January 31, 2010

Blog Tour: Capturing Karma by K.M. Daughters


Blurb:

Veterinarian Matty Connors’ visions lead her to homicide detective Brian Sullivan once again despite her resolve to remain anonymous the past four years.  Her official work with the police in California resulted in the brutal murder of her fiancĂ©, and since, a recurrent nightmare she barely survives.  Brian, the reputed ladies man of the Sullivan family, has yet to give his heart to a woman until Matty lays claim to it.  His black-and-white approach to solving crimes doesn’t jibe with Matty’s spooky pronouncements or her reputation for alleged infallibility.  A wild goose chase searching for a murder weapon casts doubt on Matty’s “truths” and threatens their smoldering romance.  Is Brian her nightmare slayer and ultimate truth?  When the puzzle pieces fall in place for Brian, will it be too late to save Matty? 

EXCERPT:

Matilda braved a glimpse in her dresser mirror and assessed the toll nightmares had etched on her face this time. The cut over her eye had scabbed over. Were those dark circles under both eyes from the accident or lack of sleep?
Her finger traced around the scalloped rim of the framed picture of her and Eric. Smiling, carefree, linked together side by side in the blazing sunshine—foolishly in love and unaware that there wouldn’t be a long string of lazy days at that beach in their future. Who could have guessed that three weeks after the picture was snapped Eric would be dead and she would be alone?
Tears welled. Four years, eight months and twenty-two days without you, and I wish I could stop counting. Maybe then the nightmares would stop.
Brian Sullivan’s request had triggered a cyclone of dreams: Eric-haunted nightmares and Brian-laden fantasies. Dreams featuring Brian admittedly caused most of the tossing and turning last night, but she wouldn’t linger on that. If she did, she’d have to acknowledge the heady reawakening of his fantasy kisses, the yearning he stoked in her while defenseless in sleep.
Dreams could be denied and forgotten in daylight. But she couldn’t deny how many times thoughts of Brian had upped her pulse and shot suggestive musings through her brain during her routine yesterday. Why am I letting this happen? Tempting as the man is, I can’t risk the danger.
A red rubber ball bounced against her foot. Clyde clamped his mouth around the ball, lifted it off the ground with a yank of his neck and dumped it again on her foot, demanding her attention.
She stooped and picked it up. “Want to play? Dumb question, right Clyde?”
The Boston terrier cocked his head, trained his screwy eyes at her, dashed out of the room and took off down the hall. Nails clicking against hardwood flooring, Clyde pulled up short, skidded to a halt and turned around toward Matilda, anticipating her toss. Bent halfway out the door, she pitched the ball; he retrieved it, raced back into the bedroom and dropped it on her foot again. The mind-numbing game of fetch continued as Matilda varied the directions she heaved the ball, in the intervals applying her make up and managing to finish dressing. Clyde was Eric’s dog. Eric and Matilda would sit for hours in their backyard in California sipping wine, watching the sunset, and throwing the ball for the then frisky puppy until they both ran out of steam—Clyde always won the fetch “endurance” contest.
“OK, kiddo, time to go to work,” she commanded. 





GUEST POST: Our First Hero

For most little girls, their Daddy holds a special place in their hearts – that’s the case for “The Daughters”.


Our Dad was a paratrooper in World War II. The sparse stories he related about his experiences during the war – usually funny anecdotes that had nothing to do with the grim reality of serving our country, under fire on foreign battlefields – captured our imaginations, instilled an awed appreciation in us for men in uniform, and entrenched our Dad as the ultimate hero in our hearts.


He sent us our first Valentines, and every Valentines Day thereafter, we received another card from him, signed, “your first Valentine.” He adored our mother, and even to sheltered little girls (who he intended to protect from lustful males forever) he modeled the romantic love of a man for his woman.


Daddy died when Pat was 19 and Kathie was 15. Shoveling snow after a freaky Easter snow, he halted before he finished the driveway and weakly made his way back inside. Three terrified females: Mom, Pat and Kathie, watched helplessly while the paramedics carried him to the ambulance. Eleven days later, he lost his ultimate battle against acute leukemia.


Mom was only forty-four years old when she lost her first and only love. She never remarried. For her, after him, no other man compared - a sad, but gloriously romantic influence on her daughters.


