Thursday, June 30, 2011

Piracy is a crime! I support authors by buying my books legally. Blog post by Kristie Cook

Hi everybody!

I got a message from one of the authors whose books I really like. Kristie contacted amongst other bloggers me to spread the message about piracy. Besides that Kristie wrote a blog post on her blog and I asked her to share it in full length on my blog. Read it! Read it twice if needed! And spread the word!

“Piracy is a crime! I support authors by buying my books legally.”





It's Still Stealing


http://www.kristiecook.com/2011/06/its-still-stealing.html

By author Kristie Cook


I don't rant online. I try to be positive and figure if I don't have something nice to say, I won't say anything at all. Not online, anyway. But sometimes a rant is truly called for and piracy calls for it.

People can justify piracy all they want, call it whatever they want, but in the end, it’s nothing but stealing. It’s stealing from the booksellers, from the publishers and from the authors. People’s livelihoods depend on book sales. Bookstores can’t stay open if they don’t sell books. Publishers can’t continue releasing new books and discovering new authors if they don’t sell books. All of their employees and their families can’t pay their bills and put food on the table if they don’t sell books.

And authors cannot pay their own bills if they don’t sell books. Which means they must work full-time in a different job, they can’t write full-time and, eventually, they burn out by trying to do both. When they have to choose between feeding their families or writing books for people to steal, guess what they’ll choose?

Publishers will stop a series in the middle of it if the books aren’t selling, putting that author out of business. Without sales, they have no money to invest in new authors. In the end, readers lose out. Book pirates steal from all of us – authors, publishers, booksellers and fellow readers.

It’s not marketing. It doesn’t lead to more sales down the road. Would you steal a pair of shoes, thinking that if you like them, you’ll buy the next pair? Or justify by saying you’ll tell your friends about them, while at the same time counterfeiting a coupon so your friends can get them free?

Even if your morals are so poor, think about going back to the store to find it closed and the shoemaker’s gone out of business because nobody actually paid for the shoes. Sure, there are other shoes and stores, but others are stealing from them, so eventually they’re shutting doors, too. How sad it would be if we no longer had a choice of cute shoes. How sad it would be if we no longer had a variety of books.

We live in a privileged time that gives us access to art through our computers – music, films and books are all just a click away. I would hate for that privilege to be removed from all of us because some people believe they’re special, believe they don’t have to be responsible like everyone else does, believe they’re entitled to take what they want without paying.

Justify it all you want, but it’s still stealing.

Rant over.

Oh, except one other thing. Worse than file sharers? Those who resell digital copies. If you don't have distribution rights, if you don't pay royalties to the publisher or author, you have no right to sell. It's illegal. It's stealing. Karma's a bitch.

Thank you Kristie for writing this and allowing me to share it!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (9)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

•Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser this week:

Deal With The Devil, Part OneFear squeezed the prisoners in an iron and icy grip. Clarke could smell it, more pungent than stale uniforms and fresh sweat, taste it in the dust caking his face and lips. The other British officers sitting in a huddle around him stared at the dry turf between their knees or off into some unknowable vacuum. None would meet his gaze.
Deal With The Devil, Part One By J. Gunnar Grey
Published by Astraea Press http://www.astraeapress.com/


Monday Looks Forward (9)

Happy Tuesday everybody!
The new week started yesterday and let's take a quick look, what is going to happen in my blog.

Giveaways:
01 - 07 July 2011 - Freedom Giveaway Hop. It is a event hosted by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and by Simply Stacie. There will be more than 200 blogs participating, so I am sure it will be fun!


Blog Tours:
I am so delighted that during the summer I will be participating in several blog tours. It will be the first time for me, so I am looking very much forward to all of them. I was very happy when publicists from different publishers and authors contacted me! Thank you.

The rough preliminary schedule of the blog tours I will participate is as follows:

June 30 - July 16 - Book Tour - The Last Archangel by Michael D. Young
July 25 - August 7 - Virtual Book Tour - Skipping Stones at the Center of the Earth by Andy Hueller
August 7th Your Child's Writing Life by Pam Allyn
August 15 - August 31 - Virtual Book Tour - Huber Hill and the Dead Man's Treasure
August 15 - September 9 - Everblue by Brenda Pandos Blog Tour
 
I will probably create a separate page for Blog Tours and start adding information there.

