Showing posts from February, 2009

The Kingmaking

The year was 450 in the Dark Ages of Britain.

Arthur Pendragon never dreamed that he would become heir to the throne of Britain as such a young age. After Uthr Pendragon passes away; Arthur learns that he is the next to claim the throne. Unfortunately it is not that easy. Arthur will have to fight for his place. You see as the Roman Empire was crumbling apart a vicious tyrant by the name of Vortigeru took control of the throne from Uthr. Now that Uthr has died, the people are ready for a new king.

Every king needs a beautiful woman by his side. Luckily there is just such a lady. Her name is Gwenhwyfar. Arthur and Gwen felt a mutual attraction to each other when they were younger. Now that they are older those feelings have not changed, even through people have tried to separate them. Gwen would gladly marry Arthur if he asked, that is exactly what Arthur plans to do. To his surprise he learns that Gwen’s father has promised her to another, which happens to be his enemy. Arthur and Gwen …

Having a witchy time with Linda Wisdom + Giveaway

I am happy and pleased to have author, Linda Wisdom stop by to discuss her latest book.

No More Ms. Nice Witch

Stasi Romanov is the sweet witch from the class of 1313 at the Witches Academy.

Stasi Romanov is the kind-hearted witch.

Stasi Romanov is the witch loyal to all.

Stasi Romanov is there for her friends.

So what happened? Why did she lose her temper and be ready to pretty much zap her surroundings?

First, she was served with papers that she was to be sued in Wizards Court because she allegedly gave a human customer a hexed sachet that guaranteed the woman’s cheating husband wouldn’t return to her. Was that a good thing? That’s for Stasi to know, if she did it, that is.

To make matters worse the plaintiff’s wizard attorney is gorgeous! We’re talking surfer dude type and the last thing she wants is to lust over the enemy.

There’s just one problem. The guy’s wearing red hearts over his head and Stasi has the same red hearts over hers. Cupid’s way of letting them know they were …

Wicked by Any Other Name

Witch Stasi Romanov learns that helping a friend doesn’t pay. Carrie, a human has just hired law attorney and wizard, Trevor Barnes to represent her as a client. She wants Stasi brought before the wizard counsel and her powers striped of her. Carrie claims that Stasi has interfered with her life by making her husband leave her. It is against the law for witches to meddle in human’s lives. Stasi is infuriated when she learns that she will have to argue her case not in the witches’ court but in wizard’s court. Witches and Wizards don’t really get along.

Stasi just may make an exception concerning wizard’s; especially when the wizard is heart throb Trevor Barnes. Trevor has not been in the presence of many witches for good reason. From the first moment Trevor meets Stasi he realizes that he might have the losing hand in this battle. What Trevor doesn’t know is that he actually has the winning smile. Will Stasi and Trevor give into their attraction for one another?

Wicked by Any Other Name


I am sure you have heard of this man…Charles Dickens. He was some kind of famous writer. Ok, yes I can see the light bulb shine bright. We have all read and heard about Charles Dickens and his live but how well did we really know about Mr. Dickens.

The date was June 9, 1865. A day that will forever change Charles Dickens. While traveling on a train to London with his mistress, the train goes off the tracks. Charles is lucky to have survived or is he? Charles swears that he met death that day. Soon after Charles Dickens becomes obsessed by the seedy underbelly of London. He is making secret trips at night to places like crypts. Charles takes on a different persona. What became of Charles Dickens? Well to find out from Dan Simmons’s version you will just have to read this book for yourself.

I first discovered Mr. Simmons, when I read The Terror. Even though the book weighted about a ton (ok, not really). I was so impressed by how much I got into the story. I don’t remember much as happen…

The Vagrants

This story takes place back in the seventies. A time when China was dealing with the Tiananmen Square uprising.

The Gu family was like any other family. They lived good quiet lives in the town of Muddy River. That all changed ten years ago. The Gu’s daughter, Gu Shan, a free spirit was raised like anyone else in the beliefs of Communism and China’s leader, Chairman Mao. Shan started thinking for herself and renounced her beliefs in communism. Shan was taken away. That was ten years ago. During that time Shan sat in a cell never backing down from what she believed in. Shan’s arrest tore Mr. and Mrs. Gu apart. Mrs. Gu loved her daughter and never gave up hope that she would see here again some day. This was the complete opposite for Mr. Gu. He had already committed himself in coming to the reality that he no longer had a daughter.

