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Book Sweepstakes

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New from St. Martin's Press is #1 New York Times bestselling author, Sherrilyn Kenyon's 3-book series, 'The League'! With over 19 million books in print, Sherrilyn Kenyon is renowned the world over as "the reigning queen of the paranormal genre that she pioneered long before the world had heard of Twilight." The second book from 'The League' series, 'Born of Fire', will be available November 3rd, 2009.
In celebration of 'Born of Fire', St. Martin's press is holding a book sweepstakes for your readers to enter - winners receive a free copy of 'Born Of Fire'! Here is the link for the 'Born of Fire' sweepstakes offer:
http://us.macmillan.com/smp/promo/bornoffire
Link to an Excerpt from 'Born of Fire'
http://officialsanctuary.com/league_series/born_of_fire_excerpt.html
Link to Official Sherrilyn Kenyon Sites:
http://www.livetheleague.com/
http://www.sherrilynkenyon.com/
http://www.officialsanctuary.com/
Link to trailer:

Its Prime Time!

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Hank Phillippi Ryan wrote Prime Time and Face Time both in 2007. Both these books were re-released with new book covers along with Air Time, the third Charlotte McNally novel. Just like Hank, Charlotte McNally is a television reporter for Channel 3. She always gets the top stories but being number one comes with a price. Charlotte finds herself not only reporting the news but being the news as well.

Channel 3 has been reporting the story of the missing disappearance of Bradley Foreman who worked at Aztratech Pharmaceuticals. A new development has caused this story to have a sad ending. Mr. Foreman’s car was found. He had run off the side of the road. The authorities have categorized his death as a suicide. Charlotte does not by the suicide story, especially since she received an email from Mr. Foreman before his death. He was trying to tell her something about Aztratech Pharmaceuticals but what?

These books can be read separately. In fact I started with Air Time and am now working my wa…

My Soul to Save

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Kaylee Cavanaugh has a special ability about her. She can see when someone around her is going to die. That person gets a dark aura around them and soon after they die. The strangest thing happens to Kaylee, when someone dies. Kaylee’s body seizes up and she gets the sudden urge to scream. Kaylee’s latest episode takes place at the bar in front of Nash.

Kaylee likes Nash but she isn’t sure she can trust him with her secret. Besides it seems that Nash has a secret of his own.

My Soul to Take is the first book in the Soul Screamers series. A brand new series by Rachel Vincent. It is also the first teen novel she has written. I first discovered Ms. Vincent with her highly popular shifter series. Every one of her shifter books is a favorite of mine. So when I learned that Rachel was starting a teen series, I just had to check it out. I have to admit that I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this series. Both the characters and the plot were good but it wasn’t as intense as the shifter serie…

I'll Take a Community With That Book, Please!

I want to thank Caitlin with FSB Associates for letting me share this atricle that her boss and founder of FSB Associates wrote.

I'll Take a Community With That Book, Please!By Fauzia Burke
With today's search empowered readers, do we need to market and publish books differently? Does general publishing makes sense in an age of Google searches, micro communities and niche marketing? Today's readers are tech savvy and resourceful. They know how to get the information they need and have higher expectations from publishers and authors. They don't just expect a book, they expect a community with their book. I often hear publishers say that there are "very few brands in book publishing." But to thrive in today's competitive, niche markets, perhaps brands are exactly what we need. What readers choose to read is personal and an extension of who they are. Shouldn't their book choices be supported by a publisher, a brand that is invested in their interests? Many…

How to Catch and Keep a Vampire

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Check out this book's website


My review:

Have you ever been so obsessed over the undead that when you watch a movie or TV show with a vampire in it that you wished you were the girl being devoured by the vampire?

Well cheer up as there is a book for you. It is called How to Catch and Keep a Vampire. If you ever dreamed or imagined yourself with a vampire than you should check this step by step guide. After reading it you will wonder why this book wasn’t written sooner. Though I do have to warn you that this guide may burst some of your bubbles as this author, Diana Laurence debunks myths about vampires.

I liked this book. It was witty, charming, insightful, and an all around how to guide that you can really sink your teeth into! How to Catch and Keep a Vampire isn’t just a step by step guide that you just read and try on your own. No, author Diana Laurence has first hand experience on dealing with the undead and she shares with the readers the do’s and don’ts of being with a vampire. …

Intertwined

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Life is difficult enough, when you are sixteen. It is even harder if you are Aden Stone. Aden is host to four souls. One can time-travel, one can raise the dead, one can tell the future and one can possess another human. As much as it sounds cool to be able to do all these things, it can have its draw backs like…all of a sudden being transported back in time to a younger version of yourself or being able to predict when a loved one or friend will die. Though all these things are as bad as having all four voices speak to you at the same time.

Mary Ann Gary is the new girl in town. From the first moment she meets Aden, she senses something special about him. It isn’t only Aden who is special. Being around Mary Ann makes all the voices in Aden’s head stop talking. Mary Ann better watch it as another girl has stepped into the picture. She is a vampire princess and she wants Aden.