Weekly Memes:

I'm participating in several weekly memes:

Monday Looks Forward on Monday
Teaser Tuesday on Tuesday
Wednesday Wonderings on Wednesday
Follow Friday and Book Blog Hop on Friday
In My Mailbox on Sunday

Happy reading, everybody!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Review of Raven's Kiss by Toni LoTempio

Author: Toni LoTempio

Title: Raven’s Kiss
Release date: 11th of April 2011
Reading level: FICTION - ADULT: Paranormal, Romance
Series: Raven Grace, #1
URL: http://www.tonilotempioauthor.webs.com/
Pages: 173 in Kindle version
Source: Won and received from author

From Goodreads:
RAVEN'S KISS: A PARANORMAL ROMANCE (RAVEN GRACE SERIES)Raven Grace was a college senior with ambitions of a career in law enforcement when she met the demon Aega, whose bite turned her from mortal to Shapeshifter. Now a member of the Recovery Organization, Raven keeps the peace between humans and errant Hellhounds, trolls, wizards and the like while trying to track down Aega and bring him to justice. After a particularly dicey encounter one night with a Hellhound, she goes to the aid of a girl who’s been attacked and near death—and is amazed to find Aega’s bite mark on the girl’s arm. Determined to get to the bottom of this, she revisits the victim’s apartment and there discovers her closet is a portal to a parallel universe, where people she knows lead vastly different lives. She also gets a glimpse of the Recovery Captain there—a six foot, redheaded Scotsman named Finn McPhee, whose sexy accent and even sexier bod sets her senses aflame. Seeking answers, Finn takes Raven to the magickal underworld, where an ancient fae informs them the demon’s quest is rooted in Scottish mythology and magick. As they delve deeper into legend, the truth comes to light—Aega is only a pawn, subservient to another, darker demon…a being who knows the truth about Raven’s heritage, and who orchestrated her return to this parallel universe for the ultimate showdown. Now, Finn and Raven find their passion for one another must take a backseat to Raven’s battle with a dark force who won’t be satisfied until he’s claimed her soul for his very own…

My review:

I was excited to read Toni LoTempio’s book, because I read some reviews prior to the book. I did not have to be disappointed!

Plot:

Meet Raven – she has been bit by Demon Aega and she is seeking her revenge. She is working in the Recovery Organization, which deals with supernatural criminals and bad guys. She hopes that her work in the Recovery helps her to find Aega. One day Raven comes across another girl who is bitten by Demon Aega and Raven wants to get into the bottom of this. Thanks to the portal to parallel universe she travels to another world to continue her search for Aega. On the other universe she finds so much more, especially Finn who is very attractive Scot and Raven finds herself quite attracted to him. It doesn’t help that he can actually read her mind. Together they need to find a solution to Raven’s identity and also catch Aega and an unknown dark and powerful enemy.

I liked the plot and I loved the aspect of parallel universe. I think it was brilliant! I enjoyed how characters were described by the author differently in the parallel universe; they were like different persons and personalities. It gave so much extra excitement to this book!

Characters:

I could not understand Raven. I think she was overly annoying and unpleasant in the beginning. She acted like spoiled brat. I liked her personality much better after she met Finn. It seemed that author tried too hard to create her, so Raven did not seem natural.

Finn was a sweet guy. I liked him from the moment he appeared in the book. Sweet, nice, flirting – a perfect match to Raven!

Generally:

Raven’s Kiss by Toni LoTempio was a good paranormal romance book. There were well described characters, interesting plot and a lot of fun to read!
4 stars out of 5.



In My Mailbox (10)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. Each week I will post books (or book-related things) that I've bought, won in contests, or received in the mail.


This week's mailbox has been interesting, especially because some books what I've won or will receive are still in the mail somewhere. Can't wait for them actually apparing there for real. Still there are actually 3 books this week, which I already have in my hands.

