Saturday, December 31, 2011

BEST OF 2011

As 2011 comes to a close, I took the time to reflect back at the past year, My move to Wilmington from New York, My new job, My writing goals for the past year and where I want to be this time next year, The additions to my small family......I am SO grateful for all that I have and for all the wonderful people who have come and gone from my life in the past year.  I have made SO many new friends within the Reading/Writing community and have been having the best time blogging about one of the things that I enjoy most in life....READING!!

So here is my BEST OF THE BEST..of 2011.....
(No particular order of importance)

Any Man of Mine by Rachel Gibson

Pregnancy and Passion Series by Maya Banks
-Enticed by his Forgotten Lover
-Wanted by her Lost Love

My One and Only by Kristan Higgins

Some Like It Hot by Louisa Edwards

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Fatal Justice, Consequence and Destiny by Marie Force

Playing Dirty by Susan Andersen

A Lot Like Love by Julie James

Second Chance at the Sugar Shack by Candis Terry

Saving June by Hannah Harrington

The Sweet Series by Christy Reece
-Sweet Justice
-Sweet Revenge
-Sweet Reward

Real Men Will by Victoria Dahl

Beg For Mercy by Jami Alden

Lola and The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Georgia On My Mind by Marie Force

Until There Was You by Kristan Higgins

Sometimes It Happens by Lauren Barnholdt

Heartstrings and Diamond Rings by Jane Graves

Treading Water Trilogy by Marie Force
-Treading Water
-Marking Time
-Starting Over

Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles

Undeniably Yours by Shannon Stacy

Snapped by Laura Griffin

Changing the Game by Jaci Burton

From This Moment On by Bella Andre

Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

The Gansett Island Series by Marie Force
-Maid for Love
-Fool for Love
-Ready for Love

Then He Kisses Me by Christie Ridgway

Head Over Heels by Jill Shalvis



** For any of my LOYAL FOLLOWERS who would like to ENTER to WIN ANY BOOK OFF OF MY "BEST OF 2011" LIST...please leave a comment below with your email address so I can contact you if you have won!!  And Thank you for becoming "Tasty Readers"... I have had SO much fun with this blog, and Many GREAT things to come next year!!

Friday, December 30, 2011

BECOME A FOLLOWER GIVEAWAY

Hello Friends....

Congratulations to Amanda and Sue, who are the winners of the Sweet Reward Giveaway!!

Since yesterday's GIVEAWAY wasn't a huge success....I guess I will just have to try again!!

Today, I will be doing a GIVEAWAY to win ANY MARIE FORCE BOOK OF YOUR CHOOSING to TWO LUCK WINNERS!!



Here is what you need to do.....Look to your top right....Either "Join this Site" or "Follow by Email",  use the prompts to become "A Tasty Reader" and then either leave a comment below with your email address letting me know you have become a follower, or leave your email on Facebook under the post!!

SO EASY!!  And that is how you will be in the drawing to win ANY MARIE FORCE BOOK OF YOUR CHOOSING!!


And if you have not yet read a book by Marie....you must live on Mars and unfortunately...I am not paying the shipping cost to Mars!!  XOXO

GOOD LUCK!!

Can Stay Hidden

Hidden Summit
Virgin River #17
Robyn Carr
Released Dec 27th, 2011
400 Pages
Mira Publishing
Source: NetGalley




The first few pages of Hidden Summit by Robyn Carr were like the first few bites of a Birthday Cake Sundae with Reece's Peanut Butter cups mixed in.....Really Good.....and then halfway to the middle, I start to get a stomach ache, or in this case.....my focus was gone.

Conner Danson was just the kind of hero I like....Cropped hair, broad shoulders, goatee and blue, blue eyes behind thick lashes....I mean...OH yeah!! And the way he wanted to take care of his sister and her two boys, and his trust issues from a cheating spouse...I mean..who wouldn't want this sexy, bad boy to have a starring role in her dreams.

So we started out good...and then we meet Leslie, who is trying to escape the pressure from her image-conscious Ex and his new pregnant wife...UGH!! I liked Leslie from the start and was definitely in her corner when it came to her weasel of an ex. I was pulling for her and Conner to get together, but then it was just.....I don't know...Boring??

I felt as if I was reading about a couple that was reading a scene from a movie. The dialogue was just...OFF.  Some of the things he said were unbelievable and it just didn't match up with the kind of guy that he was portrayed to be. This was where I stopped caring about what happened to this couple, ok...I kind of still cared and skimmed through the rest of the book to the end.....BUT...I wasn't invested in the story and I HATE...HATE when that happens.

All in all...Hidden Summit was just OK...

