Blog Anniversary! 2012 in review w giveaway

Hello everyone!! So, I’m actually late with my own blog anniversary, but I promise to make up for it! Hahaha December 11, 2012 was actually the anniversary that I published my first post- ONE YEAR!! :) I’ve had such a crazy year but even with the bad, I wouldn’t trade it because it made me love the good so much more! But first, I wanted to show you a little something. If you subscribe to any wordpress bloggers you’ll see I’m not the only one showing you this :)

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 12,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 20 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.
I’m going to show you some screenshots I took while reading this review…

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I thought this was interesting as these are my biggest “hits” day which meant these posts had the most views.

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This is so humbling to me as I’ve gotten people from 99 countries!!! That’s crazy!! I’m a small town South Louisiana country girl who really never travelled before this last year! :) HEY EVERYONE FROM MY 99 COUNTRIES!!!

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Jean if I didn’t know how much awesome you are full of, WordPress actually put it on record!!! I’m totally in awe of your love! THANK YOU for being the coolest follower EVER!!! Ps, Jean is so awesome, she got me a PERSONALIZED SIGNED copy of Daughter of Smoke and bones by Lani Taylor- HOW TOTALLY FANTASTIC IS SHE!!! I scared the neighbors when I opened that package as I got sooooo excited :) I have something extra special for you in that package going out this week!

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I took this picture a few nights ago, this is me and my mommy! Without her, I literally wouldn’t be alive, but I promise you- I got the BEST parent package in my mom. She is always so strong for everyone else that you forget she’s human, and not a saint! Out of all the things in the world, my mom is my most prized possession :) There’s never enough words to say everything I love my mom for but I LOVE YOU MOMMY!!

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This year was hard for my mom, losing our Koda Bear, but that is Penny in her Santa outfit, which she hated and chewed immediately!! Hahaha she is bad too, as she is always finding EVERY SINGLE MUD PUDDLE and must play in it!! But she loves to swim in the pond so at least she kinda cleans herself off! She actually RAN THROUGH WET CEMENT when they were pouring my slab for my house. It was hilarious as all the workers were trying to catch her and she thought it was too fun! She was covered in cement! Luckily me and my mom got her cleaned quickly! LOL I do love me some Penny, and she loves her big sister right back! :)

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I’m unlucky enough to be having to move in financially hard times but completely lucky enough to build my own little house made just for me and my doogies! I am honestly blessed!

So with this said, I’m going to have several things to give away! I’m going to take everything I have left- minus a few things I’m keeping for me- from Authors After Dark 2012 in NOLA, and split it into multiple swag packs!! Yep, I’m gunna give almost everything away!! I’m also going to add a few extra things to the giveaway, but I can’t list them just incase those few things fall through :) I’m hoping to pull about 10-15 winners!! Yeah a whole bunch!! :) and some will be international and some will be US. Some of the heavier swag packs will have to stay US, but I’ve got signed bookmarks and cups and bags and magnets and tshirts and all kind of light weight things to give internationally so, all are welcome, and if I can’t ship something affordably, I’ll send you a gift card or book from the Book Depository! :)

If you happen to be one of my favorite author or publisher people and you wanna help out, you hit me up!! I’ll make sure to promote it :)

So, HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!! :) I will continue to spread this giveaway around for the month of January! And if you spread it around and let me know that, I’ll give you extra entries!

To enter:Leave me a comment of some sort, tell me something, like what you’re thankful for this last year, or what you look forward to this coming year, or a resolution you hope to keep…. I dunno, whatever is on your mind at the moment! :) or whatever you want to tell me!! Or if you have a question- I’m actually quite honest- my mommy tells me bluntly so- so I’ll answer something you may want to know but never wanted to ask!

To each and every one of you reading this- THANK YOU!! Blogging has given me some wonderful friends and I can’t believe the wonderful things life can bring you. And it’s help me heal a few- well many- of my heartbreaks and wounds. One day, I’ll maybe tell you about them :)

To each author who has let me read and promote their books- THANK YOU a million times over!! Books have become a therapy to me as I love it, but I also need it, to keep sane! :) I will forever be grateful for what you do!!

I wish you all the most of your Heart’s desire! happy New Year everyone!! :) and happy reading! I will leave you with some fun pictures :) Later my gators!!

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* all of my fur babies wish you a Happy New Year too :)*

Blue Moon Book Tour w GIVEAWAY

EEEEEEEEHEHEHEHEHEHEHE!!! Yes people, that is my excited witch cackle!!! :) Guess what everyone, I’M THE CLOSER!!! Ha! Yes, I am the closing post for the wonderfully month long Blue Moon Book Tour, by the completely Fantastic and Wonderful JA Belfield! Trust me when you see my giveaway, you will think of a whole lot of wonderful names to call her too! :) But, I don’t want to get too crazy, so let me show you the goodies! :) I’ll start with showing you the tour schedule, as there are some really great stops!

