Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Wednesday's Words & Quippish Quotes: Earth Day

Wednesday's Words & Quippish Quotes: EARTH DAY

“Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. On the outside, babies, you've got a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of, babies-"God damn it, you've got to be kind.” 
― Kurt Vonnegut

“The earth laughs in flowers.” 
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” 
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

"Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money."
-- Cree Indian Proverb

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” 
― Margaret Atwood, Bluebeard's Egg

"When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world." 
- John Muir

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." - Albert Einstein

 "We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."
-- Native American Proverb

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Assassins Hockey Hop Giveaway

Romance at Random is sponsoring The Assassins Hockey Hop to celebrate the re-release of the Assassins Series by Toni Aleo. There are multiple sets of the books up for grabs, as well as a Starbucks gift card! Use the Rafflecopter below to enter! 

About the Books

Taking Shots:
In Toni Aleo’s exhilarating debut, the first in a series featuring the hockey hunks of the Nashville Assassins, a reformed bad boy helps a charming, willful woman face off against the demons of her past.
No matter how hard she tries, Eleanor Fisher never thinks she’s good enough, from her job to her weight to her love life. After enduring years of abuse at the hands of an ex-boyfriend, Elli has been drifting through life in a daze. Until, that is, she meets Shea Adler on a promotional shoot for the NHL’s Nashville Assassins. Before Elli knows what’s happening, the gorgeous Shea breaks the ice and shatters her world.
A brilliant athlete inside the rink, Shea Adler is tired of the life he’s living outside of it: the girls, the money, the drinking. But everything changes when he meets Elli. After laying eyes on this feisty, witty, beautiful woman, he feels like he’s just taken the hardest hit of his life. No matter how skeptical she is, Shea knows they are meant to be together—if only he can convince Elli to put her insecurities aside throw her insecurities out the window before she misses out on a shot at love.

Trying to Score:
In a captivating novel of hockey and healing hearts, the newest member of the Nashville Assassins pulls a power play to make things right with the one that got away.
Fallon Parker’s dream has always been to turn her family’s wine company into a runaway success and eventually to start a cellar of her own. Since graduating from college, she has worked relentlessly to make that dream a reality, especially after taking a chance on love—and losing. By the time Fallon becomes an official sponsor of the Nashville Assassins, she feels like all her hard work is finally paying off. And then the man who broke her heart skates back into her life.
On the ice, Lucas Brooks is the NHL’s leading scorer—at least when he’s not in the box. Off the ice, he’s a mess, with all his anger and misery bottled up inside. He threw away the most important person in his life and has regretted it ever since. But when Lucas returns to Nashville in a trade, he’s determined to convince Fallon that he’s a changed man. The attraction is still there. The tension is electrifying. But the odds are stacked against them—especially after Lucas finds out that Fallon has been keeping a devastating secret.

Empty Net:
The chiseled men of the Nashville Assassins can make anything happen when they go all-out for the women they want—even turn a one-night stand into a happily ever after.
Audrey Parker is up against the boards. She’s stuck in a job she hates and pining for a total jerk. Meanwhile, her sister Fallon is moving out and getting married to hockey star Lucas Brooks. Where is Audrey’s Prince Charming? Nothing she does has ever seemed to be good enough for any of the men in her life. Audrey’s about to hit rock bottom . . . until she wakes up next to Tate Odder.
The thrill of moving up from the minors to the Nashville Assassins was a welcome distraction. But not even becoming the first rookie goalie to tally three shutouts in the Stanley Cup Finals alleviates the pain. With the loss of his parents and sister weighing as heavily on his soul as ever, Tate Odder can’t keep pretending he’s okay. That’s when he meets smart, sexy Audrey. Her gentle warmth and quirky sense of humor make him feel whole for the first time in too long. But to stay that way forever, Tate must find a way to accept his past and learn to live for love.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Review: Tall, Dark and Divine by Jenna Bennett

Tall, Dark and Divine
Jenna Bennett
April 23, 2013
Entangled Publishing: Covet
291 pages


Annie Landon has given up on finding Mr. Right, and has gone out looking for Mr. Tonight instead. A conversation overheard in the bathroom of Dionysus’s Bar about a jilted and lonely "Greek god" in need of a quick pick-me-up sounds like just what she’s looking for.
But picking up the god of love for a one-night stand is easier said than done--especially when he's sworn off mortals forever.

Eros has been down and out since his ex-wife left him, and falling for another mortal woman is the last thing he needs. Which means a maddening desire for the woman across the street is not in the cards. Thus begins his quest to find a match made in heaven for Annie. It's the perfect plan ... if only Eros can bear to let the girl of his dreams go.
Can a woman looking for love, and a matchmaking god who wants her to find it—with someone else—have a shot at a happy ending, or will Eros's golden arrows miss their mark, for once?

