March 31, 2011

And the winners are.........

...........for BITCH, PLEASE!  by Megan Munroe

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Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

16    2    11    19    6

Timestamp: 2011-03-31 22:04:39 UTC

Mona said... 16 Twitter(@Kulmona)
Nise' said... 2 I follow on twitter
Maureen said... 11 I am not usually a B but I can be.
Nancye said... 19 GFC Follower
Tore said... 6 I am an email subscriber.

An email has been sent to the winners and they have 48 hours to respond with their mailing address or another winner will be chosen. 


GIVEAWAY ENTRY PAGE "SNOWDROPS" by A.D. MILLER ENDED

MARCH 31st to APRIL 14th

SNOWDROPS
by A.D. MILLER

SYNOPSIS (from author's website):
  Nick Platt is an English lawyer living in Moscow during the wild Russian oil boom. Riding the subway on a balmy September day, he rescues two willowy sisters, Masha and Katya, from a would-be purse snatcher.
  Nick soon begins to feel something for Masha that he is pleased to believe is love. As the snow starts to fall, the sisters introduce him to Tatiana Vladimirovna, their aged aunt and the owner of a valuable apartment. Before summer arrives, Nick will travel down to the sweaty Black Sea and up to the Arctic, and he'll make disturbing discoveries about his job, his lover and, most of all, himself.
  Snowdrops is a fast-paced drama that unfolds during a beautiful but lethally cold Russian winter. Ostensibly a story of naive foreigners and cynical natives, the novel becomes something richer and darker: a tale of erotic obsession, self-deception and moral freefall. It is set in a land of hedonism and desperation, corruption and kindness, magical hideaways and debauched nightclubs; a place where secrets, and corpses, come to light when the snows thaw.

THANKS TO LIZ AND THE FABULOUS
PEOPLE FROM DOUBLEDAY
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I am not responsible for lost or damaged books that are shipped
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Thursday Memes

THURSDAY

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This week's question:
What’s the oddest thing you’ve ever read? (You know, something NOT a book, magazine, short story, poem or article.)

My answer:
This was a hard question.  I don't think this would fall under "odd" but it most definitely falls under "difficult" and over the past 2 months have had to read quite a few "legal documents".

 

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Hosted by Lori from Dollycas's Thoughts From Lori's site:
It struck me recently how much time I spend on this computer every day, blogging, chatting or playing games on Facebook, emailing friends and relatives, making cards and calendars, etc. etc. etc.
We depend on each other for book reviews, giveaways, encouragement, friendship, but how well do we really know each other?
So that is what this meme is all about, getting to know each other.
WEEK 31 QUESTIONS

1. Are you a bath or shower person?
SMILEY SHOWERING

2. Do you bathe/shower in the morning or at night?
Both but mainly at night.

3. Do you have a hot tub or swimming pool?
Swimming in pool smiley
When the boys were young, in the summer we had a houseful with both of their friends being here everyday since we were the one's with the inground pool.  My hubby couldn't understand why our grocery bill was so high in the summer...DUH!!! And now that hubby and I have the pool to ourselves, that is where you will find me, I usually am reading either by or in the pool in my reading floating chair.




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I am happy with what I accomplished reading since there were major "real life" issues that needed priority attention.  What I did read was:

5/5  These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf
4/5  Twenty-Five Years Ago Today by Stacy Juba  
3-4/5  Bitch, Please! by Meagan Munroe
1/5  Sixty-Nine by Pynk  DNF
4/5  Night Road by Kristin Hannah
3/4  The Weight of Glass by Stuart Heatherington
4/5  Miss Hildreth Wore Brown by Olivia deBelle Byrd


March 30, 2011

And the winners are.....

..............for ETHAN CROSS' GIVEAWAY GALORE

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Grand Prize Winner
Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:
2
Timestamp: 2011-03-30 22:07:58 UTC
Tore said... 2 I am an email subscriber.


Second Prize Winners
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5    7
Timestamp: 2011-03-30 22:12:17 UTC
Karen said... 5 Sent request to follow on Twitter
Nancye said... 7 GFC Follower

An email has been sent to the winners and they have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.



