Saturday, May 31, 2014

Ladybug Loot/Book Haul (55)


I found some new used bookstores in the area and had to raid their stock... naturally. I also ended up buying a few books that I had been dying to read.

Books Won


Muffin Man by Stephan Collina - Goodreads / Amazon (won from Literary, Etc.)

Books Bought








Nash by Jay Crownover (Marked Men #4) - Goodreads / Amazon
Seduce the Darkness by Gena Showalter (Alien Huntress #4) - Goodreads / Amazon
Wicked Ties by Shayla Black (Wicked Lovers #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
The Wolf by Jean Johnson (Sons of Destiny #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
Bond of Fire by Diane Whiteside (Texas Vampires #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
Men of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong (Otherworld Stories #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Switch by Megan Hart - Goodreads / Amazon
The Magician's Apprentice by Trudi Canavan (The Black Magician Trilogy #0.5) - Goodreads / Amazon
The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5) - Goodreads / Amazon
Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles (Perfect Chemistry #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
Android Karenina by Leo Tolstoy & Ben H. Winters - Goodreads / Amazon
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han (Summer #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
How to Run with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper (Naked Werewolf #3) - Goodreads / Amazon
Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales by Brothers Grimm - Goodreads / Amazon
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (Unearthly #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Primal Bonds by Jennifer Ashley (Shifters Unbound #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - Goodreads / Amazon
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund (For Darkness Shows the Stars #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
Everneath by Brodi Ashton (Everneath #1) - Goodreads / Amazon

E-Books

NetGalley (for Review)



Mending the Shroud by J.M. Bray (Shroud #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
Harder by Robin York (Caroline & West #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
My Soon-to-Be Sex Life by Judith Tewes - Goodreads / Amazon
Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis - Goodreads / Amazon
By a Thread by R.L. Griffin (By a Thread #1) - Goodreads / Amazon

Edelweiss (for Review)






The Jewel by Amy Ewing - Goodreads / Amazon
Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes - Goodreads / Amazon
A New Darkness by Joseph Delaney (The Starblade Chronicles #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas (The Elemental Trilogy #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
Winterspell by Claire Legrand - Goodreads / Amazon
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray (Firebird #1) - Goodreads / Amazon
No Place to Fall by Jaye Robin Brown - Goodreads / Amazon
Top Ten Clues You're Clueless by Liz Czukas - Goodreads / Amazon
Remember Me by Romily Bernard (Find Me #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant - Goodreads / Amazon
Crashland by Sean Williams (Twinmaker #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
Empire of Shadows by Miriam Forster (Bhinian Empire #2) - Goodreads / Amazon
Deliverance by C.J. Redwine (Courier's Daughter #3) - Goodreads / Amazon
Catalyst by S.J. Kincaid (Insignia #3) - Goodreads / Amazon

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

Friday, May 30, 2014

Freebie Friday (7)


**Click on the book cover to be taken to Goodreads and the linked text to be taken to Amazon**

Scent of Lilacs by Ann H. Garhart
Series: The Heart of Hollyhill #1
Genre: Christian Fiction

Jocie Brooke has never wanted for love, despite the fact that she hardly remembers her mother. Jocie's father, preacher David Brooke, has done his best to be both father and mother to his daughter. Even Jocie's spinster Great-aunt Love, who's slowly going senile, cares for Jocie in her own stern way. But in their small town of Hollyhill, Kentucky, painful secrets lie just beneath the surface, and inquisitive spirits discover surprising truths. There's a reason why Aunt Love hides behind black dresses and a stoic countenance. And David takes his morning walks not just for quiet solitude, but to wrestle with the past.

Full of stories of lost loves and the trials of small-town living, this heartwarming novel explores the journey of faith and family.


Six Months in Montana by Pamela M. Kelley
Genre: Western / Contemporary / Romance

Molly Bishop loves living in Manhattan and managing a boutique luxury hotel. She's about to be promoted to her dream job of General Manager, the role she's been striving for her entire career. There's only one thing standing in her way. The will of her childhood friend, Christian Ford's grandfather.

