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Birthday Week Winners #4 and #6

September 18, 2013 Uncategorized 0

Two more contests done…  More winners to announce:


Contest #4 (Hitchhiker’s Guide)-

All 3 people who commented win. picked Robyn for the hardcover and because she’s such a generous soul she just wants the book so I’ve decided the other two entrants will get digital copies and their very own towels.  Emails will go out later today to get the formats Timitra and Jane would like plus their snail mail addresses.  

Contest #6 –

Come on down Liz – and I raaaaaan, I ran so far awaaaaaay…couldn’t get away – You now get to be an earworm source using Pandora One Radio…  😉  I’ll be sending you the GC to the address you used to enter the contest.


Only one more to draw tomorrow!   Thank you so much for participating and helping me celebrate my birthday and the blog’s anniversary.  I enjoyed coming up with the contests and am looking forward to doing this again next year!


A Plea for Sanity

June 29, 2013 Uncategorized 2

I’ve told myself that I just need to step away and not speak up but after the events over the past few weeks in both the blogging/reviewing world and the insanity in Texas I just can’t stay completely quiet.


Re:  Texas

As a former resident of Texas and having spent most of my formative years in the state I can’t help but feel extremely saddened by the behavior that seems to be prevalent in the State Legislature.  I applaud Sen Wendy Davis for her willingness to stand up and speak for the thousands of women that would be impacted by legislation specifically designed to target access to abortions.  I realize this is a very polarizing issue but we need to look beyond a single service provided by those clinics to the true impact if the legislation passes.  I also believe that the behavior we witnessed as she stood up points to an even larger issue where laws are bent to stop something the majority doesn’t like just because they believe they can.  I was happy that the attempt to claim the vote was taken at 11:59 pm when it was very blatantly taken after midnight ended up being exposed but I cannot help but be truly frightened for what this could have meant if it had been allowed to stand.  I also have to speak up and say I appreciated those Senators who stood up for Sen Davis and decried the poor treatment she was receiving while doing something that the rules permit and in past practice even supported by other members even if they didn’t agree with the filibuster in progress.  There needs to be a mutual respect if not for each other then respect the rules and traditions of the body you represent.  Now with Governor Perry forcing the issue in yet another special session I can’t help but hope that rational thought will somehow prevail and other issues can be handled than trying to regulate a woman’s reproductive choices.  I personally am pro-choice but do not believe abortion should be used as a form of birth control.  I’ve had friends and acquaintances that have made the decision to abort after much thought and consideration and I cannot condemn them for that decision I’m just so thankful they were able to do so in an environment that was safe for them.  I’ve also had former friends that made the decision to abort just because they chose not to use readily available birth control means and that does not sit well with me.  I found myself distancing myself from them because it made me re-evaluate exactly how they could fit in to my life if they were that irresponsible.  I mean I understand BC fails but to not use any just cause doesn’t sit well with me and if  you are going to do that then what other just cause decisions are you going to make???  Anyway off to another topic….


RE: Recent Plagiarism and Over-reaction

Recently we’ve had a few incidents of blatant plagiarists being uncovered by eagle-eyed readers.  We’ve also had some understandable paranoia developing as people closely scrutinize other authors in the same genre but the recent targeting of a respected blogger by an author and her fans just has me seeing red.  I understand we are all paranoid right now but can we please step back, breathe, count to ten and then sit down to talk rationally?

Authors – If a blogger/reader reaches out to you privately and respectfully via email to ask questions that were addressed to them by another reader/reviewer, please do the right thing and answer the questions with the same respect they are attempting to show you.  I understand that if they are asking you about your validity as a writer you might get your hackles up to defend yourself but take a second and realize that in the current environment people are jumping to conclusions very quickly and a rational discussion can only serve you better in the long run.  Remember they didn’t have to come to you privately but could have publicly posted the concerns they were sent but chose to speak to you one on one out of respect and a willingness to get to the truth versus fan a witch hunt.  Telling your fans about it via social media and fanning attacks on the blogger/reader via this method just serves to turn off others to your work as we’ve all seen too many recent examples of authors behaving badly to tolerate much more.

