Friday, December 31, 2010

2011 Challenges! What did you join?

So here are some of the challenges that I've signed up for! Have you signed up for any of these? What have you signed up for because I'm worried I'm missing a challenge I may like!? LOL!

Stephen King Challenge hosted here.

Important info:

Rules - There are two levels: Read either SIX (6) or TWELVE (12) Stephen King novels in 2011 (6 is the minimum but you can read more than 12 if you wish!)
You don't have to select your books ahead of time, you can just add them as you go. Also if you do list them upfront you can change them, nothing is set in stone! The books you choose can crossover into other challenges you have on the go.

You can join anytime between now and the later part of next year.

At the beginning of Jan 2011, I will add a link so you can add your reviews.

You don't have to have a blog to join in - for those without a blog just FILL IN THIS FORM and I will add you to the list - just join the discussion in the comments section to let us know when you've read a book and what you thought of it! :)

You can also follow each other's progress and chat about the SK books you read on twitter too - just use #SKChallenge :)

Horror and Urban Fantasy hosted by Book Chick City



Some Rules:

Rules: To read TWENTY FOUR (24) horror & urban fantasy novels in 2011 (24 is the minimum but you can read more if you wish!

You don't have to select your books ahead of time, you can just add them as you go. Also if you do list them upfront you can change them, nothing is set in stone! The books you choose can crossover into other challenges you have on the go.
You can join anytime between now and the later part of next year.
At the beginning of Jan 2011, you will find a link to add your reviews.

You don't have to have a blog to join in - for those without a blog just FILL IN THIS FORM and I will add you to the list - just join the discussion in the comments section to let us know when you've read a book and what you thought of it! :)


Shifter Challenge hosted by Parajunkee's View here.


Some rules:

Post about this challenge on your blog stating that you are participating. That post is the link that you will include in the Mr. Linky below. The link should be the post link not just your blog link.

Grab the button and display it in the post (use grab code underneath the button) or on your sidebar so others can join in the fun.

Challenge goes from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011

The challenge is to read 20 books that have a SHIFTER as a main character, either protag or antagonist

There will be a post that goes up for January 1 where you add each book as you read them and discuss books read in the comments


Paranormal Romance Challenge


This one is hosted by Bitten by Paranormal Romance. You can check it out and sign up here.


Here are some of the instructions:

This is a challenge to read 20 paranormal romance book between Jan 1st through Dec 31st. Any books read before Jan will not count.

You can pick any *adult paranormal romance book as you go, new release or old release it doest matter. But remember this is only for paranormal romance. NO urban fantasy, YA or paranormal erotica. If you have any questions please email me or leave a comment.

*It doesn't matter if the book is vampire, witch, any shape-shifting, Greek gods, zombies or faeries just as long as it adult paranormal romance. Most book will tell you on the side cover if its paranormal romance, that's what you want to get to read. If you have a book you don't know if it would work or not just email me and ask, its no bother.

Love Bites by Adrienne Barbeau

<----I love this cover! I also really loved this book! I know some people are growing away from the vampire books and some are staying true. While I continue to drift every now and then to a different genre I ALWAYS come back to the paranormal.

I really enjoyed this one because the story was DIFFERENT! If you want a new twist to your vampires then I highly suggest reading this one. You'd be shocked by the actors who are actually vamps! *wink*

About The Book:
(from Author's On The Web)

Ovsanna Moore is a Hollywood siren, horror film legend, and cut throat producer. She also happens to be a 450-year-old vampyre. In the follow-up to the much acclaimed Vampyres of Hollywood, Adrienne Barbeau paints a wonderfully sly portrait of cinematic vampyres, as well as the nature of celebrity, and the entertainment industry. Her “Scream Queen” credentials make her the only author who could combine such a fastpaced, edgy plot with tongue-in-cheek references to the inner workings and vanity of Hollywood. A whirlwind of action, Love Bites is a clever take on vampyres readers will never forget.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Are you a fan of Faery books?

I know I am! I read Extraordinary a while back and while I thought it got off to a slow start it really pulled me in after all. I enjoyed it and think that if you're a Faery fan and haven't checked it out yet then you are missing a good story.
And on a side note I'm wondering what some of your favorite Faery books of 2010 were?
About Extraordinary:
(from Author's website)
What does it mean to be extraordinary? Phoebe finds herself drawn to Mallory, the strange and secretive new kid in school. Soon the two girls are as close as sisters . . . until Mallory’s magnetic older brother, Ryland, appears. Ryland has an immediate, exciting hold on Phoebe—but a dangerous hold, for she begins to question her feelings about her best friend and, worse, about herself.
Soon she’ll discover the shocking, fantastical truth about Ryland and Mallory, and about an age-old debt they expect Phoebe to pay. Will she be strong enough to resist? Will she be special enough to save herself?
**review copy provided by publisher. All opinions are my own. I was given no monetary compensation for this post.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Wolf Fever by Terry Spear

I'll say that I REALLY enjoyed this one! I love a good alpha male and this book had it. There were unexpected twists and turns...hot romance...and a great story. What more can you ask for?!

If you love werewolves then this is one to check out!

About the Book:
(from Amazon)

She may be his destiny, but she's not his first choice...

Hospital nurse and newly turned red werewolf Carol Woods is being pressured by her pack leader to find a mate, but he's the only guy in the pack who remotely attracts her.

Why is he playing so hard to get?

The fate of the pack rests on his shoulders...

Gray pack leader Ryan McKinley doesn't want anything to do with Carol unless she's willing to embrace her wolf nature-no matter how beautiful she is.

But when a virus infects the local lupus garou pack, Ryan realizes just how wrong he's been not to seize the moment with the woman he's come to love. And now, it may be too late...

Review: Thr3e by Ted Dekker


I adore Ted Dekker's writing and I saw this one at the store the other day. I saw the author's name and the cover and knew it was going into my basket.
I was not disappointed! As usual, the writing was thrilling, creepy, and fast paced. I read through the book in no time as I just could not put it down.
The story itself is about the timeless battle between good and evil and Dekker put his twist on it. If you like a creepy and suspenseful psychological thriller then this is one to read.
Here is the link to it on Amazon if you want to find out more.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Review: Tracking The Tempest by Nicole Peeler

I've always enjoyed Nicole Peeler's writing and I think she is an awesomely (is that a word?) brash woman. (at least on Twitter LOL!)

I read this one a few weeks ago but never got to sat anything since I've been so busy with the holidays. I have to tell you though...I really loved it! I of course loved the array of characters but I think I've started to favor Anyan in this one.

Check out the series if you haven't yet!

About The Book:
(from Amazon)

Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and Ryu - Jane's bloodsucking boyfriend - can't let a major holiday go by without getting all gratuitous. An overwhelming dose of boyfriend interference and a last-minute ticket to Boston later, and Jane's life is thrown off course.

Ryu's well-intentioned plans create mayhem, and Jane winds up embroiled in an investigation involving a spree of gruesome killings. All the evidence points towards another Halfling, much to Jane's surprise...

