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Are You Really Qualified to Review That Book?

Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in Authors, Books, Cabin Commentary, Reading, Reviews | 34 comments

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365Project: Visual Grace & Gratitude, 2014 Fun, Goals & Plans

Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 in 365Project, Books, Cabin Commentary, Full Moon Bites, News, Photos, Reading, Writing | 1 comment

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Gimme some “Sugar & Salt” (Sugar House Novella Series) by @PavartiKTyler

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in Authors, Books, Giveaways & Contests, Indie Projects & Promotions, Reading, Reviews | 2 comments

Erotica & Romance come together with Sugar & Salt

I am thrilled once again to have Pavarti K. Tyler, one of the most amazing authors I literally stumbled upon a couple years ago with her serial novels and later with her other novels which always push boundaries. Sometimes just a nudge and sometimes pick up the whole kit and caboodle of what you consider normal and defenestrate it, as was the case of Consumed by Love - A Short Story (I will let the review speak for itself.) If Pav were to write a book about Civic Planning in the Sahara and I would read it to front to back and love it. Her voice is one that speaks to more than just my brain, but my heart and my mushy insides, and in this case, some very specific warm and soft mushy insides… ohhhh ya. The book is for 18+ and I can guarantee since this is a panty melter, the review is too.

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I can count the times I have reviewed an Erotic Romance on all my nipples … ummm nipples of which I promise I only have two! Yep! That is right, because I never have reviewed erotica,  romance or any of the like, only the above, Consumed by Love, which actually is erotic horror and trust me one of the most powerful and moving stories I have read. But erotic romance? Nope! Sure I have read them, in fact I have a rather large collection of straight erotica from the Victorian era and female erotica from masters such as Anaïs Nin and many of the pieces from the mid 19th century. Yes, I will admit it, it gets lonely here in the cabin and my Lelo is well used and always charged!

One reason that I actually am more inclined to read an erotic romance, such as Sugar & Salt, and not just straight romance, other than the obvious one, is that Erotica, and in this case, erotic romance, is going to to also include some satire and social commentary. Sugar & Salt has plenty, but I will save that for later. Right now, I have to go clean a toy *grin* and get a cup of tea. Continue reading for my thoughts on this wonderful story and also make sure to enter the giveaway Pav has put together with free paperbacks and eBooks from some of the best Indie Erotica authors around.

I have read this a total of four times now. The first time was when I beta read it during Camp NaNoWriMo last spring, the second time was when I got this for review. The third was this morning, and I read it again tonight. Why you ask? Ummm, well, one because I fell asleep during the second time I read it and wanted to make sure I did finish it because it evoked bizarre dreams. And the last time? Well, because it was so good, I was needing to feel better after being sick all weekend and I still had that wonderful warm feeling you have when you read a good story. Since it was a short read, why not? But let’s get to the meat of this review, why is this book better or what makes it stand out among a sea of erotic romance?

First, as I mentioned above, I don’t read most contemporary erotic romance on the indie publishing scene. I frankly have not found many authors that can break out of the set rules and boxes which have been set up and are proven formulas for romance (which include erotic romance). In the world of genre “marriage” Erotica and Romance have been merged to blend both the complexity of Erotica and the happy endings of romance allowing for a sexually terse and focused story. This story certainly has it all.

Without spoilers let me break it down why I feel it succeeds at both being an erotica and a romance. (this is my list and by no means am I even close to being an expert, but I read literotica all the time and I know what I like.)

  1. Sex, lots of hot steamy “gotta-break-out-the-toys” sex: Yep, there is sex in spades, darlin’, in spades. Ms. Tyler dives right in with the tension needed for the the reader to be taken right along and feel Salt’s tongue as he glides it up her thigh and tastes her. To feel his skin under our own nails as Janice runs them down his well defined back and ass… 
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Look at His Jingle-Bells! BTS Book Reviews DEC Issue is Out – @BTShowcase

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in Authors, Books, Entertainment, News, Promotions, Reading | 0 comments

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A Review of Heropa *adjusting my goggles* Hey @andreziffy, Who is Killing the Capes?

Posted by on Nov 9, 2013 in Books, Giveaways & Contests, Mystery, Novel Publicity, Reading, Reviews | 8 comments

The Perfect Edge Triumvirate — with Capes

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Celebrating Womanhood – Author & Friend @PavartiKTyler – a #review

Posted by on Sep 16, 2013 in Books, Hero Worship, Reading, Reviews, Writing | 5 comments

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Cassie Scot – Para-NORMAL Investigator by @ChristineAmsden #review #NA

Posted by on Aug 24, 2013 in Books, Mystery, Reading, Reviews | 4 comments

Cassie Scot – Para-NORMAL Investigator by @ChristineAmsden #review #NA four-stars
Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective
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by Christine Amsden
on May 15, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal
Pages: 260
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Cassie Scot is the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers, born between worlds but belonging to neither. At 21, all she wants is to find a place for herself, but earning a living as a private investigator in the shadow of her family’s reputation isn’t easy. When she is pulled into a paranormal investigation, and tempted by a powerful and handsome sorcerer, she will have to decide where she truly belongs.