Guest Author Layton Green

You know that I think that each and everyone of you are the greatest visitors any blog could ever have and I appreciate all of you stopping by and reading all of your comments.  Well, I think the word has gotten out about you because I have been getting many requests from authors to visit, tell you about their newest book and even give you the chance of winning one of them for you to read.  Today, we have such a guest.  An author who is getting rave reviews, so, please help me welcome, as only you, the greatest visitors can, a warm welcome to Mr. Layton Green.
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ABOUT LAYTON GREEN
     In addition to writing, Layton attended law school in New Orleans and was a practicing attorney for the better part of a decade (even though he still resents having cut his hair for that first interview). He has also been an intern for the United Nations, an ESL teacher in Central America, a bartender in London, a seller of cheap knives on the streets of Brixton, a door to door phone book deliverer, and the list goes downhill from there.
     He has traveled to more than fifty countries, lived in a number of them, and has a burning desire to see every country, city, beach, moor, castle, cemetery, twisted street and far flung dot on the map. Religion and cults, as well as all things spiritual and supernatural, have also been a lifelong interest. Combine the travel and the religion with fifteen years of Japanese Jujitsu training, and the Dominic Grey series was born.
     Layton lives with his wife and son in Miami.

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ABOUT THE SUMMONER
     A United States diplomat disappears in front of hundreds of onlookers while attending a religious ceremony in the bushveld of Zimbabwe.
     Dominic Grey, Diplomatic Security special agent, product of a violent childhood and a worn passport, is assigned to investigate. Aiding the investigation is Professor Viktor Radek, religious phenomenologist and expert on cults, and Nya Mashumba, the local government liaison.
     What Grey uncovers is a terrifying cult older than Western civilization, the harsh underbelly of a country in despair, a priest seemingly able to perform impossibilities, and the identity of the newest target.
     Himself . . .
     The first work in a globe-hopping series whose protagonists investigate the world’s most bizarre and dangerous cults, The Summoner is a stylish, haunting novel of mystery and suspense that will linger long after the last page is turned.
REVIEWS
“Layton Green has written a tale with supernatural and political undertones that unravels with ever increasing suspense . . . The book is plain terrific.”

— Richard Marek, former President and Publisher of E.P. Dutton

“ . . .[T]his book is above and beyond in its narrative, its cohesiveness, the depth of its characters and the quality of the writing. This is one of the best books I've ever read for Odyssey Reviews.”
— Odyssey Reviews (Winner -- Odyssey Review’s Award of Indie Excellence)

“Favorite book of the year so far.”
— A Novel Source

“I moved a little outside my comfort zone with The Summoner, and I am glad I did. A blend of action, history, anthropology, thrills, and chills, all delivered with a mature, polished voice. I am eager for more from this author.”
— Scott Nicholson, Bestselling Author

“Layton Green has written a tale with supernatural and political undertones that unravels with ever increasing suspense . . . The book is plain terrific.”
— Richard Marek, former President and Publisher of E.P. Dutton

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GIVEAWAY ENTRY PAGE EBOOK "THE SUMMONER" ENDED

MARCH 30th to APRIL 13th, 2011


THE SUMMONER
by LAYTON GREEN

SYNOPSIS:
   A United States diplomat disappears in front of hundreds of onlookers while attending a religious ceremony in the bushveld of Zimbabwe.
   Dominic Grey, Diplomatic Security special agent, product of a violent childhood and a worn passport, is assigned to investigate. Aiding the investigation is Professor Viktor Radek, religious phenomenologist and expert on cults, and Nya Mashumba, the local government liaison.
   What Grey uncovers is a terrifying cult older than Western civilization, the harsh underbelly of a country in despair, a priest seemingly able to perform impossibilities, and the identity of the newest target.
   Himself . . .
   The first work in a globe-hopping series whose protagonists investigate the world’s most bizarre and dangerous cults, The Summoner is a stylish, haunting novel of mystery and suspense that will linger long after the last page is turned.

THANKS TO THE AUTHOR,
LAYTON GREEN
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Giveaway copies are supplied and shipped to winners via publisher,
agent and/or author. This blog hosts the giveaway on behalf of the
above. I received a copy of this book, at no charge to me, in
exchange for my honest review. No items that I receive are
ever sold...they are kept by me, or given to family and/or friends.
I am not responsible for lost or damaged books that are shipped
from agents. I reserve the right to disqualify/delete any entries
if rules of giveaway are not followed

W.W.W. Wednesdays

WEDNESDAY

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What are you currently reading?


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What do you think you’ll read next?




