Monday, January 31, 2011

Sweet Treats sampler


Random Magic Tour: Vive L’Amour


Dedicated to the fun, flirty and quirky new novel by Sasha Soren, this tour is also full of romantic goodies in honor of Valentine's Day (see the schedule).

Here is my entry for the Sweet Treats giveaway.

Found at vvb32 reads


Found at so-n-so's site


Found at who's-a-whatsit's site


Giveaway: Sweet Treats

Random Magic Tour: Vive L’Amour
Schedule of Events
About: Random Magic
Tour organization: Lyrika Publicis
Tour prize coordinator: vvb32
Contact the tour: @RandomMagicTour


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Win a sweet prize!
Play to win: one of two books below

The Language Of Flowers:
A Treasury of Verse and Prose Scented
by Penhaligon's Sheila Pickles

The Victorians turned flower giving into an art, and Sheila Pickles's The Language of Flowers explores the meanings and significance ascribed to certain flowers.

Penhaligon's Violetta perfume scents the book, and violets are one of the more than twenty such English flowers whose my myths and legends are explored and their subtle language revealed.

Favorite poems and prose selections by classic authors illustrate these themes and are accompanied by richly decorative, floral paintings. This treasury makes the perfect gift for occasions when something more lasting than flowers is appropriate.


The Language of Flowers would also be a great companion read for anyone reading Random Magic. There are several places in Random Magic where knowledge about the language of flowers would help in discovering secret messages in a particular scene; secret messages hidden in plain sight...

OR

Love:
A Treasury of Verse and Prose Scented
by Penhaligon's Sheila Pickles

The author gathers favorite literary reflections on this timeless theme - from the childhood loves of Dickens to the tempestuous passions of Lord Byron - and includes classic amorous paintings from Renaissance and 19th-century masters. The book is scented with Penhaligon's perfume, Elizabethan Rose.

Apart from being a wild adventure, Random Magic is also meditation on and celebration of the arts, creativity, passion, legends, love, and the love of beauty.

This book (Love) suits the celebration of love in Random Magic: Vive L'Amour wonderfully, and would make a sweet complementary read for anyone enjoying Random Magic - or just a lovely bit of luxury to be enjoyed slowly, alongside a nice cup of tea or coffee, on a chilly day.

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Giveaway details:

Winners: 2

Winner: First pick of books
Runner-up: Wins second book

Open to all.

Offer ends: February 14, 2011

Winner announced: February 16, 2011

TO DO (3-parts):
1. Create a blog post with the Random Magic Tour: Vive L’Amour image and title above with a link back to this giveaway post.

2. From Feb 1-14: Collect and copy/paste a minimum of 5 Heart badges that you find from the various blog tour stops listed on the schedule with a notation of where it was found (first freebie heart below).

AND include the book you would like to win.


View the "live" sample post here.

fyi: On this post I placed the heart badge on the bottom of the post. The location and colors of heart badges on blog tour stops vary.

Please note: your post doesn't have to be centered or worded exactly the same and feel free to create your own layout.

3. In comments send me the link to your post. You can send me the link to your post once the first heart is found.

* Scoring * (or * Credits *)

Candy heart + link where it was found: 2 points
Left comment on post: 1 point
Twitter link: 1 point
(If you don't have a Twitter account, you can just leave a second comment on different post, instead.)
Max points per heart/link/comment/Twitter entry: 4

If you collect five hearts: You are in finals!
If you collect more than five hearts: You go to bonus round.
To win: Collect most points by Feb. 14

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Entries received:

1. Kulsuma of sunshine and stardust

2. PinkStuff of Reading After Dark

3. Zombie Girrrl of Crackin' Spines & Takin' Names

4. Kiwi of Assortments

Scoreboard: checkout the sidebar for updates on the standings

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Vive L'Amour Tour


Random Magic Tour: Vive L'Amour
February 1-14, 2011

About: Random Magic
Tour organization: Lyrika Publicis
Tour prize coordinator: vvb32
Contact the tour: @RandomMagicTour


Win a sweet prize!
Play to win: The Language of Flowers
or Love: A Treasury of Verse

Giveaway: Sweet Treats sampler

Feb. 1
Book Soulmates
Twitter: @BookSoulmates
Top Five: Most romantic flowers
i like: tulips
how about you?

