Monday, August 30, 2010

In My Mailbox - this week

This week I have gotten a number of great (at least I hope they are great!) books in my mailbox!  I should seriously be thinking about a book buying ban!  Who ever decided that there should be such a thing as 1-click shopping!  It is at this point that I have to try to control my buying whims right!  Okay - starting next week.....

So - while we are still talking about the mailbox and what a great thing it is - - this is what I bought from
The High King's Tomb by Kristen Britain (sequel to Green Rider and First Rider's Call)
Touch of the Wolf, Once a Wolf, and Prince of Wolves by Susan Krindard
Destiny of the Wolf, Seduced by the Wolf, To Tempt the Wolf, and Legend of the White Wolf by Terry Spear
I also bought Phoenix Rising by Karen Hesse - I aw on someone's blog (sorry I don't remember where) that this is the best book they had ever read - so I thought, "Wow! I have to read that one!" So I got it.

The last book from the mailbox this week was:
Winter Longing by Tricia Mills: I won this ARC on With a Book blog - thanks Danielle!

Friday, August 27, 2010

How many of these Top 100 YA titles have you read?

YA Top 100 for 2010

Persnickety Snarks List of Top 100 YA Novels (2010): based on a reader poll conducted for five weeks between April and May 2010. Over 735  respondents shared their top ten YA books from all over the globe; 80% were female.

Here is the list: the books that I have read are in purple - Wow do I have a long way to go to finish this list!

1. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's (Sorceror's) Stone - J.K. Rowling
3. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
4. Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson
5. Northern Lights (The Golden Compass)- Philip Pullman
6. The Truth About Forever - Sarah Dessen
7. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
8. The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton
9. Twilight - Stephenie Meyer
10. This Lullaby - Sarah Dessen
11. Looking for Alaska - John Green
12. Just Listen - Sarah Dessen
13. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling
14. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
15. City of Bones - Cassandra Clare
16. On the (Jellicoe Road) - Melina Marchetta
17. The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
18. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling 
19. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
20. Along for the Ride - Sarah Dessen
21. Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater
22. Vampire Academy - Richelle Mead
23. Graceling - Kristin Cashore
24. Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher
25. Sloppy Firsts - Megan McCafferty
26. The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
27. Alanna: The First Adventure - Tamora Pierce
28. Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
29. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling
30. Uglies - Scott Westerfeld
31. A Great and Terrible Beauty - Libba Bray
32. Tomorrow, When the War Began - John Marsden
33. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks - E. Lockhart
34. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
35. The Westing Game - Ellen Raskin
36. Paper Towns - John Green
37. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling
38. Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
39. A Tree Grows In Brooklyn - Betty Smith
40. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie
41. Lock and Key - Sarah Dessen
42. The Amber Spyglass - Philip Pullman 
43. Evernight - Claudia Gray
44. Sabriel - Garth Nix
45. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling
46. Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl 
47. Forever - Judy Blume
48. I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith 
49. Ella Enchanted - Gail Carson Levine
50. The Princess Diaries - Meg Cabot
51. Stargirl - Jerry Spinelli
52. Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones
53. The Dark is Rising - Susan Cooper
54. Hush, Hush - Becca Fitzpatrick 
55. Saving Francesca - Melina Marchetta
56. Second Helpings - Megan McCafferty
57. Dreamland - Sarah Dessen
58. Eclipse - Stephenie Meyer
59. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist - Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
60. Fire - Kristin Cashore
61. The Chocolate War - Robert Cormier
62. Weetzie Bat - Francesca Lia Block
63. The Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank
64. Looking for Alibrandi - Melina Marchetta
65. How I Live Now - Meg Rosoff
66. City of Glass - Cassandra Clare 
67. Keeping the Moon - Sarah Dessen
68. Breaking Dawn - Stephenie Meyer
69. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging - Louise Rennison
70. If I Stay - Gayle Forman
71. The King of Attolia - Megan Whalen Turner 
72. Wintergirls - Laurie Halse Anderson 
73. Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast - Robin McKinley
74. The Blue Sword - Robin McKinley
75. Feed - M.T. Anderson
76. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants - Ann Brashares
77. Go Ask Alice - Anonymous 
78. Wicked Lovely - Melissa Marr
79. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
80. Someone Like You - Sarah Dessen
81. The Forest of Hands and Teeth - Carrie Ryan
82. Jacob Have I Loved - Katherine Paterson
83. The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness 
84. Poison Study - Maria V. Snyder
85. Shadow Kiss - Richelle Mead
86. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle - Avi
87. An Abundance of Katherines - John Green 
88. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
89. A Ring of Endless Light - Madeleine L'Engle
90. Glass Houses - Rachel Caine
91. The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party - M.T. Anderson
92. Walk Two Moons - Sharon Creech
93. Whale Talk - Chris Crutcher
94. Perfect Chemistry - Simone Elkeles
95. Going Too Far - Jennifer Echols
96. The Last Song - Nicholas Sparks 
97. Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver
98. Hatchet - Gary Paulsen
99. The Pigman - Paul Zindel
100. The Hero and the Crown - Robin McKinley

