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May Giveaways Around the Blogging World

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f 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


Review: Earthseed by Pamela Sargent

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Title: Earthseed (The Seed Trilogy)
Author: Pamela Sargent
Publisher: Tor Teen
Published: February 28, 2012
paperback, 283 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7653-3215-8
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: From Publisher

Summary (From Good Reads):
To Zoheret and her shipmates, Ship has been mother, father, and loving teacher, preparing them for their biggest challenge: to survive on their own, on an uninhabited planet, without Ship’s protection. Now that day is almost upon them...but are they ready to leave Ship? Ship devises a test. And suddenly, instincts that have been latent for over a hundred years take over. Zoheret watches as friends become strangers—and enemies. Can Zoheret and her companions overcome the biggest obstacle to the survival of the human race—themselves?

My Thoughts:
Earthseed by Pamela Sergent was originally published in 1983. Somehow this book has escaped my attention until now. Earthseed is an interesting story about a spaceship named Ship, that has been programmed to find an inhabi…

Review: The Day the World Ends by Ethan Coen

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Title: The Day the World Ends: Poems
Author Ethan Coen
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication Date: April 3, 2012
paperback, 128 pages
ISBN: 030795630X (ISBN13: 9780307956309)
Genre: Poetry
Source: From Publisher

Summary (From GoodReads):
Ethan Coen's screenplays have surprised and delighted international audiences with their hilarious vision and bizarrely profound understanding of human nature. This eccentric genius is revealed again in The Day the World Ends, a remarkable range of poems that are as funny, ribald, provocative, raw, and often touching as the brilliant films that have made the Coen brothers cult legends.

My thoughts:
I was unsure about reviewing a collection of poems but then I found out it was by Ethan Coen and I was in. I am a big movie buff and I love the Coen brother’s movies especially. In The Day the World Ends I see much of the same wit, humor and emotion that is evident in the movies. Sometimes very rhythmic, lyrical and beautiful, other times crass…

Penguin reveals Fall 2012 Breathless Reads

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Over the last week, Penguin has slowly revealed their Breathless Reads fall of 2012. Check out the titles below and let me know the book(s) you are looking forward to the most! (You can click on each image to enlarge it if you are having trouble viewing)



















You can follow Breathless Reads on Facebook to keep up with all the latest information. Also penguin has a  sampler out for each of the novels. You can find it on their facebook page or by clicking on this link. I really like the covers to these books, especially Falling Kingdoms and Venom. I can't wait to find out more about these books!



*The above images were taken from penguin's fb page.

Review: The Birth of Jaiden by Jennifer Malone Wright

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Title: The Birth of Jaiden
Author: Jennifer Malone Wright
Publisher: Jennichad Books
Published: April 1, 2011
paperback, 280 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0-615-45791-8
Genre: Paranormal
Source: From Author

Summary (from Goodreads):
Long ago, a prophecy was foreseen. A child would be born, a child who held the power to destroy the world. Now, it is up to Alexander Lucas, a one-hundred-year-old vampire, to keep the baby girl safe from his arch enemy Malcolm. In order to save her, Alexander must raise the child as his own. Will he be able to resist his vampire tendencies to care for a human baby? With the help of the wisest of the supernatural, an organization called The Great Council, Alexander must face many battles to ensure the safety of this very special child.

My thoughts:
The Birth of Jaiden by Jennifer Malone Wright is a paranormal book that centers on a vampire named, Alexander. Alexander struggles with his existence. He doesn't want to die but he doesn't want to be a vampire eith…

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The House of Women by Anne Brear is FREE for the kindle through Sunday.
Available in the UK
As the Victorian Age draws to a close, lonely and brokenhearted, Grace Woodruff fights for her sisters' rights to happiness while sacrificing any chance for her own.

The eldest of seven daughters, Grace is the core of strength around which the unhappy members of the Woodruff family revolve. As her disenchanted mother withdraws to her rooms, Grace must act as a buffer between her violent, ambitious father and the sisters who depend upon her.

Rejected by her first love and facing a spinster's future, she struggles to hold the broken family together through her father's infidelity, one sister's alcoholism, and another's out-of-wedlock pregnancy by an unsuitable match.

Caring for an illegitimate half-brother affords Grace an escape, though short-lived. Forced home by illness and burdened with dwindling finances, Grace faces fresh anguish –and murder– when her first love returns…

Review: Heiress Without Cause by Sara Ramsey

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Title: Heiress Without A Cause (Muses of Mayfair #1)
Author: Sara Ramsey
Publisher: Spencerhill Associates Ltd.
Publication Date: January 13, 2012
ebook arc
ISBN-13: 9781937515225
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: NetGalley


Summary (from Goodreads)

