Sunday, November 25, 2012
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he’d worked so hard to overcome, and the future she’d put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart.
Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth—and find the unexpected power of love.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
After stepping on campus, Phe immediately realizes that there’s something different about this place—an unexplained epidemic that decimated the town in the 1700s, an ancient and creepy cemetery, and gorgeous boy Zach—and somehow she’s connected to it all.
But the more questions she asks and the deeper she digs, the more entangled Phe becomes in the haunting past of Shadow Hills. Finding what links her to this town . . . might cost her life.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
She used to think her problems were all in her head.
She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.
In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?
Thursday, November 8, 2012
It's here!!! Welcome to Thankful for Books Giveaway Hop! This hop is organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and by Tristi Pinkston. This event runs from November 8th - 13th and there are more than 170 blogs participating. Lots of chances to win!
What am I thankful for? Books? Definitely! I love reading! But there are so many other things in my life that I appreciate. My family - my parents, my sister's family, my so; my work, my home, my health, small positive things in my life. I am thankful that I still have kept my faith in love.
What can you win this time?
One winner will pick a book and I will deliver this book to the winner.
Runs from November 8th - 13th.
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Nora Sutherlin is in hiding. On paper, she's following her master's orders - and her flesh is willing.
More deeply, more strongly than she'd wanted anyone
But her mind is wandering to a man from her past, whose hold on her heart is less bruising, but whose absence is no less painful. Instead of letting him make love to her, she'd let him go.
This is the story of a summer that proves that love hurts
Welcome to Secrets of the Red Box Book Blast! This event is organized by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer.
Secrets of the Red Box
Bonnie has secrets to keep - secrets with the potential to destroy lives, including her own. Running from her destructive and pain filled past, she recreates herself, believing she has escaped the damning evidence hidden in the red box. When her former life is revealed by a cruel twist of fate, Bonnie faces losing everything, including Glen, the only man she’s ever loved. But is Bonnie the woman he thinks she is? Set against the backdrop of the 1940s, Secrets of the Red Box is filled with intrigue and suspense - sure to keep you guessing to the very end!
Author Vickie Hall
Vickie is a native of Utah, but growing up, lived in the states of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, and Nebraska. When she's not writing, she's composing music, or shopping with her sister. She loves animals of all kinds and camping with her family. Her favorite pastime is watching old movies on TCM, and unashamedly has a crush on Cary Grant.
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Praise for Secrets of the Red Box:
Amazing book! Wow, it caught me from the first paragraph. What detail, mystery and suspense. Loved the main character, Bonnie, so relatable. Vicki is an amazing writer. I wish she would write more books!!!
Secrets of the Red Box is a great read! Whether you're looking for a book with an intriguing and unusual plot, or a story of how life's choices effect the rest of your life, you will love this book!
Be sure to check out the blog tour for the chance to win an additional $25 Gift Card.
Secrets of the Red Box Blog Tour: November 5th to 20th
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Monday, November 5, 2012
Welcome to my stop at Hollywood Ever After Book Review Tour! This tour is organized by Goddess Fish Promotions and by the author Sasha Summers. My stop includes review, some information about the book and the author, an excerpt and a giveaway. Enjoy!
Author: Sasha Summers
Title: Hollywood Ever After
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Release date: 8th of May 2012
Pages: 388 pages
Genre: Adult: Romance, Contemporary
Source: From the tour organizer in exchange for an honest review
Happy Endings are for fairy tales. Or the movies. Not for real life. At least, not Claire’s life. Even though she’s starting over, she knows better than to want too much this time. But when she falls, literally, into the strong arms of Hollywood’s ‘it’ boy Josh Wiley, Claire’s in for some surprises. Her plans for rest and relaxation are forgotten as one incredible night with Josh becomes two… And her heart begins to want him as much as her body. Will two kids, one bastard ex-husband, and Josh’s juggernaut career mean the end of their affair? Or can Claire find her happy ending after all?
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Hollywood Ever After by Sasha Summers is really everything the title refers to. It's romantic, sweet and genuinely a good book. It was the first book by Sasha Summers I have read and even though I did not know what to expect, the blurb was promising. I did not have to be disappointed.
Claire is a divorced woman with two kids whose brother is sending her to relax without her kids. She is visiting a friend in Hollywood where she is invited to a party together with many A-list movie stars.
During the party she meets Josh, who is a lot younger than she, but there is a undeniable chemistry between the two of them. Claire is aware, that there won't be any future for them, especially thinking one of them being a Hollywood movie star and the other being a divorced woman with two kids. She decides to have fun for at least few days and the more time she spends with Josh, there more she is afraid of getting her heart broken... again.
I really loved the story. I liked the contemporary settings and the characters.
Claire was a woman you quickly learn to like. Coming from an abusive relationship with her ex-husband, she denies being the victim. She is determined to change her life for better and she definitely goes for it and this is what makes Claire strong and vulnerable. She is taking the chance to experience love again, despite her broken heart and history.
