31 July 2009

Bar Cynster Challenge; Stephanie Laurens - Scandals Bride

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Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Avon (March 1, 1999)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0380805685
ISBN-13: 978-0380805686

Summary:

When Catriona Hennessy, honorable Scottish Lady of the Vale, received this prediction, she was exceedingly aghast. How could she unite with a rake like Richard Cynster--a masterful man with a scandalous reputation? More shocking still was her guardian's will that decreed she and Richard be wed within a week! Though charmed by his commanding presence, and wooed by his heated kisses, she would not--could not--give up her independence.

So she formed a plan to get the heir she needed without taking wedding vows.Richard was just as stunned by the will's command. Marriage had not previously been on his agenda, but lately he'd been feeling rather...restless. Perhaps taming the lady was just the challenge he needed. But can he have the rights of the marriage bed without making any revealing promises of love?




Introduction:
This is the first Bar Cynster novel that I’m starting in while completely blank of mind. I know I have read Scandal’s Bride at some point since it got released in the Netherlands but I’m coming up empty as I dig in my memories. Whether my lack of recollection is a good sign remains to be seen but I guess it will be like I’m reading Scandal’s Bride for the first time.

Review:
With the revealing of Seamus McEnery, Laird of Keltyhead’s last will and testimony many life’s got turned upside down and Richard Cynster is suddenly stuck in the middle. He has seven days to determine if he will wed Catriona Mary Hennessy. If he does, everyone will get their share of the inheritance and his son receives the title Laird of Keltyhead. If Richard doesn’t wed Catriona, everything will be divided among two bishops leaving all family members penniless. Let the courtship begin…

Scandal’s Bride revealed a marvelous historical romance which delivered a true-to-the-core heartwarming story about two strong-willed people falling in love. It spoke of family, home and hearth. Nothing truly out of the ordinary occurs in this tale and yet it spoke of the talent Stephanie Laurens possesses, she made me a part of the romantic journey as well as being a part of such a large, overbearing but loyal family. It is the personality of Catriona, who is the ‘Lady of the Vale’, and Richard, with his more than interesting background who add a flavor to the story which would otherwise have been mediocre.

Catriona is ‘Lady of the Vale’ she is a priestess who conveys with the spiritual lady to give food, guidance, protection and healing to all in the valley. The valley is prosperous, still Catriona has to answer to a man, her guardian; Seamus McEnery. Catriona is skillful in leading her estate and is confident about herself and her abilities. She is compassionate, sumptuous, driven and feisty, all attributes a good heroine needs to oppose a strong male opponent.

And everyone who has ever met a male Cynster knows he is a very strong opponent. Not over bearing in a negative way but sure as hell of himself and in no way sidetracked when he has targeted his goal. So when Richard meets Catriona and they share a passionate kiss at the graveyard his interest is more than a little stirred. Richard is the epitome of a Cynster; blessed with a keen intellect, a self-assured nature, he is chivalrous, owns his male virility and sensuality coursing through his veins along with upholding the family saying: ‘To Have And To Hold’. Add the circumstances surrounding his entry in the Cynster clan and he was a hero I could root for.

Richard and Catriona meet under out of the ordinary circumstances but the moment they meet there is an instant drawing to each other. With Catriona’s bold decisions a need is setting them aflame and is not easily extinguished. This need of theirs builds and expands from that first moment giving a very sensuous feel to the story and it kept my eyes glued to the pages. With a minimalistic story Stephanie Laurens kept me involved on all levels and with all the ups and downs between Richard and Catriona. This is where the true strength of this novel lies. The main couple are high-spirited and colorful characters. Strong of mind, deliberate in their passions and bold in their decisions. To see their journey unfold was food for the romantic soul and I just had a marvelous time.

The valley and all the people in it came to life with the arrival of Catriona and Richard. With minor events that created a major impact it fueled the story and it avoided the story from slowing down too much. When the matriarch, Helena, decides it is time for some interference of the Cynster clan you get a vibrant setting full of loveable characters. Each means something to Catriona and Richard, and they complete the cast of characters. I loved to be able to catch up with many of the Cynster clan. Moreover, it is one of the reasons I always love to read a series. Via every story in the series the characters become dear to me, if only because they shape the Cynster clan in to what it is.

