Sunday, July 31, 2011

(Now Closed) Summer Giveaway Blog Hop - August 1st - 7th

Giveaway Is Now Closed
Hop is hosted by I am a Reader Not a Writer

I am giving away one paperback book to three different individuals. If you are one of the lucky chosen, you will get to choose which *one* of the following books you'd like:

The Bride Wore Scarlet by Liz Carlyle
Vampire in Atlantis (Warriors of Poseidon) by Alyssa Day
By His Majesty's Grace by
Seduced by Her Highland Warrior (MacKinloch Clan, #2) by
Heartless (The Parasol Protectorate) by Gail Carriger
Grave Dance: An Alex Craft Novel by Kalayna Price
Heiress in Love by Christina Brooke
Notorious (Scandalous Women of the Ton, #4) by 
Lady of Seduction (Daughters of Erin) by Laurel McKee
Temptation of a Highland Scoundrel (Highland Warriors 2) by Sue-Ellen Welfonder 
How to Seduce a Scoundrel A Lady's Lesson in Scandal
Magic Slays (Kate Daniels, Book 5) by Ilona Andrews 

Rules to be eligible for giveaway:
1. Only residents of the Countries included in the following list created by The Book Depository are eligible:
2. Please leave either your email address or a link to your Goodreads profile so I may get in contact with you to get your mailing address. No P.O. Boxes, please. If uncomfortable about giving out such information on my blog, please feel free to email me your information at
3. Become a follower of my blog, if you aren't already.
4. You will automatically get an additional entry if you entered one of my previous giveaways and didn't win.

Please note that if by some chance chosen book is not available or can not be delivered by Book Depository, then winner will need to select another book as a substitute from the above list.

Winners will be randomly chosen. Books will be sent directly from Amazon or The Book Depository.  Giveaway ends August 7th,  midnight eastern time. Winners will be posted on my blog and notified by email or message posted to them via Goodreads. Winners will have 72 hours to respond before another winner will be selected. Good Luck!
The following is a list of participating blogs in this Summer Giveaway Blog Hop:

1. ruby95660
2. Brittany Gale
3. Emma
Congratulations! I will be emailing you in the morning.

Early Review of In Seconds (Bulletproof, #2) by Brenda Novak

Title: In Seconds
Classification:  Adult Fiction
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Format: Paperback, 400 pages 
Publisher: Mira (August 30, 2011) 
ISBN-10: 0778312445 
ISBN-13: 978-0778312444
Notes: Language used which some may take offense to. Contains violence in the form of murder.

In seconds everything can change.....

One second Laurel Hodges (aka Vivian Stewart) was starting to feel secure in her home of two years, and the next, everything changed. News had spread faster than a wildfire through the small, out of the way town of Pineview, Montana of the murder of one of their own. Pat Stueben, a local realtor, had been found murdered in a rental cabin. The second she heard the news Laurel feared the past had finally caught up with her. For four years, she and her children had been in hiding. They had spent the first two years in WitSec, the witness protection program. Two years ago, a breach in the program led to the death of the Federal agent hired to protect her. That was when Laurel, her brother, and Rex left the program going their separate ways to try their luck on their own, knowing WitSec could no longer guarantee their safety. She'd put her life on hold for four years, and she was tired of running....

This is the first book I've read of Novak's, but it won't be the last. I didn't have to get to far into the story before I knew I'd be buying plenty of her books. I loved the way Laurel had tried to distance herself from her sexy neighbor, Myles, the local sheriff.  I loved the feelings of want and desire displayed yet denied by each. I loved the moment which led up to the couple finally giving into those desires and the moment they realized their feelings ran deeper than either would first admit. It was one of the best love build ups (for lack of a better term) I've read. *sigh* I just love good romance. While this has romance, it is not the only element that I loved in the story. The drama created by the members of the gang who have come looking for Laurel had me hooked from the start, and the bad guys sent shivers running up and down my spine.

I didn't read the first book in this series, but I didn't feel lost. Enough background information was given that I could get right into the story. So if you're looking for a suspenseful romance you may just want to pick this one up. I gave this one 4 out of 5 roses.

Order of series:

1. Inside
2. In Seconds
3. In Close coming October 25, 2011

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Early Review of The Evil Inside (Krewe of Hunters #4) by Heather Graham

The Evil Inside (Krewe of Hunters)Title: The Evil Inside (Krewe of Hunters) 
Classification: Adult Fiction 
Genre: Mystery/Paranormal 
Format: Paperback, 400 pages 
Publisher: Mira (August 30, 2011) 
ISBN-10: 0778312534 
ISBN-13: 978-0778312536 
Notes: Murder in a horrific manner. 

