Friday, December 31, 2010

Friday Book Blogger Hop, Follow & Tag Along! (12/31)

Hosted by Laurie at Bitten by Paranormal Romance (On Break until 01/07), Rachel at Parajunkee's Viewand Crazy-for-Books (On Vacation until 01/07)

Follow my Book Blog Friday hosted by Rachel at Parajunkee's View. 
Light hop today with the New Years holiday. QOTW is:  WHAT ARE YOUR NEW YEARS BOOK BLOGGING RESOLUTIONS?

1. As Rachel says; comment more on those I stalk. I'm always lurking in the shadows but I rarely comment so I am going to try to change that!
2. Use Twitter & Facebook more actively. 
3. Come out of my shell and request author interviews & posts
4. Add some new & interesting content (see above)
5. Read more fantastic books and post reviews on them!

Well those seem doable don't they? =)

As always; If you want to leave a comment please leave a link to your own blog so I can comment back. And if you like what you see and decide to follow let me know and I'll be sure to return the love. XOXO
Wishing everyone a safe and happy New Years!

2011 Western Romance Challenge


2011 Western Romance Challenge

This challenge is to read 10 western romance books from January 1, 2011 - December 31, 2011. 

Rules & Info:

  • Just make a post about this challenge, (That post is what you should use below in the Mr Linky.) then grab the button and display it in your post, and/or on your sidebar, so others can join in. 
  • Anyone is welcome to sign-up throughout the year. 
  • Crossovers and re-reads are okay. 
  • Any romance with western aspects are acceptable; contemporary, historical or time-travel as well. 
  • Read and review your book on your blog. At the first of each month I will make a post for this challenge. In that post will be a Mr Linky were you can add your review for all of us to read. If you don't have a blog just email me your review and I will post it. 
  • If we get at least 10 participants there will be a monthly giveaway. (See monthly posts for details.) At the end of the month everyone who has posted a review in the Mr Linky or emailed it to me will get an entry into the drawing for a monthly prize. Only one entry per person per month and the prizes will vary from month to month.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me at
Linda Lael Miller has some good western romances, and I plan on reading Lorelei James’s Rough Riders series, eight books right there!

Remember that this challenge is for FUN. You won’t be judged on your review, don’t worry about time frames and just tell us what you thought of the book. 

If you are participating in 2011 Western Romance Challenge enter your name and URL in the form below and press Enter. 

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Guest Post & Giveaway with Danielle from Romance Book Junkies

I apologize for this being a bit late but today I have the fabulous Danielle over from Romance Book Junkies.
If you haven't visited her blog yet, well, then you must be new to the scene! You need to go check it out, after this post of course. She always has interesting posts, great reviews and fun giveaways. 
So without further ado, I give you Danielle...

First I'd like to say thank you to Crystal for having me as a guest on her lovely blog. 
I thought that since it’s so close to the end of the year I would make a Best of 2010 Romance List.

"Ten Things I Love About You" by Julia Quinn

Ten Things You Should Know About This Book
1. Sebastian Grey is a devilishly handsome rogue with a secret.
2. Annabel Winslow's family voted her The Winslow Most Likely to Speak Her Mind and The Winslow Most Likely to Fall Asleep in Church.
3. Sebastian's uncle is the Earl of Newbury, and if he dies without siring an heir, Sebastian inherits everything.
4. Lord Newbury detests Sebastian and will stop at nothing to prevent this from happening.
5. Lord Newbury has decided that Annabel is the answer to all of his problems.
6. Annabel does not want to marry Lord Newbury, especially when she finds out he once romanced her grandmother.
7 is shocking, 8 is delicious, and 9 is downright wicked, all of which lead the way to
10. Happily. Ever. After.