Josh was lovable and down to earth. I enjoyed his persistence of going after what he wants.
The chemistry between Claire and Josh was very well described by the author and as a result you have a dynamic novel, which is romantic, easy to read and with a very solid plot. Loved it! It's a perfect romantic read during the dark autumn and winter evenings!
Thanks goes to the author and to Goddess fish Promotions for providing me with the review copy!
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Sasha Summers is part gypsy. Her passions have always been storytelling, history, romance, and travel. She writes both lyrical romantic fantasy and contemporary romance. Her first play was written for her Girl Scout troupe. She's been writing ever since. She loves getting lost in the worlds and characters she creates; even if she frequently forgets to run the dishwasher or wash socks when she's doing so. Luckily, her four brilliant children and hero-inspiring hubby are super understanding and supportive.
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What can you win this time?
Sasha will be awarding two $10.00 Amazon gift cards and One Romantic Movie Gift Basket (Movies that inspired Hollywood Ever After – Notting Hill, The Holiday, Love Actually, and My Big Fat Greek Wedding (US/Canada only)) to three randomly drawn commenters during the tour.
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Two very large, strong hands caught me and I looked up into the most beautiful face I’d seen since this morning.
“Josh? Hi, Josh!” I squealed, bouncing in his arms as he smiled down at me. I kept bouncing, my racing heart thumping faster than the music as his hands slid around my back. “I didn’t know you were here.” I was smiling like an idiot.
“You’re a rather focused dancer.”
“I am! Never do it…dance, I mean. But it’s fun!” The song ended and I frowned.
He laughed. “Should I make them play the song again? I will if it will make that pathetic little frown disappear.”
Another song began. It was slower, but it still had a good beat. “No, I think this will work and I won’t sing–even better.”
“I liked your singing.” He was looking at me…the way he always looked at me.
I felt light-headed and dizzy as I stared up at him, wobbling on unsteady feet. I knew I was drunk, but now there was more than just alcohol heating me up from the inside.
His hands were firm, guiding me closer to him. I let one hand rest on his chest as we swayed together. Between the buzzing euphoria from my many drinks and the raging hunger burning in his eyes, my every nerve was tingling. I was more than a little pleased with life at the moment.
I quivered under his touch. His fingers splayed across my lower back, fitting us closer together. We danced with the music, our movements in sync with one another.
Under the flashing colored lights, my hand looked red and then green against the white of his shirt. I felt the heat of his skin, the solid strength of his muscles through the fabric of his shirt. His scent, his touch, his…presence stirred images of our night together, sharp in my otherwise foggy mind. My skin grew more sensitive and my senses flooded with him.
I was aching for him, all of him. Now. My breath grew short as I remembered how he felt buried deep inside me.
The rational side of my brain knew I was losing control, but there was too much alcohol in my system. I had no fear or inhibition. And I liked the fire raging inside of me.
My eyes slid to his mouth and I felt my tongue wet my lips.
His breath hitched and he closed his eyes. When he looked at me again, there was little doubt he knew exactly what I was feeling.
The song ended and I felt myself being guided from the floor.
“Taking her home?” Shannon had apparently returned to the table. She and Arthur regarded us with interest.
There were three other people at the table now. I didn’t know them. But I didn’t really care at the moment. I wanted to kiss the pulse wildly beating in Josh’s throat. I was vaguely aware that now might not be the right time for that. I glanced at his neck. It looked very kissable.
“Unless you have other plans?” Josh looked from Shannon to me.
I was looking at him as if I were about to eat him. It wasn’t intentional; that was really what I wanted to do at the moment…because he was so damn gorgeous…
He looked back at Shannon, his jaw muscle noticeably rigid.
“I recommend you get her home. And make her drink some water at some point, please,” Shannon added. “Here.” She handed Josh some keys and waved at me with a smile.
Then we were heading toward the door.
“Wait.” I stopped. We weren’t moving, but everything seemed to be moving around me. “You’re here with friends?”
His hands clasped my shoulders, steadying me. He smiled down at me. “Yes.”
“You shouldn’t leave them….I don’t want to mono…monopolize you.” My words trailed off as my eyes met his.
He wanted me. I could see it. His nostrils flared just a bit. His jaw clenched and unclenched. I smiled slowly. I liked that I could make him react this way.
I asked, “Don’t you want to stay?” Say no.
If he wanted to stay, I might be able to stop staring at him or thinking about how perfectly we fit together. It wasn’t completely out of the question, not yet. My eyes fell to his lips and my smile grew.
“No.” He leaned closer, whispering in my ear, “Claire, we have to leave now if you’re going to look at me like that.” His face reflected the hunger I felt.
My voice was husky as I whispered, “I’ll be good.” Not a chance.
