Monday, December 31, 2012

Lady Crenshaw's Christmas by Heidi Ashworth, Book Review




Blurb from the novella:

Ginny and her beloved Anthony, Lord Crenshaw, are finally married and have spent the bulk of their first blissful six months of marriage in the country. However, Ginny must now hostess a Christmas ball at Dunsmere, the estate of the dowager Duchess of Marcross. How is a mere vicar's daughter to carry off such an event with no experience and little exposure to the ways of the ton? And how is she to meet the expectations of her Grandaunt Regina, earn the good graces of Anthony's uncle the Duke of Marcross, endure the spite of the duke's new wife, manage the hysterical escapades of Lucinda, Lady Avery, and find the perfect gift for her husband, all while expecting a babe? All these questions and more are answered in Lady Crenshaw's Christmas, a short story follow-up to two full length novels, Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind and Miss Delacourt Has Her Day available via Montlake Romance.


My Review:

I love a good regency story and I love Christmas stories, so this novella was a bonus for me!  I am new to the Miss Delacourt series, I confess I have not read the first two full-length novels, but that didn't pose a problem for this regency short.  I was able to understand the characters and their relationships even though I haven't read the previous novels.  I enjoyed the loving and tender relationship between Ginny and Anthony.  Lady Avery and her husband were hilarious and without them the ball would not have been the same!  I thoroughly enjoyed this regency short and look forward to reading the first two full-length novels from this series!  Four stars!

You can pick up Lady Crenshaw's Christmas via Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!


Source:  Author for review

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Indomitable by J. Meyers, Book Review







Blurb from the novella:

Perhaps the most dangerous person to gain unimaginable power is the one who feels oppressed.

And full of wrath. For very good reason.




My Review:


Indomitable is a novella about the character Jonas from J. Meyers full-length novel, Intangible.  I loved this novella, I read it in one sitting!  I was surprised by the depth of emotion that was portrayed in Jonas' story.  I definitely was not expecting such sadness and heartbreak, yet I feel that I now understand his character much better than I did before.  I also appreciated that I got more insight into other characters from Intangible through Jonas' story.  If you are looking for a light read, this is not it.  Jonas' story is heartbreaking.  I don't want to say more because I don't want to spoil it.  The novella ends right where he meets Sera in Intangible.  I appreciated this story very much!!!  I hope that J. Meyers decides to write many more books in this series because I can't get enough!  Five stars!!! 

 

You can pick up Indomitable via Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Author for review

Thursday, December 27, 2012

North Pole High: Rebel Without A Claus




Blurb from the book:


MEET SIXTEEN YEAR OLD CANDYCANE CLAUS. She's the most popular girl at North Pole High. Her father is world-famous. And every day is Christmas. What more could any girl want? BOYS! And the new boy, Rudy Tutti, is hot chocolate. But he hates anything to do with Christmas! When Candy and Rudy are forced to work together on a school Christmas-tree project, her world is turned upside down: Her grades start to suffer, she loses her taste for ice cream, and now the two North-Star-cross'd teens must contend with her overprotective father — Santa Claus — before Christmas is ruined for EVERYONE!


 My Review:


 I would like to thank the author for providing a copy of the book for review. When I read the summary for the book I was excited because the summary was great and I love a good Christmas book!  When I began reading though, I was highly disappointed by the cheesy details of the novel.  The chef to the Claus family was a penguin named Chefy and a high school teacher was a polar bear named Mr. Polar Bear!  What took the cake for me was one of the main character's names was Rudy Tutti!! All I could think of when I read that was 'fresh and fruity' from IHOP.  These details made it difficult for me to enjoy the book and I found myself working to read it. Not exactly how I like my reading to go. Although the premise of the book was a good one, the details were too distracting for me to enjoy it. Two stars.






 You can pick this book via Amazon.


  Happy Reading!!!

Monday, December 24, 2012

The Table in the Window by Elaine Cantrell, Book Review






Blurb from the novella:




Being dumped by your gorgeous fiancĂ© is bad enough no matter when it happens, but he did it at Christmas time! Marley thinks she’ll never get over it, but Rob Travers disagrees. He sets out to win Marley’s heart, well aware that when she finds out about his past, she may turn her back on him forever.
 
 
My Review:
 
I am a new reader of Elaine Cantrell so I wasn't sure what to expect at all.  I was pleasantly surprised!  I was immediately interested in the story from the first page!  Marley's story was interesting and I found myself sympathizing with her and cheering for her!  I didn't want to put this book down until I was finished!  Don't discount it because it is a novella, it is very well written and the story has a way of drawing you into it.  The characters are relatable and the emotions were heart-felt!  I gobbled this novella up as fast as I could read it and I would read it again!  Four and a half stars and I look forward to reading more from Elaine Cantrell! 
 
 
You can pick up this book via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Publisher for review

Sunday, December 23, 2012

I am back up and running!!!

