Sunshine Blogger Award

pablo (8)

It’s a miracle! The sun is out in the Pacific Northwest this week! It’s perfect time to accept The Orang-utan Librarian‘s nomination for The Sunshine Blogger Award. 🙂 Thank you!

I have to admit, I’ve accepted this award a few times now. I just can’t help myself. Answering questions is so much fun! So bear with me as I accept again and nominate some newer to me bloggers!


The Award Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you!
  • Answer the 11 questions you were asked.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and let them know they were nominated.
  • Ask the nominees 11 questions

 

The Answers

1.If time travelling was an option, which historical figure would you most like to meet?

JFK? I honestly, don’t know so I’ll go with him.

2.And who would you like to meet if it wasn’t an option?

I would like to meet Hillary Clinton. Why? Well, my BFF is her biggest fan. I would have to take my BFF with me and give her the gift of meeting her.

3.When daydreaming about time travelling (c’mon we all do it!) do you worry about the butterfly effect?

I actually don’t have any desire to time travel. Maybe because I would worry about the butterfly effect.

4.What are your feelings about James Bond?

I don’t really have any. I’ve kind of watched some of the movies with my hubby, but not really. I think Sean Connery would be my favorite.

5.If you were a spy, what gadget would you most like to have?

Something to help me hear far away conversations.

6.Would you make a good international superspy or a bad one? Why?

Probably a bad one. I hate flying. That makes it hard to be international anything.

7.How often do you fly in dreams?

Never that I can remember.

6.If you could reinvent the world- what colour would you make the sky?

I kind of like it blue. I don’t think I would change it. Or maybe I would make it pinky orange like at sunset, but then sunset wouldn’t be special.

7.If you’d been born in the dark ages, do you reckon you’d have believed the earth was flat?

Probably. I tend to go with the flow.

8.On a scale of one to ten, how surreal do you feel like these questions are getting?

Um, well, I haven’t done a great job of answering them. Sorry. So, I’ll just give you a ten.

I’ve run out of questions- do ten star jumps!

Yeah, not happening. Lol.


 

My Questions:

  1. What’s the weirdest dream you’ve had?
  2. Who is the most annoying book character you’ve ever read?
  3. How do you feel about cheating in book romances?
  4. Do you believe in aliens?
  5. What’s the next book you’re going to read?
  6. What’s your favorite animal?
  7. What’s the one place in the world you wish you could visit?
  8. How do you feel about music from the 1980’s?
  9. Do people in Seattle use umbrellas?
  10. Who is your favorite book character?
  11. What’s your favorite movie of all time?

 

My Nominations:

This Book That Book

My Random Blog

Being A Book Nerd

Camryn @ The Writing Crafter

Jennifer @ Wonderland Review

Kathy @ A View to A Book

Sheri @ Read in a Flash

Jacquie @ Rattle the Stars

Lauren @ The Laurenest

Joyce @ bookshoardergal

Sam @ The Literary Sam

 

Cover Reveal: Grit by J.C. Valentine

GRIT Reveal Banner

GRIT
by: J.C. Valentine
Spartan Riders #1
Publication Date: April 19, 2016
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance, MC Romance

GRIT Cover

#PREORDER: B&N | iTunes

Synopsis: Gabby Morgan isn’t looking for love. Not even a little romance. Following a rocky past that she’d just as soon forget, she’s determined to focus on the future. One that most certainly doesn’t involve the tough-as-nails, short-on-words, hot-as-hell biker…or his kid.

Blake Mahone may not be done with women, but he’s finished with relationships. Then Gabby Morgan enters the picture. She’s flawless, refined, and as his kid’s teacher, way out of his league. She acts like she hates him, but her eyes tell a different story. Before he knows it, Blake finds himself hot for teacher, and he’s more than ready to learn all her secrets. Now all he has to do is convince her to give him a shot…without getting them both killed in the process.

Grit Full Jacket Cover

EXCERPT

“What are you doing?” she asked, her eyes wide on his.

“Getting comfortable. Now, what did you want to talk about?”

“We’re getting into this already?”

“I like to have things out on the table. It makes moving forward a helluva lot easier. So do you want to start, or should I?”

Well, with him looming over her like he was, she was disinclined to say much of anything really. Her stomach was twisting with so many nerves, she was lightheaded. The last time anyone had made her feel anything like it, she was in the tenth grade and facing down a yearlong crush.

That was a tickle compared to what Blake made her feel.

