Friday, August 22

Review: Temptation Bay by Anna Sullivan


Temptation Bay


Windfall Island, #1
Anna Sullivan



Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Forever
Date of Publication: September 3, 2013
Number of pages: 372



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Temptation Never Tasted So Sweet...

Maggie Solomon has always been one of Windfall Island's favorite daughters. A beautiful, passionate charter pilot who loves this remote Maine island, Maggie has never cared much for outsiders—until her latest passenger arouses the curiosity of the town... and something hot and irresistible in Maggie. With his long, lean looks and razor-sharp wit, the man is temptation itself.

Cop-turned-PI Dexter Keegan is on a covert mission to solve the case that will make his career: uncovering the identity of the Stanhope heir, kidnapped nearly a century ago. No one on this fiercely protective island can know what he's doing, not even the spirited, blue-eyed beauty who infuriates—and excites—Dex. As the desire between them ignites, Maggie becomes the key to the case... and the target of an unknown enemy. Now Dex will do anything to protect the woman he's come to love—even risk his own life.

This is the first book in a new series by author Anna Sullivan. Never heard of her? Me neither, but never fear, this isn't a brand new author. She has been writing for years under the pseudonym Penny McCall. So feel free to jump right in with an experienced author who knows how to spin a story.

Maggie Solomon is a pilot. She has loved flying since she was a child and worked hard to own and operate her own charter business. When her father, a general in the Navy, sent her and her mother to live on Windfall Island as punishment, it backfired.  Maggie was accepted and for the first time had a family that showed it cared about her, since her mother's side of the family had been some of the first settler's on the island. Now Maggie runs her charter business from Windfall and gives back to her community.

Dexter Keegan is a former Special Forces, former cop, and now a PI. He was hired by a lawyer friend to help find the missing Stanhope heir. A child that went missing some 80 years prior.  Recent information suggested that the child wasn't killed, but may have actually ended up on Windfall Island. However since a ransom was never demanded, the family has been left wondering.  Dex arrives on the island posing as a lawyer, hoping to find out what happened to Eugenia Stanhope and if there are any heirs to the massive fortune.

This book was a slow start for me. The book started with a prologue, some rum runners finding a baby girl stashed in their small boat that they have just rowed across 12 miles of ocean, in the middle of the night. She is shivering and cold and they aren't sure what to do with her, when the boat they had just came from explodes. Fast forward to present day with Maggie picking up Dexter in her helicopter to bring him to Windfall Island. Dex is playing a part and Maggie doesn't really want anything to do with what she a suite visiting her island. But as the story unfolds, it really picks up speed. I loved the dialogue between Maggie and Dex, as well as the other characters. Once I got a couple chapters in I was hooked and had a hard time putting it down. 3 stars.

Thursday, August 21

@GoddessFish Interview: Second Skin by Jesse Pearle


Second Skin


Second Skin, #1
Jesse Pearle


Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Etopia Press
Date of Publication: June 4, 2014
Number of pages: 333
Word Count: 107,990



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Obsession is never just skin deep.

Sam Blanco’s greatest desire is to escape his abusive father and violent neighborhood the only way he can—by earning money as a tattoo artist for a street gang. He’s befriended their leader, the deadly Leo Reyes, and gained a measure of safety under their protection. But just when things are going right for the first time in Sam’s life, Leo’s girlfriend, Pilar Flores, walks in and requests a tattoo in an unusual location. Sam obliges, but the experience leaves them both reeling. Unable to focus for days, Sam finds himself craving Pilar’s touch, but she’s exactly the kind of trouble he doesn’t need.

Pilar Flores is her father’s daughter. Being the daughter of a drug lord is not an easy role to fill, but she aspires to live up to the title and make her father proud. But her father has no plans to allow her into the business, and Pilar hates being sidelined. She hates that Leo is away for days on end, and she especially hates being treated like an incompetent female by every man she sees. Except for Sam. She decides to take control of her life the only way she knows how—through seduction. But she’s not prepared for how eager and passionate a lover Sam is, or how deeply she’s drawn to him. Even though she knows their ill-fated affair can’t possibly end well…
Excerpt: 
(Leo’s POV)

The small plane touched down on the runway of the airfield outside Los Angeles. After taxiing to the hangar, Leo powered down the engines and pulled off his headset. He felt like a weight had been lifted, but anxiety twisted in his gut as he worked through his explanation to the old man.

