Tuesday, March 27, 2012

My "Rocky Mountain Haven" by Vivian Arend Review



It’s the quiet ones that take you by surprise.


Six Pack Ranch, Book 2


Beth Danube’s emotionally abusive husband is dead and buried. So is her heart. It’s no big deal, she has all she wants: her three little boys and a fresh start in a small Alberta town. What she doesn’t want is another man in her life—not now, maybe not ever.


After ten years of unsatisfactory, missionary-position sex, she never expected her libido to reawaken. One look at sex-in-boots Daniel Coleman in a Calgary bar, though, blows the dust off her sexuality.


Sensing an edge of desperation, even fear, beneath Beth’s come-on, Daniel finds himself giving in to the powerful urge to let his normally subdued desires run wild. The lady wants non-judgmental, non-vanilla sex? She’s got it—in and out of the bedroom.
At first, friends with blazing-hot benefits is more than enough. Then she realizes Daniel is burning away the protective fortress around her heart…and the guilty secret she dare not reveal.


Warning: One woman determined to retake control of her life, a man with the single-minded purpose of offering her—and her body—everything she needs. Inappropriate behavior in barns, change rooms, and oh-my-gawd phone sex with a cowboy.


My Opinion:

Another great addition to “The Six Pack Ranch” novels! This book takes place during and carries on after the end of the first novel. In this story we are introduced to Beth Danube, a widowed mother of three young boys who comes to live in the spare house on the Coleman Ranch. Beth comes from an abusive past and is trying to start a new life for her and her boys. One of the main things she wants to focus on is regaining her faith in men. She meets Daniel Coleman in a bar and the two of them pretty much hit it off. They exchange numbers, but Beth ends up giving him a bad number as she was only looking for a onetime thing and not ready for an actual relationship. So you could imagine Daniel’s surprise when he finds out the woman he’s been pining over has moved into the spare house on his family’s ranch…and sleeping in his old room. Daniel is completely smitten with Beth and would like to pursue a relationship with her, but Beth is reluctant to get involved with anyone after what her husband put her through. She decides to make a deal with Daniel. She will agree to his terms of being friends, if he agrees to her terms of providing her with “non-vanilla sex”…a.k.a. friends with benefits.


There is a lot of learning and understanding in this book, which I think is one of the things that make it a great novel. Daniel is such a wonderful man and a perfect role model for Beth’s young boys. He takes to them so willing and effortlessly that it just makes your heart melt. And with Daniel’s help and patience, Beth learns to let go and be herself again. She becomes the woman she’s wanted to be for so long and it was heartwarming to see her recover from the years of abuse she endured and accept Daniel into her life. Oh yeah, and about that “non-vanilla sex”…I’d say that Daniel definitely delivers on that promise:)

What are you reading?

I have been on a serious reading kick lately. For about the past month or so I've been reading at least two books a week...and I love it! I've found new authors that I just adore and books that I just have to tell my friends about. Are there any books that you have read lately where you find you just have to tell someone how amazing it was?

Monday, March 26, 2012

Amazing!

I actually saw this video for the first time about a year ago when my aunt sent it to me in an e-mail. It's a video about a woman riding her reining horse with no saddle or bridle and it's absolutely amazing! Having grown up around horses and ridden them my whole life, I can tell you that I am no where near to being able to do what this woman can, lol. She is definitely a very talented individual. I just love this video and I may sound sappy saying this but I get kind of emotional watching it. I think it has a lot to do with the song choice and that fact that she dedicates the ride to her dad, but anyone who has a good solid relationship with an animal knows the amount of trust that is involved on both parts. You can clearly see that bond between the horse and rider and it really is a beautiful thing:) Enjoy!



Thursday, March 22, 2012

Country Music Friday - "Dancin' Away With My Heart" by Lady Antebellum

Love, love, love this song! Makes me dream of warm summer nights and slow dancing with the love of my life:)


Ready for the weekend

I am so wishing today was Friday! I got some big plans gor this weekend and I'm hoping they all pull through. Friday night I'm planning on pulling an all nighter to work on my book and hopefully (fingers crossed) get it done so I can send it to my editor. And Saturday night we have our good friends coming over to hang out for a while. We always have the best time with them and we are very lucky to have them as friends:) So come on weekend! Hurry up and get here already! Lol.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