Taking her silence as answer, Blake jumped right in. “Okay, my reason for being here then.” He turned to face her, his jacket creaking as he stretched his arm across the back of the sofa. “I did some thinking, and I was wrong. I like having a woman in my bed more than a night. Hell, I like having a woman in my bed, period. And it’s been a while since that happened.”

A thrill bubbled in her chest as Gabby took this in. “Are you saying you changed your mind?”

“About you being in my bed? Absolutely.”

“I don’t know what to say. What changed your mind?”

A dark smile played about his lips and his hand came up to play with her hair. “That kiss. I haven’t gotten a single good night’s sleep since. It’s all I think about.”

“Me too,” she confessed.

“Good, then we’re in agreement?”

“Ah…about what, exactly.”

“About you being in my bed. Not every night of course. And when I say you’re in my bed, I mean my bed, Gabby, no one else’s. I don’t share.”

“Of course not,” she said automatically, then frowned. “I haven’t even agreed to anything yet, and you’re talking like it’s a done deal.”

Moving closer, Blake slipped his fingers into her hair, cupping the back of her head and demanding her undivided attention. “You’ve been thinking about me. About our kiss.”

Her tongue dragged over her bottom lip in answer, and his gaze latched onto the movement.

“I assume you want more?”

She nodded, her answer coming in the form of a rapidly increasing heart rate and the inability to breathe without opening her mouth. Which only invited his delectable mouth closer.

“Because I want more, and, Gabby?”

“Hmmm?”

He leaned in, his mouth hovering over hers. “I get what I want. Always.”

An invitation to his bed and an excuse to touch and be touched by him any time she wanted? Who was she to argue?

goodreads-badge-add-38px

#GRIT BOOK TRAILER

#MOSTDANGEROUSMAN

GRIT Teaser 2

#TEACHERSPET

GRIT Teaser 4

ABOUT J.C. VALENTINE

JC Valentine

J.C. Valentine is the USA Today and International bestselling author of the Night Calls and Wayward Fighters Series and the Forbidden Series. Her vivid imagination and love of words and romance had her penning her own romance stories from an early age, which, despite being poorly edited and written longhand, she forced friends and family members to read. No, she isn’t sorry.

J.C. earned her own happily ever after when she married her high school sweetheart. Living in the Northwest, they have three amazing children and far too many pets and spend much of their free time together enjoying movies or the outdoors. Among the many hats she wears, J.C. is an entrepreneur. Having graduated with honors, she holds a Bachelor’s in English and when she isn’t writing, you can find her editing for fellow authors.

Sign up for J.C.’s newsletter and never miss a thing! http://bit.ly/1KxXWWB

WebsiteTwitterFacebookPinterestGoogle+Amazon Author PageGoodreads

GIVEAWAY

GRIT Reveal Giveaway Graphic
a Rafflecopter giveaway
IndieSageBlogger

Release Blitz: House Hunt by Jackie Keswick

House Hunt Blitz Banner

HO– USE HUNT
by: Jackie Keswick
The Power of Zero, #3
Publication Date: March 30, 2016
Genre: Adult, MM Romance, Romantic Suspense

House Hunt Cover

Purchase: Amazon | Amazon PRINT | B&N | Kobo | ARe | Dreamspinner Ebook | Dreamspinner PRINT

Synopsis: Jack Horwood hates owing favors. But when a simple day out to treat Gareth to the best oysters in England leads to a discovery of drugs and counterfeit money—things that neither Jack nor Gareth have the jurisdiction to handle—he has to call in help. Help that doesn’t come cheap, and that forces him to do something he promised himself he’d never do again—walk away from Gareth and the family he’s starting to make for himself.

Three months undercover is a long time. After missing Gareth’s birthday, Jack is determined not to miss their first anniversary. But coming home and being home are two very different things. So when he is asked to assist with a corporate espionage investigation, Jack can’t say no, despite knowing it will impact his already straining relationship.

Except, of course, he’s walking into a trap….

goodreads-badge-add-38px

EXCERPT

When the car’s growling engine stopped, Gareth found himself surrounded by woods in a corner of the Weald he’d never been to before. The small car park was deserted except for a handful of cars, and Gareth heard only birdsong, the rustle of the breeze in the trees, and the faraway drone of a plane. They hadn’t passed any villages or farms during the last leg of their drive, and nothing around him hinted at human habitation.

The car park didn’t even have a sign.

