Adventure in the book world – Romancing the Falls 2017

Hello and welcome!

This post has been a long time coming since the Romancing the Falls author reader event was on May 20, 2017. But you know how it is, life gets in the way of fun sometimes.

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The event was aaaaawesome! Kudos to Freya Barker and her team for organizing this fabulous event.

As you can see from the banner, it was quite an incredible lineup of authors. I got to see and hug some of my fave authors I met at previous events: Marianne Maguire, Freya Barker, Kali Willows, Tricia Daniels, Rosanna Leo, Felicity Kates, Kayleigh Malcolm.

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And I got to cross off a few from my bucket list of ‘authors to meet’. When I saw their names on the list I squeeeed 😀

Renea Mason, I adore her and her books are so hot they are sizzling. I listened to all the audiobooks released so far. Can I say I am addicted and I want more? Of course I had to get all the books in print too so I can add them to my treasures. Keep checking back, some of her hunks are coming for a chat soon *sigh*

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Kym Grosso, with her ready smile and sense of humour, she charmed us all. I have a few book boyfriends in the “Immortals of New Orleans” series, my faves are Léopold and Dimitri. Jase Dean joined her too, he is the model on a few of her covers. He is so sweet and hawt of course 😉

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Also got to meet Jayne Rylon, and bought the “Powertools” series and received an I READ PAST MY BEDTIME tote bag that I’ve been eyeing for a while now. While Jean was busy, her hubby was quite entertaining and he gave me a good deal too 😀

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I took part in a hunt for signatures and entered the contest for a HUGE gift basket filled with a lot of stuff. I didn’t win, but it was fun nonetheless.

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Added a few more buttons to my ‘signings-only’ tote bag that has my all time book boyfriend Lothrariel (from the Elven Chronicles by M. A. Abraham) on the front… still MINEMINEMINE Mary 😛

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Got some fun swag. The fan from Alexandria Sure came in handy for the hot flashes 😀 Mr. Gleason was the most entertaining in his presentation of his books. I will have to check them out for sure. The cake pops he was giving out were delicious, good thing I tried them at home and not during the event, I would have raided the table LOL

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Also bought fun ones, I burst out laughing when I saw these, had to have them. I will have to find out what is the story behind these, KM Golland has a wicked sense of humour judging by the merchandise she has. Will have to venture in her book world too.

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Added swag bags filled with stuff to the registration bags.

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I brought two baskets, one from M. A. Abraham and one from Sharon Hamilton, for the silent auction with proceeds going to Niagara Falls Food Bank. Thank you again for your generosity MA and Sharon ❤

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I bid on a few myself and won one basket in the silent auction, the one from the “Wiccan Haus” a series I love, donated by Kali Willows and Dominique Eastwick.

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A recipe book was on sale to with recipes from attending authors and the proceeds went to the same charity as the silent auction. I bought 3 copies, they make great hostess gifts!

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The silent auction and the recipe book sales raised almost $1,500 for the Food Bank. Isn’t that awesome?

These are the books I read/listened to but needed them in print, signed for my treasure shelf.

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These are the books going on the TBR pile. So many books, so little time, I should play the lottery and win big so I can read more LOL

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The buffet dinner after the signing was quite good and got to sit at the table with authors and readers mixing together, have great conversations and laughs too.

I have a bag filled with awesome swag donated by the authors and would like to share the bounty with one of you, plus some surprises I will add to the bag from me 😉 Let me know in the comments who are the authors on your “I would love to meet” list. Sexy Mr. Random will pick a winner after 3pm on Monday, July 10, 2017. GOOD LUCK!

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Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

My Christmas Story :D

Hello and welcome!

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I wasn’t in the Christmas spirit this year, just didn’t ‘feel’ it… then it happened …

I never heard a thing, before a pair of hands wrapped around my face to cover my eyes.  The movie I had finished watching on television had just ended, and I had just turned the screen off, with the idea of heading for bed.  It was Christmas eve, midnight.  If I didn’t get to bed quickly, Santa would miss my place and my stocking would be empty in the morning.

Don’t say a word, a deep dark, dangerous sounding voice, whispered in my ear on a breath, and my skin immediately erupted into a rash of goose bumps.

 All things considered, it will sound strange for me to say this, but I didn’t feel threatened, not at all.  There was no sense of danger about how this man’s aura washed over mine.  I could tell he was strong, but his intent was pure, and filled with mischief.  I got the feeling this could be fun, or at the very least interesting.

