Thursday, March 26, 2015

BIG NEWS and WINNERS!!!


Hello, my little gingersnaps... I've got BIG NEWS to share with you!  You may be familiar with Jamie Grumet, one of my best friends, who two years ago was on the cover of Time Magazine.




At the time, she and I were co-authoring a blog called, "Mommy Hates Chemicals (But Ginger Doesn't)" where we reviewed Natural Products in a Hannity/Colmes type format. I'm the one who doesn't mind chemicals. I eat chemicals for breakfast! Okay not really. Maybe.

Anywho... as Jamie was interviewed by numerous morning shows, talk shows, magazines, etc., our little co-blog went on the back burner, (which was perfect for me at the time due to personal issues) yet Jamie's blog "I Am Not The Babysitter" took off as Jamie used her publicity to discuss topics that she cares about. (breastfeeding, attachment parenting, clean water for developing countries, etc.)  She also took several trips to Ethiopia and South Africa, bringing water filters to provide clean water for villages that previously did not have access to it.  And in case you're wondering, her younger son pictured above (who was 3 years old at the time) weaned himself two months after the Time Magazine Cover went live.  So after all of this, her website has grown to where it now gets millions of hits/day.

Why am I talking about Jamie?  WELL... Jamie has just added me to her website staff as an Entertainment Writer! She also added a hilarious daddy blogger, a science expert and another mommy blogger to her staff.  Together the 5 of us are now transforming this site to gain more mainstream readers.  So what am I doing over there?  Well, as the only non-crunchy/granola member of staff, it will be MY job to review the Natural Products. I'm also the only staff member that reads obsessively, solely for entertainment purposes, so I'll be able to promote authors and do giveaways over there as well as representing the site at book signings. Every post I write will be topped with this banner:





In fact, I just published my first post there, writing about the Authors Under The Lights book signing event and all the male cover models I measured this past Saturday in Los Angeles. Even my male readers will find this a fun read, and if anything, you'll get to find out why a number of people are now calling me, "Purple Tits".

CLICK HERE to read all about my shenanigans as I measured cover models' random body parts. If you don't read, that's okay. I've included pictures too.


HOWEVER... to all of you who started reading this blog because you enjoyed my daily entertainment posts, I've got big news for you... 


While I won't be able to return to the daily schedule of entertainment blogging like I used to, I WILL be doing a Weekly Entertainment Review every SATURDAY, in the same format I used to do here, starting THIS SATURDAY.  That's right... I'll have your entertainment news, your weird news, your WTF pictures and a Fact of the week, but I'll be doing it at I Am Not The Babysitter.

Now I'm counting on you all to head over there on Saturdays. PLEASE leave me a comment on the actual blog post, as I am new to the current readers of the blog. Not everyone "gets" my brand of weirdness, case in point: I once posted the link to one of my daily entertainment posts in a new group and someone commented, "I don't understand what Dora the Explorer has to do with Patrick Swayze." (they were two separate segments on my post)  So those of you who DO get my brand of weirdness, please help a gal out and leave a comment this Saturday when my first Entertainment Post goes live.



And now, the GIVEAWAY RESULTS!


NOW...  there's this teeny tiny thing I had here in the form of a giveaway and I never announced winners.  This giveaway was posted Tuesday, March 10th and I was SUPPOSED to announce the winners the following Monday. *hangs head in shame*  Much of the delay had to do with preparing for the Book Signing, Beta Reading for an author, and joining the Staff on Jamie's Website.  I know, excuses... excuses... Now I'm normally a woman of my word and I've NEVER left readers hanging like this before.  So this is what's going to happen... there were supposed to be three winners of this giveaway.  The winner of the signed set of paperbacks and two additional winners would win an e-copy of the first book, Tattooed Dots.  But here's what's going to happen instead... I will let random.org decide who gets the signed paperbacks and then EVERYONE who entered this review will get a copy of the e-book of Tattooed Dots.  How does that sound? EVERYONE is a winner!!!






The winner of the signed paperbacks Tattooed Dots and The One by Amazon best-selling author Kimberly Knight is...



ANGIE TUCKER!!!


Congratulations Angie! Please email me (email button located on the sidebar) and give me your mailing list so I can send these off to you!




Now for the rest of you who entered, EVERYONE gets an e-copy version of Tattooed Dots from me! Please email me and tell me what kind of e-reader you have (whether you need the e-book from Amazon or Barnes and Noble, etc.) and I'll get that off to you.  






Thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaway and don't forget to read MY POST about the book signing this past Saturday in Los Angeles, and head over to I Am Not The Babysitter for my Weekly Entertainment Recap post this Saturday! (and every Saturday after that)



Also, please "like" the new I Am Not The Babysitter Facebook page, where myself and the other staff will post a variety of articles, pictures, etc throughout the day.


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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Book Review And Giveaway: Tattooed Dots and The One by Kimberly Knight


During the Sacramento Author Signing, I had the privilege of meeting Author Kimberly Knight and getting two of my favorite books she wrote signed, to give away to my readers!





Before I continue, Kimberly Knight's latest book, Angels & Whiskey was JUST RELEASED!! If you like Alpha, former Military Special Forces men, this book is right up your alley! Gabe is definitely Book Boyfriend material!! It's only $3.99 for Kindle version, so snatch this bad boy up now! 






BUT... those aren't the books I'm giving away.  Nope, I'm talking about her book Tattooed Dots and the Companion/Sequel The One.  I have both of these in paperback, signed by the author, that I'm giving away as a set.  Plus, I will also give away two e-copies of Tattooed Dots to lucky winners.




So what are these about?


Tattooed Dots

*This romance novel contains explicit content and is not advised for readers under 18* 

Easton Crawford put his modeling career and good looks before his marriage until it was over. Years later, he is finally learning how to be the father his daughter needed him to be. He’s not looking for a new mom for his daughter—just nightly casual hook-ups. When his best friend, Avery, convinces him that a good way to meet a lot of single women is to go on a singles cruise, Easton finds more than just a hook-up when he meets a fellow cruiser, Brooke. 

Brooke Bradley has taken care of her younger sister, Bailee, for most of their lives. While their mother was enjoying not being a mother, Brooke became the adult in the household at thirteen. She had always taken care of the people in her life, especially her boyfriend, Jared. If it wasn’t for Brooke, Jared wouldn’t know how to function throughout the day. 

When Brooke’s best friend, Nicole, gives her a gift of going on a cruise without telling her that it’s a singles cruise, will Brooke find someone willing to be her constant and finally leave Jared? 

Brooke and Easton learn that people are brought into their lives for many reasons. Over time, they find out what those reasons are. Some are to be a temporary acquaintance while others are there for life.



This book starts with Easton and his friend Avery attending a singles cruise, both with different agendas.  On the cruise, Easton meets Brooke, who is not currently single but is considering whether she should be.  I absolutely LOVED this book.  I mean, LOVED THIS BOOK.  This is one of those books that sticks with you and leaves you wanting more.  So much depth and love and you will absolutely fall in love with the characters.

This book also brings awareness to a condition called Desmoid Tumors which there currently is no cure for.  The author herself has had two of these tumors in two years' time and is still recovering from her most recent surgery.  Knowing this information ahead of time made reading this book even more touching for me.  (No worries, there is a HEA)

The One

*This romance novel contains explicit content and is not advised for readers under 18* 

*Can be read as it's own book, but recommend you read Tattooed Dots first.* 

Avery Scott is a hopeless romantic, the complete opposite of his best friend, Easton. For most of his life, he’s been searching for that someone special to spend the rest of his life with. The problem is, he’s had nothing but bad first dates with crazy women he’s met online or at his bar, Halo. When he hears about a singles cruise, his plan is to meet a lot of single women, to test the waters, but when a blonde consumes his every thought, he throws that plan overboard. 

Nicole Chambers has had her fair share of heartbreaks. She’s tired of being single or dating guys with girlfriends. She wants to find The One. So she convinces her best friend, Brooke, to go on a singles cruise with her. What she doesn’t expect is to fall head over heels with the first guy she meets. 

But what happens once the cruise ends? 

Life isn’t always fairytales and rainbows… 

And meeting The One doesn’t always mean finding your happily ever after. Because life can give you a precious gift and then dangle it in front of your eyes and you’re left questioning where to go with your future—or if you even have one.



This book takes place at the same time as the other book, but highlights the story of Easton and Brooke's friends' Avery and Nicole.  This is their story, and what a beautiful story it is.

