Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Tuesday, August 31, 2010 with
I have a lot of winners to announce today but before I do, we'd like to thank everyone for entering! Leslie and I love posting giveaways up and we are so happy you all are always supporting us by entering. Okay, on to the winners (all are chosen using random.org)...

mhardegreeFirst up this the winner of the book Haint Misbehavin' by Maureen Hargree is...

Marilu (lovemykidsandbooks@g)

The three winners of Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt are...

Barbara Elness (Barbed1951@a)
Chelsea B. (missyprissy_1992@y)
Jenn Ryan (malleybean@g)

I decided to end the giveaway of Captured by Desire by Kira Morgan a day early. The three winners are...

Melissa (Coffee Books and Laundry)
kisah jackson (k_sunshine1977@y)
Anita Yancey (ayancey@d)

Again, thank you all for entering! Winners, I have already emailed you so please reply back with your shipping address in the next 72 hours so that I can pass it on to the publisher. They will ship your book prize to you.

For those who didn't win this time, better luck next time--try your luck on the other giveaways we are hosting right now (win an ARC copy of When Blood Calls by J.K. Beck HERE, win 1 of 3 copies of Seduced by a Highlander by Paula Quinn HERE and win 1 of 3 copies of Desperate Deeds by Dee Davis HERE).

Sunday, August 29, 2010

In My Mailbox (August 1-28)

Sunday, August 29, 2010 with
"In My Mailbox" was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie and hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren. Click on the link to check out what other book bloggers got in their mailbox this week and join in on the fun!

Yes, I survived my first month of teaching and now I am back with [almost] all the books we received in the month of August. Unfortunately, our reading time in August wasn't great because of school and work starting again but, as you'll see, we received really awesome books we are very excited about and we hope that we will have more time to read in September.

For Review
Last to Die by Kate Brady
Sin Undone by Larissa Ione
Seduced by a Highlander by Paula Quinn
The Devil Wears Plaid by Teresa Medeiros
When Blood Calls by J.K. Beck
When Pleasure Rules by J.K. Beck
When Wicked Craves by J.K. Beck
Songs for a Teenage Nomad by Kim Culbertson
The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball by Risa Green
Fledgling by Mark A. Cooper
Arizona Beautiful Dead by Eden Maguire
Radiance by Alyson Noel
Jane by April Lindner
(Thank you to Forever, Simon & Schuster, J.K. Beck, Paul from Sourcebooks, MacMillan and Little Brown!)

Won from Giveaways
Miracle Girls by Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt
Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
The Puzzle Ring by Kate Forsyth
What Would Emma Do by Eileen Cook
Break by Hannah Moskowitz
Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith
Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress by Tina Ferraro
Little Black Lies by Tish Cohen
In the Path of Falling Objects by Andrew Smith
Spellbinder by Helen Stringer
Twin of Fire by Jude Deveraux
Faeries Gone Wild by MaryJanice Davidson et. al. (anthology)
Dark Embers by Tessa Adams
The Eternal Guardians by Kirsten Miller (audiobook)
Trance by Linda Gerber

From Leslie's Reading Program
My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
(Thank you to the Harlequin Teen Panel!)

Hot Finish by Erin McCarthy
Entwined by Elisabeth Naughton
The Eternal Guardians by Kirsten Miller (hardcover)

Friday, August 27, 2010

Last month, my family and I decided to drive up to Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm since everyone was home that weekend and we wanted to do something special together. We picked the wrong day to visit though. It was rainy and foggy that day so we didn't do much exploring but it was a fun family outing anyway.

I've been meaning to share some of the pictures I took because although it wasn't the best day to go, it's still a very pretty place to visit even with the rain. I really like the pictures I took that day too--mostly because fog is not something you see often in the area where I live. Also, there was something eerie yet romantic about the fog and rain and the damp earth on that particular day... probably because of the book I was reading then, which was Michelle Zink's Prophecy of the Sisters--a dark, Gothic read filled with mysterious magic and secrets. Talk about reading in the right atmosphere!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Hello everyone! Today, I am very excited to have paranormal romance author J.K. Beck on our blog to chat with us. Her newest release is a called WHEN BLOOD CALLS, the first book in her new Shadow Keepers series, which comes out on this coming Tuesday, Aug. 31st. Please join me in welcoming her...

Hi J.K.! Please tell us a little about yourself?

J.K. Beck is a deeply mysterious author with a detailed knowledge of all things weird, otherworldly, dark and dangerous. At least, that's my story and I'm sticking to it! (Okay, maybe I'm not sticking so tight. J.K. Beck is a pen name for moi, Julie Kenner, author of a whole buncha books including the urban fantasy demon-hunting soccer mom series--maybe that's SUBurban fantasy?-and the recent Blood Lily Chronicles. And a lot of other books, too, from romance to chicklit!

I've always wanted to write, got there via the strange route of film school to law school to lawyer to writer. But, hey, it worked for me! Now I write full time, live in Central Texas with my husband, two daughters, two cats, and two fish. I homeschool my kids, and am SO excited because we're moving to a brand spanking new house really soon and I'll have more room... which I will NOT fill up with clutter. Really. Really.

LOL, I'm sure you're not a hoarder type. Your top 3 paranormal character crushes from any book or TV or movies?
OMG, number one's easy! Spike. 'Nuff said.

After that, it's harder, but I'll stick Angel on the list, too, but the Angel from ANGEL, who had a bit more personality, imho. And, just b/c I'm feeling contrary, I'm going to go with J.D. Robb's Roarke as the third. (Seriously, he's too perfect. He MUST be paranormal!)

If you could spend a week living in a book and interacting with the characters, what book would you choose? Why?
This one, not so easy--there are just too many to choose from!

Ummm. Harry Potter (do I really have to pick a book?), but only if I don't have to be a Muggle while I'm there, because I think being in that magical world would just be...well...wow. Otherwise, I just don't know. There are too many awesome possibilities. Outlander, maybe, because I think that it would be amazing to see Scotland back then, and Jamie and Claire are such great characters. But I'd need assurance I was only staying a week! I'm definitely a modern kinda girl!

Harry Potter... you are a woman after my own heart! Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Both. I wing it while the idea is percolating (a short "getting the idea" process) and then I almost always write a synopsis. I don't always stick to the synopsis, though. In some books, I stick like glue, referring back constantly. In others, I just dive in and go and I might look at the synop if I hit a hard spot, but more likely I'll call on one of my critique partners to talk it through! I guess the bottom line is that every book is different and organic.

jkbeckLet's talk about When Blood Calls. Can you please give us a one sentence blurb?

