Monday, October 29, 2012

Desert Rice by Angela Scott

Welcome to the first chapter of Desert Rice by Angela Scott. Don't forget to enter the giveaway :)

Samantha Jean Haggert is a beautiful twelve-year-old girl—but no one knows it. All they see is an awkward boy in a baseball cap and baggy pants. Sam’s not thrilled with the idea of hiding her identity, but it’s all part of her older brother’s plan to keep Sam safe from male attention and hidden from the law. Fifteen-year-old Jacob will stop at nothing to protect his sister, including concealing the death of the one person who should have protected them in the first place—their mother.

Sam and Jacob try to outrun their past by stealing the family car and traveling from West Virginia to Arizona, but the adult world proves mighty difficult to navigate, especially for two kids on their own. Trusting adults has never been an option; no adult has ever given them a good reason. But when Sam meets “Jesus”—who smells an awful lot like a horse—in the park, life takes a different turn. He saved her once, and may be willing to save Sam and her brother again, if only they admit what took place that fateful day in West Virginia. The problem? Sam doesn’t remember, and Jacob isn’t talking.

Angela Scott hears voices. Tiny fictional people sit on her shoulders and whisper their stories in her ear. Instead of medicating herself, she decided to pick up a pen, write down everything those voices tell me, and turn it into a book. She's not crazy. She's an author. For the most part, she writes contemporary Young Adult novels. However, through a writing exercise that spiraled out of control, she found herself writing about zombies terrorizing the Wild Wild West--and loving it. Her zombies don't sparkle, and they definitely don't cuddle. At least, she wouldn't suggest it. She lives on the benches of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains with two lovely children, one teenager, and a very patient husband. She graduated from Utah State University with a B.A. degree in English, not because of her love for the written word, but because it was the only major that didn't require math. She can't spell, and grammar is her arch nemesis. But they gave her the degree, and there are no take backs. 
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“Grab ‘er feet!”
Grabbing her feet meant I had to touch her, and that was the last thing I wanted to do.
“Don’t just stand there.” Jacob bent over and took hold of her by the shoulders. “I can’t do this on my own.”
I shook my head. “I can’t.” The stench was awful and it made me gag. Using the collar of my shirt, I pulled it up over my nose to help diffuse the smell.
Jacob stood and starred me down. “Sam, there’s no other way. You have to help me. Just grab ‘er feet so we can get this over with.”
The idea of touching a dead body scared me and I shook my head once more.
 “So you want to leave her here?” He swung his arm wide. I flinched, but my brother wasn’t trying to hit me, only emphasize his point. He needed help, and there was no one else to give it to him but me. “Out here, where people can see her and the wild dogs might get at her? Is that what you want?”
No, I didn’t want that. Of course, I didn’t want that. I’m not that cruel, but I still didn’t want to touch her. I didn’t care that she was my momma. I was frightened. I’d never been this close to death before.  What would it feel like to touch a dead person? Would she be as stiff as a
board? What if the sheet fell off her face and I saw her staring right at me? I’d have nightmares forever. I just didn’t want to do it.
“We have to get her inside,” Jacob said. “It’s the right thing to do. It won’t be that bad, I swear. We’ll be quick. I need your help, Sam. You have to help me.”
Jacob had already wrapped her in a bed sheet. He rolled her up tight like you see in the movies where they roll a dead body up in a rug. He told me to wait inside while he did it. I was grateful she was covered up, because Jacob said that death makes a person look frightful, especially if they died rather violently, and that I shouldn’t even attempt to look. I had no intentions of looking—none whatsoever. She was already beginning to smell. The smell of death assaulted my senses and it took everything I had not to pinch my nose. I wanted to, but I didn’t. I figured that would be rude.
 Jacob found her outside the trailer, stone cold on the dirt packed ground. He said he could smell the alcohol on her. I didn’t know what it would be like to have a mother who didn’t smell of beer, cigarettes, and cheap perfume. I figured all mommas smelled that way; around these parts, most of them did.  

