Thursday, September 30, 2010

Review and Blog Tour: Stay by Allie Larkin

Let me start off by saying that this cover totally caught my attention but then the summary decided it for me.

I loved Allie Larkin's light and witty dialogue. It kept me breezing through the book. While there were some serious topics in the book, the author's light-heartedness shone through.

The characters were fantastic! It was a diverse bunch of people with their own sets of issues that kept the story hopping but you always knew what was going on. The author managed to put a smaller story within the story without confusing the reader. I found that to be really enjoyable.


I really adored the plot line in this one and if you're a dog lover then I think you'll enjoy this one. The romance is there but not overpowering which was nice. I'd say that it's along the line of women's fiction/romantic comedy. There was a great balance that made for a great read.

About The Author:
(Is she not adorable!?)

Allie Larkin lives in Rochester, New York, with her husband, Jeremy, their two German Shepherds, Argo and Stella, and a three-legged cat.

She is the co-founder of TheGreenists.com, a site dedicated to helping readers take simple steps toward going green.

STAY is her first novel.

You can visit Allie’s website at www.allielarkinwrites.com.

About The Book:

Savannah “Van” Leone has loved Peter since the day they met. The problem is, Peter has loved Van’s best friend, Janie, since the moment they met. And now they’re walking down the aisle, with Van standing nearby in a Halloween orange bridesmaid dress, her smile as hollow as a jack-o-lantern. After the wedding, Van drowns her sorrows in Kool Aid-vodka cocktails and reruns of Rin-Tin-Tin, and does what any woman in her situation would do: She buys a German Shepherd over the internet.

The pocket-sized puppy Van is expecting turns out to be a clumsy, hundred-pound beast that only responds to Slovakian. Van is at the end of her rope—until she realizes that this quirky giant may be the only living being who will always be loyal to her, no matter what. And thus begins a friendship that will alter Van’s life in ways she never imagined.

Joe leads Van to Dr. Alex Brandt, a rugged vet with floppy blond hair and winning smile. But just as things are starting to heat up, the newlyweds return from their honeymoon, forcing Van to decide just how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to have everything she ever wanted.

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

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Review: All I Ever Wanted by Kristan Higgins

I totally adored this contemporary romance! Really!

Kristan Higgins' writing is very smooth and fluid. She does a wonderful job of building up a story and keeping your interest.

Now while I do enjoy a good "love" scene it was surprisingly refreshing to not read any explicit details. It really was a book that was all about the story.

It was also interesting to take in these characters. No "super alpha dudes" taking over...only a shy guy who's not sure if he wants to love again.

Definitely a sweet contemporary romance that leaves you with a happy *sigh.*
About The Book:
(From FSB Media)

One Happily-Ever-After Rocking Chair . . .

And no sign of any forthcoming babies to rock in ol' Georgebury, Vermont. For Callie Grey, turning thirty means coming to grips with the fact that her boss (and five-week fling) is way overdue in his marriage proposal. And way off track, because Mark has suddenly announced his engagement to the company's new Miss Perfect. If that isn't bad enough, her mom decides to throw her a three-oh birthday bash in the family funeral home.

Bad goes to worse when she stirs up a crazy relationship with the town's not so warm and fuzzy veterinarian, Ian McFarland, in order to flag Mark's attention. So Ian is more comfortable with animals. . . . So he's formal, orderly and just a bit tense. The ever-friendly, fun-loving and spontaneous Callie decides it's time for Ian to get a personality makeover. But, dang, if he doesn't shock the heck out of her, she might actually fall for Vermont's unlikeliest eligible bachelor. . . .

Read Excerpt

**Review copy provided by FSB Media. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Guest Post from Author Cherish D'Angelo (and contest info!)

LANCELOT'S LADY by Cherish D'Angelo

Thank you for being one of my hosts during my Cherish the Romance Virtual Book Tour. Today, I'm giving visitors a sneak peek at the first scene of my contemporary romantic suspense, Lancelot's Lady, which was released on September 27th.

