Throwback Thursday HR Edition: Once A Princess

This meme was once hosted at Buried Under Romance and Love Saves The World, and hasn’t been active for a while now. So I decided since I have a fierce love for historical romance, to start it up again. Anyone is welcome to join in if you like because I would love to see your pick of the week for a throwback historical romance that you loved!!

What is Throwback Thursday?
Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates nostalgia, asking participants to post a personal photo or an image from their past — usually from 5 to 10 years ago. There are a lot of book blogs that also do a book-related Throwback Thursday.

The Historical Romance Edition:
Since Tin from Love Saves The World, Mary from Buried Under Romance, are fans of historical romance, this is a way to honor our favorite genre.

Here are our rules:
1. It must be posted on a Thursday. 2. It must be a historical romance novel published before October 3, 2008

Once Upon A Time…In a rustic Mississippi tavern, a beautiful exiled princess was forced to dance for the pleasure of others unaware of her regal birthright…and infuriated by a magnificent golden-eyed devil who crossed an ocean to possess her. From A Far Off Land… A bold and brazen prince came to America to claim his promised bride. But the spirited vixen spurned his affections while inflaming his royal blood with passion’s fire…impelling virile Stefan Barany to take in sensuous and searing conquest the love Tatiana vowed never to yield.

 

Why Once A Princess?

Despite all of its issues and as its a classic bodice ripper….this book definitely won’t be for everyone but I have such a fondness for this book which was one of my first books from this author here. It gets SUPER crazy of course, but simply love it despite all of the crazy happenings. Plus features a Russian hero and they are my catnip!!

About Johanna Lindsey

Johanna Helen Howard was born on March 10, 1952 in Germany, where her father, Edwin Dennis Howard, a soldier in the U.S. Army was stationed. The family moved about a great deal when she was young. Her father always dreamed of retiring to Hawaii, and after he passed away in 1964 Johanna and her mother settled there to honor him.

In 1970, when she was still in school, she married Ralph Lindsey, becoming a young housewife. The marriage had three children; Alfred, Joseph and Garret, who already have made her a grandmother. After her husband's death, Johanna moved to Maine, New England, to stay near her family.

Johanna Lindsey wrote her first book, Captive Bride in 1977 "on a whim", and the book was a success. By 2006, with over 58 Million copies of her books have been sold worldwide, with translations appearing in 12 languages, Johanna Lindsey is one of the world's most popular authors of historical romance.

Johanna's books span the various eras of history, including books set in the Middle Ages, the American "Old West" and the popular Regency England-Scotland. She has even written a few sci-fi romances. By far the most popular among her books are the stories about the Malory-Anderson Family, a Regency England saga.

My Podcast has officially LAUNCHED!!

Welcome Everyone and I have great news for you, as of today my podcast has LAUNCHED!! This is both nerve wracking and really really exciting. I have no idea where this venture is going to be taking me but I am super excited for this and what the future holds in store.

What Is The Pod?

This podcast is “Steeped In Romance” and yes it will have a tea like theme to it. It took me a while to figure out exactly what I wanted to do for it and took a few episodes before I figured everything out. Episode 3 is where we see the final and full changes that I decided on. The first couple episodes just figuring out what I actually wanted to do.

What is the Podcast About?

Well this podcast will be an extension of this site and a little bit more. At first when I knew I wanted to do a podcast about romance I wanted to deliver something more than what the other podcasts actually deliver and that is what I will be doing. So I will of course every week be doing episodes that feature a weekly book read. Once a month or maybe even twice a month (depending on my mood) I will be re reading a old favorite that I want to feature. The reason for this is that there are many amazing romances out there that I believe are underapperciated and want a way to highlight those as well as the newer released books.

HERE are the segments that I will be doing for it:

Afternoon Tea

This segment will feature just the basics of the story and book details, the synopsis of the story and basic character sketches and the listings of character types and tropes that you will find in the story.

High Tea

In this segment this will be the spoiler section of the episode where I delve deep into the story and what actually happens in the story from beginning to end in my own words.

Cream Tea

This will be the review section and share what I thought about this story overall.

“Proper Cuppa”

This segment is where I will be sharing life lessons that I have learned from the book itself. I truly believe that there are so many elements in the books that we read that we don’t take to heart enough. I want to share what I learn and cover all sorts of issues that can help us be BETTER human beings. The topics can go from relationships, sex, social, and more!! I have no idea where this will actually take me, but I can’t wait for the journey in exploring this segment more with you.