 "The Summer Hideaway" by Susan Wiggs

Never get attached — Private nurse and protected witness Claire Turner lives by this motto. Fleeing a treacherous past, she knows no other way.
Never give up — In the twilight of his life, George Bellamy makes it his final wish to reconcile with an estranged brother. He and Claire journey to Willow Lake — where it all went wrong for him fifty years ago.
Never let go — George’s grandson Ross is ruled by a fierce devotion to family and a deep mistrust of the mysterious Claire…yet sparks fly whenever she’s near. In the face of a wrenching loss, amid the enchantment of Willow Lake, Ross and Claire dare to risk everything for love.
“Wiggs’s talent is reflected in her thoroughly believable characters as well as the way she recognizes the importance of family by blood or other ties. Highly recommended.” — Library Journal

"Burning Up" by Susan Andersen

Though it's been years since the infamous Macy O'James stepped foot in Sugarville, Washington, everyone remembers what she supposedly did. The tiny town is still buzzing about her crime and lack of punishment.
Now back to lend her family a hand, Macy vows to hold her head high—especially at her high school reunion. But forget about the hottest man in Sugarville escorting her. Though she and fire chief Gabriel Donovan generate enough sparks to burn down the town, he's a law-abiding, line-toeing straight arrow. So not her type.
But maybe—just maybe—he can change her mind about that.

"Finding Perfect" by Susan Mallery

When Pia O'Brian's best friend dies, Pia expects to inherit her cherished cat. Instead, the woman leaves Pia three frozen embryos. With a disastrous track record in the romance department and the parenting skills of a hamster, Pia doesn't think she's meant for motherhood. But determined to do the right thing, Pia decides to become a single mother. Only to meet a gorgeous, sexy hunk the very same day.
A former foster-care kid now rich beyond his wildest dreams, Raoul Moreno runs a camp for needy children in Fool's Gold, California. After his last relationship, Raoul thought he was done with women and commitment. Still, he can't get sweet, sexy Pia out of his mind—and proposes a crazy plan. But can such an unconventional beginning really result in the perfect ending?

"A Hellion in Her Bed" by Sabrina Jeffries

Furious at his grandmother’s ultimatum to marry or lose his inheritance, Lord Jarret Sharpe wagers his luck—and his heart—at the card table against a most unlikely opponent. Mired in scandal after his parents’ mysterious deaths, notorious gambler Lord Jarret Sharpe agrees to tamely run the family brewery for a year if his Machiavellian grandmother rescinds her ultimatum that he marry. But the gambler in him can’t resist when beguiling Annabel Lake proposes a wager. If she wins their card game, he must help save her family’s foundering brewery. But if he wins, she must spend a night in his bed. The outcome sets off a chain of events that threatens to destroy all his plans . . . and unveils the secret Annabel has held for so long. When Jarret discovers the darker reason behind her wager, he forces her into another one—and this time he intends to win not just her body, but her heart.
"Married by Morning" by Lisa Kleypas

For two years, Catherine Marks has been a paid companion to the Hathaway sisters—a pleasant position, with one caveat. Her charges’ older brother, Leo Hathaway, is thoroughly exasperating. Cat can hardly believe that their constant arguing could mask a mutual attraction. But when one quarrel ends in a sudden kiss, Cat is shocked at her powerful response—and even more so when Leo proposes a dangerous liaison.
Leo must marry and produce an heir within a year to save his family home. Catherine’s respectable demeanor hides a secret that would utterly destroy her. But to Leo, Cat is intriguing and infernally tempting, even to a man resolved never to love again. The danger Cat tried to outrun is about to separate them forever—unless two wary lovers can find a way to banish the shadows and give in to their desires…

"Sin Undone" by Larissa Ione

HER TOUCH IS DEADLY As the only female Seminus demon ever born, master assassin Sinead Donnelly is used to being treated like an outcast. She spent decades enslaved, and now vows she'll die before she'll relinquish her freedom again. Then Sin's innate ability to kill her enemies goes awry: She creates a lethal new werewolf virus that sparks a firestorm of panic and violence. 
HIS HUNGER CAN'T BE DENIED Half-werewolf, half-vampire Conall Dearghul is charged with bringing in Sin to face punishment for the plague. And she's no stranger: He's bound to her by blood, and the one sexual encounter they shared has left him hungering for her raw sensuality. Worse, Sin is the underworld's most wanted and Con soon learns he's the only one who can help her . . . and that saving her life might mean sacrificing his own.

