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#Rafflecopter #Giveaway: Darkspell by Elizabeth Mueller

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Winter Sky believes she is everything ordinary . . . until she is kissed by Alex Stormhold.

As seer of Stormhold Coven, Alex is sworn to be Winter’s protector against the darkness that hunts her. Violently thrust into a magickal realm she always thought impossible, she stumbles upon a disturbing secret of her own.Will love prove thicker than magick? 

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Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

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Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomqvist is hired by Henrik Vanger to investigate the disappearance of Vanger’s great-niece Harriet. Henrik suspects that someone in his family, the powerful Vanger clan, murdered Harriet over forty years ago.
Starting his investigation, Mikael realizes that Harriet’s disappearance is not a single event, but rather linked to series of gruesome murders in the past. He now crosses paths with Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker, an asocial punk and most importantly, a young woman driven by her vindictiveness.
Together they form an unlikely couple as they dive deeper into the violent past of the secretive Vanger family.
I finished reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo around three-thirty this morning and I still can't believe how brilliant it was!  My husband bought me a copy and I started it as soon as it arrived.  Lisbeth Salander is one of the most likable characters that I have come across.  I had heard a lot about how great this book was and so I…

Review: Wayfair Products

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I love searching Wayfair's website because they have so many items for your home.  What I love most is that they carry a wide variety of products with a range of prices.  I could redo my entire home at one store and have everything shipped right to my doorstep.
My husband and I were using an extremely old pot holder that looked as if it was falling apart.  We had some nice ones when we first got together but that was when Reese was a puppy.  My husband would be playing with her and she didn't quite have control over her puppy teeth yet and he thought it would be a good idea to use our oven mitts to protect his hands.  Needless to say, they didn't make it through the first round.  All we had left was one blue pot holder and it was pretty pathetic. When my Cuisinox Oven Mitt's arrived, I was so happy!  I would finally be able to use an oven mitt on each hand.  Wow, what a luxury!  They look wonderful and work great.  The only thing that I would change would be to make th…

Review & #Giveaway: The Yoga Club by Cooper Lawrence

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Chatting it up with bendy WASPs is the last thing on Coco Guthrie’s mind during her 8:30 a.m. yoga class. Having made her fortune as the world-renowned inventor of Butt-B-Gone derriere cream, Coco still doesn’t feel like she belongs among the upper class— until she attends the swankiest Halloween soiree in Greenwich, Connecticut, where three of her fellow morning yogis shared her brilliant idea to appear as Sarah Palin. Soon it’s clear that a love of stretching isn’t all this accidental sorority—which includes a single mom with echolalia, an entertainment reporter who charms the pants off handsome stars, and a drama-prone producer with a taste for drag— have in common.

When the four mischievous Sarahs wander away from the party to sneak a peek at the mayor’s neighboring estate, they are stunned to find him adorned in leather and latex, and rolling up a woman’s body in a Persian rug. To make matters worse, someone has spotted the spying Palins. Someone who threatens to expose their torr…

Switched by Amanda Hocking

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About the "Trylle" Series and "Switched":
From Amanda Hocking, million-copy bestselling author and internet sensation comes the Trylle series… it all begins with Switched, available everywhere 1.3.12. As a special gift to readers, Switched contains a new, never-before-published bonus story, “The Vittra Attacks,” set in the magical world of the Trylle.

The Trylle series continues with Torn, on-sale 2.28.12, and concludes on 4.24.12 with Ascend.

SWITCHED… at birth:

When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. Eleven years later, Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. She’s not the person she’s always believed herself to be, and her whole life begins to unravel—all because of Finn Holmes.

Finn is a mysterious guy who always seems to be watching her. Every encounter leaves her deeply shaken…though it has more to do with her fierce attraction to him than she’d ever admit. But it isn’t long before …

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FREE READ: Six Geese a-Laying by Sophie Kinsella

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I am a huge fan of Sophie Kinsella and wanted to share this with my favorite people - that's you readers!  You can read the short story Six Geese A-Laying for free here.

Twisted Vengeance by Jeff Bennington for $0.99!

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TWISTED VENGEANCE, from the author of REUNION, an Amazon #1 bestselling supernatural thriller.

