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Award Time

Thank you so much to Cecile over at All I Want And More for giving me this award.

The Rules:

1) Put the logo on your blog/post.
2) Nominate up to 9 blogs.
3) Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4) Let them know that they have been nominated by commenting on their blog.
5) Remember to link to the person from whom you received your award.

And the nominees are:

1. Books Obsession
2. Book Soulmates
3. Averitasm's Books
4. Reviews of Things
5. Novel Thoughts
6. Reading With Monie
7. For The Love of Books
8. Epic Rat
9. Steph Su Reads


Cynthia Eden contest


Saturday Series: The Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost

I haven't had a chance to read this series but it is on TBR list.

You can visit Jeaniene's site here.

The NIGHT HUNTRESS series is an urban fantasy romance featuring half-vampire heroine Cat Crawfield. My heroine and hero have a difficult road ahead of them and they willl have to work very hard to earn their HEA (happily-ever-after), so their story isn't over with the first book. Hope you come along for the ride.
**Taken from here**

Friday Finds

Giveaway: The G-Free Diet by Elizabeth Hasselbeck

For years, Elisabeth Hasselbeck couldn't figure out what was making her sick. She asked doctors and consulted nutritionists, but no one seemed to have any answers. It wasn't until spending time in the Australian Outback, living off the land on the grueling Survivor TV show, that, ironically, her symptoms vanished. Returning home, she pinpointed the food that made her sick -- gluten, the binding element in wheat. By simply eliminating it from her diet, she was able to enjoy a completely normal, healthy life. But that wasn't all. Hasselbeck discovered the myriad benefits that anyone can enjoy from a gluten-free diet: from weight loss and increased energy to even the alleviation of the conditions of autism.

In this all-inclusive book, Hasselbeck shares her hard-earned wisdom on living life without gluten and loving it. She gives you everything you need to know to start living a gluten-free life, from defining gluten - where to find it, how to read food labels - to targeting g…

Giveaway: The Link by Colin Tudge

Scientists announce the discovery of a 47-million-year-old primate fossil that is set to revolutionize our understanding of human evolution. THE LINK Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor Little, Brown and Company, May 20, 2009

May 19, 2009, NEW YORK, NY—Scientists have announced today the discovery of a 47-
million-year-old human ancestor. Discovered in the Messel Pit, Germany, the fossil is twenty
times older than most fossils that explain human evolution. Known as “Ida,” the fossil is a
transitional species, showing characteristics of the very primitive nonhuman evolutionary line
(prosimians, such as lemurs), but even more closely those of the human evolutionary line
(anthropoids, such as monkeys, apes, and humans). This places Ida at the very root of anthropoid
evolution—when primates were first developing the features that would evolve into our own.
The scientists’ findings are published today by PLoS One, the open-access journal of the Public
Library of Science.

Little, Brown and Company, a di…

Win 1 of 2 books

Bart's Bookshelf is giving away one copy of Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick and one copy of Starseeker by Tim Bowler. Enter here.

The Fresh Air Fund

Hi everyone - I just received an email about this great new fund to help children take a break and have some fun even if their parents cannot afford it. If you donate before June 30th, your donation will be matched. Everyone deserves a chance to just have some fun and forget the struggles of life. I think this is a wonderful idea and I just had to share it with all of you.

Chicken Soup for the Soul giveaway

The Dirty Shirt is giving away a copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul "Like Mother, Like Daughter" and "Moms & Sons" here.

Interview, Chat and Contest with Author Kat Richardson

Thursday: Off The Wall Titles

Giveaway: The Night Gardener by George Pelecanos

From Publishers Weekly - taken from here.
Starred Review. Pelecanos (Drama City) delivers a dignified, character-driven epic that succeeds as both literary novel and page-turner. In 1985, the body of a 14-year-old girl turns up in a Washington, D.C., park, the latest in a series of murders by a killer the media dub "The Night Gardener." T.C. Cook, the aging detective on the case, works with a quiet, almost monomaniacal, focus. Also involved are two young uniformed cops, Gus Ramone, who's diligent, conscientious and unimpressed by heroics, and Dan "Doc" Holiday, an adrenaline junkie who's decidedly less straight.

