Friday, February 29, 2008

Book Reporter Contest

Here is another opportunity to win a book. This time it is Linda Fairstein's latest Killer Heat

It’s August in New York, and the only thing that’s hotter than the pavement is Manhattan D.A. Alex Cooper’s professional and personal life. Just as she’s claiming an especially gratifying victory in a rape case, she gets the call: the body of a young woman has been found in an abandoned building. The brutality of the murder is disturbing enough, but when a second body, beaten and disposed of in exactly the same manner, is found off the Belt Parkway, the city’s top brass want the killer found fast, before the tabloids can start churning out ghoulish serial killer headlines.

Between dodging the bullets of the gang members who are infuriated by Alex’s most recent courtroom victory and keeping a rendezvous with a charming restaurateur, a serial killer on the loose is the last thing she needs on her plate right now. Then a third victim is found, and it becomes clear to Alex and her team that time is not on their side.

Through Alex’s peerless interrogation skills --- and one big break --- the search becomes focused on someone who has a twisted obsession with the military, and things grow increasingly dangerous when the chase leads to a chain of small, abandoned islands around New York harbor.

Once again Linda Fairstein brilliantly orchestrates a page-turning mix of cutting-edge legal issues and forensics, New York City history, and spine-tingling suspense. And at the center of it all is Alex Cooper --- stunning, single-minded, accomplished, and not to be trifled with whether she’s in or out of a courtroom.


Here is the link to the form http://bookreporter.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=EkPy4gBhAAEAAAMfAAG4qg
but you need to fill it out by Thursday, March 13th

Good Luck!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Dying Breath

I am a subscriber of Wendy Corsi Staub’s newletter and wanted to share. She has a new book set for a May release.

It’s called Dying Breath

A summary about the book.

A SEASIDE RETREAT… It's summer on the Jersey Shore. Children play on the beach. Husbands are off working in the city. And the surf echoes in the night. Here, in this perfect place, a serial killer has no worries in the world—except choosing the next victim…

HAS JUST BECOME…Cam Hastings has come to Long Beach Island with her teenage daughter and the hope that maybe she can save her failed marriage. Cam has never stopped loving her husband Mike nor has she been able to outrun her flaws and demons—a vanished mother, a lost sister, and the ugly visions she has of missing children…

A KILLER'S FAVORITE PLAYGROUND…Now, Cam is about to step over the edge. For once, she will act on one of her visions—and then face the consequences. For a killer has just struck again. And for Cam, and the people she loves most, fear has come home for good…

If you are craving more than check out the except at http://www.wendycorsistaub.com/excerpts.html
Also, remember to check out all of Wendy's books at her website http://www.wendycorsistaub.com/

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

One Last Scream


If you are ready to have the scream of your life than you need to read One Last Scream.

New York Times Best Selling Author, Kevin O’Brien has done it again. I read this book and couldn't put it down. Warning: You will have to keep the lights on or you might be the one to scream.


Eleven years ago twelve women vanished without a trace and their whereabouts are still a mystery.


Amelia Faraday suffers from blackouts, so when she has a vision of something terrible happening to her adopted parents and her aunt she can’t help but feel that she may somehow be responsible for their deaths and the deaths of others.

It seems like the deaths of her parents and her aunt was a murder–suicide case but that all changes when Amelia sees herself killing everyone in exactly the same way they were found.

Amelia’s therapist, Karen Carlisle does not believe that Amelia could be capable of murder. As time passes, Amelia’s behavior starts getting more and more bizarre, Karen and Amelia’s uncle decide to investigate Amelia’s past and what they find is more than they bargained for.

Could Amelia be a cold-blooded killer or a pawn in a deadly game?

To pick up your copy, you can click on the book from my slideshow and purchase it from http://www.amazon.com/

For more information on all his books, check his website out at http://www.kevinobrienbooks.com/

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Getting Lucky

Valentine's Day may be over but that does not mean that you can't still Get Lucky.

Check out Joanne Rock's lastest book "Getting Lucky"



He'll do anything to get lucky again!

Sports agent Dexter Brantley used to be the luckiest guy on the planet. But between the house fires, car wreck and half his clients dumping him, "Dex the Hex" is a wreck. Worse, there's a rumor floating about a family curse. If he weren't so paranoid, he could swear someone is out to get him!

It's time to take action.

Ordinarily Dex would never spend the weekend with a paranormal hunter-even the very hot Lara Wyland-but he's desperate. Still, with one sexually charged moment Dex doesn't have to be psychic to know he's about to get lucky. Again and again...

If this isn't enough than check out all of Joanne Rock's books at http://www.joannerock.com/

Sherryl Woods "Seaview Inn"

For those of you who like more of the softer side of books vs. the nitty gritty suspense thillers (which there is nothing wrong with that). Here is a book for you.