Bloggers/Reviewers – Can we please step back a second and realize that at times we are playing a part in the cycle of destruction?  I’ve seen a lot of knee jerk reactions from all of us to say we’ll never support an author again just because something has been taken out of context.  Authors are human and will make mistakes in the heat of the moment that shouldn’t result in them being blacklisted.  I try to look at the authors pattern of behavior and if the comment in question was a one-time misstep that was apologized for in a valid, rational fashion I think we should give them a second chance.  If the author actively promotes people attacking, harassing or behaving badly to a reader/blogger/reviewer then that is a completely different matter.  I know I personally returned a recent purchase because the author decided that it was garbage so I mean why should I pay my measly 99 cents to read it.  Was that a bit petty of me?  Yeah sure but you know what why should I spend money on something the author doesn’t support?  The return didn’t happen until I saw how the author attempted to rationalize what they wrote but I like many others decided that enough was enough.  I also have authors I won’t buy any more because of attacks they have encouraged on reviews that hurt their sensibilities but that has been my choice and I haven’t publicized those choices.  I also have an author whose books I still read but you will never see a review for on this site because of the way they behaved towards me when I approached them for a review copy they were blatantly begging for people to take on social media.  I won’t say that authors name either as that is my issue and I’m not going to tell others not to read/review/enjoy them.


All in all I just wish we could all take a step back and think rationally again as I for one am tired of seeing a ton of bickering and hate popping up all over the place.

In better news….  I cannot thank the Supreme Court for being able to see that blocking same-sex marriage and keeping those relationships being considered second class or illegal is stupid and outdated.  I hope that my friends and relatives that have healthy long-term same sex relationships will truly be able to enjoy the same freedoms and protections I can have in my own love life and I wish all those couples who have married in California since Prop 8 went away have long happy lives together.  I know not all of the marriages will last but hey they don’t last all the time in “traditional” cases either…


Thanks for letting me rant a bit on topics that have been bugging me and I hope you know you can always comment on posts or send me an email via my contact page if you ever want to let me know anything.



Welcome a New Reviewer – YA Only – M!!

May 28, 2013 Uncategorized 0

I promised news over the next few days as a part of moving my site to another platform…  Well here is part of it-


I have a new reviewer to the site for Young Adult titles only!  I’m keeping her full name quiet as she is a minor but on the site she will be going by M_BAHAnon.  She’s the daughter of one of my co-workers and at the age of 14 a good guide for YA. 


As far as titles she will review, her mom and I will be skimming any titles submitted to the site for her review before she gets to have fun with them.  We are doing this out of an abundance of caution and also to make sure she gets to enjoy being a teenager.  She’ll contribute as frequently as she wishes and please feel free to let us know any questions you might have for her.  I’m excited to share my space with her and hope she continues her love of reading far in to the future.


Her first review will go live at midnight Central so come back and check out what she has to say about a title her mom picked up for her while we were at RT.  If any of you met me there her mom was my pusher (helping me be a bit more assertive) and probably gave out more of my cards than I did.  I’m working on getting their family to all join the site as contributors so you might see more posts like this in the future.


Again I can’t thank her enough for letting M join the site to give us some input in to what a teenage girl thinks of some of the YA titles out there.


Time to Melt the Ice – Toni Aleo Blog Hop!!! Awesome Contest!

April 22, 2013 Uncategorized 0



Come join a group of us crazy bloggers as we help Loveswept with the re-release of Toni Aleo’s The Assassin Series.  There are quite a few prizes that you can win by entering via the RaffleCopter link below.  Also check out the list of other sites to get more chances to win plus information about the series.

Prizes include:

  • 5 sets of the series to etailer of choice;
  • 10 net galley preview copy giveaway sets;
  • $20 EGC Starbucks, the drink of hockey fans everywhere!

Enter here!!