Feb. 2
Books, Sweets and Other Treats
Twitter: @lindsiking
Top Five: Tempting sweets and treats
must try: chocolate panini!

Feb. 3
The Bookworms
Twitter: @TawniBookWorm
Top Five: Vintage Valentines and quotes
i like: the one with the hoop skirt - reminds me of the popular couple, scarlett and rhett

Feb. 4
Romantic Reads

Reading Circle
Discover some wonderful stories about love,
handpicked by a great group of international bloggers.


This Miss Loves To Read
Twitter: @MissIrenne
i think i might try: A Rose in Winter by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

My Love Affair With Books
Twitter: @Misha_1989
i think i might try: Persuasion by Jane Austen

A Reader’s Adventure
Twitter: @ReaderAdventure
i think i might try: Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Willowdust Reviews - Tina’s Book Reviews
Twitter: @BooksAtTinas
i think i might try: North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell


Feb. 5
Fiction Folio
Twitter: @taramq
Top Five: Delightful dishes
must try: Chocolate Fondue - who could resist chocolate?

Feb. 6
The Reading Lassie
Twitter: @ReadingLassie
Top Five: Romantic places
must visit: The Maldives

Feb. 7
The Fluidity of Time
Twitter: n/a
Top Five: Aphrodisiacs
really?!: figs and hot chili peppers

Feb. 8
A Reader’s Adventure
Twitter: @ReaderAdventure
Top Five: Fictional lovers
i'd like to meet: Todd & Fiona from A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker

Feb. 9
My Love Affair With Books
Twitter: @Misha_1989
Top Five: Most romantic movies
yay! for my fave: Moulin Rouge

Feb. 10
The True Book Addict
Twitter: @truebookaddict
Top Five: Most unconventional couples
i like: Henry and Clare, Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Feb. 11
Elbit Blog
Twitter: @MeriGreenleaf
Top Five: Mojo magic
i like: Be Mine Knitted Heart Love Charm by Greenfingers

Feb. 12
This Miss Loves to Read
Twitter: @MissIrenne
Top Five: Historical lovers
curious about: Abelard and Heloise

Feb. 13
vvb32 - it's moi
Twitter: @vvb32reads
Top Five: Most romantic poems
my picks: so you know i love 'em all

Feb. 14
He Said/She Said: Musical blog hop

Romance, flirting, mad passion,
melancholy regret and bitter heartbreak…
Find songs that share every nuance of love
from male and female points of view,
on this sweet musical blog hop!


Music hop menu
(courtesy vvb32)


vvb32 - me again!
Twitter: @vvb32reads
The songs:
HE: Love You Madly - Cake
My take: love the mix of classic dancing favorites and music
SHE: Some Like It Hot - Club des Belugas
My take: spicy blend, i like it hot ;-D

Willowdust Reviews - Tina’s Book Reviews
Twitter: @BooksAtTinas
The songs:
HE: Mast Kalandar - Soundtrack, Heyy Babyy
My take: bollywood always rocks the house
SHE: Avant l'amour - Zazie
My take: ooo, black and white moody kind of love

Elbit Blog
Twitter: @MeriGreenleaf
HE: No quiero verla más - Estopa
My take: first off, these guys are cute - dig the guitar riffs
SHE: Bei Mir Bist Du Schön - The Puppini Sisters
My take: hey, these gals are cute too - say bella bella

This Miss Loves To Read
Twitter: @MissIrenne
The songs:
HE: Let It Be Me - Ray LaMontagne
My take: melancholy but hopeful
SHE: Den milo gia mia nixta ego - Eleftheria Arvanitaki
My take: makes the hips wanna swirl

The True Book Addict
Twitter: @truebookaddict
The songs:
HE: The Haunting (Somewhere In Time) - Kamelot featuring Simone Simons
My take: hardcore lovin
SHE: Tabakiera - Kayah featuring Goran Bregović
My take: love it, her voice made me tingle

Fiction Folio
Twitter: @taramq
The songs:
HE: Senza fine - Gino Paoli and Ornella Vanoni
My take: sentimental turns whimsy-like
SHE: Padam, Padam - Tanya Bulanova
My take: oui oui, oh-so-french, oh-so-cute video

The Bookworms
Twitter: @TawniBookWorm
The songs:
HE: Burning for You by Tobymac
My take: felt the passion
SHE: Endless Dream by Conjure One
My take: beautiful lyrics and tune

Favorites from the Music Hop:
HE: No quiero verla más - Estopa
loved the le le le le le's
listen to it at: Elbit Blog

SHE: Tabakiera - Kayah featuring Goran Bregović
the tingly-tingle feeling got me
listen to it at: The True Book Addict

Happy Valentine's Day!


