January 31, 2012

I Predict That There Will Be A Lot Of Books In My Future

I enjoy making my own Predictions and seeing how they pan out.  Whenever I watch an award show, I try to guess who will win.  Half the time I am right and the other half I am way off.  My husband and I kind of make it a game to see who chooses the correct winner most often. 

I Predict that there will be a lot of books in my future.  Even though that's not really a fair prediction because I know for a fact that I will be doing a lot of reading until the day I die.  I'm so addicted to books and that is one thing that I will never apologize for. 

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Review & #Giveaway: Almost Everything by Tate Hallaway

SYNOPSIS:

Ever since her father banished the half-witch, half-vampire Ana Parker and vampire knight Elias from the court of the Northern vampires, Ana has been trying to live a normal life. But when the Prince of the Southern Region vampires informs Ana that they're on the brink of war and she accidentally offers up Elias as a peace offering, the princess knows that she's going to need some help to get out of this situation.

With Ana's boy drama meter hitting an all time high, summer in St. Paul is heating up for all the wrong reasons...

MY THOUGHTS:

As I'm sure you all know, I am a sucker for vampire books!  I had a blast reading Almost Everything and I could not put it down.  I read it from cover to cover and was thrilled with both the plot and the main character, Ana.  Tate is a very talented writer who can entice readers instantly.  This is the perfect book for fans of the young adult and paranormal genres.

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Looking Out


Almost everyone who knows me knows that I love to read.  My family used to read to me all the time and when I was two years old, I had memorized the majority of the books I had.  I even knew when to turn the pages.  There is something about holding a book in my hand that makes me feel like everything will be alright.

As I have aged, I have realized how important it is to be surrounded by beautiful things.  I'm not talking about making extravagant purchases to show off.  I'm talking about having a little piece of nature in view. I have been thinking about getting a couple of window boxes for a while now. Some beautiful flower boxes around my windows would be soothing.

What does reading and having a windowbox have to do with each other? Well, when I read, I normally take a pause in between chapters to reflect on what I have read. I normally end up focusing on something and it would be great to look at some beautiful daisies while thinking about the book in my hand.

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For The Love Of Books #Giveaway: Moonlight in the Morning by Jude Deveraux

ABOUT THE BOOK:

In an all-new trilogy set in blissful Edilean, Virginia, Jude Deveraux weaves together the tales of three young women, best friends since college, and the lives, loves, and dreams that await them.

Sparks are flying between Jecca Layton and Dr. Tristan Aldredge. At the urging of her dear friend Kim, Jecca put the ruthless New York City art world on hold to spend the summer pursuing her passion for painting while enjoying Edilean’s tightly knit artistic community. For years, Kim’s cousin Tris—the town’s handsome and dedicated doctor—felt a deep connection to Kim’s college “sister” Jecca, though they had met only once before; now, Jecca is swept off her feet by this strong, sensitive man in a summer of sensual delights. But when long shadows announce Jecca’s return to “real life” and the big city, the lovers must decide: Can they survive the distance? And who will sacrifice the life they’ve created for themselves to be together?


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January 30, 2012

Review: What Happened to Hannah by Mary Kay McComas

SYNOPSIS:

As a teenager, Hannah Benson ran away from home in order to save herself. Now, twenty years later, the past comes calling and delivers life-changing news: her mother and sister have passed away, leaving Hannah the guardian of her fifteen-year-old niece.

Returning home to bitter memories and devastating secrets, Hannah must overcome her painful past to pave a future with her niece, the last best chance at a family for both of them. She begins to create a new, happier life with her niece and rekindles a relationship with Grady Steadman, one of the few people she’s ever called a friend.

But she can’t forget what she cannot forgive, or lay to rest those ghosts that will not die. Will love and trust—and the truth—give her the strength to stand her ground and fight for what she deserves?

MY THOUGHTS: 
This novel is unbelievable!  Hannah is one of the most interesting characters I have every "met".  She wasn't dealt an easy hand at life but when push comes to shove, she is someone you would like to have in your corner.  Mary Kay McComas never lets her readers down.  I'm so glad that I read What Happened To Hannah and there aren't enough words to express how amazing it is.  Read it for yourself and find out why she is one of my favorite authors. 


Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

For The Love Of Books #Giveaway: The Bone Yard by Jefferson Bass

SYNOPSIS:

The onset of summer brings predictably steamy weather to the Body Farm, Dr. Bill Brockton's human-decomposition research facility at the University of Tennessee. But Brockton's about to get more heat than he's bargained for when Angie St. Claire, a forensic analyst with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, asks him to help prove that her sister's death was not suicide, but murder.

Brockton's quick consulting trip takes a long, harrowing detour when bones begin turning up amid the pines and live oaks of the Florida panhandle. Two adolescent skulls–ravaged by time and animals, but bearing the telltale signs of lethal fractures–send Brockton, Angie, and Special Agent Stu Vickery on a search for the long-lost victims. The quest leads them to the ruins of the North Florida Boys' Reformatory, a notorious juvenile detention facility that met a fiery end more than forty years ago.

Guided by the discovery of a diary kept by one of the school's young "students," Brockton's team finds a cluster of shallow graves, all of them containing the bones of boys who suffered violent deaths. The graves confirm one of the diary's grim claims: that one wrong move could land a boy in the Bone Yard. But as the investigation expands, it encounters opposition from the local sheriff, who's less than delighted to find forensic experts from the state capital and the Body Farm digging up dirt in his county.

As Brockton and his team close in on the truth, they find skeletons in some surprisingly prominent closets . . . and they learn that the ghosts of the past pose perilous consequences in the present.


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January 29, 2012

For The Love Of Books #Giveaway: Getting Lucky by DC Brod

ABOUT THE BOOK:

When a young reporter is killed in a hit and run accident, freelance writer Robyn Guthrie agrees to finish one of the stories the reporter had been writing for the local newspaper. But nothing is as simple as it seems when she finds out about shady land deals, an old high school nemesis, and Robyn's aging mother.












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January 28, 2012

For The Love Of Books #Giveaway: Sanctus by Simon Toyne

SYNOPSIS:

One man’s sacrifice shocks the world . . .

One woman’s courage threatens a conspiracy as old as humankind . . .

And some will do anything—anything—to keep their secrets in the dark.

Sanctus

A man climbs a cliff face in the oldest inhabited place on earth, a mountain known as the Citadel, a Vatican-like city-state that towers above the city of Ruin in modern-day Turkey. But this is no ordinary ascent. It is a dangerous, symbolic act. And thanks to the media, it is an event witnessed by the entire world.

Few people understand its consequence. But for foundation worker Kathryn Mann and a handful of others, it’s evidence that a revolution is at hand. For the Sancti, the cowled and secretive monks who live inside the Citadel, it could mean the end of everything they have built. They will stop at nothing to keep what is theirs, and they will break every law in every country and even kill to hold it fast. For American reporter Liv Adamsen, it spurs the memory of the beloved brother she lost years before, setting her on a journey across the world and into the heart of her own identity.

There, she will make a discovery so shocking that it will change everything. . . .



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January 27, 2012

Review: Affairs of Steak by Julie Hyzy

ABOUT THIS BOOK:

White House chef Olivia Paras and her arch nemesis, White House Sensitivity Director Peter Everett Sargeant, must work together to solve the double murder of one of the First Lady's assistants and the Chief of Staff-before they become the next victims of a merciless assassin with a secret agenda.

MY THOUGHTS:

I like to read different genres depending on what type of mood I am in.  I read Affairs of Steak when I was in the mood to find out whodunnit.  One thing I didn't really count on was how hungry reading this book would make me!  There are recipes included that I am looking forward to making.  As far as the book goes, it is a very well written, interesting mystery.  The author has an amazing talent for enticing readers and not letting go.  I highly recommend this book.

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Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Review: Folly Beach by Dorothea Benton Frank

SYNOPSIS:

Folly Beach, South Carolina, with its glistening beaches, laid-back Southern charm, and enticing Gullah tradition, is the land of Cate Cooper’s childhood, the place where all the ghosts of her past roam freely. Now, thanks to a newly deceased husband whose financial and emotional perfidy has left her homeless and broke, she’s returning to this lovely strip of coast.

