Saturday, July 31, 2010

PR and Giveaway: Rascodog ReadyLeash

Our next product is the Rascodog ReadyLeash! Check these out!

An innovative, NON-retractable dog leash with bags built-in! This leash uses the highest quality metal hardware available and resilient nylon webbing. The ReadyLeash comes in 2 different sizes (5/8″ and 1″) and 6 different colors! The ReadyLeash features a comfort-grip handle with an integrated poop bag dispenser to always keep you prepared. The bags simply pull out like tissues and refills easily pop into the handle. The ReadyLeash comes equipped with an adjustable lead (range 4-6 ft) and 1 roll of 15 biodegradable Readybags.
ReadyBags – 100% Biodegradable

Our Readybags keep you prepared when your dog does his business. These bags are 100% biodegradable and meet ASTM D6400 Standards, which means they decompose in less than 1-year under normal landfill conditions. These Readybags come in compact rolls of 15 bags, and they feature a center-pull tab to pull the first bag out with ease. Featuring a super-sturdy construction, these bags won’t leave a mess on your hands. Stay Rasco-Ready with our biodegradable, sturdy & convenient Readybags.

What We Thought:
This leash is awesome! The bags are stored IN the leash's handle and out of sight. The handle itself is just so comfortable! We have a large dog (who never listens LOL) so it was so nice to not have my hand hurting after walking her. Also, this leash is sturdy! I really have nothing but good things to say about it; we love ours!
Giveaway:

Thanks to the folks at Rascodog I'm able to offer one lucky reader a chance to win a leash in their choice of color!
-open to US addys only
-ends Aug. 15th
If you would like to enter then please leave a comment telling me what you think looks great about this leash.
-For an Extra Entry you can follow @Rascodog on twitter!
-please leave an email where I can contact you if you win.
**review product provided by Rascodog. All opinions are my own and I received NO monetary compensation for this post.

PR: Zebra Pens (excellent!)

Thanks for stopping by TCBL! As you know I like to do product reviews on the weekends and today's first one is Zebra pens!
As you know, moms are super busy. And with lots to do, there’s a lot to write down to stay on top of things – which is why the pen she chooses should be comfortable, convenient, fun and best of all – stylish! Zebra Pen’s new Z-Grip Daisies fit all of the above.

Another great option is a fresh take on an old favorite, new Regal Rollerballs offer an effortless, silky ink flow for a super smooth write. And with 8 vibrant colors, your writing will never be dull!

And with inside projects to occupy the kids during the rainy days of summer, new Cadoozles mechanical pencils featuring 6 vibrant graphic themes will be a hit. They’ll have so much fun they won’t even notice they are working on their penmanship during the summer!

NEW Regal Rollerballs (ARV $8.36/4 pack)
· Easy-glide ink for a super smooth write
· Effortless, silky ink flow for a scratch-free performance
· Contemporary, streamlined barrel with ink visibility
· Beveled silver clip
· Available in arrow and needle tip
· 8 rich colors
o Black
o Blue
o Red
o Green
o Pink
o Light Blue
o Orange
o Brown


NEW Cadoozles
• Fun pencils that never need sharpening (MSRP $.41).
• 6 different vibrant, fun graphic themes available in the following colors:
o Blue
o Light Blue
o Green
o Yellow
o Orange
o White
• Solid, wood case design barrel
• Large, colorful eraser to advance lead or refill
• Ideal for standardized tests
• Refillable with standard 0.7mm lead

Zebra Pen products can be found at Staples, Office Max, Office Depot, Walmart, K-Mart, and other office supply stores, discount chains, food and drug retailers, stationery stores and wholesale clubs. For more information on Zebra Pen products, programs and promotions, log onto www.zebrapen.com.
What We Thought:
We ALL loved these pens and pencils! The Regal RollerBall Pens write soooo smoothly and they never skipped once for me. The colors are so vibrant that it makes writing fun! I actually had to hide them because my husband kept stealing them from me LOL!

The kids loved the Daisies because of the bright ink colors. They even drew mom a few pictures with them. They also loved the Cadoozles due to the fact that they didn't have to sharpen pencils themselves. (Who doesn't love a good lead pen right?)
Overall we really enjoyed all the products. I LOVED the ink pens though!
**Review products provided by the company/ All opinions are my own and I received no monetary compensation for this post.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Review: Annabel by Kathleen Winter (a must read!)

What I Thought:
I KNOW that this book will be on my top 10 of 2010 list! It is certainly one of the most unique and riveting books I've read in a while. I'll tell you that when I saw the summary on Librarything I went a little *crazy* trying to get my hands on one. *smile* The author was kind enough to send me this as a gift after noticing my intense desire to read it. I really appreciated that!
It was a completely engaging book with such unique content that I finished all 400 + pages within a day and a half. I COULD NOT put it down and when I did I was thinking about the next time I could read again.
Kathleen Winter's writing is touching, poignant, and just flows beautifully. I felt very connected to the emotional struggles of these well-written characters as I followed their story. This was so much MORE than just the subject matter...it was about human nature and our desire to fit in at any cost. (this is what I thought) Our psychology, our beliefs, society as a whole...it was a very deep and thought provoking.
For me, this book was a complete package and everything I could have hoped for. If I had to give an outstanding recommendation to a book right now, this would be the one.
(Unfortunately, it's not available in the US till Spring 2011 but I believe you can order it from Canada? Check out the House of Anansi website here.)
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About The Book:
In 1968, into the beautiful, spare environment of remote coastal Labrador, a mysterious child is born: a baby who appears to be neither fully boy nor girl, but both at once. Only three people are privy to the secret -- the baby's parents, Jacinta and Treadway, and a trusted neighbour, Thomasina. Together the adults make a difficult decision: to raise the child as a boy named Wayne. But as Wayne grows to adulthood within the hyper-masculine hunting culture of his father, his shadow-self -- a girl he thinks of as Annabel -- is never entirely extinguished, and indeed is secretly nurtured by the women in his life.

