Monday, April 4, 2011

March was in like a lion, out like a lamb... and a giveaway :)

Hmmm...where to begin? March started out a little hectic but leveled out by the end...

Let's start with the books I read in March:
1. Holiday Bound - Beth Kerry (4 stars)
2. Stormchild (Pacific Passion #1) - Vivian Arend (3 1/2 stars, review to come)
3. Seduced by Destiny - Elizabeth Hoyt (4 stars)
4. My One and Only - Kristan Higgins (4 1/2 stars)
5. Bite Club - Rachel Caine (4 stars)
6. Mistress by Mistake - Maggie Robinson (3 1/2 stars)
7. How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf - Molly Harper (5 stars)
8. Safeword: Rainbow - Candace Blevins (3 stars)
9. River Marked - Patricia Briggs (4 stars)
10. Welcome to Last Chance - Hope Ramsay (3 stars)
11. Staying at Daisy's - Jill Mansell (4 stars)
12. Rock Hard - Olivia Cunning (3 1/2 stars)
13. Murder Takes the Cake - Gayle Trent (2 stars)
14. A Lot Like Love - Julie James (4 1/2 stars)
15. Bookends - Jane Green (3 stars)
16. The Return of Black Douglas - Elaine Coffman (3 1/2 stars, review to come)
17. Any Man of Mine - Rachel Gibson (review to come)
18. Re-read: Bitten by Kelly Armstrong

So, yeah, pretty good reading month!!!

But wait...there's more:

Patricia Briggs and Kim Harrison were in Houston on March 5 signing their latest releases. Since my brother and his wife/my bff live in Houston, I decided a road trip was in order. We had a great time and there was a good Q&A session (my notes here).

Then, it was back home just in time for Mardi Gras (March 8), where the city shuts down and throws a big party. I gotta be honest with you, by the time Mardi Gras day gets here, I'm pretty burned out on parades, so I usually skip the big day and stay home :) What does this have to do with books, you ask? Not a damn thing. But...I put together a little box of Mardi Gras goodness to give away:

This is the good stuff, not the lame beads everyone leaves on the ground - there's plush, doubloons, blinky beads, glass beads, silly bands, and more. So, if you're interested in this little box of fun - leave a comment telling me you'd like a little Mardi Gras in your life. (I'm really sorry, but this one's gonna have to be US only - beads and such are too heavy to ship internationally.) Contest ends Sunday April 10.

That was my March, how was yours?


  1. Who wouldn't want to inhale a bit of fun filled crazy called Mardi Gras? LOL Great giveaway Patti ;) We have something alike called carnival and especially in the south of the netherlands it's one big party.

    BTW, you read 18 books o.0 WOW, yeah, I'm glad these day's to get to a whopping 4 *rolls eyes* I still have to get acquainted with Julie James but I have A Lot Like Love on the e-shelves so one of these days, right *smiles*

    Have a great monday!

  2. Ooooh, do I get to enter? :D I need some Mardi Gras in my life!

  3. Not entering, but wondering if there really weren't any m/m books in your reading list last month?! O.O

  4. What a fun giveaway.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  5. Wow, you had a really good reading month!! And what fun, Mardi Gras!!

  6. Oh great month!! An ah, I wouldn't mind a little Mardi Gras in my life. :)

  7. Reminds me that I should write my Black Douglas review ;)

  8. OMGosh, I would LOVE a little Mardi Gras in my life. Actually, so would my kids. I don't know who would have more fun, me or them. I have always wanted to go to MG, but never had the chance, and now I had to move further north. This would be great! Thanks for the fun giveaway.

  9. Who couldn't use a bit of color and fun while waiting for Spring? March was full of reading and edits. And kids laughing and playing. FUN times.


  10. What a fun giveaway. A little Mardi Gras in my life sounds great! Really enjoy your blog. Thanks!


    tjbedard at dejazzd dot com

  11. A little Mardi Gras in my life sounds great. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

    myra0502 AT yahoo DOT com

  12. My March was not too bad.
    I would love to have a little Mardi Gras in my life!

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  13. Would love a little Mardi Gras in my life :-)

  14. I'd love more than a little Mardi Gras in my life.

  15. Fun giveaway! I would definitely love a little Mardi Gras in my life :) Thanks for the giveaway
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  16. I'd love to get a little bit of Mardi Gras going in my life ~ and WOW on the basket, looks like you've got the party started!!
    March wasn't a great read month for me ~ too many other things going on, so I'm trying to catch up this month. I have a ton of books in my TBR and books I need to review, so I'm having a blast just reading and reading...laid off for a week, so it's actually turning out to be a good thing, money aside, lol!
    So a party would be GREAT!! Oh, and turned FORTY last month ~ not as traumatic as I'd thought, actually.

  17. Oh em gee I spy an Elizabeth Hoyt book I haven't read yet. So buying that one tomorrow!

  18. you had a super busy month! Im soooo freaking late with my reading=/

    I'd SO like a little mardi gras in my life! Please count me in! (I have an US address for the prize hehe)

    larissa @ larissaslife . com

  19. I'm adding Molly Harpers book to my TBR pile. Werewolf, rawr!

    Ohhhhhh I would LOVE some Mardi Gras en mi vidaaaaa! What a great giveaway, thanks P.

    mramos1516 at gmail dot com

  20. I loved the first book in Molly's series it was very comical and werewolfs are hot! I can't wait to read the second.
    I would LOVE some Mardi Gras in my life I think I need some Mardi Gras in my life I've always wanted to go to one maybe next year :)

  21. Hi, I so need a little Mardi Gras in my life because it has been a looooong week.

    thanks for the giveaway,


  22. Oh, neat! Found you via Stumbling Over Chaos. :-)

    Mardi Gras booty? How can one refuse? Once upon a time, my family went on a Pirate Cruise, a 17th-century (replica) ship. The evening before, my cousin had provided fun "booty" for the kids, in the form of Mardi Gras beads and gems. My Younger Nevvy, 3 at the time, danced around the house covered in beads and Fabulous Jewels. Favorite memory: the Reverend Dr. Auntie, yelling down the the stairs, "Hey, Grand-neph: Do you want a piece of my booty?"

    LMAO ...

    Gwyndolyn O'Shaughnessy (on Ravelry)

  23. I could use some Mardi Gras in my life right now. It would cheer me up big time.