Sunday, March 31, 2013

Blog Tour: Diggin' Deeper + Review: Vegas Knights by Marina Maddix

Diggin' Deeper + Review
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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review*


Vegas Knights(Book #1 in the Red Veil series)
Amazon | BN
Author: Marina Maddix
Publisher: Self Published (March 8, 2013)
Genre: Erotica, Adult, 179 pages
ASIN: B00BN1XN4K
My Copy: eBook


SUMMARY:

Vegas Knights is the much-anticipated novel-length sequel to Marina’s popular erotic/romantic short story Knight Fall. The books can be read on their own or in sequence.

After a passionate public encounter with a mysterious and very sexy biker, big girl Kelly Saunders finds herself on the ride of her life. Her 'Knight on shining armor' — Rick Knight, heir to a motorcycle legacy — whisks her away from her soul-sucking corporate job to Las Vegas, where she finds the road to love is treacherous.

As urgent business matters demand more and more of Rick’s attention, Kelly is left to wonder about the future of their relationship. A ruthless betrayal throws her life into turmoil, and a devastating discovery threatens to pull them apart. Is their love just so much Vegas glitter or is it strong enough to survive beyond the dazzling lights of Sin City?

MY REVIEW:
AHH! This is my first Marina Maddix novel and she can now count me as one of her fans. *fan girling* I absolutely loved Vegas Knights. Before I jump into this review, let me just say that I devoured Vegas Knights in one sitting. That's how good it was *wipes brow*  — Alrighty, moving on...

Kelly Saunders is a voluptuous artist (struggling, might I add) who finds herself leaving her life behind after a hot encounter with the oh-so-sexy-biker Rick Knight. Rick asks Kelly to go away with him to Vegas for 2 weeks after their little tryst in the back of a gas station (gag... I KNOW! but still hot in its own way...if it's a sexy biker of course), and of course she says yes! Duh, because what's she got to lose...right? YOLO? hahaha.

Once the budding couple makes their way to Vegas, Rick leaves Kelly to her own devices as he settles some stuff that have him stuck in meetings with lawyers til' no end! Kelly soon finds her feet in Vegas, stumbling upon a co-op group for striving artists and soon Kelly loses her self in her art, painting on canvas what her words can't express. Her growing feelings for Rick Knight. Those feelings she can't express to him because: 1- it's too soon and 2- he's never around! oh and 3-it's just supposed to be a little fling, for two little weeks...or so she thinks ;)

Whew. I'll admit, this book was pretty predictable but still damned good. Marina Maddix weaves the story of growing love with haters on the side just bidding their time to tear you down and push you away. I was kind of thrown off with the fast relationship between Kelly and Rick, but you can't help but to just swoon along with Kelly as Rick calls her beautiful and makes her feel loved and safe. There were a few background characters that I loved (even though they had a page or two).
"Hey, Assholes! Some of us have to get up early to go fry up some shit for the tourists tomorrow. Unless you want hash brown nuggets shoved so far up your ass they shoot out your nose, I'd suggest either shutting the fuck up or getting the fuck out."
-Candy
Oh, but Candy needs more page time. Candy is a minor character, but still kick ass and totally stands out in the few pages she was mentioned in.

Message for MMaddix: Beach Bum Reads is demanding more page time for Candy the PINK goth ;) Pretty please, with extra whipped cream on top ^_^

Soooo let's recap, shall we??

The Book: Was pretty good.
The Story: Predictable but still awesome
The Characters: Well developed and believable
The Sex: Vanilla but still hot. I mean...Rick Knight is planning on buying out Victoria Secret just to replace all the damaged panties RAAAWR ;)

I would definitely recommend this book. There is a prequel to this awesome book. I didn't read it and did just fine without having read it, but if you want the story (and the steamy sex) as to how Kelly and Rick met, then go ahead and get Knight Falls and read that one first ^_^
MY RATING:




Ana: Welcome to Beach Bum Reads! Thanks for stopping by!
MMaddix: Thank you so much for having me, Ana! It’s fun to chat with another California girl.

Ana: Woot woot ;) Gotta love us Cali girls!