Stand up, but no peeking, the man’s voice breathed into my ear again, and I couldn’t help but smile.  It tickled.

Who is this?  I asked breathlessly.

 You will find out in time, the man promised.

That was when he took his hands away.  I wasn’t about to comply with his wishes.  I rushed to turn, felt suddenly dizzy and the world turned black as it spun around me.  It seemed strange that I was able to hear, yet had no control over what was happening around me.  Still, I wasn’t worried.

You weren’t supposed to hurt her, another voice sounded in concern.

She isn’t hurt, the man I had heard earlier spoke.

How long will she be out?  The second man asked.

A few hours, by then we should be back home and I doubt if she will care after that.  The first man answered.

Ha, was my thought.  Someone was going to hear about this!

I felt my body being lifted by a set of very strong arms, and then was cradled against a warm well defined male chest, something I took advantage of by snuggling in closer to.  It felt so good.  Whoever this was, he smelled of the deep forest, and it gave me a sense of peace.  Please, I thought to myself, don’t let me go, I want to die here.

Shh, you will not die, I won’t let you, the man promised.

 I felt the cold of the outside air for a few moments, and then a deeper warmth enveloped me, as I was passed over to another person.  This set of arms was even better than the last.  I felt even more secure, and warmth, as if I was enveloped in softness, yet the chest under my cheek was hard as stone.  The contrast was overwhelming.

Sleep Eniko, and dream of a world filled with beauty and love, wake to find it real, a new voice crooned.

I smiled, as I slightly squirmed to get closer, and remembered nothing until I felt movement around me.

You will need to drink something to ease your thirst, wake Eniko, a female voice sounded in my mind.

Can I open my eyes yet?  I asked, while my mind began to wake.

 The woman softly laughed, as she answered, Yes, you can look around you to your heart’s content.

I opened my eyes to look into the most angelic features on a face that I ever saw, she even had a set of white wings attached to her back.  If this was a dream, I didn’t want it to stop.

Where am I?  I asked.

You are on Tantalus, for now.  Kyllan heard your wish when you were last visited by a few of our people.  He will return in a moment, but in the meantime you can refresh yourself.  I am Karia; you will meet Mitchel in a moment.  He is taking care of the baby, as you woke at about the same time as Alusia did.  You will get to meet her too.  She stated.

Will I get to hold her?  I asked.  I really didn’t believe I was on Tantalus, but, whoever had set this up had done one pip of a job of it.

Karia took me to a different part of the aerie, where I took care of my needs, and then went back to the main room, where the largest man I had ever seen was pacing as he hummed.  He was holding a tiny child, and they both had wings!  He slightly bowed in acknowledgement of my presence and smiled at the expression of surprise that crossed my face.

I am Mitchel, he announced.  He then crossed to where I stood and gently placed Alusia into my arms.

I looked at the most beautiful baby girl I ever saw, her eyes sparkling and looked back at me with wide curious stare.  My own eyes filled with moisture and smiled, how could I not… then Alusia reached out and touched my face with her small hands while her small wings covered my head… they were so soft… my tears fell freely feeling the happy and warm energy she sent my way.

Both Karia and Mitchel laughed, pleased by my reaction, as they gazed with loving pride at their daughter.

I will never hope to compare after this. A new voice sounded, as two men entered the aerie.  One had a set of huge white wings, the other had none, but was hidden behind the first enough that I couldn’t tell who he was.  I did know that I had met him before, and would be happy to see him again.

Welcome to Tantalus, Eniko.  I will give you a choice of where you would like to sit, while you visit.  Karia, you can take Alusia back now.  The man ordered softly.

Yes, Great Grandfather.  Karia answered, as she lifted Alusia from my arms.

We have met in thought in the past, I am Kyllan. the man introduced himself.  He then moved to the side slightly, as the second man came forward, and he was smiling widely.

You remember me! Lothrariel spoke.  Kyllan was kind enough to come to the Elven Empire to pick me up, so that we could both spend time with you.

Oh YES!!! I sure do! sigh  I really had to restrain myself from jumping him when he opened his arms, but went into them slowly and he gave me a warm hug…. bliss I tell you… sheer bliss

SANTA CLAUS DID COME AFTER ALL!!! They all laughed at my uninhibited enthusiasm.

I will sit in the middle! I declared, as I made myself at home on the center cushion of the couch.  I wasn’t sure how long this was going to last, but I intended on making sure I didn’t miss a minute of it.  Not this time.