My Inspiration For This Podcast:

There are so many people that have really helped inspire me. My first podcast that I was introduced me was “Smart Podcast Trashy Books” what Sarah Wendell has done with her podcast is truly amazing and was the original source of inspiration for me in this. Also we have the duo at Heaving Bosoms & Learning The Tropes. Many of you who follow this blog, who I have built friendships with and stood by me over the years, I truly couldn’t have been brave enough without you. I truly value your support and love over the months and years. Now I won’t be able to list all the bloggers ( as there is over 100 or so) and I don’t need that long of a post ) that have been there over the past 9 years ( and can you believe it had actually been that long since I started? ) but you know who you are…truly love you all.

And finally I have my podfamily. I truly love all of these podcasters that I have been blessed enough to be a part of. And I hope that you check out these amazing people

CEO Haize – I truly consider this man to be a brother and true friend. I love him dearly and his support, love, advice and friendship is priceless. He gave me the courage to do this and I could never thank him enough for all that he is and does. He is one of the HARDEST working people I know. He runs the B.R.E.A.K.S. Media network, co hosts Love Lust and Badass Soul and solo host of the Awakened Soul and also is a co host of BREAKS Radio. If you love hiphop or rap music that is the pod to check out. I love all music so I learn so much from them.

Dem Chakras-This girl is truly a kindred spirit and I would be lost without her. She is truly a beautiful soul and love her to pieces. She is the solo host of the podcast “DemChakras” and co host of the youtube podcast Best Friends Talking Shit.

DergoBJ–This man is a giant, the work he is doing is incredible and he really delves so deep. Check his podcast out “Change The Subject” and you will have no regrets.

Oversaturated Podcast —both Ralph and Johnnie have been such great supporters …truly value you both

Scoop Grady— this man runs Da Inside Scoop and I admire him dearly!! He is hilarious, kinda crazy but one of the most supportive people in the podcasting community.

Andrew Bello-He is a true friend and I met him through Haize. He does so much where he is part of a Network where he talks politics, wrestling, MCU, movies, music and more!! He is going to go far. Some may not approve of his political leanings, but he is one of the most intelligent people I know, reasonable, loves honest open conversations and truly kind!! So check him out at http://hackerhamin.podbean.com/—-love ya Bello even if you don’t like nuts in your brownies!!

Billy Ray Valentine-This MAN IS SMARTER than he gives himself credit for and I have had some great conversations with him and I can’t wait to meet him in person when I visit New York next year. He runs the “Infinite Fringe” podcast which I featured this past week. He is very intelligent and see the world in such a unique way. His advice and friendship is priceless and such a great supporter.

Rasslin Redneck–This man here is one of the kindest people I know, a great podcaster and very real person and a great supporter. Truly love what he does.

Queen Poiison–This lady is real and she writes poetry and such a sweetheart. I truly love her dearly and all the support and love she gives me.

VJ Burton—- this gal has such a beautiful spirit and been a great supporter both in romance blogging and podcasting. I truly adore her

The Podcast Brothers—Both Fresco and Flaw are great souls that always gives me a laugh and Flaw especially has been great in being a true support in my podcasting adventure.

Dads Talkin Shit–These two are fabulous and hopefully will be meeting them this October. I truly value these two who have stood by me even through the hate and turmoil I faced a couple months ago when I first started podcasting. You are shining rocks!!

AJ-LLBAS—-she is a real shining spirit and I have grown so close to her and plus we share those Canadian bonds. She has been one of my top supporters in this podcast and I appreciate and love her so much. She is starting her own podcast very soon as she retired from LLBAS to do her own venture and I am so proud of her. So check her out on Twitter @ThatJonesKidAJ1

Aj-What We Gone Do—This man is incredible and a real rockstar in the podcasting world. He is serious and funny and I never know if he is teasing me or not….but he keeps me on my toes so I truly value him. He has given me great advice and support.

Dan-Who is a co host to two podcast “Black Law and Legal Lies” and “A Few Screws Loose” I truly admire him and boy he knows SO much about podcasting and life and dealing with emotional and mental struggles and I truly value  his support and I call him friend.

Kierra Monet—- this gal is so badass and such a sweetheart….I truly adore her to pieces and life will be perfection when I can meet her in person.

I could list many more—-but these are the ones who have stood by me and supported me through  my podcasting ventures. I truly love you all deeply and I admire all that you have done for me and the incredible examples of shining lights of love, hope and cheer to the world you are!!

How To Listen:

 

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Will be available on all other platforms very very soon.,

If you enjoy it…..would appreciate it greatly if you could support by subscribing, rating and leaving a review on Itunes so I am easier to find. Thank you all for the lovely support….have a bright and shining day.