About The Author:
Kathleen Winter's story collection, boYs (Biblioasis), won the Metcalf-Rooke award and the 2008 Winterset Award. Her novel Annabel was published in June 2010 by House of Anansi Press, and is slated for release in early 2011 with Jonathan Cape in London and Grove Atlantic/Black Cat in New York. Bompiani and Matar have bought Italian and Hebrew rights. Kathleen Winter was born in the industrial northeast of England and lives in Montreal with her husband and daughters.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

CSN Review and Giveaway Winner!

Thanks so much to CSN for providing the awesome review product! You should also know that all opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this post.

The Giveaway Winner is Jennifer L. Congratulations Jennifer! Be expecting an email with your $20.00 Gift Certificate code.

Thanks so much to everyone who participated!

Blog Tour and Review: The Hypnotist by M.J. Rose

About The Book:
An FBI agent, tormented by a death he wasn't able to prevent, a crime he's never been able to solve and a love he's never forgotten, discovers that his true conflict resides not in his past, but in a…Past Life.
Haunted by a twenty-year old murder of a beautiful young painter, Lucian Glass keeps his demons at bay through his fascinating work as a Special Agent with the FBI's Art Crime Team. Currently investigating a crazed art collector who has begun destroying prized masterworks, Glass is thrust into a bizarre hostage negotiation that takes him undercover at the Phoenix Foundation—dedicated to the science of past life study—where, in order to maintain his cover, he agrees to submit to the treatment of a hypnotist.
Under hypnosis, Glass travels from ancient Greece to 19th century Persia, while the case takes him from New York to Paris and the movie capital of world. These journeys will change his very understanding of reality, lead him to question his own sanity and land him at the center of perhaps the most audacious art heist in history: the theft of a 1,500 year old sculpture from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
International bestselling author M. J. Rose's The Hynpotist is her most mesmerizing novel yet. An adventure, a love story, a clash of cultures, a spiritual quest, it is above all a thrilling capstone to her unique Reincarnation novels, The Reincarnationist and The Memorist. -->

What I Thought:
It's almost hard to describe what's encompassed in this book. Is it magical, mystical, or all a trick of the mind? I'm not sure what "it" is but it's excellent!
I'm a fan of M.J. Rose's writing because for me, it tends to carry me away into it's own world as I follow along in the "Treasure" hunt. (as it applies to this book) The series is complicated but simple all at the same time. I know that's an odd way of putting it but that's how I feel.
With The Hypnotist you follow several different stories which are intertwined; it really keeps your interest. It makes for a book that moves along at a speedy pace. I'll say that I do enjoy this series.
About The Author:

Rose is also the co-author with Angela Adair Hoy of How to Publish and Promote Online, and with Doug Clegg of Buzz Your Book.

She is a founding member and board member of International Thriller Writers and the founder of the first marketing company for authors: AuthorBuzz.com. She runs two popular blogs; Buzz, Balls & Hype and Backstory.

Getting published has been an adventure for Rose who self-published Lip Service late in 1998 after several traditional publishers turned it down. Editors had loved it, but didn't know how to position it or market it since it didn't fit into any one genre.

Frustrated, but curious and convinced that there was a readership for her work, she set up a web site where readers could download her book for $9.95 and began to seriously market the novel on the Internet.

After selling over 2500 copies (in both electronic and trade paper format) Lip Service became the first e-book and the first self-published novel chosen by the LiteraryGuild/Doubleday Book Club as well as being the first e-book to go on to be published by a mainstream New York publishing house.

Rose has been profiled in Time magazine, Forbes, The New York Times, Business 2.0, Working Woman, Newsweek and New York Magazine.

Rose has appeared on The Today Show, Fox News, The Jim Lehrer NewsHour, and features on her have appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers in the U.S. and abroad, including USAToday, Stern, L'Official, Poets and Writers and Publishers Weekly.

Rose graduated from Syracuse University and spent the '80s in advertising. She was the Creative Director of Rosenfeld Sirowitz and Lawson and she has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

She lives in Connecticut with Doug Scofield, a composer, and their very spoiled dog, Winka.
**Review copy provided by publisher. All opinions are my own and I received no monetary compensation for this review.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Blog Tour and Review: Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James

What I Thought:
Wow, what a story! I'm not going to say too much about the storyline because it would spoil the book, but if you like mystery and suspense then I would say to pick this one up.
It's one of those books where not everyone is what they seem. It was very scary at times and in that "real-life scary" type of way...the kind that makes you look over your shoulder.
It's a story that will make you cringe but it will also make you think. It was an excellent read. Be warned though that there is some violence that may not sit well with others.
About The Book:
An international sensation that The Wall Street Journal called a “publishing phenomenon,” this layered, poignant, and chilling novel of psychological suspense is the year’s most stunning American fiction debut.
From its wrenching opening to its shocking climax, Beautiful Malice unfolds a haunting story in which people, motives, and circumstances are never what they seem.
Who is Katherine Patterson? It is a question she hopes no one can answer. To erase her past, Katherine has moved to a new city, enrolled in a new school, and even changed her name. She’s done the next best thing to disappearing altogether. Now, wary and alone, she seeks nothing more than anonymity. What she finds instead is the last thing she expected: a friend.

Even more unlikely, Katherine’s new friend is the most popular and magnetic girl in school. Extroverted, gorgeous, flirtatious, and unpredictable, she is everything that Katherine is not and doesn’t want to be: the center of attention. Yet Alice’s enthusiasm is infectious, her candor sometimes unsettling, and Katherine, in spite of her guarded caution, finds herself drawn into Alice’s private circle.

