Friday, October 17, 2014

Book Blast with Giveaway: Unstrung by Kendra C. Highley @toobusyreading @KendraHighley

Unstrung by Kendra C. Highley
Publication date: October 17th, 2014

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
Lexa Pate, seventeen-year-old thief extraordinaire, has burned a bridge or two in her life. You don't make a career out of stealing other people's property without making enemies.

When a risky job goes from bad to worse Lexa and her adopted family find themselves on Precipice Corporation's hit list because they've accidentally stolen the wrong thing--plans for a new model of genetically-engineered super humans. Now every bounty hunter, cop on the take, and snitch in the city is after them.

Lexa's world crumbles around her as she fights to keep her family safe even as someone strolls out of her forgotten past. Quinn says he knows who Lexa really is, but can she trust a stranger she met while robbing his boss?

More importantly, does she really want to know what Quinn has to tell her?

Based on the fairy tale Pinocchio, UNSTRUNG takes you into a near future world where the lines between fake and real are blurred, all that's pristine isn't always innocent, and being a criminal isn't always wrong.

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About the Author:
Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to two self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most important job. She believes chocolate is a basic human right, running a 10k is harder than it sounds, and that everyone should learn to drive a stick-shift. She loves monsters, vacations, baking and listening to bad electronica.

Blast Giveaway
$50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash
Ends November 2nd, 2014

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parents enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am a Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

5th Annual Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

5th Annual Spooktacular Giveaway Hop
October 15th - October 31st
Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer

As I was considering what I would like to giveaway in order to celebrate the Halloween season, I thought to myself, "Self? What could my current and future followers want for such a spooktacular holiday hop?" Well, I couldn't decide. So, I leave it to you. I am giving away an e-book of your choice from Amazon and a $5 Amazon Gift card. Of course, I would PREFER if you chose a book that was Halloween or Horror related, but I am not going to force that upon you. Hey, it's your prize. Damn the man! Fight the system! And all that. So, enter below for your chance to win an e-book of your choice. :)

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Blog Tour Review: The Betrayed by Heather Graham @TLCBookTours

Title: The Betrayed

Author: Heather Graham

Series: Krewe of Hunters #14

Publication date: September 30th, 2014

ISBN: 9780778316565

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
Sleepy Hollow isn't so sleepy anymore...

One night, New York FBI agent Aiden Mahoney receives a visitor in a dream--an old friend named Richard Highsmith. The very next day he's sent to Sleepy Hollow because Richard's gone missing there.

Maureen--Mo--Deauville now lives in the historic town and works with her dog, Rollo, to search for missing people. She's actually the one to find Richard? Or more precisely his head, stuck on a statue of the legendary Headless Horseman.

Mo and Aiden, a new member of the Krewe of Hunters, the FBI's unit for paranormal investigators, explore both past and present events to figure out who betrayed Richard, who killed him and now wants to kill them, too. As they work together, they discover that they share an unusual trait. The ability to communicate with the dead. They also share an attraction that's as intense as it is unexpected. If they live enough to enjoy it!

I received an e-copy from the tour host in exchange for participation in the blog tour and an honest review.

This was only my second encounter with the lovely Heather Graham's writing and I was still unfamiliar with the series that I was reading. These books are made to be able to be read out of sequence, but I am a stickler for not doing such things. Being introduced more fully to the group of paranormal investigators may have shaped my opinion differently. 

Aiden awakens to find his dead friend haunting him and pleading for his help. This simply occurrence that could have been likened to him being sleep deprived or hallucinating set the course for what was to come. It was only afterwards that he finds out that his long time friend has disappeared without a trace. His last whereabouts were in a small town with big history. Aiden finds himself setting course for Sleepy Hollow in hopes of finding him friend despite having the suspicion he is much too late.

Mo is used to finding lost or missing people easily with her trusty canine companion, Rollo. Nobody seems to question why Mo finds people so easy, but, really, who is going to look a gift horse in the mouth? Mo and Rollo find the remains of Aiden's friend without much difficulty but what they didn't expect was to find the remains of another person as well. 

Now Mo and Aiden much attempt to find the killer that is loose in Sleepy Hollow beheading people much like the folklore story. But while they search, they can't deny the spark that is simmering between them. What will Mo and Aiden do when confronted not only with their feelings for each other but when they are staring into the eyes of the cold-blooded killer that decided to use a scary story for the stage of their dastardly deeds. 

Again, this book reads more as a mystery with paranormal aspects than any sort of paranormal romance that I am likened to read. The romance is light and fun while the mystery is gripping and thought provoking. Most people like that in their books, but I am more focused on the romance in my books than any sort of murder mystery that may go along with it. That is, of course, my personal preference. As with the book before this that I reviewed, The Betrayed is middle of the road simply due to my taste in what I like in my books. Most of the people in my book club for instance, would love the way Heather Graham plays with history to set the tone for her books. That aspect I actually did like a lot. 

I think that if you are an enthusiast of history and murder mysteries with a paranormal tidbit to them, Heather Graham's The Betrayed is perfect for you.