Having never read anything by Mrs. Li, I didn’t know what to expect when I sat down to read The Vagrants. Let me tell you if you thought the cover was gorgeous …

Winter in Madrid

It was September 1940. A time when people could breathe again. The Spanish Civil War had ended. Leaving behind lost loved ones, strangers, and survivors are left to pick up the pieces in Madrid.

Harry Brett is a spy for the British Secret Service. After slowly recovering from a traumatic experience, he is sent to Madrid, Spain to seek out Sandy Forsyth. Sandy is a long time friend of Harry’s. He is also happens to be dealing in some shady business. Harry is charged with learning what he can about Sandy and the business he is dealing in. It seems though that Sandy isn’t the only one with something to hide. Sandy’s girlfriend and Ex-Red Cross nurse, Barbara Clare has a top secret mission of her own. To locate her old lover who disappeared on the battlegrounds of Jarama.

I enjoyed Harry, Sandy and Barbara. They had some good dimension and depth to them; they were not just one dimension. Winter in Madrid is like a beautiful tragic, love story filled with intrigue in the lovely location of S…

The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death

It takes a lot to be part of Los Angeles’s crime scene time, in other words a strong stomach. This is one thing that new to the crime team, Web Goodhue doesn’t have. Web tries to tough it out as he really needs the job. Web gets approached by a woman who needs Web’s help to clean up a mess.

I so wanted to read The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death after reading the summary. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed with this book. I didn’t even finish the book. In fact I started it and after only about twenty pages into the story, I put it down and read a few other books. I just came back to this book and tried reading it again and my first impression of it did not change. It was for lack of trying that I didn’t like this book. It was just that the story moved too slowly for me and the dialogic between the characters was too wordy. Yes, I enjoyed knowing details about the job and the crime scene but I didn’t need a step by step manual on every little detail both big and small. Wh…

Take a Carpet Ride

I want to thank Mike with Second Wind Publishing for sending me a copy of this book to review.
You can purchase a copy of the book here

Sam Stanley and his family decided to rent a RV and take a vacation up through northern California to the Oregon coast. If they had know then what they know now, they would have stayed home. After many extricating hours traveling in the RV, Sam had almost reached their destination when he ran over something in the road. When Sam goes to investigate the object, it is gone. Same assumes whatever it was must have rolled off the cliff.

As Sam and his family are driving up to their house, they find the police waiting for them. They inform Sam that they would like to talk to him about the accident he had with the RV. The police take Sam down to the station. They tell Sam that the Oregon police believe the object Sam drove over was a man. His name is Robert Riddlin and he was from Boulder, Colorado.

Things go from bad to worse for Sam and his family. As his wi…

American Rust

Isaac and Billy Poe were the best of friends. They went everywhere together. That is great as friends are exactly the kind of thing you want in the small town of Buell, Pennsylvania, a dying steel town.

One fatal evening, something happens that will change Isaac and Poe’s lives forever. While hiding out at an abandoned building, Poe gets accosted by a wanderer. Poe and Isaac panic and do everything they can to get away. Issac grabs a ball bearing and throws at the man. The man goes down for good. The police discover the body as well as Poe’s coat at the scene. They arrest Poe but not Isaac. As it stands now, Isaac is only a witness. Without Poe by his side, Isaac becomes a little lost. He takes off out of town. Isaac faces situations where he has to make decisions for himself. Poor Poe what will become of him?

American Rust by Philipp Meyer is a good, heartwarming, simple but enduring story about two friends; who no matter what stick with each other through thick and thin. I predict Ame…

Wild and Fun times with Mary Patrick Kavanaugh

I am pleasured to share with you my interview with author Mary Patrick Kavanaugh of Family Plots. She is so funny as you will see from her interview. Plus you have got to check out the funeral she heard on her website.

I want to thank you for allowing me this interview with you.

Can you please tell everyone about yourself?

That’s a pretty broad question, so I’ll just throw out a few things…Female, age 47, Caucasian, identifies as Black Irish, and very family and friend oriented. I’ve always craved a traditional lifestyle, but never created it in any real way—which makes me believe I prefer to live life a bit on the edge, with some comfortable trappings to keep me looking sane.

