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Giveaway: The Outside Boy by Jeanine Cummins

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Review: The Outside Boy by Jeanine Cummins

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A poignant debut novel of an Irish gypsy boy's childhood in the 1950's by the author of the bestselling memoir A Rip in Heaven. 

Ireland, 1959: Young Christy Hurley is a Pavee gypsy, traveling with his father and extended family from town to town, carrying all their worldly possessions in their wagons. Christy carries with him a burden of guilt as well, haunted by the story of his mother's death in childbirth. The peripatetic life is the only one Christy has ever known, but when his grandfather dies, everything changes. His father decides to settle down temporarily in a town where Christy and his cousin can attend mass and receive proper schooling. But they are still treated as outsiders. 

As Christy's exposure to a different life causes him to question who he is and where he belongs, the answer may lie with an old newspaper photograph and a long-buried family secret that could change his life forever...

The Outside Boy is a remarkable novel that will make you…

Blog Tour Review: Brooklyn Story by Suzanne Corso

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To me, some people lived in the real world and others lived Brooklyn. . . .

It’s the summer of 1978, and Samantha Bonti is fifteen years old, half Jewish and half Italian, and hesitantly edging toward pure Brooklyn, even if her dreams of something more are bigger than the neighborhood girls’ teased hair. She lives in Bensonhurst with her mother, Joan, a woman abandoned and scarred in a ruinous marriage, poisoned with cynicism, and shackled by addictions; and with her Grandma Ruth, Samantha’s loudest and most opinionated source of encouragement. As flawed as they are, they are family. 

Samantha’s best friend is Janice Caputo, a girl who understands, as well as Samantha does, this close-knit community of ancestors and traditions that stand like roadblocks, this insular overcrowded little world of controlling mobsters who mold their women like Jell-O; and of the wannabes, the charismatic young guys who are willing to engage in anything illegal to get a shot at playing with th…

Blog Tour Review: Earl of Darkness (Heirs of Kilronan) by Alix Rickloff

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The magic she tries to hide . . .
Born a lady, but reduced to surviving in the slums of Dublin, Catriona O’Connell has been hired to steal a mysterious book from Aidan Douglas, Earl of Kilronan. But Cat is secretly Other, an age-old mixture of Fey and human—something Aidan recognizes immediately when he surprises the lovely young burglar in his library, about to steal a magical diary. 

. . . is the magic he desperately wants.
From the moment Aidan sees her, Cat’s spirited beauty enchants him, but her uncanny abilities are what he truly needs, for Cat can understand the mystical language in the diary he inherited from his murdered father. So Aidan makes an offer: translate the book or be thrown in prison as a thief. And as Cat slowly deciphers each page, she and Aidan are drawn together by passion . . . and into the violence of the Other world that is the Kilronan legacy. Can they defeat those who seek the book, or are their lives in even greater danger than their hearts?

T…

Blog Tour Review: The Scent of Jasmine by Jude Deveraux

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Would you risk your life—on the love of a lifetime? 

Charleston, 1799: A daughter of Southern gentility and a gifted painter, Catherine Edilean Harcourt has no lack of suitors at home in Virginia, waiting to fulfill her dream of marriage and family. But Cay’s adventurous spirit, fostered by growing up with her three brothers, is piqued while visiting her godfather in South Carolina. Bedridden with a broken leg, he asks Cay to fill in for him on an urgent task: on her way to a fancy dress ball, she must deliver a packed horse to an old friend’s son—who also happens to be an escaped convict charged with murdering his wife! Cay agrees to the plan, which doesn’t go at all as planned . . . whereupon she finds herself fleeing Alexander McDowell’s captors, riding blind into the night with the fugitive Scotsman. Though she should fear him, Cay finds herself overwhelmingly attracted to Alex, and drawn into his tale of misguided justice and his innocence as they seek refuge in the …

Merry Christmas!

