Monday, April 29, 2013

Blog Tour: Spotlight + Giveaway: For The Birds by Angela Roquet

Spotlight + Giveaway
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For the Birds
(Book #3 in the Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. series)

Author: Angela Roquet
Publisher: Self Published (April 14, 2013)
Genre: Urban Fantasy, 240 pages

Lana Harvey isn't just any reaper. She's the new captain of the Posy Unit, a specialty group dedicated to harvesting mass quantities of souls from natural disaster sites, battlefields, and the like. The new title didn't come without a price though. Lana made some promises along the way, and now it's time to follow through... even if that means putting herself in the path of the three Fates, a fickle and mighty force to be reckoned with. The Fates run a soul recycling plant in Limbo City, and if Lana isn't careful, they just might recycle her.

Pocket Full of Posies

(Book #2 in the Lana Harvey, Reaper Inc. series)
Kindle | Paperback
Author: Angela Roquet
Publisher: Self Publishesd (August 19, 2012)
Genre: Urban Fantasy, 252 pages

The promise of peace in Limbo City is threatened once again, but this time the terrorists have a more specific target in mind: Lana Harvey. The up and coming reaper thought passing her classes at the Reaper Academy was going to be her biggest challenge, but when a rebel demon sends her apartment up in flames, she realizes that her victories from the previous year haven’t gone so unnoticed after all… To make matters worse, the Afterlife Council has taken notice of Lana too. The Egyptian god Horus is blackmailing her into joining the Posy Unit so she can do an illegal side job for him, and Cindy Morningstar, Lucifer’s daughter, insists that she take a two week training course with the devilishly tempting Beelzebub, much to her angelic boyfriend’s chagrin.

Graveyard Shift
(Book #1 in the Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. series)

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Author: Angela Roquet
Publisher: Self Published (September 28, 2012)
Genre: Urban Fantasy, 252 pages

The Inferno has Evolved… Lana Harvey is a reaper, and a lousy one at that. She resides in Limbo City, the modern capital of the collective afterlives, where she likes to stick it to the man (the legendary Grim Reaper himself) by harvesting the bare minimum of souls required of her. She’d much rather be hanging out with Gabriel, her favorite archangel, at Purgatory Lounge. But when a shocking promotion falls in her lap, Lana learns something that could unravel the very fabric of Eternity. If the job isn’t completed, there could be some real hell to pay.
Angela is giving away the following prizes for the tour:

Grand Prize:  
$25.00 gift card to Amazon and an autographed paperback set of the Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. series

FIVE (5) runners-up will receive an eBook of their choice from the Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc series

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Urban Fantasy Author Angela Roquet is a great big weirdo.
She collects Danger Girl comic books, owls, skulls, and random craft supplies. She no longer collects paperback books, because she can’t fit any more in her office, however she does collect ebooks. She has an unhealthy obsession with television shows created by Joss Whedon and fantasizes about him directing television or film versions of her novels. Angela’s favorite book/movie is The Wizard of Oz. She likes a little coffee in her cream, and her favorite food is sushi, even though it’s takes her FOREVER to make. Angela is a peace loving, tree hugging hippy who tries to buy organic and local as often as possible. She’s a fan of renewable energy sources, marriage equality, and religious tolerance. As long as whatever you’re doing isn’t hurting anyone, she’s a fan of you, too. Angela lives in Sedalia, Missouri with her husband and son. When she’s not swearing at the keyboard, she enjoys painting, goofing off with her family and friends, and reading books that raise eyebrows.


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Blog Tour: Spotlight + Giveaway: Double Trouble by Caridad Piñeiro

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The Shifter's Kiss
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Author: Caridad Piñeiro
Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne Cravings (March 1, 2013)
Genre: Paranormal Romance, 59 pages

After almost losing his life in the line of duty, firefighter Victor Edwards turned to his true passion: the ocean, the one place he feels at peace. By day, he studies a magnificent shark. By night he is haunted by erotic dreams of a beautiful woman, filled with a longing he can’t understand.