So who wants to win some free books?  I will have 3 lucky winners to this giveaway.  As mentioned previously, I'll be giving away two e-copies of Tattooed Dots and one lucky winner will win the autographed paperback set of Tattooed Dots and The One.


So how do you enter?  Simple! Just leave a comment below to be entered.  However I'm giving you a chance to earn multiple entries.  You get one entry simply by leaving a comment. You can earn up to 4 entries per person by doing each of the following: Leave a comment, Share this post on Facebook or Twitter, "Like" our Spank and Ginger FB page, and follow me on Twitter. (@Gsnaps)

So leave a comment below and tell me how many entries you have and what you did to earn them. (And yes, I'll be checking!)  Good Luck!!!  The winners will be announced Monday!  (Sorry, this giveaway is for the Continental U.S. only)


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Friday, February 20, 2015

Love and Fifty 2015 Author Signing Event


Exactly one week ago, this past Valentine's Day weekend, I attended the Love and Fifty 2015 Author Event and Fifty Shades Movie Screening. It was a blast! My only regret was not getting to meet ALL the authors, but I did make sure to meet every author whose books I had ALREADY read and LOVED, so I could get a signed copy of each book for giveaways! (you're welcome)

So who did I meet, and what books did I get signed for giveaways on this here blog??? (wouldn't you like to know.) Actually that's kind of the point of you reading this. No worries, Imma bought to tell you.

I will write my book reviews for each book when I do the giveaways.

Who should we start with first? How about Lauren Stewart?  Yes, yes, let's start with her.



Lauren's newest release is called Darker Water




Lauren Stewart was awesome and let me fangirl all over her. She handed me swag, an awesome iPhone/Kindle holder (sorry I'm keeping that) as well as several temporary tattoos. (keeping those too)  If you ever get invited to FB Book Release Party that Lauren is attending, don't miss it, because she is so much fun!

I have one signed paperback of Darker Water that I will be giving away, as well as an e-copy of Darker Water and an e-copy of Lauren's Hyde Trilogy. (Think modern day Jekyll/Hyde Shifter Romance... loved this series too!)  Aren't those covers beautiful?!



Next, let's talk about Penny Reid, author of the Knitting in the City Series and co-author of Hooker and the Hermit (with L.H. Cosway) I had a blast getting to know Penny. (not sure whether she can say the same or if she's filing a restraining order against me.  Only time will tell)  Thank you for taking crazy selfies with me, Penny!




I will be reviewing Hooker and the Hermit with Spank over at The Spank and Ginger Show. We will give away a signed copy of the paperback, as well as two e-copies. (I'll announce the giveaway on here as well)

In the book Hooker and the Hermit, many different kinds of methods for taking ninja pics are mentioned.  I'm employing one of those methods at Penny's table while Penny attempts to dodge out of the way. I got the shot!


Let's move on to author H.J. Bellus, author of the My Way series, which so far features Cree, Tripp and Miles.



Here we are at 1am, after the screening of Fifty Shades of Grey. I sat behind her but did my best to not kick her seat at the scary parts.


I went a little CRAZY at her table, and for a reward, she gave me my own copy of Cree, signed to ME.  Really, H.J. Bellus, you shouldn't reward the crazy. It will only get worse. (but THANK YOU!!)  I will give away the set of signed paperbacks as well as two e-copies of Cree.




Now let's talk about author Ginger Scott.  Her real name is Ginger, but she's not a ginger. I'm a ginger, that goes by Ginger, but my real name is not Ginger. And yes we've had this conversation a couple of times. In fact when she realized who I was, she jumped up and hugged me. *SQUEE*





She also said I was the best selfie taker ever. It's true... here's the proof. 



Interestingly she is not the only one who told me that this past weekend. I was even asked to give demonstrations and assist others in getting the right angle.  It's all about the technique, everyone. *rubs nails on shoulder* I wonder if I can get that title on a plaque. Or maybe a button I can wear everywhere. "Best Selfie Taker Ever".  

Oh riiiiiight... we are talking about Ginger Scott, NOT me! Ginger Scott is the author of several books, but the ones I read and fell in love with... I mean FELL IN LOVE WITH are her books, This is Falling and You and Everything After.  I LOVE THE PREETER BROTHERS!!!




I will be giving away this set of signed paperbacks as well as two e-copies of This is Falling.



