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May eBook Device Giveaway (w/ Autographed eBook)

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We have an awesome giveaway this month. Kobo contacted DA to send us a review unit but by that time, Brian had already ordered a personal one. After his great review and the interest shown by the DA readership, Kobo contacted us again and wanted to give away a unit on the blog. This means we have 2 Kobo Aura HDs to giveaway this month. AND! Kobo said that they would send one internationally. *CLAP CLAP CLAP* I’m a little excited (and maybe over tired). Nonetheless, this month we have two Kobo Aura HDs to giveaway. We hope you’ll either leave a blog comment about the last book you read OR like us on Facebook.

UPDATED: Autography, a company that helps readers obtain autographed copies of ebooks, contacted me after this giveaway went live and offered a free autographed ebook for these devices.  In conjunction with Autography, Avon Books will send an autographed copy of Blood Seduction by Pamela Palmer, inscribed for the two winners.

Autography LLC is a media technology firm in St Petersburg, Florida with a patent-pending method for inserting an autograph or other salutation into an ebook. This personalization can take place at the time of purchase or any time afterwards, including after secondary (used) sales.

Authors are no longer restricted to signing a blank page. Autography’s solutions include graphic-rich, customized signature pages that extend the author’s brand beyond the book’s cover. Authors can also elect to autograph a picture, taken at the event or from a stock menu, and insert that into their ebook.

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Redeeming the Irredeemable Hero By Pamela Palmer

 

Heroes come in many forms—the taciturn firefighter, the charming doctor, the devoted father. There are as many variations on the hero as there are heroes themselves, but the one thing all of them have in common—the thing that sets them apart from the villains—is that at their core they’re good, honorable people. Always. Otherwise, by definition, they’re not heroes.

 

Some heroes are immensely likable from the moment they leap onto the page. They might be charming scoundrels or tough guys with heart, but we fall in love with them from page one.

 

Other heroes take more time to warm up to. Sometimes they aren’t even likable at first. They make us squirm or make us angry. We shake our heads at them because they’re supposed to be the good guys and they’re acting like jerks even if we occasionally see glimpses of what they could be, glimpses of the goodness and honor within them. These guys sometimes appear slightly, or wholly, unheroic.

 

The irredeemable hero may be a bad boy with a lot of attitude and an ax to grind. Often, something happened in his past to place a chip on his shoulder or to skew his worldview or his self-perception. In the fourth book in my Feral Warriors series, Rapture Untamed, the jaguar shape-shifter, Jag, is just such a character. Jag has a foul mouth and a penchant for turning others against him. If he’s not making someone angry, he’s not happy himself. Though he can’t see it, he doesn’t like himself very much and prefers that no one else like him either, a result of something that happened in his past that he can’t forgive himself for. It takes the right woman to see past the attitude to the good man deep inside and then drag him, kicking and cursing, into the light, to heal him. And to make him see what his self-hatred has wrought, not just in his own life, but in the lives of all those around him.

 

Instead of a bad boy, the irredeemable hero may start the story, and his journey, as a full-fledged anti-hero. Anti-heroes tend to be driven by the wrong goals or loyalties. They see what they’re doing as right, so rather than an attitude adjustment, they need a mindset tuning. A heroine can easily get in trouble with a guy like this, especially if she senses, or sees glimpses of the honor deep inside him. Her instinct tells her he can be trusted, but trusting a male who’s acting under the wrong code, for whatever reason, can be a dangerous proposition. The hero of my Vamp City series, the vampire Arturo Mazza, is just such an anti-hero. In A Blood Seduction, the first book of this 5-book, continuing character romance, Arturo is the only person Quinn Lennox can trust after she stumbles into the dark and dangerous Vamp City otherworld. He continually saves her life. Yet she can’t trust him at all, which he’s quick to remind her, over and over again. Arturo reveals aspects of both hero and bad guy. In book 2, A Kiss of Blood (which comes out June 25th), things are revealed that explain why Arturo, a male of deep honor, has been acting the way he has. But while Quinn might start to understand, she’s not convinced Arturo will truly change, and she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to fully trust him again.

 

Bad boys and anti-heroes take time and patience, for their journeys are particularly long and hard. They’re either clueless that anything’s wrong in their lives, or they actively want nothing to do with being a ‘hero’. It takes extraordinary circumstances and/or a fiercely determined heroine to drag them into the light. But when it finally happens, when these males reach the end of that transformation, there’s something intensely satisfying about the redemption of the irredeemable hero.

 

 

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

296 Comments

  1. Nadia Lee
    May 01, 2013 @ 09:09:37

    The last book I read is JAK’s Golden Chance.

  2. Beth
    May 01, 2013 @ 09:09:59

    very cool

  3. May
    May 01, 2013 @ 09:17:18

    Thank you very much for the giveaway.

  4. Elli
    May 01, 2013 @ 09:17:40

    This sounds great :-) I’ve been looking to replace my Kindle Paperwhite since I’ve run out of space. A reader with an optional microSD card to hold all my “read” books would be very welcome.

  5. Lisa J
    May 01, 2013 @ 09:17:47

    Since Rafflecopter asked for it – My favorite recipe is for Blueberry Boy Bait – it is a great blueberry cake. Here’s my recipe

    Blueberry Boy Bait

    Ingredients
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
    • 2/3 cup butter
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 cup milk
    • 1 cup blueberries
    • ½ cup Cinnamon and Sugar
    Directions
    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×13 inch baking dish.
    2. Mix first seven ingredients in large mixing bowl.
    3. Pour into baking dish.
    4. Cover with Blueberries
    5. Sprinkle top with Cinnamon and Sugar
    6. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the cake springs back when lightly touched in the center.

    My changes:

    1. Whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour
    2. Increase it to 3 – 4 cups of blueberries
    3. Non-stick spray
    4. I never measure the cinnamon and sugar, I just coat the entire top.

    The last book I read is Hecate’s Own by Dana Marie Bell. I really like everything she has written.

  6. LJD
    May 01, 2013 @ 09:19:07

    Almost finished Planning for Love (Christi Barth) which I got for free after seeing it as a Daily Deal here.

  7. Mary H.
    May 01, 2013 @ 09:20:46

    I made this once for a family party – it was gone in less than 15 minutes!
    http://www.foodnetwork.com/videos/inas-lemon-cake-recipe/82654.html?vpid=tbla|searchresults

    The last book I read: Conversations With the Fat Girl by Liza Palmer

  8. Natalija
    May 01, 2013 @ 09:26:06

    The last book I read was “Jilted In January” by Clarice Wynter.

  9. Luna
    May 01, 2013 @ 09:29:07

    Just finished Jill Shalvis’ Head Over Heels! So in love with the Lucky Harbor gang that I’m about the inhale the rest of the books in the series =)

  10. Andrea
    May 01, 2013 @ 09:32:21

    Key lime pie is my favorite desert. I just use the recipe off the back of the Nellie & Joe’s bottle.

  11. Megan B
    May 01, 2013 @ 09:43:30

    The last book I read was Pushing the Limits. Ok, wow, it was amazing and that was unexpected because I think I bought it for like 99 cents and I have had bad luck with those before (not that it ever stops me from buying them…)

  12. library addict
    May 01, 2013 @ 09:45:19

    My favorite dessert is cheesecake. But I don’t have a good recipe as it has been a disaster every time I’ve tried to make it myself. So I recommend Olive Garden’s or The Cheesecake Facory or Sara Lee.

  13. Lindsay
    May 01, 2013 @ 09:47:27

    Congrats to the winner of last month’s giveaway!

    I just finished the first three Spindle Cove books and am about to jump into the latest that appeared on my computer the other day — thank you so much for introducing me to Tessa Dare! Saccharine Sweet is about what I need these days, and a nice palate cleanser from gritty fantasy I’d been reading before that.

  14. Anne Tierney
    May 01, 2013 @ 09:48:33

    Last book I read was Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh. LOVED it!

  15. MarieC
    May 01, 2013 @ 09:54:57

    I LOVE Key Lime pie! I tried a making it, but as good as the recipe was, dessert (all food in general) tastes better when someone else makes it, so I usually go to Cheesecake Factory.

    The last books I read was a translated copy of Reki Kawahara’s light novel ‘Sword Art Online’ and Christopher Healy’s, “The Hero’s Guide on How to Save Your Kingom”.

  16. CrystalGB
    May 01, 2013 @ 09:55:43

    apple pie ala mode is my favorite dessert.

  17. ClaudiaGC
    May 01, 2013 @ 10:00:45

    The last book I read was Stranded with a Billionaire by Jessica Clare and I really liked it.

  18. hapax
    May 01, 2013 @ 10:12:15

    The last book I read was THE IRREGULARS from Blind Eye Books, and I wondered why I had left it on my TBR pile for so long.

