Thursday, November 27, 2014

Finding Mr. Darcy: High School Edition by Erin Butler

Finding Mr. Darcy:
High School Edition
by Erin Butler

Find out more about this book and author:
Twitter @ErinButler

Just released: September 16, 2014
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Genre: Jane Austen, Romance, YA
Rating: 5

Sixteen-year-old Liza Johnson takes fangirl to a whole new level of crazy when she decides to take dating advice from her literary hero: Jane Austen.

With the help of her best friends, Liza sheds her ancient-speak and complete Austen wardrobe for something a bit more modern in an attempt at finding her very own Mr. Darcy.

Enter Will, the new kid and Liza's Darcy incarnate. Add her BFF's ex to mix and the sexy Brit who kisses with an accent, and Liza is in trouble.

So, what's a girl to do? Without her mom to go to relationship advice, Liza turns to the only person she can truly trust with matters of the heart via her mother's copy of COMPLETED WORKS OF JANE AUSTEN.

It's too bad Austen's heroines have never played Spin the Bottle or Seven Minutes in Heaven. Liza's determined to find her true Austen-esque happy ending, but if she can't trust herself instead of books, she just might end up in her own tragic love story.

My two-bits:

Loved how this story intermingles and mentions Jane Austen's six novels characters and themes in this YA story of romance.

It was very fun to tagalong on the main character's tour through London that included Jane Austen sights and an evening ball.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Winners for November pt3

Here are the winners for giveaways that
ended November 23, 2014

Thanks to all contestants!


Soul Meaning by A.D. Starrling

King's Crusade by A.D. Starrling

Greene's Calling by A.D. Starrling
Winner: Mary Preston -please pick one ebook from above


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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Winner's Pick Giveaway: Rookie Club series by Danielle Girard

To celebrate the latest release, book 5, Everything to Lose from the Rookie Club series, I have a winner's pick giveaway offer!

Here is your chance to meet one of these extraordinary female cops...

Dead Center
The Rookie Club, Book 1
by Danielle Girard
Amazon | Goodreads

Fifteen years ago, the Rookie Club began as a tight-knit band of female cops struggling for respect from their male peers. Jamie Vail was one of them. So was Natasha Devlin, the woman Jamie caught in bed with her husband.

When Natasha Devlin turns up dead, Jamie wants nothing to do with the investigation. As a seasoned inspector in the sex crimes department, Jamie is facing her own terrifying case—female officers are being brutalized by a stranger leaving no clues. The Rookie Club is under attack, possibly by one of their own.

Now, Jamie must confront her past and solve the murder of her ex-husband's lover before she becomes the killer's ultimate prize.

One Clean Shot
The Rookie Club, Book 2
by Danielle Girard
Amazon | Goodreads

Fifteen years ago, Hailey Wyatt was a member of the Rookie Club, a tight-knit band of female cops struggling for respect from their male peers.

Now, a seasoned Homicide Inspector and a new widow, Hailey is forced to reopen a case involving two of San Francisco's most powerful residents.

Since her husband's death, Hailey has relied heavily upon her in-laws for help. But when the bodies begin piling up and her father-in-law seems at the center of it all, Hailey must choose between pursuing justice and protecting a secret that could ruin them all.

Dark Passage
The Rookie Club, Book 3
by Danielle Girard
Amazon | Goodreads

Rookie Club member Cameron Cruz was devastated when her lover was killed during an undercover assignment. Pregnant with his child, she finds the strength to give birth to her son and return to Special Ops.

As Cameron's team works to shut down a human trafficking operation, she witnesses the shooting of a fellow officer. The man holding the gun - her dead lover - very much alive. Caught between the love she still feels for her son's father and doing what she knows is right, Cameron races to unravel her lover's connection to the human traffickers and lands at the department's front door, with her own life on the line.

The Rookie Club, Book 4
by Danielle Girard
Amazon | Goodreads

Seventy-two guns were stolen from a San Francisco police storage facility. Now murders are spiking. The only connection: all the perps claim the stolen guns were anonymously left for them to do with as they pleased.

Mei Ling, now head of the SFPD's Computer Forensics Team, and newest member of The Rookie Club, sees another connection when a network-hacking device is found installed in the storage facility.
Then bullets start crashing through Mei's home, convincing her she's right. Now Mei just needs to find the hacker before becoming the next murder victim.

