Thursday, June 28, 2012

Behind the Screen (20)

Happy Thursday!


It has been a month ago since I wrote my last Behind the Screen post. So much has happened during June, so I have so much to tell you!

Attention to Winners of Spring Cleaning Giveaway!!!

Let's start out with something which makes me feel terribly bad. Spring Cleaning giveaway ended already at the end of March and I have still not managed to send the books to all the winners. I apologize for that. I know that you are all waiting for your books and I guarantee to you, that you will get them!

I am aware that there are no excuses, but I would like you to know what the reason behind it is. It might sound silly to you, but anyway. Giveaway ended at the end of March and I had surgery in April after which I did not get out of the house for the whole April. When I was back on my feet and started working again, there were changes made in my local post office - they are cutting the costs which mean that they changed the opening hours in the post office to ridiculous times and I never managed to get there either. In June I was 2 weeks away at the BEA2012 in New York and now it's already the end of the June. Embarrassing!

My message to the winners is, that you will get your books; I am sending them latest 14th of July, which gives me 2 weeks of time to find time to visit the post office.
Once again, I apologize for the 5 winners!

As for all the other giveaways which I had in June, I will send them out to you this or next week. Luckily I can go that from behind my screen. :)

News:

I wanted to let you know, that from the end of May I am working as a freelancer for Novel Publicity as a marketing assistant where I am mostly dealing with social media for Novel Publicity's authors. This job is something which I do after my daily work whenever I can and it's a lot of fun! It does not and will not influence my blogging, I will keep these two things separately. You can find my introduction under Marketing here: http://www.novelpublicity.com/our-team/

BEA2012:

I am little behind with my recap posts from BEA. The posts which I still need to finalize are the interviews which I made during BEA. There are in total 7 interviews which I need to format and post, there are 3 posts regarding the experiences during the BEA days and I want to post the list of the book which I received during BEA and last, but not least, what I learned from the experience. My aim is to have all these posts up during next week.

Bookshelves:

As I have mentioned earlier, I haven't been accepting any review copies since May and haven't been taking any extra obligations for blog tours for the summer period. I am very happy about that decision, but BEA2012 changed that. I have 97 new paper-books, which I needed to place to my bookshelves!!! That was the challenge of the last week and I have to admit, that it took time. Boy, did I enjoy that!!!

Reading and reviewing:

I have read 10 books during the last 7 days!!! I think I can post the reviews during this and next week, because I have not many other things planned for the blog. I am like "Speedy-Gonzalez" with reading at the moment. It is heavily influenced by the BEA2012 and most of the books I have read during the last week are from my new books from BEA2012.

Facts and numbers:

The most popular post this week has been Midsummer's Eve giveaway with 301 page views, the second popular post this week is surprisingly Paris - the city for undercover agents with 81 views. The reason I am surprised is, that the undercover agent contest ended long time ago.  The third popular post is Jinnie Wishmaker blog tour post with 78 page views. On the fourth place you will find another surprise - Happy 4th of July post from 2011 with 58 page hits.

GFC followers is at the moment 2531 and it has increased with +190 since May, Linky links follower number is 440 with +27followers from May, Networked Blogs has 246 followers with increase of +22, Twitter has 2541 followers and has increased during the month with +421! Me and Reading FB page has 2262 likes and this number has increased +454 this month. I will add the increased numbers again next week.

The biggest number of visitors this week are from US - 979 hits, the second place goes to UK with 137 hits and third place to Russia with 127 hits and the fourth to Brazil with 88 hits.

Last week there were visitors from 47 countries.

Page views all time history shows 133.075 which means that there is daily average of last week of 418 visits per day.

That's all for today!
Happy reading!

Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop - 3 winners!

Happy Thursday!


Welcome to Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop! This giveaway hop is organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and by Mundie Moms. There are more than 200 blogs participating and the event runs from June 29th to July 5th. Enjoy!

I am very fond of this giveaway due to the fact that I grew up in a society, where lot of books were not allowed, so I did not have freedom of choice when it came to reading. There was choice, but not freedom of choice.



Therefore, ladies and gentlemen, I will give you:

Freedom of choice!
What can you win this time?

There will be 3 winners! Winners will have a freedom of choice to pick a book from The Book Depository! I am not going to tell you this time what you should or should not read and I will leave the decision making to you!

Giveaway details:

You have to be follower of Me and Reading - that's a mandatory entry.
For extra optional entries you can do following:
+1 Tweet about the giveaway
+1 Like Me and Reading's Facebook page
+1 Share the giveaway

This giveaway is open internationally!
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Monday, June 25, 2012

Jinnie Wishmaker by D.D. Roy - Review, Excerpt, Guest Post and Giveaway!

