Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Nobody's Lost by Kallypso Masters Release Day!!!

I love the cover for this book! I've read the teasers and cannot wait to read the book.

The fifth book in the Rescue Me Saga released Dec. 9. While we all were expecting it to be time
for Luke and Cassie, Kally’s recent battle with cancer derailed those plans. But not wanting to
disappoint her fans, she wrote what was going to be a book about half this size but just kept
growing so that she could give her fans a book this fall as promised.

NOBODY’S LOST is about two characters who have had minor roles to this point in the Rescue
Me Saga, but who will play a large part in the future books in the series, including NOBODY’S
DREAM (Luke’s book which will release by March 4, 2015 now that Kally’s cancer free and able
to concentrate on it again.)

Haven’t read Kally’s books before? No problem! NOBODY’S LOST provides readers with a
new entry point to the series. However, most readers enjoy and understand the depth of these
stories much more so when they read in order, starting with the first book, MASTERS AT ARMS
& NOBODY'S ANGEL (almost 500 pages in print!), which is FREE everywhere. That's the ideal
place to start! Here's the reading order for all available books (including preorders):

NOBODY'S LOST (releases Dec. 9)
NOBODY'S DREAM (releases March 4 at latest--available for preorder)

Friday, December 5, 2014

Biting Off More Than I Should

This year, I set myself a goal on GoodReads to read 200 books. I've finished 192 and have started 193 (Exquisite Danger by Ann Mayburn). This means I have seven additional books to read before 2015 rolls around at us. So I'm taking a look at what's on my kindle and what's been pre-ordered to make up my remaining seven books.

7. Nobody's Lost by Kallypso Masters is coming December 9th and I definitely want to read this one. so it's on the list!

6. Forever With Me by Kristen Proby is on my kindle all ready to go.

5. These Men by Andrea Smith.

4. Firebird by Annabel Joseph.

3. Grit by Margaret McHeyzer

2. Affliction by River Savage

1. Tucker's Fall by Eliza Gayle

Then once I've completed the challenge, I have a stack of Kristen Ashley books to read including the first two books from her series The Three.

I've been wanting to re-read a bunch of books too but those don't count toward the goal so I think that next year, I'm setting my goal down to 100 books or maybe even fewer so that I don't feel the pressure to keep reading new books and never stopping to re-read.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Update To My Pre-Order List!

I'm so excited about this book and I have added it to my list. It is a stand alone story and you don't have to read the earlier books in the series. So feel free to jump in with this one. I do recommend the whole series though! Kallypso has written some amazing stories with this series.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sex and Reading

This is the topic of a post over on Goodreads. I'm sharing the infographic here as well.

So in looking at my own reading shelf, I know that I predominantly read books written by women but I did read 3 books by Scott Hildreth this year and I really like his writing. I plan to read more by Mr. Hildreth in the future. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Now that it's November

I love November! I am so excited that my hubby has decided to go NoShaveNovember this year.  He had a beard and mustache when we met and after shaving clean for our wedding, he maintained a beard and / or mustache for many years. But the last few years he has been clean shaven and I have missed the facial hair. And on a sillier note, my DS who is 16 is also participating.  We can't really tell though! I keep telling him to shave more frequently to get a heavier beard but what does a mom know?

And for me, this November means that I am trying my hand at writing my own book with NaNoWriMo.  I have several beginnings in my past but this year I have made the commitment to go forward and so far - so good! If you are participating in NaNoWriMo, feel free to add me as a buddy.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Just a quick recommendation - non book related

Every now and then I come across a product that is totally awesome and the price is terrific. This phone case is one of those times.  I bought two of these cases for my oldest children when they got their S3's for Christmas last year. They have protected the phones so well! I've been very impressed. They have been in hand when falling, dropped, etc and still the phones themselves look brand new.  I highly recommend these cases for your active kids.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Date with the Hubby

So my hubby and I had a date night tonight. Well, more like he came home from working all day and was starving so we went out to dinner together. Now we usually look for locally owned places to dine though sometimes we will go with a chain. Tonight we went to a local sushi and hibachi place. There was another couple across the table from us and then a family of four with two young boys sat at the remaining seats at the hibachi.

This sort of meal is a splurge for us.  With three kids, one of whom is in college, dining out is usually more of a fast food sort of thing - healthy and local but still fast. The meals came with miso soup and salads.  I ordered chicken and shrimp and my hubby ordered steak and chicken. Our chef came out and quickly set the grill the on fire after juggling the metal spatula and fork he uses. There was almost an incident with the spatula but he caught it.  That seemed to set the tone for the rest of the meal!

