Carry The Ocean Blog Tour

~Penny’s Rating: A ~ I completely adored this book. Wow. Really wow. It’s well done and gushy and romantic and real. This book surprised me. Okay, for regular readers of this blog, it’s no secret that I am a huge Heidi Cullinan fangirl. I am, and I totally admit it. I love her adult fiction, but I’ve viewed her ventures into new adult with a bit of trepidation, because as a reader, I no longer knew what I was going to get. They’ve been great though. I should not have been worried at all! The Love Lessons series is amazing, and Cullinan has another winner here with Carry the Ocean. Cullinan has created a different world for the Roosevelt series,  and it’s definitely one worth exploring. One thing I wasn’t expecting was to personally relate so well with the MC’s. Here’s the thing, I’ve been Jeremey and I’ve been Emmet. We all have and are to some degree or another.  I’ve experienced depression, and that was the part I expected to relate to on a personal level.  What I didn’t expect was how much I learned about but myself from Emmet.  I am not autistic,  but I score on the very high-end…

The Pride of Amsterdam Blog Tour, Character Interview with Lion Shifter Arjan de Wit

Yes that’s right, lion shifter interview right here! Boom! I am happy to be joined today by Elizabeth Caldwell and the star of her latest novel The Pride of Amsterdam, yummy lion shifter Arjan de Wit. Character Interview with Lion Shifter Arjan de Wit Hi Penny, and thanks for giving me the opportunity to sharethe thoughts of the gorgeous Dutch lion shifter who’s at the heart of the mystery in The Pride of Amsterdam, Arjan de Wit. Arjan is a successful businessman who runs his own computer software firm but he’s also carrying a few secrets that could make or break his relationship with his human mate, Kees. Elizabeth: Hello, Arjan. It’s nice to meet you. Arjan: Goedendag, Elizabeth. I hope you have some interesting questions for me. Elizabeth: I’ll do my best. To start off, what is your favourite item in your wardrobe? Arjan: This will sound boring but I have a couple of suits I wear to work that I had handmade in Italy. They’re stylish but practical. Elizabeth: And boxers or briefs? Arjan: On to the really personal stuff so quickly, I see. (Laughs) To be honest, most of the time I don’t bother with any underwear –…

Erik Clarke blog tour for Wonder

Rewriting the Paranormal Rules – a Message from Wonder Author Erik Clarke As a fan of paranormal shows and stories, I’ve been all but raised on the mythos of supernatural creatures. Vampires fry in the sun, werewolves can’t survive silver, and all the others. I’d never really planned on writing a paranormal story, so up until the moment that I sat down and went to actually put fingers to the keyboard, I hadn’t really considered what parts of each type of supernatural I would want to hold true. But that’s the best part about writing a paranormal series, like Spellbound: when it comes to creatures that don’t actually exist, you can give them as much or as little power as you want, come up with any history for them that you see fit. My only goal going into it was to keep enough of the old standards for the races to feel familiar, but I had plenty ideas of my own when it came to the details. First and foremost, I wanted there to be a logic to the changes I was making, wherever that was applicable. I never really understood why Vampires and Werewolves seem to hate each other…

Fever Pitch by Heidi Cullinan: Review, Excerpt, and Giveaway!!!

~Penny’s Rating: A ~ So. Many. Feels. Yes, this is a love story – and the romance side of Heidi Cullinan’s latest “new adult” novel Fever Pitch is awesome, and adorable. It’s even angsty and intense. We get to see Walter and Kelly again, and think about the songs in Frozen, and there are a Capella singing groups up the wazoo! More than all of that, this book is about doing what you love. Do what you love. It’s never that simple or easy is it? But there is hope, and this book reminded me of what I love. What I love is music. Singing. I am a vocalist, a performer, an artist, a writer, masquerading as an office manager.  No matter how good I am at my job, it feels like a half-life. This book is like my young adulthood. I went to a conservatory at a university, and I feel like I got to re-live a bit of that with this book. The love of music, the passion, and utter joy that Cullinan’s character’s experience through their artistry, I feel like Cullinan captured it perfectly. I miss singing every damn day. I really do. So much that it’s a physical…

Unjustified Claims: Hidden Wolves Book 3 by Kaje Harper

~Penny’s Rating: B+ ~ Kaje Harper is an author I have been meaning to post about for a while now, because I really enjoy her work. The first two books in the Hidden Wolves series, Unacceptable Risk, and Unexpected Demands are fantastic, and if you have not read them, I highly recommend that you do so before tackling Unjustified Claims. There are also a couple of free short stories in the series as well. You can check out Harper’s complete body of work here. So why Hidden Wolves? First of all, the series takes place in Minnesota! Yay home state! The novels in this series are hefty and satisfying – Harper tends to write longer novels, which are typically hundreds of pages longer than your standard M/M book these days, and Harper’s take on werewolves in our own universe, or a near identical one, is refreshing, and dare I say realistic? Yes I know, werewolves, but still, you don’t have a hard time believing that her Hidden Wolves live in the Twin Cities and work as technical writers and custom cabinet makers. Or that they buy pastries from one of my favorite Vietnamese bakeries over on University Avenue. I will also preface this review by…

Special Delivery Book Three, TOUGH LOVE is Coming April 8th!

~Penny’s Rating: A- ~ I feel like I waited forever for this book to come out. I am so grateful to Heidi Cullinan for the ARC, because I don’t think I would have been able to take it if I had to wait all the way to April 8, 2014. For those of you who have managed to stay sane, the wait is almost over, and Tough Love will be hitting the shelves next Tuesday. *Dances happy dance* Tough Love is a nice continuation of the SD series. For me, it was like coming home and visiting old friends. It was so good to see Mitch, Sam, Randy, and Ethan (the boys) again! We get to meet Mitch’s half-brother Chenco Ortiz, (squeee!), a talented drag performer trying to make a name for herself and bad-ass kinky daddy Steve Vance. They make quite the pair, let me tell you. It’s an SD book, so of course there is plenty of drama, antics by Randy, Crabtree’s there too (the sadistic bastard), and of course they end up in Vegas, because Vegas is just as much a character in the SD series as the people themselves. The Sex: The sex is hot. HAWT….