Friday, December 17, 2010

Review: Cameo the Assassin And Cameo and the Highwayman

By: Dawn McCullough White



Review:

This series was a little different from what I’m used of reading. I expected it to be just another vampire book, and boy was I wrong.

I can’t say what makes it different because that would ruin the books, but it was a very nice change from the usual. You have to admire the main character because no matter what hand she has been dealt she just keeps moving forward and accepting her fate.

These books are kind of short; I was able to finish both in less than one day. I do find the books were more like short stories than novels. I wish they would have been longer, but I still enjoyed them. I really like the fact that her books are being released so close together, so I don’t have to wait so long to find out what will happen next

About Book 1:

(from Author's website)

The Kingdom of Sieunes is rife with taverns, dirty streets, and clay pipe smoking citizens all toiling to feed their families and keep themselves in something little better than rags. With a foiled revolution just ten years prior still burning in the hearts of many, the royals enlist the aid of assassins to keep things in order.
The townsfolk entertain themselves by dreaming of better times to come and regaling in stories of the undead said to walk the graveyards at night... and of Cameo the killer with corpse-like eyes... Scarred and jaded Cameo is one of the most effective assassins in the employ of the Association, moving from one mission to the next as long as the alcohol keeps flowing.
Her acceptance of the murder-for-hire lifestyle is thrown into doubt when she meets a local highwayman with a penchant for fine clothes and women, and then she begins to think about breaking with the company but no one ever breaks with the Association under good terms.
About Book 2:
The land of Shandow is a place of arctic cold. It was the scene of the bloody revolution, and is the location of the item Cameo's master wants so badly. In the dark of winter a vampire lies in wait......Opal is unable to run from his past... and Cameo must make a choice that will cost her the last shred of humanity she has left.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Review: Dear Sparkle by Sparkle The Cat


Yesterday I had the fun of Sparkle's guest post and today I want to tell you about the book.

If you are a cat person/know a cat person etc. I would say to pick this one up! Personally, if I imagined cat conversations they would sound JUST like this book. I laughed out loud through most of the book but in all honestly I also found GREAT advice!

You could even get this as a stocking stuffer for the kitty in your life LOL!

I totally loved it! It also has a place of honor of the pet supplies "shelf" because it was signed by Sparkle herself!

About The Book:
(From PUYB)




Face it, kitties, your humans can’t help you untangle your problems — especially when they’re usually the ones driving you crazy! But never fear, the world’s foremost feline authority, Sparkle the Cat, is here to solve all of your kitty conundrums. With 70 Q&As, “Sparkle Says” sidebars, and full-color photos throughout, this guide is definitely NOT your usual human-written cat book.
Whether you’re a confused kitty who doesn’t understand why you’re supposed to stay off the couch, a cat who’s furious because the new puppy ate your catnip stash, or a freaked-out feral who wants to return to the wild, Sparkle has the wise — and often hilarious — answers for your woes. And who knows? Humans who read it (with your permission, of course) may even learn something new about the way we behave.

About Sparkle:

Sparkle is an award-winning author, blogger, advice columnist and supermodel. She is also a cat – a ruddy Somali of champion lineage, in fact, whose father, GC Tajhara’s Miles Davis, was twice on the cover of Cat Fancy. Sparkle’s first book, Dear Sparkle: Advice from One Cat to Another, won the Wild Card category at the 2007 Hollywood Book Festival and honorable mentions in several other contests. She also recently came home with the Pettie Award — the pet blogging equivalent of an Oscar — for Best Cat Blog. Sparkle lives in Los Angeles with two humans, two feline roommates (both rescue cats), and (unfortunately) a dog.

Dear Sparkle: Cat-to-Cat Advice from the World’s Foremost Feline Columnist (Adams Media) is her second book.

You can visit Sparkle’s blog at http://www.sparklecat.com.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Sparkle The Cat...you must read this guest post!

Yes friends, I am on an animal kick this week...and today's guest is Sparkle! The author of Dear Sparkle...


I LOVED this book and wil be posting the review for you tommorrow but today you must read what this awesome feline has to say!

Seven Tips on How to Live Like a Cat
by Sparkle

You humans are always checking out us cats with envy, believing that we have the ideal life. And while there is more to being a kitty than merely eating and sleeping in the sun, I must say that being a cat is pretty awesome! So to all you humans who say that you want to come back as a cat when you die... you don't have to wait that long! You can start living like a cat right now - I've got seven tips to help. Give them a try - you will be surprised at how much better your life will be.

1. Take time to enjoy some sunbeams. Of course, you humans will have to wear sunscreen, whereas we cats (unless we are hairless or pure white) don't need it.

2. Be finicky. Why eat something unless you are 100% positive you are going to enjoy it?

3. Take lots of naps. We cats sleep for 16 hours a day and we never show our age. Think about it.

4. Don't hold grudges. In multi-cat households, smackdowns happen all the time, but just a little while later, there we are on the bed, curled up together. Why is it so hard for humans to do that?

5. Don't dwell on illness. We cats rarely let on when we are feeling unwell, unless it is something important. That's because we know it's boring to complain endlessly about minor aches and pains.

6. Groom frequently, but do it for the right reasons. When we cats bathe ourselves, we aren't trying to impress anyone. We are doing it for the sheer pleasure of looking good.

7. Stretch! It keeps you supple and limber. You may not need to sleep curled up into a little ball, but wouldn't it be nice to be able to if you ever had the desire?

Sparkle is an award-winning author, blogger, advice columnist and supermodel. She is also a cat – a ruddy Somali of champion lineage, in fact, whose father, GC Tajhara’s Miles Davis, was twice on the cover of Cat Fancy. Sparkle’s first book, Dear Sparkle: Advice from One Cat to Another, won the Wild Card category at the 2007 Hollywood Book Festival and honorable mentions in several other contests. She also recently came home with the Pettie Award — the pet blogging equivalent of an Oscar — for Best Cat Blog. Sparkle lives in Los Angeles with two humans, two feline roommates (both rescue cats), and (unfortunately) a dog.

Dear Sparkle: Cat-to-Cat Advice from the World’s Foremost Feline Columnist (Adams Media) is her second book.

You can visit Sparkle’s blog at http://www.sparklecat.com.



Pretty kitty.....

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Cruel Winter by Anthony Izzo

This was an older book that I found at a library sale and when I saw it was in the horror genre I snatched it up! I'm so glad I did because I really enjoyed it!

It was fast paced and different. I zoomed through it due to his smooth writing and well written story. I enjoyed it and now I have have to go search down his other books!

About The Book:
(from Goodreads)

Jack Harding and his friends feel sorry for the new kid in town. His name is Ronnie Winter, and he's a bit of a weirdo. So when the local bullies try to beat him up, Jack and his friends step in to protect Ronnie - and that's their first mistake. Because Ronnie Winter is not like any other kid they've ever known. He lives at the old Steadman place, in the big creepy mansion that used to be a mental hospital. And his young, beautiful mother has a strange way of making Jack promise to be Ronnie's friend...forever. The closer Jack and his friends get to Ronnie, the colder it gets. The town is plunged into a wave of brutal snow storms - and plagued by a series of gruesome murders. And as the grisly death toll mounts, Jack realizes that Ronnie is surrounded by something far more powerful than a mother's love - he's guarded by a force of unspeakable evil that will torture and destroy everything in its path...