"Pleasure of a Dark Prince" by Kresley Cole

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole enraptures again with this seductive tale of a fierce werewolf prince who will stop at nothing to protect the lovely archer he covets from afar.
Lucia the Huntress: as mysterious as she is exquisite, she harbors secrets that threaten to destroy her — and those she loves.
Garreth MacRieve, Prince of the Lykae: the brutal Highland warrior who burns to finally claim this maddeningly sensual creature as his own.
From the shadows, Garreth has long watched over Lucia. Now, the only way to keep the proud huntress safe from harm is to convince her to accept him as her guardian. To do this, Garreth will ruthlessly exploit Lucia's greatest weakness — her wanton desire for him.

"Burning Lamp" by Amanda Quick

In the second novel of the Dreamlight Trilogy, psychic power and passion collide as a legendary curse comes to a burn . . .
The Arcane Society was born in turmoil when the friendship of its two founders evolved into a fierce rivalry. Nicholas Winters' efforts led to the creation of a device of unknown powers called the Burning Lamp. Each generation, the male descendent who inherits it is destined to develop multiple talents -- and the curse of madness. Plagued by hallucinations and nightmares, notorious crime lord Griffin Winters is convinced he's been struck with the Winters curse.

"Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage" by Jennifer Ashley

Lady Isabella Scranton scandalized London by leaving her husband, notorious artist Lord Mac Mackenzie, after only three turbulent years of marriage. But Mac has a few tricks to get the Lady back in his life, and more importantly, back into his bed.

*I based this list on Amazon's Best of 2010 editor's picks.

Thank you Danielle for that Best of 2010 Romance List! I see a few that I loved and a few that I need to get my hands on.
Danielle has graciously offered a new copy of her #4 pick, Sin Undone by Larissa Ione, for a GIVEAWAY!

1. Opened to US residents only
2. You don't need to be a follower of Romance Book Junkies or Reading Between the Wines Book Club to enter but it'd be awesome if you were! 
3. Giveaway will end at 11:59pm pm January 14th. 
4. Just leave a comment (with a way to contact you if you are the winner) to enter!

Thank you again Danielle for visiting and we both wish you all a Happy New Years!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Book Review: Amaury’s Hellion by Tina Folsom

Scanguards Vampires
By Tina Folsom

Vampire Amaury LeSang is cursed to feel everybody's emotions like a permanent migraine. The only way to alleviate the pain is through sex. When he meets the feisty human woman Nina, a cure for his ailment seems within reach: in her presence all pain vanishes. 
Unfortunately, Nina is out to kill him because she believes he's involved in her brother's death. And she would succeed if only Amaury's bad boy charm didn't play havoc with her hormones and catapulted her into his arms and his bed every time she was near him.
As every kiss brings them physically closer, danger is lurking and threatens to destroy the little trust they have in each other.

Amaury LeSang works at Scanguards (a successful security and body guard company owned by Samson Woodford) taking care of the real estate side of the business and is Samson’s best friend. He also lives with the painful curse of sensing other’s emotions but never being able to feel love himself. The only cure for the constant onslaught is sex, daily, and it is only a temporary reprieve.  So Amaury has become quiet known in the vampire world for his sexual exploits. And he’s only a little bit arrogant about his expertise. Well, maybe a lot, but it’s well deserved!
Nina is set on revenge for her brother’s death and the vampires at Scanguards will meet the pointy end of her stake for it. That is until she stalks one of them to an alley and ends up passionately kissing the blue-eyed devil! But Nina is one determined little cookie and the scorching attraction she feels for this vampire will not distract her from her goal.
Amuary discovers that when with Nina he is no longer bombarded by other’s emotions, but not only that, she is slowly starting to melt the ice he has around his heart and he is determined to keep her by his side. Unfortunately though Nina has been used too many times by the opposite sex and has little faith in them. But when a vampire from the past shows up and threatens all Amuary holds dear they must trust in each other to overcome the deadly plans he has for them all.