Nali is almost the last of her kind. She knows it’s dangerous to swim so close to shore, but she is drawn to the scarred man watching her and craves his touch on her human form. She can’t help revealing herself to help Victor when he’s injured—and offering herself to him for one week of pleasure. For she only has a few days before she must return to the sea…

Ghost of a Chance
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Author: Caridad Piñeiro
Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne Cravings (December 28, 2012)
Genre: Paranormal Romance, 47 pages

True crime writer Tracy Gomez is unsure of what to make of the unusual invitation from New York City attorney Peter Angelo: A one million dollar prize to anyone who can solve the mystery of three deaths which had occurred nearly eighty years earlier. Tracy desperately needs the money to fix up the old inn she’s just inherited and solving the crime will also provide welcome publicity to help her sagging writing career. But accepting the invitation brings unexpected challenges, like spectral help during a séance and Tracy’s attraction to the sexy attorney monitoring the contest. Does Tracy only have a ghost of a chance to discover the secrets of the past or can she win a prize far better than a million dollars?


Grand Prize:
$25 GC, t-shirt, tote bag & copy of backlist book.

a T-shirt and a copy of a backlist book

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling paranormal and romantic suspense author Caridad Piñeiro wrote her first novel in the fifth grade when her teacher assigned a project – to write a book for a class lending library. Bitten by the writing bug, Caridad continued with her passion for the written word through high school, college and law school. In 1999, Caridad’s first novel was released and over a decade later, Caridad is the author of over thirty-five published novels and novellas. When not writing, Caridad is an attorney, wife and mother to an aspiring writer and fashionista.


Friday, April 19, 2013


Hi, guys :) *waves* Prepare yourselves, this post is going to be a bit long...

I know, for a lot of you, you're probably thinking "Holy shit, Ana's actually posting something that isn't a meme about manicures & music or a blog tour review/post" yeah, yeah. Laugh it up now. I know, I've been missing in action from blogging, and there's a really great reason...

You see, what had happened was...In West Long Beach, born and raised, on the playground where I was spending most of my days. Chillin' out, maxin', relaxin' all cool and readin' my books outside of the school when a couple of girls that were up to no good, started dissin' the Brothers from the Black Dagger Brotherhood. I got in one little fight and my mom got scared and said, "You're moving with your auntie and uncle in Hollywood"...

...Okay...So...Maybe that didn't happen... But I'm pretty sure if that did happen I'd fight to the DEATH! .... okay... maybe not that either... I mean, they're just....fictional characters....right?!?! 

Lol. Anywho. In all seriousness, I've been a bit busy. Too busy, actually. I think I need to go on a hiatus. A really, really long one with an ocean view and cabana boys fanning me with oversized leaves and bringing me Sex on the Beach drinks. *nods* Yeah... and I'll take some books with me as well. 

If you're following my blog on FB or are my friend on FB, then you'll see me post on there from time to time. I have all the time in the world to post a simple status on FB. I keep telling myself, 'Ana, we're going to write a review today!'.... I go through all the motions too! I turn on the computer, I open Google Chrome, type in and right before I click on 'Create New Post' all hell breaks loose! 

My FB Messenger starts going crazy and spitting messages out at me from this crazy person named Melissa Mason (LilyElement)... Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding (FB Messenger sounds) And on top of that, I'm logged into Yahoo Messenger, so I'm also receiving email notifications that Melissa Mason has sent me a message on Facebook. Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding (Yahoo messenger sounds) 

Ahhh..So, Because the FB Icon on my taskbar is blinking at me, I can't ignore it and click on it... thus revealing the culprit behind my procrastination...

Lol. Love you long time Mel ♥♥♥♥ 

I've actually been really busy with a lot of design work. It keeps me quite busy and at the end of the day, I'm tired as heck. Also, my home life gets pretty hectic as well. So, yeah. That's what's been keeping me away from blogging. But, I have also found a bit of time to read. My review pile? Yeah, it's grown. I've finished a few books (reading while on the road, really passes the time) and they're just WAITING oh so patiently for me to review them. When I'll do that? I'm not quite sure. 