Los Angeles Assistant District Attorney Sara Constantine’s orderly world is rocked when she’s hand-picked to prosecute “special” cases for the mysterious Division 6...but when she steps into the interrogation room with her new boss to question a murder suspect, the earth shifts beneath her feet again, because not only is the man across the table the very man with whom she’d recently had a passionate one night stand, he also happens to be a vampire.

(Okay, that really should have been 3 sentences, but I did manage to do it!)

Which of the characters in When Blood Calls are you most like? The most different?
I'd have to say I'm most like Sara. I don't necessarily see the world in the strict black and white that she does, but I'd like to think that I have her ability to roll with the punches, and adapt when the world goes to pieces around you!

Most different? That would have to be Luke. I'm not a vampire (really!), I'm not alpha, and although vigilante justice might work out fine in fiction, in real life... well, no.

Would you switch places with the main character of When Blood Calls if you had the chance?
Not in a million. I'm totally happy with my life, my husband and my kids!

What three songs would be included in the When Blood Calls soundtrack?
ACK! This one I can't do. I love music, I listen to music, but I don't know music, except for Broadway musicals, and even there I'm behind the times. But I suppose if forced, it would be a score by John Williams or Andrew Lloyd Webber.

What's next after When Blood Calls?
Lots more Shadow Keepers books!! Books two and three come back to back, with WHEN PLEASURE RULES in October, and WHEN WICKED CRAVES in November. And I'm thrilled to say that Bantam has already bought the next three books in the series, WHEN PASSION LIES, WHEN TEMPTATION RULES, and WHEN DANGER HUNGERS. So I'm busily writing those. No release date, but stay tuned! All three feature characters you meet in the first three books.

WOW! Congratulations! I'm so happy to hear there will be more than three Shadow Keepers books (**big grin**). Do you have a question you'd like to ask the readers?
The Shadow Keepers books are filled with all sorts of paranormal characters, but the three prominent are vampires, werewolves, and para-daemons. And in the world, there's an ancient vamp/weren feud still bubbling under the surface. So as you read PNR, what are you? Team Fang? Or Team Fur? And why?

Thank you so much for stopping by J.K. and answering my questions! Everyone, you can visit JK's blog at www.jkbeck.com and learn more about the Shadow Keepers series at www.theshadowkeepers.com. Also, check out JK's hilarious "not-so-subliminal" book trailer on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KZ2Dv1TSi4!

J.K. is giving away an ARC of WHEN BLOOD FALLS! To enter, just comment below and answer J.K.'s question. Don't forget to include your email address with your comment and good luck (open INTERNATIONALLY and ends 9/8)!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

shadowhills I'm part of the Shadow Hills Street Team and our first mission is to get the word out that Shadow Hills is available as an e-book! I'm not a big e-book fan and I still prefer holding a real book in my hand, but I know a lot of you have embraced the e-reader and e-book so this is good news to many readers.

Anywho, the Shadow Hills e-book can be purchased from Barnes & Noble and Amazon Kindle version. Both sites sell it for $9.99 (a few dollars cheaper than the hardcover version).

Happy reading y'all!
ddavis Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Forever
Language: English
Source of my copy: from the publisher
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
As the demolitions expert for A-Tac, a black-ops CIA unit masquerading as Ivy League faculty, Tyler Hanson has two great loves: literature and explosives. She lives by the motto “duty first” and doesn’t have time for personal attachments . . . until a steamy one-night stand turns into a professional partnership.
When Tyler meets Owen Wakefield, a handsome British operative, she seduces him with no intention of ever seeing him again. But then the sexy Brit is brought into A-Tac, and despite Tyler’s efforts to keep her distance, she finds herself falling for him. Trusting him.
Owen seems too good to be true—and he is. He’s hiding his true motives and identity, and no matter how he feels about Tyler, he can’t keep her secrets. One of A-Tac’s members has turned traitor and helped terrorists to hijack a shipment of nuclear weapons. As witnesses start dying and evidence starts disappearing, Owen and Tyler must race to find the mole—and prevent a final, cataclysmic act of destruction.

Michelle's Review:
Desperate Deeds is the third book in Dee Davis's A-Tac series and I thoroughly enjoyed. The questions that have been haunting me since book one (Dark Deceptions) are answered yet it leaves it open enough in the end that there may be more A-Tac books to come in the future. I am not quite ready to leave the fascinating world of A-Tac and I am hoping there will be a spin-off set in the same world (surely Avery deserves his own story).

In Desperate, we get to know more about Tyler Hanson, a demolitions expert and a recurring character in the first two books. I really liked her--she is smart and tough but she still has a feminine side. She is the kind of heroine I like reading about as she is interesting and multi-dimensional. Her hero is Owen Wakefield and he's okay; he is supposed to be British but I wasn't really feeling it. Tyler and Owen are great together and I thought the chemistry is there. Desperate is not as pulse-pounding or fast-paced as book two, Dangerous Desires (my favorite!), but there's plenty of action and don't think you know who the mole is... there's a few twist and turns before we find out.

Though this book can be read as standalone and you can easily catch on the the back story, I think you'll enjoy Desperate more if you read the first two books. However, if you read the first two in the series, then this book is definitely a must-read. Overall, I think Dee Davis can definitely write thrilling romantic suspense and Desperate Deeds is a satisfying conclusion to a great series. 4 out 5 stars

Monday, August 23, 2010

GIVEAWAY: Seduced by a Highlander by Paula Quinn

Monday, August 23, 2010 with
On the spotlight today is...

Paula Quinn and her newest release Seduced by a Highlander

The Author's Bio

I was the kid in school who raced to get to English class, especially on Poetry day. There just wasn't anything better than standing in the front of an audience and reading moving prose. Of course, Sister Mary Elizabeth didn't consider Bad Company lyrics stunning verse, but I made sure to toss some Edgar Allen Poe into the pot for balance. The true thrill came from reading my own work. I still have every journal, and there were many, stashed away in my closet, each page filled with my careful script, i's dotted with hearts.

I typed my very first novel on an Adam computer. Yes, that's Adam, not Apple. A paranormal romance (the first one of it's kind in the early eighties) but no one was interested, much to my shock and amazement. Will I admit it was a cheesy novel? Never! I still have it, dot matrix as black as the day it was first printed up...

To read the rest of Paula's hilarious bio, visit the Hachette website. To learn more about her books, follow her on Twitter, Facebook and check out her website.

