31 May, 2012

250 Followers International Giveaway!

So its been about 4 months of blogging, 108 Posts, 526 Comments and 11 Giveaways. I am finally nearing 250 followers! Yay! So to celebrate it I am hosting the most awesome Giveaway that I could come up with!

So what can you win? Here's a list:

***1st Winner***
Print copy of Let Sleeping Dogs Lie by Tami Kidd + Print Copy of Sleeping Tigers by Holly Robinson + Bookmarks of Channeler's Choice by Heather McCorckle.


***2nd Winner***
Print Copy of Sleeping Tigers by Holly Robinson + Print Copy of Red Leaves & the Living Token by Benjamin David Burell + Bookmarks of The Secret of the Spruce Knoll by Heather McCorkle


***3rd Winner***
Print Copy of Red Leaves & the Living Token by Benjamin David Burell + Print Copy of Midnight's Wild Passion by Anna Campbell + Book Marks of To Ride a Puca by Heather McCorkle


Since we have crossed 250 Followers, there will be a 4th Prize

***4th Winner***
E-copy of Shades of Grey by Michael Cargill + Kindle copy of Lost Princess by Julie Rainey



Wait, there's more! I will be adding a prize for each 50 followers gained! And there's more... If I reach 500 Followers before the end of this give away, then I will add a Grand Prize of Winner's Choice of Book worth upto USD10 from the Book Depository! [Not sure if Book Depository delivers to your country? Check here ]

If you see a book that's up for giveaway and not sure what it is all about - then stay tuned as I will be featuring all these books throughout June! Also Don't forget to follow my "Special Feature" Starting from tomorrow!

So, what are you waiting for? Enter the giveaway and spread the word... The more prizes to giveaway, the more chances of you winning!!!

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30 May, 2012

b00k r3vi3ws Presents :: "SPECIAL FEATURE"


Dear Blogger / Author Friends,

I have decided to add a new 'Program' on my blog called "SPECIAL FEATURE".

Under "Special Feature" every month I will feature a special Author (who can choose to promote a single book or more). During this month I will put up 4/5 posts about the Author/Book, including Interview / Review / Excerpt / Guest Post / Author Bio / Fun Facts or whatever else we can come up with. Also on the first day of the moth we will  launch the Giveaway contest along with the first post and will announce the winner on the last day of the month.

My aim is to focus on a particular author every month. You see, I am not always satisfied by just reading a book. I often like to find out about the author, their thought process and things like that. I figured there might be a few other fellow readers like me who would like to know things beyond just whats there in a book - who would like to know 'More'.

So fellow bloggers Join me every 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th of every month to know and explore with me.


*** Announcing SPECIAL FEATURE - June'12 ***


 

Come Meet Ms.Sadie S.Forsythe in June. Learn more about her, her debut novel "The Weeping Empress" -- All through June! 

Keep an eye out on the following dates:
1st June    - Book Summary, Quotes & Giveaway
8th June    - Author Biography
15th June  - Book Review
22nd June - Excerpt & Guest Post 
29th June  - Author Interview


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29 May, 2012

Guest Post & Giveaway: Bloodlines by Lindsay Anne Kendal


Hi everyone,

Thank you for having me here today, it’s great.

After toying with a few ideas of what to talk about, I thought I’d answer a question that a lot of people ask me. That is... Are you really that dark? Are you as dark as your books?

28 May, 2012

#BookReview :: Open Heart by Emlyn Chand

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The first thing that I want to clarify is that this review maybe a bit biased. I know we, reviewers, are supposed to be unbiased and fair. But in this case I cannot help it. I absolutely loved Farsighted and I am even more partial to Open Heart because it is narrated from Simmi’s point of view. And well, Emlyn Chand has done it again!

The first thing that stands out in this book is its characters. We have a few new characters introduced to us in this second installment. The biggest advantage of having the second book written in a different perspective is that because Farsighted was written from Alex’s perspective, we saw the other characters through his point of view. Now, Open heart gives us a glimpse of the same characters from Simmi’s perspective. We are able to understand Simmi’s psyche and the reasons behind her eating disorder. Alex is no longer the one you would root for – instead he seems like an insecure boyfriend. Dax is the same mysterious guy and I just love Murray! Who is he you ask? – Well, he is one of the new characters introduced and he is the universal definition of the “Ideal Guy”. And of course, there is a new enemy in town too – so you better not trust anybody new in town!

The plot is also quite good.  The story takes up from where Farsighted left off. Started off with the trip over the summer and then back to high school drama. It was all about boyfriends, school rivalry, secrets – all with a dash of psychic elements. Somehow I felt that this book was less about psychic elements and more about normal teenage issues like insecurities and bulimia.