Feb. 15
Last day to enter Sweet Treats giveaway.


Feb. 16
Announcement: Sweet Treats giveaway winners.

Winter Getaway: end credits

A d i ó s!

Winter Getaway
a virtual book event
January 25-31, 2011


Hope you were able to escape from the winter blues with my reading picks during this event.

THANKS TO: Authors, Publicists and Publishers for Book Giveaways & Guest posts

The Darkness by Crystal Connor

Buried Heart by A.Y. Stratton

Evie's Gift by PJ Schnyder

Scent of Jade by Dee DeTarsio

Space Junque by L.K. Rigel

Spiderwork by L.K. Rigel

AND, special thanks to those of you who sent postcards to vivi!

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* image source for event badge is from the book cover of Scent of Jade by Dee DeTarsio

* in conjunction with the Book Rat's Winter Wonderland - check it out for more winter reads and giveaways!

~~* Winter Getaway schedule *~~


Spiderwork by L.K. Rigel

Spiderwork
In Flagrante Apocalypto 2
by L.K. Rigel

Just released: January 2011
Genre: Romance, SciFi
ebook
Rating: 3

Description from the amazon:
The sequel to Space Junque.

Her fate was to hold the world together. His destiny was to tear it apart.

As a child, Durga was chosen by the goddess to save the world from sterility and extinction. Now her eighteenth birthday approaches, and Durga must take her place among the chalices, women blessed by the goddess with fertility to ensure more souls for the universe. Durga's mission does not include love ... but Khai, the scion of Luxor, is unlike any man she's ever met.

Char Meadowlark once played a role in the goddess's plans. Now her lover, Jake Ardri, heads an emerging city-state whose enemies covet everything Jake has built. As Jake navigates the uneasy waters of political intrigue, his very existence is threatened. To save him, Char must share him with a chalice ... one trained to take him to the heights of sexual ecstasy.

In flagrante apocalypto: When the veil drops between life and oblivion, only love can save them from the abyss.

Amusing quote:
The chalices must not have relationships with the princes. Nor can they bond with the offspring. If they want affection, they can get a dog.
- location 918


fyi: kindle version is currently available for 2.99 cents

My two-bits:
In-a-word(s): fertility
I liked these characters from book one, Space Junque, so it was not hard to like this story. However, I missed the action and adventure feel as this one delves into settling down.

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* review copy courtesy of author

~~* Winter Getaway schedule *~~


Winter Getaway: postcards to vivi

squeeeeeeeeee!
i've gots postcards fer me
and me alone!
-vivi


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TO: vivi
FR: Carlos
This is the beach I go to rest in the Summer. It was considered one of the top 20 in the world. I try to think of it to help me get over these cold days. Hope you can get something like that for yourself.

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TO: vivi
FR: Susana
If they can handle the cold, so can you! :P
Hope you get some heart warming out of this picture, vivi!

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TO: vivi
FR: Gonçalo
On my only Winter's vacation in recent years, I was in Venice. I can guarantee you it is not a good place to be in cold time. The water makes it very very cold, bad weather makes the boats go side-to-side and there are floods! So, as you see, every great place has it's problems! Hang in there, beauty comes right after a little "suffering"!

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TO: vivi
FR: Audra
Greetings from Ephesus, Turkey! Not as cold as Rome was, but not warm enough for shorts (not even Cairo was that warm), but finally, sunny! Ephesus was one of the largest cities during the Roman Empire and the ruins excavated are in pristine condition -- makes it easy to envision what a typical Roman city looked like. Being back in Rome, I'd give anything to be back in Turkey! xx - audra

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* image source mailbox, postcards received from extra entry giveaway offer

~~* Winter Getaway schedule *~~


Scent of Jade by Dee DeTarsio

Scent of Jade
by Dee DeTarsio

Published: 2010
Publisher: Just Publishing
Genre: Romance
ebook
Rating: 4

Description from the amazon:
From TV writer Dee DeTarsio, a new novel, The Scent of Jade. When an ancient jade relic that holds secrets to global warming ends up in the hands of a not-so-perfect heroine, she is thrust in a fish-out-of-water adventure, lost in the Costa Rican rainforest.