The Book: Seduced by a Highlander
(Second book in The Children of the Mist series; blurb taken from the Hachette website)


Tristan MacGregor is famed throughout the Highlands as a silver-tonged seducer and an unrepentant rogue. Bold and charming, he's dallied with many women, yet none as mysterious as the lass he steals a kiss from at king's court. Little does he know this beauty is one of his clan's greatest enemies.


Isobel Fergusson has despised the bloodthirsty MacGregors ever since they murdered her father. She's horrified to learn that the handsome stranger she kissed is of this clan. But Tristan means to possess her at any cost and Isobel's body turns traitor at his touch. Can a man she's sworn to hate be the only one she can ever love?

Do you want to win your very own copy of Seduced by a Highlander?
Thanks to Anna and Hachette, I have 3 copies to give away.

To enter, fill out the form:

Rules & Disclaimers:VERY IMPORTANT! Please read before entering!
1. Only residents of the U.S. or Canada are eligible to win. No P.O. Boxes.
2. This giveaway will end on September 11 and the winners will be selected using random.org.
3. This giveaway is being sponsored by Hachette Book Group and NOT Michelle and Leslie's Book Picks. If you win, you'll receive your book directly from Hachette. We are in NO way for responsible for prizes that are not honored by the sponsor, dispersed in a timely manner, stolen, lost and/or damaged during transit.
4. See "Special Giveaway Policy" for complete rules and disclaimers.

Thanks for entering and good luck!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

smgiles ARC: 240 pages
Publisher: Sourcebook Jabberwocky
Language: English
Source of my copy: from the publisher
Synopsis (from Sourcebooks)
And you thought your family was strange.
I am dying. . . I might get the chance to know you before death takes me...I would like you to be my guest at Sommerset. . .I have enclosed a check for $ 10,000. . . Should you accept my offer...
Uncle Silas has always been greedy, evil, insulting, and extremely rich! But a dying uncle with a vast fortune is definitely one worth getting to know. Even if it means spending 2 months on his secluded island home with a houseful of suspicious servants and a hungry pet crocodile.
But what is Uncle Silas really up to? Will Adele, Milo, and Isabella outlive Uncle Silas to inherit his money? And just who is that mysterious "guest" in his basement? Is it worth the money (or their lives) to stick around and find out?

Leslie's Review:
The young Winterbottoms, Adele, Isabella and Milo, are all in need of money. So, when the three receive a letter from their cruel, dying Uncle Silas, they accept the invitation. They each hope to be chosen as the next heir to his vast fortune and beautiful Sommerset estate. However, when the three arrive, they might have just walked into their own grave, finding that Uncle Silas has a threatening pet crocodile and that the estate is on a secluded island where nothing is as it seems.

I very much enjoyed reading this book! It was a great, well-paced middle-grade novel with mystery, suspense and surprises. I loved the strong characters and their personalities. The cousins, Adele, Isabella and Milo, were great characters and I liked them a lot. They had their own personality that made them individuals and I think middle-graders will really enjoy the cousins. But, I have to say, although I related most to the quiet, modest Adele and the selfish, bratty Isabella was very entertaining, my favorite of the three was Milo. He was intelligent, fair, and determined. His character complements his two cousins. Silas himself is deliciously evil and even though he pretends to be nice, the cousins know it's just an act.

Overall, if you're looking for middle grade read with great characters and a spooky setting--sort of in the vein of The Series of Unfortunate Events--this book is it. 4 out of 5 stars

Friday, August 20, 2010

On the spotlight today is...

We have the pleasure of having author Dee Davis guest post on our blog today as part of her blog tour for her newest release DESPEARATE DEEDS (book 3 in the fantastic A-Tac series). We asked her to blog about this question:

"If you're planning a dinner party and you can invite the following: 1 celebrity, 1 character from your book, 2 writers (one dead & one alive), and 1 musician. Who would they be and would they get along?"

Take it away Dee...

Great question and one I think I would be tempted to answer a dozen or more different ways. But we’ll go with my first perceptions, starting with a character from my book. That one is easy for me. Although I’m quite fond of both Tyler and Owen (the hero and heroine in Desperate Deeds), I’d ask their boss Avery Solomon to dinner. He’s by far and away my favorite member of A-Tac (although I do love them all…even the bad ones). There’s something so strong about him. Always there, always loyal. And yet somehow haunted as well. He has a past. A love he’s lost and can never regain. He actually wears a ring on his little finger—it belonged to his wife. But that’s another story.

Let’s see, a celebrity. I’d have to say Ellen DeGeneres. She’s kind, she’s funny, and she’d make a wonderful addition to any dinner party, I suspect. Plus, she’s very intelligent which means she’d be able to hold her own with my other guests.

Next up we need two writers. One living, one dead. This one is harder because there are a lot of authors out there I’d like to meet. But I think I’ll pick Michael Crichton for my “dead” author. If what I’ve read is true, he was an extremely bright man. His books certainly reflect that fact. I suspect also that he was a man with opinions. Which always make a dinner party more fun. As to a living writer, I’m tempted to ask for someone controversial, just to stir the pot, but because I want my party to be successful, I’ll invite one of my best friends, author Julie Kenner. Also extremely intelligent, she’s got a great sense of humor, and always makes people feel comfortable. I can see her now with Ellen on her left and Avery on her right.

And that leaves me to choose a musician. This one is the hardest for me. Not because I don’t love music but because I love it so much. There are literally thousands of musicians I’d love to meet. But because a girl can never be surrounded by too many handsome men, and because his songs make me melt. I’ll invite Harry Connick, Jr. Like my other guests, he’s intelligent, funny, and knows a great deal about his craft. All of which will only add to the dinner conversation.

How would they get along? Well, it’s my party, and my job as hostess is to make sure everyone has a good time. So while I’d expect the wine to flow, the food to be delicious and the conversation to be lively, I’d also expect everyone to behave. Which means that I’d have to be on my toes. But wouldn’t it be fun—a dinner party with Michael Crichton, Avery Solomon, Ellen DeGeneres, Julie Kenner, Harry Connick, Jr. and me? Hmmm, I think I’ll serve tiramisu for dessert.

Thank you so much for stopping by, Dee, and answering our questions! For more on Dee Davis, visit her on Twitter, Facebook and her website.

About Desperate Deeds
ddavis As the demolitions expert for A-Tac, a black-ops CIA unit masquerading as Ivy League faculty, Tyler Hanson has two great loves: literature and explosives. She lives by the motto "Duty First" and doesn't have time for personal attachments . . . until a steamy one-night stand turns into a professional partnership.

