Saturday, 19 January 2013 | By: Anna Holmes

Stacking the shelves #4

Stacking the shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga Reviews, to join in just show us what books you have added to your collection this week!

So this week I bought 


The Golden Lily

and with all that snow I think it wont take me long to read these!

What did you get this weekend?

Liebster Award Nomination

Thanks to robgirlbooks for nominating me for the award, I now get to share with you a little bit more about me, As part of the process I also nominate 11 other bloggers with less then 200 followers & give them a set of 11 questions.

1. What is your favorite fictional place? Could be a funky bedroom, another planet, another time gets tricky.  
2. What inspires you most? 
     My family, they inspire me to be who I am and do the things I enjoy.
3. Who is your favorite female character on TV or in movies?
     Sydney Bristow, (Jennifer Garner) - Alias.. oh she's hot :P
4. What is your favorite movie-based-on-a-book?
    The Green mile, Everyone who knows me know I love that movie and love that book.
5. If you had a chance to chat up an author, who would be your pick?
    Jennifer Worth, Author of Call the Midwife, I loved reading the series of the East End books and still want to know more!
6. How much time do you spend blogging...thinking about it, clicking away, world building on your site?
    Only a few hours a week at the moment, still trying to get into a routine!
7. What is your favorite book series beginning to end?
     Morganville Vampires to date.. couldnt stop reading.
8. What book series ended too soon for you?
    Ermm.. Pass.. 
9. What book would you most love to see on the big or little screen?
    Morganville Vampires.. totally think that would work out as an awesome series.
10. What's the right order, books, blogs, girls/boys (romantically), family, pets, kids? Exclude what doesn't pertain to your life.
   My Son, My Girlfriend, My family, Books, blogs, my job.. pets.
11. What character would you like to kick into a-whole-nother stratosphere?
    hmm tough question, must be at least one from each book i've read lol 

Oh and for the 11 facts about me..

1. I am new to tattoo's in a matter of 2 weeks I had 4.. and ive already got my next 3 planned out.. addicted muchly!
2. If you didn't already know.. you do now.. I'm a lesbian :P
3. Yes I have a son, R - he's 3!
4. I own 3 cats.. and if my misses would let me i'd own lots more! (Yes im going to be that old crazzzy cat lady you see rocking on her chair every day)
5. I also own 2 giant African albino snails called Terrie & Sammie.
6. Not only do I love reading, I love digital scrapbooking.
7. I couldn't live without my phone.
8. My favourite meal is Lasagne.
9. I'm a care assistant for elderly people.
10. Im running out of things to write.
11. Over to you!

Now for my nominations..

11 questions for my nominees.

1. Paperback/hardback or the e-reader? 
2. What's your all time favourite read?
3. If you could be a character in a book, who would you be and why?
4. What 2 things could you NOT live without?
5. What do you do in your spare time aside from reading or blogging?
6. Marmite.. do you Love or Hate?
7. Where is your favourite place to read?
8. What's your favourite thing about your love of reading?
9. Ever thought about writing your own book?
10. If so what genre would it be?
11. Fed up of answering questions now??

Directions for the nominees:
-Copy and paste the award onto your blog.
-Come up with 11 questions, 11 nominees with less than 200 followers, and 11 facts about yourself.
-Answer my 11 questions.
-Leave a comment on your nominee's blog page telling them about the award.
-Thank your nominator

Monday, 14 January 2013 | By: Anna Holmes

My thoughts: Infinite Loop

Title: Infinite Loop 
Author: Meghan O'Brien
Publish Date: 14th May 2005
Format: Ebook provided by publisher for review.
My rating: 5 stars - I really enjoyed this book chances are i'll read it again.

From Goodreads:
Regan O’Riley has just about given up hope that she will ever find a woman into shy, geeky programmers. She yearns for a connection, but can't seem to make the first move. Mel Raines knows all about making moves. After a childhood under the thumb of her alcoholic father, she avoids intimacy by drowning herself in fiery, fleeting encounters with strangers.

When Regan and Mel meet in a straight bar, of all places, their chemistry is unmistakable. Before they can begin to explore their new relationship, Mel’s world is rocked when a close friend is a victim in a shooting. Regan suggests they take a road trip to escape reality for a little while, and Mel is only too ready to shake things up. Together they embark upon a physical and emotional journey where they discover that breaking free of old habits may be the only way to change your life.

My Thoughts:
What an emotional roller-coaster, I didn't expect to read about a whirlwind of insecurities, all that history wrapped up in one book. Had me hooked from the word go. Their unexpected meeting and although having not known each other long they head off on a road trip not knowing that by the end they would have emptied their baggage and be head over heels in love!

I loved all the characters, O'Brien developed them beautifully throughout the chapters, 2 completely different personality's a red headed geek in an atari t-shirt and a cop with hard a$$ attitude who both happen to end up in this whirl wind romance. 

Oh and dont get me started on those steamy scenes whoa . O'Brien can seriously write a good thing or two! I can't wait to read what she writes next if its as good as this then its definitely on my TBR list!

This is my favourite Lesbian fiction to date, you definately have to check this one out!