I really loved the romance of this book - is a sweet love story for two sweet characters. Annie thinks she knows who her perfect man is, and Eros, the God of Love, and his misguided intentions, are determined to get him for her. The interaction and chemistry between Annie and Eros was great, but unfortunately the rest of the book became distracting. With the possible exception of Dion, the secondary "god/goddess" characters are so one-dimensional and boring, I found myself skimming over any scene that didn't involve Annie and "Ross" (whose nickname was as much of an annoying distraction as those other characters). And Annie's initial love interest, Harry, seemed almost like a cartoon character than a real person. Since the romance really took center stage (as it should), the book was redeemed by it in the end.

Tall, Dark, & Divine: 3.5/5
Cover: 3/5 (I think I prefer the cover from the previous edition)

Note: A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Reivew: LUSH by Lauren Dane

(Delicious, #3)

Lauren Dane
April 2, 2013
Berkley Trade
304 pages
Mary Whaley has her hands full running a successful catering company and overseeing her supper club. She has everything she ever wanted—or so she thought. When she meets ridiculously hot and very dirty rock star Damien Hurley at her friend’s engagement party, the attraction she feels is overpowering—and she isn’t about to deny herself.

Damien is used to a hard and fast life. He and two of his brothers started a band when they were fresh out of high school—then they hit the big time and stayed there. He’s also a legendary madman on the stage and in the bedroom. But when he meets Mary, something clicks, and the bad boy starts thinking he may have finally found something good.

What begins as a series of fleeting trysts soon gets much more complicated. Damien can’t figure out why Mary doesn’t want more from him. And before long, it’s Damien who wants more from Mary. But it turns out Mary is no stranger to celebrity news, and he’s got a very big job ahead of him: proving that he’s worth more than a one-night stand…


This book was enjoyable, but forgettable. Only a week after I read it, I had to be reminded of the characters' names. Then I remembered (by re-reading the synopsis) - Damien and Mary (whose name evoked such strong matronly feelings in me I actually had trouble picturing her as something other than a frumpily boring old maid). Bad boy drummer with a worse reputation Damien and successful good girl Mary had chemistry, but it didn't jump off the page or make me squirm the way other books by Lauren Dane have previously. It was a sweet romance with moments of great tension, but it lacked something to compel me to keep reading. It did make me want for more from the hot rock star brothers, so I hope I get my wish soon.

LUSH: 3/5 Stars
Cover: 3.5/5 Stars

*Note: A copy of this book was provided from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* 

Friday, April 19, 2013

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: This Is Forever by S.A. Price

Maybe you have seen this little graphic about?

Did it get you curious? Winter is the very sexy bassist for the band 13 Shades of Red, and his book, THIS IS FOREVER will be releasing December 2013. Wanna see the cover?

Now isn’t that just sexy? From now till December if you check out some of your favorite blogs that are rocking the mini graphic on the side column, we will be giving some teasers, excerpts and interviews about the book, on the 10th of the month.