...Tell us a little bit about yourself (or a lot, we’re not a judging bunch) 
MMaddix: I’m a sports journalist by trade (under a different name), and have been working in the industry for a decade, but fiction has become a bit of an obsession for me. I’m married to a very supportive guy who thinks I walk on water but doesn’t let me get away with shit. Gotta love a man with a firm hand! We live in the San Francisco Bay Area with our 15-year-old cat Fred.

Ana: You’re stuck on an island and have an unlimited supply of three items. What are those three items? 
MMaddix:  Fresh Georgia peaches, Stephen King books and drinking water.

Ana: Who would you kiss? Who would you fuck? And who would you marry?
MMaddix:  I’d kiss Johnny Depp (those lips!). I’d fuck the actor Sam Rockwell because I’ve always crushed on him and he just oozes sex appeal and self-confidence. And I’d marry Ryan Gosling because I would love to wake up to ‘Hey girl…’ every morning for the rest of my life!

Ana: If you had the chance to act out any sex scene from any book, what sex scene would it be?  
MMaddix: How lame is this? The one from Gone with the Wind, when Rhett takes Scarlett. It’s the original dubcon (dubious consent) story, but it’s totally hot. Alpha male tames bratty socialite. Spank me, Rhett!

Ana: Is the glass half empty or half full? 
MMaddix:  It’s half full for three weeks out of the month. Can I get a woot?
Ana: you can get TWO! Woot woot!

...If you could be any rockstars’ groupie, who would it be and why? 
MMaddix: Well, back in the day, my hubby was a D-list rockstar (he prefers the term ‘musician’ but I’ve heard a lot of stories that are decidedly rockstar-ish), so I guess I’m the ultimate groupie: I married him! But if we’re going for A-list rockstars, I’d have to choose a young Steven Tyler. Damn, he was so ugly he was hot back then. Now, he’s just freakish!

Ana: If you could pit two men against each other to fight to the death for you, who would those two men be? 
MMaddix: Trick question, Ana! One of them has to die, so I can’t pick two hotties! Lemme think… One of them would, of course, be Johnny Depp. (Call me gauche, I don’t care; he’s freakin’ hot!) The other would have to be smaller and unable to defend himself so Johnny could be all mine. I think I’ll go with Woody Allen — for so many reasons!
Ana: HAHA! I'm gonna have to be more specific next time and make them both hotties ;)

...If you could redo any part of your life, which part would it be and why?
MMaddix: Ooh, we’re getting serious here. Honestly, I regret very little in my life, even though I’ve had some very unpleasant experiences. They’ve made me who I am today, and I kinda like me! But if I were to redo something, it would be not having a good handle on my finances from the beginning of adulthood. Math isn’t my strong suit (what can I say, I’m a writer), so I always used that as an excuse to ignore the obvious: that I was spending more than I earned. Consequently, I never saved much. I now have control of my finances and that’s such an empowering feeling!

Ana: Okay, last question… and I’ve gotta ask… are you a beach bum? 
MMaddix: Oh, hellz yes! I’m a sailor so the ocean is like home to me. That probably makes me half-beach bum, half-boat bum, but it adds up to one big bum!

Ana: Thanks for stopping by! It was a pleasure having you here today :)
MMaddix: Thank you, Ana. Now I’ve got to go work on my tan…

Think Fast:

Ana: Wine or Jack Daniels?  
MMaddix: Wine, unless you switch Jack Daniels to Don Julio tequila.

Ana: Kinky or Vanilla?
MMaddix: I’m a vanilla girl when it comes to erotica AND food. 

Ana: Vampires or Werewolves?
MMaddix: Werewolves. Ooh, that alpha….

Ana: This or That?
MMaddix: This.

Ana: Day or Night?
MMaddix: Day.

Ana: Sleep or Insomnia?
MMaddix: Sleep!


Marina Maddix is a romantic at heart, but hates closing the bedroom door on her readers. Her stories are sweet, with just enough spice to make your mother blush. She lives with her husband and cat near the Pacific Ocean, and loves to hear from her fans. Email her  marinamaddix@gmail.com

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway: Ascent of Blood by Elizabeth Marx

Review + Giveaway

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Ascent of Blood
(Book #1 in the Red Veil series)
Amazon | BN
Author: Cassia Leo
Publisher: Self Published (October 26,2012)
Genre: PNR, 195 pages
ASIN: B009YN23K4
My Copy: eBook


SUMMARY:


Sometimes, love is conceived in the mind of a man long before it is ever realized.

