Saturday, January 17, 2015

What's in a Year? Love and Fifty and Penny Reid

It's been an entire freaking year since I've posted in this blog! So much has happened in my personal life that my blogging had to take a back seat.

HOWEVER.... there are some exciting things that have happened.  Spank and I decided to reunite in blogland and resurrect The Spank and Ginger Show, which is how this blog started.  Remember that? This reincarnation is a bit different than before. Now we do book reviews, giveaways and just do what we do best... have ridiculous conversations.

Since we are both very busy in our personal lives, we agreed we'd only blog when we felt like it; Review the books we wanted to review, give away the books we wanted to give away and have the discussions we wanted to have, WHEN we wanted to have them.  No more Monday-Friday posting for us! We are older and wiser now.  Or at least older.

So go on over to The Spank and Ginger Show and check us out! Sign up to get our posts in your email box so you don't miss our randomly-timed postings. (also, don't forget to "like" our FB page, as we do post on there almost daily. Link provided HERE.

So what's going on with me?  Well, I recently attended Indie Authors Appreciation Week, hosted by the amazing Carmilla Voiez.  I was able to meet and talk to a number of authors, make new friends, and participate in online games and giveaways.  I even won a few free books! I can't wait to start reading my new books as soon as I get back from this....

Next month I'm going to Sacramento to attend the "Love and Fifty" Book Signing Event.  What's that?  Well, a bunch of authors (see above picture) are getting together, along with some of their their hunky cover models.  There will be hors' douvres and cocktails and perhaps mayhem. The authors will be chillin' with their readers, giving out swag, signing books, and at the end, we (authors and readers) will all go see the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, since it will be opening night.

Spank and I will review that movie after I get back. She read the book and can't wait to see the movie. I DIDN'T read the book and am not so excited about the movie.  Therefore it should be an awesome review between the two of us!  I actually bought myself one of these, and when you push it, it's a man's voice saying, "No".  I think I'll bring it to the movie and press the button whenever things get a little freaky with Christian Grey. I'm sure all the other movie goers will appreciate it.

What is REALLY calling me to this book signing?  Why, my favorite author, Penny Reid!  I've read books from several of those authors on the list, books that I've 5 starred, but only one author can get me to drive 6 hours to an event... the one, the only PENNY REID.  (Supreme Ruler Of The Universe)

So far, she's got these books out, and if you haven't read them, you need to read them right now. Yes, right now.

Series Order:Neanderthal Seeks Human: A Smart Romance (Knitting in the City) (Volume 1) 
Neanderthal Marries Human: A Smarter Romance (Knitting in the City #1.5) 
Friends Without Benefits: An Unrequited Romance (Knitting in the City) (Volume 2) 
Love Hacked: A Reluctant Romance (Knitting in the City) (Volume 3) 
Beauty and the Mustache: A Philosophical Romance (Knitting in the City Book 4) 


Also... you need to
Follow Penny's Newsletter:
(I'm subscribed to many author's newsletters, but Penny's newsletter blows all the others out of the water! Like a shark!)

And... The Hooker and the Hermit (a collaboration between Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway) will be released Feb. 5 and I cannot WAIT to read it!

CLICK HERE to pre-order it! 

You want to know the best part about this upcoming signing? Penny is expecting me, and there are plans for taking self-deprecating selfies with us and some other peeps.  This has epic written all over it. I will be rooming with a girl I've never met before, but she seems very nice. We've been chatting online a bunch since we decided to share a hotel room. Just in case she has any homicidal tendencies, her name is Cyndi.  That is, if I'm killed in my sleep, tell whoever needs to be told that Cyndi did it. I mean, Cyndi is super nice and a great online friend, and I can't wait to meet her in person and give her a big hug!  Plus, I took a self-defense course once and am pretty sure I can take her.

You better believe I'm going to blog about this event, right here, when I get back.  This is too big to keep to myself. There will be pictures, there will be dialog, and there will be inside information spilled. So don't forget to check back after Valentine's Day weekend + a few days to recover, for the "Love and Fifty" post. Provided Cyndi doesn't kill me in my sleep.


Saturday, January 25, 2014

New Facebook Page, now with Spank too!!

Hey, my little Gingersnaps! Spank and I have decided to consolidate our FB pages into ONE PAGE THAT WILL RULE THEM ALL that will promote both this blog and Spank's "Spank You Silly" blog. Not only that, but we will post funny videos, links and pictures throughout the day as well as doing Special Edition: Spank and Ginger Show blog posts! But wait, there's more!!!  We will also be doing more book giveaways, which we will promote on our page. Don't miss out on the fun!  Don't forget to share with your friends and "Like" our page!


Monday, October 28, 2013

"The Wikomsette" Giveaway Winners!!!

Wow, we only had 5 entries for this contest (probably since I went on hiatus for so long and lost my readers *sob*) but lucky for you 5 people, the chances of winning was really good!  Ready for the two winners of the giveaway?  Who will win a digital copy of "The Wikomsette" by Emerald Lavere???

The first winner is...

The second winner is...

