Monday, May 31, 2010

Team Werewolf Bootlegger

I’m on Team Werewolf. Find out more.
Once upon a time I may have said team Lumberjack Vampire, but I have been converted in these last few months and I think a WEREWOLF BOOTLEGGER would be more fun.

Here's why...
According to wikipedia, bootlegging usually refers to making, transporting and/or selling illegal alcoholic liquor.  He would be the life of the party!  OK, so hopefully he doesn't test the product too much, but werewolves have incredibly fast metabolisms.  So bottom's up!

He can never say he didn't hear you when you ask him to take out the trash because Werewolves have super sharp hearing.  No more excuses.

When he is really quiet, you would know he was just concocting new ingredients for his latest blend like the mad scientist that he is. 

 Lastly, since Bootlegging is well...illegal, there will never be a dull moment.  You will definitely live life on the edge!
This post is a part of Moira Rogers' Creature Feature Kindle Throw down Contest. By leaving a comment on this post, you will be entered to win a Kindle from or $275 to spend at an online book store.  Declare your team below, then visit Moria's contest page.  Once there, you will find a list of participating blogs.  Every time you visit a different blog and comment, you get another entry! 

So who would you choose?

Melting Pot Monday

Saving Max
by, Antoinette van Heugten
September 28, 2010

Summary fromGoodreads:
What would a loving mother not do for her child?

Lawyer Danielle Parkman is at her wits' end. Her son Max, a whip-smart teen with high-functioning autism, has always been a handful. But lately he's shutting down, using drugs and lashing out - violently.

Desperate, Danielle brings Max to a top-flight psychiatric facility for a full assessment. But rather than reassurance, Danielle receives an agonizing diagnosis describing a deeply damaged, dangerous boy - one she's never met.

Then Danielle finds Max unconscious and bloodied at the feet of a patient who has been brutally stabbed to death. A fiercely protective mother instinct rears its head - and Danielle is arrested as an accessory to the heinous crime.

In a baffling netherworld of doubt and fear, barred from contacting her son, Danielle clings to the thought of Max's innocence. But has she, too, lost touch with reality? Is her baby boy really a killer?

With the justice system bearing down on them both, Danielle steels herself to discover the truth - no matter how horrifying. It's a path well on the wrong side of the law. But only finding the true killer will absolve her from having to choose between her son and her soul.

Follow this link to Amazon to preorder your copy
by Adele Geras
Young Adult
May 2009 (New to paperback April 2010)

Love can be deadly. Especially when two young women fall for the same man - one a queen, the other her serving maid.

Elissa knows she is playing with fire, but she can't resist. Queen Dido suspects nothing until one fateful night...Secrets are revealed, hearts broken and as dawn breaks, a terrible tragedy unfolds.

A passionate tale of love, betrayal and revenge. (summary from Adele Geras's website)

For more information, visit the author's website.  Follow this link to order your copy from Amazon UK.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

WoW: Twice Bitten

2010 is going to be an incredible year for book lovers.  This week I picked a book from the Chicagoland Series.  Chloe Neill is climbing the list of my favorite authors. 
Waiting On Wednesday is hosted Jill of Breaking The Spine

Twice Bitten
by Chloe Neill
July 6, 2010

Merit, Chicago’s newest vampire, is learning how to play well with others. Other supernaturals, that is. Shapeshifters from across the country are convening in the Windy City, and as a gesture of peace, Master Vampire Ethan Sullivan has offered their leader a very special bodyguard: Merit. Merit is supposed to protect the Alpha, Gabriel Keene—and to spy for the vamps while she’s at it. Oh, and luckily Ethan’s offering some steamy, one-on-one combat training sessions to help her prepare for the mission.

Merit must accept the assignment, even though she knows that she’ll probably regret it. And she’s not wrong. Someone is gunning for Gabriel Keene, and Merit soon finds herself in the line of fire. She’ll need all the help she can get to track down the would-be assassin, but everywhere she turns, there are rising tensions between supernaturals—not least between her and a certain green-eyed, centuries old master vampire.

Follow this link to read a sample chapter. 
For more information about Chloe Neill and her books, including preorder information, visit her website.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Lisa Mantchev's Cupcakeathon

Author Lisa Mantchev is celebrating the release of Perchance To Dream with a cupcakeathon

Since I lack the required baking skills, I tried to foil the fairies and offer them a store bought cupcake. 

My mistake.  As you can see, they weren't pleased.  I hope they forgive me. 

Can't Hardly Wait...