She hasn't even seen Christian in over ten years, but a recent run-in with his grandfather during a rare visit home, resulted in a new condition to the will. Christian will only inherit the ranch he's been running and the real estate development business that he has expanded, if he marries Molly and stays married for at least six months.

This is what I would call a cozy romance, it's romantic and sweet and is set in a small fictional town about 30 miles from Bozeman, MT. Warning, if you prefer your stories with the bedroom doors wide open and the windows steamed up, you may be disappointed.


Before by Nicola Marsh
Series: Burlesque Bombshells #1
Genre: New Adult / Contemporary / Romance

Good girls finish last? Screw that.

Being a small town girl isn’t so bad. Unless Mom’s the town joke and I’ve spent my entire life shying away from her flamboyance. College in Las Vegas should be so much cooler. But it’s not. Bad things happen. Real bad.

So when my brother Reid offers me an all-expenses paid vacation to Australia for a month, I am so there. Discounting the deadly snakes on the outback cattle station, I should be safe.
Until I meet Jack.

Jack defines bad boy and then some. He’s big, buffed, bronzed, and hotter than any guy I’ve ever met. His sexy Aussie accent makes me melt. And the guy can cook.

But he’s my brother’s new bestie and he lives on the other side of the world. There’s no future for us. Is there?


The Becoming by Jessica Meigs
Series: The Becoming #1
Genre: Horror / Science Fiction / Post-Apocalyptic

The Michaluk Virus is loose. In the heart of Atlanta, Georgia, the Michaluk Virus has escaped the CDC, and its effects are widespread and devastating. Most of the population of the southeastern United States have become homicidal cannibals. As society rapidly crumbles under the hordes of infected, three people-Ethan Bennett, a Memphis police officer; Cade Alton, his best friend and former IDF sharpshooter; and Brandt Evans, a lieutenant in the US Marines-band together against the oncoming crush of death and terror sweeping across the world. As Cade, Brandt, and Ethan hole up in a safe house in Tupelo, others begin to join them in their bid for survival. When the infected attack and they're forced to flee, one departs to Memphis in search of answers while the others escape south to Biloxi, where they encounter more danger than they bargained for. And in Memphis, the answers that one man finds are the last answers he wanted, answers that herald a horrific possibility that there may be more to this virus than first suspected.


Promise Me This by Cathy Gohlke
Genre: Historical Fiction / Christian Fiction

Michael Dunnagan was never supposed to sail on the "Titanic," nor would he have survived if not for the courage of Owen Allen. Determined to carry out his promise to care for Owen's relatives in America and his younger sister, Annie, in England, Michael works hard to strengthen the family's New Jersey garden and landscaping business.Annie Allen doesn't care what Michael promised Owen. She only knows that her brother is gone--like their mother and father--and the grief is enough to swallow her whole. As Annie struggles to navigate life without Owen, Michael reaches out to her through letters. In time, as Annie begins to lay aside her anger that Michael lived when Owen did not, a tentative friendship takes root and blossoms into something neither expected. Just as Michael saves enough money to bring Annie to America, WWI erupts in Europe. When Annie's letters mysteriously stop, Michael risks everything to fulfill his promise--and find the woman he's grown to love--before she's lost forever.


Hope you all enjoy this Freebie Friday offers!

Disclaimer: Title prices are subject to change without notice so what may have been free when this post was written may no longer be the case. If the price has changed please contact the blog poster so they may remove the title from their post to avoid further confusion. Thank you!

Book Blitz with Except + Giveaway: Crane by Stacey Rourke @XpressoTours @Rourkewrites



Crane by Stacey Rourke
Publication date: May 26th, 2014
Genre: New Adult / Paranormal

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
The Horseman is unending,
his presence shan't lessen.
If you break the curse,
you become the legend.

