Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday (2)


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.  


Since summer is right upon us, let's talk about beach reads. When I go to the beach, I slather on the SPF 30, stuff a towel in my PINK beach tote, pop on my super reflective sunglasses(think Top Gun style) and throw in a good book to read (when not people watching). So I give you 10 of my favorite summer reads.

Teaser Tuesday (2)



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!

Here's my teaser:

Monthly Mailbox- May Edition


I've decided to start sharing what I receive in my mailbox on a monthly basis. Sure, there's a weekly meme to do it but what if you don't get anything in the mail that week? I guess you'd have to post on the weeks that you got stuff. So then the whole weekly meme point would be moot.
Anyway, at the end of each month, I'll share with you my book/goodies loot. Complete with pictures.
Now you're probably wondering why there's a picture of a mailbox decked out in holiday decoration. Well, I feel that it's like Christmas every time I open my box and see a lovely package full of books. Who doesn't love getting packages in the mail?
So without further ado, I give you this months haul.

ALL BOOKS AFTER THE JUMP:


Random Acts of Kindness: May Edition

Book Soulmates

This is my first time participating in Random Acts of Kindness which is hosted by the lovely ladies of Book Soulmates. This is a month long meme where people post their wishlists and other people fulfill them. It's a really great program! 

It totally surprised me when I was contacted by a couple people saying that they wanted to send me something on my wishlist. I also sent out some. That was amazing! There ARE kind people out there. =) Without further ado, I give you the R.A.K's I received.

Happy Book Release Day!


Wow! There's quite a few books out today and this is all sorts of awesome! (Even though my ATM card is crying, and my Kindle and bookshelf are plotting against me.)

Monday, May 30, 2011

Paranormal Review: Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione

Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione
Format: Paperback
Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (April 1, 2011)

They are here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

His name is Ares, and the fate of mankind rests on his powerful shoulders. If he falls to the forces of evil, the world falls too. As one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, he is far stronger than any mortal, but even he cannot fight his destiny forever. Not when his own brother plots against him.

Yet there is one last hope. Gifted in a way other humans can't-or won't-understand, Cara Thornhart is the key to both this Horseman's safety and his doom. But involving Cara will prove treacherous, even beyond the maddening, dangerous desire that seizes them the moment they meet. For staving off eternal darkness could have a staggering cost: Cara's life.
Buy it here: Amazon | Kindle | B&N | Nook | Book Depository
Author's Site: Larissa Ione | Read an Excerpt

Go and BUY IT NOW!
Book Trailer and Review(May contain spoilers and strong language. Continue at your own risk):

Man Candy Monday




Good Monday morning Blogosphere. It's that time of the week again, Man Candy Monday. Sorry for the late post. Join us this evening at 8PM CDT (6, 7 and 9 PM for all you others-including me) on Twitter. Share photos, video clips, and stories on Twitter. Be sure to use the hashtag #ManCandyMondays.


So in the spirit of MCM, I give you:

Guest Post and Giveaway! Welcome Jenn LeBlanc


I am so very excited today and not just because Monday means it's Man Candy Day. Today the super fabulous author Jenn LeBlanc is here and she brought pictures, hot pictures from her book! I have been talking about Jenn's book The Rake and The Recluse since I discovered it. Now, not only is she a fabulous writer but she is also a fabulous photographer which came in handy since The Rake and The Recluse is an illustrated novel! That's right ladies, illustrated as in pictures! Jenn was nice enough to bring some pictures of her Muse, Derek, or as I like to refer to him as DH, his initials.


Now my BFF Kati over at Romancing Rakes had Jenn on her blog and I helped her out with some questions. There were some questions that didn't get posted so Kati graciously agreed to share them here. So before I let Jenn loose and we get distracted by the pictures here is 5 things about the fabulous author.



5 Silly Questions:

1. If you could live forever, what age would you pick to look like forever? 28 which is great because I just asked Mr. LeBlanc and he said he would be 32 so that's perfect because he would be older than me finally! WOOT!

2. If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 5 things would you have with you? (and raft building material is not an option) My camera, my muse, my computer...mmm and a knife and sunscreen (necessities you know)

3. How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? Lordy I'm like the owl, I don't get past three before I start chewing.

