Monday, November 13, 2017

9 Do you #loveaudiobooks? Check out my recommendations and enter to win a few of your own.

Holiday travel season is about to begin, so weather you're flying, driving, or taking the train, it's a great season for audiobooks A good audiobook speaks volumes. and if you need some help picking some out this holiday season, I have a few suggestions.

I know I recommend this series often, but it's just so awesome that it fits in practically every list I make. If you're traveling with kiddos, this audiobook would be perfect. Jim Dale narrates the entire series. He does an amazing job!

If you think the movie is great, you should read the book! Agatha Christie is the Queen of Mystery and it's no secret why. The girl knows how to write! There are many recordings of this book available, but the two narrators I would recommend are Dan Stevens (from Downton Abbey) and Kenneth Branagh. They both do an excellent job.

I've read Jane Eyre about ten times in my life, but I had never listened to it in audiobook format before. So this year, I decided to re-read Jane Eyre as an audibook. It's narrated by actress Thandie Newton, and she's brilliant! Listening to an audiobook of books that you've read before gives you a new experience, almost as if you're reading the book for the first time.

Lincoln in the Bardo, winner of the Man Booker Prize, is a pretty fantastic book. It has "166-person full cast features award-winning actors and musicians, as well as a number of Saunders' family, friends, and members of his publishing team." Don't quote me on this, but I think it has the largest cast ever for an audiobook. It's well worth a listen!

Perhaps you're looking for something with a little more romance and humor in it? Then may I direct you to practically anything by author Julia Quinn. She writes the best books! And she has the best narrators too! How to Marry a Marquis is narrated by Rosalyn Landor. She brings Quinn's characters to life. This is a highly enjoyable series. Though not really safe for kids. You better wear earbuds with this one.

The Gentleman was one of my favorite audiobooks that I listen to this year. I even gave it to my husband to listen to even though this is not his usual kind of book. He LOVED it! It's hilarious! It's narrated by Samuel Roukin and John Keating, who seem to embody the characters perfectly! This book is always high on my recommendation list.


Thanks to the Audio Publishers Association, One lucky person will win a fantastic selection of 10 audiobooks (TBD by the publishers) that have been generously donated by Galaxy Press, Hachette Audio, Harper Audio, High Bridge Audio, Macmillan, Penguin Random House Audio, and Post Hypnotic Press, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster Audio, and Tantor Audio.

To enter you must be at least 13 years old. This giveaway is open to US/Canada addresses only. Please read our giveaway policy before entering. Click here for a direct link to the form. Also check out more audiobook recommendations from this blog tour by going to: Good luck!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

3 Release Blitz of HOOKED ON A WITCH by Zoe Forward

from award winning author Zoe Forward
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Zoe Forward
Series: Keepers of the Veil Book 4
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: September 11, 2017
Hooked on a Witch
The witch hunter can't fall for the witch.
Pleiades witch Shannon Randolph has been framed for a theft she didn't do. She has one week to return a stolen relic to the god it belongs or she will be executed. What's worse? Evil magic-wielding wackos are coming out of the woodwork after her to get it. But the biggest danger is Merck. This sexy, dangerous witch-hunter who understands all forms of magic might be her only hope. Enlisting his help may require she be a very naughty witch.
The moment Shannon strolls back into Jason Merck's life he's in trouble. There's something about the witch he can't resist, but he must. The witch hunter cannot date the witch.
" entertaining and spellbinding tale of two destined soul-mates overcoming incredible supernatural odds...I cannot wait to see what's next in future installments."
- Romance Junkies
"...this is a very exciting adventure that will hold you on the edge of your seat...This is a fun exciting series, which I wholly recommend."
- The Reading Cafe
"...a great series for lovers of all things magic and deity related."
- Gothic Mom Reviewers
"I could not put this book down....If you love witches, warlocks, Gods, Goddesses, then I highly recommend this story to you."
- Astronimamkm Mary, Goodreads
"This is a fast-paced and action-filled book...a neat twist at the end, this book was thoroughly enjoyable. Definitely recommended by me."
- Archaeolibrarian
"...a captivating story filled with passion, action, and danger...a great mythology that was basically an extension of Greek mythology mixed in with witches!"
- All Things Urban Fantasy

