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Giveaway: The Darkest Minds Series by Alexandra Bracken

[ 0 ] October 20, 2014

set the world on fire prize pack

Celebrate the October 28th release of In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken and get ready to set the world on fire! Enter for your chance to win a custom Darkest Minds candle and The Darkest Minds series & tote bag!

Check out all the books in the series:

the darkest minds book trilogy

Book 1: The Darkest Minds | eBook Novella 1.5: In Time | Book 2: Never Fade | eBook Novella 2.5: Sparks Rise | Book 3: In the Afterlight

ABOUT IN THE AFTERLIGHT

Ruby can’t look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government’s attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. Only Ruby can keep their highly dangerous prisoner in check. But with Clancy Gray, there’s no guarantee you’re fully in control, and everything comes with a price.

When the Children’s League disbands, Ruby rises up as a leader and forms an unlikely allegiance with Liam’s brother, Cole, who has a volatile secret of his own. There are still thousands of other Psi kids suffering in government “rehabilitation camps” all over the country. Freeing them–revealing the governments unspeakable abuses in the process–is the mission Ruby has claimed since her own escape from Thurmond, the worst camp in the country.

But not everyone is supportive of the plan Ruby and Cole craft to free the camps. As tensions rise, competing ideals threaten the mission to uncover the cause of IANN, the disease that killed most of America’s children and left Ruby and others with powers the government will kill to keep contained. With the fate of a generation in their hands, there is no room for error. One wrong move could be the spark that sets the world on fire.

ABOUT SPARKS RISE (The Darkest Minds: 2.5 e-Book release)

This new eBook Novella connects the last two novels in The Darkest Minds trilogy.

Sam didn’t think things could get worse at Thurmand rehabilitation camp. Then the Reds arrive. Everyone assumed the kids with firepower had been killed years ago. Instead they were taken away, brainwashed, and returned as terrifyingly effective guards. To her horror, Sam recognizes one of them: Lucas, the one spark of light in Sam’s dark childhood.

Lucas has a deadly secret–he beat the brutal training that turned his fellow Reds into mindless drones. When Sam defends herself against an attack by a vile PSF guard and faces a harrowing punishment, Lucas must risk his everything to save her.

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Giveaway: Compulsion by Martina Boone

[ 11 ] October 17, 2014

compulsion by martina boone book coverI have a copy of Compulsion by Martina Boone to give away!

Open to US residents only

About the book

Three plantations. Two gifts. One ancient curse.

All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead–a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who somehow seems to know what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family’s twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

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Pre-Release Blitz: Caged in Winter by Brighton Walsh

[ 1 ] October 15, 2014
Welcome to the pre-release celebration blitz for Caged in Winter by Brighton Walsh!

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5 lucky readers will win a copy of the book – enter below!

About the book

In this emotional and sexy New Adult debut from Brighton Walsh, the only thing more frightening than commitment is hope…

Aspiring chef Cade Maxwell is immediately, viscerally attracted to Winter Jacobson. But it’s not her mouthwatering curves he’s drawn to—it’s the strange emptiness in her eyes. When Cade saves her from a drunken customer with grabby hands, he’s shocked at her response…

Winter doesn’t need Cade’s help. After a lifetime of getting by on her own, she’s happy to rely on herself. She’s exactly seventy-six days away from graduating college, and if she can hold it together that long, she’ll finally be able to rise above the crappy hand she was dealt.

But now, every time she turns around, Cade is there, ready to push her, smile at her, distract her from her plans. Winter knows she can’t afford to open up—especially to a man she’s terrified to actually want…

About the author

Brighton Walsh spent nearly a decade as a professional photographer before deciding to take her storytelling in a different direction and reconnect with writing. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children.

Learn more about the book

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Jane Austen Themed Giveaway

[ 29 ] October 8, 2014

91QoLbmImqLI have a special treat for all Jane Austen fans out there! One lucky winner will receive copies of First Impressions by Charlie Lovett and a copy of Penguin Classics hardcover of Pride and Prejudice!

Open to US and Canada residents only

About First Impressions

Charlie Lovett’s best-selling debut novel The Bookman’s Tale introduced scores of readers to the true meaning of the word bibliophile. In his delightful second novel, First Impressions, Lovett once again immerses readers in a world where books hold closely guarded secrets that threaten to turn the literary world upside down. For Lovett, a former antiquarian bookseller and collector, old books hold a power like none other; in his thrilling, suspenseful mysteries, their contents become matters of life and death.