Chapter 1

Pacing in the expansive marble foyer of Lance Manor, Rhianna McLeod tried to calm her nerves as she waited for her life to change. One man’s decision would determine her fate. Would she have a new job and a place to call home? Or would she be sent packing?
A tall, thin man in a dark gray suit approached her.
“Are you Mr. Lance?” she asked, holding her breath.
The man smiled and fine lines crinkled the corners of his warm brown eyes. “I’m Higginson, Mr. Lance’s butler. He’s resting at the moment. Perhaps you can leave your name.”
Rhianna blinked back tears. She couldn’t be turned away. The trip to Florida had taken most of her savings and she didn’t have enough money to fly back to Maine. Besides, if it weren’t for Mr. Lance’s letter, she wouldn’t even be in this predicament.
“But Mr. Lance is expecting me. I’m Rhianna McLeod, the palliative nurse he contacted. In his letter he said I’d have the job if I came here.”
“I’m dreadfully sorry. Mr. Lance already has a nurse.”
“But I don’t have anywhere else―”
Somewhere in the stately mansion something crashed to the floor. Before Rhianna could comment, a crystal-shattering shriek pierced the air. This was followed by a terrible wailing sound.
The butler groaned. “Oh, no. Not again.” He rushed off in the direction of the commotion.
Unsure of what to do, Rhianna took a determined breath and followed him. When they passed beneath a pillared arch and into a long hallway, she saw a reed-thin elderly man dressed only in a threadbare blue plaid bathrobe. It gaped open in the front, threatening to reveal more than just a hairy chest. Beside him, a plump woman in white scrubs was trying her best to calm him down, even though she was dripping wet and very upset.
As they approached the dueling pair, Rhianna tried to remember everything she could about her potential employer. In the past year, the tabloids had been filled with stories of multi-millionaire JT Lance and his fight against an aggressive disease, a cancerous brain tumor that made him an unruly and difficult patient. From what she could see, the rumors were true. Once exuding strength, confidence and perhaps a touch of arrogance, JT now looked frail and helpless.
“JT?” the butler called out.
“Higginson, get this woman a towel. She spilled my water.”
“I did not spill it,” the nurse snapped. “Mr. Lance refuses to take his meds or draw a blood sample. Now he’s having a temper tantrum. He threw that water pitcher at me.”
JT’s eyes flared. “That’s because you keep trying to poison me, you old bat!”
“I am not trying to poison you,” the nurse sputtered. “The medication will help―”
“How the hell do you know what will help me? Half the time, you keep me so drugged that I don’t even know who I am when I look in the mirror. The other half, you’re busy taking my blood for your tests.”
JT turned his back on the nurse and staggered toward Higginson, oblivious of the broken glass and water on the floor.
“Sir!” the butler warned.
With a resigned sigh, JT leaned against the wall for support. Then he caught sight of Rhianna. His mouth gaped and electric blue eyes lit up like twin lanterns.
“Anna,” he whispered. “You came back.”


About The Author:

You can learn more about Lancelot's Lady and Cherish D'Angelo (aka Cheryl Kaye Tardif) at http://www.cherishdangelo.com/ and http://www.cherylktardif.blogspot.com/. Follow Cherish from September 27 to October 10 on her Cherish the Romance Virtual Book Tour and win prizes.


About The Book:

Lancelot's Lady ~ A Bahamas holiday from dying billionaire JT Lance, a man with a dark secret, leads palliative nurse Rhianna McLeod to Jonathan, a man with his own troubled past, and Rhianna finds herself drawn to the handsome recluse, while unbeknownst to her, someone with a horrific plan is hunting her down.

Lancelot's Lady is available in ebook edition at KoboBooks, Amazon's Kindle Store, Smashwords and other ebook retailers. Help me celebrate by picking up a copy today and "Cherish the romance..."


Attention:

Leave a comment here, with email address, to be entered into the prize draws. You're guaranteed to receive at least 1 free ebook just for doing so. Plus you'll be entered to win a Kobo ereader. Winners will be announced after October 10th.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Guest Review: Forget Me Not by Vicki Hinze

What Nora Thought:

I read the back cover and thought; oh this is going to be a good book. When I got to page 6, I said oh no, not a prayer book. Then I thought to myself, 6 pages is not a fair way to judge a book. On the next page I find out a terrorist group is out to kill her. After I find this out, I’m thinking maybe she does need to pray, so I continue reading. At this point the book has kind of caught my interest.

The heroine has an awful time; she gets carjacked, beaten, left in the woods and wakes with amnesia. Kind of like after you party for a weekend in New Orleans. :) Well maybe not quite…cause you can usually remember your own name, and someone at least left you on your doorstep. I don’t want to spoil things for anyone who decides to read the book, so I will just say it was definitely worth reading.

The fact that sometimes the focus was on prayer and faith did not detract from the story line, in fact sometimes you felt she needed the extra help. In the end I have to say I really enjoyed the book.

About The Book:
(From Waterbrook)

Crossroads Crisis Center owner Benjamin Brandt was a content man—in his faith, his work, and his family. Then in a flash, everything he loved was snatched away. His wife and son were murdered, and grief-stricken Ben lost faith. Determination to find their killers keeps him going, but after three years of dead ends and torment, his hope is dying too. Why had he survived? He’d failed to protect his family…

Read the first chapter of Forget Me Not now!

**review copy: personal copy

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Introducing a New Reviewer! Please Welcome Nora!

Here at TCBL I review on my own and as a reviewer I always have tons of books to get through. I'll have a guest reviewer from time to time (which is sooo helpful!) so I wanted to go ahead and introduce her!

Please Welcome Nora!
I am 31 years old and a single mother of 4 children, 3 boys and 1 girl. I am a juvenile deputy clerk. I love all types of books and read 3 - 4 at least per week. All my free time is taken up by kids, computer games, and of course reading. Oh who am I kidding I have no free time....I have read my books while cooking dinner and helping with homework :( Good thing I'm great at multi-tasking.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Review: The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Awesome...I totally loved it! It certainly had a dark and haunting feel to it. (I mean...look at that cover!)

The story was very good; it reminded me of something your grandmother would tell you. You know the ones they're always using to try to scare you with?

Brenna has a very smooth flowing writing style which kept me moving through the book quickly and it was over before I knew it.

Even though it was a "scary" book it had an underlying message...I found it to be about being an outsider and never really feeling like you fit in anywhere. It was about making the choice to be who YOU are; that's when you'll find YOUR place in the world.