    My favorite dessert is a good chocolate bar (I really like the Endangered Species Black Rhino bar) and a glass of vintage port.

  19. Lindsey
    May 01, 2013 @ 10:12:33

    About to finish Susanna Kearsley’s excellent The Shadowy Horses. Favorite dessert recipe… either Baileys Irish Cream Chocolate Chip Cheesecake or Cowboy Cookies depending on who’s doing the eating.

  20. Nikki H
    May 01, 2013 @ 10:16:35

    I just finished reading The Trouble with Love by Beth Ciotta, and my favorite dessert (today) is Mexican Chocolate Cake with vanilla ice cream

  21. Brenda C
    May 01, 2013 @ 10:17:28

    Anything flavoured with salted caramel, really.

  22. Judy
    May 01, 2013 @ 10:21:24

    Favorite dessert recipe is a chocolate fallen cake. Pure decadence!

  23. Lada
    May 01, 2013 @ 10:24:21

    Just finished Julia Spencer-Fleming’s first book in her Clare F/Russ A series In The Bleak Midwinter . I liked it enough to jump right into the next book A Fountain Full of Blood .

  24. Jen
    May 01, 2013 @ 10:29:44

    Yipee! :)

  25. Jen
    May 01, 2013 @ 10:31:37

    I love chocolate pudding. This is my fave: http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2008/02/best-chocolate-pudding/

  26. Ggrace
    May 01, 2013 @ 10:35:08

    Just finished Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs. My favorite dessert for this time of the year is strawberry shortcake.

  27. Becca
    May 01, 2013 @ 10:38:34

    I love key lime pie, carrot cake, and lemon cakes, but I’m just about the only person in my family who does, ad we’re not big desert eaters anyway, so I only get these things when I go out to dinner.

    I just finished reading The Mystery Woman by Jayne Ann Krentz, and on my Kindle I just finished reading Marriage, A History by Stephanie Coontz – the latter book is highly recommended.

  28. LeeF
    May 01, 2013 @ 10:41:23

    Finished Sultry with a Twist (Macy Beckett) yesterday. Wasn’t sure how the “small Texas town” thing would work out but really enjoyed it.

  29. j3nny
    May 01, 2013 @ 10:49:10

    The last book I read was Cara McKenna’s After Hours which I enjoyed a lot.

  30. ms bookjunkie
    May 01, 2013 @ 10:49:12

    I’m down with the flu so I’m all about the comfort reads: I reread Dana Marie Bell’s Gray Court series, Pamela Clare’s SKIN DEEP (plus the beer run short at the end of it), and now I’ve moved onto Amanda Quick’s MISTRESS.

    But to answer the question properly, Clare’s SKIN DEEP was the last book I read. And I loved it just as much this time around as I did when I first read it.

    As to desserts, I don’t eat them. Not that I can taste or smell anything at the moment, thanks to said flu. :(

  31. Suz Glo
    May 01, 2013 @ 10:54:08

    I just finished Kristen Callihan’s “Moonglow”, the second book in her Darkest London series. I liked it and can recommend it as a well done paranormal romance.

  32. Amy R
    May 01, 2013 @ 10:56:09

    Last book I read was As You Wish by Elyssa Patrick and I really enjoyed. I am currently reading The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl by Gina Lamm, whose plot/storyline is my book crack.

  33. Willa
    May 01, 2013 @ 10:59:31

    The last book I read was Bec McMaster’s Kiss of Steel – really enjoyed it and am inhaling the next one Tarnished Knight.

    As for pudding – I love Treacle Pudding and custard . .. or Spotted Dick! :D

  34. Gwen
    May 01, 2013 @ 11:01:04

    The last book I read? Well, since I’m working on my thesis that would have to be Bede’s Ecclesiastical History!

    My favourite dessert is lemon meringue pie, but alas I have never made it myself, so I have no recipe to share. :P

  35. leslie
    May 01, 2013 @ 11:01:35

    Last book I read was To the Moon and Back by Jill Mansell.

  36. cleo
    May 01, 2013 @ 11:01:40

    Favorite dessert = flourless chocolate cake with raspberries
    Latest book = Blowback by Lyn Gala

  37. Kathrin
    May 01, 2013 @ 11:07:18

    OMG, for real? A Kobo? I have to play along here because my poor baby just killed his e-reader and we’ve been sharing one for lack of money…

  38. Lana
    May 01, 2013 @ 11:08:05

    I am currently in the middle of reading Sarah Pekkanen Best of Us and Wrecked by Shiloh Walker. I have the new Sherryl Woods in my queue as soon as I finish one of them!

  39. jb
    May 01, 2013 @ 11:09:33

    Very cool give away! I fear my e reader is almost dead…the battery and I are now engaged in a battle of wits. I am holding on for now, but not sure she can take much more of this, so a new one would be appreciated and needed!
    I tried my hand at the Spindle Cove Series and had some trouble getting into it to be honest (could have been the timing and the book I chose to start on), so I am heading back into a tried and true stand by – the Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor series in preparation for the new book coming out at the end of the month. I am picking up new books here and there (I always read 5 or 6 books at a time) but those are my main focus to be ready for the new one.

  40. Lisa Brown
    May 01, 2013 @ 11:16:37

    I love chocolate cream pie.

  41. MissyR
    May 01, 2013 @ 11:18:54

    Nice give-away. Though the reviews seem to mixed when it comes to this e-Reader. Check out this review. http://mattasher.com/2013/04/ive-now-had-the-kobo-aura-hd-for/#more-75

  42. willaful
    May 01, 2013 @ 11:20:13

    My last book was An Invitation to Sin by Sarah Morgan… lighthearted and fun, with dark overtones. I like this new direction for Harlequin Presents.

  43. Katrina
    May 01, 2013 @ 11:20:54

    I just read Courtney Milan’s The Duchess War and loved it! I don’t own an ereader (read all my ebooks on my laptop), so I would love this! I live in Canada, so I’m only eligible for the International one.

  44. AM
    May 01, 2013 @ 11:21:30

    Last book finished – Escorted by Claire Kent.
    I can’t say it was perfect, but I did find it to be a pretty engaging read, so I’ll gladly check out more of the author’s books.

  45. CG
    May 01, 2013 @ 11:25:56

    Last book I read and actually finished is Cara Mckenna’s After Hours. In a reading slump lately, so I’ve DNF’d quite a few since then.

  46. ruth
    May 01, 2013 @ 11:31:00

    The last book I finished was Courtney Milan’s holiday novella. Which was great until it made me cry on the treadmill while I was at the gym. So embarrassing.

  47. LauraB
    May 01, 2013 @ 11:33:17

    Hmm… Favorite dessert: Creme Brulee. I’ve never made it for myself, but here’s a recipe link: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/creme-brulee-recipe/index.html

    Last book I read: Carolyn Crane’s _Against the Dark_. It’s a new series where the heroes are bad@ss nerds (so described in the book). It was fun and the H/h had some interesting character twists. Nothing deep: just a fast and satisfying read.

  48. Michelle
    May 01, 2013 @ 11:37:15

    One of my favorite desserts is Bailey’s Brownies. For a quick treat you take a dark choc mix brownie, and instead of using water in the mix you use Bailey’s Irish Cream.

  49. Kim
    May 01, 2013 @ 11:40:25

    I’m almost finished reading Dangerous Refuge. It’s been a bit disappointing.

    As for a recipe, I like one that’s simple and tasty: chocolate pudding pie. You need 1 lg box of Jello chocolate pudding, 3 cups of milk and 1 graham cracker pie crust.
    Over medium heat, stir the milk into the pudding mix. Keep stirring until smooth, then stir occasionally. When the mixture has bubbled and thickened, pour the mix into the pie crust. Refrigerate until firm, then serve.

  50. Laurie
    May 01, 2013 @ 11:44:08

    Homemade banana cream pie where you make a custard and layer it with bananas in the pie shell. Yum!

  51. TaraR
    May 01, 2013 @ 11:44:39

    Rereading “Cursor’s Fury” by Jim Butcher.

  52. kp
    May 01, 2013 @ 11:45:11

    salted caramel gelato! Yummm

  53. elaing8
    May 01, 2013 @ 11:52:45

    The last book I read was Robin Leigh Miller-Less Talk, More Action.
    Favorite dessert Strawberry Rhubarb pie.

  54. Maureen
    May 01, 2013 @ 11:57:38

    Cheesecake is my favorite dessert.

  55. Tabs
    May 01, 2013 @ 12:02:20

    The last book I read was Sabrina Jeffries’ “The Pirate Lord” which I had picked up a while back from a daily deal post here.

    Was exactly what I needed while struck down by laryngitis.

