Monday, January 31, 2011

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?

-Black Rose (Garden Trilogy, #2) by Nora Roberts
-Red Lily (Garden Trilogy, #3) by Nora Roberts
-Tempting the Beast (Breeds, #1) by Lora Leigh
-Kiss of Heat (Breeds, #4) by Lora Leigh
-Entice (Need Series, #3) by Carrie Jones
-First Impressions by Nora Roberts
-Shifting Plains by Jean Johnson
-Awaken Me Darkly (Alien Huntress, #1) by Gena Showalter
-Night Rising (Vampire Babylon, #1) by Chris Marie Green
-Midnight Reign (Vampire Babylon, #2) by Chris Marie Green
-The Truth About Lord Stoneville (Hellions of Halstead Hall, #1) by Sabrina Jeffries
-A Hellion in Her Bed (Hellions of Halstead Hall, #2) by Sabrina Jeffries
-How to Woo a Reluctant Lady (Hellions of Halstead Hall, #3) by Sabrina Jeffries
-Angel’s Fall by Nora Roberts
-First Blood Anthology
-“Double the Bite” (Vampire Babylon, #2.5) by Chris Marie Green
-Scandalous (Banning Sisters, #1) by Karen Robards
-Irresistable (Banning Sisters, #2) by Karen Robards
-Shameless (Banning Sisters, #3) by Karen Robards
-In Too Deep (Arcane Society, #10) by Jayne Ann Krentz
-Black Hills by Nora Roberts
-Dangerous (Darkest Powers online story) by Kelley Armstrong
-Mercy Blade (Jane Yellowrock, #3) by Faith Hunter
-Incubus Dreams (Anita Blake, #12) by Laurell K. Hamilton

Movie Monday

New News
-Firelight by Sophie Jordan
“Nick Pustay has been tapped to adapt Firelight, Mandalay’s adaptation of the Sophie Jordan young-adult fantasy novel…..Pustay has some tween experience having worked on Ramona and Beezus, the adaptation of the Beverly Cleary novel, as well as Aquamarine, the Alice Hoffman book. For Unique Features, he is writing the adaptation of Shiver, the story of a teenage boy who becomes a wolf each winter, and his girlfriend.”
For the whole article check it out here

-Hunger Games By Suzanne Collins
“Game on! Lionsgate has announced to EW that The Hunger Games, the highly anticipated adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ futuristic YA thriller about scrapper Katniss Everdeen and her fight to survive a brutal reality TV contest, will be released on March 23, 2012. Director Gary Ross recently revealed to EW that he aims to go into production of the first installment of Collins’ trilogy later this spring.”
The EW article here

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

New Year, New Author Giveaway Winner!!!!

Congrats we have a winner of my first contest of the year "New Year, New Author" which featured Jean Johnson. The winner gets a copy of Jean's Shifting Plains. Drum roll please...

Joann said...
I am a follower, I have found Jennifer Estep who will stop by my blog in April I am very proud to say, and this book sounds intriguing!

I will be emailing you shortly to get your snail mail. Thank you everyone who entered and hope we all find more new authors this year.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: On The Hunt

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:
On the Hunt
By Gena Showalter, Shannon K. Butcher, Jessica Anderson, and Deidre Knight
Releases February 1, 2011

“Ever Night” by Gena Showalter
When she turned eighteen, Rose Pascal magically leaves her bedroom with its electronic gizmos for a world of thicket woods. There she meets nasty Vasili who calls her a mouse before explaining she is a Dimension Walker. He sends her home though he normally kills Walkers. Over the years on her birthday she returns while her parents think she is crazy. Eventually his little mouse becomes a roaring lioness that Vasili falls in love with; but he and his people hunt her kind.

“The Collector” by Shannon K. Butcher
In St. Louis, demon Hunter Neal Etan meets antique dealer Viviana Rowan when she agrees to give him an artifact that allegedly will cure his friend’s paralysis. They touch and each feels the attraction. However, her life becomes threatened when the artifact vanishes.

This story features Neal from The Sentinel Wars series and it falls between books 2 and 3 in the series.

“Crystal Skull” by Jessica Anderson
In the Mexican rainforest, archeologist Natalie Albright finds her excavation abruptly stopped by officials because they fear she has demons. She is stunned by what she considers superstitious inanity until strange beasts arrack her after she and her team find the crystal skull. Only her ex husband JT can possibly keep her safe from the ancient evil that stalks her.

This story is a part of her Final Prophecy series. Its book number #5.5.