Gustavo had needed to be taken care of, that fact had been clear to him for months. The only reason he hadn’t gone to Arturo Flores about Gustavo’s consistent series of fuckups was because of his promise to Pilar to leave her father out of it.

The deed was done, the memory of the corpse he’d left behind in the little shack in the Sonoran desert still left him ice cold to his core. He’d had to ignore the spark of memory of another pair of eyes whose light the same gun had extinguished two years earlier. Two years to the day, he thought.

Leo no longer regretted any of those bullets, starting with the very first one from his brother’s gun that had pierced his own chest. Each had brought him closer to her. Now all he had to do was claim what was his.

The phone at his hip buzzed as he made his way across the tarmac to the parking lot. He settled in his car and started the engine, turning the AC on full blast while he checked his messages.

911! Call me when you land!

It was from Pilar. Goosebumps rose up on his arms in spite of the hot August air that baked the interior of his car.

Interview: 

Today, we welcome Jesse Pearle to Musings and Ramblings. Let's all give a great big Geeky welcome!

Let's start with some writer specific questions before moving into the fun stuff. That way everyone can really get to know the person behind the writer. We weill finish things off with round of Think Fast. Ready for the interrogation to begin?

Writing Specific


1. Is your writing style more plotter or pantser?
I’m about 90 percent pantser. In my current project I have a cast of characters who I know have to get from point A to point B. I’m just writing along, letting them show me how they need to get there. The plot tends to emerge in the process of me discovering what the characters’ true goals and conflicts are, and what will motivate them to overcome their conflicts to reach their goals.

2. When is your favorite time/place to write? Do you write structured or patchworked?
I almost always write at my corner desk in my house that I refer to as “command central”. Early in the morning or late at night are the most productive times for me. Mid-day seems to be filled with more distractions. My writing is actually relatively structured once I’m sitting down to write. I do have days when an idea has struck me for a different project I have planned and I might write a few notes or do some research, but generally I will see a single project through until it is 100% complete before digging in and focusing on a new one. I use a Pomodoro timer to segment my actual writing and to remind me when to take breaks.

3. Tell us something about yourself that's not in your bio.
I’m actually a big computer nerd and love video games. I built my own gaming rig, but it’s been gathering dust since I started focusing more on writing this year. I have a separate laptop dedicated to writing, so I don’t get distracted. I will absolutely be taking a break from writing for two games during the next several months, though—Dragon Age: Inquisition, and The Witcher III, the two sequels to the games that inspired me to start writing via fan fiction. That “first really ambitions piece of fiction” mentioned in my bio was actually a crossover fan fiction between those two games (also partly inspired by Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher novels). I also play tabletop Dungeons and Dragons every weekend with my husband and a group of close friends, and I have an alter-ego pen name that I write dragon erotica under. I am a little gay for dragons—there is even a dragon easter egg in Second Skin. See if you can find it!

4. What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Play tabletop and video RPGs, catch up on my favorite shows with my husband, or read.

5. How did you choose the genres you write in?
I have always been a huge fan of fantasy, but also of romance. The contemporary angle for Second Skin happened by accident, though. Normally I prefer fantasy or paranormal, a category that most of my other projects fall into. Second Skin actually started out as a science fiction novel, but it wasn’t very science fictiony, so I took those elements out and it worked just fine.

Fun Stuff


1. What was the last movie/concert/show that you saw?
How to Train Your Dragon II. I did mention I was gay for dragons?

2. What was the name of the last book you read?
I just finished a book called Going Under, by Jeffe Kennedy. It’s a hot erotic romance that takes place in the San Juan islands. It’s a love story between a reclusive female video game designer and an investigative journalist seeking out the elusive designer (who he believes is a man based on the designer’s internet personas). I couldn’t put it down. I loved the gaming aspect of it (because I am a gamer), but the “games” that happen in the book aren’t strictly the digital variety. It has some very well written BDSM sex scenes, but my favorite part is how well-written the dynamic is between the two characters and their struggle to work up to an honest, open, mature relationship.
I’m also on my third listen of the audio books of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Looking forward to finally getting to her new one, but I have to hear the entire series again first.
[Oh. Sounds fabulous!]