I received this book for free from AToMR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Review of Moonlight, Mama’s Kitchen Mondays & More with @LdyDisney

Posted by on Aug 12, 2013 in Books, Cabin Cooking, Giveaways & Contests, Mama's Kitchen Mondays, Reading, Review & a Recipe, Reviews, Vegetarian | 4 comments

Review of Moonlight, Mama’s Kitchen Mondays & More with @LdyDisney five-stars
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Series: Moon #1
by Lisa Kessler, Paranormal, Urban fantasy
on July 15, 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Shifter
Pages: 336
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Rancher Adam Sloan is more than meets the eye. As the heir to his Pack, the sexy werewolf’s biggest challenge is keeping his kin’s true nature under wraps. But a group of jaguar shifters threatens to reveal the pack, blasting into town killing humans in plain sight. And when he smells one at the local diner, his standing orders are to take her out.

Lana Turpin doesn’t realize she’s a moving target. Raised in the foster system, she only knows that she blacks out during the new moon and wakes up without remembering a thing. But now she’s being tracked by some strange organization that wants her back—even though she’s never stepped foot inside their compound. And the stranger across the diner is watching her like an enemy.

It should be a simple mission for Adam, but when he touches the frustratingly beautiful Lana, his inner wolf howls…mate. Now, the two must find and stop the people who hunt her…and Adam must keep his own family from killing the only woman he will ever love.

Welcome to Mama’s Kitchen Mondays with an extra treat!

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A Review & a note from Lana & Adam, the stars of Moonlight!

I want to welcome Lisa Kessler to the blog again! She has graciously nudged her leading couple into supplying me with a list of their top ten favorite foots (well I think they gave it their best shot!! You know how HOT those shifter couples get!). In honor of her and the book  I am also sharing a recipe that will wet even the most picky of spaghetti eater’s appetite! I have shared it before but I think this fits well! In one scene, Adam cooks for Lana (our leading couple) on one of their first dates. He cooks his spaghetti sauce in a crock pot all day… Well, I got a treat for you. Just look behind the tab labeled Mama’s Kitchen Monday Recipe and be in for a treat. I realize the shifters are meat eaters, but I am thinking this may even fool them!! Yep, you can trick them! I guarantee no one who is a meat eater will know the difference, if you follow my secret vegetarian ninja directions! On my Bacon Whisperer’s Honor! (I maybe a meat eater but I have tons of favorite vegetarian dishes I love to make and eat!)!

First off I want to tell everyone who thinks they are going to point their fingers in my direction and go “HAHAHA YOU love hot shifter reads!!” Ya ya ya ya, I think I can no longer fall back on the “I have Harlequin PTSD” excuse anymore. Writers like Lisa Kessler have driven the flashbacks far back into a cobweb infested corner of my demented mind. I loved this book. I read three books of a paranormal nature last week, one was my #TEAMVAMPIRE  review book, this one and probably should have read Moonlight last because it ruined me for the other shifter book I read.

How do I love it? Well let me count the ways, or at least give you some examples..

Lana

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Though written in a somewhat formulaic paranormal romance style of an alpha female meets alpha male and butts heads until she realizes she needs him to rescue her… Lana still ends up making the story fresh for me. There is no hint of a churned out story, Lisa Kessler has a gift.

Lana is wonderful! She has survived after being a foster kid and never fitting in, and as she has gotten older she starts to have black outs once a month during the new moon. Why do I like this about her? Well I like how she deals with it, proactively! Sure it gets her hunted, when truthfully it is her who could be hunting them *wink* but this, this is one of the reasons I adore Lana. She is one HELL of go getter!

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Adam

Adam is actually a blend of  the myriad of alpha male characters you find in paranormal romances. He is a brooding, indecisive individual who always wants to save the day and the woman he is with. Driven by the rules of the pack and his immediate attraction to Lana, which is beyond his control, his personality sometimes seems to go on Swing Ride for a bit. Made me wonder if he would ever get off! There were times I wanted to choke him!

But I was going to tell you what I love about him… I love the way he loves her. So passionately with every ounce of his being. I love how he loves his family, though will walk away from her for the woman he is meant to spend his life with, despite their differences.

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What makes this completely different than most cookie cutter paranormal romances is Lisa Kessler switches back and forth from Lana and Adam’s point of view. Each chapter is labeled with whose name (turn) it is and we see each of their inner struggles from their voice, not from the outside of what is going on around them. Lana’s struggle to let her guard down, let Adam in and allow herself to be loved. Adam’s struggle, as I mentioned, to be part of the pack or to embrace his destiny with Lana and her Jaguar shifter and to let Lana be her own woman, along with many others. It was very refreshing and very well done.