Once, another woman found comfort here: an artist, writer, and sometime colleague of the revered George Gershwin. With her beloved husband, DuBose, Dorothy Heyward enjoyed the greatest moments of her life at Folly. Though the Heywards are long gone, their passion and spirit linger in every ocean breeze.

To her surprise, Cate is about to discover that you can go home again, for Folly holds the possibility of unexpected fulfillment—not just the memories of the girl she was, but the promise of the woman she’s always wanted to become.


MY THOUGHTS:


When I read the synopsis of Folly Beach, I through it sounded like a feel-good, lighthearted book.  I felt like it dragged on a bit and it was difficult to get into.  I'm not sure if it's the tone or the story that lacks imagination, but I was disappointed by Dorothea's latest book.

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Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

For The Love Of Books #Giveaway: Elf Girl by Rev Jen

SYNOPSIS:

Meet Rev Jen. Patron saint of the uncool. Cheerleader for nonconformists, geeks, and oddballs the world over. From her tiny rent-controlled apartment on Manhattan’s hip Lower East Side, she holds court over a wacky cast of friends and lovers with an unchecked candor that makes her impossible not to love. Zany and wry, Rev Jen will charm readers with these fun and irreverent true stories of her meteoric rise from art school misfit to neighborhood celebrity and all-around good-time gal. Whether she is dressing up as Doo-Doo, the hard-drinking Teletubby who’s been expelled from Teletubbyland, or starring in her one-woman musical Rats, the shortest running show on Broadway, Jen’s quirky humor and genuine heart make Elf Girl an anthem for misfits everywhere.

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January 26, 2012

For The Love Of Books #Giveaway: Warrior Redemption by Melissa Mayhue

SYNOPSIS:

MALCOLM MACDOWYLT sees himself a failed warrior, haunted by the death of the woman he married to become laird of Clan MacGahan. Neither his Viking heritage nor his claim to descend from Norse gods can restore his confidence in his ability to protect his people. His sister is held captive, her life in jeopardy, and his Magically powerful half brother wants him dead. The last thing he needs is more responsibility, but that’s exactly what he gets when his Faerie mother-in-law arrives seeking justice for her daughter in the form of an enticing woman from seven hundred years in the future.DANIELLE DEARMON has waited fifteen years to discover the life she is supposed to live. She just never dreamed she’d end up in the thirteenth century with a handsome Scot bent on saving everyone but himself. With the lives of those most dear to him hanging in the balance, Malcolm sets out to battle a powerful evil magic, only to learn that the redemption he seeks exists in the arms of the woman he loves.

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January 25, 2012

Review & Giveaway: The Lost Goddess by Tom Knox

ABOUT THE BOOK:

From the internationally bestselling author of The Genesis Secret-a seductive, exotic new thriller

In the silent caves beneath France, young archaeologist Julia Kerrigan unearths an ancient skull-with a hole bored through the forehead. After she reveals her discovery, her mentor is brutally murdered. Deep in the jungles of Southeast Asia, photographer Jake Thurby is offered a mysterious assignment by a beautiful Cambodian lawyer who is investigating finds at the two-thousand-year-old Plain of Jars-finds that shadowy forces want kept secret.

From the temples of Angkor Wat and the wild streets of Bangkok to the prehistoric caves in Western Europe, what links Jake's and Julia's discoveries is a strange, demonic woman whose unquenchable thirst for vengeance-and the horrors she seeks to avenge- are truly shocking.

Readers have become enthralled by Knox's vivid blend of buccaneering modern adventure, gothic horror, and grand intellectual puzzles. The Lost Goddess is his most exciting novel to date.

MY THOUGHTS:

I love to read and share my opinions, so it comes as no surprise to those who know me that I have a book blog.  I received a copy of The Lost Goddess and it served as a reminder as to why I love to escape reality with a book in my hands.  A thrilling adventure from start to finish, The Lost Goddess is extremely difficult to put down.  If you haven't had a chance to loose yourself in one of Tom's novels, pick this one up and get ready for a wild ride!


