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Give@way: A Merman's Kiss by Laura Lond

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The old legend says that a merman’s kiss will make a girl pretty and bring her luck. One poor working girl is desperate enough to try it. She is warned that she must do everything exactly as she is told… but never warned about the effect it might have on the merman.

Laura Lond has generously offered to giveaway 3 e-copies of her novel, A Merman's Kiss. Please be sure to check her out on Facebook, Goodreads, Website, and Amazon.
Please fill out this form to enter the giveaway.

Review: The Man From Primrose Lane by James Renner

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Title: The Man From Primrose Lane
Author: James Renner Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books Publication Date: February 28, 2012 Hardcover, 367 pages ISBN: 978-0-374-20095-4 Genre: Mystery
Summary: A mind-bending, genre-twisting debut novel In West Akron, there lived a reclusive elderly man who always wore mittens, even in July. He had no friends and no family; all over town, he was known only as the Man from Primrose Lane. And on a summer day in 2008, someone murdered him.
Four years later, David Neff is a broken man. The bestselling author of a true-crime book about an Ohio serial killer, Neff went into exile after his wife’s inexplicable suicide. That is, until an unexpected visit from an old friend introduces him to the strange mystery of “the man with a thousand mittens.” Soon Neff finds himself drawn back into a world he thought he had left behind forever. But the closer he gets to uncovering the true identity of the Man from Primrose Lane, the more he begins to understand the dangerous power …

Derek the Ghost Guest Post

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The Importance of Middle-Grade Fiction Or Why Reading my Book Series Scary School is Guaranteed to Turn your Kid into a Well-adjusted, Ivy League-bound, World-beater Dynamo
By Derek the Ghost
            Let’s start off with this question. Why is reading important for children? Wait. I have better question. Why is absorbing a story in the form of text considered a superior means of story-absorption as opposed to pictures and sound through a television or movie screen?
            Back in the olden days before TV and movies, reading was the numero uno form of self-entertainment. However, like TV of today, using books to take in fictional stories was considered a highly frivolous activity. In fact, I’m pretty sure the only form of reading not considered frivolous was reading the bible.
            So why did the cultural paradigm shift? Television and movies became the dominant form of story dispersion, and suddenly books became the underdog. When books became the underdog, they went from…

Marie Harbon Guest Post,Character Interview, and Give@way

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‘Seven Point Eight: The First Chronicle’ is the beginning of a five part sci-fi/ paranormal series, spanning decades, time, space, alternate dimensions of reality and the lives of five people, asking some pretty existential questions along the way. What is Seven Point Eight? Well, it’s the most powerful number in the universe, the number that connects everything. A long time ago, our ancestors lived in a very different world from the one we inhabit today.  We understood the language of the Earth, the stars, the sky people and we knew of the Number.  This was a moment known as The First Time.  But over time, we forgot all of this and the wisdom of the Number was lost too. We walked through life asleep, ignorant of the truth. There lies within us the hope that we can re-connect with this deeper truth.
It is time to wake up....
 In the first book of the series, a physicist begins a quest to measure the soul but soon finds himself drawn into the world of the enigmatic Max Richardson, where r…

Best Picture Nominees Before They Were Movies

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The 84th Academy Awards will air on February 26. Some of the nominees for Best Picture are also much loved books. Not all the movies fall into this category but here are the movies that do. Which picture do you think will win? Which picture is the best book to movie adaptation?

Title: The Descendants  Author: Kaui Hart Hammings Publisher: Random House Publication Date: May 15, 2007 ISBN-13: 9781400066339 
Title: Extremely Loud and Incredible Close Author: Jonathan Safron Foer Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publication Date: April 4, 2006 ISBN-13: 9780618711659
Title: The Help Author: Kathryn Stokett Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam Publication Date: February 10, 2009 ISBN-13: 9780399155345 
Title: The Invention of Hugo Cabret Author: Brian Selznick Publisher: Scholastic Inc. Publication Date: March 1, 2007 ISBN-13: 9780439813785
Title: Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game Author: Michael Lewis Publisher: W.W. Norton and Company Publication Date: March 17, 2004 ISBN-13:9780393324815
Title: War …

Review: In the Lion's Mouth

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Title: In the Lion's Mouth (January Dancer #3)
Author: Michael Flynn
Publisher: Tor
Publication Date: January 17, 2012
Hardcover, 304 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7653-2285-2
Genre: Space Opera


Summary:
It’s a big Spiral Arm, and the scarred man, Donavan buigh, has gone missing in it, upsetting the harper Mearana's plans for a reconciliation between her parents. Bridget ban, a Hound of the League, doubts that reconciliation is possible or desirable; but nonetheless has dispatched agents to investigate the disappearance. 
The powerful Ravn Olafsdottr, a Shadow of the Names, slips into Clanthompson Hall to tell mother and daughter of the fate of Donovan buigh. In the Long Game between the Confederation of Central Worlds and the United League of the Periphery, Hound and Shadow are mortal enemies; yet a truce descends between them so that the Shadow may tell her tale. There is a struggle in the Lion’s Mouth, the bureau that oversees the Shadows—a clandestine civil war of sabotage and assassination be…