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Friday - Let's HOP!

Friday is the day when you can follow and hop amongst a great many blogs - I am planning to visit as many of the blogs I already follow as I can!  I will try to get to other blogs from the hop as well!
Be sure that you go check out as many blogs as you can during this great event day!
These are Friday events:
Friday Book Blogger Hop from Crazy-for-books
Friday Follow from Parajunkee's View
Friday's Finest from A Bookful of Thoughts
Friday's Fab Five from Froggarita's Bookcase
Friday Finds from Should Be Reading
Friday 56 from Storytime with Tonya

This weeks question is: Do you use a rating system? Why or why not?
I don't use a rating system.  I read for pleasure and my reviews are simply what I thought of the book.  I don't want to make more work out of the review by giving it a rating system - either I liked it or I didn't.  

Reading Update!

Here is another update in my reading progress - goal: 100 books in 2010.
My last update post had me at 67 books - click">here to see that post.

68. Desire Unchained by Larissa Ione
69. Passion Unleashed by Larissa Ione
70. Ecstacy Unveiled by Larissa Ione
71. On the Prowl by Karen MacInerney
72. The Hidden Queen by Alma Alexander
73. The Mane Squeeze by Shelly Laurenston
74. The Mane Attraction by Shelly Laurenston
75. The Beast in Him by Shelly Laurenston
76. The Mane Event by Shelly Laurenston
77. Beast Behaving Badly by Shelly Laurenston
78. A Safe Harbor: Building Sanctuary #1 by Moira Rogers
79. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
80. The Hunting Season: The Gathering by Shelly Laurenston
81. Luck of the Wolf by Susan Krinard
82. Wild Card by Moira Rogers
83. Calling the Bluff by Moira Rogers
84. Ante Up by Moira Rogers
85. Shapeshifter by Holly Bennett
86. Dark Deceptions by Dee Davis
87. Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler
88. Branded (Fall of Angels) by Keary Taylor
89. Honor Bound by Moira Rogers
90. Sin Undone by Larissa Ione

Mini Review: Moira Rogers - Honor Bound!

Honor Bound by Moira Rogers
Amazon product description:
     Amaia accepts the right of the Demon Clans to rule the cities of America as they've done for centuries, but she can't understand her own clan's desire to exterminate even the werewolves who have retreated to the forests and into hiding. When her patrol squad catches a young wolf, terrified and alone, Amaia helps the girl escape torture and eventual death at the hands of her clan, even knowing the penalty for such treason is her own death.
     Orion has two things left in the world: his honor and his sister. When a gorgeous demon crashes into the middle of his pack with his terrified sister in tow and an elite squad of assassins on her heels, honor dictates he protect her. But his pack, weary from war, is more than willing to turn Amaia over in exchange for their own lives, even though demons are known for their willingness to betray.
     Amaia and Orion's only hope is to combine forces, an unheard of partnership between demon and werewolf made dangerous by their undeniable attraction. Orion may have the warrior skills necessary to defeat assassins, but can he trust his safety--and his heart--to a demon with the power to kill with a kiss?