When Tyler meets Owen Wakefield, a handsome British operative, she seduces him with no intention of ever seeing him again. But then the sexy Brit is brought into A-Tac, and despite Tyler's efforts to keep her distance, she finds herself falling for him. Trusting him.

Owen seems too good to be true - and he is. He's hiding his true motives and identity, and no matter how he feels about Tyler, he can't keep her secrets. One of A-Tac's members has turned traitor and helped terrorists to hijack a shipment of nuclear weapons. As witnesses start dying and evidence starts disappearing, Owen and Tyler must race to find the mole - and prevent a final, cataclysmic act of destruction.

Do you want to win your very own copy of Desperate Deeds?
Thanks to Anna and Hachette, I have 3 copies to give away.

For a chance to win fill out the form:

Rules & Disclaimers:VERY IMPORTANT! Please read before entering!
1. Only residents of the U.S. or Canada are eligible to win. No P.O. Boxes.
2. This giveaway will end on September 4 and the winners will be selected using random.org.
3. This giveaway is being sponsored by Hachette Book Group and NOT Michelle and Leslie's Book Picks. If you win, you'll receive your book directly from Hachette. We are in NO way for responsible for prizes that are not honored by the sponsor, dispersed in a timely manner, stolen, lost and/or damaged during transit.
4. See "Special Giveaway Policy" for complete rules and disclaimers.

Thanks for entering and good luck!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Follow Friday and Book Blogger Hop

Thursday, August 19, 2010 with
It's been two weeks since I joined Follow Friday and Book Blogger Hop. But since it's a three-day weekend and there is NO work tomorrow (YAY!!!) I actually have time to visit blogs! :-D

Rachel of Parajunkee's View is hosting "Follow My Book Blog Friday." Here are the rules: (taken from Rachel's blog)

1. Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Host { Parajunkee.com } and any one else you want to follow on the list
2. Follow the Featured Bloggers - http://edgyinspirational.blogspot.com/
3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.
4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments
5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can
6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers
7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!

Doesn't that sound fun? Click on the image to join in on the fun. Thanks for hosting Rachel!

A little bit about our blog:
Aloha fellow readers!! My name is Michelle and I co-author this blog with my younger sister Leslie. We both review YA and middle grade fiction but I also review romance novels. Other genres are sometimes reviewed on our blog too.

Thanks for stopping by our blog! Don't forget to leave a comment so I can visit your blog too and if you decided to follow us, thank you and I'll be sure to return the favor. Happy Friday! :)

This week's question: How many books do you follow?

About 200 blogs. I don't always have time to comment and with summer over and I'm back at work, it's more challenging to keep up. However, I lurk and I try very hard to visit most at least twice a month to see what's happening. Leslie and I also try to return all comments we receive here.

Take The Contemps Challenge! I've had bad luck (aka I've failed challenges because I suck at keeping up with books I've read) but I decided to take a stab at The Contemps Challenge. Leslie is joining me or maybe we'll race to see which one of us will complete the challenge first? But I'm very excited for these books because all they sound fantastic and Leslie and I plan to read many of the 21 books in the challenge anyway...

Here's the deal: (this info I lifted from The Contemps blog)

Love to read contemporary fiction? Accept the Contemps Challenge and promise to read at least 18 of the 21 upcoming Contemps books between now and August 15, 2011. One lucky challenger will win the grand prize: ALL 21 of our books! That's like a whole bookshelf of books!

To enter:
- Participants must be at least 13 years old.
- Send an e-mail by November 15, 2010 with I ACCEPT THE CONTEMPS CHALLENGE in the subject line to: contempscontests(at)gmail(dot)com
- Start reading! Visit our Books page for the complete book list or add books to your "to read" list from our Goodreads page (books that release later in 2011 may not be available on Goodreads yet).

The books:
  1. Losing Faith by Denise Jaden
  2. The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
  3. Girl Stolen by April Henry
  4. Freefall by Mindi Scott
  5. The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
  6. Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler
  7. Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers
  8. Trapped by Michael Northrop
  9. Rival by Sarah Bennet Wealer
  10. Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt
  11. Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard
  12. Family by Micol Ostow
  13. Back When You Were Easier to Love by Emily Wing Smith
  14. Pearl by Jo Knowles
  15. Saving June by Hannah Harrington
  16. The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder
  17. Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker
  18. Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott
  19. The third book in the Carter series by Brent Crawford
  20. Sharks & Boys by Kristen Tracy
  21. Want to Go Private? by Sarah Darer Littman
Leslie and I will be coming back to this page and crossing-out books we've read already as well as linking our reviews if we write one for any of the books. Wish us luck! And good luck to you if you're planning to do this challenge too :)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Deadly Fear by Cynthia Eden WINNERS

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 with
Before I announce the winners for the Deadly Fear by Cynthia Eden giveaway, I'd like to thank everyone for entering. We had 48 people enter with a total of 130 entries! But random.org has spoken and the winners are...

Darlene (dandwh@a)

Anna Shah Hoque

Kailia Sage

Congratulations winners! I have already emailed so please email me back with your US or Canada address in the next 72 hours (if you don't, I'll choose new winners) so that I can pass it on to Hachette. Those who didn't win this time around, don't despair. We have plenty of giveaway going on right now! Just see our left sidebar.
Why I covet this series: It's been a while since I've been this excited about a series. J.K. Beck's Shadow Keepers series sounds like a dark, action-packed romantic read--just the way I like my paranormals.

jkbeckWhen Blood Calls [release date: 8/31; blurb taken from author's website]
Sara Constantine is one of the country’s most tenacious prosecuting attorneys—and she’s just secured a well-earned promotion. At first she’s thrilled. Then she finds out her new job involves prosecuting vampires and werewolves. And nothing prepares Sara for the shock she receives when she meets the first defendant she’ll be trying to put away: Lucius Dragos, the sexy stranger with whom she recently shared an explosive night of ecstasy.

When Lucius Dragos kisses the beautiful woman sitting next to him at the bar, he’s only hoping to blend into the crowd and avoid the perceptive gaze of the man he’s following…and planning to kill. But what starts as a simple kiss to secure his cover ignites into a fierce hunger that leads to an all-consuming passion. Charged with murder, Luke knows Sara will do whatever it takes to see him locked away—unless he can convince her that he’s not the monster she thinks he is. And that might mean making the greatest sacrifice a vampire can make.

jkbeck When Pleasure Rules [release date: 9/28; blurb taken from author's website]
Seven innocents have been brutally murdered on the streets of Los Angeles, yet the Shadow Alliance has no suspects and no leads. And as more bodies are discovered, the age-old feud between the vampires and werewolves threatens to explode and turn the city into a living nightmare.