I have read a lot of books with shifters, I don’t live on a hill looking down at all the urban fantasy books with my high literature and (shoving my zombie books under the couch) umm nose in the air, I swear! *snickering* Seriously! But I am not a paranormal romance reader unless it really has a good hook. Yep, I think I am taking Lisa on my next fishing trip, we will clean up and I will have a freezer full! She had me (excuse the cliché) hook line and ……… totally hot yummy werewolf …sinker! Though I gotta admit, I liked the villains! Gotta love me the bad boys and girls, no matter how horrible they are to the team! Of course, who led those guys wrong? Just how bad were they? Could it be those who are chasing Lana? Oh heck.. wait… is that a spoiler? CRAP! HAH!

I read this almost straight through. I fell asleep after swearing at Lisa telling her she kept me up till 6 AM and woke up to finish it only go and get all fangirl on her cute ass! She really outdid herself! Thanks for giving me a great read, I have to agree with Froggarita, this may be going on my favorite reads for Urban Paranormal Romance/Shifter/HOT/reads of the year!

But between the hot yummy shifting goodness? I think this is a wonderful message of how differences do not have to be what keeps us apart. Just because one group “kills” your kind, doesn’t mean all are the same… right? *wink* again .. good job…

5 – double paw prints, my friend! In honor of Lana! (cuz she’s my fav)

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Ingredients:

This is my base recipe and is for 12-15 servings which can easily be divided, multiplied and monster-sized for the masses!

Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP) mix - I can't believe it's not MEAT!

Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP) mix – I can’t believe it’s not MEAT!

  • Chopping Onion

    Chop Course – Chopped with an Alaskan Inupiat Ulu in a cutting bowl.

    1 2/4 cup of TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein)

  • 2 Jars Spaghetti Sauce (NOT Ragu but a simple plain store brand or a simple cheesy marinara. You are going to spice it up.)
  • 2 yellow onions chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp Italian Seasoning (It really depends on the seasoning, I make my own from fresh herbs each summer so I use a lot)
  • 2 1/2 tbsp of minced garlic (from a jar with all that wonderful juice)
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup of Cottage Cheese
  • 1 1/2 lbs of spaghetti (yes they are large and in charge with… remember what my mom said, always make double what you think they will eat)
  • Olive Oil
  • Water
  • Salt & Pepper
Directions:
  1. Noodles and Sauce

    Noodles and Sauce

    Start your kettle going with some fresh water and put the TVP (TRUST ME they will NEVER know!), your Italian Seasoning & the onion powder, in a metal bowl (this is important), mix well. When the water whistles loudly (more like screams and causes cat to run upstairs so quick she can possibly trip and end up stuck in the winter sweaters hanging up about 8 feet up), add 2 cups o water and mix with a wooden spoon.

    Spaghetti with Vegetarian Lasagna Sauce

    Spaghetti with Vegetarian Lasagna Sauce – SEE, looks just like meat!

  2. While stirring add 1 tbsp of the minced garlic into the TVP, cover with a plate to let it re-hydrate and steep in that lovely mix of savory goodies!
  3. Pour both jars of sauce into a large saucepan. Pour about 1/2 cup of water into each jar, put the top back on and shake, pour into sauce.
  4. Heat up the olive oil in a large frying pan on medium heat, add the onions and saute till just starting to become translucent, then  bump up the heat to medium high and get them just a TOUCH of crispy on the edges. This also will allow for the sound of sizzling and people may actually think you are cooking meat! *wink* (about 2 minutes max)Add to sauce.
  5. With a fork, crush up the cottage cheese a bit more and add to the sauce mixing well.
  6. Uncover the TVP mix and stir up one more time before adding it to the sauce. I add salt and pepper to taste. Sometimes it needs more and sometimes it doesn’t need much. Let your spoon do the walking!
  7. Heat over medium heat till bubbling and move to a back burner set on simmer to low, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking to the bottom while you make the cookies.

NOTES: When I am cooking this much pasta if I do not want to deal with going to the storage shed and digging out the lobster pot, I do it in two – three batches. After each round of pasta is done (time it for about 15 minutes for each round of pasta) I add it to a huge foil serving pan (I nest two together so the walls of containment are shored on that lovely mess of happy goodness.. in other words, prepare for the possibility of a disaster and protect the carpet. When having celebrations Chaos Reigns! So always prepare well for disasters… shore up the serving dishes. Keep covered in the oven while you finish everything else.

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BANG! “Slingshot” by @MatthewHDunn & Dirty Martini Shooters- Review & a Recipe

Posted by on Jul 18, 2013 in Books, Cabin Cooking, Giveaways & Contests, Interviews & Interviews with Recipes, Mystery, Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours, Reading, Review & a Recipe, Reviews | 10 comments

by Matthew Dunn

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#WWReadathon Reading Wrap Up!

Posted by on Jun 14, 2013 in Books, Reading, The Finishing Fairies | 3 comments

Series: Book, Cabin Goddess

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