Overall, it was an awesome book with a creepy storyline who's underlying message carried across really well. I give it two thumb's up!

About The Book:
(from Goodreads)

Mackie Doyle seems like everyone else in the perfect little town of Gentry, but he is living with a fatal secret - he is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now the creatures under the hill want him back, and Mackie must decide where he really belongs and what he really wants. A month ago, Mackie might have told them to buzz off. But now, with a budding relationship with tough, wounded, beautiful Tate, Mackie has too much to lose. Will love finally make him worthy of the human world?

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

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Welcoming The Fall Giveaway!

The fun gals over at Good Choice Reading are hosting a "Welcoming the Fall" giveaway! I decided that for my giveaway I would share with you some literary mash ups. I know some people don't like 'em but personally I think they're a hoot!
Here are the books that ONE lucky winner will receive:



Now for the details:
-Open to US residents only
-Giveaway ends September 29th
-Leave a comment along with your email
-You do not have to be a follower to enter but I am offering 2 bonus entries if you're already a follower or decide to become one.
I'll tell you what....for every 25 new followers I get I'll add another winner!
Thanks so much for stopping in and I hope you'll stay and visit a while!
Visit the Fall Giveaway button at the top to see the rest os the participating blogs. :)


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Review: Sing Me To Sleep by Angela Morrison

So friends have you read this one yet? I'd like to get your thoughts on it if you have. I've finally read it and I almost wish I had not. It was the single most depressing YA book I've ever read. I'm very much NOT saying that it was a bad book...but...

The story was excellent and built up really well. The characters were intriguing. The book was beautifully written in fact. (Here's the but...) It just depressed the heck out of me. I realized at the end that it's (semi) based on a real person which made me even more sad.

I realize I'm babbling but I did have a hard time with it. I know that these things really happen but my goodness I cried. I had some issues with a few other things in the book but I won't even go into all that because I could type for the whole day.

Like I said...I'd love to know what you thought if you've already read this one.

About The Book:
(From Goodreads)

THE TRANSFORMATION

Beth has always been “The Beast”—that’s what everyone at school calls her because of her awkward height, facial scars, and thick glasses. Beth’s only friend is geeky, golden-haired Scott. That is, until she’s selected to be her choir’s soprano soloist, and receives the makeover that will change her life forever.

THE LOVE AFFAIR

When Beth’s choir travels to Switzerland, she meets Derek: pale, brooding, totally dreamy. Derek’s untethered passion—for music, and for Beth—leaves her breathless. Because in Derek’s eyes? She’s not The Beast, she’s The Beauty.

THE IMPOSSIBLE CHOICE

When Beth comes home, Scott, her best friend in the world, makes a confession that leaves her completely torn. Should she stand by sweet, steady Scott or follow the dangerous, intense new feelings she has for Derek?

THE HEARTBREAK

The closer Beth gets to Derek, the further away he seems. Then Beth discovers that Derek’s been hiding a dark secret from her …one that could shatter everything.

**review copy borrowed from library

Monday, September 20, 2010

Review: Flash Of A Firefly (Kindred Blood Book 1)

This debut was excellent. I enjoyed Amber's fast paced writing style and her ability to build an interesting story.

This one gave you an assortment of characters with very varied personalities that kept the tale interesting and moving along at a good pace. The plot was also good and certainly kept me entertained.

Overall I would recommend this one for vampire fans who like a little bit more vamp and a little less romance.


About The Book:
(from Amazon)

Trying to put his past behind him, Kaden moves to New York City where he creates a new life for himself. And that isn't easy, considering the fact that he's a six-hundred-year-old vampire who hasn't fed on a human in more than a century.

Unfortunately, the past isn't something you can always escape from. When old enemies resurface, they come with a message. His master wants him back and refusing isn't an option. Confronted with losing both his freedom, as well as the human that has captivated him, Kaden struggles to hold onto his humanity while controlling his darker side. He knows the showdown is inevitable. He must find a way to stand his ground.

About The Author:

Amber Riley lives in Central New York, snowboards every winter, and loves to travel the world. She has enjoyed writing short stories since childhood. This is her début novel

You can check out Amber's website here.

Links:

Amazon
Barnes & Noble.com
Chapter One Teaser
Kindle
Nook
on Facebook
on YouTube

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

Friday, September 17, 2010

Review: Pulse by Kailin Gow


If you've followed TCBL for a while you know that I'm a big fan of Kailin's. I've reviewed three of her other books so far and I've always thoroughly enjoyed each one.

Pulse was no exception to that. Kailin's writing is as usual, fast paced and captivating to me. Pulse's story pulled me in and kept me entertained through the end. It was over before I knew it...which makes me sad.

Overall, it was a great book and a great start to a series in my opinion. I certainly look forward to reading more about Kalina (the main character) and the trio of brothers who make up this whirlwind story.


About The Book:
(from Goodreads)


17 year-old Kalina didn't know her boyfriend was a vampire until the night he died of a freak accident. She didn't know he came from a long line of vampires until the night she was visited by his half-brothers Jaegar and Stuart Greystone. There were a lot of secrets her boyfriend didn't tell her. Now she must discover them in order to keep alive. But having two half-brothers vampires around had just gotten interesting.