We all have that list of books that we can't hardly wait to read. Maybe it is the brilliant cover, the juicy summary, or just a love of the author. Here is one off of my Can't Hardly Wait list...

I have them both here because I have not read the first book yet.  I have been waiting for the release of Perchance To Dream so I could read them together.  Lucky for me, Perchance To Dream has been released!  I can't wait to jump into this magical series.  Have you read it yet?  Enjoy the trailer.
For more information about this series, including purchase information, visit Lisa Mantchev at her site. 

Monday, May 24, 2010

Can't Hardly Wait...

We all have that list of books that we can't hardly wait to read. Maybe it is the brilliant cover, the juicy summary, or just a love of the author. Here is one off of my Can't Hardly Wait list...
Sixteen-year-old Evie's job is bagging and tagging paranormals. Possessing the strange ability to see through their glamours, she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency. But when someone--or something--starts taking out the vamps, werewolves, and other odd beasties she's worked hard to help become productive members of society, she's got to figure it out before they all disappear and the world becomes utterly normal.

Normal is so overrated.

Coming September 21st from HarperTeen! 
(summary from authors site)

For more information about the author and to enter to win an arc, visit Kiersten White at her website!  Be sure you get a copy, follow this link to preorder from Amazon

Melting Pot Monday

Never Let You Go by Erin Healy
May 2010
click here to read an excerpt
This one sounds intense, check out the trailer...
For more information about the author or where to order your copy, visit Erin Healy's official website
(this one includes a Twilight spoof)
Cupid's Overlook by Cameron Glenn (March 2010)
(images from
For more information, including how to order your own copies, visit Cameron Glenn at his wordpress page.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

In My Mailbox (25)

I got a few goodies this week...
For Review...
Minder by Kate Kaynack
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer


Swaggish Goodies...
"The Paparazzi Have Just Gotton So Out Of Control" T-shirt from Meg Cabbot's Twitter party.  This tee is so cute and it looks so cute on!
 Thank you!
Bookmarks from Night Owl Romance(.com) (Thank you)

A two chapter sample of Tell Me A Secret and some swaggish goodies from Holly Cupala
(Thank you)

*IMM is hosted by The Story Siren.  Did you get anything in your mailbox this week?

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Got INK? (21)

INK on book covers is a huge trend that seems to show up in a variety of genres.  Got INK? features some covers that caught my eye.  Here is a perfect example...
by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz
September 2010

Shay has had a rare blood disorder since she was born. In fact, her mother married one of Shay’s doctors, Martin, who left his world-renowned leukemia research to try and figure out exactly what the disorder is and how to cure it. When she turns seventeen, Martin begins to give her new blood transfusions that make her feel the strongest she has ever felt. But she also has odd visions where she sees through the eyes of a vampire. At first, she thinks she must be imagining the visions, but when she begins to see Martin’s office in them, she knows she has to check it out. That’s when she finds Gabriel, a sexy, teenaged vampire, imprisoned in Martin’s office. The connection she has built with Gabriel compels her to set him free. But when he kidnaps her in an attempt at revenge on Martin, their lives become deeply intertwined. She doesn’t know the half of it.
(summary borrowed from Dark Faerie Tales)

I LOVE this cover.  How about you?  Seen any INKED covers?

Friday, May 21, 2010

YA review: Under My Skin

All her parents wanted was for Eryn to live a normal life...
Redgrave had its share of monsters before Eryn moved to town. Mauled pets, missing children.

The Delacroix family is taking the blame, but Eryn knows the truth. Something stalks the night. Wade, the police chief's son and Redgrave High's resident hottie, warns her the Delacroix are dangerous. But then so is Eryn - in fact, she's lethal.

But she can't help falling for one of the Delacroix boys, dark, brooding - human Alec. And then it all goes bad.

A normal life? Now that's the real fairytale.

My thoughts...I really liked this book.  Initially I was a bit put off by the cover, it is a bit plain.  However, after an interview with the author, I knew this was something I had to read.  I was not disappointed.  The brilliantly charming personality of author Judith Graves really shone through in her writing.  This is a great read for YA fans of all ages. 

In Under My Skin, we meet Eryn, a girl who is not only dealing with her missing parents, but a new town full of things that go bump in the night.  I liked her, she didn't take much slack from other people, but she showed genuine concern for her family and friends.  She meets several people who instantly seem to click with her...and several who don't.  The Delacroix brothers are fun to read, they are sort of a yin/yang pair.  The characters showed growth through the story, but there was still much about them that wasn't revealed. 