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An Excerpt from the Book

Take an inside look at Hooked on a Witch. Read this sizzling excerpt from the book.
"I know a lot about magic, darlin'. I know who likes black magic and who does only good magic." That was a truth stretch. He only knew when someone killed, thanks to the visions. When close to a person who used magic, he could usually detect what kind they'd practiced most recently. From her, though, he couldn't tell anything, probably because his balls were in a wad.
"I think you like the hint of badness that comes from being a called a witch." He waited, hoping she'd fill him in on how much badness was black magic and how much was sexy wickedness. The latter he could handle and would be a willing participant. Her using evil magic, maybe not a death ritual yet, but still, the darker side of magic, he didn't want to hear.
"So, you're the Santa Claus of the magic world with a naughty-and- nice list?"
"This Santa kills those on the naughty list and doesn't bring gifts to those who behave. Which list do you think you're on?"
She glared, but didn't answer. "You kill people like necromancers? They always use death energy for power."
He wanted to hit his head on the steering wheel. Would she just answer the question? "Sometimes. They don't always need a death ritual, though."
"I guess it makes sense there'd be someone out there designated to keep this in check. I haven't run across very many truly evil magical people. Sounds like a dangerous job. How do you find them?"
He shrugged.
"Why am I not on your kill list if you think I'm a bad witch?"
His heart hammered his ribs to the point of pain. Best to just throw it out there. "Do you and the other six Pleiades witches do evil things that put people at risk or kill people?"
She frowned and shook her head. "We try not to get noticed. Hurting people would definitely get us noticed. However, one of us is an ex- MI6 agent who still goes after the lowest of the low in society. Guess that counts."
She hadn't said she wouldn't do it at some point in the future, but at least she hadn't misused magic yet. His shoulder muscles loosened. "I'm sure you could be a wicked witch..."
Her cheeks flushed and she muttered, "Wouldn't you like to know."
Yeah, he would.

Other Books by Zoe Forward

Don't miss the other books in the Keepers of the Veil series.
Seven human descendants of Pleiades goddesses live as the chosen guards of the veil between our world and that of the ancestors. Hunted by witch hunters they must be protected. If one dies, the veil falls, allowing the dead to cross. Their ultimate protector is their destined mate. Only, finding him is a task the gods never make easy.

Protecting His Witch

His Witch to Keep

Playing the Witch's Game


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Contest runs from November 8 - 14, 2017.

About Zoe Forward

Zoe Forward
Award winning author, Zoe Forward is a hopeless romantic who can't decide between paranormal and contemporary romance. So, she writes both. Her novels have won numerous awards including the Readers Choice Heart of Excellence, Golden Quill, Carolyn Readers Choice Award, and the Booksellers Best Award.
When she's not typing at her laptop, she's tying on a karate belt for her son or cleaning up the newest pet mess from the menagerie that occupies her house. She's a small animal veterinarian caring for a wide range of furry creatures, although there has been the occasional hermit crab.
She's madly in love with her globe trotting conservation ecologist husband who plans to save all the big cats on the planet, and she's happiest when he returns to their home base.
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

0 #Rosemarked Blitz #Giveaway

Hi Everyone!

This is Livia Blackburne, and I'm thrilled to share ROSEMARKED with you at long last. There are a lot of elements to this book, including a love story, a spy story, reflections on trauma and mortality, medical ethics, and political intrigue.  Perhaps because of this, my research for the book was equally eclectic, from archery and stick fighting lessons, to chats with memory researchers and soldiers, and lots and lots of reading, including books about leper colonies, hospice care, and PTSD. Hopefully, I wove it all into an entertaining and thought-provoking story!

