Wednesday, December 28, 2011

600 Follower Giveaway!

I am thrilled to announce that I hit my goal of 600 followers during the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop! I actually exceeded it! Total number of followers as of now is 629. WooHoo! I promised a giveaway so here it is.

I will leave this one open until Feb 1,2012 so everyone has time to enter.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by: Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

By: Laini Taylor

Publisher: Little Brown

Publish Date: September 2011

Source: Bought from Amazon

Exerpt:

AROUND THE WORLD, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Guest Post by Sheldon Townsend.

I love Books
Guest Post
by: Sheldon Townsend

I love books.  Not just reading them and owning them, but I love books like I love liberty and justice.  The invention of the book was one of the mankind's greatest achievements and I think there can be a direct connection between the Gutenberg press and the freedoms we all enjoy.  Books did two things: they made memory permanent and information democratic.  You could find a book and learn.  You didn't have to find an old person whose memory might be faulty.  And it made knowledge democratic, not the sole domain of the cabal of the lucky few (call them the knowledge 1%) who could afford manuscripts.  Books became cheap and plentiful thanks to Gutenberg.  And people became knowledgeable.  It broke the back of feudalism and the Catholic Church's monopoly on God, both of which ended the dark ages and led to the Renaissance.  This led to the Enlightenment and finally to the liberties those of us in the West enjoy.  It is telling that one of the first thing tyrants want to control is books.  So I love books.  You could say I'm intoxicated by them.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Cover Reveal! Sleepers by Megg Jensen

Introducing the new artwork for Megg Jensen’s bestselling novel SLEEPERS
To celebrate the re-launch of SLEEPERS in January of 2012, Megg is giving it a new cover with artwork from the incredible PhatPuppy.

Synopsis:
An adoptee raised in a foreign land, sixteen-year-old Lianne was content with her life as handmaiden to the queen, until a spell cast on her at birth activated. Now she's filled with uncontrollable rage and access to magic she thought had been bled from her people years ago. Even her years of secret training in elite hand-to-hand combat and meditation can’t calm the fires raging inside her.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Holding on to Heaven by Keta Diablo + GIVEAWAY

This review tour is hosted by: Bewitching Blog Tours
Holding on to Heaven
by: Keta Diablo
Publisher: Keta Diablo
Publishing Date: April 15, 2011
Source: Ebook provided by Bewithing Tours

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Fifty Shades Freed by E. L. James

Fifty Shades Freed
by E. L. James
Publiscation Date: Jan 19, 2012
Source: Won eARC from Library Thing

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Hop!

Intoxicated by Books
This is my first annual "12 Days of Christmas" giveaway hop! I hope you all enjoy participating in the hop. Remember to follow the links at the end of this post to all of the other wonderful blogs that are participating. Each blog will offer a BOOK RELATED giveaway that will be open throughout the 12 days of this hop.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Lifting the Wheel of Karma by Paul H. Magid

Lifting the Wheel of Karma
by Paul H. Magid

REMARKABLE DEBUT NOVEL BY AUTHOR WHO HAS LIVED EVEN MORE REMARKABLE LIFE

A Modern Tale that Harkens back to the Myths of Antiquity
A Porfound Spiritual Journey of Extraordinary Healing and Redemption

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Two winners to announce!

I have TWO winners to announce tonight! First is the winner of the Twilight Journals!

Monday, December 5, 2011

The Year I Became an Author; Guest Post by Cameo Renae + GIVEAWAY

The Year I Became an Author

Well, I thought I’d do a random post on what I learned this year, as far as being an author.
First… I actually became an author. Whoo-hoo! J  

On April 30, 2011, In My Dreams was released. It’s my first novel and is a YA Supernatural Romance / Thriller / Mystery. I decided to Self-Publish, because it seemed like the perfect thing to do at the time. With the finished manuscript in my hands, I just needed to know what to do next… I knew ZERO! I was so clueless about the whole process, but then… I found Amazon.com. They have their own publishing company, which is pretty awesome.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Healing Art of Writing by Candy Little

The Healing Art of Writing

My writing journey is a bit unconventional from most writers. I never thought much about becoming a writer when I was young. I dabbled with some poetry in high school, but nothing serious. And, once when I had Saturday detention, I filled the two hours by writing a short, horror story about an ax murderer.  After graduation, I got married and started my family I didn’t have time for writing.
That is the prequel my story. The first chapter of my writing career started fourteen years ago when I was twenty-eight years old.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

500 FOLLOWER GIVEAWAY!

I promised a GIVEAWAY when we reached 500 followers! Here it is!