From looking at the cover you can logically deduce that the story is about Werewolves.   This is a good werewolf story.  It uses some different folk lure to explain their lives and their appearance.  What sets it apart, for me, was the world building and the story structure.  Graves has developed this supernatural world that has so much potential.  It was described in a way that the reader can really imagine living there and experiencing these harrowing situations.  There was a lot of structure laid down to create what I think will be a great series.  The other part of my love for this book came in the writing of the story structure.  There were a large number of subplots happening at once.  Readers learn about several characters who all seemed to have a back story or mystery behind the state of their current lives.  All of these stories were well written and did not overburden the reader.  They did not take away from plot, but added to it in a very complimentary way.  I was very impressed with the writing in Under My Skin. 

Overall, I loved Under My Skin.  At the end of the book, readers are treated to a sample of the next book, Second Skin.  This will be on my list, as well as other books by this talented author. 

For more information, visit Judith Graves at her website.  You can order your copy from booksellers such as Barnes and Noble or visit the LeapBooks site.  Check out the trailers for Under My Skin,

Fangy Friday

In honor of the start of True Blood Season 3, which officially starts June 13, I am going to do a few mini features about the show.  I will do my best not to give away any spoilers about the season events. 

Poster #2 of 12 available for download at

We will be seeing a new face around Shreveport in season 3. Joe Manganiello has been cast to play the role of Alecide Herveaux.

You may recognize this cutie from shows such as One Tree Hill and several episodes of How I Met Your Mother. 

This new addition is hot enough to set me off baying at the moon. 

Thursday, May 20, 2010

WINNERS and Contest Discoveries

After 65 entries, the randomizer has spoken. 
 The Winner of either Chick With A Charm or Blonde With A Wand is...
EJ Stevens
Congrats, I will be emailing you shortly!  Thank you to everyone who entered and also a big thanks to Vicki L. Thompson for taking time out of her busy schedule to chat with us!
Also, (from the 3 lucky winners of the business cards from are...
The Book Vixen
Jennifer Lehman
charmaine gordon
Special thanks to for providing the prizes.  The winners will be contacted with instructions on how to claim your prize.  If you did not win, be sure to visit their site. provides high-quality business card printing, letterheads, and envelopes.
So here are some great giveaways I spotted around the blogosphere...
*Library Lounge Lizard is having a 1st  blogiversary giveaway.  Two winners get to choose from an incredible list of books.  This one ends May 31. Good luck. 

*Paranormal Romance Fanatic is having a 50 followers giveaway.  Once she hits 50, one lucky reader will get the book of their choice.  Good luck.

*May Day Contest Spree at Good Golly Miss Holly.  April 16-June 12. 

*For a complete list of giveaways, visit Aligail at All Things Urban Fantasy.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

YA review: Angel Star

Seventeen-year-old Teagan McNeel falls for captivating Garreth Adams and soon discovers that her crush has an eight-point star etched into the palm of his right hand-the mark of an angel.

But where there is light, dark follows, and she and Garreth suddenly find themselves vulnerable to a dark angel's malicious plan that could threaten not only her life, but the lives of everyone she knows.

Divinely woven together, Angel Star takes readers on a reflective journey when one angel's sacrifice collides with another angel's vicious ambition in a way that is sure to have readers searching for their own willpower. (summary from Amazon)

My thoughts...I am going to keep this a short review because I don't want to give away any spoilers.  Let me say that this is a great read and I highly recommend it to fans of YA paranormals, especially ones with Angels as the main characters.

There were several memorable characters in Angel Star.  Teagan, the heroine, is a typical teen, struggling to fit in and deal with the usual bullies.  She has a strong sense of right and wrong.  While she is not with her flaws, I like her confidence in her beliefs, even in the face of temptation, danger, and peer pressure.  The predominant male character Garreth provides us with just the right amount of mystery and intrigue.  He possesses that personality and confidence that most people flock to.  Another character that sticks in my mind is a girl named Brynn.  She is just downright mean, so much that I have to wonder if she has an ulterior motive. 

The storyline in Angel Star was easy to follow, fast paced, and very enjoyable.  There was a perfect blend of action, romance, and edge-of-your-seat suspense.  The story uses some symbolism in the shape of the Angel Star on the cover.  Jennifer Murgia did a brilliant job of describing the scenes and providing vivid imagery of each situation.  I felt like I was really there. 

Overall, Angel Star is a very well written debut for author Jennifer Murgia.  I will be watching for more books in the series, as well as different titles from this talented author.  This is one to add to your wish list!

