Leap Into Indie Giveaway Blog Hop

Paranormal Wastelands

Hello everyone 🙂 

Today I am very excited to say that I am a part of the LEAP INTO INDIE blog hop… and yes, this means that I WILL BE GIVING A BOOK AWAY 🙂 All at one time now– wooooohooooo!!!! LOL So, this tour is to, as the title says, support indie authors… They sometimes don’t get nearly enought credit, so I thought that being part of this tour would help spread the word. This tour is hosted by Paranormal Wastelands & Can’t Put It Down  so thank you ladies for doing this!!! Now, I’ve decided that–yes I LOVE indie authors… hell, some of my all time favorite books are from those lovely indie authors, so here’s what I’m going to do for a giveaway… 

Above, you see this beautiful collage of pictures of book covers. These are my favorites and I am gunna let YOU CHOSE which one you would like.  I have listed below the title and author of each cover, and they each have a link to goodreads so you can read the descriptions and see which order of the series they are in.  Ya know, you don’t want book 3 if you haven’t read book 1.  My reviews are also on the goodreads page for each book too, so if you wanna know what I have to say about these books.  Here’s a hint, they are all 5 PAWS 🙂 I have been reading a lot of indie, but these top my list of greatness.  

Enchantment by Charlotte Abel, Taken by Charlotte Abel, Smokeless Fire by Samantha Young, Moon Spell by Samantha Young,  River Cast by Samantha Young,  Blood Solstice by Samantha Young,  Blood Will Tell by Samantha Young, Blood Past by Samantha Young, Shades of Blood by Samantha Young, Destiny Binds by Tammy Blackwell, Time Mends by Tammy Blackwell, The Descendant by Eva Truesdale, & Descended by Blood by Angeline Kace.  

I haven’t decided how many I am going to give away yet, it depends on my funds at the time, so here’s how the rules are going to go… for you to WIN THE BOOK OF YOUR CHOICE…

1.  I would love if you followed my blog ( I offer it by e-mail and/or network blogs via facebook) but you DO NOT have to follow 🙂

2.  YOU DO have to leave me a comment on this post telling me:  A) how to contact you (e-mail, twitter handle-I prefer e-mail but I will take the twitter also)… B) which book you are interested in winning & C) what is your favorite supernatural element &/or character… like say, I love werewolves and witches  because they are cool LOL something along those lines OR why you think you would like the book you are chosing to win, say this part sounds interesting because… 

3.  I have decided that (THIS IS OPTIONAL) if you want an extra entry for each day (once a day) you can tweet the giveaway & post another reply with the link for your tweet, and I will add your name again to the drawing for each day you post your tweet ( send me a new link)… This means you get one entry for the first reply, and up to 5 extra entries for tweeting about the giveaway. 

4. THIS WILL BE INTERNATIONAL as long as you can receive an e-book via Kindle on Amazon… I will be sending them that way, or if they are the same price, I may be able to send it via Barnes & Nobles nook ( I will look into this)

5. Have fun… these are supposed to be fun blog hops & reading is one of my passions, 🙂 so Happy Reading

This tour starts today (Wednesday, February 29th) and goes until Midnight, Sunday March 4, 2012… I will chose all my winners sometimes on Monday and contact you.  And Lastly… here’s the other BLOG STOPS where you can win the books they are giving away… I think you should check out all the cool books these guys are giving away too… There are 22 of us with stops, so that means you can win UP TO 22 BOOKS!! 🙂 hehehehe this makes me extra happy!!! 

A giveaway hop dedicated to indie authors!