3. If you could have dinner with anyone, past or present, fictional or real, who would it be and why?
I have a weird confession: I have a crush on Gordon Ramsay that started after I had a sort of dirty dream about him. He’d never been on my radar before (I don’t even watch cooking shows), but ever since that dream I love watching his shows—particularly the UK version that is uncensored (hearing him curse is a huge turn-on). He could definitely cook me dinner!

4. You are going to be stranded on a deserted island and bring 3 luxury items. What would they be?
Books! Probably Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, and Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel—the three books in my library that I can reread over and over without getting tired of them. Oh, and maybe an iPod with my favorite tunes (as long as I can have a solar charger, too).

5. What would we find in your refrigerator right now?
Red Bull and wine (writing juice, as my husband refers to it - no I don’t mix the two, at least not in the same glass).

Think Fast


2. AM or PM? PM
3. Mountains or Sea? Mountains
6. Summer or Winter? Winter
8. Cake or Pie? Pie
10. Print or Electronic? Electronic

Thanks for coming by and spending some time with us. Any final words of wisdom to pass along?
The best thing I did for my writing career was to find a great community of fellow writers to work with, either as crit partners, beta readers, or general moral support. I’m a member of Romance Writers of America, as well as about four different online writing communities and every single one has helped facilitate my career in some way. Now, most of my best friends are fellow writers.


Giveaway: 

Jesse will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to two randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.




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August 13th: 
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August 14th: 
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August 15th: 
You Gotta Read Reviews

August 18th: 
Bunny's Review

August 19th: 
Susana's Morning Room

August 20th: 
Sexy Adventures Passionate Tales

August 21st: 
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August 22nd: 
Queen of the Night Reviews

August 25th: 
Room With Books

August 26th: 
Book Club Sisters

August 27th: 
Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess

August 28th: 
Booklover Sue

August 29th: 
It's Raining Books

September 1st: 
Rachel Brimble Romance

September 2nd: 
Kinky Vanilla Romance

September 3rd: 
Long and Short Reviews

September 4th: 
A. Literary Mafia

September 5th: 
Straight from the Library

Author Bio:

Jesse Pearle grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina in a place where there was no danger in dancing naked in the moonlight at the top of a mountain. Always possessed of a creative mind, but never quite the right amount of focus, she wandered for decades. She received a degree in fine art which she put to poor use working an uneventful desk job for an engineering company when she started writing her first really ambitious piece of fiction. She lives in sunny Southern California with her ever supportive husband and four attention-whoring cats.

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Wednesday, August 20

Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop




Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop

Hosted by Bookhounds 

& I Am A Reader, Not A Writer

This hop features books that need a new home!


I am cleaning off my shelf and finding new homes for some great reads.


There are 4 different prize packs to chose from. 
Enter 1 or all 4. The choice is yours. 


Christie Ridgway's Three Kisses




3 Historicals




3 Contemporary Romance




3 Various Genre ARCs




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Tuesday, August 19

@GoddessFish Blurb Blitz: Profile of Terror by Alexa Grace


Profile of Terror


Profile Series, #2
Alexa Grace



Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Golden Publishing, LLC
Date of Publication: May 12, 2014
Number of pages: 397
Cover Artist: Christy Carlyle of Gilded Heart Design


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A missing coed named Abby Reece.

Two clever thrill killers are committing the most brutal, public, and horrifying abductions and murders in the county’s history. The killers, known as the Gamers, have done this before, and are now upping their evil game to a new level. The question is — can they be stopped before they kill again?

Things get complicated.

When an ex-girlfriend goes missing, Private Investigator Gabe Chase is obsessed with finding her. But once her naked and posed body is discovered, the investigator becomes the investigated. His passion for the victim’s beautiful sister is a complication he doesn't need, as he helps solve the county’s most baffling, terrifying murder cases ever.

Add a sociopathic serial killer who calls himself the Master.

A serial killer so deadly, the FBI’s behavioral analysts want to know when and why he began killing, as well as the identification and location of additional victims. He will speak only to former federal agent, Carly Stone, a woman he blames for his capture. When the profiler finds herself at the mercy of this ruthless killer, his becomes the most terrifying profile of all.

Profile of Terror

Three chilling villains, two passionate love stories, and pulse-racing suspense with startling plot twists keep readers on the edge of their seats from page one of this heart-pounding and unforgettable romantic suspense.
Excerpt: 
At one in the morning, the dark sky was illuminated by a full moon as they drove on a country road, trees hanging overhead like skeletal arms, nearly touching their vehicle. Driving slowly, they made periodic stops, for only the perfect place would do.