Monday, December 6, 2010

Big Paw Designs! Check out this fun giveaway!

Not only do I love books...I LOVE animals! When I saw this fun review opp. I knew I had to share it with my fellow animal lovers. I read a lot of animal stories...Oogy for example. (review coming for that one) Sparkle The Cat which I review tommorrow...



So yes I love our cat and dog! Big Paw Designs makes cute and stylish things for those furry loves in your life. They sent me this awesome Fleur De Leis Collar charm. I must say that I LOVE it and it's of excellent quality! Everyone who has seen it has asked me about it because they want one. My fellow Saints fans are jealous! LOL!



I also received this lovely door hanger! (Because I have a cat too!) It's made of heavy duty plastic and it's tough. I love the fact that it warns people about letting the cat out. You know some of us have sneaky kitties!

So now that I've been able to share the awesomeness that is Big Paw Designs, I'm excited to tell you that they are offering one winner either the same charm OR the same door hanger. How awesome is that?

The contest closes on Dec. 14th and it's open to US and Canadian residents!

If you would like to enter tell me the name of your favorite animal book and if you have a cat or dog. Also let me know what you would like if you won...hanger or charm?

**Review product provided by company. All opinions are my own and I was not monetarily compensated for this post.

Guest Post from Author Cinda Williams Chima!

So how many of you are familiar with this awesome author? If you haven't checked out her work yet then you should get on it pronto. She writes great fantasy! (I'm currently reading and will have reviews coming up shortly so stay tuned.)

Cinda was kind enough to write up a guest post for us so let's check it out!

This was what I wanted to know:

What is the driving force behind being a fantasy writer?


I don’t know which is worse in the eyes of some readers and writers of SERIOUS BOOKS—writing fantasy fiction, or writing for teens. In the tone of voice an adult might use when admiring a two-year-old’s childish drawing, they say, “Keep at it, and maybe one day you’ll get to write a real book.”

I have enough vulnerabilities already, heaven knows—and authors in any genre share vast opportunities for humiliation. I’ve already discussed why I write for teens http://cindachima.livejournal.com/38553.html and mentioned being dissed as a writer of fantasy fiction http://cindachima.livejournal.com/10658.html

So why write fantasy?

1. The easy answer is that fantasy sells, and has been selling for years, especially to young readers. On a recent New York Times bestseller list (October 1, 2010) eight of ten bestselling chapter books and five of ten bestselling series books were fantasy novels of one kind or another. Fantasy these days is such a broad genre that there’s room for a broad range of readers and writers.

That said, I think it’s a mistake to follow trends. Writing a novel is difficult enough. I think readers can tell when you’re just going through the motions. So, keep an eye on the market but write from the heart. I love all kinds of fiction, including fantasy, therefore I write it. That’s not to say I always will.

2. Fantasy presents more options when it comes to plot and conflict. The element of magic is one more weapon in the writer’s arsenal. Not only does Buffy the Vampire Slayer have to navigate the social minefield of high school—but there’s a hell-hole under the cafeteria.

In The Demon King, Han Alister is an orphaned streetgang leader who’s being hunted for murders he didn’t commit. Also, he may be demon-cursed, and he’s carrying a magical amulet that could destroy him. Princess Raisa ana’Marianna stands to inherit a political snakepit of a queendom from her mother the queen—if she can manage to hold off a rebellion of powerful wizards desperate to regain power.

Alternative worlds expand options as well. For example, The Seven Realms series takes place in a quasi-medieval world. In medieval times, sixteen-year-olds were adults, for all intents and purposes. And so, as a writer, I can put my teenage characters into dire and dangerous situations; I can shovel heavy responsibility onto their shoulders and send them out on the road without hearing from Children’s Protective Services.

3. Fantasy provides a forum in which to explore Big Ideas in a safe place. I don’t mean safe for the characters, I mean safe for the reader.
Long ago and/or far away provides a certain distance. It’s clearly a created world, even if you manage to entice the reader into it. In the Queendom of the Fells, I can address environmental and gender issues without the distractions of contemporary politics. I can explore revisionist history without pointing any fingers. I can put the conflict between good and evil into stark relief in an ecumenical way.

Fantasy can free the reader of pre-conceived notions, expectations, and biases and allow them to experience a different sensibility.

4. All fiction provides escape from real life, if only briefly. The reader chooses the escape that suits him or her best. A gritty contemporary novel may not offer escape from a gritty contemporary world. Fantasy does.

In short, fantasy is fun. In a world that seems bent on the destruction of pleasure reading, fantasy satisfies.




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Friday, December 3, 2010

The Weight Of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf

I REALLY enjoyed this one! I enjoyed Heather's writing style and the way that she pulled this story together.

The book is told from a different point of view in each chapter which kept it interesting. Each character really had their own "voice" and you were able to see the story from each perspective.

The storyline was sad and touching but at the same time showed what people can overcome. It also had some unexpected plot twists which really shocked me. I also found it to be a quick read. I liked it and hope you'll check it out.

About The Book:
(from TLC)

It happens quietly one August morning. As dawn’s shimmering light drenches the humid Iowa air, two families awaken to find their little girls have gone missing in the night.

Seven-year-old Calli Clark is sweet, gentle, a dreamer who suffers from selective mutism brought on by a tragedy that pulled her deep into silence as a toddler. Calli’s mother, Antonia, tried to be the best mother she could within the confines of marriage to a mostly absent, often angry husband. Now, though she denies that her husband could be involved in the possible abductions, she fears her decision to stay in her marriage has cost her more than her daughter’s voice.

Petra Gregory is Calli’s best friend, her soul mate and her voice. But neither Petra nor Calli has been heard from since their disappearance was discovered. Desperate to find his child, Martin Gregory is forced to confront a side of himself he did not know existed beneath his intellectual, professorial demeanor.

Now these families are tied by the question of what happened to their children. And the answer is trapped in the silence of unspoken family secrets.

About The Author:

Heather Gudenkauf was born in Wagner, South Dakota, the youngest of six children. At one month of age, her family returned to the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota where her father was employed as a guidance counselor and her mother as a school nurse. At the age of three, her family moved to Iowa, where she grew up. Having been born with a profound unilateral hearing impairment (there were many evenings when Heather and her father made a trip to the bus barn to look around the school bus for her hearing aids that she often conveniently would forget on the seat beside her), Heather tended to use books as a retreat, would climb into the toy box that her father’s students from Rosebud made for the family with a pillow, blanket, and flashlight, close the lid, and escape the world around her. Heather became a voracious reader and the seed of becoming a writer was planted.

Heather graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in elementary education, has spent the last sixteen years working with students of all ages and is currently an Instructional Coach, an educator who provides curricular and professional development support to teachers. The Weight of Silence is her first novel.

