My Review of 00275 Premium Personalized Nylon Dog Collar

Originally submitted at FetchDog.com

For delivery in time for Valentines Day, order by: 1pm ET on Friday, February 3rd for Personalized collars OR 1pm ET on Monday, February 6th for Non-personalized collarsAdd any one of these NEW SYMBOLS to your personalized collar!!! * Unless your dogs name is Woof, the odds are good he cant say his…

Great Collar

By Maghon from Abbeville, LA on 1/31/2012

 

5out of 5

Pros: Easy to Attach, Good Length, Durable, Good Fit, Comfortable, Good Grip

Best Uses: Large Dogs, Training, Small Dogs, Active Dogs, Everyday

Describe Yourself: Long-time Pet Owner

as a vet tech, I see lost dogs come in all the time looking for their owners… this is perfect if your pet loses their tag, because you can put your info right on the collar. :)

(legalese)

Reviews & an Update

Hello Everyone, 

How was your weekend? Mine was uneventful, which is EXCELLENT :) I got some reading done, so I thought that I should let you guys in on the secrets :) ok, they aren’t secrets, but how about my reviews! So, here ya go…. 

A Demon Made Me Do It

As always I need to thank the R2R guys and the author for giving me a copy of this book to read for review! There are some days when I’m just so happy to be part of this group, for without them I would have never found some of the best books! Like this one!! So, here’s all the links I think you should check out including my 5 PAWs review :) (yeah, so in a description, some people give roses (KAY) and some people give bats, and wings, and hearts, and stars,  so I’ve decided to draw a paw (via paint program on my computer) and use this as my rating :) see the paws ->)

goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/248963244

amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00534J7G6/ref=cm_cr_rev_prod_img

Smashwords:  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/62623

Barnes & nobles:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/demon-made-me-do-it-penelope-king/1103017783?ean=2940012926395

Next up…

The Dark Gifts Inheritance

First, Thank you SO much Ms. Willow Cross, for giving me a copy to read and put up on my blog & THANK YOU Books4Tomorrow for sending me the recommendation of Ms. Cross… I was so intrigued by the cover, but I am thrilled to say I LOVED it when I opened it and started reading… so, here’s my paw rating & all the links :)

 

goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/243360061#

smashwords:  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/89049

amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005NC1IQK/ref=cm_cr_mts_prod_img

Barnes & Nobles:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-dark-gifts-inheritance-willow-cross/1105870812?ean=2940011508134&itm=1&usri=the+dark+gifts+inheritance

Next is…

Chocolate-Covered Eyes: A Sampler Of Horror

ok, so first I gotta say, this is one of the books that had to be RESCUED on goodreads, so no worries, I’ve already reported it and I am going to keep trying to make sure the links work but at least you can still see my review…

goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/267786813

amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Chocolate-Covered-Eyes-Sampler-Horror-ebook/dp/B00612RJ6E/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1328029049&sr=1-1

Barnes & Nobles:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/chocolate-covered-eyes-lori-r-lopez/1107021882?ean=2940013227842&itm=1&usri=chocolate+covered+eyes

Smashwords:  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/100362

Now, I am so happy to say that all the winners contacted me ASAP, and so, all the kindle books were e-mailed on Saturday morning, and today, the Jennifer Estep Elemental Assassin paperback books were mailed to that winner too… I am so happy and this was my first give away.. So, on that note, I am still thinking about giving away some more stuff, but I will have to make it good! So, Congrats again to all the winners and I’ll be posting another giveaway REAL SOON!!! in the meantime, today is the release of… 

Half Black Soul  (The Alexa Montgomery Saga, #2)

SO GO GO GO!!! GO GET IT NOW!!! :) I did :)

Have a great day, and later my reading gators! 

AND the WINNERS ARE!!!

Goodness, this week has been non-stop crazy! I’ve had some crazy work stuff going on, and I am still trying to finish reading all of my books for reviews for authors &/or programs I participate in… Let’s just say my life has been crazy… But, that shouldn’t stop the winners from getting their prizes… So, here’s how it’s going to work… Since it’s friday afternoon, I will give everyone (the winners) until TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2012 at (8:00 am CENTRAL US TIME) to send me an e-mail at magluvsya03@yahoo.com to claim their prize…  Hopefully, everyone will send me an e-mail saying HI & I saw my name as a winner & YES THAT IS THE PROPER E-MAIL ADDRESS/physical address to send my prize to, and if they don’t then I will pick another winner on TUESDAY MORNING! Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that… so without further ado… let’s pull some names :)

Winner for the DEMON KISSED SERIES is 

Anne Muller … so Anne, here’s what ya are gunna get (via kindle book)… email me :)

 

Winner for the Warriors of Ankh series (omnibus) is…

Veronica De Luna, and here’s what you win (vis kindle email) :) e-mail me!

Winner for the Tale of Lunarmorte Series is….

Ntzee Thao… YAY, here’s what you win (via kindle email)… and e-mail me ;)

And last, but certainly not least…

the winner for the Elemental Assassin series is…

Elizabeth Cottone  YAY for you, e-mail me!

WAIT THERE’S MORE!!!

OK, so I have now, printed out all the results, and used random.org to select these top winners… HOWEVER… since I asked some questions in some of the polls… I am gunna pick some more names (not those winners above) but other names for some other prizes! No need to re-sign up, I am going to use the same names, since I am SO THANKFUL that you guys checked out my blog in the first place!…. I PROMISE to let you know Tuesday if I have to pick new names for the top winners & in that, I will post some winners for something.. I dunno what yet, but I’ll think of something fun to give away :) 

Alright… again, IF YOUR NAME IS AT THE TOP, EMAIL ME @ magluvsya03@yahoo.com! and congrats winners, & possible future winners, I will be announcing… and if you wanna continue for another give way… see this weeks BLOG TOUR I participated in…. the contest also goes until TUESDAY, so check it out & put your name down!!! :)  http://magluvsya03.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/half-black-soul-blog-tour/

thanks so much everyone!! Have a great weekend!! & Later My Reading Gators! 

