Monday, August 10, 2009

50th Post Giveaway!

I'm back! Many thanks to my SIL who helped me with the makeover - Love You!!!

Here's the thing: I'm pretty new to Romance reading, whether it be paranormal, historical, or whatever. I'm an avid reader, and it usually takes me 2 days, tops, to read a book. Exception: Diana Gabaldon - so not complaining, love her! So, I fervently search other book blogs for reviews and recommendations. I've read so many, many books reviewed and recommended by other bloggers and for that I am eternally thankful to you all! My only problem is that I have all these tiny post-it's and scraps of paper with authors and titles written on them floating around in my purse so I don't forget what I want to read.... it looks like a trash can inside my purse!

I will say my list is VERY short on sexy Highlanders, so if you know of any of those, I'd appreciate a recommendation. I'm also running out of paranormal romance TBRs, which was how I was introduced to romance in the first place.

However, now I've got a huge pile of books I've read that don't have room for, so decided to celebrate my 50th post by doing a giveaway from my bookshelf. Your choice of :

the three SJ Day Eve books

the three Nicola Cornick Daughters of Fortune books.

I like meeting book bloggers and want to know - what is your favorite book or series and who is your favorite author? Leave a comment with a book/author recommendations, mention which set you'd like to win, and follow me or post about my contest, and I'll pick one winner for each set on August 21. Thanks!


  1. Hi Patti, absolutely luuuuurve the new look!! You've made quite a place for yourself here ;D And you want highlanders, girl, I've got highlanders for you!!! I am re-reading the Highlander series by Karen Moning at the moment an falling in love all over again with those MacKeltar men!
    1. Beyond the Highland Mist (1999)
    2. To Tame a Highland Warrior (1999)
    3. The Highlander's Touch (2000)
    4. Kiss of the Highlander (2001)
    5. The Dark Highlander (2002)
    6. The Immortal Highlander (2004)
    7. Spell of the Highlander (2005)

    Kresley Cole also has a highlander trilogy which I have not read but heard good things about:
    MacCarrick Brothers
    1. If You Dare (2005)
    2. If You Desire (2007)
    3. If You Deceive (2007)

    I've also heard good things of the two trilogies from Monica McCarty:
    Highlander Unchained (2007)
    Highlander Untamed (2007)
    Highlander Unmasked (2007)

    Highland Scoundrel (2009)
    Highland Warrior (2009)
    Highland Outlaw (2009)

    My recs whch I've also read:
    Anna Windsor
    Dark Crescent Sisterhood
    1. Bound By Shadow (2008)
    2. Bound By Flame (2008)
    3. Bound By Light (2008)
    This is very good reading!

    CL Wilson:
    Tairen Soul
    1. Lord of the Fading Lands (2007)
    2. Lady of Light and Shadows (2007)
    3. King of Sword and Sky (2008)
    4. Queen of Song and Souls (2009)

    This series is out of this world so good. I'm clamoring for bk 4, released in october.

    Also Anna Campbell is chocolate in the historcal romance genre:
    Claiming the Courtesan (2007)
    Untouched (2007)
    Captive of Sin (2009)
    Tempt the Devil (2009)

    There is much more but I have no doubt more will drop by and have awesome recs too!

    Of course I'm already on your follow friend list and I'll link you up on my sidebar - contest section ;D

    And if I may win, let it be the Nicole Cornick trilogy.

  2. I love the new look!!

    Leontine pretty much covered the Highlanders..I do have to say Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series is one of my favorites!

    This has nothing to do with Highlanders, but I need to pimp a book...I just read Grimspace by Ann Aguirre - have you read this?? You must!!!!