March 29, 2011

Review "Miss Hildreth Wore Brown" by Olivia deBelle Byrd



MISS HILDRETH WORE BROWN by Olivia deBelle Byrd
Published by Morgan James Publishing
ISBN 978-1-60037-748-8
I originally won this book from My Reader's Block blog and then at the request of the author, was asked to read, review and offer my honest opinion. There was no cost to me and/or no monetary compensation.
  Synopsis: While Olivia deBelle Byrd was repeating one of her many Southern stories for the umpteenth time, her long-suffering husband looked at her with glazed over eyes and said, “Why don’t you write this stuff down?” Thus was born Miss Hildreth Wore Brown—Anecdotes of a Southern Belle. If the genesis for a book is to shut your wife up, I guess that’s as good as any.
  On top of that, Olivia’s mother had burdened her with one of those Southern middle names kids love to make fun. To see “deBelle” printed on the front of a book seemed vindication for all the childhood teasing.
  With storytelling written in the finest Southern tradition from the soap operas of Chandler Street in the quaint town of Gainesville, Georgia, to a country store on the Alabama state line, Olivia deBelle Byrd delves with wit and amusement into the world of the Deep South with all its unique idiosyncrasies and colloquialisms.
  The characters who dance across the pages range from Great-Aunt Lottie Mae, who is as “old-fashioned and opinionated as the day is long,” to Mrs. Brewton, who calls everyone “dahling” whether they are darling or not, to Isabella with her penchant for mint juleps and drama.
  Humorous anecdotes from a Christmas coffee, where one can converse with a lady who has Christmas trees with blinking lights dangling from her ears, to Sunday church, where a mink coat is mistaken for possum, will delight Southerners and baffle many a non-Southerner. There is the proverbial Southern beauty pageant, where even a six-month-old can win a tiara, to a funeral faux pas of the iron clad Southern rule—one never wears white after Labor Day and, dear gussy, most certainly not to a funeral.
  Miss Hildreth Wore Brown—Anecdotes of a Southern Belle is guaranteed to provide an afternoon of laugh-out-loud reading and hilarious enjoyment.
  My Thoughts and Opinion: A very light hearted, quick, funny, and at times, laugh out loud chapters read. The writing style of the author allows the reader to actually visualize the scene and gives the feeling of the author and reader engaged in a dialogue. Short chapters touching upon topics, in my opinion, everyone can relate to in some way. Her sense of humor and the way she relates events from funerals to family vacations, emergency room visits to Christmas attire is hysterical. A must read and a perfect gift for those "just because occasions"!!!!
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Addendum: Olivia deBelle Byrd will be visiting here on April 14th while on tour. So mark your calendars!!! She also has a surprise in store for you!!

DISCLAIMER
I received a copy of this book, at no charge to me,
in exchange for my honest review.
No items that I receive
are ever sold...they are kept by me,
or given to family and/or friends.


GIVEAWAY ENTRY PAGE "NERVE" by Taylor Clark ENDED

MARCH 29th TO APRIL 12th, 2011



NERVE
"Poise Under Pressure, Serenity Under Stress,
and the Brave New Science of Fear and Cool"
by TAYLOR CLARK

SYNOPSIS:
  Nerves make us bomb job interviews, first dates, and SATs. With a presentation looming at work, fear robs us of sleep for days. It paralyzes seasoned concert musicians and freezes rookie cops in tight situations. And yet not everyone cracks. Soldiers keep their heads in combat; firemen rush into burning buildings; unflappable trauma doctors juggle patient after patient. It's not that these people feel no fear; often, in fact, they're riddled with it.
  In Nerve, Taylor Clark draws upon cutting-edge science and painstaking reporting to explore the very heart of panic and poise. Using a wide range of case studies, Clark overturns the popular myths about anxiety and fear to explain why some people thrive under pressure, while others falter-and how we can go forward with steadier nerves and increased confidence.

THANKS TO ANNA AND THE SPECIAL
PEOPLE FROM THE HACHETTE BOOK GROUP
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Giveaway copies are supplied and shipped to winners via publisher,
agent and/or author. This blog hosts the giveaway on behalf of the
above. I received a copy of this book, at no charge to me, in
exchange for my honest review. No items that I receive are
ever sold...they are kept by me, or given to family and/or friends.
I am not responsible for lost or damaged books that are shipped
from agents. I reserve the right to disqualify/delete any entries
if rules of giveaway are not followed.

Teaser Tuesday (2 of 2)

TUESDAY

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Hosted by Miz B at Should Be Reading
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
*Grab your current read
*Open to a random page
*Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
*BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
*Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

She was simply falling apart before my eyes.  Beneath the pain dwelled the complexity of a hurt I knew I would never be able to understand.
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