SHINE ON AWARD

I was recently nominated for the SHINE ON AWARD by Andrea over at Review Books and More.  I am very, very new to blogging and it was so sweet of Andrea to include me (thanks again Andrea!).   Here are the rules of the award:

  • Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Acknowledge that blogger on your blog, and link back.
  • Share seven random, interesting things about yourself.
  • Nominate up to 15 bloggers for the Shine On Award, provide a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs.

So, here are my seven random, quasi-interesting things about myself:

  1. I am the mother of a kindergartner, and I still refuse to believe I am old enough to have a kindergartner.
  2. I am getting ready to start my last year of nursing school, which is a scary & incredible feeling.
  3. I have a wonderful husband, who is a much better cook than I am.
  4. My husband would say I have an unhealthy obsession with Channing Tatum.
  5. I am super un-crafty, but I can knit.  I find this fact way more impressive than it actually is.
  6. My favorite movie of all time is Dirty Dancing.  Nobody puts Baby in a corner.
  7. I had to look up how to create a link for this blog post.  Yep, I am super technologically advanced.

Here are a few bloggers I would like to pass on the Shine On love to.  They are all bloggers who were either supportive of my new blogging adventure, have blogs I genuinely love, or are people I consider super awesome for some other reason.   I hope you will take the time to visit them & Andrea to pass on the blogger love 🙂

  1. Rosemary @ Fun with Books – one of the first to visit my blog 🙂
  2. Libertad & Guinevere @ YA Multicultural Junkie – promote diversity in YA, great blog
  3. Cori @ Reading in Pajamas – great  blog, awesome deals & reviews
  4. Christie @ Christie Rich – awesome indie author who is very supportive of other indie authors
  5. Tina @ Tina’s World – promising indie author & one of my 1st Twitter followers 🙂
  6. Amanda @ Let’s Get Romantical & Where the Night Kind Roam – both great blogs
  7. Amy @ Swag on Momma – not a book blog, a mommy blog I adore for all you moms out there
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Marry Me, Cowboy (Copper Mountain Rodeo)

More cowboys, y’all, just can’t help myself 🙂  Marry Me, Cowboy, the second book in the Copper Mountain Rodeo series, is about Tegan, an Australian native who has been riding the rodeo circuit for the past two years.  She and her friend Chet are about to walk down the aisle together, not because they are in love, but because Tegan’s visa is about to expire and she’s not ready to go back to Australia yet. Unfortunately, Chet has a change of heart at the last minute & decides he can’t marry Tegan. Chet’s best friend Jamie & Tegan have never really gotten along, but after the wedding debacle they are thrown together when Chet reveals a big secret to them then leaves town. Once they realize their dislike for each other is misplaced and acknowledge the attraction they have always denied, sparks fly.

I absolutely loved this story!  I know, I really do have some kind of cowboy fetish, don’t I?  While I thoroughly enjoyed Tempt Me, Cowboy, the first installment in the series, I have to say that Marry Me, Cowboy is definitely my favorite of the two.  For me, romance novellas can be tricky; sometimes a believable romance is hard to weave into the confines of the word count of a novella.  Marry Me, Cowboy, is the perfect example of a novella done right.  It had just the right amount of all elements needed to make a good romance: likeable characters (including a swoon-worthy hero), believable relationship development, spot-on sexual tension, and a sigh-inducing happily ever after.  What’s not to love about all that?

Marry Me, Cowboy, is definitely a story I would recommend for anybody who likes contemporary romance.  It can be read as a standalone since the only connection between it and the first novella is the location of Marietta, Montana.  The novellas are by different authors working collaboratively under the umbrella of Montana Born Books, and there is at least two more novellas coming out in the Copper Mountain Rodeo series to look forward to.  You can check out what’s coming next from Montana Born books at:

https://www.facebook.com/MontanaBornBooks

Kindle link: http://www.amazon.com/Marry-Cowboy-Copper-Mountain-ebook/dp/B00FCWAGNC/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Barnes & Noble link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/marry-me-cowboy-lilian-darcy/1116949402?ean=2940148595632

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#FF Feature & Follow Friday

Feature & Follow is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read on Fridays to help book bloggers connect with other book bloggers and gain followers.

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This week’s F & F activity:

What were some of your favorite picture books as a kid? If you have kids, what are your favorites to read to them?

I don’t remember many picture books from my childhood, but I do remember being read Mercer Mayer Little Critter books & loving to look at the illustrations.  Just Go To Bed is one I remember pretty vividly.

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I still think Mercer Mayer is great; What Do You Do With a Kangaroo? is one of my favorite books to read to my five year old. Now, if you asked him what his favorite books to be read are, I’m sure he would say one of the Lego books since he is an avid Lego enthusiast (which is probably largely my fault).  I end up reading his favorites over and over again, to the point where I refuse to read him a book unless he picks something different.  On his birthday, my husband said our son was “definitely my child” since he was more excited about the new books he got than any of his other presents :).