Yay!!! Congrats to the winners!! This book is available in digital copy only, so to claim your prize, please email me at and let me know what format you want it in (Amazon, B&N, or


Friday, October 18, 2013

Book Review and Giveaway! (The Wikomsette)

Howdy Peeps! It's the very last day of the Wikomsette Blog Tour!  What is the "Wikomsette" you ask?  Well it's a book a long time friend of mine wrote and the story was so intriguing and original that not only did I ask her if I could write a review and promote it, I also decided I would give away a digital copy of it to two lucky winners who leave a comment here.

Let me first tell you about my friend, Emerald Lavere...

(look at those gorgeous legs she has from dancing! She earned those baby!)

Emerald Lavere is a forty-something wife, mother, dancer, singer, writer, lover of comic book heroes and heroines, good dark chocolates (especially with liquor in them), and many different flavors of art, books, and men!

A fan of just about every genre, she aims to write stories that contain something her readers will find sweet, and something surprising as well. If hot, explicit, sexual encounters happen to be included in those stories, well, it's really not her fault. She is only recording the facts of what happens in the alternate universes, that the voices in her head tell her about. Often the voices won't shut up until their stories have been told, so really, what else can she do?

Living in Southern California with her family and a fluffy dog she met at the local shelter, Ms. Lavere enjoys time with her family, reading, and walks. A former professional performer, she now dances for fun whenever possible, and sings often, and loudly, in her car. When she has alone time and is not working on her writing, she enjoys watching old Smallville episodes, because hot damn, there are some fine ass men on that show.

(she's also a pretty awesome friend)

Now, about her book, "The Wikomsette"...

Here is the official description:

Title: The Wikomsette
Author: Emerald Lavere
Genre: Erotic Sci-Fi
Available at:  Amazon | B&N | ARe
Add to:  Goodreads

Regina lost her husband four years ago. Now she lives a solitary life—by choice. But her preferences are tossed aside when an unseen force drops her into a remote jungle. There, a mysterious band of handsome, athletic men are waiting to show her that the woman who takes on their tribe has no chance to remain lonely...or unsatisfied. Enlisted as the group's "Wikomsette" or "Wife", her emotional and physical desires are at first resurrected, then fulfilled. 

Eight men, but only one will truly claim her heart. Niku, the leader, is the first to re-awaken desire in Regina. Brannon, second in command is the most stunningly beautiful man she has ever seen, but his sweet talking may only lead to another heartbreak. Most of the other men could win her over as well, with some exceptions, such as Ax, who infuriates her mind as strongly as he  melts her body.

Maneuvering her way through the tribe emotionally, is not Regina's only concern. Kept in the dark about who they are and what their mission is,  leaves her to consider several theories. Could they be covert military men? Aliens? Part of a secret cult? Eventually she will learn not  only the shocking truth of who they are, but that she may play  a much bigger role in the mission than any of them could have  guessed, changing forever the course of her life, and of all life on Earth.

Now for my review:  Okay, when I first started reading this book and learned of the premise, I wasn't sure I was going to like this book (despite the author being my friend). Hey, I give honest reviews here, friends or not!  BUT (and that's a BIG but) I found myself quickly sucked into the story and found myself in Regina's place, not only rooting for her but also rooting for so many of the other characters.  And while I thought this story wasn't going to be up my alley, I ended up loving it.  It turned me upside down and made me rethink the situation, which I found I ended up loving and could even put myself in Regina's place and understand the culture which I thought I couldn't get past.  And boy do I love when authors introduce a story that is so original and thought provoking.  Once I started reading it, I literally could not put it down.  I kept reading through the night into the wee hours of the morning until I finished it.  So heck yeah, I'm proud of my friend's book (even if she never told me she was writing it until after, silly girl!)

Wikomsette excerpt:

"After several failed attempts to get more information out of Sebastian, he told me we’d done enough work for now, and escorted me back to my apartment. I wasn’t positive but had a strong inkling that I’d just been put in a time-out for being nosy.

Considering ways that I might coax more information out of this bunch, and who I should target for that, I was shortly jolted back to my primary duty when an unexpected man entered my room.

“Brannon,” I said, surprised. “I thought Rayne—”

“No.” With a dreamy look in his eyes and two quick steps to cross the room, he put his hands on my face. “Rayne will not come, and Captain Niku has passed over his turn with you.” He wrapped his arms around me, kissing my face, hair, neck, drowning me in that incredible scent… This wasn’t good. I needed time to mentally prepare for Brannon, to keep myself from being swept away. Niku, that’s who I’d think about. What was his deal? He stood me up? What the hell? Was he too good for me now?

It was difficult to shut Brannon out of my mind and heart while that warm voice washed over me. As before, he talked through our encounter, except in English this time. He poured his heart out, knowing I could now understand. “Regina, Regina,” he repeated while pulling his clothes off. I removed mine in a daze. “It has been agony, waiting for you. Waiting for you to arrive, and now, now that you are here and you are so much more than I ever dreamed of. It is unbearable to wait these many days.”