This story by Moira Rogers is a short one - it's a super fast read!  As I said in my mini review of the series Down and Dirty - I dropped everything when I got this story on the Kindle and read it immediately!  I love Moira Rogers stuff.

My thoughts:  This is a great little story - the timeframe is demon fast! I think the whole story takes place in a day or two.  The characters are well formed and demand that you either love or hate them.  Amaia is brave, strong, and independent.  Orion is the dream guy that we all wish for. 
The plot is fast paced but seemingly well planned.  I love the modern setting that is eluded to.  All-in-all - a story worth reading!

Booking Through Thursday - - Giving up?

Booking Through Thursday is a weeking meme about books and reading!
This week they are asking us:
If you’re not enjoying a book, will you stop mid-way? Or do you push through to the end? What makes you decide to stop?

This is a great question - one I tend to deal with quite a bit.  I work in a middle school/high school media center and I spend all day trying to match up kids and books.  This can sometimes be difficult and so, I try to remind them that there are thousands of books and we WILL find one that they love!  My take on reading a book, any book, is that it should be a pleasure.  I realize that there are times when what you are reading is all about the class or the job or some such and those times it isn't all fun.  When you are talking about free reading, I believe you are talking about pleasure reading - hence my theory!  I encourage the students to give every book they decide to try a fair chance - at least 100 pages.  If after reading 100 pages or so, they don't enjoy the story, then bring it back and we will look for something else!  I believe that there is a book out there for EVERYONE - no matter how well or how much they read.  It's our job (as life long readers) to help them find it.
Personally, I rarely give up on any book.  There have been a few though that I just had to put down.  Usually if I give up on a book, I wait and try it again another day.  Sometimes I just have to be in the mood for a book - perhaps that day isn't a fantasy day or whatever.  I will give any book that I put aside at least three trys before I give up on it forever.

Review: Dark Deceptions by Dee Davis

Dark Deceptions by Dee Daivs
Amazon product description:
A-Tac is an elite CIA unit masquerading as faculty at an Ivy League college. Brilliant, badass, and seemingly bulletproof, the members of A-Tac are assigned to the riskiest missions and the most elusive targets. 

Covert operations expert Nash Brennon has spent the last eight years trying to forget Annie Gallagher, his former field partner and the only woman he ever loved. Annie betrayed him when he needed her most, then vanished without a trace. Now suddenly she's back in the game - this time as a suspected traitor and threat to national security.
Annie's son has been kidnapped by political terrorists. The price for his life? Assassinate a UN ambassador. When Nash and his group find her, the smoldering passion between Annie and the man she swore she'd never contact again blazes out of control. But can Nash trust her? The stakes couldn?t be higher: Their enemy's endgame is personal, and one false move could cost them their lives.

My thoughts:  I started this book 3 times - I kept it as my purse book forever (which explains why I had to keep starting it).  I got to page 12 each time and then...back in my bag to wait for another chance.  So finally I took it out of my bag and brought it boating with me one day!  
Amazing!  When I took the time to sit down with this book - it was a fast, gripping read! I was so impressed.  Now that I sat down with it - I read it in one day!!!     So... 
The characters are great, I want to meet each one of them! The story rolls right along, holding you in your chair the whole time.  I found myself on an emotional roller coaster with Annie as we tried to save her son's life and keep her life from falling apart on so many levels!  The relationship with Nash is heartbreaking and hopeful.  As always, I am looking for "the ending" I have pictured in my mind for the whole story and in this book I was thrilled to see it come through!  Lots of twists and turns, intrigue and betrayal from fronts you would never expect.  If you like mystery/espionage you should check this one out!  I plan to get Dangerous Desires and Desperate Deeds too!

Review: Branded (Fall of Angels) by Keary Taylor

Branded: Fall of Angels by Keary Taylor

Amazon product description:
Night after night, Jessica stands trial before a council of vindictive angels for deeds she didn't commit. Condemnation brings a branding as they dementedly laugh and point but exaltation starts a war over her soul.