Books, I've won:

Hedgeland by Ann Nyland

HedgelandSummary from Goodreads:

Hedgeland, an urban fantasy of time travel. Dr April Neuland, a Professor of Ancient Languages turned non-fiction writer, has been plagued by dreams all her life, dreams of her past life in the Otherworld. Meanwhile, in a parallel dimension of April's past and Caridwen's future, Worthing, a Future History Professor, has allied with the Military to access Future Internet communications and use new technology to influence April to write an ebook novel revealing where she, in her past life as Caridwen, hid the Kiste, a device to travel through time and space. Hedgeland weaves all three time/space frames: Caridwen, Worthing, and April. Hedgeland is the first in the Hedgecraft Sequence, but is a fully self contained novel with no cliff hangers.


Books I've received for review:

Vampyre Kisses by Elizabeth J. Kolodziej

Summary from Goodreads:

Vampyre KissesVampyre Kisses is an enthralling story about a young woman named Faith, who was content with her life, but deep down craved more excitement. Then a mysterious man named Trent enters her life and everything changes. Surprising to Faith, Trent is a green-eyed vampire from Ireland. She is even more surprised to find out that she is a witch, and the last of her kind.



Faith finds out that she is destined to restore her witch line and becomes more powerful as she gains confidence and knowledge, but danger lurks everywhere. Especially when unknown assailants steal the most important gems from the vampire master and werewolf royalty.


Now surrounded by a world full of mystifying vampires and werewolves, can Faith gain enough power to help her friends and rescue the stolen gems?



Werewolf Descent by Elizabeth J. Kolodeziej

Summary from Goodreads:
Werewolf Descent (The Last Witch Series)

Last witch in the world, Faith Scott, and her Irish vampire boyfriend Trent have just come back from fighting for their lives to recover the Vampiric Blood gem and Werewolf Moon gem. Thinking they could finally relax and work on the romance growing between them, they now meet a mysterious psychic vampire named Vincent who has his heart set on being with Faith.



Soon bizarre killings of Zou Tai’s werewolf pack begin, with rumors of an alchemist possessing the famed philosophers stone being the assailant; which, causes Faith to turn to Vincent for help in figuring out why the werewolves are being murdered.


It isn’t long before all those around them test Trent and Faith’s love, along with their abilities, once again. It is all Trent can do to keep Faith safe by his side while both go up against a deadly alchemist, deceptive gods, and having to rescue the werewolf prince; yet, after a deal with the God of Werewolves will Trent be able to save himself too?
 
That was my IMM today.
 
Happy reading, everybody!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Winners of the Midsummer's Eve Giveaway

It's time to announce the winners of the Midsummer's Eve Giveaway Hop.




When I opened the Google docs to see how many participants I had on the giveaway, I was totally overwhelmed - 300 participants exactly!!! 300!!!! I felt so grateful, so I decided to add one winner. So instead of 3 winners, there will be 4. I hope that this is a nice surprise.

Do you want to know from how many different countries I had participants? I was curious to find out, so here you go - 47 countries. Can you say OMG?!!!!! I almost fell down from my chair!

Thanks to all these 300 participants from 47 countries who visited my blog! I am really grateful to you. Thanks goes also to Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer for organizing this event. It is highly appreciated!

And now - the winners. Let's open random.org and see who are the 4 lucky persons.


Winners of 10$ GC in amazon or books worth the same in The Book Depository are:

Nr. 172 Krysta Banco
Nr. 258 Alissa A
Nr. 153 Sarahthehobbit
Nr. 11 Theresa @Fade Into Fantasy

Congratulations!!!


The winners will be notified by email and they must reply within 48 hours. If no reply, I will pick new winner.

Thanks again to everybody for participating! Next giveaway starts already next week!

Happy Sunday, everybody!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Follow Friday (10)

Happy Saturday, everybody! Time to do some love sharing!!!



I'm participating in two follow Friday Blog Hops. The first one is hosted by Parajunkee's View
Parajunkee's View is featuring a blog every Friday. This Friday she introduces us to Mickey from I'm A Book Shark Take a look at her blog and follow her!