First up were the eggs and he, bless his heart, started the show with spinning the egg and tossing it into the air to be caught on the spatula.  The first egg fell to the grill and cracked.  The next egg was going well until he tried to catch it in his hat and it bounced out onto the table in front of the youngest boy.  Oy!

After that spectacular fail, he stuck to basics.  Everything was going well until he divvied out all the chicken and there was none for me.  I asked and they cooked me some in the back and brought it to the table.  Despite all the fiascos of the evening we still enjoyed our dinner. The food was delicious and the company was the best. As we left, my hubby let the boy know that he had the best story of the night.  Not everyone has an egg land in front of them at the hibachi! We also made sure to tip well. The food was good after all and I hope it communicates to the chef that we appreciated his efforts and we hope his night improved.

Now I'm off to read a book!  Happy Saturday!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Saturday Confession

I just finished reading a book that was really hard for me to finish and I liked it, sort of, and I was repulsed at the same time. That has never happened before.

I usually enjoy BDSM / TPE stories but this particular book went down paths I did not expect. It's definitely not for everyone! I was seriously grossed out at points. I knew those sorts of kinks existed but I was not expecting to read about them!  I have read other books in this series without having the gross out factor and I enjoyed them. I'm going to link to my Goodreads review here and you can see the book. I'm not putting it out here on the blog though.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Do you use Goodreads?

I stumbled onto a conversation the other day on Facebook with people discussing Goodreads. I started reading the thread but I'm thinking these people are using something else than the Goodreads that I know. They referred to vicious attacks and bullying but I have never seen that sort of behaviour.  I don't have a ton of friends out there but I do use the site frequently (multiple times a day, usually) to keep track of my own reading and research new books that I might want to read. I don't always agree with reviews but I haven't seen anything that would be vicious.  So I want to know, do you use Goodreads?  What's been your experience on the site?

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pre-Ordered or The Watch List!

I am loving the fact I can now pre-order most books from my favorite authors.  It helps me keep up with release dates too.  There is only one book on this list that was not available for pre-order.  In order to keep a visual record, I've added a new widget over to the right which has my pre-orders rolling through,

The first book that is not available for pre-order is Jamie Begley's Riot (Predators MC #1).  It's coming October 24, 2014.  Be sure to check out the hot cover for Riot!

The second book that is not available for pre-order is Natasza Waters' Code Name: Luminous. Arriving November 7, 2014, this is the fourth book in the excellent A Warrior's Challenge series.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Locke Review

This book should probably win every award for best cover!  I'm going to start my review right there. It's an awesome cover! Locke is the latest and final book in the Corps Security series by Harper Sloan. I've read them all and this was a fitting final chapter for the series.

Maddox has always played a pivotal role in the previous stories.  He was always the one to support the women when they needed something whether it was a safe place to stay or a rescue.  Yet he never had anyone of his own.  The relationship with Emme seemed one sided until this book.

<Spoilers ahead if you haven't read the series yet... And what are you waiting for?  Go buy the books!>

This book gives the reader the back stories to Maddox Locke and Emersyn Rose and they are not pretty by any stretch of the imagination.  Emmy has left Georgia to return home after Coop's death because she feels responsibility for it.  He died protecting her.Maddox finds her dancing in her parents' stripclub where she is their star act.  What a horrible family legacy to have! Her parents have done nothing to protect her except to teach her to dance. She is rescued from the club years earlier by Coop.  That is how she comes to be working for Corps Security.

Maddox has been fighting his own battles. His family is horrible but on a different level.  His mother is abusive to him and has raised him to feel he is nothing more than a curse to his family.  Between her machinations and the death of fellow marines in an explosion he survives, he feels that he may really be cursed.

So Locke brings us story of how these two heal each other and find their place with each other.  It's beautiful but not without a lot of struggles.  Go read!

A Quick Visual Survey of My September Reads



Saturday, September 27, 2014

Saturday Confession

I haven't given you a Saturday confession in a long time but today's confession is a doozy! I'm on the road this weekend, visiting my oldest who is off at college for her first year. This means an afternoon spent driving in the car by myself.. I am someone who loves music and usually have it on when I am driving. But being the voracious reader that I am now, I am going to listen to a book while I drive. I chose Surrender by Melody Anne.