1. Paranormal Wastelands 12. Blakely @ Indiscriminate Writes
2. Can’t Put It Down 13. Selena Blake
3. Teri & Lizz @Dreaming Dreams 14. Maghon Thomas*
4. Gypsy Mama Logs 15. Karice Bolton- The Watchers Trilogy
5. Kristine Cayne 16. Caine Books
6. Crazy Dream Blog 17. Eric Edstrom
7. Ana @ BookSpark 18. usagi @ birth of a new witch
8. Kathy @ I Write, I Read, I Review 19. Greta Maloney
9. Jennifer Zane 20. Tina M.E.
10. Lisa and Maja @ The Nocturnal Library 21. The Ravens Crossing
11. SweetMarie83 @ Ramblings of a Daydreamer 22. Leah Spiegel and Megan Summers’ Blog


Thank you all, for stopping by, & if you missed out, I am still giving away my fun little (Mardi Gras) gifts here and as always, happy reading and later my reading gators 🙂

Reviews, Giveaways, and a lil sum-tin :)

Hello everyone, 

Today I am gunna post a few reviews, I am gunna tell you about a giveaway, and blog tour, and a few other things 🙂 YAY!! so firstly, I will do my reviews… here we go!

Blood and Bullets (Deacon Chalk, #1)

I got this one from my goodreads group PRN&UF Fanatics… the R2R group is so awesome, so excellent thanks goes to them and to the arthor, as they give the books to us for reviews! Now, for all you romance fans, maybe you won’t be so happy, but for my fellow fantasy friends–HELL YEAH!!! Guns, Fights, Kick @$$ heroes, major creepy bad guys, you never know what’s gunna pop at you from this book, trust me, it’s a great ACTION book. I think I would probably stick to the adult age groups or mature teens as some parts are maybe not suited for the younger people.  But, I liked it (lots!) and I think it would be a good investment, so here ya go:

my goodreads review:  http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/282421097

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0758271476?ie=UTF8&tag=httpwwwgoodco-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0758271476&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2

Barnes & Nobles:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/blood-and-bullets-james-r-tuck/1102036641?ean=9780758271471&r=1&cm_mmc=AFFILIATES-_-Linkshare-_-GwEz7vxblVU-_-10%3a1&


I got this one directly from the author, so, much much thanks, and especially that I took forever to read this one-BAD MAGHON!! Now, first, I know some people don’t like novellas & short stories, but this one is quite interesting.  I would have to rate it a fantasy YA.  here’s where ya need to go:

Goodreads review:   http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/280842026

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/SUPREME-GODDESS-VOX-AURA-ebook/dp/B005ODGHDW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330457945&sr=8-1

Now with the reviews up… I gotta tell you how excited I am as this happened all in the last few days 🙂 

I got an email from Ms. Laura Bickle that a fellow awesome blogger… Vampires, Werewolves, and Fairies, Oh My!… had picked me as the winner for her newest book… if ya wanna read the interview go here… and here’s the winner’s post (trust me when I say LOOK AT THE WINNER’S POST!!!) They made my name look wonderful in that background LOL 🙂 and here’s what I won… 

Rogue Oracle (Oracle, #2)

Ms. Bickle signed a copy of this beautiful paperback & wrote nice things & even signed some fun other swag (I’ll try to post pictures of these later) and I think she is fantastic. This is book 2 of the series & I have book one, so YAY!! Now I know you wanna knnow why I keep calling her Ms. Bickle, when the author is Alayna Williams… well, here’s her first books (THAT I FANATICALLY LOOOOOVE!!!!) I fanatically LOVE Sparky-her pet salamander… he’s is just MAGNIFICENT 🙂 So now, I cannot wait to read her new book!!!

Embers (Anya Kalinczyk, #1)Sparks (Anya Kalinczyk, #2)

Now, today, I got an e-mail from Talk Supe saying I won from this post here…  and here’s what I got…

Shadows (The Shadow Series Book 1)Galdoni

I dunno why that picture is so small, but poo, it’s a gorgeous cover 🙂 hehehehehe but anyways, I won an e-book copy (via smashwords) of BOTH of these books… thank you very much all you AWESOME bloggers who posted these giveaways!!! and of course, thank you for picking me!!! hahahahaha I recommend… no, I am TELLING YOU to follow these bloggers, both, as they give away fantastic stuff and always have something fun 🙂 

And yes, I know, for some reason, I have been a lucky bitch hahahahahahaha!

