January 31, 2011

Blog Tour Giveaway: Deadly Heat & Deadly Lies by Cynthia Eden



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Blog Tour Review: Deadly Lies by Cynthia Eden

She wants to hide the past 
FBI Special Agent Samantha Kennedy is haunted by memories of the serial killer who abducted her. To keep the darkness at bay, she pretends to be a different, more confident woman. This Samantha doesn't fear every unknown face. So she throws caution to the wind and shares a night of unbridled passion with a handsome stranger.

He needs to uncover the truth
One night isn't enough for successful entrepreneur Max Ridgeway. He wants more of the sexy, smart, mysterious woman who slipped away before dawn. When they meet again, their attraction is undeniable-until his stepbrother goes missing, and Max realizes that Samantha isn't who she seems. But they must trust each other to trap a ring of bloodthirsty kidnappers before the nightmares that terrorize Sam become irrevocably real.

As a merciless criminal spins a web of . . .
DEADLY LIES
 
After reading Deadly Lies, I have decided that Cynthia Eden has moved up to one of my all-time favorite authors.  I fell in love with this book and couldn't go to sleep after reading it.  I highly recommend Cynthia Eden to my fellow readaholics!
Forever Romance
9780446559256
3/1/2011
400 pages
$7.99 US
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January 27, 2011

Blog Tour Giveaway: Notorious Pleasures by Elizabeth Hoyt


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Blog Tour Review: Notorious Pleasures by Elizabeth Hoyt


Their lives were perfect . . .
Lady Hero Batten,the beautiful sister of the Duke of Wakefield, has everything a woman could want, including the perfect fiancé. True, the Marquis of Mandeville is a trifle dull and has no sense of humor, but that doesn't bother Hero. Until she meets his notorious brother . . .

Until they met each other.
Griffin Remmington, Lord Reading, is far from perfect - and he likes it that way. How he spends his days is a mystery, but all of London knows he engages in the worst sorts of drunken revelry at night. Hero takes an instant dislike to him, and Griffin thinks that Hero, with her charities and faultless manners, is much too impeccable for society,let alone his brother. Yet their near-constant battle of wits soon sparks desire - desire that causes their carefully constructed worlds to come tumbling down. As Hero's wedding nears, and Griffin's enemies lay plans to end their dreams forever, can two imperfect people find perfect true love?


I'm finding myself enjoying historical romances more now than ever.  The reason for this is because of authors like Elizabeth who transport me to another time and keep me entertained for hours.  Notorious Pleasures is sexy story with a great plot.  It's every romance lovers dream.

Maiden Lane Series
January 25, 2011
400 pages
$7.99 US

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January 25, 2011

Giveaway: Tick Tock by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge

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Review: Tick Tock by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge



NYC's #1 detective, Michael Bennett, has a huge problem--the Son of Sam, the Werewolf of Wisteria and the Mad Bomber are all back. The city has never been more terrified!

Tick--a killer's countdown begins
A rash of horrifying crimes tears through the city, throwing it into complete chaos and terrorizing everyone living there. Immediately, it becomes clear that they are not the work of an amateur, but of a calculating, efficient, and deadly mastermind.

Tick--Michael Bennett is on the chase

The city calls on Detective Michael Bennett, pulling him away from a seaside retreat with his ten adopted children, his grandfather, and their beloved nanny, Mary Catherine. Not only does it tear apart their vacation, it leaves the entire family open to attack.

Tock--your time is up

Bennett enlists the help of a former colleague, FBI Agent Emily Parker. As his affection for Emily grows into something stronger, his relationship with Mary Catherine takes an unexpected turn. All too soon, another appalling crime leads Bennett to a shocking discovery that exposes the killer's pattern and the earth-shattering enormity of his plan. From the creator of the #1 New York detective series comes the most volatile and most explosive Michael Bennett novel ever.


James Patterson is one of my favorite authors because he never lets me down.  Tick Tock blew me away!  I read it in one day because I could not put it down.  Michael Bennett is the perfect hero and this book had one of the best plots ever.  If you're a James Patterson fan or if you have never read any of his books, you need to!  Five stars!   

Michael Bennett Series
Little, Brown & Company
January 24, 2011
387 pages
$27.99 US

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Author Guest Post: Graham Parke

The Dorkiness Equation -- PartII

I understand if at this point you are in awe of me. If you have trouble believing anyone could be this insightful. And thatís fine. Thatís natural at such life changing moments. But, really, I cannot take full credit. I happened to witness an event early in my professional career that gave me a vital clue to the puzzle. Without it I would not have figured this out. I had help. In fact, it was more or less spelled out for me.

