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Books I Want: July 2012

2 Jul

Sorry about this post’s appearance. My design does not like it when I post pictures together and has a kink somewhere I can’t find.

Kensington Sweepstakes: June 1, 2012

1 Jun

I’m trying something new. Authors and publishers are always hosting or sponsoring sweepstakes and I think it’s past time that we readers begin actively participating. I know many of us visit and take part in blogger giveaways, but let’s extend that to authors and publishers. To help y’all out, every month I’m going to search out and link to different sweeps beginning today.

Enter to win a Splish Splash bath set giveaway in honor of Amanda Ashley’s His Dark Embrace.

Enter for a chance to win $50 gift card to Crumbs Bakery.

Enter to win a copy of Janet Dailey’s newest book in the Bannon Brothers’ series and $100 Omaha Steaks gift card.

Enter to win an ARC of Lisa Jackson’s latest book: You Don’t Want to Know.

Enter Kensington Teen’s giveaway to win $100 gift card.

Enter for a chance to bring Lisa Jackson to your home town and for a chance to win a summer bag filled with goodies.

Enter to win a beach bag filled with beach books. OR Enter to win a beach bag filled with Fern Michaels’ books.

Promo: Journey to the Fringe by Kelli Swofford Nielsen

15 Apr

Long ago, Stone Mages were revered in Lyria. They were men and women who could use powerful tradestones to harness their unique gifts of wind, rain, and earth to help those around them. But war with the Southern realm has threatened the mages with extinction. The truth about the tradestones has been lost, and the remaining magic is dwindling.

When Princess Ivy, the beloved daughter of the king, is abducted, it seems that all hope for Lyria is lost as well. But when an unlikely group of loyal subjects embarks on a dangerous journey to the far-distant Fringe, the hope of restoring crown and kingdom is renewed. Among the group is Simon, a fool with wisdom beyond his years; Gilda, a nonmagical witch; Burr, a young thief; and Merrick, a jaded sea captain. Their quest will test their courage, their strength, and their friendship.

But at the Fringe, they encounter a truth that will change everything they thought they knew about themselves, and this small band of heroes must embrace the power that is their birthright and stand together as Stone Mages of Lyria.–B&N

Promo: Nameless by Kyle Chais

5 Apr

In the in between are the Nameless; names are for masters and they have none. They live in the Nameless realm; between being saved and being destroyed. They are Fallen.

One Nameless spends his time watching humans in New York City and, in his endless eternity of boredom, becomes intrigued by a drunk named Aurick Pantera. One day Aurick, a reckless gambler, is about to be killed by a gang over his debts. Nameless feels sorry for him, and possesses his body to save his life. He then decides that he rather likes being in a human body; the chance to taste, smells, and touch. He uses Aurick’s body to fulfill all of his wildest dreams – become a rock star, have a successful psychiatric practice, and pursue star journalist Helena Way.

Until, three years after possessing Aurick, the other Fallen take notice of these random achievements and begin appearing to Aurick. They are tired of waiting in Nameless and are ready to start a war—their only chance to cease this painful eternity of waiting and either be saved or be released. Aurick is stuck in the middle. Join the ranks and finally be released to Null for atrocities against mankind, or can his love for Helena, his budding friendships, and his growing concern for all humans grant him salvation?– B&N


Trylle Series Book Trailer

22 Dec

I’m Dying to Buy

14 Dec

a new book in Christine Feehan’s Ghostwalker series. It is one of my absolute favorites. After scouring Feehan’s site I found this great tidbit about book 10, Samurai Game which is slated to be released in July 2012. (There is no cover image available at this time.)

I’m currently working on Samurai Game, a very exciting action/thriller/romance. My heroine, Thorn, was taken from an orphanage in Japan, enhanced by Dr. Whitney and when he couldn’t find exactly what her psychic ability was, he deemed her useless for anything other than experimentation. His experiments were brutal and at age eight, he threw her away, back to the streets of Japan, in the worst neighborhood, forgetting all about her. Thorn never forgot about him.

Team One is back in full force, and the story is action packed. The chemistry between Thorn and Sam Johnson sizzle. Sam is brilliant and has the most amazing psychic abilities. With his enhancements he and Thorn make a formidable team to fight an unexpected enemy and take out the lifeline between Dr. Whitney and the White House.

Some Books Don’t Get the Credit They Deserve

8 Dec

I can always find a book to read. Lately those books seem to be part of a series. I miss the days of single, all in one, books. You know the type that avoid cliff hangers and questions that roll over into another book. I don’t want to wait a year to find out what happens. I want the book to begin with a problem and solve that problem by the final page. Since I’m not getting too many books like that I’ve had to come to peace with the idea of most of the books I read being part of a series. This brings up a whole new set of issues.