Half Black Soul Blog Tour

HELLOOOOOOO everyone!!! Today is my stop on the Half Black Soul Blog Tour!! YAY, I am so very excited, as this is my first blog tour that is to release a book :) I need to say that this is the first time I’ve held a review back. Normally I post my review with the stars and all IMMEDIATELY on goodreads, but since I knew I had this stop on the tour, I figured that I would post my review here first, for you guys to read, before the GRers get to see it :) So, here’s a little snippet of book one, Blood Warriod, from goodreads, so you know a lil sum-tin… 

When her home is attacked by murderous vampires, 17-year-old Alexa is forced to leave her mother for dead in order to save her sister. She soon learns that she is the last known member of an elite race of supernatural Warriors, and is thrust into a world full of vampires and werewolves who all seem to regard her as some sort of savior. Meanwhile, Alexa battles a monster within herself that seeks to gain control; a monster that seeks blood.

The hidden city she finds herself in appears perfect, but Alexa’s instincts tell her that all is not right within its walls. When she is asked to attend a school of fighters, whose exams consist of gladiator-style competitions, she must decide who she can trust among the smiling faces. And, when she meets Kayden, a vampire she feels undeniably drawn to, she must decide if she can trust herself.

Blood Warrior (The Alexa Montgomery Saga #1)

Now, with that, let’s discuss this book & characters first, then… MY REVIEW & my interview with NELLY!

Alexa: First, this kid is so bad @$$, it hurts! Everybody looks at her small frame, and thinks she is a typical girl, and boy does she kick theirs… I feel like I wanna hug her (but won’t cuz she scares me) but I think we’d get along, or she’d kill me :) I want her to find some sense of peace.

Nelly: I wanna wrap her up & stick her in my pocket! She is fun, bubbly, happy, and always knows when Alexa is full of….. yeah, you know. But at the same time, I feel like she is still hiding something… maybe that’s just me, but I do love her :)

Jackson:  *sigh, I love you, sigh* yes, I am team Jackson, against everyone else (so I guess that means he’s all mine, as long as Alexa can share)… He is the PERFECT best friend, and the sweetest boyfriend… yes, we all know that everyone loves the bad boy (I DO TOO) but the good one is the one you should hold on to with every thing you’ve got! I wanna hold on to Jackson :)

Kayden: *drools a little* yeah, he’s hot, he’s mysterious… he mostly makes me wanna kick his shin… sorry, but he is the PERFECT BAD BOY… I mean, he is ALL of it, in one HOT, yummy, sexy package… I know he has a good heart in there somewhere, but if you are gunna be a bad boy, you are supposed to rebel, and they only thing that he is rebelling against right now is Alexa… Stand up for something, kid!

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Soraya: without giving anything away… I LOVE HER!!!! 

Now, let’s get this out… THIS IS A GREAT BOOK! I love the fights and the cries and the laughs, and the yummy guys all over!!! I mean, come on! Who doesn’t love this stuff! I think Ms. Gordon did an excellent job when she would say certain little details, it gives you enough to go on, but kept some things secret until the end… I am so stuck on who Alexa is gunna choose, because everyone seems to want something from her, so (we know) Jackson loves her, but can she chose her best friend… & what about Kayden, does he love her, or does he need her, since she is the “savior”…. I just dunno who is a bad guy in here, other than the lamia, and for some reason, I think there is something going on in that too! I can’t say enough about the way Ms. Gordon writes, it is EXCELLENT.  & yes, I LOVE cliff hangers… so this one was PERFECT!!! I need to say that I have some crazy emotions right now… because I was reading the blog posts & other’s reviews and was almost certain I was going to feel one way, and ended up feeling the OPPOSITE!! How can this happen, you say… well, thank Ms. Gordon because her writing has instilled in me some excellent life questions… like, would you chose to do the right thing if it mean giving up your life, or possibly the life of the one person who means the entire world to you? Or would you follow like a good soldier, when the people you care about are still getting hurt? You’re still getting hurt…. Yeah, this book was THAT GOOD!!!

Now, enough of this, let’s get to my WONDERFUL interview with Nelly, who is Alexa’s sister and one of the lead characters in this series!!! 

Maghon:  Hi, nelly, I’m so unbelievably honored to have you as a guest interview on my blog. It’ll be out little secret that you are my very first guest interview! EVER! So this is extra special to me… Now, on to the big show-

Nelly:  Thank you so much for having me! Honored to be here!

Maghon: Q1.  What’s it feel like in the beginning of the first book to keep secrets from your big sister? I can tell by the way she talks about you how much affection she has for you, so I assume it’s gotta be hard?

Nelly:   Well, I don’t like lying. However, I understand the necessity for secrets, and my Mother and I discussed the issue many times, and we just thought it was best to let Alexa live as normal a life as possible. But, you’re right, it was hard. Actually, that was an understatement; it was horrible, and despite me wishing that these things could have come to light under different circumstances, it was a huge relief to have all of the secrets out in the open.

Maghon:  I think I would feel exactly as you feel about that!

Q2. Alexa talks about her dislike toward her mother, how do you feel, knowing that’s it’s for a reason, but still bad, that your mother puts Alexa through some pretty horrible “training”?

Nelly:  I understood my Mother, and her reasons for doing things, and I loved her very much. I’ve seen into the souls of many people over the years, and I’ve come to the conclusion that at any given time, most people are just doing the best they can with the hand they’ve been dealt. I knew in my heart that our Mother only wanted what was best for us, and no matter how much I hated to see Alexa hurt, I couldn’t find it in myself to fault our Mother for the way she raised us. But, yes, the training was more than difficult for me to stand by and watch, and there were many nights that I would go to bed crying over the pain my sister endured, but she was strong, and she never so much as shed a tear over it. 

Maghon:  I’m sorry, I know that’s something painful to talk about…

Q3. I know that you’re a “searcher” but could you give us a little more description of what that means and how you feel about this?

