Thursday, January 31, 2013

Free books!!! *happy dance*

I am always scouring my groups for free books.  Here are a couple links for you!  I have not read them, but they look good   : D

Secrets of the Heart by Jillian Kent :

http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Heart-Ravensmoore-Chronicles-Book/dp/161638185X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359650691&sr=8-1&keywords=secrets+of+the+heart


Beside Two Rivers by Rita Gerlach:

http://www.amazon.com/Beside-Two-Rivers-Daughters-ebook/dp/B009B0ZAX2/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1359650822&sr=1-1


Somewhere in Time by Barbara Bretton:

http://www.amazon.com/Somewhere-Crosse-Harbor-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B008ELA6VK/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_2


McKenzie by Penny Zeller:

http://www.amazon.com/McKenzie-ebook/dp/B004IPPEW2/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_12


Paper Roses by Amanda Cabot:

http://www.amazon.com/Paper-Roses-Texas-Dreams-ebook/dp/B00B5J4XAI/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_13


Bring Me Back by Taryn Plendl:

http://www.amazon.com/Bring-Me-Back-ebook/dp/B009J5YNN2/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_17


Hopefully there is something here for everyone to enjoy!  I picked books that appealed to me and the type of reading I enjoy!  Hopefully they will appeal to you as well!  Happy Reading!!!


*All books were free at the time of posting.  I am not responsible for books changing price.  Please double-check that books are still free BEFORE clicking the purchase button.  If you accidentally purchase it, you can go to 'manage my kindle', find the book title, and click the 'return' button.*


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Second Chance in Dry Creek by Janet Tronstad, Book Review






Blurb from the book:

Her neighbors in Dry Creek, Montana, think Gracie Stone is rebuilding her life just fine on the family ranch. But Calen Gray knows better. Foreman of nearby Elkton Ranch, Calen has been sweet on Gracie half their lives. But harrowing circumstances kept them apart—and sent Gracie away. Now she's back, barely holding her head up, and refusing to believe she has a second chance at happiness. With faith, love and the gentle airing of long-held secrets, Calen just might find a way to bring back her smile—forever.


My Review:


Second Chance in Dry Creek is all about Gracie Stone trying to rebuild her life in the town she once lived in before she was arrested.  This Christian novel is all about second chances and starting over again.  Gracie has to decide if she can learn to trust again....her neighbors, her friends, and most of all her heart.  I have not read the other books in this series and it was easy to understand what the book was about.  The author explains enough about what happened before this book that I didn't feel like I was lost or confused.  Janet Tronstad has a writing style that is easy to read!  If you like Christian or inspirational stories, then you will enjoy Second Chance in Dry Creek!  Gracie became a character that I felt I knew and one that I was encouraging on in my mind.  A little bit of mystery as well, this was an enjoyable read!  Three and a half stars!


You can pick up Second Chance in Dry Creek via Amazon  or Barnes and Noble.


Happy Reading!!!


Source:  Author for review

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Free Book! January 26th-27th, The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back by Sariah Wilson



I LOVE fairytale re-tellings, and I found this one is free today and tomorrow!  It sounds great and I love that it is from a different perspective!  Happy Reading!!!



Blurb:

Everyone knows how all those fairy tales go. The princess gets beautiful, nabs her prince, falls instantly in love, lives happily ever after and leaves her evil stepsisters in the dust.

But what happens when you’re the ugly stepsister and your obnoxiously perfect—read pretty, smart, and, worst of all, sickeningly nice—stepsister is dating the charming, tall, devastatingly handsome guy you’ve had a thing for since you were nine years old?

Quirky, artistic and snarky Mattie Lowe does not lead a charmed life. Her mother is constantly belittling her on Skype. Mercedes, the school mean girl, has made it her personal mission to torment Mattie. But worst of all? Her stepsister Ella is the most beautiful, popular girl in school and is dating Mattie’s secret longtime crush, Jake Kingston.

Tired of being left out and done with waiting for her own stupid fairy godmother to show up, Mattie decides to change her life. She’ll start by running for senior class president against wildly popular Jake.

Ella can keep her Prince Annoying. Mattie’s going to rule the school.

