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Dec
19

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Gini Koch

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Gini Koch Thank you for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for today’s Mistletoe Madness spot. For a line up of all of the authors featured here and at The Book Nympho, and to enter the overall event giveaway for a free book (two chances to win!), please click on the image above or go to the kickoff post on November 26, 2014. Today’s Mistletoe Madness author is… Gini Koch Book: Universal Alien Release Date: December 2, 2014 Publisher: DAW Katherine “Kitty” Katt-Martini’s New Year’s Resolutions Hi there! I’m Kitty Katt-Martini. I’m a former marketing manager turned superbeing exterminator, turned (somehow) ambassador, turned wife of the Vice President (against my and almost everyone else’s will). Along the way I’ve: discovered that aliens are real and the ones that live on Earth are gorgeous in the extreme; married one of them and had a wonderful child; discovered that there are more conspiracies to destroy or take over the Earth out there than you can shake a stick at, both internal and extremely external; and become Wolverine with Boobs and Dr. Doolittle at the same time. (Long stories. Really.) For me and for everyone else, though, it’s hard to make resolutions and stick with them. Usually said resolutions get tossed to the sidewalk by the end of January. So I have a plan. I’m going to set mine up so I literally cannot fail. Ergo, in the coming year I resolve to: 5. Kick bad guy butt anytime said bad guys show up around me and mine, which is pretty much all the time. I’ll make this one before the end of the first quarter of the year, guaranteed. 4. Never give in to authority when it’s wrong or just being supercilious and rude. Fight the power, baby, fight the power! You know, when appropriate. 3. Talk to the animals, all the animals, anytime and anywhere. 2. Spend quality time with my daughter and family where we are not running for our lives, trying to escape the clutches of evil super-geniuses, or dealing with politicians. This is going to be the hardest one to achieve, but I didn’t say how much time, now, did I? 1. Have lots more sex with my alien hottie husband, Jeff Martini, in as many places and using as many positions as possible. Yeah…now this is a list I can ACHIEVE. About the Book: Being the wife of the Vice President isn’t easy. Especially when your talents lie in kicking butt and rocking out…...
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Dec
18

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Alex Hughes

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Alex Hughes Thank you for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for today’s Mistletoe Madness spot. For a line up of all of the authors featured here and at The Book Nympho, and to enter the overall event giveaway for a free book (two chances to win!), please click on the image above or go to the kickoff post on November 26, 2014. Today’s Mistletoe Madness author is… Alex Hughes Book: Vacant Release Date: December 2, 2014 Publisher: ROC A short scene from Adam’s perspective in the Mindspace Investigations world. The Twelve Days of Christmas It was late at night, and I was tired. Bone-crushingly, terribly tired. It was Christmas Eve, and I couldn’t stop thinking of my mother, dead too many years now. I couldn’t stop thinking of Dane, my best friend who’d died too, also not too far from Christmas. Christmas hurt. Christmas had hurt for a long, long time. The apartment building had a tree up, though I’d done my best not to put anything holiday in my apartment—at all—trying to avoid this moment. But it hadn’t worked. It never worked. And here I was, alone with my demons. The Narcotics Anonymous group had a volunteer day set at the soup kitchen tomorrow morning. It would be a long day of back-breaking labor; with no cooking skills to speak of, I inevitably got put on pot-scrubbing and kitchen-scrubbing duty. That meant I had to sleep tonight. I had to. And I couldn’t get high, no matter how much I ached for it. I’d set this up months ago, knowing that they’d notice if I didn’t show up, and come after me. They’d keep me clean. And New Year’s… well, by New Year’s I’d be happy to be clean, a third New Year’s in a row, a happy day. I tried to think of that. Instead I thought of my mother. I forced myself up and out of bed, turning on the lights again. I stood, in the small doorway between my tiny bedroom and my tiny apartment living room, standing cold in pajama pants and little else, rubbing my eyes. It was late, and I was tired. But there was no way I’d sleep like this. I lit up a cigarette, and got out some paper and a pencil, sitting down on the sofa in front of the coffee table. Twelve days of Christmas, I wrote, more out of exhaustion than anything else. Twelve days of Christmas. Then: Something about a gold ring—I’d...
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Dec
17