1990, Cardiff, Wales.  Vampire prince, Sebastian Pearce, has waited six-hundred years for the right human mate. His own beloved mother was a mortal capable of carrying immortal offspring. While vampires no longer require live donors for sustenance, Mother Nature has played a cruel trick on them making breeders a rare commodity. As numbers in Sebastian’s Imperial House continue to dwindle, his virgin bride eludes him. That is, until he happens upon a young woman searching for information about a sacred vampire text, the Book of Descent. Sebastian’s desire for her is more potent than anything he’s felt for another woman, but Everleigh Marbut isn’t innocent. She’s an American with a mind of her own, and worst of all, she’s already carrying an immortal being. As Sebastian and Everleigh fight their attraction to each other, they don’t realize they’re being lured into a battle pitting medieval myth against the power of modern science to recreate life until it’s too late.

The destiny of his lineage, and the bond forged between them, now rests in their acceptance of each other as they are.

MY REVIEW:
Is there such thing as a typical vampire book anymore? There are so many twists and turns in these vampy stories, that I can't really pin point what is different and what falls back on the original. Ascent of Blood has all it's bloody goodness that all vamp books possess, but it's also got its little details that set it apart from other vampire books you've probably read.

Sebastian Pearce is a really old vampire who's been waiting for his mate to come along. But not just any mate, nope, never that. He's been waiting for a human mate. And when Everleigh Marbut makes an appearance in a book store looking for the Book of Ascent, Sebastian knows she is the one he's been waiting for. How? Because he can't get a whiff of her blood and he can't help but be drawn to her. Oh, not to mention the sparks (seriously) that fly between them when they touch.

But, he doesn't get her all that easy. What's the fun in that? Once Sebastian escapes from being captured by the Nosferatu, he takes Everleigh with him and is bound to make her his mate and the mother to his unborn children. The vampire race is dying out and Everleigh is the salvation to this race. The only human who can breed vampire children and live through it. But, he'll have to wait for her to breed any of his children, because she is already pregnant.

Once Everleigh is shacked up at Casa de Sebastian—though house would be a major lie, more like the castle of all castles. Yup, that just about does it—Everleigh gives Sebastian a little taste of what he's in for. If he thought he was going to get a woman who was going to comply to his every whim, then he better think again. Everleigh Marbut might be a tiny little thing, but a push around and a weak woman she is not.

As months and Everleigh's pregnancy go on, Sebastian is finding it more and more hard to stay away from her. Though he despises the child growing in her, he has made a deal that he will not harm the child and take Everleigh as his mate. All the while trying to find information about why Everleigh's blood type is what it is and who was behind the murder of her family when she was younger.

Ascent of Blood was really hard for me to get into. Though the world was wonderfully written and wasn't that hard to follow, I found it oddly "hard" for me to get into the book at all. Once I hit the half way mark is when things starting picking up for me. Characters start to "click" in my head and the story itself became more intriguing. Though I'm still confused with this whole story, I thought it was a great introduction to a series and will be looking forward to reading the next installment.

MY RATING:


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Windy City writer, Elizabeth Marx, brings cosmopolitan life alive in her fiction—a blend of romance, fast-paced Chicago living, and a sprinkle of magical realism. Elizabeth resides with her husband, girls, and two cats who’ve spelled everyone into believing they’re really dogs. She grew up in the city, has traveled extensively, and still says there’s no town like Chi-Town.




Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tuesday Jams #26


Tuesday Jams is a weekly post hosted by Sharonda @ Salacious Reads. This is a way to share with others your love (other then books of course) for music! Want to participate? Easy! Head on over to Salacious Reads & link back up with her Tuesday Jams post in her comments section!
Welcome back to another week of Tuesday Jams. Today, I thought I'd just give you guys one song today. I absolutely love this song and every time I'm in my "sad/depressed" mood I can listen to this and totally just cope with the music.

Yeah. I'm in one of those moods and I'm just going to throw me one big freakin' pity party for myself. *tosses confetti* 

GAH. I love this song. Just... watch the video ;(

Monday, March 25, 2013

Manicure Monday #5

Manicure Monday is a meme hosted by Nite Lite Book Reviews. Take your current read and give yourself one fantastic manicure! 

