• It’s Almost Time!

    I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I am still too full to move.  I had a great time at my mother’s house with my family.  We played cards until I needed to go home.   Today is left overs day.

    It is almost that time!!!  I saw this picture on the net and I loved it!  A book Christmas Tree!  Just a reminder that starting Sunday I will be starting the 24 Books/Series of Christmas!  All the books I review will be one of a few themes or settings.

    *  A series or book that takes place during Christmastime.
    *  A series or book that has a Christmas Theme.
    *  A series or book that takes place during the Winter.

    There will always be a sense of the holiday season in the books.  Again, if you wish to have your book included or you have read a book that you think I should include, please contact me!  
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  • Karen’s Ramblings & 24 Books of Christmas

    Well, I gained more weight this week.  At least I can say that I went to WW and weighed in knowing I probably would gain.  However, I am determined as ever to gain my 25 pound star by my 40th Birthday in January.  I will do IT!

    Also, I wanted to remind you that I will be starting my 24 Books/Series of Christmas starting December 1!  I am already reading and re-reading certain Christmas books/series.  I will give you the First Book/Series of Christmas will be by one of my favorite authors….Ms. Joyee Flynn!  I bet you can guess what the Series is!!!!

    If you would like me to include your Christmas book or series (or one that you have read and adored), please email me, Facebook me, or Twitter me.

    Ciao!

    ~*Karen*~

  • Showing some Maya Banks love!

    It was brought to my attention today that I haven’t posted in a while and that is so not like me.  So here I am. My computer had to be totally reset back to factory and it is a pain to get it back to the way it was before.
    I am at a stand still in my weight loss journey and I am a little bummed about it.   Ok, before this starts to sounds like a really bad country song, on to good things!

    I got my new Kindle Paperwhite this past week!!!  So far I love it!!!!!!!!  I got a USB fiber optic xmas tree for my office.  I know too early, but it is keeping me happy so I don’t care.

    Anyway, I have to talk about the great, the fabulous Maya Banks.  A couple of weeks ago, Maya released a new series independently, Tangled Hearts Trilogy.  Now, I don’t know about you, but I own every book Maya has ever released for a reason.  She writes romances that make me laugh, cry, frustrated, happy, sad, scared and anything else you can think of in one book.  I have yet to read anything that Maya has written that made me say “I could have gone without reading it”.   

    The first book in the Tangled Hearts Trilogy is Theirs to Keep.  Here is the cover and the blurb:

    keep_450“When Cade Walker and Merrick Sullivan find Elle hiding in the cabinet of a gun store, they know they can’t just walk away from the fragile woman with no memory of who she is or who tried to kill her. Merrick is training for the title shot in the heavyweight division as a mixed martial artist and can’t afford distractions, but neither can he turn his back on the woman who tugs at his heartstrings.

    Elle feels safe with her two protectors, and the longer she spends with them, the more she realizes that she has no desire to remember her past. Not when it could compromise her future with Cade and Merrick.

    Cade has his own set of concerns when it comes to Elle, and it quickly becomes clear to the two men that for the first time in their friendship, a woman is coming between them. But what if they just kept her there? Between them. Where she belongs.”

    I liked this book so much, that after I started writing this post last week, I read it again!!  Elle is the damsel in distress and Merrick and Cade are definitely the heros anyone would want them to rescue.  Merrick is the closed off fighter who loves has hard as he fights.  Cade wears his heart on his sleeve and is proud of it.  Alpha males that love as hard as they play always get my motor revving!  

    According to Maya’s website, “Maya will be self publishing the Tangled Hearts trilogy…… but it WILL be available via print on demand but it will only be available to order online and will not be stocked in physical book stores as her other books are.

    The Tangled Hearts trilogy will be published in ADDITION to all of Maya’s regularly scheduled books and won’t interfere with the publication schedule of her existing books. Because she will be writing these and fitting them into an already crowded schedule, she won’t announce the publication dates for Always Mine (book 2) or Forever Ours (book 3) until she is certain that the date won’t change.

    It is her hope for there not to be long periods of time between the release of the first book and subsequent books, and she’ll do her very best to get them into your hands as soon as humanly possible.