As for my Little giveaway, you have to wait til TOMORROW as I am part of a 5 day blog hop and I have some EXCELLENT books to giveaway also… Those two bloggers can’t have all the fun LOL!!! but I am still taking entries to my Mardi Gras Giveaway from here-you have until Thursday at Midnight to enter the Mardi Gras giveaway 🙂 

On an informational note, I have TWO more (other than this week) blog tours/review giveaways I will be participating in, in March, and a THIRD in April… or at least that I have signed up for so far haahahaha These will ALL have giveaways from the author, as it’s a release/giveaway type blog tour from either the authors or the publishers… I am not sure what will be given away, other than copies of the books so that should be for real fun! HA! But in spirit, here is one of the books I will be participating in a giveaway with–they are having a giveaway today… check that out here… They are giving away jewelry and it’s quite pretty if I may say so myself 🙂 I am going to be doing this particular book giveaway in just a short time, so I think you guys should all check it out 🙂 

Now, I think that should be all of my blabbering, so as always- Happy Reading and later my reading gators!! 

hmmm, shall I give something away?

So, hello everyone-first, I would like to put up my reviews for a few books, and THEN I will give something away, & no, it’s not what you are thinking hahahaha 

Dragon Academy

I got this book from Books4Tomorrow and the author for a review, and I really liked it, kinda a lot if I do say so myself.  So as always, the book links to the summary on goodreads, and here’s my paws and links…

goodreads review:  http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/279599183

amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0982979169?ie=UTF8&tag=httpwwwgoodco-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0982979169&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2

Barnes & nobles:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dragon-academy-diane-nelson/1100407160?ean=9780982979167&r=1&cm_mmc=AFFILIATES-_-Linkshare-_-GwEz7vxblVU-_-10%3a1&

smashwords:  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/116001

And now, on to the next one…

My Enchanted Life

This one I got from Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics R2R (read 2 review) program, so I need to say extra thanks to them, and of course to the author who provides the copies to them for us 🙂  and without ado here’s where ya need to go 🙂 

yes, I finally made a half paw, BUT dammit it isn’t the EXACT same color… I will have to keep trying this hahahaha

goodreads review:  http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/282113409

amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/146792671X/ref=cm_cr_rev_prod_img

barnes & nobles:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/my-enchanted-life-laura-eno/1036493522?ean=9781467926713&r=1&cm_mmc=AFFILIATES-_-Linkshare-_-GwEz7vxblVU-_-10%3a1&

smashwords:  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/106013

FINALLY NOW… the give away…. let me start by explaining… I promised some pictures from Mardi Gras so… here ya go… 

so this is a float from ONE of the Parades from Mardi Gras…  On the actual day (we celebrate for almomst a whole week prior to the day) we have so many things, including multiple parades, bands, food… I could go on… but in lieu of celebrating, I have decided to give something away!!! so here’s what I will be giving!

These are typical Mardi Gras cups (they are plastic not glass) and filled with beads… so I will give away ONE OF YOUR CHOICE to a winner (maybe I’ll be nice and pick a winner for each cup (: )! I will also throw in some very specific (my hometown) specialty recipes from me to you so you can have a little taste of south Louisiana… HERE’S THE RULES…

1. I WILL ship to anywhere  (YES ANYWHERE) that will allow a 1 pound package to be shipped there under $25 dollars 🙂 I will have to do research as I know sometimes that some countries are more expensive that others, but it’s not really heavy, & I would like my international followers be able to have a chance too 🙂 I will try multiple shippers for the best price 🙂 in short, if you want to enter, put your name in… if I can’t ship to you, I’ll maybe send you a e-book gift or something instead if you win 🙂

2.  Leave me a message via this post with your NAME, E-MAIL, AND CHOICE OF GLASS (short or tall) and I will randomly pick from a hat, cuz that’s just fun 🙂 (each glass, different hat)

3. today is Friday February 24, 2012… i will pick a WINNER on FRIDAY MARCH 2ND, 2012… that’s one week, & I will use the mail you provided to send you a notice that you won, & that is the only reason I will use your e-mail… I will also announce on a blog post too 🙂  

4. Have fun… this give away is meant to be fun and that is all 🙂 good luck everyone… happy reading, and as always~

Later my reading gators!!!