Believe me; it really is going to be a Long Hard Winter. *wink*

And now… for a sexy sneak peek at THIS IS FOREVER…

Seeing Lola after eight months was a fucking kick in the teeth. She had changed her hair, it was purple with black streaks, and she was wearing one fucker of an outfit. Platform Mary Jane’s, her signature, purple torn fishnet thigh highs with garters that ended in bows with skulls on them, micro mini in black satin with a lace trim. She had tripled up on her belts, her little baby tee molding to her torso like a second skin. It was razor cut in places, showing skin and the purple of her lace bra. Her arms warmers were knitted with little skulls on them. He was pretty sure she wasn’t wearing underwear also, the girl just loved to shock. Dare he think it was for his benefit? He wasn’t sure he even saw her, thinking he was dreaming the perfection before him.
But dreams don’t blow you off… at least his didn’t. His dreams, her especially, blew him. When dreams blew you off, those were called nightmares, and those sucked. Sucked like life was sucking right now. She had walked in with the rest of her band, greeted everyone but him, her gaze lingering a little too long on Colin, Rhys’ little brother, but then moved on as she kissed cheeks and hugged people.
 He had to adjust his groin, discreetly of course, when she and Saffron hugged and snuggled. Apparently over the past several months Saffron and Lola had become quite the BFF, with Lola staying at Saffron’s place in New York when she had to go in for several shoots and meetings with her record company. Rhys had teased him about getting face timed and seeing both of them in little booty shorts and white tank tops… but he didn’t think they were that close.
And worse, he didn’t think seeing her all snuggly with Saffron would illicit the images rolling through his head. Not that Saffron wasn’t hot, but he just didn’t dig his best friend’s girl like that.  He grabbed a tootsie pop and unwrapped it, sticking the thick ball into his mouth. He watched her move from person to person, but never to him.
What. The. Fuck.
When everyone sat down, she sat at the other end, didn’t even bother to look at him. He went through dinner in a blur, his anger getting to him more and more. What the fuck was going on? He was beginning to feel like he was invisible. Maybe it was a nightmare?
When she got up and went to the bathroom, he followed, after exchanging a meaningful look with Rhys.
“So you’re just not going to say anything to me?” he said as he caught her coming out of the bathroom.
She looked at him and then sighed. “I didn’t want a public thing to happen.”
Public thing?
He cocked his head and scowled. “And what the fuck does that mean?”
She looked him up and down. “I don’t know if I’m ready to say hi like I want to.”
Winter rolled his eyes. “So you can wrap yourself around Saffron, eye Colin up like he’s a steak, which by the way he’s not even eighteen yet, eww,” he ticked off on his fingers, “Yet you can’t even just turn and wave at me?”
Lola shook her head. “It’s not what I wanted. And Colin is going to be very popular…”
“You just didn’t wanna talk to me at all?” he asked, thoroughly confused. She was the one that pushed for the tour, and by all accounts she didn’t have issue with their past. It was what gave him hope.
She moved closer and shook her head. “That’s not it.”
“Then what’s it?” he bit out, his hands clenched at his sides. Gods, only she could infuriate him like this. Fuck she smelled good. All honey and warm clover… no one smelled like Lola.
Her voice lowered. “Do you like my outfit Winter?”
He growled. Fuck yes he liked her outfit. Loved. Wanted it crumpled on the floor of his bedroom. Wanted to peel it from her slowly, kissing every inch of skin he exposed.
She reached for him, her fingers tugging him closer by the belt loops of his jeans. “Good. You’re supposed to. You don’t get anything from me Winter Tulane. No greeting, no, little wave, no explanation. Eat your heart out baby.”
She got closer, her lips just against his, a slight almost imperceptible move of the hoop through the middle of his lip and then she was gone, back towards the party, her ass shaking with a sashay that had blood rushing from every place in his body to his cock. Fuck. What the hell was going on?
“Hey Lo,” he called after her. She gave him the finger and kept walking.
Game on. Game fucking on, he thought as he followed her back into the room. Confusion didn’t even convey how he was feeling about what happened, but holy fuck the signals she was throwing off were so convoluted he didn’t know if he should fist pump for getting her so close to him or brood over her words.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Brenda Novak's Auction for the Cure of Diabetes

Brenda Novak's Annual Online Auction for diabetes research will be going live in less than two weeks. They've asked me to share the following statement that includes details about the auction and a chance to win a new iPad just for registering! There are tons of great items up for bids, ranging from signed books to jewelry to meet and greets - even vacations! Be sure to check it out!

 We've gathered 1500 items with more coming in every day--and we're offering a fun incentive to get folks engaged on the bidding side, too. Everyone who registers for the auction--or, if they are already registered, emails us confirming that they've updated their billing and shipping info--will be entered to win a brand new iPad!

The DRI, the research facility that gets the money, will be bringing their new Biohub into human trials by the end of the year and this could be the cure so many people have been hoping/praying for. As the mother of a son with diabetes, I couldn't be more excited. Never has it felt this close. A cure would benefit more than 350 million people worldwide. PLEASE support this effort, if not by registering and bidding or donating, by posting notice of it on your loops and social media (we have banners, flyers, etc. at Here's the link where you can register and check out the amazing opportunities for writers:

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Wednesday's Words & Quippish Quotes: Boston

Boston holds a special place in my heart for many reasons. I went to college there. I never liked cities, but that's one of the things that's so great about it. It's a city, but it still feels like a small town in many ways. I felt safer there in the middle of the night than I ever did during the day in New York. Quaint little streets. Amazing architecture. Tons of history. And some of the best, most loyal and caring people I've ever met. I used to stand at the top of Heartbreak Hill, 21 miles into the marathon and cheer for all those amazing runners. It was one of the days I looked forward to every year living there. Today's quotes are for you, Boston, starting with one of my favorite quotes ever from a poet who grew up there.

