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Blog Tour & Giveaway: A Breast Cancer Alphabet by Madhulika Sikka

[ 6 ] October 23, 2014

breast cancer alphabet book coverPlease join Madhulika Sikka, author of A Breast Cancer Alphabet, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Enter to win a copy below – open to US and Canada residents

Reviewed by Vera Pereskokova

When I was going through my own breast cancer journey (and I am still not sure I like referring to it as a “journey”), I was constantly struggling to find something I could finish reading in the chemo chair before the Benadryl IV drip kicked in. Although I read Breast Cancer Alphabet some time after I finished chemo, I could instantly appreciate Madhulika Sikka’s intention to give breast cancer patients a quick but meaningful read.

In 2010, Sikka was a journalist with NPR; four days before her very first interview in the Oval Office, she underwent a needle biopsy to determine if a mass in her breast was malignant. Shortly after the interview with President Obama was over, Sikka heard the diagnosis from her doctor: “You have breast cancer.” And thus began the whirlwind that accompanies those words–scans and more scans, blood tests, appointments with surgeons and oncologists and radiologists, surgeries and recoveries, pills of all shapes and sizes, and the list goes on. Beating cancer is a full time job.

There is a chapter in Sikka’s book for each letter in the alphabet, and she associates each letter with a particular aspect of one’s breast cancer journey.

My favorite chapters were titled “F is for Fashion Accessories” and “P is for Pillows“. You may wonder, “What do fashion accessories have to do with cancer?” I personally commend Sikka for including this chapter and another one on looks. Going through chemo, radiation and other types of treatment is tough and draining and sometimes all I wanted to do was go out to dinner and feel normal. That is where scarves and earrings came in and I enjoyed simply spending a few moments worrying about regular things like make-up. In “P is for Pillows” Sikka discusses a topic that was near and dear to my heart after surgeries, during chemo, and many times in between. If you’re scratching your head, read Sikka’s excellent description of the effects of mastectomies on your pectoral muscles. Wedge pillows are a godsend and can make the miserable mastectomy experience just a bit easier.

Sikka expertly maneuvers all the topics that would occupy a breast cancer patient’s mind and does so with grace and humor. In A Breast Cancer Alphabet, Sikka provides both a manual for the novices and a relatable story for the survivors.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Random House. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.

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Giveaway: Owning Violet by Monica Murphy

[ 3 ] October 22, 2014

owning violet book coverI have a copy of Owning Violet by Monica Murphy to give away!

Open to US and Canada residents only

About the book

New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy begins a sexy new contemporary romance series—perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Emma Chase—that introduces three sisters born to wealth, raised to succeed, ready to love, destined to make waves.

Owning Violet focuses on Violet Fowler, the obedient and dutiful middle Fowler sister who has been raised to never cause a fuss or make a scene. When her philandering boyfriend Zachary secures an overseas promotion with no thought towards their future, Violet’s mysterious bad boy coworker, Ryder McKay, starts making a play for her and Violet is eager for a quick affair to get over her heartbreak.

Unbeknownst to her, Ryder has two goals in mind: seducing Violet Fowler…and a promotion at Fleur Cosmetics. But love has another plan in mind for the both of them.

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Giveaway: The Darkest Minds Series by Alexandra Bracken

[ 16 ] 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!

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Get additional chances to win by seeking out all 5 color prize packs! there will be a total of 50 Psi-group giveaways across the book blogosphere throughout September & October leading up to the release of In the Afterlight!

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


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

[ 14 ] 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

[ 33 ] 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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