Thursday, May 30, 2013

Kiddie Korner: Change the World Before Bedtime


Hello!  You may be wondering why the Kiddie Korner feature is posted on Thursday and not Friday as usual.  We are leading up to our 4th Blogiversary Giveaway!!!  We are going to be doing 2 giveaways for a hardcopy of a children's book.  One for the Teeny Tiny Bookluvrs, and one for the Young Bookluvrs!  Make sure to stop by tomorrow to enter!  

In the mean time.....check out our Kiddie Korner Feature this month...a 5 Smile review!!!!



32 Page Hardcover Children's  Book 
Published by Schiffer Publishing
Published on August 1st 2012
Recommended Reader Age: Pre-K to Grade 2
Written in simple, engaging rhyme, this story takes an inspirational look into how the little things in life a smile, a kind word, a simple deed can help change the world in a big way. Through 18 stunning illustrations, children will read about eating right, cleaning up the Earth by recycling and conserving, helping the sick and those less fortunate, and working in a group to make bigger miracles. Even an ordinary kid can be a superhero before bedtime! Grades Pre-K to 2.


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Blogiversary Winners!


We have been celebrating our Blogiversary all month, and we have a couple of announcements to make!


Congratulations to our Blogiversary winners!

Not all giveaways have ended, so make sure to visit our Giveaway page to see what else is still open. 


Lynn K - Winner of a copy of Angelfall, by Susan Ee

Ty W.  - Winner of our ARC Copy of Blackwood, by Gwenda Bond

Your books will be shipped this week. And we hope that you enjoy them.



Tuesday, May 28, 2013

New Release Review - Devil in the Delta, by Rich Newman


Title: Devil in the Delta
Author: Rich Newman
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
Release Date: May 8th 2013
Source: Netgalley/Publisher
Purchase: Amazon/The Book Depository

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A television that shoots fire. Objects flying through the air. A demonic possession. A ghost hunter's worst nightmare.

When author Rich Newman first arrives at the battered doublewide trailer deep in the Mississippi Delta, it's clear that this is no ordinary haunting. Called from Memphis to assist a local ghost hunting team, Newman's investigation of the Martin house has become his most terrifying and mysterious case to date.

What starts out as a malicious assault quickly spirals into a story of obsession, possession, witchcraft, and murder. When the evidence becomes overwhelming, long-buried memories from Newman's past come back to haunt him--memories he'd rather forget. Collecting physical evidence, researching the violent history of the property, and interviewing the world's most famous demonologists, Newman's investigation of the Martin house plunges him into the darkest depths of the unknown.






As someone that not only is utterly fascinated with the paranormal, but also pretty creeped out by it, requesting ‘Devil in the Delta’ to read from Netgalley was a no brainer.  Before the slew of paranormal tv shows filled up my PVR box time, I was picking up every ghost hunting book I could get my hands on.


At one point in time, I even considered a friend’s invitation to join his paranormal research and investigation group here in Toronto, but I have to admit that I am too much of a chicken shit to face any potential activity face to face.  I already find myself shivering under the covers almost every time I watch an episode of Ghost Adventures.



This novel was very interesting, and reads more like a ghost hunter’s ‘How To’ or more accurately, “What We Do”. Written by a member of Paranormal Inc., he not only accounts one of his most unforgettable cases, but also the events that led to his fascination with obtaining evidence of life after death – his own experiences in his childhood home.  You get some snippets of other memorable investigations, but this book centers around the Martin Residence primarily.



The novel itself, though detailing true accounts of evidence, experiences and interviews of this case, is not really that scary.  I got the distinct impression that it wasn’t his intent to scare his audience either, but more to educate the reader on the realities of paranormal investigation. 



I admit that I was hopeful for some hair-raising moments when I started reading this novel, and was a tad disappointed that I didn’t get what I hoped for. In fact, immediately after ending this book, I watched an episode of Ghost Adventures to get that thrill.



That being said, do not dismiss this novel because it may not have given me the creeps.  If you are interested or fascinated by the paranormal, this book was still very entertaining and raised some very good questions and gives you very good information.  As well as a good insight into what investigating the paranormal is all about. Mainly, a whole lot of boredom, with the rare burst of adrenaline when you do encounter something that may not be easily explained.



It is, and has always been, a very fascinating field for me, and I am sure a lot of people.  The author ends this book with links to his website (Paranormal Inc.) with promises of links to the EVPs that he discusses in the book, as well as links to other cases his group has worked on.  I guarantee you that I will be spending a couple of afternoons scaring myself with goodies off his site.