All our romance novels explore and celebrate the healing power of love, and our characters overcome loss and grief in pursuing their “happily-ever-after”.


We take after our dad in our love of language and the written word, and the craft of writing itself. He penned children’s stories, so story-telling runs through our veins. Our father, Michael Lynch, inspired us to write about unforgettable heroes who capture their ladies’ hearts.

K.M. Daughters, in addition to the autographed copy of AGAINST DOCTOR'S ORDERS for a randomly drawn commentator (as well as the tour host with the most comments), will be giving away charms to randomly drawn commenters-- two sterling Chamilia “Sisters” charms and a Claddagh charm (fitting for a Sullivan Boy) that fit Pandora style bracelets.

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January 30, 2010

Angel and Apostle by Deborah Noyes


THE SCARLET LETTER by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a legendary classic. If you are like me, you can't help but wonder what happens to the characters after such an incredible first novel. ANGEL AND APOSTLE tells the story of Pearl who had to endure a lot of humiliation because of her status as a bastard child. Pearl grows up and marries her close friend Simon's brother. Simon is blind but he is the only one that is able to fully understand who Pearl is and loves her unconditionally. Pearl knows that there is more to life than black and white, sometimes in order to live life to the fullest, you have to think in shades of gray.

Deborah is a writing genius whose knack for writing becomes apparent in the first few pages. It's pretty hard to live up to the standards when writing a sequel to a timeless romance novel but Noyes carried through with shining colors!

Book Information:
Angel and Apostle by Deborah Noyes
Unbridled Books
9781932961294
304 pages
$14.95 US



Disclosure: I received a copy of this book so that I could write an honest review.


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500 Business Cards

THE WINNER IS SAM!!


Designing your own Business Cards Online with UPrinting is so simple! They have a user friendly system that keeps you updated with your order and even allows you to review a proof before it is sent to be printed. I can't believe how easy it is to Print Online! I was totally satisfied with the whole experience.

- 500 Business Cards for One (1) Winner
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- Specifications: Full Color Both Sides; Offset Press; 3 Business Day Printing
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The Devil In Merrivale by Jackie Griffey


You thought high school was hell, but it's nothing compared to being a teenager in Merrivale. When the body of a local teen, Denise, is found savagely butchered, the town is shocked. Things become even more strange when the town sheriff finds out about a clique that's determined to raise hell. Literally. Devil worship is the in thing and the sheriff is forced to look deeper into this cult. What he finds is more terrifying than he could have ever imagined.

I was sucked in to this book and it was impossible to put it down. It's one of those thrillers that sinks it's teeth into you and life outside of you and your book ceases to exist. Jackie knows how to tell a story and keep a reader entertained! I hope she has more books in the works!

Book Information:
Zumaya Enigma
9781934841846
December 2009
262 pages
$14.99 US

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Who Owns The World by Kevin Cahill and Rob McMahon


Interesting bits that can be learned from this book:

--Only 15% of the world's population lays claim to landownership, and that landownership in too few hands is probably the single greatest cause of poverty.
--Queen Elizabeth II owns 1/6 of the entire land surface on earth (nearly 3 times the size of the U.S.).
--The Lichtenstein royal family is wealthier than the Grimaldis of Monaco.
--80% of the American population is crammed in urban areas.
--The least crowded state is Alaska, with 670 acres per person. The most crowded is New Jersey, with .7 acres per person. --60% of America's population are property owners. That's behind the UK (69% homeownership)

These numbers are unbelievable! I had never really given much thought to this subject but now that I see the numbers, it's astonishing. This book can be a bit dry in places but overall it is an interesting piece of information.



Book Information:
Who Owns The World by Kevin Cahill and Rob McMahon
Grand Central Publishing
9780446581219
1/29/2010
384 pages
$15.99/$19.99

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January 29, 2010

Original Sin by Allison Brennan


Moira hasn't had an easy life. After being possessed by a sadistic demon and witnessing brutal murder, she is now searching for her mother, Fiona. Having a hell raising mother hasn't been easy for Moira, but she isn't letting that stand in her way. Moira is determined to stop her mothers evil deeds at any cost. The problem is, her mother is using the seven deadly sins to her advantage. Will Moira be able to stop her mothers destruction or will mankind cease to be?

My heart about beat out of my chest when I was reading this. I think I forgot to breathe while reading a few pages too... The suspense was electrifying and I felt like I was right along-side Moira. If you like the "on the edge of your seat" then you will like this book.