Reviews and fun tidbits of information :)

Hello everyone… I am doing some more reviews and showing off some fun things 🙂 So, here’s ya go…

The Blood Moon of Winter

I am WAYYYY behind on this lovely, poor author’s review… I REALLY APOLOGIZE! However, in that note, it’s a really good book, and I think you should pick it up, and try it out, especially if you are into paranormal romance, god/goddess history, and hot authors 🙂 Follow below 🙂

my goodreads review:  http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/278500687

amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0615439403?ie=UTF8&tag=httpwwwgoodco-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0615439403&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2

barnes & nobles:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-blood-moon-of-winter-joy-mccambridge/1103550546?ean=9780615439402&r=1&cm_mmc=AFFILIATES-_-Linkshare-_-GwEz7vxblVU-_-10%3a1&

smashwords:  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/38966

Now onto fun tidbits…

today is the release day for…

A Perfect Blood (The Hollows, #10)

And I saw this all over yesterday 🙂

Hidden (Firelight, #3)

*cackling like a crazed hen* hehehehehehehe two of my favorite series here 🙂 that just made my day 🙂

Enjoy your day everyone, as today is MARDI GRAS (it means Fat Tuesday for you non-French speaking peeps) and it’s a lovely fun day-yes, we know that we Louisiana people do strange things, but don’t knock it till you try it :)… If I go to any parades I promise to take pictures for you 🙂 Later My Reading Gators 🙂

Charlotte Abel is my hero… and a review :)

Do you like my title? Cuz I think Ms. Charlotte Abel let’s me have hero-worship… Let me explain this little tidbit… Back when Enchantment was still new-ish, she put her book up on Goodreads’ PRN&UF Fanatics R2R program (this is a timed session for so many readers to read the book and post reviews in as many places as possible to help authors spread the word about their books) and I was a lucky kid who got picked to be one of the reviewers…. Now, I must say, this book blew the roof off my little world… & I’m a BIG reader but very picky in my genre, so this says alot in my opinion… So, I happened to be the first person to post my review of her book, and she liked it so much, that as a THANK YOU for giving her a nice review, she actually SIGNED A HARD COPY of Enchantment and mailed it to me… I know that some people don’t understand how special this is, but I had it framed in a glass case on my TV because this is my first EVER signed book (I live in a smaller town, and the authors don’t come here too often) and it came straight from her… I did not pay, or ask, or anything, she just did this–if you don’t think that’s the coolest thing ever, click the close page, as I will only describe more of this 🙂  I took pictures of the book in it’s glass case & put pictures of it in  my office because no one is allowed to put their GRIMEY PAWS on that book-EVER!!! 🙂 not even me 🙂 it’s a very special thing for me…


So then, I am all pumped up for this story to continue, because Channie and Josh have stolen my heart, and I serious wanna kill Channie’s parents… like for reals… and then I get an e-mail from Channie’s blog that she would like to give some ARC copies of book 2… so I definately fly over to the forms and fill them out, and totally sign up for that!! Now, I have become Twitter/e-mail friends with Mrs. Charlotte, and she is one of those really sweet, and quite funny people. 🙂 When she asked me advice about the cover for Taken, I was thinking she was nuts to ask me, as I am NOT a good cover critic 🙂 However, she happened to pick one of my FAVORITES, so maybe I’m not so bad after all 🙂 Now, I had her ARC PDF copy of Taken (it was named Empty at the time, but I think it’s EXPERTLY named in the end) and decided that I would write a review and not post it, as everyone posted their reviews all at the same time… gotta keep the words going, ya know 🙂 I also BOUGHT a kindle copy of Taken, because I really believe Mrs. Charlotte deserves the money as I KNOW she worked really hard to make this one happen… Over time, her books at one time were NUMBER 1 & NUMBER 2 on AMAZON… dude that’s so MAGNANIMOUS!! So, I read the book, and HOLY SHIZZNIT… sorry kids, but I so just cursed for reals on my blog… MY NAME IS IN THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was midnight at the time, and I called about 5 people (yes, I got fussed at, and then got congratulated) because I was running around, screaming, jumping up and down… my fur babies (all 3 dogs & 3 of my cats-the other 3 were out and about) are STILL scarred from that time and stay away from me when I get excited with my kindle in my hand! I am pretty sure if they could talk, they would’ve called 911 and sent me to a mental ward 🙂 so without further ado, I am now gunna FINALLY post my review of Taken, but first…. 

