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Sunday Wrap-Up #21

Sunday Wrap-Up is all about sharing the books and book related items that I’ve picked up recently. I also recap what went on last week and let you in on what’s coming up. I link up my post to Sunday Post, Bought, Borrowed & Bagged, Showcase Sunday, Stacking the Shelves and IMM. 
I will post Sunday Wrap-up every other week.

Last week on the blog:
Barbie World by Heidi Acosta (Review & Giveaway)
A Matter of Temperance by Ichabod Temperance (Excerpt, Guest Post & Giveaway)


This week on the blog:
Scent of Salvation by Annie Nicholas (Excerpt & Giveaway)
Dangerous Proposition by Jessica Lauryn (Guest Post, Excerpt & Giveaway)
Midnight Sacrifice by Melinda Leigh (Review)
Wishing & Waiting On (Meme)
Tragic by J.A. Huss (Review)

Treasures On Your Doorstep
By: Julia Lynam
Genre: Non-Fiction

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Looking for a grand day out? Or an inexpensive nearby destination for your next weekend jaunt? Your search is ended! In every State in the Union you’ll find often-overlooked National Park properties – over 400 of them – waiting to delight you. This beautifully illustrated little book will open your eyes to the Treasures On Your Doorstep and give you an insider’s-eye view of what they can offer you and your family.

 Never Deal with Dragons
By: Lorenda Christensen
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Consoling a sobbing dragon and serving pig buffets are just part of the job for Myrna Banks. Working for a mediation firm, it’s her job to get humans compensated for damages caused by the dragons who now rule. But her “typical” day is interrupted by Trian Chobardan, an old flame who sneaked out of her bed two years ago, taking her heart and a handful of classified documents with him.

Myrna would love to show Trian the door, but he’s been sent by North America’s reigning dragon lord for help negotiating a truce with a powerful rival to avert war. Myrna agrees to help, even though she’ll be stuck with Trian as a partner.

As the two work together, Myrna finds Trian to be surprisingly supportive—and still irresistibly attractive. Though her brain tells her not to forget his betrayal, her body feels differently. When they learn the enemy dragon lord is planning something no one could have imagined, Myrna has to learn who she can trust before she loses not only her heart, but her life.

Lightpoints
By: Peter Kassan
Genre: Paranormal
What if you suddenly discovered you had a sense-and powers-that almost no one else in the world did? When Amanda Lindner Nichols, a 24-year-old graphic artist living with her husband in Queens, New York, is revived from a near-death experience, she discovers she perceives everyone around her as points of light-but not with her eyes. She soon learns she can not only perceive the life energy of others, but she can give and take it. With the help of others like her, she brings her husband Chris to the brink of death and back to bestow on him the same remarkable faculty, and they’re the happiest they’ve been. But not for long. All over the world, people who’ve been revived from their own near-death experience at just the right moment discover themselves with these same unusual powers. They find ways to use them-some for good and some for evil. When Amanda and Chris encounter a ruthless group of gangsters with the same faculty, tragedy follows-and Amanda faces the greatest challenge of her life.

 Handcuffed in Housewares
By: Nikki Duncan
Genre: Romance

Some couples just click. Others require a hard hat and a stud finder.

Monday mornings have a reputation for sucking, and today is no different for Burton Anderson. One year ago, his “perfect” life full of prestige, money, success and travel crumbled in the glaring light of betrayal.

This morning? This close to making his new construction business a success, a date gone awry has left him handcuffed to a toilet in a housewares store. Naked. And the first customer of the day is coming down his aisle.

Planning and shopping for other couples’ Big Day is about as wild and crazy as buttoned-up Leigh Schyuler gets. Until she gets an eyeful of Hearth and Home’s daily special. He’s definitely a “designer” temptation while she’s “off the rack”.

But there are risks, and then there are risks. Burton isn’t sure he can once again trust his heart to a woman who holds the power to ruin him. And Leigh discovers too late that indulging in a little no-strings sex is tying her dream of Devoted Love into hopeless knots…

Thanks, My Two Cents!

Beautiful Bastard
By: Christina Lauren
Genre: Erotica

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An ambitious intern.
A perfectionist executive.
And a whole lot of name calling.

Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate—and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard.

Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative—completely infuriating—creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules—or outright smash them—if it means he can have her. All over the office.

As their appetites for one another increase to a breaking point, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they’re willing to lose in order to win each other. 

 Beautiful Bastard
By: Christina Lauren
Genre: Erotica
A charming British Playboy. 
A girl determined to finally live. 
And a secret liaison revealed in all too vivid color.

Escaping a cheating ex, finance whiz Sara Dillon’s moved to New York City and is looking for excitement without a lot of strings attached. So meeting the irresistible, sexy Brit at a dance club should have meant nothing more than a night’s fun. But the manner–and speed–with which he melts her inhibitions turns him from a one-time hookup and into her Beautiful Stranger.

