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Pimpin My Faves of 2011 plus a Giveaway

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I’ve been agonizing over how I wanted to do this and then I realized there was no reason for it; my blog…my rules!So, in usual fashion, I’m just gonna wing it!
The time has come for end of the year wrap ups.Last year, I’d had such a bad year that I decided to wait until after the first of January to look forward instead of looking back.2011 wasn’t the best year I’ve ever had but it was good enough that I feel ok to look back on it, so here goes!Below is my list of my favorite things from this year; books, tv shows, music and outings.  Afterwards, there’s a Sons of Anarchy-themed (what else??) giveaway; WOOT!
Fave books of the year (**Note – these are books I read this year but they did not necessarily come out this year**)
PersuaderLee Child


I read the entire series of Jack Reacher books by Lee Child this year.I cannot say enough about how much I love these books!Action,adventure,explosions, fights, mysteries, impossible challenges and, in the middle of it all, an Ex-Army MP drifter…

I'm still here!

Hello, lovely blog readers! This is just a quick note to say hi there, hello…I haven’t forgotten about you and I hope you haven’t forgotten about me! This year, and in particular, the past six weeks have been very stressful in my personal life which has kept me from reading, writing, blogging and tweeting as much as I would like to. It’s kept me from blogging AT ALL but, I didn’t want you to think I haven’t been THINKING about blogging because I definitely have! Here, for your reading pleasure, are ideas that might have become blogs in the last few months, if circumstances had been different:


1) Your "UUUNNNPH" song! - What is that song that runs in your head when you see someone that you find ridiculously attractive? Do you have one? Do you go old skool or new skool with your song choice(s)? (for the record, the song that I heard on my I-Pod that prompted this topic was Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover by Sophie B. Hawkins; that’s my JAM!)

2) The novels of Lee Childs – Jack Re…

KLB Virtual Journey - REVIEW - Decadent Dreams by Ty Langston

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Beth Mason seemingly has it all. A successful bakery/cafe calledDecadent Dreams, good friends, and a nice home in Stamford, New York. After her boyfriend dumps her for not spending enough time with him, Beth decides she's been through enough and she wants more in a relationship.Throwing herself back into the dating scene, Beth decides to go onto an online dating website called 'A Foreign Affair.' Enjoying the different types of men from all over the world that ‘A Foreign Affair’ catered to, Beth became struck by a handsome man from Belarus named Yuri who was the former manager of the famed Rhapsody night club. After realizing that they had a lot in common, the two struck up a close, intense relationship. Yuri, who’s been depressed since his nightclub burned to the ground and watching his best friend’s parents both die from a terminal illness, decided to take Beth up on an invite and join her for a fun-filled weekend in New York City. With both of them full of emotions, wil…

One More AAD Philly Post

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A week ago today, I returned home from my first ever con, the Authors After Dark Conference in Philadelphia, PA, also known as AADPhilly.It’s been a week and I’m STILL on a high from the fun I had! I wanted to go through all of my swag and have a giveaway ready before I did this post but that hasn’t worked out, so we’ll consider this my part one post.Once I have everything together for my giveaway, I’ll do a part two. Deal?Cool! Months ago when registration first opened for AAD, I had no knowledge of the conference and, therefore, no interest in going.I saw that several of my tweeps were discussing it on Twitter but I wasn’t paying much attention.There was a frenzy amongst my tweeps when registration opened and I got caught up in it when my friend Adrienne of DrensBSpot urged me to register, informing me that it would be a great opportunity to meet so many of my buddies on Twitter .I decided to register, for that very reason.From that point, my main motivation for going to AAD was the …

WINNER of Dead, Undead and Somewhere in Between by JA Saare

We have a winner!!  Random.org picked commenter number 5 so CONGRATULATIONS to

Les121 !!!!!!!
Your PDF copy of the book will be coming directly from KLB Virtual Events. 

Thanks to all who entered!  I appreciate your comments!!  :-)   And thanks again to KLB for allowing me to be a part of their Virtual Tours!

KLB Virtual Journey - REVIEW & GIVEAWAY - Dead, Undead or Somewhere in Between by JA Saare

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I am, once again, THRILLED to be participating in another KLB Virtual Event!  Thanks to the ladies of KLB for allowing me to be a part of this Virtual Journey! 

One bad corpse can ruin your whole day. No one knows that better than Rhiannon Murphy. She’s left behind the flash and sass of Miami for the no-nonsense groove of New York City, eager for a clean slate and a fresh start. A bartender by trade, a loud mouth by choice, and a necromancer by chance; she’s managed to keep her nifty talent hidden from those around her – until now.

The deliciously good-looking vampire Disco knows her secret, and when he strolls into her bar to solicit help investigating the mysterious disappearances of his kind from the city, she discovers he’s not the kind of person that appreciates the significance of the word no.

