Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween Reads to Consider Hiding From!


I wanted to create a list of books that readers could consider getting for a great Halloween themed night of reading.  After starting research on the list, I thought it might be smarter to hide from these spooky tomes than to actually read them.  If you are like me, though, you will curl up, cover yourself with a protective blanket or pillow, (it's been proven scientifically that when watching a scary movie, hiding behind a blanket or pillow will protect you from the horrors onscreen!!!) and jump right in.  So I caution all readers to beware and enter each book at your own peril...

Cover Reveal for a Halloween-y Read

Title: THE UNDERTAKERS: SECRET OF THE CORPSE EATER
Publication dateMarch 25, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Ty Drago

The Corpses are up something.

U.S. Senator Lindsay Micha had been kidnapped and replaced with a “dead” ringer, the sister to Lilith Cavanaugh, the Queen of the Dead. Now Will Ritter must go undercover in our nation’s capital to ferret out the truth and try to stop this ambitious deader. But his mission becomes even more dangerous when he learns of a mysterious ten-legged monster that prowls the halls of the Capitol Building — a lethal monster with a taste for Corpse flesh.

Can such an alien “enemy of his enemy” truly become Will’s friend?


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Book & Giveaway!!!

18598201Lessons Learned by Jillian Neal

One breathtakingly hot, passion-filled, night ignites a fire in his soul. Everything in his world should be nothing short of perfection…but he is Rainer Lawson.

His wild evening with Emily is the Realm’s front-page story. Could he have lost the respect of the man that has been like a father to him? Could his family’s hard-earned fortune really dissolve before his very eyes?

Evil rapidly cinches its chokehold, and everything his father fought and died for threatens to implode. Rainer attempts to protect those that he loves and satisfy the fiery passions between he and Emily, but everything in his world is spinning wildly out of control. His desire to prove himself could very well be his undoing.

Sometimes the best of intentions are not enough, but perhaps it is the trials by fire that make the man. Steel sharpens steel, and passion burns white hot in “Lessons Learned.

Lessons Learned is only 2.99$ and book 1 - Within the Realm - will only be $.99

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Book Recommendation: Forged in Dreams and Magick

Forged in Dreams and Magick by Kat Bastion

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The award-winning debut in the Highland Legend Series:

Isobel MacInnes wakes up in present-day California, lunches in medieval Scotland, and by ten days’ end, falls in love with a man and his country, only to lose them in a heart-wrenching twist of fate . . .

Found in the arms of her second soul mate . . .

Forced to balance the delicate strands of time between two millennia . . .

Shocked by revelations rewriting the very foundations of history . . . of everything.

Isobel, a rising-star archaeology student, is dropped into two ancient worlds without warning . . . or her permission. Her fiery spirit resists the dependency thrust upon her. Amid frustration at her lack of control, she helplessly falls in love. Twice.

She struggles to adjust to the unimaginable demands of two leaders of men—a laird in the thirteenth-century Highlands and a Pict chieftain in a more ancient Scotland. Isobel transforms from an academic, hell-bent on obtaining archaeological recognition, to a woman striving to care for those she loves, and ultimately . . . into a fearless warrior risking everything to protect them



The Amazon Top 10 Time Travel Best Seller FORGED IN DREAMS AND MAGICK is only $1.99 until next week's release of the holiday novella BOUND BY WISH AND MISTLETOE on 11/5!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Review: The Prodigal by Michael Hurley

17929231The Prodigal by Michael Hurley

Source: Review Copy
Genre: Literary Fiction
Format: Paperback

From the Publisher...

Pride, betrayal, forgiveness . . . and the eternal sea. The Prodigal tells the mystical tale of four people on Ocracoke Island whose destiny is tied to an abandoned schooner, thought to have been lost at sea more than a century ago, that one day drifts ashore. Marcus O’Reilly, a renegade Catholic priest, must confront his inner demons. Ibrahim Joseph, a Bahamian fugitive, must face his past. Aidan Sharpe, a fallen lawyer, struggles with self-doubt and his growing affection for Molly McGregor, a fearless towboat captain who cannot find the courage to love. They will all be drawn into a 2,000-year-old mystery that unfolds with the reappearance of the ship.

From Me...

I would definitely recommend this book, though I can't give it a five star review. This book has a really great story.  The beginning remind me so much of John Grisham.  A successful lawyer who loses everything and must restart his career and fins himself.  Once the ship is introduced to the story, it becomes completely and wonderfully original.

