20 Things You Might Not Know About Me

I thought for fun I would post 20 Things You Don’t Know About Me…
Thanks for tagging me Ki @ Doing Some Reading to share 20 things about me that you might not know.

1. How tall are you?
I think I’m 5’1-5’2?? I’ve been this height since I was in the 7th grade. My husband is almost a full foot taller than me.

2. Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what?
None that I’m aware of…

3. What is your biggest blog-related pet peeve?
That this blog is not my full-time job and I pick what books I want to talk about.

4. What is your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?
People not understanding how stressful it is to be a blogger And reader/reviewer. This is from Ki @doingsomereading and 100% agree.

5. What’s your favorite song?
Today it’s Sugar by Maroon 5

6. What is your favorite ETSY shop?
Ooh goodness! There are many but the last one I shopped one was malibuquilts for cancer support related items.

7. What’s your favorite way to spend your free time when you’re alone?
Ummm….You realize I am a romance book blogger. I think you can figure it out.

8. What’s your favorite junk food?
Nachos

9. Do you have pets?
I have three adorable pugs; Murphy, Jack and Lillie.

10. What are your favorite fiction and non-fiction books?
The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley is one at the top of my list. As for non-fiction… Couldn’t tell you…

11. What is your favorite beauty product?
Today it is the awesome mascara called Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes by Younique. Amazing!!

12. When were you last embarrassed?
When I interviewed for my current job. My purse knocked over a commemorative plate on the table in the lobby when I stood up to meet the woman interviewing me. Now the running joke is… “Lindsey, Have you broken anything today?”

13. If you could drink one beverage for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Tea

14. What’s your favorite movie?
Goodness! This is like asking for me to pick out my favorite book. Right now I am going to go with Pitch Perfect for the WIN!

15. What were you in high school? Prom queen, nerd, cheerleader, jock, valedictorian, band geek, loner, artist, etc?
I was in band but was I band geek? No way! I was the girl that fit in with everyone. I had friends in every group.

16. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
England. I went to London for the first time this past November and I lost my hear to that country. Yes, I am an American but ancestors come from England and I felt a connection.

17. PC or Mac?
Mac!

18. Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boyfriend/girlfriend?
Today! I was having a rough morning and my husband went out and brought cookies from Holland that you can find at World Market. So sweet

19. Favorite celeb?
I want to hang out with Reese Witherspoon or have tea with Kate Middleton.

20. Which blogger do you secretly want to be best friends with?
All the bloggers I know are awesome.

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Hello Readers!

Thank you for following my this year. I will be going dark until after the New Year. Wishing you and your family a lovely Christmas or Holiday you celebrate and fantastic New Year.
See you all in 2015!

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-Romance Reader Girl

Review & Giveaway: A Walk Through Fire by Felice Stevens

Title: A Walk Through Fire
Author: Felice Stevens
Genre: Adult, Gay Romance
Publish Date: November 25, 2014
Years after running away from an abusive foster family, Asher Davis still inwardly struggles with the guilt of leaving his foster brothers behind. He’s climbed to unimaginable heights as a ruthless, high-powered attorney, creating a life of power and control. He takes whatever and whoever he wants.
Blaming himself for the death of his parents, Dr. Drew Klein retreats into a shell of loneliness, merely going through the motions of life. After a disastrous, short-lived marriage, Drew decides to leave his lucrative medical practice to set up a clinic for abused young men and women. The decision has more repercussions than Drew could ever imagine when the dark and sensual Ash Davis volunteers to help.
Although Drew isn’t gay, Ash is inexplicably drawn to him. He vows to simply bed him and forget him like he’s done with every other man. However, Drew’s sweet and caring nature and unexpected passion stun and frighten Ash, who questions his right to any happiness at all. And when Ash befriends an abused young man who unwittingly draws the clinic into danger, threatening Drew’s safety and that of his beloved grandmother, Ash discovers that there is nothing he won’t sacrifice to protect the love he never thought he’d find.