Approaching a bridge over a deep ravine with a wide creek, the van stopped. Both got out and circled to the back of the white utility van, where they pulled out a young woman's body, already stiffening with rigor mortis. They carried her to the edge of the road, where they set down her corpse, gave it a push, and sent it rolling down the ravine until it landed on the rocky creek bed below. Hands on hips, they waited and watched the body at rest, as if they expected it to magically come to life and run away.

"I wonder how long it will take the cops to find this one." The driver chuckled as he followed his passenger to the back of the van.

"Good question. The one last winter wasn't found until the spring thaw." He flipped through a stack of magnetic business signs he'd collected in the back of the vehicle. Choosing one, he slapped it on the side of the van and climbed inside.

"So how many magnetic signs do we have now?"

"Fifteen or so. We've got signs for plumbing, locksmithing, house painting, and general repair businesses. Think we need more?"

"No." He shook his head. "You did a good job stealing those. Even if we have an eye witness tonight, they'll describe a business truck, complete with a name and phone number the cops will use to try to track down their suspects. Too bad it will be a dead end. Any time we can toy with the cops is a good time."

"Agreed," he said, as a slow, evil smile spread across his handsome face.

Devan Roth glanced at his twin brother, Evan, sitting in the passenger seat, and thought about how much Evan craved his praise. He'd used that need to his advantage their entire lives. It wasn't that Devan didn't love his twin. He did, but he loved manipulating him more. Although Evan had a higher intelligence level than Devan ever dreamed of reaching, Evan's adoration for his twin was his weak spot. And if there was anything that Devan could identify from a mile away, it was someone else's weakness. That's what made Devan the leader.

From early childhood, he could get Evan to do absolutely anything he wanted. Devan invented the "Double Dare" game when the twins were twelve; he double-dared Evan to jump off the second-story roof. Evan leaped, and broke both his legs. But he never told their parents that Devan had dared him to do it. His loyalty to his twin outweighed the pain he suffered that summer.

The Double Dare game continued. Early on, they stole and killed their neighbors' pets, and then moved on to peeping in windows in the neighborhood and videotaping the event so they could relive the thrill later. Now they were abducting and killing prostitutes, then disposing of their bodies in remote areas surrounding Indianapolis.

Giveaway: 

Alexa will be awarding a signed copy of PROFILE OF TERROR with a $25 Amazon Gift Card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. (US ONLY for book/ International for GC)




Book Tour Info: 
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August 6th: 
Harps Romance Book Review

August 7th: 
Book 'Em North Carolina

August 8th: 
Kinky Vanilla Romance
Abbye Kovacevic

August 11th: 
Queen of the Night Reviews

August 12th: 
Bunny's Review

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The Reading Addict

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Rachel Brimble Romance

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Room With Books
Long and Short Reviews
Author Bio:


USA Today Bestselling Author, Alexa Grace's journey started in March 2011 when the Sr. Director of Training & Development position she'd held for thirteen years was eliminated. A door closed but another one opened. She finally had the time to pursue her childhood dream of writing books. Her focus is now on writing riveting romantic suspense novels.

Author Alexa Grace is consistently listed in top twenty of Amazon's Top 100 Most Popular Authors in the categories Romantic Suspense and Police Procedural. She was named one of the top 100 Indie authors by Kindle Review. A chapter is devoted to her in the book Interviews with Indie Authors by C. Ridgway and T. Ridgway.

She became a USA TODAY Best Selling Author for her participation in THE PERFECT TEN book set.

Her books Deadly Offerings, Deadly Deception, and Deadly Relations are listed in e-retailer's Top 100 Bestselling Romantic Suspense and Police Procedural Books. Deadly Offerings has not left the top ten bestselling free mystery romance and police procedural books since 2011.

Deadly Holiday, published in November 2012, is her holiday-themed romantic suspense novella, featuring all her Deadly Trilogy characters.

Alexa Grace's book Deadly Relations is included in the bestselling book set The Perfect Ten along with Dianna Love, Norah Wilson, Nancy Naigle, Andrienne Giordano, Misty Evans, Sandy Blair, Mary Buckham, Tonya Kappes and Micah Caipa.

