Monday, January 23, 2012

Guest Post & Giveaway with Jodie Becker and Sidney Bristol

Please help me welcome two Ellora's Cave's authors to A Buckeye Girl Reads Sidney Bristol and Jodie Becker! They are both have new books out and are giving away some cool earrings. The giveaway & rules are  at the end of the blog post!

JODIE: I wish you were here. You know why? Queensland is called the Sunny State because of it's all around sunshine. Our summers are hot and our winters are... not so hot. :D We have this cute grey kangaroo.  You'll find them in suburbia. In fact, we have a family that camps out at our local park.

 We could go to the Brisbane dock and take a boat over to Tangalooma (, which boasts of all sun and fun activities and wild dolphin feeding.  We could take a marine tour and snorkel around their wrecks and see ocean life and maybe see a wobbegong. 

I think Australia has the odd looking characters that are so endearing you just wanna take them home. Like the platypus, the cassowary  and the wombat. If you wanna check out more, we could hop in the car and drive up to Australia Zoo and check out the crocs and native animals. Crikey! XD How about we go to the southern downs? Experience country life, Aussie style? We can drive about 2hrs out to Warwick, this city is known for its rodeos and horse events. You can have steak straight from the cow and served up for dinner. Or we can check out the Granite Belt, Queensland wine country. That'd be a good thing to do in winter. We can also walk through their national park.

I wish you were here to go an check out Airlee Beach, only a 13 hour drive, but it'll be fun! We could camp out in one of the Big Four camping sites and take trips out to the Great Barrier Reef.  We can snorkel over some or scuba dive to check out the exotic fish in the ocean and if we're lucky see a shark (a nurse shark of course). We could take a plane and fly over the islands and heart reef, a natural formation of coral.

Or we could go all the way to the tip and check out Cairns. We can go to Palm Cove with the backdrop of the forest right up against the beach. Our tropical north is full of heat, sun and fun. We the beach just out the door what more could you ask for. How about the outback? We could go to Lawn Hill National park--not too far from Cairns--and canoe through it:

Wish you were here.

SIDNEY: This is the time of year I wish you were here. January and February in my area means that the Ft Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is here. The weather might need a xanax, but that's part of the adventure of it all. While the area of Texas I live in is known as part of the Great Plains, and we're known for extreme heat in the summer, our winters can vary from mild and moderate to blizzards and crazy. But this time of year is always exciting because of the stock show. You can eat just about anything fried and go to the rodeo. There are cattle drives in the old, historic stock yards and lots of shopping.

I wish you were here, because there's always something to do. With so many cities smooshed together to make the Dallas-Ft Worth Metroplex, there's a lot of history to discover. In Dallas there's the Grassy Knoll in Dealey Plaza, the Water Gardens in Ft Worth, the Cowboys and Rangers in Arlington and my favorite, the Stars in Dallas.

If that's not enough, I wish you were here to make late night drives up across the Oklahoma border to go gambling at the big casino. Or maybe out into the Arbuckle Wilderness preserve, where you can see all sorts of safari animals, many endangered, in a habitat as close to their native environment as you can get in America. If you're up for a drive, a six hour drive down to see San Antonio is always an adventure. There's the Alamo and the River Walk. If you want some more wilderness, the Texas Hill Country is ripe for exploring, picking apples and watching deer. Or maybe the piney woods are more your style. East Texas and Houston have forests that are completely different from the Central Plains.

I wish you were here so there was someone to ride shot gun on a tour of Texas. Impromptu ski trips up into the pan handle or over the border into New Mexico are always fun, that is if you're up for a thirteen hour drive. Maybe during the summer camping out in Big Bend National Park or going down to Corpus Christi or Padra Island is more your style.

Texas is a huge state, with a lot hiding in the wings. You can go partake of the historic sites, immerse yourself in the culture, or maybe go chase the phantoms, or the chupacabra, if you're feeling really daring.

Wish you were here :D

What do you love to do in your state/country?

To one lucky commenter we’re giving away opal stud earrings, directly from Coober Pedy. To enter please leave a way for us to contact you if you are the winner. Either an email (buckeyegirlreads at gmail dot com) or twitter handle works. Giveaway is open until Saturday January 28th, 2012 @ 11:00pm.

About  the authors: 

Jodie Becker 

I believe in love. Which is no surprise that I write romance. I started reading these saucy fictional pieces early on and never looked back. Nights were spent following the journey of two people finding love and tackling issues along the way. Of course, my teachers couldn’t appreciate my voracious need for books as I spent my school days catching cat naps when possible. While not writing, I’m reading pretty much whatever tickles my fancy from the contemporary to all out urban fantasy. Oh, and I’m a WAHM, domestic goddess, mother and social queen on the nets.

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Where to find Jodie:
 Disillusioned by love, Erica has tasted the bitter pill of betrayal and wonders if she’s enough for one man. When a hot guy moves in next door, Erica decides to settle for good old-fashioned lust. What starts out as a simple seduction quickly evolves, and Erica is fast finding out Dylan is dangerous not only to her libido, but her heart as well.Recently retired from the adult-film industry, Dylan hopes for a fresh start in Templeton where his porn persona, Drake Van Wulf, is unknown. His new neighbor is unlike the women he’s accustomed to, but she stirs his blood nonetheless. His rule not to get involved is quickly tested by Erica and her lush curves. Unable to withstand her allure, Dylan finds himself wanting more from Erica than just her body. He wants her heart also.With the secret of his past hanging in the shadows, Dylan’s about to find out if love truly
                                  conquers all.

Sidney Bristol 
  It can never be said that Sidney Bristol has had a ‘normal’ life.  She is a recovering roller derby queen, former missionary, and tattoo addict. She grew up in a motor-home on the US highways (with an occasional jaunt into Canada and Mexico), traveling the rodeo circuit with her parents. Sidney has lived abroad in both Russia and Thailand, working with children and teenagers. She now lives in Texas where she splits her time between a job she loves, writing, reading and belly dancing. 
 Where to find Sidney:

Sparks—and clothes—fly when hot veterinarian Cody-Lynn Parker shows up at Scott Carillo’s animal shelter. Scott’s had a bad run with women, but he can’t keep his hands off Cody’s luscious curves. Cody’s trying to be professional, but she can barely concentrate on work thanks to her craving for the tall, dark and sexy Cuban. She kisses caution goodbye and Scott hello when his shirt comes off.Between naked star-gazing and naughty massages, their steamy fling turns into an affair of the heart. But when thieves target Cody, she finds herself flirting with danger, and Scott wants to rescue her whether she thinks she needs it or not.
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Blog Tour Stops:
Jan 2:  Romancing the Book                                       
Jan 3:   The Book Vixen
Jan 4:  Good Choice Reading                                    
  Jan 8:   Red Hot Books
Jan 9:  Book Addicts                                                    
Jan 11: Hanging with Bells
Jan 12: Book Obsessed                                               
Jan 13: Seductive Musings
Jan 14: The Forbidden Bookshelf                             
Jan 16: Novel Thoughts
Jan 17: As the Pages Turn                                        
 Jan 18: Cocktails and Books
Jan 19: Romance Around the Corner                       
Jan 21: Asian Cocoa’s Secret Garden
Jan 24: A Buckeye Girl Reads                                  
Jan 25: Books n Kisses
Jan  27: Love Romance Passion