Woo-hoo, I am back up and running!!!  I have three reviews to write so I will do that tonight and post one first thing tomorrow for you!  It has been a LONG five days for me being away from my blog and I am so happy to be back!  Reading is my passion and I am grateful to have a way to share it with others!  Merry Christmas, I have three or four more Christmas book reviews coming this week :)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

My computer is down...

My computer is currently down and posting from my phone is incredibly difficult. Please bear with me, I will be back up and posting reviews as soon as possible!! Thank you so much for stopping by Books Are Sanity!!!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Parting Gift by Rachel VanDyken, Leah Sanders, Book Review






Blurb from the book:


Blaine Graham lost his mother at the tender age of eleven. Grief over the loss drove a wedge between him and his father, and soon proved too difficult for him to deal with. At the age of sixteen, he falsified his papers and made the trip across the border into Canada with his best friend to join the Royal Canadian Air Force and enter the war in Europe as a pilot. Ten years later Captain Graham finds himself flying commercial jets in Boston – his estranged father and his past life all but forgotten, until the day he receives a telegram from his dying father asking him to come home.

The persistent Mara Crawford, a live-in nurse, has experienced her fair share of loss as well. Her attachment to Blaine’s father drives her desire to bring reconciliation between the two men before time runs out for her patient. But her best laid plans didn’t include falling in love again.



My Review:

I will admit that it was a bit hard for me to get into this story since it started with a funeral.  I was expecting something else for a Christmas themed story.  However, once I got through the first part of the book, I became intrigued with the story and reading on was not a problem!  Blaine was an intriguing character and I really felt compassion for his loss of family.  I found myself putting myself in Blaine's shoes and asking myself how I would have felt if I were in his place?  Would I be able to forgive my father and would I trust my heart to be able to love?  This story really tugs at your heart strings and makes you think about what is important in life.  Although I found some parts predictable, it was overall a very nice read.  Three and a half stars.


You can pick up The Parting Gift via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Publisher for review

Thursday, December 13, 2012

FREE December 13 and 14th, Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren



This amazing series by Lisa T. Bergren is one of my absolute favorites of all time!  Today December 13th and tomorrow December 14th, the first book in the series, Waterfall is FREE!!!!  So hurry and pick up your own copy for you and for your friends!  Here is a quick blurb from the book:


What do you do when your knight in shining armor lives, literally, in a different world?

Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives among the romantic hills with their archaelogist parents. Stuck among the rubble of the medieval castles in rural Tuscany, on yet another hot, dusty archaeological site, Gabi and Lia are bored out of their minds...until Gabi places her hand atop a handprint in an ancient tomb and finds herself in fourteenth-century Italy. And worse yet, in the middle of a fierce battle between knights of two opposing forces.

Suddenly Gabi's summer in Italy is much, much more interesting.



Here are some links to pick it up!

Amazon 

Barnes and Noble 

Christian Book 


HAPPY READING!!!

*All books were free at the time of this posting.
 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Release Day for Princess of the Silver Woods (Princess, #3) by Jessica Day George!!!



Released today, December 11, 2012!!!

Blurb from the book:

When Petunia, the youngest of King Gregor's twelve dancing daughters, is invited to visit an elderly friend in the neighboring country of Westfalin, she welcomes the change of scenery. But in order to reach Westfalin, Petunia must pass through a forest where strange two-legged wolves are rumored to exist. Wolves intent on redistributing the wealth of the noble citizens who have entered their territory. But the bandit-wolves prove more rakishly handsome than truly dangerous, and it's not until Petunia reaches her destination that she realizes the kindly grandmother she has been summoned to visit is really an enemy bent on restoring an age-old curse. The stories of Red Riding Hood and Robin Hood get a twist as Petunia and her many sisters take on bandits, grannies, and the new King Under Stone to end their family curse once and for all.

 I loved this book so much!  If you have read the Princess series by Jessica Day George, you will love this concluding book to the series!  You can read my review here.  If you haven't read them, pick up the first, Princess of the Midnight Ball and the second, Princess of Glass!  They are phenomenal reads if you like fairy-tale retellings!  

You can pick this awesome book up via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Happy Reading!!!

Monday, December 10, 2012

The Million Dollar Gift by Cheree Alsop, Book Review






Blurb from the book:


When Chase risks his life to save a brother and sister just before Christmas, his life becomes entwined with theirs more intricately than he could have imagined. Emotional and moving, this is a story of a young man whose troubled heart is tested by the one thing he is unprepared to face, love.

My Review:
 
This is not your typical Christmas story, it is so much more than that.  The Million Dollar Gift is an emotional and poignant novel.  Chase is troubled and feels like he has no worth.  When he makes a split decision to try to save two people, his life is changed forever.  What one family can see in him, he cannot see in himself.  Chase's journey is emotional and one you will be happy you chose to read.  I don't cry during movies or books, but this one brought tears to my eyes.  An amazing story filled with truth that many fail to see, that love and family are the best gifts of all.  Five stars and I will recommend this to everyone!