Profile of Evil, the first book of the Profile Series was published in May 2013. Profile of Terror was released in May 2014 and Profile of Fear will be released in 2015.

Earning two degrees from Indiana State University, Alexa currently lives in Florida. She's a member of Romance Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

Her writing support team includes five Miniature Schnauzers, three of which are rescues. As a writer, she is fueled by Starbucks lattes, chocolate and emails from readers.

To connect with the author online:

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Monday, August 18

@GoddessFish Interview: Love on the Lido Deck by Barbara Oliverio


Love on the Lido Deck


Barbara Oliverio

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Scolapasta Press
Date of Publication: June 2, 2014
Number of pages: 240
Word Count: 72,180
Cover Artist: Lisa Hertzi


Available at the following retailers:
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Sharp-witted, always-organized Keira Graham has traded in her high tech career as a systems analyst for the whirlwind world of event planning. As she builds up her fledging business, she learns that her widowed mother has news of her own – she has a serious gentleman caller! Is Keira ready for mom’s new romance?

When she gets a game-changing opportunity to organize a major event on a luxury Caribbean cruise, Keira turns to best pal chef Alexandria D'Agostino to help recruit famous chefs who will offer classes for foodies looking for fun in the sun as they gain cooking know-how. The cruise becomes a rollicking adventure for Keira, her sassy assistant Juliet, the entire D'Agostino clan, Keira's mother and other surprise guests. And has Keira meet her match in charismatic Cruise Director Brennan McAllister, who could have something more than keeping everything shipshape on his mind?
Excerpt: 
“Well, now that you mention it. How do you know he’s not after you for your money? It’s not exactly a secret that you’re wealthy.”

“Right, Keira. He found my name in ‘Rich Widows Monthly.’ We’re all posted in there.” My mother shook her head at me.

And my friends think I’M the snarky one!

“We met at church, if you must know.”

Right. Like men out to troll for rich widows wouldn’t haunt churches.

“He is the new director of family development programs at the archdiocese, and Father Anthony had him over for dinner at the rectory with those of us on the parish council.”

Oh. Rats. Who could argue with that pedigree? “How long have you been dating?”

“Six months.”

I jumped up.

“SIX MONTHS! AND YOU’RE SERIOUS ABOUT HIM? Not to mention I’m just hearing about him!”

“Keira! Again, we’re not children! We are intelligent enough to enter into a serious relationship. We’ve both been married before. He was widowed about the same time I was. And why would I need to bother you with all the gentleman callers I’ve had that weren’t serious when you’ve been so busy?”

I guiltily ignored the last part of that statement and pulled myself together.

“Does he have children?” I asked patiently.

“Why, are you worried that I’ll love them better than you?”

“Well, I WASN’T, but now that you mention it—”

“Calm down,” my mother said, smiling. “He doesn’t have children. And you know I couldn’t love anyone better than you.”

Interview: 

Today, we welcome Barbara Oliverio, author of Love on the Lido Deck: A Nautical Romantic Comedy, to Musings and Ramblings. Let's all give a great big Geeky welcome!

Thank you so much for having me here today. I appreciate your time.

Let's start with some writer specific questions before moving into the fun stuff. That way everyone can really get to know the person behind the writer. We will finish things off with round of Think Fast. Ready for the interrogation to begin?

Writing Specific


1. Is your writing style more plotter or pantser?
I write with a combination of both. (Is that cheating on the answer?) I create a sweeping outline of the story, but occasionally I let my characters go down a path that they prefer. I figure that they know their lives better than I do. Sometimes that works better, and sometimes I delete what I’ve written and go back to my own path. Also, I’m never afraid to add a piece to the story that bulks it up after the story has been completed.

2. When is your favorite time/place to write? Do you write structured or patchworked?
I’m a morning person, so I set a deadline of a minimum number of words per morning to write. Even if those words sometimes turn out to be just awful, I figure that I would rather put SOMETHING down than nothing. The story starts at the beginning and goes to the end for me. Even if I return to certain places and add parts, it always works better to work in the structure than to jump around.

3. Tell us something about yourself that's not in your bio.
I have an irrational fear of volcanoes. (I guess that means my husband can’t surprise me with a trip to Hawaii, right?) You might ask how a girl who grew up in West Virginia developed that, but it all started with reading a book. The boy in the story found a hole in the ground that turned into a volcano within days and his town was destroyed. Now the fact that I read the book when I was six – I was precocious – and it was science fiction probably had a little to do with it, but I’ve never been able to shake the fear.

