Saturday, December 20, 2014

Book Haul [109]




Review:
The Second Lie- Anna Richland

Thank you to Anna Richland.

Paperback Swap:
Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy- Helen Fielding
Let It Snow- John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle

Library:
The Dream Thieves- Maggie Stiefvater
The Help- Kathryn Stockett

 Latest Pop! Figures

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Book Blitz Tour + Giveaway: A Christmas Code by Jacki Delecki


A Christmas Code
By Jacki Delecki

Out Now!

Lady Gwyneth Beaumont has long awaited the opportunity to show Viscount James Ashworth that she is no longer the impetuous child who dogged his footsteps. Now a much sought-after debutante, she is determined to prove to the hard-headed rake that she is a grown woman and a worthy participant in both the spy game and the game of love.

Ash, recently returned from three years undercover in France in His Majesty’s service, wants nothing more than to complete his final mission and retire to his bucolic country estate. However, what seemed a simple assignment to protect the Prince Regent at a Christmas party turns into a maze of intrigue, desire, and treachery.

Adding to the perilous secret operation is one problem Ash never anticipated: The appearance of the reckless, enticing Gwyneth, who has blossomed into a gorgeous woman and self-appointed spy. When a snooping Gwyneth uncovers a shocking secret, she puts herself in mortal danger. Can Ash protect Gwyneth and the Prince from French assailants and, at the same time, win the passionate lady's heart? Can Ash and Gwyneth both triumph as winners in the game of spies and love?

Purchase Links:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBook

GIVEAWAY
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Author Bio:
Descended from a long line of storytellers, Jacki spins adventures filled with mystery, healing and romance. Jacki’s love affair with the arts began at a young age and inspired her to train as a jazz singer and dancer. She has performed many acting roles with Seattle Opera Company and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Her travels to London and Paris ignited a deep-seated passion to write the romantic, regency The Code Breaker Series. Jacki is certain she spent at least one lifetime dancing in the Moulin Rouge. Jacki has set her Grayce Walters Mystery Series in Seattle, her long-time home. The city’s unique and colorful locations are a backdrop for her romantic mystery.

Although writing now fills much of her day, she continues to volunteer for Seattle’s Ballet and Opera Companies and leads children’s tours of Pike Street Market. Her volunteer work with Seattle’s homeless shelters influenced one of her main characters in An Inner Fire and Women Under Fire. Jacki’s two Golden Labs, Gus and Talley, were her constant companions. Their years of devotion and intuition inspired her to write both dogs as heroes in each series. A geek at heart, Jacki loves superhero movies--a hero’s battle against insurmountable odds. But her heroines don’t have to wear a unitard to fight injustice and battle for the underdog.

Look for more heart-pounding adventure, intrigue, and romance in A Code of the Heart—A Regency Novella, next in the Code Breaker Series, to be released on Valentine’s Day, 2015. To learn more about Jacki and her books and to be the first to hear about giveaways join her newsletter found on her website: http:// www.jackidelecki.com. Follow her on FB—Jacki Delecki; Twitter @jackidelecki.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Themed Books

If you're looking to get into the season, here are some Christmas books
I've come across on Amazon. 

Free - Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
Free - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Free - A Grosvenor Square Christmas by Shana Galen, Kate Noble & More
Free - Silver Bells by Sadie Hart
Free - Mistletoe Magic by Melissa McClone
Free - The Brands Who Came For Christmas by Maggie Shayne
$1.99 - A Mackenzie Family Christmas: The Perfect Gift by Jennifer Ashley
$1.99 - A Highlander Christmas by Janet Chapman
$1.99 - I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas by Molly Harper
$3.99 - How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss
$5.69 - 1225 Christmas Tree Lane by Debbie Macomber
$5.69 - The Bite Before Christmas by Lynsay Sands & Jeaniene Frost
$5.69 - All I Want for Christmas Is a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks
$5.98 - A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas
$5.99 - Shakespeare's Christmas by Charlaine Harris
$6.18 - Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle
$6.64 - A Very Gothic Christmas by Christine Feehan & Melanie George
$6.99 - A Christmas Story: The Book That Inspired the Hilarious Classic Film by Jean Shepard
$7.19 - A SEAL Wolf Christmas by Terry Spear
$7.59 - Twilight Before Christmas by Christine Feehan
$7.60 - The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson & Richard DiLallo

$9.08 - A Christine Feehan Holiday Treasury by Christine Feehan

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

[ARC Review]: A Veil of Secrets by Hailey Edwards

Title: A Veil of Secrets
Author: Hailey Edwards
Series: Araneae Nation
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Release Date: December 2014

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Summary:  Some secrets are best forgotten.