Nelly:  Well, how would you feel if you could know all of the deepest, darkest, and most guarded parts of someone? When I Search someone’s soul, I not only know their struggles, I feel them. It goes a long way in being able to understand people, why they do the things they do, and exactly where they are coming from. It humbles you to your own situations, and changes you every time. Sometimes, not for the better.

Maghon: I would feel horrible most of the time… I think it would be over-whelming to have all of that in my head and heart… 

Q4. I feel like on the outside you’re a happy beautiful bubbly personality, but who are you really? Is this just a facade to hide that little secret if yours? Or are you still pretty much like that on the inside? 

Nelly:  I guess I try to be kind to people because I know what they are going through. You know how when someone is rude to you, or just mean for reasons you can’t understand, and you say, “Well, you never know what they’re going through”? Well, I do know. And, if you did too, you would be a little nicer to everyone as well. I understand pain. I understand anguish. I try my best not to add to anyone’s. Everyone carries enough around with them already.

Maghon:  I completely understand, I try to have that same outlook on people (even though sometimes it’s crazy hard) :) 

Q5. Alexa holds you up in pretty high regards, do you hold her up quite as high? I mean I know you love her, but what do you think about her choices and decisions?

Nelly:  Alexa is my hero. It’s as simple as that. She’s my big sister, my best friend, and the person I care most about in the whole world. As far as her decisions go, I trust her judgment. Despite how she may feel about herself, she has a quality that is so very rare among everyone. Trust me, I know. She’s altruistic to a fault, and her the choices she makes usually reflect that. And, like everyone, she’s entitled to her mistakes.

Maghon:  that you are correct in saying, everyone has their faults & mistakes, we are only hu… errr, we aren’t perfect :)

Q6. So tell me a few things about Daniel, cuz he seems to be pretty awesome… And seems to make you happy too :) 

Nelly:  Oh, Daniel’s great. He has a kind soul, and genuinely likes to see people happy. He listens to me, and gives me advice, but never tries to force his opinions on me. He makes me want to be a better person, and to me, that is a very important quality.

Maghon:  I think we should all try to be better people in life :) so Daniel gets a big high five from me!

Q7. Are there any times when you feel jealous of Alexa or wish you had some of her gifts instead of yours? 

Nelly:  I’ve always been jealous of Alexa. I mean, how could I not be? She’s so strong and brave. She’s loyal and beautiful. Who wouldn’t want to be like that? I envy her because she holds all the things that I lack. And, truthfully, if people truly understood what my abilities were, and what all came with them, no one would want to be like me. “Gifts” is a very generous word.

Maghon:  Well, I am glad you try to keep a positive outlook on those “gifts”, you never know, they may come in handy! but I am jealous of her too :) but we won’t tell  LOL

Q8. How do you feel about being at Two Rivers? And do you think there’s a “big conspiracy” there? 

Nelly:  I feel the same as anyone would feel after they’d been ripped from their home and send to a place they know nothing about. Change is always hard, for everyone, and I’m no exception. It’s scary and emotionally wrenching, but we either adapt or die, right? I’m just trying to adapt, and conspiracy theories would do nothing to aid that.

Maghon:  I cannot tell you how sorry I am that you are in that situation… No one understands, unless they are in your place… if you ever need somewhere to hide out, you gimme a call… I have plenty of room (for the whole group) and lots of land, so you wouldn’t be too close to anyone!  *sending hugs* 

Q9. Last, and probably my most curious question…. At the end of the book, knowing all the events that have occurred, who do YOU think is better for Alexa? No, her feelings don’t count here, this is just how you feel about those lovely, eye candy, yummy-licious hot guys she’s got all around her! I know who I want her to pick -wink, wink- and which “team” are you on?

Nelly:  I’ve seen the souls of both Kayden and Jackson, and even Tommy, and I can say without a doubt that they each care for her in their own ways. I think that Alexa needs someone who can lift her up, and support her when she needs it, because as strong as she is, she needs someone to look out for her. As far as Kayden goes, I can honestly say that I didn’t expect him to hurt her in the way that he did, and I wasn’t in the least kidding when I told him that I would kill him if he ever did it again, but there’s no denying that their souls… match. Perfectly. Jackson would be a good choice too, though, and Tommy is a good guy as well, so I’m being honest when I say I don’t know yet. I just want Alexa to be happy.

Maghon: Thank you so very much Nelly, for taking precious time out to stop by and say hello!! If there is anything you wanna tell your fans? 

Nelly:  Thanks again for having me. And, to the fans? Uh, hang on to your seats, because it’s going to be a wild ride.

Oh boy, what do you guys have to say about THAT?!?! I needa get me a seat belt LOL… I cannot thank Nelly enough for her WONDERFUL interview… I know it was my first, but I don’t know how I am ever gunna top this one! I think Nelly was the perfect person for me to get in touch with… She made me so comfortable :) And THANK YOU SO MUCH HD Gordon for writing this book, so I can get to know this wonderful young woman I just met… and all the other characters :) I cannot tell you how great this ride was for me, and I cannot wait to do it again in Book 2-HALF BLACK SOUL, which releases January 31, 2012…

Now for those of you who want to know, you can get book one on Amazom, Smashwords, and you can see all the reviews (from us) at Goodreads… You can now also get it in paperback at Createspace.com 

& NOW THE GIVE AWAY

The give away is to help support the release of book 2… so here’s the directions :) FOLLOW EVERYDAY, LEAVE A COMMENT ON EACH BLOG FOR THE TOUR & YOU COULD WIN A SIGNED-& PERSONALIZED- PAPERBACK COPY OF BLOOD WARRIOR… Dude, if you don’t win, just buy it cuz it’s less thank $1!!! Here’s the blog stops :

January 16th – Kay @ K-Books

January 17th – Shieka @ Doctor’s Notes

January 18th – Cecelia @ Cecelia Robert’s Written Word

January 19th – Tana @ Tana Rae Reads

January 20th – Vanya @ YA Story Teller

January 23rd – Karla @ Book Addict

January 24th – Tt @ Never Ending Stories

January 25th – Maghon @ Happy Tails and Tales YOU ARE HERE

January 26th – Erica @ Ink Spots and Roses

January 27th – Lissa @ The Book Nut Reviews

January 30th – Taneesha @ A Diary of a Book Addict

January 31st – HD Gordon

*If you stop by all of the blogs and leave a comment you will be entered to win a Signed & personalized paperback copy of Blood Warrior.

