arend for offering to let me give away one of her books today as I never asked for contributions to this event but as always she’s such a generous person and made the offer out of the blue.  I love working with all of the authors who have been so generous to little old me and the publishers who have taken a chance on me as well.  I can’t thank everyone personally but you know who you are and without you I couldn’t review so many titles (200+ in the past year) as my pocketbook wouldn’t cover as many as I get to read.  This week is a bit of my way to pay everyone back for their generosity and maybe even pay it forward a bit.

Thanks for letting me ramble a bit and enjoy today’s contest!!

One lucky commenter today will win the following:

From the lovely Vivian Arend – High Passion:

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And from my personal stash of items from the RT Convention – Signed copies of Instant Attraction by Jill Shalvis, Chaos Burning by Lauren Dane and The Darkest Hour by Maya Banks:

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All you have to do to win these is tell me Happy Birthday and you’ll be entered.  Entries must be received by September 16, 2013 at 11:59 PM US Central time.

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Birthday Week Giveaway #4 – Hitchhiker’s Guide – My Last Day at 42

September 11, 2013 Contest, Misc Info 3

It is with a bit of sadness that I have to give up being the perfect age for a Douglas Adams fan tomorrow but this past year has been a fun one.  I’ve had a chance to meet a lot of people by going to a couple of conventions and I would not trade those experiences for anything!

To those of you that I’ve met by doing the blog and being on Twitter – I’m so happy to have been able to share some of my quirks and enthusiasm for reading with you.  You’ve given me a lot of assistance over the year and I hope that the changes that I’ve made to the blog reflect this advice well.  You cannot know how much I appreciate kind words and encouragement!  The giveaways this week have been fun to do and I hope you have been enjoying them as much as I’ve enjoyed doing them.

To the incredible publishers who have been so generous with me over the past year on the blog – I cannot thank you enough for granting me access to the titles you have been so generous with!  If not for you I wouldn’t be exposed to as many new authors and subject matter that I’ve been able to be as my book budget isn’t that forgiving.  I can’t tell you how much I’ve appreciated everything you’ve done for me and I hold a special place in my heart for the press that was the first one to consistently give me access to titles (Love ya AJ!!).  I’m looking forward to expanding the site as I bring more contributors online and hope to expand my relationships with you over this next year!

To the incredible authors who have been willing to send this small start-up blog books for review and make guest appearances – Thank you for giving me a chance to review your work and I hope that I have done your time and effort justice even if the title didn’t work for me.  I strive to be fair and balanced in my reviews of your work while still being honest as to how I feel.  I understand it takes time and effort to create these works so I try to make the same effort when I review your work.  While I might not always like everything that crosses my path I still appreciate everything you did to create it and I hope that we can continue to work together during this next year.  I’m so happy to have met a few of you at conventions this year and look forward to meeting more of you over the next year!  I can’t wait to see some of you again at RT in New Orleans!!!

 

Ok now to the fun stuff for the day –

Earlier this year it struck me that I was the perfect age for a Douglas Adams fan…  42 ….  I was extremely pleased that when I posted this without the age on Facebook and Twitter I had quite a few followers that answered 42 without prompting.  I knew I liked all of you…  😉   The Hitchhiker’s “Trilogy” ( stands at 5 books and a short story) has to be one of my favorite series that I cannot help but want to share it with those who haven’t had the pleasure of reading them.  So in honor of my last day at 42 I am going to give away:

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I am going to have 2 winners.  Both will be getting a towel (will make sense once you read the books) and 2 Big Bang Theory plastic Bazinga cups.  I will be giving away one hardcover compendium (shown in photo) and one eBook version of the series.  To enter all  you have to do is comment (even if it is just to say Hi!) but here is the important part – You MUST tell me which version of the books you would like to be entered for.  If it doesn’t matter which one please state this but I really need to know this.  I will choose the winners on September 18, 2013 so please have all entries in before 11:59 pm on September 17, 2013.

 

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Birthday Week Giveaway #3 – An Author By Another Name

September 10, 2013 Contest, Misc Info 10

I hope you are enjoying the posts for my birthday week so far because I’ve been enjoying coming up with the prizes and ideas behind them!

