Tuesday, November 25, 2014

**Teaser Tuesday ~ #46**


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!





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Coming For You
Dirty, Dark, & Deadly #3
by JA Huss
Adult, Erotica, Thriller


Synopsis
James
Who am I?
What am I doing?
Why am I doing it?
Questions are as dangerous in my world as secrets are valuable.
Answers, however, never come easy.


Harper
Who am I?
What am I doing?
Why am I doing it??
I've never asked myself a single questions about my life. Not even once. I follow orders. I keep my head down. I do as I'm told. But now the choices are everywhere.


Sasha
I don't ask questions and I don't need answers.
I know exactly what I'm doing.
Last Christmas Eve, my life fell apart.
This summer, I'm about to get even.


***Teaser***

I feel like I'm part of a game. I'm a chess piece. I'm a card that's being played. I'm not quite sure.
But I do know one thing. Actions have consequences. I can't afford to mess this up.
-Harper, Loc 913

**A Month of Giving Thanks ~ #8**


Berls @Fantasy is More Fun and Michelle @Because Reading are hosting A Month of Giving Thanks. I thought it was a great idea as Thanksgiving is actually my favorite holiday and I'm grateful for so many things. I may not manage a post every day but I wanted to kick off the month right.

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I'm so very thankful for so many things in my life - my health, my husband, kids, family, and friends. I'm thankful that I can live in my version of paradise here in the Rocky Mountains. I'm grateful for the ability to read! *ha* 


But as this month winds down, I'm taking a page from Berls and Michelle and giving thanks for my blogging friends. I realize the month is almost over so I might have to cram a few together but it's the thought that counts, right?!? :) I'm now down to SIX days...

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I'm thankful to have become blogging friends with Berls @Fantasy is More Fun. I believe we found each other through Feature & Follow but it's been a few years now and I'm older so my memory is not what it used to be! ;) What matters is that we did find one another. And I truly appreciate our friendship. Berls has always been someone I could talk to - about anything and everything. Of course, we talk books. She's caused me to add *many* books to my tbr. But that's okay because I've reciprocated in kind. :) Thank goodness she (and Michelle) created COYER. It greatly benefits my by removing some of the many books Berls adds. ;) We also talk about family life, Texas, school, etc. Berls is such a generous person and even though I haven't met her (yet) it feels like we've been friends for a long time. Luckily, I'm going to get to meet her in person next year at RT! And I can't wait. I may not sleep at all on that trip since there will be so much talking and giggling and hugging going on! If you haven't found out why Fantasy is More Fun, go meet Berls!

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I'm also very thankful to have found Michelle @Because Reading is better than real life. I found Michelle through Berls and COYER. Michelle writes thoughtful reviews and offers interesting author spotlights as well. She's really creative and so sweet, too. I've enjoyed getting to know her through COYER. Recently she's started the My TBR List meme, which I'm participating in. It's a fun way to knock off books from our bulging TBRs. If you haven't met Michelle, go check her out Because Reading is better than real life...I'm pretty sure we all agree on that! ;)

Monday, November 24, 2014

**A Month of Thanks ~#7**


Berls @Fantasy is More Fun and Michelle @Because Reading are hosting A Month of Giving Thanks. I thought it was a great idea as Thanksgiving is actually my favorite holiday and I'm grateful for so many things. I may not manage a post every day but I wanted to kick off the month right.


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I'm so very thankful for so many things in my life - my health, my husband, kids, family, and friends. I'm thankful that I can live in my version of paradise here in the Rocky Mountains. I'm grateful for the ability to read! *ha* 


But as this month winds down, I'm taking a page from Berls and Michelle and giving thanks for my blogging friends. I realize the month is almost over so I might have to cram a few together but it's the thought that counts, right?!? :) I'm now down to SEVEN days...