I had planned on waiting to read this book until the New Year so that I could add it to one of my challenges but after reading Sampson’s Lovely Mortal I had to jump right into this one and now I am devouring Gabriel's Mate!

I was intrigued with Amaury from the first book of the series and let me just say that Amaury’s Hellion did not disappoint. Now this is a romance!
Tina really found her groove for the series here. The plot is complex & involved and jammed packed with suspense, action & mystery.
Amuary & Nina have perfect chemistry but the relationship doesn’t come easy for them. He has a tragic past and a painful curse to deal with while she has some well-founded trust issues and a very tough exterior. They both have to learn to let go and trust each other if they are to survive what this villain has planned for them. But Nina is the perfect feisty heroine for the arrogant Amaury and their sparring back and forth was entertaining, the sex scenes mouth watering.
The Scanguards Vampires series is filled with dynamic characters and even the villains are well-developed characters that you feel for.
Amaury’s Hellion was quick paced, had surprise twists, humorous, sexy as hell and thoroughly engaging with such deep emotion that really impacts the reader. Another fabulous read from author Tina Folsom!

Rating: 4 Wine Glasses filled to the brim AND a Snack Tray!

Smexy Scale: Dang, that is spankin' hot! 

Warning: Explicit sex scenes, not for the faint of heart. But it sure is fun!

Book Review: Samson's Lovely Mortal by Tina Folsom

Scanguards Vampires
by Tina Folsom

Vampire bachelor Samson can't get it up anymore. Not even his shrink can help him. That changes when the lovely mortal auditor Delilah tumbles into his arms after a seemingly random attack. Suddenly there's nothing wrong with his hydraulics - that is, as long as Delilah is the woman in his arms. 
His scruples about taking Delilah to bed vanish when his shrink suggests it's the only way to cure his problem. Thinking all he needs is one night with her; Samson indulges in a night of pleasure and passion.
However, another attack on Delilah and a dead body later, and Samson has his hands full: not only with trying to hide the fact he's a vampire, but also with finding out what secrets Delilah harbors for somebody to want her harm.

Samson Woodford owns a successful security & bodyguard business called Scaguards and because of his success & wealth (not to mention his dark & sexy good looks) he is one of the most sought after bachelors in the vampire world. After an unpleasant break-up he is left with some male problems, ya’know, down there. You’re going to make me say it? Okay, he’s left impotent. Poor dear.
He even starts seeing a shrink but to no avail. Until his friends decide to throw him a very much un-anticipated birthday party complete with stripper. Needless to say, with his current problem, Samson is not looking forward to it. That is until someone comes crashing through his front door that night and things start looking up. Literally.
Delilah Sheridan is in California on a business trip auditing a company she was contracted for and looking into some financial discrepancies. It’s not a very exciting job but hey, someone’s gotta do it! And she is damn good at it too. On her way home one night she is attacked by a stranger but manages to escape. She starts pounding on the first door she gets to, and isn’t it just her luck. The guy mistakes her for a stripper!

I won this book, and the next two in the series, from Tina’s guest post over at the wonderful Bitten by Paranormal Romance. Thank you ladies!
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I started on Samson's Lovely Mortal but boy, what an opener! That first line grabs you and holds on through out the entire book!
Samson's Lovely Mortal is a wonderfully told story with a light & quirky dialogue and well developed characters & relationships. It really reads as a paranormal romance but with mind blowing sex scenes. For reals. The plot is simple but easily holds your attention and flows nicely. Both Samson and Delilah each have their own issues they need to overcome before they can really have a solid relationship and the book covers those and their pasts nicely without getting dull. There is also a host of secondary characters that are just as likeable as the main characters and you’ll be searching for more info on them and upcoming books after finishing this read. Overall a very intimate, enticing and humorous read that doesn’t lack on suspense with a whodunit and is filled to the brim with heart stopping romance and sexual encounters. I definitely recommend! 

You can find out more about this fangtastic author at

Rating: 5 Wines Glasses!

Smexy Scale: Scorching Hot!!!