Book 1 of 5 in the PULSE vampire series.
Book 2: Life's Blood is out October 2010.
Book 3: Blood Burned is out January 2011.

About The Author:

Kailin Gow is the author of over 40 books, a producer, an internet marketing executive, and a radio talk show host. She is also the founder of Women Who Write and 3As for Autism (Actors, Artists, and Authors for Autism). She is also an adventurer, having traveled all over the world. Some of the more interesting places she's been to has been Dracula's Castle in Transylvania where she was presented with a sketch of Dracula, The Stanley Hotel in Colorado where she saw something quite odd, the lost city of Pompeii where both her cameras were drained of battery, St. Petersburg where she held an hour-long conversation with a Russian soldier who didn't speak English and she didn't speak Russian, and the orphanages of Thailand where Kailin distributed toys to and hugged hundreds of disabled orphans.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Q&A with Author Michael F Stewart: The Sand Dragon

                             Let's give a big welcome to Michael and learn a bit more about him!                   


1. Tell us a bit about yourself.

Thanks, Kris, well first off I live in Ottawa, Canada, have three daughters – so if you wonder why all of my protagonists are female, you now have an answer – I have a degree in history and oddly enough an MBA in finance.

 I like to think I got my start writing fiction working in venture capital! It’s perhaps an odd start for a writer, but like many writers I’ve always known where my heart lay and with the support of my wife I took the plunge and started writing a little over five years ago.

I wrote two novels before writing 24 Bones, which is published through Drollerie Press – The Sand Dragon is my fifth novel and I’m still writing. I also have four young adult graphic novels published with Oxford University Press Canada and some online work that will be coming out this Fall with a major publisher.

2. The premise of The Sand Dragon was certainly original and interesting. I know authors get inspiration from all kinds of places but where did yours come from?
 
My novels are typically set in exotic locales such as Guatemala, Egypt, Indonesia...but I wanted to write something set in Canada that would be of interest to North Americans. So this started with setting. What is currently tying Canada and the US together? Oil. The tar sands. I liked the setting because it dealt with gigantic everything. Big oil. The biggest trucks ever built. The biggest cranes ever built. Everything is mega. It’s also remote, Northern Alberta, with very little population northward. Isolation really helps when you’re trying to create a believable world--think Under the Dome, by Stephen King.

If you’re looking for where the vampire angle came from, I wanted to do something different there. All my novels have a basis in research, as ridiculous as it sounds, so I wanted to write a vampire novel that was possible. To make it seem possible, it needed history, myth, evolutionary reasons, and that’s the genesis of the prehistoric vampire concept. With all of the fossils uncovered in the tar sands, it was a perfect fit.

3. Did you have a favorite character in the story? (Like asking which child is your favorite, right?)

I love transformation so Jamie and Alice were for sure my favourites. I actually like Bythell too– he’s so very evil but he’s doing it for the right reasons, trying to write a historical wrong, a wrong fork in the evolutionary road.

 
4. Any other works in progress that we should keep an eye out for?

Oh yes! Hurakan should be out soon with Overmountain Press, Color of the Crow via Drollerie Press by December, and I have another thriller I’m putting the finishing touches on. It’ll be out in graphic novel form next Fall and has been optioned for film.

5. Where can we find you online?
Come find me on Goodreads or Librarything! Look forward to meeting you!


About The Sand Dragon
(from Goodreads)
 
The discovery of an immense pterosaur skeleton lures paleontologist Kim Axon to the tar sands near her childhood home of Fort Mic. But Kim’s not the only one drawn to the find’s siren call, and the others are coming for a very different reason.
Fort Mic, where Kim’s father was murdered long ago, is both blessed and cursed by the shadow population who gravitate to the area for cheap trailers while they mine the sands for oil. Townsfolk begin to fall sick. Fearing the spread of the strange disease, the new doctor quarantines the town.

Now alone, the broken community must rise above its past to battle outsiders who do not fear the return of an ancient evil, but worship it.


A BIG thank you to Michael for joining us today! I really enjoyed this book so if you're looking for a completely different vampire angle check this one out!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Mini-Views: Pretty Monsters and Daemon Hall

I decided to "Mini-View" these together because while they are different they are similar. You see, both contain several short stories.

Daemon Hall:

This one was fun and creepy. It was several short stories in a larger story. It was interesting to "hear" each character's tale. The kiddy creep factor was there an entertaining!

About The Book:
(from pub website)

Is winning a writing contest worth risking your life?

Nothing exciting ever happens in the town of Maplewood—that is, until famous thriller writer Ian Tremblin holds a short-story writing contest with a prize that seems to be the opportunity of a lifetime: five finalists will get to spend the evening with Tremblin himself in the haunted mansion Daemon Hall, and the winner of the best short story will see publication.

Wade Reilly and the other finalists could never have imagined what they find lurking in the shadows of this demonic mansion. During a suspenseful night of tale-telling, strange incidents mix the realms of the real and the supernatural. What is Tremblin really up to, and can he be trusted? What about Daemon Hall—is it alive? And, more to the point, will any of the contestants make it out of this hall of horrors to tell their story?