Would you like to win a copy of these AMAZING books by Cassandra Clare?
*Two of the books are softcover one is hardcover*
I will leave this GIVEAWAY open until December 10th. These would make a GREAT Christmas gift! The books are BRAND NEW, never been read.

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

The Iron King 
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Copyrighted in 2010
Source: Bought from Wal-Mart



Synopsis: Meghan Chase has a secret destiny—one she could never have imagined…
Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home.
When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.
But she could never have guessed the truth—that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Guest Post by Bonnie Elliot

A kNight Romance Publication Exclusive - Nocturnal Seduction Line of Romances.

"Big deals and power suits was the life of Madeline Sayers. No love. No color. No life. Out of the ashes of a dying mothers' last request, she finds herself in the middle of nowhere. Nowhere, Arizona, that is. On her simple quest to return an item, she finds herself stuck in the desert. Out of the blistering heat of the sun, she sees Devon. Although in her eyes he is truly magnificent, she fears him. Will he make her tear down the walls that she had built around herself? The seduction is hot and the colors are bright in Nowhere Arizona."  "Aquatica Reviews"

Monday, November 21, 2011

Guest Post by Elizabeth Kirke

    Hello!  Before I say anything else, I'd like to thank Christina for inviting me to do a guest post on her blog!  I'm Elizabeth Kirke, the author of More than Magic: Semester Aboard.  Instead of giving a full run-down about the book or me, I'm going to tell a story.  Hey, I'm a writer, I can't help it!  This story is about how Semester Aboard came to be.  You will learn about the plot and me, but I also hope that
it will be inspiring to anyone struggling to write.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Kiss Me Crazy by E.B. Walters + GIVEAWAY


Kiss Me Crazy is the 3rd book in the astonishing Fitzgerald series
By: Ednah Walters
Publisher: Firetail Publishing
Release Date: August 2011
Buy it at Amazon
Source: Paperback provided by author

Enter my giveaway immediately following my review!

Twilight Interview and GIVEAWAY


Thank you for tuning into Intoxicated by Books Newsroom for your latest updates on the phenomenal battle involving the Volturi and not only the Cullens but also the Quillette Tribe of Forks, WA. We have Christina Irelan live from Forks to update you today.

Christina can you tell us what is going on there?

Monday, November 14, 2011

This Week's Random Book Fact


I apologize for not post a random fact last week! As most of you know I had some family issues that required my attention. I have however decided to double up for you "Book Fact" lovers this week to make up for it!

I am Promoting Global Literacy! Blog Hop (GIVEAWAY)


I am participating in the Promoting Global Literacy Blog Hop hosted by Nurture Your Books.

Madison's Life Lessons by Gracen Miller



FYI, every person that participates in the blog tour by leaving a comment, all the blogs they leave a comment on will send them a free ebook. AND the IBC (blog host) will be giving away a Kindle to one random commenter throughout the blog tour!

How awesome is that!? 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Becoming Amish


Guest Post with Samantha Bayarr


Becoming Amish:

When I set out to write my first Amish romance, I wanted it to be out of the ordinary…one that would stand out in the crowd of Amish romance novels.

What I got was a re-write of my own history with a lot of twists!

Being my first Amish romance novel, I wanted to do what all the “experts” advised and write what I know…I came from a big family, and had spent a lot of time on my uncle’s farm as a young child, and I lived in Goshen, Indiana for several years and interacted with the Amish and observed their way of life, so I already had half the battle played out in my head.

