FIVE. YEARS. OLD: Blog Anniversary Giveaway!

Five years ago this week I started blogging.  I think I had a journal-type blog before but I have never been good at keeping a diary and it died quietly.  I also tried using them in groups instead of a newsletter but non-technologically friendly people didn’t like it. When I decided to start blogging seriously it was because I wanted to blog about books. I looked around at a lot of different bloggers.  And, I decided I should get serious.   At the time I was web admin for my local Junior League and I guess I wanted to spend even more time online.

Actually, I wanted to talk about the paranormal romance phenomenon. I did that for a long time.  But, then I wanted to read more than PNR and UF.   I expanded first with romance and somehow started reading a lot of BDSM. How did that happen?  I always say I know way more about BDSM than someone as vanilla as myself normally would.

Now I am reading what I want. If I see a book I want to read I will.

I had a lot of help from other bloggers, The “original”  Book Faery, Parajunkee, Readaholics Anonymous, Bewitching Book Tours, Herding Cats and Burning Soup, I Smell SheepThe Caffeinated Reviewer, and many more.  Some, like the Book Faery, have gone on to other pursuits, and some have expanded their bookish/blogging offerings.  I appreciate all of them. Some authors really helped me out too; and it has been fun to watch some grow in their craft.

I’ve made some great friends too. And that’s what I think blogging may really be about: sharing with friends who have similar interests!

Blah, Blah, blogging, yadda, yadda. Enough about me!


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How am I going to celebrate five years of insanity, over 2,175 posts and umpteen books?

By giving some books away of course!
Two winners will each receive two books from the selection shown above.  The first winner chosen will choose her/his two books first and then the second winner drawn will receive his/her top choices from the remaining books.

If a book is not yet released it will not be shipped until shortly before its release date.

The giveaway is open to US Shipping only and you must be 18 to enter.
Thanks to the lovely folks at Penguin Random House’s NAL and Berkley Imprints,  Harper Collins Avon and Voyager, and Simon and Schuster’s Pocket Imprint.



Book 2 in the Desperate Duchesses by the Numbers series
by Eloisa James


As a young girl, Emilia Gwendolyn Carrington told the annoying future Duke of Pindar that she would marry any man in the world before him—so years later she is horrified to realize that she has nowhere else to turn.

Evander Septimus Brody has his own reasons for agreeing to Mia’s audacious proposal, but there’s one thing he won’t give his inconvenient wife: himself. Instead, he offers Mia a devil’s bargain… he will spend four nights a year with her.

Four nights, and nothing more. And those only when she begs for them. Which Mia will never do.

Now Vander faces the most crucial challenge of his life: he must seduce his own wife in order to win her heart—and no matter what it takes, this is the one battle he can’t afford to lose.


A Deadly Angels Book #5
HarperCollins/Avon Books
November 27, 2014  Paperback

The vangels are back in Vampire in Paradise, the latest in Sandra Hill’s bestselling Deadly Angels series.

It’s been centuries since the Norseman Sigurd Sigurdsson was turned into a Vangel—a Viking Vampire Angel—as punishment for his sin of envy, but he’s still getting the hang of having fangs that get in the way when seducing women. Slaying demon vampires known as Lucipires and using his healing gifts as a cancer research doctor, Sigurd is sent to Florida’s Grand Keys Island as a resident physician . . . where he encounters a sinfully beautiful woman.

The only hope Marisa Lopez has of curing her five-year-old daughter is a pricey experimental procedure. When she meets the good-looking doctor, Marisa is speechless. Then Sigurd tells her he believes he can help her daughter. Could this too-hot-to-resist Viking doctor be an angel of some sort sent to bring a miracle for her daughter? Or is he just a vampire bent on breaking Marisa’s heart?



by Beth Cato, Harper Voyager , September 2014, Paperback

Orphaned as a child, Octavia Leander was doomed to grow up on the streets until Miss Percival saved her and taught her to become a medician. Gifted with incredible powers, the young healer is about to embark on her first mission, visiting suffering cities in the far reaches of the war-scarred realm. But the airship on which she is traveling is plagued by a series of strange and disturbing occurrences, including murder, and Octavia herself is threatened.