4. If you had a stalker who was a celebrity, who would it be and why? Gerard Butler because I left all of his kilty goodness off of my list up there.

5. If your life was made into a movie, who would play you? Would DH play himself? (erm, that sounded a bit naughty) I want Drew Barrymore to play me. Because she is cute and the only famous person I've been compared too, even though I don't really see it. And yes, DH would play himself ;) He is fully capable of that.

So now that we all understand Jenn a little more I'm going to let her take it away. Jenn, For the Love of Romance is all yours!




I am so excited so be here! I have spent the last month traveling from blog to blog sharing images and stories from my book. It has a been a busy and fun month, I do get around, but I am exhausted! I thought maybe I could share a few of the quotes from the book. These images and quotes are included at the end of the full color print novel which is a special edition made to order.

Some of them are in the ebook, some aren’t.


"His Grace Gideon Alrick Trumbull, the 10th Duke of Roxleigh, held a countenance both foreboding and powerful. His ability to terrify people with his demeanor only helped his business dealings, creating a sense of either security or terror —depending on which side of the table you were seated— and tonight he seated himself clearly on the wrong side of his own table. He had nearly killed a girl.”

“Samson’s grace and surefootedness at breakneck paces was the closest Roxleigh had ever come to some semblance of peace in his life. His head was never clearer, his nerves were never calmer, and his mind was never more unbound than when he rode Samson. He listened to the horse’s steady breathing, the exertion of his exhalations, and the steady beat of his hooves, punctuated by the swift silence of the jumps and the exclamation of the landing, like a staccato symphony. His mind unfurled its stressed tethers with the smooth action of Samson at full speed.”
*RomCon Giveaway Quote for The Rake and The Recluse*




“She cried, she screamed, she kissed, she grabbed, and she felt as she had never felt so much in all her years. “Where have you been?” she gasped, turning her face into his rigid neck. “Where have you been?” her mouth pressed into the hollow at the base of his neck, her lips feeling the strong pulse, the salty taste.

“I have been looking for you,” he replied.


“Don’t,” he cautioned as he held her hips firmly, trying to stop her wiggling. “Stop moving, or neither of us will make it out of this maze anytime soon,” he said gruffly. Her skin flushed, a heated blush rolling from her toes to the top of her head. The warmth raced to her core and he couldn’t bring himself to release her as the heat soaked into his hands. “Just a moment, I—” he broke off, gasping for air. He looked into her eyes and watched the fever of her blush blossoming over her face, forcing another rush of blood...


Does this one need a quote? I don’t think so. Ah Perry, you are such a well-made rake of the worst order. Women at your feet the world over now. As for my muse, if you'd like to see him live in the flesh, you need to get yourself to RomCon 2011 in Denver Colorado. He will be there with me. 

So what do you think of my little idea? Do you like the idea of an illustrated romance novel? Let’s chat leave a comment here to be entered into the contest then come find me on Facebook and Twitter to keep the conversation going! (Not to mention I am fond of posting images of beautiful smexy men.) 

The Rake and the Recluse is on sale through May for $2.99 and I am giving away a copy of the ebook here, but if you’d like to buy it while it’s cheap, fear not. I have swag to give away if you don’t want to wait and hope to win the giveaway!

One person will win a copy of the ebook and two more people will win some swag, which includes some proof prints from the photo shoots, (images that may never be seen by anyone else) as well as a couple sets of my romance trading cards.



Thank you so much for stopping by Jenn! I am happy to say that I get to meet the fabulous Jenn LeBlanc and her Muse (isn't Derek hot!) at RomCon this year!

Don't forget to comment to enter to win The Rake and The Recluse and some swag. And if you follow For the Love of Romance let me know and I'll throw in an extra entry for you. Giveaway is open until June 6! Good Luck!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Five Friday Favorites


It's Friday, Friday. Totally gonna get down on Friday. This week has been an awesome week. I finalized my plans for RomCon11, finally bought my plane tickets. Yay! Jenn's book (here I go again...) arrived in the mail. Which I am hoping to get signed by Jenn, DH & Cora aka Lady Francine. Boo on the fact that Ross aka Perry is all the way in Korea being a do-gooder and teaching English. Such a humanitarian. Got some awesome tea straight from Hawaii courtesy of SOS Aloha. So enough fluff, more nitty gritty.