SUMMARY:

Now there are those among me who whisper I am more.
They fear me even as they protect me. And who can blame them?
I’ve awakened the dazzling magic that’s slumbered in them for
thousands of years. But the thing is, I can’t figure out why.

My aunt, the Queen of Air and Darkness, is no longer distracted by her usual sadistic hobbies. Her obsession has turned unwaveringly to me. The mission to get me pregnant and beat my cousin Prince Cel to the crown is taking longer than expected. Even though I spend each night with the Queen’s Ravens, my immortal guards, no child has come of our decadent pleasures. But something else is happening. My magic courses through me uncontrollably. And as I lock my half-mortal body with their full-Sidhe blooded ones, the power surges like never before.

It all began with the chalice. I dreamed of it, and it appeared, cool and hard, beside me when I awoke. My guards know the ancient relic well—its disappearance ages ago stripped them of their vital powers. But it is here with us now. My touch resonates with its force, and they’re consumed with it, their Sidhe essences lit up by it. But even as they cherish me for this unexpected gift, there are those who loathe me for it. Me, a mongrel, only half fey and part mortal. The Unseelie court has suffered for so long, and there are some who would not have it weakened further by an impure queen. My enemies grow in number every day. But they do not know what I am capable of. Nor, for that matter, do I. . . .


Alright. I've decided to keep it reaaaal simple this week. Plus, I was super lazy, so simple would have been the only way to go xD 
SIMPLE!



Okay, so... I'm still reading Laurell K. Hamilton's Merry Gentry series. I'm on the third book. I have been juggling this book with another book, but I just couldn't work with the other cover lol. So, alas. it's another Merry Mani! xD


Description: Alright. So the cover of this one is a greenish teal, I don't have a teal polish..or, rather, I do, but it's too glittery. So I stuck with a polish with less glitter so that the base color showed more. After all, Merry is princess of the Unseelie court. Thinking about it now, I should have done a big ol' mess of colors on my nails. Lots of glowing sidhe and powers floating around in this book ;)

Nail polish used: 2 coats of NYX girls Collection Noir for my base and then 2 coats of NYX girls Enchated Forest glitter polish on top with Revlon's Quick Dry Top Coat to top it all off.


See... SIMPLE! lol.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Blog Tour: Review + Q & A: Three Sisters by Susan Mallery

Review + Guest Post
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Three Sisters
(Book #2 in the Blackberry Island series)
Amazon | Goodreads | BN
Author: Susan Mallery
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA; Original edition (February 26, 2013)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit, Adult, 352 pages

ISBN-10: 0778314340
ISBN-13: 978-0778314349

My Copy: ARC Paperback

SUMMARY:
After Andi Gordon is jilted at the altar, she makes the most impetuous decision of her life – buying one of the famed Three Sisters Queen Anne houses on Blackberry Island. Now the proud-ish owner of the ugly duckling of the trio, she plans to open her own pediatric office on the first floor, just as soon as her hunky contractor completes the work. Andi's new future may be coming together, but the truth is she's just as badly in need of a major renovation as her house.

When Deanna Phillips confronts her husband about a suspected affair, she opens up a Pandora's Box of unhappiness. And he claims that she is the problem. The terrible thing is, he's right. In her quest to be the perfect woman, she's lost herself, and she's in danger of losing her entire family if things don't change.

Next door, artist Boston King thought she and her college sweetheart would be married forever. Their passion for one other has always seemed indestructible. But after tragedy tears them apart, she's not so sure. Now it's time for them to move forward, with or without one another.

Thrown together by fate and geography, and bound by the strongest of friendships, these three women will discover what they're really made of: laughter, tears, love and all.

MY REVIEW:
First off, I am brand new to Susan Mallery and after reading Three Sisters, I'll definitely be diving into her other works. Three Sisters has three point of views from three women going through a phase in their lives where they are tested and pushed to their emotional brinks.

After Andi Gordon, pediatrician, is left at the alter with family and friends as witness to this horrible day, she packs her bags and heads to Blackberry Island to find herself and leave all her past (And her libido—or so she thinks) behind; Just like her fiance left her to marry his secretary. Shady, right?