Of course, the authors writing style is smooth and flawless! Extra kudos for capturing the Indian culture and weaving it in the story!



Review Copy received from the Author




25 May, 2012

Guest Post & Giveaway: ReVamped by Ada Adams



About the Book
A simple mission turned deadly.
Nineteen-year-old vampire Dawn has led a sheltered life within the confines of her father’s presidential headquarters. Upon being sent on a mission to revamp four goofy misfits into guardians of a peaceful little town of Angel Creek, Dawn believes that all her dreams have finally come true. What starts off as a simple task, turns into something unexpected, changing Dawn’s life forever and leading the action-loving, thrill-seeking vampire teen on a path of mystery, danger and intrigue.
When a human girl is kidnapped by a group of rogue vamps, Dawn discovers that there is more going on in Angel Creek than meets the eye. And it all connects to Ethan, the cute newcomer who seems too perfect to be true, Sebastian, the mysterious vampire with a turbulent past, and even Dawn herself. Dawn must not only succeed in revamping the troubled recruits, but must also prevent the vampire race from being overtaken by a malevolent villain who has a strange and obsessive fascination with her. As threat escalates, romance blooms, and ghosts from her past begin to surface, Dawn is sure of only one thing: her life will never be the same.




Creating the Perfect Imperfect Characters - Ada Adams

In my writing, I personally like to steer away from perfect characters. I strongly believe that even supernaturally-talented characters should come with some flaws. It not only makes for an interesting story, but also enables the readers to become invested in the protagonist's future, development, and growth over the course of the novel/series.

22 May, 2012

#BookReview :: 102 Puzzle Quizzes by The Grabarchuk Family

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I have no idea about how I am going to ‘review’ this book! I have never ever in my life before have reviewed a book that doesn’t have a story to tell…


 

This is a book of puzzles for kindle. If you don’t have a Kindle reader, you can always play it on Kindle for PC, like me. It has a collection of 102 puzzles as its name suggests and they are actually of a great variety. They go from easy to hard. But they are all very much solvable if you put your mind to it. They are mostly multiple choice and the results are shown immediately.


 

It is very easy to navigate. You have the option of going to a particular puzzle directly from the index or surf through, go back and forth and choose one randomly. The colour scheme really makes it more fun [says the kid in me 😄]. The solutions are also explained in a very simple and easy to understand manner.


This book provided a good couple of hours of brain exercise.




Review Copy received from the Author



21 May, 2012

#BookReview :: The Breakaway by Michelle Davidson Argyle

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The plot begins with Naomi waking up and finding herself being held hostage and goes on to describe her life of over a year. Naomi comes from a family where her parents are distant and an abusive boyfriend. Her captors each have a different personality some very violent and some treat her well – at least better than her family and boyfriend. In such a situation, it is normal for her to fall for the ‘Stockholm Syndrome’.


First off, the theme/plot of the book is not very new to me.  I have read a few fiction and non-fiction books on this and thus at times it was like ‘the same old story’ for me.

Having said that, the author has been able to handle the plot and portray the characters in a way that it managed to keep me keep on reading ‘the same old story’.  Naomi’s life and character, both, are something that will keep you engaged. At times I felt sad for her, especially when her ‘normal’ life was put up in front of us. Then again at times I felt like smacking her on the head for not making a run for it! She literally took me for a rollercoaster ride – bringing the extreme reactions from me. Even each of the abductors have their own back story that leads to the events off this book. So, you get not only to know the lead character, but actually ‘get to know’ all of them.

The author’s writing style is impeccable and I loved the way she has portrayed the relationships in the book is simply amazing. However in order to cover such a long span of time, weeks have been skipped in between and that actually is the only thing I did not like so much. Otherwise, Ms.Michelle has done an amazing job to keep me turning the pages and finish the book at one go.


Review Copy received from the Author


20 May, 2012

Special Feature


Dear Blogger / Author Friends,

I have decided to add a new 'Program' on my blog called "SPECIAL FEATURE".

Under "Special Feature" every month I will feature a special Author (who can choose to promote a single book or more). During this month I will put up 4/5 posts about the Author/Book, including Interview / Review / Excerpt / Guest Post / Author Bio / Fun Facts or whatever else we can come up with. Also on the first day of the moth we will  launch the Giveaway contest along with the first post and will announce the winner on the last day of the month.

My aim is to focus on a particular author every month. You see, I am not always satisfied by just reading a book. I often like to find out about the author, their thought process and things like that. I figured there might be a few other fellow readers like me who would like to know things beyond just whats there in a book - who would like to know 'More'.

So fellow bloggers Join me every 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th of every month to know and explore with me.


*** Announcing SPECIAL FEATURE - June'12 ***


 

Come Meet Ms.Sadie S.Forsythe in June. Learn more about her, her debut novel "The Weeping Empress" -- All through June! 




