Saturday, December 31, 2011

0 Happy New Year


0 January Giveaways Around the Blogging World


If you have a giveaway going on, why don't you link it up here? I'll help spread the word! All you have to do fill out Mr.Linky below. Don't forget to put when your giveaway ends. If you have any questions you can email me or @ me on twitter(@2readornot2read).  Bookish giveaways only please. 

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

0 Get ready for ROCK GOD and make plans to be in NYC on Jan. 19, 2012



Available January 1, 2012

B.J. Levine, a mild-mannered, 13-year-old boy voted most likely to become a tax accountant, moves to New York City and discovers his true purpose: he must transform himself into the most almighty rocker since Jon Bon Jovi. B.J. battles his father's disappointment, his mother's disapproval, his lack of apparent talent, and a secret society of middle-aged bikers as he gathers a ragtag band and embarks on a real life rock Odyssey.

It was Barnabas Miller's long-standing love of reading that drew him to a new career as an author.  Luckily, he also has the opportunity to bring his two passions together as the drummer for the New York City-based Tiger Beat, the YA-only writers band with Libba Bray, Natalie Standiford and Dan Ehrenhaft.  His band mates are helping him launch ROCK GOD in New York City at the Barnes & Noble on the Upper East Side on Thursday, January 19th at 7pm.  They’ll be performing “Three Notes”, other music and signing their books as well.
Since the author has such a great background in music,  he’s produced a single “written and performed” by B.J. Levine himself! You can find it on the Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/rockgodbjlevine.  The song is called “Three Notes”. You can also follow BJ on twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/BJrockgod

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

0 Glynis Ridley Guest Post and Giveaway


Glynis Ridley, author of The Discovery of Jeanne Baret. A Story of Science, the High Seas, and the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe

Many thanks, Marcie, for inviting me to be your guest. Researching my book, The Discovery of Jeanne Baret, about the first woman to circumnavigate the world, I have a new appreciation of how fortunate women are today to be able to make their voices heard. My book tells the true story of an 18th century French peasant woman who disguised herself as a young man in order to join her lover, a renowned botanist, on the first French circumnavigation of the globe (1766-69). Because Jeanne Baret worked as her lover’s assistant – a sole woman in disguise among two ships’ crews of over 300 men -  and because she didn’t want anyone to suspect her true identity, Baret undertook hard physical work, botanizing around Rio de Janeiro, through the Strait of Magellan, and on to Tahiti, Mauritius, and Madagascar. In freezing rain and sweltering heat, she bound her upper body with tightly wound strips of linen, hauled bulky field equipment from ship to shore, and finally helped collect over 6000 specimens on her journey.
It’s incredible that such a woman could have sunk into historical obscurity, but I realized as I researched the book just how difficult it was for Jeanne Baret and other women of the time to be acknowledged as having a serious contribution to make to science. For a start, even though Baret had enough understanding of botany to be of real assistance to her lover – the expedition’s official naturalist - many 18th century thinkers thought that botany was not a suitable subject for women to study. The ability to draw a flower was regarded as suitably feminine, but the ability to use the correct scientific terminology to describe that flower was regarded as unladylike. In The Discovery of Jeanne Baret, I show that a manuscript long attributed to Baret’s lover, Philibert Commerson, is actually hers – a 32 page handwritten listing a range of French native plants and the ailments they were thought to cure. Finding the notebook and seeing it attributed to Baret’s lover – when it is not even in his handwriting – was both exciting and sobering, emphasizing the extent to which Baret has been written out of history. But now it looks as though Baret may be getting some of the recognition that I think is her due. I don’t just mean my own book. After its publication, I was contacted by plant biologist Eric Tepe who had discovered a new species of Solanum (the genus that includes potatoes and tomatoes) in Ecuador and he proposed naming the new plant after Jeanne Baret: Solanum baretiae. So, finally, after nearly 250 years, Jeanne Baret who collected so many natural specimens will have something in the natural world to commemorate her name. Readers can find out more about this and join the conversation at www.facebook.com/authorglynisridley
** Giveaway**
Thanks to Crown Publishing Group I have two copies of this fantastic book to giveaway. I'm currently reading it and it's fascinating. This giveaway is for US addresses only. You must be at least 13 years old to enter. Please be sure to check out my giveaway rules before entering. Giveaway ends January 3, 2012. You must fill out the form below. If you have trouble viewing the form, click here.

Friday, December 23, 2011

0 Happy Holidays


To Read or Not To Read is going on a little vacation over the holidays. I have a few posts scheduled during this time so you can still enjoy some bookish news. Also..........