More places to check out and get entries…

1. Romantic Reads and Such 2. BookHounds
3. The Jeep Diva 4. I Read Indie
5. Blackraven’s Erotic Cafe 6. AJ’s Reading Nook
7. Blackraven’s Reviews 8. HEARomances With A Little Kick
9. The Readers Roundtable 10. Books Books and More Books
11. Devoured Words 12. Globug and Hootie
13. Book Monster Reviews 14. StuckInBooks
15. Book Lovin’ Mamas 16. Book-A-Holic Anon
17. Read Your Writes Book Reviews 18. Tome Tender
19. Eye on Romance 20. Seduced By A Book
21. The Autumn Review 22. Cocktails and Books
23. What’s On The Bookshelf 24. All Aboard!
25. Bitten By Love Reviews 26. Mimmi’s Musings
27. Readers Confession 28. Readers Confession
29. From the TBR Pile 30. Over the Edge Reviews
31. Spare Time Book Blog 32. As the Page Turns
33. Bookshelf Confessions 34. Always YA at Heart
35. What I’m Reading 36.
37. Reading Between the Wines 38. Insane Hussein
39. PonyTails Book Reviews 40. Literati Literature Lovers
41. Socrates’ Book Review Blog 42. My Book Muse
43. Burning Impossibly Bright 44. Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
45. Book Nerds Across America 46. Literary, etc
47. Julie Reviews Books 48. Julie Reviews Books
49. Parnormal and Urban Fantasy Reviews 50. The Girls That Read
51. SJMaylee 52. Phantasmic Reads
53. My Secret Romance 54. Insightful Minds Reviews
55. A Novel Affair [book blog] 56. RomCon
57. Cheeky Reads 58. The Revolving Bookcase
59. Aislynn @ Stitch Read Cook 60. MsRomanticReads
61. Blogging by Liza 62. In Love with Romance
63. A Little Bit Tart, A Little Bit Sweet 64. cupcake’s book cupboard


About the books:
Taking Shots:
In Toni Aleo’s exhilarating debut, the first in a series featuring the hockey hunks of the Nashville Assassins, a reformed bad boy helps a charming, willful woman face off against the demons of her past.

No matter how hard she tries, Eleanor Fisher never thinks she’s good enough, from her job to her weight to her love life. After enduring years of abuse at the hands of an ex-boyfriend, Elli has been drifting through life in a daze. Until, that is, she meets Shea Adler on a promotional shoot for the NHL’s Nashville Assassins. Before Elli knows what’s happening, the gorgeous Shea breaks the ice and shatters her world.

A brilliant athlete inside the rink, Shea Adler is tired of the life he’s living outside of it: the girls, the money, the drinking. But everything changes when he meets Elli. After laying eyes on this feisty, witty, beautiful woman, he feels like he’s just taken the hardest hit of his life. No matter how skeptical she is, Shea knows they are meant to be together—if only he can convince Elli to put her insecurities aside throw her insecurities out the window before she misses out on a shot at love.

Trying to Score:
In a captivating novel of hockey and healing hearts, the newest member of the Nashville Assassins pulls a power play to make things right with the one that got away.

Fallon Parker’s dream has always been to turn her family’s wine company into a runaway success and eventually to start a cellar of her own. Since graduating from college, she has worked relentlessly to make that dream a reality, especially after taking a chance on love—and losing. By the time Fallon becomes an official sponsor of the Nashville Assassins, she feels like all her hard work is finally paying off. And then the man who broke her heart skates back into her life.

On the ice, Lucas Brooks is the NHL’s leading scorer—at least when he’s not in the box. Off the ice, he’s a mess, with all his anger and misery bottled up inside. He threw away the most important person in his life and has regretted it ever since. But when Lucas returns to Nashville in a trade, he’s determined to convince Fallon that he’s a changed man. The attraction is still there. The tension is electrifying. But the odds are stacked against them—especially after Lucas finds out that Fallon has been keeping a devastating secret.

Empty Net:
The chiseled men of the Nashville Assassins can make anything happen when they go all-out for the women they want—even turn a one-night stand into a happily ever after.

