Saturday, December 20, 2014

Sangria Saturday: Honeycrisp Apple Sangria (#Wine #Sangria #Recipe)


Welcome to Sangria Saturday, where ever Saturday you will find a delicious sangria recipe to go with your weekend reading! Have a recipe of your own? Join the fun and leave us a comment or a link to your own post!  

Tomorrow is the first day of Winter! Doesn't a Honeycrisp Apple Sangria sound delicious to kick the season off? Make some for your Winter Solstice get-together! 

Honeycrisp Apple Sangria

EXTRA Chapter! "Slowly Unwrapped" by Victoria Vane (#Giveaway)

Victoria Vane has written an extra chapter called “Slowly Unwrapped” starring Wade and Nikki! The Christmas story is below and there is even a giveaway. Enjoy!

By Victoria Vane

Decatur Georgia, Christmas Day

Nikki yanked the handle of the shopping buggy. It stuck. She cursed and gave it another jerk but it remained jammed.

“Use your foot,” Shelby instructed. “Like this.” With one solid kick, Shelby wedged the buggy free. “I still don’t understand why you’re going through all this stress and aggravation, Nik. The man just gave you a ring. Are you really sure you want to risk cooking for him?”

Nikki grimaced. “Thanks a lot, Shel.”

“I’m just sayin’ he has to know by now that you’re no domestic goddess.”

Friday, December 19, 2014

Audio #Review: Starry Montana Sky by Debra Holland

15096266Title: Starry Montana Sky
Series: Montana Sky #2
Author: Debra Holland 
Format: Unabridged Audio/Paperback, 344 pages
Published: August 28th 2012 by Montlake Romance
ISBN: 1612184677
Narrated by: Natalie Ross
Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins 
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Audible | B&N
Source: Author
Reviewer: Linda
Rating: 4.5/5

The telegram Samantha Sawyer Rodriguez holds is her key to freedom: her late uncle, Ezra, has left her his ranch in Sweetwater Springs, Montana. At last, she and her young son will have a true home, and she can finally pursue her dreams of raising her prized miniature horses and building a sanctuary for wayward orphans.

Prosperous rancher Wyatt Thompson has long coveted that river property. It’s bad enough that Ezra’s niece refuses to sell it, but worse by far that she’s stubborn, proud, and breathtakingly beautiful. The lovely widow and her adopted sons awaken memories of a shameful past he’s struggled to overcome. Yet when Samantha’s safety is threatened, he’ll risk everything to save the unexpected family he’s come to cherish.

In this follow-up to Wild Montana Sky, her acclaimed USA Today bestselling romance, Debra Holland sweeps listeners back to that majestic, historical landscape in an extraordinary story of redemption, courage, and tender, steadfast love.

Linda's thoughts:
Samantha - "Daniel!"  She waved the letter.  "I have news," she called in the English she always used with him.
Her son straightened up from the horse.  "What, Mama?"
Eager expectancy glowed in his blue eyes, and for a moment he looked so much like his father that a familiar pain pierced her heart and tempered her excitement.  From long practice, she shoved her sadness aside.  "I've inherited Uncle Ezra's ranch in Montana."

Exclusive Excerpt from In His Shadow by Tiffany Snow (#Giveaway)

Today we have an exclusive excerpt from Tiffany Snow's new release and the first book in her Tangled Ivy Trilogy, IN HIS SHADOW!

22370811In His Shadow 
(The Tangled Ivy Trilogy #1)
by Tiffany Snow
Paperback, 327 pages
Published December 16th 2014 by Montlake Romance
ISBN 147782586X
Ivy Mason is hiding—from her past, from herself, and from anyone who could love her. The only kind of love she’s ever known hurts, leaving scars on her body and soul. Now, her world may be boring and predictable, but that’s exactly what she wants. Until Devon Clay walks into her life.