“Romancing The Stone” meets “Survivor” for Julie Fraser, who was minding her own business, living her life as snug as a bug in a rut in San Diego, California. As the least adventurous person she knows, Julie finally whooped it up one day to jet off and surprise her husband, who was on a business trip in Costa Rica. Reeling from the discovery that her husband wasn’t who she thought he was, she accidentally steals an ancient artifact and is chased through the wilds of the rainforest, not knowing where to turn, literally, or whom to trust. She knew she should have stayed home.

Can a monkey, a blonde Juan, a foreign scientist, a mysterious ‘love potion’ and the jade stone itself (that may hold secrets to global warming), help Julie on her mission to find and forgive her husband?

The stolen idol catapults her on a quest, as she discovers truths along the way about herself and her place in the universe. The Scent of Jade is creative and unique with surprising twists--in turn suspenseful and heartbreaking, combining humor and romance to reach the payoff ending. Original characters keep the pages turning.

The Scent of Jade spins its story with wit and wisdom, drawing those who love mystery, suspense, romance and adventure. While there are no vampires, readers are invited to enjoy the intrigue...

Amusing quote:
The sun was shining, birds were cawing and the monkey was oo-oo-ee-ing right outside the kitchen window as I stopped for my cup of coffee.
- location 1110, chapter 13


fyi: kindle version currently available for 99 cents

My two-bits:
In-a-word(s): princess of potpourri
I had a fun time reading this romance adventure - mainly because I enjoyed the protagonist's sense of humor. I had some chuckles with this one.

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* in conjunction with the Book Rat's Winter Wonderland - check it out for more winter reads and giveaways!


~~* Winter Getaway schedule *~~




Bitter Melon by Cara Chow

Bitter Melon
by Cara Chow

Published: 2010
Genre: Coming of Age, YA
Paperback: 320 pages
Rating: 4

Description from the amazon:
Frances, a Chinese-American student at an academically competitive school in San Francisco, has always had it drilled into her to be obedient to her mother and to be a straight-A student so that she can go to Med school.

But is being a doctor what she wants? It has never even occurred to Frances to question her own feelings and desires until she accidentally winds up in speech class and finds herself with a hidden talent.

Does she dare to challenge the mother who has sacrificed everything for her?

Set in the 1980s.

My two-bits:
In-a-word(s): speak
A classic mother-daughter struggle with perspective of Chinese Americans. One can see how family and culture play such a pivotal role in life. This is also a coming-of-age story as the protagonist deals with guilt and emotional abuse.

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* review copy courtesy of Goodman Media

* in conjunction with the Book Rat's Winter Wonderland - check it out for more winter reads and giveaways!

* part of Women's Tales event

* part of Winter Getaway event

Winter Getaway: letter from A.Y.


oops, i accidentally
opened this letter...
-vivi


TO: vvb
FR: A.Y.

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by A.Y. Stratton
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My yearning to travel began when I was young. Or maybe it was genetic. My father loved to talk about foreign lands with exotic names: Basra, Bagdad, Shanghai, Cairo, places where battles were fought, people were enslaved, gold was discovered and ancient artifacts were hidden, waiting for the next adventurer to mine them.

Many nights instead of reading to my brother and me, Dad would make up his own series of adventures. The “Cloud Car,” a puff of whiteness with a face, drifted to our bedroom windows to give us a ride to a distant land. The stories always ended the same way. We’d wake up in our own beds with a souvenir from Morocco or Alaska, Hong Kong or Paris.

It’s not surprising that the first time I got to see some ancient ruins, I fell in love. My husband and I and our kids were visiting my brother and his family in London. Near the ancient gate of the city, I gazed at the Roman ruins and knew I had to see more, lots more.

Italy, Greece, Turkey—did I mention how much my father loved telling stories set in Istanbul? We visited many ruins, so many I decided I needed to learn more about the science and history of archaeology.