Question of the week:
In light of the Summer Solstice. Also known as Midsummer...let's talk about fairies. What is your favorite fairy tale or story that revolves around the fae?


My answer:
I haven't really read many fairy stories, but I liked Lesley Livingstone's Wondrous Strange series which is YA series. From adult books I like the fairy aspects of Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris.

Now to the second hop I'm participating. It is usually hosted by Jennifer at Crazy-For-Books.

Question of the week:
When did you realize reading was your passion and a truly important part of your life?

My answer:

I think from the moment I learned to read. Maybe even little before when my mom started reading to me. I have always preferred reading compared to many other activities. My passion for reading was also strengthened by my literature teachers and I am grateful for that. otherwise, my parents have always read a lot and I think I got my passion from home.

Happy hopping!


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Review of A Rancher's Pride by Barbara White Daille

Author: Barbara White Daille

Title: A Rancher’s Pride
Release date: 3rd of May 2011
Published by: Harlequin
Reading level: FICTION - ADULT: Romance, Western
URL: http://barbarawhitedaille.com/
Pages: 224 in Paperback
Source: Won it from Once upon a Chapter blog where I received a signed copy from the author


A Rancher's Pride (Harlequin American Romance)From Goodreads:

Sam Robertson's life just changed. In one short day, he found out that he's a daddy; that his beautiful little girl, Becky, is deaf; and that her aunt, sign language teacher Kayla Ward, intends to fight him for custody.


There are plenty of reasons Sam shouldn't fall for Kayla. A city girl like her has no place on his ranch, particularly when she's his ex-wife's gorgeous sister. But thanks to the judge's orders, Sam's spending a lot of time with Kayla, trying to give Becky the stable home she's never known.


Despite their ongoing custody battle, Sam and Kayla's love for Becky brings them closer than they ever expected, and Sam knows that no matter who wins in court, he could still lose—Kayla or his daughter.

My review:

I received this book through a contest on the blog Once Upon A chapter and I read it in one sitting after opening the package. A Rancher’s Pride was smoothly written and it was really easy to read. The story was interesting and characters believable.

The plot:

Rancher Sam Robertson gets a serious surprise when her ex-wife drops a present to him. He finds out that he has a 4 years old daughter Becky and to make his shock even bigger, his daughter is also deaf. Couple of days later Becky’s aunt Kayla is coming to visit. Kayla is determined to get the full custody of Becky and take Becky away from his dad. Kayla has heard a lot of ugly tales about Sam and she is willing to do whatever it takes to keep Becky away from Sam. The judge decides differently: Sam and Kayla need to share Becky for the coming six week and now the question is if these two learn how to get along or not.


The characters:

Sam is a hardworking rancher who carries a big baggage from his past. After he meets Kayla, he starts to accept things what have happened in his past and learns how to forgive himself. I really liked Sam. After Kayla walks into his life he starts open up and talk about his past.

Kayla really annoyed me in the beginning. How can a person take a kid away from her dad? When the story developed I also started to understand her better. Considering all the lies she has heard about Sam, it was no wonder about how she felt about him. Kayla was warm, spunky and a very sweet character.

Generally:

It was really a sweet book: a heartbreaking story about how two persons start to fight over a child, thinking that they have equal rights to keep the girl and how they find out that they have been totally wrong about each other. It was not only a romance novels, it also had a difficult topic in it: how do you continue your life when you suddenly find out that you have a deaf child whom you had no clue about.


4 stars out of 5.

Wednesday Wonderings (3)

Happy Wednesday!

Today's guest post for Wednesday Wonderings is written by author Lisa Sanchez. So ladies and gentlemen, give a warm welcome to Lisa!

Romance novels and why we read them
by Lisa Sanchez

Romance novels: what is it about them that we love so much, and why do we read them? I’m quite confident the answer to the above question is as diverse as the women and men (yes, men) who read them. Some like to read about the chase, the focused pursuit of a super alpha male as he wins over his reluctant woman. Others might enjoy the up and down rollercoaster of a tortured couple who have to fight to be together. Throw in a paranormal element like vampires or demons, a suspenseful plot that involves a stalker, a mobster or a jilted bride and you’ve got the making of a wonderful lazy afternoon, or evening.