A Perfect Mistake

COVER REVEAL
A Perfect Secret Series, Book #2
By Zoe Dawson

Releasing December 9, 2013
New Adult/Adult Contemporary/Mystery
Cover designed by Okay Creations

How can they have a future when their past is based on a lie? The perfect preacher’s daughter, Verity Fairchild, has something that only she and God know about and she wants to keep it that way. Her mistake was easy to keep secret when she was out of town, but now that she's come back to Hope Parish for the summer, she comes face-to-face with the guy responsible for it all. Boone Outlaw nearly ruined everything for her and despite the fact that he's now working at her father's church, she's determined to stay as far away from him as possible. Boone Outlaw doesn't understand Verity's anger towards him. He barely knows her. In high school she was Holy Mary Verity and she was off limits - except in his dreams where Verity seems way too real. Most of the time he was wasted in high school, not the type of boy Verity would ever look at twice, but he can’t shake the feeling that something might have happened between them. He’s going to break his own rules to get the answers he needs straight from Verity. What will Verity do when she finds something in Boone that she never knew existed and her perfect mistake is the only thing that could stand between them and their happiness? Will she sacrifice Boone to keep her secret? 

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About the Author Zoe Dawson is the alter ego of Karen Anders, award winning, multi-published author. Her writing journey started with poetry and branched out into fiction. With a couple of college English courses under her belt, she penned a historical, then moved onto contemporary romance fiction. Today, she is happy producing romantic suspense, romantic mystery, urban fantasy and paranormal novels. The words feed her soul and the happily ever afters feed her heart. You can find her at the following links:
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Book Spotlight & $50 GC Giveaway: Finding the Right Girl



Finding the Right Girl
A Nice GUY to Love Spin-off
By: Violet Duke
Release Blast October 28th, 2013

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From the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author who brought you the Nice Girl to Love trilogy, comes A Nice GUY to Love spin-off...

Brian Sullivan has been in love twice in his lifetime. He lost his first love to early-onset Huntington’s, and he lost the other more recently…to his brother. And somehow, his heart has managed to heal itself after both. Amazingly, without therapy. That doesn’t mean he hasn’t gotten a bit more cautious, however. Lately, Brian’s been thinking that maybe his brother’s now retired nothing-but-flings rule isn’t such a bad idea after all. Unfortunately, as the unofficial nice guy poster boy, Brian isn’t exactly versed in the fine art of flings. So he looks to the outrageously ‘unique,’ inexplicably enigmatic, provokingly button-pushing Tessa Daniels for a crash course.



There’s absolutely no way he’s falling in love with this one...right? 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Harry Potter Halftime

This is not strictly about books, but is so much fun that I have to share.  Last night the Ohio State University Marching Band performed a halftime show that is truly incredible, and that's saying something since they made Michael Jackson moonwalk last week.  Anyway, the show is based on movie theme music and the Harry Potter section will blow you away!


TBDBITL
GO BUCKS!!!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Seriously?!

After Dead by Charlaine Harris


After Dead: What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse

Below, you can find the complete synopsis of this "book," but I have some things I want to say.  First of all, I have read every book in this series. I fell in love with this story and how original it all felt to me.  I liked Sookie a lot, even if she was a little ditzy, but I figured she was naive in the beginning and would mature and become more worldly as the series continued.  I kept reading the books because of their action, mystery and impatiently waiting for Sookie and Eric to get together.  Then they did.


At some point in the middle of the series, once Sookie got with Eric, I think the author started resenting the series.  I think she knew she had to keep writing them, but I'm not sure she wanted to anymore.  She ruined the Sookie and Eric.  Eric's character was an unrecognizable coward in the last book.  I could go on and on about the crap this series became, but I want to stay focused.  I wrote an entire rant article, check it out for more of my crazy.

Anyway, I was relieved when the story ended simply because I wanted to know what happened but was glad to put myself out of my misery.  Then I find this. I think there is a reason that every author doesn't end their series with coda. It's not a novel, and isn't a new installment in the series, yet it will sell for the same price without having to put the effort into actually writing another book. Just write blurbs about all of the characters and where they end up after repeatedly telling everyone that you are done with the series because you have no ideas. As a book buyer and avid fan, this annoys me to no end.  I'm really starting to buy into the theory that she stopped writing the books because people liked the tv show better. *breathes* 

So now that I've got that off of my chest, I want to know if anyone else feels this way?  Am I on an island?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Collared: Excerpt and Giveaway

The Adult Contemporary Romance/Mystery, Collared (Book #4, Going to the Dogs) by Zoe Dawson has been released! To help celebrate, we have an excerpt and giveaway below.

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Release: October 14, 2013


Diamonds are a dog’s best friend.

