Virtual Coffee Date

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Happy Friday friends!

If we were having coffee I’d give you the latest house run down. Stick a fork in me, my current house is done. We are officially listed on the market. I’ve taken down wallpaper, painted nice neutral colors, replaced screens on my porch, landscaped, mulched, planted flowers, replaced carpet, removed all traces a human lives here and been staged and photographed to within an inch of my house’s life. The carpet yesterday was the last thing on my todo list…

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Yep, that’s right…that little pull in the otherwise perfectly fine carpet was the culprit behind yet another contractor’s invoice to me. Now, would someone please for the love of all that’s holy, buy my house. You should probably know, I function far better with a list of shit to do, this waiting around for someone to nibble is gonna drive me insane so beware…I might be stabby around these parts! The good news is, we had our final design meeting with our new builder, the lot has been cleared and we are good to go. Pour me a foundation to go with my coffee and let’s get Operation New House underway. December waits for no one, people! Have you ever built a house? What would you consider your dream house? Or your dream place to live? Is there a residence in one of the books we love that you’d like to live in? Perhaps your own little Red Room of Pain? I kid, I joke…maybe. How do you know I’m not putting one of those in my New House? At least one room has extra insulation for sound…ok, so it’s my office, the room I record the podcast in but whatever, you don’t know what else I keep in that room!

If we were having coffee I’d tell you about a little giveaway. Kindle Alexander, the author of Always, which Tania reviewed and loved all over – click here – is giving away 5 e-copies. That Kindle Alexander is a giver, no? If Kindle Alexander is new to you, now would be an excellent chance to give it a go.

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If we were having coffee I’d flip my phone around and show you this hysterical link Hope sent me from BuzzFeed. Go ahead and click, I’ll wait. And you’re welcome for your lady boner of the day! I really don’t have anything to say to that other than, mmm, mmm, delicious male objectification at it’s finest! I don’t even know who some of these guys are but hot damn, add them to the spank bank and for real, Jason Momoa’s ass can’t be real life. Thank you Hope, you made my freaking day with that and I do love that the word “lady boner” makes you think of me – my work here is done!

If we were having coffee I’d get serious for a moment. In my personal life, not my Scandal life so don’t go trying to don your Nancy Drew hat to figure out who I’m talking about, a very dear, old and special friend of mine is sick. Very sick and I worry about her constantly. The feeling of helplessness I’m experiencing because there isn’t a damn thing I can do to help her is overwhelming. I know she is getting excellent medical care, I know she is doing all of the right things, I know she is taking care of herself but still, this shit she’s dealing with is the real deal. In the coming months she will undergo a bone marrow transplant. I find it kinda’ crazy that I now know not one but two people who will have gone through the transplant process. (If you recall, my MIL got a new kidney last year – she’s feeling peachy by the way) My sweet friend has a donor match so all is good there but I still wanted to do something to help, if not her, maybe someone else. I found a site, www.bethematch.org – it’s a registry of sorts, you can go there, find a place near you, get a quick test and be added to a donor list. I’m an organ donor, I have been since I turned 16. Now I’m on this list, too. I feel very strongly about doing the right thing, helping people, being there for friends, hell even being there for strangers who are in a bind. Since I have this blog that a few people like to read, I thought I’d use it as a platform for good and give you the link. Do with it what you will.

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If we were having coffee I’d say it’s time for a little weekly update…

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On Saturday, our podcast had a special guest, JoAnn and we talked all about Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas. Holy shit, Jack…just Jack. Angela ended up winning the copy of the book and we expect a full report when you finish…tell us how much you love Jack!

Sunday’s Love It or Leave It saw a lot of traffic. The July New Release Shelf winners are Susana P., Brandy B,. and Cassie H. Respond to that email I sent you or I’ll have to pull a new winner soon!

Monday was the release of Gina Sorelle’s All of You. Nikki shared a very touching review and let you in on her perspective of Kat and Danny.

Tuesday rolled along with the introduction of a new feature, Series & Serials – Lola gave us her thoughts on Country Roads by Inez Kelley.

Wednesday gave us two for the price of one…Karen Booth’s guest post about how our little old coffee date inspired some boob lovin’ in her latest book, Forever Now  and Kat and Stone Bastion debuted the cover and details of their new series The No Wedding Series.

Thursday was a big release day for CC Wood. The second book in her NSFW series, Earning Yancy came out and Tania told us all about it.

Busy week don’t you think? Because of our summer hours, there will not be a podcast this weekend so consider this time for you to catch up. The following week’s book is really going to blow you away. Something tells me we are going to let it all hang out when this discussion gets underway.

If we were having coffee I’d ask what you have on tap this weekend. Know anyone that wants to buy my house, it has new carpet, paint and screens on the porch! I’m finishing up Dark Skye by Kresley Cole…that’s right, don’t hate people – Scandal has new IAD to read! After that I think I might dip my toe back into the latest Janet Chapman book – you know I love her Highlanders. What about you? Reading anything fun? Doing anything scandalicious? Inquiring minds want to know, so spill it!

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Release Day Blitz: Earning Yancy (NSFW #2) by CC Wood

Earning Yancy by CC Wood

Earning Yancy (NSFW #2)

Author: C.C. Wood

Release Date: July 31, 2014

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Liner Notes

A year after her divorce from her manipulative, sweet-talking ex-husband, Yancy Stevens has settled into life as a single mother to her eighteen month old little girl. She enjoys her work, loves her daughter, and has wonderful girlfriends to lean on. While her life isn’t perfect, she’s finally back in control of it.

There’s just one problem: Charles Faulkner. Her new colleague in the office is arrogant and can’t seem to remember her name. However, it’s probably for the best that he’s a jerk because he’s also the most handsome man she’s ever seen. If she didn’t detest him, she would become a bumbling idiot every time they spoke.