You can pick up The Million Dollar Gift via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Author for review

Saturday, December 8, 2012

A Timeless Romance Anthology (Winter Collection), Book Review






Blurb:

Six Award-Winning Authors have contributed brand new stories to A Timeless Romance Anthology: Winter Collection. A collection unlike any other, readers will love this compilation of six sweet historical romance novellas, set in varying eras, yet all with one thing in common: Romance.

The Road to Cavan Town by Sarah M. Eden, set in 1864 Ireland, combines Eden’s sense of humor with her signature sweet romance. Alice Wheatley walks each weekend into town, accompanied by Isaac Dancy. And while Alice finds herself falling in love with the gentleman, unfortunately he has his eyes set on the belle of the town, Miss Sophia Kilchrest. Alice must find a way to turn Isaac’s eyes toward her.

Regency author Heidi Ashworth’s delightful story, It Happened Twelfth Night, set in England 1812, follows Luisa Darlington who discovers the man of her dreams, Percy Brooksby, isn’t in love with her as much as she thought he was. When Percy’s friend, the mysterious foreigner, Mr. Flynn, visits for the twelfth night holiday, he promptly sweeps Luisa off her feet, quite literally. Luisa is left catching her breath in more ways than one.

An Unexpected Proposal by Annette Lyon is a captivating romantic novella, set in remote Wood Camp, the snowy canyon of Logan, Utah, 1880. When Caroline Simpson is forced to thwart the aggressive advances of Mr. Butch Larson, she discovers that her long-time friend, James, has genuine affection for her. But as stubborn as Caroline is, she minimizes the feelings he’s awakened in her, and it takes almost losing James to admit her true feelings for him.

In Joyce Di Pastena’s charming medieval story, Caroles on the Green, we enter England of 1151, in which Lady Isabel has a dilemma. She promises herself that she’ll marry the man who sent a ring hidden in her pastry since the man she truly loves, Sir Lucian de Warrene, has proved to be impossible and exasperating. To forget him, Isabel sets her eyes on other eligible men, only to face another confrontation with Lucian—who isn’t about to back off and leave her to her newest plot.

Donna Hatch’s enchanting novella, A Winter’s Knight, begins when Clarissa Fairchild’s coach just happens to break down in front of the most forbidding estate in the county, that of Wyckburg Castle, a place where young brides have been murdered for generations by their husbands. Clarissa is horrified yet curious all in the same breath. When she meets widower Christopher de Champs, Earl of Wyckburg, she must decide if she should flee or uncover the greatest secret in the county about her handsome rescuer.

In Heather B. Moore’s exciting turn-of-the-century story, A Fortunate Exile, Lila Townsend finds herself the victim of a broken heart—broken by the most notorious bachelor in 1901 New York City. If that isn’t bad enough, her father sends her to Aunt Eugenia’s remote farm where Lila must wait for her father’s anger to subside and the gossip columns to find new fodder. When Lila meets her aunt’s boarder, Peter Weathers, she discovers a man who isn’t afraid to stand up to her formidable family and take a chance on a woman with a sullied reputation.



My Review:

Wow!!!  First, I have to say that this is a great value for your money!  Six amazing novellas from six amazing authors!!!  This is a great deal and would make a wonderful Christmas gift :)  The cover is beautiful!  I LOVED this collection of short stories!  They are all clean historical romance novellas.  Each story was unique and captured my attention!  I found myself drawn into each novella and I was amazed at the character development!  How can I pick a favorite among them?  It wouldn't be fair, so I won't ;)  Just know that you won't be disappointed with these stories! Some authors are old favorites of mine and some were new to me, however I loved each and every story!  They are all so different, yet each one had something in common, finding true love.  If you love romance stories and historical fiction, then you will love this collection of short stories!  Five Stars!!!

P.S.  It says at the end that there is a new Spring Collection coming out soon!!!  I am excited and looking forward to reading this one, so be sure to look for it!


You can pick this up via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

 Happy Reading!!!

Source:   Author for review 



Thursday, December 6, 2012

Scavenger Hunt for Eternal Hope

Welcome to the Eternal Hope Scavenger Hunt!!!  I bet you have been hopping around cyber space hoping to find all of the keys words!  Are you shaking with the anticipation of it all?  I bet you are!  So onwards we go!  You can find all of the information for the hunt here on my blog.  I have a copy of the excerpt to fill out and links to the other blogs for today!  Good luck and have fun :-)





Book Information



Title: Eternal Hope
Series: The Hope Series, Book Two
Author: Frankie Rose
Published: October 10, 2012
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Synopsis:
He loves me, he loves me not, he loves me

When your friends go missing and you don’t know if they’re dead or alive; when you tie your soul to the one you love; when you kill to protect and your family suffers, there’s only one thing you can do:

Move to Montana.