Soon I was collecting information on Mayan ruins that lay hidden for centuries. I finally persuaded my husband to go on an archaeological tour along the Ruta de Maya, the path of the Mayans.

Surrounded by the expansive archeological site of Copan, in Honduras, we stood at the foot of the famous staircase, while an attractive young archeologist/guide described its reconstruction, and happened to mention the “books” the Mayans produced.

They had books? I hadn’t known that. The archaeologist explained the Maya recorded their scientific and historic data by drawing hieroglyphs on paper made from tree bark, folded like an accordion to form a book, a codex.

The archaeologist added one more tidbit: in the 16th Century most of the codices were burned by the Spanish Conquistadores, as the Inquisition had ordered.

I was struck by the loss of knowledge and culture. Think what the discovery of just one codex might do for the history of a mighty civilization.

Our archeologist then said the words that gave me the idea for my book: a few of the codices survived, because they had been carried back to Europe as souvenirs and rediscovered in the 19th Century.

My imagination took over. I thought what if there was one more codex hidden deep in the Mexican rain forest? What if there was a map indicating its hiding place? And what if a handsome Mexican-American archeologist inherited that map, and bad guys try to steal it? What if a feisty, independent woman met the archeologist and became entangled by passion and intrigue?

And what, I finally wondered, if A. Y. Stratton wrote that story and got it published?
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The Path to ”Buried Heart” by A.Y. Stratton
© 2011. All rights reserved.

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win a copy of this story...

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* image source mailbox, postcard - Copan, Honduras

~~* Winter Getaway schedule *~~


Sunday, January 30, 2011

Winter Getaway: postcard from PJ2


TO: Velvet
FR: Adam
(clicPic to enlarge postcard)

Postcard created and image for postcard provided for Winter Getaway by Book Rat
© 2011. All rights reserved.

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* image source mailbox

* in conjunction with the Book Rat's Winter Wonderland - check it out for more winter reads and giveaways!

~~* Winter Getaway schedule *~~


In My Mailbox - 1.30.11



Bought:

ebooks for my upcoming Steampink event in July

Flavia's Flying Corset:
A Silk, Steel, and Steam Story
by Sahara Kelly


Stealing Utopia:
A Silk, Steel, and Steam Story
by Tilda Booth


For Review and giveaway:

Gated Grief:
The Daughter of a GI Concentration Camp Liberator
Discovers a Legacy of Trauma
by Leila Levinson
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Free from Netgalley:

Tyger Tyger
by Kersten Hamilton


Wildthorn
by Jane Eagland



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* per usual, check out the sidebar for my current giveaways to you

* image from Leafcutter Designs - world's smallest postal service and you can get a letter kit at Chronicle Books

* In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren and inspired by Pop Culture Junkie. A post where we share books acquired via mailbox, library, store, etc.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Gorgeous Game by Donna Freitas

The Gorgeous Game
by Donna Freitas

Published: 2010
Genre: YA
Paperback: 224 pages
Rating: 4

Description from the amazon:
A CHILLING NOVEL ABOUT THE ISOLATION OF BEING STALKED AND THE ABUSE OF POWER.

Olivia Peters is over the moon when her literary idol, the celebrated novelist and muchadored local priest Mark D. Brendan, offers to become her personal writing mentor. But when Father Mark’s enthusiasm for Olivia’s prose develops into something more, Olivia’s emotions quickly shift from wonder to confusion to despair. Exactly what game is Father Mark playing, and how on earth can she get out of it?

This remarkable novel about overcoming the isolation that stems from victimization is powerful, luminous, and impossible to put down.

My two-bits:
In-a-word(s): creepy
Watching the story unfold you can totally see how one can fall into the trap set for an innocent soul.

--/=/=-- Book Giveaway --=\=\=-

Prize: my gently read ARC

Open to all.

Offer ends: February 1, 2011

TO DO:
Visit Donna's site and tell me something about something you found there.

AND, leave your email (if I don't already have it)

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Contest has ended - winner is here

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* review copy courtesy of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group

* in conjunction with the Book Rat's Winter Wonderland - check it out for more winter reads and giveaways!

