Thursday, May 31, 2012

BEA2012 Streaming 3-7 June!

Happy Thursday!


BEA2012 is offering a wonderful opportunity this year! Everybody, who cannot be present and participate in the event, BEA2012 is offering online streaming!

Thanks to Sony Reader Store, my blog can also show you what is going on at BEA2012 through streaming. Besides this post, I will add a BEA2012 page where you can follow the event because then you do not have to search for this post all the time!

The streaming should start from 3rd of June! enjoy and have fun!



Happy reading!




BEA 2012 - Here I come!

Happy Thursday!


Tomorrow morning I am flying to New York City!!! I am so incredibly excited about it! Tomorrow evening I will arrive and stay in NY for 2 weeks. I will spend 4 days at BEA2012 and after that it's time to see the sights and everything else what New York has to offer.

As you might have seen in previous posts, I have been doing quite a lot of planning for BEA2012 and I will meet many very interesting people: authors, publishers, publicists, organizers, bloggers etc.

What does it have to anything with you? Everything! I will share my experiences with all of you! There will be reports, interviews, pictures, videos, giveaways - all of it! So from 3-7 June most of the posts will be written about the BEA2012.

Besides that I will also participate at the New York Book and Media Week, which takes place in different venues in New York and I am planning to write about these things, too!

Dear readers, there will not be any posts during tomorrow, Friday, because I am spending most of the day in different planes. Stay tuned, because there will be couple of more posts coming today and then.... drumrolls... BEA2012 starts!!!!!!!

Take care and happy reading!


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Review of About Last Night by Ruthie Knox. Interview and Giveaway!

Happy Tuesday!

I am happy that today's post features one of my favorite contemporary romance authors, Ruthie Knox! Romance At Random and Ruthie Knox have organized a blog tour and I am proud to be a part of it!

My post includes a review of Ruthie's recent book About Last Night which will be released on June 11, a short interview with Ruthie, a giveaway of About Last Night and some information about the book and the author.



Author: Ruthie Knox
Title: About Last Night
Release date: 11th of June 2012
Published by: Random House
Imprint: Loveswept
Reading level: FICTION – Adult: Romance
URL: http://www.ruthieknox.com/
Pages/Size: 5 KB in eBook version
Source: Received from Romance At Random and from the author for blog tour

Summary:

Sure, opposites attract, but in this sexy, smart eBook original romance from Ruthie Knox, they positively combust! When a buttoned-up banker falls for a bad girl, “about last night” is just the beginning.


Cath Talarico knows a mistake when she makes it, and God knows she’s made her share. So many, in fact, that this Chicago girl knows London is her last, best shot at starting over. But bad habits are hard to break, and soon Cath finds herself back where she has vowed never to go . . . in the bed of a man who is all kinds of wrong: too rich, too classy, too uptight for a free-spirited troublemaker like her.


Nev Chamberlain feels trapped and miserable in his family’s banking empire. But beneath his pinstripes is an artist and bohemian struggling to break free and lose control. Mary Catherine — even her name turns him on — with her tattoos, her secrets, and her gamine, sex-starved body, unleashes all kinds of fantasies.


When blue blood mixes with bad blood, can a couple that is definitely wrong for each other ever be perfectly right? And with a little luck and a lot of love, can they make last night last a lifetime?

My review:

After I read Ride With Me by Ruthie Knox, I immediately knew that Ruthie is an author I will keep an eye on. Her new release, About Last Night was a good book, a perfect romance novel and very suitable for summer nights to read!

Regarding the plot:

About Last Night brings together two very different people, but both of them one thing in common – they need each other. It did not start out like that.

After her mother’s death Cath escaped from her wild life in Chicago to London, where she works at the museum organizing an exhibition of history of knitting. She has quiet life, because she does not allow herself to go back to her past. She works, she goes home and from home back to work. The only highlight of her life in London is observing people in a subway station. She has a favorite among the people in the subways station; she has labeled him with the nickname City. He is good looking and Cath assumed he is working in finances in London city and thus the nickname. They don’t talk to each other; they only recognize each other with small nods and hellos when they pass one another.

Everything changes when Cath allows herself to have a blind date, get drunk and open up for old wounds from her past. Next morning she wakes up in a bedroom which is not her own and she does not recall exactly what happened. Her surprise is very big, when she realizes that the owner of the apartment is her subway-friend City.

City found her drunk and crying and vulnerable and took her home to him, because she refused to tell him where she lived. When Cath wakes up and walks into his painting studio in the morning he feels attraction towards her and it seems the feeling is mutual even though Cath is trying to hide it as much as possible.

As the story develops, City is asking her for a favor, a favor which changes both of their lives. City is Nev Chamberlain, son of a very old, very traditional and very rich family and the family tries to manipulate him to do things he does not want to. The one and only thing Nev wants to do is to paint, but his family is weaving a plot to force him to get married to a right woman and offer him a corporate management position.

After Nev takes Cath to meet his family, everything changes.

Regarding the characters:

I think that besides a good plot, the characters were well created by the author.

I enjoyed both Cath and Nev. They were not perfect, they had their weaknesses and flaws and that was exactly what made both of them believable. Cath struggled with her past, with her mother’s death and last, but not least with herself. Nev had a family who wanted him to be a different person. These things made the characters stronger. They were created like real people and therefore it was easy for the reader to relate to them.

I loved their love story which had some challenges to overcome! I think the author did an excellent job with creating attraction, sparks and problems in their relationship. Well done!

Generally:

About Last Night by Ruthie Knox is a book I would recommend to everybody who loves to read romance novels. It was easy to read, it was fun and light and it would be perfect book to devour during long and light summer nights!

5 Flowers!
5 stars.

Thanks to Romance At Random for providing me with the NetGalley copy of the book!




Ruthie agreed to have a short interview with Me and Reading, so ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to Ruthie Knox, the author of About Last Night!

Let’s talk about your recent release, About Last Night! First of all, thank you for writing a good book, I truly enjoyed it!

Thank you! I do my best. :-)

Where did you get the idea for the story in your book?

I tend to get stories from the inciting incident, though of course all the pieces move around and change over time as I work on the book, and often the inciting incident has disappeared by the final version of the book. In the case of About Last Night, the seed of the book was something along the lines of “What if an American woman had too much to drink and required rescue from the train station by a stuffy Englishman she knew only from her daily commute?” And the seed of that idea was that I lived in London in 2002, and I spent a lot of time commuting around by train and people-watching.

I find the whole idea of meeting someone you sort of “know” by sight to be full of romantic possibility, in part because it creates so much potential for challenging the characters’ impressions of one another. In About Last Night, Cath is certain she knows everything there is to know about the man she calls “City” before she even meets him. And, of course, she’s completely wrong.

If you would tell to the readers why they should read About Last Night, what would it be?

Hmm, depends on the reader! I’d say that if you like complicated, interesting, wounded characters, then read the book for Cath, because she’s the most complicated, interesting, wounded character I’ve ever written.

If, on the other hand, you like passionate, steady, intelligent, honest, hot-as-hell heroes, read it for Nev. He’s dreamy as all get-out. :-)

I really like the characters in the book. How did you create the characters?

Oh, thank you! I like them, too. I’m not sure I did create them. Sometimes it seems like they just existed all along. But that’s not a very satisfying answer, is it? I always get annoyed when authors say that, and honestly, the writing process has never felt like any kind of spiritual channeling to me—it’s hard work!

I suppose I created the characters from the situation, and from the few things that I knew about them from the very outset. I knew Cath was an expatriate, that she was lonely, and that she had all these tattoos that were supposed to remind her of her mistakes. I didn’t know, at first, what those mistakes actually were. But I understood the core of Cath, which is a profound distrust of her own judgment, and everything else sort of grew from there. What kind of person distrusts herself so much? What happened that made her that way? How can she still be so strong, and what are the sources of her strength? And, for Nev, why does he want Cath? What does she bring to him that he doesn’t have? What would his life look like if he were being honest with himself about what he wanted?

I ask a lot of questions, I suppose, and then they sort of answer themselves. :-)

Do you have any new novels in progress?

I do! Bunches. I have two books coming out with Loveswept next year, just recently re-titled Along Came Trouble and Flirting with Disaster. Those are longer novels, set in small-town Ohio, and they revolve around a brother and sister, Caleb and Katie Clark, and a small-scale security company that Caleb has started up after leaving the army to help take care of his family. I also have a novella (currently titled Big Boy) that will be part of a group of stories called Strangers on a Train to come out with Samhain, though we don’t have a schedule for that yet.

Meanwhile, I’m writing up a storm. I’m trying to do two more novellas, one that’s a sort of prequel to Along Came Trouble and Flirting with Disaster, the other a freestanding Christmas novella that’s my idea of a rewrite of the film It’s a Wonderful Life. Plus I have . . . *counts on fingers* . . . four different novels I have plans to write or rewrite, and a series of three novels that I’m hoping to sell soon that still need to be written. So much to do, so little time!

Thanks for having me to visit, Inga!

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Thank you Ruthie, for coming by! I am looking very much forward to all of your future releases!

About Last Night, coming from Loveswept (Random House), June 11, 2012!


Preorder/order links -- only $2.99, releases June 11

Amazon -- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006XWY424
Barnes and Noble -- http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/about-last-night-ruthie-knox/1108296251?ean=9780345535160
iBooks -- http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/about-last-night/id479800484?mt=11

Other links

Book page at Random House -- http://www.randomhouse.com/book/219015/about-last-night-by-ruthie-knox
Book page at Goodreads -- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13414764-about-last-night
Ruthie Knox website -- http://www.ruthieknox.com/
Ruthie Knox on Facebook -- http://www.facebook.com/ruthieknox
Follow @ruthieknox on Twitter -- https://twitter.com/#!/RuthieKnox


About the author:
Ruthie Knox figured out how to walk and read at the same time in the second grade, and she hasn’t looked up since. She spent her formative years hiding romance novels in her bedroom closet to avoid the merciless teasing of her brothers and imagining scenarios in which someone who looked remarkably like Daniel Day Lewis recognized her well-hidden sex appeal and rescued her from middle-class Midwestern obscurity. After graduating from Grinnell College with an English and history double major, she earned a Ph.D. in modern British history that she’s put to remarkably little use.


These days, she writes contemporary romance in which witty, down-to- earth characters find each other irresistible in their pajamas, though she freely admits this has yet to happen to her. Perhaps she needs more exciting pajamas. Her debut novel, Ride with Me, came out with Loveswept (Random House) in February.





One lucky commenter will be randomly chosen to win a digital preview copy of About Last Night. Winners will pick up their copy through NetGalley. Good luck to all!

To enter, leave a comment with your email!

Giveaway is open internationally and it runs from today until 10th of June!

Happy reading!







Monday, May 28, 2012

Betrayed by Ednah Walters - Win 100$!

Happy Tuesday!

Time for another book blast - Betrayed by Ednah Walters! This book blast is organized by Kathy at I Am A Reader Not A Writer. My post includes some information about the book, about the author Ednah Walters and you have a chance to win 100$. Enjoy and good luck!




Betrayed is a Young Adult book.


Betrayed

Lil isn't just an average teenager. She's one of the Nephilim--the descendants of humans and angels--which gives her some serious psi skills and a mission for redemption. Just when Lil thinks she's found a balance between her normal life with human friends and her training to become a Guardian, she's warned that someone close to her will betray her. When the boy she loves starts acting strangely and one of her human friends acquires a supernatural ability, Lil begins to realize that someone is manipulating the people she loves... and won't stop until she's been lured to the dark side.



LINKS:

WEBSITE: http://www.ednahwalters.com/
BLOG: http://ednahwalters.blogspot.com/
FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/ednahyaauthor#!/GuardianLegacyBooks
YOUTUBE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtkmEprzYaY
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/#!/yaednah_walters
GOODREADS: http://www.goodreads.com/Authorednah
GOOGLE+https://plus.google.com/u/0/113199492695974871853#113199492695974871853/posts
AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/Betrayed-A-Guardian-Legacy-Book/dp/1937053180/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1338009509&sr=1-1-catcorr
BARNES AND NOBLE: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/betrayed-ednah-walters/1111124607?ean=9781937053185
BOOK DEPOSITORY: http://www.bookdepository.com/Betrayed-Ednah-Walters/9781937053185

PRAISE FOR THE BOOK:

Just like Awakened, Betrayed has risen above all the other books in this genre. She has created such an amazing world for her Guardians & demons where good and evil are not as simple as it seems they should be.
~J. Whitus (Book Junkies) Walking On Bookshelves

I just love a spunky heroine so I was excited to keep reading about Lil, the demon hunter I got to know in Awakened (book one of The Guardian Legacy series). Walters takes the story and world she built so well in Awakened and adds in an intense plot with lots of twists to make for a strong sequel.
~ Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading)

Lil is one of my favorite female leads, with all of the traits that you want a strong female lead to have. She's smart, strong, loyal and doesn't know how to back down.
~ Missy (Missy's Reads and Reviews)

Lil has her work cut out for her in this book and she never failed me once!
There is action in this book as well as a lot of emotional turmoil.
~ Cathy Garcia http://thewritingsonthe.blogspot.com/2011/10/guardian-legacy-review-giveaway.html


EDNAH WALTERS BIO:

I grew up reading Nancy Drew and Hardy boys mysteries and fell in love with books

I enjoy good love stories, tingly mysteries and epic adventures. When I finished my college and decided to be a stay-at-home mother, I devoured books like they were going out of production, until reading just wasn't enough. So I started to write.

I've written picture books (unpublished), contemporary and romantic suspense (under the pen name E. B. Walters), and finally YA fantasy (as Ednah Walters).

AWAKENED (2010) is the prequel to the YA series about the Nephilim, The Guardian Legacy series. BETRAYED(book # 1) is now available wherever books are sold, HUNTED (book # 2) will be released in February 2013 andFORGOTTEN (later in 2013).

My adult contemporary with or without suspense is about a west coast Irish-American family series. I've published four Fitzgerald books: SLOW BURN (April 5th 2011), MINE UNTIL DAWN (June 29th 2011), KISS ME CRAZY (Sept 25th 2011) and DANGEROUS LOVE (Jan 29th 2012)

When I'm not writing, I do things with my family, five children and my darling husband of 18 years. I live in a picturesque valley in northern Utah, the setting for my YA series.


Giveaway Details:

$100 Amazon.com Gift Code

Ends 6/5/12

Open to anyone who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent's permission. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.


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Good luck and happy reading!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Announcing the new Astrea Press Book Club!

Happy Saturday!

There are some news from Astrea Press. They are starting up a book club and everybody can join in! Here is the message:

June 1, 2012 Astraea Press with be starting a book club. Each month a new book will be offered for FREE to readers to read and enjoy. At the end of the month we will host a Chat with the Author and readers on the NEW Astraea Press Book Club Facebook group. http://www.facebook.com/groups/319805601428268/


Readers are encouraged to post a reader review at Amazon, B&N and or Goodreads if they choose but it is not required. For information about upcoming books please join the Facebook group and have fun reading your free copy each month. That's 12 free books each year :) The books offered will span all genres that Astraea Press offers and showcase a number of talented authors.

Happy reading!

Free download in Kindle - Hearts Restored by Prue Phillipson

Happy Saturday!

Knox Robinson Publishing offers a free download in Kindle.

Hearts Restored by Prue Phillipson is now available as a free download in the Kindle store from today until Sunday.



Here is the book blurb:


What can a young man of fifteen do when he is told by his mother that the three cousins he is about to meet all want to marry him? Daniel Wilson Horden has arrived in London with his parents from their home in Northumberland on the very day of King Charles II's triumphant return to his capital. Receiving his own personal wave from the king, Daniel longs only to serve him, but first he must keep at bay the threat of marriage. His two French cousins are adamant in their pursuit of him, but Daniel is intrigued by his English cousin, Eunice, whose Puritan father snatches her away from the reunion celebrations. Unaware that his gallant attempt to save her has endeared him to her, Daniel only just escapes the marriage trap which his younger French cousin lays for him and is sent off to study at Cambridge University. Once she returns to her father's home, Eunice is condemned to a life of austerity. Heart-sick, she is assured by her grandmother that Daniel will come for her when he graduates from university. But, unaware of his cousin's feelings for him, Daniel goes off to join the navy only to find that fighting in the king's service is not as glorious as he had imagined. While the navy suffers at sea, London passes through plague and fire. Will Eunice survive the hardship? And will Daniel return to fulfil the promise in his eyes on that fateful day in London?
 
Here are the links:


http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hearts-Restored-Hordens-Horden-ebook/dp/B007I8RTC4/ref=sr_1_23?ie=UTF8&qid=1336663168&sr=8-23

http://www.amazon.com/Hearts-Restored-Hordens-Horden-ebook/dp/B007I8RTC4/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1336663268&sr=8-8

Happy reading!

Winner of Between by Mary Ting!

Happy Saturday!


Time to announce the winner of ecopy of Between by Mary Ting. There were 85 entries in total and the winner is:

Alison Fees

Congratulations!!!

Email is sent to the winner and the winner has 24 hours to reply. Thank goes to everybody who participated and to Mary Ting for providing the ebook to the winner!

Happy reading!


Winner of Love In Bloom Giveaway Hop!


Time to announce the winner! There were 1114 entries done. Thanks goes to the organizers of the hop and to all participants!





The winner of contemporary/lighthearted young adult romance or a sweet, clean adult romancefrom The Book Depository is:

Amber Y

Congratulations!

The email is sent to winner and winner has 24 hours to reply.
Happy reading!






Winner of Spy Contest and 100$!

Happy Saturday!

Spy Contest has ended and I am glad to announce the winner of 100$!


There were 67 participants and I liked all your suggestions how to be undercover agent in my destination Paris. Thank you for participating!

The winner is:

Christina Fiorelli

Congratulations!!!

The email is already sent to winner.
Thank again to everybody who participated!

Happy reading!

Unspent Time Launch Party by Graham Parke

Happy Saturday!

I have a visitor on the blog today. Graham Parke, the author of Unspent Time is having a Launch Party for his book. Take a look - there are many prizes to win!

 

Unspent Time Launch Party

Get free books and win a Kindle Fire or a Kindle Touch






Warning: reading this novel may make you more attractive and elevate your random luck by about 9.332%*

(* These statements have not been evaluated by any person of consequence!)

From the award winning author of ‘No Hope for Gomez!’ comes a collection of impossible tales. Permeating the cracks between the past and the present is the realm of Unspent Time; time that was allotted but never spent. This is where we find the stories that could have been true.

Read how to enter below.



Excerpt


Sunday brunch; the table overflowing with food and drink, the fine china and silverware laid out, the clock ticking away painfully slow minutes before father finally speaks. "Well son," he says, "isn't it about time you got yourself a job?"


John looks up from his plate. "Dad," he says, "I have a job."


Father nods thoughtfully, chewing his medium rare steak. "I guess it's about time you moved out then. Found a place of your own. Planted some roots."


John is baffled. "But dad, I moved out five years ago. In fact, this is the first time I've been back." He looks over at mother, who shrugs and says, "You know dear, your brother has his own business. He set up an accountancy firm."


John rolls his eyes. "That's me, mom. I set up an accountancy firm. John Williams and Associates."


"That's good to hear," father says. "Always said you should run your own business. You have a keen business sense. You always had."


"I just wish he'd find himself a girlfriend," mother complains.


"What do you mean?" John smiles apologetically at Annabel. "I have a girlfriend, mother, she's sitting next to you. She gave you flowers at the door, remember?" He points at the vase. "You put them in water."


Mother waves it away with a warm smile. "Sorry dear, I meant a proper girlfriend." She squeezes Annabel's hand. "You know what I mean, don't you dear?"


Annabel opens her mouth, but can't think of anything to say.


"Didn't you used to have dark hair," father says suddenly, "and not quite so many arms?" He looks John over carefully. "Yes, yes," he says, "you definitely look different. Did you get shorter?"


"That's enough!" John gets up. He gestures at Annabel to do the same. "If you cannot behave like civilized human beings, then we're going! I can't believe you'd treat Annabel and myself this way. It's appalling!"


Father throws down his napkin and stands as well. "Serves you right, young man," he says. "Serves you right for not going home for five years and then ending up in the wrong house!"

... continued in Unspent Time


How to enter:

For the launch of the new novel I decided to discount it to $0.99 for today (PC and eBook), give away some exclusive content, and raffle off two Kindles. All entrants will get:


  • An exclusive spin-off novelette (not available for purchase anywhere!)

  • Making of Gomez: behind the scenes eBook

  • Signature for their paperback or kindle edition

  • Chance to win a Kindle Fire or a Kindle Touch

(Prizes can be traded for Amazon gift certificates if you already own them.)

Just email your receipt to nohopeforgomez@gmail.com to enter.

Each purchase counts, so stock up on birthday presents (for people you don't like that much, for instance) The discount ends today, but be sure to send the receipts no later than June 1st.





(Or order the books from any bookstore.)

Coupon code for today: ZB77D


And then get by tweeting about your purchase:


Sound bites from Unspent Time:


“I'm looking into my past lives. I'm convinced some of them still owe me money.”



“I'm very polite by nature, even the voices in my head let each other finish their sentences.”



“I didn’t actually want to do it,” Kiala told the boy. “The universe just kind of conspired to force me to make a fool of myself. It does that quite a lot, actually.”



“Sadly, my socks are like snowflakes, no two are exactly alike.”



Here's what reviewers had to say:



"A veritable page turner of nonstop laughs!" -- Reader Views

"An unputdownable read. a Coens Brothers' film in book form." -- BookReview.com

“Extremely witty and clever writing.” -- California Chronicle

"A Party for your Brain!" -- Warren Baxter


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.



http://www.grahamparke.com/
http://www.grahamparke.blogspot.com/
GoodReads
Facebook


Happy reading!



Thursday, May 24, 2012

Splash Into Summer Giveaway Hop25-31 May


It's here!!! Welcome to Splash Into Summer Giveaway Hop! This event is organized by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and by Page Turners Blog. It runs from 25 - 31 of May and there are more than 250 blogs participating.




What can you win this time?

Me and Reading will give 2 prizes this time:

1 person will win a book from The Book Depository
1 person will win 10$ GC from amazon.com

Giveaway details:

The giveaway is open internationally.
You have to be follower of Me and Reading.

Extra Optional Entries:
+1 Like Me and Reading FB page
+1 Follow in Twitter
+1 Tweet about the giveaway

Fill in the Rafflecopter below!
 
 
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Since I am travelling to BEA2012 in New York, the winners will be announced latest 9th of June.
The linky to all other participants is below the post!

Good luck and happy reading!


The Soul Savers Book Tour by Kristie Cook - Giveaway and Guest Post

Happy Thursday!


I am delighted to be part of The Soul Savers Blog Tour. The Soul Savers is a series written by one of my favorite authors - Kristie Cook! I have reviewed all the books in the series and you can find my review of the third book in the series HERE. The tour is organized by Confessions of Bookaholic and the author Kristie Cook.





Today's post will include information about the third book in the series, Devotion, about the author and Kristie has written a short guest post about what loyalty means to the main character Alexis. Finally, there is a giveaway!


Book Summary:



With powerful abilities gained from the Ang’dora and Tristan back by her side, Alexis thinks she’s ready for the next challenge— protecting her son from what appears to be the inevitable. But she has so much to learn about her powers, her new world and the people in it. Nothing is what it seems to be on the surface, including the Amadis.

Power-hungry politicians comprise the council and make impossible demands. A traitor lurks among them all, inciting trouble that could destroy the Amadis and, ultimately, humanity. The Daemoni wreak havoc in the human world, with the ultimatum that they’ll continue attacking innocents until Alexis and Tristan are expelled from the Amadis’ protection. The couple’s own society begins to shut them out. But that’s not all.


Someone’s keeping a secret. A big one. Faith and hope in Alexis and Tristan will be restored if she can uncover the truth in time.


But the search for answers leads only to the discovery of more betrayals by those closest to Alexis. Her devotion is put to the test—devotion to her husband, to her family, to her people and to her beliefs—leaving her to question whom she’s fighting for and why she should even bother. But if she won’t fight . . . who will?

Purchase Devotion:


Amazon Print: http://www.amazon.com/Devotion-Kristie-Cook/dp/0984699031/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1336344725&sr=8-1
Amazon ebook: http://www.amazon.com/Devotion-Soul-Savers-ebook/dp/B0073XXOGO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1336344725&sr=8-1
Barnes & Noble Print: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/devotion-kristie-cook/1037750160?ean=9780984699032
Barnes & Noble ebook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/devotion-kristie-cook/1108240265?ean=2940014077279
Devotion, the latest book in the Soul Savers series: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11306989-devotion

 
About Kristie Cook:

Kristie Cook is a lifelong writer in various genres, from marketing communications to fantasy fiction. Besides writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and riding on the back of a motorcycle. She has lived in ten states, but currently calls Southwest Florida home with her husband, three teenage sons, a beagle and a puggle. She can be found at http://www.kristiecook.com/.

 
 
CHARACTER: Alexis


QUESTION: What is the biggest betrayal you've experienced? Who/what are you most loyal to?

Alexis: I think I’m most loyal to my family. I don’t know enough about the Amadis and don’t trust very easily, so I don’t know yet how devoted I can be to them. But I will always fight for my family, both by blood and by love.


Tour information can be found here:

http://www.kristiecook.com/2012/05/on-tour-and-you-could-win-nook.html

Kristie’s Links:
Kristie Cook’s Website: http://www.kristiecook.com/
Goodreads Page: http://www.goodreads.com/KristieCook
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/kristiecookauth
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorKristieCook

Thanks to Kristie for coming by!




Kristie is organizing a tour giveaway, during which people can win following:

Grand Prize – Nook Simple Touch (US only)
1st Prize — All 4 of my books signed (US only)
2nd Prize — Soul Savers Swag bag (US only)
International Prize — All 4 books as ebooks

Rules: You just need to leave a comment below tour post to be entered to win.
Each comment left throughout the tour will count as an entry.
Please include your email address and if you are international participant!
You can find more information about the tour here: http://www.kristiecook.com/2012/05/on-tour-and-you-could-win-nook.html


Leave a comment, good luck and happy reading!

Masters of the Veil Book Blast - Win 100$!

Happy Thursday!

Welcome to my stop at the Masters of the Veil Book Blast! My post contains some information about the book and a guest post by the author Daniel A. Cohen and of course, book blast giveaway, which is hosted by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer.



Summary:




Life can't get much better for Sam Lock. Popular, good-looking, and with a future as a professional football player. every guy at Stanton High School wishes he were Sam. That is, until his championship football game, when Sam accidentally links with an ancient source of energy known as the Veil and reveals his potential to become a powerful sorcerer. Sam is whisked off to Atlas Crown, a community of sorcerers who utilize the Veil as a part of everyday life. Once there, he trains beside a mute boy who speaks through music, an eternal sage who's the eyes and ears of the Veil, and a beautiful girl who's pretty sure Sam's an idiot. As it becomes clear Sam's meant for power magic-the most feared and misunderstood form of sorcery-people beyond Atlas Crown learn of his dangerous potential. An exiled group of power sorcerers are eager to recruit Sam, believing that he is destined to help them achieve their long-held goal. If they succeed, they could bring about the downfall of not only Atlas Crown. but all humankind.





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PRAISE:

"This Book was brilliant, creative, and completely magical. If you want an amazing book to read in 2012, I would suggest you go to the bookstore and pick up a copy of Masters of the Veil
~Julia @Inkbitten


"I loved this book. I could list all the reasons, but there is one piece of praise I think sums up the book best. My son grabbed it as soon as I was finished reading it and hasn't put it down since. Dan Cohen has a winner with this series."
~Author Michelle Pickett

"A funny, imaginative, and delightful read!"
~Author Kate Kaynak


LINKS:

BOOK TRAILER
BLOG
GOODREADS
FACEBOOK
AMAZON LINK
BN LINK
TWITTER



Author Daniel A. Cohen

Daniel A. Cohen was just your average business student. Microeconomics, finance, marketing… you name it, he had to do a PowerPoint presentation on it. One dark and stormy night, he was bitten by the radioactive realization that memorizing business jargon could possibly be the most boring activity known to man.

After gaining eagle-eye vision, abs that could grate cheese, and a talent for imagining things (including his cheese-grating abs), he wrote his first novel and began his epic battle against the formidable business jargon. He continues to fight the good fight by playing saxophone and writing YA fantasy, forever hoping his Veil trilogy will help inspire others to join his cause.

MAGIC FAQ + A SHORT LESSON FROM BARIV THE CONDUIT


Congratulations! You can do magic!
Here’s what you need to know about your exciting new ability:


Q: WHAT IS MAGIC? AND WHY CAN I DO IT?

This can be a very thrilling, confusing, and even frightening time for a young sorcerer, so let’s start with the basics. Magic is just another way of saying, “Connecting with the Veil.” As you may already know, the Veil is an ancient energy that lies all around us that some fortunate few (YOU!) can even use.

The Veil gives the sorcerer communities everything we need to survive. The more the Veil is used, the more She gives us. All sort of wonderful plants, animals, food, clothing, and shelter… they’re all there, waiting to spring forth.

There is no conclusive evidence explaining why some people can use the Veil and some people cannot. Some speculate it’s genetic, while others believe it’s spiritual. Alas, we will probably never be sure, so just be thankful that you are one of the lucky ones.

Q: HOW DO I DO MAGIC?

There are two methods of doing magic: A “grip” and a “drape”

A Grip: Connecting with the Veil to perform a specific feat.

A Drape: Essentially it’s wrapping the Veil around an object to give it extraordinary properties.

As you may have seen from the older sorcerers in your magical community, we use something called a “Second-Skin” to access the Veil. A second-skin is a covering for your hand that allows you to grip the Veil. Second-skins must be made from materials that have sprung from the Veil in order to work. One of the first things that you will be instructed to do is create your own second-skin in order to create the deepest connection. You can use anything from dried aansi leaves to the bark from a zigzag tree, just know that attempting to do magic that is beyond your reach with break your second-skin.

Q: HOW SOON WILL I BECOME A MASTER SORCERER?

Whoa there! Don’t get ahead of yourself. Magic is extremely difficult and it’s going to take some time for you to become proficient at it. You have a magnificent, bumpy road ahead of you.

Q: BUT WHO IS GOING TO TEACH ME?

The sorcerer community doesn’t take your new ability lightly. We will provide you with the finest teachers available. Train hard enough and you might even get to be in Rona’s group (but don’t get your hopes up)!!! You will be matched up by your skill level and organized by the type of magic you’ll be pursuing.

Q: IS MAGIC DANGEROUS?

It can be if used wrong. To avoid causing unnecessary pain, make sure you study hard, respect your clan elders, and eat your vegetables.

Q: VEGETABLES?

Yes, vegetables.

Q: WILL I HAVE TO LEAVE MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY?

For a short time, yes. Whether you’re from the flathand (those who can’t grip the Veil) world or a magical community, you will be brought to Atlas Crown to study with Bariv. Bariv is the conduit to the Veil, and he will be the first—and probably the most influential—teacher you will have. After learning about your ability from Bariv, you will have the choice of returning home or staying in Atlas Crown.


*Special note for those who come from the flathand world. In the rare occurrence that you choose to return to the non-magicworld, you will be draped with the inability to speak of our world or perform magic outside of a magical community. Sorry. The good news is that if you choose to join a magical community, your immediate family will be invited to come with you and will be provided for.


NOW TAKE A SEAT AND ENJOY A QUICK LESSON FROM BARIV ON THE THREE DISCIPLINES OF MAGIC


Welcome. Please have a seat. Before you are three second-skins that I have created for choosing purposes. As you may already know, there are three disciplines of magic that come from the Veil.

First, there are natural magics, which are best gripped with the aid of plants. The green second-skin is made from the leaf of the grampith tree.

Natural magics are very useful. They feed, they clothe, they help us interact with the world around us. We would not survive without them. Nature is dough and you shape it to your desires—if you are skilled enough. Mountains can be leveled and water can fall upwards. Nature’s secrets will whisk you away to another plane where you can realize the awe-inspiring connections we hold with the world around us.

Next, there are the mystical magics. The metal second-skin you see on the left was mined from beneath Grus’ pass and made from silver-palladium mixed by my own hand. A mystical sorcerer would use this second-skin. The mystical magics keep true to their namesake. Even I don’t fully understand all that can be accomplished with this, and I have been close to the Veil for a very long time. Those who excel at the mystical arts can reach into the deepest, darkest parts of the mind and cast dreams into reality. They can navigate the vast and powerful river of time. Reap gold out of metals like a glorious harvest. Harness fear, and ride on its back until it tires.

And last… there is the second-skin made from the hide of Sectus remisican, the skull-wolf. This is a tool of power magics. These tools work best if taken forcibly. In Atlas Crown, we do not kill when we do not have to; however, in this particular case we had to. The power sect is a dangerous one, yet it brings with it the ability to forge oneself into the greatest ruler and purveyor of dominance. Authority is a given. Supremacy is taken. The true power sect is scarcely found here. Those who have chosen it, or rather have been chosen, usually take the road down another path, a false path that can only lead to death and misery. However, when applied for good, the power sect can be the most useful of them all. An iron body has no need for a suit. That is what the Veil is at Her heart. She is power. She holds possibilities so grand, we can never understand, only observe.

Now why don’t you try one on?


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Giveaway Details

Author Daniel Cohen is offering one lucky person a $100 Amazon.com Gift Card.
Last day to enter is May 31st

Open to anyone who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent's permission. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Gothic Spring by Caroline Miller - Review, Guest Post and Giveaway

Happy Wednesday!


Welcome at my stop at Gothic Spring Blog Tour! This tour is organized by NURTURE Virtual BOOK Tourz™ an by the author Caroline Miller. My stop includes review, guest post and giveaway. Let's start with my review of the Gothic Spring!


About the book:

Title: Gothic Spring
Author: Caroline Miller
Genre: Fiction - Gothic
Published by: Koho Pono, LLC
Publication Date: January 2012
Age Restriction: N/A
Content Warning: Implied Sexual Elements
Recommended Age: YA (Young Adult), 15-17 years of age, 18 +
Format(s): eBook, trade paperback
ISBN 13: 978-0-9845424-9-9
Number of pages: 316

Synopsis:

Victorine Ellsworth knows something about the death of the vicar's wife... but what? Is she the killer? Or the next victim?



Gothic Spring is a journey into a mind that is unraveling. Victorine is a young woman poised at the edge of sexual awakening and cursed with more talent and imagination than society will tolerate. The conflict between her desire and the restrictions that rule her life lead to tragic circumstances.






My review:

Gothic Spring by Caroline Miller is a historical Gothic novel. Gothic spring is excellently written and Caroline Miller is exceptionally good of describing the surroundings and characters she has created. I am not a very big fan of Gothic novels, but I really enjoyed Caroline Miller's work! Definitely a book for lovers of historical and Gothic novels!

Regarding the plot and characters:

It is true, that Gothic Spring takes you into a mind that is disturbing and captivating. The heroine of the book, Victorine is a young woman who seems very innocent, but that is only what you see in the surface. She also likes to see people hurt, she is plotting and annoyed by the limits of her time.

I really liked Victorine and her persistence and intelligence, but there are much darker sides of her which keep surprising you throughout the whole story.

You meet other characters, which are controversial, the vicar, whose death is nothing what it seems and a young man Jeremy, who also have things to hide.

Generally:

Gothic spring by Caroline Miller gives you very good settings and pictures of the era. The dialogue is minuscule, but right to the point. The characters seem real with both good and evil in them, so the proportions are very nicely balanced. Great book!

5 Flowers!
5 stars!


Author Bio:

Caroline Miller is a woman of many distinctions. Oregonians know her distinguished career in public service. She served two terms as Multnomah County Commissioner, preceded by a term as an original councilor with Metro, the Portland area regional government.


As a novelist, 2009 marked a creative milestone for Caroline Miller. Gothic Spring is a classic page-turner centering on a talented, independent young woman, tormented by her passions and intolerance and the mysterious death of the vicar’s wife. This novel is being reissued in print format by Koho Pono LLC and is available in electronic format. Miller published a fictionalized memoir, Heart Land, earlier that same year. A third novel, still unnamed, is slated for publication shortly.


Miller is a member of PEN. Her prolific short stories thrilled readers in publications as diverse as Children's Digest, Grit and Tales of the Talisman. Her short story, 'Under the Bridge and Beneath the Moon,' was dramatized for radio in Oregon and Washington.


Aside from writing, Caroline is a talented painter whose silk pieces have been sold in Portland art galleries and featured in juried exhibitions.


Caroline headed the Portland Federation of Teachers and is enshrined in Oregon’s Labor Hall of Fame. She taught English at the high school and university level. Caroline Miller holds degrees from Reed College and Northern Arizona University, where she graduated with honors in Literature.

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Caroline Miller also wrote a guest post for Me and Reading, so ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to the author of Gothic Spring - Caroline Miller!

Who was your biggest supporter while writing your book? Please tell us why.


Someone made a contribution, no doubt. Someone behaved cruelly or with remarkable kindness to me. My mother encouraged me and my stepmother. Circumstances, too, made their contribution. Poverty left its mark. Finding that I liked school and school liked me was a happy discovery. Life is the stuff that dreams are made of and I owe even that expression, of course, to someone else. So, I shall acknowledge Shakespeare as one who supported me, and Dostoevsky, and Hardy, and Dickens and Thomas Mann and Edith Wharton and Edith Sitwell and … and…the entire literature of human history.

As to my biggest supporter while writing Gothic Spring, I thank my computer technician who helped me find the novel when I thought it had disappeared into the ether. But mostly, I thank silence. Without silence there would be no theater where my thoughts could perform.

The question above implies that art is a collaborative affair. For some it is; for some it isn’t. But I’ve seen actors, obliged to share a scene with others, pause before a performance and go into themselves to find their characters. In the end, silence is critical to every creative person. It is the womb that produces artistic life.


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Thanks goes to NURTURE Virtual BOOK Tourz™ and to Caroline Miller for providing me with the review copy!



Me and Reading is giving away 1 ecopy of the Gothic Spring! I highly recommend you to enter the giveaway, because the book is truly well-written!

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Giveaway is international and runs until 29th of May 2012.

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