Everything to Lose
The Rookie Club, Book 5
by Danielle Girard
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Socialite Charlotte Borden is brutally attacked then brought to the hospital by a man the police assume is her attacker. Jamie Vail, SFPD's Sex Crimes Inspector, recognizes the man as her adopted son's biological father.

With Charlotte in a coma, Jamie races to uncover the girl's last waking moments. But every clue leads home, where her son grows more and more elusive.

Desperate to be wrong, Jamie must dig deep before her son lands behind bars, or worse.

About the author:
As one of four children, Danielle Girard grew up in a house where the person with the best story got heard, and it's probably no surprise that fast-paced suspense stories have always been her favorite.

Girard's books have won the Barry Award and been selected for the RT Reviewers Choice Award.

Two of her novels have been optioned for movies.

Visit Danielle: Website | Facebook Fan Page
Twitter | Goodreads | Newsletter sign-up form

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Winner gets to pick an eBook from above.

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Offer ends: December 14, 2014

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Stacking the Shelves - 11.22.14

Stacking the Shelves
hosted by Tynga's Reviews (details)

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!



The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar
(The Parasol Protectorate Book 6)
by Gail Carriger
Amazon | Goodreads

-----> in Gail Carriger mode


The Wielder: Betrayal
(The Wielder Series Book 1)
by David Gosnell
Free kindle from The Midlist
Amazon | Goodreads

Zombie Games
(Origins 1)
by Kristen Middleton, C.J. Pinard, Mae I Design
Free kindle from The Midlist
Amazon | Goodreads

For Review:

Everything to Lose
The Rookie Club, Book 5
by Danielle Girard
-mystery, thriller
courtesy of author via Kate Tilton's Book Bloggers
Amazon | Goodreads

by Kimberley Griffiths Little
-historical, YA
courtesy of Media Masters Publicity
Thanks Casey!
Amazon | Goodreads

The Beautiful American
by Jeanne Mackin
-France, Historical, WW2
courtesy of France Book Tours
Thanks Emma!
Amazon | Goodreads

The Body Tourist
by Dana Lise Shavin
courtesy of BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge 2014
Thanks Janay!
Amazon | Goodreads

Toothache Man
by Sal Conte
courtesy of author
Thanks E. Van Lowe!
Amazon | Goodreads


Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?
by Roz Chast
-graphic novel, memoir, humor, family
Amazon | Goodreads


In her first memoir, Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents. Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-color cartoons, family photos, and documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, Chast’s memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents.

When it came to her elderly mother and father, Roz held to the practices of denial, avoidance, and distraction. But when Elizabeth Chast climbed a ladder to locate an old souvenir from the “crazy closet”—with predictable results—the tools that had served Roz well through her parents’ seventies, eighties, and into their early nineties could no longer be deployed.

While the particulars are Chast-ian in their idiosyncrasies—an anxious father who had relied heavily on his wife for stability as he slipped into dementia and a former assistant principal mother whose overbearing personality had sidelined Roz for decades—the themes are universal: adult children accepting a parental role; aging and unstable parents leaving a family home for an institution; dealing with uncomfortable physical intimacies; managing logistics; and hiring strangers to provide the most personal care.

An amazing portrait of two lives at their end and an only child coping as best she can, Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant will show the full range of Roz Chast’s talent as cartoonist and storyteller.

-----> Read this in one sitting and really enjoyed this. Many funny and touching points in regards to caring for the elderly.

Dreaming about getting soon:

Leaves on the Wind (Serenity #4)
by Zack Whedon, Georges Jeanty (Penciller),
Fábio Moon (Artist), Karl Story (Inker),
Laura Martin (Colorist), Dan Dos Santos (Cover Artist)
-graphic novel, sci-fi
Amazon | Goodreads

In the film Serenity, outlaw Malcolm Reynolds and his crew revealed to the entire ’verse the crimes against humanity undertaken by the sinister Alliance government. In this official follow-up, circumstances force the crew to come out of hiding, and one of their own is captured, setting them on another mission of rescue and resistance . . . Collects the six-issue miniseries and the 2012 Free Comic Book Day story.

-----> because I love the Firefly tv series ;-)

OTHER things: kinda book-related

a podcast (details)

I had a binge listening session with this podcast and got hooked. It is a weekly show that is uploaded on Thursdays. I learned about it from Books on the Nightstand Episode #305.

Serial is a new podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial will follow one story - a true story - over the course of a whole season. We'll follow the plot and characters wherever they take us and we won’t know what happens at the end of the story until we get there, not long before you get there with us.