Harper Sinclair discovers that her champion, award-winning standard poodle, Ch. Edgewood Sky High Blue is missing her $50,000 diamond dog collar that was given to her by Harper's eccentric, indulging grandmother.  Harper calls the robbery division of the NYPD and reports the theft.  The detective they send is surly and tough with a pair of blue eyes that make even this calm, cool socialite's lungs claw for air.
​Rough and tumble Detective Caleb Shaw has better things to do than run over to the penthouse of a frigging socialite to find a frigging collar for a frigging pampered poodle---award winning or not.  He has real cases to solve, but when he gets a load of the poodle's owner, his interest in the case...heats up.  Satin sheets or not, he wants Harper.

​Can a lovely socialite collar a hard-boiled detective or are they worlds apart?

EXCERPT

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Book Release and $50 Amazon Giveaway

 A Light in Dark Places 

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In December, 2009, Susan Cox Powell was reported missing from her home in West Valley City, Utah. As law enforcement tried to piece together what had happened to Susan, her husband, Josh Powell, became the only person of interest in the case. For Jennifer Graves, Josh’s sister, the nightmare started long before Susan’s disappearance. From her experiences growing up in the Powell family to the terrifying moment when she first started to believe her brother was a killer, she relied on her faith to stay strong. She devoted herself to the safety of Susan’s boys, Charlie and Braden, whom she hoped to be able to raise as her own. When the boys were murdered by their father in February, 2012, Jennifer was more than devastated, but she had to believe there was a reason for it all—including the deaths of her beloved nephews. In A Light In Dark Places, Jennifer shares her struggles and her triumphs. In coming to terms with such tragedy she finally was able to embrace the truth that we all have the power to choose our own path—and there is always hope, no matter how dark things may seem.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Review: The Winter Witch by Paula Braxton

The Winter Witch by Paula Braxton
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Source: Borrowed from Digital Library

Genre: Fiction

Format: Audiobook


From the Publisher...



Fledgling witch Morgana must defend her love, her home, and her life in this enthralling tale perfect for fans of Discovery of Witches


In her small Welsh town, there is no one quite like Morgana. She has never spoken, and her silence as well as the magic she can't quite control make her a mystery. Concerned for her safety, her mother quickly arranges a marriage with Cai Bevan, the widower from the far hills who knows nothing of the rumours that swirl around her. After their wedding, Morgana is heartbroken at leaving, but she soon falls in love with Cai’s farm and the rugged mountains that surround it, while slowly Cai himself begins to win her heart. It’s not long, however, before her strangeness begins to be remarked upon in her new village. A dark force is at work there—a person who will stop at nothing to turn the townspeople against Morgana, even at the expense of those closest to her. Forced to defend her home, her love, and herself from all comers, Morgana must learn to harness her power, or she will lose everything.

Paula Brackston's debut novel, The Witch's Daughter, was the little book that could—with a captivating story, remarkable heroine, and eye-catching package, it has now netted over 40,000 copies in all formats. Now Paula returns with The Winter Witch, another enchanting tale of love and magic, featuring her signature blend of gorgeous writing, a fabulous and intriguing historical backdrop, and a headstrong and relatable heroine readers will cheer for.



From Me...


Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Viscount's Vow

Title: The Viscount's Vow 
Author: Collette Cameron
Genre: Historical Romance
Number of Pages: 430
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing 

Buy Link: Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00EZ8RBN2/

Amidst murder and betrayal, destiny and hearts collide when scandal forces a nobleman and a gypsy to marry in this Regency Romance.

Half Romani, half English noblewoman, Evangeline Caruthers is the last woman in England Ian Hamilton, the Viscount Warrick, could ever love—an immoral wanton responsible for his brother’s and father’s deaths. She thinks he’s a foul-tempered blackguard, who after setting out to cause her downfall, finds himself forced to marry her—snared in the trap of his own making.

When Vangie learns the marriage ceremony itself may have been a ruse, she flees to her gypsy relatives, declaring herself divorced from Ian under Romani law. He pursues her to the gypsy encampment, and when the handsome gypsy king offers to take Ian’s place in Vangie’s bed, jealousy stirs hot and dangerous. 

At last, under a balmy starlit sky, Ian and Vangie breech the chasm separating them. Peril lurks though. Ian’s the last in his line, and his stepmother intends to dispose of the newlyweds so her daughter can inherit his estate. Only by trusting each other can they overcome scandal and murderous betrayal.

Check out an excerpt below!
 


Where to find Collette:

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

What I'm Reading This Week (10/8/13)


I didn't quite make it through last week's reading list, stupid football season.  But I am not deterred, I will forge ahead. In addition to finishing those books, I am skipping to the front of the line a book that I have been waiting on:

18049965Forged in Dreams and Magick by Kat Bastion: The award-winning debut in the Highland Legend Series:


Isobel MacInnes wakes up in present-day California, lunches in medieval Scotland, and by ten days’ end, falls in love with a man and his country, only to lose them in a heart-wrenching twist of fate . . .