Friday eSteals (4)


It's another installment of Friday eSteals. This is where I bring you some of the FREE books for Kindle, books that have been marked down, books under $5 or book bundles $9.99 or less(the book bundles have 3-5 full length books, which is a great buy since some books by themselves are $4.75+). All for your reading pleasure on your Kindle. If you don't have a Kindle, you can download the app for your Mac, PC, iPhone, Droid, iPad, Blackberry, blueberry, snozberry... Free Kindle Reading Apps

BOOK CAROUSELS AFTER THE JUMP:

Thursday, May 26, 2011

I'm So Excited!

Ok... So I'm sure you all know that I've been reading Jenn LeBLanc's The Rake and The Recluse. And I'm sure by now you all know that it is an illustrated romance, meaning there are pictures! Well... I FINISHED IT! It was sooo good and not just because of the pictures. The story was amazing and I can not wait for the next book. (Really Jenn, hurry it up!)

So I hope that you have all gone and bought The Rake and The Recluse and if you haven't then you have until the end of the month to get it at the sale price. ($2.99 for a book with pictures! You can't beat that!)












And guess who is coming to hang out here at For the Love of Romance on Monday? The fabulous Jenn LeBlanc! She is going to be my FIRST authors to do a guest post and I couldn't be happier! So make sure you come check it out!

 

In other news... The Pervy Trinity is complete and all will be attending RomCon in August! Kati (Romancing Rakes), Rita (Not Another Romance Blog), and myself will be taking over Denver! I am very excited about RomCon because not only do I get to meet Kati and Rita BUT Naughty Author 1 (Ashley March) and Naughty Author 2 (Jenn LeBlanc)! AND Jenn is bringing her Muse, Derek Hutchins or more affectionately known as DH.


PS... DH is the hottie who portays Roxleigh in The Rake and The Recluse.


So if any of you are going to be at RomCon let me know so we can hang out! (Amelia I'm looking at you!) ALSO... RWA is coming up the end of June and I will be wandering around there as well so make sure you tell me if you're going to be in NYC so we can play!

Winners for Jenn LeBlanc Giveaway


WINNERS of  THE RAKE AND THE RECLUSE by Jenn LeBlanc eBooks are:



WINNERS OF SWAG from Jenn: 

Jenn will be emailing all of y'all to get addresses (email for eBooks and mailing addresses for swag)

***Highland Hussy, please contact me at romancingrakes AT gmail DOT com with your email address or leave a comment under this post so we can get your swag to you. Thanks!***

Thanks to all who entered. And thank you Jenn LeBlanc for you generosity. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Top Ten Books I Lied About



Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.  
Everyone's got that book they they love, love, love or a book that's been sitting on the shelf just gathering dust. You keep telling yourself that after you're done reading [insert book title here] you'll get to that book. Or perhaps you faked reading a book for school or even for book club. I know I have done all of those things So here are my book confessions:

Monday, May 23, 2011

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (2)

Man Candy Monday



Good Monday morning Blogosphere. It's that time of the week again, Man Candy Monday. Join us this evening at 8PM CDT (6, 7 and 9 PM for all you others-including me) on Twitter. Share photos, video clips, and stories on Twitter. Be sure to use the hashtag #ManCandyMondays. 


So in the spirit of MCM, I give you:

Historical Review: The Rake and the Recluse by Jenn LeBlanc

The Rake and the Recluse by Jenn LeBlanc
Format: ePUB
Print Length: 378 pages
Publisher: Iris Photo Agency, LLC (April 20, 2011)
Francine Larrabee woke up on the wrong side of the century. She was fairly certain she went to sleep in her own comfy bed, but she doesn’t quite seem to be there now. Only adding to her problems is that she has no voice, is constantly being glowered at by a large, stunning man who is obsessed with propriety, and she is apparently betrothed to another horrid little man, determined to ruin her, and any other girls that get in his way.