On a bright note, I did like Katie, Connner's sister, who will be the heroine in Redwood Bend, the next Virgin River book due out February 28th, 2012. Maybe Katie and her sexy biker, Dylan will keep me reading the Virgin River Series!!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

BECOME A FOLLOWER GIVEAWAY

Hey Friends....

I would love to have more TASTY READERS following my blog.....So I am hosting a Giveaway to bribe you into becoming a follower and joining all of the other "Tasty Readers" !!

Just start "Following" this blog and then either leave a comment below with your email address or leave it on Facebook, and you will be entered to win, SWEET REWARD, the New Release by Christy Reece, and the last LCR book she will be writing.



Good Luck and Thank You for becoming A Tasty Reader!!

~Lisa

Fall in Love with a "Real" Hero

Starting Over
Treading Water #3
Marie Force
Released Dec 19th, 2011
Ebook
Source: Purchased by Reviewer


In a drunken stupor, Brandon O'Malley frightens his brother Aidan's girlfriend, enraging his brother and the rest of his family. Aidan offers Brandon the choice of rehab or jail, and Brandon reluctantly enters treatment. While in rehab, Brandon confronts the lifetime of secrets and resentments that fueled his spiral into alcoholism, and these revelations have a major effect on his entire family.

When he returns home expecting to resume his supervisory role in the family’s construction business, Brandon learns his father has retired and put his younger brother in charge. Brandon is unhappy to be given the job of renovating an apartment building where he loses his heart to an adorable five-year-old tenant named “Mike.” After he falls hard for Michaela, Brandon becomes involved with her mother Daphne, who is running from a past that will later test his sobriety and his mettle as a man.


I have to state that Starting Over is my Favorite of the Treading Water Trilogy. I can honestly say that Brandon O'Malley stole my heart in this book and I think he might be holding onto it for a while.

I used to be a woman who always went after the man who needed to be "saved", so in Starting Over I found myself feeling for Valerie, Brandon's ex, who put so much of herself into the relationship with a man who was lost, and wasn't looking to be found. The book starts out with a lot of heavy baggage and as the book goes on, we are able to join Brandon on his road to recovery, shedding the pain and resentment along the way. We also get a deeper glimpse into the O'Malley family and the dynamics that were effected by Brandon's addiction. 

After reading Marking Time and the beginning of Starting Over, I wanted so badly for Brandon to find his HEA, to find someone who would accept him fully, as is, and Daphne was just the person for the job, even though she tried her hardest to stay away. But when her five year old daughter, Mike, falls for a man who looks like Brandon...ummm yummy, Daphne never stood a chance.  Their relationship is the "real" deal, and it is scary for both of them, but they are exactly what the other needed at the right time of their life.  They just work!

 I enjoyed the secondary relationship between Colin and Meredith, and was so impressed with the way Marie shines light on the difficulties of loving an alcoholic.

Marie Force created an amazing story with Starting Over

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Not Wild about Wild Thing

Wild Thing
Domestic God's #5
Robin Kaye
Released Dec 1st, 2011
384 Pages
Sourcebooks
Source: NetGalley




Whitewater-rafting guide Hunter Kincaid lands his dream job–guiding sportswear models through Idaho's rugged wilderness for a photo shoot. When he meets Toni Russo, the goth New York manager of Action Models, there are enough sparks to set the forest ablaze.

When Hunter finds Toni's book on how to marry the man of your choice, he studies it as a joke. Before long Hunter realizes he's never cared enough for a woman to bother working this hard to get her. But the last man in the world this city girl wants is a Survivor Man wannabe...



I have read the complete Domestic God's Series, even when they began to feel a bit repetitive, but I like to finish a series and know what happens to all of the characters that I invested all of my time with, but Wild Thing....just didn't do it for me. I know, I know....I REALLY wanted to like this book and after reading the blurb, I was so excited to finally sit down and start the book...but after the first few pages... I was ready to put it down. 


The main characters, Hunter Kincaid and Toni Russo, were physically a match that I would have liked to see take each other on, but their personalities...UGH...they just annoyed me. And I HATE, HATE saying this, believe me...but I just couldn't stand Toni. She was an annoying baby half the time and then a total bitch the other time. And Hunter....I wanted to slap him more than a few times. For such a strong, wilderness guy....he was like the "girl" in the relationship. And their first "love scene".....I didn't even want to finish reading. It felt like I was reading a Harlequin "Virgin" book.


There really was no secondary characters to "Save the day". His brothers were like two meddling aunts and his sister was a typical younger sister trying to stir up trouble. I really didn't love anyone in this book. Just didn't do it for me!!