My Thoughts: Murphy's Law

Title: Murphy's Law
Author: Yolanda Wallace
Publish Date: 8th January 2013
Format: Ebook provided by publisher for review
My Rating: 4 - This book was awesome, i'm glad I read it. 

From Goodreads:
Mountain climbing guide Samantha "Sam" Murphy likes to tout her safety record. In the ten years she has led climbers on excursions up the world’s most treacherous peaks, she has never lost a client. But that doesn't mean she hasn't lost someone even more important.
Surgeon and philanthropist Olivia Bradshaw hires Sam’s company to lead her hand-picked team on a fundraising climb of Annapurna, the world’s most dangerous mountain. For Olivia, for the donors who have pledged money to her charitable foundation, and for the underprivileged masses she is seeking to help, failure is not an option.
Secrets abound and danger lurks at every elevation. Will Sam’s attraction to taciturn Sam get in the way of the expedition’s success or will Mother Nature have the final say?

My Thoughts:
Wallace tells a very convincing story as the struggle with the dangerous climb up the mountain unfolds, I'm not a non-climber, and the treacherous conditions were believable as I continued to read. 

During the climb of Annapurna the 2 main characters are forced to readdress their lives and situations as the romance between them blossoms. Wallace helps us to understand the characters by including their history, however heart wrenching it turned out to be it helps them to develop as people.

Wallace has created a page turner, I couldnt put my kindle down for wanting to know if the expedition was a success and did their romance blossom how I thought it might. The dangers within the mountain kept me on the edge of my seat!
Sunday, 13 January 2013 | By: Anna Holmes

My Thoughts: Sea Glass Inn

Title: Sea Glass Inn
Author: Karis Walsh
Publish Date: 8th January 2013
Format: Ebook provided by publisher for review.
My rating: 3 - This book was good =)

From Goodreads:

After a life of wrong turns and lost hope, can true love be more than a bittersweet fantasy?

Melinda Andrews arrives on the Oregon coast with a dream of running the Sea Glass Inn. Still reeling after an unexpected divorce, Mel believes she has missed her chance to find love. All she wants is to make her business a success and regain her independence. She locates the artist who inspired her move so she can commission more paintings for her new inn.

Pamela Whitford runs a gallery in a small seaside town, planning events and supporting other artists while neglecting her own talent. Since being deserted by the love she thought was forever, she refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her again. But Pam can’t resist the struggling new innkeeper, and she agrees to paint for her even though it means opening herself up to creativity and the vulnerability that goes with it.

Can they learn to trust again and discover a second chance at love?

My Thoughts:
This novel was a pleasure to read, Walsh paints us a story of love, deviotion and understanding. The journey within the story is wrote to be believable and convincing. 

The growth and development of the characters is amazing, as Walsh paints the story we gradually become to understand each of them and their emotions which kept me captivated. Within the characters development came the development within their roles in the book, the artist and restoring the old house, it was beautiful to see their talents grow. 

I simply couldn't put this book down, page for page I was hooked, wanting to find out what happened in the end would they find love with each other? 

Saturday, 12 January 2013 | By: Anna Holmes

Stacking the shelves #3

Stacking the shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga Reviews, to join in just show us what books you have added to your collection this week!

So this week I only got a few books to review..

Quite looking forward to reviewing these as they are lesbian fiction =)

So what have you added to your collection this week??

Have fun reading! 

Wednesday, 9 January 2013 | By: Anna Holmes

My Thoughts: The Sweetest Taboo

Title: Sweetest Taboo
Author: Eva Marquez
Publish date: 14th October 2012
Format: Ebook provided by Author for review.
My rating: 4 - This book was awesome,i'm glad I read it.

From Amazon:

Isabel Cruz was fifteen years old when she met Tom Stevens. She was 15 when they started dating, and 16 when she lost her virginity to him. By the time she turned 18 and went to college, everything had fallen apart. This hadn’t been an ordinary love, though. Not a love between two dear friends, or even high school sweethearts. This had been the most taboo sort of love there was: a relationship between a student and her teacher. Isabel started her high school career as a normal student, but set her sights on Tom Stevens as soon as she met him, and pursued him with an intense – and sometimes reckless – fascination. When he finally approached her after swim practice and told her that he shared her feelings, it was the start of a forbidden and dangerous relationship. Join Isabel as she makes her way through this dark love story, hiding from teachers, lying to her parents, and defying the authorities to make a life with the man she loves. Watch as she discovers the wonders of love and romance, and the terrible betrayal of jealous friends. And cry with her when she learns the hard truth about life and the people in her world. Sweetest Taboo is inspired by the true and tragic stories of students who fall in love with their teachers, and live with the hard truths of forbidden romances. In a world full of after-school specials on sexual predators, this touching book seeks a different path, casting both student and teacher in a gentle light, and showing that true love may lie at the base of even the most illicit romance.

My thoughts:

From the cover of the book I guessed it was going to have a controversial storyline, and that's exactly what Eva gave us. an honest account of a forbidden love between a teacher and his pupil.