“Red Angel” by Deidre Knight
Nightshades demon team leader Jamie Angel has had problems with his family’s acceptance of Kate Rabineau, a freaking vampire, who is now engaged to Dillon Fox. Thus when he falls for Kate’s best friend Sunny Renfoe, Jamie is aghast because he knows she is not human, but what “Sunshine” is he has no idea.

These are four well written exciting romantic fantasies though the novella format limits lead couple development.

Harriet Klausner

Sunday, January 9, 2011

New Year, New Author Giveaway!!!

It's a new year so I wanted to read a story from a new author for me. I found Shifting Plains by Jean Johnson. Jean has written many books but I have yet to read any. She is most well-known for her Sons of Density series which I will be picking up next after loving Shifting Plains.

Jean Johnson's Shifterai people who live in the Plains is a fun, exciting world that just draws you in. I love the strong, loving men who can change shapes into many different animals. Then there are the strongly opinionated women who have to be strong enough to stand up as equals to these men. I like the traditions and customs these Shifterai have. For example, a woman asks a man to marry him by holding her hands out to him across a flame. He will have to cross the flame no matter how large in order to accept. Women are the masters of flame because they keep the fire burning in the hearth. It made perfect sense. The world she created makes me want to step inside and explore more.

Shifting Plains
By Jean Johnson

Centuries before the time of the Sons of Destiny, a female shapeshifter became the leader of the people of the Shifting Plains...

Tava Ell Var never really knew her mother, but she did know her tragic fate at the hands of a band of cruel shapeshifters-a history set down by Tava's father as a warning about life on the Shifting Plains. But after her father is murdered, Tava encounters a Shifterai warband fighting to rid the Plains of the terrorizing bandits

Shifterai leader Kodan Sin Siin is sympathetic to Tava's suffering, but he's determined to bring the wary young woman to the Plains. Because he knows her secret: She, like he and his men, is a shapeshifter. Once she joins them, he knows that she will see for herself the true fate that awaits her on the Plains, and most of all, lose her fear of his people. And, in time, he knows she will find her place is in their fight-and by his side

Giveaway: I have to copy of Shifting Plains I read and would love to give to to someone else who hasn't read Jean Johnson or just enjoys her other books. Winner announced January 18th.
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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: Primal

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:
Anthology with Lora Leigh, Michelle Rowen, Jory Strong and Ava Gray
Releases February 1, 2011

When desire cannot be controlled…When personal will is overpowered by carnal cravings…When only one fearless impulse feeds you, body and soul…
You can’t deny it. It’s something primal.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh returns to her sensual world of the Breeds …in Kyote’s Ghost, an all-new novella that explores just how savage, how far, and how deep a man is willing to go in the name of desire.

Breed novella, “Primal Kiss” (Breeds, #24)
When the bad boy lion breed Creed Raines crashes the family cabin while Pharmaceutical CEO Horace Engall's daughter is vacationing it sets off a series of events that even Creed couldn't have imagined beginning. Mating Heat blows sky high, hot and overwhelming, and reminding him of all the reasons he had fought to avoid it. Especially with the shy, though incredibly stubborn decided willful, much loved and cherished Engalls Princess, Kita Engalls.

But for Jonas Wyatt it could be a blessing in disguise, because only Horace Engalls knows the true scope of Phillip Brackenmore’s evil. And only by holding Kita hostage to the truth Jonas demands, will it ever come to light. But can mating heat bloom and became the fiery tendrils of love when Kita suspects her breed has betrayed her?

Ava Gray, known for her “riveting romantic suspense” (Publishers Weekly)…now tells a tantalizing tale of an ordinary man—blessed and cursed with extraordinary powers—who gets a second, deserving chance at life and love.

Set in the same dark, seductive corners of the Nightshade universe…the new novella by Michelle Rowen draws an innocent young woman into the dark world of a vampire whose eternal love could be the death of her.

Michelle Rowen's novella, BLEEDING HEART (Nightshade #1.5), takes place a few days AFTER the events in NIGHTSHADE.

Jory Strong’s “worldbuilding is nothing short of stunning” (Genre Reviews)…and all the more so her startling novella of an angel who crosses the boundaries of desire when he falls desperately in love with a mortal female.

“Angel-Claimed” by Jory Strong seems to be apart of her Ghostland World.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Movie Monday

Beastly is based on Alex Flinn's novel is coming to theaters March 18, 2011.
The main stars are Vanessa Hudgens, Alex Pettyfer, and Mary-Kate Olsen.
What do you think? Will you go see it?

Sunday, January 2, 2011

January 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.