I believe in ghosts and that I can talk to dead people. I also believe I’m delusional, so never know when to take these inclinations seriously. I love my friends, my neighborhood, and my crazy Oakland church. Philosophically I am a vegetarian but my favorite food is the meatball. So. I call myself: Vegethespian (act…

Family Plots: Love, Death, and Tax Evasion

Family Plots: Love, Death, and Tax Evasion is a true life memoir on the life of Mary Patrick Kavanaugh. It is about Mary and how she fell in love with who she thought was her prince charming but ended up having a dark side.

When Mary first met her husband, Dan, he was very charming, handsome and a very loving guy to her daughter, Rachel. Dan made Mary feel beautiful and re-energized. Meeting Dan was a good turning point in Mary’s life. She started to get out of debt and had just gotten a job as a private investigator. Things were really going the way they were suppose to for Mary. After months of dating, Dan and Mary got married and became a family.

Mary had some odd feelings about Dan and his work. He always seemed to be working long hours either with Richard, his partner or in their basement. Mary really didn’t know what Dan did but whatever it was, he kept things behind locked drawers. Later Mary discovered Dan’s deep, dark secrets but by this time Dan’s debt was her debt as well. Ma…

The Sunday Salon

I am happy to share with you all another new author I met on Good Reads. Her name is Lee Moylan. She is the author of Once Upon a Nightmare.

No one ever imagined that something terrible would happen in the small town of White Chapel, especially Sara Bishop. The night was October thirteenth. The night when the Hunter’s Moon appeared. Rebecca who is Sara’s friend had been calling her all weekend wanting to talk but Sara didn’t have time to talk to her.

Sara wakes up in the middle of the night, having just had a nightmare. The next morning Sara senses something is wrong with Rebecca. She heads over to her house. The scene that awaits Sara is so horrific that it is beyond words. Sara wishes she had answered Rebecca’s cries for help; instead Sara tried to ignore her gift. Sara won’t make that mistake again. This is a good thing as the killer has targeted Sara next.

I really liked Sara because even faced with great adversity, she never backed down. The killer was so sinister that he almost gav…

Seducing a Scottish Bride

Lady Gelis MacKenzie is an heiress. She is one of the most beautiful and headstrong heiress to live in the highlands. Gelis may be an heiress but she is just like every other woman and in the fact that she is looking for love. Gelis ends up dreaming of a dark haired man, who she believes is her true love.

Ronan MacRuari is cursed and so because of this he won’t marry again. He has just recently buried his second wife. Ronan is also known as the Raven. This is because of his dark hair. Too much of Ronan’s disappointment, he learns that he is to be married for the third time to Lady Gelis. He tries to get rid of Gelis by warning her of his curse. Gelis does not believe in curses. She is determined to prove to Ronan that she is the woman for him. Who knows, like the saying says “The third time’s the charm”!

I really enjoyed Gelis. She is charming to everyone, kind and was willing to put up with all of Ronan’s crap. I could see why all of the ladies wanted Ronan. He is tall, stocky and a gr…

Having a paranormal experience with J.K. Coi

I am pleased to having author, J.K. Coi stop by my blog to talk about her newest book in the Immortal series.


Yep, I live with Immortals. Huge, stubborn warriors who barely know the meaning of compromise and never give up until they get exactly what they want. Difficult to reason with and impossible to out-muscle...but at least they don’t scare my neighbours and eat me out of house and home. They don’t leave the toilet seat up or throw their torn, bloodstained laundry on the floor. I don’t have to wrestle any one of them for the television remote, and they don’t destroy my living room with their swords when they’re training.

They just do all of that in my head.

Yes, I’m probably a little bit crazy (really, what writer isn’t?) but I’ve read the self-help books, taken the 12-step program, and I’m willing to admit it to the world: My characters are real to me – And they don’t necessary do what they’re told.

For example, when I began to plan out the series, I had…

Book Giveaway

For anyone who loves books, this is the contest for you.