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I'm thankful to have found Rabid Reads!! Carmel, Jessica, Lorna, Stacey, and new reviewer Melanie offer up some very informative and entertaining reviews! ;) I was late in becoming a Rabid Reader but I'm a very rabid now. They review urban fantasy, fantasy, paranormal, and paranormal romance for the most part. And in my pre-blogging days I read TONS in these genres. These ladies are responsible for aiding in my return to these genres...and I'm enjoying it. They each are also so kind and fun to talk to. Jessica feeds my Kristen Ashley addiction regularly and I've so enjoyed discussing KA and Ilona Andrews and Kim Harrison with her. Carmel likes to talk smack about my love of romance. ;) But that's okay - I give her smack back. ;) If y'all haven't become Rabid Readers, go check out the blog. I promise you'll be rabid by the time you leave!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

**Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged ~ #42**


Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged is a weekly meme, hosted by TalkSupe, where I share with you the books I have bought, borrowed, or bagged (gifted or won) plus a recap of the previous week's reviews, upcoming reviews, and any other bookishness I want to share. :)



Here's what was added to my ereader and/or my physical library this week:


BOUGHT

The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #3)Captivated by You (Crossfire, #4)Coming for You (Dirty, Dark, and Deadly, #3)Rock Chick Revolution (Rock Chick, #8)The Leftover Club

So, I honestly can't remember what all I purchased and who to *thank* for them. I did purchase a few physical books, The Retribution of Mara Dyer and Captivated by You. I purchased an ecopy of Coming For You. Oh, I one-clicked Rock Chick Revolution because Robyn and I are about to start it. I one-clicked The Leftover Club because it was free.


I'm sure there are others but I've been messing with creating shelves on my kindle and things are kind of a mess. :) And, y'all know I'm going to be participating in a Read What You Own challenge in 2015...I'm feeling panicky...like I better get everything that I want to read NOW! LOL I need to budget so I don't spend all the Christmas $$. *bwahahaha*



BAGGED
All the Pretty Poses (Pretty, #2)The End of Violet and AbbyPresently Perfect (Perfect, #3)Southern Rocker Chick (Southern Rockers, #2)Caged in Winter (Caged In Winter, #1)


Naomi gifted All the Pretty Poses to me, just because she's awesome! :) Thanks, Naomi. I won The End of Violet and Abby from Jaclyn @JC's Book Haven and Scott Silver. Thanks! I received an eARC of Presently Perfect and Southern Rocker Chick. I won a print copy of Caged in Winter from the publisher in a giveaway. I also won a blogger-only giveaway from Michelle Mankin. I won a GC, and audio version of Irresistible Refrain to give away here on my blog (enter here), and a piece of jewelry from Soul of the Rose. I'll post a picture of it once I pick one. :) Thanks so much, Michelle!!





Last Two Weeks' Reviews


Upcoming Reviews
Angel Bait by Tricia Skinner
Coming For You by JA Huss
Forbidden by Amy Miles
Sweet by Erin McCarthy


**A Month of Giving Thanks ~ #6**


Berls @Fantasy is More Fun and Michelle @Because Reading are hosting A Month of Giving Thanks. I thought it was a great idea as Thanksgiving is actually my favorite holiday and I'm grateful for so many things. I may not manage a post every day but I wanted to kick off the month right.

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I'm so very thankful for so many things in my life - my health, my husband, kids, family, and friends. I'm thankful that I can live in my version of paradise here in the Rocky Mountains. I'm grateful for the ability to read! *ha* 


But as this month winds down, I'm taking a page from Berls and Michelle and giving thanks for my blogging friends. I realize the month is almost over so I might have to cram a few together but it's the thought that counts, right?!? :) I'm now down to SEVEN days...

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I'm very thankful to have found Andrea @The Bookish Babe. Andrea recently 'retired' from blogging but while she was blogging, I adored discussing romances with her. Luckily, I know where to stalk find her, so we can still chat about books. Andrea is warm, funny, and always wrote wonderful reviews, whether they were positive or negative. If you never found Andrea, I'm sorry you missed out. She added sooooo many books to my tbr, and my physical and digital bookshelves. She left a mark and I miss her.


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I'm also thankful for Naomi @Nomi's Paranormal Palace. I honestly wish I'd found Naomi sooner but I don't think my kindle would have survived. If y'all follow my Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged posts, you see her name often as I'm constantly finger-pointing at her for causing me to one-click books. In fact, I should probably send her my physical therapy bills - that one-clicking takes a toll. ;) Naomi and I obviously have similar reading tastes and we've been known to have lengthy off-line discussions on our theories on what will happen next in a book. And she is a Huss-convert because of me, too. Naomi is also a sweet and genuine person and I'm glad we've become friends. I hope that one day we'll be able to meet in person. :)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

**COYER Winter 2014-2015 Sign-up Post**


It's that time again...time to clean out some of those many (many, many) freebies and near-freebies you've been collecting on your ereader. I know this is a challenge I always gladly accept because seriously? I don't even want y'all to know how many books I one-click because they're free. ;) 

The Summer COYER ran for a longer period of time and was a success. Sooo, Berls and Michelle decided to make Winter COYER an extended period of time as well. It'll run from December 20, 2014 - March 6, 2015. Berls and Michelle have lots of fun things planned during the challenge like Twitter parties, mini-challenges, Read-a-thons, etc. It's a lot of fun, so I hope you'll think of participating. For all the official rules and details AND to sign up, click here or on the banner above.

