Thursday, September 30, 2010

On My Nightshelf

I know most of us read a lot but don't review every book so I just wanted a way to tell all what I read. So here is what I enjoyed this month. What did you read?

-Bonds of Justice (Psy/Changeling, #8), Nalini Singh
-Face the Fire (Three Sisters, #3) by Nora Roberts
-Wait for Dusk (Dark Days, #5) by Jocelynn Drake
-Unchained (The Dark Forgotten, #3) by Sharon Ashwood
-Seduced by Moonlight (Meredith Gentry, #3) by Laurell K. Hamilton
-A Stroke of Midnight (Meredith Gentry, #4) by Laurell K. Hamilton
-Cerulean Sins (Anita Blake, #11) by Laurell K. Hamilton
-Mockingjay (Hunger Games, #3) by Suzanne Collins
-Nightshade by Andrea Cramer
-Death’s Excellent Vacation Anthology

* “Two for the Money” (Night Huntress, #4.5) by Jeaniene Frost
* “Seeing is Believing” by L.A. Banks
* “The Heart is Always Right” by Lilith Saintcrow
-Perchance to Dream by Lisa Mantchev
-Burning Up Anthology
* “Whisper of Sin” (Psy/Changeling) by Nalini Singh
* “Here There be Monsters”(Iron Duke Prequel) by Meljean Brook
-Immortal Danger by Cynthia Eden
-Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
-Origin in Death (In Death, #21) by J.D. Robb
-Memory in Death (In Death, #22) by J.D Robb
-Second Sight (Arcane Society, #1) by Amanda Quick
-White Lies (Arcane Society, #2) by Jayne Ann Krentz
-Sizzle and Burn (Arcane Society, #3) by Jayne Ann Krentz
-By Blood We Live Anthology
* “Finders Keepers” by L.A. Banks
* “Life Is the Teacher” by Carrie Vaughn

What were some of your favorites this month?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: Four Play

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event I am joining, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read selection is:
Four Play
By Shayla Black and Maya Banks
Releases October 5, 2010

Two sizzling-hot authors. One incendiary volume. Four can play at this game...

“Pillow Talk” By Maya Banks
Zoe Michaels may be in a committed relationship with her boyfriend Chase, but there’s no lack of heat between her and her other two roommates Brody and Tate. After all, the three guys are all firefighters. Then one night, Chase reveals his number-one fantasy: for Zoe to perform an everything-goes strip tease for his two best buddies. A turn-on for them means a turn-on for him. And for Zoe? It proves to be even more, and it opens the door for a secret desire all her own to come true.

"Her Fantasy Men" By Shayla Black
Kelsey Rena is an enigma. She's a girly-girl who's wild for football, craves action movies, and loves knocking back a cold beer with her three best friends—all male. She's a puzzle, too, when it comes to sex. Here are three hot guys always ready and within reach and she's never seemed interested. So who is the lucky mystery man satisfying the girl of their secret dreams? The three pals plan to find out. And when they do, they'll see a side of Kelsey they've only dared to fantasize about.

Check out an excerpt on her website

Sunday, September 26, 2010


A ROMANCE FOR EVERY MOOD is over so thank you everyone who entered. The lucky winners of Her Best Friend by Sarah Mayberry are:
JL Jackson
Kailia Sage
Congrats!! I have emailed you guys so I can get your books to you.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Cover Splash: Fins Are Forever

Tera Lynn Childs is using her Splashers to make a big splash reviling her new cover, Fins Are Forever, a sequel to Forgive my Fins. It is coming out as of now June 28, 2011.
Pick out the countdown timer widget for Fins Are Forever.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Trailer Thursday: His Darkest Embrace

His Darkest Embrace by Juliana Stone

The second book in her Jaguar Warriors series

Here is early my review

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

ARC Tour: Paranormalcy

By Kiersten White
Releases August 31, 2010
Source: Review copy provided by Book It Forward ARC Tours for review.

Kiersten White’s debut novel, Paranormalcy, was a fun mix of clueless meets Alias world with a teenage girl who has the power to see through any supernatural glamour which makes her the perfect agent of a paranormal agency. Evie is a 16-year-old girl who lives in the center but works to bag, tag, and brings in paranormals to the Center to be ‘neutered’ or is it more?

Evie is a normal girl who wants to go to a high school with lockers and other teenagers. She watches her favorite show Eastern Heights like it’s a religion and loves shopping even if it is only online. Her one outfit is a zebra dress with pink boots if that gives you an idea of the kind of girl Evie is. I do like her a lot.