Guest Post By Andy Holloman

Discovering the Differences in Social Media Sites - Any one that is embarking on the path of publishing a novel will be inundated with well meaning advice regarding the importance of using social media to promote, market, sell, etc. So, after receiving said advice, I embarked on this path six months ago. Now, like many folks, I had joined the Facebook revolution a while back (for me, back in 2009) and left after a few months of not finding much value. (This was prior to having any inkling that my novel was going to be published.) I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable FB was when I began to really treat it as a social "place" and started to reach out to folks that I had not seen in many years, or even those folks that I saw fairly regularly. It opened up a "window" that allowed me to interact with people in a way that would not have existed without FB. I was gaining "friends" and I was gleaning information about folks that I would NEVER have received without FB.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Guest Post With Author Kristie Cook

Today we have bestselling and award-winning author Kristie Cook with us. Kristie is the author of the Soul Savers Series, which includes Promise (#1), Purpose (#2) and the newly released Genesis: A Soul Savers Novella.

Thank you, Christina, for having me! It's such a pleasure to meet new people and readers. When readers hear about my newest release, Genesis: A Soul Savers Novella, the first question I get is “What’s a novella?” which is then followed by a discussion of why I made this a novella. In short, because the characters ran away with me. In long, well…here goes.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

I'm Sorry

If you have been waiting on a package or an email from me. I am so sorry. I have had a rough week. We had an infant in the family rushed to the ER because he wasn't breathing and had a small drop of blood under his nose. He was shipped to the women and children's hospital. He has been on life support ever since. We are praying for him and we would greatly appreciate your prayers as well. We were told that he is 1/3 brain dead and we don't know what is going to happen from here.

And as if that wasn't bad enough...

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Farsighted By: Emlyn Chand

About the book:
Alex Kosmitoras’s life has never been easy. The only other student who will talk to him is the school bully, his parents are dead-broke and insanely overprotective, and to complicate matters even more, he’s blind. Just when he thinks he’ll never have a shot at a normal life, a new girl from India moves into town. Simmi is smart, nice, and actually wants to be friends with Alex. Plus she smells like an Almond Joy bar. Yes, sophomore year might not be so bad after all.

Unfortunately, Alex is in store for another new arrival—an unexpected and often embarrassing ability to “see” the future. Try as he may, Alex is unable to ignore his visions, especially when they begin to suggest that Simmi is in danger. With the help of the mysterious psychic next door and new friends who come bearing gifts of their own, Alex must embark on a journey to change his future.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Lots of Winners

Okay ladies and gentlemen! I have LOTS of winners to post AGAIN today! I want to thank everyone for participating in each of the 3 blog hops. Congratulations to all winners! If you didn't win this time don't be discouraged! There will be LOTS of giveaways available in the future :)

Zompacolypse Winners are:

Monday, October 31, 2011

Who won?!

I have lots of winners to announce today so lets get started!

My Charlaine harris SIGNED goodies giveaway has SIX winners!
First and second winners will receive a signed copy of  one of Charlaine's books.

Gastien Part 1: The Cost of the Dream by: Caddy Rowland + GIVEAWAY

Gastien Part 1: The Cost of the Dream

By: Caddy Rowland
Publisher: Caddy Rowland
First Printing: August 2011
Buy it at: Amazon or Barnes and Noble
Source: Paper bound copy provided by author

Enter to win a paper bound copy for this book immediately following my review :)

Book fact for the Week

The first book to ever sell over a million copies was Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind.
Now I am embarrassed to say that I have not read this one yet. I have seen the movie though ;)

Guest Post by Author Emlyn Chand

This is a guest post by Emlyn Chand, author of Farsighted


When did you have enough confidence in your abilities to officially call yourself a writer?

For me, it was when I first received money for my work as a freelance columnist. For you, it may have been when you finished the first chapter of your first novel or won a prize for a short story. Maybe you never had any qualms about saddling yourself with this label. Maybe you still don’t consider yourself a “real writer.”

