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.)

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:

Please email your mailing address to christina.irelan@gmail.com 

Newsletter Question Winner!!

If you haven't signed up for the Newsletter trust me, YOU SHOULD do that NOW! There will be a question in the newsletter every month and whomever answers the question corectly first will win a suprise gift!

The winner of this month's Newsletter Giveaway is:

Congratulations Mindy! I hope you like your prize! The suprise for this month is a hardcopy of both Eigth Grade Bites and Ninth Grade Slays by: Heather Brewer!

*You never know what I might throw in for these giveaways so you definitely want to go register for the newsletter and paticipate next month!*

Monday, September 12, 2011

Setup on Front Street by: Mike Dennis

Synopsis: "Dennis writes true noir." -- Vicki Hendricks, author of CRUEL POETRY "Credit author Mike Dennis with no small achievement: he has taken a man to be reckoned with and a moment in time and turned these into a satisfying work of noir fiction. His writing is tight, to the point, like a line drawing..." -- Noir Journal "Mike Dennis has a sure knowledge of his setting and characters and a prepossessing writing style."--George Fontana, Key West Citizen/Solares Hill "Fans of Elmore Leonard should find Mike Dennis an author worth watching - and reading." -- BooksAndPals.com Key West, 1991. Don Roy Doyle is back in town. Tough and quick-witted, he's fresh out of prison, where he served three years for a diamond swindle. Now he's back to collect his share of the proceeds, but the money has vanished. A local family dynasty which has controlled the island's politics for generations, a cop with a grudge, the FBI, and the Russian mob all have a stake in the action. They're convinced Cuba is on the verge of "opening up", and they all want Doyle gone. In this tightly-knit town, who can be trusted? And how long can Doyle stay alive? SETUP ON FRONT STREET takes you inside the world of Key West noir, a world tucked way back in the shadows, where the tourists never go.

Review: I can't beleive that this author used to be a pianist! You would never think so from reading his book! Setup on Front Street is a fast paced, remarkably written story that changes the image of Key West as we know it! Dennis does an excellent job making readers want to keep going...not put it down. This book is a page turner with plenty of tension and suspense! The plot is very easy to follow and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Mike Dennis did an excellent job portraying his characters as well as the story.

Phantom Lives by: Elizabeth Loraine

Synopsis: Abigail Black, an heiress from Memphis is on the run from her abusive boyfriend, Dallas. In the process she finds out that there she is being pulled towards something, and someone, that she thought only existed in her dreams.
Another page turning adventure from Elizabeth Loraine. Phantom Lives intertwines the modern world with the post Civil War world of Collier, a plantation Abigail had dreamt about her entire life. Now she is about to find out why. Another fantasy world of spirits and immortals is built in a way which fans of Ms Loraine’s will again thoroughly enjoy. Find out who Abigail was in the past and how it changes everything.

Review: Phantom Lives is a very cleverly put together work of fiction. We saw glimpses from civil war age as well as present day and I beleive that Elizabeth Loraine did an excellent job weaving the two worlds together. She makes sure that the story had no holes and it flows fluently from beginning to end. I absolutely loved the entire story especially the ending and I can't wait for the next book in the series.

This week's Random Book Fact

Did you know that Dr.Seuss won a $50 bet with his publisher by writing this book using only 50 words. Forty-nine of them are one-syllable words (only "anywhere" extends into multi syllable range).

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Never Forget 9-11-2001

On 9-11-01 our nation saw the face of EVIL, and as an American I will never forgt the horrific tragedy of September 11, 2001. I ask that everyone remember all those who lost family members on this day ten years ago and keep them all in your prayers today. I know that they are devastated and hearing about the "ten year anniversary" of the tragic actions can only make it that much worse for them. Also keep our soldiers in your prayers. Remember that they are still fighting for our freedom. Pay tribute to all the ones we have lost in this war.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Wake Trilogy Giveaway!

I have the ENTIRE Wake Trilogy by Lisa McMann to giveaway IF my blog hits 250 followers by September 15th! If not then they will go toward a future giveaway. I really want these doubles off my shelf so...HELP ME REACH 250!

One lucky follower will receive all THREE books! These are BRAND NEW paperback books that have never been read so the backs aren't broken. :)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Book Fact for the week!

Did you know that the Dictionary, both the Merriam Webster and the American Heritage, was banned from libraries in various schools. The Merriam Webster was banned in a California elementary school in January 2010 for its definition of oral sex. "It's just not age appropriate," a district representative said.

That is just CRAZY! Right? I mean, really? The DICTIONARY?! What's are they going to ban next?!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Winner For Coyote Night!

Hi, everyone! Sorry I'm late posting this. My husband came in for the weekend and I hadn't seen him in two months so the computer didn't even get turned on :) I hope you all can understand and forgive me ;). Anyhow, I have ONE Ecopy of Coyote Night and the winner is...

Congratulations Jessica! I will be sending you an email with your book attached within the hour! Enjoy!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

New GIVEAWAY idea! Taking affect TODAY

*So I had an idea and my husband thought it was GREAT! Lets see what you all think!*

Starting TODAY, anyone that wins something that I have to MAIL will get one of these
I will send you the bottom portion and I will keep the "Ticket" part. I will place all tickets in this
jar folded in half. On January 1,2012 I will draw ONE ticket from this jar (while being video recorded) to choose a winner. Whoever has the other half of the ticket I draw will have to provide a picture of their half with the NUMBER visible within a week of the drawing to claim their prize. I will continue to draw ONE winner every 3 months from this jar. I will NOT start over after each drawing. I will simply trash the winning ticket so that ticket can't be chosen again the next time.

Now for the prize! The winner that is chosen every 3 months will not receive one thing! This prize pack will contain AT LEAST 10 items! That's right I said TEN!

*I do appoligize to all of my international followers, but this giveaway is for U.S. residents only. I have to pay for all shipping out of pocket and it costs more than $12 to send just ONE book overseas so a prize pack of 10 items or more would really be expensive. :(  I do appreciate my international followers and will continue to allow ALL single book giveaways to remain open internationally. (lots of other blogs don't offer ANY international giveaways unless they are ebooks)*