Eva did her best to write this book with such grace, it wasn't over the top and didn't make the subject seem sleazy or dirty, I think Eva was asking us as readers can the feelings be real by both parties or does this 15 year old girl just have a crush on the older more mature man? Or maybe his ego is clouding the judgement made? Overall Eva was sending the message that love can exist in the most unexpected places even if it does break all the rules. 

This story really challenged me mentally as I analysed it from different points of view trying to find a more neutral ground, emotionally I went from feeling disgusted and angry to feeling more sympathetic and understanding as the story progressed, I can see how this book will cause such a debate. 

Society frowns upon love like this but in my opinion you cant help who you fall in love with, much to that I can relate to being a lesbian madly in love with my girlfriend, another love society has had to learn to accept!

Overall I loved reading this, once I started I couldn't stop! I can't wait to see if Eva comes up with another taboo to keep me turning the pages!

You can find out more about Sweetest Taboo & The Author Eva Marque Here =)

Tuesday, 8 January 2013 | By: Anna Holmes

Teaser Tuesday #2

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Shouldbereading, anyone can come and play along, just do the following..

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share 2 teaser sentences on that page
BE careful not to include Spoilers
Share the title and the author too so that other bloggers can add that book to their TBR pile if they like the sound of it!

My teasers..

'I smiled shyly at my reflection on the window, then turned and walked away. Enough daydreaming, I lectured myself.

Sweetest Taboo by Eva Marquez

What's your teaser this week??
Saturday, 5 January 2013 | By: Anna Holmes

Stacking the sheves #2

Stacking the shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews, to join in just show us what books you added to your collection this week.

So this week hasnt been a busy week for me, its been manic at work, like ive done 60+ hours eek!!

So I bought this... 

Lynsay Sands has actually done a series of these books & I googled to get the series list this is the first one, I cant wait to see if this series captures me!! =)

& I got this to review 

This just sounded so interesting to read I had to give it a go!!

So whats on your list this week??

Thursday, 3 January 2013 | By: Anna Holmes

My thoughts: Bounty for Hunter by A.J. Williams.

Title: Bounty for Hunter
Author: A.J. Williams
Publish Date: 12th December 2012
Format: Ebook provided by Author for review.

Keylee isn’t your typical bounty hunter. She’s young, petite, and has a Doberman pinscher as her personal bodyguard. Just as Keylee returns to town from a month long assignment, she’s asked to protect a man named Hunter, who has jumped bond and is on the run from other bounty hunters and the police. The mere fact that she knows who Hunter is and why the police are after him, places her life at risk. Now, Keylee has a limited time to save Hunter and herself.

My Thoughts:
The only complaint I have about this book is how it jumped from scene to scene, I didnt really feel it carried the story along so well. Apart from that I thought it was a fab quick read, I read the whole book in under an hour. Keylee isn't what you'd expect from a bounty hunter and her brutal ordeal only makes her more determined. Her brothers, also bounty hunters don't approve when she takes on a case to protect a man from some dodgy cops!

'It was on of the reasons he became a bounty hunter after leaving the forces. He had a hankering to fill the need for secrecy and missions' 

This is no ordinary Bounty hunter story, this is a mission to bring a guy in with a twist, and the bounty hunter protecting him puts her own life at risk just by knowing who he is and why he's wanted. 
On top of all that action, there is a sex scene between Keylee and Hunter, strangers creating some seriously heated sexual tension at their first meeting. 

To sum it up.. grab this read!! I for sure can't wait to see what A.J. Williams brings out next!!

Wednesday, 2 January 2013 | By: Anna Holmes

Waiting On Wednesday #1

Waiting on wednesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Breaking The Spine
To join in just share with us what upcoming releases you're looking forward to.

This week I found this beauty..

Immortal Ever After
(An Argneau Novel)
Lynsay Sands
Release date: 7th March

Valerie never gave much thought to the legends of vampires. That is, until she's kidnapped by a fang-wielding psychopath and kept hostage in an underground dungeon with six other female-dining companions. Able to escape using her martial art skills and her wits, she's picked up by the Argeneau rescue team - and the sexy Anders - only to discover that her captor got away...and is on the hunt again.

When Anders discovers Valerie battered and bruised under a bush, he's not expecting to meet someone capable of defending herself against a vampire attack - or his psychic influence. Immediately taken by this fierce beauty, he's determined to find the vamp responsible for her abuse... and make him pay.

And yes if you check it out on amazon it says 18th book.. I've not read any of the others but I can't wait to start reading them now, I googled and found the order the series goes in.. now to raid the piggy bank!!

What are you waiting for this week?? =)

Tuesday, 1 January 2013 | By: Anna Holmes

Teaser Tuesday #1

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Shouldbereading anyone can come and play along, just do the following..

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share 2 teaser sentences on that page
BE careful not to include Spoilers
Share the title and the author too so that other bloggers can add that book to their TBR pile if they like the sound of it!

My teasers:

'Dimitri leaned against one of the room's walls, arms crossed, watching as I rubbed where Angeline had hit my cheekbone'

' I was annoyed and embarrassed by what had happened  but I had to admit the Keepers were suddenly way more interesting'

Author - Richelle Mead - Vampire Academy 06 - Last Sacrifice!
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