Illustrated Temptations: Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting


Hi Peeps! Happy Wednesday to all.

I’m back to give you more reasons why you should 1-click Helena Hunting’s newly released book–Clipped Wings.

I FLOVED this book. The story is compelling, truly interesting and of course amazingly written. I loved the fact that it was written from both characters perspectives. You can read more about how awesomesauce the book is by reading  Tamie’s review here.

Now check out my illustrations for this book that I love…

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Illustrated Temptations: Gabriel’s Redemption by Sylvain Reynard


Since we are still on the week of celebrating the 3rd and last installment of the Gabriel Series by Sylvain Reynard, I decided to flash some photo teasers from the book. I promise that it’s not spoilerish. I’m pretty sure that you’ve seen several of them but I loved this book so much and I wanted to let you know why YOU. SHOULD. READ. IT. 😉

This is not a review, this is just a PREVIEW. Of course if you wanted to read how awesomesauce Gabriel’s Redemption you should read the 5 GOLDEN STAR REVIEWs by my lovely ladies (Tamie & Elena) by clicking here and here. That’s how amazing it is, one review will never be enough. I conclude that 5 star + 5 star is = to a sparkling 10 stars!!!

My LOVE for theProfessor is immeasurable, but you might not know this but I think I would really, really love to date the SN rather than Gabriel. (Parenthetically, it should be noted that I would rather go out with the SN to shop for more parentheticals than shop for heels with the Professor) lol

One last thing, I just wanted to share why I love Gabriel’s Redemption and why it stands out from all the rest… I love it because SR’s writing is really special to me, it’s perfect. I don’t really know how to put into words how much SR’s writing never ceases to amaze me. The raw passion of emotions is truly flawless. The scenes that his words have painted into my mind is pure bliss, and I’m still wrapping my mind around the idea that Gabriel & Julianne’s story is now finished. This extraordinary romantic story has etched and found a special spot deep in my heart. It will be forever special and I look forward to SR’s new projects.

Yeah, enough of my babbling. Check out the illustrations, I hope you like them…

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The One Lovely Blog Award…

Some days are full of surprises and unexpected gifts…yesterday was one of those days. Bookish Temptations has been nominated for The One Lovely Blog Award by artgirlnyc. Thank you for that, and for the kind words about Bookish 🙂

In accepting this award, it is my pleasure to complete the following:

  1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you. (check)
  2. Post the blog award image on your page. (check)
  3. Tell 7 facts about yourself. (see below)
  4. Nominate other blogs and let the nominees know they been chosen. (Done)

First, I’m supposed to share seven things about myself…OK…here goes…

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Fantasy Date Poll Results…

***UPDATE at the end of the post***

I’ve left the fantasy date poll up for almost a week so let’s see how you voted…

Your number one choice as my fantasy date is…*drum roll please*…

Gabriel Emerson…Ah… the sensual Professor…great choice ladies. He captured 36% of the total. There were a few days when Barrons held the lead but in the end…

Coming in at a very close second is Jericho Barrons with 33%

Christian Grey managed 16%

Dominic Grayson, Bones, and Matthew de Clairmont each received 3 1/3%

The choice for All of them got 4%

As for who you want to write these…this was a surprise for me to be honest…

39% of you would like to see a collaboration between the author and myself

31% want the author to write it

24% want me to do it

4% think Shari should do it

2% want anyone who is willing to do it. Clearly you want these posts to happen and ur not picky about who does the writing as long as it gets done 😉

A reminder…I said when I published the poll that I can’t guarantee that any of the authors will have a whit of  interest in this at all… in either collaborating with me, or in writing it on their own. All I can do is ask nicely.

Please do not ask or badger any of the authors yourselves.

Thanks to everyone who voted…look for some fantasy date posts down the road…wish me luck 🙂

UPDATE…SR has offered to write it! Do you have any idea how happy and excited I am about this?!?…

OMG! I’m bouncing off the walls…fell out of my chair (for realz) excited!I of course accepted…well duh right?!?

Thank you SR! A gazillion, million thank yous…and erm…huge hugs 🙂

OK I’m off to try and calm down…fat chance…and have a celebratory drink or two…hmmm…I totes need some champagne for this…

Tamie Xo

Some Fifty to celebrate…

How about some Fifty to celebrate that this fabulous book by E L James made it into the final round of the Goodreads Choice Awards? Yeah! That’s what I thought too.