    Because Maya is self publishing this trilogy, she will try to make it possible for ANYONE to be able to purchase and read the books which means there will be no geographical restrictions and they will be available worldwide to readers who are able to purchase digital books online as well as ordering the print edition online as well.

    As always, the minute Maya has information on release dates, the information will be posted on this website, Facebook and Twitter as well as be announced in her newsletter to subscribers.”

    Thank you for keeping us informed Maya.  I can’t wait for Always Mine to come out.  I hope it is soon!

    Theirs to keep is a definite 5❤ book.  

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    I was so pysched over the new Tangled Series one second and heart broken the next.  Why?  The last Colters’ Legacy book also came out this past week,  Colters’ Gift.  

    The Colters’ Legacy reading order is as follows:

    1.  Colters’ Woman (re-edited version also contains the Novella “Callie’s Meadow”)
    2.  Colters’ Lady
    3.  Colters’ Daughter
    4.  Colters’ Promise

    5.  Colters’ Gift (Bonus: Also Includes a New Original Colter Novella which is the official conclusion to the Colters’ Legacy Series)

    Here is a blurb for Colters’ Gift:

    Colters' Gift“Lauren Wilder fell for the wrong man, trusted the wrong man, and she paid a very dear price for it. Now broken and wounded, she’s retreated to the bosom of the Colter family and the unshakeable love and support they offer. But the man she once loved and trusted is not without his own power, and he’ll use every bit of his money and resources to make sure he gets Lauren back, no matter whom he destroys doing it.

    Liam and Noah were hired by Lauren’s brother to watch over her. But with danger looming, they head to the Colorado mountains—where Lauren has found temporary sanctuary. In her wounded eyes, Liam and Noah see the woman she once was—and could be again. They’re determined to show her everything a man can be—someone who will love her, cherish her, satisfy her, and when the time comes, put their very lives on the line for her.”

    I highly recommend that if you don’t have this series already, please purchase it and read it from the beginning.  If you have the whole series, read it from the beginning to the end so you can get the full affect of it.  This isn’t just the “Colters’ Legacy”…..it is Maya’s .   Through this entire Series Maya takes us through to three generations of Colters spanning I believe 35 years.  I love that.  I feel like a part of their family. Although I did not want to see this series to end, the way it was written, I have no questions or feeling of being left hanging.  The story came full circle and I feel whole-heartedly satisfied.  The last book, as well as the the entire series get a 5❤ rating.  

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    Did you notice my snowflakes?  heheheh  Starting December 1st I will be doing “SiK Reviews 24 Books of Christmas“!  Everyday I will be featuring either  a book, anthology or series dedicated to Christmas.  I have 5 for sure books that I have already.  Do you know any more?  Please fell free to either post me/message me on Twitter/Facebook, e-mail me, or just leave me a message attached to this post.  I look forward to hearing from you! 

    Ciao!

    ~*Karen*~







  • Elite Forces Series by Stormy Glenn & Lynn Hagen

    col·lab·o·rate  [kuh-lab-uh-reyt]
    verb (used without object), collaborated, collaborat·ing.
    1.  to work, one with another; cooperate, as on a literary work

    col·lab·o·ra·tion  [kuh-lab-uh-rey-shuhn]
    noun
    1.  the act or process of collaborating.
    2.  a product resulting from collaboration


    I know what you are say….Karen wtf is with the vocabulary lesson?  Relax there won’t be a test.  Not too long ago I talked about anthologies and how I love reading them so that I could find new authors that I might like.   

    The other kind of books that I love is collaborations.  There are a few of the author I read that collaborate often.  Two of my favorite authors collaborate quite often, and of course, I love reading everything they do. Whenever Stormy Glenn and Lynn Hagen and write a book, it feels like Christmas Day!

    As a spin-off of their series Lady Blue Crew, Stormy and Lynn give us Elite Force.  Here is the blurbs for both the first and second books of Elite Force.

                                                                                   Second Chances (Elite Force 1)

    “Make sure he is well taken care of” would be words Lieutenant Ryan Devries would live to regret. He was shocked to see Kurt Ackerman’s name among the harden criminals he was assigned to bring in for questioning, especially since he knew the man intimately.
    Tracking Kurt down and bringing him in was the easy part. Forgetting the look of betrayal on his former lover’s face was hard as hell, especially when Ryan’s message for Kurt to be taken care of was used against him by a sadistic officer out to torture Kurt into confessing everything he knows—which isn’t much.