Turn-of-the-century Paris was the beating heart of a rapidly changing world. Painters, scientists, revolutionaries, poets--all were there. But so, too, were the shadows: Paris was a violent, criminal place, its sinister alleyways the haunts of Apache gangsters and its cafes the gathering places of murderous anarchists. In 1911, it fell victim to perhaps the greatest theft of all time--the taking of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre.Immediately, Alphonse Bertillon, a detective world-renowned for pioneering crime-scene investigation techniques, was called upon to solve the crime. And quickly the Paris police had a suspect: a young Spanish artist named Pablo Picasso....Please visit

If this book interest you and you live in the US or Canada, then leave a comment to be entered to win a copy. Must have a valid mailing address, No PO Boxes. Also leave a email address (this is important as I have had many people not do…

The Book of Night Women

When Lilith was born, she was feared by many. This is because when Lilith was born she had skin as black as midnight but eyes like an emerald. It was believed that there lives something evil in Lilith because of her green eyes. There were not many blacks born with green eyes. Lilith grew up knowing only one type of life and that is the slave life. Lilith works on a plantation and has been through many masters.

Lilith has gotten close to some of the other slaves and others she can’t get along with. There is one woman in particular called Circe. For some reason Circe does not like Lilith and tries to make trouble for her. Then there is Homer a big, beautiful black woman, who at first Lilith feared but as the years went by, she formed a bond of sorts with.

Lilith’s new master is Robert Quinn. He is different from all the other master’s Lilith has had. He is nicer and seems interested in Lilith. There are a group of women known as the night women, who have been planning for a long time to s…

Desire Unchained

A long, long time ago; Runa Wagner fell in love with a stranger. She never expected to but it just happened. Shade is a Seminus demon. Though he has been with many women, he won’t soon forget the one that rocked his world.

Shade wakes up cuffed in chains and locked in a cell. Shade instantly realizes he is not alone. Runa has waited a long time to get her revenge on Shade. Now that this moment has presented itself to her, Runa starts having second thoughts. She deserves to get her revenge, especially since if it wasn’t for Shade, she won’t be living the life of a werewolf. Shade hungers for Runa. He needs her body and soul to provide him release. Is Shade’s want for Runa of his own accord or due to a curse put on him?

Shade and Runa make a great pair…a demon and a werewolf. This combination is a new one for me but a good pairing. They are both two sexy people who can’t keep their hands off each other. They are like magnets. The pull is too strong to keep them apart.

I have really gotten …

Unholy Domain

I want to thank Mr. Ronco for sending me a copy of his book to review.

A vicious computer virus tore across the internet and before anyone could stop it; more than a million people had died. Now a decade later, civilization is rebuilding its self. Everyone is rebuilding their lives and trying to survive with new life. The one thing the virus did was to split the civilization. There are now those who believe technology is the future and those who believe it is the work of the devil. The ones that believe it is the devil’s work are out to destroy the makers.

The one person who knows best what really went wrong so many years ago is dead. David Brown, son of the virus creator wants to set things right. He does not believe his father is guilty of killing so many people. David sets out on a mission to find the truth about what really happened.

Unholy Domain is a great high-tech, sci-fi, techno-thriller. I can’t believe I just said that. I usually stray away from these types of books, only beca…

Save the Best for Last and Book giveaway

I had the great opportunity to interview Mr. Hanks. You can read my review below.

I want to thank you for letting me interview you.

Thank you too for having me here, Cheryl.

Please tell everyone about yourself? Also please share something about yourself that people would be surprised to learn about.

Nice question, sincerely, I’m a guy down to earth. I’m a pleasant person, I like listening to people of all kinds. Becoming a published author was one of my resolutions I made at the beginning of last year, after realizing that I had a plenty of catchy stories which the world would like to read.
I have a full time job, I read daily as writer and writing is something I love doing apart from my hr career.

What is it like living in Dubai?

Dubai is such an amazing multicultural city and it has become so, in unimaginable period. It’s a dynamic place with wonderful people from all corners of the world; I love the place as continues to develop predominantly among many other Middle Eastern cities.

Do you …

A mystical journey ride

A big thank you goes to author, Kim Hanks for sending me his book to review.

Many years ago in a oasis town something terrible took place. There were two men by the names of Zwick Lamps and Karl Hamilton. A horrific fire raged through the town and Zwick and Karl were both put on trial. Zwick was set free but Karl was convicted and beheaded.

Now present day, Zwick is reborn once again but this time he has supernatural powers that only one person knew about and that was Madam Tabitha. A woman who’s husband died on their wedding day. Zwick was not the only one who came back from the dead. An evil bangle arose from Karl’s body. It seeks revenge and destruction to all in the oasis town.