I say afternoon, because I really am a little chicken shit.  I won’t be doing that at night. LOL


 

Monday, May 27, 2013

Diary of a One Night Stand, by Alexandrea Weis


Diary of a One Night Stand
Pages: 266
Published: August 1st 2012 
Publisher: World Castle Publishing
Resilient and practical, Kara Barton has continually strived to live a respectable life. She went to college, embarked on a promising career as an attorney, married a great guy, and always appeared to be the perfect wife and mother. But all is not what it seems, and the troubling past Kara has been running from her entire life is about to catch up with her. Urged on by her insecurities about growing older, and desperately wanting to feel one more night of passion, Kara agrees to share a tryst in a hotel room with a sexy business associate, Scott Ellsworth. But Scott wants more than one night together, and Kara quickly discovers it is impossible to resist him. Soon Kara finds herself transformed into the kind of woman she vowed never to become, and the secure world she has struggled all her life to build begins to fall apart. Kara Barton is about to find out how a one-night stand can change everything.


Friday, May 24, 2013

Book Blitz - In Darkness We Must Abide, by Rhiannon Frater







Title: In Darkness We Must Abide
Author: Rhiannon Frater
Genre: NA Modern Gothic Horror
Release Date: May 24, 2013
Purchase: Amazon/Kobo / Nook /Author Store

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In Darkness We Must Abide is the epic saga of one young woman caught in the dangerous world of the creatures of the night.

Already living in the shadows due to her albinism, Vanora is just a little girl when her older brother inadvertently unleashes a terrible evil from the family crypt that changes their lives forever.

As she grows up in a world where beautiful deadly beings hunt by night, one captures her eye and her heart. Yet, can she trust the mysterious Armando? For there is a powerful entity plotting to claim her when she reaches adulthood in order to fulfill an ancient prophecy, and her enemy has enveloped her in a web of deceit, casting doubt on all she believes to be true. Soon, she will have to fight not only to save those she loves, but also for her very soul.

Rhiannon Frater delivers a chilling adventure once again with this multi-part epic serial with a dynamic cast, old school vampires, bloody action, a smoldering forbidden love, and a terrifying villain set against the backdrop of a modern day vampire war.

This paperback includes all five episodes of the first season of the serial.
 Doesn't this sound really interesting?

Make sure to add it to your list, or grab a copy by following the purchase link to Amazon.


AUTHOR BIO
Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of over a dozen books, including the As the World Dies zombie trilogy (Tor) , as well as independent works such as The Last Bastion of the Living (declared the #1 Zombie Release of 2012 by Explorations Fantasy Blog and the #1 Zombie Novel of the Decade by B&N Book Blog),and other horror novels. Her next novel for Tor, Dead Spots, will be published in 2014. She was born and raised a Texan and presently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and furry children (a.k.a pets).  She loves scary movies, sci-fi and horror shows, playing video games, cooking, dying her hair weird colors, and shopping for Betsey Johnson purses and shoes.

You can find her online at:
Website: rhiannonfrater.com & astheworlddies.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/astheworlddies
Twitter:  twitter.com/rhiannonfrater
Blog:  rhianonfrater.blogspot.com
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/rhiannonfrater/
Email: rhiannonfrater at gmail.com

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway - Runes, by Ednah Walters



Never in a million years, when I started this book did I think I would be so breathless at the end of it. The first book of this promising series surprised me like a Chuck Norris kick to the face.  I can't wait to read the next one, and only hope it will be released as soon as possible!! Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours and the author, Ednah Walters, for allowing me to be part of this tour and reading this novel for review. There is a giveaway at the end of this post. Also you can follow the tour by clicking this link.



Title: Runes
Author: Ednah Walters
Publisher: Firetrail Publishing
Release Date: May 20, 2013
Source:  Netgalley/Publisher/Author
Purchase: Amazon /Barnes&Noble / Smashwords

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Seventeen-year-old Raine Cooper has enough on her plate dealing with her father’s disappearance, her mother’s erratic behavior and the possibility of her boyfriend relocating. The last thing she needs is Torin St. James—a mysterious new neighbor with a wicked smile and uncanny way of reading her.

Raine is drawn to Torin’s dark sexiness against her better judgment, until he saves her life with weird marks and she realizes he is different. But by healing her, Torin changes something inside Raine. Now she can’t stop thinking about him. Half the time, she’s not sure whether to fall into his arms or run.

Scared, she sets out to find out what Torin is. But the closer she gets to the truth the more she uncovers something sinister about Torin. What Torin is goes back to an ancient mythology and Raine is somehow part of it. Not only is she and her friends in danger, she must choose a side, but the wrong choice will cost Raine her life.



Dear Ms. Ednah Walters, 

How could you do this to me? 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Blogiversary Giveaway 3 - Blackwood ARC Copy - U.S. & Canada



Here comes another giveaway! 

But before we get to it, we want to take a moment to congratulate

Karina V.

