Saturday, October 31, 2009

FACT or FICTION?


13 Odd Facts About Halloween (founds these facts @ socyberty.com.)

1. Orange and black are the colors of Halloween because orange is associated with the fall harvest and black is the color of darkness.

2. There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with Orange.

3. Turnips and Beets once served as the original Jack O’ Lanterns.

4. Halloween is the second most commercially successful Holiday with Christmas being the first.

5. According to superstition if you stand in front of a mirror at midnight, you’ll see the reflection of your future spouse just over your left shoulder.

6. You can sprinkle salt and oatmeal on your child’s head to keep him or her from being possessed.

7. In England, white cats instead of black ones are thought to be bad luck.

8. Harry Houdini died on Halloween, in 1926 from peritonitis caused by a ruptured appendix.

9. Burning a candle inside a Jack O’ Lantern on Halloween is believed to keep demons and evil spirits at bay.

10. Put your clothes on inside out and walk backwards on Halloween night to meet a witch.

11. Gazing into the flame of a candle on Halloween night will allow you to see into the future.

12. If you hear footsteps behind you on Halloween night don’t turn around, for it may be Death himself! And to look him in the eye is a sure way to hasten your own demise.

13. If a bat flies around a house three times, it is considered to be a death omen.

I'm off to trick or treat, see ya tomorrow!

Giveaway Bonanza at Book Chick City


Book Chic City is having a Halloween Giveaway Bonanza.  Here are the prizes, the winner gets to pick one whole bundle, which one looks good to you?

Bundle 1

*Laurell K. Hamilton The Laughing Corpse
*Kelley Armstrong The Summoning
*J.R. Ward Lover Enshrined
*Alexandra Sokoloff The Harrowing
*Christine Feehan Murder Game
*Mike Carey The Devil You Know
*Keri Arthur Penumbra

Bundle 2
*Catherine Jinks The Reformed Vampire support group
*Conrad Williams The Scalding rooms
*Christine Feehan Fever
*Patricia Briggs Cry Wolf
*Anthology Blood Lite
*Jeaniene Frost Destined for an early Grave
*Christopher Pike Thirst

Bundle 3
*Kelley Armstrong Frosbitten
*Lili St Crow Strange Angels
*Alexandra Sokoloff The Harrowing
*Shaun Hutson Body Count
*J.R. Ward Loer Enshrined
*Patricia Briggs Hunting Ground
*Jenna Black Speak of the Devil

This is a quick contest, so go enter right away!
Happy Trick or Treat Day!

SpookTober Results


Happy Halloween!
I have a treat for two lucky readers.  I have been calculating entries all morning.  There were well over 200 entries from 52 different people.  I used random.org to generate a list, then I used the number generator to select a random number.  I believe this is was the fairest way to select a winner.  Thank you to everyone who entered, I really enjoyed reading your answers to the questions and  posts. 

So now (drumroll please...) the SECOND place winner is...

Milka 
she will get to choose one book and she will also receive the small treat bag.

and now the FIRST place will is (drumroll again)...


Misty
she will receive first pick of two books from the list and the large treat bag!

Congratulations to the winners. Thanks to everyone who participated and stick around, I will be starting another giveaway next week!

Friday, October 30, 2009

And the winner is...




And the brand new copy of Once Bitten, Twice Shy goes to...
The Book Whisperer

A very special thank you to Jennifer Rardin who took time to not only interview, but to come back and answer reader questions. I wish her much success with her new release and upcoming books.

Thank you to everyone who entered. Congrats Book Whisperer, please send your addy to zenfoxflowerATyahooDOTcom. Don't forget to come back on November 2nd for my interview with Nicole Peeler. I just may have an extra copy of Tempest Rising for a lucky reader. (hint, hint)

Happy Reading.

REVIEW: Random Magic by Sasha Soren


Book Summary from Amazon.com.
When absent-minded Professor Random misplaces the main character from Alice in Wonderland, young Henry Witherspoon must book-jump to fetch Alice before chaos theory kicks in and the world vanishes. Along the way he meets Winnie Flapjack, a wit-cracking doodle witch with nothing to her name but a magic feather and a plan. Such as it is. Henry and Winnie brave the Dark Queen, whatwolves, pirates, Struths, and fluttersmoths, Priscilla and Charybdis, obnoxiously cheerful vampires, Baron Samedi, a nine-dimensional cat, and one perpetually inebriated Muse to rescue Alice and save the world by tea time.

Click here to read a writing sample from Random Magic.

My thoughts...Imagine yourself in a vivid dream.  One where things are real, but dreamy, extra colorful, animated and magical.  Now you are ready to enter the world of Random Magic. 

I have not watched the movie Alice In Wonderland in years, but I do remember the characters and certain aspects of the story.  All of my preconceived notions about this book were wrong.  Alice is not the main character in the story as I expected.  The story is so much more than a girl in Wonderland. 

For me, the prologue was confusing and the first few chapters were mainly background informataion about howHenry,our hero,winds up in Edgeland.  Now we arrive at chapter 3 and we meet Winnie.  This is where the story  really takes off.  Winnie is a doodle witch and she helps Henry navigate through her magical world in search of Alice.  Sasha Soren takes the reader on an incredible journey.  The descriptions of the locations and beings they encounter are incredible, you can tell the author is an artist because she writes with all of her five senses.  You really feel like your are there. 

There are many strange and unusual characters in Random Magic.  First off, this is a love story.  For me, this wasn't obvious until half way through the story. I noticed significant character development with Henry and Winnie and I grew more attached to the characters as the story progressed.  Several other characters thoughts pop into the story occasionally, while at times I did find this annoying, it helped with the story development and visual imagery.  One of the other characters I enjoyed was Professor Random, he does not play a big part, but I loved his absentmindedness. 

The ending concludes Henry's adventure, for better or worse, but leaves enough room for an additional story. Actually any number of characters in the book could have their own story. 

I enjoyed being part of this book tour and interacting with the kind and lovely Sasha Soren.   Be sure to click the Random Magic link on the sidebar to continue to follow the tour. 

For more information on Sasha Soren and her book, please visit her website.

Want more Random Magic? Check out these posts...

Random Magic Book Trailer
Character Quiz
The Garden of Muses
Interview with Sasha Soren

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Trailer for Fallen by Lauren Kate

I am so anxious to read Fallen by Lauren Kate.  I have been reading reviews and becoming more excited with every opinion that I read.  I just saw this trailer at Dark Fairy Tales.  This is a great new blog, go check them out.  They have a post called Trailer Thursday.  I  wanted to share this with you.  LOVE IT. Wouldn't this make a great movie?