Jennifer R. Hubbard on tour for the book "The Secret Year"
Date: January 8, 2011 2:00PM
Venue: Books-A-Million, Cherry Hill Mall
Location: 2000 Route 38, USA, Cherry Hill, NJ, US
Type: Author appearance

January Releases

Here are a few book that come out in the first month of this new year I can't wait for. Need to start the year off on the right foot and I think these picks will do it.

Blood Challenge (World of the Lupi, #7)
By Eileen Wilks
Releases January 4, 2011

Ex-cop Lily Yu and werewolf Rule Turner's engagement announcement is stirring up ugly passions in the Humans First camp. There's hate mail, followed by death threats. And when a lupus in Tennessee goes on a killing spree, Lily realizes that it's only the opening skirmish in an all-out war.

Wolf Tales 11
By Kate Douglas
Releases January 1, 2011

They are Chanku, a race of shapeshifters whose bodies hunger for sexual passion and pleasure. Protective of their own, the Chanku have always relied upon their primal instincts to keep their packs safe...until now. Tala and Lisa have been kidnapped and no one knows where they are. Mik, AJ and Tinker fear not only for the safety of their mates but for that of their unborn children as well. Unwilling to concede to the kidnappers' demands, the men summon Anton for help. Devising a daring rescue plan of his own, Anton calls upon all the Chanku to lose themselves in an erotic encounter like never before. As they link together and succumb to complete carnal desire, their sexual energy fills him with a superhuman ability to outmatch even their strongest enemy.

Hexbound (Dark Elite, #2)
By Chloe Neill
Releases January 20, 2011

Lily Parker is new to St. Sophia’s School for Girls, but she’s already learned that magic can be your best friend…or your worst enemy.

They say absolute power corrupts absolutely. Turns out, even a little magic can turn you to the dark side. That’s why Lily has to learn how to control her newly discovered paranormal abilities, on top of avoiding the snobs who think they run her school, nursing a crush on a cute sophomore with a big, werewolf-y secret, and fighting the good fight with her best friend Scout as they take on Chicago’s nastiest nightlife—including the tainted magic users known as Reapers.

Then Lily’s invited to a private meeting with Sebastian. He’s hot, powerful, and offering to help her harness the magic flowing in her veins in a way no one else can. He’s also a Reaper. Lily can’t hide her suspicions. But she’ll soon find out that the line between good and evil isn’t always clear…

Saturday, January 1, 2011

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?

-Primal Heat Anthology
* “Wolfe’s Hope” (Breeds, #10) by Lora Leigh
* “Moon Lust” by Sherri L. King
* “Lunewulf: Pack Law” by Lorie O’Clare
* “Devlin Dynasty: Running Mate” by Jaci Burton
-Taking Care of Business by Lauren Dane and Megan Hart
-The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus, #1) by Rick Riordam
-Winter Wishes Anthology
* “Tangled Tinsel” by Vivian Arend
* “No Angel” Vivi Andrews
* “Freeze Line” by Moira Rogers
-Savor the Moment (Bride Quartet, #3) by Nora Roberts
-Happy Ever After (Bride Quartet, #4) by Nora Roberts
-Under the Covers Anthology
* “Naughty or Nice” by Crystal Jordan
* “Nativity Island” by Lorie O’Clare
-Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas
-The Iron Duke (The Iron Seas, #1) by Meljean Brook
-Naughty and Nice Anthology
* “Holiday Sparks” by Shannon Stacey
* “All She Wants for Christmas” by Jaci Burton
* “Unwrapped” by Megan Hart
* “Believe” by Lauren Dane
-Secrets of a Summer Night (Wallflowers, #1) by Lisa Klepyas
-It Happened One Autumn (Wallflowers, #2) by Lisa Klepyas
-Bite Me If You Can (Argeneau, #6) by Lynsay Sands
-Incubus Dreams (Anita Blake, #12) by Laurell K. Hamilton
-Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, #6) by Richelle Mead
-Beware A Scot’s Revenge (The School for Heiresses, #3) by Sabrina Jefferies
-Eternity in Death (In Death, #24.5) by J.D. Robb
-Demon Angel (The Guardians, #1) by Meljean Brook
-Wild Thing Anthology
* "Paradise" (The Guardians, #1.5) by Meljean Brook
-Seduce Me At Sunrise (Hathaways, #2) by Lisa Klepyas
-A Hathaway Wedding (Hathaways, #2.5) by Lisa Klepyas
-Tempt Me At Twilight (Hathaways, #3) by Lisa Klepyas
-Married by Morning (Hathaways, #4) by Lisa Klepyas
-Dangerous Games (Riley Jensen, #4) by Keri Arthur
-Blue Dahlia (Garden Trilogy, #1) by Nora Roberts