Hereís what happened: 

I was doing an internship at a large corporation. My first involvement with the corporate world. With the ënine-to-five grindí. With the ëpicking each other up for lunch and suffering each otherís company in the cafeteriaí kind of deal. The lunches were mostly boring, because the only thing everyone at the table had in common was their jobs. But one day something strange happened. Something that fascinated me. A scientist-type sitting diagonally across from me decided to fill his glass from a jug of water. He did this by holding his glass over his plate and heaving the jug above it. On that particular day, he managed to spill a great deal of water over his plate before realizing what he was doing. And I do mean a great deal of water. His potatoes were basically floating. I watched him do this in awe, and then I watched him silently put the jug back and continue his meal.  

What happened next taught me much more about my colleagues than the whole week of working with them had. Because what happened next was: nothing.

Not a single thing. Although I couldnít possibly be the only one who witnessed this incredible display of dorkiness, not a single person at that table gave any sign theyíd noticed. They were embarrassed enough for the guy to pretend nothing had happened. And the reaction of the victim himself told me this was unlikely to be the first time heíd done this.

If it had been me, Iíd have slapped my forehead and grumbled profanities, followed by something like, ëI canít believe I just did that!í Then Iíd follow it up by joining in with my colleagues as they fired off the mandatory jokes, after which Iíd inspect the damage to my meal very carefully. I would do this to assess whether there was any way I could finish my lunch without having to walk back to get another one (choose the lazy solution whenever possible, youíll live longer). I might indeed continue my meal, true, but not before very serious deliberation!

That day I understood, at least on some level, that Iíd witnessed something of monumental importance, even though it would take me years to figure out exactly what that was.

Thinking back, another vital clue was the fact that I didnít for an instance feel like sniggering. Without ever having spoken to the guy, his general demeanor had already informed my subconscious that he was indeed a dork, and so my initial reaction was one of sincere pity and compassion.

Which wasnít very nice of me. I realize this now. And so, if by some strange coincidence I ever run into this guy again, I will apologize for joining in with the rude behavior of my colleagues, and then Iíll finally do the decent thing and laugh at him.


Bio:
Graham Parke is responsible for a number of technical publications and has recently patented a self-folding map. He has been described as both a humanitarian and a pathological liar. Convincing evidence to support either allegation has yet to be produced.

No Hope for Gomez! is his fiction debut.


January 24, 2011

Blog Tour Giveaway: How Sweet It Is by Sophie Gunn

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Blog Tour Review: How Sweet It Is by Sophie Gunn


Single mom Lizzie Bea Carpenter learned long ago that no white knight was coming to save her. A hardworking waitress at the local diner, she's raising her daughter to be like the independent women in her "Enemy Club"--high school rivals turned best friends, promising to always tell each other the whole truth and nothing but!

Yet part of Lizzie wishes she did have a man's help, just for small stuff, like fixing up the house. Her fairy godmother must have been listening, because Dante "Tay" Giovanni soon appears. He's sexy, kind, and offering assistance--no strings attached.

Slowly, steadily, Lizzie's heart opens. But the grip of the past is fierce, and nothing in life is ever really free. Tay has his own tragedies to overcome, but if he can, he'll fix more than Lizzie's home. He'll show her just how sweet it is to be loved by him.

Sophie is a writing genius.  How Sweet It Is took my breath away and made me think about when my husband and I got together.  He came along, out of nowhere and changed my life the same way Dante changed Lizzie's.  This is one of my favorite love stories because of how real it is.  Five stars! 

Grand Central Publishing
January 1, 2011
416 pages
$7.99 US

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Blog Tour Giveaway: My Immortal Assassin by Carolyn Jewel



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Blog Tour Review: My Immortal Assassin by Carolyn Jewel





TEMPTED BY REVENGE...

Grayson Spencer is hellbent on killing the dark mage who destroyed her life. But when her attempt fails, she is forced to turn to Durian, a feared demon and expert assassin. Newly armed with powerful magic she's barely able to control, she'll do whatever it takes to complete her mission--even surrender to a dangerous fiend whose eyes promise unimaginable pleasure.

BOUND BY DESIRE...