I will continue to read books by Robin Kaye because I have enjoyed her other books, but Wild Thing won't be making my Best Books of 2011 List!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Friday Harbor Review and Giveaway

As one of "Lisa's Divas", A Tasty Read is helping to promote the Release of Rainshadow Road on February 28th, by getting fellow reader's excited about the Friday Harbor Series.

So, A Tasty Read will be doing a GIVEAWAY of Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor to TWO lucky winners. The ONLY catch is that when you are finished with the book, you need to send me a review of the book to be posted on A Tasty Read Blog.  I want to get the word out there about this AMAZING New Series by Lisa Kleypas....and I need your help to do it!!

To enter the Giveaway....Just leave a comment telling me about your Favorite book by Lisa Kleypas. If you have never read anything by Lisa (which I won't believe), tell me that too!! I'll be picking TWO names tomorrow!! GOOD LUCK!!  (Please leave an email address with your comment)


A Tasty Reader Reviews

Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor
Lisa Kleypas
Released Oct 26, 2010
211 Pages
St. Martin's Press
Reviewer: Amy L.








In the interest of full disclosure, I am a Washington native who currently lives in one of the cities on Puget Sound with a deep maritime history dating back to the 1900s and the word “harbor” in the name. I’m so nuts about where I’m from that I have visible tattoos identifying my love for my home. I am so proud of where I’m from, I’ve been known to buy books on purpose with the hope of reading words like “latte”, “overcast”, and “salmon”. The Twilight series…fuggetaboutit. I’m on it like stink on poo.

So, a book with “Friday Harbor” in the title set my little Evergreen State heart all aflutter. I went into it with a lot of grace and an unfairly open mind. That being said, I’m not sold on Maggie Conroy and Mark Nolan. Mark Nolan is an artisan coffee roast master on San Juan Island. His sister, a single parent of a six-year-old girlie named Molly, is killed.  Mark becomes the child’s guardian. He decides to raise Molly amongst the mellow slice of heaven that is Friday Harbor. Molly is so shocked by the sudden loss of her only parent that she is rendered mute.

Fast forward six months. Mark finds himself in a quaint toy store with his niece. Molly becomes enthralled by the whimsy of the store and the talk of fairies and magic from store owner Maggie Conroy. With curly red hair and chocolate brown eyes and an air of sadness, Maggie seems to be a character crafted straight from the “River Dance” school of Irish appreciation. Anyhoo, Maggie’s brand of magic and belief resonate with the Sweet Molly Nolan and she is quickly talking again.

Mark Nolan, the militant realist, quickly appreciates stomping on all elements of the fantastic is generally not conducive to successfully parenting six-year-olds. He is drawn in by Maggie’s enthusiasm for children in particular and life in general. He flirts and twinkles at Maggie like eye winks are going out of style. He lays it on thick and the grieving Maggie does not know how to appropriately respond to his attention.
Not all is smooth sailing, however, because Mark is seeing someone in Seattle, a perfectly nice ice queen named Shelby. (Seriously, the crafting of this character was incredibly unappealing. Remember Brian Keith’s girlfriend from the original Parent Trap? Shelby totally reminded me of her. Beautiful and vapid on the outside. Ice cold on the inside.) Mark, using his powers of reason, feels like Shelby is a perfectly reasonable choice of partner, because, heck, they work so well on paper. Meanwhile, he’s dilly dallying with Maggie, because he honestly is more attracted to her. But she’s not the appropriate choice on paper. (I don’t understand his logic. Maggie speaks his de facto daughter’s language; as a parent, that would make someone incredibly attractive. Hey, that’s just me.)

Maggie is wounded by her own past and is hesitant to make herself vulnerable. As a widow, she’s conflicted by her attraction to another man and troubled that she could be attracted to a man like Mark, who is so different from her dead husband. But like all red-blooded American women, is drawn to the tall, dark, and handsome. Mark’s reputation for naughty teenage behavior only enhances this mystique.
I have a fundamental issue taking the leap with Lisa Kleypas. To buy into any author’s fiction, one must believe in the world they’ve crafted. Here’s the thing. Lisa Kleypas wrote about a real place. But the snap, crackle, and pop of a successful romantic pairing is not there -that certain je ne sais quoi that makes the reader root for the couple. I really tried, mostly because I care so much about their setting, but I just found Maggie and Mark desperately forgettable.

Mark is kind of an eel, slipping from one lady to the next without the courtesy of a backward glance. And let’s not forget that he was seeing one woman “exclusively”; this exclusivity was apparently only limited to the Seattle Metro area. (BOO! HISS!) Maggie is more sympathetic, but can read as simpering, immature, and whiny. She nursed a terminally ill husband for a year-and-a-half. This lady should have balls of brass and the organizational skills of a field general.