Heather lives in Dubuque, Iowa with her husband, three children, and a very spoiled German Shorthaired Pointer named Maxine. In her free time Heather enjoys spending time with her family, reading, hiking, and running. She is currently working on her second novel.

Visit Heather Gudenkauf’s website HERE.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Review: Serial by Jack Kilborn and Blake Crouch (Amazon Freebie!)

If you have a Kindle and haven't picked up this freebie...well then run over and get it! If your a "horrorish" fan then you should check it out. It's creepishly funny and kinda sick. For a free short story it's worth the 10 minutes it will take you to read it.

About The Book:
(from Amazon)

Remember the twin golden rules of hitchhiking?

# 1: Don't go hitchhiking, because the driver who picks you up could be certifiably crazy.
# 2: Don't pick up hitchhikers, because the traveler you pick up could be raving nutcase.

So what if, on some dark, isolated road, Crazy #1 offered a ride to Nutcase #2? When two of the most twisted minds in the world of horror fiction face off, the result is SERIAL, a terrifying tale of hitchhiking gone terribly wrong.

Like a deeply twisted version of an "After School Special," SERIAL is the single most persuasive public service announcement on the hazards of free car rides. Beyond a thrilling piece of horrifying suspense, SERIAL is also a groundbreaking experiment in literary collaboration. Kilborn wrote the first part. Crouch wrote the second. And they wrote the third together over email in 100-word exchanges, not aware of each other's opening section. All bets were off, and may the best psycho win.

**review copy: Amazon freebie

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

I'm in a slump!

It's just an all around slump LOL! I've been so busy in these months since school has started and I feel like I've been neglecting my beloved blog! (That's not good right!?) I'm seriously hoping things will slow down after Christmas so I have time for everything.

I've still been doing a lot of reading and I have several reviews to get typed up so keep an eye out for that. I also have some guest posts and guest reviews.

Like I mentioned...I've been reading A LOT but, I'm finding some of the books to just be so so. Not good, not bad, but not spectacular. *shrug* I think it might be me. I was reading The Radleys and just couldn't get into it. I think I might try it again later though.

So how has YOUR holiday season been going? I still have to finish Christmas shopping! Blah!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

A Short Gift Guide: My Secret Circle and Zibits Mini Robots


I have kids and I'm always looking for interesting things for them. I received both of these products for review and I want to tell you about them in this "Mini" gift guide.

My Secret Circle is a computer based item that you can safely hook up with your best friend online. My daughter gave one to her BFF and they had a great time exploring all the features and being able to talk safely and privately. I'll tell you that it took us a little while to figure it out but other than that they loved it.

From the Website:

Unlock your secret circle! A key for you and your best friend too!Stay connected with your friends online with My Secret Circle BBF Pack™! With the BFF pack you get to select your very first circle friend! Online Access Keys unlocks the ability to Journal, Instant Message, Play Games and share photos with your Secret Circle!

No subscriptions or additional fees required.


I also received a Zibit Mini Robot and I'll say that my son LOVED this toy. It's a small robot that comes with a little remote and you can "drive" it around. I'll say that he had a blast (as did his dad) and wants more. They seem to be affordable and I can see us buying more. If you have a boy (or even a girl) you may want to take the time to check into this!



From Toys R Us website:

Welcome to the world of Zibits with our Zibit? Mini Collectible R/C Robot - Urban Tech 1! Zibits spin, race, and are taking the world by storm! These Mini Collectable Zibits come to life with R/C!! Race your Zibit forward and turn at a 360 degree radius. Collect'em ALL! 12 hot Zibit designs! The Zibit? Mini Collectible R/C Robot features:

Awesome Zibit sound effects
Multiple points of articulation

**Review products provided by manufacturer. All opinions are my own and I did not receive monetary compensation for this post.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Review: Full Dark No Stars by Stephen King

I'll say that I'm a horror fan...always have been because I love a good "pretend" scare. In real life I'm a big chicken LOL! I checked this one out from the library and couldn't wait to read it. I know I'll have to buy it eventually to add to my Stephen King collection because I really enjoyed it. It's a collection of novellas that will make your skin crawl!

I've seen mixed reviews on this book but I was satisfied with it. I enjoyed each story as they were each unique. I think if you enjoy horror you may want to check this one out.

About The Book:
(from Fantastic Fiction UK)

'I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...' writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up '1922', the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerising tales from Stephen King, linked by the theme of retribution. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife Arlette proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness. In 'Big Driver', a cozy-mystery writer named Tess encounters the stranger is along a back road in Massachusetts when she takes a shortcut home after a book-club engagement. Violated and left for dead, Tess plots a revenge that will bring her face to face with another stranger: the one inside herself. 'Fair Extension', the shortest of these tales, is perhaps the nastiest and certainly the funniest. Making a deal with the devil not only saves Harry Streeter from a fatal cancer but provides rich recompense for a lifetime of resentment. When her husband of more than twenty years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson looks for batteries in the garage. Her toe knocks up against a box under a worktable and she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It's a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends 'A Good Marriage'. Like DIFFERENT SEASONS and FOUR PAST MIDNIGHT, which generated such enduring hit films as The Shawshank Redemption and Stand by Me, FULL DARK, NO STARS proves Stephen King a master of the long story form.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Share your thoughts: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Have you read this one yet my bookish friends? I just finished it today and have to say that I found it different and intriquing. Jay Asher certainly had a powerful message to pass along and did so well in his writing.

It was a touching and sad story and I think represents the suicidal teen in a real way. A way that I think people don't see. A way that people think that a teens problems aren't so big. A way that shows it from their eyes and might make you take a closer look.

So, I want to know what you thought if you've read this one. I'd love to see some opinions.

About The Book:
(from Goodreads)

Jay Asher's brilliant first novel is a moving, highly original story that focuses on a set of audiotapes made by a girl before she committed suicide, and which explain to 13 people the reasons why she decided to end her life. Told in a highly effective duel narrative -- alternating between the girl s voice and the thoughts of a boy who is listening -- this honest, poignant story reveals how other people's actions shape, and by extension can ruin, an individual's faith in people. Intensely powerful and painfully real, Thirteen Reasons Why reveals how brutal high school can be, the consequences of spreading rumors, and the lasting effects of suicide on those left behind.

**Review copy: Library copy

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

YA Review: After by Amy Efaw

I have to say that this was a great book. I personally think that teenagers should have this one as required reading. It is an emotionally draining book...a very sad story. I was "happy" to find out how it ended and how the author chose to end it. It's rare to see people taking responsibility for their actions anymore.
There isn't a ton for me to say here except that I think you should pick this one up. It certainly can shed some light on teen pregnancy.
About The Book:
An infant left in the trash to die. A teenage mother who never knew she was pregnant . . .
Before That Morning, these were the words most often used to describe straight-A student and star soccer player Devon Davenport: responsible, hardworking, mature. But all that changes when the police find Devon home sick from school as they investigate the case of an abandoned baby. Soon the connection is made - Devon has just given birth; the baby in the trash is hers. After That Morning, there's only one way to define Devon: attempted murderer.
**review copy: my personal copy

Monday, November 22, 2010

Blog Tour: A Winter Solstice Celebration by DiDi LeMay

My daughter and I really enjoyed this one. It's certainly for older children IMO; my daughter is in 2nd grade and was able to read and understand it easily.