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For The Love Of Books #Giveaway: 4 Books by Stephanie Laurens

THE UNTAMED BRIDE

He is a man who has faced peril without flinching, determined to fight for king and country.

She is a bold, beautiful woman with a scandalous past, destined to become an untamed bride.

Together they must vanquish the ruthless enemy, while confronting the dangers of the heart...

THE ELUSIVE BRIDE

A second battle-hardened, completely unstoppable, all male hero, an ex-officer of the Crown, confronts the deadly enemy known only as the Black Cobra.

He's focused in his mission, then sees a lady he never dreamed he'd see again - with an assassin on her heels.

She's secretly followed him, unaware her path is deadly - or that she'll join him to battle a treacherous foe.

Through ever-present peril, through passion, desire and ecstasy, they race to reach England - and their destiny.

THE BRAZEN BRIDE

Shipwrecked, wounded, he risks all to pursue his mission - only to discover a partner as daring and brazen as he.

Fiery, tempestuous, a queen in her own realm, she rescues a warrior - only to find her heart under seige.

Bound by passion, linked by need, together they must brave the enemy's gauntlet to win all their hearts' desire.

IT HAPPENED ONE SEASON

We asked our readers what story they would most like to see from four bestselling authors. They responded . . .

A handsome hero returns from war, battle-scarred and world-weary. But family duty calls and he must find a bride.

A young lady facing yet another season without a suitor never expects to find herself the object of his affections.

Four amazing talents

Stephanie Laurens Mary Balogh Jacquie D'Alessandro and Candice Hern

have come together to create one of the most unforgettable events of the year. The results are spectacular—each story is as unique as a lover's first kiss.

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January 24, 2012

For The Love Of Books #Giveaway: KBL: Kill Bin Laden: A Novel Based on True Events

ABOUT THE BOOK:

KBL: Kill Bin Laden probes the hearts and minds of America's secret warriors, revealing what the job means to them, and the toll it takes. In this riveting novel drawn from actual events and based on real-life heroes, John Weisman brings to life the drama behind the hunt and SEAL Team 6's breathtaking raid in which Bin Laden—the grail for counterterrorists for more than a decade—met his fate.

Filled with pulse-pounding excitement and the tactics, intelligence tradecraft, and operational sources and methods used in real-world CIA and special operation missions, KBL: Kill Bin Laden is a thrill-a-minute dramatization that sets the standard for adventure novels as it brilliantly imagines the action, intrigue, and suspense of this real-life event, and offers a glimpse of the new face of warfare.



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January 23, 2012

Review & Giveaway: All I Want Is You by Sherrill Bodine

SYNOPSIS:

SHE'S STEALING HIS HEART . . .

Vintage boutique owner Venus Smith is stunned to realize her newest acquisition comes with a larcenous legend. Stolen years ago, the antique mermaid brooch belongs to the Clayworth family. The right thing to do would be to return it, but that means facing Connor Clayworth O'Flynn, the sexy department store heir Venus has had an unrequited crush on since childhood-and the man who helped ruin her father.

ONE KISS AT A TIME

Connor knows that Venus has never forgiven him for what happened between their families. But business isn't personal, even though Venus's father's betrayal still cuts him like a knife. So when Venus proposes a deal-she'll return his family's brooch if he helps clear her father's name-he reluctantly agrees. As action-packed days turn into flirtatious fall nights, it isn't long before old memories resurface . . . and new desires ignite. Can two young lovers leave the past behind? Or must they first admit that all they've ever really wanted . . . is each other?

MY THOUGHTS:

As a woman, I can't help but get caught up in a good love story.  Filled with fiery passion and betrayal, All I Want Is You makes for an enjoyable reading experience.  The characters are easy to relate to and you can't help but cheer them on.  Sherrill paints romantic pictures with her words unlike anything I have ever seen before.  This would be the perfect book to read to get in the mood for Valentine's Day. 