For more information, visit Jennifer Murgia at her website.  Angel Star became available May 18, follow this link to order a copy.

This arc was provided for review by Around The World Tours.


WoW: True Blood, Season 3

OK, I know this is a TV series, not a book, but I CAN'T WAIT ANY FREAKING LONGER!!!  It seems like we have been waiting for years, not months to see those fangy faces again. 

*Poster download from HBO website

The new season officially begins Sunday, June 13.  From now to them, stop back to see some special True Blood posts.  I am going to feature a few True Blood goodies!   Until then, visit the HBO site to view to mini-clips they have been putting on to drive us fans insane.  (You have to register due to some adult content.)   It is just enough to turn you on, then they leave you cold. 

So tell me...Are there any other True Blood fans out there??

*Waiting on Wednesday was created by Jill at Breaking The Spine

Read A Thon Wrap Up

I am not sure what time I fell asleep, but I finished Guardian of the Dead (review to come) and started MINDER by Kate Kaynak.  In total, I probably read about 4 1/2 hours (I usually can't stay awake past midnight). 

I hope those of you who participated got a bunch of reading done!  Thanks to Tara and Amanda from 25 hours books for hosting!

Cover Remake and Contest Find

So Alexa at Hooked on YA books is hosting a cover remake contest as part of her 2 month long birthday bash.  Entry deadlines have been extended, so GO MAKE  A COVER!  I love playing around with the images. 

Speaking of the two month long birthday bash...there is an incredible list of prizes for grabs.  Not only is there a cover remake contest, but a comment contest too!  Visit Alexa at Hooked on YA books for all the details. 
 Good luck!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Read A Thon UPdate

Ok, so I have only really gotten in about 1 1/2 hours so far.  I am still working on Guardian of the Dead.  I am having a bit of trouble getting into it, but I just know it will get better soon! 

Not sure what is going on?  Check out 25 hour books to find out how to participate and enter to win some great prizes. 

Tonight I hope to get in at least 3-4 hours.  I have to also exercise, shower, and visit a few blogs.  Check back for another update later.  For now, back to the book!

Mini Read-A-Thon

Tara and Amanda from 25 hour books are hosting a Mini Read-A-Thon in which they will be reading and blogging for the next 12 hours. 

While I can't spare 12, I can probably do at least 5.  So watch for my updates and progress.  The weather is dreary and the babies want to watch a movie, so I am going to snuggle with them and work on finishing Guardian of The Dead! 

Visit 25 Hour books to participate-It's not too late!

Tuesday Talker

Tuesday Talker is a small collection of books, book related topics, and other things everyone will be talking about.  Here is this weeks Tuesday Talker...

Borders is holding a great summer reading challenge for kids 12 and under. Young readers can "read 10 get one FREE".  Here are more details...

*read 10 books-any ones you like!
*Download and print the Double-Dog Dare form.
*List the books you've read on the form
*Bring the completed form into any store for your FREE BOOK!

Isn't this a wonderful idea?  (now if they would do it for those of us over 12-LOL)


FORBIDDEN by Tabitha Suzuma
June 3, 2010
Random House Books

Sixteen-year-old Maya and seventeen-year-old Lochan have never had the chance to be 'normal'. Having pulled together for years to take care of their younger siblings while their wayward, drunken mother leaves them to fend alone, they have had to become much more than simply brother and sister. And now, they have fallen in love. But this is a love that can never be allowed, a love that will have devastating consequences . .

‘How can something so wrong feel so right?’

Follow this link to read an excerpt from Forbidden.

**This book is not suitable for younger YA audiences.  It deals with sensitive issues such as incest, social services, child neglect, social phobia, illicit love, and mental illness.

The author, Tabitha Suzuma:

“Growing up, I hated school and would regularly play truant and hide out in my local library and read all day.

My love for writing stemmed from my love of books and my strong desire to escape from the world around me. My childhood was difficult: I was very unhappy at school and my father was violent. I started writing for pleasure as soon as I was able to write.

I draw heavily on my own experiences of mental illness in my writing. I love to write gritty, hard-hitting teenage fiction about the many difficulties faced by young people today. 'Forbidden' is without doubt the most challenging book I have written so far.”

For more information about this book and for purchase information, visit the official Forbidden webpage.  

*Images from The Forbidden Website.  Quotes from Random House press release. 