Fast forward 20 years. Detective Ramone, now married with kids of his own, investigates the murder of one of his teenage son's friends. The homicide closely resembles the earlier unsolved Night Gardener murders. Holiday, now an alcoholic chauffeur and bodyguard, follows the case on his own and tracks down Cook, long retired but still obsessed with…

Author Wednesday: Karen Chance

As you all probably already know I am a huge Karen Chance fan. The Cassandra Palmer series is excellent. I haven't had a chance to read her new series yet. Shame, shame I know. The latest of her books is "Curse The Dawn". Here's the trailer:

Here are some opinion's of Karen's Cassandra Palmer books:

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling
Cassandra Palmer Series


"Karen Chance will enthrall you with her world of vampires, mages, and a fair maiden tough enough to kick their butts."-Rebecca York.

"A wonderfully entertaining romp with an engaging heroine."-Kelley Armstrong.

"A tough, smart heroine and sexy-scary vampires."-Patricia Briggs.

"One of my favorite reads."-Charlaine Harris.
Here are the Cassandra Palmer books in order:

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling
Dorina Basarab Series
“Karen Change doesn’t disappoint. Once again we have an action packed adventure with…

Win an 8GB iPod Touch from Author Sara Taney Humphreys

Tuesday's New Releases

Mail Call

I didn't get a chance to post this yesterday because I went to my Uncle's grave and after I came home I didn't feel like it. So here it is:


Thank you Valorie

Thank you Valerie

Thank you Stacy

Thank you to Bostick Communications and Nesrine Joseph for sending me this book to review.

Thank you Rebecca


Thank you to Bostick Communications and Gary Morgenstein for sending me this book to review.

Thank you Valerie from Hachette for sending me this book to review.


Thank you to GoodReads for sending me this book to review.

Thank you to Shona Snowden for sending me a $15 Amazon GC.

Thank you to Anna from Hachette for sending me these to review.


Thank you to Jackie Kessler & The League of Reluctant Adults for sending me this book.

I suffer from Celiac Disease so this will come in handy!

Thank you Carey!

I couldn't find an email telling me I won this one... If I got it from you, please let me know so I can put your name on here. Thanks to whoever sent it!


Guest Vlog, Chat and Contest with Author Mark Henry

Review: Mating Rituals of the North American WASP by Laura Lipton

I just finished reading Mating Rituals of the North American Wasp. This book reminded me of the movie "What Happens In Vegas". The main character's Peggy and Luke wake up one morning and realize that they married while drunk in Vegas. Peggy is the owner of a New York boutique and Luke is a Sedgwick, which means a huge house and land have fallen into his lap. It's not as glamorous as it sounds. The house Luke and his Great Aunt Abby inhabit is falling apart and Luke wants no part of his heritage. Abby desperately wants to see Luke married to carry on the Sedgwick legacy. After much consideration and Abby's offer to let Luke sell the house if he and Peggy stay married for one year, they decide to stay married and get an annulment when the time comes, splitting the money from the sale of the Sedgwick home. Peggy is happy about this deal because the rent on the shop that she co-owns with her best friend Bex, is doubling. Seems like a win win situation. In t…

Award Time

Thank you Yvonne!

The award winners must:
Link back to the person he/she received the award from
Nominate 10 bloggers who are deserving of this award
Put the Lemonade Award logo on your blog

Here are the nominees:
1. Kate
2. Frenetic Reader
3. Tena
4. Jess
5. Melissa
6. Tami
7. LadyTink
8. Ashley
9. Living Read Girl
10. Lori

Win Shiver

Help Laura get to 200 followers and you have a chance to win Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. Go here.

Saturday Series: Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith

I decided that I should give some information about Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith since it will now be a TV show. I haven't read these books (I know, what the hell? There's a vampire series I haven't read? There's actually a bunch. It's shocking, I know. LOL!)

You can visit the author's site here.

