Saturday, September 29, 2012

Sunny Days for Sam by Jennifer Shirk Book Review






Blurb from book:

Sunnyva “Sunny” Fletcher is a firm believer in fairy tales. With the recent debt she’s acquired, the hope of something magical happening in her life is the only thing keeping her going. She needs a job fast. So when Sunny learns the sexy new vacationer in town is looking for a nanny, she starts to believe she just may have a fairy godmother after all!

Internet guru Sam Calloway is only in town for the summer and needs a nanny for his two small children. However, the beautiful and inexperienced Sunny is not exactly the kind of caregiver Sam has in mind. It doesn’t take long for Sunny’s tenderhearted and bubble-blowing ways to soon have the children—and Sam—enamored with her. She’s a dream come true. But after what Sam’s been through, he’s stopped believing in fairy tales long ago.

Sunny manages to work her way into Sam’s closed-off heart, but at the end of the summer, will the workaholic dad go back to his life in New York City, or will he decide his days are much sunnier here with Sunny?



My Review:

I just finished reading Sunny Days for Sam and I absolutely loved it!  If you are a fan of fairy tales and happily ever afters then you will definitely like this book!  Sunny is the main character and she is endearing, sweet and full of kindness.  She is all around the best kind of person.  Sam is a distrustful and hard-nosed businessman.  Can he let go of the past and learn to trust again?  Will Sunny be the one to change his hardened heart?  Oh...I can't give anything away, I just have to say, you MUST read it for yourself!  It is a fun and fast read!  Take an afternoon, find your favorite reading spot, and take Sunny Days for Sam for a spin!  You won't be sorry!  Five stars!

You can pick up Sunny Days for Sam via Amazon or Barnes and Noble. 

Happy Reading!!!


Source:  Author for review

 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

So Into You (Jane Austen Academy #2) by Cecilia Gray Book Review






Blurb from the book:

Modern retelling/based on Sense & Sensibility.

The last thing that the girls at the elite Jane Austen Academy need is guys. But over the summer the school has been sold, and like it or not, the guys are coming. And they're about to turn the Academy—and the lives of its students—totally upside down…

Meet sweet and sensible Ellie who hasn’t met a problem her mom’s yoga mantras can’t fix. But when her parents threaten to pull her from the Academy just as her flirtation with the cutest boy in school heats up, will Ellie be able to keep her cool?



My Review:

I love this series!  Cecilia Gray has a way of drawing me right into her stories and I can't stop reading them until the book is over!  Contemporary and fresh are the words that come to mind when reading So Into You!  The characters are delightful and flawed, which I LOVE!  No person is perfect so in a book they shouldn't be either!  Ellie grew and changed during this book and watching it unfold before me was awesome.  Cecilia Gray knows how to take a Jane Austen classic and recreate it in her own unique way!  I am anxious for the next book in this series and am "SO INTO"  Cecilia Gray's novels!  Five stars!!!


You can pick up So Into You via Amazon or Barnes and Noble. 

You can learn more about Cecilia Gray and her writing on her website. 

Happy Reading!!!

Source:   Author for review
A big thank you to Cecilia Gray for providing a copy of So Into You for review! 

Happy Reading!!!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Winners of Pledged!!!

And the winners are

*drumroll*

GFC follower:  warisha_jayanti

GFC follower:  Martian girl

GFC follower:  ZaraAlexi

GFC follower:  Ithil

GFC follower:  Sara Riouch

 Congratulations!  The publisher has been notified and you should have your smashwords coupons shortly!  Happy Reading!!! 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Stuck in a Good Book Giveaway Hop!!!



I would like to thank Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Stuck in Books for hosting this hop!  On to the giveaway!  Up for grabs are five Smashwords coupons for the book Pledged by Gwynneth White! This is open INTERNATIONAL!!!  I would like to thank Seth at+ Swallow Press Publishing for the donation for my giveaway!



Here is the synopsis from the book:




Everyone has a soul mate. But what do you do when your soul mate would rather give his soul to the demons than be with you?

Seventeen-year-old Erin has a problem. Seth has been hers forever, but now an ancient promise is tearing him away. And Reuel, the demon to whom the promise was made, will stop at nothing to force Seth to forsake Erin and to worship him.

How can Erin win against a pledge so binding that it has damned countless others to the same fate she and Seth will face if Reuel wins – an eternity alone?

The answer lies in the past. To find it, Erin and Seth must risk all, travelling back in time to a dangerous world where love is forbidden, and life – and death – hang on a promise.

Follow Erin and Seth as they travel to ancient Shenaya to break the pledge that has plagued their families for millennia. Caught in a war between the Angelic Guardians and the Gefallen, the disembodied dead, they must fight to keep their souls in tact and their love untainted.