“You know where we are, right?”

“Would you believe me if I said we’re eight miles from Canterbury?”

It was hard to imagine that a city full of tourists, bars, and shops was in hiking distance of this deserted corner of Kent. The air held the bitter, musty scents of pine and damp leaves and—barely detectable—the savory smell of mushrooms. Most of the oak and beech trees surrounding the small, graveled car park were just starting to unfurl their leaves, giving the afternoon sun almost unhindered access.

Jack unlocked the boot, ready to get out of the car and retrieve the TVR’s roof. Before he could move, Gareth wrapped a hand around his neck and pulled him closer until the center console got in the way. Jack didn’t fight. He braced his elbows on magnolia leather and leaned across the barrier into Gareth’s touch. Their kiss was slow and languid, more teasing than enticing.

“Really not the car for that,” Gareth commented when he leaned back to put space between them. “Though I could imagine spreading you across that bonnet.”

“Yeah, let’s scandalize the locals,” Jack agreed and popped the doors.

It was the third time and Gareth still hadn’t figured out how it was done. Not that he’d been paying particular attention to the TVR’s doors. Though now that he’d started thinking about the acres of bonnet, he could see that the car had potential. He turned to look for Jack, but despite having opened the boot, he wasn’t anywhere close to the car. He stood in the center of the car park, staring at a beat-up green Rover.

“What’s the matter?”

“Not sure.” Jack’s voice was distant. “Thing gives me the creeps.”

“How?”

Gareth couldn’t see anything that might have set off Jack’s warning bells. The N-plated Rover 400 showed every one of its seventeen years of hard work. Flaking paint marred the sides, hinting at rust-eaten bodywork, and one of the car’s wings had been replaced with one of a slightly different green. It wasn’t a car that invited a second look from anyone, but somehow it had immediately drawn Jack’s attention.

“Jack?”

He stared a moment longer before he shrugged and turned back to Gareth. “I don’t know,” he said, sounding apologetic. “Probably nothing at all. Fancy a walk?”

“Since that’s what we came here for….” Gareth wanted to reach for Jack, whether to distract him or shake him hard enough to rattle some sense back into that busy brain of his, he couldn’t have said. “Was there anywhere in particular you wanted to go?”

“Just… around,” Jack said as he found a narrow path that led into the surrounding woods.

“Liar. And crappy at it, too. How’d you ever make it as a spook?”

Gareth had merely meant to tease, but a dark flush crept up Jack’s neck, and he hunched forward. “I wasn’t that kind of spook,” he mumbled when Gareth caught up with him.

“No?” Gareth wrapped his arm around Jack’s shoulders and felt him flinch at the contact. Jack was suddenly so tightly wound he was close to taking off. And that wasn’t something Gareth wanted to deal with right then. He cast around for something, anything, that could serve as a distraction.

“So, what’s going on with you and that Dave character?” he settled on, glad when Jack’s head shot up and he stared, caught out.

“Nothing’s going on. He’s straight.”

“Bullshit. He was all over you.”

The vehemence in Gareth’s tone brought Jack’s head around. The frown dissolved and the smirk appeared. “That jealousy I’m hearing, Flynn?”

Gareth felt the rush of heat in his neck sweep up the sides of his face. He held Jack’s disbelieving gaze regardless. “Would you blame me?”

OTHER BOOKS IN THE POWER OF ZERO SERIES…

Job Hunt Book #1 Cover

JOB HUNT
by Jackie Keswick
The Power of Zero #1
Publication Date: May 13, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, LGBT, M/M, Romance, Suspense

BUY: AmazonAmazon PRINTB&NKOBOiBooksAReDreamspinner Press

Synopsis: You don’t greet your new boss dressed like an underage rent boy. But when Jack Horwood—ace hacker and ex-MI6 operative—opens the door to Gareth Flynn, he’s too busy to worry over details like that. And anyway, his potential new boss is his former Commanding Officer – the same guy Jack has had a crush on since he was seventeen. So he should understand, right?

When he applied for the job in Nancarrow Mining’s corporate security division, Jack had hoped for peaceful days repelling cyber attacks. Maybe a bit of corporate espionage on the side. His plans didn’t include rescuing abused children, hunting pimps, or dealing with his overly protective and hot-as-hell boss, Gareth Flynn.