LAST CHANCE TO ENTER! (2 great contests!)

Today is the last day to enter to win a brand new copy of Once Bitten, Twice Shy by Jennifer Rardin.  The winner will be announced on Friday, October 30!  Click here to enter. 

Only two days left to enter the SpookTober Giveaway.  Here is the list of prize choices...
1. The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa De La Cruz
2. Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis
3. Thirst by Christopher Pike
4. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
5. Prey by Rachel Vincent
6. Undead and Unpopular by MaryJanice Davidson
7. Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
8. Would-Be-Witch by Kimberly Frost
9. Barely Bewitched by Kimberly Frost
10 Immortal, Love Stories With Bite (anthology)
11. Undead and Uneasy by Mary Janice Davidson
12. Firestorm by Rachel Caine
13. Lucan by Susan Kearney

Treat Bags
Large bag
1. some swag
2. a booklight for late night reading
3. Spooky keychain (it moans)
4. Bubbly bath for reading in the tub

Small bag
1. Some author swag
2. Bubbly bath for reading in the tub

1st place will get to choose 2 books + the large treat bag
2nd place will get to choose 1 book + the small treat bag

In case you haven't entered yet, simply answer the question at the end of each of the SpookTober posts.  Here they are...

*Week one- WITCHES- read the post here.  Featuring a Witchy poem by William Shakespeare. 
*Week two-GHOSTS-read the post here.  Featuring Spooooky jokes.
*Week three-VAMPIRES-read the post here.  Featuring celebrity vamps.
*Week four-WEREWOLVES-read the post here.  Featuring directions on how to become a werewolf.

4 posts, 4 entries
For some extra entries...
+1 follow me
+2 post or link this somewhere, wherever you post and leave me a link for verification

I will announce the winner here on Halloween. Please check back for the winner, or better yet, follow me and automatically get the results!

OH, I almost forgot POLL RESULTS


Resses's Cups got well over 50% of the votes.  Yummy.
Thanks for voting!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Author Interview: Sasha Soren


(This is the cover for the Kindle version of Random Magic)


I am joined today by the incredible Sasha Soren.  Sasha's book, Random Magic will be released in January of 2010.  She has taken time to answer some questions for us curious readers...




1. Could you start by telling us a bit about your new book Random Magic?
SS: Maybe the best way to explain the experience would be to just ask you to think about how you feel when you’re reading a book you really love.

You know, when you’re totally involved in the book, to the point where you lose sleep, or forget where you are, and feel as if you’re actually part of the world of the book.

A book can make you laugh, or cry, or be angry, or feel some particular way, as if you’re actually living those events. Every book lover knows that feeling, precisely.

So, have always thought it would be great to be able to literally visit a book. Not just to have an intense, mental experience or reaction, but to actually be able to jump into a story.

Was thinking about it one day, not even planning on it being a novel, but just thinking to myself, “Well, which book would be fun for a literary road trip?”

One of the first books that sprang to mind was Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, just always thought it would be an interesting place to visit.

Then was thinking about what would happen if someone visited the book. Then realized it wasn’t as interesting to think about that, as it was to mull over what might happen if Alice was displaced from her story.

Fictional characters exist on paper. They can’t jump off a page into our world. But what if they really did exist, and you could meet them, just walking around?

Had a brief thought about maybe making it a contemporary or Victorian-era story, where Alice would visit our world, but decided it would be more challenging, and maybe fun, to write a story about a world very different from our own.

Started thinking, well, what would this world look like? And then just kind of started jotting the story down.

Henry, as the main character, was just going on this surreal journey to go find and bring back a fictional character, which was just an amusing thought because it’s so preposterous.

After all, if a friend of yours explained, quite calmly, that they were just going to pop you into a book to go find and bring back a fictional character, you’d think they were nuts. Or just daydreaming. But what if they were genuinely serious?

So, Henry ends up on an accidental adventure, and he’s totally unprepared. Turns out he’s going to need all the help he can get, because he’s totally lost in this other world, has no how anything works, what’s dangerous or not, or even how to survive.

So, that’s how Winnie (the second lead character) happened. Didn’t even invite her in, she just kind of showed up. Well, that’s Winnie for you! People who’ve already read the book, and so have already met Winnie, would probably agree.


2. Will Random Magic be a stand-alone book or a series?
SS: Really, it could go either way. Right now, you can read the book straight through and close the book on the last page feeling content that you’ve gotten the whole, mad story and haven’t missed a thing.

Could it be a series, though, yes, as the book does end on an open note. It really just depends on whether or not people are curious about what might happen next.

Either way, the book in its current incarnation is a very satisfying story, and didn’t seem to need a sequel. It would make an interesting series, though -- to follow Winnie, if for no other reason. She’s so entertaining.

3. After visiting your web site, I learned that you have traveled to many exotic places such as Cairo, Madrid, Rome and Amsterdam to name a few. What has been your favorite destination so far?
SS: Every city has its own particular energy and personality, so it’s really hard to choose. Favorite destination is anywhere I haven’t been, yet.

All cities are kind of like specific people. They all have their own personalities, in a way, and they’re all interesting in their own way.

But as for favorite cities, yes, there were some that were memorable, for different reasons:

Venice: Beautiful in its decay. The city is constantly in danger of flooding, and, in that respect, is almost a doomed city, as the waters will one day just drown the city and nature will reclaim what’s hers. It has temporal beauty, for that reason. It’s also just a beautiful city, with a lot of ancient secrets buried by water.

Cairo: Wonderful for exploring in the desert, obviously, and the waters of the Nile. Very different for any city dwellers, the desert was lovely and totally lethal for unwary travelers.

Paris: This is a favorite city for a lot of people, but it’s easy to understand why. All the outdoor cafés, lots of arts and culture, and even the ugly parts of the city are strangely charming.

Barcelona: Everyone should try to visit at least once, particularly to see the architecture of Antoni Gaudí, which is a total trip. Las Ramblas is also a great walk through the city, and the bit near the harbor has a great market. You can wake up every morning, go over and buy some cheese, bread, fresh cherries and coffee, and just sit by the water and enjoy your morning.

Athens: Beaches just a boat ride away, spectacular nightlife, good food, and thousands of years of ancient history, literally, just underneath your feet. There’s a quality of timelessness in the air, as well, even given all the heat, noise and contemporary annoyances. Very easy to love this city, although some find it totally confusing to navigate. They’re right, of course.

There are lots of cities worth exploring, and you’ll learn something new and interesting in every place you visit. Travel is a wonderful education. It’s a better education than the things you’d learn at university, because you’re learning about life, itself.