I thought this wasn’t a pretty good book. Though I would have liked to have seen Aden do more with all the diff…

The Creed of Violence

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Rawbone was as tough as they got. He killed his first man at the age of ten. Rawbone gets caught by the Bureau of Investigation, haling a truck load of weapons. In exchange for not being prosecuted and having his slate wiped clean, he agrees to help the Bureau take down the ring leader.

John Lourdes works for the Bureau. When John’s boss assigns John the responsibly of accompanying Rawbone across the Mexican border, John is anything but thrilled. Though John is a good agent and will do whatever the job entails. Besides this will give John a chance to get to see who his father really is. Yes, that is correct…Rawbone is John’s father. Only Rawbone doesn’t know this fact.

First off let me tell you that I had no expectations of whether I would like this book or not. Well I am happy to report that I not only enjoyed this book but that I read it in one sitting! The Creed of Violence reminded me of a Quentin Tarantino movie. Which this book is going to be made into a movie. The dynamics betwee…

Flesh and Fire

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Book Description


From acclaimed bestselling author Laura Anne Gilman comes a unique and enthralling new story of fantasy and adventure, wine and magic, danger and hope....

Once, all power in the Vin Lands was held by the prince-mages, who alone could craft spellwines, and selfishly used them to increase their own wealth and influence. But their abuse of power caused a demigod to break the Vine, shattering the power of the mages. Now, fourteen centuries later, it is the humble Vinearts who hold the secret of crafting spells from wines, the source of magic, and they are prohibited from holding power.

But now rumors come of a new darkness rising in the vineyards. Strange, terrifying creatures, sudden plagues, and mysterious disappearances threaten the land. Only one Vineart senses the danger, and he has only one weapon to use against it: a young slave. His name is Jerzy, and his origins are unknown, even to him. Yet his uncanny sense of the Vinearts' craft offers a hint of greater magic…

The Dred Scott Story

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“Am I Not a Man?” This may probably by one of the most famous lines spoken in history. This line came out of the mouth of Dred Scott. He was a black slave. Dred first won his freedom and the freedom of his wife and than later they lost it.

Dred Scott fought to regain his freedom, stating “Am I not a Man?” He took his fight all the way to United States Supreme Courts. This lawsuit would be known as the Dred Scott Decision. A decision made by the Supreme Courts that any African descent living as a slave had no rights as a US citizen. Dred Scott would lose his case but he would pave the way for one of the biggest changes that would rock history. Dred Scott’s story struck a heart string with President Abraham Lincoln who created the emancipation proclamation.

I had never heard of Dred Scott till I read this book. I found his story to be amazing. He never gave up, even when others turned their backs on him and shunned him. While I did like this book, I do have to admit that there were times …

The Fury

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Reporter Henry Parker is back. This time he may have found himself in a way over his head.

Henry was leaving the office, when he was approached by a drug junkie. The man tells Henry…” The city’s gonna burn.” Henry may have given the guy a chance if he hadn’t been a junkie. That evening, Henry receives a phone call from the authorities. They want Henry to come down and identify a body. It is the same man who Henry ran into earlier today. His name is Stephen Gaines. Supposedly Mr. Gaines is Henry’s half-brother.

This comes as a complete surprise to Henry. There is only one was to solve this mystery. Henry will have to contact his estranged father. It seems though that Henry isn’t the only one who wants to contact Henry’s father. The authorities believe that Mr. Parker killed Mr. Gaines. It is up to Henry and his lover, Amanda to come to the aid of Henry’s father.

Another good read by Mr. Pinter. The Fury is the fourth book in the Henry Parker series. This is one of my favorite series curre…

Over the Holidays

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My review: Vanessa Clayton and her husband, JT are struggling a little this holiday season. So they have decided to not travel to his sister’s place for Christmas but instead stay home and celebrate with their twin boys.

Every year Patrice holds an open house and decks out everything for the holidays. She goes a little over board. This year her family stands up and says…enough. Since no one is coming for the holidays, Patrice and her family decide to go to them. They pack up and head to California for Christmas. Though there won’t be any white Christmases this year.

To be honest, I didn’t really care for this book. I didn’t find any common ground with which I could relate to the characters. This in turn caused me to lose interest quickly. Besides, the fact that I found most of the characters to be really whiny and self absorbed in their own problems. Vanessa had this attitude against her sister-in-law. I mean I could see why but I felt like it was Christmas and everyone should try to put…

Ms. Taken Identity = giveaway

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I want to thank Tooraj with TK Public Relations for sending me a copy of this book to review as well as Hachette for hosting the giveaway.



My review:



Mitch Samuel has just had the worse day of his life. He was dumped by his girlfriend. Mitch was at home when his girlfriend, Hannah comes walking through the door. You might wonder well I don’t see a problem with his girlfriend coming in? It is a huge problem; when she has just returned from visiting her sister and you were suppose to pick her up at the airport. Next Mitch receives rejection upon rejection on his literary piece for his PhD.