“Have a drink, Drew, and tell me why you’re here.” Ash sipped his vodka and stared at him over the rim of his glass.

“No, thanks, I’m driving. But I do want to talk to you.” The man was a study in contrasts. Drew couldn’t think of a time he hadn’t seen Ash perfectly dressed, every hair in place, looking like he’d stepped out of a men’s fashion magazine.

Tonight however…well he looked off-kilter. Though he still had on his clothes from earlier, that white button down shirt and black slacks, the shirt was wrinkled and unbuttoned lower than he’d ever seen. Dark stubble shadowed along his jaw, and his hair lay unkempt and disheveled. Drew shifted on the sofa. “Look, I know this may sound stupid, but my grandmother was concerned about you, so she asked me to stop by and check up on you.”

“And of course you do everything your nana says.”

Drew’s face flamed. “Fuck you, Davis.”

A tiny smirk hit the corner of Ash’s lips. “What’s the matter, Doc? The truth hurts?”

The bastard. After all the nice things his grandmother had said about him, how she’d worried about him, this was his response? To act like the snide sarcastic son of a bitch he was at their first meeting? How dare he treat her concern as if it were nothing? And to think he’d actually thought they were friends. “What the hell do you know about the truth, huh? No one knows anything about you; you have no friends, no lover.” He stood, ready to leave. “No wonder you’re all alone. No one cares about you. You aren’t worth it.” Shit, he’d never spoken so cruelly to anyone. But then again, no one had ever gotten under his skin like Ash Davis.

Like a snake uncoiled, Ash jumped off the sofa and grabbed him by the shoulder. “Take that back.”

“What’s the matter, Davis? The truth hurts?” He mimicked Ash’s earlier words to him, and saw a flare of anger gleam in those colorless, glittering eyes.

“You fucking bastard. Who are you to say I’m not worth it, that no one cares about me? I have friends. People like me. Don’t you ever say I’m not worth it. I matter goddamn you. I fucking matter.”

Ash tried to grab onto him, but Drew wrenched away and took off for the door, speaking over his shoulder.

“People don’t like you, Ash, they want to fuck you because you’re beautiful. That’s not liking. That’s not a friendship. How many relationships have you ever had with another man? You’ve never even had a boyfriend or a permanent relationship have you, because you have to have a heart. You have to care about someone. How can you value someone else in your life when you don’t even value yourself?”

I have always been a romantic at heart. I believe that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending just around the corner. I started reading traditional historical romances when I was a teenager, then life and law school got in the way. It wasn’t until I picked up a copy of Bertrice Small and became swept away to Queen Elizabeth’s court that my interest in romance novels became renewed.
But somewhere along the way, my tastes shifted. While I still enjoys a juicy Historical romance, I began experimenting with newer, more cutting edge genres and discovered the world of Male/Male romance. Once I picked up her first, I became so enamored of the authors, the character-driven stories and the overwhelming emotion of the books, I knew I wanted to write my own.
I live in New York City with my husband and two children and hopefully soon a cat of my own. My day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. I practice law but daydream of a time when I can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there is bound to be angst along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.




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My Thoughts: It is a marvelous discovery when you find an author that you can put on your auto-buy list. You know, the one click no matter what. Well, I am happy to add Felice Stevens to that list. I adored Rescued but I LOVED A Walk Through Fire. The story is an emotional road with characters leaving footprints on your heart.If you want a story with unforgettable characters and a story that will have you giggling and crying this is the book for you. Oh, and the romance is hot and steamy.

Europe is Calling

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Readers,
I will be MIA as I will be traveling to Europe. It’s my first trip over to Europe and I am very excited. Europe is calling and I will be back November 16th and will update you all with pictures.

Happy Reading!