4. Do you collect anything (post cards, spoons, etc.) from each place?
SS: Memories, definitely. Don’t really have a collector’s personality, so, tend to collect memories, rather than things -- what a city looked like, smelled like, the sounds of the language, unusual sights, people, events, vibe, colors, the taste of various foods, etc.

For example, tried crushed sugar cane in Cairo, where it’s an ordinary local beverage, like Coca-Cola might be, elsewhere. It sounds revolting -- and looks a bit revolting, as well, as it’s all foamy and green. But it tasted ambrosial, couldn’t drink enough of it. That’s an example of collecting a memory, an experience, rather than a thing.

But, yes, do also sometimes collect a postcard from each city, or a backpacker’s badge. Normally, though, it’s not an official tourist postcard, but some small memento with a memory connected to it.

For example, spent one New Year’s Eve in Venice, the entire main square was filled with people toasting the new year, drinking wine and champagne, small bonfires, and a great fireworks display.

You’d make a toast and a wish for the new year, then when the bottle was finished, throw it on the cobblestones. If it broke, your wish would come true. Bohemian idea, very messy aftermath. Strangely delightful, though.

Now, it would be hard to explain to someone just why the champagne cork in your pocket is such a fascinating souvenir. Of course, though, if you were there that night, you’d know exactly why.

The cork isn’t the important thing, the memory is the important thing. But sometimes you just look at some bit of flotsam that has no significance to anyone but yourself, and just laugh. Or just cry. And so on.

5. Do any of these exciting places show up in your stories or are they for research only?
SS: Yes, the city of Venice, Italy was a strong inspiration for the scenes in the Floating City.

The complicated streets of the city, the regal and slightly spooky golden masks worn during the Venice Carnival, the pale green water, the air of sensual decay, those are all elements drawn from research, just walking around the streets of Venice, taking mental notes.

Have an idea about a book of short stories that would take place in Rome, Italy, as there were a lot of interesting places there that just seemed like they’d be a great background for a series of stories, but Venice was the only real-world city that seeped into the pages of Random Magic.

It has a strange, secretive character and was a bit hard to pin down on paper. It’s a charming city, but there’s an elusive quality, as well, almost as if the city really were enchanted and might vanish overnight. If Venice were a person, rather than a city, that person would be very intriguing.

6. Are you currently working on any other projects you would like to share with us?
SS: Always working on a new project, but wouldn’t want to discuss any of them in detail, because have found that when you talk about something, you usually end up not writing about it. Superstition, maybe. But, mostly, it really does work that way. If you talk about it, you won’t write it.

7. I have also discovered that you have a passion for music. Please tell us about your other talent.
SS: Music is wonderful. When you’re fully engaged in the process of creating music, that’s a really invigorating, happy kind of feeling, and gives you a natural buzz.

The project you’re referring to is a collaborative album that was recorded in Paris, France, which was a fascinating experience -- the city and the album!

All of the songs on the album have a specific story behind them. Actually, some of them sort of just showed up mid-way.

The song ‘Christiania’, specifically, just happened to show up out of nowhere. Had just been on a little road trip to Christiania, which was a sort of rogue city, almost. Very bohemian at the time.

The lyrics of the song are factual, they describe what the city is like, what the vibe is like, and even sound like the music you’d hear on any given weekend night in the city.

At least, all of these details were factual at the time. The Danish government has never really been pleased about having an autonomous city of bohemians just hanging around making merry, and since the album was released, has redoubled efforts to shut the city down.

It would be great to work on a new album, but have no plans to do it at present; can jot down lyrics or music for new tracks any time but it takes time and money to create an actual album.

Was it interesting, though, yes, very pleased with the way the album came out -- it was a huge amount of work but would gladly do it again.

The process itself was really satisfying, to start with a tiny thread of an idea and create something out of thin air.

Actually, making music is quite a lot like writing, because you’re still conjuring up specific images, emotions, thoughts, poetry, and so on.

The only real difference is that you’re working with sound (voice and instruments) rather than silence (text).

8. Lastly, please tell us about your favorite way to unwind after a long day of writing.
SS: Sleep! Writing is hard work, it can be really grueling and you do need to rest if you’ve been working steadily on something.

A languid soak in a hot bath, nice pot of tea, or escaping into a good book -- those are also options that work like a charm in restoring a bit of energy.

Actually, they work like a charm at any time, and any reason’s a good reason to treat yourself with a little kindness and consideration.

Sometimes you’re so involved in some particular project that you forget you’re only human, and do need to force yourself to rest -- just so that you can work for a longer period of time, and work more efficiently. Ironic, no?

Sasha, thank you for spending time with us today. Congratulations on Random Magic and much success to you in the future!


Want more Random Magic?  Check out these posts...
Random Magic Book Trailer
Character Quiz
The Garden of Muses

For more information about Sasha Soren and her work please visit her website.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Cover Love?

Chloe just released the cover for Twice Bitten.  This looks GREAT!
Mark your calendars, she announced the release date as July 6, 2010.

PSSST, hey SOOKIE STACKHOUSE FANS, guess what I heard...



I heard from Literary Escapism who heard from SciFiWire who heard from CNN that Charlaine Harris said the Southern Vampire Series has an ending point.

  "I've signed a contract to write three more after the one that's coming out in May, and they may be the last three," Harris told CNN. "Probably by then I will have lived with Sookie long enough."

So far there are 9 Sookie books out and that would end it with 13 books.  That would keep up in stitches through 2014.  Charlaine doesn't want the story to get played out.  Be sure to check out the interview on CNN.  Charlaine expresses her feelings about True Blood, mens with fangs and her next book.

Author Interview: Roxanne Rhoads


I am pleased to introduce you to a sultry author by the name of  Roxanne Rhoads.  Some of you know her from her blog, Fang-tastic Books.  Eternal Desire was released on October 7, 2009. 

1. Could you start by telling us a little about your new release ETERNAL DESIRE?
RR: Eternal Desire is an erotic paranormal romance during Halloween. Here's the blurb:
Liz Beth, a paranormal researcher, is haunted by the seductive vampire, Quillon, who may or may not be real. She arrives in New Orleans the week of Halloween to search for the elusive vampire of her dreams and instead encounters a handsome stranger, Christien, with whom she begins a passionate affair with.

Soon she is torn between her dream lover and a flesh and blood man, both of whom are a mystery to her. The closer it gets to Halloween the wilder things become. LizBeth gets closer to the truth about Quillon while Christien has her under his own spell.

Will all be revealed at the Vampyre Ball or will the masks stay in place?
In New Orleans at Halloween anything is possible.

