Saturday, January 31, 2009

Bones of Betrayal




Body farmer, Bill Brockton is called to assist the authorities on a case. The police have found the body of a man in the swampy waters of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Bill and his assistant, Miranda Lovelady are on hand when the autopsy is preformed. It seems the man has swallowed something…a small capsule. What Bill and Miranda soon discover is the identity of the man. His name is Dr. Leonard Novak and he was a famous physicist with the Manhattan Project and designer of the plutonium reactor. The reactor was used to build the first atomic bombs back in 1945.

Now Bill and Miranda go on the hunt to learn all they can about Dr. Novak and the Manhattan Project. Bill needs to learn all he can right away. He and Miranda might have been exposed to a deadly radioactive substance. Bill’s only hope to discover the truth lies in ninety years old, Beatrice Montgomery. The story she tells Bill will leave him in amazement.

Bones of Betrayal is the latest novel from collaborators, Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson in their Body Farm series. I have not read any of the other books in this series. The good thing is that you don’t have to as this book can be read as a stand alone novel. While I did enjoy the idea of this story, there were a few dry spots that started when Beatrice traveled back to the past. Overall though, I did like this book. The character development was nicely written. I plan to check out all the rest of the body farm novels.


Purchase the book here

Friday, January 30, 2009

Another Book Giveaway

Again a big thank you goes out to Hachette for hosting this contest. There will be 5 lucky winners. You have probably heard the name Dan Simmons and if not that is ok too.

He is the author of The Terror and the most recent novel Drood.




The men on board HMS Terror have every expectation of finding the Northwest Passage. When the expedition's leader, Sir John Franklin, meets a terrible death, Captain Francis Crozier takes command and leads his surviving crewmen on a last, desperate attempt to flee south across the ice.

But as another winter approaches, as scurvy and starvation grow more terrible, and as the Terror on the ice stalks them southward, Crozier and his men begin to fear there is no escape.

A haunting, gripping story based on actual historical events, The Terror is a novel that will chill you to your core.


You know the drill. Open to US and Canada only and no PO Boxes. Must leave a email addy. Thanks

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This contest ends Feb 27th

Book Giveaway

Hey everyone. Courtesy of Hachette, I am giving away 5 copies of The Italian Lover by Robert Hellenga.


An exhilarating novel of romance, art, and food in Florence, featuring the beloved Margot Harrington, who graced Robert Hellenga's The Sixteen Pleasures. Margot Harrington's memoir about her discovery in Florence of a priceless masterwork of Renaissance erotica - and the misguided love affair it inspired - is now, 25 years later, being made into a movie.

Margot, with the help of her lover, Woody, writes a script that she thinks will validate her life. Of course their script is not used, but never mind - happy endings are the best endings for movies, as Margot eventually comes to see.At the former convent in Florence where "The Sixteen Pleasures" - now called "The Italian Lover," - is being filmed, Margot enters into a drama she never imagined, where her ideas of home, love, art, and aging collide with the imperatives of commerce and the unknowability of other cultures and other people.

This contest is open to only US and Canada. No PO Boxes. Sorry. Please leave me a email addy. I have to get in contact with you if you win.

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I will pick the lucky winners Feb 22.

Just chatting with author...David Snowdon

Yesterday, I shared my review on The Mind of a Genius. Well today I am happy to give you a little insight into how Mr. Snowden comes up with his ideas but first let me share with you a little about Mr. Snowden.



About David Snowdon -



British thriller writer, David Snowdon was born in London, and lives in London. He started writing in 1983, and wrote his first book, which hasn’t been published in 1984. His first published work, Too Young To die, was published in August 2006. And his second novel, The Mind of a Genius, was published in November 2007.



Writing Regimen


It all starts with an idea. When I get an idea for a book, I consider the idea. And if I think it’s a good idea, I write an outline, do some research and then I start writing. When I get an idea for a character, I determine its characteristics before I start writing about the character.

When I’m working on a book, I don’t write every day, just a few days a week, and for a few hours. Most of the corrections are done after I’ve finished writing the first draft.


To learn more about David Snowdon and The Mind of a Genius, visit http://www.the-mind-of-a-genius.com/ and to learn more about his virtual tour in early 2009, http://virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/2008/12/mind-of-genuis-by-david-snowdon.html


Post comments on any of the blog tour stops and be entered in a drawing for a copy of The Mind of a Genius.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Mind of a Genius




Malcolm Prince is a brilliant British scientist. His latest invention has caused quite a buzz from MI4 to The Denmark Intelligence group. Malcolm’s invention involves a formula, so great that it will change the world. Now some of the elite agencies in the world will race around the globe from London, Copenhagen, Hong Kong and Australia to gain possession of Malcolm’s formula. It won’t be easy as each group is only one step behind each other.

I did not have to worry about The Mind of a Genius not being interesting as there was enough action and adventure to satisfy my taste. Though I did enjoy all the different agencies that were thrown in the mix; I didn’t care for the power trips the MI4, CIA and The Denmark Intelligence had with each other. I do have to hand it to Mr. Snowdon on this novel. The storyline consisted of many twists and turns that I never knew what to expect next. It wasn’t till the end that I discovered the true nature of Malcolm Prince’s formula and its use. When I did learn what the formula was to be used for, all I could think was...what an ingenious idea! All and all The Mind of a Genius is a good book.



About the book:
The Mind of a Genius by David Snowdon
ISBN: 978-0-9552650-1-3
Publisher: Pentergen Books
Pages: 288
S.R.P £6.99/ $13.56


For more information visit http://www.the-mind-of-a-genius.com/

Available from Waterstone’s, Blackwells, Amazon.co.uk Amazon.com and from the author at his website http://www.the-mind-of-a-genius.com/order.html



Post comments on any of the blog tour stops and be entered in a drawing for a copy of The Mind of a Genius.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

De Marco Empire

I want to thank J Lou McCartney for sending me a copy of her book to review.



It was July 1985 in London, England.

Lucy Carmichael and her friend, Katie Saunders has just scored jobs as waitresses for the ultra, new, exclusive Club La Pregheira. The club is owned and run by brothers, Antonio and Gianni de Marco. Antonio and Gianni wanted to escape form their old life in Italy. Now they are the richest and most powerful men in London.

From the first moment Antonio laid eyes on Katie, he was done. Antonio is engaged to Sasha Breschnevsky but that does not matter. He plans to make Katie his wife. Before you know it Antonio has dropped Sasha like a bad apple. Katie does not know it but her current boyfriend and Lucy’s brother, Matt has been instructed to forget about Katie. To everyone around Antonio and Katie it seems that they are the perfect couple. Katie realizes too late, just what type of world Antonio comes from. Now she is caught in the middle of a war between the De Marco’s and their arch rivals.

Right away from the first moment I picked up this book and started reading it, I was intrigued. I just wanted to keep reading. I couldn’t stop. The characters in this story did use curse words, which I did not take offensive to as I thought this made the story more authentic and believable. The De Marco brothers have the touch but not the good kind. Everyone they come in contact with ends up dead. De Marco Empire is one of the best new books to end up in my lap. I only have one thing to say and that is…write faster Mrs. McCartney. I can’t wait to check out the next book by this author.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Houston, We have a Problema


Jessica Luna was just like any other twenty-something woman. She had a job, and a boyfriend. Unfortunately, her co-workers are telling Jessica she should shoot for the top of the career path but her friends are suggesting that Jessica can do better and to ditch her job. Then there is her boyfriend, Guillermo, who is a very talented artist but who doesn’t have a lot of time for her.