  56. Cindy
    May 01, 2013 @ 12:05:15

    The last book I read was Real Men Don’t Quit by Coleen Kwan, I’m about midway through Gone With the Wolf by Kristin Miller.

  57. sandyl
    May 01, 2013 @ 12:06:19

    I just started First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones. I met her a couple of weeks ago at a book signing. I had the pleasure of driving her and several other authors to a local ice cream dive.

  58. AuntieKristin
    May 01, 2013 @ 12:10:18

    Treachery In Death by J.D. Robb

  59. Lee-Ann
    May 01, 2013 @ 12:21:47

    The Bartered Bride by Cheryl Reavis

  60. Lesley L
    May 01, 2013 @ 12:27:40

    Well, I’m currently reading Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia! Ohh I don’t have an eBook reader (can’t afford it) so I’d love to win one.

  61. Ros
    May 01, 2013 @ 12:29:00

    I read the new M&B/Harlequin continuity. I liked quite a lot of the individual books, but reading in one glom showed a lot of repetitiveness in the series.

  62. Emily E
    May 01, 2013 @ 12:35:58

    Just finished a batch of my fresh ginger pickles and Emma Holly’s Hidden Crimes. Before that was Crash by Lisa McMann.

  63. Pals20
    May 01, 2013 @ 12:36:44

    Since Rafflecopter asked, my favourite dessert is sizzling brownie. Any brownie will do but walnut is preferred. Cooking is NOT a liked activity of mine so no recipe, but if you’re ever in Mumbai, I can recommend the best places to get one… ;-)

  64. Emilie
    May 01, 2013 @ 12:39:59

    I’m reading “Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition” by Daniel Okrent. It’s non-fiction. For fiction, I’m reading “Nine for the Devil” in the John the Lord Chamberlain series. DA had posted about the first two in the series, “One for Sorrow” and “Two for Joy,” being deals.

  65. Alyssa
    May 01, 2013 @ 13:05:25

    The last book I read was Eddie’s Prize by Maddy Barone. I enjoy this series.

  66. Susan Reader
    May 01, 2013 @ 13:07:41

    I just finished Lindsey Davis’s “The Accusers”. I’ve been mooching through the old ones reminding myself about who everybody is…

  67. Sandi
    May 01, 2013 @ 13:10:10

    I just finished Necessity’s Child by Lee and Miller. I love the Liaden universe.

  68. Megan M.
    May 01, 2013 @ 13:13:34

    I love pie…no recipe because I love pretty much all kinds of pie! Fruit, cheese, pudding, cream, custard, cold, hot, whatever ; )

  69. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard
    May 01, 2013 @ 13:20:41

    What a great giveaway!

    My favorite dessert? A toss-up between my sister’s from-scratch chocolate cake, my mom’s homemade squash pie (the best “pumpkin” pie you can imagine), and my English trifle recipe. (Which, darn it, I have lost. ) Though I’ll settle for a hot fudge brownie sundae in a pinch.

  70. Divya S
    May 01, 2013 @ 13:21:35

    Thank you for the giveaway! The last book I read was Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella. And my fave dessert is strawberry cheesecake.

  71. Claudia Martins
    May 01, 2013 @ 13:29:44

    Cool! The last book I read was “The Eagle of the Ninth”, by Rosemary Sutcliff. It’s a touching story about loyalty and friendship. It’s very interesting and inspiring.

  72. Heeni
    May 01, 2013 @ 13:36:24

    The last book I read was Breakdown by Sara Paretsky. Great book, number 15 in her series about the private investigator V.I. Warshawski.

  73. Ilona
    May 01, 2013 @ 13:38:38

    I have two favourite desserts Apple Strudel Crumble with Custard and Vanilla Ice Cream with Fresh Ground Black Pepper on top :D
    Apple Strudel Crumble is just Apple Crumble with added sultanas and extra cinnamon but it taste wonderful :D

  74. Rowena
    May 01, 2013 @ 13:39:27

    Wow, what a cool giveaway. Thanks for this giveaway!

    The last book that I read was How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski, it was a decent contemporary YA. Not my favorite read but still enjoyable. :)

  75. Anna
    May 01, 2013 @ 13:45:53

    All these deserts are making me hungry :) I love brownies.

    The last book I read was “REAL”. This site is actually the reason I picked it up.

  76. alicet
    May 01, 2013 @ 13:47:06

    Great giveaway. The last book I read was Terese Ramin’s re-issue “Five Kids One Christmas” which is a delightful marriage of convenience romance between two people whose ex-spouses died leaving them co-guardians of their 5 kids. The book I read before this was Jeanette Grey’s Take What you Want, a charming new adult novella involving two pre-med students in their senior year of college.

  77. cyclops8
    May 01, 2013 @ 13:47:18

    I love cheesecake and one Christmas we looked up a recipe for one with an Oreo cookie crust. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/easy-philly-oreo-cheesecake/

  78. Claudia Martins
    May 01, 2013 @ 13:48:04

    @Claudia Martins: I forgot to mention that I’m Brazilian.

  79. Jason
    May 01, 2013 @ 13:55:23

    This is awesome!

    um…I am in the middle of Beta reading Better Than Love by Heidi Cullinan.

  80. Julia Broadbooks
    May 01, 2013 @ 13:57:07

    Last book I read was Julie James latest Love Irresistibly. I loved the sharp as a tack heroine.

    Favorite dessert in our house is a super easy, butter-free chocolate cake. It’s light but moist and gets smother in icing. https://www.hersheys.com/recipes/recipe-details.aspx?id=184

  81. Katie
    May 01, 2013 @ 14:09:39

    I’ve been re-reading Jenn Bennett’s Arcadia Bell series. They’re urban fantasy that seem a bit under the radar and I love them a lot.

  82. Karl
    May 01, 2013 @ 14:13:18

    There was two questions. One about the last book I read – I just finished reading Let the Dead Sleep by Heather Graham. It was a decent paranormal mystery. Second question was favorite dessert – that would be Lemon Meringue Pie.

  83. Lynnette F
    May 01, 2013 @ 14:15:05

    My last read was The Spark. First non fiction in s while, but a great anf inspiring story

  84. Samantha
    May 01, 2013 @ 14:28:36

    I would be so excited for an HD Kobo–I’ve recently discovered the great wonders of large print on an ereader. The last book I read was Bad Boys Do by Victoria Dahl, and I loooooved it (sexy contemporary hero in a kilt!).

  85. Joy B
    May 01, 2013 @ 14:42:20

    I just finished Beyond Control by Kit Rocha

  86. Molly
    May 01, 2013 @ 14:59:28

    Last book I read was Shadow by Laurann Dohner, I reread the series this month, next is Moon the new book that just came out. :)

  87. Jenn S
    May 01, 2013 @ 15:14:47

    Last book I read that I liked was Kristen Ashley’s Own the Wind. I was really looking forward to it and it did not disappoint. Have been in a little slump since then. Nothing is grabbing my attention right now. Lots of great releases coming in May that are on my list to get. My pocketbook will be hurting after this month and first of next month!

  88. Tara
    May 01, 2013 @ 15:15:56

    Just finished re-reading Scandal by Amanda Quick. Can’t resist old school historical JAK’s when I am having a bad week.

  89. JenniferH
    May 01, 2013 @ 15:17:35

    Just finished Beauty and the Blacksmith and contemplating what to read next

  90. Amy S.
    May 01, 2013 @ 15:30:35

    My favorite dessert is cheesecake. I love it.

  91. Carrie G
    May 01, 2013 @ 15:34:04

    I’m reading Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews and loving it. I’m also listening to Die for Me by Cynthia Eden and enjoy that as well.

  92. Steph M
    May 01, 2013 @ 15:37:24

    Sophie Kinsella’s Wedding Night. I really liked it!

  93. Bernie Stock
    May 01, 2013 @ 15:38:04

    Texas Sheet Cake YUM YUM! Am re-reading JR Wards back list!

  94. farmwifetwo
    May 01, 2013 @ 15:58:09

    I’ve been reading a lot of m-m lately. Abigail Roux, Rhys Ford, Josh Lanyon etc

  95. Kimberly C.
    May 01, 2013 @ 16:09:46

    Right now reading Meljean Brook’s “Riveted.” LOVE IT!

  96. Midia
    May 01, 2013 @ 16:11:11

    Just finished Tyler Robbins’s A Beautiful Lie.

  97. Tiffany
    May 01, 2013 @ 16:17:37

    The last book I read was beautiful disaster, and I love Creme brûlée.

  98. AH
    May 01, 2013 @ 16:24:54

    Pick me! I’ve been drooling over that Aura since they announced it.

    Favorite dessert? Anything with chocolate – chocolate cheesecake, death by chocolate cake, chocolate brownies….

    I just finished reading Dare You To and loved it.