** Don’t forget to follow all the fabulous tour hosts while you are there! **

Thank you everyone who stopped by today & as always, Later my Reading Gators!!!

Tell Me Something Tuesday :)

So, since I think this lovely author, who wrote BEFORE & MASQUERADE has one of the coolest websites, she is always posting something fun and I decided to join her today in this fun!  Here’s the description from Ms. Cambria Hebert from her blog…

Welcome to my weekly meme Tell Me Something Tuesday where I ask you something and you tell me the answer!! Its as simple as that and I thought it would be a great way for all of us bloggers to get to know one another! So this is how it works: I post a question here on my blog and then i give my answer. I invite all the bloggers to take the question and post it on their blog with their answer and we can hop around and see what everyone says! If you are a blogger don’t forget to leave your link at the bottom of this post! If you aren’t a blogger – that’s okay too!! Leave your answer in the comments section!

 Tell Me Something:

What is your favorite genre to read and why?

So, my I answer to this would be Fantasy (which does include some Urban fantasy-I still dunno why they have this genre)… Lemme explain.  I like some paranormal, but I am not usually into the romance part.  I am well know for skipping over those “lovely” moments… I read the dialog and then continue on until the plot starts again.  I prefer fantasy, because it’s paranormal without the romance….. I like when people die-usually horribly, like by sword, or a magic ball, or curse, or bow & arrow, or vampire fight, and a werewolf pouncing on you & mushing you to nothing… yes, I know I am strange. However, I do read some paranormal with the romance because the plot is really good. I make this exception. & Yes, some of my #1 authors & series are in this category…. No, Sookie Stackhouse  & Anita Blake are still FANTASY people, no matter what you think. & yes, sometimes they have some romance, but ask the authors what they put their book in, it’s not gunna be a romance category. Now I am not saying I don’t want some hot man candy in the books, I just don’t think they should be throwing their clothes off and getting it on the floor in the middle of a crisis… you know, like, hey there is this big bad moster out to kill me, we should move somewhere safe, let’s get outa here–after we canoodle, ya know-LOL… Now, enough of that… I work at a used book store and it’s a crazy subject for me, but I am low on the totem pole, so they get to put these books anywhere they want to LOL However, I have read Ms. Ward’s Black Daggar Brotherhood, THIS is paranormal romance, she is a perfect example of paranormal romance… I rate them mid way in NEED TO READ pile. I will read them, but will I be in line needing it the first moment they are released, probably not… You wanna talk about Harry Dresden, Anita Black, Sookie Stackhouse, Jane Yellowrock, Kara Gillian, Sabina Kane, JoAnne Walker,  Kitty Norville, Jace Valchek, Angel Crawford, Thorn St. Croix, Gin Blanco, Gwen Frost, Shiarra Waynest, Cassie Palmer, Dori Bassarb, Atticus O’Sullivan, Mercy Thompson, October Daye, & there are so many more… but these are more Fantasy than romance, & I WILL wait in line for these… *sigh* I could go on about this subject, but needless to say, I have just listed most of my favorite characters that are lead in a series, so I’m pretty sure I just gave away all those names for you to check out… LOL…. now… I told you about my strange obsession with people dying oddly in books, and I also love a good mystery as part of the plot… somebody is always out to get somebody else… how do we stop this, and who is it gunna turn out to be!  Now, I will shut up & let you list yours hahahaha oh boy, all my romance reading friends are gunna tar & feather me :)

Click the picture at the top to also put your posts, or put your links in the thread of Ms. Camria Hebert’s blog too :)

Also, since I am putting up this post, a few things…

I did a review for a good book & I think you should know about it :) 

Tangled Blood Lines

my links for all the info you may need :) 

Thank you so much Ms. Noel for sending me this great book! (oh by the way, this one is paranormal romance hahahaha) and it’s worth the read :) 
Also, for those of you who are late… check out my give away going on UNTIL FRIDAY JANUARY 27 AT NOON (MY TIME IN LOUISIANA, USA) here:  http://magluvsya03.wordpress.com/2012/01/21/book-bully-blog-tour/
Trust me when I say you wanna read these ;)
Tomorrow will be my stop on the Half Black Soul Blog Tour, so check back again for give aways (more of them!), and as always, thank you for listening to me blabber on & on!!
Later my Reading Gators

Book Bully Blog Tour…

Hello everyone, I am going to be explaining why each of you should read my series that I have picked & then I’ll give it away to someone lucky :) I couldn’t chose just one, so I am gunna do a short, but meaningful, argument for each series that I am giving away :) And now, on to the show :)
My First series I chose is the Elemental Assassin (Gin Blanco) Series

Spider

 

Web of Lies

 

Venom

 

Tangled Threads

 

Spider

I chose this series because it’s one of the first series I can say I was surprised by all the elements. Not too many authors give these kind of powers and get this specific with how they work. So, that’s what originally got me to pick up the book (the first one). I hadn’t heard of Jennifer Estep yet, and so I read the first one, and working at a used book store, I talked about it CONSTANTLY! I LOVE Gin! I love everything she stands for, and even though I could never kill someone, I sure wish I could sometimes, and just because she kills for a living doesn’t mean she is a bad person. As the series continues, she HELPS people, good, honest, needful people! And she doesn’t put up with anyone’s crap. She may stay quiet then, but boy does she hold a grudge FOREVER! This will not go unanswered. Now, in the first couple of books, she has a love interest of Donovan (boo!!!). I don’t know why, but I knew something bad was gunna happen, and he was gunna break her heart, and of course it did…. but you know there is always something better on the other side of doors and I LOVE OWEN!!!!! I like everything he stands for too. And I am pretty sure, that even though I love Gin, who couldn’t, my favorite character to read about would be Mr. Finnegan Lane :) There is so much tragedy in these books sometimes (that makes for good plots, so keep it up Ms. Estep), Finn never lets things get him down. Even if he is a complete player, and womanizer, I LOVE HIM! He’s a great big foster brother to Gin, and everyone always meets their match, and boy is it a COMPLETE suprise who his match is! There is so many twists and turns, and fun times, and cheerful times, and sad times. These books can give you every emotion! If what I have said about these books hasn’t convinced you to read them yet, then you are so full of…. ummm, hahahaha ok, so just go get these books so I don’t have to get innappropriate! And the good news is, the Next Book- By a Thread will be release February 28, 2012 (that’s not too long a wait) and it’s SO PRETTY!!! :)