For some reason I kept getting this series and Vampire Academy mixed up. Wouldn't it be cool if there really was a Vampire Academy and you could go and sign up for classes and learn all about being a vampire and if you graduated they would turn you? I haven't read that series other. (Shame, shame) I know.

Countdown to Dark Divine Contest

Check out the rules here.

If you are not a follower and decide to become one, please mention that I sent you.


Interview, Chat and Contest with Author Dawn McClure

Friday Finds

Too funny


How much do I love my followers?

I've decided that because I love you all and because I'm such an awesome person, go on admit it, I came to terms with it, now you have too. LOL. A lot of you mentioned on my Monday mail deal that I must win a lot of contests. Well, I do and I thought it would be a good idea to let you all know about the sites I visit so that you can enter these giveaways too.

Site's to check daily: Check out the contest part and the blog part. this one is my favorite

Site's to check out weekly:

Site's to check out monthly:

Something I found helpful was crea…

Thursday: Off The Wall Titles

It's Not Bragging If It's The Truth

OK guys so before I go searching for off the wall titles to share with you, I've decided to introduce you to THE HANDSOMEST MAN ever. I know what your thinking, I already know about Robert Pattinson. Well this little man is my nephew and if you ask me, he's best looking guy in the world. (I'm not bias or anything, can ya tell?? LOL.) I love my booger butt and I thought I'd share how adorable he is with all of you, isn't that nice of me?

Yummy pizza. Me want sleep.

I love myself!

He's gonna be a heartbreaker.

So adorable.

Here's the little daredevil on the 4-wheeler my husband and I bought him for his first birthday.

This was what he wore to my Uncle's funeral. Total stud muffin!

Reviewer X's contest

Reviewer X is giving away a copy of ALL of Elizabeth Scott's books to one lucky winner. You can read her Pub Story here. You can read her review of Bloom here. You can join the author's Facebook group here. You can enter this exciting contest here.


Tree Swing Reading is giving away a million books. Not really, that's a slight exageration. Anywho, go here to check it out!

Interview And Contest With Author Jaye Wells

Author Wednesday: Jane Green

I decided to focus on Jane Green today. I'm a big fan of chick-lit and I enjoy Jane's writing style. I think I read Jemima J in a day. I was so enthralled. Mr. Maybe took 2 days but I went down to a friends house and we went 4-wheeling all day. Jane's books are what I like to call easy, breezy reads. They seem to flow. I hope you all will check her out because you won't be disappointed.


Jane Green Warburg, who writes as Jane Green, was born in London and has lived in Connecticut for seven years. One of the founding writers behind the genre known as ‘chick lit’, Green now writes novels that reflect the lives of real women today, with all the trials and tribulations that come with real life: from in-laws, motherhood, mid-life crises and loss, all of which are told with Green’s trademark warmth, wit and wisdom.

She began her writing career in entertainment journalism and P.R., the sort of glamorous-sounding but low-wage salt mines in which readers might ex…

Giveaway: Bound To Please by Lilli Feisty

Description (taken from here):


Ruby Scott is a beautiful, quiet event planner who leads an oh-so-respectable life. Yet the things that go on in her secret fantasies are anything but. She has every intention of keeping her hidden desires under wraps-until she meets a gorgeous, hard-muscled man ten years her junior. Mark St. Crow is a gifted, up-and-coming musician who collects erotic art and loves to "play" women as much as his piano. After one night of uninhibited passion, Ruby realizes there's no turning back. But as she surrenders to her deepest needs and lets Mark control every forbidden thrill, her passion for him builds. Can the wild, intoxicating nights they share lead to a love that will last forever?

Anna over at Hachette has given me permission to give out 5 copies of each book to 5 random commenters.

Open to residents of the US and Canada
Cannot mail to a P.O. Box


Leave a separate comment for each entry
+1 for commenting
+1 for follo…

Giveaway: To Beguile A Beast by Elizabeth Holt

Description (taken from here):


Reclusive Sir Alistair Munroe has hidden in his castle ever since returning from the Colonies, scarred inside and out. But when a mysterious beauty arrives at his door, the passions he's kept suppressed for years begin to awaken.