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Review: Snake Skin by CJ Lyons

SYNOPSIS:

Just your average Pittsburgh soccer mom, baking brownies and carrying a loaded forty-caliber Glock...

Lucille Teresa Guardino. A woman of many identities. Lucille to her doting mother, Lulu to her devoted husband, Mom to her pre-teen daughter, Lucy to her friends, LT to her co-workers, and Supervisory Special Agent Guardino to the criminals she captures for the FBI's Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement squad.

A loving mom and wife, dutiful daughter, consummate professional, and kick-ass federal agent, Lucy is living the perfect life.

Until the day she comes up against a predator more vicious and cunning than any she's ever tackled before, one who forces Lucy to choose between the life of the young victim she is fighting to save and her own daughter's....and Lucy's dream life is shattered.

 MY THOUGHTS:

As most of you already know, I am love curling up with a good book and being sucked into another world.  I spent an a day engrossed in Snake Skin by CJ Lyons.  While reading, I felt like I was right there going through the motions with Lucille.  Snake Skin is an intense read that will keep your heart pounding.  It's one of the best thrillers I have had the privilege of reading.  If you hadn't read it yet, grab a copy as soon as you can!

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Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

For The Love Of Books #Giveaway: Destination Truth: Memoirs of a Monster Hunter

SYNOPSIS:

Truth is stranger than legend . . . and your journey into both begins here.

World adventurer and international monster hunter Josh Gates has careened through nearly 100 countries, investigating frightening myths, chilling cryptozoological legends, and terrifying paranormal phenomena. Now, he invites fans to get a behind-the-scenes look at these breathtaking expeditions.

Follow Gates from the inception of the groundbreaking hit show (at the summit of Kilimanjaro) to his hair-raising encounters with dangerous creatures in the most treacherous locations on earth. Among his many adventures, he unearths the flesh-crawling reality of the Mongolian Death Worm, challenges an ancient curse by spending the night in King Tut’s tomb, descends into a centuries-old mine to search for an alien entity in subterranean darkness, pursues ghosts in the radioactive shadow of Chernobyl, and explores sightings of Bigfoot from the leech-infested rain forests of Malaysia to the dizzying heights of the Himalayas.

Part journey into the unexplained, part hilarious travelogue, part fascinating look at the making of a reality-based TV show—and featuring never-before-published photographs— this Destination Truth companion takes readers on the supernatural expedition of a lifetime.

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January 22, 2012

#Giveaway: The Joy of Melt and Pour Soap Crafting by Lisa Maliga

ABOUT THE BOOK:

"The Joy of Melt & Pour Soap Crafting" is written by someone who learned how to work with crafting glycerin melt & pour soap the hard way -- with only a single page of instructions to follow! From 2004-2009 the author ran an online business, Everything Shea Aromatic Creations, selling 85+ varieties of soap. If you've always wanted to make your own soap, here's an opportunity to learn just how easy it really is!







Here's what you will learn:
• WHY you should make your own soap
• How to make handcrafted soap in less than 1 hour!
• Secrets of melt & pour soap crafting
• Complete step-by-step instructions
• Fragrance & essential oils information
• List of reputable soap suppliers
• Creative labeling & packaging ideas and photos
• Easy-to-make craft projects for kids of all ages
• Bestselling soap recipes
• Color photos of almost every recipe!
• NO experience necessary!


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For The Love Of Books #Giveaway: The Big-Ass Book of Crafts 2

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Searching for crafty inspiration?

Eager to try some new techniques?

Need some more junk for your trunk?

Well, look no further!

In this cheeky sequel, Mark Montano picks up where his wildly popular The Big-Ass Book of Crafts left off, with even more spectacular—and easy-to-make—projects sure to satisfy crafters of all skill levels. Turn colorful ribbons into a show-stopping scarf . . . transform old cargo pants into a kick-ass carryall . . . a high-drama neckpiece made out of zippers? Absolutely. Along with a host of other wearable wonders, this exciting all-new volume includes sections such as Pillow Talk (fun, comfy, and made from the most surprising materials), Letter Perfect (cool designs to pop into the mailbox nearest you), Hey, I Could Use That (make a big statement with little things from magnets to nail polish), Just Kid-ding (cheery dÉcor made from kid-centric stuff, guaranteed to make you smile!), That’s Shoe Biz (fun fixes that give sidelined footwear and handbags a whole new life), and dozens of other ideas that are inventive, imaginative, and just plain fun.