My "Rocky Mountain Heat" by Vivian Arend Review


He’s the one who taught her to ride. Now all he wants is to ride her.
Six Pack Ranch, Book 1
Blake Coleman is old enough to know that acting on impulse causes nothing but a heap of trouble. But when trouble’s a western-hat-wearing blonde with slim legs that go on forever, what’s a man to do? Wanting the sweet girl next door is just wrong. The responsible thing to do is keep his hands off.
Jaxi has other plans for Blake’s hands, and his heart. She may have once considered him a big brother, but that was a long time ago. She’s all grown up now and ready to convince him that she’s perfect for him. Except he can’t seem to see past the big “don’t touch” sign that’s apparently still hanging around her neck.
When Jaxi ends up living right under Blake's nose, the undeniable heat between them slides off simmer and leaps up to barn-burning levels. However, a few of the younger six-pack Colemans have decided Jaxi’s brand of trouble is worth risking a few busted bones.
That is, if Blake’s finally ready to let go the reins and fight for what he wants…
Warning: Sexy cowboys seducing and being seduced in trucks, pool halls and barns. Droolworthy country charm, a little double-teaming, a few secrets and a whole lot of brothers to look forward to. Anyone wanna go for a ride?

My Review:
     This book was really, really good. Okay, I’m just going to have to go ahead and say it…I loved it! It was really hard to put down, so hard that I actually couldn’t stop reading it and finished it in one day. Vivian Arend has officially gained my interest and I am looking forward to reading more of this series….and of the Coleman boys:)
     I love Blake’s character. He is sweet and caring, but at the same time he is very male and isn’t afraid to show it.  I really like how in the beginning he shied away from his feelings towards Jaxi because he felt it was the honorable thing to do (there is a ten year age difference between them). He tries so hard to just be a big brother figure to her, but she sure makes it difficult:) And Jaxi…whew! That girl knows how to get what she wants! She has been in love with Blake for years and now that she is of age she decides enough is enough and tries to get him to notice her for the beautiful woman she in instead  the little girl next door. With a little help from the rest of the Coleman boys (specifically the twins) she achieves this. Oh. My. God. The scene where they are all at the bar and playing pool…whoa momma! That scene was hot. I’m not going to ruin it for you, but I’m just going to say that Jaxi definitely gets Blake’s attention and keeps it. Speaking of hot, keep an eye out for the scene where Jaxi is canning peaches…wink, wink:) The two of them together are just perfection and I really enjoyed reading their relationship develop. 
     I love this family and when I read how they interact with each other I can truly believe that they actually are a family. All six boys (or men I should say) pick on each other, and tease, making for some pretty hilarious situations. I have to tell you about this one scene that just cracked me up. It was the first dinner scene when Jaxi joins the family. Blake didn’t realize she was there and took advantage of the outside shower since he was filthy from working in the fields. The rest of the boys know she is there and assume Blake does as well, so when they see him in the shower they make the comment that he is way braver than they are and laugh. Blake brushes it off as his brothers being idiots but then realizes what they were talking about when he sees Jaxi sitting at the dining room table with the rest of his family. Blake has to sit through dinner listening to his brothers teasing and asking Jaxi if she saw anything in the garden that was particularly interesting, to which she shocks them all by naming various…ahem…male part shaped vegetables while looking at Blake, lol. Throughout the novel, Ms. Arend continues with the love, the laughter and the heat making this a very enjoyable read that will leave you wanting more.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Guest Bloggers, Reviews and Author Interviews

I'm sure by now you all have noticed the new tab at the top of the screen:) My blog is only a few months old, so I'm still working out the kinks and trying to keep things exciting. I'm hoping the addition of guest bloggers, more reviews, and author interviews will help keep things fresh as well as introduce us to some pretty cool people. Please check it out if your interested and I look forward to hearing from you!

Gettin' there...

I had some time this weekend to do some more work to my next novel. It's going slow but its definitely getting there:) I can't wait to get it finished and published so you all can read it.

On a side note, my husband and I went out this weekend and saw "21 Jump Street". Oh. My. God. This movie was so funny and good, and to be honest I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did. If you like comedy and action then I would recommend seeing it. There was also a little surprise that I wasn't suspecting near the end, and it was really cool.

Have a great Monday everyone!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Congratulations!

I'd like to announce that the winners of the $15 gift cards for the "Spring is in the Air" contest are...


Melissa and Kimba88!


When you get a chance, just shoot me an e-mail with your preferred e-vendor and thank you both very much for participating! 


Have a safe and happy holiday!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Country Music Friday - "Drunk On You" by Luke Bryan

This has got to be the perfect summer love song:) Luke Bryan has such an amazing voice...and that southern twang is just....Sigh. Unfortunately I wasn't able to find a music video for the song (guess he hasn't made one yet), but this little montage I found is just as good. Enjoy!



And don't forget to check out yesterday's post. I'm keeping the comments open through the rest of Friday, so you still have a chance to win one of those two gift cards:) Good luck!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Spring is in the Air! - And a Contest!