But Alice has secrets, too—darker than anyone can begin to imagine. And when she lets her guard down at last, Katherine discovers the darkest of them all. For there will be no escaping the past for Katherine Patterson—only a descent into a trap far more sinister . . . and infinitely more seductive.
About The Author:

Rebecca James was born in Sydney and spent her twenties teaching English in Indonesia and Japan. She currently lives in Armidale, Australia, with her partner and their four sons.
You can visit Rebecca online at http://www.rebeccajamesbooks.com/.
**review copy provided by the publisher...all opinions are my own

Monday, July 26, 2010

Treasures In My Mailbox! (and a note)

For Review:
Swallow by Tonya Plank ( I love that cover.)
Maybe This Time by Jennifer Cruise (I love that cover too!)
Emma and The Vampires (*teehee*)
Fallout
All I Ever Wanted by Kristan Higgins
White Heat by Brenda Novak
The Long Quiche Goodbye by Avery Aames (Looks like a cute one!)
Passing Strange by Daniel Waters (*cover love*)
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Bought:
I LOVE our Dollar Store! They always get really good books and the paperbacks are ALWAYS 1.25! I picked up these four cozy mysteries this week.
Doggone
Pretty Poison
Bon Bon Voyage
If Cooks Could Kill
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Won:
The Host
Fever Dream
(Now I usually have a little folder with the winning email so I can link to the blog but I seemed to have deleted it so I'm not sure where to link to at this point. Gah, I'm sorry! If it's from your blog please let me know so I can link it.)

HUGE Thanks to the authors, publishers, and bloggers who sent these books my way. I appreciate it so much!
Thanks to The Story Siren and the Printed Page for hosting the mailbox meme's. :)
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NOTE:
(contest winners)
If I owe you a book (as in I'm mailing it myself) I'll be sending those out this week. Just in case you were wondering. :) I think there are only two of you.

Tessa Dare Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway: Twice Tempted By A Roque

Today we'll have Tessa Dare's book Twice Tempted By A Rogue featured and reviewed here at The Cajun Book Lady along with a great giveaway. So pull up a chair and let's check out this trilogy!
Thoughts:
Lots of mixed feeling about this one. While the first book was good, this one was slower moving. It seems in this book the characters were somewhat out of place for their time period. Meredith is a strong woman but she is too forward and willful for a woman in that time. On the other hand, she is a strong character and not afraid to explore her sexuality. Rhys does not stay true to his character in the first book and he seems very determined to believe he has no control over his life and everything is dependent on fate. Once again on the other side of it, Rhys has a haunted past which he effectively overcomes by the end of the story. He tries to make amends to the town to make up for what he felt he did as a young man.
There were a few too many story lines that were started but not wrapped up at the end although it did have a happy ending. There could have been more emphasis on the Stud Club which it appears is the basis of the trilogy. Now all that said, the first book was good...Even though this book is part of a trilogy it has the ability to stand alone. The third book in the trilogy, Three Nights with a Scoundrel, just came out and while reading I found myself laughing out loud before finishing the first chapter. The third book promises to be an exciting read.
So like I said, there were mixed feelings about the second book while the first and third books were enjoyed. So while this book may not have been a winner alone, the three books are good together as a group.
If you win the giveaway I'd love to hear your thoughts on the second book and the trilogy as a whole. :)
**Thanks to TLC for organizing this tour and Random House for providing review copies. All opinions are my own
About The Book:
(from Amazon)

The daring members of the Stud Club are reckless gamblers and no strangers to risk—until love raises the stakes in Twice Tempted by a Rogue. Luck is a double-edged sword for brooding war hero Rhys St. Maur. His death wish went unanswered on the battlefield, while fate allowed the murder of his good friend in the elite gentlemen’s society known as the Stud Club. Out of options, Rhys returns to his ancestral home on the moors of Devonshire, expecting anything but a chance at redemption in the arms of a beautiful innkeeper who dares him to take on the demons of his past—and the sweet temptation of a woman’s love.Meredith Maddox believes in hard work, not fate, and romance isn’t part of her plan. But when Rhys returns, battle-scarred, world-weary, and more dangerously attractive than ever, the lovely widow is torn between determination and desire. As a deep mystery and dangerous smugglers threaten much more than their passionate reckoning, Meredith discovers that she must trust everything to a wager her heart placed long ago.
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Here's where you can find out even more about this trilogy:
Visit Tessa's Website here.
Want to see if you'll like these books? You can read the first 60 pages of book one One Dance With A Duke here.
Here is a fun book trailer!
Here are the books on Amazon.com
Tessa on twitter.
Tessa on Facebook.

Giveaway:

Thanks to the kind folks at Random House I'm able to offer one complete set of books to one winner!

-open to US/Canadian residents only

If you'd like to enter then please leave a comment or question for the author.

If you would like one extra entry then please spread the word and leave me a link. :)

Review: Lovestruck by KT Grant (semi-adult content)

About The Book:
(from author's website)

Synopsis: CEO hotel mogul Barbara Jennings has three months to decide whether to close her Manhattan hotel or cut costs by firing some of her employees. She meets her much-younger employee, Jennifer Caffey and is instantly smitten. Now Barbara has another mission, and that is to seduce the innocent Jenny.

Jenny is also attracted to the powerful and beautiful Barbara, but has never really had a steamy love affair with another woman. Unwittingly, she allows herself to be swept away by her passion for this older woman who may ruin her life.

What I Thought:

I have to say that I really enjoyed this fast-paced F/F romance!

KT Grant's writing is smooth and flows well. (even though I have to admit that sometimes it seemed all odds were against the characters) She created a fun and sometimes serious story of two women from different walks of life. I often found myself rooting for them.

I'll say that this author can also write some extremely steamy "scenes." *ahem* (In keeping the site pg I'll leave it at that) I've seen this book being called erotic but my thought is this...I think (personally) it's classified that way because it's F/F. It has the same amount of "intimacy" you'd see in a M/F romance. Maybe I'm wrong but I saw it as just that, a romance.

Overall, I enjoyed the characters, the storyline, and the fast pace of the book. If your looking for a good F/F romance or just something different in your romance reading then maybe this one is for you.