With her back to the wall, Lissa Monroe—a strong-willed, ravishingly beautiful succubus who entices men to surrender their souls—agrees to go undercover for the Alliance. Her mission: infiltrate the mind of werewolf leader Vincent Rand, a ferociously alluring enemy who has a powerful hold over her. Lissa has never lost control of her deepest desires, but Rand is an impenetrable paradox, a principled soldier who fears nothing—except perhaps the darkness of his own past. As the city of Angels teeters on the brink of apocalypse, these two adversaries must join together to have even the slimmest chance of surviving a more lethal enemy hidden in plain sight.

jkbeck When Wicked Craves [release date: 10/26; blurb taken from author's website]
Their love could bring the most potent pleasure—or the darkest nightmare.

A danger to both the human and shadow communities, Petra Lang is cursed never to love. For one touch of her skin unleashes the vilest demons imaginable. Sentenced to death by the shadow authorities, who fear she’ll turn her curse against them, Petra is rescued at the last instant by vampire advocate Nicholas Montegue. As their bodies merge and transform into mist, Petra feels an urgent erotic longing.

Nicholas fought long and hard to save Petra—and nearly paid the ultimate price. He risked his own life to spare hers, yet he knows he can never give in to the explosive attraction he feels for her. But the deep yearning they share can only be deferred for so long. Together, they must find a way to lift the curse. For only a love this strong has the power to overcome such monstrous evil.

"Books I Covet" is a weekly or bi-weekly blog post series I am going to be doing here. It will feature books I am very excited about reading and plan on buying/borrowing in the near future. It is similar to the "Waiting On" meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine. However, some of the books may already be published and others may still be in pre-order. I will include the books' blurb, cover art, and/or release date if they're available. Click on the WoW image on the left to join in!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

mzink ARC: 342 pages
Publisher: Little Brown
Language: English
Source of my copy: the publisher
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
The ultimate battle between sisters is nearing, and its outcome could have catastrophic consequences. As sixteen year-old Lia Milthorpe searches for a way to end the prophecy, her twin sister Alice hones the skills she'll need to defeat Lia. Alice will stop at nothing to reclaim her sister's role in the prophecy, and that's not the only thing she wants: There's also Lia's boyfriend James.
Lia and Alice always knew the Prophecy would turn those closest to them against them. But they didn't know what betrayal could lead them to do. In the end, only one sister will be left standing.

Michelle's Review:
Guardian of the Gate is the second book in Michelle Zink's gothic young adult series. I reviewed Prophecy of the Sisters (the first book; see my review here) yesterday, which ended with Lia leaving New York for England. This book began eight months after Prophecy ended and Lia is hard at work honing her newfound powers, continuing to learn more about prophecy and searching for the other two keys--all of which will help her win against her twin sister, Alice, in their inevitable battle that will pit good sister against the evil sister. However, Guardian is mostly about Lia's journey to a mythical island to look for the missing pages that contain the other half of the prophecy.

The dark, gothic feel I loved from the first book is very much present in this book. It's also still slow and not much really happen to move the plot along but unlike the first book, there is more action in this book which I really liked. We are also introduced to a new love interest for Lia in Dimitri. I didn't really like James from the first book so Dimitri, who Lia forms an instant connection with, is a welcome addition. My other complaint from the first book was that the secondary characters there were a little flat, but in Guardian they are more fleshed out. Alice, the "evil" twin, is hardly in this book and I definitely want to see more of her but suffice to say Guardian surpassed Prophecy and I enjoyed reading this book a lot more. I am definitely looking forward to reading the conclusion of this trilogy! 4 out of 5 stars

Monday, August 16, 2010

mzink Trade Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Little Brown
Language: English
Source of my copy: I bought it
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
Sixteen-year-old Lia Milthorpe and her twin sister Alice have just become orphans, and, as Lia discovers, they have also become enemies. The twins are part of an ancient prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other. To escape from a dark fate and to remain in the arms of her beloved boyfriend James, Lia must end the prophecy before her sister does. Only then will she understand the mysterious circumstances of her parents' deaths, the true meaning of the strange mark branded on her wrist, and the lengths to which her sister will go to defeat her. Debut novelist Michelle Zink takes readers on an unforgettable journey where one sister's fateful decision could have an impact of Biblical proportions. Prophecy of the Sisters is the first of three books.

Michelle's Review:
Soon after her father's death, a strange mark appeared on Lia Milthorpe's wrist and her twin sister, Alice, started acting more suspicious and secretive than usual. Soon, Lia learns that she is part of a dark, ancient prophecy in which she and her sister will eventually come to head and only one will come out victorious and alive.

The whole good twin versus evil twin sister premise of this book caught my attention but before I made my purchase, I read a bunch of reviews to see what other readers are saying. The main complaint seems to be that it was slow moving. Yes, I agree that it is--except for Lia finding out that she's a major player in a prophecy and her learning more about her part in it and who her allies are, not much happens and there is hardly any action. Except for Lia, I wasn't sure of the other characters like Lia's boyfriend, her family and her newfound friends. They seemed one dimensional and I felt that they weren't fleshed out. The book is written in first person through Lia but I almost wish that we are also given Alice's first person perspective or at least that she's in the book more. Alice's character has a lot of potential and I thought the author could have done more with Alice as she is a fascinating character in her own right.

However, I thought the book an interesting read anyway and I quickly finished reading it in a couple of days. Lia is a very likable character and as she gains more knowledge about the prophecy, so does the reader--I really liked that I was with Lia every step of the way. This book is a bit of a dark read with filled with secrets, magic and the mysterious unknown--as I was reading it I kept picturing mists, an overcast sky and damp earth in my mind. I really like the mood of this book! Like other reviewers, I going to have to say that if you liked Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle series and you're looking for a historical young adult novel of the same vein, Prophecy of the Sisters is worth checking out. 3.75 out 5 stars

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Q&A with Author Kira Morgan (& GIVEAWAY)

Saturday, August 14, 2010 with
On the spotlight today is...

We have the pleasure of having author Kira Morgan on stop by our blog to chat with us today as part of her blog tour for her newest release CAPTURED BY DESIRE. Please join us in welcoming her...

Kira, tell us a little about yourself... and by little we mean in 140 characters.
Kira Morgan writes swashbuckling historical romances to keep you up all night...between doing videogame and cartoon voices and touring with her rock star husband.