Then you've got Boston King, Andi's new neighbor and amazing artist, who has issues of her own. After losing her newborn son to an unknown cause, Boston can't help but draw her grief away. Losing herself in her drawings is how she copes, but with this, Boston hasn't let herself fully accept that her baby boy is gone and that her marriage is slowly falling apart.

And last but not least you've got Deanna Phillips, the third of this fabulous trio. Deanna finds herself struggling to keep her marriage, family and herself together. Growing up with a rough past has seems to slow down her present and possibly keep her from her future.

I absolutely loved this book. The different issues that these three women had were tough in their own ways, yet they manage.  What I liked the most, would have to be the problems at hand. And how these three very strong women handled them and pulled their lives together. The background characters were a hoot. They added a bit of a breather from the main characters, that I think  was needed a time or two. What I didn't like, was one of the characters. Deanna Phillips. It started off a very slow dislike in the beginning of the book and as the book progressed, it turned into a simmering disgust. After about 60% - 70% of the book my feelings started to make a really big U-turn in which Deanna's character really wasn't so bad and I was starting to dislike her less and less. But, again, the characters around her is what made me pull through the first half of the book (on her POVs that is).

Following Andi, Boston and Deanna, I couldn't help but be pulled into this fantastic novel with these three women and their battle to overcome their hardships. I would definitely recommend this book. These women might be going through their own personal hell, but I would consider this a light read. This book is the second in the Blackberry Island series, but I don't feel I was missing anything from the first novel at all. So, with that, I would say that this can be read as stand alone.

MY RATING:

Q & A

With more than 25 million books sold worldwide, New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery is known for creating characters who feel as real as the folks next door, and for putting them into emotional, often funny situations readers recognize from their own lives. Susan’s books have made Booklist’s Top 10 Romances list in four out of five consecutive years. RT Book Reviews says, “When it comes to heartfelt contemporary romance, Mallery is in a class by herself.” With her popular, ongoing Fool’s Gold series, Susan has reached new heights on the bestsellers lists and has won the hearts of countless new fans.

Susan grew up in southern California, moved so many times that her friends stopped writing her address in pen, and now has settled in Seattle with her husband and the most delightfully spoiled little dog who ever lived. Visit Susan online at www.SusanMallery.com and www.facebook.com/susanmallery.
1) You’ve lived in many places across the country—out of all the places you’ve lived, which has given you the most inspiration for your writing? How deeply does your location influence the setting of your books?
I grew up in California, and I’d say that is the state that has inspired my writing more than any other. My fictional town of Fool’s Gold is based on many of the lovely, small towns I’ve visited in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada on the California side but of course has taken on a life of its own.

That said, Seattle, my current hometown, has influenced my writing quite a bit. All that rain keeps me at my desk! And of course, Blackberry Island, the setting for Three Sisters, is near Seattle.

2) What inspired you to create a fictional island off the coast of Seattle for the setting of Three Sisters? How did you come up with such a detailed history about the island (as posted on your website)?
Seattle and the islands in the Puget Sound are breathtakingly beautiful, especially when the sun shines. When you’re out on the water, the sunlight sparkles in the waves, and each inhale feels cool and fresh and liberating. A weekend getaway inspired Blackberry Island, which is both an island and a town, dotted with wineries and quaint B&Bs. (Every getaway should include wine!)

The island has a very interesting history, inspired by real-life events in Seattle and the Puget Sound area. I created the website to enrich the experience of reading the books, as bonus content for my readers. In addition to the island history, there’s a map and lots of great blackberry recipes, including a recipe for Blackberry Chipotle Chicken Tacos that will change the way you look at the world. www.blackberryisland.com

3) Who or what in your past made you decide that you wanted to become a writer?
I majored in Accounting in college. For months, I had been intrigued by a flyer for a night school course called “How to Write a Romance Novel.” I was an avid romance fan, so that class sounded like a lot more fun than my Accounting Theory class. (Columns of numbers weren’t boring enough – now we had to talk about the theory behind them.) Although I was taking a full load of regular courses, I couldn’t resist signing up for the fun class, too. Within a couple of weeks, I knew this was what I wanted to do with my life. I was a good girl and finished getting my degree, but I never worked as an accountant.

4) How do you come up with such dynamic characters? Do you base the characters in your books, like Andi, Deanna and Boston, on people you know in your real life? 
I think my characters feel real to readers because they feel so very real to me. Makes for some confusing dinner conversation. At times, when I’m ranting about something someone said that day, my husband has to clarify, “Is this person real?” (I bet that question doesn’t come up in most marriages!)