"I've run the Boston Marathon 6 times before. I think the best aspects of the marathon are the beautiful changes of the scenery along the route and the warmth of the people's support. I feel happier every time I enter this marathon."
Haruki Murakami 

“In Boston they ask, how much does he know? In New York, how much is he worth? In Philadelphia, who were his parents?” - Mark Twain

“I guess God made Boston on a wet Sunday.” - Raymond Chandler

''Be true to your work, your word, and your friend." -Henry David Thoreau 

"For Boston, for Boston, 
We sing our proud refrain! 
For Boston, for Boston, 
'Tis Wisdom's earthly fane. 
For here all are one 
And their hearts are true, 
And the towers on the Heights 
Reach to Heav'ns own blue. 
For Boston, for Boston, 
Till the echoes ring again!"
        - T.J. Hurley, "Boston College Fight Song"

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Review: The Seduction Hypothesis by Delphine Dryden

The Seduction Hypothesis
(Science of Temptation, #2)
Delphine Dryden
Carina Press
May 6, 2013 (expected publication)


(1 Curious Sub + 1 Dom in Denial) – Inhibitions = 4 Naughty Nights

Wildlife biologist Lindsey thought attending a fan convention with her new boyfriend Ben was a great idea—until their relationship fizzled. Lindsey still lusts after her ex—but if he wants her, he’s going to have to prove it.

Ben will do anything to win Lindsey back, and when he sees her in her skimpy black vinyl convention get-up, he realizes what she’s been craving all along. And he is inspired to finally give in to his own dark desire to take complete sexual control…

Lindsey is surprised by her reaction to Ben’s kinky new seduction techniques, and suddenly sees the brilliant but uptight code guru in a different light. After several erotic encounters in hotel rooms and stairwells, she’s falling for Ben all over again. And wondering if the intimate connection will last once they head home…

I had previously read the first book in this great series after my co-blogger Tanya had highly recommended it to me. I loved it just as much as she did. It had the perfect mix of chemistry and humor along with characters that were super-lovable. Plus, my inner nerd loves the scientific approach and rationalization. I didn't even know Ms. Dryden was going to write more in the series, but I was so happy to find out she did! While it would be difficult to compete with how much I loved The Theory of Attraction, The Seduction Hypothesis comes pretty damn close. For one thing, the entire book just oozed sex - even during the non-coital scenes, the heat and tension still radiated off the pages. I loved that Ben and Lindsey had a history yet so obviously still cared for each other. It was great watching them fight each other and their attraction until - BOOM - it just exploded. The comic-type convention was pushing the geek factor I had loved in book one just a little bit for me, but it wasn't at all the mood-killer that it could have been. In my opinion, Ms. Dryden's forte is writing characters who are strong, but have this incredible vulnerability that makes them oh-so-endearing. We saw it with Ivan and Cami in book one and again with Ben and Lindsey here. I can't wait to get to know her future characters, especially if she keeps writing them like these!

The Seduction Hypothesis: 4/5 stars Cover: 4/5 stars
Audience rating : R

Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Review: The Sweet Gum Tree by Katherine Allred

                                                      The Sweet Gum Tree
                                                         Katherine Allred
                                                           Ellora's Cave
                                                       November 1, 2005
                                                             314 pages

    Sweet tea, corn bread, and soup beans-everyday fare for eight-year-old Alix French, the precocious darling of a respected southern family. But nothing was ordinary about the day she met ten-year-old Nick Anderson, a boy from the wrong side of town. Armed with only a tin of bee balm and steely determination, Alix treats the raw evidence of a recent beating that mars his back, an act that changes both of their lives forever. Through childhood disasters and teenage woes they cling together as friendship turns to love. The future looks rosy until the fateful night when Frank Anderson, Nick's abusive father, is shot to death in his filthy trailer. Suddenly, Nick is gone-leaving Alix alone, confused and pregnant. For the next fifteen years she wrestles with the pain of Nick's abandonment, a bad marriage, her family and friends. But finally, she's starting to get her life back together. Her divorce is almost final, her business is booming, and she's content if not happy -- until the day she looks up and sees Nick standing across the counter. He's back...and he's not alone. Once again Alix is plunged into turmoil and pain as Nick tries to win her love, something she resists with all her strength. Only one thing might break the protective wall she's built around her emotions-the truth about Frank Anderson's death. But when that truth comes out and those walls crumble, neither Alix nor Nick is prepared for the emotional explosion that could destroy as well as heal.
  This was a delightful surprise. I absolutely loved this book. Everything about it was effortless. The writing flowed, the story was great and I adored the characters. Its set in the south and it is just what I expect the south to be, reminds me a little of Steel Magnolias, where family is first and everyone has secrets but you do anything for family and good friends. Alix and Nick were just meant to be, you had to root for them throughout the book. There were so many obstacles and secrets in their way, a lot of heartache but you just wanted them together. This book was sweet and sad at the same time, had you feeling a lot of emotions. Its most definitely a book I will be recommending to EVERYONE. Its a story that everyone will enjoy not just romance readers. 

