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WANTED: In The Dark by Brian Freeman

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Synopsis (taken from here):
Two young lovers. A hot summer night. One cold-blooded murder. Bestselling author Brian Freeman reveals the shattering secrets of Detective Jonathan Stride’s past…

IN THE DARK
It’s the case that has haunted Stride for thirty years. In high school, he fell in love with Cindy Starr, the girl who would become his wife. But on the Fourth of July, the same night they cemented their love, Cindy’s sister was savagely murdered. No one was ever arrested—and the case was closed. Now, decades later, a classmate has returned to Duluth to write a book about the crime. She knows secrets that a lot of people would like to keep hidden, including details about Cindy that leave Stride questioning his entire life. But when a girl is found drowned in the river—and a witness to the original murder attempts suicide—Stride realizes the ghosts of the past are alive and well…and ready to kill again.


In The Dark by Brian Freeman St. Martin's Press 9780312363321 March 30, 2010 416 page…

Easter Idea

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One year we ended up going to a community Easter hunt and I will never forget that day. It was the first time I had ever sprained any part of my body. The girl standing behind me pushed me so that she could get a head start on the candy and she ended up sitting on my ankle in a position that twisted my ankle. The funny thing was, I got back up and tried to find some eggs before going back to my mom.

Easter was always such a fun time for me as a child. Every year we would find an Easter basket stuffed with items we wanted. Usually the basket consisted of a book, a cd and other fun stuff. We always found candy in the plastic eggs and then we would begin the hunt to find more hidden around the house. After the sprained ankle incident I preferred to just hunt at home.

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Eclipse

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Review: Flirting With Forever by Gwyn Cready

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Cam is writing a book about 17th century painters and she's calling it "fictogrophies".  As an art historian, Cam does know a thing or two about the great artists she is focusing on.  Some would say that she knows a little too much.  What's a girl supposed to do with a newly found time portal? 


At first I thought that this would be a tad bit corny - I like corny, so that was why I agreed to review this book.  It wasn't quite what I expected, it was better.  I wonder if Cam will show me this time portal...  It's a really fun read, especially if you're looking for a romance book that is unlike any other. 


Flirting With Forever by Gwyn Cready

Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group

9781439107249

March 30, 2010

448 pages

$7.99 US




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I'm So Excited!

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Whoohoo! I hope you all are as excited as I am about this! Stephenie Meyer has written a little treat for all of us Twilightaholics! The New Novella from Stephenie Meyer, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, is written from Bree's point of view. (Bree made her appearance in Eclipse.

When can you get your hands on it?
Saturday, June 5th, 2010 at 12:01 AM. for $13.99 US.
If you can't wait that long, you can check out www.breetanner.com from 6/7 to 7/5 to read it online in English.
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Blog Tour: Tempt Me If You Can by Janet Chapman

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Ben discovers that he has a son whom he has never laid eyes on. He is a good man and wants to repay his once lover, Emma, for all that she has done for their child. Emma is hard headed and doesn't want Ben interrupting their life. When some secrets start to reveal themselves, Ben knows that it is his duty to protect his son and the mother of his child. Emma isn't too thrilled with the idea at first, but she soon learns that there are some things she can't do all on her own.

I wouldn't say that this is one of my favorite books but it was definitely worth reading. I could really relate to Emma which made the book a lot of fun. I don't know how she kept Ben at bay for so long though. I think I have a crush on his character.

Tempt Me If You Can by Janet Chapman Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group 9781416595441 February 2010 368 pages $7.99 US
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Tax Credit For First Time Homebuyers

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Have you filed your taxes yet? Time is running out and if you bought a house, you should get your taxes done ASAP. If you are a first time homebuyer, you need look into the program called the first time home buyer tax credit that is specifically for people who are buying first home. You may also be entitled to this tax credit as well if you have not owned a home in the past three years, you may be able to get up to an $8,000 tax credit. That is a lot of money! If you have lived in your current home for five of the past eight years, you may receive up to $6,500 in homebuyer credit. The five years must be consecutive to qualify. As of right now you must have a contract drafted no later than April 30, 2010 and the purchase must close no later than June 30, 2010. There are income limits. If you are single, the limit is $125,000 and if you are a married couple, the limit is $225,000 with a phase-out $25,000 credit. Make sure you contact your tax preparer to find out if you are el…

Blog Tour: Love In Mid Air by Kim Wright

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Elyse meets a man on an airplane and this one single act has changed her forever. She isn't the type of person who does the outrageous, spur of the moment, true love things like most hopeless romantics do. Now, here's the kicker, Elyse is married. She wants to trade her whole boring life for something more. This change in Elyse now has her friends wondering if life has more to offer them as well.

I love it when a woman's eyes are opened and she learns that it's time to start living her life her way and forget what everyone else wants. (It strikes close to home.) I absolutely adore Elyse and I hope to read more about her in the future. Two thumbs up!