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Alexandra Ivy

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Alexandra Ivy Thank you for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for today’s Mistletoe Madness spot. For a line up of all of the authors featured here and at The Book Nympho, and to enter the overall event giveaway for a free book (two chances to win!), please click on the image above or go to the kickoff post on November 26, 2014. Today’s Mistletoe Madness author is… Alexandra Ivy Book: Blood Assassin Release Date: December 30, 2014 Publisher: Zebra/Kensington Tis the season for celebration!  People are furiously shopping, decorating, and sharing time with family.  Tis also the season for being overwhelmed, overstressed, and in serious need of some ‘reading’ time!!  To help brighten your day Levet decided to write his own Christmas Poem 🙂 Twas the night before Christmas And all through the night Were gathered hundreds of demons, Vampires, Weres, fairies and sprites. For once there was peace and they were eager to party A grand event that would celebrate The end of the slaughter. When what in the distance Could be seen flying near? A miniature gargoyle Not some stupid reindeer. Levet flew into the Chicago vampire lair, His wings quivering with excitement. He was going to party with his friends Even if he hadn’t been invited. With magic to blast open the door, And his charm as a shield, He faced the annoyed Styx, Viper, and Dante, Refusing to yield. The females all adored him He was heard to implore, Toss me out in the snow, And you’ll be sleeping on the floor. The vampires conceded defeat Knowing he was right. For once Levet was the victor, Merry Christmas and good night! I hope that Levet’s poem brought a smile to your face, and since it’s the season to give, I’m offering an ARC of BLOOD ASSASSIN to one lucky reader.  Just tell me your favorite Christmas dessert.  Mine is cheesecake. 🙂 (giveaway details are below) About the Book: Out Of The Shadows At six-foot-three and two-hundred-fifty pounds, Fane is a natural born guardian. A flawless mix of muscled perfection and steely precision, he has devoted years of his life to protecting a beautiful necromancer. But after she found love in the arms of another, Fane has been a warrior adrift. He swears allegiance only to the Sentinels. And no woman will ever rule his heart again. . . Into The Fire Not only a powerful psychic, Serra is that rare telepath who can connect to minds through objects. When the daughter...
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Dec
16

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Kelly Meade

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Kelly Meade Thank you for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for today’s Mistletoe Madness spot. For a line up of all of the authors featured here and at The Book Nympho, and to enter the overall event giveaway for a free book (two chances to win!), please click on the image above or go to the kickoff post on November 26, 2014. Today’s Mistletoe Madness author is… Kelly Meade Book: White Knight Release Date: January 20, 2015 Publisher: Intermix Christmas Cookies Rook McQueen smelled smoke the moment he set foot on the front porch. Not the wood-burning scent that suggested part of the house was on fire. More the scorched sugar odor associated with a kitchen catastrophe. And that worried him into slamming his way inside and running down the hallway to the kitchen. Mrs. Troost, their cook and housekeeper, had never burned anything  in her time working for the McQueens. The smell increased as he got closer to the open kitchen door. A definite wisp of gray smoke danced in the air, and he skidded to a surprised stop when he finally got inside. His wife was standing in the kitchen holding a tray of burned somethings and fanning it with her free hand, while tears rolled down her cheeks. Rook’s beast snarled at his mate’s distress. He snagged a potholder and took the tray away from her, so he could wrap her up in his arms. “What’s wrong, love?” he asked. “I suck at this.” Brynn sniffled against his shirt. “I wanted to surprise you.” “Surprise me with what?” “Christmas cookies.” Rook scanned the messy kitchen. Spilled flour. A bowl of brown dough of some kind. A bowl of crushed candy. The black things on the tray looked suspiciously like cut-out stars and candy canes. “I begged Mrs. Troost to let me try on my own,” she continued. “But I’ve never baked a single thing in my life, and I ruined them.” “Don’t worry about it. We can fix it.” “How?” He glanced at the dough, which looked suspiciously more like a runny batter. “Um, starting over?” She made an angry noise. “It was supposed to be a surprise.” “Well, I am definitely surprised.” He yelped when she pinched his ass. “It’s okay. And you know what? It will be even more fun making Christmas cookies together.” She pulled back to eyeball him. “You know how to bake cookies?” “Knight and I used to help out Mrs. Troost when we were kids. I...
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Dec
15