By a Thread-releasing 2/28/2012

Now, for this give away (I’m sorry to my international friends, but postage is OUTRAGEOUS– but keep reading for your give away) I am giving a paperback copy of THE WHOLE SERIES… that’s ALL 5 books to some lucky kid!! :) Yep, I am so excited! This means you will have the entire series to hold in your hand and read & re-read…. I think I’ve reread this series at least 5 times :) The link for the google doc form is below, which means all ya gotta do is fill it out. If there are a whole lot of responses, then I will get random.org to pick someone for me :) I wish everyone good luck and happy reading :)

Now, to continue with the give aways, yep, this one will be international to anyone who can receive kindle book gifts via e-mail!!! OOOOOHHH, excited yet?

Since I said I couldn’t chose, I was being serious, I am gunna do 3 winners (that’s one series for each winner) each winner recieving 3 e-books each (except one & I will explain) :) And here’s the series….

The First Series of Samantha Young’s Tale of Lunarmorte series… It’s actually a trilogy, hahaha so ONE WINNER will get all three books in this series… here’s some pretty pictures to see :)

Moon Spell (book 1)

 

River Cast (book 2)

 

Blood Solstice (book 3)

Now, here’s why I think you should read this series!! The first book starts out with Caia, who is an orphan. She’s a reserved, quiet lykan used to a life of solitude. You learn some interesting things about her & her life, and the things she’s had to go through. She starts to open up more as she connects with the pack and her Alpha, and as her true heritage reveals itself her character faces many challenges. Over the course of the trilogy Caia transforms from a shy wolf to a force to be reckoned with. (PS thanks Samantha for this AWESOME description… I stole it from you!, but I needed to give you credit)… I really like this character and her journey through all 3 books, to become who she is! & boy does she have an awesome ride!!! :) Now, there is nothing like a little hot man candy (& there is plenty of these in this series)!!!! I will reserve the link after all this good stuff for you to see who Samantha has picked to play her characters (as a fantasy cast trailer)… trust me, I LOVE LOVE who she picked for each one!!! Dammit if she didn’t pick my for real fantasy boyfriend for the main sqeeze ( LOVE YOU! LOVE YOU!… cuz I love Taylor hahahaha)!! I don’t know if I could do this series justice by saying the things I love about it. I can tell you it’s been one of the best ( at least top 3) werewolf series I’ve ever read! WEREWOLVES are my FAVORITE, so when I say top 3, I’ve read almost every werewolf series out there! It’s really that great! It’s considered a young adult, but I got the ladies (who are middle aged with marriage and kids to juggle) reading this series & stopping me every morning to giggle & gasp & gossip about it! It’s freaking awesome, so there is no age limit on this one, and I really wish there was like 10 more books about these characters and their lives! I miss them! But, Samantha is doing something cool, she is doing a spin off series, so I cannot wait to get my hands on this one :) click on the pictures to check out the sound tracks, fantasy casts, and all kinda cool stuff about this series ;)
So, without further ado… here is the form for you to fill out for this series! READ IT, even if you don’t win it!!! I know I am giving away kindle versions, but you DO NOT have to own a kindle, you can download ( FOR FREE) kindle apps for almost any device to read it :) Now fill this out to win….

Now, the next series I am giving away (also internationally) is also by Samantha Young, and I am chosing it, not because it’s a nice sweet happy book, but because it’s exactly the opposite! How do you chose between right and wrong, and what makes you a good or bad person? Samantha describes the first book as this… Eden is a Soul Eater. While that hasn’t meant much to her in the past, she’s pretty sure any minute now she’s going to go all “Carrie” on her eleventh grade class. Noah is an Ankh. As an immortal Warrior, his purpose in life is to hunt down and kill Soul Eaters. Eden is Noah’s next assignment. Problem is… this is an assignment with a difference. Eden’s not your average, run of the mill, Soul Eater. Noah’s job? To test Eden for possible redemption. It’s a risky business. Especially if Noah awakens Eden’s inner monster. It would be kind of hard for Eden to listen to the angel on her shoulder when the devil on the other is telling her, her new best friend is a lying, scheming, immortal enemy…
….betrayal is such a bitch. So is Eden when you get on her bad side.

So, how do you feel about serial killer parents? cuz Eden has some of those… I am not kidding, and she lives with this guilt everyday! this series is on a whole different level of awesome, but not because the good guys always win, or the bad guys always get what’s coming to them… it’s a little hard, and there are some grey areas in this one! I LOVE EDEN!! No doubt, she is by far, my favorite character, but there are some other really interesting people, and I just LOVE the way Samantha writes! I don’t know if I could ever give this series enough justice either! I mean if you look at the soundtrack for this series (Samantha makes the most awesome soundtracks for her books) it’s freaking awesome :) Just trust me when I say GET YOUR GRIMEY HANDS ON THESE NOW!!! And the coolness about this one, there is an omnibus with a very cool sneak peak into her newest series, which is what I am going to give away! It’s got ALL 3 BOOKS in one!!! And it’s so awesome!!! yes, I bought it, even though I had all 3 :) And, now, some pretty pictures :) so you can see what you will win :)

Waarriors of Ankh omnibus (all 3 books)

so, here is your form to fill out to win… and don’t forget, even if you don’t have a kindle you can download a free app to read these :)