I really don't like to leave my blog all neglected, but a girls gotta do, what a girls gotta do. Right? I'm still scheduled for a lot of tours. As well as book reviews that have been requested, so I'll be getting those in in the next couple of months. 

I do plan on having some new reviews up next week, I'll be taking this weekend to just write and schedule my reviews! Lawd knows I need to clear out my review pile as well as my "posts to come" section here (see sidebar). Well, I think that just about covers everything.... 

Oh, no ... WAIT!
Another thing that has been keeping me quite busy, is writing. Some of you already know I'm writing (co-writing) a book! Yes, yes, *nods* I am—WE ARE! I've gotten a ton of writing done this past week. You'd think with how busy I am, that I wouldn't have time to write. I've actually given myself a sort of forceful push? If you can call it that. I've set out to just sit here and write for an hour a day. Close all the other tabs (except for YouTube/Pandora - Hello! Need some music!), and just get lost in my writing for an hour. And in that hour I can do nothing but write, whether it be one word, one paragraph, or even one page. At least it's something, and I can honestly pat myself on the back and say "you did it!" Yeah, I'm a big procrastinator, if you haven't figured that out by now. But, I have been writing and I can tell you right now, that this past week (5 days), I've written about 19 pages. NINETEEN! Yes! Someone straight slapped my rear and put in me into gear! lol. I know that might not seem like a lot, but I can assure you right now, it's a lot for me. And I'm just ecstatic! 

Okay, that's about it. I'm gonna wrap this up, this post has gone on far too long. If you actually read this whole post, then you, my friend, are totally freaking awesome. I commend you for listening to my nonstop babble. ♥♥♥


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway: The Marine Cowboy by Heather Long

Review + Giveaway
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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review*

The Marine Cowboy
(Book #7 in the Always a Marine series)
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Author: Heather Long
Publisher: Decadent Publishing (December 26, 2012)
Genre: Erotica, Western Romance, Contemporary Romance, Military Romance, 44pages
My Copy: eBook


Turning down a billet at Mike’s Place in Dallas, Sergeant A.J. Turner left Iraq for Freewill, Wyoming with one goal in mind—to forget the last five years. Trading his MARPATS for jeans and his cover for a cowboy hat, he plans to work his ranch and pray the green grass, tall trees, and sweet mountains can wash away the taste of the desert.

The last thing he expected was a reminder of a promise made to his buddies: one night to help them all start again.

Sheri Vaughn quit her corporate job, sold her house and moved to Freewill on a whim. Six months after her divorce, she’s hardly ready to put her toe in the dating waters again. One bottle of wine later, however, she signs up for Madame Eve’s exclusive 1Night Stand service and lists a very particular set of qualities she wants in a man; he must be honorable, courageous, forthright, single, have served as Marine, but be a cowboy at heart. If she wants to dream, at least she can dream big.

But when local hero A.J. Turner arrives home, Madame Eve comes through, and Sheri has to find the courage to make her dream a reality…

Can one night, even a night arranged by Madame Eve, fulfill both a promise and a dream?

Ahh. I already have problems with shorts. I feel that they aren't long enough to grasp my attention, to really pull me in and have me hang on to every single word. I did finish this in one sitting, but it was only 44 pages.

You've got Sheri, who's fairly new to Freewill. Left her scumbag of a husband and decided to move to a small town and put in an application for a one night stand. When Sheri put in her application, she thought the standards that she listed were far too bazaar and out there. But, after moving to Freewill and hearing about A.J. Turner. She knew he was the one. And when he came home for good after a tour in Iraq, she wasn't surprised when she got an email from Madame Eve with the details of her one night stand.

I honestly felt that this book was just too short for me. I didn't connect with the characters, I didn't find it believable. I didn't really have an "ooh-ahh" moment. The romance is there, albeit I feel it's forced. Too short of a time span to really make that quick of a connection. But, then again, I'm not a big fan of insta-anything. Just too quick for me.