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Jennifer Estep

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Jennifer Estep Thank you for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for today’s Mistletoe Madness spot. For a line up of all of the authors featured here and at The Book Nympho, and to enter the overall event giveaway for a free book (two chances to win!), please click on the image above or go to the kickoff post on November 26, 2014. Today’s Mistletoe Madness author is… Jennifer Estep Book: Black Widow Release Date: November 24, 2014 Publisher: Pocket Books Holiday Movies Holiday greetings from Ashland, y’all! Home of the Pork Pit, Jo-Jo’s hair salon, and many other fine Southern attractions. 🙂 My name is Gin Blanco, and I’m here to talk about holiday movies. This time of year, holiday movies and specials run pretty much nonstop on television, with even more holiday flicks in theaters. Many of the movies are romantic comedies where couples meet cute and fall in love during the holidays or classic specials that we watch year after year, like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Now, I’ve been known to watch a rom-com or two to unwind after a long day of running the Pork Pit, my barbecue restaurant in downtown Ashland. And I still love Rudolph after all these years. But you know what the best holiday movie is? Die Hard. Yep, that’s right. Die Hard is the best holiday movie ever. We all know the basic plot – police officer John McClane (Bruce Willis) battles a bunch of bad guys who have taken his wife and her co-workers hostage in an office building on Christmas Eve. Shoot-outs, fights to the death, and more ensue. Here are some of the reasons why the movie has a special place on my holiday list: 1) John McClane is outmanned and outgunned for most of the movie, but he still manages to take down bad guy after bad guy. That is one tough dude, and my kind of guy. 2) We all know that heroes are only as good and as interesting as the villains they are pitted against, and Alan Rickman plays an awesome villain in Hans Gruber. 3) Stuff blows up—a lot of stuff blows up—and there are fight scenes galore. Explosions and fight scenes always make a movie better. 4) But it’s not all explosions and fights, and there are some humorous moments in the movie as well. Argyle, the limo driver, has a good (and oblivious) time calling folks and rocking out in the parking garage while John battles the...
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Dec
14

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Judi Fennell

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Judi Fennell Thank you for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for today’s Mistletoe Madness spot. For a line up of all of the authors featured here and at The Book Nympho, and to enter the overall event giveaway for a free book (two chances to win!), please click on the image above or go to the kickoff post on November 26, 2014. Today’s Mistletoe Madness author is… Judi Fennell Book: What a Woman Gets Release Date: November 4, 2014 Publisher: Berkley Manley Maids… Just a little something to add to your Christmas list. (And the books by Judi Fennell might be a good idea, too.) What happens when three irresistibly sexy brothers lose a poker bet to their enterprising sister? They get hired out for her housecleaning venture. Now, the Manley Maids are at your service. Satisfaction guaranteed. It’s… What a Woman Gets Business owner Liam Manley has no patience for women like Cassidy Davenport—women happy to spend a man’s money without giving a thought to any actual work. But to make good on his bet, Liam must not only tolerate the couture-clad socialite, he’ll have to clean up after her. Until Cassidy’s father suddenly cuts off her finances. With no money and no home for Liam to clean, Cassidy has no choice but to accept a job offer—as Liam’s new maid… Liam is eager to teach her a lesson about the real world, but he winds up learning a few things himself. Free from her father’s influence, Cassidy can finally pursue her own life, and winds up showing Liam how resourceful and determined she can be. Not to mention how sexy she is with (or without) that designer wardrobe. But when sparks fly between them, will it be true love…or just another messy affair? Cassidy Davenport stood before him in the flesh. Flesh colored pants, flesh colored top, and enough buttons unbuttoned to reveal a lot more flesh. Liam worked hard to keep from groaning. Mac had assured him she wouldn’t be here. Not on Mondays. Yet here she was. Cassidy Davenport. Pampered socialite whose daily clothing bill was probably more than a blue collar worker earned in a week—and he doubted she’d know a blue collar worker if he came up and bit off her ridiculously priced manicure. The woman was frivolous with a capital F. He was done with frivolous. Been there, done that, spent a fortune on designer clothes and rhinestone-studded T-shirts for his ex, Rachel, that had matched the diamond studs...
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Dec
13

