Monthly Wrap-Up (August 2013) ~ Book Buys, Freebies And Other Blog Related Nonsense....

Hi! Now you know I ususally do this via a video, but my hair ain't done so I will NOT be appearing on camera looking a hot mess. Next month it is on & popping, so watch out..lols.

August was a slow month as far a book buys went. I really didn't buy that many and I came across a few freebies, but I really think I should put myself on a book buying ban for the rest of the year because my goodness; my NOOK is about blow up...Hello, I have books from 2012 I still have read yet.

Well, leggo shall we?

Books brought & freebies (I combined B&N, Amazon, AllRomance.com and any audiobooks)
*As always check the prices before you click.

I read a total of 17 books in August and some of these I've already read. You can see my reviews either here at the blog or over at GoodReads. Which brings me to blog news.

I'm not going to post ALL of my reviews here at SR, some I will post at GR, Amazon...depending on how I felt about the book or how I feel period. You'll also see I made a few minor tweaks to my sidebar and I changed my background. The animal print was wreaking havoc on my eyes, so I can imagine what it was doing to my visitors. Plus I just wanted a darker look *weg*, but wanted to keep the white middle.

*Challenges Update

Now listen, I caught up with a few. I'm going to do a more catching up this month which is why I haven't signed up for a lot of tours. Below are the ones I was able to *coughs* read.

1. Irish Comfort by Nikki Prince

1. Reflected In You by Sylvia Day
2. Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

This is my update for August
Canyon by Brenda Jackson
On Every Street by Karina Halle
Dead Sexy Dragon by Lolita Lopez
The Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas

You can check out my challenges page for more of my very embarrassing reading habits when it comes to these things..lols. 

I haven't been on Edelweiss in a minute, but I did get some to review from NetGalley. I'm just going to list them below. I've done pretty good and haven't gone all click happy...

The Preist by Monica La Porta 
Making the first Move by Reese Ryan
Between Friends by Vristen Pierce (okay...I love her first name...so different!)
A Study of Silks by Emma Jane Holloway

I don't usually post books being made into TV series, movies, etc. stuff. BUT, there is one author who books are being turned into movies & I like the idea. Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunters & Chronicles of Nick books are up next to be turned into movies, it was announced via her FB page. Dark Hunters, I'll probably see. But not Chronicles of Nick, I hated that she made those into YA books and didn't read them. AND I LOVE Nick! I was so disappointed.

Ah...Blogger works my nerves sometimes, but I'm a staying. I know most are making a change over to Wordpress and thats all good, but (and yes I going to fucking say it..) I can't afford it. So until Blogger does something that I just can't get down with, then maybe...maybe...lols. Plus I like Bloggers format, the shit is easy and for now I here Foeva...lmbo!

Anyway's that's it for me. Have a great and safe Holiday weekend beautiful people...I'm now off to read and of course drink.

Sharonda (SexxyBlogger) is a avid reader who enjoys a good book, good music, loves red wine and has an unhealthy obsession with the sexxy alphas she reads about. You can find her on Twitter and Facebook.  Happy Reading Reading Sexxys.
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VBT/Giveaway: Raven & Black Becoming Red Tour

Well..Hell, its the weekend. Happy Saturday lovelies! I love the covers for these books! they are beyond sexxy and I'm getting a serious hard-on for them! Hey...there will be a tour-wide giveaway at the end of this post so stick around.

Becoming Red
Book One of the Becoming Series

‘You got me back. You always said you would.’
Ash DeMorgan, graduate, orphan, ice maiden, has long since consigned the fairytale nightmares of a troubled childhood to the realm of fantastical childish imagination.
Now, lured back to Dublin, the scene of her tragic past, Ash encounters a city pulsing under the dangerous sexual influence of a new street drug the locals call Rave. Nothing is as it seems. Ash is about to discover that her nightmares are real, ancient Irish myths are larger than life and roaming the streets of the medieval city, and she has become the prey in their erotic hunt. A step back into her past is about to become a high adrenaline race for survival.