Zwick becomes attracted to a girl by the name of Whitney. Whitney and Zwick form a connection as they both have experienced tragedy. Whitney’s mother died in an accident. Everything is good till the one day when someone learns about Zwick and targets him. Now Zwick will do everything in his powers to keep hist…

The Sunday Salon

I want to thank K. Celeste Bryan for sending me a copy of her book to review.

I gave this book 5 stars.

The year was 1864.

Francesca "Cesca" Duvall, her father and brother, Marshall were living in Denver City, Colorado due to the gold rush. The camp where Cesca and her family were living at gets attacked by Cheyenne warriors. Cesca and Marshall get captured and taken back to the Cheyenne village. There Cesca meets the leader. His name is Ethan Gray otherwise known as Meko. He is a skilled and powerful dog solider.

Instantly Cesca despise him. All she can think about is taking her brother and escaping. As the days pass, Cesca starts to adopt the Cheyenne people’s way of life. She soon is wearing buckskin clothing and participating in their rituals. Just because Cesca is dressing and acting like the Cheyenne does not mean she has fully accepted Meko.

There is one thing that has Cesca occupied and that is finding a way to help her brother escape. When Marshall and Cesca were first …

Valentine Giveaway

Bingo over at Bookin with Bingo is hosting a giveaway starting today and ending February 28th. To see details on how you can win enter here

It's all about the children

I received two children's books last week. I thought it would be a good chance to start getting into reviewing more as my nephews and nieces are getting to an age where they can read and understand what is happening in the books.

I want to start reading more with them. Unlike myself where the teachers at school didn't even realize I couldn't read and I was in the second grade. This is when my mom decided to homeschool my sister and I and it was one of the best things that could ever happen to me. So now you know a little bit more about me. I was homeschooled from grade 3 till I graduated high school. Now I can't stop reading and can't imagine nevering being able to read.

Now with no further ado, I present Baron thinks dogs are people too! and Too tall Alice.

Baron thinks dogs are people too! is a story about a dog named Baron. He had a great family who loved him very much, but there was one thing missing…Baron wanted a best friend. Baron tried everything he could to g…

Trouble in High Heels

Lori Granger is heiress to her late father’s multi-millions in riches. She spends the money on everything but the one thing she is most generous about spending her money on is charity events. Lori can’t help but donate lots and lots of money away. Maybe that is why before Lori’s father passed away, he set a stipulation on how much money Lori can spend.

Lori is visited by Jackson James. He is the CPA that her father’s estate hired to control Lori’s spending habits. Lori is outraged when she learns that Jackson is a babysitter of sorts for her. She can’t go anywhere without seeing him over her shoulder, counting every penny she spends. Jackson informs her that the only way she can get rid of him is if she finds herself a husband. Jackson agrees to help Lori find Mr. Right. All Lori sees is Mr. Wrong but will she realize that Mr. Right has been standing right in front of her face the whole time?

Trouble in High Heels by Leanne Banks is a nice light read. It is one of those books that if yo…

Hanging out with Emily Bryan

I am pleased to be hosting Emily Bryan and her new novel, Vexing the Viscount.

Thanks for having me here today, Cheryl!

As readers, we all have our favorites and for me, it’s always been historical romance. Cheryl asked me to share what makes historicals so appealing.

The first romance I ever read was a historical—Kathleen Woodiwiss’s The Wolf and the Dove. Needless to say, I was hooked.

Now, I won’t denigrate any other subgenre. There are some fabulous stories being written in contemporary settings and in alternative realities, but historicals are the ultimate fictive dream. They hold a special place in my heart for a number of reasons.

1. A good historical takes me away. For sheer escapism, you can’t beat a historical romance. Anytime we read, we are trying on someone else’s life—different fashions, different diversions, different world view. With Vexing the Viscount, my readers get to gavotte in Daisy’s Venetian platform shoes without developing a single blister.

The world of the histori…

Vexing a Viscount

I would like to thank Emily Bryan for sending me an ARC copy of her newest release to review.

Daisy Drake is all grown up and sophisticated now. She is not the clumsy little girl that Lucian Beaumont, Viscount Rutland used to play with. Daisy is hoping Lucien sees that change in her, especially since she is the one that gave him the scar on his chin.