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Anna Hackett

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Anna Hackett Thank you for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for today’s Mistletoe Madness spot. For a line up of all of the authors featured here and at The Book Nympho, and to enter the overall event giveaway for a free book (two chances to win!), please click on the image above or go to the kickoff post on November 26, 2014. Today’s Mistletoe Madness author is… Anna Hackett Book: On a Rogue Planet Release Date: November 16, 2014 Publisher: Self-published Christmas Decorations – Phoenix-style “What the hell is Christmas?” Dr. Eos Rai-Phoenix looked up from the ancient relic of a bronze sculpture she was cleaning and shot her husband an exasperated look. “It’s an ancient old Earth custom, Dathan.” She shook her head. “You’re the most famous treasure hunter in the galaxy, how come you don’t know this?” “I hunt treasure, babe. I leave the astro-archeology to you and my big brother. I like the shiny stuff, you know, the stuff I can sell for a lot of e-creds.” He leaned against the wall and gave a mock grimace. “Although for some reason, I seem to donate a lot of it to museums these days.” Eos smiled. Goddess, he was a handsome rogue with his blue eyes and dark hair, and he was all hers. Since he’d exploded into her life, every day was a grand adventure. And she knew he loved her…enough to stop selling so many pieces of history off to private dealers. “So, you’re planning to resurrect some Terran custom and make us celebrate it?” His tone made it sound like she wanted him to jump out an airlock in the middle of a solar flare. “Yes. From the records I’ve been studying, Christmas originally started out as some sort of religious festival, but over time it morphed into a more commercial holiday. Still, it was centered around family. They gave each other gifts, ate too much food together—” she broke off when she saw his indulgent grin. Okay, so she was prone of rattling off interesting historical facts. “Now that we have Lala here…I wanted to do something special. She’s only fifteen and she’s never had a family.” Dathan raised a brow. “She’s a teenaged explosives expert who likes to blow things up. Half the galaxy’s terrified of her.” Eos dusted off her hands. “She’s still a child. We’re celebrating Christmas, we’ll all get each other gifts, Lala’s going to cook—” “Stars help us all,” Dathan muttered. Eos hid a wince....
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Dec
11

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Ilona Andrews

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Ilona Andrews Thank you for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for today’s Mistletoe Madness spot. For a line up of all of the authors featured here and at The Book Nympho, and to enter the overall event giveaway for a free book (two chances to win!), please click on the image above or go to the kickoff post on November 26, 2014. Today’s Mistletoe Madness author is… Ilona Andrews Book: “Magic Steals” from Night Shift Anthology Release Date: November 25, 2014 Publisher: Berkley Christmas Shopping List Kate, Curran, and the rest are buying gifts for each other. Match the gifts with characters who would purchase them for their loved ones. Remember, you are not matching the character with the gift he or she would receive.  You are matching them with the gift they would BUY for their loved one.  So for example: 1. Honey 2. First Aid Kit a. Doolittle b. Kate Doolittle would buy Kate a First Aid Kit, and Kate would buy Doolittle some honey. So the answers would be 1b and 2a. Let’s play! 1. A spotted mammoth donkey 2. A bunny-kitten 3. Custom weight bench with a place to insert a bar for dips or pull ups 4. Complete works of Niccolo Machiavelli and a pair of earplugs 5. A pair of tactical tomahawks, lightweight and sharp 6. A subscription to Business Insider and a pair of tactical knives 7. The American Antiquarian and Oriental Journal, years 1885-1906, reprinted and bound 8. L115A3 AWM Sniper Rifle packed in a box stuffed with lingerie a. Dali b. Derek c. Andrea d. Kate e. Raphael f. Curran g. Ascanio h. Jim Post your answer in the comments and one lucky winner will get a copy of Night Shift anthology. Note: You do NOT have to have the correct answers to be eligible to win, just leave a comment. About the Book: Four masters of urban fantasy and paranormal romance plunge readers into the dangerous, captivating world unearthed beyond the dark…  New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh delivers a smoldering story with Secrets at Midnight, as the scent of Bastien Smith’s elusive lover ignites a possessiveness in him that’s as feral as it is ecstatic. And now that he’s found his mate, he’ll do anything to keep her. In #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews‘ novella, Magic Steals, when people start going missing, shapeshifting tigress Dali Harimau and jaguar shifter Jim Shrapshire must uncover the truth about the mysterious creatures responsible. From Milla Vane—a warrior princess must tame The Beast...
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Dec
10