It is with those minor events that insecurities are laid bare and the main couple have to go through to become more connected as man and wife. To be able to open your heart and release all those pent up emotions and doubts takes trust, something that has to grow on both sides. I couldn’t get enough of the sultry passion between the couple, the energetic dialogues leaping of the pages but most of all it was the romance building that captivated me from the beginning. I cherished it from the first page since I had my ups and downs in this series and I felt a bit reluctant to start in Scandal’s Bride.

Richard and Catriona have enamored me with their story and I look forward to what the future Cynsters have to offer. As it turns out I can honestly say; “I want more of such second first times!”


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29 July 2009

Banner Gallery

Since my discovery of the Dark-Hunter by Sherrilyn Kenyon I noticed some peeps had banners up to profess their undying love for a certain character. Ever since I became intrigued by this concept of fan creativity and it appealed to my inner creative diva and urged my brother to teach me to do stuff with a program called Photoshop. Since that moment, almost three years ago now, I have dabbled a bit banners but have yet to show 90% of what I made. So I thought, why not do a blogpost and show you guys a bit of my stuff. I always mouth off about my creativity but I have yet to show it to you *wink*

One of my all time favorites. An celebration of Tairen magic. C.L. Wilson's Tiaren Soul series.


My ode to Alyssa Day's Warriors Of Poseidon series.



This one is from my early, early day's trying to figure Photoshop out and a result from a lesson with my brother.



From my Sherrilyn Kenyon period LOL



Another one of my Myspace banners.

One of my Myspace banner-card to leave behind on somebody else's comment form.



I am very interested in the new series from Sherrilyn Kenyon titled: NEVERMORE but when will we get new info about it?!

This banner is from my old weblog:



This is the banner that won me the Kresley Cole contest:



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27 July 2009

Review & Giveaway: Sarah Parr - Renegade


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Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Zebra (June 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1420104780
ISBN-13: 978-1420104783

Summary:

Far from England, alone for too long, Captain Jonathon Barry is captivated the instant he sees Jaline - she is too magnificent not to notice. There is a grace to her movements, an elegance to her bearing, that sets her apart even before she lifts her exotic black eyes or speaks. Her voice is intoxicating, soft as velvet with a sweet, lilting quality, as she recounts an evil bargain made against her will. She is to be his mistress, and he may do with her as he pleases...Jonathon is deeply torn, for Jaline is indeed his by right. She is only a slave, the prize he has won in a Constantinople gambling den. Trembling, bared to him, body and soul - oh no - he can see how cruelly she has been treated. It is clear that Jaline is in danger still and he may well be her only hope. Yet even a renegade like Jonathon would risk anything to save so beautiful a woman...and to love her, if she will let him.


When a man purchases a woman he has his mind set on pleasure never to suspect it is a start of a journey less traveled to his own happily ever after. Jonathan Barry and Jaline meet in the search of a goblet, together they travel to Greece and London as attraction simmers as hot as the spices from Constantinople.

I always tell everyone that I enjoy a different approach to a historical romance novel then the classic bon ton setting and I most certainly got my fill with Sarah Parr’s Renegade. Of course the exotic backdrop of Constantinople and Greece add to a different vibe to the story but it is the romantic development between Jonathan and Jaline that caught my attention. Not only does it begin in an unconventional way, their progress as the traditional master with his mistress is contradicted by their actions and personalities.

Though I love ‘different’ I had to get in to the story, it took me a chapter or four to get a feel for Sarah Parr’s writing style and the characters. Those initial chapters felt very much like I entered the scene a few days to late and had to catch up on background information. Yet once I got myself acquainted with Jonathan and Jaline I was more than ready to see where they would take me.

Neither characters fits a certain typecasting. Jonathan has developed a unique work method as to achieve his goals of restoring their family title and wealth. Besides that he is very affectionately and attentive towards Jaline and he shows his feelings from almost the beginning. He isn’t the kind of man you would often meet in those times. He is considerate and caring but it is spiced with a tinge of arrogance, driven ambition and male virility.

