Friday, August 9, 2013

Ella's Turning What? Blog Hop

We are really excited to be included in Ms. Ella Jade's Birthday Blog Hop!  

While we are really busy at RNC (Romance Novel Convention), we do have a review for you and a prize or several for you to win ;)  Along with the Grand Prize!!

But, before we do that . . . 

We all wish you a fabulous and magical birthday!!!

Cougar Needs by Cooper McKenzie
During her girls-only weekend with her two best friends, Stacy Covey states she needs a hero who can love her and whom she can trust with her heart, body, and soul. Months later, when her car is vandalized in front of her house, she calls the police, not realizing that, with that one phone call, her life would change forever.
Police sergeant and cougar shifter KJ Katz has just about given up on finding his mate, until he arrives at the scene of a car break-in. As he approaches the house, he realizes that the mate he has been looking for all his adult life is inside.
After being hurt so many times in the past, will she let him into her future? Will she let him be her hero? Will he have a problem because she is eight years older than he is?
4 Star Review ~*~
 Cougar Needs is actually a very quick story that while at times seems to rush through relationship stages, is a very satisfying read that hits a lot of the right notes.  Stacy hasn't always made good decisions in relationships and with her being an older woman, has pretty much given up on finding the hero she dreams about.  KJ isn't having much lock either as he desires to find his mate, but it's just not happening.

When the two come together, KJ knows before he even meets her that she is the one for him.  It is really sweet how he tries to take things slow even tho' his cat is itching to claim Stacy.   There is some hot sex, some tense moments as Stacy is put in danger and a lovely romance between two well matched people.  If you like shifters, heat, and trouble ~ pick up Cougar Needs and check out Stacy and KJ.

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Now, we have a couple of giveaways going on....  

Good news for you right ?!?!?

What do you need to do?
Simple, Leave a comment with your email address (VERY IMPORTANT)

Answer one or both of the following questions ;)
1. What is your favorite Birthday Memory?
2. What do you like or dislike about shifter stories?

~*~ Illustrious Illusions Giveaway ~*~
We actually have a swag bag from Cooper McKenzie up for grabs!  Your comment will enter you to win this and the Grand Prize!  Extra points for our drawing if you mention that you like us on Facebook (and your FB name) or if you follow us on twitter (leave twitter handle) ~ For every 25 comments from unique visitors, we will add to the prizes!!

~*~Grand Prize Giveaway ~*~

 $100 Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner's choice) Gift Card.
Comment with your e-mail address
The more places you comment, the more chances you have to win. Winner will be announced and contacted on Monday Morning!

In case the list doesn't show, Here is the link to all of the stops ~ Go enter for some great prizes! ;)


  1. My primary email address is

    My best birthday present was getting in a v8 race car and getting a hotlap. I couldn't do it on my birthday due to having to book proper race car drives and stuff, but it was really fun. I'm thinking skydiving for my 21st!

  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLA, i haven't read shifters at all. My favorite birthday moment was when i met my fiance for the first time best present i ever did recieve.

  3. My fave birthday memory is my 18th birthday. I spent the entire day in labor. Had my son the next day. BEST.GIFT.EVER.

    Thanks for being part of this blog hop!


  4. Thanks for the giveaway! Being with my kids is my favorite memory

    Hien Huynh

  5. I have loads of great birthday memorys, when I was 6 I went to Paris on my birthday, I got engaged on my 21st birthday and had my my daughter just after my 24th. BUT I think my birthday in 4 weeks time will be the best memory. I turn 40 and my daughter is 16 and we are having a massive party.


  6. My 16th birthday was my favorite. Happy Birthday Ella! so glad to be a part of the blog hop!

  7. My favorite birthday memory was from last year. My mother had moved from NY (where I live) to FL 3 months before. My friends from work took me out to dinner. While we were having a few drinks at he bar before eating someone came up behind me and covered my eyes. I had no idea who it was. They removed their hands and let me turn around. It was my MOM!! She had flown in for a few days to come and surprise me for my birthday. Best birthday present I could have ever wished for.
    kaseydean AT live DOT com

  8. Happy birthday Ella my fave birthday was my 9th my parents got married that day
    like on fb Tanya Conaway

  9. Shifter stories are a new category for me, but I am finding them more and more enjoyable. The idea of an animal [or other being] of some sort being embedded in one's personality/being has always intrigued me. The shifter stories read to date have been both a surprise and delight. While I have never read one of Cooper's shifters, I am a fan of her writing [mainly Club Esoteria] and cannot wait to try out this flavor of story.
    [FB- Cheryl Marcus [essexromancegirl]

  10. My favorite birthday memory was when hubby and I went to Vegas to get married. It was a little early for my birthday (just a few days) but I couldn't ask for a better gift!

    daringzoey at

  11. Followed you on FB
    My favorite Birthday memory was when I turned 18. The ones before that, were not so great.
    I haven`t read many shifter stories. Looks like I`m going to have to start. : )

  12. I have read a few shifter books and Love them because it keeps things from being so boring I love the shifters romance because Wow they get steamy....