Now, last but certainly not least… This series is HM Ward’s Demon Kissed Ivy Taylor series :)
I am gunna let Ms. Ward explain in her own words about this book…. The Valefar boy tricked Ivy Taylor into kissing him, but he took much more than a kiss – he stole her soul and left her within inches of death. By surviving, Ivy is drawn into the conflict between the Martis and the Valefar. The war between these two immortal forces has raged for millennia without distraction. Until now. Ivy is an anomaly—she is the only person who has ever walked away from a demon kiss alive. Her survival gives her unique and deadly abilities. Too powerful to ignore, Ivy is a threat to both armies. These two ancient enemies will stop at nothing to kill the seventeen-year-old. Surviving is nothing new for headstrong Ivy, but her survival has never depended on another person before. This time it does. And if she misplaces her trust, she’s dead. To her horror, she starts falling in love at the worst possible time—with the enemy. He appears to be protecting her. But she can’t be certain if he is trying to help her, or help himself to her power. For Ivy, trusting the right person is the difference between love and survival, or a deadly demon kiss.

Now, this series fascinated me… first, I couldn’t get my hands on a damn paperback copy, so I finally broke down and bought my first ebook (yep, this was my first e book) and hot damn, if I am not addicted to this series! I love her, and I feel sorry for her, and I wanna hug her, and high five her, and slap her, and cry for her, and laugh at her all at the same time! I know, how can I have so many emotions, but this series has brought out so many different things! I mean, this poor kid has to endure a whole lota crap! & she is still fighting! I am normally not and angels vs demon kid.. I usually just like the demon part hahahaha but this one is so very different and it’s not all about walking the fine line between good & evil, love & hate, it’s about saving the people you love, and hoping to make it out alive too :) and making sure the devil gets a nice swift kick in the…. you know :) so, READ THIS ONE TOO!!! This one, can be read for pretty young teenagers & adults too :) so, go on and get yours!!! Look how pretty they are!

Demon Kissed

 

Cursed

 

Torn

Now, here’s your form to fill out to win :) same rules apply as the others ;)

Now, if I haven’t talked you into reading at least one of these series, I dunno what else to say… you must have bad taste hahahaha no no, I’m just kidding :) I picked these, because they are great, but they don’t get enough recognition like some of the BIG, BIG authors get, (not that you guys are little)… so there ya go, :) go read and become happy :) hahahaha and thanks so much in participating! I wish everyone luck, and no worries, if you don’t win, wait till you see what I’ll be giving away next ;)

Masquerade Review & the deets on my Marlboro Crazy Mountain Ranch trip :)

Hellooooooo everybody!!! I feel like I have been so far behind on things lately, oh wait, I am very far behind! hahahaha but since I promised a few things, I will keep good to my word. First, I will discuss a wonderful book I read…

Masquerade (Heven and Hell, #1)

Goodreads synopsis:  Before. Everything was so much better Before. I wasn’t haunted by nightmares, my place at school was secure and my face was flawless. Now, I’m a freak and everything has changed. The worst part is that I can’t remember the night I was sentenced to the shadows. The memory has been stolen from me and I just can’t shake the feeling that someone, something is out there -watching. 

Just when I think I have my life handled, Sam, with his intimidating golden stare and shiver inducing voice, makes me realize that I don’t know anything. He makes me see that my scars don’t matter. That they never mattered. I can’t help but fall for him, completely unknowing that he knows exactly how I got this way. Not knowing he was involved. 

*** 

Heven has no idea how closely death stalks her. She has no idea what I have done to keep her alive. I fear the day she learns my secrets, finds out what I really am. But even then I cannot stop, I vow to make things right. Finally her hunter will be hunted, Heaven and Hell, faith and sin will battle, and we will be victorious. But first, Heven must learn to be what she never imagined. I know her strength is there – I feel it. If we are to overcome all odds, she must push past her flaws – her frailties – to become much more.

Feeling that little curiosity piquing right now? Well it should be, I really liked this book.  I think my favorite part is the fact that you never know exactly what “supernatural” the people are in this book.  You are guessing until almost the end, and then you are like “HOLY CRAP!!! I NEVER THOUGHT OF THAT!!!”  OK, maybe you won’t but I was! There are sneaks into other point of views, but mostly it’s spoken from Heven. I really like her.  So, I will now post all the links for you to read my 5 STAR REVIEW on this book, and where to purchase (you should just get it, cuz I said so)…. here ya go!

Goodreads Review:   http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/243373176

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1936593254?ie=UTF8&tag=httpwwwgoodco-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1936593254&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2

Barnes & Nobles:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/masquerade-cambria-hebert/1107932872?ean=9781936593255

Smashwords:  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/113774

Before (Heven and Hell, #0.5)

& since I mentioned it, the prequel BEFORE you can get FOR FREE here:

amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Before-Heven-and-Hell-ebook/dp/B0067NCDYK/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1327088620&sr=1-1

smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/105048

Now, on to my trip deets!  About a month or two ago, I got a letter viz FedEx telling me I won a trip to Marlboro’s Crazy Mountain Ranch…. I of course, thought this was some sort of scam, so I called all the numbers they gave me and whadda ya know, it’s FOR REAL!!!!!  So, after lots of paper work & finding the appropriate guest to come with me & she (my cousin) filled out all her paperwork, we shipped it all back to the Ranch headquarters and awaited an answer.  And about a week later, I got the definate that I won the trip (I passed the background check, and I was 21, and a non-felon) & then I got really excited! I mean how awesome, right?  After a few weeks, and a few phone calls, and letters, I recived a winning check (spending money), air travel tickets (we rode 3 planes to get there) & FREE LUGGAGE!!! 

my luggage

Now, on the day we left (Thursday, January 12, 2012) we got on an early flight out of Lafayette, LA (my small town airport) and flew over to Houston, TX & rode this cool train and then got on a plane to Denver, CO and then ran across the airport (I am not a fan of that air port) and then jumped on a little plane to Bozeman, MT! I saw my first snow as we were landing on the ground! And we were greeted by awesome ranch staff, and fed some seriously yummy stuff while we checked in, they got our bags loaded on the bus, and off we headed to Clyde Park, MT! 