    (I have all Eve books, but not the Nicola Cornick books..they look good:)

  3. I love the new look. :)

    Leontine did cover the Highlanders pretty well. :)

    I have read The Masters of Time series by Brenda Joyce and enjoyed that one quite a bit. In my opinion it is somewhat of a historical/paranormal series. Modern girl goes back in time with hunky warrior dude......pretty good reads. LOL

    As far as paranormal romance, some of my favorite authors are:

    Laura Adrian
    Angela Knight
    Jessica Andersen
    Nalini Singh
    Gena Showalter
    Christina Dodd
    Deborah Cooke
    Sherrilyn Kenyon
    Larissa Ione
    Kresley Cole

    I have more - but they are labeled 'fantasy' on the spine. I usually lump them in with the paranormal romance - because they generally have the same types of elements - but I wasn't sure if you would be interested in those. :)

    I have the first 2 books in the SJ Day series - but my daughter would love the Nicola Cornick series.

    Thank you for the giveaway. :)


    kweenmg at yahoo dot com

  4. Hey Patti! Love the new look girl!

    Let's see, what highland romances haven't been mentioned? Well, I can recommend Dawn Halliday's 'Highland Obsession' and the upcoming yummy goodness that is 'Highland Dragon' by Kimberly Killion.

    Right now my fave series are the Psy/Changeling and Guild Hunter Series by Nalini Singh, The Guardians by Meljean Brook, Patrica Brigg's Alpha and Omega, and Ward's BDB series.

    No need to enter me in the contest, I've already purchased all these books. Yikes!

    (((hugs))) VFG

  5. Your blog looks great! Kudos! I am SO jealous!! Best of luck with your contest. And may I recommend anything by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI??? Use them like a palate cleanser, between romance novels.

  6. Palate cleanser? Not just no but cut dat out! If we want a palate cleanser, we'll talk to our husbands!! Haha!

  7. Leontine - Thanks - there's a lot on that list I haven't seen yet!

    Mandi - I read Ann Aguire's other book, I'll certainly add that one to my TBR!

    Michelle - Thanks for the list, there are some new-to-me authors - yay!!

    VFG - I saw your interviews and definitely want to read those!

    Dad - huh?

    Stalker - Right on!!!

  8. Hey Patti, I second Leontine's recs for Karen Marie Moning and CL Wilson. Both excellent authors. (I haven't read the other books she recommended)

    If I was to win -hehe- I'd like the Nicola Cornick series. :P

  9. Hey Patti!!! OMG!! Congrats on your 50th post!!! YAYAYAYAY for you!!!!! (((clapping)))

    I have pimped you out on my side bar honey... I hope you get many many rec's from people!! I love getting new authors! If I should happen to win, I would love the Daughters of Fortune...
    Now on to recommendations. I have not read any highlander books, so I can not recommend any to you. But paranormal....

    Amanda Ashely, The Night Series
    Alexandra Ivy, The Guardian of Eternity
    Susan Sizemore, The Primes
    Sasha White (erotic novels)
    Charlotte Featherstone, Addicted
    Amanda McIntyre, Tortured & The Dairy of Cozette
    Jacquelyn Frank, The Nightwalkers
    Joey W Hill, The Vampire Queen's Series (but please check out my review of it and VampFanGirl's review to see if you would like this series ~ it deals with BSDM)
    Elizabeth Amber, The Lord of Satyr Brothers Series
    Gena Showalter, The Lord of the Underworld

    Just to name a few!!!
    Hope this helps and drop my name in the hat!!!
    Have a good night!

  10. Oh and Patti, I have another award for you at my place!! I hope you have a great day!

  11. Heeey Patti, I've granted you an award, head over to my blog to see it! :)

    Have a great day

    (I just noticed Cecile gave you the same one. Oh well)

  12. Hi Ames - thanks for stopping by!

    Cecile - good suggestions (adding to my list!) and thanks for the award!

    Hilda - thanks so much!

  13. Hi Patti,

    Your blog is so pretty! Love the two colors.

    I would add Lora Leigh to the list of paranormal authors. I love her breeds. And I would second Leontine's suggestion of CL Wilson! She has an amazing fantasy romance series.

    There are so many books! If you wnated to try a really great medieval series I would recommend Karin Tabke. And for some really great Gothic historicals, Eve Silver! She is amazing!