No, I don’t base characters on people I know in real life. Part of my job as a writer is to torture my characters, to put them into uncomfortable situations and then ask myself, “How can I make this worse?” I’m too nice a person to do that to people I really know!

Most of them, anyway.

5) What’s the last book that kept you up all night to finish reading?
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins is a terrific young adult novel. I’m not normally into paranormal, but I gave this a shot because a friend recommended it. I loved it. The book has all the wonderful angst of growing up – the issues of trying to fit in, the cute crush, the awkwardness of making friends, along with the trauma of coming to terms with who we really are.





New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery has entertained millions of readers with her witty and emotional stories about women and the relationships that move them. Publisher’s Weekly calls Susan’s prose “luscious and provocative,” and Booklist says, “Novels don’t get much better than Mallery’s expert blend of emotional nuance, humor and superb storytelling.” While Susan appreciates the critical praise, she is most honored by the enthusiastic readers who write to tell her that her books made them laugh, made them cry, and made the world a happier place to live.

Susan lives in Seattle with her husband and her tiny but intrepid toy poodle. She’s there for the coffee, not the weather. Visit Susan online at www.SusanMallery.com.



Talking Zombies #13


Welcome back to another zombified week of Talking Zombies with Ana & Sharonda. If you missed last weeks TZ click HERE and check out our last post. This week we will be dishing about Sunday’s episode “Prey” S03E14 Ana: *crickets* this episode was pointless *more crickets* Sharonda: hahaha...I kinda liked it Ana. It still wasn’t one of my favorites of the series. But of course it’s another one leading up to the season finale. Ana: *more crickets* Sharonda: I’m not a fan of Andrea. But this epi was definitely about her and her redemption...making good on all of the bad crap she did, done and all that. I was on the edge of my seat during the chase. Kept yelling at my TV “run, bitch, run!” rotfl! Idk about her fate...what do you think? will she survive or no? Ana: I’ll admit. I didn’t like this episode, but it was definitely better than the one before it. I agree with you, it was all about Andrea and her redemption. I dislike her with a passion, but I don’t want her to die like that. To the hands of that psycho? Nahh. I think they just might kill her off. They seem to have the tendency to kill off people once they start changing and start appealing more to the audience. *shrugs* maybe. Sharonda: At least we got to see some other folks on the show. Tyrese and his group (their crazy issues). Did you see that? Mad because Tryrese saved his wife & he didn’t? WTF kinda nuttiness is that? smh. I still did not like that we didn’t get any info on Michonne though..I thought they would have given us more by now. Ana: Honestly, Tyrese and his girl need to just bounce. Just... go. I’ve about had it with the other guy and his kid. Do you think they’ll stay on this show long? Or just making an appearance. People are gonna die. I’m just waiting to see who. Yeah, I think they’re just stretching it out cause we’ve still got two more epi’s to go. Hopefully the next epi will shed more light and not another pointless epi that’s being stretched out to a whole hour. Sharonda: I totally agree w/you on them stretching out the epi’s...it’s a pain & I think most people aren’t liking it very much that they’re dragging shit about like this. For sure, dude and his son are NOT going to make it out of Woodbury or the prison. They’re weak & the only reason the Governor hasn’t killed them yet is because he needs them for now. As for Tyrese & the girl...yeah, they need to go and with a quickness. What’s bugging me out about that is...they know something’s not right & just won’t go! idk. All I know is a lot of people are going to die..but like you, I’m just waiting to see who it will be. Yeah, I wasn’t a fan of Andrea..but I don’t want to see her go out like that. She was so damn close! smh. What a mess this season has turned out to be...they started off with a bang, took off running and then?...yeah *crickets*. Ana: *more crickets*

Question of the Week
Can't believe that Rick really wants to hand over Michonne...so this week question is two parts. Do you think Andrea will survive the Governors torture plan? And will Michonne find out about Rick's betrayal? 
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Blog Tour: Series Spotlight + Giveaway: Blood to Fire by Tonya Cannariato

Series Spotlight + Giveaway

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Dust to Blood
(Book #1 in the Red Slaves series)

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Author: Tonya Cannariato
Publisher: Katarr Kanticles Press (July 30, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0615643736
ISBN-13: 978-0615643731

SUMMARY:
**It's a simple formula: Magical power equals political power…**

Sparks are flying between researcher Anne Crosby and no less than nine men--but it's not what you think. Whenever these nine amnesiacs touch anyone, electrical mayhem results. More surprising: all of them have dust instead of blood in their veins, even though they're quite alive. It's Anne's job to track down who and what these men are, even though she takes a dim view of the supernatural.