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Here is the rest of the tour.
10/30  T B R  First Chapter and Giveaway  
10/31   A Daydreamer's Thoughts  Review 
11/1   The Bunny's Review   Review, First Chapter, Interview, & Giveaway  
11/1     Andi's Young Adult Books   First Chapter, Guest Post, & Giveaway
11/2    I am, Indeed    Review and Giveaway 
11/5    Books Down My Pillow  Review, First Chapter, and Giveaway 
11/7    All Things Writing   Guest Post   11/7   Reflections of a Bookworm   Review
11/8    Books, Books and More Books  Review
11/9    Window on the World   Review, First Chapter, and Giveaway 11/13   Keeping Up With The Rheinlander's  Review and Interview
11/14    Confessions of an Inner Aspen  Review and Guest Post  
11/15   Red Headed Bookworm  Review, First Chapter, and Giveaway
11/16    5 Girls Book Reviews  Review
11/16    Everyone Loves A SiNner   Review and Guest Post   

Sunday, October 28, 2012

A Review of Scorpio Rising

Welcome to my Review of Scorpio Rising.

Set in New York and Paris amid the glamorous and competitive worlds of art and real estate, Scorpio Rising takes the reader from the late 1940s to the 1960s through the tumultuous lives of its heroes.

There is Alex Ivanov, the son of a Russian immigrant and part-time prostitute. He yearns to escape his sordid life and achieve fame and fortune. His dreams of becoming a world-class builder are met with countless obstacles, yet he perseveres in the hope of someday receiving the recognition he craves.

Half a world away, Brigitte Dartois is an abused teenager who runs into the arms of a benefactor with an agenda all his own. When she finds out that her boss has an ulterior motive, she flees again, determined to earn her living through her art. This career brings her fame, but also the unwanted attention of her early abuser.

Monique Domovitch’s debut novel, Scorpio Rising, is a compelling tale filled with finely etched characters and a superb understanding of the power of ambition. Scorpio Rising promises to resonate with all who once had a dream.

Monique Domovitch is the author of Scorpio Rising and The Sting of the Scorpio. She also writes under the pen name Carol Ann Martin for Obsidian, an imprint of Penguin. She is represented by Natalie Fischer of the Bradford Literary Agency, and lives with her husband and her three dogs in La Jolla California.
Monique Domovitch was born the first in a family of ten children in a small town in Northern Ontario, and maintains to this day that she was not harmed by the experience. She attended The Sacred Heart Convent, an Ottawa boarding school where she learned to keep her hands folded neatly in her lap and to smile vaguely when people use profane language around her. Her first job was in Montreal as a fashion model, and she is credited with inventing the famous pouty pose that is now used by top models everywhere. She has turned thirty nine again this year and pledges to do it over and over. Just like everybody else in the world, she is working on a new novel, this one, her fourth.


My Review:

This is a very well written, complex story about coming of age.  Many coming of age stories are unbelievable and unrealistic, not this one.  

The characters are brought to life on the pages of this incredible book, with crisp dialogue and a depth of details reminiecent of all the literary greats.

Monique Domovitch is often compared to Danielle Steele, Barbara Taylor Bradford,Early Sidney Sheldon, and Jeffrey Archer

This is a fast paced quick read so be ready for a ride.
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Here are the other hosts with stops today!
10/29  Understanding Shae  Review  
10/29   Thrice the mischief,3 times the love   Review
10/29   Proses, Verses and Conversations  Review
10/29  Celestial Reviews  Review
10/29 T B R Review
10/29  Kindle Fever Review

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Karen Pokras Toz & I.O. Book Tours Blog Hop

From 10/25/12 to 11/23/2013
This is a hop for any and all Mommy Bloggers who want to join in the tours of these wonderful children's books.

If you are already on the tour 
if you would like to be a part of it jump aboard the blog hop

Share this on your blogs with your friends and spread the word!

Karen  is Giving a grand Prize to one blogger host of all 3 books signed by her!