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Hailey Edwards

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Hailey Edwards Thank you for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for today’s Mistletoe Madness spot. For a line up of all of the authors featured here and at The Book Nympho, and to enter the overall event giveaway for a free book (two chances to win!), please click on the image above or go to the kickoff post on November 26, 2014. Today’s Mistletoe Madness author is… Hailey Edwards Book: A Veil of Secrets Release Date: December 30, 2014 Publisher: Samhain Publishing Sleigh Ride “Rhys.” At the sound of my brother’s voice, my hand slid toward the hilt of my sword. “Have you found her?” “Not yet,” Vaughn murmured for my ears alone. Laughter and music swelled around us as our families enjoyed the Winter Solstice Festival. The absence of my wife, my pregnant wife, sent dread skittering down my spine. “Keep searching.” “She can’t have made it far.” Vaughn’s gaze slid over the crowd of familiar faces. “She’s too—” A growl started in my chest and worked its way past my lips. “Careful, brother.” Vaughn splayed his hands in a gesture of peace. “It’s not my fault I thought she carried twins.” My upper lip curled, which caused my brother’s eyes to gleam merrily. He lived to torment me. I scanned the crowd of relatives gathered here in the common room of the Araneidae nest for the seasonal festivities as well as to welcome the Araneidae clan’s new heiress into the world, if Lourdes would hold still long enough to birth her. Nine months had passed. The babe was due any day now. “She’s too far into her pregnancy to have left the nest.” The sound of Vaughn’s voice brought my attention back to him. “She might have had help.” My one duty in this world was to protect that female and her kin, and here I stood, without an inkling of where my wife had gone, who she was with or if she was safe. “It’s a dangerous time to be maven.” “If only I had a wife who was a maven then I might be able to sympathize,” Vaughn said dryly. Vaughn was paladin of the Mimetidae, our birth clan. His wife, Mana, a spirit walker, was their maven. But the Mimetidae had their fierce reputation to protect them. Lourdes’s clan, the Araneidae, depended upon the Mimetidae’s strength to shield them. As the Araneidae paladin, it was my duty to safeguard my adopted clan and above all others, my wife. While my...
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Dec
9

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Larissa Ione

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Larissa Ione Thank you for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for today’s Mistletoe Madness spot. For a line up of all of the authors featured here and at The Book Nympho, and to enter the overall event giveaway for a free book (two chances to win!), please click on the image above or go to the kickoff post on November 26, 2014. Today’s Mistletoe Madness author is… Larissa Ione Book: Revenant Release Date: December 16, 2014 Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Hey, everyone! So, I have a new release about to hit the shelves! The latest book in the Demonica/Lords of Deliverance series, REVENANT, will be loosed upon the world on December 16th, just in time for Christmas! Now, for those of you who don’t know, the hero, Revenant, has lived his entire life believing he’s a fallen angel, and all of a sudden, he learns he has a family and that his life was utter BS. Now, he’s a pretty bitter dude. A bitter dude who has never experienced Christmas. So his holiday to-do list is a little, well, weird. But he’s cool with sharing, so here goes! Revenant’s Holiday To-Do List: Buy alcohol. Drink alcohol. Drink more alcohol. Tell my grand-nephew that there is no Santa. Eat a reindeer burger. Buy more alcohol. Turn down all invitations to Christmas parties and family get-togethers. Assuming I get any. Spend a lot of time in the southern hemisphere, because snow is stupid. Get into an all-out brawl with Reaver because I told my grand-nephew about Santa. He has no sense of humor. And seriously, the kid is too little to understand what I said, anyway. Recover from the Reaver-inflicted wounds. Better yet, get that hot doctor, Blaspheme, treat my injuries. I want to experience her bedside manner. Listen to Blaspheme lecture me on why telling little kids that there is no Santa is an dick thing to do. Suitably chastened, buy gifts for said grand-nephew. I think he’d like a drum set. Or a dozen kittens. I’d get him a puppy but he already has an asshole hellhound. Oh, look…I got an invitation to Christmas dinner with Reaver, Harvester, and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. I know how to say, “Hell, no,” in fifty different languages. But maybe…nah. Okay, okay, accept the invite. But I won’t enjoy it. I won’t love the Christmas music or the smell of roasting chestnuts or the way everyone is all happy. Make sure the eggnog is spiked. When no one...
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