2. I've read that the book takes place in New Orleans. Did you have to do much research for this novella?
RR: Some, not a whole lot. I absolutely love New Orleans so I knew a lot about it but I grabbed a vacation guide just to get hotel names and street names correct.

The year I wrote the story all the events mentioned in the book were actually scheduled to happen in New Orleans like the Vampyre Ball.

3. What inspired you to write this story?
RR: Well I love New Orleans and vampires are my favorite paranormal creature then I tossed in my favorite holiday-Halloween and it all came together.


4. You have quite a bit of experience as an erotic romance author. Would you describe ETERNAL DESIRE as an erotic romance or another genre?
RR: I would describe ETERNAL DESIRE as an erotic romance because it's more about the story than the sex in the story and the romantic elements are high.


5. Will ETERNAL DESIRE be a stand-alone book or are you writing a series?
RR: It is a stand alone though I have plans to bring these characters back in a later book but just as minor characters.


6. Are you currently working on any other projects that you would like to share with us?
RR: I have a lot of works in progress. I also have a few upcoming stories coming out. In December INSATIABLE, a highly erotic novella, will be released through Eternal Press.

I have another vampire tale scheduled to be in an anthology through L&L Dreamspell, an erotic Christmas piece to appear in an Xcite anthology and a fun romantic vampire tale to be released through Midnight Showcase. Details and dates are currently up in the air on most of those right now.


7. ETERNAL DESIRE features a vampire. Do any other paranormal beings make an appearance in this story?
RR: Some ghosts pop in and make the Vampyre Ball very interesting.


8. What is your favorite way to unwind after a hard day of writing? Any guilty pleasures?
RR: I love watching some of my shows like Grey's Anatomy after everyone else is asleep. If I don't have anything saved on my DVR I curl up with a book to relax for awhile before going to bed.

Roxanne Rhoads

Freelance Writer, Author, Poet
eroticroxanne@yahoo.com
http://www.roxannesrealm.blogspot.com/
http://www.fang-tasticbooks.blogspot.com/

Here is the book trailer.  It looks FANG-TASTIC!


Check Out My Erotica Stories
Tasty Christmas Treats now in ebook and print
Paranormal Bedtime Stories now in ebook and print
~Contains my stories Halloween Surprise and Sea of Blood
Lasting Lust: An Anthology of Kinky Couples in Love
~ Contains my story The First Brick available at RavenousRomance.com
Torrid Teasers Volume 59 Whiskey Creek Press Torrid
~Featuring Renata and The Questioning Concubine
Justus Roux's Erotic Tales 2
~Contains my poem Waiting Patiently
The Mammoth Book of Erotic Confessions
~contains two of my erotic confessions

Roxanne, thanks for visiting us today.  Congratulations on your new release!

E-books of Eternal Desire can be purchased at EternalPress.ca and Fictionwise.com.   If you prefer a print copy, you can purchase one from Amazon.com.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Kidz Korner

With the holidays rapidly approaching, I thought I would start a post to feature  books for the special little ones in your life.  These will be reviewed by myself and my two sweeties (5 and 2).  Children's books can be expensive, so we will give you some ideas of books that are worth your money. 


Snappy little Halloween by  Dugald Steer, Derek Mathews (Illustrator), Derek Matthews (Illustrator)

In honor of Halloween, I though we would start with a Halloween Book.  We have several of these pop-up books in our bookshelves.  They are tons of fun.  The story is very simple and full of rhyming words, great for young children.  There is a lot of alliteration which helps emerging readers.  My son was able to read this with ease. 

This book is not scary, in fact it uses quite a bit of silly humor.  The vampire is not so scary when his pants are falling down.  The best part of the book are the pop-ups.  They are very colorful and exciting.  I was just as anxious as the kids to see what was on the next page. 

The only thing  I would caution you about is durability.  Like most pop-up books, the projecting pieces are easily torn or plucked off.  With the exception of a few pages, this one is pretty tough.  The pop-ups are made of a heavy paper and attached pretty securely.  I had to make a simple repair, but it is good as new. 

We recommend this book for your favorite little pumpkin. 


           

Justin's Two Cents (my son always has his say)...
My favorite part of the book is the cat jumping out of the pot.

Roxanne Rhoads interview tomorrow


Roxanne Rhoads will be interviewed here tomorrow to talk about her new release Eternal Desire. 



Can't wait that long, today, she will be dropping by http://www.fantasygirlreviews.blogspot.com/

See you tomorrow!

Getting ready for Random Magic (3)

I am honored to be part of Sasha Soren's Random Magic book blog tour.  She will be here for an interview on October 30th.  To get us ready for her visit, here is a peek at the book trailer.  Random Magic is an Alice in Wonderland-themed book.  What do you think?



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Melting Pot Monday (2)

This weekly post will share a variety of books from different genres. Sometimes as readers, it's always good to try something new. I have included some titles that you might like.



New children's book from former NBA star Chris Dudley: Chris Dreams BIG

Lake Oswego, OR - Oct 14, 2009 - If you followed professional basketball during any of Chris Dudley's 16 seasons in the NBA, you'll remember him as one of the best rebounders and shot blockers in the league. What you may not know, however, is that even at 6'11", the fact that Chris played at all is pretty remarkable...Chris was the first Type 1 diabetic to play professional basketball. Now Chris is sending his message of perseverance and passion directly to kids in the new children's book, Chris Dreams BIG, co-authored with his wife, Chris Love-Dudley.
Chris Dudley, Former NBA Star, Shows Kids with challenges that ANYTHING is possible! Chris loved being a kid! He also loved dreaming of his plan to one day play professional basketball. Life was pretty good! But one morning Chris woke up and found that he was facing the biggest challenge of his life. Chris had to decide if he was going to let his newfound condition end his dream or find the courage to keep playing the game he loves!
Chris Dreams BIG is a triumphant story of a boy who overcomes adversity. Chris learnsa valuable lesson when he discovers that he is not the only person facing challenges. His life is forever changed when he realizes that challenges do not always have to keep you from doing the things you love.
Chris Dudley's NBA career included stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers, New Jersey Nets, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers as well as the New York Knicks.  Following his retirement from pro sports, Chris founded the Chris Dudley Foundation,  dedicated to educating and empowering kids with diabetes to live active and successful lives. In recognition of his significant contributions both to the league and through his foundation, Chris received the NBA's J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 1996 and the USA Today Most Caring Athlete Award in 1997. Chris is a graduate of Yale University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and political science in 1987. He lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon with his wife, Chris, and their three children.  Further information about the foundation and its activities may be found at www.chrisdudley.org .