Winner of our Kindle copy Giveaway of Kenya Wright's 'Escape', the first novella of delicious Vampire King Series. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did Karina!

On to our next giveaway.

As we have grown as bloggers and reviewers, we have been very lucky and privileged to receive a lot of our books free of charge in exchange for an honest review. And we sincerely thank authors and publishers for their amazing generosity.  Last year, I was thrilled to receive a paperback copy of 'Blackwood', by Gwenda Bond from the publisher, Strange Chemistry. This copy is up for grabs by a lucky U.S/Canadian reader! 

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Friday, May 17, 2013

ARC Review of The Sea of Tranquility, by Katja Millay


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Title: The Sea of Tranquility
Author: Katja Millay
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: June 4, 2013
Source:  Netgalley
Purchase: Amazon /Barnes&Noble / The Book Depository

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I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.

Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her—her identity, her spirit, her will to live—pay.

Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at seventeen years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But the more he gets to know her, the more of an enigma she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he will ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding—or if he even wants to.

The Sea of Tranquility is a rich, intense, and brilliantly imagined story about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.



Hey guys!

Feel like reading a book that will just rip your heart out?


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Review & Giveaway of Angelfall, by Susan Ee




Title: Angelfall
Author: Susan Ee
Publisher: Feral Dream
Release Date: February 14, 2012
Source:  Giveaway Win
Purchase: Amazon /Barnes&Noble / The Book Depository

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It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!




To all of you wonderful Mom's out there we would like to wish you a Happy Mother's Day!  Today we hope you are showered with love, spoiled with the best behaved children, are showed just how appreciated you are.....and get to sleep in!



Blogiversary Giveaway 2!


Time for another giveaway during our Blogiversary Month!

We currently have a month-long giveaway going on that you don't want to miss. If you haven't visited that page and entered, you can do so by clicking this link.

Over the last year, both Erin and I have forged relationships with bloggers and authors alike.  How did the relationship initially began? By being offered to read  one of their novels for review.  However, this particular author became connected to me through our reading interests and sense of humor and I am always guaranteed a laugh whenever we interact. And to support her, I purchased one of her books. And generously she has offered me other books she has published for review. I have enjoyed her writing, and she has participated in other posts in support of our blog. 

As a sincere thank you, this next giveaway is for the first novella in her new series "The Vampire King". I really enjoyed it, and you can check out my review here if you are curious. 

This is a paranormal erotic romance. Enter to win a Kindle copy below. Good luck!!



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Saturday, May 11, 2013

New Giveaway Page!


Hi everyone!

Just a quick Saturday post to announce a blog enhancement.

Since we are regularly hosting giveaways, and in the midst of our Blogiversary giveaway blitz, we decided to create a Giveaway page to make it easier for you to find the current giveaway posts.   Though we are still working on making the page look much more pleasing to the eye, the important stuff (active giveaway links) are already there. You can find it on our upper menu.

So check back often, and enter to win.  Because winning something is just awesome!


Good luck to everyone!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Review of Soul Weaver, by Hailey Edwards


Title: Soul Weaver
Author: Hailey Edwards
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: August 7, 2013
Source:  Netgalley
Purchase: Amazon /Barnes&Noble / The Book Depository

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Since the accident that nearly took her life, Chloe suffers from acute agoraphobia. Living alone above her family's bookstore, she spends restless nights terrified by strange visions . . . until a mysterious stranger appears and offers her salvation. Chloe is drawn to the ethereal, gorgeous Nathaniel-but her haunted soul warns her there is more to him than meets the eye.

An archangel who roams Earth collecting souls of the newly departed, Nathaniel is the sole witness to the accident that should have taken Chloe's life. Seduced by the purity of her soul, he defies Providence by saving her life. But his attempt at kindness marks Chloe for damnation, and makes her an unwitting pawn in a game of unholy ambition. Now together they must fight the demons of Hell itself-for a love that defies the boundaries of Heaven and Earth.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Cover Reveal & Giveaway! - Maverick by Anna Cruise


Hellooooo ladies! 
 We have a HOT Cover Reveal today that you want to check out, brought to you by Xpresso Book Tours. This book will be released May  21st, 2013!
Check out this sexy cover! What do you think of it? 


Sizzling or what?

Sounds pretty good too. Check out the synopsis!

Kellen Handler is in deep.

Ever since he can remember, he’s wanted to be a professional surfer. And he made it, rising to the top of the ranks, traveling the world and riding every break he’s ever dreamed of. His good looks and reputation for living on the edge—both in and out of the water—have made him an international superstar. But when his best friend dies in a tragic accident, Kellen wipes out big time, spiraling so badly that everything he’s worked for starts to disintegrate.

