Monday, March 31, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (47)

"It's Monday! What are you reading?" is a meme hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey.

Lover Avenged by J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #7
Publication date: November 24th, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Bought from used bookstore.

Caldwell, NY, has long been the battleground for the battleground for the vampires and their enemies, the Lessening Society. It’s also where Rehvenge has staked out his turf as a drug lord and notorious nightclub that caters to the rich and heavily armed. His shadowy reputation is exactly why he’s approached to kill Wrath, the Blind King, and leader of the Brotherhood. Rehvenge has always kept his distance from the Brotherhood, even though his sister is married to a member. Because he’s a sympath, his identity is a deadly secret--the revelation of which will result in his banishment to a colony for sociopaths. And as plots within and outside the Brotherhood take their toll against Rehvenge, he turns to the only source of light in a darkening world--Elhena, a vampire untouched by the corruption that has its hold on him--and the only thing standing between him and eternal destruction.

The Girl Who Came Home: A Novel of the Titanic by Hazel Gaynor
Publication date: April 1st, 2014
Format: Trade Paperback
Provided by publisher for blog tour.

Inspired by true events surrounding a group of Irish emigrants who sailed on the maiden voyage of R.M.S Titanic, The Girl Who Came Home is a story of enduring love and forgiveness, spanning seventy years. It is also the story of the world’s most famous ship, whose tragic legacy continues to captivate our hearts and imaginations one hundred years after she sank to the bottom of the Atlantic ocean with such a devastating loss of life.

In a rural Irish village in April 1912, seventeen-year-old Maggie Murphy is anxious about the trip to America. While the thirteen others she will travel with from her Parish anticipate a life of prosperity and opportunity--including her strict Aunt Kathleen who will be her chaperon for the journey--Maggie is distraught to be leaving Séamus, the man she loves with all her heart. As the carts rumble out of the village, she clutches a packet of love letters in her coat pocket and hopes that Séamus will be able to join her in America soon.

In Southampton, England, Harry Walsh boards Titanic as a Third Class Steward, excited to be working on this magnificent ship. After the final embarkation stop in Ireland, Titanic steams across the Atlantic Ocean. Harry befriends Maggie and her friends from the Irish group; their spirits are high and life on board is much grander than any of them could have ever imagined. Being friendly with Harold Bride, one of the Marconi radio operators, Harry offers to help Maggie send a telegram home to Séamus. But on the evening of April 14th, when Titanic hits an iceberg, Maggie’s message is only partly transmitted, leaving Séamus confused by what he reads.

As the full scale of the disaster unfolds, luck and love will decide the fate of the Irish emigrants and those whose lives they have touched on board the ship. In unimaginable circumstances, Maggie survives, arriving three days later in New York on the rescue ship Carpathia. She has only the nightdress she is wearing, a small case and a borrowed coat, to her name. She doesn’t speak of Titanic again for seventy years.

In Chicago, 1982, twenty-one year old Grace Butler is stunned to learn that her Great Nana Maggie sailed on Titanic and sets out to write Maggie's story as a way to resurrect her journalism career. When it is published, Grace receives a surprising phone call, starting a chain of events which will reveal the whereabouts of Maggie’s missing love letters and the fate of those she sailed with seventy years ago. But it isn't until a final journey back to Ireland that the full extent of Titanic’s secrets are revealed and Maggie is able to finally make peace with her past.

What are you reading this Monday?

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Ladybug Loot/Book Haul (46)

I received some very nice books from giveaways, publishers, and I bought a few, natch. I told my boss I was going to attempt to make it one week where I buy no books from my work so I can have a full paycheck... she didn't believe me and frankly, neither do I.