About the book:
Chris Dreams BIG by Chris Dudley & Chris Love-Dudley
ISBN: 978-0982322406
Publisher: CCD Productions
Date of publish: April 1, 2009
Pages: 38
S.R.P.: $14.95




New book : Triangle of Deception


A gripping thriller inspired by the real-life experiences of a former intelligence operative
NEW YORK - Oct 19, 2009 - Haggai Carmon's fourth novel, Triangle of Deception,
hits the shelves next week. For two decades, Carmon himself led a life marked by
deception. He held two jobs - publicly, he was an international attorney shuttling between Israel and the United States, and secretly, he worked undercover for the U.S. government, collecting sensitive intelligence and chasing multimillion dollar, white-
collar fraudsters across the globe to more than 30 countries. Keeping his second life a
closely guarded secret from all, including friends and family, was not mere precaution but life-or-death necessity given the dangerous realities of international espionage and terrorism that some of Carmon's cases involved. Many of the adventures and horrors he experienced, he can never share, but the unique, first-hand knowledge of intelligence operations that has inspired his thrillers makes his tales of spies and terror both captivatingly intense and eerily real.
In Triangle of Deception, the fourth installment in the Dan Gordon Intelligence Thriller series, U.S. Agent Dan Gordon is on the hunt for the source of funding to terrorist group Hezbollah - the world's most secretive and tightly-knit terrororganization. He infiltrates Hezbollah's network in the Paraguay an terrorist hub Ciudad del Este with the help of a Lebanese expatriate, only to realize that his superiors have failed to give him the full picture. A chase for false documents turns a Shakespearean drama of double identities and uncertain loyalties into a web of lies.
Caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, Dan lands in a grim Romanian jail. Was it a security leak that got him in trouble? Why was he told to abandon top-secret CIA documents in a hotel room in Turkey? Was Dan made a sacrificial lamb for the CIA to make their plan look credible? Has he stumbled upon a much bigger plot whose mastermind is infinitely more vicious than what he had expected? And how will he
extricate himself from his stickiest situation yet?
Triangle of Deception, a story about the joining of CIA and Mossad forces on the one hand, and the confrontation of rival terrorist groups on the other, will fascinate and entice both those familiar with Dan Gordon's acute intelligence and cunning and those new to his complex missions and riveting escapades.
Jacob Perry, former director of Shin Bet, Israel's legendary internal security service, writes in the introduction, "Haggai has assured me that the book is largely fictional, but still, I find instances where his word-weaving is so vivid, so realistic, that I have to remind myself that it is not reality that captivates me. Haggai is a master of the tradecraft and with each twist and turn of this, his fourth thriller, my appreciation for his fictionalized reality has grown." Introducing his previous works have been prestigious members of the intelligence community no less complimentary - an an onymous former top Mossad executive; Sarah McKee, former General Counsel of INTERPOL-U.S. National Central Bureau; former Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Dr. Efraim Sneh and former top CIA operations officer André Le Gallo.
Haggai Carmon's novels have garnered rave reviews from a wide variety of sources, including President of Israel Shimon Peres who described Carmon's debut novel, Triple Identity, as "riveting, full of imagination, unusual characters and fantastic events."

About the book:
Triangle of Deception by Haggai Carmon
ISBN: 978-0843961928
Publisher: Leisure Books
Date of publish: Oct 27, 2009
Pages: 336
S.R.P.: $7.99

Sunday, October 25, 2009

ELMO TAKES A BATH


Normally I wouldn't post pictures of my kids, but this one was too funny.  While I was making dinner, my 2 year old decided Elmo needed a bath.  The five year old (of course) encouraged this activity.  So I was completely surprized when she came to me and said "Mommy, Elmo nice clean".  She was extremely proud of herself.  Thank goodness the toilet was clean.  Never a dull moment!

BIG BOX CHALLENGE @ Princess Bookie



Cindy at Princess Bookie is having a BIG BOX CHALLENGE.  The winner will receive a whole box of books!  To enter, you need to recreate one of the book covers on her post.  There are 3 options, I tried to complete all three of them.  Here is what made...

Option 1:

Recreate One Of The Book Images in a post on your blog or include the link to your post. Be Creative. Have fun. Take A Picture, Make A Picture. Include yourself, include others, be creative.


original
mine

 
Option 2: Make Your Own Cover Based On The Title Of The Book. Be creative.
 

  
 
Option 3: Recreate Something Like Fate. Be Creative! I love love love this cover.



 
 


It was hard to redo some of these covers, they were brilliant to begin with.

SpookTober at Ellz Readz (4)

In the spirit of Halloween, each Sunday I will do a new post on the things that go bump in the night. So this weeks SpookTober feature will be about WEREWOLVES!


Wikipedia says...A werewolf or werwolf, also known as a lycanthrope,  is a mythological or folkloric human with the ability to shapeshift into a wolf or an anthropomorphic wolf-like creature, either purposely, by being bitten or scratched by another werewolf, or after being placed under a curse. This transformation is often associated with the appearance of the full moon, as popularly noted by the medieval chronicler Gervase of Tilbury, although it may have been recognized in earlier times among the ancient Greeks through the writings of Petronius.


Werewolves on TV...
Werewolves has been on TV for as far back as 1954 with a show called The Lone Wolf: The Werewolf Story.   From then on, the hairiness continued.  Here are some fun werewolf shows...

1. Little House on the Prairie: The Werewolf of Walnut Grove (1980)
2. Are You Afraid of the Dark?: The Tale of the Full Moon (1991)
3. The X Files: Shapes (1994)
4. CSI: Werewolves (2006)
5. Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf (1988)
(all TV show information cited from werewolfpage.com)


Hair in your popcorn Werewolves in Movies...

Here are some famous flicks staring Weres...
1. Howling, The (1981)     An emotionally-scarred news lady is sent to a colony for psychiatric help. But the occupants seem unusual, and what is that strange howling in the woods?
2. Hybrid (2007)     A blinded man is the subject of an experimental medical procedure through which he is transplated with the eyes of a wolf, a process which has some unexpected side effects ...
3. Skinwalkers (2007)     A twelve year old boy and his mother become caught in a battle between two packs of skinwalkers, who each have different plans for him.
4. Brothers Grimm, The (2005)     Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm are conmen who pose as exorcists, but in one town they must face some real-life horrors, including a werewolf.
5. Underworld (2003)     Centuries of blood is spilt and ancient allegiances are severed in an epic battle between Vampires and Lycans ...
6. Teen Wolf (1985)     Michael J. Fox is transformed into a fuzzy werewolf in this well-known supernatural high school comedy.

If you are looking for more great Werewolf movies, check out Werewolf-Movies.com for a complete list.