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Morrigan Michele Guest Post

Hi everyone, I am Morrigan Michele- one of the authors of the Blood and Magick Series. As many of you all know, Betrayed-Blood and Magick Book 1 just released October 1st and we couldn't be more excited! What I really wanted to do today, though, is let you all in on some things you might not know about my sister, Misty, and myself. Misty has always been an avid reader. Her favorite genre is paranormal fantasy, but she has been known to read some paranormal romance from time to time. I, on the other hand, didn't start really reading until I was into my 20's. It wasn't that I didn't like to read, but more that I hadn't found anything that caught and kept my interest. I suppose I can blame that fact on Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles. I was in highschool when I began reading them, and after that nothing could compare; that is until Misty introduced me to Christine Feehan's Drake Sisters Series. After that, Misty and I were our own little book club. We would take turns buying books and discussing them. That is how we got the idea to write a book of our own.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Zompacolypse 2011

Paranormal Wastelands

I am participating in Zompacolypse 2011. A giveaway hop hosted by Paranormal Wastelands. This hop will run from Oct. 28-31st. My winner will be chosen on Nov. 1st. You are entering to win one of the following prizes:

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Monster Mash and Bash




I am participating in the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop hosted by     
 A Book Lover's Drean.
This hop will run from Oct. 26th - 31st and my winners will be chosen on Nov. 1st. You will be entering to win one of the following prizes: 


Angel Killer by: H. David Blalock




























For Immediate Release
October 25, 2011
H. David Blalock's Angelkiller Unleashes New Urban Fantasy Series With Limited Edition Hardcover Offer



Seventh Star Press proudly unveils the cover art and pre-order windows for the limited hardcover and softcover editions of Angelkiller, book one of a provacative new urban fantasy series by H. David Blalock.

With only 75 limited edition hardcovers to be issued, Angelkiller continues the Seventh Star Press tradition of producing one of the best value limited hardcover editions available anywhere. The limited edition hardcover edition includes an exclusive illustration not found in any other version. The artist for the book and series is Matthew Perry, whose artwork can be found in other Seventh Star Press titles from Jackie Gamber, Steven Shrewsbury, Michael West, and Stephen Zimmer.

(two interior images from Angelkiller. Artwork by Matthew Perry)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Corruption by: Lauren K. Pomeroy

Corruption

By: Lauren K. Pomeroy
Publisher: Lauren K. Pomeroy
Release Date:June, 2011
Buy it at: Amazon 
Source: PDF copy from Author
 
 
 
 
 About the book: ...Seeing her inside the window, he feels a sense of comfort and begins to walk toward the house. Feeling the breeze at his back again, he turns to see knights upon horses stampeding towards him, as if he were invisible. Whirling around as they gallop past him with torches and weapons, he watches as the soldiers invade his home. "No!" he shouts silently, hearing nothing immerse from inside his throat. The sounds of murder break over the wind as she moans and screams to the high heavens and is locked inside, while the remaining soldiers light his house in a wreath of flames. Suddenly, the world he's surrounded in slowly turns black, while the roar of the fire and her screams echo inside his mind...

After the horrific murder of his wife, the framing of his personality deemed insane, and the imprisonment that left a scar on the face of the people, Hadrian is now part of a plot to wreak havoc on those who took away the love of his life, help regain the throne and the council to the exiled Prince Moroven, and give freedom to those who’ve been stripped of it in the name of his wife, Emeline.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Say Not What If by Andrew Friedman

Say Not What If


By: Andrew Friedman
Buy it at: Amazon or Create Space
Source: Review copy from author





Book Fact for the week

Did you know that books used to be shelved "backwards" with the spine facing the back of the shelf and the fore-edge facing out?

How weird is that? I mean really? You have to go through the entire shelf to find what you want that way! LOL


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop




I am participating in the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop hosted by     
 I Am A Reader Not a Writer.
This hop will run from Oct. 24th - 31st and my winners will be chosen on Nov. 1st. You will be entering to win one of the following prizes: 


Friday, October 21, 2011

Winner of Mine Until Dawn Ebook


Congratulations Kristen! I will send your email address to the author and your book will come directly from her! I hope you enjoy it!

The first book in this series is Slow Burn and if you haven't read it, you can find it HERE in ebook format for only $0.99! Or you can get it in paperback HERE  for $12.99!


Charlaine Harris Interview and Giveaway!


First of all I would like to say, Thank you to the incredibly talented Charlaine Harris for taking time out of her hectic schedule to answer a few questions for me! I was THRILLED when I got the email back saying that she agreed to do this for me! I literally squealed! I absolutely LOVE the Sookie Stackhouse Series  as well as the well known TV show True Blood that is based on these novels.