Detective Rick Burns' life is falling apart. His son is dead, his brother butchered, he's in love with the one woman he can't have and he's investigating a slew of unsolved murders of violent, domestic abusers. When a mysterious boy enters his life, things only get worse.

The boy knows the victims. He knows about Rick's fears. And he knows "Debil", the serial killer with a lust for death.

Determined to help the detective find the perpetrator, the boy ushers Rick into a nightmarish chase where reality and the supernatural are blurred, nearly costing him his life, his love, and his reputation in a storm of domestic vengeance that is so twisted you won't be able to stop reading until you discover the awful truth.

Get your copy now through Dec. 25, 2011 for only $0.99 here.

Sourcebooks: First in Series eBooks for $1.99!

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Check out the entire list of books available for $1.99 (12/21/2011 – 1/8/2012) here.

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FREE READS From Pocket After Dark

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Right now you can read Chased by Moonlight by Nancy Gideon and Our Little Secret by Starr Ambrose for FREE!  There are only 11 days left, so hurry!  You must be a member of Pocket After Dark.  It's free!  Be sure to friend me when you sign up:)

Every Which Way But Dead with Bonus Material (Rachel Morgan) for $1.99

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Kim Harrison is one of my all-time favorite authors.  The Hollows series is out of this world!  Read Every Which Way But Dead with Bonus Material (Rachel Morgan) for the special price of $1.99 from now through January 3, 2012!

Author Guest Post & Giveaway: Help a Starving Writer! by CJ Lyons

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Help a Starving Writer!
By CJ Lyons

Hi, I'm CJ Lyons and I'm a writer and a readaholic.

When Bridget asked me to do a guest post here, she suggested that I talk about any new challenges in my life now that I'm a New York Times Bestseller.

I laughed because the biggest challenge is that I no longer have time to read! And it's driving me nuts.

So I need your help. The kind of help only fellow readaholics can give.

First, let me introduce myself. I’m CJ Lyons and I’m a pediatric ER doc turned thriller writer. Nurses used to laugh because I was the doc who always had a paperback stashed in the pocket of her white coat. I've been a storyteller all my life and finally, after 17 years of practicing medicine, I took a leap of faith to write fulltime.

The leap paid off. I'm now an award-winning, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of books I call Thrillers with Heart.

I love my new career as a writer—not only can I go to work in my PJs, I also get the c…

#Rafflecopter #Giveaway: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

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About the book:
When historian Diana Bishop opens a bewitched alchemical manuscript in Oxford’s Bodleian Library it represents an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordinary life. Though descended from a long line of witches, she is determined to remain untouched by her family’s legacy. She banishes the manuscript to the stacks, but Diana finds it impossible to hold the world of magic at bay any longer.

For witches are not the only otherworldly creatures living alongside humans. There are also creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires who become interested in the witch’s discovery. They believe that the manuscript contains important clues about the past and the future, and want to know how Diana Bishop has been able to get her hands on the elusive volume.

Chief among the creatures who gather around Diana is vampire Matthew Clairmont, a geneticist with a passion for Darwin. Together, Diana and Matthew embark on a journey to understand the manuscript’s secrets. B…

Catching Up

Guest post of the week by Brittany Booker
The other day my old roommate from college called me after we hadn’t spoken to each other in five years. It was so nice to hear from her, and we talked for hours. She told me everything about her new life as a mother and wife, from how she got a great deal at CLEARtvbundle.com, to her husband’s bad habits. I also told her about my life as an attorney, and all of the crazy cases I handle. It was so nice to hear how well she was doing and catch up. It felt like we had just graduated college yesterday. It’s so nice to know I have good friends and that even though our lives don’t always allow us to speak often, we are able to pick up right where we left off. Some of the times I spent with my roommate in college were so formative to my personality that I’m not sure that anyone will ever know me in the same way she does. We lived together for two years, and those were some of the best years of my life.

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#Giveaway: Brothers (and Me) by Donna Britt

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Donna Britt has always been surrounded by men--her father, three brothers, two husbands, three sons, countless friends. She learned to give to them at an early age. But after her beloved brother Darrell's senseless killing by police 30 years ago, she began giving more, unconsciously seeking to help other men the way she couldn't help Darrell. BROTHERS (AND ME) navigates Britt's life through her relationships with men-resulting in a tender, funny and heartbreaking exploration of universal issues of gender and race. It asks: Why, for so long, did Britt-like millions of seemingly self-aware women-rarely put herself first? With attuned storytelling and hard-wrought introspection, Britt finds that even the sharpest woman may need reminding that giving to others requires giving to oneself.

