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University Park Series #: Opposing Sides

Will she succumb to the temptations enticing her?
Publication Date: May 16, 2014
Genre: New Adult Sports Romance (18+)

Series: University Park Series, #1

College senior, Lexi Thompson, finds herself in a relationshipto be wed to the university’s star baseball pitcher, Collin Norris. Collin’s damn hot, but his lack of spark has Lexi thinking twice before she says ‘I Do’. When she’s forced to tutor bad boy football quarterback, Raven Davenport, she soon discovers all the things she’s missing in her relationship with Collin. Will she succumb to the temptations enticing her, or will Collin be able to convince his sweet, innocent fiancée that his love for her is genuine despite his lack of affection? (This storywill be told in three installments.)


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Publication Date: September 5, 2014
Series: University Park Series, #2
The engagement’s off and with Collin behind her, Lexi has decided that the temptations of Raven Davenport are too strong to be ignored. It doesn’t take long for Lexi and Raven to find themselves wrapped in each other’s affection, but not without the challenges that life poses. But can she withstand the world he’s created or will the forces that are against them rip them apart? Love, faith, betrayal, and heartache ripple through their lives as they fight to be on the same side.
Publication Date: December 21, 2014
Series: University Park Series, #3
Lexi’s determined to keep her word and stand by Raven’s side because her love for him is too strong to deny.  As Raven learns to deal with the issues that are destined to destroy him and their relationship, their love is taken to a new level. As doors are closed and new ones are opened, Lexi and Raven find themselves in a heavenly bliss, but not without the challenges from Raven’s past. With a true test of love, Lexi and Raven have to decide if they are willing to do whatever it takes to be on the winning side.

CM Doporto lives in the great state of Texas with her husband and son enjoying life with their extensive family along with their Chihuahua, Mexican Redhead Parrot, and several fish. She writes Young Adult and New Adult stories about ordinary women who do extraordinary things, become a heroine, and find love along the way.

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Book Review: Harbinger

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If you’ve been looking for a book to read that’s part coming of age, part adventure, Harbinger by Lee French & Erik Kort is sure to fit that bill. This book is the second in “The Greatest Sin” series. In the first book, The Fallen, we meet Chavali and follow her adventures. 

The book was a lot of fun, and went quickly. I felt sad when the book was over, because there were no more pages!

Title: Harbinger

Series: The Greatest Sin #2

Author: Lee French and Erik Kort

Publication Date: October 2014

Genre: Fantasy



Adjusting to her new life as a soul-bound agent of the Fallen has Chavali pushing herself harder than ever before. Between learning to fight, dealing with idiots, and climbing stairs – lots of stairs – she has little time to waste on thoughts of the future. Or the past.

When another agent fails to report in, Chavali is sent on the mission to discover her fate. Ready or not, she saddles up for a new adventure with new dangers.

The search takes her to Ket, a coastal city slathered in mystery. There, she faces ghosts from her past and demons of her future as she seeks answers. All she seems to find are more questions.

Plague, murder, lies, espionage…this city harbors much more than meets the eye, and maybe too much to handle.


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Author Bio

Lee French lives in Olympia, WA with two kids, two bicycles, and too much stuff. She is an avid gamer and active member of the Myth-Weavers online RPG community, where she is known for her fondness for Angry Ninja Squirrels of Doom. In addition to spending much time there, she also trains year-round for the one-week of glorious madness that is RAGBRAI, has a nice flower garden with one dragon and absolutely no lawn gnomes, and tries in vain every year to grow vegetables that don’t get devoured by neighborhood wildlife.

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 Erik Kort abides in the glorious Pacific Northwest, otherwise known as Mirkwood-Without-The-Giant-Spiders. Though the spiders often grow too numerous for his comfort. He is defended from all eight-legged threats by his brave and overly tolerant wife, and is mocked by his obligatory writer’s cat. When not writing, Erik comforts the elderly, guides youths through vast wildernesses, and smuggles more books into his library of increasingly alarming size.

