Friday, December 28, 2012

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Today I'm celebrating this glorious holiday with the people I love most in this world--my wonderful husband, my amazing son, and my precious new baby girl:-) I hope you all are enjoying your day with loved ones as well and that you have a very Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all Christmas blessings, from my family to yours!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Quote of the Day

“Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.”
― Bob Marley

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

"Shadow Play" by Christie Palmer Blog Tour

A small town in the mountains of Marshall, Montana is being plagued by an unknown entity and it is mutilating and killing the women of the town. At his wits end the Sheriff of Marshall has nowhere to turn but to a friend. A friend, with the abilities to track and kill any prey.
Ryder doesn’t normally do mortal issues. However, he can’t turn his back on a friend. Besides he is the best at what he does. After all he is a Tracker, an ancient race with unparalleled abilities to track down any prey. With one of the three essential elements: Taste, Touch or Smell. Heartless and cold, Ryder knows what needs to be done and performs his duty without feeling.
Kyra, an Air Element and the only female Elemental Enforcer, is sent on a fact finding mission to Marshall, by the Druid Council. She needs to find out exactly what is happening in Montana before the Tribunal goes in and kills everyone.
The last thing she expects to find is a Tracker, and is even more surprised to find out that he is on her side. But can they get past their initial feelings upon meeting and the sexual tension? Or will the evil that is living in the mountain kill them both.
Ryder and Kyra must learn to work together to destroy the shadow and save Kyra from a fate worse than death. When pure evil is involved is love enough?

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
Publisher: Jinx Fantasy Fiction LLC, Salt Lake City, UT  
Date of Publication:  10/26/2012
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Please enjoy this excerpt from Shadow Play:
Grisly pictures of a mutilated female body stared up at him from where his brother had tossed them at his feet it had been a woman now ripped apart. Her remains resembled a plastic baby doll with its arms and legs torn off and haphazardly flung away. Ryder knelt down and gathered up the pictures before turning to his brother.
“You needed something?” Ryder asked.
“How long are you going to ignore Max’s request for help?” Lykar asked waving the pictures he still held at Ryder.
“It’s a mortal issue.” Ryder rose to his feet and handed the pictures back to his brother. He had seen them already. Ryder did not do mortal issues, regardless of the person requesting the help.
Besides, he had not ignored Max’s request. He had looked over the information Max had sent, and he didn’t want anything to do with what was going on. He was sure that Max would be able to figure out what was going on and take care of it. The killing could be mortal, but he doubted it. The entire issue reeked of Other, and he wanted nothing to do with it. Hundreds of years of following his instincts had kept him alive. Although he owed Max, and the injustice of turning his back on a friend clawed at his conscience with sharp talons.
Lykar waved the pictures in Ryder’s face. “A mortal is not capable of doing this …” He stammered, “This type of torture, mutilation … it just isn’t right.”
If anything, mortals would be just as capable of this kind of horrifying act as Others, and they both knew it. Ryder raised one eyebrow. “Tell me you’re kidding.” He pushed past Lykar in order to leave the study.
“The Council thinks it is unusual. Something they have never seen before. They are worried the Tribunal will get involved.” Ryder snorted at Lykar’s ominous pronouncement. It is problematic, Ryder thought. But with his mind set, he would not get involved. “The Council does nothing these days unless it benefits them.”
“The last victim was only fourteen.” Lykar’s voice dropped low and solemn, making Ryder hesitate for just a fraction of a second before slamming through the door and into the hall. Lost innocence no longer affected him; the emotion of sentimentality is something an immortal Tracker shouldn’t dwell on.
He didn’t want to get involved. Why did it have to be him? “Because,” his conscience whispered, “Max asked for you.”
“You are the only one who is capable of tracking whatever is doing this.” Max’s words haunted him.
The last victim had only been fourteen, way too young to have her life snuffed in such a brutal manner. Could it be a mortal? Or an Other? Five women in three months. It could be a serial killer. He tried to pull the cold-hearted warrior back into place. Nevertheless, he faltered, leaving him swearing at himself for caring.
“Son of a bitch.” Ryder slammed a fist into the wall, leaving a gaping hole in the paneled wood. Lykar opened the door of the study and looked from the hole in the wall and back to Ryder. A smile played at the corner of his lips.
“Where is Marlee?”