Walking away is not an option. Jack never takes the easy way out. More than that, meeting Gareth raises old ghosts that Jack needs to put to rest. Rescuing kids. Taking risks. Saving the day. Jack can do all that – but deciding what to do about his attraction to Gareth isn’t the sort of cloak-and-dagger game Jack plays well. Yet Gareth, strong and smart and always on hand when needed, might be Jack’s salvation.

goodreads-badge-add-38px

Ghosts Book #2 Cover

GHOSTS
by Jackie Keswick
The Power of Zero #2
Publication Date: February 10, 2016
Genres: Adult,Contemporary, LGBT, M/M, Novella, Romance, Suspense

BUY: AmazonB&NKOBOiBooksAReDreamspinner Press

Synopsis: Jack Horwood doesn’t do families. Or Christmas. From the time his mother sold him to her pimp to the moment he walked out on the man he loved, Christmas has always been about change and painful choices. This year seems no different. Helping Daniel and Nico recover from their imprisonment and hunting down those responsible puts Jack in a frame of mind he doesn’t want to inflict on anyone. Least of all Gareth and the tentative relationship they’ve started to rebuild.

But Gareth, for whom Christmas is all about new beginnings, won’t let Jack take the easy way out. He makes him face his ghosts instead. Even when said ghosts invade their bedroom.

When Daniel’s parents are found, Jack is determined to settle the matter without involving Daniel at all. But fate decrees otherwise, and it’s Gareth who helps him finally understand that the strongest bonds are those forged together. Once he gets that, Jack can step up and make a decision designed to lay his ghosts to rest—for good.

goodreads-badge-add-38px

ABOUT JACKIE KESWICK

Jackie Keswick

Jackie Keswick was born behind the Iron Curtain with itchy feet, a bent for rocks and a recurrent dream of stepping off a bus in the middle of nowhere to go home. She’s worked in a hospital and as the only girl with 52 men on an oil rig, spent a winter in Moscow and a summer in Iceland and finally settled in the country of her dreams with her dream team: a husband, a cat, a tandem, a hammer and a laptop.

Jackie loves stories about unexpected reunions and second chances, and men who don’t follow the rules when those rules are stupid. She has a thing for green eyes and tight cyclist’s butts and is a great believer in making up soundtracks for everything, including her characters and the cat.

And she still hasn’t found the place where the bus stops.

GIVEAWAY

House Hunt Blitz Giveaway Graphic

a Rafflecopter giveaway

IndieSageBlogger

WWW Wednesdays: March 30, 2016

Welcome to the last WWW Wednesday for March! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading but is now hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

IMG_1384-0

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

So here we go…


Currently reading:

1875974822055480

Screwdrivered is still waiting…

I’m about half way through Save Me, Kurt Cobain.


Recently finished:

25862018

Here are the books I read over that past week:

Cuff Me

The Three-Week Arrangement 

The Beginning of Everything

I just got back from vacation late last night, so I don’t have reviews for these books up yet. Hopefully, I’ll have reviews up for them within the next week.


Reading Next:

26031222

I still need to read Return of the Bad Boy.


What are you reading next?

ARC Review: Nobody But You by Jill Shalvis

25712281Title: Nobody But You

Series: Cedar Ridge, #3

Author: Jill Shalvis

Publication Date: March 29, 2016

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Goodreads Synopsis:

SOMETIMES YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN…

After an overseas mission goes wrong, Army Special Forces officer Jacob Kincaid knows where he must go to make things right: back home to the tiny town of Cedar Ridge, Colorado. All he needs to scrub away his painful past is fresh mountain air, a lakeside cabin, and quiet solitude. But what he discovers is a gorgeous woman living on a boat at his dock.

Sophie Marren has nowhere else to go. She’s broke, intermittently seasick, and fighting a serious attraction to the brooding, dishy, I’m-too-sexy-for-myself guy who’s now claiming her dock. Something about Jacob’s dark intensity makes her want to tease—and tempt—him beyond measure. Neither one wants to give any ground . . . until they realize the only true home they have is with each other.


★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Jill Shalvis has been one of my favorite contemporary romance authors for several years now and books like Nobody But You are the reason why. It was witty, heartwarming, sexy and a whole lot of fun.

I have been interested in getting to know our hero, Jacob Kincaid, since I first heard of his disappearance from the Kincaid family in Second Chance SummerMy curiosity was peaked even more after getting to know his twin in My Kind of Wonderful. Jacob didn’t disappoint. He was ruggedly handsome, a little cocky, loyal and kind of sweet. Jacob wasn’t perfect, though. He had his insecurities where he stood with his family.