Warning: Explicit sex scenes, not for the faint of heart. But it sure is fun!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas! (pssttt...and congrats to winners)

Santa has just visited and is now enjoying a big ole' glass of holiday cheer. LoL
To those of you who celebrate Christmas, Merry Christmas from my family to yours! I hope that you have a wonderful day and that you wake up to lots of fun goodies & books under your tree. =)
(And if you don't celebrate Christmas, have a great weekend!)

And to those of you who entered the 12 Days Till' Christmas Giveaway, thank you for participating! 
And to every one of you, thank you for following Reading Between the Wines Book Club. I really appreciate you taking the time to stop by and I love getting all your comments. It really brightens my day so keep them coming. =)

So I'm sure you're waiting to see who the winner of the 12 Days Till' Christmas Giveaway and a copy of The Iron Duke is...and thanks to I have one...*drum roll please*…


YaY! *throws confetti*

And since PinkStuff28 is an international follower and I still have a lil' steampunkery gift I've decided to let pick another (US) entry for that....*continue with the drum roll please*...

Megan K

Woohoo *throws more confetti*

Each winner has been contacted by email and has 72 hours to respond. =)
Congratulations ladies & Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Follow Friday: Merry Christmas!

Friday Follow today hosted by Rachel @ Parajunkee's View

Merry Christmas everyone! I know a lot of you all are probably super busy today and I thank you for taking the time to stop by. =)

 Right now I should be making cinnamon swirl muffins to bring over to my dad's house but I am procrastinating badly. LoL So what's the plans for the weekend?
For my family, my mom's staying over for a few days and today we are going to my dad's house to open presents and spend time with him, my step-mom, step-sister, mama (grandma), my brother and his girlfriend. And we will be going to a Christmas service at my dad's church this evening. Not sure how that will work with a 3 & 5 year old though, cross your fingers for us! 
Then Santa of course will pay a visit tonight and we'll open presents tomorrow morning and my step-daughter and in-laws will be joining us that afternoon. Then we will probably spend the rest of the day taking toys out of their packages and putting stuff together. No plans after that really, maybe go see the Osbourne Lights at the Studios. Relax and enjoy our time together, that kinda stuff. 

Whatever you plans are for this holiday weekend I hope each and everyone of you have a magical Christmas and that Santa brings you everything you wanted! 

And don't forget, you can get an extra present tomorrow! Today is the last day to enter my 12 Day's till Christmas giveaway, winner will be announced tomorrow, Christmas day. Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop WINNER!

Thanks to we have a winner! Sorry it took a bit, there were a lot of entries. Whew. 
And the winner of the Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop is......
♥Book Mouse♥
♥Book Mouse♥ has been contacted and their pick from My Favorite Books of 2010 is Firelight. Congrats & enjoy! 

Thank you to everyone who participated, and if you didn't win this giveaway not to worry. I still have the 12 Days Until Christmas giveaway running until tomorrow night. And I will have several more giveaways coming up next month. 
Merry Christmas! 

Guest Post with Nanny from Getting Naughty Between the Stacks

 Today I have Nanny from Getting Naughty Between the Stacks over with a great guest post. Thank you Nanny for taking the time during this busy holiday week to join us! 
If you haven't visited her blog yet make sure to head on over there after the post. She also has a blog called Naughty Mommy Reviews and Junk (warning: she reviews adult toys & talks about her life) And Nanny's Great Outdoors; a hiking & outdoor blog that is family friendly. 

First I'd like to thank Crystal for inviting me to post today. I brought a nice bottle of wine to share, hiccup. What's that? Oh my it's open and some’s missing. Oh well I'm never buying from that place again, hic.