How does she find herself in the past, when she couldn’t even find herself in her present? How does a self sufficient businesswoman survive in a time when women were still considered property for the whole of their lives and what is she going to do with this man who draws her to him so fiercely.
Buy it Here: Jenn's SiteKindle | Nook iBook Amazon Paperback 
I loved it.
Review & hot pics after the jump:

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Number 80 in Amazon's Time Travel Romance On Kindle

HOLY RICHARD HENRY HUGH PUREJOY HUTCHINS NEKKID DANCE PARTY!!!!! Jenn LeBlanc's The Rake and the Recluse (which I have been pimping for a while on this blog) has made it to number 80 on Amazon Kindle's Time Travel Romance category. Oh. My. Gah! Thanks to all who helped her make her way up the Amazon ranks. Tell all your friends about it. Let's get her to Top 10.

Congrats Jenneral Hotshot!!!


Oh yeah, don't forget the giveaway for Jenn's book ends the 25th. Click here to enter. For another chance at her book, visit Not Another Romance Blog's page. Click here. Hers ends June 2nd. 

Pervy Trinity Pimpage Power Activate! P.S. Couldn't find a picture of Purejoy doing thumbs up. And also, no Hutchins thumbs up either *hint, hint Jenneral*

Friday, May 20, 2011

Friday eSteals (3)


It's Friday, Friday, what are you gonna read for the weekend, weekend? I blame Glee for doing this to me. It's been a while since I've heard the Rebecca Black song until I decided to watch the DVR'd episode of Glee from last week. Oy! Anyway, there's quite a few books out this week that I'd love to point out to you. The following are FREE BOOKS FOR KINDLE. Some have been free for a looong time, others only for a short time. Be sure to get them while they're free. If you are looking for books under $5, book bundles for $9.99 or less or even books for pre-order, check out the Book Carousel.

Five Friday Favorites


Something super exciting has happened this past week. We So Excited! So you may be hearing about it a lot within the next few months. Or something related to it. It's been slow going this week. Again. I spent a week on ONE BOOK, which will forever be known as THE BOOK. This is a first for me. I normally read 2-3 or more books a week. But enough fluff. Time to get down to the nitty gritty.

So here is what I'm loving this week:

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Just a Reminder

Hello Blogosphere! Just want to remind you that the giveaway for Jenn LeBlanc's book The Rake and the Recluse has been extended until the 25th due to Bloggers major meltdown. Jenn has generously donated 2 ebooks and 4 swag items (Jenn's choice) so that's a total of 6 winners!!!

Also, I'd like to point out to everyone that fellow blogger Rita of Not Another Romance Blog has Jenn on there today. Yes, gorgeous Muse pics included. She is also giving away 2 of Jenn's ebooks. All you have to do is leave an answer to Jenn's question (Caution: Question is Rated M for Mature). Just click on the picture to take you to Jenn's guest post. Good luck! Oh, you might want to push yourself away from you computer a bit. I don't want you to electrocute yourself while drooling over the pictures.



Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A little bit of this and that

It's Wednesday, hump day, the middle of the week. I don't know about you but here in Jersey it has been miserable! It's been raining for about 4 days and has just zapped my energy. But you know what the best thing about it... I spent a couple mornings watching North and South with the wonderful and sexy Richard Armitage.


That man can scowl at me all he wants! If you haven't seen I suggest you do. Mr Thornton is totally swoon worthy!



Also, for the past week I've been reading Jenn LeBlanc's The Rake and The Recluse. Yes, I said the past week and no I'm not done yet. Why? Because I keep getting distracted by the fabulous pictures! I would highly recommend this book to all historical romance lovers and don't forget, Romancing Rakes is giving away 2 copies of the E-book and Jenn LeBlanc also threw in some swag! So head over to enter!

Also, there was some big news announced yesterday. I am a HUGE fan of JR Ward's and her Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I've been hooked since Book 1, Dark Lover and cried like a baby in Book 3, Lover Awakened. Now, after 9 books, my man Tohr is next! JR Ward announced Tohr was next at her book signing in April and yesterday she gave us his title: Lover Reborn. I'm not going to give away any spoilers (cause I hate that) but I am SOOO excited and if you're a fan of the series you know what the title means. All I'm saying is that Ward better give Tohr one hell of an HEA! So, I will now be freaking out for the next year waiting for Lover Reborn since it won't be released until late April or early May.




To me, the BDB is my crack and Ward is my dealer! Is there a book that you are just DYING for? I'm also waiting for Lorraine Heath's Waking Up With The Duke which comes out June 28.