Give@way Secrets by Aris Whittier

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Ashley Dawson has a gift—she can communicate with spirits. Her life profoundly changes when she is urged and guided, by a spirit, to the house of Nathaniel Marshall—a man who doesn’t believe Ashley’s bizarre accusations and makes no attempt to hide it.
When Nathaniel discovers a cunning man who disappears as quickly as he appears is stalking Ashley, his fear for her safety consumes him. Their terror is taken to a new level when several murders throughout the city surface.



Thanks to Aris Whittier I have an ecopy of Secrets to giveaway! Please fill out the form below to enter. 



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Review: Fracture by Megan Miranda

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Title: Fracture
Author: Megan Miranda
Publisher: Walker and Company
Publication Date: January 17, 2012
ebook
ISBN: 978-0-8027-2309-3
Genre: paranormal, young adult


Summary:
Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she's far from normal.


My thoughts:
Delaney Maxwell died. She died and through the miracle of modern medicine she also lived. However things are different than they were before. Many strange unexplained things start to happen to her. At first she thinks it might be from the trauma she suffered but things don't add up. Everyone around her is acting differently since her accident including her best friend, Decker Phillips. Everything really starts getting complicated when she meets a s…

Book Bloggers and Publishers Online Conference

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It's that time of year for the Book Bloggers and Publishes Online Conference. I attended last year and I'm looking forward to it again this year. It runs from March 7-11. I really love that you can get tons of information without having to travel and I can listen to the panels around my busy schedule. If you've not heard of BBPOC or you want to register to attend, click here. Some of the panels I'm looking forward to are: Negative reviews, Online Safety, Working with authors, and the guest speakers.


Review: Tenderfoot by Amy Tupper

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Title: TenderfootAuthor: Amy Tupper  Publisher: Smashwrods Publication Date: April 16, 2011 ebook ISBN: 001128403X (ISBN 13: 2940011284038) Genre: paranormal, fantasy
Summary: Two hundred and fifty years ago, a mythical figure of Scandinavian folklore was born. The Fossegrim spent decades playing his fiddle in a waterfall, rewarding those who brought him gifts with musical abilities. But times change. Today he will cross an ocean to follow Julianna to college. As a freshman in Chapel Hill, she has no idea what she’s in for. And that’s just campus life. A world traveler, Jules is street-smart but the wounds from her mother’s unexpected death fester.
And then it begins. When her powers manifest after her 18th birthday, Nicholas makes contact. He bides his time as desperation brings her closer, slowly revealing her family’s secret piece by piece. To Nick’s dismay, Jules falls in love with ambitious Andrew, a collegiate fencer who is always in the right place at the right time. The distraction i…

A few announcements......

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Hello fellow readers! I have a few announcements to make today. The first announcement is an exciting one. To Read or Not To Read is expanding. Two additional reviewers, Nancy and Eva will be joining this site. Look for their reviews coming in the next few weeks.

You may have heard the rumor that google is discontinuing their google friends connect feature for non-blogger blogs in March. Google is really trying to push Google+. I've joined Google+ but I'm still getting familiar with it. Google hasn't announced any plans to get rid of GFC for blogger blogs but it's definitely a possibility that it will happen as well. To make things easier I've signed To Read or Not To Read up for Linky Followers. It's an alternative to Google Friends Connect. It's FREE. All you need to do to sign up is create an account. It takes less than 5 minutes. I also signed up for Networked Blogs. Don't forget you can also subscribe via email or rss. Just check out the side bar …

Excerpt from Witchful Thinking by H.P. Mallory

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Witchful Thinkingby H.P. Mallory goes on sale February 28. Random House has given us a sneak peek at this new novel. Check it out:

Jolie thinks she’s seen it all, but life continues to spring surprises. The latest shocker? She’s just been crowned Queen of the Underworld. Jolie may possess a rare gift for reanimating the dead, but she doesn’t know the first thing about governing disparate factions of supernatural creatures. She can barely maintain order in her own chaotic personal life, which is heading into a romantic tailspin.