Sworn to protect all mages, Durian can't let Gray threaten the uneasy peace among demons, humans, and mages. So he proposes a deal: He'll train Gray to master her gift if she'll bind herself magically to him, submitting to his control. As Gray's powers intensify, so too does Durian's hunger for this fierce, irresistible woman. When the dark mage makes a final play for Gray, will the passion she and Durian share be the key to their survival or the seed of their destruction?


As soon as I finished this book, I wanted to go back and read the other two.  I really enjoyed My Immortal Assassin and pictured myself as the heroine.  I do that a lot:)  I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book and I can't wait to see what else Carolyn comes up with. 


Grand Central Publishing
January 1, 2011
384 pages
$7.99 US

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Author Guest Post: Graham Parke

The Dorkiness Equation.


Iíve finally figured out why we laugh at someone when they do something dorky. When they almost trip, when they stub their toe, when they stack a number of paper cups, only to find that the bottom cup wasnít quite empty.

For years I assumed it was some kind of mean streak we have tucked away deep inside our subconscious. We might think weíre nice people, ready to lend a helping hand, ready with words of kindness and encouragement, but, as soon as our neighbor puts that hammer down on his thumb, we canít help but snigger. Obviously thereís a real bastard inside us. Whatís the harm, he thinks. Thereís no way to help in time, so I might as well enjoy the pain of others.

But that would be the easy answer. And itís one that simply doesnít feel right. We snigger, yes, but do we actually feel happy? Do we actually think; thank goodness John finally stubbed his toe, that friendly, helpful bastard had it coming! Serves him right for all those times he helped me paint my garage! I donít think so. Barring a few errant cases where we actually do hate someone, Iíd say this isnít whatís happening.

So Iíve wondered about this for years (I have done other things in between, I assure you, but the thought kept coming back to me.)

One of my later theories was that itís a snigger of relief rather than joy. The idea being that a certain amount of dorkiness is inevitably going to be displayed on any given day. The best you can hope for is that your involvement will be minimal. Years of walking the tightrope of possible ridicule at high school has taught us how damaging the smallest slip-up can be to our social status. So, whenever we see someone do something dorky, we immediately let out a chuckle of relief; thank goodness that wasnít me! We might think something along the lines of: Iím not happy about what just happened to you, but, on the upside, consider this; at least I wasnít involved!

But thatís not it either. The real reason we canít help but snigger when someone does something stupid or painful, is that we actually want to make them feel better. We want to ease their pain, and we do this by paying them a compliment. That may sound strange, but itís true. By sniggering weíre sending a very clear signal:

ìI canít believe you just did something THAT stupid!î


And, when you think about it, thatís the kindest thing to do. Much kinder than the alternative signal. The signal weíd send if we did absolutely nothing. If we made no sound at all and pretended we didnít even see the dorkiness going down. Because the alternative signal is:

ìI fully expected you to do something THAT dorky, and Iím so embarrassed for you that Iím going to pretend I was looking the other way.î

When your friend slams the car door on his thumb and your initial reaction is one of pity, then you think he is a dork. When your initial reaction is to laugh at him, then you think heís basically a cool guy who just did something dorky.

See the difference?

Which signal would you rather get?

Donít get me wrong, itís fine to be concerned and helpful a mere microsecond later, but in that initial, no-thought-only-action moment, youíd better laugh your ass off. Youíd better snigger away or your relationship will be damaged forever! 

To be continued....

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Graham Parke is responsible for a number of technical publications and has recently patented a self-folding map. He has been described as both a humanitarian and a pathological liar. Convincing evidence to support either allegation has yet to be produced.

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January 18, 2011

Review: Planetary Transformation: A Personal Guide To Embracing Planetary Change


The coming years provide a tremendous opportunity for all of Mankind to awaken into higher awareness and for our physical planet to undergo an amazing transformation. To understand what that implies, we first have to understand the process of this fundamental transformation and what we can do about it.

In Part One of
Planetary Transformation, the author, working from the Higher Consciousness of a Spiritual Master and modern-day prophet, outlines the spiritual roots of the physical upheavals that are manifesting on Earth, providing deeper understanding for the true spiritual seeker. In Part Two readers are given practical meditation techniques that will raise their consciousness and help them deal with the coming changes.

In the turbulent days to come, people will have a choice: Be one of those who are buffeted by events they do not understand. Or be one of those who know what is happening and who will work with the incoming energy of change to help turn planet Earth into an unimaginable world of Harmony, Love, Peace and Unity.  


