Sunday, November 28, 2010

Scourge by David H. Burton - - - coming soon!!!

David was kind enough to send me a pdf copy of his upcoming book - - Scourge.
I am so excited about the story - the cover is great...below is a blurb for you...

The book synopsis:

Two dads, five siblings, and goggles!

Grim Doyle has always known his life was not exactly "normal", and 
things get even more curious when he discovers a set of stones that 
sweep him and his family to the fantasy, steampunk world of Verne - a 
place they had escaped from years ago. Now that they've returned, Grim 
and his siblings hide from the evil Lord Victor and his minions. And 
while learning about Jinns, Mystics, and the power of absinth they try 
to discover who is trying to kill them with the deadly Scourge.

Scourge is the first novel in the Grim Doyle Adventure series by author, 
David H. Burton. He can be found online at
The link to purchase:

Amazon Kindle release is available here:

Print version should be released in 2 weeks time.

Book trailer:

Book trailer can be seen here:

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

W...W...W... Wednesday!

W...W...W... Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted at Should Be Reading!

What am I reading?  (for review)
From the Dead by John Herrick

Amazon product description:
A preacher's son, a father in hiding, a guilty heart filled with secrets: When Jesse Barlow escaped to Hollywood, he hungered for fame--but eleven years of failure result in a drug-induced suicide attempt. Revived at death's doorstep, Jesse returns to his Ohio hometown to make amends with his preacher father, a former love, and Jesse's own secret son. But Jesse's renewed commitment becomes a baptism by fire when his son's advanced illness calls for a sacrifice--one that could cost Jesse the very life he regained. A story of mercy, hope, and second chances, From The Dead captures the human spirit with tragedy and joy.

What did I just finish reading?  (for review)
The Ways of Khrem by D.Nathan Hilliard

Amazon product description:
The Ways of Khrem, D. Nathan Hilliard's debut single-author collection, features three interconnected novellas: The Reach of Talanturos, The Cistern, & The Ghost of Candlewalk Lane. Cargill the Bookseller lives a quiet life, in a modest house, overlooking the vast city of Khrem...a magical metropolis of cavernous streets, lofty spires, and dark secrets. His life is turned upside down when Captain Wilhelm Drayton of the City Watch arrives at Cargill's doorstep and confronts him with his criminal past. Now Cargill must assist the Captain in solving mysteries in a city where the villain may not even be human, bringing all of his skills to bear as he finds himself at odds with gods, monsters, and psychopaths alike.
(Be on the lookout for my review post for The Ways of Khrem - coming soon!)

What am I reading next?  (for review)
The Kindling of Greenfyr by Mark Freeman

Amazon product description:
The Kindling of GreenFyr is the story of Owen McInish, an awkward fourteen-year-old bullied at school and friendless except for his pet cat, Piper. That is until a snow leopard is chased through the woods behind his house by three huge gray dogs with glowing green eyes. Owen saves the leopard from her pursuers, but the animal escapes him as well, only to return later. The cat’s behavior is peculiar, nothing like a wild animal, making Owen even more curious as to its origin. Eventually, the cat allows Owen to pet her. Owen finds himself experiencing friendships as he has never before. Adventures as he has never imagined. And political intrigue as two worlds, long separated, begin to collide.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

In My Mailbox - this week

(I found this picture on the internet when I googled mailbox - if it's your please let me know so I can give you credit - LOVE IT!)
So - with that out of the way - this is what I got, in my mailbox and out of it:

Kindle books:
Mercy by Eleri Stone
Wren Journeymage by Sherwood Smith
Little Red and the Wolf by Alison Paige

From Net Galley:
Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
Raising Dragons by Bryan Davis
The Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin

Won from Reading Extensively:  Thanks so much!
Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran (signed to me!!!)

Won from Chrissy @ Happy Mom of 5:   Thanks so much!
New Tricks by David Rosenfelt

from my friend Sasha:  Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney
from my friend Mark: Don't Blink by James Patterson & Howard Roughan

Jumbo: This Being the Story of the Greatest Elephant in the World by Paul Chambers
Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow by James Rollins
Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Assassin King by Elizabeth Haydon

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Lois McMaster Bujold Signing in Edina, MN!

This is Lois reading the first chapter in her upcoming - as yet, untitled, book! 
I can't wait for it to be finished, published, and in my hands! 
I was enthralled by the story and found myself truly disappointed when she paused
 and stacked her papers because 
I realized she had read all the story she was going to read to us! 
I looked at my friend and said, "Wait! Is she done reading, because I am not done listening!!!"

This is me with Lois after she signed her newest book - Cyroburn!

Lois McMaster Bujold has been writing science fiction for 25 years!  Click here to go to her homepage!
You can click here to go to my blog post about her for The Literary Road Trip!
Currently the leader in Hugo Awards - she is an author that you don't want to miss!

This is what Publishers Weekly had to say about Cryoburn at Amazon:

Fans have been clamoring for Hugo winner Bujold to pen a new Vorkosigan Saga novel since 2002's Diplomatic Immunity, and they will not be disappointed by this thoughtful tale. Only five days after arriving on Kibou-daini for a cryonics conference, interplanetary diplomat Miles Vorkosigan narrowly escapes kidnapping. Drugged, dazed, and alone, he is taken in by Jin Sato, whose mother was the leader of a cryonics reform movement until being declared mentally ill and involuntarily frozen. Now Jin lives in a building full of squatters running an illegal cryonics clinic. Under imperial orders to investigate the shady dealings of the cryo cartels, Miles connects the far-flung pieces and exposes a sneaky plot. Bujold introduces appealing characters to join familiar ones in exploring the ramifications of a planet-wide culture of postponing death, and her deft and absorbing writing easily corrals the complex plot and softens the blow of a tear-jerking conclusion.