Monday, May 17, 2010

Melting Pot Monday-Special Feature

In case you don't know, my Melting Pot feature includes books I can't review due to time constraints and titles in genres I don't usually read.  I find it necessary to mix it up once in a while to keep my brain fresh.  I have recently discovered romance author Cynthia Roberts.  Her latest Wind Warrior caught my attention.  Keep reading for a special note from the author!

Wind Warrior ~ The Iroquois Series ~ Book One

Leslie Michaels is a visionary, and only those close to her know of her special gift and the visions that come when her mind and body surrender to sleep. Fate has a way of righting many wrongs, and for Leslie it is a destiny that changes her life dramatically. But not before she is forced to flee into the wilderness to escape a murderous trapper bent on claiming her for his very own. Faith and a strong will to survive are her only companions, until she encounters Winnokin, the handsome Seneca war chief who first came to her in her dreams. Not only does he prove to be her rescuer and protector, he teaches her that tragedy can breed happiness and the passion to live and love deeply once again.

Wind Warrior plunges readers into the intimate depths of a relationship that unfolds like a live drama before their eyes while painting an insightful and intriguing portrait of Native Indian life in the 1800s. It is a story of longing, of a wanton need to survive all odds, and a love so strong it conquers human evil. Wind Warrior expresses with cunning words the simple, raw human emotions that hold readers spellbound and captivates their hearts.Hello everyone. Like all of you, I lived and breathed reading romances … it filled many long, lonely evenings when my husband worked nights in law enforcement and I was raising our children Jason and Alyssa (now 31 and 29). It proved my constant companion later when my “Cinderella” marriage of twenty-five years came to an unexpected end. There is a quote I heard once I can’t remember verbatim but goes somewhat like … “There is no greater loss than a love once known.”
Follow this link to read an excerpt from Wind Warrior.
Hello everyone. Like all of you, I lived and breathed reading romances … it filled many long, lonely evenings when my husband worked nights in law enforcement and I was raising our children Jason and Alyssa (now 31 and 29). It proved my constant companion later when my “Cinderella” marriage of twenty-five years came to an unexpected end. There is a quote I heard once I can’t remember verbatim but goes somewhat like … “There is no greater loss than a love once known.”

I’m a true believer that when tragedy strikes and you’re standing at the edge of a fathomless abyss and all you see is darkness looking back at you, faith lies in knowing one of two things will happen. You can either let fear consume you, roll up into a ball and waste away or, you can take a leap of faith and learn how to soar like an eagle.

I’ve always had a passion for writing from that very moment a Crayola was placed in my hand and throughout my career in marketing, public relations and sales writing creatively came easy. When my marriage ended at the age of 45, life as I knew it was never the same. It was a time of unrest, uncertainty, losing friends and family and financial ruin because I also found myself jobless which continued nearly two years.

Wind Warrior became my salvation. One evening I sat in front of the computer and decided to write instead of read and figured all I could do was fail. It proved my therapy back then but not quite up to par to win the favor of publishers. I received so many rejections I could have wallpapered a small room in my house and almost gave up on my dream. That is, until I realized it just wasn’t my time. I needed to live through and get beyond the pain in my own life before I could transform that experience into the kind of passion and emotion I wanted my readers to feel personally through my writing.

I chose to write an historical Indian romance because the first fiction I ever read was a novel from Cassie Edward’s Savage series and instantly became hungry to read more. I tracked down every one of those babies; let me tell you, until I read them all. However, every one I read from that point on was based on a Plains tribe. I wanted to focus on a tribe indigenous to my area and decided to write a series based on the tribes that make up the Iroquois League of Nations here on the east coast. Their warriors were the fiercest ever known to strike terror in the hearts of early settlers from Pennsylvania to Canada. They were referred to as "People of the Longhouse" because their families lived together in wooden structures upward of 40 feet long. They were an extremely powerful nation that was sadly torn apart by the American Revolution. I fell in love with the simplistic beauty of their culture and folklore. We could learn so much from our Native American brothers and the reverent love and respect they have for everything that is natural and of this earth. They knew how to live in balance with plants, animals and the natural elements ... never taking more than what was needed to sustain their people and way of life.

Wind Warrior will officially be released on June 15th and available now for purchase through Tate’s website. It is my heartfelt hope readers will find it as enthralling to read as it was for me to research and bring to life. Book #2 Captive Heart is finished and expected to be released the end of this year.

Now that the writer in me has been unleashed … look out world! If I can leave my beautiful five grandchildren any legacy, it will be the strength, conviction and passion put into every story I bring to life. Please stay tuned for future projects which will include a series introducing contemporary shape shifters and two mainstream romance thrillers entitled Pawn For Malice and The Keeper’s Watch.