It is Jaline whom has her share of obstacles to overcome. Angst and worry blends with an innate audacity and backbone. It creates a picture of a brave yet elegant woman who had it rough at times. At a certain point I mind-pushed Jaline to speak her feelings but simultaneously I could feel her angst and her reasoning not to do so. She made me care about her and as Jonathan showcased an exemplarily patience I was all the more invested in wanting to see these two happy.

Their romance is heated and Sarah Parr used an intimate tone to describe it. I felt the magnetic pull between them from their first meeting but the actual lovemaking was voiced with beautiful words instead of the more “provocative wording”. Jonathan quickly becomes certain of his feelings for Jaline but it is Jaline who puts a break on it and struggles with her own feelings. It adds a tender feel to their story with a natural interaction between them as no former etiquette stands in their way. Jonathan and Jaline are so incredibly endearing together and very refreshing to read between all the claiming, more darker and grittier stories. The cadence of their emotions was a dance as old as time and wrapped me up in their warming glow.

The first half of the story was very character and romance driven, and focused on deepening the relationship between the central couple. Up to a point where I actually started to wonder what the function of the goblet story thread was. The moment I started to wonder was also the turning point in the plot where Sarah Parr started to unravel information and puzzle pieces were coming together.

The Alchemist Goblet attracts a few characters with less than noble intentions and they are key to keep a good pace into the story as the mystery unravels itself. In London there are more characters to be found like the Earl, Marques and Ambassador. Of course there is also the conniving, jealous witch whom wants Jonathan for her pretty little self and it isn’t because she is head over heels in love with him. She is a product of her upbringing and will stop at nothing to claim a title. The Beta male in Renegade is Edmund Barry, brother to Jonathan, and he added a nice secondary story thread within the larger tapestry.

Sometimes you just read a poignant story that warms you from within and makes you snuggle on the couch releasing a deep sigh of content, Renegade is just such a story. The debut of Sarah Parr is a heart-tugging beautifully and a well drawn historical romance with a distinctive own voice and characters. Jonathan and Jaline are undiluted romance and I am ready for more by this author!

Quote Jaline:
If love could be enough, if stories could end happily, she would have left hers right there, with him.






The Giveaway:


An autographed copy of Renegade, bookmark and a box of Turkish Delight! All you have to do is leave a comment in this blogpost. Everyone can enter from 27 July until 31 Juli. The winner will be drawn and announced on August 1st 2009.


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26 July 2009

Kimberly Killion's Summer Sizzler contest

I found this awesome contest at Kimberly Killion's website and check out the swag!!!! I most definitely entered this contest, I hope you do too. Such a great way to discover a few new authors. I have read the novels from Delilah Marvelle & Sarah Parr's and have a few more on the shelves to look forward to. Who can resist this kind of temptation? LOL

Kimberly Killion's Summer Sizzler is packed with heat...

She is featuring a basket of "New to You Authors" which includes 16 autographed books + a $25 B&N giftcard.

Don't delay, go HERE to sign up for the giveaway.
The winner of the SUMMER SIZZLER will be announced on September 1.





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25 July 2009

Harry Potter Challenge



For about a year now I have been going: "I needs me to read the Harry Potter books! But when? Where do I find the time to read them with so much already on my TRP." Not to mention, hardcover nut that I am, I wanted them hardcover - adult version of the Harry Potter series. I can tell you that isn't coming cheap and it was another reason for me to stall the inevitable. I am discovering a lot via twitter but when Pearl from Pearl's World Of Books re-tweeted a challenge I was curious. I have said up till now that I have enough challenge on my plate with my Bar Cynster challenge, respecting many who do so many challenges all at ones. Well with the retweet of Pearl I found me the right incentive to hook up with a new challenge. The Harry Potter challenge, initiated by Galley Smith. I now have taken upon me to read the whole series in a year, which was a major factor for me to enter. A year seems doable, especially with so many strings demanding my time and attention.