Farley Hope is special. She was prophesied to kill the forebears of her bloodline- a race of cold-blooded Reavers, men who steal the souls of the living to gain power. The Quorum had counted on Farley ending her own life in the process, but when Kayden came to her aid and helped save both her and Daniel, he undid their plans. Now the Quorum are displeased, not only with Kayden, but with Farley and Daniel too. Though her father is now dead, Farley’s troubles with the Reavers are far from over. An ancient Immortal, trapped for a thousand years, wants Farley for himself, and he will stop at nothing to claim her.

With secrets that lead to anger and pain, that turn friendship to dust, the group must overcome the problems within their own circle before they have a hope of fighting off the powers that threaten their lives.





About the Author:
As a child, I was always accused of being bookish because I wore glasses- big, horrible, ugly ones with too-thick lenses. Those kids, the super smart ones who always know which tender insecurities to poke at in order to provoke

life-long complexes, used to accuse me of reading too many books and that my eyes were going to rot out of my head (their words, not mine!)

The truth of the matter was a little more embarrassing: I used to sit too close to the T.V. That was the reason why I had to wear glasses, but kids don’t really care about small, insignificant details like the truth, and so I was labelled a nerd. The label kinda stuck, and after some sage advice from my awesome nana (nana, you rock!) I decided that if I was going to be abused for my supposed literary obsession, I might as well develop one.

I guess that’s how I got into books and reading at an early age. Since then, I’ve been ripping through books like they’re going out of fashion, which, thankfully, they’re not. Good thing, too, because I’m a writer now, and books are my business!

Thank you to everyone who has supported and encouraged me on my journey- look for your names in the acknowledgements! And a big thank you to you, the reader. I hope you’ve fallen in love with Farley and Daniel just like I have, and that you’ll join them in the next book, Eternal Hope!



Excerpt 

Farley felt her face redden, which was _________ inappropriate. Daniel and Kayden were _______ she was watching, and for once their sparring lacked the flashy showmanship they usually employed to _______ her. For the two of them, nothing _______ beyond the dimly lit parameters of the hangar. Beyond the lunge, beyond the parry, beyond the block.
This was how it would really go down, if they ever meant to do serious harm to one _______. Movements fluid and graceful, there was _________ primal about their circling. Quick _______ of calculating eyes, green and blue, preempting the other’s next move. Kayden’s hair was darkened with sweat, but both their chests rose and fell with __________ regularity. In and out. Slow and steady. The stern, focused expressions on their faces said ____ were in total control.
Farley let the darkness wash over her and kept her presence hidden. The confrontation was too ___________ to interrupt. Bare chests, muscled and tanned; silver flashes of metal as their blades sang through the air. Even Cliff would have been impressed. Farley bit her ______ lip as Kayden darted _______ in a sure leap, thrusting out with deadly precision towards Daniel’s throat.
The ______ would have been a killing blow. Would have been, if it had even ______. Daniel sprang back and duck-rolled over the dusty floor, crouching into a defensive pose. With his knife ________, his eyes lifted to fix on Kayden, but they _____ quite made it.
Farley’s heart leapt to her throat. Those eyes, piercing and sharp, fixed on her _______. She swallowed and braced against the wall behind her, trying to camouflage with the _______. Kayden shifted forward, ready to take _________ of Daniel’s distracted position, but the dark-haired boy simply lifted his hand. A wordless gesture:
____.
Kayden stopped.
Robotically, Daniel rose, his _____ suddenly vanished, and dropped the knife into the dirt. Kayden’s apparent confusion only lasted a second; the moment he ________ it - that she was there - was _______. One second he was ________ Daniel’s creased brow, the next he had spun around impossibly quickly and was staring, too. Blue and Green. Farley felt her throat closing up. She opened her mouth to speak, but nothing came out.
Daniel brushed a hand back through his slightly curling hair, his face trained into a nothing __________. There was ______ he could do to hide the war in his eyes, ______. “So you’re back.”
Silence flooded the hangar. Farley took a moment to _______, pretending not to ______ Kayden’s fist clenching repeatedly ______ the handle of his knife.
“Yes,” she whispered, her voice _______. “I guess I am.”

Here are the links to the other blogs participating today:







Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A Candlelight Courting by Joyce DiPastena, Book Review

 




Blurb from the novella:


When Burthred comes courting on Christmas Eve, Meg rejects his advances. She has her heart set on becoming a nun and insists that he call her Christina, the spiritual name she has chosen for herself. She tries to make him swear on her box of holy relics that he will not pursue her, but he carefully words his oath to allow him to stay in her candlelit chamber and try to change her mind.

What Meg does not confess is that her reliquary box holds a secret.
Burthred needs a wife, and no one will satisfy him except Meg. He swore on his father’s deathbed that he would marry her. But Burthred has a secret, too. When they come together before the Yule fire, their shared revelations will either join their hearts together or tear them apart.


My Review:

Joyce DiPastena does a beautiful job of bringing the reader straight into the medieval times and into Meg's world!  The descriptions of her home made me feel like I was right there watching the events unfold.  I loved how Meg called herself Christina because she had already committed herself to become a nun.  She was such a strong-willed character!  Even though it is a short story, I felt like I came to know Meg and Burthred.  Both of them had secrets they were keeping and by candlelight they discovered them!  A Candlelight Courting is romantic and has some drama in it as well!  There is a nice twist at the end that I appreciated and my only complaint would be that the story ended!  Four and a half stars!  