At A Glance: The Quickie Month of Love

What a month of love it has been right y’all??!! I swear that February is always the one month that goes by the fastest and I swear it just flew right by. I actually had a pretty solid month actually, except for being behind on reviews which only happens when I read too much. I have been loving Audible’s romance package, and with my job I can pretty much listen to audiobooks all day, and its wonderful. So if I happen to overload my site with reviews, I am sorry but you all with just have to deal hehe Because I keep reading so many goodies and I can’t stop myself from reading. Now as for the blog, I am SO Busy y’all but I am loving it. Every spare moment I am working on the Happy Ever After Database so I can be done by summertime *crossing fingers*. So if I am not commenting as much I am really really sorry because I am missing coming by to all of your sites, but I really only have time to visit 5-10 a day since all my spare time is doing reviews, posts and my database. But I do make an effort that if you stop by my place I will make sure I WILL visit you as well. Hopefully I can be done pretty soon and things will get back to normal. It would be nice if I didn’t have to sleep or work or exercise. I am still going strong with eating healthy though and working out. I will be switching from Weight Watchers, to the BBG meal plan and a bit of Skinny Taste meals. I am trying to be better at cutting out my sugar intake. I did watch some great movies this month. I did see Jumanji and Fifty Shades which were both enjoyable but I had some issues with both. Still planning on seeing Black Panther soon though, I love how diverse the characters are.

The only challenge is my Goodreads reading challenge, which I set at 1 book so that I could just relax and read and I kinda just want to see if it makes a different and boy it sure has. I just read when I am in the mood and there isn’t stress for. So for the month of February I read 27 books, not as much as January but still quite a few. My current county is 60 books so far in theyear 2018.

 

How Was Your Month Of February? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Tea and Biscuits: The Must Read Romances For The Month of Love

It is the beginning of February, so in Celebration of Valentines Day coming up, I wanted to share why romance fiction is my greatest love and in fact why I decided to devote my whole site just to my love of romance and also share those must read books you need to include in your Valentines time reading.

I will admit that I am not a huge fan of Valentines Day as a holiday. I don’t like that there is this one holiday that gives the impression that this is the one day who you can only do something special for your loved one. Or how it also pushes pressure on those that are single, that something is wrong if you aren’t having a special date with someone. For example, I currently don’t have a boyfriend, I am back to dating but I have no plans for Valentines Day except for some yummy chocolate and binge watching on some chick flicks. But I do love celebration LOVE because I LOVE it so much. But there are certain books that I alsways love to read around this time of year because they are my favorites and beyond swoony worthy. So whether you are relaxing at home with a good book or going out on the town with  your special someone or your gals….what do you love most about reading romance?

As I have thought about why I love a good romance, it takes me back to what made me fall in love with it in the first place. I think the beginning impression, was that it made me feel so happy inside and out. I love seeing someone normal and average finding a great love and connection with someone that “gets” them and seeing them find a Happily Ever After and I totally belive that a HEA is realistic. It can happen for anyone, it is all about your outlook. And growing up LDS which we believe we will be with our mates and families forever, so I guess I have always believed in a happy ever after. And I guess I have such a romantic heart ( I blame it on my dad who is such a romantic. I definitely believe that romance novels give back in so many different ways and reading a wonderful romance just lifts my spirits and makes my day a bit lighter and I love being able to immerse myself into a story that takes me to a different setting or world and sweeps me away from reality to a place so completely different and unique.

So let me show you the books that are the BEST of the best romances and the books I always do a solid re reading this month that are must reads for any romance lover and books that I can’t recommend enough.

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Outlaw Hearts by Rosanne Bittner

I have so much love for this book and really the WHOLE series. Its one of the most unique series that I have ever read. We see this couple fall in love in their twenties and see them  live and love throughout their lives until book four where they are in their 50’s and 60’s. We see the strugglies and the triumps, how much they grow together and see them raise a family together and even how they are with grandkids. These two always make me smile, because their love is so epic and deep.

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The Pirate Lord by Sabrina Jeffries

There is something I adore about this book that I have loved for so many years. I have a paperback copy that is one of my most prized possessions. I just adore these two together and not just the main couple, there is a side couple that I root for just as much. This book reminds me of what a chick flick might be with a pirate in the 1800’s. Its sexy and flirty and plain fun!! I honestly can’t recommend this wonderful love story enough.

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Rock Hard by Nalini Singh

Ever since this book came out, I have adored it and its always a must read for me especially when I am in the more “romantic” like mood. The bantering between these two is just awesome from where our lovely heroine throws a stapler at her boss (our hero) to cooking in the kitchen together and the smexy times that are sizzling and this book just makes me laugh so HARD!! I just love it so much, and is a must read for everyone!!