Your top 3 literature character crushes from any book?
Sir Launcelot du Lac from Howard Pyle's King Arthur series
Raine from Penelope Williamson's "Keeper of the Dream"
"Blade" from the book I'm currently writing!

Craziest fact you came across while researching for a book that you can't believe true but is?
Mary Queen of Scots and her ladies, the Four Maries, occasionally went "slumming" around Scotland dressed as men!

Let's talk about your newest release. Can you please give us a one sentence blurb about Captured by Desire?
When the queen’s jeweler, Florie Gilder, claims sanctuary for a crime she didn't commit, huntsman Rane MacAllister is charged with preventing her escape, leaving him torn between duty and desire when he begins to fall in love with his spirited captive. (For full book synopsis, click on the book cover)

Is there something you always do (a ritual of some sort) on the day a new book of yours is released out into the world?
I do a booksigning! It's very exciting for me to finally be able to share my story with readers--I can't wait to take them on my adventures.

Which of the characters in Captured by Desire are you most like? The most different?
I'm probably most like the hero, Rane, in that I believe in justice, fairness, and charity. I'm least like the villain, Mavis, since she's obsessed with wealth and power.

What was the hardest part to write in your newly released book? Easiest?
Because I put myself in my characters' heads, the most difficult scene for me to write was when Rane faces death at the hands of the villain. The easiest? I know it's crazy, but sex scenes and fight scenes are a breeze for me.

What is next after Captured by Desire? Any current projects?
I just finished the edits on Seduced by Destiny, which is coming out in March 2011. The heroine of that book is the little girl who appears at the end of Captured by Desire!

Thank you so much for stopping by, Kira, and answering our questions! For more on Kira Morgan, visit her on Facebook and her website.

Do you want to win your very own copy of Captured by Desire?
Thanks to Anna and Hachette, I have 3 copies to give away.

For a chance to win fill out the form:

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1. Only residents of the U.S. or Canada are eligible to win. No P.O. Boxes.
2. This giveaway will end on August 31 and the winners will be selected using random.org.
3. The winners are responsible for emailing me with their shipping address within 72 hours of the winner announcement post. I will select new winners if they fail to do so. NO EXCEPTIONS.
4. This giveaway is being sponsored by Hachette Book Group and NOT Michelle and Leslie's Book Picks. If you win, you'll receive your book directly from Hachette. We are in NO way for responsible for prizes that are not honored by the sponsor, dispersed in a timely manner, stolen, lost and/or damaged during transit.
5. See "Special Giveaway Policy" for complete rules and disclaimers.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

jpetersen Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: HQN Books
Language: English
Source of my copy: From FSB Media
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
One happily-ever-after rocking chair…
And no sign of any forthcoming babies to rock in ol’ Georgebury, Vermont. For Callie Grey, turning thirty means coming to grips with the fact that her boss (and five-week fling) is way overdue in his marriage proposal. And way off track, because Mark has suddenly announced his engagement to the company’s new Miss Perfect. If that isn’t bad enough, her mom decides to throw her a 3-0 birthday bash in the family funeral home.
Bad goes to worse when she stirs up a relationship with the town’s most eligible — yet not so warm and fuzzy — veterinarian, Ian McFarland, in order to flag Mark’s attention. So Ian’s more comfortable with animals… So he’s formal, orderly and just a bit tense. The ever-friendly, fun-loving and spontaneous Callie decides it’s time for Ian to get a personality makeover. But, dang — if he doesn’t shock the heck out of her, she might actually fall for Vermont’s unlikeliest eligible bachelor…

Michelle's Review:
I love to read contemporary romance but it's really hard to find ones that are funny, heartwarming and filled with romantic tension with just enough drama without it being too dramatic and depressing. When I was asked to review this book, I almost said no because when it comes to contemporary romance, I've found only a couple of authors who can do it "right" for me--Julie James being the only one I consider an auto-buy. Well, I am so glad that I this book and the author a chance because I found myself a new contemporary go-to author in Kristan Higgins! I am most definitely going to be checking out her backlist.

There were plenty of laugh-out-loud moments in this book with a great heroine in Callie. She is one of those happy, carefree types that wears her heart and emotion on her sleeve which is very refreshing as I don't remember reading a heroine like her in a while. Her hero, Ian McFarland, is the opposite of Callie but I liked him anyway. There was great tension and spark between them and I rooted for them to get together. However, since the book is in first-person narrative by Callie, I wish I knew what Ian was thinking in certain parts of the book. There were quite a bit of secondary stories involving Callie's family throughout the book but they didn't take away from the main storyline and I enjoyed them anyway. Overall, All I Ever Wanted is a fantastic read with great characters. It reads like a feel-good romantic comedy and I absolutely adored it! I highly recommend this book. 5 out of 5 stars

Thursday, August 12, 2010

jpetersen e-ARC: 338 pages
Publisher: Avon
Language: English
Source of my copy: From author for review
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
After a lifetime of unrequited love with her arranged fiancé, Anne Danvers has finally become the Duchess of Waverly. But just a few days into her marriage, her husband vanishes. Rhys Carlisle, Duke of Waverly has spent his life knowing he was better than everyone else because of his impeccable bloodline.
But when he finds out everything he was told was a lie and he is in actuality a bastard son of the late Duke of Billingham, his world is destroyed. He never expects his new wife to chase after him or demand she not be written out of his life. Nor does he expect the passion he feels for her to transform into love. But even as the two grow closer, Rhys’s dark secret looms in the distance, along with a blackmailer who could destroy any future Rhys and Anne have dared to dream.

Michelle's Review:
Rhys Carlisle is on top of the world--he is rich, he's the Duke of Waverly and he just married his long-time betrothed Lady Anne Danvers, the perfect society debutante and now the perfect wife and hostess. His world came crashing down when he learned that he is actually the bastard son of the late Duke of Billingham and worse, a blackmailer is threatening to expose his secret. After years of looking down his nose at those lower in the ranks and titles than he, only to find he is lower than low, Rhys couldn't deal and ran away. What he didn't count on is his new wife following him. As he and Anne spend time together "roughing it" at a sea side cottage, Rhys comes to learn that there may be more to his wife than he first thought and they could actually have more than a polite society marriage but is it too late?