It all comes down to not caring enough about the characters to have grace for their faults. And, why don’t we care about these characters…because they are crafted in such a superficial, boring, and illogical manner that the reader can’t take the leap of faith with the author. Kinda ironic for a book with the motif of “magic” scattered throughout.

Mark’s brother, Sam Nolan, a vintner who is co-parenting Molly with Mark, is possibly the saving grace of this book. He’s light, funny, and in spite of being an accessory character, is more fleshed out than the protagonists. I am pleased to know that his story will be the subject of the next installment of the Friday Harbor series, Rainshadow Road, due out February 28, 2012. Which I will probably read, because it has “rainshadow” in the title.

A Tasty Reader


Amy Lineaweaver is a mother, wife, and speech-language pathologist who is a recently moved home to the Pacific Northwest. When not responding to the beck and call of motherhood and wifedom, she is an obsessive reader of romantic fiction. She loves a clean house, a dirty mind, and a filthy mouth.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holiday's From A Tasty Read

Hello Friends....Sorry so late....had a few friends and loved ones to see today!! Being back in NY is exciting, minus the horrible drivers and the people in front of me in line at Big Lots....UGH!!  I just wanted to wish ALL of my Tasty Reader's a Very Happy Holiday and I hope everyone has a wonderful time with loved ones, or just relaxing by the fire with a good book!!

Congratulations to Day Five Winner, Tambra...Congrats and I will be in contact with you to get your pick!!

Have a safe, and happy holiday and I hope to you all will visit A Tasty Read for some recommendations after you open that Gift Certificate to Barnes and Noble!!  See you all on Monday morning!! 

XOXO,

Lisa

Friday, December 23, 2011

DAY FIVE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS GIVEAWAY

All Packed and Ready to head to N.Y. for the Holidays.  This is our first year having to board the pups and boy was it hard to say goodbye....I don't want to even imagine how I will be when I have to send my future kids to Kindergarten.  Well...Day Five is upon us...last day to win...MAKE IT COUNT!!

Wishing you all a Very Merry Holiday and a Happy Healthy New Year!  Some great reads coming in 2012...Come back and Visit!!






Today, We are celebrating DAY FIVE of MY FAVORITE BOOKS GIVEAWAY!!

Firstly....CONGRATULATIONS to Dinah, who is our DAY FOUR Winner!!

**For those that didn't win, try again today...Last Day to enter!! Good Luck!!

A Tasty Read is giving away FIVE books this week to FIVE lucky winners. The ONLY catch is that the books are MY FAVORITE BOOKS...Hey, I am ALWAYS recommending these books to others...so I figured why not Give Away a few...just to get the party started!!

Rules:

1. You will have to leave a comment in order to be entered to win. Just click on "comment" at the bottom of the post. ( You don't have to be A Tasty Reader in order to leave a comment!)

2. Make sure to leave an email address so I can contact the winners.

3. You may enter each day, but can only win once. (Its the Holiday's...Lets spread the joy around)

4. If you are announced as a winner, please choose which book off of MY FAVORITES LIST that you would like to receive. YAY!!



MY FAVORITES LIST




See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson




Fatal Affair by Marie Force






Birthright by Nora Roberts




Just One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins




Not Another Bad Date by Rachel Gibson




Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas




Untraceable by Laura Griffin






It Had to be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips




Paradise by Judith McNaught




Falling for Gracie by Susan Mallery




Beg for Mercy by Jami Alden




The Blue Bistro by Elin Hildebrand






Not Another New Years by Christie Ridgway




Something About You by Julie James




Tempt Me Tonight by Toni Blake




My One and Only by Kristan Higgins




Thread of Fear by Laura Griffin




Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips






Wild Card by Lora Leigh




Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas




Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin




YA Favorites




Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott




The Duff by Kody Keplinger




The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg




Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins






Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles




Going to Far by Jennifer Echols





(**I would just like to say that I have SOOO MANY FAVORITES, these are just the few that stay with me long after I finished reading them.)


Giveaway Question Day Five:  What are your Holiday plans this year?  Flying to visit family?  Maybe having a house full of loved ones??  Tell me about it!!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

DAY FOUR OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS GIVEAWAY

Four Calling Birds....More like Two Barking Pups....Every morning I wake up to Two Barking Pups doing the pee pee dance...Does that count in the song??  Maybe Ill write a new one!!  Anyway..Tilly and Rocky wish you all a Very Happy Holiday and Good Luck Today!!