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Pretty Monsters:

This one was a pretty quick and entertaining book of short stories. Some creepy, some scary, and some that were downright silly! I enjoyed it for the ease of reading. You were able to read a story and put it down to come back to later. I also enjoyed it for it's entertainment value.

About The Book:
(from Walker Books)

Boiling up a unique brew of fairytale, fantasy, horror, myth and mischief, Kelly Link creates a world like no other, where ghosts of girlfriends past rub up against Scrabble-loving grandmothers with terrifying magic handbags, wizards sit alongside morbid babysitters, and we encounter a people-eating monster who claims to have a sense of humour.

**Review copies provided by publishers. All opinions are my own.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Guest Post and Blog Tour: Scott Nicholson, Ghost Hunter

When Scott contacted me about participating in his blog tour I was all for it. I adore his work and suggest that you check him out!

Scott Nicholson, Ghost Hunter

By Scott Nicholson
www.hauntedcomputer.com

Actually, the title is a little melodramatic.

I’ve done much more ghost story collecting than I have ghost collecting, but my interest in spirituality naturally leads to afterlife curiosity. One of the recurring themes in my work is the exploration of the Big Question: Why are we here and what happens when we die?

I don’t really expect to bump into Aunt Mildred’s ghost and she will spill all the secrets of the universe over a cup of tea, but I do think the belief in ghosts is a fascinating social, philosophical, and psychological matter. Whether you don’t believe in anything and think we are here to consume candy and die, or whether you spend most of your day in prayer and meditation, you are probably as close to the “answer” as anyone else.


And people from all walks believe–and don’t believe–in ghosts. Some skeptics can be changed with one bizarre incident or encounter, while some curious folks can search for evidence of the afterlife for years before concluding there’s nothing out there.

As a newspaper reporter, I went on a ghost hunt at a local hotel with a group of paranormal investigators. While the old hotel was big and spooky, I was most fascinated by the personalities of the hunters, their expectations and their reactions to phenomena that I chalked up to the usual stuff of old hotels–cool drafts, distant elevator noises, and squeaky floors.

A year later, I hosted a paranormal conference at the hotel, gathering information that I used in Speed Dating with the Dead, when a paranormal conference goes haywire.

In the novel, I had to accidentally invoke some demons, because “real” ghost hunting is incredibly dull. You sit in the dark all night with lots of equipment, and then spend several weeks poring through audio and video files to get a few seconds of suggestive information.

I’ve gone on several other hunts since, and even hosted another conference, and I still collect ghost stories, but I stopped short of investing in lots of gear. I do think there is potential for devices that correlate many different kinds of data, measuring time, temperature, and location with various other data (similar to the Multiple Anomaly Coordinator, or MAC Attack, the team uses in the book).

But even if you line up a bunch of coordinates and statistics and say, “This is a ghost,” what exactly have you proven? You still haven’t answered the Big Question.
The hunt continues.

Scott Nicholson is author of Speed Dating with the Dead, The Skull Ring, and 10 other novels, five story collections, four comics series, and six screenplays. A journalist and freelance editor in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, he often uses local legends in his work. This tour is sponsored by Amazon, Kindle Nation Daily, and Dellaster Design.

To be eligible for the Kindle DX, simply post a comment below with contact info. Feel free to debate and discuss the topic, but you will only be entered once per blog.

Visit all the blogs on the tour and increase your odds. I’m also giving away a Kindle 3 through the tour newsletter and a Pandora’s Box of free ebooks to a follower of “hauntedcomputer” on Twitter.

And, hey, buy my books and put me in the Top 100 and I’ll throw in another random Kindle 3 giveaway. Thanks for playing. Complete details at http://www.hauntedcomputer.com/blogtour.htm

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Treasures In My Mailbox! + A Recap

Let's see what I had in the mailbox and then I'll get through a few other things at the end of this post. :) Big thanks to the authors and publishers who sent things my way and thanks to The Printed Page and The Story Siren for hosting mailbox meme's.


These are review books that I received this week. Can't wait to start on them!
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Another copy of The Last Track, you ask?
Well, this one has a quote from my review in it. I know you can't see it but it's the one on the bottom. (I'll get a better picture but I need new batteries for my good camera. )
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From Author E.J. Stevens...She Smells The Dead.
As you can see there are quite a few goodies there! I have a copy to review and a signed copy to give away. (Along with those goodies...)
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I had won a few books and those came in this
week. I'm really excited about reading these!
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I bought a few used books that came in this week.
As you can see they have one of Charlaine Harris' Harper Connelly mysteries in there. I've read it and I'll post a review this week. I actually really enjoyed it! (I'm waiting for the second book to come in.)
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Notes:
I finished reading The Passage today...that is just a draining book. I liked it but gosh it was long! I'll try to post a review for that this week but BBAW (Book Blogger Appreciation Week) is going on this week so I'm not sure what I'll get around to.
Don't forget to stop in tommorrow for Scott Nicholson's blog tour! He'll be giving away Kindles so make sure to check out all his stops!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Sin Undone by Larissa Ione

Once again Larissa Ione rocks the house with her Demonica series. Sin Undone was just a great tension filled novel that kept you reading and wanting more. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

About The Book:
(from Amazon)

HER TOUCH IS DEADLY

As the only female Seminus demon ever born, master assassin Sinead Donnelly is used to being treated like an outcast. She spent decades enslaved, and now vows she'll die before she'll relinquish her freedom again. Then Sin's innate ability to kill her enemies goes awry: She creates a lethal new werewolf virus that sparks a firestorm of panic and violence.