~~* Winter Getaway schedule *~~


Winter Getaway: postcard to vivi

jiminy crickets!

i gots me sum mail again!
-vivi


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TO: vivi
FR: vvb

Thanks for taking in my misdirected mail while I am away. I shall come around for tea and pick it up next month. I will also bring a delicious box of chocolate covered macadamias from my trip. mmmmm.

aloha,
vvb

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won't you be a dear and vivi a virtual postcard?
she's in need of some cheering up from this cold weather


if you do, you can earn an extra point towards a current giveaway of your choice.

to do:
1. in comments send me a link to a vacation related picture - could even be of your home town

2. include a brief message - something you'd put on a postcard - could be fact or fiction

3. tell me which book giveaway you would like the extra point to go towards - see sidebar for selection

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* image source mailbox, postcard

~~* Winter Getaway schedule *~~


Winter Getaway: postcard from PJ



TO: Velvet
FR: Evie
(clicPic to enlarge postcard)

Postcard created and image for postcard provided for Winter Getaway by PJ Schnyder
© 2011. All rights reserved.

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* image source mailbox

* in conjunction with the Book Rat's Winter Wonderland - check it out for more winter reads and giveaways!

~~* Winter Getaway schedule *~~


Friday, January 28, 2011

Buried Heart by A.Y. Stratton

Buried Heart
by A.Y. Stratton

Published: 2009
Genre: Romance
Paperback: 312 pages
Rating: 4

Description from the amazon:
Public relations expert Lauren Richmond believes her family has been jinxed in the love department. To avoid the chaos she suffered as a child, she has built a grammatically-perfect, passion-free life, which crumbles shortly after she rescues a man from muggers.

The victim, Luis Hernandez, is an archeology professor on a quest to locate an ancient Mayan document that survived the Spanish Inquisition. Convinced that the Codex exists, Luis is determined to protect his ancestors' priceless artifacts.

When strangers ransack Luis's home and office and then threaten Lauren, sweet and seductive Luis insists the mysterious map he inherited from his grandfather has nothing to do with the incidents.

Deep in the Mexican rain forest at a Mayan dig site, Luis and Lauren must outsmart ruthless grave robbers and battle phantoms from their past to rescue a treasure that could destroy their love.

Amusing quotes:
"Each discovery has the potential to prove the intelligence, the power, and the brilliance of the Mayan heritage. That's what I'm after."
- says Luis, page 39, chapter 3


How did we get on the floor and how long have we been here?" she asked.
- says Lauren, page 46, chapter 4


My two-bits:
In-a-word(s): engulfed
Sweet romance with adventure, humor, mystery and an exotic place.

--/=/=-- eBook Giveaway courtesy of author --=\=\=-

Prize: ebook

Open to all.

Offer ends: February 1, 2011

TO DO:
Read the Prologue of Buried Heart and send me a sentence from it that caught your fancy.

AND, leave your email (if I don't already have it)

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Contest has ended - winner is here

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* ebook review copy won from contest

* in conjunction with the Book Rat's Winter Wonderland - check it out for more winter reads and giveaways!

~~* Winter Getaway schedule *~~


Winter Getaway: postcard from Book Rat

well, i'll be
a postcard
fer me!

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TO: vivi
FR: Book Rat

Winter Wonderland starts TODAY and lasts through the 30th!

It will be a weekend full of wintery books, winter warm-ups, reviews, previews, and maybe a giveaway or two... ;p

Visit Book Rat here - Winter Wonderland schedule

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* image source mailbox

~~* Winter Getaway schedule *~~


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Book Fashion: Winter Wishes

If books were dresses...

(a post where I create fashionable wear with book cover art)

For the Winter Getaway event, I'm sharing more holiday themed stories.

These sizzle between the sheets...

Winter Wishes
by Vivi Andrews
Vivian Arend and
Moira Rogers
Published: 2010

Description from the amazon:
A Twist on Tradition

A woman has the Christmas Eve from Hell. Two cat shifters play naughty games. And a witch brings out the beast inside the man. The magic of the season takes on a whole new meaning in these three fantastic—and festive—novellas from some of the best voices in paranormal romance.

Anthology includes:
stories are also available separately

No Angel by Vivi Andrews
Description from publisher's site:
When Sasha's boyfriend, Jay, is sucked through a fiery vortex to Hell, an angel reveals that Sasha's been chosen as the Champion of Virtue in the battle for his immortal soul. As a perennial offender on Santa's naughty list, Sasha can't believe she's anyone's idea of a girl fighting on the side of the angels. But if she doesn't save Jay, he'll be stuck in Hell forever!