The whole city knows Max Stella loves women, not that he’s ever found one he particularly wants to keep around. Despite pulling in plenty with his Wall Street bad boy charm, it’s not until Sara–and the wild photos she lets him take of her–that he starts wondering if there’s someone for him outside of the bedroom.

Hooking up in places where anybody could catch them, the only thing scarier for Sara than getting caught in public is having Max get too close in private.

Thank you so much, D.T. for the books!

Broken Gates
By: D.T. Dyllin
Genre: New Adult/Paranormal Romance

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P.J. Stone is a Seer who saw too little, too late.

In the past, her biggest worries were boys and school—but war has a way of changing things. Now, the alien Riders are trying to overrun the world. As the last of their kind, P.J. and her friends must find a way to save humanity before
there’s nothing left to save.

After choosing a mate, P.J. hoped she’d have time to enjoy her love life. But with everything changing so quickly and major secrets revealed, who knows what the future will bring?

 Feeling Death
By: D.T. Dyllin
Genre: EroticParanormal Romance


Samantha Bevans is having the best sex of her life—but it’s not with her husband. Fortunately for her marriage, the affair is all in her mind. Isn’t it? As an empath, she senses other people’s emotions. But her connection to the man with the the chiseled face and haunting eyes seems so real.

There’s no time for fantasies with a serial killer loose in Pittsburgh. The killer is targeting dancers at a strip club where Samantha used to bartend, back when drugs were the only cure for the torment of her abilities. As a member of a special task force, Samantha uses her talents to sense the victims’ final thoughts. Just when she thought the case was complex enough, she discovers one of the victims was thinking about her fantasy man when she died.

Who can Samantha trust when she can’t trust her own mind? An empath feels the emotional environment around her…and Samantha is surrounded by death.

Friday Fun #12

18 & Over Book Blogger Follow is a weekly feature that begins on Fridays and runs through the weekend, hosted by Crystal from Reading Between the Wines. This is a Friday blog hop with the objective to find and visit other book blogs that share the same interest as you, namely books geared towards the 18 & over crowd, and make some new friends!

Question of the week: 
When you DNF a book or rate a book two ‘stars’ or lower, do you post a review for it on your blog? Have you ever emailed the author about it?

Answer: It depends.

If the author contacted me to review it for them or if it’s part of a blog tour I will contact them and let them know that it wasn’t “my cup of tea”. I will offer an alternate post with either sharing an excerpt or writing a guest post. Just because I didn’t like the book doesn’t mean that one of my readers wouldn’t enjoy it. So I still give them the option to share their book on my blog while not ruining their blog tour or writing a horrible review about their book when they were nice enough to offer me a free copy. But even though it isn’t on my blog doesn’t mean I didn’t review it on Goodreads.

However, if it’s a book that I own or am reading on my own and I don’t like it, then yes I will review it on the blog with a DNF or 2 stars (emotes).  I figure, I went out of my way to obtain this book, whether I bought it or borrowed it from the library.

Feature & Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read and is a blog hop that expands your blog following by a joint effort between bloggers.

This weeks activity:
Photobomb a picture with your favorite book.

Challenge accepted:

My oldest, Snickers with Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
I laugh in the face of photobombing Mwahahaha!
*Yes I’m a total dork and I don’t mind making a complete fool of myself!
Yes, I own two copies of the same book. The one on the left is the 20th Anniversary edition and the one on the right is the library copy that I borrowed when I first read it. A year later, they wound up selling their copy and I snagged it. I’ll be making it 3 as soon as I can get my hands on a 1st edition.

Sunday Wrap-Up #20

 

Sunday Wrap-Up is all about sharing the books and book related items that I’ve picked up recently. I also recap what went on last week and let you in on what’s coming up. I link up my post to Sunday Post, Bought, Borrowed & Bagged, Showcase Sunday, Stacking the Shelves and IMM. 
I will post Sunday Wrap-up every other week.

Last week on the blog:
Raptures Edge by J.T. Geissinger (Review)
Waffles by Tara Duggan (Review)
The Flesh Cartel Season II by Rachel Haimowitz and Heidi Belleau (Review)
Act Like You Love Me by Cindi Madsen (Review & Giveaway)
Torn by K.A Robinson (Review)
Once Upon a Darkness by Aria Kane (Review & Giveaway)
Wilde Nights in Paradise by Tonya Burrows (Review)

This week on the blog:
The Switched Baby Scandal by Theresa Meyers (Excerpt)
The Hunter by Monica McCarty (Review)
The Dragon’s Call by K.W. McCabe (Promo Stop & Giveaway)
Charade by Nyrae Dawn (Review)
Hollywood Lies by N.K. Smith (Review)

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Sunday Wrap-Up #19

Sunday Wrap-Up is all about sharing the books and book related items that I’ve picked up recently. I also recap what went on last week and let you in on what’s coming up. I link up my post to Sunday Post, Bought, Borrowed & Bagged, Showcase Sunday, Stacking the Shelves and IMM. 
I will post Sunday Wrap-up every other week.