And no one, not even a cute and suddenly flirty Jake, is going to stop her.



You can pick the book up via Amazon.


Happy Reading friends!!!

This book was free at the time of posting.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Ice Captain's Daughter by S. G. Rogers, Book Review







Blurb from the novella:


 The daughter of a wealthy ice merchant, Miss Jillian Roring intends to marry for love. En route to her first Season in London, however, a failed kidnapping sends her into the arms of the most jaded bachelor in England. When Logan and Jillian unwittingly violate the rigid rules of propriety in Victorian-era England, he is obliged to make her an offer of marriage. Because she aspires to be more than an obligation, Jillian refuses the match. Logan follows her to London to woo her properly, but his scheming ex-fiancĂ©e has other plans.

Can Logan convince Jillian that his love for her is real or will the cruel gossip and sharp tongues of London society tear their budding relationship apart?



My Review:


Let me start by saying that this cover is GORGEOUS!!!  That alone made me want to read the book, but the title caught my attention also!  So I sat down to read The Ice Captain's Daughter and was not disappointed!  S. G. Rogers did a beautiful job weaving a captivating tale of kidnapping, love and trying to fit into London society.  I really felt that I came to know Jillian and I was impressed with her kindness and quality of her character.  If you love regency romance novels, I know you will LOVE The Ice Captain's Daughter!  I read it in one sitting!  Five stars and I hope she makes this a series!!!

You can pick up The Ice Captain's Daughter via Amazon.


You can learn more about author S. G. Rogers via  her website or her Facebook page.


Happy Reading!!!


Source:  Author for review




Monday, January 21, 2013

New Release, Stolen by Cheree Alsop!









Blurb:
 
When Kyla March finds a wounded young man hiding in her father’s clinic, it doesn’t take her long to realize that Marek is more than he seems. Their lives become entangled in a world of kidnapped children, renegade Shifters, and the men who will stop at nothing to erase their existence.
 
In a world governed by winged Falconan soldiers that rule the streets, Kyla and Marek have to decide who they can trust, and how they can make a difference, when the fate of Kyla’s family and the love that has grown between them hangs in the balance.

 
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Happy Reading!!!
 

The Dreamer by May Nicole Abbey is Free until January 22nd!!!



FREE until January 22!!!  Hurry over to Amazon and grab your copy!  If you don't have a kindle you can download the free app onto your preferred electronic device!!!

Here is a blurb from the book:

A dream in the night. A leap of faith. A quest for truth and treasure.

From term papers and instant coffee to blood-thirsty pirates and buried treasure, Rachel Madera, a gifted university professor, finds herself travelling through time on a journey of discovery and danger, all because of a simple dream. Despite the threat, Rachel is undaunted, certain she holds the keys to unlock the mystery of a Pharaoh's treasure... and alter the course of history.

The only thing that stands between her and peril is Captain Mallory Tucker, a man with a tragic past and intractable moral code. Born of the sea, he is among the leading mariners of 18th century Europe. But the derelicts who make up his crew and the capriciousness of the ocean have taken their toll, and Captain Tucker is tired and jaded. The last thing he needs is a precocious young woman dropping onto his ship and creating havoc. But he'll fight to the death for her honor, her beliefs... and her love.



Happy Reading!!!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Dangerous Favor by Joyce DiPastena, Book Review






Blurb from the book:

Her father has been accused of stealing from the king, an allegation that has reduced her family to poverty. She has one chance to find and marry a man who can help her prove her father's innocence. Lord Therri, heir to a rich barony, has the wealth and connections Mathilde needs to delve into the mysteries of her father's past. Furthermore, Therri embodies all her romantic dreams. Etienne, the younger son of a disgraced family, has neither wealth nor connections, but is smitten with Mathilde at a glance. She finds the knight intriguing, but believes he is only out to seduce her. While she seeks for a way to win Therri's attention, Etienne tricks her into granting him her favor-an embroidered white ribbon-for a tournament, setting in motion a dangerous chain reaction of events. Can Etienne save Mathilde from a nightmare from her past and prove himself the true hero of her dreams?