You can pick up A Candlelight Courting via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Happy Reading!!!

I received this book for free.  This is my honest review.





Sunday, December 2, 2012

Finding The Baby Jesus by Kimball Fisher, Book Review, Guest Post & Giveaway!





Blurb from the book:


After being forced to wear lederhosen for the annual holiday card picture, twelve-year-old Chris thinks that the least his parents can do is get him the Tony Hawk skateboard he wants for Christmas. But when he recovers the hand-carved Baby Jesus that everyone thought had been destroyed in a fire the year his Grandma died, Chris realizes that some gifts are even more important than skateboards.

When the author had to discontinue a cherished tradition of reading Christmas stories out loud with his family and holiday guests each week in December, he wrote Finding the Baby Jesus. He had been unable to locate enough meaningful stories that could be read in a single sitting with wiggly children.


My Review:

Finding the Baby Jesus is a short, sweet and simple story that illustrates the real meaning of Christmas.  It is poignant and emotional.  It is beautifully written and tugs at your heart strings!  It is a quick read, only about ten minutes, but perfect to sit down and read with your family, kids, and grandkids.  It will hold your interest and theirs too.  It brings to light that giving is much more important than receiving and that some things are much more precious than what lies under the tree.  I love this book so much that I am going to buy a hardback copy for my Dad for Christmas!  He loves Christmas stories as much as I do, and he used to read to my siblings and I every Christmas season!  Five stars for a wonderful Christmas read!



Guest Post by Author Kimball Fisher

There is something special about the holiday season, and whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or other holiday traditions, it's a wonderful time to gather the family together and celebrate the things that make us appreciate spending time with each other. It is also, however, a difficult time for many. Especially for those who have had rich traditions of family togetherness who are now isolated from them, or who have lost those they love. When I wrote FINDING THE BABY JESUS, a short story about a boy who recovers a long-lost carving that everyone assumed had been lost when his grandmother died, I remembered the first holiday season I spent as a 14-year-old boy without my Grandpa. He was hospitalized for falling off a roof and died soon after a problem in surgery. I had been very close to my Grandpa, and that year I didn't feel like celebrating without him. It must have been even worse for my younger brothers and sisters. 

Perhaps this season, if we are blessed with a happy celebration full of love and family, we might find a way to share a little bit of it with those who are burdened by loss or loneliness. Isn't giving what the season is all about? My little book has a discussion guide with questions that can prompt a family activity to help others who are less fortunate.

Author Kimball Fisher


Kimball Fisher writes novels for young readers. He is also a best-selling business author, professional speaker, and management consultant. Some of his past jobs include: sailboat builder, ghost writer (not as scary as it sounds), illustrator, and factory manager (more scary than it sounds). For fun he builds furniture, stained-glass windows, and writing pens.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities (with minors in English, Asian Studies, and Japanese), and a Master of Organizational Behavior degree from Brigham Young University. He and his amazing wife Reenie live in Portland, Oregon, where they have seen pheasants, coyotes, and a bobcat in their own backyard.

You can find out more about author Kimball Fisher thru his website or Facebook.

You can pick up Finding the Baby Jesus via Amazon or  Smashwords.

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 Happy Reading!!!

 I received this book for free and this is my honest review.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

ReAwakened by Ada Adams, Book Review and Giveaway!








ReAwakened by Ada Adams (Angel Creek #2)
Publication Date: November 27th, 2012

Book Description:


Becoming a vampire guardian was Dawn Fairchild’s ticket out of the Scarlet House. Fresh off a successful mission, life in Angel Creek should have been great. But when her sort-of-maybe-boyfriend, Sebastian, disappears on a quest to help a beautiful vampire from his past, Dawn finds herself amidst a web of danger, lies, and deceit.

Joining forces with Razor, an enigmatic rebel lacking both a verbal and a physical filter, and her band of Misfits—Brooke, Sophie, Hunter, and Seth—Dawn is thrust into a race against the clock to solve the mystery surrounding brutal Born kidnappings and come to terms with the sudden discovery of her own unique powers. With time ticking away and Born vampires’ lives in jeopardy, it quickly becomes evident that someone—or something—desperately wants Dawn and is willing to shed any amount of blood to get her.

Dawn has only one chance to face her demons and overcome all obstacles standing in her way as she embarks on the biggest mission of her life—one that threatens a deadly outcome for all involved.