  99. Patti
    May 01, 2013 @ 16:25:31

    I just finished Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Loved it. It’s a tearjerker, so it went well with my favorite comfort food, lemon pie.

  100. Vivacia K. Ahwen
    May 01, 2013 @ 16:28:14

    Happy Beltane, Ladies!!!

  101. Katie
    May 01, 2013 @ 16:31:43

    Last book I read was a re-read of an old favorite, James Herriot’s All Things Wise and Wonderful (on my Kobo Glo, which I adore!)

  102. Sofia
    May 01, 2013 @ 16:39:02

    I just read Love Irresistibly by Julie James. I loved this book after being disappointed by her last book, and am now looking forward for the next book.

  103. Mitzi
    May 01, 2013 @ 16:48:53

    Currently reading an anthology Nautier and Wilder by Lora Leigh and Jaci Burton. It’s one of the better ones I’ve read this year.

  104. sarac
    May 01, 2013 @ 16:58:18

    I love creme brule!

  105. Nicole C.
    May 01, 2013 @ 17:26:15

    I just finished Beauty and the Blacksmith by Tessa Dare. I liked it, but wanted it to be longer and would have enjoyed seeing Minerva and Kate again.

    My all time favorite dessert is carrot cake. And this recipe is the best. http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/best-carrot-cake-10000000257583/

  106. Tina
    May 01, 2013 @ 17:30:32

    I’m just finishing up the latest Mercy Thompson book. And cheesecake or anything chocolate is great (and even better if they’re combined!).

  107. Deljah
    May 01, 2013 @ 17:32:30

    My favorite dessert is chocolate ganache ice cream.

    I just finished reading Betrayed by Nicky Charles. It was alright (3/5 stars).

    I’m currently reading For My Lady’s Heart by Laura Kinsale. I bought this book in March in a post-Flowers From the Storm glom, but am just now reading it to be ready for AJH’s review. :o)

  108. Kimberly R.
    May 01, 2013 @ 17:35:17

    Vanilla cheese cake!

  109. Jordan R.
    May 01, 2013 @ 17:39:18

    I’ve made these twice in the last month! SOOO YUMMY!

    http://www.elanaspantry.com/gluten-free-raspberry-hamantaschen/

  110. bn100
    May 01, 2013 @ 17:57:12

    cheesecake

    the Vincent Brothers by Abbi Glines

  111. katieM
    May 01, 2013 @ 18:02:46

    I just read Just One More Day by M. Malone. It was very good.

    My favorite desert is cheesecake!

  112. Chris
    May 01, 2013 @ 18:08:01

    The last book I (re)read was The Talisman Ring. It’s one of my favorites and I don’t have time to get into a new book right now (because what I want to read is the beginning of a series) before I have to stop reading for fun and start reading for an exam…

  113. Liz C.
    May 01, 2013 @ 18:10:50

    I just finished reading The Iron Duke and while I loved the heroine and Meljean Brook’s writing and world building I did not like the Iron Duke at all. I thought Mina deserved better. I am looking forward to the next installments in this series though, because I’ve heard such good things about them and the Iron Duke won’t be the “hero.”

  114. Erika
    May 01, 2013 @ 18:19:25

    I just finished ML Buchman’s The Night is Mine. I rather liked it.

    Favorite dessert – Strawberry trifle

  115. MD
    May 01, 2013 @ 18:21:18

    The last Romance book that I read was “Unexpected Family” by Molly O’Keefe. It was good, but forgettable enough that I don’t think I’ll want to re-read it. The last book that I had read overall was Jacqueline Winspear “A Lesson in Secrets”. I liked it a lot, and looking forward to “Elegy for Eddie” which I already have on my Kindle.

  116. Jolie Jacq
    May 01, 2013 @ 18:27:39

    The last book I read was “Attachments” by Rainbow Rowell and I’m so glad I did. It was wonderful.

  117. Diane
    May 01, 2013 @ 18:39:37

    The book I finished yesterday was The Mystery Woman by Amanda Quick. And my favorite dessert is lemon meringue pie though I can’t make it, I have to buy it all the time.

  118. Sri
    May 01, 2013 @ 18:40:10

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  119. Lisa W
    May 01, 2013 @ 18:41:00

    I love good old brownies! And at Christmas, peanut butter balls. Nummy!

  120. Kay
    May 01, 2013 @ 18:47:20

    The last book I read was A Mother’s Secret by Janice Kay Johnson.

  121. Megan S.
    May 01, 2013 @ 18:52:53

    Red velvet cheesecake swirl brownies! I can’t find the exact recipe I use, but this looks similar.

  122. Kris Bock
    May 01, 2013 @ 18:57:36

    I’ve been reading Tessa Dare — so far, A Night to Surrender and A Week to Be Wicked. And I have a long plane flight tomorrow, so more reading time!

  123. Urbanista
    May 01, 2013 @ 19:01:04

    Six Ways from Sunday was the last book I read. New York style cheesecake is my favorite dessert!

  124. Lynn K.
    May 01, 2013 @ 19:18:11

    The last book I read was Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers. Really enjoyed it! As for dessert..banana fritters with homemade vanilla ice cream and drizzled in chocolate!!

  125. Victoria Zumbrum
    May 01, 2013 @ 19:18:42

    I love Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

  126. GinaD
    May 01, 2013 @ 19:28:20

  127. Eliza Evans
    May 01, 2013 @ 19:30:28

    The most recent book I read was Victoria Dahl’s Too Hot to Handle. I love this series!

    Edited to add my recent favorite dessert: I’ve been making muffins with the King Arthur Flour gluten free muffin mix. They’re the best I’ve had.

  128. lakaribane
    May 01, 2013 @ 19:38:17

    I’m currently glomming Charlotte Stein and loving Restraint.

  129. Fran S.
    May 01, 2013 @ 19:42:51

    I’m pretty simple—milk and cookies. This local dairy farm has decadent milk and Almond horns are my favorite cookies ever. I’m gluten free and Aleia’s makes the best, no contest.

    http://www.aleias.com/product_almond.html

  130. peggy h
    May 01, 2013 @ 19:47:39

    The last book I read (and really enjoyed, as odd as it sometimes was) was Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.

    Thanks for the contest!

  131. Evangeline
    May 01, 2013 @ 19:51:26

    The last book I read was R. Lee Smith’s Heat. Amazeballs.

  132. Merrian
    May 01, 2013 @ 19:51:40

    I have been reading anything by Carla Kelly that I can find as an ebook. Yesterday I finished The Surgeon’s Lady and as ever I am impressed by the way class and power and wonderful research is present so lightly and elegantly in the text but powerfully drives the story. The books with naval and military heroes are the books to read if you enjoyed the Master and Commander movie or Patrick O’Brian’s books.

  133. Kimberly B.
    May 01, 2013 @ 19:59:12

    The last book I read was A Darker Magic by Michael Bedard. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  134. Alyssa
    May 01, 2013 @ 20:53:33

    I love snickerdoodles and cheesecake.
    Last book I read was Tiffany King’s No Attachments! :)

  135. Kaetrin
    May 01, 2013 @ 21:03:04

    Last book I finished was City Mouse by Amy Lane and Aleksandr Voinov.

  136. Sin Chan
    May 01, 2013 @ 21:06:05

    I love birthday fruit cakes! I always get one for my birthday from Chinatown. :)

  137. sabrina
    May 01, 2013 @ 21:07:50

    Loved Joanna Chamber’s Unforgivable. It was also a DA recommended book =)

  138. Anita Joy
    May 01, 2013 @ 21:29:48

    I’ve just read Jen McKinlay’s ‘Going, Going, Ganache’ and loved it. Another fabulous book in the cupcake series. Her humour shines through and makes this a hard-to-put-down cozy.

  139. helen
    May 01, 2013 @ 21:37:09

    The last book I read was The Ward. It was good but I’d give it a 4 rather than a 5 because it could have been better! It started out trying to use language similar to Blood Red Road then dropped the rough language which was a good thing.

  140. Kare
    May 01, 2013 @ 21:38:31

    Just finished Touch & Geaux last night. How can I wait another year after that? I held off reading it as long as I could because I knew I would feel that way!

  141. NancyB
    May 01, 2013 @ 21:58:42

    I’m in re-reading mode, and something triggered a re-read of Balogh’s “Slightly” series. Finished “Married” last night, and am reading “Wicked” now.

  142. TrishJ
    May 01, 2013 @ 22:03:41

    Last book i read was Bungalow Nights by Christie Ridgway. And favorite desert .. cheesecake!!!

  143. Valarie P
    May 01, 2013 @ 22:30:35

    I need to back into the last book I read which was book 2 in Jesse Petersen’s Living with the Dead series, but before that I read her newest little novella “Club Monstrosity” and really enjoyed it, it was so different than any of the historicals written by her alter ego, that I had to read “Married with Zombies”, loved it and had to read books 2 & 3 in the series too.