My Review:

Wow, this is my FAVORITE book by Joyce DiPastena so far!  I love her other ones, but this one is absolutely captivating!  I literally could not put the book down!  The entire story was so intriguing, the almost four hundred pages literally flew by!  It was fun to revisit some characters from the first two books, Loyalty's Web and Illuminations of the Heart.  (While it is helpful to have read these two books first, it is not necessary to understanding this story.)  This book is full of knights, tournaments, princesses, royalty, secrets, conspiracy, and love stories!  There are so many dimensions to Dangerous Favor that it is sure to please even the pickiest of readers!  Five stars and I hope there are more books from Ms. DiPastena soon!  
(This book is what I consider completely "clean", no sex scenes and no cussing )


Happy Reading!!!


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


Source:  Author for review




Thursday, January 17, 2013

Hunter (Silver Series #6) by Cheree Alsop Released Today and Giveaway!!!!







Blurb:

Hunter, the sixth book of the Silver Series, is about Dray, a werewolf who feels trapped and alone in his small farming town. Dray’s world is shaken when a cute girl shows up the same time as a vengeful wild werewolf pack. With Jaze’s help, Dray fights to protect his town, but when Jaze is in trouble, Dray puts everything on the line to help the werewolves who changed his life.

Hunter is about finding the courage to step into the unknown.  It is a story of risking life for love, and discovering the truth about one’s self in the heart of adversity.


Bio: 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.

For Cheree’s other books, go to www.chereealsop.com

Social Media Links:
website: www.chereealsop.com
facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authorchereealsop
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/chereealsop
Amazon for paperback & ebook: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=hunter+cheree+alsop#/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=cheree+alsop&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Acheree+alsop
Barnes&Noble for ebook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/cheree-alsop?store=allproducts&keyword=cheree+alsop
Smashwords for all ebook formats: https://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=hunter+cheree+alsop


Giveaway Alert!!!  Open International!!!


Cheree has generously given three Smashwords coupons for Hunter for three lucky winners!!!  To enter all you have to do is become a follower of my blog through Google Friend Connect (old and new followers count).  For an extra entry, like my blog page via Facebook here.  Then please comment with which way(s) you have entered and your email address so I can contact you if you are one of the winners!  Good luck!  This contest will run until January 31st!


Monday, January 14, 2013

Authors Kindle Fire Giveaway!!!




20 Amazing Authors plus more than 100 of the Best Bloggers have joined together to bring you 1 Amazing Giveaway!

The winner will have the option of receiving a Kindle Fire HD (US Only)


Or $199 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)


Or $199 in Paypal Cash (International)




This giveaway is sponsored by these Awesome Authors:

The Essence (The Pledge, #2)Alaina Claiborne (British Agent Novel #1)Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped OutUncontrollable (#2, Nature of Grace series)Hunted (The Guardian Legacy, #3)Cliffhanger (The Belinda & Bennett Mysteries, Book 1)I Was Here—Before You CameEverlostBlood OathReaper's Novice (Soul Collector  #1)BulletproofLancaster HouseTwo HalvesMurder on Potrero Hill (A Peyton Brooks' Mystery, #1)Bellyache: A Delicious TaleKill ShotSkid Out (Heavy Influence Trilogy, #0.5)Between (Crossroads Saga, #2)Dragon Stones: Book One of the Dragon Stone Saga (Dragon Stone Saga, #1)Rapunzel Untangled


The Essence by Kimberly Derting
Alaina Claiborne by MK McClintock
Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out by Pandora Poikilos
Uncontrollable by S.R. Johannes
Hunted by Ednah Walters
Cliffhanger by Amy Saunders
I Was Here - Before You Came by Camelia Miron Skiba
Everlost by Brenda Pandos
Blood Oath by T.L. Clarke
Reaper's Novice by Cecilia Robert
Bulletproof by Jeff LaFerney
Lancaster House by Taylor Dean
Two Halves by Marta Szemik
Murder on Potrero Hill by M.L. Hamilton
Bellyache by Crystal Marcos
Kill Shot by Anne Patrick
Skid Out by Ann Marie Frohoff
Between by Mary Ting
Dragon Stones Saga by Kristian Alva
Rapunzel Untangled by Cindy C. Bennett


Giveaway Details
1 winner will receive their choice of a Kindle Fire HD (US Only), $199 Amazon Gift Card or $199 in Paypal Cash (International).
Ends 1/31/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the authors. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.