For me, romance novels are all about escape. As a mother of three very busy girls, I get a daily dose of reality that threatens to choke the life out of me at times. Carpools, tumbling practice, grocery shopping and boyfriend drama make up 95 percent of my day. That extra five percent is all mine. And let me tell you, there’s nothing I enjoy more than winding down with a good romance. I love being swept away into an alternate universe, being able to peek into someone else’s life and recapture the angsty rush of new love, the back and forth struggle between the hero and heroine. Doesn’t matter if the romance is angsty, suspenseful, or laced with humor, if the writing is good I’m sucked in right away. And oh boy, if there’s some super hot shmexin’…even better!

Personally, I enjoy a mix of genres: paranormal, romantic suspense, erotic romance and some occasional YA thrown in every now and then. I recently attended RT (Romantic Times conference) and was able to meet one of my favorite authors. Let the pimpage commence, lol!!


How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire (Love at Stake, Book 1)Vamps and the City (Love at Stake, Book 2)Be Still My Vampire Heart (Love at Stake, Book 3)The Undead Next Door (Love at Stake, Book 4)All I Want for Christmas Is a Vampire (Love at Stake, Book 5)Secret Life of a Vampire (Love at Stake, Book 6)


I’m a fangirl. And yes, I totally did the fan girl squeal when I spoke to Kerrelyn Sparks. If you haven’t had a chance to read her Love At Stake series, what are you waiting for? Along with some incredibly hot males and superb story telling, Ms. Sparks has the unique and special talent of being able to make her readers laugh in the midst of suspense. I’m completely hooked on her series and recently finished Eat, Prey, Love and Vampire Mine. Both are excellent reads I highly recommend.

With Good Behavior (The Conduct Series, 1)Bad Behavior (The Conduct Series, 2)


Looking for suspense? Enjoy mobster tales and hunky sailors? I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Jennifer Lane in person, but I have had the pleasure of reading her work. Ms. Lane’s Conduct series details the journey of two unlikely parolees and the turbulent crime world that threatens to send them back to the slammer. There’s love, sex, guns, dirty money and a hunky hero appropriately named McSailor. Gotta love it!

In conclusion (I’ve always wanted to say that!), I suggest you celebrate the many reasons you love reading romance by cracking open a book, loading an old favorite onto your e-reader, or buying something off your wish list (hint, hint!). Grab a drink, a snack, sit back and let yourself be swept into a bold, new world where reality takes a back seat to the wonderful roller-coaster that is love. Dive into a romance and enjoy the journey!


Thank you so much, Lisa for the guest post! I haven't read the authors you are mentioning, so more books to add to my TBR list.
You can find my reviews of Lisa's books here:
Obsessed
Eve of Samhain
Pleasures Untold
 
Happy reading!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (8)


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


•Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


My teaser this week:

I didn't punch Cindy Newsome in the face on purpose. I sat in the chair outside the principal’s door, swinging my legs back and forth and wondering how I could possibly convince Principal Kim the same thing.  I knew it'd be hard, because a lot of people did want to punch Cindy Newsome in the face. 



Tracy Marchini. Hot Ticket (Kindle Locations 59-62). Squirrel Books.
Hot Ticket by Tracy Marchini.
 
Summary from Goodreads:
 
Hot Ticket (Hot Ticket Trilogy)Juliet Robinson is the only sixth grader in John Jay Jr. High who hasn't received a "hot ticket" from the mysterious ticket dispenser. When one of the dorkiest kids in school - Crammit Gibson - receives a ticket before she does, Juliet decides that the ticketing system has to stop. With the help of her best friend Lucy, a Daria-esque Madeline and her almost-crush Crammit, Juliet is determined to climb a few rungs on the middle school social ladder and catch the ticket dispenser once and for all!