Wind Warrior
Tate Publishing
ISBN 978-1-61663-162-8
Link to purchase from Tate before June 15

Available at Amazon and all other venues on June 15th

Melting Pot Monday

Cold Magics
by Erik Buchanan
April 2010

Cold Magics is the sequel to Small Magics. The book is targeted for adults, but is appropriate for YA readers as well.

THOMAS FLARETY KNOWS that magic is real. Few believe in it, fewer can use it — and as far as Thomas knows, he’s the only one who can see it.

The duchy of Frostmire to the north is under siege. No one knows the identity of the raiders, only that they wield powerful magic. Thomas’s friend Henry, son of the duke, convinces Thomas to leave his studies and travel to Frostmire’s aid. But the church has also taken an interest in the rumours of “witchcraft” in the north. And the Envoy to the Archbishop is as interested in Thomas as he is in the enemy.

Thomas’s investigation draws him ever farther from Eileen, the girl he loves, and closer to being hunted, himself. Thomas must figure out who the raiders are and how to stop them before he loses Eileen, before the Envoy takes matters into his own hands, and before all of Frostmire is destroyed.

For more information, visit Eric Buchanan on Facebook or at his website.  You can purchase your copy today from Amazon. 

For more mature audiences...

The Turning
by Brigit Zahara

Galeria is ready to hit the streets of L.A. for a quick snack and maybe a little shopping. She is a very happy, satisfied woman—having just left her two hot vampire lovers sleeping soundly in her bed. But their lives weren’t always so wonderful, such a long time ago in Rome...

Back then, Galeria was the emperor's daughter. She wasn’t supposed to have a scorching secret affair with the beautiful and bountiful Cassian, Rome’s greatest gladiator. Nor should she have taken comfort in the massive marble-like arms of Atticus—Cassian’s best friend, her night chamber guard and a closet vampire—when informed of Cassian’s supposed demise.

Too late, they discover that Cassian lives, and overcome with jealousy, he challenges Atticus to a battle to the death in the arena. Galeria is caught in the middle, tormented by her feelings for these two powerful men. But strange and mysterious things are about to happen—rituals that will change all their lives forever.
Follow this link to read an excerpt from The Turning.
To order your copy, visit Ellora's Cave.  You can download it for under $3.00!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

In My Mailbox (24)

This is what was in my mailbox this week...
(book links lead back to goodreads)

Won from Shannon Messenger at Ramblings Of A Wanna Be Scribe
(thank you)...
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by, Rachel Cohn and David Leviathan
Love is the Higher Law by David Levaithan
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Greene and David Levithan

Won from YA author Holly Cupala (thank you)...
A Blue So Dark by Holly Schindler

From Paperback Swap...
The Summoning by Kelly Armstrong

Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris

From Around the World Tours...
Change of Heart by Shari Mauer

IMM is hosted by The Story Siren.  So what did you get this week?

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Win an EReader or a $100 GC

My friend Monica at The Bibliophilic Book Blog is hosting a giveaway for your choice of an e-reader or a $100 GC to Amazon. Monica has done so much to support soldiers who are on deployment.  I salute her for her efforts. 

Visit her blog to see how you can win.  If you are new to her site,  be sure to tell her Ellz Readz sent you and you will get 5 extra entries!  This giveaway is international!

Got INK? (20)

INK on book covers is a huge trend that seems to show up in a variety of genres. Got INK? features some covers that caught my eye. Here is a perfect example...
Toads and Diamonds
by Heather Tomlinson
March 30, 2010

Diribani has come to the village well to get water for her family's scant meal of curry and rice. She never expected to meet a goddess there. Yet she is granted a remarkable gift: Flowers and precious jewels drop from her lips whenever she speaks.

It seems only right to Tana that the goddess judged her kind, lovely stepsister worthy of such riches. And when she encounters the goddess, she is not surprised to find herself speaking snakes and toads as a reward.

Blessings and curses are never so clear as they might seem, however. Diribani’s newfound wealth brings her a prince—and an attempt on her life. Tana is chased out of the village because the province's governor fears snakes, yet thousands are dying of a plague spread by rats. As the sisters' fates hang in the balance, each struggles to understand her gift. Will it bring her wisdom, good fortune, love . . . or death? (summary from Goodreads)

Have you seen any INKED covers?

*Big thanks to KMont from Lurv A La Mode who created
the Got INK? button for me. 

Friday, May 14, 2010

Book Chat: Spoil Me?