It has been on my kindle for close to a year but now that I have Kindle Unlimited, I got the narration for $1.99.  So there is the confession...  I have Kindle Unlimited.  Not really for the books but for the audio. The other part of why is my dear husband who loves to listen to books. We tried the free month and have actually paid for this month so we will see how it goes.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

TBT - Oldie But Goodie

This Thursday, I am reaching back to 1994 with Susan Elizabeth Phillips' It Had to be You.  The book that I read had this cover:

Newer versions have different covers but the story remains the same. Readers are introduced to the Chicago Stars, a professional football team whose owner has just died and has left the team to his oldest daughter, Phoebe Somerville.  Mr. Somerville was a shrewd businessman but a poor father to his daughters. The Stars head coach, Dan Calebow is a good ole boy about to find out that there is more to the sexy new boss than meets the eye. Phoebe is about to fall for the man who sees past the showgirl body. 

I loved this story and the books that follow after with more about the Stars. If you haven't read these books, you owe it to yourself to give them a try. There's lots of hot athletes, a cute dog, strong women and plenty of laughs.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Deacon Review

I pre-ordered Deacon way back on August 7th and waited and waited for this new book to arrive. It finally did just that late Monday night.  I started in immediately! And I should tell you that I re-read the three previous books in the series during the last week just so I would have it fresh in my mind. Yes, I am that reader!  

Deacon opens with a warning that this Adult Erotic romance with an anti-hero. The warning also states there will be explicit erotic scenes (Yes please!) that include light dominance, bondage, as well as anal sex and beyond. I was obviously sold even before I read the warning but that kind of warning in not a deterrent for me.

Kristen Ashley has brought the story of Deacon and Cassie to life with vivid imagery. Deacon is a tortured soul who finally finds his way back to the light. From the first time he meets Cassie to the beginning of their relationship takes 6 years. During those 6 years we see Cassie scrape off her loser boyfriend and work towards her dream with her rental cabins. Deacon is a repeat renter of cabin 11 over those 6 years with irregular visits.  They even spend a Christmas together in her home when he shows up one Christmas Eve and cabin 11 is already rented.

When he finally gives in to the light which is Cassie, their relationship takes off.  Deacon looks more like a traditional alpha hero at times but that back story is always in play. Their relationship definitely has the ups and downs of any other but Deacon cannot bring himself to move fully into the light.

I don't want to give you any more!  You need to read the story for yourself because it is so good! I gave it a five star rating on goodreads. I can tell you that I loved the way some characters from previous books and series were woven into the fabric of Deacon.  That made my heart so very happy!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Look what's here!

And guess who is staying up late to read!

New G-Spot Research

My aunt inadvertently pointed out this article to me today and I immediately headed over to read up! I learned a new word from the article too, clitourethrovaginal (CUV) complex.  Now that's a mouthful (no pun intended!)!  The gist of the article is that there is no one specific G-spot but rather we women are a complex system that varies with our hormones and each individual is different. What works for one may or may not work for another.

I also want to point out that the brain plays a huge role for many women and sometimes that is good and sometimes not so good. As someone who reads lots of erotica I can say there are certain descriptions that are treated as gospel for obtaining the female O and the G-spot is certainly part of that. As more research is completed, I hope authors will expand their ideas on the female O as well.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

On the Re-Read List

I've just finished re-reading Kristen Ashley's Unfinished Heroes series and my overall opinion is that series gets better the second time around!  I'm ready now for Deacon to make his appearance this week!

From Goodreads review of  Raid:

Raid (Unfinished Hero, #3)Raid by Kristen Ashley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Just finished reading for the second time and I don't remember crying the first time I read this but the epilogue got me this time. Loved reading the story of Hanna and Raiden.

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Time for another Saturday Confession

I have found out something about myself recently. I love books that make me cry! I'm blaming Kristen Ashley for this. I started to notice this as I was reading her Fantasyland series. I finished reading Broken Dove this week and ugly crying was involved. I love this series!

 I frequently spend time waiting in my van with my kindle while the kids are doing things or my hubby is busy working. It's sort of embarrassing to have them return and I am sitting there with tears just rolling down my face.

I have a hypothesis that this sort of crying is good for me and actually helps me keep my emotions in check during real life events. I'm about to put it to the test this coming week when my oldest graduates from high school and my baby graduates 8th grade from her k-8 school.  Two huge steps for our family that I have been dreading and they both happen this coming Thursday!  Yikes!  I plan to take tissues just in case.