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19 May, 2012

Current Giveaways!


I am Currently Hosting an International Giveaway for Robert Swartwood's Thriller novel "The Serial Killer's Wife." Its an amazing book. Click Here to go to the Giveaway and participate.

 

I am also hosting a Giveaway for A.J.Maguire's Sedition Series. She has kindly agreed to Giveaway Print Copy Set of Sedition & Saboteur to a US/Canada winner and E-Copy set of Sedition & Saboteur for an International Winner. Click here for your chance to win two amazing books at a single go!

Check out bestselling author Melissa Foster's blog tour! She's written THREE great books and she's hosting giveaways EVERY week and posting awesome articles! Tour Info:http://bit.ly/IMalGV Amazon page: http://amzn.to/rrYSPA

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Read into hiding is hosting a Giveaway to celebrate her 21st Birthday. She is giving away The House of Night Books 1-8 in any e-format preferred by the winner. Click on the banner to go to the Giveaway.


Book & Sparkles is hosting an international giveaway as a part of the "Love in Bloom Giveaway Hop". She is offering a choice from 6 equally amazing books. Goodluck on choosing if you win! Click here to go to the Giveaway!


Stepping out of the page is celebrating her 800 Followers Giveaway! Click here to check it out!


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18 May, 2012

#BookReview :: Thwarted Queen by Cynthia Sally Haggard


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The detailed summary of the book gives you a fair idea about the plot. So instead of repeating it, let me just tell you all about my thoughts on the book.

When I realized that the book is based on an actual character from history, I immediately checked out “Cecily Neville, Duchess of York” on Wikipedia so that I had a basic idea about what was being narrated.

The story is narrated by Cecylle – our leading lady. I found her to be very spirited, intuitive and a character of strength. While in reality King Edward IV was accused of illegitimacy that was never actually proved, in this novel the author clearly indicated that Cecylle in fact had an extramarital affair with a handsome archer and that Edward IV was illegitimate. However, Richard accepted Edward as his son. Overall, I find her life quite sad as she paid for her mistakes very dearly and managed to outlive her husband and all of her sons.

Though at times I found the story to be a bit dragging – which could be because I don’t like to read about war, I’d rather watch them on screen – it is actually pretty engrossing for most parts. It is all about the ‘drama’ of a noble family, their relationships, their feud over the throne and a lot of violence. The relationships portrayed are often complex and the author has done a marvelous job with them. That is the best part of the book – the character development and the relationships portrayed. There’s a certain charm in the author’s writing style that makes you feel right at home even in a completely different century!

I must also acknowledge here that amount of research that has gone into writing this book is amazing. Ms.Cynthia’s dedication deserves recognition.


Review Copy received from the Author



17 May, 2012

Guest Post & Giveaway: Sedition Series by A.J. Maguire


War was coming. Years of conspiring with his brother, of hunting for his lost mother, and war was finally coming. With options and allies depleting, Nelek finds that his newest and brashest bodyguard, Trenna Croften, could be the key to everything he’s been fighting for.



He’d promised to unite the land, to bring Eldur and Human together in peace, but Nelek Dyngannon never expected that peace to come at the cost of his wife. Together, Trenna and Nelek must battle past the demons of Trenna’s past, in order to forge a peaceful future.

#BookReview :: Drowning Mermaids (Sacred Breath #1) by Nadia Scrieva

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Okay, so we have all read a lot about Vampires, Werewolves, Angels, Demons, Zombies, Faeries… But there aren’t half as many books about Mermaids. In fact, this was my first time ‘reading’ about Mermaids. Of course, I have watched the episodes of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” when I was younger, but the experience of reading this book was way different and I would like to thank the author for introducing a whole new world to me.

Captain Trevain Murphy is a master fisherman who knows everything there is to know about the Ocean. He recently lost one of his crew members and carries the burden of it with him when he meets Aazuria, an exotic dancer in a nightclub. He offers Aazuria and her sisters a sanctuary, knowing very little about what he was getting into. Aazuria is actually a Mermaid Princess, forced to live on land in order to be able to fund the war raging in her ‘underwater’ kingdom. Aazuria finds a safe haven of sorts and an ally in Trevain and in turn she helps him realize his own strengths and capabilities.

Both the leading characters are very strong and well developed. There are a lot of other characters in the book who are well portrayed. The scenes are well set and the plot is rather captivating. The author eases us into the plot with her very well defined style of writing and then takes us into a high action packed second half. Also, a lot of emotions put into the plot. The author’s imagination of this ‘new world’ is truly creative and beautiful.

The only negative thing that I can point out is that there are times where I felt I was rushed through a particular scene.