This story centers on Zivah, a talented healer with an incurable illness, and Dineas, a traumatized soldier. The two couldn't be more different, and I had a lot of fun writing their unlikely love story.  In order to work together, they both have to let go of their own prejudices and preconceptions. It's a painful process, with fights and misunderstandings, anger, laughter and tears, but in the end, they both come out as stronger people.

To celebrate the ROSEMARKED release, I’m offering 3 lucky winners a ROSEMARKED swag pack, which includes a copy of ROSEMARKED and a signed bookplate! Due to sweepstakes laws, entrants must be 18 years or older to participate. Best of luck, and happy reading!

The first in a duology, ROSEMARKED (Hyperion | On Sale November 7, 2017) by New York Times bestselling author Livia Blackburne follows a healer and a solider on a high-stakes mission to spy on the Empire to uncover a deadly secret. With sizzling chemistry and a heartrending ethical dilemma, this thrilling fantasy with nuanced characters will capture fans of An Ember in the Ashes and The Lumatere Chronicles.

New York Times best-selling author LIVIA BLACKBURNE has a PhD in neuroscience from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she conducted research on the neural correlates of reading. She still blogs on the intersection of writing and brain science, and she now lives in Los Angeles with her family. Livia is also the author of Midnight Thief, an Indies Introduce New Voices selection, and its sequel, Daughter of Dusk.

ROSEMARKED by Livia Blackburne 


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New York Times Bestseller 2014
Indies Introduce New Voices Pick
2015 YALSA Teens’ Top Ten Nominee
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Monday, November 6, 2017

3 Review and Giveaway: Death in the Stacks

By Jenn McKinlay
November 14th 2017 | Berkley Books | 9780399583759


Lindsey Norris and her staff are gearing up for the Briar Creek Library's annual Dinner in the Stacks fund-raiser. The night of dinner and dancing is not only a booklover's dream--it's the library's biggest moneymaker of the year. But instead of raising funds, the new library board president is busy raising a stink and making the staff miserable. 

Although Olive Boyle acts like a storybook villain, Lindsey is determined to work with her and make the event a success. But when Olive publicly threatens the library's newest hire, Paula, Lindsey cracks like an old book spine and throws Olive out of the library. 

The night of the fund-raiser, Lindsey dreads another altercation with Olive--but instead finds Paula crouched over Olive's dead body. Paula may have secrets, but Lindsey and the rest of the crafternooners know she's not the one who took Olive out of circulation. As the plot thickens, Lindsey must catch the real killer before the book closes on Paula's future . . .

My Thoughts

With eight books, A Library Lovers Mystery series has been going strong since 2011. And yet, Death in the Stacks is my first introduction to this wonderful world of books and mystery. I was a little worried jumping into the eighth book without reading the previous ones, however my fears were soon put at ease. From the opening page I felt like I had been along for the ride the whole time. 

I have to admit I'm pretty jealous of the main character, Lindsey Norris. In the first chapter we meet her riding her bike on a beautiful fall day to the Briar Creek Public Library, where she works as the town librarian. From the description it sounds like the perfect place to work for a book lover. Her staff ranges from studious to quirky all-around good human beings. I found myself envious of her work environment. That is until Olive Boyle walks in. Olive is a blight on the buttock of humanity. I found myself hoping she was the one who would get murdered. And as if the author heard my wish, she did in fact get bumped off. 

The lists of suspects in the Olive Boyle murder could fill an entire encyclopedia. Olive ruled with fear and intimidation. And it seems everyone has a motive. However before Olive died, she hinted that one of the library's employees, Paula, had a dark past and was a danger to the public. Not only that, some of Paula's actions after the murder make her look a little guilty. Lindsey doesn't want to get involved in the case, but she believes in Paula's innocence. So, she puts on her metaphorical Sherlock hat and with the help of her Watson—a.k.a.Robbie—she begins her investigation.