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I will let you imagine the rest, all I will say that it was the best Christmas Eve ever and I still feel giddy, grinning like a loon 😀

Hope you enjoyed it.

If you missed the visit from the Tantalarians a few months ago, you can check it out here.

Thank you Mary Ann for making my Christmas so special! XOXO

Mary Ann is the amazing author known as M. A. Abraham and as you might know I am her Alpha Reader and #1 Elfanatic. I have to come up with a word for a Tantalus series fan… hmmm do you want to help?

To check out all the books by M. A. Abraham, check the links below.

• websiteFacebook Author PageAmazon • Barnes & Noble
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I hope your holidays, whatever you are celebrating, are filled with lots of books.. and love… and joy!

May the good times and treasures of the present become the golden memories of tomorrow.

Thank you all for an awesome 2016, your comments and shares are my gems I collect throughout the year and keep close to my heart. See you next year, until then happy reading/listening! Happy New Year!

Sexy in Toronto

Hello and welcome!

I had another great adventure in the book world. A couple of weekends ago I was at the “Sexy in the City” Reader-Author signing event in Toronto hosted by The Hype PR and Tricia Daniels and I had a blast.

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Again, only a few authors were known to me whom I adore and had the privilege of meeting previously in Ottawa… remember my post about it?

There was Deborah Cooke, Kali Willows, Kayleigh Malcolm and for Marianne Maguire was a first. There were a few authors who were first timers, but I couldn’t tell, they looked like pros 😀

I met a lot of new authors to me, among them: Freya Barker, Shawnté Borris, Tara Brown, Alice C. Heart, S. R. Grey, Crimson Nuage, Livia Jamerlain, Susan Cairns, J. C. Hannigan, Nashoda Rose, Ren Alexander, Cara Addison, R. C. Stephens, Emily Minton, Adriane Leigh, Erin Everleigh, C. J. Wells, Jean Kelso, Cora Carmack, Cori Williams, Douglas J. McLeod, Jenna Galicki, Lara Henley, Allison Cosgrove, Christa Simpson, Alissa Rose, Angela Ford, Maureen Mayer, Helena Hunting, Kahlen Aymes, AE Watson, J. M. Walker, Harlow Stone…. hope I didn’t miss anybody.

Amazing all of them, who took the time, talked to me, to all the readers, about their books and their passion for it.

I was too shy to approach the cover models attending the event to take pictures with them, but DAYUM they were HAWT !!!!

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on the left are the gifts & on the right are the purchased

I bought some books… ok, fine, lots of books 😀 between the Ottawa event and this one, I spent my shoe allowance for the next year too. (shhhhh… keep it on the low)

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But then I won too, “Clean Lines” from Freya Barker during the FB pre-event, in the raffle: “Bitter Sweet Love” and “Twisted Love” from R. C. Stephens…  aaaaand the Scavenger Hunt basket with tons of books, t-shirts, posters, cups, bling keychains, chocolate…. I was too excited to check out the books and I didn’t take a pic of the basket.

I am looking forward to get lost in each story and find a few more book boyfriends along the way.

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I like swag that I can use, good conversation starters, because I love talking about the authors and their books.

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The posters from Freya Barker look good on my fridge 😀

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The steampunk necklace is from Deborah Cooke.

Collected a lot of swag:

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Love this bag I received from C. J. Wells, I am getting varied looks when I go shopping with it LOL

Check out this trailer for the “Perfect Plans” series, I am looking forward to reading it…


Among the swag there was this bookmark I like from Erin Everleigh 😀

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Met lots of readers, bloggers. Missed the group photo with my fellow bloggers 😦 I guess I was too hyper about the books LOL

Then there was the after signing chats with the authors who stayed till the end and since I chatted with them during the signing about their books, we had casual chats about everything under the sun, we shared lots of laughs.

I was exhausted by the end of the night, but it was a memorable experience to say the least. Thanks to Tricia Daniels and her minions for organizing this and to all the authors who attended. I HAD AN AWESOME DAY!

I have two bags filled with awesome swag donated by the authors and I would like to share the bounty with two readers.

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As you can see in the pictures above, there is a lot of swag in each bag, most of it from the event and a few of what I have left extra in my own stash. No chocolates this time either, I ate them already 😉

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Included in the bags, one or the other, inserted randomly, are signed copies “Kirsten Backhard – The Game” and “With Love” generously donated by Shawnté Borris. The winners promise to post a review, right? Looking forward to hear your opinions. I have them too, will read them, them we can chat. Check out her Facebook page and give her a like and say hello from me 😉

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One of the bags containing the loot is from Deborah Cooke, part of her new swag. I had an extra one since I got one with the books I purchased and one was in the gift basket I won, so I am giving one away.