My Review:

ReAwakened is the second book in the Angel Creek Series by Ada Adams.  I have to say, this book ROCKED!!!   I love how Ms. Adams draws you into the story slowly and then WHAM!!!  The action and adventure just take off at an amazing speed!  Dawn is back and as usual, is out to save the world!  Sebastian is back and ooohh, we get to see so much more of who he is!  The sparks between the two are amazing and you can feel them!  What can I say about Razor?  How about that I love him!  He is funny, charming and witty! The book would be incomplete without him!  I had to stay up late to read this one folks, because the action gets intense and you won't want to put it down!  There are twists and wow are they shocking!!!  That is all that I will say, you have to read it to find out what they are!  ReAwakened is even better than ReVamped and that is saying alot since ReVamped was wonderful!  But ReAwakened has so much more to it!!!!  Don't miss this one, hurry over to your favorite retailer online or otherwise and pick up this book!!!  And if you haven't read ReVamped then pick up them both!  You won't be sorry!  FIVE STARS!!!


More About the Author:

“Many people sing in the shower. I write scenes in my head and act them out.”
At the age of five, Ada read her first chapter book—Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. Ever since that moment, she developed an intense passion for stories and characters found within the pages of literature.
In her career as an actress and a writer, Ada currently spends most of her days immersed in imaginary worlds. Much like the characters she enjoys playing and writing about, Ada is a martial artist with a Black Belt in Shotokan Karate. She is also a big proponent of lifelong learning, and has attained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (it aids in creating characters with unique quirks!) as well as a Master’s of Science in Education.
Ada strives to bring a fresh voice and perspective to fiction. She has been writing creatively for many years, and is an editor of a global fashion/literary magazine called VEUX. ReVamped is her debut novel.
She lives in Toronto, Canada, and enjoys adventurous nature hikes with her adorable puppies Cara and Oreo.
Connect with Ada Adams:




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- One main entry per person
- Must be 13 years or older to enter
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

All Fall Down by Julie Colter Bellon, Book Review and Giveaway!!!







About the Book
 
Author: Julie Coulter Bellon
Release Date: September 2012
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Genre: Romantic Suspense
 
Book Description:
 
Ring around the rosy, a pocket full of posies, ashes, ashes we all fall down . . . That simple rhyme turns negotiator Claire Michaels’ current hostage situation into an international incident. Claire just wants to help get everyone out safely, but as the crisis escalates she realizes she’s dealing with an al-Qaeda operative who has the means to become another bin Laden---with the potential to attack America.
 
Claire has her own personal reasons for wanting to stop al-Qaeda, but time is slipping away as negotiations break down. Can she overcome her scars of the past in order to get the hostage out alive and possibly stop an assault on U.S. national security? Navy SEAL Rafe Kelly is on leave to recover from a knee injury he suffered during his tour in Afghanistan and he doesn’t expect to be fighting terrorists on his home turf. But when he is taken hostage and his brother is kidnapped, Rafe teams up with a hostage negotiator in order to stay alive and get his brother back. The terrorist is always one step ahead of them, however, and the situation quickly turns from desperate to deadly. Will Rafe be able to save himself and his country without anyone he loves getting caught in the crossfire?
 
 
My Review:
 
I am new reader to author Julie Coulter Bellon and I have to say that if all of her books are like All Fall Down, then she has a new fan!  All Fall Down is definitely a suspense novel full of action, intrigue and a little bit of romance as well.  The characters are both extremely strong-willed or stubborn shall we say?  It was fun seeing Claire and Rafe's dynamic together when they were both so head-strong.  The book flowed well and I never felt like there was a part that was slow or failing to hold my interest.  I really enjoyed the premise of the book and the action and suspense kept me on my toes throughout!  Four stars!



Author Bio:
 
Julie Coulter Bellon is the author of seven international romantic suspense novels. She loves her work partly because she gets to travel to distant lands to research and add an authentic feel to all of her books. Her favorite cities so far are Athens, Paris, Ottawa, and London. She taught journalism at BYU for fourteen years and that kept her on the cutting edge of current events and world news---which is where she gets her story ideas. Julie offers writing and publishing tips as well as her take on life on her blog ldswritermom.blogspot.com.
 
 
 
Social Networking Links:

You can pick up your own copy of All Fall Down via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Giveaway Alert!!!

Julie is generously offering 7, yes 7 awesome giveaways for the tour!!  That means you have 7 chances at winning! (Pretty good odds, huh?!)
 
The prizes include:
  • (2) "Book Lovers'" baskets which include a copy of All Fall Down, a hand tied lap blanket, Julie's favorite hot chocolate mix, and a copy of Janice Sperry's Christmas novella, The Candy Cane Queen
  • (3) Print copies of All Fall Down
  • (2) Ebook copies of All Fall Down
To enter to win these prizes, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form provided. (Each tour stop will have the same Rafflecopter form).
  • Open from November 12 to December 7.
  • Must be 13+ years of age to enter
  • US mailing addresses only
Earn entries by doing any/all of the following:



a Rafflecopter giveaway I received this book for free.  This is my honest review.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George, Book Review






Blurb from the book:


When Petunia, the youngest of King Gregor's twelve dancing daughters, is invited to visit an elderly friend in the neighboring country of Westfalin, she welcomes the change of scenery. But in order to reach Westfalin, Petunia must pass through a forest where strange two-legged wolves are rumored to exist. Wolves intent on redistributing the wealth of the noble citizens who have entered their territory. But the bandit-wolves prove more rakishly handsome than truly dangerous, and it's not until Petunia reaches her destination that she realizes the kindly grandmother she has been summoned to visit is really an enemy bent on restoring an age-old curse. The stories of Red Riding Hood and Robin Hood get a twist as Petunia and her many sisters take on bandits, grannies, and the new King Under Stone to end their family curse once and for all.