The sites here are nothing my words could do justice! It is beyond beautiful! I mean, WOW! I think I said that so many times, it’s impossible to count…  We checked in, slept in the bank (that was so cool) & has a BEAUTIFUL room, with the most comfortable beds & the most amazing shower I have ever seen! For the next 4 days, I was fed like a queen at each meal, and had tons of treats & snacks & they even gave me a camera (FREE) to take pictures of this once-in-a-lifetime trip!!! A Panasonic FP3 Lumix 14 megapixel touch screen digital camera with a 4 GB memory card!!!!! I am still in awe of this trip…. We had a “snow drought”, heheheehehe this is such a funny concept to me, so they offered a YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK tour in lieu of some activities… OMG, this was amazing! We did zip lining and dog sledding, ate like crazy people, drank alot, well I don’t really drink so not that much, but you could! Had parties, and bands, and all these cool things! And then when it was time to go (I almost cried), I was missing my babies (yes I say babies when I mean my dogs & cats) and took all the gifts they gave us (I don’t wanna spoil the surprise if anyone ever reads my blog & wins), packed them in a back pack they gave us to bring it all home, put it in my giant luggage they supplied, and got back to the airport to see a ton of snow falling! We ended up having to spend the night in Denver (after craziness) because of that snow, so I was a day late getting home. But, like my mom told me, this trip was too perfect, we had to have a balance! I spent NO MONIES!!! They would not let us pay for anything there ( I bought a few gifts and things from a Yellowstone gift store) and airport snacks, and that is all the money I spent on this entire trip!! I was happy to hug my babies when I got home, but, let me say that, I would move there in a heartbeat! As long as my kids can come to, that is! I will never forget the wonderful people I met up there, Steph & Ryan from North Dakota being some of my tops, and all the wonderful staff, and guides! I will say prayers that I get invited to go back one day! & everyone who told me no, missed out BIG TIME on this! & so I will post a ton of pictures in a slide show for you to see (I took 957 between me & my cousin), so I will post the link to see them all! If anyone ever reads this from there THANK YOU!!! many many times! 

And now, back to reality & work, and my very long list of books to read that I am behind in! 

So here’s the slide show, I could only put a few pictures here, but here is the link to all 957 pictures that I posted ;)  I had a fantasmal, extra special, wonderful, beautiful, amazing time!!! thanks everyone for listening to me blabber away :) 

As always, later my reading gators! and I will be doing the blog tour this wednesday so keep watch out for that!!! 

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I’m back and I’m WAY behind :) & LIEBSTER BLOG AWARD

Oh boy, I’m back from the mountains (& I can breathe again) & I took almost 1000 pictures in 4 days (I know I am a total nut) However, today, I will post my books reviews, for the small amount of books I read in this last week, and since I am way behind, I have lots to catch up on.  I will do an entire blog on my trip and all my pictures (but yes, I will post a few photos so you can get a sneak peek into the best trip of my life!) 

First, I want to remind everyone not to forget that both the book bully blog started this week, I should be tomorrow or Friday, but just click the pretty link picture on the left side of my blog to get there & it also has everyone else’s options to win their books! & the Half-Black Soul Tour began with my lovely friend Kay, over at Kay Books and if you click the link you get to see all that awesomeness!! That is one of the books I am reading right now, since I’m next week on the blog tour and I gotta get my questions ASAP!!! Who knew that you don’t read on vacation?? Right? ok, well me, since I didn’t have time or just needed the sleep :)  

Now, on to my book reviews… so here we go!!! 

Spellbound by Fire (Spellbound, #1)

I received Spellbound by Fire via the author for a review so we could spread the word about her new book… I read the inscription twice before I agreed, because I didn’t know how I would handle the torture and tragedy, but boy am I sure glad I read this one… Yes, there are some slightly graphic torture scenes, but you know what, it should make you aware that people really do go through abuse every day! I’ve seen it first hand in the women in my family (it’s also why my mother tells me all the time to filter and hold back, I am brutally honest and do not want to be walked on by others). I think not only is this a great story~add a little supernatural power to a very real life story and Wah-La~ you get a good feeling when the good guys can over come! I cannot say the good guys win, because a lot of them have lost so much in this story, but it’s hard to bring down a survivor and that’s what Janey is! Also, I do not know how, but this author makes you feel like you are right there in that story to feel all the pain, and sadness, and happiness, and love, and hate! She just has a way with words I guess :) So, thank you very much Ms. Thompson, and please continue to write, I cannot wait to get my hands on Spellbound by Swords! I hope it’s gunna be out soon :) but no rush…

here’s all the links I think you should check out, including my review:

my review on goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/249385395

amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Spellbound-by-Fire-ebook/dp/B006HJ6XT0/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1326908371&sr=1-1 

-my review is posted on amazon’s site also :)

Barnes & Nobles: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/spellbound-by-fire-lavinia-thompson/1108002190?ean=2940032905295&itm=2&usri=spellbound+by+fire

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/110429

I appologize if I left any links out! but, I think you should check it out :)

Here’s my reading list–like I needed to be finished reading these books like yesterday :) so, here’s my list that I am going to put it in my mind to finish within a week… oh boy! 

I am almost finished Masquerade

Masquerade (Heven and Hell, #1)

Then, I will be on to Blood Warrior

Blood Warrior (The Alexa Montgomery Saga #1)

then Tangled Blood Lines

Tangled Blood Lines

then to Empty

then on to Ghostly

Ghostly

 

Now, hopefully I can get these read, so I can continue the quickly growing lists of reads for reviews, cuz I have some serious books to catch up on with these :) Don’t forget to check out Ruby Reads Book Bully Blog Tour~no worries I promise to send you a link from my blog to hers so you can make sure and sign up for lots & lots of freebies :) 

Now, I am totally honored that my blog was chosen for the LIEBSTER BLOG AWARD from Roxanna Kade… here’s the deets :)

 
 The Liebster award (“Liebster” is the German word for friend or love) originated in Germany. 
 In accepting the Liebster Blog Award, the recipient agrees to:

·                Thank the person who gave them the award and link back to that person’s blog

·                Copy and paste the award to their blog

·                Reveal the 5 blogs they have chosen to award, commenting on their blog to break the news!