He paused, his eyebrow rose in question. “You want to stay?”
“Nope.” My eyes fell to his mouth again.
Josh’s smile was pinched as he led me to the exit.
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Sunday, November 4, 2012
My co-blogger Liis encouraged me to share with you how my Nationa Novel Writing Month - NaNoWriMo - has been going.
Well, I started off with 1600+ words during the first day, which was a very good start and it was quite moivating for me. Then came two days and working weekend where I was not able to write as much as I wanted. Luckily I did not have very high expectaiton to myself, so I was not very disappointed when the word count did not show as much as I wanted.
Today was a good day for writing even though the time was very limited, so the word count is up 5701, which is still little below the needed 6668 words after 4 days. At the end of tomorrow, the word count should be 8335. When I decided to participate, I was aware, that I won't have lot of time available, but the good thing is, that I keep writing anyway and I will have two weeks of vacation coming.
Anyway, I have enjoyed it so far. A lot!
Wish me luck! :) Here is a little excerpt for your enjoyment.
Liis, this is for you!
Today, year 201X
„ I think I understand what he found so fascinating about you“. His beautiful hazel colored eyes looked at me seductively sending shivers down in my spine. I was afraid of him and not for the reasons he thought.
Rashid al-Aziz was a powerful and dangerous man, but I was not frightened of him due to his power. It was his personality.
The first time I met him was almost ten years ago during one of my many visits to the country I hold dear – Egypt. Meeting him was brief then, he was the brother of the man that I had loved and we were introduced in Cairo during his wedding with his beloved fiancee Aisha.
Since I was an intruder, an unwanted European girl who had wrong religious beliefs and “had messed with his brother’s head” like he used to say, then he barely noticed me among the hundreds of wedding guests. He ignored me. When Khamis introduced us, his brother was polite enough, but you could see in his eyes that he was unpleased by his brother’s decision. Khamis was the oldest brother in the family and that was the only reason Rashid had accepted me to be in his wedding – as his brother’s lover. Not as a girlfriend, not even like a guest, but a lover. He accepted it only because his respect and love towards his brother and parents. Later I heard that I was allowed to be in the wedding due to Khamis’ saying that if his fiancee is not wanted at his brother’s wedding, then he will not attend his wedding at all and that would have been totally unacceptable for his parents and for the society. That would have been a scandal, a scandal his family went miles for to avoid. So most of the wedding guests thought that I am a family friend from Europe and that our parents have studied together in London during their years of university and I was their invited guest – that was an official story about me. Unofficially I was the girl who” had messed with Khamis’ head”.
“Found?” I said with a smirk on my lips. “I know that he still finds me captivating.”
“I have no doubts about that, but you know what consequences that might have for him.”
“Are you threatening me, Rashid?” I asked mildly.
“Of course not. But to avoid any complications, I will insist that you stay in my house under my surveillance.”
I sighed. “Can’t I just turn back to the hotel; they have secured it anyway because of the convention? I’ll be safe.”
I could see the fire in his eyes, when he blurted “No. Definitely not. I want you here! The last thing I need is you running around freely in Sharm. At least I can control your doings and goings here in the house and can protect you.”
“Protect me? I don’t need any protection!” I realized that I have raised my voice and it was filled with anger.
“Yes, you do!”
With these words, one of the most powerful men in today’s politics and military in Egypt, the military councilor of the president of Egypt, Rashid al-Aziz – my ex brother-in-law, left me alone in my large three-room suite in the palace. I was an unconventional political prisoner in one of the most luxurious palaces in Egypt – in the Presidential Summer Residence in Sharm el-Sheikh.
It does not have a name or blurb yet. It will come soon. Part of the book takes place in different venues in Europe and part in Egypt. I am still not sure what genre either.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
And that’s only one of her worries. In her pocket Annabeth carries a gift from her mother that came with an unnerving demand: Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me. Annabeth already feels weighed down by the prophecy that will send seven demigods on a quest to find—and close— the Doors of Death. What more does Athena want from her?
Annabeth’s biggest fear, though, is that Percy might have changed. What if he’s now attached to Roman ways? Does he still need his old friends? As the daughter of the goddess of war and wisdom, Annabeth knows she was born to be a leader, but never again does she want to be without Seaweed Brain by her side.
Narrated by four different demigods, The Mark of Athena is an unforgettable journey across land and sea to
In The Son of Neptune, Percy, Hazel, and Frank met in
The Greek and Roman demigods will have to cooperate in order to defeat the giants released by the Earth Mother, Gaea. Then they will have to sail together to the ancient land to find the Doors of Death. What exactly are the Doors of Death? Much of the prophesy remains a mystery. . . . With old friends and new friends joining forces, a marvelous ship, fearsome foes, and an exotic setting, The Mark of Athena promises to be another unforgettable adventure by master storyteller Rick Riordan.