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Giveaway: Beyond the Darkness by Jaime Rush

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They live ordinary lives, but they are extraordinary. They are the Offspring, children of a mysterious experiment gone awry—and they are in terrible danger. 

Cheveyo: a name that stirs Petra like no other, reviving deep feelings of pleasure . . . and pain. Despite her rare psychic gifts, the beautiful half-human Offspring doesn’t know why the magnificent shapeshifter walked out of her life when the bond they shared was powerful . . . and intensely passionate. 

But Cheveyo is not gone. From the shadows, he watches over his beloved, determined that the malevolent enemies he hunts with fang and claw will not invade her world. But now, suddenly, the stakes are getting higher—as an insidious evil plots the destruction of Petra’s race. Cheveyo can remain hidden no longer from the lover who completes him but could destroy him . . . if his own inner darkness doesn’t destroy her first. 

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Win An American Spy by Olen Steinhauer

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Following Olen Steinhauer's acclaimed and bestselling first two novels featuring CIA agent Milo Weaver, the novel opens to find the CIA's Department of Tourism dismantled, after an elaborate scheme set in motion by a Chinese intelligence agent named Xin Zhu resulted in the murder of thirty-three agents, supposedly to avenge the death of his son. Zhu infiltrated the Department of Tourism, gaining intimate knowledge of its workings, then turned this CIA-trained team of assassins upon each other. Only a handful are left--including Milo Weaver. 

But Milo would like to move on, use this as an opportunity to regain a normal life, a life focused on his family, but his former boss in the CIA, Alan Drummond, can't let it go, and when Alan uses one of Milo's compromised aliases to travel to London and then disappears, calling all kinds of attention to his actions, Milo can't help but go in search of him. Trouble is, maybe the Chinese aren't finished toying …

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I'm currently seeking people to join Readaholic and review books.  There will be no monetary compensation but the books you receive to review will be yours to keep.  If you are interested, please let me know in the comments (with a way to contact you) or by emailing me at bjhopper(at)me(dot)com for more information.

Giveaway: The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry (Paperback)

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After the unexpected death of her parents, painfully shy and sheltered 26-year-old Ginny Selvaggio seeks comfort in cooking from family recipes. But the rich, peppery scent of her Nonna’s soup draws an unexpected visitor into the kitchen: the ghost of Nonna herself, dead for twenty years, who appears with a cryptic warning (“do no let her…”) before vanishing like steam from a cooling dish.

A haunted kitchen isn’t Ginny’s only challenge. Her domineering sister, Amanda, (aka “Demanda”) insists on selling their parents’ house, the only home Ginny has ever known. As she packs up her parents’ belongings, Ginny finds evidence of family secrets she isn’t sure how to unravel. She knows how to turn milk into cheese and cream into butter, but she doesn’t know why her mother hid a letter in the bedroom chimney, or the identity of the woman in her father’s photographs. The more she learns, the more she realizes the keys to these riddles lie with the dead, and there’s …

Deal: What I Cannot Change by LeAnn Rimes! for $10

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The book What I Cannot Change is an elegant counterpart to the song that will include an introduction by LeAnn Rimes, lyrics, photographs, stories from people who have experienced their own journeys of change, and an accompanying CD.

• Signed hardcover edition of What I Cannot Change by LeAnn Rimes.

• Perk: CD with an exclusive version of "What I Cannot Change."

• Free shipping. Offer available in the US only. Please allow two weeks for delivery.

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Holiday Gift Guide Idea: Half Price Books Gift Cards

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I have been asked what I would like for the holidays and one thing on my list is a gift card to Half Price Books. I'm an avid reader, so I can always use more books. They also have movies, CDs, video games and more!

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Hot Water by Erin Brockovich: Chapter 1

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Hot Water by Erin Brockovich: Chapter 1
By Erin Brockovich with CJ Lyons,
Author of Hot Water
Summer in the mountains of West Virginia has a magic of its own, like a fairy tale come true. For me, it was a fairy tale paid for with blood.