Home is often where you least expect it

Hannah Matthews is undeniably tough—a single mom, a top-tier PR exec, a breast cancer survivor. On the job and in her family she prides herself on being go-to Hannah, who can handle any crisis. But with her eighty-five-year-old grandmother balking at going into a retirement home, her twenty-year-old daughter unexpectedly pregnant and an old flame suddenly underfoot, Hannah is facing a few crises of her own.

And being back home on Seaview Key is most definitely adding to the stress. Luke Stevens has some serious issues, as well. While he was serving in Iraq, his wife dumped him for his best friend, his kids are furious because he left them, and he shared his medical practice with the man who's now sleeping with his wife.

Seaview Key, where he grew up, seems like the perfect place to hide out until he makes some decisions and gets his life back on track. The last thing he expects is to fall in love...with his old hometown and with Hannah. Sometimes, though, the unexpected is just what it takes to start over...and to heal the heart.

Check out all of Sherryl Wood's books at http://www.sherrylwoods.com/

Monday, February 25, 2008

Angel Lush

Here is a recipe, I thought I would share with you all. Enjoy



Angel Lush
Recipe Rating: Prep Time: 15 minTotal Time: 1 hr 15 minMakes: 10 servings

1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple in juice, undrained
1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Fat Free Sugar Free Instant Reduced Calorie Pudding & Pie Filling
1 cup thawed COOL WHIP LITE or COOL WHIP Sugar Free Whipped Topping
1 pkg. (10 oz.) round angel food cake
10 fresh strawberries
MIX pineapple and dry pudding mix in medium bowl. Gently stir in whipped topping.
CUT cake horizontally into three layers. Place bottom cake layer, cut-side up, on serving plate; top with one-third of the pudding mixture. Repeat layers two times.
REFRIGERATE at least 1 hour. Top with berries just before serving. Store leftovers in refrigerator.


KRAFT KITCHENS TIPS


Variation - Lush Dessert Cups
Omit cake. Prepare pudding mixture as directed. Cover and refrigerate several hours or until chilled. Serve spooned into dessert dishes.

How to Cut Angel Food Cake
Use a serrated knife and gentle sawing motion to easily cut the angel food cake.





Book Reporter Contest

Here is your chance to win a copy of Lisa Jackson's lastest book "Lost Souls". You can see a copy of it in my slideshow.

If you don't win it and still want to buy it than you can just click on the book from my slideshow and purchase it from Amazon.com. Good luck all





Here is a quick teaser about the book.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jackson delivers her most harrowing thriller yet as a young woman’s determined hunt for a serial killer draws her into a twisted psychopath’s terrifying web.

Kristi Bentz wants to write true crime. All she needs is that one case that will take her to the top. She finds it when she enrolls at All Saints College after learning that three troubled girls have disappeared in one term. When the bodies are found, all blood drained from their bodies, rumors abound that vampires are on the loose. Are they? Or is there a new serial killer in New Orleans --- one more cunning than any that Detectives Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya have gone up against before?

Now, as Kristi gets deeper into her investigation, she crosses paths with a killer who has selected her for membership in a cult of death from which there will be no escape…


Here is the link to fill out the form for your chance. Hurry as it ends Friday, February 29th
http://bookreporter.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=EgzbcgBfAAEAAAPkAAGz2A

Sunday, February 24, 2008

It's Jordan Dane


I am so excited to have Jordan, award winning mystery suspense author joining us today.
She is the nicest person you could ever meet. Plus, she has three books coming out and you can pre order them all right now.
Jordan's gritty suspense plots weave a tapestry of vivid settings, intrigue, and dark humor. She loves challenging a reader's moral barometer with the borderline ethics of her characters and their flawed personalities—dark, angst-ridden antiheroes pitted against unforgettable villains.


















Let me first start off with sharing a quick summary for No One Heard Her Scream

A relentless detective with the San Antonio Police Department is barred from an investigation into the disappearance and murder of her younger sister and forced to take another assignment. Skeletal remains buried in the wall of an old theatre destroyed by arson make an intriguing new case. But when the bones turn out to be of a woman, close in age to her sister, the hunt for a killer gets personal—a vendetta for justice.

A seductive enforcer to the mob, with secrets of his own, stands between the detective and a powerful man she believes is linked to the murder. Will the reluctant henchman become an ally or betray her to his treacherous 'benefactor'? Drawn into the sinister world of human trafficking, the modern-day slave trade, the detective unravels a grim trail of destroyed lives—leaving her little hope for vindication in the death of her sister and a nameless young woman buried alive.



Thank you for agreeing to answer some questions.

My pleasure. Thanks for asking me.



Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?

I can’t really say that it was a driving passion early on, no. I considered myself a generalist and most subjects intrigued me. I had a creative side to my brain that needed attention, however, that could manifest itself in the theatre, film, short stories, storytelling, jokes, and yes, even pranks.