About The Author:
(from website)

I'm an author of what I call "out of the box" romances, more specifically GLBT romances. And
not only do I love to read a wide variety of romances, but also love writing it.
I also have a well known alter ego as a respected book reviewer and blogger who doesn't shy away from voicing my opinion.

I've been quoted in such publications as the Romance Writers Associations’ Romance Writers Report and mentioned in the Guardian.UK, Publisher's Weekly's Beyond the Book, Bookseller.com and a wide variety of book review blogs and websites.

My debut novel Lovestruck, a May/December Lesbian Contemporary Romance set in New York City, is a Noble Romance Publishing release.

Now available from Noble Romance Publishing for $5.95. Click Here to Purchase.
**Review copy provided by author. All opinions are my own. I did not recieve monetary compensation for my review.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Author Keta Diablo's tour stop today! (adult content)

Keta Diablo is Here With a Chance to Win One of Her Gay Fiction Books!
Take a look below and be sure to leave a comment to be eligible to win one of these hot, steamy man love stories.


Blood Oath – Gay Fiction VAMPIRE, Amber Quill Press



Blurb:
When Kale MacDonald's beloved grandmother dies, she leaves him a letter urging him to travel to Savannah, GA to find his destiny. Kale is confronted by a strange, decadent man who appears to be stalking him. He's also confronted by a trio of rogue vampires intent on killing him. Mystery and danger collide in the City of Secrets, and no one is who they appear to be.

* Blood Oath made the top ten best-seller list at Amber Quill Press the first month of its release.

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CROSSROADS: Shadowland, Contemporary Paranormal Gay Fiction Series
Phaze Publishing, http://www.king-cart.com/Phaze/product=Crossroads+Shadowland/exact_match=exact
Also available at All Romance Ebooks:
http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-crossroadsshadowland-439347-144.html

Blurb:
Frank must travel to Louisiana to solve another missing persons' case. This time, Rand insists on accompanying Frank to get a hands-on introduction to the PI business. Evil forces are at work in the bayou. Frank is pitted against a centuries' old ghost and races against time to save two innocent young men from eternal damnation. Rand gets caught in vortex of prejudice when he encounters a sinister duo bent on violence against gays. Sinister machinations converge in a maelstrom of retribution and hate. Frank must pull out all the stops to save the young men and the man who holds his heart.

* Shadowland is the 4th novella in the best-selling series CROSSROADS. The first three novellas were combined and are now available in print here:
http://www.king-cart.com/Phaze/product=Keta+Diablo/exact_match=exact
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Hot and Sticky, Contemporary Gay Fiction
Amber Quill Press, http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/HotSticky.html
Also Available at All Romance Ebooks: http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-hotandsticky-434231-144.html

Blurb:
It’s been extremely difficult for Hugh Landon, an up-and-coming lawyer in Washington, D.C., to control his sexual fantasies about his paralegal, Milan Vassar.
When his career hangs in the balance over a missing file, Hugh must call Milan at the midnight hour and plead for assistance. Hugh’s determination not to mix business with pleasure disintegrates when Milan arrives at the office not only to help him, but to confess he’s held the same secret desires for his boss
Hot and Sticky made the top ten best-seller’s list at the publisher’s web site the first month of its release.
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Lip Service, Contemporary Gay Fiction, Noble Romance,

Blurb:
After their recent tiff, Bryan took off for Japan on business and left Navarre home to stew. Now Bryan is expected home after two long weeks, but fate has other plans--mechanical problems with his plane and no rental cars available. So what's a desperate man to do? Find his own means to get to the man he loves. When he finally arrives, Navarre has second thoughts about challenging fate. Bryan has company in his hotel room!

* Previously published in the Spank Me Twice anthology (voted BEST EROTIC BOOK of 2009 by Love Romances Cafe).
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Magnolia Heat, Historical Gay Fiction, Noble Romance,
https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=138

Blurb:
North Carolina, 1876: Rumors abound about the dark, mysterious Dominic Beresford in Chapel Hill. Their curiosity piqued, their libidos functioning on overload, Craven and Anthony are intent on obtaining answers about the supposed licentious gatherings taking place every weekend.
When the duo are caught spying on Beresford Hall, their punishment will be swift and severe, and in Craven’s case, dispensed by none other than the stunning Lord of the Manor.
What begins as penance soon veers off to a session of feverish passion where the avenger becomes the pawn in his own game. A male/male historical that will leave you breathless.
Bondage. Forced seduction. Intense and graphic scenes of man love.
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The Devil’s Heel, PIRATE Gay Fiction, Noble Romance
Blurb:
Five years ago Drew Hibbard dismissed Rogan Brockport from his life. Now, they meet again at the Governor’s Ball and Rogan will know the reason for the abrupt, unexplained cut. After Rogan saves Drew’s life during a pirate raid, he kidnaps him and the perfect opportunity to extract answers from Drew is finally at hand. Betrayal. Retribution. Undying Love. The Devil’s Heel.
* The Devil’s Heel has been on the best-seller’s list at All Romance Ebooks for two months!
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If you’d like to learn more about Keta and her books please follow her blogs:
Keta’s Keep Erotic Blog, http://ketaskeep.blogspot.com/

And don’t forget to visit her author home, Keta’s Haunt, http://www.ketadiablo.com/
and sign up for her newsletter for a chance to win more books.
Keta gives away three books every month, all year long.
Giveaway:
Keta will be giving away a copy of one of her gay fiction books promoted on the tour.
If you’d like to be eligible to win, please follow her blog, The Stuff of Myth and Men, http://thestuffofmythandmen.blogspot.com,
leave a comment below (at this blog) by stating what book you’d like to win and make sure to include your e-mail address.

I’ll be selecting a winner and announcing it here on my blog on July 31st so check back. As soon as the winner is selected, Keta will be notified and will send you the ebook you chose. GOOD LUCK TO ALL!
Be sure to stop at tommorrow's blog for more chances to win!
July 26 – Unbound Blog, http://hagelrat.blogspot.com/

Review: The Wild Irish Sea by Loucinda McGary

Book Info:

Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (July 6, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1402226713
ISBN-13: 978-1402226717
Review Copy: Publisher
*All opinions are my own.