Thank You, Mrs. Charlotte Abel!!! I could never say that enough!!! Your kindness should be spread to the world, and your writing talent should also be known!!


THANK YOU Mrs. Charlotte, for the ARC copy, and for all of your so fun conversations, and chats 🙂 and for writing a book that had me happy, sad, frustrated, conflicted, emotional, and DEVASTATED all in a few hours time (as I DID NOT put it down for anything, to stop reading would be blasphemous)… I WILL NOT compare you to any other author, as you are unique in your own, and you deserve to have your own category & be used as a comparison 🙂 You should already know that you are gunna get 5 PAWS from me, but in case you need a visual… 

my goodreads review:  http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/271337807

amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Taken-Magical-Paranormal-Romance-ebook/dp/B0072KIWVA/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1329768394&sr=1-1

Mrs. Charlotte’s website:  http://charlotteabel.blogspot.com/

Go check out her website to see what this is… 


Yeah, Mrs. Charlotte got today’s post all to herself 🙂 thank you so much for hanging out with me today & as usual, Later my Reading Gators 🙂

I’m stealing…NO, I’m spreading the love!! :)

Hello everyone… 

Today, since it’s Friday, I have decided that instead of a plain old post (I am not finished my book for review, so I can’t post a review yet), I would steal other people’s and spread the word about things I think you should know 🙂 So, technically I am just copying and pasting links, no actual stealing involved, but it stands out when people look at that title LOL 🙂 so I will start off with a giveaway first 🙂 

M J Schutte is giving books away… Yesterday I was lucky enough to win an ebook copy of his book (#1 of this series)


today (& all weekend til SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19) he is having a little contest to give away an ARC copy of book 2 of this series…

Birth of a Wizard

GO HERE: https://www.facebook.com/EnergyNovel

Contest:  submit your favorite picture of a black panther… Now, since I already entered mine (and yes, I will completely understand if you copy & paste from my awesomeness) & I am a vet tech (becoming a veterinarian) & I have an EXTREME passion for these types of animals, I’m gunna blabber a little bit 🙂 

Here’s my contest picture (no don’t steal this one) 

Isn’t this just a beautiful creature 🙂 People say “black panther” but properly is know as “black” Jaguar… yes, if you look good enough you will see his spots on his cheek… here’s another example 🙂 (sorry, I used this one too) 

Now do you see his spots 🙂 of course you do hahahaha In the direct sunlight, you can see them 🙂 Now most you really don’t care that I am blabbering on about this, so with that here is one more picture before I move on….

you can use that one (directly above) & this one below 🙂 

& my real favorite 🙂

If you don’t think this big cat is beautiful, we cannot be friends any longer 🙂 LOL I know some people aren’t big animal people like me, but I am really serious in my animal advocacy’s, I really want these beautiful creatures to keep a place in the world 🙂 I met a real Leopard at a zoo when I was 21, & he fell in love with me (I think he knew I was just cool) but even when we had to leave, he followed me all around his cage with just bars between us… me being silly walked back & forth multiple times to make sure he was following me 🙂  I still have his pictures looking me dead in the eye… my mom tells me I should have been born an animal cuz I relate with them so well & they just love me 🙂 Now anyways 🙂 let’s get on with the show…

Ms. Cambria Hebert is one of the coolest authors I know… I tagged her in our little blogger game and she has the GREATNESS to answer all the questions 🙂 & even gave me the most ASWESOME shout out… so without furthur ado… here’s what Ms. Hebert said 🙂 

Hey Peeps!