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Andromeda’s Fall Book Blast

Andromeda Reynolds is being hunted…
Publication Date: December 10, 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance (18+)Series: Shadowcat Nation, #1

Andromeda Reynolds is being hunted. After witnessing her mother’s violent death at the hands of a pack of wolf shifters, Andie has devoted her life to protecting her community of cougar shifters from a similar fate. But now, a greater threat lies within her own pack, and she must run. If she stays, Kyle Carstairs will force their mating, seeking the added political power their union would provide.Andie would rather chew off her own foot than end up with Kyle. Though, knowing him, she won’t live long either way. Andie’s only hope of survival is to mate Jaxon Keller, the Alpha of the Keller Dare with which she is seeking asylum. But before she can get to him, Andie must first go through A.J., one of the Alpha’s Protectors. What Andie doesn’t realize is that A.J. has secrets of his own. All Andie knows is that the incredibly frustrating shifter insists on challenging her story, her skills, her trust…and her heart.



Award-winning author, Abigail Owen was born in Greeley, Colorado and raised in Austin, Texas. She now resides in Northern California with her husband and two adorable children who are the center of her universe. 

Abigail grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. A fourth generation graduate of Texas A&M University, she attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by obtaining a degree in English Rhetoric/Technical Writing. However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.

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Sofilantjes Otium Sweater Pattern Test

Hah! I've beat the storm! And I have this super-cute top to prove it.

Hah! I’ve beat the storm! And I have this super-cute top to prove it.

Let me start off by saying that I LOVE this shirt. (Doesn’t it look like I love it? I’m sorry for the indoor pictures, but I figured that with all the rain and wind we’ve had, that it was indoor or nothin’).

Okay, now that we have that out of the way. I received the pattern for free in exchange for honest feedback when testing the pattern out.  I made the pattern in size XXL – I went by my bust measurements (it comes in XS-XXXL, so it’s great for us curvy gals). I was a little nervous that it would be too small or pull too much in the hips or waist, but I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. I made no adjustments to the pattern.

Awesome fabric!

Awesome fabric!

The Fabric

Let’s talk a minute about the fabric. You see this gorgeous sheer fabric with silver stripes running through it? It’s a stretch/novelty knit fabric. I honestly don’t know if you can get it anywhere anymore.  You know why? I found it at a thrift store for $3.00. There were 3 yards of it, and it’s 58″ wide. I have leftovers from it, and I’ll be using the leftovers to make Vogue 1376.

The plain black fabric on the neckband, waistband and sleeves was a pain in the butt to work with. It wanted to curl as I’d sew, and it wanted to get trapped in my sewing machine’s feed. That was pretty annoying – but the fabric has a LOT of stretch, and it feels really nice. This fabric was not a thrift store find. Nope, we went out and bought it – both for the contrast parts of this shirt and because I want to make those leggings in Vogue 1376.

The Pattern

Sofilantjes Patterns Otium Sweater

There are three (well, six if you count long sleeve or short sleeves) options for making the sweater – a diagonal pocket, a low back with bow, and a standard with a high round neck. The sizing is generous, and can fit anyone from a 31 inch bust to a 52 inch bust with minimal alterations. Since I’m 48-44-53 (yup, baby got back) I was advised to make the XXL.

What I love about this pattern (one of the many things, really) is that when you print it, you can choose exactly which pages to print, because the instructions tell you what you will need for the view you wish to make. It seems like a small thing, but it’s really not. I love saving paper and printer ink. The pages lined up really well, and, well, it was really easy to work with.

Sewing the pattern

Guess what!?! I remembered to pre-wash my fabric! YAY! Other than some frustration with the black super 4-way stretchy fabric, this pattern sewed up really quickly. I made French seams since I was working with a sheer fabric. The only road block I had when making it was the bow (as in how to pin it to sew it in place), but that got straightened out pretty quickly.

In all, I was really happy with how this one turned out. I liked it so much, I went ahead and purchased the girl’s version for sizes 12months-14 years. I see a few more of these in my future.

Right now, in conjunction with the pattern’s release, the women’s pattern is $7, the children’s pattern is $6.50, and the bundle of the two is $13. They can be purchased here. (This is not an affiliate link).