W...W...W...(2)


W...W...W...Wednesdays is a weekly meme MizB of Should Be Reading

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?
So, here's my answers:

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Historical Review: Cloudy with A Chance of Marriage by Kieran Kramer

Cloudy with A Chance of Marriage by Kieran Kramer
Format: Kindle Edition
Genre: Historical
Print Length: 400 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperback (April 26,2011)

Her heart’s been under the weather.
Every woman dreams of saying “I do.” Jilly Jones did–and years of a deeply imperfect marriage followed. Now living in London and working in a charming bookshop, the free-spirited Jilly is perfectly content with her newfound independence…until she meets a dashing naval officer who sparks her longing for a real happily ever after.

Is new love in the forecast?
Captain Stephen Arrow is just home after years of service, and he’s in no hurry to give up his hard-won freedom. The meddlesome bluestocking Jilly Jones is exactly the kind of woman he doesn’t need…but something about her keeps drawing Stephen back to the bookshop. But will a scandalous chapter in Jilly’s past stand in the way of their heated attraction? For this bachelor, nothing is impossible….
Buy it here: Amazon | B&N | Nook | IndieBound | Book Depository
I loved it.


Review after the jump:

Monday, May 16, 2011

RomCon11 or Bust!

So after a Twitter storm this past weekend, it has been made official: The Pervy Trinity are going to RomCon in Denver in August. Yes, a certain Jenn LeBlanc, author of The Rake and the Recluse, may or may not have bribed us with a certain Muse. And Ashley March is bringing Blue Bell (which I dearly miss. Blue Bell and Texas go hand in hand, but somehow, it's made its way to Colorado.)
I will finally get to meet Jamie from For the Love of Romance and Rita from Not Another Romance Blog (ok, she's not official yet) IN PERSON! And also, Naughty Authors 1&2: Ashley March and Jenn LeBlanc.
I've registered for RomCon (hello, Chocolate Mangasm™), Jamie has booked our room, this week I'll book my flight and now, it's time get off my ass and run. Run like a bat out of hell (I can't fly), run like a horse hell bent for leather. This girl has got to look good. First impressions and all. 

Greatest Weekend Ever... I think so!

So despite the fact that blogger was being wonky and I couldn't tell what happened I'm just going to say that this weekend was AMAZING!

First, I went down to Maryland to babysit a 1 year old. Now, I love Christen to death but when she told me that Andrew's new favorite thing is to bite and pull hair I was worried. But, he was a perfect angel and so lovey! I kept getting hugs and really, what's better then baby hugs? Nothing!

Last night I saw Bridesmaids and I laughed so hard it's not even funny! I was on the fence about seeing it but after everyone told me it was amazing I went and I was sooo not disappointed. Go see it!

And perhaps the best thing this weekend was that I booked my ticket for RomCon!! And what's even better... Kati from
Romancing Rakes is going to be my roomie!! And you know what else... Rita from Not Another Romance Blog is coming too! (Ok, so she's not official yet but she's coming if I have to stuff her in my suitcase!) So yes, The Pervy Trinity will be taking RomCon by storm so watch out Denver!

I am sooo excited for RomCon because not only do I get to meet Kati and Rita but I also get to meet some of my favorite Naughty Authors: Jenn LeBlanc and Ashley March! And Jenn is bringing her Muse DH to RomCon! And I hear Ashley is bring us some Blue Bell ice cream!
So I am really, really excited for RomCon! Now I wish it was August!

*RomCon Giveaway Quote for Seducing the Duchess*
"She was glad for the brace of his arms holding her in place, keeping her from leaning into him. Her mind knew better, but her body was traitorous, yearning for him. This man who knew how to strum her body, how to cry out with pleasure with his deft, knowing fingers."

Do you know what else I'm excited about: Man Candy Monday! Tonight is Jock Candy and it's Beth Yarnall's Birthday! So Happy Birthday Beth! My present is Cristiano Ronaldo!
Now don't forget to join us tonight 9pm EST and 6pm PST for some yummy men! See you then!