The story itself is a good one. It really helps young ones to understand environmental issues and how the little things we do affect the world. I thought it was fun and educational. I should also mention that I loved the illustrations!

About The Book:
(from Author's Website)

A Winter Solstice Celebration” helps children and adults alike to understand how the animals feel about their planet, how humans can help and how and how humans and animals can live together in harmony. A Winter Solstice is warm story that relates to all who read it.

A Winter Solstice Celebration takes young readers deep into the forest, where they discover how seemingly harmless human activities can wreak havoc on the natural world.

**Review copy provided by author. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Upcoming CSN Review and a Giveaway!


You have to love CSN! They have over 200 online stores where you can find anything you need whether it be a chic handbag, bathroom shelving or even cute cookware! Thanks to the great folks at CSN I'll get to do another review but I want my readers to have fun also!

So for you to have fun I'm giving away two books to one lucky winner! I have one copy of Hex In High Heels and one copy of Bedlam, Bath, and Beyond!

To enter simply click on the words "bathroom shelving" at the beginning of the post and tell me which of those you like the most. I posted my favorite. :)

-open to US residents only

-ends November 20th

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Review: Dust by Joan Frances Turner


I must say that this was an original. I've never read a "zombie" book from this point of view and it did tend to make you think. I did think
that there was a bit of over-writing at some points that led me to skim but other than that I didn't have any complaints. Certainly unique and I would say to check it out if you haven't yet.
About The Book:
(from Dust website)

Nine years ago, Jessie had a family.Now, she has a gang.
Nine years ago, Jessie was a vegetarian.
Now, she eats very fresh meat.
Nine years ago,Jessie was in a car crash and died.
Nine years ago, Jessie was human.
Now, she’s not.

After she was buried, Jessie awoke and tore through the earth to arise, reborn, as a zombie. Jessie’s gang is the Fly-by-Nights. She loves the ancient, skeletal Florian and his memories of time gone by. She’s in love with Joe, a maggot-infested corpse. They fight, hunt, dance together as one—something humans can never understand. There are dark places humans have learned to avoid, lest they run into the zombie gangs.

But now, Jessie and the Fly-by-Nights have seen new creatures in the woods—things not human and not zombie. A strange new illness has flamed up out of nowhere, causing the undeads to become more alive and the living to exist on the brink of death. As bits and pieces of the truth fall around Jessie, like the flesh off her bones, she’ll have to choose between looking away or staring down the madness—and hanging onto everything she has come to know as life…

About The Author:
(also from Dust website)

Joan Frances Turner is the author of Dust, forthcoming from Ace Books on September 7, 2010. Dust is a story of the undead from their own point of view, as they battle time, decay, the loved ones they left behind, encroaching humanity and each other. Or, think Watership Down with zombies instead of rabbits. She is currently working on a sequel, tentatively titled Frail, from the all-important human perspective.

Joan was born in Rhode Island and grew up in the Calumet Region of northwest Indiana, which fellow Region Rat Jean Shepherd famously said “clings precariously to the underbody of Chicago like a barnacle clings to the rotting hulk of a tramp steamer.” Like Mr. Shepherd, she aspires someday to have a local community center named after her against her will. A graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School, she lives near the beach with her family and a garden full of spring onions and tiger lilies, weather permitting.

Joan is represented by Michelle Brower of Folio Literary Management. Dust is her first novel.
Review copy provided by publisher. All opinions are my own.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Review and Blog Tour: Faefever by Karen Marie Moning

Once again this was another exceptional book in the series. I'm not sure what to tell you at this point to convince you that it's a must read series. I've fallen for these characters and their plight, and I get excited everytime I pick up one of the McKayla Lane novels. If yuo haven't checked it out yet then you should. This is a must read series in my opinion!

About The Book:
(from here)

In FAEFEVER, Karen Marie Moning returns to the shadowy Dublin Otherworld in an undeniably sexy novel her fans are feverish for. Changed by the choices she made in order to survive, Mac no longer is the naïve, idealistic, and glamorous girl newly arrived in Dublin. Now, on a quest to find her sister's killer, she is a major player in a deadly game, but with one great advantage: she knows how to find the one thing Fae and human alike are willing to kill for - the Sinsar Dubh, an ancient book of magic so dark it corrupts anyone who touches it. What Mac soon discovers, however, is worse than she had imagined. Surrounded by treachery, her enemies indistinguishable from her allies, she can be certain of only one thing - as All Hallows' Eve approaches, her time is running out.

About The Author:
(from her website)

Karen Marie Moning was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, one of four children. She graduated from Purdue University with a BA in Society and Law. After a decade of working with insurance litigation and arbitration, she quit her job to pursue her dream of a writing career. Four manuscripts and countless part-time jobs later, Beyond the Highland Mist was published by Bantam Dell and nominated for two prestigious RITA awards. Author of the beloved HIGHLANDER series and the thrilling new FEVER series, featuring MacKayla Lane, a sidhe seer. Her novels have appeared on The New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly bestsellers lists, and have received many industry awards, including the RITA.

Review copy provided by publisher as part of TLC Book Tours. All opinions are my own.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Guest Post: Ann Pareti from Life Choices 'Putting The Pieces Together'

POST SCRIPTS FROM AFTERTHOUGHTS


When Judi Moreo mentioned she was creating a book about stories of people who had to make choices on starting over again or picking up pieces in their lives, I have to say, my initial response was, my goodness, I could probably write a few chapters in that book! However, the idea that there were so many other people that perhaps had more profound stories than I could ever imagine made me think my story wouldn’t even make the first cut of submissions. Well, goes to show you what I really know! So, I am here today to share a hint of my tale with you.

I was given an opportunity early in my life to make some life altering choices on where my world would take me. Sometimes we don’t know how one little choice can change our world overnight. I was always fond of the song “What a Difference a Day Makes” for many reasons, however, the real reason was I always believed that change could happen in merely a day. Actually, change could happen in a split second if we are open to the option of merely choosing again. We have all had an experience of that at one time or another. I can still remember a time several years ago, where I was sitting at a red light and the light turned green and something inside of me said to wait just a second or two before crossing the light, just then a car came speeding across the intersection that I was suppose to be in at that moment. I was very thankful I listened to that little voice inside my head. Again, a split second choice was what changed my world. Had I not been open to listening and just going on auto-pilot that day, I suspect I would not be here to write this at all.

Well, as you have probably guessed by now, I made a choice that altered by future. How I chose to deal with that choice is what makes this tale a little different than perhaps someone else’s story. I always knew somehow and some way, if I was to succeed in what I desired, I would find a way of achieving it. Those of us who live in America have the freedom and luxury of living in a country where we can choose our thoughts and our actions without persecution. On most days, I remember that I can choose how I perceive this life and I choose to perceive it with the help of grace.