·                Hope those people in turn pay it forward by accepting and awarding “The Liebster Blog Award” to bloggers they would like to honor.

I’m going to pass this award on to:

Ms. Jennifer Estep @ http://www.jenniferestep.com/ (yeah I know she’s a writer, but she’s an awesome blogger too)

Kayleigh @ http://k-booksxo.blogspot.com/ she’s just awesome ;)

Mindy @ http://www.magicalurbanfantasyreads.com/

(I believe her name is) Rachel @ http://www.fiktshun.com/fiktshun/

Samantha Young @ http://samyoungyafantasyauthor.blogspot.com/ (cuz you’re just awesome too :) )

There’s my 5… since I cannot give it to Ms. Roxy right back :) hahahaha :) congrats ladies!!! 

Now, as promised,  here are a couple of pictures from my trip… I will do a full blog soon about the whole trip, cuz trust me, it’s a crazy, fantastic, wonderful, gorgeous, once-in-a-lifetime, you can’t top this, trip :)

ok, enough sneak peeks :) I just wanted you to see this south Louisiana girl in the snow :) 

Happy Reading everyone, and good luck in the give aways,  and for now, later my reading gators!

a little bit of info :)

Helllloooooooooo all my happy reader friends… I have a couple of announcements to make! I will start with bad news, because the good news will make it better.  I was originally scheduled to do a Indie Blog Tour with Mrs. Charlotte Abel and her book Enchantment, but due to some contract issues with some sellers… We will have to opt out of this tour… so in order to make up for this, I have discussed with Mrs. Charlotte to do a release party for her second book, to celebrate! So, I will be giving the free Enchantment books (no issues with sellers ) and we can give away some of her new book Empty too ;) YAY!! 

Next order of business! HOLY SHIZZNIT!!! I turned in my Book Bully Blog Tour guest post today to the hostess and boy oh boy am I so freaking proud of it ;) I cannot wait to give out a boo-koo load of books ;) and then right after, the HD Gordon Half-Black Soul book tour is also starting, so we will have freebies there too :) YAY!!! :) 

Now, I am listing what I plan on reading while I am waiting at airports and whatnots, for my trip… Here’s my list:

I am currently reading 

Spellbound by Fire (Spellbound, #1)

I will post my review, asap when I get back from my trip… Once this one is finished, I will start

Tangled Blood Lines

Masquerade (Heven and Hell, #1)

Inheritance (The Dark Gifts)

in this order :) and hopefully I will have them all done (probably not) on my trip :) since I need to hurry these up :) 

Now, as I know I have been gushing about this, I am leaving in just a few hours for my Marlboro Crazy Mountain Ranch trip!!! There will be no service, so no phone, internet, etc :) I promise when I get back to get back with everyone!!! which will be Tuesday morning :) hahahaha :) I say Happy Reading everyone!!!

 

I promise to put lots and lots of pictures ;) for you to see when I get back ;) and I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE WOLVES AND SNOW!!!! I am gunna shut up now :) 

Later my reading gators :)

Review of a few books :)

Were-wolves, Apocalypses, and Genetic Mutation, Oh My!

First, is Were-wolves, Apocalypses, and Genetic Mutation, oh My! by Suzanne Robb. She sent me a copy to read and review, and so here ya go, check it out, buy a copy, read it :) here’s all my links and my reviews! 

I would like to thank the author first, for giving me a copy to read and review. Now, these are 3 short stories, so without giving away too much, I will say a lil sum-tin, about each :)

The Moonlight Killer is the first story, which is about a guy (which has a crappy girlfriend) and works at a gay bar as a bartender, and one night it bitten and turned into werewolf :) It’s a great little story about doing the right thing, and being ok with being yourself. 

B.I.T.E. is about the the Apocalypse, with zombies :) Carly is the character who listens to a radio show that talks about the coming of the end, and low-and-behold, it happens! This is her story, to survive, and sacrifice, and never give up :)

Welcome to the Future is the last story, which is about genetic mutations of people. What happens when people treat genetically modified people different? Why should they have to hide what they’ve become? And is it right to chose to become a genetically modified person? Would you trust someone to modify your brain, when they could make you become a genius, but a completely obedient, loyal servant? 

In all, I enjoyed all these little stories, they are great for a fast read, with a little something different! You should check it out!

links:

goodreadshttp://www.goodreads.com/review/show/258985027

amazonhttp://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006SBC2UQ/ref=cm_cr_mts_prod_img

Next is Hotblood

Hotblood (House of Slide, #1)

here’s my links :)

goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/242796865

amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1461017696?ie=UTF8&tag=httpwwwgoodco-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1461017696&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2

barnes & nobles:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hotblood-juliann-crowther-whicker/1031147930?ean=9781461017691

Next is Stone Bearers: The Gift

Stone Bearers

gooreads: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/252529455

amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006LA0LES/ref=cm_cr_mts_prod_img

barnes & nobles:   http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/stone-bearers-r-e-washington/1107959389?ean=2940013840201

Last but not Least ;)

The Ylem (The Ylem Trilogy, #1)

goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/242796730

amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004XTKGQW?ie=UTF8&tag=httpwwwgoodco-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B004XTKGQW&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2

barnes & nobles: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ylem-tatiana-vila/1101224469?ean=2940011146787&itm=1&usri=the+ylem

 

So, just in case I haven’t gushed enough, I am leaving on Thursday for my trip (that I won!) to Montana :) and I will be offline for several days (no worries, I will check all my email when I get back haahaha and send and post lots of pictures) because there isn’t much service in these mountains :) but I am bringing my kindle to read :) lots of time at airports is great for reading LOL :) Which I have a lot to catch up on, I have a few deadlines I am behind on *bad Maghon* :) 

I will try to post Wednesday afternoon before I leave-if I don’t lose my head in the packing process first- :) 

later my reading Gators :)