I will start somewhere in August/early September and Pearl is on the bandwagon too. Of course you can find my reviews here and since I will read them the first time all is fresh and new, even though I have seen every movie. I have heard so many times now that to read the books is a different experience and so much richer that I look forward in participating in this Challenge. Click on the Harry Potter Challenge banner to be re-directed to Galley Smith's website and mr.linky. Here are the rules:

What: Read or listen to all seven books in the Harry Potter series
Sorcerer’s Stone
Chamber of Secrets
Prisoner of Azkaban
Goblet of Fire
Order of the Pheonix
Half-Blood Prince
Deathly Hallows

When: The challenge will run from August 1, 2009 to July 31, 2010. I know we’re all busy with life and work and other such fun things so join up whenever you want, there are no deadlines to the challenge besides the end date above.

Where: E-to the Everywhere! Post reviews on your blog, chat about it on messageboards, post vlogs or podcasts, comment on and converse about it in the monthly post I create here on Galleysmith. It’s entirely up to you, as long as there is some evidence of your having completed each book along the way you are good to go.

I will walk among the corridors of Hogward and have grand adventures. I hope more will join in this venture of muggles and wizards.

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24 July 2009

Monthly Book Tip interview


I love time travel themed romance novels, how does a hero or heroine face the challenges of another era, another way of life and often a loss of chocolate, technology and convenient products. Can everyone still remember what Brodie from The Highlander’s Touch did with tampons? One of my very first time travel stories was the one of Lynn Kurland - The More I See You. The one I will remember instantly and re-read to pieces is Jude Deveraux's - A Knight In Shining Armor. Karen Moning with her first time travel story Beyond A Highland Mist will forever be treasured and the one that rocked my world was Diana Gabaldon's Outlander. I'm kind of stuck at book four of her series for, my gawd, those are giants of stories and I need a week or so of undisturbed reading time to conquer it. From my first book by Lynn Kurland time travel is a theme I always will enjoy, the situations it can provide, the fear of wanting to go back and once romance commenced, the fear of being taken away again. So when I had to pick a new Book Of The Month is stumbled upon: Pamela Palmer a.k.a Pamela Montgomerie with her new time travel novel: Sapphire Dream. I contacted her if she wanted to answer a few questions and though under a tight deadline she did answer a few:

~click on cover to buy a copy~

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Berkley (July 7, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0425229068
ISBN-13: 978-0425229064

Summary:

When Brenna Cameron returns to Castle Stour on the coast of Scotland seeking answers about her past, she can’t imagine that she’ll be transported to a seventeenth-century pirate ship and a crew of dangerous scallywags who haven’t seen a woman in far too long. Nor could she have dreamed of her desires for the captain who comes to her rescue…

Rourke Douglas, captain of the Lady Marie, is immediately enthralled by the beautiful stranger brought onto his ship by a mysterious magic connected to that sapphire jewel around her exquisite neck. All he knows is that the fiery-haired siren he calls “Wildcat” stirs something deep in his wounded soul. But along with burning desire, the captain knows a bone-chilling dread, for if the prophesy of the sapphire is true, then the brazen Brenna will bring about only one thing: his ruin…

Read an excerpt ~HERE~

Leontine’s Book Realm invites Pamela Montgomerie over to tell a bit about Sapphire Dream. This book has been selected in my feature of the monthly book-tip to check out.
Hi Pamela, I’m so glad you could take time away from your busy schedule to answer a few questions:

-What is your favorite time travel story other than your own?

Diana Gabaldon’s OUTLANDER is my absolute favorite time travel. I’ve loved Jamie since I first met him on those pages.

-What is the most appealing about writing a time travel story?

I suppose I’ve always been fascinated by the past and what it would have been like to live then, and how different it would be from today. In historicals, the past is normal. It’s all the characters know. But seeing it through the eyes of a modern woman gives a whole different perspective on it. I love that.

-How would you describe Sapphire Dream, what can the reader expect?