What I Thought:

I like books with telepathic characters so I defenitely had a fondness for the characters in this one.

While it was romantic it also had an air of mystery, suspense, and some exciting action!

I liked the main character Amber and her strong will. I also enjoyed Kevin and following the "journey" he went through.

Oh...I also love anything Irish (Yes, this cajun is part Irish!) so the book got some points there LOL!

Overall, I gave it a two thumbs up as it was an enjoyable read for me.

About The Book:
(from Amazon)

Drawn to a force he can't resist...
Former police officer Kevin Hennessey is running from his past-choosing to battle smugglers instead of dealing with his personal demons. When a desperate, rain-drenched American woman appears on his doorstep with wild tales of danger, Kevin is drawn to helping her, despite his reservations...

She never saw him coming...
Amber O'Neill knew without a doubt that her brother was in mortal danger. Rushing heedlessly to the rocky shores of Ireland, Amber was stunned to find her rescue mission derailed by a gorgeous, but deeply flawed Irishman...

The tumultuous sea, the intertwined fates of the coastal villagers, and unearthly tales of a hidden selkie prince bring Kevin and Amber together in a connection of mind, body, and soul that neither can deny...

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Got Books Event! It's here! Reviews and Giveaways!

Welcome to The Cajun Book lady and thanks for stopping by both old and new friends! I hope you like what you see!
This event is a culmination of the creative forces behind two fellow book bloggers....GMR of Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers and The1stdaughter of There's A Book....which just goes to show you how "dangerous" an idea can be when you truly put your mind to it and have a good friend to conspire with....it turns into something with actual substance
Welcome to The Cajun Book Lady! I have two giveaways here today so let's go ahead and check out the reviews and see what you can win!

First Giveaway:
An ARC of Infinite Days!
What I Thought:
This one was awesome! Really. I completely fell in love with these characters. I have to tell you though...you will be happy, sad, angry, and hopeful all in this one book. The story is great and very different from the usual vampire tales. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Second Giveaway:
Your very own copy of Hex Hall!
What I Thought:
I enjoyed this one! It wasn't at all what I expected which made me like it even more. I liked the main character and the fact that she was tough and sensitive at the same time. The storyline was great...misfit supernaturals all trying to make it at the same supernatural school. It was also a story of good against evil and I'll say it also hit on overcoming your "personal demons." Overall, I thought it was an entertaining read.

So do you want to win!?
I'll make this easy! Just leave me a comment telling me which book you would like to win! (along with an email addy to contact you with if you should win)
I'm not doing extra entries because that would take too long. You don't have to follow to enter but if you like what you see then please feel free to follow The Cajun Book Lady and stop by to visit. :) I love making new friends!
-open to US residents only (Sorry guys, I'm poor)
Want to enter more great giveaways and visit more new blogs?
You can go here and see the list of bloggers and the main genre they review.
**review copies provided by publishing company. All opinions are my own.

Review: Shadow Bound by Erin Kellison

Book Info:

Mass Market Paperback: 322 pages
Publisher: Leisure Books (June 29, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0505528290
ISBN-13: 978-0505528292
Review Copy: Publisher

What I Thought:

Well this one was interesting...fae, demons, wraiths, oh my!

Erin Kellison's debut book will certainly gain her some popularity as I found it to be "fresh." It took the paranormal/fantasy genre from a different angle and gave us something different.

The author writes wonderfully and really creates her characters in a way that made me (the reader) connect to them. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and can't wait to read Shadow Fall!

About The Book:
(from Author's Website)

Death
Some people will do anything to avoid it. Even trade their immortal souls for endless existence.

Wraiths
Secretly, inexorably, they are infiltrating our world, sucking the essence out of unsuspecting victims with their hideous parody of a kiss.

Segue
Adam Thorne founded the Institute to study and destroy his monster of a brother, but the key to its success is held in the pale, slender hand of a woman on the run. There is something hauntingly different about Talia O’Brien, her unknowing sensuality, her uncanny way of slipping into Shadow.

Twilight
This is the place between life and what comes after - a dark forest of fantasy, filled with beauty, peril, mystery. And Talia is about to open the door.

Review: Black Rain by Graham Brown

Book Info:

Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
Publisher: Dell; Original edition (January 26, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0553592416
ISBN-13: 978-0553592412
Review Copy: Publisher

What I Thought:

This was a faced paced thriller that kept me turning pages. For me, it was interesting because it included archeology! I've always enjoyed that. Graham Brown seems to be an excellent new talent to watch. I'm looking forward to his next book in the series Black Sun.

About The Book:
(From Author's Website)

Far from the gleaming monuments of Washington D.C., talented and headstrong operative Danielle Laidlaw commands an American expedition into the darkest reaches of the Amazon. Their goal: a lost Mayan city that does not belong in the Amazon and find that could transform the very world. Leaning on the knowledge and wisdom of a troubled university professor named McCarter and protected by an ex-patriot American mercenary named Hawker, the team sets out with the truth hidden from them—they are replacements for a group that went out weeks before and was never heard from again.
Attacked by a ruthless competitor, threatened by a violent, indigenous tribe and stalked by an hidden enemy that leaves only battered corpses in its wake, the team fights for survival. Their only hope may lie in the connection between the deadly reality of the Mayan legend; the nomadic tribe that haunts them; and the chilling secret buried deep beneath the ancient ruins.But can they discover it in time?

**all opinions are my own

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Review: Little Women and Werewolves by Louisa May Alcott and Porter Grand

Book Info:

Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Del Rey (May 4, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345522605
ISBN-13: 978-0345522603
Review Copy: Pub. via Librarything Early Reviewers

What I Thought:

Those of you who have been around TCBL long enough know that I enjoy mashups. I was really excited when I won this one from Librarything because...Little Women was one of my favorite books growing up! (I also want to collect like ALL the mashups! If you have one you might want to trade let me know...) I was not dissapointed with this one... other mashup fans like myself should check this one out! Yes, this is a short review. I'm not really sure that there is much you can really say about this type of book; either you like it or you don't right?