Today, We are celebrating DAY FOUR of MY FAVORITE BOOKS GIVEAWAY!!

Firstly....CONGRATULATIONS to Jen S. who is our DAY THREE Winner!!

**For those that didn't win, try again today...You can enter everyday, but can ONLY win ONCE!! Good Luck!!

A Tasty Read is giving away FIVE books this week to FIVE lucky winners. The ONLY catch is that the books are MY FAVORITE BOOKS...Hey, I am ALWAYS recommending these books to others...so I figured why not Give Away a few...just to get the party started!!

Rules:

1. You will have to leave a comment in order to be entered to win. Just click on "comment" at the bottom of the post. ( You don't have to be A Tasty Reader in order to leave a comment!)

2. Make sure to leave an email address so I can contact the winners.

3. You may enter each day, but can only win once. (Its the Holiday's...Lets spread the joy around)

4. If you are announced as a winner, please choose which book off of MY FAVORITES LIST that you would like to receive. YAY!!



MY FAVORITES LIST



See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson



Fatal Affair by Marie Force




Birthright by Nora Roberts



Just One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins



Not Another Bad Date by Rachel Gibson



Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas



Untraceable by Laura Griffin




It Had to be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips



Paradise by Judith McNaught



Falling for Gracie by Susan Mallery



Beg for Mercy by Jami Alden



The Blue Bistro by Elin Hildebrand




Not Another New Years by Christie Ridgway



Something About You by Julie James



Tempt Me Tonight by Toni Blake



My One and Only by Kristan Higgins



Thread of Fear by Laura Griffin



Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips




Wild Card by Lora Leigh



Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas



Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin



YA Favorites



Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott



The Duff by Kody Keplinger



The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg



Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins




Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles



Going to Far by Jennifer Echols




(**I would just like to say that I have SOOO MANY FAVORITES, these are just the few that stay with me long after I finished reading them.)


Giveaway Question Day Four: Christmas Movies...Which is your favorite?  Is it a yearly tradition? Or Just a New favorite from the Hallmark Channel? Tell me all about it!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

On the third day of Christmas ...A Tasty Read gave to me....A BOOK!!  Yes people, A Tasty Read is on the THIRD day of GIVEAWAY'S and having SO MUCH FUN!!  I love sharing my favorites with everyone, and You don't even have to be a follower to enter...Just had down to the bottom, click Comment and answer the Giveaway question of the day!!  If you haven't won yet...KEEP ENTERING!!  GOOD LUCK!!




Today, We are celebrating Day THREE of MY FAVORITE BOOKS GIVEAWAY!!

Firstly....CONGRATULATIONS to Stephanie O. who is our DAY TWO Winner!!

**For those that didn't win, try again today...You can enter everyday, but can ONLY win ONCE!! Good Luck!!

A Tasty Read is giving away FIVE books this week to FIVE lucky winners. The ONLY catch is that the books are MY FAVORITE BOOKS...Hey, I am ALWAYS recommending these books to others...so I figured why not Give Away a few...just to get the party started!!

Rules:

1. You will have to leave a comment in order to be entered to win. Just click on "comment" at the bottom of the post. ( You don't have to be A Tasty Reader in order to leave a comment!)

2. Make sure to leave an email address so I can contact the winners.

3. You may enter each day, but can only win once. (Its the Holiday's...Lets spread the joy around)

4. If you are announced as a winner, please choose which book off of MY FAVORITES LIST that you would like to receive. YAY!!


MY FAVORITES LIST



See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson



Fatal Affair by Marie Force


Birthright by Nora Roberts



Just One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins



Not Another Bad Date by Rachel Gibson



Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas



Untraceable by Laura Griffin


It Had to be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips



Paradise by Judith McNaught



Falling for Gracie by Susan Mallery



Beg for Mercy by Jami Alden



The Blue Bistro by Elin Hildebrand


Not Another New Years by Christie Ridgway



Something About You by Julie James



Tempt Me Tonight by Toni Blake



My One and Only by Kristan Higgins



Thread of Fear by Laura Griffin



Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips


Wild Card by Lora Leigh



Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas



Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin



YA Favorites



Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott



The Duff by Kody Keplinger



The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg



Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles



Going to Far by Jennifer Echols





(**I would just like to say that I have SOOO MANY FAVORITES, these are just the few that stay with me long after I finished reading them.)