Sapphire Dream is a fast-paced, action adventure romance, lighter in tone than my Pamela Palmer books (the Feral Warriors and Esri series), with touches of humor you won’t find in the others. Brenna Cameron, the heroine of Sapphire Dream, is one of my all-time favorites. She has a smart-alecky sense of humor that serves her well when her life gets turned on its ear. Rourke calls her ‘Wildcat’ and the name fits.

-What was one of the surprising things you learned during writing Sapphire Dream?

If by ‘things’ you mean facts, I did a tremendous amount of Scottish research as I wrote this book, including two trips to Scotland. What I learned was much of what we ‘know’ about Scotland in the 17th century is false. Though the Highlanders wore plaids, most Scots did not. And there was no such thing as a kilt or a clan plaid as there is today. Most of this lore came about in the 19th century, long after the clan system had been dismantled.

But if you’re referring to surprising things I learned about my characters and their situations, I’m going to have to smile and stay silent. I learned some very surprising things as the story progressed, but I want you to discover them for yourself.

-What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Hmm. I’m sure I’m not unique in this, but I have different music I listen to when I’m writing and plotting. When I plot, I listen to Jesse Cook. When I write, Keiko Matsui. Both are new age jazz musicians. I only listen to the instrumentals (thank goodness for ipods), and I find the music incredibly emotionally evocative. I’ve trained myself like one of Pavlov’s dogs. If the music is on, I’m working. Period. The moment, I quit, I turn it off.

-A quote that describes Rourke Douglas best:

“I assure you, Wildcat. I am not a good man. Dinna make the mistake of thinking I am.”


-A quote that describes Brenna Cameron best:

A quote was tough, so I’m opting for a short passage from near the beginning of the book after Brenna’s woken on Rourke’s pirate ship and tangled with his rough crew.
She looked up at him, her eyes at once terrified and bewildered. “How did he fix it?”
Rourke met her gaze, then looked away. "Hegarty’s a skilled healer.”
"Skilled or not,” she snapped. “Wounds don't heal in hours. And this one was a doozy."
His admiration for her rose another notch. He could sense her fear, yet she met him with anger.

- Do you have more releases coming up we need to pay attention to?

The sequel to Sapphire Dream, titled Amethyst Destiny, comes out next summer. But as Pamela Palmer, I have three releases this summer, the first three books in the dark paranormal Feral Warriors series for Avon, Desire Untamed, Obsession Untamed, and Passion Untamed. The first hit bookstores June 30th and the other two will be out the end of July and the end of August, respectively. The Feral Warriors are powerful, sexy, immortal shape-shifters, each man able to shift into a different animal, each the last of his unique line. These books are loaded with action, story, and romance as the Feral Warriors fight to keep Satanan and his Daemon horde from rising once more. Coffee Time Romance calls it “A sexy, suspenseful, and hot book...another must-read series for paranormal fans everywhere.”


I hope you are as intrigued as I am! Which leaves me with the question of the day and probably asked on numerous ocassions: What was your first time travel story and which one is your ultimate favorite?


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23 July 2009

Review: Patti O 'Shea - Edge Of Dawn

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Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Tor Paranormal Romance (June 30, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0765361698
ISBN-13: 978-0765361691

Summary:

Glass artist Shona Blackwood has lost her ability to create, but instead of panic, all she feels is apathy. Her detachment is shaken when she narrowly avoids being mugged, thanks to a timely rescue by a man who makes all her senses come roaring to life.

Logan Andrews is a magical troubleshooter assigned to protect Shona from an unseen enemy. Shona is unaware that magic actually exists and Logan is under orders not to tell her, but it isn't long before he finds his loyalty torn between his people and the passionate woman he is guarding.

He thought this would be a straightforward job, but Logan quickly realizes that in an edgy contest between magic and passion, love is destined to win.


With so much already out there in the paranormal genre Patti O’Shea took me by surprise with her Light Warrior series. When I had the chance to review EDGE OF DAWN I was more than ready to enter the world again of Troubleshooters, the Gineal leaders, magic and mayhem. Who I met were Logan Andrews and Shona Blackwood, two characters who differ from Maia Frasier and Creed Blackwood in the previous In Twilight’s Shadow, like day does from night.