About The Book:
(from Amazon)

A literary landmark—the original, suppressed draft of the classic novel!

Little Women is a timeless classic. But Louisa May Alcott’s first draft—before her editor sunk his teeth into it—was even better. Now the original text has at last been exhumed. In this uncensored version, the March girls learn some biting lessons, transforming from wild girls into little women—just as their friends and neighbors transform into vicious, bloodthirsty werewolves!

Here are tomboy Jo, quiet Beth, ladylike Amy, and good-hearted Meg, plus lovable neighbor Laurie Laurence, now doomed to prowl the night on all fours, maiming and devouring the locals. As the Civil War rages, the girls learn the value of being kind, the merits of patience and grace, and the benefits of knowing a werewolf who can disembowel your teacher.

By turns heartwarming and blood-curdling, this rejuvenated classic will be cherished and treasured by those who love a lesson in virtue almost as much as they enjoy a good old-fashioned dismemberment.

Includes the original letter from Alcott’s editor, telling her not to even think about it!

About The Author:

Porter Grand holds an A.S. in liberal arts and a Bachelor's and Doctoral in Theology. She has worked, among other jobs, as a waitress, bartender, carnival barker, go-go dancer, shampoo girl, welfare caseworker, and reference librarian. She writes daily in the Huntsburg, Ohio, farmhouse where she lives with her husband, two extraordinary dogs, and two cats—but no werewolves.

Review: To Stand With Angels by Caitlynn J. Gabriel

Book Info:

Paperback: 348 pages
Publisher: Eternal Press (May 7, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615720944
ISBN-13: 978-1615720941
Review Copy: Author

What I Thought:

"Historical" (but not really) paranormals usually always make for a good read and "To Stand With Angels" was a good read for me.

I liked how the story progressed at an easy pace and we really got to know the characters. It was done before I knew it!

I thought Caitlynn created some really great charcaters that meshed well throughout the story. (That's not to say they actually got along LOL!)

Now in the beginning I said "historical" but maybe I should use the term "western." It kinda reminded me of old cowboy movies with supernatural elements. I thought that it made it different and interesting.

Overall I really enjoyed it...and I think the guy on the cover is totally cute. :)

About The Book:
(from Amazon)

For seven years she's fought her demons, but now a stranger has arrived and the real battle is about to begin... In the wild Wyoming Territory, controlled by an evil cattle baron and his outlaw's guns, one woman is hiding from her horrific crime and one man is seeking revenge. But when a deadly stranger comes to town, Evil takes on a terrifying new face. Now hiding is no longer an option and a revolver cannot kill the supernatural presence that is waiting in the dark city to claim the souls of those foolish enough to stand against it.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Review: True Blood and Philosophy

Book Info:

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Wiley (June 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0470597720
ISBN-13: 978-0470597729
Review Copy: FSB Media

What I Thought:

I love the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series; there is always a TON of insight into things that I don't think we normally notice. I knew I had to check it out when I saw it was True Blood! I love the show and Harris' books. Once again, I gained some really deep insight into one of my favorite shows and human thought. These are not light reads but they certainly make you think and ponder.

About The Book:
(from Amazon)

This book has not been approved, licensed, or sponsored by any entity or person involved in creating or producing the Southern Vampire Mysteries, True Blood, the novels, or TV show.

Does God hate fangs?
Is Sam still Sam when he turns into a collie?
Is coming out of the coffin the same as coming out of the closet?
Are all vampires created evil?

Vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, fairies, telepaths—True Blood has it all. In a world where supernatural creatures coexist with human beings, Sookie Stackhouse and Bill Compton wrestle with powerful desires while facing complex issues concerning sex, romance, bigotry, violence, death, and immortality. Now, True Blood and Philosophy calls on the minds of some of history's great thinkers to perform some philosophical bloodletting on this thought-provoking series. From the metaphysics of mind reading to Maryann Forrester's cult of Dionysus, from vampire politics to the nature of personal identity, and from contemporary feminism to the rights of nonhuman species, True Blood and Philosophy mines the thinking of philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, John Locke, Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Nietzsche, and John Rawls to enlighten us on the intriguing themes that surround this supernatural world. You'll find no shortage of juicy metaphysical morsels to sink your teeth into!

To learn more about the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series, visit www.andphilosophy.com

Review: Rottweiler Rescue by Ellen O'Connell

Book Info:

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 319 KB
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Language: English
ASIN: B0037HOHZ2
Review Copy: Author

What I Thought:

Cozy mystery fans and dog lovers...this one is for you! I loved how the author worked in some "real-life hardcore truths" about shelter and rescue dogs. (But don't think that it made it sound like an educational pamphlet or anything!)

It really was a great little cozy that I zoomed through because the author does have a very smooth writing style.

Overall, I totally liked the main character, the subject matter, and the original storyline. Like I said, cozy fans should check this one out!

About The Book:
(from Amazon)

No one promised Dianne Brennan that her volunteer work as a foster home for Rottweiler Rescue would be easy. And no one warned her that the job would be murderously hard! Yet murder is what Dianne faces when she takes a dog to his new home, finds the adopter dead, and sees the killer leaving the scene. Worse, although Dianne cannot identify the killer, he begins stalking her with deadly intent. The sheriff's investigators in Douglas County, Colorado, are convinced the killer is a member of the victim's family. Dianne is sure he will be found where the victim worked - in the world of dog shows and dog people. Can she keep herself and her dogs safe long enough to prove she is right? Can Dianne and her Rottweilers collar the killer?