Jessica decides to seek out the advice of the resident psychic, Madame Hortensia. Madame tells Jessica to prepare for some changes in her life. It is not long after her visit that Jessica meets Jonathan. Jessica is in awe of Jonathan. He is the exact opposite of Guillermo. Jessica is enjoying this new world that Jonathan is showing her; there is just one problem…Jessica is still torn between work and her feelings for Guillermo.

I expected this book to be a fun, upbeat read. What I got instead was disappointment. The reason I say this is because I struggled to finish this book. Then there is the issue with Jessica. I found her to be boring and weak. She let everyone else around her dictate her life for her but when she finally decided to stand up for herself, it was too late. What should have ended up being a victory that Jessica took control of her life, made me shout out about time. Though I did like the Latino spice that author, Gwendolyn Zepeda brought to Houston, we have a problema.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Vampire Challenge


What?For the Vampire Challenge you will read books with vampires - romance, YA, paranormal, mysteries - anything, as long as there's a or two (or more) vampire in it.

When?
The challenge will start January 1, 2009 and end December 31, 2009.

How?
The goal is to read 2+ books with vampires in 2009, that's it. It's fairly easy, I think.

For some inspiration check out my post on vampires in books.Sign up, click here.


As I have some many vampire books to read and can't decide which ones I will read for this challenge. I will post them after I have read them

Being Familiar with a Witch


Charun Adramelch is an Incubus, who loves to teleport into sexually frustrated women’s bedrooms and pleases them. There are plenty of women like this for Charun to choose from as so many men go off to fight a war and leave their women behind.

Jacokb, head of the demon familiars, pays Charun a visit. He shows Charun the image of a beautiful woman with long, blond hair and green eyes. Jacokb tells Charun that she can be his if he will join them and become a familiar. This woman is a witch.

Jacokb tells Charun that he foresaw it that Charun and this woman were meant for each other. Growing up Tina Epson has experienced some strange things happening to people around her. Things she can’t explain. At least Tina won’t be alone as she tries to make sense of it all. It seems a black cat has decided to make her his protector.

At the beginning Charun was definitely the bad guy but as the story progressed, he started to get more likeable. It was fun to see Tina’s transformation from a girl into a witch. I love the play on words for the title of this story. As familiars are considered a witch’s friend and sidekick. I knew the bond that witches had with their familiars was a good one but have never read one, where the chemistry was out of this world H_O_T! Being Familiar with a Witch is a great quickie read. Fans of all things paranormal, who love their books spicy will enjoy this book. I plan on checking out my books by Sapphire Phelan.

Get ready for some Fun!

I am happy to present to you all a new author to me. Her name is Sapphire Phelan but she also writes as Pamela K. Kinney.

Here new book releases today. You can read an excerpt below. I also got a chance to read this book and will be sharing my review on it, in another post.

Enjoy!


Sapphire Phelan is an author of erotic and sweet paranormal, fantasy, and science fiction romance. She also writes as Pamela K. Kinney, for horror, fantasy, science fiction, and a nonfiction ghost book, Haunted Richmond, Virginia.

She lives in Virginia with her husband and two cats, Ripley and Bast.


You can find out more about her and what she has or will be coming out at her website: http://fantasticdreams.50megs.com/

Check out her MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/SapphirePhelan and subscribe to her newsletter at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SapphirePhelansParanormalNewsletter .

She admits she can always be found at her desk and on her computer, writing. And yes, the house and husband sometimes suffers for it!







Erotic Romantic Urban Fantasy (for mature readers)

Publisher: Phaze Books

Purchase at: http://phaze.com/

Author URL: http://fantasticdreams.50megs.com/

Release Date: January 26, 2009

ISBN: 978-1-60659-118-5


Blurb:
Tina doesn’t know she’s a witch. It will take Charun, her demon Familiar, to convince her to make love with him and let loose her witch powers.For if she doesn’t, then with the demon army about to bring Armageddon to the mortal realm on Halloween, she won’t stand a chance in Hell.



Excerpt (must be 18 and older to read):

A year later, Charun stood in front of the mirror on the wall and whispered a few words. The glass warped in and out, becoming something not unlike a television monitor. In it, he saw his witch working in the Cup of Tea and a Book bookstore, handing a bag of books over to a customer.

"She's gorgeous," he whispered.

He ached to reach his hand through the glass and finger the long, blonde strands of her hair. He itched to stroke the skin of her face and see if it felt as soft as it looked. He took a few steps back, for if he didn't he would jam his head through the glass and kiss her on the lips. His cock expanded, growing longer and harder than ever before. Lust tore through him like a ravenous animal ready to devour its prey.

The time had come.

About time, too.

Taking spirit form and not looking back, Charun rose from the bowels of Hell to the mortal realm. He touched ground just down the street from Cup of Tea and a Book bookstore and became a handsome, naked man. His staff waved before him like a proud, hissing snake, spitting even as precum beaded at the slit. He shook his head. No, it was too soon for him to assume the man form. He frowned, thinking.

A cat!

He would become a cat. That would do—for now. Just not a horny tomcat, as the pain of his arousal washed over him. He dodged into a nearby alley and worked his organ, biting his lips when he came.

Withdrawing his hand from his flaccid penis and using the other to prop himself against the building, he spoke in demon, "Denoch er nomonaty."

A strange feeling slammed into him and he cried out as he dropped to his knees on the pavement. Thrusting out a hand against the ground so he wouldn't topple over, he began to metamorphose, growing smaller and smaller as he did. Black fur sprouted all over his body and head. His ears sharpened into points and shot up over his head, while his hands and feet became paws edged with sharp claws. Whiskers pinged out of his cheeks, and from his buttocks snaked a long tail. He hunched over and then fell over onto his ass. Within seconds, his metamorphose completed, he was a black cat. Resisting the peculiar urge to wash his face, Charun stretched and rose onto all four paws. He padded over to a puddle of rainwater to inspect the change.

He sat down and viewed his reflection. Not bad looking as far as cats went. Lifting a paw, he splashed his image. Then he trotted to the street and paused to sniff the air. He sneezed as the full force of odors hit him. A multitude of different things, from the smell of blasted sunshine to the grime of city life. The lack of moisture in the air revealed that it would not rain for days. The last time it had stormed was last week. He had arrived a day too late.

He needed heavy rain to make his first appearance to his witch, as a reason for her to feel sorry for him and take him in. From what he remembered, she would not leave any animal drowning in a torrential downpour. But, from all the viewing he did of her growing up he knew she wasn't an impulsive person, either. She loved animals, but felt that she couldn't afford one right now in her life. He might end up in an animal shelter. This kind of operation needed the right things in place.

Timing was important, too, even now. His witch's survival was the true equation here. If she died before he made her a witch, he knew the fate for Earth if the demons took over. There was the matter of his lust for her, too. Relieving it wouldn't be bad, either.

He cocked his head and twitched his ears. He was a demon, with strong magic. Closing his eyes, he let his magic surround him with a shimmering golden light.
Lano'ste. Na la por lestano.