One title to change his life…
One chance to break the rules… One season to fall in love…
My thoughts: Heiress Without A Cause by Sara Ramsey is a historical fiction book set around a group of woman who are bored with regency life. They are bored with the season. They are bored with society. However they each manage to have their own special talent. For Lady Madeleine Vaillant the season is especially dull since she is considered a spinster. However Madeline has a well kept secret. She's been acting on the stage. If the ton were to find out she would be ruined. Her life gets more complicated when the notorious rake, William “Ferguson” Avenel asks her to act as chaperon for his sisters. Madeline reluctantly accepts.  Things get complicate…

Review: While He Was Away by Karen Schreck

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Title: While He Was Away
Author: Karen Schreck
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
ebook, 256 pages
ISBN: 140226402X (ISBN13: 9781402264023)
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Source: NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads):

All she wants is for him to stay. She's been doing pretty well, pretending he doesn't have to go. But one day, after one last night to remember, she wakes up and there's no denying it anymore. He's gone.
When Penna Weaver's boyfriend goes off to Iraq, she's left facing life without him. As summer sets in, Penna tries to distract herself with work and her art, but the not knowing is slowly driving her crazy. Especially when David stops writing.
She knows in her heart he will come home. But will he be the same boy she fell in love with?

My thoughts:
While He Was Away by Karen Schreck is an emotional journey of a young girl named, Penna,and her life after she bids her boyfriend, bound for Iraq, goodbye.  Penna and her mom have m…

Ami Blackwelder Guest Post: Travels to Thailand

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Travels to Thailand

HI! MY name is Ami Blackwelder, and while many of you know me as the romantic suspense author of paranormal, scifi, dystopian, historical, and soon to be steampunk, and urban...I am also a world travel!
How did I get into this? I decided to teach and travel, two birds with one stone. Earn money in a country I wanted to visit. I began my travels in the orient in Korea, but this post is about Thailand...so after Korea I went to Thailand. I ended up staying for 6 1/2 years! I considered it my second home now and will return in a year or so! I hope!
Swadee Ca! That is ‘hello’ in Thai. Women say ca and men say cup. You say that after every sentence, it is polite.  Unless you don’t want to be polite! Cap Cun Ca means ‘thank you very much!’
Bangkok is a city of noise, pollution, buses, motorbikes, taxis -all brushing past you on the road as you wander the sidewalks. Many markets on the streets filled with foods, house items, and sometimes illegal items like paperwork fo…

Summer of No Regrets Guest Post by Katherine Grace Bond

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Why We Crave Fame
“Celebrity-in-Hiding.” When I first started writing THE SUMMER OF NO REGRETS, I didn’t want to admit how much that idea intrigued me. I’m a lot like my main character, Brigitta—all about finding the meaning of life, not fantasizing over whether the guy next door is a movie star. When I bought a National Enquirer, I explained to the grocery store clerk that it was for research— that I was writing a book (“Yes,” I told her modestly, “I am an author.”) I certainly didn’t normally read that sort of thing. Of course not. Well, okay, maybe the headlines. Occasionally.
But as I read through stacks of People and Star and Us (which is a lot like eating sugar cubes all day long), and more stacks of celebrity biographies, I started to wonder what the deal is about fame. Why does it fascinate us? Why do we love the idea of either being famous or being connected to somebody famous?
I think it’s because we’ve got some interesting ideas about “being known.” If I’m “known,” people k…

Review: Persuasion A Latter-Day Tale

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Title: Persuasion: A Latter-Day Tale
Author: Rebecca H. Jamison
Publisher: Cedar Fort Inc
Published: February 14, 2012
ebook. arc
ISBN-13: 978-1-59955-947-6
Genre: Religious,  Romance
Source: Netgalley

Summary (from Goodreads):
When Anne broke off her engagement seven years ago, she thought she'd never see Neil Wentworth again. But when Neil's brother buys the house she grew up in, it seems fate has other plans in store, and Anne is woefully unprepared for the roller coaster of emotions that accompanies Neil's return. Fans of Persuasion will love this fast-paced, modern retelling of Jane Austen's most romantic novel.

My thoughts:
Persuasion by Rebecca H. Jamison is a modern day retelling of one of my favorite novels, Persuasion by Jane Austen. I couldn't resist reading this book. The story is set in Northern Virginia and centers around the Elliot family. Anne Elliot is the definition of dependable. She goes above and beyond the call of duty. Her heart still belongs…

Kevin McGill launches his novel into space

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Here's an interesting way to launch your novel........literally:
On April 20th 2012 Kevin McGill launched his novel, The Merman and The Moon Forgotten, into space! Seriously. Watch the video below to view it.




Space Book Contest: Guess where it landed and win a Kindle Fire

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Lori Foster Guest Post: Using personal stories in writing a romance: do or don’t?

