Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Hero Of A Highland Wolf by Terry Spear Book Tour + GIVEAWAY!


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Title: Hero Of A Highland Wolf

Author: Terry Spear

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Release Date: August 5,  2014




Plot:  The MacQuarrie werewolf clan has overseen the Playfair family’s Ardmore Castle for three centuries. So when a Playfair granddaughter from abroad inherits the estate, clan chief Grant MacQuarrie has to train her to manage it—and he’s not happy about having her in his way. Until the prim old lady he’s expecting turns out to be a sexy young wolf…

Colleen Playfair is excited and apprehensive about her new role at the castle, and she has big plans to change the way its run. But the stubborn Grant won’t make things easy, and she’s forced to turn to seduction to get her way…


Excerpt:  Grant always joked and played with his clansmen when they were through with their work for the day. Well, even while they worked. But being with Colleen here like this felt different. For a moment, he didn’t feel like he served as the manager of her estates while she was the owner and taskmaster. He felt like a man with a woman on a Sunday jaunt in the glen. Except she wasn’t just any woman. She was a she-wolf, her cute little arse jiggling ahead of him as he climbed the hill to join her.

When he reached the top, she was trying to catch her breath and swayed a little. He grabbed her arm, and he didn’t know what came over him. But suddenly he was looking down into her smiling face, as if she was smiling at him, and he wanted in the worst way to kiss her.

She didn’t pull away from him, either.

He shouldn’t kiss her, but damn, he wanted to.

Still breathing hard, her heart beating fast, she placed her hand on his chest. He expected her to push him away, but she didn’t. She just stood there looking up at him, waiting for him to do something. He breathed in her scent, all woman and…interested.

They stood high on top of the hill overlooking the glen, the water rushing by, the sheep grazing on the green grass across the burn, and white clouds passing overhead against the blue sky.

He still had hold of her arm, but then he released her, cupped her face with both hands, and kissed her.

When his lips met hers, he knew he shouldn’t do this. He intended to make it sweet and unassuming, to quench some damnable need that he had to satisfy. He didn’t presume it would go anywhere, and he almost imagined it would be lame and unappealing—-after having built up the expectation that kissing that sweet mouth of hers would make his world spin and topple over. He hadn’t thought she’d crave the intimacy as much as he did. Yet when she wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed him back, she exhibited an eagerness that turned his world on end.

She was more than willing.


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Author Bio: USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear has written over two dozen paranormal romance novels and medieval Highland historical romances. In 2008 HEART OF THE WOLF was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry also creates award-winning teddy bears that have found homes all over the world. She lives in Crawford, Texas.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Hounded by Kevin Hearne BOOK REVIEW!!!



                                                           


Title: Hounded

Author: Kevin Hearne

Published: Del Rey


Ever wondered what happened to all the Druids? Well Atticus is living in Arizona at the moment and as far as he knows is the only Druid left. You see Atticus made a deal with Morrigan the Goddess of death and because of this deal he has been alive for over 2,000 years. During that time he got possession of a powerful sword named Fragarach and now almost all of Tir Na Nog is after him.
Fragarach is no ordinary sword, it gives the person who wields it power of the wind but that is not all it can do it can also cut through any armor and has the power to make people tell the truth. Atticus has been hiding ever since he got the sword because a powerful love God named Aenghus Og who want's it all for himself and he will stop it nothing to get it even use others as pawns in his war.
Atticus has been doing pretty well so far trying to live a normal life even opening his own shop in Arizona that sales magic books to stupid college kids who think they know magic and special teas. Mortals don't know it but all the Gods and Goddesses exist and fairies are nothing like the ones you see in movies. Atticus's life is going as good as a person running from a God can be until Morrigan shows up one day flying into his shop in bird form to warn of coming danger. Morrigan warns that Aenghus Og has found him and she saw death in the wands ( a type of reading like Tarot cards) for him. Now Atticus needs a much help as he can and starts to trust people that he isn't sure should be trusted, but when an angry God is coming for you head you pull out all the stops and try to stay alive.




Rating:






Thoughts: After Skeletor told me millions of times to read The Iron Druid series I finally broke down and read this book. I was not disappointed at all! I loved the all the humorous characters as well as the story line. Everything was well written and it seems to me that much research went into this project and it shows. I will be continuing the series and I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for something different in the Science fiction and Fantasy genre.

Quotes from the book: “I have been around long enough to discount most superstitions for what they are: I was around when many of them began to take root, after all. But one superstition to which I happen to subscribe is that bad juju comes in threes. The saying in my time was, "Storm clouds are thrice cursed," but I can't talk like that and expect people to believe I'm a twenty-one year-old American. I have to say things like, "Shit happens, man.”

There are many perks to living for twenty-one centuries, and foremost among them is bearing witness to the rare birth of genius. It invariably goes like this: Someone shrugs off the weight of his cultural traditions, ignores the baleful stares of authority, and does something his countrymen think to be completely batshit insane. Of those, Galileo was my personal favorite. Van Gogh comes in second, but he really was batshit insane.