It was August. After five months back home in Scotia (population 864) I'd just about gotten used to folks looking away from me and mumbling about how I'd gotten the man I loved killed and almost got my dad and son killed and just about drowned the entire valley in toxic sludge.

"That's AJ Palladino," they'd say, crossing to the other side of the street as I passed, in case I rubbed off on them. "Yeah, that AJ Palladino."

I ignored them. Didn't much care what people said about me as long as they didn't take it out on my nine-year-old, David. And, I have to admit, Scotia did treat David like the hero his dad had once been. They embraced him despite his two disabilities (or abilities, depending on your…

The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition + FREE Fandango Ticket - Only $20!

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Originally published in 1971, The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty, became one of the most controversial novels ever written and went on to become a literary phenomenon: the book spent fifty-seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, seventeen consecutively at number one. An extraordinary classic work of horror and dark paranormal suspense—widely considered one of the most frightening novels ever written—Blatty’s masterpiece of unrelenting chills was the basis for the acclaimed Academy Award-nominated motion picture.

Rediscover the power of The Exorcist in this stunning 40th Anniversary Edition, which includes new dialogue, a new character, and a chilling new extended scene!

Deal expires on Saturday, 12th November at 12 am EST.

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Sweepstakes Bundle: Now Win This!: Anita Clenney

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Enter for a chance to win a bundle of the paperback books Awaken the Highland Warrior and Embrace the Highland Warrior by Anita Clenney.  Enter here.

Paranormal Romance #ebook #Deals - $0.99 each! on Oct. 28th

Wicked by Any Other Name by Linda Wisdom
Stasi Romanov uses just a little witch magic in her lingerie shop, running a brisk side business in love charms. A disgruntled customer threatening to sue over a failed love spell brings Trevor Barnes to town. Trevor's the best attorney around, and he just happens to be a wizard. Everyone knows that witches and wizards make a volatile combination—sure enough, the sparks fly and almost everyone's getting singed. Add to that Cupid playing a practical joke, a lunar eclipse that nearly precipitates a witch hunt, and some very mysterious goings on at the magical lake, and the feisty witch and gorgeous wizard have more than simply a possible lawsuit on their hands. Can they overcome their objections and settle out of court—and in the bedroom?
Kiss at Your Own Risk by Stephanie Rowe Trinity Harpswell is a cursed Black Widow--death and mayhem are all part of the job description. If she can manage to go just one more week without acci…

Giveaway: Destined by P.C and Kristin Cast

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...Zoey is finally home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side, and preparing to face off against Neferet – which would be a whole lot easier if the High Counsel saw the ex-High Priestess for what she really is. Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, through Nyx's gift of a human form, Rephaim and Stevie Rae are finally able to be together – if he can truly walk the path of the Goddess and stay free of his father's shadow…










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Branson, Missouri In The Fall

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hiltons of Branson for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Life has been kind of hectic lately.  Isn't that always the case though?  I could really use a getaway in Branson, Missouri.  I checked out three different packages that the Hiltons of Branson, Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing and Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel has to offer.  The first one, and my favorite, is at Silver Dollar City which is $257.50 per night for two adult and two children.  It has a 1880's theme and is located in the Ozark Mountains.  Doesn't that sound absolutely magical? There is also a Santa Claus package for two adults and two children.  Deluxe accommodations are included and the starting price is $228 per night.  You can enjoy breakfast at a Level 2 restaurant with the company of Santa.  The kids will even receive a special gift! If neither of those sound right for your family, you could enjoy a deluxe shopping package.  This …

Giveaway: Signed Copy of Children of Paranoia by Trevor Shane

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Since the age of eighteen, Joseph has been assassinating people on behalf of a cause that he believes in but doesn’t fully understand. The War is ageless, hidden in the shadows, governed by a rigid set of rules, and fought by two distinct sides — one good, one evil. The only unknown is which side is which. Soldiers in the War hide in plain sight, their deeds disguised as accidents or random acts of violence amidst an unsuspecting population ignorant of the brutality that is always inches away.


Killing people is the only life Joseph has ever known, and he’s one of the best at it. But when a job goes wrong and he’s sent away to complete a punishingly dangerous assignment, Joseph meets a girl named Maria, and for the first time in his life his singleminded, bloody purpose fades away.