HIS HUNGER CAN'T BE DENIED

Half-werewolf, half-vampire Conall Dearghul is charged with bringing in Sin to face punishment for the plague. And she's no stranger: He's bound to her by blood, and the one sexual encounter they shared has left him hungering for her raw sensuality. Worse, Sin is the underworld's most wanted and Con soon learns he's the only one who can help her . . . and that saving her life might mean sacrificing his own.

Thanks to Hachette (who also provided my review copy) I have 3 copies of this one to giveaway!

-open to US and Canadian Residents only
-no PO Boxes please
-only one copy per household
-ends September 25th

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Gotta Love CSN! (and a Nightshade giveaway!)

The lovely folks at CSN have invited me to do another review! I love everything these guys have ranging from gorgeous coffee tables, bookshelves, and so much more! I haven't decided yet what I'm going to review but I'll keep you updated on that.

Speaking of coffee tables...I really like this one:

Now we all know that coffe tables are the best place to have your books right? Well since CSN is giving something to me so I thought I would give something to you!
I have an extra ARC of Nightshade by Andrea Cremer to give to one lucky person!
-open to US residents only
-To enter please go to the Coffee Table link above and tell me which one you would like the most. (and please leave an email that I can contact you with if you win.)
-ends September 20th

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Mini-View: Friday Night In Beast House by Richard Laymon

I'm not sure about the rest of you but I do enjoy good horror stories. I've always been a sucker for a good scare so when I saw this on the shelf I snatched it up. Now I find out that it's a "piece" of a series and I'll have to find the rest. It was a crazy book! It also came with a novella so it was like getting two books for the price of one. (You can't beat that!) I'll be looking up more of this author's work.

About The Book:
(from Amazon)

When Mark finally musters his courage to ask Alison out, she accepts with one stipulation; that he help sneak her into the notorious Beast House after it closes.

Book Info:

Mass Market Paperback: 238 pages
Publisher: Leisure Books; Original edition (February 23, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0843961422
ISBN-13: 978-0843961423
Review Copy: Purchased by me

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Review: Gumbo Justice by Holli Castillo


About The Book:
(from Amazon)

New Orleans prosecutor Ryan Murphy likes her Tequila cold and her cops hot. Battling demons from her past and checking her self-destructive streak take a back seat to her ambition, and she's not above skating the line just a little to get what she wants. If she snags a detective in the process, well, that's just a little lagniappe for her trouble. Life should be good. Enter a demented psycho, with a plan to ruin Ryan's life before he ultimately kills her. Set against the backdrop of pre-Katrina New Orleans, Gumbo Justice is the first in a series that follows the tumultuous life of prosecutor Ryan Murphy.

What I Thought:

So we know that I like books based in Louisiana; what about a mystery/thriller? Well, of course!

Holli Castillo writes a great mystery with awesome characters as she throws you into that seedy underbelly of New orleans that tourists don't get or want to see. The author is a descriptive writer but in a good way. You kind of feel like you get to know these characters.

This one is based in pre-Katrina New Orleans. (Yes, there is a difference STILL between pre and post Katrina N.O.)

Overall, I found it to be a good read and I'm happy to have had the opportunity to review it!

About The Author:

Holli Castillo was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She attended public elementary school and graduated from an all-girl's Catholic High School. She was a gymnast throughout high school, and performed with her gymnastics team, Westbank Gymnastics, at the 1984 New Orleans World's Fair.

In 1990, she received a BA in Drama/Communications from the University of New Orleans. She earned her degree working nights at the now defunct Can Can Cabaret on Bourbon and Conti in the French Quarter, doing everything from Sound and Light technician to performing as a Can Can girl. She also stage managed and did technical work for many UNO Mainstage productions, and wrote and directed plays for UNO Lab productions.
After graduating from UNO, she attended Loyola Law School at night and worked full-time during the day at the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office as a child support collector. After being hired, she was advised that the only reason she was called in to interview for the collection position was because the Hiring Assistant--a man-- wanted to see what a Can Can girl looked like.

In 1996, she received her JD, and immediately began working as a New Orleans prosecutor She quit the D.A.'s Office when she had her first child, and is now an appellate public defender.
Her first novel, Gumbo Justice, was published by Oak Tree Press in June, 2009; the second in the Crescent City Mystery Series, Jambalaya Justice, is scheduled for release by Oak Tree late summer 2010.

The publication of Gumbo Justice was initially delayed for a year when she was hit head-on by a drunk driver in June, 2008, and rendered immobile for six months with two broken legs and a shattered elbow.

She took advantage of the downtime to write a screenplay, Angel Trap, which won first runner-up in the 2009 Acclaim Screenplay Awards, a Silver Screen Award at the 2009 Las Vegas Film Festival, and made the 2009 finals of the Page Awards, Exposurama, Script Showcase, Screenplay Search, and Spring WildSound. She also placed third in the 2009 Biz of Screenwriting Contest, and won the six month online Pro Series screenwriting course through ScreenwritingU, and is now a Pro Series Alumni.