These are Jessica's nightmares.

Alex is everything Jessica could ever want and she'll do anything to be with him. Even tell him the truth about angels, why she never sleeps, and the scar on the back of her neck.

This is what she will fight for.

But the nightmares rule Jessica's life and she must find a way to stop the events that are pulling her toward her own judgment or become the object of her greatest fear. And lose Alex forever.

My thoughts:  
Why did I choose it:  I hate to admit it, but I tend to be a cover shopper. I know, I know... don't judge a book and all, but alas a good cover draws me to read the jacket and the jacket makes the sale!
What did I like about it:  
I loved the characters!  Alex is the man we all dream exists, but find only in stories.  Jessica is a fantastic character.  Sal is wonderful and Cole is something else all together.  Emily was a surprise, but I liked her too.
The story line is fantastic.  The idea of someone standing trial for others in a council of angels is one I have never read before.  I enjoyed the interactions between the characters and how the story developed and unfolded for us.  It moved enough to keep me up late turning pages!
My least favorite part?  Because I am forever looking for the ending that I decided HAD to happen when I start a book, I wasn't thrilled with the ending.  It was a good way to end the story, but I had hoped.... anyway - no spoiler.
It's worth a read - check it out!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I got Sin Undone today!!!

Demonica Book 5: Sin Undone
Amazon Product DescriptionHER TOUCH IS DEADLY - As the only female Seminus demon ever born, master assassin Sinead Donnelly is used to being treated like an outcast. She spent decades enslaved, and now vows she'll die before she'll relinquish her freedom again. Then Sin's innate ability to kill her enemies goes awry: She creates a lethal new werewolf virus that sparks a firestorm of panic and violence. 

HIS HUNGER CAN'T BE DENIED - Half-werewolf, half-vampire Conall Dearghul is charged with bringing in Sin to face punishment for the plague. And she's no stranger: He's bound to her by blood, and the one sexual encounter they shared has left him hungering for her raw sensuality. Worse, Sin is the underworld's most wanted and Con soon learns he's the only one who can help her . . . and that saving her life might mean sacrificing his own. 

I love this series! You have to check it out!

Book 1: Pleasure Unbound:
Amazon Product Description:
In a place where ecstasy can cost you your life . . .

She's a demon-slayer who hungers for sensual pleasure-but fears it will always be denied her. Until Tayla Mancuso lands in a hospital run by demons in disguise, and the head doctor, Eidolon, makes her body burn with unslakable desire. But to prove her ultimate loyalty to her peers, she must betray the surgeon who saved her life.
Two lovers will dare to risk all.
Eidolon cannot resist this fiery, dangerous woman who fills him with both rage and passion. Not only is she his avowed enemy, but she could very well be the hunter who has been preying upon his people. Torn between his need for the truth and his quest to find his perfect mate before a horrific transformation claims him forever, Eidolon will dare the unthinkable-and let Tayla possess him, body and soul...

Book 2: Desire Unchained:
Amazon Product Descripton:

Pleasure is their ultimate weapon . . .
Runa Wagner never meant to fall in love with the sexy stranger who seemed to know her every deepest desire. But she couldn't resist the unbelievable passion that burned between them, a passion that died when she discovered his betrayal and found herself forever changed. Now, determined to make Shade pay for the transformation that haunts her, Runa searches for him, only to be taken prisoner by his darkest enemy.

A Seminus Demon with a love-curse that threatens him with eternal torment, Shade hoped he'd seen the last of Runa and her irresistible charm. But when he wakes up in a dank dungeon chained next to an enraged and mysteriously powerful Runa, he realizes that her effect on him is more dangerous than ever.

As their captor casts a spell that bonds them as lifemates, Shade and Runa must fight for their lives and their hearts-or succumb to a madman's evil plans.

Book 3: Passion Unleashed
Amazon Product Description:

Serena Kelley is an archaeologist and treasure hunter-and a woman with a secret. Since she was seven, she's been the keeper of a powerful charm that grants her health and immortality . . . as long as she stays a virgin. But Serena isn't all that innocent. And when a dangerously handsome stranger brings her to the brink of ecstasy, she wonders if she's finally met the one man she cannot resist.

Wraith is a Seminus demon with a death wish. But when an old enemy poisons him, he must find Serena and persuade her to give him the only known antidote in the universe-her charm. Yet, as she begins to surrender to his seductions and Wraith senses the cure is within his grasp, he realizes a horrible truth: He's falling for the woman whose life he must take in order to save his own.

Book 4: Ecstasy Unveiled:
Amazon Product Description:

Lore is a Seminus half-breed demon who has been forced to act as his dark master's assassin. Now to earn his freedom and save his sister's life, he must complete one last kill. Powerful and ruthless, he'll stop at nothing to carry out this deadly mission.
Idess is an earthbound angel with a wild side, sworn to protect the human Lore is targeting. She's determined to thwart her wickedly handsome adversary by any means necessary-even if that means risking her vow of eternal chastity. But what begins as a simple seduction soon turns into a passion that leaves both angel and demon craving complete surrender.
Torn between duty and desire, Lore and Idess must join forces as they battle their attraction for each other. Because an enemy from the past is rising again-one hellbent on vengeance and unthinkable destruction.

In My Mailbox - this week

My mailbox has been almost a daily source of excitement for me! I have been very fortunate in the giveaways here in our blog world!  Thanks to everyone who has been hosting and congrats to all who have been winning!  This is a picture of what I have been lucky enough to get this week!

Hot Finish by Erin McCarthy - won on About Happy Books - thanks Sabrina!
The Stray by Sherry King - won on Fang_tastic Books - thanks Roxanne!
Sherry King sent me The Stray herself and included extras!!! She also signed and sent me Forever, The Ghost Amethyst, and Vampire Dreamspell.  Thanks so much Sherry!!! You can check her out here.
Captured by Julia Rachel Barrett - won on Michelle's Book Blog - thanks Michelle!
The Impostor's Daughter by Laurie Sandell - won at Happy Mom of 5's blog - thanks Chrissy!
Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus - won at For What's It Worth - thanks Karen!
Gunner: Hurrican Horse by Judy Andrekson - Early Reviewer's Group
The Weight of Shadows by Alison Strobel - won at Busy Moms Who Love to Read - thanks Pam!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Review: Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler

My thoughts about Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler:
I wasn't really sure what to expect from a story that was about a 17 year old girl with an eating disorder becoming one of the four horsemen.  I was pleasantly surprised once I started reading.
The characters are well thought out and believable.  The interactions that Lisa has with both her family and friends are realistic and consistent.  I have known girls with eating disorders and I could see them in the characters of this story.   My favorite character is Death, then of course Lisa.  My favorite scene is the battle between Famine and War.
One of my favorite things about the story is that Lisa didn't have to die to become a horseman, therefore gaining the possibility of continuing her life in some capacity.  
Throughout the story we see Lisa dealing with her personal issues and how her new "job" conflicts and reflects her problems with food and self-image.  I love that we get to watch her find herself in so many ways.  The strength that she shows is inspirational.  The symbolism is wonderful and well planned.
I won't add more about the story as I don't want to put spoilers in this review.  I will say though that there are two moments that you will find change Lisa dramatically (the battle with War and her encounter with her mother).
I am impressed with the book as a whole.  It is well written and enjoyable.  I found myself relating on various levels.   I think that Jackie Morse Kessler has captured a subject that is more common than anyone wants to admit, many people fear, most deny, and all are challenged in dealing with.  She has made her story positive, encouraging, realistic, and respectful to those who may or may not deal with the tragedy of an eating disorder.  I feel that it is a must read for teen girls. I would recommend it to anyone.

Back to School ARC Giveaway at Reading Teen!

The Crew at Reading Teen is having an ARC giveaway!  The giveaway ends September 24 and the books up for grabs are:

ARC Giveaway!