 

Recently it was revealed that J.K. Rowling had written a well-received crime novel under a pen name at the time the news broke people seemed to land on one of two sides.  Some understood why she might have decided to take this route in that anything coming out under her real name would be subjected to a level of scrutiny that using a pen name wouldn’t be subjected to.  Others took the line that this was out and out lying to the public which is an offense that was unforgivable (granted the bio was ummm not the best of fake bios).  I think what people fail to see is the whole idea of a pen name or multiple pen names for an author is nothing new but is in fact a quite common occurrence.

Some prime examples of pen names:

Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb – I mean I would have probably never started the In Death series had I known it was Nora when I first started it.  I hate to admit it but yes I was one of those people who used to turn my nose up at romance novels so in this case Nora using a pen name for the series wasn’t a bad idea at all.

Stephen King/Richard Bachman – Granted the Bachman pen name was to reassure him that people did like his work and it wasn’t an accident.  There are other theories as to why he chose to create this pen name but I like that one.

Issac Asimov/Paul French – Asimov used the Paul French pen name to write juvenile science-fiction.

There are many more but I think those three show that a writer that is extremely well established will use multiple pen names to allow themselves freedom to write in genres that their more well-known name wouldn’t normally be associated with.  It can also prove helpful in case of erotic writers wanting to branch out in to YA or more mainstream markets.  This was discussed at a panel I went to at RT and I found the fact that there used to be more pressure on writers to use alternate pen names for works outside certain narrow genre lines to be intriguing.  I can understand it from a personal level since as I stated above I might not have ever picked up the In Death series were it not for the pen name.

So now for the fun stuff – In honor of pen names I think I am going to give commenters a chance to win two series that are still ongoing from authors that I enjoy under all their incarnations.

The prizes today are (Click the titles for my reviews):

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From J.C. Daniels aka Shiloh Walker – Blade Song and Night Blade – Kit Colbana series.  I’m not ashamed to admit that she’s managed to leave me a blubbering mess and I cannot wait to get the next one in the series.  .  

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From Kit Rocha aka Moira Rogers (my lovely ladies Donna and Bree) – Beyond Shame, Beyond Control and Beyond Pain – the Beyond Series.  I will warn you to have ice, more ice, towels and lots of time to come down from the high these books will leave you in.  This is a deliciously dirty series that I cannot recommend enough.

I am going to draw 2 winners and they will win both series in either a Kindle or Nook format.  This contest is open to US contestants only.  Entries must be received by September 16th at 11:59 pm US Central.

All you need to do is tell me what authors have you read that have multiple pen names or do you have an issue with multiple pen names?

 

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Birthday Week Giveaway #2 – My Forays in to Books About Non-Traditional Relationships

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As I’ve spent this past year or so blogging and venturing out to a couple of conventions, I’ve also spent it broadening my horizons with the types of books that I will read.  Do I happily not subscribe to the single genre newsletter?  Oh heck yes!  Have I now started to learn that I can enjoy titles where there is BDSM, mènage, and non-traditional pairings?  Yes!  One of the most surprising things that I have discovered is I really do enjoy mènage stories where there are two men that are as in to one another as they are their heroine.  Why is that surprising to me?  Well, as much as I have no issues with non-traditional families in my personal real-life world I didn’t think I would be completely comfortable with reading about those relationships during my relaxation time.  What I’ve found is I don’t tend to care about the sexes of the main pair, triad,etc as long as I can believe the story and become invested in the characters.  This is a great thing as there are some incredible works out there for people who like non-traditional M/F match ups.  I know I am missing quite a few but here are some authors that do a great job with this and who I admire for their honesty in the stories and the lives of the main characters:

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1.  Tiffany Reisz – Original Sinners Series – I mean who can resist Søren, Nora and Kingsley?  Yes I do know there is a major sensitive spot for those who cannot see beyond the fact that there is a priest main character but the mental games and stories that were told in the first 4 books have me hooked .  Give me more more more…

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2.  Lauren Dane – Well almost anything by her is HOT but I’ve enjoyed the stories surrounding the Brown family and the truth that they show when there isn’t a pair hooking up but there is a triad that has the men just as hot for each other as they are for their lady love.  Lucky women!!

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3.  Alexis Hall – Glitterland is an amazing book that tells the story of a man battling bi-polar disease and major depression who gets lucky and finds an incredible man who is just what he needed and what he didn’t think he deserved.  This was an amazing story that isn’t easy to read but oh so beautifully done.