Connal Savage, outcast, assassin, and living, breathing hunk of ancient mythology, has lived a thousand years servicing a debt of revenge. Dead inside. Until he encounters his boss’s granddaughter, an infuriating woman who threatens to lead him to hell with all his good intentions, who manages to chip away at the hard encrusted defences of a lifetime spent at war and burrow herself deep into a part of him that hasn’t breathed for centuries. He is about to discover that when it comes down to the wire, when you’re bargaining with the Grim Reaper for the life of the one you love, you will do anything...
Book one of The Becoming series. A new voice in paranormal fantasy and romance.
AVAILABLE AT: Amazon | B&N | Kobo

Becoming Bad
Book Two of the Becoming Series

How do you fight the monster when it is inside of you?
The black lake beneath Dublin’s medieval city holds a secret. Imprisoned there for millennia, an ancient race of demi-gods have found a way to the surface and are preying on humans to feed their sexual appetites. Hunted to near-extinction, these half-men, half-beasts have been without a single female to breed a new generation. Until now.
All her life, Ashling DeMorgan feared her dreams. She kept her head buried in ancient mythology, because the real world seemed so much scarier. On returning to Dublin to settle her invalid grandmother’s affairs, Ash discovered a city plagued by the same wolf-like creatures that killed her mother. Their bite is like sexual heroin and Ash has been bitten. Now she is trapped in a waking nightmare, with the monster who ordered the death of the only man she’s ever loved. Made to doubt if she ever really knew the assassin-turned-guardian who stole her heart and gave his life for hers, Ash finds herself betrayed by her own changing body.
In a dangerous world of suspicion and divided loyalties, Ash must come to terms with what she is becoming. Worse still, her infuriatingly arrogant captor may just prove to be her most unlikely ally in what will become a life and death race for survival.
MacTire, king of a once formidable race, has lived his life in the shadow of a half-brother who took
everything from him. Connal Savage seduced his mate and engineered a genocide that all but exterminated their species. Finally, he has a chance at retribution. Connal’s woman is his for the taking. But are the bonds of brotherhood so easily severed and are the ghosts of the past ever truly dead and buried, or will they come back to haunt him?

AVAILABLE AT: Amazon | B&N | Kobo

The writing duo of Jess and Paula met online through their mutual love of paranormal and urban fantasy romance. They sparked creatively and have been writing together for the past three years. Paula lives in Dublin, Ireland with her family. She set aside a career in medicine to raise her three children. Jess lives in Manchester, England with her mother and dog, Simi. When she isn’t writing up worlds with Paula, she’s a wedding planner for a large retail store.
Connect with Raven & Black:

Jess & Paula are giving away the following prizes at the end of the tour:
Grand Prize:   
$25 gift card to Amazon and choice either eBook, either Book 1 or 2 from the Becoming series
FIVE (5) runners up will receive an eBook  - winners choice of Book 1 or 2 from the Becoming series


Raven & Black Becoming Red Blog Tour Schedule -
8/02- Books-n-Kisses

8/02- Vampires, Werewolves &Fairies Oh My!

8/03- Book Marks The Spot

8/03- KT Book Reviews

8/04- Deal Sharing Aunt

8/05- Kelly P's Blog

8/06- Book Pages & Dripping Ink

8/07- Fandom Fanatic 

8/08- My Reading Obsession 

8/10- Paranormal Romance Fans For Live 

8/11- Romance Junkies

8/12- Miscellaneous Thoughts of A Bookaholic

8/13- Paranormal Book Club 

8/14- Wicked Readings by Tawania 

8/15- Sassy Book Lovers 

8/16- I Smell Sheep

8/19- Mama's Reading Break

8/20- Dalene's Book Reviews

8/21- My Secret Romance

8/22- Book Lovin' Mamas

8/23- Book Monster Reviews

8/24- United by Books

8/25- Darkest Addictions 

8/26- Elfie Books

8/27- Mad Hatter Reads

8/28- Night Owl Reviews

8/29- Literal Addiction 

8/30- Mythical Books

8/31 - Salacious Reads

Sharonda (SexxyBlogger) is a avid reader who enjoys a good book, good music, loves red wine and has an unhealthy obsession with the sexxy alphas she reads about. You can find her on Twitter and Facebook.  Happy Reading Reading Sexxys.
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VBT: Series Spotlight/Giveaway ~ Elise Saxon's Match Point

Woot! Happy Friday. O...M...G! thank good gravy! I'm always in need of a drink when the work week is over and today is no damn acception. Anyway, enjoy todays stop & giveaway (it tour-wide darlings....).

An Affair to Dismember
Book One of the Matchmaker Series

Three months has been Gladie Burger's limit when it comes to staying in one place: She's always been a temp agency kind of girl, ever ready to move on. That's why Gladie is more than a little skeptical when her eccentric Grandma Zelda recruits her to the family business in the quaint small town of Cannes, California. Gladie is also highly unqualified: Her beloved grandmother's business is matchmaking, and Gladie has a terrible track record with romance. Still, despite evidence to the contrary, Zelda is convinced that her granddaughter has "the gift." But when the going gets tough, Gladie wonders if this gift has a return policy.