I figured I'd talk today about one of my favorite things to read... porn er I mean erotica. Wait what's the difference? Well if you ask my hubs there isn't one. But if you ask any erotic writer there's a huge difference. Erotica is well plotted, has well defined characters, it has emotion and yes, explicit sex. Porn on the other hand is well, just sex. Sometimes not ever well written sex, just insert tab A into slot B and repeat until... well you know. Yet what gets me is that many people lump the two together. You very rarely see someone sitting on the floor in front of the erotic books at your local Borders. If you do it's probably me. I've noticed that at our local bookstore this section keeps getting pushed farther and farther to the back of the store. If anyone is browsing that section they tend to keep their heads down and avoid eye contact like their doing something wrong. Is this just where I live or do people everywhere act like this?
For the most part many erotic novels are just romance, but spicier. Wait... Um no, that's not true. Ero-rom now that's spicy romance, erotics are a whole 'nother ball game. One thing I've noticed is some erotica is just wham-bam thank you ma'ma. I wonder what's the difference there? That would be a well-developed plot, being able to get to know the characters. Sex is sex, but a good story will last with you. It makes you want to read it again and again. It pulls you in and makes you interested, makes you feel something.  

That is the difference between erotica and porn, my friends. 

Well said Nanny and too true! 
Don't forget to head over to Getting Naughty Between the Stacks to check out Nanny's great articles like Amazon Censor? and Are Book Stores Obsolete?, her fabulous reviews, author guest posts and much more! 
Thanks again Nanny for stopping by, I hope everyone enjoyed her guest post! Enjoy your Thursday =)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

"Waiting On" Wednesday (12/22): Darkest Mercy by Mellisa Marr

Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 

Wicked Lovely Series
by Mellisa Marr
Release Date: Feb. 22, 2011

The Summer King is missing; the Dark Court is bleeding; and a stranger walks the streets of Huntsdale, his presence signifying the deaths of powerful fey.
Aislinn tends to the Summer Court, searching for her absent king and yearning for Seth. Torn between his new queen and his old love, Keenan works from afar to strengthen his court against the coming war. Donia longs for fiery passion even as she coolly readies the Winter Court for battle. And Seth, sworn brother of the Dark King and heir to the High Queen, is about to make a mistake that could cost his life.

Love, despair, and betrayal ignite the Faery Courts, and in the final conflict, some will win . . . and some will lose everything.
The thrilling conclusion to Melissa Marr's New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series will leave readers breathless.

OMGosh, I am dying to see what happens and how Mellisa will end the series. I'm seriously going to break the bank this day though, there are a ton of books being released that are made of just pure awesomeness!
So what are you waiting for?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Teaser Tuesday (Dec. 21): Pale Demon by Kim Harrison

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Hair still dripping, he draped the towel around his hips and tucked the end in the folds to hold it there, looking more appealing than if he'd been stark naked.
"Took who?" he said calmly. 

The Hollows #9
Pg. 120

Hmm...who could Rachel be ogling? And who's been taken?
I hope you enjoyed this little teaser. ;) Pale Demon will be released on February 22, 2011

Monday, December 20, 2010

Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop

The Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop will be a quick 2 day hop.  Midwinter's Eve is the longest night of the year so why not spend it entering some great giveaways!

I made a post on Sunday of My Favorite Books of 2010. Here were my top 12 picks;

Click on image to be directed to my original post for more information on these titles. 

1.The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook
2. First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost
3.Wait for Dusk by Jocelynn Drake
4. Cheat the Grave by Vicki Pettersson
5. Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost
6. Total Eclipse by Rachel Caine
7. Firelight by Sophie Jordon
8. Veil of Shadows by Shiloh Walker
9. Eternal Flame by Cynthia Eden
10. Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison
11. His Darkest Embrace by Juliana Stone
12. Rapture Untamed by Pamela Palmer

One lucky reader will win one (1) book of their choice from My Top 12 Favorite Books of 2010. The winner's book will be purchased from The Book Depository so this giveaway is open to anywhere The Book Depository ships too. 
*Black Magic Sanction will be the paperback edition when it becomes available on January 1st so there will be a delay in shipping. 

  • You must be a follower of this blog to enter. 
  • The hop will run from now until 11:59 PM on December 22nd.  
  • Winner will be selected at random using and contacted via email addy provided.
  • Comments don't count but are always appreciated. =) I'm interested in knowing which book you would want if you won.


Good luck & Happy Winter Solstice everyone!