My Review:

I love the twelve dancing princesses story!  It is one of my very favorite fairy tales!  I have read many different versions, yet I keep coming back to Jessica Day George's retelling.  She begins with her first in the series, Princess of the Midnight Ball, followed by the second in the series, Princess of Glass.  Each story gives a unique perspective to the magic and curse surrounding the twelve princesses.  The third and final book in the series, Princess of the Silver Woods, did not disappoint!  It incorporated even more fairy tales into the story, like Robin Hood and Little Red Riding Hood.  The book was fast-paced and all of my favorite characters were there!  Some new characters were introduced, some likeable and some that were not.  I felt myself trying to figure out who was really good and was putting on a facade!  In this final installment of the Princess series, Princess of the Silver Woods will have you on your toes as you take the adventure of a life-time!  Bravo, five stars to Jessica Day George!  I love her work and can't wait to see what she has in store for us next!

You can pick up Princess of the Silver Woods for pre-order via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
This book will be released December 11, 2012.

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Netgalley; publisher for review

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Eternal Hope by Frankie Rose, Book Review



Blurb from the book:

He loves me, he loves me not, he loves me

When your friends go missing and you don’t know if they’re dead or alive; when you tie your soul to the one you love; when you kill to protect and your family suffers, there’s only one thing you can do:

Move to Montana.

Farley Hope is special. She was prophesied to kill the forebears of her bloodline- a race of cold-blooded Reavers, men who steal the souls of the living to gain power. The Quorum had counted on Farley ending her own life in the process, but when Kayden came to her aid and helped save both her and Daniel, he undid their plans. Now the Quorum are displeased, not only with Kayden, but with Farley and Daniel too. Though her father is now dead, Farley’s troubles with the Reavers are far from over. An ancient Immortal, trapped for a thousand years, wants Farley for himself, and he will stop at nothing to claim her.

With secrets that lead to anger and pain, that turn friendship to dust, the group must overcome the problems within their own circle before they have a hope of fighting off the powers that threaten their lives.



My Review:

Eternal Hope is the second book in The Hope Series by Frankie Rose.  So if you haven't read Sovereign Hope then you want to read that first.  Eternal Hope started out slow for me, but once I got about a third of the way through the book, the pace picked up and  I didn't want to put it down!  I felt like I really got to know Daniel better in this book, whereas in Sovereign Hope he is more of mystery.  Farley and Daniel's relationship grows and it is nice to see it develop.  I loved the fast-pace towards the end and some total surprises that I didn't see coming!  Eternal Hope will take you on a wild ride and leave you in a place you didn't expect!  I was sad for the cliff-hanger, I want all of my questions answered now!  I look forward to book three and hope it comes out soon!  Four stars! (This book contains mild cussing)

You can pick up Eternal Hope via Amazon.

Happy Reading!!!


I received this book for free and this is my honest review.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Dreamspell by Tamara Leigh is FREE on Amazon!!!








This book is AMAZING!!!  And it just happens to be FREE right now over on Amazon!  Hurry over and pick up your copy, it is free until November 24th!!!  I have read and reviewed this book and trust me when I say that it is one you will not want to put down!!!  This is one you will be THANKFUL that you picked up!  I hope all of you have a happy day and enjoy your new book!!!

 Here is the blurb:


 A TIME TO LIVE. A TIME TO DIE. A TIME TO DREAM.

Sleep disorders specialist Kennedy Plain has been diagnosed with a fatal brain tumor. When her research subject dies after trying to convince her he has achieved dream-induced time travel and her study is shelved, she enlists herself as a subject to complete her research. But when she dreams herself into 14th-century England and falls into the hands of Fulke Wynland, a man history has condemned as a murderer, she must not only stay alive long enough to find a way to return to her own time, but prevent Fulke from murdering his young nephews. And yet, the more time she spends with the medieval warrior, the more difficult it is to believe he is capable of committing the heinous crime for which he has been reviled for 600 years.

Baron Fulke Wynland has been granted guardianship of his brother’s heirs despite suspicions that he seeks to steal their inheritance. When the king sends a mysterious woman to care for the boys, Fulke is surprised by the lady's hostility toward him--and more surprised to learn she is to be his wife. But when his nephews are abducted, the two must overcome their mutual dislike to discover the boys' fate. What Fulke never expects is to feel for this woman whose peculiar speech, behavior, and talk of dream travel could see her burned as a witch.



 Happy Reading!!!


This book was free at the time of posting.  