You have to comment to be entered, also let me know if you win which one would you choose, A or B.
Giveaway open internationally 😉

The winners will be announced after 3pm EST, Friday, July 3, 2015. GOOD LUCK!

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

My first author-reader conference!

Hello and welcome!

I am still grinning from two weekends ago when I attended my first ever author-reader conference at the Romancing the Capital in Ottawa, organized and sponsored in part by Eve Langlais and other fabulous authors, helped by her awesome minions.

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I didn’t know what to expect, I was a bit nervous, but a whole lot excited. The closer the date came, the bigger the excitement and as usual I thought of my costume on Wednesday night, I was up until 3 am to get it done o_O I was the book boyfriend sorceress, had a whip too so I can keep them in check 😉 Went to work in the morning, then took off a bit early. My friend, Carolann, came with me. The previous post on my blog was my chat with her. She is a good friend, she put up with my endless chatter and bubbling as the event came closer ( we work together! ) and she drove the whole way to Ottawa, bless her heart… and back too!

I met a lot of new authors to me, among them Reece Butler, Ashlyn Chase, Viola Grace, Cynthia St. Aubin, Trinity Blacio, Jessica E Subject, Leah Braemel, Robyn Peterman, Kellie Kamryn, H. A. Fortman, and many more. I met a few whose book I read and looooove: Deborah Cooke, Zoe York, Eve Langlais.

Zoe York has been a guest on my blog before, we had a chat recently. I also had Liam, one of my book boyfriends from one of her series.

I will have Deborah Cooke‘s Erik, who is my Pyr book boyfriend coming soon for a chat *sigh*

I am hoping I can choose my book boyfriend from one of Eve Langlais‘s books, but I still have lots to catch up in her series 😉

I bought quite a few books at the signing held the Saturday of the event… a few are not in the picture because they were e-books or surfaced later from the many folds of my luggage…

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… and also received a few as gifts 😀 The top middle one is Erik’s book, which I read before but this one is a signed gift from Ms. Cooke and I will treasure it forever.

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SQUEEEEEE  Sorry, I’ve been doing that a lot, I mean A LOT 😀

I am looking forward to get lost in each story and find a few more book boyfriends along the way.

Met lots of readers, bloggers. Some brought their daughters, some their grannies and some their husbands. Cool, eh? The costumes at both dinner parties were from awesome to cool, we had a blast! Some chose not to wear costumes or only partial ones, but that was ok too. We took part of discussion panels during the day, where we got to ask questions and listened to authors share their insight in their respective genres or had fun doing crafts, naughty ones ;), or do puzzles or play games for prizes. There was a lot of laughter and cheers all over the place.

AAAAH THE MEMORIES!!! Check out the pics on the event page. I think the giddy feeling I had at the event will stay with me for a long time, it felt really good being among those who love books as much as I do. So few of my real life friends read, some do not read at all and I see when I talk about books ( true, I do talk a lot about books ) their eyes start to glaze over LOL

I am so happy that I found many fabulous ladies on the web from all over the world who love books, read the same books as I do and a few have become really good friends. We support each other in times of joy, sorrow and everything in between. Great ladies, I hope I will get the chance to meet them face to face one day.

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The planning for the next event in May, 2016 is started so don’t miss out, here is  the link to get your ticket. Early bird prices are still going, but not for long. I will be there, wouldn’t miss it for anything!

I took with me a lot of swag I had extra on hand to share with fellow readers from M. A. Abraham, Sharon Hamilton, Cara Covington, Heather Rainier, Brandy Walker, Michelle M. Pillow, Melissa Schroeder, Diana Cosby, it was swept up in less than an hour … ALL OF IT. Also put together a basket from Sharon Hamilton that was put in the Friday night event’s draw, the lucky winner was sitting beside me at the dinner table, talk about a small world. There were a lot of happy readers on both days I tell you.

I brought back a lot of swag, some of it already on its way to my biggest supporters here on my blog and I have two bags left which I would like to share with two readers, all you have to do is comment on this post what kind of swag do you like the best and which bag, red or green, would you choose. As you can see in the picture below, there is a lot of swag in each bag, most of it from the event and a few of what I have left extra in my own stash. No chocolates though, those I kept for myself 🙂

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The winners will be announced after 3pm, EST, Wednesday, April 29, 2015. GOOD LUCK!

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

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