Her research takes Anne to Russia and the discovery of the devastating magical source behind the former Soviet Union's power--a source the resurrected KGB wants back. Anne must stop them, and they'll do anything to stop her.





Blood to Fire
(Book #2 in the Red Slaves series)

Amazon
Author: Tonya Cannariato
Publisher: Katarr Kanticles Press (March 10, 2013)
ASIN: B00BS2VXFK

SUMMARY:
**It’s a simple trade: Magical power for your humanity…**

Researcher Anne Crosby came to Russia to solve the mystery of amnesiac Ivan Krempenski. Instead, she became part of the mystery. Never a believer in the paranormal, Anne discovers Ivan’s true dragon form–and her own.

The old Soviet Union once held Russian dragons captive, siphoning off their magic to cement their power. The resurgent KGB believes enslaving them again will return the Communists to their former might.

New mates Anne and Ivan must learn to control their bewildering new abilities, stay one step ahead of the KGB, and restore their kind before dragons slip into myth…or slavery.



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A voracious reader since she was a toddler, and an ordained spiritualist, Tonya Cannariato has now presided over the marriage of her love of reading and her love of writing. She’s lived a nomadic life, following first her parents in their Foreign Service career through Africa, Europe, and Asia, and then her own nose criss-crossing America as she’s gotten old enough to make those choices for herself. She’s currently based in Milwaukee with her three loves: her husband and two Siberian Huskies. She suspects her Huskies of mystical alchemy with their joyous liberation of her muse and other magical beings for her inspiration. She loves to sleep, to watch her interesting dreams, some of which are now finding new life in written form.

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Tuesday Jams #25


Tuesday Jams is a weekly post hosted by Sharonda @ Salacious Reads. This is a way to share with others your love (other then books of course) for music! Want to participate? Easy! Head on over to Salacious Reads & link back up with her Tuesday Jams post in her comments section!
Welcome baaack! This week, I'm gonna jump out of the past and keep it relevant.


"I can do it like a brotha, do it like a dude. Grab my crotch, wear my hat low like you." 

Haha. And that is why I LOVE Jessie J. Oh my gosh. The first song I heard from her was L.O.V.E and it was just so...good. Her voice is Ahhh-mazing. Wanna listen? Click the play button on the video below ;)

Jessie J is a 24 year old singer/songwriter from the UK. She's been singing most of her life, but finally reached stardom with her first single Do It Like A Dude that dropped in 2010. Okay, no more blabbing, Just listen to the music ^_^

Click play on the music player below to listen to some of my faves by Jessie J! Enjoy! ♪♫♪♫♪♥

Monday, March 18, 2013

Chattin' It Up + Giveaway with Tracie Banister

Ana: Welcome to Beach Bum Reads! I’m glad you can join me today :)
TBanister: Thank you so much for having me, Ana! I’m excited to be here.

Ana: We’re going to start off with some basics…Can you tell us a little about yourself?
TBanister:  Like my favorite fictional heroine, Scarlett O'Hara, I am a Southern belle who lives on the outskirts of Atlanta. I'm addicted to television (I watch everything from Disney shows to Top Chef and think the DVR is the best invention since the wheel.), crossword puzzles (I do 3-5 a day and like to time myself.), and salt and vinegar potato chips (My one junk food weakness.) Animal rights (I have three rescue dogs, two with special needs.) and finding a cure for diabetes (I've been a Type 1 diabetic for over 25 years.) are my two passions. I love theater and try to get to New York to see several Broadway shows every year. And, of course, I am a rabid reader who enjoys a wide variety of genres, everything from Historical Romance to Steampunk.

Ana: What was the first book that got you into reading?
TBanister:  I was obsessed with The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling when I was little. It was the book I wanted to be read to me every night, and I had every word memorized so my mother couldn’t skip a page without me calling her out on it!  