So what do you need to do?
1) Use the Linky below to add your blog
2) Copy and paste the hop button and instructions to your blog
3)  Add a link to your hop post to your side bar so your friends can find it
4) Have fun :)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

I have a Brand new Paperback with a Wicked title
Karina Cooper's 
All Things Wicked 
My Giveaway is USA only
Juliet Carpenter thought of the coven as family, but when she falls for a man who betrays them all, she’s left alone and desperately searching for a reason why. Caleb Leigh has spent the past year in hiding, unable to escape his demons. When Juliet finds him again, her need for vengeance clashes with the hunger still burning between them.
It’s a fight born from the embers of a half-forgotten attraction and the wounds of a past too raw to ignore. With enemies circling and secrets threatening to consume them, Caleb has no choice but to fulfill a promise made long ago—protect her, save her. Even if it costs him his blood, his body . . . and what’s left of his mind.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Welcome to my Review of Dead Radiance by T.G. Ayer

"That day I knew for sure. I'd lost control of my tears then. They fell in huge, mocking drops. I stared at Joshua through those bitter tears, my heart missing beats as I tried to remember to breathe. I finally knew what the glow meant. I was a freak and Joshua was going to die." Bryn Halbrook had always seen the glow. But it is only when her best friend dies that she discovers the meaning of those beautiful golden auras - Death. Alone, lost in the foster system, she struggles to understand who she is and why she was cursed with the ability to see the soon-to-be-dead. The new foster kid, Aidan, isn't helping any. Mr. Perfect seems to fit in no matter what, making her feel even more pathetic. But when his affections turn to her, Bryn finds him hard to resist. Impossible actually. A mystery himself, Aidan disappears, leaving behind a broken heart and a mysterious book that suggests Bryn might not be entirely human. Bryn stands at the threshold of a journey of discovery. Will destiny help her find herself, find her purpose and her place in a world in which she'd never belonged?

T.G. Ayer

I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognize that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Poetry was my first foray into the art of the written word. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse but this part of my personality is impossible to practice given I have two teenage daughters, who are actually my friends, my tea-makers, my confidantes… I am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It’s a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each other's loves – it works wonderfully…

My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots still remain, and my heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist soil after a summer downpour. My love for Ma Afrika will never fade. The other half of me has been transplanted to the Land of the Long White Cloud. The land of the Taniwha, beautiful Maraes, and volcanoes. The land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands – I shall forever remain cross-eyed.

T.G. Online!/TGAyerAuthor 

My Review

This is a complex and fascinating YA series.  Dead Radiance is the first of the series and it hooked me and just reeled me in.   I love the Norse Mythology angle!  It is a breath of fresh air to see a YA Paranormal with so much depth.

We get to watch Bryn change from a quiet stay out of the spot light teenager to a strong self assured Valkyrie!  This is a coming of age, Romance and Paranormal galore novel all in one!

This is a very well written story with an amazing plot line and the characters are so well presented that you can visualize them perfectly like you are watching a movie.
I recommend this to Everyone YA and adult

• Print book • Kindle

Be Sure to visit the rest of the tour
10/24    Andrea Heltsley Books   Review
10/24    My Cozie Corner    Review  
10/25    Krystal's Enchanting Reads     Review
10/25    Nomi’s Paranormal Palace   Review  
10/25    Everyone Loves a SiNner    Review
10/25    Persephone's Winged Reviews   Review  
10/26    Bookish Things & More    Review  
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Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Alpha Male Blog Hop

This blog hop is curtsy of Carrie Ann's

The twitter handle is #AlphaHop

What is your favorite thing about Alpha Heroes? Well, we authors are ready to share our favorite Alpha Males, our favorite things about them, and everything sexy and heated about those Alpha Males you can think of. *wink* Starting on Friday and ending on Oct 22nd, over 200 Authors and Bloggers will share their favorite things about those sexy men we know and love.

And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.

But that's not all....

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $130 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: The following Swag Pack!  NOT INTERNATIONAL

Monday, October 15, 2012

Kimberly Kinrade Street Team Blog Hop

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I am Vickieann and this is the first ever Kimberly Kinrade Street Team blog hop brought to you by Kimberly Kinrade,  T B R and Innovative Online Book Tours.
 Kimberly is giving away a Signed poster of the Forbidden Trilogy Cover!!!!