Books Won

Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas - Goodreads / Amazon (won from Stacee @ Adventures of a Book Junkie)

Books Bought

Passionate Thirst by Cameron Dean (Candace Steele Vampire Killer #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Luscious Craving by Cameron Dean (Candace Steele Vampire Killer #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
Eternal Hunger by Cameron Dean (Candace Steele Vampire Killer #3) - Goodreads / Amazon
Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger (Sky Fall #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
From What I Remember... by Stacy Kramer & Valerie Thomas - Goodreads / Amazon
Immortal City by Scott Speer (Immortal City #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Entice by Jessica Shirvington (The Violet Eden Chapters #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
Faking It by Cora Carmack (Losing It #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
Original Sin by Lisa Desrochers (Personal Demons #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
The Accidental Vampire by Lynsay Sands (Argeneau #7) - Goodreads / Amazon
Veil of Midnight by Lara Adrian (Midnight Breed #5) - Goodreads / Amazon
Dark Magic by Christine Feehan (Dark #4) - Goodreads / Amazon
Sins of the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Dark-Hunter #7) - Goodreads / Amazon
Unleash the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Dark-Hunter #8) - Goodreads / Amazon
Fallen by Erin McCarthy (Seven Deadly Sins #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood #10) - Goodreads / Amazon
Lover at Last by J.R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood #11) - Goodreads / Amazon
The Marriage Mistake by Jennifer Probst (Marriage to a Billionaire #3) - Goodreads / Amazon
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey (The Monstrumologist #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill - Goodreads / Amazon
Evermore by Alyson Noel (The Immortals #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Deadly Little Games by Laurie Faria Stolarz (Touch #3) - Goodreads / Amazon
Deadly Little Voices by Laurie Faria Stolarz (Touch #4) - Goodreads / Amazon
Engines of the Broken World by Jason Vanhee - Goodreads / Amazon
Fracture by Megan Miranda (Fracture #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Servant: The Awakening by L.L. Foster (Servant #1) - Goodreads / Amazon


NetGalley (for Review)

Searching for Sky by Jillian Cantor - Goodreads / Amazon
Dazed by Kim Karr (Connections #2.5) - Goodreads / Amazon
Caged Wolf by S.M. Reine (The Tarot Witches #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
The Golden Apple by Michelle Diener - Goodreads / Amazon
The Immortal Crown by Richelle Mead (Age of X #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
Push by Claire Wallis - Goodreads / Amazon
Unmasking Juliet by Teri Wilson - Goodreads / Amazon
Never Been Kissed by Molly O'Keefe (Boys of Bishop #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
Wicked Little Secrets by Kara Taylor (Prep School Confidential #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
Cracks in the Kingdom by Jaclyn Moriarty (The Colors of Madeleine #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
Blonde Ops by Charlotte Bennardo & Natalie Zaman - Goodreads / Amazon
A Girl Named Fearless by Catherine Linka - Goodreads / Amazon
Dark Heat by Donna Grant (Dark Kings #0.1-0.3) - Goodreads / Amazon

Edelweiss (for Review)

The Far Dawn by Kevin Emerson (The Atlanteans #3) - Goodreads / Amazon
In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis (Not a Drop to Drink #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
Undead With Benefits by Jeff Hart (Eat, Brains, Love #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
Don't Touch by Rachel M. Wilson - Goodreads / Amazon
Feral by Holly Schindler - Goodreads / Amazon
Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley - Goodreads / Amazon
Kiss of Broken Glass by Madeleine Kuderick - Goodreads / Amazon

Won from Bloggers/Authors

Honor & Innocence: Against the Tides of War by Glen Thomas Hierlmeier - Goodreads / Amazon (won from Wendy @ Minding Spot)
The Truth About Kadenburg by T.E. Ridener - Goodreads / Amazon (won from Skye Callahan)

Amazon Freebies

Protector by Kassandra Kush (The Fallen Chronicles #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
Bad Boy Rock Star by Candy J. Starr (Rock Star Bad Boy #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Stardust by Mimi Strong (Peaches Monroe #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Beautiful Chances by Alicia Rae (Beautiful #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Now or Never by A.J. Bennett - Goodreads / Amazon
Deadly Kisses by Kerri Cuervas (Deadly Darkness Trilogy #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Spiral by Maddy Edwards (Spiral #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Aqua Blue by Marian L. Thomas - Goodreads / Amazon
A Dark Kiss of Rapture by Sylvia Day (Renegade Angels #0.5) - Goodreads / Amazon

Thank you to all the bloggers, authors, and publishers who sent me numerous goodies and bookish things :)