About the Author:
Christie was born and raised in a suburb of Salt Lake City, Ut. She lives less than a mile from the home she grew up in. World traveler she is not. But what she lacked in travel she more than made up for in her imagination. Within her vivid imagination she has traveled the world over as well as different worlds and different times.
She works a full time day job to pay the bills but looses herself in books and her writing whenever possible.
She is a loving mother of two wonderful children that she admits she is obsessed with. She has been married for 18 years to a very tolerant man that is grounded in reality in order for her to fly to the heights of her own imagination.
She started writing when she was a teenager after reading a book that she didn't like the ending too. Took a hiatus to raise her wonderful children but has dedicated herself to becoming a published writer for the last several years.
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Monday, December 10, 2012

Who's Afraid of Santa?

My son, that's who. 
The weekend started with my husband and me taking our two and a half year old son to see Santa Claus. Every year where I work they have Santa come to visit the children and he brings them a gift. It's such nice gesture and we always have a nice time. Now last year my son had no issues at all with Santa--well except for the Santa that showed up at my aunt's house unexpectedly... Boy that was fun. But when we took him to see Santa at my work event he was fine--sat on Santa's lap and everything.
Not so much.
He was so excited to see Santa and kept waving at him but when the time came for him to actually sit on Santa's lap he didn't want any part of it.
At all.
So I dutifully stood next to Santa with my little boy so he could at least get a picture with him. But, of course, my son decided to hide his face in my hair. Needless to say, we didn't get any good pictures. After we left Santa Day we had a birthday party to go to where my son got all hopped up on sugar and adrenaline from playing with the other kids. Then it was off to a Christmas party down the street from where we live. This is the first year we've actually been able to attend and, let me tell you, we had such a nice time. We ate food, mingled with the neighbors and fellow members of our community and then... drum roll announcement was made that Santa was on his way.
Once again we were excited to see Santa--waving and saying "Hi!" The children all made their way back into the house so they could sit on Santa's lap, tell him what they wanted for Christmas and receive a small gift. My son was all for it...until it was his turn. This time I attempted to sit on Santa's lap with him and my husband was going to snap a quick photo but it didn't happen. All we ended up getting was a squirmy two year old who was crying and trying his darndest to get the heck away from Santa. 
So, once again, no picture.
All in all we did have a very good--and very busy--day. Maybe things will be different this Saturday and if Santa happens to show up at my aunt's house during her annual cookie exchange maybe I'll get a picture of my son with Santa.

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

"The Flight of the Griffin" by C.M. Gray Blog Tour

Living in their old boat ‘The Griffin’ four young boys and their guide become the unlikely heroes at the end of time when a burglary sets them on the path to finish the ‘Last great Spell’ - a spell to stop the balance of the World tipping into Chaos...

They become Magician, Thief, Priest and Fighter when a magical book guides them upon a quest that pits them against magic, demons and ‘The Hawk,’ an evil hunter of men.

Join a race against time to find three crystal skulls that must be brought together, while all the forces of Chaos try everything to stop them!

Please enjoy this excerpt from The Flight of the Griffin:

It all starts with a little burglary, one uncommon evening...

The floorboard creaked under the sole of his felt boot - a calculated risk whenever entering a sleeping man's room uninvited.
A breeze fluttered the loose linen curtain, and the sleeper stirred at the welcome respite from the hot sticky night. The prowler slowly exhaled the breath that was starting to burn in his lungs, every sense tingling, receptive to any change in the room or a sound from the street below.
The sleeper, thankfully, continued to sleep.
The street under the second-storey window was silent, the night given up to the occasional rounds of the city watch and those set on a darker business, the never-ending cat and mouse game that went mostly unappreciated by the law-abiding citizens of the sleeping city.
The summer had been one of the hottest people could ever remember, taxing the energy of the city’s inhabitants to the limit. Several of the more elderly citizens down at the port could be heard explaining that, ‘in their day’, the summers were often this hot, and indeed often hotter. Of course, these were the same group who would entertain the regulars at the portside taverns with tales of goblin hordes, ferocious sea serpents or the time the winters were so cold that the seas had frozen solid.
‘A man could have walked from here to Minster Island without ever seeing a boat or even getting his feet wet,’ was a much-repeated reminiscence. Whatever history really concealed, it was a hot summer, and this, a particularly humid night.
Pardigan watched the now softly snoring form and, moving his foot from the traitorous board, crept towards the cabinet that he knew held his prize. It was an elegant cabinet - its construction given over to more than mere function. Gracefully curved legs supported drawers and shelves that were fronted by a scrollwork of intricate designs. He inserted the blade of his knife between the edges of the middle left-hand drawer and felt for the hidden catch. If the information Quint had given him was correct, the false front should spring open. A prickle of sweat tickled his brow and he wiped it absently away. Glancing over to the still-sleeping form, he applied a little more pressure on what he hoped was the catch.
The merchant stirred, smacked his chops, exhaled wetly and then returned to snoring. 