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Rest of the Tour
September 15th: From the TBR Pile
September 15th: Books a la Mode (Spotlight and Giveaway)
September 16th: Bewitched Bookworms
September 17th: Snowdrop Dreams of Books
September 19th: Supernatural Snark (Spotlight and Giveaway)
September 22nd: Read - Love - Blog
September 23rd: A Chick Who Reads
September 25th: Queen of All She Reads
September 29th: Saints and Sinners Books
September 30th: Mom in Love with Fiction
October 6th: Bibliophilia, Please
October 8th: Sara's Organized Chaos
October 15th: Bibliotica
October 20th: Tiffany's Bookshelf
October 23rd: My Shelf Confessions (Wonderfully Wicked Read-A-Thon Giveaway)
October 23rd: Harlie's Books

About the Author:
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Heather Graham has written more than a hundred novels and has been published in more than 20 languages. An avid scuba diver, ballroom dancer and the mother of five, she enjoys her south Florida home, but loves to travel as well, from locations such as Cairo, Egypt, to her own backyard, the Florida Keys. Reading is still the pastime she still loves best, and she is a member of many writing groups. She's a winner of the Romance Writers of America's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Thriller Writers' Silver Bullet. She is an active member of International Thriller Writers and Mystery Writers of America, and also the founder of The Slush Pile Players, an author band and theatrical group.

Heather annually hosts the Writers for New Orleans conference to benefit both the city, which is near and dear to her heart, and various other causes, and she hosts a ball each year at the RT Booklovers Convention to benefit pediatric AIDS foundations.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday (71)

Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. This is a once-a-week look at the book(s) I am anxiously awaiting release.

Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer

This book is to be released September 30th, 2014. It is the fifth book in the Elemental series.

One misstep and they lose it all. For the last time.

Michael Merrick is used to pressure.

He's the only parent his three brothers have had for years. His power to control Earth could kill someone if he miscalculates. Now an Elemental Guide has it out for his family, and he's all that stands in the way.

His girlfriend, Hannah, gets that. She's got a kid of her own, and a job as a firefighter that could end her life without a moment's notice.

But there are people who have had enough of Michael's defiance, his family's "bad luck." Before he knows it, Michael's enemies have turned into the Merricks' enemies, and they're armed for war.

They're not interested in surrender. But Michael isn't the white flag type anyway. There will be blood on the ground tonight...

I have always been intrigued by people in fiction who develop elemental powers. I am not sure why. I have even developed roleplay characters that presented with elemental powers (long story, don't ask). I think that is why this series interests me so much.

What are you "Waiting On" this Wednesday?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday (70)

Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. This is a once-a-week look at the book(s) I am anxiously awaiting release.

The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter

This book is to be released September 30th, 2014. It is the third book in the White Rabbit Chronicles series.

I have a plan.

We'll either destroy them for good, or they'll destroy us.

Either way, only one of us is walking away.

Alice 'Ali' Bell thinks the worst is behind her. She's ready to take the next step with boyfriend Cole Holland, the leader of the zombie slayers; until Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombies, launches a sneak attack, killing four of her friends. It's then she realizes that humans can be more dangerous than monsters; and the worst has only begun.

As the surviving slayers prepare for war, Ali discovers she, too, can control the zombies and she isn't the girl she thought she was. She's connected to the woman responsible for killing and turning Cole's mother. How can their relationship endure? As secrets come to light, and more slayers are taken or killed, Ali will fight harder than ever to bring down Anima even sacrificing her own life for those she loves.

My favorite story to be retold in fiction is Alice in Wonderland. My favorite type of creature in stories is normally zombies (despite my fear of them making it impossible for me to watch The Walking Dead). So these books are right up my alley. The covers are also extremely gorgeous if you can't already tell by looking at it. I don't know if this series is meant to be a trilogy but I really hope this isn't the last book Gena Showalter puts out in it. She is a fabulous writer and I look forward to digging into this series.

What are you "Waiting On" this Wednesday?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday (69)

Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. This is a once-a-week look at the book(s) I am anxiously awaiting release.

Stay with Me by J. Lynn

This book is to be released September 23rd, 2014. It is the third book in the Wait for You series.

At 21, Calla hasn't done a lot of things. She's never been kissed, never seen the ocean, never gone to an amusement park. But growing up, she witnessed some things no child ever should. She still carries the physical and emotional scars of living with a strung-out mother, Mona--secrets she keeps from everyone, including her close circle of college friends.

But the safe cocoon Calla has carefully built is shattered when she discovers her mom has stolen her college money and run up a huge credit card debt in her name. Now, Calla has to go back to the small town she thought she'd left behind and clean up her mom's mess again. Of course, when she arrives at her mother's bar, Mona is nowhere to be found. Instead, six feet of hotness named Jackson James is pouring drinks and keeping the place humming.

Sexy and intense, Jax is in Calla's business from the moment they meet, giving her a job and helping her search for Mona. And the way he looks at her makes it clear he wants to get horizontal... and maybe something more. Before Calla can let him get close, though, she's got to deal with the pain of the past--and some very bad guys out to mess her up if she doesn't give them her mom.

I was blown away by the first two books in this series. I am anxious to read the next one in the series. I may even reread the two books before this one comes out so I can go into it fresh. I have noticed I reread a lot of books instead of reading new books... That may be a problem.

What are you "Waiting On" this Wednesday?