While I'm gone why don't you enjoy a nice cup of cocoa.

Curl up somewhere with a good book.

Eat a cookie or two....

and have a 

Happy Holidays from To Read or Not To Read

1 Get ready for the release of Switched!








The first book of The Trylle series by Amanda Hocking, Switched will be released January 3, 2012. Be sure to mark your calendars for the release of The Trylle series and keep up with all the latest information about this series on Facebook.



From Amanda Hocking, million-copy bestselling author and internet sensation comes the Trylle series… it all begins with Switched, available everywhere 1.3.12. As a special gift to readers, Switched contains a new, never-before-published bonus story, “The Vittra Attacks,” set in the magical world of the Trylle.
The Trylle series continues with Torn, on-sale 2.28.12, and concludes on 4.24.12 with Ascend.
SWITCHED… at birth:

When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. Eleven years later, Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. She’s not the person she’s always believed herself to be, and her whole life begins to unravel—all because of Finn Holmes.
Finn is a mysterious guy who always seems to be watching her. Every encounter leaves her deeply shaken…though it has more to do with her fierce attraction to him than she’d ever admit. But it isn’t long before he reveals the truth: Wendy is a changeling who was switched at birth—and he’s come to take her home.
Now Wendy’s about to journey to a magical world she never knew existed, one that’s both beautiful and frightening. And where she must leave her old life behind to discover who she’s meant to become…


 

Thursday, December 22, 2011

2 The Hobbit movie trailer


I am so excited to watch this trailer. I absolutely love Lord or the Rings and now I can hardly wait for The Hobbit. Alas I must wait another year. It doesn't come out until December 2012.




What are your thoughts? Excited to watch The Hobbit? Not a fan?


1 Love Unscripted by Tina Reber review

Title: Love Unscripted (Love #1)
Author: Tina Reber
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication Date: March 6, 2010
ebook
ISBN: 1451533969
Genre: Romance


Summary:
Ryan Christensen just wanted to be an actor. Never in his wildest dreams did he ever think that accepting a role in an unknown film would toss his career into overdrive. His new fame has cost him dearly; anonymity is no longer an option. His fans stalk him, the paparazzi hound him, and Hollywood studios all want a piece of him. Despite all of that, Ryan Christensen craves the most basic of human needs - to have love in his heart and privacy in his life.
Taryn Mitchell, the story's protagonist, is a realist. She's been feigning contentment, running the family pub in Seaport, Rhode Island, while quietly nursing her own internal heartaches. Her feet are fairly glued to the ground and she doesn't buy into all the hype that has descended on her tiny, coastal town. In her world, men are safe if they're kept at a distance.
Fate has other plans for these two when their paths cross one sunny afternoon. A group of female fans has attacked him, leaving his shirt torn, his face cut, and Ryan in obvious distress. Bonds between them form from the most dramatic of circumstances while jealousy, insecurity, and the stress of his celebrity life try to tear them apart.
Through all the tabloid lies, secrecy, and pressure, can Taryn's peace and Ryan's high-profile insanity live together in harmony?



Love Unscripted by Tina Reber is an deliciously delightful book that will leave you wanting more. This story takes place in Seaport, Rhode Island. A quiet town until a film crew takes over the town. Taryn runs her family owned bar in this quaint little town. Not only is she put out by all the commotion the filming is causing she also doesn't get the appeal of the film's star, Ryan Christensen. Cupid has it out for these two characters because when their paths cross. BAM! Sparks fly. 
They have problems that any normal couple might have: insecurities, jealousy, stalkers, evil exes trying to ruin lives. The story line in this novel is good. It kept me captivated the entire time. I got so caught up in the character's lives I did not want to put this book down. Although this book is a really good read, some of the issues that the couple face in this book seemed a bit redundant to me. For instance Taryn's insecurities over the couple's future kept popping up. I think the author is trying to drive the point of how hard it would be to date a celebrity especially if their lives are so different from one another. However I thought it was a tad overdone. 
Overall I really like this book. It is entertaining, sexy and a darn good read. The characters are both really likable. Ryan is a heart-throb to say the least while Taryn is a hard working, independent woman. They have great chemistry together. If you're looking for a good romance to read, this is it. 
My rating:
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*I received a copy of this book from the author for review purposes only. This in no way influenced my opinion.


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

0 Winner of Christmas at Pemberley



Winner of Christmas at Pemberley by Regina Jeffers
is


Erin L. 