3rd – Burning Impossibly Bright [Tour Opener: E-Book & swag Giveaway/character interview/review]

4th – Jocelyn Adams [Character Interview]

4th – Long & Short Reviews [Guest Post]

5th – Jeanz Reads n Reviews [Review & Giveaway]

6th – Lynda Young [Guest Post]

7th – A Purrfect Read [Author Interview]

10th – Turning the Pages [Review]

10th – Michelle’s Paranormal Vault of Books [E-book Giveaway]

11th – Book Addict [Guest Post]

11th – Reading Urban Fantasy [Giveaway & Review}

12th – Claire Gillian [Author Interview]

13th – At Random [Guest Post]

14th – L.S. Murphy [Guest Post]

16th – The Reviewing Shelf [Giveaway & Review]

17th – K-Books [Guest Post & Giveaway]

18th – Emi Gayle [Josh Larsen Interview]

19th – Aimee Laine [E-Book Giveaway]

20th – Katherine Skye [Author Interview]

21st – Lola’s Reviews [Review & Giveaway]

21st – Hesperia Loves Books [Guest Post]

24th – Terri Rocheski [Review & author interview]

24th – Known to Read [Giveaway & Review]

26th – J.Keller Ford [Guest Post]

27th – J.C. Martin [Author Interview]

28th – Julie Reece

28th – Dark Obsession Chronicles [Interview & Giveaway]

31st – Happy Tales & Tails [Tour closer: E-book & swag Giveaway]

Blue Moon (Holloway Pack, #2)

Book 2 of The Holloway Pack Series Blurb:

Someone is watching the Holloway Pack, and this time, the female isn’t the target.
Life with a group of seven male werewolves worries Jem Stonehouse not one bit. She is engaged to the Alpha’s son Sean Holloway after all. So what has Jem’s territorial instincts on high alert?
The pack’s latest addition. Both of them.
None of the men think there’s a problem with the new girlfriends. Jem’s intuition tells her otherwise—that and a nagging suspicion the new females aren’t there to partake.
Jem believes they’ve joined in to take.
The question is … What?
As the eve of the blue moon draws ever closer, Jem’s running out of time to find the answer and outwit a thief of the worst possible kind.
A woman who believes she can’t lose.

I was originally supposed to just give you a giveaway, but since I WON a copy of Blue Moon from the wonderful publishers, I think it’s only fair that I tell you how much I LOVE this book :) LOL but I will leave my official review out and I will post in up in the next couple of days- basically so I can remind you about this stack of goodness after the tour is up!! :)

My Review:

* coming extra soon…. But you should know that I LOVED this book- like I expected anything else!! :) but I wanna make sure to remind you to keep up with this series and author, so I’ll post my review in the next few days! And yes, it’s definitely a 5 PAW REVIEW!!

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About the Author:

J.A. Belfield

One day, a character and scene popped into J. A. Belfield’s head, and she started controlling the little people inside her imagination, as though she were the puppet master and they her toys. Questions arose: What would happen if …? How would they react if …? Who would they meet if …? Before she knew it, a singular scene had become an entire movie. The characters she controlled began to hold conversations. Their actions reflected the personalities she bestowed upon them. Within no time, they had a life, a lover, a foe, family … they had Become.

One day, she wrote down her thoughts. She’s yet to stop.

J. A. Belfield lives in Solihull, England, with her husband, two children, three cats and a dog. She writes paranormal romance, with a second love for urban fantasy

Stalk Her Links: J.A. Belfield Blog | Bookaroo-Ju Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Website

Ok Now it’s time to announce the giveaways!! I have two :)
The first giveaway if over at Ms. Belfield’s website. She is giving away some custom made bracelets and bookmarks, so you can head OVER HERE to enter via rafflecopter. They are quite cool. And this is her giveaway for the tour. But hurry, as it’s only for another day or so!
The second giveaway is mine, because Ms. Belfield is awesome and she wanted the closing stop to have some major goodies! Lemme show you my pictures for the giveaway!
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pictures: 1st pic: signed poster, 2nd: the bundle minus the ebook, 3rd:bookmark (front & back shown) and magnet; 4th: keyring
List of my giveaway:

1 Ebook of Blue Moon
1 signed Blue Moon poster
1 Blue Moon magnet
1 signed Blue Moon bookmark
1 Blue Moon keyring
I will pick one winner to win all of those goodies!! :) Major Fantastic right! So, pretty please leave me or Ms. Belfield and nice comment or question to win. And since I am the closer of the tour, I will leave it open for ONE WEEK and then I will email the winner! :)
I really wanna thank Ms. JA Belfield for allowing me to be totally cool today! :) I will also like to tell everyone, in the next few days, I will have another book by Ms Belfield as a tour stop, for her Make Believe Tour! It’s also a REALLY good one!! :) So make sure you enter the giveaways and then stop back on January 2, 2013 for my stop on the Make Believe Tour!
I wanna wish everyone good luck! And Happy Holidays!! As today is New Year’s Eve! And may you all welcome the New Year to a great start! :) Happy reading guys! Later Gators! I will leave you with all the pretty covers of all of Ms. Belfield’s books (click on each cover to take you to its goodreads page)
Instinct (Holloway Pack, #0)Eternal (Holloway Pack, #0.5)Darkness & Light (Holloway Pack, #1)Fated Encounter (Holloway Pack)Into The Unknown (Holloway Pack #1.5, Mimics of Rune #1.5, Lila Gray #1.5)Blue Moon (Holloway Pack, #2)Resonance (Holloway Pack, #2.5)Make Believe

Rogue’s Pawn by Jeffe Kennedy

Rogue ButtonHello everyone! It’s almost the New Year and I wanted to have a special little post. I thought this was such an interesting book that I wanted to help with a book promotion post! So lemme show you!

Rogue's Pawn

Rogue’s Pawn

by Jeffe Kennedy

Covenant of Thorns Series

978-14268-9406-0

Carina Press

July 16, 2012

This is no fairy tale…

Haunted by nightmares of a black dog, sick to death of my mind-numbing career and heart-numbing fiancé, I impulsively walked out of my life—and fell into Faerie. Terrified, fascinated, I discover I possess a power I can’t control: my wishes come true. After an all-too-real attack by the animal from my dreams, I wake to find myself the captive of the seductive and ruthless fae lord Rogue. In return for my rescue, he demands an extravagant price—my firstborn child, which he intends to sire himself…

With no hope of escaping this world, I must learn to harness my magic and build a new life despite the perils—including my own inexplicable and debilitating desire for Rogue. I swear I will never submit to his demands, no matter what erotic torment he subjects me to…

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Rogue’s Pawn Excerpt

“Enough,” a male voice said.

As if I’d ceased to exist, Tinker Bell blinked her eyes and regained her lovely self, face smoothing, shining once again in sunny elegance. Reboot and resume program. She gracefully stood and glided to the tray, set the bowl precisely in the center, lifted the tray and left the room without hesitation.

Booted footsteps crossed the room toward me. Act II, scene ii. Exit Nasty Tinker Bell, Enter God-Only-Knows-What-Now. My face was sticky with whatever the brothy stuff had been, my hair wet and fouled. I stank. I hurt. I was chained to a bed in a place so completely unknown I couldn’t begin to understand it. I tried to squeeze my legs closer together, but the chains seemed at the limit of their reach. The energy of my brief triumph evaporated, allowing tears to well up again.

Oh, please, please, please, do not cry. The threatening sting worsened. I closed my eyes and one tear leaked out. He stopped next to me, surveying me.

“You’re certainly a mess.” His wry voice was rich and smooth.

My eyes snapped open to glare at him through the blur. Fifty different smart remarks flew across my tongue, most along the lines that any failures of appearance on my part could be laid on the doorstep of someone besides myself. But even the buzz of the first word on my vocal chords brought searing agony. Relieved to have a legitimate reason for the tears, I almost welcomed the searing sensation.

“No, don’t try to talk—no one needs to hear what you have to say, anyway. Not that we can help it, since you think so loudly. And you have a decision to make. We have a quandary.” He began pacing, boots echoing against stone. “No one can heal you while you’re bound in silver and we can’t release you from the silver until you have yourself under control. Which will take a considerably long time—perhaps years of training—if you’re even able to accomplish it at all.”

I thought of the birds crashing in increasing cacophony with a small shudder.

“Exactly,” he confirmed. “And yes,” he said from the window behind my head where he seemed to be gazing out, “I can hear most of your thoughts—another reason to save trying to speak aloud.”

My stomach congealed in panic. Had he heard my secret thoughts? Don’t think of them, bury them deep, deep. Think of other things…like what? Think of home, think of Isabel. Isabel, my cat—Clive hated her. What would happen to her now? How could I not have thought of her until this moment? Abandoned, wondering why I never came home for her… And my mother—she’d be frantic. How long had I been gone? They could be all dead and buried, lost to me forever. The anguish racked me.