Happy Monday!


Welcome to my stop at the Jinnie Wishmaker blog tour! This tour is organized by Goddess Fish Promotions and by the author D.D. Roy. My stop includes a review of the book, an excerpt, guest post by the author and giveaway! Enjoy!



Author: D.D. Roy

Title: Jinnie Wishmaker
Series: Troubled Tweens
Release date: 6th of March 2012
Published by: Casey Shay Press
Reading level: FICTION – Young Adult: Supernatural, Children
URL: http://ddroy.blogspot.com/
Pages/Size: 196 pages
Source: Received from Goddess Fish Promotions and from the author for blog tour


Summary:


Eleven-year-old Jinnie has a dilemma--she can grant wishes, but she can't control the results.



The school counselor tells Jinnie to join the Troubled Tweens, a group of kids with similar power problems. Maddy’s touch makes anyone explode in anger. Grace can make people like her--as long as they don’t let go of her arm.


But their loose use of magic attracts the attention of the Loki, a group of magic thieves and pranksters. They want to steal an open-ended wish from Jinnie, and it will take all the limited and messed-up magic she and her friends possess to make sure their powers don’t fall into the Loki’s greedy hands.


Jinnie Wishmaker is the first book of the Troubled Tweens series for 9-12 year olds.



My review:

Jinnie Wishmaker by D.D. Roy was a wonderful and warm book! It was well-written, filled with magic and awesome characters!

Regarding the plot:

11-years old Jinnie is a girl with special skills, she can grant wishes. She joins the Troubled Tweens which is a group of kids who all have special abilities. Troubled Tweens faces a challenge in a form of devious Loki, who would like to possess the magic Jinnie and her friends can perform.

I loved this story! I think author did a wonderful job with capturing the age of the kids! It was humorous, filled with magic and it was on spot for the kids of 9-11 years of age. It touched the fight between the good and the evil and Jinnie's story was a very good start for the series!

Jinnie is awesome character who takes the challenges quite easily. She has no problems with her ability and that helps her to fight Loki. I really enjoyed her. I also liked the fact that she can grant wishes, but she has no control over if the result of her magic will be desired. Be careful what you wish for!

Definitely a very good book for kids!

5 Flowers!
5 stars!

Thanks goes to Goddess Fish Promotions for providing me with the review copy!

About the author:

D.D. Roy wrote her first story "Blackie and the Garbage Dump Dogs" when she was in elementary school. As a teen, she tried to destroy her little hand-made books, but if you get a chance to meet D.D.'s mom, she will whip out the one surviving copy, still to D.D.'s total embarrassment.



Her first middle grade novel, JINNIE WISHMAKER, became a Hot New Release on the Nook, and was re-released as a hardcover School Library Edition through Casey Shay Press in spring 2012. Her story book app for the iPad, DUST BUNNIES: SECRET AGENTS, just came out in May through Polycot Labs.

http://ddroy.blogspot.com/
http://www.twitter.com/deannaroy

 
Excerpt:
 
“Aunt Barb, this is so cool! The baby bird is spreading out its wings and preparing to jump!”


Her aunt examined the lower branches, then grasped the lowest one and propped a foot against the bark. “I don’t know if I can do this,” she said.

“You can, you can! Here, I’ll make room for you!” Jinnie scooted further down on her limb, grasping one above for balance. “It’s not far!”

“Easy for you to say,” her aunt said, grunting as she heaved herself onto the first branch. “You look pretty small up there.”

“I AM pretty small!” Jinnie laughed, giddy at the sight of her perfectly arranged aunt hauling herself into a tree.

The baby bird spread its wings again, feathers ruffling, when another chick hopped up to the edge of the nest. Jinnie pointed to Red. “Now look. There’s the mother, and the one baby bird has been practicing spreading its wings. Now a second one is going to try it.”

The first chick folded in its wings, looking out over the yard. Red pecked it firmly on the neck, and it stretched its wings again.

The little bird stepped cautiously away, its tiny claws grasping at the bark. It spread its wings, flapped a few times, then pulled them in.

“It’s scared,” Jinnie whispered.

“I would be too,” Aunt Barb said.

“You can do it,” Jinnie said. The bird flapped again, and the mother took off. This time, the chick hopped a little, spread its wings wide, and pushed away from the tree.

“There she goes!” Aunt Barb called.

They held their breath, but the chick instantly sailed upward, although it flapped its wings at an alarming rate, as though it feared dropping to the ground like a stone.

Aunt Barb nudged Jinnie. “This was wonderful. Thank you for dragging me up here.”

Jinnie shifted on the branch to face her. Her aunt’s clear gray eyes were bright and happy. Emotion flowed to Jinnie and her throat tightened as she understood her aunt’s one true wish. To be a good mother to her niece.


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The author D.D. Roy agreed to write a guest post about character creation. Ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to the author of Jinnie Wishmaker, D.D. Roy!
 
 
Character Creation

by D.D. Roy


For me, a story always begins with a what if. What if you were ninety feet tall? What if you got lost in a candy factory right before it closed? The next step is always: what sort of person would this happen to?

For Jinnie Wishmaker, I knew I wanted to explore what would happen if you suddenly were able to grant wishes.

I knew the first step would be to create a timeline of Jinnie’s life during the book. I drew this out, pinpointing the events that would change her. I started with who she was at the beginning of the story, then decided who she would be at the end. Then I added the moments that would move her through this growth.

By the time I had done that, I also had the pivotal scenes of the book laid out. Now I could do the fun things—decide what she looked like, how she talked, whether she was smart or athletic or silly.

I gave Jinnie a pretty serious struggle to overcome, one that has defined her up until the beginning of the book—dyslexia. Because she cannot read well and has fallen through the cracks, she is defensive about school.

I balanced this with a love of nature, and a constant need to be out among birds and deer and squirrels. I also gave her a brother who would help her, an ally when things got really hard.

Like Roald Dahl, I chose to make the adults a different sort of character set all together. While the kids were competent and calm, the grown ups were a MESS. I think this is pretty much the way the real world works.

Creating characters is one of the most fun parts of writing a book. Sometimes I imagine that Jinnie and Mr. Kent and the twins and Marcus are all walking alongside me. Each would notice something different about the sky, the trees, the other people, and the world. By making each of these characters, I get to experience everything in so many more ways than I would without them.

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Thank you so much for coming by and writing a guest post for Me and Reading!

Last, but not least, I am glad to inform you that the author is also offering a giveaway!


The author is offering the following prizes to randomly drawn commenters during the tour (this is an international contest):


As a tie in to Jinnie Wishmaker, each blog will have two Magical Mood Rings to give away. Mood rings are a central item in the book as it is how the Troubled Tweens determine if a new member has a magical power or not. Very fun!

For the grand prize, Casey Shay Press is offering their bestselling balloon animal kit. It includes the paperback book Kids Show Kids How to Make Balloon Animals (for the same age group as Jinnie Wishmaker) as well as a professional pump and balloons.

The more blogs you visit and the more posts you comment, the better chances you have to win!!!!

Good luck and start commenting! :) Please do not forget to add your email so we can contact you in case you are picked as a winner! The giveaway runs until Jun 29th.

The tour dates and more informaiton can be found here: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2012/04/virtual-book-tour-jinnie-wishmaker-by-d.html
 
June 18: Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer

June 19: Books Are Magic
June 20: Books Reviewed by Bunny
June 21: Writers and Authors
June 22: Amy's Book World
June 25: Me and Reading
June 26: Welcome to My World of Dreams
June 27: It's Raining Books
June 28: Sandra Cox
June 29: Sweet Southern Home
 
Happy reading!
 
 

Executive Actions by Gary Grossman - Review!

Happy Monday!

Welcome to my stop at Executive Actions blog tour by Gary Grossman! This tour is organized by Partner In Crime Tours and my stop includes a review and some information about the book and the author! Today, I am posting the review of Executive Actions and on the 2nd of July I will post the review of Executive Treason.



Author: Gary Grossman

Title: Executive Actions
Release date: First published in August 2004, Kindle version January 2012
Published by: I Books/Diversion Books
Reading level: FICTION – Adult: Political Thriller
URL: http://www.garygrossman.com/
Pages/Size: 384 pages in ecopy
Source: Received from Partners in Crime Tours and from the author for blog tour

Summary:


In Executive Actions, an assassin takes aim at a Presidential candidate during a primary stump speech in upstate New York. The instant he pulls the trigger, the outcome of the elections irrevocably changed. But Teddy Lodge, an upcoming media sweetheart, isn't killed. His wife is. As a result, Lodge emerges as the man to beat and the greatest threat to the incumbent president, Morgan Taylor. Under a specific directive from the President, Special Service Agent Scott Roarke delves into the case and begins to unravel a deadly plan that's been incubating for more than 30 years. He’s aided by Boston attorney Katie Kessler, whose involvement catapults her into the highest levels of Washington decision making and puts her squarely in the enemy’s sights. From the very first page, Executive Actions culls events from today's headlines, intersecting with a scenario that's shockingly real: An insidious plot hatched in the old days of the Soviet Union continues to grow to fruition in the hands of a power hungry,revengeful Middle East heir to the throne. At its core, a sleeper is awakened to take a prominent role in American life. Executive Actions is a tense political thriller; an election year page-turner,where both the Presidency and the Constitution are at stake.