Monday, December 19, 2011

1 Susan Fraser King Guest Post



Writing a novel about a medieval saint is not the easiest thing to do, as I discovered once I began researching and writing Queen Hereafter: A Novel of Margaret of Scotland, (now in trade paperback and ebook from Random House and Broadway Books). I had written about a medieval queen in my novel Lady Macbeth, and I had written several historical romances. But a saint was a new challenge: all that devoutness and devotion, all that goodness and virtue. As any writer can attest, a well-behaved character can be a lot harder to write than a feisty one.  
Soon I discovered that saintly Margaret had a feisty side. She had been shipwrecked, became a wife and mother, was a needlework artist – and she was tough enough to stand up to the brutish king of Scotland, her own havoc-wreaking husband King Malcolm Canmore of Scotland; she not only stood up to him, but helped him to become a more civilized and sophisticated ruler. It is even claimed that well-educated Margaret taught her somewhat backward husband to read and to study the gospels, which he had neglected to learn otherwise.
A Hungarian-born Saxon princess, Margaret fled the Norman invasion with her siblings and was wrecked on a Scottish shore. The warrior king Malcolm Canmore gave the royal English family sanctuary, and soon offered for Margaret’s hand. A savvy political move, though medieval chroniclers noted that the king fell in love with the beautiful foreign princess, though she resisted the marriage (she wanted to be a nun), but finally relented—and what amounts to a natural fairy tale romance began.
Margaret has been called by historians one of the most fascinating and complex women of the 11th century and indeed the whole medieval era. She and Malcolm were complete opposites—the young educated cosmopolitan princess accustomed to charitable deeds and luxury surroundings, and the brutish, undereducated warlord raised in a savage warrior culture. Her personal confessor and friend left a rare medieval document in his biography of her, in which he describes her piety, her prayerful devotion, her perfection and compassion—and he mentions her temper, her sense of mischief, her pride, affection for friends, and strict demands of herself.
Despite his idealism, Margaret’s monk, Turgot, provides glimpses of a vital, unique young woman. She respected her tough husband, taught him to read, chided him for his table manners; he adored her, had her favorite book rebound, translated Gaelic for her when she hotly debated with his priests; she fed orphans from her own spoon, stole gold from her husband’s treasury to buy food for the poor, and released his ransomed prisoners; he called her his little thief, boasted of their sons, and begged her to stop fasting.
The fairy tale aspects of her true story are so genuinely the stuff of romance that I had to write about her—an exiled princess, a shipwreck, a brawny king and love at first sight; a tempestuous but adoring husband, eight healthy children, a mutual love and the affection of the Scottish people. Yet we also know that Margaret worked herself to exhaustion and fasted so intensely that even the priests told her to eat.  
My challenge was to take the historical facts and the myths about Margaret and spin them into fiction. I wanted to unravel what was known and piece together a new puzzle. I wanted Margaret to become a real young woman for the modern reader, vulnerable and accessible, rather than just saintly and perfect.
Aside from their political, social and historical significance, Queen Margaret and King Malcolm proved that love blooms in the most unexpected unions, and that not all royal marriages were simply convenient. Their story is one of a beauty and her beast, two people who changed the course of Scottish, and medieval, history. I hope their romantic story (and that gorgeous cover!) will find a place on your bookshelf, and in your heart, this holiday season. And please be sure to check out the beautiful book trailer for Queen Hereafter posted on YouTube! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wep3gn7u1cM



To find out more about this book and the author be sure to check out her website and blog
Buy Queen Hereafter: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository  

Sunday, December 18, 2011

5 R. Lynn celebrates the release of her books with a giveaway!





To celebrate her two new books R.Lynn is giving away a " Book Nerds Are Sexy," t-shirt! Check out her books;

VANITY AND VALOR- Available Now- ancient Rome like you've never read before.


His father’s dying wish was for him to give up racing chariots and focus on being the new Dominus. The problem with that was, all he ever wanted to do was race chariots. When his desires and duty clash he finds himself at the verge of losing everything.
She was sold into slavery by her father and purchased by Rome’s champion charioteer. Forced to work in his trigarium with the horses, she learns that women hold little to no value and that a prized racehorse has more rights than she does. When faced with the choice to risk her life and deny her status… will she? Doing so could get both her and her Dominus killed.
Ebook only $2.99 on Amazon! http://www.amazon.com/Vanity-Valor-Blood-Rome-ebook/dp/B006LVKU2K/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1324101107&sr=8-3

 



DESCENDANTS- Available Monday December 19th-tying Basque mythology to the magical descendants of the lost city of Atlanticus.The only thing that mattered to Sollara was escaping the Deep Kingdom and exploring the world she had only ever dared to dream about. When her dreams clash with her reality, she finds herself in the arms of a stranger and thrown into an unknown land filled with monsters and magic. Not knowing who her enemies or allies are, she turns to those she was raised to despise for help.Debuting online for only $0.99!!! Search DESCENDANTS on Amazon.com!