I hope you all enjoy the interview! Don't forget to enter the giveaway as well!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly


Angel Burn

By: L.A. Weatherly
Publisher: Candlewick
Release Date: May 24, 2011
Buy it at Amazon or Books A Million
Source:Purchased from Amazon

Monday, October 17, 2011

Random Book Fact

In the book, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo is one sentence that is 823 words long. When Vic wrote to his editor inquiring about their opinion of the manuscript, he wrote, "?" They answered, "!"

Can you imagine? OMG! Talk about a run-on!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Mine Until Dawn by: E.B. Walters + GIVEAWAY



Mine Until Dawn
2nd Book in the intriguing Fitzgerald Family Series
By: Ednah (E. B.) Walters
Publisher: Firetrail Publishing
Release Date: June 29, 2011
Buy it at Amazon or IndieBound
Source:Kindle edition provided by Author
*Enter to win an ecopy of Mine Until Dawn following my review*

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Blood Bound by: Aine P. Massie


I am very pleased to be a part of the Blood's Voice, Blood Bound book tour hosted by Geas Publishing. I have had the pleasure of reading both books and absolutely loving them both. I hope you enjoy my review.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Author Interview with Jeanne Bannon

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing an intriguing author. I will be reviewing my copy of Invisible soon and I can't wait! It looks to be such an amazing book and Jeanne is an amazing person! She has truly been nothing short of incredible over the last couple of weeks. She was very patient with me while I was sick and she has done everything in her power to work with me and make things run smoothly for this interview and for the review coming up. Thank you Jeanne for being such a great person.
I hope you all enjoy the interview!

Hop For Red October Winner

First of all I would like to thank Fangs, Wands, and Fairydust for hosting this wonderful hop. You can visit them on their blog for some amazing reviews, giveaways and more!  

Monday, October 10, 2011

Guest post by Author Andy Holloman

This is a guest post provided by Author Andy Holloman. I hope that you all enjoy it! Make sure you leave a comment and show Andy some love! Remember that suprise giveaway winners are chosen from comments so even if the post doesn't offer a giveaway there MAY be one!


Discovering the Differences in Social Media Sites - Any one that is embarking on the path of publishing a novel will be inundated with well meaning advice regarding the importance of using social media to promote, market, sell, etc. So, after receiving said advice, I embarked on this path six months ago. Now, like many folks, I had joined the Facebook revolution a while back (for me, back in 2009) and left after a few months of not finding much value. (This was prior to having any inkling that my novel was going to be published.) I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable FB was when I began to really treat it as a social "place" and started to reach out to folks that I had not seen in many years, or even those folks that I saw fairly regularly. It opened up a "window" that allowed me to interact with people in a way that would not have existed without FB. I was gaining "friends" and I was gleaning information about folks that I would NEVER have received without FB.

The other social media site that writers are frequently directed to is Twitter. Likewise, I had "twitted" around with the site but had dropped out. In June of 2011, I dove back into the Twitter world and started to learn why folks found the site addictive. Twitter opened up a much different world of connections for me than Facebook. On Twitter, I directed my attention to following and connecting with writers, editors, publishers, etc. and - lo and behold - I was making friends with semi-famous folks! I could send them a quick question and they would respond. WOW! Twitter truly is unique (in my experience) in regards to how you can interact with people you admire. Furthermore, my twitter universe is MUCH more international as compared to FB. I have become friends with people all over the world and I have learned things about writers AND readers in other parts of the world. In the past few weeks, I find myself drawn more to Twitter than FB because, dare I say it, Twitter is more fun!
Imagine that. Social Media can be fun. Just remember - Be social first in order to get the most out of these sites. Going to heavy on the selling/promoting side will make your friends and followers "tune you out" which total defeats the purpose.

Andy Holloman, Novelist, www.NovelistAndyHolloman.wordpress.com

Random Fact for the Week :)

In 1807 Webster began compiling an expanded and fully comprehensive dictionary, An American Dictionary of the English Language; it took twenty-seven years to complete.