“Shh.” The man sat on the side of my bed now, heavier than Nasty Tinker Bell. He brushed the hair back from my forehead, then placed his long fingers over my brow and, with his thumbs, rhythmically smoothed along my cheekbones, wiping away the tears that now flowed freely.

I stifled a sob. I had cried more in the past day than I had in years. The sweeping along my cheekbones soothed me, melting warmth through my skull. The rhythm became part of my breathing. Deep breaths. Smooth, easy. The awful tightness in my chest gave a little sigh and released.

“Let’s try again, shall we?” The man pulled his hands away. I could hear him brush them against his thighs. Soup, tears and blood. Yuck.

My eyes cleared enough for me to see him. Ebony-blue climbed over half his face. The winding pattern of angular spirals and toothy spikes swirled out of his black hair on the left side of his face, placing sharp fingers along his cheekbone, jaw and brow. For a moment, the tattoo-like pattern dominated everything about him. Ferocious and alien.

Once I adjusted, I could see past the lines. His face echoed Tinker Bell’s golden coloring. He could be her fraternal twin, with those same arched cheekbones. But where she was golden dawn, he was darkest night. Midnight-blue eyes, that deep blue just before all light was gone from the sky, when the stars have emerged, but you could see the black shadows of trees against the night. He shared Tinker Bell’s rose-petal mouth, but with a curious edge to it. I suppose a man’s mouth shouldn’t remind one of a flower, and there was nothing feminine about this man. Where she wore the pink sugar roses of debutantes and bridal showers, his lips made me think of the blooms of late summer, the sharp-ruffled dianthus, edges darkening to blood in the heat. His bone structure was broader than hers but still seemed somehow differently proportioned, his arms hanging a bit too long from shoulders not quite balanced to his height. Inky hair pulled back from his face fell in a tail down his back. One strand had escaped to fall over his shoulder and I could see a blue shimmer in its silk sheen.

He arched his left eyebrow, blueness in the elegant arch, repeating the deep shades of the fanged lines around it.

“Shall we?” he repeated.

I stared at him. What was the question?

My Review:

Sorry about that guys, I was almost finished with reading the novel and I was about 65% done when my post went up. Oops! LOL but I’ve remedied that now :) I just finished so now I can replace my “stand-in” letters with words for my review. So, this a really interesting story. You have a college professor with a PhD and scientist, who almost literally falls into Faerie. HA! It’s almost ironic :) when things begin to unravel, the ish hits the fan and things get crazy.

I like Jennifer as the main character. She is smart, sassy, strong willed, and is willing to fight for her survival. At some points in the story, I feel sorry for her. Other points, I’m trying to not to strangle her and then most of the time I want to cheer her on!! She is in a complicated position as she is now owned by a man in Faery who isn’t such a nice tinker bell sorta fairy. And to make it worse, he wants nothing more than to break her spirit so she will do his bidding blindly.

The world building of this story is probably my favorite part. The way things were created made the story so cool. It’s an interesting concept with a pretty unique plot line, and though there were some parts I was disappointed in, there were a lot of parts I really liked. It’s such a fun way to begin a series and I have some good objectives that the next book will be better and even more if a thrill ride.

I don’t think I can completely characterize this story as romance, as it’s not really romance-y but it’s definitely in the urban fantasy chats gory. And even though there are some gruff scenes and darker moments, I still enjoyed the ride. I really do look forward to book two! And if you’re in for a ride and a transporting to a whole new world, I will definitely recommend this one for you!! 4 PAWS from me! I can’t wait for book two!

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Author Interview:

First, tell me a little about your book and why you wanted to write this particular story….

Rogue’s Pawn is about a scientist who accidentally falls into Faerie. Once there, she discovers that she’s a sorceress—everything she wishes comes true—and she gets herself into trouble immediately. She ends up owning her life to a fae noble, Rogue, who demands that she bear his child in payment.

I’ve always loved the “transported to another world” stories and wanted to write one of my own. Also, I’d dreamed some of the scenes from this book and they haunted me.

I will say I LOVE those type of stories, too, so I’m extra glad you wrote one! Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know?

Well, I was always a reader—one of those people who define different points in my life by what I was reading then. But, while I always knew I could write with decent skill, and indulged in really terrible poetry as an angsty teen, I never thought about being a writer for a living. I was going to be a vet, then a doctor, then a scientist. It was only later, after I figured out that I didn’t really enjoy being a scientist that I realized that being a writer would be my perfect career.

Well, I’m in the vet world, so I say I love you anyways! And I definitely think you’ve found something you’re pretty wonderful at! What inspired you to write your first book and what was it?