Werewolf Books...
1. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (this is one of my favorites)
2.Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville, Book 1) by Carrie Vaughn
3. Howling at the Moon (Tales of an Urban Werewolf, Book 1) by Karen MacInerney
4. Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis (click here to see my review)
5. Bad Blood (Crimson Moon, Book 1) by LA Banks

And to end my tribute to our moon howling friends, I present...
Instructions on HOW TO BECOME A WEREWOLF.  Always dreamed of becoming one of the pack?  Follow these simple instructions and you will be on your way!


Step 1- Sleep on the ground in an open field on a Friday night when the moon is full. Many Europeans who lived several centuries ago approved of this method.

Step 2- Drink water from a wolf's footprint. Two hundred years ago, Balkan natives thought this act would surely help you grow hair and fangs.

Step 3- Satisfy your thirst in certain magical bodies of water, although the whereabouts of these are unknown. If you find that discouraging, drink wherever wolf packs drink.

Step 4- Transform yourself by eating a wolf's brains. Just follow the easy instructions listed in the Wicked Witch's Cookbook (author unknown).

Step 5- Find a French priest and have him put a hex on you. Many incorrigibles were purportedly disciplined in this way in the centuries prior to the 1800s.

**DISCLAIMER**These directions are not guaranteed to work, try at your own risk!  Also, Ellz does not support violence to animals or other creatures.  So no eating wolf's brains.  Just sayin'.

I found this sage advice at e-how, a website who's motto is How To Do Just About Everything (they weren't kidding).  Go visit to learn how to do more stuff.   



That concludes my SpookTober posts for 2009.  Don't forget to enter the giveaway.  Find all the details here.  This is also another entry for Misty's Helluva Halloween Contest.  Did you enter yet?  Happy Halloween everyone! 

Would you rather be a Vampire missing one  fang or a Werewolf with a bare tush? 

Cindy's Surprise Contest (take 2)

This is crazy.  Cindy at Princess Bookie is giving away more books.  Her latest contest asks you to...

Name 8 Of Your Favorite Things (not all books either LOL)

Here are mine...
1.  My babies and honey
2. My books
3. My computer
4. Victorias Secret Lotion
5. Yankee Candles
5. chocolate, any kind, any time, any place
6. the mail-one of my favorite parts of the day!
7. prizes and presents (always a kid at heart)
8. the beach-such a relaxing place

IN MY MAILBOX (6)


In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren, who was inspired by Pop Culture Junkie.  My library had a booksale this week and I visited the local bookstore!


For review: 
*Random Magic by Sasha Soren.  The book tour will be here October 30th!
*Golden Conspiracy by Robert James Glider

Bought:
*Dawnbreaker Jocelynn Drake (used)
*Thin Air by Rachel Caine (used)
*Firestorm by Rachel Caine (used)
*Windfall by Rachel Caine (used)

Won:
*The Devil Inside & Hungers of The Heart by Jenna Black from Patricia's Vampire Notes (thank you)

Did you get anything you were really excited about?

What are you afraid of?


Park Avenue Princess is having a scary Halloween Giveaway.  Follow the link to go enter. 
Tell them Ellz Readz sent you and we will both get bonus entries!

One of the entry requirements is to tell something that you are really afraid of...

Deep, dark, don't know what's under you water.  (shiver)

What are you afraid of?

Saturday, October 24, 2009

And the winner is...



And the winner is...

cait045

Please send me your addy to zenfoxflowerATyahooDOTcom and I will forward the information to Chloe. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who participated.  BTW- I used random.org to generate a list and them used the true random number generator to pick a winner.  I really think it gives everyone a better shot so all your entries and not in a clump. 

Be sure to check out my other giveaways.

Once Bitten, Twice Shy by Jennifer Rardin

1st place- (u pick 2 from my list + swag)
2nd place-(u pick 1 from my list)
I recently added a second winner for this giveaway, thanks for helping me reach 100 followers!

Getting Ready for RANDOM MAGIC (2)

Random Magic is a colorful new novel by author Sasha Soren.  The book tour, which has already started, is stopping at Ellz Readz on October 30th.  In order to get ready for the tour, I am posting a series of RANDOM posts.  Take this quiz to find out which character Random Magic character you are most like.  Can't wait, click the Random Magic icon on my sidebar to see where the book tour is now. 




I took the quiz...My Result: You are: Winnie Flapjack






On the surface, you are: a quick thinker; courageous, brash, loyal, honest when it suits you, stubborn, ingenious, cheeky, resourceful, and a bit of a wise-ass.

Your secret side: You have a tender heart.


Which Random Magic character are you?

Friday, October 23, 2009

Anyone feeling LUCKY?


Quick someone go play 100 on the lottery, I think it is a lucky number today!  Thank you to all of my readers, I am so glad someone is reading what I have to say.  You guys are the best. 

One of my favorite bloggers Misty at The Book Rat also hit 100 today.  She is having an awesome contest to celebrate.  Go over and check out her blog!  Tell her Ellz sent you!

Let me know if you went to see Misty and I will even give you an extra entry into any of my current contests.  Let me know which one you prefer.  Here are the links to all of the current ones...

Once Bitten, Twice Shy by Jennifer Rardin (ends 11/29)
SpookTober Giveaway (ends 11/30)

I feel LOVED!

I received two special awards this week  from two special bloggers.



I received the Heartfelt Award from Charlotte of The Book on the Hill.  Love YA!

 Do you reach for a cup of cocoa or tea when you're relaxing, seeking comfort, sharing a plate of cookies with family and friends? You know the feeling you get when you drink a yummy cup of cocoa, tea, or a hot toddy ? That is what the Heartfelt Award is all about, feeling warm inside.

Rules : Put the logo on your blog/post. Nominate up to to 9 blogs which make you feel comfy or warm inside. Be sure to link your nominees within your post. Let them know that they have been nominated by commenting on their blog. Remember to link to the person from whom you received your award.

Here are my nominations for the heartfelt award.  Let's show them some love...
1. Ju-Ju @ Tales of Whimsey
3.  Donna @ Bites
5. Doug @ SciFiGuy
6.  Jackie @ Literary Escapism






I received the Honest Scrap award from The Book Whisperer.  Thank you.

This is the Honest Scrap Award. It is for those bloggers who write from the heart. The rules are to pass it along to seven bloggers (I've currently only got 5) and then list 10 honest things about myself. Here are those deserving of this honour, bloggers who write from the heart and touch me because of it (and I'm going to try to nominate blogs that haven't already received this award, so that doesn't means I don't love yours!).