*****This contest is now closed*****
Oh. My. Goodness. This weather we are having here lately is absolutely wonderful! The sun is shining, the air is warm, there's not a cloud in sight...ahhh, heavenly:) Now that spring time is upon us, I couldn't help but think of all the things I'm looking forward to doing in the warmer weather. Horseback riding is near the top of that list. We go riding all year round, but I do enjoy riding in the spring and summer best. The scenery is just beautiful with all the flowers blooming, but I think the reason I like those seasons best is more for the fact that I don't have to dress in layers to keep warm:) I'm also looking forward to spending lots of time outside with my family. Our son is just getting so big and doing new things everyday. My husband and I always say to each other, "Where did the time go?" We just love watching him run around the backyard while he plays with his toys and our dog. Such wonderful memories and things to look forward to:)

Now that I've shared mine, let's hear yours! Leave a comment below sharing what your favorite warmer weather activities are.  I’ll pick a random commenter or two for online gift cards to the e-vendor of choice! The winners will be posted on Saturday. Good Luck!  

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

My "Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch" by B.J. Daniels Review

This was one of the first novels I downloaded when I first got my e-reader, and the main reason was because it was free:) I finally got around to reading it and I'm sure glad I did. We'll get to my review in just a second, but first let me tell you what it's about...



After Hudson Savage betrayed her, Dana Cardwell hoped never to lay eyes on the seductive cowboy again. Until a bunch of old bones showed up on her family ranch. Suddenly her former lover was back in her life in a big way—to investigate a decades-old crime.
Five years ago, Hud left town with a heart load of regrets. But now, as acting interim marshal, he had a job to do. And this time he wasn't walking away. Because now Dana's life was on the line—as the unsuspecting target of a killer who still walked the canyon. Hud would do whatever it took to keep Dana close. Even if it meant risking his own heart for a second chance for both of them....


This book was pretty interesting from the first few pages. During the prologue, we are given a glimpse into a murder and then chapter one begins seventeen years later when the remains of the body are discovered. The rest of the novel surrounds the investigation and is pretty much a "who done it"...sounds kind of boring when I put it that way but it's very entertaining. I loved trying to figure out which one of the suspects actually committed the crime and was blown away when the real killer actually surfaced. I remember getting to that part, piecing it together and I literally sucked in a breath of air and said "No way!". I love it when authors keep you guessing and then hit you with a surprise like that:) This book also had a little bit of romance in it between Dana and Hud. In the beginning of the novel, Dana wants nothing to do with him because he broke her heart five years ago. But Hud is determined to prove that the circumstances that tore them apart was a set up and win Dana's heart again. At first she is able to fight off his advances but when her life is targeted she finds that having Hud around to keep her safe isn't such a bad thing. The two of them make a great couple and I was glad to see the novel end the way it did:) Like I said above, I got this novel for free from Amazon but I would have gladly paid money for it.  It was a very quick and easy read (I think I read it in a day) and very hard to put down once you get into it. I'm looking forward to reading more of B.J. Daniels work.

A little humor for ya

This joke is just too cute...

A farmer drove to a neighbor’s farmhouse and knocked at the door.
A boy, about nine, opened it.
“Is your dad or mom home?” asked the farmer.
“Nope, they went to town.”
“How about your brother, Howard? Is he here?”
“Nope, he went with Mom and Dad.”
The farmer stood there for a few minutes, shifting from one foot to the other and mumbling to himself.
“I know where all the tools are, if you want to borrow one, or I can give Dad a message,” the boy said.
“Well,” said the farmer uncomfortably, “I really wanted to talk to your Dad. It’s about your
brother Howard getting my daughter Suzy pregnant.”
The boy thought for a moment…
“You would have to talk to Dad about stud charges. I know he charges $500 for the bull and $50 for the pig, but I don’t know how much he charges for Howard.”

Monday, March 12, 2012

Come on spring!

The weather is supposed to be SO nice this week! 60's and 70's, woo hoo! I am dying for some warmer weather. I like winter to a certain extent but once Christmas is gone I'm kind of over it, lol. We had a pretty good weekend here. My hubby and I got to do a date night on Saturday:) There is a new Longhorn Steakhouse in our area and it doesn't officially open till today, but we ate there for our date. How you may ask? Well, a woman my husband works with gave us a friends and family invitation to try it out before it opens (it was sort of like a training seminar for the employees). We got a free meal but I would have gladly paid for it because it was delicious! I can't wait to go back:) We finished off our date with a movie and then headed back home. All in all we had a very nice weekend and I got some much time with my wonderful husband. He recently got a new job and he's been working his butt off, so needless to say I haven't seen him much latley, lol. I am very lucky to have a such a hardworking man who does everything in his power to take care of his family:)

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Country Music Friday - "Alone With You" by Jake Owen

I have to admit that I am a HUGE Jake Owen fan. He his a very talented individual and I love his work! I could probably sit here and go on and on about him, but for fear of sounding like a school girl with a crush I won't:) All of his songs are really good, but I decided to stick with his newest release for this week's song. Plus, he looks pretty damn hot in the video:) Love me some Jake Owen!