First there’s sexy warlock Rand, the love of her life, from whom Jolie is hiding a devastating secret. Then there’s Sinjin, a darkly seductive vampire and Jolie’s sworn protector—though others suspect he harbors ulterior motives. As the two polar opposite yet magnetic men vie for Jolie’s affection, she must keep her wits about her to balance affairs of state and affairs of her heart. Overwhelmed, under pressure, and longing for love, Jolie decides it’s time to ta…

Follower Love Give@way Hop winner

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Thank you for your patience while I added in all the extra entries for the Follower Love Giveaway Hop. After all the extra entries were counted, we had a total of 1158. I believe this is a record!  Thank you to everyone who stopped by and entered this giveaway and for those who decided to follow as well. I really appreciate it. Anyway on to the part that you really want and that's the winner of the giveaway. To GABY
Congrats Gaby. I've sent an email your way. Please check your spam. You have 72 hours to claim your prize or I'll pick another winner.  *The winner was chosen using random.org


Review: Scary School by Derek The Ghost

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Title: Scary School (Scary School #1)
Author: Derek The Ghost
Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books
Publication Date: June 21, 2011
Hardcover, 237 pages
ISBN: 978-0-06-096092-5
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Paranormal
Summary:
You think your school's scary?
Get a load of these teachers:
"Ms. Fang," an 850-year-old vampire
"Dr. Dragonbreath," who just might eat you before recess
"Mr. Snakeskin"--science class is so much more fun when it's taught by someone who's half zombie
"Mrs. T"--break the rules and spend your detention with a hungry "Tyrannosaurus rex"
Plus
Gargoyles, goblins, and Frankenstein's monster on the loose
The world's most frighteningly delicious school lunch
And
The narrator's an eleven-year-old ghost
Join Charles "New Kid" Nukid as he makes some very Scary friends--including Petunia, Johnny, and Peter the Wolf--and figures out that Scary School can be just as funny as it is spooky.


My thoughts: Sca…

Cover Reveal: Finn Finnegan by Darby Karchut

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Finn Finnegan Finn (not bleedin' Finnegan) MacCullen is eager to begin his apprenticeship. He soon discovers the ups and downs of hunting monsters in a suburban neighborhood under the demanding tutelage of the Knight, Gideon Lir. Both master and apprentice are descendents of the Tuatha De Danaan, a magical race of warriors from Ireland. Scattered long ago to the four corners of the world, the De Danaan wage a two thousand year old clandestine battle with their ancient enemy, the Amandán, a breed of goblin-like creatures.

Now with the beasts concentrating their attacks on Finn, he and his master must race to locate the lost Spear of the Tuatha De Danaan, the only weapon that can destroy the Amandán, all the while hiding his true identity from his new friends, Rafe and Savannah, twins whose South African roots may hold a key to Finn's survival. Armed with a bronze dagger, some ancient Celtic magic, and a hair-trigger temper, Finn is about to show his enemies the true meaning of &q…

Five Days of Romance, Day 5: Review Mr. Darcy's Undoing by Abigail Reynolds

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Title: Mr. Darcy's Undoing
Author: Abigail Reynolds
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: October 1, 2011
paperback, 319 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1-4022-4094-2
Genre: Regency Romance


Summary:
A passionate new Pride and Prejudice variation explores the unthinkable-Elizabeth accepts the proposal of a childhood friend before she meets Darcy again. When their paths cross, the devastated Mr. Darcy must decide how far he'll go to win the woman he loves. How can a man who prides himself on his honor ask the woman he loves to do something scandalous? And how can Elizabeth accept a loveless marriage when Mr. Darcy holds the key to her heart? As they confront family opposition and the ill-will of scandal-mongers, will Elizabeth prove to be Mr. Darcy's undoing?

My thoughts:
Abigail Reynolds is well know for her 'what if' alternate versions of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. She takes the beloved characters of Austen and twists and turns the story to shake up their path to lov…

Five Days of Romance, Day 4: Soulless audio book review

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Title: Soulless
Author: Gail Carriger
Narrator by: Emily Gray
Length: 10h 52min.
Publisher: Recorded Books
Released 6-22-10
ASIN: B003TLSM20




Summary:
Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel.Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

My thoughts: I had read and reviewed Soulless by Gail Carriger previously on this site. Click here to read my review of the book. Even though I loved Soulless I had not continued on with the series right away. Since a year had passed I decided I wanted to 're-read' this book.  I downloaded it from audible and was not disappointed. Emily Gray narrates this fantastic book. She really seem to capture the wit and humor of Alexia Tarabotti.…

Interview with Adele Griffin & Lisa Brown, Authors of Picture the Dead

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Today I have the pleasure of having Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown authors of Picture the Dead here to answer a few questions. I hope you enjoy this interview:

These are answers from Lisa Brown
1. What inspired you to write about this time period.
LB: It was this amazing show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2005: “The Perfect Medium: Photography and the Occult.” It was an exhibition of spirit photographs from the 19th and early 20th centuries; that is, photographs of ghosts. The mania for contacting spirits seemed to go hand and hand with the US Civil War: a time where so many people were dying so very far from their homes. It was spooky, and at the same time, emotionally realistic.
AG: Lisa and I had been having a lot of conversations about gothic ghosts, haunts on the moors, ghouls in crumbling estates. And we wanted a visual component—which was specifically inspired, as Lisa notes, by that wonderful MET exhibit on Mumler and Spiritualist photography.

2. Do you believe in ghosts?
L…