  144. Marc
    May 01, 2013 @ 22:44:21

    I love cranberry chocolate chip cookies or peanut butter cookies. Awesome giveaway!

  145. Becky M.
    May 01, 2013 @ 23:23:35

    I just finished Sophie Kinsella’s Wedding Night, which I enjoyed quite a bit, though not as much as some of her earlier ones (Can You Keep a Secret? especially).

  146. Sally
    May 02, 2013 @ 00:29:35

    Does candy count as a favorite dessert? I used to eat a piece every night after dinner.

  147. Bella
    May 02, 2013 @ 00:32:17

    The last book I read was a YA historical fiction called Hattie Big Sky. Now reading Highlander Most Wanted by Maya Banks:)

  148. Persnickety
    May 02, 2013 @ 01:41:40

    Last book I read? White lies by JAK.
    I made a lovely French onion soup on the weekend, but iPads, links and commenting are things I cannot manage!

  149. MarchRose
    May 02, 2013 @ 03:33:40

    last book I have read is “Surrender of a siren” by Tessa Dare. Very well written, amazing phrasing and beautiful use of words, but it sometimes felt like it was dragged too long. Nothing new plot wise either. All in all, a slight disappointment.

  150. Heather
    May 02, 2013 @ 03:49:17

    I love my library – I have recently finished

    Merry Christmas, Alex Cross
    Calculated in Death
    and Code Name Verity

  151. Aliyah
    May 02, 2013 @ 04:13:24

    I just read Kate SeRine’s book The Better to See You and I can’t wait for the next transplanted tale Along Came a Spider.
    Fave recipe…
    Spring veg potstickers http://www.bloglovin.com/frame?post=990763001&group=0&frame_type=fb&blog=19344&link=aHR0cDovL2ZlZWRwcm94eS5nb29nbGUuY29tL35yL3NtaXR0ZW5raXRjaGVuL34zLzNfLWMzRUN4WmdNLw&frame=1&click=0&user=0

  152. Michele
    May 02, 2013 @ 04:17:48

    My current favorite dessert is almond biscotti.

    My last book read was Rule Number One by Nan Reinhardt. It is a short (under 50000 words) contemporary, but the characters were enjoyable and I definitely wanted to spend more time with the when I was finished.

  153. nicola winter
    May 02, 2013 @ 05:03:06

    My favourite dessert is Vanilla Bean Cardamom Peach Pie – deliciously decadent, especially in the height of winter :)

    http://www.pastryaffair.com/blog/vanilla-bean-cardamom-peach-pie.html.

    And the last book I read was River Marked by Patricia Briggs

  154. Renda
    May 02, 2013 @ 06:32:01

    I am plowing through my “Contemp” category on my Kindle. I am finding the Kindle clunky and uncooperative. It often doesn’t hold what page I end on and I have to figure out where I was. Not so easy on an e device. I have been contemplating getting another e reader to compare and contrast.
    All that to say I am currently reading “Phone Kitten” by Marika Christian, and enjoying it very much. I am only 13% in (I really pay attention to that since I have to find my spot so much), but love her voice and the story is fresh.

  155. Sandra Schwab
    May 02, 2013 @ 06:41:25

    What a fab give-away! When you posted the review of the Kobo Aura a few days ago, I thought the device sounded awesome.

    Favourite dessert? Cheesecake. :-) I have extremely fond memories of last year’s RWA conference and the conference hotel’s close proximity to a Cheesecake Factory. I think I managed about … uhm … eight or ten slices of cheesecake during that week.

    The last book I read was Theresa Weir’s “Last Summer”.

  156. Kat
    May 02, 2013 @ 07:17:57

    The last book I read was Amy Lane’s Racing for the Sun and I loved it!

  157. Chihaya
    May 02, 2013 @ 07:22:13

    I broke my Kindle yesterday so I couldn’t resist this. Almost finished Charlaine Harris’s Deadlocked. Disappointed. I’m looking forward to the final book though.

    Sticky rice and mango with crunchy mung beans on top. That was my dessert after today’s lunch.

  158. kbum
    May 02, 2013 @ 07:49:33

    ice cream!
    more ice cream.
    strawberry ice cream
    meljean brook, demon marked

  159. Elena Vasileva
    May 02, 2013 @ 08:42:54

    Favourite dessert – tiramisu, but I don’t have a recipe for it. The last bok I finished was The Davina Code by Janet Elizabeth Henderson. It was a fun romantic read :)

  160. Jules
    May 02, 2013 @ 08:45:30

    Last book i read was one of Eloisa James earlier ones, Midnight Pleasures. Not a huge fan.

    And my favorite dessert recipe? Probably my grandma’s lemon meringue pie :)

  161. Jenni H.
    May 02, 2013 @ 09:12:51

    Meljean Brook’s The Iron Duke. It had everything in it I should have loved, but I didn’t really connect with it which was a disappointment.

  162. Estara
    May 02, 2013 @ 09:44:50

    I’m working my way through Debora Geary’s A Modern Witch (et al) books – they’re not really romances, except for book 0.50, but it’s lovely slice-of-life paranormal contemporary with family values (if you’re single and also resent kids this is NOT a series you’ll be happy with). I like that everyone always does their best and if there’s a misunderstanding people talk about it. It’s like a small town community, only it’s about a witch family and their witchy friends. Slice-of-life dessert sweetness – and sometimes that’s just what I want.

    Oh, and I just finished A Nomadic Witch.

  163. Katrina T.
    May 02, 2013 @ 10:02:26

    The last book I read is Just for Now by Abbi Glines

  164. jayhJay
    May 02, 2013 @ 10:03:04

    Favorite dessert? Anything chocolate and peanut butter!

  165. Nicole H.
    May 02, 2013 @ 10:23:59

    I just finished JAL’s I Kissed an Earl. Was the library’s romance book club pick for May.

  166. Aamnda Brice
    May 02, 2013 @ 10:51:09

    Very cool contest!

    The last book I read was CONTRACT PENDING by Jenna Bennett. Right before that was ONE RIGHT THING by Matthew Iden. Excellent.

    I’m currently reading WHISKEY REBELLION by Liliana Hart.

  167. Laura C
    May 02, 2013 @ 11:05:17

    My favorite dessert is chocolate, in the form of brownies – or a sour cream apple pie – yum…
    http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Sour-Cream-Apple-Pie-Deluxe/Detail.aspx

  168. cayenne
    May 02, 2013 @ 11:29:26

    I just finished “Beauty and the Blacksmith” by Tessa Dare, which was lovely, as per usual for her.

  169. Livivua Chandler
    May 02, 2013 @ 12:04:44

    i am an original chocolate cake girl!

  170. TerryS
    May 02, 2013 @ 12:44:06

    Just finished “Perfect Timing”by Catherine Anderson.

    Orange Dreamsicle cake 
    Make any white cake  recipe you like 
    and add a 3oz. package of orange jello to it.
    Frosting.
    1 package of orange jello (3oz) 
    3 T. boiling water 
    7 1/2 oz jar of marshmallow fluff 
    2 sticks of butter (regular old salted stuff, don’t get too fancy) 
    t. vanilla 
    1/2 t. lemon juice 
    1 C. confectioner’s sugar. 
    a touch of orange food color if desired.
    Dissolve jello in the 3 table spoons of boiling water and allow to cool while 
    beating the butter and marshmallow fluff together. blend in lemon juice and 
    vanilla then gradually add in the jello then the sugar. 
    Beat until light and fluffy.
    This is a lovely summer cake.

  171. Livia Maftei
    May 02, 2013 @ 14:02:16

    Elizabeth Hoyt – Lord of Darkenss was my latest read; for the cookie part – it’s way too hard to decide :)

  172. Connie
    May 02, 2013 @ 14:09:25

    The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

  173. Bitchie
    May 02, 2013 @ 14:24:09

    The last book I read was Fury by Laurann Dohner, and I immediately started the next one.

  174. Expy
    May 02, 2013 @ 14:27:53

    My favorite desert is cheesecake. The last book I read was Game by Barry Lyga.

  175. Lia
    May 02, 2013 @ 16:04:16

    favourite dessert: fresh pineapple with icecream and whipped cream. So yummy!

  176. Karrie
    May 02, 2013 @ 19:06:50

    I read Provoked by Rebecca Zanetti.

  177. Poppy
    May 02, 2013 @ 19:08:39

    I’m working on _Songs of Love and Death_, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois. So far so good!

  178. Oyceter
    May 02, 2013 @ 20:12:37

    The last book I read was Octavia E. Butler’s Dawn, which is really good, but definitely not a romance!