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: Transformers Prime (Transformers: Prime)

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This all-new graphic novel adventure leads directly into the hotly anticipated TRANSFORMERS PRIME animated series! In this epic first adventure, battles across CYBERTRON have left CLIFFJUMPER and his fellow AUTOBOTS in desperate need of help against the threat of MEGATRON and the evil DECEPTICONS. What is it that leads them from war-torn CYBERTRON across the galaxy to Earth? Find out in this special feature-length story!

Transformers Prime (Transformers: Prime) 978-1-60010-832-7 September 2010 96 pages $9.99 US






HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: Transformers: The IDW Collection Volume 1

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TRANSFORMERS UNIVERSE is presented in hardcover, in chronological order! Start at the very beginning and experience each story as its events transpire in the main storyline. Featuring series cover design by E.J. Su, this run is sure to redefine your experience with the Robots in Disguise. Volume 1 contains: MEGATRON ORIGIN #1–4, SPOTLIGHT: BLURR, SPOTLIGHT: CLIFFJUMPER, SPOTLIGHT: SHOCKWAVE, SPOTLIGHT: NIGHTBEAT, SPOTLIGHT: HOTROD, INFILTRATION #0–6.

Transformers: The IDW Collection Volume 1 IDW Publishing 978-1-60010-667-5 392 pages $49.99 US








Beautiful Modern Dining Furniture

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I often browse the CSN Stores website and look at all the amazing products that they have.  Everything I need can be found at their online store.  I am in love with their modern dining furniture selection!  They have so many stylish pieces that would look great in my home.

Right now I'm concentrating on making my home more reflective of myself and my style.  CSN makes it so easy!  I'm determined to redo my home and get it looking just the way I want. 


Disclosure:  I will be receiving a gift certificate for this post.



HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: Witch & Wizard: Battle for Shadowland (Witch & Wizard (Idw))

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In a blink of an eye, their world has changed, with the oppressive New Order declaring all magic as evil incarnate! In this action-packed tale spinning out of best-selling author James Patterson’s No. 1 novel, sibling teenagers Whit and Wisty Allgood use their newly discovered magical powers to infiltrate into enemy territory of the New Order to gain control of the inter-dimensional Shadowland.

Witch & Wizard: Battle for Shadowland (Witch & Wizard (Idw)) IDW Publishing 978-1-60010-759-7 October, 2010 104 pages $17.99 US






HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE Giveaway: How Music Works by John Powell

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3 of my readers will win a copy of this book
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Cannot mail to a P.O. Box
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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE Review: Booksfree.com Membership

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The Details

Booksfree is often referred to as Netflix-for-Books. After signing up, browse the Web site and select titles (book rentals, audio books on CD, or audio books on MP3-CDs) you would like to add to your queue by clicking the red Add button. These titles are added to your queue. We automatically ship the number of titles your membership plan allows. The remaining titles in your queue will be ready to ship in future orders. We recommend keeping at least 10-15 titles in your queue at all times for the greatest enjoyment of our service. When you return titles you have read or listened to in the provided prepaid return mailer, we automatically ship your next selection(s). In the event your next selection is unavailable, we'll ship the first available titles in your queue in the priority added. If your queue currently has no available titles in it, we'll order them from one of our distributors and ship your order the following business day (older titles h…

Blog Tour Review: The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer by Lucy Weston

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Sovereign Power. Eternal Pleasure.


Revealed at last in this new vampire saga for the ages: the true, untold story of the “Virgin Queen” and her secret war against the Vampire King of England. . . .

On the eve of her coronation, Elizabeth Tudor is summoned to the tomb of her mother, Anne Boleyn, to learn the truth about her bloodline—and her destiny as a Slayer. Born to battle the bloodsucking fiends who ravage the night, and sworn to defend her beloved realm against all enemies, Elizabeth soon finds herself stalked by the most dangerous and seductive vampire of all.