His fur stood on end, crackling. He widened his eyes as the magic burned within and outside with a violent heat close to atomic. It clenched his insides with an excruciating pain. He fell onto his side and barely noted when it shot away from him, heading toward the blue skies. It dusted the few white clouds drifting along and they became obsidian and pregnant with rain.

Still unsteady, he rolled onto his stomach and waited until the power quieted. Charun breathed in the rain's odor and gave a Cheshire cat grin. He rose to his paws and padded off as the sound of thunder vibrated in the air.

Fuck the weather forecasters and their predictions. With magic, he'd just turned their Doppler radar upside down.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Sunday Salon



I received this book from LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program. It does not release till March 24, 09.











There hasn’t been much information known about Etta Place, the girlfriend of Harry “The Sundance Kid” Longbaugh. So when author, Gerald Kolpan, first heard about this, he became very intrigued and began to research all he could about Etta Place.

Mr. Kolpan’s first novel, Etta is a fictional story of just who Kolpan imagined Etta Place might have been and where she came from.

Lorinda Reese Jameson was born to a banker and his wife. When she was just eighteen years old, her father took his own life. Lorinda left the streets of Philadelphia. She arrived in Grand Junction, Colorado, where she started her job as a Harvey girl as well as her new life as Etta Place. She was a waitress, working in the hotel; serving passengers as they made their way along the train. Soon Etta finds herself a wanted woman and one of the first to make a brief stay in the Grand Junction jail.

It is not long after she escapes that she makes her way to Hole in the Wall. There she joins up with The Wild Bunch gang, run by leaders…Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid. Soon, Etta, Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid are running wild through the great outdoors of the West.

I am a fan of the westerns and historical novels. So when I read Etta, you can bet I was delighted with joy that I got the best of both worlds all rolled up into one amazing novel. Mr. Kolpan has such a wonderful imagination and a talent for bring it to life within the pages of this story. Right away I was drawn. Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. I ended up finishing this book in one sitting. Being from Grand Junction myself and reading Etta Place’s brief stint there was fun to read about. The letters Harry would write to his father in addition to the diary entries of Etta’s added a nice touch to the story. I have recommended to all my friends to check out Etta. Mr. Kolpan has gone down in my books as a must read author.



Saturday, January 24, 2009

Will you Stay the Night?


Robin of Locksley has gained notoriety throughout the centuries as a skillful art thief and powerful Darkyn vampire lord. For the past seven hundred years, it seems the authorities have not been able to apprehend Robin. Another quality Robin has going for him, besides being an art thief is the ability to steal women’s hearts with just one look. You could call Robin a bit of a Casanova.

FBI agent Chris Renshaw has gone undercover to seek out an art thief. She plans to use a priceless artifact called the Maiden’s Book of Hours. In order for Chris to succeed; she will have to team up with Robin to bring down her target. The more time Robin and Chris spend in each other’s company, the strong their attraction to one another gets.

Stay the Night is book seven in the Darkyn series. In my opinion you do not have to read the rest of the books first. Though Robin was supposed to be a heartthrob, he did nothing for me. I did not feel like I wanted him and so this made it hard for me to get into any type of chemistry he and Chris shared together. So when I read the love scenes, they were just alright to me. This same feeling also applies to the rest of the book as well. This story sounds better then it really is. Stay the Night is not one of my favorite vampire stories. Though I would be willing to someday give author, Lynn Viehl another try.

Friday, January 23, 2009

The Warlord's Son


War correspondent, Skelly wanted one more last hurrah before he retired from the game. What better place to gain that excitement then Afghanistan, especially traveling along side a warlord. Razaq is both feared and respected by his people. Razaq has refused every request thus far for any American to accompany him into Afghanistan till now. There is something about Skelly that appeals to him. Skelly won’t be alone when he travels. Najeeb has a very talented skill as a translator. He also has a deadly secret. One that compels him to want to make this journey with Skelly. What awaits Najeeb and Skelly is greed, betrayal, and lastly and most important of all…trust. If Skelly and Najeeb wish to have a slight change of survival, they will have to learn to trust one another.

Dan Fesperman
painted an amazing vivid picture of the story he was telling in The Warlord’s Son. It was like I could feel the heat from the blasts of the cocktails being thrown as well as the dust and dirt. What I liked about Skelly was his dedication to his job. He wasn’t one to just get the story from the side lines but wanted to experience the action for himself. Najeeb was a man trying to make a better life for himself. He did not believe in the actions of his father. Skelly and Najeeb came from two very different worlds but when it most counted, you could consider them somewhat friends. Though I did like this book, there were some important secondary characters, whose stories were being told as well. There was a lot of back and forth going on between the different stories and this made it confusing at times to follow with what was going on at that precise moment. Overall The Warlord’s Son is a pretty good book.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Flirting with Temptation


Babette Robinson has never been good at holding a job. Her longest record has been eight weeks. The only thing Babette has even been really good at is helping people with relationships. When Babette’s grandmother, Gertrude suggests that Babette start her own business helping people get back together, Babette thinks that is a great idea.

You can now just start calling Babette “The Love Doctor”. Babette’s business has been booming. Her success rate so far is one hundred percent satisfied couples. It seems even rich socialites need help every once in a while. Kitty Carelle is that socialite. Kitty hires Babette to talk to her ex, Jeff Eubanks into giving her a second chance. What Kitty doesn’t know is that Jeff also happens to be Babette’s ex as well!

When Jeff finds out that Babette is coming to see him; he decides to have some fun with her. Jeff tells Babette that for the next seven days, she can’t flirt. You can guarantee that Jeff will do everything in his powers to tempt Babette. Fun, sun, and a sexy hunk…oh my.

From the first moment I picked up Flirting with Temptation, I was in stitches from laughing so much. I mean who wouldn’t laugh at two senior citizens fighting in wheelchairs to the denture stealing grandma. Babette and Jeff make the perfect couple. Babette is the damsel in distress and Jeff is her knight in shining armor. Kelley St. John knows just how to serve it up right with a hot, steamy romance and plenty of sauciness. I can’t wait to dive into more excellent reads from Kelley St. John.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Recap on my Romance Reading Challenge


I have completed my first challenge for 2009! The five books I choose were the ones I stuck with for this challenge. That in itself is a challenge. LOL

The five books were:


The Death of a Witch


Sheriff Hamish Macbeth has just returned from a much needed vacation to his home in the village of Lochdubh. Upon his return, he learns there is a new resident in town. Her name is Catriona Beldame. The people of Lochdubh, including Hamish suspect Catriona of being a witch.

Strange things start happening to some of the men. Hamish goes to talk to Catriona and discovers her potions. Hamish calls his boss to discuss taking action but he does not believe Hamish. The next day Hamish goes to talk to Catriona again and finds she has been murdered. Now Hamish has a real case on his hands. One that will divide the townsfolk of Lochdubh and will have them choosing sides.

Death of a Witch is the latest release from M.C. Beaton from her long line of Death books that feature Hamish Macbeth. Luckily, you don’t have to read these books in any type of order. When I was first introduced to Hamish Macbeth, I thought he was clueless and gullible. All, I could think was how did he get put in charge of a town. After reading a little father into the story, I realized that Hamish is actually bright. He just thinks in a different way but that is what makes him unique. I have to say though that Hamish is the only good thing I liked about this book. The rest of the characters were too in each others’ business for my taste. As far as mystery books go, Death of a Witch is a pretty good one.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Audio Giveaway

J. Kaye at J. Kaye's Book Blog is giving away a copy of The Camel Club series by David Baldacci up for grabs to one winner.