About The Author:

Since 1977, Ann Parenti has lived in Las Vegas and has seen this city grow into the community it is today. Ann owns Parenti & Associates which is a manufacturers’ representative firm that sell products to the architectural and design community such as wallcovering, fabric, furniture, artwork and digital artwork. She has owned the company since 1987 and enjoys her career. However, there is another whole world that Ann started exploring a few years back that originated out of wanting to help people. She is also a singer songwriter and has a CD on the market called As Promised, music based on A Course in Miracles. In 2009, when the economy took a detour, the idea of doing a seminar to help her clients and friends who were being displaced and let go came to her. POSSIBILITIES – The Seminar was born. It is now going into its second year and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. Ann is also featured as one of the authors in the book Life Choices: Picking up the Pieces. Ann has been involved in several association network groups that are related to her career such as NEWH, IIDA, ASID, CSI, Rep Network Group. She recently expanded her networking to groups like WNTLV, WE of Las Vegas, Kiwanis of Las Vegas Neon Lights, and a few more. Over the years Ann has adopted many community service projects to raise money for and recently she has been involved with one near and dear to her heart called the Oasis Center. Ann is happily married to Curtis McCoy and has 3 charming step daughters who all married and then gave her and Curtis 7 beautiful grandchildren.

To find out more about Ann, please visit the following websites.
www.parentiandassociates.com
www.possibilitiestheseminar.com
www.forgottensongproductions.com

About Life Choices: Putting the Pieces Together

If life didn’t challenge us,how could we know how strong we are?
How would we learn who we are capable of becoming?

There is no such thing as life without struggle. No one comes out of a struggle the same as he or she was when it began. Everyone has to make choices between giving up or growing stronger.
These authors hope that by sharing their stories, you will realize nomatter how many pieces your life is in or what they look like, you can fit them together into a picture of wholeness and success.

Meet the Co-Authors of Life Choices: Putting the Pieces Together:

Andrea Chestnut
Jasmine Freeman
Anne Dreyer
Kathy Jo Pollack
Vickie Lane
Gregory Lay
Jo Wilkins
Charlotte Foust
Joan Peck
Ginette Osier Bedsaul
April Aimee Adams
Darlene Mahon
Joy Huntsman
Myriam Lazo
Bea Goodwin
Eric Culverson
Cindy Hallam
Deborah Clark
Ann Parenti
Lori La Bey
Becky Buckley
Mike Levin
Peggy Vasquez
Derick Poremba-Brumer
Lynette Chapell

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Review and Blog Tour: The Mermaid's Pendant by LeAnn Neal Reilly


I'm a big fan of retold stories so I just knew that I would enjoy this one. LeAnn Neal Reilly spins an adult and serious tale of a mermaid in love with a man. I enjoyed her writing style and pace.
There is not a whole lot I can really say except that I enjoyed it immensely. The plot and characters were well written and the internal struggles of the story kept it moving along.
If you're a fan of retellings then I would say to check this one out. It may be one that you enjoy!
About The Book:

Inspired by the beloved classic The Little Mermaid, THE MERMAID’S PENDANT is a modern fairy tale about growing up and discovering who you are—and what you believe in. At times lyrical, this novel is a fantastic journey filled with magic, myth, romance, and adventure.

Four years after John Wilkerson claims the mermaid Tamarind for his wife, they have an idyllic marriage that depends on a talisman that she crafted on their island paradise. But Tamarind learns a painful truth: it takes more than legs to live on land and more than magic to sustain a bond. When the talisman breaks, she and John are forced to rely on themselves instead of magic.

Three wise women play key roles in the young lovers’ journey to mature love. Ana, Tamarind’s aging mentor, casts spells and performs seductions to keep the lovers apart. Valerie, an expat jewelry maker cum fairy godmother, works her own magic to bring them together. Lucy, their widowed neighbor, grounds the couple in the realities of marriage, parenting, and family.

THE MERMAID’S PENDANT is a story for anyone who has ever believed in the transforming power of love.

About The Author:

LeAnn Neal Reilly grew up in St. Joseph, Missouri, near the Missouri River, in that fertile land where corn, children, and daydreams take root and thrive. She spent countless hours reading and typing chapters on an old Smith-Corona in her closet, which luckily for her didn’t have doors. Then she put away her daydreams and her stories and headed off, first to graduate magna cum laude from Missouri Western State University, and later to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh for a master’s degree in professional writing. Along the way, she majored briefly in chemistry, served as opinion editor and then editor of her college newspaper, and interned for the international design firm Fitch RichardsonSmith in Columbus, Ohio. The highlight of her internship came when she generated the product name renata for a Copco teakettle (although designing the merchandising copy for ceramic tile adhesive and insulation packaging surely runs a close second).

After graduate school, LeAnn worked first for a small multimedia startup and then a research group in the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science. At the startup, she spent her time writing user manuals and multimedia scripts for software to train CSX railroad engineers. While working among geeks, LeAnn became enamored and decided to take one home for herself. After getting married and starting a family, she returned to her adolescent daydreams of writing novels. Never one to shirk from lofty goals, she added home schooling her three children as her day job.

After years of working in an office not much better than an unfinished closet, LeAnn has finished The Mermaid’s Pendant and is currently working on her next novel. LeAnn joined GoodReads three years ago where she writes reviews regularly.

LeAnn lives outside Boston with one husband, three children, a dog named Hobbes (after Calvin &), and a cat named Attila.

LeAnn’s Web site is www.nealreilly.com.

**Review copy provided by author. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Book Feature and Blog Tour: LeAnn Neal Reilly author of The Mermaid's Pendant









About The Author:

LeAnn Neal Reilly graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a master’s degree in professional writing. Along the way, she majored briefly in chemistry, served as opinion editor and then editor of her college newspaper, and interned for an international design firm. After graduate school, LeAnn worked for a small multimedia startup and then a computer science research group. At the startup, she spent her time writing user manuals and scripts for multimedia software used to train railroad engineers. While writing among geeks, LeAnn became enamored and decided to take one home for herself. After getting married and starting a family, she returned to her adolescent daydreams of writing novels. After years of working in an office not much better than an unfinished closet, LeAnn published The Mermaid’s Pendant. To learn more about LeAnn, visit www.nealreilly.com.

About The Book:
(from Amazon)

Inspired by the beloved classic The Little Mermaid, THE MERMAID'S PENDANT is a modern fairy tale about growing up and discovering who you are -- and what you believe in.

At times lyrical, this novel is a fantastic journey filled with magic, myth, romance, and adventure. Four years after John Wilkerson claims the mermaid Tamarind for his wife, they have an idyllic marriage that depends on a talisman that she crafted on their island paradise. But Tamarind learns a painful truth: it takes more than legs to live on land and more than magic to sustain a bond.

