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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. 

EXAMPLE of how to fill out the linky:
You have 50 characters to describe your giveaway for example:
Link title/ blog title: This is where you put what you're giving away
EXAMPLE: $10 amazon gift card, ends 10/25
Link: put a direct link to your giveaway

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 a…

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 u…

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

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 s…

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?

Love Unscripted by Tina Reber review

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

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 ot…

Winner of Christmas at Pemberley

Winner of Christmas at Pemberley by Regina Jeffers is

Erin L. 

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 backwar…

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!

DESCENDANTS- Available Monday December 19…

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!

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
December Giveaways Around the Blogging World
Christmas at Pemberley ends Dec. 18
Winner of Creative Spirit by Scott Nicholson Congrats to Carol Wong

What's your status this week?

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
Genre: Jane Austen variation
Available @ B&N | Smashwords |Amazon

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 Eliz…

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 Angeli…

Christmas at Pemberley Giveaway

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…

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)

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 Fr…

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

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

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 pageShare two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that pageBE 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%~