Fresh from the battlefields of Erania, Marne rides south with Edan, headed for the city of Beltania. Among the Mimetidae guards accompanying them is Asher, who’s been a thorn in her side since the day they met. He’s rude and abrasive…yet he was the first to volunteer as escort.

Marne dreams of a fresh start where no one knows who—or what—she is. But first, they must cross the veil. Rumor has it spirits haunt that grim stretch of road, and unwary travelers who enter are never heard from again.

Veil or no veil, Asher is honor bound to see Marne safely to her new home. Though truth be told, Marne leaving Erania is the last thing he wants. This journey is his final chance to convince her distance will only make his heart grow fonder.

When Edan is lost to the mists, Marne is trapped in a strange land with no allies—with a man who draws her closer every day. Closer to her heart, and her secrets. Secrets she must reveal if they are to save the one man bent on tearing them apart.

Warning: This book contains one heroine willing to fly into the face of danger and the hero who gives her heart wings. This adventure is BYOM, Bring Your Own Meal. Trust me, where we’re going, takeout is to die for. Literally.

Thoughts: Great Read! Marne & Asher's relationship has a bit of a rocky beginning, but turned out beautifully. A Veil of Shadows was an exciting read. Filled with danger, action and romance. Pascale, sister of Maven Lourdes makes another appearance. In this book her back and forth fighting with Lleu was fun. I hope Pascale will get her own book.  I love spending time in Araneae Nation. I'm always amazed how intricate the world is.

Score: 4 Stars

Author Website: http://haileyedwards.net/

Araneae Nation
A Heart of Ice (prequel)
A Hint of Frost
A Feast of Souls
A Cast of Shadows
A Time of Dying
A Kiss of Venom
A Breath of Winter
A Veil of Secrets

Monday, December 15, 2014

Guest Blog & Giveaway with Hailey Edwards

A Little Holiday DIY

It’s that time of year when hours burn like seconds and the list of things to do stretch longer than our arms. It’s a hectic time of year, but I love the winter weather and the building of anticipation of going home.

Home for me is an hour’s drive away, at what was once my grandmother’s house. My favorite aunt lives there now, and the place is still the hub of our holiday festivities. One of the traditions I’ve started with my daughter is making a homemade gift for each member of the family for Christmas each year.

There are twelve of us, so it’s not an impossible task. It does, however, take some planning. Usually my daughter and I make bath or body gifts like lotion or sugar scrub from scratch. It’s a hobby of ours, so we already have the supplies around the house. This year I wanted to do something a little different.

I wanted to make Christmas in a Jar gifts.

Lord only knows why, but I love mason jars. I have bird feeders, drink glasses and pitchers, and even solar lights made from them. So, for us, this craft project definitely used supplies we already had on hand.

For this blog post, I’m going to share the projects that we tried. I would post the pictures, but we’re waiting on labels to be printed. (Last minute, I know!)

First up, we went with something familiar—peppermint bath salt. As a peppermint junkie, I can’t get enough of the stuff, whether it’s candy, body products or candles. All you need for this project is a cup of Epsom salt, one tablespoon of baking soda, four drops of peppermint essential oil, an eight ounce mason jar, four drops of red food coloring and a ribbon. If you want to try your hand at making your own, you can find step-by-step instructions here.

Next we tried a new-to-us cookie recipe because the name tickled me when I was Googling for ideas. These guys are called Cranberry Hootycreeks. Don’t you love that? They’re similar to oatmeal raisin cookies, except you’re adding white chocolate chips and using cranberries instead of raisins. You can snag that recipe with baking instructions here.

The third and final idea we tried was 3-2-1 cake. My mom and sister love to buy the microwave mixes to make mug cakes, so I wanted to find something similar they could make at home. The mix for these is super simple. You mix one box of angel cake mix with one box of any other flavor cake mix you like. (We used chocolate for the second box.) Store the mix in jars or in a Tupperware bowl. When you’re craving something sweet, you scoop out three spoonfuls of the mix into a mug. Add two tablespoons of water. Then microwave for one minute. 3-2-1, get it? You can also mix in nuts or caramel or even chocolate. If you’d like a more in-depth look at the recipe, you can check out this blog.

GIVEAWAY
Tell me what edible gift is your favorite to receive this time of year along with your email address, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win one title of your choice from my backlist in any digital format. Open to everyone. The winner will be announced on December 22nd.

You can find me on Facebook and Twitter, or check out my new wintery release, A Veil of Secrets, here. You can also join my newsletter for more contests and to keep current on my new releases.
Happy Holidays!

A VEIL OF SECRETS
Araneae Nation #5
By: Hailey Edwards

Some secrets are best forgotten.