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Radiance by Grace Draven

This is one of the most Unique romance novels that I have ever read in my lifetime. I just love and adore this pair so much. An arranged marriage of two people that find each other distasteful when it comes to looks. But we see them start out as friends which turns into something more. We see how being attracted to each other is a growth, they find each other ugly and then once love blossoms so does them finding each other physically appealing. And the writing is superb.

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Dark Wolf by Christine Feehan

I have always had such love for this author but I will say that this book is one of my favorites. An alpha hero and a strong but emotionally damaged heroine who goes out to save the life of Dimitri who is being tortured and only Skyler and her friends are brave enough to save his life. These two are simply wonderful together and one of my most anticipated couples that this author has written. Those that have followed this series know how long we had to wait for Dmitri and Skyler’s story and was truly wonderful.

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Texas Glory by Lorraine Heath

I have adored reading this book over the years and out of all the books that this author has written, this is the most romantic and emotional for me. This author truly did a tremendous job in writing this one and I still have this in paperback after ten years. And I still love reading this one no matter the time of year or my mood.

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Devil In Winter by Lisa Kleypas

I cannot say enough about this book here and how amazing it is. So swoony and heartwarming and sexy and such endearing characters that come alive in this book. Simply fantastic and I will be reading this next week for SURE!!!

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Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan

Ever since I picked up this book I have LOVED it so much and their relationship is so sweet despite how the beginning gets set up.  A barbarian warlord and a princess have a marriage of convenience to end a war and its definitely not what it appears and I loved seeing this story unravel and I just adore re reading it and is always a delight to read.

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The Secret by Julie Garwood

This is one of the best romances EVER written!! I can’t stress enough how much love that I have for this book here. Its witty and endearing, swoony and romantic and full of history that is so well written.

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Blog Tour: Fallen For Shame by Anna Edwards

Today I am thrilled to share with you the fun stuff about this stunning shifter romance Fallen For Shame by Anna Edwards

I was thrilled when I was asked to read this book and give an honest review. I always get a kick out of shifter love and this book was unique and fun. Although I do wish I had had the opportunity to read the first two books first, just due to certain circumstances surrounding this pack and the villain that is trying to destroy their alpha and his own brother.

Our key players in this delicious tale are:

  • Teagan Holland, is our lovely heroine, who is clumsy and quirky, she is an Asiatic wild dog and has been looking for her “place” and a pack she can call home and that will accept her for who she is.
  • Tyler Quinn, is haunted by dreams of the past, a drug addiction, a bit nerdy with his love of computers but is kind and protective.

I truly enjoyed seeing this pair come together. As much as I love shifter romance, sometimes the whole alpha pairings can get a bit old at times. So I was so thrilled when this book was SO Not the case. This is more of a beta pair, two people that have quite unique personalities. They really fit so well together. Both of them are struggling emotionally on different levels. I truly adored the hero though, seeing him work through his past, an enemy that is using his weakness in the past for drugs, and his quiet yet strong character that continues to shine through. I love how much of a fighter he is. Now our heroine was so FUN!! I just loved her so much. I felt like I could relate to her so much. She is always falling on her feet, being clumsy but has a fun character. She definitely made the book so light and carefree at times.

We become introduced to the other members of this diverse pack with lions, witches and bears…oh my!!! Yep they were fun and so quirky. You can definitely tell how different they all are but quite endearing in many ways. I just wanted to grab up the previous books to get the low down on these characters that made me smile.

Now the cons to the story….there aren’t many, but enough that kept me from rating this book higher. Now don’t get me wrong, I definitely enjoyed this book, it’s a story you can relax into. First off, I wish the ARC I had been sent, was one where I could have changed the text. It wasn’t your normal font you normally see and it really kept me from really enjoying the book fully because it was so distracting. And the romance between Teagan and Tyler fell a bit flat for me. I love a strong focus on the romance of the story, and I just didn’t connect with them as much as I wanted to or was expecting to.

Now that being said, I want to say that this book is a quick and fast read, its shorter than most novels, so that could be a factor to is that at times it did have a feeling of being a bit “too rushed” however there are so many positive qualities to the story that pulls at the readers attention. I really became sucked into this world of diverse shifters, unique politics and a villain that was downright demented and I want to see him get his “end”

Overall I found Fallen For Shame a stunning and heart-stopping tale…..a story that takes you through the woods of Montana, a unique take on shape shifters and one you don’t want to miss out on!!

About Anna Edwards

Anna hails from the rural countryside near London. She previously worked as an accountant, and while she still does a bit of accountancy on occasion, the majority of her time is now spent writing and looking after her family.
An avid reader herself, Anna turned to writing to combat depression and anxiety after her diagnosis in 2015. She loves travel, hunky heroes with dirty mouths, demure but spunky heroines, and dramatic suspense. You will find all four woven into each of her magical stories.