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Using personal stories in writing a romance: do or don’t?
I use personal situations, feelings, things I’ve noticed or talked about. Anything that’s actually me? No. Not ever.
For instance, I was shopping once with my husband and he nudged me. I looked at where he nodded, and there was this young guy, maybe 20 or so, looking at a girl in a prom-type dress. I swear I saw his Adam’s apple bob. He had this look about him that was both hilarious and endearing. I’ve used that particular look many times in my books. It truly said it all – how much he liked her, and how much he wanted her. She did look fantastic, I have to say. But not that much more so than many other 20-something year old girls. LOL. He was fully infatuated, and it was fun to see.
My kids (3 grown sons) have cracked jokes that I’ve used in books. They’ve made male-inspired comments about things that epitomize the masculine mindset. They often give me a good starting point for male POV scenes.
Almost anyone who has read me k…

Review: A Perfect Storm by Lori Foster

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Title: A Perfect Storm
Author: Lori Foster
Publisher: HQN books
Publication Date: March 27, 2012
ARC paperback, 442 pages
ISBN-13:978-0-373-77656-6
Genre: Romance
Source: Book Tour

Summary (from Good Reads):

Spencer Lark already knows too many secrets about Arizona Storm, including the nightmare she survived and her resulting trust issues. But in order to expose a smuggling ring—and continue avenging his own tragic past—the bounty hunter reluctantly agrees to make Arizona a decoy. Yet nothing has equipped him for her hypnotic blend of fragility and bravery, or for the protective instincts she stirs in him.
Arizona wants to reclaim her life, which means acting as bait to lure the enemy into a trap. Sure it's dangerous, especially with a partner as distractingly appealing as Spencer. But as their plan—and their chemistry—shifts into high gear, Arizona may discover there's an even greater risk in surrendering her heart to a hero...

My thoughts:
A Perfect Storm by Lori Foster is t…

Review: Overbite by Meg Cabot

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Title: Overbite (Insatiable #2)
Author: Meg Cabot
Publisher: William Morrow
Published: February 7, 2012
paperback, 290 pages
ISBN: 978-0-06-173511-0
Genre: paranormal
Source: from publisher

Summary:
Meena Harper has a special gift, but it's only now that anyone's ever appreciated it. The Palatine Guard — a powerful secret demon-hunting unit of the Vatican — has hired her to work at their new branch in Lower Manhattan. With Meena's ability to predict how everyone she meets will die, the Palatine finally has a chance against the undead.

My thoughts:
Overbite by Meg Cabot is the sequel to Insatiable that came out in 2010. Meena has left behind her old life to work for the Palatine. She's still desperately missing Lucian but she feels satisfied that she's helping save lives. When an old boyfriend comes calling Meena realizes that something is not quite right with him. Something or someone is after her. With the help of Lucian and Alaric, Meena tries to uncover who is …

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Also available in the UK
Charity Barlow wished to marry for love. The rakish Lord Robert wishes only to tuck her away in the country once an heir is produced. A country-bred girl, Charity Barlow suddenly finds herself married to a marquess, an aloof stranger determined to keep his thoughts and feelings to himself. She and Lord Robert have been forced by circumstances to marry, and she feels sure she is not the woman he would have selected given a choice. The Marquess of St. Malin makes it plain to her that their marriage is merely for the procreation of an heir, and once that is achieved, he intends to continue living the life he enjoyed before he met her. While he takes up his life in London once more, Charity is left to wander the echoing corridors of St. Malin House, when she isn’t thrown into the midst of the mocking Haute Ton. Charity is not at all sure she likes her new social equals…

Audio Book Review: Insatiable by Meg Cabot

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Title: Insatiable
Author: Meg Cabot
Read by: Emily Bauer
Length: 16 hours and 28 minutes
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: June 8, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-06-173506-6
Source: Bought


Summary:
Sick of vampires? So is Meena Harper. 
But her boss is making her write about them anyway, even though Meena doesn’t believe in them. 
Not that Meena isn’t familiar with the supernatural. See, Meena Harper knows how you’re going to die (not that you’re going to believe her; no one ever does).
But not even Meena’s precognition can prepare her for what happens when she meets—then makes the mistake of falling in love with—Lucien Antonescu, a modern-day prince with a bit of a dark side . . . a dark side a lot of people, like an ancient society of vampire-hunters, would prefer to see him dead for.
The problem is, he already is dead. Maybe that’s why he’s the first guy Meena’s ever met that she could see herself having a future with. See, while Meena’s always been able to see everyone else’s future, she’s never b…

Review: Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale

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Title: Midnight in Austenland
Author: Shannon Hale
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication Date: January 31, 2012
ebook arc
ISBN: 978-1-60819-625-8
Genre: Chick-Lit
Source: Netgalley


Summary:
When Charlotte Kinder treats herself to a two-week vacation at Austenland, she happily leaves behind her ex-husband and his delightful new wife, her ever-grateful children, and all the rest of her real life in America. She dons a bonnet and stays at a country manor house that provides an immersive Austen experience, complete with gentleman actors who cater to the guests' Austen fantasies.


My Thoughts:
Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale is the companion book to Austenland which debuted in 2007. If you've not read Austenland yet, don't worry about it. Midnight in Austenland could be considered a stand alone novel. If you're not familiar with these books at all, allow me to set the scene for you. Austenland is in an English resort of sorts. It's a place where Jane Austen fans can come and…