I did a good job with the Summer COYER *pats self on back* and I anticipate Winter COYER will be successful as well. I'm not going to set a specific number for myself - I'm just going to go for it! :) But here's a sampling of books I'd like to get "cleaned" off:


Sempre (Forever, #1)Beautiful AddictionsBelieve (True Believers, #3)Redemption (Soul, #1)The Summer He Came Home (Bad Boys of Crystal Lake, #1)Impossibly (Dante's Nine MC, #1)Eversea (Eversea, #1)Legal Ease (Sutton Capital, #1)Priceless (A Rylee Adamson Novel, Book 1)Ethan (Brightest Kind of Darkness, #0.5)

I hope to have some giveaways during COYER - that'll add some fun! 

So, do you have some (many) books you need to "clean" off your ereader? Join me in the COYER Winter 2014-2015 Challenge! Come on, you know you wanna! ;)

**A Month of Giving Thanks ~ #5**


Berls @Fantasy is More Fun and Michelle @Because Reading are hosting A Month of Giving Thanks. I thought it was a great idea as Thanksgiving is actually my favorite holiday and I'm grateful for so many things. I may not manage a post every day but I wanted to kick off the month right.

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I'm so very thankful for so many things in my life - my health, my husband, kids, family, and friends. I'm thankful that I can live in my version of paradise here in the Rocky Mountains. I'm grateful for the ability to read! *ha* 


But as this month winds down, I'm taking a page from Berls and Michelle and giving thanks for my blogging friends. I realize the month is almost over so I might have to cram a few together but it's the thought that counts, right?!? :) Let's see, I have EIGHT days left...so........

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I have to give thanks for my friendship with Lexxie @Unconventional Book Views first. She really is the first person that I began conversing with regularly in the blogosphere. Our friendship started because we read and liked so many of the same books. And then, we talked and talked and realized we have sooo much in common. A beautiful friendship has blossomed. She's very kind and always has something positive to say. My blogging life is just richer because I've gotten to know Lexxie. We talk about everything, really. And that's why I'm so excited about the fact that I'm going to get to meet Lexxie, in person, at RT  next May!! This is a big deal because Lexxie lives in Switzerland! I'm ecstatic that she's coming here. And I'm hoping to travel to see her in 2016. If y'all haven't met Lexxie, go check out her blog! 

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I'm also thankful to have "met" Jaclyn @JC's Book Haven. I met Jaclyn through Feature & Follow and we've gotten to be good friends. She's from Texas - and so am I. ;) And we have sons around the same age. We also happen to share a love for Harry Potter AND Percy Jackson! Even though Jaclyn and I don't always read the same genres (I branch out more than she does ;) she has introduced me to some books and authors. And I'm grateful for that. Jaclyn is a talented graphic artist (she may be talented non-graphically too but I've only seen her graphic art) and she has some fun features she does ~ Sidekick Showcase and Cover Scramble Sundays. Stop by Jaclyn's sometime!

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With the last person I'm thankful for today, we're playing a kind of six degrees of separation....

I'm very thankful to have met Robyn Jones. I "met" her through Jaclyn, who was organizing a blog tour for Robyn. See, Robyn isn't only a blogger (@RobGirlBooks), she's also an author. And I'm a huge fan of her books. I think she's a very talented writer! :) So we started chatting online following that blog tour. We talked about kids and family and music and movies. And then I became a fan of Robyn, the girl...she's a fabulous mom, daughter, sister, and friend. One thing led to another, and Robyn invited me to lunch while we (my family and I) were in Washington on vacation. That was all she wrote...we talked for several hours (my family left us in the restaurant) - it was like we'd always known each other. We've visited one another a few times now...her dad happens to live about 30 minutes from me...and I talked Robyn into a crazy weekend where we went to the Emerald City Author Event - where we got a hotel room without screens on the windows AND we MET JA HUSS!!! (Robyn is also a Huss fangirl!) Oh, and we bet on football games, too. That's how our Rock Chick journey began. :) If y'all don't know Robyn, go have a chat. She may be a fan of fangs, but she won't bite. :)

Friday, November 21, 2014

**Blog Tour Review & Giveaway ~ Blood Curse ~ Kat Flannery**


Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Kat Flannery's Blood Curse. My stop includes all the information for this book (and series), my review, and a giveaway.