Love In Mid Air by Kim Wright Grand Central Publishing 9780446540445 3/29/2010 320 pages $23.99/$28.99
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Companies That Care

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I just found out about this company, http://www.nviro.com and the wonderful service that they provide. Using lime and/or mineral-rich, combustion byproducts that treat, pasteurize, immobilize and convert wastewater sludge into biomineral products. This helps the Earth by providing alternative energy, waste to energy, renewable energy, opportunity fuels, clean coal, N-Viro.





Review: The Executor by Jesse Kellerman

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After his girlfriend kicked him out, Joseph had to find a new place to stay. After sleeping on several friends couches he decides that it's time to find a place to call home. When he reads a peculiar ad in the newspaper he is taken off guard but also intrigued. The ad says:

CONVERSATIONALIST SOUGHT.
SERIOUS APPLICANTS ONLY.
PLEASE CALL 617-XXX-XXXX BETWEEN SEVEN A.M. AND TWO P.M.
NO SOLICITORS.

Joseph thinks that it must be a joke but makes the phone call anyway. He meets with the older woman, Alma, who placed the ad and ends up making a friend that understands him even on the deepest of levels. When Alma's nephew comes around, Joseph gets territorial and then the downward spiral begins.

I enjoyed this book but I was kind of disappointed with certain parts of it. The first half was really good but it kind of went downhill from there.

The Executor by Jesse Kellerman Penguin Group (USA) 9780399156472 April 1, 2010 352 pages $25.95 US
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Shopping

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Giveaway: Mommy Power by Sheila Schuller Coleman

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Full Description (taken from here):
Many women struggle with being mothers. The great joys of parenting are hindered by harsh self-doubt and a chronic lack of physical and emotional energy. In MOMMY POWER, Sheila Schuller Coleman helps women understand that while they really don't have the power or strength to handle the demands of motherhood alone, they don't have to. Mommy strength, Sheila says, comes from asking God to lend some of His, knowing He will never fail to provide. God will enable anyone who asks to become a powerful mother who loves strong, forgives strong, and models a strong faith.


Mommy Power by Sheila Schuller Coleman FaithWords 9780446545402 4/7/2010 176 pages $14.99 US


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Review: New From The Inside Out by Kim Vazquez

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People tend to think that the grass is always greener on the other side. Life isn't quite that simple. If you really saw into another persons life, you would probably find that they have problems just like you, yet different. You see someone with a brand new house, brand new car and always looking fresh. Then you see another person who lives in a home, car and looks decent. The first person may be dealing with a cheating husband or her husband could be an abuser. The second person may not have material things but they have a great relationship. Which is more important?

I really liked this book because it opened up my eyes a bit. It's in our nature to see what others have and feel like we want that too. The thing is, when you really think about it, what is more important to you? I have to say that I would rather know true love (I'm not just talking about loving a spouse, I'm talking about truly loving anyone, a friend, a child, a dog). Some of my thought p…

Free eBook: Stopping Time by Melissa Marr

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WANTED: Gone by Lisa McMann

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Synopsis (taken from here):
Janie thought she knew what her future held. And she thought she'd made her peace with it. But she can't handle dragging Cabel down with her.

She knows he will stay with her, despite what she sees in his dreams. He's amazing. And she's a train wreck. Janie sees only one way to give him the life he deserves—she has to disappear. And it's going to kill them both.

Then a stranger enters her life—and everything unravels. The future Janie once faced now has an ominous twist, and her choices are more dire than she'd ever thought possible. She alone must decide between the lesser of two evils. And time is running out....

Gone by Lisa McMann Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing 9781416979180 February 2010 214 pages $16.99 US


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"You Gotta See This" Winners

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I'm sure that most of my followers remember the post I wrote about the "You Gotta See This" iLASIK Video Contest. Abbott Medical Optics Inc. specializes in lasik surgery and decided that a contest was in order. To enter the contest, people video taped themselves discussing how better vision can change your life for the better. People who wished to enter would be in the running for several different prizes. One winner even received the $5,000 grand prize! Interested in finding out who won? The iLASIK Video Contest was a huge hit! Are you interested in finding out who the winners were? The grand prize, $5,000 went to Alex and you can watch the music video here. There three categories for this contest. The first category " My Contacts Are Getting In The Way Of My Good Time" and first prize winner is the proud owner of an HDTV package that is valued at $2,500 …

WANTED: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

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Synopsis (taken from here):
Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden's wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pieced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 9780307454546 June 2009 608 pages $14.95 US



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WANTED: You Can't Stop Me by Max Allan Collins

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Product Description (taken from here):
Small-town sheriff J.C. Harrow made headlines when he apprehended a would-be presidential assassin - only to come home that night and find his wife and son brutally murdered. This tragic twist of fate launched his career as the host of reality TV's smash-hit, "Crime Seen"! But while media star Harrow tracks down dangerous criminals coast to coast - with the help of viewers' tips - a killer with a twisted agenda is making his own bloody path to fame.