The series consists of

THE CAMEL CLUB: After witnessing a shocking murder, the Club is slammed headfirst into a plot that threatens the very security of the nation, full of stunning twists, high-stakes intrigue, and global gamesmanship rocketing to the Oval Office and beyond. It's an event that may well be the catalyst for a long-threatened Armageddon, and all that stands in the way of this apocalypse are these unexpected heroes.


THE COLLECTORS: Headquartered in a caretaker's cottage in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Oliver Stone discovers that someone is selling America to its enemies-one classified secret at a time. When Annabelle Conroy, the greatest con artist of her generation, struts onto the scene in high-heeled boots, the Camel Club gets a sexy new edge as the investigation of two chilling murders hurtles them into a world of espionage that threatens to bring America to its knees.

STONE COLD: One by one, men from Stone's shadowy past are turning up dead. To almost all who know him, Harry Finn is a doting father and loving husband who uses his skills behind the scenes to keep our nation safe. But the other face of Harry Finn is that of an unstoppable killer with his sights on Stone. As the Camel Club and Annabelle fight for their lives, the twists and turns whipsaw, leading to a finale that is as explosive as it is shattering.


DIVINE JUSTICE: Known by his alias, "Oliver Stone," John Carr is the most wanted man in America. With two pulls of the trigger, the men who hid the truth of Stone's past and kept him in the shadows were finally silenced. But Stone's freedom has come at a steep price; the assassinations he carried out have prompted the highest levels of the United States Government to unleash a massive manhunt. Joe Knox is leading the charge, but his superiors aren't telling him everything there is to know about his quarry-and their hidden agendas are just as dangerous as the killer he's trying to catch. Meanwhile, with their friend and unofficial leader in hiding, the members of the Camel Club must fend for themselves, even as they try to protect him. As Knox closes in, Stone's flight from the demons of his past will take him far from Washington, D.C., to the coal-mining town of Devine, Virginia-and headlong into a confrontation every bit as lethal as the one he is trying to escape.


Sign up here http://j-kaye-book-blog.blogspot.com/2009/01/camel-club-series-giveaway-4-audiobooks.html

The contest ends Feb 21, 2009

Ursa Major



Sarah Dyle works for Hodges Associates as a senior researcher. Her next assignment has her flying out to the great outdoors of Alaska. There she will spend time visiting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. After doing so, she will write her report on whether or not the drilling company can expand into the wildlife refuge. But first Sarah will have to get her mind off her sexy guide, Liam.

Liam really hopes that he can convince Sarah to help save the refuge. All of the animals including the bears are his friends. Instantly Liam feels an attraction to Sarah and knows she feels the same way. The more time Liam spends with Sarah, the more he realizes that he will eventually need to let her in on a secret he has kept from her. How will Sarah handle the news? To find out you will just have to read Ursa Major.

I was so glad to see that Sarah was not the wilting flower Liam first thought she was but instead turned out to be the type of woman, who could handle herself in any type of situation and didn’t mind getting dirty along the way. Liam is exactly the kind of guy; I want to keep me warm during those long, cold Alaskan nights. He is tall, dark and rugged. It was a pleasure reading Ursa Major. Mary Winter has an excellent talent for good storytelling. It was like I could feel the bitterness in the air and hear the roaring of the river. Mary Winter can pat herself on the back for another great read with Ursa Major!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Return of the Rogue

I am sad but happy at the same time. By posting this review for Return of the Rogue, it means I have completed Naida's Romance Reading Challenge http://thebookworm07.blogspot.com/2008/11/romance-reading-challenge-2009.html


Just because I have finished the challenge does not mean you can't join. There is still time to join this challenge.



The year was the late 1500s. The place is the Scottish highlands.

Honora Tannach’s stepfather, Calum has arraigned for her marriage to the next laird of the Sinclare clan. Honora does not mind as she has gotten to know her proposed husband, Artair a little bit, so he isn’t a total stranger to her. Much to Honora’s surprise, she comes to discover on the day of her wedding that she is not to marry Artair but Cavan. To add insult to injury, Cavan does not want Honora; much less any wife.

Cavan didn’t know what to expect about his homecoming after being gone so long. He had been a prisoner of barbarian leader, Mordrac. All, Cavan did know was that he did not expect to be married. Will Honora and Cavan make this marriage work or was it a lost cause from the very beginning?

Honora has a very caring, honest, and friendly nature about her that just makes everyone around her fall in love with her, including me. Then there is Cavan, who is strong, brooding but a good protector. Honora and Cavan meshed well together. I admit that I am impressed by how much I liked Return of the Rogue. I read this book with ease. It is books like these as to why I enjoy reading this genre of historical, romantic novels. I plan on reading more books by Donna Fletcher.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Sunday Salon



I want to thank Renee with Hachette for sending me a copy of this book to review. Kill for Me releases February 2, 2009.





Monica was just like any other teenager. She disobeyed her mother and was into chat rooms. You know how everyone has warned you about chat rooms and that appearances can be deceiving, well Monica should have heeded their advice.

Now several months later, Monica finds herself in the possession of some very evil people, who are part of a human traffic ring. The police are closing in on the location of this traffic ring. Unfortunately when officers Susannah Vartanian and Luke Papadopoulos get to the location, they are too late. The horror that awaits them is so hideous that it makes you cringe to think about it. The only good thing that Susannah and Luke can say about the whole thing is that they have one survivor…Monica.

Susannah and Luke have made it their mission to bring down all the people involved in this ring. It won’t be easy as someone is trying to take out their only witness.

Susannah Vartanian and Luke Papadopoulos make a great duel. Susannah is quick on her feet and can relate to her victims. Luke has a tough exterior and a no-nonsense attitude about him. They balance each other out as well as keep each other in check. I first fell in love with Karen Rose‘s books, when I first read You Can’t Hide. There is just something about her writing that draws me in and leaves me wanting more. She has a great knack for suspense and wonderful characterization. Once you start reading one of her books, I dare you to put to put it down. You will find yourself having a hard time doing so. Kill for Me is one book you should not walk but run to pick up a copy of today

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Are you a Somebody or a Nobody?

I want to thank Bethany with Cadence Marketing Group for sending me a copy of this book to review.



Battles between Somebodies and Nobodies: Combat Abuse of Rank at Work and at Home by Julie Ann Wambach, Ph.D. is one of those types of books that everyone should read.

Julie Ann talks about how somebodies and nobodies are created, which than leads to rankism. Rankism is described as the misuse of position by those in power when they mistreat individuals who are less forceful.

Where you will most likely engage in rankism is at any type of organization, where a group of people are involved. This is not to say there is anything wrong with that, as even animals establish some form of rankism. What Julie Ann explains in Battles between Somebodies and Nobodies is how to best approach rank and what steps you can take for yourself.