Giveaway Question Day Three: What is your FAVORITE Christmas Carol, or Holiday Song?  Any Reason why it's your favorite?  Any happy memories or sad memories??  Tell me about it!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

DAY 2 of MY FAVORITE BOOKS GIVEAWAY

Jingle Bells....The amazing Vanilla Cheesecake I am baking Smells .... Delicious!!  Tonight  I am hosting a "Little Christmas"  for some Family Friends here in North Carolina, since me and the hubby are traveling to NY for the Holiday!!  Stuffed Shells, Chicken Parm and Garlic Bread...OHHHH Can't wait for Seven O'clock to roll around!!



Today, We are celebrating Day TWO of My FAVORITE BOOKS GIVEAWAY!!

Firstly....CONGRATULATIONS to LIZZIE W. who is our DAY One Winner!!

**For those that didn't win, try again today...You can enter everyday, but can ONLY win ONCE!!  Good Luck!!

A Tasty Read is giving away FIVE books this week to FIVE lucky winners. The ONLY catch is that the books are MY FAVORITE BOOKS...Hey, I am ALWAYS recommending these books to others...so I figured why not Give Away a few...just to get the party started!!

Rules:

1. You will have to leave a comment in order to be entered to win. Just click on "comment" at the bottom of the post. ( You don't have to be A Tasty Reader in order to leave a comment!)

2. Make sure to leave an email address so I can contact the winners.

3. You may enter each day, but can only win once. (Its the Holiday's...Lets spread the joy around)

4. If you are announced as a winner, please choose which book off of MY FAVORITES LIST that you would like to receive. YAY!!

MY FAVORITES LIST

See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson

Fatal Affair by Marie Force


Birthright by Nora Roberts

Just One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins

Not Another Bad Date by Rachel Gibson

Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

Untraceable by Laura Griffin


It Had to be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Paradise by Judith McNaught

Falling for Gracie by Susan Mallery

Beg for Mercy by Jami Alden

The Blue Bistro by Elin Hildebrand


Not Another New Years by Christie Ridgway

Something About You by Julie James

Tempt Me Tonight by Toni Blake

My One and Only by Kristan Higgins

Thread of Fear by Laura Griffin

Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips


Wild Card by Lora Leigh

Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

YA Favorites

Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott

The Duff by Kody Keplinger

The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

Going to Far by Jennifer Echols


(**I would just like to say that I have SOOO MANY FAVORITES, these are just the few that stay with me long after I finished reading them.)


Giveaway Question Day Two: What are you Cooking/Baking for the Holidays??  Do you have traditions set up for a special baking day or cooking day??  Tell me about it!!

Happy Holidays and A Very Healthy, Happy New Year!!  And Good Luck!!

Monday, December 19, 2011

DAY 1 of MY FAVORITE BOOKS GIVEAWAY

OH the weather outside is Frightful....  Well...Not so much in North Carolina...but its COLD!!  So lets give you an excuse to stay in bed, or snuggled up with a blanket and some Hot Cocoa....FREE BOOKS!! 



Today, we are celebrating Day One of My FAVORITES GIVEAWAY!! 

A Tasty Read is giving away FIVE books this week to FIVE lucky winners.  The ONLY catch is that the books are MY FAVORITE BOOKS...Hey, I am ALWAYS recommending these books to others...so I figured why not Give Away a few...just to get the party started!!

Rules: 

1. You will have to leave a comment in order to be entered to win.  Just click on "comment" at the bottom of the post. ( You don't have to be A Tasty Reader in order to leave a comment!)

2. Make sure to leave an email address so I can contact the winners.

3. You may enter each day, but can only win once. (Its the Holiday's...Lets spread the joy around)

4. If you are announced as a winner, please choose which book off of MY FAVORITES LIST that you would like to receive.  YAY!!

MY FAVORITES LIST

See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson

Fatal Affair by Marie Force


Birthright by Nora Roberts

Just One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins

Not Another Bad Date by Rachel Gibson

Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

Untraceable by Laura Griffin


It Had to be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Paradise by Judith McNaught

Falling for Gracie by Susan Mallery

Beg for Mercy by Jami Alden

The Blue Bistro by Elin Hildebrand


Not Another New Years by Christie Ridgway

Something About You by Julie James

Tempt Me Tonight by Toni Blake

My One and Only by Kristan Higgins

Thread of Fear by Laura Griffin

Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips


Wild Card by Lora Leigh

Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

 YA Favorites

Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott

The Duff by Kody Keplinger

The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

Going to Far by Jennifer Echols


(**I would just like to say that I have SOOO MANY FAVORITES, these are just the few that stay with me long after I finished reading them.)



Day One Giveaway Question: Of all the Christmas Presents you have ever received, Which one stands out the most to you, and why??