With his trademark humor and no-holds-barred approach to crafting, Mark will have you tapping into your creative soul and taking simple techniques to a whole new level in no time. We’re not talking plant-hangers and potholders here—the more than 150 handmade projects in this truly unique compendium are artistic, eye-catching, and cutting-edge, from cool brooches and earrings to ingenious belts and bags, from Bauhaus-style furniture to fishbowl lanterns, and so much more!


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January 21, 2012

For The Love Of Books #Giveaway: Home Front by Kristin Hannah Audiobook

SYNOPSIS:
The blockbuster bestselling author of Night Road and Firefly Lane delivers a masterful novel that explores the sacrifices of one American family and illuminates the true cost of honor, duty, and love

From a distance, Michael and Joleen Zarkades seem to have it all: a solid marriage, two exciting careers, and children they adore. But after twelve years together, the couple has lost their way; they are unhappy and edging toward divorce. Then the Iraq war starts. An unexpected deployment will tear their already fragile family apart, sending one of them deep into harm’s way and leaving the other at home, waiting for news. When the worst happens, each must face their darkest fear and fight for the future of their family. An intimate look at the inner landscape of a disintegrating marriage and a dramatic exploration of the price of war on a single American family, Kristin Hannah's HOME FRONT is a provocative and timely portrait of hope, honor, loss, forgiveness, and the elusive nature of love.




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January 20, 2012

For The Love Of Books #Giveaway: Hurt Machine by Reed Farrel Coleman

SYNOPSIS:

At a pre-wedding party for his daughter Sarah, Moe Prager is approached by his ex-wife and former PI partner Carmella Melendez. It seems Carmella's estranged sister Alta has been murdered, but no one in New York City seems to care. Why? Alta, a FDNY EMT, and her partner had months earlier refused to give assistance to a dying man at a fancy downtown eatery. Moe decides to help Carmella as a means to distract himself from his own life and death struggle. Making headway on the case is no mean feat as no one, including Alta's partner Maya Watson, wants to cooperate. Moe chips away until he discovers a cancer roiling just below the surface, a cancer whose symptoms include bureaucratic greed, sexual harassment, and blackmail. But is any of it connected to Alta's brutal murder?

Reed Farrel Coleman has won or been nominated for nearly every major award in crime fiction. His Moe Prager series was selected by NPR's Maureen Corrigan for inclusion in her Best Of list.

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January 19, 2012

UPDATED! For The Love Of Books #Giveaway: Knock 'em Dead 2012: The Ultimate Job Search Guide

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Perhaps you've been laid off and are wondering where your next paycheck will come from. Or maybe you're stuck in a job you hate, one that makes no use of your talents. Either way, you're looking to make a change—and in today's uncertain climate, you need the best advice there is on how to manage your career.

For more than twenty-five years, New York Times bestselling author Martin Yate has shown the way for millions of job seekers. Now you can turn to him for a proven method to put your career on track.

This guide includes:

A completely revised section on how to ace the job interview
Step-by-step guidance for writing a killer resume
New advice on long-term career management—how you can join a company's inner circle

Jobs are coming back; the market is rebounding. You need the book Financial Times called "the best book on job hunting." Because it's time to take control of your career and your life.


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It was brought to my attention that I had the wrong book (Knock 'em Dead 2011: The Ultimate Job Search Guide) listed as the giveaway item.  One person will win Knock 'em Dead 2012: The Ultimate Job Search Guide.  I apologize for my mistake.

January 18, 2012

FREE READS From Pocket After Dark & Lots More!


If you are an avid reader and haven't joined Pocket After Dark yet, you are missing out! You can join the community here and be sure to friend me, bridget3420.  Every month they offer two FREE READS!  This month's picks are Earl of Darkness and Highland Guardian:



You can also read a sneak peak of Burned by J.F. Lewis, which comes out January 31st.


