Saturday, November 22, 2014

Sangria Saturday: Spiced Cranberry Sangría (#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!  

I absolutely LOVE cranberries. Anything cranberry! And since this coming week is a holiday known for having cranberries I thought I'd share a yummy sangria recipe to accompany your Thanksgiving meal!

Spiced Cranberry Sangría

Interview with author Victoria Vane of Slow Hand (#Giveaway)

Her bio says it all, from historical to contemporary settings. But today she is stopping by to talk about her newest Western Contemporary Romance! Welcome Victoria Vane!

Thank you so much for having me, Lexi!

Lexi: This summer you did a road trip and hit up some of our country’s western states. You even came across a cowboy carrying the American flag. Did that trip inspire any of this new series, Hot Cowboy Nights?

So glad you enjoyed the photos! It was an incredible trip. We took hundreds of pictures as we travelled through Wyoming and Montana. It was very much a research trip for me. IN addition to visiting all of the places I mention in this series, I also had a chance to meet face to face with many real people who live the life and face the challenges I depict in this series. Among them were cattle ranchers, rodeo cowboys, stock contractors, and even a wild horse trainer. Many elements of these various people combined to bring my characters more vividly to life.

Lexi: Book spurs trip, trip inspires book. Either way, writing about something you see is a great way to bring your reader into the story. And the story between Wade and Nicole in Slow Hand sounds like a great romance! Sassy Southern girl who is done with cowboys and a lawyer who is really a cowboy at heart. Did their chemistry click for you right away?

Friday, November 21, 2014

#BookReview: The Reordering by Vicki Pettersson - 4 Wine Glasses

23380177Title: The Reordering 
Series: Signs of the Zodiac #6.5
Author: Vicki Pettersson 
Format: ebook
Published: October 15th 2014 by Alistern Press, LLC
Links:  Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Purchased by Reviewer
Reviewer:  Crystal
Rating: 4/5

Joanna Archer is back.

From New York Times bestselling author Vicki Pettersson, comes The Reordering, an all-new, action-packed novella, and sequel to the NYT Bestselling Signs of the Zodiac series.

Joanna Archer is a superhero … or would be if she hadn't blown up the underpinnings of the entire supernatural underworld and walked away. With the promise of new life stirring in her body, and her lover, Hunter Lorenzo, firmly at her side, Joanna believes she's earned her hard-won peace. Yet when her mother, Zoe, is reported missing, Joanna must take up arms once again and return to Las Vegas. Because there is a Reordering of the Zodiac world underway…and a powerful new evil rising from the rubble she left behind.

Never before published,The Reordering is a 25,000 word original novella.

Crystal's Thoughts:

Book Blitz: Exchange of Fire by P.A. DePaul (#Giveaway)

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Today we're having a book blast for Exchange of Fire by P.A. DePaul. We'll be revealing a deleted scene from Exchange of Fire and it's on sale right now as well!! Enjoy and make sure you enter P.A.'s giveaway!!

21848650Exchange of Fire 
(SBG #1)
by P.A. DePaul 
Published August 19th 2014 by Penguin InterMix
Sandra Walsh was a deadly sniper for the Sweet Briar Group, a covert agency with assassins for hire, until her last mission went horribly wrong, accidentally killing an innocent girl. Knowing she’s a danger to her team, Sandra goes off the grid, becoming a Shade—an agent declared dead but secretly hiding among the living. She intends to honor her vow never to pull another trigger or have contact with the spy world again. Until she meets Casper Grady…

Grady is a former Marine with a troubled past and a debt to pay. His life mission has gone from protecting the nation to helping local children and their families. The moment he meets Sandra, he knows there’s more to her than meets the eye, but he can’t help but be drawn to the mysterious femme fatale. And when Sandra’s past suddenly catches up to her, Grady is determined to protect her at all costs, no matter how dark and dangerous her secrets are.

As the danger increases, so does their intense attraction. But when they’re forced to choose between each other and the people they’ve sworn to protect, their growing love might not be enough to keep them together—or alive… 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Series #Review: Fifty Shades by E.L. James - 5 Wine Glasses

10818853Title: Fifty Shades of Grey 
Series: Fifty Shades #1
Author: E.L. James 
Format: Paprerback/ebook, 385 pages
Published: May 25th 2011 by Vintage
ISBN: 1612130291 
Links:  Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Purchased by Reviewer
When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms. 
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

11857408Title: Fifty Shades Darker 
Series: Fifty Shades #2
Author: E.L. James 
Format: ebook/Paperback, First Edition, 532 pages
Published: September 16th 2011 by The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House
ISBN: 1612130585 
Links:  Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Purchased by Reviewer
Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. 