Good Luck and Happy Holidays!!  XOXO

Saturday, December 17, 2011

One Perfect Night is the Perfect Read

One Perfect Night
Rachael Johns
Releasing Dec 19th, 2011
eBook
Carina Press
Source: NetGalley





Even thought this book was slightly predictable, I LOVED It!  I loved Cameron, I loved Peppa, and I just loved One Perfect Night!  Rachael Johns definitely hits the nail on the head with this one.

Cameron and Peppa decide to continue a One Night Stand affair, even after he finds out that she actually works for his company.  He is tempted by her amazing curves, but also her smile.  Peppa had been though a bad break up and Cameron had lost his wife, so here we are with two people who are both cautious to get serious about anything but what happens between the sheets.

Well, its hard not to fall in love when you spend every night with a handsome, funny, amazing guy...That is the predicament Peppa finds herself in...among "Other" things.  But will Cameron stick around when faced with the exact thing he has said he wasn't looking for from the beginning?  Oh boy...do you have to read this amazing book to find out what happens!!

I had such a fun time reading One Perfect Night.  I enjoyed the flirty banter between Peppa and Cameron.  I was intrigued from page one and the speed kept up so nicely throughout the entire book, I never got bored!!  And with chemistry that sizzled on every page between these two...No wonder I couldn't put it down!!  I really, truly LOVED Peppa and Cameron.  Two lost, broken souls, who find one another and continue to lie to themselves that they are "Just having fun", when they are really "Falling In Love".  Ahhhhh....Loved it!!  And Cameron made me proud...love the little fairy costume....ohhh....Ok...Don't want to tear up again!!

Just READ IT!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Guest Blog by The Very Talented Stephanie Rowe


Today, A Tasty Read is Celebrating with Stephanie Rowe, who's FANTASTIC series, The Girlfriend's Guide to Boys, has been released as eBooks.  (The books originally published under pen name Stephie Davis)   Personally I am thrilled, as this is one of MY FAVORITE YA Series. 

So to Celebrate the Release and upcoming Holiday's, Stephanie has put together a laugh-out-loud Blog with advice for The Young Adult in your Life, who may need some Gift Giving Ideas for Family and Friends (or maybe her Crush).   


A Completely Serious, Entirely Altruistic Gift-Giving Guide for Teens

By: Stephanie Rowe

 Okay, it's the holidays. You know what that means? Christmas vacation. Sleeping in. Eating frosting out of the bowl when making Christmas cookies. And what else does it mean? Presents and gifts galore! But wait, you say, it's too much. It's too overwhelming. There are so many choices, I don't know where to begin!


 As, yes, this is true. That is one of the perils of December: gift idea overload. It can happen when buying gifts for others, when responding to queries about what you want, or when simply walking into a store and seeing all the frenzied shoppers running around with seventeen shopping bags, two carts, and a small wagon full of gifts.


 Fear no more! Your problems are solved! Panic begone! Why? Because today, my friends, you are going to be the oh-so-lucky recipients of the most amazing Top Eight Gift-Giving Guide for Teens. See below for a host of brilliant, creative and fantastically amazing gift ideas as generated by one of your most favorite authors ever… no… Stephenie Meyer didn't write the list. I did. But thanks, my ego is feeling great now.


 Okay, so here it is, some great gift ideas for others, so you can enjoy the spirit of giving on the holidays:



1)      Tell every author you meet in person, friend on Facebook or follow on twitter that they are your most favorite author ever. You will make their day and most likely prompt them to send you several boxes of free books and name the main character in their next book after you. Seriously. We authors are like that. So, go ahead. Practice on me.  Tell me I'm the best ever. I don't mind. I'm here to help.
 

2)      Tell your parents that you've decided to date only boys who are straight A students, love their parents and weed organic gardens every Friday night instead of going to parties. This will make their day, and you will have the joy of watching your parents make total idiots of themselves while they do the Snoopy happy dance. And then, as an added bonus, they will decide that you're such a great kid that you deserve to have your curfew eliminated and your own personal credit card with no spending limit. See how well it works when you give to others in a display of pure altruism?


3)      To everyone in your family, give a recording of the song, Grandma Got Run Over by a  Reindeer. It will be a lovely reminder to all of them about what will happen if they forget to treat you like the awesome rock star you are. Hoof prints on the forehead, anyone?


4)      Give a Kindle to your grandparents, especially if they still use a rotary phone. They will spend the rest of the night smiling because their hip, young granddaughter thought they were cool enough to own a Kindle. And in mid-February, when they've finally concluded that they prefer paper books to that high tech gadget, you can be nice enough to say yes when they ask you if you would like to have it. See? That gift gives you the chance to spread good will twice. Wow. Such a bonus.