As a kid, for example, I wrote screenplays for TV show parodies (complete with mock commercials) and my siblings recorded the material on a tape recorder, even doing sound effects. We did videos for quirky school projects even before they were in vogue. We’d perform at the drop of a hat. None of us were shy.

In that environment, I learned to try anything and went after it without fear of failure. I can thank my parents for this. But always in the back of my mind, the written word was important. I had become an avid reader, content to spend hours in a library and loving it. And even though I wrote with some humor as a teenager, I also loved examining more weighty subjects like growing old and death. But I never thought I could make a living doing what I loved, so I got an education and a degree in accounting, believe it or not. I secured a career in the energy industry and traveled the country, broadening my experiences—a move I can’t possibly regret. It helped set me up today to write full time.


But as an adult, I never forgot about my passion for writing. I wrote and sent funny Christmas letters to friends, more fiction than reality. And I gravitated to creative projects at work, especially if it involved inventing clever slogans or developing marketing brochures. But just prior to 2003 when I started writing, I attended an event that would change my life. I went to hear a speech by Zig Ziglar, motivational speaker. In it, he said that he wrote his non-fiction book doing it a page a day. And I said to myself, “Hell, I can do that.” From that day forward, I’ve been writing and haven’t stopped. I learned that passions can be squelched, but if they’re truly important, they’re not forgotten.


What were the first books you can remember reading?

I wish I could remember the name of the one that made such a powerful impression, but it was a fantasy book involving a little boy and a flying horse. I was a big reader of anything with horses in it. I devoured any book in the library that had them in the pages. I soon got into westerns and when I developed an interest in the men riding those horses, I got into espionage thrillers and other genres. I love a lone wolf brooding male. And still do.


Who are your inspirations? Why?

Creative people who are passionate about their craft (whatever that is) inspire me. But in the world of fiction, I have to say that Robert Crais is the first author that I read who I completely understood the way he crafted a story. I picked up The Forgotten Man and later read LA Requiem and he blew me away. I finally saw something of my writing in someone else. Not where I am today, but where I’d like to be. Another author who continually surprises me and keeps getting better is Dean Koontz. Love him.


What is the one thing you want readers to take away from your books?


I’d like my readers to expect the unexpected. I hope they’ll find a basic foundation of consistency in my books (mystery and suspense, an edgy atmospheric world and the gut wrenching stories of memorable characters), but I don’t want my readers to get too comfortable with status quo or traditional story lines. For me to develop my craft, I need to flex my muscles as a writer. With each book I learn something new and it excites me.


I want to again extend a big thank you to Jordan Dane for stopping by and sharing with us all. To read an except of this book or information on any of her other books, check out her website at http://www.jordandane.com/
So remember to pick up all of her books and be ready for a spine-tingling ride of your life!

Friday, February 22, 2008

What makes a good book?

I have been wondering this question lately. Does it have to have a lot of romance? What about suspense? Or is just because your favorite author wrote the book?

For myself it can be a combination of any of those things but I would have to say the most important aspect of a good book is how it all flowed together. Was the storyline easy to follow and did I feel like the author got their point across in the book.

I have come across some books like this before where it just seems liked it fell short or something was missing.


I would love to hear for all of you on what you think.


Warning! If you haven't found that good book than you are in for a treat as I have a guest stopping by very soon.


I will give you a little hint on who it is.







Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Girl Who Stopped Swimming


Hey Everyone! I have some very exciting news to share with you all.

Joshilyn Jackson's lastest book "The Girl Who Stopped Swimming" is out. You can pick it up at any bookstore. Her last two books are bestsellers and this one will be too. So don't be left behind, go pick up your copy today

Here is a summary of what the book is about.

Laurel Gray Hawthorne needs to make things pretty, whether she's helping her mother make sure the very literal family skeleton stays buried or turning scraps of fabric into nationally acclaimed art quilts. Her estranged sister Thalia, an impoverished Actress with a capital A, is her polar opposite, priding herself on exposing the lurid truth lurking behind middle class niceties. While Laurel's life seems neat and on track--a passionate marriage, a treasured daughter, and a lovely home in suburban Victorianna--everything she holds dear is suddenly thrown into question the night she is visited by the ghost of a her 14-year old neighbor Molly Dufresne.

The ghost leads Laurel to the real Molly floating lifelessly in the Hawthorne's backyard pool. Molly's death is inexplicable--an unseemly mystery Laurel knows no one in her whitewashed neighborhood is up to solving. Only her wayward, unpredictable sister is right for the task, but calling in a favor from Thalia is like walking straight into a frying pan protected only by Crisco. Enlisting Thalia's help, Laurel sets out on a life-altering journey that triggers startling revelations about her family's guarded past, the true state of her marriage, and the girl who stopped swimming.


As if this was enough, Check out the lastest contest at. Say hi to Joshilyn herself while you are there.
Also you can check out more information about this book or any of her other books at