  14. I like Diana Gabaldon's Outlander and Karen Marie Moning's highlander series' too.
    I also enjoy Iris Johansen's Eve Duncan books.
    I'd like Nicola Cornick's books if I win.

  15. My favorite author is Anne Rice and my favorite series is The Vampire Chronicles. I will forever and ever love that series above all.

    I follow.



  16. Hmmm let's see....
    Jordan Summers
    Kat Richardson
    Phaedra Wheldon
    Liz Maverick
    Sharon Ashwood
    Fuyumi Ono
    Molly Harper
    Sabrina Jeffries
    Kathryne Kennedy
    L.J. Smith

    those are just some of them...I mean I have so many others...

    Favorite series of all time? THE TOWER AND THE HIVE by Anne McCaffrey (5 books--The Rowan, Damia, Damia's Children, Lyon's Pride and The Tower & The Hive). I want to name one of my kids Damia (and another Deneve, but that's unrelated).

  17. Hi Patti!

    I think all the other commenters have posted the authors I were to reccomend. I would recommend Karen M. Moning, Katie MacAlister, J.R. Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Christine Feehan and Lori Foster.

    Please count me in.

    cindyc725 at gmail dot com

  18. Will post this on my sidebar.

    cindyc725 at gmail dot com

  19. Thanks Amy C - I'm not familiar with any of those, I'll be sure to check them out!

    Hi chey - I love Galbadon and Moning but haven't read Johansen, thanks for the reference!

    Thanks Valerie - I love Anne Rice too - I've been to a few of her signings and even bought a bedskirt at a garage sale she had a few years back!

    Wow, Lexie - thanks - that's a whole list of authors I don't know...yet!!!

    I Heart Book Gossip - thanks for your opinion, it's good to know who to try first!!

  20. Have you tried Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver yet? It is THE in paranormal romance right now. It is set to be a trilogy with the sequel Linger to be released next year and Forever the year after that.

    I would love to play for the Eve books please.


  21. Hi Patti,

    Congrats on your 50th post!!! I love your blog BTW...also to all who posted, I have seriously just added to my TBR with some of your list!! Thanks ;-)
    I would say if I had to pick just one it would be JR WARD's Black Daggar Brotherhood Series. I am so in love with it and read it over and over again! John Mathews' book's next.....woo hoo!


  22. Llehn - No, haven't heard of that one, *writing it down* thanks!!

    Thanks Book Junkie! I love the BDB - JM is one of my fictional boyfriends - can't wait for his book (hope my husband doesn't mind if I sleep with it under my pillow!).

  23. Congratulations on your 50th post! Your blog looks great. Some of my favorite series are:
    Sherrilyn Kenyon-Dark Hunters
    Keri Arthur-Riley Jensen
    Lara Adrian-Breed series
    JR Ward-Black Dagger Brotherhood
    Nalini Singh-Psy-Changeling

    I would love to read either set of books.

    I am now following you.


  24. Hi Patti congrats Lass.
    where to start the list is endless... really you should see my keeper pile, book shelfssssssssssss;-}
    Like the ladies above
    karen Marie Moning the best, J R Ward OMG THE BDB'S Brenda Joyce,Melissa Mahue, Lynn Kurland A garden in the Rain.
    Lynsay Sands all her books but The Angeneau series Really Good.
    Julie Garwood #1 the Bride (love that one Have them all)
    Jude Deveraux( She was my first)A knight in Shining Armor, The Velvet Saga..
    Janet Chapman Omigoodness.
    Charming a Highlander
    Loving a Highlander
    Wedding a Highlander
    Tempting a Highlander
    Only with a highlander
    Secrets of a highlander
    The last book I just finished was Moonlight Warrior Simply amazing..
    EnJoy the reads...
    Pssst just in case I would love to have the three Nicola Cornick Daughters of Fortune books :-} ;-}