So recently I was tagged in a fun game of Blog Tag by a most awesome lady Maghon over at Happy Tails and Tales Blog  https://magluvsya03.wordpress.com. I thought it was a great way to have some fun and learn something about some of my favorite bloggers!

So let’s get to it and be sure to check the list for your name to see if you have been tagged!!

Now, I think you should read what she had to say by going here 🙂 that’s her blog post! If you don’t know who she is, here’s her book…

Masquerade (Heven and Hell, #1)

Yeah let me just say FANTASTIC 🙂 I will leave it at that, but you can read my real review here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/243373176

Lastly, another fantastic author is doing a GIVEAWAY too 🙂 She is interviewing the author of 


you have until Faruary 29, 2012 to enter to win BOTH books, she’s giving copies away of the sequel too 🙂 


so here’s where ya need to go: http://roxykade.blogspot.com/2012/02/author-interview-giveaway.html?spref=fb

Now, you know all the goodies about today, & I think you should try to win some goodies 🙂 I wish you an extra happy weekend 🙂 and on that note… one last…. little…. 

HAHAHAHAHA I just love animals 🙂 later my reading Gators! Good luck for those of you who enter into the contests 🙂

A Review for the End

Hello everyone… 

I know my title for today sounds depressing, and in honesty, I’m a little sad, but not in the way you think-& I’m actually pretty extatic! Lemme explain.  I LOVE Samantha Young. I LOVE all her books, but I have been saving “Shades of Blood” for a long while now-I bought it the day it came out, but I was savoring the moments- because IT’S THE END!!! This is the last book of this trilogy & so I’m sad–BUT– I’m extatic cuz IT WAS FANATICALLY SPECTACULAR!!! I can’t use awesome, cuz I use it alot, so I am going with fanatically spectacular 🙂 So here’s what you should know… 

Shades of Blood (Warriors of Ankh #3)

my goodreads review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/183889703


Also, Ms Young has AN AWESOME WEBSITE, so if you click this link, you can buy ALL her stuff from this one page (& she has playlists) 🙂 so here’s ya go… http://samyoungyafantasyauthor.blogspot.com/p/buy-novels.html

Here’s my favorite quote from Shades of Blood and it’s about Noah and Eden’s relationship: 

“You are dawn and she is midnight. And despite the mist of the half-light, together you see more clearly in the dusk.” 

― Samantha YoungShades of Blood

Now, I feel so much better that I have shared this with all you guys 🙂 but, it’s on to the next one…


The author sent me this one, and I have been so behind, but I finally can put out my review, so with no further a-do… here’s what you need to check out 🙂 

my goodreads review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/264005544

amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005ONM5RE?ie=UTF8&tag=httpwwwgoodco-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B005ONM5RE&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2

barnes & nobles:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ghostly-samantha-combs/1105846696?ean=2940013410114&itm=1&usri=ghostly+by+samantha+combs

smashwords:  ?? not sure if it’s up there, smashwords is freaking out on me again 🙂


Now, for those of you who like a personal note… IT’S MARDI GRAS WEEKEND!!! Um, so I’m sure you’ve heard of it, but NO ONE understands Mardi Gras, until they experience it… everyone thinks you should go in New Orleans-and don’t get me wrong, it’s great, but different- but I still think my home Lafayette, LA is the BEST place for Mardi Gras… I will try to take pictures somehow for me to share on my next post 🙂 I probably will not be back posting till like middle or later of Next week hahahaha 🙂 yeah, we start Thursday & go through Wednesday so trust me, it’s gunna be a blast 😉

Thanks for reading everyone, and as always later my reading gators 🙂