Friday, April 15, 2016

Showers of Books Giveaway Hop April 16-30

Showers of Books Giveaway HOP
April 16-30, 2016
hosted by Bookhounds
details and complete list (here)

Blast from the past...

Start With the Backbeat
A Musical Novel
by Garine Isassi
-Chick-lit, Music, 1980s, New Adult
Amazon | Goodreads | my review

It is the spring of 1989 in New York City when Jill Dodge, a post-punk rocker from Texas, finally gets her big promotion at Mega Big Records. She is thrust into a race to find a gritty, urban rapper before the “Gangsta” trend passes their label by. As Jill and her mostly middle-class coworkers search for the next big rap star, they fluctuate between alliances and rivalries, tripping over the stereotypes of race, class, and musical genre. They work to promote their current roster of acts as well as the new rap artist they sign to a contract. It turns out, he may not be what they expected. Full of original lyrics and wit, Start With the Backbeat is a compelling examination of the nuances of class, race, and culture in America―which are sometimes ridiculously serious.

Mystery set in Spain...

The Invisible Guardian
by Dolores Redondo
-Mystery, Spain
Amazon | Goodreads | my review

Already a #1 international bestseller, this tautly written and gripping psychological thriller forces a police inspector to reluctantly return to her hometown in Basque Country—a place engulfed in mythology and superstition—to solve a series of eerie murders.

When the naked body of a teenage girl is found on a riverbank in Basque Country, Spain, homicide inspector Amaia Salazar must return to the hometown she always sought to escape. A dark secret from Amaia’s past plagues her with nightmares, and as her investigation deepens, the old pagan beliefs of the community threaten to derail her astute detective work. The lines between mythology and reality begin to blur, and Amaia must discover whether the crimes are the work of a ritualistic killer or of a mythical creature known as the Basajaun, the Invisible Guardian.

Torn between the rational procedures of her job and the local superstitions of a region shaped by the Spanish Inquisition, Amaia fights against the demons of her past in order to track down a killer on the run.

YA contemporary...

All the Bright Places
by Jennifer Niven
-Mental illness, YA
Amazon | Goodreads | my review

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

YA audio cd, fantasy...

by Gail Carriger
-Fantasy, YA
-audio CD
Website | Goodreads | my review

Welcome to Wheel: a perfect world without poverty, disease, or want. Tinkered and tuned in every way for maximum order by Rank and Spoke, every child knows her destiny. So long as she can take the neural implant.

The defective, whose bodies reject the implants, do not exist. Ghosts. Cyphers. Haunting the edges of society, living on scraps, killed for sport. A lucky few, the Crudrats, scrape out a perilous living cleaning the toxic wastes from the great machines that power the station.

Meet Maura. Cypher. Crudrat. Grown too tall, alone in a spaceport with no use for her, doomed to starve. With only her crud-eating murmel and an alien monster to help her, she must find a way to survive, or escape, before they catch her and blow what’s left of her life, and her companions, into space.

From the pen of Gail Carriger, Artistic Whispers Productions presents an unabridged full-cast young-adult adventure that brings golden age-style science fiction into the 21st century, stuffs it full of heart, and gives it a finely polished, gleaming edge.


WIN one of the books above (my review copies) or audio cd of Crudrat!

For 4 winners.

Open to US only.

Offer ends: April 30, 2016

TO DO: (2 parts)

1. COMMENT here and tell me which book you would like AND leave your email.

2. READ and comment on another post on my blog.


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Contest has ended - (winner is here)



  1. I'd love to win the audio copy of Crudrat! After I listen to it, I would donate it to my wonderful public library for others to enjoy also!

    1. I also commented here:

    2. I forgot to leave my email!!!!! Sorry... lindalou (at) cfl (dot) rr (dot) com Thank you!

  2. I would love to ge tCrudrat
    by Gail Carriger

    commented on

  3. Thanks for the chance I'd love a copy of Cudrat
    My email is

  4. All The Bright Places has been on my tar list I'd LOVE that one. I'm going to comment on another post now.

  5. I'd like to read All the Bright Places. The Invisible Guardian would be my second choice. Thanks for the chance to win!
    dedezoomsalot at yahoo dot

    (Commented on the Jane Austen movie post)

  6. Hi, thank you so much for the giveaway 😊 I would like to read All the Bright Places. My email is
    I commented on Stacking the Shelves - 3.22.14

  7. I commented on books inspired by Jane Austin. I would love to win the Audio CD of Crudrat. All the bright places is one of my favorite books ♡
    isisthe12th (at)gmail (dot)com thank you

  8. Crudrat by Gail Carriger i commented on Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts - 4.28.16 post

  9. I would love to have All the Bright Places.

  10. I commented on the post, spare me the drama.


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