WOW 27 years!? But is the dictionary ever REALLY complete? I mean don't they add new words to it all the time? I know "ain't" wans't in the dictionary when I was a kid, but it is now!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Guest Post from Author Monique O'Connor James




The Road to Jamais Vu
I thought I’d share a little about the back ground of Jamais Vu and how it came to be.  The most frequently asked question I get is, how did you come up with the idea for your story? Every story has its own history and its own path to publication.
The Keepers was a very personal story for me.  It was the first thing I wrote after my mom died and thereby has a lot of autobiographical “stuff” in it.  I was at that time dealing with grief, and writing the book helped me to put aside some of the pain I was feeling. 
At this point I wasn’t even thinking about getting published.  You have to realize I wrote seven complete manuscripts in three years, before I decided I really wanted to put my work out there.  Jamais Vu didn’t come to me in a dream, or from my own experience, but the plot came from something very real that happened to my mother when I was just a baby.

Hop For Red October

 
I am participating in the Hop For Red October! This giveaway hop was organized by Fangs, Wands, and Fairy Dust.
This Giveaway will be open to entries from October 7th until October 10th at Midnight and is INTERNATIONAL!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

WINNER WINNER WINNER

Ok so I'm sure you all remember the review I did on "The Pineville Heist" a while back. There was a giveaway posted with the review!  Well...I have chosen the winner for that giveaway!


 I have NOT received the books from the author yet (they were scheduled to ship today) but as soon as I get them I will mail you yours along with your raffle ticket!
*Find explanation for the raffle tickets by clicking the "Raffle Tickets" tab at the top of the page*

Please respond to my email with your mailing address no later than Friday 10/7/11 to claim your prize.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Random book fact for the week ;)

The origin of the Latin word for book, liber, comes from the Romans who used the thin layer found between the bark and the wood (the liber) before the times of parchment. The English word comes from the Danish word for book, bog, meaning birch tree, as the early people of Denmark wrote on birch bark.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Sketchy Postal Service

I received an envelope in the mail Saturday from an author. It was sent to me via media mail (which I don't recommend for sending ANYTHING) but still!

Disrupted Lives by: Brenda Youngerman

Synopsis: A name does not make a person, a person makes a name.
Such is the theme of Disrupted Lives, the story of how one adopted child touches and intersects with many lives, but ends up destroying one family name, while building another family's legacy.
Darren and Amelia Kane were high school sweethearts torn apart by war. They reunite and discover that they both must put their nightmares behind them to build a life together. Betrayed by her parents, Amelia was earlier forced to give up their child.
Fiona Porter and Sterling Lake are thrown together as part of a business proposition. They end up surprising both their families by enriching the Lake empire and family name. The Lakes become synonymous with society, power and money, and their children must carry that torch forward at all cost. When an adopted grandchild is brought into the family, he questions the definition of "family."

Review: I loved this story. It is very heart wrenching and I have to admit it was hard to hold back the tears at times but it was totally worth it! Brenda did a wonderful job intertwining the two families over the three generations covered in this story. She also showed how money and power are not the key to happiness. My favorite line in the book is "A name does not make a person, a person makes a name." I beleive that Ben Lake's character proved this line true in more ways than one.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop




Yes, I know it's only October, but I want everyone to have PLENTY of time to sign up for the FIRST annual 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop Hosted by: Intoxicated By Books aka IBB!
It is very simple to participate. All you need to do is:
  • host a giveaway on YOUR blog during the time of the hop
  • Grab the HOP badge(above) and add it to your side panel (make sure it is heading your giveaway post as well to make it easy to find)
  • add your link to the linky below
  • prizes MUST be book related, you are responsible for providing the prize(s), and shipping them to the winner(s) on from your blog. There are no price limitations. Be creative and make this fun!
  • Your giveaway post MUST be up as early as possible on December 13 and your winner should be announced no later than midnight on December 25th
  • NO MORE ENTRIES AFTER DEC 10TH!

If you can't get the Linky to work PLEASE let me know! It should work just fine but...if not don't give up! Email me at christina.irelan@gmail.com or comment under this post leaving your link and I will add you in!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Alexander Vanquish the Night by: Lauren K. Pomeroy

Synopsis: Gazing out of the open window, Alexander stared into the cold blizzard that swarmed across the sun and placed the land into a deep freeze. Frost crested the iron windowpanes and clung to the glass. He held his sword close to his chest and watched as the snow continued to fall. A deep sinking feeling came creeping silently into his heart; an even greater realization that his father was lost in battle, when his black stallion came into the courtyard with no rider...