My review:

Executive Actions by Gary Grossman is a good political thriller which was well-written, it features solid and complex characters and a plot that makes you turn the pages quicker that you realize. I enjoyed the writing style and the surprises in the story

The story starts with assassination of a Presidential candidate during the campaign and suddenly several forces are involved, the current president, Special Service agents, an attractive attorney, sleeper agents and many others. As soon as the trigger is pulled, the story takes an incredible pace and it's over way too soon. When you turn the last page, you want more and that is a good sign in my book.

I enjoyed the characters and I loved that one of the main characters was a strong woman which is rarity in a good political thriller. I also loved the writing style - it was very visual! The author took the writing to a level where reading was like watching a movie and I truly enjoyed that.

I would highly recommend Executive Actions, it's a great thriller, it has fascinating story and interesting characters!

5 Flowers!
5 stars.




About the author:

Gary Grossman is an Emmy Award-winning network television producer, a print and television journalist, and novelist. He has produced more than 9,000 television shows for 40 broadcast and cable networks including primetime specials, reality and competition series and live event telecasts. Grossman’s producing credits include “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (ABC), “American Detective” (ABC) the immensely successful global syndicated series “Entertainment Tonight,” “The Television Academy Hall of Fame” (FOX), “Day’s End” (ABC), “Heroes for the Planet” (National Geographic Channel), “The Turnaround”


(CNN), and “Wanna Bet?” (CBS) based on the long-running German ZDF series “Wettan Dass?” He received the prestigious National Governor’s Emmy for his documentary special “Healing the Hate” (USA Network) and an Emmy for “Wolfgang Puck” (Food Network). His special “Beyond the Da Vinci Code” (History Channel) earned two national Emmy nominations, making a total of 14 Emmy nominations to date.Other producing credits include the documentary reality series “I-Witness Video” (NBC News), the entertainment special “Happy Birthday Bugs” (CBS), “American Chronicles” (FOX) with filmmaker David Lynch, and live prime time events for Fox, CBS, Fox News, CNBC, and PBS, among other networks. Gary Grossman has been a principal in Weller/Grossman Productions, a leading independent television production company based in Los Angeles. He helped formulate, program and launch television cable networks including HGTV, Fit TV, National Geographic Channel, and The Africa Channel. His most recent collaboration is with development of ATLXTV, a sports-tier network set to premiere in 2012. In addition, he is a partner in World Media Strategies, a new International branded entertainment marketing content company that produces television specials and series for travel destinations, corporate clients and government entities including Ford, Time Magazine and Puerto Rico. Grossman is also author of two celebrated “political reality thrillers” now available as eBooks, EXECUTIVE ACTIONS and EXECUTIVE TREASON (Diversion Books, NYC) and two acclaimed non-fiction books covering pop culture and television history – SUPERMAN: SERIAL TO CEREAL and SATURDAY MORNING TV.
 
Grossman taught journalism, film and television at Emerson College, Boston University, and USC and has guest lectured at colleges and universities around the United States.  He is a member of the Board of Trustees at Emerson College in Boston and he serves on the Boston University Metropolitan College Advisory Board.  He is a member of the International Thriller Writers Association.   Gary Grossman lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Helene.  They have three children.
 
 
 
Happy reading!
 


Friday, June 22, 2012

City of the Gods: The Descendant by S.J. McMillan - Review!

Happy Friday!



Welcome to my stop at City of the Gods: The Descendant blog tour! This tour is organized by S.J. McMillan and by Sizzling PR and my stop includes a review and some information about the book and author.

Let's start with the review.



Author: S.J. McMillan

Title: The Descendant
Series: City of the Gods #1
Release date: 25th of May 2012
Published by: Ruby Lioness Press
Reading level: FICTION – Adult: Urban Fantasy
URL: http://www.mcmillansj.com/
Pages: 256 pages in e-book version
Source: Received from Sizzling PR and from the author for blog tour


Summary:

700 A.D. Teotihuacán, Mexico – The High Priest believed himself to be as powerful as the gods. He set a plague on the city as a demonstration of his power. The Gods took pity on the remaining loyal congregation. They granted each survivor immortality and an extraordinary ability. Three loyal survivors were given a mission of great importance: train the lone human descendant of their civilization to stop the evil priest from damning the rest of humanity.



2012 A.D. San Diego, California – The time has come to finally make Katalina Deckard aware of her destiny. Her life has been a constant struggle since the loss of her parents when she was young. But has it prepared her to save the world? Can her friends, who have survived so long, convince her she has what it takes to accept the mantle of Redeemer?

My review:

Let me start saying that when I saw the cover of the book, I was hooked! I think the cover artist has done the book justice!

The Descendant by S.J. McMillan was a great found for me! The novel is well-written, it is packed with action, love, intrigues and twists. i will be looking very much forward to the sequel of the book!

Regarding the plot:

Katalina Deckard is a woman who on the surface seems to be ordinary, is nothing but boring. The story starts with changes in Kat's life, she loses her job due to the cost cuts and she is dumped by her boyfriend - all that during one day. She meets up with her friends and ends up on a club.

The club owner Tristan is hiding a lot from Kat. He and Kat's friends know who Kat really is and what she is about to find out - Kat is Redeemer who is responsible for the future of all humans. Kat is highly disturbed when the truth is coming out, she is hurt and angry that her friends did not reveal her true self to her earlier and secondly, she hates the idea of being and becoming Redeemer. She needs some time to let the idea to be settled.

Evil is not sleeping either and Kat and her friends are challenges more than once.

I loved the story! I think the settings and the background of the story was quite unique and brilliantly created.

Regarding the characters:

Kat was my favorite character in The Descendant. Author managed to create a lovable and believable character who is beautiful, sassy and quite brave. She struggles with herself when she finds out about the Redeemer, but finds the strength within to accept it.

Kat has also a side which made her even more fascinating for me. She has an other side in her - Lina. When you first meet Lina, you will be blown away, because Lina is powerful, angry and very strong.

I also liked Tristan. He is handsome and the attraction between Kat and Tristan is created instantly, you can almost see the sparkles between them. But the relationship is quickly challenged by the past and by the present.

There are many original and quirky supportive characters, The Descendant is full of them!

Generally:

The Descendant by S.J. McMillan was a great find for me! I truly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it to lovers of urban fantasy and paranormal books! You will love it!

5 Flowers!
5 stars!

Thanks for Sizzling PR who provided me with the review copy!

About the author:


I am an author signed on with Ruby Lioness Press. I am beyond excited that my urban fantasy novel, City of the Gods: The Descendant, has finally found a home.


I play many roles in life, as we all do. I am a wife to a supportive husband, a mother to three young rascals, and an administrative assistant during the week just to name a few. Now I will finally get to add published author to my list.

I started writing poetry in high school. I enjoy poetry and still write a poem whenever inspiration hits me. I love to read, especially paranormal romances and urban fantasies. The love of reading spawned the urge to try writing a novel of my own.

One of my favorite parts of writing a book is creating the characters. I immerse myself into their lives. I laugh when they laugh and cry when they cry. I cheer them on in their triumphs and encourage them in their struggles.

I have also come to enjoy writing fight scenes. Don’t laugh, but my husband (the wonderful man that he is) will act them out with me so I know exactly how I need to show it to the audience. Call us crazy if you want but it is really fun to act out a scene using a broom handle as a spear and a foam baseball bat as an axe.

I hope you enjoy City of the Gods: The Descendant. I am working on the follow up book now. I love to hear from other authors and readers. You can find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/McMillanSJ , on Twitter at www.twitter.com/McMillanSJ , or check out my awesome new website at http://www.mcmillansj.com/ .

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Happy reading!
 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Girl Below Blog Tour - Review


Happy Wednesday!

Welcome to my stop at The Girl Below Blog Tour by Bianca Zander! The tour is organized by:


Author: Bianca Zander
Title: The Girl Below
Release date: 19th of June 2012
Published by: HarperCollins
Imprint: William Morrow Paperbacks
Reading level: FICTION – Adult: Mystery
URL: http://www.harpercollins.com/authors/38479/Bianca_Zander/index.aspx
Pages: 352 pages in paperback
Source: Received from TLC Book Tours for reviewing for the blog tour

Summary:

Suki Piper is a stranger in her hometown. . . .

After ten years in New Zealand, Suki returns to London, to a city that won't let her in. However, a chance visit with Peggy—an old family friend who still lives in the building where she grew up—convinces Suki that there is a way to reconnect with the life she left behind a decade earlier. But the more involved she becomes with Peggy's dysfunctional family, including Peggy's wayward sixteen-year-old grandson, the more Suki finds herself mysteriously slipping back in time—to the night of a party her parents threw in their garden more than twenty years ago, when something happened in an old, long-unused air-raid shelter. . . .


A breathtaking whirlwind of mystery, transgression, and self-discovery, Bianca Zander's The Girl Below is a haunting tale of secrets, human frailty, and dark memory that heralds the arrival of an extraordinary new literary talent.


My review:

The Girl Below is actually quite good debut book! The author Bianca Zander has managed to create a mystery with different characters and interesting plot about self-discovery. I was intrigued by the blurb and knew that I wanted to read and review this book and it seemed like a book I would be interested to read! The Girl Below is about relationships, disconnection, abuse, abandonment and letting go, so the book was heavier reading that I expected from the blurb.

Regarding the plot:

Suki Piper is returning to London, to Notting Hill, where she lived the first years of her life. At the age of 28 she is rootless and feels that she has no place anywhere in the world. As the story develops, Suki enmeshes with the Wright family who offer Suki to do some house-sitting they are on the vacation on Greece.

While spending time with house-sitting and babysitting Peggy, the oldest generation of the Wright family, Suki turns more and more into herself, seeing flashbacks from her past, searching for her place in the world.

I really enjoyed the beginning of the book, it gave a fascinating start for a enjoyable mystery. The more I read, the more I understood, that my expectations for the book have been different. The Girl Below offered darker insight into little shallow and immature 28-years old woman where she had to fight with her demons.

The book was well-written, but I struggled with the narrative which was told from the Suki's point of view and somehow the protagonist managed to loose my interest in the middle of the book. The story picked up again towards the end, so generally it was told unevenly.

Regarding the characters:

Let me start with the statement, that there were characters in the book, which I really enjoyed. especially the supporting characters were intriguing and I think that the author did excellent job with them. I struggled with the main character though.

Suki was interesting, but I also found her disturbing. She did not seem to me like a 28-years old woman, but rather like a teenager in her late teens. She seemed self-centered, annoying and weird. I usually like weird characters, but I did not connect with Suki the way I wanted to.

Generally:

The Girl Below by Bianca Zander is a good dark psychological mystery told unevenly. It had promising plot which was executed differently than expected.

5 Flowers!
3 stars!

Thanks goes to TLC Book Tours for providing me with the review copy!


About the author:
British-born Bianca Zander has lived in Auckland, New Zealand, for the past two decades. An established journalist, she has written for numerous publications, including The Listener, the Sunday Star-Times, and the Dominion Post. She has produced radio shows and written for film and television, including writing the dramatic short film The Handover, which screened in competition at the Chicago Film Festival. Bianca holds an M.A. in creative writing from Victoria University, Wellington. The Girl Below is her first novel.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Midsummer's Eve Giveaway Hop 20 - 26 June


Welcome to Midsummer's Eve Giveaway Hop! This hop is organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and by Uniquely Moi Books. There are ca 200 blogs participating and the hop runs from 20 - 26 June. Enjoy!


What can you win this time?

There will be 1 winner who will receive 15$ GC from amazon.com.

Giveaway details:

You have to be a follower of Me and Reading, that is mandatory entry.
You can earn extra entries by following me on Twitter and by liking Me and Reading's FB page.
This giveaway is international!
To enter the giveaway, please use the Rafflecopter below.

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Free Downloads on Kindle from Seventh Star Press!

Happy Tuesday!

Just wanted to send you a quick note to let you know that the two free eBooks from the Seventh Star Press being offered today and tomorrow are now live on Amazon.

Cinema of Shadows by Michael West (horror in the Stephen King vein)


http://www.amazon.com/Cinema-of-Shadows-ebook/dp/B005I57L18/ref=pd_sim_kstore_5?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2 

The Exodus Gate by Stephen Zimmer (dystopian/apocalyptic urban fantasy)


http://www.amazon.com/Exodus-Gate-Rising-Dawn-ebook/dp/B001W6QKCI/ref=pd_sim_kstore_2?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2
 
Happy reading!
 

Review of Faythe Reclaimed by Lisa Sanchez - 5 stars!

Happy Tuesday!


Author: Lisa Sanchez
Title: Faythe Reclaimed
Series: Hanaford Park Series

Release date: May 2012
Published by: Tulipe Noir Press
Reading level: FICTION - ADULT: Romance, Paranormal
URL: http://www.lisasanchezromanceauthor.com/
Pages: 257 in e-book version
Source: From the author and Sizzling PR for blog tour

Summary:

Running through a strange forest with a bloodthirsty demon hot on her heels wasn’t Taylor’s idea of a rockin’ evening. Then again, neither was soaring backward through time and space. Time travel chafed and left a rank, nasty aftertaste. So, when she finds herself floundering amidst a sea of Commandment-loving holy rollers who fling accusations of witchcraft and bedevilment like hotcakes in a diner, finding her way home jumps to the top of her to do list. Too bad she can’t remember who she is or where she came from. And if that wasn’t bad enough, Taylor has to fall for the mysterious Latin warlock living on the edge of Salem Village and who comes to her rescue, Gabriel Castillo.



Battling an identity crisis and lost in a time that’s not her own, Taylor is determined to find her way back to twenty-first century Hanaford Park. But first, she and Gabriel must work together to uncover the dark scourge lurking in Salem's shadows, and in doing so, save their own lives, and the lives of countless innocents from a lethal date with the hangman’s noose.

My review:

I have read and enjoyed all books written by Lisa Sanchez and Faythe Reclaimed was no exception to that! It was well-written, the plot was interesting and characters hot and lovable!

Regarding the plot:

You meet both Taylor and Gabriel in the previous books in the Hanaford Park Series, but Faythe Reclaimed is book dedicated to their story. You can read it as stand alone, but then you would miss all the fun of the other books in the series!

Taylor finds herself in a foreign time and place and is confused about where she is and why. People act strangely and talk like several hundreds of years ago. She finds herself in Salem in the midst of witch hunting!

At the same time there is a parallel story where Gabriel realizes that Taylor has been sent back in time where he lost his first love. He is afraid, that this time he is not capable of saving Taylor. By using his warlock powers he sends himself close to Taylor, but not close enough to come out of it unpunished.

I loved the way the story was built, you have parallel universe and time travelling in the same book! This creates a lot of situation comics with Taylor which is funny, so there is lot of good humor in this book, too! I laughed out loud many many times, because the contemporary Taylor is definitely not very suitable to the time settings with her language and with her way of being.

I had difficulties in the beginning to understand who is the Traveller, but when continued reading, it became clear to me quite quickly. Lisa managed to confuse me and create "the-ahhaa-moment" which I admired.

The story of Taylor and Gabriel is hot and sizzling and they both meet a lot of challenges to get back from where they started. Gabriel from the past does not exactly know who Taylor is and Taylor does not remember Gabriel, even though she knows he seems familiar.

The plot was fabulous! It had twists and turns and it was different. I loved it!

Regarding the characters:

I think Lisa did an excellent job both with Taylor and Gabriel. Taylor was quirky, witty and definitely not very suitable to the tie of Salem Witches! Gabriel has been so far my favorite of Lisa's male characters. Gorgeous, smart, manly and warm-hearted -  a man of my taste!

I also enjoyed the Traveller. I felt his pain seeing Taylor, but not being able to do much about it. He was a fighter and survivor and willing to walk many extra miles for his love.

There were also many supportive characters who offered their stories to build on the main story line. It made the reading very enjoyable.

Generally:

I would highly recommend Faythe Reclaimed by Lisa Sanchez! It's easy to read, has fascinating plot and interesting characters! Must-have-book for lovers of paranormal romance!

5 Flowers!
5 stars.

Thanks goes to Sizzling PR and to Lisa for providing me with the review book!

Happy reading!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Finding Home by Lacey Wolfe - Review, Guest Post and Giveaway!

Happy Monday!



Welcome to my stop at Finding Home Blog tour! This tour is organized by the author Lacey Wolfe and by Sizzling PR. My stop includes a review of the book, short guest post the author and a giveaway!

Let's start with the review!



Author: Lacey Wolfe

Title: Finding Home
Release date: 11th of May 2012
Published by: Ruby Lioness Press
Series: Clearwater Series
Reading level: FICTION – Adult: Romance
URL: http://www.laceywolfe.com/
Pages/Size: 91 pages in e-book version
Source: Received from Sizzling PR and from the author for blog tour

Summary:



An unexpected pregnancy brings Julie Miller home to Clearwater, Wyoming to get guidance from her mother. But when she returns to the home she grew up in, her mother isn’t there. Instead Julie finds Mark Thomas, who is renting the house while her mom travels the country. If that isn’t bad enough, a blizzard hits the town, keeping her locked in with the hunk who happens to have a secret of his own, which Julie just has to know.




My review:

Finding Home by Lacey Wolfe is a romance novella which is well-written with lovable characters. It was Lacey Wolfe's first book for me to read and I truly enjoyed it. It was easy to read, the relationship and attraction between Julie and Mark was remarkable and last, but not least, there were interesting topics woven into the story.