No no no! I panicked inside as tears threatened to appear. He wasn’t allowed to do this to me. How could he feel so strongly about me, anyway? They were just words. Maybe pretending he was so into me helped him get off. That must be it. He was a romantic, and it was all part of the fantasy. I took a deep breath, relieved. Yes, that was it. He didn’t really mean what he said. I had to be smart and not let him toy with my emotions just because he enjoyed pretty words.

He pushed his nakedness against mine, kissing me fervently and caressing every bit of skin he could reach. “Please,” he said, coaxing me onto the bed. While on my back, his hands glided over my body, even to my toes. Then he brought his face back to mine. “I adore you, my goddess, Regina.”

I moaned in pleasure, giving myself permission to relish his body and his scent. I just had to ignore those damn words."

So here's the fun part.  I'm giving away two digital copies of this book! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment.  You have until Sunday evening at 9pm Eastern time to enter the giveaway.  The winners will be announced on Monday.

aaaaaaand..... GO!


Monday, October 7, 2013


Introducing... Poo-Pourri.  The "before-you-go" toilet spray, to add to the myth that your sh*t smells like roses.  Or one of 20 aromatherapy scents, like Eucalyptus & Spearmint or Mandarine, Tangerine & Lily, etc.

Don't believe me? Watch the video...

You can even send away for your free sample (which is technically not free because you have to pay $3 for shipping/handling).  

Go ahead, check out the hilarious website of Poo-Pourri, which has YouTube testimonials and Amazon reviews of satisfied POOers.  


Monday, August 26, 2013

Spank and Ginger Show: Just Say No-No

Those of you who have been here from the beginning will remember that this blog started out being called "The Spank and Ginger Show".  After awhile, Spank had to take a break from blogging, so this blog carried on with Spank's support as the name, "Gingersnaps in the Morning".  But we are going to start having some "Spank and Ginger Show" specials, starting with today!  Woo Hoo!  The topic...

The No-No Hole 

This is my term for your butt hole and is self-explanatory regarding my my feeling about it. 

Spank: "No, go ahead and explain it.  Tell us how you really feel."

Ginger: "I feel like there is only one use for the no-no hole.  It's a one-way street, one direction only."

Spank: "So It's okay if it's Harry Styles?"

Ginger:" I have no idea who that is, but that doesn't change my mind about the no-no hole.  I mean, there is nothing worse than reading a good book with a steamy love scene, where all the sudden someone sticks their finger up the other person's no-no hole.  Kills the mood, and makes me want to throw my Kindle."

Spank: "What if it's not a finger?"

Ginger: *pauses to avoid gagging*  "That's even worse.  Owwww.  I call it a no-no hole for a reason.  No back door passes for me.  Nuh uh.  No way.  Not gonna happen."

Spank: "There are some men that get a free pass."

Ginger: "I'm not even gonna ask.  No seriously, if you're reading a steamy love scene and someone sticks their finger up the no-no hole, that doesn't affect you one bit?"

Spank: "Oh it affects me."

Ginger: O_o  "Okay, I was reading this one story.  During the love scene the guy stuck his finger up the girl's no-no hole and after they were done, they fell asleep.  Did the guy wash and disinfect in finger before falling asleep??? Does he know there is e.coli on his finger?"

Spank: "Did you ever think it's finger-licking good?"

Ginger: *ignores that question*  "I mean, he could give himself (or her) pink eye if he didn't disinfect his finger after!!

Spank: "PINK EYE!!!  hahahahaha.  That's what you're concerned about?!"

Ginger: "That's just one of MANY concerns about business with the no-no hole".

Spank: "Good sex is supposed to be dirty."

Ginger: "Well if someone insists on getting "dirty" with the no-no hole, the least they can do is wear Shittens.

Spank: "What the Hell are Shittens?"

Ginger: "They're disposable wipes in the shape of mittens, for keeping your hands sanitary while dealing with poo.

They even wrote a song about it."

Spank: "Now I've seen everything."

Monday, August 12, 2013

My Other Blog

Hello my lovely readers. You know I've taken an extremely long sabbatical from blogging, and I promise there are very good reasons.  One of the reasons why, I've blogged about over there (not for the faint of heart) on my personal blog Another reason is something I'm legally avised to not discuss, but I hope sometime I can.  So I'm slowly getting my blogging fingers wet again.  Wait, that sounds dirty.  I'm starting with resurrecting my personal blog, I Love Purple More Than You, starting with a fabulous new makeover, and will then get back to doing posts over here.  Whether the posts here are in the same format as before, is something I'll decide soon.  But I will tell you, that in a couple of week, we will have a very special post of

The Spank and Ginger Show!  

That's right. For those who haven't followed this from the beginning, this blog started as the Spank and Ginger Show.  It unfortunately was happening at a bad time in real life and Spank was not able to continue.  With her blessing, I continued on and renamed it Gingersnaps in the Morning.  BUT, this blog will never forget its roots, which is why we will periodically have Spank and Ginger Show Specials... the first one coming in just a few weeks.  Woo Hoo! It will be a doozy.  CANNOT WAIT!!  In the meantime, if you want to read some of what I've been writing about on my personal blog to tide you over until I start this machine back up, hop on over to:

I Love Purple More Than You