What I enjoyed the most about this book was that it was easy to read and understand. The chapters were broken out into short ones with identifiable titles. The best part was the chapter summaries. Within each chapter on the last page you can find these summaries, to help re-cap what was just being said. This book is very informative. I also felt like Julie Ann Wambach, Ph.D did a great job keeping a neutral ground, so that if someone reading this book fell into either the somebodies or nobodies, they would not feel offended and would hopefully use this as a guide to better improve themselves.



You can purchase a copy here http://www.amazon.com/Battles-between-Somebodies-Nobodies-Combat/dp/0981481809/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1227626563&sr=1-1

Friday, January 16, 2009

Naida, Crochet, and Bunnies...Oh my!

My friend Naida from The Bookworm http://thebookworm07.blogspot.com/ is a very talented person. She does beautiful crocheting work.

She found sometime to make up these bunnies. I borrowed her picture, so I could show you all how cute they are.

And did I mention how nice Naida is! She is giving away these two guys to two readers. To see how to enter to win one, head on over to her blog now but hurry before Jan 30 and the bunnies hop away.


Marked by Passion



Gabrielle Sansouci Chin works as a bartender. She is also a talented artist. Gabrielle receives in the mail, one day an ancient scroll. The problem Gabrielle has with receiving the scroll is that means that her father, Wu has passed away.

Soon after that, Gabrielle receives a visit from her father, in ghost form. Wu tells Gabrielle that he has to get her prepared to battle as she is now a guardian. Gabe does not want anything to do with her new status or especially her father. It is bad enough when all you want is to be left alone and you have someone, who can pass through walls.

Rhys Llewellyn has been sent to watch over the new guardian. He is tall, strong, and has abs of steel. Gabe can take care of herself. She does not need her father or Rhys to take care of her. Well on second thought, maybe it won’t be a bad idea to have Rhys around…just in case.

Gabrielle and Rhys made a good heroine and hero. Marked by Passion is the first book in the Guardians of Destiny series. I have never read anything by Kate Perry but after finishing this book, I can’t wait to check out the next book in this series. Marked by Passion incorporated the best of both worlds with intrigue and plenty of action. Watch out for Kate Perry as she takes readers into her fantastic world in the Guardians of Destiny series.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Are you ready for some Night Play?


Vale Kattalakis has lived many a centuries as a tortured soul, fighting the evil of the world. So you can imagine that in this time, Vale has gained himself some enemies along the way, especially when you are a were-hunter wolf. Lucky, Vale has only himself to look out for and not someone else. The higher powers show Vale a woman who is to be his.

Bride lives a peaceful life. She couldn’t ask for anything more. Then suddenly out of the blue, Bride’s world gets turned upside down and fast. Vale has just three weeks to convince Bride that werewolves as well as the supernatural exist otherwise it is bye-bye for Vale.

Vale makes a good werewolf. Unfortunately he did not make my list as one of my favorite werewolves. I was turned off by Bride. She was too much the damsel in distress for me. Night Play is book six in the Dark-Hunter series. It can be read separately from the rest of the novels. I have been wanting to check out a book by Sherrilyn Kenyon for a while. Though I though this was an ok book, I was just a little disappointed that it didn’t grab me more. I do plan on giving Sherrilyn Kenyon's books another try in the near future.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Darker Domain



The location is Fife, Scotland. Back in the eighties, a man by the name of Mick Prentice left his family. He was a miner. He joined the strikebreakers and was never seen or heard from again. Now twenty-three years later, someone is reporting Mick missing.

The year was 1985. Something terrible happened then. Heiress Catriona Maclennan Grant and her baby boy get kidnapped. It was all suppose to be simple. The ransom was to be paid and everyone would be safe. For whatever reason, something went wrong and Catriona is killed. No one ever found out what happened to her son. He went missing. The funny thing is that it is also twenty-three years later, when someone comes across some new evidence that causes this cold case to be reopened again.

Karen Pirie is in the midst of all of this. She plans to get to the bottom of just what really happened in both cases.

When I read the summary for this book, I picked up a copy to read right away. This is the type if book that is right up my alley. Unfortunately the summary read better then the story itself. From the very beginning I hated this book. I did stick with it through hoping it would get better but it never did for me. It seemed like there was too much description and explaining about what was going on with the characters. I mean some explaining is ok but I don’t need to know when Karen was going to the bathroom or needed to blow her nose. Ok, so maybe I am going over board a little but still you get my point. There was one time where I put the book down and ended up reading two more books before I picked Darker Domain up again. I have to say that I was disappointed and would not read another book by Val McDermid.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Captive of My Desires




Gabrielle Brooks leaves her home of England to find her father, after her mother passes away. Along the way, the ship that Gabrielle is sailing on gets taken over by pirates. Gabrielle becomes a prisoner. Once on an island in the Caribbean, Gabrielle awaits her fate. Gabrielle catches the eye of pirate Pierre Lacross. He wants to make her his, but before he can do so, she is rescued by none other than her father.

Nathan loved his daughter very much but he also had a great love for the sea. He was able to keep his life as a pirate from his family till now. He wasn’t prepared for Gabrielle to find out about him this way.

After three wonderful, fun-filled years sailing the high seas with her father, Gabrielle is sent back to England to settle down and find a husband. Nathan calls in a favor with an old friend, James Malory. James’s lovely wife, Georgina is happy to have Gabrielle staying with them. In fact she has the perfect chaperone for Gabrielle…her brother sea captain, Drew Anderson.

Gabrielle is a free-spirited woman. She can command a ship with the best of the men. Though Drew is not Johnny Depp, he is still easy on the eyes. He knows just what a woman likes…in bed! It has been some time since I have read a romance novel and one written by Johanna Lindsey at that. Yes, I admit that I have read romances and plenty of them. Captive of My Desires is book eight of the Malory family. I can’t recall if I have read any of the other books in this series but either way, you don’t have to as this book as be read as a stand alone novel. I look forward to getting back into reading more great romance novels by Mrs. Lindsey.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Forced Out


Jack Barrett was a scout for the New York Yankees for many, many years. He was one of the best. He could find talent like no other. Jack would travel to all kind of lengths to recruit someone if he believed in them bad enough. This includes almost getting arrested by the secret police in Cuba. Now, Jack is retired and living in Florida with his grown daughter. Jack’s daughter and her boyfriend drag Jack out to see the Sarasota Tarpons play. Jack is reluctant to go but that all changes once Jack sees Mickey Clemant in action.

Mikey Clemant is one heck of a ball player. He is magic on the field. He plays in the minor leagues. He could play in the majors except for one problem…he has a major attitude. Not to mention that Mikey has a deadly secret. Jack wants to help Mikey get into the majors but by doing so; he will be putting his life in danger.

Johnny” Deuce” Bondano is a sharpshooter. He works for Angelo Marconi, who is the number two man in the elite Lucchesi organization or otherwise known as the mob. Angelo wants Johnny to locate his grandson and kill him.

With so much going on between all the characters and the storyline, it sometimes can get a little muddled but luckily; Mr. Frey was able to keep everything in order, so that this didn’t happen. Two of the great things about this book was the characters were so likeable, even if they were playing for the other guys and two the story kept my interest the whole way through it. Forced Out by Stephen Frey is the first book I have read by this author. Now that I have discovered Mr. Frey, I will be checking out more of his books.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Attention All Bloggers!