    "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana

    In the historical town of Salem a horrific murder has been committed. The prime suspect is a teenage boy found running around naked in the streets covered in blood. His family being the ones murdered. Most believe it to be an open and shut case. Not everyone in the small town, however, believes Malachai Smith did it. Is the quiet boy with good manners another victim of the true murderer, or did he truly commit the heinous murders? He was cleared of a similar murder that took place months before. In that case, three boys testified they'd seen him leave the murder victim's house around the time of the crime. Problem was he had a solid alibi, and his name was cleared. Jamie O'Neill was the boy's former therapist and is convinced the boy is innocent. He persuades Sam Hall to represent Malachai. Sam is high powered attorney with a reputation for winning cases thought to be impossible to win. Jamie also persuades his niece, Jenna, a member of the Krewe of Hunters - a paranormal FBI team, to investigate the crime. With a little help from Jenna's friends, the group will attempt to get to the bottom of what really happened.

    I think this is the perfect read for the Halloween season. Set in Salem, Massachusetts during the middle of Halloween season it reminded me of telling ghost stories at sleepovers as a child, but better. With ghosts from the Salem Witch hunt era making appearances and flash backs from past murders, you get a good murder mystery with a little bit of the history of Salem mixed in. Also, there is a dash of romance included as things heat up between Jenna and Sam. Plus, as an added bonus, Graham included some recipes at the end with ties to the area. I love it when an author does this. I wish more did. I gave this one 4 out of 5 roses. If you'd like to learn more about the Salem witchcraft trials here is a link to a site that I found very informative: 

    Order series should be read in:

    Friday, July 29, 2011

    Early Review of 1105 Yakima Street (Cedar Cove #11) by Debbie Macomber

    1105 Yakima Street (Cedar Cove)
    • Title: 1105 Yakima Street
    • Classification: Adult Fiction
    • Genre: Contemporary Romance
    • Format: Paperback, 400 pages
    • Publisher: Mira (August 30, 2011)
    • ISBN-10: 0778312518
    • ISBN-13: 978-0778312512

    Bruce and Rachel Peyton are facing the marital problems that come from having a child by a previous marriage. Rachel is pregnant and the stress is starting to have an effect on her unborn child. When pleas to her husband that they attend counseling as a family failed, she left Bruce. Jolene (Bruce's daughter and Rachel' stepdaughter), it seems, has turned into a wicked stepdaughter. What happened? 

    Linc Wyse’s business is starting to fail. His father-in-law, Leonard Bellamy, seems to have a hand in the downfall. Feeling that Linc isn't good enough for his daughter, Leonard sets out to destroy Linc's business. Linc doesn't understand why Leonard dislikes him. What could be going through his head?

    Miranda Sullivan really likes Will Jefferson, but he's got a thing for Miranda's best friend, Shirley, who has a thing for Larry Knight. I wonder if Will will ever see that Miranda is the perfect person for him?

    Gloria Ashton is pregnant and hasn't told the soon to be father yet. What is she waiting for?

    Those are just some of the things going on in Cedar Cove, but don't let me talk your ear off with the local gossip. Take a stroll in Cedar Cove and get a feel for what's going on. You'll be glad you did.  

    Reading this book reminded me of how my mom described the small town she grew up in. Where everyone knew everyone else and where the 6 degrees of separation theory was whittled down to closer to 1 or 2 degrees. Where everyone pretty much knew everyone else's business. Yet even though a small town may sound like heaven on earth to some, nirvana can not always be found there. Every day life has a way of sneaking up on someone even in a small town, and the dramas of daily life can not be escaped. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting some of the residents of Cedar Cove. It reminded me of a less naughty version of Desperate Housewives. I truly enjoyed it.

    For those of you who are fans of the series, the next book, 1225 Christmas Tree Lane, will be Macomber's last book in this series. *sniff* This series was recommended to me by several people. This is the first book in the series that I've read. I really appreciated that Debbie listed the characters at the front of the book and how they are related. It made it easy to just slip in to one of the later books of the series and not feel lost. I definitely see how loosing this series will sadden many of Ms. Macomber's fans. It'll be like losing part of the family.

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