Amusingly, Rogue’s Pawn was the first novel I wrote. It just took a lot of time and revisions before I sold it. I woke up one rainy weekend morning from a dream about my heroine and sat down and started writing.

Lawd, I wish I could do that! :) Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Gwynn, the heroine, is really my alter ego. But she’s the one who got to go to Faerie. I have to live vicariously through her.

I love that! An alter ego :) I would love to live vicariously through her too! How do you chose when/which characters die in your books?

I never feel like I get to choose what happens—the story chooses and I obey.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

I’ve recently started reading Anne Calhoun and Maria V. Snyder—both new to me and really excellent storytellers.

Who do you look up to as a writer?

Anne Patchett—I don’t care what the book’s about, she’s that good of a writer, that I’ll read anything of hers. Margaret Atwood for writing Cat’s Eye, A.S. Byatt for writing Possession, Neil Gaiman for American Gods, Jacqueline Carey for her Kushiel series, Nora Roberts for her amazing career.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?

Yes—but only because I just finished the sequel and I boxed myself into a couple of corners in the first book. Also, I say in Rogue’s Pawn that Rogue’s heart beat is a 3/3 rhythm and I’ve since discovered there’s really no such thing and I should have said 3/4 rhythm. Eep. But hey, Gwynn’s no more a musician than I am—what does she know?

HA!! I really don’t think there is a such thing as “no such thing”. When you’re a writer, you can make it into anything you want it to be, but I do understand exactly what you are saying :) What book are you reading now? Or what genre? My followers love author’s opinions!

I’m reading A Galactic Holiday – a collection of three sci fi romance holiday stories, by Stacy Gail, Anna Hackett and Sasha Summers. Very fun! And, because I’m never reading only one thing, I’m also reading Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce, which is very good, but kind of sad.

Who designed the cover? And do you help with them?

Oh, no—the amazing team at Carina Press and Harlequin did that. But it sure is full of the pretty!

Yes, it is definitely full of pretty! ;) Are there any books you think some of us should read, just because?

I think if you’re interested in writers and what their lives and friendships are like, read Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy and then read Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett. Both are nonfiction memoirs and fast reads. I often suggest people read those two, in that order, to understand Lucy and then Ann’s friendship with her.

How fascinating! I will definitely look into those! Thank you so much for stopping by and for interviewing with me! :)

About the Author:

Jeffe Kennedy took the crooked road to writing, stopping off at neurobiology, religious studies and environmental consulting before her creative writing began appearing in places like Redbook, Puerto del Sol, Wyoming Wildlife, Under the Sun and Aeon. An erotic novella, Petals and Thorns, came out under her pen name of Jennifer Paris in 2010, heralding yet another branch of her path, into erotica and romantic fantasy fiction. Since then, an erotic short, Feeding the Vampire, and another erotic novella, Sapphire, have hit the shelves.

Her contemporary fantasy novel, Rogue’s Pawn, book one in A Covenant of Thorns, will be published in July, 2012. Jeffe lives in Santa Fe, with two Maine coon cats, a border collie, plentiful free-range lizards and frequently serves as a guinea pig for an acupuncturist-in-training.

Ways to stalk:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Author.Jeffe.Kennedy

Twitter @jeffekennedy

website http://jeffekennedy.com/

I would like to thank the author for generously stopping by and hanging out, and Bewitching Book Tours, who are always giving me awesome things to read and share with you guys!

Thanks everyone for dropping in today! I hope your holiday seasons are going great! I promise I am now feeling much better and life is slowly getting back to normal. :) I wish you all happy reading and Later gators!

ARC Review of Crimson Frost

I usually don’t post my reviews as ARCs but I HAD TO! I love this author and this series, and I like to lost my bleep when NetGalley told me YES I could read an ARC! HAHAHA So, today I am just showing you what I think :) And thanks NetGalley for the copy! 

Crimson Frost (Mythos Academy, #4)

RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 24, 2012

Blurb: For a moment, a face flashed before my eyes—the most hideous face I’d ever seen. No matter how hard I tried to forget what had happened, I saw him everywhere I went. It was Loki—the evil god that I’d helped set free against my will.

I should have known that my first official date with Logan Quinn was destined to end in disaster. If we’d gotten into a swordfight, or been ambushed by Reapers, I’d have been more prepared. But getting arrested mid-sip at the local coffee hangout? I didn’t see that one coming.