Regarding the plot:

Julie's boyfriend and father to her unborn child gives Julie a choice - to get an abortion or leave and Julie decides to leave. When she shows up at her mother's house, Julie finds a handsome guy who is renting out the house from Julie's mother. Julie and Mark are forced to stay in the house and unexpected things start to happen.

Julie is very curious and feels a desire to know more about Mark who has a lot of things he wants to hide. Nobody seems to know who he is and why is he in Clearwater. Unexpected love starts to grow and as the feelings grow stronger, both of them need to ask the difficult questions - Mark has to decide if he wants to become a father of another man's child and Julie needs to learn to trust a love.

I really enjoyed their relationship, it was hot, complicated and sweet and it deals with quite serious issues both characters have to face.

Regarding the characters:

I loved Julie. She was vulnerable, sweet, tough and quick. I found it cute how her hormones got the better part of her! I enjoyed Mark, who has so many good sides and a heavy pat to carry around with. Mark was really well-written by the author and was the stronger character in the book. They balanced each other and supported each other through the story.

Generally:

Finding Home by Lacey Wolfe  is easy to read novella which combines romance, humor, weird situations, serious topics and difficult choices. Perfect vacation or holiday read!

5 Flowers!
5 stars

Thanks goes to the author and Sizzling PR for providing me with the review copy!


About the author:

Lacey Wolfe has always had a passion for words, whether it’s getting lost in a book or writing her own. From the time she was a child she would slip away to write short stories about people she knew and fantasies she wished would happen. It has always been her dream to be a published author and with her two children now of school age, she finally has the time to work on making her dream come true.

Lacey lives in Georgia with her husband, son and daughter, their six cats and one black lab who rules the house.

You can find Lacey at the following places:
Website: http://www.laceywolfe.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorLaceyWolfe
Twitter: www.twitter.com/LaceyWolfe
 
 
Ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to Lacey!
 
Clearwater Series


Where the heck is Clearwater? Well, it’s in Wyoming in a small town where everyone knows everyone and all their business. There is no telling what the people are up to and what secrets that might be discovered. The best part of Clearwater to me, is the small town feel.

My latest book, Finding Home, is part of this series. You won’t only find my books however in this series; it’s a multi-author series, which means your get a wide range of authors and genres. The authors work together to make sure the characters stay true to other stories. Each author has a list of all the characters and you never know when one of your favorites might pop-up.

Finding Home is my first sweet story. Up until this release, my stories were erotic fiction. The scenes were plentiful and detailed. In Finding Home, I’ve limited those scenes and they definitely are not as detailed as they were. However, the door is not completely shut.

I plan to write more for this series. I am actively working on a story titled, Bare Necessities. You will encounter the characters from Finding Home again in this one, as well as meet a feisty Italian, Ava. But in the meantime, I hope you take the time to check out Finding Home and discover why Julie has returned home, where her mom is, and what happens when you get snowed in with a hunk that happens to have a secret.

To connect with me, find me at http://www.laceywolfe.com/


Finding Home

Julie Miller has returned to her home in Clearwater, Wyoming after discovering she is pregnant. All she wants is her mother to comfort her after her boyfriend told her to either have an abortion or leave. The only problem is, when she gets to her mother’s house, she doesn’t find her mom—she finds a half-naked man cooking breakfast.


Mark Thomas has moved to Clearwater to escape his past. He needs a fresh start to try and forget the things that haunt him, and Clearwater seems like the perfect place.


As if it isn’t bad enough that Julie doesn’t find her mother, a blizzard buries the town, and she is snowed in with Mark. Leaving them no choice, they begin a friendship while trying to resist the attraction they feel for one another.


Once the snow melts, Julie is free to leave. Will she choose to start a life in Clearwater or run back to New York? Meanwhile, Mark struggles to let go of his past and, if he does, is Julie his future?

Buy Links: Amazon / Nook / Smashwords / Ruby Lioness Press / All Romance


Thank you so much, Lacey, for coming by today!
There is more!


Lacey agreed to give away 1 e-copy of Finding Home!!!

To enter, please leave a comment with your name and email.
This giveaway is international and open until 29th of June.

Happy reading!




Winner of Debut Author Giveaway Hop!


Time to announce the winner of Debut Author Giveaway Hop! Thanks goes to the organizers and to all who participated!


The winner is:

Ivya

Congratulations!!!!

Email to the winner is sent.
Thanks again!
Happy reading!




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