bloggiesta finish

 

This was the first year that I took part in the Bloggiesta Spring Clean Up – and I had a blast, learned a lot, found a ton of new blogs to follow and simply enjoyed myself.

I finished all but one item on my To-Do List.  And that I’ll get to in the coming weeks.

I will definitely be looking forward to the next event in June.

Just follow either the written link or click on the graphic and go check out the upcoming schedule for yourself.  The folks behind the names on “Mr. Linky” are amazing, so willing to offer tips and solutions — please, check this out in June and join in.  You will be amazed at how much fun you’ll have while learning neat blogging / website stuff.

Thank you to everyone involved with Bloggiesta – this was an awesome experience.

The Wild OneTitle:  The Wild One
Series:  Coorah Creek
Author:  Janet Gover
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  April 3, 2015
Publisher:  Choc Lit
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

Can four wounded souls find love?

Iraq war veteran Dan Mitchell once disobeyed an order – and it nearly destroyed him. Now a national park ranger in the Australian outback, he’s faced with another order he is unwilling to obey …

Photographer Rachel Quinn seeks out beauty in unlikely places. Her work comforted Dan in his darkest days. But Quinn knows darkness too – and Dan soon realises she needs his help as much as he needs hers.

Carrie Bryant was a talented jockey until a racing accident broke her nerve. Now Dan and Quinn need her expertise, but can she face her fear? And could horse breeder, Justin Fraser, a man fighting to save his own heritage, be the man to help put that fear to rest?

The wounds you can’t see are the hardest to heal…

Read on for my thoughts on The Wild One.  No true spoilers, promise.

Wolf's HonorTitle:  Wolf’s Honor
Series:  Caedmon Wolves #6
Author:  Ambrielle Kirk
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Published:  March 30, 2015
Publisher:  Obsidian Gem Publishing LLC
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

Wolf shifter Connor Maxim is a law-abiding citizen. His motto: Keep the peace. Protect the Pack. His firm, Maxim Securities, had been created for this purpose. His honor will be tested when he’s called to deliver on his vows.

The homicide rate escalates to an all-time high on Pack territory, and all evidence points to two prevalent wolf Packs: the Caedmon and the Arnou. The Feds give the leaders of both Packs an ultimatum, and a three-day deadline. They must find the source of the murders before the Feds intervene.

When a police raid goes awry, Connor’s world collides with that of Antonia Trudeau’s. Under the guise of a striking spitfire of a woman—who happens to be his mate—is a criminal with a healthy rap sheet. He must decide if love is worth more than duty and honor.

Antonia circumvents more than just the laws…she captures Connor’s heart.

Read on for my thoughts on Wolf’s Honor.  No true spoilers, promise.

Ammi's AngelTitle:  Amii’s Angel
Series:
Author:  Natalie-Nicole Bates
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  March 17, 2015
Publisher:  Books To Go Now
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

For years, Amii Sloan has held a burning grudge against Ryan Maine for his cutting cross examination during her sister’s murder trial. Now, a chance encounter brings Ryan back into her life, along with a very interesting proposition—to work as his personal assistant in the idyllic
town of Unity.

Down on her luck, and supporting a mother with early onset dementia, Amii doesn’t have much of a choice but to accept the job Ryan offers. But can she overlook the past, to possibly open the door to a brighter future?

As she spends time with the handsome, successful lawyer, she realizes that maybe first impressions can be wrong, and that just maybe she and Ryan could share a whole lot more than she ever imagined.

Read on for my thoughts on Amii’s Angel.  No true spoilers, promise.

blue eyesToday has been weird.  Not to bore anyone with non-book blogging stuff – but it’s just been a weepy, world crashing in kinda day.  You ever get those?  I hate them – but have learned to just get through them.

So instead of the million things I “should” be doing on my blogs – I’m going to go play World of Warcraft and crush things for a couple hours.  Get my mind off of everything family and book related.  My non-book version of running away from home for awhile.

The stuff that needs done – for once can wait 24 hours.  It’s the first time I tossed in the towel since restarting this in January.  I need a day off.

There are times when words are not the best way to fall into a story.  Sometimes seeing what you’ll be reading teases the mind and the senses.

Enjoy these Throwback Thursday Trailers feature.  And should you have some favorites of your own ~ link them up in the comments.

 

For Maggie Shayne fans, over on my Haunted Bookshelf site is another Throwback Thursday Trailer featuring a montage of her Wings in the Night series.  I personally think if you like Paranormal, you’ll get a chuckle out of that one.  So go on, check it out at Haunted Throwback Thursday Trailers

unConventionalBookViews_Meme-ThirstyThursdayHungryHeartsThere is a fun new meme going on over at (un)Conventional  Book Views.  Lexxie is hosting the Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts weekly list of food and drink.  ;)  More specifically what food or drink from a recent read of yours would you like to try or never in a million years touch.  You can find details, sorta rules and the sign up linky by clicking on the graphic or on the bold link above.