I’ve been accused of purposely helping the Reapers free Loki from his prison—and the person leading the charge against me is Linus Quinn, Logan’s dad. The worst part is that pretty much everyone at Mythos Academy thinks I’m guilty. If I’m going to get out of this mess alive, I’ll have to do it myself

My Review:

OH MY GOD!!! Sometimes, these endings kill me. And let me just say that I think I lost a lot of tears and some series sleep because of this! I just don’t know what to say, so gimme a minute LOL

At first, with everything that has happened and going to happen, I was worried about Gwen, and her missions, and why Nike chose her as her champion. And I know that Gwen has some reserves about what she has just found out about her powers, and especially when she realizes they aren’t nearly as easy going as she thought they were. And just when things were looking up- GETTING LOGAN QUINN!!!- things spiral out of control again. 

The “powers that may be” as Gwen likes to say, have decided that everything is all her fault, so they want to pretty much lay everything at her feet. This is a death sentence. So now, she has to watch her back, and her new body guard’s back, and try to clear her name, and protect her Grandma, and stay alive, to make sure that no one else is killed because of the bad guys. I LOVE the plots of this whole series. I never EVER know where they are going to go, and NO I DID NOT even THINK the bad guy was going to be a bad guy. Gotta love it when it isn’t predictable. 

I am broken hearted right now. I completely understand why the characters are doing what they are doing, but man, I’m still sad. At the same time, I am so proud of them! FINALLY!!! Except I can’t tell you those things as I would ruin it again! Sometimes life is so hard, even for fictional characters!! LOL Look, all I can say is READ THIS SERIES!! For serious! :) All my scale goes up to is 5 PAWS, but can I just say a whole buncha PAWS!! :) Like 10! 

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Ms. Estep- I LOVE THIS SERIES!!! Oh and you know I Love Gin Blanco’s Spider Assassin series just as much!! Thanks for stopping by kids! I hope your holiday season is going well! :) Happy Reading and Later gators! 

Dreamkiller Spotlight w giveaway

My lovely stalkee has a new book! I think you guys should all look at it!

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They call her the DreamKiller.

Silent, stealthy, and above all, accurate, as long as she carries out exactly what her dreams predict. Marlena Gormand kills to protect. Herself. Her way of life. The children at Little Hearts Orphanage. Until she learns these are not the reasons she’s been asked to kill. Not at all.

Azura Mkesky is the headmistress of Little Hearts Orphanage and the only parent-figure Marlena remembers. Azura taught Marlena everything she knows, from her combat skills to her unswerving loyalty to their cause. And Azura has always been there for her. But Azura has a secret. One that she’s used and manipulated Marlena and everyone else in order to protect.

Lukas Hristov knows Azura’s heart is dark—from both personal experience and the visions provided by his Sight. For too long, he’s stood aside while Azura’s reach of power and deception expands. When he can take it no longer and emerges from the shadows, he comes face to face with Marlena. For him, she is where it began. And she is where it ends. He is determined to make this right, to make her believe the truth.

And as the story unravels, Marlena begins to question whose secrets her dreams really protect.

My Review:

ANOTHER AWESOME BOOK! Like I expected anything less ;) ok, so she’s an assassin. It may seem like no big deal, but what if you were an assassin based completely on lies. If you were killing people for all the wrong reasons? What happens then? Well, in part one of the book, you meet the assassin Marlena. She seems to have everything under control. She locks her “feelings” away so she can do her job, until her life falls apart when she learns some hard truths.

After meeting the main characters, you get a feel for how the story will play out. Each book is like a small short novel that all play out to one novel. I think it’s pretty cool :) I’d like to call it a mini novel series :) LOL I can’t give away too much as that would be so spoilery and would probably ruin things for you. But I will say this- it’s got fantasy, paranormal, mystery, suspense, action, and of course excellent writing. What more could you need for it to be a great book!

I really like Marlena and Luke and their journey. I love the little details put in place so you for get it’s a short story. Maybe that’s why I really enjoyed this one! And there’s a little something for everyone. So make sure and add it to your gimme pile! 5 FEARSOME PAWS from me! Now go get a copy and get to reading! ;)

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About the Author:

Heather Hildenbrand

Author of Across the Galaxy, Whisper, and the Dirty Blood series. I write, read, and fuss at my kids. Oh, and I do laundry, lots of laundry. I’m pretty good at it, too. Sometimes I even read WHILE doing laundry – and fussing at my kids. I’m a multi-tasker.

For more information on my books, release dates, or just general stalker material, um, I mean FAN material, visit my website. www.heatherhildenbrand.blogspot.com. I love hearing from readers!

Likes and dislikes? I love vintage tees, hate socks with sandals, and if my house was on fire the one thing I’d grab is my DVR player!

Website: http://www.heatherhildenbrand.blogspot.com/

PS right now, there is a great sale list of books you may wanna look at on her website!! :) Until the 31!