When Zelda's neighbor drops dead in his kitchen, Gladie is swept into his bizarre family's drama. Despite warnings from the (distractingly gorgeous) chief of police to steer clear of his investigation, Gladie is out to prove that her neighbor's death was murder. It's not too long before she's in way over her head—with the hunky police chief, a dysfunctional family full of possible killers, and yet another mysterious and handsome man, whose attentions she's unable to ignore. Gladie is clearly being pursued—either by true love or by a murderer. Who will catch her first?

AVAILABLE AT: Amazon | B&N | Indie Bound | BAM | iTunes

Book Two of the Matchmaker Series

Lovably troublesome Gladie Burger runs into sizzling danger and a fiery love triangle in the second installment of Elise Sax's hilarious and sexy Matchmaker romance series.
Since joining the family matchmaking business run by her eccentric Grandma Zelda, Gladie is always looking for love. But when an unbearable toothache knocks her out of commission and into the dentist's chair, she prays only for relief. No such luck. Emerging from an anesthetic haze, Gladie awakes to find that not only is her tooth still throbbing, but her dentist is dead—and the lead suspect in the murder, office receptionist Belinda, just so happens to be Gladie's first real client. Now it's up to Gladie to find Belinda a manand keep her from being locked up behind bars.
As if that weren't enough distraction, two gorgeous men are vying for Gladie's attention: Spencer, the playboy chief of police, and Holden, Gladie's secretive, gorgeously muscled neighbor. Still, Gladie's not complaining about having a helping hand or two when the case leads her to a dangerously bizarre cult. She may have met her match—and if she's not careful, it could be her last.

AVAILABLE AT: Amazon | B&N | Indie Bound | BAM | iTunes

Check out the MATCHPOINT trailer

Elise Sax worked as a journalist for fifteen years, mostly in Paris, France. She took a detour from journalism and became a private investigator before trying her hand at writing fiction. She lives in Southern California with her two sons. An Affair to Dismember is her first novel.

Connect with Elise:
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Elise is giving away the following prizes at the end of her tour:
GRAND PRIZE:  $50.00 Amazon gift card
2nd Prize:  $10.00 Amazon gift card
3rd Prize:  $10.00 Amazon gift card

Elise Sax MATCHPOINT Blog Tour Schedule - July 28 - August 31

7/28- Romance Junkies

Book Monster Reviews

Book Lovin' Mamas

Cocktails and Books

Mama's Reading Break

Literal Hotties Naughty Book Reviews

Why I Can't Stop Reading

Literal Addiction

KT Book Reviews

A Tiffy-Fit Reading Corner

7/31- Sassy Book Lovers

8/01- Babbling About Books

8/02- Romancing the Book

8/03- Let's Get Romantical

8/05- Bookin' it Reviews

8/06- Wicked Reading by Tawania

8/08- Offbeat Vagabond

8/11-Mad Hatter Reads

8/12- Hesperia Loves Books

8/15- United by Books

8/16- A Tiffy-Fit's Reading Corner

8/19- Underworld Love Addiction

8/20- You Gotta Read Reviews

8/21- Book Monster Reviews

8/24- Kelly P's Blog

8/27- Why I Can't Stop Reading

8/28- Snarkology

8/29- Literal Addiction

8/30- Salacious Reads

8/31- Queen of All She Reads

Sharonda (SexxyBlogger) is a avid reader who enjoys a good book, good music, loves red wine and has an unhealthy obsession with the sexxy alphas she reads about. You can find her on Twitter and Facebook.  Happy Reading Reading Sexxys.
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Review: This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Published: October 20, 2012
Series: The Man #1
Sex: R - Medium/Strong Sexual Content
Source: NetGalley
Authors Website
Genre: Romance, Erotica
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I picked this one up on NetGalley because I saw some pretty awesome reviews on it and thought I try it.

I will say that I liked the story... I did not care for the writing style. I believe the book was written in first person and it was like all over the place. I also thought the heroine wasn't very personable at all...really I only kept reading because of the the guy and honestly he was just okay.

Like I said the writing was just not something I enjoyed at all. It was literally hard to read at times. Plus I didn't really care for how the author portrayed the butler....like why did her character have to think about her rape alarm when she came in contact with the black guy? what the hell was that about? Am I over-thinking it...maybe, but I was a little offended and I damn near put the book down after reading that bit part. But I said...try a little more, maybe it'll get better. It really didn't get that much better, but I finished the book...trust me it was hard to too.