Carol at Carol's Prints is having a HUGE ARC giveaway!
This contest is open internationally.

beautifulcreatures     Beautiful Darkness

ARC of PARANORMALCY by Kiersten White


Immortal Beloved

ARC of DARK WATER by Laura McNeal

Dark Water

TWO ARCs of RADIANCE by Alison Noel 


ARC of JANE by April Lindner


ARC of DARK SONG by Gail Giles

Dark Song




Fear Itself    DEAR AMERICA


If you lived here


I have completed the 2010 Summer Romance Challenge!

Book Chick City is hosting the 2010 Summer Reading Challenge
This challenge started on June 1, 2010 and runs through September 1, 2010.
The goal was 8 books - unless you were feeling brave and doubled it, then 16 books in four months!

I was hoping to be able to read the minimum of 8 books - seemed like humble goal considering the time frame - 16 just didn't seem doable!

You can go here to add your reviews to the linky!

These are the books I have read for the challenge:  I will be posting my reviews soon!

Once Bitten by Kalayna Price - 6/11/10
Short Stories from Red Rock by Moira Rogers - 6/21/10
Sanctuary Unbound: Red Rock Pass #4 - 6/22/10
Leader of the Pack by Karen MacInerney - 7/1/10
Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione - 7/2/10
Desire Unchained by Larissa Ione - 7/410
Passion Unleashed by Larissa Ione - 7/6/10
Ecstasy Unveiled by Larissa Ione - 7/7/10
Blue Smoke by Nora Roberts - 7/8/10
Wild Card by Moira Rogers - 8/15/10
Calling the Bluff by Moira Rogers - 8/15/10
Ante Up by Moira Rogers - 8/16/10

I have completed my E Book Challenge!!!

I have completed my EBook Challenge!!!
My goal was to read at least 40 books for my E Book challenge!
These are the E books I have read:

1. Soulless by Gail Carriger
2. Crux: Southern Arcana Book 1 by Moira Rogers
3. Crossroads Cafe by Deborah Smith
4. Wolf Signs: Granite Lake Wolves Book 1 by Vivian Arend
5. Wolf Flight: Granite Lake Wolves Book 2 by Vivian Arend
6. Wolf Games: Granite Lake Wolves Book 3 by Vivian Arend
7. Into the Mist: Falcon Mercenary Group Book 1 by Maya Banks
8. Into the Lair: Falcon Mercenary Group Book 2 by Maya Banks
9. Skin Deep: Laura Blackstone Book 1 by Mark Del Franco
10. Male Call: Hot Zone Book 1 by Denise A. Agnew
11. Stopping Time, part 1 by Melissa Marr
12. Stopping Time, part 2 by Melissa Marr
13. Must Love Hellhounds by Ilona Andrews
14. Unknown by Rachel Caine
15. Cry Sanctuary: Red Rock Pass Book 1 by Moira Rogers
16. Sanctuary Lost: Red Rock Pass Book 2 by Moira Rogers
17. Sanctuary's Price: Red Rock Pass Book 3 by Moira Rogers
18. Exposure by Brandilyn Collins
19. On the Edge by Ilona Andrews
20. Try Me by Parker Blue
21. Elphame's Choice by P.C. Cast
22. Brighid's Quest by P.C. Cast
23. Run, Wolf by Keith Melton
24. Tainted by Julie Kenner
25. Once Bitten by Kalayna Price
26. Alpha Turned by K.B. Alan
27. Mind Games by Carolyn Crane
28. Addiction by Sandra Marshall
29. Turned by Julie Kenner
30. Torn by Julie Kenner
31. Even Money by Dick Francis
32. Sanctuary Unbound: Red Rock Pass #4 by Moira Rogers
33. Short Stories from Red Rock by Moira Rogers
34. Leader of the Pack: Tales of an Urban Werewolf by Karen MacInerney
35. Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione
36. Crossroads: Southern Arcana Book 2 by Moira Rogers
37. Hidden Queen by Alma Alexander
38. Desire Unchained by Larissa Ione
39. Passion Unleashed by Larissa Ione
40. Ecstasy Unveiled by Larissa Ione
41. The Mane Event by Shelly Laurenston
42. The Beast in Him by Shelly Laurenston
43. The Mane Squeeze by Shelly Laurenston
44. The Mane Attraction by Shelly Laurenston
45. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
46. A Safe Harbor by Moira Rogers
47. Hunting Season: The Gathering by Shelly Laurenston
48. Beast Behaving Badly by Shelly Laurenston
49. Wild Card by Moira Rogers
50. Calling the Bluff by Moira Rogers
51. Ante Up by Moira Rogers
52. Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler

I am still going to be reading and posting about my ebooks, but I won't continue to add them here!  Look for individual posts and reviews!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

September Spectacular!

September Reading Challenge is being hosted by Steph at The Thoughts of a Book Junky.       
Click to sign-up.

  • It will start September 1st and go on through September 30th.
  • There will be a 5 book reading challenge, ( one book a week) that you will have to read. Which books? Any 5 you want. Its your choice... Easy huh. At the end of that week you will post your review on your blog and add your link to the Mr. Linky at the bottom. ( If you don't have a blog you can either post a comment, letting everyone know what you think about the book or sent me an email with your review) * Sep first starts on a Wednesday so you can start your first book on Sunday the 29th if you want.
  • At the end of each week a giveaway will be posted. That's 5 giveaways!! The only thing you have to do to enter is, link your review on that weeks Mr. Linky. Plus get an extra entry if you add the September Spectacular button to your post or sidebar! ( Open Internationally)
I am planning to read:
Manifest by Artist C. Arthur
Werelove Dusk Conspiracy by J.D. Hollyfield
and Falling, fly by Skyler White
The Hunted of 2060 by Ami Rebecca Blackwelder
The Holy Reaper by Mark Sherony

Literary Road Trip - belated post #2

I agreed to participate in the Literary Road Trip and I have fallen terribly behind - my apologies.
I featured Lois McMaster-Bujold in June and had planned for Will Weaver to be the July feature 
and Jane Yolen to be featured in August.  
Because I am behind I am featuring Will Weaver and Jane Yolen here in August!!!
I will post Jane Yolen before the end of the month.

So without further delay:  
I present Will Weaver - Minnesota author! (clip below is from Fantastic Fiction)

Will Weaver writes fiction for adults and young adults. He was born in Northern Minnesota in 1950 and grew up on a dairy farm. His novels and short stories have earned the praises of reviewers from coast-to-coast for their unflinching realism. The New York Times Book Review called A Gravestone Made of Wheat, "a graceful collection, one that views America's heartland with a candid but charitable eye." 
Formerly an English professor at Bemidji State University, Mr. Weaver lives in Northern Minnesota, a region he writes from and loves. He is an avid outdoorsman, and enjoys hunting, fishing, canoeing and hiking with his family and friends.

If you follow my blog, you know I work in a high school media center - so getting kids to read is my job.  I love it, but it is sometimes a challenge.  There was one boy at my school who I couldn't get to read.  He would check out a book for a class if he had to - usually didn't even open it much less read it - then one day he checked out Full Service by Will Weaver.  It took him awhile but he read it cover to cover.  He bragged until the day he graduated that it was the only book he read in high school. 
 Thanks so much Mr. Weaver!
You can find a list of books by Will Weaver at Fantastic Fiction or click on his name above to go to his site.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Holy Buckets! 300 followers!!!

Can you believe it! I have 300 followers!  I remember not too long ago I was excited to see that I had 60 followers - now WOW!!!  300!

So - I think I am going to have a contest!

What to do, what to do????
I am going to The Book Festival in Decatur, GA.  So I will bring something back and use it as my giveaway.  There are to be 300 authors at the event - hopefully I will be able to give away a signed book or two.  So...

I will start my giveaway today, August 18, and it will run through September 5, 2010 - that's when I get back from the festival.
So the contest will be for an undisclosed (hopefully signed) book, at this time, 
but I will post the prize as soon as I return from the book festival.  
To enter please post a comment with your email address.  
Because this is a followers Thank you contest, you must be a follower to enter.  
One entry per follower only please.