Why do some books get tons of online publicity and others get little to none? I’m guilty of visiting (almost exclusively) the blogs listed in my blogroll. The problem with that is many of the sites enjoy the same books as I, so we review the same books. Some weeks we all publish reviews of those same books. Usually I read them to see how we agree and disagree about stories, but it also can be sigh inducing. I feel like I’m not exposed to all the series available.

Today, in an effort to combat the tiredness of reading the same blog posts written a different way, I’m going to post a few book series that I feel haven’t gotten the blog time they deserve. Sure we all know about Lora Leigh’s Breeds series. (Many of us auto buy them.) We also know about Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin, Kelly Gay’s Charlie Madigan and Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed series. So here are a few series that I enjoy, but haven’t read many reviews of.

The Horngate Witches by Diana Pharaoh Francis

There are two books available for purchase in this series. The third book will be released this month. It’s an urban fantasy series set in a world where the Guardians are taking the earth back from humanity through the use of a magical army. The main players are Max, a woman betrayed by her best friend (a witch) and transformed into a magical Shadowguard, and Alexander, a magical Shadowguard who formerly belonged to a rival witch. It’s dark, complex and highly entertaining.

Ghostland by Jory Strong

This is an urban fantasy romance series set in a post apocalyptic world in which supernatural creatures have exposed themselves. It’s a place brimming with greed and people/creatures who over indulge and take what or whom they want. There is hope though, as each book features two people who find comfort and love in the other’s arms. It’s another dark series, but you know that at the end of each book you are guaranteed a happily ever after. It may not be what you expect, but it’s been consistently good.

Enemy by Marcella Burnard

It’s a science fiction romance series which involves lots of spaceships, insect-like monsters and space exploration. There are different factions fighting and you never really know who is on the right side. Just when you think you’ve got it pinned down, Burnard throws in a loop which takes you away. There is a level of creepiness that I find captivating and betrayals come from the most unexpected of places making this a great series. So far there are two books in it.

My Immortals by Carolyn Jewel

This paranormal romance series is set in the world as we know it, however there are demons and other paranormal beings co-inhabiting the planet. Demons are turned into slaves to mages, but they are ready to fight back. As different couples pair up, secrets are revealed and the battle for equality ramps up another level. The books are steamy, usually filled with vivid battle scenes and always end with a happy couple.

The Perfect Mistress on Sale Today Only!

28 Nov

Buy the ebook from nook for $1.99.

Books I Want: December 2011

27 Nov

Promo: Adventurers Wanted series by M.L. Forman

13 Jun

Slathbog’s Gold by M.L. Forman (Book 1)
Shadow Mountain (2009)
Mass Market: $7.99
ISBN: 978-1-60641-029-5

The sign is small, tucked into the corner of Mr. Clutter’s bookshop window: “Adventurers Wanted. Apply Within.” No one but fifteen-year-old Alex Taylor even seems to notice it is there. And for Alex, who has wished for a change in his life, it is an irresistible invitation.

Upon entering Mr. Clutter’s shop, Alex is swept away to a faraway land filled with heroic warriors, mysterious elves, and hard-working dwarves.

Alex becomes the eighth man in a band of adventurers seeking the lair of Slathbog the Red—an evil dragon with a legendary treasure. Along the way, Alex and his new friends must battle dangerous trolls and bandits, face undead wraiths, and seek the wisdom of the Oracle in her White Tower.

Alex’s adventure takes him to distant and exotic lands where he learns about courage, integrity, honor, and, most important, friendship

The Horn of Moran by M.L. Forman (Book 2)
Shadow Mountain (2011)
Hardback: $18.99
ISBN: 978-1-60641-226-8

The land of Norsland is on the brink of war as two men have each claimed the throne. Only the true king can sound the Horn of Moran and prove his nobility. But the horn has been lost for years. If it is not found—and soon—it could mean the destruction of an entire nation.

It wasn’t that long ago that young Alexander Taylor embarked on his first adventure, where he discovered he was a wizard and destroyed the fearsome dragon, Slathbog. Now he joins a band of seasoned adventurers who have been called up to retrieve the legendary Horn of Moran.

Their journey to the mysterious Tower of the Moon will take them through an enchanted forest, into battle against a goblin army, past the watchful eyes of griffin guards, and face-to-face with a sphinx and her deadly riddles.

With his sword, Moon Slayer, and the wise counsel from his wizard mentor, Whalen Vankin, Alex must use all his wizard and warrior skills to slay a darkness that may consume them all.