-Romance Reader Girl

Cover RE-Reveal: Mine to Lose & Mine to Steal by T.K. Rapp

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Mine to Lose
Synopsis:
Mine to LoseWhat happens when the fairy tale ends before it even begins?
Three years, two graduations, an engagement and a move to another, Emogen and Ryan are more in love than ever. He’s the one man she never expected to have and the only man she’s determined to keep. He’s her forever, and there’s nothing she wouldn’t do for him.
Almost, that is.
Ryan announces that he’s accepted a job offer that requires yet another move. Angry he didn’t discuss his decision with her first, Emogen refuses to pack up and follow. She has a career, too, and she’s not ready to give it up.
Although determined to make the long distance thing work, their lives and careers begin to take a toll on the relationship, leaving them to wonder if they’re doing the right thing.
Sometimes love isn’t enough.

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Mine to Steal
Synopsis:
In life and business, Trey Miller has always been the good guy. Nothing wrong with that, since it’s gotten him Mine to Stealeverywhere he has needed to be. His startup company is a success and growing so much that he is gaining the attention of larger corporations.
By all accounts, Trey has it all, but the one place he fails is love.
He thought he might have had something with Emogen Kane, but she was taken before he even had a chance. Now, he hides behind work, unwilling to take any risks in the love department.
When Trey finds himself vying for a huge account against Faith Young, he knows he’s going to have to play it tough to win. Faith is smart, attractive and rumor has it, she lands every account she goes after.
When Faith is thrown into his path at every turn, Trey starts to feel that it is more than a coincidence. Seeing Faith with her boyfriend douses the flame that he was starting to feel, until he realizes that the guy might not at all be what he seems.
Trey let go once, but he’s determined to win it all this time. Does he have it in him to roll up his sleeves and get dirty? And if he does, will he finally end up with the girl?

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BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY: CRAZY FOR HER BY SANDRA OWENS

Loved this book!

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ABOUT CRAZY FOR HER

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Cover Blurb:

When his best friend and fellow Navy SEAL, Evan Prescott, died in his arms on the battlefield, Logan Kincaid gave his word to watch over Evan’s widow. But for two years he kept his distance…torn between honoring his solemn vow and succumbing to his secret love for his fallen comrade’s wife. But when Dani Prescott desperately reaches out to Logan for the help only he can give, he rushes to her side—determined to fight for her safety as fiercely as he fights against his own buried desire.

Someone claiming to be her husband is stalking Dani and her infant daughter, making them virtually prisoners in their remote country home. Logan’s elite military training and high-risk security expertise have outmatched more dangerous enemies. But the real challenge will be the burning temptation that threatens to overcome Logan whenever Dani is near…especially when…

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Lady Rises by Renee Bernard *GIVEAWAY*

Readers- The much anticipated follow up to Lady Falls is out!! Lady Rises is out and if you are ready to find out what has happens next to Raven Wells you need to read Lady Rises. 

LadyRisesSMallLADY RISES serves up the next relentless installment in the Black Rose Trilogy and leaves no doubt that Hell hath no fury like a woman wronged but when that woman is Raven Wells—the Devil himself would rather keep out of her way.

From the ashes of LADY FALLS, Raven Wells is transformed into Lady Serena Wellcott.  Now with wealth and power all her own, she is the founder of the Black Rose—a secret society dedicated to securing justice for women who have been abused or wronged in the private corridors of Victorian society.  She has dedicated her life to revenge, honing her skills at the bequest of others but biding her time until she has the two men she loathes most in this world in her sights.

Sir Phillip Warrick has scars of his own from their fateful encounter years before and his heart has never healed from the loss of his beautiful Raven and the irrevocable mistake of brutally ending their affair.  But when he found no trace of her, he let himself believe that she was dead.  Except Phillip isn’t that lucky.  When he is introduced to Lady Serena Wellcott at his cousin’s country home, his world begins to implode.  Because once again he has a tigress by the tail, except this time, it’s a dangerous mix of passion and poison when it becomes clear that what the lady wants most is his head on a platter.  If only he didn’t still love her with every fiber of his being…

In a dance of desire, Serena has her own struggles reconciling the man she once loved with the irresistible rake she has vowed to hate.  Vengeance is its own mistress and it’s a race to the finish as the Black Rose takes on a quest to carve out justice and find mercy even where it’s been forgotten.  Love may rule but Lady Serena Wellcott doesn’t believe in playing fairly and she also doesn’t believe in surrender.