On one hand, if you're looking for a story, I wouldn't recommend this one. But, on the other hand, if you love shorts and you need that kick of erotica to get you through the night, then by all means, go ahead and pick this one up. It might be book 7 in the series, but I was not lost at all. It can be read as a stand-alone.



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Heather Long lives in Texas with her family and their menagerie of animals. As a child, Heather skipped picture books and enjoyed the Harlequin romance novels by Penny Jordan and Nora Roberts that her grandmother read to her. Heather believes that laughter is as important to life as breathing and that the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus are very real. In the meanwhile, she is hard at work on her next novel.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Manicure Monday #8

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


When Detective Logan Riske goes undercover to find Pepper Yates, a potential link to his best friend's unsolved murder, he vows to gain her cooperation by any means necessary. But the elusive beauty is more suspicious—and in far more danger—than he expected. And the last thing Logan needs is to start caring for her….Pepper has spent years dodging the corrupt club owner who will stop at nothing to keep her silenced. She can trust no one, not even the handsome new "construction worker" who's moved in next door. The heat between them is undeniable. But will surrendering to passion bring her the safety she so desires—or will her feelings for Logan draw them both into a killer's crosshairs?

Hello again! It's finally Monday! And you know what that means! MANICURES!! Oh, yeah. This weeks Mani is based off of the book RUN THE RISK by Lori Foster. It is the first book in the Love Undercover series. I am about 30% into it and... well... Let's just say it's a bit draggy for me. It's interesting, I'll give you that, but I don't think I'm a big fan of the heroine right now. She's too flip-floppy for my tastes. But Logan... Oh, Logan. That's my man candy this week. Now! On to the mani!

Simple glitter design

Description: Pretty simple mani this week. Total # of polishes used: 5 -- lol yes, that's a pretty average number for me when it comes to mani's. Not to worry, one is a base coat and one is a top coat.

First I a base coat to all my nails: NYX girls Nail Hardener  Then I painted two coats of Wet & Wilds BLACK CREME. On top of that I added two coats of NYX Girls FAME (Purple glitter polish) and when that dried, I added one coat of NYX Girls FUNKY (light purple glitter polish). And Revlon's Quick Dry Top Coat to seal the deal.

I was originally going to leave it with just the FAME glitter polish, but then it didn't really match the cover. So I added the FUNKY and voila! Insta-better. lol. Again, very simple, but I believe it goes with the cover. :)

Link up below if you're joining in on this meme! 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Did you see the Catching Fire movie teaser? No? *le gasp* Well let me go ahead and remedy that for you right now!

It has been way too gosh darned long since the first movie in this awesome-tastic trilogy came out. And now... FINALLY We get a nice teaser to assuage our long wait. I know, I know. This is a cruel and unusual joke, because...hell it's effing APRIL and we still have MONTHS til November 22nd. That's far too close to December, oh my gosh. Let us start hyperventilating now. 

I don't know if I can wait this long. How will I go on?!?!?! *sobs* I'm really looking forward to seeing the supporting actors and how well they can portray these awesome characters. Maggie? Finnick? Oh, and HELLO! Gale gets more screen time. I'm down with that. ;) But please, oh please, let Mr. Trident hog the screen. Oh, yes! 

Of course we can't forget Jennifer! *sigh* I have the hugest lady boner for Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen) And when I say huge, I mean MEGA HARD LADY BONER!

Okay, now before keep going on and on and on and on and on.... yeah, I can go on forever, let me stop here and leave you all with un pregunta (a question)! or a few!

Did you read the books? If so, did you like them? 

Did you watch the first movie? If so, did you like it?

Are you looking forward to the next movie? If so, what are you most anticipating in this next film?

Thanks for stopping by! Much love ♥♥♥

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Blog Tour: Spotlight + Giveaway: Sons of Navarus by Gabrielle Bisset

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Eight vampire warriors descended from the gods and chosen to defend their world against the Archon takeover, each dedicated to the war they must win. But there's another side to these Sons of Navarus—one that only the women they love know. Behind the strength they need to defeat their enemies lies a passion different in each one of the Sons. Their war will take them around the world and even involve the gods themselves, but they must unlock the secrets of the Prophecy of Idolas to defeat the Archons or perish in trying for none of their kind can be safe if the Archons win this battle.