A lonely man in a deadly profession, Devon works as an agent for an underground British agency known only as the Shadow. Nothing about him is safe or ordinary. The danger that consumes his life turns into an addiction Ivy can’t resist...even if it proves fatal.

As Ivy’s past begins to catch up with her, she wonders if love really is the twisted thing she’s always thought it was. Maybe it could be more with this man, who’s shown her that she doesn’t need to protect herself from everyone. Is what she feels for Devon worth the risk? He may save her heart or break it, if she manages to stay alive.

Release Week Launch: Double Trouble: Charmed and Dangerous/Mission:Irresistible by .@LoriWilde (#Giveaway)

If you haven't yet tried one of Lori Wilde's books or have had her on your TBR list for way too long here is the perfect opportunity to read two of her novels in one!

21926857Double Trouble: Charmed and Dangerous/Mission:Irresistible
by Lori Wilde
Paperback, 688 pages
Published December 16th 2014 by Forever
ISBN 1455553115 
Two Lori Wilde romances together for the first time in print!


When her thrill-seeking twin sister goes missing, Maddie Cooper must come to her rescue-which means teaming up with irritating, arrogant, and altogether way too sexy FBI agent David Marshall. David isn't one to get easily distracted but his new self-proclaimed partner has him completely sidetracked with her delectable curves and knockout smile. His first priority: follow the leads in the case. Then he can go about the all-too-enjoyable task of following his heart . . .


PR specialist Cassie Cooper loves the adrenaline rush of a well-planned party. And a masquerade ball at the museum is her best yet. But when a legendary amulet is stolen practically from under her nose, she needs the help of her nemesis, archaeologist Harrison Standish. No-nonsense Harrison has all the intensity of Indiana Jones. Though just when he needs his full attention on their mission, he's having the damnedest time keeping his mind-and his hands-off Cassie . . .

#Review: Strangers at the Altar by Marguerite Kaye - 4 Wine Glasses

22557452Title: Strangers at the Altar
Author: Marguerite Kaye
Format: eBook/Paperback, 288 pages
Published: November 18th 2014 by Harlequin
ISBN: 0373298129
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Author
Reviewer: Linda
Rating: 4/5

The secrets behind the wedding veil 

For penniless widow Ainsley McBrayne, marriage is the only solution. She's vulnerable yet fiercely independent, so shackling herself to another man seems horrifying! Until handsome stranger Innes Drummond tempts Ainsley to become his temporary wife. 

Once married, Ainsley hardly recognizes the rugged Highlander Innes transforms into! He sets her long-dormant pulse racing, and she's soon craving the enticing delights of their marriage bed. She has until Hogmanay to show Innes that their fake marriage could be for real… 

Linda's Thoughts: 
STRANGERS AT THE ALTAR, is a lovely Harlequin historical by Marguerite Kaye featuring two lovelorn characters who marry for convenience in Edinburgh in 1840. The story's setting then immediately moves to the author's native Argyll, Scotland for most of the rest of the tale. It is the story of Innes Drummond, an English widow, and Ainsley McBrayne, a Scottish laird, who have experienced what I could only describe as serendipity - by meeting entirely by chance at the offices of their attorneys.  The excerpt above - provided by the author - describes their initial meeting. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Top 5 Favorite Dishes for Larissa Ione's of REVENANT Holiday Table (#Giveaway)

Hello, everyone, and happy holidays! Today I’m going to share my Top 5 Favorite Dishes for My Holiday Table. Maybe one or more of these will make your list!

Let’s get started, because I’m hungry!

1. Turkey. Now, I’m mostly a vegetarian, but when I travel and during the holidays, I tend to slip, and one of the reasons is turkey. I really love it smoked, but I’ll take it any way it’s served!

2. Dressing. Dressing, not stuffing. I love to mix it up every year and try something new…maybe with cranberries or apples and sausage…I’m all for tradition, but I also like to take one traditional dish every year and do something different.