Suddenly, she is caught up in a flurry of intrigue: the dashingly attractive steward may be one of the infamous Clockwork Daggers—the Queen’s spies and assassins—and her cabin-mate harbors disturbing secrets. But the danger is only beginning, for Octavia discovers that the deadly conspiracy aboard the airship may reach the crown itself.


An Argeneau Novel Book 21

Lynsay Sands
Avon/HarperCollins On-sale: 2/24

A few hours ago, Sherry Carne would have sworn that vampires didn’t exist. That’s before rogue immortals rampage through her store, leaving bloody chaos (literally) in their wake. The kicker comes when Sherry learns that one of the vamps on the bad guys’ trail may be her life mate. Her head says it’s impossible. The rest of her takes one look at Basileios Argeneau, and has much more interesting ideas.

Whatever Basil expected in a life mate, funny, outspoken Sherry isn’t it. But mind-blowing chemistry and instinct don’t lie. They tell him something else too-that Sherry’s connection to the immortal world goes deeper than she knows. And that she’s in the kind of danger only Basil can save her from-if she’ll just trust him, now and forever…  (Bewitching Book Tours)


Beyond Limits

by Lauren Griffin
The Tracers Series, Book 8
Pocket Books
January 27, 2015

FBI agent Elizabeth LeBlanc is still caught in the aftermath of her last big case when she runs into the one man from her past who is sure to rock her equilibrium even more. Navy SEAL Derek Vaughn is back home from a harrowing rescue mission in which he found evidence of a secret terror cell on US soil. Elizabeth knows he’ll do anything to unravel the plot—including seducing her for information. And despite the risks involved, she’s tempted to let him. . . .

On the surface Derek’s offering a simple deal—Elizabeth provides him with intel, he delivers the terrorist. But he knows nothing about Elizabeth is easy, and now their volatile relationship threatens to distract him from the most important mission of his career. Together with the forensics experts at the Delphi Center, he and Elizabeth are closing in on the truth, but it may not be fast enough to avert a devastating impending attack . . . or stop a ruthless enemy from escaping to kill again.


Green Mountain #44
by Marie Force
Penguin/Berkley Paperback

As the oldest of the ten Abbott siblings, Hunter prides himself on his ability to solve other people’s problems, but now he has a problem of his own—how to convince the woman of his dreams that his love is for keeps.

As the chief financial officer, Hunter Abbott manages the family’s various business interests while “fixing” things for the people he loves. But the one thing he can’t fix is his undeniable attraction to Megan Kane. Instead, Hunter is prepared to do whatever it takes to show Megan that he’s the man for her.

Megan’s sister rocks her with the news that she and her husband are moving overseas, leaving Megan truly alone. With her sister—and her job at the diner—going away, Megan finds herself leaning on the sexy, button-down accountant who isn’t afraid to lay it all on the line for her. But Megan has watched too many people she loves leave her. Can she risk her heart on Hunter?


The Others
March 3, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop transports readers to a “mesmerizing”* world of magic and political unrest—where the only chance at peace requires a deadly price…

The Others freed the cassandra sangue to protect the blood prophets from exploitation, not realizing their actions would have dire consequences. Now the fragile seers are in greater danger than ever before—both from their own weaknesses and from those who seek to control their divinations for wicked purposes. In desperate need of answers, Simon Wolfgard, a shape-shifter leader among the Others, has no choice but to enlist blood prophet Meg Corbyn’s help, regardless of the risks she faces by aiding him.

Meg is still deep in the throes of her addiction to the euphoria she feels when she cuts and speaks prophecy. She knows each slice of her blade tempts death. But Others and humans alike need answers, and her visions may be Simon’s only hope of ending the conflict.

For the shadows of war are deepening across the Atlantik, and the prejudice of a fanatic faction is threatening to bring the battle right to Meg and Simon’s doorstep…


A Half Moon Hollow Novel
by Molly Harper
Simon and Schuster/Pocket
March 24, 2015 Paperback

In the next book in Molly Harper’s beloved Half Moon Hollow paranormal romance series, Gigi starts her first job (at Vampire Headquarters), gets over her first love, and may even fall for her first vampire!Gigi is no longer an innocent teen. All grown up and looking for love, her family and friends worry she’ll go for the sexy, alluring vampire instead of a nice, safe human. But sexy and alluring, with a penchant for biting, could be just what Gigi wants…