Running from past mistakes has taken legendary beauty Helen Fitzwilliam from the luxury of the ton to a crumbling Scottish castle . . . and a job as a housekeeper. Yet Helen is determined to start a new life and she won't let dust-or a beast of a man-scare her away.


Beneath Helen's beautiful fa├žade, Alistair finds a courageous and sensual woman. A woman who doesn't back away from his surliness-or his scars. But just as he begins to believe in true love, Helen's secret past threatens to tear them apart. Now both Beast and Beauty must fight for the one thing neither believed they could ever find-a happy ever after.

Anna ov…

Giveaway: Obama's Blackberry by Kasper Hausner

Full Description (Taken from here):
When Obama stated that if elected, he would keep his Blackberry, debate echoed through Washington and among the ranks of the Secret Service. What would it be like to have a president who could Twitter, send text messages, and navigate the web with ease? What would it be like to receive a text message from inside the Oval Office and, most importantly, what would it say?

Now, for the first time, We The People are privy to our new leader's epistolary back-and-forths on his wily hand-held device. We're about to discover that his emails (and the replies, from his wife and daughters, Biden, Palen, Rush, Hannity, the new first puppy, and even Bush) are so tuned in to the language of electronic correspondence they come hilariously close to the brink of legibility.

This giftable, imagined glimpse into Obama's beloved Blackberry traverses the mundane and momentous contours of the Commander in Chief's life, from security briefings to spam, baske…

Eternal Vigilance


New Releases


New Moon Trailer

Free eBook - Ripping The Bodice by Inara Lavey

Free Ripping The Bodice by Inara Lavey eBook from Ravenous Romance here.

Giveaway: The Way Home Audio Book

Description (taken from here):
Christopher Flynn is trying to get it right. After years of trouble and rebellion that enraged his father and nearly cost him his life, he has a steady job in his father's company, he's seriously dating a woman he respects, and, aside from the distrust that lingers in his father's eyes, his mistakes are firmly in the past.

One day on the job, Chris and his partner come across a temptation almost too big to resist. Chris does the right thing, but old habits and instincts rise to the surface, threatening this new-found stability with sudden treachery and violence. With his father and his most trusted friends, he takes one last chance to blast past the demons trying to pull him back.

Like Richard Price or William Kennedy, Pelecanos pushes his characters to the extremes, their redemption that much sweeter because it is so hard fought. Pelecanos has long been celebrated for his unerring ability to portray the conflicts men feel as they search and st…

Giveaway: The Secret Speech Audio book

Description (taken from here):
It is 1956. Three years ago, Leo Demidov moved on from his career as a member of the state security force. As an MGB officer, Leo had been responsible for untold numbers of arrests and interrogations. But as a reward for his heroic service in stopping a killer who had terrorized citizens throughout the country, Leo was granted the authority to establish and run a homicide department in Moscow. Now, he strives to see justice done on behalf of murder victims in the Soviet capital, while at the same time working to build a life with his wife Raisa and their adopted daughters, Zoya and Elena.

Leo's past, however, can not be left behind so easily, and the legacy of his former career--the friends and families of those he had arrested as a state security officer--continues to hound him. Now, a new string of murders in the capital threaten to bring Leo's past crashing into the present, shattering the fragile foundations of his new life in Moscow, and putti…

Cemetery Dance by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child Audio Book

Description (taken from here):
William Smithback, a NY Times reporter, and his wife Nora Kelly, a Museum of Natural History archeologist, are brutally attacked in their apartment on the Upper West side of Manhattan. Eyewitnesses claim and the security camera confirms the killer seen leaving the building was their strange, sinister neighbor--a man who, by all reports, was already dead.

Captain Hayward leads the official homocide investigation, while Pendergast, D'Agosta, and Nora undertake a private quest for the truth. Their serpentine journey takes them into a part of Manhattan they never imagined could exist: a secretive and deadly hotbed of Obeah, the West Indian Zombii cult of sorcery and magic. And it is here they find their true peril is just beginning.