I wanted to share with you all a new blogger on the web. Name is K.H. (Bingo) with http://bookinwithbingo.blogspot.com/

This blogger has just been at it for three days. You need to check it out. Bingo has a contest for an autographed copy of Creepers.

Plus you should see Bingo's booking buddy and the Blogger Tip of the Day (which is great).

I know how much work it is to get a blog up and running and then to stick with it as my 1 year anniversary of my blog will by next month!

So show some love and check out Bloggin' with Bingo.

The Sunday Salon




I am pleased to introduce you all to a new author. Her name is Margay Roberge.







Writing has always been a passion of mine from the very first time I picked up a pencil. Telling stories has always been in my blood; there have always been great tellers of tales in my family, whether it was my grandmother passing on a family store or distant relatives publishing their own. Yes, my claim to fame is being related to the Lowells of Boston - James Russell Lowell, Amy Lowell and Robert Lowell. So I’m not kidding when I say that writing is in my blood.



Though I started out writing just for me, somewhere along the way I came to realize that others might be interested in what I have to write. It started with family and friends, then teachers, but still, it took some time to convince myself to pursue publication. It has been quite a journey, culminating in the publication of my first book, Nora’s Soul. Here’s to continuing the journey.



I want to thank you for letting me interview you.

Thank you for this opportunity.




I read that you are related to some very famous writers…Lowells of Boston - James Russell Lowell, Amy Lowell and Robert Lowell. What was it like growing up in a family of writers?

Well, they were cousins of my grandmother, who used to joke that we were the poor relations in the Lowell family. But they were always these mythic figures in the background that I was aware of and never thought to emulate. Now that I have published myself, it’s kind of nice to know I’m keeping the tradition going.

How do you like to start off your morning?

By checking my email. I have to get that and my promotion stuff done in the morning. Then I write.

When you want peace and quiet, where do you go: example take a bath, read, bedroom, vacation, etc?

I go into my room and read.

Can you please tell readers about your book Nora’s Soul.

The blurb says it best:

When angels of light and dark collide on earth…
Once he held a favored position in the heavens. But one moment of weakness casts Dante out and now he is cursed to walk the earth, collecting the souls of vulnerable women to buy his way into hell.



All hell breaks loose…



But standing in his way is Peter, an angel of light. Peter is everything Dante is not. Pure, above reproach. And determined to prevent Dante from achieving his goals. Peter will stop at nothing to protect the souls in his charge, even if it means achieving the impossible – leading Dante back onto the right path.



And no one is safe from the fall-out.



Nora Kendall believed in angels. Once. But then she lost her brother to cancer despite all of her prayers – and she lost her faith in all things angelic. Now, she is a lost soul who wanders through life like a sleepwalker, playing it safe and leaving the risk-taking to others.



Kyle Cameron is one of those risks. Burned by a bad marriage, his only concern now is providing a stable life for his children, who are left motherless by the unexpected death of his wife. This means working overtime to grow his architectural firm into a viable business – and leaving the care of his children to the care of someone he trusts. Despite his past connection with Nora, Kyle isn’t certain that she’s the right person for the job. He also doesn’t want to reconnect with her and repeat history.



But fate – and the machinations of two angels – has other ideas.




What was the inspiration behind your book?

I know it probably sounds trite, but the inspiration came from a dream – well, two dreams, actually, that were interconnected. The first was about a woman dancing the night away in a nightclub with a devilishly handsome guy; when she finally turned away from him, his eyes glowed red and his teeth took on a demonic cast. The second dream was about the same woman, hair pulled back in a severe bun, dressed real proper, moving into a garage apartment in preparation for caring for the twins of a widower. (I had both of these dreams the same night.) When I woke up, I was still consumed by the dreams and had to figure out what they meant and how they were connected. That was the genesis of Nora’s Soul.

Where were you when you first heard the wonderful news that your book was going to be published?

The way it came about is a great story. I had entered it in a contest on Gather.com and although it didn’t win, it garnered a lot of attention with a great group of people. We ended up starting a critique group together and we used to joke about starting our own publishing company because we loved each others' books so much. Well, one of our members took the idea to heart and ran with it, thus Second Wind Publishing, LLC was born. So, I learned that I was going to be published via email from Mike (i.e., I was sitting at my computer, reading my mail when I found out!).

What has been the great thing so far about the release of your book?

Holding it in my hand for the first time and reading my name on the cover. There is nothing quite like that feeling when you realize your dream.

If you were stuck on a deserted island and could only bring one book with you to read, what would it be and why?

Probably Twilight. I’ve read it twice already and would have no problem reading it again. It is just so universal and like millions of others, I’m sure, I identify with Bella. She is just such a real character, she makes the rest of it seem real, too.


Can you please share any words to live by.

Be true to yourself. Nothing else matters as much as your perception of who you are. So don’t compromise your values, opinions, or beliefs for anyone. Don’t change for anyone else. If you want to make a change, make it for yourself, not to please someone else. It never works out the way you want it to. And above all, be good to yourself; you deserve it. Everyone needs to spoil themselves sometimes – and let others fend for themselves for once!

What can readers look forward to from your next book?

My next book is the next chapter in the Dante Chronicles, which began with Nora’s Soul. As you can guess from the title of the series, it continues the saga of Dante as he travels on his quest for fulfillment. So if you are a fan of Dante, watch out, because he is in rare form in the next book and promises to be even more devilish in the ones to come.



Check out her website at http://margayleahjustice.com/


Saturday, January 10, 2009

Chunkster Challenge 2009


Dana with Feelin' Chunky is hosting this challenge. To join you need to do so by March 1st. Sign up here http://feelinchunky.blogspot.com/2009/01/chunkster-challenge-2009.html


There have been a few changes to the rules so please read closely:

*A chunkster is 450 pages or more of ADULT literature (fiction or nonfiction) Don't complain folks, I read all thousands of pages of the Twilight series and they were good, but not a challenge. A chunkster should be a challenge.

*If you read large type books your book will need to be 525 pages or more I asked around and the average LT book is 10-15% longer or more so I think that was a fair estimate.

*No Audio books in the chunkster. It just doesn't seem right. Words on paper for this one folks.

* You may start any time after signing up. You must complete your reads before or on Nov 15th.

*Short Stories and Essay collections will not be counted.

*Books may crossover with other challenges (see option 4 for a collaborative effort with TBR challenge)

*Only option 4 requires that you make a set list of books to complete the challenge

Those are the basics. Here are your options:

*The Chubby Chunkster - this option is for the reader who has a large tome or two to read, but really doesn't want to commit to more than that. 2 books is all you need to finish this challenge.

*Do These Books Make my Butt Look Big? - this option is for the slightly heavier reader who wants to commit to 3-5 Chunksters over the next ten months.

*Mor-book-ly Obese - This is for the truly out of control chunkster. For this level of challenge you must commit to 6 or more chunksters OR three tomes of 750 pages or more. You know you want to.....go on and give in to your cravings.

And lastly, in an intriguing collaboration with the wildly popular Miz B of the TBR Challenge we have:

*Too Big To Ignore Anymore - this option is for those chunksters on your TBR list. You may select any number of books over 450 pages but you must LIST THEM to complete the challenge and they must be on your TBR list as well (honor code folk, I don't have time to be the challenge police)



I am going to be adventurous and shoot for the Do These Books Make my Butt Look Big? option.