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Love At First Date by Susan Hatler, Book Review






Blurb from the book:


Ellen’s figured out that finding the right guy is all about compatibility. That’s why she’s signed up for Detailed Dating—the local online dating scene in Sacramento. Learning men’s preferences up front, plus a few weeks of email correspondence, has resulted in two candidates she’s excited to meet in person.

When Ellen’s best friend asks her to baby-sit her beloved pooch, dog-sitting leads to disaster and Ellen ends up at the local vet where she meets a man she can’t stop thinking about. Henry isn’t a logical choice, but Ellen suddenly finds herself signing up for a week-long doggy class to spend more time with him.

Now, Ellen has a choice: Go with one of the logical choices or let herself fall for the one man her heart seems to want.



My Review:

Susan Hatler has a knack for writing books that draw me in from the very first page!  I love her writing style, it flows easily and never has me backtracking.  Love At First Date is a cute novella length story about Ellen who thinks she has everything figured out when it comes to dating and compatibility!  She soon realizes that you can't plan love and it happens when and where it will.  Who will she choose?  Her match that is compatible on paper, or the one that makes her heart skip a beat?  Find a few hours and get cozy, Love At First Date is a fun read that you won't want to put down!  It is funny and romantic as well!  (Ellen loves shoes; who doesn't love shoes?!  I could relate to her just through her love of shoes alone!)  Four stars! 

You can pick up Love At First Date via Amazon.

Happy Reading!!!

I received a copy of this book for free and this is my honest review.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

A Flirtatious Rendezvous (Gentleman Next Door, #4) by Cecilia Gray, Book Review






Blurb from the novella:

Miss Hanna Morton is:
1. an affectionately dutiful daughter,
2. a hopeless romantic, and
3. desperately in love with one Mr. Hayden Banks despite good sense advising her to the contrary.

Mr. Hayden Banks is
1. a reluctantly dutiful son,
2. an ingenious mathematician, and
3. incredibly wary of one Miss Hanna Morton when his matchmaking mother sets them under the same roof.

Hanna is hoping for Hayden's heart, but what will become of their flirtatious rendezvous?



My Review:

At first I wasn't sure of this fourth installment in the Gentleman series.  It started off when the two main characters were only twelve years old.  Soon I realized that this was necessary to the story.  Hanna is constant in her love for Hayden and he knows it.  In turn, Hayden knows that he cannot and will not ever love Hanna in return.  However when a bet is struck between Hayden and his Mother, Hayden becomes confused and realized that not everything can be figured out mathematically.   Another fun short regency novella, Cecilia Gray has yet to disappoint this avid reader!  

You can pick up A Flirtatious Rendezvous via Amazon.

Happy Reading!!!

I received this book for free.  This is my honest review.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Dangerous Expectation (Gentleman Series #3) by Cecilia Gray, Book Review






Blurb from the novella:

In the cloistered English countryside, an improbable couple will defy expectation.

Miss Cassandra Drummond, shipping heiress and consummate shut-in, flees London and the hectic to-do of her sister’s upcoming nuptials. She wants a quiet summer away from everyone, especially marriage-seeking fortune hunters.

She doesn’t expect Mr. Gray Abernathy to prove dangerous to her impregnable walls.

Mr. Gray Abernathy, poor ducal relation and consummate harmless flirt, eeks by on his charming manner and his pretty face. He wants an independence where he isn’t beholden to anyone, certainly not a shipping heiress.

He doesn’t expect Miss Cassandra Drummond to prove dangerous to his impregnable heart.

Fortunately for all, love and life can often exceed expectations…



My Review:

 I love the premise of this story!  The two main characters end up in a precarious situation and find out that they have more in common that they could ever have imagined!  I loved learning more about Cassandra, the sister of Chastity from the previous book in The Gentleman Series.  The characters were unique and the story was as well!  I loved how things turned out in the end and overall enjoyed every minute of this regency novella!  Another great story by Cecilia Gray!

You can pick up A Dangerous Expectation via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Happy Reading!!!

I received this book for free.  This is my honest review.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

New Release Today! Million Dollar Gift by Cheree Alsop!




 
Blurb from the book:
 
 
When Chase risked his life to save a brother and sister just before Christmas, his life becomes entwined with theirs more intricately than he could have imagined. Emotional and moving, this is a story of a young man whose troubled heart is tested by the one thing he is unprepared to face, love.
 
About Author Cheree Alsop:
 
Cheree Alsop is the mother of a beautiful, talented daughter and amazing twin sons who fill every day with light and laughter. She married her best friend, Michael, who changes lives each day in his Chiropractic clinic. Cheree is currently working as an independent author and mother. She enjoys reading, riding her motorcycle on warm nights, and rocking her twins while planning her next book. She is also a bass player for her husband’s garage band.
 
Cheree and Michael live in Utah where they rock out, enjoy the outdoors, plan great adventures, and never stop dreaming.
  

Social Media Links:

You can pick up Million Dollar Gift here: 
 
 
 
Smashwords for all ebook formats: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/251707

Happy Reading!!!