Here are my nominees...
1. John @ Burbling Books
4. Chelsea @ The Page Flipper
5. Book Wierdo @ YA Book Geek

My Ten Honest Things...
1. I am a bit of a neat freak.
2. I am horribly afraid of deep dark water.  I have nightmares about it. 
3. I do not own a bookshelf, all my books are stacked in the closet (gasp, I know, literally no room!)
4. I am obsessed with Victoria's Secret lotion and Yankee Candles, guess I'm a smell person.
5. I love my kids more than life itself. Way more.
6. I usually have a pencil stuck in my hair.
7. My least favorite holiday is Thanksgiving.  Columbus-blah. 
8. I have ZERO coordination, I trip over my own feet.
9. I love pizza, chocolate chip cookies and apple crisp. 
10. I'd rather be reading.



REVIEW: Bunco Babes Tell All by Maria Geraci

Meet the Bunco Babes of Whispering Bay. Every Thursday night they roll dice, drink frozen margaritas, and catch up on all the gossip in their small north Florida town. Kitty Burke is the only Bunco Babe who is still single—which is okay—but she’s thirty-five and may need to face that her image of Mr. Right is all wrong.

Take Steve. Very sexy—but on paper, with three failed marriages and a shady career, maybe not great husband material. And yes, his ring tone is “Freebird.” Certainly fellow Babes Shea Masterson and Pilar Diaz-Rothman vote thumbs down. But maybe there’s more to Steve than meets the eye? Is it time for Kitty to take a chance and hope that she can be as lucky in love as she is in Bunco?

Summary from the website of Maria Garaci

Click here to read an excerpt from the book.

My thoughts...Woot, Woot, party time!  I read a summary for the the next book,  Bunco Babes Gone Wild and thought it sounded really funny.  So I was very pleased when Maria graciously sent me a copy of the first book to review.  I really enjoyed Bunco Babes Tell All.  Let me first say, send the kiddies to their room, 'cause this book is for the grown-ups only.  There were some really steamy scenes throughout the book.  They were tasteful, but I caught myself with my mouth hanging open on numerous occasions.  Kitty is 35, childless and single, not to mention smart, beautiful and charming.  Her toilet gets clogged during her weekly Bunco game and she has to call a plumber to come (ahem) unclog her toilet.  Steve, who we discover is not really a plumber, is our very sexy, very mysterious hero.  Kitty has her work cut out for her, because Steve is like a closed book, except in bed.

Maria Garaci did a wonderful job writing a witty story about love, trust and friendship.  The Bunco babes are friends that everyone wants.  They are loyal,  fun and know how to have a good time.  Their motto is 'what happens at Bunco, stays at Bunco".  Each weekly game usually reveals some sort of drama (good or bad) as they share their signature drinks.  I am encouraged to get my girls together for a night of games and goodies.  This story reminds me how much I love and need my friends.

This is the first book outside of the paranormal genre that I have read in a while. I had a hard time putting it down.  Bunco Babes Tell All is a fun, light-hearted read and I recommend it to all mature readers.   There is even a "how-to" section in the back of the book so you can organize your own Bunco night.  The next book in the series, Bunco Babes Gone Wild is on the top of my shopping list.  I recommend you add it to yours too!  Be sure to go to Maria's website to read about some real Bunco groups, get some ideas for your own party menu and take the fun quiz to see which Bunco girl you are, I'm a Kitty. 

For more information about Maria Geraci and her books, please visit her website

If you enjoyed this book, you may also enjoy...
1. Bunco Babes Gone Wild by Maria Geraci
2. The Fixer Upper by Mary Kay Andrews
3. Can't Stand The Heat (A Recipe for Love) by Louisa Edwards

(disclosure) This book was submitted by the author for review.

Last Day to Enter



Whoo Baby, almost 100 followers!  I love you guys!

Just a reminder...

*TODAY is the last day to enter to win a signed copy of Friday Night Bites by Chloe Neill.  Enter here.

*The interview with Jennifer Rardin is posted.  Click here to win a copy of Once Bitten, Twice Shy.  This contest ends October 29th. 

*The SpookTober Giveaway is going strong and I am considering adding a second winner to celebrate 100 followers.  I will put up the last SpookTober post this Sunday.  Did you miss any?  Click here to find out.

Be sure to check out what interviews are coming up (left sidebar), I've been busy writing interview questions!  See anyone interesting?

Happy Reading!

Ready, Set, READ!


Cindy @ Princess Bookie and several other bloggers are participating in a 24 hour read-a-thon.  Not only is she reading some great books, but she is shaing the love by holding a marathon of contests.  Cindy is giving away a ton of books so even if you can't read for 24 hours straight, you can win something good to read when you have some free time.  The readathon starts tomorrow, but the contests have already started.  The link for the contest page on Cindy's blog is below. There are also some other contests posted there too by some other bloggers. 


Happy Reading Everyone!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Author Interview and Giveaway: Jennifer Rardin

Today we are joined by the gifted Jennifer Rardin.  Jennifer is the author of the Jaz Parks series.  She is here to celebrate the release of the sixth book Bite Marks. 

1. Could you please start by telling us a bit about your Jaz Parks series?
JR: Sure! Jaz Parks and her boss, the vampire, Vayl, are assassins for the CIA. On the face of it their jobs seem pretty simple. Hunt down the bad guys who are trying to rip big, jagged holes in the fabric of America, and eliminate them. There’s even a list! But when you insert monsters, magic, and soul-starved demons into the mix believe me, nothing is easy.

Especially when your father is an ass.

Jaz could tell you all about him, but afterward she’d probably have to shove her fist through a wall. And we wouldn’t want that now, would we?

As for Vayl. Well, he’s just so delectable Jaz finds it a real challenge to maintain the sort of professional relationship the CIA expects from its agents. Especially when his eyes turn green.


2. Bite Marks (Jaz Parks #6) hits bookstores October 29th. What sort of adventures are Jaz and her team in store for in this book?
JR: It’s never good when Jaz starts a mission pissed off, but when Vayl feels the same? Watch out.

Unfortunately they both have to admit that their boss, Pete, was right to cut their vacation short. Because fanatical gnomes are threatening to take down NASA’s third eye-to-the-universe, which is located just outside of Australia’s capital of Canberra.

You may be thinking, Gnomes? What’s the big deal? All they do is stand around my mom’s garden looking adorable—and yet proving themselves useless to prevent the neighbor’s cats from crapping in her mulch!

These are not those guys. Not even remotely related, I’m sorry to say. Unless your mom’s gnomes make a habit of feeding their physically challenged community members to their young. No? Okay, then.

