Monthly Archives: October 2012

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

BOO!

Welcome to the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop, hosted by
I’m going to be honest with you fine people and admit that I cannot read really scary books, nor can I watch really scary movies. Unless by “read” and “watch” you mean that I have a hand over my face and peer through tiny openings between my fingers.
But that won’t stop me from taking part in this giveaway, so my fright is your gain.
By completing the Rafflecopter below, you can win your choice of a digital copy of one of two books that I think are truly scary. Not in a blood-and-gore kind of way, but more in a psychological, “fear what you can’t see” manner.
Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton
It’s the story of a mother who will let nothing stop her from finding out who set fire to her children’s school.
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
This, my friends, is the standard by which all gothic thrillers are set. Extraordinary, and if you haven’t read it, you must.
Please make sure you visit the participating blogs. There are 
a lot of them, and each one has some terrific prizes.
Good luck!

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Naughty & Nice Holiday Hop

Ready to win a hot romance novel?

Sure you are!

Help Romance at Random celebrate the November 15 release of Naughty & Nice, co-written by the fabulous Ruthie Knox, Molly O’Keefe and Stefanie Sloane, and you can be a winner! Visit the participating blogs, and you increase your chances.

R@R is giving away (must be 18 or older to participate):

  • 15 Net Galley Preview copy winners of Naughty & Nice
  • ABOUT LAST NIGHT paper giveaways (US only)
  • Grand Prize of $15 Gift Certificate to eRetailer of choice!!

Now, get hopping and win! Good luck!

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Wicked Romances Giveaway Hop

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  Sharing My Favorite Read Giveaway Hop was organized by Reading Romances!

It’s time to get WICKED, people!
You can win one digital copy of The Siren by Tiffany Reisz
Number of winners: 1
Open to (INT, US or US/CAN): INT
How to enter: Complete the Rafflecopter below

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Jane Austen Giveaway Hop

I am so excited to participate in the Jane Austen Giveaway Hop,
Fill out the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win a digital copy
of your choice of one of these fabulous books, each inspired
by one of my literary heroes, Jane Austen.
by Beth Pattillo
by Shannon Hale
by Helen Fielding
Make sure you check out the other blogs participating
in this giveaway. There are a lot of Jane-influenced prizes out there!

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Drain You Blog Stop

Welcome to the Drain You Blog Hop & Giveaway,
hosted by MundieMoms and Hobbitsies!

A few months ago, I reviewed Drain You. Now, thanks to this giveaway, you have a chance to win your own copy of Drain You, along with other fabulous prizes. Up for grabs are:
  •  Five copes of Drain You, signed by author M. Beth Bloom
  • A $50 credit at Wasteland, the favorite store of Quinn (Drain You‘s main character)
  • Pages from Quinn’s notebook
  • Ten Drain You bookmarks, handmade by Quinn
  • Ten ’90s mixtapes, curated and created by Quinn

Drain You is the story of a California teen who comes across a community of vampires: Summer. The ’90s. The rich, sun-bleached neighborhoods of the Los Angeles canyons. Enter Quinlan Lacey, a cool, bored, sarcastic, sexy 17-year-old with a dull part-time video store job and a mild case of teen ennui. That is, until she meets the alluring, River Phoenix-esque James, and realizes the hills are alive with the undead. Inspired more by the early, dry L. A. short stories of Bret Easton Ellis than the current crop of serialized vampire fiction, the supernatural grunge romance, Drain You, narrates the headaches and heartbreaks Quinn undergoes in her quest to stay sane and cool and in love and alive.

A Publisher’s Weekly review gushes that “Bloom debuts with a languid, stylish novel that reads like a love letter to cult vampire flicks like The Lost Boys, the work of Francesca Lia Block, and Southern California in the 1990s.” For more reviews, check out Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Still uncertain? Check out the book trailer:


I gave the book 4 out of 5 cupcakes (my review was originally published here), primarily because Quinn is so realistic and likable. I admit to finding parts of the book repetitive, but I could not stop reading it. And that is the sign of a book book, non?

About the author:  Bloom’s first short story “Love And Other Catastrophes: A Mix Tape” was featured in Story Quarterly and selected by Dave Eggers for inclusion in The Best American Nonrequired Reading: 2003 (Houghton-Mifflin), which he curates annually. Bloom is the founder of underground dance label 100% Silk (profiled here in LA Weekly) AND the producer/lead singer of the band LA Vampires (written up in The Guardian as well as Pitchfork and Fader). Her next book will be published through HarperTeen.

M. Beth lives on the east side of L.A. where she indulges in raw fooding, magazine subscribing, thrift shopping, Sunday matinee’ing, and ladies book clubbing.

Enter to win one of the prizes!


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The Reluctant Bachelorette

 The Reluctant Bachelorette
by Rachael Anderson
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
316 pages
Genre: romance, chick lit
Thanks to I am a Reader, Not a Writer for the preview
4 / 5 cupcakes

Have you ever wondered just how much ‘reality’ is in reality television?

That is one of the subjects broached, albeit tamely, in this sweet love story.

Taycee (I admit … that name gives me the shivers, and I kept wanting to call her Tracey) has lived in her small hometown forever, refusing to leave even after her parents’ deaths. Most of her friends moved on, including Jessa, her best friend who became a television producer. The person she misses the most, though, is Luke Carney, a man she has secretly loved since childhood.

But Shelter Springs is struggling, and Jessa has a plan to revive the town: have an online dating contest, in which Taycee is the prize. Since Taycee’s love for Shelter Springs knows no bounds, she agrees … reluctantly. Well, guess who returns home, just in time to get himself on the show? That’s right, Luke.

Yes, we all know where this is headed. And, yes, there is a strong chance that you will get sugar shock and need insulin relief.

But despite the sweetness of this book, there is an underlying melancholy, and that’s what attracted me to it. Taycee is darling, but she also suffers. Her parents are dead, her brother moved to the big city, and she can’t seem to get her bearings, even if she has remained in one place her whole life. She hates seeing Shelter Springs lose itself, so she allows herself to be a bachelorette in a contest, even if the idea fills her with self-loathing.

Then there is the lack of reality in this show. Taycee comes to especially despise the staging of her dates, frustrated with the voting public’s failure to see the truth behind the facade. It makes you wonder how much of what is purported to be ‘reality’ on television is fake. (I think we all know the answer to this, though, don’t we?)

Then there is Luke. Oh, how she has loved him and pined for him. Yet she believes he sees her as nothing more than his best friend’s little sister. Can she help him see that she is a grown woman with the desires of one?

Much seems perfect in Shelter Springs, sort of a Stars Hollow, Gilmore Girls kind of schtick. Fortunately, though, Taycee revives the sugar coma. The fact that Rachael Anderson crafted a multidimensional character such as Taycee makes this an enjoyable and, yes, sweet book to read.

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Hot in Handcuffs Giveaway Hop

Who doesn’t like to get a little spicy every now and then?
(Okay … maybe more now than then …)

The ladies at Under the Covers are hosting a fabulous giveaway:

Hot in Handcuffs


Simply complete the Rafflecopter below for your chance
to win a digital copy of


AND

That’s right – BOTH BOOKS!

Make sure you drop by the other blogs participating in this giveaway.


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