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4.  Heidi Belleau – While I did try the first Flesh Cartel and decided it wasn’t for me (might try them again soon) I found that Apple Polisher told a very time worthy story of what it is like to be a gay man trying to make it in teaching for younger children.  There is such a trend to believe the worst about people when you fear their alternate lifestyle and for someone who has relatives and friends who are gay it just makes me sad/angry.  I’m looking forward to more from this series and I will definitely keep an eye out for more from her.

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5.  Kit Rocha – Dear Lord…  If you haven’t read stuff by this brilliant author you need to but I must warn you – HAVE EITHER A WALK-IN FREEZER or ICE MACHINE HANDY!  The Beyond series has to have some of the most scorching scenes I’ve ever read and can I just say….  6 way!!  YES 6-WAY!!  They have produced an amazing series thus far and I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to more. (Yes I know the cover is the old cover but…)

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6.  Katie Porter – The Vegas Top Guns series exams different fetishes in each of the books and while some have made me cringe I have enjoyed how far they have been willing to push the envelope.  I’ve got my hands on the last in the series and I cannot wait to dig in.  Oh and they have another little series with a dancer that made me swoon – DIMA!!  😉

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7.  L.A. Witt – Covet Thy Neighbor was probably one of the best books that came out of me going to the RT Convention this year.  I got to meet a lovely lady who introduced me to a publisher I’d never heard of and in particular gifted me this title which to be honest helped sway me to trying more M/M titles than I might have been willing to before.  To read how I got this title please click here.  This is a wonderful story that may not end with a traditional HEA but ends with the pair in the right spot for all the issues they’ve had.  I loved this story and still need to get caught up with the series.

 

There are a lot more authors out there that I’ve enjoyed over this past year or so who have pushed my boundaries but I wanted to share a few that opened my eyes and helped me be more willing to take chances than I might have if I had never lucked in to reading them.

 

In honor of these reads and what some of them represent as far as representing the LGBTQ community I am going to give away a $25 gift certificate to Riptide Publishing to one lucky commentor.  Comments must be received by September 15, 2013 by 11:59 pm US Central to be considered.

What books have you read recently that pushed your comfort levels and made you think about things outside of your normal boundaries?

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The Protected by Shiloh Walker Release Day!!!!

September 3, 2013 Misc Info 0

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The Protected 

Sept. 3 2013

Amazon | BN | KoboiBooks | The Book Depository

AN ASSIGNMENT SHE CAN’T REFUSE

Agent Vaughnne MacMeans would do anything to avoid setting foot in Orlando again. But her new assignment, keeping tabs on a psychic kid who may or may not be in danger, is forcing her right back to the city where her sister was murdered. And the Special Agent in Charge isn’t taking no for an answer.

AN ATTRACTION HE CAN’T DENY

Protecting the boy Alex is a priority for Gus. Gus may not understand the boy’s “gift” but he just knows that some people would kill for it. When a beautiful stranger moves in next door, his impulse is to take the kid and run. But Gus has learned never to flee without a plan, and besides…she doesn’t exactly look like an assassin.

A GAME THEY’LL PLAY FOR KEEPS

When some dangerous people from Gus’s past catch up to him and Alex, it’s too late to run. His cute neighbor is the last person he thought he could turn to, but Vaughnne isn’t just cute. She’s fearless. And she’s the only chance Gus and Alex have left

Read an excerpt HERE

 

A little about Shiloh: 

Shiloh Walker has been writing since she was a kid. She fell in love with vampires with the book Bunnicula and has worked her way up to the more…ah…serious works of fiction. She loves reading and writing just about every kind of romance. Once upon a time she worked as a nurse, but now she writes full time and lives with her family in the Midwest.  She writes romantic suspense and paranormal romance, and urban fantasy under the name J.C. Daniels.

 

Website: http://www.shilohwalker.com/website/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorShilohWalker

Twitter: https://twitter.com/shilohwalker

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/96909.Shiloh_Walker

 

 

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Fan Girl Moment – Shelly Laurenston’s Bite Me Blurb Posted!!!!

July 25, 2013 Misc Info 0

Yesterday I found out the official blurb for Bite Me!!!  I must say I am so beyond excited for this title to come out and cannot wait to get my greedy little hands on it!  March 25th 2014 cannot get here fast enough!

 

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The Blurb:

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…

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