Pardigan tried again...

About the Author:

Born in Essex, England C.M.Gray has since been lucky enough to live and travel in many countries around the world. In fact he has lived more time outside of England than living there! Home now is just outside of Barcelona, Spain in a house in the middle of the forest with his Dutch born wife and two children.
C.M.Gray’s writing is mostly fantasy and many of the experiences he has had in Asia, Africa and the Middle East come to life in his writing. The Flight of the Griffin follows the adventures of a group of young orphans as they battle demons and bandits on a magical quest to stop the world tipping into Chaos, while his second book, Shadowland blends fantasy with history as an old story teller takes his audience back to Britain's dark ages in a pre Arthurian legend.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

My "Feral Sins" by Suzanne Wright Review (For ages 18+)

If your inner wolf and your body react rather enthusiastically to a psychotic Alpha male who’s own wolf has a tendency to turn feral, it can’t be a good thing, can it? Entering into a bargain with him wouldn’t be good either. Unfortunately, Taryn Warner, a latent wolf shifter, doesn’t have many options open to her right now. Okay, she has no options. Basically it comes down to whether she’ll do what it takes to escape the arranged mating with the sick SOB that her father set up. As the answer in this case is yes, it looks as though she’ll have to agree to Trey Coleman’s deal…she’ll have to mate with him instead. 

Having always disliked shifter politics, Trey Coleman hadn’t bothered trying to form alliances with other packs. Now that his uncle – a wolf with many alliances – means to take Trey’s territory and his pack, he has no option but to form some alliances of his own very quickly or he’ll be easily outnumbered in the upcoming battle. He figures that the easiest way to do that would be to mate with a female who’s Alpha is powerful and influential. There’s only one problem with that – he would then be stuck with her, and the last thing Trey wants is a mate. When he hears of Taryn’s situation, he offers her a deal – if she falsely claims he’s her true mate and allows him to claim her, he’ll save her from her arranged mating and then let her leave after the battle with his uncle is over. 

Sounds like a pretty straightforward deal...but soon Taryn and Trey realize they got more than they bargained for. Their mating instincts to protect and possess are weighing on them, they crave each other’s touch and company, and their inner wolves don’t like it whenever they’re apart. Add in that they’ll have to deal with this for an entire three months until the day of the battle finally arrives, and they’ve got themselves a recipe for disaster – or maybe for something quite the opposite. 

Warning: This novel contains an extremely sarcastic Alpha female, a broody possessive Alpha male, bitter in-laws, voyeuristic enforcers, a whole lot of dirty talk, and steamy bedroom battles for dominance. Reader Advisory: This book also contains a graphic ménage scene - not for the faint-hearted.

My Review:

Before we get into the actual review I would just like to say that I've pondered posting this review for a while now. I really, really don't like to post book reviews that I have negative comments about. But, with that being said, I really did enjoy reading the book. It just so happens that there are parts of this particular book that I also absolutely hated. But I've decided to not let that stop me from posting this review because it was a good read--there were just some parts that could have been left out in my opinion. In case you're wondering, it has everything to do with that "graphic menage scene that isn't for the faint-hearted" the author warns you about.
This is the first full on paranormal erotic romance novel that I have ever read, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. What I got was a novel full of humor, sarcasm, heat, and unexpected true love. Both of our main characters are wolf shifters. Trent is the alpha male of his pack and is known for his wolf turning feral at times. Taryn belongs to a different pack with her father being the alpha male. Although she is an important asset to her pack, having the ability to heal, she is outcasted by her father for being a latent, but Taryn’s wolf is very much still a part of her even though she can’t fully shift. Our characters lives get tangled up when Trent proposes an offer to Taryn in an effort to build an alliance with her father. Trent is feuding with his uncle who wants control over Trent’s pack and territory, so Trent is trying to build alliances with other packs for reinforcement. Taryn sees this as a way to finally escape from her father and the arranged mating she has to another alpha wolf, so she agrees to Trent’s proposal. Now the two of them must fake being true mates (wolf shifters have soul mates and when they find them they mate for life) but the events that occur throughout the novel make them realize that this “mating” is far from being fake.
There were a lot of things that I enjoyed about this novel. Taryn was hilarious and should earn the title of “Come-back Queen”. That girl had a sarcastic retort every time someone tried to get under her skin. Reading her interact with the other characters was rather humorous and I found myself laughing out loud during some parts. She is a very strong character, being an alpha female, and doesn’t back down to anything or anyone. This causes some interesting interactions with her and Trent because, with him being an alpha male and all, they tend to fight for the dominant status. Trent was the most alpha male character I have ever read. I liked that about him because it made him very protective but that protectiveness was downright possessive at times. I also liked that towards the end of the novel a sweeter side of him came out and it was so heartwarming to see how he reacted so tenderly to certain things.
Now, although I enjoyed this novel very much there are some things that I really just didn’t care for-- at all! We know Trent is an alpha male and that that role can make him very possessive. That being said, the constant claiming that Taryn was his b**** kind of got on my nerves. No, not kind really got on my nerves. I mean, I know they are wolves and all and that that is a proper term for a female dog but I just didn’t care for it. The second thing that I absolutely did not care for (at all!) was a rather graphic sex scene towards the end of the novel. The author describes it in her warning as a very graphic ménage. I don't normally read books that have menages--that just isn't my thing--but the story sounded good so I figured "Eh, why not?" Now I don’t know about you, but when I think “ménage” I think 3, maybe 4 people at the most. No folks. This was 7 to 1. 7 to 1!!! It did not make any sense to have it in this novel and it did nothing for the storyline. I felt that it was degrading to Taryn’s character. I mean, here we have this strong, alpha female who is supposed to be respected by her pack mates and to see her put in this position where her lower ranking pack mates used her like that was just awful. Just reading the scene made me feel violated. I want to add in that Taryn was a willing participant in this event so it’s not like she was being forced to do it--although it was not her idea. I just think that this part did not need to be in the story and it really didn’t make any sense seeing as Trent was so obsessive and possessive of her throughout the entire novel (claiming that no other wolf was allowed to touch her, talk to her, or even look at her in an admiring way) and then decided to share her with other members of his pack. Seriously? The whole thing was just out of my element and unlike anything I’ve ever read before and completely unexpected.
All in all I did enjoy reading the rest of the story. I liked the authors writing style and found that the storyline flowed rather nicely. Would I read another novel by this author? Yes, most definitely...but I'll read through the reviews thoroughly first to prepare myself instead of just relying on the star rating. I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys reading wolf shifter erotic romances. Just skip over that graphic scene towards the end when they arrive home after his birthday bash…unless you’re into that sort of thing, then by all means read away:-)

My Rating:
3 out of 5 Stars--I would have given this book a 4 or maybe even a 5 star rating if it weren't for that graphic, unnecessary scene towards the end. 
Book Content:
Graphic adult language, graphic sexual situations, and violence. Reader discretion is advised.

Monday, December 3, 2012

"Crazy for Cowboy" by Roxy Boroughs Blog Tour

Today it is my pleasure to host Roxy Boroughs on her blog tour for "Crazy for Cowboy"! Roxy is joining us today with a guest post about an interesting delicacy that is served during a dinner scene in her new novel...Curious? Keep reading:-) LOL.

Thanks for being here today, Roxy!

Thanks for inviting me to visit with you today, Kimberly. I’m so excited to be here, it puts me in the mood to party. CRAZY FOR COWBOY style.

Let me explain.

In my romantic comedy, equine veterinarian, Emily Grant, has had her share of cowboys, and they always break her heart. After vowing to give them up forever, Brandon Hollister strides into her life.

He’s a different kind of cowboy, one that works on the silver screen. Quickly, he’s caught up playing his alter ego “Houston Savage”, when all he wants to do is confess his true identity to Emily and win her love.

Here’s where the party comes in.

Brandon’s sister, thinking she’s helping her brother with his role playing, dresses up like Annie Oakley and invites Emily back to the house for a real “down home” celebration—with beans, corn dogs and prairie oysters.

To which her five year old son Liam replies, “That’s cows’ tentacles. Yuck.”