Tuesday, July 8, 2014

If You Were Me and Lived In...France by Carole P. Roman & The Treasure of Snake Island by Carole P. Roman BOOK REVIEWS!!!


                 
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Title:  If You Were Me and Lived In...France

Author:Carole P. Roman

Published:  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform


This is a cute little book that follows a boy and girl as they teach you about France. There are even some French words included in the story. Don't worry if you can't pronounce them though because it shows you how to say the French words in the pronunciation section at the end of the book.

Rating:






Thoughts: Did you know that Paris got it's title as the "city of light" because it was the first city to use gas lamps to light the streets in 1828? I learned something from this little book!


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Title: The Treasure of Snake Island ( A Captain No Beard Story)

Author: Carole P. Roman

Published: Red Feather Publishing


This is a book that follows Captain No Beard and his crew that consists of his cousin, a baby, a lion, a frog, a monkey, and a parrot. The parrot who's name is Polly predicts a coming storm with the knowledge he gets from a book he read. The whole crew wants to learn too so they go on treasure hunt (after the storm predictions come true) in the hopes of finding more books!

Rating:





Thoughts: This was a great book which encourages reading in children. I also liked the watercolor picture in the book as well.




About The Author:  Award winning author Carole P. Roman is a former teacher turned businesswoman. She has successfully run a family business with her husband. Her most favorite job is being grandmother to her many grandchildren. She currently lives on Long Island with her husband.
Her first book, "Captain No Beard - An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life" has been named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2012 as well garnered the star of remarkable merit. Three more Captain No Beard books are in the works. Also Available, " I Want To Do Yoga Too," a children's introduction to yoga.



I figured I would donate these books to a place that is close to where I live called The Center for Autism & Dyslexia. I hope they enjoy them!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Giver by Lois Lowry Mini Review!

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Title: The Giver

Author: Lois Lowry

Published: Laurel Lea


This story is about a boy named Jonas and his life inside a "perfect" society known as the community. Inside this society choices are made for you from the food you eat to the spouse/children you have which you can only have two children one boy and one girl. Even your job is chosen for you when you turn 12. Jonas was chosen as a receiver of memory as his job it is the highest ranked job and it means that Jonas would be the keeper of all the memories of past and present that are not controlled. Jonas ends up finding out something really sinister about the way the community "release" people who are either to old, a criminal, or strong willed and he almost loses his mind with the truth behind the lies that he grew up with.

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Thoughts: This book was only 23 chapters long so it was a quick read but I found myself falling to sleep at times while reading it. I thought the story was a bit boring and you don't really get to really know any of the characters until the last three chapters. Also the story is a bit jumpy from scene to scene and it I felt like the story was rushed until the end when it does just that End. A lot was left unsaid and you never really know what happened because it just ends and I hate that.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Art Of Leaving Free Books In Random Places and Book News!

Happy July everyone! I hope everyone had an awesome 4th of July if you live in the US, I had a great one watching the fireworks at our fairgrounds.

Anyways back on track now....

After doing my contests I had some left over Arcs of books just sitting around my house. Now I don't think it is right to waste a perfectly good book so I have started leaving them in random places with a yellow post it on them with one word " Free". I left one at a doctors office I went to this week and I will be living one at our apartments office. Pretty much anywhere that there is a chance people will be sitting in wait for something is free game. This I feel is just my little way of spreading the love of reading! I am actually looking forward to getting a lot of Arcs from publishers now just so I can keep doing this. Who knows maybe someone will find a book I left and it could change their whole day and maybe cause just a bit of happiness.



Below are this weeks Top 10 Bestsellers paperback fiction and YA!  

Paperback Fiction

1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

2. And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

3. The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

4. The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls

5. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

6. The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

7.The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

8. The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka) J. K. Rowling

9. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


10. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Young Adult

1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 

2. If I Stay by Gayle Forman

3. Looking for Alaska by John Green

4. Paper Towns by John Green

 5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

6. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

 7. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

 8. Where She Went by Gayle Forman

9. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
10. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Now it's time for Book News!

World Book Night Suspension 

Sadly it was announced on July 2nd that World Book Night has suspended the handing out of books due to lack of funding. I myself am very sad about this because for the past three years I have been handing out books but it is understandable since without funding the printing of the special books for the night can not be made.
Carl Lennertz who is the executive director of WBN had this to say on the subject:

"The expenses of running World Book Night U.S., even given the significant financial and time commitment from publishers, writers, booksellers, librarians, printers, distributors, and shippers, are too high to sustain without additional outside funding."

Carl Lennertz tried to get outside grants for WBN but what was gathered didn't meet the amount needed to keep everything running smoothly. This year WBN was able to hand out with the help of the volunteers 500,000 books! WBN social media will continue through early September but as of right now there is no word on if WBN will come back. 