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Audio Giveaway

I have recently gotten more into listening to audio books. They can sometimes be a better way to enjoy a book, as this has been the case for me.




So because of this, I want to share this experience with other readers. Courtesy of Hachette. I am giving away 3 copies each of the following audio books.









Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder. Because that patient knows Peter from his other life, when he had a different name and a very different job. The only reason he's a doctor now is thanks to the Witness Protection Program-and even they can't protect him from the long reach of the New Jersey mob. Now he's got to do whatever it takes to keep his patient alive so he can buy some time...and beat the reaper. ...









The men on board HMS Terror have every expectation of finding the Northwest Passage. When the expedition's leader, Sir John Franklin, meets a terrible death, Captain Francis Crozier takes command and leads his surviving crewmen on a last, desperate attempt to flee south across the ice. But as another winter approaches, as scurvy and starvation grow more terrible, and as the Terror on the ice stalks them southward, Crozier and his men begin to fear there is no escape. A haunting, gripping story based on actual historical events, The Terror will chill you to your core.





As a little girl, Jane has no one. Her mother Vivienne Margaux, the powerful head of a major New York theater company has no time for her. But she does have one friend--Michael--and no one can see him but her. But Michael can't stay with Jane forever, and on her eighth birthday, her imaginary friend must leave her.





Open to US and Canada. No PO Boxes.

Please indicate which book or if you want to be entered for all three.


For one entry leave a comment with your Email Address.


For two entries share with me an audio book that you listened to and enjoyed.


For three entries spread the word and leave me a link where you did so.


I will pick the winners February 7th. Good Luck and stay tuned for more great contests coming your way.

I'm Watching You


Lindsay O’Neil has herself a guardian. He watches over her. Just to make sure Lindsay is aware that she is care for, her guardian leaves her presents in the form of murdered wife-beaters, with their left hands chopped off. The hands are then sent to Lindsay.

Lindsay’s estranged husband, detective Zack Kier is on the case. Zack has not seen Lindsay in about a year, though he is glad to see her again, he just wished it was under better circumstances. Lindsay and Zack team up to bring down her guardian. By doing so though, it will be exposing Lindsay’s past. In order to stop her guardian, Lindsay will have to let Zack back into her life both past and present.

The guardian is not happy that Lindsay does not appreciate her gifts. So he decides to go after Lindsay’s friends, to show her how much he really cares for her and that he and she are the only family she needs.

Lindsay is a good heroine. She is not afraid to face a killer straight on. Even when he is wearing his sunglasses, Zack oozes sex appeal. I’m Watching You is Mary Burton’s debut novel. I can tell you that having read both this novel and Dead Ringer, Mrs. Burton is a force to be reckoned with. She is a powerhouse when it comes to exhilarating suspense. For anyone who wants a new author to read, now is the best time to check out both of Mrs. Burton’s books with I’m Watching You and Dead Ringer.

Friday, January 9, 2009

666 Horror/Paranormal Book Challenge


Morbid Romance is hosting this challenge. You can sign up here http://morbid-romantic.net/666-horror-paranormal-book-challenge




The 666 challenge is called so because the requirements are this:


1.) You must choose 6 of the categories below.


2.) For each category, you must read 6 books for each.


3.) You must read at least 6 different authors. Variety is the spice of life, isn’t it?


Do you have to read 36 books, though? No. Some books can certainly be put under multiple categories. For example, Twilight has both vampire and werewolves, so that can be put under both categories.


Categories


The horror categories are as follows, though not limited to. You must pick SIX different categories to read books about. If you have an idea for a suggested category, simply leave me a comment with it. Keep in mind it has to have something to do with horror, thriller, the supernatural and/or monsters.



Vampires
Werewolves
Witches/Warlocks
Psychics
Human’s with special powers (like telepathy, telekinesis, etc).
Creatures from other worlds
Horror creatures/Monsters
Ghosts/Poltergeists
Paranormal creatures/events
Killers/Stalkers
Demons



You are free to come up with your own categories (you can even suggest them in the comments). Above are just some of my suggestions.


Books can be in more than one category. They can also be fiction or nonfiction. Yes, a book about haunted places in the US will count as as a book about ghosts, for example.



Rules


You must read 6 books in 6 categories by at least 6 authors


Books must be horror, thriller, or supernatural.


You cannot include audiobooks, journals, comic books, or manga. You can include ebooks.


Keep a running book count/completed list.


If rereading a book, you have to have finished it at least a year ago.


Books can overlap categories.


You can use books for this challenge that you are reading for other challenges.


This challenge will run January 1, 2009-December 31, 2009.



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Mrs. Perfect


Taylor Young had the perfect life. She had a fine-looking husband three beautiful children, and a house that you could only dream about. You could say that Taylor lived the lap of luxury till now. Taylor’s husband shares with her that they are broke. So broke that he informs Taylor that she should start looking for a…gasp…J_O_B! What is Taylor going to do? She has not worked in a long time. The only thing Taylor is good at is spending money and lots of it.

Taylor can’t believe they are in this situation. All Taylor knows is that she can’t let any of her friends find out. Taylor ends up find an unlikely friend in her arch nemesis, Marta Zinsser. Soon Taylor is putting away all the designer clothes and getting her hands dirty in the real world.

You would think from the summary that Taylor would be a rich, spoiled diva, which at the beginning Taylor was that was but soon after she turned out to be pretty tolerable. For this I am thankful. If Taylor has stayed a diva the whole way through the story, it would have been hard for me to read. I probably wouldn’t have given this book a chance; except that I read Ms. Porter’s Flirting with Forty and enjoyed it. Plus I am not a big fan of the chick lit books, but hey every once in a while; everyone needs something that lightens the mood from psychopathic serial killers. Mrs. Perfect did just that for me, so for this reason, I say Mrs. Perfect was just that…perfect!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

It's going to be Fire during the day and Ice at night



Jilly Lovitz has come to spend some time visiting her sister, Summer and brother in law, Taka, in Japan. She arrives to an empty house. She is barley there but a few hours when she is rushed away from her sister’s home on the back of a motorcycle but the one person she didn’t expect to see again… Reno.

Reno is the newest agent to join the Committee. He and Jilly met once before, a long time ago. It was during one of the missions he was on. Right away he and Jilly had a connection. When Reno volunteered to travel to Japan to keep Summer’s sister safe, he didn’t realize how much he might be getting in over his head. Right away Reno and Jilly are running for their lives. There are assassins after them. In the meantime, through it all, Jilly and Reno can’t deny the passion they feel for each other.

Fire and Ice is about the fifth book in Anne Stuart’s “Ice” series. I have enjoyed reading every book I have read in this series thus far. The best part about this series is that you don’t necessary have to read any of the books in order. Heck, I started out with book three before I even realized it was part of a series. These books have all the high-octane adventure that I love as well as intrigue, intensifying romance, and great plots. In each book, you get to met new agents with the Committee. I have read some of Ms. Stuart’s other novels like her historical romances and contemporaries but I still love her suspense thrillers the best. I hope to see this series progress for a long time to come.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Leaving Whiskey Bend


Hallie Wolcott and her friend, Pearl Parsons keep believing that there has got to be better places to live then Whiskey Bend, Colorado. So when their friend, Mary needs to escape from her abuse stepbrother, they seize this opportunity to leave Whiskey Bend. The three ladies make their way across the plains to anywhere but Whiskey Bend. An unforeseen incident takes place and the women are beside themselves on what to do next.