In addition to being a lawyer and a writer, she is also a junk heiress, mother of two, and the owner of a bar. After spending a year in litigation fighting the antiquated and highly political Department of Code Enforcement of Jefferson Parish over parking zoning, she won at trial and finally opened her bar, The Last Stand, on the westbank of New Orleans. She has also been involved in litigation with the politically motivated Jefferson Parish School Board over "side of the river" discrimination in the magnet school system, which ultimately resulted in a Federal Court allowing magnet school students to attend the magnet school of their choice.

Holli lives with her family, dog, and deaf cat in the metropolitan New Orleans area, although the high crime rate, crooked politics, deadly hurricanes, and now devastating oil spills, cause her to constantly reevaluate her decision. She spends her evacuation time with her extended family in the tranquil hills of north Alabama, where she also does some of her best writing.
**Review copy provided by author. All opinions are my own.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Q&A with author of Being Light: Helen Smith

I'm currently reading Being Light by Helen Smith so I'd like to share with you a Q&A session that we recently did.

1. Tell us a little about yourself and Being Light.

I live in London and I write novels and plays mostly, though I have also written screenplays (nothing produced yet, I have a few projects in development) and poetry. My first book, Alison Wonderland, features the eponymous Alison and her job at an all-female detective agency.

In Being Light, some of the characters from the first book pop up again as minor characters, though it can be read as a stand-alone book. It’s a quirky comedy and although it’s about a man who disappears, and his wife who goes in search of him, the plot is secondary to the development of the characters. It got some fantastic reviews in the UK press and has been optioned by the BBC

to be made into a TV series.

2.Why did you decide to write comedy?

It comes naturally to me. I can rarely get through a conversation without a quip. That sounds strangely repellent but I’m quite good company, really. I like reading elegant, well-crafted, witty prose, and that’s what I try to write.

3. Ten Things I Wish I Knew About Being an Author I Didn’t Know Before...

Wow! Ten? I’m afraid it’s pretty much the way I thought it would be – I sit around all day, thinking or writing. It’s deliciously self-indulgent. Fortunately I never imagined I’d be rich, though I suppose I did think that after I got my first novel published, it would be the start of something wonderful, and that my life as a writer would involve gliding serenely towards further success. In fact, it turns out you can’t ever just sit about; you have to keep paddling.

So...that’s one thing. I owe you another nine things.


4. What are your hopes for your writing future?

I’d like to get more of my work published and produced. I hope I keep writing until I die and that I’ll get some more good reviews and win some prizes along the way.

5. Last but not least an easy question: Can you share your current read and your favorite childhood book with us?

I have just finished China Miéville’s The City & The City and thought it was fantastic. It’s the first of his that I have read and I’m going to read the others. I loved so many books when I was a child. I read voraciously. I particularly enjoyed the Narnia books and The Borrowers. I can never choose just one, sorry!

If you would like to check out more about Being Light or Helen you can find her here:

I have a blog that I update regularly; please come and say hello.

I also have a website but that’s fairly static. My author page at Amazon is here.

I’m on Twitter. If you have an account and you’d like to follow me, I’ll follow you back.

About The Book:

Roy Travers is swept away by a freak gust of wind while trying to install a bouncy castle in Brockwell Park, south London. Sheila, his wife, can’t understand why he hasn’t found his way back home. She begins to suspect that Roy has been abducted by aliens and enlists the help of Mrs Fitzgerald’s Bureau of Investigation to find him. Sheila travels to Kent with Alison, a private detective. Together they build a missing persons advertisement out of pebbles on a beach, hoping it will be seen by the aliens who have taken Roy. But Roy was not taken by aliens. The truth is far stranger.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

I signed up for a Read-A-Thon...

Normally I don't sign up for Read-A-Thons because the time period is just to short to get excess reading done. I've decided to participate in this one because it's 6 days long. I know I can read quite a bit in that time if I just read, read, read, LOL!
If you want to sign up or check out the guidlines you can go here.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Treasures In My Mailbox! (a rather long post)