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Book Review: Flirting With Fire by Tara Quan & Giftcard Giveaway

*My apologies, this was supposed to go up at 8:00 this morning. Instead, I fell asleep (and was out)after several days with severe sleep deprivation due to meeting the needs of a very cute, but not sleepy almost-one-year-old Baby Girl who finally decided that sleep was needed. 🙂 But here’s my review!*



Who doesn’t like Halloween? It’s certainly my favorite holiday. So, when I was offered the opportunity to check out a Halloween-themed book, I thought “Sure, why not?” (Of course if you know me, and you’ve seen my living room, you know that there aren’t many books I won’t jump at the chance to review.) If you enjoy sexy stories – and stories that get the fires running, this is one that you should check out. It’s fun, it’s enticing, it’s a delight. Tara Quan always does a great job of breathing life to her characters, and you feel like you’re right there with them as the story goes on. In fact, when the story ends, you almost miss the characters (especially, if like I did, you sit down and read the story in a single sitting). I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.



Title: Flirting With Fire

Series: A Witch’s Night Out #1

Author: Tara Quan

Publication Date: October 24, 2014

Genre: Paranormal Romance


Apprentice witch Catalina Gato is prohibited from assuming her human form in front of her new employer without his express permission. Since he doesn’t know he’s a warlock, he can’t give it, leaving her in a familiar’s limbo. To make matters worse, she’s barred from leaving his house, and her attempts to enlighten him of his true nature results in burnt notes, charred walls, and exploding laptops.

On All Hallows’ Eve, she gets one night of freedom. Deciding some no-strings-attached sex might take the edge off the intense attraction she feels for her clueless boss, she signs up for Madame Eve’s service. When she meets her masked mystery date at the Castillo Capital, she realizes she might have gotten much more than she bargained for.

After being gifted a one-night stand from his annoying best friend, attorney Leo Difuoco reluctantly ventures to the Castillo Capital to celebrate Halloween. When he meets his oddly familiar green-eyed date in a Cat Woman costume, flames literally ignite, sparks magically fly, and life as he knows it changes forever.




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Layla Tarar  Photo by Melissa GoldenAuthor Bio

Globetrotter, lover of languages, and romance author, Tara Quan has an addiction for crafting tales with a pinch of spice and a smidgen of kink. Inspired by her travels, Tara enjoys tossing her kick-ass heroines and alpha males into exotic contemporary locales, paranormal worlds, and post-apocalyptic futures. Armed with magical powers or conventional weapons, her characters are guaranteed a suspenseful and sensual ride, as well as their own happily ever after.

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By Jennifer Melzer
Publication Date: January 5, 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
On the night Siren Talbot’s boyfriend was going to propose he disappeared without a trace.She loved Carver. She was willing to wait, but three years is a long time, and the new guy in the apartment next door isn’t about to walk away from a damsel in distress.

Sweet, charming, Patrick’s always there when she needs him, and Carver? Well… he’s still gone. It’s been three years, and her whole family says it’s time to move on. Patrick’s a good man, he loves her and he’s promised her the happily ever after she deserves.

She’s willing to overlook his secretive nature and the occasional flare of his prickly temper until a single discovery untangles the carefully spun threads of her new husband’s secret life.

Patrick knows exactly what happened to Carver.

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Ashley’s Dream by B.R. Kingsolver Book Blast & Giveaway

Will she follow her heart and choose love, or follow her life-long dream?
Publication Date: TBD
Genre: New Adult Romance

Ashley isn’t looking for love. She has a dream to travel the world, and getting tied down by a man doesn’t fit into her plans. Relationships always get so complicated, and men always lie. It’s better just to have some fun and no one gets hurt.When she graduates college and the job offers don’t come rolling in, her life continues as usual: working as the manager of a college town bar and hanging out with her friends. Then a tragic event pushes her to take a chance on romance.

But things are not always as they seem, and Ashley’s white knight has secrets. Her friends try to tell her something isn’t right, but her common sense is smothered by his kisses and soft endearments.

When the job offer she has always wanted arrives, will she follow her heart and choose love, or follow her life-long dream?

This book is part of the Kindle Scout program, where you get to nominate the books you want to see published! Go vote and help see this book get published!

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I grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, among writers, artists and weird Hispanic and Native American myths and folklore. I’ve lived all over the U.S. and earned a living doing everything from making silver and turquoise jewelry, to construction to computers. I currently split my time between Baltimore and Albuquerque.

I made silver and turquoise jewelry for almost a decade, ended up in nursing school, then took a master’s in business. Along the way I worked in construction, as a newspaper editor, and somehow found a career working with computers.
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Lingerie Shopping Gift Guide from Hips & Curves

plus size christmas lingerie

Be prepared to hand the computer over to your husband (or boyfriend, or girlfriend – your partner).  Be sure the kids are in bed or otherwise occupied. Here are some great finds from Hips & Curves, a lingerie shop that carries cute & sexy things in plus sizes.