**From acclaimed USA Today bestselling author, Renee Bernard, comes a new trilogy of gothic power and twisted sensuality.  Here’s a slice of historical romance not generally found in the mainstream—so pull up a chair, settle in for a good read and hang on!

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-Romance Reader Girl

Happy Book Release Day!

The fabulous Collette Cameron’s newest book, The Earl’s Enticement is out today. HAPPY BOOK RELEASE DAY!!

The Earl’s Enticement Cover Blurb:
She won’t be tamed.
A fiery, unconventional Scot, Adaira Ferguson wears breeches, swears, and has no more desire to marry than she does to follow society’s dictates of appropriate behavior. She trusts no man with the secret she desperately protects.

He can’t forget.
Haunted by his past, Roark, the Earl of Clarendon, rigidly adheres to propriety, holding himself and those around him to the highest standards, no matter the cost. Betrayed once, he’s guarded and leery of all women.

Mistaking Roark for a known spy, Adaira imprisons him. Infuriated, he vows vengeance. Realizing her error, she’s appalled and releases him, but he’s not satisfied with his freedom. Roark is determined to transform Adaira from an ill-mannered hoyden to a lady of refinement.
He succeeds only to discover, he preferred the free-spirited Scottish lass who first captured his heart.

unnamedExcerpt: Smiling, a heart-wrenchingly sad smile, she said flatly, “I’m quite used to being the source of gossip and disapproval. One really does become immune after a while.”
Shoulders sagging, she dropped her gaze to her hands, and fidgeted with a ribbon on her gown.
Like hell one did.
People erected barriers and defenses and lived a lonely life of isolation. Or behaved outrageously, keeping the company of those even more scandalous than themselves. Or they became bitter and unfeeling, afraid to hope for anything better than the harsh hand they’d been dealt. He couldn’t let that happen to his free-spirited Adaira.
Stifling an oath, Roark straightened his shoulders. The infernal pounding in his head and throbbing in his nether regions affected both his patience and his ability to focus.
“You’d prefer censure and ostracism?”
Adaira tilted her chin, meeting his eyes. “I prefer them over being compelled to marry a man who doesn’t want me. You have made it very clear you disapprove of everything about me. I’m not foolish enough to mistake your lust for anything more than what it is, pure animalistic drive.”
She gave him a cynical smile and shrugged again. “You forget, my lord, I have a stallion that becomes crazed with the need to copulate. He doesn’t give a rat’s whisker about the mare he’s mating. She’s a means to an end. Humans are little better in my observation, at least the males of the species.”
By God, she’d compared him to her rutting stallion. Roark almost touched his jaw to make sure it wasn’t sagging open. 

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unnamed-1About Collette Cameron: Award winning, Amazon best-selling, and multi-published historical romance author, Collette Cameron, has a BS in Liberal Studies and a Master’s in Teaching. A Pacific Northwest Native, Collette’s been married for thirty years, has three amazing adult children, and five dachshunds. Collette loves a good joke, inspirational quotes, flowers, the beach, trivia, birds, shabby chic, and Cadbury Chocolate. You’ll always find dogs, birds, quirky—sometimes naughty—humor, and a dash of inspiration in her novels. Her motto for life? You can’t have too much chocolate, too many hugs, or too many flowers. She’s thinking about adding shoes to that list.

 

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You can connect with Collette on Goodreads, LinkedIn, and Google+ too. Go to her website for the links, her email address, and mailing address.

-Romance Reader Girl

I am in NEW ORLEANS for RT!

Hi Readers,

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I am in New Orleans, LA for the annual RT Convention. I am very excited to be meeting authors and readers that love romance. I’ve been here a day and I can tell you this Northwest girl living in Arizona is not liking the humidity of New Orleans, but that atmosphere makes up for it. I will report back when I get back to the desert!

Hope you all have a wonderful week.

 

-Romance Reader Girl