Ana: What/who inspired you to become a writer?
TBanister:  I think it was just books in general. I loved reading from a very young age and I was never happier than when I was in a library. I started writing my own stories when I was in elementary school, and my love of putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) just grew from there.  

Ana: Is there anything you want to say to aspiring writers?
TBanister:  Focus on being the best writer you can be and don't rush to publish the first thing you write. Read as many different books in as many different genres as you can. Take the time to learn and grow as a writer. You’ll know when you've written the book that's "the one," then you can educate yourself on the different publishing avenues and decide what's best for you.

Ana: I absolutely loved In Need of Therapy, but let’s pretend I have no idea what it’s about, can you tell us a little bit about it?
TBanister:  Thanks, Ana! I’m so glad you enjoyed the book. Okay, in a nutshell . . . In Need of Therapy is a fun, fizzy read about a Latina psychologist who struggles to cope with all the craziness in her life, which comes in the forms of her high-strung family, her demanding patients, and a trio of potential love interests, all of whom are Mr. Wrong.  

Ana: I loved Pilar’s patients and their problems. And some of their problems were pretty out there, are you a therapist in disguise or did you have a hunky doctor at your beck and call?
TBanister: I wish I knew a hunky doctor, but alas I do not. I did toy with the idea of becoming a psychologist when I was in school and even took several courses on the subject so that’s where some of my info on the therapeutic process came from. Also, I picked the brains of friends and family members who’d been to see a shrink and I did plenty of research into different psychological conditions.

Ana: What was the hardest part about writing In Need of Therapy?
TBanister: Honestly, I can’t think of anything that was too difficult about writing Therapy. I had a blast with the characters, the story, and the setting. It was the first book I wrote using a first-person POV, so that might have taken me a little time to get used to, but I love a writing challenge!

Ana: Are you currently working on anything? Care to dish?
TBanister: My current work-in-progress is a Chick Lit novel about two sisters who are polar opposites and live in San Francisco. I can't say anything more without getting spoilery, but I can promise plenty of comedy, romance, cute guys, and even cuter dogs. This one should be released in the fall of 2013.

I am, also, hoping to write a Regency Era series that will have the same comedic and romantic elements that my modern-day novels do. I've already got several chapters of the first book in the series under my belt and I look forward to moving forward with it as soon as I'm done with my San Francisco story!

Ana: Okay, last question… and I’ve gotta ask… are you a beach bum? 
TBanister: Sadly, no, since I live in a landlocked area. That’s probably why I decided to set In Need of Therapy in Miami; I got to transport myself to the beach every day when I was writing the book!  

Ana: Thanks for stopping by! It was a pleasure having you here today :)
TBanister:  It was great to hang out here on the virtual beach with you, Ana! Thanks again for reading and reviewing In Need of Therapy!

Think Fast:
Ana: Water or Soda?  
TBanister: Water, the bubbly kind with lemon

Ana: Coffee or Tea?
TBanister: Tea, love it – must be the English blood from my maternal grandmother

Ana: Zombies or Vampires?
TBanister: I’m a True Blood addict, so vampires all the way. Zombies freak me out!

Ana: Rap or Rock?
TBanister: Rock

Ana: Day or Night?
TBanister:  Day

Ana: Salad or Burger? 
TBanister: I love a good cheeseburger, but not beef – turkey or bison!



Concluding our little chat, Tracie is giving away an eBook copy of In Need of Therapy! 

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An avid reader and writer, Tracie Banister has been scribbling stories since she was a child, most of them featuring feisty heroines with complicated love lives like her favorite fictional protagonist Scarlett O'Hara. Her work was first seen on the stage of her elementary school, where her 4th grade class performed an original holiday play that she penned (Like all good divas-in-the-making, she, also, starred in and tried to direct the production.) Her dreams of authorial success were put on the backburner when she reached adulthood and discovered that she needed a "real" job in order to pay her bills. Her career as personal assistant to a local entrepreneur lasted for 12 years. When it ended, Tracie decided to follow her bliss and dedicate herself to writing full-time. Her debut novel, the Hollywood-themed BLAME IT ON THE FAME, was released in January, 2012. And she's following that up with the Miami-set Romantic Comedy, IN NEED OF THERAPY.

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