Man Candy Monday



Good Monday morning to you! It's that time of the week again, Man Candy Monday. Join us this evening at 8PM CDT (6 , 7 and 9 PM for all you others-including me) on Twitter. Share photos, video clips, and stories on Twitter. Be sure to use the hashtag #ManCandyMonday. 


So in the spirit of MCM, I give you:

Friday, May 13, 2011

Friday Reader eSteals (2)


I am one of those people who absolutely loves a good bargain. I think Amazon is way better than Barnes & Noble when it comes to free eReads. I've probably downloaded over 200 free Kindle books and have only actually read 40 of those. Some of them are fantastic while others were not so fantastic and was glad to have downloaded for free. Some books have been free for months, others a few week and others for only a week. I'll try to update the list. So here's some of the books that are either Free or under $5. I'm also featuring Kindle book bundles for $9.99 or less. Please note: I am not an Amazon affiliate. I am just posting this for your benefit.
***This was suppose to roll out this morning. Due to Blogger being down, it didn't. So here it is now.***

Five Friday Favorites


Ok. I wasn't able to get this done last night since Blogger decided to go through some changes. So here it is.


My Five Friday Favorites:

Just A Quick Note

So Blogger seems to still be experiencing issues. For Jenn LeBlanc's giveaway some of the comments were deleted. Hopefully they'll restore those sometime soon. If not, please re-enter yourself. Thank you. Also, I will be extending the giveaway for another few days since Blogger was down and you guys weren't able to comment. 

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Kindle Love

I love, love, love my Richard Henry. And by Richard Henry I mean my Kindle. Yes, that's how much I love it, I named it. Now, why do I love it so much... Let me count the ways!

I love the instant gratification of being able to download the book right then and there. There is no need to go and get dressed and drive to the book store. I can sit right in my living room in my pajamas and buy a book.

The sample button is my friend! Every time I see a book that sounds interesting but I've never read the author I can just have a sample sent. It's like author speed dating. I get a couple chapters to see if I like the author's tone and if I don't then I haven't wasted my money because its FREE!

I tend to travel a lot. and I must always have something to read cause I've been known to get stuck in airports (like the time I was stuck in Syracuse for 8 hours) and books can get heavy. But my Richard Henry is very light and carries hundreds of books so I always have something to read. And if I don't like what I'm reading I can always find something else thanks to the Kindle Store!

Another great thing, the pricing. A lot of the E-books are priced lower then the paperback version and sometimes are on sale for really cheap or FREE! This is another way to try out a new to you author and I have found some gems thanks to this!

I have the Kindle app on my iPhone which is amazing! When I'm out running errands I usually don't have Richard Henry on me but I always have my phone which means I can read anywhere. It makes things interesting when I'm at a family function and I'm reading a sexy book while trying not to blush.

Don't get me wrong, I love paperbacks and I will always buy them especially for certain authors. But, Richard Henry has definitely made my life a bit easier. Do any of you have a Kindle or and E-book reader? Do you love it or is just OK?

Now, next week I'm working on a post about those free E-books I mentioned. So tell me, if it's free do you download it? Do you start reading them knowing that they are maybe not up to par with other E-books?

W...W...W


W...W...W...Wednesdays is a weekly meme MizB of Should Be Reading

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?
So, here's my answers:

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

First Author Interview and Giveaway: Jenn LeBlanc

Ok, so this my first ever author interview and giveaway. The wonderful Jenn LeBlanc has agreed to be my first. Here's Jenn! Ain't she purty?
So jealous of her curly hair. 
Ashley March featured Jenn LeBlanc on her blog. And whichever author Ashley features, is always a good one.
Jenn's book The Rake and the Recluse is literally a work of photographic art. Within the pages of this book, there are gorgeous, heart stopping pictures that help the story along. (Or is it hinder? Oogle at your own risk.) Confession: I read the first 2 chapters of this book and then flipped through all the pictures. Yes, I may or may not have flipped through more than once. *sigh*


INTERVIEW AND GIVEAWAY AFTER THE JUMP:

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Teaser Tuesday


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!

Here's my teaser:

Caption This Photo

It's almost midnight here and Mr. Kati and I are having a BONES marathon. Anyway, I'm flipping through some pictures on my computer and I found this:

Yes, this is a wax figure of Tiger Woods but that little girl is real.

So give me your best or silliest photo caption.

Did you hear?