Release Blitz of DECADENT by Adrianne Lee (#Giveaway)

Adrianne Lee is back with the 4th book in her sweet and sexy Big Sky Pie series - DECADENT! 

(Big Sky Pie #4)
by Adrianne Lee 
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 16th 2014 by Forever
ISBN 1455574392
Contractor Wade Reynolds is having a tough year. His cherry farm went bust, and his construction clients threaten to unhinge what's left of his sanity. But Wade's passion for life heats up when he's hired to remodel a new storefront next to Big Sky Pie -and he falls for the red-hot, bad girl who's setting up her catering shop there. Fresh off her own divorce, Roxy isn't looking for another relationship, just a spontaneous fling or three. Her contractor Wade looks as delicious as her specialty confections, but he's way too buttoned-up for a casual affair. Yet there's an ultra-sexy strength about him Roxy can't resist. What that man clearly needs is something decadent-like her... 

The Kinky Christmas Blog Hop (#Giveaway)

Shout out to WeLoveKink for putting this Kinky Christmas Hop together! XOXO
It's Christmas time. It's cold outside, most places. We're all looking for a little something to warm us up and we all know that the naughtier the girl, the more interesting the present Santa leaves. *wink, wink* The hot Santa I'll be featuring today appreciates getting a little naughty over the holidays. And one that wears leather while riding a Harley definitely sounds like my kind of man in red! So what does a scarf, a belt, a pearl necklace, a feather pen and Christmas all have in common? Read this excerpt from SANTA WORE LEATHERS to maybe find out!

18868336"Aren't you teasing me, big guy?"

"I've only begun." He lay the pearls aside and reached for the feather pen. Turning it around, he flicked the feather beneath the curve of her breast and across her nipple. Her mouth opened slightly as her nipple peaked even more. "Every time you use your pen from now on, you'll think of the naughty ways I've used it." He moved to her side and trailed it down her stomach. "Naughty?" Her voice had a breathy quality which hardened him to the point of madness.

He flicked the feathers across the tops of her thighs near their junction and she arched again. "Oh, yeah, baby. Naughty." Tossing the feather aside because, really, why should it have all the fun, he scooted farther down the bed and began licking her ankles. Slowly he worked his way up her toned legs, inhaling her scent and loving every inch of her satiny smooth skin with his hands and lips.

When he reached the apex of the most luscious pair of legs he'd ever had the pleasure of tasting, her moans were a real turn-on, shooting a rush of hot blood to his groin. Still, it was nothing compared to her withering and fisting of the comforter when he feasted on her. With the second stroke of his tongue, she climaxed. The shriek of his name tumbling from her lips was something he'd not soon forget. he stayed with her, giving her tender kisses and touches until the spasms receded. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

#Review: Blood Moon by Lisa Kessler - 4.5 Wine Glasses

23604924Title: Blood Moon 
Series: Moon #3
Author:  Lisa Kessler 
Format: ebook, 315 pages
Published: December 15th 2014 by Entangled: Select Otherworld
ISBN: 1633751430 
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4.5/5

One bite can change you.
And one kiss can change your destiny... 

Nadya Dalca has been handed a death sentence. She's been bitten by the last living genetically enhanced werewolf―part of the Nero Organization's disastrous Moonlight project. With the poisonous blood now coursing through her system and pushing her to the limits, it is only a matter of time before Nadya's fate is sealed...

Gareth Takoda told himself he couldn't get involved. Caught up in a maelstrom of grief and bitterness, he has been isolating himself from his Pack. But when he is charged with watching over Nadya's first transformation―or bear witness should it go horribly wrong―Gareth is torn further by unwanted desire and the need to protect what is his.

One kiss changes everything. One shattering, all-consuming kiss. And with it, Nadya and Gareth face either salvation...or death. 

Linda's Thoughts:
Gareth - “No room in my world for drama, and the last thing I needed was more death. This beautiful woman would bring me both.” 
Nadya - “He looked dangerous, but in the short time I’d known him, he’d always made me feel safe."

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