When Lucian is approached by Daisy, he is memorized by her beauty but that is before he hears why she has seeked him out. Daisy informs Lucian that she would like to fund his digging excavation to uncover Roman artifacts as long as she can come along on the site. Lucian flat out refuses Daisy’s offer.

Daisy comes up with the perfect plan to get Lucian to agree. She decides to dress and act the part of a seductive courtesan named Blanche La Tour. Will Daisy’s plan be a success or will it backfire on her causing her heartache?

It has been a while since I have come across a viscount that is as dashing, suave, and loveable as Lucian Beaumont. I h…

What's in a Name book Challenge

Bingo over at Bookin with Bingo is hosting this challenge. I thought I would give it a try.

*The Challenge: Choose one book from each of the following categories to read this year. As you read them keep track of the titles and when you have done them all, report back. There is no OFFICIAL prize other than the sense of accomplishment.....well, maybe one or two little treats to the first who finish and some surprise prizes in between now and DECEMBER. I think it will be great fun! I will put little reminders in every so often to keep people working on this!

1. A book with a "profession" in its title. Examples might include: The Book Thief, The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Historian

2. A book with a "time of day" in its title. Examples might include: Twilight, Four Past Midnight, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

3. A book with a "relative" in its title. Examples might include: Eight Cousins, My Father's Dragon, The Daughter of Time

4. A book wi…

Hear my Cry for Justice

I am happy to host a new author to me...Jason Pratt. He is the author of Cry of Justice.

Cry of Justice is the story of a fictional world called Mikon. Right away from the beginning the story picks up instantly after a horrible international war that has left thousands of refugees fleeing from the Coastal States. They make their way into the vast dangerous wilderness of the Middlelands.

A small group of the survivors are lead be Commander Portunista. She is an innovative thinker and a maga. She dreams of seeking imperial glory for herself. Then there is Seifas, a hunter who’s best weapon is his poetry. Also thrown into the mix is Gaekwar, Othon, Dagon, Pooralay, and Bornas.

Portunista will try and lead them across the Middlelands safely, while trying to get to know her charges better. Though all of these people are different, there is one thing they have in common… that is the need to hunt for food, the increasing hunger to understand their new wealth of knowledge and mayhap the most imp…

Run for your Life

A sadistic killer is on the loose in New York City. He calls himself the “Teacher”. He is going around punishing everyone from the girl talking on her phone to the top elite of New York. The teacher reminds everyone to remember your manner or suffer the consequences.

Detective Michael Bennett a trained hostage negotiator is promoted to the lead investigator on this case. He is instructed to solve these murders quickly. Detective Bennett’s training kicks in and he is off in full force. At first it seems there is no connection to the shooting victims and that they were random shootings. But after some further digging and receiving communication by the teacher himself, Bennett uncovers the teacher’s motive behind the killings. Bennett will have to make a choice, which is more important…, his family or his career.

I have resigned myself that I will only listen to Mr. Patterson’s books. I have tried reading them and found they put me to sleep right away. With audio books, I am able to experi…

They are the Angels of Mercy

Watch out Pittsburgh’s Angel of Mercy Medical Center, there is a new doctor in town. Her name is Lydia Fiore. She is the new ER physician. Lydia is greeted by Nora, the ER charge nurse, Gina, who is tall and sharp tongue, and who has a major chip on her shoulder and her roommate Amanda, the quiet blond southern belle.

Even before her first rotation is over, Lydia causes a big stir. Her first emergency room patient is a teenage boy. Lydia is told that the boy was hit by a car but there are barely any scratches on him. The only problem that seems to be wrong with him that is he isn’t breathing. Lydia tries everything she can to revive him but he dies. Later Lydia learns that the boy is Jonah Weiss, the son of surgeon Dr. Weiss.

Losing a patient is hard but it is especially hard when it is a fellow doctor’s child. Dr Weiss wants Lydia gone forever and he intends to make sure that happens. Lydia decides to investigate what went wrong and why Jonah died. What Lydia gets for her snooping is a…

Celebrating African- American History Giveaway

I am hosting another great contest courtesy of Hachette. There will also be 5 lucky winners to win a prize package of the below listed books!