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Blood Curse CoverBlood Curse
(Branded Trilogy #2)
“Upon mine death for the blood ye have shed, Every daughter born to ye shall die before it draws breath, to which ye will know pain and worse, I cast unto ye mine blood curse.” ~ Vadoma
Four years after the Blood Curse, Pril of the Peddlers vows to protect her child against the evil men who hunt her. With her clan unaware of the branded girl among them, Pril has to keep the identity of her daughter a secret. When her child is kidnapped, she is forced to ask Merchant runner, Kade Walker, for his help.
Kade Walker needs to find the gypsy child. Blackmailed and pushed beyond his own moral code, he is determined to do whatever it takes. When he comes across the Peddler clan, he is sure the girl is there, however all hope is lost when the gypsies capture him. Time is running out—until Pril makes him an offer he cannot refuse.
Amidst greed, lust, revenge and love, Pril will need to trust Kade. But as the evil nears and doubt creeps in, will she discover that the enemy has been standing next to her all along?
Amazon – Barnes & Noble
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About Lakota Honor (Book #1)
Fate has brought them together, but will a promise tear them apart?
In the small town of Willow Creek, Colorado, Nora Rushton spends most of her days locked up in her home with a father who resents her and fighting off unwanted marriage proposals from the wealthy Elwood Calhoun. Marked as a witch, Nora must hide her healing powers from those who wish to destroy all the witkowin—crazy women. What she doesn’t know is that a bounty hunter is hot on her trail.
Lakota native Otakatay has an obligation to fulfill. He has been hired to kill the witkowin. In a time when race and difference are a threat and innocence holds no ground, courage, love and honor will bring Nora and Otakatay together as they fight for their freedom. Will the desire to fulfill his promise drive Otakatay to kill Nora? Or will the kindness he sees in her blue eyes push him to be the man he once was?
Amazon – Barnes & Noble
Kat Flannery
Kat Flannery

Kat Flannery
Kat Flannery’s love of history shows in her novels. She is an avid reader of historical, suspense, paranormal, and romance. When not researching for her next book, Kat can be found running her three sons to hockey and lacrosse. She has her Certificate in Freelance and Business Writing. A member of many writing groups, Kat enjoys promoting other authors on her blog. She’s been published in numerous periodicals. Her debut novel CHASING CLOVERS has been on Amazon’s Bestsellers list many times and was #62 over all their titles. LAKOTA HONOR and HAZARDOUS UNIONS are Kat’s other two books and both have made bestseller lists. Kat is currently hard at work on her next book.
Website/Blog – Twitter – Facebook





Blood Curse was a fascinating read. The combination of gypsy culture, magic, and lore with the setting in and around Jamestown made for an interesting story.

Ms. Flannery did well in depicting how people in that time would react to such a thing as a blood curse - how far someone would go to end it, how far someone would go to protect an innocent. And to what limits some would go in order to attain power. She didn't shy away from violence and it too furthered the depth of the story. I liked the story Flannery wove around the the characters - a branded child whom people think is evil and the men hunting her who are far more evil than any child could ever be, and Pril, who'd lay down her life to protect her child.

Pril is a strong and feisty heroine. She is fiercely loyal and protective of those she loves. She understands the fear those have of her little girl but will do what she has to do in order to keep her safe. Kade is headstrong and sees things as black and white. He, too, is loyal. I felt this common attribute was what got them into trouble - led them together. The journey he and Pril embark on does much to change his perspective. He begins to realize things aren't always black and white, right and wrong.

I did think that transitions between scenes could have been a little smoother. And the ending felt rushed - too neat. But overall, I enjoyed Blood Curse and will make time to read Lakota Honor. I'm interested to see how the stories fit together, and how Ms. Flannery will finish up this trilogy.






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