While you are there, check out the first two chapters of the following books:

The Pleasure of your Kiss by Teresa Medeiros
Wicked Circle by Linda Robertson
Susanna's Choice by Sara Luck
Warrior's Redemption by Melissa Mayhue
Shadow City by Diana Pharaoh Francis
Heir of Danger by Alix Rickloff

For The Love Of Books #Giveaway: A Hint of Murder: The Anthology by Lia Fairchild

SYNOPSIS:

This anthology compiles all three A Hint of Murder stories in one book:

A Hint of Murder: The Writer
Alicia Fairfield didn’t plan on being famous. Now a bestselling author with millions of fans, Alicia also has the attention of a killer. Someone has been recreating the murders from her books and the suspects are piling up; her mentally ill son, a disgruntled associate, and possibly even her loyal literary agent. The pressure of public recognition along with the guilt over these senseless killings could be enough to drive Alicia over the edge. Can she hold it together long enough to uncover a killer?
Story length 9,000 words

A Hint of Murder: The Doctor
Russell Morgan had it all; good looks, the perfect woman and a rewarding career as a well-respected physician. When the doctor’s patients start turning up dead, his world comes crashing down. Second in the "A Hint of Murder" series, this short story brings Detective John Lewis back in action to track down the killer.
Story length: 12,000 words

A Hint of Murder: The Bouncer
Bobby Crane was tired of being a bouncer and a glorified errand boy. He longed to be a professional singer and was just about to get his big break. Then Allen Schaffer is found murdered and Bobby’s car was spotted at the victim’s home. Third in the A Hint of Murder series, this story has detective John Lewis returning with a new partner to uncover a murderer.
Story length: 10,400 words

Also included is one bonus mystery entitled "Homeless" and excerpts from the novels of these mystery and thriller writers: Libby Fischer Hellmann, Valerie Maarten, Mel Comley, Sibel Hodge, Faith Mortimer, and Seb Kirby.

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January 17, 2012

Review & #Rafflecopter #Giveaway: Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Happiness: 101 Stories about Finding Your Purpose, Passion, and Joy

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Happiness will encourage readers to pursue their dreams, find their passion and seek joy in their life with its 101 personal and inspiring stories. This book continues Chicken Soup for the Soul’s focus on inspiration and hope, reminding us that we all can find our own happiness.

MY THOUGHTS:

I can still remember the first time I picked up a Chicken Soup For Your Soul book.  I was a new teenager and dealing with the transition from child to woman.  Needless to say, I was struggling with emotions and needed a positive influence.

I was hooked immediately.  I love that one book can have so many inspirational stories.  Find Your Happiness is filled with heartwarming tales that are sure to help you through even the toughest of times.





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For The Love Of Books #Giveaway: Warehouse 13: A Touch of Fever by Greg Cox

SYNOPSIS:

THE UNKNOWN HAS AN ADDRESS. . . .

Hidden away in the Badlands of South Dakota, Warehouse 13 is a top-secret repository for historical artifacts imbued with dangerous supernatural properties. Secret Service agents Pete Lattimer and Myka Bering are ever on the lookout for loose artifacts threatening to ruin the world’s day. Their mission:“Snag it, bag it, tag it.”

Reports of a genuine psychic healer, along with a simultaneous epidemic of mysterious illnesses, lead Myka and Pete on a hazardous investigation that stretches from a carnival sideshow back to the bloody history of the Civil War. But when Pete is infected with a deadly disease, Myka and the rest of the team, including Artie Nielsen and Claudia Donovan, must track down a pair of cursed gloves—before a madman unleashes a virulent plague upon America!

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January 16, 2012

For The Love Of Books #Giveaway: Trevor's Song by Susan Helene Gottfried

SYNOPSIS:

Fame and fortune have destroyed many a rock star, but not Trevor Wolff. ShapeShifter band dynamics will never be the same even before Trevor's two girlfriends, a world tour, and a bunch of secrets complicate life. Trevor may have to make common cause with his worst enemy -- his best friend's girl.

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