Honestly, this is a okay read, a 2.5 at best. Bottom line, the story was somewhat appealing...the characters were uninteresting...and the writing was terrible. Definitely won't be continuing with the series.

another one I couldn't pick a song for...characters were too damn annoying.

Sharonda (SexxyBlogger) is a avid reader who enjoys a good book, good music, loves red wine and has an unhealthy obsession with the sexxy alphas she reads about. You can find her on Twitter and Facebook.   

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Tour: Cover Reveal\Giveaway ~ Christina Phillips Tainted

Hey Sexxys...

I have a very pretty cover for you today. It's a historical erotic romance, hmmmmm....sounds like something I can sink my teethe into. Take a look and there will be a giveaway at the end of this post.

A dangerous love that Rome will never allow…

Driven by the knowledge he failed to protect his king and embittered at losing the woman he loves, Celtic warrior Gawain despises the lust he feels for the beautiful Roman patrician, Antonia. She is everything he’s never wanted in a woman, yet she ignites his passion like no other. Despite the danger of discovery he embarks on an illicit liaison with her, determined to uncover the reason for the infinite sorrow that haunts her eyes.

Newly arrived in Britannia from Rome, Antonia is inexplicably drawn to the cold, tough Celt whose touch stirs a desire she long thought died at the hands of her brutal former husband. With Gawain she learns the pleasure of sex and his unexpected tenderness thaws her frozen heart. But she hides a deadly secret that could be her undoing, and knows her growing feelings for him can lead nowhere. Yet when a shadow from her

past threatens her future Antonia is torn between the Empire of her birth and betraying Gawain, the man she’s grown to love.

Inside Scoop: This medieval romance dabbles a wee bit in the paranormal.

A Romantica® historical erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

Read Chapter One of Tainted

ISBN: 9781419940734
Release date: 28th August 2013

Ellora's Cave / Amazon / ARe

A door opened to her left and she turned to see Gawain stroll in from the bathhouse. Her heart thudded against her chest, making it hard to draw breath, and the pit of her stomach trembled with strange, liquid heat.

He looked utterly foreign, a savage warrior, and sunlight glinted on the barbaric jewelry around his throat and at his ear. He smiled, a slow, seductive smile that sent tremors through her blood and did nothing to ease the constriction in her breast.

Except for Elpis, she was alone with a strange man, a man she had virtually propositioned in the street. A native of a conquered land who made no secret of the fact he despised her people. And yet it wasn’t derision that glowed in his eyes. It was lust.

For her.

“Lady Antonia.” His smoky voice wrapped around her senses, as potent as though he had wrapped his arms around her naked body. “You kept your word.”

“Did you doubt I would?” She scarcely recognized her voice. She sounded like a sultry seductress. Perhaps, after all, Gawain would never guess what a novice she was when it came to playing such dangerous games.

He stopped in front of her, so close that the amber flecks in his dark eyes mesmerized her. “No.” The word sank into her blood, igniting sparks of pleasure that skittered across her exposed flesh. “You want this as much as I do.”

It was true. Why should she deny it? “Yes.”

Christina loves writing dark tales of tough, sexy warriors who are brought to their knees by their heroines. A mystical touch of fantasy or paranormal usually weaves its way through her stories, although strangely enough this wasn’t her intention when she first starting writing her Roman/Druid romances. But when ancient gods and goddesses get involved, it’s best just to go with the flow J

She is published by Ellora’s Cave and Berkley Heat and has dipped her toe in the indie pub waters. She is a member of the Romance Writers of Australia, Romance Writers of America, the DarkSide Down Under Group Blog and Historical Hearts Group Blog.

Christina is an ex-pat Brit who now lives in sunny Western Australia with her family. She is also owned by three gorgeous cats who are convinced the universe revolves around their needs. They are not wrong.
Connect with Christina:

Website/ FacebookTwitter/ Goodreads/ Blog

One Prize (International):
E-copy of the previous book set in this world, Betrayed
$10 Amazon Gift Card
Swag – Bookmarks, Postcards and Fridge Magnets

Sharonda (SexxyBlogger) is a avid reader who enjoys a good book, good music, loves red wine and has an unhealthy obsession with the sexxy alphas she reads about. You can find her on Twitter and Facebook.  photo cooltext1152477493_zps003c3433.png
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Brazen Babe Reviews begin its inception in the Year of Our Lord 2014. It's the brain child of two bloggers Ana (Beach Bum Reviews) and Sharonda (SalaciousReads). Here in our lovely little corner of the inter-web, we will share our love of pop culture which will encompass books, movies, TV, make-up and you know life...

Sooo...Relax, have a glass of wine (or whatever your poison is) sit back and enjoy!

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