But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades.

While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life.

13536860Title: Fifty Shades Freed 
Series: Fifty Shades #3
Author: E.L. James
Format: ebook/Paperback, 579 pages
Published: April 17th 2012 by Vintage Books (first published January 1st 2012)
ISBN: 0345803507
Links:  Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Purchased by Reviewer
When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees. 
Now, Ana and Christian have it all—love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate. Ana must somehow learn to share Christian’s opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own identity. And Christian must overcome his compulsion to control as he wrestles with the demons of a tormented past. 
Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice, and fate conspire to make Ana’s deepest fears turn to reality.

Crystal Thoughts: 
I originally read this series two years ago but because of the uber intense feelings it seemed to bring out in people (gushing love or seething hate) I never posted a review even though I simply la-oved these books. After my third re-read though, I decided to finally write one up. It can't come close to completely articulating my feelings for the series. But, I'll do my best putting the magnitude of these three books in one post. ☺

Letting Go by Molly McAdams (#Excerpt & #Giveaway)

I love Molly McAdams' books. She is one of the best new adult contemporary romance authors out there right now and is an auto-buy for me. I don't even look at the synopsis anymore, I just one-click it! Now she has a new series and I can't wait to get started on Letting Go. Enjoy the excerpt below and be sure to grab your own copy! 

21434931Letting Go 
(Thatch #1)
by Molly McAdams
Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 4th 2014 by William Morrow & Company
ISBN 0062358405
Grey and Ben fell in love at thirteen and believed they’d be together forever. But three days before their wedding, the twenty-year-old groom-to-be suddenly died from an unknown heart condition, destroying his would-be-bride’s world. If it hadn’t been for their best friend, Jagger, Grey never would have made it through those last two years to graduation. He’s the only one who understands her pain, the only one who knows what it’s like to force yourself to keep moving when your dreams are shattered. Jagger swears he’ll always be there for her, but no one has ever been able to hold on to him. He’s not the kind of guy to settle down.

It’s true that no one has ever been able to keep Jagger—because he’s only ever belonged to Grey. While everyone else worries over Grey’s fragility, he’s the only one who sees her strength. Yet as much as he wants Grey, he knows her heart will always be with Ben. Still they can’t deny the heat that is growing between them—a passion that soon becomes too hot to handle. But admitting their feelings for each other means they’ve got to face the past. Is being together what Ben would have wanted . . . or a betrayal of his memory that will eventually destroy them both?


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Betting On It by Violet Blake (#Excerpt & #Giveaway)

23482098Betting On It 
(Callahan Brewery #1)
by Violet Blake
ebook, 1, 292 pages
Published November 18th 2014 by Violet Blake
Recent college grad Blair Bartlett thought she had it all—until one near-death experience destroyed everything. Now she’s starting over halfway across the country with zero confidence, zero trust, and zero in the bank. 

On the eve of her canceled wedding, her so-called friends formulate a bet to dig Blair out of her rut: in the next thirty days, she has to complete ten erotic dares that would make most married women blush. The stakes are high, and this is one bet she can’t lose. 

Wary of messy entanglements, she recruits her best friend’s older brother—and longtime friend—Sawyer Callahan. Deemed Colorado’s most eligible bachelor, he’s successful, fun-loving, and knows exactly how to make a girl, um…swoon. 

But as the weeks tick by, Blair knows the friendship has become much more than she’s bargained for. And something dark in Sawyer’s past is threatening to ruin their future before it even had a chance. 

Promotional Post: Dana Marton's Forced Disappearance

22540141Forced Disappearance
by Dana Marton 
Paperback, 242 pages
Published November 18th 2014 by Montlake Romance
ISBN 147782605X 
A gripping, fast-paced novel of romantic suspense from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Dana Marton.

