Sunday, April 29, 2012

Someone Else's Fairytale by E.M. Tippetts

Book blurb:
Jason Vanderholt is the hottest actor in Hollywood. Chloe Winters is a college student who hasn't gotten around to watching most of his movies. When they meet by chance he is smitten and she becomes the woman every other woman in America is dying to be, but it just isn't her fairytale.

My review:
You might know that I'm not a huge fan of romance novels. I mostly find them boring. When Emily asked

Friday, April 27, 2012

Water (Book One of the Akasha Series) by Terra Harmony

Book Blurb:
Elemental powers in the palm of her hand…and it won’t be enough to save her.

When Kaitlyn Alder is involuntarily introduced to a life of magic, she becomes part of an organization hell-bent on saving the Earth. Just as her new-found life holds promises of purpose, romance, and friendship, the organization divides and a rogue member holds Kaitlyn hostage. Now one of the most terrifying men the human race has to offer stands between her and Earth’s survival.

Water is a contemporary eco-fantasy, the first of a four book series.  This novel contains adult language and sexual situations (some non-consensual).

My review:
Sadly, I cannot keep up on what all my friends are reading.  There is just not enough time in the day to discuss books with as many people as I'd like. A couple of weeks ago I

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton
My rating: 4 and 1/2 of 5 Stars

As my last entry in the Blogging A-Z Challenge (in association with the other bloggers of Book Bloggers' Collaborative) what better choice than V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton - the Queen of the alphabet challenge herself!

Book Blurb:  
A spiderweb of dangerous relationships lies at the heart of V is for Vengeance, Sue Grafton's daring new Kinsey Millhone novel. 
A woman with a murky past who kills herself-or was it murder? A spoiled kid awash in gambling debt who thinks he can beat the system. 

A lovely woman whose life is about to splinter into a thousand fragments. A professional shoplifting ring working for the Mob, racking up millions from stolen goods. A wandering husband, rich and ruthless. 

Monday, April 23, 2012

In Leah's Wake by Terri Giuliano Long
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Book Blurb: 
The Tylers have a perfect life--beautiful home, established careers, two sweet and talented daughters. Their eldest, Leah, an exceptional soccer player, is on track for a prestigious scholarship. Their youngest, Justine, more responsible than seems possible for her 12 years, just wants her sister's approval. With Leah nearing the end of high school and Justine a seemingly together kid, the parents are set to enjoy a peaceful life...until Leah meets Todd, a former roadie for a rock band.

As Leah's parents fight to save their daughter from a world of drugs, sex, and wild parties, their divided approach drives their daughter out of their home and a wedge into their marriage. Meanwhile, twelve-year-old Justine observes her sister's rebellion from the shadows of their fragmented family-leaving her to question whether anyone loves her and if God even knows she exists.

Can this family survive in Leah's wake? What happens when love just isn't enough?

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Red Dust by Fleur McDonald
My rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Book Blurb:
After the tragic death of her husband in a light-plane accident, Gemma Sinclair is left with the daunting task of managing the vast outback station he’s bequeathed her. But she remains haunted by Adam’s dying words, not to mention persistent whispers that Adam’s death was not an accident …
Red Dust opens with Gemma Sinclair grieving the death of her husband, Adam, in a horrific plane crash and learning she’s inherited the 10,000 hectare station his family has worked for generations.

Despite huge scepticism from surrounding landowners, Gemma decides not to sell Billbinya, disregarding Adam’s dying words that he’s in trouble and she must sell the station.

Monday, April 16, 2012

April 16th to 21st Blog Hop & Giveaway!!!

Today as a part of the Small Blogs, Big Dreams Blog Hop hosted by Forbidden Passions Reviews and Walking on Bookshelves I am hosting a review of Amador Lockdown written by my good friend Coral Russell along with the chance to win one of five ebook copies of this book!!!

Amador Lockdown Book Blurb:
Something has moved into the Amador Hotel. Hector, Marcos, Bev, and Tony of
the Paranormal Posse are called in to either debunk the haunting or get rid of whatever is causing the problems. With the surprise arrival of Hector's son, he tries to keep his professional and personal lives separate, but whatever is haunting the Amador Hotel has other plans.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Blogging from A-Z Challenge - N = New Authors. How do you find them?

My friend Jane and I were recently discussing books over a delicious lunch at our local library's cafe. Books are a topic that is often on our agenda when we get together just because we both love them. Of course we do talk about our families and other sundry details of our daily lives too. But this is a topic we come back to repeatedly.

She mentioned to me that she has a tendency to read the same authors over and over again and when she goes to buy a new book, she looks for one of her tried and true authors. She'd like to expand her horizons, but she's cautious.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Farsighted by Emlyn Chand
My rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Book Teaser: 
Alex Kosmitoras may be blind, but he can still “see” things others can’t. When his unwanted visions of the future begin to suggest that the girl he likes could be in danger, he has no choice but to take on destiny and demand it reconsider.

My review: 
Farsighted is a paranormal YA novel written from the perspective of Alex, a blind teenager, who is just discovering he has second sight. Considering he can't see he finds this a bit ironic. 