About The Author:

Ellen O'Connell lives in Douglas County, Colorado, with a motley crew of Rottweilers, Rottweiler mixes and a Morgan horse. She was active in Rottweiler rescue work for almost ten years, first on her own, then on the Board of Directors of Rottie Aid, a Colorado Rottweiler rescue group. At the present time, her rescue work is limited to transporting dogs for Rottie Aid, but she expects there will be other foster dogs in her future.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Treasures In My Mailbox!

I haven't posted a mailbox in a bit because I've just been so busy I've been trying to take weekends off from blogging. But....now that I got in a few books I wanted to share because I am REALLY excited!

For Review:
Dracula In Love (can't wait to start it!)
Crescendo (need I say more?)
Forget You by Jennifer Echols (looking forward to it)
Whisper Of a Witch (This is the first book in the Savannah Coven series and I am LOVING it!)
Won:
Insatiable by Meg Cabot ( I'm very much looking forward to reading it. I've heard good things.)
Misc. News:
The Got Books? Event is coming up next weekend! They are close to having 100 blogs participating which means tons of prizes!
Also...I'll be getting rid of my Wibiya Widget at the bottom of the page. I know they're popular and I think it's kinda fun but I'm worried about it slowing down the page.
Lots of reviews coming up this week also so stay tuned!

PR: Sid The Science Kid Microphone

So you know that weekends are Product Review Time here at TCBL and at Cajun Mom's Home and Family right? Well right now I'm going to tell you about the Sid The Science Kid Microphone!

I don't know about your kids but my 4 year old LOVES this show! I let him watch because it's cute and educational. I saw the microphone and I knew that we had to check it out.
My littlest reviewer gives it two thumbs up! He has carried it around since he got it...you know, just in case he need a microphone LOL! He loves the different sound effects and we have had applause at some REALLY strange times. *smile*
Here he is checking it out.

Here he is trying it out for the first time. Please excuse the dirty face...I think he was eating chocolate ice cream...
Here's how it comes packaged and a little more info can be found here.
Here's Some Info:

Electronic microphone, modeled after the one in the television series

Lets kids tell jokes, interview and sing with its laughter, applause, theme song and echo features

Explore your world with an electronic microphone just like the Sid the Science Kid character’s on the animated television series

Fun push-button features let you create applause noise after you've interviewed someone, laughter noise when you've told a joke

For extra fun, set it to echo mode and listen to your voice echo echo everywhere you go

Even the Sid the Science Kid series theme song and silly sounds when you're ready to sing

PR: Arm and Hammer Spinbrush My Way!

As yo know I like to do product reviews on the weekends here at TCBL and on my "Mom" blog which you can find a link to on the sidebar. Anyway, today I'm going to tell you about the ARM & HAMMER Spinbrush MyWay!

My daughter LOVED this! It came in the mail one day and she promptly decorated her toothbrush how SHE wanted it. It was very cute! She made a little woodland scenery...the stickers are adorable! Not only did she have fun with it but she also ran to the bathroom to try it our and brush her teeth. You can't beat that!
Each package comes with more than 140 (water-safe!) stickers, including:
Letters (pink and purple: for spelling out their name or nickname!)
Adorable animals (puppies, bunnies, ladybugs and birds)
Fun phrases (Girls rule, XOXOXO, Glam Girl)
Cute rainbows, flowers, peace signs and hearts (who doesn't love those?)
And for your little princess-- or rock star-- there are themed stickers as well!

I'll tell you that I was concerned about the stickers coming off but they seem to be holding up really well. Even if they do come off thouhg, the package comes with so many stickers that it would be fun to redecorate. :) Overall, we loved it!

**product sample provided by manufacturer

Friday, July 16, 2010

Review: will grayson, will grayson by John Green and David Levithan

What I Thought:

This book was spectacular in my opinion. I honestly don't know what I could say to express how much I liked it.

It was about way more than just being a teenager. It went really deep into some issues and presented them awesomely (is that a word? LOL) to YA readers.

I know people have seen a ton of reviews on this one so I'll keep it short and say that the authors totally rocked out the story. It's in the running for one of my top ten books of 2010, that's for sure!

More About The Book:

Can be found on the Amazon page here.

**review copy provided by publisher

Review: Unseen by Nancy Bush

Book Info:

Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Zebra Books (Mass Market); Original edition (April 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1420103407
ISBN-13: 978-1420103403
Review Copy: Publisher

What I Thought:

The stories where the main characters have amnesia are always interesting in my opinion. You just never know what to expect on down the line. Nancy Bush's writing is awesome and certainly kept me entertained throughout the course of the story. It's a romantic suspense that had the right balance of both for me. I enjoyed it!

About The Book:
(from here)

Gemma La Porte wakes up in a hospital and knows her name and where she lives, but there are blank spaces in her memory. When released, she senses she’s being watched but thinks she's overreacting. As the days pass, Gemma begins having blackouts, waking up and having no idea where she's been or what she's done, especially when she finds blood on her hands. Has she committed murder? As the blackouts continue and the body count rises, Gemma turns to Deputy Will Tanninger for help…and neither are prepared to uncover the startling truth that more horrifying than anyone imagined.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Review: Texas Roads by Cathy Bryant

What I Thought:
This was one of those books that really paints a picture of small southern towns. Cathy has a wonderful writing style that really pulls you in and makes you feel at home in the story. It was certainly a touching story that contains a wonderful message. I give this one two thumbs up!
About The Book:
City gal Dani Davis just wants to find a place to call home. Miller's Creek, Texas, with its country charm and quirky citizens seems like the perfect place to start over. Perfect, that is, except for the cowboy who gives her a ride into town... Dani secretly finances renovations to downtown Miller's Creek, but malicious rumors force her to choose between keeping her involvement a secret and the home for which she's always longed. Then the discovery of an age-old secret propel her down a road she never expected to travel. Steve Miller is determined to save his dying hometown. When vandalism jeopardizes the Miller's Creek restoration project, he can't help but suspect Dani, whose strange behavior has become fodder for local gossips. Will Steve and Dani be able to call a truce for a higher cause, and in the process help Dani understand the true meaning of home?
You can find Cathy's blog here.
**review copy provided by author

Review: The Chosen Historian "Evin Driscol Series" by Randi Ertz

It's a VAMPIRE historian! Come check out the review.

Book Info:

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: TLT Publishing (April 16, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 098440130X
ISBN-13: 978-0984401307
Review Copy: Author

What I Thought:

I really enjoyed this fast paced story! It had a combination of what I would call our contemporary vampires along with one or two of those scary ones. I enjoyed that the story itself was so modern; with recognizable attributes of modern day thinking on vampires.

This was the first book in the Evin Driscol Series and I was really pleased with the quick pace and build up. The author wrapped up book 1 very nicely while leaving enough of a hint at book 2. I know that I'm looking forward to it!

Overall, it was a totally enjoyable read!

About The Book:
(from Amazon)

EVIN DRISCOL IS NOT JUST A HISTORICAL WRITER, but a vampire who writes about supernaturals and their impact on human history. He is loved by some, hated by others, and tolerated by most. Though sharing knowledge of his own kind is pushing a fine line, Evin continues to write about supernatural history while exploring his own. Evin is ending his Vampires and the Roaring Twenties book tour in Chicago, his hometown. Just as things seem to be falling into place for Evin, his life is turned upside down when his own history threatens to repeat itself.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Do any of you collect books? (literally?)

There are books that I collect. I mean really collect...The ones that I love to grab are Stephen King and Tolkien. I'll admit I like Nicholas Sparks and try to collect all the "Twilight books" as in the movie cover ones etc. (but I don't have many of those last two because they are newer)
I almost forgot Lemony Snickett!
Anyway....Stephen King, I like to pick up his books at library book sales, garage sales, given to me, etc. It's more fun that way; it takes longer and I only have six but *eh.* I was looking at them on ebay earlier but that just takes the fun out of the searching. I like the different covers and the older covers. (Don't one of you blog readers have like ALL the Stephen King books? I could have sworn I saw them on a bookshelf pic. Diana @ Book Of Secrets maybe?)
Tolkien...same thing here. I just like 'em.
I'll pick up the same book if it has a different cover. It makes a neat collection!
Do any of you collect books in that way? Of course I have lots of other books but not any that I "collect" persay. If you do have some the you "collect" (hoard) what authors or stories are they? I'd love to know about them. :)

(arc) Review and Giveaway: The Reapers Are The Angels by Alden Bell

I'm reposting this one guys because it now includes a giveaway!

Book Info:

Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Holt Paperbacks (August 3, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0805092439
ISBN-13: 978-0805092431
Review Copy: Publisher

What I Thought:

Awesome Read! I think the author totally rocked out the zombie angle in this one!

The story we follow is interesting because the main character, Temple, remembers nothing of life before the "zombies." She was a small child in an orphanage when the mess hit so it was a twist to follow a character surviving as she always has.

I have to say that I was really impressed with the overall storyline. I read this one in a day because I just could NOT put it down.

I'll point out that the ending did make me mad. I was expecting something to happen that didn't. That's probably what will make this one memorable for me for a long time.

About The Book:
(from Amazon)

Zombies have infested a fallen America. A young girl named Temple is on the run. Haunted by her past and pursued by a killer, Temple is surrounded by death and danger, hoping to be set free.

For twenty-five years, civilization has survived in meager enclaves, guarded against a plague of the dead. Temple wanders this blighted landscape, keeping to herself and keeping her demons inside her heart. She can't remember a time before the zombies, but she does remember an old man who took her in and the younger brother she cared for until the tragedy that set her on a personal journey toward redemption. Moving back and forth between the insulated remnants of society and the brutal frontier beyond, Temple must decide where ultimately to make a home and find the salvation she seeks.

Giveaway:

Thanks to J. @ Henry Holt and Company I'm able to offer 3 copies of this one!

To Enter:
Tell me your favorite Zombie "thing." It can be a movie, a book, anything!
_please leave you email addy so I can contact you if you win
-ends July 31st
-open to US residents only

-for one extra entry you can spread the word (just leave me a link)

YA Review: Rise Of The Fire Tamer The Wordwick Games Book 1 by Kailin Gow

What I Thought:
As usual Kailin Gow rocks out the YA genre with her work. I absolutely adore her books and think she's one to watch.
This book, of course, was great! I love the world building that she did...For me, it's always just right. The characters in this one were great and I loved the storyline.
Here's a sneaky little thing that Kailin did with the book...she made it educational. *shhh Don't tell anyone!* LOL! In it you learn a lot of new words along with definitions but it's combined so well into the story that you don't really think about the fact that you're learning. It was awesome!
Besides all that though, it really was just an excellent story...I always manage to get lost in her writing and I'm through the books before I even realize it.
If you haven't checked her out yet then I think you should!
About The Book:
After winning a contest for a popular game called Wordwick Games, five teens Gemma, Sparks, Rio, Kat, and Jack, are invited to stay at Wordwick Games inventor Henry Word’s mysterious castle and play the newest level of Workwick Games. Little do they know, the castle is the doorway to a wondrous world call Anachronia where words can be used as weapons, power, and commodity. There is unrest in Anachronia, and if the five teens can follow the rules of Wordwick Games and prove to be the best player, one of them will be crowned Ruler of Anachronia.

About The Author:

Kailin Gow is the author of over 30 books for all generations, but her specialty is the young adult/teen genre. Her books have been recommended by PBS Kids, the PTA, homeschooling organizations, and on the Best Teens Books list. She is a mentor for young women, has founded 3A for Autism (Actors, Artists, and Authors for Autism), and runs a publishing and production company known as Sparklesoup, a mid-size publisher and production company.
Her latest young adult fiction novel is Rise of the Fire Tamer.
You can visit her website at www.sparklesoup.com or join her Facebook Author page at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/YA-Books-from-Kailin-Gow/104549539596369.
**review copy provided by the author