1. The American Journey of Barack Obama By The Editors of Life Magazine ISBN: 0316045608
2. Fledgling By Octavia Butler ISBN: 0446696161
3. Stand the Storm By Breena Clarke ISBN: 0316007056
4. Red River By Lalita Tademy ISBN: 0446696994
5. Keep the Faith: A Memoir By Faith Evans ISBN: 0446199508
6. Say You're One of ThemBy Uwem Akpan ISBN: 0316113786
7. The Shack By William Young ISBN: 0964729237
8. The Bishop's Daughter By Tiffany Warren ISBN: 0446195146

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With Love from Hachette Book Group Giveaway

Valentine's Day is fastly approaching. You might still be wondering what to get your loved one. Well courtesy of Hachette your problem is solved.

Five lucky winners will receive a book package filled with the following books. Yes, you heard me right...You will receive one copy of each book!

1. Love in 90 Days By Diana Kirschner ISBN: 1599951223

2. Sundays at Tiffany's By James Patterson , Gabrielle Charbonnet ISBN: 0446199443

3. Free Yourself to Love By Jackie Kendall ISBN: 0446580899

4. The Italian Lover By Robert Hellenga ISBN: 031611765X

5. Looking for Mrs. Friedman and Other Really Bad Ideas Steve Friedman ISBN: 1559708883

6. Getting Naked Again By Judith Sills ISBN: 0446582492

7. We Take This Man By Candice Dow , Daaimah Poole ISBN: 0446501832

8. Things I've Learned From Women Who've Dumped Me By Ben Karlin ISBN: 0446699462

9. Sexcapades By HoneyB ISBN: 0446582298

10. Love and Other Natural Disasters By Holly Shumas ISBN: 0446504777

11. Send Yourself Roses By Kathleen Turner …

Talking with author, Diana Spechler

I am excited to bring to you another new author to me. Her name is Diana Spechler. Her book Who by Fire is available now.

How do you like to start off your morning?
Bikram yoga. Iced coffee. Writing.

I read that also do manuscript consultations. Have you gotten any inspiration from reading other peoples manuscripts?

I don't know about inspiration, but I have definitely become engrossed in other people's unpublished manuscripts. I like doing consultations. It's fun to talk with other writers about writing.

Do you prefer peace and quiet when you are writing or do you listen to music?
I don't play music. It's too distracting, especially if it's music with lyrics. I live in New York City and I love city sounds (traffic, people talking on the street below, sirens, etc.), but I can't stand it when I can hear my neighbor's television or radio through the wall! I can hear it right now. It's making me nuts.

Can you please describe Who by Fire?
Who By Fire is a fam…

Hollywood Crows

Within the LAPD division are a group of men and women known as the Hollywood Crows. They are different then your regular LAPD. Yes, they respond to the calls but they usually charged with dealing with all the desperate, unusal, and just plain wacko Hollywood.

One of the crows is Hollywood Nate Weiss. Nate is a stand up good guy as well as good-looking. During one of his routine stops, he meets a gorgeous woman by the name of Margot Aziz. Margot invites Nate over for dinner and some drinks. What Nate doesn’t know is that Margot is not an innocent woman. She is going through a nasty divorce. Her soon to be ex-husband is notorious nightclub owner, Ali Aziz. Ali dispises Margot, especially since she has custody of their son, Nicky. Before Nate knows it, he finds himself a pawn in a deadly game of revenge.

I loved every minute of this book.All of the Crows were great. I enjoyed everyone of them from Nate to the surfer cops. I couldn't stop laughing. I once read another one of Joseph Wamb…

Do you hear Voices?

Voices Under Berlin: The Tale of a Monterey Mary takes place during the Cold War back in the 50’s. At that time not only was there a war going on but there was also another operation in effect. It involved a tunnel operation manned by the CIA. This operation was known as the Berlin Tunnel operation. While the Berlin Tunnel operation was not the first, it was the most famous of the many tunnel operations.

The whole story centers on the men in the tunnels but in particularly three men. There names are Kevin, a Russian transcriber, Blackie, the blackmarketeer and Lieutenant Sheerluck, the martinet. The tunnels were used so that cable-taps could be used to listen to the Soviets. As you could imagine, sitting in the tunnels all day with not much to you, you quickly find ways to entertain yourself. That is exactly what these men did. Have you ever listened to phone conversations between Soviets? It can be very amusing.

I enjoyed all the illustrations depicted throughout this book. It helped t…