HOT TICKET is the first book in the Hot Ticket Trilogy

Monday, June 20, 2011

Midsummer's Eve Giveaway Hop 21 - 24 June

Welcome to my part of the Midsummer's Giveaway Hop!!!



This big event is organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader Not A Writer and there are approximately 270 blogs participating!!! It will last from 21 - 24 June, so plenty of time to do some giveaway hopping!

This time it seems that I am number 13 on the long list. Usually it has been a lucky number for me!

What can you win this time?

There will be three winners, each of them will get 10$ Gift Certificate from amazon.com or a book from The Book Depository according to their own choice. The winners can decide themself which one they prefer.


Giveaway Details
In order to participate you need to be a follower of this blog, enter you name and email. That's mandatory.
Optional extra entries
+2 if you tweet about my giveaway and leave a direct link
+1 if you follow me on Goodreads
+1 if following me in Twitter
All possible entries: 5

I am posting this slightly earlier than other bloggers due to the time zone. I'm +6 till +12 hours ahead from the most of the participating bloggers.
And that's it folks!



Happy hunting!


Monday Looks Forward (8)

Happy Monday, everybody!

It seems that today is a blogging day for me :)
Last week was a really slow week for me for blogging. The reason behind it is actually quite nice - I think I'm in love. This time I'm not talking about the books I've read or characters, but myself. It's a wonderful feeling and I hope it will last for a very long time. So forgive me for not posting that actively last week, I just needed to take a short break from blogging and books to embrace my happiness. I need to float on this feeling. Now I'm back - happy and eager to blog as you can see.

Since it's Monday, let's see what I've planned for my blog this week.

Giveaways:

There will be a big bloghop giveaway where I'm participating. It's Midsummer Eve's Giveaway hop. The post will come up latest tomorrow. There are more than 200 blogs who take part of this, so it will be fun! It will last from 21 - 24 June.

Reviews:

I have read three books last week and I will post the reviews of these books during this week.
Raven's Kiss by Toni LoTempio, A Rancher's Pride by Barbara White Daille and also Bella by Steve Piacente. I'm counting on finishing also Hot Ticket this week.

Weekly Memes:
I'm participating in several weekly memes:
Monday Looks Forward on Monday

Teaser Tuesday on Tuesday
Wednesday Wonderings on Wednesday
Follow Friday and Book Blog Hop on Friday
In My Mailbox on Sunday


Midsummer Special:
Since Midsummer is a second biggest national holiday here and I will have 4 days off in a row, there will be two posts about that too through the books and reading.
Happy reading!

In My Mailbox

Happy Monday, everybody!

It has been 2 weeks ago, since I last did IMM, so today I will cover the last two weeks of books.

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. Each week I will post books (or book-related things) that I've bought, won in contests, or received in the mail.

This week's mailbox has been exciting, so many new books to read and also review!

Hot in HereBooks, I've won:

Hot In Here by Sophie Renwick

Summary from Goodreads:

A sizzling debut novel starring a sexy TV chef who steams up more than just entrees...

She wasn't his kind of dish-until someone turned up the heat...

Celebrity chef and infamous ladies' man Bryce Ryder can't believe the thoughts he's having about his old friend Jenna McCabe. She's always been the shy girlnext- door, but when some bad publicity threatens everything he's built, Jenna gets down to business- and shows a side of herself that is take-charge and totally irresistible.

Soon things are heating up in and out of the kitchen-and all of Jenna's secret fantasies about Bryce start coming true. But will she be the one to tame his heart, or is the sexy chef just indulging another one of his cravings?
To Kill A Warlock: Dulcie O'Neil Series
To Kill a Warlock by H.P. Mallory

Summary from Goodreads:
The murder of a dark arts warlock. A shape-shifting, ravenous creature on the loose. A devilishly handsome stranger sent to investigate. Sometimes working law enforcement for the Netherworld is a real bitch.

An Affair of the Mind by Jaquelynn Luben

Summary from Goodreads:
When Rosalind, an unfulfilled forty year old, observes the start of a romance, her mind takes off into flights of fancy and her thoughts are filled with the prospect of passionate encounters. But the outcome is something she did not envisage. A work of short crime from our Fingerprints line and the author of MAGGIES PLOT.