When the talisman breaks, she and John are forced to rely on themselves instead of magic. Three wise women play key roles in the young lovers' journey to mature love. Ana, Tamarind's aging mentor, casts spells and performs seductions to keep the lovers apart. Valerie, an ex-pat jewelry maker cum fairy godmother, works her own magic to bring them together. Lucy, their widowed neighbor, grounds the couple in the realities of marriage, parenting, and family.

THE MERMAID'S PENDANT is a story for anyone who has ever believed in the transforming power of love.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Review and Blog Tour: Cry Of The Fallen The Black Chronicles Book 1 by Joel M. Andre


This was different and interesting. You were guessing through the entire book about who or what the actual killer was. Joel's writing is fast paced and tends to keep you reading.

The end of the book was good but it kept you wanting more...which is the point since it's only Book 1 LOL! I'm certainly interested in reading more of The Black Chronicles because this one really opened up the way for an exciting and spine tingling series.


About The Book:
(From PUYB)

All around her Lauren Bruni is faced with destruction. Her marriage has ended, and her professional life is at the breaking point. For Lauren, this is only the beginning of her pain.
In the small town of Cottonwood, AZ everything seems to be headed in the same direction. A serial killer is on the loose, and his trail of victims holds no connection. His rampage escalates and becomes far more brutal with each murder he commits.

As Lauren attempts to prevent her own life from collapsing down around her she must stop a killer with supernatural strength. But there is something far more sinister in the works than she could ever imagine. In the end it is up to Lauren to make the ultimate sacrifice to save a community from the purest form of evil.

About The Author:

Joel M. Andre was born January 13, 1981. At a young age he was fascinated with the written word. It was at fourteen that Poe blew his mind, and Andre began to dabble with darker poetry.
Between the years of 1999 and 2007 Joel was featured in various poetry anthologies and publications. In 2008 he released his first collection, Pray the Rain Never Ends.

Knowing there was something deeper and darker inside of his soul, Joel decided to take a stab at commercialism. Releasing the dark tongue in cheek, A Death at the North Pole, created a dark world among the death of Kris Kringle. Ultimately providing a tale of redemption.

October of 2008 saw Joel release his second book, Kill 4 Me. A tale in which a woman is haunted by a vengeful spirit through text messages and instant messaging.

Taking some time off and doing a lot of soul searching, Joel took things in a new direction and dabbled in the Fantasy Genre with, The Pentacle of Light. The tale dealing with five major races battling for control of Earth, and the acceptance of their God.

Finally, after missing his detective Lauren Bruni, he released the book The Return in October 2009, this time moving the action from the North Pole and placing it in the small Arizona community he was raised in.

Andre’s latest book is The Black Chronicles: Cry of the Fallen about a dead man who seeks revenge on the woman that tormented him in peaceful Northern Arizona.

Currently, he resides in Chandler, AZ.

You can visit his website at http://www.joelmandre.com/.

**Review copy provided by author. All opinioins are my own.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Guest Review: The Spirit Thief by Rachel Aaron

Just a warning everyone... I haven't read it (the book) yet but I think there is a spoiler or two in the review. Read with caution!
What Nora Thought:
This writer certainly knows how to grab your attention. In the opening scene she had me scratching my head in wonder. The main character is introduced by talking to a door!?! Now I know talking to inanimate objects is usually a sign that you’re a bit crazy (and we all do it from time to time), but in this story if you’re a wizard their spirits actually talk back.
As crazy as it sounds the hero of this story is actually a thief and his main goal is trying to increase the bounty on his head. So it stands to reason the heroine of the story must be some time of law enforcement. Miranda is a member of the wizard council and is set on catching Eli before he tarnishes wizard reputations even more than he already has.
Unfortunately for her, they end up having to help each other save the kingdom where he was originally captured. There are quite a few other characters thrown in the mix from a kidnapped king to a pissed off sea spirit all blended together to create an exciting read. My only disappointment in the story is that it ended, and now I find myself having wait for the next part of the series to be published (such a bummer), thank god it comes out next week.
About The Book:
Eli Monpress is talented. He's charming. And he's a thief.

But not just any thief. He's the greatest thief of the age - and he's also a wizard. And with the help of his partners - a swordsman with the most powerful magic sword in the world but no magical ability of his own, and a demonseed who can step through shadows and punch through walls - he's going to put his plan into effect.

The first step is to increase the size of the bounty on his head, so he'll need to steal some big things. But he'll start small for now. He'll just steal something that no one will miss - at least for a while.

Like a king.
**review copy provided by publisher

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Familiars Halloween Blog Tour! (and scavenger hunt!)






We are also having a special Familiars-themed Halloween Scavenger Hunt! At each stop along the blog tour, we will be asking a trivia question from our book. After you fill in your answer, the letter that falls in the place of the * can be placed in the corresponding number of the larger puzzle. So for example, since this is question number 11, the letter that lands in the space where the * is can be filled in where the 11 is in the larger puzzle. The larger puzzle will form yet another clue, and anyone who answers it correctly will be entered into a drawing for an autographed book as well as a few other Halloween treats!

Be sure to visit The Familiars blog at thefamiliars.blogspot.com to find links to all other blog stops and find out where to send in your answers! All entries must be entered by November 15.

11. What does Kalstaff cast to protect the three young wizards from Loranella?
___ ___ ___ ___ _*_ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___

Hint: Chapter Six, Page 115
11 5 18 8 15 1 9 7 19 14 23 2 25 16 10 12 20
__ __ __ __ __ __ ' __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
17 3 22 6 21 4 24 13
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __

www.thefamiliars.com (official website)
Happy Halloween everyone!
Andrew & Adam
About The Book:

After three young wizard apprentices are kidnapped by the evil queen of a distant land, it is up to their familiars, their magical animal companions -- a street smart alley cat, a precocious blue jay, and a bumbling tree frog -- to save them.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Guest Review: Nonna's Book of Mysteries by Mary Osborne

What Nora Thought:

I have mixed feelings about this book. It takes place during the Italian Renaissance and I’m not too familiar with this period of time. This is a story that requires you to put in the time and effort to think about things. I found that I kept reading because I wanted to make sense of things. That is a lot of stuff happening in the story, and you have to stop and think. I had to reread some parts of the book to understand the context of the philosophy. I found it was a long process on her journey of self discovery. That being said the book had some very interesting parts and it will require a couple of reads for a better understanding.

About The Book:
(from Amazon)

At age fourteen, all Emilia Serafini wants is to learn to paint so that she can become an artist. But painters’ apprenticeships for young women don’t exist in the Florence of Renaissance Italy. The odds appear stacked against her until she receives a fascinating book, A Manual to the Science of Alchemy. It was once her grandmother’s and Emilia turns again and again to the Manual for guidance.

When Emilia meets the wealthy, brooding Franco Villani, her life takes a thrilling, but dangerous turn. Franco will do anything to win a place in the court of the powerful Cosimo de’ Medici. Well aware that Cosimo prizes ancient manuscripts above all, Franco realizes Emilia’s Manual would be invaluable to him in more ways than one.