After the mysterious raid of his family in search of claiming their lives, the young Alexander is suddenly hunted by the soldiers who killed his stable structure and damaged his past when he murders the men responsible and escapes for those still after his life. From that moment on he became a threatening, untamable man who's journey for justice turns to vengeance. Can a man who has become a destructive monster, ever truly turn back to what he was before? Or will the lingering rage and deception turn him into an even greater threat?

Review: This books is very different from what I would usually read. Not to say that it isn't just as good. Alexander and his friends go through hell and back to save the ones they love. Alexander gives up a lot for the love of his life and still the ending isn't what any of them desire. Life is very unpredictable and Alexander and his friends find that out the hard way. The twists and turns in this book make it very alluring and hard to put down.

Monday, September 26, 2011

An Author's Plea for Help!

(This is from Author Lauren K. Pomeroy. Please read and comment. Back the project if you so desire. I get NO proceeds from this. I am simply promoting for the author.)
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/461600441/alexander-vanquish-the-night-and-corruption-by-lk

This week's random book fact :)

J K Rowling's Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth book in the acclaimed series, had a first-run print of 8.5 million copies. This is approximately 80 times the average bestseller!

This beat the previous book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which had a first-run print of 4.8 million copies.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Secret Bloodline by: Talia Jager

Synopsis: What sixteen-year-old Kairi doesn’t know is that vampires do exist and she’s one of them. She was left in foster care when she was very little and grew up away from her world. Then she began to change. Feeling out of place and confused, she ran away from her foster home. A coven takes her under their wings and trains her. When she is told her parents didn’t just abandon her, but died protecting her, she sets off on a mission to find their killer.

And then she meets Aiden…a vampire hunter.




Review: I must say Talia has outdone herself this time! I absolutely LOVED her book, The Ultimate Sacrifice, but this one was even BETTER!

Talia put a new spin on vampires in this novel that I wasn't expecting and that made it all the more interesting. The connection between Aiden and Kairi was very suprising but I love the way Talia made it all fit together. I think Lizzie's decision suprised me more than anything else in the book! It was absolutely a GREAT read!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Random book fact of the week :)

This one is kinda creepy!

Edgar Allan Poe wrote a short story in 1838, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket", in which three shipwreck survivors in an open boat kill and eat the fourth, a man named Richard Parker. In 1884, in the real world, three shipwreck survivors in an open boat killed and ate the fourth, whose name was Richard Parker.

See. Creepy, right?!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Fangs Rule by: Amy Mah

Synopsis: A self help guide by Amy Mah (Vampire) for teenage vampire girls, the guide is fully illustrated by manga Artist Heby and is written in an easy to follow A - Z format explaining everything a teenage vampire girl would need to know about living life as a modern Vampire. What is fashionable to wear when eating out? Fang maintenance & how to keep your claws sharp. Should you let a boy bite you on the first date? Easy to understand clear advice is given to every day problems Example: When you get an urge to bite: We all get those normal urges to bite things, and I must point out it is very normal, Claws are all well and good in a fight but a bite gives the extra advantage of getting a refreshing drink at the same time. Lots of girls worry about showing their Fangs in public believing that to show your fangs is rude, but don't be shy they can be a girls greatest asset (ok second greatest asset) if a boy is being rude to you, don't just snarl at him, just bite him! You are a vampire why do you think you have sharp teeth if not for sinking them into a boy that is being rude to you.

Review: This is an outragiously funny piece of work. I laughed all the way through this! Amy Mah has a wonderful sense of humor and she did a wonderful job with this guide to being a vampire! There are lots of things in this guide that I have never heard of before. I only thought I knew vampires! This guide is VERY well written and easy to follow. Amy Mah is a very talented lady :)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

250 Follower Giveaway!

All of you wonderful people helped me reach my goal of 250 followers by Sept. 16th a day early! Wow! I'm super excited about this!

As promised, one lucky follower will receive these

Please respond to me with your mailing address NO LATER THAN Monday September 19th at midnight so that I can get these books out to you! If I don't hear from the winner by the date above the books will be forfeited and used for a future giveaway.

And the winner is:



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