I consider myself to be a very spiritual person.  I believe in peace and unity and I know that we are all meant to live together in harmony.  I also have never dealt with change very well.  Most of the time I become so overwhelmed that I lose focus and let it take over me.  With Planetary Transformation, I found ways to channel this and by doing so, I have made a positive change within.  I really enjoyed this book.

Sounding-Light Publishing
9780909038618
October 2010
230 pages
$14.95 US

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January 16, 2011

Giveaway: Fancy Pants by Susan Elizabeth Phillips



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Review: Fancy Pants by Susan Elizabeth Phillips


Francesca Day didn’t mean to break so many hearts. But if you’re beautiful, rich, and spoiled rotten, these things happen. . . 

Dallas Beaudine, the Lone Star States’ last genuine Grade-A male, takes a wrong turn and runs smack into Francesca. 

Come enjoy the tangled love affair of two wonderfully mismatched characters, in this ravishing New York Times bestseller—an irresistible story that’s touching, hilarious, and hellcat-passionate!

What I really liked about Fancy Pants is that it wasn't your usual romance.  Plus, I was glad to finally find a book where I hated the main guy for most of the story.  I actually found it refreshing because yes, the main characters are irritating but that made them seem more real to me.  I thought Susan did a great job and I really enjoyed reading this book.   


Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
9780671747152
Reprint Dec. 2010
512 pages
$7.99 US

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January 14, 2011

Blog Tour Giveaway: Sins of a Highland Devil by Sue-Ellen Welfonder



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Blog Tour Review: Sins of a Highland Devil by Sue-Ellen Welfonder


The first book in the Highland Warriors trilogy, in which three heroes make a pact to insure that a rival clan does not take over their Glen of Many Legends. At the same time, three women plot to marry these heroes to insure peace.

In SINS OF A HIGHLAND DEVIL, James Cameron is concerned when the King's decree states all three neighboring clans must have a battle to the death in order to lay official claim to the scared Glen of Many Legends. James attempts to make a pact with the heads of the other clans to fight this decree. But he ends up fighting his own fierce desire when coming head-to-head with Lady Catriona of the opposing MacDonald clan, who has her own plan for peace.

The perfect Highland romance to use as an escape from boring reality.  Sins of a Highland Devil takes romance to a whole new level.  Devilishly delightful and intoxicating, the characters come to life and you can't help but be swept away by Sue-Ellen's writing talent.  Five stars!

Grand Central Publishing
January 3, 2011
400 pages
$7.99 US

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January 11, 2011

Review: The Emperor's Tomb (Cotton Malone) by Steve Berry


Cotton Malone's attempt to aid an old friend who has been kidnapped lands him in the middle of global intrigues involving U.S. and Russian oil interests, the control of China, and a two thousand year-old secret guarded by an underground army of terra-cotta warriors. Another death-defying chase through the past and present for fans of Steve Berry's The Charlemagne Pursuit.

The thrilling historical aspect of this book was one that took me in immediately.  The Emperor's Tomb is thought-provoking and wise in many ways.  There is only one thing I would change about this book and that's the length.  You could probably cut out 60-70 pages and the story would flow better.  Overall, I give it three stars.


The Emperor's Tomb (Cotton Malone) by Steve Berry

Cotton Malone Series
Random House Publishing Group
November 23, 2010
464 pages
$26.00 US

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January 10, 2011

Blog Tour Giveaway: How to Marry a Duke by Vicky Dreiling


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Blog Tour Review: How to Marry a Duke by Vicky Dreiling


Tristan, the Duke of Shelbourne is a man with a mission: find a wife he can tolerate as long as they both shall live. Love is not necessary--nor desired. But how to choose among a dizzying array of wealthy-yet-witless candidates? Hire London's infamously prim and proper matchmaker. Then pretend she's not the most captivating woman he's ever met...

Helping a devilish Duke create a contest to pick his perfect mate is the kind of challenge Tessa Mansfield relishes. Her methods may be scandalous, but she's determined to find the notorious bachelor more than a wife--she'll bring him true love. Yet when Tessa watches the women vie for the Duke's affections, she longs to win his heart herself. And after a stolen kiss confirms Tristan's desire, Tessa knows she has broken a matchmaker's number one rule: never fall in love with the groom.


Saucy and entertaining, How To Marry A Duke reminded me about the meaning of historical romance. Tristan is absolutely dreamy and his affection for Tessa is mouth-watering.  Vicky wove the perfect tale and I can't wait to see what else she has in store.   