Blood Avenged
(Book #1 in the Sons of Navarus series)
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Author: Gabrielle Bisset
Publisher: Self Published (March 8,2012)
Genre: PNR, 252 pages
ISBN-10: 0984724354
ISBN-13: 978-0984724352

I am everything you desire. I am vampire.

Powerful and manipulative, Vasilije does as he pleases. A vampire beholden to no one, he takes what he desires, drinking deeply the pleasures this life has to offer.

When one of his own is staked, Vasilije must travel to New Orleans to exact his revenge. There he meets Sasa, a beautiful woman who arouses him like no other has for centuries. Vasilije’s need for vengeance is equaled only by his passion for her, but what he finds in his revenge is just the beginning...

Blood Betrayed
(Book #2 in the Sons of Navarus series)
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Author: Gabrielle Bisset
Publisher: Self Published (May 20,2012)
Genre: PNR, 268 pages
ISBN-10: 0984724370
ISBN-13: 978-0984724376

I am everything forbidden.  I am vampire.

Haunted by betrayal, Saint hides in the human world, giving his heart to no one and finding the only solace from his past in the arms of human women. Now as the Archons begin their takeover of the vampire world, this Son of Navarus has been marked for death.

Summoned to defeat the Archons by the world that shunned him, Saint must face his past and Solenne, the woman he loved and lost a century ago, for only in accepting her will his body and soul finally find salvation.

Blood Spirit
(Book #3 in the Sons of Navarus series)
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Author: Gabrielle Bisset
Publisher: Self Published (September 12,2012)
Genre: PNR, 205 pages

I am everything you seek. I am vampire.

Blessed with the gift of telepathy, Terek always knows what a woman wants. His gift has afforded him nightly sensual pleasures and exotic treats for centuries, but beneath the surface he yearns for much more.

Ilona can give him what his soul craves, but only if he trusts his heart. One fateful choice made out of desire puts all he cares for in danger. With a civil war and the threat of Archon hunters at every turn, this Son may lose everything if he can't find the balance between heart and mind.

Blood Prophecy
(Book #4 in the Sons of Navarus series)


Author: Gabrielle Bisset
Genre: PNR
DOWNLOAD FIRST 5 CHAPTERS HERE: Kobo | Amazon | GBisset Website(Bottom of page)

I am everything you fear. I am vampire.

As the two Sons chosen to decipher the Prophecy of Idolas, Ramiel and Thane journey to find the key to defeating the Archons. Together with Noele, a born vampire, they confront their fates as they fulfill their duty to their world. Along the way, they'll find love, but death and betrayal lurk in the shadows, threatening everything dear to them.

Descended from the gods and warriors all, each Son's loyalty will be tested. Every action has consequences, and the choices they make now seal their fates. Alliances as old as the vampire world itself are reforged, and the Sons' duty is clear. Stop the Archons. Or die trying.

Gabrielle is offering up the following prizes.  This is a tour wide giveaway.

Grand Prize:
Autographed copies of the first three books in the series (Blood Avenged, Blood Betrayed, Blood Spirit) and SWAG (bookmarks, trading cards, cover flat, etc.) to ONE lucky winner.

THREE runners up will receive a SWAG pack

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Good luck!

I'm a UF/PNR author and my newest releases are Blood Spirit, the third book in my new series Sons of Navarus, and the Sons short stories Longing and The Deepest Cut.
For me, a book does more than just tell a story. It transports readers away from their daily lives to another place where they can be a part of something different than the common and everyday. I'm always so touched when readers tell me they felt like they were a part of the story when they read my books.
When I'm not writing, I can be found reading romance novels but often mysteries, cookbooks, and anything dealing with ancient and medieval history and European history, in general. I also love the outdoors, so I enjoy the wonderful weather Pennsylvania has to offer. I live there with my son and a herd of pets.own.

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