The Unclaimed Duchess is the first e-book I read in its entirety, which says a lot. I've read only one other book from the author before this book and I really liked Lessons from a Courtesan so I couldn't wait to read this book. Like Lessons, I quite enjoyed Unclaimed and it's a quick, spicy read. Once I started reading, I wanted to keep going because the story was quite interesting and I wanted to see what will happen next. The author writes in a straightforward manner, with few side stories (if any) so the focus was always on Anne and Rhys, which I really liked. I thought Anne was very likable--the kind of heroine you'd want to be your friend. I didn't like Rhys in the beginning because he was quite arrogant and proud but he does change and you kinda feel for him in the end.

is the second book in the author's Billingham Bastards series but it can be read as a standalone. I was very intrigued by the couple in the first book, What the Duke Desires so I immediately ordered that book after reading this one. If you haven't read Jenna Petersen yet, you should definitely give her a try--I'm enjoying everything I've read by her so far. 4 out 5 stars

**The Unclaimed Duchess is out in stores on August 31, 2010.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

jcusick ARC: 218 pages
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Language: English
Source of my copy: the publisher
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
David and Charlie are opposites. David has a million friends, online and off. Charlie is a soulful outsider, off the grid completely. But neither feels close to anybody. When David’s parents present him with a hot Companion bot to encourage healthy bonds and treat "dissociative disorder," he can’t get enough of luscious red-headed Rose — and he can’t get it soon. Companions come with strict intimacy protocols, and whenever he tries anything, David gets an electric shock. Severed from the boy she was built to love, Rose turns to Charlie, who finds he can open up, knowing Rose isn’t real. With Charlie’s help, the ideal "companion" is about to become her own best friend.
In a stunning and hilarious debut, John Cusick takes rollicking aim at internet culture and our craving for meaningful connection in an uber-connected world.

Leslie's Review:
David and Charlie are complete opposites--while David has millions of friends, Charlie is a lonely outsider. But both feels detached from everyone around them. To help David with his "dissociative disorder," his parents get him a hot Companion bot called Rose and David can't resist her. But when he tries to touch her, he gets shocked from the Companions strict intimacy clock. When Rose got separated from David, she turns to Charlie for help. He opens up to her knowing she is just a bot. With the world so open and new, Rose finds who she's really meant to be.

This was a hilarious and fun read. To me the humor is a bit like
Match Made In High School except Girl Parts is narrated from a boy's point of view. The book's point of view made it especially interesting because I hardly read books with a boy's POV. However, despite the fact that it was an enjoyable read, I was really disappointed with the way it ended. It was the most exciting part and then all of a sudden it just ended. When it did end, I had so many questions in my head that were sadly left unanswered. Nevertheless, Girl Parts with its unique characters and fun, humorous plot is a good read that I very much enjoyed. I'm definitely on the look out for more from this debut author. 4 out of 5 stars

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

cclare Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
Language: English
Source of my copy: from the publisher
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
Karen Essex turns on the heat in this transporting and darkly haunting new tale of love and possession that puts forth the question: What if everything you knew about Dracula . . . was wrong?
From the shadowy banks of the River Thames to the wild and windswept coast of Yorkshire, the quintessential Victorian virgin Mina Murray vividly recounts in the pages of her private diary the intimate details of what transpired between her and Count Dracula—the joys and terrors of a pas­sionate affair and her rebellion against a force of evil that has pursued her through time.
Mina’s version of this timeless gothic vampire tale is a visceral journey into the dimly lit bedrooms, mist-filled cemeteries, and locked asylum chambers where she led a secret life, far from the chaste and polite lifestyle the defenders of her purity, and even her fiancé, Jonathan Harker, expected of her.
Bram Stoker’s classic novel was only one side of the story. Now, for the first time, Dracula’s eternal muse reveals all. What she has to say is more sensual, more devious, and more enthralling than ever imagined. The result is a scintillating gothic novel that reinvents the tragic heroine Mina as a modern woman tor­tured by desire.

Daisy's Review:
Beautiful Mina Murray always did and said the right things. But in one night, Mina's perfect world comes crashing down. Childhood maladies of nightmares and sleepwalking learned to suppress returns. In her dreams, she is haunted by a mysterious figure that forces her to explore sensations and feelings she had long tried to keep under control. Unable to regain control, Mina lets them take over and lead her straight into the arms of Count Dracula. Dracula In Love takes Bram Stoker's classic novel and explores the story from Mina Murray's point of view. No longer is she an pure and innocent bystander. Instead, she becomes an integral and very responsible party in all weird and sordid events. And for the first time, the truth of Mina's personal journey is revealed.

Dracula In Love is not for the faint of heart. From the very first chapter, Karen Essex sets up a story that is full of sensuality and mysticism. Though it is a good concept, its execution isn't so. The plot is overwhelmed with excessive descriptions of unimportant things. Descriptions of settings take up, on average, several pages. And even though it begins slow, it does pick up in the middle. The best parts of the story is when we get introduced to the mysterious world of the unseen. Essex gives us a glimpse of a world actually worth writing about. But as soon we get a little peek, we get pulled back to the dreary world of Victorian England.

If you like gothic or erotic stories, Dracula In Love is for you. It is not for the average paperback reader. This story will make you cringe. If that is what you like, you know what to do.

Daisy is a close friend of ours and also an avid reader. Check out her blog A Maui Girl Writes...

Monday, August 9, 2010

Hi everyone! Leslie here! Today, I have the honor of having YA/MG author Maureen Hardegree on our blog to chat with us. Her newest release is a called HAINT MISBEHAVIN' an awesome book about a girl, a ghost and some funny hijinks. Please join me in welcoming her.

Hi Maureen! Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a writer who is also a mom of a teenage girl. I grew up in Louisiana and moved to Georgia for my M.A., then stayed when I met my husband. I have two cats named Pixie and Turnip Ann.

What's the biggest misconception of being an author/writer?
Some people think I know every word in the dictionary. They like to quiz me. I’m not kidding. They’ll come up to me and say things like “Since you’re a wordsmith, what’s ubiquitous mean?” It’s kind of weird—sort of like playing Jeopardy but without the opportunity to win any money. For the record, I don’t know every word in the dictionary. Also, I try not to use words like “ubiquitous” in my writing when its synonym “widespread” will do. Being a writer isn’t about using the biggest words in your vocabulary, it’s about creating characters that readers relate to and care about.