When wealthy American businessman Glenn Danning goes missing in Venezuela, investigator Miranda Soto volunteers to track him down. It’s her first assignment for the Civilian Personnel Recovery Unit, but this mission is about more than salvaging the remnants of her shattered military career. Glenn was Miranda’s best friend and first lover, and she’ll do anything to save him from danger…especially since she just lost everything that mattered to her.

Glenn barely survived being kidnapped and tortured as a suspected spy, but the shock of seeing Miranda again gives him a new lease on life. Their still-simmering attraction grows hotter as the couple races through the treacherous jungle. Determined to reach safe ground, they must stay alive long enough to stop the terrifying enemy who still hunts Glenn. And even if they survive, Miranda’s dark past could jeopardize their future together…

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

#Review & #Recipe: YumUniverse: Infinite Possibilities for a Gluten-Free, Plant-Powerful, Whole-Food Lifestyle by Heather Crosby - 5 Wine Glasses

20702929Title: YumUniverse: Infinite Possibilities for a Gluten-Free, Plant-Powerful, Whole-Food Lifestyle
Author: Heather Crosby
Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Published: October 28th 2014 by BenBella Books
ISBN: 1940363241
Links: Goodreads | B&N | Amazon | Kindle
Source: NetGalley
Reviewer: Linda
Rating: 5/5

Adding more plant-based, gluten-free foods into your life just got a lot tastier.

Whether you’re transitioning to a completely plant-based diet or you just want some ideas for how to prepare scrumptious veggie dishes, Heather Crosby provides a step-by-step guide to adding good stuff into your existing routine.

YumUniverse: Infinite Possibilities for a Gluten-Free, Plant-Powerful, Whole Food Lifestyle offers a creative collection of more than 150 amazing recipes developed by Heather, all with no meat, dairy, gluten, or soy. But this is more than just a cookbook—it’s a treasure chest that will help you build health-promoting habits and recipes of your own for a lifetime. Once a bacon-loving skeptic, Heather knows first-hand how overwhelming yet rewarding the transition to a plant-based, gluten-free diet can be, so she’s included essential, everyday know-how for folks seeking to adopt and maintain a healing whole foods diet.

Fans of, Heather’s inspirational food blog, and new readers alike will discover unique recipes that are as delicious as they are beneficial. With hearty dishes such as Skillet Crusted Sweet Potato Gnocchi and Cardamom Cream Chia Pudding with Raspberries, as well as divine desserts such as Mexican Unfried Ice Cream and Chocolate & Salted Caramel Stack Cake, Heather’s recipes will have you saying "yum” and finding joy in clean foods that respect and nourish your body.

A plant-based, gluten-free diet is delicious and doable. So say goodbye to temporary dieting and embrace healthy, incredible dishes as part of your long-term wellness adventure!

Linda's Thoughts:
I was blown away by this book!

You don't have to be a health nut or a foodie to easily incorporate plant-based, gluten-free foods into your life. YU just have to start.

Happy Book Birthday to Sophie Jordan and WILD! (#Giveaway)

Sophie Jordan is back with third and last book in her contemporary new adult romance series, The Ivy Chronicles. Be sure to pick up WILD today!

(The Ivy Chronicles #3)
by Sophie Jordan
ebook, 288 pages
Published November 18th 2014 by Avon
ISBN 0062279920
A good girl goes fabulously bad in the final book in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s sexy New Adult romance series, in which three Ivy League suite-mates seek higher knowledge of just how far they can go.

Months after her boyfriend dumped her, Georgia can still hear the insults he hurled at her. Boring. Predictable. Tame. Tired of feeling bad, she’s ready to change her image, and go a little wild. What better way to prove her ex wrong than a hot night of sexual adventure at the secret campus kink club?

In the shadowy den of the kink club, she unexpectedly runs into Logan Mulvaney, her friend’s little brother. A player extraordinaire too hot for his own good, he may be younger, but the guy is light years ahead when it comes to sexual experience. Now he’s telling her to go home—“good girls” don’t belong here!

Georgia is tired of having others define her. She’s going to teach Logan a lesson he won’t forget—one white hot, mind-wrecking kiss . . . that leads to another . . . and another . . . and. . . . Realizing she’s way in over her head, Georgia runs.

Only Logan won’t let her go. Everywhere she goes he’s there, making her want every inch of him. Making her forget who she is. Who he is. And just how wrong they are for each other.

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