Huzzah! Did you hear the news? Kati aka Romancing Rakes is doing her first author interview and giveaway! And just who is this lucky author? Why it's the super fabulous Jenn LeBlanc author of The Rake and The Recluse. You want to know the best thing about Jenn LeBlanc's book... its illustrated. And by illustrated I mean pictures of real people! And let me tell you, those pictures HAWT! I mean, just look at the cover!






Now see that gorgeous man on the cover? That would be our newest obsession, Derek, or DH. So a few nights ago we were twittering about how much we are in lust with that sexy man (seriously get the e-book because the pictures are smokin!) that Ms. LeBlanc offered to do Kati's first author interview. How sweet is that? And what's even sweeter... She's giving away two copies of the e-book and some other fun stuff!


Kati and I tagged team Ms. LeBlanc with some questions. I really just wanted to know where I could find DH and keep him for myself. What? A girl can try. Anyway, make sure you ALL head over to Romancing Rakes because there are pictures too!


So I happen to have an ePub copy of The Rake and The Recluse that I just downloaded the other day. I will also admit that I scrolled through the book to look at the pictures first. I just think the idea of an illustrated novel is so cool. You should also head to Jenn's Leblanc's website The Illustrated Romance and take a look at what she does!


Now make sure you comment over at Romancing Rakes. Kati's got the goods, I'm just pimping!

The giveaway will end 5/18 and trust me, you'll want to win! I hear Ms LeBlanc is sending some pictures of DH *sigh*

Monday, May 9, 2011

Oh, Monday

Happy Monday Everyone! I hope everyone had a good Mother's Day yesterday. I went shopping with my Mom to Peddler's Village in New Hope, PA. It was so nice out here in Jersey that walking around outside was fabulous. We even went in this hat store and tried on a bunch of hats and fasinators. Sadly, none were right for me but I'm not giving up hope! I will find one! I also was a nice daughter and bought my Mom and my Aunt (also my Godmother) dinner since she was going to alone with both her husband and son working. So get double points! What did you ladies do for Mother's Day?

Don't forget today, like all Monday's, is Man Candy Monday. Our topic this week is Professor Man Candy. or, how I like to think of it: Hot Guys in Glasses. Example: Matt Bomer





The fabulous Ana Farish will be blogging at the
Man Candy Monday blog about those sexy intellecual types. Now, unfortunately, none of my professors at school were anything special but maybe that's a good thing cause I'm sure I wouldn't get any work done if I was staring at them. There is something sexy about a smart man because let's be honest, you can be hot as can be with a 6pack of abs, chiseled cheeks and baby blue eyes but if you can put a sentence together then I'm so not interested. (I'll still look though lol)

Now, I also suggest you head over and visit Kati at
Romancing Rakes because she has some super sexy guys in glasses. And she is also pimping a new obessions of ours: DH you may have seen him on the cover of Jenn LeBlanc's The Rake and the Recluse. PS... It's an Illustrated Novel! That means there are pictures inside the book! How awesome is that?!? Oh, and the pictures... HAWT!

You know the drill, come hang with us on Twitter 9PM EST/6PM PST and all those times in between. Feel free to bring pictures of hot guys and share, just don't forget to use the hashtag #ManCandyMonday

Now, I'm going to be a good girl and listen to Professor Cavill.





While I'm gone... Did you have any hot professors in school? Any scandalous stories about you and the TA?

Man Candy Monday



Good Monday morning to you! It's that time of the week again, Man Candy Monday. Join us this evening at 8PM CDT (6 , 7 and 9 PM for all you others-including me) on Twitter. Share photos, video clips, and stories on Twitter. Be sure to use the hashtag #ManCandyMonday. 