3. If you could describe your heroine, Jaz, in only 5 words, which would you choose?
JR: Loyal- Practical- Vulnerable- Stubborn- Sassy

4. Let’s talk about Bergman. Will he ever find love? He comes up with some incredible inventions. How do you come up with these high-tech gadgets? Have you been contacted by the Department of Defense for some tips?
JR: Bergman is da bomb. In fact, that’s probably how he’ll leave this world—by ordering Jaz to pack his corpse on the tip of a moon rocket and shoot his remains into space.

Will he ever find love? Well, first he has to decide to look for it. Then he has to recognize it when it clubs him between the eyes. I’m thinking his journey could be somewhat hilarious; maybe even more fun than reaching a final destination. But it’s really up to him, and he hasn’t yet clued me into his ultimate personal plans. I can tell you that he returns for Bite Marks and has an even bigger role in Bitten in Two.

My gadgets seem to evolve the way real inventions do—out of necessity and some thought about how practical application can translate into wondrous invention. Luckily I have Bergman to figure out the details, otherwise nothing I imagine would ever work.

I don’t think my stuff is nearly advanced enough to interest the Department of Defense. No doubt they’ve already dreamed up and either instituted or trashed most of what I’ve written about. But it is fun for me to try to outdo them.

5. I read that you are working on the next book, Bitten in Two. How many books are you planning for the Jaz Parks series?
JR: Yeah, actually I just sent the manuscript for Bitten in Two to my editor, so I’m pretty psyched about that. We’re planning one more book in the series so far. I won’t say that I’m going to end it there, but you should have a good idea of where the characters will be heading by the end of that book.

6. I discovered that you are diligently writing your YA debut novel titled Shadowstruck. Care to share any information on the storyline and release date?
JR: I can’t get too specific, because my agent hasn’t even seen it yet. But I can tell you I was first inspired to write it after watching a TV series that followed a group of teenagers through a boot-camp style setting that their parents had enrolled them in because, basically, they couldn’t deal with them anymore and they were hoping the camp counselors could “cure” them of their constant fighting, bitching, and manipulating.

One kid in particular really got to me. He was always ready to throw the first punch. But underneath I could tell he wanted to get his life together. That he could make it all work if he just had the right people backing him up. And what was pissing him off so extremely had as much to do with his crap parents as it had to do with his crap choices.

But I didn’t want to write about that world, you know? I wanted to create my own place. Different conflicts. Scarier monsters. Even bigger odds that would force a fighting-type to figure out where he stood and where he should (or even if he could) draw the line. So this story is about a 15-year-old detentionmeister who has to rescue his little sister from a man who can make his shadow real.

7. Is it hard to make the transition from adult to YA?
JR: In some ways, yeah, it is. I find myself questioning where the line is on pushing the romance, and if I’ve crossed some boundary in the violence/gore arena. But in the end I know who I’m writing to. They’re smart, sophisticated people who have limited patience for junk. As long as I keep that at the front of my mind, I should be okay.

8. What is currently on your TBR pile?
JR: Right now I’m reading The Innocent Mage by Karen Miller. My TBR pile is unbelievably tall and tippy now that I’m writing full time. Because I used to read at night, before bedtime, and now even those hours are filled with work. So here’s an abbreviated list of what’s on the pile:

The first four books in the Temeraire Series by Naomi Novik
Orphan’s Destiny, Orphan’s Journey & Orphan’s Alliance by Robert Buettner
Hal Spacejock: Second Course by Simon Haynes
Dead to Me by Anton Strout
The Awakened Mage by Karen Miller
The High Lord by Trudi Caravan

9. What is your favorite way to unwind after a hard day of writing? Any guilty pleasures?
JR: Supernatural, baby! (http://www.cwtv.com/shows/supernatural) I am so obsessed with that series it’s not even funny! Go Dean & Sam!! And no, they are not a guilty pleasure. That would be a big bowl of homemade cookie dough (minus the egg, because Salmonella is scarier than vampires!) and a glass of milk. Scrumptious!

I think I am the only person on the planet who doesn't watch that show!  Jennifer thank you so much for visiting use today.  Congratulations on your new release and on those to come!

Giveaway time!  I was strolling through my favorite bookstore the other day and found a brand new copy of Once Bitten, Twice Shy (Jaz Parks, book 1).  If you have not read this series yet, here's a chance to start. 


This contest is only open to followers.

To enter, please leave a question or comment for Jennifer. 

For an extra entries, post a link to this contest somewhere (sidebar, post, facebook, twitter, where ever you go).  I will give one entry per link, be sure to leave me a link for verification.  

I am going to open this up everyone!  The giveaway will end October 29 and I will post the winner here on October 30.  Good luck!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

REVIEW: One More Bite by Jennifer Rardin


Summary from the website of Jennifer Rardin.
One More Bite (Jaz Parks #5) 
Jaz and Vayl have been assigned to travel to Inverness to prevent an assassination that has the potential to upset the balance between the west coast vampire nests and allow another Raptor to emerge. In the power vacuum left by Edward “the Raptor” Samos’ death, a struggle for supremacy has begun between his former allies: The Coven of Inverness, the Valencian Weres and The Flock. The struggle takes on a new twist when Pete learns that the Valencians have hired an assassin to take out the Coven’s leader, a powerful witch named Floraidh Halsey. Jaz and Vayl must stalk a killer as wily and Gifted as themselves as they travel through the wild, stark beauty of the Highlands. Their travels also bring new heights to their romance, a new depth to their passion, and a bond they are both, at last, willing to seal.

Click here to read an exerpt from chapter one. 

My thoughts...In this installment Jaz and Vayl find themselves surrounded by ghost hunters.  I have always thought ghost hunting was interesting so I was immediately drawn into this storyline.  Although they are missing some of their team, they still manage to tackle some pretty fierce situations.  This book explains a lot more about Jaz's character.  Her Dad tags along with them and I feel like they make some progress in their fragile relationship. 


The relationship with Jaz and the vampire Vayl continues to develop.  This series is so much fun to read,   there is something for everyone.  Guns, action, paranormals, high-tech gadgets and magic lead the story from beginning to end.  The only thing I would like to see are more details.  Jennifer does a great job of building up to the love scenes.  You can feel the tension between the characters, but then the scenes are skipped.   I'm not talking about explicit details, just a peek. 


If you haven't read this series yet, I recommend them.  If you enjoy stories with tough, kick-butt heroines and sexy vamps, you will not be disappointed. 

For more information on Jennifer Rardin and her books, please visit her website.

If you liked this book, you may also enjoy...
1. Minion by LA Banks 
2. Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 1) by Jeanine Frost
3. Night Walker (Dark Days, book 1) by Jocelynn  Drake
 
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