    Happy Birthday Ella....

  13. happy birthday to ella and thanks to you for being a part of this blog hop!:)
    love shifter books:)
    facebook like: samantha loving
    twitter follow: @SamiLoving

  14. Happy Birthday Ella!!!

  15. My favorite birthday memory is one birthday when I was 8 or 9 (I think) and my parents let me invite a bunch of people over, including all of my family, and everyone just ran around in the yard, jumped on the trampoline, got in and out of those plastic pools around the yard, ate homemade cake and ice cream that my mom made, and hit the pinata! It was super fun just to be a kid and run around with all of my friends on a great day that involved homemade yummy treats! Happy bday Ella and thanks for a great giveaway hop! kamclauc AT gmail DOT com

  16. Happy birthday to Ella! Thanks for participating in the hop. I haven't read too many shapeshifter stories but I think it's cool to be able to change into something else.


  17. Happy Birthday Ella! Great Blog Hop. One of my best birthday is when my husband surprised me at work with flowers, chocolate and a pair of diamond earrings - made all my co-workers jealous.
    FB - Kathy Osborn
    Twitter- Koala571

  18. I want to win! Happy Birthday!

  19. Happy birthday to ella

  20. Thanks for being a part of the blog hop! Happy Birthday Ella!

  21. Happy birthday! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  22. I love everything about a shifter story... Best birthday, 30th... Found out I was pregnant with my son...
    Thanks for joining the hop!!

  23. FB- Eva Millien

    My best memory, I got boxes of books for my birthday, I was very excited. I love shifters, they are awesome, they bring their own unique qualities, problems and hotness to a story, I really wish I had one or two of my very own. Thanks for sharing Ella's wonderful day and the giveaways. evamillien at gmail dot com

    Happy Birthday, Ella

  24. Happy Birthday Ella... Hope you have a great weekend to celebrate!

    You'd think being only child I'd have great memories of birthdays.. but never had a party.. lol I do remember a small plane ride and the stewardess bringing me out a cake.. that was sweet.

    vals_hemi at yahoo dot com

  25. I received a dancing hamster for my birthday.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  26. Happy Birthday Ella!

    My favorite birthday was my 40th. I spend the day shopping with my mom, then got favorite tattoo, a garter that goes around my thigh with a Derringer tucked in.

    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  27. Happy Birthday Ella! Fantastic blog hop!

  28. happy 40th birthday Ella

    shifters are hot!!! alpha males, sexiness, fantasy men on a stick yummmmmmmmmmmm

  29. Happy Birthday Ella!! Thanks for the blog hop!!

    Graceland for my 27th!

  30. My favorite birthday memory is when my 16-yr-old sister threw me a surprise 15th birthday party. I'd never had a party before and I'd looked forward to turning 15 forever (it was my favorite number and I could get my driver's license). I was completely surprised since she mostly was mean to me. This was a turning point for us; we have been best friends ever since.

    As for the shifter question: I love shifter stories. What I like best is the strength shifters possess, both in character and in physical presence. What I like least is that sometimes authors tend to get wrapped up in writing novellas and forget that a real plot with properly developed characters, world, and story line cannot always fit in such a tiny format.

    Thanks for this opportunity.; FB: Michelle Willms; Twitter: @willms_m

  31. My favorite memory is last year when my ex and I got back together.

    As for shifters, I love them , I love how fiercely loyal they are to their pack and those they love.


  32. Thanks for the giveaway! :)


  33. I love shifter stories. I love how the characteristics of their animal counterpart shows in their personality and mannerisms :)
    Happy Birthday Ella!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    dixiedukegurl2 AT yahoo DOT com

  34. Happy Birthday to Ella!!

    Thanks for taking part in the hop and the giveaway =)

    What I don't like about shifter stories sometimes is how the shifter goes about trying to win over their mate. I don't mind inst-love or anything but I want it to be a bit believable.

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  35. Thanks for the giveaway. Happy Birthday Ella.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  36. cake baked by mom
    like the shifters

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  37. My perfect b-day present is easy....books, gift cards for books, or opals (my birthstone).

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
    GFC: BookAttict
    Twitter: @BookAttict
    Facebook: Elizabeth Hyatt

  38. Great blog hop! Thanks for the giveaway! cheryllynne(at)rocketmail(dot)com

  39. Have a WONDERFUL Birthday Ella! What I like about shifter stories are how protective and loyal the hero is.

    jmesparza821 at gmail dot com

  40. Happy Birthday Ella and thank you for the hop & giveaway. In all the shifter stories I've read no one has been able to do the description of the change justice - not enough detail or something. Not saying the stories were bad bc not all of them were but I guess I wanted more.

  41. Happy Birthday Ella!
    Perfect birthday present is time with my hubby!~
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  42. I don't really have good birthday memories. :-(
    I love shifter stories, esp ones with big cats, but I can't really explain why.

    Happy Birthday Ella! I hope you had a fabulous weekend!!
    Thank you for your generosity,