Since cows don’t have tentacles, you can imagine what he’s trying to say.

Yes, a Prairie Oyster, apart from being an award-winning country band from Canada, is a dish found across western North America, and involves deep frying battered bits of…well…the parts that are removed when a young bull is castrated.

Yuck, indeed, you may say.

Though I’ve never tasted this prairie delicacy myself—for no other reason than I’ve never seen it on a menu—I’m told it tastes like stew beef. And, apparently, it goes well with a dollop of ketchup, pictured above courtesy of Wikipedia.

If you’re interested in giving it a try, here’s a recipe I found:

Or, if you prefer country music, give a listen to the toe-tapping band Prairie Oyster on YouTube.

Now, that’s a party.

She’s through with cowboys. But this one’s the ‘reel’ deal.

Equine veterinarian, Emily Grant, has had her share of cowboys, and they always break her heart. After vowing to give them up forever, Brandon Hollister strides into her life.
He’s a different kind of cowboy, one that works on the silver screen. But is he just playing the part when it comes to love? Or can this sexy hunk get past a case of mistaken identity to become the man to win Emily’s heart.
"From the moment I started reading CRAZY FOR COWBOY I knew I was going to love it. There are tons of great one-liners, the characters are fun and engaging, and since I'm a sucker for a strong, sexy, vulnerable hero, I was cheering all the way for the "cowboy" to win his girl! I laughed out loud as I was reading, and found myself anxiously flipping the pages to see what would happen next. Kudos to Roxy Boroughs for spinning another winning tale. Job well done!"
– Pamela Yaye, multi-published Harlequin author.
Crazy for Cowboy Excerpt

Emily followed Houston’s line of vision down to the front of her wet blouse. Her white, cotton shirt was matted to her body, revealing her skimpy bra beneath. Even from her perspective she could see the pink tips of her breasts showing through the material. She imagined he had an even better view. In fact, she could guarantee it. His ragged breath might have been in response to their recent dash, but that fiery look in his eyes came from a more primal place.

He grasped her shoulders. A part of her prayed that he’d kiss her. The other more logical part ... well … it was kind of hopeful about it, too. She watched as he moved closer and closer, until his mouth brushed against hers.

Just say no to cowboys. Just say... “Mmmmmmm.”

His grip around her tightened as he traced a line of soft kisses along her cheek. “Emily, when can I see you again?”

“Oh, Houston,” she heard her breathless voice say, “I can’t.”

He pulled away. Slightly. “You’re not seeing someone else, are you?”

“No. It’s nothing like that.”

“Good. Then answer my question,” he whispered against her neck as he nibbled his way to her collarbone.

How could she answer? She couldn’t even think straight. “Houston,” she gasped, “we have a problem.”

He gave a low chuckle. “More than you know, darlin’, but let’s not get into that right now. We’ll approach this another way. If you weren’t going to see me again, when would be the best time to do it?”

It took her a while to figure out what he was aiming at. “I’ll be back at the ranch again this Friday, but I don’t think–”

“Friday is perfect. We can have dinner together.”

“But Houston, you don’t understand. I made a vow...” The rest of her sentence came out in a moan as his lips descended onto hers once more. This cowboy must have used liquor in his lip balm, because she was definitely getting tipsy. By the time he came up for air again, she was mush. If he hadn’t been holding onto her, she would have floated away.

“Now, I have only one question left,” he said, curling an arm around her and guiding her out of the pond. “How am I gonna get you back to your truck safely with you looking like that?”

Emily wrapped her outside arm across her chest. “Are you worried about protecting me from the other cowboys?”

“No, ma’am.” He smiled. “I’m worried about protecting you from me.

Tour Giveaway
$50 Amazon Gift Card to one randomly drawn commenter at the end of the tour. 

Meet the Author
Roxy Boroughs got the acting bug in elementary school, creating skits at recess and performing them for the class, thanks to her very indulgent teacher. She went on to study theater in university, met the love of her life there, and spent many years performing in movies, commercials and on stages across Canada and the US. Soon, portraying one character wasn’t enough. She wanted to be them all. So she poured her years of drama experience into writing plays and novels.

Look for her award-winning romantic suspense A STRANGER’S TOUCH, as well as its sequel, A STRANGER’S KISS, along with a sweet, romantic comedy called CRAZY FOR COWBOY. Find her on Facebook, Twitter and her website