Last week on the blog:
Rosethorn by Ava Zavora (Guest Post)
Taking Back Forever by Karen Amanda Hooper (Excerpt & Giveaway)
Time Fall by Timothy Ashby (Excerpt)
Skin Deep by Megan (Cover Reveal & Giveaway)
In Spades by K. Pinson (Excerpt)
SEAL of Honor by Tonya Burrows (Review & Giveaway)
South of Surrender by Laura Kaye (Review)
A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger (Review)

This week on the blog:
Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead (Review)
Shadow Hunter by Kait Bellenger (Review)
Wishing & Waiting On (meme)
Officer Off Limits by Tessa Bailey (Review & Giveaway)
High School Debut Vol 2 by Kazune Kawahara (Review)
Curse Girl by Mark Mackey (Excerpt)

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Sunday Wrap-Up #18

 

Sunday Wrap-Up is all about sharing the books and book related items that I’ve picked up recently. I also recap what went on last week and let you in on what’s coming up. I link up my post to Sunday Post, Bought, Borrowed & Bagged, Showcase Sunday, Stacking the Shelves and IMM. 
I will post Sunday Wrap-up every other week.

Last week on the blog:
Broken Gates by D.T. Dyllin (Review)
Summer’s Desire by Olivia Lynde (Excerpt & Giveaway)
Skin in the Game by Jackie Barbosa (Review)
Dare You To by Katie McGarry (Review)
Feeling Death by D.T. Dyllin (Review)

Next week on the blog:
Triangles by Kimberly Ann Miller (Review & Giveaway)
Chasing Mrs. Right by Katee Robert (Review)
Ramblings of a Book Sniffer: Unsolicited Books
Rev It Up by Julie Ann Walker (Review)
Centaur Rivalry by Nancy Straight (Review)
Rosethorn by Ava Zavora (Guest Post)

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Sunday Wrap-Up #17

Sunday Wrap-Up is all about sharing the books and book related items that I’ve picked up recently. I also recap what went on last week and let you in on what’s coming up. I link up my post to Sunday Post, Bought, Borrowed & Bagged, Showcase Sunday, Stacking the Shelves and IMM. 
I will post Sunday Wrap-up every other week.

Last week on the blog:
Time Chances Everything by Melinda Dozier (Interview, Excerpt & Giveaway)
Bloglovin Blog Hop (Giveaway)
Werewolves Be Damned by Stacey Kennedy (Review, Top Ten & Giveaway)
His Risk to Take Tessa Bailey (Review & Giveaway)
Cleaning Your Shelves (Giveaway Hop)
How Beauty Loved the Beast by Jax Garren (Review)
Ctrl Z by Danika Stone (Excerpt & Giveaway)
Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally (Review)
North of Need by Laura Kaye (Review)

Next week on the blog:
In the Fire by Amanda Usen (Cover Reveal & Giveaway)
Midnight Exposure by Melinda Leigh(Review)
Sinful Sirens Giveaway Hop (Giveaway)
Karmic Connection by Libby Mercer (Excerpt)
An Affair of Vengeance by Jamie Michele (Review)
West of Want by Laura Kaye (Review)
Onyx by Jennifer Armentrout (Review)

 

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Sunday Wrap-Up #16

Sunday Wrap-Up is all about sharing the books and book related items that I’ve picked up recently. I also recap what went on last week and let you in on what’s coming up. I link up my post to Sunday Post, Bought, Borrowed & Bagged, Showcase Sunday, Stacking the Shelves and IMM. I will post Sunday Wrap-up every other week.

Last week on the blog:
Found by Stacey Wallace Benefiel (Excerpt & Giveaway)
Real Men Don’t Quit by Coleen Kwan (Review)
Intermix Nation by M.P. Attardo (Excerpt & Giveaway)
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion (Review)
Echo by Alicia Brewster Wright (Review & Giveaway)

This week on the blog:
Falke’s Renegade by Madison Layle, Anna Leigh Keaton (Review)
An Affair of Deceit by Jamie Michele (Excerpt)
Hell On Wheels by Julie Ann Walker (Review)
Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Review)
Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead (Review)

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Sunday Wrap-Up #15

Sunday Wrap-Up is all about sharing the books and book related items that I’ve picked up recently. I also recap what went on last week and let you in on what’s coming up. I link up my post to Sunday Post, Bought, Borrowed & Bagged and Stacking the Shelves and IMM. I will post Sunday Wrap-up every other week.

