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March – DOOMBUNNY – Mystery Challenge – BUNNYCON – #TheWalkingDead

Posted by on Mar 31, 2013 in Alaska Living, Books, Cabin Commentary, Mystery, Reviews, Zombies | 1 comment

Reading Mysteries, Camping, Bedazzled Bunnies and The Walking Dead

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Elderberry Pie and Dandelion Wine (Interview and a Recipe) @TravisSimmons5

Posted by on Mar 30, 2013 in Books, Cabin Cooking, Dessert, Interviews & Interviews with Recipes, Review & a Recipe | 0 comments

This was suppose to be up last weekend but life happens! As it is, I have it up now! Welcome back Travis to my blog with a great interview! ELDERBERRY PIE!! Travis Simmons is here during his tour for his first book, The Mirror of the Moon.

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Coffee Grounds and Conversation – Fourth-Wall Friday with Zoe Brooks

Posted by on Mar 29, 2013 in Authors, Books, Fourth-Wall Friday, Guest Posts | 2 comments

Fourth-Wall Friday with Zoe Brooks - Coffee Grounds & ConversationSnapping the FWF Schedule closed before the waitress saw anything, I realized I was not sure where I was. Playing it cool, I stirred a cup with a nice dollop of soy  milk and RAW sugar while doing a bit of people watching, a shadow cast across my log book for my Fourth-Wall Friday visits, I knew something was going down today but was not sure. The printer just said to be at this cafe in Oxford this morning, so here I am and there he is. Wait, he is not an author in my book? Wait… ummm where did he go? 

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Southern Witchcraft & Beer Butt Chicken – Interview, Review & Recipes with @jenharlowbooks

Posted by on Mar 28, 2013 in Bewitching Tours, Books, Cabin Cooking, Giveaways & Contests, Interviews & Interviews with Recipes, Mystery, Poultry, Review & a Recipe, Reviews | 1 comment

What’s a Witch To do? by Jennifer Harlow

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Another Sexy Book Blast! January Justice by Athol Dickson

Posted by on Mar 27, 2013 in Books, Giveaways & Contests, Mystery, Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours | 1 comment

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Fried Squirrel, Blue Martini’s and Twilight with Schledia Benefield

Posted by on Mar 26, 2013 in Books, Cabin Cooking, Interviews & Interviews with Recipes, Review & a Recipe, Vegetarian | 11 comments

99¢ Book Tour, but I got the $99 interview 😉 and a recipe (or two.. or three!)

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The Unraveling of Avery Snow – a sexy book blast & giveaway

Posted by on Mar 25, 2013 in Books, Giveaways & Contests, Indie Projects & Promotions | 2 comments

Are you an Avery Snow fan? The highly anticipated sequel to The Many of Lives of Avery Snow is here!

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Witchwood Estate, Going Home by Patti Roberts #WeeklyShorts

Posted by on Mar 24, 2013 in Authors, Books, Reviews, Weekly Shorts | 3 comments

Weekly Shorts No.5

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“‘Sacrifice’ yourself to Brutal Music” – Fourth-Wall Friday with Coral Russell

Posted by on Mar 22, 2013 in Books, Fourth-Wall Friday, Giveaways & Contests, Guest Posts, Mystery | 5 comments

Dance, Author… Dance!

We all have to sacrifice something, even if it is our dignity. Join me and watch Coral sacrifice some of hers in her Fourth-Wall Friday. Watch the toes a we peek into El Paso‘s secret world build in Coral Russell’s thriller, SACRIFICE, touring all month long sponsored in part by The Indie Exchange and Bunny’s Review.
Sacrifice

 

Roberta talked me into taking Tango lessons. It was an easy decision for her being tall, thin, coordinated and lets not forget beautiful. Chubby girls want to dance so I wasn’t above being clumsy and making a fool of myself just to experience something new.

She had developed a serious obsession with the culture of Tango: the shoes, the music, the style. Of course this all looked wonderful on her. Why she invited me snagged my curiosity. Roberta had too many secrets for us to be friends.

I pulled up to the building in the evening. The front of the dance studio was all glass. The light inside illuminating people bent over putting on their shoes. I opened the door and everyone looked up. Roberta beamed a smile in my direction. “Coral! I’m so glad you decided to join. Mr. Gotan this is the friend I was telling you about.

Mr. Gotan greeted me but his eyes betrayed his true feelings, another chubby girl who wants to be a dancer. He screamed elegance in his pressed black trousers, white shirt and black, shiny leather shoes.

The other women in the group were variations of Roberta. The men were more mixed in height and style. One man was well-built with a skin-tight t-shirt and ripped jeans another in a dress shirt and khakis. I stood there smiling – the ugly duckling, odd-ball, fish out of water, black sheep of the dance world. Roberta grabbed my arm and steered me to a seat before I could bolt out of the studio.

Let me see your shoes.”

I pulled out black no-nonsense pumps with a belt across the top to firmly hold my feet inside. “I bought the ones you recommended.

You love them, right? I knew functional and comfortable would be perfect for you.

I glanced down at her tango shoes: thin, gold straps fixed to three-inch heels. “Yeah, they’re great. Thanks.