Drowning Mermaids is mesmerizing new fantasy world waiting to be discovered.




Review Copy received from the Author



16 May, 2012

#BookReview :: All He Saw was the Girl by Peter Leonard

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I can, in no way summarize the plot better than the summary from Goodreads. Those few lines tell the tale very well.

The story starts off in Rome with two students who are out to have fun. But their fun night quickly turns into a nightmare that they have to live through. Chip is pulled out of trouble by his all too influential and wealthy father. McCabe on the other hand lands himself into further trouble all because of his loud mouth. He is mistaken as Chip and is kidnapped by mobsters and lured into a web of lies and deceit by a sexy vamp. While in Detroit, Ray, a secret service agent is close to discovering his wife’s affair to a mobster. We discover that both the incidents are connected when Ray goes in search of his estranged wife. Sharon’s mobster boyfriend is also involved in the kidnapping of McCabe and thus leads Ray right into the middle of it all.

This is a fast paced, action packed novel that keeps you turning the pages with hope of trying to figure out what is going to happen next. With strong and well developed characters, engrossing plot and great narration – this is a must read for all the thriller enthusiasts out there.







AN EXCERPT


Sharon was thinking, who was this guy lived in a five-thousand-square-foot house – not that his taste was any good – on Lake St. Clair, had nothing but leisure time or so it seemed? 
He called her four, five times a day, said, “How you doing?” 
And Sharon would say, “Same as I was when you called fifteen minutes ago.” 
“Baby, I miss you. Tell them you’re sick, we’ll go to the casino.” Or he’d be at the track or a Tigers day game, he’d say, “I gotta see you. Take the afternoon off, I’ll send a car.” 
She’d been going out with him for three weeks and it was getting serious. They’d meet at noon, check into a hotel a couple times a week and spend two hours in bed, screwing and drinking champagne. It was something, best sex she’d ever had in her life. He did things to her nobody had ever done before. She’d say, where’d you learn that? And he’d say, you inspire me, beautiful. The only bad thing, he called her Sharona, or my Sharona. Everything else was great so she let it go. 
They’d take his boat out on Lake St. Clair and she’d sunbathe topless. Something she’d never done in her life and never imagined herself doing. She felt invigorated, liberated. He always told her she looked good, complimented her outfit. Showered her with gifts, bought her clothes and jewelry. She felt like a teenager again. They’d meet and talk and touch each other and kiss. She was happy for the first time in years. She had to be careful. Ray, the next time he came home, might notice something and get suspicious.Why’re you so happy? she could hear him saying – like there was something wrong with it. 
But this relationship with Joey also made her nervous. Things were happening too fast. She was falling for him and she barely knew him, and she was married.




AUTHOR BIO
Son of Elmore Leonard.
Peter Leonard lives in Birmingham, Michigan with his wife and four children. He is a partner in the ad agency Leonard, Mayer & Tocco, Inc.
Peter Leonard’s debut novel, QUIVER was published to international acclaim in 2008, and was followed by TRUST ME in 2009, and VOICES OF THE DEAD in 2012.

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15 May, 2012

#BookReview :: Welcome Home & Heart of a Hero by Billi Tiner



I have decided to review these two books together because they have a common theme and are similar in some ways.


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Welcome Home is the story of Jake. Ever since he was a little puppy, he had dreamed of this nice man and has always been sure that they were meant to be together. As Jake’s ‘brothers’ are all adopted by loving families, Jake longs for the man in his dreams. Finally, he is adopted, but not by the man of his dreams. His new ‘owner’ turns out to be a cruel man who not only violent with him but also expects violence from him. Then one day, when Jake gets a way out, he snatches it to set out on a journey to find the man from his dreams. Soon he is on an adventure of his own, finding his way to his ‘home’.



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Heart of a Hero is the story of Lady, who has always wanted to be a hunting dog like her mother. In the story we follow Lady’s life right from a farm life to a messenger dog to a hunting dog to girls pet. It’s a story of love, loss and hurt as Lady loses her owners to war and to death. She feels connected to Carl and Steve yet, she has to adjust over and over again in her life as she is handed over from owner to another.
The common theme in both the stories is the connection between a human and a dog. They both are very heartwarming yet sad at places. They teach us something about love and loyalty between two very different species.


The thing about these books is that each reader has the option to receive it the way they want to. In this case, I choose to take away a valuable lesson that both these novels portray - that dogs are more humane than humans at times and their loyalty can never be questioned. Also, in times of war and violence, there’s still some hope for humanity.

It is really up to you too to decide how you want to take these novels. You too can learn an important lesson out of it if you want. On the other hand you can also choose to treat this as a light heartwarming story of a dog. Either way, I guarantee you, that you are going to enjoy it! So go grab yourself a copy



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