Next we move on to Kimberly Knight. Why did I not get a picture with Kimberly Knight??  I DON'T KNOW!!! *sobs*

**UPDATE: I do indeed have a picture with Kimberly Knight, and she was so kind to comment on it and remind me we DID take a pic together. I can't even blame my lack of memory on alcohol, due to the copious amounts of iced water and lack of alcohol at the event. *smacks forehead*

Here I am with Kimberly Knight!!!



She is soooooo nice and she's recovering from surgery. Despite having some rough recovery days still, she attended and signed books. I can't wait to post the review and giveaway of her book Tattooed Dots and The One! I love them so much!!  I will give away both of these signed paperbacks as well as an e-copy of Tattooed Dots.





Now onto author Anie Michaels. I didn't get a picture with her either! I think by the time I found her, my friends were bugging me to get ready for the movie screening and I was running out of time. But I loved her series, Never Close Enough, Never Far Away, and Never Giving Up and wasn't about to leave without getting them signed!  Also, I got a signed copy of Private Affairs.  I will be giving away The Never Series signed Paperbacks, along with an e-copy of Never Close Enough. I will also giveaway the signed paperback Private Affairs and an e-copy of that as well.





The last author I got signed paperbacks from was author K.C. Lynn. She was so delightful as were the women on either side of her who were VERY excited to find out which guy was my favorite out of her Men of Honor Series.  I told them which one and why he was my favorite. (I'm not saying here, you guys need to read them all!)  I also got a signed paperback of her new release Beautifully Insightful, and I got to meet the beautiful Cover Model for that book.

For the Men of Honor Series, I will giveaway the set of signed paperbacks, as well as an e-copy of the first book, Fighting Temptation.  I will also giveaway a signed paperback of Beautifully Insightful as well as an e-copy.




That's it for the books I got signed. I got to meet several other authors and took pictures and made notes of the books I have since purchased on my Kindle and plan to read. Why did I buy all these books and have them signed? Why am I giving away e-copies as well? It's easy. I love to read and I love giving books away. Several years ago my husband lost his job and money was tight. A friend sent me a trilogy I had been dying to read and I will always be thankful to her. (Thank you Sophie!) So I pay it forward whenever I can, especially when I enjoy the books I read.

But let's get back to the signing... I'm not finished with it.  I attended it with friends, and as you might know, friends can get silly even when alcohol isn't involved. (there was only ice water served during the hors d'oeuvres hour.) So when my friends triple dog dare me to do something, I will do it. I found this hilarious "Maybe You Touched Your Genitals" hand sanitizer gel at a novelty shop earlier in the day and my friends dared me to hand it to a BDSM author. Which. I. Did.
He got a good laugh out of it too, so all was well and my friends learned that if they want to be seen with me after, maybe they shouldn't dare me to do crazy things.



I also visited Author Audrey Harte's table, where she brought her Cover Model Tyler White for her upcoming release, Say Anything.



This looks good and I will definitely read it when it comes out.  But back to that Cover Model! I asked him if he takes pictures with readers, and he jumped up and walked toward me. Then I pulled a measuring tape out of my purse and his eyes got big. I started laughing and told him not to worry, it's not what he thinks because I'm not one of those horny housewives.  Then I clarified that okay, I AM a horny housewife, but I'm well taken care of (Thank you Mr. G) and therefore he didn't have to worry about me attempting to touch him inappropriately.  I just wanted to measure his appendage. Yeah, you read that right, and I did....




Tyler was an incredibly good sport about it and hugged me after. He gives good hugs! Thank you Tyler!!! Tyler's information is:

https://www.facebook.com/tylerdashwhite
http://www.twitter.com/tylerdashwhite
http://www.instagram.com/tylerdashwhite


Wait... what about the movie?!  I DID say earlier that we readers and the authors went to a screening of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie.  You wanna see the review I co-wrote with Spank, the platonic love of my life? I guarantee it will be the most entertaining review of Fifty Shades you will read at the exact moment you are reading it.  For that, you need to hop over to The Spank and Ginger Show for the Movie Review of Fifty Shades of Dakota's Nipples. If you enjoy our review... sharing is caring!

Don't forget to keep checking back as I review each of these books and do my giveaways, or subscribe by email (top sidebar) so you don't have to keep checking back.


It was truly a pleasure attending this event and I want to thank all the authors for being there and getting to know the readers.  I want to especially thank them for being so cool when I got a little crazy. I tend to do that sometimes.

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