  179. Pat
    May 02, 2013 @ 21:15:05

    Favorite dessert – Flourless Lemon Almond Cake – gluten free, dairy free, and delicious!

  180. Katherine
    May 03, 2013 @ 00:28:11

    I read Beyond Denial yesterday, by Kit Rocha. And it was a wonderful, cruel tease. How long until the next book??? (In case you’re wondering, this short is a story published as part of the DABWAHA bribes.)

  181. Sarah Meral
    May 03, 2013 @ 00:45:41

    It depends: in summer I love simple desserts, like yoghurt and/or curd with fruits and lemon juice, in winter I don´t say no to a dark mousse au chocolat :-)

  182. Manna Greene
    May 03, 2013 @ 01:29:17

    The last book I read was Hero’s of Olympus: The Mark of Athena. I love this series and the latest book released in October. I have a new baby so reading hasn’t come easy lately. :) I am a sucker for Pecan Pie! But I don’t like mine too sweet. That is why I use this recipe http://allrecipes.com/recipe/pecan-pie-v/

  183. Shel
    May 03, 2013 @ 02:21:18

    I’m partial to lemon tart, yum. Reading Jaclyn Moriarty’s latest book at the moment.

  184. CharlotteV
    May 03, 2013 @ 06:57:42

    I’m reading the latest in the Tucker Springs series and am eating brownies. Mmmm brownies.

  185. Sotheara
    May 03, 2013 @ 09:01:04

    I just recently started and finished all five books in the Kate Daniel series in about three days. I couldn’t put them down, and now I’m excitedly waiting for the sixth one to be out in July.

  186. kathybaug
    May 03, 2013 @ 10:33:37

    I just finished Sacrificial Magic by Stacia Kane.

  187. brandy
    May 03, 2013 @ 10:38:12

    Hmm, well in the spirit of things… I am craving cheesecake brownies something awful.

    I’m currently reading a Bobbi Smith backlist of which I cannot remember the title. I’m on a medieval and western kick lately; very tired of the Regency era. I’d love some recommendations for either of these sub-genres! :)

  188. Vivacia K. Ahwen
    May 03, 2013 @ 11:16:44

    Book I’m reading right now: “God’s Memoir”

  189. mssarahb
    May 03, 2013 @ 18:57:33

    I just finished The Daughter of Smoke & Bones. Favorite dessert: Italian plum tart.

  190. Jill B
    May 03, 2013 @ 20:31:06

    I just finished TRUE by Erin McCarthy. I thought it was good-ish, but I am not really sold on the New Adult genre, so far.

  191. Coraline
    May 03, 2013 @ 22:41:09

    Last book I read was “the pursuit of love” by Nancy Mitford.

  192. elena
    May 04, 2013 @ 06:43:09

    Muffins,I love any kinds of muffins.

  193. Mae
    May 04, 2013 @ 19:45:04

    Just finished and enjoyed Hoyt’s latest Lord of Darkness.

  194. Tin
    May 05, 2013 @ 06:39:23

    I love having cake for dessert — chocolate cake! The ooey-er, the gooey-er, the better!

  195. Lozza
    May 05, 2013 @ 07:09:56

    My favorites are Parisian macarons- I still use an old Bon Appetite recipe from the late 1990s that you can find on Epicurious.

  196. AnimeJune
    May 05, 2013 @ 17:37:48

    My favourite dessert is fudge pudding cake – the kind where pour boiling water on it before you bake it, and it soaks through and creates this chocolate sauce once it’s done. Mmmmm….

  197. Susan E
    May 05, 2013 @ 21:53:19

    My favorite desert is the Italian tiramisu

  198. Louise Delamore
    May 06, 2013 @ 01:05:29

    last book, more like last series. I’ve been absolutly glomming on Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changling, re-reading them all before Heart of Obsidian comes out :)

  199. Rachel Robbins
    May 06, 2013 @ 08:47:58

    Have a beautiful week!

  200. Has
    May 06, 2013 @ 14:40:19

    I just started The Art of Love by Anne Whitney and my favourite dessert is Sticky Toffee Pudding which is beyond lush.

  201. Karrie
    May 06, 2013 @ 18:09:02

    I am currently reading The Mystery Woman by Amanda Quick.

  202. Dayna Janzen
    May 07, 2013 @ 00:39:44

    I need an reader sooo bad!

  203. rosa
    May 07, 2013 @ 02:37:58

    I’m reading the game of thrones and am loving it!

  204. Angela
    May 07, 2013 @ 07:37:06

    Last book I (re)read: The Mask of Apollo, by Mary Renault.

    Favourite dessert: profiterole.

  205. Rachel Robbins
    May 10, 2013 @ 00:27:25

    Reading Dead In The Delta. Kind of meh.

  206. Emily
    May 11, 2013 @ 09:12:47

    Last book read: Ghostman by Roger Hobbs.

  207. elena
    May 14, 2013 @ 01:45:24

    Last book that I read was Midnight Secrets by Ella Grace

  208. Tara Kennedy
    May 15, 2013 @ 14:20:48

    I am currently reading Bronwyn Parry’s Dead Heat

  209. Clement
    May 15, 2013 @ 14:33:22

    This ereader looks great, nice giveaway :)

  210. DarcyO
    May 17, 2013 @ 17:23:29

    The last book I read was I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore. My favorite dessert is chocolate ice cream.

  211. Selegna
    May 17, 2013 @ 21:30:46

  212. Selegna
    May 18, 2013 @ 23:25:05

    @Selegna:
    And I’m reading Wuthering Heights.

  213. Bethany
    May 20, 2013 @ 16:00:13

    I’m currently reading Year Zero and my favourite dessert is chocolate cake

  214. Megan @ Reading Books Like a Boss
    May 22, 2013 @ 20:03:34

    I love chocolate chip cookies. Boring? Maybe, but they’re delicious. Here is the best recipe: http://www.ghirardelli.com/recipes-tips/recipes/chocolate-chip-cookies

  215. Jessica C.
    May 23, 2013 @ 08:38:43

    The last book I read was Shopaholic Ties the Knot by Sophie Kinsella, and I loved it! It’s the third book in the Shopaholic series, but I actually think it’s the best one of the series, so far. But you have to read them all in order.

    And since Rafflecopter asks about a favorite dessert, I’d say it’s Chocolate Covered Katie’s Cookie Dough Dip! It really tastes like cookie dough, and it’s healthy! I took it to a friend’s one time and served it with graham crackers; her teenage daughter loved it and kept going back for more. http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/05/23/want-to-eat-an-entire-bowl-of-cookie-dough/

  216. Felipe Jansen
    May 25, 2013 @ 00:24:26

    A dessert? Chocolate Ice cream. With alot of covering. The best ; )

  217. Liz H.
    May 26, 2013 @ 06:12:58

    I’m currently reading Harper Fox’s Half Moon Chambers. The last book I read wasn’t work the non-paper it was printed on, but this one is quite good so far.

  218. Laura
    May 26, 2013 @ 06:28:32

    This is a very generous giveaway. Thanks! The last book I read that I liked was Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I liked it better than I expected.

  219. Reneesance
    May 26, 2013 @ 06:34:04

    I’m currently reading All The Paths of Shadow by Frank Tuttle which was a freebie deal here a bit ago :) So hard to pick a favorite dessert but probably my grandmas cherry pie. Mmmm.

  220. Sandyl
    May 26, 2013 @ 06:55:25

    I just finished Without a Summer by Mary Robinette Kowal.

  221. Ashlyn Macnamara
    May 26, 2013 @ 07:07:18

    My favorite dessert is pretty much anything that combines chocolate and cheesecake.

    And just because you asked in the blog post, the last book I read was Sarah MacLean’s One Good Earl Deserves a Lover.

  222. Adnana
    May 26, 2013 @ 07:09:09

    Favorite dessert? Wow, that’s a tough choice. :)
    I’ll go with Lamington Cake: http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/Lamington.htm

    These days, I’m really excited waiting for the next installment in Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series. I’ve been (selectively) re-rereading the other books in the series to refresh my memory. BTW, I *love* Judd. ;))

  223. alicet
    May 26, 2013 @ 07:29:30

    I will finish 2 contemporary novels this week-end: Rush Me by Allison Parr and A Legal Affair by Maureen Smith. Rush Me is a New Adult novel from Carina press involving an NFL quarterback and an unpaid intern who disdains sports. I enjoyed this book but realized after reading Dabney’s column that it follows closely the New Adult formula for plot and characterization. The second book is a Kimani title- quite enjoyable but not exactly to my taste.

  224. Emilie
    May 26, 2013 @ 07:39:43

    I just finished A War of Frontier and Empire: The Philippine-American War, 1899-1902 by David J. Silbey. Mostly I read romances, but every so often I’ll change it up for history, mystery or gardening books.