Book:       5/5   stars
Cover:      3/5 stars


Monday, April 8, 2013

Review: Apollyon by Jennifer l. Armentrout

                                            Apollyon (The Fourth Covenant Novel)
                                                    Jennifer L. Armentrout
                                                        Spencer Hill Press
                                                           April 9, 2013
                                                                360 pgs

Fate isn’t something to mess with… and now, neither is Alex.

Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the Awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate, and Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods—and Alex herself—to bring her back.

The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex’s power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex’s connection to Seth isn’t the only problem. There are a few pesky little loopholes in the whole “an Apollyon can’t be killed” theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries.

Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer… or she might become the God Killer herself.

      Wowzer...where do I begin. I honestly did not think it was possible for me to adore/love Aiden St. Delphi anymore than I did after reading Elixir, but apparently I was wrong. This one picks up about a month after Deity left off and I really strongly suggest that you read the novella, Elixir, that is in between Deity and Apollyon before you start this one. Alex is crazy and linked to Seth, Aiden is so worried for her and can not bring himself to harm her. Ughhh, ,my heart broke for Aiden as crazy Alex is viscous to him. Lots of events unfold throughout this book, you learn more but it also brings up a lot of questions of how this is going to end up. It seems like any path that they choose someone is gonna get really hurt. Seth is not in this book as much as he was in Deity, which made me very happy. I love the scenes between Alex and Aiden, their banter and chemistry is just great. These two make me laugh, cry and feel like no other characters can. I will say that in this series JLA really has made a habit of killing off people. Now I do realize that the Gods are at war and in war there are casualties but damn, such twists and turns, heartbreak.The ending, oh my. JLA is becoming quite a star at the cliffhanger. I can not wait for the last book in this series to come out. I need to know how it ends. I think I may need to save a vacation day for December when the last book comes out.  If you are not reading this series you need to be. 

Book:     4.5/5 stars
Cover:    5/5  stars  (the covers in this series are my favorites, always so beautiful)


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Review: Rules of Entanglement by Gina L. Maxwell

Rules of Entanglement
Fighting for Love, #2
Gina L. Maxwell
Entangled: Brazen
March 31, 2013


Seven days. And seven rules to break...

District Attorney Vanessa McGregor firmly believes that structure and order are the stuff that dreams are made of. Happiness can be planned - and it starts with seven rules she's laid out for her future. But as she's organizing her best friend's wedding in Hawaii, all of Vanessa's best-laid plans are about to meet their match in a wickedly hot MMA fighter...

Jackson "Jax" Maris is focused on surfing, training and fighting. That is, until he opens up his big mouth, and finds himself having to pretend he's engaged to his little sister's best friend, Vanessa. When they're force to share a romantic bungalow, however, their little charade suddenly takes a turn for the seriously sexy. And while Jax is definitely not part of Vanessa's long-term plan, he has seven days - and seven naughty nights - to turn her seven-rule plan upside down.

I really loved Gina L. Maxwell's Seducing Cinderella, so when I saw there was a new book in the "Fighting for Love" series, I immediately jumped at the opportunity to read it. Who could resist an MMA fighter romance set in Hawaii? Throw in one of my favorite romance tropes - forced cohabitation, and I'm on board!
I LOVED this book from start to finish. It was even better than Seducing Cinderella. The bantering tension between Jackson and Vanessa was sharp and witty, the sex was oh-so-super-hot, and it had more than a few tug-at-your-heartstrings moments. We get to see Reid and Lucie from book one again, which was nice too. With a less-than-believable plotline, it was surprising how real it felt, and how I didn't feel like I had to suspend my disbelief as I so often do with romance novels. I fell in love with Jax, and I know others will just swoon over him too. It left me wanting more from them and Ms. Maxwell.

Rules of Entanglement: 4.5/5 Stars
Cover: 4.5/5 Stars

Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Cooking With Lisa Renee Jones - Recipes and Giveaways!

************DAILY RECIPES AND PRIZES!************ 

Starting TODAY and running the rest of the month through April 30, 2013, Monday through Friday, Lisa will be featuring quick and easy recipes inspired by her newest release, If I Were You. Stop by - and click on the "Blog" heading. All you have to do is leave a comment saying that The Revolving Bookcase sent you and you will be entered into that day's prize drawing. There will be new prizes every day, so be sure to comment on each post for the best chance of winning something at the end of the month! Good luck and happy cooking!

Be sure to check out her new book IF I WERE YOU !! In Stores NOW!!