Friday, November 12, 2010

It's Friday - I am not hopping:(

This is how I am feeling about the snow that is falling here in MN! I guess I should be grateful that it has held off until now - but ..... I so dislike the first snowfall of the winter!  Everyone forgets they have ever seen it before - the students are sooooooo excited and the adults are such bad drivers!  At any rate - I hope it doesn't decide to stick around for the weekend - but we shall see.

As I said - I am not hopping:(
I am so far behind in my google reader that I can't even begin to imagine the kind of time I would have to spend on my computer to both catch up in my reader - post anything other than this quick lunch time post - attempt to read the end of the book (The Ways of Khrem) that I am almost done with (it is fantastic - just in case you are wondering) and hop too. 
On that note - I will be attempting to catch up on my reader and finish my current read.  If I have a chance later in the weekend - I will go out and hop!  Hope to see many of you before that while I am catching up on what has been going on in the blog world!!!

Happy Reading - Beverly

Sunday, November 7, 2010

In My Mailbox - this week

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.  You can click here to get to the list of all the blogs participating this week. 

***for the Kindle:  
Angel's Pawn by Nalini Singh
Nocturnal by Kate Douglas, Jacquelyn Frank, Clare Willis, and Jess Haines
Deception (The Soul Dealer) by Yolanda Sfetsos

***from LibraryThing Early Reviewers:
Vanishing Girl: The Boy Sherlock Holmes-His 3rd. Case

***won on blogs:
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare --  --won from Lisa Jemus at Book Blabbing
Thanks so much Lisa!

***from my dad:
James Patterson's Women's Murder Club

Halloween Giveaway Winner!

Sorry I am late in posting the winner of my Halloween Giveaway!
The number generated by was 16 - the follower on line 16 on my spreadsheet?

Lauren Rusiloski

Congrats Lauren! I will email you shortly and you had your address in your entry so the package will be on it's way this week!!!

Thanks to all of my great followers -- -- for following and for entering!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Don't Miss Out! Kate Kaynak Giveaway!

Stop by and check out the giveaway - 
you can win a signed copy of either Minder or Adversary or a Minder t-shirt!  
Check it out here!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Mailbox - - Christmas is gonna have nothin' on October this year!

I have been getting crazy amounts of books this month! 
 I have been super lucky.  On top of that, it seems like I find books to buy every where I go - 
I also went to Kid Lit Con 2010 and was lucky enough to meet some amazing authors 
and bought books there too!

Books I won:
Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl - - won from Liz @ Consumed by Books
The Postcard Killers  - audio book - by James Patterson - - won from Gwendoyn @ A Sea of Books
(thanks to those great bloggers who hosted giveaways and sent me the books I won)

Books I got for review:
 Zan-gah: A Prehistoric Adventure and Zan-Gah & the Beautiful Country 
both by Allan Richard Shickman (Thanks Bonnie for sending them to me)

Books I bought:  
Dollar Tree Store (stopped for big mugs - found some awesome books too!):
Children of the Night: A Diana Tregard Investigation by Mercedes Lackey
The Faerie Wars Chronicles Book 2: The Purple Emperor by Herbie Brennan
Karma Girl by Jennifer Estep
Shadowsinger by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
The Dark Knight by Dennis O'Neil
Renfield: Slave of Dracula by Barbara Hambly
Q is for Quarry by Sue Grafton
These are books that I purchased and got signed by the authors at Kid Lit Con 2010

The Cronus Chronicles: Book 1: The Shadow Thieves by Anne Ursu
The Cronus Chronicles: Book 2: The Immortal Fire by Anne Ursu
The Cronus Chronicles: Book 3: The Siren Song by Anne Ursu

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
Shiver and Linger (purchased earlier - but got to meet Maggie Stiefvater and have her sign these!)
Draw the Dark by Ilsa J. Bick
The Absolute Value of -1 by Steve Brezenoff
Split by Swati Avasthi
Faithful by Janet Fox

I also bought The Underneath by Kathi Appelt (but I didn't get to meet her or have my book signed)

I was fortunate enough to get a number of complimentary books:
The Buccaneer's Apprentice by V. Briceland
The Hole in the Wall by Lisa Rowe Fraustino (ARC)
Sugar and Ice by Kate Messner (ARC)
Finding Family by Tonya Bolden (ARC)

Kate Kaynak Giveaway here at The Wormhole!

I have been so fortunate as to have been contacted by Kate Kaynak and offered the opportunity to hold a giveaway contest here at The Wormhole for a copy of either Minder or Adversary or a Minder t-shirt!

You can read my review for Minder here and my review for Adversary here

They are both incredible - I would go so far as to call them MUST READS!

This is the t-shirt!  It comes in S, M, L, or XL.  
The winner will choose one prize - A SIGNED book (Minder or Adversary) or a t-shirt.
Here are the books (pictures anyway).

Kate Kaynak is a blogger too - go check out her blog here!

Here are the rules:
1. You must be at least 13 years old.
2. You must live in the continental USA 
(Kate was generous enough in offering to let me host this giveaway, 
I don't want to make her pay for international shipping.  
(I will hold another contest for international followers soon!)
3. You MUST fill out the form. 
(Leaving a comment with a valid email address will give you an extra entry).

Giveaway runs from November 1, 2010 until November 19, 2010 (midnight)
Winner will be drawn on November 20 and will be contacted by November 22, 2010.