Before Maria, Joseph’s only responsibility was dealing death to the anonymous targets fingered by his superiors. Now he must run from the people who have fought by his side to save what he loves m…

Get The Lord and Lady Spy by Shana Galen eBook For Only $0.99

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No man can outsmart him...

Lord Adrian Smythe may appear a perfectly boring gentleman, but he leads a thrilling life as one of England’s most preeminent spies, an identity so clandestine even his wife is unaware of it. But he isn’t the only one with secrets...

She’s been outsmarting him for years...

Now that the Napoleonic wars have come to an end, daring secret agent Lady Sophia Smythe can hardly bear the thought of returning home to her tedious husband. Until she discovers in the dark of night that he’s not who she thinks he is after all...



Get the ebook for only $0.99!  Hurry, this offer ends October 3rd.

Review: Children of Paranoia by Trevor Shane

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Since the age of eighteen, Joseph has been assassinating people on behalf of a cause that he believes in but doesn’t fully understand. The War is ageless, hidden in the shadows, governed by a rigid set of rules, and fought by two distinct sides — one good, one evil. The only unknown is which side is which. Soldiers in the War hide in plain sight, their deeds disguised as accidents or random acts of violence amidst an unsuspecting population ignorant of the brutality that is always inches away.


Killing people is the only life Joseph has ever known, and he’s one of the best at it. But when a job goes wrong and he’s sent away to complete a punishingly dangerous assignment, Joseph meets a girl named Maria, and for the first time in his life his singleminded, bloody purpose fades away.


Before Maria, Joseph’s only responsibility was dealing death to the anonymous targets fingered by his superiors. Now he must run from the people who have fought by his side to save what he loves most in this w…

Pittacus Lore: The Lorien Legacies Book One I Am Number Four (Movie Tie-in edition) and Book Two The Power of Six

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The sequel to the #1 New York Times bestseller, I Am Number Four is here!

In I Am Number Four, we were introduced to John Smith, one of six alien teenagers hiding on Earth, on the run from an evil force bent on eliminating them. The movie, starring Alex Pettyfer and Dianna Agron, was released in 2011.

Now, in The Power of Six, we see John and Number Six join forces and are introduced to Marina, Number Seven.

• Paperback edition of I Am Number Four Movie Tie-in Edition by Pittacus Lore.
• Hardcover edition of The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore.
• Free UPS Ground shipping. Offer available in the US only.

Get both books for $17.99.  Take advantage of this amazing deal here.

Giveaway: Hades by Alexandra Adornetto

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"Heaven Help Her. 

Bethany Church is an angel sent to Earth to keep dark forces at bay. Falling in love was never part of her mission, but the bond between Beth and her mortal boyfriend, Xavier Woods, is undeniably strong. But even Xavier?s love, and the care of her archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, can?t keep Beth from being tricked into a motorcycle ride that ends up in Hell. There, the demon Jake Thorn bargains for Beth?s release back to Earth. But what he asks of her will destroy her, and quite possibly, her loved ones, as well."

The story that Alexandra Adornetto built in her bestselling debut, Halo, comes alive in action-packed and unexpected ways, as angels battle demons, and the power of love is put to the test.









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Stefan's Diaries Vol. 4: The Ripper

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Check out the cover for the next installment of Stefan's Diaries!

Twenty years have passed since Stefan Salvatore last saw his brother, Damon. Now, living in a remote town in England, far away from the haunting memories of Mystic Falls, Stefan is finally able to start over. But when news from London reaches Stefan of a brutal killer on the loose, who goes by Jack the Ripper, Stefan suspects that the murders are the work of a vampire…his brother.

On sale November 8th.

Read The First 6 Chapters: The Power Of Six

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In I Am Number Four, the Mogadorians have tracked down and killed the writers of the newsletter They Walk Among Us. But someone is continuing with the newsletter, sending out updates of what is happening to John and the rest of the Lorien Nine. Could it be a trap planted by the Mogadorians, or is it someone trying to help them? In the B&N exclusive version of The Power of Six, a new issue of the newsletter will be included in the back of the book as an eight-page gatefold, and it will be perforated for easy removal. 

Read the first seven chapters for free here!

THE AMBASSADOR'S MISSION by Trudi Canavan ebook $2.99

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Get a copy of this ebook for only $2.99 here.

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