Jacob couldn’t have found a better match than he did in Sophie Marren. She was a sexy, redheaded spitfire who had turned her back on love after a failed marriage. Sophie was adrift in life, trying to find out where her path should go. Luckily, it lead her right to Jacob.

While Jacob tried to make up his disappearance from their lives to his family, Sophie was just trying to make it day to day. Sophie didn’t let Jacob hide from his past mistakes and Jacob helped Sophie find her way. They were unbelievably cute together and their sexual chemistry was hotter than hot.

I absolutely adored Nobody But You. I didn’t want to put it down, but I also didn’t want it to end. I loved it that much. I’m really, really hoping we get another Cedar Ridge novel. I would love a book about Kenna.

Nobody But You is a must read for contemporary romance readers and Jill Shalvis fans. It can be read as a standalone, but having the background from the first two books might make some of the family dynamic more clear.

**I received an electronic copy of Nobody But You from NetGalley and the author in exchange for an honest review.

Top Ten Tuesday: I Got 5 On It

If you’re old like me, the title I Got 5 On It made you sing the Luniz song in your head. You might have been a little concerned what this week’s post is about. No worries. It’s not weed related. It’s definitely book related — as in I Got 5 Stars On It.

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is 10 Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads (Or Ten Of The Best Books I’ve Read Recently if you don’t 5 star stuff…or you could do 5 of my latest five star reads & five of my most disappointing or 1 star reads. I’ll be giving you ten of my most favorite recent 5 star reads.


1. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

224293501


2. MacKenzie Fire by Elle Casey

25943218


3. Redemptive by Jay McLean

282314162


4. Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

23149128


5. Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally

16045306


6. Elastic Hearts by Claire Contreras

elastic hearts


7. Porn Star by Laurelin Page & Sierra Simone

26259196


8. Wallbanger by Alice Clayton


9. Us by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy


10. The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin

Review: The Dean’s List by Kelly Collins

Title: The Dean’s List

Series: The Dean’s List, #1

Author: Kelly Collins

Publication Date: August 4, 2015

Publisher: Createspace

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Fiction, New Adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

When does being naturally sexy become your best attribute?

Twenty-five-year-old honors student, River Roberts, knew her life had to change. With only forty dollars to her name, she was hungry, tired, and out of options. While seeking advice from her best friend Jade, she found something that could provide all she was looking for. Sexy, witty, charming and motivated, she met the requirements for The Dean’s List, a university society that offered alumni anything they desired. It was the perfect job for her.

But it came with a cost: secrets and loneliness.

After the death of his wife, enigmatic Jonathan Ferris lived in a world of acquisition and mergers, a world where he knew financial security, a world filled with desolating loneliness. That was until River Roberts. She was intelligent, beautiful, sensual, and when their lives collided, his world changed.

But then there was reality: she wasn’t truly his.

In a world of commodities and trading, River and Jonathan must fight to preserve what their hearts desire. But will that be possible? Will their collision be temporary, or will they overcome the many obstacles in their way?

This book it is a stand alone contemporary romance story about college romance. Older men and younger women. There are no cliffhangers just hot Alpha male millionaires and an intriguing love story.
Due to content, this book is intended for 18+ readers.


 ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


I have to be completely honest. When I requested a review copy of The Dean’s List, I didn’t pay too much attention to the book blurb. I skimmed it quickly and thought it sounded interesting: A college girl meets a guy through some sort of university work program. Cute, right? Well, let me just admit I was a little surprised by what the Dean’s List really was. I wasn’t expecting River to join a private alumni call girl service!

Kelly Collins did an amazing job setting up this story. The Dean’s List started with River working at one of those girly coffee stands where the less clothes worn the better. Her personality seemed to be a little rough around the edges and it was easy to see how she could make the jump from selling coffee almost naked to sleeping with clients for money.

River wasn’t just rough around the edges, though. She was a very complex character. She was smart, sweet and classy when she wanted to be. The way she understood her clients and wanted to give them what they needed (besides sex) made me like her. Her confusion over her “relationship” with Jonathan was perfect. I enjoyed the way it complicated her job and her life.

Overall, The Dean’s List was a fun, sexy read. I would recommend it to readers who like erotic fiction and don’t mind their heroine being involved with someone other than the hero.

**I received an electronic copy of The Dean’s List from IndieSage Promotions in exchange for an honest review.