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Pledged by Gwynneth White Book Review!!!






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PLEDGED by Gwynneth White

Everyone has a soul mate. But what do you do when your soul mate would rather give his soul to the demons than be with you?

Seventeen-year-old Erin has a problem. Seth has been hers forever, but now an ancient promise is tearing him away. And Reuel, the demon to whom the promise was made, will stop at nothing to force Seth to forsake Erin and to worship him.

How can Erin win against a pledge so binding that it has damned countless others to the same fate she and Seth will face if Reuel wins – an eternity alone?

The answer lies in the past. To find it, Erin and Seth must risk all, travelling back in time to a dangerous world where love is forbidden, and life – and death – hang on a promise.

Follow Erin and Seth as they travel to ancient Shenaya to break the pledge that has plagued their families for millennia. Caught in a war between the Angelic Guardians and the Gefallen, the disembodied dead, they must fight to keep their souls in tact and their love untainted.








My Review:


Pledged is a YA paranormal romance about two soul mates, Erin and Seth.  The story is intriguing with a fresh idea about soul mates and a curse that is thousands of years old!  I found that the book drew me in and I definitely wanted to keep reading it so I could find answers to the many questions I had.  There were parts where I felt confused and needed more clarification as to what was going on.  The story jumps around a lot and changes POV as well.  I like the different perspectives, but I felt like the story was missing cohesiveness.  Besides those few things, Pledged is a page-turner and I found myself engrossed in it!  There are many mysteries to be solved and answers to be found!  Sad part; the ending!  I turned the page expecting more story and it is over!!!  What?!?  Be prepared for a HUGE cliff hanger until the next book in the series is released!  Four stars out of five!

You can pick up Pledged via Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Publisher for review

Monday, September 17, 2012

Frostbite (Vampire Academy Volume 2) by Richelle Mead Guest Review by Andy







Blurb from the book:


Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose...

It’s winter break at St. Vladimir’s, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy’s crawling with Guardians—including Rose’s hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand-to-hand combat with her mom wasn’t bad enough, Rose’s tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason’s got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy’s not taking any risks... This year, St. Vlad’s annual holiday ski trip is mandatory.

But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price...




Andy's Review:


Frostbite, Volume 2 (Vampire Academy series, Richelle Mead)

As Rose's determination continues to protect her best friend, it became apparent that there were people on the inside, meaning humans, working with the most evil of all; the Strigoi. This put a complete twist in the story and kept me glued to the book, turning pages till the end. Rose's adventure gets more in depth and the suspense even more so. New characters were introduced that became easy to grow attached to, and it kept me guessing all the way till the end! Loved this book!!! Another 5 stars


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

Thank you Andy for the review!

Happy Reading!!!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Magical Misperception of Meridian by S. G. Rogers Book Review






Blurb from the book:

Railing against convention in the kingdom of Meridian, Jona thinks a girl should be able to wear trousers, fight like a boy when necessary, and marry whomever she pleases. She happens upon the queen’s nephew, Lee, who stammers and cannot speak to girls at all…that is, until he meets Jona.

When the queen hires Jona to help her nephew acquire proper social graces, Jona experiences a blissful summer of pure enchantment. Jona and Lee learn to dance, perfect the art of polite conversation, and discover which fork to use at the dinner table. Although they become best friends, Queen Gaia considers Jona a mere servant. At summer’s end, Jona’s job in Meridian is done.

Lee and Jona keep in contact through a set of magical mailboxes given to Lee by the Wizard Farland. When the friends are finally reunited after ten years, their budding romance is torn asunder by an edict from the queen. Against impossible odds, Jona and Lee will fight for an uncertain future. But unspoken secrets and mysteries long in the making have yet to be revealed.

Will true love be denied…or can the differences between commoners and royalty be shown to be just a matter of magical misperception?



My Review:

I loved this short book by S. G. Rogers!  The writing flowed smoothly as did the story line.  It is a wonderful fairy tale book with a little bit of magic, a great friendship and a lot of fun!  Jona and Lee have a great friendship and the author does a wonderful job developing it.  I love the magical "mailboxes"  and the letter writing between Jona and Lee!  There is a great twist at the end that I LOVED!  This is just a great "feel-good" book that will leave you feeling satisfied at the end.  The book is reminiscent of the wizard Merlin from King Arthur times for me.  If you love a happy fairy tale book, then this one's for you!  I enjoyed every minute of the read; my only complaint is that it ended!


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

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Author for review



Thursday, September 13, 2012

Vampire Academy (Volume 1) by Richelle Mead Guest Review by Andy!






Blurb from the book:


St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger...

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.