Eli Morgan, a rancher comes upon the ladies and takes them back to his ranch. Eli has come back home, after being gone for four years in the military. He didn’t know what to expect about his homecoming but he never imagined rescuing three woman or falling for one of them. The more time Eli spends with Hallie…the more he realizes how lonely he has been for a companion. Hallie and the rest of the women barely know Eli but they will have to trust him as Mary’s stepbrother is after them.

It was like I had my own homecoming with reading Leaving Whiskey Bend. I have always enjoyed reading any book by Dorothy Garlock. It has been a while since I have picked one up to read. This story was just what I would expect from Mrs. Garlock. It had characters you could call in love with as well as a good storyline. Hallie, Pearl and Mary showed that through adversities that women can rise to any occasion when they put their minds to it. I would recommend Dorothy Garlock to anyone who was looking for a good book to read.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Book Giveaway



As a little girl, Jane has no one. Her mother, the powerful head of a Broadway theater company, has no time for her. She does have one friend-a handsome, comforting, funny man named Michael-but only she can see him.Years later, Jane is in her thirties and just as alone as ever.

Then she meets Michael again-as handsome, smart and perfect as she remembers him to be. But not even Michael knows the reason they've really been reunited.SUNDAYS AT TIFFANY'S is a love story with an irresistible twist, a novel about the child inside all of us-and the boundary-crossing power of love.


So it is a new year. I hope everyone is having a great one so far. Thanks to Hachette, I have 5 copies of Sunday's at Tiffany's to giveaway to readers.


Open only to US and Canada. No PO Boxes.


Leave a comment with your email address if you would like to be entered to win. Thank you


Contest ends January 30th. I will pick the winners January 31st.
Thanks and Good Luck

Bloodprint



Madeleine Frank moved to the town of Bath, after the death of her husband. In bath, Madeleine has a very ludicrous career as a psychiatrist. It is here; where Madeleine first meets Rachel Locklear. Rachel is in fear for her life and the life of her son, Sasha.

Anton is a powerful man. He comes from the Ukraine, where he has some very deadly connections and one of them being his brother, Uri. Rachel tells Madeline that she is finally through with Anton. At first their relationship was great but then he would beat her, used her as a hooker and all the while he would say or do something nice that would have Rachel running back to him, but not this time. Rachel has Sasha to care and watch out for now.

Madeleine wants to help Rachel but doesn’t know how; in addition to the fact that Madeleine has her hands full with her mother, who used to be an ancient high priestess that practiced the voodoo arts. Before Madeleine knows it, she gets sucked in between Rachel and Anton. Madeleine will have to watch her step as her life depends on it.

I didn’t realize how much I was going to enjoy this book till I started reading it. Bloodprint is the first book I have read by Kitty Sewell, even though I have her first novel, Ice Trap on my shelf to read. After finishing this book, I am going to jump right into reading Ice Trap. Ms. Sewell is one of the freshest new authors; I have come across in a long time. From the first moment I picked up this book and started reading it, the storyline grabbed my attention and I didn’t once wavered away till the last sentence. Bloodprint is a must read for any fan of psychological suspense thrillers.

Monday, January 5, 2009

The Devil's Daughter



Lucy Firr is a stunning beauty but watch it that you don’t make her mad. She has a temper like the devil, which just happens to be her father. Lucy makes a deal with her father that if she brings him a soul that in exchange, she wants her freedom. He agrees.

Lucy arrives in the town of Redemption. There she sets her sights on Jed Caine. Jed is still trying to figure out why he is even attending a wife’s action. He doesn’t want a wife but he does need someone to help take care of Maggie; his brother’s wife. Lucy convinces Jed that she is the woman for him. Lucy has played many parts before but never wife. This will be a new experience.

As much as Jed desires Lucy, he knows that the best place for her is far away from him. Lucy is used to getting her way and that includes having men fall for her charms. Lucy does love a challenge. She will do everything she can to claim Jed’s soul but is she ready for someone to claim her heart?

I read Dancing with the Devil, the second book that features Deacon, Lucy’s brother. I feel in love with the story so much that I just had to go out and buy The Devil’s Daughter right away. The in your face, sarcastic, laugh out loud comedy that Laura Drewry brings to her characters as well as her books…is why I fallen so hard for them. Who knew the devil’s children had a great sense of humor. I had a smile on my face when Jed informed Lucy that she would need to start a fire using buffalo chips, as I can remember as a little girl, going out and collecting cow pies as well as buffalo chips to start my own fire, when camping. I can’t wait to read more by Laura Drewry.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Celtic Bonds


Susan White was on a big in England, when she found an artifact. All of a sudden lightning strikes and Susan hits her head on a rock. When she awakes, she learns she has gone back in time, to the era of Boudica. A time when Druids and Romans still existed.

Govan thought he had lost his one and only chance at his soul mate. While out walking, Govan stumbles upon Susan. Govan wonders who this strange woman is. She dresses and talks funny. Susan is trying to figure out where she is. Right away Govan feels a connection with Susan. All Susan can think about is getting back to the present, that is till she possessed by Govan’s touch.

I loved that Susan was not a perfect size two but a size fourteen. Even with her being normal sized, Govan loved her. To him, Susan was just right. Who knew Druids could be so sexy. All I have to say is…Govan dominates both in and out of the bedroom. I have not read many Druid stories but every time I read one I have read so far, thanks to authors like Terri Pray, I can now safely say I love Druids. Celtic Bonds is a great short story. I look forward to more good reading from Terri Pray.

The Sunday Salon


This book does not release till January 27 but to get you hyped as if you weren't already to get this book, I am sharing with you my review. I was lucky enough to get an ARC copy of this book.







Matt Martin was a part time college student and major computer hacker. He didn’t really have any friends and he rarely left the house, so why was he murdered?

Detective Mary Catherine”M.C.” Riggio and her partner, Detective Kitt Lundgren are back again. It seems in their latest case that someone is making it personal for M.C.

First M.C’s fiancĂ©, Daniel Gallo, is found shot in the head and then her cousin, Tommy is found also shot in the head in his home. Who would want to kill Daniel and Tommy? At first the circumstance seems like Daniel was a victim of the wrong place, wrong time scenario but upon further investigation it seems that M.C. didn’t really have a clue about who the real Daniel was. Before M.C. has a chance to wrap her mind about her fiancĂ©, more college students have been murdered.

M.C. and Kitt discover that all of the victims were key players in a mass cyber ring. M.C. and Kitt are joined by Jonathan Smith with the FBI. Soon all three of them find themselves caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse with a killer known as Breakneck.

M.C and Kitt are two of my favorite detectives. So glad to visit with them again. I thought M.C. brought a good range of depth to her character with all the different emotions, she experienced from joy, sorrow, anger, and revenge. Kitt is the best partner anyone could every have. She always has M.C.’s back. Author, Erica Spindler serves up one hot, steamy plate of suspense, intrigue, and a heart-pounding good time in her latest novel, Breakneck. I read this whole book in one sitting. I was glued to my sit till the very end. The ending I might add was great. It was a surprise ending for me. I did not expect the curve-ball that got thrown to me.