Mitch is ready for something good to start happening to him. He stops off at Bookzilla to pick up a magazine when in rushes a reporter for Channel Five. Mitch asks what all the commotion is about and learns it is because the queen of chick-lit, Katharine Longwell has come to town for a book signing. Mitch picks up a copy of Ms. Longwell’s latest novel. He takes it to the Star Bucks to check it out. A cha…

When Autumn Leaves

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I want to thank Vida with Overlook Press for sending me a copy of this book to review.
My review:Nestled in a small town off the coast of British Columbia is a place called Avening. The residents here have something special. There town is filled with magic and just near the outskirts of town lies a portal to another world. Avening is also the place where Autumn Avening calls home.

Autumn runs a new age shop called Demeter’s Grove. She is also a member of the Jaen sisterhood. One day Sister Neal brings Autumn news that she has been promoted within the sisterhood. While Autumn is excited, she is quite ready to give up her duties, though she made a vow and she has to keep it. One plus is that Autumn gets to choose her replacement. She decides to make it into a competition. Who will Autumn choose? Will it be Ellie Penhaligan the shy newspapers reporter, who has the ability of invisibility? Or will it be Stella Darling, the brash loud mouth…or how about Piper Shigeru, mother of two?

When Aut…

Talking with Dr. Robert Greer, author of Spoon + Giveaway

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I want to thank Erin for letting me be a part of this tour and well as to Dr. Greer for allowing me to interview him.










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

First of, Can you please share with the readers a little about yourself.


I was born in Columbus, Ohio, and raised in Gary, Indiana. I attended college at Miami University in Ohio. I received my dental and medical degrees from Howard University and Boston University and a masters of creative writing degree from Boston University. I have been a pathologist at University of Colorado Medical School for thirty-five years. To date I’ve written twelve novels, most of them mysteries and medical thrillers. SPOON is my first literary novel. Although I have written several literary short stories.



What do you like to do in your spare time?


Most of my spare time I tend to spend time on my cattle ranch in Wyoming where I love to fly fish and run the ranching operation. I also write most of my novels there, although, my permanen…

Spoon me up some more!

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I want to thank Erin for letting me be a part of this book blog tour.








My review:
TJ Darley was heading back to his parents ranch, the Willow Creek Ranch in Montana, when he came upon Arcus Witherspoon aka Spoon. Spoon was walking along the highway with nothing but a cowboy hat and no boots. TJ asked Spoon about his lack of foot wear and all Spoon said was that shoes can be excess baggage when a man is in a hurry.

Spoon was heading to Ohio to find his roots. TJ offered up Spoon a job as a hired hand on his family’s ranch. Spoon took him up on his offer. TJ’s father used to have a great sense of humor but after the death of TJ's brother, Jimmy, his father changed. Jimmy died when he was just fifteen years old. He was trying to swim across Willow Creek ad drowned. Spoon may seem like a nice guy but he has a spotted past.

This is the first book I have read by this author. Spoon remembers me of the Wild West. Mr. Greer had such a great talent for story telling. There was something about th…

Hot and Irresistible

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Hot and Bothered introduced readers to Bebe Fitzpatrick. She is back in her own story in Hot and Irresistible. The newest release from author, Dianne Castrell.

Bebe Fitzpatrick is a darn good cop. She is also tough and can take care of herself. While her friends may never leave home without their lip gloss; Bebe on the other hand would not go anywhere without her gun. Bebe usually has no problems snagging any guy she wants…till now. Bebe’s friends help Bebe to loose up and show Donovan just what she is packing under her suit.

Sexy Donovan McCabe is also a cop. It isn’t easy working day in and day out with a bombshell of a distraction like Bebe. Donovan will have to try and get his head in the game. He and Bebe are tracking down a notorious entrepreneur.

I didn’t really feel the chemistry between Bebe and Donovan. It might have been because Bebe kept telling herself and believing that she wasn’t attractive, which in turn made me see her that way as well. Though Donovan saw Bebe in a whole…

Having a Bewitching time with author Linda Wisdom + giveaway

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I want to thank both Danielle with Sourcebooks for letting me review this book as well as allowing me to give away 2 copies of this book and to Linda Wisdom for being a guest on my blog.




Many thanks to Cheryl for having me here to talk about my favorite fictional witches.




Although what gave me that nudge toward writing witches were film witches and memories of visiting Salem when my husband was stationed in Boston for two and a half years.

I’ve always enjoyed the movie I Married A Witch starring Veronica Lake as a 1700s witch, burned at the stake, although it’s a well known fact they weren’t burned in the US, but her spirit ends up bound. All it takes is her return in the 1940s, a love potion gone wrong and her long ago enemy’s descendant is caught up in the insanity. Yes, filled with historical inconsistencies, but it’s still a fun movie and you have to love a strong-minded witch.

Plus Practical Magic, while based on a book, it was the movie that revved my imagination.

Sally Owens was a …

The Overcomers!

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I want to thank Nikki with Promo 101 - Virtual Blog Tours for letting me be a part of this tour.











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