  225. Kristen Heyl
    May 26, 2013 @ 07:59:28

    I just finished rereading “3rd Degree” by James Patterson and my favorite dessert is to make brownies and then while it is still semi warm cut one out of the pan and then put it on a plate with the thawed out frozen strawberries and whipped cream..soo good.

  226. Karen
    May 26, 2013 @ 08:19:14

    Such an exciting giveaway, thanks DA! I am British, so only eligible for the international giveaway.

    I am currently reading Crazy Little Thing by Tracy Brogan. It is RITA nominated and loads of people have loved it but I’m a third of the way through and keep having to force myself to pick it back up and keep going. I’m hoping it’s just because work has been crazy (but unfortunately, not little) this last week and that I’ll get into it soon.

    Favourite dessert? Unfortunately, I love them all! I can’t remember who had lost their trifle recipe but, as trifle can be a pain to make properly, I can recommend Nigel Slater’s 10-minute trifle recipe as a lovely alternative! Please don’t make the mistake I did and use sherry rather than the wine/half-sherry. Also, this can end up quite liquidy, depending on the sponge/sponge fingers you use and I don’t always end up using all of the liquid recommended. Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2001/aug/12/foodanddrink.features5

  227. may
    May 26, 2013 @ 08:22:10

    Brownies!

  228. Jannick
    May 26, 2013 @ 08:36:00

    Nothing beats chocolaty stuff for dessert, so anything from brownies to chocolatepie goes.

    Also, since eveybody’s sharin their last read: mine was Silverthorn by Raymond E. Feist and atm reading A Feast For Crows by George R.R. Martin.

  229. Donna D
    May 26, 2013 @ 08:47:15

    Guess I actually have 4 favorite desserts – a good brownie (can be a mix); Libby’s recipe Pumpkin Pie (cooked a bit longer); pecan pie (chopped pecans); and coconut cream pie (with real meringue, not some whipped cream!)

    The last book I read was Still Life with Murder by P.B. Ryan. But I do not have a ‘favorite’ genre of books — altho if there’s a bit of mystery in some way to the romance, or fantasy, or whatever, then all the better. :)

  230. Lisa
    May 26, 2013 @ 08:47:47

    The last book I read was ‘A Conspiracy Of Alchemists’ by Liesel Schwartz. It’s an excellent supernatural steampunk adventure and I was completely blown away. I’m currently reading an ARC of the sequel, ‘A Clockwork Heart’ and it’s incredible – the stakes are higher, the characters and relationships more intense and I’m not even 50% through the book!

  231. Rebecca
    May 26, 2013 @ 08:51:45

    This sounds great. My touch screen on my nook is only periodically working lately so I’ve been getting very frustrated :)

  232. Rebecca
    May 26, 2013 @ 08:52:05

    This sounds great. My touch screen on my nook is only periodically working lately so I’ve been getting very frustrated :).

  233. cecilia
    May 26, 2013 @ 09:08:37

    The autograph program is pretty creative, but isn’t the point of an autograph to be some kind of ‘trophy’ – evidence that you met the famous person, or that they at least handled the object that was autographed?

  234. Jen
    May 26, 2013 @ 09:09:20

    Favorite Desert? Probably just plain old pudding…

  235. EvelynS
    May 26, 2013 @ 09:14:49

    Just finished A Week to be Wicked by Tessa Dare. Loved it!
    My favorite dessert is creme brûlée. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  236. sarah
    May 26, 2013 @ 09:18:44

    My favorite recipe…bite sized apple pie.

    1 apple, sliced into 8ths (I prefer Granny Smith)
    cinnamon/sugar mixture
    1 can crescent rolls

    Through trial and error I have discovered it best to cut and pre-cook the apple slices for about 10-15 until they are soft but not mushy.

    Lay out crescent roll dough and sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mixture.
    Add pre-cooked apple slice
    Roll up
    Bake rolls according to temp and time on crescent roll pkg.
    Give 5 minutes to cool and enjoy!

  237. Christina
    May 26, 2013 @ 09:22:16

    Last ebook read: The Witch from the Sea by Philippa Carr. Favorite dessert: almost anything chocolate.

  238. Marc
    May 26, 2013 @ 09:23:15

    I am currently reading Midnight by Ellen Connor after devouring the first in the series last weekend. I actually first saw the Aura on your site and I am coveting it. I am hoping in a few months it might go on sale with a cover and then I am all in.

  239. Rosa
    May 26, 2013 @ 09:25:51

    Just finished reading Family Pictures by Jane Green.

  240. Natalie Cleary
    May 26, 2013 @ 09:47:54

    Thanks for the chance. My favourite dessert is cheesecake!! The last book I read was Delirium by Lauren Oliver :)

  241. almendra
    May 26, 2013 @ 09:56:54

    strawberry shortcake

  242. Cheryl McInnis
    May 26, 2013 @ 10:33:14

    I just finished Amanda Quick’s The Mystery Woman, haven’t read her in awhile and I really enjoyed it.

  243. Mandy
    May 26, 2013 @ 10:48:34

    I’ve always loved cheesecake. It’s been my favorite since I was little my mom used to make them all the time before she passed away. I’ve never been able to perfect a New York Style like her but I can make a mean peach cheesecake that I love.
    I use this recipe and then add stuff to it.
    http://allrecipes.com/recipe/easy-sour-cream-cheesecake/
    like adding peaches, blueberries, apples, caramel or whatever else sounds yummy.

  244. Michelle Bledsoe
    May 26, 2013 @ 10:51:45

    Thanks for the generous giveaway.
    My favorite dessert is Cracker Barrel’s Apple Dumplings. I have never tried to make them because I know they will be no where near as good…LOL

  245. Wahoo Suze
    May 26, 2013 @ 10:53:39

    I’ve recently discovered I have a gluten intolerance, so I’m learning how to cook and bake all over again. Currently, my favourite dessert is a bowl of mixed berries with chilled coconut milk (and maybe some added chocolate chips, hemp hearts, and shredded coconut).

    And I just re-read Patricia Briggs’ Frost Burn. Re-read the whole series in sequence, actually.

  246. Emese Kovács
    May 26, 2013 @ 11:02:03

    OMG!This is amazing!International*spins around in circles**falls*…I”m so excited!!!:)

  247. Emese Kovács
    May 26, 2013 @ 11:05:38

    It took me time to finally think of ONE praticular favourite, but I think I finally got it. One dessert that I would be able to live on without consuming anything else is…strawberry cake.

  248. Poppy A.
    May 26, 2013 @ 11:23:57

    The last book I finished reading was the novella BEFORE THE WITCHES by Karina Cooper which I really loved. The world building was really interesting to me. It’s the prequel to the DARK MISSION novels and now I’m reading book one: BLOOD OF THE WICKED which I’m also enjoying but I’m only a few chapters in right now.

    My favorite dessert is tiramisu but I rarely have it. I love it when it is done right!

  249. srs
    May 26, 2013 @ 11:27:00

    Last book I read was John Irving’s In One Person for my bookclub. My favourite desert depends a bit on my mood, but you can’t go wrong with a good peanut butter chocolate chip cookie.

  250. Ducky
    May 26, 2013 @ 11:28:20

    The last book I read was “The Masqueraders” by Georgette Heyer. It was a fun and quick read.

  251. Krutula
    May 26, 2013 @ 11:29:44

    My favorite dessert is Fruit custard

  252. lorenet
    May 26, 2013 @ 12:16:15

    I’m 80% done with Still by Ann Mayburn. I wish I had a recipe for amaretto mousse cake.

  253. Rebecca
    May 26, 2013 @ 12:27:07

    My favorite dessert is rhubarb pie, straight up, no strawberries! Lots of rhubarb, 1/4c flour, 1 to 1 1/3 c sugar, juice 1 lemon. Top with pieces of butter, 1-2T total. Pie crust: my favorite is from the “Little Pie Company of the Big Apple” cookbook (1993, from a used bookstore far from the NY). Old Fashioned Dough for 2 crusts: in food processor or by hand combine 2 1/2c flour, 1T sugar, 1t salt; then add frozen pieces of 8T butter, 1/2c shortening, pulsing a few times to pea size lumps. Then, w/machine running, slowly add combined 1/4c COLD h2o and 1 beaten egg. This takes 5 sec; blend 5 more until flour is incorporated and a ball forms. Form dough gently into 2 equal 6″ disks. Now, before rolling out, chill dough for 2 hrs.
    I’ll be making one today!
    And for reading, thanks to a recent daily deal, Julie Ann Long’s “Since the Surrender”

  254. Tina Post
    May 26, 2013 @ 12:53:50

    I make this at least twice a month because my would family loves it. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/crockpot-macaroni-and-cheese-recipe/index.html

  255. Tamara
    May 26, 2013 @ 13:38:11

    The last book I read was “Deadly Sting” by Jennifer Estep…. Well, actually I finished the whole Elemental Assassin series in a week.