  25. Some of my favorite series:

    JD Robb-Eve Dallas
    Psy-Changeling by Nalini Singh
    Anita Blake-LKH
    Sweet series by Maya Banks
    Vampire series by Joey W Hill
    breed series by Lora Leigh
    Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs
    Tara Janzen's books
    The Promises series by Sarah McCarty

    would love to read SJ's books
    I am a follower

  26. This is an amazing contest. I would love to win the Daughters of Fortune series! Here's some of my favorites, all including romance.

    by Libba Bray
    1. Great and Terrible Beauty
    2. Rebel Angels
    3. The Sweet Far Thing

    by Maria V Snyder
    1. Poison Study
    2. Magic Study
    3. Fire Study

    by Melissa Marr
    1. Wicked Lovely
    2. Ink Exchange
    3. Fragile Eternity

    by Lisa McMann
    1. Wake
    2. Fade
    3. Gone (not out yet)

    by Suzanne Collins
    1. The Hunger Games
    2. Catching Fire (not out yet)

    And one series without major romance, but is amazing.
    by Alane Ferguson
    1. The Christopher Killer
    2. The Angel of Death
    3. The Circle of Blood
    4. The Dying Breath (not out yet)

    Hope you enjoy!
    I'm a follower :)
    Congrats on the 50 posts!
    barbrafl737 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  27. You should definitely read
    The Black Jewel Series by Anne Bishop
    >not necessarily romance, but it's in there

    The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning
    >horribly addictive, 5 book series ending next year... T_T

    Lords of the Underworld by Gena Showalter

    Immortals After Dark by Kresley Cole
    > ~:adores:~

    Thanks bunches for the contest, I'd love to read the Eve series


  28. Hi Patti! I love the new look!!! It's an awesome layout!

    OOO hard question for me as I have so many series that I love lets see if I have to choose my absolute favorite I'd have to say...

    The Hamilton Series by Jo Goodman

    More than You Wished and More than You Know! I can't tell you how many time I have read these books and bought extra copies to give out to friends. I just loved them to no end.

    And Jo is my favorite author of all time. I've never read a bad book by her.

    But I also love Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, And Kerrelyn Spark's Love at Stake series, and and ok I'll stop now lol.

    I would love to enter the contest if I could. The Daughters of Fortune books look amazing!


  29. Great looking blog, I'm looking forward to visiting again!

    I think all my favorites have been mentioned already...
    Hannah Howell writes about sexy Highlanders too, and Kinley MacGregor.

    My favorite paranormals are Nalini Singh, JR Ward, Lara Adrian and Meljean Brook

    I'd love to read Nicola Cornick's series.

    I'm following you
    eva.silkka at

  30. I have sooo many favorite books and authors! The big ones are: Patricia Briggs (her new Alpha & Omega book is awesome!) Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series, Jim Butcher, etc.

    One of my top favorite books is A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole. Love it!

    I'd like to win the S.J. Day set! I'm following, too. :)

  31. Thanks Crystal - good choices!

    Thanks Alba - I haven't read some of those...*adds to list*

    Cathy..Hmmm, I have seen JD Robb's books, haven't read one yet.

    Barbrafl - wow, I haven't read any of those!!

    Chichaihana - tried the Black Jewels but didn't get far. Have heard great things and am thinking of trying again.

    JennJ - I will look those up!

    Thanks Eva - glad for the 2nd opinions, am hearing good things about Meljean Brook.

    Hi Wendi - I love Kate Daniels too!

  32. My favs?

    what is your favorite book or series?

    MAN that's difficult- like choosing your favorite child!

    Probably depends on what I'm reading at the time but lately it's been Kresley Cole's IAD series.

    But If I had to choose my all time fav. book and series it has to be The Bronze Horseman Trilogy.

    and who is your favorite author? again too difficult to narrow it down to just one- the usual paranormal suspects- Cole, Ward, Kenyon, Briggs, C.L Wilson, Lora Leigh, Lynn Viehl, Jeaniene Frost, etc.

  33. How hard to choose!! Cornick or Day...let's go with Day

    My fav book is Magician by raymond E.feist, 2nd best Dune by Frank Herbert.