Last week on the blog:
Rush Me by Allison Parr (Review)
Rules of Entanglement by Gina L. Maxwell (Review, Excerpt & Giveaway)
Surrender Your Love by J.C. Reed (Excerpt)
Stung by Bethany Wiggins (Interview & Giveaway)
Love’s Forbidden Flower by Diane Rinella (Excerpt & Giveaway)
Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire (Review)
Mr. Wham Bam by Alexandra O’Hurley (Review)

This week on the blog:
Men At Work: Why Women Live Longer Than Men by Cheezburger Network (Review)
Lottie Barrett Lives [Again] by Hugh Centerville (Guest Post & Giveaway)
Wishing & Waiting On (Meme)
A Fine Romance by Christi Barth (Excerpt)
Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker (Review)

 

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Sunday Wrap-Up #14

Sunday Wrap-Up is all about sharing the books and book related items that I’ve picked up recently. I also recap what went on last week and let you in on what’s coming up. I link up my post to Sunday Post, Bought, Borrowed & Bagged and Stacking the Shelves and IMM. I will post Sunday Wrap-up every other week.

Last week on the blog:
The Crimson Hunt by Victoria H. Smith (Excerpt & Giveaway)
In Rides Trouble by Julie Ann Walker (Review)
Broken Gates by D.T. Dyllin (Cover Reveal, Interview & Giveaway)
Friday Fun #11 (Meme & BSA Bag Giveaway)
Stung by Bethany Wiggins (Review)

This week on the blog:
Protecting What’s His by Tessa Bailey (Review)
Just For The Summer by Jenna Rutland (Review)
Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay (Review)
Nevermore by Kelly Creagh (Review)
Bluegrass State of Mind by Kathleen Brooks  (Review)
Rush Me by Allison Parr (Review)

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Friday Fun & Interview

I’m super excited to be a featured blogger for this weeks Feature & Follow Friday. Feature & Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read and is a blog hop that expands your blog following by a joint effort between bloggers.

Question of the week:
Tell us about the most emotional scene you’ve ever read in a book – and how did you react?

Answer:

Bridge of Scarlet Leaves by Kristina McMorris is a very emotional book. Yeah, there are books out there that have sad parts in them but Kristina puts the readers on an emotional roller coaster ride the entire time. It doesn’t help that the story is based off of the events that happened to the Japanese Americans after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. And that ending, good lord, I didn’t know I could bawl my eyes out so hard over a book. The second I was finished reading this book I looked up the relocation camp that the characters go to (Manzanar) and found out it’s a 5 hour drive from where I live. I haven’t been there yet, but it’s definitely on my “must list” of things to do before we move.

 

 

 

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When did you start blogging?
I started June 2011.

 

What is your favorite part of book blogging?

Meeting all the new and awesome people to be honest. I would have never in a million years have thought that I would be able to talk with authors. I’m not going to lie, a big perk is getting to read books for free, especially ones that haven’t come out yet but for me it’s awesome to walk through a book store with the Mr. and say, “Oh, she’s really sweet”, “He’s hilarious! By far one of the coolest people out there”, and then the occasional “That author’s such a bitch. They’re the one I was telling you about that blew up at that chick over her review.”

 

What type of books do you mainly blog about?

I’m a romance junkie, which is funny since I used to make fun of those Fabio book covers when I was younger. Okay… so maybe I still do. I tend to find romance in all stories, for example, Han Solo & Princess Leia, Peter Parker & Mary Jane, and Simba & Nala. So thankfully, I can read a wide variety of books and as long as there is a potential love interest, I’m all in. However, I always give authors of all genres a chance to spread the news about their books on my site. So even though I may review YA, NA, PNR, UF etc… you will still see some other genres pop up. After all, I feel like my “job” is to share books and even though they may not be books that I’d generally read, it doesn’t mean that someone else out there wouldn’t be interested in them.

 

What is your favorite book(s)?

My favorite series is hands down, Vampire Academy. The ironic part about that though is that I fought my friend when she urged me to read it. I really didn’t want to read yet another vampire book. She persisted, bought the book for my birthday and not even halfway through the book I was ordering the rest of the series online.

 

What has been the best thing that has happened to you because of book blogging?

I suppose I could say that it saved my sanity. My husband’s in the Marine Corp, so we move around quite a bit and it’s not easy forging new friendships in a new area every couple of years. So for a while there, I was on the verge of making friends with the mailman just so that I had someone to talk to. Now, between my day job at the National Park where I talk all day to visitors and then coming home and typing up reviews/posts and chatting with everyone online, I’m officially all talked out by the end of the day. And as it turns out, even though I am not inviting the mailman in for tea and cookies, both he and the UPS man know me by name and flag me down if I drive by them when they have packages on their truck for me. I guess I order too much stuff online 😛