In 1796, Jane Austen is living in Hampshire and working on her first book, an epistolary novel tentatively titled Elinor and Marianne, when she strikes up an unlikely friendship with an aging cleric named Richard Mansfield. An author himself—albeit of a less-than-artful book of allegories—Mansfield soon becomes Jane’s closest literary companion. On long walks through the countryside and engaging chats by the fire, they offer each other not only friendship, but also professional advice. Neither can foresee the impact their collaborations will have on future generations.

In present day London, Sophie Collingwood is a lifelong book lover bereft at the loss of her beloved Uncle Bertram. After his books are sold off to pay debts, Sophie takes a job at an antiquarian bookshop hoping to earn enough to slowly buy back the books and restore his collection. When, on the same day, two customers request a copy of the same obscure book—the second edition of Little Book of Allegoriesby Richard Mansfield—Sophie is drawn into a mystery that will cast doubt on the true authorship of Pride and Prejudice. Sophie, a dogged researcher and devoted Jane Austen fan, is quickly drawn into a frantic search for a book that threatens not just Jane Austen’s reputation, but Sophie’s own life.

Combining a very Austen-like love triangle; a portrait of one of our greatest literary legends; and a tribute to the typesetters and printing presses of the eighteenth century, First Impressions will charm bibliophiles and Jane Austen lovers everywhere. Lovett skillfully pulls readers into his world where true joy comes from a life lived in books.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: A Penny for the Hangman by Tom Savage

[ 4 ] October 6, 2014

a-penny-for-the-hangmanPlease join Tom Savage, author of A Penny for the Hangman, as he tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Enter to win a copy of the book and a $25 GC to the eBook retailer of your choice below

Reviewed by Meghan Hyden

“Everyone is capable of murder.  The urge to kill can infect anyone, at any time.  Murderers may be the least likely people, their prey the least likely targets and their killing grounds the least likely crime scenes imaginable.”

The cover of this book caught my attention (simplistic, yet with a mysterious, almost creepy, feel to it), as did the author (I have heard some really great things about Tom Savage), so when I was scrolling through the list of books up for review, I had to stop and find out more.

Fifty years ago, two young friends, who were teenagers at the time, committed a heinous murder–killing all four of their parents and a housekeeper.  They were found guilty and, after getting out of prison, pretty much disappeared from the public eye.

Karen Taylor, a reporter, has the opportunity at the story of her career, meeting up with a mysterious man (she believes he is one of the murderers) who is willing to give her an exclusive, responding to the unanswered questions that have plagued so many minds since the murders happened. To do this, she must meet him at the crime scene–on the island of St Thomas in the Caribbean.

This was a really great read and one that I finished in one sitting. The characters were well written, the story very interesting and the twists and turns made it impossible for me to put down.

One of the things I like most about the book is HOW the story is told. It is not Karen writing the book, but James O’Brien, her boyfriend (who is also an author) trying to tell Karen’s story. He uses journal entries (her’s and one of the murderers’), as well as excerpts from books and articles written on the event, to help tell the full story of not only what happened 50 years ago, but also what happened when Karen decided to take that trip alone to St Thomas.

If you are a fan of mystery and suspense, especially when it comes to murder, this is definitely a book you should add to your TBR list. I really enjoyed it and plan to take a look at some more of Tom’s books.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

You can find Meghan (that’s Meghan spelled the right way) over on her book-ish blog The Gal in the Blue Mask. She’s an avid reader, a book editor, a story teller, a purveyor of delectable fare and pulchritudinous confections, and the best aunt in the world. She loves gardening, hiking, cooking and spending time at the zoo, library and museums. She may not be able to find her wallet, car keys or sunglasses, but she always knows where her Kindle is.

Review and giveaway copies were provided by Random House. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.

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Giveaway: French Pastry Murder by Leslie Meier

[ 16 ] October 2, 2014

9780758277046I have a copy of French Pastry Murder by Leslie Meier to give away!

Open to US residents only

About the book

Tinker’s Cove is abuzz with excitement when Norah, the queen of daytime TV, comes to town and selects Lucy and her pals to be featured in her “Women Who Make a Difference” episode. In recognition for their charitable work, the ladies and their husbands are awarded a dream vacation in Paris, complete with classes at Le Cooking School with renowned pastry chef Larry Bruneau. But their bon voyage is cut short when Lucy discovers the chef in a pool of blood on the second day of class. . .

Lucy always dreamed of visiting Paris, but with Chef Larry on death’s doorstep and Lucy and her friends detained for questioning, she’s worried she’ll be trading in her luxury accommodations for a sojourn in the bastille. If she’s going to enjoy her vacation, she’ll have to unpack her sleuthing skills and clear her name.

Lucy’s search for the truth takes her from the towers of Notre Dame to the gardens of Versailles and a dozen charming bistros in between. But will she be able to track down a killer more elusive than the perfect macaroon?

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