Listen to Episode 1: The Alibi here
It's Baltimore, 1999. Hae Min Lee, a popular high-school senior, disappears after school one day. Six weeks later detectives arrest her classmate and ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, for her murder. He says he's innocent - though he can't exactly remember what he was doing on that January afternoon. But someone can. A classmate at Woodlawn High School says she knows where Adnan was. The trouble is, she’s nowhere to be found.

For those obsessed with Serial:

Discussion podcasts: Slate, Pete and Rabia

Reddit - for a place to talk about it

Other links related

Book recommendation tie-in from Books on the Nightstand:

The Journalist and the Murderer
by Janet Malcolm
-true crime, non-fiction
Amazon | Goodreads


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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Christmas in Snow Valley: The Christmas Eve Kiss by Taylor Hart

The Christmas Eve Kiss
by Taylor Hart

Find out more about this book and author:
Amazon | B&N
iTunes | Smashwords | Kobo

Just released: November 3, 2014
Publisher: CreateSpace
Genre: Holiday, Romance, Novella
Paperback: 582 pages (complete anthology)
Rating: 4

Molly O’Hare gets the utterly ridiculous prediction that she will kiss her true love on Christmas Eve. But when she returns to Snow Valley and comes face to face with Kevin Snow, suddenly the kiss thing seems…a lot less ridiculous. Too bad the reason she left still has the power to make her deny her real feelings. Now Molly is left with a choice—forget the home town and the boy that she never quit loving or let Christmas work out a miracle all on its own.

My two-bits:

Another clean romance in the Christmas in Snow Valley collection that warms the heart.

Along with a romance, the main character must contend with other matters of the heart involving her relationship with her parents.

Issues of forgiveness and coping with long term illnesses are touched upon as well.

This tale involves interaction with a pastor for guidance in certain scenes. Hence, the Christian aspect comes into play.


“Hey, Mol.” Kevin said it before I got there. “Are you coming to sell me something? Mud pies, snow balls? Let’s see, what else did I buy from you over the years?” He snapped. “Rocks. Do you remember when I paid a nickel for a bag of rocks?” He let out a soft laugh.

Mol. He had said ‘Mol’ like he still could say it. Like he was still that boy that I went to the swimming ditch with. Like he was still my best friend. Like he cared about me. He couldn’t talk to me like that. “Why are you doing the chores?” I demanded.

His chin jerked up and he gut laughed. “You sound angry.”

“I am angry.” And I was. So angry. For so long angry. He sat here like…like…like he could just sit here and talk to me about the past and do chores for my parents.

His face got serious. “How’s your dad?”

This question almost dispersed my anger. “He’s fine.”

Kevin put his hand on the rope above his head; his eyes slowly searched my face. “What do you think of the swing?”

“What?” He kicked his legs back and then forward. “I dug her out of the shed today.” The side of his lip tugged up. “I could use a push here.”

I shook my head, trying to understand this ludicrousness. “Wh-no. No. Kevin, you and I are not people who push each other on swings anymore.”

The speed of the swing increased with his leg pumping. “Oh.” He cleared his throat. “Right. Well, I just thought it would be fun to swing on it again.”

Fury. Damnation. Hell itself wouldn’t describe the way I wanted to push his swing off the tree track or whatever… “Well, it’s not fun. It’s not fun to swing or push or see you sitting out here.” I looked at my bedroom window. “Have you just been waiting for me to come out like some stalker?”

He lifted his eyebrows. “You look good, Mol.”

I didn’t respond.

He grinned. “Let’s try this again. I say ‘you look good.’ You say, ‘thank you, Kevin, you look amazing. What—do you do like one hundred push-ups a day? You look like it. Plus, I know you’re not a crazy stalker.”

I wanted to be anywhere except here.

“C’mon, you used to love it when I’d have conversations for us.”

I longed to chip more paint off my fingernails, but they were hidden in my gloves.

“What do you want?”

“I just want to know about you, what you’re doing?”

Before I could stop myself, I said. “Really? You want to know? Because I thought we ‘needed time.’” I air quoted and then hated myself. For showing myself.

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Christmas in Snow Valley
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Snow Valley, Montana, is a small community with the tradition of doing Christmas big. Festivities begin with tree lighting in the town square the day after Thanksgiving and continue until the culminating romantic Christmas Ball. From the Polar Express to a Winter Carnival, there’s something for every wonder-filled  child—and every couple who’s in love—or about to be.

Christmas in Snow Valley is packed with six wonderful Christmas novellas sure to bring romance into your holiday season.