Russian Roulette by Mike Faricy
Summary from Goodreads:
Russian RouletteAt no surprise, dysfuntional PI Devlin Haskell falls in bed with his latest client. She's gone by the time he wakes and hasn't the foggiest notion that, from now on, he'll be dealing with the Russian mob. Along the way he finds himself at odds with a Russian butcher, local police and an FBI task force investigating human trafficking. In the process of getting answers Dev washes up on the far side of the law. He's shot, beaten, car bombed and used as a human shield, all in the name of justice, at least as he comes to see it. An entertaining tale of rank ineptitude and one night stands. Russian Roulette is another fast paced tale from the master of the bizarre, Mike Faricy.


 
Books I've received for reviewing from authors:
 
Bad Wolf by Tim McGregor
Bad WolfSummary from Goodreads:
 
Detective Lara Mendes’s hard work finally pays off when she gets the chance to join the homicide detail. There’s only one catch; she has to partner up with a cop no one wants to work with.

John Gallagher is a veteran homicide detective who loves stomping bad guys and hates partners. When the Lieutenant saddles him with this green kid named Mendes, his first reaction is to ditch her but a call comes in about a body on the river bank and the rotation says they’re up.

What they find are human remains, mutilated and partially devoured. Their investigation reveals a killer stalking the city with a pack of vicious, feral dogs.

And the suspect believes he is a werewolf.
But this is Portland, where crazy bastards outnumber normal ones ten to one. Except there’s another catch. The crazy werewolf guy? He isn’t crazy...

Awaken The Highland Warrior by Anita Clenney

Summary from Goodreads:
A man from another time...
Awaken the Highland WarriorFaelan is from an ancient clan of Scottish Highland warriors, charged with shielding humanity from demonic forces. Betrayed and locked in a time vault, he has been sleeping for nearly two centuries when spunky historian Bree Kirkland inadvertently wakes him. She's more fearsome than the demon trying to kill him, and if he's not careful, she'll uncover the secrets his clan has bled and died to protect...

Could be the treasure she's been seeking all her life...

When Bree inherits an old treasure map, she discovers a warrior buried in her backyard. But the warrior isn't dead. Bree shocks Faelan with her modern dress and her boldness, and he infuriates Bree every time he tries to protect her.

With demons suddenly on the move, Bree discovers that Faelan's duty as protector is in his blood, and that her part in this fight was destined before she was born. But nothing is ever what it seems...

Called Home: Two Hearts Answer by Gloria Schumann
Called Home: Two Hearts AnswerSummary from Goodreads:

Emma Benson's view of life was crafted by the death of her brother as a child, abandonment by her father and later, the man she trusted she would marry, until David Schlosser-back in town after years in New York writing best-selling novels-threatens her neatly tended life. Romance blooms. Emma and David eventually persevere in the face of tragedy, refusing to leave their dreams behind.

And that's not all of it!

I received a package on Saturday, which was sent to me from US by my very good friend Michele. In this package there were 5 books and several bookswags. So I took some pictures because I wanted to share all this with you.

These were the books what I won couple of weeks ago and now I'm glad to show them to you:
 
 
Dead on Delta by Stacey Jay
Scandal in Scotland by Karen Hawkins
Concrete Savior by Yvonne Navarro
Scarlet Nights by Jude Deveraux

And that's not all of it! Besides that I got:
A Rancher's Pride by Barbara White Daille which I won from Once Upon a Chapter who also sent their bookmark and pen. There was also a fridge magnet from the author. Loved it! I have already read the book and the review will come up soon!

That's still not all of it! I also received this:

It is a T-shirt which I won from Amy Fellner Dominy contest of her book OyMG at the Eve's Fan Garden. There was a little greeting from the author and also a bookmark. Love the tee!!

Last, but not least again something from Michele. Michele, I simply adore you!

I guess, I do not need to present for book lovers who these three pocket versions are, but just in case: I got myself Bella, Edward and Jacob!!!!! Michele, thank you so much!!!!

And that's it.

Happy Reading!
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