I hope you guys enjoyed that! I know I did! So I hope you check this one out! And YOU CAN DO IT BY WINNING! :) Leave a nice comment for me or my lovely stalkee, and I’ll pick a winner to win an ebook copy! Happy Holidays everyone! Happy reading and Later gators! :)

River’s Recruit Blog Tour w Giveaway

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You guys should know by now how much I love Ms. Charlotte Abel! She is the FIRST author who EVER sent me anything signed! I was over the moon for days! :) She is also the reason I’ve started a glass case, for my signed stuff :) can’t have dust touching those babies! LOL! So when Ms Charlotte told me she was starting a new series and there was a book tour for it, I HAD to be a part of it!! :) So now, for the goodies!!

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River's Recruit (The Sanctuary Series)


Jonathan McKnight lost everything in Afghanistan. His left hand, his identical twin, his self-respect and his naive belief that good always triumphs over evil. Burdened by grief and guilt, he searches for redemption on a solo backpacking trip into the remote Sawatch Mountains of Colorado and discovers a secret tribe of shifters.

River, the beautiful young shifter that rescues Jonathan has been promised to a man she despises. A man that does not desire her and only wants to use her to achieve his own political goals. Jonathan is more than a romantic rival. He’s a threat to those goals.

The only way to save Jonathan’s life is for River to take him as her recruit.

As Jonathan learns more about the horrors of River’s cult-like society, he becomes even more determined to escape it, until he learns that River is responsible for everything he does and will be executed if he succeeds.
Escape is not an option—unless Jonathan can persuade River to leave with him. And if she refuses? Well, then, he’ll just have to kidnap her.
My Review:
I would like to count the ways I LOVE Charlotte Abel… I love her because her writing takes me to a place that most things in life can’t do. I love her because when she writes a character, I completely fall in love with those characters and I feel like I know them. I love her because her writing is FLAWLESS! There is nothing better than being so submerged in a story that life floats away and there’s nothing left but the story. Have you fallen in love yet?!
I am so pumped about this new series. I didn’t think I could love another story by Ms Abel more than her Channie series- but I’m head over heels GONE! This is one of the coolest new stories and a new series I’ve read, IN YEARS! It takes a lot for me to truly love book one. There’s usually a slow pace somewhere, either the back story, or the climbing of the plot and climax, or something, but absolutely not here. I was hooked for several hours- which majorly disrupted my sleep- but was worth it as there was nothing that could keep me from finishing this story!
River is my new heroine favorite! Growing up in the world she did may be hard to understand, but you will love her every second of figuring it out! She is brave, and strong, and beautiful, and heartfelt! She cares about people and never wants anyone to be hurt or sad. And Jonathan is totally my hero- though I may love Rueben too- as he is totally out of his element in River’s world, but he is willing to bare it to help her. Neither River nor Jonathan have had an easy life. They’ve had some tragedies and hardships. I love when they over come those things.
I’ve had such an emotional ride for this book. Sad parts make me cry, funny parts make me laugh, hard parts make me cringe, and good parts make me cheer, while all the while making me say “AHA!” after figuring out another plot twist! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this new series! PLEASE PLEASE GIVE ME SO MUCH MORE!! I can’t believe I am saying this, but one of my best reads YET!! Sorry Channie, I think River may have beaten you! *GASP* this is one of my rare ratings, that just top my 5 PAW scale! So a whole lot of TOTALLY PHENOMENAL PAWS!! :)
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Author Bio:
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Charlotte Abel was born and raised in Oklahoma where she met her soulmate, Pete. She chased him to Boulder, Colorado and finally convinced him they were meant to be together forever. They’ve raised three kids, two ferrets, three dogs and countless hamsters — and are still happily married.

She’s in love with “real” life and paranormal romance. When she’s not reading or writing, Charlotte enjoys hiking, bicycling and primitive archery (although she’s never shot at anything other than a target!)

The final book of The Channie Series, “Finding Valor,” should be available by Christmas.

Links:

http://charlotteabel.blogspot.com

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4962823.Charlotte_Abel https://twitter.com/charlotte_abel

Giveaways:

I am EXTRA special!! I have several goodies to giveaway today!! :) YAY!! First, I am giving away TWO ebook copies of River’s Recruit… Next, I am giving away a CHOICE of Necklace, Keychain or bookmark with the e-book as well. *Pictures attached*

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That’s right! THREE winners for my stop! :) Told you I was special! Those are so cool! To enter all you have to do is leave me or Ms. Charlotte a nice comment! I will pick a winner in about 2 weeks, as I know it’s still holiday season and the tour goes through the 31! I will pick 2 ebook winners and one winner for the cool necklace/keychain/bookmark! GOOD LUCK!! I also suggest you check out all of the other stops, as a few more are also giving away these goodies… Here’s the links!