Wednesday, March 7, 2012

New Facebook Page

My new Facebook page is FINALLY done! Wahoo! 
It'd be great if you all could stop by and check it out...and "Like" me:) Your support is greatly appreciated!


On a side note, did you all see who happened dropped my my blog and leave a comment on my "Cowboy Trouble" review? Ms. Joanne Kennedy herself folks! I am psyched! How exciting is that? I was shocked beyond words when I saw that comment and am truly touched that she took the time to read it and post a comment. She also shared a few links on her facebook page about the review AND even shared a link for my own book! This is exciting stuff for me y'all! Ms. Kennedy, if you are by any chance reading this...Thank you so very, very much!


Click here to visit Joanne Kennedy's Facebook page

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

My "Cowboy Trouble" by Joanne Kennedy Review


This is the first novel I had the pleasure of reading by Ms. Kennedy and it will not be the last. Here's what it's about:

A cowboy like that could break your heart...
Fleeing her latest love-life disaster, big city journalist Libby Brown's transition to rural living isn't going exactly as planned. Her childhood dream has always been to own a farm-but without the constant help of her charming, sexy cowboy neighbor, she'd never make it through her first Wyoming season.
But he could sure keep you warm at night, too...
Handsome rancher Luke Rawlins is impressed by this sassy, independent city girl. But he yearns to do more than help Libby out with her ranch. He's ready for love, and he wants to go the distance...
Then the two get embroiled in their tiny town's one and only crime story, and Libby discovers that their sizzling hot attraction is going to complicate her life in every way possible...

I really enjoyed this book and I have to say that it has one of the best opening sentence's I have ever read..."A chicken will never break your heart." I love it! This novel had a lot of mystery and suspense going on and I found that very entertaining. Libby uses her big city reporting skills to help solve a young womans disappearance, and just some of the situations she got herself in had me sitting on the edge of my seat. It kind of felt like I was watching a scary movie and I was telling her "Girl, don't you go in that room". I think the whole mystery/suspense part of the novel was written very well. The author also did a very good job at cracking me up multiple times throughout the novel. Luke's poor mother suffers from Alzheimer's, but instead of belittling her when she makes a mistake he tries to make light of the situation. There is one scene where he invites Libby (the new neighbor) over for dinner so his parents can meet her. They enter the dining room and Libby is surprised when she sees a salad bowl filled with rolled up socks in the center of the table and folded underwear set on each plate with a sprig of parsley and a cherry tomato. Luke is really cute about the whole thing explaining gently to his mother that they were in the mood for meatloaf and that they had underwear last night for dinner:) All in all it was a really good read and I'm looking forward to reading more from Ms. Kennedy.

Quote of the day

"I've learned the people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel" - Maya Angelou

Monday, March 5, 2012

Childhood Memories

As ridiculous as it may sound this ice cream cone completely made my day yesterday:) 

When I was a child we always use to go to this little Mom & Pop shop that sold everything (and I mean everything). And when we'd leave, my brother and I would always get some hand scooped Hershey's Crazy Vanilla ice cream. As the years went on, the little shop closed and my favorite ice cream seemed to vanish off the face of the Earth. I think I've only been able to find it one other time in the past 15-20 years. Well, that all changed yesterday:) We were out running errands and my Mom makes a comment about stopping into this little country store to get some ice cream. I was undecided until I saw the Hershey's Hand Scooped sign out front and was like "What the heck. It's worth a shot." I walk in the doors and low and behold they have my favorite ice cream! I think if I could have bought the whole tub I would have, lol. And the second most wonderful thing is they carry it all the time. I know it is probably really corny of me to write a whole post about ice cream, but it's just those little things that bring back such fond memories of my childhood and I love it!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Country Music Friday - "Drink In My Hand" by Eric Church

I know I've been posting a lot of love songs since I started "Country Music Friday" but I just couldn't resist a good ol' drinking song:) Every time I hear this particular one (or any of them for that matter, lol) it really puts me in the mood to hang out with some good friends and drink some ice cold beer. And that's exactly what I'll be doing tomorrow night! Here's to a great weekend! Have fun and be safe!



Thursday, March 1, 2012

Social Networking?

I just recently signed up for Facebook, although my page isn't quite done yet, and I'm going to be signing up for Twitter soon as well.  Before I became an author I would have never even considered joining a social network. I was never on the computer and I just felt it wasn't necessary. Now I'm on the computer all the time and I do realize that all of my readers don't read my blog, so I'm hoping that this will help me keep in touch:) So here's my question to you...How important is social networking in your life?