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**The Giveaway**


Book Nerds Are Sexy t-shirt. 
Size large.

All you need to do to enter is :
  • Read my giveaway policy
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Saturday, December 17, 2011

6 Secret Santa has arrived!


Back in November I signed up for Book Blogger Holiday Swap and a week ago I received this box from my secret santa, Britni from Book Nook Club. Here is what I got:


I love how Britni wrapped these gifts. It was so cute I didn't want to open them.....but I did because I'm a big kid when it comes to gifts.

Tomorrow When The War Began by John Marsden
The Dead of Night by John Marsden
The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
The Man of My Dreams by Curtis Sittenfeld
Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Thank you, thank you, thank you Britni for all these books. I really excited to read The Night Circus and Madame Tussaud. I also have some new to me authors so I can't wait to read those books as well. Happy Holidays!

1 What's Your Status? December 17, 2011



Zakiya from Butterfly Feet Walking on Life has a fantastic meme. In this meme you post your status of the books your reading this week, books you finished this week, books you're going to read next, and books you plan on buying this week. You can also post what reviews and memes you participated in for the week. 


My reading time has slowed a bit with all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. 


Last week I finished:

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Currently I'm reading:

The Discovery of Jeanne Baret
by Glynis Ridley

Descended by Blood
by Angeline Kace

Next on my TBR pile

Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey

Current Giveaways


Christmas at Pemberley ends Dec. 18

Winner of Creative Spirit by Scott Nicholson
Congrats to
Carol Wong


What's your status this week?

Friday, December 16, 2011

3 His Good Opinion by Nancy Kelly review

Title: His Good Opinion
Author: Nancy Kelly
Publisher: Smokey Rose Press
Publication Date: Nov. 20, 2011
kindle copy
ASIN: B006B17ZPU
Genre: Jane Austen variation
Available @ B&N | Smashwords |Amazon  


Summary:
Though tired of Society's manipulations, Darcy never thought to be enchanted by a country maiden. Yet on a visit to rural Hertfordshire, Elizabeth Bennet captivates him. Lovely and vivacious, she is everything he is not, and everything he longs to have.
Unfortunately, her connections put her decidedly beneath him, and the improprieties he observes in her family do not win his favor. Putting her firmly out of his mind, Darcy returns to London, but Elizabeth is not so easily forgotten.
When chance throws them together, Darcy can no longer deny his love, but Elizabeth, put off by his manners, refuses him. To change her mind, he must set aside his proud ways and learn how to please a woman worthy of being pleased. It takes a serious incident for his true character to shine, and for Elizabeth to learn just how valuable is…



My thoughts:
One of the first things that grabbed my attention of His Good Opinion by Nancy Kelly is this book is told entirely from Mr. Darcy's point of view. Pride and Prejudice is told from Elizabeth's point of view so we don't get to know the thoughts of Mr. Darcy whose character is hard to understand. It makes you wonder what's going on in his head while he's intensely staring at Elizabeth Bennet.  
His Good Opinion begins not in Hertfordshire with Elizabeth but in Ramsgate with Georgiana. I think this is an excellent addition to this book because in P&P we only learn about the misfortunes of Darcy and Wickham through the letter he wrote to Elizabeth. This sets the stage for Darcy's state of being. Nancy Kelley takes us through the story of P&P giving us a closer look at understanding Mr. Darcy. The struggles he undergoes, the desires in his heart and the yearning he can't explain. 
I really enjoyed this novel. I love how well Nancy Kelley kept true to the story Pride and Prejudice but also added her own interpretation of what Mr. Darcy is going through. I think the scenes from Darcy's perspective would be very similar if Jane Austen were to write them. The author kept true to Jane and her beloved characters. This book is a joy to read and I'm so glad I had the opportunity to read it. 
My rating:
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*I received a copy of this book from the author for review purposes only. This in no way influenced my review.


Thursday, December 15, 2011

0 Today is Jane Austen's Birthday!



Today is Jane Austen's Birthday. She was born on December 16, 1775. I love all things Jane. She inspired and influenced many people. Happy Birthday Jane! 


To help celebrate Jane's birthday, Sourcebooks has discounted many of their Jane Austen sequels to $1.99 from December 13-30. So if you've been wanting to read these books now's your chance! Click here to view the titles and information.