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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Mere Enchantment by Alicia Rivoli, Book Review






Blurb from the book:


A World Like No Other…

When a newly formed group of friends finds themselves fighting for survival, little did they know that was just the beginning.

When Chloe, Megan, Jason and Zach are forced to take cover in a nearby cave from a violent storm they find their new friend Preston there as well. Zach guides the group through the cave but as they go deeper strange things begin to happen and they find themselves separated in a magical kingdom surrounded by unusual people and wizards. Things get even more dangerous as they travel the kingdom in search of the city of Mere and each other.

As their journey unfolds, Preston discovers that the bedtime stories he was told as a child are true and that his rightful place in time must be realized. The kingdom itself has gone under attack as Jacan, a traitor to the crown, forces his armies through the magical borders.

Looking back Preston should have recognized that it was all real. He should have seen the signs. But how could he have known? After all, Jacan was just a villain in a story that took place in a far off mystical land. How could he have imagined that the stories that his father told him as a child were true?

How could any of them have known that their destinies were already written, and that to discover who they really are would take courage that they never realized they had?



My Review:

So my first impressions of this book are that it is unique, interesting and a wonderful fantasy novel.  The cover is beautiful and that alone would make me want to read the book.  I liked the characters and enjoyed the descriptions that the author gave of them, so I could picture them in my mind.  The first part of this novel I loved and couldn't read fast enough.  However, once I got about half way through the book, the pace seemed to drag for me.  Too many unnecessary details that bogged the pace down, and the back and forth between the main characters was a lot for the reader to keep track of.  My biggest problem with this novel was the dialogue between the characters.  It wasn't believable to me, I kept thinking that no one talks like that, ever.  With edits, this and the many unneeded details could easily be fixed.  While I read this on my kindle, I realized at about 95% through that there was no way the author could wrap the story up and I was going to be left hanging.  I don't mind this usually, except I felt like I read a lot of pages and was left with no resolution.  On the bright side, the story and world that Alicia Rivoli has created is unique and magical!  The main theme of the book is great and I do want to read the next one in the series!  Three stars.


You can pick up Mere Enchantment via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.


Happy Reading!!!


Source:  Author for review



Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Free January 9th-10th, Heartless by Jaimey Grant






This is the last time this book will be free on kindle!  So hurry over to Amazon  and pick up your kindle copy today or tomorrow!!!
(This book was free at the time of post)

Blurb from the book:


A dark stranger....
Finding herself abandoned after the death of her father, Leandra Harcourt takes the greatest risk of her life. She accepts the marriage proposal of a complete stranger, the Duke of Derringer—a man the world calls Lord Heartless.

A heartless proposal....
A desperate girl with no prospects seems the perfect solution to Derringer's most recent problem: marry before his 30th birthday to gain his rightful inheritance, though marriage is the last thing he needs. The need to find his missing cousin takes priority over any silly marriage and he quickly abandons his new bride in the wreck of his family estate.

A perfect love....
Two people were never more suited for each other than the duke and his wife, but will they discover it before it's too late? With an assassin dogging his heels and a suitor wooing his wife, love will not have the luxury of time.


 Happy Reading!!!!  Thank you to author Jaimey Grant for giving me the heads up so I could share this will all of you!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A Stranger in Wynnedower by Grace Greene, Book Review






Blurb from the book:

Love and suspense with a dash of Southern Gothic....

Rachel Sevier, a thirty-two year old inventory specialist, travels to Wynnedower Mansion in Virginia to find her brother who has stopped returning her calls. Instead, she finds Jack Wynne, the mansion’s bad-tempered owner. He isn’t happy to meet her. When her brother took off without notice, he left Jack in a lurch.

Jack has his own plans. He’s tired of being responsible for everyone and everything. He wants to shake those obligations, including the old mansion. The last thing he needs is another complication, but he allows Rachel to stay while she waits for her brother to return.