You Can't Stop Me by Max Allan Collins Kensington Publishing Corporation 9780786021345 March 2010 320 pages $6.99 US



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Review & Giveaway: God Never Blinks by Regina Brett

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Life teaches us lessons even when we don't realize it.  Some of the most important events in our lives teach us and we are forever changed.  The author of this book, Regina Brett, wrote 50 lessons that she learned through her life up until she was 50 years old.

Sometimes we over-think life and in the meantime we forget to actually live it. I really enjoyed Regina's view and the knowledge she intended to share with anyone willing to pick up her book. I learned a lot, without even realizing it.

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WANTED: The Autobiography of an Execution by David R. Dow

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Synopsis (taken from here):

David R. Dow has had access to a world most of us will never experience. As a lawyer, he has represented over one hundred death-row cases. Many of his clients have died. Most were guilty. Some might have been innocent. The Autobiography of an Execution is his deeply personal story about justice, the death penalty, and a lawyer's life.

His life at paradoxical extremes: Witnessing executions and then coming home to the loving embrace of his wife and young son, who inqure about Dow's day. Waging moral battles on behalf of people who have committed abhorrent crimes. Fighting for life in America's death-penalty capital, within a criminal justice system full of indifferent and ineffectual judges. Racing against time on behalf of clients who have no more time.

Regardless of your views on the death penalty, Dow's writing will take you inside the issue in striking, intimate ways: through the complicated minds of judges, inside prisons and execution-a…

Review: The Mage In Black by Jaye Wells

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Whoever said that blood relatives would equal a loving family obviously didn't know Sabina or her grandma.  Could you imagine your grandma being a vampire leader?  Now, could you imagine her wanting to see you dead?  I didn't think so. 

Sabina takes a trip to see the other side of her family, the mage side and she can only hope that this get together pans out better than the one with dear old grams.  It seems that the mages want Sabina to be the bait and lure in their rivals, the vamps.  It becomes quite clear that vampires aren't the only ones out for blood.


This book was a lot of fun.  I couldn't put it down.  If you like thrillers with vampires and mages, you should definitely read this book.



The Mage In Black by Jaye Wells

Orbit

April 2010

352 pages

$7.99 US



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WANTED: The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson

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Synopsis (taken from here):

The electrifying follow-up to the phenomenal best seller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ("An intelligent, ingeniously plotted, utterly engrossing thriller" —The Washington Post), and this time it is Lisbeth Salander, the troubled, wise-beyond-her-years genius hacker, who is the focus and fierce heart of the story.

Mikael Blomkvist—crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium—has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government.

On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered. But perhaps more shocking for Blomkvist: the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to Lisbeth Salander.

Now, as Blomkvist—alone in his belief in her innocence—plunges into his own investigation of the.


The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson

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Blog Tour: Vampyre Blood by George Earl Parker

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A lawyer named Bradley dies after being hit by a car.  His spirit lingers and he ends up meeting Dracula.  The Dracula.  As in vampyre.  It seems the Count is in need of a lawyer and Bradley seems to fallen into his lap.  Brad isn't ready to die just yet but he doesn't like the idea of becoming a vampyre either.  After much thought and Counts reassurance that Brad will not become a vampyre himself, he accepts and drinks eight pints of vampyre blood.  This is when the story gets more bizarre than you could ever imagine.

I will admit that this book is nothing like any book I have ever read before.  Some parts are corny and others are flat out outrageous.  It's a fun romp that readers are sure to remember.


Vampyre Blood by George Earl Parker

Booklocker.com, Inc.

9781609101121

February 2010

302 pages

$16.95 US


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WANTED: Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

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Synopsis (taken from here):

The year is 1954. U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his new partner, Chuck Aule, have come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane, to investigate the disappearance of a patient. Multiple-murderess Rachel Solando is loose somewhere on this barren island, despite having been kept in a locked cell under constant surveillance. As a killer hurricane bears relentlessly down on them, a strange case takes on even darker, more sinister shades—with hints of radical experimentation, horrifying surgeries, and lethal countermoves made in the cause of a covert shadow war. No one is going to escape Shutter Island unscathed, because nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is remotely what it seems.


Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

HarperCollins Publishers

9780061703256

August 2009

400 pages

$7.99 US





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Review & Giveaway: The Confident Woman by Joyce Meyer

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At some point in time every person needs a confidence boost. Sometimes they feel less than adequate with their mind and others struggle with their physical appearance. In Joyce Meyer's book The Confident Woman she talks about the seven characteristics a woman with confidence has.

I have battled with feelings of worthlessness and I don't think that I have ever been confident when it comes to my bodily appearance. This book does help you change your thinking about a few things which in the end can make your life a little simpler.

The Confident Woman by Joyce Meyer FaithWords 9780446558402 2/10/2010 $13.99/$16.99 272 pages



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