Lish is Evie’s best friend who happens to be a mermaid and lives in a beautiful tank in the center after her lagoon became polluted. Lish can’t speak underwater so a computer translates for her so when she curses it bleeps it out so it kinda sounds like this:

“Bleep stupid bleep bleep faeries and their bleep bleep bleep obsessions. He had better stop bleep bleep bleep the bleep bleep rules or I will bleep bleep bleep the little bleeeeeeep.” All in a completely robotic monotone.

Her life takes a turn when a water-like shifter breaks into the center looking for answers on who is going around killing the very hard to kill paranormals. Lend, is a boy who keeps changing shapes but only Evie can ‘see’ the real him. She starts to fall for him, but he ex-boyfriend faerie won’t let her go that easy. Reth thinks she belongs to him. Lots of drama and tension in Evie’s life but with a big bad out there killing paranormals something needs to be done about it.

Weird as it is working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, Evie's always thought of herself as normal. Sure, her best friend is a mermaid, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals' glamours, but still. Normal.

Only now paranormals are dying, and Evie's dreams are filled with haunting voices and mysterious prophecies. She soon realizes that there may be a link between her abilities and the sudden rash of deaths. Not only that, but she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.

Paranormalcy Series
1. Paranormalcy (Releases August 31, 2010)
2. Supernaturally (Releases Fall 2011)
3. Untitled (TBA)

Waiting on Wednesday: The Naughty List

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event I am joining, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read selection is:
The Naughty List
By Donna Kauffman, Cynthia Eden, and Susan Fox
Releases October 1, 2010

Donna Kauffman ‘Naughty But Nice’
Businessman Griffin-s never believed in luck-until sassy-sweet small-town baker Melody turns his world around. Except there-s a catch: There-s no way he-ll be able to build his empire and hold on to her. His new -lucky charm- could destroy all his dreams-or make this Christmas better than he ever imagined possible-
Cynthia Eden ‘All I Want for Christmas’
Good girl toy inventor Christie takes a walk on the naughty side when she sparks a no-strings fling with Santa-actually, sexy cop Jonas in a Santa suit. She loves her new -bad girl- persona, except as the holidays approach, she starts falling, and hard, for this known- -love -em and leave -em- ladies man...
Susan Fox ‘Tattoos and Mistletoe’
Charlie returns to her hometown to fix up her aunt-s B&B, but she doesn-t count on LJ handling the renovations. Nerdy LJ pined for her in school, but now he-s grown into the town-s hottest bachelor. Charlie-s been burned before and won-t let him get close. But LJ-s determined to break down her walls and make her dearest Christmas wish come true

Monday, September 20, 2010

Movie Monday

New News
-Wake Trilogy by Lisa McMann, Paramount/MTV Films has optioned the movie rights. Christopher Landon is working on writing a script.
-Firelight by Sophie Jordan has had film options picked up by a Hollywood production company, Mandalay Entertainment.
-The Mortal Instruments By Cassandra Clare Film rights to The Mortal Instruments have been optioned by Unique Features.
-Letter From Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires) the series has been optioned by a British production company, Noel Gay Motion Pictures. Petition here

-Petition for Film/TV!
It's coming down to the wire, my friends ... if you'd
like to see a Morganville Vampires film or TV show, I need some help from you!
It's important for the producers who've optioned Morganville to be able to show
studios that there's a strong fan presence behind this series, so if you don't
mind, please take a moment to put your name on this petition and show your

Many thanks! As soon as there's any news, I will let you know.
Rachel Caine

Old News
-The Host By Stephenie Meyer
-Breaking Dawn- Part I & II by Stephenie Meyer
-Shade By Jeri Smith-Ready
-Beastly By Alex Flinn
-The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
-Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part I & II By J.K. Rowling
-Wings by Aprilynne Pike
-Hunger Games By Suzanne Collins
-Uglies By Scott Westerfeld
-I’d Tell You, But Then I have to Kill You By Ally Carter
-Wicked Lovely By Melissa Marr
-Shiver By Maggie Shiefvater
-Beautiful Creatures By Kami Gracia

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Speak Loudly: Banned Books Week Giveaway

September 25-October 2, 2010 is Banned Books Week (BBW) which is celebrating the freedom to read what one likes and the importance of the First Amendment. BBW goal is to highlight the benefits of access to information and the harm of censorship. It is important to have a chance to read books with unorthodox and unpopular viewpoints if one wishes.

American Library Association has more information if you are interested here.

Laurie Halse Anderson is one the authors I really enjoy reading because she writes about some sensitive issues and makes one think when they read her books. One of her books, Speak, is one of the books on this list. Check out her website because she has a lot to say. Even ways to contact people to help.

Giveaway: A copy of Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak
1. Leave a comment (What do you think about censorship?)
2. Must be a follower
3. Leave an email address
4. US only. Sorry

Friday, September 17, 2010

A Romance For Every Mood Giveaway

Her Best Friend
By Sarah Mayberry

What's a girl to do when she's secretly in love with a friend and he's married to someone else? She gets over it. That's what Amy Parker has done. Rather than lose her best bud Quinn Whitfield with an ill-timed, crazy confession of affection, she's taken the smart route. She's eased away from him. Just enough to get past the unrequited bits. And you know, it's working.

Until the day Quinn announces he's now single. That's right. He's single. And he wants to hang out. With her. Get reconnected the way they used to be.

Oh, this is so not good for Amy's equilibrium. Daily doses of Quinn remind her of everything she loves about him. But if he's free…and she's free…well, maybe the time has come for one of those crazy confessions.

Giveaway: I have 3 giveaway thanks to Harlequin: Super Romance
1. Leave a comment
2. Be a follower
3. Just leave an email address

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

ARC Tour: Nightshade

By Andrea Cramer
Releases October 19, 2010
Source: Review copy provided by Book It Forward ARC Tours for review.

Nightshade is Andrea Cramer’s debut novel and I greatly enjoyed the start to this new series. The group of characters showed real promise for this book and have room to grow with future novels. The basic dynamic is two packs of Guardians, Nightshades and Banes, under the rule of the Keepers. Guardians are protectors for Keepers in return for housing, food, and everything else they need. Keepers are sorcerers that have strict control of the packs, almost like dictators.

Calla is the future alpha female of a new pack being made by merging the youngest of the Nightshade and Bane packs which has never been done so it makes for high tension. Ren is the alpha male and future mate for Calla because she is told she has too. She knows it is her duty and she will go through with it until an unknown human enters the mix.

Shay is a human that turns everything in Calla’s life upside down. What makes him so special and causes these feelings in Calla? It makes a love triangle where I want her with both guys, I don’t want either of them hurt. She has chemistry with both guys, fast hot explosions with Ren and slow-burning passion with Shay. Both guys want what is best for her the problem is she doesn’t know what she wants.

When I got to the end of the novel I wished I could go out now and get the sequel. It is a great new series that has tons of promise. I can’t wait to see what is in store next for the youngest Nightshades, Banes, Calla, Ren, and Shay.

Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything--including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

Nightshade Series
1. Nightshade (Releases October 19,2010)
2. Wolfsbane (Releases Summer 2011)
3. Bloodrose (Releases Spring 2012)
4. TBA (Releases Fall 2012)

Monday, September 13, 2010


BlogFest 2010 was so much fun this past weekend so thank you Cinnamon, our BlogFest Coordinator from A Journey of Books for put this whole event together it was great. I really enjoyed everyones tributes to authors they thought were great too but now for the winners:

Geektastic Edited By Holly Black is Grace

Tithe By Holly Black is Lynsey Newton

I will be emailing you both so I can send your books to you! Congrats!

Friday, September 10, 2010

BLOGFEST 2010!!!!

BlogFest 2010 is going to be so much fun this weekend I am so glad Cinnamon, our BlogFest Coordinator from A Journey of Books put this whole event together.

This year I went to lots of author signings and met some interesting people. So my theme for BlogFest is a tribute to Holly Black. She did an author signing with Cassandra Clare and it was the most entertaining one I have been too. They said they were best friends and it made such a difference in the way they interacted. It was tons of fun.

Holly Black is the bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels for teens and children.
Her first book, Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale, was published in 2002 by Simon & Schuster. Tithe was called "dark, edgy, beautifully written and compulsively readable" by Booklist, received starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, and was included in the American Library Association's Best Books for Young Adults. Holly has since written two other books in the same universe, Valiant (2005), and the sequel to Tithe, Ironside (2007), which spent five weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Valiant was a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award for Young Readers and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature.

The Spiderwick Chronicles were adapted into a film by Paramount Pictures in conjunction with Nickelodeon Films. Released in February 2008, the film stars Freddie Highmore and Sarah Bolger, with Mark Waters as the director.

Holly has also been a frequent contributor to anthologies, and has co-edited three of them: Geektastic (with Cecil Castellucci, 2009), Zombies vs. Unicorns (with Justine Larbalestier, 2010), and Bordertown (with Ellen Kushner, 2011). Her first collection of short fiction, Poison Eaters and Other Stories, came out in 2010 from Small Beer Press. She has just finished the third book in her Eisner-nominated graphic novel series, The Good Neighbors, and is working on Red Glove, the second novel in The Curse Workers series. White Cat, the first in the series, is out as of May 2010, and is about capers, curse magic, and memory.

So for my giveaways a book Holly wrote and a book Holly edited. Tithe the first book in her Modern Faerie Tales series. Also, Geektastic is a collection of stories from the Nerd Herd from authors like Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, John Green, Cynthia Leitich Smith and many more.

I will choose two winners, one for each book and post that after this fabulous weekend.

Giveaway Rules:
1. Leave a comment (Maybe tell what author you would give a tribute too)
2. Be a follower (New/Old)
3. Leave an email address

This is Blog #64 if you are keeping track
Next check out #65 Baba's Farm Life

I hope you enter my giveaway here but also check out all the other amazing bloggers using this list here so you don’t miss any. And a tracking site.

Hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend!!!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


A ROMANCE FOR EVERY MOOD GIVEAWAY is over so thanks everyone who entered. The lucky winners of a copy of A McKaslin Homecoming courtesy of Harlequin: Love Inspired are:
Martha Lawson
Linda Henderson
I have emailed you so I will get your books out to you soon.

Waiting on Wednesday: Bespelling Jane Austen

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event I am joining, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read selection is:
Bespelling Jane Austen
Releases October 1, 2010

Bespelling Jane Austen includes four novellas that each take an Austen novel and turn it into a paranormal story. The book has its own website here

“Almost Persuaded” by Mary Balogh
In this Regency tale of Robert and Jane, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Mary Balogh brings together former lovers who have seen beyond the veil of forgetfulness to their past mistakes and are determined to be together in this life and forever.
“Northanger Castle” by Colleen Gleason
Apart of her Gardella Vampire Chronicles… her tongue-in-cheek version of a 19th century Gothic novel, Colleen gives a little glimpse of life with the Gardellas after Victoria in her story “Northanger Castle,” where inquisitive readers will find out what happened to George Starcasset…and the gender of Victoria’s child.
“Blood and Prejudice” by Susan Krinard
Set in the business world of contemporary New York City, Liz Bennett joins Mr. Darcy in his hunt for a vampire cure in New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Susan Krinard's version of the classic story.
"Little to Hex Her” by Janet Mullany
“I chose Emma, set in a present-day Washington, D.C. full of even more curious creatures than normal. Emma is a witch with a wizard boyfriend and a paranormal dating service to run. Here’s the opening of Little To Hex Her.” Read a snippet here

Thursday, September 2, 2010

September Author Signings in NJ/Philly Area

Who doesn't love author signings. If you are in the New Jersey or Philadelphia Area here are some of my favorite authors that will be visiting.

Date: September 1, 2010 at 5:00PM
Venue: Borders Express - Exton Square Mall 610-363-5036
Location: 298 Exton Square, Exton, PA 19341
Website: Cassandra Clare
Other Information: From Cassie, “I'll be giving away special goodies to those who come up to me and whisper the password. This time around the password is MAGNUS.”

Maria V. Snyder’s SPY GLASS TOUR
Date: September 11, 2010
Location: The Fire Hall, 911 Market Street, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, 17815
Type: Writing Workshop: Maria's Nitpicks for Pennwriters Area 2 one day seminar Writing for Children and Young Adults
Other Information: Everyone is welcome to sign up for this writing workshop ($35 for Pennwriter's members, $40 for non-members - includes a box lunch). I will be teaching in the afternoon. To sign up or find out more, contact Kathryn Yelinek through her website: Kathryn Yelinek

Date: September 24, 2010 at 7:30PM
Venue: The Pennsylvania State University's Abington Campus
Location: 1600 Woodland Rd, Abington, PA 19001
Type: Reading, Q&A Session and Book Signing
Other Information: According to my information, this @611 is a quarter mile from campus. There will be books available for sale. This event is FREE and OPEN to one and all!

Jeri Smith-Ready
Date: September 16, 2010 5:00-7:00PM
Venue: Cupboard Maker Books
Location: Enola, PA

Date: September 21-22, 2010
Venue: New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association Fall Conference
Location: Trump Marina, Atlantic City, NJ
Other Information: New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association Fall Conference - Atlantic City, NJ

Jacquelyn Frank’s Authors After Dark
Date: September 16-19, 2010
Venue: Harmon Meadow Holiday Inn
Location: 300 Plaza Drive. Secaucus, NJ 07094
Website: Authors After Dark
Other Information: Registration: $140 per attendee, includes 5 meals, 2 evening parties, panels and goodies, this price is good until June 17, 2010 at which time it raises to $150 per attendee.
Room rates: $109 a night double occupancy. Please make sure you mention “Authors After Dark” when making your reservation. The reservation period for this room block is only good through August 17, 2010.
To make a reservation for the hotel, please call: 201.348.2000 or 800.HOLIDAY

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Trailer Thursday: Halo

This meme was inspired both by Dark Fairie Tales and Stop, Drop and Read.
Halo By Alexandro Adornetto

September Book Releases

Here are a few books that come out in September I can't wait for!

The Darkest Hour (KGI, #1)
Maya Banks
Releases September 7, 2010

It’s been one year since ex-Navy SEAL Ethan Kelly last saw his wife Rachel alive. Overwhelmed by grief and guilt over his failures as a husband, Ethan shuts himself off from everything and everyone.

His brothers have tried to bring Ethan into the KGI fold, tried to break through the barriers he’s built around himself, but Ethan refuses to respond …until he receives an anonymous phone call claiming Rachel is alive.

To save her, Ethan will have to dodge bullets, cross a jungle, and risk falling captive to a deadly drug cartel that threatens his own demise. And even if he succeeds, he’ll have to force Rachel to recover memories she can’t and doesn’t want to relive—the minute by minute terror of her darkest hour—for their love, and their lives, may depend on it.

Vampire Trinity (Vampire Queen, #6)
Joey W. Hill
Releases September 7, 2010

Vampire hunter Gideon Green never intended to become a vampire's servant. But when Anwyn, a woman with whom he shared an unforgettable night, is turned by a vampire pack, Gideon is forced into an uneasy alliance with one of the most terrifying vampires he's ever encountered: the mysterious Daegan Rei.

Daegan has a vested interest in Anwyn. As Gideon and Daegan shepherd Anwyn through her dangerous validation with the Vampire Council, it's clear they must learn to trust each other. But as boundaries erode, Gideon realizes he has become irreversibly changed-by a bond with the two people in his life he can't survive without: vampires.

Siren Song (Bloodsinger, #2)
Cat Adams
Releases September 28, 2010

Nothing if not resilient, Celia Graves is slowly adjusting to being a half-human, half-vampire Abomination. But her troubles are far from over. Her best friend’s murder is still unsolved, the cops are convinced she should be in jail, and her old lover, the magician Bruno DeLuca, has resurfaced in her life, saying he has something important to tell her.

The vampire attack that transformed Celia kicked her latent Siren abilities into high gear, and now she’s been summoned to the Sirens’ island to justify her existence—and possibly fight for her life—in front of the Siren Queen. Celia isn’t sure she’ll survive to make the trip. The demon she defeated in Blood Song hasn’t exactly gone quietly—he’s left Celia suffering from a powerful curse.

Taken By Midnight (Midnight Breeds, #8)
Lara Adrian
Releases September 28, 2010

At the crossroads of death and desire, a woman tastes a pleasure no mortal is meant to survive . . .

In the frozen Alaskan wilderness, former state trooper Jenna Darrow survives an unspeakable breach of body and soul. But with her narrow escape comes an even greater challenge. For strange changes are taking place within her, as she struggles to understand--and control--a new hunger. To do so, she will seek shelter in the Boston compound of the Order, an ancient race of vampire warriors whose very existence is shrouded in mystery. Perhaps the most mysterious of them all is Brock, a brooding, dark-eyed alpha male whose hands hold the power to comfort, heal . . . and arouse.

As she recovers under Brock's care, Jenna finds herself drawn to the Order's mission: to stop a ruthless enemy and its army of assassins from subjecting Earth to a reign of terror. Yet in spite of their resolve, a purely physical relationship without strings soon binds Brock and Jenna together with a desire fiercer than life and stronger than death itself--until a secret from Brock's past and Jenna's own mortality challenges their forbidden love to the ultimate trial by fire.