I recently submitted a review of Sister's Red by Jackson Pearce on a popular bookseller's website and it was flagged and removed for spoilers.  I personally get very upset when I read a review and it contains spoilers.  I would not intentionally include spoilers in a book review without giving a warning to readers first.  I don't want to ruin anyone's reading experience.

So I went back and reread the review (which can be found here) and came to the conclusion that they were wrong.  I don't feel my review contained any more information than the back of the book. 

So I was wondering...

*Has this ever happened to anyone else?

*In your opinion, how much info is too much?  Is it considered a spoiler if you include information revealed on the back cover in your own words?

YA review: Shadow Hills

After her sister Athena's tragic death, it's obvious that grief-stricken Persephone "Phe" Archer no longer belongs in Los Angeles. Hoping to make sense of her sister's sudden demise and the cryptic dreams following it, Phe abandons her bubbly LA life to attend an uptight East Coast preparatory school in Shadow Hills, MA — a school which her sister mysteriously mentioned in her last diary entry before she died.

Once there, Phe quickly realizes that something is deeply amiss in her new town. Not only does Shadow Hills' history boast an unexplained epidemic that decimated hundreds of its citizens in the 1700s, but its modern townies also seem eerily psychic, with the bizarre ability to bend metal. Even Zach — the gorgeous stranger Phe meets and immediately begins to lust after — seems as if he is hiding something serious. Phe is determined to get to the bottom of it. The longer she stays there, the more she suspects that her sister's untimely death and her own destiny are intricately linked to those who reside in Shadow Hills.  (summary from Barnes and Noble)

Follow this link to read an excerpt from Shadow Hills. 

My thoughts...This was a fantastic book!  Shadow Hills is an unexpected tale of mystery, magic, and love.  This unique paranormal plot is free of the usual vampires and werewolves.  It immediately grabbed me and sucked me right in to the suspenseful storyline.  The action is continuous, leaving readers guessing what is going to happen next.  I was even a bit spooked during parts of the book.  The scenes were very well written with a lot of vivid descriptions.  I felt like I was there, running through a cemetery with the main character.   The heroine, Phe, finds herself in several situations that would leave most of us with nightmares for a week. 

Phe's dreams and her deceased sister's diary lead her to a prep school in the creepy town of Shadow Hills.  Here we meet other characters, including some suspicious townspeople, some dorm friends, and the town hottie, Zach.  In enjoyed all of the characters in the book, especially Phe.  Her character had her flaws which made her feel believable.  There was some serious chemistry between several of the couples.  It was well written with just the right amount of angst. 

This well written, YA paranormal book is a hit debut for author Anastasia Hopcus.  Her creative writing style infuses various sub-plots in a way that keeps the reader entertained without confusing them.  This original storyline will appeal to YA fans of all ages.  I will be watching for another Shadow Hills books.  I have a feeling we can expect more great things from this author. 

Enjoy the trailer...

*Shadow Hills will be released in July, 2010.  Preorder your copy from booksellers such as Barnes and Noble or Borders
*For more information, visit Anastasia Hopcus at her website.

*This ARC was provided by the author/publisher for my honest opinion. 

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Winner and Contest Discovery

Sorry for the delay, but with the help of I have a winner.  After 122 entrants and a total of 160 seperate entries, the winner of Hearts At Stake and an ARC of Blood Feud is...

Alexandra D

Congrats and thank you to everyone who entered.  I wish I had copies for everyone!  Don't forget to check my sidebar for other giveaways. 

Here are some great giveaways I have discovered this week.  Good luck.

*Eleni at La Femme Readers is holding a Spring Cleaning Giveaway.  3 lucky winners get to select from a great list of prizes.  Ends June 1st. 

*The Not-Really-Southern Vampire Chick is holding a month long birthday bash.  There are some great prizes for everyone. 

*Need more, check out All Things Urban Fantasy's Win On Wednesdays post. 

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

WoW: The Clockwork Three

2010 is going to be an incredible year for book lovers.
This sounds like something I would not normally read. 
I like to mix-it-up once in a while. 
Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill from Breaking the Spine.

The Clockwork Three
by Matthew Kirby
October 1, 2010

Three ordinary children are brought together by extraordinary events. . .
Giuseppe is an orphaned street musician from Italy, who was sold by his uncle to work as a slave for an evil padrone in the U.S. But when a mysterious green violin enters his life he begins to imagine a life of freedom.