Anna over at Hachette has given me permission to give out 3 copies of each book to 3 random commenters.

Open to residents of the US and Canada
Cannot mail to a P.O. Box


Leave a separate comment for each entry
+1 for comm…

Giveaway: The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly Audio Book

Description (taken from here):
Forced out of the Los Angeles Times amid the latest budget cuts, newspaperman Jack McEvoy decides to go out with a bang, using his final days at the paper to write the definitive murder story of his career.

He focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer in jail after confessing to a brutal murder. But as he delves into the story, Jack realizes that Winslow's so-called confession is bogus. The kid might actually be innocent.

Jack is soon running with his biggest story since The Poet made his career years ago. He is tracking a killer who operates completely below police radar--and with perfect knowledge of any move against him. Including Jack's.

You can visit the author's site here.

Anna over at Hachette has given me permission to give out 3 copies of each book to 3 random commenters.

Open to residents of the US and Canada
Cannot mail to a P.O. Box


Leave a separate comment for each entry
+1 for commenting
+1 for following (current fo…

Giveaway: Passion Unleashed by Larissa Ione

Visit Larissa Ione’s website here.

Anna over at Hachette has given me permission to give out 5 copies of each book to 5 random commenters.

Open to residents of the US and Canada
Cannot mail to a P.O. Box


Leave a separate comment for each entry
+1 for commenting
+1 for following (current follower's count)
+1 for following me on twitter
+1 for blogging about this contest -make sure you leave the link in your comments (sidebar counts)
+1 for tweeting (make sure you leave your twitter name in the comments)
+1 for following my new blog freebies4meandu

**Must leave an email address**

Winners will be chosen May 27th and notified via email.

Giveaway: All of Me by Lori Wilde

Description (Taken from here)
Attorney Jillian Samuels doesn't believe in true love, but when a searing betrayal leaves her jobless and heartbroken, a newly inherited cottage in Salvation, Colorado, seems to offer a fresh start. What she finds when she arrives shocks her: the most gorgeous and infuriating man she's ever met is living in her home! Tuck Manning was a gifted architect who left a skyrocketing career to care for his dying wife. The life he's made for himself in this quiet town is turned upside down when Jillian appears on his doorstep. Tuck won't go without a fight, and the two resolve to live as roommates until they can untangle who owns the cottage. Yet as Tuck and Jillian's days--and nights--heat up, they realize more than property rights are at stake...and that sometimes, salvation comes when you least expect it.

Visit Lori Wilde’s website here.

Anna over at Hachette has given me permission to give out 5 copies of each book to 5 random commenters.


Giveaway: Stakes and Stilettos by Michelle Rowan

Full Description (Taken from here)
Newly vamped Sarah Dearly wants her normal life back, but fate is fighting against her. She tries to get a regular job and gets staked in the interview, only to be rescued by a masked vampire who calls himself the Red Devil. Then a wallflower-turned-witch curses her, making her a bloodthirsty, sun-allergic nightwalker--the worst vampire there is. As if all that weren't enough, she can't get married because her 600-year-old boyfriend, Thierry, is in a centuries-long marriage of convenience he can't escape.

As Sarah's nightwalker tendencies make her more dangerous, even to those she loves, she'll have to counteract that curse, unmask the increasingly intriguing Red Devil, and get a commitment from her man. But if that's what it takes to secure her happiness, Sarah is ready...even if it means embracing her inner vamp to do it.

Visit Michelle Rowen’s site at

Anna over at Hachette has given me permission to give o…

Interview and Contest With Author Helen Scott Taylor

Mail from last week


Thank you Anna for sending me the Watchman graphic novel.

Thank you to Jamie at Polka Dot Banner for sending me D. L. Wilson's Unholy Grail.


Thank you Drey.


Thank you Tina.

Thank you Graeme's Fantasy Book Review

Thank you Tracee.


Thank you Blood Of The Muse.

Thank you Kate from Penguin.

Thank you Marci.

Thank you Mt. Carmel Sun.


Thank you Holly.


Thank you I Heart Monster.

Thank you Tabitha.