When did you realize you wanted to become a writer/author?
The realization took awhile. I actually wrote a novella in 8th grade, but didn’t know that was what I had done with my social studies report until much later. The first time I had an inkling that I could dare to be a writer was in high school when my honors English teacher Mrs. Biernacki gave me an A on a character analysis essay I wrote about Roger Chillingsworth in The Scarlet Letter. I compared his character to rotting fruit. After graduating from LSU with my B.A in English and not having the world knocking on my door offering me well-paying jobs, I started writing a novel that I soon after decided I wasn’t mature enough to write. Plus, I found a job in a large retail store and barely had time to get my suits dry-cleaned. (Maybe I should dig those notes up now!) In grad school, I wanted to take a creative writing class but was scared about being critiqued and admitting to everyone in my M.A. program that I wanted to write commercial fiction rather than literature with a capital “L.” After I had my daughter, I decided I needed something just for me. I spent most of my days caring for her and my mother-in-law who had Alzheimer’s. I tried my hand at my favorite escape—historical romance. I’ve thought of myself as a writer ever since.

If you could spend a week living in a book and interacting with the characters, what book would you choose? Why?
I would spend a week living in Mary Stewart’s romantic suspense The Moon-spinners. This novel is one of my all time favorites. I read it when I discovered romantic suspense in our local library at the age of twelve or thirteen, and since then I’ve read it about a gazillion times. I love the way the author describes the setting in Crete. I felt like I was there among the olive and lemon groves with the sun beating down on me. I love the heroine Nicola’s naiveté and bravery. I love the wounded hero Mark’s determination to find his kidnapped brother alive. Yes, it was published in 1962, but it’s timeless.

mhardegreeLet's talk about Haint Misbehavin'. Can you please give us a one sentence blurb?
How about more than one sentence? J Heather Tildy has enough trouble. Then the first ghost shows up.

What was the hardest part to write in Haint Misbehavin'? The easiest?
The hardest part to write was the middle. The original pace was much slower. I revised it and cut scenes, combined others to get it to what you see now. But I happen to like the revision stage; it’s rewarding to tinker with something until you get it right. The easiest scene to write was Heather meeting the ghost in the grapevines. I had a clear picture in my head of how that scene between Heather and Amy would go when I started it.

If Haint Misbehavin' is made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads? Why?
Heather: Emma Watson from the Harry Potter movies because she’s a good actress and has that pretty girl next door look. Most British actors can do an American accent, so I’m not worried about that.

Drew: To be honest, Channing Tatum was foremost in my mind while writing this character, even though he doesn’t have Drew’s blue eyes. He’s also probably too old at this point to play a teenager, but he has the necessary abs and portrays the hunk with a heart character well in She’s the Man and Dear John. However, my daughter prefers Zac Efron since he has the blue eyes as well as the abs, so I will defer to her choice.

Xavier: Jacob Zachar who plays Rusty on Greek. He portrays adorably geeky quite well.

Amy: Elle Fanning, Dakota’s younger sister, who was in Because of Winn-Dixie. She has the look for the most part, and she can act. The only thing she doesn’t have is the space between the front teeth.

Would you switch places with the main character of Haint if you had the chance?
Probably not. As much as I love Heather, I wouldn’t want to live through high school again for real—unless we could eliminate all the homework, testing, essay writing and group projects. I loathe group projects.

What's next after Haint Misbehavin'?
Hainted Love. Heather vacations at Jekyll Island, Georgia with her family. Unfortunately for Heather, ghost handlers don’t get to clock out when they’re on vacation.

Thank you so much for stopping by, Maureen, and answering my questions! Everyone, I highly recommend this book--check out my review of HAINT MISBEHAVIN' HERE.

I have a finished copy of HAINT MISBEHAVIN' to give away! To enter, just fill out the form below: [edited to add: Sorry! It says on the form it ends 9/21 but I meant 8/21.]

**Open to US residents only (sorry international friends but I'm broke); the winner will be announced a little after 9/21... sorry, I meant 8/21. Good luck!**

Sunday, August 8, 2010

GIVEAWAY: Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt

Sunday, August 8, 2010 with
On the spotlight today is...

The Author: Elizabeth Hoyt

Bio (taken from the Hachette website)

Elizabeth Hoyt is a USA Today bestselling author of historical romance. She also writes deliciously fun contemporary romance under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in central Illinois with three untrained dogs, two angelic but bickering children, and one long-suffering husband. Please visit her websites for chapter excerpts, book extras, and author appearances: www.elizabethhoyt.com and www.juliaharper.com.

To learn more about Elizabeth's books, follow her on Twitter and Facebook

The Book: Wicked Intentions
(First book in Elizabeth's Maiden Lane series)

(taken from the Hachette website)
From the New York Times bestselling author of To Desire a Devil comes this thrilling tale of danger, desire, and dark passions.

Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London's most notorious slum. Widowed Temperance Dews knows St. Giles like the back of her hand-she's spent a lifetime caring for its inhabitants at the foundling home her family established. Now that home is at risk . . .

Caire makes a simple offer-in return for Temperance's help navigating the perilous alleys of St. Giles, he will introduce her to London's high society so that she can find a benefactor for the home. But Temperance may not be the innocent she seems, and what begins as cold calculation soon falls prey to a passion that neither can control--one that may well destroy them both.
Do you want to win your very own copy of Wicked Intentions?
Thanks to Anna and Hachette, I have 3 copies to give away.

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4. This giveaway is being sponsored by Hachette Book Group and NOT Michelle and Leslie's Book Picks. If you win, you'll receive your book directly from Hachette. We are in NO way for responsible for prizes that are not honored by the sponsor, dispersed in a timely manner, stolen, lost and/or damaged during transit.
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Friday, August 6, 2010

cclare Paperback: 492 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Language: English
Source of my copy: I bought it
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters -- never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadow-hunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadow-hunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her new found powers to help save the Glass City -- whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Times bestselling trilogy The Mortal Instruments.

Leslie's Review:
Shadowhunters all over the world have traveled to their homeland, Idris, where chaos reigns now that Valentine is after the last of the Mortal Instruments. Although Clary's only purpose was to go to Idris was to find the cure to wake her comatose mother, she finds herself in the middle of the confusion and she now has to decide whether the Shadowhunters should fight with the Downworlders, or surrender to their doom. As war looms ahead, Jace and Clary must also make their own decision: should they pursue their forbidden love?

I've finally read the last book of my all-time favorite series! Let me tell you, it was absolutely fantastic! Like the first two, this was thrilling and exciting but more intense than ever. Jace and Clary are fantastic characters and are now one of my all-time favorite hero and heroine pair. As the last book of the series, City of Glass answered all my questions and it ended perfectly. This book was a great end to an amazing series that blew me away and left me breathless. I highly recommend this series! 5 out of 5 stars