A Darcy Christmas – Carolyn Eberhart, Sharon Lathan and Amanda Grange

Darcys & the Bingleys – Marsha Altman

Darcy’s Voyage – Kara Louise

Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star – Heather Lynn Rigaud

The Man Who Loved Pride and Prejudice – Abigail Reynolds

Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One – Sharon Lathan

Mr. Darcy Goes Overboard – Belinda Roberts

Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife – Linda Berdoll

Mr. Darcy, Vampyre – Amanda Grange

Pemberley Chronicles – Rebecca Ann Collins

Pemberley Ranch – Jack Caldwell

Searching for Pemberley – Mary Lydon Simonsen

Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy – Sara Angelini

Darcy and Fitzwilliam – Karen V. Wasylowski

My favorite Jane Austen book is Persuasion.  I absolutely love the letter Captain Wentworth writes to Anne. What's your favorite book by Jane? 


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

3 Christmas at Pemberley Giveaway

Summary:
It's Christmastime at Pemberley and the Darcys and Bennets have gathered to celebrate. With such a mix of eclectic characters under one roof, bitter feuds, old jealousies, and intimate secrets come to the surface. Stubborn Lady Catherine seeks forgiveness, shallow Caroline Bingley finds love, and immature Kitty pursues a vicar. Forced into playing hostess, Georgiana tries desperately to manage the chaos while wishing Darcy and Elizabeth would return from their trip.
Enroute home, Darcy and Elizabeth are waylaid by a blizzard that forces them to take shelter in a nearby inn. Elizabeth is tormented that they will spend Christmas away from their families, but when a young couple arrives at the inn in need of a place for the night, Elizabeth's concern turns to the pregnant girl. As Elizabeth and Darcy comfort and soothe her through a long and painful labor, they’re reminded of the love, family spirit, and generosity that lie at the heart of Christmas.

I'm giving away a copy of Christmas at Pemberley by Regina Jeffers. This giveaway is for US addresses only. You must be at least 13 years old to enter. Giveaway ends December 18, 2011. Please read my giveaway policy before filling out the form below. Good luck. Click here if you can't view the form.


0 Just A Few Seconds by Nemo James review

Title: Just a Few Seconds
Author: Nemo James
Publisher: Derek Newark Publishing
Publication Date: February 6, 2011
paperback, 266 pages
ISBN: 0956798608 ( ISBN-13: 9780956798608)




Summary:
A Story From The Hidden World of Music and Beyond Derek dreamt of becoming a professional musician from the first time he picked up a guitar following a talent contest disaster. Thought of by his friends as being the person most likely to make the big time he turned professional but was continually side tracked by the need to earn a living from music. His journey takes him all over the world from private gigs for the rich and famous to the roughest pubs. Starting in the late sixties when heavy rock was born, through to the 1980's and 90's when discos and electronics decimated live music in dance halls. An amusing and heartrending story of perseverance showing how the road to success can lead us down the strangest of paths.


Steve's Thoughts:
Just a Few Seconds by Nemo James is subtitled “A Story From the Hidden World of Music and Beyond” which is a title that perfectly describes the life of Derek Newark/Nemo James and many of my musician friends. This is a brilliant portrayal of not only the love of music but the struggles to see that love blossom and bloom into the life that you just know you are destined for. Rejection and perseverance are two of the key elements in this book. Music is a fickle lover that can have you riding a high like you have never known only to bring you crashing back to Earth when you get another rejection.  Nemo James has been on an incredible journey through life and captures that in a fun, heart wrenching and often times humorous narrative. From playing for lavish, private parties for the wealthy to playing in what can only be described as dumps or dives, playing before large , packed clubs to playing to just a couple of casual on-lookers he has been there.  He has been the world over just to try to get his music heard by the right people and to get that elusive record deal. He has worked in bars and managed squash clubs. He even owned a squash club and restaurant but it always came back to his music. I love that he felt he truly had something inside him that the world needed and he was always striving to get it out there. If you have ever had a burning passion to do something, this is a great book to inspire you to press on and see that dream through. You do not have to be a music person to enjoy this touching story about the labor of love to see a dream come to be. I highly recommend this book.


Steve's rating:
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*I was provided a copy of this book from the author for review purposes only. This in no way influenced my review.


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

0 and the winner is........


The winner of In the Lion's Mouth by Michael Flynn 
is
Kara DiDomizio




Monday, December 12, 2011

5 Teaser Tuesday December 13, 2011

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
This week's teaser is from Obsidian: A Lux Novel by Jennifer L. Armentrout. This is from an e-arc so this passage may not be in the final version.

"Time seemed to slow, every second stretching out before me, tantalizing and torturing every breath I took. Waiting, wanting to show him whatever he was looking for as his eyes darkened to a deep green." ~22%~
 

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