Audrey Parker is up against the boards. She’s stuck in a job she hates and pining for a total jerk. Meanwhile, her sister Fallon is moving out and getting married to hockey star Lucas Brooks. Where is Audrey’s Prince Charming? Nothing she does has ever seemed to be good enough for any of the men in her life. Audrey’s about to hit rock bottom . . . until she wakes up next to Tate Odder.

The thrill of moving up from the minors to the Nashville Assassins was a welcome distraction. But not even becoming the first rookie goalie to tally three shutouts in the Stanley Cup Finals alleviates the pain. With the loss of his parents and sister weighing as heavily on his soul as ever, Tate Odder can’t keep pretending he’s okay. That’s when he meets smart, sexy Audrey. Her gentle warmth and quirky sense of humor make him feel whole for the first time in too long. But to stay that way forever, Tate must find a way to accept his past and learn to live for love.

And, look for FALLING FOR THE BACKUP Novella & BLUE LINES in August!
Opposites do more than just attract in Toni Aleo’s latest Nashville Assassins novel about a very bad boy and the good girl he can’t resist.

The instant Piper Allen sees Erik Titov, she wants him—wants his rock-hard body, sure, but the strength and mystery that lie behind that superstar hockey jock demeanor, too. So when he sidles up to her at a bar and slinks his arm around her waist, she’s lost. What follows is the wildest night of her life . . . followed by inevitable heartbreak the next morning. And then, a few weeks later, a very big surprise: two blue lines on a pregnancy test.

Only a check to the head could make Erik fall for a nice girl like Piper. But since their crazy-sexy night together, he’s been trying to forget about her alluring body by falling into bed with every woman in Nashville, and it’s not working. So when Piper shows up at his house with a baby-bomb to drop, it doesn’t take much for Erik to suggest the nuclear option: marriage. While it’s supposed to be all for show, the second they say “I do,” the ice between them starts to melt into sizzling steam.

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Hero of my Heart Blog Hop – Great Prizes!!

March 31, 2013 Uncategorized 1



In support of this upcoming read Loveswept (Random House Publishing) is doing an amazing blog hop with a chance to win some great prizes.   For your chance to win please click here to fill in the Rafflecopter entry form.  Visit the other stops on the tour by clicking here for more chances to win one of the following:

  • 5 eBook copies of HERO OF MY HEART! by Megan Frampton (on sale 4/8)
  • 3 eBook copies of A VAMPIRE SALVATION by Virna DePaul (on sale 4/22)
  • 2 eBook copies of Taking Shots by Toni Aleo (on sale 4/23)
  • AND . . . . . one (US only) prize winner receives a BOX of books! INCLUDING, Debbie Macomber’sSTARTING NOW!



The Blurb:

In this emotional and powerfully erotic tale of love and redemption, a tender vicar’s daughter and a tortured war hero discover that sin may be their only salvation.

When Mary Smith’s corrupt, debt-ridden brother drags her to a seedy pub to sell her virtue to the highest bidder, Alasdair Thornham leaps to the rescue. Of course the marquess is far from perfect husband material. Although he is exceedingly handsome, with a perfect, strong body, chiseled jaw, and piercing green eyes, Alasdair is also too fond of opium, preferring delirium to reality. Still, he has come to Mary’s aid, and now she intends to return the favor. She will show him that he is not evil, just troubled.

Mary was a damsel in need of a hero, but Alasdair’s plan is shortsighted. He never foresaw her desire to save him from himself. Alasdair is quite at home in his private torment, until this angel proves that a heart still beats in his broken soul. The devil may have kept her from hell, but will Mary’s good intentions lead them back to the brink—or to heaven in each other’s arms?

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: Along Came Trouble, The Notorious Lady Anne, and Unforgettable.



Cover Reveal – Laura Kaye – Hard As It Gets

March 26, 2013 Uncategorized 0

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Tall, dark, and lethal…

Trouble just walked into Nicholas Rixey’s tattoo parlor. Becca Merritt is warm, sexy, wholesome-pure catnip to a very jaded Nick. He’s left his military life behind to become co-owner of Hard Ink Tattoo, but Becca is his ex-commander’s daughter. Loyalty won’t let him turn her away. Lust has plenty to do with it too.