This is designed to:
1) Meet your team members {be sure to follow each others blogs}
2) Introduce the Lovely Kimberly Kinrade and her books to all your friends.
3) Invite New Street Team members to join the fun.
If you are not already a street team member please email me and I will get you some cool stuff.
Here's what you need to do:
Copy and paste these instructions to your post.
Add your blog to the linky list below.
Add the Kimberly Kinrade book covers and any links to your blog side bar.
And Answer this Question in your blog hop post...
Q:  If you could have any special Power what would it be?
My Answer:  I like the Lie detector idea because I would like to know when someone is lying but not everything they are thinking. That would give me a complex. also the teleportation thing like in the movie jumper. There are so many places I want to see!
Now its your turn to spread the word!  

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Join Kimberly Kinrade in the Launch of Forbidden Life with a Face book Event and Book Tour

Join me in celebrating the launch of the third and final book in the Forbidden Trilogy! Throughout the day on Monday I will be doing random giveaways at this event, so keep an eye out for prizes and help spread the word!!

"...a thrilling, dark and deeply romantic read that had me sitting on the edge of my seat and eagerly awaiting the next installment." ~ Refracted Light Young Adult Book Reviews

"The plot is very ALIAS and DARK ANGEL-like with X-MEN as its backdrop (awesome combo!). Forbidden Mind BLEW my mind!" ~Sour Skittles Book Blog

Winner of 2011 Forward National Literature Award

Need to catch up? Check out Forbidden Mind and Forbidden Fire on Amazon. 

She reads minds. 
He controls minds.
Together, they might get out alive.

Forbidden Fire
Forbidden Life
by Kimberly Kinrade

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Bitten Shame the First Chapter

Welcome to my Promo and Excerpt of Bitten Shame by Olivia Hardin.
Bitten Shame
Book 2 of the Bend-Bite-Shift Trilogy
By Olivia Hardin
Genre:  Paranormal/ Romance 
ISBN-10: 0615645380
ISBN-13: 978-0615645384
Number of pages: 232
Word Count: 52,310

• Amazon • Kindle

Book Description:

Jill Prescott returned from self-imposed seclusion to help save her best friend Devan’s life. Throwing herself into Devan’s problems and bringing an evil organization to its knees might just be the distraction she needs to keep living without the only man she’s ever loved. Her life changed forever when she was hired to spend a week with Doc Massey.

On the day she became a vampire her youthful innocence ended, but Doc’s love rescued her from being consumed by the darkness. The shadow of that former life continues to loom over her, keeping her from realizing her own self-worth. Running from her past only brings her closer to a destiny that is inextricably connected to what she is trying to escape…

Every gift has both a reward and a price, because All of it fits…

Friday, October 5, 2012

Forbidden Mind is Free today on Amazon!

Hey Everyone! If you love a great YA Paranormal book here is your chance to get a fabulous one for free on amazon today. Get your free copy of Forbidden Mind on Amazon Today. You really don't want to miss this book!

Monday, October 1, 2012

A Review of Beautiful Man and Other Stories

Welcome to my Review of Beautiful Man and Other Stories by Jack Mauro.
Twelve short stories, all set in modern-day Knoxville, Tennessee, and each exploring the rhythms and currents of relationships, encounters, and the conflicts within characters themselves.  From the reality beneath the surface of a hotel manager's charm, to the sadly funny and complex clashes between a family on a holiday carriage ride, Beautiful Man and Other Stories probes the fascination of lives as shaped by Southern, and all too human, forces.
Jack has been writing professionally for fifteen years, with work ranging from a guide to Internet dating (from Simon & Schuster) to liner notes for Oscar and Grammy winner Carly Simon.  His first love, however, remains fiction, and of a very Southern kind.  Beautiful Man and Other Stories marks Jack's return to the form after ten years. Find Jack on Facebook ·

Short stories are perfect for when you have a short period of time and want to be able to complete the story in one sitting. This is a wonderful collection of short stories.  This is an entertaining story that makes you think.
These are set in Knoxville, Tennessee but they are not the usual Southern based stories. The feel is more like the people could have been from anywhere.
You will be pulled into the stories and leave feeling as if you know the characters presented. This is a very well written book and anyone will enjoy them.
• paper book • Kindle
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Be sure to visit the rest of the tour:
10/2  My Cozie Corner  Review  
10/3  All Things Writing   Guest Post 
10/3  Yvonne Mikell  Review  
10/4  Identity Discovery  Guest Post  
10/5  The Self-Taught Cook  Review   

10/5  wise words book blogger  Guest Post