But in a world where vampires peddle their blood as the latest and greatest drug of choice, it’s only a matter of time before the next big thi…

KLB Virtual Journey 10 Days 10 Blogs: Alien in the Family by Gini Koch

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I had so much fun doing the KLB Virtual Journey for Eternal Rider that I talked my best friend into joining the newest journey!  I present a guest review of Alien in the Family by Gini Koch by Chena (aka Beans628 on Twitter) for the KLB Virtual Journey,
Alien in the Family Series: Katherine "Kitty" Katt Genre: Sci-Fi, Romance Author: Gini Koch
Format: Paperback, 457 pages Published: April 5th 2011 by DAW
Summary from BarnesandNoble.com
Super-Being Exterminator Kitty Katt and the Alpha Centaurian she loves, Jeff Martini, should be finalizing their wedding plans. But that was before she discovers Jeff is in line to become Emperor back on his home world. Kitty knows she is everything a royal family wouldn't approve of, and is bracing herself for the worst. As it turns out, the royal family is just the beginning. Especially when extraterrestrial Amazonian terrorists are determined to start and end Kitty and Jeff's nuptial festivities with a bang.
I saw Gini Koch’s name and raves…

WINNER - KLB Eternal Rider Virtual Journey Giveaway

And the winner, chosen via the random number generator on Random.org, is..........

KAHEA!!!
The winner has been contacted via email.   Thank you to all for your wonderful comments and welcome to all of my new followers!  Thanks most of all to Larissa Ione for stopping by (I haven't stopped squeeing over it yet!) and to the ladies of KLB Virtual Events for including me in this book tour.  Happy Reading, all and congrats to Kahea!

KLB Virtual Events Blog Tour - Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione - Day 8 - Review + Giveaway

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Title – Eternal Rider Author – Larissa Ione Series – Lords of Deliverance Book 1 (related to the Demonica series) Pages – 412 (includes a 10 page excerpt of Immortal Rider, the next book in the series) They are here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
His name is Ares, and the fate of mankind rests on his powerful shoulders. If he falls to the forces of evil, the world falls too. As one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, he is far stronger than any mortal, but even he cannot fight his destiny forever. Not when his own brother plots against him.
Yet there is one last hope. Gifted in a way other humans can't-or won't-understand, Cara Thornhart is the key to both this Horseman's safety and his doom. But involving Cara will prove treacherous, even beyond the maddening, dangerous desire that seizes them the moment they meet. For staving off eternal darkness could have a staggering cost: Cara's life.

Hello and welcome to Day 8 of the KLB Virtual Events Blog Tou…

REVIEW - Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward *Contains Spoilers*

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Title – Lover Unleashed Author – J.R. Ward Series – Black Dagger Brotherhood - Book 9 Pages – 489 Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, warrior cloth as her brother:  A fighter by nature, and a maverick when it comes to the traditional role of Chosen females, there is no place for her on the Far Side… and no role for her on the front lines of the war, either. 
When she suffers a paralyzing injury, human surgeon Dr. Manuel Manello is called in to treat her as only he can- and he soon gets sucked into her dangerous, secret world.  Although he never before believed in things that go bump in the night- like vampires- he finds himself more than willing to be seduced by the powerful female who marks both his body and his soul.
As the two find so much more than an erotic connection, the human and vampire worlds collide … just as a centuries old score catches up with Payne and puts both her love and her life in deadly jeopardy.

Before I start, I have a couple of confessions to …

THE TRIUMPHANT ONE IS......

(yeah...for SOME reason this week, I'm not inclined to use "winner".  Hmph)  Sorry about the late post; the "Lost Glasses Caper of 2011"  had me a little discombobulated yesterday! Anyway....thanks to Random.org, the Triumphant One is commenter number TWO:

QUEEN CITY E
Congrats, Erica!  I'll contact you about your gift card shortly!

Thanks, as always, to all who stopped by, read and commented on Twitter, FB and on here.  Much appreciated!

Pimpin my February Obsessions

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It is that time again; time to discuss my obsessions for the month.February was a good month, tv-wise, for me because a couple of my favorite shows returned. Archer- The very adult cartoon that comes on Fx on Thursday nights is one of my favorite things EVER!It makes me laugh hysterically which is something we all need sometimes, ya know?If you haven’t watched, I highly recommend it.Just know that it is definitely not for children, even though it is a cartoon.Also, there are a lot of in-jokes so you might want to start with Season 1, in order to get it all.But truly, even if you just watch one episode, you’ll be laughing.And your mouth might be hanging open in shock at some point, too.I swear, the show is SO inappropriate!I LOVE IT!

Justified – You will see a theme on this blog with television shows on the Fx channel.Apparently, Fx is my favorite channel and a bunch of the shows I’m obsessed with air there.Justified joins Sons of Anarchy and Archer as “can’t miss” tv for me.The writing …

Guest Post by Erica (Queen City E) - TAKE YOUR SHIRT OFF!

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Today, I present Penny Pimpin's first guest post by my sister, Erica (QueenCityE).  She is pimping a concept that is so perfect for this blog because it includes some of our favorite books and tv shows.  Oh...and a whoooole lot of shirtlessness!  Enjoy!   

Pimpin a concept: Take Your Shirt Off!
I was talking to a male friend the other day, who was also a fan of the Legend of the Seeker series (based on the Sword of Truth fantasy series by Terry Goodkind). We discussed how much we enjoyed the Seeker concept and the actors and actresses chosen for the series. From the male perspective, it seems there were no bad choices as far as the females featured on the show (though many of them were annoying, he found most of them easy on the eyes.) For me, one of the selling points was how often The Seeker (Craig Horner) was filmed without a shirt on.

I mentioned this, and he seemed to be surprised I'd be interested in such a small guy. I had to school him on one of my philosophies...and a …