Logan understands women stemming from the fact he grew up around plenty of them. There is sensitivity to him that Shona needs at times but there is also an integral part of him that is all male, virile, strong, stubborn, capable and charming. He a duality of the gentleman and the tortured hero and though he didn’t push all my personal buttons I very much liked the chemistry he created with Shona.

Now Shona is the only child with protective parents. She has been a mediocre kid growing up but found her creative passion in glass blowing. Socially a bit awkward and quirks to live with she is as endearing and at moments as recognizable as heroines can come. I caught up with her when her best friend stood her up at a club and a single event turns her life upside down and asks of her to rise to the occasion.

Logan and Shona both have problems they struggle with when they meet each other. At the surface it all seems random but it is with each chapter that Edge Of Dawn becomes more intriguing and pushed it towards a dynamic ending. It is a story of growth and coming in to your own while much of the mystery revolves around Shona. With the protection of Logan their lives get entangled on various levels and the burgeoning romance was fueled by smoldering passion that was waiting to be released. Because of Shona’s social skills and insecurities Logan had to work for her trust. It created an amorous romance that took the lead with underlying suspense and tension that kept it all at an pleasant pace.

Though I enjoyed the romance something is bugging me at the edges of my comprehension in this reading experience. I can’t quite grasp the essence of why Shona and Logan didn’t fully work for me. They have a wonderful sizzle together, both in dialogues as in body language. I cared for them and they were compelling and charming in both their individualities and as a couple but it didn’t rock my boat. Perhaps I think what disconnected me at times was that Shona was a bit too socially awkward and Logan a bit too understanding and an all around nice guy. The duality rules big time and borders on ‘just liking them’ and ‘truly falling for them’ when it comes to their characterization. Yet they learn, change and grow in to a couple whom in the end makes me feel their love from head to toes.

The plot was initiated from page one where a fight unfurls itself between Logan and a Bouda demon. It was where strange things occur with repercussions that immediately set the tone and kept me puzzled for quite some time. Now if I think about the plot and Logan it equals to his twin brother Kel and he made me sit up and pay attention. Slivers of information were dropped that screamed for elaboration and I wish with all my heart that his story is next. He is a man who doesn’t say much but by the sheer presence he exudes dark secrets which I can’t wait to unravel, I want to find out what makes him tick, what made him the man he is today. Another key character for the plot is Farran, Shona’s best friend; she spiced up the plot, kept the stakes high and the mysteries intriguing. There are not many secondary characters but those who are work their magic in their overall purpose.

All in all Edge Of Dawn is a story where the romance and plot builds gradually and is released in an emotionally gratifying way. It adds a new edition to the Light Warrior series which intriguingly expands upon each new release. Patti O’Shea has a gift to draw me in a world that is both enigmatic and a provider of a well rounded plot with a romantic conclusion. With her alternate worlds theory she has a whole universe to play with and I look forward to what her imagination will come up with next!

Quote Logan:
You really don’t have to feel awkward with me, though. I was just as aroused as you were.”
Shona clasped the filmy fabric of her skirt and rubbed it between her thumb and forefinger. “You’re a guy; you don’t understand.”
“I understand more than you give me credit for. You’re either embarrassed because A – you were the aggressor. B – It was our second date. C – I watched you come. Or D – the attraction we share went from simmering to boiling over in a split second and you don’t like the loss of self-command.”
“Try option E.”
“E?”
“All of the above.”


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Blog Award Ceremony

I walk on stage in to the spotlight, something that always makes me uncomfortable but I try to remember it is in front of all my blogging friends and that it is not so bad. I clear my throat *achum* and take out my speech cards. “First of all I would like to thank each and everyone for giving me some award love. I do not blog, or go over to your places, or simply at times just lurk and read to get an award but I do love the sincere gesture and feelings that go behind such an award. In this spirit I’d like to spread the award love. Because I never expected to enjoy blogging the way I do *grin* and to have met you all and talk some good book talk I have gained many online friends. I read your reviews and have my TRP grow to humongous proportions, I read your blogposts and get to share a bit of your life and someday I hope to say hi to you all in person. Thank you to each and all, whether you're receiving an award or not, I love hanging out with all of you!