    The series was really good, very flushed out… Very well written.

  256. Dana Devereux
    May 26, 2013 @ 14:30:32

    Re-reading the “Parasol Protectorate” series over the holiday weekend. I’m finding the odd steampunk/Victorian/modern language mashup is contributing to the giddy mood this time. I confess, I love comic parodies, and this one sends up more than one genre.

  257. Nancy
    May 26, 2013 @ 14:33:52

    The last book I read was True by Erin McCarthy, which I enjoyed.

  258. Charlene
    May 26, 2013 @ 15:07:38

    The last book I read was Fortune’s Bride by Judith E. French. I just love her books! It’s the last book of a really amazing trilogy. I highly recommend them!

  259. Estara
    May 26, 2013 @ 15:19:27

    I’m on a World of the Lupi reread (Wilks started before Ilona Andrews or Patricia Briggs with the werewolf urban fantasy), and most recently finished Mortal Sins. Currently reading Blood Magic. The books are as good as ever.

  260. farmwifetwo
    May 26, 2013 @ 15:55:18

    Zero at the bone – a excellent m-m r-s.

    Heart of obsidian came on fri :-)

  261. Joan
    May 26, 2013 @ 16:02:38

    I just finished Carla Kelly’s Her Hesitant Heart. The other day I made Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Pound Cake and it turned out well.
    http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/lemon_blueberry_ricotta_pound_cake/

    These peanut butter brownies are super easy http://cookiesandcups.com/buckeye-brownies/

  262. Diane
    May 26, 2013 @ 16:21:23

    I am listening to Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts right now, about half way done!

  263. MarchRose
    May 26, 2013 @ 16:27:09

    I am reading right now Die for me by Karen Rose, and my favourite dessert is tiramisu.
    This recipe is quite good:

    http://allrecipes.com/recipe/tiramisu-ii/

  264. erinf1
    May 26, 2013 @ 16:42:45

    Awesome giveaway! Currently reading the Unidentified Redhead by Alice Clayton and I love red velvet cupcakes :)

  265. Sophia (FV)
    May 26, 2013 @ 16:44:09

    I’m currently reading Rock Chick by Kristen Ashley. I know better to start a KA on the weekend. Nothing else gets done!!

    Happy Memorial Day! xox

  266. Shy @ Doctor's Notes
    May 26, 2013 @ 16:53:26

    What an awesome giveaway. My favorite dessert is hands down Strawberry Cheesecake.

  267. Miss Tracy Hanson
    May 26, 2013 @ 16:56:09

    Favourite desert? Very partial to Tiramsu but love Ben & Jerry’s Peanut Butter Me Up icecream, now I’ve found it. 3 weeks after it had been advertised in our local supermarket :) :D

  268. Karen C
    May 26, 2013 @ 16:56:28

    The last book I read was Murder at the P&Z by Dorothy H. Hayes. Would say my favorite desert is brownies because I can get them the easiest. Really love tiramisu!

  269. Helen
    May 26, 2013 @ 17:05:25

    I’m getting through Kristen Ashley’s backlist (it’s huge!). I finished LACYBOURNE MANOR last night. Thanks so much for the giveaway!!

  270. Jess
    May 26, 2013 @ 17:12:46

    Mocha icebox cake

  271. Limecello
    May 26, 2013 @ 17:17:51

    My favorite dessert? Ugh – choosing is way too difficult. Ice cream? Even frozen yogurt… Tiramisu, cupcakes, cakes, creme brulee, almond “tofu” … it depends on my mood. And the season. For the summer though, every dessert should come with ice cream :D

  272. Scary Lee
    May 26, 2013 @ 18:04:09

    Coconut Cream pie but I didn’t make it….I bought it. It was yummy. Thanks.

  273. Tami Bates
    May 26, 2013 @ 18:07:25

    red velvet cake

  274. Maytoo
    May 26, 2013 @ 18:13:46

    My favourite desert is fruit salad and ice cream – nice and simple and refreshing.
    The last book I read was Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance.

  275. Sofia
    May 26, 2013 @ 18:22:59

    The last book that I read was Sophie Kinsella’s Wedding Night. I thought it was a good light read but not as enjoyable as her last release, I’ve Got Your Number.

  276. Rachel
    May 26, 2013 @ 18:27:44

    Chris Moriarty’s Spin Control – and I’m eagerly awaiting the release of book three in the series.

  277. Briar
    May 26, 2013 @ 18:49:14

    Inspired by the Stanley Cup playoffs, I have just read (or re-read really) See Jane Score. Enjoyed it just as much the second time around.

  278. Sarah Jordan
    May 26, 2013 @ 19:08:38

    Hmm, the last book I read was Rumor Has It by Jill Mansell, and my favorite dessert is anything dark chocolate!

  279. Renda
    May 26, 2013 @ 20:03:42

    Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs. Loving it.

    Love everything my husband thinks is “too sweet.”

  280. Sally W.
    May 26, 2013 @ 20:40:11

    My favorite dessert is anything with caramel. Just finished reading JAK’s Crystal Gardens.

  281. Denise
    May 26, 2013 @ 22:33:55

    The last book I finished was Gwynneth Ever After by Linda Poitevin. I received an ARC to review. I’m currently re-reading Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher.

  282. Coleen Kwan
    May 27, 2013 @ 02:07:39

    I recently finished Rashomon Gate by IJ Parker, a mystery set in eleventh century Japan.

  283. Andrea Lawton
    May 27, 2013 @ 07:52:34

    I have an older Kobo, the Wifi, which I have loved & read many fabulous books on. A touch Kobo ereader sounds wonderful!!

    My favourite dessert, reserved for special occasions is chocolate cake called a ‘Pleasure Dome’ because it is shaped like an upside down pudding bowl. It is layers of mousse-like chocolate inside with soft chocolate covering the outside. It is decorated in chocolate flowers made from dark & white chocolate with blueberries as their centres.

    I buy one for any & all excuses to celebrate. This beautiful cake is not made by me, so sadly I have no recipe. It is made in a pastry/cake shop in Melbourne, Australia.

  284. Donna A
    May 27, 2013 @ 07:57:01

    The last book I read was Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs.
    My favourite dessert is Lemon Surprise Pudding (it is so delicious!). Here’s a link for a recipe:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/lemonsurprisepudding_82708

    Also wasn’t sure if I should mention I’m in the UK, so definitely international!

  285. Kelly G.
    May 27, 2013 @ 09:34:47

    Right now it’s banana bread ice cream!

    http://www.easyvegan.info/2011/07/17/banana-bread-soft-serve/

  286. YnC
    May 27, 2013 @ 12:27:29

    Very interesting device!

  287. Sandypo
    May 27, 2013 @ 13:48:37

    I love my Kindle Fire but I would really like to get an e-reader for my husband so he can read his magazines on line instead of getting them via snail mail!

  288. Bethany Nikola
    May 27, 2013 @ 14:49:29

    Very nice giveaway!

  289. Renda
    May 27, 2013 @ 17:09:53

    Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs.
    I loved it.
    I just can’t believe she can still keep this series so interesting.
    Yeah, there are vampires and werewolves and blood and gore and treachery and death in each and every one, but she packages it all so well and executes in a way that doesn’t feel phoned in.
    Oh, and Lorelei King was gracious enough to read it for me. Yes, they are a great combo.

  290. Anne
    May 28, 2013 @ 07:49:05

    Anything with peanut butter….fudge, cake, cookies, ice cream…I am addicted to peanut butter. Did you know they now have peanut butter pop tarts? Of course I had to get a box. Next time I will get the peanut butter chocolate pop tarts.

  291. ForeverReading 1
    May 28, 2013 @ 12:19:06

    The last book I read and enjoyed was “Shadows and Strongholds” by Elizabeth Chadwick. Thanks for the giveaway!

  292. Susan
    May 28, 2013 @ 16:14:27

    I don’t know if I have a favorite dessert, but I especially crave lemon sorbet this time of year.

  293. Dragonyka
    May 29, 2013 @ 05:52:27

    Wow! What a great givaway. We’re on holiday from school here at the moment (UK) – So I’m doing a complete re-read of all my Night Huntress books. I’ve just finished One Grave at a Time and I’ve moved straight onto Once Burned because I don’t have the Home for the Holidays novella in The Bite Before Christmas.

    So then I re-read the rafflecopter info. My favourite dessert is Oreo Cheesecake!

  294. lynette
    May 29, 2013 @ 10:30:33

    waffles with biscotti cookie butter and cinnamon

  295. Samalamadingdong
    May 29, 2013 @ 16:16:53

    I’d love to try that out!

  296. Jan
    May 30, 2013 @ 05:32:19

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