Tour officials scramble to do damage control and demand he work with a public relations company to clean up his bad boy image. It doesn't help that the person assigned to him, Gina Bellori, has her own demons associated with the surfing world.

Against her better judgement Gina accepts the job and concentrates on repairing Kellen's tattered reputation, despite his protests and despite the pain it causes her. With her past colliding with her present—and Kellen in the thick of it—she begins to realize that some secrets can't stay hidden.

And suddenly, Kellen Handler is no longer worried about losing his career.

He's more worried about losing his heart.
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Book Blitz! - Come Back to Me, by Coleen Patrick




We have an interesting book to showcase for you guys today, courtesy of Xpresso Book Tours. And that is not the only interesting thing going on in this post. There is a giveaway, so make sure you don't leave without getting at least your free entry in. And there is also a really cool guest post about tattoos. I share the love, and have a couple of my own, so this guest post really spoke to me. Hope you enjoy it!


Happy Reading!





Title: Come Back to Me
Author: Coleen Patrick
Publication Date: March 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary
Purchase: Amazon/Barnes & Noble

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Whitney Denison can’t wait to start over.

She thought she had everything under control, that her future would always include her best friend Katie… Until everything changed.

Now her life in Bloom is one big morning after hangover, filled with regret, grief, and tiny pinpricks of reminders that she was once happy. A happy she ruined. A happy she can’t fix.

So, she is counting down the days until she leaves home for Colson University, cramming her summer with busywork she didn’t finish her senior year, and taking on new hobbies that involve glue and glitter, and dodging anyone who reminds her of her old life.

When she runs into the stranger who drove her home on graduation night, after she’d passed out next to a ditch, she feels herself sinking again. The key to surviving the summer in Bloom is unraveling whatever good memories she can from that night.

But in searching for answers, she’ll have to ask for help and that means turning to Evan, the stranger, and Kyle, Katie’s ex-boyfriend. Suddenly, life flips again, and Whitney finds herself on not only the precipice of happy but love, too, causing her to question whether she can trust her feelings, or if she is falling into her old patterns of extremes.

As she uncovers the truth about her memories, Whitney sees that life isn’t all or nothing, and that happy isn’t something to wait for, that instead, happy might just be a choice.



Tuesday, May 7, 2013

"It's Cancer", by Jay Otterbacher



Paperback151 pages
Published June 20th 2012 by Outskirts Press
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When your wife is diagnosed with cancer it is agonizing. When both of you are diagnosed within weeks of each other the uncertainty is relentless. Jay Otterbacher's memoir details one unbelievable year he could never have imagined. 

Anyone with a friend, colleague or loved one facing cancer can better understand what they are going through from this amazing story of thirty-two weeks in 2006. "It's Cancer" provides an unfiltered view behind the public facade into the home, relationships and treatment of one ordinary couple facing an inconceivable battle against two cancers at the same time. 

The implausible circumstances created the story. This narrative captures it in an open and friendly manner that allows you to be there with Karen and Jay as they use humor and strength to navigate through the fear, stress and uncertainty that all cancer patients know too well. 

Whether it was family, friends, dolphins or doctors something always appeared just the way it had to at just the time they needed it during this incredible year. In amazing detail, Jay shares the impact that each of these encounters had on their fight with the disease and their perspectives on life. If you have been told "It's Cancer," this book can be a source of hope and inspiration while you learn from the choices (both good and bad) that Karen and Jay made in their treatment and in communicating with the people who cared about them. 

If cancer has touched someone in your life the details captured in this book will give you insight into the week to week grind of the fight to regain control of their lives.


This story really hit home for me.  I'm not sure what made me pick it up.  Was it the clear cut title? Was it the pretty cover?  Was it the synopsis?  I keep thinking about why I chose to read this book.  I wasn't asked by the author. It was not given to me by anyone.  I found it in my library and had never read it before.  Then it came to me.  I read it because I needed to.  

There have been quite a few very serious cancer related scares in my life.  Some were recent and some from the past. It amazed me to watch by Mom and Dad overcome cancer.  One on their death bed, the other unsure if they were going to even be able to operate to get rid of the cancer.  And they both beat it...my Mom twice!!!  How amazing is that?!

It was a scary time in our lives.  What I saw from the outside was two brave souls doing anything they could possibly do to live.  What I didn't know was what they were thinking and feeling.  What they were actually going through.  This book gave me that perspective.  

It was such a well written look at a married couple who are diagnosed with cancer around the same time.  We see their fears and struggles.  I felt both sad and happy...I cried and I laughed.  You really get to know and fall in love with Jay and Karen.  

The best part is that it's not a tragic ending like most cancer related books are. 

This memoir is one that I would like to see everyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, or who has loved someone who has been diagnosed with cancer read.   I very highly recommend reading this book.  It will give you hope.    




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