“- “Why don’t you like to be touched?”
– “Because I’m fifty shades of fucked-up, Anastasia”
― E.L. JamesFifty Shades of Grey

“Does this mean you’re going to make love to me tonight, Christian?” Holy shit. Did I just say that? His mouth drops open slightly, but he recovers quickly.
“No, Anastasia it doesn’t. Firstly, I don’t make love. I fuck… hard. Secondly, there’s a lot more paperwork to do, and thirdly, you don’t yet know what you’re in for. You could still run for the hills. Come, I want to show you my playroom.”
My mouth drops open. Fuck hard! Holy shit, that sounds so… hot. But why are we looking at a playroom? I am mystified.
“You want to play on your Xbox?” I ask. He laughs, loudly.
“No, Anastasia, no Xbox, no Playstation. Come.”… Producing a key from his pocket, he unlocks yet another door and takes a deep breath.
“You can leave anytime. The helicopter is on stand-by to take you whenever you want to go, you can stay the night and go home in the morning. It’s fine whatever you decide.”
“Just open the damn door, Christian.”
He opens the door and stands back to let me in. I gaze at him once more. I so want to know what’s in here. Taking a deep breath I walk in.
And it feels like I’ve time-traveled back to the sixteenth century and the Spanish Inquisition.
Holy fuck.
― E.L. JamesFifty Shades of Grey

“Let me ask you something first. Do you want a regular vanilla relationship with no kinky fuckery at all?”
My mouth drops open. “Kinky fuckery?” I squeak.
“Kinky fuckery.”
“I can’t believe you said that.’
“Well, I did. Answer me,” he says calmly.
I flush. My inner goddess is down on bended knee with her hands clasped in supplication begging me.
“I like your kinky fuckery,” I whisper.”
― E.L. JamesFifty Shades of Grey

“I am going to have coffee with Christian Grey… and I hate coffee.”
― E.L. JamesFifty Shades of Grey

“He’s naked except for those soft ripped jeans, top button casually undone. Jeez, he looks so freaking hot. My subconscious is frantically fanning herself, and my inner goddess is swaying and writhing to some primal carnal rhythm.”
― E.L. JamesFifty Shades of Grey

Wow! I’m totally fanning myself too 😉

Go vote here:

Tamie Xo

Last chance to vote in the Goodreads Choice Awards Semi-finals

Today is your last chance to vote in the Goodreads Choice Awards semi-final round. I would like to encourage you to vote for your favorite books and authors if you haven’t already.

You may ask yourself if your vote is really important? Does it really make a difference? I say YES it does.

In the 1st round  write ins were allowed, and one of my favorite authors advanced to the semi-finals because enough people took the time to write him in for Best Goodreads  Author, and his book for Best Romance. I’m talking about, Sylvain Reynard,  and his book Gabriel’s Inferno. I’ve bought, read, reviewed, rated,tagged, made lists, and recommended this book countless times. Why? Because it’s just that good. I’ve also had the pleasure of interviewing SR and he did a guest post once for me. So to say I’m a fan is putting it mildly. Now let’s go beyond the gift he has for writing, and let me tell you that I also admire SR. He inspires me to believe in myself, and to try and advocate for kindness in the world. He also supports various charities, and encourages others to do the same.  He goes above and beyond in many ways.  He deserves the nominations and he deserves your vote.

I also want to talk about another one of my favorite authors who has made it into the semi-finals for Best Romance with her book Fifty Shades of Grey.  E L James is an exceptional writer. I remember when I 1st read Fifty I couldn’t get it out of my mind. For days I would reread bits and pages, and I would try to analyze what was so captivating to me. Well it wasn’t just a great story with great erotica. It went beyond that. The characters were so real and vivid that I had a strong emotional attachment to them. The sequel was due out shortly, and I was dying to get my hands on it. Lucky for me I was able to get an ARC and it was even better than the 1st.  I was also able to participate in her blog tour and giveaway, and she did an interview for me.  Ms. James also participates in worthy causes. One of them is The Fandom Gives Back.  She is another person who inspires me through her care and concern for others.

I would also like to point out that both of these authors come from small publishing companies, so lets show our support and please take a few minutes and go vote. Thanks.

You can vote for Best Romance here:

You can vote for Best Goodreads Author here:

Tamie Xo

Voting in the Goodreads Choice Awards

Hey it’s time to vote for your favorite books and therefore authors in the 2011 Goodreads Choice Awards.

In case you’re saying to yourself that your vote doesn’t matter…YOU ARE WRONG!

Voting gives more exposure and a wider audience to the books/authors that you love. We as readers should want our favorites to do well, and I encourage you to support them in any way you can. Remember, just because a book is published doesn’t mean that it’s over…that’s just the beginning really. For an author to be successful they need ardent and passionate fans. I try to be an advocate any way I can for those authors that have inspired me in some way. When I love a book enough to buy it in all it’s published forms and review, rate, list, tag, recommend…well you get the picture, then I want others to share the passion I feel for it. So please take a few minutes and show your support. One last thing…if your favorite books or authors aren’t listed you can write them in.

P.S.  Vote for:

Sylvain Reynard- Gabriel’s Inferno – Best Romance

E. L. James- Fifty Shades of Grey-  Goodreads Author

Veronica Roth-  Divergent- Young Adult Fantasy

Myra McEntire- Hourglass – Young Adult Fiction

Tamie Xo