I found myself enamored with the New England town of Briar Creek and its residents. Well, most of them anyway. Jenn McKinlay has written a cozy mystery that will leave readers guessing as to who the real killer is. I love all the bookish mentions and also learning about crafternooners. I even love that in the back of the book she had a reader's guide for The Talented Mr. Ripley, a book they read in the crafternooners, plus recipes and a knitting pattern. It may even inspire you to start your own club. Death in the Stacks is a great book to read with friends, a book club, or by yourself. Either way, you'll be entertained.


Thanks to Berkley Books, I have a copy to give away to a lucky reader! You must be at least 13 years old to enter. This contest is open to US addresses only. Please read our giveaway policy before entering. If you're having trouble with the form, click here.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

2 Wishapick: Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk giveaway tour. Sponsored by MM Allen and Deborah Wynne @TCBRbookreview

Written by M. M. Allen
Highly praised classic fairy tale Wishapick, Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk written by author M. M. Allen; and a CD of Wishapick Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk soundtrack composed by the talented Deborah Wynne. Moonbeam Gold Medal Award and 5 Star Readers Favorite.
Darkness -utter blackness. Was this why his mother had refused to let Jack unlock his father’s old trunk? It had been two years since his dad had died, and all Jack could think about was examining whatever treasures were stored inside the beloved trunk. But when he finally lifted the lid, he didn’t just fall in-he fell through it into a pit of rattlesnakes!
Trying to recall his mother’s stories about the Breath of All Good Things – anything to help him out of his dangerous predicament – Jack wished he had paid attention rather than mock the tales as childish myths… and that he’d waited to enter the trunk with his sister, Lilly. They could at least face this together.
“… a breathy and fantastical storytelling style, imaginations will flourish and the tale will be enjoyed by kids ages 8-12 who enjoy the genre of fantasy.”—The Children’s Book Review
Wishapick: Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk is available on Amazon.
Ages 8-13 | CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform | 2015 | 978-1508437178


About M. M. Allen

M.M. Allen author of the acclaimed children’s picture book Let’s Play Ball is the mother of two adult children and aunt to twenty-three nieces and nephews, including ten great-nieces and great-nephews. MM is a former teacher. She has also worked extensively in marketing and communications with varied businesses, including Walt Disney’s Buena Vista records, as well as several non-profits. MM lives in a picturesque northern California town where she enjoys writing, tending to her rose garden, and caring for her West Highland terriers, Pip & Peaches.

About Deborah Wynne

MM Allen collaborated with composer Deborah Wynne, who created a companion CD of songs to accompany the novel. Wynne’s primary interests lie in choral singing, and song composition. Her musical projects include the 2013 album Strands of Gold and 2007 musical Moment of Truth. For many years, Deborah sang with the well-known a cappella ensemble, Quire of Voices. She also sang with the female quartet, Champagne. She continues as an active singer and composer in Santa Barbara, California, where she lives with her husband and their sheltie Gracie.


The Children's Book Review
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To Read, or Not To Read
A Dream Within A Dream
icefairy's Treasure Chest
Word Spelunking
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Tales of A Wanna-Be SuperHero Mom
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LitPick Student Book Reviews

WISHAPICK TICKETY BOO AND THE BLACK TRUNK, an acclaimed Middle Grade Fantasy, awaits its MUSICAL DEBUT.
Enter this giveaway in Celebration of Children’s Musical Theater with MM Allen and Deborah Wynne.
Root for Jack! He enters the land of Wishapick through his father’s trunk, and meets his foe O’Sirus. Jack’s thought; Courage I need some!
Listen to the Song: King O’Sirus and Queen Sanctuary
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One (1) winner receives the grand prize:
  • An autographed copy of Wishapick: Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk
  • A CD of the Wishapick: Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk soundtrack
  • An Echo Dot
Value: $73.77
One (1) winner receives:
  • An autographed copy of Wishapick: Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk
  • A CD of the Wishapick: Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk soundtrack
Giveaway open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older.
Prizes provided by M. M. Allen and Deborah Wynne.

*I worked in partnership with The Children’s Book Review, M. M. Allen and Deborah Wynne.


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