I have been trying so hard to be aware of food while reading.  It is turning into a more difficult habit to cultivate than I thought it would.  But, I’m working on it.

“As I sat on the counter watching, Tack slid right into it like we’d known each other years rather than weeks.

Though, he did it while unpacking food and preparing the potatoes, which looked like they were going to be awesome.  Sliced super thin, arranged in a casserole dish, layered with salt, pepper, paprika, pats of butter and minced garlic then smothered in cream and milk before he slid them into the oven. ”  ~Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley

I adore Tack and Tyra as a couple in this novel.  Talk about hot, scary, sexy biker dude… I actually want to find Tack and never let him out of my sight.  If you’ve never read Motorcyle Man — you need to right now.  *fans face and other body parts*

Motorcycle ManGet ready to ride . . .

Tyra Masters has had enough drama to last a lifetime. Now, she’s back on track and looking forward to her new, quiet life. Until she meets the man of her dreams. The tattooed, muscled biker plies her with tequila-and the best sex of her life. She knows it isn’t the tequila and hot sex talking. He’s the kind of man she’s always wanted. Unfortunately, he’s also her new boss . . .

Kane “Tack” Allen has a rule. He doesn’t employ someone he’s slept with. So when he learns he spent last night in bed with his new office manager, he quickly fires Tyra. Yet when Tyra stands up to him and fights for her job, Tack is intrigued. He tells her she can keep her job on one condition: no more sex. Ever. But as things heat up between them, Tack finds that he’ll be the one breaking all the rules…

This novel also includes my favorite quote of all time – one that is written out and taped on my dressing table’s mirror –

”Life’s a roller coaster. Best damn ride in the park. You don’t close your eyes, hold on and wait for it to be over, babe. You keep your eyes open, lift your hands straight up in the air and enjoy the ride for as long as it lasts.”

I cannot say enough good things about this novel – even when posting about hot food creation.  ~ *Grins*

New Authors Reading Challenge 2015 ~~~GOAL MET ON MARCH 25, 2015

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The New Authors – Seeking New Escapes 2015 Reading Challenge is hosted by Literary Escapism.  The rules, suggestions and signup can be found by following the link, either the written or graphic links above.

I set my goal for 25 New Authors to check out this year.  That was before I was approved for NetGalley.  A fantastic place to begin with and a bonus of having so many debut authors and authors that I haven’t read yet.

I’m not going to change my goal number — but I will continue adding new authors to the sub-page.   Just to find out at the end of the year how many new authors I’ve added.

If you’d like to check out some new authors , here’s the link to the Challenge Post with the listing.  New Author Challenge Page ~ Completed

Driftwood CowboyTitle:  Driftwood Cowboy
Series:  Driftwood Bay
Author:   Lenora Worth
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  March 31, 2015
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

Can she heal from a tragedy too great to bear?

When Michelle Lancaster flees her hometown of Spirit, Louisiana to spend time at a beach retreat in Driftwood Bay, Florida, she only wants to run from the tremendous pain of a tragedy that caused her perfect life to shatter into pieces.

But on the day when the memories become too much, a man steps into her path on the beach and causes her beloved horse Coco to almost throw her. Not to mention this is the one man Michelle has tried to avoid. But laid-back boat captain and artist Brodie Stevens has his eye on Michelle and soon, he is pursuing her with a strong-willed determination. He too is haunted, but believes that together they can heal each other. Now the driftwood cowboy must convince Michelle it’s possible to hope… and to love again.

Read on for my thoughts on Driftwood Cowboy.  No true spoilers, promise.

Print“Waiting on” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating… cannot wait to get our hands on… having hissy fits at having to wait… you know, waiting for the book is exhausting work!

I have made no secret of the fact that Nora Roberts is my favorite author.  Many come in at second place (it seems to rotate through all of my favorites) but I will be waiting in line, in the pouring rain to get my hands on a new release by Nora Roberts.  So my pick for this week should be no surprise.  Since I didn’t get my greedy hands on an ARC – The Liar will be available in a few weeks and I cannot wait.

 

The LiarShelby Foxworth lost her husband. Then she lost her illusions …

The man who took her from Tennessee to an exclusive Philadelphia suburb left her in crippling debt. He was an adulterer and a liar, and when Shelby tracks down his safe-deposit box, she finds multiple IDs. The man she loved wasn’t just dead. He never really existed.

Shelby takes her three-year-old daughter and heads south to seek comfort in her hometown, where she meets someone new: Griff Lott, a successful contractor. But her husband had secrets she has yet to discover. Even in this small town, surrounded by loved ones, danger is closer than she knows—and threatens Griff, as well. And an attempted murder is only the beginning …

My wait will be over on April 14, 2015.

What are you waiting for?

 

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