Book Info:

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Lake Street Press; 1 edition (June 3, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1936181169
ISBN-13: 978-1936181162
Review Copy: Personal Copy

Monday, October 18, 2010

Guest Review: My Own Personal Soap Opera by Libby Malin

What Nora Thought:

From page one you find yourself chuckling. You really have to like the main character, lots of people will relate to her in my opinion. She is hardworking, has relationship problems, and has an ex who is a total butt. I love how she incorporates what happens in her life into the soap opera. It was a really cute book. The only flaw was she used the soap opera to insinuate the ending of the story. I would have like a concrete answer. Overall the book was a funny read.

About The Book:
( From Author's Site)

Soap Opera Head Writer Frankie McNally has her hands full as she struggles to keep her failing show on the air--a leading man who broke his leg on Dancing with the Stars, staff writers who all want to be doing something else, and a real thief imitating a character on the show. If that weren't enough, she finds herself torn between two men, one who can give her everything she wants and the other who gives her everything she needs.

Book Info:

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark; 1 edition (April 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1402229429
ISBN-13: 978-1402229428
Review Copy: personal copy

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Just a question!

O I've been reading in between work and getting reviews up as soon as I can but I've also been making more time for my pleasure reading....ie: not review books...although I do love those also.

So my question is what have you read lately that you would call a must read? Has anyone read Crave by JR Ward yet? What did you think of it?

Any others?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Review: Shoulder Bags and Shooting by Dorothy Howell


This one was cute in a morbid cozy mystery way LOL! This is book #3 in the Haley Randolph Mystery Series. While it is third in the series it read easily as a stand alone. Granted, there are a few things that you wonder about as you're reading but it's only because past stories are hinted at.

The main character, Haley, is just wacky and aloof but she gets the mystery solved. She was an entertaining character who kept the story lively and upbeat no matter what situation she found herself in.

Overall, it was an entertaining, light, amateur sleuthing read. I enjoyed it and think that other cozy fans may like it also.

About The Book:
(from Goodreads)

Fashionista and amateur sleuth Haley Randolph is in hot pursuit of the season's newest must-have handbag. But soon she's also in hot pursuit of a killer--when she discovers the corpse of none other than her designer purse party rival. . .

Life is beyond fabulous at the moment for Haley Randolph. She just spent two amazing weeks in Europe with her boyfriend Ty Cameron, owner of Holt's Department Store where Haley works. And now Ty's grandmother, Ada, is letting Haley drive her way-cool Mercedes. Things would be perfect if she could just get her hands on her latest fashion obsession: the new Sinful handbag.

Every store in town is out of stock, and Haley would rather die than buy a knockoff. But when she finds the body of her nemesis, Tiffany Markham, in the trunk of Ada's Mercedes, she's not so sure she wants to trade places after all. . .

Topping the list of suspects, Haley doesn't deny seeing red when Tiffany and her business partner not only stole her purse party idea, but also made more money. But Haley wasn't jealous enough to commit murder. Now she'll have to solve this mystery quickly--and find that Sinful bag--before she becomes a killer's next fashion fatality. . .

Book Info:

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Kensington (first published 2010)
ISBN 0758223781 (ISBN13: 9780758223784)
series Haley Randolph #3
Review Copy: FSB Media

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

YA Review and Giveaway: She Smells The Dead by E J Stevens

This. Was. Awesome. I've been a fan of E.J.'s poetry for a while because she writes really cool stuff but she's got a knack for Young Adult books!

She Smells The Dead was new and different and certainly not a premise that I'm familiar with in the world of mediums. I thought it was unique!

I adored the main character Yuki, and her drive to be herself no matter what others thought. I also adored the other "main" character, Calvin. He was a dynamic character and what I would have wanted as a boyfriend at that age.

The story itself was fast paced and never boring. It's a great book in my opinion and I recommend that you check it out.

About The Book:
(from Goodreads)

It's the beginning of senior year and Yuki's psychic awareness of ghostly spirits is threatening to ruin her life. Her ability to sense spirits of the dead isn't glamorous like the ghost hunting on television.

SHE SMELLS THE DEAD.

The smell impressions are becoming stronger. Yuki is being visited in her dreams, and she suspects that her friend Calvin is involved in something strange. To make matters worse her crush on Garrett is going unrequited, Yuki's friend Emma is on a rampage against bee oppression, and annoying Calvin Miller mysteriously disappears.

Will Yuki be able to focus her powers in time to save the lost soul who is haunting her? Meanwhile, who will save Yuki from following the spirits into the light?

Book Info:

Paperback, 163 pages
Published September 9th 2010 by Sacred Oaks Press (first published August 2010)

ISBN 0984247521 (ISBN13: 9780984247523)
url http://spiritguideseries.blogspot.com/
series Spirit Guide #1
Review Copy: author

Giveaway:

Thanks to the most awesome E.J. Stevens I have a SIGNED copy of the book to giveaway. Not only will one winner get a book but you'll also receive swag and a She Smells The Dead t-shirt!

-To enter leave a question or comment for the author along with your email addy.
-Open to US residents only
-ends October 22nd

Monday, October 11, 2010

YA Review: Awakened by Ednah Walters

I have to say that I saw mention of this book first on Twitter. Well, I snooped around and was immediately attracted to the cover. I love it and I think it's awesome. When I read the summary I KNEW that this was a book for me. I was so happy to have the opportunity to review this one because I was sure that it would be a treasure and I was right.

I loved Ednah Walters' writing style which really keeps your attention and sucks you into the story. The characters are fantastic and even thought they have special powers they are still "real."

I LOVED the stories base of good against evil and the battle for redemption and forgiveness. There was so much to this book that it really makes it worth reading. I say that if you are a fan of fallen angels or any "angel" type stories then you might want to check this one out.

I was so sad when the book ended because I really wanted to continue with the story. I know I want to read the next installment and can't wait for it to become available!


About The Book:
(from Goodreads)

**Just a note from me that if you're on the fence about this one then you should check out that Goodreads link where you will see tons of awesome reviews!

Most teens turn sixteen and get the license to drive, Lil Falcon gets the license to kill demons, but no one told her she is not supposed to fall in love with one. At approximately 87,000 words, THE AWAKENING written by my client Ednah Walters is a compelling young adult paranormal romance novel.

Orphaned as a child and raised by an eccentric grandfather, Lil is concerned with surviving high school and is unaware she's a Guardian—a being with super powers charged with killing demons and protecting humanity. But when she meets Bran, a mysterious boy with amazing abilities, his psi energy unlocks her latent powers. But Bran has a secret that can destroy their growing relationship. He's part demon.

But in her heart, Lil knows Bran is not evil. So when her grandfather is kidnapped by a powerful nature-bender and Bran is the only one who knows where he's being kept, Lil convinces the other Guardians to trust him, not knowing her grandfather is just the bait. And the truth that she discovers in the demonic enclave may just destroy everything she believes in, unless she makes the right choice—love and sacrifice.

Book Info:

Paperback, First edition, 272 pages
Published September 2nd 2010 by Pill Hill Press (first published 2010)
ISBN 9781617060
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