Humane Award – given to me by LadyVampire2u

I would like to thank the wonderful LadyVampire2u from Lady Vampire's Lair for honoring me with the Humane Award. I always enjoy her heads up on contest and she is just one of the nicest persons out there to talk with.
Award definition:

"The Humane Award is to honor certain bloggers that are kindhearted individuals. They regularly take part in my blog and always leave the sweetest comments. If it wasn't for them, my site would just be an ordinary book review blog. Their blogs are also amazing and are tastefully done on a daily basis. This award is to thank them for their growing friendships through the blog world."

~Cecile from All I Want And More
~Erotic Horizon from Erotic Horizon
~VampFanGirl from Lovin' Me Some Romance
~Barbara from Happily Ever After
~Mandi from Smexybooks
~Amy C from Romance Book Wyrm
~Donna (FantasyDreamer) from Fantasy Dreamers Ramblings


LadyVampire2u from Lady Vampire's Lair nominated me for The Lemonade Award

Award definition:

For showing great attitude and gratitude. Rules:Link back to the person he/she received the award from.Nominate 10 bloggers who are deserving of this award.

I don’t think I’ll make it to ten but here goes….Here are my nominees for the Lemonade Award:

~Pearl from Pearl’s World Of Books
~Wicked Munk from Sticky Pages
~Zeek from The Way I See It
~Blodeuedd from Book girl of Mur-y-Castell
~Lea from Closetwriter
~SarahT from Monkey Bear Reviews



SarahTanner from Monkey Bear Reviews nominated me for a Lovely Blog award.

The rules are as follows:

1. Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.

2. Pass the award to other blogs that you’ve newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

~Susi_Sunshine from The Geeky Bookworm
Kreativ Blogger Award given to me by kind Linda Ellen from Bambi Reads

The definition of this award got lost along the way I think but I’ll do my best.

Here are the rules for when you get tagged with The Kreativ Blogger Award: If you accept it, you must list seven of your favorite things and nominate seven blogs that deserve this award.

1: Taking walks with hubby and dogs.
2: Phone conversations with sis & friends.
3: springtime sunshine on my face.
4: Heavy thunderstorms and sitting cozy inside on couch with book.
5: Endless (phone) conversations with sis and friends.
6: Unexpected mail
7: baking

The blog I’m giving this award to are:

~Dottie from My Blog 2.0
~BOOK JUNKIE from BOOK JUNKIE
~Erotic Horizon from Erotic Horizon
~Barbara from Happily Ever After
~Cecile from All I Want And More
~Smokinhotbooks from Smokinhotbooks
~Susi_Sunshine from The Geeky Bookworm



I've been awarded by the generous Randi @ Randi Romance Reader & Linda Ellen from Bambi Reads. The Heartfelt Award.. the most heart touching award there is.

Award definition:

Do you reach for a cup of cocoa or tea when you’re relaxing, seeking comfort, sharing a plate of cookies with family & friends? You know that feeling you get when you drink a yummy cup of cocoa, tea ~ or a hot toddy? That is what the Heartfelt award is all about feeling warm inside. I wanted to create something to express that toasty feeling.

The Rules:

1) Put the logo on your blog/post.
2) Nominate up to 9 blogs which make you feel comfy or warm inside.
3) Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4) Let them know that they have been nominated by commenting on their blog.
5) Remember to link to the person from whom you received your award.

Here are the blogs I am giving this award to......

~Cecile from All I Want And More
~Erotic Horizon from Erotic Horizon
~VampFanGirl from Lovin Me Some Romance
~Barbara from Happily Ever After
~Mandi from Smexybooks
~Amy C from Romance Book Wyrm
~Donna (FantasyDreamer) from Fantasy Dreamers Ramblings
~Pearl from Pearl’s World Of Books
~Marissa from Marissa’s Booklair

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