Washington Irving and Rip Van Winkle had no choice but to cover up the deadly truth behind Ichabod Crane's disappearance. Centuries later, a Crane returns to Sleepy Hollow awakening macabre secrets once believed to be buried deep.

What if the monster that spawned the legend lived within you?

Now, Ireland Crane, reeling from a break-up and seeking a fresh start, must rely on the newly awakened Rip Van Winkle to discover the key to channeling the darkness swirling within her. Bodies are piling high and Ireland is the only one that can save Sleepy Hollow by embracing her own damning curse.

But is anyone truly safe when the Horseman rides?

Available at:
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Excerpt
"Tonight was meant to be the Harvest Ball," Katrina said as she slid between the folds of her crimson and taupe gown. "Now the town is meeting, trying to concoct a plan to stop a being that dead itself couldn't tame."

Ichabod sat on the edge of the bed with his back, respectfully, to Katrina while she changed. His loaded musket lay across his lap. In the reflection of the window in front of him he could see the soft curve of her hips as they tapered into her narrow waist. He cleared his throat and shifted his gaze to the floor. His chin tipped to the side, ever so slightly, to ask, "Are you secure in our plan?"

"I am to attend the summit on the arm of Brom Van Brunt," she reaffirmed as she pulled her long, blonde locks out from the back of her gown and began tightening the laces of her bodice. "Then speak with as many people as I can, searching for anyone that may have motives leading to the Horseman."

Ichabod nodded. Mostly to himself, he muttered the remaining details they were depending upon, "Rip will be inside as well. That man can finesse a crowd with a skill that truly baffles. If there are secrets to be found, he will uncover them. Irv will be outside with me, primarily because the Horseman isn't the only one in this town that would like to see his head on a spike. We will be on horseback, patrolling the grounds with a few other men that have volunteered. You will have nothing to fear."

Her elegant gown in place, Katrina turned to Ichabod wearing an expression equal parts timidity and fear. "What of Brom?"

The bed squeaked as Ichabod shifted his weight to face her. "Boorish as his ways may be, he cares for you. If you adopt the guise that you have interest in him, he will do all he can to protect you inside the gathering, while I provide you the same service outside."

"And," her long lashes brushed the tops of her cheeks as she cast her gaze to the floor, "you aren't bothered by me being on his arm?"

In the midst of the plotting and planning, Ichabod had slipped into the role he knew well of military strategist. He had detached himself from the emotional aspects--until that very moment. The reality of his request sank in like a heavy stone. He had asked her to take another man's arm, asserting her place beside him. The implications of that dug into his gut like a dull blade, churning and twisting deep.

"The mere idea of that makes me ache," he stated, forcing the words through his suddenly parched throat. "Yet I would endure this hardship, and countless others, to keep you safe."

She moistened her lips with a flick of her tongue, seemingly wrestling with words that gave her pause. "Ichabod, when this is over... w-would you call yourself mine?"

Ichabod closed his eyes. The euphoria of that question washed over him, cleansing him of all his sins with the promise of tomorrow. Rising to hsi feet, he took her velvet soft hand in his. A love he hadn't known possible illuminated her striking face. "From the moment I saw you, my heart belonged to you alone. If by some miracle you were to give me your love in return, I would need nothing else to sustain me the rest of my days."

Katrina's palm tenderly brushed his cheek. "You have already claimed that."

Allowing no further hesitation, Ichabod gathered her in his arms. Katrina tipped her head back, the soft curves of her body molding to his. Full lips parted in an alluring invitation it would take a stronger man than him to resist. 


About the Author:
RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel 
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012 
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013

Stacey Rourke lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant, dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. Mark your calendars! Her latest literary adventure, Crane, will release May 26th, 2014. She is currently hard at work on the continuations of this thrilling Legends Saga, as well as other literary projects.


  • Blitz wide Giveaway
  • Prizes 1 & 2 are open to US ONLY
  • Kindle with a ton of eBooks
  • Crane duffle bag filled with signed copies of each of Stacey's books
  • $10 Amazon Gift Card

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