At Wynnedower, Rachel becomes curious about the house and its owner. If rumors are true, the means to save Wynnedower Mansion from demolition are hidden within its walls, but the other inhabitants of Wynnedower have agendas, too. Not only may Wynnedower’s treasure be stolen, but also the life of its arrogant master.

In letting go of what she has struggled to control and hold onto, will Rachel gain more than she could have dreamed? Or will she lose everything and everyone she cares about?



My Review:


I loved this book!  It is Beauty and the Beast meets mystery novel!  The story slowly drew me in and then there were so many questions that needed answering, mysteries that needed solving.  I kept coming back to the book, I NEEDED to know what the answers were!  Were there ghosts in the mansion?  Did someone take Rachel's brother against his will?  Who is Jack really?  Who can Rachel trust?  Is there really treasure hidden in Wynnedower?  You will fall in love with Rachel as she tries to answer all of these questions and more!  Sit down and relax, because once you start reading this book, you won't be going anywhere for awhile!  Five stars for a captivating read!


You can pick A Stranger in Wynnedower up via Amazon.  



Happy Reading!!!



Source:  Author for review

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Gentry's Gallery of Angels by Stephy Smith






Blurb from the novella:

Amanda Gentry is engaged to Nicolas Tandy Harper. They're set to marry on Christmas Eve. When her Grandmother Izella Sanders fades into a coma, everything spirals out of control. Amanda takes on the responsibility to ensure all the holiday celebrations are met, even if it's at the expense of her own wedding.


My Review:

This novella is an inspirational western romance.  I love westerns!  Horses, cowboys, you get the picture!  This particular novella is about a girl named Amanda who is engaged to Nicolas, the owner of the store in town.  There is your typical villian, who wants Amanda, and harasses her every chance he gets.  Meanwhile, Amanda's grandma takes ill and she doesn't know how she can keep it all together.  While I enjoyed this story, I found that I kept waiting for something big to happen and it never did.  It was pretty anti-climatic for me.  Other than that, it was a quick afternoon read that was okay.  Three stars out of five.

You can pick up Gentry's Gallery of Angels via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Publisher for review


Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Yielding (Age of Faith #2) by Tamara Leigh, Book Review







Blurb from the book:

The Unveiling, the first book in the Age of Faith series, introduced readers to the formidable Wulfrith family during Duke Henry’s battle for England’s throne in 1153. Now, four years later, Henry wears the crown, but the Wulfriths are no less defiant—and no more amenable to forging alliances through king-decreed marriage.

SHE HAD KILLED A MAN. OR SO IT WAS SAID…

Convent-bound Lady Beatrix Wulfrith is determined to aid her sister in escaping marriage to their family’s enemy. Unaware of the sacrifice that awaits her, she leads their pursuers astray only to meet with an accident that forever alters her destiny and takes the life of a young knight whose brother vows he will not rest until the lady is brought to justice.

Lord Michael D’Arci is a warrior and a womanizer whose foul mouth and impatience bode ill for all who trespass against him. Falsely accused of ravishment years earlier, he refuses to believe Lady Beatrix’s accusations against his deceased brother. However, when he finds himself at the mercy of that same woman who clings to her convictions and faith even when it threatens to prove her undoing, his quest for justice wavers.



My Review:

The Yielding is the second book in the Age of Faith series by Tamara Leigh.  So if you haven't read The Unveiling yet, I would highly recommend that you read it first.  The Yielding is a wonderful continuation of the story of the Wulfrith family.  While the first book focuses on Garr and Annyn, this second book focuses on his sisters, specifically Beatrix.  I loved getting to know her character and by the end of the book I felt like I knew her.  She was so stubborn and determined to defend herself at all costs!  I truly loved Lord D'Arci!  What a war he had within himself trying to decide if he should follow his heart or his mind concerning Beatrix's innocence. This story was amazing and I lost a lot of sleep while reading it!  It is captivating and the way that Tamara Leigh writes kept me intrigued throughout the entire book!  A brilliant read, you do not want to miss The Yielding!  Five stars!
(There is a sneak peek at book number three at the end and I cannot wait for it!!!!)


You can pick up The Yielding via Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!


Source:  Author for review