Fresh from the battlefields of Erania, Marne rides south with Edan, headed for the city of Beltania. Among the Mimetidae guards accompanying them is Asher, who’s been a thorn in her side since the day they met. He’s rude and abrasive…yet he was the first to volunteer as escort.

Marne dreams of a fresh start where no one knows who—or what—she is. But first, they must cross the veil. Rumor has it spirits haunt that grim stretch of road, and unwary travelers who enter are never heard from again.

Veil or no veil, Asher is honor bound to see Marne safely to her new home. Though truth be told, Marne leaving Erania is the last thing he wants. This journey is his final chance to convince her distance will only make his heart grow fonder.

When Edan is lost to the mists, Marne is trapped in a strange land with no allies—with a man who draws her closer every day. Closer to her heart, and her secrets. Secrets she must reveal if they are to save the one man bent on tearing them apart.

Warning: This book contains one heroine willing to fly into the face of danger and the hero who gives her heart wings. This adventure is BYOM, Bring Your Own Meal. Trust me, where we’re going, takeout is to die for. Literally.

 Purchase Links:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BAM | Kobo | iBook

Friday, December 12, 2014

Spotlight & Scavenger Hunt + Giveaway: Vacant by Alex Hughes




Vacant
Mindspace Investigations # 4
By Alex Hughes

Nothing ruins a romantic evening like a brawl with lowlifes—especially when one of them later turns up dead and my date, Detective Isabella Cherabino, is the #1 suspect. My history with the Atlanta PD on both sides of the law makes me an unreliable witness, so while Cherabino is suspended, I’m paying my bills by taking an FBI gig.

I’ve been hired to play telepathic bodyguard for Tommy, the ten-year-old son of a superior court judge in Savannah presiding over the murder trial of a mob-connected mogul. After an attempt on the kid’s life, the Feds believe he’s been targeted by the businessman’s “associates.”

Turns out, Tommy’s a nascent telepath, so I’m trying to help him get a handle on his Ability. But it doesn’t take a mind reader to see that there’s something going on with this kid’s parents that’s stressing him out more than a death threat…

Mindspace Investigations:
Rabbit Trick | Clean | Payoff | Sharp|
Marked | Vacant

Purchase Links:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BAM | iBook | Kobo

About the Author
Alex Hughes, the author of the award-winning Mindspace Investigations series from Roc, has lived in the Atlanta area since the age of eight. She is a graduate of the prestigious Odyssey Writing Workshop, and a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America and the International Thriller Writers. Her short fiction has been published in several markets including EveryDay Fiction, Thunder on the Battlefield and White Cat Magazine. She is an avid cook and foodie, a trivia buff, and a science geek, and loves to talk about neuroscience, the Food Network, and writing craft—but not necessarily all at the same time!

Author Links:

Vacant Clue
In addition to fun blog posts, interviews, and exclusive excerpts, fans will have a chance to solve a mystery during the month-long VACANT blog tour! A “Clue-like” checklist is available to download from the author’s blog, to be marked off as readers visit stops along the tour schedule. Somewhere on participating blog posts will be clues (clearly marked) that will eliminate specific “Location”, “Weapon”, or “Suspect” options. At the end of the tour, a rafflecopter entry form will help Alex choose a grand prize winner amongst all who correctly guess “who dunnit?” based on the remaining options. There will also be individual blog giveaways for print, digital, and audio copies of Mindspace Investigations novels. The Scavenger Hunter ends on December 24th.




Giveaway
Thanks to Alex I have an ebook copy of one Mindspace Investigations novel
(winner's choice) (INT). Open to everyone. The winner will be announced on December 23rd


 Blog Tour Schedule:

Nov 25th – SF Signal
Nov 26th – I Smell Sheep
Nov 27th – Thanksgiving (US)
Nov 28th – Ashley’s Random Blog
Dec 1st – What The Cat Read
– BookHounds
Dec 2nd – NicholasKaufmann.com
Books Make Me Happy
Dec 3rd – Vampire Book Club
Dec 4th – Little Read Riding Hood
Dec 5th – Insane About Books
Dec 8th – BiblioFiend
Dec 9th – Smart Girls Love Sci/Fi & Paranormal Romance
Dec 10th – Reading Reality
Dec 11th – Short & Sweet Reviews
Between The Lines
Dec 12th – That’s What I’m Talking About
Anna’s Book Blog
Dec 15th – Tynga’s Reviews
Dec 16th – Janice Hardy – Fiction University
Dec 17th – Suzanne Johnson – Preturnatura
Amberkatze’s Book Blog
Dec 18th – Fantasy Literature
That’s What I’m Talking About
Dec 19th – Books That Hook
Literal Addiction
Dec 21st – Literary Escapism
Dec 22nd – Open Book Society
Dec 23rd – My Bookish Ways


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Cover Discovery

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