So in the spirit of MCM, I give you:

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (1)



It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme by Sheila at Book Journey. It's where you share what you've read the past week, what you plan on reading next and everything else in between.
This is my first time participating so hope I get this right.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Thor


Mr. Kati took me to see THOR this afternoon and can I just say that it was fabulous! There was a half naked man, ginormous explosions, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins with a gold eye patch looking thing, blue monsters who live on a frozen planet and a rainbow bridge. Phew! It was heavy on the action, light on the laughs and a non-existant love story. Apparently Thor will be back in THE AVENGERS (yes, that movie directed by Joss Whedon of Buffy/Angel/Firefly fame. Yes, THAT movie which will have the trifecta of perfectness: Hemsworth, Evans and RDJ.)
For those of you who haven't seen it yet and are planning on going, stay until the very end. Yes, wayyy after the credits. I hear you grumbling. It'll be worth it. Also, for the ladies, go see it in 3D or IMAX 3D if possible. Trust me, Chris Hemsworth in 3D is fantastic!
Are YOU going to see it? What movies are you looking forward to seeing? Will you go see all the superhero movies coming out this year? 

Friday, May 6, 2011

Where have all the books gone?

Today I did probably one of my favorite things, I went to the bookstore! I love browsing books, wandering the isles just trying to find a book that screams "READ ME". If you drop me in a bookstore I can amuse myself for hours! If it's a Used Bookstore I may be gone for days! I think it's the smell of books that get me. Plus, it is so rewarding to go searching for a book then it is to just click buy on the computer. And the E-book craze has taken the world by storm!

Now don't get me wrong, I love Richard Henry (my Kindle) more than words but there is just something about holding a real book in my hands. Not to mention the some of the covers are absolutely beautiful that I just have to have them so I can look at them!

So, I was at my bookstore when I discovered that many authors were not stocked. And these are pretty big authors not to have stocked. I also noticed that the Romance section seems to be setting smaller. (Also, the switched the escalators on me so I looked like a idiot trying to go up the down escalator) Plus, I know that this just isn't a ransom day where everyone is buying all the romance novels by these authors and I'll tell you why.

I was at this same bookstore a couple of weeks ago with my friend Gypsy, who I recently discovered loved romance novels when I spied Sabrina Jefferies in her purse. So I told her all about reviewing for The Season and all my Twitter peeps and fellow bloggers who recommend some fabulous books and she wanted my input about some new authors to try. Now, I like to think I know my friends and so far haven't steered them wrong yet. Like Jess, she LOVES vampires and True Blood so I suggested JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series and I haven't seen her since because "she's busy reading" and I need to leave her alone with "The Brothers". Now my friend Karen is new to the whole romance world and has been begging me to tell her what to read. She wanted a contemporary so I gave her Victoria Dahl's Talk Me Down.

There are certain authors that are my go to recommendations. Victoria Dahl is one of them so when they were out of stock of her book 2 weeks ago and told me that they would restock soon I was surprised to find that they didn't have ANY of her books, historical or contemporaries. Gypsy now thinks that I have made Victoria Dahl up but I assured her she is real.

I have also been chasing the elusive Unveiled by Courtney Milan. The didn't have it at any of my stores when it came out so I put it on my Remember To Get List. They didn't have it at my Borders, but sadly it was closing down, so when I went to my big chain store today I looked for it. Again, NOTHING by Courtney Milan.

Another thing was that they only had the most recent book of most authors. I'm big on reading series and reading them in order. I had Pamela Clare's newest book Breaking Point in my hand but where was her back list. Breaking Point is book five in her romantic suspense series but there was no book 1-4. (also there where also none of her historicals) Now, yes you don't have to read a series in order but I like too, especially when I know characters from earlier books are going to pop up.

Now, I did finally cave and order Unveiled but it's just not the same. I like going to the store and wandering around until I find a book. It's like a treasure hunt! I know that everyone is jumping on the e-book crazy but I hope that these bookstores get their acts together and start shelving these amazingly talented authors. How else am I suppose to pimp their books if they're not there.

And PS... I'm a really good book pimp! Just sayin!


Have you noticed the lack of books in your bookstore? Has your Borders shut down? Or... what are your feeling about the e-book craze?

Friday Reader eSteals (1)

I am one of those people who absolutely loves a good bargain. I think Amazon is way better than Barnes & Noble when it comes to free eReads. I've probably downloaded over 200 free Kindle books and have only actually read 40 of those. Some of them are fantastic while others were not so fantastic and was glad to have downloaded for free. Some books have been free for months, others a few week and others for only a week. I'll try to update the list. So here's some of the books that are either Free or under $5. I'm also featuring Kindle book bundles for $9.99. Please note: I am not an Amazon affiliate. I am just posting this for your benefit.
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