He is Mordred, bastard son of King Arthur, who sold his soul to destroy his father. After centuries in hiding, he has arisen determined to claim the young Elizabeth as his Queen. Luring her into his world of eternal night, Mordred tempts Elizabeth with the promise of everlasting youth and beauty, and vows to protect her from all enemies. Together, they will rule over a golden age for vampires in which humans wil…

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE Review: How Music Works: The Science and Psychology of Beautiful Sounds, from Beethoven to the Beatles and Beyond

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What makes a musical note different from any other sound? How can you tell if you have perfect pitch? Why do 10 violins sound only twice as loud as one? Do your Bob Dylan albums sound better on CD or vinyl? John Powell, a scientist and musician, answers these questions and many more in HOW MUSIC WORKS, an intriguing and original guide to acoustics. In a clear, accessible, and engaging voice, Powell fascinates the reader with his delightful descriptions of the science and psychology lurking beneath the surface of music. With lively discussions of the secrets behind harmony, timbre, keys, chords, loudness, musical composition, and more, HOW MUSIC WORKS will be treasured by music lovers everywhere.

I have been obsessed with music for as long as I can remember.  I've always wondered how music works and John's books really opened my eyes to the complexity of music.  I learned so much and because of that, I have an even greater appreciation for the music making process.  Ho…

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE Review: Step Up 3 (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

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Synopsis:When the Maryland  School of the Arts (MSA) goes to Paris for an international dance  competition, one of the dancers - Moose (Adam G. Sevani) - misses his  flight back to Baltimore. He soon makes friends with an American away  from home and a beautiful French sophisticate. They introduce Moose to  the red-hot Parisian underground dance scene, and before long he is  wowing the local dancers with his unique moves as they prepare for an  underground dance competition. With time running out before the big  event and their routine stolen by a rival crew, Moose turns to his loyal  MSA crew in Baltimore for help. Can Moose, the MSA crew and the French  crew pull together a new dance number at the last minute? And will it be  good enough to beat the world’s best street dancers?

You know how sometimes when you watch a sequel, you can't help but compare it to the original and think that the first one was so much better?  Step Up 3 is the exception to that rule.  Yes, it is the thi…

Satellite Television Helps Get The Holiday Season Off To A Good Start

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Content by Sol Rosales

I like to start my Christmas off by watching Elf on Direct TV Satellite DVR or DVD. Elf is just one of those crazy shows that has a great over all theme to it. You have this big lug of a man that believes that he is an elf until the elves he lives with cannot keep the real secret of his birth any longer, and then he takes off walking all the way from the North Pole to New York City to find his real Dad.

The moral of the story seems to be that love will always win even when the odds are against it. I like stories like that. This is one of those stories that I like to watch with my daughter and husband because they enjoy it also.

Most of the time we watch Elf on satellite television since we get most of our viewing options that way. There is just nothing like sitting down with family to watch a good classic program that makes us feel good to get our holiday season off to a good start.



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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE Giveaway: Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Magic: 101 Holiday Tales of Inspiration, Love, and Wonder

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3 of my readers will win a copy of this book
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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE Review: Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Magic: 101 Holiday Tales of Inspiration, Love, and Wonder

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Christmas is a magical time of year — a time of family, friends, and traditions. And all the joys, blessings, and excitement of the season are captured in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Magic with its 101 new holiday stories covering everything from finding the perfect Christmas tree, being with family, and seeing the wonder in a child's eyes to goodwill, love, and the true meaning of Christmas. This book will delight every reader, from the young to the young at heart, and bring back the magic of the holiday season. "Santa-safe" for kids!

I can still remember the first time I read a Chicken Soup for the Soul book. I was a teen at the time and I became addicted immediately. I love that the stories included have a positive meaning, even if some parts are sad. I also feel empowered when I finish and Christmas Magic was no exception. I really loved this book and I have decided to make it a Christmas tradition to read it every year around the holidays. This …