Andy's Review:

Although a bit confusing to differentiate between the two different vampires and vampire/human hybrids at the beginning, once the story fell into place it read easily and instantly grasped my attention. The main character, Rose, is relatable, witty and I couldn't stop my laughter from her retorts! It soon became hard to put down and I was eager to see what happened next. I love all of the characters and how they never falterd to defend what they believed in most. Definitely a 5 star read!

Thank you Andy, for sharing your review with us!

You can pick up Vampire Academy via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Happy Reading!!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Winner of Christopher McPherson's News on the Homefront!

And the lucky winner is....

California Hewes!  Congratulations!  The author has been emailed and you should be receiving your book shortly!  Thank you to everyone who stopped by to enter.

Happy Reading!!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

April's Kiss in the Moonlight by Jean Joachim Book Review







Blurb from the book:


Fresh from graduate school, April McKenna, beautiful and brilliant vows to strike out on a new path rather than return to San Francisco to take a job with her father’s firm. She meets Rusty and sets off for an escapade that ends in tragedy. Injured and alone she is taken in by Sunny Davis, a friend of her mother’s who lives in a small town in the Catskill Mountains in New York.

During her recovery, April resolves to carve out an exotic life of travel and adventure. But she didn’t count on a sexy fireman upsetting her plans. Gavin Dailey has dated practically every woman in the county, but when he meets April, he knows he’s finally found the one he wants. Only a stubborn man like Gavin wouldn’t let April’s resistance to his charm and his small town change his plans. Determined to win her, he pulls out all the stops until he encounters one stumbling block he didn’t count on. Only a near-tragedy resurrected from the past gives April the tenacity she needs to make the right decision for her life in April’s Kiss in the Moonlight.


My Review:

Kiss in the Moonlight is a great contemporary romance!  If you are looking for a quick and easy read this is the book for you!  Ms. Joachim has written a wonderful story that kept my attention.  The little town of Pine Grove became endearing to me and I could picture it in my mind; the people, the scenery and the beauty.  I loved how the characters felt like real people, even the minor ones.  The town truly came to life for me! Gavin and April's story is interesting and there are some parts that will surprise you.  This is always a plus for me!  A sweet romance, Kiss in the Moonlight is a great feel good read!  Four stars!  ( For those who want to know, all intimacy is behind closed doors but there are a few descriptive sensual scenes).

Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up April's Kiss in the Moonlight via Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

 

Source:  Author for review

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Guest Post with author Christopher McPherson and Giveaway!!!






Women at Work During War World Two

When I began working on the story that would eventually become my novel "News on the Home Front," I thought it important that it include two specific elements: how women at home dealt with the changes that came during the war years -- rationing, divided families, death of loved ones, etc.; and the role of women in the workforce. For my main characters, I chose women of means rather than middle-class women because it would allow my story a little more flexibility. So, while the characters Carole and Irene are neither middle class nor poor, the war still affected them -- just like it did every other person in America at the time.
Emerging from the crippling economic depression of the 1930s, America during the war saw many changes, perhaps none so dramatic as the entry of more than six million additional women into the workforce to replace men needed in the fighting overseas. Women in the workplace were nothing new: many women worked outside the home prior to the war. What changed was the necessity for women to work.  No longer was it a choice made by a specific woman or her family; now, there were jobs that needed to be done with no men available to do them. The only option, then, was women.
In doing my extensive research for "News on the Home Front," I was struck by just how much women contributed to the war effort. There were the obvious examples of women working in the aircraft factories building planes (as Irene does), but also women who organized neighbors to knit socks for soldiers, to work with the Red Cross to roll bandages to be used overseas, and to organize not only the many scrap drives that occurred during the war (metal, rubber, paper) but also drives to collect books and games that were shipped to soldiers so they would have additional recreational activities. I don't think it any exaggeration to say that many mountains were moved by the force of women working separately and together during the war.
Keep in mind that there was a price to be paid for women being in the workplace. Among others, this price included families breaking apart because neither parent was home (father overseas, mother in the aircraft factory) leaving juvenile delinquency to become a problem in many cities. In addition, there was the problem of women being forced to quit their jobs once men came back home -- an issue also addressed in my novel.
Clearly, though, the work women provided was a vital part of America winning the war and it is to them that "News on the Home Front" is dedicated.

In my research, I came across three radio episodes that illustrate some of the affects of women at war:
The first is an episode of "An American in England" from 1942 called "Women of Britain." Although this looks at the role of women in England rather than America, the situation there was identical to here in the states.
The second and third, from 1942 and 1943, are from the top-rated radio comedy "Fibber McGee and Molly" and look at the swift replacement of men by women workers and how unexpected that was for so many people.

You can hear "An American in England" here

You can hear "Fibber McGee and Molly"here and here.