With her brother presumed kidnapped, Becca needs Nick. She just wasn’t expecting to want him so much. As their investigation turns into all-out war with an organized crime ring, only Nick can protect her. And only Becca can heal the scars no one else sees.

Desire is the easy part. Love is as hard as it gets. Good thing Nick is always up for a challenge…

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About Laura Kaye:

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Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nearly a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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Fetish Box – Nicole Camden – 2 stars for Parts 1 & 2

February 10, 2013 NetGalley, Read in 2013, Uncategorized 0

1605814716058158I debated on if I should post this review or not…  As you can see I have decided to post this as a review for both parts I have read.  I can honestly say I will probably not read part 3.

I can’t say I didn’t like the author’s writing but this was not the story for me.  I mean it is truly a story that should be told as just a single novel not broken in to 3 parts.  Suspend your belief and be willing to overlook the fact that the female lead has only been in town an hour or so before she meets both male leads and even though she’s a virgin has wanton thoughts about both of them.

Mary has inherited the sex shop and part-ownership in a bad from the mother who gave her up as a baby.  She’s repressed but interested in starting a new life in Florida when she meets John who is walking a dog past her mom’s house.  John ends up being the manager/security guy for the sex shop and lives in the apartment above it.  She finds him interesting but while heading in to the house ends up meeting Max who ends up kissing her before she even knows his name.  Oh and even better….  just a bit after that he has her top up and is sucking on her breasts.  I mean dude…..  she’s a virgin and inexperienced but can do this without screaming or slapping the crap out of him??  Really??

We get even weirder later in the two where she agrees to let John teach her about sex and then sleeps with the man less than 24 hours after running in to him???  Ok …  I finished part 2 just because I couldn’t stop but will not go pick up part 3 because it just hasn’t kept me interested enough to complete.  If you can suspend belief then go for it…  honestly if this had just been a novel I would have finished it even if I didn’t want to just because I’m stubborn that way.

Thanks to and Pocket Star for giving me the chance to read this even if it didn’t work for me.  I may still look for full works from the author just to make sure it isn’t just the issue with the format and story choice because even with its flaws I still found myself interested in it.


Logo design… Such a fun thing

November 14, 2012 Uncategorized 1

A co-worker recently had a class project where she needed to design a logo for a business. She asked if I minded if she tried out a few things and designed one for me. I’ve been meaning to come up with something and since I’m not an artist … I jumped at the chance.

I will tell you I loved this tentative design out of the four she provided….

This will be changing a bit but it suits me to a T and I hope you enjoy this initial glimpse…


Ever Have a Week….

October 20, 2012 Uncategorized 1

I’ve had one of those weeks where things just sucked…  but you know what…  Comfort food and reading tend to help so this weekend I am doing a lot of eating and reading.  You’ll see reviews coming up in the next day or two of reads I have done over the past week but in honor of my Aunt Edna I’m going to share an incredibly easy cake…

Aunt Edna’s Pineapple Dump Cake

In a 9X13 ungreased pan mix the following with a fork:

2 cups flour

2 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup nuts (pecan or walnut but optional)

1 tsp vanilla

2 beaten eggs

1 can of crushed pineapple in juice (regular sized can but I forgot to check the oz_ similar to canned veggie sized)

After mixing level out and bake for approximately 35 minutes in a 375 degree oven.

Then the oh sooooo good stuff…

While the cake is still warm frost with the following mixture:

4 oz cream cheese

2 tbsp margarine

1 tsp vanilla

1 3/4 cup powdered sugar

Now sit back wait for it to finish cooling and dig in…

Can I just say how much I love this cake?  My aunt makes this and deviled eggs every year for the fourth of July.  I look forward to seeing her but man oh man do I love her cake and eggs…  LOL

Anyway…  If you have any comfort foods you adore please feel free to share the recipes as I love love love to cook.