    Kurt Ackerman was running for his life. When Ryan, the man that left him after one night of bliss, apprehends him and takes him in for questioning, Kurt never expects to survive, let alone see the man again. But when the unit Ryan is working with is ordered to return Kurt to his home planet, the furthest thing on his mind is hooking up with the sexy man again. But forgetting Ryan may be the hardest thing Kurt has ever tried to do, especially when Ryan won’t take no for an answer.

    Chasing down the men on their most wanted list, Ryan soon discovers that not only is winning back Kurt’s trust an almost impossible mission, but so is the task of stopping the Onyx from hurling past End of the Line and into the unknown.”

                                                                                 Rings of Sapphire (Elite Force 2)

    “August Ryker is a man intent on completing his assigned mission and being left the hell alone. Thrown into close quarters onboard the Onyx makes him a very grouchy communications specialist. Crash landing on an abandoned space station just might be at the top of his list of crappy days, but finding a man who belongs to the venomous Andronian race hiding in the air duct might be more than the Sayak can handle—especially when he can’t seem to keep his hands off the guy.

    Not measuring up in the eyes of his own race, Sapphire isn’t surprised when his uncle abandons him in on outpost in the middle of nowhere. Not knowing if he is going to ever be rescued, he’s overjoyed when a spacecraft crash lands on the planet. Who cares if the man that finds him is an Elite Force soldier…and armed…and so damn hot that he takes Sapphire’s breath away? He’s being rescued.

    Isn’t he? Can Sapphire convince August to take him along when the unit leaves or will he be left behind forever?”

    Since Rings of Sapphire just released, I will review that. August Ryker is that gruff warrior type that rings my bell.  When men like him fall, they fall hard.  And who wouldn’t fall for Sapphire.  I truly felt for him when we find out why he was at the space station.  I was pissed off at the same time my heart broke for him.  When August finally realizes that Sapphire is his mate, I melted.  ❤❤❤❤❤  

    I can’t wait for the next book in this series (which according to Stormy’s website will be Cheyenne’s story). 

    All I know is whatever Stormy Glenn and Lynn Hagen write is pure gold! Not only am I recommending you buy this series, I encourage you to obtain the Lady Blue Crew Series as well.  Where one Series ends, another begins.  Well done ladies!

    Ciao!

    ~*Karen*~





  • My Everything by Jorja Kish

    On October 7, 2013 I had the pleasure of introducing a new author to you.  Like I said then, I have known Jorja Kish for a while and when she told me she was writing a book, I jumped up and volunteered to spotlight her here on my blog.  Now that My Everything has been released by Siren Publishing, I have had a chance to read it and now review it. You can order this title by clicking here.  Below is the synopsis of the book followed by an excerpt.  Enjoy!

    “Cage fighter by necessity, Squeak dodges the henchmen sent by his boss. He hides out at The Crossroad Bar and manages to have hot dirty sex with a stranger. Unfortunately, something inside of Squeak is unleashed when bitten on the shoulder.  Terrified with the excruciating pain, Squeak flees into the night oblivious to the mating bite.

    Commander Tynan Rhys is tired and wants to return to the Lycan Home world. The Crossroad Bar is the last stop on his mission, and he fears it’s another wild goose chase.

    A neon green cap catches his eye, and he soon finds himself with a little imp that makes his blood burn with lust. Due for a quick hookup, Tynan seduces the gorgeous man, but when his canines drop with the uncontrollable urge to bite, all thoughts of his mission are lost.

    Tynan realises too late that he claimed one of the missing Lycan princes, and now faces a death sentence.”

    Story Excerpt

    There was no doubt about it that his little heart was going to burst from his chest. 

    “Holy fucking shit, he is gorgeous,” gasped Squeak, barely listening to the man sitting next to him when he said something. 

    He nodded a few times, but his entire being was focussed on the stranger that sat in the corner of the bar. Without caution, and being entirely rude, Squeak pushed away from the bar, leaving the man midsentence. He took a step toward the gorgeous stranger and soon found himself standing in front of the empty chair across from the Adonis. Biting his lip, he blinked with surprise and glanced back over his shoulder toward the crowded bar. Frowning slightly, he shrugged his shoulders before turning back, still nibbling his lower lip.