Jay—aka Jevroth—isn't surprised to find himself back in Hell. His visa to visit the mortal plane expired three months ago, but to steal more time with Sasha he's been ignoring his mother's demands that he come home to spend time with his new stepfather: Lucifer.

Sasha has until dawn on the twenty-fifth of December to fight the Legions of Hell and rescue Jay, or be trapped there for eternity herself. But now she must decide if the lying son-of-a-demon is even worth saving...

My two-bits:
In-a-word(s):
to be posted later

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Tangled Tinsel by Vivian Arend
Description from publisher's site:
She's the cat's meow, and he's ready to pounce!

Five miles of leather-clad leg is all it takes to lure Kyle Branegan out from his carefully hidden lifestyle as part of the Cougar Corp, a secret branch of the Shifter Enforcer League. He's hoping for a night of fun and frolic, cat-style, no strings attached. With a sultry swing of her hips, Eloise Scott tangles him up in her ball of tricks, and just when he thinks he's about to get lucky, she cuffs him—naked—to her bed.

An undercover cop in the human police force, El's been given a top-secret mission to keep the big cat under her paw until he's needed to testify in court in the New Year. Her decision to take him home for a quiet Christmas in her sleepy hometown turns out to be far more interesting than she expected. Her parents are suddenly rich, her old boyfriend is sniffing around and all six-feet-plus of sexy cougar male is sleeping in her bed.

And that's before they announce their fake engagement...

My two-bits:
In-a-word(s): bucko
Rating: 4
There is more to this sexy cougar couple's antics than meets the eye. Loved the flow of this story and the secret identity reveals.

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Freeze Line by Moira Rogers
Description from publisher's site:
She can't survive in his world; he can't stay sane in hers

A twenty-first century ice age dulls the magic that emanates from the earth. Shane Sullivan is a lone wolf above the freeze line. He has no desire to join the packs that range closer to the border, where feral instincts can turn a man into a monster. Not until the winter solstice, when he stumbles across a dying witch who needs his help to get back to her people—and her magic—in the south.

Nadia is a powerful woman in her own world, but she's been drained by her escape from captivity in a northern lab. She knows it's foolhardy to trust a werewolf, but he's her only chance to survive the vast white wilderness. The farther south they travel, the harder it is for Shane to keep the beast within under control, and as their mutual attraction intensifies, Nadia's no longer sure she wants him to.

My two-bits:
In-a-word(s):
to be posted later

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* available on net galley

* source for silhouette spotted at The Fashion Planner

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Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Rot & Ruin
by Jonathan Maberry

Published: 2010
Genre: Coming of age, YA, Zombies
Hardback: 464 pages
Rating: 5

Description from the amazon:
In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half.

Benny doesn't want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.

My two-bits:
In-a-word(s):
I enjoyed this coming-of-age story in a zombocalyptic world. The character growth between Benny and his friends and Benny and his brother held my attention.

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Winter Getaway: postcard from LK

mailbox time!
i just got a letter
i just got a letter
i just got a letter
i wonder who it's from


whoops!

this ain't fer me

it's fer 'nuther neighbor

gee-me-knee, my neighbors shore have friends

visiting fancy places

all's i gots is snow

grrrrrr

-vivi
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TO: Rani
FR: Jake

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Jake

Luxor is hotter than you said, and in more ways than one, ha.

If Jordan would ever leave the DOGs, I could see us living here. It's drier than your jokes, and the air is clean enough to breathe.

Get this -- they LOVE exotics here! I've seen five besides me in just three days.

Don't hyperventilate.

You know Jordan will never leave his precious cause ... and the truth is, I could never leave the Space Junque.

I love you, my brother.

I'll see you soon.

Pick me up at Vacation Station.

Rani

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Postcard created for Winter Getaway by L.K. Rigel
© 2011. All rights reserved.

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This is a postcard from Rani, the sister of Space Junque's hero Jake. She's visiting Luxor in Egypt.

You can meet Rani here...


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* tweaked letter song lyrics from Blues Clues

* image source mailbox and postcard - Great Entrance of the temple at Luxor David Roberts painting of the Luxor Temple entrance. Colored lithograph from Egypt and Nubia, 1846-50.

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