5)      Give six copies of the ebook  PUTTING BOYS ON THE LEDGE to each person in your email address book.  They will love you for it. Seriously. You'll become the most popular person in your whole social circle, and what's better than popularity? And no, of course I didn't pick that book because I wrote it. I would never do that. *Stephanie blinks innocently.*



6)      Foster a litter of puppies for the Christmas holidays for an animal rescue group. The soft fur, little noses and oversized paws will make your heart dance every time you sit down in the living room. You will be giving those puppies the gift of life, and all the puppy-loving hot guys in your class will want to come over and see them. Your mom will be really, really appreciative of the cheerful barking filling the house as she bustles about getting ready for the holiday. And when the pups finally go off to their new homes, the house will seem so quiet and neat that you'll be able to rock your music as much as you want. Your parents won't bug you to quiet down, because even with all your noise, it'll still be like a peaceful meditation room in comparison to puppy central. You could get at least a month of chaos-making out of a litter of ten puppies. Plus, they're so cute!!! Me love puppies.


7)      Hot caramel apple cider from Starbucks. 'Nuff said.


8)      Give the cold shoulder to the guy in your class who you've been crushing on. See, here's the thing with guys. They just don't know how to handle girls, you know? They try to understand us, and they fail, then then spend hours lying in bed at night, staring at the ceiling, wishing they knew how to tap into our mysteries. It's when they are in that state of utter confusion, disorientation and insecurity that they're finally able to appreciate us and treat us the way we deserve (like the goddesses we are). If you're nice to him, then he thinks that he's got it all under control, and that annoying male ego kicks in. The one where he doesn't call when he says he will, when he forgets to compliment you on your new haircut. Urgh. But when you blow him off, everything changes for him. He gets insecure and wobbly, which makes him remember why he must work hard to be worthy of you. Put that guy on the Ledge. Seriously. Guys want to feel insecure enough to treat us well. You'll be doing him a favor, because you're just that kind of girl.


There we go. A super fantastic head start toward holiday shopping designed to bright light and love into the hearts of those you love. What cool gift ideas do you have this year? Let's share ideas and get some shopping done!


Thanks Stephanie...I am still laughing!!  I hope everyone will share this blog with the Young Adult in their life.  Speaking of those WONDERFUL (cranky, moody, broody) Young Adults in your life...Here is a list of some FABULOUS YA Authors, (aside from the fantastic Guest Blogger today) that have made a permanent home on our Favorites Shelf!  Books make great gifts for any Teen or Young Adult....and even make for a Fun Read for YOU!!

Older YA Authors to Check Out

Hannah Harrington (Saving June)
Kody Keplinger (The Duff)
Lauren Barnholdt (Two Way Street)
Simone Elkeles (Perfect Chemistry)
Kieran Scott (He's So/She's So)
Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss)
Elizabeth Scott (Perfect You)
Elizabeth Eulberg (The Lonely Hearts Club)
Jennifer Echols (The One That I Want)
Miranda Kenneally (Catching Jordan)
Gayle Forman (Where She Went)
Susane Colasanti (When It Happens)
Sarah Dessen (This Lullaby)
Kristen Cast (House of Night Series)
P.C. Cast (House of Night)
Gena Showalter (Intertwined Series)
Meg Cabot (Underworld)

**There are SOOOO many more AMAZING YA Authors....these are just the few that came to the top of my head!!  If you know of ANY FABULOUS, NEED-TO-READ YA Books, please leave a comment with your suggestions!!  I ALWAYS need more recommendations!


Guest Blogger
 
Four-time RITA® Award nominee and Golden Heart® Award winner Stephanie Rowe is the nationally bestselling author of more than twenty published books with major New York publishers, including HarperCollins, Grand Center and Harlequin. Stephanie has received starred reviews from Booklist and high praise from Publisher's Weekly. In addition to her teen series, she is also published in romance (paranormal, contemporary and suspense), teen fiction, middle grade fiction and inspirational non-fiction. A former attorney, Stephanie lives in Boston where she is actively working on her next project. For more information on Stephanie, visit www.stephanierowe.com.
 
**Other Great Reads from Stephanie
THE FEEL GOOD LIFE: witty, heartfelt & honest essays about getting thru the tough times in life
THE GIRLFRIEND’S GUIDE TO BOYS: teen romance “girl power” series
PENELOPE MOONSWOGGLE, THE GIRL WHO COULD NOT RIDE A DRAGON: fun, pre-teen fantasy
HOLD ME IF YOU CAN, Jan 2012: dark & sexy paranormal romance