Hannah is a soft-hearted, strong-willed girl from the tenements, who supports her family as a hotel maid when tragedy strikes and her father can no longer work. She learns about a hidden treasure, which she knows will save her family -- if she can find it.

And Frederick, the talented and intense clockmaker's apprentice, seeks to learn the truth about his mother while trying to forget the nightmares of the orphanage where she left him. He is determined to build an automaton and enter the clockmakers' guild -- if only he can create a working head.

Together, the three discover they have phenomenal power when they team up as friends, and that they can overcome even the darkest of fears.
(summary from Amazon)

For more information, visit Matthew Kirby or preorder a copy from Amazon.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

YA review: Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis

I’d love a cup of coffee. I wish she knew how pretty she was. I wish I could drop this kid in the dryer sometimes. I just want her to be happy. I hope she didn’t find out what Ben said about her. I wish I knew how many calories were in a bite of muffin…

Joy is used to hearing Whispers. She’s used to walking down the street and instantly knowing people’s deepest, darkest desires. She uses this talent for good, to make people happy and give them what they want. But for her older sister, Jessica, the family gift is a curse, and she uses it to make people’s lives—especially Joy’s—miserable. Still, when Joy Hears a frightening whisper from Jessica's own mind, she knows she has to save her sister, even if it means deserting her friends, stealing a car and running away with a boy she barely knows—a boy who may have a dark secret of his own. (summary from goodreads)

My thoughts...You can tell you are reading a good book when the author can manipulate how much you adore or despise a character within a few chapters of the story.  The two sisters in this book are polar opposites, and because of that, they repel each other.  Joy's character is outgoing, popular, friendly, and very sweet.  She's the type of person you want to be one of your friends.  Ika on the other hand, is very anti-social, mean-spirited, and a bit scary.  She will stop at nothing to destroy her sister's life.  Her actions were so bad, I found myself cringing and covering my mouth in shock at her cruel actions.  I instantly formed an opinion about the main characters in this story.

Next is where the plot takes off.  Joy and Jessica (Ika) can hear whispers.  These are other people's thoughts, good and bad.  Ika disappears one day and despite her anger, Joy has to search for her sister using her hearing.  Her searching left me holding my breath, hoping for Ika's safety.  The plot became very fast-paced and hard to put down.  As the search progresses lies and secrets are revealed the reality of these girls' lives is revealed.  It is good to the last page. 

Overall, I would recommend this to YA fans of all ages.  Whisper takes a detour from the paranormal scene of Vampires and Wolves and gives us something within the realm of possibility: real people dealing with extraordinary skills.  Whisper even has an infusion of romance.  It's unexpected twists and turns offers something for everyone.

For more information, visit Phoebe on Facebook or visit her on her livejournal.


Cover LOVE?

Orbit shared a cover in the new trilogy by Kate Elliot. Orbit described it as "something special, a fantasy advenure with a Victorian-era feel and a dash of steampunk – featuring mages, dragons and two girls who’ll decide the fate of their world".
Cold Magic
by Kate Elliot
September 2010

As they approach adulthood, Cat Barahal and her cousin Bee think they understand the society they live in and their place within it. At a select academy they study new airship technologies and the dawning Industrial Revolution, but magical forces still rule. Drawn into a labyrinth of politics involving blood and old feuds, Cat is betrayed by her family and forced to marry a powerful Cold Mage. As she is carried away to live a new life, fresh dangers threaten her every move and secrets form a language she cannot read. At least, not yet.’
(summary from Orbit)

So what do you think?  Are you in Cover LOVE?

Monday, May 10, 2010


So I am a new fan of Maggie Stiefvater, I have read all four of her books in the past two months.  But I have become a huge fan of her writing.  It is poetic, romantic, and inspiring.  So I should not have been surprised when I saw her trailer and discovered that she MADE IT HERSELF.  It is incredible.  That woman has more talented bones in her little toe than most of us have in our whole body.  Props Maggie, well done. 

So in case you live on the moon and haven't seen this yet, here is the trailer for LINGER...


Sara from Babbling Flow is hosting a very special giveaway for fans of Vampire Lit.  The giveaway is called A Very Vampire May Giveaway

 HARRISWinners could choose from a SIGNED TWILIGHT, SIGNED ANNE RICE, SIGNED CHARLAINE HARRIS , SIGNED CHRISTOPHER MOORE, or a copy of DRACULA.  If you are a huge fan and collector like me, these are HUGE prizes.  To enter, visit the Babbling FlowPLEASE tell her Ellz Readz sent you.  Contest ends June 2. 
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