Backlash Over the Little Free Libraries


Now we got to Wisconsin where a Whitefish Bay Village Board has waged war on the use of Little Free Libraries . Little free library was created as a unique way to promote literacy and is like a little mail box that you would put in front of your home which is then filled with books of your choosing. People then would come and take a book from your library to read, the person would also have the option to replace a book taken with one of their own. A unnamed person set out to get formal permission from the building inspectors of the Whitefish Bay area to erect a little free library in front of his home. Well his request found it's way up to chain command to members of the board who sounded the alarm on the little free libraries. Though the little libraries were not banned out right they are now only allowed in back yards of homes which would defeat the purpose of the whole thing in the first place! 


There was only one person on the board that protested the ruling, Richard Foster had this to say on the subject:

“It’s ridiculous. This is a harmless activity. People exchange books there. If this gets to be a problem, then we’ll do something about it. But not now.”

The rest of the board argued that there should be only one free library in Whitefish Bay and it is located in front of the Christ Church Episcopal and it is also in the form of a Church. The Village Board manager Patrick DeGrave  had this to say about the reasoning behind all this mess: 

“There seems to be no end to the silliness that we think of where these things can go, Not just in the size, shape, color or oddities, but what can go in there? You’re not going to regulate what goes inside.”

Sounds to me like the board are just afraid of the little libraries because they have no control over what is put in them so because of their fear people will suffer. 

Reading Rainbow is Making a Comeback! 
As most of you know Reading Rainbow a PBS show that promoted reading to young children has been trying to make a come back since LeVar Burton said that he wishes to do it once again. So far the kick starter campaign has raised $5,408,916! Soon every person and classroom will be able to use the Reading Rainbow app for FREE! For more information about this campaign and if you would like to donate please follow this link Help Bring Reading Rainbow Back!  


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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Author Spotlight On Sherry Soule!



Today author, Sherry Soule has some exciting news to share with us! She
has published a brand new upper YA book, LOST IN STARLIGHT (paranormal romance with a Sci-Fi concept) with scorching-hot character chemistry and exciting
suspense

To help promote this interstellar love story, Sherry is doing this fun guest post to 
share the news with fellow booklovers. 
All about Sherry!

                                                               
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Sherry Soule lives with her family and one very spoiled black cat in the San
Francisco Bay Area. She is the popular author of the acclaimed YA series,
Spellbound and the bestselling paranormal romance novel, Immortal Eclipse.
Sherry writes thrilling tales of romance and suspense, often mingled with a dash
of the mystical and a splash of trendy fashion. Her published novels do not include
any graphic sex, explicit violence, or excessive profanity, so that all of her novels
can be read and enjoyed by both teens and adults.

Aside from writing, she enjoys reading poetry, online shopping, digging through
flea markets, and exploring old cemeteries and Victorian mansions. She is a major
shopaholic and bookaholic, with an epic flair for fashion. Her love of literature
began when she was a young girl and it has continued throughout her life.
Sherry’s life changed dramatically when she lost her job in 2009 and was out of
work for almost two years. To keep from falling into a hopeless depression, she
turned back to her first love—writing fiction. Getting her stories published has
been a long journey for Sherry, who decided to go the Indie publishing route after
several traditional publishers turned down one of her first manuscripts. Editors and
agents loved the storyline, but didn't think it fit the needs of the current market.

Discouraged, but convinced that there was a readership for her work, Sherry
published her first novel with a small press and began intensely marketing it on the
Internet. Her debut YA novel, BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN was published by Moonlight
Publishing. To her delight and surprise, the novel was praised and loved by book
reviewers and readers everywhere.

21 Fun Facts about Sherry:

1) Sherry was born in the rural town of Castro Valley, California.

2) She adores her zany, dysfunctional family.

3) Black cats are her favorite animal.

4) She has been writing stories since she was seven-years-old.

5) Sherry loves shoes, and she's a wannabe fashionata.

6) She is a total Twitter junkie. (Are there any support groups for this?)

7) Halloween is her favorite holiday.

8) She is a shopaholic, who loves bargain hunting for books and the latest fashions.

9) Sherry loves to watch scary movies. (Not to be confused with slasher films)

10) Her last name is pronounced, "Sue-Lay.”

11) Her favorite number is "13.”

12) Sherry is a firm believer that reading has the power to change the world.

13) She loves getting new followers on her blog and twitter. It makes her super happy.

14) She often crushes on fictional characters.

15) Sherry’s snarky with a twisted sense of humor.

16) She hearts vampires, aliens, and zombies.

17) Sherry believes in ghosts and real demonic activity. (But she never “meddles” with the paranormal or the occult, other than doing research.)

18) She is a TV fanatic: The Vampire Diaries, Once Upon a Time, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Lost Girl, Bates Motel, American Horror story, The 100, and The Originals.

19) Sherry thinks the Winchester brothers kick butt.

20) And she talks to herself a lot. And the computer. Sometimes the cat, too.

21) “Lost in Starlight” is the fastest book that she’s ever written.


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