4. What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I read – a LOT. I also love the NYT crossword puzzle. My husband and I are sports fans, so we follow our favorite teams in the appropriate seasons: pro and college football, baseball, soccer, and recently lacrosse. We are also fans of well-written TV and movies. (Stay out of my way when Game of Thrones is on!)

5. How did you choose the genres you write in?
I wanted to tell a story where young women could be shown in a setting where they could be witty and fun and manage to live their lives while maintaining their values. I had also always been told that I have an ear for writing dialogue. Romantic comedy seemed to lend itself best.

Fun Stuff


1. What was the last movie/concert/show that you saw?
Denver has one of the last working drive-in theaters in the country! We packed up the pillows and popcorn and went to see Godzilla.

2. What was the name of the last book you read?
I always read several books simultaneously, so I just finished two books: Christianity and Democracy by Jacques Maritain (philosopher and expert on St. Thomas Aquinas) and The Fault in Our Stars (I finally got around to it!). I’m currently reading a book on screenwriting.

3. What is your biggest pet peeve? Inappropriate usage of apostrophes! I cringe every time I see a sign that says “Kid’s eat for Free”. Kid’s what? Another glaring mistake is “Its/It’s”.

4. You are going to be stranded on a deserted island and bring 3 luxury items. What would they be?
Ooh. Luxury is in the mind of the beholder, I think. I would want the ability to read so either an e-reader full of books, or a library full of books. I’d want some method to watch all my favorite movies/TV programs. Finally, I would need a larder/refrigerator stocked with my favorite foods.

5. What would we find in your refrigerator right now?
My husband and I are pretty healthy eaters so you’ll find a lot of fresh veggies, yogurt, hummus, etc. Then there are the olives that I must ALWAYS have and good Italian cold cuts and cheese. Lots of bottled items needed for recipes since I love to cook. Apparently, I can only cook for a platoon, and my husband likes to say that our leftovers are better than a lot of people’s “first times” so you’ll find containers of leftover pastas, curry, chili, etc., ready to have a second night or take to lunch.

Think Fast


1. Elvis or Sinatra? Definitely Sinatra. The combination of those blue eyes and that baritone voice was just heart melting. I don’t want to offend the fans of the King, but Frank really was the better actor, too.
2. Meat or Veggies? I can’t give up my mother’s meatballs. Oh sure, I love my veggies on the side, but you’ll risk losing a hand if you reach for my steak.
3. Italian or Chinese? The food of my ancestors will always win out over ANY other cuisine. Pasta, lasagna, prosciutto – hey, I’m getting hungry right now!
4. Coffee or Tea? The smell of coffee brewing is very enticing, but I’m a tea drinker. I love a cup of hot black tea or a tall glass of iced green tea. If I’m in the South, definitely sweet iced black tea (“the house wine of the South”, as they say in Steel Magnolias.)
5. Print or Electronic? Mmm. Holding a brand new book and cracking it open for the first time is a heavenly experience. I’ve been reading since I was a tiny tot, so I’ll never lose that appreciation. I can understand the convenience of e-books, and, of course, I publish mine that way as well for people who like them, but if I could only choose one, print would win.

Thanks for coming by and spending some time with us. Any final words of wisdom to pass along?

Keep reading books, and pass that love to any children in your lives. When we lose the desire/ability to sit and lose ourselves in a book, we will have lost a lot in society.

Giveaway: 

Barbara will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.




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Author Bio:


Readers' Favorite Award™ Winner Barbara Oliverio is the daughter of Italian immigrants and grew up in North Central West Virginia with a love of reading and a passion for learning. Following a career path that included being a teacher, journalist, and marketer, she has lived as far away from home as Italy where she practiced her family's native tongue as well as took advantage of living near to other European countries to travel extensively. A rabid Pittsburgh Steeler fan, she lives with her husband, an equally committed New York Giants fan, in suburban Denver where off-football-season dinner conversation is calmer and is usually accompanied by a meal she cooks from one of her mother's treasured recipes. Other interests include New York Times crossword puzzles, good movies, and travel. She volunteers extensively for her parish and writes for its publications. She also teaches part-time for the St. Catherine of Siena Institute.

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