After a heated argument, his attitude toward her changes dramatically and sparks of a different sort begin to fly. Against her better judgment, Yancy takes the risk and gives Charles a chance. As she learns more about him, she truly wants to let go of her past, drop her defenses and try to trust him. It’s a scary proposition for a woman who’s learned the hard way, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Tania's Review

In the interest of full disclosure, I will tell you that a few of the ladies here at Scandalicious Book Reviews were involved in the editing and publishing process of Earning Yancy. I still wanted to take the opportunity to share my honest thoughts but felt you should be aware of my personal connection to this book.

Earning Yancy is the second installment in the NSFW series by C.C. Wood which centers around a group of five women who meet and became close friends while working in the same high-rise office building. Although originally dubbed a novella series, Yancy and Charles seemed to grab hold of C.C. and she wasn’t able to shake them until a story of just over 200 pages had taken root. I, for one, am more than happy with this outcome! C.C. Wood can write a hot little novella and long before I became a contributor to Scandalicious Book Reviews, on the advice of the boss lady (see, I do listen to you… occasionally), I read Friends with Benefits and Frenemies, the first two novellas in the Girl Next Door series, and really enjoyed them. Novellas can be great little reads that provide instant gratification with a quick story or can be the perfect pick-me-up you need after an emotional book hangover. But sometimes, the story needs a little more time for realistic development and explanation and C.C. completely does these characters justice with the right amount of back story, an organically developing relationship, with genuine trials and tribulations of a budding office romance for a juggling single parent.

Yancy Stevens was a completely relatable character for me. I returned to work full-time after my first child was born and part-time after my second and although I am not divorced, my husband works out of town more than he is home, and I often joked that I was a single-parent with the luxury of two incomes. Yancy struggles with balancing a career while guilt ridden over being a working parent all while riding a caffeine induced high to keep it all together. Let’s not forget the jackass ex-husband who abandoned her and sweet baby Carolena leaving Yancy emotionally and financially on her own. Yancy is a very likeable character who is devoted to her daughter, has a dedicated work ethic and even though she has supportive family and friends, she still struggles with self doubt and exhaustion. While she doesn’t begrudge her situation (read between the lines, she is not a bitter man hater) she definitely has a different version of her own happily ever after.

Enter Charles Faulkner. A new co-worker who shares the same rung on the corporate ladder with Yancy, he comes across as aloof and completely clueless whenever he interacts with her. But is he? After Yancy clears up a few misconceptions, it appears Charles has a change in attitude with an entirely new focus. Charles is the quintessential Beta man. He is charming and sweet with his All-American good looks. There is no hidden agenda. He sees, he likes, he woos. He is caring and kind with a genuine love and respect for his mother and sister. Just as content in front of a t.v. with a beer and a basketball game, he enjoys a chick flick from time to time. Don’t equate this to weakness. Charles has no problem protecting his interests or bringing his A-game to the bedroom. While Charles is perfectly rounded out with the right amount of bossy and sweet, impeccable manners and respect, what truly sets him apart is that when he finally has the chance to interact with Yancy’s daughter, he doesn’t blink an eye. Carolena is an extension of Yancy and he effortlessly returns her affection, is attentive to her needs and without question steps in to help or take care of her. That, is a special man right there! Ahhhh… Charles Faulkner. I would have liked you regardless of whether or not C.C. had compared your external gorgeousness to Captain America. But like all superhero stories, there is always a villain…

With my inside connection, you would think I could give you some insight on what was up next in the series, but I have no clue. It appears the groundwork has been set for Tanya, (did you name her after me?) the ballbusting divorce attorney who seems to have her own office drama unfolding at her law firm. But then quiet, unassuming Grier seems to be hiding something too. Hmmmm, just when you thought it was safe to return to the office…

 Reading Order

NSFW

In Love With Lucy

Earning Yancy

 

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Don’t forget to check out CC Wood’s Facebook party tonight. She will be giving stuff away, cracking jokes and possibly spilling some secrets about what she has coming up next for us! Here’s the link you’ll need to get into the party…bring a friend and make some new ones!

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

7:00pm CDT – central time

Connect with CC Wood

JGM_8352-2A native Texan, C.C. grew up either reading or playing the piano.  Years later, she’s still not grown up and doing the same things.  Since the voices in her head never shut up, C.C. decided to try and profit from their crazy stories and started writing books.

Now that she has a baby girl at home, C.C.’s non-writing time is usually spent cleaning up poopy diapers or feeding the poop machine.  Sometimes she teaches piano, cooks, or spends time bugging her hubby and two beagles.

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Cover Reveal: The No Weddings Series by Kat Bastion & Stone Bastion

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Guest Post: Author Karen Booth

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Series/Serial Review: Country Roads by Inez Kelley

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COUNTRY ROADS is a trilogy surrounding a West Virginia lumber company, Hawkins Hardwood, and the men who work there. Is there anything sexier than a man who knows his hardwood? “Strong as oak, tough as hickory and sweet as maple” What’s with the monkeys, you ask? That’s right we have a new feature for the blog! […]

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Release Day Review: All of You by Gina Sorelle

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Love It Or Leave It

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Happy Sunday! Our list this week takes a bit of a turn and focuses on a slew of YA Paranormal, courtesy of Nikki. She has on more than one occasion admitted to spending a big part of her reading time immersed in the young world of vampires, werewolves and other mythical creatures. Feel free to bug her […]

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Podcast: Scandal and the Sexy Book Nerd Herd episode 60 – Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

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Virtual Coffee Date

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Review: Ricochet by Skye Jordan

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