Grand Central Publishing
9780446565370
January 3, 2011
432 pages
$7.99 US

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January 6, 2011

Review: Being Polite to Hitler by Robb Forman Dew



After teaching and raising her family for most of her life, Agnes Scofield realizes that she is truly weary of the routine her life has become. But how, at 51, can she establish an identity apart from what has so long defined her?

Often eloquent, sometimes blunt, and always full of fire, The Scofield clan is not a family that keeps its opinions to itself. As much as she'd like to, Agnes can no more deflect their adamant advice than she can step down as their matriarch. And despite her newfound freedom, Agnes finds herself becoming even more entangled in the family web. She shepherds her daughter-in-law, Lavinia, who moves in with her own two daughters to escape her husband's drinking. She puts out fires, smoothes fraying nerves, and, stunned as anyone, receives a marriage proposal. Having expected her life to become smaller, Agnes is amazed to see it grow instead.

Robb Forman Dew intricately weaves together personal and family life into a richly wrought tapestry of the country in the 1950s and beyond.
Being Polite to Hitler is a moving, frank, and surprising portrait of post-World War II America.

I fell in love with Robb's writing!  I was captivated within the first few pages and I could not put it down.  Being Polite to Hitler is hard to describe because it feels almost like it has a life of it's own.  It has an unbelievably entertaining plot and great characters.  Five stars.  


Little, Brown & Company
January 6, 2011
297 pages
$24.99 US


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Giveaway: Something to Prove: A Daughter's Journey to Fulfill a Father's Legacy



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Review: Something to Prove: A Daughter's Journey to Fulfill a Father's Legacy


The inspiring sequel to the acclaimed memoir The Ditchdigger’s Daughters.
 
Dr. Yvonne Thornton’s memoir The Ditchdigger’s Daughters has captured the hearts of readers everywhere since it was first published in 1995. Translated into 19 languages, featured on Oprah, and made into a TV movie, this heart-warming and inspiring story chronicles Yvonne Thornton’s family; at its center is her beloved, unschooled but wise father Donald Thornton, who demanded that all five of his daughters not only excel in school, but go on to become doctors. Four of them did; the other found her calling in law and became a lawyer instead. 

Something to Prove picks up where The Ditchdigger’s Daughters left off. In this sequel, Dr. Thornton reveals how she ascended to the top of her field as a physician by drawing on her father’s teachings. Despite bias and setbacks, she became the first African-American woman to be board certified in the obstetrical sub-specialty of maternal-fetal medicine. Dismissed and shunned by her peers for entering the white, male-dominated world of academic medicine, Dr. Thornton relied on her father’s life lessons, which taught her to be strong and rise above adversity. Though intelligence, determination, and hard work, Dr. Yvonne Thornton overcame the odds to reach the pinnacle of her profession.

The best things in life aren't handed to us, they are earned.  Something to Prove is a story about the human spirit and what can be achieved by chasing your dream.    Not only is Yvonne the perfect role model, her voice was made for sharing her story.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and give it five stars. 

Kaplan Publishing
December 14, 2010
288 pages
$24.99 US

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Review: A New Dawn: Your Favorite Authors on Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga: Completely Unauthorized (Smart Pop)


Fans of the literary phenomenon known as the Twilight series can't help wanting more. A New Dawn gives it to them, inviting readers to join some of their favorite YA authors as they look at the series with fresh eyes and fall in love with Edward, Bella and the rest of Forks, Wash., all over again.

Edited by bestselling author Ellen Hopkins, A New Dawn is packed with the same debates readers engage in with friends: Should Bella have chosen Edward or Jacob? How much control do Meyer's vampires and werewolves really have over their own lives? The collection also goes further: Is Edward a romantic or a (really hot) sociopath? How do the Quileute werewolves compare to other Native American wolf myths? What does the Twilight series have in common with Shakespeare? With contributions from Megan McCafferty, Cassandra Clare, Rachel Caine and many more, A New Dawn answers these questions and more for a teen (and adult!) audience hungry for clever, view-changing commentary on their favorite series.


As a Twilight addict, I want to know anything and everything that pertains to the series.  What I liked most about A New Dawn is that it answered a lot of questions that I was curious about.  Like how much the werewolves have in common with other Native American werewolves.   I also really enjoyed hearing what other authors thought about one of my favorite series.  If you love Twilight, you have to read A New Dawn.  

BenBella Books, Inc.
October 20, 2009
192 pages
$12.95 US


Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for free.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.  If you make a purchase using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.