Tour Schedule :

Dec. 1 - Bend in the Bind *Review, Guest Post, Giveaway *signed paperback*
Dec. 2 – Entertainment Central *Excerpt
Dec. 3 – Bookluvers Haven *Review, Giveaway *ebook copy*
Dec. 4 – Book Crook Reviews *Review, Author Guest Post
Dec. 5 – Bookworm Babblings *Review ***GIVEAWAY SET***
Dec. 6 – Better Read than Dead *Review, Author Interview, Giveaway *ebook copy*
Dec. 8 – Nomi’s Paranormal Palace *Review
Dec. 9 – Starry Night Book Reviews *Review
Dec. 10 - Books & Other Spells *Review, Giveaway *ebook copy*
Dec. 11 - The Cover Contessa *Review, Interview
Dec. 12 - Beth Art from the Heart *Review, Author Interview, Giveaway *ebook copy*
Dec. 13 – A Dragon’s Love *Review, Guest Post
Dec. 14 - Howling Books and Design *Review ***Giveaway SET***
Megan Likes Books *Author Interview
Dec. 15 – Her Fiction Fix *Review
Dec. 16 – A Reader’s Devotion *Review
Dec. 17 – Michelle’s Paranormal Vault of Books *Review, Playlist
Dec. 19 - Sweet Southern Home *Review *RR Tour*
Dec. 20 - Vamps and Stuff *Review, Guest Post, Giveaway *Paperback copy*
Dec. 21 – The Cover (and Everything In Between) *Author Interview
Dec. 23 – Sniffer Walk *Review
Dec. 24 – Bookishly Devoted *Review
Dec. 25 – Simply Infatuated * Author Guest Post
Dec. 26 – Happy Tails & Tales * Review, Author Interview ***Giveaway SET ***
Dec. 27 – Black Lillies Are Deadly *Review, Giveaway *ebook copy*
Dec. 28 – Night Owl Reads *Review, Giveaway *Necklace*
Dec. 31 – Reader Girls *Review, Excerpt
I really wanna say thank you to the wonderful ms. Charlotte Abel for being here, and of course, for offering awesome gifts to you guys! And to Supagurl Book Tours- you guys rock! I hope you guys had a Great Christmas and a wonderful upcoming New Years! :) I am slowly recovering from Bronchitis-which totally sucks! :) But I’m back to work! Thank you everyone! Happy Reading and Happy Holidays! Later Gators!

Best of 2012 Giveaway Hop!

Linky link is Here! This is where you can see 190 of us who signed up to giveaway stuff! 

So Since I read a whole lot, and I absolutely can’t just chose a few, I am going to link several books with links to their goodreads page. Of course all of these books are 5 PAWS!

The Dragon of Doughton Park (Red Wolf, #2)Time WalkerAbsolution (Penton Legacy, #2)Blood Bond (Dirty Blood, #3)What Kills MeBorn in Flames (Born in Flames Trilogy, #1)Eden-West (Eden #2)Tirade (Heven and Hell, #3)Vaempires: Zombie Rising  (The Evolutionary War, Book Two)Charade (Heven and Hell, #2)Determinant (The Guardians of Vesturon #3)Blood DebtSpirit Binder (The Cascadian Chronicles #1)JoeThe Moon Dwellers (The Dwellers, #1)Just One Drop (The Grey Wolves, #3)Redemption (Penton Legacy, #1)Vaempires: Revolution (The Evolutionary War, Book One)Deep Dark Secret (Secret McQueen, #3)River Road (Sentinels of New Orleans, #2)Royal Street (Sentinels of New Orleans, #1)Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)Taken (Channie, #2)Gray Moon Rising (Seasons of the Moon, #4)Howl (Kane Wolves, #1)Darkness & Light (A Holloway Pack Story, #1)Time Mends: Timber WolvesFractured Light (Fractured Light, #1)A Demon Made Me Do It (Demonblood, #1)

There’s actually A WHOLE LOT MORE!! But I am running out of room LOL and  really just wanted to share all those lovely covers! And now to the good part! 

Giveaway:

So, tell me a book that YOU want to read from 2012, and I’ll pick a winner! I’ll either be chosing from Amazon or Book Depository. Depending on price, I may let you chose print or ebook. And I will probably limit it to $10-20 US dollars, but this giveaway is international! I know what I like to read, so maybe you can tell me what you like to read and win a book in the process!! GOOD LUCK!!

Happy Reading Happy Holidays and Later Gators!!