    Good authors include Elizabeth Chadwick, Johanna Lindsey. Jude Deveraux and oh soooo many more :D

    blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

  34. Great recommendations! I don't know what I could add. But here we go:
    * Hunter Kiss series by Marjorie M Liu
    1. Hunter Kiss novella (in Wild Thing or e-book)
    2. Iron Hunt
    3. Darkness Calls

    * Guild Hunters by Nalini Singh
    1. Angels' Pawn (e-book)
    2. Angels' Blood
    3. Angels' Judgment (Must Love Hellhounds anthology)

    Things I would second as great series:
    * Tairen Soul series by CL Wilson
    Leontine made a great list.

    * Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh
    1. Slave to Sensation
    2. Visions of Heat
    3. Caressed by Ice
    4. Mine to Possess
    5. Hostage to Pleasure
    6. Branded by Fire

    * Guardian series by Meljean Brook
    1. Falling for Anthony (Hot Spells Anthology)
    2. Demon Angel
    3. Paradise (Wild Thing Anthology)
    4. Demon Moon
    5. Demon Night
    6. Thicker than Blood (First Blood Anthology)
    7. Demon Bound
    8. Demon Forged
    9. Blind Spot (Must of Hellhounds anthology)

    * Black Jewels Trilogy by Ann Bishop
    1. Daughter of the Blood
    2. Heir to Shadows
    3. Queen of the Darkness
    4. Dreams Made Flesh

    * Riftwar Saga by Raymond Feist (not romance - pure fantasy)
    1. Magician (Apprentice and Master book was separated into 2 in the 2nd edition)
    2. Silverthorn
    3. Darkness at Sethanon.

    I already have the Eves. So would like Nicola Cornick books.

  35. favorite authors
    Kelly Armstrong-Otherworld series

    Keri Arthur-riley Jensen Series,Myth & Magic Series

    Richelle Mead-Vampire Academy Series

    Larissa Ione-Demonic Series

    Colleen Gleason-Gardella Vampire Chronicles

    Chloe Neill-Chicagoland Vampire Series

    Raven Hart
    Lynsay Sands

    I'm a follower

    I'd like a chance to win the
    SJ Day Eve books


  36. If you want sexy Highlanders I recommend Brenda Joyce's Masters of Times Series. I just reviewed it on my blog!

    I know my current favorites are:

    Anita Blake Vampire Hunter
    Dark Hunters

    I would enjoy a chance to win the SJ Day Eve Books

    I'm a follower

    Thanks! Miranda
    mdwartistry at yahoo dot com

  37. "MAN that's difficult- like choosing your favorite child!" - LOL Zeke, thanks for the suggestions!

    Blodeuedd - I'll be checking those out!

    Aymless - that Guardian series looks intersting...

    Elaing8 - some new-to-me authors in your suggestions, thanks!

    SVZ - Masters of Time,huh? with Highlanders? Sounds right up my alley! (love your screen name!)

  38. Following you on blogger as Obsidianmorte.

    My fav author is Kim Harrison and her Dead Witch Walking Series. Here is a link Hope that works. ;-)

  39. Oh I'd like the Eve books. *G* Thanks.

  40. Linked. Work complete.

    How 'bout I check out the Daughters of Fortune.

  41. I'd love to win the first set!

    My favorite series/books are:
    -Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
    -Night World Series by LJ Smith
    -Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer

    and my favorite author would be Laurie Faria Stolarz(all of her books are awesome!)


  42. Count me in, yo! I want the Daughters of Fortune books... ladies of that time were such ho's, how could I not want to read about them?
    Recently, I read Lisa See - Peony in Love but my fave of hers is Snowflower and the Secret Fan. Chinese footbinding is like bad car crash - you def want to see every gorey detail.
    The other book I love love love is The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - crazy good!

  43. WAIT! Just saw Darcy is you BF... which he's not cause he's so mine, but really, you've read Jane Eyre, right? I'll take Rochester any day. Dark, tortured, totally devoted. Hubba hubba.

  44. This contest has ended. Thanks!