If you have any stories of women in the workplace during World War Two, I would love to hear from you.  Please email me at NewsOnTheHomeFront  (at) Yahoo.com


GIVEAWAY ALERT!!!

Author Christopher McPherson is donating an ebook of News on the Homefront for giveaway!  This is open INTERNATIONAL!

Entering is easy!  1.  Be or become a follower of my blog through GFC.  2.  Leave a comment with your GFC name and email address!  One lucky winner will be chosen!  This giveaway is open for one week!  Good luck and Happy Reading!!!

Monday, September 3, 2012

ReAwakend Excerpt (Angel Creek Chronicles #2) by Ada Adams

 Due to be released this fall, here is an excerpt from the highly anticipated second book, ReAwakened in the Angel Creek Chronicles!  


Excerpt:

“Meeting Razor” - “ReAwakened
Ada Adams
My two-story fall was cushioned by the intruder’s body. He—a vampire, I realized—groaned as I landed on top of him, forcing his body into the muddy ground. I reached for my dagger, but he was quicker. Before I had a chance to pull it out, he slipped out from underneath me, flipping me over so that he was on top. His firm, muscular body pressed tightly against mine as his hands pinned my wrists to either side of my head. His face was covered by shadows, but I could make out a mischievous smirk dancing across perfectly-shaped full lips.
“You’re quite feisty, aren’t you?” he chuckled, bending forward to examine me. Deep, charcoal eyes overflowed with amusement.
He was actually enjoying this.
“I don’t wanna hurt you,” he whispered in a deep, throaty voice. “I’m gonna release you now. Don’t do anything stupid.”
He lifted his arm, removing his right hand from my left wrist. The moment I felt some freedom, I leaped forward, attempting a left hook at his jaw. He blocked my hand, once again pushing it toward the ground.
“I said I wasn’t going to hurt you!” he growled, pinning me even further into the soft, wet earth.
“Yes, but I never said I wouldn’t hurt you,” I snapped.
He brought his face toward mine. “I’d like to see you try,” he whispered.
Challenge accepted.
I raised my head—the only part of my body that wasn't restrained by the stranger’s body—inching my lips closer to his. He tensed for a moment, his eyes searching mine, as if surprised by my sudden change in behavior. Drops of rainwater slid down his chiseled jaw, pausing briefly on his lips before they plummeted onto mine. Then, a slow, smug smile spread across his face. I felt his body relax and he leaned even closer. His breath caressed my skin as his lips drew near.
It was exactly what I needed. Summoning all my strength, I twisted my hips to the side, shooting them up and out, then launching my legs from the ground. Thrown off-balance, my captor groaned and released one of my arms to brace for the fall, giving me the perfect opportunity to reach for my dagger. In one smooth move I darted behind him, placing him in a secure headlock—the blade of my weapon aimed directly at his heart.
“Who are you?” I demanded when I was certain he couldn’t escape my grip.
“I’m a twenty-four-year-old Taurus who enjoys long walks on the beach.” Even though I couldn’t see his face, I could feel his arrogant grin.
“You have ten seconds to explain yourself,” I ordered. “And then I’m really going to hurt you.”
“Oh, come on! Can’t we get back to kissing? You can’t tease a guy like that.”
“Ten, nine…” I pressed the dagger deeper into him, nicking the leather of his jacket.
“Hey! Watch it!”
“Eight…”
“Oh, alright. You’re no fun,” he sighed. “My name is Razor.”
“What kind of a name is that?”
“It’s a nickname.”
“What kind of a nickname is that?”

“Spike, Blade, Fang—all the good, pointy objects were already taken by fictional characters. It was the best I could do.”
For more info on the author and series:

A simple mission turned deadly.
ReVamped (Angel Creek Chronicles – Book One)
by Ada Adams 

ReAwakened (Angel Creek Chronicles – Book Two)
Coming Fall 2012

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Free today, September 1st only! The Companion of Lady Holmeshire on kindle!

Blurb from the book:


"A baby girl was found in a basket on Squire Carrington's doorstep. She was raised and sent to work as a servant girl for The Countess of Holmeshire. The widowed and unconventional Countess chose Miss Emma Carrington as a companion and sent her off for finishing with the goal of dragging her along into genteel Victorian society. What sort of reception would she have at tea and dinners? The young Earl of Holmeshire was engaged by arrangement to a lovely London lady, but their relationship was difficult. Could they work it out? Even the tribulations and banned romances of the servants downstairs play into the story as we follow Emma from a stone fortress to a Victorian village and then into fabulous London mansions. Great surprises unfold at a Midsummer Night's Dream Ball which help to solve mysteries that have gradually developed. You are invited to predict the great revelation of the last few pages!"





Free today only, pick up your copy!  You can read my review of it here.  It is a clean historical romance, so check it out!  You can pick it up here.


Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Author