So it was a busy week here! I included a summary on the ones you may not be familiar with...One or two are older books. Anyway, leave me a link or let me know what you received in your mailbox. I'll go and check you out! :)
I got in three books for review and I think they will be super awesome!
-Oogy (Is that not the cutest face you've ever seen!?)
Summary: In the bestselling tradition of Rescuing Sprite comes the story of a puppy brought back from the brink of death, and the family he adopted.In 2002, Larry Levin and his twin sons, Dan and Noah, took their terminally ill cat to the Ardmore Animal Hospital outside Philadelphia to have the beloved pet put to sleep. What would begin as a terrible day suddenly got brighter as the ugliest dog they had ever seen--one who was missing an ear and had half his face covered in scar tissue--ran up to them and captured their hearts.
The dog had been used as bait for fighting dogs when he was just a few months old. He had been thrown in a cage and left to die until the police rescued him and the staff at Ardmore Animal Hospital saved his life. The Levins, whose sons are themselves adopted, were unable to resist Oogy's charms, and decided to take him home. Heartwarming and redemptive, OOGY is the story of the people who were determined to rescue this dog against all odds, and of the family who took him home, named him "Oogy" (an affectionate derivative of ugly), and made him one of their own.
Here are some contest wins! YAY!
The Passage (I've heard so many mixed reviews for this one but I really wanted to read it. Luckily, I won a giveaway over at Stephanie's Written Word! Can't wait to read it!)
I also won Warrior Avenged by Addison Fox from Penguin on Twitter! (It's Book 2 in the Sons Of The Zodiac series.)
Here are a few books that I bought new and/or used...
-Look Again (Summary: When reporter Ellen Gleeson gets a "Have You Seen This Child?" flyer in the mail, she almost throws it away. But something about it makes her look again, and her heart stops—the child in the photo is identical to her adopted son, Will. Her every instinct tells her to deny the similarity between the boys, because she knows her adoption was lawful. But she’s a journalist and won’t be able to stop thinking about the photo until she figures out the truth. And she can’t shake the question: if Will rightfully belongs to someone else, should she keep him or give him up? She investigates, uncovering clues no one was meant to discover, and when she digs too deep, she risks losing her own life—and that of the son she loves.
-After (I actually bought this one because another blogger was talking about the intensity of it...I can't wait to read it.)
-Bone To Bone (Summary: In the northern California town of Coventry, two teenage brothers go into the woods one day, but only one comes back. No one knows what happened to the younger brother, Josh, until twenty years later, when the older brother, Oren, now an ex-investigator for the Army CID, returns to Coventry for the first time in many years. His first morning back, he hears a thump on the front porch. Lying in front of the door is a human jawbone, the teeth still intact. And it is not the first such object, his father tells him. Other remains have been left there as well. Josh is coming home . . . bone by bone.)
I got some swag to giveaway! They are bookmarks from The Chosen Historian by Randi Ertz! It's a very good book that I reviewed a while back.

Here's the Summary:

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.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Book Trailer Release: Vampyre Kisses by Elizabeth J Kolodziej

Awhile back I reviewed this book and really enjoyed it! You can find that review here. Now Elizabeth has a book trailer and I wanted to share it with all of you.


About The Book:


Vampyre Kisses is an enthralling story about a young woman named Faith, who seems content with her life, but deep down craves more excitement. Then a mysterious man named Trent enters her world and everything changes. Surprising to Faith, Trent is a green-eyed vampire from Ireland. She is even more amazed to find out that she is a witch, and the last of her kind. Faith learns that she is destined to restore her witch line and becomes more powerful as she gains confidence and knowledge, but danger lurks everywhere -- especially when unknown assailants steal the most important gems from the vampire master and werewolf royalty. Now surrounded by a world filled with mystifying vampires and werewolves, can Faith gain enough power to help her friends and rescue the stolen gems?
You can find out more about the author and her book at www.vampyrekisses.com/

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Review, Giveaway and Blog Tour: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

What I Thought:

I accidentally found this author one day while searching for my next read on the store bookshelf. I actually started with her Highlander series! (Which I recommend if you haven't read it yet.) Myself, I hadn't read The MacKayla Lane novels. (Which is the technical name...who knew? I always call it the Fever Series?) Anyway, I was delighted to take part in this tour because I figured these books would be awesome.

Darkfever was excellent! Moning can make even the most serious and crazy subject matter funny. There always tends to be a sense of wicked humor hiding in the pages of her stories.

I enjoyed the main character Mac, who was continuously stubborn and determined...but a bubbly Southern gal despite what she's going through. I think Jericho sounds hot...even though he's so stubborn and mysterious. I can't wait to find out more about him!

I will say that there is a ton of X-rated tension in his one. When will we get the stuff!? Book 2 maybe? It's one of those will they or won't they situations which made for some great story and character building IMO.

This story was very much NOT predictable! Excellent! Like I said, I'm so happy to be a part of this tour as I think this will turn out to be a great series for me.

About The Book:

MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens.

When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae….

As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane–an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book–because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands….

About The Author:

Karen Marie Moning is the internationally bestselling author of the Highlander and Fever novels. Her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists, and have one numerous awards, including the prestigious Rita. She lives in Georgia and Florida with her husband Neil and the world-traveling cat, Moonshadow.

Connect with Karen on her Website, on Twitter, and on Facebook.

TLC TOUR STOPS for Darkfever:

Monday, August 16th: All Things Urban Fantasy
Wednesday, August 18th: Jenn’s Bookshelves
Monday, August 23rd: Rundpinne
Wednesday, August 25th: Tynga’s Reviews
Thursday, August 26th: Savvy Verse and Wit
Monday, August 30th: Peeking Between the Pages
Wednesday, September 1st: The Cajun Book Lady
Tuesday, September 7th: Book Junkie
Thursday, September 9th: Angieville
Friday, September 10th: Luxury Reading
Monday, September 13th: Dark Faerie Tales


Be sure to stop by on Wednesday, October 6th when I'll be reviewing Book 2 Bloodfever!

Thanks to the publisher I have one copy of Darkfever to giveaway! If you would like to be entered please leave a comment along with your email addy.

-open to US and Canada only
-ends September 10th

**review and giveaway copy provided by publisher. All opinions are my own.