A rap on the hard wood floor made the students scurry to form a line against one wall. I took my place at one end with Roberta at my side. Mr. Gotan and Roberta conversed with their eyes and a couple of gestures. Roberta would be taking me through the basic steps so that Mr. Gotan could work with his regulars until I caught up.

I faced the opposite wall made of floor to ceiling mirrors. My reflection showed my eyes widen in horror as I realized this chubby girl would have to stare at herself for a couple of hours. I had never examined myself in a mirror for any length of time.

Music filled the room. First, a solo instrument, a pause and then several joined in response. Mr. Gotan talked about finding the inner rhythm. There was a heartbeat to the music and that was your compass. Roberta smiled encouragement as we snapped our fingers and tapped our feet. Find the beat. Move within the beat. Live within the beat. We were instructed to take steps across the floor then turn and walk back. Tango is walking, just walking to the beat.

They made it look so easy and graceful. I teetered and tottered back and forth on my no nonsense heels. Roberta moved in unison with me trying to guide me. “Everything takes practice.” The warm up was over. The students dispersed to drink water or talk in pairs. “Weight doesn’t matter in Tango.”

Then why did everyone look so damned perfect?

Another rap on the floor. “Now we dance,” Mr. Gotan said. “Even if you forget the exact steps keep dancing.” Except for Roberta and I, the students formed a large oval.

I thought we were going to watch when Roberta pulled me into her embrace. Roberta’s laugh spilled out rich and dark. “For practice men dance with men and women with women.

Oh, no. That’s fine. It’s great.

Roberta played the man’s role which made me think of the picture I saw on Facebook – Impressive. Now do it backwards… in heels.

We practiced two dance steps back and forth. I felt myself slip into the ‘zone’ where thought disappears. A gentle pressure of Roberta’s hand on my side or a slight turn of Roberta’s body guided my steps. The music stopped. The students backed against the wall.

Mr. Gotan strode to the middle of the dance floor and held out his hand for Roberta. She glided toward him. Their upper bodies locked tight together. Hands floated in the air. The beat of the music started again and they danced. No one said a word. Roberta’s torso was still while her hips swiveled from side to side. The leather soles of their shoes silent as they floated around the dance floor. Mr. Gotan moved her slightly away so Roberta could entwine and wrap her legs around his. Their contact brief and light and pulsing.

When they were done everyone exploded with applause. So that’s what it’s supposed to look like. Class was over. Mr. Gotan and Roberta approached me. “I look forward to seeing you next week,” Mr. Gotan said.

Well with Roberta helping me--“

Oh no, Coral I invited you to take my place,” Roberta said.

Take your place? That’s crazy this was my first class.”

Roberta rubbed my arm while pushing me toward one of the big front windows her voice low. “Something came up and I have to stop my Tango classes. I don’t want to let Mr. Gotan down, he means the world to me so I thought you could, you know make up for my leaving. You’ll be fine and you said you wanted to learn how to dance.

Where do you have to go?”

Roberta’s eyes flicked to the window as a black SUV slowed down and glided past.

“Business trip. Extended business trip.” Roberta wore her smile like a silk scarf. She swooped up her bag and gave me a perfunctory hug and a kiss and was out the door.

That girl, so full of secrets.

Sacrifice

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Soul Meaning by @ADStarrling – Review and 10 things…

Posted by on Mar 21, 2013 in Authors, Bewitching Tours, Books, Giveaways & Contests, Interviews & Interviews with Recipes, Reviews | 12 comments

Soul Meaning Button 300 x 225 (1)So… there I was, just minding my own business when a friend of mine says “Hey, have you read Soul Meaning yet?” I had not, in fact I had not heard of it…”Who is it by?” “A.D. Starrling, I figured since you now her you would have read the book by now, or the ARC!” ” ummm nope… hmmmm ” typing away a search and I see it pops up and I see Little Miss Starrling on twitter…”Hey, your book is out!” “Ya I am touring with Bewitching this next month” “WHAT??? How the hell did I miss that!!”… quickly I write to Roxanne to have her add me in! She has been hinting away at this bloody book and I was finally going to get my hands on it Let me tell you what!… well see for yourself, the beginning of the synopsis… (don’t miss the kick-ass giveaway & 10-things interview, she recognize my bacon-ee goodness to boot)

…A half breed immortal. An international manhunt. A race against time to stop a terrifying plot that threatens to kill millions. The gripping, action-packed debut novel by AD Starrling and the first in the supernatural thriller series Seventeen…

Soul Meaning (Seventeen)

Soul Meaning - Postcard

Soul Meaning – The Postcard

What? Died? Part immortal? Half Breed? Man-hunt, a threat to millions… wait a gosh darn minute! This reads like a bloody season of 24 but with a supernatural twist… no no no not Supernatural, well not really, these guys are not angels, vampires or zombies.. of course there is a character that reminds me of Cas and also one that reminds me of Crowley but only because of the snark and attitude.

But let’s get down to why everyone I know should seriously pick this puppy up and read it! Well, all of those without heart conditions that is. Why you ask?

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