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Throwback Thursday- Heart of Gold

On Thursdays I am going to be spotlighting books I read a while back and considered to be game changers for one reason or another (hence, the title, Throwback Thursday :)).

Today, I want to talk about Heart of Gold, a contemporary romance originally published in 2003 by the author Jessica Bird.  If you read romance and you’ve never heard of Jessica Bird, I wouldn’t be that surprised; however, I bet you have heard of J.R. Ward, paranormal romance extraordinaire.  Ward’s Blackdagger Brotherhood series is phenomenal and extremely well known among romance readers.  Before penning this wildly successful paranormal series, Ward wrote contemporary romance under the name Jessica Bird.  Prior to reading the Blackdagger Brotherhood series I had been reading YA with paranormal elements & some urban fantasy, but was not into romance at all; after the BDB, I was hooked, that series was a total game changer for me.  After falling whole heartedly in love with Ward’s PNR, I happened to stumble upon the fact that she had written contemporary in her other life as Jessica Bird.  At the time I discovered this, all her Jessica Bird novels were out of print.  So, being the devoted Ward fan I am, I tracked down used copies of her entire Jessica Bird backlist.  The first one I read was Heart of Gold.  Never before had I considered picking up contemporary romance, but reading that book made me a fan for life of the genre.  So, in a nut shell, all my romance fanaticism started with J.R. Ward.  If you’ve never read her work, you are in for a treat and a couple weeks of non-stop reading when you pick her up and realize what you’ve been missing.  If you are a Ward fan, I’d love to hear from you and am curious whether you have picked up any of the books she wrote as Jessica Bird, most of which have been reprinted in the last couple of years with new covers (and some have new titles as well).

Here is the synopsis of Heart of Gold (from Amazon.com):

She has a passion for unlocking secrets of the past…

Archaeologist Carter Wessex is drawn to Farrell Mountain to solve a centuries old mystery- and find a fortune in hidden gold. One thing stands in her way: Nick Farrell, a notorious corporate raider with no patience for trespassers on his land, and way too much sex appeal. After an explosive introduction, Carter abandons the project…but with Nick in hot pursuit.

 What she finds is something more valuable than gold…

Though wary of Nick’s change of heart, Carter is soon swept up into the mystery- and the arms of a man she swore she’d never fall for. As buried secrets surface and passion grows, the shocking details of the missing gold are revealed. So are Nick’s true motives, leaving Carter to wonder…has everything between them been just another cunning ruse? And how many more secrets has he yet to share? It will take a heart of gold to find the truth—and have faith in a timeless love…

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Romance for Beginners

If a non-romance reader asked you for a recommendation in the romance genre, what book would you suggest they cut their romance teeth on?  My sister, a non-romance reader herself, recently asked me for a recommend after reading my first couple of blog posts.  The first authors that came to my mind to suggest were Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Julie James & Kristan Higgins; all humorous, all addicting, who wouldn’t love books by these authors?  If you had one chance, one book recommend to convert a non-romance reader to the genre, what book would you suggest?  I’d love to hear other opinions on this!

Tempt Me, Cowboy (Copper Mountain Rodeo)

Alright, I am developing a thing for cowboys!  I just finished reading Tempt Me, Cowboy by Megan Crane, which was a lovely contemporary novella with a little Montana/Western flavor.

The heroine of Tempt Me, Cowboy is Chelsea, a history teacher who is afraid to step out of the comfort zone provided by her hometown, classroom & dowdy clothes.   The hero, Jasper, struck it big in oil & decided to favor small town life in his retirement by moving to rural Montana & opening a brewery. These opposites meet as a result of Jasper buying the historic building Chelsea has been working toward acquiring to turn into a museum of the town’s history. When the small town girl & rich out-of-towner collide, sparks fly & the next thing you know there is a scandal about town because good old Chelsea finally let her hair down.

I adored this short story, and found myself wishing it was longer when it was over. Likable characters, good dialogue, and a motorcycle riding cowboy with a delicious Texas drawl. I’d highly recommend this for a quick, fun read (especially if you enjoy a sweet & sexy man in cowboy boots).

Kindle link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F2953OW/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_tmb

Barnes & Noble link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tempt-me-cowboy-megan-crane/1116881537?ean=2940148647294

Tempt Me, Cowboy is the first in a series of 4 novellas about the fictional town of Marietta, Montana.  The novellas are by different authors working collaboratively under the umbrella of Montana Born Books.  I am excited to see what comes next from this group of authors because l love what Megan did with the first novella; check out what they’re doing next here: https://www.facebook.com/MontanaBornBooks

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