For me to enjoy these books, they must still have the happy ever after ending. Without the HEA, I couldn't do it.  Feel free to share your favorite tear inducing books!  I need to add more to my shelves!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Big Week for New Releases!

There are several new books releasing this week from authors that I love! First up is the third book in the A Warrior's Challenge series from Natasza Waters, Code Name: Nina's Choice. I'm very excited about this one. It's going to be Mace's story. Doesn't it have a great cover?

Next up this week is the next book in Cherise Sinclair's Dark Haven series, Edge of the Enforcer. I just re-read My Liege of Dark Haven over the weekend to get ready for this one. It is the story of deVries and Lindsey and I cannot wait to read this one.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

It's a Tuesday Truth

New semi-regular feature here will be the Tuesday Truth.  Today's truth is a fact about me.  I don't like to leave books unfinished.  I'm no quitter and sometimes find myself struggling to finish a book.  I hate when that happens!  What about you?  Do you have a pile of DNF books or do you always follow through to the bitter end?

I'm struggling with one right now.  It is the first book by this author and it is also the first in a series.  I have several of them on my kindle and was looking forward to them but this first book is slow going for me.  I'm just not drawn in yet.  This will not be a five star read for me.

I do have a five star read in my recent history that was also a struggle for me to read but for a different reason.  It was just so intense at times that I had to turn my kindle off and go do something else for a while. It was a fascinating book and also the start of a series.  It's one where I want to read more even though it was torture at times.  Maybe I'm a book masochist?  Could be!  This is the book that I'm talking about.


Monday, April 28, 2014

Monday Needs a Hero!

Because Mondays are hard enough, I bring you a hero!  Today's hero is my image for Shy Cage from Kristen Ashley's Own the Wind.

All I'm going to say is Tabitha Allen is a lucky girl!  Now that spring is really upon us here in the southeast US, there are lots of MCs out on the weekends but I have to see anyone like this!  But just the sound of the bikes is enough for the imagination.  If you haven't read Motorcycle Man, you should read it first to get the most from this book.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Saturday Confession

This is sort of a big one!  I know that these books are responsible for much of the surge in popularity for romantic erotica but...  I have never read them and they are not on my TBR list either!

There are some great books in the genre but these are not for me.  Try the Rescue Me Saga from Kallypso Masters. In fact, I read the series last summer!  It has it all, hot marine heroes, a little kink and lots of romance too.  She's got a great deal going right now too.  You can get Books 1 and 2 in one volume for just $0.99!  That's a bargain!  Here's the link for amazon: Masters At Arms & Nobody's Angel.  You can thank me later.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday needs a hero!

I'm trying to get back into the swing of things here. In real life, I have been busy with operas, college selection for my oldest and end of school year activities for all three kiddos. But I still have been finding time to read!!! This past week I started Kristen Ashley's Fantasy series. I read Wildest Dreams which I loved. And now I am reading Golden Dynasty. Wow! So today's hero is inspired by Lahn the Warrior King.

This is actually Jason Momoa from Game of Thrones but the look is not far from what Lahn must surely look like. I am not sure why I delayed reading this series. It has proven to be quite different from her other books and quite fun to read.  I'll be reviewing them in full later.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday Needs A Hero

I've been reading Rock Chick Redemption this weekend. Is there a better hero than Hank "Whiskey" Nightingale?  I don't think so!  Kristen Ashley nailed it this time (honestly, does she ever miss?).

So I bring you an image for Hank.  This is actually John Gioffre and hot! You know you would find yourself in Roxie's same predicament if he had a "conversation" with you!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

TBT - Oldie but Goodie

This week's selection is not really all that old.  It was published in 2007 and I have it in a trade paperback.  Jaci Burton is the author and the title is wild, wicked, & wanton.  The subtitle is: Three friends... three secret desires... three chances to make it all come true.  The book is really three short stories featuring Abby, Blair, and Callie.

The book opens with Abby who is about to finish her vet residency but not before her two bosses ask her out.  You just know this is going to be the topic at girls' night when the three friends meet for margaritas. A bet is made between the three women and the fantasies are on!

This book is not for the timid! It includes menage, BDSM, and voyeurism / exhibitionism. Each girl is in a different place in her life with Abby divorced, Blair never married and Callie is widowed. And each has a different fantasy. The guys are hot and the sex is even hotter.