    He braved a quick glance at the giant man who sat leaning against the wall. Eyes of the most stunning lavender hue stared back at him. The gaze was clear, sharp, and filled with undisguised lust. Squeak’s eyes popped wider.

    “Hi,” Squeak blurted out, immediately blushing from the squeak in his voice and the raised eyebrow of the stunning man sitting before him. “Aw crap, I sound so stupid.” Squeak blushed further. 

    He tore his eyes away and was about to turn when the sexiest, deepest, and most lust-worthy growl sent shivers down his body. He gasped from the strange sensation in his body and quickly slipped into the vacant chair when his legs felt like they were about to give out.

    “By all means sit with me, little one.” The stranger smirked and nodded at the chair that was suddenly occupied.

    Squeak felt like his face was on fire and his gut was doing crazy flip-flops. He didn’t know if he was going puke all over the guy or climb on his lap and rub his little body all over the stranger.

    “Oh, crap, what is wrong with me,” he muttered under his breath. He was about to stand and leave when a heavily callused hand pressed into his and held his smaller hand with a firm yet gentle grip.

    “Nothing is wrong with you, little one,” the stranger purred. “I am Tynan, and you are?”

    Squeak stared at the massive hand that swallowed his smaller and far more delicate hand. The pressure of the man’s hand sent chills down his back and he shivered from something he couldn’t identify. Pulling his wide eyes away, he raised his long lashes to peek through them and look at the gorgeous creature called Tynan. Fuck, even the name was sexy as hell.

    “People call me Squeak, you know,” he motioned toward his slight stature. “I’m kind of small like a mouse.”

    Tynan nodded, keeping his hand firmly against the delicate bones of Squeak’s soft fingers. He leaned slightly closer and felt his body shiver from the sudden ache in his breeches. His cock hardened and pressed against the snug material. But it was the alluring scent that wrapped itself around his body that had him growling from deep within his chest.

    He watched as the little man’s eyes popped even wider, but the waifish man didn’t pull away from his touch.

    “Man, that’s so cool. How did you make that sound? I mean you’re obviously not a Terran from your ginormous size and I’ve never heard a growl like that come out of one either. And call me crazy, but that was so sexy. I mean you growled like a wild animal would and—oh crap I didn’t mean you were a wild animal, I just mean it sounded really cool and sexy and I really need to shut the hell up.” Squeak moaned as he rubbed his face with his free hand. He tugged away from the firm grip.

    “Don’t,” Tynan murmured, gliding his thumb over the back of Squeak’s hand, “your skin is so soft and your hand is so small and fragile. You smell delicious to me.” 

    Tynan pulled Squeak’s hand across the table toward his hungry body, raised the hand to his lips, and placed a soft kiss on the fingertips. His eyes flared with heat and his belly clenched from the ambrosia of the small taste of the little man. The taste of sweet citrus and mint mingled on his lips.

    “You are exquisite, my little mouse,” he whispered, taking another gentle kiss on the slightly quivering fingers.

    “Uh huh.” Squeak nodded as he leaned forward, practically draped over the small round table. “But I’m not a mouse, I’m a man.”

    Tynan smiled against the hand that was held to his mouth and winked.

    “That you definitely are, Squeak. And I have the need to get to know you much better if you would allow me such a pleasure.”

    Without a word, Squeak scrambled from the table and climbed on top of Tynan’s massive thighs and straddled the gorgeous man.”

    Sometimes with an author’s first book, you can tell that it is their first book.  That isn’t so with this one.  I can tell that Jorja is not only a promising new author, but that she is a fan of m/m, paranormal, sci-fi books.  It was well written, and sucked me in after only reading the prologue.  Tynan is the badass alpha type that I love, and Squeak is a twink with a heart of gold.  I love that combination.  I am going to give this book ❤.   One for the fact that the book kept me emotionally involved, one for the love of the characters, one for the story line, one for the anticipation of the next book, and one for the promise of this new author.  Well done Jorja!!!  I can’t wait for the next book!

    Ciao!

    ~*Karen*~