Alex has always been a loner, but as he starts school this year he finds a new friend in Simmi who has just moved to Grandon from New Delhi. Also enters Shapri who has recently moved to town from New Orleans. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Last Vampire - Excerpt and Giveaway!

The Last Vampire-Revised Author's Edition
Author: Kathryn Meyer Griffith
Genre: Science fiction, Fiction, Paranormal, Thriller, Horror, Romance
Publisher: Damnation Books
Words: 104,029 

This is an excerpt and giveaway of an ebook copy of The Last Vampire by Kathryn Meyer Griffith! To enter to win an ebook copy of The Last Vampire just enter your email address in a comment below by April 16th. Prizes will be awarded by Full Moon Bites.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tell A Thousand Lies by Rasana Atreya
My rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Tell A Thousand Lies was shortlisted for the 2012 Tibor Jones South Asia prize!
Book Blurb:
In a land where skin colour can determine one's destiny, fraternal twins Pullamma and Lata are about to embark on a journey that will tear their lives apart.

Dark skinned Pullamma dreams of being a wife. With three girls in her family, the sixteen year old is aware there isn't enough dowry to secure suitable husbands for them all. But a girl can hope. She's well versed in cooking, pickle making, cow washing - you name it. She's also obliged her old-fashioned grandmother by not doing well in school.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Want to be my guinea pigs?

As some of you know (if you've looked at my Twitter profile), I'm a wannabe writer who never writes.

Now I've had some ideas in my head that I've been playing around with for awhile and I even wrote some of it down awhile ago, but then I kind of abandoned it because I couldn't quite decide where I wanted to go with it.

But yesterday my nephew asked me about our family history. He's 24 years old and he's decided he wants to know what kind of people he comes from. Having done a ton of genealogy research about 15 years or so ago, I can give him lots of names and dates and things like that, but what he really wants is stories. He wants to know if anyone in our lineage was cool.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Excerpt and Giveaway of Incognito by Miho Li

Ok readers this is something a little bit different. As part of Full Moon Bites blog tour I am presenting to you something which is a new genre for me. Contemporary Male/Male Erotica. Check it out. You can enter to win an ebook copy of Incognito by Miho Li just by leaving your email address in a comment on this post.

Book Blurb:
"When Ren sees the new transfer student—Shin, black hair, storm-cloud-gray eyes, and more beautiful than any guy had a right to be—he makes it his mission to get to know him. Too bad Shin is about as sociable as fungus, and about as likable, too. But Ren isn't good at giving up, so he takes on the challenge of cracking Shin's titanium shell. What he finds underneath, though, is way more than he's prepared to handle.

People are disappearing in Akita, and Shin might be behind it. As Ren's feelings grow for the reserved man, so do the number of missing person reports, and Ren doesn't know if their budding relationship is enough to withstand both the well of secrets and the organization Shin works for."

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Six by K. B. Hoyle
My rating: 5 of 5 Stars!

Remember when I wrote that post last week? You know, the rant about cliff-hanging book series? Is your serial satisfying? A reader's rant. Well THIS is the book that I was telling you actually does it right! I love this book!

Book Blurb:
Darcy Pennington hates her life. She is an insufferably average teenager with no real friends, crushing social anxiety, and an indescribable sense of not fitting in anywhere. A change in her dad’s job forces her to attend Cedar Cove Family Camp the summer before her eighth-grade year, and Darcy once again finds herself on the outside of a social circle of teenagers, with her only advocate being an awkward girl named

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Guest Post by Justin Ordonez, plus enter to win huge prizes!

Please enjoy this guest post by Justin OrdoƱez, author of the YA novel (for 18+ readers), Sykosa. Then read on to learn how you can win huge prizes as part of this blog tour, including $550 in Amazon gift cards, a Kindle Fire, and 5 autographed copies of the book.

Marketing, Or how I Proved the Existence of Hell.

Self-publishing requires either A) no skills and being totally deluded as to the reality of success in the book market, or B) no skills and the reality you’re going to have to learn a lot. And that’s a simple fact. Between writing, editing, formatting, choosing a printer, choosing retailers, web development, content generation, typesetting, book trailers and the fifty other things I’m forgetting, you’re certain to encounter a challenge for which you are in no way prepared, and not only are you not prepared, your desire to become prepared hovers somewhere near the axis of zero.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Blogging from A-Z Challenge - B = Bloody Murder!

Hi readers! As a member of the Book Bloggers' Collaborative I'm participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge for April. I'm doing letters B, N and V. Each letter corresponds with a day of the month. So to start things off here is my contribution for the letter B! Watch for letters N and V later this month. 

B = Bloody  Murder

Bloody Murder by Kate Kulig
My Rating: 3 and 1/2 of 5 Stars
Book Blurb:
Bloody Murder opens with aftermath of a murder discovery. Zofia Smith, bookstore owner and former journalist, tripped over a corpse that was on the stairs leading from her apartment and found her life turned upside down. In between dealing with being shot at, threatened and having her partner jailed, Zofia manages to put a few clues together and they lead to a man who's been dead for ten years.

My review: