Tuesday, November 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?

-Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
-Megan’s Mark by Lora Leigh
-Harmony’s Way by Lora Leigh
-Vision in White (The Bride Quartet, #1) by Nora Roberts
-Bed of Roses (The Bride Quartet, #2) by Nora Roberts
-Burning Lamp (Dreamlight, #2, Arcane, #8) by Amanda Quick
-Hot Spell Anthology
* “Falling for Anthony” (Guardians, #.5) by Meljean Brook
-Zombies vs Unicorns Antholgy
* “Bourgainvillea” by Carrie Ryan
* “The Care and Feeding of Your Baby Killer Unicorn” (Rampart Universe) by Diana Peterfreund
-Chosen (Anne Strong Chronciles, #6) by Jeanne C. Stein
-The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2 Anthology
* “Fragile Magic” (Dark Forgotten series) by Sharon Ashwood
* “Princes of Dominion” by Ava Gray
* “NightDrake” by Lara Adrian
* “Sons of Ra” by Helen Scott Taylor
-Born in Death (In Death, #23) by J.D. Robb
-Key of Light (Key Trilogy, #1) by Nora Roberts
-Key of Knowledge (Key Trilogy, #2) by Nora Roberts
-Key of Valor (Key Trilogy, #3) by Nora Roberts
-Dominic (Lord of Satyrs, #4) by Elizabeth Amber
-Dane (Lord of Satyrs, #5) by Elizabeth Amber
-Never Seduce a Scoundrel (School for Heiresses, #1) by Sabrina Jeffries
-Only a Duke Will Do (School for Heiresses, #2) by Sabrina Jeffries
-The Mammoth Book of Special Ops Romance Anthology
* “Don’t Walk Away” by Shiloh Walker
* “Shoot to Thrill” by Charlene Tegelia
* “Heart of the Night” by Jordan Summers
-Mine Till Midnight (The Hathaways, #1) by Lisa Klepyas
-Stronger than Sin (SIN, #2) by Caridad Pineiro
-Seducing the Vampire by Michelle Hauf
-Play of Passion (Psy/Changeling, #9) by Nalini Singh
-Innocent in Death (In Death, #24) by J.D. Robb
-Ghost Town (Morganville, #9) by Rachel Caine
-Firewalker (Stormwalker, #2) by Allyson James
-Tanner’s Scheme (Breeds, #9) by Lora Leigh

Monday, November 29, 2010

Movie Monday

New News
-Unremembered Trilogy by Jessica Brody. These books haven’t even been released yet but the film rights have been sold to Doug Davison with screenwriter Whit Anderson.

“The new series, set a century in the future, follows a 16-year-old plane crash survivor who's trying to reclaim her identity with only one tidbit of information: she was supposedly the subject of a science experiment. Contardi said the trilogy is "a love story set against a sci-fi backdrop of time travel and gene manipulation." Book one in the series, Unremembered, is scheduled for 2012. Contardi also closed a film deal for the series, selling dramatic rights to producer Doug Davison with screenwriter Whit Anderson attached to the project. (The pair is currently working on the Warner Brothers feature reboot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.) The stand-alone YA novel from Brody is scheduled for 2013.”

Old News
In Theaters
-November 19, 2010: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part I by J.K. Rowling
-March 11, 2011: Beastly By Alex Flinn
-July 15, 2011: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part II by J.K. Rowling
-November 18, 2011: Breaking Dawn- Part I by Stephenie Meyer
-November 16, 2012: Breaking Dawn- Part II by Stephenie Meyer

Options Sold
-Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
-The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
-The Host By Stephenie Meyer
-Shade By Jeri Smith-Ready
-The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
-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
-Heist Society by Ally Carter
-Shiver By Maggie Shiefvater
-Beautiful Creatures By Kami Gracia
-Morganville Vampires Series by Rachel Caine
-Wake Trilogy by Lisa McMann
-Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Gobble, Gobble

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Adam Sandler's The Thanksgiving Song

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Reaper: Free eBook

Rachel Vincent has released a Soul Screamers ebook novella from Tod's point of view. Tod has been one of my favorite characters so I am excited for this one. BookonBoards is offering it 2 weeks earlier than everyone else so go check it out. It will be released on December 2, 2010 everywhere.

The story of how Tod died and was recruited as a reaper . . .

Tod Hudson was a typical teenager. He liked girls, sports, food and tolerated his younger brother, Nash. In fact, he had his whole life in front of him--and due to his bean sidhe heritage, it was going to be a very long life indeed. And then the car accident occurred.

Suddenly Tod's future wasn't so sure, and he had to make a choice. Life . . . Death . . . or something Between . . . .

Waiting on Wednesday: The Mammoth Book of Scottish Romance

By Tricia Telep
Releases January 4, 2011

This collection of 20-plus romance stories will traverse the rolling hills of Scotland, including both contemporary and historical settings, time travel, ghosts, and plenty of fantastic and paranormal elements.

1. Connie Brockway
2. Susan Sizemore
3. "At Last" by Jacquie D’Alseeandro
4. Anne Gracie
5. “After the Gloaming” by Leah Marie Brown

After the Gloaming is paranormal romance set at Caerlaverock Castle, near Dumfries. After a tragic turn of events, Deidre Monreith is cursed to live eternity as a banshee - unless she can find the one man capable of gaining her trust and breaking the wretched curse.
6. “The Rebel” by Julianne MacLean
A short story set in the Scottish Highlands during the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715.
7. “Kissingate Magic” by Annette Blair
The story features a matchmaking fairy
8. “Kidnapping the Laird” by Terri Brisbin
A short sexy story about a laird and his ignored wife. Awife of convenience decides she wants more from the handsome, sexy laird she had to marry and takes matters...and her husband...into her own hands to claim the love they both deserve!
9. “Forever Mine” by Donna Grant
The novella isn’t part of Donna’s Dark Sword series.
10. “Possessing Maggie” by Sandy Blair
The ghost and legend of The MacKinnon have shaped heirs' lives for centuries and not for the better.
Now a new heir, the ghost and a timeless love will finally put the fear to rest.
11. “The Pagan Bride” by Patricia Grasso
The Pagan Bride is set at the court of Mary, Queen of Scots. Magnus Campbell and Avril Gordon appeared as side characters in Highland Belle and are the parents of Gordon Campbell, the hero in Courting An Angel. Magnus and Avril are the ancestors of my Regency duke, Magnus Campbell.
12. Marta Acosta
13. “Magick in the Mist” by Debbie Mazzuca
14. Donna Kauffman
15. Lois Greiman
16. “Highland Heart” by Heather McCollum
A novella linked to Captured Heart.
17. Elle Jasper
18. Cindy Miles
19. “The Reiver” By Jackie Barbosa

Duncan Maxwell, laird of Lochmorton Castle, gets the shock of his life when he discovers the reiver captured in a raid on his lands is not a boy, but a young woman. Although she flatly refuses to tell him her name or how she came to be riding with a raiding party, Duncan cannot countenance imprisoning a woman in his dungeon but neither can her release her without compensation. Unable to ransom her back to her family, he treats her as an honored—though exceptionally well-supervised—guest. He takes to calling her Reva and determines to seduce the truth of her identity from her. There’s just one problem—the reiver may steal his heart before he can reveal her secrets.
Read an excerpt: here
20. “His Magick Touch” by Kimberly Killion
His Magick Touch is a sensual novella set on the Isle of Barra in the 16th century Scotland.
Excerpt: here
Meet the Characters: here

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Early Review: Seducing the Vampire

By Michelle Hauf
Releases January 2011
Source: Review copy provided by NetGalley for review.

This book was set both in 18th Century and 21st Century Paris, France. I really like how the story unraveled side by side in both times so you don’t know the complete back story as you learn what is going on in the present. In the old days it was believed female vampires needed a male vampire to patron them so they could get blood from them once in a while in order to live. They might have believe this or it was just another way to keep females under control. Viviane finds herself without a patron but Constantine is wooing her. Viviane feels no passion for Constantine but she does for a ‘not just right’ Rhys. She can’t figure him out but she wants him. However, he can’t patron him so there are so many delemias.

In present day, Rhys hears rumors of a woman sleeping in the under ground tunnels of Paris, so he must return to the city. All those years ago he thought she was gone forever, now to learn otherwise is driving him crazy. He must find out the truth. Michelle Hauf gives an interesting tale of first love, lost love, and hopefully reclaimed love.

He was mesmerizing, a vampire like none other...but the fire between Viviane LaMourette and Rhys Hawkes would begin a centuries-long clash between two powerful vampire brothers.

In Marie Antoinette's Paris, the beautiful vampire Viviane seeks a male patron who will allow her to live on her own terms. Courted by two feuding brothers, Viviane succumb to the handsome rebel, Rhys. She's unaware that Rhys has other, darker, motives. He seeks vengeance against his brother, Constantine—by stealing Viviane and tainting her with his blood.

But just as Rhys is realizing the depth of his love for Viviane, his brother take his revenge. By casting a spell on the woman they both desire, he condemns her to a living death inside a glass coffin.

Two centuries later, Rhys hears the urban legend of the Vampire Snow White, imprisoned deep in the tunnels under Paris. He must find her and set her free, but will he be able to save her from the evil still intent on destroying them?

This Series
1. Seducing the Vampire (Releases January 2011)
2. Forever Vampire (Releases May 2011)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: Primal Bonds

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:
Primal Bonds (Shifters Unbound, #2)
By Jennifer Ashley
Releases March 2011

When half-Fae, half-Shifter Andrea Gray flees an abusive would-be mate, the only way she is allowed to relocate to the Austin Shiftertown is if a Shifter there claims her as mate. Sean Morrissey, the Guardian of his clan and all of Shiftertown, is mateless, lonely, and has a tough job--to send the souls of deceased Shifters into the afterworld. He volunteers to claim her, sight unseen, but doesn't realize that one look at the gray-eyed, dark-haired Andrea will stir the mating frenzy in him. Even though the mate-claim isn't finalized, official, or yet blessed, Sean will do anything to get Andrea into his life and keep her there, forever.

Shifters Unbound Series
1. Pride Mates
2. Primal Bonds (Releases March 2011)
3. Book 3 (Releases January 2012)
**The Mammoth Book of Irish Romance Anthology "Shifter Made"

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thank you all who served to protect us!!

This is a day to honor all those in our Armed Forces and their families.
God Bless you all.

Toby Keith "Courtest of the Red, White and Blue"

Carrie Underwood "Just a Dream"

Toby Keith "American Soilder"

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Cover Love: Hunt the Moon

The cover to the fifth installment of Karen Chance's
Cassie Palmer series was released this week.
Hunt the Moon is due to be out June 2011.
This is the favorite of my covers of this series so far.
I like the whipping around of snow, at least I think its snow.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: This Side of the Grave

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:
This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress, #5)
By Jeaniene Frost
Releases February 22, 2011

Danger waits on both sides of the grave…

Half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her vampire husband Bones have fought for their lives, as well as for their relationship. But just when they’ve triumphed over the latest battle, Cat’s new and unexpected abilities threaten to upset a long-standing balance…

With the mysterious disappearance of vampires, rumors abound that a species war is brewing. A zealot is inciting tensions between the vampires and ghouls, and if these two powerful groups clash, innocent mortals could become collateral damage. Now Cat and Bones are forced to seek help from a dangerous “ally”—the ghoul queen of New Orleans herself. But the price of her assistance may prove more treacherous than even the threat of a supernatural war. …to say nothing of the repercussions Cat never imagined.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Cover Love: Magic Slays

The 5th Book in the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews.
The cover is nice, but I am super excited for
it to come out more in June 2011.

ARC Tour: Halo

By Alexandra Adornetto
Released August 31, 2010
Source: Review copy provided by Book It Forward ARC Tours for review.

This books was brilliant so it is hard to believe it came from one so young but very talented. The 18-year old author gives a fun, hard to put down book that is the first of a new trilogy. Three angels come down to a small town to fight the dark forces by doing random acts of kindness. It was things anyone can do but most of the time don’t for example working in a soup kitchen, visiting a nursing home, or donating to the good will store. I loved that Ivy would make scarfs to donate since they haven’t been Earth bound long enough to have old clothes.

She did a very nice job setting up a main core of characters. Gabriel is an Archangel but also acts like the protective older brother who is super hot. He gets a job as a music teacher at the local school so he has girls constantly drooling over him but he is so above trivial Ivy is the mother hen of the group. She is always doing small jobs around Venus Cove so people will start to help out too. Bethany is the youngest angel and the most human. It is her first time on Earth so she is overwhelmed by all the smells, sights, and touches. She becomes a student at the local high school and has a instant connection with the most popular boy, Xavier who is a sweetheart.

Bethany and Xavier’s relationship is fun loving but has some trouble when a bad boy transfers to the High School. Gabriel, Ivy, Bethany, and Xavier need to be careful with this one for he could be apart of the dark forces. Don’t mess with angels.

Nothing much happens in the sleepy town of Venus Cove. But everything changes when three angels are sent from heaven to protect the town against the gathering forces of darkness: Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, a teenage girl who is the least experienced of the trio. They work hard to conceal their true identity and, most of all, their wings. But the mission is threatened when the youngest angel, Bethany, is sent to high school and falls in love with the handsome school captain, Xavier Woods. Will she defy the laws of Heaven by loving him? Things come to a head when the angels realize they are not the only supernatural power in Venus Cove. There′s a new kid in town and he′s charming, seductive and deadly. Worst of all, he′s after Beth.

Favorite Quote:
“I was so worried that you wouldn’t want to know me once you found out.” I signed, relief flooding through me.
“Are you kidding me?” Xavier reached out and curled a lock of my hair around his finger. “Surely I’ve got to be the luckiest guy in the world.”
“How do you figure that?”
“Isn’t it obvious? I’ve got my own little piece of Heaven right here.”

Halo Series
1. Halo
2. Hades (Releases Fall 2011)
3. Heaven (Releases Fall 2012)

Monday, November 1, 2010

November Book Releases

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.

Rachel Caine’s Ghost Town Signing
Date: November 2, 2010 all day
Venue: Borders Express - Exton Square Mall 610-363-5036
Location: 298 Exton Square, Exton, PA 19341
Type: Author Signing
Website: Rachel Caine

Cyn Balog (Sleepless) and Josh Berk (The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin)
Date: November 14, 2010 at 1:00-3:00PM
Venue: Barnes & Noble
Location: Center Valley, PA
Type: Author Signing

November Book Releases + Swag Giveaway

Here are a few book that come out in November I can't wait for. Leave a comment if you want to win some bookmarks from these books.

Wicked Highlander (Dark Sword, #3)
By Donna Grant
Releases November 2, 2010


The most reckless and fierce of the MacLeod brothers, Quinn is a prisoner of the god inside him, tormented by his inability to save his family from slaughter. His fury governs him, and day by day he loses himself to the darkness in his soul. But Quinn has a profound yearning for a woman’s love...


Raised by Druids, the achingly beautiful Marcail is as spellbinding as the ancient magic that surges through her body. To Quinn, she is the most desirable woman he has ever known. But to his enemy Deirdre, she is the perfect bait to lure Quinn into her trap. Once the two lovers are in her wicked grasp, their passion will be put to the ultimate test...

Deadly Intent (Mindhunters, #4)
By Kylie Brant
Releases November 2, 2010

Forensic linguist Macy Reid is an expert on kidnapping, having been abducted when she was a child. So, she is the perfect investigator to be called in when a Denver tycoon's eleven-year-old daughter is abducted-for the second time. But Macy's biggest stumbling block may be a member of her own team: Kellan Burke, the wise-cracking, rule- breaking investigator who relishes getting under Macy's skin-and who just may be the man to help her confront the demons from her past.

Marked by the Moon (Nightcreatures, #9)
By Lori Handeland
Releases November 2, 2010

Julian Barlow was once a Viking. Then he watched his brother fall in battle, shouted his fury to the heavens and changed. He became the berserker of legend, a warrior who, in the heat of combat, transforms into a wolf.
Centuries later, he's settled into his own Alaskan village full of werewolves; he has a wife he adores. Until Alexandra Trevalyn, werewolf hunter, kills her. Dying is too easy for the woman who murdered his wife, so Julian devises a better way for Alex to suffer.
He'll make her just like him.

Giveaway: I have a small amount of swag for these books to giveaway so I will have a few winners. Just tell me if you want to read any of these.
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