Book Information:
Original Sin by Allison Brennan
Random House Publishing Group
9780345511676
January 2010
464 pages
$7.99 US

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Blog Cleaning

I have cleaned up my blog a little bit and just wanted to let my lovely readers know about a couple of important points:

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Just Don't Fall by Josh Sundquist


When Josh was nine years old, he was told that he had cancer and one of his legs would have to be amputated. Even as a young boy, Josh proved that he is a fighter. When he decided to become a ski racer, he didn't let anyone or anything stand in his way. His determination is remarkable and his story is a positive affirmation that life is what we make it.

My heart goes out to Josh. He is a true hero, who has such an uplifting voice that can change your life and make you realize that you too can make your dreams a reality.

Book Information:
Just Don't Fall by Josh Sundquist
Penguin Group (USA)
9780670021468
January 2010
336 pages
$25.95 US

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January 28, 2010

Just Cages

I found this great site called Just Cages and they have some awesome supplies for pets. As an animal lover, I try to research different products so that I can give my animals the best of the best. I would love to have an entire zoo in my house but that isn't possible at the moment. I love dogs, birds, lizards, pretty much any animal. Finding dog crates and bird cages isn't always easy. There are so many different brands and each individual cage has to be inspected for quality, as well as safety. Just Cages has so many to choose from that are stylish and would look great in my home. They have a variety of prices too, so it should be easy to find exactly what you need. The site is easy to navigate and they offer help 24 hours a day. Just Cages has a secure server so you don't have to worry about your information turning up in the wrong hands. If you aren't satisfied with your order, they also have a 30 day money back guarantee. They even have a clearance section, so if you are tight on cash, you could check there first. If you are looking for a cage, this is a great resource.


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WANTED: The Book Of Fires by Jane Borodale



Book Information:
Penguin Group (USA)
9780670021062
January 2010
368 pages
$26.95 US




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National Finals Rodeo

I have not had the chance to visit the Rodeo yet but I hope to do so sometime in the near future. I like to watch different events because it helps break up the monotony of everyday life. The Rodeo has always been somewhat fascinating to me because I like that the animals are able to fight back. If you are interested in getting Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Tickets, now is the time! You don't want to miss your chance to get your hands on some tickets and have to wait for the next show. People on just about any budget can enjoy this event. The range in price goes up as the quality of your seats goes up, just like most events. The good thing about stadiums is that you can see from just about anywhere, the view is just more clear if you are up front. I love the crowd atmosphere and watching a ton of people get together to have a good time. There is something about being together with others who have the same interests as you. It is almost like you are all family. I have had some really great times at the stadium and I hope to have many more!


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WANTED: The Burning Land by Bernhard Cornwell



Book Information:
The Burning Land by Bernhard Cornwell
HarperCollins Publishers
9780060888749
January 2010
336 pages
$25.99 US



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Women Are Crazy, Men Are Stupid by Howard J. Morris


Men and women have different ideas about how to express their love. When you're a little girl, your parents tell you that when a boy hits you or pulls your hair, it's because they like you. That should have been my first clue that maybe they had a different interpretation of how to show they care. I've always found the human mind fascinating and so I had to read this book. Once you realize that the people in your life have a different perspective, it's a lot easier to accept them for who they are.

It was so funny, I literally spit my drink all over the living room. I was cracking up so loud that my Aunt in California heard me (I live in Kentucky). That's a bit of an exaggeration but I think it helps get the point across that this book was hilarious!

Book Information:
Women Are Crazy, Men Are Stupid by Howard J. Morris
Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
9781416595052
Sept. 2009
256 pages
$22.99 US



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Sleep No More by Susan Crandall



Abbey has some dark secrets. While sleeping one night when she was young, she started a fire that hurt her little sister. Unfortunately, her problem has resurfaced. When a young man is killed in a car accident, Abby can't help but wonder if she is to blame. She begins seeing a psychiatrist to try and make sense of all of her repressed issues. The results are electrifying!

This is the first book of Susan's I have read and now I need to add her to my favorite authors list! If you like the synopsis, you will like the book.

Book Information:
Sleep No More by Susan Crandall
Forever
9780446556842
1/1/2010
400 pages
$6.99 US/$8.99 CAN

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