*This post contains affiliate links. Should you purchase from one of these links, I will receive compensation. This list is sponsored and compiled by the folks at Hips & Curves. I have included some photos, others that are a bit more risqué have been omitted. Also, be aware that this is not safe for work, nor does inclusion on the list entail my own endorsement. However, if you’re looking for a good way to switch things up with your partner, there are some ideas – including those relating to a particular novel involving the word “Grey” in the title.*

A “Haute” Holiday. Christmas Lingerie

The weather outside might be frightful, but private time can be delightful! Ignore the cold weather outside while heating things up with our “Haute” lingerie selections this holiday season.

Plus Size Sexy Santa Tie Cup Babydoll with Marabou Trim

Sexy Santa Tie Cup Babydoll with Marabou Trim – $39.95


Naughty Mrs. Clause Open Cup Bustier – $47.95

Charmeuse and Lace Tie Back Babydoll – $37.95

Plus Size Satin Jacquard Corset, Red

Red and Black Satin Corset – $69.90

Plus Size Appliqued Lace and Satin Corset, Red and Black

Appliqued Lace and Satin Red and Black Corset – $85.90



Those 8 shinning lights won’t be the only thing heating up the night. Shine bright this festival of lights and let your partner discover their own holiday miracle when you’re wearing one of the fabulous holiday styles below.

Lace Overlay Garter Chemise – $39.95

Plus Size Sinfully Sweet Georgette Babydoll, Mulberry

Sinfully Sweet Georgette Lace Babydoll – $39.95


Babydoll Peignoir Set – $49.90 – $55.90

Bella Taffeta Corset – $49.95

Bronwyn Steel Boned Corset – $149.95


For Mrs. “Claws”

Sometimes Mrs. Claus likes to go from cookies to a bit more crazy. Have some fun this holiday by turning Mrs. Claus into Mrs. Claws.


Studded Pyramid Ring Choker with O Ring – $34.95

Red Heart Nippies – $15.00

18″ Riding Crop – $24.95

Burlesque Boa – $29.95

3 Piece Body Jewel Set (Metallic/Blue) – $16.95

50 Shades of Fun

With the movie coming out, why not start Valentine’s early with a 50 Shades of White Christmas kick off. Here are 5 products to help turn your Silver Bells a bit more “Grey”.

Fifty Shades of Grey™ All Mine Deluxe Blindfold – $24.99

Fifty Shades of Grey™ Soft Limits Deluxe Restraint Wrist Tie – $22.99

Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy – $45.95

Fifty Shades of Grey™ You Are All Mine Metal Handcuffs – $19.99


Fifty Shades of Grey™ Twitchy Palm Spanking Paddle – $29.99

Fifty Shades of Grey™ Hard Limits Universal Restraint Kit – $59.99



Whether its cooking, eating, cleaning, going to friend’s for dinner, singing or hosting family, sometimes you only want “me time”. When you’re ready to relax and let your holiday go, try some of the following super-comfy and relaxing sleepwear. You deserve it!  

Plus Size Super Soft and Comfy Halter Top with Lace Trim, Heather Grey

Soft and Comfy Halter Top with Lace Trim – $39.95

Soft and Comfy Nightshirt – $37.95

Soft & Comfy Tank Dress with Lace Back – $32.95

Super Soft and Comfy Lace Trim Robe – $59.95

Soft & Comfy Robe – $49.95

 So there you have it! Have fun and be safe this holiday season!

DSC_0321Hey early birds…you’re about to get a great deal on holiday cards.

From 7:00am to 11:00am ET (4:00 am to 8:00am PT), Tiny Prints (affiliate link, if you make a purchase, I will receive compensation) is making their already awesome Cyber Week deal even more awesomer.

Through the end of today, you can get 40% off all holiday cards using the code CYBER40. If your order is more than $49, use that and stack the code FREESHIP49 for free shipping if your order is more than $49.

But, if you are up early enough, add the code FLASH1204 and you’ll save an extra 10% on your order. That’s a total of almost 50% off holiday cards. 

So check it out and remember to use all 3 codes to save nearly 50%!

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