Found in the arms of her second soul mate . . .

Forced to balance the delicate strands of time between two millennia . . .

Shocked by revelations rewriting the very foundations of history . . . of everything.

Isobel, a rising-star archaeology student, is dropped into two ancient worlds without warning . . . or her permission. Her fiery spirit resists the dependency thrust upon her. Amid frustration at her lack of control, she helplessly falls in love. Twice.

She struggles to adjust to the unimaginable demands of two leaders of men—a laird in the thirteenth-century Highlands and a Pict chieftain in a more ancient Scotland. Isobel transforms from an academic, hell-bent on obtaining archaeological recognition, to a woman striving to care for those she loves, and ultimately . . . into a fearless warrior risking everything to protect them.




Book: Blog This and $100 Amazon Gift Card

Blog This by Cami Checketts Will protecting children throughout the world cost Natasha her own family? Devastated by the loss of her brother, Natasha Senecot works to expose the dangers of Matthew Chrysler’s violent video games, succeeding in bankrupting and humiliating him. Chrysler retaliates and sends a hit man after her. Natasha is forced to fake her own death to protect her children. But after witnessing another tragedy, Natasha must come out of hiding. In a race against time, Natasha must expose Matthew Chrysler before his assassin shatters her world and those she loves.  
Blog This New CoverPraise for Blog This "From the very first chapter, Blog This grabs your gut and your heart with surprising action and touching moments. Cami Checketts blends suspense, humor, and good clean romance into a story that will stick with you." ~Daniel Coleman, Author of Gifts and Consequences "LOVED it. LOVED it. LOVED it. Have read all of Cami’s books but Blog This is on the top of my list. Read it twice and enjoyed it just as much as the first time I read it. Just when you think you know what is going to happen you’re led into a different direction. Had a hard time putting the book down and was anxious to see how it was going to end." ~Elsa Akinason   Excerpt Natasha sighed. “You don’t need to stay until Detective Bentley comes.” His eyebrows rose. “You want to be alone with the detective?” Natasha grabbed a glass from the cupboard and filled it with water from the door of the fridge. “I just don’t want Jace and Lily to wait too long.” She turned to face him, taking a sip of the cold water. Tony held her gaze with his warm stare and edged a step closer. “I wanted to make sure that you’re okay.” “I’m fine.” Natasha clutched the glass in her palm. “I can take care of myself.” Why was she lying to him? She tried to shoo him away, when she really wanted to beg him to stay until Alex was apprehended and maybe even after that. Tony set the water bottles on the counter. “Oh, I don’t doubt you can take care of yourself, but maybe it’s time to let someone else help.” He took two more steps toward her. She could smell his PS cologne. She’d given him a bottle the first year they were married and told him it was her favorite scent. The fragrance brought back tender memories she wanted to displace and plugging her nose right now might be a little awkward. Natasha raised the glass to her lips to try to block the tempting aroma and create some distance between them. Why was Tony still wearing the same brand? “What if I want to take care of you?” Tony asked. Sounds wonderful. She took a long drink, but it didn’t quench the heat in her face. Tony took the glass from her fingers and set it on the counter. “What if I want to take care of you?” he repeated quietly. He gently took hold of her palm and studied her face for the correct answer. “I think you’re too late,” Natasha whispered, studying his pressed cotton shirt to avoid his handsome face. Her hand tingled. How could he still affect her like this? Tony tilted her chin up with his free hand. “Look in my eyes and say that again.”  

Friday, October 4, 2013

Sequel to The Shining



So my nerdy bookish event this week is slightly October/Halloween themed.  Hopefully you have heard about this, but if not, let me hook you up!  

Stephen King returns to the character and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.
Doctor SleepOn highways across America, a tribe of people called the True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, the True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the steam that children with the shining produce when they are slowly tortured to death.
Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel, where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant shining power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”
Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of devoted readers of The Shining and satisfy anyone new to this icon in the King canon.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate

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From the Publisher...

Source: Purchased from Amazon
Genre: Young Adult


There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.


Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret...even if it kills her.

Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, FALLEN is a page-turning thriller and the ultimate love story.



From Me...



I think this is a book you will either love or hate.  After finishing, I went to goodreads.com just to see how others felt and I was exactly right.  So many people hated the book giving it one star, but true young adult, angsty teen, unrequited love readers loved this book.  For this reason, I am feeling a bit disjointed about this book.  Normally I am pretty firm in my opinion, but I cannot create a cohesive viewpoint.  Therefore, I am letting my multiple personalities run wild and giving you a review in two parts.  I am giving this book an average of 3 eiffel towers, but you have to see how this happened.



 
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